Shop My Stash: ColourPop lippie stix

Hi my loves! Sorry for the extended delay in getting this post out, I miscalculated how many posts I had scheduled and between that and extending my trip by three weeks, I totally didn’t realize I had this post that wasn’t up yet! Obviously, I took these pictures before I left the US, but it’s my last pre-taken post. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to come up with a few more posts that I can photograph here to post before I go back to the US, since I only have two weeks left, but if I do, you guys will be the first to know!


I first heard of ColourPop through my ex, who told me all about this awesome indie company with affordable, great quality lipsticks. I placed my first order almost a year ago, and I’ve been obsessed ever since! A few of the lipsticks I’ve gotten have been a miss, so they’ve been passed on to my sister or other friends, so these are the ones who made the cut!


First, let’s start with nudes. From left to right, we have: Topanga, Peppermint, Cookie, Frida, Bound, and Lumière.


Up next, we have the reds. From left to right, we have: LBB, Bichette, Ellarie, Dazed, Bossy, Frenchie and Clique.


And lastly, we have the purples and pinks! From left to right, we have: Flawless, Heart On, Scandy, I <3 This, Punky, Trixie, Toucan and Fetch. (I think.)

Let me tell you, figuring out the swatches for some of these was the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a while because I was dumb enough to not take a picture of the lippies in the order I swatched them where I could clearly see the name, and a lot of these are really similar in color, so it took everything in me to get it right (and I still might have messed up some).

Hope you guys enjoyed the post! Do you have any ColourPop lippie stix? Which one’s your favorite?



Shop My Stash: my highlighter collection

Hello my friends! Sorry this post comes so late in the day but I was too busy watching Agents of SHIELD all day to get my ass off the couch and write this. So basically, I have no excuses. (Do any of you watch it? I’m about halfway through season two and I am DYING!)


For my second installment of “Shop My Stash,” I wanted to talk about my newest favorite product: HIGHLIGHTER! I’ve definitely collected a lot of these considering I got my first ever highlighter in my June Boxycharm… consider me addicted! Here is everything in my precious and beautiful highlighter collection, are you guys ready to hear all about them?


Let’s start with some of my newest babies and what I’d been eagerly waiting to get my hands on, theBalm’s Mary-Lou and Cindy-Lou Manizers! I first found out about the Mary-Lou Manizer from my ex and even though I was quite young and naive and didn’t exactly get highlighters (this was way back when in 2014), I fell in love with this shimmery and shiny compact of beauty (and especially the packaging)! So I caved and bought it on Birchbox using points I’d accumulated and I’ve got to say, I’m extremely glad I did!


Here we have Cindy-Lou on the bottom and Mary-Lou on the top. As you can probably gather from the swatches, Mary-Lou is much more shimmery than Cindy-Lou, but I love Cindy-Lou nonetheless! Mary-Lou is more of a honey-hued highlight and is quite shiny, whereas Cindy-Lou is a more subtle peachy pink highlight (and blush). What can I say? I love those Manizer sisters! Too bad Betty is way too dark for me or I would have it already.


Up next is one of the most talked about highlighters of the year: Jaclyn Hill’s collaboration with BECCA Cosmetics, AKA Champagne Pop, AKA the most beautiful thing I’ve ever put on my face! I was anxiously awaiting the end of my first ever no buy to get my hands on this baby, and boy, am I glad I did! It’s the softest, most beautiful, most perfect thing I’ve ever touched and I don’t regret those 38 dollars EVER.


Champagne Pop is described as a soft white gold with pinky peach undertones and while it’s beautiful and I absolutely love it, I’m not sure how this would suit anyone who’s extremely pale. Any ghostly pale people out there who have tried it and want to chime in? I tend to be able to get away with stuff that might not be suited for my skin tone because of my freckles so I really can’t say! Regardless, the quality of this is magnificent and if you haven’t tried one of these babies, I would recommend it!


Up next, we have all the highlighters I’ve received from beauty boxes (coincidentally, none of these are powder. First, we have the So Susan Statement Skin highlighting crayon, The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew highlighting cream, and the too cool for school Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion highlighter in #2 Baby Pink Clam.


From left to right, we have So Susan, The Beauty Crop, and too cool for school. These are beautiful highlighters but I haven’t had a chance to use them much, especially once I got Champagne Pop and Mary-Lou Manizer. I’ve used the So Susan one a lot and I like how it applies and it’s not hard to bend, but I feel like as far as lasting powers go, it doesn’t have much of that, but then again, I’ve only used it a handful of times and most of those times I was outside in Florida in the summer and naturally quite sweaty.


