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Apologies for being a bit behind on posting! Life has been crazy with all the turbulent changes in Massachusetts, particularly with moving home and trying to sort out the rest of my education. Luckily, I’m currently on spring break anyway, so I’m trying to dedicate extra time to writing and other creative projects. As you know from clicking on this article, these are all my product empties in March. Several of them were purchases I made over winter break, so four months isn’t too bad for a shelf life! I hope you enjoy and find this helpful. 


I Am Magic Full Coverage Foundation | Juvia’s Place | $20

As someone with oily, textured, and sensitive skin, I am always looking for a new full coverage foundation to try. I was especially drawn to this one because of its low price point, and I was really impressed by NikkieTutorials’ review of the product as well. Even though the tube looks small (it is), a little drop of this product goes a long way. I’ve been using this foundation almost every day for the past three months, and it’s still got a bit of product left in it! It probably goes without saying, but I will definitely order another bottle of this foundation once I officially run out of my current tube. It’s affordable, it works incredibly, and the shade range is inclusive for all skin tones.


Insta Grip Jelly Primer | Dermablend | $33

I’ve been a die-hard fan of the e.l.f primers for years now, but I decided over winter break that it was probably time for me to expand my horizons a bit. I was initially surprised by the consistency of this primer- it feels like putting a lip gloss on your face- but I came to love it immediately and started using it every day. If you also struggle with oily skin, this is the perfect primer for you. It literally makes your foundation stick to your face like glue, and the mattifying qualities help to prevent me from getting shiny throughout the day. The bottle isn’t completely empty yet, but it’s getting there. I’ll definitely be sure to buy it again in the future!


Gentle Cleanser | Differin | $11

I’m a pretty adamant face-washer, so I go through cleansers more quickly than any other product. Lately, I’ve been using the brand Differin on my skin. My mom bought me a few of their products for Christmas, because my skin was absolutely atrocious and my forehead was popping up with cystic acne. The formula for this brand is definitely very aggressive, and my skin even went through a pretty intense ‘purging’ period, but it’s definitely been clearing up over these past couple of months! My skin at this current moment looks great, with only a few little blemishes here and there. Everybody’s skin is differen(t), but for me, this brand is really doing the trick to combat my acne!


Redrum Liquid Lipstick | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $18

I’ve tried quite a few red lipsticks in my life, and this one is up there in the top three with Lisa Eldridge and Ohii Cosmetics. I got this lipstick in the rainbow Equality bundle, which means I only have the sample size, but I have efficiently used it down to the last drop. The sturdy applicator helps me to make clean, crisp lines, and the lipstick manages to stay on my lips all day without any signs of smudging. Being a Jeffree Star Cosmetics product, it’s definitely a bit out of most people’s price range, but I would say it’s definitely worth the investment (if you’re looking for a great-quality liquid lipstick). Because I don’t have a paying job, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to buy it again for a while, but I’ll definitely order it again at some point in the future.  


Stay All Day Liquid Liner | Stila | $22

RIP to my fourth tube of this amazing liquid eyeliner. If you struggle with making your eyeliner look clean and perfect, I promise this is the perfect product for you. The thick yet precise felt-tip makes it easy to use and navigate, and the pigmentation of the black is extremely opaque. It is a bit pricey, but if you wear liquid eyeliner every day like I do, it’s honestly worth the investment. I can’t afford to buy more of this eyeliner right now, but the good news is, I have a cheaper dupe lined up next. 😉 


Matte Liquid Liner | NYX Cosmetics | $8

This is yet another fabulous liquid liner I have sadly come to the end of. I bought it a few months ago after realizing the Stila liner was a bit too pricey for me at the moment, and while they aren’t exactly the same, they both do the trick for me. The brushes are different, for one thing, and this liner may be a bit more difficult to use than the handy felt-tip I love in my other liners. Nonetheless, once you get the knack of it, using this liner is easy peasy. Even better, the tube has lasted me quite a while, so I know that I can stretch this product out and make it last for four months, at least. I will almost definitely be buying this again, unless I somehow find an even cheaper and even better alternative. 


Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner | Thayers | $11

If you’re an OG reader, you probably recognize this product as being one of my all-time favorites. Seriously, I’ve been using this stuff twice a day for what feels like forever, and I continue to be happy and amazed with the results I see on my face. Not only does it smell wonderful, it also makes my skin feel incredibly soft and acts like a primer/base for my foundation. Also, a little goes a long way- I’ve been using the same bottle for months and months on end. It probably goes without saying, but I am definitely going to be purchasing this again once I use up that last little bit. I’ll probably go for the rose petal bottle again, though the rest of the scents sound equally fresh-smelling and lovely.

I actually bought this palette quite a few weeks ago (if not a month or two ago), but I had so many other reviews to punch out first, this is my first chance to cover this palette! Honestly, though, I think it was almost better for me to wait so that I could have ample time to try out as many of the colors as possible. Today, I’m going to guide you through all of my thoughts about this palette, from the performance of the pigments to the longevity of wear. 

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First of all, it’s important to establish that this is not really a Jeffree Star palette; it’s a Morphe palette in collaboration with Jeffree. Morphe is usually not as pricey or luxury as the Jeffree Star brand, but the quality of the products is still really impressive and high-grade. The only thing I’m not a fan of regarding Morphe is their recent formula change- their Jaclyn Hill palette recently became NON vegan after being vegan for about three years, and they didn’t think to notify their customers about the change in formula. So I definitely thought that was a little shady.

Anyway, let’s talk about the palette. I bought mine at Ulta for $35, along with the new pink Morphe setting spray for $18. It’s definitely not cheap makeup, but like I said, the quality is consistently amazing and I also really loved the color range. I like that you can create plenty of neutral looks using shimmers and browns, but you also have the ability to create some more creative, colorful eye looks, such as the one I’m wearing below.

