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Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick Collection - Review & Swatches:

 

"You cannot use someone else's fire; you can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe you have it."

- Audre Lorde

 

 

Lengthy post warning!!!! Grab a snack! :)

 

Estée Lauder.... What comes to mind when you hear those words? I think..... Elegance. This is a company that has stood the test of time and has stayed true to their "look". From product to packaging, Estée is simply beautiful and elegant.

Double Wear has been one of my favorite foundations for many years. I also love quite a bit of their skincare but when it comes to their other makeup products, I haven't tried much; mainly because Estée is more high end and it has always been a huge splurge item for me.

When I received an email from the company asking to send me their new Pure Color Love lipstick collection, I screamed.... Literally, out loud, screamed!... I must have stared at that email, reading it over and over again for a good 5 minutes. Total shock!! I immediately told my mom and before I could even finish the sentence, I burst into tears.

I've been blessed to be contacted by a lot of companies, but this was by far the biggest. Not only because it is a behemoth brand but because I've loved and treasured their products for so many years. I've saved for months just to be able to afford one foundation.... And they want to send me an entire lipstick collection? It's an honor.

 

Before I begin, I will say that although these were sent to me, I am not being paid for this post - it is in no way sponsored. I will be 100% honest and let you know the pros and cons of these lipsticks.

There are 30 shades in the Pure Color Love line and they are $22 each. They come in a wide varity of shades and finishes; mattes, shimmers, chromes and cremes. The chromes are meant to be toppers and I will mention which they are as we go along with the shades.

But first.... Packaging!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick Collection

Okay yeah, this is only the PR packaging but.... WOW. I had to include it in this post. I opened this, sat on my floor and CRIED. haha


Estee Lauder lipstick packaging
Estee Lauder Pure Color Love

The packaging is a gorgeous mirrored gold. Estée Lauder is etched into one side and each lipstick color is labeled nicely on the bottom with the color so it's easy to see which is which.

The lipsticks itself have a very unique shape.... Not my favorite. The hard edge makes it very difficult to get a clean application and I've been grabbing for lip brushes to apply rather than applying straight from the tubes, especially with the more dramatic/bright shades. I wish it was just a regular lipstick shape!


Here are the swatches - the left is with one swipe and the right is built up for full pigmentation.

Estee Lauder Blase Buff (100) swatch

Blasé Buff (100) is a peachy pink nude. It's not as orangey in person as it looks in this photo. As you can see, it's quite pigmented with just one swipe. It's matte but not drying at all!

 

Estee Lauder Raw Sugar (110) swatch

Raw Sugar (110) is a matte brown-toned nude. I grab for this a lot on days when I need a more neutral nude lipstick. It's a perfect shade to keep in your purse!

 

Estee Lauder Rose Xcess (120) swatch
Estee Lauder makeup look Rose Xcess

 

 

 

 

Rose Xcess (130) is a stunning matte berry shade. I'd recommend pairing this with a lip liner in a similar shade because it is slightly patchy on the lips.

Estee Lauder Strapless (130) swatch

Strapless (130) is a pretty mauve with a lot of shine. This is one of the creme formulas; they are a little bit more on the sheer side and feel extremely comfortable on the lips.

 

Estee Lauder Naked City (140) swatch

Naked City (140) is a creamy peach shade.

 

Estee Lauder Proven Innocent (200) swatch

Proven Innocent (200) is a pretty pale matte pink.

Estee Lauder Naughty-Nice (210) swatch

Naughty-Nice (210) is another matte pink, it's brighter than it looks in the tube but it's still very wearable.

 

Estee Lauder Shock & Awe (220) swatch

Shock & Awe (220) is a bright fuchsia pink. It's gorgeous!!!

 

Estee Lauder Juiced Up (230) swatch

Juiced Up (230) is a stunning matte berry/wine shade.

 

Estee Lauder Pret-A-Party (240)

Pret-A-Party (240) is a barbie pink.

 

Estee Lauder Radical Chic (250) swatch

Radical Chic (250) is a pinky coral. I don't wear pinks very often but this shade, I love!

 

Estee Lauder Sky High (260) swatch

Sky High (260) is a bright pink. It takes a little bit of building up and it's slightly streaky unless you wear a lip liner underneath.

 

Estee Lauder Haute & Cold (270) swatch

Haute & Cold (270) is another bright pink that I was surprised by! It's quite bright but I think it would look amazing on just about anyone!

 

Estee Lauder Hot Streak (300) swatch

Hot Streak (300)... Oh, I LOVE this shade!!! It's a bright blood-orange. It is matte, crazy pigmented. This is one of those shades that you'd wear with just brows and lashes. It steals the show, without a doubt.

 

Estee Lauder Bar Red (310) swatch

Bar Red (310) is a matte cherry red. So beautiful!!

 

Estee Lauder Burning Love (320) swatch

Burning Love (320) is your perfect matte red.

Estee Lauder Wild Poppy (330) swatch

Wild Poppy (330) is a unique shade to my collection. It's a rose/pink/peach... Ya'll know I suck at describing colors LOL

 

Estee Lauder Hot Rumor (340) swatch

Hot Rumor (340) is a bright, vibrant orange.

