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Welcome Back? A Hopeful Return

It has been quite some time that I have posted a blog and a while since I’ve actually been passionate about it.

I am not going to make excuses as to why I have not posted or like gain sympathy, but I will explain an absence and promise to create more content.

There are two reason’s as to why I have not been posting anything. One being that I do work quite a bit, but I should have never let that come between something I am passionate about. When I am tired from a hard days work, I should be posting any way and doing something that honestly really made me happy. It was helping me talk about things I truly love and helping me escape from anxieties.

Anxiety and slight depression is the number two reason as to why I have not posted anything. For the past month and a half, I just have not had the motivation to do anything. I would come home from work and all I wanted to do was lay in bed. I have not even played with makeup in a good while.

My hope for the future for this blog is to go back to writing. I need to get back to doing something that made me happy. I have plenty ideas and another hope is to the update the site entirely. I’ve been working my way to upgrading it’s plan and getting complete ownership. So stay tuned!

Sorry again to those who did read my blog, but hopefully I can make it up by pushing out content! See you soon princes and princesses!

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Brand Spotlight: Morphe

Morphe is a brand that has been loved been by many beauty influencers around the world, which is how I discovered this brand. Jaclyn Hill and Manny Mua consistently use this brand in their videos and makeup looks, which always turn out so amazing. I knew I needed to get my hands on some of these products.

Morphe was established in 2008 in Los Angeles by siblings Linda and Chris Tawil. They started off creating affordable and professional makeup brushes, and they have since flourished and rebranded. They now create eyeshadow palettes, lips colors, highlighter palettes and so much more.

By August of 2013, the Tawil’s opened their first retail location and expanded on what Morphe created. Morphe is all about “bending the rules,” which shows in all of the creative palettes they continue to push out and with all the beauty influencers creating stunning looks with their products.

Morphe has changed a lot since they began in 2008, especially with their sleek new style and packaging. Their eyeshadow palettes and the brushes are the shining stars of Morphe. The brushes barely shed and they apply product smoothly. Morphe’s eyeshadow palettes are amazing for the price you pay. They are very creamy and stay on the eyelid well. It does not take too much product either.

Top 3 Morphe products:

  1. The Jaclyn Hill Palette
  2. 35R Ready, Set, Gold Eyeshadow Palette
  3. M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff

I have so many products that I want from this company, but I am just waiting to come into a large amount of money to buy them all.

OPINION: Why I Refuse to Use False Eyelashes

I am an avid makeup lover and I follow many beauty gurus in the industry, but one thing I refuse to do is wear false eyelashes. Putting glue on your eyelids and then ripping them off, at the end of the day, did not really sound like any fun.

Jaclyn Hill stated in one of her videos a long time ago, that if you have not started wearing false eyelashes then don’t. I have lived by statement that ever since. I tried putting on a false eyelash once and immediately gave up.

Yes, my patience is very low and cannot tolerate little things like that. The more I thought about it, I knew putting glue on my eyelid was not the most safest sounding thing in the world. I know people will argue that the glue goes onto the lash, but glue is still coming into contact with your skin.

The skin on your eyelid is delicate and fragile. It is also close to your eye, which is a very sensitive area on your body. Even using an eyelash curler and mascara seems slightly dangerous to me, but it’s better than putting a fake eyelash on.

Click2Houson did a report on the dangers on false eyelashes, as the idea of using eyelash extensions became more popular.

They reported false eyelashes can cause unwanted reactions and spread infections. The glue that is used, is what causes the most harm. Formaldehyde is the most common chemical found in eyelash glue, which allergic reactions to this chemical are becoming more common.

Eyelash extensions come from animal hair. The animal hair and glue are possible allergens that can cause your eyelid to swell, itch, scale and can cause you to lose your eyelashes. The weight of the extensions also weigh heavy on your eyelid, according to Dr. Sherry Ingraham, and can cause damage to you natural lashes.

If you still decide that you want to use false eyelashes, because at the end of the day this is just my opinion, then please be safe. Ask for products that have no formaldehyde or low doses of formaldehyde. Make sure to take your lashes off safely and cleanse properly. Research any product before buying them and using. This goes for any product that you are going to use on your face. Always research!

