Smokey and Taupe-y

Hello everyone!!

I recently busted out my Lorac Pro 2 palette after a bit of a hiatus and I’m back in love with it again. It is one of my favorite palettes ! We are talking buttery smooth shadows, lovely colors and awesome pigmentation ๐Ÿ™‚ If you want more details about the palette do check out my review of the Lorac Pro 2 palette HERE!

I usually don’t do intense smokey eyes since I have deep set, maybe slightly hooded eyes (?). Intense smokey eyes make me look tired so I always try to tone things done when attempting a smokey eye. The look featured here didn’t make me look like I haven’t slept in weeks and so obviously this deep set eyed girl is liking it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Smokey and Taupe-y
Smokey and Taupe-y

In the picture it doesn’t look as smokey as it does in person! But trust me its smokey!! ๐Ÿ˜€

To achieve this look I used 4 shadows from the Lorac Pro 2 palette.

The mix of shadows used
The mix of shadows used

First off, I blended the shade Charcoal into my crease to create some definition. I then used the shade Plum in the crease and blended it with charcoal, also concentrating the shade Plum in the outer V area of the eye.

The star of the show is the shade Chrome which is a lovely satin finish taupe shade! I used this shade all over the lid and did not take it into the crease area. Lastly, I used a tinge of the shimmer shade Beige to highlight the brow bone area.

Hope your all having a great Sunday! Happy mother’s day to all the mothers out there!!

Until next time…ciao!!!

 

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The Anna Sui Eye Color Palette

Hello everyone!

Hope your all having a great week so far! Today lets take a look at an eyeshadow palette from the brand Anna Sui. Anna Sui is a well known fashion designer who also has a makeup line known for cutesy and unconventional packaging. Currently I’m on a hunt for new brands to try out so I thought I’ll try something from her makeup line ๐Ÿ™‚

The Anna Sui Eye Color Palette
The Anna Sui Eye Color Palette

Anna Sui makeup is available online at Beauty.com. I’m not aware of other places in the US where her makeup is sold. I first spotted this palette on beauty.com for 42$ however when I looked around a bit I found the palette on sale (21$) at a UK based website called FeelUnique.com. Since it was 50% off I took the plunge and made my first ever international makeup order ๐Ÿ˜€ . Unfortunately,the palette is currently out of stock at feelunique and the sale is over as well ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but its still available at beauty.com for full price.

The palette has cardboard packaging but I do find it sturdy. I traveled with this palette last weekend and there were no issues. The magnetic closure is strong enough to prevent it from opening up. As you can see from the picture above the palette comes with roses printed on it..I’m not sure if everyone is going to like it..what do you think? Is it tacky or cute/vintage looking? I’m kind of indifferent to it..I don’t mind it but don’t love it either ๐Ÿ™‚

Inside the palette
Inside the palette

The palette has 10 eyeshadows in total. If your a matte shadow lover, this might not be your cup of tea since there are zero matte shades in here. There is a frosty highlight shade, 3 shadows which have a satin finish, 4 metallic type of shadows and 2 shades with glitter in them.

I was kind of surprised that there was no mirror! Considering the original price point of this palette (42$) I would expect a mirror to be included. ย The palette comes with a dual ended applicator which has a brush on one side and a sponge tip on the other. I found this to be rather cheap and not really usable.

A closer look at the shadows
A closer look at the shadows

The eyeshadows in this palette do not have individual names/numbers. The shades look very spring appropriate to me and one of the reasons why I was drawn to it is because I don’t have any palette with this sort of a color scheme in my collection. The eyeshadows have a rose scent to them..I will never understand why makeup companies do that! Fortunately, the smell isn’t detectable once you apply these on your lids.

The shades look so pretty in the pan but unfortunately they are pretty sheer when applied on the skin, especially the top row of shadows. Take a look at the swatches and you’ll understand what I’m talking about!

Swatches!
Swatches! (swatched using a brush)

Although I was initially disappointed with the top row of shadows, I am ย slowly liking them for everyday toned down looks. The swatches are without primer and with the help of a primer they do tend to show up a bit more. I am extremely pleased with the pigmentation of the bottom row of shadows. All in all you can make the palette work.

I do have to warn you though…they are extremely powdery and hence need to be picked up gently with your brush (no sticking in your brush in a hurry!) The metallic shades apply beautifully but with the 2 glittery shades (the olive green and black) I had a ton of fall out to deal with! even with a primer which is a bummer ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Overall, I think this palette is not worth 42$. I rather buy a Lorac pro palette for that money! But if like me you fell in love with shades then I suggest you wait for a discount coupon/sale to purchase this palette. I am glad I paid only 21$ since I personally feel its worth only that much if not less.

