Glamour Doll Eyes Review

glamour doll eyes

Hey lovelies,

I have an indie brand to review today! Someone from Glamour Doll Eyes was kind enough to contact me and ask if I would be interested in reviewing and using some of their eyeshadows. I agreed after reading Phyrra rave about these and discovering that they are indeed cruelty free and have vegan options. We all know I’m an indie brand fan girl, especially with my eyeshadows.

I was sent 6 loose shadows of my choice to try. Their loose shadows are $6 each for full sized, and they have sample size options starting at a little over $1, which is something I love about quite a few indie brands. I have never used a whole eyeshadow…ever. It’s rare that I even hit pan on any. So, having an option to try a sample out is amazing, because then if I truly love it I can commit to a full size without feeling guilty.

First off, the packaging is pretty adorable. I love the little photo and logo on the lid. These also arrived without a sifter, which is a plus for me. I actually hate sifters in anything. I don’t know why, I find them to be super annoying. Maybe that’s just me.

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When I opened these up it was very reminiscent of my other loose indie brand shadows. Finely milled and super pretty. I tried to pick out some neutral matte and shimmer shades and a couple of fun shades to get a feel for all their formulas.

This is an online brand, which means you can only find them on the Glamour Dolls website.

My review: I found these eyeshadows to be easy to work with and blend out overall. They lasted all day on my eyes with primer, and are very pigmented. Loose shadows tend to be more pigmented, in my opinion, simply because it’s easier to get product on a brush. Now, as always with loose shadows, I recommend tapping your brush or putting your eye makeup on first before your face makeup. This will prevent fallout ruining your face makeup if you’re new to loose shadows. I’ve always enjoyed loose shadows though and own quite a few!

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Swatches from bottom to top:

Catrina: Not vegan. This is a gorgeous light purple with a blue/gold duo chrome effect. This shade is pretty light by itself and needs a glitter primer or white base to show up more true to shade.

Chivalrous: Vegan. Red with gold shimmer. This one was a little harder to swatch with a brush. Still a gorgeous shade if you love reds and gold.

Charming Society: Vegan. Sheer/White (on my skin tone) shade with green, blue, and gold shifts. This looks so stunning as an inner corner highlight! Probably my most used shade so far from what I have tried. Highly recommend.

Martini Olive: Vegan. Deep matte green. This shade is so lush and a must have if you love green and olive shades. This is my second most used shade because I have a thing for deep olives and forest green.

Unveil: Vegan. Deep almost maroon red with a slight purple shift. This shade is right up my alley for the crease and outer corner. Creates a gorgeous maroon smokey effect!

Undead: Vegan. This is described as a black shade, but in my opinion this is more maroon with hint of purple. This is still so lovely though! If you’re into intense shades this would be a great alternative to black in a smokey eye.

Overall, I love the shades I picked out and will definitely be purchasing some more myself in the future. I kind of want to check out some pressed shades. Many of the loose shadow shades are also in pressed form, which is pretty neat.

If you’re interested in purchasing any shades I mentioned here or in anything (except pressed products) I do have a coupon code. It’s not an affiliate code, just one specifically for my followers! Use the code lunafaye at checkout to save 15% on your entire order!

If you’re purchased from this brand before, what are your thoughts? Will you be making an order for any of these shades?

Tell me about your favorite indie brands in the comments! I’m always up to try new indie brands.

As always, thank for stopping by. I hope you all enjoyed this review!

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Kat Von D Shade & Light Quads Review

kat von d quad

Hey beauties,

Ready for another palette review? I actually have two to review today! I picked up two of the new Kat Von D Shade & Light quads a couple of months ago, close to when they were first released.

Obviously, these little quads are spin offs of the original all matte Shade & Light palette, which we all know I’m obsessed with. I’ve had it for over a year now and still use it several times a week.

So, because I’m a Kat Von D beauty fan girl and because I love the original Shade & Light palette so much, I needed to try the quads.

First thing’s first, these quads can be found at Sephora or on katvondbeauty.com. They retail at $26 each for four shades and are cruelty free. I believe the only quad that is vegan friendly is the plum one.

Okay, so the packaging is actually really cute and compact. These little quads fit perfectly in my acrylic drawers. My only beef with the packaging is that the mirror doesn’t fold all the way back. It only goes up halfway, and it kind of bothers me. That’s probably just because I’m weird though.

kat von d sage quad

First up is the sage quad. This is advertised for those with brown eyes, but I love green so I’m gonna slap these shades on my green eyes, anyway.

I love the shade choices in this one. The transition shade is perfect and that’s the biggest pan, which makes more sense to me than having the base shade on the far right being the biggest shade. I know some will disagree with me on that, but when you have several palettes with huge cream shaded pans…how the heck am I supposed to use all of them? I personally use transition shades more than anything else.

