Battle of the BB Creams

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Hey lovelies,

Spring is obviously here for many of us, but if you live somewhere humid as snot *raises hand* it already feels like Summer. Not gonna lie, I’m not a huge fan of Summer. If I didn’t have kids, I probably wouldn’t go outside much. I hate feeling like I’m melting.

When I do go out, I typically wear a BB cream as my main base with a tiny bit of powder on top. Full coverage foundations in The South probably aren’t gonna look cute in June and July no matter how much Urban Decay All Nighter you use..or at least for me. If you can wear full coverage in the Summer I envy you so very much. The humidity just makes it impossible for me to wear.

What is a BB cream? Some people say it stands for “beauty balm” and I’ve seen others say “blemish balm” but it’s a bit of an “all in one” type of product that covers and protects your skin, while also giving added benefits of SPF, hydration, etc. Some people wear these alone and some wear them underneath their foundations. It really depends on your preference and what you’re going for with your base.

So, today I want to talk about a few BB Creams that I have tried out over the past year and my thoughts on each. I’m going to rate these on a scale of 1-5 based on coverage, price, finish, lasting power, and overall skin benefits.

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NYC BB Matte BB Cream- Score- 3/5

I do like this bb cream since it is very decently priced, and surprisingly the “light” shade from this line is more of a color match for me than any other bb cream in this post. However, it just doesn’t set right on my skin at all. I have tried exfoliating, a serum, brush, sponge…everything. It will  look great when I first put it on and then when I look at myself an hour later I have granny face. It gives me wrinkles and I don’t even have wrinkles! It also doesn’t have spf or anything, and that’s not gonna cut it for this ghost girl in the spring time. I’m giving it a 3 because even though it doesn’t work for me, it would probably work great for someone with fair and oilier skin than me! It’s also the cheapest cream in this post, and is about $3 at most drugstores that carry NYC.

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Lioele BB Cream- Score 4/5

I have done a review on this bb cream in the past, but I recently came back to it and I really like it. It’s thick, but I can still put it on with my fingers and get even coverage. The color match isn’t great for me, but it does mix very well with my Hard Candy Glamoflauge foundation (930 porcelain). The price is probably not ideal for many, but I did snag this on sale on prettyandcute.com awhile back, and I know that it’s also sold on amazon and ladymoss.com. I don’t believe this one has spf either. I want to say this foundation is about $15-20, but it depends on where you’re buying it from in some cases. There’s no SPF in this BB cream, but it is very hydrating and lays well on the skin. This BB cream is a great one that I will probably continue to reach for and just wear SPF underneath it.

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Rimmel Matte BB Cream- Score 4/5

This BB cream is actually one that I reach for often even though I have dry skin and tend to avoid matte finishes. It has a really nice buildable medium coverage and has SPF in it. That makes it not very photo-op worthy, but it is good for your skin and will protect you from the sun. This is very affordable and readily available to many since it’s a drugstore BB cream. It doesn’t get a 5 though because the shade “light” is so off. I can easily correct it with my hard candy glamoflauge foundation or manic panic foundation, but it is annoying. This BB cream also claims to be beneficial to skin in 9 different ways, and it’s one that I do recommend trying if you’re looking for an affordable drugstore BB cream.

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LA Girl Pro BB Cream- Score 4/5

This is the newest BB cream I’ve been trying out because Nicole from young, wild, and polished recommended it to me in a comment I left on one of her videos. At $4 I figured it was worth a shot. I have the shade “fair” which is a better match for me than the Rimmel, but still pretty dark on me. However, the finish is really lovely and leaves a nice satin-but-not-too-dewy glow to my skin. I didn’t give this a 5 because there’s no SPF, but because it’s HD it will  work really well if you vlog like myself and don’t want to wear a heavy foundation on camera in the Spring and Summer. Also, this BB cream is a bit high maintenance for me some days. I feel like I have to powder my face more than usual (which is odd to begin with me, I almost never need powder) but when it’s a bit more humid than usual I feel this BB cream tends to slip a bit on my skin. So, if you have oily skin this may not be the best for you, but it’s still worth a shot given LA Girl is so affordable.

So, that was it for the BB creams I currently have in my stash. As you all can see, none received a perfect score, but none are very poor either in my opinion. Or maybe I just try to see the good in everything…who knows.

