Review: Too Faced Vegas Nay Palette

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Hey beauties,

It’s Saturday! So, that means I have swatches of some sort to show you all, and as promised I have something pretty fun and exciting to share. I don’t believe I have swatched a palette other than the small Wet n Wild ones in a long time on my blog. To be honest, I haven’t really wanted to buy any high end palettes since the Kat Von D one I bought. However, this one caught my fancy and I totally snagged it.

If you have an instagram account and follow any beauty personalities, you’ve probably seen this palette already. If you don’t know who Vegas Nay is, she has an instagram account with over 6 million followers and posts mostly looks from other bloggers. Her name is actually Naomi, and I think she’s lovely. I love how supportive she is of others and their work.

Anyway, this palette can be found on the Too Faced website, or at Ulta. It retails at $45, but of course you can save money with ebates on either the Too Faced site or Ulta.com. I actually got this palette with an extra 20% off + free shipping, free samples, and money back on ebates. I’m all about the frugal(ish) life. I will leave my ebates referall code at the end of the post, but don’t feel pressured to use it. I just think Ebates is an awesome way to get cash back on orders and halfway justify makeup splurges.

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This is everything I got with the palette, and I feel that it’s a lot! The palette itself comes with the star dust shimmer, eye primer, and mini better than sex mascara. When I ordered I was able to snag two other deluxe samples, the primed and poreless primer and lashgasm mascara.

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Ah, can we talk about that loveliness? There’s not a lot I love more makeup wise than a beautifully packaged palette filled with neutral shades. There are 12 shades in all in this palette, and the pans are pretty big. All in all, this palette is pretty big, but because it’s slimmer it’s still easy to store, in my opinion.

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How did these swatch? For me, these swatched very well. The only one that felt a bit too soft and crumbly was “Jack Pot” and it honestly reminded me of the exact same texture as ‘Chocolate Martini” in the Natural Eyes palette.

Are there any repeats? The only ones that look like repeats from what I own are “Jackpot” which looks like Chocolate Martini and “Double Tap” which reminds me of Cherry Cordial from the Chocolate Bar palette. I think Double Tap may be more brown than red toned compared to Cherry Cordial though.

Is this palette worth it? This is my pure 100% honest and unfiltered opinion…yes. I really love this palette, but I truly adore most of the palettes Too Faced has come out with. They’re one of the only brands other than Kat Von D where I will plan out buying new palettes they release. I think this palette is an awesome collection piece if you collect, and I think it’s also an awesome neutral palette to have that has potential for fun and dark/vampy looks.

Too often I see neutral palettes only go for the everyday look range, and don’t put in darker shades to take it to that next glamorous step. But really, are we surprised that a palette that Vegas Nay has signed off on to not include some sultry shades? This palette has everything I look for in a palette: mattes, shimmers, glitters, a few fun colors, and a stellar matte black. For me, this is the kind of palette I can reach for without having to pull from other palettes.Not to mention, you get a stardust shimmer, mini better than sex mascara, and primer with your purchase.

Favorite Shades? I feel like I will get the most use out of Chandelier, Millenial, Girl’s Night, #selfie, Pink Pearl, The Strip, Double Tap, and Sin City. Show Girl and Golden Nugget will probably be the shades that get kinda ignored, but I don’t reach for bronze and gold shades often.

Swatches:

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chandelier, millenial, girl’s night, #selfie, showgirl, jackpot, pink pearl, the strip, follow me

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double tap, golden nugget, sin city

That black is almost as dark as I like my coffee.

What are your thoughts on this palette? Is it on your wish list? As for my wish list…it’s never ending it seems. Everyone is releasing awesome new palettes and lipsticks and I can’t keep up. Ha!

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Face of the Day: Mauve

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Today’s “Face of the Day” features a few oldies and some newbies.

I love my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, but I find that I rarely pull it out for whatever reason. I’m trying to use it more, so I decided to do a mauve themed look.

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For my base I used the new BH Cosmetics HD Studio Pro foundation (review will be coming up soon once I test it out more) and I used the Too Faced HangoveRX primer just to hydrate my face a bit. I actually did powder my face a bit with the Laura Geller balance and brightening powder in “porcelain”

Contour is the darker shade from the “dulce de leche” Wet n Wild contour palette. This contour shade is awesome for pale skin tones, and it’s totally worth the $4 even though I can’t really use the highlighting side.

Blush is “Cameo” by Hikari Cosmetics, which is just a really pretty light pink shade. It’s also matte! I was so impressed by the shade “Tango” that I got from Hikari in my Ipsy bag, that I ended up taking advantage of their coupon code last month and ordered another blush. They’re really buttery and pigmented, and there’s a lot of product in the pan.

