MAC Lipstick Swatches

Lipstick is a pretty magical thing. With just one pop of color, your outfit can be transformed with your mood and confidence along with it. I usually tend to wear nude or rosy pink colors but there is something about a bold red lip that makes me feel like I can run the world.

For Christmas, I received the MAC limited edition mini lipstick set, and although it is sold out I thought that it would be cool do some swatches since all shades are permanent and are currently being sold as singles. This was my first experience with the MAC matte lipstick formula and I was very impressed! All shades were very opaque, beautiful, and long-lasting. Of course, they aren’t transferred proof like a matte liquid lipstick, but they were very easy to apply and the colors are beautiful. I can’t wait to keep using this set and purchase the full-size versions of my favorites soon!

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Here is a little video I made showing what the shades looked like on my lips:

 

.. and here are the arm swatches with the shade names:

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Overall I would definitely recommend these lip products! It took me so long to try them because I thought they were over hyped and there were so many other lip products out there for me to try. However, I am so glad that I discovered these because they will probably become my new favorite everyday lip products!

With that, I hope this post was helpful or you at least enjoyed the 1-minute video that took me like 12 hours to make LOL.. and I hope you have a great day/ night wherever you are. Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Kat

The Magic Palette By Juvia’s Place {Review+Swatches}

Step aside Morphe, I think I just found my new favorite affordable eyeshadow brand! 

OMG guys I just received my order from Juvia’s Place and as you can see, I got the Magic Palette. Juvia’s Place is an Indie brand that I have become familiar with through Nikkie Tutorials (AKA glow queen/ extremely talented makeup artist and YouTuber) I have seen swatches here and there and heard that the quality of these palettes was amazing, but I was never sold on the colors in the palettes. They were usually too far outside my comfort zone and so I kept putting off trying products from this company. However, when this palette went on sale, MY LIFE WAS CHANGED!

As soon as I swatched one of the glitter shades, I knew that I was in love. The pigmentation of 14/16 of the shades is UNREAl and the tiniest bit of product can go a long way. Also, the size of these pans is probably triple that of most other shadow palettes that I own.

If you are like me and think that the colors in Juvia’s Place palettes are outside of your comfort zone or colors that you don’t use, then look at it this way.. the Magic Pallete consists of sixteen shades, with half warm tones and half cool tones. As someone drawn to warmer tones, I absolutely love the color selection of the first eight shadows, but the last eight are ones that I didn’t think I would use as often but they are so beautiful that I found myself gravitating towards them and creating more cool toned looks. I think it’s awesome that this palette is helping me break out of my comfort zone and explore bright colors and different combinations.

Swatches: 

As you can see, I did two separate swatches with the warm tones in one picture and the cool tones in the other. I think this is a great way to view the color story and make the palette seem a little less intimidating.

Color Breakdown:

[NOTE: These photos are in the opposite order of each row in the palette. The swatches from right to left are the correct order that corresponds to the palette. I’m sorry and will make sure to fix this my future eyeshadow palette reviews!]

Row 1:

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Nubia: This is such a perfect gold shade that has amazing pigmentation. This is the perfect gold to pop in the center of your lid for a beautiful spotlight eye.

Zakiya: This is a rich terracotta matte shade that is very pigmented and buttery. It blends out very well and is a great color to warm up the outer v of the eye.

Osun: This is a beautiful light pink shimmer shade which is beautiful on its own, in the inner corner, or could even be used as highlighter on medium to dark skin tones

Kesi: This is another rich matte shade that is perfect for setting the eye. This shade doesn’t show up much on my skin tone because I am so pale but could be beautiful on deeper skin tones.

Row 2:

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Zuba: This is a GORGEOUS pink shade that is darker than Osun and seems to have some gold shimmer in it which gives it a duochrome effect.

Nana: This shade is a gorgeous warm toned matte transition shade that is super buttery and blendable

Boronu: This shade is a pretty light brown/ champagne shimmer shade that would be a beautiful addition to either a natural or soft glam look.

Kogi: This is such a unique and vibrant shade that I LOVE to add to the outer corner or on the lower lash line. It is a matte that performs very well and blends out beautifully.

