First Impressions | XO Beauty… Purchase or Pass?

in packaging xo beauty

XO Beauty is a cosmetic line created by Shannon of Shannnxo on YouTube. I am personally a huge fan of her channel and watch her videos all the time. I especially love the new cocktail series she has going on right now. She has awesome ideas and is super creative. I knew of her brand before because she had previously launched brushes and lashes, which was not something that I had an interest in purchasing. I did, however, get super excited when she announced liquid and tube lipsticks and just shortly after she launched two highlighters.

Being the makeup addict that I am, I purchased both highlighters and one of each of the lipsticks as there weren’t many shades that appealed to me personally from her initial launches in the lip products. After getting these in the mail, I immediately did product shots and swatches for you guys.

in packaging xo beauty

Right off the bat, I was obsessed with the uni-cartons and the packaging overall. It is super girly and cute and just overall appealing to me personally. I love her logo and the accents of pink of the packaging. The chrome packaging for the actual product is just as gorgeous and gives me major simplistic vibes, which I adore. I love that you can see the liquid lipstick shade in the container without having to open it up.

out of carton xo beauty

The overall feel of the brand from this perspective is very beautiful and I definitely am drawn to it. If I saw this in store, I would probably go over and swatch it immediately. This is something that is likely a goal for the brand and Shannon as a brand owner.

Now, for the highlighters, the product itself was extremely creamy and blendable. I loved how soft the powders felt to the touch and they were gorgeous shades. However, as a blinding highlight addict, these just weren’t my cup of tea. I thought they seemed to be much more blinding in her video that she released using these but they are very subtle in person. I still find them to be gorgeous and would be awesome for someone wanting a more natural highlight.

Above are swatches of the two shades on my arm. As you can see, they are almost identical to my skin tone so they did not to much “highlighting” for me personally. However, I am quite pale so this is expected. The shades from top to bottom are Aurora and Lucent.

Now for the lipsticks… I will start off by saying that I was not too excited for these just because of the lack of shades that appealed to me. Now, that is a personal issue and does not affect the product itself. Immediately, the scent of these was amazing. I love the warm, almost vanilla smell they have but it also does not linger so it would not likely cause you to get a headache if you are sensitive to this sort of thing.

lip swatches xo beauty

Above are, from top to bottom, the liquid lipstick in the shade Impavid and the tube lipstick in the shade Wabi-Sabi, which is a matte formula.

For the liquid lipstick, I really loved how creamy and smooth they applied. They are not transfer-proof and they did not seem to dry down to a completely matte formula so I would describe them as similar to the Ultra Satin Lips by ColourPop Cosmetics. This particular color was a little patchy but still came off beautifully once I manipulated it a bit. However, for the price point ($18.92 USD), I feel like they should have been easier to work with. A lip liner may help the issues I had but I don’t feel like liquid lipsticks should need a liner, personally, as I have never used them with a liner before.

For the tube lipstick, I was really excited because I feel like it swatched pretty well. I do not normally have a ton of luck with tube lipsticks so I was really hopeful but the product did not apply well to the lips by any means. I did not use a liner, which as I said about the liquid lipstick, may have helped, but it still was extremely patchy and no matter how I tried to manipulate it, it did not want to become even.

Overall, I think the highlighters were gorgeous but just not for me and I would love to get more of the liquid lipsticks if they had a better variety of their shades. Sadly, I will have to pass on any more of the tube lipsticks because the application was just too patchy and chunky for me – to be honest, I feel like the Maybelline matte lipsticks are better and way less expensive.

Overall: 6/10
Liquid Lipsticks: 8/10
Tube Lipsticks: 3/10
Highlighters: 9/10
Worth the Price?: 6/10

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

naked heat palette

Urban Decay is back at it again with a new addition to their Naked series. This time it is the Naked Heat palette! I was so excited to hear about a new Naked palette as the quality of them are always phenomenal and I’m a sucker for neutrals of any sort, shade, etc. I love that they are going outside of the “normal” now with the Smoky and Heat palettes. Some people don’t think that they qualify under the “Naked” status but I still think that the idea is underneath that.

naked heat palette

Right off the bat, I’m obsessed with the packaging. It’s the same as the Naked Smoky where it is a plastic type deal with a nice design that catches the eye and magnetic closure. It has the mirror inside and it comes with a total of 12 shades as well as a dual-ended brush. Normally I’m not all for brushes that come with palettes but UD’s are usually good quality and this one is no exception, though I wish it wasn’t dual-ended.

inside naked heat

I definitely think this palette could be used for a variety of different looks whether it’s something cranberry and fall or more orange and summer. There is a good balance of shimmers and mattes in my opinion. Ounce has some shimmer to it but not a lot so I think it would be great for inner corners or a browbone highlight. There is a total of 7 mattes and four shimmers/one satin. Now let’s get into the swatches.

top swatches naked heat

From top to bottom, left to right: (row one) Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, and Low Blow – (row two) Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, and Scorched

bottom swatches naked heat

Last row, left to right: Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes, Ember

Overall, as always, I am super impressive with Urban Decay’s new addition. They swatch beautifully and are super creamy to the touch. I loved playing with these and I can’t wait to see all the different looks I can come up with. It’ll probably be another go-to for me during the fall, just like the past Naked palettes have been.

What do you guys think?
Love it? Hate it? No more Naked?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches: Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

jaclyn hill palette cover

First off, I cannot believe I am actually getting to write this blog post. If you follow me on Snapchat (which you totally should – UN: kimberlyygracee), then you know that I was very impatient with this palette release. I was already on the sight and ready to get it then the site crashed for a minute. After the initial issues, I was able to get it and finally get all of the pages to load in order to put my order in! Unfortunately, it is now sold out but I hear it is coming back this month.

