If you’ve been following me on social media the last couple of months, then you know that I’ve been traveling between islands quite frequently for medical reasons. I must say, that packing up everything you need for a week into one carry-on bag is one of the most difficult things to do, especially if you’re a beauty and makeup lover. But, thanks to the MYO Cosmetic Case, I was able to take my necessities with me without a hassle. I’m all about the life of products that really make life a breeze so today I’m gonna introduce you to the MYO Cosmetic Case and hopefully it can help you out too.
MYO Cosmetic Cases give you the opportunity to travel with your most important cosmetics without the hassle of packing them in separate containers. Everything you need is right where you need it. They are similar to your standard magnetic makeup palette but offer so much more. There’s no need for bulky liquid and cream containers in separate packaging or a brush roll to carry your necessary brushes to create your look. You can fit just about anything into these palettes, thanks to its awesome design and addition of liquid/cream containers.
Known as the “Cosmetic Clutch” the MYO Cases were the Winner of the 2017 Cosmoproof North America Trendsetter Award. The cases are designed to support modern women and allow them to “go everywhere and experience everything”.
What makes the MYO Cosmetic Clutch so fun and cool for me is that you can fit everything in there. Pencils (eyeliner, lip liner, brows, etc.) and your favorite eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, and powder products that you can depot. But the MYO Beauty Pods really take it to a whole new level. Each MYO Cosmetic Clutch comes with 3 MYO Beauty Pods that are designed so that you can securely carry your lotions, creams, serums and loose powders with you on the go. This was extremely helpful for me when I needed to go through TSA since it allowed me the right amount of product without going over travel regulations.
Each Beauty Pod holds the standard amount of skincare products and are easy to use, wash and reuse. They come in two sizes and they have an air and water resistant seal. Made of medical grade material so that they are safe for your products. They can hold everything from toothpaste to pills and eyelashes, small earrings. The possibilities are endless.
You could fill your entire palette with depotted eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers or highlighters or decide to mix it up a bit with a variety of different products, not just powder products like a traditional magnetic palette. And, if you love a little color or want your palette to match your style, you can choose between other colors besides black: fuchsia, turquoise, and silver.
A MYO Cosmetic Clutch Kit comes complete with the following:
3 MYO Beauty Pods (2×1.4g & 1×1.7g)
2 MYO Style Sticks (to help organize and separate certain products as well as keep things like pencils and brushes in place)
1 MYO Cosmetic Circlet – Choice of Color – Black, Silver, Fuchsia, or Turquoise.
MYO Cosmetic Cases also offers a variety of different accessories to use with your cosmetic clutch. Additional Beauty Pods can be purchased in sets of 3 for $9.00 and Transparent Beauty Pods as an add-on to your order. They are sold in a set of 4 for $9.00
MYO Cosmetic Cases are perfect for the jet-setter or person who wants to keep their favorite cosmetic necessities with them at all times. It’s compact and lightweight and offers you the opportunity to have everything you need in one handy little case.
So what about you, have you heard of the MYO Cosmetic Case? If so, what do you think about it? If not, is this something you think you wouldn’t mind checking out.
When it comes to beauty products, I think eye shadows and eye shadow palettes are definitely some of my favorite things. I just love looking at all the pretty colors and I definitely think palettes are my weakness when it comes to purchases. Recently I was introduced to Shop Hush (an app and website that sells Bad Habit Beauty products) and I just had to pick up this set up palettes to add to my collection. Today I introduce you to the Solstice and Supernova eye shadow palettes.
I picked up both the Bad Habit Solstice and Supernova palettes off of ShopHush for $24.00 (for both) about a month ago. I definitely wanted to share these palettes with my readers and followers because for the price point, they are seriously – LEGIT!
Let’s talk about the Bad Habit Solstice Palette first. The Solstice palette retails for $16.00 if purchased separately. It has a mix of mattes, shimmers and glittery shades in warm hues. It’s gorgeous and I love that it includes colors that I can wear on an everyday basis. I was beyond impressed with each shadow and loved how buttery most of the shades were and how packed they were with pigment.
Many say that the Solstice Palette from Bad Habit Beauty is a dupe for the Natasha Denona Sunset Palette which retails for $129. I don’t own the Natasha Denona Sunset palette so I couldn’t tell you if it indeed is a dupe, but I can say that for a $16 palette, it definitely impressed me.
Because the shades are definitely soft and buttery, you do get some kick up and some fall out, but it’s not difficult to work with and each shade builds up perfectly. I am loving this as my everyday palette and I’m enjoying it tremendously.
Next I am sharing with you the Supernova Palette. Retailing for $16 on it’s own, this palette offers a combination of shades that are much cooler toned than the Solstice palette. That’s one of the reasons why I ordered them as a pair, I thought it would be a great way to check out two different tones of shades for different looks.
As with the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides a combination of matte, shimmer and glittery shades. I find that while each shade is also buttery (like the Solstice), it is not as creamy as the Solstice palette. To explain, the Solstice palette is so creamy that when dipping your brush into shades like Dawn, Rays and Twilight, your brush literally makes a big indention. However, with Supernova, placing your brushes into this palette doesn’t leave it as messy but still picks up a lot of color and blendability is great.
The Bad Habit Supernova palette is said to be a dupe for the Natasha Denona Lila Palette which retails for $129. As I mentioned with the Solstice palette, I do not have the Lila palette so I personally cannot compare the two to see if they are indeed dupes, however – I can tell you that for $16 – it’s definitely worth checking out.
Just like the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides you with a lot of texture and colors to be able to create a variety of looks. I’ve been loving the brown shades in this palette as accent colors to a smoky eye look.
Overall, I am absolutely digging these two palettes from Bad Habit Beauty. I’m impressed with how easy the shades from each palette blend as well as how gorgeous each color is. The price point of each considering the quality and how good they are, well – that absolutely seals the deal for me. I’ve already referred several friends to buy these and because of these, I’ve purchased several more palettes from Bad Habit Beauty and Shop Hush.
Definitely download the ShopHush. app on your phone (android and iPhone) and get rewards for logging in each day as well as free shipping on your orders. I can’t wait to share with you all of the other palettes I’ve purchased from the site, so stay tuned for that.
Have you tried any of the palettes on ShopHush? Or, what about Bad Habit Beauty? Let me know your thoughts, for sure. Would you pick up a dupe to a highend palette at an affordable price?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I remember seeing the sneak peaks of the ColourPop She Palette in collaboration with Karrueche Tran and I absolutely knew I had to get my hands on it. First, let’s talk about my reasons why. Hello, look at the packaging of this gorgeous beauty. And, the color selection, my oh my, this palette literally had me at Hello… seriously, can you hear Lionel Richie whispering…??? “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” YAAAASSSSS… take my money NOW. haha! All kidding aside, the moment I seen sneak peaks of this palette, I knew I had to have it and the FEM ROSA name for the collection sold me more because Rosa is my middle name. So, when it was first released, I hopped on the website and placed my order. I have had in my possession now for quite a while and I’ve been busy playing with it and having an absolute ball. So today, I’m sharing my thoughts and photos of this gorgeous palette with all of you. I also picked up the Her Cheek Palette which I’ll be sharing a bit about as well.
