Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set! Review and Swatches!

It can be so stressful trying to find the perfect gift. With the holidays approaching, I wanted to feature some makeup sets that would make great presents for friends and family members that love all things beauty! During the Sephora VIB Sale, I snagged this Stila “Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set” and I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts with you on how amazing it is! First we can talk about how great of a deal this is, you’re getting 6 deluxe size shadows for $45, for an overall value of $72! There are two different formulas in the set, “Glitter & Glow,” which is exactly as the name states, very glittery with noticeable sparkles. “Shimmer & Glow” is a shimmer, satin formula that doesn’t have any chunky glitter. The “Shimmer & Glow” shadows won’t be released until Spring, so I was very excited to try a product that you can only use if you buy this set!

What I love most about these liquid eyeshadows is their long lasting formulation and the very limited fallout I experience (if any) throughout the day! The “Glitter & Glow” will most likely drop a couple sparkles down from your eyelids, onto to your face, but it’s nothing horrible! I always use these before I do my face makeup, just so I can clean up any fallout before I do my foundation and concealer! The consistency of the formula is somewhat watery, but they do dry very quickly so you have to work fast to blend them out! Once they have set, they’re not going anywhere, so make sure you place it exactly where you want it!

I love that you can layer these liquid shadows, without them breaking up and separating on the lid. The applicator is perfect for placing the shadow down, but I like going in with my ring finger and softly blending out the edges of the shadow right after.

Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows

  • Kitten – This is exactly like their award winning powder eyeshadow, a beautiful champagne shade with a bright peachy, pink shimmer throughout. I would use this shade all over the lid to create an easy, but gorgeous eye look that only takes about 30 seconds to look complete!
  • Grace – I’m not going to lie, I thought this color was a little too similar to Kitten and if I was personally curating the shades selected for this kit, I would’ve chosen something that was more golden to give some variety. With that said, this is a very beautiful taupe color with a champagne shimmer. It looks stunning on the eyes and I think I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it!
  • Twig – This is a warm, chestnut brown with golden shimmer. I’ve been using this on my outer corners to give added depth. This is also beautiful smudged on the lower lash line and looks less harsh than a traditional eye liner.

Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows

  • Peachy Sheen – I don’t know if this color will be everyone’s cup of tea, but I personally love it! It will give you that editorial, glossy lid look that you see in high-end beauty campaigns! The peach shimmer is going to be complimentary on so many skin tones as well! This doesn’t have the pigmented base that the other shadows have, but the glitter is incredible and will give you an effortless, while still on-trend eyeshadow look!
  • Smoldering Satin – This is my favorite shadow in the entire collection! I know this is the shade that I’ll get those most wear out of because it’s a neutral champagne shade that has a ton of gold and silver glitter! I am so excited to pair this with a bold lip for upcoming holiday parties! This would also be beautiful with an all matte eyeshadow look on the top eyelid, with a glitter accent on the lower lash line!
  • Next to Notte – I already have a look in mind for an upcoming tutorial using this eyeshadow! It is a gorgeous cranberry red, with pink and silver shimmer! I am really excited to step out of my comfort zone and rock this stunning red glitter shadow!

I can’t say enough good things about this set! I think it’s definitely worth the money and I know I’ll use all of these shades. I think this would make a great gift for anyone that loves makeup! The formula is on point and I think there are enough wearable shades for someone to use these on a daily basis! The box is so cute that you can just stick a bow on it and you have a perfect little present to place under the tree! What did you think of the swatches? Are you planning on giving makeup sets as gifts this Christmas? Let me know in the comments! Thank you so much for reading this review!

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“Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette” Review and Swatches!

It’s sweater weather, so you need a warm eyeshadow palette to feel extra cozy! The “Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette” is a brand new, 12 shadow palette from one of my favorite makeup brands, Tarte Cosmetics! I really love wearing warm shades on my eyes and find them to look somewhat natural on a daily basis. Even though I love makeup and have so many different options, I get the most out of my warm-toned, natural eyeshadows! I was so drawn to this palette in particular because it has both matte and shimmer shades. I knew I could create multiple looks using this one product, making it perfect for getting ready in a rush or traveling!

