Tutorial Tuesday: Dose of Colors Friendcation Palette

I reviewed this palette last week and today I’m sharing two different looks. The first is a daytime, neutral, perfect for the office, look and then how to take it up a notch for nighttime.

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Products Used
Essence Intensifying Eyeshadow Base
Wet n Wild Brulee
MAC Fix+
Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette
Colour Pop Jelly Shadow in We Jammin
Milani Stay Put Waterproof Eyeliner in Hooked On Espresso
Physicians Formula Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Brown
Essence Lash Primer
Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

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Brushes
Morphe M441 (Blender)
Luxie 121 (Tapered Blender)
elf Eye Shadow (Lid Shade)
Merle Norman Eyes #4 (Brown Bone)
Morphe M213 (Inner Corner)
elf 202 Smudge (Buff out lower lash line)
Luxie 141 (Blend/smoke lower lash line)
Wet n Wild Smokey Liner (Blend blue shadow on lower lash line)

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Directions :: AM Look

  1. Primer–Apply Essence Eye Base and set with Wet n Wild Brulee
  2. Transition Shade–Blend Necessary into and slightly above the crease using the M441 and windshield wiper motions.
  3. Crease & Outer V–Pack Cheens and blend using the Luxie 121 until you get the intensity you desire.
  4. Blend–Use M441 to blend Necessary and Cheens to make sure there are no harsh lines.
  5. Lid–Apply Just A Kiss with the elf eyeshadow brush. I applied dry first, then I sprayed my brush with MAC Fix+ to intensify the color payoff.
  6. Brow Bone–There is now brow bone shade in this palette so I used Enlight from the Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette with the Merle Norman Eyes #4 brush.
  7. Inner Corner–Colour Pop Jelly Shadow with M213.
  8. Mascara–1) Lash Primer 2) Lancome Monsieur Big 3) Benefit Roller Lash

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To take this look to the next level…

  1. Tightline–Milani Pencil
  2. Line Upper Lash Line–Physicians Formula Liquid Liner
  3. Smudge–Apply Milani Pencil on lower lash line and smudge out using the elf 202
  4. Blend–Take Luxie 141 and use Necessary to blend out harshness/diffuse the pencil liner.
  5. Color–Use the Wet n Wild Smokey brush to add A Moment to lower lash line. I packed it on and then blended it and repeated this step till I was satisfied with how the color looked.

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Other Products

Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Eye Shadow Palette Review

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Claims
–Long-wearing mattes
–Ultra-dazzling shades packed with multi-dimensional reflects

Price
–$55
Ulta, doseofcolors.com
(I got mine on sale and it’s going to be half off at Ulta on March 18 during the 21 Days of Beauty)

Pros
–Gorgeous packaging
–Cruelty free
–Gluten free
–Paraben free
–Pigmented
–Easy to blend
–Little fall out
–Large pan size
–Multi look palette (every day, glam, ultra smokey looks are all achievable with this palette)

Cons
–Expensive
–No brow bone shade

Final Thoughts
This was Ulta Diamond Deal and I got it half off, otherwise I wouldn’t have purchased it. I don’t splurge on eye shadow palettes though so take that as you will. The mattes are pigmented and smooth and the metallics are definitely “ultra-dazzling” and even more intense if you wet your brush before applying. I love the formula, packaging, and I’ve LOVED watching and following Desi and Katy for years so this was a total win for me. You can get some every day, neutral looks, but if that’s your preferred look, I don’t know that this palette will be worth it for you. My only complaint is there is now brow bone shade, but I have those in other palettes so it’s not a huge deal. I like it and I’m glad I have it in my collection.

Check back next week for a tutorial!

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January Favorites

This month’s favorites are SUPER random, but this is what I’ve been loving so I wanted to share anyway!

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Erin Condren Planner Folio
–I didn’t get an EC planner this year, but I love this planner folio aka planner holder.
–Of course, I went with the custom option because I wanted to put my dogs and other favorite things on it instead of a design, but there are lots of options.
–I don’t do the full own scrapbook planner with tons of stickers and fancy layouts, but I do use some stickers and this folio is great way to keep all of my stuff together.