Highlight is “Spoon” by Colourpop Cosmetics, and I just did a full review with swatches on the 3 I ordered. Spoon is a lovely champagne shade, which is what I gravitate towards on a daily basis.

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My brows are Nyx Tame and Frame in “espresso” which might be a bit too light now that my hair is freshly dyed black, but oh well.

For my eyes I used “Tease” by Urban Decay as my transition shade, and then packed “Nooner” from the Naked 3 into my crease. I then took “Swan” by Colour pop and put that all over my lid, and then put “Liar” from the Naked 3 on the outer corner of my eye.

Liner is Physicians Formula eye booster in “Ultra black” and lashes are Kiss #11

Lower lash line is “Tease” and “Nooner” blended out with Rimmel Scandal eyes in “Nude” on my water line. Mascara is Covergirl Supersizer (also new to drugstores) “Strange” from the Naked 3 is on my brow bone, and “Swan” is my inner corner highlight.

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My lips are lined with “Lumiere” by Colourpop, with “Lala” by Nyx cosmetics over top. LaLa is like Thalia’s darker sister. A bit more brown toned, but still so so gorgeous. If you haven’t ever tried Nyx round case lipsticks, do it. They’re some of my favorite lipsticks in my collection, and that’s even over many of my higher end lipsticks.

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That’s it for today’s Face of the Day post, I really hope you all enjoyed this mauve themed look!

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Swatch Saturday: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

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I feel like I went the cliche route with my picture today, but I had to. How can you not with this cute little palette?

Okay, so I may be the last blogger to review this palette, but I’m going to anyway. Maybe it’s something that someone viewing my blog has been on the fence about for a couple weeks or a year (me), or maybe you need to revisit this palette and need to be reminded of it’s gorgeous aroma.

Yes, this palette has an aroma. It smells like chocolate and the dreams. If kitten dreams had a smell, they would smell like this palette. Okay, enough about the scent.

This palette can be found at sephora.com or toofaced.com…but I actually snagged this from a blogger that had only swatched this and wanted to sell it. Regular price of this palette is $49. Oh, and you can also get it from hsn.com and they almost always have free shipping and some kind of code to use, so there’s that. So, if you’ve been on the fence about this palette for any reason and want to see a review from someone that was in your shoes, just keep reading!

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When you open up this palette, you will see 16 pans full of neutral goodness. My favorite kind of surprise. There are 14 smaller shades and 2 larger “highlight” shades. I will say that a beef I have with this palette (that Too Faced changed with the Semi Sweet) is that the names are not under the shadows, nor are they on the back. The shade names are on the plastic that comes with the palette and on the box, so if you throw those out good luck with trying to figure out the name of that rad gold shade chilling on your eyeballs.

Obviously, the packaging is adorable and very durable. I love that Too Faced uses mostly tin packaging for their eye palettes because it does make these very travel friendly. This would make for a lovely travel companion that’s pretty compact and and packed with lots of color options.

What caught my eye with this palette over the Semi sweet is the variety of cool, warm, and neutral tones in this palette. There’s a purple that makes me super happy (purple is a lovely shade for those with green eyes) and that dark reddish brown shade (cherry cordial) was just screaming my name.

I will say that there are a lot of darker shades in this palette. It’s the perfect neutral palette for those that love smoky eyes, and I am one of those people. I will wear a dark smoky eye to the grocery store, I’m not afraid. I mean, don’t we all have those days where we sit down and think “I’ll wear a natural look today” and somehow end up with a smoky eye?

Anyway, now to the swatches. I did swatch these over the Hard Candy eye primer because neutrals are a bit hard to swatch on the arm at times.

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Swatches from Left to Right:

Gilded Ganache- dark brown with some gold shimmer.

White Chocolate- warm matte beige “highlight” shade

Milk Chocolate- medium-toned, warm matte brown shade

Black Forest Truffle- deep brown with a bit of burgundy undertones and some bronze sparkle

Triple Fudge- deep matte dark brown

Salted Caramel- warm toned medium orangey brown shade

Marzipan- frosted peach shade that looks a little metallic when applied

Semi-Sweet- medium dark brown

Strawberry Bon Bon- matte cool toned pink

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Candied Violet- cool toned smokey violet shade

Amaretto- frosty dark brown with some red undertones

Hazelnut- darker bronzey golden shade

Creme Brulee- metallic gold

Haute Chocolate- frosty chocolate brown

Cherry Cordial- warm toned reddish brown with a hint of sparkle

Champagne Truffle- shimmery “highlight” shade that’s white with a hint of pink

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How did they apply? For the most part, these shadows apply and blend very well. A couple of the shades like Candied Violet and Black Forest Truffle have a bit of fallout, but it wasn’t too annoying in my opinion. The only fail in my book was strawberry bon bon. On me, it applied so chalky looking and just didn’t look right to me. Maybe it’s my loathe of baby pink eyeshadow talking here? No idea, but that was really the only shade that I felt didn’t apply well. The shades with sparkle also feel a bit dry and powdery when swatched, but they do end up blending out nicely on the lid. I feel the shimmery shades have a bit more fallout and are powdery because most of them are matte based shadows with shimmer added to them, rather than added with them if that makes sense. The metallic and frosty shades apply like butter though.

