Colourpop 2019 Birthday Collection: Buy or Bye

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Hey, all!

Today’s post is another episode of my Buy or Bye series where I talk about recently-released full makeup collection and discuss whether it’s worth a purchase or not. At first I didn’t plan to make this a series in my blog, but from time to time, I find some full collections worth to discuss! I wrote one before, which was the Zoella x Colourpop collection. As they are still available now on Colourpop (CP) website, do check that link if you want to know more about my thoughts on that collection.

This month, May, Colourpop, the so-called brand that never sleeps, is celebrating their 5th birthday. CP has been releasing a bunch of new stuffs and drops many sales every other week, so of course this month is no different, especially since it’s their birthday month. According to their tradition, they always released a full huge collection as well as one special super shock shadow that is limited edition and comes as freebie for every purchase.

By the time I wrote this post, I actually have placed my order, so I’ll tell you what I got!

Ok, without further ado, let’s dive right into the post!

PS: stay tuned until the end to get a 20% off discount code to shop on Colourpop website (NOT A CLICK BAIT)

Full collection

Since this is their Birthday Collection, of course everything must be so special. Not only it’s a HUGE collection, the main theme of this collection is also not disappointing (at least for me!). The theme of this collection is watermelon. Every items here are designed and named accordingly. The graphic design of the packaging is so cute, and you know I’m a sucker for a cute packaging. If I had unlimited amount money, I’d probably have bought everything just because of the packaging! ><

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The full collection consists of following items:

Main Squeeze eye shadow palette: USD 12
Best Served Chilled bundle: USD 24
Three liquid lipstick duos: USD 12 each
Melonade ultra matte lip: USD 7
Big Slice so juicy plumping gloss: USD 7
Three Supernova shadow and Mini Gliterally Obsessed duos: USD 12 each
Mini Gliterally Obsessed trio: USD 12
Two Full size of Gliterally Obsessed: USD 8 each
Birthday Treat super shock shadow: free with any purchase while stock lasts

Now, let’s break it down one by one!

Main Squeeze Eye Shadow Palette

In every CP releases, of course the eye shadow palette is the star of the collection. This palette is meant to be a red monochromatic palette, and it’s an addition of their currently existing monochromatic palettes, such as Brown Sugar, Ooh La La, It’s My Pleasure, and Just My Luck.

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Apparently, this was a highly requested monochromatic palette, and I was actually one of them who requested a red palette, so I’m not complaining. I love red, and I personally don’t have anything like this in my collection. I’m currently liking the 9-pan palette as I can create a quick look without having to think much. Since this one is right up my alley, this is the first item from this collection that I know I’ll pick up!

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However, after looking some swatches and reviews online, I must admit that a lot of the shades in this palette are somewhat ended up looking so similar once applied on the eyes. It’s also lacking in depth. There is no light enough or deep enough shade. If you look this palette as a whole, it’s full of medium and transitional shades only. The darkest shade which is the one on bottom right corner (“red bottoms”) could’ve been even deeper. And I can’t tell which one is the lightest shade, the 1st one (“frose”), or the 6th one (“big gulp”)?

Aside from that, some also mentioned that since it’s a watermelon themed palette, there should be a green, creme, and black shades. I personally don’t mind the fact that even though they claimed it to be a watermelon palette, it’s only consists of red colors. I’m sure they want to add this palette to the monochromatic palettes family without having to release another red-only palette.

With that being said, I did pick up this palette! This is my favorite item from this collection, the packaging is stunning, and the fact that it’s a 9-pan palette is also practical. I can’t wait to create all-red looks using it!

Best Served Chilled Bundle

This bundle is a collaboration with CP sister skincare brand, Fourth Ray Beauty (FRB). It consists of Watermelon Face Milk, Watermelon Seed Oil, and Watermelon flavored Lippie Scrub. Watermelon Seed Oil is previously existing product from FRB, while Watermelon Face Milk is a new one, and Watermelon flavored Lippie Scrub is also a new product from CP’s Lippie Scrub line. By the way if you’re wondering, Watermelon Face Milk is a light weight moisturizer that’s supposed to be hydrating but non-greasy.

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I’ve been wanting to try FRB products and CP lippie scrubs, but since I’m on a low buy year, I can’t just buy them whenever I want. I have to follow my low buy budget and schedule (PS: you can read my low buy rules here). So, when I saw that CP offers this bundle, which include literally everything I’ve been eyeing, I know I want to pick up this bundle. Additionally, from swatches and reviews I saw online, many people seems liking this bundle also.

This bundle retails for USD 24, while the actual total price of three of the items is USD 26, so we’re not really saving a lot of money by buying them in a bundle.

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I was actually a little bit iffy to buy liquid products internationally because I’ve read from several bloggers who ordered FRB stuffs that their stuffs came leaking (I read from my friend AlwaysCleia and PolishedAndInspired). I wish that they are sold individually so that I can pick up only the lippie scrub which doesn’t have high risk of leaking. But, since I’ve been wanting to try FRB products for a long time, I decided to pick up this bundle and just hoping for the best that there won’t be any spills during the shipping! ><

Liquid Lipsticks Bundles

There are so many liquid lip products within this collection and I like it since it’s very suitable with the theme. The three liquid lip bundles are: Sweet Crush, Slice of Life, and Our of Your Rind.

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Let’s talk about them one by one!

Slice of Life

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This bundle consists of one ultra glossy lip (UGL) in “Fresco” and one ultra BLOTTED lip (UBL) in “Swing Away”.

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It’s been a long time since CP released a new shade of ultra blotted lip so I’m very excited to try it. But I’m actually not a glosses type of girl. I like lip products that are pigmented and not sticky. If they were sold individually, I would’ve pick up only the UBL. But since they are only available in bundle (as of now), and luckily the UGL here is the only one that actually has color in it among the three bundles, I decided to pick up this bundle. I don’t hate glosses so I will just wear it from time to time.

Sweet Crush

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This bundle consists of one UGL in “Granita” and one ultra MATTE lip (UML) in “Sherbert Shop”.