 

Estee Lauder Sly Wink (350) swatch

Sly Wink (350) is a pale peachy orange.

 

Estee Lauders Flash Chill (360) swatch

Flash Chill (360) is a sheer watermelon. I think this would be a great color for the summer!

 

Estee Lauder Pocket Venus (370) swatch

Pocket Venus (370) is one of the chrome toppers! It's a gorgeous wine shade with metallic shimmers.

 

Estee Lauder Rebel Glam (400) swatch

Rebel Glam (400) is a crazy bright and vibrant matte pink. This shade is so pretty and insanely pigmented!

 

Estee Lauder Love Object (410) swatch

Love Object (410) is similar to Rose Xcess and Juiced Up and falls right between the two with a slightly more purple hint to it.

 

Estee Lauder Up Beet (420) swatch

Up Beet (420) is a pretty matte deep purple. It's patchy when worn alone.

 

Estee Lauder Crazy Beautiful (430) swatch

Crazy Beautiful (430) is a "my lips but better" shade. Another one to keep in your purse!

 

Estee Lauder Hi-Voltage (440) swatch

Hi-Voltage (440) is a toned down, "wearable" purple. If you've been wanting to try a purple but are intimidated by them, I'd say start here.

 

Estee Lauder Orchid Infinity (450) swatch

Orchid Infinity (450) is a medium purple. It's pulling more berry in the photo than in person.

 

Estee Lauder Ripped Raisin (460) swatch

Ripped Raisin (460) is a sheer mauve with a high shine.

 

Estee Lauder Moon Rock (470) swatch

Moon Rock (470) is a chrome topper. SO unique! It has a blue/purple duochrome to it. It reminds me of Makeup Geek's Insomnia pigment.

 

Estee Lauder Nova Noir (480) swatch

Nova Noir (480) is a metallic purple.


Woo! Are you still with me?! Kudos if you are! All 30 shades of the Pure Color Love collection. If you are looking for full pigment, go with the mattes. Throw-on-and-go shades, the cremes. And for the fun, those chromes!

I'm a matte girl, all day. So those are definitely my favorite but I've enjoyed every shade so far. There isn't one I dislike!! The ones that don't go well with my skin-tone will be added to my makeup kit! The shade selection is on point and very thorough, I don't think there is any shade lacking here and the packaging is perfection. My only complaint is the shape of the lipstick!

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What are your favorite shades? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Thank you again Margaret & Estée Lauder for this incredible gift!

 

xoxo.

Suva Beauty Hydra Liners - Review & Swatches:

"Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don't give a damn what anyone things."

- Christina Yang, Grey's Anatomy

Hey darlings! I'm finally back with a review and this one has been a long time coming!

Suva Beauty is a newer brand to the industry but man, did it hit HARD! It seemed like they became an overnight sensation on instagram and it's for good reason... They are incredible! From eyeshadows and cream bases to these Hydra Liners, they kick ass.

To test out the Hydra Liners, I only picked up a few shades and after using them for months... I can tell you that I will soon own every single shade... And probably an extra of each shade for my makeup kit!

These are $11 each and come in a few different "finishes" - UV, Chrome and Matte. The UV's are neon BRIGHT! The Chromes are metallics and the mattes... Well, those speak for themselves.

I picked up 5 shades, three UV and two mattes:

They come in clear jars. I love the packaging, it's simple and easy to see which shade you are grabbing.


Sea Nymph is one of my favorites. It's a matte - so gorgeous and pigmented!

Fanny Pack is one of the UV shades. It's a fun bright neon green!

Dance Party is a UV yellow... This one and the next are hard to photograph because they are SO neon! My camera struggled focusing on them.

Acid Trip is a UV orange. It's so bright and gorgeous! I've loved creating looks with this one.

Cherry Bomb is a matte blood red.


Here are the swatches! Aren't they stunning?!!


I will say there is a definite learning curve when it comes to using these. They are unlike most products. You need to add water or a setting spray to activate the product and turn it into liquid liner. It's easy to use too much (or too little) so it just takes some practice. I prefer to use a setting spray or MAC Fix + rather than water because I find that it lasts much longer! They wear all day long and don't smudge. I love them!!!

Here are some photos of looks I've done using these:


Here is a video of each shade swatched!

 

I highly recommend these liners. They are so beautiful and you can create some amazing creative looks with them! I plan to do some water color looks soon.

Love you guys!

xoxo.

 

NIA Cosmetics Haul, Review & Swatches:

"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."

Hey dolls!

I have a haul and review of some products from a company that you may not have heard of yet! NIA Cosmetics. The owner Irenia reached out to me to try some of her lip products (they were sent to me for free, with no other compensation and I have chosen of my own volition to talk about these lippies and share them with you)!

These are described as lip glosses, they come in a pot and can be applied with a lip brush. These remind me a lot of OCC Lip Tars except they are hand made using absolutely no harsh chemicals!

NIA Cosmetics - Packaging & Ingredeients

We'll jump right into the shades!

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy 1

The first shade is Fantasy.

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy 2

This is a gorgeous iridescent light blue.

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy Swatch 1

It's super pigmented and creamy. A tiny bit goes a long way!