What are some of your favorite BB creams? I know that one I may end up biting the bullet and buying is the It Cosmetics CC cream because from what I can see the “fair” shade is actually made for those with fair skin and the coverage and finish looks stunning on everyone I’ve seen it on. I know it’s not a “BB” cream, but close enough to me.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I hope to add some more posts about random things in my stash in the future!

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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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Ipsy Unbagging: May 2015

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Hello, Jetsetters

I have an Ipsy unbagging for you all today, and yes, the theme is “Jetsetters” for the month. Remember when I said that last month’s bag was my all time favorite? I changed my mind, this is my new favorite bag. Seriously look at how freakin’ cute it is. There were several bags that were given out, and from what I’ve seen they’re all cute.

Anyway, if you’re new here a quick description of Ipsy is that it’s a beauty subscription that arrives at your doorstep once a month, and costs $10 per month. Each person takes a beauty quiz of sorts and is given 4-5 full sized or deluxe sample sized beauty items based on that quiz. There’s typically a pretty good mixture of high end and indie/non mainstream brands, especially lately it seems. I really feel that the Ipsy has stepped their game up and they are sending out some incredible things, or at least in my opinion they are.

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The first thing I want to share from my bag is this BellaPierre gel liner. I wasn’t too thrilled about getting another liner, because I have about 10 that I need to use up from other beauty services…but then I swatched this one. I swatched it and it didn’t budge. I washed dishes, rubbed it with my hands…everything. It’s also very very creamy and smooth. I have a feeling that with allergy season upon us this liner may be my new best friend. Because there’s nothing better than being halfway through your day and having an intense sneeze fit and suddenly looking like a sad raccoon.

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Okay, I will admit that I squealed a bit when I saw this in my glamroom. I’m a lip product junkie, I know it. I embrace it. Or rather, my lip products are always embracing my lips in some way (ha!). In my bag this month I got a mini pencil (still a good amount of product) of Urban Decay’s 24/7 lip priming pencil. This pencil from what I gathered is supposed to prime and blur out imperfections on the lips. I have a feeling this will come in handy now that I have an HD camera and every little line can now be seen on my lips. I also got two little lipgloss samples in “Failbait” and “Bittersweet.” I’m normally not a fan of samples like these because I never use them, but Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands so chances are these will be used. I’m honestly dying to try that purple gloss out sometime soon.

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This was the other thing I was most excited about this month. I received a Luxie tapered blending eye brush, and I die over anything and everything rose gold. I actually ordered the Luxie angled face brush when they had a sale on it and I use that brush constantly for blush and it’s probably my prettiest brush I own. So, I was naturally excited to see I was going to be adding a new little rose gold pretty to my collection. Blending brushes are something I never seem to have enough of.

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Last, but not least, I received a deluxe sample of the Briogeo leave in conditioning spray and a sample of the Amie morning-dew mattifying moisturizer. I use leave in conditioners CONSTANTLY on my hair since I have naturally coarse and frizzy hair, so the spray I’m pretty excited about. I typically don’t use hair samples (I forget to, oops) but that one I will use.

I’m happy about the moisturizer, just not too sure how it’s going to be on my skin yet. A “dew” mattifying moisturizer seems like a bit of an oxymoron to me, but I will try it at some point.

Overall, I’m really happy with this month’s Ipsy bag! I feel that their sample game has been strong the past few months. If you’re subscribed to Ipsy, what did you get in your bag? Are you happy with it? Comment your thoughts or link me to your blog posts ❤

I have no idea if I should start doing “follow up” posts with my subscription bags, so if that’s something that would interest you, feel free to tell me! Or maybe I should make the follow up a video with a look put together with some of my favorite things received? I have no idea, ha!

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Ipsy April 2015: Beautifully Bohemian

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Hey everyone!

It’s that time of the month again…beauty subscription time, that is. I got my Ipsy bag in the mail, and let me start off by saying I was actually excited to get every item this month! That rarely happens! I really wanted the Elizabeth Arden lipstick, but it’s okay because I got some other awesome goodies this month!

If you’re new here, Ipsy is a beauty subscription that is $10 a month and sends out 4-5 full sized or deluxe sample sized products that are catered to your beauty quiz.

Alright, so this month’s theme is “beautifully bohemian” and I’m guessing that has something to do with all these odd Coachella vibes. Am I the only person that didn’t know what Coachella even was until recently? I had no idea it had something to with music, I thought it had something to do with Coach purses. I’m not kidding.

