Black Friday haul, part 1

Hi my loves! Here I am, after unexpectedly taking a few days off my blog (aka not setting time aside to write new posts and having to work too many days last week).

It’s a little late, but since I’m just now getting my Black Friday purchases, the next two posts will be all about that! I’m still waiting for a few more purchases and the next post will be way longer than this one, but I couldn’t wait to share these goodies with you guys!

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Up first, we have this gorgeous baby and the reason I was even on the Ulta website in the first place! This is the Lorac Love, Lust & Lace matte eye shadow palette, which I got for a whopping 12 bucks! Considering that this has one less shade than Naked Basics and cost less than half the price of that one, this one was for sure I steal!

I wanted to get something small that I could easily travel with, but I know I need more matte shadows and I figured this fit the bill perfectly on both accounts. The colors are very simple but very versatile, and that grey looks so much more beautiful in person than it did on the website!

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The second part of my Ulta purchase was two of the (fairly) new NYX Liquid Suede cream lipsticks. I got the colors Vintage (on the left) and Kitten Heels (on the right) and let me just say, I love Vintage so much more than I was expecting to!

They both look beautiful and they dry to a nice matte but they’re not totally drying (not transfer proof either). I can’t wait to see how they wear throughout the day!

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As a bonus, here’s a selfie of me wearing Vintage! I couldn’t resist putting it on when it came in the mail and I really love how it looks, it’s so vampy and perfect for fall and it’s such a unique color to boot! I really love it!

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Lastly, we have theBalm Cosmetics’ Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick in Devoted (left) and Sentimental (right). I know I already have like ten different lipsticks that look just like these, but after trying out the lipstick I got in my ipsy the other day at work, I couldn’t resist their Black Friday sale!

These are probably one of the best liquid lipstick formulas I’ve ever tried (and that’s saying a lot). They dry to a complete matte and they’re 100% transfer proof once dry, but after wearing it for more than seven hours, they get a little uncomfortable and crumble a bit on the inside of my lips. No lipstick is perfect, but these are pretty damn close!

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And f0r some swatches, we have Vintage, Kitten Heels, Sentimental and Devoted (from top to bottom). If you’re judging me for buying two red liquid lipsticks, at least you can see that Devoted is way more of a pinky red than Kitten Heels!

So there’s part one of my Black Friday haul! Tune in on Thursday to see what I got in part two, if everything shows up in time…

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Naked 3 comparison: Nude Dude, Nude ‘Tude and Revealed 3

Hi friends! Today’s post is one I’m really excited to write about, as I had a lot of fun researching and taking notes for it and it came as a request from my dear friend Kaily from Hello Kaily! She asked for a comparison between Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette and theBalm’s Nude Dude and Nude ‘Tude, and Coastal Scents’ Revealed 3 palettes, which I was more than happy to provide!

Let’s start by breaking down the palettes: there are 12 shades in Naked 3, three of which are matte. Nude Dude and Nude ‘Tude have 12 shades, with five matte each, and Revealed 3 has 20 shades, with five matte as well.

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  • Strange: No similar colors in either palette. All three palettes have one or two light shades like Strange, but none are close enough to be considered for this comparison.

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  • Dust: In Revealed 3, shade #14 is pretty much identical to Dust.

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  • Burnout: In Nude ‘Tude, Stubborn is extremely similar but a bit lighter than Burnout. In Revealed 3, #14 is also very similar but more pink that Burnout.

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  • Limit: In Nude Dude, Feisty is similar to Limit, but a bit less pink.

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  • Buzz: In Nude Dude, Flirty is very similar but more purple than Buzz.

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  • Trick: In Nude Dude, Fit is almost exactly the same as Trick, just a bit lighter. In Revealed 3, #5 is similar but a darker and cooler color than Trick.
  • Nooner: No similar shades.
  • Liar: No similar shades.

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  • Factory: In Revealed 3, #16 is very similar to Factory, but just a bit more brown than Factory is.

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  • Mugshot: In Nude ‘Tude, Selfish is very similar but more cool-toned than Mugshot.

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  • Darkside: In Nude Dude, Friendly is very similar to Darkside but a little darker.

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  • Blackheart: In Nude ‘Tude, Silly is similar to Blackheart but more brown, with less copper shimmer than Blackheart has.

