Wet n Wild Lunch in Sao Paulo Palette

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Hey lovelies,

So, I was trying to find the California Roll palette from the Silver Lake collection only to discover that most of the Walgreens in my area have started to take the displays down. I was a wee bit crushed. However, Kaily from Someday Sunny must have felt my pain states away and found one and is sending it to me! Seriously, that made my whole day.

The point of me mentioning that is because even though I couldn’t find anymore Silver Lake palettes, I did find a display with a new Limited Edition Wet n Wild palette!

If you’ve read my reviews on the Paris Runway and Milano palettes knows that I think the quality of these palettes are awesome for drugstore eyeshadow palettes. If you’re looking for a cruelty free and affordable palette, I do reccomend them.

With that being said, to avoid repeating myself I’m just going to share photos and swatches and my thoughts on how this compares to the other two.

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Price: $7.99, same as the others

Permanent? Nope, this is one of the limited edition items from Wet n Wild that will be popping up over Spring and into Summer. So, if you see it and want it, snag it.

Colors: This palette has a few very bright and colorful shades and some neutral shades. There are no matte shades in this one, so you may need to use some from other palettes if you’re like me and enjoy matte transition shades, but overall the colors are very pretty and I feel there’s a decent amount of diversity.

Quality: The quality is the same as the other two, in my opinion. Very easy to swatch, and the colors feel very nice. A few of the colors were very slightly powdery, but nothing too bad. I do feel that in terms of drugstore quality, these are awesome shadows.

This palette comes with the brush just like the other two did. It’s not my personal favorite brush, but it works if you’re in a pinch, or if you’re just starting out with makeup.

Swatches:

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These swatches are done with no primer underneath. The color payoff was really nice. The yellow-ish color I had to work a bit with, but I typically do with all lighter shades because my skin is so fair. I’m dying over that greenish-teal color though. I really want to play with that one.

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Overall thoughts: Ah, I’ve been sucked into the “limited edition” trap once more. However, this one I am very happy with, and I’m already planning out a possible “get ready with me” video using it! It’s probably obvious by now that Wet n Wild is one of my favorite drugstore brands.

I don’t know if I like this palette more than the Milano one, but I do like it more than the Paris Runway palette. I don’t like that it lacks mattes, but the pretty colors kind of make up for it I suppose. The closest thing to a matte is the teal shade, but even then it still has a bit of sparkle in it. However, if you did some blending you could probably blend the sparkle away. Only do that with shadows, don’t blend your real life sparkle away 😉

I do have some more limited edition goodies from Wet n Wild to review soon, so stayed tuned! If you’re new here, stay awhile if you want!

What are your thoughts on this palette?? Will you be picking it up?

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*I purchased this product with my own money, and all opinions in this post are my own.

Face of the Day

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Today’s look is a really taupe-y smokey eye. I mostly used my new bff (the Kat Von D shade light eye palette) but I pulled a few shades from my Innerstellar palette as well. I used the cool quad in the shade light (mostly the gray and dark taupe brown shades) really define my crease and then put the shimmery taupe shade from the Innerstellar palette on my lid. I smoked the outside out with the grayish-purple shade from my Innerstellar. Inner corner is Urban Decay’s “polyester bride”

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Brows are Nyx’s tame and frame in “espresso” and set with the Nyx tinted brow mascara in “black.” Excuse how slightly weird they look I’m trying to grow them out a bit and they look kinda odd.

Liner is my usual physician’s formula eye booster pen in “ultra black” and lashes are Kara #43

I put Nyx’s Tres Jolie (my fave liner at the moment) in my water line and smudged the gray and dark taupe shades from the shade and light palette under my eyes.

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To prime my face I used my Too Faced Hangover RX primer. I used a combination of the Nars Luminous Weightless foundation and the Loreal Magic Lumi foundation. I really love this combination lately. I love the coverage of the Nars and the finish of the Magic Lumi and together they’ve been my dream team. I use the shade “Mont Blanc” in Nars and the lightest porcelain shade in the Loreal. For concealer I used my tried and true Nars creamy radiant concealer in “Chantilly” set with my physician’s formula correcting powder.

I contoured with my Lunatick Cosmetic Labs cool contour kit (the middle taupe shade) and blush is Kat Von D’s everlasting blush in “Lovesong”

Highlight is The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer and I set everything with my Pixi Glow Mist spray.

Lips are LaSplash’s smitten lip mousse in “Lovegood”

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Hat is from Express and Necklace is the “ghost milk” necklace from Worship 13. It actually changes colors in the sunlight!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s look! I love cool toned smokey eyes.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Review

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So, if you’ve been on my page before you may have seen me in rage mode over these little shits. I’ve been looking for them everywhere and I finally found them at cvs. I didn’t even check the price when I found them, I just grabbed them and went.

Luckily, because my boyfriend works at CVS he gets a pretty decent discount and there was a promotion going on, so I got these at a pretty awesome price.

For those that have not seen this product yet, these are part of the new shimmer strips line that Phsyicians Formula released in 2015. I have seen several bloggers I follow rave about them so I’ve been hunting them down in my own city.

