Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Hi all! Happy Saturday!  I’m so glad it’s the weekend.  And the weather is beautiful in Kansas City today.

I had to return a foundation that didn’t work for me at Ulta, so I exchanged it for this beautiful palette (and a 20% off coupon).  This palette is $52, but with coupons or sales coming up, you could get it for less!

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Here’s the inside of the palette.  There are 19 shades. Here’s some info from the Ulta website:

Inspired by the elements – Air, Earth, Fire and Water – a constellation of unique colors orbit around Luna, an ultra-iridescent transformer shade. The 19 new multidimensional pigments include bright mattes, holographic shimmers and molten metallics.

Shades include:

  • Silver Burn (smoky purple w/ pink iridescent sparkle)
  • Electric Air (pinkish silver w/ iridescent micro-glitter)
  • Tectonic (chocolate brown w/ iridescent micro-sparkle)
  • Volcanic (bronze metallic)
  • Earth Bound (forest green satin w/ tonal micro-shimmer)
  • Hex Remedy (bright purple w/ iridescent sparkle)
  • Fool’s Gold (metallic gold w/ tonal sparkle)
  • Antidote (soft warm nude)
  • Dream Weaver (bright pink matte)
  • Ego (soft pinkish-purple w/ blue micro-shimmer)
  • Fortune Teller (metallic pink-red w/ green 3-D sparkle and shift)
  • Moon Rock (metallic copper w/ iridescent sparkle)
  • Secret Keeper (bright green satin w/ gold shift)
  • Luna (white shimmer w/ iridescent micro-sparkle)
  • Lioness (smoky burgundy satin w/ bronze sparkle)
  • Elemental (sienna matte)
  • Heavy Water (bright metallic teal)
  • Sapphire Dream (bright navy blue metallic)
  • Fire Starter (deep red w/ gold micro-shimmer)

Here as swatches:

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Sapphire Dream, Electric Air, Antidote, Secret Keeper, Earthbound, Elemental.  Elemental and Antidote are two of the three mattes in the palette and I use them with a lot of different looks.

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Volcanic, Lioness, Fire Starter, Dream Weaver, Ego and Heavy Water.  I’ve been doing a lot of bronzey looks and Volcanic is gorgeous on the lid.  Ego’s also another one of my favorites.  Heavy Water is beautiful but I haven’t tried it yet.  Maybe I’ll use it for holiday looks.

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Fortune-Teller, Silver Burn, Fool’s Gold, Moon Rock, Tectonic, Hex Remedy and Luna. These are the inner circle shades and they really call to me!  So beautiful.  I love purples and bronzes, and that gold looks amazing on the lid!

What I liked: The packaging is gorgeous!  The out box and the compact itself is well made.  The palette has a large mirror and is easy to open. I love the shades.  I picked it up for the purples, but the other shades are beautiful, too. The mattes are easy to blend and the metallics are creamy and really pigmented.

Not so much:  I haven’t tried all of the glitters, but I put Silver Bullet on my lid in the morning, and by evening all of the glitter was gone.  It just looked like I had a smokey eye at the end of the day. I did use a glitter glue.  The same with Tectonic.  I’m going to keep trying these out.

I do recommend this.  Especially if you can get in on sale. I do like the Urban Decay Born to Run palette more, but I will use this for glam holiday looks.

Have you tried the Urban Decay Elements palette?  What do you think?

Sephora Holiday 2017 — Reach Out and Gift!

Sephora, the beauty mecca we all know and love, has a cool new campaign this holiday season.  It’s called Reach Out and Gift and it features their beauty experts, pictured above.  Here is more info:

Sephora’s holiday campaigns have always celebrated beauty, so this year is no different. Sephora knows the importance of developing a personal, emotional connection with, and understanding of, the unique one-of-a-kind loved ones of your gift list. With that in mind, Reach Out and Gift was created to celebrate how beauty unifies people of all different interests, and encourages them to build personal connections with one another, whether its people they know or don’t know.  

