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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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Yay… I had the awesome opportunity to get my second ever Voxbox from Influenster.  I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t completely excited for it – because in the past the box took over a month to arrive and there was two instances I was approved for Boxes and it turned out that since I lived in Hawaii – I couldn’t get any.  I’m glad that they have improved on their qualifications over the last few years (I originally signed up in 2011) so I have the opportunity to part-take in the fun.

Influenster J'Adore Voxbox

This month’s box was super exciting for me.  The J’Adore box is a little Valentine from Influenster to me.  It includes a bunch of fun goodies to share with my loved ones and to enjoy on my own.  Check out my video reveal (embedded below) or watch directly on YouTube here.

Contents of the box included:

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask –  $9.39

  • I have used this product once and so far I am liking it.  It hasn’t dried out my very sensitive skin yet.

Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates – $5.29

  • Of course, who doesn’t love Hershey’s Kisses.  Myself, Husband and sons have enjoyed these goodies.

Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray – $9.99

  • I haven’t had the opportunity to use this product yet – but I will be using it this week and will post follow up photos and mini review.

KISS Looks So Natural Lashes – $3.99

  • I am a huge fan of KISS Lashes, they are some of my favorites.  I haven’t used these yet, but I will be sure to share when I do.

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas – $4.49 for a carton of 20 tea bags

  • So yummy and delicious.  I love these teas and will be picking up the box at my local grocery soon.

Vaseline Men Spray Lotion (select influensters received this to share with their husbands) – $7.99

  • My hubby has had an odd schedule this week, but on his next day off… it’s time to indulge in some chocolates and some lotion.  I’ll be sure to post the deets when we try it and how he likes it.

So far I am loving the goodies in this voxbox and I’m super thankful that I was included in this one – it has been a year since my last box.  I’ll be posting updates and details on the products as I have the chance to use them and try them out.  Did you get a Voxbox lately?  What are your thoughts on what you received?  Do you know what Influenster is and do you have an account?  If not – let me know and I’ll invite you if you are not taking part in it yet. 🙂

As many know, I am a huge supporter and addict of The Body Shop’s products.  Their Special Edition Blueberry Body Butter is no exception and I am absolutely loving how they make my body feel and how awesome they smell.  I wanted to introduce you to the new Blueberry goodies that was just released on January 27th – check out The Body Shop’s Facebook Page for all the details on how you can get a discount on this line.

The Body Shop Blueberry Body Butter

 

I also did a write up on Beauty Stat for the new Blueberry goodies.  Be sure to check it out here:  http://bit.ly/1mSVGuW.  I have photos of all the goodies and you can pick and choose which ones you love best.  Also – don’t forget to check out my Video reveal which you can find here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d4odnQh2OM and see all the product live as I go through each one with you.  The video is also embedded below.

Do you know that the Body Shop sells a jar of body butter every two seconds?  I believe it!  As a big supporter and lover of their products, I make an order about once a month and I am always happy with what they offer.  Check it all out!  Have you tried The Body Shop’s products before?  What are your favorites?

 

NYX Butter lipsticks 2Can you say buttery goodness?  Well, I have been waiting for over a month to get my hands on a few of NYX’s new release… Butter Lipsticks, after seeing their Product Preview on their Facebook Page in November.  (I posted about that here.) I have always been a huge fan of NYX Cosmetics and their lipsticks are some of my favorites, so when I seen that they were about to release Butter Lipsticks (especially after not getting the chance to try their Butter glosses), I have been on the hunt.  Our NYX product displays in our local Drug Stores here do not update to new or limited edition products, so I have to order all of my NYX online.  Their butter lip balms are available online (my next NYX purchase. lol) and the butter lipsticks are not online at this time (not sure when it will be available at NYXcosmetics.com, but many have been finding them at some of their local retailers).
NYX Butter lipsticks

While I only own four of the Butter Lipsticks, they come in 22 shades in an array of colors from bright pinks and violet (Hunk – I must get that purple), nudes and reds.  With an MSRP of $6.00 US they are not only affordable but give you many options for stocking your makeup collection.  As mentioned previously, I have always been a huge NYX lippy fan and these are no exception!  They melt on your lips like butter and are so lightweight and moisturizing that many times I forgot I have them on my lips.  Each lipstick has a satin like finish and offers full coverage in just one swipe.  Because of the lipstick’s formula, I did however notice that re-applying was a must through the day as it was not kiss proof and would slide off with drinking or eating.  But honestly, my lips felt so nice with them on – it was something I was willing to overlook.

NYX Butter lipsticks swatches

The four shades I received was Razzle (a bright fuchsia pink), Hot Tamale (an orange), Pops (a gorgeous mauve toned nude) and Big Cherry (a beautiful true red).  Each swatch was on my bare skin and done in one swipe.  As you can see – the pigmentation and colors are bold and vibrant.  For those that are looking for lipsticks with great color pay off but that are non-drying on the lips, these are definitely a great buy.

razzle nyx butter lipstick swatch

Razzle is a gorgeous Fuchsia Pink.  It is not a color I normally use this time of year, but it is the perfect bold pink that tends to be popular during the Spring season.  Nonetheless, this color is a showstopper, offering not only awesome pigmentation but a great feel on the lips.  One swipe of color for great color payoff.  This shade would be awesome on fair, medium and dark skin tones due to its blue based hue.  It is the perfect addition to any look to really stop traffic.

