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Holiday 2015 Makeup Palette Roundup!

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Hey girls! The holidays are here again, and Sephora is featuring some awesome new eyeshadow palettes! I’m a sucker for these things, I always atleast pick up one, and this year these are the beauties that caught me eye. The palettes: Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Palette, Sephora Jem & the Holograms: Truly Outrageous Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Vice 4, and the Makeup Forever 15 Artist Shadow Palette. Will you be picking one of these up?
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Holiday Gifts $25 & Under!

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Hey dolls! ❤ A quick little roundup of great holiday gifts at Sephora for $25 and under! Would make great little stocking stuffers or secret santa gifts! The list: Deborah Lippmann Sexy Back Nail & Lip Duet $24, Caudalie Beauty Elixer Ornament $18, Sephora Give Me Some Lip Set $25, Sephora All Access Glam Gold & Silver Eye & Face Palette $15, Too Faced Bronzer Wardrobe $22, Fresh Seaberry Face Moisturizing Oil Ornament $18.50, Buxom 2 of a Kind Lip Set $18, Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette $22, Josie Maran Argan Infinity Creamy Oil Lip & Cheek Duo $16, Tocca Beauty Piccolo Regalo Fragrance Duo $24, and Formula X The Three $18.
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Too Faced Everything Nice Holiday 2014 Palette

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Hey lovelies! ❤ I just got my Too Faced Everything Nice Palette in the mail today! I’m so happy about it since I missed out on the big holiday palette they did last year, and I have to say, this is a real bang for your buck. It comes with a sparkly pink makeup case, 1 mini Better Than Sex Mascara, 3 mini brushes, 20 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 1 highlighter, and 1 bronzer. This is a mega palette, and if you are planning on traveling anywhere, this would be an end all be all palette to bring with a couple other items. The eyeshadows are pretty good, love the color selection, and of course the bronzer and blushes are gorgeous. You are getting the chocolate soleil bronzer in here so the entire palette smells like chocolate! The little brushes are a nice extra, they could come in handy if you are in a pinch, overall I really like this palette, love the packaging, and can’t wait to use it more! This would make a great gift for the holidays!

Available for $56 at Sephora.
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Anastasia Tamanna Palette Review & Swatches!

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Hey everyone! ❤ I finally wanted to show you a guys a new eyeshadow palette I have been seriously loving. It’s the Anastasia Tamanna palette $29. It’ s a great value and i love the packaging. Anastasia shadows have been getting a great rep lately due to some of their other palettes, this is in particular really stood out to me. ‘The perfect fall and holiday palette designed in collaboration with makeup artist Tamanna Roashan’ I loved the warmth of the shades and the variety of shimmer and mattes. I especially love the Bengal shade, and the black in the palette is very dark and opaque which I love using as a powder liner. It also comes with a pretty nice dual ended brush, and it’s actually usable! The swatches above are done without primer, so you can see that they’re very pigmented and smooth! Definitely worth checking out for the holidays.
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Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2014

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Hey gals! Sephora is having their 20% off VIB sale in store and online starting today through the 10th!! I figured I would put a quick holiday gift guide together with all the great holiday launches and must havs! The list: Benefit Cheeky Sweet Pot Box-O-Blushes, Sephora Superstars Set, Urban Decay VICE 3 Palette, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume, Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonion Clay Blush Set, and the Smashbox Studio Case.
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Nars Loves Miami Eyeshaow Palette Review

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Ok, this palette is gorgeous. I was able to find this on Ebay, where I like to shop around for all the older limited edition makeup items, and I was so pleased that I could pick this up! This collection was actually part of their Holiday 2013 Nars Loves Miami Collection, and originally came in a gift set. It has the Laguna bronzer and Orgasm blush which is awesome, and 4 shades of eyeshadow. I absolutely love the eyeshadow shades, really easy to wear, especially loving the bright purple, which I don;t really have in my collection. The look is amazing! Sorry I couldn’t post, I was having issues with the swatches. What do you guys think? ❤
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Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Moroccan Dunes Eye Shadow Palette

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Hello! Just wanted to share a little jewel I found at Target. This is the Sonia Kashuk Moroccan Dunes Eyeshadow Palette! This launched during the holidays last year, and I’ve been eyeing it for months before I saw it one sale for $11 the other week (originally $17), and had to snatch it up and give it a try! It’s supposed to be a Chanel dupe, so we’ll see! 🙂

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The compact itself is nicely designed, very simple and somewhat compact. There is no label on the back, just sleek black plastic all around! It’s as big as my palm, so it’s not the smallest palette, but still it’s not too big where it’s bulky.

