Category: Eyeshadow

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

Instagram is a dangerous place to be when you’re trying not to buy makeup! After buying what feels like 50-11 eyeshadow palettes over the past 6 months I was hell bent on not buying another one until next year at least. A girl’s gotta have some boundaries! At least when it comes to eyeshadow. I plead the fifth when it comes to lipsticks and highlighters. But anyway! When the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette dropped¸it was praised all over as the eyeshadow palette everyone needs. It couldn’t scroll Instagram (or Facebook) for more than 2 minutes before seeing someone raving about how magical the Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette is. Which I understood. Anastasia Beverly Hills did a bang up job with the color scheme.
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ColourPop Nillionaire Super Shock Shadow Review

ColourPop Nillionaire Super Shock Shadow

I’m always singing the praises of ColourPop’s lipsticks but I have to show their Super Shock Shadows a little love too! I have a nice stash of Super Shock Shadows in my collection but sometimes I forgot about them because I’m always reaching for palettes. Which isn’t right at all because (*Kanye West voice*) ColourPop makes some of the best eyeshadows in the world. And they deserve all the love! For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been making it my duty to show my ColourPop Super Shock Shadows a little more love and each time I open one of those cute little jars I’m reminded just how magical they really are.

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Well, Hello Smashbox!

Well, Hello Smashbox!

Don’t you just love trying out new brands? I do too! There are certain brands that’ll always be my go to for certain products like Too Faced for eyeshadow, Anastasia (or Becca) for highlighters and ColourPop for lipsticks. Every now and then, I like to branch out and see what other fish are in the sea. Just for a little more variety, you know? After months of playing and swatching Smashbox products here and there I finally got a chance to get my hands on a few products and I’m pretty happy that I gave them a chance.
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More Urban Decay Please!

Urban Decay Trance Vice Lipstick, Blunt Eyeshadow, Score Afterglow Blush

Ever since I finally tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer and Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation I’ve been kinda hooked. I’ve always liked Urban Decay but now I really like Urban Decay! The Naked Skin line is quickly becoming my go to for a flawless complexion and the Revolution lipsticks (now revamped) are hands down my favorite traditional lipsticks right now so I was super pumped when I found out that my team and I were going to be hitting an Urban Decay training to learn all about the brand and new products. Including the upcoming Vice lipsticks. I seriously thought I was going to lose my mind when the Urban Decay makeup artists unveiled the massive Vice Lipstick vice containing all 100 shades. It was probably the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!

Urban Decay Trance Metallized Lipstick

There were so many lipsticks to choose from that I didn’t know where to start. I wanted to try them all! Of course, there wasn’t nearly enough time for me to try all of the new Vice Lipsticks but I was able to try on two of them and I’m happy to report that Urban Decay is going to knock this release out of the park. My first pick was Conspiracy, a plum bronze shimmer with a Metallized finish. It went on smoothly and evenly with good pigmentation and a lightweight creamy texture that felt very good on the lips. I was expecting the Metallized finish to feel a little gritty on the lips with all that delicious shimmer but Urban Decay managed to make Conspiracy feel like butter on the lips while giving my lips a nice juicy sheen and lots of glitz. It was hard for me to take it off because the color was so beautiful and the formula was so nice. So when I went to try on Disturbed, a deep brick red with a Comfort Matte finish, I decided to create an ombre lip pairing it with Conspiracy. The result was absolutely beautiful as the colors meshed incredibly well together and the Comfort Matte formula is just as smooth, creamy and easy on the lips as the good ol’ Revolution Matte Lipsticks.

Lucky for me, I ended up receiving one of the new Vice Lipsticks in Trance, a nude mauve shimmer in a Metallized finish. It’s a really pretty neutral pink with lots of fine iridescent shimmer that gives it a nice boost from your typical boring nude pink. Like Conspiracy, Trance doesn’t feel hard or gritty at all. It’s very creamy and feels really good on the lips too. Trance makes for a great everyday lipstick and has me super excited to get my hands on other shades. Starting with Conspiracy!

Urban Decay Score Afterglow Blush

Urban Decay was also nice enough to toss in a blush and eyeshadow too. So nice! I ended up receiving Score Afterglow Blush, a medium pink peach with shimmer. Score is a little light for my tastes but it appears to be a little better when layered. I like that it has a hint of golden shimmer in the mix so it won’t look too flat or ashy on my complexion. I’m a big fan of Bittersweet and Rapture so I’m hoping that Score will work in my favor too as the Afterglow formula is actually really nice.

