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Shop My Stash March 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  Can you believe it’s almost April?  It’s a nice, warmer day today (yesterday it snowed in Kansas City), and Easter is in a few weeks!

I’m here with the results of my March Shop my Stash.  I had a fun time using products that I haven’t either used in a while or it’s newer to my collection and I want to give it a go.  If I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room!

My most used item from my stash was the Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Eyeshadow Palette.  I used the mattes in the palette all month long!  Like I suspected, the metallics are too glittery for me.  When I use them, all I see is glitter!  And that’s not my everyday look.  I am going to keep it, though, because the neutral mattes are so nice!

I used the tarte Rainforest of the Sea highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III’s shimmer shades with my Friendcation palette.  They are very pretty, but kind of boring.  All the shades are so similar.  I might end up passing this one on to my daughter.

The Laura Geller  Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette is so pretty, but the shades are a bit dark for my skin.  I might keep it and try again in the summer if I tan, or pass it along.

I am not a fan of the Becca Glow Gloss in Malibu Soleil.  The shade isn’t very flattering on me.  I probably won’t keep it.    

The Julep Eyeshadow 101 in Champagne Shimmer is so pretty!  I haven’t really given it a chance before.  It’s nice for the inner corner, under the brow or even all over the lid. I paired it with the Friendcation palette and used it all over my lid — it was gorgeous!

Here are my empties for February and March:

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I just have four empties for the last two months. I didn’t post empties in February because I only had the Smashbox spray then. I have been trying lots of new skincare, so I haven’t used up a lot.  I’m almost out of a few more skincare items, so I should have more next month!

This month I used up the Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift, The Smashbox Photo Finish So Chill Coconut Primer Water, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Chamomile and Lavender and Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub.

The Derma E eye cream is amazing!  It really smooths my eye area.  I also really love the Derma E scrub.  It makes my skin so soft!  The two sprays were also so nice.  Especially the Smashbox So Chill Coconut.  I’m sad that it was a limited edition.

This was a fun month. I found a couple of products I will continue to use and a few I’ll move out of my collection and let someone else love them!

I will be posting my April Shop My Stash tomorrow. Do you like to shop your stash?

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IT Cosmetics Palettes That Are New To Me!

Hi all! Happy first day of spring!  Didn’t it feel like it would never come after that cold and snowy winter?!?

I’m excited to be reviewing IT Cosmetics products that I haven’t tried before.  I love the brand, but I have mostly tried their skincare and base products.

I was sent these products for my honest review:

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Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette ($42 USD)

IT Girl Vol. 2 Makeup Palette ($38 on sale for $25)

Hello Cheekbones Contour Palette ($36 USD)

Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush #19 ($48 USD)

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Here are the palettes opened. I did noticed that the eyeshadow shades in both palettes are fairly similar.  But they are pretty and good for every day looks.

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I have been wanting to try this palette and am so glad I did! The top row are eye foundations, which are bases for under shadow.  The first two are matte, and the last one is a shimmer.  The first six shadows are shimmers and metallics and the last three are matte liners.

These are so gorgeous!  The shadows are creamy and blend nice.  The only thing I wish there was is a matte transition shade.  I am going to do a full review on this palette with swatches soon!

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I believe this was It Cosmetic’s limited edition holiday palette.  It is on sale right now so if you want it, it’s the time to pick it up!

This palette has some of the same colors as the Superhero palette, but it does have more mattes.  The left shadows are shimmer and the right shadows are mattes.  The blush is a pretty pink ombre.

It’s a great palette for everyday, or use some of the darker shades for a nice smokey eye!

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This contour palette and brush is so fun!

The brush is very soft, like all IT Cosmetic brushes.  They’re such great quality.  This is easy to use.  Just sweep it as shown above and then apply it to the cheekbone.  It blends out easily.  The bronzer is pretty warm, but can be used as contour.  I also take this with a fluffier brush to bronze my whole face.

The highlighter is pretty, but not very blinding.  It does give a nice glow and for more impact, I wet my brush and it did give more shine.

