Kylie Cosmetics Black Friday Haul!

Hey everyone!

Surprise! It’s me, back again with another Saturday post. I’ve had so many ideas and so much stuff to share lately, it’s been hard fitting it all into my regular posting schedule — so I figured I’d throw in a couple extra posts on Saturdays as needed to ensure I’m sharing all the content I can with you in a timely matter! (After all, it would be a little pointless to delay holiday posts until after the holidays).

As a general rule for myself, I try to avoid getting sucked into big sale holidays like Black Friday and Boxing Day. Unless I have something specific I’ve been needing that just happens to make a great deal around these times, I try not to do any shopping. I know myself, and I know how easily I can get sucked into buying things I don’t need (I really do love a little retail therapy) and these sales only fuel my bad habits because it’s fine if it’s cheap, right? (Wrong! For me at least. I end up spending so much more money than I probably would have otherwise and also sometimes end up buying things I regret.)

To implement a little self-control, I decided to only hit up one Black Friday sale this year — but it was a brand I’ve been dying to try a little more of. Ever since my first Kylie Cosmetics Haul, I’ve been itching to get my hands on a couple more products. Not only did I absolutely adore the lip products I tried, I’ve since heard fantastic things about some of her other products — specifically her blushes and highlighters. Since I didn’t get a chance to try either out the first time around, I really wanted to get the chance to give them a shot — so why not have it be on the biggest sale day of the year?

In total, I purchased two Kylighters, two glosses, two lip kits, a blush and her limited-edition Holiday Red Kyliner liquid liner pen. Since all lip products were 40% off, and all face products discounted 30%, the damage wasn’t even that bad. They’ve finally arrived, and I’m so excited to share my results with you all! So, without further ado, lets get into it!

Bare | Velvet Lip Kit

I was a little nervous trying out this colour — nude shades aren’t usually that flattering on me. However, I actually think I may have found the perfect one. I’ve never bought true nude shades — only light pinks — as the brown tones can appear too dark on me and rarely match my skin tone. However, this shade came highly recommended and the pics were STUNNING — so I gave it a go. This nude isn’t totally brown — it has enough pinky undertones that it actually looks incredibly flattering and natural. I also love the velvet lip kits as they aren’t totally matte, they give a pretty similar effect without being too flat or dry. I was a little worried about trying this shade, but I’m super glad I did! It’s so cute, and I can already tell it’s going to become a staple in my lipstick collection.

Harmony | Velvet Lip Kit

I was a little nervous to try out this shade as well, to be honest. I’m not great at determining how lipstick colours will look on me based on online photos — especially since I don’t wear lipstick often. Gloss is a whole other story — I wear it all the time, so I find it a LOT easier to figure out which shades will work. I decided to give this shade a go anyway — some of the pictures made it look VERY coral toned, which often doesn’t suit me, but the review photos made it look a lot less so. I’m glad I gave it a go — it actually turned out to be just about the perfect shade of pink! It looks pretty natural, while still giving a great pop of colour. I’m not a huge fan of how super bold lipstick colours look on me, but this one is a lot more neutral that I was expecting — and it looks fantastic. 10/10, definitely a fan.

Damn Gina | Gloss

Ugh, okay, I am seriously OBSESSED with this gloss. I knew from the moment I saw it that it would be perfect for me. It’s glittery, pink, and glossy — basically it checks everything I love. I knew this one would be a safe bet for me, but I am truly blown away by how show-stoppingly GORGEOUS it is. A light coat adds the perfect level of soft, glittery glow — but a heavier coat seriously turns this into the near-metallic, glittery gloss of your wildest dreams. The colour is perfect too, and I’d be willing to bet it would look flattering on practically everyone. If you’ve been on the lookout for a new glittery gloss lately, definitely be sure to check this one out.

Posie K | Gloss

The first time I ever tried a product from Kylie Cosmetics was years back, when her first line of lip kits came out. My best friend had purchased some of the kits and let me test them out before I decided if I wanted to buy some for myself — at the time, I was OBSESSED with the Posie K Lip Kit and really wanted to get one for myself. However, matte lipstick has never been the most flattering on me, and all the shades turned out surprisingly dark compared to how they had looked online. I ended up holding off on trying any more Kylie Cosmetics until my original haul just earlier this year. When I saw that Kylie had since come out with a gloss version of her original Posie K Kit, I knew I had to try it. While I haven’t had the opportunity to test it out yet this week, I already know I won’t be disappointed — not only is gloss a lot more flattering on me, but just look at how cute this colour is! I already can’t wait to test it out.

