Hey everyone! I’m back this week with another beauty review (sorry they aren’t spaced out better, I’ll try to work on that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). Today, I’ll be discussing yet another budget brand. This one is relatively new to the game: C.Y.O. Cosmetics! C.Y.O, which stands for “Create Your Own,” launched earlier this year, in August. You can find it at Boots overseas and at Walgreens/Duane Reade in the United States. Everything in this line is under $15, but is the quality up to par? That’s what I decided to find out with this C.Y.O. cosmetics review.

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I bought four different products from C.Y.O. to test and rate for you all. I picked a combination of standard products and products unique to C.Y.O., so I purchased a kohl eyeliner pencil, a matte primer, an overnight lip primer, and an ombre lipstick.

Kohl Gel Eyeliner in Black

I ran out of my liquid liner right as I was due to test these products out in time for today, which was quite fateful! This was my first time using pencil eyeliner in YEARS, so I was eager to experiment.

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Wow, I discovered I am SO RUSTY at pencil application! I definitely struggled to apply this, but I think it’s because I’m so used to using liquid liner. If you’re a regular pencil user, then I think that this will be just fine. I was able to do a pretty solid cat eye even though it had been ages.


While I’m used to the matte look of my liquid liner, this pencil liner has a softer look because of the texture. It was difficult to get it to be as black as I wanted, but that may be because I’m not used to the amount of pressure that pencil liners require to achieve the desired pigmentation. Could totally just be a me thing, but just to be safe, I’m knocking down a few points for pigmentation.


This stayed on all day with no signs of wear and tear. 5/5

Matte and Blur Primer Matte-Attack

Matte primer is something that I’ve never previously owned or used before. This one is inexpensive, so I decided to give it a go. I also don’t have anything to compare this to, as this is my first primer, so keep that in mind!

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This primer was very easy to apply and seeped directly into my skin. This was pretty straightforward.


I have foundation that I use each morning that tends to appear cakey (I really need to get rid of it lol) especially in between my eyebrows. I happened to have a blemish in that area when I was testing these products, so I dabbed some of this primer on and then applied my foundation. And guess what?? My foundation looked LESS CAKEY! It was still a little cakey, but not as much as it would have been without this primer. So, yeah, I think this definitely works and I’m gonna be using it in my regular makeup routine from now on.

Overnight Lip Primer

‘Tis the season for chapped/dry lips, unfortunately. I picked up this overnight lip primer, curious as to whether or not it would alleviate my cracked lips.

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The tube makes application of this product super simple. It’s basically like a lip gloss; simply squeeze the tube and run it across your lips for foolproof application.


Uhh… yeah guys, I don’t think this actually works that well. It could be because I got a ton of sleep and it wore off by the time I got out of bed? If you don’t get a ton of sleep, then this might work. I’d love for someone else to try it out! I’m going to continue testing it in the meantime.

Ombre Lipstick Two Tone Twist in Couplet

We all know that the ombre lip trend hit Instagram/editorials HARD, but few brands have tried to capitalize on it. C.Y.O. clearly did some research on what’s ~cool~ and came out with this half and half lipstick to make our feeds #goals.

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(after eating)

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The application was tricky on this. You have to turn the tube to the darker color to line your lips and then rotate it to fill them in with the lighter color. The fact that the tips aren’t pointed like regular lipstick definitely poses a challenge to creating smooth and sharp lines. Luckily, the glossy formula helps keep things cleaner.


Pigmentation did not disappoint here! The colors showed up very brightly. It was a little hard to see the orange inner color, but it’s there and it definitely adds more depth to your overall look. I would love to try the purple/pink version of this cause I feel like it would be easier to see the ombre effect.


I applied the colors and promptly made and ate shakshuka, and this actually had great staying power. There’s a little bit of wear and tear in the corners of my lips, but overall, most of it stayed on after I ate a full meal!

Overall, these products from C.Y.O. worked great and are incredibly affordable. I think the matte primer and liner are definitely steals! I definitely want to try more of this line; they have eyeshadows, lip glosses, and highlighters, too!

And…judging by the title of this post, you’re probably wondering about the GIVEAWAY!

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I picked up another set of each of these products to send to one lucky U.S. based winner. To enter to win, sign up to receive my weekly newsletter below! The winner will be drawn from my list of subscribers in two weeks. Good luck!

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Hey, everyone! So great to meet you back here for the Friday Favorites again. This lineup has a couple of ~unexpected~ items thrown in. Not everything here is gonna be cutesy, FYI, sometimes, a girl’s gotta have her practical things. Also, thanks so much to those who provided feedback on this series through my Instagram polls! If you wanna get more involved in what goes on in my lil corner of the Internet, head over to my Instagram where I’ll be posting to my Stories daily. You’ll get even more of a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in my life beyond html.

1. Матрёшка [matryoshka] Bowl Set

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Image via modcloth.com

Yes, I’ll admit, I’m a biiiit of a Russophile, even with what’s going on with Russia-US relations right now (obviously, I don’t condone Russia hacking the ’16 election, but I do feel connected to Russian history and language). Anyway, I digress. These nesting doll bowls are so adorable! Despite the fact that they’re advertised as snack bowls, I’d probably use them as jewelry dishes.

2. Uniqlo Heattech Turtleneck

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Image via uniqlo.com

I absolutely love Uniqlo’s HEATTECH line. You guys also already know how much I love turtlenecks, so naturally, these are a fave of mine. HEATTECH products are super thin but designed to keep you extra warm- perfect for those who aren’t about that bulky layering life! I definitely recommend this entire line to anyone who lives in a cold area.

3. Memory Foam Seat Cushion

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Ok, I know how silly this thing looks, but after working for the past month, I realized I feel quite a bit of pain in my tailbone from sitting all day. The solution? A seat cushion like this one. Sitting all day is unhealthy and uncomfortable, so why not treat your hiney right? I’m planning to use this cushion each day at work and for long flights!

4. NYX Green Tea Blotting Papers

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I know, I didn’t put these in my NYX review, but they still made it to the blog! Even though it’s not summer and our faces are no longer melting off, skin STILL gets oily! I have combo skin, so in the winter some of my face gets super dry, while my t-zone still remains as oily as ever. These green tea-infused papers calm your face and provide relief! They’re also cheaper than the ones at Sephora. Definitely a must-have.

5. Recipes Every College Student Should Know

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Wow, where was this when I was in college? Sure, you could spend hours scouring Buzzfeed/Pinterest for easy recipes, but for $9.99, this cute lil book will give you all the inspo you need. Win!

After listening to your feedback, the Friday Favorites will be transforming into a monthly favorites series once December hits. Next Friday, I’ll be covering Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, but after that, you won’t see another one of these lists till after Christmas! As always, all feedback is welcomed and encouraged. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.