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Peachy Blues: The New Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadows

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The bulk of this post will be about the actual experience I had when I purchased the new Colourpop pressed eyeshadows. For those of you less interested in that, I’ll mention all of the product details first.

The recent launch of their pressed eyeshadows came with a huge variety of matte, metallic and satin finished shadows. Unlike their super shock shadows, these work exactly like any other standard eyeshadow, having no issues with how you apply them. (Super shock mostly work with your fingers only.)

They’re $5 each like the rest of their individual items. The shades I bought were “Wait for it“, “Making Moves” “Lost and Found” and “Piece of Cake“. These are all matte shades and they were very pigmented, blendable and didn’t have any fallout. The texture has a creamy texture but in a way that reminds me of pastel sticks.  I really loved them, especially for the price point. If they were available in store somewhere, I’d definitely go out and purchase more. Unfortunately because of my experience with them after ordering these online, I won’t be.

My issue…

I really hesitated on mentioning this because I don’t want to come off like I’m bashing Colourpop. They have a lot of great products and I was planning on continuing to purchase more to share. I recently had a really bad experience with their customer service that has made me reconsider shopping with them. While my blog is mostly designated for product reviews, the overall shopping experience is also just as important. I am definitely not saying that Colourpop is so bad that you shouldn’t shop with them anymore. I’m simply trying to make you more aware of how they handle issues. I’m sure you work hard for your money and want to know if  a company is willing to help you if something happens to the product.

As I mention in the video, I ordered the pressed eyeshadows when they first launched (mid-January). My order was lost, so from looking at the FAQ page, I found that it was best to reach out to the post office. I still thought it would be a good idea to be proactive and contact Colourpop anyway so I knew how to get this sorted out ahead of time. My biggest issue with this situation was  how they communicated. While I appreciated how quickly they responded (within 24 hours) via email, they were horrible about actually answering my questions to get it resolved. It caused a lot more back and forth and waiting it out.

For the sake of simplicity, I’ll include screenshots.

My first reaction was that they clearly hadn’t paid attention to anything I said which was really annoying. Cool… I guess I’ll just email them again since that didn’t do anything.

Again, they didn’t fully answer my question. I had already looked at the USPS site and in order to file a claim online. The package has to have insurance or else it gives you an error message stating that its ineligible to be filed. Colourpop knows their packages aren’t insured so they also have to know that this wouldn’t work. I even tried talking to my local post office about filing a claim in person but because the service is offered online now, they don’t carry the forms anymore. I’m not sure if this is true for everywhere in the country, but I assume so.

I emailed them again explaining the entire situation, which is when they finally agreed to ship out a new one. It really bothered me that they said they’d “make a one time exception”.

 

I work in customer service so to an extent, I understand their choice in verbiage. The reason why I didn’t like it is because they didn’t seem very willing to work with me from the beginning. I felt like given all of the information, it should be replaced, not out of exception. What happens if this were to ever happen again? Maybe thats just my interpretation but I provided proof that I clearly didn’t have it. If they just looked at the tracking number, they’d also see that it lost. To this day, it still says that the package is processing toward my house.

All in all…

I understand their concern over trying to prevent someone from stealing or taking advantage but they could’ve handled this a lot better. They also failed to mention a sorry until the very last email at the end, but by then it seemed more than afterthought than a sincere apology. Granted it wasn’t their fault, but they could’ve pretended to care a little more by throwing in an extra sentence acknowledging the frustration. For now, I’m taking a break from buying from them. Packages getting lost isn’t super common but I don’t want to buy from someone that I have no confidence in.

What do you think? Am I overreacting? Did they handle it well?

Valentine’s Day Inspired Makeup Look

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Hey Loves!

I know I’ve been MIA but I needed some time to get adjusted with my new school schedule. Im not 100% there yet, but I am feeling a bit more on track. Now that I’m back, I thought I’d hit you guys with something within the pink and red family since Valentine’s Day is almost here. While my boyfriend and I don’t actually celebrate Valentine’s Day, I know that many others love getting all dolled & going out. As for us, we’ll be at home in our sweats, catching up on all of our shows.