Have you tried any of these IT Cosmetics products?  What do you love from the brand?

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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?

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New Makeup For Fall!

Hi all! Fall is just around the corner and I’m starting to do my fall makeup reviews.  I’m so excited because this is one of my favorite times of year!

Below are new fall products that I have been sent for my honest review:

jane iredale's NEW Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks
jane iredale Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks

Just launched is jane iredale’s NEW Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks ($35 each). there are 15 fresh “power colors” in a breakthrough luxury, clean formula. From electric pink (Natalie) to fine wine (Ella) to bold red (Gwen) to made-for-you nudes (Gabby, Molly, Sharon, Tricia), each lip-loving shade uses antioxidant-rich Moringa Oil to soothe and nourish, plus Tahitian Vanilla and Blackberry for subtly sweet, natural flavor.

I love how these feel on. They are hydrating but feel really light on.  I do have to layer them to get an opaque look. I have these in Jackie (peachy pink), Rose (light merlot) and Ella (deep rose brown).  I love nude and lighter colors and Jackie is so pretty on!  I will wear the other two in the fall when I deepen my lip color.

 

Morgan Taylor Fall Safari Swatches
Morgan Taylor Fall Safari Swatches

Morgan Taylor Lacquer has just launched their African Safari collection for Fall 2018. Inspired by the sweeping landscape of a safari, the Fall collection embodies the rich earth tones of this destination. Brilliant pearls of sapphire, pewter, and garnet compliment saturated crèmes giving the entire collection the uninhibited feeling that anything can happen under the starry skies of the Serengeti. Here are the shades:

·        Are You Lion to Me? – Pewter Shimmer

·        Off The Grid – Black Brown Crème

·        No Cell? Oh Well! – Sapphire Blue Pearl

·        Wanna Share a Tent? – Garnet Red Pearl

·        No Sudden Mauves – Rose Mauve Pearl

·        Neutral by Nature – Warm Nude Crème

These are all gorgeous for fall! I find that Morgan Taylor Lacquers apply easily and stays on for days! I love deeper polishes going into the cooler seasons and am exited to have these shades to play with!

 

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I just received these these gorgeous Hard Candy eye shadow palettes and have been testing them out.  The shadows are nice, but they do take some building up to get pigment. When I do build them up, they look so pretty all day! And there is little kick up in the pan or fall out on the eyes!

The Neutral Eyes are new for fall, so I don’t know if it is available for sale now, but the Hard Candy Pro Palette Glitter ($10 USD) and the Hard Candy Pro Palette in Mauve($8 USD) are available at Walmart.com.

What do you love about fall?

 

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette Review

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Hi All! I’m excited to be reviewing the new Norvina palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This palette was created by Anastasia’s daughter Norvina.

“I have always wanted to create a palette that embodies my spirit. I’m a dreamer at heart and get lost in my own fantasy world daily. It’s a whimsical place that leaves you feeling carefree. If I had to explain how these colors made me feel, I would say “happy”.” – Norvina
I was so excited when I first saw this palette!  Purple is my favorite color and I thought it was so gorgeous!  I have a few ABH palettes, and I noticed that this one has more glitters — which I love!
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The packaging of this is the soft velvet of all of the ABH palettes.  It’s pretty, but does get dirty really fast.
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The inside has a large mirror and comes with a double-ended brush that is good quality.

Shades:

  • Dreamer (metallic pink champagne)
  • Base (matte eggshell)
  • Summer (metallic foiled golden topaz)
  • Soul (matte wisteria)
  • Wild Child (duo-chrome frosty pink w/ a magenta shift)
  • Incense (matte dusty terracotta)
  • Rose Gold (metallic rosewood)
  • Love (matte mid-tone cool pink)
  • Celestial (duo-chrome plum w/ a violet shift)
  • Volatile (matte warm charcoal)
  • Dazzling (duo-chrome cool-tone bronze w/ a violet shift)
  • Eccentric (matte dark burnt orange)
  • Drama (duo-chrome aubergine w/ a cool bronze shift)
  • Passion (matte deep garnet)

Here are swatches:

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Here are the mattes — Base, Soul, Incense, Love, Volatile, Eccentric and Passion.  You can’t really see it in the photo, but Base, Soul and Love all have a little shimmer in them. I still use them in my crease and on my lid, but they are a bit shimmery.  The other mattes are pigmented and a little powdery like normal Anastasia mattes.
There is kick up in the pan on most of the shadows in this palette. But all of the Anastasia palettes I have do this, so I’m just careful while applying.
So I have been using this for about a week, and honestly am still deciding how much I like it.  It isn’t as bright and fun as I had hoped, but it is a really pretty neutral palette with a few pops of purple.  And I have created natural glam and smokey eye looks using it.
I will keep playing with it and I think it will transition nicely into the fall months.
Have you picked up the ABH Norvina palette?  What do you think?
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Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Hi all!  I’m excited to be reviewing the Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette!  When I saw it was about to be released, I had to have it!  I drove to my nearest Sephora last Sunday to pick it up as soon as it came out.

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The first picture is the front of the box and this si the back.  I like how it shows all of the gorgeous shades! Here is the front and back of the palette:

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I love all of the travel photos!  They are really fun.  I haven’t seen a palette designed like this before. Plus, its made of a sturdy plastic and has a really nice mirror.

Lets look inside:

IMG_1401IMG_1400The top photo shows the amazing mirror, but in the bottom photo the light was better.  In the bottom photo, the shades look truer to life.

I love the shade selection!  I think a lot of palettes being released right now look very summery — lots of bronzes, blues and oranges.  And they are really pretty.  But this palette has those shades and so much more, plus I think the shades will work so well in the fall and winter, too!

On to the swatches (I’ll be going by rows):

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From left to right —  Breakaway (warm ivory shimmer), Stranded (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer), Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift), Weekender (light neutral beige matte), Still Shot (bright peach), Riff (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle), Good As Gone (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)

IMG_1411.JPG Hell Ride (deep fuchsia matte), Baja (burnt orange matte), Accelerate (reddish copper metallic), Guilt Trip (smoky purple shimmer), Ignite (rose gold metallic), Smog (deep coppery bronze shimmer), Wanderlust (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)

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Wildheart (bright fuchsia), Punk (red-brown matte), Double Life (metallic rust), Jet (black with deep shimmering purple shift), Drift (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle), Radio (deep emerald satin), Big Sky (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)

So pretty!  I was excited to play with the different colors, but of course I have been reaching for the bronze and purple shades because they are so easy to use.  I have just  tried out the blues and greens on, and they are amazing, too!  I can get SO MANY looks with this palette!

And for the quality, they are very pigmented and blend well.  The quality reminds me of my Anastasia palettes.  I don’t have a lot of Urban Decay, but if this is what their shadows are like, I need to get me some more.  Any suggestions?

Have you picked up this palette or are you planning on it?

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Too Faced Life’s a Festival Review

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I purchased the Too Faced Life’s A Festival Eye Shadow Palette ($42 USD) a few months ago and still haven’t reviewed it, so I thought I would review it since I’m wearing it today on my birthday!

So, as I am 50 today, I can say that even us (uh, hum) older ladies can wear fun shadows like these!

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As soon as I saw this I thought it was so pretty and had to have it.  I loved the shade range.  When I got it, I noticed that it smells so good, like citrus or candy (Smarties)!

Here are swatches:

 

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From left to right is Young & Free, Euphoric, Rainbow Life, Desert Vibes, Sunset Dram Fun in the Sun and Beamin’

 

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Unicorn Tears, Fireflies, Mystic Rain, Funtasy, Artist Pass and Dusk Teal Dawn.

The duochromes and shimmers are my favorite shades in the palette.  There are only a couple mattes.  I wish there were more, but only if they could be added to the palette without any of the shiny stuff taken away!

Every shade blends well and are very pigmented.  I use the shimmers and duochromes with a dry brush, and they look great.  They can be wet with a little setting spray, but don’t really need it.

What do you think of this?  Are you all about shimmery shadows or are you more about the mattes?