Sephora’s beauty experts help personalize beauty for our clients in stores every day, so it made sense for us to feature them in this campaign. Of the 1,000 consultants that applied to be a part of the campaign, 10 were chosen from all over the U.S. and Canada based on their definition of what unique beauty means to him or her, and their own personal take on beauty. With the help of Inez and Vinoodh, Sephora was able to embrace and brilliantly bring to life its first campaign with its Sephora family—its Cast Members!

Of the ten Cast Members that are included in the campaign, one is actually located right in Kansas City (where I live) at Sephora Town Center Plaza! Her name is Alley Cage and she is on the top row, 4th from the left in the photo.

Alley is a Senior Artist at the Sephora Town Center Plaza store in Kansas City, and has been with Sephora for 6 years. Alley also supports two other stores with training and continued education in artistry, as well as provides content for Sephora’s YouTube Channel.

Alley wanted to work at Sephora because it “felt like coming home.” The first time she ever walked into a Sephora, she felt like she had found people that understood her “hunger for self-expression,” and that they “wanted to make people feel beautiful and celebrated for what made them uniquely beautiful.” Six years later, she feels the same holds true, “it is a place that helps you empower yourself to feel beautiful from the inside out.”

Alley applied for Sephora’s Reach Out and Gift campaign because she received a gift from Sephora that lent itself to a bigger idea – Sephora is a place to inspire beauty. Her mom gifted her her first brush set when she was twelve and it changed her life, it inspired her love for makeup and passion for creating. “Makeup became my armor and outlet when I was growing up and those brushes were the key to creating. Sephora helped me to see the beauty within myself when I was a teenager recreating looks in my bedroom, but they have also helped me to see my own beauty as grow my own artistry and career.” “I can now see my own beauty when the makeup is rinsed off and that I bring a lot to the table by being just the way that I am. This campaign is a celebration of that very premise and of the beauty that lives in others. To be the face of that beautiful idea is the biggest privilege I could ask for.”

Congrats to Alley and the other Cast Members who were chosen!

Plus, here are some amazing gift ideas from Sephora this season:

Sephora Favorites Glow For It

Sephora Favorites Glow For it ($40.00 USD) — Shine a light on beautiful skin with glow-getter creams, powders, and liquids—for a subtle radiance, intense glow, or anything in between. This set includes seven deluxe everyday essentials.

Sephora Collection Show Me Off Brush Set

Sephora Collection Show Me Off Brush Set ($38 USD) — A five-piece full face brush set with unique glitter handles housed in a stand-up pouch.

Sephora Winter Flush Blush Palette

Sephora Winter Flush Blush Palette ($16 USD) — A universally flattering blush palette featuring eight gorgeous shades in matte and shimmer finishes.

Sephora Collection Multi Masking Mania Clay Mask Blockbuster Set

Sephora Collection Multi Masking Mania Clay Mask Blockbuster Set ($38 USD) — Can be used alone or for multi-masking to target different concerns on different areas of the face. The travel-friendly packaging offers easy and convenient use with up to five uses per package.

I know the Insider VIB sales are going on — are you picking up any goodies for yourself or as gifts?

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Stocking Stuffers For The Beauty Lover

Stocking stuffers are a fun way to treat the beauty-crazy girl in your life!  There are so many price points that you can go with while shopping for stocking stuffers.  And if you hurry, you can still get some of this shipped to your home!

Picture Perfect Curler And Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes!™

A limited-edition “baby, it’s bold outside” exclusive curler and mascara set featuring tarte’s picture perfect™ eyelash curler and deluxe lights, camera, lashes!™ 4-in-1 mascara.

Product Performance: Our best-selling eyelash curler is dressed to the nines this Holiday season with an exclusive “baby, its bold outside” print silk-screened around the handles for a bold, colorful pop—making it the ultimate collector’s piece to display on your vanity. The curved angle and wide mouth suits all eye shapes without pinching or crimping. lights, camera, lashes!™ 4-in-1 mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, and conditions for dramatic, thick and sexy lashes.