There’s also a cool toned defining shade, and of course that gorgeous forest green shade. I will admit that the sage shade looks lighter in the pan than it swatches. However, if you’re into greens I think you’ll love this quad.

Swatches:

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Swatches are done over no primer.

I noticed when swatching the sage quad that these mattes feel different than the other ones Kat Von D has released. I don’t know if it’s a formula inconsistency or if she wanted to appeal to those that said the original Shade & Light shades were too hard to blend. I humbly disagree with that though because I hate super buttery mattes. When matte shades are too easy to blend, it becomes difficult to create a layered an defined look because you’re having to add more of a shade to try and make up for easily blending your work away. That’s what I loved about the Shade and Light palette to begin with.

 

 

This is the look I created with the sage quad. These worked really well on my eyes though I had to add the sage shade several times to my crease to create a defined look. Overall, I’m happy with it.

kat von d plum quad

Next up is the plum quad. We all know that purples and plums are my favorite shades to work with. They are very flattering on green eyes, and coincidentally this quad is advertised for those with green eyes. This is also the only vegan quad out of the four quads released.

I’m definitely loving the shade choices in this. I was worried that pink toned transition shade would pull too pink on my fair skin, but it’s actually a lovely deeper mauve toned pink.

Swatches:

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This quad swatched better overall than the sage quad, in my opinion.

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This is the look I created with the plum quad. It was pretty easy for me to layer the shades and create a defined and layered smokey eye with it.

Overall, I enjoy these little quads. I only got the plum and sage ones because I do feel the other two resemble the original shade and light palette a lot.

If I had to only keep one, I would keep the plum quad. I think it’s very flattering on my skin tone and eye color, and it was easier to work with than the sage one, though I do enjoy the sage quad as well.

I think they both cover what you would need for an easy look. They both have transition shades, base shades, and defining shades to take a look from daytime to nighttime. Both of the defining shades can also create a lovely cut crease look.

If you have these quads, what are your thoughts on them? Do you think they’re worth the price?

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One Shadow, Five Ways

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Hey lovelies.

Today, I wanted to do something a little different and show how to wear one incredible eyeshadow five different ways.

I know I’ve mentioned My Pretty Zombie Cosmetics a few times on my blog and on my youtube channel over the past couple of years. Her brand is one of the very first indie brands I ever ordered from, and it was love. This brand helped pave the way for what is now an obsession with indie brand makeup.

If you’re never been to her site, she sells a lot of badass loose pigments, blushes, and other face products. Sometimes she will release sets that include lipstick and nail polishes, and I mentioned one that was done for a charity not too long ago that you can read about here.

I was originally turned on to this brand by Victoria of Biohazardous Beauty. As soon as she said in one video a few months back the shade Brisket was one of her all time favorites, I knew I needed it.

The shade Brisket is the one I’m featuring today. It’s probably one of the most unique shades in my collection thus far. Which is saying something because we all know I have a plethora of palettes and single shadows.

I have used it on my Instagram page:

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I used Brisket on lids for this look, and it really pulled the eye look together, in my opinion. This is a shade that pulls burgundy/gold/red/orange depending on the light. It’s beyond duochrome. It’s magic.

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This is Brisket applied with a flat brush five different ways.

From bottom to top: over the hard candy eye primer, over nyx’s jumbo pencil in yogurt, nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in french fries, nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in rust, nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in black bean

I think this is why I love duochrome eyeshadows to begin with. It’s so easy to change the primer or base and create a different effect. It’s like having several different eyeshadows!

I really wanted to share Brisket today because it was one of those eyeshadows that I wanted for so long and it was definitely worth the wait. I am so happy with it!

If you’re also interested in getting Brisket or anything else from My Pretty Zombie, just enter myprettyluna at checkout to save some money. The site is myprettyzombie.com

What do you all think of smaller posts like this focused on one single product? What do you think about this eyeshadow? Comment down below! I love hearing from you all.

As always, thank you for reading, and I hope you’re all having wonderful days!

*disclaimer: this product was sent to me, but all opinions are honest and my own

 

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BH Cosmetics and Shaaanxo Palette

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Today I have a palette review! I feel like I haven’t done one of these in awhile, but I still have a ton of palettes to review for you all. I wanted to start with the Shaaanxo and BH Cosmetics palette because it’s very new, and youtuber collar palettes are some of my favorite to review in general.

Why? I like seeing the thought process that goes into the palettes themselves, honestly. A lot of times youtubers will create a color scheme that closely matches their own style while trying to make it friendly for everyone to use, and I know that must be tough to do in general. That and I love supporting other bloggers and youtubers, but that’s no secret.

