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Shop My Stash/Collection Update

As you might have noticed, this blog is about affordable makeup and skincare. I’ve decided to mix two articles together and give an update on my collection and jump on the “shop my stash” trend.

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Mini Launch Roundup (October 26-November 1)

This format is a little different from the usual cosmetic launch roundups because most of the brands have either released their products or are preparing to release things outside of the 2-week range I usually write about. So the mini roundup will be everything launched the last week of October to the 1st of November.

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Cosmetic Launch Roundup: October 16-31, 2018

Collaborations or multiple palette launches seem to be on trend for the last weeks of October. We have the usual roundup suspects like Makeup Revolution and Jcat Beauty, but Revlon has joined the Roundup for the first time! (Applause!) What do you say we just get into these thrilling releases?

If you are an Ulta fanatic like moi, you would know that Makeup Revolution’snewest collection has been sitting at select Ulta stores for at least a week. The brand finally announced (via Instagram) the Jewel Collection on October 12, listing the places you could buy and the deets on each product within the collection.

There are three “versions” in the collection, with three eyeshadow palettes ($15 each), three lip toppers ($6 each), and three jelly highlighters ($9 each) respective to each theme. The silverjewel includes the Opulent eyeshadow palette, Dazzling highlighter, and Fortune lip topper.
The rose gold version has the Deluxe eyeshadow palette, Prestigious highlighter, and Luxurious lip topper. Finally, the goldversion contains the Gilded palette, Monumental highlighter, and Exquisite lip topper. 
Deluxe version

Gilded Version

Opulent version
You can grab these products on Revolution’s website (international shipping!), in select Ulta stores, or on Ulta’s website (US and Canada shipping only).

Bad Habit Beautyis in full effect with their newest product within their Luxe series! If you have read the dupe article, you know that the Luxe series of palettes are dupes of the Pat McGrath Mothership palettes. The latest from Bad Habit is Cult Mayhem, a dupe of the Mothership IV: Decadence palette.
You can grab Mayhem on Bad Habit’s site for $24.

Barry M creates some of the best baked eyeshadow palettes in the industry. The Treasure Chest palette gave us jewel vibes earlier in the summer but Barry M is now giving us island vibes with their new Shipwrecked palette! Featuring 18 shades, Shipwrecked reminds of a beach with the gorgeous ocean spread out in every direction. This palette is on my wish list for the holidays and should be on yours too. You can grab Shipwrecked on Barry M’s website for $12.99.
Revlon has been working on their new collection for a while now but the first product is finally here. The #Photoready Candid Foundation is free of parabens, fragrances, and synthetic dyes. The foundation comes in 31 shades with only 5 shades for darker skin tones (really??) but hopefully Revlon will expand to cater to medium to deep skin tones. The Candid foundation is available at CVS/Walgreens, Ulta, Walmart, Target, and Rite Aid (prices vary).
Candid foundation

One of my favorite brands I consider to be “budget luxury”, Zoeva Cosmetics, dropped two collections this month and I am so excited! The newest collection, All Night Long, has drawn inspiration from the glam rock genre and contains a 15-pan eyeshadow palette, and a five piece brush set. Both items in this collection are more costly than we usually see from Zoeva, with the palette costing $40 and the brush set $58. But there are several other stunning palettes from the brand for $26 (I love the Aristo palette). The All Night Long collection is only available on Zoeva’s website.

All Night brush set
THE palette 🙂
Jcat Beauty isn’t slowing down as the brand just dropped two new palettes in the Eye-Maginecollection. Each palette contains 35 shades; Eye Came Alive features earthy and warm tones while As Eye Wish serves cool tones. You can grab the palettes for $18 each on Jcat’s website.
As Eye Wish

Eye Come Alive
Iman Cosmeticsis finally back with a fall collection for our WOC! The fall collection is called Urban Legends, with many new products that culminate into different “looks” such as The Empress, The Nymph, The Alchemist, and more. One of the new items is the Eye Con Kit, which contains four 3-pan eyeshadow palettes, an eyebrow pencil, and a eyeliner. The kit costs $15 and you can check out the rest of the new collection for yourself. All the products are only available on Iman Cosmetics and sell out fairly quickly so grab the things that you want while they’re in stock.
Eye Con Kit

