I’m Flushed! (And it’s Not from the Fever)

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Let me me set tonight’s scene for you-


My little one is already in bed fighting a virus, and I’m in bed doing the same, with barely enough energy to support my laptop. I don’t want to move, but in between sneezes I can’t help but think about how I’ve been wanting to review this blush palette since the moment I set eyes on it, so here we are! (And for the record, I may be being a tad dramatic. Colds tend to make me that way!)


Up until purchasing this product, I hadn’t tried any of the new Too Faced Love Flush Blushes, so this wardrobe of 6 for $36 was perfect!

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Pretty in Pastels with Make Up For Ever Artist Palette 3

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Pastels and florals for Spring – SO overdone, right!?


Just kidding! Like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” during the holidays, I never get tired of these staple fresh Spring collections. Everything is in bloom, the weather warms up (seriously, our highs are in the 70’s here in Texas this week) and macaron-colored cardigans replace our black peacoats.

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MAC Ellie Goulding – Blush/Bronzer Compact



As promised, today I present to you MAC & Ellie Goulding’s Blush/Bronzer duo in Hold My Breath!


After seeing all the beautiful promo work for this collection, as well as the glowing sneak peak reviews from other bloggers, I knew this was a must-have. Attention to detail is apparent in this piece as well, with the EG logo embossed on the powder.

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Becca Champagne Glow Palette



I know what you’re thinking – you either already have this palette and love it, are bummed you missed out on it (and salty with me for re-opening that wound) or hate Becca highlighters and/or Jaclyn Hill and DGAF, in which case, why are you even here? ?


But honestly, I’m not trying to beat a dead horse by reviewing this palette. I know it’s no longer available, but now that Pearl (the lightest shade on the left) is going to be permanent for Spring, I thought I’d go ahead and talk about that shade and Blushed Copper (far right). I’ve already reviewed Champagne Pop here, so go check that out as well if you missed it! Also, it is still available as of now on Sephora’s website.


Pearl is my very own ideal highlighter. As a real-life Snow White, the only shade lighter than my complexion is literally paper white. Enter Pearl! This color is a completely neutral, shimmery white highlighter that actually highlights my bone structure because it is truly lighter than my skin. This may not be relatable for most of you guys, but finding a highlighter lighter than my complexion makes me want to fall to my knees and weep tears of joy. I’ve been described by friends as “translucent”, “glow-in-the-dark”, and perhaps most eloquently, “pale as f***!”, if that helps you to understand the real life need I had for someone to create a highlighter this light.


With that personal victory also comes hardship for others – I’ve had many people tell me they simply don’t know what to do with this shade. If you have the palette or are planning to purchase the individual full-size, and have a medium-to-deep skin tone, I do have a few suggestions for you.


Besides being worn on the cheekbones, Pearl pops as an inner-corner/tear duct highlight, as well as a beautiful brightener on the center of the eyelid. When applied strategically to the Cupid’s Bow, it also makes a great lip enhancer. For extra credit, you can even pat a little with your fingertip onto the center of your bottom lip to achieve maximum Kylie Jenner fullness! All of these methods will work with any skin tone, not just for the ultra-fair.


Blushed Copper has a very self-explanatory name, and is really going to have the opposite effect of Pearl. Super deep skin tones pull off this highlighter flawlessly, but anyone lighter than that on the skin tone spectrum looks pretty strange with this on their upper cheekbones.


Instead, it makes a gorgeous eyeshadow or blush, so there’s really no losing with this color either! While it also is available as an individual full-size product, it is a limited edition shade as well. If you’re planning on purchasing, it’s still available on Sephora’s website and in many stores.


As a side note, the pans in this palette look so small in every picture I’ve seen, but they’re actually a really generous size (though not full-sized, of course). All of the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed shades are $38, and worth every single penny!



MAC Warm Neutrals x15



Last night, I reviewed MAC’s Cool Neutral 15 pan palette, so today I want to share the warm version with you!


I’ll say right off the bat that I like this version better. I feel like the pigment is stronger and provides better color payoff, and overall texture is just way smoother.