My Makeup Wishlist

Due to my lack of posting this week, I am pushing out two today, but this one is going to be a fun one.

We all have a wish list, makeup enthusiasts and nerds, of all the products we want but necessarily cannot have. This list will probably mostly be Morphe and Anastasia Beverly Hills products that I cannot afford at the moment, but I do hope to cross them off my list one day.

Morphe

ColourPop

Anastasia Beverly Hills

GlamGlow

Nyx Cosmetics

Benefit Cosmetics

Tarte Cosmetics

I know this list is huge and if you put a certain brand in my face, the list would just get bigger. I hope to own all of these products one day. Have a wonderful night prince and princesses!

Small ColourPop Haul

While we are still on the topic of all things ColourPop, let’s do a small haul of the items I ordered last week.

I apologize in advanced for the small post and lack of posts this week. I am hoping to get 2 or 3 posts up this weekend. Work has been a little busy this week.

Okay so back to the haul! I bought a few items, right before they just released the new loose eyeshadows that I will buy, and thought I’d share my thoughts.

Supernova Shadows in “Firecracker” and “Hard to Impress”

I have been wanting to try these shadows for a long time, because I am obsessed with a shimmery lid. “Hard to Impress” is more of a warm toned red, and “Firecracker” is a cool tone burgundy. Doing a bold burgundy eye is one of my to go looks so I am very excited to try these out. When I swatched them on my hand, I loved the pigmentation and it did not feel too heavy.

Super Shock Highlighter in “Spellbound”

When I originally purchased this, I thought it was a bright, white highlighter. Once I swatched it, I noticed the light purples and pinks. I should have read it better, whoops. I still think it is a pretty highlighter and I have always been too chicken to try highlighters with pops of color. I cannot wait to see if I’ll be able to pull it off or not.

Ultra Glossy Lip in “Netta”

This is a gloss in Ellarie’s collection with ColourPop. It is originally why I went onto the website. I wanted to review some new products and I knew this collection had just launched. When I saw the color of the gloss, I had to have it. It looks like the perfect nude, where I don’t have to wear any liquid lip underneath. The pigmentation is great and I think this will be my go-to lip when I am rushing to put on makeup.

I am hoping within the next week, to create a makeup look with these products. It’s been awhile since I really glammed up. Have a wonderful weekend prince and princesses!

Brand Spotlight: ColourPop Cosmetics

I have loved makeup for a long time now, and always found it difficult to find great product for a decent price. Drug store products can also be expensive and sometimes the quality is not as great as it seems.

I want a brand where it feels like I am wearing high end makeup but not paying the price. There are several brands out there, and I know there are brands that I don’t know about yet. I cannot wait to discover them.

ColourPop Cosmetics is an inexpensive makeup brand that screams high end makeup, without the huge price tag. I found this brand about a year ago and it has become one of my favorites right now.

The way I discovered them, and started buying from this company, was because I was looking for a matte liquid lipstick that was not going to cost me $20 each. I found ColourPop and heard many great things about their matte lips and it only would cost me $6.

The quality of the product surprised me. I never thought in a million years that a $6 product would sit on my lips all day without budging. I have tried higher end liquid lips and they barely stay on. That is when I knew this brand was going to be my ride or die.

ColourPop Cosmetics is a Southern California-based makeup company founded by Laura and John Nelson in 2014.

According to fashionista.com, the Nelson’s made a conscious decision to market their brand only on social media to an audience focused on millennials. They marketed the brand by having popular beauty bloggers promote makeup products on their social media accounts.

Each product cost less than $10, with the exception of their collections and bundles that they offer on their website. The Nelson’s let the brand speak for itself and do not take the public spotlight that ColourPop has gained. Their customer service is so amazing and spot on, which is sometimes rare with any big named company.

When I first started purchasing products from them, I remember it pretty much only being lip products and super shock shadows. They have grown and expanded their brand so much in the past four years. It is very beautiful to see.

