Holiday beauty gift sets $20 and under – my picks!

Hi friends!

Christmas is quickly creeping up, and whether you celebrate it or not, you may feel the need (or pressure, let’s be honest) to buy something last-minute for the beauty lover you know this season. Or you may want to gift a little something to yourself. So I put together a concise guide featuring a few holiday sets that I think would make great stocking stuffers for friends, colleagues or whoever. Oh, and here’s the best part, they’re all under $20! Keep in mind that drugstores always have sales and cool offers going on; for example, right now in Walgreens it’s buy 1 gift set, get a second one 50% off through this Saturday, 12/15. So you can definitely get more for less if you know how to shop savvy at the drugstore.

I’ve separated this out into three categories: body, makeup & skincare sets, with one sneaky subcategory. My guide clearly favors makeup the most since that’s where my passion lies, but I still wanted to create something a little more well-rounded. So let’s get started!

BODYCARE GIFT SETS

Soap & Glory Showered in Glory Set 2018
Image source: Soap & Glory Instagram

SOAP & GLORY SHOWERED IN GLORY SET 

  • $10.00 @ Target (there’s a buy 1, get 1 50% off offer on beauty items right now!)
  • $11.00 @ Walgreens (out of stock online, but available in-store)

This gift set contains:

Clean On Me™ Creamy Moisture Shower Gel, Sugar Crush™ Fresh & Foamy Body Wash, Rich & Foamous™ Shower & Bath Body Wash, Foam Call™ Shower and Bath Body Wash.

Soap & Glory’s body products are super lush, thick-textured and moisturizing. They are usually heavily scented though so just keep that in mind. This may a perfect gift for a friend who’s into the brand or into body products in general, or for a teen who loves kitschy packaging.

Dove Nourishing Beauty Set 2018
Image source: Target.com

DOVE NOURISHING BEAUTY GIFT SET

This gift set contains:

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash, Dove Macadamia & Rice Milk Exfoliating Body Polish and an added body pouf.

I love Dove body washes, especially their exfoliating body washes. Their products tend to be gentle and generally don’t irritate the skin. And what better time to gift them as the brand recently became certified cruelty-free!

SKINCARE GIFT SETS

No. 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Duo 2018
Image source: Pinterest 

NO. 7 PROTECT & PERFECT INTENSE ADVANCED DUO

This gift set contains:

Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream (travel size). Read full description hereProtect and Perfect Intense Advanced Serum (travel size). Read full description here

I’ve been using No. 7 skincare for years in my routine, specifically the Intense Advanced Serum which is a lovely product that sinks right into the skin and leaves it very smooth-textured. This would be a great gift for anyone concerned about sun & environmental exposure and/or fine lines & wrinkles.

Freeman The Gift of Glow 5-piece set
Image source: Five Below

FREEMAN THE GIFT OF GLOW 5-PIECE MIX + MASK KIT

  • $5.00 @ CVS in-store so if you’re interested go get it now!

This gift set contains four face masks (3 sheet masks, 1 clay mask) & one mask applicator tool. The masks included are:

Rejuvenating Cucumber + Pink Salt Clay Mask, Polishing Charcoal + Black Sugar Gel Mask + Scrub, Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask, & Hydrating Cactus + Cloudberry Water Gel Mask.

Masking is all the rage now, so if you know someone who’s into their skincare, they’ll probably love this something like this. Freeman is also carried at Ulta & Five Below, by the way. This set sold out at Five Below online but they may still have some stock in-stores.

MAKEUP GIFT SETS

Sleek Makeup Totally Lit Kit 2018
Image source: Walgreens.com
Sleek Makeup Cleopatra’s Kiss Highlight Palette
A closer look at the highlighting palette in Cleopatra’s Kiss from Sleek’s Instagram account. It looks like there are 2 powders & 2 creams in this palette.

SLEEK MAKEUP TOTALLY LIT GIFT SET

This gift set contains:

The Highlighting Palette in Cleopatra’s Kiss, & Major Matte Metallic Lip Cream in Metallized Rose. 