So, the ColourPop SHE palette has been sold out and released a few times since its initial launch. I honestly can imagine why… seeing as it’s become one of my favorites since I got my hands on it a few weeks back. If you are a fan of rosey hues like myself, you’ll definitely enjoy this. I got a free lippy since I purchased over a certain amount and it’s a gorgeous metallic shade as well. But, anyway – let’s talk SHE Palette, shall we? The packaging on this beauty is what absolutely won me over. I have a small selection of favorite florals and roses are definitely one of them. Also, if you know anything about me, purple is my favorite color, so I was won over by the packaging and shade selection alone. Retailing for just $16.00, ColourPop’s SHE Palette is a total steal.
You get a selection of gorgeous and butter mauve tones and metallic finishes, matte and satin as well. These shades are absolutely perfect for Fall or year round. Twelve very pigmented colors to wow anyone and again, for the price point, it’s an absolute steal.
1st – Top Row: Left to Right – Ladylike (metallic soft ivory), Babe (satin light peachy pink), Dainty (metallic pinky taupe), Chick ((metallic subtle gold).
2nd – Middle Row: Mademoiselle (metallic rose gold), Gal (metallic red with copper duochrome), Empress (metalliic mid-tone pink plum), Filly (metallic rusty orange)
3rd – Last Row: Dear (matte warm rose), Missy (matte deep burgundy), Damsel (matte smokey violet), Duchess (matte dusty coral).
I honestly think that ColourPop hit this out of the park, because I love the colors included in this palette, the pigmentation, the feel of each of the shadows and of course the packaging. It’s gorgeous and it has been one of my favorite palettes since I got my hands on it.
You get a selection of metallic, matte and satin shades to create gorgeous looks and each shade is complimentary of one another so you have a wide selection of colors to create something awesome. You get 0.85 g worth of product in each shadow (0.03 oz) so for the price point, you really get a great deal. I often find that matte shades can be a difficult formulation for many to create, but these truly are a breeze to work with. Velvety soft and easy to blend for a show stopping look.
I’m using various shades in the SHE Palette to create the look you see here, as well as the free lippy I got from my order, in: Ultra Glossy Lip in Polished. Polished is a gorgeous shade and I applied it all over my lips and then blotted to create a soft muted lip instead of something shiny.
I also wanted to share the ColourPop HER Palette with all of you as well (since they are a part of the same collection). This pressed powder cheek palette includes three shades for a full effect look. A warm dewy glow, flushed pink cheeks and a natural bronze. Honestly, I just got it for the packaging, but I’ve been enjoying the shades and the blush and highlight have been fun to wear as well. I think the matte bronzer is just a tad bit too warm for me, but it works well for use as a transition shade on my eyes and it does work nicely, pigmented and blendable.
This palette retails for $15.00 and you get a pressed powder highlighter in a light gold shade (perfect for deeper skin tones) that has a pearlized finish (net weight 3.85g / 0.14 oz.). A pressed powder blush that has great pigmentation and applies nicely to my cheeks. It’s a pink shade that is a matte finish (net weight 4.35g / 0.15 oz). You also get a pressed powder bronzer that is in a matte finish (net weight 4.0g / 0.14 oz).
As I mentioned previously, I actually was intrigued and inspired to purchase these beauties because of the packaging and the name: “Fem Rosa”. But, after getting my hands on the palettes, I’ve been absolutely loving them. The highlighter shade in the cheek palette is a tad bit too dark for my skin-tone, but it works well with a light hand and it would be beautiful on deeper skin toned beauties. I felt the bronzer is a bit on the warmer side than I would like, but I’ve been getting use out of it nonetheless. The eye shadows, well – they are gorgeous and I’m loving them. They are beautiful “honey” shades and very pigmented. Some of them do kick up a bit of dust so I have to make sure to tap off my brush so that I can really get the payoff I desire. And, of course, the lippy. Not a color I would normally wear but I’ve been enjoying it and it will be wonderful for fall.
The SHE palette is currently out of stock on ColourPop’s website, and the lippy I received free as a part of my order is not available for purchase (that I know of), but the HER palette is definitely for sale and you can check it out for yourself here. Be sure to check out ColourPop on IG so you can get all the deets on when the SHE Palette becomes available for purchase once again.
So what about you, did you get your hands on ColourPop’s SHE Palette, in collaboration with Karrueche Tran? If so, what do you think about it and if not, do you plan to snatch it up the next time it’s available?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I’m sure over the last couple of months you have seen the release of the It’s Judy Time Eye and Lip Palettes. I was definitely ecstatic to hear they were hitting stores and the site because It’s Judy Time or Judy Travis has been one of my long time favorite YouTubers. I remember when I first started YouTube 10 years ago and we had started our channels around the same time. She would do her videos from her little apartment, teaching subscribers how to do easy hair styles and makeup looks. This was before her and Benji even got married and definitely before they had their children – Juliana and the Twins. I love when I am able to watch the life of a YouTuber grow and I feel like our lives all have similarities, ya know. Anyway – I’m off on a tangent here, regardless of what and why – I was definitely excited to see that Pixi collaborated with such a beauty. Today I’m going to be sharing with you the Eye and Lip Palettes from the ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty Collaboration. I don’t have any looks to share but figured I could provide my overall thoughts on the palettes as well as swatches. I noticed that they are popping up at my local Target – so maybe you could use this post as a reference if it’s something you’re interested in getting.
ItsEyeTime palette (ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty) consists of 12 gorgeously pigmented and silky eye shadows. Retailing for $24.00 I was definitely impressed by how soft and easy to blend these shades were. I’m a neutral girl at heart so a palette that allows me to take a look from day to night while still giving me shades that I can use for an all-over-the-lid look, it’s definitely a must have for me.
This palette was created so that the wearer could seemlessly transition their look from day to night and have a palette they could turn to for their every day looks. There are a mixture of matte and shimmer shades and a variety of neutral tones (both warm and cool) so that it would suit many skin tones.
This palette was created with the neutrals that you need in your everyday life and makes it simple and easy.
“The palettes I created with Pixi are straight to the point, simple. I like that it’s compact. If you’re a girl on the go – I like that you can just grab it and go. You can even just use your fingers.” – ItsJudyTime
As you can see from the swatches, this palette is gorgeous. I’ll be honest, I would have bought the palettes just because they were created by one of my favorite YouTubers, but I’m over the moon excited by the quality. Each shade really was smooth and creamy/buttery in texture. When I swatched each, they were swatched on my arm with no primer and really applied easily. Blending them was effortless and this would be a great palette for a beginner or pro. Highly pigmented and easy to use for anyone for sure. This palette has easily become one of my favorites in my collection and for someone who is a makeup collector, that says a lot.
Ingredients for eye shadow palette: “Snowflake/ Getaway/ Ping INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]. Bubbly INGREDIENTS: Mica, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Itsmommyslife/ Good Morning/ Honey Bear/ Tu-Tu/ Dark Chocolate/ Aww Snap INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]. Brick INGREDIENTS: Mica, Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499).
Net. Wt. = 1.2g x 12
Next in the collaboration is the ItsLipTime Palette (ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty). Also retailing for $24.00, the ItsLipTime palette features 12 lip cremes in an array of shades. You get wearable, super flattering colors that have all been mixed by Judy. Each lip color is hydrating and are easy to apply with your finger or a lip brush.
