Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renissance Palette Swatches and Thoughts

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Tom Ford Haul, Swatches & Keeping Life Simple

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So I’m in this new frame of mind, of keeping life a lot more simple than I did in previous years. I’m definitely not about new years resolutions, though one could classify this new thought process as that but it wasn’t intended that way. I want to keep purchases very tight and do a lot less hauling. I’d like to keep my purchases mindful, thoughtful and limit them to key quality items. I also shredded my collection down to only keeping a handful of any given type of item (i.e. blush, eyeliners etc.). I have high hopes of keeping things streamline, we’ll see! Anyhow I only (as if those three didn’t break the bank! Ha!) purchased three items from the Tom Ford line which I might add is my first time trying anything from this brand.

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Urban Decay Smoked Palette Review, Swatches and Looks

Currently on sale at Urban Decay for $20.00 (retail: $49.00).  Both Ulta and Sephora have sold out.  Urban Decay: This is the smoky eye done the UD way: a true range of shades (Neutral mattes! Shimmering jewel tones!) for a range of smoky looks. We’re giving you everything you need to create the perfect smoky eye, Urban Decay style. Zipped inside this sleek, mirrored case are ten decadent shades (five are exclusive), including neutral mattes and shimmering jewel tones for a range of smoky looks. Sure, you can create a smoky eye with a range of gray and black shades. But what about a touch of purple, blue or bronze? The Smoked Eyeshadow Palette lets you keep things simple… or get a little more creative. (TIP: If you need a basic daytime look, stick to the range of matte neutrals. Throw the palette in your bag, and add some smoke as you leave the office.)

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Small Sephora Haul and Rouge Status

I know this is a tiny haul but I wanted to post it while the sale was still going on. Sephora is selling the Urban Decay Smoked Palette for $20.00 when it retails regularly for $49.00. The full sized 24/7 liner that comes with it has a value of $18 alone and who doesn’t use a black liner for something? Super duper value. It is sold out at Ulta but still available at Sephora and Urban Decay. I hear they are getting ready to discontinue the palette.

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Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection and Bonus Swatches

Let’s begin with the Pulp Fiction movie.  Pulp Fiction is my favorite movie of ALL TIME.  I love all Quentin Tarantino films and I think you have to have a particular dark personality to love them.  So a lover of Quentin and a love of makeup…combine the two and what do you get? MAGIC OF EIPIC PORPORTIONS!

Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00) ***Currently on sale and still available at Urbandecay.com but sold out at Sephora.

Urban Decay: Recreate Mrs. Mia Wallace’s dark, edgy look with this palette from our ultra limited-edition “PULP FICTION” collection. We’re diehard “PULP FICTION” fans (confession: showing our age!). With this year marking the twentieth anniversary of the release of the film, we decided to commemorate the occasion the UD way—with an ultra limited-edition “PULP FICTION” collaboration. Our inspiration? None other than the cool (and completely badass) Mrs. Mia Wallace. This collection has everything you need to recreate Mia’s dark, edgy look from the film, including this limited-edition palette. It contains five shades of Eyeshadow (three are brand new!).

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Pulp Fiction Revolution Lipstick ($22.00) & Pulp Fiction 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($20.00)

Urban Decay: Recreate Mrs. Mia Wallace’s dark, edgy look with this creamy, badass, blood-red Revolution Lipstick, part of our ultra limited-edition “PULP FICTION” collection. We’re diehard “PULP FICTION” fans (confession: showing our age!). With this year marking the twentieth anniversary of the release of the film, we decided to commemorate the occasion the UD way—with an ultra limited-edition “PULP FICTION” collaboration. Our inspiration? None other than the cool (and completely badass) Mrs. Mia Wallace. This collection has everything you need to recreate Mia’s dark, edgy look from the film, including this Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace, a deep blood red. Like every shade of Revolution Lipstick, this shade features our Pigment Infusion System™ for insane color payoff with creamy shine. Maxi-Lip™ plumps and nourishing oils leave lips cushiony soft. To make it even more covetable, this shade comes in a limited-edition, jet-black version of our lipstick case.

Recreate Mrs. Mia Wallace’s dark, edgy look with this blood-red 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil, part of our ultra limited-edition “PULP FICTION” collection.  Like all of our 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils, the creamy, waterproof formula applies smoothly, prevents feathering and lasts all day. Draw lines that define, then fill in your lips to help prime them for lipstick or gloss. Vitamin E, jojoba oil and cottonseed oil nourish the skin and ensure a smooth application.

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The eyeshadow shades are perfect. They are soft and packed with pigment. They honestly blow the Naked palette shadows out of the water. I’m not sure if I’m the only one that feels this way or not, but they are far more pigmented and less powdery than UD’s other palette shadows. There isn’t a whole lot to say about the shades themselves other than to say that one leans warm and one leans cool. The palette is just simply PERFECT.