Because of the color quality and warmth of the shades, I think this is a much better addition to a professional kit. The colors work for a much broader skin tone range, especially for clients with deeper skin that may not be partial to the cool palette. It also makes a fantastic pairing with blue eyes, since orange and blue are complimentary colors.


A couple of the finer points about these palettes in general is that they’re an excellent value, and provide a great way to add a lot of MAC to your collection at once if you’re newer to the brand.


Don’t worry – I won’t judge you if you buy both ☺️



MAC Cool Neutrals x15



As you may have noticed, I already failed at my New Year’s Resolution. I didn’t post anything last night – but I swear I have a good reason! I was tired.. ? After putting my son to bed, I passed out on the couch before 8 pm. So much for keeping up with my skincare regimen too!


I also resolved to be easier on myself this year, so I’ll just make up for it with another post this week (and maybe calm my skin with an extra face mask), and let it average itself out ?.


I’m still very excited to talk about the Cool Neutral 15-pan shadow palette from MAC. What a fantastic deal! At $85, you’re paying just over $5/shadow for very generously sized pans. I’ll admit that as a long-time fan of Urban Decay shadows, I’ve never really purchased many from MAC. When I have, I’ve also found the formula to be very hit-and-miss, but this palette made me pretty happy!


The lighter matte shades are a very thoughtful inclusion (there are 6 mattes overall), and much smoother than I anticipated. That being said, they’re going to look like straight up chalk on deeper skin tones, so they may not be the best investment if you’re a professional looking for a versatile palette for your kit, or you just happen to look best in darker, richer tones.


Color payoff from the satin shades is pretty good, but they’re not what I would reach for if I wanted a defined or bold look with neutral colors. These shadows work best for someone who wants a light wash of color for every day, that doesn’t require too much fuss or blending.


If you’re looking for an economical way to introduce yourself to MAC or beef up your collection, you’ve found the right palette! If you want sone thing like this, but with warm colors.. Well that exists too. Both are available from department stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s and MAC, and -spoiler alert- I’ll be reviewing the warm collection next!



Buying from Glambot



If you’re a makeup junkie, chances are you’ve heard of Glambot. It’s essentially a big blog sale, and here’s how it works:


If you’ve got makeup just sitting on your vanity that you’re unhappy with and will never use, Glambot may want to purchase it from you. After requesting a shipping label from their website, you can send 20 + makeup items from their approved list of brands, and they’ll send back an offer for the accepted items. You can accept their offer via PayPal or in store credit, in which case they’ll give you an extra 30% to spend.


What do they do with cosmetics they’ve purchased? Sanitize them (using various methods, depending on the formula) and offer them for sale on their website for a discount! If you think this is “gross” all I can say is – have you ever tried on literally ANYTHING at a makeup store? And also, more for me!


This is a concept I LOVE! I used to be a swapper on makeupalley, and I like this operation even better. If you’ve got a super amazing limited edition product that you don’t use or like, why not give someone else the opportunity to cherish it? Vice versa, it’s also a great way to pick up a limited release that you may have missed out on when it was available from retailers.


Such was the case for lucky me, because I scored a product I absolutely PINED over upon its release. Dior Mitzah palette, I finally own you! The website indicated that there was about 80% of the product left, and even though only a small chip is missing at the bottom of the palette, I bought it for almost half its original price! There were only 1000 of these made at the time, I believe, and so this is a very special and exciting addition to my collection. These are the things in life that make me happiest!


Ordering is is a little scary, because most of the photos of product for sale are stock photos. That means that even though you have some idea of how much product is left and what basic condition the packaging is in, you can’t REALLY know until you receive it. I’m a very visual person, so this was terrifying for me, but I’m glad I took the plunge.


I also bought MAC’s Glissade Mineralize Skinfinish, and I’m very happy with that as well. The only complaint I can think of, is that shipping took a little too long for my taste. I ordered in on a Friday, and got my package in a week and a half later on a Tuesday. I realize this may be standard 5-7 business day shipping, but I just think that to compete with other retailers, it should happen in more like 3-5.


Maybe Amazon has just spoiled me! At any rate, I had an awesome experience and will definitely continue to purchase from them in the future. I’ll also be selling some cosmetics soon, so stay tuned for my review on the other half of the process!



