Three Looks, One Palette | ABH Subculture Palette Review

Hello All! I finally caved. I’ve been eyeing and debating on purchasing the Subculture palette for a few months now. I wasn’t a fan of it when it first came out, and I don’t own any of the other palettes by Anastasia Beverly Hills; plus there was all that backlash about this palette too.

But, this palette has a lot more of those cooler tones I’m craving right now. (I’m very sick of all these ultra warm toned palettes). And I’ve been browsing the Sephora webpage constantly to see if it’s still available that last week I finally caved and went out and purchased it.

It’s beautiful.

 

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Palette Collection | Tarte Cosmetics

Good afternoon all! I hope you are having or have had a lovely Sunday! It feels weird to know that I have to go back to work tomorrow for a full week after being off for almost all the winter break. I love my job and am excited but am not feeling like getting up at 7am tomorrow to get to work on time!

However, I am excited to play around with my newest eyeshadow palette; the Tarte Tarteist Pro palette. I was able to pick it up while my sister and I went to Buffalo for a few days last weekend. It is so beautiful and I have had my eye on it for a while but here in Canada, the palette retails for $79 with tax, and that is just too much. So, I was able to pick it up in Buffalo for only $53 with their tax and am very happy that I’ve added it to my collection.

I love the brand Tarte. I adore their blushes; they are probably my favourite formula that I have tried. I like their mascara, and I love their eye shadows. I own 5 of their makeup palettes, the most of any one brand in my collection, and so I have decided to share my thoughts and swatches of these palettes with you!

From Top to Bottom: Graveyard Girl Swamp Queen Palette, Tarteist Pro Palette, Carried Away Palette, Tarteist Pro to Go Palette, Tartelette Tease Palette

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Makeup Declutter

Hi guys! Over the weekend I decided to go through my makeup and throw out any I don’t use or separate out a pile for my sister to go through before I throw the rest away. I’m moving out soon so I’ve been cleaning lately and trying to downsize the clothes, makeup and just general junk I have.

I thought that I would share with you briefly what I’m getting rid of from my collection. Enjoy!

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Liquid Lipstick Collection: Review and Swatches!

Hi everyone! After a long hiatus, I really want to get back into posting at least a couple times a month here and thought it would be great to start off with a product that I absolutely love – liquid lipsticks!

At first I was very skeptical trying out this product. My lips tend to get very dry, very quickly wearing matte lipsticks but I decided to purchase a few. The longevity of the product is what won me over and now I have 11 liquid lipsticks in my collection.

Arm Swatches

From L-R: Colorpop’s Trap, ABH Sepia, KVD Lolita, Colorpop Bumble, KVD Ayesha, Rimmel London Kiss Fatal, ABH Craft, Colorpop More Better, KVD Nosferatu, KVD Exorcism

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Summer Makeup & Half Top Knot Hair Tutorial

photo 3 (8)In this post here, I show you how to achieve the half-up top knot hair tutorial, as well as show you some simple summer makeup I’ve been wearing lately. Enjoy!

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First, I prime my face. I’ve been testing out the Maybelline Master Prime and so far I’m liking it. Maybelline is one of my favourite lines from the drugstore, so I’m always willing to try their products over others.

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Next, for a lighter summer foundation, I’ve been mixing my L’Oreal Lumi True Match foundation with the Covergirl BB Cream to give me some light to medium coverage whilst still not having my makeup feeling “heavy” overall. After this, I add my usual Rimmel concealer stick to cover up any blemishes or zits on my face. For my under eyes today, I used my Lancôme concealer (which I had misplaced for months now, but finally found!).

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I set my foundation with my Rimmel Matte face powder and then added the new bronzer I’ve been trying from their line, as well as the Hard Candy Fox in a Box blush in the shade Skinny Dipping to my cheeks.

Moving on to the eyes! By this point I’ve lightly filled in my brows using the Made for Mocha shade my Maybelline. I primed my eyes with Nyx’ jumbo eye pencil in the shade Milk to make the shadows pop, and smudged it out with my finger.

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I’ve been texting out this Wet N Wild palette I bought in the name California Roll. The top two colours I used all over my lid. The orange colour I lightly swept over my crease blending it out. Finally, I added in the red colour with a pencil brush in the outer v and into my crease where I blended it out with a blending brush.

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After I curled my lashes and then added my favourite mascara over top!  Next, moving on to the hair.

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To start you’ll need: a curling wand, hair spray, a thin hair tie, teasing comb, and some bobby pins.

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You’re going to start off by sectioning out the top portion of your hair and securing it with the hair tie.

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Next, you want to take your teasing comb and tease individual sections of that pony tail.

