Beauty Products I Regret Purchasing

Hi everyone! Today, my blog post is all about the products I regret buying. I do quite a lot of research before I buy makeup, so I tend to love what I buy, but there have been a few bad eggs that have snuck into my collection over the last year or so. These mostly tend to come from online orders where I can’t test or swatch products – online shopping is a blessing and a curse at the same time! Without further ado, here are the products I regret purchasing.

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Review: ColourPop Flutter By Palette (Plus Swatches & 3 Looks)

Hi everyone! Today, I’m sharing a review of ColourPop’s Flutter By palette. I feel like for most of 2019, I wasn’t into any of ColourPop’s palette releases. They released a ton of their monochromatic 9-pan palettes which weren’t up my alley because they were too colourful for me. In November, they released the Going Coconuts palette, and I felt like that’s when the floodgates opened for my ColourPop purchases. A week after the Going Coconuts palette, ColourPop announced the release of the Flutter By palette a week later, and I immediately wanted that one, too. After not hauling from them for most of the year, I suddenly made two hauls in two weeks!

I left this palette untouched for the longest time, because it arrived right before I left for vacation. When I came home, I didn’t have time to take photos of it, so I left it sitting for weeks! I only started using it after the holidays passed, and I’ve finally tested it long enough to give it a proper review. Read on if you have been curious about this palette!

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Review: ColourPop Going Coconuts Eyeshadow Palette

ColourPop’s constant releases are news to absolutely no one. They have released an entire rainbow of 9-pan palettes this year, none of which I have been interested since I knew I would never use them. However, the second they announced the release of the Going Coconuts collection, I knew I “needed” it. Yes, it’s just another boring neutral palette, but in a lot of ways, it makes more sense for me to buy a neutral palette than an “interesting” palette, because I go for neutrals 98% of the time. It seems that the majority of neutral palettes in the last few years have been very warm-toned and red-based, so the Going Coconuts palette is a nice change.

Flatlay of ColourPop Going Coconuts palette

THE BASICS

The ColourPop Going Coconuts palette is the brand’s neutral answer to all of its colourful 9-pan palette releases this year. It consists of cooler-toned neutrals, and retails at $12 USD. It can be purchased on the ColourPop website or at Ulta.

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Fourth Ray Beauty Wide Awake Set | Review

Hello, everyone! Today I’m doing a review of some Fourth Ray Beauty products I picked up two months ago; in particular, I will be reviewing the Wide Awake set. As a reference, I have dry skin with the occasional dry spots. My skin is not sensitive or acne-prone, but tends to have some texture issues, redness, and hyperpigmentation.

Group shot of the products in the Fourth Ray Beauty Wide Awake Set Watermelon Seed Oil, Fresh AF Mist, Matcha Face Milk

THE BASICS

Fourth Ray Beauty is ColourPop’s sister brand that focuses on skincare. According to the brand, they “promote clean beauty, balanced living, and total wellness – going beyond the skin to embrace the whole being.” Every product apparently contains a custom crystal blend that will not only help balance your skin, but your energy as well. What?? My honest opinion is that Fourth Ray Beauty is a skincare brand – no matter how many buzzwords you throw into your bio, you promote skincare first. I’m so not into that hippy-dippy energy stuff!

The brand’s products are sold on the Fourth Ray Beauty website, and a limited selection of products are sold on the ColourPop website. The brand is cruelty-free.

The Wide Awake set retails for $15 USD and includes full sizes of the:

  • Matcha Face Milk
  • Fresh AF Mist
  • Watermelon Seed Oil

This products included in the set are meant to refresh energized and dull skin, which is something my skin needs.

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ColourPop Jelly Much Eyeshadow | Review

Hello, my beautiful friends! Today, I’m writing a blog post all about the Jelly Much eyeshadows that I recently acquired. This is the first time I’m trying the Jelly Much formula, and the shades I own the shades Doves n’ Roses and Big Ego, which are both from the brand’s new Spring 2019 collection. While this review may not be as helpful if you want to know about the performance of each specific shade in this range, I think might be helpful if you want to pick up either of these particular shades or are curious about the formula in general.

I’ve been wanting to test out the Jelly Much eyeshadows since ColourPop first released them last year, but none of the shades were up my alley. What caught my eye about these the most was the texture. How freaking cool do these look?! Also, I’m drawn to anything makeup-related that has the word “jelly” in the name. After collecting makeup for so long, I guess I’m becoming more interested in trying makeup with unique formulas and textures.