Yeah, but will my eyeballs smell like chocolate all day? I wish, but sadly the smell leaves after you apply them. Or maybe it doesn’t…I can’t really sniff my eyeballs. I have a lot of talents, but that is not one of them.

Do I need so many browns in one palette? Yes and no. I will say there are a lot of brown shades, but there is a pretty good mixture of warm and cool toned browns and a few that can lean either way. It’s really just a personal preference.

How do I keep from munching on this palette? A lot of willpower and a few eyeshadow brushes. Take it out on your eye lids and give yourself a killer smokey eye just in spite.

Is this palette worthy of being in my collection? In my opinion, yes. I honestly like the color selection and quality better than a lot of other neutral palettes floating around. I love that this one comes with a violet, gold, and a peachy shade so that you can really amp it up or tone a look down while remaining glamorous if wanted. I like that the two lightest shades are also the biggest, because those tend to be used the most. At $49 with 16 shadows that’s a little over $3 a shadow, and that in itself is a great deal!

I have read that there are a few “repeat” shades from past collections that resemble those in this palette, but I can safely say that after looking at my Natural Eyes and Matte Natural Eyes palettes there are no repeats in those, unless you consider “White Chocolate” to be eerily close to “Heaven,” but almost every neutral palette these days has a nude-beige highlight shade of some sort. This palette does lack a true black shade, so if I’m wanting a classic smokey eye I have to pull from another palette, but that’s also fairly typical of Too Faced. It’s not a deal breaker for me considering I have about a lifetime’s worth of black shadows in my collection.

I hope you all found this review to be helpful in some way, or at least entertaining. Maybe you just liked my cliche pictures and now you’re wanting chocolate 😉 ha!

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Lorac Skinny Nude Palette

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Hello, today I have a swatch post with review! I’ve had this palette for awhile now, and I’ve been meaning to review it and just kind of…forgot. I get distracted easily, mostly by lipstick. I feel bad that I forgot because this is a really cute little palette! If you’re interested, just keep reading!

So, this is my second every Lorac product ever. I bought the Vintage Vixen palette on Black Friday, and that palette is my baby. I keep that little gem in my “everyday” acrylic case so that it’s by my side at times that I’m sitting down doing my makeup.

I got an email saying that Hautelook was having a sale on Lorac products again, so I made sure to be at my computer when the sale started because I had my eyes on this palette. I went to go put it in my cart and got the dreaded “on hold” message and my heart stopped. I thought I had missed out on the one thing I wanted, but I was able to add it into my cart about 5 minutes later.

Hautelook really knows how to play with my emotions during makeup sales.

Anyway, this palette is so cute and compact. It comes in a nude shaded snakeskin case, and is the perfect size for traveling. There is a mixture of 7 shimmer and matte shades in this palette, and that in general makes my heart swell. I love a palette with a good balance between shimmer and mattes.

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Personally, I feel that any smaller palette meant to travel needs a few matte shades and a few “bam” shades to take a look from day time to night time. It doesn’t take a ton of shades in a palette to achieve that, it’s just about finding the right shades that truly compliment each other in multiple ways.

This little Lorac palette definetely delivers in that area. This is a very warm toned palette, so if warm tones aren’t your thing then you may want to steer clear.

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Pigmentation: These shadows are very pigmented, that was one of the first things I noticed when I swatched them on my arm. They all applied very smooth, and they are super buttery and creamy. Even the lightest matte shade showed up on my arm, and that rarely happens when I swatch cream shades on my skin. Color me impressed.

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Blendability: Pretty sure that word doesn’t exist, but we’re going to use it anyway today. These blend beautifully! I’m not too surprised after using the Vintage Vixen palette though. One of the reasons why I reach for that palette so often is because even though it’s all matte shades, all of the shades still blend like a dream. That and Lorac shadows are always constantly raved about on blogs and on youtube. It’s one brand that I understand why people are always hyping up in terms of shadows. These are very high quality.

