The Organic Skin Co. | Review and a Look

For such a small blog, I receive quite a few PR samples. But, I only share the ones that I think deserve more attention. The Organic Skin Co is a company that I believe definitely deserves all the attention.

The beauty products are cruelty free and vegan, and with each product purchased a tree is planted. That isn’t each order, that’s each PRODUCT!

The products are also all natural!

This post will be long. So, let’s get into the products and my honest thoughts.

4 pan palette $28 Blush

The palette it’s self is extremely sturdy. It is made of a hard plastic, has a magnetic closure, and contains a nice mirror. For an empty palette, $28 is steep. With all of the options out there, I would not say this in particular is a must have. However, if you can spring it, I 100% recommend it!

The palette also comes in charcoal and stone. There is also an 8 pan option.

Check out the 4 pan palette Here.

The Pods

We are going to go in order from left to right.

The Eyes Have It Pod “Day Dreamer” $21

Cream shadow wasn’t my thing, until now. The formula is long wearing, easy to apply, and blended really nicely.

The shade I have “Day Dreamer” is the perfect one and done shade. There are also 9 other options to pick from.

“Day Dreamer” also makes a fantastic cream bronzer/contour.

If you enjoy cream shadows, or don’t I mean I didn’t, and enjoy easy and quick application, with a lasting formula… give the Eyes have it pods a try.

You can look at all the colors Here!

In the Spotlight Pod “Lunar” $21

If there was one product I could have skipped, it would be this one. It is still great quality and makes a great inner corner highlight. But, as a face highlighter it isn’t for me. I like that in your face highlight.

If you like a natural ethereal glow though, this highlight is amazing. It did not make my foundation patchy and it applies well with a finger or a sponge. It blended out effortlessly.

You can check out both shades Right here.

Hide and Seek Pod “Porcelain” $21

I did not go into this thinking I was going to find my new favorite concealer. I assumed this was going to be light coverage and hard to work with.

I was WRONG!

The Hide and Seek concealer covered blemishes, dark circles and scaring like a dream. Blends out well with a finger, sponge, or brush. Once the weather warms up here in Missouri I may just wear this concealer and go with out foundation!

I do have to say… the shade range leaves much to be desired. There are 8 shades, most of which are a shade of beige.

You can view all 8 shades Here.

Cheeky Lips Pod “First Blush” $21

This Pod is for your lips and cheeks.

Personal preference, I prefer a matte lip, but for quick easy days I always go glossy. Now, I don’t think I need any of my other glossy lip shades!

As a lip color the pigment is great! The formula is comfy and relatively long wearing. It will not last through food or drink. And no, it is not kiss proof. ( Sorry Coty 😂)

As a blush? I am in love! If used lightly it gives your cheeks that wind flushed look. Just like the other products, it blends out easily and lasts ages.

There are 7 shades that you can view Here.

Meet the Press Eye Shadow “Nutmeg” $31

Nutmeg is a matte cool dark brown. It isn’t unique to my collection, but what is anymore? The pigment is fantastic! The texture is buttery and it blended in like 3 seconds!!

There are 10 shades Here, and I really want more.

  • For my eyes I placed “Day Dreamer” all over my lids and blended it out with “Nutmeg”, then I took “Nutmeg” on my Lower lash line.
  • Lastly for my eyes I popped “Lunar” in my inner corner.
  • I applied “Day Dreamer” in the spots that I would bronze and contour.
  • I applied “First Blush” a little further back than the apples of my cheeks.
  • I applied “Lunar” on my Cupid’s bow, nose, brow bone, and cheek bones
  • I placed “First Blush” all over my lips.

That’s it! A quick and easy clean look!

I will never say you absolutely need something, because that just isn’t true. But, I will say I will pick up more of both shadows and repurchase the concealer and lip/cheek product when mine run out.

Personally, I am happy to pay a higher price if it is going to an ethical company that has the well being of our environment in mind.

Have your tried Organic Skin Co?

Thank you for reading🌙

Find me on IG @_notan_alien

Please note, all opinions are honest and I earn nothing from this post or the links.