Mrs. Mia Wallace. I’m just so in love with her…though with all red lipsticks, it’s high maintenance in terms of application and having it’s liner counterpart was extremely helpful. I’d say I’m not entirely sold on Urban Decay’s 24/7 lip pencil formula. A quick side note, Mrs. Mia Wallace, Anarchy and 69 are not exact dupes as you’ll see in swatches below…both Anarchy and 69 have a slight more blue base to them. But Anarchy and 69 are very similar to one another and I wouldn’t see why anyone would need Mrs. Mia Wallace, 69 and Anarchy.

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L to R: 24/7 liner Mrs. Mia Wallace, Mrs. Mia Wallace lipstick, 69 lipstick

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick ($22.00)

Urban Decay: Creamy, badass luxury. Our Pigment Infusion System™ delivers insane color payoff with creamy shine, Maxi-Lip™ plumps and nourishing oils leave lips cushiony soft. Get the color you crave. Addictive to apply (and even more addictive to wear), this creamy formula glides on without dragging or skipping, hugs every curve and gives you a BIG laydown of color. And a nourishing blend of jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and shea butter keeps lips super moisturized and cushiony soft. Our luxe, custom-designed gunmetal tube (lined in dark purple) features organically shaped facets that practically beg to be touched.

L to R: naked, Obsessed, Anarchy, F-Bomb

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L to R: Liar, Rush, Streak, 69

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Lord make it stop, I want them all.  But I do have mixed feelings about some of these however overall they are a great formula.  The darker shades are far more pigmented than the lighter ones in terms of initial opacity of application.  The lighter ones you have to really layer a lot.  With that being said though, I’m more of a fan of the nude shades which is purely preference not product flaw.  The darker brighter shades do stain very badly, if you aren’t in the market for stain run away from these.  But on particular days I’m all about a bold lip, I just wish It literally didn’t take a week to remove off my skin fully.  Thanks for stopping by and checkin’ out the post.

Worth it? Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

So is the infamous Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette really worth the splurge?

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Too Faced Cosmetics claims: The Chocolate Bar experience begins as soon as you open the palette and the smell of sweet chocolate envelops you. The eye shadows are pigmented with pure, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and includes 16 matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, delicate pinks and luscious plums. Includes our signature how-to Glamour Guide with three looks to get you started.

Retail: $49.00

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ABSOLUTELY! This is hands down, my favorite palette thus far. So the texture of these shades differ among each other greatly depending on finish.  The matte shades are silky, the satin shades are soft and saturated, the shimmers are buttery smooth and the few with glitter particles are very dry and flaky.  So why would this be my favorite palette?  I think its the combination of colors they have chosen to put together honestly.  None of the colors are that unique but they are VERY wearable and super easy to work with, with exception to the glitter shades.  For me, this palette is way worth it based on shades, bendability and pairing options.

DISCLOSURE: All candy used for photography purposes was stolen from a said 3 year old’s Halloween bag within the blog authors dwelling. I mean really, can she prove I borrowed them?  Thanks for stopping by.

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Dior 5 Couleurs 646 Montaigne & 796 Cuir Cunnage Swatches and Review

Short review, swatches, dupes of Dior 5 Couleurs 646 Montaigne and 796 Cuir Cunnage.

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These are the newly formulated and packaged quints that Dior semi-recently released. They retail $60.00.

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So here’s the thing, in reference to swatches…these appear to not be so pigmented.  This is moreso when you are swatching them for yourself at home.  I swatched these heavily for photo/blog purposes.  These shadows have a sophistication to them that is unique to mid/high end range shadows such as Mac.  Mac shadows can be hard and patchy.  Urban Decay shadows are smooth but powdery.  These are soft, not powdery, have zero fallout and blend amazingly.  They have a delicate or sophisticated pigmentation which I prefer over those shadows that have such good pigmentation that they take a tremendous amount of time to blend.  You know what I’m saying right, when one color won’t blend with another color because the first color is so pigmented?  I hope my points are coming across.  These are great, effortless would be the best word for them.  Perhaps they’d be boring for the artistic eyeshadow enthusiast.

TheBalm Haul & Swatches

For many reasons San Francisco California is near and dear to my heart. So naturally I was very excited when TheBalm, a San Fran born company put on a flash sale benefiting children in the Bay area. The sale was 50% off everything site wide.  Can you we also talk about the fact that the company’s mascot is a PUG! Wh#@$!

Do you ever wonder if Chelsea (Chelsea wears), Cora (Vintageortacky) or Karen (Makeupandbeauty) run into each other shopping around in Sephora San Fran? Maybe one day I’ll run into one of them on the on-going trips I take there. That would be AWESOME-POSSOM!

These are the items I took advantage of.

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