Buying from Glambot

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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

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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

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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

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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!

 

 

Where does this Urban palette fall on the Spectrum?

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This baby was a complete PAIN to track down! I knew I should’ve ordered it as soon as I saw it appear on Sephora’s website, but I thought I’d be okay to wait a couple weeks..

 

And I thought wrong!

 

By the time I went to purchase, it was already completely unavailable from any retailer I could find. Except, of course, eBay. I’m always wary of purchasing cosmetics from the site because of the abundance of fake cosmetics being sold, as well as hygienic issues. When I finally found a seller who had tons of positive feedback and had a product that was authentic and new, I snatched it up – at a hefty markup, unfortunately. The sad truth, I’m afraid, is that even though Urban Decay’s Spectrum palette was released less than a month ago, it is already gone for good unless you’re willing to try your luck from a private seller.

 

All that being said, it was so worth it! The packaging is very reminiscent of Urban’s 16th anniversary palette release, and sold out just as quickly. The difference here being that not all of these colors are exclusive to the palette.

 

I was really excited to see the inclusion of Junkie, one of my favorite shadows for its gorgeous jewel-toned depth. Voodoo is also a rich, complex shade, as are the rest of the colors, with all the pigmentation and blendability you’d expect from this brand. I think the packaging is very pretty, but for some reason, the lid to my palette seems a little on the loose side. I’m not sure if this is something unique to me, or if others have noticed it as well.

 

If you’re a collector, you’ll have to do some serious investigative work to get your hands on this one. For the casual Urban Decay fan, it may not be worth the effort, as some of the shades are repeats. Perhaps the Gwen Stefani collaboration will trump this palette anyway!

 

 

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette 2

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Do I even need to talk about how pretty and perfect these shadows are, or can you just stare at the picture and surmise for yourself?

 

Just kidding, of course 🙂 I could talk about makeup all day!

 

This collection from Make Up For Ever is a gift from one of the greatest makeup gods, and the creator of the line, Dany Sanz. Her shadows have been renowned by artists for years, but are now being acclaimed at a consumer level as well. I think a lot of that success has to do with the introduction of palettes from the brand. They’re very client-friendly, with generous eyeshadow portions, and sold at a fantastic price point!

 

The formula is extremely unique. Think of a powder-gel hybrid that applies smooth and buttery, and offers incredible wear time. Something I particularly enjoy about this palette are the beautiful jewel tones. Each color achieves depth and dimension without being a glitter bomb, and can be applied wet or dry to achieved a foiled or soft shimmery finish.

 

If you love fun colors, but are afraid of not being able to blend them, these are perfect to work with! And for my fellow artists, they fit perfectly in a kit and travel extremely well. You can’t go wrong with Make Up For Ever shadows!

 

 

Learning or Established, Lorac PRO Palette is for You!

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If there is anything not to like about this palette, I haven’t found it yet! Here’s what to love:

 

If you’re new to makeup, the shades are all neutral enough to practice with for day or night time wear, and they’re so easy to blend that they practically do it themselves! Unlike some other popular neutral palettes, multiple undertones and complimentary colors are represented here. Garnet and Sable are amazing to pop blue eyes. For green or hazel eyes, Deep Purple offsets your eye color very nicely, while the amber color in brown eyes is perfectly brought out using Gold and Cream. There are smoky colors and highlighting shades, as well as a variety of textures to create virtually any natural look desired.

 

For the pros, the packaging is awesome. These shadows are housed in super slim, compact packaging. Let me emphasize: it’s totally unobtrusive in a professional kit! Anyone who does makeup professionally can attest to the struggle of making all the things you think you need to bring to a job fit inside of a zip or train case. The matte shades are beautiful, buttery smooth, and never chalky or dry in texture. They make perfect transition shades and truly work on a huge range of skin tones. In fact, this palette is one of my go-to’s for a deeper skinned client, because the color payoff is so brilliant that you never have to worry about blending away your hard work.

 

This palette has been available for awhile, but every time I use it, I feel like I’m swatching for the very first time! I’ve felt for quite awhile that Lorac is a severely underrated brand. Their products are high quality with great ingredients, sturdy packaging, and fair price points. At $42, this product is a steal compared to palettes from other mid-range brands with a similar quality! Don’t hesitate to add it to your collection – available at Ulta and Lorac.com.