Sleek Makeup is really, really good quality drugstore makeup that has come over from the UK. Their highlighting palettes have gotten fantastic reviews, and I’ve heard the liquid lips are quite good as well. I think this is an awesome gift for any beauty lover. Also, keep in mind that makeup doesn’t necessarily have to be used for its exact purpose; meaning this palette can be used on the face but also on the eyes as well. And the liquid lip, for example, can be used on both the lips and the cheeks. 

Maybelline Countdown Mini Mascara Kit
Image source: Maybelline Instagram

MAYBELLINE COUNTDOWN MINI MASCARA KIT

This gift set contains:

Total Temptation Mascara, Lash Sensational Mascara, The Colossal Volume Express Mascara, & Great Lash Mascara

Mascara is the great equalizer in makeup, I believe. Even if you’re not into makeup and beauty in general, chances are you still own a mascara or wouldn’t mind being gifted one. So this would be awesome for anyone really, the beauty-obsessed, the beauty-beginner, or even the minimalist.  Maybelline mentioned on their Instagram last month that Walgreens was selling these for 50% off in-store, so you may be lucky enough to snag that deal. I believe I also saw this kit in Ulta recently although it doesn’t seem to be available online.

WET N’ WILD & WALGREENS EXCLUSIVE SETS

Please note: there are a lot of Wet n’ Wild sets that are exclusive to Walgreens this season. This is just a small selection.

Wet n’ Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick Collection & Mega Slick Lip Gloss Set

WET N’ WILD LIQUID CATSUIT LIPSTICK COLLECTION

  • $10.00 @ Walgreens in-store

This gift set contains:

Three mini Mega Last Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks, and one mini Mega Last Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipstick. I don’t know what the particular colors are, I’m sorry! This is an awesome formula, and probably one of my favorites from the drugstore. Gift this to someone who loves their comfy, long-wearing liquid lips and they’ll be a happy camper! (I believe Ulta has a similar set with four mini Liquid Catsuits, but instead of just one metallic formula they have an even split of two mattes and two metallics. Check it out here. It’s on sale for 50% off too!)

WET N’ WILD MEGASLICKS LIP GLOSS SET 

  • $5.00 @ Walgreens in-store

This gift set contains:

Four MegaSlicks Lip Glosses. Again, I don’t know the specific colors but I believe one of them is totally clear. I think this set would be perfect for a makeup beginner or a young teen just starting to experiment with color cosmetics.

Wet n’ Wild Matte n’ Shine Set 2018

WET N’ WILD MATTE N’ SHINE SET

  • $15.00 @ Walgreens in-store

This gift set contains:

Two 10-pan eyeshadow palettes (one matte, one shimmer), one Photo Focus Mini Eyeshadow Primer, plus one Tapered Blending Pro Brush

Wet n’ Wild, in my opinion, makes some of the best eyeshadows at the drugstore for barely any cost. I’ve extensively used both their matte & shimmer shadow formulas and with only a few exceptions, I’ve always had a good experience. To me this kit would be awesome, again, for anyone just starting out with makeup, since you’re getting the full package here (shadows, brush & primer). 

Which gift set are you lusting after this season? Luxury or drugstore? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Review: Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer

Hi friends!

I’m back with my last review of the month. I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of December; Christmas is just a few weeks away and then…2019 starts. Wow. But I digress. A few weeks ago I wrote about about my experience at the CVS “Beauty IRL” store in Connecticut (which you can read here) where I showed you my haul products, including the Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer from Joah Beauty. Well, I’ve been using this concealer ever since so I’m ready to share my thoughts & opinions with you now.

Let’s get started!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

  • $6.50 for 0.53 oz. of product
  • Cruelty-free formulation

What imperfections? Prepare to look fabulous wearing our long-lasting concealer. Help your skin appear more youthful and say so long to discoloration, blemishes and dark circles. Available in 6 shades.

