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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Double Ended Eye Shadow / Brow Brush (Cruelty-free/Pro Quality $12 USD Value)
  • 1 MYO Cosmetic Circlet – Choice of Color – Black, Silver, Fuchsia, or Turquoise.

Retail:  $45.00

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.

You can purchase these products and learn more about them at:  https://myocosmeticcases.com/

 

 

 


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If you didn’t already know – I am born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Maui.  While it’s quite expensive to live here, it’s my island home and I’m proud of it.  My families roots and ancestry go back several years and my Great Grandmother was even of 100% Hawaiian ancestry.  Because of this, I’m always VERY proud of where I come from and the great things that Hawaii has to offer.  The islands are a wonder of talent, many of which come from the music industry.  My parents are musicians, so I have definitely seen my fair share of talented song birds and instrument players over the years.  One very talented person who comes from my island home of Maui is Anuhea Jenkins and I’m excited to share that she has recently collaborated with one of my favorite cosmetic brands, Cargo Cosmetics.  Today I’m going to share with you the You Had Me At Aloha palette – a new and limited edition release.  Let’s learn more about it, shall we?

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This gorgeous limited edition palette called:  You Had Me At Aloha is hawaiian themed with 12 gorgeous shadows.  Retailing for just $34.00 this palette includes a very versatile mix of neutral shades and pops of color to create gorgeous and stunning eye looks.  Each shade is inspired by Hawaii’s beautiful natural beaches and floral and forest landscapes.

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The shades through out the palette are laid out in 3 quads and 6 duos to perfectly coordinate and achieve both day and night looks.  I have also been enjoying pairing different colors outside of the coordinated tones (like Kai, Lei, Shaka and Shell) to create my own custom looks.  The palette also comes with a versatile dual-ended eye shadow brush that will allow you to apply the color and blend as well as a black pencil eye liner that can be sharpened to complete your entire look.

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Left to Right: Hula, Waikiki, Hapuna, Kona, Shell, Shaka
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Left to Right: Hibiscus, Island, Kai, Tiki, Lei, Luau

Shade Descriptions:

  • Hula – champagne (shimmer)
  • Waikiki – light peach (matte)
  • Hapuna – ivory (matte)
  • Kona – medium brown (shimmer)
  • Shell – light pink pearl (shimmer)
  • Shaka – medium pink purple (matte)
  • Hibiscus – light yellow (matte)
  • Island – peach (shimmer)
  • Kai – teal (shimmer)
  • Tiki – deep brown (matte)
  • Lei – violet (matte)
  • Luau – aubergine (shimmer)

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I’ve had this palette now for a few weeks (since it was released on Cargo’s website) and I was not only intrigued but very excited to get it when I posted about the collaboration between Cargo and Anuhea last year.  When I talked about the collaboration months ago, I had no idea what the products would be or the colors so as soon as I seen it… I fell in love.  This particular palette screams “Honey” to me because the colors within are literally those that I use all the time or my favorite and must-have types of shades.  But, the fact that Anuhea is a local girl from Maui and signed as Ambassador of one of my favorite brands, really was the icing on the cake for me.

The shimmer shades through out this palette are absolutely stunning and gorgeous and each have a really nice texture.  The matte shades definitely wowed me more than I had expected.  Perfectly selected to have the mattes you need to create a whole eye look.  I am always impressed with the quality of Cargo’s products and I’m amazed they are not hyped up as much as other brands.  I have several palettes from Cargo but I think this is my favorite.

