Shop My Stash: eyeshadow palettes + blog update

Hi friends! How’s everyone doing on this lovely Thursday afternoon? I’m gearing myself up for my second to last Halloween Horror Nights shift tonight… 5:30 to 2:30 am, oy. But this weekend will be great so not even two nights of HHN can put a damper on my excitement!

It’s not really a blog update per se as much as it is a bit of an announcement, but I’m anxiously awaiting hitting 200 followers so I can do a giveaway! When I’m closer to 200, I’ll post a bit of a sneak peek, but know that there are already two boxes full of goodies for someone to win!

For today’s edition of Shop My Stash, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite babies and the pride and joy of my makeup collection — eyeshadow palettes! I’ve collected quite a few of these bundles of joy and I wanted to share them with you guys. Let’s get on with it!

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For the sake of this post, I defined palettes as anything with more than five shades in it, which excludes one or two trios and quads that I have. That being said, here are all my palettes! Isn’t this just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

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Up first is my holy grail of eyeshadow palettes, the Too Faced Chocolate Bar. I got this one a few months ago as a present for my girlfriend, but before I could get it to them, they broke up with me, so I obviously kept the palette, and boy, am I glad I did! With 16 shades (six matte, four shimmer, and five metallic), this palette is perfect for neutral lovers but with a bit of a kick. The shadows are incredibly pigmented, smooth and easy to apply, and very long lasting and I love them more than I can say. Plus, it smells like chocolate!

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Ah, Naked 3. My first high end eyeshadow palette, the rose gold apple of my eye… I could say so much about this palette and never stop. While I’ve been debating between which other Naked palette to get, I can’t deny that I’m obsessed with Naked 3 and my love for it will never run out! This palette comes with 12 shades in total (three matte, the rest are all shimmer/satin/glitter/metallic/I don’t know how to classify them) and is perfect for a neutral eye with a hint of rose gold. The only downside to this palette is that it’s a bit lacking in matte shades, but it’s pretty great otherwise.

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Stila’s in the light palette is one of my newest babies and honestly a palette I would repurchase were it not discontinued. Sad. This palette comes with ten shades (four matte, three shimmer, three metallic) and some of the best neutral eyeshadows I’ve ever tried (I’m looking at you, kitten and bubbly) but it’s also got a beautiful blue shade as well as a matte black shade. I love this palette and can’t get enough of it!

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Two of my newest babies are theBalm Nude ‘Tude and Nude Dude palettes. So new I haven’t even done a haul for them yet! I got these on HauteLook right before I started my birthday no buy, and while I haven’t had much chance to try them yet, I’m so glad I got them! I’ve been wanting these for ages now, so when I saw them on sale and realized I could get both of them for the price of one, I couldn’t resist! Each palette comes with 12 shades: they each have four matte and eight shimmer/metallic shades. Maybe I’ll do a first impressions post once I’ve had my chance to try them out some more?

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Now, I will admit I haven’t used this palette at all since I got it, but the range of colors intimidates me a bit! Coastal Scents’ Revealed 3 palette has 20 shades (five matte and 15 shimmer/metallic) and while it does have some great neutral shades, it has a lot of shades that look beautiful but are just a tad outside my comfort zone. I need to work my way up to this!

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Another fairly recent purchase is Sephora’s Moonshadow baked palette. This has ten baked shadows in a beautiful range of colors going from neutral to a beautiful purple that I’m dying to try! This was a bit cast aside as I got it at the same time as the stila one I mentioned above and I kind of forgot about it. Note to self: use this palette more.

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We’re almost through guys! Almost there! This beauty here is the Spring Break palette from Make Up Academy. A friend of mine got it for me when she was in the UK a few months ago and I asked her for a few MUA things and I knew I needed this palette. It’s a good mix of neutral tones but with a few colors that are just a tad out of my comfort zone, but I’d probably still be willing to try. It has 12 shades with one matte and the rest are all shimmers.

