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Anastasia Beverly Hills
The limited edition Lavish Palette, that Anastasia Beverly Hills came out with in the fall of 2013, was a Sephora Exclusive and was sold out almost instantly. If you can find this palette, or if someone is selling theirs, I highly recommend this palette! It is still available on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website, if you want to get it! The quality of the entire palette is great, and I would not expect anything less from Anastasia Beverly Hills. This palette comes with a booklet, showing you some looks created by beauty lovers and makeup artists. If I am in need of any inspiration on looks to come up with, the booklet comes in handy.
The packaging for the Lavish palette is great, a little bulky for the entire palette. But the eyeshadows actually do come in a slim sleeve that is easy to remove from the palette and take with you on the go, or to have in a pro kit. The packaging is cardboard with a magnetic closure, and a sleeve with the Lavish logo as well. The Lavish logo may be my favorite thing bout the palette, it is edgy but glamorous. Under the booklet and the actual shadow palette, comes a pair of tweezers, a mini eyebrow pencil, a full sized eyeliner, and a dual ended brush. Because the eyebrow pencil is too dark for my brows, I use it as an eyeliner or a shadow base. These extras make the palette come in handy, especially for traveling.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Catwalk Palette
The Catwalk palette was limited edition for fall 2013, but I purchased mine the first week of March this year, so if you are interested check all of the Ulta stores near you, or check their website, or visit Anastasia Beverly Hills website. The packaging for this palette is to die for!!! The box alone has gold leopard rings with emerald green eyes on it (I am going to keep mine!). The actual palette is gold with a pink embossed border, and black velvet leopard print, it is adorable! On the inside of the palette, the leopard theme continues, and it has a good sized mirror. Personally I love the cardboard, magnetic closure palettes, so naturally I love this palette. It feels and looks luxurious.
All About Shadow Quad
The Clinique All About Shadow quad is a warm toned neutral palette, kinda. The dark brown in the quad is the reason it is kinda warm toned. The brown has a green tone to it, that is not noticeable on the eye. Needless to say, the eyeshadows are awesome, super blendable and pigmented. Depending on where you live, you can find this quad at Sephora or Clinique counters, for $28.
From L-R, the shades are; French Vanilla, Peach Pop, At Dusk, and Olive in My Martini.
Clump Crusher Mascara
First of all, hello! You need to buy these lip sticks now. Go buy them, I can wait.
Haha, but seriously, you need these beauties in your life. If you are an avid beauty lover, and are on Instagram and watch beauty videos on Youtube, you have probably heard of these already. But, for those of you who are living under a rock, I bring you the most amazing lip products you will ever find.
I was so proud of myself for not buying the enitre website, but now I regret it, because they are sooooo good!!!!! Ladies, these are better than MAC lipsticks. Yes, I said it, BETTER THAN MAC! Can you believe it?!?!? For 1/3 of the price you can own lip products better than beloved MAC cosmetics.
I picked up 3 lippie stix, of colors I did not have in my collection, and I suggest you do the same, before going crazy on the website.
The three colors I got are Cake, Scandy, and Chi-Chi. I did not notice this until I received them, but they are all satin lippie stix. The perfect combo between matte and glossy lips.
I always love buying products that are made here in the USA #winning
Most lip products that have the color on the outside of the tube are not always accurate, but these colors are spot on, *cue the applause.*
Cake, is a beautiful bright peachy pink color
Scandy, is a bright, vivid neon pink (a dupe for MAC Candy Yum Yum!)
Chi-Chi, is a gorgeous blood orange
And I can't forget to talk about the packaging. Unlike ordinary lip sticks, these are tall skinny sticks, with a round applicator, perfect for getting the cupids bow and outer corners of the lip. They also have a snap on cap, that won't fall off if they are in a makeup bag or purse.
Clump Crusher Mascara
Covergirl has mascaras galore, and I have never tried any of them until few weeks ago when I picked this one up. So far, I love the Clump Crusher mascara. Personally, I love a good wet mascara with a rubber, spiked wand, and this is exactly that. The wand is a little different, and curves to the shape of the eye, which is so great for the lower lashes. My holy grail mascara is the Benefit They're Real, it is just amazing, I could talk about it for the rest of my life, but I would have to say, this one is good drugstore alternative. When I purchased this mascara, I did not get the waterproof version, which I would have preferred, but I picked this up because it was on sale. Usually I have to have waterproof mascara because I have problems with flaking, and this humidity often smudges mascara, but so far this one has done neither, yay! (Please excuse my under eyes, it was a rough day covering all the darkness!).
I would definitely repurchase this mascara, but next time I will try the waterproof version! If you are looking for a new mascara I would totally try this one!
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Glamoflauge Full Coverage Concealer
Behold, the glorious, Hard Candy, Glamoflauge concealer. You can pick up this concealer anywhere Hard Candy is available. The most common place I see Glamoflauge is at Walmart, and that is where I picked mine up.
Let me start this off by saying, this is a FULL coverage concealer, that will cover anything. And I mean anything.
I used to have a lot of skin issues, when I picked this up on a whim about two years ago. The tube I have is the original one I purchased, and I still have a ton of product! Saying this, I do not wear face makeup often, maybe 3 times a month if there is an important event. Now that my skin has cleared up a lot, I only use this every now and then. But when I had skin issues I used this bad boy when ever I wore makeup. I really recommend this to anyone who has any breakouts, even if you only get a breakout every now and then. It covers everything without looking cakey.