Cotton Candy Cream | Kylighter

I decided to branch out this haul and try something new — the Kylie Cosmetic cheek products! I honestly NEVER branch out with highlighters — I have my one staple that I’ve used daily for literally years now and it’ll always be my favourite. However, I really felt that I’ve been wanting to add more to my collection, and I’ve heard fantastic things about Kylie’s highlighter line. I was honestly a little nervous when I swatched this product — it honestly didn’t swatch well at all, and barely showed up. However, when I tested it out for real, I was beyond impressed. I’m not sure what it was about using my fingers to swatch versus using a brush, but this highlighter is EVERYTHING. It’s super shiny, bright, and just all around beautiful. It’s a lovely shade of gold that gives a sun-kissed look without looking fake or plain glittery — it really gives that “glow from within” look I love. Needless to say, I’m impressed. I’m pretty sold on these products now, and I’m totally going to be trying more Kylighters in the future.

Princess Please | Kylighter

I was SO excited to try this highlighter out. It was honestly one of the products in my box I was most excited for. It was a bit of a step out of my comfort zone, as my everyday highlighter is a warm rose gold, and this shade is a very cool toned pink. However, I was obsessed with this highlighter from the moment I saw it — I don’t even know why, but I was just drawn to it. Similarly to the Cotton Candy Cream highlighter, it didn’t swatch well — but worked wonders when I applied it normally with my makeup. The colour is SO CUTE — it gives a really bright, cool glow. It’s a colour I’ve really never tried before, so I was surprised at how natural it looked and how well it blended (both things I was nervous about before trying this shade). However, it looked amazing — it would look incredibly natural and flattering on paler skin tones, while giving a bolder, icy look on tanned and darker toned skin.

Pink Power | Blush

I haven’t gotten the chance to test out this blush properly yet — but I’m already pretty excited about it. I’ve been using the same blush shade since forever now — and while I do adore it, I thought it would be fun to branch out. This colour is definitely very new for me, and I’ve never worn anything like it before. That being said, it looks SO cute, and I feel it would look adorable on my regular skin tone — and bold and new with a tan.

Holiday Red | Kyliner Liquid Liner Pen

When I saw this product in Kylie’s holiday collection, I was interested immediately. I’ve never seen a red liquid liner before, so I didn’t really know what to expect — so I figured I just HAD to see for myself. I’m pretty impressed by this liner — it’s a LOT more pigmented that I expected, which is great (if you’re going to do red liner, may as well go all out, right?). As well, even though I’m not a huge fan of felt-tip pen liners, this pen is incredibly precise. I haven’t gotten a chance to use it yet — it’s hard to fit in red liner to an everyday look — but I can’t wait to get the chance to. I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed by it.

And that’s it for my little Black Friday haul! I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it — I’ve been dying to try more from Kylie Cosmetics for so long now and I’m absolutely obsessed with all the products I purchased during this sale. If you’ve tried (or are hoping to try) any of these products, drop a comment below! As well, if you purchased anything from Kylie this Black Friday, I’d love to hear what you picked out!

I hope you guys are all having a fantastic week — holiday season is in full swing now, and we only have 4 (!!!) days until Christmas and just over a week until 2020! I have so much exciting content to share with you all over the next couple of weeks, so be sure to stay tuned. I’m currently on a plane right now, about to kick off my winter holidays — so stay tuned for upcoming posts about my trip in the new year! As well, tomorrow I have a full round up post highlighting all of my favourite (and least favourite) products I’ve tried this year, and a couple of other 2019 wrap-up and 2020 posts coming up over the next week! I hope you guys are all ending this year on a high note (or gearing up to have a fantastic 2020 if not!).

As a side note before I go, for those of you who follow me on twitter, you’ll know my big blogging goal for 2019 was to reach 5k views on my blog. When I set this goal, it was a huge stretch — just two months ago I just sitting just under 3k views. However, both because of how much effort I’ve been putting in to my blog since then, as well as all your support, I’ve now reached my goal! I know it’s still small, but all of your support so far has meant so much to me. I’ve set a new, possibly crazier goal for 2020 — I’m hoping to achieve 15k views for the year, putting me at 20k total. It might be a stretch, but I’ll never know unless I try, right? If you have any goals you’ve already set for your blogging this upcoming year, I’d love to hear them as well! Hopefully we can all push each other and support each other and achieve everything, and make 2020 our best years yet!

Xo,

Meredith

My Tarte Custom Makeup Kit Unboxing!

Hey y’all! Happy Saturday!

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I initially intended this post to be shared last Sunday, but unfortunately the package didn’t arrive in time. Sooooo, instead, I’m doing two posts this weekend! Tomorrow evening at 7pm, I will be sharing the first segment of my three-part Holiday series: My Holiday Gift Guide! Stay tuned to find out what this week’s theme will be, and read all about my best gift suggestions for this holiday season!

