Well, I Caved. Jeffree Star Made Me Do It.

I’ve been eyeing this palette since it’s February release-I’ve even put it in my shopping cart but chickened out. I went back and forth- it’s so pretty, the shades are crazy, it’s going to be such great quality, it’s expensive Allie, I can do a ton of different looks, how are you going to do something tame enough for daytime? A friend of mine bought it a few weeks ago, I saw some of the looks she created and that did it for me, the day finally came where I could deny it no more:

The Jeffrey Star Blood Sugar Palette.

First, the packaging. Holy cats. I think it’s probably the nicest, fanciest packaging I’ve seen yet and that I own. It’s stunning-it’s solid but not too heavy, the clasps are great, keeps it tightly closed, and it also came very well padded:

There was pink (of course) bubble wrap under the tissue paper.

And here are a few photos of the packaging:

It’s heavy, sturdy and really really well made. I love the clasps, the whole thing is bomb AF.

Now for the innards:

Gorgeous. I’m in love. This is a REALLY NICE palette, and I gotta hand it to Jeffree Star Cosmetics. ::golf clap::

Time for swatches…they’ll go from the top row, left to right and up my arm from elbow to wrist.

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Glucose, Sugarcane, Cake Mix, Ouch, Donor, Intravenous

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Candy Floss, Tongue Pop, Sweetener, Cavity, O Positive, Root Canal

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Prick, Cherry Soda, Fresh Meat, Blood Sugar, Extraction, Coma

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This palette is mostly mattes with 14, 2 shimmers and 2 hybrid shimmer/satins. The foil shimmers are Donor and Sweetener, the hybrids are Candy Floss and Blood Sugar.

I’m super happy with this-high quality shadows, beautifully blendable and just so well done. It’s not cheap-52$ off of Jeffree Star Cosmetics website, with shipping it was almost 58$. It’s available on the morphe site as well, and I believe you can use one of the zillion influencers codes to get 10% off. It’s worth every single penny.

Talk soon Lovelies

-Allie

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Best Drugstore Palette So Far

My best friend often sends me little care packages (she lives 1300 miles away) and in the one I got yesterday was a little gem I never would have bought on my own, and I would have been missing OUT. I generally don’t buy drug store eyeshadow palettes-I’m not sure why I have the aversion, maybe because back in the day they all usually sucked so that’s what I expect? I’m wrong.

I give you the The L’Oréal Paradise Enchanted palette.

It’s peach scented, similar to the Too Faced Peach stuff-but the scent is sweeter I would say, and not unpleasant at all.

When I dipped my finger in to swatch I was shocked at how soft the shadows are-even, dare I say-buttery?

Here are the swatches top row to bottom, from elbow to wrist direction. The shades don’t have names, just numbers.

1, 2, 3

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4, 5, 6

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7, 8, 9

10, 11, 12

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Really-I highly recommend this if you need a good peachy/neutral palette. The shadows are really soft so expect some fallout, but not Subculture level.

This palette retails for 14.99$ at drugstores, Walmart, etc. It’s definitely not hard to find. It’s a leeeeetle bit pricey for a drugstore palette, I feel like, but the quality is there.

Talk soon, Lovelies

Allie

August Boxycharm Update *Brand Spoiler*!! (and a little about July)

I’m kinda excited about August’s Boxy confirmed spoilers. These 2 brands will be in every August box:

And

I’m not sure what Laura Lee will be doling out-it can’t be a palette, I’d fall over in shock-my guess is a liquid lip from her collection. I’m drowning in liquid lipsticks, but I’ll try it. Smashbox could be anything-primer, the primerizer spray stuff-but you know when I know, you’ll know.

July’s box. Sigh. It’s not that great in my opinion, guys. You get EITHER the crown brush palette OR the tarte spray, and EITHER the Farmacy mask OR the Dr Brandt under eye depuffer. I’m not excited about any of those. The rest of the items are a blush from a company I’ve never heard of, a mascara from Wander Cosmetics (who I’ve never heard of) and a brow cream from Chella (which I’ve gotten before in Ipsy or Boxy). I didn’t mind the brow cream, but a lot of people did not love it. So I’m not feeling July. Hopefully August makes up for it-so far, so good.

Talk soon Lovelies

Allie

Happy 4th of July!

I hope y’all have a safe and happy holiday, and enjoy whatever it is you’re doing-cookout, swimming, fireworks, or just plain relaxing. It’s way too hot out for me, so I’m staying in the air conditioned house and reading. Big partier, I know. I just can’t get down with the 95 degree heat index 116 crap. I’m not tolerant enough.

Every 4th of July that’s passed, never really made me pause and think about what the day really means. The current atmosphere in this country definitely made me think for a change. I will not get political, I just won’t do it. However, I don’t believe that the way things are going is what the Committee Of Five had in mind when they drafted the Declaration of Independence.

I’m tired, y’all. I’m so tired of how divided we all are, I’m tired of the nastiness, I’m tired of the cruelty, all of which are seemingly common everyday regular way of life now. Racism is seemingly emboldened like never before, with very little measurable or worthy consequence. This isn’t who we are supposed to be-yet line after line keeps getting crossed, things I never thought I would ever see. And I don’t see it getting better.