Sleek & Chic by Laura Mercier



By now, perhaps you can tell that I own several too many eye shadow palettes. Is there room for one more? Always! Especially if it’s this one.


Laura Mercier’s Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette is really just that. The tortoise shell packaging and wearable color selection (that isn’t just shades of brown) make this great for a professional environment or a night out.


Have you seen African Violet? It’s the shade 3rd from the left on the bottom row- yes, that gorgeous golden lavender. It’s my favorite Laura Mercier color, and just like Nars’ Orgasm or Stila’s Kitten, it’s included in almost every collection, and for good reason! It pops on every skin tone, and is just such a unique eyeshadow. Cashmere, a matte neutral pink, is a surprising star here. It blends like a dream (like the rest of Laura’s mattes) and makes for an interesting transition shade.


Laura is a champion at making vibrant jewel tones that are easy for a beginner to use. They’re buildable enough that you can work up to a great color depth, without being so pigmented that you worry about getting too much initial color and struggling to blend it out.


Noir is a matte black that isn’t deep and inky, but deep enough to add color in the crease without looking like you gave yourself a black eye.


If you’re someone who wants to transition from wearing only neutrals, but needs a little practice, or a person who’s looking for a great selection of colors for the office, run out and grab this palette! Unless you prefer online ordering – then click away, my friends.



Gwen X Urban Decay



Who else is SO excited about this collaboration? Raise your hands!


I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this palette ever since Wende and Gwen started releasing details. They really are a dream team – punk, alternative, and color-outside-the lines fun. Now, finally, here it is! The palette is heavier and more substantial than I imagined it’d be. The packaging itself is a modern piece of pop art, with black polka dots on a white face, surrounded by golden accents.


The color selection inside really surprised me, I have to say. I love a healthy mix of matte and shimmer finishes, so no complaints here about that. What I did find strange (along with pretty much everyone else) is the abundance of neutrals. Gwen Stefani is not exactly known for being muted! For the most part, they’re also really light neutrals.. Great for me, but not so much for anyone that has real life pigment in their skin. I respect Gwen for choosing colors that actually work for her, but come on – it’s easy for us to blend down a dark shade, but how is someone with medium-deep skin supposed to make these brighter?


That being said, there are a couple colors here I’m already obsessed with. Serious is SO pretty! I LOVE a cool grey with some glitter. Steady, Baby, and Pop are all right up my alley, too. Anything I can sweep on my lids to get out the door (without too much blending) is really always a go-to. But as much as I craved more color from this palette, I have to say that I don’t see Harajuku or 1987 getting much love from me in the future. They’re too crayola-bright, and lack the depth that make vibrant jewel-toned shades like Danger so wearable. However, 2/15 colors is nothing to cry about, and I’m sure the other colors will keep me reaching for this beauty quite often.


Another minor touch I loved was the inclusion of a card in the packaging. It included 4 samples of upcoming lip shades that will be released soon as part of Gwen and Urban’s continued collaboration. I thought it was a brilliant touch to ensure the continued success of the collection. There’s No Doubt that this partnership is a perfect pairing!



Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015



I’ve reviewed two other palettes from Make Up For Ever so far, so I think by now we all know that I LOVE their shadow formula! To recap, it’s unlike any other brand – a gel/powder hybrid that glides on smoothly and practically blends itself. The colors are bold, intense, and have beautiful depth.


I also cross referenced the shades from the two artist palettes released in spring, and I think the only shade here that is a repeat is the black (S-102). But really, who can complain about having an extra one of these? The black is one of my all-time favorites, alongside Urban Decay’s Blackout. Both are true, deep blacks that create smoldering smoky eyes and sharp cut creases with ease.


The value here is just crazy too; 15 shadows for $59, compared to one single at $22. The slim packaging is also convenient to keep in a drawer or kit, where as last holiday’s collection was cute, but impractical and not at all portable. I would rather have seen a black cover with the logo than glitter orange, but this odd choice is really nothing to lament with such a versatile palette at hand.


Go out and grab one before they’re gone!