Beauty, cosmetics

NARS Summer Lights Face Palette Review

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Hi all! Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a great weekend!

I’m back with a face palette review!  I gifted myself this gorgeous NARS palette for my birthday last month.   It’s the NARS Summer Lights Face Palette ($59 USD) and it’s available online at Ulta.com.

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Gorgeous!  I like the packaging.  It is simple and elegant.  It’s made from sturdy plastic and it has a nice mirror.

What I don’t like is that the shades aren’t printed on the inside of the palette.  They are on the back.  The shadow shades from left to right are Rainwater, Hibiscus, Papeete and Hei.  The highlighter is Paper Flower and the bronzer is Destination Unknown.

Here are the swatches:

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I’ve swatched the four shadows first, then the highlighter and bronzer.

The eye shadows are my favorite shades in the palette.  They are nicely pigmented and very easy to blend.  I can make a complete eye look with them.  I put one of the left two shadows all over my lid.  The brown matte shadow is nice in the crease. The darkest shade is perfect to deepen the outer corner, create a smoky eye or use under the eye.

The highlighter doesn’t swatch the best, but it’s really glow on.  It can also be used on the eye.  The bronzer is light, but it’s nice for a subtle bronze look and also as a transition shade on the eyes.  I wouldn’t recommend it for deeper skin tones, though.

I also wanted to share the free gift I received with this and share a tip.  If you purchase online from Ulta, the are frequently offering free gifts with purchase.  I usually wait until one is available to shop online. The gift this time was a free Beauty Bag with any $30 online purchase:

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The bag says Talk Beauty to Me, which is so cute!  And it has all these great goodies inside.  I bought this in June, but they are often doing cute gifts with purchase if you are thinking of placing an order with Ulta. Also, don’t forget their points program.  I’m a Platinum member and there’s always fun deals.


I do really love this palette!  I think it’s great for travel and easy summer looks.  The quality is great, too!  This is my first NARS palette and definitely not my last!

What’s your current summer palette?  Do you have any from NARS?

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Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash — July 2019

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Hi all!  It’s July! 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.

We are fully into summer now, and I wanted to choose summery products that would be fun to use:

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This is the Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol.1 Eyeshadow Palette.  I received this in a BoxyCharm last year.  It’s so pretty, but I haven’t really used it since last summer.  Although it does look like a summer palette, the mattes would be nice in the fall, so I need to remember it this year!

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This is the Maybelline Lemonade Craze Eyeshadow Palette.  This is another palette that I haven’t used since last summer.

I really like this palette.  The mattes blend well and the shimmers can be built up and made metallic with a little setting spray. I’m looking forward to playing with it and making pretty summery looks!

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I forgot to take photos of the individual glosses and highlighter.  But here are the swatches.

From left to right is Buxom Full-On Lip Creams in White Russian, Dolly and Hot Toddy.  The highlighter is ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Spoon.

I love the Buxom lip creams, but I have neglecting them due to receiving new glosses this year.  I want to give these some love and since I’ve had them over a year, I would like to start using them up.

The ColourPop highlight is nice, but a little glittery.  We’ll see if I like it enough to keep it after the month!

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I’m excited about my Shop My Stash this month!  Are you doing a Shop My Stash?

Beauty, cosmetics, Giveaway, Skincare

Instagram 5000 Follower Giveaway!

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Hi all!  I wanted to announce my 5000 Followers Instagram giveaway on my blog.  I wanted to give all of you amazing friends a chance to win.

To enter, follow me on Instagram @fortyflirtyfab (I’ll follow back), like my giveaway post there, and comment tagging 1 friend.  You can get more entries by reposting, tagging extra friends and liking my posts!

Good luck!