This look is perfect if you’re looking for something a little extra but isn’t too glam. (If such a thing exists.) When Valentine’s Day comes around, I know that some tend to feel excluded but don’t be! This can be worn any time, plus Valentine’s Day is a little overrated, if you ask me. I wanted to create something wearable for whenever you’re in the mood for something pink and shimmery. If you prefer something a little more dramatic, this would also pair really nicely with a dark red vampy lip.

Either way, I hope you enjoy this tutorial and I’d love to see it if you recreate the look. Tag me on Instagram @hellahighlight if you do!

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

 Products Used:

Brows:

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

Eyes:

Forever21 eye shadow primer

Makeup Geek eyeshadow in “Wildfire”

KathleenlightsxMorphe Palette

**I prefer to use colors that I already have within a palette rather than buying a single shadow for a tutorial. In case you aren’t interest in this palette you can also check out other individual Morphe eye shadows here. They’re so affordable! “Secretive” seems like a good dupe for the darker pink, but is slightly redder. There doesn’t appear to be an individual shadow for the lighter pink but Makeup Geek has a shade sorta similar, but not quite in “Petal Pusher” .

Sugarpill eyeshadow in “love+

Nyx Epic Ink Liner

Mascara: Blinc Black lash primer & Doucce Maxlash Volumizer

Face:

Becca Backlight Primer Filter

NYX Total Coverage foundation

Tarte Shape Tape concealer in “light neutral”

RCMA No Color Powder

PUR Mineral Glow Bronzer

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

Makeup Geek Blush in “XOXO

Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in “Supernova

Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

Lips:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stila Liquid Lipstick in “Patina

Mossy Green Eyes Makeup Tutorial

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Lets play with color!

If you haven’t already guessed, I love color in my makeup. I’ve always been that way. When I was first introduced to makeup, I wanted to wear blue mascara instead of black and nude lipstick made no sense to me. I wondered why anyone would want to wear a lipstick the same color as their lips. I know for many others, wearing a lot of color can be intimidating f0r multiple reasons.

For one, neutral tones are always much easier to deal with. Its simple and it doesn’t give off the vibe that you’re trying to do too much. I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of not wearing a certain makeup look because I don’t want it to seem like I’m trying to draw attention to myself. At the same time, I say, screw that and do what you want. I totally understand that it can be hard to break out of that comfortable bubble. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I wish I could pull that off/do that.” You can! It might look horrible at first but just keep practicing. With all that being said, I hope you find this tutorial helpful and that you try it out!

*Also, I’m sorry if I’m a little more low energy than normal. I started my first week back at school and it was a huge adjustment.

In case you need to see the shadows more up close…

Products Used:

Brows:

Benefit Kabrow Pomade

Eyes:

Makeup Forever Creme De Camouflage Concealer

Ofra Eyeshadow in “Truffle

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in “Dirty Martini” “Enchanted Forest” & “Pixie Dust

Blinc Lash Primer

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer

Milani Eye Tech Eyeliner

Maybeline Gel Matte Liner in “Glossy Emerald

Face:

Laura Geller Under Makeup Primer

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Tarte Shape Tape concealer in “light neutral”

RCMA No Color Powder

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

Wet n Wild Blush in “Apri-Cot in the middle

Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in “Illuminati

Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

Lips:

Mac Cosmetics: “Morning Coffee

Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in “Cork

Urban Decay After Dark Palette

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After Dark Palette Deets!

First off, I know I’m a little late to the party in talking about this After Dark palette. (Sorry!) I had a bit of a crazy situation in trying to get it. When I ordered it online, I had a typo in my address so it got lost & I had to reorder it. Way to go, Britney. Regardless, its an amazing palette and I still want to talk about it. This palette is gorgeous! I could stare at the purple iridescent packaging all day. Okay, not really but still, its so unique. The palette comes with 10 duo chrome or metallic shimmer shades, a full sized mirror and a double ended brush. One end of the brush is perfect for blending, while the other can be used to pack color onto the lid.

