My Colourpop Collection (so far)

So I've had a week off work and thought I'd put my free time to good use and write a post talking about some Colourpop goodies I've picked up in the past month or so. Colourpop is starting to become my go to brand right now, if you know the brand then you'll know how inexpensive it is. It does make me wonder why some more expensive brands are pretty basic and boring with a higher price tag compared to Colourpop who produce fab quality stuff at a low price to suit everyone.

It's pretty expensive getting Colourpop shipped to the UK, with postage costs and custom fees on top it does add up and can end up costing a bomb. I much prefer buying my items off Depop from UK sellers that have had it shipped to them, yes the price does end up being a little higher than the converted RRP of the products but once you take the postage, customs & royal mail handling fees into consideration it's not that bad. I managed to bag some good deals on everything I own so far. 

When ordering directly from the website you will have to add 20% of the order total onto the checkout price and a £8.20 Royal Mail handling fee aswell.

Buying from sellers online can be dodgey but I always make sure the condition is good and that the seller has proof of postage from Colourpop aswell just to prove authenticity. It's a much cheaper way of getting some US products easily, you can find anything from Kylie Cosmetics to Wet and Wild on Depop but do make sure the seller is genuine and has lots of positive reviews to back them up aswell.


 

Eyeshadow Pallet

Eyeshadows are a fairly new release from Colourpop so I was interested to see how well they perfom compared to some of my favourites brands like Morphe and Anastasia Beverly Hills, both are from different ends of the price spectrum but both still amazing. 

The pallet I decided to give a go first was the Double Entendre pallet, packed full of warm neutrals and metallics which is my ideal colour pallet, placed nicely into rose gold packaging with the names of each shadow printed on the back of the box and on the pallet aswell.  I just can't stear away from these sort of tones.  

On first impressions I was surpised at the size of the pallet, I don't know why but I was expecting the pallet to be bigger than what it is. I was thinking the pans were going to be more Morphe size but in reality they are more comparable to MAC Cosmetic shadows but actually I don't mind the size, I prefer it because it is the perfect size to travel with and it's pretty hard to get through a whole pallet. I've had a Morphe pallet for a few years now, using one particular shade nearly every day and I've only just hit pan on it so size isn't the issue, especially with a low price point of $16. 

All the mattes, satins and metallics really pack a punch with pigment but with that comes fall out and kick up in the pallet. Not something I really mind but it can be messy. The formula blends nicely, they are rich and buttery and the colours work really well together but also work nicely with other pallets I have too. 

I'm a sucker for rose gold packaging so that makes me love the pallet even more.

Whether I want a simple neutral eye, or a more warm smokey look then this is the pallet I reach for. I would 100% recommend their shadows and already have the Dream St in collaboration with Kathleen Lights & the Give it to Me Straight pallet on my wishlist. 

 
$16 converted £11.41. 
I paid £18 including postage.






Lippie Stix

These Colourpop lippies are becoming some of my favourites in terms of formula and pigment, leaving me lusting after more in my collection. I even featured them in my latest Current Beauty Favourites post.

I have the shades Lumiere which was created by Kathleen Lights, one of my favs from Youtube, it's described as a dusty mauve rose but on me it has more of a purple/mauve tone but still very pretty and also Brink which caught my eye while browsing swatches one day, described as a terracotta rose. It's also my everyday go to shade right now. Both are very wearable, pigmented & comfortable and I think would suit every skin tone out there, very versatile.

When it comes to lipsticks I will always reach for a matte formula over any other, I think they suit me best and me being utterly lazy most of the time, I'd rather something that will stay put longer so I don't have to touch up a million times in a day or have to worry about product smearing all over my face with a creamy or glossy formula.

I can't fault how amazing Colourpop's matte formula feels & looks on me, they aren't that overly drying matte that makes you look like you need a pint of water or two. Very creamy, all their mattes are infused with shea butter, vitamin E, mango & avacado (this makes application a dream) but still stays put for a really long time, especially if I take time to prep my lips properly with a lip scrub and lip liner for extra wear time. 

I really love the sleek, simplistic packaging and the gorgeous cake scent makes application that little bit more enjoyable. I need to venture into more colours to add to my ever growing collection because these really are lovely and a stand out Colourpop product for me.  

All lippies are paraben & sulphate free. 
$5.50 each converted £3.92. Bargain.
I paid £5-£6 





Lippie Pencil

Just like the Lippie Stix formula, the lip pencils are just as creamy and comfortable to wear. They are meant to be sharpened which I kinda don't like, I much prefer retractable liners just because it's easier and no mess but that's the only down side I have. 

I have the colours, Brink which matches the lipstick mentioned above, the colour is exactly the same so not much to say about that one and also Bichette which is described as a deepened red but I find it more of a bold red/purple colour on my lips, still lovely & pairs well with every red lipstick I have. I don't wear reds TOO often, but when I do a red lipliner is a must to get the perfect outline so it doesn't look messy and uneven.

