ColourPop Lipstick Collection & Reviews

If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Hello, my name is Kelsey and I am in the midst of a ColourPop lipstick addiction.

(Hiiiiiiiii Kelsey.)

I know I shouldn’t even bother explaining ColourPop (thanks to the hype from the Kyle Jenner Lip Kits dupe drama— Google that ish if you don’t know what I’m talking about), but in case you don’t know what it is, or are my mother, then here we go.

ColourPop is an online beauty brand that sells crazy affordable make-up that is great quality.  They’re best known for their lip products and their Super Shock Shadows, but they also do highlights, blushes, bronzers, eye liners, brow products, and sculpting sticks. And for how affordable they are, it’s not hard to get hooked.

In my case, it started out innocently enough. Two liquid lipsticks and an eyeshadow. And then there were three liquid lipsticks. Then there was a 20% off sale and then.. well.. You saw the picture above. I have developed a tiny collection.

And that isn’t even all of them. I have two Ultra Satin lips and a Lippie Stix missing from this that have gone AWOL.

Though ColourPop is known for their Ultra Mattes, I very much prefer the Ultra Satins.

ColourPop's "November" and "StingRAYE" are to die for. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

On the left is November, a ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip, next to StringRAYE, a ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip (that is a dupe for Jeffree Star’s Androgyny and is being discontinued on August 18th so RUN AND GO GET IT NOW!). The difference in the formula is very apparent. The Ultra Mattes tend to be much dryer and the Ultra Satins have a mousser texture that is much more comfortable to wear.

Some swatches of ColourPop Cosmetics liquid lipsticks. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

My go-to is Midi, an Ultra Matte, and November, the Ultra Satin.  I also love Alyssa, another Ultra Satin that is slightly more mauve-y. Both are great for everyday wear.

ColourPop’s Lippie Stix are also great. I find myself reaching for these when I’m looking for something I’m not worried about wearing off my lips or looking uneven throughout the day. I highly recommend them for an understated work-appropriate lip color.

A couple ColourPop Lippie Stix, each in a different finish. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Pictured above is Creature, Cami, Frida and Aquarius, all of which have different finishes. Though the Frida, the Satin finish, is my go-to, I do love Aquarius over a pink lip liner, and am dyyyying for fall to hit so I can start wearing Creature.  Cami, the Matte X finish, is a beautiful color, but because it is so matte, I have to prep with an exfoliant and lip balm before I wear it.  I’m hoping Creature, a regular Matte finish, will be more comfortable.An example of each of the finishes of ColourPop Lippie Stix. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Despite my undying love for the ColourPop lipstick, I do have one complaint. The logo on the packaging rubs off quite easily– as you can see in the first picture.

I used to think people that got hung up on packaging were crazy… until now. I am the kind of person that gets excited over packaging. When did that happen?

I get a weird thrill out of seeing each ColourPop lipstick in a row, all nice and neat.  Maybe it’s because I clearly have a thing for the same color family– (they are all DIFFERENT when you put them on the lips! I promise!)– but there is something about seeing all of them lined up, in color order, showing off their pristine ColourPop logos that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. I’m assuming this is how men feel when a fancy car engine revs.

HOWEVER. The liquid branding rubs off SO easily– as you can tell in the picture above. I know I shouldn’t gripe about a $6.00 lipstick, but having the logo rub off so quickly kind of ruins the whole warm-fuzzy-feeling thing. “Midi” took an all day trip in my purse and when I pulled her out to put her away at night, the logo was gone!  Disappointing, as she is one of my favorites.

Aside from that, I’m a happy camper.

If you’ve never tried a ColourPop lipstick, I recommend taking a look around the website. First time customers can get a $5.00 off coupon, which basically means a free lipstick. And who doesn’t want a free lipstick?

Are you a ColourPop junkie as well? Tell me what you have/what I need to get in the future. Or, if you have other lipstick brands I should try, let me know in the comments!

