Beauty

Anti-Haul: Holiday Edition 2018

Hey everyone, hope you are all doing well today!  It has been a crazy month and a half for me, hence the shitty upload schedule.  But here I am with another post, today discussing some major holiday cruelty-free releases that I will not be purchasing.  With the holiday’s right around the corner, it is easy for us all to get sucked into pretty packaging, pretty products, and FOMO.  Most products that launch this time of year tend to be Limited Edition which has the potential to cause some to almost go into a panic wanting to purchase all of the new products.  However, like most products, they get talked about for a bit, put into a drawer, just for the cycle to continue.  Well, here are some of the products that I found that I will not be purchasing this holiday season.  If you are interested in what they are, just keep on reading!  All images were pulled off of the Trendmood Instagram.

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Picture Credit To TRENDMOOD1 of INSTAGRAM | Fenty Holiday Collection 2018

Fenty Beauty Holiday Collection
Fenty Beauty is a line that I appreciate and value, but unfortunately doesn’t really appeal to me.  The foundation, primer, match stix, and highlights didn’t work for me.  With this release, although absolutely beautiful packaging, you should NOT buy products for the pretty packaging.  It is an absolute waste of money.  This collection seems to mostly focus on sparkle and shine, from a mini Fairy Bomb, a Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette,  Metallic Eye & Lip Crayons, Frosted Metal Lipsticks, Metallic Powders, shimmer Match Stix set, and a couple of sets of Mattemoiselle lipsticks.  Again, looks absolutely beautiful, but I am not a fan of super shimmery, glittery, metallic products like this.  These products would never get touched in my collection.

 

Picture Credit To TRENDMOOD1 of INSTAGRAM | Dose of Colors Mickey Mouse Collection

Dose of Colors MICKEY MOUSE Collection
I currently have two shades of the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks and they are probably my favorite if not one of my favorite formulas.  They also have out some glosses, stick lipsticks, eyeshadows, and highlighters.  I am quite interested in trying those formulas down the line, once I’ve used up more of my products.  This collection offers a few liquid lipstick shades, 3 regular lipsticks, and an eyeshadow palette that has a highlighter in it.  This, in theory, would be a great way to sample a few more products.  I’m not interested, however, because the shades in the palette are shades I know I already have in my collection and the shades for the liquid lipsticks and regular lipsticks would not be that unique to my collection and seem to run a bit warm.  I do not like most lip products that run warm, they look weird against my skin tone.

 

Picture Credit To TRENDMOOD1 of INSTAGRAM | Jouer Holiday 2018

Jouer Cosmetics
Jouer, in general, is a brand that unfortunately doesn’t interest me.  They have beautiful packaging, but beyond that none of the lip shades, face products, eyeshadows have caught my eye and lured me into purchasing.  Same goes with this collection.  Packaging is an absolute A+ from me.  I love how beautiful and classic the packaging is, but the products inside.  Meh.  The eyeshadow palette is a massive turn off for me, because for one all of the shades look very glittery, which is not my style, and for me, those shades would be difficult for me to work with because I don’t feel I can make a completed and cohesive look.  After working on the Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Contour Palette and trying to use it up, I will never buy a face palette.  Several of the lip products look similar in shade and the blush is a shade I do not wear.

 

Picture Credit To TRENDMOOD1 of INSTAGRAM | Makeup Geek At The Stroke of Midnight Collection

Makeup Geek At The Stroke of Midnight Collection
Now, this is one of the Holiday releases I am actually really tempted into purchasing.  Not so much for the lashes or lip products, but for the palette.  Those matte shades are right up my alley and those metallic shades look stunning.  I love Marlena and I love Makeup Geek shadows.  However, the reason I won’t be purchasing this is again, I feel I have very similar shades in my collection.

 

Picture Credit To TRENDMOOD1 of INSTAGRAM | Jeffree Star ALIEN Collection

Jeffree Star Cosmetics ALIEN Collection
If anyone knows how to do colorful and unique collections, it is Jeffree Star, this collection being no exception.  From the design of the packaging, shade selection, and names, he really knows how to pull it all together.  I’ve purchased his lip scrubs before, great quality and flavors, but they ended up going to waste because I do not use lip scrubs.  I’m currently panning a Lip Ammunition and even though I love the color, the formula isn’t anything spectacular.  The liquid lipstick formula is honestly hit or miss for the shades I have purchased.  Unicorn Blood & Dominatrix were a bit patchy for me and wore off pretty quickly (granted, I’m pretty hard on my lips hehe), but Celebrity Skin & my personal favorite Posh Spice were great.  The reason I’m not interested in anything with this collection is the shades.  None of the shades for the lip products appeal to me and the only shade I’m interested in in the palette is the dark grey shade, which I have in my collection.