I wanted to give you a break down on all of the shades and the way they apply! As you can see, the shadows swatch beautifully, but some of them require a little extra work to show up equally as pigmented on the eyes! There are 5 shimmer shades and 7 mattes and I am super pleased with that ratio! In my opinion, you need to have more matte shades so you can create depth in the crease. It’s also nice to highlight your brow bone with a matte light shade and also have a dark enough matte color to add a shadow liner or deepen the outer crease.

  • S’more – This is the perfect “all-over-the-lid” shade. I use this after I apply eye primer to set my eyelid and give an even base to the shades I blend overtop. This is the perfect brow bone highlight too! It’s a bright, matte beige color that will work for a lot of skin tones.
  • Sunrise – I wasn’t very impressed with this color when I swatched it, just because it seems so sheer! I’m happy to report that it looks a lot prettier when you apply it as an eyeshadow! It is a cream shade with a slight golden sheen. If you like to wear really natural colors, you would love this! I love putting this in my inner corners to help my eyes look more awake!
  • Sunset – This is such a perfect gold/bronze shade! It’s not packed with sparkles, so you don’t feel overly glittery when wearing this on a daily basis!
  • Crackle – This is actually such a unique eyeshadow! It is a true brown base, but also has gold flecks throughout! When blending this shade, some of the glitter falls out, so be warned! I think this is best applied in patting motions using your finger to prevent any fallout!
  • Cashmere – A creamy, matte peach shade! I love using this as a transitional shade in my crease! It will be perfect on “no-makeup makeup” days to lightly define!
  • Warmth – This is my favorite matte color in the whole palette! It’s a rusty, terracotta shade that is super pigmented! You need the smallest amount of this color to make a statement! It will instantly warm up any eyeshadow look! I think this is going to be so pretty blended all over the eye and paired with a dark lip for Fall!
  • Flame – By far one of the most metallic colors in the palette! You can apply it with a brush and it will definitely show up on your eyes, but this is another shade that works best with your fingers. It’s a bright copper color with gold shimmer throughout.
  • Cozy – I absolutely love this matte brick color. It’s super creamy and applies evenly on the lids. You do have to be careful when using this alone, either all over the eyelid or underneath your eye because it can make you look slightly sick haha! I think it’s best to add dimension on the outer edges and that’s how I’m personally planning on using it.
  • Candle – I’m so indifferent towards this color because it’s chunky and glittery, but looks so gorgeous on the eyes. I would describe it as a sparkly champagne shimmer! This is the most “high maintenance” color in the palette because you have to use a mixing medium, like M.A.C Fix Plus or the Too Faced Glitter Glue to make it work. You will have a ton of fallout if you try to apply this dry with a brush. It’s best to use your finger to pat it on and work in light layers because it can look uneven and patchy when trying to build it up!
  • Latte – This is my perfect crease shade! It’s one of the more neutral colors in the palette and will help add some variety to natural and more dramatic looks!
  • Simmer – My favorite shimmer shade in the entire palette! This is the most beautiful copper color! It has a gold shift and applies really well with a brush OR your fingertips! I can see this complimenting blue eyes so beautifully!
  • Fireside – This swatch doesn’t do this shade justice, it looks kind of patchy, but it’s really creamy and blendable on the eyes (which is what really matters)! This is a deep plum/brown that looks beautiful as a soft liner if you want to naturally define your lashline. Or you can use it right on the outer corners of your eye for extra drama!

Even though a few of these eyeshadows require a little more work than others, I think this palette is totally worth it! I’m so happy I purchased mine before it sells out and I can already tell that I’m going to use it all the time! You get 12 Amazonian Clay eyeshadows for $46! That’s a really good deal, making each shadow a little less than 4 bucks! They are all extremely pigmented and very creamy, they also smell like vanilla! I have sensitive skin and haven’t had any reaction to the scent or red pigments in these shadows, hooray! This would make an awesome gift for the holidays too! The only person I wouldn’t recommend this palette to, would be someone that hated warm toned eyeshadows because that’s literally all that is inside! Haha! What do you think of this Toasted Eyeshadow Palette? Do you own any of the other Tartelette palettes? If so, I would love to know how this one compares! Have a great week and thank you so much for reading!

