Colourpop Review

Beauty on a Budget

Back in my twenties, I worked behind the counter selling cosmetics for top cosmetic brands.  I was used to selling lipsticks for $20-$30 and eyeshadows for $45.  Conditioned to accepting these price points, I paid a lot of money for my makeup addiction.   Now a mother of two, and a bit more savvy, I'm ready to explore other makeup brands sold outside of the traditional department stores.  In search for affordable and quality makeup; I turned to Instagram.  One brand that stuck out in my Instagram feed was Colourpop.  


Colourpop is based in Los Angeles and a cruelty free company with no testing on animals.

I went to their site and the first thing that popped up was a sign up and receive $5 off your first order.  I figured you can't go wrong with that, a perfect opportunity to try a new cosmetic line.

I purchased their Supershock Eyeshadows in Nillonaire and Bandit.  Liquid Matte lipstick in LAX and  Ultra Satin lipstick in London Fog.  

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Monday Makeup: Natural No Makeup Look

Natural makeup
Natural makeup

Mornings are hectic for me as I have 2 sons to tend to; one 4 year old and a 4 month old baby.  When I have 10 minutes to spare, I pull myself together as fast as I can.  Today's makeup look is very natural and easy to do.  Majority of my time is spent on prepping the skin as it is the canvas to my art work.


Here are the products used:


  1. Smashbox  BB Cream:  it primes, protects with SPF 35, controls oil
  2. 100% Pure Organic Rose Hydrosol:  100% Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, certified organic  
  3. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Blackberry:  natural with black tea, berry and cocoa pigments
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow Kit in Golden Bronze- Sultry warm bronze
  5. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer- weightless with complete coverage
  6. Estée Lauder Pink Innocence lip gloss

Inside Beauty: Product Review

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick: So Marilyn

So Marilyn
So Marilyn

The latest addition to my red lipstick collection is from Charlotte Tilbury.  I've been anticipating the arrival of her cosmetic line since I've heard about the launch of her stand alone store in Covent Garden, London. 


I happened to be at Nordstrom, Valley Fair Mall and noticed her line.  I spent 10 minutes there, not enough time to play with everything. 


I picked up the So Marilyn lipstick to review.  So Marilyn is from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G collection ranging from backstage nudes and red carpet reds.  The lipstick is enriched with antioxidants and secret ingredient, Lipstick Tree providing UV protection.  It is also important to highlight that it is also paraben-free.
The lipstick did not disappoint, upon the first application, it felt luxurious due to its special blends of waxes, very soft on the lips and moisturizing.  It is highly pigmented, leaving the lips kissable and very luscious.  After wearing it for 8 hours, I did not have to re-apply nor did it bleed on my lips.
The verdict:  Highly recommend to others and excited to try various shades and products from her collections.
So Marilyn by Charlotte Tilbury
So Marilyn by Charlotte Tilbury

So Marilyn paired with Lip Cheat lip liner in Savage Rose.