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For the eyeshadow look I’m wearing in the picture, I actually used a combination of the Jawbreaker palette and the Artistry palette. The formulas were definitely a tad different (Jawbreaker is a bit dustier,) but altogether, all the shades were highly pigmented, easily blendable, and absolutely gorgeous on the eyes. Purples are especially hard to work with, but I didn’t have any problems using these two palettes. There was quite a bit of fallout in the pan, but honestly, that doesn’t bother me as much as it bothers other people. I would rather my eyeshadow be pigmented and have fallout than not have an fallout and barely any color payoff, if that makes sense.

The only other negative I feel about this palette pertains to the lighter, shimmery shades. I have to say, even though the mattes were very brightly pigmented, these light shimmers were NOT cutting it for me. In fact, I even have drugstore shimmer shades that perform better than these Morphe shimmers. I was a bit shocked that they were so lackluster, considering Jeffree Star is all about the glitz and the shine, but I don’t know if that’s so much his fault as much as it is Morphe’s. I will also say that the shades that didn’t perform very well were pressed MUCH harder into the pans than the other shades, so maybe it was just a manufacturing error that made them perform so poorly. Nonetheless, I probably won’t be reaching for those lighter, glittery shades too much, unless I want to wear a really subtle highlight. 

I liked the setting spray as well; I’ve used Morphe setting sprays before in the past and I’ve always loved them. I wasn’t crazy about the strawberry scent, it was a bit too artificial for me, but I think the pink packaging is absolutely adorable. 

Anyway, my final thoughts about this palette is that it’s pretty good, but it’s not the most amazing thing I’ve ever reached for in my life. That being said, I am very happy I decided to buy it, and I’m really looking forward to playing around with it more in the future. What do you guys think about these colors? Have you tried the palette yourself? Let me know in the comments!

I’ve been wearing makeup since I was in middle school, and since then, I’d say I’ve picked up a fair amount of tips and tricks. I’ve certainly also gotten much better at makeup over the years, just due to the fact that I’ve spent a lot of time familiarizing myself with my face and what makeup looks best on me. That being said, what works for me may not work for you. Always do what feels the most natural and fitting for your own face, no matter what the makeup “experts” say.

Anyway, today I want to share some tips with you about how I elongate my eyes and make them look a bit bigger. I LOVE wearing eyeshadow, so of course I want it to be visible despite having hooded eyes. I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful to some capacity!

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This is a pretty standard makeup tip, but it’s especially helpful to us folks with hooded eyes. Every time I apply my eyeshadow, I follow the same basic pattern of applying a light shimmer in the inner corner, a medium transition shade in the center, and a darker shade in the outer corner. This trick works because it makes your eyes look wider, brighter, and generally more elongated (obviously, if you did the colors in the reverse order, it would have the opposite effect. Also, you’d look like a raccoon.) I prefer to use a cream or white-colored shimmer rather than a matte, because I personally think it makes my eyes look even brighter. I also drag the eyeshadow all the way up to my brow bone, because otherwise, all the work you did on your shadow is going to be covered by the lid!

The next thing I do to make my eyes look even more elongated and cat-like is apply a very long, thick winged eyeliner. The trick with this is to start in the middle of your eye, rather than right in the inner corner, as doing the latter will make your eyes look even smaller. I know doing a wing may seem complicated or scary to some, but once you find a tip that works for you and you practice regularly, you’ll be a pro at liquid eyeliner in no time! Similarly to the illusion of the eyeshadow, winging out your eyeliner in a cat-eye shape will elongate your eyes and make them look even bigger and doe-like. 

When I was in middle school and high school, I always wore a thick bottom eyeliner in my entire eyeliner. As you can see…this was not my look.

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Anyway, I realized about halfway through college that the most I can get away with is a little bit of eyeliner and mascara in the outer corner, but not much more than that. As you can see, going completely bare on my lower lash line and using a light concealer on my under-eye area really elongates my face and creates the illusion that my eyes are bigger than they actually are. If you do decide to use some color or eyeliner on your lower lash line, try applying it directly below your waterline and putting a white eyeliner in the lash line instead. 

Lastly, on the topic of elongating your eyes and making them more shapely, I would suggest opting for wispier lashes instead of a thicker, more dramatic pair, so that they don’t cover up all the hard work you just did on your eyeshadow! Additionally, something that works for me is to cut them and just apply them just on the outer corner, rather than across my entire upper lash line. Not only are they much easier to apply this way, you’re basically doubling the amount of eyelashes you have for free! It’s a no-brainer. 

Those are my top four tips for how I make my hooded eyes look bigger! Obviously, I’m not a beauty guru and you should do whatever feels right for your face, but this is just what works for me. I hope you found this article helpful, and I’d love to know if any of these tips helped you. 

Normally, I don’t like to spend too much money on my makeup products (especially right now, since I don’t have any disposable income, I have to be very careful what I choose to drop my money on). That being said, there are a handful of higher-end products that I absolutely cannot shake. No matter how broke I am, I will save for months to be able to afford these goodies. I hope this article is helpful for you in your own makeup endeavors!


True Velvet Lipstick – Velvet Ribbon | Lisa Eldridge | £26.00

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Should I realistically have spent £26.00 on another red lipstick? Probably not. But damn, I seriously couldn’t help myself when I watched John Maclean’s review of the Lisa Eldridge True Velvet lipsticks. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lisa Eldridge, she is a highly successful English makeup artist, business woman, author, and YouTuber, and her high-end lipsticks are constantly sold out. With that being said, I was so excited when I checked her website over winter break and saw that her True Velvet lipsticks were back in stock, so I did go ahead and order one on the spot! This lipstick is amazing because it has an actual velvet texture, and it has an absolutely gorgeous finish on the lips. Furthermore, it lasts all day when I wear it, so I really feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. If you’re looking for a new red lipstick, I highly recommend this one. 


