Lime Crime Hi-Lite Opals// Swatches and Review

Happy Sunday and welcome to another blog post! Recently, Lime Crime came out with their brand new highlight palette just in time for spring “Hi-Lite Blossoms Palette”. So I thought in excitement for the new palette I would do a review of the first highlight palette “Hi-Lite Opals Palette”. “Hi-Lite Opals” came out earlier this year and since I was so impressed with the “Velvetines” I bought the palette just as it was hitting the website. So let’s get right into the review!

Packaging

Let’s first talk about the packaging. The case is both iridescent and holographic showing multiple pinks and purples which I love so much.

On the back of the packaging it shows the ingredients (which I appreciate) and each of the colors.

Each of these are very impressive but what impressed me the most was the inside and the actual product size. Usually in a palette, the highlights are very small but in this palette you are getting well worth your money. You can tell by the picture that I have used them a lot already (I’ve had the palette for a few months) and still have lots of product.

It’s Swatch Time!

From top to bottom:

Pink

Gold

Peach

Formula

Unfortunately I can’t put this product through my three test questions because this product is a highlighter and not a lipstick but there are three main points I want to talk about with this product.

Pigments

One thing you need to know about the Opal Palette is that it a little goes a long way. Like I said earlier, I’ve had this product for a few months now and I use it almost everyday and there is still a lot of product left. A little swipe of a brush or even a press of your finger picks up a lot of product but still lasts a long time. It is also very long lasting. I’ve worn this during a long shift and at the end of the day, you can still see some sparkle on my face.

Layer to Shine

Another thing I love about this product is that you can layer this product. If you want a more settle look, one layer does the trick. If you want a bright in your face look you can layer it for more shine. It is really up to you on how much shine you want. Personally I’ve noticed that with my skin tone it doesn’t take much with the Gold color to be bright and it takes a couple of layers to build up the Pink and Peach color.

It’s More than just a Highlighter

Throughout this blog post I’ve been talking about how great this highlighter is, but this palette works more than just a highlight. As well as highlighting the high points of the face, you can use it as an eyeshadow. I’ve been putting it on my tear duct. You can also tap it on your lips to give your lip color a little more shine. Either way, it is more than just a highlighter.

Conclusion: Would I recommend?

On the website, the “Hi-Lite Opal Palette” sells for $38.00 and I think you are getting your money’s worth. Like I said throughout this post, you get big product sizes with pigmented, layerable product that can be used for more than just highlighting. So would I recommend the “Hi-Lite Opal Palette”? 10 out of 10 yes I would recommend. Am I going to purchase the “Hi-Lite Blossoms”… yes I will totally. So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this review. As always let me know in the comments below on what product you would like me to review next. Until then I will see you all on Tuesday!

XOXO,
Kat

Let’s Get Chatty// Bringing Things Together

Hi there and welcome to another blog post! I’m starting this blog post at 11:30 pm and I have to be at work at 8 am tomorrow so I don’t know how long this blog post is going to be but since it is Sunday and I recently put a post on Instagram that there will be blog posts every Tuesday and Sunday I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging with what’s left of Sunday.

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I was gonna blog about my collection of pastel things (believe me there’s a lot and it just seems to keep growing) but that would have involved doing a photoshoot and then editing the photos and I did not have time on my side today. Instead since I didn’t want to leave you hanging I thought I would just chit chat with you a little.

The Habit of Losing Things

What I originally planned on how my day would go when I woke up this morning was that I was going to spend a few hours working on my project in the morning. When I felt like I was at a good stopping point or I was hungry, I would take a break, go grocery shopping with David, spend some time with him, and then spend the rest of my day working on a good blog post. That of course didn’t happen. I did manage to work on the project (that’s what most of today was spent on) and go grocery shopping but the reason why I am just now working on the blog post because things kept getting in the way of me working on my project.

As you know, I have been working on this secret project for almost a month now and with each day I get closer and closer to getting it where I want it and then finally sharing it with you. It was a goal to get a huge chunk of it done on my day off, getting it from my computer screen to paper in my hands, but losing and looking for items kept stopping me from getting work done. The first time was a ruler I needed. I searched and searched the apartment for a good 20 minutes, David even helped me look, and there was no sign of it anywhere. I was starting to get annoyed and we still needed to go grocery shopping, so I ended up buying a new one. After getting home and getting all the groceries put away I finally sat down and started working. After a little bit I realized I needed the scissors and they were once again, nowhere to be found. I was already a little frustrated from the losing the ruler and was getting more and more frustrated because I remember using them literally the night before and I already lost them. Eventually I found them and was back to working but was still a little worked up after searching for two different items in the same hour.