**It wasn’t until the end of this that I realized I was referring to my lippies as “she” but whatever. Dudes can call their cars by the female pronoun, then I can call my make-up “her”.

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OFRA Cosmetics NEW “Beverly Hills” Baked Highlighter

OFRA Cosmetics Beverly Hills Baked Highlight is a gorgeous 5-color highlight that is SUPER pigmented, and gives a gorgeous shine to the cheeks! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com
I’ve been on the highlighter struggle bus for some time now. I just can’t seem to find one that is affordable, and also shows up on my skin. I want that semi-blinding, you-can-see-my-cheeks-from-space kind of glow.  Though I do love the Mary Lou-Manizer from theBalm, it’s not my perfect match, and I’ve been on the hunt for better.

Those who know me know I swear by OFRA Cosmetics liquid lipsticks.  I posted about my favorite “Havana Nights” but have since acquired a few more colors.  So when OFRA announced their new baked highlighter with FIVE different shades… y’all.. I JUMPED on that (using MannyMUA’s discount code of “MANNYMUA for 30% off).

I finally got the gorgeous little beauty today and oooooooooh boy!

OFRA Cosmetics Beverly Hills Baked Highlight is a gorgeous 5-color highlight that is SUPER pigmented, and gives a gorgeous shine to the cheeks! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.comOFRA Cosmetics Beverly Hills Baked Highlight is a gorgeous 5-color highlight that is SUPER pigmented, and gives a gorgeous shine to the cheeks! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

The OFRA Cosmetics Beverly Hills Baked Highlighter is gorgeous in itself, but OFRA has stepped up the game overall.  The first thing I noticed was the packaging is gorgeous. Since my first OFRA order–which had just a sicker on the lipstick tube and was very underwhelming– they have stepped up their game. The box it came shipped in is adorable. It presents so nicely inside the box that I feel like I am truly having a lavish experience.

For the product itself, I will admit that some colors have more pigment than others. The peachy/rose pink, and true pink with gold flecks don’t have near the creaminess of the champagne, white, and gold.  The gold is the buttery-est of them all, as I’m sure you can tell in the swatch.

I applied a mix of the white and peachy-pink color to my cheeks and am very excited to use this for a full face of make-up. It has the perfect reflect without looking like a stripe of glitter on my cheek.  I can’t wait to have an excuse for a full-face so I can wear this bad boy out!

Overall, for the price tag and the fact that you get FIVE colors in this one, 6g compact, I’m a happy camper.

If you have been on the fence about getting it, looking for a new highlighter, or haven’t tried OFRA Cosmetics yet, I would give this my stamp of approval. Blind your enemies with your beautiful cheeks!

Got any other favorite highlighters I should know about? Let me know!

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MannyMUA x Makeup Geek Palette Review & Swatches

MannyMUA x Makeup Geek Palette Review & Swatches // www.candidlykelseyblog.com

If you haven’t heard of MannyMUA on Youtube yet, then you need to escape the rock that you live under.  He’s the cutest make-up man I’ve ever seen, and he has awesome taste.  Which is why I knew that I would have to have the palette he created with Makeup Geek– even before I saw the shades.

And I am NOT disappointed. The MannyMUA x Makeup Geek collaboration is a 9-shadow palette and my first purchase of Makeup Geek shadows.  The palette is a mix of existing shadow shades, and a few that Manny created himself.

From the bottom up, the shades are: Luna, Beaches & Cream, Artemis, Frappe, Sora, Cosmopolitan, Insomnia, Mars and Aphrodite.

MannyMUA x Makeup Geek Palette Review & Swatches // www.candidlykelseyblog.com

Frappe, Beaches and Cream, and Cosmopolitan are all permanent shades at Makeup Geek, and Insomnia is a loose shadow pigment that is pressed for this palette only.  Luna, Artemis, Sora, Arphrodite and Mars are all shadows that Manny designed.