Insta-Grip Jelly Primer | Dermablend | $33.00

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If you’ve been keeping up with my blog for a while, you probably know that I am a die-hard fan of the e.l.f facial primers. However, since my skin has been especially oily lately and I had some extra cash to spare over winter break, I decided to try out this super mattifying primer by Dermablend instead. Needless to say, I’m absolutely obsessed with it. I’ve never used a product that had such a sticky, gooey texture before, but once you apply it to your face, the foundation sticks like a wonder. Of course, $33 for a face primer is kind of pricey, but if you also have extremely oily skin, I would say this product is totally worth it. 


Stay All Day Eyeliner | Stila | $22.00

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I have been using this eyeliner since I first started wearing makeup in 8th grade, and to this day, it’s one of my favorites. If you struggle with making your eyeliner precise, I would highly recommend this product for its precise, pointy felt tip. It’s also very opaque, so a little bit of product goes a very long way (something I appreciate when buying expensive makeup). I’ve been going strong with the same tube of eyeliner since August, so for $22, there isn’t really much for me to complain about. 


Brush Bath | IT Cosmetics | $20.00

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This is a product I received for Christmas a few years ago, and since I started using it, I have NOT been able to stop buying it. To be honest, before I tried this product, I probably never would have gone out of my way to buy it, but it really is phenomenal. To use this product, all you have to do is spray it into your brushes and wipe off the excess shadow with a towel. That’s it! It works amazingly and quickly, and it helps me ensure that all of my brushes are as clean as they can be. Even better, one bottle can usually last up to a full year, so it’s a great investment for me. 


Full Coverage Foundation| Becca Cosmetics | $44.00

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Lastly but certainly not least, this was my die hard favorite foundation for about two full years. Unfortunately, I had to stop buying it for now because it’s so ridiculously expensive, but it’s extremely high-quality and it applies like a dream. If you’re looking for a full-coverage foundation that will last all day and keep you looking snatched and popping, this is the foundation for you. Of course, it does come with a hefty price tag, and if I’m being totally honest, the bottle does not last as long as I would like it to (then again, I did use it every single day). Nonetheless, it’s a solidly great foundation with a great shade range, so if you have the money to spend, I highly recommend Becca Cosmetics.

It’s no secret by now that I’m a makeup hoarder. And in case you didn’t know, Hi, my name is Sarah, and I’m obsessed with buying makeup!

Now, my makeup consumption has been much more frugal lately, because I don’t have an income at the moment and I can barely even afford to buy toothpaste. The last makeup purchase I made was over winter break, and as you may have guessed, it was the Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation and the Magic Mini palette. I have been consistently blown away by Juvia’s Place in the past, so I was super excited to get my hands on these two items. Additionally, they were both relatively affordable. The foundation is only $20, and the palette was only $25. Considering the amazing quality, I consider $20-25 to be a pretty fair price range.

I’d been meaning to try this foundation for forever now, because I’d heard that it’s extremely high-coverage and great for evening out the skin. As someone who deals with sensitivity, occasional cystic acne, and redness all over my face, I knew this could definitely become my new holy grail. Some other important info to know about Juvia’s Place is that they are 100% cruelty-free and most of their products are vegan as well.

Now, I know this bottle may look small, but trust me when I say a little bit of product goes a long way. Because the product is so thick and full-coverage, you really only need a couple drops to cover your entire face seamlessly. The shade I am wearing is “Maricao,” which is for very light skin with peachy undertones. I’d say this shade is a pretty close match to my skin tone, if not just a little bit too warm, but I still think it’s a fairly good match. There are 42 shades in this foundation collection, so trust me when I say you are guaranteed to find the perfect color for you!

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Overall, I’m pretty happy with this foundation. Like I said, it’s very thick, but that’s something I appreciate and look for in my face products. It’s definitely very matte, so if you deal with dry skin, you may want to pair this foundation with a very moisturizing primer. Because my skin tends to be on the oily side (I start to get shiny after the four hour mark), I paired it with my mattifying Dermablend sticky primer. I definitely still have to powder my face throughout the day, but at least there isn’t any creasing or patches of red skin poking through. Overall, I’d give this foundation an 8/10, and I think I’ll definitely purchase it again.

Now, let’s talk about the Magic Mini eyeshadow palette, which retails for $25. I first came across this palette after watching a NikkieTutorials review a few years ago, and I absolutely fell in love with the colors (especially that gorgeous orangey-brown shade, Nana). As you can see, the color range in this palette is extremely colorful and diverse, but it’s still possible to create “normal,” neutral eye looks. My personal favorite colors to wear on my eyes are copper-toned warm smokey oranges and browns, usually with a shimmer in the inner corner. With that being said, I’ve definitely been reaching for this palette 2-3 times per week. Not only do I love that medium brown shade, Nana, I’m also obsessed with the light pink shimmer shade, Osun. Together, they look absolutely stunning on the eyes.

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Just like any other Juvia’s Place palette, these colors are extremely creamy and highly pigmented. Because the colors contain so much rich pigment, it’s not uncommon for the red-toned shades to stain the eyelids after wearing them. Personally, it doesn’t bother me, but I like to put that out there for people who aren’t super familiar with pressed pigments and how the dyes react with the skin. Nonetheless, it’s totally harmless, and it’s fairly common to notice some staining on the lids. 

