Huge Makeup Haul | Spring 2017


Hello, everyone! Who’s ready for a huge makeup haul? I was on a “no-buy” for most of winter, but once spring rolled around, like my fashion, it was time to change up my makeup look. Grab a snack, because I might have gone a bit overboard…but in the best way!


BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlight Palette: I typically do a lot of research on a palette before I buy it, but I really didn’t with this one. I had heard of it, and seen a few of Carli’s videos on YouTube, but had no plans to buy it. Then I saw it in Ulta and changed my mind quickly. I know she has since released a deluxe version of this palette, which includes a few more shadows and highlights, but if you’re after the original, Ulta is still carrying it. I know it is being discontinued, so once they are out of stock, they’ll be gone. If you love a natural makeup look and a palette that multitasks–this is for you. I can’t stop using it and it’s so affordable, you’d be crazy not to pick it up!


Pixi by Petra x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse: This has got to be one of my favorite skincare products at the moment. I’ve heard people all over YouTube talking about how great it is, so I ran out to Target to pick it up for myself. This will melt your makeup right off without stinging your eyes, and the cream cleanser leaves your skin feeling so hydrated. I can’t believe I ever took my makeup off without this!

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon: I’ve had a deep love for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen from a young age, and their Elizabeth and James line is no exception. I’ve tried all the perfumes they make, and while I love them all, Nirvana Bourbon has won me over. It has a deep, musky sort of smell with a slight feminine edge. It’s simply amazing and I feel great every time I put it on.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea: I have loved this product for quite some time, but I typically use the rose scent. To read my full review, check out My Skincare Essentials post.


Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Medium and Tan: This has got to be the most popular concealer in the world right now. I don’t know a single beauty guru who isn’t using this. I, of course, had to test it for myself, and holy moly does it deliver! This concealer is extremely full coverage–I’ve even seen people use it as foundation. Ok…I have too…on super lazy days. It does crease slightly on me but not near as much as concealers I’ve used in the past. I can’t do my makeup without this.

L.A. Girl Cosmetics HD Pro Concealer in Orange Corrector: I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this drugstore concealer, and now I truly understand why. If you are looking to color correct dark spots or circles, this is your guy. They have a full color range and other color correctors too if you have different problem areas, but for me, nothing has helped disguise dark spots and scars like this. I apply Tarte Shape Tape right on top after blending it out and the finish is gorgeous. Such a drugstore gem.


Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Smoky Storm: I’d been watching Jackie Aina rave about these eye shadows on her channel for weeks before I finally broke down and bought one. While I don’t use glitter in my everyday makeup routine, this is so beautiful if you’re looking for something to glam up your eyes. There are a ton of beautiful shades, and they have serious staying power. I was wary about a liquid eyeshadow but these dry down completely.

Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Frosted: Raise your hand if you’re tired of hearing me fangirl over KathleenLight. Everyone? Ok, sorry. But not really. I first saw Kathleen use this eye shadow on her channel and I was obsessed with the look she created. So, of course, I had to pick this gem up. I typically use my finger to apply the gel and pat it over the lid. It’s not a thick, chunky glitter, it’s much more subdued. I think it adds a lot of romance to any eye look, and even though it’s pricey, I would totally repurchase it.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Distortion and Midnight Cowboy: Have you ever hunted for buried treasure? No? Then you must not be looking for these eyeliners. These bad boys are elusive, and almost impossible to get ahold of in store or online–at least in the shades I want. So when I saw that Ulta had every shade in stock, I of course had to snatch a few up. I love these glitter liners so much! They are so fun and can be used so many different ways–as a liner, packed onto the lid as a glitter, or on the inner corner. They are the perfect night-out beauty product.


e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls: I was seeing this highlighter all over YouTube and I figured for the price I had to give it a try. The rumors are true, you really do need to scratch the top layer of the powder off if you want it to really work. It’s a beautiful drugstore highlight, but my biggest problem with it is the that you have to technically damage the product to get it working. This is something that everyone seems to know about it, and yet e.l.f. doesn’t appear to be working to change it. Other than that, if you’re looking for an affordable glow, this is it.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights: I always walk past this UK drugstore brand whenever I’m in Ulta, but I’d never really taken the time to have a look. I decided on a highlighter 1) because I have an addiction, and 2) because I love a baked highlight. This did not disappoint. The color is absolutely beautiful and you can really build it up for a blinding glow. I would highly recommend this!


Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife: This was my first Huda Beauty purchase and I’m so pleased with the product! First of all, the color is absolutely stunning, and the formula is so comfortable. I love that I can count on it to stay on my lips all day without drying them out. While it is a little on the pricey side, I would definitely purchase this again!

bareMinerals Gen Nude  Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Icon: I have wanted to try the Gen Nudes collection for ages! I’m a long time lover of bareMinerals and I was so excited to find out they created a liquid lipstick line. I got mine during the Ulta sale this year, so the colors were pretty picked through. Icon would not have been my first color choice, but I wanted to try the formula. I do love how lightweight it is, but I found that I had to reapply it multiple times. Maybe it’s because the color is fairly light on me, I’m not sure. I would consider trying a deeper shade, but sadly, these aren’t my favorite liquid lip.


ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Aquarius, Finders Keepers, and Weho: I really love the formula of ColourPop’s lip glosses. It’s so hard to find a good gloss, especially one that isn’t sticky or gloppy. While I do own some of their sheer glosses, I prefer to use the cream formula. The color pay off is beautiful and I love to top my liquid lipsticks with them. Go get you some!


ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip in Doozy and Zuma: I really appreciate that ColourPop turned the blotted lip formula into a liquid, but I can’t say I love it as much as the original. While I do love that it dries down matte, I think it has greater potential to get streaky. I do love the colors they have though, and I think I’ll embrace the “popsicle lip” once summer is in full swing.

ColourPop Blotted Lip in Drip and Candyfloss: These lipsticks have quickly become my most used lip products. I honestly wasn’t expecting much when I ordered them, but if ColourPop comes out with a new formula, I have to at least give it a try. These are so moisturizing on the lips! They aren’t transfer-proof, but for me that’s not a huge issue. The thing I love most about them is how buildable they are. You can go for the “blotted” look and apply a sheer layer or build it to full opacity. These are honestly my favorite ColourPop product ever. I said it! No going back now.


Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Khlo$: As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of the Kardashians, so obviously I had to include some Kylie products. Especially when she collaborated with my favorite sister, Khloe. I really love the shade Khlo$ because it’s a nude that works on multiple skin tones–and that’s something I struggle with a lot. I would say that on my skin tone, it works best to use a liner, but I could get away with not using one if necessary. I really love Kylie’s matte formula. It does get a bit dry towards the end of the day, but not nearly as much as other products I’ve used.

Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Candy K and Damn Gina: This was my first time trying Kylie’s glosses. I know there have been issues in the past with the applicator brush fraying, but it looks like she has fixed the problem. My brushes were all great, and the product is AMAZING. The glosses are not sticky at all and go on very opaque. I would say they are a cream formula rather than sheer, and they feel so good on the lips. I seriously can’t get enough.


What makeup products are you loving this spring? Let me know in the comments!


❤ Taylor ❤


My Eyeshadow Palette Collection


Hello, everybody! After taking a day off to battle a terrible head cold, I’m back! Today, I’m talking about eyeshadow palettes. These are some of the most hyped palettes on the market, and I was suckered into buying all of them. Do I regret any of my purchases? Read on to find out! And grab yourself a cuppa–it’s a long one.


Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette: This palette just had a huge relaunch and you better believe I finally got my hands on it. I spent months praying to the peach gods that Jerrod Blandino would bring this sweet smelling palette back, and finally he did. It’s worth the hype. It just is. I mean, it smells like peaches. That should be enough for you. The colors are beautiful and blend so easily. This palette suites all eye colors and skin tones and it will be perfect this spring and summer. Don’t sleep on this one though! They go fast.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette: This has been talked about for years now. Everyone knows and loves this palette in the makeup world. It smells like chocolate, it’s the perfect warm toned, everyday palette. You can create so many different looks. It’s a must have in every makeup collection. Enough said.

