I was tagged by the lovely Lyndsey from Lyndsey Fitzgerald.

I don’t really talk about myself much on A Sparkle Of Grace but I do enjoy these types of post, both to write and to read.

When was the last time you cried?

Last Friday night, NCIS got a little emotional.

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

I think so, I hope so anyway. I tend to like quirky people and I talk to myself quite a bit already.

Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Sometimes, but I try not to overuse it, there is a fine line between humorous sarcasm and hurtful sarcasm. They are certain people that I know I can be sarcastic around, but others who don’t feel to.

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Body language and how they carry themselves, this usually gives me a good idea of how to approach them.

Scary movies or happy endings?

Happy endings! I don’t like being scared.

Favorite smells?

That’s a tough one, I love lavender, coffee, eucalyptus, vanilla, citrus. and rose, OH! and pumpkin spice.

What’s the furthest you’ve been away from home?

Wyoming, USA.

Do you have any special talents?

I play the piano, and I have a great memory for trivial information.

Where were you born?

New Hampshire USA.

What are your hobbies?

Reading, painting my nail, collecting skincare products, and baking.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

It changed quite a bit, from mother to secret agent, singer, police officer, and actress, the list goes on. It really came down to whatever my favorite character in the show we were watching at the time was.

How many countries have you been too?

We went to Prince Edward Island, Canada when I was little, so two counting the one I live in now. I really want to start traveling more.

What were your favorite and worst subject in school?

I really liked ancient history and literature, didn’t like grammar AT ALL!

What is your favorite drink?

Right now I’m loving matcha lattes, and there’s this sparkling rhubarb drink that I adore.

What would you (or have you) name your kids?

Hmm… I don’t really know, I tend to love old-fashioned names. I really like Tristen, Miles, Sydney, and Chadwick (as a middle name.) For a girl’s names, I love Adeline, Vera, and Gwendoline.

Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?

I don’t have very many that I watch regularly, I watch Studio C and JazzyBumble regularly so I guess they count as my favorites.

How many boyfriends have you had?

Zero!

Favorite memory from childhood?

Oh dear, there are so many wonderful memories.

One of my favorites is getting my first kitten, it’s a long story but I’ll try to abbreviate it a little.

I had been wanting a kitten for quite a while, finally, I asked my dad if I could get on for my birthday. Dad said that I should pray about it and if God wanted me to have a kitten I would get a kitten, poor dad, that plan backfired on him.

So a couple of weeks before my birthday my sister found a tiny kitten in our barn, a few days later we found another one in the would behind our house, and a few days later an adult cat showed up on our front porch.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

Classic with a touch of whimsy.

Tell us one of your bad habits.

I’m a very messy baker.

The kitchen usually looks like a war zone after I’ve finished making a cake, powdered sugar is my nemesis.

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better!

I don’t have anyone in particular to tag so I’m tagging you! Let me know in the comments if you do this tag so I came pop over and spy on you.

 

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This is a second time I have toured the Hamilton House, but I feel like I learned so much more this time. I’m not that crazy about historical museums, but I do love touring old homes like this one, it always feels a little more personal. The house itself is still very much the way the last owners left it in.

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Jonathan Hamilton was born in 1745 and was a Berwick native who rose from humble beginnings to in the mid-1780s becoming the most prominent merchant in the region. Between 1785 and 1788 Hamilton created his own country seat at Pipe Stave Landing, building a grand mansion on the bluff overlooking the river. Tax records from 1798 indicate that Hamilton’s house was the highest valued in Berwick nearly double to that of the next largest home in Berwick.

From his new home, Hamilton conducted trade, built and serviced vessels, ran a shop, and became part owner of a nearby mill. After Hamilton died in 1802 his sons did not carry on the business at the same level of prosperity. There are allusions to their lack of ability and integrity, but most likely they were caught in the crunch of the Jefferson Embargo of 1807 and the War of 1812.

The war crippled shipping throughout New England, bring about the decline of many family fortunes and the death of small shipping centers like Berwick. Hamilton’s daughter Olive and her husband Joshua Haven purchased the property from Hamilton’s sons, living there between 1811 and 1815. The property was owned by Nathan Folsom, a former business associate of Hamilton, from 1815 to 1839. Folsom, who purchased the house as an investment, probably leased it during this period.