Coming Soon
Colourpop Cosmeticshad to scramble to ensure that this launch stayed under wraps, though those with Twitter accounts had the deets. Colourpop accidentally tweeted out their newest product, No Filter Stix, and a few fans managed to get screenshots before the brand removed the tweet. Colourpop then took to Instagram with a few swatches of the Stix, asking fans to guess. One “lucky” fan revealed the name and how she knew, causing chaos and Colourpop went Game of Thrones, saying “You know nothing, Jon Snow!”
Love this range!
Anyway, the No Filter Stix are part of the brand’s ultra popular No Filter collection that launched earlier this year. This new entry will be foundation sticks with a seemingly matte formula so if you have dry skin, make sure to use a hydrating primer before you do your face makeup. The No Filter Stix launch on October 18 at 10am PST.

Makeup Revolution’ssub-brand I Heart Revolution teased three new palettes with the most gorgeous and innovative packaging I have seen from MUR. The packaging looks to be a hard cover with liquid glitter enclosed with a hard plastic. Once you open the palette, you are greeted with stupendous colors coinciding with the colors of the glitter/packaging. There is no official launch date but we may be seeing these babies by the end of October.
That packaging tho!
Rude Cosmetics has several palettes in the works (as usual) but the brand decided to take us back to the summer with their upcoming Bikini Bottom palette, launching sometime this week. Bikini Bottom features 18 shades and the packaging is… interesting to say the least. All of the shimmer shades are quite beautiful and I personally can’t wait for this palette to be released! There is no official release date but stay tuned for updates!
Bikini Bottom
Beauty Creationsis joining the collaboration train but not with an influencer, choosing instead to honor their CEO with her own set of palettes. Esmeralda Hernandez created two palettes in her name, Esmeralda and Esmeralda II, which launch on October 24th. Each palette contains 15 shades and while the shades have been shown, there has not been a price given for the palettes. Guess we’ll just have to wait until October 24.
Esmeralda 1 (Top) Esmeralda 2 (Bottom)
Another Roundup finished! I have been impressed with Beauty Creations’ launches this month, so the Esmeralda palettes are on my haul list along with Barry M. I personally don’t care for the Revlon foundation but I would try it because it could be really good and I did see my shade. Oh and of course Iman Cosmetics is on my list to buy. Just hope I can grab the products before they sell out!

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Photo Credits:
Makeup Revolution (Twitter)
Bad Habit Beauty (website)
Barry M (website)
Revlon (website)
Zoeva Cosmetics (website)
Jcat Beauty (website)
Iman Cosmetics (website)
Colourpop Cosmetics (Instagram)
Rude Cosmetics (Twitter)
Beauty Creations (Instagram)

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Dupe It Up: Shop Hush edition

This is a new series in which we’ll be looking at dupes of popular brands/products. I know some people don’t agree with dupes but let’s face it, you save money when you buy a dupe and sometimes get better quality.
The fourth article ever published on The Trendy Wallet covered a few dupes from the Hush App. So  I’ve decided to do compile another list of dupes covering more palettes available on Hush and which brands they are duping.
Note: Hush is working on international shipping so for my international readers, it’ll be a little longer before you can start getting these products.