Ultimately, I’m really happy with these two purchases. The foundation especially has been a lifesaver for me these past few weeks, because it covers everything from blemishes to dark circles. And, although the bottle is quite small, it’s fairly inexpensive and a little goes a long way. I’m also really enjoying the eyeshadow palette, and I can’t wait to make even more fun looks with it in the future. Maybe I’ll even branch out into the greens and blues, if I’m really feeling crazy! 

I’m a little tight on money at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll get around to buying more makeup closer to summertime. What would you like me to review next? Let me know in the comments!

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Most of you know by now that I’m a pretty open book about my medication and supplement intake. I think it’s great, from a mental health activist’s perspective, to be transparent about what works for you and what doesn’t work for you. Maybe a reader will be able to find relatability through me, or maybe I’ll inspire someone to get in touch with their own doctor about their own options for medications and supplements.

With that being said, I want to put out a disclaimer and say I am not trying to inform anybody about making medical decisions or sway anyone to act a certain way. I’m not a doctor – this is just what has worked for me personally, so that I can feel my very best and put my best foot forward. You should do what feels best for you as well, regardless of what other people say. Don’t let me sway you into changing your entire health regime! With that out of the way, let’s get into it.


Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc | CVS | Bone & Immune Health

Out of everything on this list, I’ve definitely been taking this supplement for the longest. I started taking it because I was waking up in the middle of the night with terrible muscle spasms, also known as a “Charley horse,” and my mom recommended I take this to stop them from happening. Needless to say, it worked, and I’ve been taking it ever since! The reason this combination works is because the calcium helps your body to bind proteins, meaning you’ll endure less spasms and cramps. It’s certainly working well for me, and I also haven’t broken a bone yet, so I’m feeling good about my calcium intake.


Unisom | CVS | Sleep Aid

I started taking Unisom after I developed severe insomnia this past November. As I’ve said in past articles, Unisom and melatonin have both been extremely crucial in my recovery from the insomnia spell I endured. About an hour after I take this pill, I am immediately hit with a wave of sleepiness. It’s also the good kind of sleepiness- not the kind you feel when you’re lethargic and fatigued. Does “good sleepiness” make sense to any of you or is this just a me thing? Nonetheless, it’s helped me tremendously, and I take this every night with my usual supplements.


Melatonin | Natrol | Sleep Aid

Melatonin is another sleep aid I take on the nightly to ensure I am able to get enough rest. I like this particular brand because the melatonin actually melts in your mouth, so you don’t have to swallow a giant pill or take it with any water. It also tastes like strawberries, which is an added bonus. An important thing to add about melatonin is that it takes time to get into your cycle and could take several days to start working. Once you’ve established the system in your body, however, it starts to work wonders. Now that I’ve established melatonin in my cycle, I average about 8 hours of sleep per night.


Multi For Her (with Omega 3) | Nature Made | Energy Conversion

Because I am a vegetarian, I try to make up for as many vitamins and minerals as possible through the form of supplements. These dietary gummies have loads of healthy benefits, including 60mg of Omega-3. Omega 3 is important for managing heart health, muscles, and maintaining a healthy brain. Additionally, this type of Omega 3 is suitable for plant eaters like me, because the nutrient is derived from nuts and seeds instead of fish. Also, they’re sugar-coated and they taste delicious, so I look forward to taking my multi gummies every night!


THC Oil | Rev Clinics | Sleep Aid & Anxiety Relief

Last but certainly not least, I take .50 ML of THC oil under my tongue every night to help me improve my sleep and anxiety. I’ve never smoked marijuana because it’s just not my thing, but I’ve come around to THC and CBD oil products to help me manage both my physical and mental health. Similarly to melatonin, you may need to build up THC in your system and make it a routine part of your life for it to work, but once it does, it works beautifully. This type of oil doesn’t get you high, but it does help promote relaxation and well-being in your body. Just make sure you’re purchasing it in a legal, safe way, depending on where you live!


Anyway, that’s everything I take for supplements on a nightly basis. I also take escitalopram and birth control, but I didn’t include those in the article since they’re not really nutritional supplements. I always joke that I feel a little bit like Melman from Madagascar with all his different vials and medications. We’re also both hypochondriacs, so it’s a fitting analogy. Like I said before, I don’t want to inform anybody of what medical decisions they should make- this is just what I personally do. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoyed this article and found it informative!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll know that I absolutely love makeup. Drugstore, mid-range, high-end; it doesn’t matter to me. I just love to collect makeup products, and I have a particular attraction to eyeshadow palettes. The more colorful, the better!

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This is only a fraction of them. I definitely don’t have a problem.

Ironically, even though I love to buy colorful eyeshadow palettes from brands like Juvia’s Place and Jeffree Star, I usually do very normal, copper-toned warm smokey eyes. I used to love going all out with neons and brights, and creating super crazy looks, but now I prefer a neutral eye with a pop of color, at most. If that sounds like you, or if you’re afraid to branch out into Jeffree Star territory because you don’t think the colors are “wearable,” this is the blog for you.

*Disclaimer: I’m not a professional makeup artist and I’m also not sponsored by any of these brands.*


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Look 1 | Blue Blood Palette | Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Of course, we have to start with Jeffree Star’s Blue Blood palette. This was the first Jeffree Star palette I ever bought, and I immediately fell in love with the brand after trying out these gorgeous colors. Yes, there are obviously a lot of intense blues and shimmering greens, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put together a practical eye look. For this look, I wanted to fully embrace the winter scene and go for something shimmery and classic, while still adding in that pop of color. I used the shades “Priceless” and “Celebrity Skin” on my outer crease, then added a touch of the sky-blue shade, “I’m Cold”, to my tear duct. Alternatively, you could use a shimmery shade like “Entitled” to create an even more dramatic effect. 