“As a Hawaii girl, I’m really proud to share this collaboration with all of you.  This beautiful palette is a must have for the makeup lover – especially if you enjoy colors like these.  Wearable shades with pops of color to help you create a stunning look.” – Honey

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Let’s talk about the packaging… first, how beautiful is this Hawaii themed palette.  I think the design on the cover and the gold foiling really add a special touch.  For years to come, this will be a palette I will love having in my collection – even if just to hold for sentimental sake because the packing is gorgeous.  The colors are all named after places in Hawaii or things about Hawaii which I love.  I also love how so many of the colors represent its name perfectly – for example:  Kai (which is the teal shimmery shade in the palette) is Ocean in hawaiian.  And Hapuna which is a gorgeous location on the island of Hawai’i (Big Island) is a beautiful ivory matte shade which is reminiscent of the location that Hapuna is – tranquil, quaint, a golf resort area and great beaches for surfing.  Kona, a medium brown tone represents one of the main towns on the island of Hawai’i is lined with lava rack along the western coast and you’ll find various coffee farms & many historic landmarks on the island there.  All of the names of this palette correspond so well with the color it represents.

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About Anuhea

Hawaiian born singer and songwriter, Anuhea, is one of the most popular talents to originate from Hawaii. She charted top ten on the iTunes Pop, R&B and Reggae charts as well as the Billboard Heatseakers and World Music Charts. Anuhea has shared the stage with Bruno Mars, Babyface, Al Green, FloRida, Hoobastank, Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley. She won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Hawaii’s version of the Grammy’s, for Contemporary Album of the Year and Most Promising Artist. Eight of her songs consecutively made it to #1 in Hawaii including, “Higher than the Clouds.”

This gorgeous palette and the collection of products in collaboration with Anuhea has been available in over 1,100 Kohl’s department stores as of February 2017.  Anuhea will be appearing in all elements of the brand’s comprehensive marketing campaign including the print and digital advertising, in-store displays, public relations and even event appearances and social media.  I recently watched a live mini concert that she did via social media two weeks ago at Turtle Bay Resort on the island of Oahu where she debuted her song “You Had Me At Hello” and talked about the line with Cargo.

You can get your hands on this palette currently at: Cargocosmetics.com and at Kohl’s stores throughout the United States.

http://www.cargocosmetics.com/limited-edition-you-had-me-at-aloha-eye-shadow-palette.html

So, will you be getting your hands on this limited edition beauty?  If so, I’d love to hear all about it.  While I don’t know Anuhea personally, I feel like I do have a personal connection with her since she is from my island home.  I’m excited to see this collaboration (keep an eye out for more products I’ll be sharing from the collab coming soon) and I’m wishing her all the best in her continued success.

Maui No Ka Oi

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Disclaimer:  This product was purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.  The image of Anuhea was provided to me from Cargo Cosmetics as part of PR purposes.

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Top row – Cool Beige, Bottom row – Warm Beige

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

Signature Honey

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Top Row Swatches – From Left to Right:  Hollywood, NYC, Kim, Muse, Marina, Claudia

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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.

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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.

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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. 😉

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shades:

Joey – Beige Matte

Beach – Pale Gold Shimmer

Suntan – Medium Pink Brown Shimmer

Opera – Pale Beige Matte

Koala – Medium Yellow Brown Matte

Sand – Gold Shimmer

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Check out the video review embedded below:

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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.

xo

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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.

Great Gift For Your Favorite Makeup Lover - Lorac Mega Pro 2

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.

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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.

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1st Row: Porcelain (matte), Custard (matte), Tawny (matte), Burlap (matte), Melon (matte), Tangerine (matte), Saddle (matte), Forest (matte)

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2nd Row: Bisque (matte), Lavender (matte), Purple (matte), Sorbet (matte), Goji (matte), Cabernet (matte), Ash (matte), Black (matte)

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3rd Row: Sugar (shimmer), Chiffon (shimmer), Prosecco (shimmer), Soft Plum (shimmer), Cinnamon (shimmer), Sandstone (shimmer), Gunmetal (shimmer), Blue Quartz (shimmer)

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4th Row: Moonlight (shimmer), Seashell (shimmer), Peony (shimmer), Dark Sienna (shimmer), Penny (shimmer), Olivine (shimmer), Gold Leaf (shimmer), Black Ivy (shimmer)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Going For Gold - MUA Makeup Academy Professional Eye Shadow Palette

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?