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September Favorites!

I have been trying so many new things in September, but only a few items have stood out as absolute favorites! I love sharing the different things that I recommend to my family, friends and coworkers! My “monthly favorites” are the products that I know will work for a variety of skin types and people with different levels of experience with makeup. I try to include products that are great for everyday use because the majority of my life consists of work and activities that limit how glam I can be from 8 am – 5 pm (although I do wish I could wear glitter eyeshadow to weekly meetings).

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Brow Powder Duo – $23.00

I recently picked up this old favorite of mine that I haven’t used in years! The Anastasia brow powder duo is a two-shade product that helps fill in and shape the brows! This is the most natural way to define your eyebrows, so if you don’t like using a pencil or pomade, definitely try this out! The formula is so good, it will stay put and is completely smudge proof. You can build up this powder, so I recommend using different amounts of pressure to get the desired light-to-dark effect on your brows. With the lighter shade in the duo, gently fluff it with feather-like strokes into the front of your eyebrows. With the darker shade, use slightly more pressure and precisely shape your arch and tail. They have 11 shade options to choose from and I use the duo in “Ash Brown.” By using a powder, you will get a much softer and natural effect, while still looking like you put effort into your eyebrows!

China Glaze, Street Regal Collection – $7.50

If you know me, you know I have an obsession with blue nail polish. I have always loved royal blue shades, but I’ve noticed that so many of them chip within a day of wear. I know certain colors are more difficult to formulate than others, so maybe blue is one of the cursed ones! I finally found one that is a cream finish and lasts really well on my nails! The China Glaze “Street Regal Collection” is online only at Ulta.com. The blue polish is called, “Born To Rule.” They have some absolutely stunning Fall shades in the range and I would recommend checking them out online if you enjoy doing your nails at home! I have been pairing any polish with the CND Vinylux Weekly Topcoat and I think that also helps prolong the wear of the manicure!

L’Oreal, Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick – $9.99

This is by far the best liquid lipstick formula at the drugstore! The most standout feature for me is the longevity, this will stay on your lips without fading or transferring for hours…it lasted throughout an entire meal without budging! You actually have to use an oil-based makeup remover to get this stuff off! It’s matte, but not uncomfortably drying. I really love the applicator because it allows you to be super precise when filling in your lips and it distributes just the right amount of product. I have mine in the shade, “Stirred,” which is a vampy, burgundy color. Be warned that the colors are darker than what they appear in the tube! I’m super excited to try out some of the more wearable nude shades now that I know the formula is top-shelf status!

Kiehl’s, Midnight Recovery Eye – $37

My under eyes are such a problem area for me. I’ve tried a lot of different eye creams and never found “the one” or a formula that did everything it claimed to do. I have super sensitive skin, so most eye creams would actually burn my skin and give me a reaction with small white bumps. I have been testing the Bobbi Brown eye cream for awhile and it’s really good, it was actually my favorite for a few months. When I ran out of that one, I decided to try out the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye because 1. Sephora finally sells this brand 2. So many people rave about it being their holy grail eye cream 3. No parabens, mineral oil, fragrance, silicones 4. Affordable in comparison to other popular eye creams! This claims to help with dryness, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. Since using it, I’ve noticed a significant difference in my dark circles, which is super exciting! I’ve noticed an increase in hydration and my fine lines seem to be fading! It’s absolutely a miracle product and I would highly recommend it if you’re like me and desperately trying to prevent any signs of premature aging!

Tarte, On the Prowl Tarteist PRO Magnetic Palette – $10

These magnetic palettes make life so much more convenient! You can pop in your single shadows, blushes, highlighters, powders, literally anything that you can de-pot and keep them in one little place! These are really ideal to keep your 3-4 essential products that you know you reach for every day. You don’t have to dig through your vanity or worry about misplacing anything, because you have it all in one compact place. I have a few different Z Palettes and although they’re nice, I really do prefer these Tarte magnetic palettes so much more! These come with a mirror and they’re more padded than the other ones I’ve tried in the past. I would definitely feel comfortable and confident that my powders wouldn’t break when traveling with the Tarte version. The camo print is so adorable and fun! They also have a leopard print and some limited edition holiday versions as well! Any product that helps keep me and my makeup collection somewhat organized is a winner!