I actually love Shannon from Shaaanxo. Her style is the actual opposite of mine, but I love her lipstick reviews and swatches. That and she’s one of the few youtubers with a couple million followers that is consistently putting up content on a schedule. I look up to her persistence and work ethics as a whole. I feel she genuinely loves what she’s doing, and that’s admirable in itself.

Okay, so moving on to the actual palette, this is from BH Cosmetics. BH Cosmetics is a cruelty free brand that focuses on creating affordable products for makeup enthusiasts and professionals alike. I’m very familiar with their brand and their eyeshadows, and I will have other reviews linked at the end of this post.

Price of this palette: Currently $14.50, but sometimes they will lower in price after a few weeks down to $12.

What’s in this palette: 9 eyeshadows and 9 shades of lipstick

What this palette claims: Allergy tested, paraben free, non irritating, hydrating lip colors, pigmented shadows

What the inside looks like: 

This is a dual sided palette, meaning on one side there’s shadows, and if you flip it over, there’s the lipsticks. The packaging itself is very simple and pretty, it’s very feminine, and that in itself just says Shannon to me. The material of this palette is a tough cardboard, much like the Carli Bybel one. This palette is a bit smaller and thicker, which is actually nice because I personally don’t like having a ton of bulky palettes.

Right off the bat, you can probably see the shadows are very neutral. Remember when I said I was going to try and buy less neutral palettes? Forgive me, I can’t help myself. Now, I will admit that at first I didn’t know how I felt about the lipstick side. I personally don’t enjoy lipstick palettes. I have so many lipsticks that I don’t find myself reaching for that side often.

However, I feel this palette would be amazing for someone that wants to get into lipstick, but doesn’t want to drop a ton of money on separate tubes. One of the cool things about lipstick palettes is you can mix shades on the back of your hand. If you’re weary of lipsticks in general, or you’re wanting to play around with natural and bold shades, I think you might enjoy the lipstick side of this palette more than myself.

With that being said, I do enjoy the variety of shades in this. I feel there’s a shade for about everyone, including those of us with darker makeup souls.

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These are all 9 shades of lipstick swatched. As you can see, these are all a bit on the glossier side. That’s another reason why I don’t foresee myself reaching for this side often. I do not personally like glossier formulas. I am a matte type of gal. I do think these are very pretty shades and relatively pigmented.

I’ve seen a lot of people say the shadows are very similar to the oh so popular Manny Mua and Makeup Geek Palette. I have that one too, and while they have similarities, they are very different. If you are wanting a blue brown shade like Insomnia, the Shaaanxo palette has that duo chrome loveliness. I do find that the Shaaanxo palette might be more suitable for beginners and those looking for an everyday palette. While I love the Manny Mua palette, I don’t think the vast majority of people wear red shadow too often.

Another thing I love about the Shaaanxo palette is that there is an almost black shade included in the palette. I love when bloggers think to include a shade like this because it can take any look from daytime to nighttime in  just a few brush movements.

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These swatches were done over no primer and under daylight bulbs. 

I really didn’t have to work very hard to get these swatches. The shades are very pigmented and felt smooth to the touch! I honestly love the matte shades in this palette. They are very “me” shades for Spring and Summer.

I have used this palette on my eyes several times, and I am highly impressed with the overall quality.

With this look I used quite a few shades from the palette. I used the matte cream shade, both brown matte shades in the crease, the champagne shade on the lid, the blackish gray on the outer corner, and the blue brown on the lower lash line. I really love how this turned out! The shades were easy to work with. I was able to wet my brush and get a more reflective look with the champagne shade as well.

Overall, I do recommend checking the palette out and possibly adding it to your BH Cosmetics cart in the future. I think it’s a cute and fun everyday palette to have in your collection. I think Shannon did a lovely job with this collaboration. Even though I’m not a total fan of the lipstick side, I still think the eyeshadow side is worth it for me.

If you have this palette, what are your thoughts on it? I would love to know! If you don’t have it, will you be adding it to your wishlist?

As always, thanks for stopping by, and if you’re new to my blog I hope you decide to stick around for a bit.

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Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette

too faced peanut butter and jelly

Hey lovelies,

Are you all ready for Spring? I have some odd feelings towards Spring. I like early Spring when it’s still cooler and I can layer, but my allergies do not enjoy Spring. It’s my worst season as an asthmatic. I will say that the Winter in my city was not so great and felt like Spring most days, so maybe the transition will be easier.

Today, I want to share a new eyeshadow palette with you all! Yes, momma did a bit too much shopping. I saw little sneak peaks of this palette floating around on Instagram before it was released, and I had convinced myself I didn’t need it. Well, then Too Faced sent out a 20% off code and offered a deluxe sized Better than Sex mascara (my holy grail) and a lipstick with any purchase, and I caved.

