13 May 2015

Update - some bad news

I just graduated! I just moved! I just started a new job (albeit one that is unrelated to my education)! I just got robbed!

Wait, what?

Yeah, I messed up. I took photos for my SO's father's business a couple weekends ago, and left my camera bag in my truck overnight against my better judgment. I actually thought to myself, heh, should bring that in! I went for a run in the morning, and my truck door was open and the camera was gone. Luckily no windows were broken and nothing else of value was missing, but I'm really bummed and feel pretty violated that hundreds of photos of my friends and family were on there.

Until I can save up some money when I start working again next week, I am without a camera. And to be honest, it's pretty low on the list of priorities. I love blogging, but I'm so terribly inconsistent and now it's pointless without quality photographs. I will pick this up again in the near future!

Anyone ever had anything stolen before?

07 April 2015

Colourpop Lippie Stix!

I can't imagine how anyone decides what colours of lipsticks they will buy from Colourpop. There are so many, and they're so inexpensive, and I want them all. Please? 

I'm going to admit a terrible secret to you. I only went on Colourpop the first time because I wanted to try black lipstick without getting a nicer, more expensive brand. I had my eye on MUFE Rogue Artist Intense lipstick in shade 50, but I mean, how often will I wear it? How was I going to know I would like it? But for $5, I'd be stupid not to throw Bullchic into my virtual shopping cart. 

I feel like these four shades really capture what kind of lipsticks are in my collection. It's all weird purples and dark reds and MLBBs. I wanted to have a Colourpop version of my go-to shades: which is kind of dumb, I should be trying something new instead of hoarding the same, boring stuff. 

I really want more. I don't know how to stop myself. I'm going to need to be on a no-buy for a couple months because I'm graduating very soon, moving, and getting a big-girl job. Nooooooooooo.

Anyway, onto some swatches!

what the lipstick looks like. they have exact matches for lip liners, but I think the shape is really good for outling my lips and I use a brush to apply at the very edges, anyway 

I think I have worn this every day for the past month. perfect "every day," "worksafe" brown/pink
I think it's usually looks darker in person, it's harder to get a crisp edge
love it. and the name. ruffruff 
also very good. sorry my teeth are covered in lipstick at this point. this one is the most "sheer" and doesn't build up as easily

Creature seems to be the only one I have a hard time keeping moist and lip-skin-scab-free. On another day, I used NYX's Deep Purple liner with it and it looked pretty good. These are all matte shades, but Lumiere is really the only one that I feel dries to a true matte. The others seem to stay a bit satiny. I would usually try a bit harder to make my lines better if I was going out, and like I mentioned, I just use a lip brush (a BH cosmetics one from one of their brush sets). I didn't find them uncomfortable with application or wear, and they didn't stain my lips.

You really can't screw this up for $5.

Someday, I want to get Tootsie, Brills, Pony, Chi Chi, and Bunny!!!!

Colourpop SuperShock Shadows!

I love Colourpop more than anything. Cute packaging, great prices, unique colours, good customer service, fast shipping, and a variety of products that are only going to continue growing; what isn't there to like?!

I was hearing mixed reviews at first, especially over at /r/MakeupAddiction. Most people seem to either love or hate the "Lippie Stix." Some seem to have trouble with the application of the eyeshadows, since their formula is an odd cross between powder and cream.

I love everything I bought. You have to look at this stuff!

beauty matte shade, I'm thinking it'd be perfect for transition
grey??? can I contour? Can I have pretty creases? Can I?? Crushing on this.
a matte yellow, it came in the quad and it's the most "fine, meh" shade of the bunch imho
how does this exist?????? it's so great
so apparently this isn't an eyeshadow, it's sold as a "pressed pigment" and "may not be safe for the eyes." I might not give a shit, and I might use it as a blush. we'll see. 
it SAYS matte, but it's pretty shiny. before I realized how wonderful "too soon" was, this was the shade I wanted the quad for. 
anyone have/seen the gem crush "big money" nailpolish by sally hansen? that's what "so quiche" looks like!
"too soon" was hard to photograph! it's a peach with fuchsia duochrome and it makes me want to party hard

I have never been so happy with random colour choices from a place I've never shopped before. "So Quiche" seems to be a very popular shade that everyone recommends, usually right alongside "Bae," which I didn't bother to buy. It seemed too similar to MAC's Blue-Brown and MakeUp Geek's Insomnia pigments for me to warrant a purchase.

Colourpop's single eyeshadows are only $5 each (2.1g), and quads are $20. From what I understand, their quad shades aren't usually available for individual purchase; so while you aren't saving money by getting a quad package, you're getting shades you can't get otherwise. Colourpop also sells blushes that are a bit larger than these shadows, and they're $8. I haven't tried any of them just yet, but I really want to!

My gripe... it's a bit misleading to include a pressed pigment and call it an eyeahdow quad. Many people have mentioned online in reviews that they've used it on their eyes and not had any reaction, so it's really up to the individual if they want to heed the warnings or not. I just think it would have been a better move to actually sell four eyeshadows in this package to make it easy and keep everyone happy.

I am going to continue to shop with Colourpop because so far, I haven't found a dud.

Join their mailing list and you'll get a coupon code for $5 off your purchase! That's a free eyeshadow, lipstick, or lip liner!

I have a second part coming up that includes a review of four of CP's Lippie Stix, so keep your eyes peeled.

(oh my god I cannot friuckghingh get the "Girl Crush" photo to align where I want it, I've spent hours. I'm done).