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Review: Stila Cosmetics Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma and Rose Gold Retro

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I honestly believe that whenever you’re making an entrance, glitter bombs should go off (I can dream right?). Anyways, enough about my glitter dreams…this post is all about Stila Cosmetics’ Glitter & Glow liquid shadows. Read on to find out!

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What is it: The best way to describe this is this: This is liquid glitter in a bottle. I picked up the shades Kitten Karma and Rose Gold Retro. Kitten Karma is filled with champagne, copper and silver glitter. Rose Gold Retro is a mixture between rose gold (duh!) and silver glitter specks. These babies are meant to sparkle your eyelids without being troublesome. Stila describes it as a perfect blend of pearl and glitter to leach your lids with incredible luster and shimmer. It doesn’t promise NO fallout, but it does say that you can expect minimal fallout.

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The Good: My glitter dreams are coming true. If you want the PERFECT halo eye, this is THE only product for you. Kitten Karma is officially my favourite shade of glitter (yes I know I just called glitter a shade). I have never seen such a perfect champagne colour in my life! Rose Gold Retro is beautiful too. In fact, even though I love Kitten Karma, I’ve used Rose Gold Retro more and I’m incredibly impressed. The formula of these are fantastic. I find that with a lot of glitter eyeshadows tend to be chunky…but not these! The formula is so smooth! It’s super lightweight on your eyes, there isn’t a grainy texture. When I apply it, it glides on. It doesn’t dry instantly BUT when it does, blending other shadows around it is a breeze! Nothing moves! I’ll get into the fallout in the next part of this post (keep reading). These retail for $31 CDN and I am not going to lie, I can’t wait to pick up some of the more bold and bright colours! These eyeshadows are SO pigmented and no matter how much you build on the colour, it doesn’t feel heavy nor chunky! The applicator is super soft and very easy to maneuver.

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The bad: Okay, this is not the worst thing but this product does have fallout. It’s not a lot compared to others but there is a little bit. I find that the best way to avoid any fallout from these is to apply an eye mask while you do your eyes (or you can tape half of a cotton round). But other than that, nothing was wrong with these. In fact, this doesn’t affect my overall rating of these products!

The swatches are below in normal light, flash and direct daylight. The top shade is Rose Gold Retro & the bottom is Kitten Karma. Scroll down below to see my overall rating!

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Overall Rating: 9/10 (pick yours up at a Stila retailer. I got mine from Ulta!)

 

 

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Beauty

Review: MAC Cosmetics’ Fashion Fanatic Eyeshadow Palette

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MAC is killing the makeup game with their releases lately. This summer, they released a MAC Girls line where they created limited edition eyeshadow palettes based on different personalities. I will be reviewing 3 of the 6 palettes and this one is the Fashion Fanatic palette for the fashion forward girl who loves bold and unique shades!

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What’s in the palette:  Like all the palettes MAC has put out in this GIRLS line, this palette includes 8 eyeshadows in different finishes and one highlighter. This palette includes daring bold and unique shades! Must Have It is an orangey bronzey opalescent highlighter. Mad Mod & Outfitted are the shimmery glitter shade in this palette (which are OH SO GORG!). On the Hip Side, Wild Card, & Fashion Fanatic are the creamy mattes. Shop, Shop, Shop, Style & Influencer and Totally fierce are your satiny pearl shades. The package is super sleek and includes a mirror, which is one of my favourite things about any palette.

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The Good: OMG I love everything about this palette. The names, the shades and the packaging scream Daff Diaries (lolz). No really, this is probably my favourite MAC Girls Palette. I love how the shades, despite being bold and not from the same shade range, compliment one another. The formula of these shades are so silky smooth. The shadows and the highlighter glide on so beautifully. And when you foil some of the lighter shades, they look stunning on the lids! Style & Influence is probably my favourite shade from this palette. I love how pretty the lilac is! The shimmery shades are gorgeous too! Another thing I love about this palette is the outer packaging! It’s so chic! This palette can be used to create so many different looks using multiple shades.