What draws me in with this product is a. the adorable packaging and b. the gel-cream formula. After trying (and becoming obsessed) with ColourPop I really like the gel-cream eye products. They tend to stay longer and crease less and can be used alone or as a base for other eyeshadows.

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The packaging is so glittery gahhhh. Okay, moving on.

So, this is going to be one of those posts where I feel like everyone was so hyped about this product and I’m the lone one that’s a bit let down. Maybe I mysteriously got a bad batch? I don’t know, but it took me forever to get a good swatch of these while dry. I feel like the texture is a bit too hard. Once I did get a swatch, I realized these aren’t very pigmented. Yes, they are very shiny and shimmery, but they just weren’t what I was expecting.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re still very pretty, I was just expecting more pigmentation. Another thing I noticed about these are that the names of the colors are not on their individual pots. There’s a mocha shade, a rose shade, and a nude shade. However, one you throw the box away you’re forced to guess which one is the nude and which one is the rose shade. Kinda strange…

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These are swatches of the colors. I love the colors, it just takes a bit of work to actually get the colors to show up well on my pale skin. From left to right: rose shade, nude shade, mocha shade.

It says on the package that these can also be used wet, and you can create a “gel” eyeliner out them. I don’t know about the eyeliner promise or if I will put that to the test, but I have not tried these wet yet.
My overall thoughts on these are that they’re okay. They’re pretty, but they didn’t blow my mind or anything. I can see myself using these as bases for shimmery looks, but maybe not so much as a stand alone product. Physicians Formula is pretty pricey in terms of drugstore makeup, so I would maybe wait for a really amazing sale to get these. I wouldn’t personally pay full price, and I’m glad I didn’t when I found them. If you have these as well, what are your thoughts on them? Have any tips on how to use them?

Anyone else tried any of the other new products from Physicians Formula?

2014 Makeup Favorites

Ah, the post where I try to wrap up my entire year in beauty in one place *gulps*
This has been a tough post for me. 2014 seemed like a big year makeup wise for me. So many amazing products came into my life, some of which are here to stay for possibly forever (or until discontinued).

Brace yourselves, a long post is coming.

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First, I want to talk about the Revealed 2 palette by Coastal Scents. I was once someone that swore Urban Decay made the best palettes…then I bought this one. I use this palette about any time I am not reviewing something or creating a tutorial. It’s so versatile and I feel it really suites my green eyes. There’s really not a color in this palette that I don’t love.
The shadows are very smooth and pigmented. Totally a palette that I would recommend to anyone that doesn’t already own it.

Second, the elf prism palette in “Naked” which is probably my second favorite palette at the moment. I’ve talked about this palette so much, but it deserves the attention. I won’t go into too much detail to avoid putting everyone to asleep, but just order this palette. You will thank me.

Concealing is a big part of my makeup routine. I have fairly clear skin, but I have very dark under eyes from being super pale and an asthmatic. I look like a real life Tim Burton character some days. The Nyx HD concealers have been a staple in my makeup routine for pretty much the entire year. I have tried and liked other concealers, but these are just beyond amazing. I mix both porcelain and lavender together to create the perfect shade to conceal and highlight my under eyes. The only downfall is that there doesn’t seem to be a ton of product in the tubes, but at $5 each it’s okay.

The Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade was a product that I purchased twice in the year 2014. Yep, that’s when you know the love for a product is real, especially if you’re someone that is constantly trying new products like myself. I currently have the shade ebony, and even though I still don’t think this shade is dark enough, I make it work. I love it that much. When I need a very carved out and precise brow…this is what I use. Holy grail status.

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I would be no where without my Manic Panic white foundation, or at least my face would be a different color than my neck. I always bring this up when a fellow pale warrior talks about the struggle of finding foundations that are light enough. This product has helped me to bring some of my old favorite foundations back into my life. I just mix a few pumps in and apply to my face. It doesn’t change the foundation. It’s perfect. I’ve been through 2 bottles this year alone.

Going with the face thing, I do have to mention my Elf acne fighting foundation. There are cons to this products such as not being light enough, swatches looking different online than in person etc, but the formula and coverage are amazing. I wear this when my skin is less than satisfactory. It has salicylic acid in it, but not a lot so it’s never made my face feel dry. For $6, I would recommend everyone try this out if they’re looking for a great full coverage foundation.

The Too Faced Cocoa Powder didn’t come into my life until later on the year, but it’s still worthy of being mentioned in this post. I have the shade “light” (duh) and I use it to set my foundation if I’m wearing a BB cream, or I wear it alone on “no makeup” days. It doesn’t get cakey at all, and it looks beautiful on my skin. Powders are a hit and miss with my because my skin is very dry in some places, but this powder doesn’t cling to my dry spots. Worth every penny. And the packaging is so freakin’ adorable. Too Faced always creates the cutest packaging.