I actually really like Sherbert Shop, it’s the type of lip color I like to wear. But since it’s only sold in a bundle, and I rarely wear glosses especially clear glosses, I decided not to pick up this bundle. Were they sold individually, I think I might’ve picked up only the UBL from previous bundle and the UML from this bundle.

Out of Your Rind

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This bundle consists of one UGL in “Scorcher” and one UML in “On The Grill”.

I don’t wear a lot of hot pink or fuchsia matte lippies because I find it too “in-your-face”. If the shade On The Grill was in UBL formula, I don’t mind it since UBL looks more muted than UML. I also rarely wear glosses, so this bundle is a pass from me. But I still think it’s a pretty color. I just hope it was in different formula.

Melonade Ultra Matte Lip

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I actually can’t justify why they include a single UML with only one shade option. I really like the color, tho, it’s right up my alley. But if they want to include a single item, there is one item I think is better than one shade of UML. They should’ve included a true red loose pigment! It much more makes sense to include a single loose pigment than a single UML that’s already available in bundles, too. But this is only my suggestion, I’m sure they had their own justification.

Honestly, if all of the items here were available as singles, I think the ones I picked up would be the watermelon lippie scrub, UBL in Swing Away, UML in Sherbert Shop, and this one. Since I have limited budget, I decided not to pick this one up, although I really really want to pick it up also πŸ˜₯

Big Slice So Juicy Plumping Gloss

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As I mentioned before, I don’t usually wear glosses, let alone a thicker one like this. I personally think the color is pretty and really suits the theme. I actually considered to pick this up because I think this time might be a good time to try this plumping glosses. But since I have a limited budget, this one didn’t make the cut.

Supernova Shadow and Mini Gliterally Obsessed Duos

It’s been a long time since CP released new shades of supernova shadow. The last time was in their collaboration with Zoella. I never tried a supernova shadow before, so I can’t say much about it. I imagine it’s just like a usual liquid shadow.

Gilterally obsessed (GO) is not a new product, but this time they released it in a mini size which I think is a clever idea! The full size is 15 g/ 0.53 oz and retails for USD 7.5. The mini is 3 g/ 0.11 oz, and if we break it down from this bundle, since supernova shadow retails for USD 8, this GO mini’s value is around USD 4.5. If you wanted to try it since before but not quite ready to commit to a full size, this could be your chance. But you might want to keep in mind that you pay around half of full size price with the amount of 1/5. Of course we can’t always value a product based on their weight only since there’s also packaging that contributes to the price. But I think I just want to mention this in case it helps you decide on whether to buy the mini or not.

There are three of these duos, they are Dear Summer, Sandia Smash, and Slip N’ Slide.

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Dear Summer

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This bundle consists of “Wish Me Luck” GO and “Sand Castle” supernova shadow. Wish Me Luck is an existing GO shade but Sand Castle is a new one.

I was actually intrigued to try this since I never tried a supernova shadow and GO before. But I need to consider whether I will get a lot of use out of it. On daily bases when I go outside, I wear hijab and my whole body is covered except my face and my palms. On the other hand, GO is intended to use on the body or maybe face except the eye area. However, there’s not many part of my body that is shown. The highest possibility is only to use it around my face or my eyes (which is not safe). But I can’t justify going to a mall wearing glitter on my face XD. So although I like the shades of this supernova and actually don’t mind wearing glitter, I don’t think I can get many use out of it. So I decided to pass on this bundle (and also any glitter products within this collection).

Speaking about the bundle itself, I think the shade of supernova shadow in this one is the most consistent within this whole collection, which is around red and coral color family. The other two bundles are too pink-y and purple-y, which I think a little off to be paired with the palette if you want to wear them together.

Sandia Smash

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This bundle consists of “Avenue of The Stars” GO, which also an existing GO shade, and “Ice Pop” supernova shadow, which is a new one. I actually really like the glitter since it’s very colorful, and I do think the supernova shadow’s shade is also pretty, and the overall shade of both of them quite matches. But again, since I won’t be wearing them a lot, I decided to pass on this one.

Slip N’ Slide

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This bundle consists of “Disco Lady” GO, which also an existing GO shade, and “Hazy” supernova shadow, which is a new one. Among the three bundles, I think the supernova shadow in this one doesn’t quite match the theme. It’s still a pretty shade, so if you like the shade alone without considering the whole theme in this collection, I’m sure you’ll be happy to have it! I also passed this one with the same reasoning as I mentioned above.

Mini Glitterally Obsessed Trio

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This trio consists of three mini GO retails for 12 USD. Each of them is 3 g/ 0.11 oz and if we break it down from the bundle’s price, each would be USD 4. The shades are “Starfire”, “Star Party”, and “Keep it Plutonic”, which all of them are existing shade. If you don’t want the supernova shadow bundle, you can have this instead. I myself didn’t pick this one up.

Full Sized Gliterally Obsessed

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There are two new GO shades in this collection which are “Trippin on Skies” (the left one from image above) and “Bring The Heat” (the right one from image above). They are just like typical CP GO that has been released before. I can’t say much about it since I never tried any of them. I also passed on this one.

Free Birthday Super Shock Shadow

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Just like CP’s previous birthday celebration, they give this super shock shadow (SSS) as a freebie with every purchase made during the birthday period. I love SSS and this color is perfect for this collection. I obviously get it for free with my purchase and can’t wait to play around with it!

Additional Bundles

Besides the ones mentioned above, CP also offer some additional bundles. The first one is “Birthday Bash” which consists of four previous birthday-special SSS retails for USD 20.

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I didn’t pick this up because I have limited budget and for this purchase, I decided to pick up products I never tried before such as FRB stuffs, lippie scrub, and UBL, so this one didn’t make the cut. But now I’m kinda regretting myself by not picking this one up. They are special SSS and not sold in singles anymore so I should have pick this up to complete my collection. Now I only hope they make this bundle a permanent so I can pick it up a little bit later πŸ˜₯

The next bundle is “Sweetest Fling” which consists of Main Squeeze palette, Melonade UML, and Big Slice Plumping Gloss. This one retails for USD 26, which actually doesn’t save any money.

