Sugarpill Addicted to pretty collection

Founder/Creator of Sugarpill, Amy and I

It’s about time that I featured one of my favorite brands on my blog. If you’re not familiar with Sugarpill Cosmetics, you are clearly living under a rock. Sugarpill Cosmetics, based in Berkeley California, is a 100% cruelty-free and vegan line that has richly pigmented cosmetics. It was actually thanks to Queen of Blending that I found out about Sugarpill Cosmetics, who is also really good friends with Amy. It’s now also thanks to Amy that I am even more comfortable to use bright colored cosmetics all over the face.

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Sugarpill cosmetics has unparalleled eye shadows for not only their outstanding pigmentation, but also the size of each eye shadow is quite large. In comparison, a typical MAC eye shadow is about the size of a quarter whereas Sugarpill eye shadows are the size of a half-dollar. Not only are they generally larger in size, there also way more pigmented and are available at a lesser value! Sugarpill is not alone with just their eye shadows, they also have loose eye shadows, pigments, lashes,  and even brushes. With all of their amazing products thus far, it keeps me excited for whats in store next.

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Each palette in this collection had the above packaging. Super cute pink design with crown like details accompanying the name Sugarpill. Prior to this packaging, the palettes were blue with similar if not same design. Due to Sugarpill debuting for the first time at IMATS 2010, they’ve changed their packaging to all pink.  The palette is relatively small, small enough to fit in your hand. The packaging is predominantly cardboard, so this product is somewhat sturdy. Each palette also is accompanied with a small mirror that is useful when traveling with the palette.

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The addicted to pretty collection is composed of three main palettes along with multiple individual eye shadows. From this collection, I own the three main palettes. The palettes in this collection are Burning heart, Sweet heart and the Heart breaker. The colors in the Burning heart palette are the following, Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love+ and Poison Plum. In the Sweetheart palette, the colors are Dollipop, Afterparty, Midori, and Tako. Last but certainly not least is the Heartbreaker palette with Mochi, 2AM, Acidberry and Velocity.

Sweetheart palette

Above is the sweetheart palette. This was the second palette out of three that I obtained via IMATS. The white shade Tako is the most used in this palette for my underbrow highlight. I also throughly love Dollipop which is the vibrant pink. Midori is a beautiful forest green shade. Afterparty is a vibrant deep blue shade. I use Afterparty and Midori often when I do an ombre eye shadow look, or even in my brows

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Isn’t the backside of the packaging adorable?!?! I love the color concept, the colored writing, and the style. This packaging concept makes it very clear to see what colors are in the palette, which are all designated by shade which is smart. I love how you can easily find contact information on the left side of the packaging below the cat. Oh and did you know, the white cat on the packaging is Amy’s real cat named Tako?!?! Cute huh!

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The burning heart palette was the last of the three palettes that I obtained. It took me a while to get my hands on this last palette because it is the most popular one. This palette was constantly sold out at IMATS so I made it apparent this year to go to their booth first to ensure my pick up. This palette is loud with such vibrant colors, all of which are complementary to one another. Poison plum is definitely my favorite in this palette. However each other color is very individual and unique. Buttercake is the most vibrant opaque yellow i’ve ever used. Flamepoint is a true red which is very hard to make because red is not a natural shade. Love + screams sunset orange to me and is truly beautiful used alone or combined with other shades.

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Last but certainly not least is the palette that I have had the longest in this collection, and also have gotten a lot of usage out of. This is the Heart Breaker palette, the bright cool toned blue, green and purple palette.  Acidberry is warm limegreen shade with some sheen to it. Velocity is the definition of ocean blue that is matte. 2am is my favorite and that is a warm purple toned matte shade. Last but not least is Mochi which is a cool toned matte teal.

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This was my first ever eye shadow palette from Sugarpill. I’ve used this palette so much that Mochi isn’t fully adhered any more, if I tip the palette over, Mochi falls out. While this is easily fixable, it just comes to show how much work I’ve put into this palette. As you can see in the image above, 2Am and Mochi are very well used. Lately i’m starting to get more usage for Acidberry, especially in my inner tearduct area when I am doing a fade effect on my eye lid.  Using Acidberry on the inner corner, Mochi on majority of the lid, Velocity in the outer corner and 2AM in the crease is a go to look using this palette.