Now after all this you would think that if I just put the ruler and the pair of scissors where they were supposed to go I wouldn’t have spent all that time finding them. To that I say that even though you do make a valuable point, I have a habit of not doing that and life sometimes has a way of biting bad habits right on your bottom.

Flamingos and Unicorns: Bringing them Together

Now this week I have been very conflicted emotionally. As well all know (or if you don’t you know now) when I first started my brand doodles.by.kat I really wanted to base it off of the season that it was born which is summer so pastel pink, palm trees and my favorite…. The Flaming. Recently my love for pastel pink has gone crazy (aka the idea for my Pastel Pink obsession blog post) and I was online shopping on a website called Lime Crime and fell in love with the mix of metallic silver with all the pastel colors as well as unicorns. I love it so much that this week I was debating dropping the summer flamingo vibe and going ahead with the metallic pastel unicorn vibe. I was so torn because I found something that could go perfect with my brand but I didn’t want to lose what I already had. Then today while I was catching up on the Youtube family The Michalaks’ videos as I was working I realized something.

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In one of their blogs during this past summer they went to a hotel pool party for an event. They were outside having a great time, there were adorable shots of their son playing with other children when I noticed two familiar figures floating in the pool. A flamingo and a unicorn. I don’t know why it took me until this very moment to realize that it is ok to have both but during that moment I had finally made my decision. As humans it is natural for us to change what we enjoy, but that doesn’t mean we have to completely drop it for something else. I don’t know how I’m going to merge the two, but I will try and keep you guys updated!

Conclusion

There really isn’t a conclusion to this post because I’m not making any real points like I normally do in posts but it looks like I have run out of time and should really head of to bed. Even though today didn’t go exactly how I wanted it to be, I am glad that I got to do a post that didn’t take as much planning as others have and was able to just chat with you. If you enjoyed this as much as I did, I plan on dedicating more posts to just chatting with you because if I don’t, I feel I may lose motivation and get burnt out (especially now that I’m posting twice a week) so look forwards to that!

If you guys want me to still do the “What I own that is Pastel Pink” (still working on a title) let me know, I think it would be fun to shoot and maybe it will help keep the pastel pink craze in control (but it probably won’t but hey worth a shot?).

I’m also going to leave a link to the Michalaks’ Youtube channel down below as well as a link to Lime crime Cosmetics for anyone interested in both. If you have seen my Instagram story a few nights ago you know that I ended up buying a bunch of lipsticks that I plan on doing a blog post about soon!

I hope you guys have a wonderful week and I will see you on Tuesday!

XOXO

-Kat

The Michalaks’ Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/alittlebeautyvlog
LimeCrime Cosmetics: https://www.limecrime.com/

Summer Favorites 2016

Happy Fall everyone! Close friends know that fall is my favorite time of the year with it being the season of Halloween, my most favorite holiday of all time.

But before I forget all the hot summer days and dive into my love which is fall, I wanted to share with you my summer favorites. These are items that I have discovered either in makeup (lets be honest, almost all of them are makeup) beauty products or fashion. So without further ado, I give to you my Summer Favorites 2016.

Since most of my favorites are makeup items, let’s first start with the makeup items.

Benefit’s Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter

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The first favorite is a highlighter. I know I know, I’m late to join the highlighting wagon, but I am here now and now feel like my face is a ghost without them.

I’ve always wanted to try highlighting my face but I one didn’t know how to do it or what product I should use. I watched carefully at how my favorite Youtube makeup artists did their highlighting and one day while at Sephora with my sister I was looking at highlighters and the one that caught my eye the most was the Benefit’s Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter.

The bulb like packaging is very hard to miss. On one side is the formula and on the opposite side is a huge sponge to blend the highlight out. I was already interested in the product because it was by Benefit, my favorite high-end makeup brand (for the adorable vintage packaging and the good formulas) so I knew that the formula would be great. When I swatched it on my hand I was happy to see that the product not only was soft and smooth (not heavy and hard to blend) but how it also was a soft highlight and not the “get your sunglasses on cause I’m gonna blind you” bright color. The huge sponge on the end is not only perfect for beginners like me but makes the process go faster so I’m not spending hours on just highlighting my face. It is a little more expensive than your drugstore highlighter, but it does last a long time, I got mine in early June and I still have a lot of product left.

Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer

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So with me trying out highlighting, of course I couldn’t try highlight without also bronzing. I was a little more nervous with trying bronzer so I wanted to try something simple. Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer was the perfect match for me because of the formula being matte, so no shine (that’s what the highlight is for).

The product comes with it’s own brush but I like to use my own brush to powder over my chin cheeks and forehead. It does take a little bit to blend it in (around the cheeks) but I love how it gives me the natural-looking “tan” all day. I was nervous that I would end up not using as much bronzer so I only got a sample, but I ended up loving it and it goes well with my makeup routine!

