Category: Eyeshadow

Paint Your Eyes Like a Pro with the Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette 

Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette Swatches on Dark Skin

Are you ready for another neutral eyeshadow palette? No? Too bad. ‘Cause they’re still coming! I know after a while the sudden influx of neutral eyeshadow palettes that pop up year after year gets old. You quickly go from, “OMG, I need that new palette!” to “How many shades of browns are there, really?” I was stuck in between the two when Tarte released the new Tarteist Pro Palette. I love Tarte’s Amazonian Clay eyeshadow formula so I was excited to see them whip up a new palette. However, once I took a good look at the Tarteist Pro Palette I started to wonder, “What makes this so different from every other neutral palette on the market?”

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Black Friday Haul! 

It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Your Perfect Pink Duo, Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara, Becca Blushed with Light Palette, PUR Cosmetics Elevation Perfecting Highlighter Palette, Buxom Bundle Up Baby Swatches on Dark Skin

Time is seriously flying by because Black Friday was almost a month ago and Christmas is next weekend. Crazy right?! As you can imagine, Ulta has been bananas so my schedule has been hella crazy. So crazy that I’m somehow just managing to share my Black Friday goodies with you. Better late than never, right?
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Fancie Faves

LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette, Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette, Tarte Rogue The Lip Sculptor Lipstick and Gloss, Becca Backlight Priming Filter, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, MAC Copper Face Compact

No matter how much new makeup I buy I always find myself reaching for some of the same products over and over again. Of course, I like to switch a few things up from time to time but when it comes to certain products I like to just stick to what works. Especially when I’ve got a busy schedule ahead of me. That’s why I ended up keeping the same handful of products in rotation last month. Nothing’s better than a quick everyday beat with your faves!
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Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Palette Swatches 

Juvia's Place Mini Masquerade Palette Swatches

It seems that every year we get hit with a ton of neutral eyeshadow palette releases. From warm to cool, we see the same mix of browns and golds  with the occasional blues and greens tossed in too. No matter how enticing all those neutral palettes may be at first I can’t deny that it starts to get old after a while. I’m definitely guilty of buying more palettes than I need but even I like to shake it up sometimes and try something a little different.

That’s why I saw it perfectly fitting to finally go ahead and order the Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Palette. Juvia’s Place is a black owned brand that makes some of the most amazing eyeshadow palettes you’ll ever come across. There’s 3 palettes in the collection (so far) and they all contain a mix of neutrals with some fun eye popping colors too like bold pinks and purples. I’ve been eyeing the Masquerade Palette for months now after seeing so many beautiful pics and swatches on social media so I pulled the trigger and ordered the mini version while it was on sale for Black Friday.
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Gingerbread Cookie Inspired Look for Holiday

Too Faced Gingerbread Cookie Palette, MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact, Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner, Bite Beauty Cava Creme Matte Lip Crayon

Natural looks are my jam on an everyday basis. But special occasions and holidays are for going all out. You get dressed to the nines and put on your best shoes. You beat your face to capacity. You just go crazy with it for the holidays. And that’s okay. ‘Cause I do too. Lately I’ve been finding myself feeling a little smoky when it comes time to get ready to hit the scene. I recently created a look with one of my holiday buys, the Too Faced Gingerbread Cookie Palette from the Grand Hotel Cafe Set.
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Tarte Swamp Queen Palette is Back! 

Tarte Swamp Queen Palette, MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact, Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner, Bite Beauty Cava Matte Creme Lip Crayon

I don’t know about you but I just love when limited edition goodies make a comeback. As a beauty blogger, I try to make it my duty to try everything new and snatch up limited edition products to give you an early scoop. Sometimes I find myself in sticky situations because I can’t always afford the latest and greatest right when it comes out. That often leads me to waiting on a restock, waiting to shoot it, test it and then finally post about it. Which defeats the purpose of it all if it manages to sell out by the time I share it with you. Talk about a never-ending loop!
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Sparkle & Shine with the Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow Swatches on Dark Skin

Holiday season is all about the sparkle and Urban Decay is bringing us plenty of sparkle to shine through every holiday party this year with the new Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows. For years, Urban Decay has been making eyes and lips dazzle with their iconic Moondust pressed pigment shadows that are all shimmer, all the time. Apparently the need for sheen has increased over the years because Urban Decay decided to pump up some intense Liquid Moondust Eyeshadows that are more pigmented and sparkly than ever. I love it!
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How Cute is the Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe? 

Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe for Holiday 2016

Makeup is sorta like books. It can really take you places! Like the new limited edition Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe palette set for holiday. From the moment you open the hotel shaped box, you’re whisked away to the Grand Hotel Cafe to spend your Christmas in Paris. Like a boss. A delicious smelling boss. With just a quick whiff of the yummy smelling palettes I could close my eyes and imagine sitting in cute quaint cafe nibbling on gingerbread cookies as I sip on a Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino in bliss. Just take me away Too Faced!
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LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette Swatches & First Impressions

LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette Swatches and First Impressions on Dark Skin

The holiday season is fully upon us and the palettes and sets are rolling in heavy! I saved up thousands of Ultamate Rewards points just so I could lose my mind (guilt free) on all of the incredibly amazing holiday goodies popping up this year. There were quite a few sets and palettes that I knew I wanted for sure but there was one palette that I just kept going back and forth on. The LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette has been a huge hit on social media since its release but I wasn’t quite convinced that I needed it.

“The colors are super dupable.”

“Hmmm some of those mattes look too pale.”

“There’s too many mixed reviews among other brown girls”

“I’m just gonna pass.”
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Ulta Holiday Haul

Butter London Fancy-full Lippy Liquid Lipstick Collection, Stila Stay All Day Sparkle All Night Lipstick Set, Smashbox L.A. Lights Palette, LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette, Tarte The Kissing Squad Lip Sculptor Quad, Too Faced Grand Care Hotel

There’s a ton of reasons to make all of your beauty purchases at Ulta but the best one is the rewards program. Hands down! Racking up points at Ulta doesn’t just get you deluxe samples or impossibly hard to get mega sets. Shade but no shade. Sorry Sephora. I’ma let you finish but Ulta has the best rewards program around! Instead of getting deluxe samples of goodies you’d essentially receive for free elsewhere Ulta rewards you with dollars off your next purchase. The more points you have the better!

I’ve been spending up a storm over the last few months at Ulta but it’s all paid off because I was able to score almost all of the new limited edition holiday sets and palettes on my list without breaking the bank. I let my points stack up to 2,300 and redeemed them for $133 off. Talk about win! I couldn’t wait to grab a grey bag and fill it up with my top holiday picks so far this year.
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