Overall I give Sugarpill an A+ for this palettes and everything else in this collection. I think the brand is simply amazing, the pigmentation of the products is outstanding and the longevity is impeccable. Sugarpill has definitely set the bar high for competing cosmetic companies. Not only is the bar raised for cosmetic companies, but especially for companies who are 100% vegan, gluten and cruelty-free as well! Also it’s not available to get all three of these palettes together in their “Pro Palette”, something that I missed out on since I already owned half of the palettes when it launched. I only look forward to the next amazing product Sugarpill will launch!

 

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OCC rep Queen of Blending comes to work!

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) is 100% vegan and cruelty free New York based brand that is simply amazing. Their products are long wear, highly pigmented and are on the cleaner side for cosmetics. Like every brand, there are brand reps that go around and visit locations where their brand is sold at in order to promote the cosmetic line and obtain sales. For OCC, the only current rep is Lauren, also famously known as the Queen of Blending. If you are not familiar with who she is, you really need to step your game up.

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I have been personally following her since 2006, back in the Myspace days. It is thanks to her that inspired me to get into the cosmetic field and really pursue this itching desire of mine. Her daring bright looks is what attracts me as she is not afraid to step outside the border of what the “norm” of make up is. Now her name states that she is the Queen of Blending, that is literally no joke. Blending is a key for makeup collectively whether its complexion, eye make up or even cheek and lip products. Her blending is literally just as immaculate in person to how you view it on social media. I can’t even explain enough of how amazing her artistry is, please check out her social media platforms to view her art.

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When I gained the first chance to meet her in 2012, I literally died. We actually had time to talk it up and she got to learn my name and understand how much of an inspiration she was to me. Also I was featured on her social media of the image that we took at IMATS. The next year when we saw each other, we literally chopped it up in discussion and she remembered who I was!! When that wasn’t enough, people started walking by saying “who is the girl Queen of Blending is talking to, she like really knows her!” I lightweight felt like an important person!!

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Fast forward now, I found out that Queen of Blending was coming to the bay area to visit both Sephora locations, one on Powell Street in San Francisco and then my Emeryville location. I literally died when I heard that she was coming to my work location because I just saw her at IMATS the past weekend in Pasadena, California and was amazing as always! It was nice to see her come to my neighborhood because every time I’ve seen her it’s been at IMATS. My excitement was out of this world as I brainstormed to think of what look I could do that would truly represent how much of an admirer I am of hers.

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On January 28th, I came in early to work so that I could purposely hear her training in the morning and have time to hang out with her before I had to work.  When I came into work, I walked in to the back and her reaction when we saw each other was priceless. We both got over joyed and were excited to see one another. After that, we were literally attached at the hip. She did a morning training, that is what your viewing in the image above. She discussed how pigmented the liptars are, how they can be used multiple ways such as cheek colors, bronzers and even highlighters. She also brought the newly released cosmetic color pencils that were launched on Sephora’s website that same day. The colored pencils are not defined to be lip pencils only so they also can be used for the eye area. I was so excited cause she mentioned that I had the pencils so if you wanted further knowledge, Caitlin knows! I literally died when she said that and couldn’t stop smiling.

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After the training, I hung out with her on stage, but one hour before my shift started, one of my co-workers said we should go eat. I offered it to Queen of Blending if she was hungry and she jumped on the offer. So um yes, I definitely had lunch with the Queen of Blending, it’s still unreal. Not that we went anywhere fancy, it is a mall people, but just the idea that I can sit down with her to eat as one of her friends, ah! I truly gained time to just talk to her as a person, not trying to grab a pic and do small talk like most do at IMATS. We talked and talked, laughed it up and she opened up on how warming our cast and location is and how it’s better than Powell street in SF!

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At lunch, I asked her if Shrinkle was coming since she was at Sephora Powell st location yesterday and she said no because she was busy. If you’re not familiar with Shrinkle you should be! Shrinkle aka Amy, is the owner and founder of Sugarpill Cosmetics. This is another brand that the Queen of Blending works very close with. Sugarpill Cosmetics is phenomenally pigmented, vegan and cruelty free as well. They specialize in vibrant colors that are packed with pigment. Literally no other brand in the game is as pigmented as Sugarpill.  Anyhow later in the day it turned out that Shrinkle got free and stopped by Sephora too! Another fan girl moment, when Shrinkle and I saw each other she said “Hey, I just saw you last weekend at IMATS” ahh I literally died again. I am so happy that both of these women remembered who I was after 1-2 encounters with them. Just when that wasn’t enough, Cora decides to pop in knowing that Queen of Blending was going to be here. So duhh I had to take a picture with all three to capture this golden moment. Overall this day was AMAZING to put into one word. Our parting was bittersweet but it won’t be too long again before I see her next. Thank you Lauren for coming to my location, reassuring everyone how amazing OCC is, hanging out with me and still being my constant inspiration in this make up world ❤

