It’s a Haul.

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It was only after I created the above graphic, I realised that I have another blog post with this title. Whoops.

I’ve been on a makeup hiatus for a good while now. In comparison to this time last year, I haven’t purchased that amount of makeup. I wasn’t really intrigued by most of the products, especially with the considerable hype some products get. Anyway, the following are items that I’ve really wanted to try and just haven’t gotten around to doing so.

N.B. All prices are quoted in TT dollars.

  • L.A Girl Pro Coverage Foundation in White (foundation lightener)IMG_1141

I picked this up because basically none of my foundations match me, at the moment. Somehow, everyone in Trinidad matches me 5 shades darker than I am. It was between this and the Coverfx drops which are around $200. I didn’t feel like dishing out that money. Haven’t tried this out as yet but I really do hope it works out. Got it at Wonderful World in Westmall for $65.

  • Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano

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This is the only item that I’ve used before and absolutely loved. Ofra’s liquid lipstick is one of my favourite liquid lipsticks as outlined in this blog post. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this shade, having swatched it at Starlite Pharm. It was sold out for a while until this time when I finally scored it. It’s a gorgeous nude for us women of colour and as you can see from the tube, there’s a hint of duo-chrome so it’s not a boring, flat nude. I actually want to compare it to this L.A. Colors lipstick mentioned in this post since they’re a bit similar.

  • L’oreal Lash Paradise in Black

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We are fully aware that this mascara is all the rage right now. I was so excited when I found it in Pennywise, Chaguanas for only $61. Also haven’t used it as yet but I can’t wait to! L’oreal mascaras are some of my favourites.

  • Royal & Langnickel Buffer Brush

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This is another item that we’ve recently got in Trinidad and I couldn’t wait to try it, as well. At just $50 in Wonderful World, I can already tell that this brush is gonna be a holygrail. I was blown away by the design of this brush since it’s so affordable. The bristles are so soft and the brush itself has a weight to it that you wouldn’t expect which makes it feel more luxurious. Now I really wanna try more brushes from this brand!

My only gripe is that it’s situated in the absolutely worst spots in all of the Wonderful World stores I’ve been to. It’s so difficult to reach the brushes since they’re pretty much on the floor. I really hope that they relocate them!

  • Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Naked

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Similarly to the brush mentioned above, Milani’s lipstick also resembles that of a luxurious brand. With it’s gold, not cheap-y packaging and contrasting affordable price tag at around $50 something dollars in Wonderful World. It swatched really nicely but it seems like a colour that I’d have to work with as it may be a bit light for me.


This bring us to the end of this small haul. Hope you all enjoy and per usual, let me know if you’ve tried these products and what are y’all thoughts!

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Review: Up your make-up removal game with this product!

Was that too click-baity?

From the moment I’ve started using makeup removal oils, MAC’s Cleanse off oil was all that I used. I randomly decided to try it out, one day at the MAC counter. I was so impressed. With only just a few pumps, it melts off makeup in a couple of seconds. Whether it was light makeup, medium- full coverage, waterproof mascara and none other than the headache that is liquid lipstick. That ish dissolved EVERYTHING. However, the one con was that it was pricey, my God. I don’t mind spending money on something that is of great quality and actually does its job. But dammnn, that wasn’t something I could consistently purchase, seeing that both my Mom and I use so it finishes even quicker.

Now, let me stop rambling on about MAC’s Cleanse off oil, which I still love, and get to the good stuff. Fast forward to a couple of months ago to an unplanned day at Starlite Pharmacy in Maraval. One of my fave places in Trinidad; they also take most of my money. Anyway, I knew I needed a new bottle of cleanse off oil but (1) I couldn’t make it to MAC and (2) I was finding it too hard to pay that price. Oh what a dilemma. I was scouring through the aisles in Starlite to see if another brand there carried something similar. I noticed something from Neutrogena but I hadn’t heard reviews so I was a bit skeptical. However, my Mom went ahead and pumped this oil that wasn’t a sample, mind you, onto her hands. I hope no one who works there reads this haha. I’m assuming no safety lock was on so it was quite easy. Just like that, the makeup that was on her hands (actual tester makeup) completely wiped off. To top it off, it smelled soo good, kinda citrusy. That’s when I discovered the wonder that is “Neutrogena’s Ultra Light Cleansing Oil”.