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Look 2 | Jawbreaker Palette | Jeffree Star Cosmetics

I also had to include the Jawbreaker palette in this article, because of course, this palette is the definition of drama and color. I will say, this palette is largely a collection of several different bright, rainbow shades, so there aren’t many “transition shade” options to create something basic and neutral. However, I managed to create this copper-toned look using the shades “Cone” and “Tasty” in my crease and “Snack” in my inner corner. You guys, I am OBSESSED with the metallic shimmers in this palette. You could create so many shimmery, elegant looks with these shades, regardless of if you choose to go neutral or colorful. This palette is truly a makeup lover’s dream.


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Look 3 | Stacey Marie Carnival Palette | BPerfect Cosmetics

This palette was actually a gift from my mom for Christmas, so of course I was excited to give these colors a spin. My favorite thing about this palette so far is the pigmentation and the blendability- it’s so easy to blend the transition shades into the crease, and it’s truly a joy to use. My favorite color combo in this palette is “Shuffle”, “Guilty”, and “Liquor.” It’s a classic warm-toned sunset eye, and even though it may sound too colorful for some, it actually looks really flattering and classic. I finished off this eye look with a bit of glitter from a Colourpop palette, because you can never go wrong with glitter. 


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Look 4 | The Jeffree Star Artistry Palette | Morphe 

I just picked this goodie up at Ulta today, so of course, I had to try it out immediately. This is very similar to the Blue Blood look I created: neutral browns in the outer corner with a bright pop in the tear duct. For this eye look, though, I was mostly inspired by Kylie Jenner’s YouTube vlog of her doing her makeup on Travis’ tour. If you watch her video, she does a very similar look with bright pink in the tear duct, and I think it looks absolutely gorgeous. Yes, it’s a bit brave and colorful, but I still think it’s a relatively tame look when you take into consideration the other colors in this palette. Morphe, you never disappoint! Can’t wait to do a full review of this palette down the line.


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Look 5 | The Zulu | Juvia’s Place

Look, I’m sorry, but I had to do another sunset eye. If you’ve never tried the Juvia’s Place formula, I promise you will be blown away by their palettes. These pressed pigments are creamy, pigmented, and easy to blend, and I also love the large pan size. Even though these colors may look wild, you can actually pull together several cohesive, classy looks using this palette. I’m looking forward to purchasing more Juvia’s Place palettes in the future, particularly, the Magic Mini and the Warrior II. By the way, most Juvia’s Place products are 60% off right now, so go treat yourself!

Winter is here, and that means my second Fab Fit Fun box is here and ready to be reviewed! A quick run-down of the box: you receive eight full-sized items, at a $200+ value, for only $40 a month, so it’s really quite a steal. The first box I received from FFF was in September, and since I genuinely liked everything I received in the box, I decided to keep my subscription and try out the winter box as well. I pay for this subscription with my own money, and everything I say is my own thoughts and opinions. Here are my genuine, true impressions about everything I received:


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Lil’ Marshmallow Blanket | UnHide | $65

With every Fab Fit Fun box, subscribers are able to customize some of the items they receive. I knew I wanted to customize my box with this blanket because I love everything the company stands for: it’s cruelty-free, it’s against real fur, and the company donates some of its profits to the Humane Society. AND, it was launched by Ellen DeGeneres! Not only is this blanket vegan and ethical, it’s also extremely comfy and looks fabulous on our couch. As you can tell from our all-white apartment, we love our neutrals. This blanket was definitely a win for me, and I’m glad I picked it for my box’s first customization option. 


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Bluetooth Shower Speaker | ban.do | $35

The second item I customized for my box was this waterproof Bluetooth speaker, originally retailing for $35. I was really excited about this item because I love to listen to music while I shower, but I obviously can’t bring my phone in the water with me. It’s extremely simple to set up, just like any other basic Bluetooth device, and now I can’t stop using it every time I take a shower. I will say that the sound quality isn’t super amazing, but it’s decent enough for me in the shower. Because of the small size, this speaker is great for traveling and using essentially anywhere around the house. I also like to stick it on my fridge when I’m baking and listening to podcasts. 


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Organic Circle Bracelet| Adore by Swarovski | $39

As you’ll read at the bottom, I actually received two boxes due to a shipping malfunction, so I have a duplicate of everything I received. That means my mom and I both get to have these adorable rose-gold bracelets, which are each adorned with a tiny Swarovski crystal. I used to hate wearing jewelry, but lately I’ve been really into anything silver or rose-gold. I love that this bracelet is simplistic and still feminine, and my mom loves her bracelet as well. It’s a dainty, classic piece, and it goes really well with my mostly-neutral closet. I’m really happy I decided to choose this customization!


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Proof is in the Puddin’ Palette | Beauty Bakerie | $38

The rest of the items I received in the box were all chosen by FFF, so they were a complete surprise to me. I was SO excited when I unpacked my box and discovered this eyeshadow palette, because I’m obsessed with all and any makeup (and eyeshadow is my favorite makeup item). This palette is a great staple item because the colors are all very neutral and warm-toned, making it ideal for both beginners and makeup experts. Even though I left a not-so-positive of the Beauty Bakerie lipsticks earlier this year, I have to say, I really like their eyeshadow formula. As you can see, I’ve already used this palette a few times, and I’m excited to continue trying new looks in the future. 