IMATS LA 2014 Review

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I’m now back from having yet another fabulous weekend attending the International Make up Artist Trade show (IMATS) for the third time around. This past weekend was filled with so many fun activities, I can hardly count! Prior to traveling down to Pasadena, California, my sister Chelsea and I were invited to the Crown Brush blogging event on Friday, January 17th. This was an exclusive event only for beauty bloggers, so we knew we had to go! Please see prior blog post if you want more information on the Crown Brush blogging event. This was a great event to get insight to all the new goodies that Crown Brush was coming out with as well as getting pumped for IMATS. Of course after our excitement, we ended our first night with none other than Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and boy was it amazing as usual!

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We arrived at day one of IMATS around 9/9:30am, and the line was…. uhh yeah, long. I feel that as I’ve been going to these events that more and more people are finding out about this and attending so that there are longer lines all together.  Now it wasn’t a horrible line, don’t get me wrong, my excitement kept me alright, but it was a line that you needed to drink caffeine in since it would get crazy once you go inside to the convention. You literally needed all the energy your body could muster to keep up with all the intense shopping.  On day one, it was just my sister, Lindy and I who went together but we definitely met up with more amazing people once inside.

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Once inside, my top priority was Sugarpill. If you are not familiar with Sugarpill Cosmetics, you ought to be!! The last two years I’ve missed out on the Burning Heart palette, which is the last palette in the collection to thus be complete. I have to get the individual palettes because last year they decided to come out with the Pro palette, which I basically now have. I didn’t see the point in getting it since I already had over 2/3 of the palette when it was launched. Anyhow, I got my palette and then some other goodies from them which I am very happy with. I think I’m good on products from Sugarpill until they release the Sparkle Baby palette.

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After Sugarpill Cosmetics, we hopped over to Anastacia to get our dip brows and contours kits. After those two booths, it was kinda a blur, haha. We literally ventured around the whole convention center, weighed our chances with some lines and some that had none! One booth that I was very surprised with was Inglot. On both Saturday and Sunday, all throughout the day, I never saw a line. Last year the line was ridiculous for Inglot on both days! Weird how that happens sometimes.

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I’m glad these two ladies didn’t get to sick of me this past weekend. I was literally like a kid in candy land when I walk into IMATS. There is so many pretty products, I literally just want to swatch everything or just buy it haha! From Anastacia, we literally roamed around the convention center, stopping at booths we had interest in and getting our fan girl pictures with our beloved YouTube gurus. This year was some much more relaxed than last years in regards to meeting our favorite YouTube gurus. We literally had the luck of meeting some outside of the convention center, or ones who had no line,  or if they hadn’t been approached yet. This year luck was for sure on our side!

P1000442I’m pretty sure that I love Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics(OCC) almost as much as I love Sugarpill. The pigmentation, longevity and cruelty free aspects of both of these lines is definitely a positive for me.  I kinda went crazy with some liptars and the new cosmetic pencils. The pencils are not instructed for lip only, so you can also use them for eyes as well! The deals at this booth were ridiculous that it’s easy to understand why I went a little crazy here.

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There were some essentials that I needed to pick up from this trade show, one of which was Inglot blushes. I’ve heard raving reviews and the colors are simply gorgeous that I knew I had to get my own freedom system palette. It was reasonably priced to have a four pan blush palette, palette included for less than $45. In comparison to other blush palettes the convention was offering, there might have been better deals but not of this high quality of pigment.

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Lashes were a big thing for me at this IMATS. I’ve personally never been a big lash person just because I am already happy with my lash length and I don’t feel that I need to wear them regularly. However when I saw Nigel has $1 lashes, I couldn’t resist. I only agreed on purchasing ten pairs, which is only ten dollars which is justified to me.  I vividly remember this elderly woman across from me who was literally counting her stacks of lashes and counted well past 100! I was like dang, she is not playing around! I understand that good quality lashes and good styles are not cheap, so when you can find an abundance at a good price, why not go for it?

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One brand that I was super interested in exploring this round at IMATS would definitely be Sauce Box Cosmetics. Their eye shadow pans are very similar in size to that of Sugarpill, so that’s what attracted me. Be on the lookout for my review on Sauce Box Cosmetics eye shadows soon! I only picked one four pan colorful palette from them since none of the larger pan palettes shades attracted my attention.  The live artistry that was performed at this booth throughout both days was remarkable. I gained a chance to meet very talented free lancers, some of which are actually native to where I’m from!

