Prepping for Cons! A How-To Guide to Getting it Together for a Convention

Hey, guys! Today I’ll be sharing a post based on something I really love doing-being a nerd and going to conventions!. I’ve been going to conventions for I believe 4 or 5 years now and I started out with just one convention a year, now I’m up to three! That seems like a lot but it’s nothing compared to what professional cosplayers do. Con time can be stressful for a variety of reasons and so it helps to do some major planning to help cut down on the stress. But who am I kidding, cosplay is a one-way ticket to procrastination station and crying, haha!

Now there is no written rule saying that you MUST cosplay for a convention, however, people do cosplay and/or get dressed up because a convention is a special thing. Afterall, they only take place once a year, and so much work goes into planning each convention so putting in a lot of effort and dressing to the nines can be fun. The conventions I go to are usually anime conventions but again there is no rule saying it is 100% anime only. People dress up as video game characters, cartoon characters, tv show characters, movie characters, anything, you name it! If you choose to cosplay pick something you can easily time manage. My first few cosplays were pretty simple and for a three-day con I usually only do 2 cosplays.

Because this is a budget blog, of course, I also cosplay on a budget. This means doing things like “closet cosplay”, where you take ordinary pieces of clothing and throw them together to create a character look. This is where you can also get creative and make different versions of a character. For example: instead of doing an entire sailor scout uniform you can do maybe “hipster Sailor Moon” or “punk Sailor Jupiter” (Which I’ve done). This helps to keep costs low while still having the ability to cosplay. The only con with this is that sometimes people may not recognize your character and what you’re going for. But please remember to do what makes you happy. You shouldn’t feel miserable for doing cosplay.

Thrifting helps a lot as well. One of my first cosplays was Grell from Black Butler.

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As you can see they wear a red long overcoat. This was particularly hard to find because overcoats can be extremely expensive. I had determined if I couldn’t get the coat I wouldn’t do the cosplay. By the grace of the thrift store gods, I was able to find one and I completed my first cosplay! I was truly lucky but it doesn’t help to take a look around. I would much rather spend $8 on a thrift trench coat then say $100.

Once you’ve decided if you’re going to cosplay or not, you can research what your character looks like and do inventory on what you already have on hand. Check your closet and crafting supplies to see what you can already make. This cuts down on what you have to spend money on. There are a few key things that I almost always spend money on for a cosplay and that’s wigs and shoes. I usually cosplay characters with hair that is completely different from mine so I almost always need a wig. If a character I’m doing also has specific shoes I will go out and find something similar at thrift stores or cheaper clothing stores. Other things I spend money on are things I don’t have on hand like perhaps specific colored leggings or a face mask, etc. But like I said you can always find cheaper alternatives.

Now it’s time to craft that cosplay. I would say plan out your characters about 6 months in advance so that way you can 1)change your mind if you find that maybe a character will be more expensive than another or if you want to scrap that idea altogether 2) you can plan when you need to buy things for the cosplays like “I’m going to buy one wig this paycheck and the other with my second paycheck”, 3)you have time to procrastinate. Look up tutorials on how to sew or put together a prop. Sometimes the videos you use can give you a good idea of the materials you will need and the cost. I cosplayed as Scarecrow (Arkham Asylum version) and I created the Fear Toxin Gauntlet entirely out of recycled Pepsi bottles, a few hardware pieces from Home Depot, and beer cozies from Dollar tree. The whole thing cost me about 5 or 6 dollars to make. The mask cost me about 5 dollars to make as well and I thrifted/sewed the hood part and got brown leggings for $3.97 at Wal-mart. I already had the boots in my closet so my cosplay cost me about less than 20 dollars to make!

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When you’ve got your cosplays figured out then you have to turn your attention to more important matters. The cosplay is the fun part but you have to figure out travel, accommodations, and food. If you’re going with a group of friends it can cut down immensely on what you have to pay for a hotel room. You can even stay at inexpensive motels to lower the cost even further. If there is a designated driver(s) to carpool to and from the convention center then you can even get a motel a little bit further away. If it’s further away from the city (most conventions are held in popular cities) then you will also find some cheaper options.

