New Essence Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palettes?!

Hello beautifuls!

I was in Harmon Face Values the other day picking up a new tube of my favorite Essence Cosmetics Princess Lash mascara, when I noticed their product section had been expanded. I noticed there were three new eyeshadow palettes as well, each retailing for $9.99 each and coming with 16 pans of eyeshadow color! The palettes are titled “Spice Up Your Life”, “I’m with the Band”, and “Fairy Wings and Magical Things”.

The “Spice Up Your Life” palette caught my eye – not only because the palette title reminds me of the iconic Spice Girls song, but also because the design of the packaging was reminiscent of fall (which if you’re a long-time reader you know is my FAVORITE season). I didn’t buy the palette, but I took some pictures of it to show you all what it looked like because it was so cute, and seemed like a good deal!

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You can see why the packaging caught my eye – what a cute design! I love all of the spice doodles like the cinnamon stick and the pepper! Here is what the inside looks like.

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The eyeshadows have a clear packaging over them so there was a lot of reflection from the store lights, but how great is the shade range? There is a nice balance of warm-toned and cool-toned shades, which make this palette seem super versatile! I hope one day I will be able to check it out!

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The other two palettes included different color families, and their own fun combination of colors to match their themes. I will try to capture photos of the other two the next time I am in this store. Essence has so many fun and pretty products I want to try, especially now that their selection is so large in Face Values.

I am in NO WAY trying to rush summer, but fall beauty is my favorite!! There are always so many fun product launches all with fall themed packaging and color schemes. I can’t wait to see what else will be released by the end of August through October!

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?!

Xoxo

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Hooked Siren – Halloween Mermaid Makeup

Hi beautiful ghouls!

Yesterday I created a Hooked Siren look, complete with shells from the ocean and a hook straight out of my dad’s tackle box. This look took me about an hour and 45 minutes to complete, and I used a hell of a lot of different beauty products/Halloween sfx products to do it. All products used will be bolded so you can find them easily.

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For my face, I used a moisturizer to prime. Then I added e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation and e.l.f. concealer to prep my skin. Next, I added a cream contour to my face – to my temples and around my forehead, the hollows of my cheeks, and my jaw line. I blended this out and finished with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores setting powder.

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Next, I created the scales! I put a pair of old fishnet stockings around my head, and created an ombre effect of scales using my Julia’s Leaps of Faith eyeshadows! If you don’t know, those are the shadows I make myself! I used the color Puddles ( a bright blue) and Introspective (a smokey purple) which are both currently available for purchase on my Etsy, and then I used a color that is not released on my Etsy shop yet called Mermaid Lagoon (a black based dark blue) for the darkest scale shade!

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After my scales were on, I created the hook injury using a real fishing hook, flesh liquid latex, and ripped up tissues. I let this set and dry on my face while I completed my eyes! For my eyebrows I used Colourpop’s Supershock Eyeshadow in Rhinestone which is a black-based metallic blue/green color on a small angled brush, and filled my brows in like I normally would. This eyeshadow color gave my eyebrows a blu-ish green hue that is reminscent of the ocean floor! Then I used TooFaced Sugar Pop palette and completed my eye makeup with the purples and blues in the palette. I topped the center of my eyelids with the glitter sheer Supershock eyeshadow from Colourpop in Alchemy.

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I completed my eye look with some winged liner using e.l.f. Expert Liner and Ciate London Fierce Flicks. I created a “mermaid tail” wing instead of a traditional wing. Then I used the Essence Cosmetics False Lash mascara to give my lashes definition and length. By this time, my injury was dry, so I picked at it to give it a distressed effect. Then I added my foundation around the outside to make it flesh-toned. I added red and purple tones to the perimeter using the e.l.f. Mad for Matte 2 palette so the wound appeared bruised and infected. At the end, I dumped some fake blood all over it, and let it run down my neck to give the appearance that it was still bleeding.

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I finished my look with a rhinestone headband, and glued some sea shells to my forehead using more liquid latex (this part was surprisingly difficult!). I finished with the Ulta Matte Lip Cream in the shade Allusive for a dark, moody lip that fit the dark blues and purples of this look!