Benefit’s CORALista Coral Blush

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When it comes to blushes, I can’t get enough of coral! I was originally using the Coral color by Maybeline (can’t remember the exact name but I know it was in there Fit Me collection) but had always wanted to try Benefit’s Coralista Coral blush. Every time I went to either Sephora or Ulta to get it they were always out, so when I went with my sister (to get the highlight and bronzer) I was happy to see it stocked and had to get my hands on it.

Like Hoola Matte Bronzer, Coralista coral blush came with its own brush but I like to use my own brush to lightly brush it over my cheeks under the highlight. I can see why it was always sold out in stores, this blush definitely goes under my go to blushes of all time.

Benefit’s Brow Collection: Goof Proof Brow Pencil, Gimme Brow, High Brow Glow Brow Highlighter

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This summer Benefit came out with a whole new brow collection that is to die for. Before I was using a cheap little pallet and was ready for a brow makeover. I first was introduced to the collection through some of my favorite Youtube makeup artists (they got a first look at it…lucky ducks) so when it finally reached stores I had to get my hands on them.

Nine products came out (some were old products with a new formula which is awesome) and of course with Benefit being Benefit with eye catching silver packaging with bright pink lettering. Even though there is nine products, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to get all nine products to sculpt the perfect brow. Everyone has different eyebrow needs so everyone can find one product helpful and a one not so helpful. Another thing I love about this collection is that there is six different shades (numbered from 01-06) to choose from ranging from light to deep. Once you find your number (I am number 04- medium) you can easily pick out the other brow products you want without going through the hassle of finding your color again.

Out of the nine products I found three of them to be my favorite. I first use to shape my brows the Goof Proof Eyebrow pencil. After testing it out for the first time I can honestly say that the name “Goof Proof” lives up to it’s name. It gives inexperienced people with eyebrows (like myself) an easy way to fill and shape your eyebrows in little to no time which is perfect for me cause I always seem to be running late to school or work.

After I use Goof Proof I go to the Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel. Gimme Brow is awesome because it is a tinted eyebrow gel that gives the look of fullness and definition. I use Goof Proof and Gimme Brow as a pair, goof proof to shape and fill my brows than Gimme Brow as a “gel glue” (don’t worry it doesn’t glue your brows…that would be bad) to help tame them and give them fullness.

So of course with highlighting the rest of my face, highlighting my eyebrow bone is a no brainer! And what better product to do that than the High Glow Brow Highlighter. Like I mentioned earlier, High Brow and High Brow Glow are two of the old products that have new packaging and a new formula and I am so happy with this new formula. The old High Brow Glow had a beautiful champagne-pink shade but was difficult to blend. Now with the new formula I get the best of both worlds! It really pops out the eyebrows (even though they get hidden with my huge glasses) and really goes well with the highlight on my cheeks and nose bone.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquefied Matte Lipstick

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Believe it or not my next makeup favorite is not a Benefit product! I will now and forever be obsessed with the dark lip look and when shopping at Sephora or Ulta I am always in search for my next favorite color. When I was a Sephora I was checking out one of the endcaps talking about liquid lipstick. I’m not a huge fan of liquid lipstick but when I saw that this Too Faced liquid lipstick dried matte I had to swatch it. I swatched it as well as other lipsticks and continued looking around Sephora. As we were shopping around Sephora I looked down at my hand to see that the Too Faced lipstick had indeed turned matte and had to go grab that lip color from that endcap. That color was Drop Dead Red and has been my favorite lip color since. The lip color not only long lasting but stays matte and doesn’t itch or burn your lips.

Since that purchase, I have gotten back to get two more colors, Sell Out, a matte soft pink brown perfect for summer, and Evil Twin, a matte deep dark cherry color for my sassy dark days. Unfortunately I have lost my all time favorite Drop Dead Red but with it now being fall I have a feeling that I will be reunited with it again soon!

Those are all the makeup favorites, now to move on to the beauty products.

Jergens Natural Glow Self Tanner: Color Primer, Instant Sun, Tan Extender

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The first beauty product (or products in this case) I want to talk about is Jergens Natural Glow Self Tanner. Now like with everything else, I have no idea what I am doing, and with staying inside everyday with two jobs and being sick of my veiny legs (tmi?) I was just sick of being pasty white during the summer so I was willing to try self tanner. I was looking into getting the self tanner version of Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer but with me being such a beginner I didn’t want to spend too much money on something I could end up hating or barley using. So at target I saw that Jergens had new (could be new, could be old) self tanner products so I thought I would give it a shot. I already knew Jergens was a brand I trusted because I have always used their Ultra Healing lotion and each product was reasonably priced.