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The next bundle is “In Season” which consists of Main Squeeze palette, Best O liner, and Get Paid liner retails for USD 20. I actually considered to pick this up since it saves USD 3. But after considering the liners included here, I think I don’t really want them at the moment.

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Overall Thoughts

So that is it guys my thoughts about CP 2019 birthday collection. The ones I picked up are Main Squeeze palette, Best Served Chilled bundle, Slice of Life bundle, and Birthday Treat SSS. Overall, I really love the theme and in my opinion they executed it well with the selection of products, the graphic design, and the product/ shade names. There are some elements that could’ve been better, such as a wider range of reds in the palette, adding another type of product outside the bundle instead of one single shade of UML, and selling the products individually so that we could choose them more freely. In the end, I am still happy with my purchase and can’t wait to play around with it!

20% Discount Code

So this is what I promised you guys. I have a referral link so that you can get 20% off your FIRST purchase only. This is not an affiliate code but I will get also 20% off my next purchase if you use this link to make your FIRST EVER purchase with CP.

https://www.talkable.com/x/boSyX0

Please keep in mind that there could be some exclusions, and once you get the discount code from the link above, you will have to use it within TWO WEEKS or so. Sometimes CP also deactivates the discount code if they have their own sales on their website (for example during their site-wide sales), so you might want to check their website first before clicking the link above.

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That’s all for today’s post! Now let me know what you think about this collection. Did you pick anything up? Which is your most favorite product? Or did you completely skip this collection? Please comment below!

I’ll see you on my next post!

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Things I Would’ve Bought: Feb-Mar 2019

Hey, everyone!

It’s another end of the month again, which means it’s time for me to give you an update about my low-buy year project! It feels just like yesterday I wrote my January “Things I would’ve Bought” and in fact it’s already the end of March. Can you believe how fast time flies!

So, if you haven’t followed me since before, then first of all, welcome to this blog! I’m glad that you came all the way here, and I hope you stick around!

In this particular blog series, I will be documenting my journey on my low-buy project this year. Before, I’ve written my rules here, and my January “I Would’ve Bought” here. On February, I didn’t have many things I wanted to buy, so I decided to merge my monthly “I Would’ve Bought” list to this post that covers my February and March list all at once.

What I Bought

Before sharing my list, I want to share what I have bought during these two months. I still managed to not buy anything new, so all of the items here are refills or necessities. But, I did receive one thing as a gift from my husband. I’ll show you a bit later in this post!

The first thing I bought was three packs of cotton pads. Each of them costs USD 1. I also bought two bottles of Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water, which costs USD 10 for both. And then I bought Safi Age Defy Eye Contour Treatment because I ran out of my Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream and was looking for a cheaper alternative. It costs USD 6.

And lastly, I bought a small tube of hair conditioner that costs USD 1. This was a new product I didn’t have before but I bought it because recently my hair feels so rough and dry so I thought I might need a hair conditioner. I never took care of my hair properly because I rarely had problem with my hair (thank goodness). So I never had any hair care product except my shampoo. Now I realized I should’ve taken care my hair more.

All of my February & March haul, except the cotton pads are 3 packs and the Garnier ones are 2 bottles.

In total, these 2 months I spent only USD 20! This might looks so cheap for you to spend in 2 months, but here in Indonesia, it’s a decent amount of money!

Besides these stuffs, I also got a gift from my husband. He bought me a brush storage made from acrylic material that I’ve been eyeing for months but couldn’t pick up because of my low-buy project! Now I can store and display my brush collection prettily and without having to worry about them getting dusty!

What I Would Have Bought

Now let’s move on to the more interesting part which is my wish list! I don’t actually like to call this wish list, but rather “things I would have bought if I wasn’t doing a low-buy project”. I prefer call it like that because I tend to do an impulsive buy >< So by doing this low-buy project, it helps me restrain my bad shopping habit and not buy something immediately ><

So far, I must admit that the temptation to break my rules is getting harder and harder. As the season changes from winter to spring (although we don’t have that season-changing here in Indonesia), all makeup brands starts competing to release new spring items every other day. Recently, not only the products are getting innovative, the packaging is also getting cuter, and I’m such a sucker for cute packaging.

Before I continue to my list, I want to give a disclaimer first XD I apologize in advance that you might be bored of me mentioning this particular brand. If you’ve followed me for a while, you might be able to guess it by now. Yes, it is none other than Colourpop XD I’m sorry in advance that there will be a lot of Colourpop products mentioned here. It’s just simply because Colourpop ships to almost every where in the world so I find it cheaper and easier to shop directly from their website.

Okay, without further a do, here are some products that caught my eye and almost made me break my low-buy rules these past months.

Colourpop BFF Liners

Not stopping after colorful mascaras, Colourpop released yet another colorful product, which were colorful liquid liners. The second they announced it, I know right from the bat that I will buy one or two to pair with the purple and red mascaras I wanted to buy since January. But, I was a little bit disappointed when I found out that there was no purple liner! I was so heart broken because purple is my favorite color and I have planned to buy the purple palette and purple mascara together. It would’ve been perfect if there was a purple liner too! I do hope they add the shades in the future. It is Colourpop we’re talking about πŸ˜‰

For now, I’ll settle with only the red one. So, if I wasn’t doing a low-buy year, I would’ve spent USD 8 for this liquid liner.


Colourpop Overtime Lippie Pencil

Colourpop released a bunch of new lippie pencil shades as well as renew the packaging. I wasn’t a type of lip liner girl. Can you believe that I only have one lip pencil until now? So I thought why not try a new one? I happened to need a red one anyway. Among all red shades on Colourpop website, I find this one called “overtime” is the most basic. So,I would’ve spent USD 5 for this lip liner.

Colourpop Spring 2019 Collection

If you can’t tell already, pastel pink, coral, and peach are my color, hence the logo I made for this blog. I made this logo even before I knew that this year’s pantone color is living coral. How happy I was when Colourpop released their spring collection this year and the main color was living coral!

This collection is the hardest collection to resist for me during this low-buy. To be honest, I almost break my rules. But, I still can hold on until I wrote this post.