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Last but not least is the All About the Eyes palette from Little Mix for Collection. I got a few things sent to me from another friend from the UK and this was one of the things I definitely wanted to try out and I’m glad I did! It’s small compared to the rest of the palettes I talked about in this post with only six shades, but there’s enough variety in them to be able to do plenty of different looks! The only matte shade is the black shade on the right and the rest are all shimmers.

So that’s every single one of my palettes! Whew! Did everyone make it to the end okay? If you did, thanks for reading and be sure to tell me in the comments what you thought! What’s your holy grail palette? Which one of these have you tried? Which one would you steal if you could?

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stila ‘in the light’ eyeshadow palette review

Hi my loves! As you might recall seeing in my acquisitions post the other day, I got this beautiful stila palette through a friend who sold it to me gently used. I’ve bought stuff from her before, so who was I to say no to this beautiful palette for a greatly reduced price?

Someone asked for a review the other day, and after using it pretty consistently this week, I felt ready to write it up. Bear with me here, because this is my first proper review in ages (and my first time reviewing an eyeshadow palette) but let’s see how I do!

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This palette comes with ten beautiful shades in varying neutral tones (with some darker grey and blue tones in there as well). I’m not going to bore you going through every single color but I will break them down a bit more and include swatches!

Out of the ten shadows, there are four matte shadows: bare, bliss, sandstone and ebony. There are three shimmer shadows (kitten, sunset and bubbly) and three metallic shadows (gilded gold, luster, and night sky). I can tell you already that kitten has become my new favorite eyeshadow and I want to wear it every day for the rest of my life, with bubbly as a close second.

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From left to right: sandstone, sunset, bliss, kitten and bare. Like you guys can see, kitten is an absolutely beautiful cream shimmer and it’s so pigmented! The shimmer shades in this palette are definitely the most pigmented, but that’s not to say that the matte or metallic shades are lacking in pigmentation either.

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From left to right: ebony, night sky, luster, gilded gold and bubbly. Like I said earlier, bubbly is another of my favorite shades. It’s an absolutely beautiful gold shimmer and it is SO PIGMENTED! I’m obsessed with this shade. Once it’s swatched, gilded gold is a lot more coppery than it looks in the palette, where it’s more brown. The matte shades were a bit harder to swatch and bare, the lightest shade in the palette, took at least three coats to even show up in the picture, but that’s to be expected from such a light color.

Overall, the palette is absolutely beautiful and it was such a good investment! I’m really happy with it and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite palettes.

What do you guys think? Have you ever used this palette before? Does this make you want to get it? Let me know in the comments!

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Recent acquisitions (a haul but not quite post)

Hello lovelies! I know it’s late but I was determined to keep to my new Monday/Wednesday/Friday posting schedule.

So anyway… You might have seen my post earlier this week about my Sephora haul, and before you say anything, this does not count as a haul. Hear me out here, okay? Okay. I didn’t technically get all of these at the same time so therefore it’s not a haul. because I say so. Got it? Alright. Moving on.

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Let’s start this quick post by talking about some skincare! I’ve been doing some research and trying to find better products that suit my combination oily skin better and so far, these have been great.

I got the Botanics face scrub and toner from their Shine Away line at Target a few weeks ago when I had to return something else and had some store credit to spend, and I’ve been using them for however long and I really like them! The toner has been a godsend and now that I actually use it every day, I don’t know why I didn’t start sooner!

The Clinique facial soap I bought when I went into Sephora the other night so technically I haven’t used this one yet, but I’ve tried samples before and I really like it. I already own the moisturizing gel from this same line so once I’m out of the Botanics toner, I’ll get the toner from the same line and have a complete set!

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Then we have these beauties here! The Sephora palette technically should’ve been part of my Sephora haul, but the one I received in the mail was broken, so I had to go exchange it before I could actually write about it in a post. I haven’t used it yet but I absolutely love the colors and from swatching them, they look to be great quality!