Speaking of carpooling, it can cut down on travel expenses. Carpooling with more people can cut down on gas. Smaller vehicles can fill up on about $20 of gas, so if you’re carpooling with 4 people that’s only $5 per person. ALWAYS plan on gas money in your budget. It’s just common courtesy if someone is driving you a possibly long distance to a convention that you give them gas. After hotel and gas, there’s food. Try and shop at Dollar Tree or cheap supermarkets for snacks and food you don’t have to cook. It’s great to bring things for breakfast like fruit, muffins, or bagels with peanut butter or cream cheese. Most motels will have a mini fridge in the room but not every one will have a microwave to cook food in. So try and keep it to simple snacks that you can take with you to eat at the con.

After budgeting what you’re spending on extra cosplay supplies, you have your hotel/motel reservation and pricing in order, and you’ve figured out how you’re traveling there, it’s time to start saving up spending money. Now you are in control of what you want to spend at a convention. I’ve spent more than $500 at a single convention before (was that a smart financial decision, absolutely not haha) but you can save as little as $200. After going to the same conventions year after year I can tell where I’m going to be spending my money the most. At Ohayocon I spend the most in the dealer’s room as it is GIGANTIC. The dealer’s room has dealer’s that have a variety of things for sale like DVD’s, mangas, games, plushies, kpop stuff, figures, etc. Artist Alley is a separate place to buy things but these are strictly for artists. Artist creations can mean anything from handcrafted goods to prints of their artwork. I usually buy a lot of prints at artist alley and cute things like buttons and stickers. If you find that an artist has prints that are out of your price range then keep moving! It’s okay to discuss with your friends that you thought an artist was too expensive but do not try to haggle or bargain with an artist to lower the price of their work. Remember their art is how they make a living. Instead, see if an artist has deals such as buy 2 prints get one free or buy 4 prints for like $20 or something like that. If they have something like

Artist creations can mean anything from handcrafted goods to prints of their artwork. I usually buy a lot of prints at artist alley and cute things like buttons and stickers. If you find that an artist has prints that are out of your price range then keep moving! It’s okay to discuss with your friends that you thought an artist was too expensive but do not try to haggle or bargain with an artist to lower the price of their work. Remember their art is how they make a living. Instead, see if an artist has deals such as buy 2 prints get one free or buy 4 prints for like $20 or something like that. If they have something like buy three mini prints for a certain price and you see that they have a sticker sheet for the same price you can ask if you can substitute a sticker sheet for a print for example. I’ve done that before. Just be courteous when asking. You can always take a business card and save up some money to buy the print from them later as well.

I always say make a few laps around the dealer’s room and artist alley so you see what everyone has to offer before making a purchase. Then you can ask for prices and figure out what exactly you want more than others. I really love artist prints, pins, buttons, and stickers. Occasionally I will buy a figure, especially if I’m really into a certain anime or game. Smaller figures can be less costly and more space effective so those are the ones I tend to go for. Bigger figures (usually like 10 inches and above) can start being like $130 each. I’ve actually seen a giant figure of my favorite character, Super Sonico, for $1000 (and yes I really want this figure). Pick and choose what you want so you can try and budget carefully. This is really important if this is your first con too. It won’t be your last so just make sure you know exactly what there is before buying.

When the money is all saved and budgeted away it’ll be time to head out for the convention! Packing is pretty key and it all starts with a list. As you’re making your cosplays write down every component of the costume. Start from the top of your head and work your way down. I even write down every makeup product I know I’ll be using especially if I’m going to make a detailed look. For example, I went to a summer convention as a summer-ized version of 707 from the otome game Mystic Messenger. My list went something like this:

  • red wig
  • white eyeshadow pencil
  • red eyeshadow
  • foundation
  • contour powder
  • setting spray
  • glasses
  • cross necklace
  • headphones
  • red tanktop
  • black shorts
  • red flipflops