All items in this collection is so pretty. There are no shades I dislike. But, since I’m always on a budget, I must select just a few things from this entire collection.

From this collection, I definitely would love to pick up the palette, the “sweet talk” palette. This palette is so special. Not only because the packaging and the coral color scheme that really scream spring to me, but also because it contains one super shock shadow which was reformulated to be able to not drying on the pan, and two pressed glitter. This is such a good deal for me who wouldn’t bought a single jar of glitter since I wouldn’t get a lot of use out of it anyway. But, since it’s on a palette, it’s a good chance for me to try it out!

“Sweet Talk” Palette

And then, I’d also love to pick up the blushes in “get leid” and “growth flirt”. They are the ones on the first and third from top on the picture below.

I also love the jelly much eye shadows recently. They are easier to work with than my initial thoughts. And I like how foiled they look on my eyes. Among the jelly shadows, I probably would’ve picked up the ones called “doves n roses” and “wisthlin’ pixie”. They are the first and second from top on picture below.

And lastly, of course I would’ve picked up the lipsticks. I’m glad that they included the creme lux lipsticks in this collection, because they are my all time favorite finish among all Colourpop lip products. If I had unlimited amount of money, I would’ve picked up all of them. But since I didn’t, I probably would’ve picked up three of them, which were “ur thriving”,
“spring roll”, and “tea thyme”. They are the first, third, and last respectively from the top on the picture below.

So if I wasn’t on low-buy, I would’ve spent 18 + 4 * 8 + 3 * 7 = USD 71 for this collection only.

Colourpop Disney Villains

And yet another big collection from Colourpop, which was their second collaboration with Disney, the Disney Villains Collection. I was so hyped up when I first heard about this launch because I LOVE my Disney Princess’ palette and lipsticks. But, after all products were revealed, and I saw swatches everywhere, I feel a little bit underwhelmed.

First, the price. Almost all items in this collection retail more expensive than any similar products Colourpop has released before. Usually their 15 pan palettes retail for USD 20, the palette in this one retails for USD 22. The lux lipsticks that are usually USD 7, retail for USD 8 here. And the super shock highlighters that are usually USD 8 is USD 10 in this collection. Lastly the lip glosses are USD 7, which is usually USD 6.5. Only the jelly much shadows that remain the same price as usual, which are USD 8.

I understand about the lipstick, though. They have special “villains” emboss on it, which means Colourpop has to make a special mold for these lipsticks only. And the highlighter is super shock but stored in a heavy duty cardboard, which means it has to be specially formulated to non drying on the pan, unlike their usual super shock highlighters that are stored in a closed jar.

And then, usually in a collection, I would’ve been interested in the shadow palette. But the palette in this one, I feel the color scheme is sooo similar to “Perception” palette by Shayla. I don’t have that palette, but many have said that that palette was a dupe for Urban Decay “Born to Run” palette which I have. I don’t want to have palettes that are to similar in color scheme, so I am still unsure whether I want to pick up this palette or not.

And then the lipsticks. Almost all the colors look similar to their current existing shades, especially the Disney Princess’ lipsticks. Among all lipsticks, I would probably picked up only “Maleficent”, which is the second from the right on picture below.


Besides that, I probably would’ve pick up the Maleficent highlighter, and the blue jelly much shadow since I don’t have any blue jelly much shadow yet.

Maleficent highlighter “Mistress of all evil”
Ursula jelly much shadow “Just your voice”

If I wasn’t on low-buy, I would’ve spent USD 26 on this collection.

So, that’s all my imaginative haul. In total, I would’ve spent USD 110 in these two months if I wasn’t doing a low-buy year! Glad that I am!

If you’re currently doing a low-buy like me, how is your low-buy so far? What’s your biggest temptation, and how you restrain it? Please share your experience on the comment section below!

Thank you so much for reading today’s post and I’ll see you next week!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette Dupe?

Hey, everyone!

Around a week ago, as you might have known already, Anastasia Beverly Hills launched the newest addition to their eye shadow palette family, the Riviera palette.

Riviera palette, via anastasiabeverlyhills.com

This launch is a part of their spring collection and I must admit that the palette looks so pretty. To be honest, I’m very tempted to buy it. But, if you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might have known that I’m doing a low-buy year this year. Therefore, according to my low-buy year rules, it’s hard for me to include this palette to my next shopping schedule, which will be on June.

By the way, here I wrote my intro and also my rules for this low-buy year project. Please kindly check it out if you are interested!

There’s a high possibility that I won’t buy this palette anytime soon. At the same time, I also feel like I have these colors already in my own eye shadow palettes collection. So, I tried to browse through my collection, to gather similar shades so that I can create a (sort of) dupe of this palette. Aha! I just practiced one of my tips on low-buy year which I’ve written here!

Okay, without further ado, let’s dive right into it!

ABH Riviera real swatches via IG: @thebeautyradar

The first shade is called ‘sails’. According to Anastasia’s website, sails is a matte white. Actually I don’t have any matte white in my collection, but the closest shade I got was from Urban Decay Born to Run palette, the shade called ‘breakaway’. This shade is the one on the most left of the 1st row of the palette on picture below.

Urban Decay Born to Run Palette

I know from Urban Decay’s website, breakaway is not a white shade, and it’s not even a matte one. But on swatches, it looks light enough on my skin tone. Stay tune or skip to the end of this blog post to see the swatches!

The next shade is called ‘yacht’. Yacht is a duo chrome mauvy taupe with a violet shift. It is indeed a unique shade because of the shift. I think I have a shade that similar to taupe in my collection, but it doesn’t have that kind of shift. This shade is still from Urban Decay Born to Run palette, the shade called ‘smog’, which is the one on the 2nd row and the 2nd from right.

The next shade is called ‘seychelles’. Seychelles is a metallic aqua marine. I also don’t have any aqua marine shade in my collection. But I think I can use this shade from Colourpop Chasing Rainows palette, the one called ‘on one’, as a replacement instead.