In 1839 Hamilton House was purchased by Aipheus Goodwin and his wife Betsy. The Goodwins were farmers and, as New England’s economy shifted away from shipping and toward agriculture, it was fitting that the town’s landing now became a family farm.

The Goodwin family raised sheep and a variety of other crops at Hamilton House for several generations. Although the family enjoyed several decades of prosperity, the agricultural economy began to suffer from western competition toward the end of the nineteenth century, causing the family’s resources diminished and the house fell into disrepair.

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The old-fashioned look of the house endeared it to local author Sarah Orne Jewett, who feared it might be torn down if sold to the wrong buyer. In 1898 Jewett convinced her friend Emily Tyson, widow of the president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and her stepdaughter Elise Tyson to purchase the house. The Tysons were part of a new wave of summer residents who were caught up in the Colonial Revival romance of owning country houses which reflected the grace and prosperity of colonial forebears and provided a healthful rural retreat away from the heat and pollution of cities.

The Tysons hired Herbert Browne to oversee some interior changes and to design additions to the west and east sides of the house. The Tysons also embarked on creating a grand Colonial Revival-style garden at the east side of the house encircled by an elaborate pergola. Important additions to the property made in the following decade included murals painted in the parlor and dining room of the house by George Porter Fernald and the construction of a garden cottage built from salvaged pieces of a colonial home in Newington, New Hampshire.

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After the house tour sat and had a little picnic under a tree by the river. We had salads, coconut brownies, and our friend made the nicest raspberry turnovers that I’m definitely going to try making.

The Hamilton House is by the edge of the Salmon Falls River, about ten miles for the Atlantic Ocean.

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After lunch, we wandered through Vaughan Woods for an hour or two, then headed home, stopping in South Berwick to walk past the Sarah Orne Jewett House, and to find coffee.

It was such a lovely day, in a beautiful place.

 

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Welcome to a new little series where I share an overview and my thoughts of a certain brand, basically just me rambling about it. Today I what to talk about NYX Cosmetics. I have used quite a few NYX products, a lot of which I no longer have so they couldn’t make a photo appearance but I’m going to talk about them anyway.

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I was trying to remember what my first NYX products were and I believe it was the Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer that I purchased on the recommendation of a fellow blogger a couple of years ago, and while it was a decent primer it was quite expensive for a drugstore primer at $16, and didn’t work well enough for me to want to repurchase it.

That doesn’t mean all NYX primers aren’t worth the bother, I absolutely loved the Studio Perfect primers. They reminded me a lot of the Smashbox Photo Finish primer and would make a perfect dupe, and I have repurchased it several times.

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I just picked up the HD Finishing Powder and the HD Photogenic Concealer last week and I’m still forming my opinions on them. So far I quite like the powder but I’m a bit disappointed in the concealer, it is quite nice and bright, but the coverage isn’t as good as I would expect from a concealer especially one I use under my eyes.

I have also really enjoyed the Hight Definition Blushes, I have on matte and one that had a touch of shimmer and they are both beautiful to use.

The Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam is another of NYX’s products that is a great dupe. I did a post about it ages ago comparing it to the Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter and honestly, it was hard for me to find a difference except of course the price.

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As far as eyeshadows go I have The Natural Shadow palette and The Adorable Shadow palette, both or fairly neutral but Adorable has a little more diversity with pink, shimmers and more dark shades.  While these are not the best quality shadows I’ve ever used they are great for simple quick looks, or on the go, as they have all the shades you need in a small package.

The Prismatic Shadows are absolutely gorgeous! I have two, neither of which I use often because of the color but there is no denying that they are great shadows. I have the shades Bedroom Eyes and Punk Heart.

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NYX makes some absolutely amazing lip products! I have talked about the Soft Matte Lip Creams before and they are still one of my favorite lips products, they have all the charm of a liquid lipstick without being dry.

In my search to find a liquid lipstick I liked I tested out the Lip Lingerie in the shade Lace Detail. While this was one of the better liquid lipstick I have tried I still didn’t really like it, this was mainly due to the color being a way to light for me.

The Butter Glosses are one of my favorite lipglosses,  they feel so lovely on the lips, not sticky or gooey, just glossy and smooth. I need to pick up some more of these as I have been loving lipgloss lately.

Another lip product I really want to get more of is the Butter Lipstick. They are a gorgeous creamy satin lipstick that melts onto the lips.