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It’s about time that I share with all of you my love for the Lorac Pro 2 Palette.  I have had this beauty in my collection now for a year and I actually filmed my review video for this product (which was not released till now) several months ago.  If you have been a long time follower of this blog, you know that the Lorac Pro Palette (the original) has been a favorite of mine for years and a go-to and Holy Grail Must Have.  When the Pro 2 Palette was released, I didn’t think that I “needed” it and I actually didn’t even look twice at it.  But, after looking at the shades, swatches and just overall tones of each shade, I decided to pick this palette up and it’s been one I’ve been pulling for over the last few months and during this warm summer heat.

A Palette You NEED - Lorac Pro 2 Palette

The Lorac Pro 2 Palette retails for $42 and you can find it at your local Ulta or Ulta.com.  I purchased mine online and it came with a mini Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer.  This palette like it’s sister the Original Pro Palette has 16 eye shadows, 8 matte and 8 shimmery shadows in a range of gorgeous shades.  As many know, this sequel to their original, best-selling PRO Palette was created by Celebrity Makeup Artist Carol Shaw (Carol = LORAC “if you didn’t know”) and is the perfect addition to any makeup collection.  These gorgeous velvety shades are smooth and silky,  infused with soothing botanicals and are VERY pigmented.  These shadows work well wet or dry and you can use the shades in this palette for shadows or to line and define your eyes… like a PRO.

A Palette You NEED - Lorac Pro 2 Palette

So – why MUST you have this palette?  Well, it’s no secret that the Lorac Pro Original palette is what I use for travel, what I take with me when ever I need a makeup palette for a trip, overnight stay or what I turn to for any reason.  But the Lorac Pro 2 Palette gives the original palette a little twist.  You certainly don’t need the original palette – though I do suggest it.  But if you are someone that loves a soft wearable makeup look or smoky eye from time to time, you can create a plethora of gorgeous looks with the Pro 2.  I originally thought this palette just had too many cool tones for me, so that is why I didn’t jump to buy it right away – but I realized almost immediately that the shades in this palette compliment my brown eyes so well and creating a look is effortless, easy and the colors basically choose themselves.  One of my favorite combination of shades include:  Rosé, Mocha, Nectar and Plum.

A Palette You NEED - Lorac Pro 2 Palette

Top Row: Buff (Matte), Lt. Brown (Matte), Cool Gray (Matte), Nectar (Matte), Plum (Matte), Navy (Matte), Charcoal (Matte), Black (Matte)

A Palette You NEED - Lorac Pro 2 Palette

Each shade is very buttery and pigmented – Even the matte shades which can be difficult to come by.  Because of this, a light hand is always best when working with this palette and when you pick up too much product, tap your brush off to remove the excess before applying to the eyes.  A little goes a long way and I find that the shades can definitely get muddy if you use too much.  Again, I stress… a little goes a long way.  I have been doing makeup for years and still love how easy the Pro palettes are to work with.

A Palette You NEED - Lorac Pro 2 Palette

Bottom Row: Snow (Shimmer), Beige (Shimmer), Rosé (Shimmer), Mocha (Shimmer), Chrome (Shimmer), Silver (Shimmer), Jade (Shimmer), Cocoa (Shimmer)

A Palette You NEED - Lorac Pro 2 Palette

Some of the shimmery shadows can be a bit powdery and sometimes they can leave a little fall out.  I suggest patting the color on and taking your time working with each.  While I mention some of the issues this palette can have, overall – I still continue to consider it one of my favorites and love that each of the colors within this palette work so well with my brown eyes – it makes my eyes really shine.  The shades are so pigmented, soft and buttery that I love to work with the palette overall and don’t even pay attention to the issues.  You know what they say – when you enjoy something, the negatives tend to not be prominent.

A Palette You NEED - Lorac Pro 2 Palette

Overall I think this palette is a definite must-have.  I now own Lorac Pro, Lorac Pro 2 and Lorac Mega Pro and I’m just a fan of Lorac’s shadows in general.  I’m definitely impressed with this one and I’m glad I picked it up.  Why do you need this palette?  Why not?  It’s pigmented and offers a fun selection of shades to create any eye look.  I love it.

