Monthly Beauty Favorites: March 2015

This year has seriously been flying by, but that just means that here in Minnesota we’re closer to warmer weather! I can’t wait to wear summer dresses and sandals! A few weekends back I ditched my winter jacket because it was 60 degrees out! People were jacket-less and grilling in the middle of March. That was a weird feeling, but that is Minnesota for you. This month I found some new beauty loves and some re-discoveries! With that, I hope you enjoy my March monthly favorites!

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1) Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

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This month I have been loving this matte palette from Tarte. This is a very wearable neutral all matte palette. It has 12 shades included; a row of cool tones, a row of warm tones, and a row of purple tones. I am quite surprised with how smooth and blend-able these shadows are. They’re very versatile shades as well. Not only do I like to use this palette alone, I also love pairing it with the Makeup Geek foiled eye-shadows; if I want to add a metallic finish to the matte look.

2) Brilliant & Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette 

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I have had this palette for a little while now, but one day while doing my makeup I was in search of a coral shade. Be hold the amazing Brilliant and Spellbinding palette by Sigma Beauty. I also really love the yellow shade as well. This palette is very “Spring” feeling in my opinion with the pink, yellow, and coral shades. I really love the Sigma Beauty eyeshadow formula in these palettes. They’re very pigmented, blend-able, and smooth. They have four palettes like these all together. I am thinking about de-potting all 4 of these palettes into a z-palette.

3) Urban Decay 24/7 glide-On Eye Pencil in Scorch

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During my last trip to the cities I was looking for a bronze-brown eyeliner shade and ending up finding the shade Scorch. I have been using this shade quite a bit lately. It is a gorgeous shade that works well with neutral looks. I love the Urban Decay’s eyeliner formula and find it to be the best out of any that I have tried. I love how creamy and easy to apply they are.

4) Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha

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I really love my Nyx Jumbo pencils! They work really well as a base. I never use them on their own, but they could be if you wanted to. The shade Iced Mocha is a gorgeous shade and works well underneath any neutral look. I feel like these jumbo pencils help my eyeshadow last longer during the day. I still use Urban Decay’s original eyeshadow primer underneath.

5) Lush Cosmetics Honey Trap Lip Balm

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Recently I re-discovered this lip balm. I had it before and ended up losing it, so when I was at Mall of America’s Lush store I decided to replace it. This stuff is super moisturizing and smells like honey. 😀 I always use it before I go to bed and it keeps my lips moisturized and smooth. It is also made out of natural ingredients which is always a plus.

That concludes this month’s monthly favorites! What have you been loving this month? Have you tried any of these products? Comment and let me know!

xoxo

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Sigma Beauty Smoke Screen Palette Review

eye shadow Sigma Beauty is well known for its makeup brushes, but not as commonly known for their makeup line in the beauty world. Although, I think that Sigma Beauty is getting more and more into the makeup world with them bringing out more and more palettes, blushes, lip-glosses, and even lately gel eyeliners. I was quite impressed with their previous palette which is called, Warm Neutrals,  so when they came out with this Smoke Screen palette, I knew I had to pick it up. If you’re interested on my review of the Warm Neutrals palette you can find that here. Both palettes are still available online and at Sigma Beauty. Sigma Beauty’s flagship store is at Mall of America so I always have to stop in whenever I am at MOA.

What Sigma Beauty says about this palette, “The Sigma Beauty Smoke Screen Eye Shadow Palette features 12 different shades and finishes with cool undertones, perfect that give the ability to transform your look from desk to dancing. Each shade is represented by sophisticated neutrals to bold brights offset by dark, dusty hues. Paraben-free.” More information found here

Price: $39.00

PACKAGING

The Smoke Screen palette comes with the same look and feel as the Warm Neutrals palette. It comes with an outer white sleeve that I already threw away. I don’t see a point in keeping it.

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Here is the back of the outer sleeve showing the colors shades, the ingredients, and amount of product included.

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The actual palette itself is nice and sturdy. I really like the sleek look of it. The Sigma logo makes it look nice and high quality. The palette does have a magnetic closure.

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This is what the back of the palette looks like. It shows the shades, amount of product, and that it was made in China.

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It comes with a nice sized mirror, but the mirror does not stay up by itself.

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Overall, I am quite impressed with the packaging. I do like that they went with the same packaging look as with the Warm Neutrals palette.

THE EYE SHADOWS

This palette has an amazing array of colors and finishes. I do not have any other palettes quite like this. This palette is perfect for creating smokey eye looks. They also included some fun shades like the lavender shade and of course the amazing blue shade. Nobody says that smokey eyes can’t be fun! 😀 Each shadow is imprinted with Sigma Beauty which I think is cool, but over time that disappears.