But for this post, I’m going to be unboxing my Tarte Custom Makeup Kit for you! For those of you who don’t yet know, every so often Tarte releases their Custom Makeup Kits for 24 hours — they generally announce this sale in advance via email a few days prior. When the sale hits, it only lasts for 24 hours — but you get this time to pick 6 full size products +1 makeup bag for only $84 ($63 USD) with an overall value of over $200. While I’m honestly not too sure how often they happen/if they happen a set amount of times a year, I do know they’ve certainly done many of these releases before. Every time, I hit their website and create a kit, only to hesitate at the last minute. This time, though, I finally went through with it!

As many of you already know, Tarte is one of my all-time favourite brands. Their mascara, collagen super-serum, and primer are all part of my daily skincare and makeup routines (as well as more products that I haven’t even gotten the chance to share with you all yet!). Plus, as a brand, they’re 100% vegan and cruelty-free — and all their products are dermatologist approved and hypoallergenic. All this on top of being incredibly high-quality products. What more could you ever ask for from a brand?

The only thing that held me back from purchasing these kits in the past was the fear that the sale was incentivizing me to buy products I didn’t need. Every time I would make it through to the end, but before I would send in the order, I’d stop and think if I really needed most of the products — and the answer was usually no. While such a fantastic deal was hard to skip out on, if most of them were products I didn’t truly need, it DID feel like I was wasting money and makeup for no good reason. This time, however, everything aligned perfectly so that all the products I ordered were either things I adore, was running low on, or were products I own from different brands that I was looking to switch for something new.

There are seven steps involved in creating your own custom kit — their website takes you step-by-step through choosing a foundation, cheek product, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick and makeup brush before selecting a makeup bag for your products to arrive in. However, some of the sections have a little variation in what exactly you can choose, so if you’re not in need of, for example, a new blush, there may be other options that work better for you.

For my kit, I selected the:

  • Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation
  • Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
  • Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner
  • Lights, Camera, Flashes ™ Statement Mascara
  • Color Splash Lipstick
  • Paddle to Perfection Foundation Brush
  • and packaged it all in the Glitter Half Moon bag!

Many of these products I’ve actually never tried before, so needless to say I just couldn’t wait for them to arrive so I could test them out and share my first impressions with you guys! So, without further ado, lets get into it! (And while we’re at it, can we just appreciate this super cute makeup bag? I’m obsessed.)

Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation

Honestly, I haven’t worn full-coverage foundation in YEARS, so I was both incredibly excited and a little nervous to try this product out. I’ve gone through multiple foundation stages in my makeup career — I started off with a VERY full coverage CC Cream by Peter Thomas Roth that was (rather unfortunately) matched quite poorly to my skin tone. However, since then I’ve mostly only ever used light-weight and low coverage products (MAC Face and Body, my current NARS tinted moisturizer, as well as a foundation-free phase). I’ve done a couple testers of full-coverage foundation here and there — but I often find heavy foundation looks cakey, tends to wear off and settle into fine lines. The last few I’ve tested all made me look worse — which is unfortunate, considering I do have relatively nice skin.

My first impressions of this foundation, so far, is that it is incredibly smooth an easy to apply — and it certainly is incredibly long lasting. It doesn’t have the heavy feel that many other full-coverage foundations have, which is also nice. It certainly covered up any blemishes or discolouration in my skin tone, though it did seem to somewhat amplify small flaws and other features of my face (ie. peach fuzz, dry patches, texture etc.). However, I’m starting to accept that may just be how full-coverage foundation is. Overall, I’d say I’m pretty impressed with this foundation — it won’t necessarily be my every-day go-to, but for nights out when I want a full-glam look it’ll definitely be exactly what I need.

Product: Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation in shade 16N (Tarte|Sephora)

Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

This one was a real blessing to find as an option for this kit as I’ve been DYING to try a new setting powder. I’ve been absolutely married to my Laura Mercier powder ever since the very first time I ever set my makeup, meaning I’ve actually never once tried another product. It was working for me, so I didn’t really see the point in switching — finishing powder is invisible, so what difference would it make? However, especially since I’ve begun baking my makeup, I’ve really started to notice how drying it can be — it can be rather unflattering as I already have skin that airs on the drier side.

Unfortunately, my first impression of this powder is that it is, sadly, even more drying than my other one. That being said, I’ve only been able to test it out once. When it came to baking, not only did it seriously dry out my under-eye area, but the excess powder stuck right on and took a whole lot of effort to wipe away. Even once I thought I got it all, I stepped into the dimmer lighting in my room I realized there was still a load of powder stuck to my concealer. Overall, sadly, my first impressions weren’t great — but I’m going to give it another shot, and I’ll be sure to update this post if anything changes!