These create the best sharp lines without feathering and makes each lipstick last longer too, it feels weightless on the lips and the pigment is incredible so I can even get away with wearing these without anything on top. 

$5 each converted £3.57. 
I paid £5-£6

 






Blotted Lip

The blotted lip is my most recent purchase and I love just popping this on really quickly and chucking it in my bag for the day. These aren't as pigmented as the lippie stix, they are a sheer matte formula but there is by far enough pigment to get a even wash of colour to the lips. 

I have the colour Sucker which is described as a soft coral, and it is exactly that. Perfect for everyday and it is one I am reaching for more and more. You can apply very little for a subtle wash of colour or it is builadble for a more intense colour without looking or feeling heavy. 

It is matte in formula, I personally find it pulls at my lips a little when I apply it, I often use a lip balm before any matte lip though so it doesn't bother me. 

Throughout the day it can fade but it doesn't turn patchy or flakey on the lips, it leaves a lovely stain to the lips so I can get away without having to reapply in a hurry, but if I do want to reapply then it is so easy to pop back on and it doesn't turn heavy or chunky. I can't fault the blotted lips, I need more!

I find the blotted lips very comparable to the Glossier Generation G lipsticks in formula and packaging is quite similar too.

$5 converted £3.57. 
I paid £6 including postage.






Super Shock Highlights

Colourpop's highlights have always been my most wanted product for sooo long and I am so pleased I finally have some in my collection to play with. Again, Kathleen Lights is the one who made me want to try these so bad & you can also find them mentioned in my Current Beauty Favourites post.

I am quite fair and struggle to find highlighters that suit my skintone without leaving streaks on my skin or looks too dark, I also don't like overly blinding highlighters either. I have the shades Smoke N Whistles & Lunch Money. Both are quite similar in colour but Smoke N Whistles has a slight more pink tone to it compared to Lunch Money which is a little bit more champagne.

If you don't like glittery highlighters and prefer a sheen to the skin then this is the product for you. The formula is so strange though, its like a powder but cream at the same time? Really moussey and buttery in consistancy which I haven't tried before in a highlight. 

With application I prefer using a Beauty Blender to apply to my cheeks for a sheer, everyday glow but if you want a little bit more intensity then using a dense brush or your fingers is a great way to build it up. If you want an even more blinding glow and to be 'seen from space' like they say, then this works really well with a powder highlight applied on top for high impact. 

The formula doesn't interfer with my base and is just naturally stunning on the cheeks, finally I've found my go to highlighter that suits me perfectly! Mixing them both together looks really pretty on the skin too.


$8 converted £5.71 
I paid £5-£8 including postage.






My Colourpop collection is forever growing these days and I'm excited to try more from their range, especially their new LUX lipsticks.. They look stunning!



Have you tried Colourpop before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.


Thanks for reading,














Current Beauty Favourites | February 2018

Hey guys! Me again. Yet again I have been a rubbish blogger and haven't published a blog post in a couple of months but I am back and ready to tell you all some of my favourite beauty products I have been loving lately. 

It took me ages to cut down my big ol' list of product loves but some how I managed to slim it down abit.

Keep on reading to hear about some of my favourites from the past couple of months..






Colourpop Brink Lippie Stix & Lippie Pencil


I've had the Brink Lippie Stix from Colourpop in my collection for a while now but as a beauty lover I am forever buying new stuff and neglecting the old ones I already own, which is already enough for one person to have! I just can't help myself, I'm not the only one though right

I dug it out of my stash and fell back in love, so much so I have ordered more Colourpop goodies from eyeshadow pallets to highlighters. I will have a whole haul post about that abit later so keep an eye out for that one.

The formula is creamy but matte. Not drying at all and I have to say, the staying power of these guys are pretty amazing. So comfortable and the pigment is spot on. Glides on smoothly and even when the formula does start to fade throughout the day, it looks great. None of that flakey, patchy mess we all hate. 

The colour differs from person to person but on me it's a gorgeous rosey, mauve shade, perfect for everyday wear.

As for the lip liner to go along with the lippie, again it is very creamy and helps the formula last even longer. I think the pencil helps to make the lippie stix look alot nicer when it's faded too. 

Retails for $5.50/$5 converted £3.90/£3.55





 
Nars Soft Matte Concealer


This concealer seems to be the only one I reach for these days, even over my trusty Collection Lasting Perfection which has never steared me wrong & was always my go to when I need abit more coverage. I use the lightest shade, Chantilly and it matches perfectly.

I always try keep away from pot concealers, I tend to think they are too drying on the skin and makes me look 20 years older than I am but with the Nars one, not the case what so ever. 