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I like to bundle my cosplays together so everything is set for when I need to wear it. If you have props and they cant fit in your luggage make sure to put it in another container, like a box and let whoever is driving know ahead of time so they know how much room they will have in their car. If you’re taking a plane or bus maybe get another luggage for just your props. When you get your cosplays squared away make another list for regular items. Always bring some spare changes of regular clothes, your pj’s and basic toiletries that you will need for the weekend. Regular clothes come in handy if you want to change out of your cosplay midday or if you’re not planning to cosplay for one of the days. For the bigger conventions I go to, I usually refrain from cosplaying on Sundays. After spending the past 2 or 3 days going hard I usually don’t want to do anything else so I just wear a comfortable outfit to the convention. Lists save me from forgetting important things so i try to make as many as I can.

Planning your convention time doesnt always have to be hard. Take it one step at a time, even planning it down to the day. Make lists and budget ahead of schedule so there aren’t any unexpected finances. And most importantly always remember to have fun! Conventions are places of creativity and happiness so don’t forget to relax and enjoy your time with friends.

Happy Con-ing!

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Sleepy Time Beauty

Sleep is my #1 best friend. I take naps whenever I can and i don’t mean short 15 minute cat naps; i mean full on 5 hour-wake-up-confused-as-to-where-i-am naps. Though my sleep schedule has never been perfect, starting my new adult job has forced me into a routine. With that routine comes daily nighttime habits and mine usually focus around skincare.

I start off with a hot shower; boiling hot in my case. I love warmth and heat so I will take a hot shower even in the summer; especially when my mom has the air conditioner on full blast. Hot showers also help to ease tension in the muscles which is great for me because I’m at a desk all day. Muscles tense up easily and getting under a steady stream of water feels amazing.

in the shower i ALWAYS wash my face. I just have too. even if i’ve removed my makeup prior with a makeup wipe I will wash my face. I have a steady rotation of face washes that I get from all over the place. My favorite gentle cream cleanser if First Aid Beauty’s Ultimate Cleanser. My favorite scrub is The St. Ives (or an off brand version of it) Apricot Scrub. And my favorite mask (which you can put on before your shower and rinse/exfoliate while in the shower) is Love Lettuce from Lush. If my skin is feeling too dry I’ll use a creamier cleanser and if I feel like it needs some exfoliation I’ll use something with grit.

After cleaning my face in the shower my face can sometimes feel a little dried out because i naturally have dry skin. I use a moisturizer, and again I have a steady rotation of these. My current moisturize is Smuggler’s Soul from Lush. I like it because it’s really basic, simple and natural. You don’t need any extra frills when it comes to a moisturizer. If you want to try it be sure to hurry as I hear it’s a limited edition!

After moisturizing, I’ve added a slightly odd thing to my routine- my armpits. This may sound strange but I had been noticing that my body odor had become really gross to me in my armpit area. I had no idea why it seemed to be getting worse and I had of course become self conscious of it. I also exfoliate my armpits in the shower which i feel help get rid of the dead skin cells and open up the clogged pores. Using unnatural deodorant (usually the deodorants that have aluminum in them) can also clog your pores leading to a worse smell. I have a friend who works at Lush who helped me during my recent trip to get their Deodorant bar, Aromaco, and the deodorant powder, Greeench. I use the deodorant bar as a base and then lightly dust on less than a dime size amount of powder usually a fluffy brush. The deodorant bar helps create a base that the powder can stick too. Using the natural deodorants won’t make you smell like artificial flowers and sunshine. Instead it gives you a more natural herbal smell that takes some getting used too. But i find if I do this routine in the morning and at night then it helps keep my odor and sweat to a minimum.

Now besides skincare there’s also some mental healthcare I do before bed as well. I always have to sleep with a blanket and be warm. Like i said before I love being warm at all times. I like curling up into a ball or a burrito and feeling snuggled. My cat Leo also helps me as he frequently becomes my spooning partner. Sometimes he sleeps on me or curled up beside me. I have no idea why but he likes sleeping with his butt towards my face, haha! Leo is super adorable and I love him dearly so I love having him in bed with me when I’m about to sleep.

