4 Palettes Worth the Splurge

Let’s face it, an eye shadow palette is always a splurge. Whether it is from the drugstore or from the counters at Nordstrom, we get into a routine of using a handful of colors and leave the rest for the inspiring YouTube tutorial. Brands launch new palettes every season, so which ones are worth it?

Too Faced Sweet Peach and Semi Sweet Chocolate 

The scented palettes Too Faced brings out are always a good purchase. The eyeshadow quality is amazing and can be used from beginner to professional. My top recommendations are the Semi-Sweet Chocolate palette and the Sweet Peach! The Semi sweet is on the cool toned side; it has the BEST shades for the crease. The Sweet Peach is the warm toned  palette I LOVE. It’s so nice and easy to work with. The scents last a long time too; the chocolate is the oldest palette I own and she still smells incredible!



Carli Bybel Palettes:

Affordable quality sums up the BH Cosmetics palettes. I got the Carli Bybel palette to be a supporter and fell in LOVE. This is my go-to everyday palette for work. On top of quality and price, the palette also comes with highlights!



Makeup Revolution:

Holy cow this palette is the definition of longevity. Of course, I got the Ultra Eye Contour and Light & Shade  palette because it looks like the Kat Von D Shade and light eye palette, but at half the price. I wasn’t expecting the shadows to be so long wearing. It lasted a full day at Disney World, sweat and all. No creasing, and she stayed looking fresh (can’t say that for the rest of my makeup).

Something Other than Books

I want to start a series about the articles and magazines I read in my down time. I realize that I read so much more than just books, and they deserve their moment too. They’ll be more frequent than regular books reviews, with varying content depending on what I read.

Vogue Feb 2017


SINGLED Out: This turned out to be one of the favorite blurbs that I read from this month’s Vogue. The short interview with Gideon Glick is about the new Joshua Harmon play ” Significant Other”.  Glick plays a man who sees his closest friends start to get married and he has a hard time with love and such things. In the article, Glick talks about his character’s “Obsessive parsing of social media in pursuit of romance.” It captures how romance is changing in today’s society. I liked how relateable the play seems and I would love the chance to go see it (slim chances).


Full Exposure: This article is about Fifty Shades actress Dakota Johnson. It tells a short recap of her past, and then she talks about roles she likes taking on, and the type of films she likes to be a part of. I LOVE articles where you can see what the actor being interviewed is really like. We get too caught up in their amazing portrayals on screen, that we forget how different the actor is from their characters.

 

 

Happy Birthday ❤ 

One year ago, I was in a Starbucks with one of my bestest friends. She cheered me on as made  this wonderful little website of magical beauty. I was 19 and wanted to try this out to see what happened. Fast forward to today and I’m sitting in the same Starbucks, with the same friend, but this time, I’m blowing out a candle!!  I know I’m not the most consistent blogger, but I can’t put into words how much joy this experience has brought me. Talking about my favortie things in the world and being un-apologetically passionate

The Foundation Struggle

There is a problem that has plagued me since I got into personal style and makeup. It’s something that exercise, diet, or exfoliation has been able to fix. I am ALWAYS in between either two sizes of clothing, or two shades of foundation. Today (or when ever you read this post) I will complain about finding a foundation, because I spent almost two hours at the MAC counter trying to match myself to a foundation.

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The hero of the day was the lovely makeup artist that didn’t give up until we found something that worked for me. Her passion was palpable, and she really knew what she was doing.  When it comes to my skin, I am mostly yellow based, or warm toned, but I also have enough of a red base (cool tone) to make finding a good match a mission. The Estee Lauder double wear foundation had the closest match for me. Just the foundation itself worked for a few years, but it was never a spot on match. The hefty $40 price tag that came along with it was the main reason to leave my comfort zone and start my journey with foundation over again.

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What I now know, is that I will always have to pair a yellow based foundation to a neutral powder.  I went with the studio fix liquid foundation in NC44 and the powder from the same line in C6. The part that I didn’t like was paying more than I originally wanted to, but for a little more I was able to get two products. I know that I won’t run out of both at the same time, so there is some wiggle room. If you have this issue like I do, go ahead and get yourself to a makeup counter. You may not be happy with the price tag, but it’ll be worth it.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Review

It’s always exciting whenever Too Faced release a new palette, especially a scented palette. Putting aside the scented factor, the shadows are really great quality and the price is right when you do the math. The big scented palettes run about $49, and $52 after taxes are added. Divide that number by the number of shadows in each palette (usually 16-18),it costs $2.88-$3.25 per eye shadow. That’s less than most single eye shadows at the drugstore! Now add back the fact that they smell incredible!! It’s no surprise that there is always a ton of hype around these palettes. The Semi-Sweet chocolate bar is my holy grail. I wear it most everyday, and it’s my base product when I am testing out new eye shadows (this review included).

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Lovely Packaging

Too Faced brought back their peach scented eye shadow palette along with other peach scented products in their latest collection. I wasn’t expecting to find a supply at my local Ulta because it was sold out online, and the makeup lovers in my town are sneaky but vicious. I picked one up as soon as I saw the display. Here are my thoughts,

What I liked:

  • The scent duh! It reminds me of a babydoll I had when I was little. There was a whole collection of fruit smelling babies and the one with my skin toned smelled like peaches. That sweet artificial peach scent brought me right back to being 4.
  • The shimmery shades are unlike anything I’ve ever seen from Too Faced before. Creamy, buttery, little fall out, and so pigmented *swoons*
  • They included an olive green shade, called “Bless Her Heart”, and it is my favorite shade out of the entire palette. Cosmetic brands rarely bring out green eye shadow it’s refreshing to see TF take this leap.
  • The sheer black shade (Tempting) included in the palette was a smart move. Having a sheer, yet buildable black is great when creating smoky looks. You can add a little bit at a time to create that smoky effect.
  • You can use the lighter shimmers as stunning highlights

 

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Sweet Peach Tin

 

What I didn’t like:

There are 2 things that really didn’t sit well with me. The matte shadows in the palette are all over the place with consistencies. There are some like “Peaches ‘n Cream” , “Puree”, and “Charmed I’m Sure” that are really nice, a little powdery, but it’s nothing to worry over. The other mattes though? Patchy and chalky. This is really disappointing to see TF drop the ball like this. All of the other palettes are so well rounded when it comes to  shimmers and mattes. I don’t see why the same attention couldn’t be paid to this one. I understand the makeup industry is wrapped up in the highlight game right now, and if that was the case, why not make a palette of shimmers and satins? The other thing I didn’t like was how bad the really dark shades, “Delectable” and “Talk Derby to Me”, were. Maybe it was my luck to get a dud palette. I don’t use really dark colors too often, so this isn’t a deal breaker for me but if you love your smoky, dark, sultry eyes, this is something to consider.

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A look inside
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Lightest Shades
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Mid tones to Darks

So do I love this?

Kind of!

5 good things versus 2 not so good things. The Sweet Peach won’t overthrow my Semi-Sweet chocolate bar, but it is no where near a bad palette. If you don’t already own a Too Faced eye palette, and/or are a collector of the scented palettes,  I think you’ll enjoy this one. If you do have this palette, did you have better luck? Let me know!!

 

Best Books of 2016

So many books

so many favorites

Out of the 22 books I read last year, a few stuck out in my memory and I had to talk about them. This time, I actually TALK about them in my first video on YOUTUBE!!!!!! I’m making strides towards my goals for this year and youtube something I wanted to try for a looooooong time! So sit back, relax and enjoy! Book Favorites 2017  !!!