Now unfortunately I have to say that I don’t have a full review on the products because I didn’t use them as much as I first intended to… which I knew that would end up happening so it worked out for me in the end! For the few times that I actually used these products I wish I would have gotten a darker shade. I got the Light Bronze shade which barely showed a difference (I am naturally light tan). But for being a foam formula I thought that for my first shot of self tanner, It worked out pretty well.

Glamglow GravityMud Firming Face Mask

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I will be honest, the only reason why I got this product was because I saw one of my favorite Youtube makeup artist use this and I was caught on to it because the mask was legit silver. After trying it though I could feel it firming my face without burning it like other masks has before. Also it doesn’t take as long to dry and something ever so satisfying about peeling a silver layer of skin off your face keeps me going back to it during my weekly cleaning routine. I haven’t used the other two masks yet but I am excited to see how they feel on my face.

Note, the other two masks smell wonderful, the silver mask has a strong coconut smell. I personally don’t like the smell of coconuts, but the pure fact of having a silver face for 20 minutes beats the smell of coconuts. If you don’t like the smell of coconuts, you may not like this product especially since they are a little on the pricey side.

Soap & Glory The Scrub of Your Life

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Like most of my makeup/beauty products I see a youtube use them and I have to get my hands on it. But of course with my luck both the Walgreens and the CVS Pharmacy near where I live don’t have Soap & Glory (don’t worry, I checked both places) and when I finally found a small section of the brand at my local Ulta I didn’t even find the products she even talked about. But that’s ok, because I found something better.

On a side note before even getting into the actual product can I please take a moment to talk about the packaging Soap & Glory has. To begin with they have a vintage look to every product like Benefit Cosmetics does which I am attracted to but if you take the time to read what each product says, it’s hard to not buy all of their products at once. Like with the Scrub of Your life the front lists off what it does to you skin and casually adds to the end “you start to believe that scrub can conquer all”. Is that not cute or not?! On the back when it is talking about how to use the product it tells customers to “follow all this with Soap & Glory body moisturizer, but we’re biased.” What about that doesn’t make you smile… or in my case want to buy all of their products?!

But back to the actual product. I believe this is the scrub of my life… just like the name says. I put it on my elbows, knees and my heels and instantly feel smoother and I do find myself thinking that this scrub can conquer all (tehe :D). Plus it has a wonderful lime smell to it which makes it even better to use. I am almost out with this bottle and is pretty affordable so I will definitely be repurchasing this in the future.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius

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A problem I have noticed I’ve been having this summer is my extra dry heels. Working on my feet for 8-16 hours a day (I know, I worked too much) wearing either tennis shoes or converse over time did nothing but take away any moisture on my feet. But with it being sandal season, I wanted to be able to wear sandals and not feel like people are staring at my extra dry heels (like they would anyways?? You never know.) So when I saw this product I couldn’t help but buy it. Like the rest of their products, the cute saying killed me inside (in a good way of course). It first starts out with “NO MEAN FEET” which I found personally hilarious. It then went on how to use the product but put in “or at least as often as you remember” which if I didn’t have to find a cure for my extra dry heels I would buy and try just for that sentence there. That shows that the people at Soap & Glory understand that we are all complicated forgetful human beings just trying to solve the problem of having dry feet, and for that I applaud and thank you.

Now I say that last sentence because I am truly a complicated forgetful human, aka I forgot most nights to do this. But after only one time of using it I found results the next day. Plus in the morning when I took my socks off the scent of orange and lemon was still on my feet. If using this product helped my extra dry feet feel moisturized after using it a few times, just think of how they would feel if I actually remembered to use this product?

Sandals and More Sandals

Speaking of feet, my last two favorites are two pairs of sandals.

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The first pair I found at target, a cheaper knock off brand from everyone’s favorite Birkenstock sandals. I fell in love with them right after buying them. I could wear them with anything, from a comfy t-shirt and jean short pair to my favorite striped dress, these shoes were worn daily. They were worn so much the bottom is starting to tear off.

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The next pair I found on clearance (10 dollar steal) at Payless Shoe store when I went to visit my little sister in late June early July. The brand is a brand I have never heard of called Christian Siriano and I instantly fell in love with the contrast between the black and white bottoms. These shoes go great with my favorite skinny  jeans or a cute dress.

So there are my summer favorites! If you are interested in any of the makeup or beauty products, I do have most links below. Also if you like this type of blog let me know, I had so much fun taking these photos (I painted the background myself). Also let me know if you have any ideas for any blog posts, with fall and Halloween being my favorite time of year I have a lot of blog ideas (and hopefully doodles) planned for you!

Hope your summer was well spent and let the fall time begin!

XOXO

-Kat