The Bad:  As with all the MAC Girls palettes, there are some shades which require you to foil them to get the true colour payoff. This is not a horrible thing, it’s just time-consuming which can be an issue for some. To Foil: Spritz your shadow brush with Fix+ and then dip you brush into the lighter shades. You will get amazing colour payoff with that technique!

Where you can get it: Any MAC retailer or MAC store for $48 (CDN).

Rating: 9/10

(PS I’m also reviewing Prissy Princess & Basic Bitch)

Beauty

Review: MAC Cosmetics’ Prissy Princess Eyeshadow Palette

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Did you know MAC came out with a GIRLS line this summer and based 6 eyeshadow palettes on different personalities of women? Well fear not, that’s why you have me! I will be reviewing 3 of the 6 palettes and this one is the Prissy Princess palette filled with the prettiest fairy tale-esque shades!

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What’s in the palette: Like all the palettes MAC has put out in this GIRLS line, this palette includes 8 eyeshadows in different finishes and one highlighter. This palette is filled with neutral pinks, taupes, browns and greys. The colours are just so pretty!  She’s a Rainbow (what an adorable name) is a pearly rose gold opalescent highlighter. Too Good To Be True is the glittery shimmer shade in this palette (probably one of my favs in this palette). Prissy Princess, Colour Me Spoiled and Spoil Yourself are the creamy matte shades. Fabness, Sweet Tart, Eternal Optimist and Good Girl & U Know It are the satiny pearly shades. The package is super sleek and includes a mirror, which is one of my favourite things about any palette.

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The Good: I feel like this palette was made for me. I love the names, I love the shades…I love everything about this palette. The neutral shades are perfect for the day and you can definitely use a few of these shades for your nighttime look too! The highlighter is pretty. As you can see, this is practically your pretty…girl next door palette filled with shades you just can’t hate! The formula of these shades are so buttery smooth! They glide on to your lids without any fuss and when some of the shades are foiled, the colour pay off is so intense!

The Bad: I love the colours of the packaging BUT the name of the palette, even though it’s in huge block letters, isn’t supper prominent. I wish Prissy Princess was written in a hot pink colour but that’s the only downside (if I’m being extra critical). Again, if you’ve my review about the other palettes in this line, you already know that there are a few shades in the palette which don’t have the best colour payoff unless the shadows are foiled.

Where you can get it: Any MAC retailer or MAC store for $48 (CDN).

Rating: 8.5/10

(PS I’m also reviewing Fashion Fanatic & Basic Bitch)

Beauty

Makeup Diaries: My Current Beauty Obsessions

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Who else is excited for spring to be here? I know I am! I find that with the season changing, I tend to gravitate towards makeup products that are more versatile and easy to use. Below you will find some of my favourite products and why I think they’re perfect for spring! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35: I love this product because it works like a tinted moisturizer, which is perfect for spring! It lasts all day, gives me a natural look and leaves my skin looking flawless!

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Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blackquer: I love black eye liner, no matter the season. This one is perfect because of its amazing staying power. It literally doesn’t come off unless you use makeup remover!

MAC Eye Shadow in Shroom: I love this eye shadow for spring because it looks amazing on every skin tone. It’s a pale colour that is opaque and its got a sheeny finish, which is perfect for spring. You can wear this alone or pair it with another eye shadow for a smoky eye!

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MAC Eye Shadow in Antiqued: why not re-invent your smoky eye makeup this spring? This coppery brown colour is the perfect colour to swap your black shadow for. You can wear this on its own or pair it up with Shroom for a very modern yet pretty smoky eye, which is perfect for the spring time!

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara: Mascara should be worn during all seasons & at all times. No ifs, ands, or buts. This one is waterproof, which I like because with the season in transition, I find that my eyes water a bit. So this will prevent racoon eyes.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: This has become one of my favourite eyebrow products ever created! This fills in your brows perfectly and naturally. It’s also very easy to use and your brows stay in place all day (hash tag: Eyebrows on fleek)!

