I’m so excited to share a makeup look for all of you on this beautiful “Makeup Monday”. Today is extra special because I have a Guest Writer here on Honeygirl’s World and this will be her first post that she shares with you. Those of you that have been around the blog or my YouTube channel for a while may have seen my little sister Harmony stop in and share a smile. Today she’ll be sharing a little information and her FOTD featuring BeYu Cosmetics. Please join me in welcoming her to my site.
On my face I am wearing BeYu Cosmetics. I have on the Color Patch Eye Palette 348-4303 which has green tones with gold undertones and shimmer. My eyes are lined with BeYu soft liner 667 for eyes which is a teal metallic, while on my lashes is BeYu Beauty Queen Volume Waterproof Mascara in black. The mascara itself is a very thin formula, so none of my lashes clumped together, making for effortless application. First coat already defined the lash length, and as I kept applying it was a very buildable and it was not a thick formula. Although the wand was bigger than my regular mascara, I had no problem applying the mascara at all and particularly loved the lightweight feeling after application.
I have lined and filled in my lips with BeYu soft liner 5954 for lips, an almost burnt orange, without being so intense. On top of that I am wearing BeYu catwalk volume gloss. It is said to be an instant lip plumper and it does seem to have the effect of Plumping my lips. It is a thick consistency but it’s not too uncomfortable on the lips. It definitely is a gloss so of course, it will transfer should I eat or drink anything and I would need to reapply but it pairs perfectly with the soft lip liner, color matching perfectly with the lip liner.
The eyeshadows are very soft it feels like I have nothing on and there was absolutely no fallout, yet the color pigments shine beautifully in the light, reflecting every speck of iridescence. The mascara caught every single Lash on my eyes and is not heavy or thick. The soft liner pencils for lip and for eyes glided on smoothly and their color payoff is quite excellent as well.
Normally I prefer a matte eyeshadow as a base in any one of my pallets but for these quads, I think that every single shade available is gorgeous and easily wearable. Freely mix and match the shades to your individual preference, but quite honestly each quad has Shades that you could pair with anything and take with you on the go the only thing that I wish is that there were some form of mirror that came with the quads but I was able to use mirrors that I had already on hand.
Stay tuned for other looks using different quads and products from BeYu in the future, as well as a full review of some of the products you have seen displayed in this post.
Thank you Harmony for contributing to Honeygirl’s World.
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?
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Yay! I have been seeing the original Perfect Palette Tag going around YouTube now for about two years (more or less) and I have always wanted to do the tag but never got around to it. Recently (a few months ago) Melissa & Kate (the original creators of this tag) came up with and released the Perfect Palette Tag 2 and I just couldn’t resist taking part in it. If you are interested in doing this tag too – definitely join in on the fun. You don’t need a YouTube Channel or need to film a video – take a picture of your favorites and post it on your blog.
Here are my questions and answers as well as a Show & Tell of the Perfect Palette Tag 2. I had a ton of fun doing this and it also reminds me that I have a lot of makeup I really need to make use out of. Click here to watch directly on YouTube or see the embedded video below.
If you take part in this tag whether on YouTube or via your blog, come let me know so I can check your tag out too.
1. Eyeliner, brush or nothing
2. A palette you have hit pan on
3. Favorite “naked” palette
4. Favorite holiday or limited edition palette
5. A palette you would repurchase or wish you had a backup (if it is no longer available)
6. A shade you wish was sold individually
7. Wild card (pick a question from the original Perfect Palette Tag to answer again)
8. The palette you would recommend to a friend
Check out Melissa & Kate’s Perfect Palette Tag 2 Video here. Melissa & Kate’s Original Perfect Palette Tag here.
Happy Palette finding!
Disclaimer: Nothing to disclose. All palettes discussed in this tag were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and affiliate links may be posted through out.