Anyway, the bag this month is probably my favorite bag of all time. It’s textured to feel like a straw bag and has an adorable weave design on it. I will not be giving this one to my toddler, it’s going in my purse to be used as a makeup bag. That’s right, it’s true love.

hikari blush

This is the first thing I had to take out and admire. I have gotten a few Hikari lipsticks, but this month Ipsy sent out full sized Hikari blushes! I got the shade “tango” which is super bright, but oh so lovely. I will probably have to use a light hand since my skin is the shade of paper, but I feel this shade will look so stunning on those with darker complexions. It’s very pigmented and buttery to the touch. I can’t wait to include this in a few Spring and Summer looks! I know that bright cheeks aren’t for everyone, but I love bright cheeks (probably obvious).

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Everyone got a shadow from The Balm’s “Nude Dude” palette, and I got the shade “Fit” which is a very pretty bronzey shade. I love The Balm as a brand, and this little shadow is so adorable. I’m not too into bronze shades, but one of my goals this year is to wear more warm toned looks, so I will use this for sure. Or, you know, try…

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This is a product I was happy to see in my bag…until I swatched it. This is a Starlooks mini gloss in the shade “cuddle”, and when I opened it I was like, “Hell yes, smells like cake,” and then when I swatched it I hated the color and feel of it. It’s a really shimmery pink-brown color and those just don’t look flattering on me, in my opinion. That and from what I felt on the back of my hand it felt sticky and thick, and I truly don’t like sticky and thick glosses. I have not put it on my lips yet, so maybe it will feel different on my lips. The claim on ipsy’s site is that this formula is supposed to be non-sticky. If anything, this will go in my “free for all” basket for friends and family, which is also cool.

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Jor’el Parker perfume in “Femina”

When I saw this perfume in my bag I thought “eh” but when I got it I was suprised by the size of it! It’s a pretty big sample and has a roller ball on it. I haven’t tried it yet because I have to be careful with perfumes due to my allergies, but I took a baby whiff and it smelled very lovely. It’ll probably be one I put into my purse this Summer in case I smell like baby barf at some point. The scent is a very pretty floral scent, which is what I like to smell like. I want to smell like a bouquet of flowers, but just a bit. I don’t want to smell like I’ve been trapped in a basement of flowers for 3 years. There’s something about flowers that makes me feel fresh and enchanting. Okay, I’m rambling…sorry.

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Last, I got the Hey Honey facial serum. I am a serum fanatic since my skin is dry, and I am really excited to smear this on my face! I typically use a serum every morning to even my skin tone out and help my foundation apply better, and it does help a ton! I put a bit on the back of my hand and rubbed it in and the texture of this serum seems so promising. The spot on my hand that this was on felt like a baby’s butt. So soft.

Update: I did use this on my face and I am hooked! I love the smell and the way my makeup lays once I can sit down and put it on. I looked up the full sized product…a whopping $41. However, with the 20% coupon code I may end up getting the full sized if I use this sample and still like it. Skin care is worth splurging on.

Anyway, that was everything that I got this month! I only had one flop this month, which is awesome compared to most other months for me. This is probably one of my all time favorite bags so far. I mean that blush….gahhhhh! I can’t wait to play with these products.

If there is anything that any of you want to see used in a “face of the day” post or see an individual review on, please let me know! If you’re subscribed to Ipsy, tell me about what was in your bag? Link your posts or just comment with what ya got!

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Wet n Wild Milano Palette

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Normally, I post swatches with reviews on Saturdays, but I’m feeling spontaneous today. I’m thinking about doing a “palette love” post on Saturday where I pull a palette out of my collection and create a look with it? Let me know if you all would be interested in that! The palettes I have in mind are Revealed (1 or 2), Innerstellar, the Pulp Fiction Urban Decay palette, or my Too Faced Natural eyes palette. Comment down below if you’re interested and what you would wanna see!

Hey lovelies,

Guess what I found? The neutral Wet n Wild palette that I have been searching high and low for! I discovered one Walgreens in my city that had a display for them, but was always sold out of them. Well, I got lucky and went there on a day when they had gotten some in stock.

I know that I reviewed the “Paris Runway” version of this palette and wasn’t too impressed. I really had my heart set on the neutral one because Hollie from Hollieeatslipstick reviewed it and loved it, and I fell in love with it as well.

Well, I was in Walgreens and noticed that the Milano palette was in stock! I didn’t ask questions, I just bought it. At $8, it’s hardly a bank breaker. That and I believe these are not permanent? I’ve missed out on so many limited edition palettes that I just decided to add this one to my collection as well.