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Hydrangea: This is one of the prettiest pinky coral colour I have ever come across. Coral lipsticks are my go to for spring. It’s a perfect pop of colour that goes with everything!

Have an Awesome Day Dolls! x

Beauty

Review: Tarte’s Tartelette Palette

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Often, it’s a rarity to see an eyeshadow palette devoted to just matte eyeshadow colours. Many makeup brands have tried to incorporate matte eyeshadows. Some have accomplished it greatly and some haven’t but there hasn’t been one exclusive palette that offers only matte shadows…until now. Tarte’s Tartelette Palette is the first of its kind and has been put out on the market due to popular demand. When I first saw this product on Sephora’s website, I was floored. A palette that features 12 exclusive matte eyeshadows that have been designed to work with one another? Sign me up because it was just too good to be true. In fact, I was so excited that I ended up purchasing this without reading any reviews or swatching the product. The Tartelette palette’s shadows are made with Amazonian Clay (just like most of Tarte’s products). This versatile palette is formulated without mineral oil, sodium and gluten. It’s dermatologist tested and very beneficial for your eye area! The packaging of this product is sleek and it comes with a pretty big mirror on one side. It also includes a How-to-guide on getting some day and night looks. These long-wear eyeshadows can be used as a liner, lid shadow and/or crease shadow, the possibilities are endless!

My Verdict?

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Okay are you ready for what I have to say? This product is so incredibly amazing that I have dubbed it as the best eyeshadow palette I have ever used to this date. I’ve been using this palette for weeks now and I cannot explain to you how impressed I am by each and every single eyeshadow in this palette. There isn’t a single colour that I don’t like or don’t use! First of all, the quality of these eyeshadows are amazing! They’re buttery soft to touch and they perfectly glide on your lids without making any sort of mess or being streaky. The formula is incredible. Most of the time, matte eyeshadows tend to become either powdery or dry but this isn’t the case with any of these shadows. There’s no fall out, especially if you use it with an eyeshadow primer. The texture of the shadows are smooth and the formula does not irritate my eyes nor does it make the eye area dry! Secondly, each of the 12 shadows in this palette are so incredibly pigmented that you get enough colour with one swipe! Of course, you can build the colour up to your desired intensity but you don’t really have to pack on the layers as much. Third of all, the versatility of this palette is astonishing! Each and every colour here can work harmoniously with one another or can stand alone on its own. I’ve used some of the colours as liners and they worked great! You can pair them any way you want and it’ll work, so the possibilities of your eye look are endless! Also, did I mention all the colours are MATTE? The colours are so incredibly matte that they look phenomenal when they’re on your lids! Last of all, the packaging of the product is so adorable. It’s sleek, cute and small enough to fit in your makeup bag. I love that it has a big mirror as well. Also, the names for the shadows are so cute and empowering. This palette was created to celebrate, inspire and empower women and the names of the shadows really showcase that! All in all, this product is a must have for any eyeshadow lover, anyone looking for a new eyeshadow palette or anyone that loves matte eyeshadows! At $53 (CDN), you will not be disappointed! This is worth every little bit of your money and think of it as a long-term investment. I absolutely love this palette and have been using this obsessively the past few weeks! Tarte has hit the mark with this impressive product! You can purchase this at any Tarte retailer (I got mine at Sephora)!

The colours

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  1. Free Spirit: A light yellow cream
  2. Force of Nature: A very pretty blush-nude
  3. Dreamer: A milk-chocolate brown
  4. Multi-tasker: Chocolate brown
  5. Caregiver: A pale baby pink
  6. Natural Beauty: A very pretty mauve
  7. Best Friend: Mulberry
  8. Bombshell: Dark grape purple
  9. Super mom: An ivory cream
  10. Wanderer: Light pale brown
  11. Power Player: A greyish brownish Taupe
  12. Fashionista: Black

Honestly, I love all the shades equally and can’t chose one!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Pros:

  • Amazing quality of the eyeshadows
  • Incredible formula, buttery smooth, glides on
  • Intense colour pigments, you get enough colour with one swipe
  • Cute casing
  • Versatile colours that work great together or individually
  • All Matte eyeshadow palette

Cons:

  • Absolutely nothing

Rating: 10/10 (If I could rate it higher I would, this is a must have for any makeup lover or anyone looking for an eyeshadow palette!)

