Saturday, February 10, 2018

January 2018 In Review

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to bring you my update for the first month of 2018!  Wow, can you believe it's already over?  I'm a little bit in shock if we're being honest; where did all the time go already?!

So, I kind of struggled with whether or not I wanted to post this for you guys!  Since I'm doing my 18 in 2018 project, I didn't want to just constantly write about the exact same things over and over for you.  However, there are things I'm doing in my life that aren't on that list that I still wanted to share! There might be some repeats, but I'll link any reviews in my 18 in 2018 post back to these so I'm not actually repeating myself!

The biggest part of January was that school started again!  I've been in classes for over a month now, and I have to say with the exception of one class, I'm really loving how it's all going!  My classes are 1 1/2 hours instead of just 1 hour, so I have class four days a week versus five.  I get to have my Fridays off to catch up on homework or get ahead!  I really love the way my schedule ended up being, even if it does mean I'm on campus for 10 hours on two days. 

I also bought a new Keurig this month!  I've made a conscious shift in my spending habits and was using an old Keurig my dad gave me instead of buying coffee every morning.  Unfortunately, it decided to stop working so I had to invest in a new one.  In the end it all worked out, because I absolutely adore it!  It's got a touch screen and water reservoir, so I don't have to fill up a cup every morning, plus it fits my travel mug so I'm not pouring coffee from a small mug to my larger one. 

Finally, I went through my entire GoodRead's want-to-read shelf and cleared it out!  I used to have over 2,000 books on my shelf, most of which I haven't even heard of.  Why were they even on there??  I'm so happy to say that I'm now down to 827 books.  This is still kind of a crazy huge number, but at least I know that all of the books sound like something I would be happy to pull off of my list and read!  Plus, a lot of them are books I own either physical or digital copies of. 

The first book I finished this month was Unconscious Branding: How Neuroscience can Empower (and Inspire) Marketing.  It was a required read for my Buyer Behavior class, which of course I did not read during the semester, but I thought was so interesting I wanted to finish it.  It's a very information heavy read, but something I'm glad to have finished!  I enjoyed learning about how the unconscious part of our brain controls so much of our daily lives as well as our spending habits and how to connect with it as a marketer.  I ended up rating this at 4/5 stars.

While I'm definitely old enough that this doesn't really count as an actual book read, I wanted to give it a quick go before I passed it on to my 8-year-old sister.  Hopefully she enjoys it; I know I did!  The Pony Pals is really a standout series, as it's not just about the horses, but about the young girls and how they all learn from their experiences.  I'm surprised by how much it really appeals to me.  I gave it 4/5 stars as well.

The Hangman's Daughter was the most disappointing book of the month.  I enjoyed the concept of a man trying to prevent a witch hunt, but the writing really threw me off.  It was super interesting in the beginning and end, but was so slow in the middle. There could have been about 75 less pages in this and the same resolution would be had.  I was also super uncomfortable with the way they treated the title character, Magdalena.  She wasn't in 3/4 of the book, and when she was, I did not like her as a character in the beginning and didn't like how everyone else interacted with her in the middle and end.  I'm okay with the resolution, but there was just so much more that could have happened with this that didn't. I gave it 3/5 stars.

TV Shows:

Alright, so Total Drama Island is a show from my younger years that I really loved!  When I was browsing Netflix I saw that this was on there and I added it to my 18 in 2018 list, and then I decided that this was the show I wanted to watch after taking a pause on Buffy.  I got from episode 1 to 17, which is pretty great! There's only 9 episodes left in the season, so I could get through it in February if I really wanted to. We'll see!  It's a really funny show that's surprisingly adult for being on Cartoon Network.

Before I can start on Season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I have to get through season 2 and let me tell you guys, I've already seen it and I got to the next episode and had to stop.  It's a really heartbreaking one, and I just didn't feel like putting myself through the emotional wringer. I started on episode 13 and got to 17.  If you haven't seen this show, try to watch it! It's so great, I can't wait to keep going in February.

Things I Love this Month:
If you're looking for music to help you focus or relax, this is it!  This playlist has been on repeat all month and will probably continue to be.  I use it when I'm working on homework because there's no words and I really love the calming nature of piano music.  I highly suggest listening to this if you need to focus your mind on a task and struggle to do so!