Colourpop Chasing Rainbows Palette

PS: stay tuned until the end to get a 20% off discount code to shop on Colourpop website (NOT A CLICK BAIT)

The next shade is called ‘palermo’. Palermo is a metallic jewel pink. From my collection, the one that’s quite similar is from Colourpop Through My Eyes palette, the shade called ‘nocturne’. From picture below, nocturne is the one on the last row, the 2nd from right. On Colourpop website, nocturne is actually a metallic rosy red. But on swatches, it looks pretty similar to palermo, despite of the description.

Colourpop Through My Eyes Palette

The next shade is called ‘seaside’. Seaside is described as duo chrome silver with a subtle blue shift. Although it is a silver shade, because of the blue shift, it looks blue enough. And from my collection, the one that similar to palermo is another shade from Colourpop Chasing Rainbows, the shade called ‘lucid’. On Colourpop’s website, lucid is metallic eggplant with a blue flip. So it indeed also has blue element in it!

The next shade is ‘inheritance’. Inheritance is a metallic true gold. And this one is undoubtedly very similar (if not the same!) to, again, from Colourpop Chasing Rainbows, the shade called ‘so meta’. Even on Colourpop’s website, so meta is described as metallic marigold.

The next shade is ‘mediterranean’. Mediterranean is a metallic sky blue. I don’t have anything similar to metallic sky blue from my collection. But I’m pretty sure I can use shade ‘radio’ from Urban Decay Born to Run as an alternative. Radio is a deep emerald satin, though. So it’s far muted than mediterranean.

Move on to the 2nd row of ABH Riviera, the first one on the left is shade called ‘estate’. Estate is a matte soft pastel peachy pink. On my collection, I have the one that’s fairly similar, which is from Colourpop Chasing Rainbows, the shade called ‘woke’. And on Colourpop’s website, it is describe as matte mid-tone salmon pink. So they are indeed in the same color family.

The next shade is ‘cabana’. Cabana is matte muted birch mustard. I also found the one that’s very similar to this one, again from Colourpop Through My Eyes, the shade called ‘wild soul’. Wild soul is a matte dusty mustard yellow on Colourpop’s website. Again, they are in the same color family!

The next shade is ‘coastline’. ‘Coastline’ is a matte pastel soft peach. The one that I think the most similar from my collection is from Colourpop Through My Eyes, the shade called ‘euphoric’. Although on Colourpop’s website euphoric is described as matte bright true orange, on swatches, it looks pastel enough so I decided to use it as a dupe for coastline.

The next shade is ‘bahamas’. Bahamas is matte bright bold candy hot pink pressed pigment (such a mouthfull name!). In my collection, I have several pinks, but I think the one that’s bright, bold, and hot enough is from Colourpop Chasing Rainbows, the shade called ‘manifest it’. Manifest it is describe as matte fuchsia with pink flecks. So it is indeed can be considered as bright bold candy hot pink!

Not many shades left, the next one is ‘monte carlo’. Monte carlo is matte cool mid-tone pink. I chose the shade ‘wish list’ from Colourpop Chasing Rainbows as an alternative for this one. Although wish list is described as a matte vibrant coral, on swatches, it looks pink enough!

The next shade is ‘cannes’. Cannes is a matte bright violet purple pressed pigment. This one I got also a VERY similar one, a shade called ‘sista’ from Colourpop Good Sport palette. Sista is described as matte vibrant violet. From picture below, you can find it on the far right from the 1st row.

Colourpop Good Sport Palette

And, finally, the very last shade called ‘palm’. Palm is a matte dark chocolate brown pressed pigment. And I also got the one that looks identical, from Colourpop Give It to Me Straight palette, the shade called ‘actually’. Actually is a matte deepened chocolate brown. From picture below, you can find it on the far right of the last row.

Colourpop Give It to Me Straight Palette

So, here is the swatches of all shades I mentioned above!

PS: I borrowed my husband’s arm for the swatches ^.^

What do you think, guys? Are they similar enough? XD

Personally, I’m quite satisfied with my own findings and researches. Now I am not tempted anymore to buy this palette. And I can’t wait to create some looks using the dupe ones!

By the way, I also made a video when I live swatch everything I mentioned above. Please do watch it here if you are more of an auditory type of person!

And here are all palettes I used to make the dupe!

20% Discount Code

So this is what I promised you guys. I have a referral link so that you can get 20% off your FIRST purchase only. This is not an affiliate code but I will get also 20% off my next purchase if you use this link to make your FIRST EVER purchase with CP.

https://www.talkable.com/x/boSyX0

Please keep in mind that there could be some exclusions, and once you get the discount code from the link above, you will have to use it within TWO WEEKS or so. Sometimes CP also deactivates the discount code if they have their own sales on their website (for example during their site-wide sales), so you might want to check their website first before clicking the link above.

Ok guys! I hope you enjoyed today’s post as much as I did writing it! Please tell me whether you will buy the Riviera palette or not, or whether you also will try to dupe it with your own collection!

I’ll see you on my next post!

Colourpop 2018 Year End Sale: Tips, Haul, & Review

Hey, everyone! In today’s post I want to share with you what I got during Colourpop 2018 Year End Sale. First of all, please keep in mind that the main point of this post is not to brag what I bought. I enjoy seeing other people’s hauls as it gives me inspiration on what to buy next. So if you are like me, I hope this post would be helpful for you. Also, I want to share with you some tips for shopping Colourpop products to help you save some money, and reviews about the products I have tried until today.

So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

PS: stay tuned until the end to get a 20% off discount code to shop on Colourpop website (NOT A CLICK BAIT)

Shopping Tips for Saving Money

I’ve been into Colourpop maybe for just around 8 months, however because of some reasons, I just recently bought products directly from their website. Before, I bought them from a personal shopper here in Indonesia.

According to my experience, Colourpop has many different sales/ promos going on their website, for example BOGO (buy one get one free) sales, spend minimum xx USD get free stuffs, 24 hours free shipping without minimum purchase, etc. However, THEIR BIGGEST SALE is none other than their UP-TO-40% OFF SITE WIDE SALES, and this happens sometimes without notice. But on the other times, it happens around twice every year, which is around summer (end of August), and, of course, the end of the year (last week of Decemer). So if you have some Colourpop products wish lists, I highly suggest you to wait until this kind of promotion.