Source: joahbeauty.com

PRODUCT BENEFITS

Helps your skin appear more youthful and lets you say so long to discoloration, blemishes, scars and dark circles. Light weight and creamy texture is budgeproof, so anything you prefer to hide stays undercover all day.

Source: joahbeauty.com

HOW I APPLY THIS PRODUCT

If you’ve been following the blog for a while now you’ll know that I apply about 80% of my makeup with my fingers. This concealer is no different. So I squeeze a small pea-sized amount onto the back of my hand, and dot about 3 to 4 dots under my eyes and into the dark inner corners. I then gently tap & stipple the product into my skin with my index finger for maximum coverage. I find using sponges & brushes takes away too much coverage for my liking. I then always set my concealer with a small amount of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

MY THOUGHTS ON…

Packaging: This is a small squeezy tube that is extremely lightweight, so you can easily throw it in your purse or travel bag without much fuss at all. I find the little plastic nib very userfriendly since it gives you a lot of control over how much product comes out. Plus, I don’t mind using the back of my hand to hold product during the application process. Some people who are really into doe-foot applicators or wands may not like this method, but personally I find those wands can sometimes deposit too much product for my liking.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

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Application: I do agree with Joah Beauty’s description of this product in that it’s both lightweight & creamy. I find I can very easily tap this into my skin without much tugging or skipping. It also doesn’t cling to any dry patches or flakes on my skin, which is awesome. Right now my skin is quite dry from this frigid NY weather, so I need all the help I can get! Lastly, this can layer up well. When I want more coverage I can build up about 2 thin layers without getting a cakey effect.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Coverage: While this is called a “full cover” product, I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that. I’d say this is medium coverage at best. Like I said above, you certainly can build up coverage where you want it, but if you buy this thinking you’re gonna get the same effect as, say, the Too Faced Born This Way MultiUse Sculpting Concealer or the NARS Creamy Concealer, you will be disappointed. Personally I often have both really-full coverage & medium coverage concealers in my collection at any given time, so I don’t mind lighter coverage when it suits me. But considering “full cover” is in the name and it doesn’t quite live up to that, I feel I have to dock some points.

Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️

Shade Selection: If you read my brand overview post on Joah Beauty back in September, you may already know my complaint here. The shade selection is seriously lacking, to say the least, and sadly this is an issue across all of Joah’s complexion products. Just 6 shades? There’s no way everyone who wants to try this concealer will be able to fit into so few categories. Some drugstore brands have made strides to expand their shade offerings in the past few years, like CoverGirl & L’Oreal for example, but it’s still largely a problem. For a brand that launched in 2018, I would expect Joah to do better.

Since I’m so pale I usually get the lightest shade in any range, although the undertone is usually all wrong. That’s the case with this concealer too; the shade Porcelain is light enough but very yellow in opinion. I can still make it work though.

Rating: 2/5 ⭐️

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Longevity: This concealer lasts quite well on me without much fading, flaking or cracking. For reference, I usually wear this for 9 or 10 hours at a stretch. But do keep in mind three things: 1) I have dry skin naturally, 2) I’m not piling on lots of product to begin with, and 3) I’ve only tested this in cool, dry weather. So I have no idea how this product would stand up to heat and humidity.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Price: At $6.50 for 0.53 oz. of product that applies well, blends well, & sits well on my skin, I think this concealer is a great price. Let’s quickly compare that to some other well-known drugstore concealers. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is slightly more expensive for a lot less product ($6.99 for 0.23 oz.). The Wet nWild Photo Focus Concealer is less expensive for less product ($3.99 for 0.29 oz). And the L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow Concealer is a lot more expensive for the least amount of product of any item mentioned here ($9.99 for 0.21 oz.). You get the picture, I’m sure 😉.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you can use one of the 6 shades they offer and you don’t mind medium coverage (even though the packaging says full cover), then I think you’ll really like this concealer. It’s really easy to apply and to wear and the price is very competitive at the drugstore level. I particularly love how lightweight & hydrating it is, and I will definitely get more use out of it. I just hope they expand their shade range in the future to offer more skin tones & undertones.