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I have also used one of their eyeliners, but I don’t remember which one but I did really like it.

My overall thoughts on NYX is that they are an amazing drugstore brand that I highlight recommend, and have recommended to lots of people. The quality is almost always there and I know I haven’t use a ton of their products but I’m excited to use more.

What are some of your favorite NYX products?

Here it is! July’s Degustabox!

Degustabox is a monthly subscription plan which contains 9-14 surprise food products with each box. The items are selected from name brands, will contain new flavors, and give you a new option to think about the next time you’re looking for a break in your eating routine.

This month all the products are simple and summery, with on the go snacks and grilling being the theme.

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DSC_0218WISE Extra Cheesy Cheez Doodles $0.50 

“Wise Extra Cheesy Cheez Doodles delivers even more cheese into every doodle or a rich, creamy flavor that will satisfy your cheese cravings.

I was a big fan of cheesy snack when I was little, but we don’t really eat them that much anymore, but I still love them. I have eaten all of these, and only shared a few of them, they are so good!DSC_0232

AIYA Matcha Zen Cafe Blend $17.80

“This is a sweet, delicate mixture of culinary grade Matcha and pure cane sugar, packed into single-serving packets.

Suited or Matcha lattes and smoothies, it provides all of the same nutritional benefits of Matcha, even or those with a sweet tooth.

I have recently discovered my love for the Matcha Lattes at Starbucks, so I was super excited to find this in the box! I have been really enjoyed making them at home, the only thing I would change is to make them a little sweeter. DSC_0241

CHOMPS Original Turkey Sticks $1.99

CHOMPS Original turkey sticks have 1g or protein and are made with 100% free-range turkey with no hidden nasties(no sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, nitrates/nitrites, antibiotics, hormones, MSG, and artificial preservatives/ coloring). CHOMPS Original turkey sticks are non-GMO project verified, Whole30 approved, Keto/Paleo-friendly, and certified gluten-free.

I’m not usually very fond of meat sticks, but this one was one of the best I’ve had, and the fact that it has good ingredients and no MSG definitely makes it more appealing to me.

DSC_0245GOETZE’S CANDY CO. Chocolate Caramel Creams $2.48

A chewy chocolate caramel with a cream center. A fun summer chocolate treat that doesn’t melt with the heat.

Goetze’s is a 5th generation candy company manufacturing quality candy for over 120 years. Proudly made in the USA. Nut Free, and trans-fat-free.

These went over very well in my house, everyone really liked them, myself not being a big chocolate fan liked the creamy center best.

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Condiments with character:

Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayonnaise is made with the highest quality, Non-GMO ingredients like Certified Humane free range eggs, 100% sunflowers oil, and chipotle peppers.

Fun Fact, I have a serious dislike of mayonnaise bordering on a phobia so I haven’t tried this but my family assures me that it’s very good, and I have really like all the other Sir Kensington products I’ve tried.

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LOACKER Cocoa & Milk Wafers $1.29

The intense cocoa tastes of three light crispy wafers form a union with the tender flavor of two layers of delicate, high-quality Loacker milk cream filling

I received some of the bite-sized espresso wafers in the March box, and I really liked them, these were equally yummy. I did end up sharing these and everyone loved them.DSC_0237

UNCLE DOUGIE’S Sweet N’ Snappy Barbecue Sauce $5.99

With a tiny bit of sweet, a touch of smoky and a little “Snappy” zing, you’ll want to put Sweet & Snappy’s thick, rich, “stick-to-your-ribs” sauce on everything.

This sounds so good and I can’t wait to use it next time we have a cookout.

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LEE KUM KEE Plum Sauce $3.98

Lee Kum kee plum Sauce is made from quality Chinese plums, ginger, and chili. Perfect for stir-frying and dipping. An excellent dip for roast duck.

I’m so curious to try this out, I’m going to hunt down some recipes and try to make something with it very soon. I’ll most likely post that on Instagram, so keep an eye out.

What would your favorite thing be in this months box?

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This box was sent to me for review, all thoughts are my own.

Portland is the largest city in Maine it is bursting with history, with a quintessential Maine harbor and grand architecture Portland had a little bit of everything. Last week my brother and I grabbed our cameras, hopped in his Tacoma with Gaelic Storm and The Greatest Showman soundtrack blaring, and were off to explore this lovely city.