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Here are the colors! “Gild your lids with luminous color using this quad of shimmer chrome-inspired eye shadows. This universally flattering palette includes precious metal hues of burnished brown, metallic mauve, prismatic pink, and rose gold to illuminate the eyes with sophisticated color and subtle sheen. The revolutionary hybrid formula combines the best features of baked, powder, cream, and liquid eye shadow textures to deliver long-lasting, buildable color that applies evenly and blends flawlessly.”

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The eyeshadows are beautifully embossed with a reptile print and have a “dune” shape, and are incredibly shimmery/metallic except for the dark brown shade. The texture is a little dry, but they still perform beautifully. They are VERY pigmented and I was happily surprised! They can also be used wet for a more intense foiled look.

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Swatches! : Light/cool toned silvery beige, a rose gold, shimmery taupe, and a matte chocolate brown with slight shimmer particles.

I give this 8/10.

What do you guys think!?

Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Formal Affair Palette Review!

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Hey everyone! Exciting post for you today, I just wanted to let everyone know about this amazing limited edition palette I was able to purchase at Target!! It’s the Sonia Kashuk Formal Affair Palette, and it retails for $20!! Amazing deal and totally worth the price and more! 😀

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“Brighten winter skin and create classic makeup looks for any occasion with this luxe compact. The golden bronzer flecked with subtle gold shimmer adds an instant glow, pairing perfectly with the matte pink blush for a rose rouge or the shimmery coral shade for a natural looking flush. Illuminate eyes with this quad of soft, blendable eye shadows in universally flattering metallics, including a pearly winter white, nude sparkle, shimmery chocolate brown and silver gunmetal gray shades. The conveniently slim and stylish black tweed case also includes a full size mirror – perfect for touch up’s between holiday shopping and soirees.”

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It is overall a face palette, coming with two blushes, one bronzer, and 4 eyeshadows. The quality of the palette is amazing, it reminds me of Asian eyeshadows or Dior eyeshadows. Very fine and smooth texture, and shimmery.

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The palette itself looks like a clutch!! It’s very sturdy, mostly made of metal, and has a really nice black fabric outside. It looks like a formal festive sweater! This palette is perfect for the holidays, and the upcoming New Year’s Eve!

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It’s also very thing and travel friendly, it’s a bit weighty, but I like that. Perfect to put into your purse on your night out, or if you are traveling somewhere and in need of a quick spruce.

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This palette is GORGEOUS. It has a huge mirror on top which is really nice and handy, and the three face powders are up top, and the eyeshadows on the bottom.

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The colors overall I would say gear a bit warm, perfect for light/medium skin tones, but could also work for deeper skin tones. The bronzer I felt was more of a bronze tinted highlighter, so I think it could be used as one. Most the eyeshadows are extremely glittery, you need to use some sort of base! But overall, very buttery, smooth, and pigmented.

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The effects of these eyeshadows are perfect for a party or night out if you want to achieve a more natural/formal/party look. I’d say the white and dark brown eyeshadows are satin finish, and the lighter brown and black are glitter based.

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Here are the swatches! GORGEOUS.

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The eyeshadows are SO pretty. The pigmentation is amazing, Sonia Kashuk always delivers on quality for the price. These feel like high end eyeshadows and perform as such. Again, this is a shimmery/glittery palette, so if you’re not into that you might not enjoy it as much! 🙂

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Here are the blushes and bronzer/highlighter! The blushes are variations of light/med pinks. Very flattering on the cheeks! And again the shimmery bronzer shade could be used as a highlighter to deeper skin tones!

Overall, LOVE this palette, totally recommend!

What do you guys think!? 🙂

Etsy Shop AmysNailBoutique Review!

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Hello everyone! A wintery and wonderful post for you today, I was sent these little beauties from Amy’s Nail Boutique on Etsy, and absolutely loved the winter theme!! The mini bottles were SO cute, and I really like what was inside! She does sell the full size of these for $8 so if you are interested, definitely check out her shop! 🙂

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So the two polishes I received were Frosty and Happy Holly-days. So appropriate since Christmas is right around the corner! 🙂 Holiday polishes are only available through the end of December so don’t miss your chance! All polishes listed are in stock and will ship same/next day.

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This is Frosty, it has “large white hex, matte baby blue and micro holographic silver is a shimmery base. Swatch pic: pinky-1 coat over Essie Butler Please, ring-1 coat over white, middle-1 coat over black, index-2 coats by itself. This is a seasonal polish and will only be available through December so don’t miss out!” One of my favs!!

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Swatch: Frosty over another sheer holographic light blue polish. SO pretty!!

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Next is Happy Holly-days, “it is a festive mix of red and green matte glitter. This is also a seasonal polish and will only be available through December so don’t miss out!” So festive and cute! This will look great over any light polish!! 🙂

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Swatch: Happy Holly-days over a shimmery pale green polish

Check out her shop: Amy’s Nail Boutique

December Starlooks Starbox 2012!

