Five Minute Face with Tower 28 Beauty, Ilia, Kopari, & Bare Minerals

My favorite quick makeup products

I’ve been doing my makeup a bit more often these past two weeks, which is a refreshing change from the last couple months (since I had been neglecting my skin and my entire makeup bag). These are the four products I reach for most often, so I wanted to share some swatches and mini reviews. I can actually do this routine in three minutes – it’s so easy and efficient!

For my base, I dab a little BareMinerals Hydrating Foundation Stick on my chin and under my eyes. I find that this is brightening enough that I can basically use it as concealer. I love the creamy consistency and it doesn’t make my normal-but-currently-dehydrated skin look drier. It’s also a breeze to apply and blend in with a dense brush. The coverage is medium and I’m so happy it has a mineral SPF 25 as well!

Next I go in with a couple coats of the Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara. This is a new favorite of mine! There are no flakes or smudging, just pretty volume and length in 20 seconds. The brush on this is unique because there’s a comb one on side and then lots of bristles on the other; it makes building up volume and separation easy. I’ve only tried a few items from this clean beauty brand, but I’m consistently impressed! I’m eyeing their bronzers next.

Lastly, I choose between two lips products depending on my mood. The Tower 28 Beauty Lip Jelly in Fire is that gorgeous bright orange shade. It’s the perfect amount of sheerness, plus it’s moisturizing, the packaging is cute, and it smells great. It’s also really affordable, especially for a clean beauty brand!

If I want a little shimmer instead of a bolder color, the Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy in Birthday Suit is my go-to. It smells delicious – sort of like vanilla cake – and it’s decently hydrating. It’s not as hydrating at the original clear version, but I still really enjoy this for the beautiful shimmer and subtle color.

What’s the fastest part of your routine?

Milk Makeup Swatches & Reviews

Four little products I love

I recently added a couple cuties to my Milk Makeup collection thanks to the Sephora birthday gift, so I figured I would share swatches of the few products I own.

Milk Makeup is cruelty-free and vegan and I love how user-friendly their products are. The cream sticks are super easy to work with because they blend out very easily and quickly. I’m all about a fast, multi-tasking product lately! They also have a great range of shades, especially in their concealers and brow products.

Swatches starting from the top:

This is the Holographic Stick in Stardust, a cool-toned pink with purple undertones. I love this as a subtle, glowy blush or as a beautiful eyeshadow. You definitely need to wear an eye primer underneath though because it will crease otherwise. This sinks into the skin SO nicely and blends with with my fingertips or a brush.

The Lip + Cheek in Werk is another blendable beauty and this warm, rosy color is unique in my collection. It looks so natural on the cheeks with its satin finish. It’s a bit more matte on my lips (which are usually dry) and I’m more of a gloss gal, but I’ve been impressed with the wear time.

My favorite brow product ever is the Kush Fiber Brow Gel. It fills in the scar in my left brow so well and I don’t have to be too precise (I really don’t have the patience to create tiny fake hairs with a pencil or pomade). It has enough hold to tame the rest of my hairs, but they never feel stiff either. The shade Dutch is also perfect for my dark, cool-toned brows. Thankfully there are eight options, which is pretty impressive for a brow product in my opinion.

Lastly, I had picked up the Kush Mascara a year or so ago, and while I LOVED it the first time I applied it, every time after looked like spider city. I received this mini from the Sephora Birthday set and I’ve finally realized that this mascara is best with only one coat. Because it’s a fiber mascara, more coats tend to clump instead of adding definition or separation. One coat adds plenty of volume and length, so I’m really enjoying this now!

And that’s my little collection! I’ve really wanted to try their skincare, especially the Serum Sticks, so maybe it will grow sooner rather than later.

 

What’s your favorite Milk Makeup product?

Drugstore Dud or Delight: Pixi Eye Reflection Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty

The perfect everyday palette

No secrets here: this one is a complete delight! I’ve exclusively been wearing the Natural Beauty Eye Reflection Shadow Palette since Pixi Beauty kindly sent this over a couple weeks ago. The shade selection is right up my alley and the formula is beautiful as well! I would highly recommend this palette, especially for $24.

