2nd Annual Black Friday & Cyber Monday Indie Makeup & Beauty Deals 2017

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Hello all and welcome!! One of my favorite times of the year to snag indie brand goodies is Black Friday & Cyber Monday! I made a blog post focusing on them last year and decided to do it again! This year will be even better since my friend Ashley @beautybudgetcollection & I are collaborating to give you all the best and latest info! She is going to be posting all the mainstream makeup & beauty deals on her IG as well as a blog post HERE We will def have you covered in every department! Make sure to follow her on Instagram HERE She has great content and will save you money not only for BF & CM, but all year round!! 

Please feel free to DM me on Instagram @nikki6543 or comment below any sales that are up and I missed! I will be updating this list continuously this week, so make sure to check back often! 

🐰- Cruelty-Free Brand 🍃- Vegan Brand
A lot of the CF brands do offer vegan options, but I only noted Vegan if their whole line is. 
*Denotes Affiliate Links

Happy Shopping!! 🛍💸

Urban Decay Naked Heat Swatches & First Impressions

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Today I wanted to share swatches and my initial thoughts on the new Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I bought this palette during the Pre-Sale for $54. It will be back on UrbanDecay.com 06/30, Sephora & ULTA online 07/10 and in stores 07/13. UPDATE Early Access one day only 06/20 via the Sephora app.

The palette has the same ounces/grams as the rest of the UD Naked palettes and comes in the same type of packaging as the Naked Smoky. It holds 12 new shades at .05oz/1.3g each (.60oz/15.6g total) and comes in at $3.46 per gram.

Cost comparisons:

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette $42 - .28oz/appx 7.9g total (appx $5.32 per gram)
Natasha Denona Sunset Palette $129 - 1.2oz/37.5g total ($3.44 per gram)
Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette $49 - .54oz/17.1g total ($2.87 per gram)

Twelve shades are a mix of matte, shimmers, and metallics:

OUNCE (ivory shimmer)

CHASER (light nude matte)
SAUCED (soft terra-cotta matte)

LOW BLOW (brown matte)
LUMBRE (copper shimmer w/gold pearl shift)
HE DEVIL (burnt red matte)

DIRTY TALK (metallic burnt red)
SCORCHED (metallic deep red w/gold micro-shimmer)
CAYENNE (deep terra-cotta matte)

EN FUEGO (burgundy matte)

ASHES (deep reddish-brown matte)
EMBER (deep metallic copper-burgundy)

First Impressions:

En Fuego and Ashes were the most difficult to swatch, but they went on my eyes fine. These shades I would normally use to deepen my crease or outer V, so they work perfect for me. They might be more difficult if you want to use them all over the lid.
Ounce is nice for a very subtle inner corner highlight or to highlight the brow bone. If on the lid I would recommend to use it wet.
Chaser is very light, but great to set eye primer with/create a base.
Sauced and Low Blow both applied well and had great pigmentation. I love these for my crease!
Lumbre has a beautiful duo-chrome shift and went on well, but I prefer it with some MAC Fix+ to intensify the shade.
Dirty Talk, Scorched & Ember are all beautiful metallics and well pigmented. I did a look with Ember all over the lid which is something I don't normally do (I love lighter lid shades), but it came out beautiful and I love it!
He Devil felt the most rough compared to the other mattes, but applied perfect to the eye with great pigmentation.
Cayenne felt a tad rough and needs to be blended a little more then the lighter mattes, but nothing terrible to work with.


Overall, I feel this is a pretty solid palette! Do I think you have to run out and get it if you already have several warm tone eyeshadow palettes? No. I do think it would make a nice edition to someones collection if these shades speak to you. Its priced fair and the overall quality is very good. I'm happy to have this in my collection and can tell this will be my favorite Naked palette! Are you going to snag this beauty? I would love to hear your thoughts below!

Thanks for stopping by!


 *Some links are affiliate and I receive small compensation from at no additional cost to you.
This palette was bought with my own money.

Updated Strobe Cosmetics Swatches

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Hey all! Strobe Cosmetics is having a 25% off Sale and Free Shipping on orders over $35, so I thought its a perfect time to make a new blog post with my current collection and updated swatches!

Strobe currently offers 37 pressed eyeshadow singles $6.50 each, Sweater Weather Collection (six pressed shadows) $32, Two AHS inspired palettes: Freak Show and Hotel (shades are also available as singles) $25 each, Entire Eyeshadow Bundle $120, and eight glitters $7.50 each.

The pans hold 2.5 grams of product vs MUG (1.8g) and MAC (1.5g), for example. They are cruelty free, vegan and located in California. I have bought from them several times and never had any issues. If you love stunning duo-chromes and metallic shades you will LOVE what they have to offer! I highly recommend checking them out!

There is no promo code. Just hop over to their site HERE and everything is already discounted for you!

Hotel Palette

Freak Show Palette

Sweater Weather Collection

Strobe Cosmetics Singles

Are you planning on snagging anything? I sure did!

Thank you for stopping by!


*All items were purchased with my own money. 

Fairy Girl Cosmetics Matte Lip Potion Swatches

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Hey all! I'm coming today to share with you swatches from Fairy Girl Cosmetics!! They are an Indie Vegan & Cruelty Free brand that is made in the USA. Fairy Girl offers Matte Lip Potions which are long lasting, transfer proof, and smell like cake!! There are several different sets available ranging from $36-$125 and are also sold individually for $15 each with .08oz of product. I bought Autumn Rose & Earth Rose and fell in love! Fairy Girl was so gracious and later sent me the line as a gift and I'm SO excited to be able to share the swatches with you! I hope you enjoy!! You can buy Fairy Girl Cosmetics HERE and make sure to check out their Instagram out HERE :)

Fairy Girl Matte Lip Potions

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