My favorites are Beaches & Cream, Luna, Artemis, and Aphrodite.  Aphrodite is a gorgeous brown-purple that I love using to darken up a neutral eye and give a look more depth.  And I’m sure I’ll run through Beaches & Cream first, and have to buy it in a single very soon. It’s the perfect peachy transition shade for someone of my skin tone.  It pairs so nicely with Sora if you want a warm look. Artemis is my current favorite highlighting shade, while I find myself reaching for Luna for an all-over lid color if I want a more glam look.

I am ob-sessed! I’m super impressed with the quality of Makeup Geek shadows, and how many different looks I can get out of this palette. Neutral, natural, fun, glam, vampy, you name it.  I reach for this palette at least every other day, if not everyday. Definitely an amazing purchase for the money.

Also, points to Manny for the packaging.  I have strong Gatsby-esque vibes whenever I look at it, which makes me incredibly happy, and am in love with the giant mirror on the inside. Bravo, Manny.

MannyMUA x Makeup Geek Palette Review & Swatches // www.candidlykelseyblog.com

You can pre-order the palette here, as it supposedly comes back into stock in about a month or so. If you’re new to Makeup Geek, I highly recommend this gorgeous palette as your intro to the brand. The shadows are creamy, incredibly versatile, and well worth the $45 dollar price tag for 12 quality shadows.

Do you have the MannyMUA x Makeup Geek palette, or already an existing Makeup Geek fan? What MUG products should I try next? Let me know!

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Everyday Make-Up Routine

My 10-minute, everyday make-up routine features a mix of drug store & high end products, including the cheapest primer I've ever used! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

I don’t know about any other make-up wearers out there, but part of the fun for me is the application process.  I like changing it up everyday, I like the creativity of making it look just right when you blend colors together. Your face is a blank canvas.  However, sometimes you are low on time, and you just need to slap some paints against your face.  We all have our go-to everyday make-up routine, right?

I live in Chicago, IL, where it is currently winter.  And if anyone knows anything about Chicago, it is that it gets REALLY cold here. I swear, somedays I don’t need coffee to wake me up. The wind whipping against my face on the way to work is energizing enough.

Because I like sleep, and my morning commute takes a long time, I prefer to keep my make-up pretty simple on the day-to-day basis to save some time.

Basic Everyday Make-Up Routine

Starting with a moisturized face, my go-to primer has been the Nivea Men’s Post-Shave Balm in “Sensitive”. This sounds weird, but the second ingredient is “glycerin”, which is an ingredient that makes your face sticky so make-up will hold to it better. The scent is faintly masculine, but it fades really quickly, and it is super cheap for the amount of product you get. If you are able to try it, I definitely recommend it!

Next is my L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation. I use a damp Real Techniques Expert Face Sponge to blot it on my face. My go-to concealer has been the Maybelline Master Conceal. I apply this to my under eyes, my chin and my forehead, and buff those out with my wet sponge.

I set my under eyes using a mix of the white and yellow powders from my NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette, and then use the Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder to set the rest of my face before I contour.

I like to use a powder contour, so I set my foundation with a powder to help my contour blend better. This way the dark contour doesn’t stick straight to my foundation, and blends in with the powder to create a more natural look.

Then, I’ll lightly bronze the face using the same NYX Highlight & Contour Palette, adding a slight contour to the hallows of my cheeks, up around my hairline on my forehead, and under my chin.  Then I will take the white highlight shade and dab it lightly on the tops of my cheeks, the tip of my nose, my cupids bow, and underneath my eyebrows.

I add my highlight first and then my blush after because I like the highlight to poke through the blush, making me look illuminated, not “wet”.  I think it’s perfect for a natural, everyday look.  My current blush is the Milani Baked Blush in “Rose D’Oro” that I focus on the apples of my cheeks and then blend it back up my cheekbone.

On quick days, I reach for my original Urban Decay Naked palette. Using a fluffy brush, I apply Naked to my crease, and outer V, Buck overtop it, concentrating it mostly to my outer V and outer crease, and then use Hustle to deepen the look on my crease and outer V. I will then take a blunt little shader brush to add Buck to my bottom lash line for a little bit of depth.  I top that off with my mascara of the moment– it changes all the time!