The one blogger that kind of convinced me this would be fun to play around with was Jkissa. I love how she put the purple in the inner corner, and I thought it was a fun twist on a warm toned look!

Now, warm toned shadows were not my thing a year ago. I was a cool gal all the way. I’ve since expanded my horizons and I’ve learned to take any warm palette and grunge it up a bit. There’s something about a warm grungy smokey eye that is so timeless to me.

Anyway, on to the actual palette. This is a limited edition palette from Too Faced that can be found on their website or on Ulta’s website. I don’t know if it’s in Ulta stores yet, or if it will be. This palette looks like the other small tin palettes from Too Faced, which we all know I love and still use quite often.

What I like about many of these tin palettes are that they are adorable, and the ones I have can be used for everyday looks and night time looks. The packaging is travel friendly as well.

This palette retails at $36, which is the same price as all the other 9 shade tin palettes.

Right off the bat, I love the shade variety in this palette. There are purples, oranges, a gold, peach, and even a white shade that can work on the brow bone. There are two matte “transition” shades that can be worn separately or used together. That’s going to make this palette versatile, and it’ll be easy for even beginners to create looks without it being too intimidating. Sometimes we all just need to go back to the basics.

Second, look at that freakin packaging. Hands down the cutest palette Too Faced has released so far, in my opinion.

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Too Faced is known for releasing cute products, which is why I don’t mind spending a bit more money on them. If I’m going to spend decent money on a product, I would prefer for it to be aesthetically pleasing. This also makes it a nice collector’s piece.

This palette is supposed to smell like peanut butter, which actually sets it apart from the other tin palettes. However, I think it smells more like chocolate.

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Of course, every shade is reminiscent of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I will admit I have never been a fan of bananas on my peanut butter sandwiches though. I also like crunchy peanut butter over creamy, and strawberry jelly over grape.

As for swatches, these were done over no primer. The shades swatches very easily and felt super smooth, which is something I experience often with Too Faced shadows in general.

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From the wrist down: Nuts about you, Jelly, Extra Creamy, Jammin, Peanut Brittle, Bananas, Peanut Butter Cup, Peanut Butter, Spread the Love

What I love about this palette: Great pigmentation, smooth shades, several mattes for transition, a pop of color, a matte white to highlight, blends easily

What I don’t love: Spread the love was the only shade that didn’t blow me away. It’s pretty sheer, but it’ll probably look lovely layered over another shade.

I did create a look with this palette last week and paired it with the Natural Matte palette. If you have the Natural Matte palette, the Peanut Butter and Jelly one will pair perfectly with it!

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Here I used a lot of the shades and used Bananas over top of Peanut Butter cup on the lid. The result was beautiful! I feel Jelly works really well in the inner corner if you love an interesting pop of color in your looks.

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My overall thoughts on this palette are that this is worth the purchase if you’re someone that collects these or wants a new warm toned palette for Spring and Summer. I feel this palette has the right mixture of shades to create soft and bold looks, and I love that Too Faced finally put a matte white in a palette.

I think this is a palette that will work on many different skin tones. I know a lot of fellow pale humans fear warm shades, I know I did, but they’re growing on me. Over the past 6 months I’ve learned to love them and I like the warmth some shades give my look on days that I feel super tired and mom-bie like.

What are your thoughts on this palette? Will you be picking it up? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

As always, thank you for stopping by. I hope you all found this helpful or entertaining in some way!

Related Too Faced Reviews:

Chocolate Bar Palette Review

Too Faced Natural Matte Review

Too Faced Vegas Nay Stardust Palette Review

 

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Quick Review: City Color Shimmer Shadows

city color shimmer shadows

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If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably already seen this picture. I put together a short and sweet little swatch post, but I also wanted to touch on a few other things here on the blog because I personally don’t like having 100 line Instagram captions.

To be clear, even though I am an affiliate with City Color, I purchased these shadows myself last weekend during a sale. City Color had a sale every week last month, and one weekend these shimmer shadows were 50% off. These are already very affordable at $6.99 each, so when I saw they were $3.50 I snagged the shades I’ve been wanting to try.

If you follow Dupe That on Instagram, you’ve more than likely seen these compared to the Kat Von D shimmer shadows which are a whopping $21 each. Don’t get me wrong, they’re gorgeous, but single shadows have never been something I’ve felt inclined to spend that much money on.

The City Color ones are $6.99 each at regular price, and there is 3.65 grams of product in each pan. That is a lot of product. You’re definitely getting a lot for your money with this.

I do enjoy the packaging. The lettering rubs off after a bit, but I have found these easy to store in my acrylic organizers on my vanity. Because they’re flatter, they can be stacked by twos in the little containers that found from Ross.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I got these, but the first time I swatched them, my heart nearly stopped. These are so buttery. Like to the point where I feel as if I poke my finger too hard in the pan the product would crumble. I don’t believe it would, but I don’t know what other way to describe how soft the texture is.

