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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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Indie Haul!!

I decided to #treatmyself for making the Dean’s List for the spring semester and to celebrate my 25th birthday! I bought from brands that I love and from newbies that caught my eye. The best part is… Everything is super affordable. Pictures don’t do the products justice so I have also filmed for my Youtube channel if you want to see everything (still need to edit…)

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Cosmetic Launch Roundup: October 1-15, 2018

We are officially in the month of October and it’s hard to believe that there are only two months left of 2018! I am excited to see what else the beauty industry comes up with for the remainder of the year, but first we need to celebrate the fall season with this roundup.

Makeup Revolution is back at it again! There were several releases done this past week from lip glosses to the new palettes included in the advent calendars/holiday collections. The new Supreme Gloss Lip Pigments are here to slay! These lippies come in 10 shades and retail for $7 each. I personally like 7 of the shades so we’ll see how they turn out once I get them.

I am so thankful that MUR is one of the few brands that readily makes their holiday collections available for all of their fans. The brand has launched two collections: the Chocolate Vault and the Chocolate Heart. Both collections have exclusive eyeshadow palettes, which I hope they release individually as well.
Chocolate Heart
Chocolate Vault
The Chocolate Vault contains 6 eyeshadow palettes, 2 face palettes, and 3 lip glosses. The Vault contains 3 exclusive palettes; Smores, Cranberries & Chocolate, and Strawberry Cheesecake. This collection costs $110, which seems like a lot of money but each eyeshadow palette costs $15 and I actually don’t have any of newer chocolate palettes so I may pick this Vault up. Only available on MUR’s website.
Strawberry Cheescake
Meanwhile, the Chocolate Heart has two eyeshadow palettes exclusive to the collection: Red Velvet and Peanut Butter. Red Velvet comes in a beautiful red packaging with white chocolate dripping down. The Peanut Butter palette is my favorite in the collection and has a gold packaging with brown drippings. The Heart costs $50. Unfortunately this is out of stock but by popular demand, this collection will be back up on MUR’s website soon enough.
Peanut Butter

Sparrow Cosmetics drew inspiration from Youtuber Jenna Marbles for their new collection, Jenna’s Ratchet Salon. This new collection has no official launch date but if you subscribed for Sparrow newsletters, they release the details for the collection. Jenna’s Ratchet Salon features an eyeshadow palette ($42), a highlighter ($10), a blush ($6), lashes ($8), and pressed glitters ($8 bundle or $3.50 individual). Stay tuned for updates on this collection.

Rude Cosmetics has four eyeshadow “books” with different themes and the brand just launched the 5th with no warning. Introducing… The Rude Awakening! The artwork is superior to what has been on the market recently and I absolutely love the concept. The palette features 35 shades, all perfect for fall and could be the only palette you need for creating your Halloween looks. The Rude Awakening retails for $21.50 and is available on Rude Cosmetics’ site.

Catrice Cosmetics has created a beautiful eyeshadow palette in collaboration with beauty influencer Melly Sanchez (known as thefashionfreakk on Instagram). The Paradise Desert palette features 16 shades, from bold neutrals to vivid colors to go from day to night glam easily. The palette costs $15 and can be found on Catrice’s site or on Ulta’s site.

De’Lanci is one of the smaller brands discussed here on The Trendy Wallet. The brand released a picture of their upcoming Heartquake palette on Instagram and fans were shaking with excitement. Featuring 16 shades spanning the rainbow, this palette is beautifully arranged and the packaging is whimsical (in a good way). This palette may be a dupe of the Urban Decay Spectrum palette so if it is, you can save money! The Heartquake palette launches soon.

Menagerie Cosmetics, formerly known as Makeup Monsters, is gearing up for its first release. If you hadn’t heard of Makeup Monsters, I covered the brand here. The owner wanted to rebrand MM and focus on animal welfare and the products released under Menagerie Cosmetics will be focusing on animals with a portion of the profits going to organizations for the benefit of animals. With that being said, the first product from Menagerie is the Feral palette, inspired by wolves and nature. 
This palette is jaw-dropping right? Of course there was negativity on Instagram from people who were a bit irritated that the top row consists of the transition/neutral shades but I love how the palette is organized and the colors themselves are stunning. The Feral palette will be available for preorder on October 5th at 11am PST for $40.
Beauty Creations is another indie brand making moves. Beauty Creations recently released their Unicorn collection, filled with all the glitter and vivid colors you could want. Even more exciting came the news that the brand would be continuing their collection of Princess palettes. The first two, Elsa and Olivia, were launched earlier this year and proved to be extremely popular for those who knew about them. So, it made sense that Beauty Creations would capitalize on the palettes. They are gracing us with new packaging for the rest of their Princess palettes.
Emma, Aurora, Jasmin, Ruby, Leia, Valentina, Bella, and Ariel are the names of the palettes and I adore the Emma, Bella, and Ariel palettes for having different color schemes. The five remaining palettes contain a lot of neutrals and the browns are too similar for my taste but I plan to get them anyway and test them to do a review and swatches.
Sorry this was a longer article but at least the cosmetic roundups are back, right? Which launch is your favorite? I personally can’t wait to try the Princess palettes from Beauty Creations. Drop a comment and be sure to subscribe to The Trendy Wallet for more roundups and other blog stuff. You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest!
Photo Credits:
Makeup Revolution (website/Instagram)
Sparrow Cosmetics’ (Instagram)
Rude Cosmetics (website)
Catrice Cosmetics (website)
De’Lanci (Instagram)
Menagerie Cosmetics (website)
Beauty Creations (Instagram)

