LORAC’s Pirates Of The Caribbean Eye Shadow Palette Review



I was sent LORAC’s Pirates Of The Caribbean Eye Shadow Palette ($52 USD) for my honest review. This palette features 18 brand-new PRO-formula eye shadows inspired by the film and a deluxe mini Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil in black to craft a smoky, sultry, Captain Jack inspired eye.

Velvety-smooth shadows are hyper pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line, and define your eyes like a pro. Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil is long lasting, highly pigmented, and ultra smooth to outlast every adventure. Plus, an attached sharpener helps achieve a precise line every time.


Row 1:

  • Ghostly (white shimmer)
  • Starry Night (light cobalt blue shimmer)
  • Compass (true gold shimmer)
  • Arrrgh! (brown shimmer)
  • Black Pearl (iridescent blue-green shimmer)
  • YoHo (silver champagne shimmer)

Row 2:

  • Bones (sand matte)
  • Silvermist (silver chrome shimmer)
  • Treasure (ruby red shimmer)
  • Tell No Tales (burgundy mauve matte)
  • Shiver Me (blush pearl shimmer)
  • Cursed (black gold shimmer)

Row 3:

  • Matte-y (ivory matte)
  • Lost At Sea (silver blue shimmer)
  • Pirates Chest (caramel matte)
  • Sea Haze (golden sage shimmer)
  • Menace (deep forest green matte)
  • Silent Mary (grey plum matte)

My attempt to swatch the colors in the above order (bad quality):

They are very highly pigmented. They all glided on my arm and are very rich in color.  There are so many gorgeous colors that it’s easy to create so many beautiful looks.

This is so gorgeous.  I really recommend it!


The Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Collection

Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Palette
Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Palette


I was so excited to hear the butter LONDON — one of my favorite nail polish brands — have created powder eye shadow palettes!  And was extremely excited to receive some of the shadows for review!

The palettes are called ShadowClutch ($39 USD) — They come in two beautiful neutral collections of shades, Natural Charm and Pretty Proper (from left to right). An ever-expanding wardrobe of flexible colour options at your fingertips, the butter LONDON ShadowClutch Palettes provide six primer-infused, oil absorbing, skin-balancing shadows that pack on true colour payoff. Show one off or layer them on with seamless blendability; you’ll crave the luxe range of irresistible go-to hues and textures. All this in a chic, customizable clutch that comes pre-packed with either cool or warm tones, featuring a unique, dual-ended brush for limitless colour potential and eye-popping style.

Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Duos
Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Duos

Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Duos ($15 USD) — Customize your ShadowClutch Palette with covet-worthy pops of colour! Style them individually or layer them together, these vivid, decadent shades are meant to take your look to the next level. Slide them in and out of your ShadowClutch Palette for an ever-expanding wardrobe of flexible colour options.

The shades from left to right are Up All Night, Moody Blues, Sassy Pants and Fancy Flutter.


Here are my swatches.  The top two are from the ShadowClutch duo Fancy Flutter.  The bottom six are from the ShadowClutch palette Pretty Proper.  The shades top to bottom are Feather, Plume, Chantilly Lace, Suede, Brocade, Cashmere, Satin and Velvet.

There is a nice mix of matte and shimmer.  The colors are very well pigmented and last a long time with the use of a primer.  The palette includes a double ended brush that works well with the shadows, they are silky and glide on nicely. Plus, the neutral shades are perfect for fall.

Available at http://www.butterLONDON.com


Giveaway Time! Win an Urban Decay Palette Made Exclusively for ULTA Beauty!


Urban Decay Shadow Box 2014
Urban Decay Shadow Box 2014

Time for my ULTA Beauty 21 Days of Beauty Giveaway!  Yay!

I am giving away FIVE Urban Decay Shadow Boxes!  So five of you very lucky readers have a chance of winning!

Have you tried Urban Decay eye shadows?  They are amazing!  Rich colors and extremely well pigmented.  This palette is only available at ULTA Beauty. Here is the description of the product from http://www.ulta.com:

Don’t let the size of this palette fool you. It’s loaded with a DOZEN of Urban Decay’s most amazing shades – from pale to deep, matte to sparkly. The lineup? Nine bestsellers and three never-before-seen shades you’ll reach for again and again. Experiment with a diverse range of looks. Whether you want to do a purple eye, a green eye, a smoky eye or a shimmery eye, it’s all here!