You can purchase this fun set at www.tartecosmetics.com

Jouer Sparkle & Pop

Jouer Sparkle & Pop ($12 for one $42 for a pack of four) — Inspired by a popular British tradition, Jouer introduces our version of a holiday cracker with Sparkle & Pop. This festive goodie is dressed in a beautiful pale pink box with sparkling gold confetti and a chic gift-tag for personalization. Jouer’s Sparkle & Pop makes the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday party favor containing five fun surprises including a special Jouer treat. Pop, open and enjoy!

FEATURES:

Party Horn Chic Cocktail Ring (*varying styles) Beauty Fortune (*varying messages) Mini Champagne Bubbles One of three Jouer Deluxe Samples: Body Butter (0.21 oz.), Essential Lip Enhancer (0.07 fl. oz.), Glisten Moisturizing Lip Gloss (0.06 fl. oz.)

This is such a fun gift! Purchase at jouercosmetics.com.

Crabtree and Evelyn Golden Fig Bubble Bath & Body Wash

Crabtree and Evelyn Golden Fig Bubble Bath & Body Wash ($20 USD) —

Relax and rejuvenate during the busy holiday season with our Golden Fig Bubble Bath & Body Wash, which will surround you with luxuriously beautiful fragrance as it gently cleanses and moisturises for glamorously soft and supple skin.

  • Glycerine for added moisturising benefits
  • Soap-free and pH-balanced formula helps skin maintain natural moisture balance
  • 100% naturally derived surfactant
  • Can be added to running water for a luxurious bubble bath
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, or mineral oil

Lather up in the shower or bath as the first step of your skin care ritual, and pair it with Golden Fig Silkening Body Nectar for skin that is radiantly soft and beautifully scented.

Fragrance: A fragrance medley of fresh figs, grapefruit, apple, and black currents blended with cedar, sandalwood, golden amber, and musk accords.

Purchase at www.crabtree-evelyn.com.

TIGI Nastia Liukin Gift Set

Just in time for the holidays, TIGI is introducing the ultimate gift for every girl-on-the-go!  Olympic gymnast and TIGI Spokesmodel Nastia Liukin created the perfect gift set featuring her four favorite TIGI cosmetics.  Go for the gold this season and purchase Nastia’s picks at a special price ($25) at your local TIGI salon and receive a FREE cosmetics bag – a $90 value!

For local salon locations, visit www.tigi-cosmetics.com.

ELLE Cosmetics Face Primer

ELLE Cosmetics Face Primer ($30 USD) — Put your best face forward with this new lightweight and silky primer. Just a thin layer instantly preps skin for flawless makeup application and brightens complexions for an overall look that’s naturally luminous. The oil-free lotion is coupled with skin treatments and “optical effects” – light reflecting particles and soft vision powders – to help instantly smooth and even out skin tone and redness, creating the perfect base for makeup application. While you sit pretty, makeup does too.

Available exclusively at Kohl’s and Kohls.com nationwide.

Jane Cosmetics “The Friends of Jane” Lip Collection

Jane Cosmetics “The Friends of Jane” Lip Collection ($9.99 USD) — Give a gift that truly gives back.With every purchase of the Friends of Jane lip collection, sit pretty knowing that100% of the net proceeds support a charitable organization geared towards empowering women. Learn more about the difference each purchase makes at www.ShestheFirst.org.

These fun glosses are available at JaneCosmetics.com

LCN Mystique Burlesque Box Set

LCN Mystique Burlesque Box Set ($29 USD) — This fun little box of polish includes these 4 colors:

Red Ruby – An elegant oxblood red

Emerald Green – A luxurious, velvety green

Blue Sapphire – A decadent metallic cobalt blue

Violet Amethyst – A deep, royal purple

These colors are perfect for the holidays and winter in general.  They are deep and rich.  Purchase at www.lcnboutique.com.

