Thursday, September 18, 2014

Take a Peek at the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

Posted by Kristen Williford at 10:43 AM Comments

For some reason,  I never get really excited over new Urban Decay releases.  But that is different with the Vice 3.  That could be the result of the eye catching packaging and the slimmer case.  Plus the colors are gorgeous!  Plus the packaging has kind of a cool, 70's vibe going on.  I haven't tried out the palette yet (doing so today), but I do have some swatches and preliminary thoughts for you.

As you can see, there is  a nice array of colors.  You got some neutrals and you got some fun, punchy colors to go with them.  The shadows in the Vice 3 also seem to be more dense than what I remember.  And there is none of that annoying micro glitter flying around. And now for the swatches.

Row 1: Truth, Dragon, Vanity, Alien, Last Sin

                                            Row 2: Undone, Freeze, Lucky, Alchemy, Angel

                                            Row 3: Downfall, Heroine, Reign, Bondage, Defy

                                            Row 4: DTF, Brokedown, Bobby Dazzle, Sonic, Revolver

Considering the number of shadows in this palette, the packaging is surprisingly small and sleek. I love the jeweled 'Vice" on the front and the overall design of the palette.  It has a magnetic closure and for it to be so narrow, it feels rather sturdy.  You won't have to worry about this one popping open on you.  And they also included a large mirror.

You also get a lovely bag to keep the palette and a nice double ended blending and eyeshadow brush.

The Vice 3 Palette is $60 and is now available at Urban Decay and Sephora.

What do you think about the Vice 3 Palette?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sephora Haul: I Couldn't Resist

Posted by Kristen Williford at 7:37 PM Comments
My mom and I went on a hunt to find the Milani Bedazzled collection and the newest stuff from Wet n Wild.  Sadly. we had no luck.  I don't get why the drugstores in my area cannot get the new collections in a reasonable amount of time, but I digress. But I did manage to buy some stuff for my mom and I.  Because let's face it, it is next to impossible for a beauty junkie to resist all the stuff.

I mean come on.  How did I go this long without getting the Urban Decay Electric Palette? It is stunning! Plus I have been meaning to play around with more colorful looks.

My skin has been giving me fits for the last few weeks.  Undoubtedly it is the result of an increased stress level and not cleaning my skin well enough.  And I am bad about not washing my face after I get off work on the weekends.  I'm so tired that I usually fall into bed as soon as I get home. But no more being lazy.  To help remove more dirt and makeup, I bough Ole Henrikson's latest offering: Pure Truth Melted Cleanser. I plan on using this prior to my acne cleanser to make sure my skin is squeaky clean.  I also picked up Sephora's Liquid Moisturizing Skin Concentrate, which is a lightweight moisturizer.  I tried both products tonight and my skin feels clean and soft.

Another skincare product I got was Sephora's new Ultimate Oil-In-Gel Lipstick Remover.  Sometimes our favorite long lasting lipstick can be a pain to remove.  I am hoping this will remedy this and not dry out my lips in the process.

Since trying (and loving) Bite's Agave Lip mask, I have been wanting to try more from them.  I was intrigued by their Cinnamon Lip Oil, so I decided to give it a try.
I am a lip balm addict, so I am always excited when there is a new one to try.  Even better if it comes in a lovely berry shade and has cool packaging. This is Sephora's new Kiss Me balm in Soda Pop.

My mom is a huge fan of any shade of taupe or anything that resembles taupe.  She also likes to try new beauty items, so I got her one of the new Makeup Forever eyeshadows.  I also got her one of her all time favorite products: Tarte's Multipleye Lash Primer.

What have you hauled recently?

Sonia Kashuk Bare Necessities Palette for Fall 2014

Posted by Kristen Williford at 10:26 AM Comments
I always look forward to Sonia Kashuk's newest releases.  I find her products to be simple, but eye-catching.  For fall 2014, she added two new eyeshadow palettes: Bare Necessities (which I will be reviewing) and Precious Gems, which I hope to get my hands on soon. That is if my local Target ever decides to stock their shelves.

Bare Necessities includes 6 nude shades that are perfect for an easy natural eye look.  As a result, these shadows do not have a ton of color.  Normally, I like even my neutral shadows to pack a punch and have a lot of pigment.  But I have been liking the softer vibe of this palette; it pairs perfectly with a bold lip and some winged eyeliner.

The texture of this palette is AMAZING! I don't think that I have ever felt smoother eyeshadow in my life. Seriously, each one feels like butter.  They are just a smidge powdery, but I have not experienced any fallout.  None of the shades are matte and have some type of shimmer, but it is minimal.  They apply to the eye well and blend out easily.  However the dark brown can be a touch patchy, but it is still a nice shade.

For each eyeshadow, I have included swatches with and without flash.
The first shade in the palette is a light beige with some subtle shimmer.  This color makes a good all over base or brow highlight.

The second shade in the top row is a light tan with no shimmer particles, but I wouldn't call it matte.  It is more of a satin.

The third shade is a lovely light rosy gold.

The fourth shade is a shimmering medium bronze and is probably my favorite shade.

Okay, so maybe I lied.  The fifth shade is my favorite in the palette.  It kind of reminds me of MAC's Sable, but not quite as pigmented.

The final shade is a medium reddish brown, and is my least favorite as it can be a bit patchy.

I really like this palette.  This is a great option if you favor really natural looks and prefer more coppery/bronze shades.  None of the shades have too much shimmer, so this would be a great palette for young and aging eyes.  This palette is now available at Target and costs $14.29.

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOTD With Some New Fall Beauty Favorites

Posted by Kristen Williford at 6:08 AM Comments
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been trying out some new releases from various brands.  Today, I decided on a very simple look (that took all of 10 minutes) using some of these products.  I have been feeling extremely exhausted and drained the last few days, so the name of the game here was to not look exhausted and drained.

The Stars of the Look:
Sonia Kashuk's Bare Necessities Palette
Too Faced's Hangover Primer
Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick in Cherry Pink
Tarte Amazonian Clay Dual Eyeliner
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Soft Brown

On my eyes, I used the Sonia Kashuk palette.  I used the lightest shade all over, the darkest shade in the crease, and the fourth shade (going clockwise) on the lid.  This palette is perfect for creating an easy, barely there eye look.  Then I used the bronze liner from Tarte's Dual Eyeliner (some seriously good stuff) and winged it out just a bit.  I used the Dip Brow Pomade (worth every penny) on my brows and added two coats of mascara.  I used the Hangover Primer before my Almay Wake Up Liquid Foundation and NARS concealer.  That combination is a great way to get glowing, flawless skin that lasts all day.  To finish off this simple fall look, I applied Guerlain's Cherry Pink, which is a stunning red that is perfect for the upcoming season.  Can't you tell that I'm ready for fall?

This is an easy and quick look that is suitable for work, school, or any occasion, really.  What are your favorite beauty products for fall/winter?

Have a great weekend,


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