IT’S MY BIRTHDAY: 2015 birthday haul

HI GUYS! It’s my birthday today and I am officially 24 (not 25, as I kept thinking the last few weeks!) and because I’m a big believer in the #treatyoself way of life, I did treat myself to a very generous birthday haul this year, largely possible due to the Sephora VIB sale!

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Isn’t it just so beautiful? Doesn’t it just make you so happy? It makes me happy, that’s for sure! I really went all out but with that 20% off at Sephora, it was really hard not to. Thankfully, I stayed well within my budget, and I’m definitely going to need to go on a no buy soon to remedy all this stuff that I got. But enough yapping, let’s start talking about what I got!

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Let’s start with some face stuff here, shall we? First, I got the Urban Decay De-slick Makeup Setting Spray. This was definitely not on my original wish list, but when I saw it at the checkout line at Sephora and saw the words “oil control,” I just couldn’t resist! I have a major case of oily skin, so I’m excited to see how this’ll help me out.

Following that trend, I picked up the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation, which I’ve heard a lot of good things about! It’s hard to tell if it’ll be the right color for me because Ulta doesn’t have testers and this foundation is sealed, but we’ll see how I do. I also picked up a mini of the Benefit the Porefessional primer, because I realized the only primer I own is a Maybelline one and I wanted to try out something high end instead!

Lastly, I got the Real Techniques setting brush, which I read about on the lovely Claire’s blog, Clarina Beauty. Since Ulta had a sale for buy one, get one 50% off, I picked up this mini Ecotools brush set, mainly for the powder brush, so I can carry it in my makeup bag without it getting all bent out of shape. I probably won’t be using the other two brushes at all, but they’re cute!

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Next, let’s talk about these two babies. Naked 1 and 2 are finally mine and I can say I own all three Naked palettes (minus Smoky and Basics and all those other ones, of course). I was debating which one of these I wanted more but I honestly could not figure it out, so I ended up getting both! Of course, I’m forbidden from buying any more palettes for a looooong time now.

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And lastly, I got lots and lots of lip goodies! The things that were actually on my wish list were the two NARS Audacious lipsticks and two Too Faced Melted lipsticks, but I couldn’t resist getting a few more things.

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First, we got these beauties from NARS: Charlotte, Vera, and Funny Face from left to right. I’d been eyeing Charlotte and Vera for a while now, and Funny Face is a color my ex owned that I always wish I’d “accidentally” kept (and actually almost did once) so I figured I might as well go for it.

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From top to bottom: Charlotte, Vera, and Funny Face.

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Then we have the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks in the colors Melted Chihuahua and Melted Jelly Donut. I learned about these from my ex as well and boy am I glad I did. I was originally going to get Melted Fig, but I deemed it too close to some other lipsticks I have and went with Melted Jelly Donut instead, and I’m glad I did! I’ll probably get Melted Fig sooner or later…

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Top: Melted Jelly Donut. Bottom: Melted Chihuahua.

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And last in this humongous haul, we have my first ever ABH lipstick in the color Blush, as well as the KVD duo in Lolita I and Lolita II. I walked into Macy’s and realized they actually had the ABH lipsticks and while they didn’t have a lot of the colors in stock, I was in love! I couldn’t help but get my hands on this and it’s a beautiful color that I don’t anything quite like it. I was surprised by how much I liked Lolita II because I’d been expecting to favor Lolita, but I’m so happy I got both!

That wraps things up for today’s haul! It’s so much stuff but I’m so excited to try it out and get good use out of it all. Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think.

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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.

buzz

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

trick

  • 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.

darkside

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

blackheart

  • 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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Find of the week: Naked3 palette dupe

Hi guys!! I am so terribly sorry that it’s been so long since my last post. Between internships, my classes and work, I’ve been crazy busy the last few weeks, and to top it off, I had to go home for a week for my sister’s high school graduation, birthday, and my little brother’s middle school graduation. With all six of us home, plus my grandparents, there hasn’t been much time to blog about anything! Hopefully once I get back to Orlando, I can work on establishing a schedule and improving my blog more.

But anyway! Let’s talk about what you’re all actually here for: what is this about a Naked3 dupe I found? While I was shopping for my sister’s birthday present, I went into Hot Topic to see if I could find any potential presents and ended up stumbling upon this beautiful palette, L.A Girl Beauty Brick Nudes.

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The first thing I could think of when I picked it up was how much it reminded me of my own Naked3, sitting at home in my makeup bag. Once I swatched them, I couldn’t help but add it to the presents for my sister, since she insists on wearing the same eyeshadow every day, and well, isn’t it my duty as older sister to educate her?

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I know my Naked3 looks all sad and beat up… let’s just not talk about it.

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If you look at these two side by side, it’s pretty easy to see how similar the shades are! They’re in slightly different order than Naked3, but it’s still undeniably close. I swatched them all today and used some of them to do my sister’s makeup, and I’m happy to report that they are beautifully pigmented and seem very good quality.

Shades one through six.

Shades one through six (from right to left).

Shades seven through twelve.

Shades seven through twelve (from right to left).

Now here’s the best part: the price. At $9, these are a sixth of the price you’d pay for Naked3. So as much as I love Naked3 and will cherish it till my death, if you aren’t quite sure you want to spend $54 on it, Beauty Brick is a great alternative for a much cheaper price, and it’s very good quality for the price you’re paying!

What do you guys think? Which Naked do you own, if any? Or do you have any other Naked dupes you’d recommend?