I usually apply this over primed skin, and a matte powder over it. It covers everything I want it to, while leaving my skin looking natural. (I use the shade light).
*I do not wear foundation unless its a super special occasion, or I am feeling fancy. But it looks amazing with foundation as well. *
These first four, are a few from the regular permanent line.
Top left: 45 Bold Gold
Bottom left: 35 Tough as Taupe
Top right: 25 Bad to the Bronze
Bottom right: 30 Pomegranate Punk
Next, are two from the permanent Metal line.
Left: 70 Barely Branded
Right: 55 Inked in Pink
Sadly, these next five you can no longer purchase, they were limited edition from summer 2013, but I really wanted to include them.
Top left: 25 Shady Shores
Bottom left: 45 Lavish Lavender
Middle: 20 Waves of White
Top right: 30 Icy Mint
Bottom right: 35 Cool Crush
Instant Age Rewind Concealer
I have tried so hard to love this concealer, but I just can't. I have used it so many different ways, and it does not work for me. As you can see, it is almost gone, and so is my patience. Every beauty guru has raved about it, but I just can not seem to get it to cover anything. I have come to the conclusion that my dark circles are too dark, and this concealer is only meant for those who have slight discoloration and no fine lines. I picked up my concealer in the color Fair, which is a salmon pinky shade to correct the darkness. Once I pack it on (you should see how much I have to use in order to cover anything, ugh), I usually set it with a light dusting of NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Powder. Also, I wanted to mention that throughout the day, the color of the concealer changes. At first, this concealer looks ok once applied, but after about an hour, it creases SO bad, and the color gets lighter! NOT OK with me.
I have found a way to use up the last bit of product, and that is to only use it on my eyelid to correct and conceal there. I do not have a problem with it creasing up there, because there are not fine lines and there is not s much to conceal.
So, if you are looking for a good concealer, I would not recommend the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer, unless you have little to no darkness, and no wrinkles or fine lines.
Albatross Highlighting Blush
Laguna is a neutral bronzer, not too warm and not too cool. The matte formula works on virtually every skin tone, if applied correctly, and gives a healthy bronze look to the skin. If you are looking to splurge on a more expensive bronzer, go for this one, it rocks.
Medium Matte Bronzer
The NYX Matte Bronzer in medium, this is a very warm toned, reddish bronze. If you too have a warm toned complexion, this is going to be your life saver. Be careful to not go over board with this product because a little bit goes a long way! On my very freckled face, this bronzer works amazing, it blends in like a dream, and wears fantastically. If you are looking for an awesome drugstore bronzer, I totally recommend the NYX bronzers!
Stila In the Know
If you are looking for an all matte, neutral palette, this is the perfect palette for you! The packaging to this palette is similar to the original Naked palette from Urban Decay, minus the velvet. It is cardboard packaging with a magnetic closure. I personally love this packaging, even if I get makeup on it, which has happened several times, I can use a makeup wipe on it and it removes unwanted stains. The mirror in this palette is a good size. Above the mirror the quote reads, "when a woman knows, she knows," from Sarah Lucero.
Like I said the colors are all matte, they are all a creamy matte, not a super powdery matte. These shade all blend together beautifully! The shadows are all very pigmented and are also long wearing.
Top Row L-R the shades are; air, wind, desert, clay, and earth.
Bottom Row L-R the shades are; driftwood, fire, rain, smoke, and ebony.
The shadow names are not only under each shadow, but on the back of the palette as well. I do not have a favorite shadow in this palette, I love them all so much and have a feeling when this palette is gone I will replace it.
Urban Decay's Original Naked Palette
The Naked palette, is the only palette from the Naked line to have the cardboard packaging with a magnetic closure. Personally I love this packaging and wish all the other palettes had this same packaging. It is very travel safe, and has not dented or broken in any way, despite several drops. The packaging however is velvet, and it can get very dirty. I have owned mine for over a year and it is not dirty, but it does have some lint pieces and a few hairs from my animals on it. The gold writing on the palette will chip or come off with wear and use, since I keep mine clean and am careful with it mine has not started to chip or wear off at all. The mirror on this palette is a good size, not a full faced size, but enough to see the eyes.
The colors in this palette are amazing, and all great quality, like most Urban Decay shadows are. The 12 shades are warm toned neutrals.
From L-R the shades are; Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Dakhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, and Gunmetal.
All of the shades are great, and I have used all of them countless times to create various looks. Though I love all of the shades so much, my favorite shadows are Sin, Sidecar, and Hustle
A rose-gold palette from Urban Decay, finally!
Naked 3 has the same metal packaging as Naked 2, as well as a rippled effect under the gold lettering. Personally I prefer the packaging of the original Naked palette, to me the metal packaging feels a little cheap. I am terrified to drop this baby and have the eyeshadows shatter or the packaging break.
The colors in all of the Naked palettes are very different, Naked has warmer neutral shades, Naked 2 has taupey cool toned neutral shades, and Naked 3 has very rosey shadows. Each palette comes with 12 shades. From L-R the shades are; Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, and Blackheart. I love all the shades, and do not have a favorite, they are all equally amazing!
The brush that comes with Naked 3 is synthetic and double sided. It has the same great quality that all Urban Decay brushes have. I love the brush and use it all the time!
Overall, I love this palette and have used it a ton over the past few months. To me this palette was worth the price, considering you are getting full sized eye shadows, which are normally $18 each! For $52 you get 12 full sized brand new eye shadows, a double ended brush, and Primer Potion samples. This palette is perfect for spring, but of course I am going to use it all the time!
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