Daily Concepts Scrubber

Daily Concepts Your Body Scrubber ($10 USD) is perfect for the person who loves to go to the gym (packaging allows for suctioning / hanging on walls so I don’t come in contact with… well, who knows what was there before you?)

Just the right texture for sloughing the skin, providing a bit of pampering versus one of torture for your skin / bathing regime.

Great to use if you’re in a hurry, or simply because you are environmentally conscious and trying to conserve water.

Your Body Scrubber is the perfect accompaniment for thinking and singing in the shower while the fabrics work thoroughly to keep you clean.  (Plus the label indicator lets you know when Your Body Scrubber needs to be replaced.)

Texture: Regular (For all skin types)

Purchase at www.dailyconcepts.com.

 

Add Glamour To Your Look With FACE Stockholm Holiday 2010

This beautiful look from FACE Stockhom is perfect for all of the holiday parties (New Years!) that you might be attending. Plus its super easy to achieve. It’s a basic smoky eye, up with glitter — try their Galaxy Glitter in Sex ( beautiful blue and black combo) over their matte eye shadows Blabar (a purpley blue) and Thunder (charcoal gray). Top it of with their Eyeliner in Black and Volumizing Mascara in Black. Easy Glamour!

With all of the eye drama going on, keep the rest of the face cheeks and lips soft. Picture Perfect Foundation is a high-pigmented cream that comes in a whopping 20 shades!  You can also use the Magic Wand for concealing dark circles (NOT party pretty) and blemishes. Shy Blush (light pinky-peach) and Mystic Highlighter (white pearl) gives soft color and glow. Top the look off with Lipstick in Modesty (very light nude) and lip gloss in #28 (light coral pink).

Visit www.facestockholm.com to learn more and to purchase.

Glow This Holiday Season With Shimmery Makeup Finds

Sparkle is such a fun way to glam up your look for the holidays. It’s always fun to buy a little glamour for yourself or others this time of year. The following products and sets are a perfect way to update your makeup this season: 

Vincent Longo Diamond Body Spray ($44.00 USD) adds glamour to your beauty in a new experiential body spray with sensual and shimmering pleasure. Place this nostalgic perfume bottle on your vanity table and prepare for attracting attention of all eyes. Illuminate your skin with instant highlighted shoulders, décolleté, arms and hair with a gentle atomized ‘poof’ of radiant loose diamond-like powder. Choose either Gold or Silver depending on your preferred radiance. Enjoy the spotlight and sparkle into the night.

This is so much fun to use. You squeeze the atomizer and a puff of glitter is magically applied where ever you wish. Visit www.vincentlongo.com to learn more and to purchase this fun product! 

Love Nest Josie’s Argan Favorites ($25.00 USD, $55 Value) — A four-piece, travel-size gift set that includes Josie Maran’s favorite argan oil must-haves for the face, eyes, cheeks, lips, and hair. This is a limited-edition gift set is ideal for all ages and skintones. Known for its natural, skin-healing properties, argan oil is your answer to healthy, youthful, radiant, clear skin and hair.

This set contains:
-0.21 oz Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink
– 0.11 oz Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara
– 0.5 oz Argan Illuminizer
– 0.5 oz 100% Argan Oil

What else you need to know:
Argan Oil is produced from the argan tree in the semi-deserts of Morocco, and is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which have antiaging properties. Argan oil is an organic ingredient is known to help and prevent dehydration, inflammation, hyper pigmentation, and sebum production.

All four of these products are so fantastic because not only are they lovely beauty products, but the argan oil is so good for the skin! The mascara gives me long, thick lashes,  the color stick has a bit of shimmer and is a really pretty pink, the illuminizer is a very pearly, soft pink and the argan oil is great for nails, skin or hair. The price is exceptional for what you get! Visit www.sephora.com to purchase.   

Hard Candy Glow All The Way ($8.00 USD) – This pearly, luminizing highlighter illuminates all skin tones.  Apply to face or body for a luminous, sun-kissed bronze or pearlescent glow.  Infused with 24 Karat gold – and much more than a drop – this product will make you feel like a million bucks!  Available in bronze and pink. 

