More like Colourpopped.

CP foundation

I had some relatively high hopes for the new Colourpop “No Filter Foundation”. Like, decently high hopes. A nice shade range so that a wide variety of people can have a chance to try his product. Though, I am not too sure about the different undertones and how well they vary and translate on people’s skin. I did watch a few beautubers’ reviews to get some idea of what to potentially expect. Now, I don’t have flawless skin. It’s pretty textured and my pores like to visit more often than not. I have had zero work done on my face so, results will definitely vary for me. Nevertheless, I still wanted to give it a try and for $12 each, that did not seem like a bad deal.

Before I put on foundation, I used my Son & Park beauty water to clean off my face, Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Exfoliating Moisturizer and Illuminating Rose Gold Facial Serum by Cosmedica Skincare. Nothing new. Primed my face with Touch in Sol primer (I love this primer) and did a little color correcting. All these steps are my normal routine and figured, might as well do my basic routine to see how it would perform with all these products on my face. Nothing crazy right? …right?

I hate color matching online with a passion, but for $12, getting two to mix seemed fine to me. I picked up Medium 110 and Medium Dark 120 to mix to attempt to make my shade. This starts the beginning of the end of this foundation for me.

After figuring out that there was a twist stopper on the pump, the product has a very liquidity consistency. I was already concerned when I saw the product rolling down the back of my hand like water. Nevertheless, I gave it the old college try.

I did not enjoy its application. It seemed slightly patchy and hard to blend in spots. At the time, I was using the Colourpop foundation brush and it was not the greatest. I didn’t have another beauty sponge at the time for comparison, so, I apologize in advance for that.

I finished my face like normal, but I still wasn’t thrilled by it. Guess I was expecting something more, considering other reviewers were raving about the color and coverage of it. It was nothing to write back home to mom about though.

Okay, not too shabby…

Doesn’t look too bad at first. I could see some patchiness, but, I didn’t want to cake the foundation on. I went about my evening and when it was time to take it off, the horror began. Please don’t mind my lipstick! I had dinner and was winding down to take my makeup off.

What in the world happened to my face?!

This was such a mess. It broke apart around my lips, nose and mouth. The level of oiliness on my T-zone was unacceptable, even though I used plenty of setting powder and I had been wearing it for less than 5 hours. The foundation clung onto my texture this badly was just insanity. I’m glad I was home and did not have to go anywhere for hours with this “look”. I showed this picture on the r/makeupaddiction Discord and another user had very similar issues with her foundation as well.

As of right now, I hate this foundation. Other than the price, I saw no redeeming qualities of it. I maybe give it another shot with a different primer, setting powder and beauty sponge to see if anything changes or maybe I’ll like it more.

Until then, I’m sticking with my Too Faced foundation in Praline.

Wish I was 27 again.

Now playing: Lagoon – Favored Nations

Sorry for the long break. I was feeling pretty uninspired and unmotivated to even touch makeup for a little. Especially after my first attempt with the new Colourpop foundation. Figures after that little rut was over, I got hit with a Summer cold. Of course. Thank you, life!

Now that slump is over, let’s get on to some makeup! Melt Cosmetics did another limited edition release, the Twenty Seven palette. I can say that I was initially intrigued when the colors were being revealed on their Instagram. That intrigued came to a hard stop when I saw it all together and my reservations for the palette started to set in. Now, the Gemini palette was such an interesting palette that I had to set an alarm for the release date. The Twenty Seven palette flew under my radar and I just figured I could pick up any warm neutral palette and be fine.

I checked the r/makeupaddiction Discord to see when the release date was and decided, eh, lemme give it another look. Seeing more swatches and looks, I caved. Plus, the sale was amazing! Their lipsticks for only $5?! ARE YOU KIDDING? YES. So here was my latest Melt Cosmetics haul:

Melt2Warm enough?

From top left to right, I got their  bronzer/highlight in Nova, which is a pretty gold color. I couldn’t really get it to show up on my skin but, I think I was stressing, but it still gave a nice glow from within look. Cali Dream and Honey Thief are wonderful warm toned blushes, with Cali Dream being a bit more on the pink/coral side. Shadowplay is a such a great shimmer highligher/blush topper. This and Ghostlight are my favorites to use for a glow highlighter with shifts of golds, greens and silvers. Love it. I haven’t played with the Haze stack yet, but, that might be my next venture when trying out the rest of my Melt stacks that I’ve acquired recently. Be on the look out for that!