Our first and only planned stop was the Portland Museum of Art. I found admittance for two or $13 on Groupon so I thought it would be a great chance to see what was new. We usually end up here once or twice a year and for the most part not many changes from time to time, they do have one gallery that changes regularly and this time it as an exhibition of Clarence H. White’s work.

Clarence White was a prominent pictorialist photographer, his passion for photography started in 1893 and continued until his death in 1925. Although he was from Ohio he and his family spent a good deal of time in Maine, and he founded a summer photography school here in 1910.

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By far my favorite part of the museum is the original section of the McLellan House.

Originally founded as the Portland Society of Art, the Museum used a variety of exhibition spaces until 1908. That year Mrs. Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat bequeathed her three-story mansion, now known as the McLellan House, and sufficient funds to create a gallery in memory of her late husband, Lorenzo de Medici Sweat. Noted New England architect John Calvin Stevens designed the L. D. M. Sweat Memorial Galleries, which opened to the public in 1911.

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After spending a few hours studying paintings and feeling very cultured, we started a search for lunch, once we had wandered a bit, had an interesting chat with a homeless man, we found POM’S THAI.

POM’S has a couple of different locations in the Portland area, on in South Portland, and one here in the Old Port, or Downtown area. we have eaten at the other location several times but this one is a little out of our normal loop.

We both got the Crispy Pad Thai which was delicious.

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After lunch, it was time for Starbucks!

There are four or five Starbucks in the Downtown Portland area, but my personal favorite the one in the H. H. Hay building on the intersection of Congress and Free Street built in 1826.

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While we didn’t go inside, we explored the gardens of the Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow House,  built in 1785 by General Peleg Wadsworth, Longfellow grandfather.

Longfellow Gardens was restored in 1924-1926 by the Longfellow Garden Club but was only shown to those who paid for a full house tour, in 1980 the club members finally convinced the Maine Historical Society to open the garden to the public. Now the Colonial Revival style garden is an oasis peace and green in the center downtown Portland.

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Portland is rising in the foodie scene, with its many cafes, restaurants, and pubs around every corner and tucked down every ally. There are walking tours from Maine Foodie Tours which is something I would really like to do this summer.

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Portland City Hall occupies much of an entire city block, bounded by Congress, Myrtle, and Chestnut Streets, and Cumberland Avenue. Its original main portion is a U-shaped granite structure, the U open to Congress Street. The central portion is three stories in height, with a doomed mansard roof fronted by a low balustrade. A tower, 200 feet in height rises from the center of this section. Ground floor windows are set in rounded openings, a feature continued around the wings. There are three entrances, accessed via a broad set of stairs; the central one is topped by the city seal. The wings are two stories in height, with projecting colonnades of Tuscan columns. The wings are covered by hip roofs, with a bracketed cornice extending around.

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In the rotunda, they had an exhibition of Mackworth Island Transformed by photographer Tim Greenway. 

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On the upper story, the ceiling was really low and the door looked to be about four feet tall and made me think of Alice in Wonderland.

Myrtle Street also includes Merrill Auditorium, a 2,000 seat performance venue. The organ it houses was the second largest in the world at the time of its construction in 1912 the Hermann Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, donated by Cyrus Curtis and built by the Austin Organ Company.

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Our final stop was Gelato Fiasco! I was introduced to Gelato Fiasco by my aunt when she took me to the original gelateria in Brunswick and I fell in love. They make the best Gelato I’ve ever had, so I told Jake that we had to find the one in Portland.

DSC_0216DSC_0220 (2)Although I have spent quite a bit of time in Portland through the years, I have never taken a whole day just to explore with no particular destination in mind. It has really endeared this city to me even more, learning some of its histories and taking it the atmosphere has really made me appreciate that you don’t have to travel far have new experiences and learn new things.

Thanks so much to Jacob for joining me on this fun day out! Be sure to check out his Instagram, @jmlawrencephotography see his picture from Portland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s finally here!

I bought this palette along with the Soph X lipsticks the week after they were released but unfortunately, the palette arrived damaged. Thankfully Revolution Beauty has great customer service and we had it sorted out in no time, that did, however, mean I had to wait before I could review this pretty little palette.DSC_0083

I have a couple other palettes for Revolution and the quality is so good and you can’t beat the price, this palette is $15.00.