Have you tried any Anna Sui products lately?

Until next time…ciao!!

Smashbox on the Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe Palette

Hey guys!

Hope your holiday shopping is coming along great! This is the best time of the year to get some high end and even drug store makeup products at awesome prices. I usually go through a lot of confusion on what to get for myself during the holiday madness since there are usually a ton of value for money makeup gift sets floating around. Since I currently have an overflowing makeup drawer I decided to pick up only one item from this years holiday makeup collection and so it was even harder than usual ๐Ÿ˜€ I knew I wanted eyeshadows and I was torn between getting the Sephora exclusive Everything nice palette from Too Faced and the Smashbox on the rocks Luxe Palette. I found the face products in the Everything nice kit a bit too shimmery for my taste and since I heard really good reviews on the Smashbox palette I picked it up as my gift for myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

Smashbox on the Rocks Luxe Palette
Smashbox on the Rocks Luxe Palette

I really love the holographic design on the packaging! The palette is housed in a cardboard box with some foam cushioning on the top making it quite sturdy. The palette also comes with a nice big mirror along with 28 lovely eyeshadows!

The 28 eyeshadows in the Smashbox on the Rocks Luxe palette
The 28 eyeshadows in the Smashbox on the Rocks Luxe palette

This is my first Smashbox eye shadow palette and boy am I impressed! These have a lovely silky texture. They are not as soft and crumbly as the LORAC Pro shadows but have the same silkiness. I am also extremely happy with the pigmentation of these shadows especially since a little goes a long way. Here are more pictures of the palette:

The Neutral side of the palette
The Neutral side of the palette
The colorful section with some bling!
The colorful section with some bling!
The Smokey side of the palette
The Smokey side of the palette

As you can see, the palette is quite versatile, color wise and texture wise. It has neutrals, brighter but wearable shades, smokey shades, mattes, shimmers and also a glitter shade. This is quite awesome to gift to someone who is just starting out and wants to try a hand with a variety of shades and finishes and just about anyone who wants more than a neutral palette!

I got my hands on this palette a couple of weeks ago and although I have not been able to use all the shadows on my eyelids, I did swatch every shade at Ulta before I bought it and they were beautiful! The only shade I am not totally digging is the shade moonlight which is a chunky glitter shade in between the pink and peach shade in the smokey side of the palette. This shade is probably meant to be used as a topper for your eyeshadow look since it has little to no color payoff on its own. ย The rest of the shades swatch well and the few I have applied on my lids performed exceptionally well. I did not notice any fading or creasing with them and they blend really well too.

Now lets get to the price tag shall we..this is where things get even better! I got my palette for 42$ which I think is a steal for 28 shadows (1.25g each) however I notice that the prices have been slashed recently! This palette is now available at Ulta and the Smashbox website for 29$ which is fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚

The only con I can think of is the packaging. The smaller on the rocks eyeshadow palette is packaged in a much more sleek fashion and I would have loved it if they did the same with this one too. It can be a little heavy and bulky to travel with but since it is a sturdy case I might try travelling with it when I go home for Christmas next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorry for the lack of swatches (long story) but do check out the review of this palette by Bailey B on youtube where she shows the swatches up close. It was her swatches that convinced me to check this palette out!

Here is the link:ย https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl6_9tC7MLs

Hope your all having a great week! Until next time…ciao!!

The LORAC PRO 2 Palette

Hey everyone!

I got the Lorac Pro 2 palette a while back and have been playing around with it for 2 months now…aaaand I am finally ready to review it ๐Ÿ™‚ I was on the verge of getting the Pro 1 palette when this was released and when I ย got a chance to compared them both in store I was drawn more to the Pro 2 palette since it contained shades I did not have in my collection. The Pro 1 looked really basic to me and I might get that at some point when I run out of basic shades (I have a feeling the wait will be really long for that to happen!).

The LORAC PRO 2 Palette
The LORAC PRO 2 Palette

This is my first LORAC palette and I have to say I am blown away with the texture of these shadows! I know a lot of people don’t like the soft buttery texture which can crumble and get powdery if you man handle them with your brush, but to me they are perfect! Just make sure you don’t jab your brush into them! As you might be aware, the palette can be divided into the top row of mattes and the bottom row of shimmers/satin finishes. In terms of texture, all of these are excellent in my opinion. The mattes don’t feel chalky and the shimmers have little to no fall out since they don’t contain chunky glitter.