These do not crumble though. That is actually a pet peeve of mine with shimmery shadows. I don’t enjoy the little crumbles that some can leave behind, and these don’t do that. In my opinion, the closest comparison makeup wise I can make regarding texture would be to the Makeup Geek shadows.

Very smooth. Super pigmented. Not a pain in the ass to work with.

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Swatches from top to bottom: Cheers to Life, Marsala, New Year New Me, Bubble Bath, Homecoming Queen

I have seen Marsala compared to KVD’s Raw Power, and they are almost spot on dupes. Marsala and Cheers to Life are probably my current favorites because they are amazing Fall shades, but New Year New Me is gorgeous as well, and doubles as an awesome highlight! It’s a very pale white-gold type of shade, making it a highlight that multiple skin tones can use, including fair skin tones like myself.

I like to put a few shades over top of my tattoo because it truly shows how pigmented products are, and these shadows are no exception. These were all swatched in natural light and with no primer underneath. 

There are so many more affordable brands that are stepping up their game and bringing out some high quality products. It’s really exciting to me! I love splurging, but I also love saving a bit of money when I can, which is why I follow so many pages that find dupes. Ha!

I do have a coupon code that will save you 10% on top of every sale City Color has, and you get free shipping at $25. My code is lunafayebeauty 🙂

Though I am now affiliated with this brand, my opinions are still very honest. I’ve been a huge fan of City Color for a long time now, so naturally I was excited to have my own coupon code to share with you all in case you’ve been wanting to try a few things.

If you have these shadows, what are your thoughts on them? What are some of your favorite shades? Comment and tell me all about it!

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Morphe 35N Palette Review & Swatches

morphe 35N palette

Hey lovelies,

It’s time for a Swatch Saturday post! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know what this post is going to be about!

Has there ever been a brand that you’ve been hesitant to try because it was so hyped up on the internet, and most of the people talking about it were affiliated with the brand? Morphe was that brand for me. I was hesitant to buy anything, until I saw Raw Beauty Kristi talking about how wonderful their palettes are. I trust Kristi’s opinion because she truly is very raw and honest, and because she admitted to not being affiliated with them and she had bought their products herself.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with affiliate links and codes, bloggers have to make money. What made me hesitant about Morphe is that they were one of those brands that I felt I never saw anyone mention them unless they were affiliated, and that raises questions for me as a consumer, especially after another brand’s fiasco with this very issue. So, I ordered some single shadows to test the waters before anything, and I fell in love. I mentioned the single shadows I have in my Everyday Fall Z-Palette post, and they truly are very affordable and awesome shadows!

After that, I decided I wanted the 35O palette when it came back into stock, I saw that Morphe was on sale on Hautelook.com. I love a good Hautelook bargain, and this pretty all matte palette was $15 that day. That’s right, I snagged a palette with 35 matte shades for $15. Gah, I love Hautelook. Even with their kinda pricey shipping, this palette was worth it for me, and the waiting game began.

Even when this palette is not on sale, it’s $23 or so on their website at all times, which is awesome.

I had no idea what to expect with this palette, but I know I didn’t expect to fall head over heels in makeup love with it.

If you’re not new to my blog, you’ll know I have a soft spot for matte eyeshadows. However, I can be a bit picky with matte palettes and I have a few personal requirements, which include a good mixture of warm and cool shades, some skin toned shades, and great transition shades.

This palette met my expectations and exceeded them.

Since there are 35 shades, there are obviously going to be quite a few options. What I truly adored about this palette right away was the range of neutral light shades in the first row. There are warm ones, neutral toned ones, and a few pink toned shades.

There are quite a few transition shades that are perfect for darker skin tones and for fair skin tones. This is so essential to me, because I am someone who always uses a matte transition shade in almost every look I do. I love having the option to use a warm transition shade or a cool one.

More perks: There are also very dark shades in this palette, and even some fun shades like some pinks and purples.

Shades like pink and purple can take your look from everyday neutral to a glamorous night time look almost instantly if you put it on the lower lash line.

There’s also a matte gray in this palette, which is something I don’t always see in neutral palettes. I like gray, and I find it flattering on lighter colored eyes.

Are they pigmented? Yes! Pigmented mattes are crucial to me in any palette, and these are very pigmented. When I swatched most of them, the texture reminded me of the Too Faced mattes in their Natural Mattes palette.

However, a few of them were a bit hard to work with while swatching. The second to last shade (dark almost black gray) was very patchy, and I wasn’t a fan of the pink. Well, I can’t say I’ve ever been impressed with a matte pink from any palette. Ever. Am I alone in this?