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ColourPop Ooh La La | Review and Swatches

Tonight, I bring you another Colourpop review, I recently made a big order, so expect more to come.

I love how affordable Colourpop is, and they are cruelty free. The fact that they come out with such colorful palettes makes me happy.

The Ooh La La Palette has a pink theme, perfect for the month of February. Pink by far is not my favorite color, but I found myself drawn to this palette.

The packaging is hot pink and made of a hard sturdy plastic. There is a mirror inside, perfect if you feel the need to travel with a pink eyeshadow palette.

Ooh La La is $12 and you can get it on the ColourPop site Here!

The Swatches

Tickled: A very light pink with a purple a blue flip to the glitter.

Soft Core: Matte warm pink

Poodle: Matte true pink

Big Sugar: Shimmer bubble gum pink with a silver sheen.

Opulent: Bright fuchsia shimmer with a blue sheen.

Sandbar: Matte bright pink

Trove: Matte raspberry

Caddy: Matte deep purple

Moon Struck: Metallic peachy gold.

The Look

* please ignore the mascara on my lid, I didn’t notice it until I took the pictures.

  • I primed my eyes, did not set it.
  • I used a big fluffy brush and applied Soft Core to my crease area.
  • I used the same brush and repeated the same step with Poodle.
  • I took a pointed crease brush and applied Sandbar to the outer part on my lid and the blended it in to the crease
  • I took a smaller pointed crease brush and applied Trove to my outer V.
  • I applied Opulent to the outer two thirds of my lid.
  • I applied Big Sugar to the remainder of my lid.
    • I lined my water and tight lines with a pink liner.
      I used a liner brush and applied a mixture of Trove and Caddy to my lower lash line.
      I blended it out with a mixture of Soft Core and Poodle.
      I popped Moon Struck in my inner corner and topped it with Tickled.
  • Over all thoughts

    The shadows do not swatch the best, but what is important is the application. The shades apply like a dream and blend out beautifully.

    If you really enjoy pink, I would say this is a wonderfully palette to add to your collection. It is also a great palette if you usually wear neutrals and want to add a pop of color to your looks.

    For only $12, the Ooh La La Palette is a great, inexpensive piece to pick up!

    What is your favorite Colour Pop palette?

    Thank you for reading🖤

    Find me on IG @_ notan_alien

    Makeup Slayve Autumn Equinox Palette | Indie Spot Light

    The more I watch main stream brands come out with more releases, the more redundant everything seems. Which has propelled my journey into Cruelty Free Indie Beauty brands.

    I have made posts about indie brands in the past, but I am going to be exploring more!

    To start we are going to talk about Makeup Slayve. I purchased their new Autumn Equinox palette and their highlighter pan in Snow Queen.

    Autumn Equinox $35

    The packaging is very cute and compact. Instead of a mirror there is a a quote that reads,

    ” Take time to watch the leaves turn.”

    I quite like that.

    The shade names are on the back of the palette.

    This palette contains 6 matte and 3 shimmer shades.

    The matters are literally the MOST buttery mattes I have ever felt in my life!

    The shimmers, unfortunately are pretty basic- nothing to write home about.

    Starting from the wrist back

    • Fuzzy Flannel- a shimmer teal
    • Cherry Blossom- a matte mauvy pink
    • Pumpkin Pie- a matte orange
    • Spiked Cider- a matte mustard yellow
    • Trick 4 Treats- a purple shimmer
    • Jean Jacket- a matte navy blue
    • Witch please- a matte purple
    • Cranberry Sauced- a matte brown mauve
    • Ugg Boots- a shimmery taupe

    The matte shades are spectacular, I don’t think I have better matter shadows than these.

    The shimmers, as I said, are pretty basic.

    There is a ton of powder kick up, but that’s because they are not pressed as hard as most shadows.

    The Look

    • After priming my eyes I buffed “Spiked Cider” all over my lid and almost up to my brow bone.
    • I did the same thing with “Pumpkin Pie” but not as high up.
    • I then placed “Cherry Blossom” on the inner and outer third of my lid.
    • I placed “Cranberry Sauced” on top of that
    • Tons of blending
    • I placed “Fuzzy Flannel” in the center on my lid.