To complete the costume, I added a blue/green sparkly crocheted light-weight sweater (I borrowed from my mom) that looked like a fishing net. I wore a black crop top camisole underneath the netting. Then I wore pearl earrings, a pearly bracelet, and a pearly necklace (all fake of course) to match my underwater theme!

I had SUCH a fun time creating this look yesterday, and I received many compliments on it whether it was in-person compliments, Instagram, or compliments from DMs on Snapchat! I hope you like this look, and try it for yourself! The great part of this costume idea is that you can use any color scheme!

Until next time, stay scary!

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xoxo

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Pumpkin Muffins and Pre-Autumn Feels

Hi beautiful people!

The past few days the temperature has plumeted from the heat wave we just went through here on the East Coast, and although the temperatures are still in the upper 60s and 70s, it has been giving me fall vibes! 🙂 Now to be clear, I am in NO WAY ready for summer to end, however, as my long-time readers know, fall is my favorite season! The first cool weather we have had this summer, and I was craving PUMPKIN! So naturally, I made pumpkin muffins as I watched reruns of American Horror Story.

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I used a simple recipe you can find at this link Libby’s Pumpkin Muffins. I substituted the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil for a 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce. I’ve been doing this when I bake lately because unsweetened applesauce is a substitute for vegetable oil, and has a 1:1 ratio – meaning there are no conversions to be done, and you cut the fat down significantly in your recipe! I also used a 1/2 cup of orange juice instead of a 1/2 cup of water to give my muffins a hint of citrus!

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PS: Don’t mind the slits in the tops of the muffins – I stuck a knife in the top of them to make sure they were cooked thoroughly before I took them out of the pan

These muffins are delicious, and next time I think I’m going to put chocolate chips in them! This rescipe yielded about 28 muffins! ❤ Right out of the oven with butter they are tasty, and they are also yummy toasted with butter, and with coffee in the morning! If you are feeling fall vibes as well and craving the tastes of the season, these muffins are easy to make and will satisfy your fall-flavor craving while you soak up the sunrays of late summer!

What have you been baking this summer? Has the weather been feeling like fall to you? Let me know!

xoxo

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Fall Beauty Wishlist 2016

HELLO beauties! Happy Labor Day!

It is officially September, which means I can officially start getting hyped for fall and my favorite holiday – Halloween! September also means I can start getting excited over all of the fall releases makeup companies are launching! I may or may not have already taken advantage of the ColourPop Labor Day sale, where I ordered two new products from their Fall Edit, and an Ultra Satin lip color in the shade “Alyssa” from the KathleenLights collaboration. Nonetheless, I have a list of products that were released in the last few months that I really want to purchase and try for this fall season! Today I wanted to share with you all some products I’ve been eyeing for some time now.

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First of all, I REALLY REALLY want the Morphe 35F Fall Into Frost palette! This palette has a whole row of matte shades along the bottom, and then the other four are all frosted, shimmery shades! Ugh, everything about this palette is perfection. I don’t own anything from Morphe, but this palette looks like it would be perfect for different fall-inspired eye looks. Maybe I can finally order this when I start my new job next week and start making money!

Next, I am kicking myself I didn’t order the ColourPop highlighter in the shade “Hippo” when I placed my order yesterday. I’ve been dying to try a tinted highlight, and  “Hippo” is an icy silver highlighter with a lavender shift. ColourPop just sent me a $5.00 off coupon code that is good for use within the next month, so again once I start making money at my new job I’ll probably place another order from CP. Hopefully by that time, ColourPop will also have released more new products for me to try!

Finally, there are 3 Jeffree Star products I want to try. I am a little late to the Jeffree Star party, but seeing all of the reviews of his Skin Frosts and liquid lipsticks – I feel like it’s time to try them. Two of his matte liquid lipsticks I’m drooling over are “Doll Parts”, and “Virginity”. I’m concerned “Virginity” may look too light on my fair skin, but I’ve heard amazing reviews of his matte liquid lipstick formula!

Furthermore, Lavender Snow is the Skin Frost that I want to try!! ❤ Again, this is a cool-toned icy silver highlight with a lavender shift. All of his Skin Frosts have sold out, but I am curious to see if these highlighters go on sale/promotion for Black Friday/Cyber Monday! If so, I will definitely pick it up, however, in the meantime I think if I can get my hands on ColourPop’s “Hippo” I’ll be content!

