Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I had to take a break because I haven’t had much energy (out of spoons for sure)..
I have a collective hall of the past few weeks…
Let’s jump right into today’s haul, swatches and first impressions…
*remember as always, all hyperlinks provided are simply for fast location of the products used and not affiliate links… I just did the research so you didn’t have to. All swatches and done on clean bear skin, in one pass and with no primer*
My first items are from a Latina Owned Small Business called Alora Cosmetics that I found on TikTok.
The one item I did not photograph is the Makeup Mixing Liquid $9.99 for 0.338 fl oz / 10 ml of product that creates a transfer-proof and water-resistant seal for extremely long wear and also enhances the intensity of eye shadows and turn your favorite pigments into liquid liners or custom liquid paints.
Water Activated Liner Palette (Pearl) $29.99 for 15 shades. It’s not recommended to use any other liquid other then water to activate the liners as it may change the formula. The swatches bellow were taken of the lines and also over one of my tattoos so that you can see how pigmented and opaque they really are…
The first row is only slightly pearly but the pigmentation is so good that I don’t even mind…
The second row has got to be my favorite of the palette. Super pearly and the hues are so pretty.
The last row is stunning as well but I wish there would have been maybe an orange or an emerald green shade instead of 2 gold/yellow shades… but that’s not a deal breaker for me.
What I learned for these swatches: I have always shied away from aqua liners because I thought they would be messy and gloppy and thin. This isn’t the case with this liner kit. The liners are creamy, opaque and go on smoothly. Clean up was a simple as taking a damp cotton round to clean up and the liners are super easy to remove. I just used another damp cotton round and these swatches came right off.
Neutral Tone Pigments Tower $16.99 6 beautiful earthy toned loose pigments that can be mixed with either setting spray or a mixing medium to create a smooth cream shadow.
Smokey Eye Pigment Tower $16.99 6 pretty smokey eye tones of loose pigment that can be used in the same way.
The first swatch is of the powder on it’s own without a mixing medium and the one next to it is with mixing medium.
I learned from these swatches: The pictures do not do these pigments justice. They are vibrant and shiny and even though once they dry they are virtually smudge proof they were easy to remove with a damp cotton round.
These next items are from the Beautylish website.
TikTok introduced me to Danessa Myricks… I have never jumped on line a purchased something so fast in my life….
The item I didn’t photograph is the Danessa Myricks Dewy Forever Mist Hydrating Setting Spray ($26 for 3.3 fl oz / 100 ml of product) is billed as prep, set, and refresh with this ultra-hydrating formula that locks in makeup while keeping you feeling refreshed with our Hyaluronic Hydrating Complex Infused with nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and cucumber extract which work to hydrate + soothe skin from environmental stressors Keeps skin cool while retaining moisture Heat & humidity resistant.
Let’s start with the 1 repurchase for me….
Charlotte TIlbury Glowgasm Beauty Light Wand ($40 for 1..00041 fl oz / 12 ml of product on their website). This light wand is billed as a glowing, joyful flush inspired by lighting tricks of Hollywood photographers, this highlighter-blush hybrid plays with the light for a soft-focused glow that mimics the look of joy, fun, and happiness.
This is a repurchase so there is no first impression… I believe I gave is a grade of A+++!!! when I first reviewed it.
Danessa Myricks Yummy Skin Glow Serum ($34 for 1.1 oz / 32.5 g of product) comes in a light/medium (Main Squeeze) and a tan/deep (Juice Boost) shade and is billed as an antioxidant-rich priming serum with a radiant, glow-boosting finish.
Danessa Myricks Yummy Skin Serum Foundation ($34 for 0.85 oz / 25 g of product) comes in 26 shades, I purchased N4 (light with neutral olive undertones) and is billed as a skincare-infused foundation for buildable coverage that looks like real skin.
What I learned from this swatch: This foundation has great coverage for being a serum based foundation. It felt creamy and light. I did leave it on for a few minutes and there was no oxidation. It also comes in a very unique plastic squeezy bottle.
Danessa Myricks Illuminating Veil ($22 for 1.6 fl oz / 30 ml of product) comes in 11 shades, I purchased the shade Serenity (peachy champagne) and is billed as opulent long-wearing cream highlighters that produce a sumptuous glow to the face or body.
What I learned from this swatch: A very little will go a very long way. It’s smooth and catches the light so much. It dries down all the way making it perfect for those days you don’t want to wear any powders.
