ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Super Shock Eye Shadow in I Heart This, Game Face, and So Quich

Clockwise from top: ColourPop Super Shock Eye Shadow in I Heart This, Game Face, and So Quiche

If you’re new to ColourPop Super Shock Shadows, tune in now, and tune out the noise on pricier eyeshadow brands.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows unlike any shadow I’ve tried. These shadows have a semi-wet, mousse-like, buttery texture. This unique formula creates the perfect storm for gorgeous pigment payoff + long staying power. 

Besides the insane color/finish selection, you simply can’t beat ColourPop’s pricing: $5 a POP!  Plus, ColourPop gives quick descriptions on each shade AND swatches most shades on light, medium & dark skin tones. I <3 that. I own 4 ColourPop Super Shock shadows: Stereo, So Quiche, I Heart This, and Game Face [MOST AMAZE COPPER].

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow swatches: I Heart This, So Quiche, Game Face

L to R: I Heart This, So Quiche, Game Face (Do your best to shield your eyes from my bizarro winter pink skin!)

Truth: my first post this year was meant to be a rundown of my favorite beauty discoveries from 2015. I carefully selected 10 exceptional, Holy Grail-status products, arranged them on my coffee table, and took a dozen snapshots. But, I couldn’t help but fall under a spell while gazing at 3 gorgeously pigmented ColourPop Super Shock shadows.

A Cheeky Fox 2015 Beauty Favorites

My TOP 10 for 2015 will have to wait, but here’s a preview!

Quick note, these shadows are best applied with your fingers, at first, then blended out with a synthetic brush. There’s something about the wet texture + dry brush bristles makes it difficult to fully deposit color. That said, there’s always MAC Fix+ to help you along the way!

If you’ve tried ColourPop, PLEASE tell me which shades you’ve purchased. I’m itching to add another few to my collection! Also, what I’d love to know from you, reader: as long as a shadow has gorgeous color payoff, does shadow texture mean much to you? Tell me in the comments!

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The Time Has Come For Oyster Fest!

Confession: I’ve never had an oyster. Not unlike the Corpse Flower, Irish tastebuds can take decades to bloom. But this Friday, September 11, I’m taking the dive in the name of adventure (read: ST. LUCIA) at the 27th Annual Oyster Fest presented by Shaw’s Crab Shack!oyster-fest

Despite the fact that my South African pal St. Lucia has just 1 studio album, I’ve been a fan for years, and last time he was in Chicago, tickets sold out too fast for this bitch. I am NOT missing out this time, and neither should you. If you’re all, “What’s a St. Lucia?” tune into my curated Spotify playlist below!

PS – If seafood ain’t your thing, Shaw’s 27th Annual Oyster Fest has land lover food up the wazoo from Bub City, Shake Shack, Summer House and much more. That being said, let’s roll the dice and channel our favorite sea mammal from Alice in Wonderland. Cool? Grab your tickets here!

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Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

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Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation ConcentrateFor the record, I don’t endorse masking our flaws. Those adorable freckles, your unruly curly hair, that dimple on your chin: all these features bring a unique character to your face that can’t be copied. That’s what makes celebrating individuality awesome and so much fun.

Unfortunately, acne, redness, and uneven skin tone remain on the F-List of acceptable unique flaws worthy of an Allure pictorial. Bummer for me, because once a month, I’ve got hormonal acne in spades. So what’s a girl to do? How do I disguise some obnoxious skin issues, while also staying true to what makes me me. Let’s lean in…

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate. It used to be that full coverage + lightweight = oxymoron. Not anymore. MJ’s latest beauty foray let’s women have it all (in a foundation, at least). This liquid foundation packs such a punch in the pigment department, all one needs are a few dabs applied with the dot applicator.

I am so impressed by the coverage I get from seemingly the ittiest-bittiest amount of product. Seriously, this foundation makes your concealer obsolete. Marc recommends using this brush from his line to buff Re(marc)able Foundation Concentrate into your complexion, but I’ve found that this buffing brush by budget-friendly Real Techniques gets the job done, and done well.

The coverage is why I picked up this MJ innovation, but what I love most about Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate is how it completely conceals imperfections without feeling like a heavy, caked-on mask. Coverage is buildable, so I can amp it up for a night out, but I can also keep it sheer for everyday-use in the office. Honestly, I kind of can’t imagine my life without this foundation right now.

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate is $55 at Sephora and comes in 21 shades. Last year, Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation won an Allure Best of Beauty Award. I’m willing to bet that Marc Jacobs will take home another Allure Best of Beauty trophy in 2015 with this new formula.

Do you have a full coverage foundation on stand-by for events or nights on the town? Or do you keep your foundation routine consistent, regardless of where your feet take you?

image via designlovefest // illustration by Shalyn Nelson

Since I’ve Been Gone

image via designlovefest // illustration by Shalyn Nelson

image via designlovefest // illustration by Shalyn Nelson

Hi! Remember me? It’s been a minute, I know.

Let’s get the snooze news out of the way. My boyfriend, Mason, and I broke up after 6 years together. Borrowing from Outkast: “You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather”. They ain’t wrong. I’ve never been through a breakup before, and honestly (read: naively), I never thought I’d be one of those girls who gets dumped after putting in 6 years of unconditional love/work and giving every single bit of my heart away.

As much as a breakup fucking sucks [and believe me it does] some pretty wonderful things have happened since then. I scored my own little apartment for Lucy and I in Logan Square. I found a new job. I gained a BROTHER (!!!) when my sister got married in June. I’ve had a semi-debauched, incredibly fun summer with my best friends. And finally, I use the word “I/me” a lot more. I’m focused on me, and what make me happy, which I hadn’t been for a pretty long time.

This is totally not a brag sesh, like “LOOK AT WHAT I DID EVEN THOUGH I WAS/AM SO SAD!” I often have rough days where I question and doubt myself. I guess I just want to share with y’all that despite some extremely dark times, there is brightness. There are always new things to discover and re-discover about yourself.

Examples! I am re-discovering single life, which can be ridiculous in the Tinder Age of ours. [see here and here]. I’ve re-discovered how much I adore art. I’ve learned that I can keep plants alive!

But perhaps best of all, I’ve discovered that I am much, much stronger than I ever expected.