Bad Habit/Face Candy                                               Original
Bad Habit Fantasia $16
Natasha Denona Tropic $129
Bad Habit Divine $16
Natasha Denona Star $169
Bad Habit Cult Mystics $24
Pat McGrath Mothership I: Subliminal $125
Bad Habit Cult Mythos $24
Pat McGrath Mothership II: Sublime $125
Bad Habit Cult Mystere $24
Pat McGrath Mothership III: Subversive $125
Bad Habit Artistry $12
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Mario Master palette $45
Bad Habit Artistry II $12
KKW x Mario Collab $45
Bad Habit Midsummer Night $16
Too Faced Natural Love $59
Bad Habit Dreamstate $14
Fenty Beauty Galaxy $59
Bad Habit Aura $12
Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism $42
Bad Habit After Collection $12 each; $48 bundled
Huda Beauty Obsession collection $27 each; $162 bundle
Bad Habit Supernova $16
Natasha Denona Lila $129
Bad Habit Solstice $16
Natasha Denona Sunset $129
Face Candy Disco Fever $16
Too Faced Chocolate Gold $49
Face Candy Tropics $10
Lime Crime Venus 1 $38
Face Candy Rainforest $10
Lime Crime Venus 2 $38
Face Candy Wild $16
Kat Von D Sinner $62
Face Candy Atlantis $14
*Tarte Cosmetics Icy Betch*
Face Candy Smoothie $12
Too Faced White Peach $45
Face Candy Milkshake $12
Too Faced Just Peachy $45
Face Candy Vice $12
Kylie Cosmetics Purple Palette $42
Face Candy Mermaid Glow $12
Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow $40
Face Candy Unicorn Glow $12
Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow $40
*Tarte Cosmetics never released the Icy Betch palette as it was an April Fool’s Joke last year*
Fantasia vs Tropic ($113 difference)
Divine vs Star ($153 difference)

Mystics vs Subliminal ($101 difference)

Mythos vs Sublime ($101 difference)

Mystere vs Subversive ($101 difference)
Artistry vs Master palette ($33 difference)
Artistry II vs KKW x Mario ($33 difference)

Midsummer Night vs Natural Love ($43 difference)
Natural Love

Dreamstate vs Galaxy ($45 difference)

Aura vs Prism ($30 difference)
After Collection vs Obsessions (individually: $15 difference. Bundle: $114 difference)
After Collection
Supernova vs Lila ($113 difference)

Solstice vs Sunset ($113 difference)

Disco Fever vs Chocolate Gold ($33 difference)
Disco Fever
Chocolate Gold
Tropics vs Venus 1 ($28 difference)
Venus I

Rainforest vs Venus 2 ($28 difference)
Venus II

Wild vs Sinner ($46 difference)
Atlantis vs “Icy Betch” (NA; Icy Betch never released)
Icy Betch

Smoothie vs White Peach ($33 difference)
White Peach

Milkshake vs Just Peachy ($33 difference)
Just Peachy

Vice vs Purple Palette ($30 difference)
Purple Palette
Mermaid Glow vs Moonchild Glow ($28 difference)
Mermaid Glow
Moonchild Glow
Unicorn Glow vs Aurora Glow ($28 difference)
Unicorn Glow
Aurora Glow

There you have it. All of these dupes have at least a $25 difference between them and the original palettes. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’d like to save as much money as possible and for being dupes, Bad Habit and Face Candy create high-quality products. Tell me in the comments: would you rather buy the original or the dupe?
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Photo credits:
All Bad Habit/Face Candy products from ShopHush website
Natasha Denona’s website
Too Faced website
Lime Crime’s website
Pat McGrath’s website
Kylie Cosmetics’ website
Anastasia Beverly Hills website
Huda Beauty Obessions (themakeupstore)

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When You Can’t Keep Up

Whew! If you read the last Cosmetic Launch Roundup, I explained that I would be covering only the first week of September due to the few actual launches that occurred. This is a sort of follow up/spin-off of the regular Roundups so please bear with me. I’m trying to keep up but whew. There have several this week and it’s only Thursday… Anyway, let’s dive in!

Nyx Cosmetics surprised fans with a special collection called Shine+Slay, containing three products. The Brush on Bling Metallic Brow Gel is available in three shades: Ooo Wee (Pink), Shmoney (Gold), and Space Shoes (Silver). The brow gels are $8.50 each.