The Mary-Loumanizer by The Balm has been a product I have been wanting to try for so long and I finally found it 50% off on hautelook.com one day. This product is incredible, and I will repurchase it at full price if need be. However, I don’t foresee running out of this product anytime soon. This is my go-to highlighter if I’m not reviewing/creating a look and I haven’t even made a dent in the product. Very very little goes a long way. I feel this is the holy grail highlighter for pale folks. It gives a very healthy glow, and paired with a nice peachy blush it makes me look like I had the best orgasm of my entire life.
Too much info? Oh well 😉

At the top of the picture, that’s my real techniques miracle sponge. I own several of these. I’m in love with them. I use it to blend foundation, concealer, and my contouring. I also use it to apply powder. I have no idea what I was doing before this sponge came into my life. If you have dry skin and brushes on your face make your foundation cling to dry spots, buy this sponge. It’s $6 at most places (on sale often at Ulta) and incredible. Just trust me.

My almost everyday contouring product has been the Nyx blush in Taupe. It’s a product that’s talked about often in the beauty community, so I won’t ramble too much, but it’s truly spectacular on pale skin. It’s cool toned and doesn’t make me look orange.

I’m a blush fanatic. The products I buy the most have to be blush and lipstick. However, I reach for Elf’s Studio Blush in “Wanderlust” often, especially in the fall and winter. It’s a deep plumish-mauve color and very cool toned. I wear a lot of cool toned looks, so this has been an almost everyday blush for me lately. It’s very pigmented, so use a very light hand with it if you’re pale. I feel this is a color that can flatter every skin tone though.

Now…on to lip products. This was the hardest part for me because I love lipstick and stuff.

Probably my favorite lip product discovery of 2014 in general has to be liquid lipsticks. I reach for them often and they last fo-freakin-EVA on my lips.

A new brand I have discovered is Pretty Zombie Cosmetics. I purchased “Zombettie” and “Black Cat” awhile back, and I reach for Zombettie so often. It’s a very pin-up vintage red and super matte, but not drying. Pretty Zombie has liquid lipsticks that are $12 each (cheaper than many) and it’s a vegan brand. However, they have been slightly MIA from instagram and it’s raising concerns for some. Apparently, it’s a one woman army running the company and has been overwhelmed with all of the people in love with her product. Not that I can blame them. The packaging, price, and product are all spot on. I don’t feel ethically right purchasing Lime Crime after reading and witnessing some things, so I hope that this brand releases more in 2015. I went to the site a few days ago and it looks like there’s a new burgundy shade to be released in January, and I am flippin’ excited about it.

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Okay, forgot I had a lone non-lip product in this picture haha. If you’ve been keeping up with my blog or youtube channel you have probably heard me mention the physician’s formula eye booster pen in “ultra black” at least a bajillion times. It’s my favorite liquid eyeliner. It makes creating wings super easy, and it’s half the price of the Kat Von D pen ringing in at $9. Life changing product.

Speaking of Kat Von D, I can’t hate on her products at all because her brand is probably my favorite to buy when I have the money to splurge. I bought the liquid lipstick in “Lolita” on a whim a few months back, and damn I’m glad I did. From what I’ve seen this color has been hard to get a hold of at times throughout the fall and into winter. It’s such a beautiful brown nude color though. It’s my go-to nude lately, and probably will continue to be into 2015. I’m obsessed.

Too Faced was a brand I had never tried until not too long ago. Once I tried this brand I have been hooked and I love when I can try out new products. One of my favorite lip products for the year is also by Too Faced, and that is the shade “Fig” from the Melted Lipstick line. It’s such a beautiful and perfect plum toned color. I feel this is a very flattering color on pale skin tones, and would probably look great on everyone. I really need to get my hands on several of the new colors though.

Last, but certainly not least, are the LA Girl Lip Paints in “Tempt” and “Blushing.” I own about 8 of these babies ($4 each) and they are all beautiful, but these were my most used. I don’t like sticky gloss, but these aren’t sticky whatsoever. They’re super pigmented and look great alone or on top of other colors. Tempt is a very dark berry color, and Blushing is a gorgeous darker mauve shade.

If you made it to the end of this post…congrats. This was a long one. I’m excited to see what’s in store for 2015 in every way, not just in terms of beauty.

Lorac Vintage Vixen

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I almost squealed when I got this in the mail today. I’ve never tried anything from Lorac, but I’m always seeing bloggers use the pro palettes on Youtube, so I figured this is a quality brand. I waited patiently for this to go live on the Ulta site and was able to order one, along with some other things that I needed anyway. I still can’t believe this palette was only $12? Such a steal.

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Here are the swatches from the Vintage Vixen palette, and oh my gosh. Matte/Vintage lovers dream right here. The lightest shade would not swatch on my skin at all, but it’s just because I am super pale. These shades glide on so easily though. I can tell why so many bloggers love Lorac so much. Very high quality, and the amount of product in this palette is great as well.

I did not get the other palette simply because I didn’t see myself using it. I didn’t want to order something just because it’s “limited edition” and then not use it. I collect makeup to an extent, but I do use what I buy (or at least try to).

Did anyone else snag one of these beautiful palettes? I can’t wait to play with it more and create some vintage/pin-up looks with it. I already have a cut crease look in mind 🙂