Price: £6.99 * Buy At: Superdrug (UK) * Size: 11 mL
The Max Factor Mega Volume Mascara comes in a bright green tube. It has a natural bristle wand that pinches in the middle, giving it an hourglass shape. I am not crazy about the shape of the wand, I feel that it makes application a bit more difficult than with other wands. Despite the wand, the mascara does give a nice look to the lashes. It doesn’t give crazy drama to the lashes, especially since I have the black brown shade, but definitely adds some nice definition. I haven’t had any issues with the mascara smudging or flaking off throughout wear.
Price: $5 * Buy At: ColourPop Website * Size: 0.07 oz
The ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Flipper is a super shimmery light peach shadow.
The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows come in a small white pot with a clear lid that screws on. The shadows have an interesting texture that feels like a powder, but squishes down like a cream. This formula allows for shadows like Flipper to have a very pretty glossy, shimmery finish. This color is so pretty, and unique. It has a finish that could not be achieved with a typical powder shadow. Despite the semi creamy texture, Flipper lasted all day on my lids without creasing or fading, which is pretty impressive. I really like the finish and pigmentation of Flipper, and want to try out more metallic shadows from ColourPop.
How To | Step by Step
I started off by priming my lids with the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. All over the crease, as a transition shade, I used M5 from the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, which is a light matte taupe. To further add to the crease, I also applied M2 from the same palette, which is a medium matte brown.
Just right in the crease, I applied M1, a matte dark brown. I didn't blend the color up too high, I just wanted it to be focused right in the crease. I went back in with a fluffy blending brush to blend out all three crease shadows. I also lightly applied the dark brown on the lids as a base for the shimmer.
I applied a bit of M1 right below the waterline on the outer half of my eyes, and blended out the color using M2.
All over the lids and lashline, I applied S1, a very shimmery dark brown. On the centers of the lids, I also used a bit of S3, a shimmery light gold.
To highlight the browbone, I used M4, matte ivory. For the inner corners, I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold. I applied a bit of S3 on top to set it and add a bit of sparkle.
I applied the Nyx Wonder Pencil in Light on the waterline and used the L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black and the Wet n Wild Mega Volume Mascara on the top and bottom lashes.
Price: $6 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 8 mL
The Nyx Intense Butter Gloss in Banana Split is a bright peachy orange with a cream finish.
The Nyx Intense Butter Glosses come with a classic doe foot applicator. They have very intense color payoff, making them more like a liquid lipstick than a gloss. However, they still maintain the shiny finish of a lipgloss. The formula is quite similar to the original Butter Glosses, but I prefer the original ones just a little bit more. Banana Split is comfortable on the lips; it has a medium thickness and is not sticky. Since it is a gloss, it's not a super long lasting lip product, so I would keep it on hand for reapplication throughout the day.
Price: $45 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 0.84 oz
The Too Faced Stardust by Vegas Nay set comes with a twelve shadow palette, a deluxe sized Better Than Sex Mascara, a deluxe sized Shadow Insurance primer and a loose glitter in the shade Nude Beam.
I was not all that interested in this palette when I saw it online, but once I swatched the shadows in store I knew I had to have it. The palette is kind of big, but it is very thin so it still could be a travel friendly option, although it does not have a mirror. The color selection of the palette is very pretty and the warm tones are gorgeous for fall. Using just this palette alone you could create many neutral, dramatic or even colorful eye makeup looks. I tend to use the top six shades the most often, but I have enjoyed using the bottom six as well. All twelve shadows have really good pigmentation, and they have a smooth texture without being too soft or powdery. The loose glitter isn't super noticeable, on my skin tone it just adds a bit of shimmer, and not much color payoff. It could work nicely to layer over any of the shadows in the palette. For a twelve shadow palette, it's inexpensive (as far as high end goes) and you get three pretty nice bonus items.
How To | Step by Step
After priming with the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, I applied Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie with the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush.
To deepen up the crease a bit, I applied a bit of Rain from the Stila In The Know Palette and blended it in with Peach Smoothie.
All over the lids, I applied the Nyx Prismatic Shadow in Frostbite. In the inner corners, I used the Sephora Nano Liner in Pure White as a base and applied Frostbite in the inner corners as well.
To balance out the look, I applied a bit more of Rain to the lower lashline, using the pencil brush from Zoeva.
I thinly lined my eyes using the Essence Super Fine Liner Pen, and applied the Sephora Nano Liner on my waterline. You could also use a black liner in the waterline for a more night time look.
To finish off, I curled my lashes and applied the Wet N Wild Mega Volume and the Maybelline the Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara to both my top and bottom lashes.
Price: $5 * Buy At: ColourPop Website * Size: 1 g
The ColourPop Lippie Stix in Polliwog is a warm tan nude with a cream finish.
The ColourPop Lippie Stix come in a long, white, twist-up tube with the product’s color on the end. Polliwog has a very smooth, creamy formula that feels slightly balmy on the lips. This makes it comfortable on the lips and it's easy to reapply without a mirror since the formula is a bit balmy. It has a somewhat glossy finish, especially for a lipstick. I typically really like brown and tan nude lip colors, but for some reason I feel that Polliwog just looks kind of odd on me. I would probably pair it with another color or a lip liner to make it more flattering on my skin tone.