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I will conclude by saying that it performed just like MAC’s; it removed a full face of makeup and most importantly, liquid lipstick. No residue remains as compared to the MAC that has some residue. It never broke me out though my skin is sometimes sensitive and the scent neither bothers me nor irritates my skin. I’ve also never had any issues with the packaging i.e. the pump breaking/ malfunctioning. I should add to this by saying that I do follow-up with a cleanser after and sometimes, micellar water (if need be). 

All in all, it’s a fantastic and affordable product. I obviously purchased mine here at Starlite Pharmacy for roughly $70 something TT dollars. I haven’t seen it at Pennywise but I’ve heard it’s at Superpharm, haven’t confirmed that as yet. For everyone else, you can get the 4.0 oz bottle off Ulta’s website for $8.99 US dollars or Amazon for $7.73 US (4.0 oz) and $7.42 (4.5 oz ).

I hope you all found this post to be informative. I know everyone’s skin is different so my experience may not be similar to yours. But if you do try it, let me know how it goes.

Till next time…

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Small Affordable Haul

How is it you can have a crapload of lippies but still feel like it’s just not enough? 😩 Should I have renamed this to Diaries of a Chronic Lip Hoarder? 

On my little bender, these were the products I picked up. They were also pretty affordable so I don’t feel that guilty. 

  • SACHA Cosmetics Intense Matte Lip Velvet ($56 TT dollars at SACHA Image Centre)- I’ve been eye-ing this shade for a while now. It’s definitely not what the pictures show nor is it like the swatches. I have the trickiest time with SACHA’s liquid lipstick as the consistency is that of a true liquid lipstick which means they do get pretty dry. I’ve worn this once and I find the application to be patchy and my pigmented lips show through 😭. I’m still gonna play around with it to see how I can get it to work for me. 
  • LA Colors Pout Lipgloss Matte ($12 TT dollars at Wonderful World)- This must have been the cheapest ‘liquid lipstick’ ever! Also, what’s up with LA Colors & LA Girl’s ‘lipgloss mattes’?! I swear they are trippy as hell. Anyway, I asked one of the girls if this is as sticky as the LA Girl’s and she said yes but from the search it didn’t really feel sticky. I’ve yet to try it on so time will tell. I completely fell in love with this colour. So much that I didn’t even look at the others. 😂
  • Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream ($68 TT dollars at WW)- Believe me when I say the hype that surrounds this product is hands down the truth! 🙌 The colour, pigmentation, longevity! Everything about this is down right perfection! I wore it today and had curry and there was still lip product after… not BHL, surprisingly. It’s one of my new fave liquid lippie formula, that’s for sure. I’m ecstatic that Trinidad finally got these! Unfortunately, they’re gonna be sold out everywhere soon. Let’s hope I can get a hold of a couple more colours. 
  • NYX Butter Lip Goss in Angel Food Cake ($40 TT dollars at WW)- In the slew of all things liquid lipsticks, I’m not sure what possessed me to get a gloss. I already owned the shade Strawberry Parfait and from the swatches, I really liked this colour. For a person who isn’t a die- hard of glosses, I really enjoy these as they are comfortable, not sticky and smells delicioso! 

 

Ignore the sloppy application to the side, I was in a rush 😥

 


Moving away from the lippie binge, I also got a new mascara:


I wasn’t head over heels with the original mascara. In other words, I liked it but didn’t really love it. I wore this once so far and the formula is slightly wet. I’m not sure if it will dry down. I shall keep you guys posted. It really made my light lashes stand out but it had the tendency to get a bit clumpy. Again, only used it once so maybe I’ll come around to it.


That’s a wrap for this haul, guys. Have you tried any of these? I wanna know what are your go- to shades! 😊

✨ BECCA x Jaclyn Hill- Champagne Collection Face Palette ✨

Hello Lovelies 🌷 

Everyone and their mother knows about this collab and also the controversy that surrounds it. From the moment I saw a picture of this face palette, I knew I had to have it! I think it’s such a great investment though it’s limited edition. 


