Review & Swatches: The Magic by Juvia’s

the magic by juvia's

Juvia’s Place is an amazing brand that I just recently discovered a few months ago. Their shadows are insanely pigmented and their pans are huge! The awesome part is… they are also extremely affordable! This is a newer, though pretty sure they’ve already got another out, release called The Magic.

the magic by juvia'sinside palette

The palette features a nice combination of warm and cool toned shadows, which I love! I also love that there are a lot of shimmers because those are my fav. Mattes are great for the blending but shimmers make my life, plus they have plenty of mattes for the blending needed. Now, let’s get into some swatches!

row 1

Row 1 (from left to right): Nubia, Zakiya, Osun, Kesi

row 2

Row 2 (from left to right): Zuba, Nana, Boronu, Kogi

row 3

Row 3 (from left to right): Faso, Aja, Vai, Yemoja

row 4

Row 4 (from left to right): Ife, Yara, Buzo, Yejide

After using these shadows, I can confirm that their quality is just as perfect as their previous palettes. Forever obsessed with Juvia’s quality and overall commitment to providing affordable cosmetics! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Review & Swatches: Jouer Skinny Dip Collection + More

skinny dip palette

Along with the many other cosmetics that I have ordered this month (RIP my bank account), I got the new Skinny Dip collection from Jouer Cosmetics. I was super excited because I had never tried their eyeshadows or liquid lipsticks before. I have had their highlighters and they are to die for. I got two new ones of those (although that was a lot of disappointment, we’ll get to that later). I figured since this is my first go at Jouer’s other products, I’d do a little swatch fest and review for you all who are interested and trying out the brand.

lip cremes skinny dip palette skinny dip and rose gold highlighters

So, I’ll go ahead and let you guys know now that I did not swatch the highlighters. That being because mine came shattered. I know that Jouer’s highlighter formula is veryyyy soft and it crumbles easily so it probably just got tossed around too much during the shipping because it was shipped in very nice packaging and wrapped well. I did email them but have not got a response yet. Hopefully, I will get that soon so I can use these babies. Now, on to the swatches!

skinny dip palette skinny dip palette

skinny dip palette swatches

Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadows (from left to right: Midnight Swim, Magic Hour, Tan Lines, Skinny Dip, Bikini, and Star Light

Excuse the massive amounts of glitter on my arm as I swatched the Stila Magnificent Metals glitter eyeshadows right before this and… that wasn’t my best idea. 😅 So, these are extremely pigmented and creamy shimmer shadows. I am obsessed with this formula. My favorite is probably Star Light just because it is sooo shiny. The only disappointing shade would be Bikini, which is the light, baby pink color. It’s not that it is not pretty much it feels like a much different formula than the rest of the shadows. Maybe it was packed too tightly but I couldn’t get a lot of product off when swatching it.

lip toppers and lip cremes

From left to right: Rayanne, Pamplemousse (lip crèmes), St. Tropez, Skinny Dip (lip toppers)

lip cremes

From left to right (lip crèmes): Cabernet, Brique, Lychee, Tawny Rose (my personal favorite so far and the one I tested on my lips)

Now, first impressions, I am obsessed. These are an amazing mousse-y formula that is super opaque on the lips. I tested out Tawny Rose to see how it wore and it stayed on like a dream and looked amazing on my skin tone. The only one that surprised me, though I am not disappointed, was Cabernet. Due to the color in the tub, I excited something deeper and darker than the shade after (Brique), but it was just as bright and just more violet in my opinion. Still a gorgeous color!

Overall, I am very pleased with the new products I’ve tested. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a Jouer highlighter post to make up for the lack of swatches in this one. I think I’ll have four total once I get replacements for the two that came broken. So, what are your opinions of Jouer Cosmetics? Do you use their products?

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Mermaid Vibes Makeup

mermaid vibes makeup

After having this blog for so long, I finally have decided to upload a makeup look. It’s not really a step-by-step tutorial because I’m not walking you through each step with photos but I am going to tell you how I got this look using The Magic by Juvia’s palette. It’s a super gorgeous and pigmented palette, that I will have a review and swatches up for veryyy soon. The following look was inspired by the purple and blue shades in this palette. There’s only a few but I really wanted to dig into the shade Faso as it is a duo chrome purple-blue color.

mermaid vibes makeup

So this wasn’t too hard but it took a lot of blending and just building up the color rather than packing on a ton of pigment at the beginning. You can always blend away if needed, as I did at the end, but sometimes it’s hard to blend away the excess on dark colors.