And last, we have the ColourPop Super Shock Cheek highlighters in the colors Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon, Smokin’ Whistles and Wisp. These highlighters are absolutely FANTASTIC and so incredibly pigmented, but they’re all fairly new acquisitions so I haven’t had a chance to try them yet!

IMG_0520From top to bottom, we have Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon, Smokin’ Whistles and Wisp. I also bought Butterfly Beach when I purchased Wisp, but it was way too dark on me and looked more like I tried to highlight my face with bronzer, so I passed it on to my sister who tans quite easily and will get more use out of it than I would, since I tend to avoid sun contact (which in Florida, is pretty damn hard).

Wisp even looks alarmingly dark next to all the other ColourPop shades next to it, but I tried it on as I was taking these pictures to see if I could actually pull it off and it looks quite nice on! If I get too pale for it during the “winter,” my cousins are more tan than I am, so they’d probably appreciate it too.

So there we have it! My entire highlighter collection. Feel free to let me know what you thought in the comments below and tell me if you’ve tried any of these before or what your holy grail highlighter is!


ColourPop haul + November No Buy

Hi guys! Isn’t that title just wonderful? A little bit contradictory, I know, but bear with me here. The reason I went on a no buy was because of this very same ColourPop haul, which is another prime example of me having no self-control whatsoever. Who’s surprised? Not me.

Same no buy rules as always! No purchasing of any beauty or skincare items other than to restock essentials (which will really only be cotton pads and makeup wipes because I’m stocked up on everything else). This no buy is technically only until November 19, but I started it less than halfway through October, so that should make up for it, right? Why November 19? Because that’s my birthday! And I’ll definitely be getting myself a few goodies for a birthday haul.

Anyway, let’s move on to what you’re really here to see… The haul!


Isn’t it just so beautiful? Doesn’t it just make you so happy to look at? Nothing better than a good ol’ ColourPop haul! By now you guys know that I can’t resist giving them all my money and I’m a fervent believer in their makeup. Their lip products rank high on my list of top lip products and I’m a very big fan of their eye shadows and highlighters, too!

All in all, in this haul I got four highlighters, two eye shadows, two lippie stix, and one ultra matte lip. Let’s move on to what I got, shall we?


Starting with my favorite thing in the world: lipstick! This time around, I got the More Better Ultra Matte Lip, the Bound Lippie Stix, and the Dazed Lippie Stix. Here you can see the swatches from bottom to top. Dazed is a matte finish, while Bound is a glossy finish, which I think you can kinda tell in the photo. More Better is obviously matte, but I was too impatient to wait for it to try (plus it was hot out) so you can’t really tell in the photo.

More Better is described as a deep violet wine and is exactly the kind of color I’ve been craving to get my hands on the last few weeks! It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to try it on. Bound is described as light nude pink, and you might remember that I purchased the lip pencil a few weeks ago, which is a bit darker than this, but I can’t wait to see how they look together! Lastly, Dazed is described as a berry red, and while I know the last thing I needed is more red lipstick, I couldn’t help myself!


Up next, we’ve got some beautiful shiny shimmery highlighters! Ooooh I love these SO MUCH! From left to right, we have Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon and Smokin’ Whistles.


Top to bottom: Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon, Smokin’ Whistles.

Stole the Show is described as a “light cool-toned gold with luminous flashes of pink, silver and gold.” The first one they sent me had a bumpy ride and showed up broken, so I had to get a replacement, but ColourPop was absolutely fantastic and replaced everything, no questions asked!

Lunch Money is described as a “soft light gold with a reflective golden duo chrome finish.” It looks absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to try it!

Spoon is described as a “light silver champagne with multi-dimensional silver flecks.” If you follow the girls from dupethat on instagram, chances are you’ve seen Spoon on their page multiple times. It’s a total case of “blogger made me buy it!”

Lastly, Smokin’ Whistles is described as a “cool-toned pink champagne with silver highlights.” Both this one and Spoon remind me a bit of Mary-Lou Manizer, so I’ll be comparing those ASAP to see if they’re a dupe!