The stila palette I bought off a friend who gave it to me for $25 dollars… I mean, who could resist that? Especially when this palette retails for $39! It’s barely used and I purchased my precious Chocolate Bar palette from her, so I definitely trust her. I used it for a look yesterday when I went to school and absolutely loved everything about it, but I unfortunately got rained on when I was going to class so that was kind of ruined.

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Last but not least is my new holy grail liquid lipstick (gasp!) — the Sephora cream lip stain in Marvelous Mauve. Everything about this lipstick is absolutely perfect. The formula goes on so smoothly and it’s easy to apply, it’s super pigmented and dries to matte without being drying and it’s incredibly long lasting! I wore it to go bar hopping in Montreal and didn’t even need to reapply it once. I’m absolutely in love with this, and if you haven’t yet run to your nearest Sephora to get one, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this not-a-haul haul post! Let me know if you want a review of either one of the palettes or even the lipstick and I’ll work on getting that up for you guys. Thanks for reading!

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Sephora haul… because I can!

To celebrate a successful two month long No Buy, I decided that once my student loans came in, I would treat myself to some goodies from Sephora! I knew going into it some of the things I wanted, but I gave myself a budget of 150 dollars and shopped away and let me tell you, it felt great. I received my order last night and was super excited to see and touch everything — and swatch it!

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Here’s what I got in its entirety. The Too Faced bb creme I actually got off Amazon but since it all came in the same day, I figured I’d include it in my haul post.

So let’s start, shall we? First, I got the Sephora cream lip stain in Blackberry Sorbet. Before I left for Canada, I had the color Marvelous Mauve on my cart, but I ended up buying it when I was in Canada without realizing that I had already been planning on getting it! But now that I know how much I loved that one, I had to get a new color to add to my collection.

Something else I’d had my eye on for a while was the stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amalfi. After swatching literally every hot pink lipstick in Sephora, this one won out, and knowing that I loved their formula since I already have Venezia helped!

And last for the lip products is Bésame Cosmetic’s Classic Color Lipstick in Red Velvet 1946. If you’re a nerd like me, you might know this as the lipstick that Peggy Carter wears in Agent Carter! After reading a lot of reviews online and seeing how much everyone loved it, I caved in. I mean… look at that packaging.

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Now, what I was definitely most excited to receive was definitely was the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, AKA the collaboration that Jaclyn Hill did with Becca! I had my eyes on it when she first announced it was coming out, but I knew I absolutely needed it when I saw it at my local Sephora and swatched it. Definitely love at first sight.

Something else I couldn’t wait to get my hands on was the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla! This is definitely a case of “blogger made me buy it,” as I’ve seen so many people (but particularly Ana) rave about it.

Along with my Sephora purchase, I got a lot of different samples, which I’m obviously very happy about! I received a bareMinerals bareSkin sample trio, containing a deluxe sample of the bareSkin serum foundation, plus the perfecting veil and a tiny little buki brush (how cute is it?). I also got a sample of Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser, tarte’s maracuja creaseless concealer and a sample of Clinique’s cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer for combination to oily skin!

Lastly, I got the Too Faced Air Buffed BB Creme in Vanilla Glow, which I also heard was great from a few different bloggers and I can’t wait to see how I like it!

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Here we have, from top to bottom: Red Velvet 1946, Blackberry Sorbet, and Amalfi.

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Top to bottom: Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, bareSkin serum foundation in bare linen, Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, and Air Buffed BB Creme in Vanilla Glow. Both the bareSkin foundation and the bb creme look a little dark for my skin, but it is the underside of my arm which is ghostly pale so I’m hoping that on my face it’ll work better. Worst case scenario, they’re donated to my sister, whose skin is a tad darker than mine.

So there’s my haul! I’ve been waiting quite a long time for these things and I’m happy with everything I got. After two months of a No Buy, it may seem silly to turn around and spend quite a bit of money on this, but I had two whole months to think about what I wanted and I thought about it very carefully!

What do you think? Do you own any of these? Any of them that you’re curious to try? Let me know in the comments!

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