Have you tried anything from Joah yet? Which affordable concealers are you loving right now? I’d love to know!

Shop the Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer here.

xo, Erica

Read my brand overview post on Joah Beauty here.

Read my CVS haul post featuring the Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer here.

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Drugstore alternatives to Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter

Hi friends!

Since my last post on the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick dupe was so well-received, I decided to bring the brand back to the blog. This time we’re talking about another of my favorite CT products, the Hollywood Flawless Filter! I first spoke about my love for this product in this post, and since then my obsession has not abated 😊. But I know not everyone wants to or can pay upwards of $40 for (essentially) a glow/highlighter product, so I wanted to tell you about some cheaper drugstore alternatives that give a similar effect. It just so happens that both alternative products come from L’Oreal, but that wasn’t necessarily planned.

So let me refresh you first on what exactly the Hollywood Flawless Filter is, and why I love it. Then we’ll talk about the drugstore alternatives & compare.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

CHARLOTTE TILBURY HOLLYWOOD FLAWLESS FILTER – Shop here

  • $44.00 for 30 ml
  • Available in 7 shades
  • Cruelty- free formulation

Darlings, my Hollywood Flawless Filter is a customisable complexion booster with the versatility of a primer, the mega-watt glow of a highlighter, and the perfecting properties of your favourite digital filter. Ingredients help to soft-focus, illuminate skin and makes lines and pores appear smoother.

WHAT MAKES HOLLYWOOD FLAWLESS FILTER MAGIC:

• The ultimate high gloss, high glow celebrity-skin-filter-in-a-bottle! This was born on the red carpet makeup, inspired by technology, for real life, in real time that looks amazing on-screen or off.

• Smoothing airbrush polymers roll over your complexion for a poreless-looking, creamy finish.

• Glossy Oil is a lightweight moisturising oil that reflects and adds light to your face where you need it.

• Finely milled powders soft focus, makes lines and pores appear smoother which means it only ever looks as amazing in real life, as it does on camera.

• Porcelain Flower Extract is a brightening ingredient derived from a Thai flower with natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to enhance microcirculation and brighten skin.

• Ideal for superstar-lit skin whether you want a subtle glow or a mega-watt complexion.

Source: charlottetilbury.com

This is an amazingly highshine product that I apply either under my makeup and/or over the top of my makeup, specifically targeting the high points of my face. It gives the most beautiful, dewy & almost juicy look to the skin that I’ve never experienced with any other makeup product until this point. It’s not glittery or shimmery in the slightest; it’s much more wet-looking, which to me is the pinnacle of sophisticated highlighting. I can see how this would play off the cameras on the red carpet very well. Charlotte really knows what she’s doing!

DRUGSTORE ALTERNATIVES

1. L’Oreal Visible Lift Luminous Serum Tint – Shop here 

  • $14.99 for 30 ml
  • Available in 5 shades

24 Hour Hydration. A touch of sheer radiant color. Smooths fine lines and wrinkles.

Give your skin a beautiful boost of hydration and a touch of radiant color with L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift® Luminous Serum Tint. The lightweight and sheer tinted moisturizer for mature skin smooths fine lines and wrinkles, while evening skin tone. This serum moisturizer is infused with key skincare ingredients such as nourishing oils and Vitamin E. L’Oréal Luminous Serum Tint delivers instant hydration to dull, tired skin while improving skin instantly and over time. Apply the glow serum all over the face to revive radiance for a healthy complexion that stays fresh all day long.

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I have to give credit to The Critical Babe on this one. I read an earlier post of hers where she spoke about how the L’Oreal Visible Lift Luminous Serum Tint gives a similar-type effect on the skin as the Flawless Filter does. I have to say I agree, but the Luminous Serum Tint feels just a bit more moisturizing than the Flawless Filter believe it or not. However this product is marketed as ‘skincare + makeup’, so perhaps it shouldn’t be as surprising. To me, the Luminous Serum Tint is like the shy little sister of the Flawless Filter; it doesn’t have as much impact or sheen as the Flawless Filter on first swipe, but you can build the layers up a bit to resemble a similar effect on the skin.