NIA Cosmetics - Fantasy Swatch 2

The reflects in this are stunning! When I see this shade, I think of mermaids.

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NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire 1

The next shade is Sapphire.

NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire 2

This is a deep metallic blue.

NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire Swatch 1

It's hard to get the full effect in photos but this has a beautiful sheen.

NIA Cosmetics - Sapphire Swatch 2

This shade is so unique!

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NIA Cosmetics - Majesty 1

Sticking with the blues! Next up is Majesty.

NIA Cosmetics - Majesty 2

Who's bold enough to wear this shade?! :-D

NIA Cosmetics - Majesty Swatch 2

I know.... There aren't words for this one, right?

NIA Cosmetics - Majesty Swatch 1

Blue isn't exactly the easiest color to pull off but man, is this absolutely beautiful.

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NIA Cosmetics - Naked 1

NIA Cosmetics - Naked 2

Naked is a gorgeous metallic nude.

NIA Cosmetics - Naked Swatch 2

The shine and reflectiveness of this shade is incredible.

NIA Cosmetics - Naked Swatch 1

So beautiful!

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NIA Cosmetics - Nia 1

NIA Cosmetics - Nia 2

Nia is hard to describe. It's a medium pink with a gold sheen, however the gold isn't as apparent once on the lips.

NIA Cosmetics - Nia Swatch 2

Nia is one of my favorites!

NIA Cosmetics - Nia Swatch 1

This is a beautiful every day shade.

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NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto 1

Let's tone it down a little, here is a classic red shade! Stiletto is perfection.

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto 2

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto Swatch 2

These are totally true to color. What you see in the pot is what you get on your lips.

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto Swatch 1

This is such a great, classic every day red shade.

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NIA Cosmetics - Fuego 1

Last but certainly not least, my absolute favorite shade! Fuego.

NIA Cosmetics - Feugo 2

You have to see this one in person to get the full effect. Pictures do it no justice!

NIA Cosmetics - Fuego Swatch 2

This is pure pigmented, saturated color!

NIA Cosmetics - Fuego Swatch 1

Isn't she stunning?!?

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Lip swatches:

NIA Cosmetics - Stiletto Lip Swatch

Stiletto.

NIA Cosmtics - Majesty Lip Swatch

Majesty.

NIA Cosmtics _ Fuego Lip Swatch 1

Fuego.

If you'd like to see any other shades on the lips, let me know!

These are so fun and unique. I love how pigmented they are and although having to apply with a lip brush isn't exactly travel friendly, I found that the wear time was surprisingly long with these. The matte shades laster longer than the shimmer/metallics and the day I wore Fuego, it even lasted through a greasy meal! They feel nice on the lips, not too heavy. Similar to a lip gloss but more pigmented and long wearing.

These cost $10 each and will last you literally a lifetime and a half! Check out NIA Cosmetics website, they have tons of shades to choose from and Irenia is adding SO many more!! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Which shades do you like the best? Let us know in the comments below!

*I received these products for free. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – 100% my own.*

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil Review & Brow Wiz Comparison:

"Because there is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away."

- Sarah Kay

Hey beauties! How are you?!

NYX is one of the most difficult brands to find where I live. They are always SO picked over, everything new is sold out and they seem to never be restocked any time I check. So I was really excited to find a brand new, untouched display at Target. I grabbed two of their brow products: the Micro Brow Pencil, which we'll chat about today and the Eyebrow Gel (let me know if you'd like a review on that too!) and have been testing them out ever since.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil 1

This is a double sided product, exactly like the Anastasia Brow Wiz!

NYX Micro Brow Pencil 2

One end is a spoolie brush for combing out your brows and the other side is the pencil.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil VS Anastasia Brow Wiz

The packaging is pretty much identical. I prefer the spoolie on the Anastasia Brow Wiz a tiny bit more because it has more bristles so it really gets in there to comb out the hairs and really blend the product but you honestly won't be able to tell much of a difference between the two. As for the pencil side, I want to say the NYX pencil is a TINY, little tiny bit smaller than the Brow Wiz which is nice because you can get very fine hair-like strokes throughout your brows very easily.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil Up Close

The shade I purchased is Taupe; there are 8 shades total.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil Swatches Taupe

Here you can see a variation from light to dark depending on how much pressure you apply. The pigmentation is nice, the pencil is more on the dry side versus creamy, which is a must for brow pencils in my opinion! It's easy to get tiny strokes of product throughout the brows to make them look natural.

NYX Micro Brow on brows

Here are my brows using only the Micro Brow Pencil. I absolutely love it!

Compared to the Anastasia Brow Wiz:

Price Point:

Brow Wiz - $21                       Micro Brow - $10

Shade Selection:

Brow Wiz - 9 shades                             Micro Brow - 8 shades

Amount of Product:

Brow Wiz - 0.085g / 0.003 oz.                 Micro Brow - 0.09g / 0.003 oz

Lasting Power:

I have heard people rave about the Brow Wiz lasting forever but it's a fairly normal wear-time for me. I'd say both last about the same amount of time (on me, it may be different for you!). After maybe 5-6 hours, I could throw a little bit more on in some of the more bare spaces in my brows. So they are about identical with how long they last for me. I also try my best not to touch my brows so if you do have the tendency to touch them often, your wear-time may not be as long.