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THE SWATCHES

Row 1  VEILED: shimmery peach OPULENT: frosty copper EMBER: frosty medium bronze- brown THUNDERHEAD: matte medium brown

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Row 2 MISTY: matte light lavender HAZE: matte light mauve-brown SVELTE: matte olive brown RAVE: shimmery brown with gold glitter

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Row 3 NEBULA: shimmery turquoise blue ATMOSPHERE: shimmery milk chocolate brown CINDERS: frosty slate-gun-metal ALMOST JET: charcoal-black

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FORMULA & MY THOUGHTS I love this palette because I find it to be very unique. It has quite a few different shades that I have never seen in other palettes. Some of my favorites shades include: nebula, opulent, svelte, and rave. Nebula is pretty amazing and I loved using it in my look down below. Also, I think that Svelte is super unique with its olive tones. The formula is just like the Warm Neutrals one. I feel like they have improved their formula quite a bit compared to some previous palettes of theirs. The shadows are very easy to work with. They’re very pigmented, blendable, and soft. They’re aren’t powdery which is nice, but some of the glittery shades have a little fall-out. Pros

  • Highly pigmented
  • Easy to work with
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Unique and fun shades
  • Paraben free!

Cons

  • Price, although I don’t personally think it is all that bad compared to other palettes out on the market.
  • Mirror doesn’t stand up
  • Glittery shades have some fall-out
  • Not available in a lot of stores so hard to find unless purchasing online.

FOTDs

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With that, I hope that you enjoyed this post! Do you have this palette? What do you think of it? Comment and let me know if you enjoy my palette reviews and what palette review you would like to see next. Hope you all have a wonderful day and weekend!

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May 2014 Monthly Favorites: Beauty, Fashion, & Lifestyle!

May was sure a busy month! It flew by so fast, that I am still in shock that it is already June! Life has been pretty busy with work and moving out of my house. I have been neglecting the blogging side of things a little bit. 😦 Although, I did start a new blog during that time, so I don’t feel too neglectful! I had a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to include in my monthly favorites. I loved a lot of things this month! But, I do have quite a few monthly favorites that I want to share with you all! I hope you enjoy! Also, make sure to comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you think of them! I hope you enjoy!

MAKEUP & SKINCARE

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Cindy-Lou Manizer from The Balm

What the Balm says, “An all-in-one essential, this smart shadow, beautiful blush and subtle highlighter is tucked inside a go-anywhere compact. The light-reflecting peachy pink hue adds a splash of color to your cheeks and a hint of shimmer to your lids, while illuminating your finest features.” Information found here

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I haven’t had this beauty product for that long, but I really do like the shade. It can be used as a highlighter, shimmer, or a shadow. I use mine as a highlighter, it just gives the face a pretty peachy-pink highlight. I love the packaging as well! The Balm always gets an A+ on packaging in my book! I also have the Mary-Lou Manizer version of this, love that one as well. That one is more of a champagne shade. They’re both super pigmented so you only need a little bit!

Setting Brush by Real Techniques

What Real Techniques says, “The key to completing any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter.”  More information found here.

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This brush goes hand in hand with the monthly favorite described above. I use this brush for highlighting because I think that it is the perfect size. The brush is super soft and easy to use. RT brushes are also cruelty free which is important to me. This brush could also be used for blending out concealer.

The Body Shop Body Butter in Strawberry 

What The Body Shop says, “This rich and creamy Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains Community Fair Trade shea butter and has a sweet strawberry scent. 24-hour hydration Great for normal to dry skin Sweet strawberry scent.” More information found here

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This was my first purchase ever from The Body Shop. I am a HUGE fan of strawberries so I of course had to pick this one up. I actually ordered this mini body butter online so I didn’t get to test it out first. This stuff smells AMAZING! It is like strawberries on steroids! The body butter is nice and creamy and has the perfect thickness. It is perfect for during the day for a quick hand cream and it does help moisturize my hands. I usually use more of a thicker more moisturizing hand cream at night.