P1000595Um duh I had to hit up my favorite Crown Brush booth! The amount of superior quality brushes that Crown brush had been phenomenal as always! Definitely picked up some of my favorite eye brushes, especially the fluffy ones for the crease, along with some duo fiber stippling brushes and some synthetic face brushes. The quality of Crown Brush is unparalleled to most cosmetic lines with brushes.

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Naked Cosmetics has been the one booth that I have always debated on year after year. I already have so many loose glitters and pigments, that I truly don’t need any more, not to mention a stack of them. However, Naked Cosmetics is a brand that is throughly raved about for being one of the best, if not the best, brand for A plus grade cosmetics glitters and loose pigments. I saw some pigment stacks that did attract my eye, but not enough for me to settle on. Hopefully next year will be the year for me and you Naked Cosmetics!

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My co-workers also made it down for day two of IMATS, so I had to get some candid’s of us 😉 Watching them shop was too adorable because it literally reminded me of how I was my first year at IMATS. They were so eager to get everything they wanted, hated the lines and could not stop smiling. I know I can plan to see them again next year since they’re already excited and talking about 2015. I’m glad these girls got a taste of IMATS, and if they’re addicted, it’s not my fault!

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Um did I forget to mention that I went to a ballin ass after party a couple blocks away from IMATS? This elite invite was in promotion of the new Wayne Goss brush set, which was on display and might I saw was luxurious. My sister, Lindy and I attended this after party on Saturday evening and engaged in amazing horderves, cocktails, and amazing cupcakes. As we connected with other amazing bloggers and attendees, you won’t believe who walked in. Jefree Star and Kandee Johnson, Charisma Star just to name a few!! We got to speak with them in private, talk about how amazing they are and literally get to have a through conversation with people not trying to take a milllion selfies with them! I cannot express how baller this after party was and I have no one other to thank than my sister! Thanks sis for always knowing the goodies!

Overall this has been yet another successful year at IMATS. I feel that as each year goes by, I learn more and more what the cosmetic field has to offer me. The drive that I have for keeping my kit up to date with the latest raved about products keeps me blogging, making Youtube videos and being overly obsessed with new products. I am thankful that I have a team down to go every year and laugh at my obsession over makeup and constantly state that I don’t need products they know I’m picking up.  Well until 2015 IMATS, I can’t  wait to see how you’re going to top this year!

IMATS LA 2014 & Crown Brush Blogging event!!

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It is yet again time for the long-awaited make up trade show that every girl gossips non stop about. With this being my third year going, I am just as excited as I was the last two times. This year, the International Make up Artist Tradeshow (IMATS) is taking place on January 17-19th at the location as the previous years, at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Friday, the 17th is only open to pro card holders whereas both Saturday and Sunday are open to the public. If you are going Saturday, prepare yourself because the trade show is open from 8:30am till 5:00pm. Whereas on Sunday its 10:00am till 5:00pm, so gives you some more time in the morning to get ready.  I will be attending both days with my sister Chelsea and one of my girlfriends, Lindy. IMATS allows you to fully immerse yourself with cosmetic, skin care and cinema brands and schools, giving you an all out unique experience.  If you have a moment, you should check out all the brands that are attending this show because it’s a pretty lengthy list!

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Did I forget to mention that all of our beloved make up gurus on Youtube are typically there?!?! If you’re looking to finally meet one of your favorite beauty bloggers or Youtube guru’s, IMATS is a great destination to do that at. My favorite is Lauren, also commonly known as Queen of Blending. I must say her make up in person is just as immaculate on how you see on Youtube or any other social media platform. I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to know her over the past two events and I am looking forward to seeing her again. Other notorious bloggers who will be at this event are Chrisspy, Makeup Geek (who has a booth!!), Nicole Guerrero, Start2finishmua, just to name a few!

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Attention all beauty bloggers!!! I am helping promote this blogging event hosted by the one and only Crown Brush. This event is going to be taking place on January 17th from 3:00-5:00pm. This is a great event if you are a beauty blogger and you would like to gain the chance to attend an amazing event where you can connect with other bloggers who share the same passion and gain great new insight to products in the future for Crown Brush. If you would like to attend this event, please email the address that is listed in the picture above. I will be attending this event so I look forward to seeing and meeting any of my followers. Do not be shy, please approach me, I would love to get to know the audience that I am speaking to. Hopefully see you there or at IMATS!!!!