Overall, I think these two are super comparable. I've been grabbing for my Micro Brow even more than my Brow Wiz so I'd say it's a fantastic dupe. I haven't seen all the shades so I can't say whether they are shade dupes as well, but Taupe is definitely identical!

Have you tried the NYX Micro Brow yet? If so, let us know your opinion in the comments below!

You can purchase NYX online, at Ulta or check their website for locations of your local distributors.

*This post is not sponsored. I purchased this product with my own money. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – 100% my own.*

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Tarte Cosmetics - Tartelette Palette Review & Swatches :

"You can't base your life on other people's expectations."

- Stevie Wonder ❀

Hello my dolls! How are you?

Another eyeshadow palette review.... Can you tell I've been on some kind of kick lately?! I go through phases with certain products and right now, I am all about eyeshadow palettes.

The Tartelette Palette is an all matte stunner and I was so excited to finally get my hands on this.

Tartelette Palette 1

Let's start with the packaging.... This has to be one of my absolute favorites, aesthetics wise. From the purple ombre front to the gold accents, I am all about this. It's just so sleek, timeless and beautiful.

Tartelette Palette 2

Isn't she gorgeous?! Inside is mirrored gold with all shade names under each shadow. You get a huge mirror and I love that 'tartelette' is written on it. How many times in my posts do I say this... It's the little things. :)

Tartelette Palette 3

This is an all matte palette with 12 brand new exclusive shades!

These are the classic amazonian clay formulation and are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sodium and gluten. This is also dermatologist tested!

Tartelette Palette

You also get a sheet with step-by-step directions for two eyeshadow looks.

Tartelette Palette 4

Let's check out the shades! <3

Free Spirit - Tartelette Palette 1

The first shade is Free Spirit, a pale cream, almost yellow shade with warm undertones.

Free Spirit - Tartelette Palette 2

Great pigmentation, a touch powdery but it applies, blends and lasts very well.

Force Of Nature - Tartelette Palette 1

Force Of Nature is a warm brown with peachy undertones.

Force Of Nature - Tartelette Palette 2

This has great color payoff and I love this as a transition shade.

Dreamer - Tartelette Palette 1

Dreamer is a warm dark brown with yellow undertones.

Dreamer Swatch - Tartelette Palette

This shade is nicely pigmented and not as powdery as the lighter shades.

Multi-Tasker - Tartelette Palette

Multi-Tasker is a dark brown with reddish undertones.

Multi-Tasker Swatch - Tartelette Palette

Great pigmentation!

Caregiver - Tartelette Palette

Caregiver is a pale pink that pulls slightly more on the cool-toned side.

Caregiver Swatch - Tartelette Palette

This shade is beautiful! I don't often wear pinks shades on the eyes but this one all over the lid is simple but pretty. Nice pigmentation, better than I expected for a pale shade like this!

Natural Beauty - Tartelette Palette

Natural Beauty is a pinky-mauvey-taupe. Super unique shade!

Natural Beauty Swatch - Tartelette Palette

This shade needed to be built up a little bit, it blends easily and is perfect for a transition/blending shade.

Best Friend - Tartelette Palette

Best Friend is a muted cool-toned purple.

Best Friend Swatch - Tartelette Palette

This shade was more difficult to swatch, it ends up being a little uneven but can be built up and it wears better on the eyes.

Bombshell - Tartelette Palette

Bombshell is a deep cool-toned purple.

Bombshell Swatch - Tartelette Palette

Nice color payoff, this shade is slightly more difficult to blend than the others.

Super Mom - Tartelette Palette

Super Mom is a warm pale cream.

Super Mom Swatch - Tartelette Palette

Great pigmentation, I love this as a subtle browbone and inner corner highlight!

Wanderer - Tartelette Palette

Wanderer is a warm medium-brown with slight yellow/warm undertones.

Wanderer Swatch - Tartelette Palette

Good pigmentation, I love this shade for warming up the crease!!

Power Player - Tartelette Palette

Power Player is a warm brownish-taupe.

Power Player Swatch - Tartelette Palette

Okay color payoff, it needed to be built up a bit.

Fashionista - Tartelette Palette

Fashionista is your classic matte black.

Fashionista Swatch - Tartelette PaletteGreat pigmentation, creamy and smooth but be careful with fallout!

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Tartelette Palette Swatches

Artificial Lighting.

Tartelette Palette Daylight Swatches

Daylight.

Overall, I love this palette! It's my first experience with Tarte eyeshadows so I can't compare them to any other palettes but I'm pretty impressed. The pigmentation was consistent throughout, there wasn't any shade in this palette that disappointed me and they last all day on the eyes!

The Tartelette Palette is $44 and sold online as well as at Sephora and Ulta!

If you'd like to see a look using this palette, let me know in the comments!

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*This post is not sponsored. I purchased this product with my own money. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – 100% my own.*

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Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette:

"That's the thing about inner beauty: unlike physical beauty, which grabs the spotlight for itself, inner beauty shines on everyone, catching them, holding them in its embrace, making them more beautiful too."

