Reviews

SO. MANY. PRODUCTS.

So, a little embarrassed that it took me so long to get around to another empties video. My purple “empties” bag got quite full this time around. OOPS. IMG_4729Check out my thoughts on all these products: https://youtu.be/WjOVwuMWPRk

For full list of products including links to purchase (I found some deals for some of them!)

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Nivea Extended Moisture Body Lotion | http://amzn.to/29sHX2T

Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion | http://amzn.to/29CQxKM

Bliss Body Butter | Couldn’t find it online

Bath & Body Works Ultra Shea Lotion | http://bit.ly/29bSWZH

Bath & Body Works Lotion | http://bit.ly/29uOM2K

Hugo Naturals Liquid Hand Soap | Couldn’t find it online

Philosophy Purity Wash | http://seph.me/29sIodr

VeriaID Toned Up Hydrating Toner | Couldn’t find it online

VeriaID Night Moisturizer | Couldn’t find it online

Peter Thomas Roth Maximum All Night Repair Concentrate | Couldn’t find it online

Tarte Maracujá Neck Treatment | http://bit.ly/29msYD6

Glamglow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment | http://seph.me/29AKrgw

MyChelle Magnolia Fresh Eyes | http://amzn.to/29rVAMY

Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo | http://amzn.to/29sJciz

Pureology Strength Cure Conditioner | http://amzn.to/29sJciz

Sebastian Dry Clean Only | http://amzn.to/29TzyCN

Bareminerals Brush Cleaner | http://bit.ly/29muOnj

Beauty Blender Cleanser | http://amzn.to/29AIAbW

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets | http://amzn.to/29sJfuC

Ardell Glamour Wispies | http://amzn.to/29AKpFK

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara | http://bit.ly/29mAQpo

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder | http://amzn.to/29lBLK5

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer | http://bit.ly/1ub5Qv3

Smashbox Hydrating Under Eye Primer | http://sbx.cm/1XsqURc

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer | http://bit.ly/1sGr0k9

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | http://bit.ly/1RbWjOH

Duo Eyelash Adhesive | http://amzn.to/29AKsRT

Covergirl + Olay Eye Rehab Concealer | http://amzn.to/29lBYgs

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills recently released their latest 12-eyeshadow palette, Shadow Couture | World Traveler palette. While the palette isn’t all that new, I still wanted to do an in-depth look at the palette after having used it for a few weeks. IMG_0279


A limited-edition, fashion-forward eye shadow kit with 12 intense shades. 

This limited-edition, fashion-forward eye shadow kit is the ultimate makeup artist’s palette. Featuring 12 shades, ranging from a neutral peach to a vibrant blue in matte, satin, and metallic finishes, they deliver smooth, intense color for an endless array of customized eye looks. They are formulated to be applied wet or dry, 

Shades included:

  • Metallic
  • Soft Peach
  • Morocco (deep burnt orange with ultra-matte finish)
  • Azure (vibrant blue with a metallic finish)
  • Intense Gaze (bronzed pink with satin finish)
  • Bellini (golden peach with satin finish)
  • Spoiled (gold-flecked peach with metallic finish)
  • Fudge (rich chocolate brown with ultra-matte finish)
  • Chic (taupe gray with shimmer finish)
  • Noir (deep carbon black with ultra-matte finish)
  • Heirloom (pinkish eggplant with sparkle finish) 
  • Pink Champagne

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Here’s a closer look at the shades in the palette. The majority of the colors are warm-toned, with a few cool toned colors sprinkled in. The palette includes a double-ended brush, one side is a tapered blending brush, the other side is a fluffy shadow brush. The colors soft peach, morocco, fudge and noir are matte shades. The colors heirloom, bellini, spoiled, azure and intense gaze are shimmery/metallic shades. Lastly, pink champagne, chic and metallic are glittery shades. There are a couple of repeat shades from previous palettes. The shade morocco was in the Amrezy palette and noir was in the Tamanna palette. IMG_0277

I did a full first impressions video on this palette so be sure to check that out.

Here’s a closer look at the swatches, left group is the top row, right group is the bottom row. IMG_0275

 

Not surprising, the shade soft peach disappears into my skin. The most impressive colors to me were bellini, intense gaze and metallic. I really like bellini because it’s really rare to find a peach color that actually shows up on my skin. Intense gaze showed up much more pigmented than I expected and it’s exciting because I don’t own any color like it. Metallic is a really user friendly gold color. It’s super pigmented but would compliment various skin-tones and could be worn whenever, not just Christmas and New Years. The biggest disappointments were spoiled and azure. Spoiled was unnecessary, it was just a pinker, lighter version of bellini, making it a waste of a pan. Azure was not at all as pigmented as it should have been. In the pan it looks like a vibrant, bold blue. On the skin it just loses the vibrancy and becomes a wash of color.

I really enjoy this palette and have been using it quite often. My favorite shade combination right now is soft peach, morocco, intense gaze and fudge.

This palette is limited edition but is still available for purchase at Sephora and Ulta for $30. I think it’s an excellent value, as all the Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes are, so it’s definitely worth getting.


Now, how about a flash giveaway?

One randomly drawn winner will get the original Urban Decay “smoky” palette… the Smoked palette.

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To enter, just comment which shade in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture palette is your favorite? BEFORE you leave your comment, be sure to read the giveaway rules here. As a refresher, you need to be subscribed to my blog AND my youtube channel.

Also, please share this post on social media if you can. The goal of these flash giveaways is to bring more awareness to this blog. I want to continue doing these kinds of things but I need your support! It’s not required to do this but it will be good karma for you! 🙂

This giveaway ends Tuesday, August 25 at 10 a.m. EST. Winner will be contacted within 72 hours after giveaway closes. I’ll also update this post with the winner after I’ve gotten in touch with them.

Good luck everyone!

NARS ‘Blame it on NARS’ Cheek Palette

NARS cheek palettes are a great way to have NARS in your life, without having to pay $30 for each blush (OUCH!). When I saw that NARS was releasing the ‘Blame it on NARS’ cheek palette during the Nordstrom Semi-annual Sale, I definitely took notice. It was hard not to, look at the stunning packaging.

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Pop, highlight and sculpt your cheeks with four products in cult-favorite shades by NARS. The palette is paired with a mini Kabuki Ita Brush for turning cheeks.

Palette includes:

  • Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love (0.14 oz.)
  • Blush in Day Dream (0.14 oz.)
  • Blush in New Attitude (0.14 oz.)
  • Bronzing Powder in Casino (0.15 oz.)
  • Travel-size Ita Kabuki Brush 

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Nars does an amazing job with packaging, never wasting space. The mirror is as big as it can be and the pans are spaced tightly to keep palette size as small as possible. This palette is the same length and width of the Virtual Domination palette, but is slighter thicker (most likely to accommodate the brush).

The palette is $59 and includes one highlighting powder, one bronzing powder, two blushes and a travel brush. The brush is the key difference between this palette and the Virtual Domination palette, which had a fifth pan instead of a brush. Personally, I prefer more product over a brush I’ll likely never use, but even with only four pans this palette is still a great value. A full size NARS blush is 0.16 oz and is $30 and a full size bronzing powder is 0.28 oz and is $39. Each blush and the highlighting powder are 0.14 oz and the bronzing powder is 0.15 oz, so three pans are nearly full size and one is over half of full size.

Another thing to note is that there are no repeats from the Virtual Domination palette. NARS tends to always default to their cult-favorite bronzing powder Laguna, in most of their palettes and value sets so I was happy to see they chose Casino this time around. While it appears insanely dark, it applies much lighter allowing it to be built up to the desired color. Both Virtual Domination and the Narsissist lip and cheek set included lighter colored highlighters so I was very pleased to see a more subtle, skin-toned highlighter, Satellite of Love. This highlighting powder is the perfect shade for summertime, when we tend to have tans (real or fake), because it will give a subtle glow. The palette includes one shimmering blush (Day Dream) and one matte blush (New Attitude), both are pink shades but Day Dream is warm-toned and New Attitude is more cool-toned. Both blushes seem to be exclusive to this palette because I haven’t seen them available as singles.

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Now for some swatches…

IMG_0289IMG_0288IMG_0287Final thoughts…

The highlighting powder was amazing, really perfect for summer. The bronzing powder was nice but surprised me by applying much more shimmery than it appeared in the pan. It’s still lovely but definitely meant just for bronzing and not for contouring. The shimmery blush, Day Dream, swatched slightly coral-pink than just pink, and the amount of shimmer was minimal. It’s a beautiful shade. My least favorite in the palette was New Attitude. It was powdery and very pigmented, both common problems with matte blushes, so apply with caution.

While I would probably reach for the Virtual Domination palette over this palette most of the time, I would still recommend getting this palette. It’s a $160 value for just $59 and yes, that’s still expensive, but if you planned on trying out Nars products, palettes are the way to go. If you’re interested in getting this palette you can purchase it at Nordstrom.

What are your thoughts on this palette? Let me know.

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