If I’m doing a lip color, I’ll put it on here while I let my mascara dry.  If not, I will move straight into using my Urban Decay All-Nighter Make-Up Setting Spray.  A few quick spritz on the face, and voila! I’m ready to run out the door.

Most of these products I’ve had for over a year, and have been my favorite old faithfuls. I don’t know what I’d do if I lost any of these from my make-up bag, so I highly suggest checking them out! I also did a review on the NYX Highlight & Contour Palette, as well as featured the lip stain I like to pair this look with on my blog recently. It’s a gorgeous color!

Got any go-to everyday make-up staples I should look into? Let me know!

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Acne Skincare: LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

Acne Skincare: LUSH Mask of Magnaminty Review

It was never my intention to fall in love with LUSH products.  In fact, I started making my own bath bombs last year in hopes that I could never have to spend money at LUSH, mostly because I’m cheap. But acne is no joke. And neither is your acne skincare routine.

However, desperate times can make a gal do desperate things– like spring for a face mask in a fit of super low self-esteem to help her f!*#ing acne.  I didn’t want to love it.  I didn’t want to fall victim to the glory of LUSH products, and start handing them all my money.  But unfortunately, the face wants what the face wants.

Which is how I ended up with LUSH’s Mask of Magnaminty as an irreplaceable part of my skincare routine.

Mask of Magnaminty (Mag-na-mint-y) is a face and body mask. It is “packed full of peppermint, kaolin, and scrubby aduki beans for deeply cleansed skin”. It also contains bentonite gel, honey, evening primrose seeds, and african marigold oil, and a few other ingredients.

Let me break it down for you:

Peppermint oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A & C, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Vitamin C is great for the skin, as we all know.  And peppermint oil has antiseptic, and regenerative properties that are good for restoring your skin. The menthol that makes peppermint cooling and soothing is also good for the skin.

Kaolin is a soft clay. It helps exfoliate and cleanse skin.

Aduki beans are used as an exfoliant to cleanse and polish the skin.  Ground aduki beans also help absorb excess oil.

Honey is moisturizing and antiseptic.

Bentonite gel is soothing, absorbs dirt and oil, and promotes smoothing of the skin. It is used mainly for the base of a lot of LUSH products for it’s texture.

Evening Primrose Seeds are another exfoliating ingredient, with anti-inflammatory properties.

African Marigold Oil is antiseptic, anti-fungal, and has antioxidant properties that is good for soothing blemishes and inflammation.

Basically this mask is chalk full of skin soothing and cleansing goodies to help problem skin.  The exfoliants remove dead skin while the other ingredients pull dirt and oils, cleanse the skin to remove any dirt and bacteria that is causing breakouts, and then moisturize, sooth and reduce inflammation.

And let me tell you, it works.

Though I can’t get the change I can see in my skin to appear on camera with a before/after, I can assure you that my skin just glows and looks so much healthier after using this mask.  My skin tone is much more even, the redness from my blemishes and scars has softened, I don’t look as textured, and my skin just feels better. I use this about once per week in the evening, and love the results.

Also, a little bit goes a long way, so it is definitely worth the price for something that is not only a natural skincare product, but also effective. I got the smaller version, 4.4 oz, for around $14.00(ish)at the LUSH in Water Tower Place in Chicago. I have had it for a few months, have probably used it 10ish times, and still have maybe 3-5 more uses out of it. Not bad if I do say so myself.

Bonus: LUSH runs a recycling program. If you bring back 5 empty/clean LUSH pots with their little recycling logo on them, you get a free Fresh Face mask. How cool is that?

(Also, this is not a sponsored post what so ever, but hey LUSH, I’d definitely be open to it.  Make me a believer, huh? What other acne products do you have for me?!)

If you have acne prone skin, or have been feeling like your skin is just off lately, I would recommend trying out this mask.

What are your favorite LUSH products? Let me know!

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