Pop Champagne… Eyeshadow

Up until last month, I rarely included eyeshadow in my makeup routine. I’m not a huge fan of bold, bright, or sparkly colors so that rules out a lot of them. I’m also not a fan of the deep black smokey eye, not even for a night out. When I do wear any color on my eyelids, I tend to go with neutrals and wear a neutral smokey eye instead.

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Lately, I’ve been wearing Elizabeth Mott’s Pop! Goes The Shadow Eye Shadow in Champagne. This peachy eyeshadow goes on velvety smooth, and lasts all day. It is just sparkly enough to look like I have something on my eyelids without making me feel like I am wearing a ton of glitter.

I also like to use it as a highlighter. The product color is similar to Benefit Watts Up stick that costs 3x as much. It’s also much smaller in size than the full size Benefit Watts Up stick, so is great for traveling. Plus, this is one of those colors that you can wear every day, but also glam up for the evening with a little more liner. I wear this color to work, but it’s easy to blend and build more on my lids when I’m going out.

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Right now, the Elizabeth Mott line only carries 3 eyeshadows. They have Champagne, Antique Brass (brownish color) and Stars At Night (gray-black color). Hopefully they expand their product line, and include other amazing colors.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Want to try out the Pop! Goes The Shadow Eye Shadow in Champagne? To enter this giveaway:

1) Like the Elizabeth Mott facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/elizabethmottbeauty).

2) Follow them on instagram (instagram.com/elizabethmott)

After you have done so, tell me in the comments below! Good luck ladies.

What eyeshadows do you like to wear to the office? To go out? Let me know in the comments section below! xo


Getting the Perfect Oil-Free Selfie

Thankfully, I have normal skin so my face doesn’t get too oily on a daily basis. Occasionally, my t-zone (especially my nose area) will get oily, but it’s pretty under control for the most part. I’ve been told that toilet seat covers work well as blotting paper (yes, I’ve tried that) but I really do prefer Day By Day’s Luxury Blotting Paper .


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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Day By Day’s Luxury Blotting Paper is made with premium-grade, natural pulp fiber that quickly absorbs unwanted oil. I love that the blotting paper comes in a wallet sized packet and is easy to dispense. To be honest, it feels like toilet seat cover – although, to be fair, I think all blotting papers feel like this. I like that it does not disturbed my makeup when I use it, and it actually picks up oil that I can’t see. For $15, you can get two Luxury Blotting Paper packages. Each package contains 100 sheets of blotting paper for a total of 200 sheets per order – more oil than I’d ever want to remove. Oh, and a total bonus: there is a little message that says “Hello, Beautiful” inside the package, just in case you forgot.

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Now that I can get rid of that unwanted shine on my forehead with these little heavy duty lifters, I’m going to go take some selfies.

What do you use to remove excess oil from your face? Have you used blotting paper before, or tried other methods to remove shine? Tell me in the comments section below. 


Why I’m Taking Off My Makeup With A Sponge

At the end of the day, every woman has a different way of taking off her makeup. I’ve used everything from wipes to foams and liquids, and even DIY removers. But lately, I’ve been using a sponge. Yes, a sponge.

La Lune Naturals Konjac Sponge is an all-natural cleansing sponge, made from sustainable konjac plant. While preventing breakouts and blackheads, the sponge also claims to exfoliate your skin, remove toxins, and impurities, to reveal smooth, brighter looking skin.

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I soaked the sponge in water until it was soft, then massaged it over my face in a circular motion with my Tea Tree facial cleanser. The sponge can be used with or without a cleanser, but since I always wash my face with a cleanser, I decided not to skip this routine. The sponge, once wet, is gentle but was able to cleanse my skin thoroughly without causing any pain or redness. I prefer using this sponge to clean off my makeup because the sponge lathers really well, and is able to remove my makeup with very little force and pressure. After usage, I rinsed the sponge and gently pressed between my two hands to dry it. A suction hook was also included in the package, to hang the sponge after usage to dry. Bonus? The package comes with two sponges. Two! It’s recommended to replace every 2-4 months, so this is sure to last you through at least half of the year.

You can find La Lune Naturals Konjac Sponge on Amazon for just $12.99.

GIVEAWAY ALERT! The folks at La Lune Naturals wanted me to share this product with one lucky reader of I Sort of Beauty, and I couldn’t be happier to share this with you! In order to enter this giveaway, go follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and don’t forget to comment below to let me know you’ve done so. I will pick one lucky winner on Friday, February 6th at 11:59PM. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, I will choose another person. Sadly, this giveaway is for U.S. residents only, but don’t worry, I will have other fun giveaways coming up! Good luck!