Urban Decay Blunt Eyeshadow

A girl can never have too many gold eyeshadows so I was happy to see that I also received Blunt Eyeshadow. Blunt is a light golden bronze shimmer that’s a very flattering and wearable shades for all skin tones. It’s incredibly pigmented with a soft, finely milled texture that feels super creamy for a powder shadow. I actually popped in on before writing this post and I absolutely adore it. It’s a great everyday lid color that makes my eyes pop nicely without being too shimmery or having too much fallout. I can simply pop it on with my fingers, blend a little and go. My kind of shadow! Between Blunt, Trance and the Naked Skin line I think Urban Decay is soon going to become one of my new favorite brands!

Urban Decay Trance Vice Lipstick, Blunt Eyeshadow, Score Afterglow Blush

Urban Decay Score Afterglow Blush, Blunt Eyeshadow and Trance Vice Lipstick

Still Obsessing Over the MAC Chris Chang Collection

MAC Chris Chang Collection for Summer 2016

Anyone else still drooling over the MAC Chris Chang Collection? I know I’m not alone here! Initially, I purchased a few products from the collection solely because the packaging is beyond gorgeous and I had a $10 off discount code. Once I finally got my hands on my new Chris Chang goodies I developed such a strong love for the collection. Not just because the packaging is amazing but also because the actual products turned out wonderfully too. I don’t have a bright yellow matte shadow in my collection so I jumped at the chance to bring home Royal Woo Eyeshadow which I knew would be a great lid color for spring and summer. Rich Coral Cream Colour Base can easily be duped in my collection but orange blushes are so easy for me to wear so I went ahead and tossed it in my cart too. It’s a bit sheer but I like that I can easily build up Rich Coral for a soft, natural flush of orange that warms up my complexion and gives me a nice luminous glow too.

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Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette Review

Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette

The makeup world is still losing their minds over the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette (so am I a little) but I still can’t give up my Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Palette. Not just yet. The Tartelette in Bloom Palette first made its appearance to the scene during the holiday season and I’ve been finding myself reaching for it consistently ever since. It’s very similar to the original Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette except it sports much warmer shades and Tarte tossed 3 lustre shadows to balance out all the mattes. I live for a dash of shimmer and shine on the lids so I appreciate Tarte switching it up. A lot.

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

The makeup world has seen a ton of eyeshadow palette releases over the last year but none has been as crazy and catastrophic as the release of the Too Faced limited edition Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette. Anticipation for the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette has been building for months thanks to social media teasers and Instagram sneak peeks. It became so intense that when the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette was finally released online it would sell out within minutes leaving many makeup junkies overwhelmed, upset and ultimately empty handed. The time has finally come where the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette has finally hit stores at Ulta and we can breathe a quick sigh of relief as it’s becoming a tiny bit easier to buy.

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad for Summer 2016

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad for Summer 2016

Step up your contoured eye looks with the Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad. Featuring four specially curated palettes with matte shades, these quads spotlight Kat Von D’s high pigment, silky, and blendable shadows in a covetable, coffin-shaped palette. Bring out the best in your eyes with a neutral base, and then use the contour, define, and highlight shades to create your ideal eye shape. Each quad includes an easy-to-follow how-to insert, illustrated by Kat Von D, so you can lift, define, widen, and narrow eyes with color.

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Multitask in Style with Tarte’s Double Duty Beauty Collection

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Collection for Spring 2016

Did I mention that I was starting to develop a thing for Tarte? Tarte managed to finally spark my interest with the Tartelette Eyeshadow Collection and now they’re beginning to reel me in with the new Double Duty Beauty Collection now available exclusively at Ulta. I have to be honest. Before I went to the Tarte training I was not at all impressed or interested in the Double Duty Beauty Collection. Double ended beauty products have never really been my thing because they always seemed cheap to me. Then after seeing the amazing Rainforest of the Sea Collection that was rolling out exclusively at Sephora the Double Duty Beauty Collection just looked like a disappointment.

Then I went to the Tarte training for the Double Duty Beauty Collection and got a chance to see and play with everything in person. I guess seeing really is believing because I came outta there wanting almost everyone I touched that day. LOL! Usually when we see double ended makeup it looks and feels cheap and the quality is often shoddy. Not this time around! Tarte has actually managed to make fetch happen with their latest collection of multitasking makeup.

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection

A few years ago, the first brand that came to mind when I thought about good quality eyeshadows was Urban Decay. Now, my first brand of choice has become Too Faced with Lorac being a super close second. Too Faced is mostly known for their super cute packaging but when they released the original Chocolate Bar Palette I realized that Too Faced meant serious business. Since then, Too Faced has created an entire Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection featuring 3 beautiful palettes that are all pigmented with a soft buttery texture that’s incredibly easy to blend. They’re pretty much life in a palette to sum it quickly. I think every makeup junkie needs at least one of them!

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