KathleenLights x Colourpop Dream St Palette Review

Hello, lovelies. Today I’d like to share my thoughts on this collaboration with you all. You guys know I love Kathleen and Colourpop, but not all collaborations are as amazing as you would think. Let’s see how this holds up to the test.

Packaging:

The packaging is a cardboard type of material with matte white, rose gold foiled marbling and stars and moons on it. I love the rose gold. The marbling is pretty, but I wish they would’ve gone for more of a glossy finish to the white portions. Any shadow that gets on the white parts stains it. Especially the matte shades with red. It makes it look dirty even when it’s not. The names of the shadows are printed on the back which is better than not at all but I still wish they were under the pans themselves. Having the names of the shadows on the back can be confusing sometimes and I hate having to flip it over to see the shade name every time I dip into a shadow. The packaging isn’t terrible, like I wouldn’t return it or anything because of it, but I’m not a huge fan for sure.

Feel:

The shadows are silky and smooth for the price point of $16. I wouldn’t say they are the same feel as the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette, but they aren’t chalky or scratchy. Some of the shimmers are so soft that you don’t even need to spritz your brush when applying!

Shade Description:

For shade comments and swatches I’m going to go from top to bottom in each row starting on the left.

Shooting Star (Top left)- This is a soft, matte, dusty tan color. It’s amazing in the crease. My go to crease color from this palette. I like to compare this to Frappe from MUG.

Sweet Dreams (Middle left)- Sweet Dreams is one of my favorites. It’s a foiled rose gold but a lot more champagne than a normal rose gold and it has a strong pink undertone. It’s beautiful all over the lid with a matte brown in the crease and some winged liner!

Kaleidoscope (Bottom left)- Honestly, this shadow surprised me. In the pan it looks like an average, shimmery silver, but when you swatch it, it’s a champagne color. Absolutely gorgeous to use as the highlight shade in a halo eye or even just as a brow bone or inner corner highlight.

Magical (Second row top)- Another great crease shade. It’s a pale orangey color. I think of a creamsicle when I see Magical, but maybe that’s because of the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette. Lol.

Water Bearer (Second row middle)- A deep, matte turquoise. It can be a little scary, but the most wearable way I’ve found is to just smoke it out along the lower lash line for a little pop of color. That’s fun and not too crazy.

Elfish (Second row bottom)- A warm, matte brown. I like Elfish a lot for deepening the outer corner. It matches with the rest of the palette so it makes a nice, cohesive look.

Stardust (Third row top)- This is a foiled, shimmery sienna color. I like using this on the inner 2/3 of the lid with a deeper shade in the outer corner. This is right up my alley. I LOVE my warm shades!

Potion (Third row middle)- I’d call this a real sienna. Great for deepening the crease or warming up a look. I think this is a necessary color in everyone’s makeup inventory.

Moony (Third row bottom)- The highlight of the palette. This is a pearly shade in every aspect. The color is a cream with a hint of a yellow undertone and a slightly more than satin but not quite a shimmer finish. Very subtle highlight in my opinion, but still beautiful.

Twinkle (Last row top)- A true rose gold. I absolutely adore this shadow. You can use this in almost any way you want and it’ll be beautiful. In a halo eye, all over the lid, inner 2/3 of the eye, even just blended out all over the eye with no crease color.

Spark (Last row middle)- Red. Bright red. This can be a little intimidating too. It’s fun to have this peeking out of the crease and a more neutral outer corner and lid shade. It’s pretty on the lower lash line too!

Mermaid Boy (Last row bottom)- This is such a unique shade. I almost want to call it a duochrome but it isn’t quite that. But it isn’t a normal shimmer either. It has like a slight duochrome effect. As you can see around the edges it almost looks grayish. Beautiful shade to use in a halo eye!

Pigmentation:

Here is the shade names again, just to keep things from getting confusing 🙂

Shooting Star- Shooting Star isn’t super pigmented but I like it that way. So if I go in a little too heavy handed on my first go in, it isn’t too crazy looking. It can definitely be built up though.

Sweet Dreams- This is a shy kind of shadow. I like to wet my brush to apply this one and just use it on a dry, fluffy brush to blend the edges into the crease or outer corner shades.

Kaleidoscope- If I’m using his as a highlight, I’ll go in dry. If I’m using it on the lid in any way, I’ll spritz my brush a little bit. So, so beautiful!