Row 3:

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Faso: I am in love with this duochrome lilac/lavender shade that is perfect for spring/ summer. The duochrome doesn’t really show up in the swatches but take my word for it, this is one of my favorite shades in the palette.

Aja: This is my other favorite shade in the palette, and although it shows up in the swatch as a black shade, it is actually a black/dark green duochrome shade with a faint hint of gold shimmer. It is STUNNING in person.

Vai: This is a glittery standard gunmetal shade, but the pigmentation is beautiful and I have been really enjoying it.

Yemoja: This shade is a nice true silver that I honestly haven’t used all that much but the pigmentation is still very incredible. The tiniest amount of this gives you so much pigmentation it is unreal

Row 4:

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Ife: This matte shade is a deep blueish purple shade. This is, unfortunately, one of the two shades that didn’t quite blow me away. It is not bad at all but compared to the rest of the shades it is just not as pigmented. Also, it takes a lot of effort to build this shade up to the dark purple that it looks like in the pan.

Yara: This shade is very unique and I am honestly not really sure how to describe the color. It seems to be a mix of green and blue but it pulls more green. It is a very beautiful color though that I have used quite a lot.

Buzo: This is a bright green shimmer that could be used as a nice pop of color on the lower lash line. I am excited to experiment more with this color and come up with some unique looks.

Yejide: The formula of this shade is similar to Ife. It is a bit drier and less pigmented compared to the other shades but it is still beautiful when built up. It is a very beautiful blue shade that is a dark navy blue with enough layers blended on top of one another.

 

[Overall thoughts:]

If you couldn’t tell by my reaction earlier, I am loving this palette. It is so much fun playing with it and experimenting with different colors. The quality is outstanding especially for the price and I am officially hooked on Juvia’s place. I have already placed an order for the Douce palette as well as the blush palette volume 2 so look out for my reviews on those soon!

With that, thank you all for reading and I hope you are having a great day wherever you are! If you like my content so far I would love for you to subscribe to my blog so that you don’t miss out on my future reviews or leave feedback so that Iknow what I can do to improve my reviews!

XOXO,

Kat

 

My 2018 Resolutions

 

 

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In the past, I have never been someone who makes new years resolutions. Before this year I just claimed that it was kind of stupid and laughed every time I saw a store advertising workout gear or workout programs. This was probably because I thought that I could never be capable of sticking to something for a couple days let alone a whole year. My 2017 was full of challenges. I was diagnosed with panic disorder and struggled constantly with getting that under control, I lost a family member, and my grades in college plummeted which made me feel hopeless. In the days leading up to the new year, however, my mindset completely changed. I decided that I refuse to live with the constant fear. I refuse to let these struggles define me and make me feel insignificant. I am confident that while I might have some off days in 2018, I can turn this around for myself and fill my days with happiness and accomplishments. I refuse to live another day the way that I lived all of 2017. With that, here are my 2018 New Years Resolutions.

1.Love myself even on the bad days: I know that everything that I wrote in the previous paragraph might sound idealistic, but I’m not naive enough to think that every day is going to be positive. I know that I will have some days where I just can’t get out of bed and go to class.. and that is okay. I am going to stop beating myself up for things that I just can’t control. On those bad days, I am going to let myself do whatever my body is telling me to do whether it is binge watch Netflix all day in bed or go get a venti caramel macchiato at Starbucks along with a cupcake. I am going to do the best that I can with the circumstances that I am given but still never surrender to the anxiety. I am in control of those bad days now.

2. Work out at least three times a week: This one sounds like the typical New Years resolution, but it is very necessary. I used to be very active and healthy, but as soon as I started to feel like shit every single day I just stopped it all. It seemed very rational at the time, but I was making the anxiety and panic way worse by doing so. So many people would tell me that working out could be just as effective for treating anxiety as medication and I would roll my eyes… now I realize how true that really is. Whenever I work out I always feel so much happier, healthier, and confident which really sets the pace for the rest of my day. I have been working out and eating healthier in the past week and I can already feel such a difference in my body and my mind. This year I am going to regain the strength that I lost both mentally and physically.

