Sephora Play! August Subscription!

Hi friends! I finally got around to taking pictures of my subscription haul for August! I’m pretty sure you might have seen that Makeup Geek was pretty upset over the bag this month but I have no idea if Sephora comment back to it or not. Overall, I was pretty impressed with my samples this month and I can’t wait to share them with all of you! *enter the best gif ever*

Here is the bag and the fold-out featuring this month’s products and a fun periodic table of good ingredients in makeup and skincare. Note the bag saying “Makeup Geek” 🐸🍵

The front side of the fold-out has the Elements of Beauty. This features powerhouse ingredients that will help your beauty routine. There are different minerals, proteins, oils and butters, plant extracts, vitamins, and acids. It is a pretty comprehensive list and if you would like me to, send me a message and I’ll go into detail with it.

The back of the pamphlet features all the items included this month, a small description, and how to use each item.

For the items, I took pictures of the front and back, how-to booklets, and included boxes. Enjoy!

Here is a quick look at all the items for this month. A baby blender, coconut oil, mascara remover, concealer, perfume samples, and not pictured is a can of dry shampoo.

The first item is a coconut mini melt by Kopari. This product is 2 fluid ounces and 100% premium oil. You can use this all over your body and it contains fatty acids to seal in moisture.

This side of the box details it’s uses. They suggest under-eye, for hair conditioner, and to smooth out skin.

This side of the box has the social media platforms this company uses, the website and directions on how to use it.

This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and recyclable! Yay!

The only ingredient in this product is coconut oil and it is organic. The bottom of the box also states that in warm weather the product will liquify and the change in consistency does not affect the quality. This has a 12-month shelf-life and was made in the Philippines.

The unfortunate issue with coconut oil being delivered by the mailman on 90 degree days is that it liquefied and the product broke through the seal getting it all over the directions and box. This side of the instructions details the background of this product and how to use this oil to its full potential. For a hair mask, make sure your hair is dry and coat with the oil. Keep in for 40 minutes or overnight and wash out in the morning. Body Moisturizer, just rub on the skin! Makeup remover? Sure! Just melt some on a cotton ball and wipe away! If you need dry shave oil, just rub on the legs and shave away! They say you can add it to a bath but I picture a slippery surface and blood :/ if you have under-eye issues, just dab a bit and it will brighten. It says you can put some on your baby! Rub some on your stretch marks! Yass! BOOM!

This side has their social media handles @koparibeauty or #beautyinanutshell. This side states that the oil will go back to a solid state when put in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

This is the top of the actual product. It comes in a nice sized jar for a sample. Coconut oil’s molecular structure allows it to penetrate skin and hair deeper than other oils.

To use this product, scoop some out of the jar and rub it on your hands to melt it. After that, apply for its suggested use. A little of this product goes a long way.

The bottom of the jar just reiterates the product turning to liquid when it reaches 76 degrees.

Yay! A Beauty Blender! But a baby!

This Beauty Blender is useful for contour, concealer, and highlighter. The shape helps reach the smaller parts of the face.

This is a quick set of instructions on how to use a Beauty Blender. First you wet it, next you squeeze out the excess water, and then you apply your makeup by bouncing the sponge. Wiping it across the area will make your makeup streaky.

Look how cute this baby is! I have two but I’ll never complain about more Beauty Blenders!

This is a sample of Too Faced’s Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil. This cleaner gets rid of waterproof and regular mascara with ease. Or so it says. Apparently, this product has green tea extract which helps condition the lashes and add antioxidants.

This product has a 12-month shelf life and is 0.01 fluid ounces. It has the company website and distribution information printed on it.

To apply this product, use the wand to coat the lashes and let it sit for about 60 seconds. After that, just wipe away with a damp cloth. For me, this product streaked the mascara all over the place. I didn’t like it but that’s okay.

I was excited to try this but I never find a concealer that I’m happy with. This is Kat Von D’s Lock-It Concealer Crème #19. This product is a 24-hour nourishing concealer that brightens, color corrects, and fixes your complexion. This is super pigmented and does not crease.

To apply this concealer, swipe it on the area to cover up or all-over for coverage. You can blend this out with your fingers or a sponge.

Here is the applicator for this concealer. I like how it is shaped to cover smaller areas and large areas. I’m not a fan of the smell of this product though.

