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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip “Creeper” | Review

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Colourpop took the world by storm a few years ago when they released their super shock shadows & ultra matte lips at an incredibly affordable price.  Another thing Colourpop is known for?  Limited edition!  So many colors that I’ve purchased have been discontinued.

One color that is still around though is Creeper, which is one of the original colors they released when they first started!

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip "Creeper" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Creeper is a bright, blue-based red.  It has a definite pink appearance, and when the product transferred it left behind a pink stain.

Packaging: Colourpop’s packaging is notoriously bad; the writing on the tubes rubs off incredibly easily.  Other than that, it’s a nice, very standard silver cap and clear tube that looks functional and basic!  I own the sample size of this color, but packaging is identical between this and the full size; just smaller.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip "Creeper" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Applicator: The applicator is also an incredibly basic doefoot shape.  Nothing too interesting to report there!

Application: I found that applying this product was both easy and a little more difficult.  The basic doefoot shape made it easy to use, but it didn’t pick up much product and was surprisingly dry (not the formula, the doefoot specifically!).

I was able to get my bottom lip in one swipe but I needed to go back into the tube a few times to get product onto the wand for the top lip.  It was also difficult doing it in that order because all the product would be on the tip of the wand and so I’d have to wipe it off or risk getting a weird clump of product on my cupid’s bow.

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My First Experience Getting a Facial at Ulta

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I’ve been curious about facials and what getting one would be like for a while now.  In March, I took a day off & wanted to make it a pamper day, which meant taking my time shopping and scheduling an appointment!

I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I decided to go with the 20 minute basic facial.  My skincare specialist introduced herself and then we got started!  First, I filled out a card that clarified whether or not I had any allergies, what kind of skincare products I was currently using, what my skin goals were, etc.

One of the questions asked is if you have ever experienced claustrophobia, which is very important to note.  There were multiple times throughout the appointment that my entire head aside from my mouth and nostrils were covered with a towel, which could trigger some major feelings for people who experience that fear.  The first time it happened, I was a little tense but it went away after the initial cover.

She looked the paper over and then decided what would be best to help with my concerns (I said redness and blackheads/gunky pores).  I somehow forgot to mention my super dry skin, but she told me she noticed it right away and was using hydrating products because of it.  She also said that I had some texture in certain areas that was very likely caused by my filled pores.

I’m not sure what exactly she put on my face in the beginning, but there were probably 6 or 7 different products altogether.  The first ones felt like they were exfoliating and probably meant to get the initial layers of stuff off.  In between each product she used a hot towel and rested it over my face for about 10 seconds before wiping it off.  This happened for about three products before we moved on to the big one – a 10 minute mask.

It had menthol in it so it was incredibly cooling – unfortunately I can’t remember exactly what it was meant to help with.  She layered it on and then put three layers of what felt like towels on top.  I assume this was meant to help the product really sink in! It covered my entire face with the exception of my mouth and nostrils.  I sat there for 10 minutes, and between the 2 and 5 minute period, my face felt so cold!  I assume that means it was working.

After that was wiped off, she used a fizzy mask that was supposed to help get the sebum out of my pores.  This stayed on for around 2 minutes, and it definitely tickled!  I told her it felt like it was going all over my face, even though it was just in the targeted spots.

Finally, it ended with a collagen mask that felt very liquid-y and hydrating.  My skincare specialist was wonderful and answered every question I had, which I thought was very kind of her.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience, but I’m not sure that I would do that specific service again.  When I looked closely at my skin, my pores definitely seemed to be cleared out but they were still very apparent.  I also noticed that there were some dry skin flakes peeling off my face the next morning.  I didn’t see as dramatic of a change as I was hoping for, but I think I just had too high of expectations without a specific problem to target.

I think if you were to try this out, I would highly recommend going in with a specific goal in mind – what do you want to see change with your skin?  That will help both you and your specialist make sure you’re getting the results you want!  I did find this experience incredibly relaxing if nothing else.

