Anastasia Beverly Hills

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.

thumb_IMG_3577_1024.jpg

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!

thumb_IMG_3579_1024.jpg

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?

Advertisements

What We Wore: Wedding Guests

IMG_3233.JPG

I’m not one for OOTD-type posts, (this will, in fact, be the third to appear on this blog!) but I had to share these photos.

If you watched my vlog from this past weekend, you’ll know that Matt & I attended a wedding.  It’s pretty challenging for both of us to find dress clothes as we’re both rather small, but we managed to get it together.  I’m pleasantly surprised with how well we clean up!

On Matt: Suit: J. Crew | Shirt: Uniqlo | Skinny Tie: Penguin | Shoes: John Varvatos

On Nicole: Dress: Aidan Maddox | Shoes: Nina | Eyes: Anastasia New Renaissance | Nails: Essie Gel Couture in Pre-Show Jitters | Lips: Urban Decay Vice in Hitch Hike | Wristlet: Coach

It was a beautiful wedding, but these dancing machines really tired themselves out and are looking forward to a little more of a low key weekend.  Hopefully!  What do you have going on this weekend?

New Renaissance

At it again… a new palette perfect for the transition to fall!

IMG_3237.JPG

I picked up Anastasia Beverly Hills New Renaissance palette over the summer and didn’t get the chance to play around with it until late August.  I got obsessed with it, creating everyday neutral looks and bolder looks to highlight my blue eyes.  The berry tones are perfect for autumn-addicts, but I live in the golden orange tones.

The packaging of this palette is what I’m not crazy about.  It’s a velvet-y blush pink– the feel of it reminds me of the original Urban Decay Naked Palette.  Inside is lovely, though– 14 shades of warmth & light!  ABH describes the colors as follows:

  • Tempera: velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
  • Golden Ochre: earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
  • Vermeer: iridescent shell with a metallic finish
  • Buon Fresco: antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
  • Antique Bronze: metallic sable with a satin finish
  • Love Letter: raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
  • Cyprus Umber: dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
  • Realgar: brick with an ultra-matte finish
  • Warm Taupe: earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
  • Venetian Red: crimson with an ultra-matte finish
  • Red Ochre: sienna with an ultra-matte finish
  • Primavera: shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
  • Burnt Orange: deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
  • Raw Sienna: neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish

This is the first time I’ve tried ABH’s eye shadows, and I must say I’m impressed!  The colors that drew me to this palette remind me of Kat Von D’s Monarch palette.  While these shadows are certainly pigmented, they are slightly less so than those of KVD in a good way!  They are more blendable and easier to work with, which is valuable when you’re working in vibrant colors!  I used this palette to create the look I wore to this wedding.

Being the first permanent palette ABH offers, this really encompasses neutral territory but also adds a bit of a dramatic flair.  I’m loving it!  Have you picked this up or do you plan to?

October Favorites

Many a Youtuber has asked, is the 4th too late for a monthly favorites video?  The answer, of course, is no… because mine seems to always land on the fourth of the next month!  Truthfully, this video has been up for a while, but today is the day I’m sharing it on the blog.

Go ahead and watch to see what I’ve been loving lately!