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Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Hi all! I hope you are having a great weekend!  I am, it’s storming right now in Kansas City, but I have a pretty new palette to play with, so that’s okay!

I bought myself a birthday gift — the Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette ($65 USD). I’ve been wanting to try a Natasha Denona palette, but the normal sized ones are $129, and I can justify spending that much on eyeshadow.  $65 is still a lot, but it is half the price. I have heard that the quality of these shadows are amazing, so I was excited to try it out!

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Isn’t she gorgeous?!  The shades are:

  • Poppy (crimson bronze metallic)
  • Citrine (warm yellow matte)
  • Phlox (burnt warm crimson metallic)
  • Awakening (lavender nude duo-chrome)
  • Laurel (peachy champagne metallic)
  • Aster (violet mauve duo-chrome)
  • Glory (fuchsia matte)
  • Azalea (pink copper duo-chrome)
  • Morgan (pastel coral creamy matte)
  • Agate (champagne apricot metallic)
  • Clove (dark maroon creamy-matte)
  • Carnelian (burnt light orange creamy-matte)
  • Jasper (bright terracotta creamy-matte)
  • Morning (light apricot creamy-matte)
  • Day Spring (nude bronze metallic)

Here’s a close up of each side of the palette:

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And here are the swatches:

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Top Row left to right — Poppy, Citrine, Phlox, Awakening and Laurel

All of these shimmers and metallics are gorgeous and so buttery!  I had to swatch Citrine twice.  It does blend out nicely, I just wanted a very bright swatch so you could see the color.  My favorite shade of this row is Awakening.  It’s a stunning duo chrome that is described as lavender nude.  It looks amazing all over the lid.IMG_0981

Second row left to right — Aster, Glory, Azalea, Morgan and Agate

My favorite shades in the row are Aster and Morgan.  Morgan is gorgeous in the crease as a transition shade with any of the other shadows in the palette.  It’s so versatile.  And Aster is just purpley goodness!IMG_0982

Third row left to right — Clove, Carnelian, Jasper, Morning and Day Spring

Such pretty warm shades!  Clove was the hardest shade to blend.  It’s a bit patchy.  but it is a nice color to deepen a look.  Day Spring is a beautiful bronze and is perfect for topping the oranges and yellows.

This palette was quite a splurge, but I’m so glad I got it.  The quality of the shadows are so luxe and blend very well.  I’m having fun creating bright looks for the summer.  I also think that this will work well in the fall, too!


Have you picked up the Sunrise palette or do you have a Natasha Denona palette?

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Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Collection!

 

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Hi all!  I hope you are doing well and ready for the weekend.  I was sent these items from Urban Decay for my honest review.

Speaking of the weekend, The Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection includes all of the fun, glittery products that are perfect for weekend festivals and of course, Pride! Create a gorgeous rainbow look, or duplicate the trans or pan flags!  There are so many fun looks to create.

Or, just wear these for every day.  A little glitter adds a lot of fun!

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Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Gel ($22 USD) — The shades from left to right are Party Monster, Distortion, Saturday Stardust, Soul Love and Disco Daydream.  There is also a golden shade called Dreamland.

This super-pigmented, high-coverage formula suspends hyper-reflective glitter in a non-sticky, water-based gel. This can be used on eyes, body, and face.  It applies really easily, but when it dries, it dries down and stays for hours!  These are gorgeous and fun for the summer!IMG_0964

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($21 USD) — These have been around for a while, but they have come out with new shades.  From left to right — Disco Daydream, Starfire, Gunmetal, Stage Dive, Studio, Goldmine and Stonewall. There’s also a pinky/orange called Volume.

This eyeliner features superfine, multi-dimensional glitter in a clear, water-based formula that’s buildable, dries down quickly, and stays put for long wear without any fallout.

You can use the thin tip for an eyeliner.  I also love to use the side of the brush to sweep the sparkle all over my lids. It’s a pretty shadow topper.