mermaid vibes makeup

First, I took Kesi and put it all over the lid as a base after my primer. I then took a tiny bit of Nana and used it as a bit darker version of a transition shade. Next, I put Ife on the inner and outer corners of my lid. I blended this until it was seamless all around. After it was blended, I placed Faso on the middle of the lid and blended the shade with the inner and outer corners. I wasn’t happy with the effect just yet so I sprayed my brush with a setting spray then packed some more color on the middle and continued to blend. Once that was finished, I used Yejide to blend out the crease and the outer corner. This was the majority of the blending and took the longest. Just keep blending this out until it looks as smoky and blown out as you’d like. In the end, just fade the edges of the blend with Kesi again to make it not as harsh against the browbone. In the end, I put some of Faso in the inner part of the lower lashline and then Ife on the outer part of the lower lastline.

mermaid vibes makeup

On the face I had Too Faced Hangover primer, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Stick foundation in Porcelain, Tarte Shape Tape concealer in Fair Neutral and Light Neutral, Laura Mercier Transluscent setting powder, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Transparent, ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Fox, Tarte Double Duty Beauty “Don’t Be Afraid to Dazzle” contour and highlight palette, Sleek Makeup Solstice highlighting palette, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting contour powder in Light, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, and ColourPop brow pencil in Redhead.

Let me know what you guys think of this look and if you want more posts like this!

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Review & Swatches: ColourPop Birthday Collection

birthday collection

Back at it again with the ColourPop swatches! I can’t help it, ColourPop is just way too affordable and such amazing quality. I am obsessed with this collection because it was themed after holographic. I don’t know if this was on purpose but I am living for it. The birthday collection for the “Big 3” is on point! The pressed eyeshadows especially are calling my name. I can’t wait to get these on my lid (just know how much I love you guys because I’ve been saving these until I could swatch them for you all).

birthday collection

Please tell me someone noticed the awesome “birthday cake” set-up I did with the collection photo above??? I tried really hard, guys! Anyway, above are all the pieces to the amazing collection they released for their 3rd birthday. They have done a limited edition Super Shock Shadow in the past (i.e. Birthday Boy and Birthday Girl) but never a collection, to my knowledge, so this was exciting for us all. Below are swatches and the shade names for the all as well as what the product is!

pressed shadows

Top to bottom (pressed shadows): Cakewalk, Party Favors, Rager, The Big 3

collection

Top to bottom: Birthday Cake (super shock shadow), Blow Me Out (super shock cheek), RSVP, Wishes, Bash (ultra glossy lips)

Overall, I am impressed as usual with the quality that ColourPop puts out! I am super excited to play with this collection more. Did any of you get this collection? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

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Review & Swatches: ColourPop Summer Collection

ColourPop has been coming out with waaay too much here lately. I cannot keep up! I did, however, get a few little tidbits from collections they’ve released, the summer one being the target of this blog post. I don’t know that I have all of the products in the summer collection in here, because I only buy what I think I’d use, but they’ve got some GORGEOUS stuff in this collection and I’m obsessed. I do think a couple of these shades aren’t actually part of the collection but they were ones I didn’t think I had so I just included them in here.

summer collection

So, the first ones I swatched were my go-to Super Shock Shadows. Now, everyone who’s been using ColourPop for awhile knows that these were what basically made them huge among the beauty community. I love their SSS and they will always have a special place in my heart… but these pressed shadows, oh my gosh… they are amazing! Below are swatches of all the shadows, with captions telling you what the shades are.

super shock shadows

From left to right: Dance Party, Cusp, Ibiza, Banana Daiquiri, Sugar

pressed shadows

From left to right: Salt Water, Two Piece, Tiny Tangerines

I am beyond excited that they brought back Ibiza, after everyone and their mama was asking for it to come back. I think they were just waiting for the exact moment, knowing them and their “last call sales”. 😉 #iseeyoucolourpop

So, what do you guys think of the collection? Did I miss something you love in the collection? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogmas Day 19 | Recent Pins: Dec. 19th

recent pins dec 19th

Even though it’s after midnight (yes, I’ve been writing this for awhile), I’m still making this my 19th day of Blogmas. But ayyy, back at it again with the Recent Pins posts. I really just love getting to review my pins and it makes me go back and actually use them as well as get more active on Pinterest than I normally would be (even though it’s one of my favorite social media outlets). I’ve got another look at my recent pins on Pinterest. Be sure to leave your favorite recent pins below for me to check out!

