Confessions of a Makeup Addict

Colourpop Haul and Swatches

I put in a Colourpop order recently, specifically for the Ultra Matte Lip Color 'Guess', but I decided to pick up a few other things as well. Here's what I got, along with some swatches!

I picked up 4 eyeshadows, 1 Ultra matte lip and 1 highlight powder.
The colors from left to right, top to bottom:
  • Shameless: Very, very dark green, almost black with a green reflect and blue and gold glitter. It's a metallic finish.
  • Wisp: This is a champagne-gold highlight powder. It has a strong gold reflect.
  • Lace: This eyeshadow is a violet with blue undertones. It's a pearl finish.
  • Guess: This is a very, very dark purple lip color. As you can see from the swatch, it looks almost black.
  • Mittens: Dark chocolate brown with red undertones. Matte.
  • Coconut: A very bright teal/peacock blue with a pearl finish.
Colourpop Swatches
All swatches are with no primer:
Wisp on top, Shameless, Mittens, Coconut, Lace, Guess on bottom.
Colourpop Swatches

As always, I recommend Colourpop. I own quite a few products from them and I adore them all. The texture is SO different from anything I've ever used, but it just works, trust me.
The eyeshadows are only $5 each, the Ultra Matte Lips are $6 each and the Highlight was $8.
They're based in LA and they're Cruelty Free!
Don't forget, their fall collection JUST launched a few days ago, so check that out too!
Let me know what you love from Colourpop!
Thanks for reading!

What's Coming Up...

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I wanted to give you a sneak peek of some of the things coming up on my blog, I'm working on getting a lot of things together, and there will be many reviews, hauls and makeup looks coming soon!

Here's a sneak peek of only a few products that I have to share with you.

Expect swatches and reviews of those products and many more very soon!
In addition to these, I have posts about fashion, fitness, colourpop swatches, hair tutorial and extensions review coming. I may do a hair dyeing post, if you're interested.

If you have any specific products you'd like to see reviewed, any type of post you'd like to see, let me know in the comments! I'm taking requests and I will post the ones I can, so let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Simple Makeup Look and Review

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*Sigma sent these brushes for review. I was not compensated and all opinions are my own. This review is 100% honest. Some links are affiliate links.*
I've been back in school for a couple of weeks, and there's nothing I need more than makeup that's quick and easy to apply. I'm going to share a simple makeup look with you, using a few of my favorite brushes that make this look easy!
Sigma Brushes
I'll tell you below what I used each of these brushes for.
Colourpop Trap
Simple Makeup

Simple Makeup

I've been looking for a brush to use to apply the Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows, Colourpop Shadows and pigments for quite some time with no luck, until I discovered the Sigma E56. It's the perfect size, shape and stiffness to apply them SO well.
Sigma E56
This is the Sigma E56 Shader brush and it's what I used to apply my lid color: Makeup Geek Foiled Shadow 'In The Spotlight'.
Sigma E71
The next brush I used is the Sigma E71. This is the Highlight Diffuser brush, and I used it to apply the highlight shade to my brow bone. I used Foxy from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, but any light, matte color will suffice. This brush is perfect to apply it and blend it seamlessly.
Sigma E36
To apply the crease colors I used the Sigma E36 Blending Brush. This brush is really small and tapered, so it's perfect for those of us with hooded lids, but is also great for those without hooded lids. It's really small, so it's easy to be precise. If you want to do a cut crease, this is the brush you need. The colors I used are Makeup Geek 'Peach Smoothie', Anastasia 'Morocco' and 'Fudge' from the Shadow Couture palette.
Sigma E21
I used the Sigma E21 Smudge brush to apply 'Morocco' and 'Fudge' under the lower lash line, as well as smudging my eyeliner on the top lash line. This brush is perfect for both of these, as well as applying color to the inner corners of your eyes.
Sigma E11
To apply my eyeliner, I used the Sigma E11 Eye Liner brush. This brush is tiny and perfect for detailed liner and for applying winged liner. This time, I used it to apply a very thin line of gel liner, which I smudged afterward. I think this would be the perfect liner brush for the new Stila Ink Cushion Liners.
Sigma f90
Lastly, I used the Sigma F90 Fan Brush to apply highlight powder to my cheekbones and cupid's bow. This brush applies just the right amount, and blends it thoroughly. It gives a very natural glow.
The highlight shade I used is the Highlight powder from the IT Cosmetics Vitality Face Disk.
After using these brushes, I really want to try more. I've used the Sigma F80, F40 and Sigma F84 for quite some time and I love them both for applying foundation and cream products. 
Here are the products I used for the rest of my face:
Too Faced HangoveRx Primer
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Too Faced Primed and Poreless powder
Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer
Wet n Wild Contour Duo
IT Cosmetics Vitality disk highlight
NARS Eye Primer
Nyx Brow Gel
UD Naked Basics
Anastasia Shadow Couture Palette
Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows
UD 24/7 Liner
MAC Blacktrack Fluid Line
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Colourpop 'Trap' Liquid Matte Lipstick
Those are all of the products I used for this look. I'll post another one soon, let me know if there's anything specific you'd like to see!
Sigma has had a lot of releases lately with makeup and brushes, and I'm eager to try more things. What should I try next?
Thanks for reading!