Plus, 25% of the purchase price from the limited-edition Stonewall* shade will benefit Stonewall Community Foundation—an organization that strengthens the LGBTQIA+ community through grantmaking and scholarship programs.  So important!

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($22 USD) — This is a bestselling product, and there are 4 new shades!  From top to bottom is Wild Side, Roxy Electric Empire and Viper.

This eyeliner goes on smoothly, stays soft and super-creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that won’t budge. Line your eyes with a hint of color or opt for a graphic, dramatic look.

Created with 50 percent moisturizing ingredients suspended in a waterproof formula, 24/7 Eye Pencil gets a boost from vitamin E, jojoba oil, and cottonseed oil. IMG_0963

Urban Decay HI-FI SHINE Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss ($20 USD) From left to right Hot Love, Star Stunner, Disco Queen and Wildside.

These are new and very sparkly additions to this lip gloss line. Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss glides on cushiony-soft and leaves lips feeling comfy and plush without any stickiness. Laced with vitamin E and peppermint oil, the hydrating formula leaves lips feeling nourished, creates the look of fuller, plumper lips, and comes in a fresh vanilla-mint flavor.

I have a couple of these in cream and sheer formulas, so it was fun to try these shimmery ones!

Here’s a swatches of one shade of each product:

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These are the Glitter Gel in Distortion, the Liquid Liner in Stonewall, the 24/7 Eyeliner in Roxy and the Lip Gloss in Wildside.  And yes, the glitter gels are as gorgeous in person as the swatch!

All of these products are fun to use and gorgeous on!  And the eye products are all very long lasting, which is the norm for Urban Decay!


 

Have you picked up anything from the Urban Decay Heavy Metal collection? Is anything speaking to you???

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

Allure Beauty Box June 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my June Allure Beauty Box.  The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

Here’s the June box:

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I think this is a pretty good box.  I have already used the Moroccanoil and the Avene mist.  They are both wonderful products.

I am also going to be trying out the eye cream.  I haven’t tried anything from the brand Context before, but I am looking forward to using it.

I will probably also try the Floss lip gloss. Or I might give it away.  And the BrowGal pencil is in Medium Brown and I have dark brown hair.  I might give it a try.

The SGX NYC texture spray looks fun, but I might pass it along.

This is such an affordable box and it always introduces me to new brands, which I like!  For the price, I use a good amount of the products and give away some.  I do enjoy it!

Do you get Allure?  Did you get the same products this month?

 

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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — June 2018

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Hey all!  It’s time for my June Ipsy Glam Bag Plus review! This is a subscription box that will always include 5 full-sized items. And the items included are mostly luxe or higher end items. This is such a great value for the high quality items included.

I have pretty much enjoying this subscription. I usually only use a couple of the items I receive each month, so I’m not sure how long I will keep it.

Here’s what I received for June:

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The total is $276.  That’s mostly because of the 111Skin booster.

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I enjoy PUR’s products, but I am very stocked up on mascara.  I will add it to the pile or give it to one of my daughters.

The Trestique crayon and balm are way to dark for me.  I don’t wear berry shades.  I will be giving this to a friend.

img_0930.jpg This is a black cake liner.  It’s dry, so you ad water to activate it.  I don’t wear black liner, so I will give this away to my daughter.

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Now this is a product I will use!  On the 111Skin website, it states:

Now formulated with increased Vitamin C levels, this concentrated treatment targets signs of hyper pigmentation, age spots, and uneven skin tone. The booster utilises actives which are designed to inhibit tyrosinase production, both reducing and preventing discolouration.

You can mix this with moisturizer or use it alone like a serum.  That’s probably how I will use it at night.  Actually, I will try both ways.  I’m looking forward to looking younger in a few weeks (I hope)!

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This is an Ipsy collab with Tetris. Which is a little strange. This is a cute palette, but not something I will use.  I have so much eyeshadow (and have splurged on a couple of new palettes as birthday gifts for me)  I have a friend in mind who might like this.