Petunia Brushes: My First Makeup Brush Kit

I am just beginning to collect makeup brushes and beautyblenders. My brushes currently range anywhere from your local drugstore brush to MAC. Some of the brushes I own are more professional than others, but I’ve never owned a full kit before. This week, Petunia Skincare sent me a full makeup brush kit that comes with a travel pouch to review.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The smell of the pouch is a bit off-putting. There was a strong smell of nailpolish/polish remover when I first opened the case so I had to let it air out for a day before the smell dissipated.  The kit comes with 12 brushes for all types of makeup application and brush guards to help the brushes maintain their shape. photo 2 
12 Studio Brushes
– Powder brush
– Blush brush
– Foundation brush
– Eyeshadow brush
– Smudge brush
– Fan brush
– Concealer brush
– Eyebrow blush
– Eyeliner blush
– Sponge applicator
– Lip brush
– Spoolie brush
While the brushes are smooth and soft to the touch (they are handmade from natural synthetic hair), I could see a few of  the hairs falling off the powder brushes and blush brush after a couple of strokes. Synthetic brushes are supposed to be great for liquid-based makeup products, but I found that the foundation brush was leaving behind streaky marks on my face. I also don’t think the brush is dense enough to pick up and spread the foundation product. I tried using less product than what I normally put on my foundation brush and the result was much better. I’ve had a chance to try out all of the 12 brushes from this set and while I am not a fan of the powder, blush, and foundation brush, I do love all of the other brushes in the kit. The eyeshadow, eyeliner, and eyebrow brush are great for picking up powder and blending.

photo 3IS IT WORTH THE MONEY? If you’re like me, and you’re just beginning to collect brushes for your makeup routine, I’d try this kit out. While the blush and powder brush are not my favorite, the other brushes were all good quality brushes. I’ve never owned a makeup brush kit before, but I’m very pleased with this Petunia kit.
Retail: $47.77


Petunia Skincare is a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), no animals were harmed to create these natural brushes.


What brand of makeup brushes are you currently using? Do you own a kit that you love? Tell me in the comments section below. 


Me & Makeup: 20 Beauty Questions Tag

I love beauty tags. It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers and writers. I have done a tag before when I was nominated for The Liebster Award. Here’s a more extensive tag – 20 beauty questions, answered.

Do you remember your first makeup item? 
Of course! I didn’t have a lot of makeup growing up because I was never really into it as a teenager. My first makeup item was a cheap $1 roll on lip gloss in Cherry. I remember being in love with that product all the way until my first year of high school. I discovered other (better) products then.

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
Finding the ‘perfect’ mascara is so difficult. Right now I’m using MAKE’s mascara in Black which works well on my lashes, but I’m still hunting for the ‘perfect’ one.

What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation? 
I like my foundation to be medium to light. I’m definitely not keen on heavy coverage foundations.

Favorite high end brand?
Growing up, I’ve never really seen my mom wear any makeup. If she did it was either from Estee Lauder or Shiseido, so those are still my favorite till this day.

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? 
Too many! They are actually popular brands too – Make Up Forever, NARS and Too Faced just to name a few.

Favorite drugstore brand? 
NYX cosmetics and Maybelline! Their products have never let me down.

Do you wear fake eyelashes? 
I do, but mostly for special occasions. I enjoy spicing up any makeup look every once in a while.

Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without? 
Nope! I go out in public all the time without makeup. Love not having to do anything with my face some mornings. I actually go to work 75% of the time with nothing on. #BareFace

What is your most cherished beauty product? 
I absolutely love my Blush-n-Brighten blush from Laura Geller.

How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once? 
On average, maybe once every two weeks. I consider that normal but my boyfriend complains all the time. I like to pick up an item here and there. I get too overwhelmed when I get too many goodies all at once. Beauty overload!

Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely? 
I definitely spend way too freely.

What type of product do you buy the most of?
I’m obsessed with lipsticks and anything lips related.

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates? 
Yes! I started using lots of all natural products in 2014, so I am always conscious about ingredients in products.

Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup? 
The obvious suspects like Sephora and MAC. You can find me doing a lot of my shopping online too.

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? 
I think I’ve recently become a product junkie. I switch it up every two months or so but will change it depending on what my skin needs.

Favorite bath and body brand? 
Bath & Body Works and Lush. Their products smell so delicious.

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 
As much as I love products that can help speed up my makeup routine, I usually find those multifunctional products over hyped and pretty much useless.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup? 
Would rather not admit it, but yes. Whatever, I still look good after a couple of trial and error battles with my mascara and eye shadow.

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? 
I would love to. Up till now, I’m 100% self taught and I would love to learn more about makeup.

What do you love about makeup? 
I love how makeup makes me look polished. Makeup can transform your whole appearance. There are endless possibilities to look a bit different every single day!

“Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside ” – Lady Gaga