Getting Back into Blogging and some Beauty Hauls

This year has been super busy for me that I have been very neglectful to my blog. My neglectfulness started once I started a new job last year. I was used to the hospital with doing 12 hour shifts and then I could work on blogging during my days off as needed. With having a full time job that involved a lot of computer charting, I just didn’t have motivation to come home and stare at a computer. That job just left me feeling defeated and I needed something new. I started a new job with all normal hours about 2 months ago! I am a nurse at a clinic now. Now, I feel like I am less stressed out and that I can get back into blogging little by little. I don’t want to go months at a time without a post ever again! So why not start out with showing you all my latest hauls. I got these items over the past 5 to 6 months or so. Some of them I got recently, but hey we don’t need to explain ourselves right?!?…we are all beauty lovers here.

Metamorphosis Quad by Coffee Break with Dani

Coffee Break with Dani is one of my most watched YouTubers. She has such a sweet bubbly personality in her videos. She got to team up with ColourPop Cosmetics and make this amazing quad of shadows. She put a ton of thought into the meaning and the shades of this quad. This is Limited Edition-so it won’t  be around forever. I plan on doing a review on ColourPop shadows sometime in the future.

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Too Faced Haul

Too Faced came out with a lot of new products recently. It feels like yesterday these products came out, but it has been a couple months already. I really wanted to try their new foundation Born This Way-I sadly got the wrong shade (note to self never buy foundation online). It looks too yellow on me, but I do like the formula. The palette is gorgeous! I will do a review on it coming up soon so stay tuned for that one! The kabuki brush had amazing reviews so I wanted to try it out. So far I am loving it! It is perfect for travel which makes sense since it is retractable. They also came out with new blushes. They’re so adorable with the heart shape and the cute bunnies inside. I will do a review on that blush as well.

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Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette and Eye Brush

Lately I have been really impressed by Kat Von D and her makeup line. I’ve heard rave reviews on this palette so I picked it up to see what all the fuss was about. It has a nice array of neutral matte shades. Although, I sometimes like to add a shimmery ColourPop shadow on top when I use this palette because well…this girl loves her shimmer. I also got the eye brush which is super soft and perfect for travel.

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The Body Shop Body Butters

These are my holy grail body butters that I use for moisturizing my body. I got these during a trip to Mall of America. These are super moisturizing and smell amazing! I decided on a variety of them-I think I only have 2-3 left of these. Ignore my ugly carpet in the picture.

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Some Ulta Goodies!

Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands as well so I decided to pick up their new Smoky palette about a month and a half ago. I also got the Lorac Contour Pro Palette at that time as well. Recently, Too Faced came out the Star Dust Vegas Nay palette. This is my most recent purchase! This palette is simply gorgeous!

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Click the link below for a photo on Instagram of a few more items I got. I got the Stila mascara and primer, and an eyeliner. I also picked up some The Balm products from Kohls.

That concludes this huge makeup haul! Like I said this was over 5-6 months. Yes, it is still a lot, but that comes with the territory of being a makeup enthusiastic and beauty blogger. It feels good to be back to blogging! I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what recent beauty purchases you have made and if you have tried any of the products that I talked about in this post!

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Kat Von D Monarch Eye Shadow Palette Review

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I blame YouTube and Kat Von D herself for me buying the butterfly eye shadow palette collection. Awhile back, Sephora’s YouTube channel had released a video of Kat Von D herself introducing her two new palettes. The two palettes from this collection are called Monarch and Chrysalis. If you have been following me, it may be no surprise to you that I love palettes. So I had to jump on the opportunity to purchase them. I first will be doing the Monarch palette review and then soon after I will be doing the Chrysalis review.

A SEPHORA OVERVIEW
All information down below in italics can be found on the Sephora site found here.

What it is: 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. 

