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Monday, December 19, 2016

Jeffree Star Cosmetics: Holiday Bundle

It's the most wonderful time of the year. ♥

I love holiday collections. And what do I love more than holiday collections? Jeffree Star Cosmetics holiday collections, that's what. This year's holiday bundle was absolutely no exception to being amazing. Honestly? It has been my favorite bundle to date. ALL. SEVEN. SHADES. Yes, seven shades made it to this year's holiday bundle which currently sells for $99.99 and can be purchased here.

Of course, you know me, I have already done a swatch video on my YouTube channel ( RLQ Rosie). You can watch that video below:

Let's break it down though!

Like I mentioned before, the holiday bundle comes with seven shades ranging from a soft pink nude to a bold crocodile green. I'm serious! Check the pic below.
Left to right: Designer Blood, Checkmate, Pumpkin Pie, Chrysanthemum, Deceased, Sagittarius, and Crocodile Tears.

I can't even pick a favorite at this point I love them all.Let's break them down:
Chrysanthemum is described as "sparkly soft nude has glitter throughout" and is a limited edition shade with the collection. Honestly I was not sure I'd love this shade. I was almost worried it would be too soft and pale for me but I LOVE IT. 

Pumpkin Pie (which I call Pumpkin Spice in my video what feels like a million times) is an amazing burnt orange that I cannot get enough of. It is the perfect ever day shade honestly. One of my favorites from the collection.

Checkmate is ridiculous! I wasn't sure if I would be too wild about this shade but it was so bold and amazing when I put it on that I didn't want to take it off! I ended up wearing the next night to work. It made me feel sassy af. Might also be giving Redrum a run for its money in my collection. 

 Designer Blood. There are no words for how gorgeous this shade is. Like Game Over gorgeous. It's a deeper Unicorn Blood with the tiniest specks of glitter that make the shade so unique and stunning. It's really a must to your collection.

 Deceased (currently sold out at the moment) is the mauve greige of the collection. It reminds me of a softer Scorpio, but then again, so does Sagittarius. This is probably the most sought after shade, but to be honest it might be a little to muted for me even though I do love it!

Sagittarius (spelled wrong in my video. OOPS) is a more purple version of Deceased and Scorpio. Less grey undertones. It's such a great shade and described as the "hybrid of mixing nude with mauve."

Last but not least Crocodile Tears! The most wearable green in my collection. I am so in love with this shade it is almost ridiculous. Definitely one to try if you're looking to be more adventurous. It's seriously amazing. 

So what do you think? Gorgeous right!?! I'm in love with every shade. The bundle is still available as well as individually sold AND smaller bundles. Highly recommend you check them out. :))


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Influenster Kat Von D #LockItRevolution

So here's the scoop, a couple of months ago I was offered the survey to get on the list for the Kat Von D's Influenster Vox Box, so of course, I took it. I had no idea what it was for or if I was approved until a couple of weeks ago. The campaign was for the latest "Lock it Revolution."

If you're familiar with Kat Von D products then the phrase "lock it" should not phase you. The infamous Lock It Foundation has been around for quite awhile. It's very well known for it's full coverage and the latest concealers are NO exception. If we're being honest, I didn't use the old Lock It Tattoo concealers. A small part had to do with its packaging, another had to do with my preference for a more affordable concealer. But let's move past that.

So here I am receiving the Kat Von D Lock It Revolution VoxBox not knowing what to expect. Actually, I expected the concealers. Just two concealers. Typically, Influenster sends out two to three of a brands collection for you to review and test. What I wasn't expecting was 90% of the latest collection. Boy was I in shock. 

I received two concealers, one light in L9 and one warm in M17, the Lock It Setting Powder, the Lock It Setting Powder Brush, and the Concealer brush. I was more than excited for it all! 

So let's talk concealers. If you know me, you know my go to concealer is the NYX concealer pot in yellow. Affordable and amazingly pigmented. When I received the Kat Von D concealers, I was secretly hoping not to love it as much as I did (solely for the sake of my wallet) but alas, I was in for an immediate admiration. These sell for $26 each. 

The two shades I received were L9 which is described as light with neutral undertone and M17 which is described as medium with warm undertone. M17 is my new favorite. It's warm undertones work so well with the yellow in my skin! Absolutely LOVE it. The L9 is ideal for days I want to brighten my under eyes since the neutral tone cancels out the darkness under my eyes. It's necessary often. 