The mattes and satins are soft without being powdery and they layer and blend out nicely. The shimmers are truly the star of the show here as they catch and reflect light better than any other drugstore shadow I’ve tried (and probably most of my expensive palettes too!). I apply the shimmers with my finger and get intense color and coverage in one swipe. You can also use a brush to diffuse the pigment a bit if you want something more subtle.

I’m loving the neutral color scheme with a great mix of warm- and cool-toned shades. There are a couple options for crease colors, the perfect matte bone shade, and several shimmers in a variety of depths. I love how you can create so many different looks with this palette! I’ve done a nice all matte look, a simple one shadow shimmer all over the lid, and even a dramatic smokey eye. Because it’s so versatile, I think this is an awesome every day palette and it would make a great travel option too.

Here are the swatches! From the top left we have Sheer Sand, Metal Mauve, and Petal. The second row is Antique Rose, Rose Clay, and Metallic Rose. Then there’s a warmer row with Deep Taupe, Foiled Bronze, and Soft Brown. Lastly, the bottom row is Chocolate Brown, Cocoa Shimmer, and Bronze Gleam.

I continue to be impressed with Pixi Beauty, you guys! The quality of everything I’ve tried is fantastic, plus the line is quite affordable and there’s the convenience of grabbing anything during your next Target run.

So there’s another delight this month! What have you been loving from the drugstore?

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?!

Kaleido Cosmetics Sponge Shadow and Vacay Vibes Palette – Swatches and Review

The most beautiful shadows!

Kaleido Cosmetics is a cruelty-free, vegan, ethically-sourced line with lots of beautiful, affordable products. They recently sent me a generous package and I’ve been testing everything for a couple weeks now. The eyeshadows have turned out to be my very favorite item from their collection, so I wanted to share my thoughts and some swatches.

Here are swatches of the Vacay Vibes Palette ($14). These are highly pigmented – I simply wiggled my finger for a second and then swiped once on my arm with little to no pressure. I would say the texture is like a pressed pigment – although there is hardly any fallout, except for with the shade Plankton. Overall I am very impressed with the quality of these shadows!

From the top we have Majesty, Element, Island, Plankton, Onda, and Eco-warrior. I love the names and theme of this palette. The colors are stunning and unique to my collection as well. I have similar golds, but these two are more bronze and more orange, respectively. My greens lean more forest green with yellow undertones while this is a deeper emerald. My red shades tend to be deeper burgundies while this is closer to rust. I don’t have anything like Plankton or Eco-warrior.

The palette itself is a thick and sturdy cardboard that magnetically closes. It has a nicely sized mirror on the inside and the same cute pattern on the outside. I know some people don’t like split pans, but these are large enough to fit even a fluffy crease brush into one color without dipping into the other. I think the duos are beautifully paired as well, so I really like the set up. If they were all single circular pans, the palette would be much larger and less travel friendly. Even as half pans, these are so pigmented that they will last me a very long time.

Next we have four of the Sponge Shadows ($9). These are a cream-powder hybrid texture and they feel bouncy in the pan. The name sponge totally makes sense and they remind me of the Kaja Beauty Mochi Glow Highlighters that I reviewed here.

I really love this formula because it’s easy to work with and gives a beautiful metallic finish without any fallout. I did want to note that I wore Pink Light on its own and it creased very easily. However, Furnace didn’t crease at all on me. To make things easy, I’ve just been using my Sephora Tinted & Cooling Eye Primer and that works perfectly with any shade.

Starting at the top is Furnace, Grunge, Fantasy, and Pink Light. Furnace is my favorite color of all of these shadows. It may seem boring, but it actually has a duochrome finish that catches the light in such a gorgeous way. My eyes are somewhat deeper set, so I can’t wear super dark colors; this is a medium brown with warm undertones, but the reflect is a light, cool-toned taupe. It’s so beautiful!

As a fan of green eyeshadow, the middle two shades are right up my alley. I think I’ll wear Grunge more than Fantasy because I don’t wear pastels that often. It does make a nice pop in the center of the lid though! Pink Light is a perfect one shadow look and also has somewhat of a duochrome finish in that it looks more gold or more pink depending on the angle.

These are single shadows in white, plastic packaging with a clear snap lid. I like how you can see the color without having to open each shade or check the back. There’s also a cute interwoven hexagon shape imprinted on each shadow.

Overall, I am loving Kaleido Cosmetics and would highly recommend their shadows, especially because they’re so affordable and cruelty-free!