hot tamale nyx butter lipstick swatchHot Tamale is a very bold and bright orange.  This lipstick packs a lot of punch and Hot Tamale definitely fits its name.  What I love so much about these is that they are not drying on the lips at all.  A lip color this daring could easily leave your lips chapped and sometimes settle into the cracks of your lips (even when moisturized) and this color didn’t do so at all.  I would love to see this orange on a fair/snow white skin toned beauty, because this would be absolutely fabulous.

pops nyx butter lipstick swatch

Pops is probably one of my favorites out of the four colors I got.  It’s so similar to my natural lip color that I was amazed at how easy it was to wear because I had assumed it wouldn’t show up as anything different.  The tone is a great nude for many different looks and will fit with most skin tones.  A mauve undertone, this is a nude that you can take from day to night or year round.

big cherry nyx butter lipstick swatch

Big Cherry – if you are a lover of red lips, then this would be an awesome red lippy for you.  I love red lips and red lipsticks in a wide variety of shades and since I have so many already, I wasn’t sure this would be any different.  Boy, was I wrong – a gorgeous true red that feels so smooth when applying and keeps my lips feeling moisturized… this is definitely a great addition.   This shade would be very complimenting to many if not most skin tones due to that Cherry Red hue.

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Now as I mentioned earlier, with the four shades that I have tried out so far… I did notice that the staying power of these lipsticks is not long lasting.  Will that deter me from buying more… oh hell no, because the texture, shade, pigmentation and how they feel on my lips makes up for all of those.  Many have heard me rave about other brands lipsticks and NYX Round lipsticks and Mattes are no exception, but I am adding the Butter lipsticks to my latest rave.  If you are looking for a little more lasting power, I suggest priming your lips with a lip primer or even lining your lips and filling them in prior to application of the lipsticks.  This will not only help with the longevity of color on your lips, but it will also add an extra punch of color.  After some trial and error, I did notice that it lasted much longer that way.  Regardless though, I kept my tube of lipstick with me in my purse in case I needed to do any touch ups.  Trust me when I say, even with having to touch up your lipstick, the feel on your lips from these butter lippies is well worth it.

Sparkle Scale…. 4.9

I simply could not rank this lipstick low because of it’s staying power.  Even if it did not stay as long as I would have liked, it didn’t really bother me enough to consider it a huge con.

Positives…  Pigmentation, Texture, Moisturizing – everything you want in a good lipstick – these have it.  Cost is not bad as well, retailing at about $6 – that’s a steal considering you are getting a “high-end comparable product” at the drug store and at a steal.

Now I know you are going to ask me if these compare to my beloved Milani Color Statement lipsticks – and I will have to admit, it would be like comparing Apples & Oranges. lol  While they are priced about the same, these feel like butter on the lips, Milani Color Statement lipsticks (while they feel great on the lips), have a different texture.

NYX Butter lipsticks

Have you tried the NYX Butter Lipsticks yet?  Are they available at your local Drug store?  Have you tried the NYX Butter Lip Balms or Butter Glosses?  I can’t wait to get my hands on some butter glosses (check out a review from my dear friend Beth, here) or Butter Balms, but will have to order them online since I haven’t found them here yet.  I’m interested to hear your thoughts on these lippies, so if you have tried them – holla!

Check out my review last year on the NYX Color Balms.

Note – while they have been seen in drug stores, NYX states that it will be available January 2014 so keep your eyes locked on NYXCOSMETICS.COM to get yours soon!

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 Check out my Video review and live swatches  on YouTube.

 

Did you guys take advantage of the QVC’s Special Value yesterday?  The Tarte Bow & Go set was on sale for Special Value at just $49.98 plus shipping and handling.  Such a steal considering all that you would receive in this kit.  Those of you that did not take advantage of it – that’s okay – because it is still on sale on QVC for just $54.98 – which is a steal even if you it is $5.00 more.  The regular price will be $61.00 once the discount ends.

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Now, is it worth it?  Of course – even at full price on the site, the whole kit is definitely a steal.  A 24 piece collection with full sized goodies to melt any heart this Holiday Season.  I think it’s not only an awesome value but a great buy and of course, Tarte is probably one of my favorite brands, so I was happy to get it at such an awesome deal yesterday.

Info from QVC’s Site:

What is it: A 24-piece, three-box holiday collection with a 16-shade Amazonian clay eye shadow palette, four LipSurgence(TM) lip cremes, two smolderEYES(TM) Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliners, and two lights, camera, LASHES(TM) 4-in-1 mascaras.

Who is it for: Any tartlette who wants a complete collection or three separate, exciting gifts for themselves, or a loved one.

Why is it different: Share in the tarte of giving this season with tarte’s 3-in-1 gift set! We’ve taken the guesswork out of giving with this 24-piece collection overflowing with everything you need to create an endless array of looks for the holiday season. Create stunning, sultry eyes with a palette of 16 Amazonian clay eye shadows (brush not included); four LipSurgence lip cremes; two smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliners; and two lights, camera, LASHES 4-in-1 mascaras. Add the perfect finishing touch to any look with brand new shades of LipSurgence lip cremes to give you velvety rich color with a hint of peppermint. Infused with skin-vigorating ingredients like Amazonian clay, olive esters, and vitamins A and E, your look is sure to keep up with you throughout the season. 

Keep the whole set together to give the perfect gift to any tartelette, or break into three single gifts to share the love. Each is housed in beautifully packaged gift boxes and even includes a luxe goldtone ribbon for effortless bow & go(TM) wrapping!

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