Review: Give Me Glow Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette #StaplePalette

Have you ever owned a palette that you could literally use for your entire face? It’s not only great for eyeshadow, but you could find blush, contour, highlight shades if it came to it. I’ve only seen a handful, but none from indie brands. Until now. Give Me Glow Cosmetics has just released a palette of staple shades that will keep you busy for a long long time. Keep reading for more thoughts and pictures!

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Upcoming Collection: Give Me Glow Cosmetics #StaplePalette Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve been rocking with Give Me Glow Cosmetics since their “lip-hybrid-in-a-jar” days. I’m talking Lime Crime Cashmere dupe days! And they continue to produce some of my favorite lip products of all time. However, this Spring they are launching into the world of eyeshadow palettes and I’ve got extraordinarily high hopes for their first palette. If you are skeptical, check out the swatches below!


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Get The Look: Pink Nude Matte Lips for WOC

What is the biggest beauty struggle for WOC? Finding products that match our varied skintones! One of the largest issues for me personally is finding ‘nude’ lipsticks that match my definition of ‘nude’. Nude for me is quite a bit deeper, and more pink, than the typical cool, sand shade you see over and over again from all the major brands. But after trying countless lippies, I’ve compiled a list of lipsticks from my own collection that I grab when I want to go completely in the nude! 

My friend Whitney texted me on Thursday asking me about nude lipsticks, specifically wanting to find something that would look complementary to her skintone (which is a little darker than mine). She told me that she had seen a fairer friend wearing Candy K from Kylie Cosmetics and wanting something that would flatter her skin like pale pink color looked on the other girl. 

So I got to thinking about what ‘nude’ means to beauty lovers of color. We have a much different idea in our minds, way different than Candy K and there are only a few companies that cater towards the struggle! I decided, in answer to Bama’s question (I call Whitney, ‘Bama’ because she’s from Alabama … it’s a southern thing!), that I would come up with a couple of options for a go-to ‘WOC nude’. Keep reading below to see what I came up with! 

Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paint ‘Mars’
I’m a big fan of the Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paint formula, it’s highly pigmented and one coat is enough for full coverage for my lips. It’s a tad bit drying, but it doesn’t budge once dried down! Coloured Raine, $17
ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip ‘StingRaye’
If you are a fan of ‘ItsMyRayeRaye’ on YouTube/Instagram, this is her baby! She collabed with ColourPop to bring us a small collection of ‘nudes’ that flatter a lot of skintones. This liquid lipstick in particular is my favorite from that collection. ColourPop, $6
GiveMeGlow Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick ‘Jane Smith’
GiveMeGlow is one of my favorite indie brands and I’ve watched the company grow from lip creams to lip laquers to matte liquid lipstick over the past year! This shade is my favorite from the brand and I wore it every day for nearly a month to work last summer. Unfortunately, this shade is discontinued, but you can find a similar color in the shade ‘She’s All That’. GiveMeGlow, $13.25
ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip ‘Teeny Tiny’
Also from ColourPop (quite a few on this list are), is ‘Teeny Tiny’ which is a tad bit darker, and more greige, than ‘StingRaye’. It’s a little bolder, a little sexier, and the perfect nude for a night out. ColourPop, $6
ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip ‘Tulle’
Another ColourPop favorite from their original launch of about 20 shades last summer! ‘Tulle’ was one of my first nude loves and I’m nearly finished with the tube. That should tell you something! This shade is a little more pink than brown, but it matches my lip color almost perfectly when paired with MAC Lip Pencil in ‘Chestnut’. ColourPop, $6
Glitter Elixirs Liquid Lipstick ‘It Puts Lipstick In The Basket’
If I had to pick one favorite from this list, it would be ‘It Puts Lipstick In The Basket’! This is the only shade that is actually darker than my natural color while still being nude and not completely brown. Kudos to Kennedy at Glitter Elixirs for creating a shade that can work on my complexion or someone darker than me! Etsy


ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip ‘Kae’
Definitely not a pink-y nude, but this shade would look gorgeous on someone with a warmer complexion than me. It’s more orange/brown and it is part of the ‘KaePop’ collaboration between LA socialite/model Karrueche and ColourPop. ColourPop, $6
NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream ‘Dubai’
This didn’t make the top picks because it doesn’t dry all the matte and it definitely doesn’t stay in place all day, BUT that doesn’t mean its not a fabulous color! This is a true nude for me – not all the way pink, not all the way brown. I especially play around with this in the warmer months as I can put it on with just about any crazy eye look I come up during the summer. Ulta, $6

Get The Look: Back To School 

Saturdays call for sweatpants and Netflix, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous while watching Orange Is The New Black! Check out this quick back to school makeup tutorial I filmed for you all. It’s got all the makings of a very natural glam so you 1) can recreate it in less than 15 minutes and 2)won’t get pulled into the Principal’s office for wearing too much makeup! If you want to check out the look, keep reading.