I don’t know what the answer is, or what the fix is-or if any of it is even fixable in my lifetime. I do know we can’t go on like this much longer. I love my country and I’ve always been proud to be an American-but I can’t stand watching what’s becoming of us. I still have some hope, however, that the common thread and fiber that links us all together and keeps us strong is still there, buried. We’ve survived a lot over the past 242 years, and we’ve still got some fight in us.

Stay cool, y’all. Happy Independence Day. 🎇🎆

Talk soon Lovelies

Allie

Little Tiny Sephora Mini Haul

I got a 50$ gift card to Sephora last week, and since I’m not a gigantic fan of going to the mall, I figured I’d use it online. It was definitely going to take some shopping cart acrobatics to use as much of the 50$ as possible, but I did pretty darn good. I got up to 49.64$. Aw yeah 💪🏻

I’ve been hearing about the Bobbi Brown Face Base for months and months, people rave and love it, so of course I wanted to check it out. The regular size though? 60$. That’s an expensive try. Luckily Sephora sells minis of a lot of popular products, so I ordered just that:

It was 20$, which I can spend without cringing, and honestly if i like it, I’m just going to continue buying the 20$ size.

It’s not itty bitty, the packaging is NICE, it’s heavy and they didn’t skimp.

The consistency is the kind I really like, it’s not too thick and not too thin, and it feels slightly waxy/silicone-y like a primer does, but it feels more moisturizing if that makes sense. And the smell. Oh em gee. It smells like a light sweet lemon, like a lemon baked good, but it’s not pledge-y (sometimes lemon scented products can smell like cleaners to me). Definitely a good choice.

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I’m always on the hunt for beauty sponges, and these are super cute. They tear in half for better application as well. I REFUSE to pay 20$ for one Beauty Blender, I’m not gonna do it, especially when I’ve found some awesome AF sponges for a buck or 2. But 20$? For the name? Nope. Not me.

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I’ve been hearing so much about this stuff:

It’s a mini as well, with the same thought process of not wanting to pay full price just to try something. It’s got to be easier than having to wash brushes constantly to switch colors. I’ll give a report on how well it works!

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Now for the samples, freebies, and point redemption goodies. And there are a few.

Yessss-a trial size of Fenty Pro Filter Foundation! There was a code to enter at checkout for this and I was all too eager-I’ve been wanting to try this but didn’t want to have to buy a full size-then I’m stuck with a 32$ foundation that doesn’t work for me. I’ve been in Sephora several times and swatched the Fenty, reswatched with different shades, put it in my shopping bag, put it back on the shelf, swatched it-you get the picture. This trial size saves the day. I squirted a drop on my wrist to see if the shade matched well (it did) and was surprised at how full coverage it seems. Very excited to try this out.

Next, got me a sample size of Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquid Lip-it’s in the shade Demi-Glace. It’s beautiful actually, a chocolate mauve I’d say?

It smells like chocolate mint. Really happy with this shade, and I’ve been wanting to try Bite Beauty, so win win.

I got a Barbie sized sample of Dior moisturizer-the full-size is something like 68$, a big no way. It’s tiny-

You know what? I’m unimpressed. It’s got a light, not overpowering perfume-like scent, the moisturizer itself is rather thin as well. I’ll take the Bum Bum cream or even Dove over this any day. No bueno.

I got one of these little Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serums last year as my “birthday gift” from Sephora and I LOVE it. I used every last drop. So, needless to say I was pretty happy to spend 100 points for it.

It’s a great little serum. I’m a fan of the Caudalie brand anyway, but this is truly nice. I’m not sure how much the full size is but I’m fairly certain I’m allergic to the price.

Lastly, I got some foundation samples from Makeup Forever and CoverFX (there’s a sample of IT cleanser in there too):

I own the CoverFX Natural Finish Foundation and I really do like it-so I’ve wanted to try the new Power Play so I lucked out, it appears.

I’ve heard good things about the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation as well-we shall see!

That’s my itty bitty mini haul-it’s mostly samples and trial sizes, funnily enough, and I’m ok with that because I love me some samples and trial sizes. On first pass it seems the only dud is the Dior Moisturizer, and I can honestly say I’m not surprised. The name on the product does NOT always mean quality. I’m just glad I didn’t have to pay 70$ in that case to find out!

Stay cool, y’all-it’s toasty out there.

Talk soon, Lovelies

-Allie

How Did I Miss This???

Y’all didn’t tell me that Jesus Jugs got dumped! Last week, Jim Bellino filed for divorce from former RHOC cast member Alexis Bellino. Jim was an acquired taste. From what I recall, he was über controlling of Alexis, his finances were questionable, he was not a very nice guy, and he was a douchey tool.

What is interesting is that Jim wants Alexis to pay spousal support. I thought he was all about the wife submitting to the husband and the husband is the boss of everything-I guess he wants to boss a paycheck out of her too. I wonder how their trampoline business is doing?

