Feeling I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T with Skylie and Freedom

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Do you know what that means?! Ahhhh, early 2000’s hip-hop.

 

Though I’m only 2 months late in showing you these, that’s roughly 14 years in the makeup world – which means, it’s high time to talk about Skylie and Freedom (and check out lip swatches after the jump)!

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Champagne Still Pouring

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Hey lovelies! My last post discussed Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop Palette from Becca, and there’s one more product from that launch that I want to quickly talk about before moving on to bigger and better (and newer) beauty!

 

The much-awaited Champagne expansion collection also included, very briefly, a Champagne pop eyeshadow palette. This product was pretty controversial because, according to Jaclyn’s snapchat and to media statements released by Becca, it was produced in a different factory than the one in which Becca’s normal buttery formula is made. The factory apparently claimed to be able to replicate the formula, and unfortunately, it was discovered after the launch that the palettes’ quality was very inconsistent. Some were amazing, some were awful, and some were a little in-between. This kind of inconsistency, though, is a nightmare for the consumer, and so Becca heeded Jaclyn’s wishes for the palette to be pulled from shelves.

 

However – one of the best perks about working for a beauty retailer is gaining easy access to product, and I was able to purchase one before they were officially sent back to the brand!

So, how did I fare in the eyeshadow lottery? Let’s see!

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Fizz, Pop, Clink!

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Not that we ever need an excuse, but I feel like this weekend is a great time to pop some bubbly! I’ll be  celebrating something big – I’m going back to school this fall, and my first day is Monday! I haven’t been in school in 6 years, and am so excited for this big change. I’ll still be working on the weekends, (because who could give up being a Sephora girl?) but with Fridays free and clear to focus solely on my kiddo.

What more appropriate way to celebrate than by dusting on Becca X Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop Cheek Palette?!

 

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Welcome to Poesia

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USA! USA! USA! Are you guys as enthralled with the Summer Olympics right now as I am? This evening may be the first time ever that I’ve had a hard time focusing on makeup because I was so busy watching sports!

 

While the world is focused on international competition, I’m keeping an eye on an international designer named Chris Chang, who curated a beautiful collaboration with MAC. While this collection launched in May, none of the products are yet sold out on MAC’s website.

 

That means this gorgeous purple, called Plum Princess, is still available for purchase if you’ve got $20 burning a hole in your pocket!

 

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Brooke Candy – Yum Yum

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Do you have a case of the Mondays? Let me cheer you up with a recap of a couple of the MAC x Brooke Candy collection lipsticks that launched earlier this summer!

 

“Candy is my name, but there’s nothing sweet about me!” – This lyric from the club rapper’s hit song ‘Das Me’ is evidenced in her collaboration with MAC. The packaging is edgy, the colors are unexpected, and the products are befitting of anyone from a neighborhood trap queen, to a demure girl-next-door.

 

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Peering Through the Looking Glass

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You guys. I have a confession to make –

I haven’t even seen Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass yet! The namesake cosmetic collection came out May 1st on Urban Decay’s website, and the movie was released on May 27th, but with all the wedding craziness, I kind of ignored them both until very recently. Side note though: when researching the release dates, Google let me know that this movie is still showing at my local dollar theater! Maybe I’ll make it to a showing after all.

 

Even though these debuted in May, as of today, the collection is still available on the Sephora, Macy’s, and Nordstrom websites! Don’t worry, you haven’t missed out yet.

 

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It’s a Small World with Minnie Mouse for Sephora

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Hey, you! Hope you had a great weekend and that Monday wasn’t too unkind.

 

Roll call! Step inside my clubhouse so that I can tell you all about the Minnie Mouse x Sephora collaboration that happened this Spring!

 

Disclaimer: Of the products you see above, the Disney Minnie Beauty lipstick and cream lip stain set are still available on Sephora’s website, but the blush and bag (which was a 250-point perk) are not. Still, I’m positive they can be tracked down (:

 

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Little Girl Grey

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“Am I in love with you? Or am I in looooove with the feeling?” 🎶

With Halsey’s limited-edition MAC lipstick, it’s both! The lyrics above are in reference to her song collab with Justin Bieber, by the way.

 

Are you a die-hard Halsey fan, or has she not made her way onto your radar yet? If you don’t know much about her, please read this amazing Rolling Stones interview . If you don’t have that kind of time to dedicate, just know that Halsey is a beautiful, bold, unique young artist that is currently blazing her way through the often cookie-cutter music scene.

 

Sounds like a perfect partner for MAC, right? This Halsey collaboration came about as part of a larger collection called Future Forward, which contained 4 pieces designed by influential women considered to be redefining the music industry. Other collaborators were Lion Babe, Tinashe, and Dej Loaf (who I LOVE, but I wasn’t crazy about her contribution, which was a nude gloss).

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Texas Summer, London Fog Dreams

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Happy National Lipstick Day, loves! Little makes me happier than a perfect lippie. A swipe of color can make you feel confident, pulled together, and elevate a look like no other accessory can!

 

Today, let’s discuss Gerard Cosmetics’ lipstick in London Fog. I’ve been holding on to this baby for quite awhile! If you remember (or just want a refresher), I reviewed Gerard’s Hydra-Matte Liquid Lipstick awhile back, and had nothing but good to say about it. Unfortunately, that’s not quite the case with London Fog, but it does have both pros and cons to consider before purchase:

 

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Can you Ciate Yourself in this Color?

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Good evening guys!

 

Bold lip colors, like Ciate London’s Lip Velvet in Envy (show above), are not for everyone. I mean, anybody CAN wear them, but not everyone feels confident in out-of-the-box hues like this one. For those of us who love a pop of color though, unique shades really get us hype!

 

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