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

What Sephora says, “An alluring, warm-toned eyeshadow palette with a stunning composition of colors—three large base shades and nine transformative accent hues—for a spectrum of stunning eye looks. ” More information found here

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I am in love with this palette! I love all the colors included. The shadows are super pigmented and just gorgeous!  I just find it to be a super unique palette, because it includes some shades that I have never seen before. The packaging is amazing and it is very fitting for Kat Von D and her personality. Well, it should be because she drew the palette design. I have 3 Kat Von D items from her line, which are all palettes. So far, I am quite impressed with her makeup line and I’m curious about her other makeup items. What products have you tried from her line?!? I don’t want to give out too much information about this palette. I have a review coming up on this palette and the sister palette Chrysalis, which is gorgeous as well!

Sigma Beauty Single Eye Shadow in Triomphe 

What Sigma Beauty says, “The Sigma Beauty Individual Eye Shadow Collection features a versatile assortment of shades and finishes from our best-selling eye shadow palettes.  Each eye shadow has a rich pigmentation and long-lasting wear. Mix and match for your favorite colors to create a customized collection.” More information found here

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When I was at Mall of America a few months ago, I got this shadow for free with a purchase. I had a hard time deciding what shade to pick out! I decided on the shade Triomphe, which is a duo-chrome pewter. This shade is actually part of the Paris palette. This shade is super gorgeous and I love the duo-chrome finish to it. It is also pigmented and blends easily! This shade is perfect for the outer V and even could be used all over the lid for a more darker look.

Jamberry Nails!!!

This is probably my biggest monthly favorite! I have a love for having something pretty on my nails! Being a nurse my nail polish chips right away with constant hand washing. Meet the company Jamberry Nails! 😀 Basically these are high quality vinyl nail wraps, which is such a smart idea!  I have so far applied 2 different Jambicures and so far I love them! They don’t chip! They last a lot longer than any nail polish! My first Jambicure was Chalkboard Hearts and my second Jambicure was Flutter By. Flutter By was a May exculsive, I am glad that I got my hands on a sheet of this adorable butterfly design. I will be doing an actual review on these vinyl nails, so stay tuned for that!

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FASHION

I loved this dress from Maurices this month! I paired it with my new madden girl sandals that I got at Famous Footwear! I really like how this outfit turned out. Also, I got the white little cardigan at Maurices as well. Surprise! Love that store!

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Here is another dress that I got at Maurices! 🙂 I paired it with that same white cardigan. I love this dress and I love the color orange! You can find this dress here.

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LIFESTYLE 

Movies

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
I really love the new Spider-man movies, along with a bunch of other people. Lol! I really like Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Personally, I think that this Spider-Man film has been the best Spider-Man movie so far (including the Tobey Mcquire ones)! There were funny parts in it and there were sad parts in it as well. Overall, I think that it was really well done. Comment and let me know if you have seen this movie.

Endless Love
Yes, this movie is a chic flick and a little cheesy, but I think it is adorable! There is nothing wrong with watching a “feel good movie.” Not everything has to be blood and gore and guts!

Games

Pikmin 3
Recently I sold my Iphone back to Best Buy in place of a gift card. I ended up getting the Nintendo Wii U. I have always been a fan of Nintendo with Yoshi being a favorite character of mine. It was a super nice deal,  I got a lot back for my Iphone! I got this game called Pikmin 3! I actually played the original Pikmin game back in the day on GameCube, with one of my good friends all the time. It is an all time favorite of mine! So fast forward to Pikmin 3, and I still love it! Although, with life being so busy, I haven’t been able to play it much. I figured it would be easier for me just to show you a preview of the game. I know some people probably think it is silly, but I love it! Aren’t the Pikmin adorable?!?

Shows

Revenge
Revenge has had its moments! Honestly, part of this season I wanted to quit watching this show. There was too many characters and I got lost with the story line. But, thankfully I kept watching because it all ended with the season finale! This season finale was intense! I can’t wait to see what happens! Comment and let me know if you watch Revenge.

Dancing with the Stars
I loved watching this show and I think that it was one of this best seasons of DWTS ever! I just think that they had a lot of good celebrities, which kept the show interesting. I watched Meryl & Charlie win the gold at the Olympics, that was a big reason why I watched this season more faithfully. I was happy to see Meryl and Maks win!

MIRYA, MADDIE, & MOLLY MONTHLY FAVORITES

If you want to see my pets monthly favorites then I suggest you check out my pet blog that I recently started called, “The HAPPY PAW Files.” I have a post about their paw approved monthly favorites going up at the same time as this one! I hope you subscribe and show Mirya, Molly, and Maddie some love! You can find that blog post here.

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That concludes this monthly favorites post! I hope you enjoyed reading this! Comment and let me know what you thought and if you have tried any of the products mentioned. Also, let me know if you have watched any of the shows or movies, or played Pikmin 3 as well!

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