So, I will be using one of the 5 products this month.  Sigh.  I’ve been trying to decide if I want to keep this box as I’m not very happy with it. I really like BoxyCharm more.  My June BoxyLuxe box had of course more products, but I could grab out any 5 products and love them more than these.

I’ve decided to give it one more month to wow me.  I’ve seen July spoilers for Pixi Beauty, Huda Beauty and Purlisse.  So I hope I get the Pixi and Huda products, then I’ll be happy.  But, I’ll probably get some weird makeup product I won’t use, LOL!

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Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get this month?

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BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — June 2019

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Hey all! I received my third BoxyLuxe!  I’m so excited! I’ve been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for almost two years. The regular BoxyCharm box is $21 a month. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.

The theme for this month is Getaway. It’s very skincare and hair care heavy this month.  Here’s what I received:

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Total cost for June BoxyLuxe = $352! Wow, great value for paying $50!

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I have heard good things about the Living Proof volume spray.  My hair is a bit flat, so I am looking forward to trying it! Living Proof is a great brand, too.

The mini hair dryer is adorable, and I’m so glad I got the purple one!  Purple is my favorite color.  It also could have come in blue, coral, or pink.  Any of the shades would have been fun.  It is very powerful for a little dryer!  Plus, it can switch from 120 volts to 220 volts if you are going overseas!

IMG_0920I love facial sprays! Skincare sprays, primer sprays, setting sprays — yes please!!! I’ve tried this on my bare face and it’s really refreshing. I will be also trying it over my makeup as a setting spray.

The Dr. Brandt cleanser looks really nice.  It’s supposed to melt away makeup, which I love!  I have a backlog of cleansers, so it will probably be a while before I get to this one, but I will try it.

I have tried the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Serum.  The claim is “A 3-in-1 night serum that resurfaces, hydrates and clarifies dull skin while you sleep, formulated with a 14% AHA/BHA/gentle flower acids blend. Hyaluronic acid and our proprietary honey blend deliver intense hydration. Salicylic acid derived from willow bark helps minimize the appearance of pores.” I didn’t see any improvement in my skin, but I just tried it once.  It will use it a few times a week for the next few weeks and see how I like it.

IMG_0922.JPGThe lip gloss is very nice.  Non-sticky and smells like vanilla.  The shade is Peach Tea.  I have swatched it below.

I have the original No Poreblem primer and really like it for filling my pores.  This one is very thin and is supposed to tighten pores.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I will.  I have lots of open primers, so it might be a bit before I try this.  (I’m on product overload)!

The treSique mascara is really a fun idea.  It has a curler on the top.  I have tried this, because I couldn’t help myself!  The curler takes some practice, but it does work.  The mascara formula is separating.  It’s pretty nice.  I have to keep using it and will let you know how much I like it.

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I am very excited about this palette! I have the original Pro Glow and like it a lot. That one has highlighters and contours in it.  This has blushes, highlighters and bronzers.  It is so nice to have all face products that I can use in one palette.  I have swatched it (below), but haven’t tried it on my face yet.  I have been sick this week, but hope to be trying it soon!

IMG_0925.JPGAren’t these products gorgeous!  All of the shades in the palette will work for me, and the highlighters are so beaming!  The gloss is pretty, too.  They are all perfect for summer!

This is the first month for BoxyLuxe (or regular BoxyCharm) that I am going to keep all of the products!!! Wow! I’m a little bummed that there isn’t more makeup, but the fact I will use everything (even if not right now) is amazing! It’s not a very flashy month, but everything is useful.

I was thinking of canceling BoxyCharm or Ipsy Glam Bag Plus after this month.  Well, it won’t be BoxyCharm!  That’s for sure!  But will I cancel Ipsy?  Stay tuned, that review will be next!

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Do you get BoxyLuxe or BoxyCharm at all?  What did you think of this month?

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Shop My Stash — June 2019

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Hi all!  Happy June! It’s time for a new month and a new Shop My Stash! I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) products that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

June is my birthday month!  So in honor of me (LOL), I’m choosing product that I really enjoy and haven’t used in a while.