I purchased this palette myself, and all opinions are my own. 🙂

Alright, so a quick overview of the palette:

Price: $8
Shades: 10
What it claims: to have a good range of matte and shimmers to create neutral looks
Did it deliver: yes

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If you read my review on the Paris Runway palette (the cool toned version from this line) I didn’t have great things to say about the shade range. The quality was there, but the darker shades looked the same to me and on the eyes when blended out.

However, the neutral companion has a nice shade range that I love! There are actually mattes in this one, including a nice transition shade and a crease shade. There are 3 shades that are matte, a light brown, dark brown, and a black. The first cream shade is a bit more of a satin matte, but is a nice brow bone highlight or base shade.

I love this palette 1000% more than the Paris Runway one.

I don’t feel I should go too into detail again since I did a review of the other one (see that review here), but the quality is amazing for a drugstore palette. The shades are pigmented and blend easily. The shadows feel very buttery to the touch.

There’s a bit of fallout with a few of the very shimmery shades, but that’s common when there’s a lot of shimmer and glitter in an eyeshadow.

Tip: use a glitter primer (elf makes one for $2) prior to putting on a shimmery shade to really make the shade stand out and gleam from the dang sky! Also, putting on concealer and setting powder under the eyes before applying eyeshadow makes it easy to brush away any fallout that can occur with eyeshadows. Putting a matte shade on the lids after priming can help blend shadows out as well!

Swatches:

first 5 shades

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last  5 shades

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Overall thoughts: I’m so impressed with this palette and happy I finally found it! The Paris Runway palette might not be my style, but this one is beautiful and makes my neutral heart happy. The matte shades blend really well and there’s not too much fallout (but there was a bit) and they aren’t chalky.

As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you all enjoyed this quick review with swatches!
Wet n Wild is one of my favorite drugstore brands!

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A Day at the Aquarium

I don’t talk about my personal life on my blog often, but let’s just say the past few weeks have been…hectic. Jeremy has been at work almost every day for weeks straight and sometimes working double shifts. It’s taken a toll on all of us, so when Jeremy said he has two days off (finally) we jumped at the chance to take the girls out and have some fun.

We chose the aquarium. We live really close to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in Tennessee. I love that the mountains are basically in my backyard! It’s been so long since I’ve seen them in all their glory. It was so refreshing to get out and just have some fun and forget about life problems for a day.

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Okay, so Harmony and I were completely enchanted with these things. They were called “brainless bulbs” but look at how beautiful they are?!? I have no idea why they were so fascinating.

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Harmony adored the penguins. They’re pretty lovable and this little guy was a ham.

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So, I really love Noel the penguin. Noel just seems so happy, yet so sleepy.

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…but then at the end of the day I realized I am more like Frank the penguin. I need a nap.

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I hope you all enjoyed this quick post and look into our day today!

I’m off to drink a glass (probably 3) of the wine we got in Gatlinburg.
I hope you are all having amazing nights, and I will be back tomorrow with another post!

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette

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Hey Beauties,

Today, I have a really exciting review! Well, exciting for me. I just picked this palette up, but I really couldn’t wait any longer to swatch and play around with it. That’s how happy I am about this release. If you’ve been here a bit you may have noticed my slight love over Kat Von D’s entire makeup line. I adore everything she comes out with. The packaging is always so edgy and sleek, and even the names of her products make my heart flutter at times.

It’s safe to say that her brand is probably my favorite makeup brand at Sephora. So, when she started showing sneak peaks of the Shade+Light Eye palette…I knew I needed it. It was love at first Instagram like. I’m a gal that loves mattes, neutrals, and grungy styled things, and this palette looked like it would deliver all of that and more. I also thought this palette would make a great companion to my Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Stack and my Innerstellar Palette since I reach for those constantly, yet I always need shadows from elsewhere if I’m feeling elaborate.

I had seen people saying that the Sephora’s inside of JcPenney already had these palettes out before any other Sephoras, so of course I went to see for myself. I looked in the Kat Von D section and couldn’t find it and looked elsewhere and started to lose hope, and then there she was. Waiting for me.

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Alright, enough of my palette love story, I’m sure you all have come here for the review. This palette is marketed as the “companion” to the Shade Light Contour Palette. I don’t own that, but that’s a different rant for a different day.

This palette is $46 (as are all of her eye palettes) and has 12 shadows in all. Kat Von D is exclusive to Sephora and Sephora.com. As far as I know, this palette will be permanent since the contour palette is as well.