The colors were created in this lip palette so that you could wear them solo, mix or layer them to create a variety of endless shade options. The lip cremes have a soft fruit like fragrance (mainly because Judy wanted to have a scent since she enjoys smelling lipsticks – if you watch her vlogs, you know this), but definitely not an overpowering scent.
This lip palette will take you from day to night and all year round. The shades range from soft nudes to pinks and show stopping berry and red tones. You are getting a variety of blendable shades to create the looks for any day and time.
Now – I’m loving this palette and the wide range, but like with any lipstick palette, you definitely have to build the color up. Is that a bad thing? In my opinion, no. That really means you can custom make your own shades, and they are still all very pigmented colors which allow you to apply a wash of color on your lips or go full out glam – it’s truly up to you.
Over the last month or so I’ve been blending Juliana Bear and B Did It to create a very wearable and pouty pink for my everyday wear. I absolutely love the shades Judy selected in this palette and found that it’s becoming a staple in my makeup collection. I love that each shade is creamy and feels great on the lips. Moisturizing and soft without drying out my pout. Furthermore, I am so loving the fact that there is no shimmer in this palette – you get creamy lipsticks without the glitter, that makes me love it even more.
Ingredients of lip palette: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax (Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Cera), Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mica, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Flavor (Aroma), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Water, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, BHT, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]
Net. Wt. = 0.76g x 12
Each of the palettes have the same type of packaging, which I love because it really makes them look like a set. While they do not have a mirror attached, each palette comes with a little sticky mirror which you can attach with the adhesive on the inside if you feel the need. I haven’t attached mine because I found I haven’t needed it. But, again – these palettes were made so that they could be used on the go as well. They are compact, while still offering sturdy packaging so they would be perfect for travel.
I absolutely love that the shades all have names – hallelujah, that’s such a big deal for me… because when I’m doing my makeup I like to reference the color choices. And, I love that each shade name is listed on the back of the palette for easy reference – no funky pieces of plastic to get tossed out later. One of my favorite things about this collaboration is that these products are available at Target stores. I’m so excited for Judy and love when I walk into my local Target and see the palette in display. It makes me excited and happy.
You see, I watched Judy grow over the years and watched her YouTube channel flourish into well over 1 million subscribers. She’s literally a household name and as a YouTube and blogger myself, I’m excited to see that this is happening for one of our own. One day, I can only hope that something like this would happen for me. I’m a dreamer, but I love seeing people succeed and Judy is one of my favorites so to watch this unfold, it’s definitely exciting.
You can purchase these palettes at: https://www.pixibeauty.com/ or at your local Target store where available.
Have you tried any of these palettes from Pixi Beauty and ItsJudyTime yet? If not, do you have your sites set on any of them? Comment below and let me know.
Over the last two years or so, I have shared my love for Beauty Junkees products. Their makeup brushes are some of my absolute favorites so to see that they are releasing new products in the name of beauty, yes and yes… and so much yes… I knew there would definitely be some products in the line up that I’d enjoy. Whether you are on a budget and want to try quality products at affordable costs or you just want to try out something new, Beauty Junkees has got you covered with a few new products they have recently released. Let’s chit chat a bit about their new magnetic palette, brow tinted gel, concealer and brow highlighter pencils and their lip pumice. Shall we?
The Beauty Junkees Magnetic Makeup Palette is probably something I’m absolutely swooning over. As you can imagine, organizing single eye shadows or palettes can be a bit of a daunting task, especially when you have so many. This magnetic palette (retailing for $19.97) really is a great place to store all of your single shadows making them portable, travel friendly and of course, saving space while storing. This palette really is a great “all in one” since it stores 28 standard eye shadow sized pans, but you can accommodate different pan sizes and shapes to fit your needs. The palette is extra deep to allow you to also store dome shaped products such as your baked and mineral cosmetics. What I love is that this palette is ready to be used right out of the shipping package… it includes 10 magnetic stickers for aluminum pans and you get a dual ended eye shadow brush that will fit into the built in space. Further more, the brush that you do get is made of the Beauty Junkees quality that you are used to. And, again – this palette is great for travel as it comes equipped with a large mirror for touch ups and application on the go.
Inside Dimension: 7.437″L x 4.25″W x 0.437″D
Outside Dimension: 8.25″L x 5.75″W x 0.625″D
The Tinted Brow Gel (retails for $12.97) is available in three different shades: Auburn, Blond and Dark Brown. I currently have Dark Brown. Since I tend to wear my hair darker during the winter months, this shade fits me perfectly and I’m really loving this product. The Brow Tint goes on easily like mascara with a large spoolie to help coat each little brow hair. I love using a brow gel for everyday use because they provide my brows with a natural set without looking like my brows are drawn on. They are perfect to also cover your greys as a touch up to your hair line. This brow gel keeps my brows in place all day without any flaking and washes off easily at the end of the night when my makeup is ready to be removed. It’s buildable so if you need more body to your brows, you can apply more as you need. Made in the USA, Paraben, Gluten Free and Cruelty Free all make this brow gel an ideal for me so I’ve really been enjoying it.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Phenoxyethanol,Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, PVP, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Tocopherol Acetate, BHT May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Talc
The Beauty Junkees Concealer & Highlighter Duo Pencil Crayons are also a great find. Available in Cool Beige & Warm Beige, these pencils retail for $14.97 and are perfect and creamy to use. Each duo pencil crayon comes with a matte and shimmer eyebrow shaper. The matte shade will define, shape and conceal your brows for a clean edge, especially great for in between tweezing and the shimmery shade will add a natural lift to your brow and can also be used to highlight the inner corner of your eyes.
These pencils are multi-tasking because you can use it to conceal your imperfections, highlight your best features and even can be used on your waterline to brighten the eyes. I love how creamy these pencils are and they make great eye shadow bases as well to help make your shadows pop. Use the shimmery side to help add a little highlight to your cupid’s bow or all over the eye lid to add a natural glow. Since these pencils are so creamy, they can also be used on the cheekbones for a pop of highlight and the blend effortlessly with a beauty sponge (Beauty Junkees has those too) and your look is complete.
These products are Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free and Made in the U.S.A.
Last but not least I’m sharing with you the Lip Pumice Exfoliator ($10.00). This product has been a go-to lately since the winter months can really take a toll on my skin, especially my lips. With the weather here in Hawaii being at its coldest, my lips tend to get dry and need some exfoliating. The Lip Pumice Exfoliator is perfect on the go or to use when needed to help sloth away dry skin by helping to care for your lips leaving them feeling soft. This lip care and repair treatment is easy to use and moisturizes while it exfoliates. This is perfect for those who like to wear matte lipsticks and again, it’s absolutely convenient. One note however… make sure to wipe off or wash off after using since the pumice leaves a white cast on the lips and cannot be used like a lip balm.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Kaolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cetyl Acetate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate.
This product is Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free and Made in the U.S.A.
So, have you tried anything from Beauty Junkees? If not, I definitely suggest checking them out. Beauty Junkees has been featured in different Gift Guides and reviews over the years and I’m always impressed with what I’ve tried from them. Again, these new products are worth the look-see and if you are a makeup brush or makeup sponge lover like me, I definitely suggest checking out one of their Makeup Brush Sets or Sponge Blender sets as well – you will love them.
