Colourpop used to be really hard to get hold of in the UK with the only way to get your hands on it is if you went through a shipping company as, up until recently, they didn't ship outside of the US. Now that they have introduced international shipping which only costs $9.99, it is much more accessible than it was before, although you might get stung with some of those pesky customs charges!

Last month I went to America on holiday so I made quite a hefty Colourpop order to greet me for when I arrived. It is so easy to spend a fortune on their products as everything is really cheap so it is easy to get carried away. Especially when it comes to the eyeshadows, which is quite apparent from the photos above! Here is my massive Colourpop haul!

First let's start with the four Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips which I bought. The first I lipstick I chose was in the shade Bumble which is a really pretty and wearable warm rose shade. I fell in love with the colour as soon as I saw the swatches on the website so I didn't think twice when I added it to my basket. The second lipstick I chose was a rather bold shade choice in Creeper which is a bright, classic, blue based red. I need to buy a lip liner to make application easier when it comes to this one as I can imagine it would be very messy without one! The next two lipsticks I went for look very similar to each other. Trap, the lighter of the two, is a dusty greige and Times Square is a muted pink beige. Both shades are very pretty and very wearable.

Now, onto the Super Shock Eyeshadows - all 9 of them! Starting from the top I went for Static which is deep burgundy which has a pearlized finish to it. Static, like all of the others I bought, is incredibly pigmented and has no fallout whatsoever. Static reminds me a lot like the NYX Solo Eyeshadow in Flustered if you were after a little drugstore dupe to this beauty. Next, I bought Weenie which is from the Colourpop x Kathleen Lights collection. Weenie is a stunningly beautiful metallic rose gold, a shade absolutely perfect for everyday. I can see myself wearing this shade a lot so I am so glad that I managed to get my hands on one! I then bought the shade Thirsty Girl which I think was Limited Edition as it is not available anymore which is a shame as it is a really lovely warm gold with a shimmer running throughout. 

I then purchased this absolutely gorgeous shimmery lime yellow shade in Telepathy. Look how beautiful it is! It is a part of the Kathleen Lights collection and I am utterly obsessed with it. So pigmented and shimmery, I really cannot wait to give this shade a try!! The next two shades are of the green and blue variety, shades which perhaps may not be suitable for everyday. Donna is a beautiful emerald green with a pearlized finish and Hydroplane, another shade from the Kathleen Lights collection, is an absolutely gorgeous glittery aqua. Out of the two I am most looking forward to using and wearing Hydroplane as in real life it is just wonderful.

The final three shades are perhaps more wearable than the last three. Ignition, again, from the Kathleen Light collection (did I buy it all? I do ask myself) is a really stunning glittery lavender. It is such a light and pretty shade, I can imagine it looking beautiful on the inner corners of the eye. We then have Bill, my one and only matte eyeshadow shade from my order. Bill is a lovely light dusty mauve which will look lovely all over the eyelid with Ignition on the inner corners and finally, I went for Drift which is a really wearable deep cranberry with a pearlized finish. It is very similar to MAC Cranberry and NYX Heat if you were after a couple of easier to purchase dupes.

I am utterly obsessed with everything I have bought, I just hope I find time to wear everything! I am most excited by the Bumble Ultra Matte Lipstick and by the Telepathy, Ignition and Hydroplane Super Shock Eyeshadows. I just hope I can pull of metallic lime yellow!


Other | A Massive Colourpop Haul

Concealer is a product that I have a slight love/hate relationship with. As I am so pale, I find that most drugstore brands don't really have many shades to offer other than Light, Medium and Dark. Even the beloved Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in the lightest shade is ever so slightly too dark for me so when it comes to the concealer stage when I apply my make-up, I tend to usually skip it. That was until recently when a trip to Sephora stunned me into silence - not only does their own brand have an incredible shade range but there was an awful lot of pale to choose from!

I was utterly torn between all of the pale shades on offer, I was absolutely spoilt for choice! There were 5 pale shades to choose from, each with a different undertone. This already makes the Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer a winner in my eyes!

