Two looks using Naked Smoky Palette 

Here are two looks I created using the Naked Smoky Palette which I am so impressed with and have been enjoying.  

1st one (a very dark smokey eye using deep grays and black. Great for a night out.)

Shades used: Thirteen,Combust, Dagger,Slated,Armor,Black Market

    
      

Second one
(some gold, rich brown and deep gray.)

Shades used: Thirteen,Combust,Whiskey,Password, Dirtysweet 

    
    
  
If you would like a tutorial using the Naked Smoky palette let me know in the comments below. I would love to know what you are interested in seen. Which look is your favorite?  

  

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Natural Glow

Looking for a natural inner glow? Wet n Wild: Reserve Your Cabana is a beautiful product that will help you achieve just that. It is marketed as a bronzer but its a neutral gold that is perfect as a highligher. You will not find chunky glitter or have it just sit on your skin. It blends in your skin and has a very soft and velvety texture. It’s simple to apply with a brush like the Elf Blush Brush or even your finger. The best part, it’s less than $5.00. You can find it at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, most drugstores. 

What are your favorite drugstore highlighter?What are your favorite Wet n Wild products?

    
    
  

 

MOTD: Using My Trusty Products!

I wanted to share my makeup look with you all. Specially because all the products I used today make me feel very comfortable and I don’t find the need to touch up or worry about eyeshadow fallout. The only thing that I am not very happy about is the mascara that I used: Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal. This mascara does flake. Any mascara recommendations? 

So these are the products I used:

  • It Cosmetics CC cream 
  • Bodyography Essential Brow Trio
  • Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel (Review coming soon.)
  • Maybelline Age Rewind Concelear 
  • Laura Mercier translucent Loose Powder
  • Too faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Becca After Glow Palette:  Highlight in  Moonstone  and Blush in Wild Honey
  • Nyx in milk as an eye primer
  • Anastasia Self Made: Buttery from lid to brow bone, Hot Chocolate on the crease, Sherbert  slightly over the crease, Treasure on the lid, Isla on lower lash line
  • Bellapierre Cinnamon lip liner 
  • Ofra Americano
  • Mac fix+ to set it all!  

   

Anastasia Self Made Palette Review

  It has taken me a while to get used to this palette. I thought about returning it but decided to give it a chance and play with it a bit more.  The shadows are beautiful, very pigmented, you can find a variety of finishes. I bought it at a glance, which means, I made the decision to purchase it based on the shade colors on Ulta’s website. I did not look into any product description or swatches prior to this purchased. Therefore, I had a very different expectation towards this palette than what the palette had to offer.

Packaging is beautiful, very sturdy and travel friendly. Comes with two sided brush, the blending brush is not soft it does feel a bit stiff does poke the lid a bit when using it to blend shadow in the crease.   

   
  
(Down below I have listed the description of the eyeshadows which I found on Ulta’s website)
Shades:

  • Pink Champagne (rose gold with a titanium finish)
  • Metallic Plum (dark plum with a metallic finish)
  • Self-Made (deep bronze with a satin finish)
  • Witchy (khaki gray with a sparkle finish)
  • Blush (light beige with a duo chrome pink finish)
  • Blossom (lilac pink with a metallic finish)
  • Buttery (buildable beige with an ultra-matte finish)
  • Deep Purple (amethyst purple with a titanium finish)
  • Treasure (ultra-light Champagne with a metallic finish)
  • Hot & Cold (rum brown with a metallic finish)
  • Sherbet (ultra-light peach with a velvet finish)
  • Isla (sea foam green with a duo chrome gold finish)
  • Spirit Rock (galaxy black with a sparkle finish)
  • Hot Chocolate (rich, cocoa brown with an ultra-matte finish)   

As you can tell by the description and the swatches of the eyeshadows, there are a lot of beautiful and different finishes. Having said that, you only have 2 matte shades to work with: a dark brown and a beige. My only complain is there are no transition shades for blending. Of course you can create glamorous looks, night looks full of sparkle but multiple everyday neutral looks is not something easy to create using only this palette. The majority of the time you will have to pull from other palletes to complete a look. I didn’t experience much fallout during application and after a 12 hour day. They are very long lasting, of course an eye primer is always recommend to use. I didn’t find the need to wet my brush to intensify the color payoff. You get 14 eyeshadows for $35.00, so is not as expensive as other palletes.

In my opinion, if this is the first palette you will purchase I recommend going for something more versatile. If you already own several palettes and don’t mind pulling from other palletes to create a look and want to experiment with metallics, duo chromes, sparkle, satin, tatainum, velvet and ultra matte finishes then I do recommend it. It’s a fun palette.
What do you think? Are you interested in this palette? Do you own it? 