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I also shut off all the light to help create an atmosphere and mood of peace. I can’t sleep with any lights on at all so this really helps me get into the correct headspace.

Last but not least a good key component to getting a good nights sleep is a mattress. Now I have a decent memory foam mattress but not a good bed frame support so it can be hard to be comfortable at times. Finding a good mattress can be a bit hard and you’ve got to remember that mattresses are an investment-and a good one at that! Having a good mattress is crucial to physical and mental health as it provides you with better sleep and quality of life.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got some zzz’s to catch! See you soon~

What Makes a Good Eyeliner?

Eyeliners define your eyes and make it the epicenter of any good look.Even a subtle streak on a lash line makes a huge difference in what tyou’re going for. The curves, lines, and colors can be the finishing touches that take your look to the next level.

A good eyeliner should be easy to apply, glide effortlessly, have a variety of gorgeous colors, and last the whole day. Some things to look out for when choosing your liner:

 

  • Is it precise? Flexibility in the thickness of line which is more important for liquid liners since the shape of the tip can’t be altered. i tend to like liquid liner pens that have a soft brush tip opposed to a felt tip. My all time favorite is Physicians Formula 2-in-1 lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum. it can be found at any drug store for $9.99 or less!

 

  • Is it highly pigmented? The higher the pigmentation, the easier it is to produce the intended color, especially if it’s applied over primer and eyeshadow. It’s super disappointing to try an eyeliner that isnt pitch black or vibrant in color. It just makes everything look super dull.

 

  • How fast does it dry? You want it to dry fairly quickly after application, but is still easy to take off immediately if you make a mistake. I always keep a makeup wipe handy to try and correct my mistakes and i try to apply my eyeliner against something that has a sharp edge, like a business card or a tape guideline.

 

  • Does it smudge? No raccoon eyes please!!

 

  • Will it last all day? Obviously you don’t want your eyes melting off throughout the day and created a look that makes you appear to have been crying all day.

 

  • Does it come off easily with makeup remover? You don’t want to scrub your eyes too hard, it is the most sensitive part of you face! most waterproof eyelines will come off easier with a makeup remover like micellar water. My favorite is the Garnier Micellar water (the one with the blue cap removes waterproof makeup).

 

There are three main types of liners: pencil, gel, and liquid. Deciding on the right type is the most important part. After that, there are other factors to consider, like drugstore versus luxury brand, waterproof capabilities, and if the eyeliner is good for tightlining. I’m not one for tightlining since i wear contacts and have sensitive eyes but having a good kohl/gel pencil liner is great for this because it can help really create that smoldering look.

 

Pencils are the most standard type of eyeliner and come in different sizes and a range of colors. Pencil is available through the vast majority of cosmetic brands. They achieve a classic or natural look and are easy to smudge for a smoky or dramatic look. They are the easiest to apply when soft. Remember that old trick your mom used to do in the 80s? Where she’d heat the pencil liner with a liner? Running a dry, crumbly, pencil through the flames of a light for a few seconds will help heat up the wax and make the eyeliner softer and easier to apply. Pencil liners also don’t necessarily need you to have a steady hand. You can easily smoke out a mistak with your pencil liner or cover it up again with a bit more eyeshadow. The drying time is virtually zero so you’re ready to go as soon as it goes on!

Liquid eyeliners provide precise definition to the lash lines and are usually dispensed through a brush or felt-tip pen. They have ultra-precision and are great for winged and cat-eye looks. You can create defined lines and go over them with a matching colored eyeshadow to set it in place even faster. Graphic liners are super popular these days and these looks are acheived with a liquid liner and a whole lot of patience. At least there’s no sharpening required!