And for the last part of this shebang, we have two beautiful eye shadows. Technically, one of them isn’t actually new. I bought So Quiche (on the right) ages ago when I first ordered ColourPop eye shadows, but it came broken and I never thought to ask for a replacement. When the highlighter came broken in my last order, I asked ColourPop if they’d replace the eye shadow as well, and they did! So nice of them.


Here we have Boy Band on the top and So Quiche on the bottom. Boy Band is described as an intense red copper and boy, does it live up to the expectations. This color screams fall and I’m so psyched to put it on my eyes! So Quiche is described as a “soft olive with a highly reflective gold and pink violet glittery duo chrome metallic finish.” Ain’t that a mouthful? It’s a very unique color and definitely hard to describe!

So that’s it for my haul! That was a long one, wow. Before I leave you, just a quick life update: I know I said just last week I’d be writing posts three times a week, but one of my cousins is coming to visit so I won’t have time for another post till next week! Good news is I’ll have another haul and lots of reviews for you next week, so stay tuned!


Lipstick 101: a lesson for lipstick newbies

Hello my loves! The other day, my friend Maggie texted me asking if I could write a post on here talking about the differences between lipstick finishes, lip liners, lip crayons, liquid and tube lipstick, etc. Since I do consider myself to be fairly well-versed in the world of lipstick, how could I say no?

Let’s start with talking about the two most popular forms of lipstick: liquid vs. tube lipstick. Tube lipstick is what you traditionally think of as lipstick, a little tube with a cap that you turn to get the product and apply straight to your lips. Pictured here is a Sephora Rouge Cream lipstick in the color Hot Tango. I bought this in 2013 and it was one of my first ever Sephora purchases and I’ve loved it since! It’s a perfect red with a little pink in it and what I would describe as a satin finish — but we’ll get to that later.


Next we have a liquid lipstick. This form of lipstick has been all the rage in the makeup world lately, and pictured here is one of the most popular liquid lipsticks: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the color Underage Red. With a doe foot applicator, liquid lipstick looks like what we might remember as lipgloss from our younger years, but in reality is quite different. This one in particular is a bright cool-toned red that dries to matte and is about as long-wearing as they come.


What else is there besides liquid and classic lipstick? Oh, so much more. Here we have a lip crayon from J.Cat Beauty in the color Red Rose. Lip crayons can be worn on their own or under lipstick, much like their slimmer cousin the lip liner. This particular color is a great red with cool undertones that would go great with either lipstick we’ve talked about so far.

Up next we’ve got the slimmer cousin of the lip crayon, the lip liner. This one is a City Color City Chic lip liner in the color Ruby. Lip liners are typically worn under lipstick to define the lip shape as well as extend the longevity of the lipstick you wear. They’re great partners to go with your favorite lipstick, because they can really enhance and even slightly alter the lipstick, and you can mix and match lipstick and lip liners and come up with some great combinations!

So that’s what we’ve got for different type of lip products. I didn’t include lip gloss or lip stains because those are fairly self-explanatory (and also I don’t own many). Let’s move on to finishes, then!


First, let’s start with one of the most popular (and my favorite): matte finishes. For a lipstick to be matte means that once applied and dry, there’s no shine or glossiness to the lipstick. It’s a great classic look and super pigmented, but it doesn’t come without its downside. Mainly, the dryness. For your lips to be as pigmented and matte as they are with matte lipstick on, they tend to be extremely drying. Therefore, it’s really important to moisturize and prime your lips before applying matte lipstick.


Top to bottom: Lumière (matte), Fetch (satin), Go Fish (hyper glossy).

These are three examples of matte lipstick: first, we have Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Underage Red (pictured above), which may seem familiar since we just discussed it above in the types of lipsticks section of this post. Next, we have MAC Ruby Woo (pictured below), which is possibly the most popular red lipstick (don’t quote me on this) but also the most drying as it has a Retro Matte finish (thanks MAC). Last, we have the lovely Lumière lippie stix from ColourPop.

Here we have a satin finish from ColourPop in the color Fetch. Satin finishes are great, because they’re just as pigmented as matte, but not nearly as drying, and definitely my second favorite after matte. They’re very moisturizing, very pigmented, very creamy, and very easy to wear. As you can see, they have a slight bit more shine to them than matte finishes.