Bullet Journal 2k15

From littlestudiousflower; pinned to Bullet Journaling board

30 Inspiring Smile Quotes

From Quotes Words Sayings; pinned into Positive Vibes board

The Groovy Teacher

From Twitter; pinned into Future Teacher board

DIY Navy Blue Eye Makeup

From lovethispic.com; pinned into Makeup Hoarder board

20 Printables That Will Help Organize Everything

From theorganizedchick.com; pinned into Organization board

Monthly Cleaning Tasks

From instagram.com; pinned into Cleaning board

A Full Face of Makeup Dupes – Half High End, Half Drugstore

From Meg O. on the Go; pinned into Makeup Hoarder

7 Rules for Life

From timdiy.com; pinned into Positive Vibes board

Free Holiday Fonts

From Bloglovin’; pinned into Christmas board

My Ride or Die Makeup Kit: Makeup That Will Never Let You Down

From Ashley Brooke Nicolas; pinned into Makeup Hoarder board

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Blogmas Day 18 | Mini ColourPop Haul + Swatches

mini colourpop haul and swatches

I got a small order from ColourPop Cosmetics a little while ago. They came back out with some of their previously discontinued eyeshadow shades so I wanted to get my hands on them before/if they weren’t going to be offered anymore. They are all gorgeous every day, wearable colors that I love. I also got four brushes, two shader brushes and two blender brushes, for free because of my eyeshadow purchase. I have not tried out these brushes yet but if you guys would like a full review on their quality with ColourPop shadows and/or other shadows, let me know in the comments below.

brushes

From left to right: two shader brushes, two blending brushes

colourpop shadows

From top to bottom: Valley Girl, Cheap Date, Birthday Girl, Game Face, Prickly Pear, Boy Band, Hot Tamale, Moonshine

These are all shimmery shades of some sort and I’m obsessed. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that anything shimmery in the eyeshadow department is my absolute favorite. These shadows are just as amazing quality as all other ColourPop Super Shock Shadows have been in the past for me. I definitely think I love Cheap Date and Prickly Pear the most of all of the ones I ordered, which was a huge surprise as I was not expecting those to be my favorites. I give these a 10/10, would buy again!

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Blogmas Day 16 | Current Beauty Wishlist

current beauty wishlist

My beauty wishlist is forever growing. Every time a new “hip” product comes out, I start watching YouTube videos from my favorite beauty gurus about that product and looking at swatches of it. It’s probably one of the worst problems I’ve ever had. I’m addicted to makeup. That being said, I’m not a millionaire and there are still plenty of things that I want to buy.

I have concocted a small wishlist of my current wants in the beauty world. These are only but a small portion but they are things that currently spike my interest. I am already in love with what I’ve seen from these products and I can’t wait to finally get my hands on them.

current beauty wishlist collage

From top to bottom, left to right:

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Ice Cold

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Mega Pro 3 Palette (No Longer Available)

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Tarte Tartiest PRO Amazonian Clay Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

Kylie Cosmetics Limited Edition Holiday Box

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

Of course, the list could go on but these are things that have had my eye recently and I really want to get my hands on them. I highly suggest the brands as I have tried them all, with an exception to Kylie Cosmetics. I am a makeup junkie and, hopefully, I will get the help I need soon.

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Blogmas Day 12 | Favorite YouTubers of All Time

YouTube is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but never had the guts to go through with (I’m planning for this to change soon 😉). I seriously admire those who can get in front of a camera and just be themselves. I love watching videos of so many different kinds, from my favorite lifestyle and beauty gurus to gameplay for League of Legends and voice impressions. That being said, I’m going to share with you (as of now) my favorite YouTubers of all time!

#1 Laura Lee

This girl has slowly become my ride-or-die YouTuber. She’s hilarious, quirky, sweet, and GORGEOUS. I love all the different things she offers, from weird beauty hacks to makeup tutorials that slay my existence. She is one of the most down-to-Earth YouTubers I’ve ever come across. She even has shared how she went from being “fake” on camera to learning to finally be herself to her subscribers. And I think that this is what makes her so amazing.

#2 Jaclyn Hill

Everyone loves this girl. She’s easily one of the most well-known beauty gurus of all time. She’s been on YouTube for ages and has become a hit among young teens. She’s done several collaborations with brands–best known for her Becca collaboration in creating the highlighter, Champagne Pop–and she has done exceptionally well from herself. Being able to share her personal life, her backstory, and so much more with her subscribers is something that hits home with me. I always love when I can connect with the people I watch on YouTube. She makes that sooo easy.