Magical- This is pretty pigmented. I never really worry about going in too heavy though, because it’s a very blendable matte.

Water Bearer- Watch out because this shadow is ridiculously pigmented. A little goes a long way and if you aren’t careful, you’ll have green half way down your face. I do think it pairs well with all the rose golds in the palette, though.

Elfish- This is the shade I think I have the most problem with pigmentation wise. I want it to be a very deep brown, but when I pack it on the outer corner or lid and go to blend it into the crease, it just disappears. I’ve found that using a fluffy brush with the shadow on it to blend it out to be the best plan of action. Buildable, but I do wish it was a little more pigmented.

Stardust- Stardust is pretty pigmented. I use it a lot without even spritzing my brush, but sometimes just want that extra umph. When that happens I treat it a lot like the Sweet Dreams in the palette. I use it dry to blend it out and wet to apply to the lid. It’s dainty and oh so pretty!

Potion- Be careful if this is the first crease shade you’re going in with because it is pretty powerful for the crease. I like that it can be built up though incase you want to use it in the outer corner. I also love this shade on the lower lash line.

Moony- This shadow isn’t very loud. It’s pretty and dainty. It isn’t that it’s not pigmented, it’s just meant to be this shy. You can definitely build it up if you want a louder inner corner highlight or something of that sort.

Twinkle- I actually don’t usually use a wet brush when I go in in with this shade. It’s just so soft and foiled that I don’t feel like I have to. It’s very pigmented, as you can see in the swatches, it covers my tattoo completely!

Spark- I like that Spark isn’t too pigmented. It makes it easier to handle such a bright color. You can definitely build this up, or blend it out into a nice gradient for the crease.

Mermaid Boy- Mermaid Boy is the loudest, most in your face shadow of the palette. It’s so crazy pigmented, but because t has that slight duochrome property, it’s easier to blend out into another matte shadow. It’s intimidating, but just try it!

Wear Time:

These shadows definitely hold up when it comes to wear time. I usually use Shape Tape to prime the eyes. Then I lay down a matte cream shadow all over the eye to set the concealer and ensure a smooth canvas for me to blend all my shadows on. When I use that, these shadows stay all day. I give the palette two thumbs up on wear time!

Overall:

I love this palette so much! I use it pretty much daily. There’s no many fun looks to make with this palette. You can really dress a look up or down with this palette. And the pops of color allow you to have a lot of versatility. It’s small, so it’s great to travel with. I think this palette would be a great addition to anyone’s makeup stash.

And that’s a wrap for this review! That’s my honest opinion on the KathleenLights x Colourpop palette. What do you guys think of this collaboration? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Thank you guys so much for hanging out with me today. And I’ll see you next time! 🙂

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My Tattoo Diary

Hey, darlings. I thought today I would do a fun post and tell you guys about all my tattoos. Before we start, I have 7 tattoos. Not all of them look great, but they all tell a story. With that being said, let’s get to it!

1. Peace sign on my left forearm

This is the one that I was referencing when I said not all of them look great. This is a stick n poke from when I was a reckless teenager without a care in the world. It started off as a smiley then a couple years later, I became “so much more sophisticated and mature” so I felt the need to turn it into a peace sign, because like everyone wants peace, right?

2. Star on my right foot

This was actually a stick n poke as well. It was done at the same time I turned my smiley face into a peace sign. It was done in my childhood best friends room by another one of my friends with the rest of them crowded around me asking how bad it hurt. I miss those times and those people.

3. “Just Breathe” on my right wrist

I actually got this tattoo with my very first paycheck from my very first job. It was $20 I think. I went with a friend that I had known for a very very long time. (I still talk to her today, and work with her. I’ll ask her to make an appearance on here one day.) We went to this guys house and he did it in his garage. Not the best idea, looking back on it, but it was fun. I think I’ve mentioned before on here that my dad has had heart problems. Well at one point he had a heart attack and his aorta burst and they said we was going to die. I remember saying my goodbyes to him and I remember when the doctor came out and said everything went better than expected. I remember sitting by his bedside while he laid there unconscious and telling him to just breathe. “Don’t worry about anything. I have everything else covered. Just keep breathing for me.” And I remember the first time he woke up after they cut the sedation off. I remember thanking God for giving me more time with him. This tattoo is kind of a reminder that tomorrow isn’t promised and to be grateful for what I have.