Lastly, we have glossy/hyper glossy. This one is ColourPop in Go Fish and is much, much shinier than the one before. Glossy finishes are shinier, sometimes not as pigmented as matte or satin, and much stickier depending on the formula. When you wear glossy finishes, it’s almost as if you’re wearing lipgloss on top to give your lips that shine. They’re my least favorite (and I actually had to go get this particular one out of my sister’s bathroom because I got rid of all my glossy finishes).

Top to bottom: Ruby Woo (retro matte), Velvet Teddy (matte), Impassioned (amplified).

Top to bottom: Ruby Woo (retro matte), Velvet Teddy (matte), Impassioned (amplified).

As an addendum, I thought I would talk really quickly about MAC finishes. We already talked about different matte finishes and here we have two of them in MAC form: Ruby Woo and Velvet Teddy. As a retro matte, Ruby Woo is much more drying and more obviously matte than Velvet Teddy, but they’re both still fairly matte. Then we have Impassioned, which is an amplified finish. What that means it that it’s very pigmented but also moisturizing with a little bit of shine to it. These are the only kind of MAC finishes I have, but let’s run through the rest really quick.

Satin finishes are, much like we mentioned above, quite pigmented but not drying like matte finishes with a little bit of shine to them. Amplified creme are long-lasting, creamy, pigmented and glossier. Cremesheen are creamier, not quite as long-lasting, but very comfortable on the lips. Cremesheen pearl are very similar to cremesheen, but with a frostier finish. Lustre are sheer coverage, not long-lasting, and glossy. Frost are very shimmery, fairly pigmented but not the most long-lasting. And lastly, glaze finishes are sheer, with quite a bit of gloss, and probably the least long-lasting of all MAC finishes.

Wow, this got really long! I hope this was a good guide to everyone who is overwhelmed by all things lipstick. Let me know if you think I missed anything or if you have any questions in the comments!


ColourPop haul: Lippie Stix, Ultra Matte Lips and more!

Hello friends and welcome to the latest edition of “Valentina spends too much money on makeup.” Our special guest today is the up and coming brand ColourPop, which burst onto the scene earlier this year with five dollar lipsticks that give you the quality of something much more expensive, and has now become a staple in every beauty addict’s vanity! Let’s see what they have in store for us today…

Okay, anyway. As you can probably see, I may or may not have a slight problem where I spend too much money on makeup, but this is to be expected, right? That’s why I run a beauty blog! To be completely fair, I did give myself a budget and I waited patiently until my student loans came back so I could splurge on some new ColourPop goodies. I thought long and hard about what I wanted and I definitely think I made the right choices here. Let’s see what we got, shall we?


We’ll start with the product everyone’s been talking about: the Ultra Matte Lips. These liquid lipsticks come in 25 different shades and are only six dollars each. For that price, how could I resist picking some up? The shades here are Clueless, Tulle, Mars, and Bumble (from top to bottom).


And for some swatches, top to bottom: Clueless, Mars, Bumble and Tulle. I did my fair share of research when looking into which colors I wanted to buy and made sure I was 100% sure before I ordered. I found out when they got here that Clueless is extremely similar to the Sephora lip cream in Marvelous Mauve I recently purchased, only slightly lighter, but oh well. It looked way more pink on the site.


From left to right, we have: Toucan, Lumière, and Topanga (along with a lippie pencil in Bound that isn’t pictured here). These were also purchases I’ve been thinking about for a while and I tried really hard not to get anything I have something similar to already. Both Lumière and Topanga are beautiful shades for fall and well, I can never resist a bright lip, can I?


Left to right: Bound, Toucan, Lumière and Topanga. I was really excited to hear that Bound is apparently a good dupe for MAC’s Whirl, which I’ve heard wonders about. The only reason I didn’t buy it in lipstick form is because the glossy finish it comes in isn’t my favorite and I’d prefer to have it in a matte finish, which the pencil is. Toucan and Lumière are both matters, meanwhile Topanga is a satin finish, which is my second favorite after matte.


And lastly, two highlighters, because I couldn’t resist the temptation, and highlighters are my latest obsession! Here we have Butterfly Beach on the left and Wisp on the right. I’ll admit when I first opened the box, I was a bit scared at how dark they look in the pan, but once I swatched them, I was relieved to see they look absolutely beautiful on!


Top is Wisp and bottom is Butterfly Beach. I haven’t heard a lot about their highlighters but I trust ColourPop so I definitely can’t wait to give these a try!

And that’s it for today’s haul. What’d you guys think? What have you gotten from ColourPop so far? Let me know in the comments!