Valentine’s Day is a holiday filled with soft pinks and sweet kisses and as a tradition, each year I have created a Valentine’s Day look using the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes. This year I decided I would go ahead and do a “GRWM” Style makeup look that features the newly released Too Faced Bon Bons Palette and add it to my tradition. “Just Call Me Sweetheart” is a soft and sweet Valentine’s Day look that can be used day or night but it is an easy look to create that features a little pop of pink that’s subtle with a little sexy. I hope you enjoy this look. Check out the video below and hang out and talk story as I get ready and create this Valentine’s Day look.
“You know you’ve found love when you look in their eyes and find yourself.” – Monique Patton
Creating this look meant it needed to be quick and easy. From start to finish I say it took me about 25 minutes to complete. I wanted this to be a wearable makeup look that could be used for day or night. If you want to spice things up a bit – you could surely add a pair of flirty false lashes to the look to make it a bit more glam, but I opted to go for my mini lashes (natural lashes) and the look was complete. To create this look I used the following products:
Eye brows: Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil and Taupe Brow Powder set with BDB Brow Gel
Eye shadow base / primer: Milani Eye Primer
Eye shadow palette – Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette, shadows used: Divinity (all over the lid from lash line to brow bone), Mocha (transition shade), Molasses Chip (lid), Bordeaux (outer v / outer corner and lower lash line), Dark Truffle (used to deepen the outer corner), Totally Fetch (lower lash line blended with Bordeaux), Satin Sheets (inner corner highlight), Divinity and Cashew Chew (brow bone highlight)
Mascara: Essence Get Big! Lashes Volume Boost in Waterproof (black)
Eyeliner: Milani Kohl Kajal Eyeliner
Foundation: PUR Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation in Tan (I don’t use foundation normally, but I’m trying this one out… so if you want, you can opt to go without foundation as I would normally).
Lips: Jordana Twist Up Lip Liner in Rock-n-Rose, topped and layered with ColourPop Lippy Stix in Lumiere and Milani Matte Naked Color Statement Lipstick. Later in the day, I switched up my lips and added ColourPop’s Bumble for all day smooch-proof lips.
When I created this, I wanted this look to be soft with a pop of color so I opted to use fluffy brushes to apply and put down most of the shades on my eyes. If you really wanted to you could use a more defined brush for precision but I really wanted the eyes to look diffused so each shade was applied using a blending brush except for the lid shade which I used a pretty large eye shadow brush to lay down the shade.
“You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper… and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have.” – Nicholas Sparks; The Notebook
If pink is not your favorite color for the lips, you could opt for a nude lip shade and it would still do very well with the eye look. Play around with colors and see what you think will work for your skin tone and your overall look.
Check out “Genuine Sweetheart” – a look I created for last years Valentine’s Day using the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette, here. And, “Cherry Truffle” which is a Valentine’s Day look I created the year prior using the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, here.
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day – no matter how you celebrate it or if you don’t celebrate it at all. For a full list of products used as well as a walk through of how I created this look, check out my video and don’t forget to subscribe. Wishing you a wonderful day of love!
Disclaimer: The product(s) mentioned and featured 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 these products. Affiliate links may be 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.
It is always so exciting to see gorgeous Summery shades hit the stores for the season and I’m always immediately reminded of how much I love the summer months. Pacifica Beauty does it again with their Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette that boasts gorgeous summery shades that remind me of the beach and the cool ocean breeze that Hawaii experiences each year. The Pacifica Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette ($19.99) sports 10 coconut-infused mineral eye shadows that are velvety and smooth.
This palette includes a variety of neutrals with a few pops of color for that boho chic or beachy look that you can wear year round, but especially during summer. The 10 shades are on-trend and easy to wear – named: Mysterious, Bare, Falling Star, Spirited, Devoted, Shine On, Treasure, Crush, Soul and Luna. The palette is recyclable and housed in a beautiful box with fun prints that are made with soy ink.