Versatility: This palette can create a great range of looks! From matte day time looks to shimmery glamorous looks, the colors are there. I live for that camel brown and warm light brown shade in the palette. So damn gorgeous. I’m a neutral kind of person, whether it’s warm or cool tones, and this palette just makes my neutral little heart so happy.

Overall thoughts: I probably gave this away throughout the post, but I love this palette. It’s very high quality and the shadows are incredible. There is a great mixture of matte and shimmer shades to create both day time and night time looks, and the packaging makes it easy to travel with. I got this on sale off Hautelook for $15, and I know they’ve been on there several times before when Lorac was the featured brand. So, if you’re drooling over this pretty arrangement of eyeball colors, then definitely snag one during their next sale!

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Review and Swatches: Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette

As I have said a few times on my blog before, Kat Von D makes some damn great makeup. Expensive, but high quality and very unique. When my boyfriend told me he bought me the Innerstellar (limited edition palette fyi) palette I nearly fainted and squealed. I own some lip products and a foundation by Kat Von D, but I do not own any of her eyeshadow palettes. Sad, I know.

So, this review is very exciting for me. I’m going to quit rambling though and get to the point.

First, this palette is a Sephora exclusive and can be bought on sephora.com or it’s in stores.
It’s $46, so it is high end, but still a few bucks cheaper than the Urban Decay palettes.
This is a cool toned palette. If cool tones do not flatter you or are not your thing, this palette might not be for you.

I wear a lot of cool toned lipsticks and blushes since I am extremely pale and my skin undertones are naturally pink rather than beige. So, cool tones flatter my eyes and skin a great deal. Don’t get me wrong, I love warmer toned eyeshadows (also apparent on my blog) but I’ve been wanting something different since everyone seems to be on this warm tone kick right now. Personally, I needed to switch it up a bit.

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The packaging is a thick black cardboard material with a pretty big mirror on the inside, which I also like. It’s pretty big, but I feel it is still a very travel friendly palette. The reason why it’s a bit bigger is because the 3 bigger eyeshadows are 2.3 grams and the 9 smaller shadows are 1.1 grams. That’s a pretty decent amount of product, in my opinion.

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There are 3 bigger shades at the top, and I am assuming they’re bigger than the rest because these are typical “staple” shades that are used often universally. Whether as a base or as a highlight, these 3 shades are the ones many reach for to create many different looks. Because let’s be real, how many of us have hit pan very quickly in our Naked palettes with those smooth and precious little matte highlighting shades and thought, “Why?? I need you!”

Something else I look for in a palette is “is this thing versatile?” Meaning, can I create entire looks using only this palette? That’s actually a problem with me regarding most palettes. Many palettes lack something whether it’s a strong set of mattes, a transition shade, or the perfect highlighting shade or lack a matte black to take a look from daytime glam to “hey baby look at me.”

I have found that this palette passes the versatility test for me! There’s a transition shade, perfect highlighting shades, crease shades, a matte black, and little pops of color to create a ton of different and beautiful looks. I have tried a few things already with this palette, and I will show a few looks at the end of this post.

As for quality and pigmentation, Kat Von D brought her A game. I speak about her like we’re bff’s (I wish) but I’m being totally honest, you all. This palette is beautiful and the pigmentation is intense with every color. The shadows themselves are very smooth and buttery, and it doesn’t take a lot on your brush to get great results from the product. Every swatch I have done is without primer so you all can get a good idea of what the shadows look like.
As usual, I am sorry the lighter shades don’t show up very well on my moon tanned skin. Just take my word that they are pigmented. 😉

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These are the 3 bigger shades from the wrist down: Lycan (matte white), Vast (satin taupe), Gravitron (shimmery light pink)

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First 5 shades from the bottom up: Killing Moon (matte plum beige), Moonshine (shimmery gray), 3 am (dark purple), Orion (shimmery lavender), Darkstar (darker gunmetal gray)

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Last 4 shades from bottom up: Astrological (matte darker brown), Lunacy (satin taupe), Dios (very shimmery silver shade), Night Crawler (matte black)

Can we just take a second to admire the unique names Kat Von D has for everything? I love them. I know they weird some people out, but the eternal gothish-punk and horror fan in me loves it.

Would I recommend this palette to others? Absolutely. If you’re going back and forth between palettes if you’re still holding on to gift cards, my pick would be this one. Not just because it’s a great quality palette, but it’s also limited edition. I don’t always get my hands on limited edition makeup items very often, so I do cherish this one quite a bit.

Is it okay to call palettes babies? This is currently my baby.

Okay, I had my weird moment and now to show a few looks I have done using this palette and this palette alone.

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Anyone else own this palette and love it? Show me your looks or link me to your reviews!