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Cosmetic Launch Roundup: September 1-6, 2018

Curling up with a book as rain pelts the window, a fire roaring in the fireplace, and an apple cinnamon candle burning in the background, the smell permeating through the room. Autumn is right around the corner, meaning colder weather (insert crying face emoji here). However, there are many things to look forward to, such as the “Pumpkin Spice Latte” from Starbucks or Halloween.
Prepare to spice up the season with a few colors that are perfect for the changes in nature; plum, burgundy, grey, forest/olive greens, and more. While spring/summer exuded warm tone palettes and highlighters, autumn presents the chance to tone it down somewhat with more earthy and subdued tones.
With an image of all that autumn brings, here are the releases for the first two weeks of September.

Makeup Geek intends to fully embrace autumn with their gorgeous new eyeshadows. Four splendid shades, each with a dynamic pop to them. Warm copper, tantalizing teal, soft beige, and a smoky brown round out the newest shades to the realm of Makeup Geek’s shadows (there are over 135 shades total). Retailing for $6 each, these shadows are affordable and a staple in any magnetic palette you customize. Available at Makeup Geek’s website.

Apple Spice

Autumn Breeze

BH Cosmetics launched their new White Marble brush set on August 29th and they are stunning! If you are an avid watcher of home improvement shows and love the idea of marble countertops, you understand what the brushes look like. BH Cosmetics is known for bringing their A-game with their brush sets and the White Marble set is no different. There are nine brushes along with the angled brush holder; four face brushes and five eye brushes. The set costs $25 and is only available online.

Colourpop Cosmetics knows how to kick off the school year with pizzazz. Announcing their Back to School collection, Colourpop also donated backpacks and school supplies to a women and children’s shelter in Los Angeles. The collection launched on Thursday Aug 30th during the *Labor Day sale* and includes:

Study Buddy super shock eyeshadow set ($25), Knew Idea lippie stix kit ($25), Back @ It and Extra Attention ultra-matte lip kit ($20 each), OTW ultra-metallic lip set ($20). You also purchase the entire collection for $110. (*All listed prices are the discounted prices during the sale*)

If something catches your eye, quickly snatch it up on Colourpop’s website; it’s almost guaranteed that these products will sell out within a few days.

Back to School/Work

Barry M goes mythological with their new Unicorn Primer Drops! The new primer contains all-natural ingredients including acai berries. The drops appear pink as you apply them but blends flawlessly into the skin, with brightening, hydrating, and detoxifying effects for the skin. The primer is available on Barry M’s website and retail for $10.40 USD.

Geek Chic Cosmetics is switching things up with Star Jellies. These new lip glosses are available in 4 shades with added moisturizer ingredients (rosehip oil and pomegranate seed oil). Best of all, these new glosses will set you back only $8 for each shade! Only available online.
Surrender to My Will

Honey Bunny
Fashion Club
All four glosses
Jcat Beauty expanded two of their popular products. The Pris-Metal Chrome Eye Mousses gained 18 more shades, with even more pigment and vivid color range. These mousses retail for $6 each.
Then Jcat expressed more creativity with the three new shades of the You Glow Girl baked highlighters. Moon and Back is a light bronze, Mermaid Skin is a muted green, and Unicorn fave is a bubblegum pink. Each baked highlighter is $9.
Moon and Back
Mermaid Skin

Unicorn Fave

Catrice Cosmetics is finally releasing more shades of their best selling HD Liquid Coverage Foundation. The foundation range had been lacking, with 4 shades catering to fair skin tones. Many fans of the brand with tan to deep skin tones are excitedly counting down the days (myself included). The foundation retails for $11 and the new shades make their debut on September 4!

An original, light shade
Makeup Revolution is launching two new products! The best-selling Conceal & Define concealer is getting a reboot. The brand announced via Twitter on August 28th that they would be releasing the Super-Size version of the concealer due to popular demand.

As if that wasn’t enough to get fans hyped for autumn, MUR announced their Full Coverage Conceal & Define foundation. Fans are understandably excited as Makeup Revolution has had success with their Fast Base foundation sticks so the hype surrounding this launch is palpable. Mark your calendars for September 5th!
Foundation in the center; Super Size concealer to the right

Flower Beauty seeks to transport us into the galaxy with their new Supernova Celestial Skin Elixir. This vegan product helps brighten, smooth, prime, and hydrate the skin while giving ethereal vibes. For those that like illuminating primers, this is a product to anticipate. The elixir will officially launch on September 4th on Flower Beauty’s website but it is already online at Ulta for $16.
Supernova Elixir
So many products in the first few days of September but this roundup covers only the first week. There will be another launch article for the second week of September before we go back to the original format used for the cosmetic launch roundups.

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Photo Credits:
Makeup Geek (website)
BH Cosmetics (website)
Colourpop Cosmetics (website)
Barry M (website)
Geek Chic Cosmetics (website+Instagram)
Jcat Beauty (website+Instagram)
Catrice Cosmetics (website)
Flower Beauty (Ulta website)
Makeup Revolution (Twitter)

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