The packaging is the standard thick cardboard. I admit I am not too fond of the cardboard, but I know that in order to keep the palletes under $50 it may be needed. It’s still very thick and dense though, and the black and gold lettering on the front is so sexy. Yes, I just called this palette sexy.

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There are 12 shadows in all. 3 very large “base” shadows that are 2.3 grams each and 9 smaller shadows that are 1.1 grams each. So, there’s quite a bit of product in this palette.

The way this palette works is it’s divided into “quads.” The first quad is the neutral quad, and consists of the first base shadow and the 3 shadows beneath it. The second quad is the cool toned quad, and the third is the warm toned quad. There was a little booklet that came with the palette explaining the quads and how to use the shadows to lift the eyes and such, and I thought that was neat.

However, I don’t play by the rules and I like to play and mix all the colors. From looking and swatching these colors, I don’t think any colors are too warm or too cool to mix and match quads, and I like that. I like that I can comfortably color outside the quadrants and still create great looks.

Update: I actually used 2 shades from the warm quad this morning and a few from the neutral quad and the look turned out fantastic! I think I may sit down and actually film it 😉

I also love the balance of light and dark shades in this palette. Often I see palettes have too many brown or almost black shades and 1-2 light shades and it’s not a great variety. There’s a variety of transition, highlight, base, and contouring shades in this palette. There’s also a matte black, but that’s in every single one of Kat Von D’s palettes. I think I’m set on black shadow for life at this point.

Swatches:

left to right: Ludwin, Lazarus, Laetus

left to right:
Ludwin, Lazarus, Laetus

Latinus, Sytry, Succubus

Latinus, Sytry, Succubus

Liberatus, Shax, Saleos

Liberatus, Shax, Saleos

Lucius, Solas, Samael

Lucius, Solas, Samael

Pigmentation: These are very pigmented. The swatches I did above were done with no primer…and the lighter shades even showed up on my ghostly pale skin. That’s right, rest assured that these are very pigmented. I have a problem with getting too excited and just digging my brush right into shadows…probably not the best choice with these. A little will go a very long way. I will say that I was under the assumption that every shade in this palette was matte, but Samael (the far end light shade) is not. It’s actually a little pearlized, but that’s okay. I think that shade would be the one to add a bit of dimension to any look if you’re not about a full matte look.

Texture: These are very soft and buttery. The shade “liberatus” from the cool quad actually had a bit of fallout when I was playing with this palette, but that was the only one that did. So, be careful and maybe slowly build up with that shade because I went kinda ham on it and had brown shadow all over my face afterwards. The other shades did not have any fallout though.

Overall thoughts: Do I even need to say it? I love this palette. I think this will be an amazing partner to my other grungier palettes, and will be great on it’s own. I feel this palette is definetely worth the price given the amount of product as well. I skipped out on the Too Faced matte palette to snag this one, and I am glad I did. I really love the packaging and names of the shadows. Gah, I just love it.

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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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Lip Monthly March 2015

Look, a wild subscription bag appears!

I have another Lip Monthly post to share with you all. As always, these are my honest and personal thoughts. I am in no way sponsored or affiliated with Lip Monthly!

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If you don’t know what Lip Monthly is, they’re a fairly new subscription service that’s aimed towards people that love lip products (hey, that’s me!). It’s $10 per month, and typically bags arrive in the middle of the month, closer to the end of the month. Lip Monthly has had some odd moments that I have mentioned before, but they seem to be more consistent now.

I have to give a business props when they listen to their customers and aim to be more consistent. Does that mean they are perfect? No, but I am happy to see their team learning and growing as a business.

This month’s bag was their typical blue bag. Or rather, another bag for my toddler’s collection. Harmony honestly loves when I give her the bags and boxes from my beauty subscriptions. She has her own purse and she puts them all in there with her baby diapers and babies and carries them around with pride.

Anyway, the theme for this month is Spring, obviously. Spring themes and colors tend to annoy me after a bit, but I had a harsh winter physically and emotionally, so I have been welcoming all the colors.

Basically, when I opened this bag it’s like Spring just threw up all over the place. Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit, but this month is very pink…and bright. So, let’s get into what’s actually in the bag this month.

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Hikari Lipstick- $13 I’ve received a Hikari lipstick from Lip Monthly before, and I actually adore the formula of these lipsticks. They’re creamy and have a really nice finish on them that isn’t too glossy, and not too drying. The shade is “Crush” which is a super bright pink. I’m trying to explore my color range a bit and incorporate more pinks, so I may save this one for summer.

