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Smashbox released the Full Exposure Palette in December 2013. I have had this palette for a couple of months and wanted to share my thoughts with you.
This palette is a neutral based tone palette that is perfect for anyone looking to have a palette that can be used from day to night and all year round. If you are a neutral color lover when it comes to eye makeup – this palette offers a wide range of shades to create those gorgeous every day looks and smoky eyes.
Check out my video review embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.
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The Full Exposure Palette comes with 14 shades, 7 matte and 7 shimmer and come in a range of nudes to blacks. I especially love that the Matte shades are fairly easy to blend considering they are matte and many mattes can be difficult. While the shimmer shades are absolutely gorgeous – they do provide a significant amount of fall out because of the type of shimmer in the eye shadows, so patting motions when applying the shadows are suggested. Also – I think it’s best to use them over a sticky base.
This set contains:
- 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in shimmer shades (top row): Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl, Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl, Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl, Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl, Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl, Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl, Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl
- 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in matte shades (bottom row): Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Matte Midtone Brown, Soft Matte Midtone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Soft Light Taupe, Ashy Dark Brown, Suede Black
- 0.14 oz Full Exposure Mascara deluxe sample
- Get-the-look eye shape chart
Swatches were done on bare skin and are dry. As you can see from the swatches – the shimmer shades, while pigmented and vibrant do have micro glitter in them that can cause the fall out mentioned previously. Overall – I think it has great staying power, of course – over a base or primer, it will last all day. I love that this palette is one I can grab for any day of the week and utilize it to create a number of looks.
The Full Exposure Palette was created because the pros at Smashbox Studios something like it. While on set, they have seen and worked with every single skin tone and eye shape imaginable, so they wanted a palette that could be used universally, on anyone and anywhere. The artists created the how-to’s to use this palette based on eye shapes so that you could create the most gorgeous eyes possible using this palette.
Overall – I am still pretty impressed, even with the cons I did find in this palette. I will continue to use it in looks to come.
Prom Season is quickly approaching and in some areas across the U.S., it’s already in full swing. Having been out of High School for almost 16 years (yeah – I know, don’t laugh. lol) I can still remember my Prom and Senior Ball like it was yesterday. While it is such an exciting time and everyone gets so eager to plan for it – I wanted to share a few tips about dress selection and the overall night.
Buying the “Cinderella” dress is not as difficult as people think. Honestly, I think you have two choices – the formal but timeless gown, or the trendy but almost bridal gown. At the end of the day, you want to make sure it is something that makes you feel great about yourself, shows off some of your favorite curves and of course, is easy to dance the night away in. JenJenHouse, an online prom dress retailer, ships online and offers a variety of dresses for your special evening. You can visit them online at: www.jenjenhouse.com and check out their wide selection of gowns in different colors, shapes and designs. What I love about JenJenHouse is that they offer plus sizes and they ship Worldwide. Check out their recommended dresses for Prom as well as their discounts available to you.
The gorgeous Empire Waisted Sweetheart dress is a floor length gown with beading detail. It is a universally flattering color and the style can be used by many body shapes. This dress is gorgeous and provides a fashion statement without taking away from the beautiful girl wearing it. Since Prom season usually occurs during the Spring Season, this color is such a great shade to wear and pairing it with a gorgeous bouquet will provide for a showstopping entrance.
I think the Bouquet selected (or corsage) should compliment the dress selected, not over power it. But I have talked to many who have said that they have dreamed about their bouquet design and use that as the centerpiece of their entire ensemble. If that is the case, you definitely want to select a gown that compliments your bouquet. A dress that is more neutral in tone like black (or white) and even a cream would work well with a wide variety of bouquet colors. For those of you that love purple, like me – this is the perfect opportunity to rock out that perfect purple bouquet (like my photo above) without looking like a walking Barney in a purple dress. lol
Add a subtle pop of color by making the statement your footwear. I love Leopard and if I had my way – I would have rocked out a cool leopard print sandal or pumps to compliment my attire. It’s a great way to show-off your personal style without going overboard. Whatever the print or style you decide on, try to make sure you get a pair that will allow you to be comfortable. There are so many different styles, but nothing is worst than having to remove your footwear an hour into the night because your feet are throbbing. If you simply can’t give up the shoes of your dreams, compromise by bringing a pair of flip flops that you can throw on your feet when they start to ache. You definitely don’t want to walk around barefoot through the night.
The accessories are all about complimenting your dress as well. Go big and bold or tone it down with a simple look. Accessories include everything from your necklace and earrings, rings, bracelets and clutch or purse. I honestly think simple is best – but at the end of the day, use what makes you feel great. It’s your Cinderella day – you’re going to the ball, utilize your personal fashion sense and just go with it. As you can see from the Image above – I styled the couple very simply so that the dress would shine and the bouquet would compliment it all. The accessories were just the added touch.