Well, that was January for me!  February is likely to be a busier month school-wise than January was since we're getting into the bulk of learning now.  I'm hoping I'll have some interesting stuff to share with you all!

How did January treat you?  Did anything fun happen? Let me know!

Monday, February 5, 2018

My Low/No-Buy Goals for 2018

Hey everyone!

I'm wrapping up my 2018 posts with some low and no buys that I'll be working on maintaining throughout the year!  If you haven't already, be sure to check out my 2018 Goals and Resolutions post, where I mention my desire to do a makeup low-buy.

A low buy is when you set a limit of either amount of purchases or amount of money spent in a time period; this could be as small as a day, or as large as a year.  If you want to do it for even longer you can, it just might get harder to track.  A no buy is when you set a time period and don't allow yourself to purchase anything.

Since my word of the year is Mindful, I thought that a low and no buy would help with that a lot.  Not only will it help me control my spending, it'll also keep me from bringing in more stuff and help with my "less" mindset.

Makeup - Strict Low Buy
I've talked a lot about this already, so it's pretty clear what I plan.  I'm allowing myself 12 makeup purchases in the year of 2018.  I chose 12 because it's one a month, but I don't necessarily have to only buy one in one month.  If I find 3 things I like in one month and nothing for the next four months, that's okay!  I'm hoping that by the end of the year I purchase less than 12, since I don't count Ipsy in this total.

Stationery - No Buy
If I showed you my stationery collection, you guys would freak out!  I don't want to count totals or try to track down all of the notebooks, sticky notes, notepads, etc.; it would be insane.  I should also include writing utensils and office supplies in general, but I'm not as bad about buying them as I am about buying paper products.  This year, I'm not allowing any purchases so that I can actually use all of the stuff I own; I'll probably never need to buy another piece of stationery in my life!

Stickers - Strict Low Buy
Another thing I own way too much of is stickers.  I don't use them nearly enough, either!  This year, I'm putting a strict low buy on them by only allowing myself to purchase a monthly sticker kit each month for my Happy Planner.  This isn't even something that I really need, so I'm waiting until I feel like I have enough disposable income to buy them again.  This may not be until I have my first adult job!

Clothing - Low Buy
The most difficult decision for me to make this year was how I wanted to allow spending on clothing.  I have a lot of clothes; this is something that I have definitely acknowledged and I'm trying to declutter them as I go this year.  As I am starting to move into the workforce, I'm sure I will find that I need a lot more professional clothing options.  I'm saying low buy because I want to be conscious about what I bring into my closet now.  I don't want to purchase casual clothing anymore because I certainly have enough of it! 

Restaurant Meals - Strict Low Buy 
This is a weird one, but I didn't know what else to call it.  Last year I had the problem of going out to eat way too often; like at least once a week.  This wasn't good for my bank account or my weight.  This year, I'm going to limit myself to going out to eat twice a month, max.  If I don't have to pay for it I might make an exception, but I'll play it by ear!  This also includes any restaurant, so anything from McDonald's (fast food) to Dominoes (delivery) to Perkins (sit down).  Any order where I'm buying prepared food when I could eat at home!

I certainly didn't include everything I spend my money on, but these were the categories I have the most problems with, and what I wanted to focus on controlling.  In general, I'm trying to pay attention to how much I'm spending and what it's on this year.

Are you doing anything to curb your spending habits? What do you have too much of? Let me know!

Friday, January 12, 2018

18 in 2018

If you read my 2018 Goals & Resolutions post, you might have noticed that one of my goals was an "18 in 2018" project.  I want to use this as a fun way for me to make sure I'm either reading books that I've had for a while/love and want to reread, watch movies and TV shows I feel like I'm missing out on, and in general decrease the amount of things on my plate.  I also enjoy seeing a list, so that when I'm done with one I have another right there for me to choose from instead of my entire collection.

I've been a little back and forth on how often I want to update you all on my progress, but right now I think it's going to be every quarter.  While I'm sure I'll be able to get a lot done in a month, I'd hate to only end up showing one or two changes to my lists a few times; it would be a waste of a post. 