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Palette: Yes, there is a theme here. Most of Too Face’s shadows do have a scent, and this palette smells like peanut butter. When I first saw this palette, I knew it would be a favorite of mine. It has the most gorgeous warm brown transition colors, and the most amazing rust red matte color I’ve ever seen. It’s everything I love in a palette. And it really is the perfect size for traveling. Above all, it’s so cute–how can you resist it?


Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: We all know how much hype this palette gets. Is it deserved? YES. Typically, I wouldn’t buy a palette with so many pink shades, but I try to push myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to makeup. And I’m so glad it did. These shadows are so so so buttery and pigmented. It’s in my top 5 most used palettes. You can create very bold or very simple looks with this, and I love having that versatility. I will say, if you’re into shimmer, you won’t find much here. The palette is primarily matte, but the few shimmers inside are outstanding. This one is a must, people.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario: I have been a fan of Mario Dedivanovic’s work for a few years now. Yes, he’s mostly know for his work with the Kardashians (who I also love unabashedly) but go and check out his Instagram–the guy is crazy talented. This palette is filled with beautiful, pigmented, and creamy shimmers, and the matte transitions are spectacular. Even cooler, each shadow is named after a woman or city that inspires Mario’s work. Coincidentally, my favorite color is “Kim.”


Urban Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette: This lovely palette was a recent purchase I made during the holiday season. It just so happened to be 50% off at Ulta (and we all know the Naked palettes are NEVER on sale), so I couldn’t resist. I typically use only warm toned shadows–I just think they suite my skin tone more. But lately, I’ve been wanting to experiment with cool tones to see what looks I can create. This palette is a must if you love a smoky eye. The colors are so beautiful and blend-able, I just can’t get enough. And BONUS–if you want to create a warmer look, you can do that with this palette too. Who doesn’t love versatility?

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette: This was indeed the first palette I ever purchased. The amount of research I did before settling on this palette is actually a bit embarrassing, but it’s still one of my favorites. If you love warm toned, bronzy shadows, this is the only palette you really need. You can create so many amazing looks with this. The only complaint I have is that on my darker skin, the transition shades are a bit ashy and cool toned looking. But if I had to do it over again, I’d still pick this palette every time.


Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Palette: Originally, this palette really wasn’t on my radar. I had heard good things about it, but it just didn’t stand out to me. Eventually my cousin convinced me that it was life changing, so I picked one up for myself. If you’re looking for a matte palette, this one’s for you. There are a few shimmer shades–which are stunning–but the mattes are what really won me over. I love the nude mattes for setting down my eye primer, and the dark brown and black mattes for creating a smoky eyeliner look. It’s great for travel. It’s great all-around.

Tarte Limited-Edition Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette: I first laid eyes on this beauty at Sephora. I was with my cousins and I had just told them to not let me buy anything. But then we all saw this palette and suddenly I was handing the nice lady my Sephora membership card at the checkout counter. Basically, I have no willpower. This palette, however, has become a staple in my makeup collection, and I ended up traveling with it all summer. It has everything you need, matte and shimmer shadows, blush, bronzer, and the most blinding highlighter you have ever seen. I especially love how much the bronzer and blush suite my darker skin tone. It is limited-edition, but I believe Tarte recently restocked the palette, so get it while you can!

Tarte Styled by Hrush Eye & Cheek Palette: If I’m being honest, I first discovered this palette on Kim Kardashian’s Snap Chat. She was on vacation with the Insta-famous makeup artist Hrush Achemyan and was demo-ing the palette. When I saw the shades in the palette, I knew I had to get my hands on it. This is my go to palette when I travel–I love that you can create multiple looks and that it comes with a full size blush, which is the most beautiful coral you’ve ever seen. This is also the palette I use when I’m creating a simple daytime makeup look. It’s just amazing, go pick one up for yourself.