Now, I know there are tons of holiday releases happening, honestly they happen every year, but those are the ones that A) are Cruelty-free and B) caught my eye.  What are some holiday beauty releases that have caught your eye?  Any that you might purchase or are there some you will definitely pass on?  Let me know in the comments below! The only item I picked up for the holiday releases was the Anastasia Beverly Hills SULTRY Palette.  No regrets!  Anyway, that does it for me!  Until next time, I hope you have a great rest of your day!

Beauty

Anti-Haul: July/August 2018

Today is all about what I am not going to buy.  This idea was originally started by Kimberly Clark on YouTube as a jab to anti-consumerism.  If you watch TV or YouTube, there are ads everywhere, enticing you to purchase this and that.  What I tend to be engrossed in on YouTube is mostly beauty and food related.  Beauty YouTubers review products, get sent PR, talk about and showcase products.  It is extremely easy to become influenced and swayed to purchase such products, myself included.

A couple of months ago, I hauled a few things from Kat Von D Beauty and Black Moon Cosmetics, which I do need to do an update on, and just recently I picked up a few things from ULTA.  Other than that, I have not gone ham on purchasing beauty purchases.  Honestly, pretty much all of the new releases have been extremely blah to me, nothing exciting, and in my opinion, nothing new.  It all looks like the same shit, different packaging.  But without blabbing too much, let’s get into what upcoming releases I am not going to buy.  All pictures are from Trendmood on Instagram.

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette
First off, I love ABH as a brand.  It is one of my favorite brands, one that I repurchase from often.  I have the Subculture palette, which I do love and enjoy, but none of their other palettes have interested me.  The Modern Renaissance palette is too pink and berry toned, the Soft Glam palette is pretty, but still runs too warm for my taste, and the Norvina palette, which is beautiful, but I would only wear 3 out of the 14 shades. The 3 shades that I would wear, I can easily dupe in my collection.  It is not logical or practical for me to pick up this palette.

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2. Smashbox Ablaze Collection
I have only tried 2 products from Smashbox, one is the Xtreme mascara and the other is their Always On Liquid Lipstick.  This Ablaze collection is an entire warm-tone collection.  With as many warm-tone palettes and collections out on the market right now, not just me, but nobody needs more warm-tones.  The beauty industry is completely oversaturated with warm-toned products.  I feel if you have one, you have them all.  I am also not a fan of warm-tone looks on myself.

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3. Kat Von D Beauty Metal Crush Highlighters & Liquid Highlighters
Now I love Kat Von D Beauty, it is my number 1 favorite brand.  However, these Metal Crush Highlighters I am just not into.  For one, none of the colors I would personally wear, on my face nor my eyes.  Second, the Metal Crush formula is extremely glittery.  Now, I know plenty of people that do enjoy a glitter highlight, for me personally, I enjoy more of a sheen, where it looks like I’m just glowing.  This goes for the liquid highlighters as well, plus I do not use liquid highlighters.  It would be an absolute waste of money and the products would just sit in my collection.

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4. Dose of Colors and iluvsarahii Collaboration
Currently, I own two liquid lipsticks from Dose of Colors and I really enjoy them.  I would go as far as saying that they are my favorite liquid lipstick formula.  However, this collection holds no interest for me.  It does look beautiful, don’t get me wrong, however, it does not go with my taste or aesthetic.  None of the lip products I would wear, they also don’t look too original.  They seem incredibly easy to dupe.  The eyeshadow palette, although pretty, reminds me of the latest trends in eye palettes, warmed-tone with a pop of blue/green/turquoise.  The highlighers look very reflective, almost metallic, but would not fair well on my skin tone.

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5. Morphe Brushes Dare to Create Palette
Oh, Morphe.  Now, Morphe is still on the Pending List from Logical Harmony and I have seen info go back and forth to whether or not they are cruelty-free.  If they were, I would not pick up this palette.  I have in the past picked up the 350 palette and the 35K palette and decluttered both.  I think I may have one or two of their brushes and honestly, they are nothing to write home about.  What I don’t care for in this palette is there are too many similar shades, once on the eye, they all look the same, it is an extremely large palette, and there is no mirror.  Plus, with the number of large YouTubers who are always saying, “use my code, use my code, here’s my code,” I’m generally just tired of hearing about Morphe and not interested in any of their releases honestly.

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So that is it for this round of Anti-Haul’s.  I thought I would keep it simple with only a few products.  I could probably make this a monthly thing of items that I’m not going to buy because there are constantly new releases.  Let me know if you like this kind of post because I can totally keep doing them.  I am also thinking about doing a post about items that I would like to buy.  What are some items that you are not going to pick up and why?  Did you pick up any of the items I listed above and if so, what do you think about them?  Let me know in the comments section!  I’d love to hear about it!

Well, I should probably attend to my girls, it is bath time for them and they are going to be thrilled (NOT).  Until next time!