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On my eyes in the look pictured above:  Lower lash line – Chrome, Lid – Rose, Crease – combination of Mocha & Nectar, Highlight – Beige

So tell me… do you own the Lorac Pro 2 Palette?  If not, do you think it is something you need to have and if you do own it, do you love it?  Get a quick review and run down of the palette in my video review posted here.

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While going through my highlighters in my makeup collection the other day, I stumbled upon the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette tucked in the drawer next to my other favorites.  It’s absolutely no secret that I love highlighter and this palette has been an absolute game changer for me.  Last year my husband purchased it for me as a gift and I continue to use it like it’s liquid gold.  As many times as it has been featured in tutorials, I was surprised that I never discussed it or did a full review here, so I decided that I would do that for you today.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

I don’t own many things from Hourglass, I have this palette, the blush palette and a few lippies but I truly enjoy them all and I’m glad they are a part of my collection.  The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58 USD) includes three shades of the Ambient Lighting Powders.  These high-tech, soft focus finishing powders are used to recreate the most flattering types of light, giving your skin the perfect glow.  Available at Sephora and Hourglass Online, this palette was once a limited edition creation and has since been made permanent (woohoo).

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

So what exactly does this palette and the powders within it do?  This groundbreaking collection of finishing powders capture, diffuse and soften the way light reflects on skin.  These are different than traditional powders that merely cloak imperfections because the Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photo-luminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of your complexion.  The powders deliver a multi-dimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer and lit from within.  This palette of finishing powders enhances skin in any type of light – including flash photography.

“I learned early on how different types of light can truly flatter the complexion. Growing up, my mother had pink light bulbs in all of the lamps throughout the house. She loved pink light because it was the softest and most flattering, and she always wanted to look good. I used this concept of lighting in Ambient Lighting Powder.” —Carisa Janes, Hourglass Founder

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Dim Light is a neutral peach beige powder that blurs your imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Incandescent Light is a shade exclusive to this palette.   It is an opalescent pearl powder that brightens the complexion with a celestial glow.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Radiant Light is my favorite out of the three and is a sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow.

These gorgeous powders are so finely milled that they feel like silk against the skin.  I apply each one with a fluffy brush so that it gives a “kissed with highlight” look upon my cheekbones.  But, while that is where I apply it most – I love to literally take these powders and apply all over my face.  These powders add a finishing touch to your skin – completing your look and giving you that “effortless” glow.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

If you were to purchase any of the Ambient Lighting powders separately – you will pay $48.00 for one (0.35oz Net Wt.) I know that unless I use my powder often or daily, I will never get through an entire compact so the choice to pick up this palette was an ideal one for me.  If there are others that I want to try – then I’ll pick them up in full size.  There is a lot of powder in each shade included in the palette and definitely a great buy and worth the price.

I have been enjoying this palette the last year since I first got it and it has easily become a must-have and a holy grail product for me.  As I mentioned previously – Radiant light is my favorite shade as it looks great against my warm skin offering a subtle “lit from within” glow that looks great on me year round.  The other two shades have been getting much use as well.  I would suggest this as a purchase to anyone looking to try Hourglass and I absolutely love it.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

I’ll be sure to stop back and share with you my thoughts on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette as well – which unfortunately was a Limited Edition.  However, my hope is that they will bring it back & make it a permanent part of their line as they did with the Ambient Lighting Palette.  We shall see.  Have you tried this palette or any of the  Ambient lighting powders within?  What are your thoughts?

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It is not often that I purchase a palette and find almost immediately that I am a huge fan, but the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette has been one of those palettes that I immediately crushed on.  I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t really intrigued by it when I first seen it released.  I thought to myself… eh, I’ll skip this one, but decided to cash in on a discount I had and it was a great investment.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette

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Anastasia Beverly Hills does it again with a collaboration with Makeup Artist Tamanna Roashan, also known as Dress Your Face on social media. This collection of shadows includes Tamanna’s “must have” shades to achieve her most requested looks that can easily be paired with any skin tone.  A combination of warm and cool tones combined to create anything from smoky eyes to intricate cut creases and everything in between can be accomplished using this palette.

