Thursday, August 14, 2014

LORAC Skinny Palette in Navy

LORAC Skinny Palette

I was so excited when I originally found the palette, (you can check out that post here)as I felt gypped not being able to get the nude version from Nordstrom's. I wish I would have waited for the Nude rather than jumping the gun with the Navy. While the Shadows swatch great, but once on the eye they aren't as pigmented.
above in natural light, below flash
The grey color (#3) is by far the creamiest of the 7 shadows, doesn't blend as well as I would have thought. None of the shadows are great when it comes to blending, they are ok. The dark blue color (#6) has bigger sparkle than I was expecting, and wish it was a little more finely milled. And the Gold color swatches much more brown than I was expecting. I know this palette was only $15; but I really expected more from LORAC, especially since the Pro Palette is so popular. Overall it is a meh product, not amazing but not terrible, and I wouldn't repurchase. But I have heard good things about the Nude palette and if considering one, I would suggest going for that. I am pretty disappointed in my first LORAC palette.

Friday, August 8, 2014

NARS Portobello Duo

Nars Portobello Eyeshadow Duo
$34 for 4g
I finally got my first NARS eyeshadow duo, and the only person I have to blame bedsides myself, is the youtuber Essiebutton. If you haven't watched some of her videos you should definitely go check them out. In one of her vlogs a month back or so she mentioned that she was wearing NARS Portobello eyeshadow duo and it looked gorgeous. The huge mirror in the top of the compact is great, especially for travel or touchups on the go. While in the pan the colors look almost identical, both being a matte light/medium brown, and almost kind of boring.
NARS eyeshadow

But these colors are anything but once you put them on. I would have posted a picture of them on, but unfortunately my face is still really swollen from getting my wisdom teeth out, and nobody wants to see that. I will post a FOTD with the duo once the swelling is down. These colors are perfect for school or work, creating a great neutral eye. The colors are neutral almost verging on cool toned browns that would look great on almost everyone. Unlike some matte shades these are incredibly creamy and blend out beautifully. I would warn you though, these are incredibly pigmented and you should use a light hand to start out with.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lorac Skinny Palette is Back!

If you were like me this year at the Nordstrom's Anniversary sale you immediately checked out the beauty section. While I was there I saw a beautiful LORAC palette for $15! Ok; calm down Ali, you have wanted the LORAC Pro palette for a while now, and while it isn't the pro it is a very pretty palette for only $15, and LORAC is supposed to have amazing quality eyeshadows. So I decided once I could, that I would snatch up that palette.
Taken from Nordstrom's

Unfortunately it was not meant to be, as when I looked online about 2 days after the sale was open to everyone, it was gone. I even called a couple stores near me to check and see if it was really gone everywhere, and unfortunately it was. I was honestly really disappointed in Nordstrom that they wouldn't anticipate the amount of customers for this product and had it sell out so quickly. But yesterday I got my wisdom teeth out and have spent most of the day sleeping and online shopping, and guess what I stumbled upon.
Navy Skinny Palette available at
While it in't the original one I had my eye on, it looks gorgeous, and is still just $15! This is the Navy version, and the Nordstrom's was the Nude. With the LORAC Pro Palette you get .32 oz of product for $42, but with the skinny you get .45 oz for $15, it is a great beauty steal. You can buy it here for $15 and free shipping! Once it arrives I will due a review on the shadows and tell you what I think.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sephora 2x, 3x, and 4x Points!

Sephora is offering 2x for Beauty Insiders, 3x for VIBs, and 4x for VIB Rouge, which is tempting me to splurge and buy something on my wish list. If you haven't, you should definitely check it out.

Some of the items I have had my eye on for a while are
Bite Beauty Luminous Crรจme Lipstick Duo in Vivid
I love that all of Bite's products are made from food grade ingredients, and these colors look really fun. And to get 2 lipsticks for $12 at Sephora, I don't think it's half bad. You get .1 oz total, and considering their full size lipsticks are .13oz and $24, it's a pretty good deal. I haven't tried their products yet and think this would be a great intro product.
Bite Agave Lip Mask
My lips have been very dried out recently and this looks like heaven. The Agave Lip Mask is supposed to be amazingly hydrating and great to put on right before bed, but at $26 for a glorified chap stick I am not %100 convinced it is worth it. Although all the reviews I have read are glowing.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Prissy in Pink
Obsessive Compulsive Lips Tars, these are supposed to have amazing staying power and the variety of colors is just awesome. They seem to have everything from light pink to dark blue/black. You can mix them together to get your custom color or just use the color from the tube. This pack of two is $14, and .14oz total, while their normal size is .33oz and $18, you are paying much more for this smaller size per ounce. (although I have heard that Impulse cosmetics makes an awesome dupe of these for $7, which is much better than the normal $18) These are also cruelty free and Vegan, which is something I wish more brands would do.
Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder (also available in loose)
I have really big pores around my nose, even the POREfessional doesn't completely erase them (I know that is improbable but my quest is to get those pores as small as possible). This powder is supposed to, just as its name says minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores. $30

Just a reminder I don't own these products and haven't in the past so these aren't full review, just my hopeful ideals on new makeup.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Stila Kitten Eyeshadow

Ok, I caved. It seems that every beauty blog I read has some mention of Stila's Kitten eyeshadow. Now I know why, it is gorgeous. I love the pinky champagne color and the amazing shimmer/sparkle, it seems like it would suit a variety of skin tones.

 My only complaint is that if used without a primer you get some fallout, and you might have to clean up your under eyes after. But you can really use this everywhere, inner corner highlight, all over the lid, or  brow highlighter.
Stila Kitten eyeshadow swatch
Stila Kitten swatch
While it is on the expensive side at $18, you get 2.6 grams which is much more than MAC's 1.5 grams, I now understand why it is considered a 'cult classic' of the makeup world.