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Original Coffee Scrub | frank body| $17

I’ve used a few coffee scrubs in the past, so I was also very happy to receive this item in my box. I love this particular scrub because it’s cruelty-free (always a must for me), it leaves my skin amazingly soft, and it smells absolutely invigorating. It smells like coffee, of course, but it also has a hint of citrus in it that leaves my skin smelling amazing. It’s also very nourishing for my skin, and after I use it in the shower, I feel like I’ve applied a thick lotion to my arms and legs. The only negative element of this coffee scrub is that it can get very messy- after all, it’s basically straight coffee grinds in a bag. As long as you’re okay with a bit of a mess in your shower, you’ll love this scrub.


CALM + CLEAN Epsom Salt Hand and Body Wash | Cuccio Somatology | $40

I’ve actually never heard of the brand Cuccio before, but I’m definitely a fan after trying this body wash. I’m such a huge fan of lavender too, especially since I’m a night-showerer at college and I need something to wind me down rather than wake me up in the shower. You could also use this product as a hand wash, but I prefer using it as a complete body wash to help me get super relaxed and ready for bed. I also gave a bottle of this to my mom, because she tends to have a lot of neck and back pain, and the Epsom salt helps tremendously with that. I’m shocked at the original price point of $40 for a bottle of body wash, so I’m lucky I was able to get it for essentially free in my winter box. 


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Prime & Prep Detangler | Drybar | $23

I’m always happy to receive a hair product in my FFF box, because my hair has been through so much bleaching and dyeing in the past year, it desperately needs the extra love. On top of this nourishing spray, I also use the AVEDA hair repair treatment regularly (another item I received via FFF, might I add). Since using these products together, my hair has become so silky, smooth, and bouncy again. I’ve always had naturally curly hair, and these nourishing hair products really help me to retain those curls through all the bleaching and toning. I’m very happy with the condition of my hair now, even after just using this product 2-3 times. It’s definitely going to become an essential in my hair care routine. 


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MakeUp Eraser | MakeUp Eraser | $20

Lastly but certainly not least, I received this MakeUp eraser cloth in my winter box. I have to say, I was skeptical of this product at first, but I am AMAZED. It takes off all of my heavy liner, full-coverage foundation, and even mascara in one quick swipe. It doesn’t feel like it’s dragging or scrubbing my face at all, so I appreciate the gentle yet thorough nature of this cloth. Additionally, it’s a great low-waste alternative to buying traditional makeup wipes, so you can feel great about using it. This product has four and a half stars on Amazon, so I highly recommend picking one up for yourself if you wear a lot of heavy eye makeup. 

Note: I do want to quickly say that I’ve been experiencing some new, flesh-covered breakouts on my cheekbones and near my eyebrows, but I haven’t been able to figure out what it causing the bumps yet. It does feel a bit rashy, but it very well could be from this new line of skincare products I’m using and not this cloth. I wanted to include that here because some reviews have stated a similar rash, so just be careful and look out for signs! I’ll do some more investigating and let you guys know what I think is causing this rash- it very well could be completely unrelated to the cloth.


As you can see, I was really impressed with this winter box! I feel like I received a lot of practical, long-lasting products, such as the MakeUp Eraser and the bluetooth speaker. I’m looking forward to not only using these products during the winter, but throughout the rest of the year as well. I’m going to keep my subscription for another season, so we’ll see if the Spring box blows me away, too.

Side note: I did have a shipping problem with my winter box, as you may remember hearing if you read my weekly catch-ups. Basically, my winter box was on-route to Virginia for some reason, so the company sent me a replacement box…but then my first box magically appeared at my doorstep? So yes, I did receive two boxes this season, even though I only paid for one! Many of the duplicates I received were re-gifted for Christmas presents, so it ended up being a win-win.

My Fall 2019 Box Review: https://diplomatsdigest.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/reviewing-the-fall-2019-fab-fit-fun-box-my-honest-thoughts/

It’s no secret that I’m absolutely a makeup hoarder. I love collecting makeup, and I even struggle to part with makeup that I’ve had for years (and almost certainly has expired). This includes the 15+ eyeshadow palettes I currently have sitting at my desk.

Today, I’m going to guide you through all of my eyeshadow palettes, how much I use them, and how much I’d recommend them to others. You might even get a few gift idea inspirations for your makeup-loving friends!

I’ll start with my oldest palettes, and work my way up to the newest additions:


Naked3 | Urban Decay | $54

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In every makeup fanatic’s drawer, there’s bound to be at least one Naked palette! Naked3 is one of the first real palettes I bought myself, if not the first. I must have been fourteen or so when I bought this palette, because I remember looking up YouTube tutorials of how to do makeup for my 8th grade graduation. I’ve still kept the palette to this day, because Urban Decay makes pretty solid makeup and I think it’s a great collection of basics to have. I don’t wear it as often as I used to, but I reach for it every once in a while.


Sweet Peach | Too Faced | $49

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The Sweet Peach palette is another early-on makeup staple I added to my collection, and I actually still use it quite frequently. The pigmentation of many of the shadows is amazing, especially the warmer-toned colors. It doesn’t blend as well as some of my other palettes, but that may simply be because I’ve had the palette for 6+ years. I’m not sure when eyeshadow expires, but it’s probably some time before then. I actually just used this palette recently, because I absolutely love the shade “Candied Peach” and I haven’t found another palette with a similar color! I would totally recommend this palette to a beginner in makeup who loves sweet, pink things. It’s a great staple in my collection.


Carli Bybel | BH Cosmetics | $25

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The Carli Bybel palette by BH Cosmetics is one of my most-used items, and I’ve already hit pan on many of the shades. The highlighters in this palette are also amazing and absolutely blinding, especially the gorgeous pink-toned one. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure this palette was a limited collection and isn’t being sold anymore, but it was another great collection of neutrals and shimmers. It reminds me a lot of the Naked3 palette in regards to the color scheme and performance, and it’s a fraction of the price. 