Jordana Lip Glaze- $1.99 This product didn’t impress me as much since I can pop into Walgreens and buy this, but it is really nice. I like Jordana lip products, and I haven’t tried any of the lip glazes yet. The smell is wonderful and very fruity. It’s glittery and when I was swatching it on my arm it went on very smoothly and had a sheer, shimmery finish. This will make a nice lipstick topper, or can be worn alone on days when I just need a little color on the go. The shade I got in my bag is “Raspberry.”

JCat Lip Crayon $3.99- The last JCat product Lip Monthly sent out was a total flop, but this one is not. I thought the color was red and my heart skipped a bit, but the outside is a bit deceiving. The color itself is beige with a bit of orange in it. This product is probably the most “me” colored in this bag, and I’m actually excited to try this out alone and with some of my newer glosses on top of it.

Let to right: Hikari "Crush", JCat Lip Pencil "Caramel Mocha," Jordana Lip Glaze "Raspberry."

Let to right: Hikari “Crush”, JCat Lip Pencil “Caramel Mocha,” Jordana Lip Glaze “Raspberry.”


Sally Hansen Nail Polish- $1.99 (Kmart Price)
Once again, this is a brand I can go to Kmart or Walgreens to find. However, this is a very bright and pretty color. The shade is “Mighty Mango” and it’s a very bright coral type of shade. Not one that I will wear on my nails, but it will look cute on my toes this Spring and Summer!

Total Bag Value: $21

Eh, not the best and not the worst. The total bag value wouldn’t bother me as much if there had been different brands other than popular drugstore brands in it.

I’m still on the fence about Lip Monthly as a whole. I want to like them, but at the same time I feel like I’m mostly getting things that I won’t use. I’ve gotten a few gems (like my Magnolia Lipstick and Ofra liquid lipstick) but a lot of items that I don’t use or like.

I would like to see a possible quiz for this subscription to better fit individuals and more of a brand variety, but I also know that they are still relatively new and it takes a bit to build up a brand base that will sell wholesale.

If you have Lip Monthly, what are your thoughts on them? Know of any other beauty subscriptions aimed towards lip product addicts for me to look into?
If there’s anything in particular that you all want to see reviewed, let me know!

Comment down below, I would love to hear from you!

As always, thanks for reading!

Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2015

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Hello, beautiful people!

This plain box arrived at my doorstep last week. What’s in it? Well, if you’re as nosy as I can be at times, I’m about to explain 😉

I have mentioned the Walmart Beauty Box before, it’s just a box you can sign up for on walmart.com and it’s actually free, you just pay for shipping ($5). It arrives every season (every 3 months) and it just has cute little samples in it. I actually quite like this subscription box. They always come with coupons, and honestly coupons are sometimes better than samples. At least with coupons I can pick out what I want and what will fit me best, and get it cheaper.

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These were the biggest things in the box. I received a sample of a Dove body wash, which I actually love Dove body wash. A sample sized shampoo and conditioner set. This says it’s for “dry and depleted hair” which I kinda have thanks to years of dying it, so I will actually be trying that instead of forgetting about them like I tend to do.

There’s a baby sample of a neutrogena facial wash. I actually don’t like neutrogena face washes very much, I think they dry my skin out too much. I also got a sample perfume (with a sprayer!) of a Lady Gaga perfume. Here’s to hoping it smells eccentric and lavish.

The only full sized makeup item this time seems to be this Rimmel lash accelerator mascara. I’m always on the hunt for a good mascara, so I will for sure be trying this out once I use up my other mascaras.

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Next thing I noticed…foil packets and coupons galore.

I imagined Oprah packing these boxes shouting, “Here’s a foil packet for you! And you! And you! EVERYONE GETS FOIL PACKETS!”

I have no problem with foil packets, I just don’t use them. However, I have been wanting to try the new Maybelline foundation. I don’t think that’s my shade, but I will try it anyway. The garnier sleep cream seems really cool too.

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Oh look…more coupons and foil packets.

In all, there were $14 worth of coupons in my box! Plus the full sized mascara and other samples, this box was a pretty high value.

I enjoy this beauty box, and because it only arrives every 3 months I kinda forget about it and then it’s like Christmas when I do get it!

Maybe I just have a bad memory…

If there’s anything in this post that would like to see a review on, please let me know!
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