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I have loved on all of these palettes! I wanted to choose some of my favorite products for my birthday month!   Here’s more info on all of the products:

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This is the Too Faced Life’s a Festival palette that came out last spring.  I love the shades in this!  It’s so much fun! It’s mostly shimmers, but the next palette I chose has a lot of mattes and I can use them together.  I love the shades in this and am looking forward to playing with it!

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I love Anastasia palettes!  I have a few, and Soft Glam is one of my favorites.  The shades will be perfect for bronzy, summer looks!  And it will pair well with the Life’s a Festival palette.

IMG_E0889IMG_E0888 I received this palette last year for review.  It’s the Pixi Glow Cake in GildedBare Glow. This is nice all over, or the highlight, blush and

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To round off my Shop my Stash are two products from Colourpop! First is a collab with  Kathleen Lights The Twins (I’m a Gemini!) Loose Pigment.  It’s a gorgeous copper and pink duochrome.  This will work with both of the palettes I’ve pulled this month.

The second is the So Juicy Plumping Gloss in Round About.  These are fairly new, I’ve had this for a few months (same with the pigment), but I haven’t got a lot of use out of either of these gems yet!

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Here are swatches of the pigment and lip gloss.  Both really pretty for summer!

So these are the products I am playing with this month.  I am ready for summer with bronzey and shimmery products! I’ll share at the end of the month how much use I got out of these products and how I enjoyed them.

I might be doing some shopping this month (since It’s almost my birthday!), but it’s still good to use a lot of my existing products.

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Are you doing a Shop My Stash this month?  Are you on a low or no buy?  Let me know how it’s going!

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Shop My Stash May 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  I’m back with my May Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it!

You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for May. Here’s a photo with the palettes open:

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I continued my allergy issues this month, and didn’t wear as much eye makeup as I would have liked to.  So my number one used product was the Smashbox Cali Contour palette!

I love this palette!  Especially the bronzer and powder shades.  I also used the lighter highlight and the blush a lot.  This is such a great product to complete my face makeup.  If I take a trip this year, I’ll take it with me!

Towards the end of the month, my allergies are getting better.  So I did get to wear my eyeshadows.  I would say I wore the BH Festival palette the most.  It has such a variety of colors and I was able to create colorful looks and neutral looks with it.  I also used most of the shades on the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Vault Armed and Gorgeous palette.  It’s a nice palette, but the metallics aren’t as buttery as the BH Cosmetics ones.  I am going to keep all three of these palettes.

I didn’t wear the lipstick or eyeliner as much as the other products.  I found that I didn’t care for the lipstick.  I don’t wear this type of shade that much and it kind of feels drying on my lips.  I am going to re-home it.  The eyeliner is a great formula, but I don’t wear eyeliner that often.  I am going to keep it, though.  It’s such a pretty shade.

This was a pretty successful month!

On to my May empties:

IMG_0875I had a lot of empties this month!  I used up makeup wipes by IT Cosmetics and Ariul, a Korean Beauty brand I found at CVS.  They were both nice.  I used them mostly for removing swatches. I might purchase them again.  I actually think I might to a K Beauty haul this summer at CVS and maybe Ulta.

The Merle Norman cleanser is like a scrub.  It is such a nice exfoliator.  I have a lot of cleansers in my stash, but I might repurchase this eventually.

Same with the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.  I might re-purchase it once I go through the creams that I have.  It’s so hydrating!  The Your Good Skin day cream was oily on my skin, so I won’t re-purchase it.

I loved the Nanacoco Outlash mascara!  I have a bunch of new mascaras waiting to be used, but I would buy this again.

I love the Jergens Wet Skin gradual tanner.  I need to either pick this up or the original formula.    The C.O. Bigelow body wash was nice, but I don’t know if I will pick it up again.

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Are you doing a Shop Your Stash or Project Pan this year?  How’s it going?