#3 Shaaanxo

Another well-known beauty guru, Shan, is definitely in my top favs for the YouTube world. She is such a light-hearted and happy woman. I love the amount of creativity she puts into her channel. Although I love a good smokey eye, she brings life back into makeup. Everything from special effects to get ready with me videos, she’s got you covered. She rocks a bold lip and makes me feel like nothing is too unique for me.

#4 Brizzy Voices

Although she does some beauty videos, one that breaks away from my normal watching needs on YouTube is Brizzy! She is an amazing YouTubers that is well known for her voice and singing impressions. She can do so many different things that it honestly amazes me. I even used one of her impressions as my text tone one time (yes, I’m a dork). On a real note though, she’s so happy and lively all the time and makes YouTube fun again. Plus, we share a HUGE love for Harry Potter.

#5 Madison Miller

Although I did not discover Madison until around a year ago, I’ve quickly fallen in love with her. I remember finding out that she used to be a teacher (which is my career path) and I was so excited. She’s seriously so gorgeous and amazing with her makeup skills. I love that she is so generous to her subscribers, constantly doing giveaways, and always gives us the down low on new products with her famous “Dope or Nope” videos. I can always turn to her for an honest review!

#6 ThatGirlShaeXo

This girl has been a ride or die for me for awhile now. From everything to her weight loss journey to her battles with acne-prone skin, I relate to so many REAL things that she talks about on her channel. Although she is known for being a beauty guru, she adheres to what I consider a large audience with her various types of videos. I adore her beauty videos just as much, though! I love when she does live swatching and I KNOW that Mama needs a little forehead bronzer to make her looks complete!

#7 Laura Leth

Although best known for her “Instagram-esque” videos–where she just showing you everything without voicing it, I love her to death. She does AMAZING makeup looks and uses such a great variety of drugstore and high-end products, in my opinion. Her looks are what drew me in because her makeup always looks flawless. She even has her own eyelash line, if I’m not mistaken, and she says that she wears lashes daily so what would be more appropriate?!

And that’s it for my favorite YouTubers! Although I have many that I watch and adore, these are the ones that keep me coming back again and again (even if I stray away for a little while). I love them all dearly and could only dream of getting to meet each of them some day. And if by some miracle they are reading this, I might pass out. 😅

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Blogmas Day 10 | First Impressions & Review: OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

first impressions and review ofra cosmetics long lasting liquid lipsticks

I know I am sooo late to this bandwagon but I finally made the plunge into OFRA’s liquid lipsticks. I know, I know… everyone loves these so why has it taken me this long? Well, I always love to get a good amount of whatever I am trying for the first time, especially if I’ve heard stellar reviews on it. Their holiday sales gave me the opportunity to do that! They had 50% off going on which allowed me to get nine lipsticks for a MUCH nicer price point. That being said, I’m going to tell you my first impressions and review over these well-known liquid lipsticks.

While collecting my thoughts of these lipsticks, the conclusion is… I adore them. The color range available on OFRA’s website is INSANE and the formula is unlike any liquid lipstick I’ve tried thus far. It is very creamy and mousse-like but still applies evenly and has amazing pigmentation. I’ve instantly fallen in love with these lipsticks. After wearing one for awhile, I can also tell you that they wear amazingly. They feel comfortable on the lips and are the closest I’ve ever gotten to feeling like I’m wearing no lipstick. I am blown away by the quality of these lipsticks.

I picked up nine different shades, based on colors that I felt like I would wear, and they all were gorgeous and very true to the colors I believed they would be. I also finally got a black liquid lipstick and I’m PUMPED. Below are the swatches of the shades that I purchased (please excuse my sad excuse for swatches).

full arm swatches

From left to right: Ultimate Red, Atlantic City, Tuscany, Hypno, Honolulu, Brooklyn, Harlem, Bordeaux, The Bronx

Below are close-ups of the shades in the same order as listed above.

first set of close up swatches

second set of close up swatches

That’s it for my first impressions and review of the OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks! I have to say, I am sad that it took me so long to take the plunge because I have a feeling I will be wearing this A LOT. I’m obsessed with the amazing formula and, close to the Jeffree Star Cosmetics and Kat Von D formulas, it is definitely a favorite.

Have you tried the OFRA liquid lips?
Do you love them? Hate (😱) them?
What are your favorite shades?
Let me know in the comments!

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