I’ve tried the bronze highlighter and it is so pretty! I like to use it on my arms and shoulders. In the summer it will look great on bare legs. You can purchase this at Walmart.

Enjoy!

Fun Christmas Beauty Gift Ideas

Looking for a different beauty gift to give that fun-loving lady that you know? Below are some great choices. From fashionable beauty cases, to an awesome video game to a really cute hair straightener — Take a look at theses very cool gift ideas!

Introducing SOHO Beauty Cases to organize all your beauty essentials.  Organize all of the cosmetics piled around the bathroom sink – or unmanageable makeup bag – in a chic hard cosmetic case. SOHO Beauty Cases are available in an assortment of shapes, colors and sizes and are equipped with pull out trays, multi-tier accordion shelving, and a fold-up handle for glamour on the go.

I  love the fun colors and prints this comes in. I have a cute little sheer black case with bright pink lips all over it. This would be perfect for an adult, teen or a tween. Very fun! 

Please visit www.sohobeautycases.com and check out all of the styles and sizes available.  Prices range from $9.99 – $29,99 and retail at Target, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond. 

Redken’s Busy Scissors®, the new “life simulation” game allows consumers to perm, color, shampoo, cut, blow dry, and style hair!  Players earn reputation and advance their career in a Hollywood based salon by meeting the demands of their glamorous and eccentric clientele.  The game progresses as they help unlock each client’s inner potential by finding their unique outward style.  The game features over 25 hairstyles, 20 mini-games, 6 career levels, and 4 game modes, which provide a dynamic combination of realistic gameplay, humor, and entertainment.

This is so much Fun for everyone, but especially for the people who love experimenting with hairstyles. It is available for Nintendo Wii  or Nintendo DS ($19.99 each).

Zoe polkadot print design hair straightener ($29.99 USD).  This super-cute and effective straightener includes these features:

  • Tourmaline ceramic 1 inch plates that heat up quickly to 410 degrees fahrenheit to supply natural and infrared heat
  • Tangle free 360 degree 9 foot professional swivel cable
  • Thermal pouch included

This is a really good little straightener. It heats up quickly and straightens or curls hair fast, too. Teens and tweens will also enjoy the cute print. Very affordable, too.

You can purchase this at www.target.com, www.amazon.com and www.meijer.com

Fix Holiday Beauty Mishaps With Miss Oops!

Miss Oops! always has just the thing to fix fashion and beauty problems. They have some great items that will especially help with getting you out the door and to all of your parties looking great this holiday season!’
 
Miss Oops Holiday Kit ($18.00 USD) is just the thing for any girl-on-the-go! This includes the award-winning Miss Oops Rescue Sponge that erases deodorant and other marks on your clothes, travel-size lint roller, and a full set of Miss Oops Mishap Tape that you can use to hem and fix gaps.
 
This is a set that you will constantly use this holiday season. From the lint roller, to the sponge that gets rid of all sorts of marks to the tape (that I used as a quick girl scout badge fix), the price is worth the time that you will save! 
 
Show Stoppers ($16.00 USD)  are reusable silicone nipple covers that are tapered at the edges making them invisible under garments.  Plus Show Stoppers are reusable up to 15 times.  They create a smooth silhouette under all tops, even sheer camisoles.  No lines showing when you’re all dressed up this year!

These are easy to use and really work! They are great with all outfits from t-shirts to party dresses.

Visit www.missoops.com to learn more and to purchase.

Stuff Your Stockings With New Lip Balm Collections

When thinking of stocking stuffers this year, lip balms are a great idea for all of the chapped lips on your list! Below are lip balm sets priced $9.99 — $14.99 — perfect to give to one person or to split up and drop one in each stocking you need to fill.