What it does: From delicate to daring, experience a rebirth of color and explore endless eye looks with the Monarch Eyeshadow Palette. Featuring warm-toned shades in an ingenious arrangement that gives you the biggest basics and the most accent hues, now you’ll have the freedom to create your heart out without running out of the go-to colors. Relish in the luxurious texture of triple-milled powder, which picks up instantly and lays down with a one-sweep, full-coverage application. The patented Power Last™, long-wearing formula gives you buildable, from dawn-to-dusk drama, while an infusion of antioxidants including rose extract and vitamins A, C, and E all work to keep your eyelids hydrated and protected. 

What else you need to know: Inspired by the metamorphosis of the butterfly, Kat created this palette to give you endless ways to transform your eyes every day. The palette is decorated with original artwork derived from her love of butterflies—a symbol of rebirth and renewal. Follow Kat’s tutorials for tips and inspiration.

PACKAGING

Something about Kat Von D’s palettes are they all have amazing packaging!  With Kat Von D being an artist herself, she of course designs her own palettes covers. You can tell that she spends a lot of time perfecting each and every detail of her design. This palette cover is probably one of my favorites of the ones I have seen of her brand. I love butterflies! I even have a tattoo of a butterfly. I feel like a butterfly symbolizes freedom because it has the ability to fly wherever it wants to. Maybe, that sounds cheesy, but that is what my tattoo symbolizes to me. Anyway, the cover has a monarch butterfly on it as you can see in the photo below. The cover to this palette is so very her, especially since she added the skulls to the end of the butterfly wings. The back of the palette has a lot of detail in it as well because on each side of the names there is the same butterfly wings. This palette feels very sturdy and does have a magnetic closure. I know I heard a lot of people were upset that it wasn’t her usual tin packaging. Well, I actually like this cardboard type of packaging over her normal tin. The inside of the palette has a nice sized mirror which isn’t that important to me because I never use those mirrors. But, it would be nice for travel purposes.

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PRICING AND SIZE

The price of this palette is $46.00 which is expensive, but most palettes from Sephora are around that price range. That is because it is more of a “prestige” brand. Also, remember that this is a Sephora only exclusive brand. You can either buy it in store or online. Also, with the always moving makeup industry this palette won’t be available for much longer. I assume she is working on her next palette by now. It is crazy that some makeup brands are already bringing out Fall 2014 collections! Aaaahhh…. slow down! It is still Summer!

On the back of the palette it says, “Keep your look ever-changing, highlight eyes with 3 textural bases and accentuate with 9 transformative colors.” According to Sephora the amount of shadows included are: 3 x 0.095 oz and 9 x 0.049 oz. Those are pretty nice sizes if you ask me. More information found here

THE SHADES
This palette comes with a bunch of different finishes and shades. This is a very warm toned palette with brown, gold, copper, and orange shades. This palette has shimmery, pearl, and matte finishes as well. Because of that, there is a multitude of looks that a person could come up with using this palette.  I am horrible at describing colors, so I am showing you the descriptions off of Sephora’s website for each of the shades. I would try and describe them, but I feel like the most important part of the review is the use and ease of the shadows.

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Textural Bases

  1. entomology: matte cream
  2. telopathy: pearl gold
  3. tiny death: glitter cream

Transformative Colors

  1. wrath: deep pearl orange
  2. papillo: pearl chocolate
  3. summerfly: glitter gold
  4. killing jar: pearl copper
  5. delaney: pearl silver
  6. vanish: matte taupe
  7. disintegration: pearl brown
  8. shadow box: matte chocolate
  9. deadhead: matte black

THE SWATCHES

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FORMULATION

What I love about eye shadow is each makeup brand has a different formulation for their shadows. Some are better than others and some are more expensive than others as well. But, pricing doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Something that I noticed about the formula from this palette is that they’re super soft. Due to the softness, it makes them very powdery.  If you put too much on your brush the shadow will go everywhere. So what I recommend is a light hand. With that being said, I really do enjoy the formula. The shadows being powdery does not bother me at all because they’re soft and easy to work with. It does have some fall out so usually I do my foundation afterwards. But, the fallout isn’t terrible either. The shadows are super pigmented so only a little amount is needed. My favorite shades are the first 3 of the tranformative shadows: wrath, papillo, and summerfly. Using those shadows creates a gorgeous look! Another thing that I love about this palette is that it is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. That is a big time pro for me!  I think that this palette is perfect for Fall, but in all reality could be used all year around.