That is all for my September Favorites! I love using all of these products and I feel like you would too! Let me know if you are also enjoying any of these beauty items! What were your favorites in September?! Please leave me a comment letting me know! I love talking to you guys and I feel like I get so many awesome product recommendations! I hope everyone has a great week!

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Anastasia Brow Powder

China Glaze Nail Polish

Loreal Liquid Lipstick

Kiehl’s Eye Cream

Tarte Magnetic Palette

It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Palette Review!


Whenever I’m rushing out the door for work or attempting to pack lightly for a trip, I always turn to my multi-use, face palettes to consolidate the makeup application process! Reaching for a single palette in the morning helps me complete my every day makeup routine faster, so I’m always in the market for a good one! I recently came across the It Cosmetics “Je Ne Sais Quoi” face palette at Ulta and was instantly intrigued! First of all, it seemed to be worth the money since it only cost $42 and was valued at $80 worth of product. It Cosmetics is a prestigious brand with a reputation for being formulated with great skincare ingredients since the brand was developed with the help of plastic surgeons, so it’s hard to pass up whenever I can find it at an “on sale” price! Secondly, this has a face powder, bronzer, blush and highlight! That’s everything you need to finish off your face (and eyes) efficiently!        

   

Starting in the top left corner, we have the new “Bye Bye Pores Blush.” This product is supposed to add color to the face, without settling into fine lines or emphasizing unsightly pores. It’s a very fresh, matte pink color that instantly awakens the look of your skin and provides a healthy dose of color to your face. I love how long-wearing this product is as well! I noticed the color was still vibrant and opaque 12 hours after applying! 

         

To the right of the blush, is the translucent face powder, which happens to be their best selling and award-winning, “Bye Bye Pores Pressed Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder.” I’ve never gotten the chance to try this product before this palette, but I had a “where have you been all my life” moment after applying! It’s so silky and definitely not chalky or drying, which are characteristics of many translucent powders! This is awesome for setting the under eye area after applying concealer, or using as an all over setting powder after liquid foundation! Either way, this powder seriously fills in any pores and will glide over any dry skin or textured areas on the face! 

         

Beneath the blush is the new “Sunshine in a Compact Matte Bronzer!” This product is meant to warm up your face and provide a subtle, bronzed glow to your entire complexion. This particular shade is a little light for my medium skin tone, but I think it would be perfect for anyone with a fair-to-light complexion! I will say this was a slight disappointment to me because it’s really not my kind of bronzer, but it is useable to blend out a contour or to quickly swipe on my eyes for some subtle definition. It is a very long lasting formula and blends beautifully on the skin, it’s just a really light color that you have to take time building up! 

    

Lastly, the new “Perfect Lighting Luminizer” is in the bottom right corner of the palette and is definitely my favorite thing about this! It’s such a beautiful, champagne-gold glow that lasts for such a long time! It’s very shiny, but subtle since it doesn’t have any glitter! This instantly makes your face look hydrated and glowy, which I love for the Winter months! I can see this working on so many skin tones, so I was very happy that this specific shade was chosen for the palette! 

     


I do think this product is worth the money and I would totally recommend it to friends and family! I think this is great if you’re interested in all-in-one palette that delivers on it’s claim to perfect the look of your skin and give a gorgeous glow! After using all of these products together, I can totally see the cohesiveness of selecting these shades for the palette. Each one blends seamlessly into the next; giving a soft, yet sculpted appearance to your face. You can totally use the bronzer and highlight shades as eyeshadows and shorten your makeup routine even more! I think this is great for travel and would make an awesome gift for a minimal makeup girl that wants all of her products in one compact! It Cosmetics is an awesome brand, so it’s a relief that their formula isn’t changed even though they’re in a palette form! 

     

What do you think of multi-purpose palettes? Do you like having all of your face products in one compact, or do you enjoy using multiple makeup items from different brands? Let me know in the comments section! Also let me know what your all-time favorite palettes are so I can try them out next! Thank you so much for reading! 

