ColourPop Lipstick Collection & Reviews

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

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, sculpting sticks, and are coming out with new products everyday. (Edit: As of 8/3/2017 they even have CONCEALER!) 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. //

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. //

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. //

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. //

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.”


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! //
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! //

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 //

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 //

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 //

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!


5 Books You Should Read W/ Everyday Grace

Hi readers of Candidly Kelsey — thank you for welcoming me to this awesome space! I’ve been reading Kelsey’s blog (and following her hilarious snapchat) for a while now and absolutely love her positive take on life. I think she shines through her blog so well and that’s why I love it so much. So, when she asked me if I would do a guest post, I was absolutely flattered. Me? On a blog I read daily? Yes!

A little introduction to me — My name is Kristen and I blog over at Everyday Grace, a lifestyle – foodie blog about my life in Denver with my husband, Adam and our pup, Henry. I blog about life, love, food and all the things (good, bad and ugly) that fall in between.

Today, I’m sharing 5 books you should be reading (or have read). Now, let me preface this with; I understand everyone likes all different kinds of books. There are books that either I love and can get lost in or the ones that have made a huge impact on my life. But, hey everyone’s different, that’s what so rad about blogs and guest posts! I think these books are fantastic, engaging, well-written and I think you should read them! Below is my take on the book, plus a little recap on the story.

5 books you should read, including To Kill A Mockingbird, The Rumor, and Girl on a Train /

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I couldn’t really give you a list of books and not start with a classic. I first read this book in maybe 6th grade and I’ve read it probably 15 times since then. Also, Harper Lee just passed away, so this is a little tribute to the wonder and author that she was

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus–three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.

2. The Rumor by Elin Hildenbrand: I never said I was a literary scholar, sometimes books are good because you get lost in them. This is exactly how this book is. All her books are based in Nantucket. Once you’ve read one, you’ll want to read all the rest.

Madeline King and Grace Pancik are the best of friends of the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, beautiful kids and their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands.

3. The Girl on the Train: THIS BOOK. Talk about a book I could not put down. Even my husband was asking when I was going to be done! This book kept my attention the entire time. Now, side-note, it takes about 2 chapters to get in to it, but once you’re in, you won’t be able to stop. When it was over, I felt like I had a book hangover. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. 

4. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker: This book saved me. Not in the literal sense, obvs but changed my perspective in a way I didn’t know I needed. This book focuses on fighting the worlds standards. Its about being good, while enjoying life, laughing and maybe learning to laugh all with God’s grace. This is such a great story and she is so incredibly funny and honest in her writing. 

She reveals how to: Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life.

5. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom: If you want to cry as you read, this is the book for you. Okay, that is a horrible way to sell a book, but this is seriously in my top 5 favorite books of all time list. It’s about a mentee learning from his mentor in his last days. It’s about life and love and the journey we take every day. It’s incredibly moving, funny, loving and hands down one of the greatest books I’ve read. 

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.

Have you read any of these books? Whats on your must-read reading list? 

5 books you should read, including To Kill A Mockingbird, The Rumor, and Girl on a Train /

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Reading Lately: “#GIRLBOSS”

Today I’m linking up with Michelle from Blogs Like A Girl, Cat from KittyKittyLaLa and Allison from Puppies and Pretties to share what I’ve been reading over the past month. I’m really excited that they put this link-up together as it’s giving me motivation to finally burn through my reading list. In January, I started with #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.

#GIRLBOSS is half-motivating/half-memoir by Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of NastyGal //


If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel empowered, motivated and lazy all at the same time, look no further.

Sophia Amoruso is the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, an online clothing shop– or empire, as it’s referred to numerous times in the book. As a 20-something female, I’ve frequented quite a few times, but have clicked off pretty quickly due to my lack of motivation to spend money on clothing.

#GIRLBOSS is half autobiography of her success from starting Nasty Gal on accident, and using her mistakes and successes to give advice.  The whole thing is written as if Sophia is taking to you over coffee, half humble-bragging and also looking down at you like a stern mother as she talks to you.  Very do as I say, not as I do. She preaches to follow your own path, and to forget all the stereotypes that may be standing in your way to achieve what you want to achieve.  Her own story backs up her words, as she tells you about how she accidentally created a million dollar clothing company.

Her book is a great rags-to-riches story to motivate you to follow your dream and take control of your life in the way that works for you. It’s an entertaining read, as some of her stories are outrageous.  The book is written to inspire and motivate young GIRLBOSSes to follow their dreams and take control of their lives, but looking back on the book a few weeks later, the only real things I remember is how awesome she kept saying her company was.

Overall, I think I’m lukewarm about it. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I usually put it down feeling motivated. If you’re on the fence about reading it, I would suggest going for it.

Unfortunately that’s all I’ve been able to get through during January. I’ve got a few other titles on my list for February, but if you’re reading something awesome, please let me know! I’d love recommendations!