For any Colourpop products, I can safely say that THERE IS NO NEED TO BE IN A HURRY. Their products are always available most of the time, especially their high demand products. For example their collaboration with Disney that was released on August 2018. At that time, they said it was a limited edition. However since it is highly popular, they are still available even until now. You can always wait for reviews, probably discount code from beauty influencers, and their promo, before buying their stuffs.

For their staple products and permanent lines, JUST BUY THEM WHEN THERE IS SITE WIDE SALES. So, even though their high demand products (such as the Disney collaboration) sometimes are excluded from their promotions, their staple products and permanent lines are never. And most importantly, like I said before their biggest sale is their up-to-40% off site wide sale, usually this staple products and permanent lines are products that get discounted until 40% off! So, what’s the hurry?

Haul and Review

I divided the products I bought into several categories so you can easily read more details about products you are interested in. I have it cover for you from their staple products, lip products, until (the most exciting ones for me) eye shadow palettes. And, here they are..

Staple Products

Brow Boss Gel

I heard many good reviews about Colourpop brow boss gel, especially the ‘clear’ one. However, I bought the ‘dark brown’ one just because that’s usually what I go for when it comes to brow gel. I haven’t tried this until today when I wrote this post because I still have my brow gel I haven’t finished. However, what I like about this brow gel is that it has small bristles, so I hope it’ll reach my sparse eyebrow hairs easily.

Stick Foundation

I bought this foundation in a ‘Better Together Duo’ bundle, which includes a stick foundation and a concealer. I chose shade ’81N’ for the foundation. I also haven’t tried it yet but based on the tube, looks like it’ll match my skin tone well. I do have a neutral-to-warm undertone so I chose this one based on the color description on Colourpop website. For your reference, I am ‘NW22’ on MAC (although I’ve never tried any MAC foundation, since this color scheme is general for describing skin tone, I hope it’s easier for you to get the image of where my skin tone is in the color spectrum).

I actually don’t need anymore foundation at this point because I still have some shared-in-jar foundations I have to finish (read my article about shared items here). But I wanted to try Colourpop foundation, and I heard that their stick foundation works better than their liquid foundation. Moreover, from the packaging itself, the former is easier to travel with than the latter. I can’t wait to try it when I finish all of my shared-in-jar foundations!

Concealer

Colourpop’s concealer is a talk-in-the-town when it comes to good affordable concealer. I’ve written my complete review about it here. Please kindly refer to that article!

Because I bought it in a bundle, they’ve matched the shade with the foundation, and I got shade ‘medium 26’. Although before I bought ‘medium 28’, since it’s slightly darker for me, I think ‘medium 26’ will be good enough. I’ll surely use it when I finish my current Colourpop concealer.

Brush Set

I bought the ‘eye essential’ set and have been using them since I received them last month. I must say I’m impressed!

This set includes a ‘tapered blending brush’, an ‘angled eye brush’, a ‘medium dome brush’, and a ‘small pencil brush’. I use the blending brush for transition shade. It’s very fluffy so it’s suitable for blending in large area of our eyelids, and it diffuses the color well. I use the dome brush to set my eye primer since it’s large and pick up a lot of products at one application. I use the angled eye brush mainly for tight-lining my upper lash line and to make wing liner using powder shadow. It gives a nice crisp line. and finally, I use the pencil brush for tight-lining my bottom lash line or to smoke out my wing liner on upper lash line.

I highly recommend this set if you want to try Colourpop brushes, but just buy them when they are having a sales!

Single Shadows

Super Shock Shadows (SSS)

Colourpop was famous for their SSS long before they have these many products like now. This time I bought four SSS’s, which were ‘ripple’ and ‘three’s a cloud’ from their permanent line, and ‘roy g. biv’ and ‘rem’ from their 2018 holiday line. I haven’t tried any of them until now since I don’t want to ruin their perfect metallic surfaces! >.<

SSS ‘Three’s A Cloud’
SSS ‘Ripple’
SSS ‘Rem’
SSS ‘Roy G. Biv’

Jelly Much Shadow (JMS)

I bought only one JMS which was ‘half moon’ and I have tried wearing it once on my eye look! It is described as duochrome plum with a frosty green and blue flip. I like how foiled it looks on my eyes, and how it makes my eyes look more dimensional. It’s easy to apply using finger (I haven’t tried applying it with brush, though). It doesn’t crease throughout the day. When it’s on, it’s on. It’s also fairly blend-able. However, since I only have one, I don’t know whether their quality is consistent throughout all the shades.

Super Shock Blush (SSB)

I bought two SSB’s which were ‘between the sheets’ and ‘ooh she’s blushing’. I’ve only tried ‘between the sheets’ until now, and have been using it everyday I do my makeup. It really gives a nice natural pink sheen to my cheeks. Since it’s a cream-to-powder product, the best time to apply it is after foundation and before setting powder, so it won’t ruin your powder. It can be applied using finger or brush.

SSB ‘Between The Sheets’
SSB ‘Ooh She’s Blushing’

Lip Products

I bought quite a few lip products, and they were ultra satin lip in ‘november, creme lux lipstick in ‘brick’, ‘still crazy’, and ‘ariel’, and lippie stix in ‘lumiere’.

Creme lux lipstick (CLL) is definitely my favorite lip formula from all of Colourpop’s lip products. ‘Ariel’ is a peachy nude type of MLBB color which suits my medium skin tone well. TBH, this was the first nude lip color in my life that doesn’t wash me out. I’m even thinking of buying a back up of this one! ‘Still crazy’ is light rosy color that suits for the day when I want to look feminine. And for ‘brick’, I haven’t used it yet until now.

CLL ‘Ariel’
CLL ‘Still Crazy’
CLL ‘Brick’

‘November’ comes as a light peach shade on my skin tone. I found it a little patchy compared to other ultra satin lips (USL) that I have, which are ‘lost’ and ‘frick n frack’. I have to apply it several times to get even and opaque color. I still like it, though.