For my birthday, I scheduled a microdermabrasion appointment, which I was told gets about 6 weeks worth of dead skin off – as a perpetually flaky dry skin gal, this sounds amazing!  I can’t wait, and I’ll definitely share this experience with you all!

Have you ever gotten a facial before?

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick “Bittersweet” | Review

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I just finished trying out Ashton, and so I was excited to give Bittersweet a go!  If you read my previous post, you know that I had an awesome experience with Ashton and will definitely be keeping it around and wearing it.  Today, I have an in depth review of my thoughts regarding this specific color.

Color: Bittersweet is described as a “brown plum”, which I think is incredibly accurate!  It’s a dark brown with a purple undertone and I truly adore the way it looks!  It’s definitely a vampy shade that might be out a lot of people’s comfort zones, but it’s stunning.  I think that because I have light skin with a neutral undertone, the dark color with purple tones really flatters me.

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Packaging: In the same vein of Ashton, the packaging is very sleek and beautiful!  The clear tube fits nicely with the chrome cap and black “A” emblem.  Obviously the one I have is a sample size that I purchased in a kit last year, but the packaging is exactly the same as the full size, just smaller.

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New at Ulta | March 3 – March 30, 2019

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After my first New at Ulta post, I decided that I really enjoy doing a wrap up of the products I’m interested in and wanted to start making it a regular occurrence.

One thing that I wanted to share is that there were originally items on this list that have been removed, such as the Morphe 35G palette and the Kylie Cosmetics Ulta Beauty lip kit.  I did this because when I had the chance to look at them in store I was seriously disappointed in the pigmentation of the 35G palette, and I didn’t love the color of the lip kit.

If you would like me to continue to share those products and just note them somewhere, let me know!

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New at Ulta | February 16 – March 2, 2019

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Today I thought it would be fun to share some new products from Ulta that have caught my eye in the past few weeks!  I can’t share everything because I swear they come out with new products every day, but I have been taking a look at their new arrivals and seeing what I would consider buying.  I can’t afford everything on this list (that would be quite a bit!), but since they’ve intrigued me, I’m hoping that they’ll be interesting to you too!

This is something I want to start doing every few weeks, because there are so many new beauty releases now that it’s hard to keep up!  Hopefully this helps you all with seeing some new stuff to check out.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick “Ashton” | Review

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One brand that comes to mind as the pioneer of the matte liquid lipstick trend is Anastasia Beverly Hills! Way back in the day when liquid lipsticks were just becoming a thing, this was one of the original formulas you could find.  Today I wanted to share with you whether I feel like they’ve stood the test of time, or have fallen flat compared to other formulas!

Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick "Ashton" Review - A Midwest Belle

Color: Ashton is described as a “midtone yellow-brown”.  While I find this color really pretty, if you don’t love browns you probably want to skip on this and go for a different color instead.  The yellow undertone might be something that doesn’t work well with other skin tones, so this is definitely a color I’d suggest swatching first!

Packaging: I love how sleek the packaging looks!  The silver tube has ABH’s symbol on the top in black, so it matches the tube and makes it easy to identify among other liquid lipsticks.  I also really enjoy the gold detailing on the top of the tube as well!

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NYX Lip Lingerie “Satin Ribbon” | Review

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When I went into this review, I thought for sure that I wouldn’t love this color and that I would pass it on afterwards because most of the time these shades don’t look good on me, but I was pleasantly surprised!  Because I have such pigmented lips, I’ve always found that pale colors look extremely patchy and weird on my lips, and I’ve always gotten rid of them.  However, I think I’ve found a winner!

Color: Satin Ribbon is an incredibly pale peach nude color that is probably the lightest lip color I own. This is definitely not a color for everyone, because it’s so peachy and pale and could potentially give the look of concealer lips.

Applicator: The applicator is very long compared to most standard liquid lipsticks, as you can see.  This holds enough product to cover both my bottom and top lips with just one side, which is saying a lot!  I’ve found that with most other liquid lipsticks, I have to either dip again or flip sides.  However, since there’s no point at the end of the applicator it’s hard to get a fine line. I personally didn’t have any issue getting a nice application, but it might be difficult for others.

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