Finally, gel eyeliners lie somewhere between pencil and liquid eyeliners. They are smudgeable enough to look natural but can also be applied so the line is bold and defined. An eyeliner brush is needed to apply gel eyeliner, which is typically contained in a small pot. They are creamy for an easy glide, are excellent for waterlines and tightlining. Gel liners are also great for winged, cat-eye, and smoky-eye looks as well as natural looks. Kohl/Kajal eyeliners kind of fall into this catergory as all. They’re super creamy and smudgeable and come in a pencil form in case you dont want to fuss with a brush.

Ultimately, your eyeliner type is your choice and you can choose one favorite type or utilize all for differing looks! Reviews.com recently ranked the top liners that you use to help you make the decision! Comment below with what’s your favorite liner. Maybe I’ll give them a try! I’m always looking for new eyeliners.

Dream Vanity~

There are plenty of days where I dream of living in a nice house (or decent apartment, maybe even a condo) where I have an entire room just for creativity. My two main areas of creativity come from makeup and crafting. In my room currently, I have a little set up to help me keep my makeup as organized as I can get. I feel like I have a lot of makeup and to some others, it does seem like a lot. But if you compare my collection to those Youtube “beauty gurus” and “MUA’s” it’s nothing, haha! But still, I struggle with having a nice little area to set everything up in. Currently, I have a teeny little desk which now has my printer on it and a bamboo plant which believe it or not takes up the entirety of the surface area. Besides that, I have several of those plastic drawer tower organizers (you know the ones they sell at Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Big Lots, Micheal’s, etc) and each drawer holds something different. I like to micro-organize too so I have drawer inserts as well. If you’d like to see a full detailed list of how I organize and store my makeup, go here!

So as you can see and read, my space is really limited. But let’s pretend for a moment that I am in my nice wonderful little humble abode with a room all to my artistic self. There would be two things I would put in there instantly-a vanity and an oversized craft table. I have wanted a vanity ever since I saw my grandma purchase one many many many years ago. I remember it was all white, with a ginormous mirror. I can’t exactly remember if it had lights but I do remember it had a slender drawer (where she kept her jewelry) and a nice pull out drawer on each side. It was a really large piece of furniture but I always wanted one like it.

If I had to build my own vanity it would have to have a few requirements. First, I feel like it would need three mirrors. A center mirror and two smaller ones that angle to the side. It sounds a bit egotistical but I look at myself from all different sides when I do makeup, not to mention I wear glasses/contacts and sometimes looking at things from certain angles actually helps me see better. I’m always going at side angles and getting really close to mirrors especially when I do my eyebrows! I need all the help I can get with seeing.

Secondly, it would need to have lights. Of course, blue casting lights. When I mean by blue casting lights is that most household lamps, bulbs, and appliances, give off an awful yellow glow (trust me, every light in my house is like this). This interferes with how you see colors and how you look in pictures and videos (if you document your makeup and such). Adding almost fluorescent lighting that gives off a blue hue helps balance things out a bit more so that way when you step out into the sun you’re not surprised by something you did in indoor lighting.

The third requirement would definitely be that it need a lot of drawers. Like drawers on drawers on drawers. I love to have things organized so I would need a drawer for my brushes, eyeshadow palettes, single eyeshadows, etc. I like everything to be in their own little compartments and be easy for me to access and get to when I need it. It already takes me so long to do my full face of makeup, I don’t need to waste more time digging through piles of stuff just to get the product I need. I would like to have the drawers be similar to the plastic drawer towers I have in functionality but then that wouldn’t really leave much room for counter space.

.Which leads me to another requirement. I would like counter space because  I liked to keep my lipsticks, sponges/blenders, and most used brushes where I can get to them quickly. It seems a bit redundant but there are just those favorite brushes that you use more than the other and some things just store better when standing (like lipsticks). I think a good compromise would be a decent amount of drawers (also at a decent height) with some key areas of open counter space to put my favorite things.