Melt3Twenty Seven palette

At first look, it doesn’t look much. Just a typical warm palette, but the quality and pigmentation of these colors are so A+ Melt Cosmetics quality. The colors were so easy to blend without getting too muddy. Definitely loved Crimefighter and Moonchild the most. I applied Crimefighter with my finger to the inner and towards the center of my lid. I’ll try with a brush next time, but I loved how light and shimmery it looked. The picture doesn’t do it justice. I was actually surprised that Naked Sleep showed up well on my complexion. It’s the perfect transition color! Definitely gonna be using this palette a lot more to do warm grungy looks.

Neesa5Was NOT a good liner day.
Had to gradient them.

Left to Right: Voyeur – 710 – Mum – Old Fashioned – Blow – Blitzed

Melt4On my lips: 710 – Voyeur – Old Fashioned – Mum – Blow – Blitzed

I was a little worried when I tried 710 and Voyeur. They definitely had a lot more tug on my lips than I would’ve liked. But once applied, they looked so pretty with my eye look. When I tried on Old Fashioned, Mum (my favorite), they applied so smoothly and creamy texture. Lastly, Blow and Blitzed were interesting to work with. Blow needed to get warmed up a bit then it applied a lot more smooth. It stained and was a bit of a pain to take off. Blitzed was creamy and easy to apply as well. Can’t wait to wear these with different looks. Should be fun!

Overall, I really really loved this Melt haul. Almost everything worked out well and looked good on my complexion. Definitely happy and can’t wait for the next Melt Cosmetics line.

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30 going on 13.

Now playing: Acceptable in the 80s – Calvin Harris

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No wonder I still get carded.

I was super excited to wear this 80s inspired shirt from Mokuyobi. I was slightly worried about the fit and quality of it, but, one of my favorite fashionistas I follow, Glitterandlazers, hasn’t steered me wrong when it comes to clothes for plus-sized gals. I can attest that this shirt has easily become one of my new favorite thing to wear. It’s super comfortable and the sleeves are big (upper) arms approved. I was terrified that they would choke the crap out of my arms but, the sleeves were super stretchy! The shirt is very breathable and kinda sheer, but, most white tops are. So, just make sure you have a black or white bra ready.

img_2727Lid space for days.
img_2713Silently judging.

The shirt gave me an excuse to play more with my Radioactive stack from Melt Cosmetics. I didn’t want to go to ham on the eyeshadows. I wanted the shirt to be the star of the show. Nevertheless, I loved the quality of Melt’s shadows. The yellow was very buildable on a not stark white surface on my skin. It can get powdery, but it’s pigmented. I used Neon all over my lid and on my lower lash line and put Radon in my crease and blended it outwards for some color on my eyes. I tried to use Xenon but, I ended up just putting more Neon over top cause I just loved the yellow that much. Whoops.

Per my new tradition, I opted out of eyeliner and looking back at it, I kinda wished I didn’t. Hindsight is 20/20 (not my eyesight though, bleh). Just used my Milk Kush mascara and a little bit of Stila’s eye glitter in Karma Kitten to add more sparkle to my face. Last but not least, Melt’s bullet lipstick in 1969. Oh my word, do I love this color. It is very flattering on my complexion and I’m glad I grabbed it when it was on sale.

Overall, I liked the subtle look, but when I wear this shirt again, I’d probably throw some blues and greens in instead.

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Myspace angles in 2018? More likely than you think.

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Hello and welcome to my beauty and make-up blog. I am so glad that you stumbled across my page on this part of the internet. Please just sit back, grab a drink and enjoy browsing.

I’m Neesa. I’m a 30 year old woman of color that loves makeup and video games. I’ve studied art and computers in college and love merging the two to channel my creativity. With this blog, I want to express my creativity and give some insight to those that might be skeptical about certain products. Especially products that may or may not work on those with tan and deeper complexions. The struggles can be pretty real, but I hope that I can give some clarity and direction with the over saturation of the beauty industry. The market is flooded with so many products daily that it can be dizzying and almost overwhelming in what to spend your hard earned money on.

Therefore, I will do my best to give clear and concise reviews and swatches of said product to hope help with your purchasing decisions.

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