I got shade 801 Pearl which is a pinky, luminous tint that was probably designed to impart moisture & glow only. There are 4 other skin tone shades that perhaps provide a bit of coverage as well, but I can’t speak to those.

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2. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer – Shop here

  • $14.99 for 40 ml
  • Available in 4 shades

Highlighting glow lotion. Effortless illumination. For an all over natural glow look.

L’Oréal Paris True Match® LUMI Glotion instantly hydrates and luminizies skin for an all-over, fresh, natural glow. The highlighting formula delivers an illuminating color tint to enhance your skin’s natural skinglow for a healthier, brighter complexion. True Match® Lumi glow lotion formula is infused with Glycerin and Shea Butter for all day continuous hydration.
Available in 4 shades for all skintones, True Match® LUMI glow lotion can be worn alone, under foundation, or target areas for a more luminous effect.

Source: lorealparisusa.com

I’d say the description on the Glotion more closely mirrors the description of the Flawless Filter, as it seems to emphasize the glowy & brightening aspects of its formula rather than the hydrating, skincare-infused Serum Tint does. This is definitely a glowy product that gives off a lovely sheen, but its not glowy in exactly the same way as the Flawless Filter, just so you’re aware. Again, the Flawless Filter gives an almost wet appearance to the skin; the Glotion gives a more shimmery effect on the skin. It’s a very refined shimmer though, but if you’re adverse to anything like that on your skin then I’d skip this one.

I got shade 901 Fair, but there are 3 other skin tone shades as well. Like any of the products spoken about in this post, this is not a traditional coverage product in the slightest. I think the shades correspond more to undertones, so fair skins don’t look orange & deep skins don’t look ashy, if that makes sense.

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From top to bottom: CT Hollywood Flawless Filter in Fair, L’Oreal Glotion in Fair, & L’Oreal Luminous Serum Tint in Pearl.

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Swatches rubbed in & sheered out. Same order as mentioned in previous photo. You can’t tell much difference between the products from this photo, but applied to the face you definitely can, trust me 😉.

So to recap, both L’Oreal alternatives give a similar effect on the skin as the Flawless Filter does. They are by no means exact dupes, but they are great options at a much smaller price point. If you want something more moisturizing, I’d go with the Luminous Serum Tint; if you want something slightly more shimmery, then go with the Glotion. If you want something that resembles the Flawless Filter as much as possible, then again I’d go with the Luminous Serum Tint. Or just go ahead and treat yourself to the Flawless Filter! It’s an amazingly beautiful product that I think is one-of-kind.

Have you tried the Hollywood Flawless Filter yet? Or any of the L’Oreal products mentioned here? Do you have any cheaper alternatives or dupes I should know about? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

Check out my post on a great alternative to Pillow Talk Lipstick here.

Check out my shopping guide to Charlotte Tilbury here.

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My fave drugstore matte eyeshadows, $10 and under

Hi friends!

First off, I hope everyone in the U.S. had an amazing Thanksgiving yesterday!

In all honesty, I wanted to post a video today but unfortunately my skin decided to go crazy this week (something that doesn’t normally happen to me), and I just couldn’t face going in front of the camera. Sorry about that, but I do have some drugstore recommendations for you! I love a cheap (but great) beauty find, so today I thought I’d briefly tell you about some of my favorite drugstore matte eyeshadows that will only run you $10 at the most. I’ve been absolutely loving an all-matte eye look lately. It’s classic & very flattering for all ages. It’s also perfect during the daytime for work or school.

Great matte shadows can be a little elusive to find and tempermental to work with. Sometimes even high-end brands can’t do them well. Some require a sticky base like a primer to grab onto the eye properly, while others catch and skip unless blended over a smooth surface. They generally need more blending and finesse than shimmer or metallic shadows, so finding good mattes at the drugstore level is like finding a diamond in the rough!