J Crew Factory Suede Tassel Stretch Flats
–I got these on super sale and I am obsessed! I love the tassel and the pointed toe. The leopard is calf hair which I love and the tan is suede.
–I ordered the tan first and they were so comfy that I immediately ordered the leopard and black. I accidentally ordered the wrong size in the black and my correct size was sold out so I ended up giving those to my sister. ‘Twas a sad day.
–They are completely sold out, but there are a few sizes available in the leopard. Size up a half size!

Sephora Collection Dynamic Duo On The Go Face Brush
–My elf Massaging Facial Cleanser died and I’ve been too lazy/forgetful to get a battery. I saw this in Sephora and it was cute and travel friendly so I picked it up to try.
–The brush side isn’t too harsh and I love using the silicone side to really cleanse my pores.

Milani Prep+Set+Glow Powder
–This product is so good that it’s getting it’s own post here shortly, BUT in the meantime, just know this is a dry skin dream.

Colour Pop Constellation + Bare Minerals Nude Chiffon
–I always use some kind of primer or cream base when I wear eye shadow. It helps the powder stick and extend wear and it also intensifies the color.
–I don’t love Constellation on its own, but it’s GORG paired with this BM shade.
–It’s been my go to look for eye shadow this month. It’s easy, takes no time, and packs a punch.
–I got the BM shadow at TJ Maxx for $4 or $5 and I can’t find it online to link, but if you see it, get it. It’s so pretty!

It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
–When I first tried this, I didn’t like it. It pulled very orange/red toned on me.
–I got it in a gift set recently and gave it another try and now I really like it. The shade is a good match and I like the formula too.
–I have cheaper favorites so I’m not going to repurchase when I use this up, but it is a really good product.

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Colour Pop Constellation + Bare Minerals Nude Chiffon=GORGEOUSNESS 
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I finally got a diploma frame, 5 years after graduating, and then I couldn’t find my diploma. Most of my stuff is in storage and I went through every box in my storage unit and couldn’t find it. I ordered a replacement and finally got it hung up in my office. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL.
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My sister gave me these scripture cards for Christmas and it was one of my favorite gifts. I have them on my desk and flip to a new verse every day. I look forward to doing this every morning and starting my day with God’s word. I share them on Instastories and I’ve gotten several questions as to where to purchase them. You can get them on Amazon!
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I got these Adidas sneaks half off at Belk a few weeks ago and they’re cute and comfortable. I’ve been meeting a friend to walk at the park after we get off work and these don’t hurt my feet no matter how many miles we walk. Image via.

What have you been loving this month?

Best of Beauty 2018

I thought about making this a week long thing but I’m too lazy for that and I prefer a one stop shop so here goes!

Also, if it’s a product I’ve reviewed, I’ll link to the review.


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PRIMERS
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Physicians Formula Bright Boost Oil Elixir
elf Prep & Blur Stick
Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner (review)

CONCEALERS
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Concealer in White
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer (review)

FOUNDATION
Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage (review)
LA Girl Pro Matte (review)
NYX Mineral Stick (review)
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Breathable (review)
Revlon ColorStay Full Cover (review)
Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define (review)
Too Faced Born This Way (review)
Ulta Moisturizing Stick (review)
Estee Lauder Double Wear (review)
Mary Kay Mineral (review)


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POWDERS
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pore Pressed 
Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder (review)
Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Ghost
J. Cat Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain
Rimmel Stay Matte Loose Powder

HIGHLIGHTERS
elf x Heart Defensor Coffee ‘n Cream
Physicians Formula Butter in Pearl
Ofra Pillow Talk
Maybelline x Nikki Tutorials Master Chrome
Colour Pop Luster Dust in Strobe Globe

BLUSHES
LOreal Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush
Milani Rose Blush Trio

BRONZER
Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze Bronzer in Fair to Light

CONTOUR
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Fawn

SETTING SPRAYS
Too Faced Hangover Rx
Colour Pop All Star
Essence Keep It Perfect! Makeup Fixing Spray
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray


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EYES & BROWS
Anastasia Beverly Hill Single Shadows
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Marie Antoinette
Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid Liner in Deep Brown
Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retract
Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Pencil in Soft Brown
Almay Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde
Tarte Busy Gal Brows Tinted Brow Gel
LOreal Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara
MAC Dazzle Shadow Liquid in Every Day Is Sunshine