    I repeated these steps on the lower lash line.

    I popped “Ugg Boots” in my inner Corner.

    For my High Light I used Snow Queen

    It is a really pretty stark white highlight. It is not pressed hard and it really packs a punch!

    It is also only $10!

    Over all

    I am buying more of their shadows, particularly the mattes. I just can’t get over how awesome they are!

    I also plan on ordering more of their highlights. I also want to try their blushes.

    You can purchase their products Here.

    What is your favorite Indie Brand?

    Thank you for reading🎃

    Find me on IG and SC @manda_janette

    Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation | All day wear test + Review

    Do fall allergies just destroy anyone else? All the stuff in the air here in Missouri just ruins me. I apologize for how TERRIBLE i look in these pictures a head of time.

    I purchased the Tarte Shape Tape foundation while it was on sale for $23 at Ulta. Which is the only reason I bought it. I love the concealer, but didn’t really have interest in the foundation- until the stupid sale. Always gets me.

    It usually retails for $39 at Ulta.

    I wasn’t even going to review the foundation. Then I forgot to put primer on the other day and figured why not? So I have tried it with and with out primer and setting it. You have actually already seen it in most of my recent pictures with primer. ( Look at the most recent selfie on my Instagram @manda_janette)

    7:19 AM

    I like the doe foot applicators on foundation. It isn’t hygienic, but I’m lazy. I like buffing it in with a brush or with a beauty blinder- either way works. As I said I forgot a primer, I did sent my under eyes though. Nothing else.

    It is super easy to apply and I find that porcelain is a great match for me. I am pretty fair.

    I also want to mention that I have combination, scared up blemish prone skin. This foundation has pretty decent coverage.

    11:44 AM

    I apologize for the picture quality, I was in my office.

    Not much break down besides under my eyes. It’s normal for break down under my eyes. My nose and chin aren’t looking too shabby. Coverage is still good. Impressed so far.

    3:13 PM

    I apologize for what you just had to see!

    As you can see, everything, including my Liquid Cat Suit liquid lip, is broken down.

    My nose, eyes and for head have really deteriorated. The sides of my face aren’t looking too good either.

    Please ignore my watery eyes and hives, like I said, ALLERGIES.

    Thoughts w/o primer and setting:

    It held up for a good four or five hours. I was surprised it held up that long. Never again will I got with out primer and setting though. I just don’t like doing that. Yes foundations break down, but the way this one hardcore broke down around 7-8 hours, just not happy with that.

    W/ Primer and Setting:

    I didn’t want to like this foundation, but I do. A lot.

    I have it on in the above pictures and it looks great, and it stayed that way the entire night out.

    It is easy to apply, doesn’t feel heavy, and wears very well ( with primer and being set) for a hydrating foundation.

    Will I repurchase? If it is on sale yes. Full price, no. I have too many inexpensive foundations that I enjoy just as much.

    🎃🎃🎃🎃 out of five pumpkins. Lost a pumpkin for the shade range that they threw at the world and the fact that it is nearly $40..but there are drugstore foundations I like just as much.

    Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

    Thank you for reading 🎃

    Find me on IG and SC @manda_janette

    Revolution Emily Edit | The Needs

    I spent all day thinking it was Wednesday, sadly it is Tuesday.

    But, not sadly, we get to talk about inexpensive cruelty free makeup!

    Not only is this face and eye palette only $15 and cruelty free, but It was created with an amazing YouTuber.

    I have been watching EmilyNoel83 since i was 13 years old- almost ten years. She is the person who taught me most of what I know about makeup, how to take care of my skin and hair, and really helped me discover my love for makeup.

    She is a fantastic role model. A strong woman and she has the most adorable little family. She really is a wholesome, amazing person and I am proud to say that she is someone that I really look up to!

    Enough of my rambling, typing that was making me emotional hah!

    The inside

    As you can see my palette is already getting a ton of love. I wanted to really play with it before I have my opinion.

    The Packaging

    The palette itself s a light baby pink, I am not one for pink but this is cute.

    It is made of a hard sturdy plastic and has a GREAT mirror.