As always let start with the packaging! I love the sleek simplicity it has while being jazzed up a bit by the mirrored rose gold lid. When you open it up there is a mirror the full size of the lid, eighteen shadows all individually labeled. There are eighteen shadows in the palette twelve mattes, and six shimmers.DSC_0234

I am quite impressed with the matte shadows, often times the color payoff of the mattes especially the lighter colors can be a little sheer, but the pigmentation of these is really good, one swipe and you have definite color. The shimmers are so stunning, soft and apply beautifully.

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Swatched right to left:

Everyday: Champagne shimmer with a hint of pink.

Running Late: Carrot orange matte shade.

Infinity: A stunning silver blue shimmer.

Cheesecake: A warm red-brown matte.

Cookie Dough: Light brown matte. The perfect transition shade.

Dreams: Light bronze shimmer.

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Vitamin C: Pale yellow matte.

Sweet N Sour: pumpkin orange matte.

Twenty One: Bright Cerise pink matte.

Romance: Burgundy shimmer with a pink shift.

Enchanted: Deep wine purple.

Lakes: Olive green matte.

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Brownies: Dark matte brown.

Chocolate Orange: Orange toned light brown matte.

Mulled Wine: Red-violet matte.

LA Sun: Golden yellow shimmer.

Aurora: Olive green with gold shimmer.

Reputation: Charcoal black matte.

While some of the shades in this palette I don’t know if I’ll get a lot of use out of, I have discovered that I actually really do like the yellow shades which I didn’t think I would. My only real problem with this palette is that there isn’t a light base shade, like a cream or white, I always use a base shadow so I do need to get on from another palette. This isn’t a big problem just more of an inconvenience, I feel like every palette should have one.

Other than that I absolutely love this palette! The quality of the shadow and the diverse color have made it really fun to play with, I have been loving experimenting with different combinations.

Have you tried this palette? What did you think?

Check out my review of the SophX Lipsticks.

 

June was an exceptionally busy month, and July promises to be just the same so let’s just pretend this post went up on the 29th.

I did a fair amount of shopping in June so there are quite a few products that I’m in the process of testing out, but today I just want to share what I have been using pretty much every day.

COSMETEA Moisture Black Tea + Hibiscus Jelly Foam Cleanser 

I use this in the morning and I have been loving it. It has a really interesting gel paste texture, but when you rub it together in turns into a rich foam, leaving my skin feeling soft and moisturized.

WELCOS Mint Pore Cleansing Foam

Both this cleanser and the one Cosmetea were TJ Maxx finds( what a surprise!). I have been using this at night because that’s when I want a deeper more thorough clean. This has a lovely soft leather, and it smells light of mint, it is meant to target pores and remove sebum.

THE ORDINARY Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution 

When I talked about this in my The Ordinary Haul (here) a couple of months ago, I said it reminded me a lot of the PIXI Glow Tonic. I still think it is a lot like it but I haven’t used the Glow Tonic in so long I can’t say for sure.

I have been using this every night as directed, and my skin has been feeling really nice. My only complaint is that if I have any sores on my face the tonic tends to sting.

KIND NATURED Shea & Macadamia Body Lotion

Hello, this is another TJ Maxx find. This lotion smells so yummy and it’s so rich and creamy. It is also 97% natural ingredients.DSC_0129

WET N WIld PhotoFocus Foundation

I did a full review of this foundation(here). I’m such a big fan of this foundation now, it’s definitely in my top four. The coverage is light but buildable to medium. It has a semi-matte finish that feels light and comfortable on the skin.

COTY AIRSPUN Loose Face Powder

I have been using this powder off and on for a couple of years, but I have recently fallen back in love with it. I had bought the wrong color because I didn’t realize that there as color choices, that one really didn’t work well for me. Now that I have the translucent one I have been using it every single day. This works great both for a light dusting for setting your makeup, and it’s fantastic for baking.

PAIR’D BEAUTY Makeup Setting Spray

This is my first Pair’d Beauty product and I’m really interested in trying out more. I have used a handful of setting sprays and this one is definitely my favorite, it soaks in and makes my makeup look smoother and last longer, I haven’t been needing to touch up throughout the day.