In the real world, vanities are expensive but I have seen people try and DIY their own vanity space which I think is so cool! I think if I ever have a chance to build my own vanity I would definitely do it. I could even incorporate some floating shelves or something interesting like that. Do any of you guys have vanities? IF so what do they look like?! Feel free to comment below! Until then, lovelies~

 

Photo Credits:

pbteen.com

Vanitygirlhollywood.com

 

Review: 7th Heaven Red Hot Earth Sauna Masque

Hello, my lovelies, another review here for you today! It is the Red Hot Sauna Masque from 7th Heaven or Montage Jennesse? I’m not sure which company it is but I’ll post a picture down below so you can see how the packaging looks.

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So this is a self-heating mask, which means it’s supposed to heat up on contact with your skin. I thought that was an interesting concept and I wanted to try it out. The mask has red clay and pressed jasmine and is supposed to “open pores, and clear out excess oils without drying,” according to the packaging. You might also notice on the packaging that it is a nice deep red and looks a bit more clay like.

This was not the case at all. This mask came out like deep Pepto Bismol pink and it felt as if I had smear coagulated Pepto Bismol on my face. It was goopy, sticky, a little slimy, and only heated up for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. It didn’t really dry all that much either and definitely did not feel thick and creamy like the usual clay face masks I do. It was very liquidy and basically got all over my bathroom sink because it was dripping off the package, off my fingers, off my face. It was a hot mess. In the pictures I’m posting you can tell how just goopy and gross it looks.

I got this mask at my job which is similar to Rite Aid or CVS for $1, it’s usually $1.50. It’s cheaper because it is a sample pack of course but I would not recommend this at all. It wasn’t relaxing because all I could think about was not getting goop everywhere and I just wanted to rinse it off my face. I can’t exactly remember if my face felt better after rinsing off the mask but I think I did use a face wash after just because it was so bad.

I would stick to the Freeman beauty masks as they’re much nicer in quality and still fairly cheap. I don’t know if anyone else has tried this and liked it but I certainly did not! Word of advice: skip it!

Black Friday Haul (Pt 4)/Coastal Scents Review

Hello, lovelies! I’m sorry if all these haul posts make it seem like I’m rolling in money and straying away from my original intent of making stuff budget friendly. However, during black Friday, companies become EXTRA budget friendly with their sales and hopefully people can keep this in mind for next year! I’m not suddenly rolling in dough now, just a person who loves a good sale!

Now onto the goodies. I’ve never tried Coastal Scents before but of course, I have heard of them. I have always wanted to try them, especially because even at regular price they are still budget friendly. Black Friday had really great prices for select items and I think there was a general 50% off sale, or at least something similar. I can’t remember! The way I worked black Friday is that I budgeted out what I wanted from each company and tried to get free shipping (in some cases I paid the expensive shipping fee, like with BH Cosmetics whose shipping is $8!) I believe I only spent around $20 dollars or so (shipping included, which I think was in the $4.95-6.95 range. I think Coastal Scents actually goes by weight for their shipping).

I ended up getting over 100 eyeshadows for just 20 bucks! How Great is that?! I got 2 palettes, 4 Hot Pots, and a free angled eyeshadow brush. I think they have free samples with every order and you get a variety of things to choose from, I just so happened to choose a brush.

 

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Free Sticker and Brush!

 

I got the 88 original Palette, the 12 color Fall Festival Palette, and 4 Hot pots. The 88 original palette was about $5 and some change, the Fall Festival Palette was closer to $7 and each Hot Pot was on sale for 98 cents each!

I wanted to get the 88 Palette because I have been lugging all my extra palettes to my bathroom to try and use them as I get ready for work and it was taking up too much space. So I tried to get a simple but versatile palette that I could use every day and not just create neutral looks. The Coastal Scents shadows I think are a fairly decent quality for a good price. There is fall out (but even high-end shadows have fallout) but a lot of the shadows have fairly decent pigment. I will say that some of the darker shadows come out more smokey when applied to the eye and not as pigmented. This can be a plus or a negative depending on how you look at it. A plus if you want a softer look or a negative if you really want that pigmentation and pop. I see it as the latter. I used the black shadow from the Fall Festival palette in my Kween Bee look as it fell very flat. I wanted a more striking black contrast and it did not deliver. However, the bright shadows seem to work fairly well. I always use a white base (Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk) when I’m working with bright shadows, though. It almost requires it to get that pop you need.