If you’re interested in checking out what Beauty Junkees has to offer, visit them on their site at: https://shop.beautyjunkees.com/collections/all. You can also check them out on Amazon.
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Oh my gosh, I hope I’m not too late in posting this or that Lorac decides that they will do another release for more palettes before the year is up. But, today I wanted to share with you my thoughts, swatches and so much more on the Lorac Mega Pro 3 Palette. This Limited Edition release had me drooling because I’m a huge fan of Lorac Pro Palettes and the quality of the shadows. I own Lorac Mega Pro 1 and 2 so skipping out on this one was not the choice I was allowing myself to make. Besides, I had been really good with expenditures all year this 2016, so I felt I deserved to pick this baby up and enjoy. I also didn’t get my hands on Lorac Pro 3 palette so I figured that I would get Mega Pro 3 and be one happy camper. For the third year in a row, I set my alarm to pick this baby up as soon as it was released, so I’ve actually had this palette in my possession now for just about 3 weeks and I’m finally ready to share my thoughts with all of you.
Let’s take a look at this beauty shall we? First of all, the packaging is gorgeous and sports that metallic lettering on the front of the palette itself. I love that Rose Gold and it absolutely has stolen my heart. The palette itself is white… hmmmm… yes, I did say it – WHITE! It’s not ideal considering my other palettes are dark blue and red, and white can be a challenge to clean, but nonetheless, I digress… it’s not preferred, but I’ll try to make it work. haha!
Like the other Mega Pro palettes, the Mega Pro 3 sports that cardboard packaging, thin and compact considering the palette itself is HUGE. I like that Carol & Lorac kept with the themes of the others and created a signature look to keep within the family. The lid seals magnetically (fairly well if I might add) and all of the shades within the palette are laid out the same as the others, with their names listed below each color (one of my favorite things about these palettes).
This palette sports 32 shades with the top two rows being the matte shadows (16 total) and the bottom two rows being the metallic and shimmery shades (16 total). This palette is quite different from some of the others as there are only two repeat shades in this palette and the others are all new and exclusive to the Mega Pro 3.
When it comes to designing the functionality of a palette, I think Lorac really has it going for them. I love that each palettes has the shades laid out from light to dark – left to right. This makes it easy to create a look and a great way to lay the colors on your eyes – your highlights being on the left, transition and crease shades towards the middle and crease and outer v towards the ends. You can also pick and choose any color you want to place on the lid. It’s definitely a great selection and the color range is something I love.
There are a lot of different neutral tones in this palette with a few pops of color. I’m definitely in love with each shade because these are the types of shades I tend to gravitate to often. The palette mainly consists of warm tones, but there are some cool tones within the palette which come together to make this a favorite of mine.
Let’s take a look at each shade in the palette, shall we?
I’ve been getting a lot of use out of the bronze and brown shades in different variations of color. Just like the other Lorac Pro palettes I own (currently in my possession I have Lorac Pro 1 and 2 and Mega Pro 1, 2 and now 3), the Lorac Mega Pro 3 offers you gorgeous and butter shades. The mattes are very smooth and silky in texture and blend onto the lid like a dream. I love the matte shades especially because while they are so soft and satin like, they are just enough color for me to use as a transition or blending shade, but still offer a punch of color when they need to be built up. The shimmer and metallic shades are just as divine as others I have used from Lorac. They are so buttery and soft, but they can kick up some dust, so be sure to tap off any excess on your brush and apply to the eyes with a patting motion instead of sweeping motion.
Jet Black is quite a bold shade, with a powdery kick up and really needs to be packed on to eliminate fall out, but it’s a gorgeous shade for an eye liner or in place of your traditional liner as well. But, taking the time to familiarize yourself with the palette and how it works would be best, as I find that most of Lorac shadows offer a bit of fall out, but it’s worth it in the end for me, I love them.
I don’t have an Ulta near me, so I had to order this charm online the day it was released. I’m glad I made the purchase though, I’m seriously in love with this palette. I know there are a lot of these types of palettes, neutrals I mean, on the market today – so finding one that offers your versatility and ease of use can be a challenge. I’m sure there are similar shades to these in palettes I already owned, but remember… I said I needed to complete my collection and now I have the Trifecta.
I’m not sure if this palette is still available for sale in various Ulta stores, but I know it’s been sold out online through Ulta’s website for a minute now. If you love neutral shades and are looking for a palette that offers it all, I definitely suggest snatching this up if you come across it in your local Ulta store. If you can’t get your hands on this beauty, I’m so sorry – but I know I definitely had to share it with you – it’s gorgeous.
Cost of Lorac Mega Pro 3 – $59.00
Availability – Ulta Stores (if sold out), this is a Limited Edition item.
Have you had the opportunity to get your hands on the Lorac Mega Pro 3? If so, what are your thoughts, if not – are you crushing on this palette?
Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased as with all of my reviews or features here on my channel. Affiliate links are listed below.
I have been waiting to get my hands on this palette and today, I can finally bring you my thoughts. After months of waiting eagerly after setting my eyes on the palette personally with Mario himself, I could barely contain myself. The Master Palette by Mario Dedivanovic from Anastasia Beverly Hills is quite a beaut. I’m exciting to share my own little back story regarding this palette, so hold on tight as I take you on the journey.
Ah, in all of its gorgeous beauty, I finally have my hands on this palette… yay me. The Master Palette was created by the famed makeup artist to the stars – Mario Dedivanovic. If you are not sure who he is, I’ll give you a little information on him. Mario is best known for working with the Kardashian family and celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen. He and Norvina (Claudia) from Anastasia Beverly Hills made mention of a palette in the works many months ago, but no one really got a good look at it till August or so. I met with Mario at a Master Class in August where I had the opportunity to be one of two people in a class of over 80 to see the palette live and in color. I even had the opportunity to swatch the palette, but out of respect for Mario, I didn’t take any photos of the palette and was just overwhelmed with excitement that I was given the opportunity to do so. A few weeks later, Mario posted the palette on his Snapchat and Instagram and everyone was able to see what it looked like prior to being released the first week of October.
Now, to be honest, if I hadn’t seen the palette first hand with my own two eyes, I would have swooned over it some… but probably wouldn’t have made the purchase and pick it up. I am a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills Palettes (I own at least 5 of them), but if I were just looking at images online, I would have thought to skip it since the colors are so similar to those from palettes I already owned. But, that was not the case, I did see the palette before most of the World and the colors are those that I knew I would use – so I NEEDED IT!
Let’s talk about the packaging. This palette has the same type of casing and packaging as other palettes that Anastasia Beverly Hills has created – but it comes an all black casing with gold detailing. If you know anything about me, then you know that the packaging alone may have won me over… I love black and gold. While simple, I think overall it offers much of what ABH palettes do, portable, not too bulky, easy to travel with and able to take a beating when traveling. Since this is a palette that I know Mario takes on the road, I can see the durability and purpose in the packaging in its self.
The colors, oh hello colors. This palette honestly offers fairly basic shades, right? Well… yes, and no! The shades are definitely neutral and wearable – which I know that Mario was aiming for, since he’s honestly about classic beauty and glamour, not the done up instagram trends we see all over the internet. While he is known as the King of Contour, he is a huge fan of effortless beauty and loves creating those looks personally on his clientele.