PHYSICIANS FORMULA Butter Bronzer

This bronzer definitely lives up to its reputation, it smells amazing and it applies smoothly and looks natural. I have had this for awhile now but didn’t really use it that much, I have been using it for a light contour.

MILANI Lipstick in Matte Darling

I wear mostly lipgloss and satin lipsticks but I have been reaching for this pretty pink matte a lot lately. Milani really knows how to make a good lipstick, this matte is comfortable and doesn’t dry out my lips.

STILA Color Balm Lipstick in Sadie

This is such a pretty peachy coral color, perfect for summer. As this is a balm lipstick it’s super comfortable and moisturizing.DSC_0139

That’s it for my beauty favorites this month!

This is the last monthly favorites post I will be posting for awhile, while I do love these I have found that for the past few months my heart hasn’t been in them and they feel more like something I have to and not something I want to, so I have decided to take a break from them.

What have you been loving lately?

 

A few weeks ago Revolution Beauty released their newest collaboration with SophDoesNails, who they have collaborated with before creating an eyeshadow palette and a highlighter palette. This time they created three stunning nude lipstick and SophX Extra Spice eyeshadow palette.

To be honest, I have watched a few of Sophie’s videos, but only because I found her through JazzyBumble, so I don’t dislike her but I also wouldn’t call myself a fun, I just bought these because I thought they look lovely.

I ordered all four products a couple the week after they were released and they arrived last Monday. I had planned on review the lipsticks and the palette altogether, but unfortunately, the palette arrived damaged, so I’m waiting for the replacement to arrive to review it.

Revolutions customer service is amazing by the way, they were really quick to get back to me and are sending me a replacement.

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Okay, let’s talk about the packaging for a minute.

They have matte nude packaging, a shiny rose gold lid with Soph x imprinted on the bullet of the lipsticks. I have one other Revolution lipstick that has the same packaging but without the matte nude on the bottom half of the tube, and of course the SophX. I love the simplicity of the shape, while the rose gold adds a bit of fun.

All three lipsticks are in the nude family and they are soft, creamy, and have a lovely satin finish. When I originally ordered these I was thinking I would like Cake and Syrup but I wasn’t thinking I would really like Fudge, but obviously, I ordered all of them.

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Syrup: Brown nude.

This is a bit of a meh shade for me, while it doesn’t look like it from the swatches it actually looks quite light, a little lighter than my natural lip color. With the right lipliner I think this is really pretty, but for the most part, I don’t like to wear lipstick that is lighter than my lips.

Cake: Rose pink nude.

Cake is definitely my favorite of the three, being a rose nude it is more in my normal lipstick comfort zone. I have been wearing this pretty much every day since I got it, and it is a beautiful “my lips but better” shade.

Fudge: chocolate brown nude.

While Fudge is definitely a color that I would typically go for I actually do like it. Like Sophie said her self it is a good nude for darker skin tones, but for pale people like me it is more of a vampy shade.

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Right to Left/ Syrup/ Cake/ Fudge.

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The formula of these lipsticks is so gorgeously buttery and they feel moisturizing and comfortable on the lips. These are not long wearing, so you do have to touch up after eating and drinking and thought the day but that is pretty typical of a classic tube lipstick, especially ones with such creamy consistency.

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Final Thoughts

I think both Sophie and Revolution should be proud of these lipsticks, they are all lovely both packaging wish and the product themselves. These are as nice if not nicer then most of the more expensive lipsticks I have, and for $7.00 you really can’t go wrong.

I’m really excited to start testing out the Extra Spice palette so you can expect a review up very soon.

Which shade is your favorite?

Since I found two Cargo mascaras that I absolutely loved(here), I have been keeping an eye out for more Cargo products. I found this palette at TJ Maxx last week for $9.99, having done a good bit of browsing on Cargos website I know that this palette was originally $34, so picking it up to try out was a no-brainer

 

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Let’s start out by talking about the packaging!

The box the palette comes in looks exactly like the palette itself, except on the back it talks about have the shadow are set up in three quads, and six duos, designed to help achieve a variety of different looks.

The palette its self is designed to be travel-friendly, and I can see that in the variety of looks you can get out of it and also the sturdy packaging. It is made out of a sturdy cardboard, and the lid wraps around the edge of the palette and is held secure magnetically.

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There are twelve shadows in the palette, five mattes and seven shimmers, they are all muted neutral shades.

