What’s new at Ulta✨

Often times, I get so wrapped up in all of the confusion on what makeup company is stealing another makeup company’s ideas that I decided that we are gonna try our best to just stick to the art and the makeup itself. Here are some of the new items that raised our eyebrows in the Ulta store:

 

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I can say with confidence that these makeup companies are milking the shimmer craze right now. MAC is on the loose with their new ‘Skinfinish’ liquid-powder highlighter, available in Snowflushed and Oh Darling. With a 4.8 out of 5 stars, I was curious to know exactly what would give a single-pan highlighter such a high rating. Here is what some of the reviewers said about this product:

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Oh well, isn’t this interesting! While some reviewers are saying that this product is easy to apply and lightweight, other are having difficulties with the application. Also 75% of the reviewers said that they would definitely refer this product to their friends. With this product containing glitter, it can be an automatic deal-breaker for some of us. Let’s see what else is out there:

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Morphe seems to always have a foot in the race of the top new age makeup brands. Here is the new ‘8S Stellar Impact’ highlighter palette with eight stunning colors to grace our presence. From left to right we have Ultraviolet – Galactic – Comet – Meteor – Aurora – Trace – Big Bang – Mirage. While not extensively bright when looking at the palette, a simple photo from online can be a bit different. Let’s see what our peers have to say about the palette:

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So far, there are only eight reviews but all have given this palette at least three stars. While no pros or cons have been documented yet, some comments from the reviewers say this product is comparable to major makeup brands, the colors are beautiful, and creamy to the touch. On the other hand, some other comments was that the product is overpriced and chunky when the product is applied. While they say the palette is pretty, no word on the pigment when the product is applied. Let’s see what’s next:

 

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Okay, we are all friends here right? Please tell me why the hell is this four-palette bronzer $38.00?????? Not to mention it has excluded most, if not all coupons. If you don’t know, Beauty Bakerie is an independent beauty brand that is quickly growing in beauty community. While I support inde brands, some tend to be a bit out of some of our price ranges. I believe that sometimes, companies charge these prices due to process to make the product high quality. Hey, I’m not knocking Beauty Bakerie and the owner’s success. I just can’t seem to justify the price for the about of product. There are only six reviews so far:

 

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4.5 out of 5 is a great rating, even for just six reviews so far. Some of the comments about the palette is that is blendable, highly pigmented and is better suited for tanned or darker skin. One reviewer said the product was pretty but more of a ‘ehh’ due to the glitter. This palette is also said to be great if  you want that ‘chocolate gold’ look to your makeup. And our last review for the day:

 

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Stop kidding yourself, okay? If you are big on makeup or a beauty-guru watcher on YouTube, you probably have heard about James Charles and this is his latest collaboration with Morphe. This eyeshadow palette is simple called ‘The James Charles Palette’. This palette consists of a 39 shades over five rows, consisting of mattes, shimmers, and metallics. Guess what? $39.00 

Due to the high anticipation of this eyeshadow palette, there have been many reviews already established, especially since this product is exclusive to Ulta stores.

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4.8 out of 5 stars is very well for a new palette and collaboration. The pros of this palette are reported to be highly pigmented, wide range of color, blendable, and long lasting. Others say that it the colors did not blend well for them, flakes off the eye, creases, and that the packaging seemed cheap. 

Have you used any of these products yet? Leave a comment and let us know ⚜️

 

 

 

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New makeup products from inde brands

In this post, we are going to be looking at some independent brands and the products that they have recently released.

SUGARPILL Cosmetics

While the Trixie fans saw this coming, Sugar Pill has launched its collaboration with this famous icon. This limited edition eyeshadow palette is part of a collection, with colors made up of mattes, metallics, frost colors and a blush. In this dazzling collector’s edition, a liquid lip color comes in the box, making this package a truly iconic presentation. While this product is currently sold out, most of the reviews say this collection is highly pigmented, easy to blend, and the packaging is just adorable!