Eos, the innovative personal care brand, expands in the lip balm category and announces the launch of the 2010 Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Holiday Gift Bag ($9.99 USD) – a set of 3 organic, all natural lip balm spheres in a stylish, reusable cosmetic pouch. A delightful gift or stocking-stuffer, the Holiday Gift Bag contains full-size eos smooth sphere lip balms in Honeysuckle Honeydew, Sweet Mint and new limited edition Pomegranate Raspberry. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos™ lip balms keep lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth. Availability: Walgreens, www.evolutionofsmooth.com.
 
Burt’s Bees Lip balm Ornament ($9.99 USD) Burt’s Bees fans can stock up on their favorite lip balms and get a keepsake reusable and recyclable tin. Choose from the ‘Classic’ pack filled with four Beeswax Lip Balms or the ‘Mixed’ pack with a variety of favorite balms. Sets include:

Classic = 4 Original Peppermint Lip Balms .15 oz each
Mixed = 2 Original Peppermint Lip Balms .15 oz each, 1 – Pomegranate Lip Balm .15 oz, 1 – Honey Lip Balm .15 oz

Visit www.burtsbees.com or www.ulta.com to learn more or purchase.

MISSION Balmer Bundle Pack ($14.99 UAD) — These athlete-engineered Lip Balmers™ provide your lips with great-tasting, broad-spectrum sun protection and are vitamin and antioxidant enriched. They lock in moisture for up to 8 hours, making them perfect for the harshest conditions or everyday use. Can’t decide which is your favorite flavor? The MISSION Balmer Bundle Pack is perfect. Availability: missionskincare.com

Give a Little Bath and Shower Luxury This Christmas

Bath and body sets make fabulous Christmas gifts! The following are some of my favorites, but keep in mind that each company — The Body Shop, H2O Plus and Bodycology — have other fragrances and sets in various price ranges.

The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Shower Scrub & Soften Gift Set ($29.00 USD) — Description: Conjure up memories of Christmas past and treat someone special with this indulgent gift set with moisturizing Community Trade ingredients and fragrant vanilla extract.

Includes:

  • 8.4 fl oz Spiced Vanilla Shower Gel
  • 1.7 oz Spiced Vanilla Body Butter
  • 1.7 oz Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub
  • 3.5 oz Spiced Vanilla Soap
  • Octagonal card box with PET window and red ribbon

The Body Shop also has a lovely cranberry and a zesty orange fragrances for the holiday, but my favorite is the Spiced Vanilla set. This would be an affordable and very welcome gift for anyone on your list

Available at The Body Shop stores and www.thebodyshop-usa.com

Sea Salt Spa Collection ($45.00 USD) — This mineral-rich gift set features our best-selling Sea Salt spa luxuries to gently polish, purify and restore skin’s natural glow. The set features:
 
  • European sea salts draw out impurities and replenish essential nutrients, leaving skin healthy and luminous
  • Rich shea butter, jojoba and coconut oils rapidly absorb into the skin, leaving it luxuriously soft
  • Moisture-rich marine botanicals, including provide deep hydration for visibly smooth, radiant skin
  • Imparts an invigorating oceanside fragrance, infused with notes of green tea
  • Presented in custom designed gift box

Gift Includes: Sea Salt Body Wash (12.5 fl oz / 370mL), Sea Salt Skin Smoother (12 fl oz / 340g), Spa Hydrating Body Gloss (1.9 fl oz / 56mL), Sea Salt Hydrating Body Butter (6 fl oz / 180mL), and hand-held wood bath brush with strap.

This scent is so fantastically addicting! It is soft and neutral so it would be good for men or women. H2O has a ton of other gift sets to choose from, too. Visit www.h2oplus.com to purchase.

Bodycology 6-Piece Gift Set(15.00 USD) :  Available in classic scents, Sweet Petals and Brown Sugar Vanilla, this deluxe gift set boats a mixture of full-size and trail size products including Bath Gel, Body Lotion, Body Cream, Body Butter, Body Mist and Hand Soap. You can purchase these at Walmart.

Enjoy!