About the Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer:
"This highly-pigmented, lightweight concealer provides buildable coverage and color without adding texture to your skin or settling into fine lines. Infused with pineapple ceramides, the gel-serum formula brightens and improves skin texture as it covers, making it ideal for the under-eye area. The unique applicator ensures the perfect amount of product—just dip, dot, and blend."

The Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer comes in an astonishing 26 shades, meaning you will most definitely find a shade to match your skintone. What I love most about this collection is that all of the shades are available with different undertones, meaning we no longer have to stick by the 'one shade suits all' statement we are all used to hearing. Seriously, why are brands still only bringing out concealers in just 3 bog standard shades in the drugstore? I understand you get what you pay for but I would love to see a collection of concealers in Boots that have a wider shade range other than Light, Medium and Dark.

This concealer comes in the typical tube-style packaging with a doe-foot applicator within the lid. I find it really easy to apply - I just dot it underneath my eyes, on my chin and on my forehead then I blend it all in with my Beautyblender. After spending a little while deciding which shade of pale was best for me I finally went for Butter Cream which is described as being a light shade with a neutral-undertone and it is absolutely perfect. It is just ever so slightly lighter than my own skintone meaning it really brightens up my face. The formula is really creamy and thick but not in a heavy way - it is very lightweight on the skin and offers a very high coverage. I haven't experienced it creasing or fading away at all and after a long day at work I am thrilled to see it is still in the same place in the evening as it was in the morning.

I am utterly in love with not only this Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer but also Sephora Collection as a whole. It is so rare to find a brand that offers a whole selection of paler shades and I'm absolutely gutted that the brand isn't easily accessible over here in the UK. This concealer is creamy, opaque, can disguise a multitude of sins and stays put all day long. It is really lightweight and hydrating, I just wish I bought more than one! 


Review | Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer in Butter Cream

NYX is quickly becoming one of my favourite make-up brands. I am absolutely obsessed with their Vivid Liquid Eyeliners as well as their Glitter Pigments and their Hot Singles Eyeshadows. Everything is such great quality considering the purse-friendly prices and just because the products are cheap doesn't mean the quality is any less in comparison to a different brand. Whenever I am in Boots now I walk straight past L'oreal and Maybelline and head straight for the NYX stand and quite rightly so!

A while ago now I bought the NYX Custom Pro Palette which has 9 spaces to fill. At the time I only bought two eyeshadows and it has actually taken me a little while to fill it up as my local Boots stores don't sell the refills but after a few trips out of town, I can finally share my completed palette with you!

About the NYX Eye Shadows:
"NYX's Hot Singles are intense! Powerfully loaded with pigments this versatile formula lets you make a statement for any occasion. Whether your looks is edgy or natural NYX's unique formulation is easy to blend and build on."

I absolutely love the NYX eyeshadows. They are pigmented, easy to blend and when used on top of my beloved MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, they stay put all day without creasing or fading away and for £3.50 each, they definitely hold their own up against the likes of MAC. When it came to choosing the shades within my palette I wanted a mix of satin, pearl and neutral mattes. I have also really loved matte oranges since buying the Morphe 35OS Palette so I knew I wanted to include one of those as well. Here are the shades I filled my palette with!

Heat - Heat is a really beautiful metallic red with a satin finish. It is very pigmented shade which reminds me a hell of a lot like MAC Cranberry but without all of the fallout.

Flustered - Flustered is another metallic shade which is very similar to Heat but instead of a metallic red it is a metallic maroon with a satin finish. Again, Flustered is very pigmented and doesn't have any fallout whatsoever.

LOL - LOL is a bright orange eyeshadow with a matte finish. Incredibly pigmented, this shade is the perfect transition shade and looks lovely in the crease of the eye. If I was brave enough to wear it all over the eyelid for a wash of colour then I would do!

Sin - Sin is a pretty neutral champagne coloured shade which has tiny specs of gold glitter running throughout. I find it has a very tiny amount of fallout but it is a beautiful neutral shade. I have recently been wearing it underneath the eye and I find that it makes the eyes look a lot brighter.

Cupcake - Cupcake is a lovely soft, baby pink in a matte finish. I don't usually wear pink eyeshadow but as it is a very soft baby pink I think it looks lovely all over the eye with my favourite shade, Frostbite in the inner corner of the eye with Sin underneath. Not a vibrant and in your face look but perfect for when you want a softer day.