1. Wicked: The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
2. 1984
3. The Great Gatsby
4. Milk & Honey
5. The Hangman's Daughter
6. Water for Elephants
7. Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen
8. Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take 5 Minutes or Less
9. Valley of the Kings: The 18th Dynasty
10. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love the Lasts
11. Pride & Prejudice
12. A Song of Ice and Fire
13. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
14. The Opposite of Loneliness
15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
16. Black Beauty
17. The Hobbit
18. The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
There's a few different reasons why I picked these books.  Some of them are books that I've read and loved and want to reread, some have been sitting on my shelf for a long time and need to be read and moved out.  I also have a few of my kindle books that are Amazon Prime books I want to exchange for others and NetGalley books that need a review. A wide array of books!

1. The Hot Chick
2. Finding Dory
3. Beauty & The Beast (Live Action)
4. The Secret Life of Pets
5. The Little Rascals
6. Stardust
7. Bee Movie
8. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
9. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
10. Breakfast at Tiffany's
11. Walt Disney Short Films Collection
12. Nacho Libre
13. The Benchwarmers
14. Tropic Thunder
15. Moana
16. High School Musical
17. A Cinderella Story
18. Harry & Snowman
All of the movies on this list are movies that I haven't seen yet that are either classics or new movies that I feel like I'm missing out on by not watching!  I also made sure that every movie on my list I can find on either Netflix or Hulu; it would really suck to not be able to watch them after adding them here!

TV Show Seasons
1. Gossip Girl - Season 3
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 3
3. The Great British Baking Show - Season 4
4. Grey's Anatomy - Season 12
5. American Horror Story - Season 3
6. Stranger Things - Season 1
7.The Office - Season 1
8. Friends - Season 1
9. Big Mouth - Season 1
10.Once Upon a Time - Season 1
11.Orange is the New Black - Season 3
12. Sherlock - Season 3
13. Dexter - Season 2
14. One Punch Man - Season 1
15.Total Drama - Season 1
16. The Originals - Season 2
17. Scream: The Series - Season 1
18. The Guild - Season 1
Again, this is a combination of shows that are classics that I need to watch or shows that I started and haven't finished yet.  Can you believe I haven't seen some of these shows?  I can't either.

Makeup Used Up/Decluttered
Unlike my other lists, the make up used up list is going to be added to as the year goes on and not have items crossed off. This is because I don't have any specific makeup items I want to use up this year, I just want to use what I want to use and then see if I happen to finish anything off!  I do still need to focus a little bit on getting things out of my collection which is why I still have a goal of finishing off 18 items.

Skincare Used Up/Decluttered 
This is the same exact idea as the makeup use up.  I have a feeling I'll be able to fly through the skincare since I use this much more than makeup, but I still want to make sure I'm working hard at shrinking my collection.

Bucket List
1. Get an adult job
2. Live on my own
3. Learn calligraphy
4. Make my blog more active
5. Organize my Pinterest
6. Get an Emotional Support Animal
7. Fill an entire journal
8. Paint a canvas
9. Graduate with honors
10. Go to a zoo
11.Visit a trampoline park
12. Start a scrapbook
13. Go to a spa
14. Visit a new state
15. Keep to a budget
16. Have a date night with myself
17. See a musical
18. Go to a wine tasting
As you can tell, my bucket list is full of different activities I want to be able to say I did this year!  Some of them are corresponding to the goals I've already set such as organizing my Pinterest and graduating with honors, while others come directly from my actual bucket list.  Since I'll be graduating college, I really want to start experiencing more in my life. This feels like a great start!

Well, there you have it!  As I write this, I already want to get started crossing things off my list. I'm so excited to have this direction for my year.  It'll also feel so good to be able to minimize my large collection of "stuff", and this is definitely the best way to jump start that.

Have you ever heard of an 18 in 2018 project? Are you interested in joining? Let me know!


Friday, January 5, 2018

My 2018 Goals & Resolutions

Hello everyone!

I am so excited for this post!  I absolutely love the new year, because it means new challenges for myself to tackle, new habits to include, and inspiration abound.  I feel really good about the goals & resolutions that I've put together for myself this year.

I've decided that my word for this year is going to be mindful. It fits into so many aspects of my life that it just felt like the best word to apply to this year's goals.  My goals are also sorted out by areas I want to pay attention to with my mindfulness, as you'll see below.

Let's jump right in now!

