Get Ready With Me: Pixi Glow Cake and Kaleido Cosmetics Vacay Vibes Palette

An easy, orange-y look

I’ve been using these palettes so often lately! Here’s a quick demo of one of my go-to looks plus the rest of my makeup routine and favorites at the moment!

Check out swatches and my full reviews for the Pixi Glow Cakes and Kaleido Cosmetics eyeshadows.

Drugstore Dud or Delight: Pixi Glow Cakes

Four-in-one palettes

These gorgeous ombré palettes are a newer addition to Pixi Beauty’s line and I was so lucky to receive them in the mail recently. I really like that you can use each shade individually because the areas are wide enough to fit a blush or bronzer brush. Otherwise, you can mix all the shades together to create a unique highlight shade. They’re perfect for traveling with because they’re so versatile!

These palettes add the prettiest glow to the skin while still looking natural (versus those blinding highlights). The bronzers add definition to the face without looking muddy or sparkly. I love the soft, smooth texture of these powders – they blend like a dream and don’t have any fallout. It’s safe to say these are definitely a delight! You can find the Pixi Glow Cakes at Target for $28.

GildedBare Glow is my absolute favorite as I’ve been really into warm, peachy hues lately. The highlight is a true champagne that reflects light beautifully; the blush is a light, glowy coral; and the bronzer is warm-toned without looking orange. I love all three shades and use them on a regular basis. This is actually the only blush I’ve worn in over a week! It’s just such a lovely color that goes with any makeup look! When you mix all the shades together (like the swatch closest to my hand), it turns into more of a gold highlight shade.

Here is PinkChampagne Glow. It’s really pretty as well and all of the shades are more cool-toned. The highlight is a very light pink; the blush is a medium, brighter pink with blue undertones; and the bronzer is lighter with pink undertones while still having some warmth in the shimmer. When mixed together, this creates a shade that’s pretty close to my skin tone, so it’s hard to see on my wrist here.

Overall, I love the formula and think both shades are beautiful and would work on a variety of skin tones. If you’re torn between the two, think about what kinds of lipsticks or glosses you normally go for. Are you drawn to brighter or cool toned shades? Like baby pink or red with blue undertones. Or do you find yourself wearing more nudes and shades with orange undertones? I wear a peachy nude lip most days and go for a pop of coral when I’m feeling bolder. The GildedBare palette caught my eye right away; it’s in the same color family, so I knew I would get more use out of it based on my other favorites.

Which palette do you prefer? Have any drugstore loves I should try next?!

Drugstore Dud or Delight? L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick Collection

Swatching pretty pink shades

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Surprisingly, I don’t think I’ve ever owned any L’Oreal lip products! People tend to love or hate them, mostly based on the scent. The Color Riche Matte and original Color Riche lines have a bit of a floral fragrance, but it’s not too strong in my experience (and I’m pretty sensitive to perfume-y scents). The Color Riche Shine line smells the best in my opinion; it is reminiscent of the original with a sweeter, candy-like note.

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I have a couple L’Oreal Color Riche shades in 135 Ballerina Shoes and 580 Peony Pink. These have a very frosty finish; I’m not sure if I would wear them alone, but they’re awesome for layering. I love the hint of shimmer in the middle of the lips especially to make them appear larger. Ballerina Shoes is quite light, so it’s nice to mix with deeper colors, while I love the berry undertones in Peony Pink . These have a decent 4 hours of lasting power before you have to touch up. They’re comfortable throughout the wear and fade pretty evenly as well.

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From left: Ballerina Shoes, Sparkling Rose, and Peony Pink

My favorite item is definitely the L’Oreal Color Riche Shine in 908 Sparkling Rose. This is such a gorgeous color! It’s a natural-looking, light pink. It’s perfect for summer since it brightens up your face and pairs so well with nude or bright eyeshadow looks. The Color Riche Shine line has a gorgeous glossy finish with a balm-like texture. It feels very lightweight on the lips and you can easily build it up for more opaque color. It doesn’t last on my lips for more than a couple hours, but I don’t expect that for a shinier lipstick.