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Now’s the tricky part: you want to take your pony and wrap it around the base of it (where the tie is) until you come to your desired bun shape. It can take a couple tries. It took me about 5 mins or so to finally get my bun right. Once you have the shape, you’re going to secure it with bobby pins. Just start pinning the heck out of it until you feel like it’s not going to fall out if you move around. I probably have about 10 pins in my hair here. So, you could keep your hair like this and be done, but my hair doesn’t really have volume so that’s why I decided to curl it.

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First, I just section off my hair right side from left, and tie one side with another hair tie so it doesn’t interrupt me while I curl the other section.

Then, I take individual sections of hair in each portion and curl it with my wand. I like to curl a few pieces towards my face and a few away from my face to add more volume.

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I do this to both sides of my hair until voila! it’s all done. I spray the heck out of my bun and my curls and I’m ready to go!

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! I hope to continue to get the urge to post again soon! 🙂

Makeup Setup and Storage

Hi Guys! So, I decided to clean my room tonight; it’s been a stressful day and I just needed to clean my space and organize everything before I relaxed in my room. After tidying up a little, I thought I would share with you how I set up and store my makeup, I mean, for the most part. By the end of the week, it gets disorganized again but this is how I’d like it to stay all the time, if it could!

Jewelry/Lip Product Storage
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Let’s ignore the fact that you can see my computer screen shining bright (like a diamond) in the mirror. I store most of my lip products on my dresser because I don’t really have another place to put them near my actual makeup storage. I like how it looks though all display nicely. And then beside it, I have this large tower for my jewelry (mostly necklaces). Below are some closeups of how it’s displayed.

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It’s kind of hard to get a good picture of this, but I really like this jewelry stand. It has four arms on top and four on the bottom with two “pegs”, I guess, on each arm so you can stack jewelry nicely. I can finally hang my longer necklaces! And then in the bottom portion, I store some bracelets I have.

003I just put out the third container (the right one) tonight to add more storage since my lip stick collection keeps growing!

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The first container holds a couple glosses, in the bigger portion I’m just storing my remover and a couple lip balms, and then it has 12 slots to hold lipsticks.

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The middle container actually has two parts to it. So, the top part holds 24 lipsticks and then you can remove the top part to store items in 3 compartments underneath. I just have extra lip balms and glosses I barely reach for down there for now.

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In the third container, I’m just storing most of my glosses for now since you couldn’t really see them displayed nicely where they were before.

Makeup Desk
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In this corner here, I have my makeup mirror balanced on an old Claire’s palette that I don’t use anymore. Behind it is my desk lamp, which I use for extra lighting. The back brushes are the majority of my face brushes that I use everyday. And in my small makeup bag, I have my everyday face powder, my brow shade and eyebrow tools.

010On the top of the shelf storage, I have a selection of perfumes I use including full sized ones and samples.

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On the left side of the shelf/cubby storage is my most reached for foundations/items. The pink brush holder at the back is filled with brushes I don’t tend to use a lot, and then in the glass container, I have all of my eye brushes stored. There’s a small silver container at the back that holds my most used products or items I want to test out like concealers, eye liners, primers etc.  The foundations you see there are all the ones I’m currently using. Well, actually I need to repurchase my L’Oreal True Match and my Maybelline BB Cream, so those are just kind of there to remind me!

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On the right side of my cubby, I store my large eye shadow palettes in a file organizer. That Classy Bitches box is for bandaids that my friend gave me for my birthday. The few face products I have there are for a couple foundations/BB Creams I rarely use and then my setting sprays.

Makeup Drawers


014The top two drawers of this organizer is where I keep the rest of my makeup.

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The bottom of the two drawers holds items I don’t necessarily reach for that much. At the back I have false eyelashes and the giant travel container that came with the Tarte Carried Away palette. Then there’s some face sponges from Sephora (I bought when I first started getting into makeup and I hardly use). I have a small container of sample primers. The container near the front stores mascaras that I don’t like or other concealers/gels I don’t use right now. The long container holds all my eye pencils, pencil eyeliners, and some lip liners.

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This drawer is organized so nicely! At the back right, I have a face powder, a bronzer and a blush. In the back left container I store smaller eye palettes I don’t reach for frequently, as well as eye creams/pigments I rarely use and a couple blushes I don’t use a lot either. The container on the front left is filled with the rest of my eye shadow palettes. These ones I tend to use more often to. The tiny square container inside the other container has the three L’Oreal Infallible eye shadows and one of the Maybelline eye colour tattoos in it. The rest of the container holds an old bronzer palette, a gel eyeliner, two other eye studio tattoos, some colourpop eye shadows I have and three blushes that I use most often!

There you have it! Hope you enjoyed! If there is anything you’d like to see a review on, let me know! 🙂