Here’s a swatch of the shade that I was sent. This is M19 Cool. It covers but it is not really my skin tone.

The last product is Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Dry Shampoo. I adore Living Proof products. I use their leave-in conditioner and wow. Yes. 🙂 anyway, this product absorbs extra oil and volumizes your hair.

The back of the bottle says to shake well and spray 6-10 inches away from your head. You can apply to your roots by lifting your hair in sections. Wait for 30 seconds and then brush through to remove excess product.

I was so excited to test the perfume of the month! These are samples of Kat Von D’s Saint and Sinner.

I’m always scared to purchase perfumes before I test them so I’m very thankful. I love the bottle design.

This side has the ingredients of each sample, notes that they are recyclable, the batch code, and these are vegan fragrances! Very cool. My favorite vegan brand of perfume is Ghoulish Bath Shop. They’re scented after spooky themes!

The packaging is flawless like all her products. For Saint, the top note is mandarin, the middle note is Jasmine and Tiare Flower, and the base note is musk. Sinner has orange blossom for the top note, cinnamon as the middle note, and patchouli and vanilla as the base notes.

There you all go! What products are you interested in? What did you receive? Xo


Too Faced La Crème Unicorn Tears Review!

Hi friends! This product has been out for a while and it has also had it’s share of being sold out off and on. I’m not a huge fan of Too Faced but I really wanted to see what the hype about Unicorn Tears was about. This lipstick color shifts which Is pretty cool and I would have to say it reminds me of LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs and their Lacrimosa shade. The last time I went to Ulta, Unicorn Tears was in stock and cost $22. 

Here is the packaging for Unicorn Tears. I do enjoy the design and how feminine it is. This product is 0.11 ounces.
On this side of the box we have the ingredient list. It has jojoba oil in it 🙂 
This side of the box has the website information and states that this product has lip conditioners in it. 
The bottom of the box is where you find the serial code (7D1) and the barcode. I’m not sure if this product is duplicated or not but I would rather be safe.
This is the lipstick tube that the La Crème line comes in. These are made of metal and feel very durable.
This is what the bottom of the tube looks like. It has the shade name and distribution information.
Here is what the lipstick looks like in the tube. It is a frosted blue that has sparkle in it. I tried to capture the sparkle in the picture.

I have an arm and lip swatch for you all to enjoy so you can further see the color shifting in the lipstick. 

I took this arm swatch using the flash to further bring out the blue sparkles. As you can see, it applies pink and has a blue shift and sparkle.
Here’s what Unicorn Tears looks like applied to the lips. It has a faint orange cream scent and is a lot more blue than it was on the arm swatch. I do like this as being a unique sheer shade.

There you guys have it! Like I said before, I’m not a huge Too Faced fan but I did enjoy this product. Xo

Messy Makeup Look #1!

Okay I’m going to be completely honest with all of you. I’m not very neat and tidy when doing my makeup like some people. I have a vanity but since I’ve been a teenager, I’ve always done my makeup on my bed. So typically when I get ready my bed looks like this: 