TOOLS
ecotools Perfecting Cushion Sponge
Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge
Japonesque High Density Foundation Brush
Real Techniques Brush Crush Volume I Brushes
Morphe M439
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MASCARA
Catrice Glam & Doll (review)
–Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Fiber Mascara (review)
Revlon Volumazing (review)
Maybelline Total Temptation (review)
Lancome Monsieur Big (review)
Stila HUGE Extreme Lash (review coming soon!)
CoverGirl Total Tease (review)
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer (review)


lips

–Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow & Arrow
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Lip Color in Melon Pop
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks
Victoria Secret Velvet Matte
–Victoria Secret Velvet Matte Sheer
Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Lipstick #44
Kopari Lip Love
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick shade 91 Seduisante
Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Posie K
Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Posie K
LOreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick


skin

CLEANSERS
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub
Bare Minerals Skin Polishing Grains (major game changing product for me. I found them at TJ Maxx for $5.99 and I will never be without this.)
Neutrogena Acne Proofing Daily Scrub
Shea Moisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Cleansing Balm
–Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar Water (not available in the US yet, but I bought from this website. It’s sold out right now)
Garnier Micellar Foaming Cleanser
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelee Milk Cleanser (not available in the US yet)

EYE CREAM, TONERS, & SERUMS 
It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream
Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal
BareMinerals Age Defense & Renew Serum (found at TJ Maxx for $12!)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Express Hydrating Spray (this is too thick to use as a spray, so I put a little on a cotton pad and use it as a toner)
Aveeno MaxGlow Infusion Drops (another game changer)

MOISTURIZERS, MASKS, & TOOLS
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50
GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment
Origins Ginzing Energy Boost Gel Moisturizer
elf Pore Refining Peel Off Mask
elf Massaging Facial Cleanser
–Jade Roller (I got mine at TJ Maxx for less than $10)


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HAIR
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo
Biolage ColorLast Shampoo & Conditioner
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
LOreal Hair Sheet Mask

BODY
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hand Gel Cream
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Body Gel Cream
Tree Hut Moisturizing Shave Oil
Tree Hut Shave Prep Sugar Scrub
Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter


354635347 hours later, we’re at the end.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far and in general.

I’d love to know your stand out products so leave them in the comments!

P.S. I’ve already been buying and trying and testing products to report on in 2019.

CoverGirl Peach Punch Collection

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CoverGirl recently released 2 lines of scented makeup, peach & chocolate. The chocolate didn’t really interest me, but the peach line definitely did. I really wanted the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, but I really didn’t want to pay that much for a palette I knew I wouldn’t reach for very often. Fortunately, CoverGirl stepped in to help a sister out.

The collection consists of an eye shadow palette, face palette, two blushes, and a highlighter. I’ve seen the eye shadow palette at a few other stores, but the highlighter and face palette are both Wal Mart exclusives. I didn’t pick up the individual blushes because the face palette came with blush shades.

The peach scent is definitely there, but it’s not overly powerful and it doesn’t linger.


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Claims
–Highly pigmented
–Same look as a $50 palette

Price
–$9.96 @ Wal Mart 

Pros
–Affordable
–Matte and shimmer options
–Pigmented
–Easy to blend
–Sleek packaging
–Smells good
–Dermatologist tested

Cons
–Shades are a little powdery
–There is fall out
–Not cruelty free
–No brow bone shade

Final Verdict
The peach scent is present, but it’s not overly powerful and it doesn’t linger. I love the mix of matte and shimmers. I don’t have the Too Faced palette to compare it to, but if you never picked that up and still want something similar in your collection, I definitely recommend picking this up.

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Price
–$9.98 @ Wal Mart

Pros
–Pigmented
–Affordable
–Easy to blend
–Smells good
–Cute packaging

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Wal Mart exclusive

Final Verdict
The bronzer is very warm, too warm to contour, but the tone works for my fair skin. The highlight shade is too dark for me to use as a highlighter so I mix it with the blush. I wore this makeup for 12 hours and it lasted pretty well. It had definitely started to fade by the end of the night, but I rarely wear my makeup that long and I was impressed with how well it held up. The bronzer is just ok, but I love mixing the other 2 shades for a pretty, peach glow.