I love how versatile this palette is. It has relatively wearable everyday shades but also caters to people who prefer something a little bolder. The price of the palette is $49 which on the more expensive side. However, if you buy any of their individual shadows, they’re around $20 so it ends up being a good deal. (Thats how I justify my spending, anyway.)

I noticed right away that the shadows are really pigmented, buildable and creamy. Its important to note that you need clean lids, and some sort of base in order to get the most payoff.

 

I realized after writing everything out that the After Dark palette is currently sold out on Sephora’s website. This is supposed to be a limited edition palette so I’m not sure if they’ll be having any restocks. (Normally LE includes some type of restock though.) As far as I know, you can still get it in stores and it is still available on Urban Decay’s website here.

Onto the look…

I did use other shadows that aren’t in this palette but thats because I can’t do strictly shimmer in a look. As I mention in the video, you don’t need the 35O palette for the colors in the crease. As long as you have an orange shadow then you’ll still be good. Also, if you’re looking to get the vibrancy that I did, then wetting your brush with a setting spray helps a ton!

Products used:

Brows:

Benefit Kabrow Pomade

Eyes:

Makeup Forever Creme De Camouflage Concealer

After Dark palette: Sephora (if they have a restock) Urban Decay’s website

Morphe 35O palette 

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer

Colourpop Gel Pencil Liner in Zulu (but Bee Sting might be better)

Nyx Epic Ink Liner

Face:

Becca Backlight Primer Filter

MUFE Ultra HD

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

PUR Mineral Glow Bronzer

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

 

Milani Blush in “Luminoso”

Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in “Slaynali

(Crap, I forgot that shade isn’t available anymore. Check out their other shades though. They’re all sooo beautiful!)

Lips:

Japonesque Lip Laquer in shade 01

Mangonada Vibes Makeup Tutorial

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I filmed my first makeup tutorial!

Yay! I’m really excited and proud of myself for finally doing something I’ve been wanting to do for months. For those of you who don’t know me, I can be pretty shy and I don’t like the spotlight. I’m sure this raises the question about why I’m doing this. Honestly, I love seeing people’s faces light up when I tell them their makeup looks good. Women are always being judged over how they look in a negative way. If you don’t dress up, you’re ugly or plain. If you dress up too much, you’re trying to do it for someone else. We can’t just be ourselves and feel beautiful. That’s why building each other up is so important. If someone wants to improve their technique, step out of their comfort zone, or they’re in a makeup rut and need inspiration, I want to be apart of that. How we choose to express ourselves shouldn’t be based on anyone else’s approval except your own. Yes, its important to feel beautiful without makeup, but its also okay to feel good with it.

 

More about the look:

When I look at this, I think about eating a Mangonada, partly because I’m always thinking about food, but also for all the shades I used. If you’ve never had a Mangonada, you seriously need to find one, fast! (Its a Mexican fruit drink/dessert & they’re amazing.)

If you’re craving one now from the thought of it, good, me too.

The key to achieving this look is to take your time blending. Start with a fluffier blending brush and then continue building it up with a smaller blending brush as you go in with darker shades. I know it looks like it hardly took me any time to blend, but thats just editing. I doubt you wanna watch two whole minutes of me going back and forth with a brush on my eyelid. Not so exciting. Its also really helpful to pack on a little at time because the more layers, the more you have to blend & the easier it is for everything to look seamless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some swatches of the shades I used in case you need a closer look.

 

Products Used:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brows:

Benefit Kabrow Pomade

Eyes:

Makeup Forever Creme De Camouflage Concealer

Morphe 35N Palette

Sugar Pill Eyeshadows in “Butter Cupcake” & “Love+

Colourpop x Kathleenlights Quad in “Telepathy” also sold individually here

Blinc Lash Primer

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer

Nyx Epic Ink Liner

Face:

Laura Geller Under Makeup Primer

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Tarte Shape tape concealer in “light neutral”

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

Nyx Matte Bronzer in “Light”

Milani Blush in “Luminoso”

Becca highlighter “Champagne Pop”

Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

Lips:

Nyx Liquid Suede in “Sandstorm”