Swatch Party! | Shop Miss A - AOA Studio - Crystal Powder & Diamond Powder

Hello Friends!

Yes, yes, it’s not Friday…again… but that doesn’t mean I’m not stoked to swatch these AOA Studio Crystal and Diamond Powders for you!

After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week (mostly…) I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Shop Miss A

AOA Studio Crystal Powder & Diamond Powder

Each color can be purchased individually for $1USD or as a pack of 12 for $10USD.

Shop Miss A Describes Each:

The AOA Diamond powder is a high intensity sparkly glitter that creates a high-level sparkle effect on face, skin and hair. These loose glitter pigments can be used in so many different ways! The Diamond powder is a chunkier glitter size than the AOA Crystal Powders.

The AOA Crystal Powder is a high intensity sparkly glitter that creates a high-level sparkle effect on face, skin and hair. These loose glitter pigments can be used in so many different ways! Crystal Powder is finer in size than the AOA Diamond Powders.

However, as you may be able to see in the swatches, I don’t necessarily agree with their definition of difference. In fact, I found most of the powders (minus a few clear pigment-like shades) to be essentially the same glitter size in both the Crystal and Diamond ranges. This doesn’t personally bother me but for disgression sake I find it a touch misleading. If you want a glitter you should be able to see that the product is a glitter. If you want a pigment then you should clearly be able to see that it is a pigment.

As far as package size is concerned - you tell me when was the last time you finished a full container of cosmetic glitter? And no - not to create body painting or another extravagant look, I’m talking your run of the mill glam.

If your answer is yes, and often, I bow to you because you are a more dedicated makeup addict than I. If you answered no, congrats, you’re like the rest of us makeup hoarders! Welcome to the club, we’ve made hats.

Overall, for the price, the quality, the range, and the selection, I say go for it. I’m a Shop Miss A junkie so I know I’ll be trolling the likes of my favorite dollar site sometime soon. You really can’t go wrong with most of the AOA Studio range (minus a few duds as seen here).

Have you shopped at Shop Miss A? Is there a hidden treasure I need to find? How do you feel about dollar makeup? I’d love to hear from you!

IMG_9661.jpg
IMG_9663.JPG
IMG_9677+copy.jpg
IMG_9681+copy.jpg

The colors I found to be more pigment-like rather than glitters were White Opal, Rosaline, Amber, and Citrine.

All swatches were done using the Model’s Own Glitter Glue as a base stamped on with a finger.

Swatch Party...Saturday?! | Gourmande Girls If Stef Wears It Highlighter Palette

Hey, it’s (the day after) payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Gourmande Girls

Ok Ok Ok I’m late…and a little wishy washy…but I’m finally pulling myself out of the pumpkin pie haze to get back to the good stuff. And apparently my motto for 2019 is “better late than never” because…here we are.

Gourmande Girls is owned by boss babe besties Christina and Stef whom I luckily stumbled upon through Instagram. Their passion for European inspired cosmetics and their larger than life take on style is front and center. Their products range from imported fragrance to bold hits of color.

The If Stef Wears It Palette ($30 USD), to me, is as if an Hourglass Ambient Light Palette and an Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow kit had a baby. They give a creamy glow to the skin while also giving a hint of other-worldly alien-babe color.

DISCLAIMER

I am 1) 100% biased in my opinion on this brand - not because I am paid to be (which I am not) but because I resonate with the brand philosophy and their attitude towards cosmetics, women’s empowerment, and our animal friends.

I am 2) fully aware some of the bottom row of highlighters are too dark for my skin tone. I tried to build up my bronzer a bit for the final shade (since I would realistically use it as more of a bronzer or blush topper) but I would LOVE to see a medium skin tone rock the green shade. Any girl with olive tan undertones who wants to check this palette out PLEASE send me a selfie because that shade with a light hand is going to look SICKENING on you and I need to see you SLAY.