Over a good base or primer, these shadows offer pretty nice staying power – about 7-8 hours easily and the colors can be built up for a bold look if you so choose. These shadows are Cruelty Free and 100% Vegan – made without animal ingredients like Carmine, Beeswax and Lanolin. I love the shades and think this palette is a nifty size, perfect for travel. I wish it included a mirror and the names of the shadows were listed on the palette itself so I knew what to call them, but regardless, I’m quite impressed having not tried any eye shadow palettes from Pacifica before. Some of the shadows did take a little for me to built up on – but I also have darker / tanned skin so that may have some to do with it. The Taupe and Bronze shades are my favorite and I find that the dark blue, burgundy and turquoise have the best color payoff when applied wet. Overall – not bad for the price and I love that it is so easily available at your local Target.
Another product I wanted to discuss today are the Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes. Retailing for $6.99 – these coconut milk infused natural towelettes gently cleanse and wipe away makeup, excess oil, dirt and daily pollutants. These wipes include Jojoba Oil and Ale Vera which make these wipes great for all skin types. With my sensitive skin, I find that these have a warming sensation when used near my eyes, but they did not burn or cause me any sensitivity issues – which I like. They did remove my makeup fairly easily, but my waterproof mascara was a little more difficult to take off. They smell like coconut – hello bonus! And, I love the easy and convenient packaging, which make them a grab when on the go and the packaging is totally cute. I love how it matches the palette – super fun!
This fun and new collection called The Power of Love was made exclusively for Target Stores Nationwide as a part of the Made to Matter Program. I have spotted these at my local Target already, so you should be able to find them at your store. This collection is about the core value: Compassion. With compassion (and love), Pacifica takes women, animals and the planet into consideration with every product they create. The Made to Matter products are handpicked by Target as a part of a collection of leading natural, organic and sustainable brands. This is an awesome program and I have enjoyed trying these two products from Pacifica.
Have you tried any of these products yet? Have you spotted them at your local Target store? I hope you enjoyed this little post and share. Have a fabulous week!
Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for consideration of review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased. While I was not paid to provide this post, there may be affiliate links through out.
It’s absolutely no secret that I love purple and those that know me, know that purple is my color obsession. Because of this, during the Spring months I am in awe at the purple flora and fauna around me and look forward to their blossoms as they bloom. Living in Up Country Maui a popular floral tree and flower is the Jacaranda. It’s gorgeous purple flowers grace the road ways as you travel through the streets where I live and since it is in bloom during the spring months only, it’s a site to be seen for sure.
I considered creating a look inspired by the Jacaranda that graces Maui islanders each year, but realized that it is not the only purple love I look forward to each time. While you will not find Wisteria Trees here in the islands (unless someone is able to plant one successfully), it is one of my favorites and I based this super simple makeup look after it.
Creating this look was simple and it’s all about blending and a soft wash of color. I wanted this look to have hues of purple and pink for a Spring look that is sweet and definitely wearable. To create the eye makeup – I used the Coastal Scents Revealed 3 palette and applied washes of color using my blending brush. Using hues of purple, pink and soft shimmery champagne, I was able to create this look quickly without thinking about it. Adding a black winged liner and a pink rose lip and the look was complete.
Lips: LA Splash Smitten Lip Tint Liquid Lipstick in Love Good
I wanted the focus of this look to be the colors of the Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette. I have had this palette for a few weeks now and since I own all three of them that Coastal Scents has released, I figured I would chit chat a bit about them. Revealed 3 offers stunning and gorgeous shades that include hues of purples. This palette was probably the one I was most attracted to because of the purple hues and purples are not only my favorite shade of color, I tend to love to use purple eye shadow a lot since it brings out my eyes.
Like it’s original counter parts, Coastal Scents Revealed 3 ($19.95) offers 20 shades in one palette and includes a combination of mattes, shimmer and satin shades. I wish there were a better selection of matte shades included, but overall – the color range is gorgeous. This palette however in comparison to the others is probably the most powdery when it comes to shadows. I noticed that the shadows itself are much softer than the other palettes so I must take precaution when dipping my brush in to pick up color. I also noticed that while the shades are gorgeous, some of them take more effort and layering when packing on color and they definitely need to be built up to get the desired effect. Overall, I think I’ll still get lots of use out of this palette and I’m glad I got it on sale, but in comparison to the others, this one is not my #1 fav – which I’m bummed about since the colors alone would have made this my #1 very easily.