Most importantly make sure that you HAVE FUN. Prom is about memories and you want to make sure the memories you make will be those you’ll want to remember in the future. Everyone wishes to take the perfect date, buy the perfect dress, get the best flowers and in some cases, even be chosen as Prom Queen or King… but whatever your desires, make sure you plan for a fun (and safe) time so you’ll have moments to cherish for a lifetime. Have fun & Enjoy your time and most importantly, no drinking and driving!
Last year, Milani rolled out 4 Limited Edition Rose Powder blushes (Coming Up Roses). I was so excited about them, I asked my husband if I could get them and he ordered all 4 for me through Milani’s website – which sold out within 24 hours of it’s release online. The Coming Up Roses collection included three matte blushes and one shimmer in gorgeous wearable shades. It sold out instantly in Drug stores when it was released and I know many that wished they could get their hands on it before they were gone. These blushes were some of my favorites for 2013 that it made my Best of Beauty products for the year. Because I enjoyed them so much – I was completely ecstatic when I found out from Milani that they were releasing them again this year – but this time around, they had four new shades.This year’s new release includes four new shades that are matte. These shades are a little more daring that those in last year’s collection and very pigmented. The shades included: 05 Coral Cove, 06 Lady Rouge, 07 Love Potion, 08 Tea Rose. They retail for $7.99 on Milanicosmetics.com and should be available at select Walgreens stores soon – if they are not available already. Just like last year – this year’s collection includes 0.60 oz / 17g per blush, but unlike last year – all the shades are completely matte.
Check out my video review embedded below or watch it directly on YouTube here.
05 Coral Cove is a beautiful coral/orange shade that will be awesome for the Spring and Summer months for those beachy looks. This blush is super pigmented, so a little goes a long way and you want to take your time building up the shade. For those of you with medium / dark skin tones – I like that this shade will show up nicely and still provide a great punch of color. If you have lighter skin tones – this will also make an awesome selection for you.
06 Lady Rouge is a gorgeous deep shade. I think if you are dark skinned or medium skin toned, this shade would be perfect for you. It’s a reddish-orange with deep pigmentation. A little goes a long way with this product and because it is so pigmented, if you are light skinned, I suggest that you use a stippling brush to apply. Tap off the excess from your brush before swiping on your face and build up the color instead of applying a lot at one time.
07 Love Potion is probably one of the boldest shades out of the four. This shade is a hot pink / almost magenta shade that reminds me of a pink fruit punch. Like all the others – this blush is very pigmented and a little goes a long way. For those of you that are medium / dark skin toned, this shade works really nicely and is very visible and gorgeous against deeper skin tones. If you have lighter skin, this shade will be equally gorgeous, but be sure to take your time building up the color.
08 Tea Rose is a beautiful rose hued pink and probably the most wearable out of the bunch. Like the other three, it is super pigmented but definitely a blush I think anyone of any skin tone could add to their collection. If you could only choose one out of the whole collection and are looking for a blush you want to be able to wear often, I think this would be the shade for you.
Overall – I think these blushes are gorgeous, but as I discuss in my video here, they can be a bit patchy to work with. After using them a few times (like last year’s edition) the patchy problem is not prominent but it is something you may have to work on at first. While each color is super pigmented as you can see from the swatches, they can lend for a powdery consistency and will require you to blend out appropriately for the look you want to achieve. I noticed that by using a stippling brush for application that it applied nicely and the color was distributed evenly. Since there is that gorgeous rose embossing in the blush – I think some of that may be the reason for the patchy application. It takes a little finesse and if you are willing to take the time, I think it would be well worth it. If you are interested in these simply for collecting, I know they will be an awesome addition to your collection – but I use my blushes from last year often, so after using them a while – I’m sure they will become favorites.
I did rate them a 3.8 – 4.0 on the Sparkle Scale. That is a fairly medium rating considering I do love them a lot. The reasoning behind that is because as I mentioned, I love them and don’t mind the work of building up the color slowly for the proper color payoff or taking my time to deal with the patchy color you can get when you first start using the blushes. Those are things I will easily get past and I’m not worried about them. However, you are only able to pick up one type of blush, looking for great color pay off and don’t want the hassle, I suggest the new Milani Matte Baked Blushes. I have a review on those which you can find here. If you want to get at least one Rose Blush and looking for something wearable – Tea Rose would be an awesome choice.
Overall – I think that these are beautiful, a great statement to any collection and highly pigmented. These blushes are still available at milanicosmetics.com – so check them out if you are interested or find them at select Walgreens stores in March. Remember, these are Limited Edition – so once they sell out, they’re gone.