4. Bella’s name and foot prints on my right forearm

This is my biggest tattoo. I got this after Bella was born but before I was pregnant with Ethan. So probably when Bella was about 6 months old? I had this new love that was so overpowering. There’s nothing like the love of a mother for her children. I wanted to get something for her, so I took the paper that had her footprints on it to the Tattoo shop and they scanned the picture and drew up a stencil. I loved it. Still do.

5. My wedding date on my ring finger

This is exactly as it sounds. Nothing more, nothing less. I got this when Ethan was about 2 or 3 months old. I went with the same friend I got my “Just Breathe” Tattoo with and we went to another guys house and he did it in his living room. Again, maybe not smart, but whatever. I got this because like I mentioned in my anniversary post, the day I got married was one of the best days of my life. I cherish the date, so I got it tattooed on me. Naturally I got it on my wedding ring finger. I need to get the bottom of the two touched up. I’m sure I will eventually.

6. Crossed fingers on my left forearm

I got this with my childhood best friend. (You know the one I got the stick n pokes at her house? Yeah, same person.) We saw that this local tattoo shop was doing a Friday the 13th special for tattoos and piercings so we decided to get a matching tattoo. There was a pre drawn flash sheet to choose from and this is what we chose. I got this on my left forearm facing me like the rest of my tattoos and she got it on her right forearm facing away from her like most people do. She has been a big part of my life for a long time so I figured why not?

7. Cross on my right outer forearm

The childhood friend mentioned above went with me for this one too. I saw that an apprentice was doing easy tattoos for $20 so I stopped by and got this. I’m a religious person and I love this reminder that God is with me and will never fail me. I love the dainty, feminine look of this. I know it’s not perfect, the lines aren’t exactly crisp and straight but that’s part of its beauty to me. I love that it’s imperfect. Just like me, but God loves me anyway.

And that’s all. I’m hoping to get more tattoos in the future. I definitely want to get a tattoo dedicated to Ethan, my son. And I want a surrogacy Tattoo and one in memory of my mom. I don’t know what else I want. What do you guys want? What do you have? I’d love to see in the comments! Thanks for hanging out with me today guys, I’ll see you next time!

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Surrogacy Saturday No 14

Hello, dolls. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve done one of these. Just to catch you up, last year we transferred a total of 3 times. The first two times didn’t work. The third time I got pregnant but had a biochemical pregnancy. Basically the earliest kind of miscarriage there is. Things were up in the air for a while. We were in limbo, but my IPs and I ended up parting ways. Recently I was matched with a new couple. They’re a same sex couple just like Ava’s dads. And you guys. They’re PERFECT. They want everything I want. They’re even talking about going to a German church when I’m pregnant so the baby will recognize the language when he or she is born. (One of them is German) They are talking about me meeting their parents and everything. We signed the contract recently and I go for my first doctors appointment on 9/28. It’s the consultation basically. Then we will schedule the medical evaluation and get things rolling! I’m so excited!

Okay, that’s all for today. Stay tuned for what happens next!

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6 years

6 years ago today I became Mrs. Turner.

I see people and friends getting married and sometimes I get jealous for a half of a second. When you’re a little girl you always dream of the church and the white dress and the cake and the photographer and everything. But then I think back on my wedding day. Friday, September 14, 2012. Mid afternoon. I feed the baby before we leave her with our family friend and roommate because she was a preemie and just too little to go out in the flu ridden world at the time. I burp her and she spits up all down the front of my satin pink sundress that had butterflies. The same one I wore on our first date. I didn’t have anything else to put on so I just wiped it off but it left a nice yellow stain. I remember nick in his slacks and church shoes and nice shirt. I remember the drive there, holding hands, looking out the window as we drove over 316 towards the square. I remember thinking how my life was about to change forever. I remember walking in and filling out all the paperwork and paying for our marriage license and certificate and the lady telling us to go to courtroom 1C. I remember waiting there and eventually another couple came in to be married too. I remember going first and saying our vows. I remember not having rings but giving my heart instead. I remember leaving and being so happy I could leap for joy. I remember nick holding the door for me and saying, “after you, mrs. Turner.” And my heart skipped a beat. My wedding day was a dream and fairytale for me. I got my husband that day. I changed my last name. I was his and he was mine. Forever. And that was enough for me. I don’t need the photographs and the white dress and the cake. Because I have my own little fairytale. Complete with a spit up stained dress and flip flops. It was perfect. Still is.