 

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88 Original Palette

 

I would definitely recommend the fall festival palette. The colors are really beautiful and they’re all shimmers. Even though it’s winter now in the US (South of the equator babes enjoy the summer!) I still use the palette because I am not going holiday colors and dark smokey eyes all winter haha! The 88 palette I think you can skip mostly because they do have 120+ palettes, so if you’re a beginner and really just want a single go-to palette, I would suggest those. As a person who has a lot of palettes already and just wanted something basic for work, I chose the 88 one (and it was cheaper). It’s great for when I only have like 20 minutes for work and pick 3 colors to go on my eyelids and they’re all there.

 

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Fall Festival Palette

 

I haven’t tried the hot pots yet but I got similar shades to the ones that were already in the palettes I purchased whoops!

 

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Amethyst (Purple), Bright Tangerine (Orange), Incognito (Black, Blue Hawaiian (Blue)

 

But at least if I need 1 single color I have it. I imagine they perform similarly to the shadows in the Fall festival palette as they are not baked like the shadows in the 88 palette. I did buy another black because I need a black single eyeshadow for when I’m traveling but I’m afraid it’s going to perform poorly like the other dark colors. We’ll have to see!

Hope you guys enjoyed!

Black Friday Makeup Haul (Pt. 3)/Review: ColourPop

Yes my lovelies, the Black Friday Hauls are still not over! There are 2 more posts to go but between playing Pokemon Moon, sewing my cosplays, and getting a new doll I’ve been slacking! What else is new, am i right? Haha!

So after months and months of ogling Colourpop and loving their lower end prices I finally ordered some stuff from them! Black Friday bought a 30% off sale and their usual free shipping on orders over $30. I had been shopping for like an hour at this point and realized all I got was a lot of eyeshadows and I needed some new nude lipsticks that I could wear to work. Each Liquid lip was $4.80 so I ordered 5; 3 Mattes and 2 metallics. I also ordered their ever popular highlighter, Churro, which I think was not on sale but only $6-7.

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The Colors I got were Beeper, LAX, Love Bug, Man Eater, and DM.

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Left to Right: DM, Man Eater, Love Bug, LAX, Beeper, Churro(Highlighter)

Now I did do some tests where I basically wore a metallic and a matte during a work shift. I usually work 6 hours each so all my experiences are based on that time frame. The first metallic I wore was Man Eater. I put like 1 or 2 coats on and let it dry a bit. Throughout the day I noticed that it became flaky and patchy. I had parts rub off and had flakes falling, even after I reapplied. I wasn’t really happy with how it was reacting. This is my first metallic lippy so I’m not sure if they’re all like that and I’ve generally heard good things about Colourpop so I was disappointed in that. The color was beautiful and very shimmery though. They do go on smoothly but I think over time it just starts to crumble especially because of the moisture between the lips. I think It breaks down over time.

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Man Eater

The Matte lipsticks were a little better. There were still some flakes but not as drastic as the metallic. The Mattes held a solid color and mostly came off when I went on break to eat and when I drank water. I applied about maybe 2 times (mostly after I ate and to get some more moisture in my lips). The colors are nice and opaque and really great. It’s just really the flaking and rubbing that kills the whole mood. I would recommend them because they’re not as expensive as other liquid lips and do have really nice opaque full coverage but the  flaking and rubbing off is another factor to consider.

I haven’t tried the highlighter but when I swatched it, it felt buttery smooth. Very soft and easy to blend. I know each highlighter is pressed differently so this can’t really be helped but I really do wish that I would’ve got more marbling on mine. I also wish it smelled like a churro haha! It’s a gorgeous color, similar to the ones I got at BH Cosmetics-pale/peachy gold with a bit of copper to it. I may give it a shot tomorrow when I put my work makeup on!

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I may order from Colourpop again, probably more so for the highlighter but I did see another matt lip color I wanted so I may get that too. Have you guys tried Colourpop? What did you think of it? Do you have the same flaking problems I do? Let me know!