Hello dolls! A couple weeks ago I picked up Kat Von D's new Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette and I've been testing it out ever since; when I first saw the sneak peek of this on her Instagram, I swooned. Literally. Drooling, swooning, in love... It's an all matte eyeshadow palette with warm, cool and neutral tones. This is a palette for anyone who loves/needs matte eyeshadows. It's incredible on its own and it's a perfect companion palette!

kat von d shade & light palette 1

The packaging is beautiful. It's a typical cardboard packaging but it feels so sturdy and I'd feel totally comfortable traveling with this. It looks almost identical to the Shade & Light Contour Palette except it says eye on it and the accent color is gold instead of silver. It's so simple and just perfect.

kat von d shade & light eye palette 2

The mirror is huge and the detailing is so pretty and true to that classic Kat Von D style.

You get 12 shadows:

kat von d shade & light eye palette 3

The back of the packaging has the names of each shadow.

kat von d shade & light eye palette 1

I absolutely love the way this palette is set up: it's basically divided into three sections. The left quad are neutral tones, middle is cool and the right quad is warm toned. Of course you can use them as you see fit but for those who are newer to makeup or may get overwhelmed by the amount of shadows, this can help guide you.

kat von d shade & light eye palette 4

In the box you also get a sheet with the shadows and looks you can create with each quad.

Let's get into the shades!

kat von d shade & light eye palette 6

kat von d shade & light eye palette swatches in daylight

In daylight.

kat von d shade & light eye palette swatches artificial lighting

Artificial lighting. I swatched by "quad".

We'll go by section and talk about each shade!

The neutral "quad":

shade & light neutral quad

shade & light neutral quad swatches

The first shade is Laetus - the top largest shadow - a pale neutral yellow. I love using this as a base to help with blending!

Samael is a light neutral brown, perfect for the crease and I've even used this on my brows!

The middle and darkest shade in this section is Solas, a rich brown.

Lastly, it's hard to see in the photo above because it blends right in with my pasty white skin LOL Lucius, a creamy slightly off-white shade.

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The cool "quad":

shade & light eye palette cool quad

shade & light cool quad swatches

The top shade (furthest left) is Lazarus, one of my favorites in the palette. A cool taupe shade that is perfect for the crease or blending.

Saleos is next, a deep dark cool grey.

Shax is the black shade, super pigmented! I was impressed with how black this is, especially when built up.

Lastly is Liberatus, a total white matte. Another surprise in pigmentation! Whites are usually pretty hard to get just right and I'm happy with this one! Perfect for highlighting the inner corner and brow bone.

The warm "quad":

shade & light eye palette warm quad

shade & light warm quad swatches

Indwin is a super unique shade, a warm peachy shade that is amazing in the crease!

Succubus is another favorite of mine, a super warm red-brown. This reminds me a lot of Makeup Geek's Cocoa Bear.

Sytry is the darkest brown in the palette, very warm, chocolatey and perfect for deepening that outer-v when you don't want too harsh of a smokey eye.

Last shade is Latinus, a light cream shade - this one has a tiny bit of something to it... Maybe a sheen almost? It looks and feels a little more like a satin formula. Super pigmented and amazing for a brow-bone highlight!

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These swatch and wear beautifully. They are soft and pigmented and they blend really easily.

I've used every shade in this palette in different looks and I have absolutely no complaints. The formula is wonderful. I haven't used any other Kat Von D palettes before so I can't compare them but I'd jump at the chance to purchase another from her after using this!

makeup geek eyeshadow look - kat von d shade & light eye palette used as well

In this look I used mainly Makeup Geek shadows but that warm blending/transition shade is Indwin!

shade & light eyeshadow look 1

shade & light eyeshadow look 2

I used the cool toned quad for this look. The shadows lasted all night long!

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I adore this palette. Pictures honestly don't even do it justice. You can create endless looks with this, especially when mixing with other eyeshadows in your collection. I think palettes like this are essential to have!

The Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette is available online as well as at Sephora and is $46. An amazing deal! Each shadow costs less than $4 each when you do the math!

Have you tried this palette yet? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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*This post is not sponsored. I purchased this product with my own money. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – 100% my own.*

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Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation:

“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.”

Hello my dolls! How are you?

The drugstore makeup companies are coming out with tons of products for Spring and many of them are foundations.. Fuller coverage seems to be a bigger focus than previous years so I've been excited to test some them out. Check out my review on the Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation!

Maybelline Fit Me has been a foundation that's been out for a few years now, the original formula is slightly dewey and in most cases, isn't the best for oily skin (some oily skin babes love it, but others don't!).. It's all preference of course, and Maybelline has released a "Matte & Poreless" version targeting those with oilier skin and those who want a more matte finish.

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The bottle is a nice slim glass - similar to the original Fit Me, except it says Matte + Powerless as well as what skin types it's recommended for.

The shade range is okay. It could be better and the shade I picked (115 ivory) pulls a little bit too yellow on me but that's fairly normal when I purchase drugstore foundations so I work with it. But I do wish there was a broader range of shades...

maybelline fit me matte and poreless foundation on skin 1

I have combination skin. Slightly oily in the t-zone and fairly normal everywhere else. Very acne prone and sensitive to some ingredients. I've had absolutely no issues with irritations or breakouts!