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Sephora VIB Haul! 


How can anyone resist a good 20% off Sephora sale?! I fell victim to this seasonal discount because some of these brands never go on sale and I just had to have these items, okay?! This is a great time to stock up on pricey skincare and repurchase those staples that you know you will use time and time again. Aside from the sheer thrill of new makeup, I always look forward to this promotion because Sephora usually brings out great seasonal value sets! As you will notice, I was able to get my greedy little paws on some great makeup, skincare and hair sets this year! I wanted to show you what I purchased, with a brief review on how that product has been performing for the brief week I have used it! Sometimes first impressions can tell a lot about a product, right?! I also wanted to help out if you’ve been eyeing some of these items for gifts and needed some help determining the overall value of these sets and whether or not buying individually is worth it!

    

Makeup

      

Urban Decay, All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Duo, $39.00.

       

This is an awesome deal because only purchasing one of these bottles will cost you $31.00! The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is a holy-grail item for me because it will make your makeup last all day, keep it from smearing or transferring and fading. It also lays all of your powder products down flat, so you won’t have a cakey or overly matte appearance. One bottle will last you a few months, so you can’t go wrong with purchasing the set of two and having a back up! Love this stuff, especially at such a great price for the two full-size versions!

    
MAKE UP FOR EVER, Pro Light Fusion Highlighter, “2 Golden,” $39.00.

       

I have been lusting after this gorgeous highlighter for months! Laura Geller Gilded Honey is my favorite highlight of all time, but I would have to say this one is a close second! The pigment is gorgeous and it is definitely not chunky or glittery. The shine is a wet-look, glossy, smooth finish that compliments any skin type! I can see this product layering beautifully with a cream highlight underneath since it is so evenly pigmented. The color is a true champagne-gold, but it is light enough to be wearable for fair skin tones. It also lasts incredibly long on the skin, which is just another bonus!

     
Benefit Cosmetics, Sassy Lassie “Chick Picks” Beauty Bestsellers Kit, $39.00.

       

This is an AMAZING deal if you love Benefit products! You get a full-size Roller Lash mascara, which is an amazing product if you struggle to keep your eyelashes curled throughout the day. You also will get a full-size Porefessional Primer, which is great for filling in pores and creating a smooth canvas for your face makeup to adhere to. A full-size Ka-Brow eyebrow pomade that I recently mentioned in my October favorites as being a must-have product! You also get a smaller sized version of their beloved Hoola bronzer as well! So much value in such a little box! I think this is a great gift for anyone, whether they’re a makeup expert or a beginner!

     
stila, Stay All Day Lip Liner, “Marsala,” $20.00.

      

This lip liner is always talked about by beauty influencers, so I decided to give it a whirl! The color “Marsala” is unique to any other lip liners in my collection because it is a warm-toned, peachy-brown color, that I think will compliment those no-lipstick days where I just want to line my lips and throw a chapstick or clear gloss over it. I love that it is a roll-up liner and not a sharpening one, because lets face it, those are an absolute pain to constantly have to maintain a sharp point!

      

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick – Holiday Kiss Collection, “Lolita II,” $21.00.

        

I own the original cult favorite shade, “Lolita” in both the lipstick and liquid lipstick version! The shade “Lolita II” is a warm, peach color in a matte finish. The formula of these lipsticks are super long-wearing, creamy, but with a soft matte finish. They have that wonderful, yummy, vanilla scent like M.A.C lipsticks too! I love this limited edition holiday packaging, which is more glamorous than the standard black studded tubes. I would recommend this shade to anyone because I think it’s neutral enough for different undertones and can be worn with dramatic and natural makeup looks. 

         

MAKE UP FOR EVER, Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation, “118 = Y325,” $43.00.

     

I have heard so many amazing reviews about the formulation of this product that I just had to try it while I could get a mini discount during this sale! It’s a satin finish that is perfect for dry skin types, aka me during these Winter months! I LOVE this product so much, I’ve been testing it out for the past week and it’s long-lasting, creamy, full-coverage and somehow still natural looking! It blends out beautifully with a brush or beauty blender. It will not emphasize pores or cling to texture and dry areas. I’m so glad they have an expansive shade selection with a color for anyone! Plus, it makes it easier to sort by undertones, for example the Y in my shade “118 = Y325” stands for yellow undertone; genius! 