MOTD: Kween Bee

This past Wednesday (the 30th) was my birthday! The big 22! It wasn’t anything special but I did go out with my girls. I know I’ve done a black and gold look before but this one is a little different. I was inspired by my new HouseofBeauty Co lippie in 24k (review here), so I wanted to do another gold look. This one was more muted because I didn’t do a cut crease or anything extravagant like in my previous look.

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Products Used:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Granite

Urban Decay Primer Potion and Setting Spray

Strobe Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow in Fit For a Queen

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette (Sun and Venus, i believe)

Coastal Scents Fall Festival palette (black eyeshadow)

Essence Waterproof Liner

Avon Waterproof Mascara

Wet and Wild False Lashes

BH Cosmetics Foundation in Golden Beige

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Medium/Deep

Ofra Cosmetics Highlighting Banana Powder

BH Cosmetics Wild and Illuminating Highlighter Palette

HouseofBeautyCo Lip Hybrid Tube in 24k

I really loved this look though I think the black could’ve been a little bit darker! But overall it was the perfect excuse to try a new lippie;) Hope you guys enjoyed!

Fresh Soy Cleanser and Rose Face Mask Review

Hello, Lovelies!  I recently placed an order with Sephora for Black Friday as well as to redeem my free birthday gift! Don’t worry the post on what I got from Sephora will be coming up soon! This year I had a choice between a Marc Jacobs Lipstick and Mascara mini set and a Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and Rose Face Mask set. I was going to get the Marc Jacobs Set but my friend kept telling me to get the Fresh set. I also was buying a lot of makeup and I soon realized that I was running out of my staple facial cleansers. So I decided to go with the Fresh set.

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I have used the Soy Cleanser to wash my face after taking off my makeup. It’s a really soft gentle cleanser. It’s kind of refreshing and not irritating at all. It’s a simple cleanser and I think it helps get the residue off after a work shift wearing makeup. I don’t mind the clear type cleansers but I’m not so sure if I’m sold on this cleanser just yet.

As for the Rose mask, it wasn’t a thick mud or clay type mask like I normally use. This mask is similar to a thin jelly. It gives off a brownish color but goes on rather clear. The smell was soft-it smelled like roses of course but I also felt that it smelled a little bit like banana! There are real pieces of rose petal in there as well and the rose scent does overpower the mysterious banana smell but not in a bad way at all.

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I used about 1/4-1/2 of the jar to cover my entire face. It is only a .5 mL jar so it’s pretty tiny but I think I can get another use or two out of it. The recommended time for the mask is about 5-10 minutes but I left it on probably closer to 15 or 20. I did feel it start to get warm in certain places and I have no idea if it was because my skin was irritated or not. I had just used hair remover around my brows and upper lip about 15 minutes or so before I put the mask on, so I’m really unsure if the mask was reacting to the skin since the hair was freshly removed or if it really does get warm on its own. The warmth was mostly around my upper lip area but surprisingly not around my brows, hence my confusion.

Other than the warmth, which never turned into a burning or irritating sensation, the mask was nice. It’s gentle enough that it can be used daily but I don’t think it offers the power that I like with my masks. I think it’s more so a mask to treat yourself with as if you’re having a spa day or maybe you did something and felt your skin needed the extra cleaning after using the soy cleanser. I’ll most definitely use the mask again but i can’t help that I love my thick clay masks! This one just doesn’t cut it for me, and while nice and luxurious feeling I wouldn’t personly go out of my way to buy it.

It’s not a bad mask at all but not exactly my cup of tea either. I would recommend it to people who have more sensitive or dry skin who can’t really use the heavier clay masks, though. Though my skin is sensitive and dry, it isn’t that extreme. My skin doesn’t react badly to products usually and this will be better for people who’s skin gets irritated easily.

Also, can anyone tell me if the free birthday gifts change month to month or do they have the same gifts for the entire year? Did anyone else get the Fresh set? Let me know!