As you can see from the swatches, they're very different in shades light is definitely light! I did feel when I swatched them on my arm L9 didn't appear as pigmented as on the face. That could be because my arm is much darker than my face....I'm not too sure. They're lightweight and buildable so you don't have to worry about it looking cakey or heavy under the eyes. And trust me when I say, they're soooooo blendable! I'm was so very happy when I went in with my beauty blender and saw they blended out so well without losing pigment intensity. That's uber important to me, don't you agree? 

And then we add the concealer brush to the equation. 

Personally, I'm not a fan of brushes for blending concealer, but this one isn't bad at all! I still reach for my beauty blender to blend out my concealer though, it's a habit! I think the denseness of the smaller head make it favorable for some people when it comes to blending concealer, but it's definitely personal preference. This particular brush sells for $24. I think brush is great for application and even from some lid work. ;) 

Now we get to my favorites from the collection. <333333

The Lock It Setting Powder. Three words: I. AM. OBSESSED. This powder is amazing. Again, if you know me, you might know my go to is another NYX product which is the color correcting powder in yellow. This new KVD might have replaced it. This one does sell for $30 which is fairly decent compared to some of the other "high end" setting powders.  What I love most about this powder is how friggen light it is on the face. Seriously, I strongly dislike the feel of silky setting powders. I know to each their own, but I just can't do it. It feels too heavy on the face. This one is sooooo not heavy. It's light AF. It blends out so well too! 

Now the brush? Oh my lanta. It's SO FLUFFYYYYY. No, but seriously, the bristles are so amazingly soft and pick up so much product. It is my second favorite item. The stiletto wand handle just gets me. This brush does sell for $38 which may not be the most affordable, but it is only slightly above average for the quality. I'm obsessed with it though. I won't use my setting powder without it.  Paired together they're meant for eachother.

I'm sure you're all now wondering, how the heck do I get me one of those boxes!?! It all starts with YOU. Influenster uses YOUR influence and YOUR social impact and YOUR lifestyle to qualify you for campaigns to receive Vox Boxes. Frequently they send out surveys for campaigns they think will best suit you. To be honest, there's been times I was so sure I'd qualify and they'd deny me. *sad face* It's understandable though. What I find most appealing about the program is the variety of campaigns you can be eligible for. Cosmetics, food, home goods, health, fitness, you name it. Prior to this campaign I received the Make Me Brows Vox Box. I was VERY happy with that one too. 

How do they determine what campaign would best suit you? Your impact. You can answer "snap" questions they send to your dashboard or review almost any product you can think of from energy drinks to lipsticks to running shoes. Each time you review a product it goes towards your impact score. The higher the impact score, the better, naturally. What else affects your impact score? Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Blogger, Tumblr, Pinterest, and even Foursquare. If you have a small number on one social network, there's always another. LINK. THEM. ALL. :)))))

Still want more information? Go here and do your thing! You won't regret it. Just give honest reviews and share your love for what you love and you're all set. 

Feel free to comment below with any questions you might have. 


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Jeffree Star Cosmetics: The Others

Damn, Rosie! Back at it again with the Jeffree Star swatches. 

Yes, I went there. Let's just forget I did though and move on. Now that I have your attention we can talk about my last video of Jeffree Star velour liquid lipstick swatches. Scratch that, second to last, video of swatches. I seem to forget I received the two newest shades in addition to my Skin Frosts and Beauty Killer palette. I threw that all in one [extremely] long video. We'll get to that video eventually.

Today's focus: The Others. By others I'm referring to the shades that didn't quite fit in with pastels or darks and aren't my favorites. Not that I don't love these shades because TRUST ME WHEN I SAY I LOVE THESE SHADES. I mean, Unicorn Blood...... um yea. Definitely love that shade. And Rich Blood soared to the top of my top ten list of Jeffree Star favorite shades. Keep in mind, when I recorded this video Rich Blood had just been released. That particular shade was a replacement for the holiday limited edition shade "Hoe Hoe Hoe" which is also swatched in this video. Have a look below.