So, my list of recommendations is no way meant to be an exhaustive list. There are tons of drugstore & other affordable brands out there that produce great quality shadows. This is just a small list for you guys. So let’s start!

ELF COSMETICS MAD FOR MATTE PALETTES 

You really can’t go wrong with these all-matte palettes from ELF. I’ve talked about them on the blog before in this post, and over on my Instagram stories back in the summer. These are absolutely stunning! They blend seamlessly with no skipping, have beautiful pigmentation and great longevity. I have two, in Nude Mood & Summer Breeze, but I believe ELF does a few more in other color varieties. At $10.00 for ten awesomequality shadows, I think these are a steal and I truly recommend them if you’re looking for mattes at a low price point. I’d say these are my top picks.

Pictured, top left panel – Nude Mood – Shop from ELF or Ulta

Picture, bottom left panel – Summer Breeze – Shop from ELF or Ulta

PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA MATTE COLLECTION QUAD EYE SHADOW 

This is an unexpected one. While Physician’s Formula is not primarily known for eyeshadow, they do have some hidden gems. Canyon Classics, pictured above, has been around forever and for good reason: it’s absolutely beautiful on the eyes! It’s in small, dinky, unattractive packaging that you wouldn’t look at twice, but I tell you it’s very deceiving. It’s an all-matte quad of very cool-toned shadows that are absolutely perfect for subtle daytime looks. The matte grey, in particular, blends better than some greys I have from MAC! If you haven’t tried this guy already, or haven’t dug it out of your collection in forever, I suggest you do. The swatches above look terrible, but don’t get too hung up on that. On the eyes, the pigment & blendability are definitely there. This will run you about $8.00 or so depending on where you shop.

Shop from Rite Aid here or Walgreens

WET N’ WILD COLOR ICON PALETTES

If you’re in the market for more affordable mattes than either ELF or Physician’s Formula can provide, go straight to Wet nWild then. Their Color Icon Palettes & Quads contain amazing quality mattes for a tiny price tag. Impressive color, easy blending and only minimal fading (over a primer). I’m not sure if Wet n’ Wild has made an all-matte palette or quad yet, but the quads usually contain at least one matte transition shade and the palettes can contain anywhere up to eight mattes (but that does vary). The Color Icon Quads are a mere $2.99, while the Palettes are $4.99 for ten shadows. Seriously, you can’t wrong! If you’re interested in an in-depth review of a Wet nWild palette, see my post on the Comfort Zone Palette.

Pictured, left two panels – Rose in the Air – Shop from Wet n’ Wild here or Ulta

Pictured, right two panels – Comfort Zone – Shop from Wet n’ Wild here or Ulta

*HONORABLE MENTION: Maybelline City Mini Palette in Matte About Town. Unforunately mine has since gone missing from my collection, but I’d like to continue playing with this one before I can definitely recommend it. That being said, I was really impressed with this palette the last time I used it. Maybelline is notorious (in my mind) for horrible shadows, so I think this must be a new formulation for them. It was about time! The mattes applied very well and stayed on all day without much fading.

Maybelline City Mini Palette in Matte About Town

 

Have you tried any of the products mentioned in this list? Do you have any drugstore recommendations for me? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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New brand alert! Happimess has launched!

Hi friends!

Some more beauty news for you today! To be honest I’m a little late with this launch so please forgive me, but I haven’t heard many people talking about this brand quite yet. It’s called Happimess and they initially launched online on October 25th from what I can gather. I first discovered them through Trendmood on Instagram when she showed swatches of the palettes and lipsticks. They’re a small, highly affordable cosmetics brand that, at the time of launch, offers products for the eyes & lips. And lemme tell you, the packaging is so, so adorable! Packaging gets me every time! Does that happen to you too?

Here’s some information about the Happimess brand from their website:

We believe in expressing your true self, experimenting, not being afraid to play, and have fun. Inspired by color, trend and life’s chaotic beauty, we welcome all to join in this playful, colorful adventure.