Boxycharm: December 2015 plus Review of Previous Box

Hey Guys! Let’s unbox this December box! First thing, the theme of this month is:

We received an extra item, a total of 6 products:

  1. Tatcha Petal Fresh Original Aburatorigami: Full Size $12.00
  2. Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow: Full Size $15.95
  3. NCLA So Rich Cuticle Oil: Full Size $18.00
  4. Nelson J Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask: Full Size $23.00
  5. Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick: Full Size $19.90
  6. Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Lip Liner Full Size  $17.99

Total Value: $106.84
Here are swatches (top to bottom): Jelly Pong Pong All over Glow, Bellapierre Gel Liner in Cinnamon, Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Americano.


I really like the color selection of the lip products, they pair perfectly together. The highligher is intense, can’t wait to use it!

Last month’s box:

I really enjoyed the products in the November box: The Manna Lipgloss in All of Me is very comfortable and moisturizing on the lips. It leaves a natural stain and is not at all patchy. The Studio Makeup in Wildflower has a velvety texture and is easy to blend, does not look powdery on the skin. The lipgloss and blush are both beautiful shades and can be paired perfectly together or used in a variety of looks, very pigmented. The Pur-lisse 4 in 1 Eye serum is light-weight. Feels very refreshing and moisturizing. I apply it at night and love the way the eye area looks in the morning, no puffiness and I look more awake. The Lexie 211 concealer brush is a beautiful rose gold brush. I find it very useful for both concealer and forpacking on eyeshadow, it works great. I didn’t use the leave-in conditioner this month since I am still trying to use up one I received in my Boxycharm a couple months back. (Check out my November Boxycharm unboxing post.)
Want to know more about this subscription: Boxycharm is a monthly subscription where you can expect to receive 4-5 deluxe to full size beauty related products for only $21.00. They have a point system where you can review the products on their website and receive “Charms” that can accumulate and be redeemed in their shop. You also get “Charms” when reffering a friend ReferBoxycharm.

 

My search for a Vanity Mirror

I have very bad lighting in my bedroom which becomes a problem when  applying makeup. Like most girls, I was lusting over the Hollywood Girl Vanity set but I have a vintage vanity set that has a sentimental value. Therefore, I do not want to get rid of it or take it apart.

The Simple Human Mirror ended my long search. Yes, it is not exactly what I had in mind its even better. It is a 5x magnification one sided mirror. It gives natural light, has a sensor that turns the light on when you are in front of it and automatically turns off when you step away from it. It is cordless, charges using a USB cable. There is ring light around the handle that turns red indicating it is time to charge and while it’s charging it blinks green. Once it is fully charge it turns to a solid green.

The makers of this mirror claim the charge lasts about 5 weeks and based on other reviews and my experience with it, you will find yourself charging it around every 2 weeks for a couple of hours (It does vary depending on the daily time use). Since it is a mirror with 5x magnification it will provide you the ability to see every single beautiful imperfection so keep that in mind. On the other hand, it allows you to get a more detailed, true to color makeup application.
This mirror can be purchased in Amazon, Simple Human.com and Bed Bath and Beyond. I bought mine at Bed Bath and Beyond, retail price is $200.00 I used a 20% off coupon towards this purchased (the store sends you a 20% off coupon just by submitting your email address).

Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase and feel much more confident with my makeup application.

  Are you familiar with the Simple Human Mirrors? What mirror do you use for makeup application?

Ulta Haul + What’s in my Z Palette 

I did some online shopping at Ulta a couple of days ago. My order arrived yesterday. 

  1. Large Z palette
  2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made 
  3. Becca Afterglow
  4. Ulta bag with 8 deluxe samples (free with a $40.00 purchase.)

  

This was my first time depotting makeup. It is time consuming but the end result is worth it. I mostly have Wet n Wild products in my Z palette.

Trios: 

  1. Silent Treatment
  2. Walking on Eggshells
  3. Spoiled Brat 
  4. Sweet as Candy

Singles: 

  1. Brulee 
  2. Nutty
  3. Cheeky

Blushes: 

  1. Heather Silk
  2. Mellow Wine
  3. Pearlescent Pink

Other:

  1. Revlon quad : Sea Mist

  

I’m very happy with the over all result. It is a great way to keep your single makeup items organized. Very sturdy packaging, very convenient for traveling.

Do you own a Z palette? What items do you or would you put in your costumized palette?