BRIJA Cosmetics

A fresh face in the cosmetic industry, Brija Cosmetics has been gracing the internet with beautiful handmade, cruelty-free makeup. One of their new products they have released for the fall are their new matte liquid lipstick colors. Here they are:

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Chargrin Valley Soap and Salve Company

No it isn’t a makeup indie-brand but they have oils, skin care, and wonderful products for your bath. Their products are 100% vegan.

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Laura Mercier….get real!

Okay so this post may be a bit touchy but, whatever, right? Anyone that has been in the makeup world for a while or has had their makeup done by professionals over the years can tell you that the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder is the standard. For some magical reason, it seems that no matter how good you are at doing your makeup, this translucent setting powder takes your beauty game to the next level. Even if you did not know what it was, you’ve seen the container. It seems that when you buy this powder, it lasts forever. Here’s a photo of it:

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Yes. There she is  ↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑  The magical, unicorn dandruff called Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. Sigh…….

Well, what you are also likely to know, or after you take a trip to stores that carry this voodoo in a plastic container, is that its expensive too! Weighing into your purse at a whooping $38.00, it has been often discussed on which products are the valid dupes, saving us poor makeup geeks a few 💸💰  Here are the possibilities out there:

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$27.00 at Ulta.com

Yes, can we stand up and give Dermablend a round of applause please? According to Ulta’s website Here are the results:

PROS

  • Easy to apply (432 reviews)
  • Lightweight (424 reviews)
  • Controls shine (405 reviews)
  • Long-lasting (399 reviews)
  • Blends well (370 reviews)

 

CONS

  • Messy (116 reviews)
  • Settles in creases (54 reviews)
  • Unnatural color (39 reviews)
  • Cakes up (25 reviews)
  • Poor coverage (22 reviews)

 

I have not used Dermablend’s setting powder before but its used quite often by some of my favorite makeup YouTubers. They pray to this stuff ✨

 

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$9.99 at Ulta.com

PROS

  • Lightweight (419 reviews)
  • Easy to apply (404 reviews)
  • Controls shine (395 reviews)
  • Blends well (323 reviews)
  • Covers well (274 reviews)

 

CONS

  • Messy (175 reviews)
  • Unnatural color (74 reviews)
  • Settles in creases (73 reviews)
  • Poor coverage (54 reviews)
  • Cakes up (32 reviews)

With over 81% of its users recommending it, the NYX Matte Setting Powder is a well-known product. But a Laura Mercier dupe? Those are big shoes to fill.

 

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$6.00 (everywhere)

PROS

  • Easy to apply (34 reviews)
  • Lightweight (31 reviews)
  • Controls shine (27 reviews)
  • Long-lasting (27 reviews)
  • Doesn’t settle in creases (26 reviews)

CONS

  • Messy (20 reviews)

While being a well-known and loved product, I am not surprised that people are calling E.L.F. a justified dupe for Laura Mercier’s setting powder. One thing I can agree with the review of this setting powder is that its probably the messiest. 

 

What’s your favorite setting powder dupe to Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder? Do you even think there is one, or should we just spend the coin and get the original. Leave a comment and let us know  🙂

 

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Skin repair at night 🌜😴

    Now, we spend lots of time talking about what’s top-rated in the makeup realm, but have you thought about what you are doing to repair your skin at night? Here are some of the really nice recovery products that are out there for your skin.

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Having a little fun with ASMR…. and failed ✨

So one of my Instagram followers suggested that I attempt to do an unboxing via ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response). Without getting too technical, this is the process of, when used on video, used to ‘massage’ your brain. So your get this mental massage through a series of ‘triggers’ like nail-tapping, the sound of brushing hair, whispering, etc. Well, trying to do it was so FUNNY for me!!!! Despite the fact that I failed at it miserably, I think I’ll do it again in the future…only because it was fun and a loyal subscriber requested it. Enjoy watching me being silly 😎

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