Hair

   

Sephora Favorites, Hair Rescue Masks On The Go, $25.00.

  

I got this kit because I have always wanted to try high-end hair masks, but could never justify the price point! I am really excited to try all of these out because they are top-rated on the Sephora website and have received stellar reviews. Recently, I have been using a purple toning shampoo for my balayage hair, which unfortunately tends to dry out my ends more than usual! With that said, I can definitely see these sample products helping me out during the winter months!

  

Skincare

    

Origins, Origins Bestsellers, $45.00.

    
If you know me, you know I swear by all Origins skincare! I love every single one of these items in this kit, so I could not pass up on buying! If you are looking for a good skincare brand that is all natural, but also really works, then look no further! Their Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash is an awesome cleanser that is perfect for sensitive skin! The Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is great if you have enlarged pores or blackheads. This is one of those masks that will literally pull dirt out of your face, which is both intriguing and disgusting. This will be my first time trying the, By All Green Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask, but I will surely keep you posted on whether or not it’s a winner! My holy-grail nighttime moisturizer is and always will be the High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream so I was so happy to see this in the kit! It smells like oranges and you will wake up with refreshed and hydrated skin! I love seeing a noticeable difference in the texture of my skin and I know this moisturizer has been the main reason it has improved over the last year! The GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer is a good day-time product that will hydrate and prime before makeup application. The GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream is an “eh” product, I’ve never really been a huge fan, although some people swear by this eye cream! It’s definitely not bad, just doesn’t do a whole lot for my dark circles.

   
CLINIQUE, Pep-Start Eye Cream, $26.50.

  

I decided to purchase the full-size of this eye cream after receiving a sample from Sephora! If you wake up with puffy eyes and can’t seem to find a good moisturizing cream to help, then you should really try this! You only need a tiny bit and it will take down any swelling, while also smoothing out those pesky fine lines and dry areas. It also will not cause your concealer or any makeup you apply over it to crease or settle underneath your eye, which can be the case with other hydrating eye products. I would highly recommend this and could see myself continually repurchasing!

   

LAVANILA, Sport Luxe Deodorant, $16.00.

  

I’m not going to lie, $16 for a deodorant sounds kind of ridiculous, but that’s why I decided to purchase it while it was slightly discounted! I have had such horrible lucky with finding an aluminum-free deodorant that really works! So far, so good with this product, but I haven’t used it for long enough to know if it is truly worth the money! It’s so hard finding a great, all-natural deodorant for some reason, so if this one continues to impress me, I probably will repurchase!

Thank you for taking the time to read about the products I purchased during the VIB sale at Sephora! Let me know your favorite products that you picked up during the sale!

Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo Review! 

Touch In Sol, Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo, $25.


I’m the type of girl who finds glitter appropriate for any occasion. Daytime or nighttime, I love to wear shimmery shades on my eyelids with zero shame. The “Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo” is a double-ended, liquid and glitter eyeshadow duo that claims to be very pigmented and long-lasting! I had initially checked out this product while browsing Sephora.com, but it didn’t have a lot of reviews at the time, so I decided to skip out. I was recently watching Jaclyn Hill and she was raving about how amazing this product is, so I decided to pick it up before all the colors sold out! I got mine in the shade, “Margaret” which is described as a champagne shade online. I do think it is more of a copper-champagne shade just because it has more of a rusty undertone than gold.
     

I decided to use the M.A.C paint pot in “Soft Ochre” before applying the liquid eyeshadow. I wanted to use a more “dry” formula of primer to prevent any creasing that tends to come with gel or liquid eyeshadow products. I applied the liquid eyeshadow straight from the applicator and onto my eyelids. Then I buffed out the edges and smoothed it over by gently tapping my finger over the lid. Next, I used a blending brush with no eyeshadow on it and tried to blend the edges of the liquid. I took the Makeup Geek eyeshadow in the shade, “Peach Smoothie” to provide some definition to my crease and further blend the eyelid color. I also took another Makeup Geek eyeshadow in the shade “Bitten” and blended it into my outer crease for a wide-eye effect. 