Making the Switch to E-Cigarettes with blu PLUS+

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Today I'm going to be talking about something different other than beauty. Instead, I wanted to talk about switching from cigarettes to blu PLUS+ e-Cigs.

My husband is a smoker. He's been smoking for years, but has recently switched from regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes, so today I wanted to share some information about blu PLUS+ in case you or someone you know wants to make the switch.

I'm going to give a short tutorial on how to use the blu PLUS+ device as well as more information about it.

The blu PLUS+ kit I'm going to show you today is the Xpress kit. This comes with two tanks, one battery and a USB charger. Assembling this is a simple task, which I'll show you below.

  • Open the box and remove all contents.

  • Pick up the battery and remove the blue rubber tip from the end.

  • Remove the film from the back of the storage tray to get the tank.
  • Screw the tank onto the end of the battery.

·         You're free to use the product.

Obviously, before using this for the first time you'll want to charge it as it has a partial charge when it arrives. To do this, you would remove the blue rubber tip, or remove the tank from the end and screw the battery onto the USB charger, then plug it into a USB device to charge. 

Shopping online for the blu PLUS+ device is the best option, as there's a larger range of products available, you can take advantage of the rewards program and there are special sales and discounts that are online only. Did I mention shipping is free? 

I recommend trying the Xpress Kit Bundle, which comes with a free pack of tanks at $14.99 ($30 value), while supplies last. 

Of course a warranty is important, and all blu PLUS+ come with a 1 year warranty and all returns are processed and shipped within 48 hours.

If you want to learn more about the brand or the technology behind the blu PLUS+ products, I'll link to these below.

I really hope you liked the post & I hope it was informative!

Thanks for reading!

Back to School Essentials

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*I partnered with Schick to bring you this back to school post! This post is sponsored by Schick, but all opinions are my own.*
For the majority of college students, back to school time can be stressful. A lot of us are moving into dorms, taking more classes than we probably should be and trying to balance that with a job. 
Today I wanted to share a few college essentials of my own with you, because it might help you.
  • A backpack is an obvious essential, but that doesn't make it any less essential. Trying to carry a ton of books, notebooks, pens, a cell phone, etc. is nearly impossible without one.
  • Flip flops. If you're living in a dorm or sharing an apartment with someone, you may want to buy a cheap pair of flip flops to shower in. 
  • A nice blanket. Nice, warm blankets are underrated and a total must have no matter what. Especially if you're living in a dorm, where you don't necessarily have total control over a thermostat. Plus, it's awesome to curl up with a blanket while you study, which leads me to my next must-have.
  • Candles. If you can have them, get them. Scented candles are a must! They can reduce stress levels and make it easier to concentrate so you can study.
  • Flash Drive. A USB drive will be a necessity.
  • Planner. You'll need it to keep track of everything. Trust me on this one.

  • A good razor. I use the Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor. It's a nice disposable razor that has 5 blades and a water-activated moisturizing serum. These come in packs of 3 and are really affordable. I don't know about you, but I don't feel like myself if I don't shave on a regular basis, so this razor is a must have for me. It makes shaving quick and easy without it being irritating or drying. Using the Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor is a good way to make sure you're always feeling good and confident.

Make sure you enter the Schick Summer Selfie Sweepstakes!
You can find these razors and more back to school essentials at Walmart.
Those are my back-to-school college student essentials.

There are a few things I've left out, such as a cell phone & computer as I felt they were much too obvious.
I hope this post is helpful & let me know what your essentials are!

Thanks for reading!
*I partnered with Schick to bring you this back to school post!*
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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