At $29.00 this palette is a HUGE steal – including ten show stopping shades.  This is my third eye shadow palette produced by Anastasia Beverly Hills and quite honestly my favorite.  Be sure to click and watch the video embedded below for a live review and my thoughts on this palette or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Already a show stopper, this gorgeous palette with a cover design that makes you intrigued, includes highly pigmented shadows from stunning neutrals to shimmering jewel tones that are really easy to blend and definitely fun to work with.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette

If you are someone who loves neutral shades but are looking for a palette that may offer you a little pop of color, I think this would be a great find for you.  It is a rare thing for me to find a small palette that offers a matte browbone highlight shade, a deep matte black and then a good transition shade and this palette offers Fresh which is a matte browbone shade I like to use, Bengal which I use as the perfect transition and then Noir or Chocolate which will help to deepen the outer V or crease.  The rest of the shades are bonuses.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette
Left to Right – Fresh, Blush, Venezia, Gilded, Custom
Left to Right - Sangria, Bengal, Chocolate, China Rose, Noir
Left to Right – Sangria, Bengal, Chocolate, China Rose, Noir

In my swatches Sangria shows up a lot less pigmented then it really is so I’ve included makeup looks with the colors in this palette so you can see how they look on the eyes.  Below I am using Sangria all over the lid and while it is used over a base, the color is very vibrant naturally in comparison to the swatch which became washed out due to lighting.  Sorry about that.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette
Sangria on my lid, Noir on the Outer V, Bengal as transition shade, Chocolate in the crease, Fresh as browbone highlight and Venezia as inner corner highlight.

Fall Berry Smokey Eye

I also used the Tamanna palette to recreate this look (above) and again, as you can see, the color is quite bold when taken in proper lighting.  Tutorial for this look can be found here.

Considering there are a plethora of palettes on the market today all ranging in prices and some quite on the high end price spectrum, I definitely suggest this palette for anyone looking to add a new makeup palette to your list.  With the holidays so quickly approaching, this would be a great gift for any makeup lover on your Christmas list and of course – a great palette for you too.

This is still available at Anastasiabeverlyhills.com and Ulta.com.  Get up to 6% cash back if you sign up with Ebates right now (click here) and purchase on Ulta.com.

Do you own this palette?  If not, is this something you have on your holiday wish list?

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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.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Check out my video review embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.


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Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

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

This palette / set retails for $49US and can be found at Sephora.com, Sephora stores, Smashbox.com, Ulta and Ulta.com

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Swatches

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.

Be My Valentine: Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial feat Ipsy & Smashbox

Tutorial for this look can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFcprP9KdlE.  And photos for this look can also be found here.

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.

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When I first set my eyes on this palette I didn’t think that I “needed” to have it.  But, let’s face it – I say that about every single makeup item I own and after waiting a week, sometimes two… I feel the “need to have it” fever come over me and I splurge.  There’s no secret that I am a huge Too Faced Cosmetics fan – Shadow insurance is my go-to HG (holy grail) product.  I use it consistently and have bought new ones many times.  So when Too Faced came out with this palette and it was filled with neutrals with a purple in there, I got over my “I don’t need it attitude” quickly and asked the hubby if I could get it.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