The formula is so creamy which makes blending effortless, I apply it with a flat concealer brush then blend out with a beauty blender. I was so surprised to see how much this smoothed out my skin, making it look poreless and flawless. Coverage is fantastic, I suffer with breakouts & scarring often and this helps so much to cover that and gives me that little bit more confidence in my skin. 

A little goes a long way too, not much is needed at all to conceal my many blemishes and imperfections. Need to get my butt in gear and order another one before this one finishes, I can't be without this in my collection. 

Retails for £24





Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub



Being in winter has those harsh effects on my skin but not only that, my lips start to suffer ALOT! I have to exfoliate my lips pretty much every other day or they get so cracked and flakey, not a good look for someone that loves to wear a matte lipstick on a day to day basis.

My go to used to be the Lush bubblegum lip scrub but it seems to have gone for a walk about. I decided to go for something different and while scrolling about on Beauty Bay I came across the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrubs. 

The packaging is what drew me in to begin with, pink and sparkly? What's not to love?! Not to mention all the scrummy flavours he has to offer. I went for the Lemon Icebox Cookies from his holiday collection which smells and tastes exactly like lemon drizzle cake. Yum!! 

It's more of a harsh scrub compared to the Lush one but I find this works so much better for me, makes my lips feel so smooth but not irritated which is the perfect prep before applying lip products and the pot is huge too! You get 30g of scrub which is amazing, this is going to last me ages. 

Retails for £12






Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter


One of my favourite Youtuber's, Kathleen Lights talks about the Colourpop highlighters all the time and I have always wanted to give them a go from her recommendation. 

I was browsing on Depop and found quite a few sellers that sell Colourpop products which are all genuine and quite affordable. I took full advantage and came up with a 'wishlist' of products I really wanted to try. Super shock Highlighters being at the top of the list.  

Colourpop is a US brand so with that comes high postage and custom fees to get it sent to the UK. Ordering from UK based sellers seemed the best way to go. Obvously, I had proof of postage from the sellers to make sure it's legit.

I honestly can't get over how amazing these highlights look and feel on the skin. The formula is like a powder but cream at the same time, so smooth and buttery. Nothing like I've tried before.

I use a Beauty Blender to apply the product to the skin but you can use your fingers or a dense brush aswell, all depends on how intense you want it. The formula isn't glittery or sparkly in any way, more of a soft sheen. The shade I have is Smokin' Whistles and It really does look stunning on my pale skin, it is a soft pinkish champagne colour? (I'm pants at describing colours.) I also have Lunch Money on the way too.

Using a Beauty Blender gives a subtle glow, perfect for everyday but the formula builds up really easily for a more intense appearance on the skin if that's what you prefer. Would 100% recommend if you hate glitter and the fall out you can get with powder formulas. 

Retails for $8 converted £5.70. I paid £7 for Smokin' Whistles including postage & £5 including postage for Lunch Money.





Too Faced Hangover Primer


The cold weather has really took a toll on my skin, usually my skin type is combination but lately it's turned so dry, making my makeup look dry and cakey so it certainly needs a little help when it came to applying makeup.

Last year I picked up this travel sized Too Faced primer from Sephora.com but never thought much of it since my skin type didn't REALLY need it, the hype made me buy it, now I am so glad I did.

The consistancy is like a thin lotion which smells faintly of coconuts (it is infused with coconut water.). It feels so smooth and hydrating on my skin providing the best base for my foundation. It dries down a little bit tacky so that makes my foundation cling to it abit better and has proven it makes a difference in longevity. 

My skin never looks dry when I use this along with my #1 foundation, Revlon Colorstay. If I skip using this primer in my routine then I really notice a difference in appearance and how long my makeup lasts throughout the day. 

I love that even though it's a travel size, the packaging is still the same with a pump which is great for sanitary purposes and ease of use. I believe the 20ml travel size is only available in the US which sucks but I need to get my hands on the full size ASAP, woth the money 100%.

Retails for $15 converted £10.69 (travel size) or £27 (full size)





Glamglow Supermud Mask


If you have problem skin, prone to breakouts like me then this is the mask you need in your life. Whenever my skin is looking angry from eating way too much sugar or it's that pesky time of the month, then this is the mask I turn to for a quick fix. 

I like using this best as a spot treatment. I just pop a little bit on each blemish, go to sleep with it on and the next day the redness and inflamation of my spots has reduced so much. Works so well with those horrid under the skin spots too, y'no those really sore, hard boil like bumps that haven't appeared yet...Perfect for them!

I've gone through so many Glamglow masks which is abit of a sting to the bank balance but I feel it's so worth it. You can get travel size versions of all the masks though which cost £16 each or you can find them for cheaper from independent sellers if you don't want to pay the full size price and try before you buy. The hydrating mask in the blue tub (ThirstyMud) works amazing alongside this also.

Retails for £42 for 50g









What products are you loving so far in 2018? Let me know below.


Thanks for reading,

xo