The Holy Grail of lip wear

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor
Photos by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor


The search for amazing lipstick is one of great seriousness in my life, and I think I may have found the Holy Grail. Recently I bought three “lippie stix” from Colourpop Cosmetics and I must say that I am very impressed.

The colors I ordered are called Charm, Raw and Pitch. Charm is a light green shade, Raw is a bright turquoise, and Pitch is a deep brown. All of the colors I bought were very vivid and only took a couple layers for a solid color.

Typically brighter, more vivid colors are harder to achieve an opaque look with, but with these lipsticks the style is easy to achieve.

On top of the fact that the lipstick is phenomenal quality, Colourpop is also a cruelty free, vegan and vegetarian company. This means that their products are not tested on animals and they are friendly to those who live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.

Colourpop products are also very wallet-friendly. Each lipstick is only five dollars.

I am very impressed with the ethics of the company and the quality of their products. For anyone who is looking for a budget-friendly, cruelty free, good quality product, Colourpop is the way to go. More of their products can be found on

Ipsy makeup review

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor
Photos by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor


During November, I had the amazing privilege of having ordered a service called Ipsy.

Ipsy is an company where avid makeup consumers, such as myself, can receive custom chosen makeup samples in a small makeup bag once a month for only ten dollars.

In the bag, I received an eyeliner from Be a Bombshell Cosmetics, and an eyelid primer from Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics, a Robanda Mood lipstick, a mascara from Smashbox and an eyeshadow blending brush from Crown Brushes.

Of the cosmetics I received, I was not displeased with any. My favorites, however, were the Smashbox Mascara and the Crown brush.

The Crown brush is very soft and perfect for blending. Not once have I created an eyeshadow look with the brush that I was displeased with. I am very satisfied with the quality of the brush and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for good blending brushes. I am also looking forward to purchasing from this company in the future.

The mascara I received was high quality. It is called “full exposure” by Smashbox, which is one of my favorite makeup companies. The formula is very smooth and the brush does not clump the lashes. Mascara usually varies from person to person based on the desired look, but I would definitely say that this one is a winner for anyone. It elongates the lashes and is very dark. It also does not flake or run onto the under eye.

I would say that all together Ipsy is a winner, and so are all of the cosmetics that came in my November bag. I would definitely recommend Ipsy or any of the products to anyone I knew that was interested in makeup.