    I am very impressed with the packaging for how inexpensive it is.

    The Face Products

    • Courage- a darker bronzer, don’t be afraid it is really easy to sheer out and make lighter.
    • Joy- a warm toned blush. I actually found this blush to be patchy, but if you work with light layers it looks pretty
    • Gratitude- a subtle very light gold highlight. This isn’t my usual highlight taste, but it makes sense to be in this palette because Emily loves subtle highlights.
    • Kindness- A light under eye setting powder. I love that this is included in this palette, it makes it even better for travel. The powder works great.

    Over all I really enjoy the face products. At first I didn’t like the blush or bronzer. But, using a light hand with a fluffy brush they look beautiful.

    The highlight isn’t for me, I like BAM highlights, I have been using Gratitude to highlight my brow bone and inner corner a lot though.

    Like my giraffe shirt? I got it at TJ Max!!

    The Eye Shadows

    • Honesty- a matte orange peachy shade
    • Passion- a dark purple with glitter
    • Peace-a mid tone warm cream
    • Faith- a warm brown
    • Hope- a chocolate brown
    • Love- essentially the same shade as kindness.

    All of the shades are matte, besides passion. I wish love would have been replaced with something like a light pink shimmer. You really don’t need the shade of Love with Kindness in the palette.

    I really like the formula of the shadows. They are easy to blend and pretty pigmented for the price. Definitely Emily shades!

    Please ignore the mascara dot on my eye, I couldn’t be bothered with cleaning it up.

    I do this simple look with this palette most days when I have work. On this day I had family stuff.

    • I start with blending Peace high in my crease and all over my lid
    • I then take Faith more in the crease.
    • I deepen up my outer edge with hope.
    • I place Honesty all over my lid
    • I highlight my inner corner and brown bone with Gratitude.

    Super quick and easy look.

    Over All

    If you don’t mind learning a bit to work with the blush and bronzer I think this palette is a fantastic deal. It is really all you need as far as powder products for travel.

    The formula is nice and it is only $15!! I have to say I have just been crazy and Revolution Makeup recently.

    🎃🎃🎃🎃 out of 5 pumpkins. You have to work with the blush and bronzer and Kindness and Love are too similar.

    But, over all I really do enjoy this palette and, as you can see in the pictures, I use it a lot.

    You can pick it up Here!

    Have you tried this palette yet? What did you think?

    Thank you for reading 🎃

    Find me on IG and SC @manda_janette

    The most BASIC Halloween Makeup!

    I love spooky season. Honestly though, all year is spooky season to me!

    I found a shirt I bought ages ago with Freddy and Jason on it and it inspired me to do the most basic AF and easy Halloween look.

    Literally SO easy!

    I used two inexpensive eye palettes to do this, and any higher end products I used can easily be replaced with drug store products.

    The palettes I used

    Morphe X Jaclyn Hill “Ring the alarm” $15

    I used Access as my transition and Secure to deepen the crease a bit.

    BH cosmetics Festival Palette currently $10.80 at Ulta!!

    I placed Hippie all over my lid.

    I used Spirit to high light my brow bone.

    I used Kandi as my inner corner high light.

    I then used Access and Secure on my water line. I also tried to pack Hippie closer to the last line.

    I lined my eyes and did a TRASH wing with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. (The NYC Epic Ink liner is a good replacement at the drugstore.)

    Crazy easy, but still Halloweeny, as Coty called it.

    I hope you enjoyed this short post and easy AF eye look!!

    What is your favorite fall eyeshadow palette?

    Thank you for reading 🖤

    Find me on IG and SC @manda_janette

    B.H. Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette | 2 Looks and a Review!

    Today…has been a day. But, I have found a new to me YouTuber that is awesome! Her name is Lacie and her Channel is Spooky Lips and Fat Hips. You need to check her out!

    Now to the point. The Desert Oasis palette from B.H. Cosmetics.

    This palette retails for $22 at Ulta, but is currently 25% off on the BH Cosmetics site for only $16.50.

    Here for 25% off!

    This palette has 15 shadows and 4 highlights. It is cruelty free, and lets get to the reason I actually picked it up- Tati was raving about it on her YouTube channel.

