Category: Haul

Hello, Again Smashbox!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation 4.2, Smashbox Color Correcting Stick Dark

There are a lot of brands out there that don’t always get the love and recognition they deserve and Smashbox is certainly one of them. After discovering the magic of Smashbox recently, I decided to start paying a little more attention to the brand and trying out more products. If their blush and eyeshadow is good stuff then there has to be other hidden gems too, right? Right! Smashbox is actually a solid brand all around in terms of both color and complexion. But what Smashbox really excels in is complexion. For years, Smashbox has received the most love for their extensive collection of primer for all skin types and concerns. However, Smashbox isn’t all primer. They’ve got some other great complexion goodies too!

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BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette Now at Ulta!

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel 14 Eyeshadow & Highlight Palette

There’s a million reasons to appreciate Ulta but what I love the most about shopping there is that I can grab literally everything I want all in one store. If I need a nail polish, shower cap, deodorant and a yet another eyeshadow palette I have faith that I can grab it all at Ulta. You can’t beat that convenience with a stick! Sometimes I wish Ulta carried more Prestige brands but I still appreciate the fact that Ulta embraces the beauty (and budget friendly prices) of drugstore brands too. I couldn’t be happier that you can now snag ELF from Ulta (online only at the moment) and score $3.50 off and even some BH Cosmetics goodies like the mega-popular Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter.

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Laura Geller Just Blushing Palette Swatches

Laura Geller Just Blushing Palette

It takes a lot to make me blush but Laura Geller has me blushing all over the place with her new Just Blushing Palette. From the moment my package arrived I’ve been Just Blushing around every time I flip it open. Who wouldn’t get a little cheeky looking at this beauty? It’s so pretty! There’s beautiful marbled baked blushes and even one with a kiss print. The Just Blushing Palette is a blush junkie’s dream and its got me swooning all over the place these days.

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Laura Geller The Delectables Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Laura Geller The Delectables Eyeshadow Palette

Brands like MAC, NARS and Urban Decay will always be popular but there’s plenty of other brands that deserve a little more love too. Like Laura Geller. Like many of us, I’ve been sleeping on Laura Geller but she has some pretty amazing products in her lineup. It took Gilded Honey becoming a social media sensation for me to take notice of Laura Geller but she’s more than just bomb highlighters. You can basically call Laura Geller the queen of baked (powders that is ?) because she’s got the game on lock. Her line mostly consists of baked highlights, blush, bronzer, foundation and more to get us all baked in style. ‘Cause we all like to get baked from time to time right? ?

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Too Faced Gets Totally Cute for Fall!

Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette

Just when you thought Too Faced couldn’t get any cuter Jerrod Blandino pulls a fast one on us and releases an adorable eyeshadow palette that’s Totally Cute as the name implies. First off, it’s completely pink with purple accents. Then, there’s 2 sheets of fun stickers to customize your palette to make it Totally Cute and totally yours. I died, came back to live and then died again when I got a chance to check out the Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette in person. It’s the most girly eyeshadow palette around and I’m so here for it!
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Taking It to the Swamp with Grav3Yard Girl!

Tarte x Grav3Yard Girl Swamp Queen Palette

If I had a dollar for every palette that I swore I didn’t want or need I’d have enough money to buy the next new palette. Probably 3 times over. LOL! I’m quick to try (keyword here) to resist the next new, hot eyeshadow palette but sometimes it just happens. This was definitely the case with the new limited edition Tarte x Grav3Yard Girl Swamp Queen Palette. When it first launched online, my initial reaction was, “Who the heck is Grav3Yard Girl??” I soon learned that she’s a wonderful YouTube vlogger with a lot of personality and now a smokin’ hot palette to share with her Swamp Family and the rest of us makeup junkies.

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Take a Sweet Dose of Pink with Anastasia!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit

Pink Wednesday just took a sweet turn thanks to Anastasia and I’m loving every bit of it! I recently ordered the new limited edition Sweets Glow Kit and I’m completely blown away by how beautiful it is in person. I used to think Gleam was my pink dream Glow Kit but Sweets definitely takes the cake. No pun intended. The new Sweets Glow Kit comes in the cutest lilac pink shimmering packaging and features 4 golden highlighters with a touch of pink tossed in. It’s hands down the best Glow Kit Anastasia has created yet!
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Bask in the Light of the Hourglass Luminous Light Palette

Hourglass Ambient Luminous Light Palette

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is a wonderful time of year when new fall collections and limited edition beauty products hit the market at crazy good prices for just a limited time. It’s pretty much like Christmas in July as you get to save big bucks on your favorite brands from Diane von Furstenburg to NARS. I love how Nordstrom likes to let us grab the new fall trends first at a great price but I’m always super excited about the exclusive limited edition beauty goodies that brands create especially for Nordstrom. I’m usually wooed by the MAC and NARS offerings but this year Hourglass stole the show with the new, limited edition Luminous Light Palette.

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Tarte x MakeupShayla Tarteist Contour Palette Swatches

Tarte x MakeupShayla Tarteist Contour Palette

When Tarte first released the Tarteist Contour Palette a while back my first thought was, “Okay, so where’s the deeper version?” The Tarteist Contour Palette is such a great, convenient highlight and contour palette that comes with everything you need from setting powder to blush. However, the first rendition wasn’t brown girl friendly at all so I gave it a hard pass and explored my options with Anastasia Beverly Hills. Somewhere down the line, Tarte got the memo that WOC like to highlight and contour too and teamed up with MakeupShayla to create a new, limited edition Tarteist Contour Palette more suitable for those of us with a little more melanin. I have to be honest. I gave Tarte major side eye for: A) waiting so long to come out with a darker version and B) using MakeupShayla to promote it. However, I have to say it was a smart marketing move because if I didn’t love MakeupShayla I would have easily passed on this palette.

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Lipstick is My Vice!

Urban Decay Twitch, Heroine, Conspiracy, Violate Vice Lipstick

I just love me some lipstick! A good lipstick can completely lift your mood and transform your look in an instant. A girl can never have too many lipsticks which is probably why Urban Decay decided to unleash 100 shades of their new Vice Lipsticks to help us perk up our pouts in every color imaginable. I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay lipsticks because they’re smooth, creamy, pigmented and long lasting so I just had to add a few more to my collection to round things out. What can I say? Lipstick is my vice!
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