Friday, April 24, 2015

Haul + Swatches | Colour Pop Megan Naik + Super Shock Cheeks

Colour Pop Haul, Swatches, Megan Naik, Super Shock Blush, Super Shock Shadow, Lippie Pencil, Lippie Stix, @girlythingsby_e

I may need to declare this Haul Week. It seems like I spent a good portion of April acquiring beauty related items. And I need to film and take photos of everything before I start using it so you can see items while they're still pristine. But don't worry, we won't become an all-hauls-all-the-time blog. We'll get back to some post variation soon enough. For now, I'll need you to indulge me as I sift through all this retail indulgence footage. I'm assuming you don't mind, since we're all beauty fanatics here. 

Speaking of fanatic, have you gotten swept up in the Colour Pop frenzy? I sure have (obviously). This brand is the new cool kid on the block with good reason. They make amazing products. 

Their Super Shock Shadows and Lippie Stix have taken the beauty world by storm and everyone's a little bit giddy about them. First of all, the shadows have an incredible hybrid creme-powder consistency and they deliver amazing pigmentation, are long lasting and very easy to work with. Their Lippie Stix and corresponding pencils are creamy, long-lasting, hydrating and come in an array of fun colors. To top it all off, at only $5 a pop, you get the quality and performance of a high-end cosmetic. 

WHAT?! True story. It's no wonder we're all acting like love-struck teenagers.

Then they upped the ante and released a line of blushes dubbed the Super Shock Cheeks. Like the shadows, these deliver impressive color pay off, long-lasting results and the unique creme-powder consistency.  The blushes cost $8 each but come with twice the amount of product (0.15 oz) as the shadows (0.07 oz). 

Add to that the fact that they're cruelty free and made in the USA and we have an all around winner. 

I loved my first Colour Pop purchase so much, I had to go back for more. I was trying to hold off until after I'd gone to IMATS before making another purchase. But then Colour Pop went and had a clearance sale on some of their Super Shock Shadow quads. I couldn't resist. And while I was buying more eyeshadow, I grabbed some of their blushes, supplemented one of my lipsticks with it's corresponding pencil and added a new lippie stix to my collection.  

You can watch my haul below and then scroll down to see more photos and swatches: 

Alright, now let's discuss. As I mentioned in the video, I'm a neutral blush girl. I have a handful of bright fun blushes in my makeup collection and they don't get as much attention as they probably deserve. But my easy-to-wear colors? They're getting used and abused. 

That's why I decided to pick up three blushes from their aptly named naked (I mean, neutral) selection. I purchased: aphrodisiac, between the sheets and birthday suit.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek, Between the Sheets, Aphrodisiac, Birthday Suit, @girlythingsby_e

Aphrodisiac is a soft beige brown with a matte finish. Colour Pop describes this as their contouring shade. Specifically, they say you can contour anything with it. 

Between the sheets is a soft beige pink with a matte finish.

Birthday suit is a neutral pink with a satin finish.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheeks, swatches, @girlythingsby_e, Between the Sheets, Aphrodisiac, Birthday Suit

As you can see from the swatches, Between the Sheets looks like a coral pink on me, Aphrodesiac looks like it would indeed be a fabulous contour shade (seems slightly warm but I think it would work on a lot of skin tones -- super pale ladies, please chime in), and Birthday Suit almost looks like it should also be a matte, but that's because the sheen on it is very subtle. 

Next up is the Megan Naik Super Shock Shadow quad. This was on sale for 20% off, so it ended up costing only $16 (of $4 per shadow). The quad came with the following shades: Lectra, Onai, Farah, Amira. 

Colour Pop Megan Naik, @girlythingsby_e

Lectra is a (gorgeous) deep burgundy with pink violet shimmer and a metallic finish.

Onai is a creamy white (not a stark white) with blue-violet opalescent duo chrome that has a satin finish. 

Amira is an antique gold with multi-color multi-dimensional glitter and a metallic finish.

Farah is a chocolate brown with a matte finish. 

Colour Pop Megan Naik, @girlythingsby_e

As you can see from the swatches below, these are pretty true to the color in the pan and the shades are absolutely stunning. It looks more like a fall color grouping, but I think using Amira and Farah on their own will yield a really nice golden look for the summer. 

Colour Pop Megan Naik swatches, @girlythingsby_e

I also purchased the lippie stix in the shade Brink, which is described as a warm dusty taupe and the shade was apparently inspired by Kylie Jenner's signature lip shade. Feel how you will about Kylie, but I am a fan of that rosey brown lip shade she wears. It's quite flattering. 