The packaging wass probably one of the biggest selling points for me with regard to this palette.  It’s cute and not only represents the palette and the contents, but the theme itself is very prominent through out.  The palette is fairly sturdy, though I wish that it had a stronger magnetic closure.   The palette is a metal type / tin material that is a tad bit bulky – but nearly as bulky as palettes that Too Faced has come out with in the past.  I think this palette would be perfect for travel and should hold up well with packing in your carry-on or checked baggage.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Toofaced.com has this palette for sale for $49.00 (currently sold out on the site).  You can also purchase this on Sephora.com (that’s where I got mine) and Ulta.com as well as the freestanding stores for the same price.  There are 16 shades included in a variety of textures… matte and shimmer.  What I love so much about this palette is that it currently has what my other neutral palettes does not – it includes a purple.  While I would have hoped for a more matte purple shade, this sparkly purple will suffice and I love the palette’s color selection in a whole.  The palette comes with a Signature Too Faced Glamour Guide with three looks to get you started in using your palette and I love that the larger shades (White Chocolate & Champagne Truffle) are bigger so that you can use them both as an all over the lid shade or highlight.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

The matte shades actually work really nicely.  They blend nicely which I like a lot – because mattes are not always easy to work with.  The shimmer shades that have micro-glitters in them tend to have a kind of gritty texture (Black Forest Truffle, Candied Violet and Cherry Cordial), but while it feels gritty on the fingers, when using on a brush and applying to the lid – it doesn’t feel gritty at all.  I love the colors regardless because it really holds the shimmer after applying.

I have included all of the swatches for each color in the palette.  All swatches are done on bare/dry skin without a base or primer and photographed in natural lighting – no flash was used.

Chocolate bar palette swatches row 1

The mattes in this palette are nicely pigmented which I like.  I really enjoy having a matte highlight shade in any palette so I love that it is offered here in the Chocolate Bar.  You can certainly create a wide range of looks from a daytime/work look to something worn at night or more on the smoky side.  If you are a “color addict” then this palette doesn’t offer you much selection with regard to colors (bright and bold ones) – but I think this is a great neutral palette for anyone, especially since it includes that purple shade I have been wanting in other neutrals in the past.

Chocolate bar palette swatches row 2

Strawberry Bon bon – while a nice shade to have in a palette of neutrals was probably not my favorite matte shade.  I felt like every time I tried to use it – it lightened to an almost white shade so it lost the color impact you see in the palette.  I would definitely suggest using Strawberry Bon bon over a pink base to intensify the shade so that you can see its true color.

Chocolate bar palette swatches row 3

Creme Brulee is probably one of my favorite shades… it applies easily like most metallic/shimmer shades do and the color impact is nice and bold with minimal fall out.  I found myself using the bottom row of shades a lot more than the rest of the palette (with exception to Champagne Truffle which I haven’t used much) because they seem to be easy to work with but also shades I gravitate to a lot in other palettes as well.

The 16 shadows are made with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and the palette was inspired by their Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.  The shadows have a pretty good amount of product:

14 Eye Shadows Net Wt. 0.95 g / 0.03 Oz.  Total Net Wt. 13.3 g / 0.42 Oz. (Gilded Ganache, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge, Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto, Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate & Cherry Cordial)

2 Eye Shadows Net Wt. 2.8 g / 0.10 Oz.  Total Net Wt. 5.6 g / 0.20 Oz. (White Chocolate & Champagne Truffle)

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For the look I have pictured, I used Champagne Truffle, Cherry Cordial, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate, Triple Fudge and White Chocolate.

You can see the video tutorial for this look here:  http://youtu.be/pMiyNi_IGo8 and the blog post with more photos can be found here:  http://bit.ly/1icLXzA

While I am very much in love with this palette for what it offers as I mention in my Video Review I was not stoked or happy about the fact that the plastic sheet with the names on it was something I had to hold on to since the names are not printed on the palette itself.  It’s a pain in my butt and in the past with other palettes, I have always thrown that out – so it nags me a lot!  When creating looks – it drives me nuts to have to stop and look at the sheet so that I can write out the list of colors I used… this is a major fail to me and I may have to figure out a way to fix this myself.  The rest of the palette I think is showstopping… attention to detail was taken on every other aspect – including the scent of the shadows… yummy!

Check out my Video review below as I talk about the palette first hand with all of you.

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So – tell me… are you a Chocolate lover?  Have you splurged and picked up the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and if not… will you? I would love to know your thoughts 😉

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