I'd like to think by this point I'm getting a bit more comfortable in front of the camera. I never thought I'd get past the insecurities that kept me from recording last fall, but I'm glad I'm making progress. Huge thank you to those who've seen me struggle with it and continue to encourage and support me! ♥
Screenshots from this video below.
Screenshot from the video.
Screenshot of Dominatrix swatched.
Screenshot of Unicorn Blood swatched.
Screenshot of Hoe Hoe Hoe swatched.
Screemshot of Rich Blood swatched.
Screenshot of Prom Night swatched. 

Do you ever forget a lippie for awhile and then one day you rediscover it and you're like "OMFG! I'm obsessed. Where have you been all my life?!" That was me swatching this segment of my series. Prom Night was like heaven on me and I was sad when I took it off. And don't even get me started on Unicorn Blood.

Is it weird that I was a little sad knowing these were the last from my collection? Okay good because I was a little sad. I am now counting down the days until the summer collection goes live! 12 days. ;)

Next post we'll recap the Beauty Killer and Skin Frost video!


Friday, July 8, 2016

Lonely Planet Cosmetics Swatch and Review LIVE

Hi, friends!
Welcome back! If you're a returning reader then you have probably already seen swatches of my Lonely Planet collection here. HOWEVER, you may have not seen LIVE swatches. Yes, that is correct. LIVE swatches. That, of course, is just my fancy, interesting way of saying I did a YouTube video swatching them. I purchased three of the newest shades and I quickly fell so much in love that I was dying to swatch them. Check them out below.
Also, you will notice in the video an updated (almost the exact same) review. My opinion has still not changed. I am STILL loving these liquid lipsticks! And the new shades are amazing. I have quite a few on my wish list that I can't wait to add to my collection. If you haven't tried these yet, you must! One of the best indie brands I've been fortunate enough to review.
I will post screenshots from my video below. I'm hoping to get better from here with my swatch videos, but it's definitely exciting seeing myself grow as a "said YouTuber."
Screenshot of the Lonely Planet liquid lipsticks swatched.

Screenshot of Lonely Planet Cosmetics "In The Flesh."

Screenshot of the Lonely Planet Cosmetics in "Chelsea."

Screenshot of the Lonely Planet Cosmetics in "Bambi."

I know it's been a while since my last post, but as some of you know, June is a very busy month for me! I was only able to get a couple videos out that month, one of which was my hiking vlog. I hope to get a quick recap post for that one up here soon as well. Keep an eye out for more posts with each YouTube video that goes live on my channel here.

Next post will recap the last of my Jeffree Star liquid lipstick collection! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Jeffree Star Cosmetics: The Dark Side

Oh wow.

That title makes this post sound juicy. Like it's full of dirty dark secrets. Except not. If you read my previous post, you're probably expecting this. Previously, I posted a brief breakdown of what I've been up to in the YouTube world (yes, I crossed over) and where I was currently. And right now I am in the middle of my mini "Jeffree Star Series" on YouTube. I've swatched my current favorites and the pastels from the collection and now I present to you "The Darks."

Which shades are included in the darks? I'll tell you. We have Weirdo, Abused, Blue Velvet, I'm Royalty, Mistletoe, and Dirty Money. You're probably asking, "What the hell? Why Dirty Money?" seeing as how it's technically not a dark shade. The way I saw it when I thought out this series was where it would fit best. The remaining shades left to swatch were reds and browns and pinks so I really didn't think a dirty grey green would fit in with them. Agreed?

Now you ask, "What's next?"

Coming up I have two more videos in this mini series until the limited edition yellow packaging shades are released this summer. If you don't know what the heck I'm talking about, check out Jeffree Star Cosmetics' post here below.

Watermelon scented.....AREYOUKIDDINGMERIGHTNOWIDIE!?!?! Perfect. Actual perfection. Little known fact, watermelon is my guilty post run pleasure. After my runs in the miserable summer heat, I take my sweaty ass to the grocery store and pick up watermelon spears. Mmmm. Anyway! Before these are released you can expect a video on the lipstick shades remaining in the collection and the new highlighters and BEAUTY KILLER PALETTE swatch video. OMFG. Oops. I got a little too excited at the thought of that palette. Forreals though. I'm more excited than any of my viewers possibly can be. Maybe...

So that's it for now! Until then, you can watch the video linked above and all the videos from before on my channel here or read up on my thoughts and experiences on this YouTube journey here. :)))))

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It finally happened.

