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I Tried Out Becky G x ColourPop’s Makeup Collection And Here’s My Completely Honest Opinion About That ‘Amazing’ Eyeshadow

When Becky G announced she was releasing a makeup collection, the internet blew up. Fans went wild over the news, especially after they learned she was teaming up with the affordable brand, ColourPop. Not only is this the first time the cosmetics company has collaborated with a music artist, but the entire collection is an homage to the singer’s Latin heritage.

In an Instagram post announcing the fiery collection, Becky G wrote, “This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember and I can’t believe it’s really happening.” Adding, “The collection is inspired by my strong Latin roots, something I’m obviously SO proud of and I absolutely wanted to focus on that for this collection.”

Becky’s collab with ColourPop includes a range of fiesta-ready liquid lipsticks (both in matte and satin finishes), an eyeshadow palette, and two loose highlighters. The pieces retail between $6.50 and $16. The collection drops today (December 5th) on the brand’s website.

Becky G wearing her ColourPop collection:

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To give you an idea of how the products wore through out the day and how they looked, I was able to test the collection. Below, are my honest thoughts on the beauty products.

The Matte Liquid Lipsticks ($6.50)

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Swatches from top to bottom: Secreto (a warm caramel), Besame (a rich red), and Flor (a spicy cinnamon). I found that these matte liquid lipsticks were hard to wipe off with my makeup remover and cleansing oil, which technically isn’t a bad thing (you know it’s made to last).

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The Satin Liquid Lipsticks ($6.50)

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Swatches from top to bottom: Mija (a brown peach) and Chola (a deep red-brown). Unlike the matte liquid lips, the satin lipsticks were a lot easier to remove with a makeup wipe.

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The Luster Dust Highlighters ($7)

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Swatches from top to bottom: Princesa (an iridescent rose gold) and Chisme (a champagne). I noticed that Princesa applied like a glitter/shimmer formula, which would be great as a topper, while Chisme went on like a powder highlighter. It reminded me of the J.Lo x Inglot loose highlighters. Thankfully, they both came off—I hate when shimmer products get everywhere and are hard to remove.

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The Salvaje Eyeshadow Palette ($16)

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Swatches from top to bottom: Luna (a beige), Malbec (a brick red), Corona (a gold), Cafecito (a cool-toned dark brown), Patrona (a mix between rose gold and copper), Sangria (spicy red), Estrella (a champagne), Vibra (a muted teal), Carameto (a light brown), Celosa (a copper), Sirena (forest green), Lola (a creamsicle).

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I love that this palette has a variety of matte and shimmers in vibrant colors. It’s rare to see a range of golds, rich reds, sultry greens placed into one palette. However, I want to keep it 100 and mention that when I swatched some of the matte shades, they applied patchy—but more on that later.

Products I tested:

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For this review, I tried to test as many of the products from the collection for a full day. I did try one of each category. For this review, I used the Matte Liquid Lipstick in Besame and the Satin Liquid Lipstick in Mija. As for the rest of the collection, I tried the Luster Dust in Chisme and the eyeshadow palette.

My thoughts on the Matte Liquid Lipstick in Besame:

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When I saw Becky G’s makeup in her campaign photos, I knew I had to try the red lipstick for myself. ~Insert clapping emojis, because IT. DID. NOT. DISAPPOINT.~ The Besame shade ended up being my favorite product out of the entire collection.

Best of all? This liquid lip is long-lasting, and even when it starts to fade, it leaves a gorgeous stain on your lips! It withstood through almost everything, including my lunch. I’m talking a greasy chicken breast, rice, and an EmergenC drink. From 10 a.m. until about 1 p.m., my lipstick looked flawless. It wasn’t until about four hours after lunch, that the lipstick started disappearing. But even when it wiped off, it left a nice tint on my lips. It looked as if I was wearing a pink-ish lip balm.

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My thoughts on the Satin Liquid Lipstick in Mija:

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The satin liquid lipsticks have a velvety texture and creamy formula. They don’t completely dry down or last as long as the matte shades. I will point out that the satin lipsticks are a lot more comfortable to wear and a lot less drying. The shade Mija is one of my fave colors out of the satin formula. I love how plush it felt on the lips.

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But just because it’s a liquid lipstick doesn’t mean it’s going to last all day. Because the satin formula is creamy, it comes off easily. While the Mija shade lasted through my morning coffee, it faded after a few hours of wear. By the time lunch hit, it was completely gone. I didn’t mind it, though, because similar to the matte liquid lip, it left behind a nice stain. It gave my lips a peachy, pink tint.