I fall even more in love with him everyday. The way he looks for me when he comes in the door from work just to kiss me and the way he holds my hand when he’s driving. The way he pushes me to be better but recognizes when my emotions are high and I just need to be comforted, then does just that. He knows me better than I know myself. He’s the calm in my storm, my quiet place that I retreat to when the world is just too much chaos for me. He’s my everything. I’m so thankful God thought I was worthy of him.

I love you, Nick. Thank you for being mine.

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8 Years

Hello, friends! On this day, 8 years ago, Nick asked me to be his girlfriend. He made me so happy with that sentence he whispered in my ear at 3AM on my best friends front porch. I was so excited. I was so smitten with him. Still am. Christmas party ’11

He took that unstable, broken girl and made her feel safe and secure and confident. He’s made me better. He made me a wife and a mother. The two titles that mean the most to me in life. I can’t believe it’s been 8 years. Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess! Thank you for 8 years, Nick. Here’s to a hundred more!

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Some Exciting Plans

Hello, dolls! Today I thought I’d share some exciting news:

Yay! Nick, my best friend Ami, and I are all going on a cruise. We leave in just over a month. We are sailing with Carnival on their ship called the Victory. We’re going to The Bahamas from Miami and then we are going to stay in Miami for a few days after we get back. It’s going to be so much fun!

I was thinking about doing some cruise related posts like hauls and what I’m packing and makeup I’m taking and stuff like that. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments. I just wanted to share this news with you guys so you would know what I was talking about if I reference the cruise. Thanks for hanging out guys!

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Only Keep One Tag

Hello, loves. Today I thought I’d do a tag I saw Angela do called the Only Keep One Tag. Basically you can only keep one product from each category of makeup. I thought it was so fun when she did it so I figured I’d give it a try. Let’s go!

Moisturizer:

L’Oréal Lumi Glotion: This is my favorite illuminating moisturizer. I like the glow it gives while actually hydrating my skin. The illumination isn’t too much, but just enough to make tired skin look alive again.

Brows:

ABH Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown take this one. This is waterproof and budgeproof, no matter what. I would honestly go swimming with this one and now even worry. There is a learning curved to this, but it’s okay. Once you get the hang of it, it’s so good!

For Brow Gel, I love ABH Clear Brow Gel. The applicator/wand on this is maybe a little more stiff than others, so it thoroughly coats the brows. The formula keeps them in place, but doesn’t leave them feeling stiff or crunchy, but almost hydrated. Hands down, my fave!

Primer:

For face primer I’d pick Porefessional by Benefit. It’s a nice, pore filling primer that minimizes acne scars and other imperfections as well. It’s a nice classic.

For eye primer, my favorite is the good old Shadow Insurance from Too Faced. It never creases on me and holds my eyeshadow all day long. If it’s not broke, don’t fix, right??

Foundation:

As some of you probably know, I don’t usually wear foundation, but if I do, it’s usually MUFE Ultra HD Foundation. I only have a tiny sample but it’s enough for me. I have the shade R2330. It’s lightweight and doesn’t feel like a mask with decent coverage. That’s why I use it.

Concealer:

Surprise, surprise, right? Haha. Tarte’s Shape Tape obviously won this race. It’s so incredibly full coverage but doesn’t look cakey or too matte. You can make it matte with the right primer underneath it or you can make it look like more of a dewey finish with an illuminating moisturizer underneath. It doesn’t crease and stays all day long. I love this concealer, but y’all knew that!

Loose Setting Powder:

It was hard for this one because you guys know I looove my RCMA no color powder, but that’s so matte and I don’t like setti my whole face with a matte powder. That’s why I chose the ELF Illuminating Translucent Setting Powder. It’s pretty much your average setting powder but with a little something. It isn’t sparkly, or shiny, just glow-y. It helps dry skin look less dry and tired skin look more awake. I love this stuff!

Single Eyeshadow:

L’Oréal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It’s very pigmented and shiny. It looks like you wet your brush to apply it every single time, even though you haven’t. It’s a beautiful color and is very easy to apply. It was close between this one and Birthday Cake from Colourpop!

