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Ten (or so) standout beauty products of 2015

By on January 1, 2016
Standout products from 2015
Standout products from 2015

Over the past year, I did a lot of traveling, moved across the country, and got married, which sometimes got in the way of trying lots of new products. After quitting birth control last fall, I also spent much of the year struggling with new hormonal acne woes, which at times kept me from feeling super motivated when it came to certain kinds of experimentation. However, as I was going through all of the products I tried over the last year I was surprised at how easy it was to identify a bunch of standout products that made a big impact on me and became staples in my collection.

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Book of Shadows handmade magnetic makeup palettes

By on August 20, 2015
Book of Shadows magnetic makeup palettes by Anothersoul on Etsy ($14.99-27.99)
Book of Shadows magnetic makeup palettes by Anothersoul on Etsy ($14.99-27.99)

I’m on a mission to reorganize and consolidate makeup, which includes pressing loose shadows, de-potting other makeup and giving things a new home in a magnetic palette. After some research and knowing I was going to need to drop a chunk of money on whatever palettes I decided to buy, I landed on the Book of Shadows shop on Etsy run by Anothersoul. Book of Shadows offers a wide variety of beautiful, handmade magnetic makeup palettes in all different sizes, and I bought a pretty good mix of them for my collection.

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Bare Minerals READY 8.0 Power Neutrals eyeshadow palette

By on April 24, 2015
Bare Minerals READY 8.0 Power Neutrals eyeshadow palette ($40)
Bare Minerals READY 8.0 Power Neutrals eyeshadow palette ($40)

Do you like a good neutrals palette? The truth is, it’s hard for me to get excited about these kinds of things, I’m just more drawn to colors. The Power Neutrals palette from Bare Minerals is one I had on my wish list a long while back, and then I took it off, and then I ended up receiving it as a gift. I know that Bare Minerals’ Ready pressed eyeshadow formula is highly regarded, and so I was excited to be able to try the palette out despite being on the fence about whether to purchase it or not.

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Smashbox Cherry Smoke collection on discount

By on February 23, 2015
Smashbox Cherry Smoke eyeshadow palette (originally $39, now $19.97 at Nordstrom Rack)
Smashbox Cherry Smoke eyeshadow palette (originally $39, now $19.97 at Nordstrom Rack)

I’ve had another Nordstrom Rack discovery, which is this Smashbox Cherry Smoke eyeshadow palette from their fall 2014 collection. I had my eye on this when it was more readily available but didn’t feel like I had the spare $39 on hand, so I was really pretty excited when I saw it discounted to $19.97 a month or two after it disappeared from Sephora. It’s a smoky set of colors that’s perfectly aligned with Pantone’s 2015 color of the year, Marsala.

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Holiday season purchases and beauty-related gifts received!

By on January 5, 2015
Holiday season skincare and makeup goodies!
Holiday season skincare and makeup goodies!

I went to visit my family on the east coast for Christmas, and had a lot of goodies waiting for me. My boyfriend and I are in the middle of a move and don’t have a permanent address at the moment, so to play it safe I had some purchases sent to my parents’ house for me to pick up when I was in town. My parents also gave me a bunch of really wonderful beauty-related gifts, so I’m excited to go through everything and share some photos.

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1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes eye shadow palette

By on December 1, 2014
1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes palette
1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes palette

Brownie Eyes is a sweet little eye shadow palette that I picked up while traveling in Asia, made by the Taiwanese company 1028 Visual Therapy. It’s one of three dessert-themed palettes from the brand that come with 6 shadows in a slim little tin. I had the chance to play around with 1028 Visual Therapy’s products while in Singapore, and the shadows just seemed so easy to throw on for day-to-day wear so I decided to grab it while I could.

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Maybelline Pure Nude Color Tattoo and Nude Romance Eye Studio Quad for Spring 2014

By on March 15, 2014
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pure Nude and Eye Studio quad in Nude Romance for Spring 2014
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pure Nude and Eye Studio quad in Nude Romance for Spring 2014

A couple of weeks ago I posted about three of the Maybelline Color Tattoos released in their spring collection, Dare to Go Nude. This will be something of a part 2 to that review, as I have two more products from that same collection: the Color Tattoo in Pure Nude and the Eye Studio eye shadow quad in Nude Romance.

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3 daytime looks using the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette

By on March 13, 2014
My well-loved Urban Decay Vice 2 palette
My well-loved Urban Decay Vice 2 palette (limited edition, $59)

The Vice 2 is definitely one of my favorite palettes from my collection, but I haven’t talked about it on the blog yet because I received it for Christmas and it’s limited availability came to a close shortly after that. So, you unfortunately can no longer find it at Urban Decay and Sephora, but this is really my kind of palette and I wanted to take a moment and chat about some of the looks these shadows can create.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

By on December 5, 2013
An Amazon Escape: the TARTE Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek palette ($44)
An Amazon Escape: the TARTE Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek palette ($44)

I recently posted some photos of the this lovely palette from Tarte, and today I’d like to share a full review and some photos of it in action. I purchased this beauty during Sephora’s VIB sale a few weeks back and have enjoyed incorporating it into my daily looks. This is a really nice day to day palette with beautiful colors that are easy to coordinate, and it has been packaged in a nice compact styled to look like a clutch with faux leather and snakeskin on the exterior.

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