Beauty, cosmetics

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hi all!  Happy Easter weekend! I hope everyone is having a nice holiday weekend!
I was so excited to receive the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded  ($44 USD) palette for my honest review.
I love Urban Decay shadows.  The Born to Run palette is one of my favorite palettes of all time!   (And have you seen the new Game of Thrones palette — gorgeous)! So, I had high hopes for this one.  Read on to find out my thoughts on Naked Reloaded.
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This palette was created to be an essential Naked palette, featuring 12 all-new eyeshadow shades that redefine neutral with Urban Decay’s signature formula. Urban Decay recently retired their original Naked palette.  This new palettes’ eyeshadows claim to be flattering for any age, gender, and skin tone. The four outer pans are bigger for the shades you’ll use the most. A bright peach hue stands out among warm and cool mattes, metallics, and iridescent micro-shimmers.
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So pretty! The shades are:

  • Bribe (warm ivory matte)
  • Barely Baked (soft gold metallic)
  • Angel Fire (pale rose-gold w/iridescent micro-shimmer)
  • Retro (bright peach matte)
  • Reputation (deep rose-gold w/ iridescent micro-shimmer)
  • Burn (copper-burgundy metallic)
  • End Game (chocolate brown matte)
  • Dreamweaver (cool brown w/ iridescent 3D sparkle)
  • Distilled (bronze metallic)
  • Bucked (warm brown matte)
  • Boundaries (warm terracotta matte)
  • Blur (light nude matte)
Beauty, Beauty Tools, cosmetics

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — April 2019

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Hi all! I received my April BoxyCharm this week! I always watch for the spoilers so I basically knew what I am getting. But, there were a few different variations this month.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for about a year and a half now and really enjoy it. Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 4-5 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It is a nice way to try new makeup and beauty tools.

My version is 6. This month I received:

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PUR Cosmetics Festival Pressed Pigment Palette –  ($36 USD)

Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Purple Dream –  ($27 USD)

Bodyography Eye Pencil in Bali Bronze — (14 USD)

Appeal Trendsetter Holographic Lip Gloss ($21 USD)

Luxie Summer Daze Brush Set – ($28 USD)

The total value for this box is $126.  Not too bad for a $21 box.

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This is the theme and list of what I got. It’s a very festival themed box. There is a lot of shimmer and bright products in here.  I think someone who loves glitter and going to festivals will LOVE this box!

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I was happy to get more Luxie brushes.  The are from top to bottom 245 Small Shader, 512 Small Contouring, and 209 Large Shader.  They are nice quality, but I would love to see some other brands of brushes in BoxyCharm. I will use these, though.  I really need to clean my brushes and having back ups are helpful!

IMG_0431I received the shade Purple Dream. Which is funny, because it looks golden peach in the container.  It does have a purple flip to it.  You’ll see the swatch in the photo below. It’s really glittery, and I don’t think I will wear it as a highlighter.  I might try it as an eyeshadow or give it to my daughter.

IMG_0432This lip gloss is actually pretty nice.  It feels smooth and not sticky.  It’s a soft holographic and I think it would nice over a pink or nude lipstick, or just on it’s own.

The eyeliner is a shimmery brown.  I will use it, brown eyeliner is my favorite.

Here are swatches:

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From left to right is the highlighter, eye pencil and lip gloss. I’m going to try these out more and see if I enjoy them!

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This is very fun!  There are shimmers, mattes and pressed glitters.  Here’s a few swatches:

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These swatched okay.  The glitters feel wet almost and swatched nicely, but I don’t really wear glitters.  The shimmers on the bottom on my hand are the four on the top pf the palette.  They swatched okay, but not the best.  I’m going to have to play with it, and I might end up passing it on. Also PUR is a very nice brand, but they are in BoxyCharm a lot.  I think BoxyCharm needs to bring in some other brands.

This box didn’t really thrill me, but I’ll use the brushes, and will test out everything else before I pass them on.  Last month, I decided that in June, I’ll be choosing between BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe and Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.  You can see my April Ipsy GBP review here. I think Ipsy wins this month.  I think the products are a bit better quality for the price.  We’ll see what I think about May and June boxes.  Also, BoxyCharm is supposed to be coming out with a limited edition skincare box in May.  Hmm.

Do you get BoxyCharm?  What did you receive this month in your box?

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare, Sunscreen

Festival Beauty Essentials!

Hi all!  It’s music festival season! Are you going to a festival this spring or summer? I haven’t been to one in years, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with my beauty products during the warmer months!

I’ve put together a few makeup and skincare faves for a fun and safe (don’t forget your SPF) time.  My picks aren’t as glitter as they could be, but if I was going to a festival, these are the types of products I would take with me:

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Urban Decay always has very fun makeup products that is perfect for festival looks. A few I love are:

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Detour ($25 USD) — This is a perfect travel sized palette.  I have included a photo of it opened below, so you can see the shades.  They are bronzes and couple of blues.  There is also the rosy toned Shortcut palette and the Bailout palette, which has cool toned browns and a couple of purples.  I also have the Shortcut palette and love it, too.