Mental Health:
Develop a self-care routine. This year, I want to make a big push to work on my self-care!  Self-care is sincerely one of the best things that anyone can do for themselves, and doubly so for myself.  Every day I want to have some small self-care time for myself, whether it be taking a nap or listening to a podcast, for example.  I want to have one pamper night every week, where I do things like masking or painting my nails.  Finally, every month I want to have a "me day", where I only do the things that I want to do and not have to worry about keeping to a schedule.  This may be difficult to do while I'm still in school but I want to really make a push to take care of my mental health.

Read 24 books.  It's always a goal of mine to read, and I seem to fail every year with the amount!  I always pick way too many. Last year I chose 60, which is more than one book a week, and with how busy I was I didn't even come close.  This year, I want to make it a far more reasonable goal and say that if I read two books a month I'll be happy!  I'm hoping I can knock this goal out of the water and add more books on later in the year!

Finish one coloring page a month. I know, this is a bit random!  I own a lot of coloring books and I really love taking the time to color, so I figured this would work perfectly.  Plus I just got a set of 48 colored pencils; it's a sign.

Journal every day. Again, I own a lot of journals and I never use them! This not only helps me get use out of my stuff, it's really good for anxiety to get all the thoughts out of your head.  It'll also be nice to see if there are any patterns in my moods and behaviors. I'm also really excited to be able to look back on my day and see what I've been up to!

Physical Wellbeing:
Develop a healthier lifestyle. I know, this seems like a super vague goal, but it's kind of an overarching goal for the year. I have more specific things I want to do below!

Eat breakfast every morning. The first step of starting the day off right and in a healthy way is to eat breakfast!  It kicks off your metabolism and gives a boost of energy.  I want to make sure I'm giving myself the best head start by eating!

Stop eating candy. I don't eat candy super often, but it really is just a bunch of extra sugar and bad stuff to put in your body.  While there's a lot more junk food I can cut out of my diet, I want to start with this!

Work out 3x a week. This may be the hardest one for me!  Going to the gym is a mixed bag for me as to whether I like it or not.  I struggle when I don't have a clear plan, so I'm hoping that going with a friend will help me stay focused and enjoy being there more!

Get to 150 pounds. I'm a little less strict on this goal!  I would like to lose weight, and that's an easy weight to set my goal at, however it's not all about numbers for me.  If I weigh more than 150 pounds but look fit and healthy, I won't be upset about not technically completing the goal.

Graduate with honors. This means graduating with a 3.60 GPA or higher. I currently have exactly 3.60, so I'm cutting it pretty close!  It also means I'm going to be working very hard to get good grades this coming semester, so that I can graduate and get those cords!

Get A's in every class. Part of the reason that this is on my list is because of the goal above, and part of it is because I want to leave on a high note. A's are a great way to feel accomplished about a class, and it'll push me to pay more attention and work harder in the classes.

Get a job in human resources. This is more career than finance, but it still fits in well. I want to be able to graduate college with a job in the major I got a degree in!  That's the short-term career goal I have set for myself.

Pay off credit card balance every month. I made a nasty habit of spending too much money last year with my credit card.  While I'm not out of control, I'd still like to set a conscious goal of either having my balance at a predetermined amount or have no balance at all. That way, I'm not paying a bunch of interest or leaving myself vulnerable to spending over my limit (highly unlikely but could happen!).

Pay every bill on time. I don't necessarily struggle with paying my bills on time, but I know that the more I have to pay, the more likely it is that a bill will slip through the cracks!  I also want to make sure that I'm not paying the crazy late fees that come up when you're late.

Begin budgeting and watching finances. I set up a spending log where I want to track how much money I spend each day and on what.  This will hopefully help me slow down on shopping and especially buying food at school when I don't need to!

Makeup low buy (12 items or less). While I certainly don't need more makeup, I also know that restricting myself from buying any new makeup will make me more likely to buy it.  By allowing myself the opportunity to purchase, but limiting how much, I'm much more likely to succeed!  Plus, I'm expecting that I will not end up buying 12 items anyway, as I've been pretty good about not purchasing things that I realize I don't need.  On top of the spending side, my makeup collection is out of control!  I really need to stop adding things to it, and this will help me be more conscious.

