Products I Regret Buying

We’ve all spent those coins where we shouldn’t. Here are a few of my most regretful, heartbreaking purchases from my most beloved brands!

  • BareMinerals BareSkin Brightening Serum Foundation
  • Elf Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder
  • NYX Avant Pop Noveau Chic Eyeshadow Palette
  • Eyelure Exaggerate No. 145 Lashes
  • LA Colors DramatiLash Lashes in Delightful 974
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara
  • Elf Brightening Eyeliner Pencil
  • Maybelline ColorSensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks (Blushing Bud & Coral Burst)
  • Forever 21 Mega Color Stick in Adobe Rose

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Elf Smudge Pots – Review

100_5338Hello, all! If you’re a budget savvy diva like I am, then you are more than likely very familiar with the brand elf. Now, the object of today’s affections is more of an oldie, but it’s still a goodie: Smudge Pots! They’re $3 and the ELF website is always aiming to hand out those deals and coupons.

The pots come in a very chic and classy clear pot that looks like glass, but definitely isn’t. It’s fine, though, because you can still get that rich queen aesthetic. The shadows inside have a very smooth and creamy feel, but the downside is that if you’re like me, and prefer to get the maximum pigmentation by using your fingers for application, the pots are a bit too narrow to get to the product without getting it clustered under your nails.

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In terms of pigmentation, color pay-off generally depends on the shade. Back to Basics tends to have the best stand-alone application on my eyes and Poppin’ Party is the most likely to get a little streaky on my lids. All of the shadows are buildable and once they’re on my lid, I usually get a solid 5 or so hours of uninterrupted wear. I find this to be a huge plus because it offers a lot of flexibility to the product. All of the shades can work as a decent primer or go on to make a great base for corresponding shadow colors that you want to layer on top.

In conclusion, I am a huge Smudge Pot fan and have recommended them to all of my friends and recommend them to you all as well! They’re versatile, they’re great for people who want quick pigmentation and don’t have time for brushes, and come in neutrals, bold shades, and shimmers! Spend your coins in a cost efficient manner and pick this up ya’ll (as long as your budget has accounted for it – $3 can be a lot of money and you should only spend it if you think it’s a great investment).

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ColourPop KaePop Quad – Review

Hello, all! I’m all here for trying new things and I love a good deal which has led to the culmination of this review. I’ve heard a lot about ColourPop cosmetics from the mystical world of YouTube makeup tutorials and am obsessed with trying out new eyeshadows, so I decided to pick up the KaePop quad from ColourPop. As usual, I signed up for their email list (which I recommend doing anytime you’re ready to make a purchase from anywhere for the first time), received my $5 off coupon, and dropped this gorgeous piece into my shopping cart.

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The quad contains 4 SuperShock shadows that come in a nice purple sleeve and are inside of a tiny cardboard box that looks a bit like a game of Connect 4. Because this is a collection of shadows, rather than a palette, they all come in individual small plastic pods with twist-off, see-through lids.

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Without Flash: Beverly, Wilshire, Sunset Blvd, and Crenshaw
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With Flash: Beverly, Wilshire, Sunset Blvd, and Crenshaw

The collection has 3 matte shades (Wilshire, Crenshaw, and Beverly) and one pearlized shade (Sunset Blvd). They swatch a little less pigmented than they apply to the eye, and go on best with the use of your finger (but you can use brushes too if that’s your jam). When it comes to color selection, I think they’re all beautiful shades, though I am rarely ever tempted to use all 4 shades together. Despite that, I do think it offers great versatility for making a bold look or a natural one.

In terms of texture, they’re very “squingy.” I personally love the texture and the only way I can describe it is like a firm sponginess. They’re quite malleable and apply in smooth layers. More specifically, they have a “cream to powder” formula which allows them to be built up on the lid or blended into the crease. My favorite thing about the formula of them though, is not the fun texture, but the wear time. Once they’ve had the opportunity to set on the lid, they lock on. Even without the use of a primer, they don’t break up on the lid, transfer, or crease which makes them the perfect base for other shades, an awesome primer for the lid, or a great product for if you’re in a hurry and are living for that one finger swipe!

Overall, I think this is a great quad, particularly for those who are just looking into trying ColourPop for the first time. They offer a great amount of versatility for looks that you can create and cost the exact same as they would if you bought them all separately (which, fun fact: you can buy the shadows individually if there’s just one shade that speaks to your soul for $5 each). Also, they’ve got an amazing wear time so even if none of these shades are your jam, the formula is amazing so I recommend checking out the site to see if any of their other shades are!

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Top 5 Beauty Products Under $5

While I occasionally do fancy myself and investment product, I am generally 100% here for a good, cost-efficient product. I don’t have a huge fortune to look forward to and I’m pretty much the quintessential broke-college-student, which means I’m always looking for the hookup and I like to share it with you all when I find. So in that spirit, here are 5 things that I’m currently loving that all round up to under $5!

Eyelure Definition Lash 121

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

ELF Cream Eyeliner

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick

Black Radiance Oil Free Liquid Makeup

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