ColourPop has expanded into making eyeshadow palettes, pigments, eyeliners, concealers, highlighter palettes, setting sprays and even their very own brushes. Makeup enthusiasts can now find some of their products at Ulta.

I still think that this company has a huge amount of room to grow and expand the brand. I would love to see them make foundations, contour kits and translucent powders. They can compete with any high end brand and come out on top, in my opinion.

Soon I will be posting my little own ColourPop haul as soon as my order comes in. I cannot wait.
Here are my top 3 products from ColourPop Cosmetics:
1. Super Shock Highlighter in “Flexitarian”
2. Ultra Matte Liquid Lip in “Times Square”
3. Ultra Glossy Lip in “Fairy Floss”

Cat Eyeliner Stencil Fail

Surprise! Two posts in one night! This will be a quick one but I decided to test out a couple of new products that I recently purchased.

I am horrible at doing a cat eye. I can do my right eye somewhat perfectly and then its all over for my left eye. I got the Wisdompark 4 piece Cat Eyeliner Stencil. It is suppose to help guide you as you apply your eyeliner and gives you different options of style.

On the packaging, it makes it look quite simple and easy to use. Well it’s not. I was able to get my right eye to somewhat look decent, but it was not because of the stencil. You definitely have to play around with it because it depends on where your eyes and nose are. I will still probably play around with it, but I lost patience for the night.

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I have little patience when it comes to eyeliner, but the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner was actually awesome. I am so use to liners not drying fast enough and making marks on my eyelid. It is why I usually try to avoid using liner on my lid. I am very excited to use this more in the future.

I know there must be other women, and men, who just struggle with liner. If I decide to do a wing, I need to be doing my makeup two hours in advanced. I will divide and conquer! One day I will be a cat eye master!

Twelve Oaks Shopping Haul

A couple of months ago, my siblings and I came up with a goal to go shopping in the major malls that are near us in Michigan. This past Tuesday, it was our turn to shop at Twelve Oaks Mall. We saved up some of our money and decided to buy some goodies. I didn’t buy a huge amount of items, because Sephora is not cheap. Here are some of the items I purchased and love:

Sephora

The Sephora, that I usually get to attend, is most likely located in a Kohls or JcPenney. There is nothing wrong with that, but I was taken aback by the huge selection of product at this location.

  • Daisy Dream in Twinkle by Marc Jacobs– I have been wanting Daisy perfume for the longest time and I was just won over by this scent instead. This was by big splurge item, but I know it will last me quite awhile. The purple packaging and the cute little flowers make it so much more likeable. Price: $84
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray– My favorite part about Sephora’s and Ulta’s are the little section with travel items because I can get small high end products for cheap. Yes you get less product but it saves money and the product goes a long way. I have always been a fan of this setting spray and usually buy the smaller size, so I was happy to see it again. Price: $15
  • Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip– This was also in that same travel section and this is a collection of high end nude lip products. In the lip kit, you get five tester lippies and one full size lippie. The brands included are Urban Decay, Buxom, Nars, Smashbox, Hourglass and Tarte. I wish this kit included more matte nudes, but it came with a lot of glosses. The Buxom nude gloss is what I am most excited for because the pigment and creaminess of the gloss is really pretty. Price: $28
  • Too Faced Hangover Face Primer Another travel size item, but way bigger than the sample they give you in glam bags. This is probably my favorite face primer because it does not way your face down, like some of them can. A little goes a long way, so I know this size will last me awhile. Price: $15
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner– This was a product I debated getting because it is quite pricey and I try to save money on items like eyeliner. I decided to purchase it because I saved up the money, and I have heard so many positive things about this liner. I always have the issue of my liner transferring to my lid and several people have told me that this liner does not do that. I am super excited to try this and get my hands on it. Price: $20

Hot Topic

I was so excited to finally go to a Hot Topic that was not going to be extremely small and would have a larger selection. It was awesome and if I had more money, I would have bought so much more. I only got four t-shirts so I am going to just link them.

Overall, my siblings and I had a wonderful time shopping and hanging out for the day. We also made a stop at Petland and made friends with a Walrus puppy. Next stop will be Briarwood Mall!