I work better in chaos most of the time. But today, I’m going to show you all a step by step look in how I do my everyday between chaos.
This is the primer that I used for today’s look. I love Smashbox’s primers. This one is a pore fiiller and helps your face achieve that airbrushed look. 
This is what the primer looks like on. It’s not colored or anything but this is also a picture of what I look like before this look.
Next, I add my foundation or BB. This is one of my favorites because it doesn’t look pasty and it applies easily. It costs me about $15 and is a Korean brand.
As you can see I applied the BB to my face. The Holika Holika BB comes with an applicator paddle so it’s is easy to grab how much you need without waste.
For step three, blend out your foundation by brush, sponge, etc… my favorite method is the Beauty Blender. I’m sorry it is so dirty, he needs a bath lol
Here it is all blended together! If you use a Beauty Blender, make sure that you wet it before use and you pat. Do not drag across the skin. Also, pro tip, please remember to blend into your neck so it looks natural and not like you’re wearing a mask.
For step four, I didn’t add an application picture because this is just a white powder. This is my favorite finishing powder. The packaging and how smooth it makes your foundation look is fantastic. I use Tarte’s kabuki brush for this powder.
For Step Five, I apply my eye primer. This is the only product that will make my eyeshadow stay put. I have really watery eyes so this is a complete godsend. All you do is take a small amount and rub it onto your eyelid until it is fully blended in. I don’t have an applied picture just because this is a skin color and not noticeable in photos.
For Step Six, I’m using the new Eclipse Inner Glow Creme and seeing how it works for me! I was confused how to apply it since almost every video does it a different way. I prefer cool dark tones for contour instead of bronzer just because I’m not tan and it makes my face look funny.
This is how Eclipse looks out of the compact. This isn’t exactly black, the more you play with it, it can be purple and a dark berry shade as well. Interesting product that uses natural ingredients and smells lovely.
I decided that using my finger to apply the shade as a contour would bet best bet. I just applied it where your contour normally goes. If you make a kissy face and keep it diagonal from the top of your ear, that’s where the contour should go.
Here is what Eclipse looks like when it is fully blended out. I used my Glamour Girls X Lisa Frank brush for this. It was pretty easy to blend. Success.
This is the blush that I used for Step Seven. This was the shattered blush that came in the Beautycon Box.
If you want to apply blush, smile and look for the apples of your cheek and then pat and blend back. That way you don’t look like a clown.
Here is what my end result looks like for my cheek and contour area. I do like mine a bit more dramatic than most but you have to do what makes you comfortable.
For Step Eight, I do my eyebrows. I’m using Wunderbrow Wunder2 in Black. This stuff takes practice to apply and a little goes a long way.
I did one eyebrow fully just so you all can see the difference between them when I do the other.
For Step One in eyebrows, you have to outline the bottom of the brow so they don’t end up too big or crooked.
For Step Two you want to lightly fill in your eyebrow and make the top part of your arch.
For Step Three always remember that the spoolie brushes help make your brows more natural by feathering the product and not keeping harsh lines on the front of your eyebrows.
For Step Nine, I started eyeshadow. I used Kat Von D Innerstellar eyeshadow palette with the middle four colors. I numbered them by steps.
For Step One we will be applying our base shade. This gets added on the eyelid and blending upward to the brow.
Here’s what the shade looks like on the eyelid. You want to keep it on the same form and don’t go crazy and go heavy on the entire eye.
For Step Two, add this shade to your inner crease and blend to the outer crease.
Here’s where you would apply shade step two and blend to the other side of your eye. After I do the initial swipe, I use a windshield wiper back and forth motion until shades one and two look blended.
For Step Three, we add this light lilac shade to the outer crease and blend like mad.
For Step Three, this is where you start the shade. After that, blend on the entire crease like crazy. Typically when I’m trying to blend like a crazy person, I repeat my windshield wiper movement and also move the brush in a small circular motion to add a nice airbrush effect.
After Steps 1-3 are blended, it should look something like pictured above.
The shade pictured here gets applied to the entire eyelid.
Here is what I did with Step Four. I applied it to the entire eyelid and then of course blended it to add a smoky effect.
Here is what Steps 1-4 look like when fully applied and blended. We are almost done!
For Step Ten, were going to be making wings! Wings have been my trademark look since I was 18. It is something you have to practice. Pictured is my holy grail eyeliner, Clio Kill Black Pen Liner. This is a Korean brand that is completely waterproof and lasts very long. It costs about $15.
What I do for the first step, I draw an upward line where my eye ends. It doesn’t have to be perfect since it gets filled in.
For step two, you draw a line from the stopping point of your original line on a diagonal to the end of your eye.
For the third step, fill in your wings and get creative! You can add designs and dots for added flair.
For Step Eleven, add your favorite mascara. I really like Better Than Sex Waterproof right now. I didn’t add a picture because I was pretty sure this is self-explanatory.
For Step Twelve, I have to add a highlight. Sometimes I do but the majority of the time I don’t since I wear glasses. This product is a hologram natural highlighter that smells great.
You can see on my upper cheekbone that it adds a subtle pink and purple glow. It was applied with fingertip.
For Step Thirteen, you can add a lip shade. I chose Black Moon Cosmetics Immortal. This came in the Black Metals Trinity Collection. These are very unique and a must have.
For the first step, I always define my bottom lip first just so I know how to shape my top lip and curves. After I applied my bottom lip, I smacked my lips together for a base line to the top lip.
For Step Two, I added more of the liquid formula and finished my top lip with the curves and bow. All I have to do is spray setting spray and let down my hair because I seriously look so different with my hair back like this.

Ready…. Here comes….