18 in 2018 project. This is something I'm most excited for!  I have multiple different categories (movies, TV show seasons, books, activities, makeup & skincare) that I'm trying to either accomplish, use up, and/or move out of my collection!  It seems strange at first, but I'm someone who has an unimaginably long list of things to read, to watch, etc. so by picking 18 things I really want to take care of, I can feel as though I'm accomplishing something!  If you guys are interested, I can definitely do a separate post on more about what 18 in 2018 is and what my specific items are.

Keep a clean and organized living area. This is a vague goal, but it's something that I just want to see and remind myself.  Clean and organized reduces stress and anxiety for me, so it's important that everything in my home looks and feels nice. 

Develop and follow a cleaning routine. Last year I put together a cleaning list for myself and then I never followed through with it. I'd like to restart that again and actually use it this time! 

Read all stories in FF folder. Look familiar? That's because this was a goal last year of mine to accomplish!  I didn't complete it, as you can tell, but I did get pretty close!  It won't be super hard to finish up this year, it's just a matter of actually taking the time to do it.

Organize Pinterest.Pinterest is a source of entertainment and learning for me, and I want to make sure I have it organized to a way that is easily accessible and understandable to me.  This was another goal of mine last year that I did not accomplish, but I really feel like it's important to do this year. I've already been working on it, plus with Pinterest's new sections within boards, it'll be easier than ever!

Become more aware of the time I have & the time I use. While this is a rather vague sounding goal, it's important for me nonetheless!  I have a beautiful planner that I'm using that has a daily page with the times listed on it.  I've decided that I will write out my schedule as per usual, but I will include my daily tasks as well as habits to be written in the schedule.  This will hold me accountable to actually doing the things on my list, so it's a win-win!  I also find this goal important because I tell myself I have no time to do anything, yet I find myself sitting around doing nothing productive more often than I care to admit.

Well, that's it!  I know it seems like a lot of stuff, and it really is, but it's all things that aren't super hard to implement but are so important to being happy with myself and my life. I can't wait to see what this year has to bring for me!

What are your new year's resolutions? Are any the same as mine? Let me know!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sephora Give Me More Lip Set

Hello everyone!

If you've ever read this blog or know me, you'll know that I absolutely love all lip products.  I own a beyond excessive amount, and I enjoy all of them!  I did go through a purge over the summer where I got rid of products that I didn't enjoy the colors or formulas of, but that doesn't change the ridiculousness.

I've been putting myself on a makeup no buy over the past few months, but when I saw this I knew I was in trouble.  The products this year are just amazing!  It definitely feels like a luxury set this year, too: Bobbi Brown, Dior, YSL, Hourglass, Marc Jacobs... you get my drift.  Sephora is certainly a high end store, but even then there's certainly price jumps with some brands.  It's great to try these brands and products out without dropping $30+ for one thing!

I haven't tried all of these products out; I'm more posting a "first impressions" and showing you what exactly you can expect if you buy this kit.  I feel like it's really helpful to see swatches, especially because it's nearly impossible to see the actual colors.

Let's jump in!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss "Vintage"

First up is this lip gloss from Anastasia Beverly Hills.  It's in the shade Vintage, which is a beautiful nude pink color with gold glitter throughout.  You can't really see it in the swatch; it looks just like a simple nudey pink color.  The ABH lip gloss formula is extremely thick and opaque, so if you like lip glosses that completely cover your lips, this will be a favorite!  It's not super sticky and lasts for quite a while from what I can remember.  I own two other shades of this in Kristen and Rio; I haven't tried this one yet but I hope to soon!

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color "Brocade" 
Talk about at luxury item!  This is a full size Bobbi Brown lipstick and I could not be more excited!  The bullet is massive, so if you have thin lips you might have a difficult time with application.  This is a medium purple-berry, and is an absolutely gorgeous fall shade. I haven't tried this out yet, but I've heard a lot of praise in the beauty community, so I'm hoping this will work out for me!

Dior Lip Maximizer "Pink 001"
This is the tiniest sample ever!  I'm so excited to have this, though. I feel like it's a cult classic, so it's great to have the opportunity to try it without buying a full size.  From the swatch, it didn't feel like it was sticky at all.  It looks completely clear in the swatch, so it'll be a nice gloss to just throw on top of something or wear on no makeup days!

