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Naked Heat

My improved make-up skills go hand-in-hand with learning what suits me.  For eye shadow, it’s always been warmth.  With my blue eyes and light skin, nothing lights me up like a warm shadow look.  When I heard about the Naked Heat palette, I knew it would be the best one for me yet.

In truth, I don’t reach much for my Naked palettes much any more.  The neutral shades were great when I was apprehensive about eye shadow, but they lack the golden, bronze, and orange shades I’m drawn to.  I love reddish shades and golden-flecked pinks.  Naked Heat swept in and saved the day.

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Rainforest of the Sea vol. II

I’m a big fan of Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea line– the water-based foundation is still my go-to!  The original Rainforest of the Sea palette called to me with it’s wearable, ocean-inspired shades.  I knew I’d have to pick up Rainforest of the Sea volume II  (And hi, I just saw vol. 3 in stores, but let’s focus here.)

Volume II blows volume I out of the water for me.  The shades are slightly warmer, which makes it more appealing to me.

The palette itself features a coral design in purples, blue, and gold– very similar color scheme to volume 1, while still being noticeably different.

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Inside, it’s gorgeous!

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It features shades:

  • pearl (white shimmer, perfect for the inner corner of your eye)
  • conch (a perfect beige base for your shadow look)
  • sunset (yellow gold, quite shimmery!)
  • marina (my favorite warm brown!)
  • seaside (a medium brown, great for the outer corner)
  • siren (dark brown, for a more dramatic look)
  • breezy (shimmer slate)
  • riptide (called “steel blue” by Tarte, but really it’s an off-black)

See it on me:

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L to R: riptide, breezy, siren, seaside, marina, sunset, conch, pearl

I used this palette in my last weekend vlog to create a pretty casual summer look, and I was SO HAPPY with the results.  I started with conch, worked marina through my crease, brushed sunset across my lids, did a little shading with seaside, and added pearl to the inner corners of my eyes.

I’m officially obsessed with this palette.  Have you tried it out yet?!

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?!

Essie Gel Couture

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Lately, nothing compares to Essie Gel Couture.  I love this nail polish, guys.

Let me start by saying I’ve never gotten a gel manicure before in my life.  I own far too many bottles of nail polish to pay someone else to do them.  I have tried the at-home version before with a brand I thought I liked.  I bought the special polish and the special gel top coat but I actually found the quality to be worse than if I did regular polish & regular top coat.  I thought I’d never bother trying again.

Something about Essie swayed me though, and I picked up the Gel Couture color Pre-Show Jitters. It was the exact color I was looking for; though it’s technically white, there’s just a slight pink hue.  I picked up the Gel Couture top coat too, and instantly it felt different than my previous foray into at-home gel manicures.

I loved the color and rocked Gel Couture at a wedding I went to recently.  I didn’t notice a single chip or scratch, despite doing my nails 3 days before the event.  When I do my nails, I usually get a good week out of a manicure– usually 5 days and I push it to 7 with some chips and scratches.  With Gel Couture, I went a full 2 weeks without a chip.  They looked completely fresh for a good 10 days, with maybe some minor scratches by the time day 14 rolled around.

I’ve done my nails many times since then, but I keep thinking about that Gel Couture… and I can’t wait to add new colors to my collection!

Get yourself some Essie Gel Couture now and thank me later.