So there we have it! I had to take notes on all of these (I made a table to compare them, no kidding) and then do the swatch pictures in good lighting in order to get the best idea, but I love how this post turned out! Overall, out of the 12 shades in Naked 3, nine of them have similar colors in one of the three palettes.

What do you think? I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what you thought! Thanks for reading!

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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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Shop My Stash: my highlighter collection

Hello my friends! Sorry this post comes so late in the day but I was too busy watching Agents of SHIELD all day to get my ass off the couch and write this. So basically, I have no excuses. (Do any of you watch it? I’m about halfway through season two and I am DYING!)

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For my second installment of “Shop My Stash,” I wanted to talk about my newest favorite product: HIGHLIGHTER! I’ve definitely collected a lot of these considering I got my first ever highlighter in my June Boxycharm… consider me addicted! Here is everything in my precious and beautiful highlighter collection, are you guys ready to hear all about them?

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Let’s start with some of my newest babies and what I’d been eagerly waiting to get my hands on, theBalm’s Mary-Lou and Cindy-Lou Manizers! I first found out about the Mary-Lou Manizer from my ex and even though I was quite young and naive and didn’t exactly get highlighters (this was way back when in 2014), I fell in love with this shimmery and shiny compact of beauty (and especially the packaging)! So I caved and bought it on Birchbox using points I’d accumulated and I’ve got to say, I’m extremely glad I did!

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Here we have Cindy-Lou on the bottom and Mary-Lou on the top. As you can probably gather from the swatches, Mary-Lou is much more shimmery than Cindy-Lou, but I love Cindy-Lou nonetheless! Mary-Lou is more of a honey-hued highlight and is quite shiny, whereas Cindy-Lou is a more subtle peachy pink highlight (and blush). What can I say? I love those Manizer sisters! Too bad Betty is way too dark for me or I would have it already.

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Up next is one of the most talked about highlighters of the year: Jaclyn Hill’s collaboration with BECCA Cosmetics, AKA Champagne Pop, AKA the most beautiful thing I’ve ever put on my face! I was anxiously awaiting the end of my first ever no buy to get my hands on this baby, and boy, am I glad I did! It’s the softest, most beautiful, most perfect thing I’ve ever touched and I don’t regret those 38 dollars EVER.

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Champagne Pop is described as a soft white gold with pinky peach undertones and while it’s beautiful and I absolutely love it, I’m not sure how this would suit anyone who’s extremely pale. Any ghostly pale people out there who have tried it and want to chime in? I tend to be able to get away with stuff that might not be suited for my skin tone because of my freckles so I really can’t say! Regardless, the quality of this is magnificent and if you haven’t tried one of these babies, I would recommend it!

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Up next, we have all the highlighters I’ve received from beauty boxes (coincidentally, none of these are powder. First, we have the So Susan Statement Skin highlighting crayon, The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew highlighting cream, and the too cool for school Dinoplatz Pearl Bay Invasion highlighter in #2 Baby Pink Clam.

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From left to right, we have So Susan, The Beauty Crop, and too cool for school. These are beautiful highlighters but I haven’t had a chance to use them much, especially once I got Champagne Pop and Mary-Lou Manizer. I’ve used the So Susan one a lot and I like how it applies and it’s not hard to bend, but I feel like as far as lasting powers go, it doesn’t have much of that, but then again, I’ve only used it a handful of times and most of those times I was outside in Florida in the summer and naturally quite sweaty.

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And last, we have the ColourPop Super Shock Cheek highlighters in the colors Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon, Smokin’ Whistles and Wisp. These highlighters are absolutely FANTASTIC and so incredibly pigmented, but they’re all fairly new acquisitions so I haven’t had a chance to try them yet!

IMG_0520From top to bottom, we have Stole the Show, Lunch Money, Spoon, Smokin’ Whistles and Wisp. I also bought Butterfly Beach when I purchased Wisp, but it was way too dark on me and looked more like I tried to highlight my face with bronzer, so I passed it on to my sister who tans quite easily and will get more use out of it than I would, since I tend to avoid sun contact (which in Florida, is pretty damn hard).

Wisp even looks alarmingly dark next to all the other ColourPop shades next to it, but I tried it on as I was taking these pictures to see if I could actually pull it off and it looks quite nice on! If I get too pale for it during the “winter,” my cousins are more tan than I am, so they’d probably appreciate it too.

So there we have it! My entire highlighter collection. Feel free to let me know what you thought in the comments below and tell me if you’ve tried any of these before or what your holy grail highlighter is!

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