Beauty

Naked Smoky

I’m a self-confessed eyeshadow palette-addict.  I’m leaving for a wedding weekend trip tomorrow and am planning on packing at least three.  I’ve got so many new ones to share with you too!

This one is not-so-new.  Urban Decay Naked 2 was the first palette I got and I’ve been building my Naked collection ever since.  Smoky gave me pause, though.  I don’t often do very dramatic eyeshadow looks.  Naked has always provided super wearable shades, and frankly I was a bit intimidated by Naked Smoky.  I picked up Naked Smoky because it was on sale randomly at Sephora and I had a VIB Rouge discount.  It sat unused for a while because I never had an occasion to try it out.  Once I finally took the plunge, I found these shades to be incredibly wearable– even for day-looks!

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Lorac Pro Palette

“This is my favorite palette,” said the cashier at Ulta as I placed the Lorac Pro Palette on the counter, “Lorac makes the best eyeshadows!”  With that kind of endorsement, I was excited to get this new palette home!

Going to Ulta is always a treat for me because there’s just not one near me.  I go to Sephora all the time (4 conveniently located, 2 of which are walking distance!) but Lorac is only at Ulta.  (Maybe it was Sephora back when I was in college?  I’m not sure, but I remember owning a single vibrant Lorac shadow back then.)  Lorac makes three beautiful Pro Palettes, all of which I want to own.  I decided to start with the first mostly because it makes sense to start there, but also because of the shade “Garnet!”

Lorac Pro boasts 16 incredibly wearable shades, half of which are matte and half of which are shimmer.  Though I always thought I preferred matte shades, I’ve come to really need a bit of shimmer to complete a look.

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The matte colors across the top row are white, cream, taupe, light pink, mauve, sable, espresso, and black. The shimmer shades are the bottom row: nude, champagne, gold, light bronze, pewter, garnet, deep purple, and slate.

These shades combined are like the perfect library of neutrals with the power to make a very dramatic look as well!  As you might have guessed it’s the garnet shade that really speaks to me.  It was my inspiration to create this look!

I can’t wait to get my hands on the other Lorac palettes.  Which is your favorite?

Golden Hour

You know I love my eyeshadow palettes!  Because I travel as often as I do, I’m always looking for the perfect portable palette– one that has all the colors I look for on the daily!

Enter: Smashbox Cosmetics Cover Shot Eye Palettes!  Small enough to fit in your travel make-up bag with 8 colors to choose from.  There are seven different Cover Shot Palettes, but I was drawn to Golden Hour.

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I actually picked this one up so long ago– as soon as I saw it in stores, actually!  I just knew that this was going to work for me, since the warm neutrals are great for every day looks with blue eyes.  I’ve been wearing it non-stop since I first tried it out!

These shadows are pigmented, but buildable and blendable.  You can go bolder and create something bronzey and metallic, or more subtle to stick with the neutrals.  My favorite shade is turned on— the warm, pinkish shade that makes my blue eyes pop.

You can shop this & the other versions of this Smashbox travel-sized palettes!

GOLDEN HOUR | ABLAZE | SMOKY | MATTE | SOFTLIGHT | BOLD | METALLIC

Which is your favorite?!

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet

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I always struggle to find a to-go lip product, but Burberry’s Liquid Lip Velvet is an easy winner for me!  Burberry sent me a couple of products to try, and I’m just loving them!

I got two Liquid Lip Velvet colors to try– Fawn, the lighter color above, a pink-nude; and Bright Plum, a deep magenta.  I also got the matching liner in Deep Plum, which is my preferred way to wear liquid lipstick, but having also tried the Liquid Lip Velvet without the liner, it wears perfectly fine without!

I couldn’t have picked two more perfect colors!  Fawn is so on-trend with the your lips, but better nude look.  I’m always looking for something this neutral than just enhances without being too dramatic.  Deep Plum is the opposite– all at once bright & dark, a total statement lip.  Though this is obviously a great choice for fall, the brightness of this color makes me want to rock it in spring too!