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The finish is matte but... Natural and comparing to the Loreal Pro-Matte, this is much more so. I'd say the Loreal is a total, flat matte and this is a natural. almost luminous matte. When I want beautiful, glowing skin - this is the foundation I've been choosing. I find that I get somewhat oily after a few hours, it definitely doesn't control oil as well as the Loreal foundation.

Along with that, I'd say with the Loreal one, dry skin types would have to moisturize like crazy in order to use it. With this foundation, although it's recommended for normal to oily, I think dry skin types could get away with using this as well. It hasn't clung to any dry patches and as I've said, it's definitely more dewey than my other matte foundations. However, it gets much more matte when you apply a powder over top - when I want a more glowy, dewey look - I skip the powder!

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It applies and blends beautifully. And it wears beautifully. I've been surprised with how much I love this! I do wish it lasted a bit longer on my skin, especially when I'm really never that oily.. But, the finish is so gorgeous that I'll gladly apply a good primer beforehand and be good to go!

Overall, I adore this foundation. It mixes well with others, looks beautiful in photography and most importantly looks absolutely flawless on the skin! You can apply a light amount for a more natural finish that shows some of your skin, or if you want full coverage - it layers like a dream! It doesn't add cakiness, so if you want some more coverage... Add some more!

You can purchase Maybelline online or at the drugstore; this foundation ranges from around $4.79 to $9 depending where you purchase.

Have you tried this foundation yet? Do you like it? And what are some of your favorite new drugstore products?! Let us know in the comments below!

*This post is not sponsored. I purchased this product with my own money. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – 100% my own.*

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What Causes Dark Circles & How To Prevent Them:

There's many different things that can cause dark circles under the eyes, some avoidable - others, not so much...

Genetics - unfortunately, dark circles can be hereditary.

Thinning skin - as we age, skin thins and the area under your eyes can be greatly affected because the skin here is already thin to begin with. When this area thins with age, blood vessels become more visible and therefore, darker.

Lack of sleep - if only I could sleep all day! :)

Anemia - an iron deficiency. Skin looks more pale and area around the eyes look darker.

Lack of nutrients - an unhealthy diet can affect your skin in SO many ways, dark circles included. Try a more balanced diet and your skin will love you for it!

Dehydration - drinking water goes hand in hand with a balanced diet. Drinking enough water daily will help your body flush toxins.

Hormonal changes - gotta love being a woman! Pregnancy, menopause and menstruation can cause dark circles and puffiness.

Allergies/Hay Fever... Smoking and drinking also does not help! :)

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How to prevent them:

Drink lots of water throughout the day.

Try your best to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. Also, you can sleep with your head elevated (add an extra pillow) - this will help prevent any blood from pooling under your eyes while laying down.

Always wear SPF! (sun damage can darken your circles)

Slices of potato or cucumber - place on closed eyes and keep them on for around 15 minutes.

Cold compresses can help with both dark circles and bags.

The caffeine in tea bags can help diminish both dark circles and puffiness. Leave on your eyes for 10-15 minutes (make sure it's not too hot!)

Take your daily vitamins and eat as healthy as possible.

Eye creams - collagen, vitamin C, retinol. Gently pat in below and around eyes with ring fingers.

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An immediate relief from dark circles? Concealer! Pick a shade the same color as your skin tone or a shade or two lighter. Pat in with ring fingers then blend. Set with a powder (Ben Nye's Banana powder is a huge favorite of so many).

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For Beginners - Color Theory & Makeup.

It's true, there are no rules when it comes to makeup. With experience comes the comfortability to play with color and different techniques. But for people just starting out, makeup can be very intimidating and color theory can be a good tool to remember.

Quick run-through of the basics:

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When you remember the basics of color theory, it can give you a starting point to finding what colors look best for your skin color/tone and eye color.

If you need more of a visual, a color wheel is a great tool to quickly see what colors will work best for you.

Color wheel

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To make your eye color pop, you want to choose colors opposite on the color wheel. If you put colors similar or close to your eye color, it will blend into your eye color and give no dimension.

Blue eyes - bronze, browns, burgundy - warm colors will make blue eyes pop.

Green eyes - purples, burgundy, copper.

Brown eyes can have different tones to them. If you have a more golden tone - coppers, purples, burgundy. Dark, warmer brown eyes - blues, purples. Deep, very dark browns can pull off any color.

 Hazel eyes - you have multiple colors in your eyes so you can play up whichever color you want to pop more. For example, if your eyes are blueish green and you want to play up the blue - bronze, browns, burgundy. To show the green in your eyes - purples, coppers.

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With blush, the main two categories when it comes to skin tone and choosing a blush color is light to medium, and medium to dark.

Lighter skin tones can wear the light pinks while darker skin tones would look more washed out/ashy.

Lighter skin tones want to avoid darker shades because it will wash you out. A tip to remember is to avoid any shades that are darker than your natural flushed color. After working out, take a look in the mirror and see what color your cheeks flush to. Try not to apply a color much darker than that, it will look unnatural.

