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Bloomingdale’s just launched Glowhaus, which is a new makeup and skincare boutique that features “all things dewy, sparkly and bright,” like Lit Cosmetics.  If you’re unfamiliar with Lit Cosmetics, the first thing that you must know is that their Clearly Liquid Glitter Base has been a long-time, go-to glitter adhesive for me, and from there, it just rains glitter and sparkle.   Each of their kits come with a loose sparkle shade, liquid adhesive, and a brush.  What’s also neat about the brand is that they offer different sizes of a lot of their shades, so you can get a finer or larger sparkle depending on your needs.

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Best Plum Blush | Top 10 & Share Your Recommendations

Urban Decay Rapture Blush
Urban Decay Rapture Blush

Today, I’m asking for your go-to, plum blushes (specific shades, please!).  The 10 most recommended plum blushes are listed below, and the list will automatically update as more recommendations are made!

You can view all recommendations here, where you can also refine recommendations by things like price, skin type, skin tone, etc. and share your own recommendations. If you think you might be making recommendations often, consider registering and filling out your profile as the form will pre-fill with your profile information for you each time!

Thank you for taking the time to add your recommendations to our database! 🙂

10 Most Recommended Plum Blushes

Recommendations Wanted For…

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Anastasia Subculture Eyeshadow Palette Dupes with MAC, Makeup Geek, ColourPop, Make Up For Ever

There’s something afoot when it comes to Anastasia’s Subculture Palette.  The reviews range from “I don’t have any issues” to “worst palette” and unusable, and many of the people who are finding it unusable are by no means novices.  These reviews come from consumers, readers here, and influencers across platforms.  Mine fell somewhere in-between–it was workable with lighter pressure and using smaller brushes but I have swirled and swirled with the powderiness getting nowhere near the levels of those who have had extreme problems with theirs.

I was messaging with a YouTube friend, Leesha/xSparkage, because I saw how bad her palette was and couldn’t believe it.  She showed me a short video of her just tapping the shade Dawn a few times and it looked like the eyeshadow was disintegrating.  I used a similar brush, tapped a few times, and showed her the level of powderiness I had–a little in the pan but it wasn’t snowing peach.  She sent me a photo of her attempt to apply Axis on the outer lid/crease where it wouldn’t stick (it looked like 10% stayed on), and then I hurriedly applied Axis all over my lid using a fluffy brush and had a whole lid full of it.  She couldn’t believe it–she asked if it stayed on if/when I blended it, so I sent her a video of me furiously blending (far more vigorous than I’d ever normally do) and how it stayed there with no fallout.  We don’t review products the same way and sometimes we agree, sometimes we don’t, but I don’t think she and I have ever had such different experience–and it’s so clear that the starting point (actual, physical eyeshadows) alone is night and day so it’s no wonder that experiences are just as opposite.

Perhaps more disappointing is the brand’s attitude of it just being user error due to a softer press.  That might feasibly explain some powderiness or fallout but when people have loved your eyeshadows previously, have worked with them before, and then all of a sudden can’t get it apply to the lid or touch their brush to a pan few times and the entire eyeshadow dissolves into dust, that’s not just a softer press. It doesn’t explain highly-skilled people who certainly know how to apply eyeshadow finding the palette unusable. As in my review, the formula itself has a completely different ingredient deck than past Anastasia mattes, and I’m sure there’s blame within the formula composition but what could explain the drastic differences in the physical composition, firmness, and quality of palettes to the degree that we’re seeing? It doesn’t make sense. As of around 9:30AM PST this morning, Norvina from Anastasia tweeted out that they are working on a response, and I’ll update if/when there’s more clarity on that. I also purchased two from Sephora this morning and have one from Beautylish on the way.

Updated @ 8/1/2017 at 4:00PM PST:  Regardless of whether the brand is ultimately going to press eyeshadows harder, reformulate, or whatever they might do, they are still selling through existing stock and certainly seem to have no plans to halt the launch until they’ve finished figuring it out.