These are my top picks and wishes for the fall season, though I am sure this list will become longer once more makeup companies begin launching their fall collections. I’ve been excited for the Wet N Wild fall collection since August (Read about that here: Wet n Wild Fall Collection 2016!), and I’m hoping the fall season will give me a lot of fun choices to add to my collection to last me through the winter! ❤

What beauty products are you most excited for this fall?

Xoxoxo

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Wet n Wild Fall Collection 2016!

Oh my gosh guys! I am so so terribly sad my summer break is over in about two weeks, but FALL IS COMING and I could not be any more excited! Trust me, I still need more beach days, lemonade, and summer time fun, but the fall season is approaching which means beauty companies are dropping all of their beautiful fall-inspired lines. Mauves, burgundies, plums, chocolate browns, and burnt oranges are all colors reminiscent of fall, and I am more than ecstatic to see these colors highlighted in fall makeup.

Fortunately, Wet n Wild (ONE OF MY FAV DRUGSTORE BRANDS), just released their fall makeup collection, and I am drooling over some of the products they released! They released two eyeshadow trios, four new matte lip colors, and four new Color Icon Colored Mascaras. Ugh! They are so gorgeous. Additionally, for the first time EVER they are selling a beauty box for the fall collection, which includes the products mentioned above, plus two of their best-selling highlighters!

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As the picture shows, you can grab the whole fall collection plus two MegaGlo highlighters for $28.99, when the box would retail for $37.99! I really wish I could purchase the whole box, but since I am broke and have other things I need to pay for, I will have to hunt for these products in Walgreens, Walmart, and CVS. The two eyeshadow trios are the ones I am most excited for! Here are close-ups of them!

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The two trios include the mauvey plum Velour Vixen trio, and the green taupey teal Plaid to the Bone trio. The Velour Vixen trio colors are usually within the family of colors I find myself reaching for all of the time, but these colors are not shades I have in my collection yet so I definitely will be picking this one up! Additionally, I am usually not a huge fan of green and teal eyeshadows on me, but the Plaid to the Bone trio looks so awesome, and since I don’t have many colors like those in my collection at all I think it would be fun to pick up and play with! The trio looks very versatile even though it includes greens and blues. I mean for $2.99 each, how could you go wrong?!

The liquid lipsticks also look like they are going to be a hit for the fall. The colors are pictured in the fall beauty box picture above, and the names include Take It Like a Vamp – a chocolate brown matte lip color; Don’t Be a Plum-Plum – a plum toned brownish matte lip color; How Fleek Is Your Love – a warm fiery red; and Too Tulip To Quit – a rosy bubblegum colored pink lip color. These colors look really versatile, and though I don’t know how Wet n Wild’s liquid lipstick formula is, it would be nice to pick one or two of these colors up to try and play with. I only own two liquid matte lipsticks, one Too Faced Melted and one ColourPop liquid lipstick. Both formulas are sort of drying (ColourPop especially), so hopefully Wet n Wild’s formula is a bit better or slightly more hydrating.

Finally, there is the four Color Icon Colored mascaras. These look really awesome and fun to play with! They come in four colors – Unbreakable BronzeGreen as a ThistleSapphire Night Live, and Glamethyst Rock. The colors I highlighted the names in are essentially the colors of the swatches on the Wet n Wild website of these mascaras. The description claims they can be used alone or on top of black mascara, but I think these four colors would look really awesome for a look created with the eyeshadow trios, or even used alone for a pop of color!

What do you think of Wet n Wild’s fall line? I hope I can go to the store and find these items. They sell out so fast at the Walgreens near my house! I am excited to try these babies, and I am also excited to see what else my favorite makeup companies will be launching for the fall season! What beauty colors or trends are you excited for this fall season? Comment below!

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Click on the web link to purchase Wet n Wild online! Wet n Wild Fall Collection (Not an affiliate link)

*This is not a sponsored post. This is just a company I love that launched a really awesome fall collection I wanted to tell you all about!*