Top 10 Palettes – Old School Edition

Top 10 Palettes can be such a broad subject. After all, there are so many! For this post, I want to take you back. We’re talking old school-ish. To the palettes you may have forgotten about, but that still hold a special place in your heart.

In no particular order:

  1. Midnight Hour Eye Shadow Palette. This was from the Disney Reigning Beauties Collection from Sephora, the Cinderella Edition. While all of the princess collections were to die for, this particular palette was probably my fave. I reach for it quite a bit when I want something understated but not too boring. Word is these collections are over… but I really hope minds change and we see more.
  2. Le Metier de Beaute Mélange de Colour Fashion Eyeshadow Palette. This palette is the end-all-be-all of LMdB products. 18 high quality shadows all in one place. Countless looks can be created and it’s travel friendly to boot!
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Eye Kit. When these shades blend together in the signature Couches de Couleur application technique it makes the perfect taupe. So, of course it’s one of my faves! Love this one for holiday!
  4. Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope Eye Kit. Penelope was my first eye kit from LMdB and remains one of my go-to fave palettes to this day. Every time I go somewhere, it travels with me. Every time I’m at a loss for what to do with my look, I reach for Penelope. She’s from 2011 but she’s like a best friend that I’ll never let leave my side!
  5. Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows. Well, if this isn’t a blast from the past I don’t know what is. This one takes us back to 2010. Back to which was, IMO, the very best thing Urban Decay ever released. It doesn’t even matter that the shades weren’t “new” shades. They had new, theme appropriate names and the artwork was incredible.
  6. Tarte for True Blood Eyeshadow Palette. Of course True Blood fans lost their damn minds when this collection came out in 2011. You could transform yourself via looks into your favorite True Blood characters and perhaps attract your own Eric Northman. Or Bill Compton, but not the Bill Compton from last season… you’re better than that.
  7. MAC Festive Frost Face Kit. I wish I reached for this more, because the shades are to die for, especially for the holiday season. This palette released with MAC Holiday 2011 and was a Nordstrom exclusive.
  8. MAC 5 Neutral Eyes Holiday Eye Kit. This one is only about a year old, releasing with Holiday 2012, but it creates the best smokey eye you’ve ever laid eyes on. You’re insane if you don’t love this.
  9. theBalm Nude ‘Tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette. I purchased this back in 2011, but it’s still available! The quality is amazing, but then… all theBalm shadows generally are. Countless looks to be created… it’s neutral with a kick!
  10. Illamasqua Complement Eye Shadow Palette. Complement is also only around a year old, but I adore the shades and the eye look they create together. It’s not a palette you’d think would be wearable for multiple occasions, but in these colder months it totally is.

Okay, so maybe some of these aren’t too old school. I feel like in the life of a beauty blogger we see so much that a year or two can feel old school. Also, the Urban Decay and Tarte palettes are from several years ago. Boom. Justified.

What is your favorite old school beauty palette? I can’t wait to see what everyone else has come up with! Click the icons below to check them out!

July 2013 Birchbox Swatches, Review & Photos

The theme of the July Birchbox is Power Play. With that in mind, the character’s of the USA hit series SUITS were the inspiration for some of the samples this month. There was also an included card with “Lesson’s From the Ladies of Suits” showing their looks and power products.

As you open the box the card resting on top gives you a little explanation and greeting on one side and a run down of what is in your box on the other side.

Let’s see what’s going on for July!

First, from Kerastase, the Fondant Chroma Captive – Treat. This is for color treated hair (which is perfect because I just had my highlights re-done) and is for shine intensifying care. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m definitely excited to give it a go.

Next, from ModelCo, the Fibre LashXtend Lengthening Mascara. This mascara was nice to apply and gives a nice, natural lash look. I didn’t think that it really lengthened or extended the lashes, but it was okay. I’m wearing it in the pic below, but you can see it in action better on this post.

From theBalm, InStain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush. This blush is amazing. The color is that slightly sunburned look that no one wants from the sun but that makes you look healthy. It doesn’t move once it’s on so you need to be extremely careful when applying, because this is one pigmented powder.

The “Suits Pick” is the Benta BerryG-1 Moisturizing Face Cream. Again, as with most skincare received in samples boxes such as these, it’s too small of a tube to discuss actual benefits. However, it smells amazing and absorbed well, leaving my skin feeling soft.

The “Beauty Extra” is a pair of BirchboxBobby Pins. If you buy them they come in a set of 6. These are really cute and hold my hair back like no other. But they’re a little hard to put in and you’re going to pull out a few strands of hair when you remove them.

This Birchbox made me rather happy.…enough to keep my subscription going into August. It’s hard when ipsy is really pulling out all the stops with their Glam Bag, which is making Birchbox (what was once my favorite $10 subscription) seem kind of junky.

Wanna sign up for Birchbox? (Click for referral) If you like what you see go to the website and fill out the form. It’s just $10 a month (free shipping too!) and you get some cool stuff, tho I will warn you, you’re going to get stuff you hate as well.

***Disclosure – I buy my own Birchbox, but the links posted here do give me referral points which I can use towards product on the site. Once you sign up for your own Birchbox, you’ll also get a referral code to send out to others and get some points of your own!

November 2012 ipsy (My Glam?) Glam Bag Review & Swatches

This Summer, after I received my June Glam Bag and did an open box video, I cancelled my MyGlam Glam Bag subscription. It was such a disappointment across the board for me. Weird products, chemical smells… just wasn’t impressed.

So, what made me resubscribe? Well, I got an email saying if I came back I’d get a Benefit They’re Real Mascara as an extra. I do love that mascara, and My Glam had morphed into ipsy (Why? I have no idea and frankly I’m too lazy to look) so maybe it’s better now. Without even looking to see what the bags had been between June and now I went ahead and forked over my $10 to re-subscribe.

Holy….. This is AMAZING. I’m floored by how great this month’s bag is for 10 bucks.

What you see above is a cute and classy deep brown makeup bag with a gold zipper. I believe it’s canvas. Very nice, no chemical smell. Useable! The two cards are just showing deals and discounts that ipsy subscribers can get when shopping with the sponsors of this months bag as well as a deal on a subscription.

What’s inside?

Clearly, if you read the start of this post, you know it’s all good things.

Starting on the top left is a nail lacquer from Nailtini in the shade Millionaire. SO pretty, right? It’s a mix of regular glitters and bar glitters in multiple shades, and just makes me think of a New Years Eve extravaganza. It’s shown below as one coat over Chanel Malice.

Next, from Benefit, the They’re Real Mascara, which I’ve reviewed here. It’s a great mascara if you’re in the market for some va-va-voom on your eye balls.

From theBalm, one of the shades in the Meet Matt(e) Palette. The shade I got is Matt Batali (sounds Italian, so imma say it’s appropriate for me lol) and it’s a deep eggplant color. So smooth and pigmented for a matte shade. Very impressed and I just may have to purchase the full palette so he can hang with his buddies.

The fourth item is a bareMineralsMarvelous Moxie Lipgloss in the shade Dare Devil. The applicator is sponge doe-foot (YAY) and it’s only slightly sticky. The vibrant pinky-purple shade has a hint of shimmer. It may look scary, but on the lips it’s sheer and just gives a hint of color. I fear shades like this on my lips, but this one looks gorgeous!

The final item is from Starlet Cosmetics and is a Black Eye Pencil. I’ve never heard of this brand, but I found the liner to be smooth in application and though the black shade isn’t super saturated it wore nicely and is easy to smudge for a smoky, party eye.

(L-R: theBalm Matt Batali, bareMinerals Dare Devil, Starlet Eye Pencil)

It seems based off the one card that some people also got an Eyebrow Defining Gel from Chella. I’ve never heard of that brand, but I can always use brow gel! Would have probably liked that in place of the liner, but either way, I’m still VERY happy with this months bag and will be continuing my subscription into December.

By the end of this email I convinced myself that, as a blogger, I need to become educated on ipsy. I haven’t been on the site since June, but it looks MUCH more clean and organized. More like I’d expect it to be.

They do profile pages now, so here is mine. There isn’t anything there, but I think it’s fun that it’s offered. Hopefully they’ll also go by way of Birchbox and GlossyBox and have a referral program set up or a point system in place for free products. After seeing how awesome this bag was, that is really the only thing holding them back.

Here is where you can go to subscribe to ipsy for a Glam Bag. It’s not a referral.

What do you think about the November Glam Bag? Are you going to subscribe for December?

theBalm SHADY LADY VOL 3 Eye Palette Swatches, Review, and EOTD

With their beautiful packaging and witty names, it’s hard to not want to own everything theBalm creates. I’ve had my eye on all of the Shady Lady palettes for quite some time, and after many fails at Marshalls and TJ Maxx I was thrilled to win a Twitter giveaway for Shady Lady Vol 3!

What the Sephora website has to say about Shady Lady Vol 3:

What it is:
A captivating color palette of shadows and shadow-liners that provides endless options for the eyes.

What it does:
These nine beautiful shades tucked inside a cute giraffe-print palette can be used wet or dry and can be combined or worn individually for an endless variety of looks.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

This set contains:
8 x shadows and shadow/liners in: Lusty Lee (silver shimmer), Envious Erin (shimmery pearl), Safe Bet Annette (pale-pink shimmer), Runaround Rebecca (sage), Come-Hither Heather (soft taupe), Open To Offers Olwen (teal), All The Way Annie (shimmering amethyst), Guilty Gwen (sparkly black shimmer)

This palette contains 9 shades (some can be used as a shadow AND a liner, and are marked as such) and I’d like to review them all individually:

(L-R: Lusty Lee, Envious Erin, Racy Kacy, Safe Bet Annette)

Lusty Lee – is a silvered icy blue, a lovely shade for an inner corner of the eye!

Envious Erin – a white gold frost that makes an excellent highlighter or inner corner shade.

Racy Kacy – a brassy bronze! very soft with excellent pigment. Can be used as a shadow or liner.

Safe Bet Annette – an icy, girly pink. A great shade that will work into multiple looks with this palette.

(L-R: Runaround Rebecca, Come-Hither Heather, Open to Offers Olwen, All the Way Annie, Guilty Gwen)

Runaround Rebecca – is a shimmery sage that can be used as a shadow or a liner. It’s an interesting shade in that it didn’t have a ton of pigment when used dry on the lid BUT the sheen of it made it hard to tell.

Come-Hither Heather – is a grey taupe with a soft finish. The pigment was great and it can be used as a shadow or a liner.

Open to Offers Olwen – is a vivid blue/teal packed with pigment. This shade is gorgeous and can also be used as a shadow or a liner.

All the Way Annie – is a dusty purple with decent pigment. This can be used as a shadow or liner.

Guilty Gwen – is a black shadow stuffed with multi-colored shimmer, making it feel gritty. This one was best when used to deepen another color, or wet as a liner. Using it dry and alone won’t give you a ton of pigment.

Overall, this is a nice and versatile palette. The shades play well together and there are a multitude of combinations that you can get. I experienced very little fall out from some of the shades, and none from others.

The outer giraffe print sleeve matches the interior palette hard casing. I love the print style, and it seems sturdy. It also includes a nice sized mirror.

These palettes have been spotted at places like Marshalls/TJ Maxx. I saw them at mine too, but the shadows were either missing or shattered. It honestly looked like people played extreme frisbee with them. The outer case remained undented and intact, but the shadows inside were destroyed. If you’re buying at these stores, PLEASE check the palette before you walk out the door.

For the two EOTD’s I created with this palette, I used Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara on both.

For the first eye, I stayed simple and neutral. I took a fluffy angled brush (MAC 275) and applied Envious Erin from lash to brow. Using the same brush I took some of Racy Kacy and applied it to the crease. MAC Teddy Eye Kohl was used as a liner, the top was smudged lightly with a bit more of Racy Kacy.

For the second look, I went a bit more dramatic. With a firm brush (MAC 239) I applied Runaround Rebecca all over the lid and up through the crease. With a crease brush (MAC 226) I added Come-Hither Heather to the crease and outer V. With a firm pencil brush (MAC 219) I patted Guilty Gwen to the outer V and outer crease, then taking the same blending brush used before to blend it together. Envious Erin was used to highlight and blend out the top of the crease. The liner used was Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Noir (smudged).

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3 retails for $39.50 and is listed as limited edition. You can find this at Sephora as well as on theBalm website.

***Disclosure – I did not purchase this item myself, it was won from the daily giveaway that theBalm does on their social media pages, which is open to everyone. Receiving this item for free has in no way impacted my review. My reviews of ALL items will remain honest, no matter what.For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

theBalm HOT MAMA Blush Swatches and Review

You don’t HAVE to be a Hot Mama to purchase or play with the product I’ll be talking about today. A certain blush by theBalm is sassy enough for a single girls night on the town, but neutral enough for a mom on the go!

What Sephora has to say about theBalm Hot Mama Blush:

What it is:
A true all-in-one essential: sexy shadow, striking blush, subtle highlighter, and light-reflecting lip finisher tucked inside a go-anywhere compact.

What it is formulated to do:
The pinky-peach hue adds a splash of color to cheeks, a hint of shimmer to the lids, and illuminates your finest features.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Phthalates Size: 0.25 oz

Hot Mama(peachy pink shimmer) is said to be akin to NARS Orgasm. It does appear to be similar, but what is weird is that I never liked the way Orgasm looked on me, but I love the way Hot Mama looks on me. Orgasm is also lighter and less pigmented, but they both have that golden sheen.

The formula on the blush is so smooth and pigmented. The packaging is light and cardboard, but surprisingly sturdy. I’m a huge fan of the art work and naming that goes into the products produced by theBalm.

theBalm Hot Mama Blush retails for $19 and you can get one of your own at Sephora!

theBalm NUDE ‘TUDE Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Review and EOTD

I’d like to take this opportunity to officially announce that theBalm is THE BOMB. Holy, wow. For Cyber Monday (the only Cyber Monday deal I took advantage of, actually!) the Balm offered 30% off of your order and I also qualified for free shipping! Don’t mind if I do!

For my first ever products from theBalm I ordered Hot Mama Blush (to be reviewed) and the Nude ‘Tude Eyeshadow Palette.

The Nude ‘Tude Palette comes in 2 versions one Naughty, and one Nice. I chose Feeling Naughty because I thought it was more fun to be naughty 😉 Whatever style is your poison, both versions come with the EXACT same shadows, but where the Naughty shadows are displayed over some… ahrm …. girlie bits …. Nice is not.

What has to say about The Nude ‘Tude Eyeshadow Palette:

These amazing palettes consist of 12 beautiful shadows that make wearing nudes fun! These satiny smooth colors can be applied naturally “i.e. let me slip into something more comfortable” or beautifully layered. The wide range of naked neutrals gives you light highlighters as well as brazen bold shades that work to add definition and emphasis. Nude ‘Tude allows you to dramatically dress up your eyes (if nothing else)!

(L-R: Snobby, Sassy, Stand-offish, Stubborn, Sultry, Selfish, Schitzo, Sophisticated, Silly, Sexy, Sleek, Serious)

(L-R: Snobby, Sassy, Stand-offish, Stubborn, Sultry, Selfish)

(L-R: Schitzo, Sophisticated, Silly, Sexy, Sleek, Serious)

Nude ‘Tude is more of a Sultry Nude palette, rather than just all nude shades. Shades included in this palette are Snobby (shimmery yellowed peach), Sassy(frosty white), Stand-offish (frosty pinked peach), Stubborn(frosty light pink), Sultry(satin medium brown), Selfish (shimmery taupe), Schitzo (shimmery bronze), Sophisticated (semi-shimmery deep brown), Silly (semi-shimmery burgandy), Sexy(matte burgundy), Sleek(dark matte brown), and Serious(matte black).

I love that theBalm added in shades like Silly and Sexy to venture out of the brown/taupe/black/nude rut. It’s a pop of color you wouldn’t normally see in a nude palette.

I found all of the shadows to be extremely easy to work with, nicely pigmented and they all play well together. I experienced no fall-out while using these shadows.

Let’s talk packaging. How FUN is theBalm when it comes to names and packaging? I love the design and the creativity of this brand. This particular palette is sturdy and comfortable to hold while you use.

I am definitely looking forward to more purchases and posts of products from theBalm!

(Selfish on lid, Sexy in crease, Stubborn at inner corners and to highlight. Liner is Chanel Gris Scintillant, Mascara is MAC False Lashes Extreme Black)

(Stand-offish on lid, Sultry in crease, Schitzo to deepen outer V and crease, Sassy at inner corners and to highlight. Liner is MAC Teddy, Mascara is Dior Diorshow in Mitzah)

TheBalm Nude ‘ Tude Eyeshadow Palette retails for $36 and is available on theBalm website.

Guest Swatcher – theBalm Cast Your Shadow Face Palette featuring the MUPPETS Photos and Swatches

Today’s guest swatcher is Paraiso Maquillaje from Ecuador! She was lucky enough to be able to order one of theBalm Cast Your Shadow Face Palette designed with the Muppets! They only made 1,000 of these, so I’m very excited that she’s decided to share the swatches with my readers!