Left side: Liquid eyeshadow only. Right side: Glitter layered on top.

Now it is time for the best part of all; GLITTER! I sprayed a flat shader brush with some M.A.C Fix Plus Spray to give the loose glitter something to stick to and act as a mixing medium. Then I applied directly to my eyelids, making sure to not get glitter into the crease and only stick to the lid. I kept my eye closed for about 30 seconds to help it dry and prevent the glitter from transferring onto my brow bone area. I immediately noticed how finely milled the glitter is, making it comfortable and not scratchy-feeling on the eyes. As you can see in the photo, it layers beautifully onto the liquid shadow, giving you a richly pigmented and metallic look! 

     

I wore this makeup look for 10 hours and was pleasantly surprised at how well both the liquid and glitter eye shadow lasted throughout the day. I will say that there was little fallout from some sparkles coming loose and transferring onto my brow bone and cheek bones. Nothing too intense though and certainly not a deterrent from purchasing this product. I was also very happy that this eyeshadow did not irritate my eyelids at all! I read that it is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates, which is always wonderful to discover! 

     

The “Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo” is totally worth it if you are a glitter lover like me! At $25, I would say it’s fairly priced because it’s double ended and a high quality formula! There are 5 shades in the range, so you’re bound to find a color that suits your preference best! What other new products have your eye this holiday season? Let me know! 

August Favorites!


Well August flew by! I feel like I just wrote my monthly favorites for July, ah! Regardless, I am really excited to share some of my new favorite products and exciting beauty discoveries for the month. A lot of these products are new items in my collection and products I haven’t heard much buzz about from the beauty community, so hopefully you find some of these mini reviews helpful!     


SEPHORA COLLECTION Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara, $12. 

As I was browsing the “Just Added” section of Sephora.com (one of my favorite pastimes) I noticed this new mascara by Sephora Collection. I usually don’t buy too much from this brand, but once I read that this is both a lengthening and volumizing mascara, I figured I would try it out! Typically, I use two mascaras to achieve a dramatic lash effect, but in this case, this product can do the work of both combined in one convenient product! After using this product for a few weeks, I can definitely say it saves me a lot of time getting ready in the morning because it does lengthen and provide volume, without me having to switch mascaras! This effect is due to its flat-paddle wand, which you use by taking the flat side of the wand to lift your lashes and create volume, and then use the comb side to lengthen! Something else I love about this mascara is that it lasts all day, doesn’t flake, but somehow removes easily with just warm water! Amazing, huh?! Definitely try this out if you want a time saver product that will give you big and bold lashes! 

     


It’s Skin Cookie & Body Ice Cream, $10.

Just stop reading this blog post now and spring to your nearest Sephora because you need this. I may not know you personally, but I do know you need this product in your life. Of course the novelty of this adorable little “ice cream” container is EVERYTHING, but the actual product inside is equally as exciting! This cream is full of nutrients that will soften and improve the texture of your skin and I can definitely agree with that claim! It is also feel of chemical sulfates and phthalates, so yay for that too! It is so softening on my hands, arms and legs and never feels greasy! A lot of times with scented lotions, I find that they have that sticky, oily feeling, which never actually moisturizes and just feelings annoying throughout the day. This body cream smells like warm cookies, I don’t know how to explain the warm smell, but they mastered it. I have the Mint scent and it has little “chocolate chip-like” beads that absorb into the skin after application. It’s seriously a must have and I cannot wait to try out the other scents as well!

    


stila, Eye Shadow, $18.