Darker skin tones look great with blushes that have a slight shimmer to them because it will add a nice glow to the skin.

Bright colors are great with darker skin tones.

** There are universal shades that look great with any skin color!!

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Lipstick/lip color in my opinion, is more flexible. Although many makeup artists stick with the rules of color theory when it comes to lipstick, I don't like to.

Traditionally, many MUA's do not like putting darker lipsticks on light skin tones - but in my opinion, dark colors on light skin care be absolutely beautiful. Yes, darker colors can wash you out, but if you choose the right shade and warm up your face with bronzer - light skin tones can pull off dark lipsticks.

Universally, you want to avoid a color too light because no matter your skin tone, it can make you look dead.. And we don't want that :)

If you are a neutrals girl or are scared to go all out with color, try adding a little bit first. Maybe a winged eyeliner on your lid and then a pop of color on your lower lash line, or a fun colored eyeliner. Start slow and see how you like it.

Remember - makeup is fun! It can be extremely intimidating at the beginning because there are SO many colors, shades, tones, etc. but just have fun with it and play with colors. It can always be washed off!! And you may find different combinations that you never thought would work actually look lovely.

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How to make lipstick last longer:

Sorry for the lack of posts! I just got over being sick, also quite a lot going on lately. Working on a few more in depth posts this week! ❤ Lipstick can be intimidating to a lot of women. One question I get asked a lot is how to make lipstick last longer. Although some aren't made for long wear, example: sheer & light colors typically don't last long - there are steps you can take to make your lip color last longer than it usually would. The key is layering!

Lip liner first, fill in lips completely - it gives you a base and the first layer of color. Lip liner becomes more essential with darker colors. Reds, plums and berries, deep colors can typically migrate outside of your lip line easier so lip liner not only helps lock in the color, but also keeps it where you want it and prevents feathering & smudging. Then apply lipstick, place a thin tissue/toilet paper to lips, hold and dust translucent face powder onto the paper/your lips. Remove the paper then apply a second coat of lipstick. Blot color, then you're good to go. **Translucent powder is optional. It helps to give a more matte finish.

You can also just blot without powder, apply another coat, then blot again. The reason you do it twice is to lock in layers of color so it lasts longer.

Also, applying a little concealer around lips (typically outer corners) can clean up any mistakes, and help prevent feathering as well.

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Holy Grail Foundations:

I got a request to do a post on the foundations I use.. Thank you for the request!!

I have combination skin, acneic and sensitive to many skin care products (lots of allergic reactions over the years). It has taken me a long time to put together a skin care regiment that keeps the breakouts under control. For many people, the most important thing to remember when putting together a skin care routine is it will more than likely be trial and error for you. What works for some may not work for others. It can be a frustrating process for those with difficult skin but very rewarding once you find the right regiment for you. <3

My two holy grail foundations are the original Revlon Colorstay and the Colorstay Whipped.

(I know there are many reviews on this so forgive me!)

*I borrowed a friends camera for the time being but am still getting used to the settings so I apologize the pictures aren't the best.. But they are better than if I'd used my iPhone :)

The original Colorstay comes in a dry/normal formula and one for combo/oily skin. It's medium to full coverage and is great for covering up any imperfections you want to hide, but it can feel a bit heavy on the skin (and sometimes cakey) if not applied with a light hand. I use this on days when I have a blemish or two and feel I need more coverage than usual (I typically like more coverage than most prefer, even on my good skin days). This sets pretty quickly on the skin so you need to move fairly fast to blend once it's applied. The staying power is great and although I can't speak on the 24 hour claim (who wants to wear foundation for that long?!) it has lasted me throughout the day and does not move, even in the summer.

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I have combination skin.. My shade in the summer is 250 Fresh Beige and 200 Nude in the winter.

(Sorry again for the photos! I'm trying to learn how to use this darn thing! lol)

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I use the Sedona Lace FB 07 Flat Top Buffer Brush when applying this. I will pour a small amount onto the back of my hand, then dip the brush in, buff it into one side of my face, then grab some more and buff the other side. Then I usually take whatever is left and go over my whole face one more time to make sure everything is blended well.

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Me with the original formula (and my old red hair! :) )

Colorstay whipped has become the foundation I use almost daily and has a lighter feel on the skin than the liquid formula. I don't have a problem with this looking cakey and it gives an airbrushed looking finish. It has build-able coverage, however I don't think it has as good of coverage as the original formula. If I do have a spot that needs to be covered up more, I've taken a dab of the foundation and used it as a concealer too and it worked well. The staying power is great, but with oily skin it may not last as long as the liquid formula. I usually need to reapply pressed powder to my t-zone after maybe 5 hours of wear (again, I have combo skin so oily may need to apply it sooner to soak up some oiliness and to tone down any shine).

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My shade in this is also 200 Nude. You may have trouble finding your right shade because these jars do NOT show the true color well. Be sure to keep your receipt just in case; I had to return mine the first time.

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I apply with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. Unfortunately, with the jar I usually just dip my brush in, which isn't the most sanitary (you could purchase a stainless steel spatula and use that to scoop some of the product out, then wash the spatula for the next use. There are also disposable spatulas but could get pricey buying them after a while).. I stipple it all over one side of my face, then buff it in. Then do the same with the other side. Then I will take a little more and apply anywhere I need a little extra coverage, then make sure everything is blended.