The finished look! This is typically my normal routine and I’m so glad that I decided to share it with you all!

There you have it! Out of that entire bed mess, I did make something fun! If you all liked this step by step, let me know and I’ll do more! Xoxo

Too Faced X Nikkietutorials The Power of Makeup Collection and Swatches!

Hi friends and makeup collectors! Today I’m going to review the Too Faced X Nikkietutorials collaboration collection! I know this came out a while ago but I didn’t start blogging then. It took a while to decide to turn my makeup enthusiasm into an informative aide for people searching the internet. Okay, so I grabbed this on Sephora’s website on launch day because I love Nikkie. I’m not a huge Too Faced fan because I think their shades are very, well, boring and recycled with each palette that comes out. I also think the shades don’t last very long or all middle together into a very uncomplimentary Brown. Okay let’s start looking at the collection. 

Here’s the box the collection comes in. It has the same design as the palette inside.
Here’s the back of the box. It has a complete ingredient list of every item included and a quick picture preview of all the included items.
Here’s everything included in the collection. There’s a glamour tutorial guide, eyeshadow primer, eyeliner, glitter, mascara, and of course the palette.
Here is what the Glamour Dust in ‘Glitterally’ looks like. You definitely need a glitter glue or primer for this to stay on.
Better Than Sex is a great mascara. This one comes in a purple shade! It is exclusive to this collection!
This eyeliner is the Sketch Marker Eyeliner. It has a nice tip but I wish it flexed a bit like the ones I typically use.
Here’s the front of the palette.
Here’s the back of the palette. It has a quick summary of the collaboration.
Here’s the inside of the palette. It doesn’t have a mirror and reminds me of the Vegas Nay collaboration in setup. There are nine eyeshadows, two blushes, bronzer and highlighter.

I did the swatches by row since there are three in each row. The blushes are swatched together and the highlighter and bronzer are swatched together. 

Here’s the first row. It has two shimmer shades and a nice and light base shade.
This second row has two mattes that can be used as a base or transition shade. Irresistible is a very nice shimmer gold shade that is very subtle when used with a brush. Unfortunately, that does happen with a majority of gold shadows.
This is the last eyeshadow row. It has two shimmer colors and one matte black that is actually… very nice. A lot of black shadows don’t last or aren’t very pigmented. I’m happy with this black.
Here are the blush swatches. I Will Always Love You is a beautiful orange blush that adds a subtle color and shade to your cheeks. Justify My Love is a beautiful bright pink with some sparkle. It does get a bit of fallout but nothing frustrating or insane. It blends out quite nicely.
Here’s the bronzer and highlighter. Champagne Truffle is from the Chocolate Bar palettes and is Nikki’s go to which is why it was included. Chocolate Soleil is one of Too Faced best selling bronzers and smells like chocolate. I would live without the smell but it a nice contour shade.

That’s it for this collection! You get a lot of things with it so when it was on sale for $60 it was definitely worth it. I wish the shadows were a bit more unique but overall, it is nice but I just don’t grab for it much.

Too Faced Clover Palette!

I typically don’t purchase much from Too Faced. I find the colors all the same from one palette to the next or just way too hyped. I’m usually in the minority in this opinion but it doesn’t change my stance on it. The Clover Palette is probably going to be my first Too Faced purchase since the Nikkitutorials collaboration. 

Look. At. All. The. Cute! I’m actually in love with how many different shades are in here!

There’s also another reason I’m going to stand behind this palette: Too Faced has their own charity for animals. The Too Faced Animal Rescue Fund. Thankfully, this palette comes out in August so get ready! 🙂 

Counterfeit Cosmetics: What to Look for and How Not to Buy Any!

I think one of the more important issues with makeup are how there are so many counterfeits available. The sad part is how a lot of people don’t even realize that it is happening or if they have any. In this post I’m making it my makeup loving duty to inform the masses as much as I can about how harmful this can be and what you can do to make sure you don’t fall victim to any fakes. I was doing a lot of research before I decided to sit down and type this so I hope that it proves helpful.