How do they blend? Like a damn dream. Not even kidding. I am someone that likes to stack neutrals in the crease and add drama on the outside, and with the wrong eyeshadow formula, it can get muddy and messy really quick and with the swipe of a brush. I am able to create looks with so much depth with this palette by layering and stacking colors, and that makes my smokey eye loving self super happy. I can blend until my heart’s content and these have remained pigmented and smooth looking.

Swatches:

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1st Row

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2nd Row

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3rd Row

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4th Row

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5th Row

As you can see, there is a pretty awesome array of matte shades in this palette. I feel like this is the dream Fall palette I needed in my life, and probably the best impulsive Hautelook buy I’ve ever made. The first and last rows of this palette are my life. I can’t stop using them.

The only shades I don’t foresee getting much love are the pink and the second to last dud shade in this palette. But that set aside, this palette is still a bargain! If Hautelook has this on sale on their site again soon, I highly recommend this if you’re someone looking for a neutral matte palette to possibly travel with. It has ever shade you would need for day time and night time looks, and just add some purple if you want to for a more colorful look!

I’m really satisfied with this palette, and it definitely made me a bit more anxious to finally have the 35O palette in my hands. Yes, I bought that one too. Yes, I will have swatches up probably next week!

What are your thoughts on this palette? If you own some Morphe palettes, which are your favorites? Tell me about it in the comments!

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Shop My Stash: Everyday Fall Z-Palette

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Hey lovelies,

Today I’m going to be doing another “shop my stash” type of post! I wanted to share my current “everday” Z-palette. I just have a small one since I am more of a palette kinda gal, but I have been reaching for these shadows often the past month when I need something simple, yet quick to put on my eyes. I have a go-to style when it comes to shadows. I like a bold crease, bright lid, and dark outer corners. I just find it’s flattering to my eye shape, and these shadows are fool proof for creating that.

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From the wrist down:

Makeup Geek “Bitten:” This is one of my all time favorite single shadows right now. It’s so pigmented and smooth, and is a gorgeous burgundy color. I feel there are a lot of burgundy shades that aren’t very pigmented or are a bit too dry, but this one blends wonderfully.

Morphe’s “Creme Brulee:” Not to be mistaken with Makeup Geek’s Creme Brulee, this shade is super dark and cool toned. I love it though. I think that an everyday fall look for me will probably always include either dark browns or red tones, and this one is really lovely, and very affordable!

Morphe’s “Deep Cocoa:” I’ve been wanting this shade for awhile since Jaclyn Hill uses it often, and it’s such a pretty red toned brown! I’m obsessed with red toned browns, but my other favorite one is in the Revealed 2 palette, and deep cocoa is nice to have in my Z Palette on days when I don’t want to dig through a million palettes to create a look.

Morphe’s “Caramalized:” Very pretty warm brown shade. This looks pretty in the crease as a definer or as a transition shade if you use a light hand. There’s not much I can say about this shade other than it’s one that I felt completed this palette.

Morphe’s “Pink Moscato:” Ah, the only shimmery shade. Honestly, I don’t need any other shimmers in this palette with this shade front and center. I am a sucker for pink shimmery shades because you can wear them with cool toned looks or warm toned looks. This shade is super pigmented and very buttery to the touch. One that I highly recommend ordering if you love a glamorous lid for Fall.

Morphe’s “Secretive:” Another shade I wanted from the Jaclyn Hill favorites palette that I never snagged. However, this shade disappoints me a bit. It’s still very lovely, but as you can all probably see, it swatches a bit patchy. Now, it does perform way better on the lid, but if I had to choose between this and Makeup Geek’s Bitten, I would choose Bitten.

Makeup Geek’s “Cocoa Bear:” This is a cult favorite, and rightfully so. It’s the perfect orange toned brown shade. I know that once upon a time I said I didn’t like warm tones, but lately they’ve been growing on me. This past year has been one of enormous growth for me makeup wise, and I feel like I can comfortably wear warm tones…and if they make me look sick…okay. Ha!

Makeup Geek’s “Preppy:” The perfect shade of baby puke! I’m kidding, but not really. This is one of those odd khaki shades that is weirdly appealing. I have a thing for tastefully tacky shades of eyeshadow, and this one is still very lovely in the crease.

Makeup Geek’s “Creme Brulee:” My holy grail transition shade. If I don’t know what to transition a look with, I usually reach for this one. It’s one that I recommend for anyone with fair skin. It’s the perfect undertone that isn’t too orange or cool toned, and it will easily blend away in a look if you need it to. I’m actually surprised I haven’t hit pan on this one yet!