Emerald City | Cargo Cosmetics | $9

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This is actually a palette I bought at Marshalls, so you may assume that the quality isn’t as great as some of the more expensive options. Surprisingly, this is actually a really impressive palette! I have no trouble blending out the colors, and the color payoff of most of the shades is extremely high quality. This palette is great for creating holiday-themed looks, especially with the vibrant greens and golds. If you come across this palette at Marshalls or TJ Maxx, don’t pass it up!


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales | Lorac | $30

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Funnily enough, this palette went on sale at Marshalls for significantly cheaper after I dropped all my money at Ulta. I’ve never actually watched Pirates of the Caribbean, but the colors in this palette were too gorgeous for me to resist. I’m especially in love with the royal blue shade, Starry Night. As you’ll hear me say from here on out, Lorac makes some of the creamiest, brightest eyeshadows I’ve ever used in my life. Although this palette doesn’t really have a color scheme, there are a number of creative, colorful looks you can make, especially for the holiday season.


Mega Pro 4 | Lorac | $25

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I’m pretty sure I bought the Mega Pro 4 palette almost immediately after the Pirates of the Caribbean one, due to instantly falling in love with Lorac. This palette has a gorgeous collection of neutrals, peaches, and warm-toned browns, making it ideal for all skin tones. If you’re not someone who likes to go all out with crazy makeup looks, this is probably the perfect palette for you. Similarly to the Sweet Peach palette by Too Faced, this product would be a great gift for a beginner in the world of makeup. And the pink packaging is so adorable!


The Jaclyn Hill Palette | Morphe | $38

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It’s no secret that the Jaclyn Hill palette is one of my all-time favorite purchases in general- not just makeup. It’s an absolutely gorgeous product, and a staple in so many makeup artists’s collections. I love the versatility in colors, and the performance of these shades is super pigmented and long-lasting. My personal favorite shades are the warm-toned reds: Hunts, Roxanne, and Hillster. Additionally, Creamsicle is the perfect mustard yellow shade for blending out the crease. I probably reach for this palette 2-3 times per week, and I’ll definitely be reaching for it this Christmas!


Luna | Bad Habit | $7-10

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If any of you remember the online makeup store Hush, that’s where I bought these Bad Habit palettes. I actually wrote a review of these palettes in the past, and since then, I’m still very happy with the products. Obviously, the price of these palettes is insanely cheap, and Luna and Retro Love are dupes for Norvina and Subculture, respectively. Even though Luna is inexpensive, I’m still very impressed with the performance and the color payoff. I also love the gorgeous shades, even if they are a ripoff of the Norvina palette. Unfortunately, now that Hush is out of business, I’m not sure where you can buy this palette. If you really wanted it, I’m sure you could find it secondhand on eBay. 


Retro Love | Bad Habit | $7-10

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Like I said, Retro Love is another super-cheap palette by Bad Habit. This palette is designed to dupe the ABH Subculture palette, and for only $7, I am completely blown away by this product. I honestly cannot find any discrepancies between Bad Habit and a high-end brand, because the shadows are genuinely so pigmented and smooth. They do feel a bit dusty, but that may just be because I’ve had the palette for more than two years now. Again, I know Bad Habit didn’t invent this color scheme, but this dark, winter-themed palette is perfect for a sultry holiday makeup look.


The Zulu | Juvia’s Place | $20

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I first learned about Juvia’s Place through watching NikkieTutorials, who raved about the amazing quality of these eyeshadows. As someone who loves bright colors and creating avant-garde looks, I knew I’d have to try out the brand for myself. Nikkie wasn’t lying when she said these are the best eyeshadows she’s ever tried! I was absolutely blown away when I swatched these colors on my arm. Especially for only $20, and such large pan sizes, these eyeshadows are an amazing deal. If I’m correct, some of the shades are actually pressed pigments, which explains why the color payoff is so powerful. This can cause staining on the eyelids, but don’t worry, it’s nothing to be concerned about. This palette is perfect for creating looks in every season, but I definitely use it the most in the summertime. 


Jaclyn Hill: Dark Magic (The Vault) | Morphe | $15

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I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with the Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection, and probably not for the best reasons. Although the Jaclyn Hill palette itself is amazing quality, her vault shadows aren’t quite as impressive. Don’t get me wrong, I love the shades and I think you could put together an amazing holiday-themed look with this color scheme, but the patchiness is a huge issue. I don’t reach for this palette as much as the others, but I do really like the medium brown shade “Shhh”, and the rich black shade “Temptress” has great pigmentation. 


Brights Ultimate Palette | NYX | $13

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I bought this palette around the time I was getting into super bright, creative, avant-garde makeup looks. It’s not the most pigmented palette I’ve ever used in my life, but for $13, it’s also not the worst thing in the world. As long as you have the patience to spend 5-10 extra minutes packing on the color, I think you’ll be happy with the results you see from this palette. 


The Tribe | Juvia’s Place | $20

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“The Tribe” is a beautiful collection of oranges and greens, and just like “The Zulu”, the pigmentation is absolutely breathtaking. I also love this huge pan sizes! I think the green looks great on all eye colors, especially if you’re trying to go for something Christmas-themed. Additionally, there’s enough neutral shades in this palette to create something much more lowkey and ideal for year-round makeup looks. If you’re trying to decide on your first Juvia’s Place purchase, I would definitely say go with this palette first!


Blue Blood | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $54

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Blue Blood was the first JSC purchase I have ever made in my life, and although I partly bought it for the novelty purposes, I also use it pretty frequently. I mean, look at that packaging. She’s stunning. In true Jeffree Star fashion, these eyeshadow shades feel extremely luxurious and packed with color payoff. You can create so many colorful, icy-themed looks with these blues and peaches, and every shade performs like a dream. The price tag on this palette is a little up there, but I personally think this palette was a great investment.