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IMG_3786IMG_3779 Caregiver, Natural Beauty, Best Friend, Bombshell

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Makeup Diaries: The Shimmery Orange Eye Look

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Here’s a quick makeup look featuring L’Oreal’s “What happens in Vegas” eye shadow quad. I love using this for nights out, when I want a subtle pop of colour along with shimmer.

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(Shimmery Orange, Highlight Yellow, Matte Orange, Shimmery Brown) 

1. Use a white eye shadow base, so that your colour pops out more. I’m using Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Eden.

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2. Take Shimmery Orange and with a flat shadow brush of your choice, apply all over the lids.

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3. Take Matte Orange and with a crease brush of your choice, apply into the crease (smoking it out in the outer corner).

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4. Use Highlight Yellow on your brow bones to highlight with a clean shadow brush. Also, lightly apply to the inner corners of your eyes.

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5. With a clean crease brush, in circular motions, blend out any harsh lines created so that you have a clean gradient effect.

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6. Using a liner brush, dip into Shimmery Brown and line your upper/lower lash line (staying as close as you can to the lash line).

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7. Finish off by filling in your brows and your favourite mascara!

Have A Great Day Dolls! x

Beauty

Review: L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Eye Shadow in What Happens In Vegas

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I love colourful eye shadow palettes, especially inexpensive sleek ones! L’Oreal Paris, as a brand, has been around for a while now. They are known to make quality drugstore makeup products, especially eye shadows (for a fraction of the price of expensive brands). This particular eye shadow quad is from their Colour Riche line. The eye shadows in this line are supposed to be super silky in texture and rich in colour (hence the name). L’Oreal believes that these quads are pigment-packed shades that have been created to coordinate expertly with one another, so that you can wear all four shadows together or separately. This particular palette is from their “Brazen Bold” eyes selection. This quad comes with a detailed re-creatable look in the back and a mini shadow applicator brush. The shadows are supposed to be velvety rich in formula so that it’s easy to blend. The name of this palette, What Happens In Vegas, is in perfect harmony with the colours featured. The colour selection includes a bright shimmery orange, a shimmery yellow cream, a matte orange and a shimmery/sparkly brown.

My Verdict?

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This is my go-to palette whenever I’m wearing traditional Indian clothing (sarees, kameez, etc). The shadows coordinate really well with one another and you can also wear these by themselves. I find that this particular quad makes my brown eyes pop even more. The shadows are very velvety and buttery smooth in texture. They also blend really well without feeling powdery. The shimmery brown shadow is one of my favourite colours to use when I’m creating a smoky eye (especially for a South Asian inspired look). The shadows are pretty well pigmented. With that being said, there was one downside to this product as a whole. I found that if I used these eye shadows without an eye shadow primer, then there was a little fall out. But, with an eye shadow primer, I didn’t have that issue at all. The longevity was great because of the primer I was using and there was no creasing. All in all, this is a pretty good quality product and is completely worth purchasing (at less than $10 CDN). I was quite impressed with the quality of this quad and I cannot wait to add more of the other quads in my makeup stash! You can purchase this at any drugstores that sells L’Oreal products!

Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Pigmented
  • Buttery smooth, velvety soft texture
  • All four colours work well together, can also be worn alone
  • Super sleek palette, perfect for traveling, includes an applicator brush

Cons:

  • There is a little fall out for some of the shades, but if you use a good eye shadow primer you can avoid it.

Rating: 8.5/10 (A very inexpensive yet great palette! If you’re looking to try a bold brazen eye, this is the palette to purchase!)

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