Each shadow, whether matte or shimmer through out the palette offer such great pigmentation… high intensity color. Each have such a gorgeous texture, smooth and buttery. I have used several palettes from ABH, the Modern Renaissance being my favorite before I tried this one, and I absolutely love the quality of this palette. Smooth, satin shades are just the plus side to how wonderful this palette is. The colors, while neutral – offer anyone a wide range of shades to create an every day look or a show stopping smoky eye. The options are endless.
Like most (if not all) of the ABH palettes, this particular one comes with a duo-ended makeup brush. A shadow end and one for blending – which makes this the perfect palette for on the go. Each eye shadow (12 shades in all) is named after women and places that have given Mario inspiration over the years. Do you see Lula (Mario’s mom), Marina (Mario’s sister), Kim and Claudia in the mix? Need I say more? This definitely was a palette created with the inspiration that Mario found in his life.
Top Row Swatches – From Left to Right: Hollywood, NYC, Kim, Muse, Marina, Claudia
Bottom Row Swatches – From Left to Right: Lula, Isabel, Violeta, 5th Ave., Bronx, Paris.
All of the shades are gorgeous and I love that there are a mixture of matte and shimmer shades. Each shadow offers such gorgeous color payoff and while some of the shimmer shades can have a bit of fall out, honestly, they are so pigmented and buttery… a little product goes a long way. Rich gorgeous color in one swipe and no patchy application – even with the matte shades.
I haven’t been using much makeup lately so I was very excited to dip into the palette and create a look. On my eyes I’m using a blend of Violeta and Isabel in the crease and as my transition shade, Marina on the lid and blended up towards the crease, Muse blended into the outer v and Hollywood as an inner corner highlight and to highlight a little on my brow bone.
Let’s face it, as a makeup addict, I can honestly say that you can NEVER have enough neutral palettes. But I’m so happy with this palette. It’s not your average, every day neutral palette – it’s definitely a master piece created by a master artist. The Master Palette by Mario is a gorgeous palette with beautiful and stunning shades that will work with any skin tone, eye color and age and I think it’s definitely an essential to any makeup lovers collection. This will be my go-to travel palette and I think it will be a favorite for years to come. Of course, it helps that I have a personal connection to the palette and the artist, so I’m proud to sport this palette and use it with pride.
Here’s a little glimpse of Mario’s instagram – a slideshow he created. Take a look, you might see someone you know in the mix. 😉
A video posted by Mario Dedivanovic (@makeupbymario) on
The palette is gorgeous and I definitely suggest checking it out and seeing for yourself. It should be available at select Ulta and Sephora stores if it has been sold out online at Anastasia Beverly Hills. I do think it’s a must have for anyone, but I think after hearing about Mario’s humble beginnings and how he started as a makeup artist won my heart over more than anything. Nonetheless, if you have the opportunity to check it out and pick up one for yourself… do it!
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was purchased by me with my own money. Affiliate links are posted through out, which I do make money from if you decide to purchase through those links. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
I talked about this in a recent post, stating that I was excited to share with all of you my thoughts on the Land Down Under Eye Shadow Palette by Cargo Cosmetics. Today is the day and I’m really stoked to be sharing. I had been swooning over this palette for a little while since I seen it’s release and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Cargo Cosmetics is not a brand you hear about very often, while it’s popular – it’s not a “Cult Favorite” as other brands and I’m not sure why. When it comes to their eye shadow palettes, you get a great deal and beautiful product for showstopping looks. Today I’ll be sharing with you swatches and more on this palette and maybe it’s something you may want to pick up. Cargo is also running a sale today “Friends & Family” so head on over and see if you want to add this baby to your makeup arsenal.
The Cargo Cosmetics Land Down Under Eye Shadow Palette retails for $34.00 but is currently on sale for $27.20. It includes 12 gorgeous eye shadows (net wt each shadow: 0.03 oz / 0.8g), a mirror which is built into the palette, a pencil eyeliner in black (net wt. 1.13 oz) and a dual ended eye shadow brush. This palette was inspired by the fabled sights and beaches of Australia and includes a variety of sunburnt browns, golds and tones that flatter all skin-tones. You have some cool toned shades in ocean-hued blues and a gorgeous bright foliage green which adds a great pop of color. This palette is the perfect summer palette but I can see utilizing this all year round.
Each palette includes a combination of 5 matte shades and 7 shimmer shades. Each shade is quite pigmented with exception to Sand. It has nice color pigment but shows up best on a sticky base. I noticed with swatching the color on it’s own, it needs to be built up, but applied to the lid, it actually provides nice color pay off. If you are looking for a shadow for every day use that offers some shimmer, I think you’ll enjoy that particular shade. The palette provides you with Paraben-Free formulas which is a huge plus as well.
The actual palette / packaging is gorgeous. You have a white iridescent cover that has a gold/green shift when you turn the palette different directions. It’s not very noticeable, but it’s something you can definitely see that gives the palette character and matches with the overall theme. On the cover you have Cargo’s logo in a metallic teal (which immediately won my heart over) – it’s gorgeous. The package reminds me of that you would get from any of their other palettes, sturdy but made of a thick cardboard. It’s simple but still very nice.
The dual-ended eye shadow brush is really really nice. I love when a palette comes with a brush that is really versatile and that can be used. It’s worth the space in my opinion. It comes with a fluffy blending brush that you can use to also pack on color and a tapered pencil brush for smudging eye shadows or applying in precise areas on the eyes. The black eye liner pencil is sharpenable and it’s quite creamy. It’s a gorgeous black that is easy to apply and easy to smudge for a beautiful eye look.
Joey – Beige Matte
Beach – Pale Gold Shimmer
Suntan – Medium Pink Brown Shimmer
Opera – Pale Beige Matte
Koala – Medium Yellow Brown Matte
Sand – Gold Shimmer
The Rocks – Medium Red Brown Matte
Bridge – Deep Brown Gold Shimmer
Domain – Green Shimmer
Manly – Turquoise Matte
Bondi – Deep Blue Shimmer
Ferry – Deep Brown Matte
Please be sure to stop by my video review and check out my live swatches. I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of me wearing the eye shadow, but I’m using this palette in that look I’m rocking on my eyes. This palette is completely versatile. Some of my favorite shades in t he palette include: Koala (the perfect transition or crease shade), The Rocks (a gorgeous crease shade), Bridge (my absolute favorite from the palette) and Domain (a beautiful lid shade that’s also a perfect lower lash line color). I think you simply can’t beat the price point of this palette and now that it is on sale and with a Friends & Family discount, there’s no reason not to pick it up. It’s a palette that I think would make a great addition to any makeup lovers collection and the shades are not as bold as you might think.
Have you tried any of the Cargo Eye Shadow Palettes before? If so, which one have you tried and what are your thoughts on them? Do you think Cargo deserves more hype & love like other brands? I surely do!
You can purchase this palette and much more at: http://www.cargocosmetics.com/. Be sure to head on over to take advantage of the Friends & Family sale that’s running now till 8/21. Get 25% off your purchase.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased as with anything you read or see on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I don’t use a lot of makeup during the summer time and lately I have found that I have really been enjoying a simple look – mascara and lip balm. But, after getting my hands on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, I’ve really been enjoying working with it and creating looks. Contrary to how it looks, this palette is much more than a pink toned palette like it seems. I’ve been loving the combination of warm tones to create showstopping looks. Today I share with you a look I created using mainly this palette with a little pop of color on my lower lash line with ColourPop’s Flower Shop (from their Spring / Summer collection). I’ll be sharing this look with you as well as swatches of the palette and more. Be sure to click on the video if you want to chit chat with me and watch me GRWM when I create this look.