I recently received this eye shadow in the shade “Kitten” as a 500-Point Perk from Sephora! Let me just say, I cant believe I haven’t tried this award winning shade before?! I am a huge fan of highlighting my inner corner with a bright, shimmery, champagne shade and this product is exactly that! I will say, you do have to use a primer to get the full-effect of this eye shadow, because otherwise it is not as vibrant or long-lasting. However, it does look stunning on the eyes and can even be used as an intense cheekbone highlight! I have been using this a lot during the month of August to look more awake on those sleepy mornings, rushing off to work!
   
stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, “Moray”

The stila Smudge stick liners are by far my favorite eyeliners because they not only stay put on your waterline, but they are also creamy enough to blend out on your lower lash line for a soft effect. I have been loving the shade “Moray” because it’s an olive green color with gold glitter. I find that combination especially flattering for my brown eyes, but of course I think this would be gorgeous on any eye color! I’m so excited to continue wearing this color into the fall season since olive is very on trend this year! You can also use these liners as an eyeshadow base to make any powder colors you place on top really pop! I love blending out this gorgeous green color and then going over top with a gold, shimmery shadow for a beautiful foiled effect! 
     
NYX, Soft Matte Lip Cream, in the shade “Stockholm”

I’ve loved these liquid lipsticks for such a long time because they’re affordable and come in so many different colors! Recently, I’ve been loving the shade “Stockholm” because it’s a warm-rose neutral color that looks great as an everyday lipstick. The trick to applying this particular formula so it doesn’t dry out your lips, is to only use a very thin layer of product and then lightly press it out with your finger tip, removing any excess product! Since this formula is very mousey, you can add too much product by just applying the dispensed amount from the wand, causing it to look thick and super dried out on the lips! Instead, I use my ColourPop Lip primer or a light Chapstick and gently tap out the lip cream onto my lips. This color is going to transition beautifully into the fall months and I have a feeling I’ll be buying more soon! 

          
      


Stella McCartney, “Pop” perfume, sample size. 

I received this product as another point perk at Sephora and I’m in love! I definitely will buy the full size “Pop” perfume once I finish this teeny bottle! When I looked up the notes on Sephora.com it said, “Tomato Leaves, Violet Leaves, And Green Mandarin, Violet, Tuberose, Plumeria, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Musks,” which I definitely wouldn’t have guessed that’s what this smelled like! All I can tell you is it’s a very feminine and fresh scent, but it’s not floral or powdery smelling! It’s a mature perfume, but definitely still smells energizing and different from a lot of my other fragrances! If you’re just looking to try something new and different, I would recommend just trying some in-store and seeing if you like how it smells on you! I was really impressed that this perfume lasted so long on me too and didn’t fade off by the end of the day!

     


Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner

This is my new every day shampoo and conditioner and I truly believe it’s helping my hair grow! Once I read the claims that it helps with hair loss and promotes growth, I knew I needed to try it immediately! I have really long hair, but I always seem to shed like crazy and have a whole ponytail worth of hair in my brush once I’m finished coming through! Since using this shampoo and conditioner, I’ve noticed my hair falling out significantly less. Plus it’s actually growing faster than I’ve ever seen it grow before! I love that this formula is sulfate free since I do have color treated hair. It gives me volume and truly cleans my hair from root-to-tip. The only downside is the smell…it’s very earthy and kind of smells like licorice for some reason, which is just personally a bad scent for me. But other than that, it’s pretty reasonably priced and actually delivers on its claims! 

    

Thank you for taking the time to read about my August favorites! Let me know the products you’ve been using and loving all month long and maybe they’ll end up in my September version of this series 🙂 

     

Links to shop my favorite products! 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara, $12. 

http://m.sephora.com/product/P408602

It’s Skin Cookie & Body Ice Cream, $10. 

http://m.sephora.com/cookie-body-ice-cream-P411212    

stila, Eye Shadow, in the shade Kitten, $18.

http://m.sephora.com/eye-shadow-P8431

Stella McCartney, “Pop” perfume, sample size. 

http://m.sephora.com/product/P406521?icid2=skugrid    

stila, Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, in the shade “Moray,” $22. 

http://m.sephora.com/smudge-stick-waterproof-eye-liner-P261621

NYX, Soft Matte Lip Cream, in the shade “Stockholm,” $5.99.

http://www.ulta.com/soft-matte-lip-cream?productId=xlsImpprod3020045#

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, both $10.99.

http://www.ulta.com/jamaican-black-castor-oil-strengthen-grow-restore-shampoo?productId=xlsImpprod11361001 

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