In the last month or so, my love and enjoyment of makeup has really been revitalized. I have even been toying with the idea of starting up beauty videos on YouTube again. In the meantime though, I have been watching much more beauty videos than I ever have in the past couple years. With that being said, the influence is so real when it comes to product hype of new makeup releases. I have a small haul of Sugarpill Cosmetics and L.A. Girl products coming in the mail soon; then it’s lights out on my beauty spending for awhile, while Mr. Right and I focus on other things that need our financial attention.
The JeffreeStar Artistry Palette
Let’s be real here, I am a sucker for packaging! Especially if it is bright pink or holographic. Jeffree Star has done just that in his recent collaboration with Morphe Cosmetics ($16-42 USD). Now, I’ve stopped being a fan of this brand after being burned on my last two purchases from them in 2018. My first purchase was the Dare To Create palette, a very nice range of colors for all skin tones and I used that palette for several months on end exclusively. I decided to try out their rainbow palette (both metallic and matte) and lets just say….they sucked 😕 There’s no way around that opinion. The quality of Morphe’s eyeshadows are hit/miss and for the most part, my purchases were misses. It also doesn’t help their case that the collabs with Jacalyn Hill and the (somewhat) controversy with the James Charles eyeshadow palettes, doesn’t help. I wanted to invest in those products too but after seeing honest reviews from those in the beauty community (who were not on the PR list) I ultimately decided it’s not for me.
The JSC collaboration has to be good, right?! Jeffree is so picky about the quality of his products. It’s on my wishlist, but I won’t be disappointed if I never get it.
Jackie Aina x Anastasia Beverly Hills
While we are on the topic of collaborations, I am so excited to see Jackie Aina and Anastasia Beverly Hills ($45-55 USD) come together! I haven’t followed Jackie’s career very closely, but in general she has a fun and boisterous attitude that makes watching her content enjoyable. Of course, I am excited to see woman of color collaborate with a large brand (especially a BLACK woman; yes I said it). From the packaging to the eyeshadow choices of this palette; everything is beautiful and well worth the price.
Sugarpill Cosmetics Fun Size Palette
Last, but not least on my list of items I’ve been eyeballing is Sugarpill Cosmetics’s new release of the Fun Size palette ($28 USD). I actually randomly came across this while on Instagram, because I wasn’t following SP at the time. I’ve only tried their liquid lipsticks before, but I’ve always wanted to see what their eyeshadow was about. They are known for having pigmented and bold shadow colors. The prices of their eyeshadow (singles and palette) were a bit much for me to invest in at once, so I never did. With the release of this awesome mini palette, I get to try out their products without breaking my wallet entirely. I posted about this to my Instagram Story and SP actually responded back saying this was their main purpose. To have an affordable option for everyone to at least try it! 😛 I am super excited, as rainbow eyeshadow palettes were my absolute fave, back in the day. Who remembers that tried and true 120 eyeshadow palette that was under $20!? 😉
And that’s pretty much it! I will be averting my eyes from new makeup and sales for the next few months. You can look forward to me wrapping all these reviews, adding more looks to the Lookbook gallery and generally sharing my life!