USL ‘November’

On Colourpop website, ‘Lumiere’ is described as dusty mauve pink, but in real life, I think it also has a slight hint of plum color. It’s a bit dark than what I think of mauve pink, but still wearable for everyday look.

Lippie stix ‘Lumiere’

Eye Shadow Palette

And finally, my favorite products from Colourpop, eye shadow palettes! I got 5 of them since this was a collective haul. I haven’t bought any new Colourpop palettes since August so I’ve been saving my money for this time.

Brown Sugar

‘Brown sugar’ is a 9-pan neutral brown palette with attached mirror in it. It is a part of Colourpop collaboration with Karrueche. For you who have already so many eye shadow palettes in your collection, this palette might look boring to you. But for me who is just started building my eye shadow palette collection, this one is a staple. It is small and has mirror so I can bring it easily when I’m traveling. And I travel quite a lot. My parents live just one hour away from me and I sometimes sleepover at their house for a night or two. I can just throw this palette into my makeup bag. Moreover since it’s a neutral palette, I can’t go wrong with it.

I’ve used it a couple times so far and didn’t have any problem with any shades in it. Obviously, all colors go together very well. If I’m in a hurry, I can create a simple eye-look without thinking much. I can wear it day and night.

Good Sport

If you’ve followed me in this blog for quite a while, you might have known that my favorite color is purple, and my favorite season is fall. When Colourpop launched their 2018 Fall Edit, this palette immediately stole my attention as all of the colors really speak to me. The Yellow, green, and terracotta represent fall so well, and with additional purples in it, I couldn’t resist it. But, I still waited for reviews on Youtube and blogs from some beauty bloggers I follow.

After some times watching and reading many reviews, I could see that maybe around 90% of the time people likes this palette, if not love. And so many big influencers gave good reviews about this palette (e.g: Mesijesibeauty, Thatgirlshaexo, Allieglines, Jkissa, Nicolerenee on Youtube; Temptalia on her blog). Even some stated that ‘this is one of the prettiest color scheme Colourpop has among their eye shadow palettes’ (Make.up.just.for.fun on Youtube). However, one of my trustworthy blogger that often reviews Colourpop didn’t give this palette quite a good review, and I always trust her opinion and buy Colourpop’s products based on her review (Judyc on Youtube). That’s why in the beginning I was hesitant to buy this palette.

However, after months of consideration, I wanted to give this a go and decided to pick this one up during Colourpop’s site-wide sale. Fortunately, I didn’t regret my decision! All colors blend beautifully together and I can say that ‘This is so me. This is me in a palette.’ Indeed, what doesn’t work for others, might work for us, and vice versa.

It’s a Princess Thing

I’m actually not a big fan of Disney, but I did watched many Disney princesses’ movies when I was a kid. When I heard Colourpop’s collaboration with Disney, I wasn’t that hyped. But when I saw all the products they came up with, I must say they did an excellent job in designing them. The packaging, the item and color selection, all looks interesting even for non-Disney fans.

Here I will mainly talk about their eye shadow palettes. The color selection consists of neutral brown colors, as well as some pop of colors that are not too intimidating. You can play safe with this palette, and even if you are playing with colors, it won’t look too bold or neon. You might say that it looks standard, but for those who are big fans of Disney and just want to buy this for the sake of collecting them, they still can wear it day to day, so it won’t be such a waste of money. And for those who are not big fans, they can still buy this just for the colors. It’s a win-win solution! No wonder this palette has such high review even though it’s pretty new to Colourpop’s collection.

And for me personally, this immediately climbed up to Top-2 of my favorite palettes after ‘Give it To Me Straight’ and before Urban Decay ‘Born to Run’, with all the reasons I’ve mentioned above. The reason why it’s still behind GITMS is just because GITMS is compact but still consists of all colors I need (brown, peach, pink, and berry). And the reason why it’s on the top of UD-BTR is even though UD-BTR consists of all varies of colors (from neutral to pink, purple, green, blue, from light to dark, from mattes, satins, to shimmers), UD-BTR still feels a little big for me and it doesn’t fit to my makeup bag, so if I’m traveling and want to bring UD-BTR palette, I mjust store it separately from my other makeups. And it doesn’t happen to ‘It’s A Princess Thing’.

Chasing Rainbows

I got this palette for free when Colourpop has ‘get Chasing Rainbows for free with minimun 50 USD of purchase’ promotion. I never plan to pick this palette if it’s not for free. Not because I don’t link the color story, but just because I think I have enough palettes in my collection. This palette is a nice edition to my collection. It has pop of colors I don’t have in my collection. The formula is as good as any Colourpop palettes. I really don’t have anything bad to say about this palette.

Through My Eyes

This palette is part of Colourpop collaboration with Youtuber ‘iluvsarahii’ or Karen. I picked up this palette not long after it’s launched. There’s just something about this palette that really speaks to me since the first time they announced this collab. I like the green colors (‘moody and ’emerald dream’), the muted pink color (‘nostalgia’), the watermelon color ‘lomo’, and the bright coral (‘euphoric’). All shimmers also look so foiled on our eyelid. I love that I could create a pretty and feminine yet elegant looks with this palette.

20% Discount Code

So this is what I promised you guys. I have a referral link so that you can get 20% off your FIRST purchase only. This is not an affiliate code but I will get also 20% off my next purchase if you use this link to make your FIRST EVER purchase with CP.

https://www.talkable.com/x/boSyX0

Please keep in mind that there could be some exclusions, and once you get the discount code from the link above, you will have to use it within TWO WEEKS or so. Sometimes CP also deactivates the discount code if they have their own sales on their website (for example during their site-wide sales), so you might want to check their website first before clicking the link above.

Ok, guys, that’s all I picked up during Colourpop biggest sale of the year. I hope you enjoyed today’s post and found it helpful! Which one is your cult favorite products from Colourpop? Will you shop from their website when they have a site-wide sale? What are your tips to shop from Colourpop website?

See you next time!

Things I Would’ve Bought: January 2019

Hey, everyone! I can’t believe we are already at the beginning of February 2019! How is your new year’s resolution going on so far? I hope everything’s still on track for you!