Updated @ 8/5/2017 at 12:00PM PST:  I received and worked through testing the three other Subculture, and you’ll find my process, my thoughts, and the like on the original review post here. I do not expect to write about Subculture again unless the brand makes an official change/announcement that is newsworthy.

I went through some of the more mainstream brands who offer a wider range of permanent singles and lined them up the best I could (some are very similar, some are more “functionally” similar). You can also see the all dupes for Subculture here, along with a refined version of the results for dupes under $15 that are listed as permanent, which list actual dupes that I’ve pulled and compared from when I wrote the original review. These are, again, the closest shades within the brands and may not always be actual dupes.  For the official list of dupes (all shades that I pulled when I published the original review that are closest, regardless of brand, price, or availability), please click any of the links to see that shade’s full list:


Anastasia Subculture Dupes
MAC Eyeshadow

Below, you’ll find the closest MAC dupes I could find (permanent, pan refills) — any major differences noted below.  View swatches here.

Anastasia Subculture Dupes
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Below, you’ll find the closest Makeup Geek dupes I could find (permanent, pan refills) — any major differences noted below. View swatches here.

Anastasia Subculture Dupes
ColourPop Eyeshadow

Below, you’ll find the closest ColourPop dupes I could find (that were still available) — any major differences noted below. View swatches here.

Anastasia Subculture Dupes
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow

Below, you’ll find the closest Make Up For Ever dupes I could find (permanent, pan refills) — any major differences noted below. View swatches here.

Sponsored: Win It! Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

Win It! Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

We’ve teamed up with Lancome to give away their newest mascara, Monsieur Big, which debuts later this month! To enter, head over to Lancome’s giveaway page for a chance to win one of 70 mascaras up for grabs!


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You’ll know Monsieur Big Mascara is the one at first stroke. The BIG brush and ultra-creamy formula glides like silk onto lashes to deliver up to 12x more volume* with up to 24 hour wear. No touch-ups, flaking and smudging. Perfect for your BIG evening out AND even the morning after. *than bare lashes alone

Monsieur Big’s brush has a unique shape with soft, wavy fibers to deliver the perfect amount of formula with the very first stroke. His ultra-creamy formula has supple waxes and polymers to adhere immediately to lashes for BIG, buildable volume and length. Apply one coat and you will see why Monsieur Big is the one. Keep applying and you’ll forget all the others.

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Week in Review | June 24th through June 30th

Happy Saturday! I always enjoy seeing what makes up the week’s top ten highest-reviewed products, so I hope you find it somewhat interesting as well! 🙂  

What was your week in review like?

  • My skin tone/coloring:
  • Most loved product of the week:
  • Most used product of the week:
  • Any new beauty discoveries?:

Week in Review


MAC Viva Glam I

PPermanent. $17.00/0.10 oz.

MAC Viva Glam I Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.


02. Persona Seductive

Seductive is a medium, golden taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The eyeshadow was richly pigmented, and it had a very smooth, lightly creamy texture that was denser than the average powder eyeshadow but not too dense or thick. Read full review.


03. Persona Bombshell

Bombshell is a dirty, medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow had fantastic pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. Read full review.


04. Persona Goddess

Goddess is a rich, medium-dark bronze with warm, golden undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque color payoff in a single layer, while the texture was smooth, soft without being dusty, and was denser but not too thick or stiff in the pan. Read full review.


05. MAC Dubonnet


05. MAC Dubonnet

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep red with warm, brown undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.


06. Persona Sassy

Sassy is a light, bright gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The consistency was incredibly smooth, soft with moderate density, which made it exceptionally blendable but still adhere beautifully to the skin with opaque coverage. Read full review.


07. MAC Russian Red

MAC Russian Red Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.


08. Huda Beauty Foxy

Huda Foxy Lip Strobe ($18.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a dark, reddish-bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.


09. Persona Goal Digger

Goal Digger is a soft, medium golden copper with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that was lightly creamy and blendable on the skin. Read full review.


10. MAC Augmented Reality

MAC Augmented Reality Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.


Breakdown |
Jun 24, 2017 — Jun 30, 2017


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