Let’s chit chat about this palette first before we get into the whole makeup look, shall we? The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette retails for $42.00 and includes 14 beautiful shades appropriate for any time of year. This palette also includes a duo-ended brush to help create those stunning looks.
I purchased this palette with a little help via an online site called Octer.com. Octer is a cool platform to help with online shopping, making it possible and easy to shop no matter the device you use – whether you’re browsing on your smartphone, tablet or desktop. Octer lists the biggest US stores and 8,000 brands across all verticals and fashion from everyone like Topshop, ASOS, Farfetch and Net-A-Porter. Octer has been live since November and has a feature which helps consumers find the right product at the right price. It’s easy to use and as simple as searching your favorite type of product – housewares, clothes, accessories, makeup and more.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is an essential eye shadow collection that includes a variety of neutral and berry tones. It’s the first permanent palette in the ABH line – which I love, since so many of the palettes I own from her were Limited Editions. This palette includes gorgeously pigmented shades that offer you the opportunity to create endless looks for daytime and evening. I am absolutely in love with the pigmentation of each color even if some of them did kick up a bit of dust and a little bit of fall out it’s a beautifully pigmented palette. At first glance, this eye shadow palette looks like it would be too berry or too pink to create many looks, but I have found that I’ve been able to create a variety of looks with the shades.
The palette has faux suede packaging that make it feel really nice and soft and so far it has been easy to clean. I love that each name is listed under the individual shades – which is always a great thing in any eye shadow palette. The magnetic closure seals the palette up tightly, but not too tight as to make it difficult to open and close. The mirror is a good size and this palette really offers a variety of shades for your money and make it a good travel palette. I’m impressed overall with this palette, the packaging and the shades.
The colors included in this palette are:
Tempera – Velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Golden Ochre – Earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Vermeer – Iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Buon Fresco – Antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Antique Bronze – Metallic sable with a satin finish
Love Letter- Raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Cyprus Umber- Dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Realgar- Brick with an ultra-matte finish
Warm Taupe- Earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
Venetian Red- Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Red Ochre- Sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Primavera- shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Burnt Orange- deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
Raw Sienna- neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish
To create my look I used the neutral tones in the Modern Renaissance Palette to create the base of my makeup look. For the pop of color, I decided that I would use Flower Shop from ColourPop as a little pop of color on the lower lash line. Of course, you could totally utilize one of the berry shades in it’s place to really make the look pop.
Raw Sienna – used as a transition shade above my crease, lower lash line to blend and smoke out flower shop
Burnt Orange – used to deepen the crease, lower lash line to blend and smoke out flower shop
Primavera – blended onto the lid and inner corner of my eye
Red Ochre – used to deepen the outer v to add dimension
Cyprus Umber – blended into the outer v and outer corner to add depth to the eye look, lower lash line to blend and smoke out flower shop
Tempera – used as highlight on browbone
Youngblood Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner to create wing and liner on upper lash line
Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes
Flower Shop by ColourPop as pop of color on lower lash line
ColourPop Wisp – highlight on face
BlossomTime Rose Blush – Rose Powder Blush by Milani
Milani Dolce Caramello Lipstick (pictured), originally I had on Kandooment Orange & Pink Cadillac by Bdellium Tools
Jordana Cosmetics 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Aqua Stone – pop of color on lower lash line (base)
If you are looking for a cool place to check out products from different devices, I definitely suggest checking out Octer.com, I’ve been enjoying the site since being introduced to it and it’s a fun place to check out items all over the web. It’s not yet a year old, but has come a long way since it started in November. When it comes to makeup palettes, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette has really won my heart. The eye shadows are very blendable and pigmented. Considering the price point, you get gorgeous shades and it’s definitely worth checking out. Like I mentioned before, while it looks like a palette you may only be able to utilize in the Fall, it’s actually a great neutral palette with pops of color.
Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette? If not, is it something on your list to check out? If you have, what are your thoughts on this beauty? Don’t forget to check out my video for a GRWM and walk through on how I got this makeup look.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Some of the products mentioned in this post were sent for review consideration while others were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased, as with anything on this site – sponsored or not. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? I am a huge fan of Too Faced and was so excited to hear that they were releasing the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette. Since I already own the Original Chocolate Bar Palette and the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette, I knew I had to get my hands on this one and I haven’t been disappointed. This gorgeous palette is themed around candy-coated confection and today I’m going to share it with all of you.
The Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette ($49.00) includes an array of 16 matte and shimmer shades in cool pops of color, sugary brights and beautiful neutrals. Each eye shadow is infused with the chocolate-scented goodness we have come to love – that antioxidant-rich cocoa powder formula. The Chocolate Bon Bons palette is the third in the best selling Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection and it comes with a signature Glamour Guide that includes three beauty looks that you can use for inspiration.
Just like the other Chocolate Bar palette, the Chocolate Bon Bons palette comes in a tin packaging that is sturdy and makes for great travel. It includes a good size mirror and I love that it also includes the name of each shadow on the palette itself to make for ease of use. I own the original Chocolate Bar palette (1st edition) and that was one of my complaints, that the name was not on the palette and shades. I still hold on to that little piece of plastic so I know what to call those babies. lol As mentioned above, each shadow is infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and smells of a sweeter chocolate scent then the other two (in my opinion).
The palette includes 14 brand new shades plus 2 cult favorites that will help in providing a limitless amount of eye looks. The shades in this palette are perfect for me as they include a purple (black currant) that blends well with other shades to create a show stopping eye look with pizzazz. The palette has heart shaped pans and the colors include rich candied bright shades that make such a great addition to the Chocolate Bar family. I absolutely love it.
The first row of shades are perfect for anyone that loves a neutral eye look or something for every day. Molasses Chip has become one of my favorite eye lid shades and Satin Sheets makes for a great inner corner highlight. I also love using Satin Sheets as a cheek highlight too.
Cashew Chew (2nd row) is the perfect transition shade for my skin tone, as is Mocha and Black Currant and Bordeaux have been shades I love to use for deepening my eye look or creating more definition in the crease.In the 3rd Row one of my favorite shades is Totally Fetch. Not only is the name a winner, but this gorgeous hot pink shade makes a great pop of color and blended with other shades it can tone down for a subtle hue. Divinity is a great brow bone highlight shade and is matte but blends effortlessly.
A full list of ingredients for each shade can be found here. As with all products you get from Too Faced, you can be assured that it is from a company that is Cruelty Free. Hi Clover!
At first glance I really didn’t think I would get much use out of the Chocolate Bon Bons palette, especially since I had so many similar shades in others… It took me at least a month to dive in and pick it up. I decided that I couldn’t resist and I’m glad I picked it up because it has been a favorite palette to use since I got it. I created the look below using colors from this palette and was amazed at how easy it was to blend in Totally Fetch in my look.
A tutorial/walk-through on the look above can be found here as well as a full list of products used.
