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August Favorites

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This August, I’ve been loving a nice mix of makeup. The funny part about this post is that only 2 of the 6 products I’ve picked out are new. The other few are some that I’ve had for a while and I’ve just now rediscovered.

Read on to see what I’ve been loving this August!

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Colourpop + Lush haul!

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If you’d told me before I started my blog I’d be ordering from Colourpop, I would’ve said your were out of your mind.

Way back in September (almost a year ago!) I was beginning to get into makeup. I heard about Colourpop for the first time when they were in the news for their… um poorly named sculpting sticks. The line was heavily criticized for it’s lack of diverse colors and their offensive names for the darker colors such as Typo, Dume, and Yikes. You can read more about it here.

I vowed to never order from them, but as time went on I became interested in their products. Every time an influencer mentioned Colourpop, I cringed slightly. I began to feel like I was hating them for a small mistake, something they’d apologized for. So now, a year later I placed an order from them right after the wildly successful launch of their concealers, which have a line of 15 shades.

15 shades isn’t a lot, but it’s progress.

I was super excited and wanted to try a few things without getting anything I didn’t need. So, I sadly passed on the pressed bronzer and highlight and the super shock cheek products.

I also picked up a few things from Lush, one a well loved repurchase and one something new to try. Keep reading to see what I got!

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Gone swatching: Tarte clay face shaping palette

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While I was in New York I got the chance to visit the largest Sephora in the world, stocked with all the newest releases, one of which being this palette. I was really excited for the launch of this on Tarte and I was super excited to test it out for myself.

Tarte describes this as a palette that can be used to sculpt all parts of your face. You can use this as eyeshadow, brow powder, contour powder or bronzing powder. All of the shades in this are matte.

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Urban Decay Nooner vs Kiko Milano 46

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Nooner from the Naked 3 palette is one of my favorite shades of all time, let alone my favorite shade from the Naked 3 palette. I love a great taupe eyeshadow and a rosy taupe is even better! However, I recently bought a couple of eyeshadows from Kiko Milano (one was reviewed here) and I noticed that one of the shades from the Wet and Dry line in the color 46 seemed very similar to nooner. As soon as I got home, I tested both eyeshadows to see if they had any similarities.

Let’s check it out!

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Gone swatching: Urban Decay Naked Heat palette

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I recently did a dupes post on this here, but I though I should share the swatches I did of this palette at a Sephora recently. I’m actually in New York right now and I’ve been doing a ton of swatches from Glossier, Bite Beauty, and Sephora, so I’ll be posting those soon!

I read the review from The Anna Edit and I wasn’t interested in buying because with her review she seemed a little underwhelmed with the palette. She either disliked or wasn’t going to use 7 of the shades which is over half the palette. She wasn’t thrilled with some of the formulas and thought the colors were too bold. So for me, that cut through the hype and I decided against buying it. You can read her review here if you’re interested.

Then, I swatched it myself, and was surprised with it. I love the quality of this, and I actually really like the colors. Like a lot more than I thought I would. I like Urban Decay matte shadows, and these are no different, thought they feel more blendable then the shades from the Naked 3 palette.

This is part one of two posts: the second will discuss the other part of the Naked Heat collection including the eyeliners and lipsticks.

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The matchup: Purple monochromatic makeup

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Unlike my last post that featured mauve makeup, this will be showcasing a more purple-grey look. In this post, I’ll be using the following thing:

  • The shades pearlthistle, and nightingale from the Julep flights of fancy palette in Solstice
  • The Urban Decay primer potion in original
  • The Kiko Milano smart eyeshadow in 08
  • The Julep gel eyeliner in radiant amethyst
  • The Bite Beauty amuse bouche lipstick in cava

Keep reading to learn how to get what I call a “sunset” look. The latest trend is also called sunset eyes (see a great tutorial here) but it draws inspiration from a sunrise. The shades used include hot pink, red, orange, and yellow, shades you see in the morning. My look is more subtle, drawing colors from a sunset- dusty blue and greyish purple.

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7 dupes for the Naked Heat palette

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So the Naked Heat palette came out in the middle of June and naturally people freaked out. It was the first Naked palette in 2 years, and they hype was crazy for it. I really wanted it at first. Then I read this post from the Anti Haul blog that cut through all the noise and I decided I didn’t need it…right now.

I was however interested in the colors featured in the palette. Would warm bronzes look good on me? Would I like them? Is this a trend I want to follow?

I wasn’t sure, so I decided to look through my collection for similar shades and look a little online for some close dupes.

A quick note about this post: none of these are exactly the same as the Naked Heat as I do not own it and have not swatched. I also don’t own most of the dupes I’m suggesting. However, if you’re looking to try similar shades at a lower price, this is a good post for you. For comparison swatches, I’m using this post by The Anna Edit.

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Kiko Milano Mini Divas baked eyeshadow review

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I recently did a whole post on the Kiko Milano mini divas collection here, and I didn’t have a lot of positive takeaways. The short reason is that I felt the entire collection as a whole was overpriced for what it was, especially this eyeshadow, and you can read that post for my explanation as to why.

So you might be thinking this:

“Okay, it’s overpriced. So what? It’s a capsule collection, of course it’ll be more expensive. Why shouldn’t I get this anyways?”

Here’s why: the quality is clearly lacking in this eyeshadow. Don’t make the same mistake as me.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette review

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I online stalked this product for months (months!) before buying it.

And I haven’t regretted it.

I got this for my birthday back in February. The Volume 2 of this palette had just launched, but I passed on it because I felt like the colors were too harsh for me and I prefer natural looks more. The Volume 3 hadn’t launched yet, but I explain here why I won’t be getting that either.

This is honestly the perfect palette for me. There are two mattes which both blend so smoothly, and the shimmery shades are gorgeous with minimal fallout. What else can you ask for in a palette?

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Gone swatching: Kiko Milano Mini Divas collection

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Today I’m sharing swatches and a short review of the products included in the Kiko Milano Mini Divas collection.

The Mini Divas collection is a set of products that are travel sized. It recently launched to celebrate Kiko Milano’s 20th anniversary! This collection includes an eyeshadow (4 shades), a blush (1 shade), a bronzer (1 shade) an eyeliner and mascara duo (1 shade), lipsticks (3 shades), an essentials kit (scissors, tweezers, nail file & a case), a clear clutch, a kabuki brush, and a cleanser duo.

That’s a lot, so expect a long post.

I’ve swatched most of this line and photographed what was on display so let’s take a look!

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