    The palette itself is beautiful. There are 5 matte shades, which are really the only matte shades you need, as well a some beautiful shimmers and lovely pops of color. The highlights vary from light to darker, which is nice as well.

    The Shadows

    • Moonscape- a shimmery champagne
    • Quartz- a light shimmery rose
    • Canyon- a matte warm brown
    • Sand- a matte bone shade
    • Terrain- a shimmery gold
    • Prickly Pear- a duo chrome red brown

    • Cactus- a duo chrome green brown
    • Dune- a darker matte brown
    • Nightscape- a chocolate brown
    • Turquoise- an icy blue
    • Mineral- a shimmery light pink
    • Sandstone- a matte orange pulling a bit brown. I am not sure what descriptive words I am looking for right now!
    • Heatwave- a metallic bronze red
    • Hot Spring- a metallic blue

    As you can see, all of the shades are very pigmented and those mattes are amazing. But, do not let finger swatches speak for how well a shadow will perform.

    The Highlights

    • Serenity- a very light pink
    • Bliss- a light gold
    • Mirage- a darker gold
    • Utopia- a bronze
    • Hideaway- a darker bronze

    I am sure you can tell that the highlights have a lot of glitter in them..

    Look # 1

    • I started off by priming my eyes and setting it with Sand. I think Sand is my new favorite thing to set my lids with.
    • I pulled it a lighter random transition shade to give a bit better of a gradient and blended it into my crease starting with the middle then going out.
    • I repeated this step with Sandstone
    • After that I went in with canyon the same way I did with the other shades but didn’t go as high up.
    • I went back in with Sandstone and placed in on my inner and outer lid.
    • I repeated the previous step with Nighscape a blended a bit into the crease.
    • I placed Cactus on to the center of my lid.
    • I popped Moonscape into my inner corner.

    I went on my lower lash line with all the matte shades going from lightest more blown out, to the darkest right on the lash line.

    I am also sure you can tell, I got tired of blending. Not that these shades don’t blend well, I was just tired and it was 6 in the morning.

    The highlight I used this day was bliss, I did not spray a setting spray on before applying.

    Look # 2

    • After I primed my eyes, I used Bone again to set it.
    • I started with Sandstone as my transition to really make the Look warm. I blended all all through my crease, on some of my lid and blew it out.
    • I then went in a little tighter into my crease with Canyon.
    • I used Nighscape on my outer V
    • I placed Hot Spring on my lid, leaving the inner lid open.
    • I placed Turquoise on my inner lid, inner corner, and down to my inner lower lash line.

    • I used the mattes on my lower lash line in the same order as before.

    This day my highlight was Serenity and Mirage. I sprayed setting spray before and after I applied them.

    Thoughts- Shadows

    The mattes are pigmented and easy to work with. The shimmer and metallic shades are really pretty and don’t require a wet brush to show up boldly.

    When you dip your brush into the shadows there is a lot of kick up. This isn’t too big of a deal to me, just tap your brush off.

    There is quite a bit of fall out on the face during application. This isn’t an issue for me, I always do eyes first.

    I am very impressed with the shadows for how inexpensive the palette is.

    Is it a must purchase for the shadows? No. It isn’t exactly unique to the market now a days. But they are nice and if Desert Oasis does strike your fancy the shadows are great.

    Thoughts- Highlights

    I am disappointed. I was really excited for these because of how much Tati and a few other people raves about them.

    I think they are chunky and a bit too glittery to me. They added some texture to my skin as well.

    I DO like the shade Mirage, which is the largest pan. I am not sure why, but it isn’t as chunky as the others.

    The highlights do make good shadows though.

    Over all

    If this Palette is already on your radar, I would try for the shadows. Especially since it is 25% off right now. Hell, you may love the highlighters as well-other people love them I just don’t.

    For me this palette gets 🌵🌵🌵 out of 5 Cactuses. For me the highlights were a huge pull, and they were duds. But, they shadows are great, so they earned back some of the Cactuses.

    What drugstore products should I try or Review next?

    Thank you so much for reading 🌵

    Find me on IG and SC @Manda_janette