IMG_9604.jpg
IMG_9601.jpg
IMG_9605.jpg
IMG_9613.jpg


Swatch Party Friday!: $1 AOA Studio Wonder Matte Liquid Lipstick

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

AOA Studio Wonder Matte Liquid Lipstick


These dollar lipsticks come in 24 shades and have a powder matte finish. All listed lippies had fairly even application minus the blue shade - which would do better with it’s accompanying lip liner (also $1!).

There is a faintly chemical smell to them (which is not my favorite) but generally speaking they’re a pretty good bang for the buck - especially for shades less frequently worn.

IMG_9335.JPG
IMG_9337.JPG
The things we do for lip swatches!

The things we do for lip swatches!

Swatch Party Friday! : $1.25 Glitter - Super Glitters

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Super Glitters Loose Glitter

This is not the first time we’ve dabbled into some Super Glitters fun. However, today, we’re looking into another round of glittery goodness.

The average price is about $1.25 for around 2 teaspoons of product (which, honestly, who really goes through that much glitter...) with an ever growing shade range. 

At the time of purchase "Bitty Jars" were available but as of publication, there does not appear to be Bitty Jars available (please correct me if I'm wrong). Additionally, there does seem to be minimal differences in glitter size which is why the numeric association is also listed. These glitters were applied with a base of NYX Cosmetics Glitter Glue. 

IMG_9154.JPG
IMG_9132.JPG
IMG_9150.JPG
IMG_9142.JPG

Happy Shopping! 


More Swatch Parties! 

Swatch Party Friday! | Kleancolor Along the Lines Liquid Eyeliner

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Kleancolor

Now…I’ll be honest and say I might have gone a little overboard with the $1 USD Along the Lines eyeliners…But with so many colors to choose from, can you blame me?

These eyeliners have an interesting latex-like finish where (if you wanted to) you could peel off the color once it’s dried to remove. That doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is the sour apple candy smell to the product that gets stuck in your nose. It’s not hindering me from using them, because I quite like them for the price, but it is something to be aware of.

Additionally, the liners do not have the names written on the bottle which I find irritating from both a blogging and consumer standpoint (being it might be difficult to figure out exactly what shade to re-purchase).

However, overall I have very few complaints about this $1 liner. It feeds a special place in my crazy makeup “collect it all” spirit that I just can’t seem to deny.

IMG_8911.JPG
IMG_8905.JPG
IMG_8906.JPG
IMG_8918.JPG


Swatch Party Friday! | Black Opal Eyeshadows

Hey, it’s payday, and you’re looking to treat yourself after a long week of not flipping every document on your work desk and throwing the computer out of the window. Of course, that treat is going to be makeup (what else would it be), but what do you choose?

Swatch Party Fridays are here to save the day! After watching ThatGirlShaeXO perform dozens (if not hundreds) of live swatches on her face it inspired me to do the same all in the name of helping you find that next holy grail item.

Every week I’ll swatch a product on my arm and respective application site (minus glitters because, at the end of the day, I love myself too much to do that to my face). I hope this growing swatch catalog of my own personal collection will help you decide if it’s meant to have a home in your check out basket.

After all, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with makeup? I’ll wait…

Black Opal

Black Opal is a black owned beauty brand who specialize in cosmetics geared towards people of color. Now, as you can see, I am decidedly NOT a woman of color…however, I’ve found cosmetic brands that have melanin on the mind kick up the pigment to such jaw dropping levels in order to show up on deeper skin. Let’s face it, we love ourselves some bold pigment here at BackPorchPoet. Good makeup is good makeup, regardless of the target audience.

I received these shades at a makeup convention earlier in the year so they are not available individually, however, if you search for the names of these shades you will be able to find the respective palettes they belong to!

Eyeshadow Palettes range from $4-$9USD on the Black Opal Website.

IMG_8854.JPG
IMG_8851.JPG
IMG_8862.JPG