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This is an example of an everyday fall go-to look for me. Shimmery shade, warm crease, and dark outer corner with winged liner and lashes. I know that this is a lot to many people, but I’m a very “all or nothing” kind of person I guess.

Anyway, that’s it for today’s post! I hope you all enjoy these little peaks into my stash! As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend filled with pumpkin spice whatevers or apple cider thingies.

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Carli Bybel & BH Cosmetics Palette: Review + Swatches

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Okay, is it just me, or are Youtubers the new celebrities? Maybe I just follow too many beauty accounts, but it seems like every big Youtuber is coming out with their own palettes with different brands. I’m not complaining, but my wallet is screaming at me. It’s practically begging me to stop at this point.

I know that some people are iffy with youtuber collabs, but I quite like them. I think it’s awesome to see someone’s hard work pay off. I also like beauty blogger collabs because I feel that many truly want to create an awesome product/shade, because many review products regularly and have a decent grasp on what makes an awesome makeup product.

Today, I’m going to be talking about the new BH Cosmetics and Carli Bybel collab palette. This palette nearly broke the internet. Carli has over 2 million followers, and this palette was $12.50 when it released. You read that right. I couldn’t believe it myself at first. I think that’s why I was really excited about this palette. It’s one that everyone can afford, from a brand that’s cruelty free and has high quality products. I love BH Cosmetics, and I love Carli’s channel, so this was a match made in palette heaven. Carli was one of the first youtubers I ever subscribed to. I don’t have the same style as her, but her charisma and cute personality always kept me watching her videos.

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Anyway, I did wake up at 3 am the day this released to buy it. I had no troubles checking out, but a few hours later when everyone else started waking up the website almost crashed and was really slow. I will say that I don’t think BH Cosmetics has ever ran out of a blogger collab palette. They always try to keep a good stock.

Update: These palettes are currently sold out on the BH Cosmetics website, so if you want one, make sure to sign up for an email notification!

This palette comes with 12 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters.

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That’s right, for $12 and some change, you can get 12 shadows and 4 highlighters. To me, that is unbelievable. Also, can we talk about the packaging for a second? I don’t think I own any white palettes. I guess most would think they would get dirty, but this isn’t a matte finish packaging, so it will be easy to wipe anything off. I find this packaging to be very sleek and gorgeously chic. I just want to display it somewhere in my house.

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The shades in this are very Fall-esque to me. It’s very neutral, so it’ll be something everyone can use, and there’s some mauve and plum toned shades in it. I honestly think this is a palette that people of so many skin tones can use. These are very flattering shades on so many people, and in that sense, Carli nailed this. I love youtuber collabs, but sometimes I feel some don’t always choose shades or concepts that will appease many of their followers, which is okay that’s their choice, but it’s a bummer to those of us that do like supporting other bloggers.

Swatches:

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Shadows

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highlighters

First impressions: The shadows are really pigmented, especially the shimmer shadows! I did have a bit of product kick up in the pan with a few of the matte shades, but it wasn’t anything too intense, and it didn’t cause fall out on my face. The shimmer shadows in this palette are to die for though. These are the kinds of light champagnes and pink shimmers that I live for in terms of eyeshadow. They’re just really flattering and easy to use on many skin tones.

I did notice that the shadow can get on the pretty white parts on the pallete, but thanks to the material of the pallete it was easy for me to wipe away. Maybe this is why most eyeshadow palettes aren’t white. I’m a bit rough with them, as are many others.

As for the highlighters, these are so stinkin’ pretty. I almost gasped when I swatched the pink shade, because it’s so perfect for my skin tone. The last two highlighters I will probably not be able to use often since they’re so dark, but I can use them as eyeshadows. The second highlighter is an intense champagne shade, which might be too much for my pale skin, but it could probably be used as a blush topper if it is too dark to use as solely a highlighter.

I have used the pink highlighter, and it’s really gorgeous on the skin. It wasn’t too chalky or powdery, in my opinion, and even my boyfriend noted that my highlight was “on fleek” that day. Ha!

Overall thoughts so far: I am really loving this palette.I’m wanting to play around with it more and film a tutorial using it, so if you have any suggestions, throw them my way! I think that for the price you’re getting a lot from this palette, even if you can’t use every shade like myself. Even with the shades that I probably won’t use, I feel like I am getting well beyond my money’s worth with this palette based on the quality of the shades I will use and love often, and the packaging.

What are your thoughts on this palette if you have it? If you don’t have it, will you be ordering it? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments!

I hope you all enjoyed this week’s swatch saturday post! I always love reviewing and swatching new palettes.

Have a good weekend, lovelies.

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One Palette, Five Looks: Innerstellar Palette

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Hey lovelies,

I was tagged by the lovely Kaily at Someday Sunny quite some time ago to create 5 different looks using one palette. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to do this tag, I didn’t know what palette I wanted to use for a hot minute. I wanted to use something that I love and haven’t used as much lately, but is still available.