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte "Bombshell"
I am so pumped to give this a shot!  I've heard good things about the Huda liquid lips, so I'm excited to test this for myself.  It's a very liquid formula, so if you prefer a moussey texture this may not be the product for you.  I'm a little concerned about how the color is going to look on me; it's very warm and peachy, which usually means it looks orange on me.  I personally don't like having orange lips, but I'm hopeful that it'll look great!

Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo "Influencer"
Hourglass is one of those brands that I hear so much about, but I can never justify!  I remember tons of YouTubers getting these in PR but I haven't heard much about them since.  I always love trying new lip products, especially expensive ones, so I have no complaints!  This is a super cute little sample, and the color is pretty unique.  It looks a lot more nude in the tube than in the swatch; to me it looks super brown on my skin.  I love browns, so I'm certainly happy with the color, but it's not what I expected at all.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color Sensual "Muted Pink"
I'm going to be honest, out of every lip product in the kit this is my least favorite.  I don't like the way that a lot of pinks look on me, and this is extremely pastel.  I'll give it a fair shot, but I don't think this will show up on my lips true to color, which is unfortunate!  The formula itself is nice; I own two other Laura Mercier lipsticks.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"
Talk about a cult classic!  This is an extremely popular shade of the Marc Jacobs lipsticks.  It's also really beautiful and a good formula.  Plus, can we just talk about packaging for a second? Love it!  I unfortunately don't have a good swatch; the picture came out way too blurry to use.  I'm sure if you're in the beauty community you've seen it at least once, though!

Sephora Cream Lip Stain "01 Always Red"
Another super tiny sample!  This is the Sephora collection's take on a liquid lipstick.  People always rave about this, and I certainly can't say it's a bad product.  The color is a really pretty true red that would probably flatter anyone.  I personally got this in a Sephora Play box before and wasn't super impressed.  Like I said, not a bad product!  I just didn't feel like it had blown my mind as an amazing thing that you had to have.  I did end up decluttering this for my roommates; I didn't want such a small sample rolling around.

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick "Drivers Seat"
This is another product that I already have!  It's actually a really beautiful rusty orange color; like a wearable pumpkin shade.  The formula of the Smashbox liquid lipsticks is super comfortable and long wearing, plus the applicator is supposed to make it easier to apply. I personally don't remember if it is or not, but I do remember enjoying the formula. 

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue "Nude"
Let me just say, I absolutely adore the packaging of this.  It's so gorgeous; I might end up keeping it around after I use up the product inside.  If you look at the bullet, you can tell that there's a little nick on the top.  It did come like that, and I've noticed that a lot of other people's looked the same so it must be a packaging issue.  The color itself is a very sheer nude shade.  Honestly, this looks and feels like a balm, not a lipstick.  I've also heard you go through them pretty quickly if you use it consistently, and it's a super high price point.  Something to keep in mind if this sparks your interest!

Too Faced Melted Latex Liquified High Shine Lipstick "Hot Mess"
This was certainly the most interesting product that was in here in my opinion!  It's clearly a hot pink shade, and it's a lip gloss; that's two things I wouldn't personally put together.  It's a very sticky formula and pretty bright color for a gloss.  I'm not sure if I'll be keeping this around; it's a bad time to wear it anyway.  Maybe when it warms back up I'll pull this back out to see if I really want it.

Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil Lipstick Duo "5 Jasmine & Brownie"
Talk about an interesting choice to put in the box!  It's a gloss and a foil that you layer to make the color on the left.  I do like the colors separately, but the formula is something interesting to work with.  One side is like a gloss, and the other side is similar to a gel.  I can't make a full judgement on it until I try it out for myself, but right now it's ranking a little low on my scale of wanting to use.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick "Big Bang"
Talk about a bang!  This color is pretty intense.  As you can tell from the swatch, it's a hot pink glitter shade.  This would be pretty fun for either going out or a wacky holiday party, but I definitely will use this sparingly.  The formula was a little gel-like when I swatched it and I noticed that as I tried to build it up, it started to just move around and pull up.  Hopefully it applies a little better on the lips!