Danessa Myricks Vision Flush ($20 for 0.21 fl oz / 6 ml of product) comes in 12 shades, I purchased the shade Bread N’ Butter (satin dusty rose) and is billed as a multipurpose liquid color that adds a flush of color to eyes, lips, and cheeks.
What I learned from this swatch: This is a beautifully formulated multi-tasker! It goes on feeling like a serum but without the patchiness, the color is pure pigment… no need to build up the shade and whilst it is a satin formula it does feel powdery once it’s dried down.
The last of the items I purchased from Ulta.
The one item from my Ulta haul that I did not photograph is the Morphe Continuous Setting Mist ($16 for 2.8 oz / 79.4 g of product) is billed as an air-powered setting spray that delivers even application to set liquid or powder makeup with a radiant finish.
I restocked my fave halos. I purchased 3 sets of the Face Halo Pro ($22 but on sale right now for $15.40) and is billed as designed in collaboration with professional makeup artists and works best for those heavier makeup days and claims to replaces 500 makeup wipes and is machine washable up to 200 times. I purchased 3 sets of the Face Halo Original ($22 but on sale right now for $15.40) and is billed as a multi-award-winning reusable makeup remover that requires only water to work and claims to replaces 500 makeup wipes and is machine washable up to 200 times. I purchased 1 set of the Face Halo Glow Clean Skin Trio ($24) and is billed as 3 steps to glowing skin, your complete chemical free solution to clean skin and is re-usable for up to 200 washes.
No first impressions here… I’ve used these for years. I use the pro version to remove makeup from my ears, lower water lines and to help remove my first makeup removing balm. I use the original version as a wash cloth for my face wash…. to make sure I remove all traces of the balms. I only just started to use the clean skin trio and need more time before I give a review it, the first to pads are the same exact pads as the pro and original so that’s a no brainier… I love it and the exfoliating pad seems gentle and I do notice that my face isn’t itchy after I’ve washed my face anymore.
I repurchased 5 ColourPop Faux Lashes ($8 each at Ulta) in the styles: Dame (wispy, lengthening, volume), Chica (lengthens, defines, and volumizes), Queenie (soft, lightweight, and flared), Hunni (criss-cross and volumizing) and Bae (wispy and lengthening).
No first impression here … If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know my love of the ColourPop lashes.
LA Girl HD Pro Concealer ($4.99 for 0.28 oz / 7.9 g of product) comes in 31 shades plus 10 corrector shades, I purchased the shade Truffle (the deepest shade) so that I could contour with it.
No first impressions: I’ve been using this formula for about 2 years now.
Morphe Luminous Complexion Primer ($16 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product) is billed as a primer that is infused with nourishing ingredients, creates a healthy-looking glow, and blurs imperfections.
What I learned from this swatch: This isn’t a slippy primer like most luminous primers… it’s a bit thicker and just ever so slightly tacky… I have a feeling this is going to be a primer I can use with any foundation.
Morphe Glowstunner Hydrating Tinted Moisturizer ($18 for 1 fl oz / 30 ml of product) is offered in 15 shades, I purchased the shade Light Glow 2 (fair with neutral undertones) and is billed as the ultimate multi-tasker with clean ingredients, SPF 30 protection, and a hydrating glow and claims to give 24 hour hydration.
What I learned from this swatch: This is a light coverage, but buildable to light medium, foundation that did oxidize a slight bit.
Morphe Filter Effect Soft Radiance Concealer ($12 for 0.12 oz / 3.8 ml of product) comes in 20 shades, I purchased the shade Light 2 (cool fair neutral) and is billed as flexes to brighten, conceal, and sculpt a full range of skin tones with high-performing hyaluronic acid and pomegranate seed extract and claims to be sweat proof, transfer-resistant and water-resistant.
What I learned from this swatch: It’s a medium coverage concealer that appear to be hydrating and didn’t emphasize the texture at my wrist. This one did oxidize slightly but not enough to be too noticeable.
Morphe Bake and Set Powder ($12 for 0.31 oz / 8.79 g of product) is offered in 5 shades, I purchased the shade Brightening Pink (brightening ideal fro fair to medium skin tones) and is billed as seamlessly lock in makeup with a perfectly matte finish and zero flashback.
What I learned from this swatch: This is a super brightening powder. I did my standard levitation test… this powder is perfect for setting the under eyes.
Morphe Out & A Pout Nude Lip Duo ($16 for 0.12 oz / 3.5 g of product for the lipstick and 0.15 fl oz / 4.5 ml of product for the lip gloss) is offered in 6 color ways and I purchased the color way barely nude (lipstick – bare all and lip gloss – all good) and is billed as perfectly matched shades swipe on smooth from daytime to play time.
