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Stuff I bought during the Sephora sale, Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, and more

By on May 4, 2017
Recent purchases from Ulta and Sephora sales

I have some new stuff I’m trying out thanks to an Ulta 21 Days of Beauty special, the recent Sephora sale, and another shopping trip to Too Cool for School. Of the products I ended up with, maybe half of them were things I’d been really tossing around the digital cart for a while and half were more impulsive purchases. I just read that sentence back and it’s not right, the majority of these things were pretty impulsive. And it was fun to shop.

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BH Cosmetics Marble Collection in Warm Stone, Supernova Baked Eyeshadows, and Blacklight Highlight Palette: Swatches & Review

By on April 27, 2017
BH Cosmetics Marble Collection in Warm Stone ($11.99), Supernova Eyeshadow Palette ($15.99), Blacklight Highlight 6 Color Palette ($16.99), and Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer ($5.99)

I’ve had some really good luck with BH Cosmetics lately and recently saw that they launched some fun new stuff for the spring season. I have three new palettes that I’ve bought: the Marble Collection in Warm Stone featuring 12 eyeshadows ($11.99), the Supernova 18 Color Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($15.99), and the Blacklight Highlight 6 Color Palette ($16.99). These are each quite different from each other, but all have their own unique appeal. I’d like to share some swatches and thoughts on all three.

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A face and eye palette comparison with Milani, Zoeva, and LH Cosmetics

By on February 17, 2017
Milani Spotlight Strobe Palette ($13), Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette ($16.80), LH Cosmetics Infinity Palette ($47)

I have a few face palettes that I have collected but have yet to talk about, and I thought I’d compare the pros and cons for each and share swatches. I’ll be comparing the Milani Spotlight Face & Eye Strobe Palette ($13), the Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette ($16.80), and the LH Cosmetics Infinity Palette ($47). They’re all a bit different in concept and approach, price point, and even country of origin, but offer some similar kinds of shades and effects.

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More Makeup Geek shadows!

By on August 21, 2016
Makeup Geek eyeshadows
Makeup Geek eyeshadows

I purchased 7 more Makeup Geek eyeshadows recently, most of which are new-ish releases. And, for the first time in my Makeup Geek purchasing, all of the colors ended up matching my expectations based on the online descriptions and photos, and I’ve had great luck with them looking harmonious with my eye and skin coloring. So today I wanted to share some swatches and observations for the shadows, which include Mirage, Sand Dollar, Brownie Points, Tiki Hut, Wild West, Casino, and Karma (one of the duochrome shades).

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BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

By on July 8, 2016
BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette ($14.50)
BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette ($14.50)

I want to chat a bit about the Carli Bybel palette from BH Cosmetics because it’s very beautiful, very affordable, perfect to travel with, and generally quite useful. I’ve reached for it on and off since purchasing it in March, and over the past holiday weekend it was the only eyeshadow I took with me while I traveled.

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Makeup Geek goodies + swatches

By on March 31, 2016
Purchases from Makeup Geek
Purchases from Makeup Geek

I ordered from Makeup Geek weeks ago because I was pretty excited about the MannyMUA palette that they’d released. Ahead of the launch I tried to refine a little wish list so I would be able to throw a few more things in the cart without thinking much, as well. All told, I walked away with the palette, 5 single eyeshadows, 2 blushes, a gel eyeliner and a brush.

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BH Cosmetics goodies

By on March 30, 2016
Purchases from BH Cosmetics
Purchases from BH Cosmetics

Last week I saw someone on YouTube mention BH Cosmetics, and I realized that I’d just about completely forgotten about the brand! As someone who prefers to buy affordable and cruelty-free makeup, there’s a lot to love about them, and the only reason I don’t buy more from them is probably the simple fact that I have to remember to check them out online. There were a few basics that I was in need of, so I went ahead and placed an order that afternoon.

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Black Radiance eyeshadow palette in 8030 Deeper the Berry

By on March 20, 2016
Black Radiance 8-pan eyeshadow palette in 8030 Deeper the Berry ($)
Black Radiance 8-pan Eye Appeal Shadow Collection in 8030 Deeper the Berry ($6.99)

Here’s a pretty springtime release that I found in drugstores recently! Today I want to share thoughts and swatches from the 8-pan Eye Appeal Shadow Collection from Black Radiance called Deeper the Berry, which costs $6.99 at drugstores. It has a really nice range of neutrals plus a little pop of purple and blue, making it a palette that’s easy and fun to reach for day to day.

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Hands & Nails

Formula X nail polish in Monumental

By on November 6, 2015
Formula X nail polish in Monumental ($10.50)
Formula X nail polish in Monumental ($10.50)

I tend to be really attracted to color, and so as my wedding was coming up I thought it was as good a time as any to find myself a good nude nail polish for myself. I spent a lot of time playing around with the Formula X polishes at Sephora since they have testers, are affordable, and I’ve had good luck with them in the past, and I walked away with a shade called Monumental (a shade name that seems fitting for the occasion).

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A few basics from Makeup Geek

By on August 26, 2015
Eyeshadow pans from Makeup Geek ($5.99/ea)
Eyeshadow pans from Makeup Geek ($5.99/ea)

I recently made my first purchase from Makeup Geek (one of my New Year’s resolutions), though I kept the purchase small. I’d originally had a much longer wish list on the site, but realized that the most useful stuff for me right now would be to have some neutral staples that I could stick in my new magnetic eyeshadow palettes next to my more colorful indie shadows that I’m pressing myself.

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