Our high-performance products are made from the best ingredients, and are paraben-free and sulphate-free.

The happiest moments often come from the messiest messes. And that’s what we’re all about: finding happiness in the unknown, the challenge, or the adventure.

So in this post, I will briefly take you through each category and its respective products. Just a disclaimer, I have not tried any of these products yet so I cannot attest to or comment on overall quality, nor can I provide swatches. This post is purely meant as an introduction to the brand.

(All the following photos are from the brand’s Instagram account.)

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Up close with the ‘Call You Later’ Palette

Before we get into the categories, here are some fast facts about the brand.

  • Ships internationally! Yay! Free U.S. shipping on orders over $30. Free global shipping on orders over $50.
  • All products are formulated without parabens or sulphates.
  • Prices range on single items from $5.00 – $12.00.
  • All sales are final (no returns or exchanges), but they will replace items broken in transit.

EYES – Shop here

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9 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Call You Later

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9 Color Eyeshadow Palette in I Don’t Give A

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9 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Next To Me

1. Eyeshadow Palettes – three 9-color palettes, $12.00 each

  • Call You Later
  • I Don’t Give A
  • Next to Me

Each palette is a mix of mattes & shimmers, and what looks like to be one duo-chrome shade. I think they are all beautiful, but if I had to choose a favorite just based on color choice I’d have to go with Next To Me. I just love all the little faces stamped into the shadows!

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From L to R: Love Lay Here, Front Runner, Cleaned Up

2. Accompanied Eyeshadow Duo’s – three duo’s, $5.00 each

  • Cleaned Up
  • Front Runner
  • Love Lay Here

These are little split-pan duo eyeshadows in very neutral, wearable colors. It looks like Love Lay Here and Cleaned Up are both matte duo’s, while Front Runner is a mix of matte & shimmer but I’m not 100% on that. They can also attach onto one another, so you can create your own little palette with these. That’s a cool concept that we’ve seen before from other brands like Revlon, but that’s usually a more expensive route than buying a ready-made palette so just keep that in mind.

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From top to bottom: 24/7, My Comeback, Dance Hall

3. Unaccompanied Eyeshadowsthree singles, $5.00 each

  • My Comeback
  • Dance Hall
  • 24/7

These are all shimmer eyeshadow singles that you can also click together, just like the duo’s above, to create a mini palette of sorts. I think these are all pretty cool colors, especially the warm burgundy-type shade in the middle. I do think the plastic packaging looks a little cheap on these and also on the duo’s, but these are affordable products so…what do you expect? If the product is good, that’s all I care about.

LIPS – Shop here

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1. High Class Lipstick – 10 shades, $10.00 each

  • Deep Cherry
  • Plum Red
  • Deep Red
  • Rose Red
  • Coral
  • Deep Coral
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Plum
  • Lilac

Out of the two lipstick offerings from Happimess, this is the pricier one. It’s got a satin or demi-matte finish, and it’s formulated with moisturizing ingredients like beeswax, almond seed oil & sun flower oil. If you’re interested in swatches, head over to the Happimess website, but I have to say a lot of the shades look quite similar to me. They’re all variations of red & warm colors; it would be nice if they launched some cooler pinks, browns, or beiges to complete the line.

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2. The Glow Lipstick – 8 shades, $8.00 each

  • Released
  • Near Pink
  • Brainwashed
  • Almost Delicate
  • Lush Life
  • Number One
  • Dreemer
  • Jazzed

The description of this formula seems very interesting to me. It claims to give a ‘semi-gloss’ finish to the lips in order to make them appear bigger, but at the same time it claims to be long-wear. In theory that could be an amazing combo, so I’m definitely interested in this one! One of the ingredients here is castor oil to moisturize the lips and to help with overall appearance. The color range is a little better than with the High Class Lipstick as there are some browny pinks & brighter shades included here. Again, you can see swatches by going to the brand’s website.

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What do you guys think about Happimess? Would you buy any of their products? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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