Research has show that the scent of cocoa is a natural mood-booster, however – the palette and the way it looks (it’s bright pink packaging) would make anyone smile. I’m very impressed with this palette overall and it has easily become a favorite among many in my collection. If you haven’t picked it up yet and have been on the fence, I highly suggest it. I’ve been a huge fan of Too Faced products and the brand for years and I’m absolutely loving the Chocolate Bar line. The Chocolate Bon Bons palette was a great addition in my opinion and I’m really enjoying the palette and the gorgeous shades it includes.
What about you? Do you have a favorite Too Faced palette? Is your favorite a part of the Chocolate Bar line? If you haven’t gotten your hands on this gorgeous thang yet, I highly suggest checking it out. You can sign up with Ebates and get 4% cash back on your purchase – woohoo! And, you can also sign up at Toofaced.com and get a nice discount towards your purchase. Also – spend $50 or more and get FREE US Shipping on your order. If you have tried this palette, comment below and let me know.
Disclaimer: The product(s) mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts on this subject. Affiliate links are posted through out.
There was absolutely no reason for me not to get the Lorac Mega Pro 2 after seeing sneak peeks months before it was released. I was one of the lucky few that got my hands on Lorac Mega Pro last year and it has been a palette I have enjoyed and well loved so I just knew I needed to get my hands on its sister. Being a fan of Lorac Pro palettes – I also own 1 and 2, I felt that I would really enjoy this new one and decided it was a great idea to get my hands on it. A great friend, Kiley – waited in line and picked one up for me so I could add it to my collection and it’s been a palette I have been using consistently since.
The Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette was released in October this year as an exclusive palette to Ulta.com and Ulta Beauty stores. This gorgeous thing retails for $59.00 and sports 16 shimmer and 16 matte shadows for a total of 32 gorgeous beauties all in one palette. If you recall the Lorac Mega Pro palette (see my review and swatches of this palette that is no longer available here), this palette has a similar layout and packaging of the first and really looks great when compared to its sisters in the Pro family. This sequel to the Mega Pro Palette is double the size of the Original Pro Palettes (1 & 2) and has a gorgeous blue packaging which I think is very appropriate and eye catching. Like with any of the Pro Palettes from Lorac, the shadows are gorgeous and buttery, offering a velvety-smooth feel that is infused with soothing botanicals for easy application. These shadows are very pigmented and do well wet or dry. You can use each shade to apply to the lid as an eye shadow, wet a liner brush and apply wet as an eye liner or wet to increase the vibrancy.
With such a wide and versatile range of shades, this palette would make a great holiday gift for that makeup lover in your life. There are a few shades that are repeats from some of the Pro palettes like Black since they are essentials for an eye look. The matte shades blend and apply really nicely and while they are all buttery, the shimmer shades can kick up some dust or fall out so for those that don’t work well with them, I suggest taking your time and patting each shadow on before blending.
Whether you are a neutral lover or love a little pop of color – this palette will offer a wide range of shades and the price point can’t be beat. I’m a huge fan of Carol Shaw and the Lorac Pro line so I knew I would enjoy this palette and all the gorgeous shades that it offered. The bottom row of shimmer shades is probably my favorite, Dark Siena and Penny offering colors for me that easily work with my skin tone. I think overall this palette not only gives you a wide range of shades to play with but the textures are nice and very blend-able. As I mentioned before, if you have a little trouble with the dust kick up or fall out in these shades, make sure to tap the excess off your brush and apply in patting motions to the eye lid. Also – a little goes a long way with these, so take your time when applying to the lid. You can build the shades up to the intensity you want – so pick up a little color at a time. You can always build up your shades, but removing color once it’s placed is near to impossible without starting all over again. Used over an eye shadow primer, you can get all day wear from your shadows and so many of the shades make great “washes of color” to use all over the lid for those days you just want a little “something” added to your looks.
I’m so glad that even with the hype around this palette, it is still available at Ulta.com giving other beauty lovers an opportunity to get their hands on it. Last years launch of the Mega Pro palette was a huge fiasco and while I was lucky to get my hands on one of those, I felt so bummed that so many didn’t have an opportunity since it sold out in a matter of minutes. If you are looking for a gift to treat yourself this holiday or one for the makeup lover in your life, I highly suggest picking up the Lorac Mega Pro 2 palette. With so many options to choose from, hopefully my little suggestion will give you a little ease with shopping.
So what about you? Did you get your hands on the Lorac Mega Pro 2 when it was released? If so – are you loving it? If not, will you be adding it to your collection or giving it as a gift – or both?
Pick yours up today (or a gift for someone else) at Ulta.com or Ulta stores.
Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post and featured was purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts on this product. Affiliate links are posted through out.
It’s seems like I’m shopping my stash a lot lately and I completely forgot about this little gem I had in my possession now for quite some time. The Going For Gold eye shadow palette from MUA (Makeup Academy Professional) has been a favorite to pull for during the warmer months since it offers shimmery shades to adorn the eyelids. I was excited to use this palette in the fall to create eye looks filled with hues like falling leaves to I figured I would share it with all of you.
I purchased this palette last year from the MUA website and was so excited at how affordable the palette and the rest of the cosmetics from the line is as well as the quality. Sadly, I just found out from MUA that they no longer ship to the United States, so if you are interested in getting this palette or other MUA products, you will have to check out your local CVS or other avenues online. I have been a fan of the makeup I have used thus far and even ordered products for fellow beauty junkies over the year so I was disappointed to find out that I am only limited to a selection that doesn’t really include any of their new palettes or beauties such as these. I decided I would share the love on this palette anyway – since I really like the quality and the colors included. Retailing for about $4.53 *USD the Going For Gold palette includes 10 gorgeous shimmery shades that include golds to silvers and are show stopping to say the least.
For the price point – you get 9.6g worth of product and really good pigmentation for a product that costs less than many that you can find in the U.S. based drugstores. The packaging is okay – a snap tight closure that is fairly sturdy considering I have tossed this palette around like an unused toy over the last few years and it’s held up well. It comes with a double ended sponge tip applicator that is just an extra addition, if you know me – you know that I don’t use it and usually will put together in a collection of those from other palettes to tuck in the back of a drawer – lol.
Each swatch is done dry over my bare arm and as you can see the color picks up well and it is really easy to work with. The shades are definitely fun for an every day look that calls for a pop of color, but I do think the palette is missing a mid tone brown and a black which would help to make this palette one that could be used for a plethora of looks instead of all shimmery eyes. The shadows are buttery – but they can have some powdery pick up – so dusting your brush off prior to applying to the eye will save you a glittery mess on your cheeks. If you wear these wet (not pictured) they will pick up much more intense and apply with minimal fallout – however, I noticed the eye shadow in the pan starts to develop an odd layer that can make working with the shadow dry a bit tricky. Note: If you are going to use these wet, I suggest using the corner of the eye shadow pan so that you are not causing the entire shadow to get hard and difficult to work with.
I have tried several different products from MUA over the years and this is the sixth palette I own from the brand in a similar price range. Overall – I’m always impressed and you can beat a palette that is less than $5.00. Shipping was actually reasonable (when they did ship to the US) and it didn’t cost that much and usually took about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks to arrive to me in Hawaii – which again, not bad. My only con about the brand now is the limitations to the product line – especially now that they have included so many gorgeous palettes I wouldn’t mind adding to my collection.