I have heard people complaining about the shadows getting muddy when blending. I personally don’t do many complicated looks (I use 3 shadows max at one time) on a daily basis, so I did not have any issues with blending. In fact , I thought these shadows blended quite seamlessly for daily wear looks!

I know you guys must have seen umpteen swatches of this palette online, one more set of swatches won’t hurt ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do apologize for the not so great swatches though, since lighting has become an issue these days (I rely heavily on sunlight ย and where I am we don’t get much of it right now) !

LORAC PRO 2 Palette swatches 1
LORAC PRO 2 Palette swatches 1

The palette can also be divided into the slightly neutral side and the smokey side. These swatches are just a slight touch of my finger to my arm, and despite that they come through with their color. These shades above are very versatile and can be used for really basic looks. My favorites are the shimmer/satin shades! Rose is a lovely rose champagne color and Mocha is quite the stellar all over lid shade too!

LORAC PRO 2 Palette swatches 2
LORAC PRO 2 Palette swatches 2

Navy was one of the shades that drew me to this palette! It is probably the only blue eye shadow I have which doesn’t apply like black on the lid. Plum is another really pretty matte shade, though it isn’t the best plum shade I own. I really love Chrome! Its a lovely satin taupe shade which would look great on anyone! The only true dud shade for me in this palette was Jade. It ย swatches pretty but on the lid I don’t see any of that pretty green color I see in the pan. I also found charcoal to be a bit on the chalkier side but it is still workable.

The packaging is sleek and storage friendly. However I am not sure if its sturdy enough to be popped into a bag with other random items and taken on the go especially since the shadows themselves are quite delicate.

When this palette came out everyone classified this as a cool toned palette. I however, feel at best this is more of a neutral leaning palette compared to the very warm LORAC PRO 1. I have yellow undertones and this palette was neither warm toned nor cool toned for my coloring (MAC NC 25-30). I am not sure how well some of these shades will perform on really dark skin tones but for the most part I think this palette can be used by a wide range of skin tones.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post if your looking forward to seeing this palette in action! I will be exclusively using this palette to create 4 easy to do looks ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time…ciao!!!

Looks featuring the Balm Jovi Palette

Hello!!

So this is like a part 2 since ย yesterday I posted a review on the Balm Jovi Palette from the Balm which you can read all about HERE if you haven’t already!! I thought it would be fun to put up snaps of some of the eye looks you can create using this palette. I do have to put out a disclaimer though..I am not a pro in any way when it comes to eyeshadow application ๐Ÿ˜€ So if you find these laughable I am happy to have made you laugh ๐Ÿ˜€ These are very simple looks, the kinds that I would do in the mornings in a rush ( Aint got no time for 5 shadows and shadow base et al)

  • Look 1

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First off, excuse my bad brows :). This is a very simple look featuring the shade Rem all over the lid, The stroke in the outer corner and metal-ica on the browbone as a highlight. Here I have not applied too much of the shade Stroke so that its still wearable during daytime. You can always amp up the look by packing in more of the stroke on the outer corner to make this a night time look.

  • Look 2

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Okay, so this look features the shade Blink 1982 all over the lid followed by Lead Zeppelin in the outer V. I used the shade Iron Maid-en to blend Blink 1982 and Lead Zeppelin ย and also used it to highlight the brow bone area. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Lead Zeppelin does not look as pretty as it is in the pan when you apply it on your lids.

  • Look 3

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This look features my favorite shade ย Alice Copper ๐Ÿ™‚ which you can see on the outer corner of the lid. I have used Iron Maid-in all over the lid and used the matte shade Adiago in the brow bone area. As you may have noticed by now, I rarely use a transition crease shade since I have deep set eyes. In case you need to define your eye socket, allegro is a nice brown shade which is perfect in the crease.

  • Look 4

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Another favorite shade of mine is Moderato, a deep plum shade. Here its packed on in the outer corner of the eye lid. Third Eye Blind is all over the lid and the brow bone highlight is Iron Maid-in.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! I tried my best to capture these looks using my simple point and shoot camera ๐Ÿ˜› If you already own this palette tell what is your favorite combination of shades on the lid!

Until next time..ciao!!

The Balm: Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette Review

Hello folks!