Now, since I discussed #3 I wanted to show swatches of #2 as well since I never got around to doing so. The Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette ($19.95) is gorgeous and offers soft hues of rose tones which is quite flattering on many people.
As you can see from all of the Revealed Palettes (pictured above), they all offer different shade ranges which I think works well for many looking to have a broad range of neutral-like shadows. Revealed 2 has similar shades in it to that from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, though I wouldn’t necessarily call them dupes. I will make note however and state that if you are looking to create similar looks that the UD Naked 3 can and not break the bank, this palette would be a great one.
The Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette has gorgeous shades but I notice while they are buttery they pick up color nicely and are not as powdery as Revealed 3. I have discussed the Coastal Scents Revealed 1 many many times, so I do not have swatches of that palette here, but overall – I think it is my favorite and if you love Urban Decay’s Original Naked Palette, I think you will surely enjoy the 1st Edition Revealed Palette as well.
Overall – I do really enjoy all of the palettes from the Coastal Scents Revealed line. Though some more than others, I know that I will get some use from these products and have been liking them for looks that are both wearable and sultry. I particularly love the shade range since they offer neutral type shades without being all brown and gold.
So, what is your favorite flower for Spring? Are there any florals that will be inspiring makeup looks for you? Do you think that makeup inspires your creativity for makeup looks as the Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette inspired me? Comment below and chit chat with me!
Disclaimer: Nothing to Disclose. All products were purchased by me or sent to me as a gift from friends. I am in no way paid to review and/or discuss/feature any of the products mentioned in this post. However, there are affiliate links posted through out which I do make money from.
Oh the infamous Motives Mavens Element Palette has been one in my possession now for over six months and I just haven’t had the chance to touch base and talk about it here until now. In true Honey form, we are gonna keep it absolutely real and talk story about a product I don’t think I have really mentioned, but I’m taking the time to do so right now. Let’s talk a bit about Motives first. I have been using Motives products off and on now for quite a few years, since before they became a huge hype and widely endorsed on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook. I found out about Motives through a friend who is an “Un-Franchisee” through Market America. The first products I used were nice, eye shadows were fairly pigmented and lipsticks were pretty good. Now five years later, Motives is a brand widely used by makeup artists and enthusiasts a like.
The Motives Mavens Element Palette was introduced about a year ago to the Beauty Community. The palette was a collaboration with six Motives Mavens as a must-have palette with shades for every woman. Including eight complimentary shades in neutral and deep hues, this palette will offer you everything from a day time look to a glamorous eye look or a sultry smoky eye. It’s a great size, awesome for travel and the eye shadow pans for each shadow are huge in comparison to what are on the market today. The Mavens palette retails for $35.00 on the Motives Cosmetics website or you can purchase from a Motives distributor.
8 shadows – net weight of each shadow is 0.125 oz/3.54g with a total weight of 1 oz/28.35g
If you are looking for a neutral palette that offers a few shades that will bump up your look, I think this palette is definitely a good buy. This is the kind of palette that will work for most skin tones and all age ranges offering many looks that can be created. I love that most if not all of the shades will offer complimentary tones to those with a variety of eye colors and if you love neutral tones – this will be a great palette for that.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Birch, Native, Aubergine, Raven
LEFT TO RIGHT: Shell, Serene, Bordeaux, Truffle
As you can see from the swatches above, this palette offers you high pigmentation in each of the shades. There is a combination of metallic, satin and matte shades to give you a variety to choose from when creating your looks. I especially enjoy how easy this palette is to use when creating daytime / every day wearable looks and sultry smoky or evening looks. The colors are a great combination for such. This palette also offers a matte highlight shade and a satin-matte transition shade which works well for me since I’m not big on shimmer shades all over my lid. Some of the shades (particularly the shimmer/metallic ones) do have some fall out when applying so I suggest using patting motions when applying to the lid. Take your time and it shouldn’t be difficult to work with. It’s not a lot of fall out but it can be there, so I figured I mention that. The palette also comes with a brush that is handy but while it works for well for blending, it is not so great for applying color (i.e. patting to the lid) and can cause fall out when applying color. This is a great addition, but I use it for blending shades mainly.