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March Collective Haul | Pray for My Wallet

Hi, everyone! I haven’t really done a haul post in a long time, for a few different reasons. For one, I feel like they offer no value to the reader, and second, I tend to buy in small spurts – one or two items a month, and rarely large hauls, so it’s not very exciting. However, this month I spent way more than I was expecting, partially because I ran out of products and partially because…I have no self control. Read on to see all the goodies I acquired this year!

Close up of the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Contour Eye Cream

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist Intensie Eye Contour Cream – $73

I had been using the Drunk Elephant Shaba Eye Complex as my eye cream since January, and my under eye area was crying for someone to save them. They looked SO crepey every time I applied concealer underneath, and the Shaba Eye Complex just wasn’t hydrating enough for the dry, Canadian winter. I finally gave in and purchased my holy grail eye cream, the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream. At least I took advantage of the gift with purchase event that was going on at the time, and managed to get 6 samples and a makeup bag with this eye cream. My eye area has been so much happier with me since starting to use this again!

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2019 Anti-Haul #1: New Products I’m Not Interested In Buying

Hello, everyone! Today I wanted to do my first anti-haul post of the year – I’ve decided I’m going to try and do this once a quarter this year. I’m in a “not-really-into-makeup” phase right now, and for the most part, none of the new releases have caught my eye. If any of these interest you, that is awesome because it just shows the diversity in our community, so please don’t take offense that I’ve included them in my anti-haul.

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Source: Urban Decay

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

They discontinued the original Naked Palette for this?? That was a classic, so whatever replaced it needed to have been epic…and what a disappointment this is. Not only does it look like exactly like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette, but it’s just boring in general. Hard pass.

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Review: ColourPop Salvaje Palette + 3 Looks

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the ColourPop Salvaje palette which was added to my collection in early January, but I had not had a chance to test it out until the last few weeks. I have to be honest, I don’t really keep track of ColourPop releases because they come out with new products at such a rapid rate that I find it overwhelming. This was one of the products I did not know existed until I was browsing their website, but once I set my eyes on it, it was love at first sight. I am 100% a neutral gal, but something about the tones in this palette caught my eye!

THE BASICS

The Salvaje palette is a limited edition palette that contains 12 shades in a mix of mattes and metallics finishes, as well as neutrals and colourful shades. It was released in collaboration with Becky G, who is a Latina singer. It retails for $18 USD and can be purchased on the ColourPop website. All ColourPop products are made in the US.

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Review: ColourPop Brown Sugar Palette

Hi everyone! I made a large ColourPop order at the end of last year, and this was one of the palettes that was part of that order. I’m slowly trying to get the reviews written, but it’s been a slow process since it takes a few weeks to test each palette out thoroughly! Since my last review was on the Chasing Rainbows palette, which was by far the most colourful one I had in my order, today I thought I would go back to basics with the ColourPop Brown Sugar palette. I just posted a product review on Tuesday, and I try not to do reviews so close together, but I’m trying to pump these out before I go on my break!

Far shot of ColourPop Brown Sugar palette on marble surface

THE BASICS

The Brown Sugar palette was released as part of the Brown Sugar collection, which was a collaboration with Karrueche. I don’t know much about Karrueche except that she’s a model and dated Chris Brown for a bit years ago, haha. It contains 9 shades of neutrals, 6 of which are mattes and the remaining three shimmers. The palette retails at $12 USD, and is made in the USA.

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Review: ColourPop Chasing Rainbows Palette

Hi everyone! I don’t know what got into me, but around Boxing Day, ColourPop was having a sale and I purchased a whopping 4 ColourPop palettes! I’m trying to get reviews of the palette out now, and this is the first one. The Chasing Rainbows palette came free with my order, and I noticed that my friend Cleia from Always Cleia also got this free with her order. I though it might be fun to release our reviews together, so I suggested it her and she was game! Go see what she thought of this palette and the looks she created!

The Chasing Rainbows palette isn’t the type of palette I would normally pick up for myself – it’s so bright and colourful with not very many options for neutral looks (which I wear 95% of the time). As bloggers, we tend to review things that we buy and are excited to use, so I thought it would be quite interesting to do a review on it coming from a point of view where it was something I wouldn’t have purchased myself.

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