What I learned from this swatch: The matte lipstick is a really nice formula… I didn’t get that heavy dry feeling when I tested it on my lips… the lip gloss is thick but not sticky and has amazing pigmentation.
Morphe Brow Cream ($6 for 0.12 oz / 3.5 g of product) is offered in 10 shades, I purchased the shade java (deep neutral brown) and is billed as a matte and silky cream formula that layers well for soft and structured looks.
What I learned from this swatch: She is pigmented! This is one light dip and one swipe. It was creamy but I can tell the formula has structure to it. It was difficult to remove the swatch but that’s good… that means my brows will stay put in the Florida heat.
Morphe 9M Melon Pop Artistry Palette ($12 for 0.35 oz / 10.1 g of total product making it 0.039 oz / 1.12 g and $1.33 per shade) This palette has 5 matte shades and 4 metallic shades and is billed as being watermelon-inspired.
The shades from left to right are Icy Slice (peach with a pale gold flash – metallic), Melon Frozé (pale vanilla – matte), Fresh Squeezed (pale white gold – metallic), What a Melon! (pure rose pink – matte), Sweet Sandía (lime – metallic), Rise & Rind (pure green with a silver flip – metallic), Con Chile (bright red – matte), Too Juiced (mid toned reddish brown – matte), and Snacc Time (pure black – matte).
What I learned about these swatches: I had heard that Morphe’s shadows were hit or miss… That was the reason I purchased a smaller palette and a larger palette to test the unity of formulation. The mattes are incredibly creamy and the metallics equally buttery. This formulation has pigmentation for days. Even the vanilla shade was vibrant… that it typically the throw away shade in any palette… I was defiantly impressed and can’t wait to play with this palette.
Morphe 35S Sweet Oasis Artistry Palette ($26 for 1.44 oz / 41 g of total product making it 0.041 oz / 1.17 g and $0.74 per shade) This palette has 19 mattes (1 of those mattes has slight shimmer but it doesn’t translate to the skin) and 16 metallics and is billed as breathtaking pink and turquoise tones paired with sun-kissed neutrals.
The shades from left to right are: Take Me Back (pale cream – matte), Windsurf (icy silver – metallic), Alfresco (pale tan – matte), Champagne on Ice (mid toned peachy champagne – metallic), Just Us Two (pale white gold – metallic), Island Hop (icy mint green – metallic), and Saltwater Dip (mint – matte).
The shades from left to right are: Cabana Time (peachy gold – metallic), Rooftop View, (midtone pale peach – matte), Sundeck Chillin’ (pale yellow gold – metallic), Lovestruck (pastel bright pink – matte), Revel In It (mid toned rosey pink – metallic), Sail Away (bright deep mint green – matte) and Snorkel Sesh (pale turquoise – matte).
The shades from left to right are: Panoramic Shot (deep true silver – metallic), Sandbar (mid toned mustard based tan – matte), Sneak a Kiss (baby pink – matte), Hibiscus Blossoms (bright blue based pink – mate), Private Villa (pure pink – matte), Coastline Cruise (bright light turquoise – metallic) and Reef Dive (bright deep turquoise – metallic).
The shades from left to right are: Tranquility (deep dusty taupe – matte), Go Barefoot (deep antique gold – metallic), Sunbathe (peachy coral – metallic), Wanderlust (bright hot pink – metallic), Picture Perfect (bright hot berry pink – matte), Infinity Pool (dusty turquoise – matte) and Secret Lagoon (deepest dark turquoise – matte).
The shades from left to right are: Hideaway (sandy brown – metallic), Shady Spot (deep sandy brown – matte), Lazy Days (deep blackened plum – metallic), Vineyard Escape (deep wine – matte), Yacht Life (bright hot berry pink – matte), Hidden Cove (pure turquoise – mate) and Do Not Disturb (blackened deep turquoise – metallic).
What I learned from these swatches: Not only is this palette stunning but it’s also top notch quality. With turquoise shadows and pigments it’s very hard to get a creamy matte… typically they are dusty and chalky… not so with this palette. With rich jewel tones shades like this the mattes more often than not will have tons of kick back in the pans as well as fall out. I didn’t get kick back and as I was swatching I didn’t get fallout either… again I can’t wait to play with this palette!
And… that completes this haul… I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.
❗Remember dolls … save a spoon for a bit of lipstick… 🥄💄❗