A Look at Plus Size Clothing Retailers

A recent trend, that I am glad to see happening, is the influx of plus size sections for women in clothing retailers. Women come in all shapes and sizes, and for the longest time stores were catering to one shape of woman. I always had the hardest time finding clothes that would fit my bust size. Shirts would fit my waist and everything else, besides the bust area. Recently, I have not had an issue finding clothes catering to that part of my body.

There are five retailers in particular that I have grown fond of, and hopefully you all can find something just right for you.

Rue 21

This is by far my favorite retailer to find plus size clothing because of the great prices. Rue 21 is really great about having sales every week and the clearance section is always full with cute little gems that may only cost you $3.

In store, it is not as easy to find the bigger sizes. You really have to look on the racks for the size you are looking for, but it does not always go to the highest size. Their entire plus size stock can be found on their website, with even some online exclusives. Each section of clothing has a sizing chart that will help you decide what is going to fit, even females with bigger bust sizes. They even have a selection of wide-width shoes, which I thought was a nice attraction, if you happen to be a woman with wider feet.

  • Pant and jean sizes range from 14-28
  • Top sizes range from 1x to 3x

Forever 21

When you walk into a Forever 21, you are able to walk to the specific section for plus size clothing and it is a nice size with several pieces to choose from. All of women’s clothing can also be found on their website as well. Their prices can get somewhat high, but they can be comparable to Rue 21’s. There are other retailers that actually charge more than Forever 21 does, which will be seen in this post.

The website also equips you with a sizing chart that explains what will fit you. I think their sizes run a little smaller than other retailers, but it still caters to a plus size market. Forever 21 has a huge selection of options in clothing like rompers, intimates, active wear and swim.

  • Top sizes range from 0x to 3x.
  • Pant sizes range from 12 to 22.

DEBSHOPS

A few years ago, DEB use to be a massive retailer that had stores all over the country. Unfortunately, the company had to close their stores but this retailer can still be found online. DEB was once a store that catered to women of all sizes, but now you can only find plus sizes on their website.

Their website had some nice resources while you are shopping on the website. There is, of course, a sizing chart but this size chart comes with a set of instructions for measuring different parts of your body properly. They also match other items to go with whatever you are looking at and make sure your outfit is on point. DEB also features a decently sized and well priced clearance section, because their prices run similar to Forever 21’s.

  • Top sizes range from 1x to 3x
  • Pant and jean sizes range from 14 to 24

Torrid

Torrid has been a well known and popular plus size clothing retailer. It is the sister store of Hot Topic, which also sells plus sizes now, but I digress.Torrid’s can be found in malls and they sell items on their website.

I have been in and out of their stores and have always loved some of the pieces they sell, but the prices are a little high for me. One day I will buy something from there, because they have cute clothing. Jeans run a little high in price, averaging about $75.

  • Top sizes range from M/L to 6x, but they have their own sizing terms.
  • Pant and jean sizes range from 10 to 30, giving a better range of sizes for plus size women.

Old Navy

When my bust size started to increase, Old Navy was the store that I was able to find shirts that would fit over my chest. I did have a difficult time finding the right sizes because plus sizes were always limited in stores. That still is an issue to this day. You really have to look hard for a 1x and that is usually the highest they go in store.

Their website has more options for women and it is easier to find the perfect piece of clothing for you. They allow you to shop by your particular body shape, so you can find clothing that will flatter your body type.

A big reason why I do not go to Old Navy as much as I use to is because their prices went up dramatically in the past few years. Jeans are roughly $50, which is not too bad comparing it to Torrid. Tops also are up there in price, averaging about $40.

  • Tops sizes range from 1x to 4x, if you are shopping online.
  • Pant and jean sizes range from 16 to 30, but I think the highest in store you can find is 18.

Many other clothing retailers exist in catering to plus size women, but these happen to be ones I admire at the moment. I am looking forward to seeing, trying and featuring newer retailers.

It is important to note that there are many President’s Day sales going on, so it may be a good day to do some shopping.

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