Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ELF Holiday 6 Eyeshadow Palettes - Natural & Smoky - Review & Swatches & Eye Looks

Brace yourself for a long review on the ELF Essential Holiday 6-Piece Eyeshadow Palettes - Limited Edition - in Natural and Smoky, $3.00 each and while it is out of stock on their website, you can still find these in Target stores, and drugstores. These are fabulous little palettes! Back in 2010 and 2011 I used to buy every 6 shadow palette they put out because they are affordable and travel friendly, but back then they shadow quality definitely reflected the low price tag... powdery, chalky, sheer, etc. Come 2013 and 2014, these little square palettes are true eyeshadow gems for such a low price! I say this over and over, ELF quality has been improving over the last couple years, and I'm loving them even more nowadays!

Each palette includes 6 eye shadows in a variety of finishes in matte, satin, shimmer and sparkle. They all have great pigmentation and blendability. The Natural palette is warmer in tone than the Smoky palette. All these swatches were down without a primer or base underneath, just a few swipes on the arm and done. 

No primer underneath

No primer underneath

Here is a look I did with all six shades from the Natural palette, I focused on a bolder neutral eye, taking the brown taupe along the orbital bone from corner to corner. I kept the darkest shade on the lower lash line, and the warm brown in the outer crease as a transition shade. I LOVE this look! I actually wore it twice in one week because I obsessed over it so much the first time ;)

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Here is the first look I did with the top three shades from the Smoky palette, I wanted a subtly defined eye for a family outing to Santa's Tree Farm, and I love how this turned out and wore all day. I rarely do a subtle look like this, but it was just so fresh and pretty, and the boyfriend complimented my eyes so that's always a good sign!

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Lastly, here is a true smokey eye I did, focusing more on the bottom three shades of the Smoky palette. Apologies for the creasing, I forgot to apply primer. I did a base color with the medium grey shade and layered the darkest grey on top, extremely blending out the edges as blurred and soft as possible. I also used the brown taupe a little to warm up the crease, and I LOVE how nice it works with the cool grey tones. The light grey is a really beautiful highlight for the smokey eye look, but I think it would look nice as a main lid shade with a more subdued smokey crease. Also, to add some color and boldness, I used a light blue on the waterline and heavy coats of blue mascara - EEK I LOVE!!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mini Sephora Haul

I recently made a couple orders on Sephora's website to get some special gifts for Christmas, but I also picked out a few things for myself... and I hit that shoppers milestone of VIB Rouge, so I got a mini Bite Beauty Lipstick. I don't know if I have to request a new card or get one in store, but I'd really like to have a Rouge card in my wallet ;)

Perfect Formula Gel Coat - I've been looking for a new top coat, something thick but not goopy, high shine and of course, long wear and protection. I've never tried Perfect Formula before but this one had a lot of great reviews and praises. I'll be sure to review this in the future.

LAVANILA Pure Vanilla Mini Deo Duo - I've heard so many people say they love this stuff, so I figured what better way to test it out than getting the mini duo pack. So far, I love the scent a lot but still testing out how well it holds up.

Bite Beauty Mix N' Mingle Lip Minis - GlacĂ© - I honestly wanted to buy all of these mini lippies, such a great concept and deal. But since this is my first time trying a Bite Beauty lipstick formula, I stuck with one shade, which I thought I could wear everyday without thinking about it. I haven't put it on my lips yet, but it looks gorgeous and smells amazing!

Bite for VIB Rouge - mini lipstick - this shade is wow! I love it!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Color Me Monthly - December - Just For You

If you aren't yet subscribed to Color Me Monthly ($7/mon, one shade per month), you gotta jump on the bandwagon because you're missing out on these gorgeous polishes they have been creating this year.

December's shade is named Just For You, perfect holiday red shimmer, this is gorgeous and the formula is fabulous! I did just two coats here with a top coat, although it has a high shine all on its own. The color is so rich, it feels like such a classy sexy shade for all year round. Since I'm feeling festive, I did a holly accent nail using Just For You and last December's shade Wrapped In Tinsel.

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