Gold Lust - Gold Lust is a very shimmery gold eyeshadow with gold specs running throughout. I think it is the shade I haven't used as much in comparison to the others which is a shame as it is a very pigmented gold and looks lovely on the inner corners of the eye, as well as all over the lid.

Frostbite - Frostbite is my favourite eyeshadow within this palette. A pale blue with a pearl finish, in certain lights this shade can look almost purple and it is absolutely beautiful. I love to wear Frostbite in the inner corners of the eye with a wash of a neutral matte shade across the lid. If you were to try one shade out of all of the eyeshadows I have mentioned then please make it be this one!!

Lace - Lace is neutral beige in a matte finish and it is perhaps the most used shade within my palette. I use this everyday as my base shade then layer all of the other eyeshadows on top. I find that it is a little powdery in comparison to the other shades but it makes for a lovely neutral base.

Own The Night - Finally, Own The Night is a deep and rich purple with a matte finish. It is very pigmented so you only need to use a little amount then blend blend blend! I haven't used this shade too much as I find it isn't a colour I would reach for everyday but it is a handy eyeshadow to have within the palette.

So there is my completed NYX Custom Pro Palette! What do you think? There are so many more NYX Eyeshadows I would love to try that I am thinking of buying another empty palette to fill. At £3.50 each the eyeshadows are great value for money and I haven't used a single MAC eyeshadow since!


Other | My Completed NYX Eyeshadow Palette

If you have read my blog for a while then you while know that I am not much of a Negative Nancy. I try and see the best in everything and point out the positives and negatives of each product I review but occasionally you come across a product which just isn't worth anyone's time or more importantly, money. Unfortunately this is the case for today's product review - the L'oreal Paris Infallible Paints Liquid Eyeliner.

About the L'oreal Paris Infallible Paints Liquid Eyeliner:
"Paint it loud with L'Oreal's Infallible Paints Eyeliner, 0.1mm felt tip for liquid liner precision. Define and design eyes with total control using one or multiple colors. Benefits - precision tip, high impact color, all day wear."

The L'oreal Paris Infallible Paints Liquid Eyeliner comes in six different shades ranging from a brilliant white to a deep forest green. Promising all day longevity, opaque colours and a thin tip for precision, I didn't think twice when I bought this in the USA recently. I was attracted to the sky blue shade at first but as my beloved Kat Von D Liquid Eyeliner had run out mid-eye, I needed a quick alternative so a little trip to the nearest drugstore was in order. Well, to put it bluntly, I should have just waited until I went to Sephora as unfortunately this is hands down the worst eyeliner I have ever used.

I will start with the one positive to this product which is the tip of the eyeliner itself. It is very thin meaning you could achieve a really neat and precise wing. You don't, as the rest of the product is terrible, but you could do. The first time I came to apply this liquid eyeliner I was first stunned at the colour. Considering I bought the shade Black Party, one would somewhat expect a shade to come out which is black or near-to on the colour spectrum but no. A disappointing shade similar to an off navy blue came out, never to be seen again. After one use the whole product seemed to either dry up or there wasn't enough product in there in the first place to line more than one eyeball. And even when I did manage to wear it, albeit on one eye, it did not survive a trip to the cinema where a couple of tears were shed. I left the movie theatre and went to the toilets as soon as the film had ended (I watched Lion, was very good, would recommend) I went to freshen up and my eyeliner had literally washed away. Luckily I had bought it with me so tried to re-apply it but nothing would come out and it hasn't worked since. I tried shaking it, pressing really hard, wetting the tip... Nada. 

Okay, so it wasn't terribly expensive at around $10 but for those $10 I would expect it to work more than once and even when it was on, I would expect it to stay on. I know that it doesn't state it is waterproof but I would hope it would have lasted longer than a couple of tears shed. Overall, I am massively disappointed in this product, especially since some of L'oreal's other liquid eyeliners have been so wonderful. The L'oreal Paris Infallible Paints Liquid Eyeliners aren't currently available in the UK but when they are, save your money and buy the Kat Von D Liquid Eyeliner instead.


Review | L'oreal Paris Infallible Paints Liquid Eyeliner in Black Party

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