He set up a website, http://www.jimbellino.com to “dispel common myths about my good name”. I’m not sure anyone cares anymore, Jim-the truth is, he was shady AF and a jerk to boot. Check out the website-it’s amusing. Desperate, but amusing. I think Alexis is so much better off, I really do.

Talk soon Lovelies

Allie

June Ipsy Glam Bag

We’ve gone back to meh with Ipsy. When I see the spoilers for each month, I’m disappointed because I know I’m not going to get any one of the really great ones. I’m holding out for….hope that they’ll finally send me the good stuff?

This is the bag this month:

It’s fine-it’s not blowing me away, but it’s cute. It’s a pleather texture with a hot pink lining.

The first product I received is the Makeup Forever Hydrating Primer:

I was sort of excited about this because Makeup Forever is a decent brand. But…

The primer is really really thin. It’s not primer-y at all, it pretty much disappears when you rub it into your skin. I like a primer that feels like a primer. It’s got a very light scent, but just wasn’t for me.

Next, I received Pixie Glow Tonic:

I actually have this exact size-it’s a nice toner, I’m not mad at it.

Also, 2 Biobelle Perfect Radiance Unicorn Glow sheet masks with Chocolate, Mulberry, and Honey:

I have not used these yet-to be honest, I forgot I had them. I got this bag almost 2 weeks ago, and, well-I’ve gotta get on that. But 2 masks is nice.

I received a Luxie eyeshadow brush:

It’s nice-the bristles are flat, so it’ll be perfect for packing on product. I’m always down for brushes, do this is a win.

And lastly, Doucce Lip Stain:

I like it-it looks like a lipstick but when applied it’s definitely more of a lip stain. The color is way nicer on the lips than swatched. But again-more lip products. Every single month with the lip products. I don’t get it.

So there it is, June’s Ipsy Glam Bag. I’m underwhelmed, but it’s not the worst I’ve gotten. We’ll see what next month brings!

Talk soon Lovelies

-Allie

July Boxycharm Spoiler

As I mentioned in a previous post, Julys Boxy will include 2 skincare items. The first is a Farmacy Vitamin C Mask:

The next is Boxy favorite Dr Brandt, with their Baggage No More Eye Depuffing Gel:

This little gem retails for 42$, so not very cheap. The Farmacy mask retails for 38$. The box will also include either an eyeshadow palette from Crown Brushes or the Ready, Set, Mist spray from tarte.

Check back for more spoilers as they’re revealed!

Talk soon, Lovelies

Allie

June Boxycharm Review

This is one of my favorite boxes yet-I’m really happy with it. Only one of the items is meh for me-let’s do this.

First? Luxie 3 Piece Flawless Complexion

Includes the Precision Foundation Brush, Tapered Highlighting Face Brush, and Duo Fiber Powder Brush. I really like Luxie brushes, and these do not disappoint. They retail for 42$.

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Jonteblu Waterproof Eyelining Pencil:

I got the brown shade-it’s fine. I mean, it’s an eyeliner pencil. I didn’t have any brown so it’s good. Retails for 5$.

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Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I was super excited for this, everyone raves about the smell, and it didn’t disappoint. It smells deeeeelish.

It’s also a nice cream. Not too greasy, absorbs nicely, and leaves skin pretty soft. This itty bitty travel size jar retails for 10$ though, that’s a lot.

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Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

I love the Ofra formula, and it smells amazing, so I was not at all upset to receive this. It’s a new shade called Verona-

I like it-a lot. Retails for 21$. Ofra liquid lipsticks are REALLY good, if you don’t have one you’re missing out.

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Battington Silk Lashes in Monroe

I LOVE the packaging on these. It’s got a magnetic closure, and the box is just so cute.

I love the way they’re set up in the box as well. These seem like really, really good lashes and I feel like if you take good care of them, they’ll last a while.

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Last, but in no way least, my favorite thing this month-the Alamar Cosmetics Reina del Caribe eyeshadow palette-

Unfortunately one of my pans cane shattered-I emailed Boxy and they’ll replace it next month. I’ll live. These are so pretty and so different from anything I have. I’ve seen several really cute looks done with this palette and I’m excited to try it. Swatches:

The shimmers are SO beautiful and are pigmented AF. This is just one pass down my arm and I didn’t have to dig in the pan (ahem, Jaclyn Hill-I saw you jamming your finger in your new shadows WAY hard 😒) and the payoff is stunning.

I’d heard the mattes’ pigment was crappy-but I didn’t find that at all in the finger swatches. The dark brown is patchy because the shadow was broken so getting an even coating on my finger was difficult. The others were great-but we’ll see how it performs on the eyes. This retails for 28$.

And there it is-June’s Boxycharm. 6 items this month, and the value of the box is 134$-dang.

Talk soon, Lovelies

-Allie

Boxycharm UPGRADE?

In the fall, Boxycharm will be offering current subscribers an upgrade option. For a little more $ per month, the upgrade is a box with more items with a higher value. I am SO signing up.

A spoiler as well-

One of the skin care items will be this-Farmacy Bright On Massage-Activated Vitamin C Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy:

This retails for 38$. And that seems like a lot of money to me.

That it for now!

Talk soon Lovelies

-Allie