Let’s start with what kind of harmful ingredients could be in fake makeup (eyeshadow, foundation, blush, lipstick, highlighter, etc…): sometimes when this makeup is stored and produced it isn’t kept in nice warehouses or stores. Sometimes it is kept in garages, places with dirt floors, places where quality control are nonexistent, and storage facilities with no climate control. That also creates a lot of bacteria and pests may get into the product. As a result, a lot of makeup will have human urine and rat dropping in it. Some of the foreign chemicals that were found in cheap knockoffs include: mercury, arsenic, cyanide, and lead. Counterfeit Benefit and MAC cosmetics have been found with 19 times the amount of lead in it than other counterfeit brands. All of these things can lead to burns, chemical reactions on skin, skin rashes, disfigurement, high blood pressure, and infertility. It isn’t worth it.

How does a brand get a counterfeit?

This is actually very simple. The more popular a product or brand is, the odds of it being copies increase dramatically. A lot of trending items on Instagram and what the Kardashians use are usually counterfeited. Some popular brands would be:

  • Ben Nye (Banana Powder)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills  (Master Palette by Mario, glow kits, and Modern Renaissance palette)
  • Too Faced (Cocoa Contour book, Chocolate Bar palettes, Peach palette, and KVD collab)
  • Urban Decay
  • MAC (virtually every product especially the limited editions)
  • The Balm
  • Benefit
  • Huda Beauty (Rose Gold palette)
  • Jeffree Star  (liquid lipsticks)
  • Esteé Lauder
  • Kat Von D  (Shade and Light, Monarch Pastel Goth palettes)
  • Becca (highlighters)
  • Makeup Geek X MannyMUA
  • Dior
  • Violet Voss (Holy Grail)

Obviously I missed some but this is what I found by only spending ten minutes on Wish. Only ten minutes.

What sites sell fake cosmetics?

To answer this question the easiest way would be… if you are looking for makeup on any site except for a product’s approved retailer, you put yourself at risk. Even sites like Poshmark and Mercari can prove a risk because people post pictures of a real product and send a fake. Only buy from approved sellers that a great rating and have no issue proving authenticity. Here’s a quick list of sites that are known to sell counterfeits:

  • Wish
  • Ebay
  • Amazon
  • Aliexpress
  • Mercari
  • Poshmark
  • Alibaba
  • TradeKey
  • and WeChat. WeChat is scary because people buy and sell individually with a person and is not regulated on a website.

How do I know if I have a fake item? 

There are a lot of things to look for. I know on my Facebook, I have a live video discussing the differences between a real and fake Master Palette. Here are some way to check your makeup:

  • If there is a strong odor or chemical smell
  • Lower quality plastic or metals. It will feel light and flimsy.
  • Sponge applicators are given instead of brushes
  • Look for any spots of exposed cardboard, crooked gluing, magnets, misspellings, colors that are different or names that are different.
  • The product doesn’t look as full.
  • Sometimes the product will feel chalky and be thinner in consistency.
  • Every product has a serial number. Make sure that you research the real one and that the one up for sale matches it.

In this section, I’m going to add and explain some pictures of the items that I found.

Of course we can all see the issues here. This is part of the Dior line but the brand name has been erased. Also note the $2 price tag.
Here’s a good example of a seller using actual product photos to sell a fake. Note the $9 price tag.
So… you’re trying to tell me that four Too Faced palettes are authentic and only $12? Seriously? Too good to be true. Pass.
This poor palette doesn’t even have the Anastasia logo. The intent was there. But yeah, for $13 you can’t have everything. Note the really cheap looking gold color and lack of depth in the graphic.
This seller is just, yeah. We all know those lips and shades from Jeffree Star’s webpage. For the price, there’s no way those are real. Also, buy three get one free? Really?
Anything after Naked Ultimate Basics is fake. Fakey fake fake.
Even Becca isn’t safe! All those highlighters are now faked for only $8 a piece!
I cropped out the seller on Poshmark that is selling this as an authentic palette. There are huge spelling errors on it and the shades definitely do not match the authentic one.
Here’s a picture of an authentic Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette. If you compare the two pictures you can see the obvious differences between the two.
Then there’s people on ebay who are trying to post Limited Edition fakes for $60! I wasn’t sure about if it was fake or not until…
I compared it to my actual one. Note how the fake above doesn’t have the letter depth nor the Kat Von D emblem in the center.

I hope that this helps you all on your collecting journey! I’m going to do all that I can to keep people informed about new counterfeit products and in my photos I will keep posting up serial numbers that come on the products so you know which are real. Thanks for reading! ❤❤