Having used different Motives cosmetics products I can surely attest that while some work really well, others may be a bit hit or miss in my book and I definitely was not sure that the Motives Mavens Elements palette would be worth the hype prior to trying it out. I was not completely sold on many of the eye shadows I have tried from the brand over the last five years to I a can’t say I had high expectations or any at all for this palette. Whether it be due to their makeup artist contributions or a change in formulation, I’m very impressed with how well this palette is. Each shade offers a soft and/or buttery texture, even the mattes, and the shadows apply nicely. In my eye look I used this palette, including the smoky purple as a sultry pop of color on the lower lash line. The shades in this palette definitely bring out my eyes and make them sparkle so much more.
I think this palette is surely something I would recommend to anyone who wanted a good palette that offered great colors and pigmentation. It’s travel friendly, with a large mirror which makes it easy and effortless when applying your makeup on the go. While the colors are basic, they are surely the type of shades I consider staples in my makeup arsenal so for me, I think it’s a must-have. Do you need it? Probably not, but it would make a great addition to your makeup collection regardless and if you love to use sultry shades day or night, I think this palette will be much more versatile for you than it looks.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review consideration. While I was sent this product, this is not a sponsored review and I have not received compensation to provide this review or post. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ll be honest… now that I’m a mommy and a mommy of boys for that matter, I’m not much interested in boy bands. But, hearing about those that are popular today reminds me of New Kids on the Block, NSYNC and Backstreet boys. It amazes me at how much boy bands have grown over the year and how creative they have become. Never did I think I would hear about a Makeup Collection from any of them, so it was cool to hear that the popular band One Direction was due to release a few Limited Edition Collections. As of August 11th, they are now available at a few locations and this awesome little kit comes in three different collections for the One Direction fans at heart.
The irreverent attitude and colorful style of a new generation takes on a glamorous form in Makeup by One Direction. The world’s biggest pop band debuts a limited-edition cosmetics collection by Markwins International, launching mid-August 2014 at Macy’s and select other major retailers worldwide.
Much like the One Direction band members themselves, this prestige makeup line is fun, bold and a tad mischievous, featuring vivid shades, premium formulas and chic, collectible packaging and components.
US RELEASE DATES: Macy’s – August 11th Stage Stores – August 25th Dillards – August 25th Beauty Brands – August 25th Lord and Taylor – August 25th
International release dates… TBD
I got the Take Me Home Collection. It’s a gorgeous collection filled with wearable and neutral toned shades with pops of color. The collection includes:
One Direction Liquilights glow gloss in Kiss You. This gloss is a sheer bright (almost neon) orange toned gloss with micro shimmer. I wish I could provide a swatch for you to see but unfortunately the doe foot applicator was MIA when I opened the package, so I am unable to use it. The color looks gorgeous though and it would be a great shade to rock out during the remainder of the summer months.
One Direction Nail Varnish in Live While We’re Young. This is a gorgeous clear polish with different size and color hex shaped and circle glitters. This would be a beautiful topper over your favorite nail polish. Filled with rose gold, gold, green and blues – this will surely be a favorite of mine.
Nude Sheer Pink Lipstick in Last First Kiss. This lipstick is a sheer medium toned pink. Unfortunately mine came a bit melted in the tube and the tip of the lipstick arrived smashed, but overall the shade is sweet.
One Direction 4+1 Eye Shadow Palette. This palette offers 4 neutral toned shades and one funky and fun gold glitter. I am very impressed with the shadows, they are soft, buildable shades with nice pigmentation in one swipe. The gold glitter is a cream/gel like consistency that offers you a sweet pop of color when you want to jazz up your look.
If you like neutral tones, I think this would be a great palette, whether you are a beginner at makeup or have been using makeup a while – I think you’ll enjoy the simplicity of this palette and the pigmentation.