Face ⇢

Makeup For Ever (MUFE) Mattifying Primer
Boscia No Pores No Shine
NYX HD Eye Shadow Base
Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit ‘Dark’
Clinique Stay Matte Foundation ‘Sienna’
Sephora Gel Future Concealer ‘Dulce de Leche 15’
Ben Nye Setting Powder ‘Olive Sand’
MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Foundation ‘NW45’

Lips ⇢

MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil ‘Whirl’
Give Me Glow Liquid Lipstick ‘Jane Smith’

Eyes ⇢

Wet ‘N Wild Color Icon Brow Pencil ‘Brunettes Do It Better’
Touch In Sol Light Bright Brow Highlight ‘The Living Daylights’
Tarte Cosmetics Tinted Clay Brow Gel ‘Black Brown’
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara

Cheeks ⇢

NARS Cosmetics Multiple ‘Quantum’
BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfecter Liquid ‘Opal’
Black Radiance Beauty Mineral Blush ‘Toasted Almond’

First Impression: Give Me Glow Angelina Jolie Liquid Lipsticks – Lara Croft, Jane Smith, Evelyn Salt

Since I’ve last purchased from Give Me Glow, owner Brandy D. has made some big changes! Give Me Glow now offers a wide selection of dupe and original colors in their own formula. It seems they offer new dupe colors nearly every week! With the popularity of the latest round of Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick colors, Give Me Glow released some spot on dupes for Sepia, Trust Issues, and Veronica – and I got my hands on them. Take a look at the first pics below!

This trio of limited edition colors from Give Me Glow was seriously giving me life honey! The shades are named after characters that actress Angelina Jolie has played in some popular movies from the past decade or so. ‘Lara Croft’ from the Tomb Raider series,  ‘Jane Smith’ from Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and ‘Evelyn Salt’ from the movie Salt. Each shade comes packaged in its own lip gloss looking bottle with a wonderful applicator wand. The wand deserves some attention by itself; it’s got a small bouncy head that offers total control during application. It can get into the very corners of your mouth with a precision I don’t have with any of my other liquid lipstick applicators. On the back of the packaging, there is also a mirror that runs along the side opposite the side with the label. It is a nice addition when you need to touch up your lips in a pinch.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the corresponding colors in the Anastasia Beverly Hills formula so I can’t tell you if these are exact dupes or not, but I can say I was more than pleased with the colors and the initial performance test. ‘Lara Croft’ (alleged dupe for ABH ‘Sepia’) is my favorite because I love the Tomb Raider video game series. The name really made me purchase the entire set, that’s how obsessed with Lara Croft I am! I’ve got all the games and movies that have come out since the early 2000’s so this had to join my collection. ‘Jane Smith’ (alleged dupe for ABH ‘Veronica’) is a gorgeous fall nude for brown skin. I would compare it to ‘Bumble’ Ultra Matte Lip from ColourPop, maybe a little darker. Not quite as dark as ‘Tulle’, but a cross between the two. ‘Evelyn Salt’ is darker than ‘Tulle’, but lighter than some of the deep burgundy shades we tend to see a lot during the winter (like ‘Wicked’ from Lime Crime’ or ‘Heathers’ from ABH).

All the shades were highly pigmented and I’m happy to report that I only needed one layer to cover my lips completely. The final product wasn’t heavy on the lips and it didn’t sink too deeply into the fine lines or crack after it dried. The formula was lightweight and comfortable during normal wear. I’m sure these shades will get some use this fall/winter!

Review: Dupe? GiveMeGlow “Deja Vu” vs. Lime Crime “Cashmere”

With all the allegations against Lime Crime, a lot of people are boycotting the company and trying to find dupes of popular products elsewhere. But can some of Lime Crimes out-of-this-world colors actually be duped?

The answer to the question I posed above is “Ehhh … maybeeeee”. Lime Crime, for all their faults, really does have some unique colors. Now I won’t get into all the politics of the scandal here (you can do your own research online), I will say that I will not be recommending Lime Crime anymore on this blog. I’m not actively looking for dupes, but if I do run across any, I will share them with you all. That will be the only time you will see Lime Crime run across my blog anymore.

Back to the fun, happy things! I came across a company called Give Me Glow Cosmetics a few weeks ago which runs an Etsy store with custom lipstick colors. At the time, the owner had recently recreated a lipstick similar to the matte liquid lipstick shade ‘Cashmere’ by Lime Crime. She posted a picture of the dupe online and holy moly every beauty lover on Instagram was in awe of its beauty! Since then, she has recreated several more Lime Crime color dupes as well as dupes from Anastasia Beverly Hills and Kat Von D liquid lipsticks and offers the lip product in both a tube and a pot.

I’m reviewing LC’s Cashmere and GiveMeGlow’s Deja Vu because I actually have Cashmere. Some of her other products are dupes for items I don’t have and I didn’t think it would be fair to do a review for you all without the original product. However, if you guys want me to give my thoughts on another one of her items (purely off performance), I would happily oblige. 

Here are my thoughts on Deja Vu’s performance against Cashmere:

  • darker, rosier
  • more difficult to apply from tub with lip brush
  • brush makes for a streaky application
  • less opaque
  • doesn’t dry matte, leaves a satin finish
  • not long wearing

Now it may seem like there are a lot of “not” and “doesn’t” in the list above, but it is all about preference. If you don’t like a suck-your-lips-to-death liquid lipstick, then you might want to try for a satin finish. Or if Cashmere is a bit too light for you, Deju Vu gives you the option to go darker. Got any more questions about the products? Let me know in the comments!


L-R: Deja Vu, Cashmere