Jawbreaker | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $58

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Just a few months after I purchased Blue Blood, I knew I had to add Jawbreaker to my collection as well. I’m in love with the reds and oranges in this palette, especially that metallic bright orange shade, “Orange Juice.” Just like Juvia’s Place, JSC has pretty large pan sizes, so you really feel like you’re getting a decent amount of product for the cost. These shadows stay on all day, and will continue to look amazing and fresh even hours after you’ve applied. 


Desert Oasis | BH Cosmetics | $24

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This palette is another one of my all-time favorite staples, and I always make sure I have it with me at school. I love this palette because it’s multi-purposeful; you can use it for shadow, contour, highlight, bronzer, and blush! Considering the price point is already quite low, it’s even more impressive that you can use the palette for so many different things. I especially love the metallic shimmers- those blues and greens are absolutely stunning and so full of pigment. This is a perfect collection of neutrals with a hint of color, and I think it would truly complement all skin tones. 


Aurora Lights | BH Cosmetics | $21

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I bought this palette because I love adding a metallic pop to all of my inner corner eye looks, and this collection has the perfect color for every look! These baked metallics can be worn on their own, or added as a topcoat over any other shadow. I especially love the shades “Sparkling” and “Ombré”, because they’re super bright and they really make my tiny eyes look bigger. If you also have hooded eyes, try popping a light golden or white shade into the inner corner of your eyelid, and gradually blending out into darker colors in your outer corner. 


Strawberry Sprinkles & Raspberry Icing | Revolution Beauty | $7

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Aren’t these little donut eyeshadow palettes absolutely adorable? For only seven dollars per palette, they’ll make a great gift or stocking stuffer for the makeup lover in your family. I chose these two warmer-toned palettes because I love wearing pinks and oranges on my eyes to warm up my face. Just like other Revolution palettes, these shadows are extremely creamy and perform beautifully on the eyes. You can even pick these palettes up at some Ulta locations, so don’t pass them up if you see them!

Three things I absolutely love are autumn, lipstick, and warm colors. In this case, I love all three of them together! These are all of the lipsticks I’ve been picking up the most this season, along with what makeup looks/outfits I pair with them. I’ll also include the brand and the price, in case you’re interested in picking up a tube yourself! Just to disclaim, I’m not affiliated with any of these brands. These are genuinely just lipsticks I love that I hope you will love too!


Lime Crime | “Sparrow” | $20

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Some of you are probably sick of me talking about this lipstick, but you have to understand, it’s basically my signature at this point. I LOVE this lipstick. Not only is the Lime Crime formula so smooth and buttery, the color payoff is also amazing and extremely bright. I love to wear warm-toned eye looks that incorporate a lot of reds and oranges, so this blood orange shade is usually my go-to. It’s also surprisingly easy to take off, which is not something you usually get from a liquid lipstick. Overall, this is my #1 choice for lipstick on the daily, and I think this color would look great on every skin tone. 


Sugarpill | “Girl Crush” | $18

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This fuschia pink lipstick might look bright in the tube, but it’s actually very flattering on the lips. Again, I think this is a very universally flattering color. I love to pair this lipstick with pink-toned eyeshadow looks, but it looks good just on its own as well. Sugarpill is such an underrated brand, in my opinion, and their liquid lipsticks perform beautifully for such a fair price. If you’re looking for a cool-toned pink to brighten up your fall closet, “Girl Crush” is the lipstick for you. You can even shop it on the Ulta website, which is very convenient for me!


LAWLESS | “Dame” | $25

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It wouldn’t be fall without a classic, vampy plum lip. I picked up this liquid lipstick at a Sephora over the summer, and it’s been my favorite purple shade ever since. I also love that LAWLESS is an extremely ethical, clean brand, because that’s something I really take into consideration when shopping for makeup. This lipstick looks beautiful paired with a smokey eye, but you could also use it to counteract a sultry green-toned eye look. Which look do you guys prefer?


Jeffree Star Cosmetics | “Redrum” | $18

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If you’re looking for a classic red lipstick, look no further than Jeffree Star Cosmetics. His brand regularly delivers high-quality, long-lasting colors, and “Redrum” is no exception. Not only is this  a perfect color for fall, it can also transfer smoothly into the holiday season as well. While the retail price of this lipstick is $18, I actually got this one in a mini size as part of the Equality Bundle. Needless to say, I’ve used up the tube pretty quickly, so it’s almost time for me to order another larger size. Maybe I should pick one up when I buy the Jeffree X Shane palette in 2020? 😉 


bareMinerals | “Bo$$” | $19

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I’ve had this lipstick for as long as I can remember, and it’s amazing I haven’t used up the entire thing (considering I only own a travel size)! This lipstick is a perfect neutral-toned nude lip cream, and it looks great with both warm-toned and cool-toned eye looks. It also smells really good, like chocolate and strawberries. I like to pop on this color when I’m going for a more natural makeup look, such as a brown smokey eye, because it compliments other neutrals so well. Despite being a very creamy consistency, it stays in place really well on my lips and doesn’t rub off throughout the day when I eat/drink. As someone who’s constantly on the go, the wearability of this lipstick is very appreciated!


Anyway, those are my top five favorite lipsticks of this season! Some of them are oldies that I’ve had hanging around forever, but others are new additions that I’ve just picked up within the last few months. I hope this has given you some inspiration for makeup looks you can do yourself, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on these lipsticks, too! Do you already own some of these? Which ones are your favorites? Let me know down below.