Discover: creamy white matte.

Wander: Champagne shimmer.

Travel: Pearly off-white shimmer.

Festival: Light grey-green matte.

Light: Icy silver blue shimmer.

Navigate: Cool, light mauve.

Explore: Slightly peachy tan matte.

Curious: Mauve Shimmer.

Voyage: Medium brown matte.

Roam: Deep, forest green shimmer.

Desire: Dark grey shimmer.

Dream: Dark purple shimmer, with flecks of glitter.

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Right to Left Discover/Wander/Travel/Festivel/Light/Navigate/Explore/Curious/Voyage/Roam/Desire/Dream.

The colors in are for the most part ones that I will use, maybe with the exception of Roam,  Dream, and Festival,  as they are colors I usually avoid.

Unfortunately, I’m not as in love with this palette as I wanted to be or originally thought I would be, don’t get me wrong, I really do like it and I know I will get a ton of use out of it, but I do have a couple little complaints. There is some inconsistency in the pigmentation of shadows, the light shimmers are all gorgeous but the darker shimmers look a bit more satin. The mattes are also a little bit powdery, not a huge problem but you should expect a little fallout when you do your eye makeup.

Final Thoughts:

The packaging is stunning! It actually makes me think of a Thomes Kinkade painting the way the little dots seem to be radiating actually light, making it feel warm, bright, and special.

I do really enjoy this palette and I know I will get a lot of use out of it, and for the $9.99 I spent on it, I definitely think it was a steal. That being said, I don’t I could justify paying $34 for it, for a few more dollars you could get something from Tarte or even Too Faced. So, if you find this in TJ Maxx I think it’s worth picking up, but I wouldn’t go and pay full price for it.

I found these boxes on clearence in Walmart and promptly did a poll to see if you wanted to see them reviewd toghether of seperatly. The poll came out fifty -fifty so I dcided to do it seperatly.

I reviewed one of the other Walmart Beauty Favorites boxes on Saturday(here) That ones were all about eyes, today’s box is all about glow!

DSC_0319DSC_0322FOUND Coconut Sheet Mask $2.50

I used this the other night and I was really happy with it. I have mixed feelings about sheet masks in general, this one is distinctly on the better side. The sheet its self is very thin and soft, and it fit my face pretty well. It was still a little weird around my nose, but I haven’t found a  sheet mask that wasn’t

My skin felt so nice and refreshed after the twenty minutes and it definitely left a dewy glow.

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COVERGIRL Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighter in Sundown $8.94

I’m not actually sure how I feel about this product yet, I love the idea of it and there is no denying it’s a beautiful highlighter, I’m just not a big fan of cream products.

Like I said this is a beautiful highlighter, but the color is a little off for me to use on the normal places I would typically use a highlighter. The texture in the tube is really bouncy and soft, one on its cream and blends beautifully. I think I will use this more as a cream eyeshadow, it works really well for that and is super quick and easy to pop on the lid and blend out.

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HARD CANDY Rose Gold Highlighter $8.00

I couldn’t actually find this online, so I think it might have been revamped it into the Just Glow Illuminating Duo, so that’s where I took the price from.

Overall this is a decent little highlighter, but I was expecting a little more shine from it. It is a pretty champagne pink, the formula is a little dusty and it isn’t a strong highlight but it does have a nice little glow.

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WET N WILD MegaGlow Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals $4.99

All the reviews aren’t wrong! This is a gorgeous highlighter.

This was what made me want to get the box in the first place, having heard so many great things about this highlighter I finally decided I needed it. It is a stunning champagne pink, the formula is soft and pigmented.

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MILANI Make It Dewy Setting Spray $10.00  

This seems to be a good little setting spray, it is supposed to “prime, set, and hydrate while also giving you a brightness boost”.

The whole dewy makeup thing is something I’m still trying to get the hang of,  so I don’t know if I’m the best judge. I really like how soft and light the spray is, it feels like a refreshing mist, and it makes my face look fresh and glowy.

Final Thoughts.

This box was originally $10, and I got it on clearance for $5, and it claims to be valued over $24. After adding up the prices of each individual item the total value came out to be $34.43, so even though I wasn’t crazy about the Hard Candy highlighter I still feel like I got a lot more than my money worth.

Remember to check out my last post (here)