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Hello everyone! Super fun post for you today, I recently got my December Starlooks Starbox!! It’s a monthly subscription for $15, and it’s all makeup! The brand was created based on MAC product, so the quality is really great for the price. This month was special because they told us we were all getting a 15 color eyeshadow palette worth $99!! Couldn’t wait to see what I got! 😀

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First thing I saw was this card, it was really pretty and part of the lookbook that they release every month as inspiration with hidden sneek peaks. There was also tons of these iridescent glitter shreds everywhere and it looks like tinsel and snow! Loved it!!

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The back of the card just explains what we are getting, and some of the color pairs we can try on our eyes. I’m seeing some bright color combos, so I’m guessing the palette is going to be pretty fun!

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Here’s another little card talking about their lookbook, they also have a Facebook page that you can follow!

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And here’s the palette!!! The packaging looks pretty nice, nothing crazy just a nice sleek black snakeskin textured box. The colors looks really nice and bright! It’s going to be a challenge trying to make these wearable!! I would have preferred a nice smokey palette or neutral palette with some color, but this is a good surprise.

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Here’s the back of the palette, it just says what it is and a list of ingredients. Also the palette number i07A. I’m not sure if people got different palettes or not but it would be fun if we did!! You can also purchase this palette on their website, but it’s $99!!

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This palette is really nice, they have the large Starlooks logo on the front, it’s simple and not too large. It’s perfect to play around with and I love how big the eyeshadow pans are!

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There is a mix of bright mattes, and shimmery shades. I don’t see names of the colors anywhere but some of them did stand out to me!! The textures of these shadows are nice, they are pretty good quality for the price, I wouldn’t say it’s  better than MAC, but some are definitely lacking than others in terms of color pay off, especially the mattes!

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Here is another close up of the palette, the colors are really pretty, and I like that there are some colors that I wouldn’t normally purchase or try. I can’t wait to create some vibrant looks! I think I would mostly use this as a highlight color under the lower lash line, or blended with some more neutral colors.

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Swatches: Starlooks i07A Palette!

Overall, I liked the palette, I thought it was a really fun addition. I wish the colors were a little more wearable, but I can’t wait to try some other products from them! 🙂

What do you guys think!? 😀

Current Holiday Lust-List! ❤

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Hi everyone! 🙂 Hope you are all doing well and keeping warm! I thought I’d do a quick post on my current holiday lust list. I’ve been out Christmas shopping this past week and there are SO many goodies on the shelves that I am lusting over! Burberry makeup has gotten amazing reviews, and I really love the elegant packaging and wearable colors!

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This is the Chloe Perfume gift set, Chloe smells heavenly, kind of like a powdery rose scent. It’s chic, comfortable, and entirely addictive. Really love the bottle, and this set is a perfect gift for any romantic gal! and Notes: Pink Peony, Freesia, Lychee, Magnolia Flower, Lilly of the Valley, Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, Honey.

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This is the Makeup Forever Concealer Palette, I’ve been eyeing this online far ages, but I’ve never gotten around to actually trying it!! I love the shade range and the corrector at the end! It looks buttery and smooth!

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This is the Benefit Feelin Dandy Lip & Cheek Kit. It pretty affordable and you get a great mini medly of colors for your cheeks and lips! I love the packaging and it’s so cute to carry around! Recommend for a stocking stuffer!

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Of course the Clarisonic Mia is a must-have for anyone beauty obsessed. I can’t swallow the price of this little gadget yet, but if I received it as a gift I would be ecstatic!!

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This is the Josie Maran Rosie Mist, it keep your skin toned, hydrated, and healthy with this gentle mist infused with balancing Moroccan Rose Oil. I love Josie Maran products, they are so pretty and good for you!

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This is the Illamasqua 4 Color Liquid Metal Palette, I really would have fun with this. I absolutely love the metallic colors, it’s amazingly rich and highly pigmented. Love Illamasqua packaging!

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This is The New Black Digital Underground Nail Polish set, I LOVE the colors in this totally up my alley. I love that they all come in this little set, so many chic nail looks could be created with this!

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Next is the Caudalie Divine Oil Set. This is quite the splurge, but Caudalie is quality skincare. It has a divine oil, a scrub and a candle, prefect for your holiday spa nights at home! Very nourishing and sensual!

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Last but not least is the Marchesa D’Extase Perfume. This bottle is GORGEOUS. It’s definitely a floral scent, but oh so precious and elegant. Notes: Iris Flower, Star Anise, Black Current, Young Violet Leaves, Lotus Flower, Night Blooming Jasmine, Bulgarian Rose Water, Orange Blossom, Iris Root, Ambrox, Muscenone.

What’s on your lust lists!? 🙂