I have been meaning to write about this bad boy for a while now! Ever since I got this way back in Feb I have used it regularly (and I haven’t made a dent in it) and love it to bits! It is the best multi use palette I own since it not only comes with 12 amazing eyeshadows, but also a highlighter, a blush and 2 lip products all enclosed in a cute cardboard palette that is super sleek ๐Ÿ™‚

The Balm Jovi palette
The Balm Jovi palette
  • I love travel and do travel a fair bit! and if your like me, I think you have found your new travel companion ๐Ÿ˜‰ The palette is really sleek, doesn’t bother the TSA and you have ย 12 eyeshadows to chose from even for a short 2 day trip.
  • The balm has flash sales once in a while and they are featured on hautelook often..so if you can get your hands on this palette at a discounted price its excellent value for money! for 18 to 19 $ your getting an array of buttery smooth eyeshadows, blush , highlighter and 2 lip products as shown below. I love the mirror too!!

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  • The cream products have a separate flap to protect them from any powder fallout from the shadows and face products..which is a nice thing done by the Balm.
  • I feel that the eyeshadow shades in this palette can compliment any eye color and skin tone. They are quite versatile and wearable! As with all the products from The Balm, the eyeshadows all have fun band names reflecting the theme of the palette ๐Ÿ™‚ The shades have been classified as Heavy Metal, Classical and Alternative Rock. All the Classical shades are matte. Now lets take a look at them closely!
Swatches: Heavy Metal
Swatches: Heavy Metal
  • The heavy metal shadows consist of Metal-ica: shimmery silver shade, Iron Maid-in: soft gold shade, Lead Zeppelin: Green shade with chunky gold glitter and Alice Copper: Burnt plum shimmer shade. All of these have a smooth and creamy texture with the exception of ย Lead Zeppelin. In fact, this is the only shade that really disappointed me in this palette! It looks really pretty in the pan but it has terrible fall out and has a gritty texture too.
Swatches: Classical
Swatches: Classical
  • Like I mentioned before, this set of shadows is matte in texture but they still have a lovely creamy texture. Adagio: cream shade, Allegro: a nice matte transition brown shade, Moderato: Lovely deep purple and Presto: neutral deep brown. All of these apply really well and blend seamlessly.
Swatches: Alternative Rock
Swatches: Alternative Rock
  • These have a satin finish to them in my opinion with the exception of Blink 1982 which is a nude shade with glitter. The stroke looks like a deep dark midnight blue in the pan but swatches almost like black. I really like the shade Rem which is a lavender shade with gold undertones. Unfortunately, my swatch doesn’t do this shade any justice! Third eye blinded is a nice peach champagne shade. Lets now move on to the other goodies in this palette!
Face and lip products
Face and lip product swatches
  • The first swatch is the lovely highlighter called disco diso. This is pretty much the same thing as their famous Mary Lou minizer. It is very pigmented and not glittery and when used with a light hand gives a lovely natural sheen ย ๐Ÿ™‚ The blush is amazing! I love this blush like crazy ๐Ÿ˜› its the perfect natural blush in my opinion! It is labelled as Don’t you want me in this palette but its essentially the Frat boy blush from their blush line. Lastly we have the lip products Milly and Vanilly (love the names!) which have a reasonable lasting power. They have a balm like texture and I don’t find them to be drying which is another plus.

Overall, I love this palette. I find myself packing this palette whenever I leave town and also reach for it otherwise ๐Ÿ™‚ Many a times when companies combine multiple stuff into one palette there will be many misses..but here I like 99% of the stuff in the palette (thats a first!). Do you own the Balm Jovi Palette? What are your thoughts? ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow I will do a post featuring 4 eye looks using this palette so stay tuned!!

Until next time..ciao!!!

 

foto friday! 07/18/2014

Hello everyone!

I’m all excited about my road trip this weekend to NY :). I’m meeting up with old friends who are still as awesome as they were when I first got to know them some 10 to 12 years ago!! ย There is also a baby shower to attend since one of them is going to have her first kid real soon !!

So, I got back today a bit early from work and have been running errands and started packing…as usual I pack way more stuff (clothes and makeup) than I need! Its just a 2 day trip and so after much debating and screening here is the makeup stuff I am taking along ! ๐Ÿ˜€ (I am so sure I won’t be using half these things but its always good to have choices!)

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So how good are you guys with packing for a trip? over packing/ under packing? whats your thing?

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Until next time…ciao!!