While some matte lip colors dry out, Liquid Lip Velvet stayed dewy on my lips for hours, but not in a sticky lipgloss way.  I’m so impressed with how well the color wore and how comfortable the formulation felt!

The final touch was the Fresh Glow highlighting pen in Nude Radiance.  It was suggested I use this on my cupid’s bow and wow did it really pull together the look!  This highlight is beautiful and subtle enough that people (like me) who don’t want to be shiny don’t have to worry.  It’s absolutely gorgeous on the cupid’s bow!  I might be obsessed.

I’m considering picking up another color to add to my collection; (you can see all of the colors here!) which do you think I should get?

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Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Burberry c/o Influenster for testing purposes; all opinions are my own.

Naked Ultimate Basics

Y’all know I’m an eye shadow palette-addict, and as much hype as Urban Decay’s Naked palettes get, I just didn’t find myself reaching for them all that much…

Enter, Naked Ultimate Basics.

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This baby has a lot of color variation– shades like those you’d find in all three of the Naked palettes, so it really bridges the collection.  Notice, I say “like” those you’d find in other Naked palettes, because all 12 of these colors are unique to Ultimate Basics.

This palette only contains matte shades, which is usually a drawback for me, but post-holiday season, I found myself looking for a more natural (read: less sparkly) look.  I’ve been reaching for this palette over and over again!  I’m extra obsessed with “Extra Bitter” right now.

The colors are:

  • Blow: light nude demi-matte, a great highlight shade
  • Nudie: soft pink-nude matte & the perfect base for my eyelids
  • Commando: light taupe-brown matte
  • Tempted: pale brown matte
  • Instinct: medium pink-taupe matte, love to blend with this one
  • Lethal: reddish brown matte
  • Pre-Game: pale yellow matte
  • Extra Bitter: burnth orange matte & the reason I love this palette
  • Faith: medium warm brown matte
  • Lockout: rich neutral brown matte
  • Magnet: smoky gray matte
  • Blackjack: warm black matte

Have you gotten your hands on Naked Ultimate Basics yet?

What palette are you loving lately?

Anastasia Master Palette

My eye shadow skills have grown leaps and bounds over the last couple of years… and with them, my palette collection.  Enter: Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario.  One look at this limited edition beauty created with celebrity make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic and I knew it had to be mine.

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It’s not the neutral palette I usually go for, but it’s warm tones were a complete draw.  The more comfortable I get with my eye make-up, the more I’m willing to push the envelope with bolder shades.  ABH eye shadow is highly pigmented, but extremely blendable!

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This palette has a mixture of finishes from matte to metallic.  While I’ve gravitated toward matte shades in the past, thinking them more wearable, I’ve learned that you need a little shimmer to finish off most looks, especially around the holidays!  ‘Tis not the season to wear an everyday look!

If you’re looking for a stunning Christmas or New Year’s party look, grab this palette!  I get a little nervous with Limited Editions and it’s currently out of stock on Sephora.com, so get it when you see it!  It would also make a lovely gift for the make-up lover in your life.

Have you tried out this palette?  What are your favorite shades?

Too Faced: Grande Hotel Café

Too Faced has put out some beautiful limited edition Christmas sets and they’re just so hard to resist.  They make great gifts for make-up lovers, and the Grande Hotel Café has made a perfect edition to my holiday make-up rotation.

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The Grade Hotel Café opens to reveal three lightly scented palettes: Gingerbread Cookie, Peppermint Mocha, and Eggnog Latte.  Seeing these individually, I could never have decided between them, but you get all three for $49– they even throw in a mini Better Than Sex Mascara!

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I’ve had so much fun creating subtle eyeshadow looks for the season, and I can’t wait to amp it up for holiday parties.

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Each palette includes 6 eyeshadows and one cheek color, which I’ve loved being able to reach for as a finishing touch!

These limited edition holiday sets definitely tug at me when I see them in stores, but I’m so pleased with this purchase!  Which holiday sets have made it to your wish list?