(Having to explain what I do in words is a little difficult, hopefully you understand what I'm trying to say... Blogging makes me tempted to do videos but I'm a little shy for that yet!)

***With this foundation, I think it's more your preference when it comes to application. I've heard many people say love the look when using their hands, a beauty blender (or drugstore version), and others preferred with a buffer brush. I've tried all of these and didn't like the way it looked. The stippling brush gave me the best finish on my skin. So you may need to play with different ways of application to find the one you like best.

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& me with the Whipped formula.

You can find these foundations at any drugstore, Walmart, Target, etc.

Revlon Colorstay - $12.99

Revlon Colorstay Whipped - $13.99

* Search around, you can sometimes find them a few dollars cheaper! The drugstores almost always have Revlon buy 1, get 1 %50 off.

Lastly, I always set the whipped foundation with a pressed powder (I typically don't need to apply powder with the liquid formula). My holy grail pressed powder is Rimmel's Stay Matte. I have the translucent shade and absolutely love it. It sets everything perfectly and helps add to the airbrushed, matte looking finish. This keeps any shine away and does not end up looking cakey if you apply it throughout the day as needed.

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I apply the pressed powder with the Elf Powder Brush. I press the powder into my face versus buffing it so it sets the foundation better.

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Skin Care Routine

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Clarisonic Mia 2 ($150): I can't say enough good about this, and I may do a review in the future. You can use a makeup remover and two cleansers, and the Clarisonic will STILL find makeup left over. It removes blackheads and although they do not claim that these exfoliate your skin - they do. Quite the investment but absolutely worth it. There are different brush heads you can buy, although I've only used the sensitive one so I can't speak about the others.

** If you have acneic skin, be very careful. This can spread bacteria around if you have current breakouts (no matter what brush head you buy).

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($7.99): super popular in the youtube & blogging communities... I like this, it works well. However I usually have to go over twice because doing it once just doesn't cut it.. But, I do layer mascaras so that could be the reason why.

Bioré Steam Activated Cleanser ($7.49): I use this to cleanse my face in the shower in replace of the Cetaphil. It is good to switch up cleansers from time to time because your skin can get used to them and if that happens, they could be less effective for you. I like to use the Bioré one for a little change, and I also like the way it leaves my skin feeling after. It has a few small "exfoliating beads" in the gel, however not enough to actually exfoliate your skin so... Not sure why they bothered but hey, as long as it works, right? :)

Cetaphil Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin (11.99): This is fantastic. Always one I recommend to clients, and is also dermatologist recommended. It is gentle and great for sensitive skin, removes makeup well. It does have a scent that kind of bothered me at first but I got used to it after a while. Another cleanser similar that I would recommend that doesn't have as strong of a scent is CeraVe (they have a foaming cleanser for normal, combo & oily skin and a hydrating cleanser for dry to normal).

Cetaphil also has an oil control foam cleanser and one for all skin types. Additionally, they have a body wash, cleansing bars, and moisturizers.

Thayers Lavender & Witch Hazel Toner ($9.49): I did a previous post where I mentioned this toner. I can't say enough good about it. Works wonders, smells nice, removes any access makeup that is left over, and helps heal any blemishes faster.

Here is my previous post:

http://themakeupaffair.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/why-use-a-toner/

Keyano Aromatics Alpha Beta Exfoliating Cleanser ($25) & Dermabrasion Cream ($30): I used these in the spa while working at my school. I believe they are only available for purchase online via the company to professionals, however my school did have retail of this brand and you may be able to find spas who sell this, also Amazon has it (cleanser, couldn't find the dermabrasion cream on there)... The exfoliating cleanser is amazing, the dermabrasion cream can be dangerous if you don't know how to properly use it. It's extremely abrasive and many have gone overboard with using this and damaged their skin. But when used correctly, it works wonders.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque ($3.79): I also did a post on this. It's super cheap and more effective than many high end masks I've used. It's a clay based mask that dries up any acne and clears away blackheads.

More about this product in my post:

http://themakeupaffair.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/mint-julep-masque/

 

Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer ($5.99): I have a love/hate relationship with this.. Although I try to avoid clean & clear products - simply because I believe many of these brands are geared towards younger skin - at times, this works very well for me.. Contains 0.5% Salicylic Acid, feels nice on the skin and is oil-free. It's very lightweight so I'd recommend it for summertime.

Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Cream (the small jar with white top) ($13.13): I bought this because I needed an eye cream for my state board practical exam and just grabbed it while wondering Target.. Have been using it for the past few weeks and can't give much of an opinion on it yet.. I haven't seen any results. It smells and feels nice though.

*Prices may vary slightly :)

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Daily skin care/beauty tip:

As you age, you'll more than likely need to reassess your skin type. Typically in teenage years, oiliness is more common. As you age, dryness becomes more of a factor because oil production decreases with age. You may have oily to combo skin throughout your 20's, then have trouble with dryness and flaking in your 30's.Skin type is not permanent so let your skin tell you what it needs! :)

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