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I’ve read a few reviews that mention how the L’Oreal lipsticks taste like you’re drinking perfume too. I don’t tend to lick my lips often, especially when I’m wearing lipstick, but it’s not as horrible as I was expecting. I wouldn’t recommend tasting it – as with any lip product, you’re not supposed to consume it.

For the Satin and Shine finishes, I would definitely say they are a drugstore delight! Sparkling Rose has been in my bag every day since I received it! It’s the perfect throw on and go formula because you don’t have to worry too much about precision. It’s lightly hydrating and comes in a bunch of pretty shades. Since I’m not much of a matte lipstick girl, I’ve decided to save all of the others for an upcoming giveaway!

Thanks to Influenster for this complimentary VoxBox so I can share my honest opinion.

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Drugstore Dud or Delight? Wet n Wild

Spoiler alert: it’s good

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I picked up the Not a Basic Peach palette from Wet n Wild in my Target Haul last month and it has become a staple in my makeup bag. The mattes are nice and blendable without being too dry and the shimmers are smooth and pigmented. There are a few shades with glitter flecks and they haven’t given me much fallout thankfully!

The shadows last pretty well on my eyelids, which are getting a bit more oily as the summer arrives. I’d say about 8 hours without primer and there’s a bit of creasing. With my Sephora Collection Tinted and Cooling Eye Primer, I can get 10 or more hours with no creasing! Overall, I think this is a lovely palette, and it’s only $4.95! Let’s take a look at some swatches.

Aren’t these colors fun? I love that you can create a basic every day eye or add some pops of color. The purplish color on the bottom row has been a lovely outer corner shade when I do want to infuse a little color into my look. The blue looks great along the bottom lash line too. It’s a pretty versatile palette.

The two lightest shades are a bit hard to see on my skintone, but I like the beige on the bottom row for blending my crease and outer corner color together. It adds a tiny bit of definition without any darkness. The lighter shimmer is great for highlighting the center of the lid or the browbone.

I’m clearly loving this palette, so I’d love to know if you have more recommendations from Wet n Wild! What’s your current favorite palette?

 

Drugstore Dud or Delight: Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara

Two in one Dud or Delight this month!

It seems like everyone has been raving about the newer Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara. This is supposed to be volumizing yet fluffy so your lashes are soft instead of crunchy. I love mascara, especially volumizing ones, so I had to pick this up! I also grabbed a single shadow since it was like $4 and I haven’t tried a Maybelline single in a long time. I think they were reformulated since then too.

Here’s what the brush looks like. It’s a natural bristle brush – my favorite – that’s not too dense and tapers very slightly. The bristles are long enough that they can comb through my lashes without touching my eyelids and smearing mascara on my shadow.

This creates natural looking volume in my experience with a good bit of length. I love wearing this for work as it’s defining without being too dramatic. It also doesn’t flake or smudge (which I can’t tolerate with mascara).

I think it’s harder to remove at the end of the night than my holy grail, Clinique High Impact, but easier than Benefit RollerLash (second fave if it were easier to remove!). I prefer to use a really great face wash instead of oil-based makeup removers though.

I also have the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in shade 105, Soft Pearl. True to the name, it definitely has a whiter base versus champagne or anything warm-toned. It’s a pretty shimmer that’s not chunky or glittery at all. I think it’s a tiny bit dry, but it’s a good formula for under $4.

I only make space in my makeup bag for single shadows if they’re really incredible, so this one didn’t make the cut unfortunately. I much prefer my Colourpop singles, especially Drift, which is the most gorgeous satin burgundy shade. However, I’ve been reaching for the mascara a ton! It’s a pretty, more natural look for me.

Have you guys tried either of these?? What did you think?