Inspired by Urban Decay’s long-running Ammo Palette, with a completely updated (and even bigger) shade range, Shadow Box is the perfect all-in-one palette. Whether you’re new to Urban Decay or you’ve got a whole stash of UD products on your vanity, the Shadow Box is one palette you need in your arsenal.

From new shades like Baked Cowboy (an amazing golden bronze) and Moonshadow (a stunning bright navy blue) to cult classics like Sin, Mushroom and Blackout, Shadow Box has something for everyone. Every shade features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

The Shadow Box palette features dark, gorgeous orchids in rich purple hues. Inside, the same orchid artwork repeats in black and white (to contrast all of those amazing shadows!). The finishing touch: a cool magnetic closure in the shape of the UD icon.

To win one of these awesome eye shadow palettes, just leave a comment below. Good luck! I will choose five winners by a random draw next Monday morning, September 29th — so enter away!

And, don’t forget to check out the rest of the deals for the 21 Days of Beauty at ULTA Beauty stories and http://www.ulta.com.


NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact

I was lucky to recieve the NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact in Dark Shadows ($4.99 USD) complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. (Check out www.influenster.com to learn more and leave a comment if you would like an invitation to join!)

I was excited to try this shadow after loving the lipgloss I received in my Latina VoxBox!

I received the gray palette called Dark Shadows (I have brown eyes).  I am not much of a fan of gray shadows, but these are nice. I use the lighter two shades, and they blend well and look pretty on.

My favorite part of this palette is the shadow base. It evens out the tone of my eyelid and helps shadows last!  There is also a pan of cream illuminator.  I like to use this under the brow bone and at the inner corner of the eye.

I would love to try this in a different color palette.  It is affordable and a perfect travel palette!

Visit http://newyorkcolor.com/ to learn more and purchase.


Tarte’s New Clean Slate Primers are Natural and Long-Wearing — Awesome!

Tarte Clean Slate Primers

A flawless makeup application starts with a clean slate. See what a clean slate can do for your skin with tarte’s primer trio– get poreless, flawless, creaseless and look your best naturally for up to 12 hours. Improve the texture, wear, and feel of your foundation or eyeshadow as you prep and prime skin with your choice of three deluxe size clean slate primers. All infused with naturally derived ingredients that will power through the day.

I have been testing these primers for a few weeks.  The collection includes:

clean slate poreless 12-hour perfecting primer ($30 USD) helps makeup stay in place longer while preventing creasing in fine lines and wrinkles for a healthy, seamless complexion. Prime the skin for an overall soft-focus effect as you extend the wear of your makeup and mask imperfections. Ideal for all skin types, but perfect for those with fine lines and pore problems, this waterproof primer contains natural fruit-and plant-derived extracts to deliver anti-aging and skin-restorative benefits to your skin.

clean slate flawless 12-hour brightening primer ($30 USD) helps makeup stay in place longer while brightening skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. Ideal for all skin types, this hydrating base not only helps keep your makeup in place for up to 12 hours of perfect wear time, it’s also a quick fix for tired or sallow skin–just one application makes the face look instantly brightened and healthy.

clean slate 360; creaseless 12-hour smoothing eye primer ($19 USD) truly locks eyeshadow in place while preventing fallout and migration for true shadow payoff. The universal shade glides on easily and powers through the day into the evening for 12 hours of perfect wear time. clean slate creaseless can be used as both a shadow primer and under eye base to smooth areas around the eye giving you a seamless application and all around 360 solutions.

What I think:  These are fantastic natural primers.  The poreless primer is the one I like to use, it has a silicon feel to it and gives skin a matte finish.  The brightening one has a creamy, pearly texture and would be perfect for dull, dry skin that needs some shine.  My skin has a little bit too much shine in the summer, but it would probably work for me in the winter when my skin is dry.

The eye primer works really well.  It mattifies lids and makes shadows last longer.  The only thing is that it dries a little white, so I suggest to use just a little and rub it in well.

You can purchase these at www.tartecosmetics.com or www.sephora.com.  Enjoy!


Tarte Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to…  Debra!  She has won my tarte giveaway that includes an Amazonian clay 12-hour shimmering blush, an Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow, a maracuja divine shine lip gloss, and a Maracuja Blush & Glow.  She will have fun playing with the fun Spring colors!

