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!


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.

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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!


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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GUEST POST: LORAC Mega PRO 2 Palette Tutorial

Today, we’re going to try something new and I’m hella excited about it! Today we’re going to talk about the LORAC Mega PRO 2 palette with a very special guest!

Meet Kimberly from BlogsForDays! Today she’ll be showing us a tutorial with the beautiful LORAC Mega PRO 2 palette! If anyone remembers, I lusted hard after this baby a few months ago, but didn’t get it.  As soon as I found out Kimberly had it, I had to have her on the blog showing it off.

Without further ado, I’ll throw it to Kimberly!

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look

Hello Candidly Kelsey readers! With the invitation of the awesome owner of this blog, I am coming to you with a guest beauty post. My name is Kimberly! I’m so excited to be sharing this with you all because it is… a eyeshadow look tutorial! This is my first ever official makeup tutorial as a matter of fact… no, really! I’ve never posted a makeup tutorial on my blog or anywhere else. I’ve tried filming one before but it was a sad, sad, saaad excuse for a tutorial.

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly KelseyGuest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

Anyways, I’m super happy to bring you all this gold coppery smoky eye look using the LORAC Mega Pro 2 palette. I just recently got this palette and I don’t think I even did a swatching or review post on my blog as there are just sooo many shadows in this gorgeous set-up. This is going to take you step by step through how I got this look (with pictures!). Now I’m going to apologize in advance as I have terribly small eyes and that makes this not the best to watch because it looks so much better on the YouTube beauty gurus of the world.

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Above are photos of the completed look! Even though this is purely an eyeshadow tutorial, I went ahead and showed you all what I chose for a lip color to go with it. You can obviously go less drastic with a nude color or pretty much any color you feel like you can rock with it!

Step One

I first took my Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer and applied that all over the lid and little under the eyes. After I will be taking Sugar and applying that all over the lid with a big fluffy brush to set the primer and give the rest of the shadows a good base to sit on top of. After that I took Porcelain and applied it to the brow bone with a flat concealer brush. Once that’s completed, I took Saddle and applied it in the crease, really blending it out with that same fluffy brush from before.

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey


Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

Step Two

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey
For this step, I took Black with the big fluffy brush from before and focused it mainly on the outer corner and slightly into the crease to give the look some more dimension and not be so natural looking.

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

Step Three

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

The next step was where the real colors came into place. First I took my NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk and applied it all over the lid just below the crease. I blended this out with my finger and then a bit with the concealer brush from before. After that I took my L’Oreal Infalliable Setting Spray to wet that concealer brush and applied Penny with the damp brush to really get the color to come through.

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Step Four

Guest Post: Lorac Mega PRO 2 Palette Eye Make-Up Look | Candidly Kelsey

After I applied the Penny shade over the lid under the crease, I applied Gold Leaf on the very center of the lid to just make it pop a bit and get it more dimension with the concealer brush. I think these colors too great together. After that I just blended the shades so they didn’t cut off with harsh lines with the fluffy brush.

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Step Five

Next, I put Prosecco in the inner corner and a little bit into the inner corner, then I took Black with a smaller, straight brush and connected it to the rest of the shadows in the outer corner. I blended all of this with a small pencil brush. Then, I put NYX’s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk on my waterline. Lastly, I applied Revlon’s Super Length mascara in the black shade (I don’t know if that’s the exact name or not).

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Lastly, if you want to add a dramatic lip with this like I did, then I applied NYX’s Velvet Suede cream lipstick in Vintage. And that completes this look!

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I really hoped you all enjoyed this little tutorial! I know it’s simple and not exactly hard but I enjoyed doing it for you all. I also love the LORAC Mega Pro 2, and am excited to try new looks with it. If you’re interested in more from me, you can visit me at www.blogsfordays.com! Thank you for reading! 💖


You can check out Kimberly at Blogsfordays.com, on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Bloglovin’. And don’t forget to check out her blog, as you may recognize a very beautiful, charming, and fun face over there today. Hint: it’s me.



“Havana Nights” OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

We need to talk about “Havana Nights”.

I’ve always been jealous of girls that can rock a bold lip.  Like they throw on a dark lipstick and then it’s like they stomp down the street circa Beyoncé walk in “Crazy in Love”. Those girls know they look good, and are confident.  They are probably never disheveled, or have cat hair covering their leggings.

I want to be one of those girls.

I’ve shelled out enough money for different lipsticks in the past year in my quest to find my perfect dark lip.  For awhile my go-to was Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte lipstick by Kate Moss in 107, which my mom hated. I wore it anyway because I am a rebel and it was funny to see her hate it so much.

Then this year I had a tiny love affair with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Copenhagen”.  Mixed with a wine-colored lip liner from NYX, it had great lasting power for the price, and didn’t dry out my lips. And then on a whim (and on sale!) I decided to splurge for the OFRA Cosmetics and KathleenLights collab “Havana Nights”.

KathleenLights Havana Nights OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

And oh… Oh, girl. This is a good one.

If you’re someone like me who does not look good in pink tones, this is a shade for you– though I honestly can’t imagine it being a bad shade on anyone! It’s a dark red, but with a rusty vibe and brown undertones. In some lights in looks brown, in others it looks like a blood red. Like a vampy princess.

The formula is great. It’s not a stain, so it does keep some tackiness that a lipstick does, but the staying power is awesome.

My wear test for this baby included a power-hour (AKA- drinking a shot glass full of beer every minute for an hour because why not), and three hours at a bar. I touched up halfway through the night, but when I got home I was still shocked at how great it looked. It had very minimal bleeding around the edges of my mouth, probably from repeatedly putting a shot glass to my lips, but other than that it still looked great.  It came off relatively easily by oil-cleansing my face like usual and giving my lips and extra scrub.

Like usual, my only complaint is the packaging. It’s a regular tube, but the name is a clear sticker on the the tub with black writing on it. The edges were already starting to lift when I got it, making it look a little cheap. Not sure if all OFRA liquid lipsticks are like this, or just Havana Nights, as it’s a promotional shade, but I was kind of disappointed. I love KathleenLights, so I was hoping for something a little bit more decorative that I would keep after the product was gone.

Overall, I’d give it 9/10 stars. Taking away one point for the packaging because I’m petty.