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Top shade is the highlighter in separate packaging followed by the bronzer, blush, and highlighter in the face palette.

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Price
–$6.94 at Wal Mart

Pros
–Affordable
–Smells good
–Cute packaging
–Pretty shade

Cons
–STRAIGHT GLITTER
–Didn’t last long at all

Final Verdict
I HATE this highlighter. It’s basically pressed glitter. I had glitter all over my face. I used a cream base and set it with this and it faded so fast. I tried using MAC Fix+ to reduce the glitter fall out, and it helped, but it also made the shade too dark for my skin tone. This was a major fail.


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June Favorites

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Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette + Essence All I Need
I don’t wear eye shadow very often, but once I saw Jade share this Charlotte Tilbury cream shadow, I had to have it. I am in love with the shade! Since it’s a pretty penny, I want to be sure and use it and get my moneys worth. You could wear it alone, but I always put a powder shadow over a cream. $35 cream with a $2 powder, it’s called balance, friends.

Chanel Rouge Allure 91 Seduisante Lipstick
I went to NYC the last weekend in May for my BFFs wedding. I decided to pick this up at the airport to commemorate my trip. I love the idea of a memory being tied to a certain lipstick. For the past few years, I’ve bought myself a high end/luxury lipstick for my birthday. Each time I reach for that shade, I remember my birthday and different events from that year. Now, every time I reach for this GORGEOUS Chanel shade, I’ll remember my best friend’s wedding.

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Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
I got a sample of this at Target and fell in love with the scent. I don’t like the feeling of lotion because so many are so greasy and just sit on my skin rather than sink in. Fortunately, this one doesn’t do that. It absorbs quickly, hydrates, doesn’t leave a greasy feeling, and it smells so. dang. good.

Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life
I got this in my Target Beauty Box in May and even though I haven’t used it up yet, I already bought a back up. There was a gift set on sale that came with the scrub and the body butter and I couldn’t resist.

LOreal Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair & Protect Balm + Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo
I only wash my hair once a week, usually on Sunday. I don’t use dry shampoo till about Thursday and if I have weekend plans, I will wash it on Friday or Saturday. I always get asked how I only wash my hair once a week. I’m very lucky and my hair just doesn’t get oily easily. The other trick is the aforementioned combo. I use this conditioning mask and leave it on about 20 minutes. I rinse it out and then use the Neutrogena shampoo. The mask/balm hydrates my hair and makes it soft and shiny and the Neutrogena gets any residue left behind from the mask and other hair products. Another bonus, they’re both at the drugstore and super affordable.

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul & Review

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I’m so sad that 21 Days of Beauty is over, but I’m already looking forward to the fall sale.

I LOVE this event because it gives me a chance to stock up on some must haves and try some more expensive products at a cheaper price.

I think I practiced some serious self-control and only purchased 5 things. SHOCKING, I know.

Keeping reading to see what I picked up and my thoughts on the products.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder
–Love the loose version of this, but it’s SO messy
–This powder if very finely milled and a great all over setting powder
–Good to use all over or just under the eyes
–Don’t know that it makes my pores go undetected or blurs them, but it does give an all over smooth appearance

Dose of Colors Eyedeal Duo in Shell
–I thought this was going to be more of a champagne shade, but it’s straight up rose gold
–The pigment is quite messy and VERY glittery
–I haven’t played with this too much, but I may end up returning it

Buxom Full On Lip Cream in Dolly
–I’m usually not a lip gloss fan, but my friend Zelle has raved about these so I decided to grab one while they were half off.
–She recommended Dolly and it is the most perfect neutral shade for every day
–I was super hesitant because it claims to be plumping, but the tingle is minimal and I don’t mind it.
–I wish I had bought more shades while they were $10

Becca First Light Priming Filter
–I got a sample of this as a 100 point perk and I really liked how it made my skin feel.
–It’s a lightweight, hydrating primer that works well for my dry skin.
–I wouldn’t have purchased it if it hadn’t been on sale though. I don’t love it $38 worth, but for $19, I’m in.

MAC Fix+
–This product is just an every day staple for me.
–I ALWAYS have a back up of this. I keep one bottle on my vanity to use and another in my drawer for when I run out.
–It was a no brainer to pick this up while it was half off.

Did you pick up anything during the sale?