My thoughts on the Luster Dust in Chisme:

As I mentioned before, the Luster Dust in Chisme applied liked a powder highlighter versus a shimmery/glittery product. I dusted it over my bronzer and it went on seamlessly. It gave my cheeks a subtle glow. It’s a very natural-looking highlighter, which I love—I want my skin to radiate, but not so much that aliens can see it.

What I loved most about the Luster Dust, is that it didn’t emphasize my skin’s texture like most highlighters do. Instead, it added radiance to my complexion and sat on top of the makeup beautifully.

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After a few hours of wear, I noticed the highlight wasn’t as poppin’ as in the morning. But it did melt into my skin after a few hours of wear, which was nice. It made it seem like my skin was naturally glowy.

My thoughts on the Salvaje Eyeshadow Palette:

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Remember how I mentioned some of the matte shadows swatched patchily? Well, I thought they would apply smoothly (since swatches can be deceiving), but that wasn’t the case. I found that I had to blend a lot more than I normally do with ColourPop shadows. For example, the brand’s I Think I Love You palette features a range of neutral shadows in both matte and shimmer formulas, and all of the matte shades go on evenly. I don’t ever have to blend ’til I bleed (sorry for being dramatique). I had the most trouble with the shades Cafecito and Sangria. While my crease didn’t look terrible, it didn’t look that great in person either.

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The metallic shadows, on the other hand, are all dazzling. They go on seamlessly and are super pigmented. All you need is a little bit of product to get that high-shine on your lids. I found that applying them with my fingertips worked best. I used the shades Estrella on my brow bone, Corona on the inner corner, and Celosa on my lids. The metallic shades made my eyes pop and it blended easily with the matte shadows (if anything, it hid the patchiness of the matte shades).

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When it came to longevity, I noticed the metallic shadows lost their pigment. They didn’t hold the shimmer as long as I would have liked, but my overall eye makeup looked bomb throughout the day.

Honest Thoughts Of the Collection:

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Overall, the collection is cohesive (everything works together and you’ll definitely be able to play around with your makeup looks) and most of the products are worth the affordable price tag. While I don’t think the entire collection is great, I also don’t think it’s caca.

For me, the best products were the red matte liquid lipstick in Besame and the Luster Dust in Chisme. Both products held up, applied beautifully, and are so unique to what’s already on the market. I know what you’re thinking: A red lip and champagne highlighter are unique? In this case, they are. The red lipstick is not only long-lasting but it’s the best of both worlds: it’s a cool-toned red that also has hints of burgundy. The champagne-colored highlighter is so natural-looking and it doesn’t emphasize your skin’s texture—you won’t find anything like it.

When it comes to the eyeshadow palette and satin liquid lipsticks, I think you can save your money. Again, some of the shadows are hard to work with and they apply patchy, while the satin liquid lipsticks fade pretty easily. However, if you are really excited about these products, don’t let me stop you from buying them. Just know they require a little extra work.

All in all, if you love Becky G and want to support her, this collection offers a range of products at great price points. With this being her first makeup collaboration, she did a phenomenal job. Now that you’ve read about these new goodies, you can buy the collection on ColourPop’s website.

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People Are Accusing Kat Von D Beauty of Scamming Customers With Their Famous Tattoo Liners


People Are Accusing Kat Von D Beauty of Scamming Customers With Their Famous Tattoo Liners

Yes, we know. Makeup maven Kat Von D has been long been on the outs with fans who once adored her. In addition to the slew of offenses stacked up against her, Von D’s recent declaration that she would not be vaccinating her son after his birth certainly has not done her any favors.

Now, the tattoo artists’ latest controversy means she’s enduring another fall from her fans’ graces.

Beauty enthusiasts are currently accusing Von D of scamming them out of their money with the Trooper Tattoo Liner

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At the end of last month, Facebook user Cheyenne Vaughan accused Von D’s makeup brand of “putting a sample-size eyeliner into a longer-shell tube,” and then selling it to customers for “triple the price.”

Vaughan shared a photo of the eyeliner in her post that showed the dismantled product in three pieces. One was a long tube, the other a cartridge that holds the actual product, and the last piece: a cap.

“Yall I’m about to lose my mind right now,” Vaughan wrote in the post. “Kat von D really been putting a sample size eyeliner into a longer shell tube and selling to my dumb ass for triple the price. I’M ABOUT TO LOSE MY MIND RIGHT NOW.”

Facebook users who saw the post were quick to respond to Vaughan.

“That’s what you get for supporting an anti-vaxer,” wrote on user.