Morphe KathleenLights Palette: As I mentioned in my Crazy for Nude Lips post, I’m obsessed with KathleenLights collaborations. Honestly, I can’t get enough. When she posted the first image of this palette on her Instagram, I know I had found my favorite palette EVER. And that’s saying something. The eyeshadows are super pigmented, apply seamlessly, and the colors are outstanding. She has everything you could ask for in a palette–cool tones, warm tones, transition colors, mattes, shimmers, even a pop of color. This is my ride or die palette for sure.

Studio Makeup  Cool Down Palette: I recently reviewed this palette in my November Boxycharm blog post. If you want to know more about it, clink the link!

Lorac Unzipped Gold Eye Shadow Palette: This was my second palette ever, and I remember how hyped I was for it. In hindsight, it’s certainly not as amazing as palettes I’ve bought since, but it still holds a special place in my heart. My biggest issue with this palette is that the matte colors are too dark to use as a transition. Get too heavy handed and your smoky eye can turn into a black eye. However, the shimmer shades in this palette are beautiful and very pigmented. If you’re an all-gold-everything kind of person, this palette is for you.

Pixie by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette: I received this palette in my Birchbox back in the spring. I had looked at the palette a few times in Target, but wasn’t sure if I needed it or not. To be honest, I don’t find myself reaching for this very often–not because it’s not beautiful–it is–but mostly because it doesn’t have a lighter transition color. And if you know me, you know I love a good transition. But if you like a very basic eyeshadow look, this palette would be perfect for you. And you can’t beat the price!

Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection Eyeshadow Palette: I also reviewed this palette previously in my December Boxycharm blog post. If you want to know what I thought, click the link!

What are your favorite eyeshadow palettes? Let me know in the comments!


❤ Taylor ❤

Crazy for Nude Lips


Hello, everybody! Happy 2017! After too much champagne and dancing, I’m back talking about my favorite makeup trend–nude lips. Wear them with a smoky eye, wear them with a bare face, these lipsticks are makeup chameleons. These are the lipsticks you can throw in your bag and reapply without a mirror. No harsh lines and no need for lip liner (though that’s never stopped me from lining!).


Narrowing my favorite nude lipsticks down to five was…challenging. There are so many that I absolutely love and find myself reaching for on a daily basis.But somehow I managed. Here’s what I came up with.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Hotline: I’m loving peachy nudes this season. ColourPop’s Matte X formula is my favorite of all their Lippie Stixs as it is so much more matte than their original “matte” formula. This lipstick is so creamy and wears so comfortably on the lips all day long. This color in particular is very natural looking and looks great with a dramatic or natural look. I can’t get enough.

Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Candy K: Yes, yes, I somehow managed to get my hands on the most sought after liquid lipstick in the land. It was like the Hunger Games trying to purchase it, but I survived. Yes, this lipstick has Kylie Jenner’s name on it, but that’s not what makes it amazing. It has great staying power and great pigmentation. And it smells like vanilla. What’s not to love?

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini: These liquid lipsticks are some of the most hyped up in the makeup  industry, and let me tell you–they are hyped for a reason. They smell like rootbeer, go on smoothly and last all day. This particular shade in the line is my all time favorite. It’s my perfect nude, and I’ll go ahead and say it–my favorite lipstick EVER. I’m talking desert island, can only bring one lipstick–it’s this one.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Alyssa: I’m a huge fan of KathleenLights and every collaboration she does. Her ColourPop collaborations are no exception. Originally I thought the shade Alyssa would be too light for me, but I was way off. This color suits so many different skin tones, and looks beautiful with or without lip liner. I like to darken mine with ColourPop’s BFF 3 liner. This color is great all year–especially in spring and summer.

Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in Kinky: I’m not usually a gloss girl. I believe very strongly in a matte lip. But this gloss from Urban Decay may have changed my mind. It’s buttery, not at all sticky, and so incredibly pigmented. Not to mention currently 50% off on their website (hint, hint). This is the only gloss I need in my life.


While these nude lipsticks are my personal favorites, there are so many more amazing colors from all of the companies I mentioned above. Do yourself a favor in 2017 and pick one–or twenty–up for yourself. Seriously. Do it.


What are your favorite nude lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!


❤ Taylor ❤