Urban Decay Double Team Special Effect Colored Mascara ($24) — The teal above is the shade Deep End.  It’s be really pretty paired with the palette. One end is a cream formula and the other is a glitter.  There is also a blue, pink, purple and one that’s gold on one end and silver on the other.

Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss ($20 USD) — The shade above is a holographic called SPL.  It’s a pretty shimmery pink.  I’ve just received some of these for review and am excited because I have heard how good they are.  The holographic shade is pretty for fun looks, but the creams are amazing for every day!  I’ll be reviewing them soon.

Urban Decay Cosmetics are available at http://www.urbandecay.com and beauty retailers like Ulta and Sephora.

For on-the-go coverage… FRÉ Skincare’s GLOW ME Tinted Moisturizer ($45 USD) is a revolutionary 3-in-1 formula designed specifically for skin that sweats, and we know there’s a lot of that during festival season. It’s formulated with Argania Active Complex for moisturizing, SPF 15 for protection, and with a universal nude tint for a sheer finish to blur unwanted blemishes and even skin tone.

Available at www.freskincare.com

For healthy sun protection that works… Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens  are safe for use on your face and body and provide 80 minutes of water and sweat resistant protection.

Available in lightly scented or fragrance free and in 2 different sizes (6.76 OZ for $32.00 or 3.38 OZ for $21.00) at lovesunbody.com/collections and Amazon.com.

For Flower Power nails… Morgan Taylor’s Spring 2019 Collection – The Color of Petals will have you pretty from head to toe! Inspired by your favorite flowers, these gorgeous pastels are the perfect finishing touch to any spring festival look. Available at Ulta.com and SaltEarthSpa.com beginning February for $9.50 per bottle.

Just for fun, here’s a photo with the Urban Decay palette open:

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Oh yes, that’s gorgeous!  This is nice for all year round, but will be especially perfect for bronzey, summer looks! 

Are you going to any festivals this year?  What products will you take with you?

Beauty, cosmetics

New bareMinerals Products For Face and Lips

Hi all!  I hope you are having an amazing weekend so far!  It was in the 70’s today in Kansas City, and that’s so exciting. So in honor of the warm weather, I thought I would review some fresh new products from bareMinerals!

I was sent the following products for my honest review:

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The products I was sent for review are:

Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25 ($32 USD) — A clean, water-based liquid foundation in a stick that combines hydrating skincare benefits and SPF with naturally radiant medium coverage.

Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Spot Concealer ($22 USD) — A non-drying, full-coverage targeted spot concealer that reduces the appearance of blemishes and redness and helps to prevent future blemishes.

BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick ($20 USD) — The long lasting lipstick that provides up to 8 hours of wear with a weightless, matte finish.

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Here’s a close up of the products — I received the foundation in the shades Birch 1.5 and Vanilla 2, the concealer in Fair/Light 1.5N, and the lippies in (from top to bottom) Petal, Spice and Peony.

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I have been using these two shades together.  Birch is a bit light and Vanilla is a bit deeper for me, so blended together, they look amazing on!

The coverage on this is light for me, but I can build it up to medium. I find applying it with a brush gives the best coverage. It gives a natural finish, which is what I like.  I don’t like to be too matte or too glowy. And it feels light on the skin, not too creamy or heavy!

The foundation wears all day and looks so nice on!

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I don’t break out often, but I have a bit lately and have been trying this concealer on my acne.  It covers it well.  I’m not sure how well it treats my acne, but it does make my skin look better.

The consistency is creamy, but a bit dry, so it won’t slide of the skin.  It definitely stays put all day!

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I was so excited to try these, because I heard they have an amazing formula.  I don’t like matte liquid lipsticks, but I do like a soft matte lipstick.

This feels very hydrating and creamy when applied. It dries down just a bit to a matte finish, but it’s still comfortable and not drying.

I love all three shades.  You can see that I love nudes and pinks, and these colors will work so well all year round.

Here are swatches of all of the products:

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From left to right is the foundation in Birch and Vanilla, the concealer in Fair/Light and the lipstick in Petal, Spice and Peony.

I’m enjoying all of these products, especially the foundation and the lipsticks.

Have you tried any of these new bareMinerals products? What do you think?