Palette:

This one was close too. I ended up choosing the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette. I chose it because it is my palette with the most options and colors in it, including shades that I gravitate towards. The one thing it lacks is a matte cream shade to set the eye before applying shadows. But I suppose the color options makeup for it.

Liner:

Waterline:

Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterline took this one. It’s a waterproof black kohl liner for your Waterline that has decent staying power. My only complaint is it kinda “migrates” to the corners of your eyes after a while. But that’s okay, I just touch up every so often.

Liquid:

For wings I like a matte black liner pen with a brush tip applicator. I like the Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liner, but I ended up choosing KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper. It’s just a little more matte than the Physicians Formula one and has a slightly longer brush, making a crisp wing just a tad easier.

Mascara:

I know this one isn’t a shock either. For mascara I chose Covergirl’s Lash Blast Volume. It looks wispy and natural on the lashes and is very lightweight. It’s not too wet so it doesn’t make a mess when applying and the silicone wand is perfection.

Falsies:

I recently found this company on IG it’s Dollar Lash Club. I specifically love the style Robyn. They’re so wispy and don’t look cheap at all even though they’re only a dollar! I know I love to look nice without breaking the bank!

Contour:I went with the Cocoa Contour Kit by Too Faced in this category. It’s not to cool or warm to contour with and offers different shades for different skin tones along with highlighting shades. Honestly I use medium cocoa to contour, dark cocoa to bronze, and light cocoa to highlight. I don’t really use pop of light other than a blush topper or a subtle highlight. Overall, I love this kit. It’s a one stop shop!

Blush:

This was the birthday gift from Sephora last year. It’s a sample sized Amazonian Clay blush from Tarte in the shade Paaarty. It’s a great neutral blush that goes with almost every look. Great pigmentation and blendability. Love it!

Bronzer:

This ones a cult classic so I’m sure you guys understand why I chose this one. It’s Butter Bronzer by Physicians Formula. I have the shade light bronzer because I’m pretty pale but it’s perfection for my skin tone! It blends like a dream and smells even better. My son is constantly taking this out and smelling it. Haha.

Highlight:

I mention this product in pretty much every post so I’m sure y’all saw this coming. It’s Champagne Pop by Becca Cosmetics. This is just such a beautiful, wet looking highlight. It goes with almost every look and I use this pretty much every time I do my makeup. Even if I wear another highlight, I put this one on top .

Setting Spray:

All Nighter by Urban Decay. This stuff locks everything in place all night long. It isn’t drying, but it isn’t hydrating either. It has an amazing mister. (I’m a sucker for a fine mist) This is a cult classic also but I really want to try some of their newer setting sprays!

Lipstick:

Tarte x Bunny Lip Paint in Texas Toast. I love the mousse consistency of this. It’s matte upon application but does dry down. I adore the shade. It’s like a purpley brownish grey. I honestly think it looks different on everyone’s skin tone. So unique!

And that’s it for this tag. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I would love to know what you would choose if you could only keep one. Let me know in the comments. Thanks for hanging out with me you guys. Love y’all!

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Here goes nothing.

Hey guys. I know I have unfulfilled promises here and there’s no excuse. I honestly should’ve posted. I have had a lot going on though and I wanted to use the support of you guys as an outlet. So the biggest thing is my mom died. July 8th. She was fine and I was texting her two hours before she died. She went into cardiac arrest in her sleep. That’s been really hard for me. I talked to my mom on the phone the afternoon before she died (she died at about 4am on the 8th and I talked to her at about 4pm on the 7th) I was putting on my makeup as I talked to her. For a while after she died I didn’t want to wear makeup because it reminded me of her and I didn’t want things to change. I wanted the last time I put on makeup to be when I was talking to her. But then I realized I was at risk of spiraling downhill and falling into a depression because I wasn’t doing anything. Makeup has always been my form of self care and a therapeutic ritual for me so when I wasn’t doing that, I felt like I was just letting myself go. So I forced myself to start doing my makeup again. Slowly but surely. I’m not doing it everyday but I’m using lashes and I’m buying things I’m excited to use. I’m not going to force myself to post here but I’m hoping this will help me. In a lot of ways. If I can post consistently I think that will help me. I think I need some consistent self care in my life. I also just signed a new contract for surrogacy. Maybe I’ll do a surrogacy Saturday on that. Let me know what you guys want and I will try to make it happen. Thanks for loving me through everything, guys. Y’all are the best. ❤️

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