For me, as you know that I’m doing a low-buy year this year, so far I think I’m doing pretty good! I didn’t buy anything this month except an acne spot treatment which I’m run out of. It costs 12,000 Indonesian Rupiahs or equal to 0.8 USD! You can’t believe how cheap everything is in Indonesia, can you?

While I’m doing pretty good in holding back my desire to do an impulsive buy, I already have a wish list contains of some products I’d probably pick up on June, when I’m allowed to buy again. By the way, if you haven’t read my low-buy rules, you can check them up here!

Frankly, rather than a wish list, here are some stuffs that I would have bought if I wasn’t doing a low-buy year, if I may say!

Colourpop Velvet Blur Lux Lipsticks

Colourpop does really never sleep! If I’m not mistaken, since their new collaboration with Kathleen Lights, The Zodiac Collection, which was launched on August 2018, they released new products every other week!

This time to be precise, after their last launch on December 26th, 2018, which was their collaboration with a Youtuber iluvsarahii or Karen (which I already picked up on the day it was launched), they launched yet another new products, the Velvet Blur Lux Lipsticks, on January 10th, 2019, just two weeks after Karen’s collaboration.

This product retails for 7 USD each and they claimed it to be a lipstick that creates a soft focus, blurring effect with the same high impact as usual matte lipsticks. It has silky, velvet soft texture that smooths over fine lines and imperfections, but not drying out our lips. The color can be built up, and also blur out the edges for a soft romantic look. And finally, it is loaded with extracts Pomegranate, Goji Fruit, and Grape Seed extracts to protect and nourish lips.

They released 16 shades that are all pretty, and most of them are everyday wearable shades, which I really appreciate! From those 16 shades, I like 8 of them, which are ‘Hey Mr. DJ’, ‘Mesmerize’, ‘Solo’, ‘Y2K’, ‘CA Love’, ‘Alchemist’, ’21 Questions’, and ‘Lucky Strike’. But obviously, I can’t buy all those shades I like since I’m always on a budget even though I wasn’t doing a low-buy year. So if I bought these this month, I’d probably would have bought 3 shades only, which are ‘Hey Mr. DJ’, ‘Mesmerize’, and ‘Solo’.

So, if I wasn’t doing a low-buy year, I would’ve spent: 3 x 7 USD = 21 USD.

Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette

Just the next week after the launch of the Velvet Blur Lipsticks, Colourpop launched a new palette, which was ‘It’s My Pleasure’ palette, and this one is a monochromatic palette, just like ‘Ooh La La!’ and ‘Brown Sugar’ palette.

Actually, I don’t need anymore eye shadow palette since I have enough palettes with different color story I haven’t hit pan on. But guess what? Purple is my favorite color so…it’s hard to resist this palette! Although I have different shades of purple here and there on my palette collection, I always like the idea of having one curated monochromatic palette so that I didn’t have to search everywhere when I wanted to do a certain eye look.

Besides that, I also haven’t bought any Colourpop creme gel liners before and I heard so much good things about them. When I was looking for purple creme gel liners to match with this palette (if I was buying it), Colourpop also released a new bundle which contains this palette and two purple creme gel liners! How could they read my mind like that! And if we bought them in a bundle, it costs only 20 USD instead of 22 USD when we bought them separately.

Don’t you think they look so good together?

With this bundle, I would’ve spent: 20 USD

Oh and by the way, they also revamped the packaging of ‘Sol’ and ‘Mar’ palette becoming more similar to ‘It’s My Pleasure’, ‘Ooh La La’, and ‘Brown Sugar’, and also released bundles of those palettes with matching creme gel liners for each color groups. In my opinion, this is such a nice move from Colourpop since I’m an OCD and seeing all those monochromatic palettes have the same design is just so satisfying.

Colourpop Mystery Bag

This year, Colourpop also had a mystery bag flash sale. If I’m not mistaken, they also had one last year. This mystery bag retailed for 25 USD, contained of 55 USD worth of products according to their claim. This was a limited product so once they’re gone, they’re not going to be restocked.

Honestly, I was tempted to buy this since I’m just currently into Colourpop so there are still many products from them I want to try, and I think this was a really good deal. However, it’s gone really really fast, like maybe just 1 or 2 days. And according to many unboxing videos I watched from Youtube, there were many good products included in the bag, even some new products such as velvet blur lipstick and BFF mascara! And the BFF mascara haven’t even released on the day this mystery bag was released! So yeah, TBH, I regretted not pick this one up, so hopefully, next year if I am not doing a low buy year, I could pick this one up if they ever released this kind of mystery bag again.

So included this bag, I would’ve spent: 25 USD.

Colourpop BFF Mascara

A week after the launch of ‘It’s My Pleasure’ palette, Colourpop launched their first ever mascara. But not just like any other mascara, they released it with 7 different colors, which are teal, purple, red, yellow, black, pink, and blue. Each of them only retails for 8 USD. They really know how to make people buy not only 1 but even 2, 3, and 4!

Among those 7 colors, I’m really interested in the purple one since purple is my favorite color (as I’ve mentioned above) and it looks so pastel, and in general I really like pastel colors. Other than purple, I also like the red one because it looks wearable on the eyes since the color is quite dark, so it won’t be very obvious if I wear a colorful mascara.

I think it’s really fun to have unusual shades in typical makeup items and I can say this is so Colourpop. I’m glad that they are always out of the box. It makes buying makeup items feel so fun! (But not fun for my wallet!)

With these mascaras, since I’d most probably pick up black, purple, and red, I would’ve spent: 3 x 8 USD = 24 USD.

So, that’s all I would’ve spent this month if I wasn’t doing a low-buy year. In total, it would’ve cost 90 USD, in the month of January only! Scary, right! >.<

I’ll make this post a series on this blog, so I will update again on February, March, April, and May about things I would’ve bought that month (if any). And on June, I will update about things I finally buy, and we would be able to see how much I save by doing this low-buy year project. And in case you haven’t read, you can check my low-buy year rules on this post!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and see you again on my next post!