The palette comprises of 3 blushes and 2 highlights; the ever famous and sought after highlighter, Champagne Pop and a brand new highlighter, Prosecco Pop. Champagne Pop is exactly what it is a universe champagne highlight and Prosecco Pop is a lovely golden highlight. The blushes are Rosé Spritz, Amaretto and Pamplemousse. Rosé is coral-y peach, Amaretto is matte brown and Pamplemousse is such a bright pink blush.


  


All in all, I really love this palette. The entire palette is suitable for all skin tones. The gorgeous packaging is just an added luxurious bonus. 

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Did any of you all get any items from this collab? 

💄 Ofra Cosmetics Haul 💄

Hello lovelies 🌸

Recently I made a purchase on the Ofra Cosmetics website since I had a discount from the Shades of Romance collection. Despite the long list I compiled, I curbed myself and only got 3. Yay me, anyone? Lol.


Ofra’s Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks are in my top fave liquid lippies list. They’re so comfortable on the lips and pigmented. As mentioned in my ‘Liquid lipsticks Rundown’, these smell so delicious! Anyway, let’s get into a couple swatches, shall we?


So far, I’ve only worn Charmed by Youtuber Manny and it’s such a pretty nude on my complexion. Manhattan is unlike anything I have which is why I decided to get it; it’s mauve-y with a tinge of purple. I’ll be sure do a lippie of the day when I do wear it. Finally, Cancun is gonna be the ultimate Summer shade. It’s such a beautiful, vibrant, fuchsia pink and one of Ofra’s newer shades in their line.

Although these colours differ from my other lippies, I’m thinking about doing some comparison swatches. What do you all think? Also, let me know what are your favourite Ofra lippies down below! 😘

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glowkit in Gleam

Hello Lovelies,

It’s been a while, again. Things have been quite hectic but in between all of the chaos, I managed to finally pick the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glowkit in Gleam (*cue cheers*).

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Highlighters have been all the rage as of recently and I tried to not carried away but it caught on and now all I wanna do is acquire more highlighters. I’ve been trying to cool it down with the lippies but this just might be my new addiction. HELPP.   

Initially, I thought I wanted “That Glow” since it was more suited for medium to dark skintones but from looking at swatches, I noticed that the colours were too similar. The shades in “Gleam”, however, were all different hence I thought I would get more use out of this palette. The Glowkits comprise of 4 highlight shades housed in a pretty substantial palette. I was quite surprised by the weight of this palette, it was actually heavier than my PB&J palette. The size of the pans are quite large, they can also be removed and placed in Z Palettes. The colours are smooth and pigmented. Most of all, they aren’t shimmery with any sort of chunky glitter and they don’t just lay over your makeup. Additionally, it’s great and convenient that you can mix the colours to create your own highlight and it won’t look cray. The only peeve for me is that they didn’t put a mirror since there was room for one.

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Did you pick up any of the Glowkits or are you planning on picking up the Summer Glowkit? Let me know what are your thoughts down below!

Too Faced Peanut Butter + Jelly Palette Look 

Happy May Lovelies 🌸

I finally used the delicious PB+J palette last weekend and boy does it deliver! I’m completely impressed. Yes, I did do an entire review with swatches but I didn’t actually put it on my eyelids (which makes a difference). 

The pigmentation is fantastic, I don’t recall fallout and it blends like a dream! Having owned another Too Faced palette, I can say that this is different. They have definitely stepped up their game. I do love the other palette but the shades aren’t quite consistent, in terms of the quality.

Below is a look I attempted. Side note; I’m no pro at makeup, I just enjoy it.  

  
 

Shades used: 

Peanut Brittle on the lid- this colour is gorgeous and perfection, possibly my favourite so far.

Peanut Butter blended in the crease.

Jammin smudged in the lower lash line.

Bananas in the inner corner.

I also dabbed a bit of one of the darker bronze shades in the Carli Bybel palette in the outter corner but it isn’t showing up.

As for the inner waterline, I used Maybelline’s gel liner in Striking Copper, as mentioned in my previous post. In real life, the liner is most definitely ‘striking’. 

Also, mascara is Voluminous Butterfly by  L’oreal and on the brows are NYX’s Micro Brow Pencil in Espresso and Maybelline’s Brow Drama in Deep Brown. 

  
MAC’s Format blush and the 2nd highlighter in the Carli Bybel palette. 

  

Lips: NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi.