Eye Shadow Palette Wishlist

Eye shadow palettes are my weakness, and there are so many that I have my eye on at the moment. I recently purchased the Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette, and that just reignited my obsession. Here are the palettes that are on my wishlist and that I hope to buy soon:

1.) Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

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I think it would be hard to find a beauty fan who doesn’t have this palette at the top of their list. It’s always a big deal when Urban Decay comes out with a new Naked Palette, and as a fan of the last three, I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

2.) Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

smashbox-double-exposure product imageI never really thought much about this palette until I swatched it a couple of weeks ago at Ulta. I love how the palette is divided into a warm section and a cool section. I don’t really own anything like this, and I can picture myself getting a lot of use out of it.

3.) Stila Eyes Are the Window Palette

Screen-Shot-2014-08-27-at-3.15.18-PMI’ve been loving Matte eyeshadows lately, and I just think this one has the most beautiful colors. I especially love the orange shade at the bottom, and all of the gorgeous matte shades. I don’t own anything from Stila and would love to have some of their eye shadows in my collection. Also, the packaging is so cute!

4.) Lorac Pro Palette

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Since I am a recent convert to Lorac eye shadows, I am dying to try the palette that everyone loves and raves about. I love how it has one row of mattes and another row of shimmers, and the color selection is so beautiful. I’m thinking that this might be my next purchase.

5.) Tarte Tartlette Matte Eye Shadow Palette

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Yet another matte palette, and this one is so beautiful. I love the purple tinted shadows in this palette and just think it is gorgeous. I don’t own anything like it and have heard great things, so I definitely hope to pick this one up soon.

Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette Review and Swatches

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I’ve been going to Ulta a lot lately, and everytime I go there, I always go straight for the Lorac Section to swatch this palette. As a lover of gold eye shadow (Just look at the name of my blog) this caught my eye. It is a palette of 10 eyeshadows, all adhering to the gold theme in one way or another. The colors are all insanely pigmented, soft and buttery. They have a very silky quality to them, which caught my attention when I first swatched them. Also, I knew that I would use every single one of these colors and get a lot of use out of this palette. It has 3 matte shades, and the rest are metallic. The mix of metallic and matte shades make this palette versatile, and leave room for a lot of creativity. The most stunning shade in this palette is Unleashed, a brilliant coppery gold. Also included is Unlocked, a perfect champagne white shade, that is an amazing brow bone highlight. The palette has one perfect matte brown crease shade, a brown that is great for the outer v, and a very dark brown that would be perfect to smoke out any look for night. All in all, I am very happy with this purchase, and I think that it may be my new favorite palette. It is stunning. I am starting to question whether or not I like the Lorac Eyeshadow formula better than Urban Decay’s. At $42, this palette is an investment, but definitely one to think about. Now no more palettes for me until the Naked Smoky comes out!

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( Top to bottom: Undressed Uninhibited, Unpredictable, Undeniable, Unedited, Unlocked, Unlimited, Unleashed, Unwind, Unafraid)

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(Eyes: Undeniable in Crease, Unleashed all over lid up to crease, Unlimited in center of lid, Unlocked on brow bone and  inner corner. Lined with Maybelline Master Precise eye liner in black. Mascara: Maybelline Mega Plush.) Lips: Nyx Matte Lip Cream in Istambul. 

June Favorites

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June is already coming to a close, and I cannot believe how quickly it went by. Here are the beauty and non-beauty items I have been loving all month

Bath and Body Works Country Apple Body Mist– This was my favorite scent ever in the early 2000s when I was a kid, but BBW sadly discontinued it. They recently brought it back for their semi-annual and I knew I had to have it. It smells just as delicious as I remember.

NYX HD Finish Powder in Banana– I have recently added this to my makeup routine and I love it. It is comparable to the banana shade in the Anastasia Contour kit but much cheaper, and it really highlights the under eye area.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer– This is basically a dupe for Benefit’s erase paste. It is the same color and has the same coverage. Paired with the banana powder, this is the ultimate weapon against dark circles.

Yankee Candle Fresh Cut Roses– I love anything rose scented, and this scent is a really true to life scent. It smells exactly like a fresh cut rose, and scents an entire room. It smells so amazing, and I have been obsessed with it all month.

Florence and the Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Album– This has truly been the only thing I have listened to all month. It is really an amazing album, and there is not one song I don’t love on it. The songs are upbeat and catchy, and paired with Florence’s incredible vocals, it just can’t be beat. I highly recommend.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn– Written by the author of the insanely popular Gone Girl, this book is just as much of an addictive page turner. It is a dark mystery story about a woman who is the only surviving member of her murdered family, and her brother is in prison for committing the crime. I really can’t say more without giving things away, but it is completely worth the read. I couldn’t put it down.

Face of the Day Featuring the Naked Basics Palette

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What a great day! I am so thrilled about the gay marriage legalization that I have barely been able to think of anything else. I hope everyone else if enjoying this amazing news. I feel proud to be an American today and will remember this day for the rest of my life. On a different note, here is the makeup that I am wearing today, featuring an eye look from my handy Naked Basics Palette.

IMG_4772[1]Face: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Estee Lauder Perfectionist Foundation, Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Powder Foundation, NYX Dark Circle Concealer in Fair, Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer, NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana, Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer, Tarte Blush in Flush, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

Lips: MAC Lipstick in Twig

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Eyes: Elf Shadow Lock Eye Shadow Primer, Naked Basic Palettes (Naked 2 in Crease, Foxy all over lid, Faint on outer v, Venus in center, inner corner, and brow bone), Maybelline Master Precise eyeliner on top lid, NYX wonder pencil on lower waterline, Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara on top and bottom lashes.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please share your thoughts below!

My Favorite Beauty YouTubers

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1.) Essiebutton

Essiebutton, or Estee Lalonde, is my all time favorite YouTuber. Technically, she is not a beauty guru but a lifestyle blogger, but she does a lot of beauty stuff. Not only is she beautiful, but she seriously has the best personality. She is so funny, and so chill. I could honestly listen to her talk for hours and I know a lot of people feel the same way. Another thing I love about Estee is that she is so smart. You can tell when she talks that she is very intelligent and doesn’t take beauty too seriously. Also, she just has the most enviable life. If you haven’t seen her yet, you totally should.

2.) Kathleenlightsimage-3-makeup

Kathleen has been my obsession for months now, and it’s not going away. What I love about Kathleen is that she is just so talented at doing makeup. She comes up with the most gorgeous looks that I would never even think of, and she can do an eye makeup tutorial like no one’s business. She is really dedicated to YouTube and puts a lot of time into her videos. I also appreciate how she uses a good blend of high end and low end products, and never uses anything absurdly expensive because she knows what her viewers can afford.

3.) Tanya Burr

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There is a reason Tanya is so popular. She is just the loveliest person, and is so talented. She has been doing makeup for years and is so good at it. She always does looks that are so wearable and easy to replicate. Not only is she insanely gorgeous, but she is very down to earth and very talented. Also, I am obsessed with her and her fiancee, they are complete relationship goals.

Who are your favorite YouTubers?

The Makeup Bag Series: What’s in My Sister’s Makeup Bag

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So if I’m like anyone else, I love seeing the products that other people have in their makeup bags. So, I thought it would be fun to do a series where every now and then I peak into the makeup bags of my friends and family. The first bag is my little sister, Juliet’s. She is 15 years old, and is starting to get into makeup. She actually had some stuff I was very jealous of! Here’s what’s inside:

Bare Minerals Ready Touch up Veil in Translucent

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in New York Scene

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Flush

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer in Fair

E.l.f. All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade

Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Lip Glosses in Currant and Raspberry

Maybelline Perfect Pastels Eyeshadow Duo in Pink Suede

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Bronzer Duo in Honey Heat

Benefit the Porefessional Mini

Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick in 107

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Carnival Spirit

MAC Mineralize Blush in Gleeful

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What’s in your makeup bag? Let me know in the comments!

Summer Eyes: Fun Makeup Look Featuring Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette

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Thank you to my beautiful little sister, Juliet, for volunteering to let me use her as my model.  I wanted to do a fun look today that was a little different from what I usually do, and I think summer is the perfect time to experiment with color. I did a simple eye look using my Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette. I like this look because it looks kind of like tye-dye when you are finished. I used Peach Fuzz as my base, Macaron all over the lid and onto the crease, packed Bubblegum into the outer corner, and dabbed Rock Candy in the center and on the brow bone, and then blended it all out with a fluffy crease brush! And voila! Finish with mascara for an easy, fun summer eye look. This worked really well paired with Maybelline lipstick in Brazen Berry.

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That’s it for today! Please tell me your thoughts in the comments!

E.l.f. Baked Eye Shadow Palette Review & Tutorial

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Happy father’s day everyone! It’s a dreary, rainy day here in Connecticut, so I thought it would be the perfect day for a nice review and tutorial. Today’s subject: E.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Palette in Texas. I find that this palette is excellent considering that it only retails for $10 (!), and you get 10 beautiful neutral shadows. The shadows are baked, so they have the most intense color when used wet, but you can use them dry as well for a more subtle look. The palette is mostly brown neutrals, including some beautiful chocolaty shades and copper shades. In addition to the browns, there is a lovely baby pink, a beautiful white highlight shade, and a really striking yellow-gold. All of the colors work very well with each other making an endless variety of beautiful looks to be created. When the shadows are applied wet, there is no fall out, strong pigmentation, and it lasts all day. They are a bit crumbly when used dry, so I definitely recommend using a damp brush to apply them. This palette is defintely a home run for E.l.f. cosmetics, and can be found on their website and at Target. They have baked palettes in several different colors, and now I am very tempted to try them all.

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All Colors swatched in order on palette

While playing around with this palette today, I came up with an easy look using 4 of the colors. 

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Before I started with the palette, I added Urban Decay Buck to my crease. Any matte brown crease shade will work with this look.

Step 1: Using a a damp flat shader brush, pack 1 onto your eyelid, stopping at the crease. Continue dipping and applying until you have built up plenty of pigment.

Step 2: Take number 2 and press it on the center of your eyelid using a flat damp eyeshadow brush. This adds a beautiful pop to the center of your eyelid.

Step 3: Take eyeshadow number 3 on a damp pencil brush, and apply to inner corner of your eye to brighten the overall look.

Step 4: Take eyeshadow number 4 on a damp flat brush, and apply to highlight your browbone.

Step 5: Allow several moments for the eyeshadow to dry. Once it is dry, take a blending brush with no additional product and lightly go over your whole eyelid to blend all of the colors seamlessly together. I applied eye liner to my look, but that’s totally optional. Voila! You are done!

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Thanks for reading guys! See you next time. Please like and comment if you enjoyed.

5 High End Makeup Products Worth the Money

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As a 20 year old college student, I don’t have a lot of money to spend on all the makeup that I would like to. That’s why when I finally decide to invest in a high end makeup product, I need it to be worth my money. Here are five high end makeup products that are really worth the investment and something you should consider adding to your collection:

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1.) Urban Decay Naked Palette

We all have heard about the Urban Decay Nakes Palettes a million times by now, and let me tell you, they are worth the hype. I recommend all of the Naked Palettes, but if you are going to Invest in one of them, the original is probably your best bet. There is a reason so many people swear by it. The palette comes with 12 full size shadows in the most perfect blendeable formulas. There is not one shade in this palette that is a dud, and if you are a neutral lover like me, you will most likely use every one.

2.) Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

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I had to add this one into this list because it is just the most perfect matte palette, and those are really hard to come by. Matte shadows tend to be chalky and powdery, but not these. They are so smooth and blendeable, and the colors could not be more perfect. I probably reach for this palette more than any of the others that own, and until I find something cheaper that is this good, I will continue to use it.

3.) Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup

This foundation was really expensive ($45), which is a price I would normally never pay. To be honest, Estee Lauder was having having a free gift that I really wanted, and this was a total impulse by. I’m happy that I bought this, because I noticed that this foundation really is of superior quality to many that I own. The shade matches my skin exactly, and it literally stays on ALL DAY. I have also noticed that it has been moisturizing my skin and I have noticed a difference in my skin since I have been wearing it.

4.) Benefit Hoola Bronzer

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This is another cult classic, and for good reason. It is very difficult to find an inexpensive matte bronzer, so until I can find one, Hoola will be my go to. It is the perfect bronzing shade: not too light, not too dark. Also, it is not orange-y at all like so many bronzers tend to be. Also, it is really silky and never looks muddy. It’s the perfect bronzer.

5.) Mac Lipsticks

Mac Lipsticks are $16, which tends to be a little cheaper than most high end lip products, but more expensive than drugstore lipsticks. I only own one, but I find that it is really worth the price. Mac’s color selection is incomparable, and the formula is so long wearing and so comfortable. It really is a great product, and totally worth all of the hype it receives.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Tell me in the comments what your favorite high end makeup products are!