Quick update time!

So as you've probably noticed, I have been extremely MIA in the blogging world. However, it has been for good reason! I've actually launched my YouTube channel and uploaded my first, second, third, and FOURTH YouTube videos. I published my first video after returning from GenBeauty in LA. I was just so inspired and I used some of the footage I recorded and used during the trip to turn it into a mini vlog. My "mini" vlog ended up being over 20 minutes long as I proceeded to dive into my favorites from the trip. Honestly,  it was an amazing eye opening experience. And while I'm still very lazy and busy in most parts of my life these days, I think I've finally found my place.


Check out my very first YouTube video below. Then keep reading.

I followed up my first video with a quick trailer for my channel. I won't link it here, but once you access my YouTube channel homepage it will appear at the bottom. Check out my
homepage below. :))))))

So finally after about two+ months of ideas floating around in my head and my lack of commitment dominating me, I decided to take advantage of the new Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip collection being released. 

It was my first swatch video and I was beyonddddddddd nervous recording it. To be honest, I had no idea what I was doing. Just put on lipstick on camera, right? It felt like so much more than that. I think I overthought it. And that is perfectly okay because it was my first video and I received such positive feedback it made me thankful for those who support me! Just recently I rewatched that video and thought, "Oh....Rosie." and shook my head. It's been a month and I've already seen myself improve since this video. You can see that video below.

Flash forward to last weekend, I found my motivation again. With the new Jeffree Star lipsticks in my possession, I decided to record a "Jeffree Star Favorites" video featuring the two newest shades "Gemini" and "Scorpio." 
L-R: Celebrity Skin, Gemini, Anna Nicole, Redrum, Androgyny, Doll Parts, Masochist, Scorpio
Soooooo here's the thing. This I feel like overcame a lot of obstacles with myself because of this video. It really gave me the boost of confidence I needed to know what I am doing with my YouTube channel is right. Does that make sense? I recorded the video Saturday before I left out of town for my Bloomsday Run and I didn't even bother to watch the footage. I didn't want to leave town upset if I didn't love my footage, ya know? I just let it be. ♫ Whispered words of wisdom, let it be. ♫♪ I left town with Jessy and we enjoyed the weekend and I didn't die on my run (considering I had ver veryyyy little training) which was a good thing. 

Hi. It's me after my 3rd Bloomsday Run. 
Come Monday after work, a little too sore to workout after all of Bloomsday's hills, and I decided to view and edit my footage. I went in with low expectations, but watching myself I was super content with myself. It was footage I was excited to edit and post. I was very pleased with the outcome. I saw places I could improve and made a mental note for the next video. Wednesday I posted my second swatch video ever. Featured in this video I swatched Celebrity Skin, Gemini, Anna Nicole, Redrum, Androgyny, Doll Parts, Masochist, Scorpio. Want to see them swatched? Check out the video below.

So with my excitement over the first Jeffree Star video, I threw out the idea of doing a second swatch video. A "Jeffree Star Series" with the pastels or darks or nudes, whatever my viewers requested. I posted this photo on Instagram, Twitter, and snapchat asking what to swatch next, pastels or darks. 

Pastels won by a landslide. Aka 4 votes to zero. So pastels it was.

L-R: Drug Lord, I'm Nude, 714, Queen Supreme, Blow Pony, Jawbreaker, Breakfast at Tiffany's
I went in this last Saturday with the mindset "I can do this" and started recording. Halfway through my swatches and my battery started dying and my backup wasn't fully charged. I spent a brief intermission talking to my Snapchat story friends. I was actually excited to share that I was recording which is weird to me, but I really was happy I was recording. I felt confident and determined to execute something I was 100% happy with. And honestly? I was. Video went up the next day, Sunday night. Check it out below.

Since posting my first video at the end of January, I've reached my 100 subscribers milestone! PEOPLES, THIS IS HUGE TO ME. I know it's not a lot to most people, but for someone who lacked the confidence to commit to putting themselves out there, it's so much more. Trust me, even though I try to  come off as confident, this YouTube thing is testing your confidence on a whole 'nother level. I remember after trying to record myself and watching my first playback, I cried. Fun fact. 

I can't wait to look back in another six months and see where I'm at. On the positive side, I only see myself getting better. Amirite? ❤️