After much thought, I went with the Kat Von D Innerstellar palette. Why? Well, for one it’s one of my favorite palettes. The galaxy type colors inspire me in a big way, and I feel this palette is very versatile and has a great mix of mattes and shimmers. It’s also limited edition and with the release of Kat Von D’s summer collection coming up in July, I don’t know how much longer this palette will be available. So, I wanted to show how gorgeous it is in one dedicated post for those that might still be on the fence about it, or don’t use cool toned shadows often. If you’re unfamiliar with this palette, I will link my review with swatches and all of the names at the end of this post along with Kaily’s original post.

This palette is super cool toned. It is the coolest (officially my worst pun) but it is so gorgeous, so without further adieu, let’s move on to the 5 looks I did.

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Look one: a simple daytime look.

Transition shade: Killing Moon Base and eyebrow shade: Lycan

Crease: Astrological

Inner corner shade: Dios

Lower Lash Line: Nude liner in the water line, Killing Moon and Astrological blended out

Lashes: Kiss #11

Lips: Nyx “Enamored” contour is actually “Vast” from the Innerstellar palette and blush is “prenup” by Colourpop.

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Look two: a dramatic vampy look

Transition shade: Vast Lid shades: Moonshine on the entire lid and Night Crawler blended out on the outside

Water line is Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in “Black Velvet” smoked out with Vast and 3am. Inner corner “flick” created with Night Crawler and a small angled brush and filled in with Moonshine. Lashes are Kara #WSP

Lips: Nyx Simply Vamp in “Temptress”

Blush is ‘LoveSong” by Kat Von D and highlight is Colourpop’s “Hippo”

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Look three: Smokey eye with no winged liner

Transition shade: vast Lid shades: Darkstar and Lunacy

Used Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Black Velvet on the lash line and smoked it out with Night Crawler and applied Kiss #11 lashes. Brow bone is Lycan.

Lash line is Vast, Killing Moon, and Darkstar smoked out and blended together.

Contour is Vast from Innerstellar.

Blush is Colourpop’s “Prenup” and Face and inner corner highlight is Colourpop’s “Hippo”

Lips are Lasplash “Ghoulish”

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Look four: galaxy inspired. This is probably my favorite look. I’m happy with how this one turned out.

Transition shade: Killing Moon

Lid Shades: 3am on outside and inside corners.

Middle of the lid: Dios and Moonshine together applied with my finger

Blended out the entire shape using Orion.

Water line liner is Bellapierre’s gel liner in “Ebony” and 3am, Killing Moon, and Orion are blended out on the lower lash line.

Lashes are Kara #43.

Lips are Kat Von D “Lovecraft”

Cheeks are Nyx’s blush in “Taupe” and Kat Von D’s blush in “Lovesong.”

Highlight is Elf’s baked highlight in “Moonlight Pearls”

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Look five: Would it be a post by me if I didn’t add a look with a raccoon-esque feel and odd lip color? Probably not.

For this look I applied Maybelline’s color tattoo in “tough as taupe” on the outer and inner corners on the top lid, and messily ran it on the lower lash line as well. The key word for this look was “messy”

Transition/blending shade: Astrological

Outer/Inner corner shade: Night Crawler

Middle shade: Moonshine

Lower lash line: astrolgical and killing moon blending far down to create that killer raccoon smokey eye.

Brow shade: Lycan

Liner and lashes: Physicians formula eye booster pen, Kiss #11 lashes

Contour: Nyx blush in “taupe”

Blush: Wet n Wild “Pearlescent Pink”

Highlight: Elf “Moonlight Pearls:

Lips: Manic Panic’s “After Midnight” topped with Kat Von D’s “Poe.”

I know this look isn’t for everyone. I wanted to add a bit of my own pizazz in though.

Anyway, those are my five looks for this lovely and fun tag! I’m not going to tag anyone in particular, and here’s why…I think this is something everyone that has an abundance of eyeshadow palettes should do. This tag actually re-sparked my love for this palette, and I haven’t been able to put it down even after doing these looks! I actually want to do this with more palettes in my collection. It’s a fun challenge to create different looks with the same palette. It forced me to use different bases, techniques, and color combinations. I even learned that the shade “Vast” doubles as an amazing contour shade for paler skin tones. Seriously, if you own this palette, try it as a contour.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, because I had so much fun doing this.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you are all having wonderful days.

Kaily’s post:

http://www.kailybaute.com/2015/04/30/1-palette-5-looks-wet-n-wild-california-roll/

Innerstellar review and swatches:

https://lunafayebeauty.com/2015/01/13/review-and-swatches-kat-von-d-innerstellar-palette/

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