Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renissance Palette Swatches and Thoughts


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The Blush Tag

I came across a sweet little blog and this blush post.  She did the The Blush Tag and her name is Cat of Consuming Beauty.  Hi Cat!  I first and foremost tag Kristen of and Christina of A Casual Beauty.  Then I tag all of YOU!  Please leave a link to your tag in the comment section below to share with everyone else.  I really love tags to see what’s in everyone’s collections or to learn more about other bloggers.  That’s why we are here right?

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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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Mascara Monday: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Review

Maybelline: Try New Lash Sensational Mascara from Maybelline New York for a sensational full fan effect. Our first patented fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles reveals a full flourish of lashes. Liquid Ink formula coats from all sides.

Prices on these mascaras will vary depending on the drugstore. I did have trouble finding the Lash Sensational mascara because it has been newly released but I’m sure it’ll be everywhere soon.

So is this mascara sensational?

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Winter Lipstick Combos

Twas’ the night before having to drop off my kid to preschool and I found myself playing around in my lipstick drawer like we all do, so I decided to group together some of the recent colors I’ve been wearing and a few I intend to wear throughout the rest of the season.  Was that just a run-on sentence I wrote? Ok, here we go.



1. MAC Verve Lipstick.  MAC’s Verve is one of their original first lipstick shades created.  This is the 90’s shade on trend right now moreso than infamous Kylie Jenner’s MAC Soar Lip Pencil obsession.  No really, research it and you’ll find out that this is the exact shade girls on the runway were wearing in the 90’s.  It’s a beauty and I owned this way before this trend came back because blotted its very classy and gentle.  I’ve been through several of these tubes.

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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 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!).




IMG_2945L to R: Righteous, Tyranny, Vengeance, Furious/Anger

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.




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.


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


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



L to R: Liar, Rush, Streak, 69



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.

IT Cosmetics Micro-Airbrush Blurring Brush Set Review

After constantly getting irritated skin and developing skin allergies from natural bristled (animal haired) brushes I began the long search for synthetic brushes.  There are many good brands that make options, but after getting a fan brush from It Cosmetics, there was no going back!

IT Cosmetics Micro-Airbrush Blurring Brush (59.50). It Cosmetics claims this is the ultimate, must-have brush wardrobe collection includes seven full-sized Luxe Blurring Micro-Airbrush brushes, plus a brush stand. All of the brushes included in this full-sized set are designed to give you a flawless airbrushed application. The extremely high brush-hair count makes for an effortless distribution of your favorite IT Cosmetics without tugging on your skin–exactly what IT girls asked for! Glamorously store and display these gorgeous brushes in the ultra-luxe brush stand. Comes complete with box, bow, and gift tag.

According to It Cosmetics, their brushes are different because the Luxe Blurring Micro-Airbrush Brushes make for the most effective distribution of your favorite IT Cosmetics without tugging on the skin or eye area, while helping to blur the appearance of imperfections. The extremely soft bristles make it great for all skin types while the ultra-luxe brush stand is the perfect complement to store all of your IT brushes.

This set can be purchased through QVC or other sets and/or individual brushes can be purchased through It Cosmetics and Ulta.



Brushes included and descriptions:

The Airbrush Powder Brush allows you to flawlessly apply your powders evenly all over.

The Angled Complexion Brush is perfect for brightening and sculpting your cheeks and complexion with blush and bronzer.

The Flawless Foundation Brush helps you achieve an airbrushed, streak-free finish with any powder, cream, or liquid foundation.

The Blurring Concealer Brush instantly covers and blurs away any skin imperfections.

The Eyeshadow Crease Brush lets you seamlessly apply and blend cream or powder shadows to define the eye contour.

With the Allover Eyeshadow Brush, you can apply, layer, and blend shadows for an airbrushed look.

The No-Tug Eyeliner & Eyebrow Brush are perfect for applying liquid/cream liners at the lash line and for using with powders to fill in brows.


I personally use the Powder brush for bronzer application as I don’t need an all over powder for setting my makeup. I use the Angled Complexion brush for blush application as its intended purpose. The Flawless Foundation Brush is PERFECT for contouring particularly because I use my fingers or a Beauty Blender only for foundation application. The Blurring Concealer Brush is quite large and I use this moreso as a brush for highlighting the cheekbones interchangeably with a Mac 225. The Eyeshadow Crease Brush is larger than I’d like it to be considering I have very small eyes but it does do the job effectively. The Allover Eyeshadow Brush is again larger in size but I think it’s fabulous for an all over denser wash of color, which I do often instead of in depth looks using multiple colors and techniques. Finally the No-Tug Eyeliner & Eyebrow Brush is way too big for eyeliner application in my opinion. It is also too big for brow application in my case where I have sparse brows and use a precise application technique with pomade. Though I suggest keeping in mind that these two situations are in my case and/or for those who has smaller extreme deepest eyes such as myself. I believe all these brushes will fabulous for MOST people. They are still fabulous for me, though they will serve a different purpose for me than originally designed for…but really that’s the case for any brush and for any person. The No-Tug Eyeliner Eyebrow brush is really the only brush in this set that will likely go unused in my collection and that’s ok with me because the set is COMPLETELY worth it.

Asthetically, do I really need to say much? No…THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL. Finely constructed, crafted and obviously made with high quality materiels. I have paired my brush collection down considerably as I have recently developed an allergy to animal haired brushes. These of coarse are synthetic and they feel simply luxurious and amazing. I can honestly say, other than the It Cosmetics brush that I previously owned (Heavenly Luxe Mega Fan Brush), that these are hands down the finest brushes that I’ve owned EVER.



And can we just note the BEAUTIFUL crystal inlay on the bottom of each handle? Talk about a classy company!

This set also came with a super posh brush stand. When I initially saw the stand in the pictures on the website it appeared to be cheap plastic. I was underwhelmed by its appearance but honestly didn’t care because that wasn’t why I wanted to buy the set. When I opened the box I was blown away by it. It feels like a heavy polished glass/ stone. I can’t find anywhere on the site, packaging or manufacturers description what it is made of.


Cleaning. I used the Beauty Blender solid cleanser with all my brushes and these are no exception. It was a breeze and I was initially concerned as I am with all synthetic brushes, that dry time would be a nightmare. WRONG. These dried freakishly and unexpectedly quicker than my Mac brushes.

Overall. One word. OUTSTANDING.

For size comparison purposes I have laid out some “beauty community” community standard brushes next to the It Cosmetics brushes. I think you’ll be surprised by the size of these brushes.  Thanks again for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed the post.



Worth it? Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

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


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





So, is it worth it?


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.