Product: Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder in shade White (Tarte|Sephora)

Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner

This was also a godsend find as I’ve been really needed a good gel liner. I’m going to be covering this a little more in future posts, but as I’ve been getting back into doing winged liner I discovered (by suggestion from my friend Amanda) that winged liner is much easier to apply with a brush than it is with a felt-tipped pen. After struggling to draw wings on well with one of my old high-school favourite products, Amanda mentioned how she could never do winged liner (which she wears nearly every day) with a pen — brushes really help to create a smoother line and draw on a lot more easily.

Now, I’ve only used this liner once, but I’ve got to say — I was pretty blown away by it. It’s smooth, dark, and applies super easily — I got my wings drawn in in record time. The only downside is it seemed to be a little thick, making it hard to apply in delicate areas. However, for the actual winged part of may liner it was incredibly easy to use (and I just drew the other areas I struggled with in with a felt tip liner pen). As well, this may just be a bit of a learning curve for me and less so a flaw in the product, so overall I’d definitely have to recommend this liner to anyone who loves their liner winged out and extra AF.

Product: Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner in shade Black (Tarte|Sephora)

Lights, Camera, Flashes ™ Statement Mascara

Okay, we all know how much I love the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara. I could go into it all over again, but I think you guys have heard me rave about it enough. While it was an option in this section, I decided to branch out to a different mascara for once, which I know I mention I often regret — but considering the deal I was getting in this package combined with the fact that it’s just a different version of the same product, I felt pretty safe trying something new.

Since I actually just bought a brand new mascara only a month ago, I’ve actually decided to save this one for a little and test it out at a later date as to not waste product. However, I can say with confidence it should work out just fine, considering it’s simply a modified version of one of my all-time favourite mascaras.

Product: Lights, Camera, Flashes ™ Statement Mascara in Shade Black (Tarte|Sephora)

Color Splash Lipstick

While I wasn’t in any sort of dire need for a new lip product, I’m certainly not one to ever turn one down. As well, I’m a huge lip gloss type of girl — its been a while since I bought a proper nude lipstick. I was THIS CLOSE to just getting another gloss, but I figured this was a staple I’d get more use out of — especially since I don’t really have many lip sticks.

I do have to say, I was really happy with the variety of products they offered here — there was matte liquid lip, matte lipstick, regular lipstick, gloss — and maybe more that I don’t even remember. This was great for me as I’ve never been too much of a matte fan (sometimes I’ll jump for a matte lipstick, but I’m awfully specific about the formula and would need to try it in person before purchasing). However, whether you’re a matte, gloss, or just plain lipstick fan — this kit had a product you’d be content with.

I’m glad I decided to switch it up and get a lipstick, too, because this lip stick is AMAZING. First of all, the colour is just perfect. As well, it’s seriously pigmented, not at all heavy or sticky, and incredibly long lasting. 10/10, could totally get me back into lipsticks.

Product: Color Splash Lipstick in shade Set Sail (Tarte|Sephora)

Paddle to Perfection Foundation Brush

This was another product I’ve just been dying to satisfy my curiosity on. I’ve been seeing these paddle brushes all over the internet for years now, but I’ve never gotten the chance to test one out. I absolutely love Beauty Blenders, and especially since I don’t ever use full-coverage foundation, I’ve never really needed a brush to apply foundation. However, both because this kit gave me the option, AND the foundation to properly test it out with, I’m finally getting the chance to give this brush a go!

Let me just say, if you don’t have one of these brushes in your life, go out and get one ASAP. This brush applied my foundation SO smoothly and seamlessly in a record breaking short period of time. It’s so soft and smooth too, it feels like heaven blending your makeup into your skin. I’m not 100% ready to give up on my Beauty Blenders just yet, but just trying this brush one time has me considering it.

Product: Paddle to Perfection Foundation Brush (Tarte)

Overall, I’m super happy with this kit and I’m so glad I finally decided to purchase one. At just $84, it would be pretty hard for it to be disappointing, but this kit introduced me to so many new products I will 100% be purchasing again in the future. While some of the products may not have had mind-blowing results the first try, it may just take some getting used to with stepping out of my comfort zone and trying things I don’t usually incorporate into my makeup routine.

If you got a Tarte Custom kit recently, I’d love to hear what you chose to add to your kit and how your products worked for you! If not, I hope this post inspires you to try out one of your own next time around.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend, and be sure to stay tuned for my new post tomorrow! I’m so excited to share it with you all!

Xo,

Meredith