Brush On Bling
The second product, Duo Chromatic Illuminating Palette, is a highlighting palette with a color scheme that could be described as mythical. The palette costs $25 so if you like a colorful highlight, take a chance with the palette.
The last product in the collection is the Sheen Spirit Eye & Face Gloss. Admittedly I don’t understand this concept but it appears to be a highlighter and a sort of eyeshadow topper thing. I bet you’re intrigued so you can grab these glosses for $8.50 each. The collection is available on Nyx’s website.
Sheen Spirit
Makeup Geek released their Pumpkin Spice palette and this is definitely for fans of warm-toned palettes. The trick to this release lies in the fact that the Pumpkin Spice palette has been released before but has been upgraded for this year’s launch by two new and exclusive shades. The new shades are called Dreamsicle (matte peach) and Jack-O-Lantern (shimmery orange). If you get excited anything autumn-related, you can grab the palette for $35 (sale price) on Makeup Geek’s website.
Ready for Fall?
L.A Girl’s newest product is stain-resistant and smudge-proof. The Shockwave Neon Liners serve as both a lip liner and an eyeliner for colorful looks. There are 10 shades spanning almost every color in the rainbow (where’s orange?) plus a classic black liner. Best of all, each liner only costs $5 and are available on L.A Girl’s website and will launch in CVS stores soon.
RYGBIV + Black!
Bad Habit has released two palettes in their Luxe series, which are Pat McGrath dupes, and the third arrived on the Hush App on September 6. Cult Mystere is a dupe of the Mothership 1-Subliminal palette but Bad Habit claims that the inspiration for the palette came from Japanese culture. Whether you believe it’s a dupe or not, Mystere is available on the Hush app for $24.
Jcat Beauty released their face palettes on August 23 but aren’t slowing down as the brand announced 3 new eyeshadow palettes. Only the palette names have been exposed but Jcat asked their Instagram fans to guess the color scheme of each palette based on the names; I’m going to ask you to do the same in the comment section
Mysterious palettes
The three palettes are called Secret Paradise, Majestic Galaxy, and Fantasy Dreamland. Each palette contains 21 shades and I’m predicting the palettes will cost $16. Stay tuned for updates!
Milani hasn’t released anything since their highly-anticipated palettes back in July. We should have known that they were planning fantabulous products to be released during the holidays! Milani is teasing their new Halloween collection on Twitter and Instagram but in black/white pictures, meaning I don’t know if the swatches are for new lip product or eyeshadow toppers. Rest assured I will give an update when the product details are released but for now, look at the pictures and tell me your guess in the comment section!
I don’t even want to guess what this is
Colourpop Cosmetics. This brand never stops churning out new products. Last week it was the Back to School collection, the week before Jelly Eyeshadows. Launching tomorrow (September 7) is another collaboration with beauty Youtuber MakeupShayla in celebration of Virgo season and Shayla’s birthday! The collection is comprised of a lip bundle containing 3 shades (1 gloss, 2 mattes) and a makeup bag. Check out the collaboration on Colourpop’s website when it drops tomorrow at 10am PST.
Slay Day bundle

Makeup Revolution released their expanded Conceal and Define product line on Wednesday September 5 but have already begun teasing another palette. Some fans believe the pictured shades are for the annual Advent Calendar and holiday collection. We’ll have a short time to wait if Makeup Revolution sticks to their Wednesday launches.
New palette?
E.l.f Cosmetics is the most affordable brand to be mentioned on The Trendy Wallet (hello $2 eye primer!). I’m pleased to announce that the brand is finally giving us something new: the Opposites Attract eyeshadow palette. Opposites Attract has 18 shades with 9 being warm-toned, 9 cool-toned. You can grab one of these beauties on E.l.f’s website for $14.
Warm vs Cool tones

Did you get all of that? I mean, all of these launches, teasers, and upcoming holiday collections are just getting started and I’m already exhausted. Anyway, drop a comment with your guesses about the Jcat palettes or the Milani teaser. Check out The Trendy Wallet on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter and subscribe for updates.
Photo credits:
Nyx Cosmetics (website)
Makeup Geek (website)
L.A Girl (Instagram)
Bad Habit (ShopHush Twitter)
Jcat Beauty (Instagram)
Milani (Instagram stories)
Colourpop (Instagram stories)
Makeup Revolution (Instagram)
E.l.f (website)

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Cosmetic Launch Roundup: August 17-31, 2018

No introduction is needed as summer begins its departure and autumn arrives to bring us fallen leaves, candles smelling of apple cinnamon and pumpkin spice, and holidays like Halloween. Let us enjoy the last days of summer with these late August releases.
Maybelline has finally launched their highly anticipated Soda Pop eyeshadow palette. There were rumors floating around that the palette would not be launched until early September but I am thankful that Maybelline moved the release date up. The Soda Pop palette is currently available on Ulta’s website for $14 and should be hitting stores like Walgreens/CVS, Walmart, Rite Aid, and many others within the next week or so (and for a cheaper price).
Soda Pop anyone?

