Mini Colourpop Haul: ft. Kathleen Lights “Dream Collection”

“I purchased this before I even watched
her YouTube video debuting the collection #invested”

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Update: I filmed a little tut for the first time ever on my Instagram in case you’d like to see a look with this eyeshadow palette!

I.. AM.. SO.. EXCITED! … to be writing about this collection.

Full Disclaimer: I did not buy the entire collection (I skipped out on the gloss and orange-red lippie). Instead, I bought her Dream St. eyeshadow palette and Dreamy satin lip.

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I was already a huge fan of Colourpop’s satin lips.
Reasons why:

  • $6
  • creamy, satin-y finish
  • pigment that lasts for hours
  • insane selection of colors
  • SIX DOLLARS

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This was, however, my first eyeshadow purchase *gasp* I know, idk how I lasted so long without buying eyeshadow from this brand but alas, here we are. And guess what, they’re as good as the YouTubers say they are – they weren’t lying. The pigment is there, blendibility too, the price point is better than you could “dream” of.. ha ha ha.

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But really, this collection is not something to “sleep” on – LMAO.

And as if these purchases didn’t already seal the deal, this Flexitarian super shock cheek highlighter came in to steal the show – LIKE HOLY S*#@, it’s flex’n good.

  • it’s creamy
  • it blends
  • it highlights to the Gods
  • IT’S SIX DOLLARS

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I approve their lippie stix, satin lips, eyeshadows, and highlighters. I’ve heard great things about their concealers and brushes. Needless to say, this won’t be my last purchase from them.

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Xoxo,
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The Best of IPSY

“I will continue to repurchase and repurchase.. and repurchase these items.”

These are my tried and true, my most reliable products I’ve received from Ipsy. These are also the products Ipsy has successfully sold me on, which I imagine is their game plan considering they offer monthly discounts for certain beauty brands they promote.

There are a mix of drugstore/high end in this round-up, which I think my readers will appreciate. Some prices are low whereas others take a few paychecks to save up (unless you’re like me and willing to wait for a holiday and a Sephora gift card).

Enough about the intro.. let’s get into this!

  1. Tarte Maracuja Oilfull size retails for $48.00
    This was an absolute sell for me. I wholeheartedly love this product and received the travel size in my December 2016 Ipsy bag. I have used this product mostly every night since I received it (probably 90% of the time), and am just now halfway through it. The travel size retails at $15, well worth spending your money. This oil soothes, hydrates, and balances out my skin in ways I didn’t know possible. Full review here if you want to know all of the benefits I’ve seen and how to use it!

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  2. Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasionfull size retails for $79.00
    It pains me to include this product because.. well.. $$$ but, I simply must! Dr. Brandt knows what the f*#k they’re doing. I have not found another exfoliator on the market with such finely milled exfoliating beads as this one. The light peppermint scent is enough to relax and soothe your mind. After washing off this product, you’ll notice the softness in your skin as it seems the exfoliator doubles as a hydrator. I love the feeling. I’m not sure that there is a travel size, but if there is that is what I’ll be repurchasing b/c a little goes a long way – and I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to justify $80 on a skincare product (LOL).

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  3. IT Cosmetics Superhero mascarafull size retails at $24.00
    Let me just say this: you can get a sample size of this mascara to try at Ulta for $10 in the checkout aisle. Let me then say this: do it!! You pay almost $10 or more at the drugstore for mascara anyways, so spend the $10 on a high-end brand in Ulta that has a decent amount of product as well. This mascara does the best job at creating a look full of luxurious lashes. When I wear this mascara, my eyes make a statement. I can’t get enough of it.

  4. Verb Ghost Oilfull size retails  at $14.00
    This product is amazing, smells amazing, and has an amazing price point. I do not try hair oils often (because, like most, I’m afraid it’s going to leave my hair greasy) but alas this hair oil has stuck with me. I continually reach for this after washing my hair to disperse through my ends. The light scent is very nice and feminine, but not overwhelming. This product does a great job at sealing in moisture and repairing damaged hair. I will certainly repurchase once I finish the tube.

  5. NYX Butter Lipstickfull size retails at $6.00
    This is one of the creamiest lipstick formulas. I’m also a huge fan of the e.l.f. moisturizing lipsticks ($3 and decent wear time), but there’s something about these butter lipsticks that are so soothing on the lips. It’s like giving your lips a drink of water. That being said, they are pretty slippery, so application takes a bit longer than slapping on a liquid lippie, but it’s well worth the time for the color payoff and hydrating formula.

  6. Any of the lip scrubs I’ve received. I am totally new to this type of product and I LOVE it! I’m loving exfoliating my lips before slapping on a hydrating lip balm.
    Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut lip scrub ($19.00) this scrub has a little bit of a “wet” texture to it. It’s less gritty than your typical lip scrubs, and might be best for the people just starting out exfoliating their lips.
    Indi Beauty Buttercream lip scrub ($11.99) this scrub is a lot grittier and definitely does a great job at exfoliating your lips prior to moisturizer. It primes them perfectly.

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    So that’s a round-up of my all time favorite Ipsy products thus far! Do some of these match your list of favs? What have you gone out and repurchased? I want to know!

Xoxo,

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Fancy Friday: Building a Vanity

“Now I feel as glamorous as some of the YouTubers I watch.”

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I finally did it! I have a makeup vanity I have been wanting to put together for months. And alas, here we are. It feels… incredible. The Container Store storage is an organizer’s dream, and a mounted shelf/drawers make for a stunning display of makeup.

For about a year now, I have been obsessed with everything beauty. I started collecting more brushes, trying out new products, and almost became a platinum member at Ulta (lol). With this experimentation comes an excess of belongings and a need for new space. I had been keeping everything on a tiny bookcase from my college dorm, and was long overdue for an upgrade.

So, under my mirror (also from Ikea), I added the Ekby Alex shelf with drawers for a vanity!

I couldn’t write this post without giving extensive credit to my boyfriend for putting together the shelf from Ikea. Below you’ll see the beginning steps to putting everything together and mounting it on the wall!

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The shelf is 46″ wide and has a depth of 11″. The size is perfect for a couple storage units, a candle, and some lotions/perfumes for display.

The drawers are of a decent size, as I was most excited for the convenience of mounted drawers. You can see below that they hold a decent amount, and will aid in the efforts to keep the top of the shelf organized.

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I also added a power strip underneath my vanity so that I could plug in my tv as well as my curling iron and hair straightener. I used two command strips to secure the power strip underneath the shelf and it hasn’t budged yet.

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So that’s it for this vanity feature! I hope you were inspired to create your own or use some of the organizational hacks above. Let me know in the comments below if you have other ideas or questions about how I put this vanity together.

Xoxo,
KS red lips isolated in white

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