Wander Beauty Wanderout Dual Lipstick "Nikki Beach & B.B."
This is a really cool product!  I really like the fact that it has two different lipsticks in one product, because it would be easy to flip from day at work to night out if that's something you were interested in doing.  The nude side is way more pink than I had expected so I don't plan to wear it until next spring, but I really do enjoy the formula. The finish on them is super pretty and the colors are nice.  It's not incredibly long-lasting, but I'm not really surprised about that.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture "N 01 Le Rouge"
If anything in this box feels like a luxury item, it is this lipstick!  The packaging is gorgeous and I am obsessed with the power red color.  I don't love the scent of the product but from previous experience with YSL lipsticks it does go away.  I have a feeling this is going to be my lipstick pick for the holiday season and I couldn't be more excited!

Well, that's the entire kit for you!  As you can tell, there were a lot of winners in here and only a few that had me wondering what exactly they were thinking.  I've tried a few of these out already and I'm super excited to keep trying as I go.  I'm hoping that I'll end up loving every product in here, but even if I don't it was super exciting to get all of them!

What's your favorite product from the kit? Have you tried any of these before? Let me know!

Hugs and Kisses,
The Cornfed Princess

Monday, October 9, 2017

December Colourpop Haul

Hey everyone!

I know, it feels like I just put up a haul post a few weeks ago, but tis the season for spending money!  I got hooked by the kit deals and by the free lipsticks I'd get, honestly. Darn companies for hitting my weakness every time!

I really enjoy Colourpop liquid lipsticks, and I've already owned a few (6 I think?) so when I saw the chance to buy a bunch of minis and get free full size lipsticks I had to jump on it. I love trying the new shades out, plus I get to try the formulas on their Ultra Satin and Ultra Metallic lipsticks, so it was worth it!

Here's the haul for you in all of its glory! If you couldn't tell, liquid lipsticks are my downfall.

The first set I got is "Foxy", which is five of their Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks in their OG colors.  This is the first liquid formula they came out with, as well as the first and only formula I've tried until this haul.  The colors are all from their original launch, and you could consider them staples in any Colourpop lover's collection.

Here they are swatched! From top to bottom: Beeper, Tulle, More Better, Clueless, and Creeper.  I personally really enjoy the way they all look, and am super excited to try them out and add them to my collection!

The next set I got is the "On a Whim" set, which comes with five of their Ultra Satin liquid lipsticks, which is essentially their revamped version of the Ultra Mattes. These are a little less matte, and a lot less drying from what I've heard. I personally have yet to try them on my lips, but with these nudes I don't think I'll be forcing myself!

Here's the swatch of them! Again, from top to bottom: Magic Wand, Mess Around, Stud, Toolips, and Dopey.  I'm really pumped to try these out! There are a few similar shades if you look between the two sets, but with a different formula I'm completely okay with it. Plus, I'm a lipstick hoarder anyway.

Finally, as part of their deal, I got three Ultra Metallic liquid lipsticks.  I have been admiring these for quite some time, but I was nervous about buying them because I've never seen a metallic on me before.  Plus, it was between these and their Ultra Glossy lips, and I really am not a fan of gloss.

Let me just say, I have some kind of strong opinions. Also, ignore the left over swatch; it wouldn't come off!  From top to bottom: Zebra, Mugshot, Kween.  The formula for the most part was a moussey texture, and a lot thicker than the Ultra Matte and Satins.

Each of these had a slightly different formula, but you can definitely see that in the swatches.  The top swatch, Zebra, was completely opaque in one dip into the container.  The middle swatch, Mugshot, needed a little extra to make it totally opaque, but in my opinion it is the most wearable shade and is simply stunning on the lips.

Kween was the biggest disappointment to me.  I really struggled to get a decent swatch, and it took a lot of swirling around in the container to get product. Once I got it started it swatched better, but I was getting a little frustrated with the time it took to build the color. As you can see in the picture, it is far more glittery looking than the other two as well.  I'm going to need to work with this one to see if I want to keep it or not, but hey, it was free!

Overall, I'm really happy to have purchased everything I did. Not only did I get some iconic shades, I also gave myself the opportunity to try new things I wouldn't have otherwise and fell in love with something I never thought I would!

What do you guys think? Have you tried Colourpop before?  Which shade is your favorite? Let me know!

Hugs and Kisses,
The Cornfed Princess