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill: The Jaclyn Hill Palette

jaclyn hill palette cover

As you can tell, even my kitty approves of this gorgeous simplistic packaging. He would not get out of this photo, matter of fact. Off the bat, I am obsessed with the metallic font that they did of her signature. Not only is the outside gorgeous, but the inside has a super sweet message that Jaclyn wrote, thanking her subscribers.

jaclyn hill palette inside cover

I love how genuine and sweet Jaclyn has always been. After just one day of watching her on YouTube, I was in love. She cracks me up and she is truly talented. Of course, once seeing all the hype on this release, I had to get my hands on it. Let me tell you… this palette is worth the hype.

jaclyn hill palette

It is beyond beautiful and just looking at the shades makes me fall in love immediately. I am all about the mix of colors and the amount of looks that just automatically pop into my head when I look at this. It is so amazing that she was able to create something so versatile but yet so her! Even though you can probably tell my opinion already, I’ll let you be the judge – let’s do some swatches!

first row jaclyn hill palette

The shades coincide where the palette from left to right are the swatches from top to bottom. Above we have Enlight, Beam, Silk Crème, M.F.E.O., Faint, Sissy, and Little Lady. This row just screams girly to me. I could see many natural and feminine looks that would be great for weddings and other special occasions.

second row jaclyn hill palette

The next room just screams fall. The shades are Creamsicle, Butter, Pooter, Pukey, Hunts, Firework, and Queen. I love the pops of color that could easily brighten up the eyes and take something smoky a little further.

third row jaclyn hill palette

Now this is my idea of fall in a row of shadows. I live for these cranberry, maroon shades. You could make a killer smoky eye with this but you could also make it super metallic with those top two. The shades are Obsessed, S.B.N., Hillster, Roxanne, Jacz, Buns, and Cranapple.

fourth row jaclyn hill palette

Now this row gets into a couple fun shades as well as the brownish colors. I’m obsessed with that purple. It calls to me, if you couldn’t tell from my Mermaid Vibes makeup look. The shades are Royalty, Twerk, Hustle, Meeks, 24/7, and Chip.

fifth row jaclyn hill palette

Then last, but certainly not least, the final row. This features a couple gorgeous blues that I think could give an epic out-of-the-box look. The greens and dark purple combined could even bring that all to a dark mermaid look (hint for a new look I’m going for…?). The shades are Pool Party, Jada, Diva, Enchanted, Central Park, Soda Pop, and Abyss.

And that is the entire palette. I can’t believe that this is finally out and I got my hands on it. I’m obsessed with it and can’t wait to try out tons of looks throughout the year, which I plan to share with you, of course.

xo Kimberly Signature

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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.

xo Kimberly Signature

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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?

xo Kimberly Signature

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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.

xo Kimberly Signature

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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!

xo Kimberly Signature

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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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My ColourPop Collection: Super Shock Shadows

One of my favorite affordable brands would definitely have to be ColourPop Cosmetics. They have amazing products at such an affordable price point. Not only are their products affordable… they are some of the best quality I have ever tried. Some of my favorite products by them include their eyebrow pencils, their Ultra Satin lips, and, of course, their eyeshadows – which is what I’m going to be talking about. Today, I’m going to share with you all my ColourPop Super Shock shadow collection! I definitely don’t have as many as some people, but I have a good start going with some of my favorite shades that I’ve seen of theirs. I definitely want to add to my collection (and, of course, I’ll do an updated collection post once it grows more!) but I wanted to show you all the quality and amazingness that is ColourPop!

Single Eyeshadows

individual shadows

From the top row down and left to right we have, Nillionaire, La Le, and Kaepop’s Sunset Blvd. Next is Birthday Boy, Liberty, and Krinkle. Last, but certainly not least, is Flower Shop, Empire, and Coconut.

I only have 9 of their single shadows as I started off only buying quads with them because I wanted to test out multiple formulas, without being biased to one that looked super amazing (because I have a habit of getting all shimmery shadows… if you couldn’t tell 😅). Below are swatches of the above shadows!

gold swatches

Above, from top to bottom, we have Nillionaire, La La, Kaepop’s Sunset Blvd, and Birthday Boy.

cold toned swatches

Above, from top to bottom, we have Liberty, Krinkle, Coconut, Empire, and Flower Shop.

Eyeshadow Quads

collab shadows

where the light is shadows

Clockwise, starting at the top left, we have Glow, Cornelious, KathleenLights, and Blaze.

where the night is shadows

Clockwise, starting in the top left, we have Weenie, Porter, Telepathy, and Midnight.

jenn ne shadows

Clockwise, starting in the top left, we have Un, Deux, Trois, and Quatre.

I currently have three of their eyeshadow quads and they are all in collaboration with famous YouTubers! The three quads I have are Where The Light Is and Where The Night Is by KathleenLights and Jenn Ne Sais Quoi by Jenn Im (If you couldn’t tell, I LOVE KathleenLights.) As I said above, I got these because I wanted to try more formulas in shades that I knew I’d love. Plus, supporting YouTubers is always awesome! Below are the swatches of these lovely quads.

where the light is

From top to bottom, we have Glow, Cornelious, KathleenLights, and Blaze.

where the night is

From top to bottom, we have Weenie, Porter, Telepathy, and Midnight.

jenn ne quad

From top to bottom, we have Un, Deux, Trois, and Quatre.

And that is ALL of my current ColourPop Super Shock Shadow collection. I adore these eyeshadows and will continue to keep purchasing them as long as they continue to have this quality. I love that they support YouTubers and do collaborations with them as well as offer a wide variety of products. They’re always have limited edition items and new products being released so they’re definitely staying on top! Check out their website if you’d like to shop some of these I have mentioned!

xo Kimberly Signature

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