Little Black Dress Volumizing Mascara in Perfectly Black is also included in the collection. I think it’s great that this little tin includes so many fun goodies to create a look. The brush of this mascara is basic but the mascara is truly black. While I have small lashes and this did not work for me, I know that it will be a great beginner mascara for anyone.
I Wish is a warm chocolate brown crayon that can be used on the eyes or the body… though I do suggest that if you plan to use on your eyes – you reserve the product for eye use only since that is such a sensitive area. The crayon is pigmented and glides on really nicely. I love the color payoff and it can also be used as a base for your eye shadows.
This cool little collection also comes with some fun stencils that you can utilize with your brown crayon or shadows. I especially enjoy using them with the cream glitter in the eye shadow palette.
A total of five sheets with little stencil designs make creating looks fun and exciting. Simply apply to a part of your body like your face, arms, etc. and use like you would any other stencil. It’s easy and the designs are super cute.
I used the gold glitter cream in my palette to create the little design using the diamond stencil. I could have used some help in applying and creating my design but I know this will be a fun tool for anyone.
Overall – I think this little collection is definitely sweet and cute. It comes with so many goodies and it would make a great addiction and gift for a One Direction fan. I’m very impressed with the eyeshadow palette and the quality of the shadows. I’m also super impressed with the variety of products included. I’m also totally digging the collections tin – if I was a teen, I would probably turn this into my “fan girl” box where I stored cards, magazine clippings and more. Oh my – do teens even do that still? Can you tell my age? lol
Find out more about the availability by checking out the Makeup by One Direction’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection. When I do any makeup looks using some of the products that come in this cute little tin, I’ll be sure to post it here on my blog.
Who says you can’t get quality products at an affordable price? That is one of the reasons why I enjoy using BA Star cosmetics… because their price point is awesome and they offer a variety of products to create stunning and bold makeup looks, at half the cost of brands on the market today. BA Star is a company that specializes in makeup for bold – eye catching looks or every day wear. Many of their products offer such great pigmentation they are used as Performance Makeup for Dance, Cheer and more.
For just $8.75 – BA Star’s Tropical Eye Shadow Palette comes packed with five bold shades to stop traffic and create a plethora of looks. With the craze of bold summer shades hitting the market today and bright neon eye shadows all the rave, these shadows really have arrived at a perfect time. I love the mix of shades available in the palette, which offer you the option to create a look filled with rainbow bright action or something a little more toned down with a pop color. Used in combination with BA Star’s eye shadow glitter base, the colors pop and offer great longevity.
BA Star offers great quality products for a fraction of the cost you see on the market today. Their shadows are buttery and blend-able offering a punch of pigmentation and shimmer. While all of the shadows in this palette are shimmery and can cause fall-out if not careful during application, it is well worth it because the colors are so vibrant and the color you see in the palette is definitely what you will get on application. The shades are true to color and are as bold as you would expect.
If you are using the glitter glue from BA Star – this product will help achieve longer lasting shadows on the eyes as well as really bring out the true color of the shadows. This sticky base is perfect for your BA Star Eye Shadows or Glitter as it grabs on to the product and holds it there. While you can certainly use your eyeshadows over a primer or shadow base of your choice, I think that the Glitter Glue Base is a great addition for using your BA Star palette as well.
BA Star offers 6 five pan palettes in a complimentary range of shades for you to choose from and the Tropical Palette is definitely one you will want to pick up if you are interested in a daring and fun look. If I had to critique the palette at all – it would be the applicator that didn’t quite excite me… but if in a pinch and bind and you needed something to apply your makeup with – it would work.
I created this makeup look using all five colors from the BA Star Tropical Eye Shadow Palette as well as three other shadows from another brand. The colors applied easily and packed a punch of color that lasted all day. Check out my tutorial for this look here. Overall I think this palette is awesome and I have been enjoying using it for my summer eye looks. I definitely suggest it if you are on a budget and higher end neon type shades are out of your reach or if you just want to try out something fun and bold. Check out bastar.com for a full selection of products and to get your own today.