A quick surprise launch: Jcat Beauty served us with a cream foundation in a compact for coverage on the go. Their new Aquasurance Compact Foundation provides a hydrating effect on the skin, minimizes pores and the coverage is buildable. It seems like a great foundation for those with dry skin but the shade range is somewhat disappointing. There are currently eight shades available so proceed with caution for those of fair to medium skin tones. The foundation costs $14 and is available on Jcat’s website.
Aquasurance foundation
Black Radiance dropped their summer collection and it is marvelous. It has been awhile since Black Radiance released new products but they exceeded expectations with a liquid highlighter, luminous oil, lip scrub, setting spray, and a lip balm. I love the highlighter, with its golden sheen. Oh and there are 5 new shades of the beautiful lip kits as well.
All of the items are under $9 and are available online at Black Radiance’s website!
Summer Radiance
Tattoo Junkee is giving even more stunning shades for their lip kits. Four new lip kits have been released: Diva (midnight blue), Attitude (beige/nude), Fabulous (bubblegum pink), and Illusion (light pink). The lip kits are available now on Tattoo Junkee’s website and retail for $7.

Rude Cosmetics has given us the news that their Blackjack 21 Collection will be released at the end of the month! For more info on the palettes, check out the first post here. Along with the eyeshadow palettes, Rude Cosmetics has teased their new Sculpting Concealer with an unknown release date.

The shade range is actually quite nice aand diverse compared to some high-end brands.
Sculpting Concealer
Essence Makeup has announced twelve new lipstick shades will be launched the last week of August. The colors range from bright red to dark colors like black. I am actually intrigued by the black lipstick but I am not adventurous enough to try it (*laugh*). I’ll stick my red shades. Stay tuned for updates.
Ah the nudes, brights, and smolders!
Makeup Revolution is teasing another collaboration and it is with American beauty influencer Emily Noel. This will be the first time that the British brand is extending its reach to American influencers, so I can only imagine the pressure on Ms. Noel. Stay tuned for updates as the collaboration will be unveiled this Wednesday August 22.
Sneak Peek
Bad Habit is launching another palette this Thursday August 23. The palette, called Artistry II, is a dupe of the KKW x Mario collaboration palette which retails on the KKW site for $45. Since Bad Habit is known for their affordable dupes of high-end brand palettes, you can expect a much lower price point. The Artistry palette will launch on Thursday on the Hush app.
Artistry II
L.A Girl is getting innovative with their release of the Pro Prep Color Correcting Primers. Each primer has a purpose; green corrects redness, orange helps brighten “dull” skin, pink brightens skin tones, and yellow brightens fair to medium skin tones. The primers cost $9 each and they will be available on the L.A Girl website starting on August 23 but Ulta released the product early on their website for $7.
Color Correct while Priming!
Surprise! Another Jcat Beauty release and it seems they are sticking with their “release three palettes at the same time” trend. The indie brand announced that they would be releasing a highlighting palette called Unicorn Glow (for a magical look), a blush palette entitled Blush Me, Cheeky (suitable for all skin tones) and a contour/highlight palette called Hide & Seek. An official released date has not been given so stay tuned for updates.
Palettes, palettes, and more palettes!
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Photo Credits:
Maybelline’s Instagram
Jcat Beauty website and Instagram
Black Radiance Instagram
Tattoo Junkee website
Rude Cosmetics’ Twitter
Essence Makeup’s Instagram
Makeup Revolution’s Instagram
ShopHush’s Instagram
L.A Girl’s Instagram

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