Have you tried MUA products before? Besides your local CVS with a limited selection, have you been able to find this brand anywhere else?
Disclaimer: The product(s) mentioned in this post was purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Over the years, I have come to find that Tarte has become one of my favorite brands. With so many gorgeous cosmetics to offer, to say I have been impressed, is – well, and understatement. A more recent purchase from Tarte during their Friends and Family sale gave me the opportunity to try a palette I’ve been eyeing for a few months. I’ll be honest, while I had my sights on it, I wasn’t quite ready to make the commitment. But at the price point, I couldn’t resist. I am very very happy to have the Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette in my makeup arsenal. After just one use, I fell in love.
The Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette retails for $38.00 (I got it at a discount for $26.60 plus free shipping during the Friends/Family sale). It includes six eye shadows, a bronzer, highlighter and blush. Powered by Amazonian clay – this palette is packed with gorgeous shades that can be worn year round to create the subtle every day looks to gorgeous runway showstoppers. The palette features six never-before-seen shadows that are stunning and a full size blush that is perfect for summer months but can be worn year round. Like most of what Tarte offers, each shade through out the palette offers a punch of color and are blend-able for your gorgeous looks.
Palette break down:
0.80 g /0.03 oz x 6 eye shadow: Amazonian clay shadows – showstopper copper (bronze copper), go for the gold (gold), you’re a natural (nude), steel the scene (steel taupe), rose to the top (rose gold) and dim the lights (black brown)
6 g / 0.21 oz Amazonian clay blush: fame (warm peach)
4 g/ 0.14 oz Amazonian clay matte waterproof bronzer: park ave princess™
4 g/ 0.14 oz Amazonian clay highlighter: champagne pink
Now anyone that has used Tarte before knows that the Amazonian clay products from the brand offer longer, truer wear that feels great on the skin and with the additive of mineral pigments, you have all kinds of love for your eyes and face that apply beautifully. When this palette was first released, I honestly didn’t even give it a double take the first time I saw it. The shades just looked like a neutral palette or two that I own and the only thing drawing me to the palette was the packaging (hello, gold & purple – win). But I couldn’t pass up the sale so I decided to grab it after my friend Heather (Crazybeautifulmakeup.com) said it was definitely a nice palette.
I purchased the palette wondering if I would enjoy it and after the first use, I was sold. In the pot the shadows look like they are just your basic neutral shades. But applied on the eyes, they are gorgeous and used over different eye bases provide a gorgeous look every time. I am amazed at how dimensional these shades are offering up a variety of hues I had no idea this palette included. I am really loving it and used over some of my smokey brown bases, I have created gorgeous smoky eyes that are just fabulous for Fall or year round. (No photos of looks, but I promise I’ll have a look or tutorial up soon utilizing this palette).
Now – while the shadows are gorgeous, I also am getting great use out of the highlighter, bronzer and blush. The blush is a stunning coral shade that is so pigmented that a little goes a long way. The bronzer while a little lighter than I am usual is one I have tried before and I love using it on days where I don’t have much makeup. It’s the perfect contour and warmth shade that offers subtle shadows along my cheek bones that give the illusion I have a chiseled face without going overboard. And, well – the highlighter, I need a light hand when applying, but it is absolutely gorgeous.
Each product within this palette has a soft, blend-able feel that is easily applied and packs pigment in one swipe. If I had to critique anything about it, it would be that I really wish Tarte would print the names of the shadows, etc. on the actual palette instead of providing the plastic sleeves that I think are such a headache to keep around. Overall I’m very impressed and I’m glad I decided to pick this palette up because I would have just admired it from a distance and not realize how beautiful it really is. Definitely a winner in my book and one I may add to my travel arsenal since it includes most of the products needed to create a look, or two.
So – have you tried this palette from Tarte? If not, is it one you may be interested in looking further into? I am amazed at how each shade of shadow has rose hue undertones- I’m just loving it. You can get this palette at Tartecosmetics.com or Sephora.
Disclaimer: The product(s) mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are 100% honest and unbiased. I am not being paid to feature this product however I do have affiliate links through out this post which I do make money on if you click them.
I’m probably a bit late to the game in sharing this palette with you all, but I just wasn’t certain if it was something I wanted to have in my collection but decided I would try it out anyway. I’m glad I did, because the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette has easily become a favorite in my makeup arsenal. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Kat Von D – having watched her career flourish as a tattoo artist over the years, so when she began her own cosmetic line at Sephora, I was taken by everything about it. Many who read my blog or watch my videos know that the Tattoo Liner in Trooper is probably one of my favorites to date and I’m glad I decided to pick this palette up because I’m loving it.
The Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette retails at Sephora for $46 USD. It includes twelve all matte shades that were created to transform your eyes through the art of contouring. Using shadow and light to create dimension in her beautiful portraits, Kat wanted a palette to empower you to create a look for your ideal eye shape featuring definition, lift and balance. This palette has arranged its shades into three unique quads – each with a base, contour, define and highlight shade in neutral, cool and warm hues so you could create a look that was effortless and perfect.
Included with your palette are illustrations on different shade combinations that you can try from each quad to discover your favorite transformative look. And, of course if you are wanted to interchange and mix up the shades to create your own looks, you can do that as well. The palette is made in the USA and the packaging is stunning.
Shade break down:
Net Wt – 3 x 2.3g/0.08oz (larger base shades) and 9 x 1.1g/0.04oz (contour, definition and highlight shades). Like I mentioned before, each shade is matte which allows you to create a variety of looks.
I am loving the shades in this palette, especially since they include a range of hues from cool and warm to neutral which means I can use a combination of all or a few to create looks I love. Each shade while matte are actually quite easy to work with and easy to blend out. If you have worked with matte shades before, some can be a challenge, but overall I do like how well these blend. Like a lot of my Kat Von D palettes, this one can be a bit powdery, though I do think it has some to do with the matte shades as well. I don’t get much fall out – but I always make sure to tap my brush off prior to applying to my lid.
For the quality you are getting and the amount of shadows, I think you are definitely getting a steal. The palette is well made and the packaging is really nice and sturdy. I would have loved to have the magnetic closure a little stronger than what it is – but overall I think I would be comfortable enough to take this palette on a trip or pack it for travel. It can be a bit bulky (the palette itself) but I still think it is pretty good protection for the shadows. Oh – and I really really wish the names of each shadow was printed on the actual palette itself. I’m doing my best to throw out packaging and I’m not about that life of keeping cards handy. I like that the names are printed on the back, but I much rather prefer it printed near the actual shadow itself.
In the look above, I am using shadows from the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette. A full list of products used can be found here and a tutorial for this look here.
Like most makeup on the market today – any purchase in its own is an investment and I think this is a nice one. If you are looking for a palette you can create looks for work with or just something easy to use, I think you’ll enjoy it. I am surprised at how much I’m enjoying this palette. Laetus has been my go-to highlight shade for my brow bone since I got this palette and succubus is a gorgeous shade in the crease or to smoke out your look. I love it – even with it’s little issues I have with it – I know I’ll get some great use from this one. This palette is sold exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com
Have you tried this palette yet? If not – is it on your list? If you have, what do you think about it?
Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to feature this product on my site though I do have affiliate links posted through out.