Colour Pop Lippie Stix, Brink, @girlythingsby_e

Colour Pop Lippie Stix, Brink, Swatch, @girlythingsby_e

Then my final purchase was the Heart On pencil. My friend Jen gifted me a Heart On lippie stix knowing full well that I have an unhealthy fixation with fuchsia/magenta lipstick. The shade is absolutely gorgeous and the blue undertones make my teeth look super white. Considering I have a lot of lipsticks in this (or similar) shades, I felt it was high time I also had a lip liner to go with them all. For $5, it was money well spent!

Colour Pop Heart On Lippie Pencil, @girlythingsby_e

Below is a swatch of both my Heart On lippie stix and pencil.

Colour Pop Heart On Swatch, @girlythingsby_e

That's all I got this time folks. But you can be sure I'll be back for more very soon. I've hit pan on my Hanky Panky shadow from near daily use (an impressive feat considering all the shadows I own) and I'll need to restock soon. I'm sure while I'm at it, I'll grab a few more new items if only to reach the $30 threshold for free shipping and also because their matte formula has me all starry eyed so any excuse to buy more will do.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April Ipsy Glam Bag "Unboxing"

Just a fun little Ipsy Glam Bag "unboxing" to entertain you all today. It's my second bag and so far I've been happy with the items I've received.

If you don't know about Ipsy, it's a monthly subscription where you sign up*,  fill out a beauty quiz and receive full-size and deluxe-sized beauty products for $10 + tax each month. It's a great way to discover new brands and products without breaking the bank. The samples are usually pretty generous so you get multiple uses out of them and it's always pretty awesome when you get several full-sized items in one month. Typically you get at least one full-sized item per month. Not bad for $10!

Check out my video to see what was inside my glam bag this month!

Are you an Ipsy member? What was your favorite item from this month's bag (yours or mine, whichever you please)?

*This is a referral link. I do not receive monetary compensation if you sign up using this link.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Haul: IMATS NYC 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, I survived my first IMATs -- and in the process had a blast visiting New York with my sister. We attended on Sunday, so it was the day after all the big YouTubers went and got kicked out. I have no idea how it compares to Saturday's apparent mayhem, but it seems the event was nice and calm for the first few hours we were there. It wasn't until a little later in the afternoon that the crowds started to get a little thicker and it started to feel like other trade shows I've attended in the past (e.g., The Makeup Show, Premiere Orlando).

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it was better or worse without the YouTubers there. I wasn't there to witness the crowds that would surround them. I don't know what the YouTubers did or didn't do to merit getting booted. I only know what I heard. If the rumors are true, and judging by the venue and event layout, I can see how too many people crowing around to take photos with their favorite "gurus" could have resulted in the vloggers getting the boot. All I'm saying is that I can understand how it would become a safety concern.

Anyway, that's all I've got to say on that subject because I wasn't attending with the goal to partake in any YouTube meet and greets (although I probably would've said hi discreetly had I seen any of them -- I am friendly after all). I understand that some people attend hoping to see their favorite internet beauty personalities and can see how it would be disappointing that they're not there. My main focus, though, was to shop and chat with brand reps to learn about products and what not. So for me the trip was a total success.

With that said, I promised an IMATS haul and that's exactly what you'll get! So check out my video below to see everything I got (and even some swatches).

And here's a list of all the products:

  • Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleanser (Quick Dry formula)
  • Alcone Company Non-Latex makeup sponges
  • Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray
  • Skindinavia Oil Control Primer Spray
  • Skindinavia Original Primer Spray
  • Bdellium Tools Tapered Contour Brush (944)
  • Bdellium Tools 10-piece Studio Mineral brush set with makeup roll which includes the following brushes:
    • #964 AP Blusher
    • #957 Precision Cheek
    • #955 Finishing
    • #945 Contour
    • #942 Slanted Contour
    • #781 Crease
    • #776 Blending
    • #769 Angled Contour
    • #765 Small Angle Shader
    • #755 Smudge
  • Beauty Blender Body Blender
  • Serenity + Scott: Gatsby (lipstick) + Copper Auburn (brow gel)
  • Dirty Little Secret lipsticks: Poison, Guilty Pleasure, Hopeless
  • Lip Bar liquid lipstick: Candy Land and Dirty Red
  • Cozette Brushes: S145, D255, S165, S175, S185
  • Stilazzi shadows and blushes:
    • MS04
    • MS08
    • MB10
    • MB16
    • MB18
    • MB19
    • MS43
    • MS44
    • MS45
    • PS26
  • Ever Glaze polishes: Lil' Bow-tique, Don't Grape About it, Floral-escent, Paint My Piggies Pink, Orchid, Top Coat
  • IBD polish in Tickled Pink
  • Chacott Cleansing Water (travel size)

Alright, I showed you mine, now tell me about your haul. Did you go to IMATS and what was your favorite purchase?