I will be announcing another Spring makeup giveaway in a day or too…so good luck!

Spring Giveaway Time Part 1 — tarte Cosmetics!

Happy first day of Spring!  In celebration of Winter being over — thank goodness — I have put together 2 giveaways of fab Spring makeup.  If you win Giveaway #1, you get a Tarte package of:

tarte amazonian clay waterproof cream shadow in moss  — an olive-green cream eye shadow

tarte maracuja divine shine lip gloss in blissful — a creamy peach gloss

tarte maracuja blush & glow in sunlight — a bronzey-peach cream stick blush and liquid highlighter.

tarte amazonian clay 12-hour shimmering blush in frisky — a shimmery coral blush

The colors are warm, bright and perfect for Spring and Summer!  I have tried all of these products and have to say that I love them!  The fact that tarte has natural, good for you cosmetics doesn’t negate the fact that their products are long-lasting and gorgeous!

The powder blush is shimmery, but not in a too-young way.  I think it is subtle enough for forty-somethings (and above) like myself to rock!  The duo of cream blush and liquid highlighter is perfect for face and body (shimmery shoulders, anyone?).  The lip gloss is my new favorite.  It might look bright in the tube, but it is subtly shiny on.  And the cream eye shadow in the lovely green moss would be pretty on all eye colors.

To win, please leave a comment on my blog.  I will choose a winner soon — on Friday March 30th — then I will announce a new giveaway!  If warm colors are not for you, the next group of Spring cosmetics will have some cooler tones in it.

This giveaway is open for residents of the United States and Canada only.  Good Luck!

Aveda’s Limited Edition Sea Blossoms Collection for Spring and Summer

Aveda’s Sea Blossoms Collection features fresh Spring colors for eyes, cheeks and lips.  The shades are a lot softer than I have seen for the season, and I think they are extremely wearable.

Petal Essence™ Eye Color Trio ($22.00 USD) — is available in two matte color combinations:

172 Violet Coast —   Pale lavender, soft gray and vibrant purple

171 Sea Grass — Warm sand, medium beige and deep sea green

Aveda Petal Essence™ Eye Color Trio

The colors in both of the palettes are pretty, but the color is barely pigmented.  If you purchase one of these, I suggest that you use a primer and go a bit heavy-handed, especially on the very pale shades, like the lavender above.

I also tried the Nourish-mint™ Rehydrating Lip Glaze ($18 USD).  The limited edition shades are:

906 Beach Thistle — Glossy pastel violet

905 Coral Sea — Glossy peachy-pink

Nourish-mint™ Rehydrating Lip Glaze

This gloss has two features I love — fresh mint flavor and a glossy shine!  Both colors are pale and sheer and would look lovely on all skin tones.

You can purchase these at www.aveda.com.  Enjoy!

Treat Your Eyes To L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow ($7.95 USD) is a new long-lasting and highly pigmented loose shadow.  I think this is perfect for someone looking for an affordable product in shades that are on trend.  It lasts quite a long time, and the colors are gorgeous!

Available in a range of 12 irresistible and wearable shades, the luxurious, velvet-soft shadow blends easily and provides a pop of luminous color with a smooth finish that won’t settle into eyelid creases and lines.


Golden Sage

My favorite shade so far is the Golden Sage.  It is a gorgeous medium green with gold shimmer.  It is beautiful with my brown eyes, but I think it would look great with all eye colors and skin tones.

And the shadows really last all day.  I suggest using an eye primer underneath and the color will last even longer!

Available atwww.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers.  Enjoy!

Introducin​g “Color Me Stila” Virtual Makeover iPhone/iPa​d App

Want to try on makeup without the mess or looking like a clown? Stila’s innovative new“Color Me Stila” iPhone/iPad app was designed to work with their Dream in Full Color holiday collection. It’s available for download now at the iTunes store.

The app utilizes patented ModiFace facial recognition and virtual try-on technology, making it possible for you to “paint” a wide range of makeup looks on your own photo using actual Stila shades. The ModiFace makeover technology ensures the virtual product application always look perfect – not clownish.

Stila’s makeup is always pretty, so now matter what look you choose, I’m sure you’ll look great!  Also, visit www.stilacosmetics.com or Sephora stores to purchase the palette or the lip glosses featured.  Enjoy!