My first (and probably last) ColourPop haul

After a few years of resisting, I finally made a ColourPop haul.

The L.A. brand ColourPop is well known on Instagram and the beauty blogosphere. They’re trendy, cutesy, and cool. I love their ad campaigns and I appreciate their diversity when it comes to their models.

However, I do find that their whole vibe is bit too precious for me. I’m in the mid-to-older end of the millennials; maybe I’m just too old to “get it.” Maybe I’m just not cool enough, honestly. Womp womp.

Thinly veiled self-pity aside, here’s a look at what I picked up:

colourpop haul

The Jenn Ne Sais Quoi collab is no longer available, so I don’t know why I’m even bothering to show you swatches of it. But lookit, it literally has my name on it! Maybe I am a cool kid after all! :D

Also, I always appreciate a little extra effort in the packaging and shipping process. Look at this adorable thank-you note they sent with my order:

colourpop haul booklet

It’s an elephant butt! Cute!

They also sent a brochure explaining their different products and how best to use them. Again, love the promo shots. The makeup looks effortless and achievable, which is very important to me!

colourpop jenn ne sais quad

Here’s the Jenn Ne Sais Quad, the item I was most excited about. These four colors are right up my alley. Warm, rusty browns with a shimmery metallic accent. Yes, please.

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Two backlogged FOTDs

I want to clear out my backlogged FOTDs so I can move onto the appalling amount of new stuff I’ve hauled recently. I blame FOMO.

Sheer Anarchy:

This lipstick was part of the Urban Decay Vice sampler card. It’s a pretty, flattering pink. However, it applies a bit patchy and it doesn’t last very long. However, it could be the nature of the little blister pack, and that it’s been slowly drying out for months.

Also, this is an ironic name for this FOTD, as there is nothing anarchist about it. In fact, it’s about as inoffensive as can be.


Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle – Chestnut Milk Parfait
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – 52 Vanilla
The Body Shop Honey Bronze – Drops of Sun
BECCA Dual Coverage – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
The Body Shop Honey Bronze bronzing powder – 03 Medium Matte
Soap & Glory Love at First Blush – Pink, Pop, & Pearl


Barry M Brow Wow – Medium/Dark


ColourPop SuperShock shadows – Un, Deux
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Demolition
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara


Urban Decay Vice lipstick – Sheer Anarchy

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Sephora Birthday Gift 2016

sephora birthday gift 2016

MY BIRTHDAY IS IN FEBRUARY. It’s now December. What the hell is wrong with me.

Okay, to be fair, I was still in London in February. I picked it up in May.

However, in complete honesty, this gift wasn’t very exciting to me.

sephora birthday gift 2016 2

Black eyeliner and nude pink lipstick. Yawn.

marc jacobs highliner gel crayon blacquer

I will say that I like how this eyeliner twists up instead of needing to be sharpened. Supposedly it’s good for tightlining and the waterline as well. I like to pack it when traveling, since I don’t have to sharpen it.

marc jacobs le marc lip creme kiss kiss bang bang

If you like mini things, like I do, you’ll find that the lipstick is cute too. The color is a nude pink that brightens my skin tone. I like it, but it doesn’t get my heart racing, y’know?


sephora birthday gift 2016 swatches

Overall, they’re two basic staples that the vast majority of women (or men) would appreciate. They’re safe, work-appropriate, and inoffensive. The lipstick would probably look good on a variety of skin tones, as well.

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We arrived back in Hawaii on Friday night. As usual, my plans to either schedule posts while I was gone, or work on posts while in London didn’t happen. I am probably the laziest blogger in the world. Sigh.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a quick and dirty post of the beauty things I brought back. It’s always fun to look at the stuff we can’t get easily in the States!


Stopped by KIKO and picked up a clear lip liner to replace the Urban Decay one that dried out. Also bought two more of their Long-lasting Eyeshadow sticks, in a matte black and a matte greige taupe.

My friend wanted the gorgeous TopShop Chameleon eyeshadow in Shuffle the Cards, and who can blame her? I swatched another Chameleon color called Changeling, and it had to come home with me. It’s the prettiest purple-green-pink shift!!

My mom and I both bought a Bourjois foundation. I picked up the Healthy Mix in the shade 53, to mix with the Healthy Mix Serum I have in 52, which is currently too light for me. Since we spent over £12 on Bourjois, Superdrug was having a promotion and gave me a free GWP. I don’t normally wear gray smoky shades, but I’ll give it a try anyway.

As you can see, I kept the number of items to a minimum. However, that doesn’t mean I kept the spending to a minimum, because…


Yep. I bought the unicorn Suqqu Cheek Brush. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the brush Lisa Eldridge uses in practically every single video. It’s stupid expensive and hard to get a hold of. I can’t even really afford it right now. I was content to put it on my wish list and buy it eventually, one day… But since the pound is so weak (sorry guys), and I’m still eligible to claim back the VAT, I took the plunge. I almost bought two, but told myself I was being crazy (still not entirely convinced that was the right decision).

I’ve used it a few times, unwashed, and it is so wonderfully soft. It picks up and blends color effortlessly. I washed it tonight, and put a brush guard on it, so I’m hoping it’ll fluff out a bit, but not too much. Much excite!

Last, but not least, something rather exciting happened on the plane ride back from London. I spotted one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Linda Hallberg, on the same flight! I had read on her blog and her Instagram that she was heading to Hawaii, but imagine my surprise when I saw her walk by on the plane during boarding!

I thought at most she’d post pictures of places I’d recognize in Honolulu and Oahu, but instead, at baggage claim, after two very long flights, I went up to say hi to her. She was very humble and sweet and agreed to take a quick selfie with me.

If you don’t already follow Linda, check out her blog, her YouTube channel, and her Instagram page. There is no limit to her creativity and talent; she’s so inspiring!

So anyway. Now I’m home, and it’s time to try to shuffle my life into some sort of productive order. Hello, December.