3. Start a blog: This is one that I can already check off the list (obviously). Like I said on my about page, I have wanted to do this for a while and now I am so excited to finally be doing it. I have no idea how it is going to play out for me but for now, I can already see how much I am enjoying it and that is all that matters.  I am excited to see how much my blog can grow within a year and I along with it. I am also planning on starting an Instagram to go along with this site, so stay tuned for that!

4. Focus on Academics: So far in college, I have had so much holding me back that prevented me from showing what I can really do. My grades heavily reflected my struggles with mental health which created such a vicious cycle of anxiety and bad grades. It sucks that I am going through this at such a critical point in my adult life but it is what it is and I have to move on and do my best from there. Now that I am feeling so much better in terms of mental health, I am excited to focus on academics and get my grades up to my potential. I know that it won’t be easy and I will have to work harder than I have ever before but like I said, I refuse to let my challenges hold me back any longer.

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So there you have it, four constant goals that I have for 2018 which will also carry into years after. I am feeling so positive and optimistic about this year and I can’t wait to see my growth. To go along with that, I am also starting a bullet journal to stay organized and track my progress throughout the year. I will probably be posting about that soon once I have it all complete.

With that, thank you so much for reading and I hope I was able to inspire you in some way. If you are dealing with a mental illness like me please just know that you are certainly not alone. You are in control even if you don’t feel like it and it is never too late to take back your life.

XOXO,

Kat

Kathleen Lights X Colourpop Dream St. Palette Review

When thinking about what I wanted to be my first post on this blog, I immediately thought of the newest  Kathleen Lights collaboration with Colourpop. Colourpop is one of my favorite brands due to the high quality and low price, but I was absolutely blown away by this palette.

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While I have loved Coloupop’s pressed powder shadow palettes in the past, this one stands out even further in terms of quality and pigmentation. Not every shade is perfect, but I am very impressed overall. Here is a breakdown of each shade:

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Shooting Star: This shade is the most perfect transition shade. It is a beautiful matte that is rich in pigmentation and blends out with ease.

Magical: This is another good matte transition shade that is a beautiful light peachy color.

Star Dust: This is a nice copper glittery shade that isn’t as pigmented as the rest. You have to go back in a couple times in order to get the desired effect of a normal glitter shade.  

Twinkle: This shade is very similar to “Star Dust” however, it had AMAZING pigmentation. It is very buttery and is almost metallic with one swipe.

Sweet Dreams: This shade is powdery and not as pigmented as “Twinkle” However, it performs fine with a little spritz of setting spray on a brush.

Water Bearer: This is the first shade in the palette that I used on my eye that blew me away. For such a dark blue shade it is extremely pigmented and it is honestly the best blue that I have used.

Potion: This is another matte brown shade that is more warm toned compared to “shooting star”. I am glad that this shade was included in the palette because it can be easily paired with any of the shimmer shades

Spark: This shade is a beautiful and unique orangy red shade. The pigmentation is rich and pigmented and it is a great pop of color that makes this palette stand out

Kaleidoscope: This color is a unique silver that is almost duochrome. It isn’t as pigmented as I would like, but it isn’t the worst that I have used.

Elfish: This is a rich dark brown shade that can be used to darken the outer corner of the eye. My problem with this shade is that when swatched, it seems kind of patchy and is a little harder to work with on the eye.

Moony: This shade is a very light satin shade that almost doesn’t show up on my skin tone. However, the quality of this shade is very good and on darker skin tones I think that it could be beautiful as an inner corner highlight.

Mermaid Boy: Last but not least, this is a beautiful blue shimmer shade that has excellent pigmentation. It is beautifull layered on top of the brown shades as well as the dark blue “water bearer” shade.

 

Overall, for only $16 USD this palette has great quality. If it had a high-end label on it I would still be impressed minus the few “bad’ shades that lacked pigmentation. I think that that issue is one that is very common across eyeshadows that are both high end and affordable. This is definitely my new favorite colourpop palette and I can already tell that I am going to get a lot of use out of it.

I hope that you enjoyed this review, and since this is my first post I would love to receive any feedback that could help make my future posts even better!

 

With that, have an amazing day wherever you are and don’t forget that you are a beautiful and strong woman capable of so many amazing things.

XOXO,

Kat