Others came to Von D’s defense, asking Vaughan to support her claims with actual facts.

“Did you actually make sure this is factual, by weighing the amount of liquid in each one? I didn’t think so. Wtf is wrong with people??”

And of course, many didn’t waste time in bringing up the fact that Von D is anti-vaccinations.

“Y’all need to stop supporting the anti-Vaxer,” one wrote.

“That’s what you get for supporting an anti-vaxer,” replied another.

Six thousand shares of the post later, and Von D responded with her defense.

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In a post to her Instagram account, Von D asserted that she wasn’t cheating customers. In fact, according to her, while the cartridge is the same size for every liner, the amount of ink inside of it differs depending on the liner size.

“The cartridges in both full size liners and mini liners are the same — it’s the amount of product inside each cartridge that is different. So, for example, the product fill on our full size Tattoo Liner is 0.55 ml, while the product fill for the mini is 0.2 ml – thats over DOUBLE the amount of product! Any brand who has an eyeliner with similar component on the market will tell you the same thing. You need that much cartridge space for the pigment to flow out,” she wrote.

See for yourself in the comments section of Von D’s post on whether or commenters are satisfied. Hint: people remain stanning their anti-Vanti-ant-vaxx position.

Read:This Mexican Scientist Is Making Eco-Friendly Shopping Bags Through Nopal Juice

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It’s The Beginning Of The Year And Cardi B and Selena Gomez Have Already Topped Spotify’s Most-Streamed Female Artists


It’s The Beginning Of The Year And Cardi B and Selena Gomez Have Already Topped Spotify’s Most-Streamed Female Artists

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Spotify released a list of the music streaming service’s most-popular female artists, and it’s filled with Latina singers.

The platform, which has tens of millions of subscribers from across the world, including Latin American countries like Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic, created catalogs for its most-streamed female artists worldwide and in the US between January 1 and March 1 of 2019.

Globally, Dominicana-Trinidadian rapper Cardi B came out higher than any other Latina artist at No. 8, unsurprisingly as the Bronx hitmaker followed her 2018 platinum debut album “Invasion of Privacy” with several more bangers like “Money” and, most recently,” “Please Me” with Bruno Mars.

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Behind Cardi is Selena Gomez (No. 9), whose 2018 hits “Taki Taki” and “Back To You” continue to dominate just about everyone’s playlists.

Latin American artists also made the list, with colombiana Karol G at 13. Cuban-Mexican breakout Camila Cabello followed at 14, Chicana Becky G at 16 and Demi Lovato at 18.

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Similar to Spotify’s worldwide streams, there were also six Latinas on the platform’s 20 most-listened to female artists in the US.

Once again, Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar leads her compañeras, this time making the top five at No. 4. Following behind her is Kehlani (No. 9), Camila Cabello (No. 10), Selena Gomez (No. 12), Demi Lovato (No. 16) and the Puerto Rican-Mexican singer-songwriter Julia Michaels at No. 18.

The list shows the growing strength of Latinas in music, especially the rise of Spanish-language urbano hits, as artists like Cardi (“I Like It”), Selena (“Taki Taki”), Camila (“Havana”), Karol G (“Mi Cama”), Becky G (“Sin Pijama”) and Demi Lovato’s (“Échame La Culpa”) chart-toppers in the last year were partly or fully sung in Spanish.

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Check out Spotify’s full lists of the most-streamed female artists of 2019 worldwide and in the US below.

The 20 most-streamed female artists in the world:

1. Ariana Grande

2. Billie Eilish

3. Lady Gaga

4. Halsey

5. Dua Lipa

6. Taylor Swift

7. Rihanna

8. Cardi B

9. Selena Gomez

10. Nicki Minaj

11. Sia

12. Bebe Rexha

13. Karol G

14. Camila Cabello

15. Anne-Marie

16. Becky G

17. Beyoncé

18. Demi Lovato

19. Miley Cyrus

20. Adele

The 20 most-streamed female artists in the US:

1. Ariana Grande

2. Billie Eilish

3. Halsey

4. Cardi B

5. Taylor Swift

6. Nicki MInaj

7. Lady Gaga

8. Rihanna

9. Kehlani

10. Camila Cabello

11. Dua Lipa

12. Selena Gomez

13. Bebe Rexha

14. Beyonce

15. Ella Mai

16. Demi Lovato

17. SZA

18. Julia Michaels

19. Sia

20. Lana Del Rey

Read: Up Next: Rombai Is Ushering In The Return Of Latin Pop Bands

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