PROS

  • Gorgeous and unique packaging
  • Softness of shadows
  • Pigmentation
  • Only need a tiny amount so palette will last a long time
  • Size/amount of shadows included
  • Study palette with mirror included
  • Paraben, sulfate, and phthlate free
  • Made in the USA

CONS

  • Price
  • Powdery
  • Limited Edition
  • Only available through Sephora

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Overall, I highly recommend picking up this palette if you get the chance. This is such a fun warm toned palette and I have had a lot of fun creating looks using it. So far, I am quite impressed with Kat Von D’s makeup brand. Recently, I picked up one of her blushers so that review will be coming up soon. Comment down below if you have this palette or are thinking about picking it up. I love reading your comments!

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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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Breaking the No Buy! :/

So yes, I went to Sephora with my sister in law. Bad idea! I broke my no-buy! Also, watching YouTube is a bad idea as well! I have been seeing videos on some new items that came out to Sephora. When I was shopping with my sis in law, they only had one of each left. The lady said they sold out super fast. So what wonderful items caused me to break my no buy? I’ll point out that a stipulation in my no buy was that it was okay to pick up limited edition items.

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Kat Von D came out with these new palettes and when I saw there was only one of each left, I knew I had to pick them up. Yes, I know naughty me!

  • Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette
  • Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette
  • Beauty Blender in Limited Edition shade (color of the year)
  • Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

My lips have been crazy dry so I decided to give this lip mask a try. Also, I have never tried a beauty blender and I wanted something to help blend my concealer more easily.

I scored in some of my Sephora points for the rest of the items shown above.

  • Anastasia Brow Gel
  • NARS Beauty Insider which came with a blush, eye-shadow primer, lip gloss, and a highlighter. I have never tried Nars, so I was excited to get a few of their items. (I will do a review on this later)

Yup, so there was my Sephora haul!

Then, came the 50% The Balm sale! The Balm is my favorite makeup brand (along with Urban Decay). They randomly have flash sales for charities. Awhile back Mirya decided to chew up a favorite brush of mine that I had gotten from The Balm. I told myself after I found  the brush at its demise, I would wait for another 50% sale.

Yeah, apparently I want to meet Matt(e) nude because I didn’t stop at the brush.

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  •  Meet Matt(e) Nude eyeshadow palette
  • Crease, Love & Happiness double sided brush
  • Brow Pow in light brown
  • Sample of Apple AHA Daily Face Moisturizer

So that concludes my haul. Yes, I know I’m naughty! I’m going to go ahead and say that it is for The Beauty Deputy Research.

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Day 15: Kat Von D Esperanza Palette Review

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Can you believe that we’re halfway through April? That is crazy! Want to know another crazy thing? I checked the weather last night before I went to bed and it says that it is supposed to snow on Wednesday! I sure hope not! Last year it snowed during the end of April, so I guess I wouldn’t be surprised if Minnesota throws us another snow storm. I have been really slacking on my palette reviews lately, but I promise I have much more to come. I was debating on which palette review to do first and I decided on my Kat Von D Esperanza palette because I feel like it has perfect Spring colors. Back in February I first heard about this palette when I was searching through my YouTube subscription feed. I found a video on Sephora’s channel of Kat Von D describing her new palette called, “Esperanza.” I’ve never had anything from the Kat Von D makeup line which is only available at Sephora, but these colors were just calling my name. Kat Von D is a very popular tattoo artist and she even has her own show. I’m not sure if it is still on, but I know she had one in the past. The eye look that she wore in parts of the video with the mint green and purple shadow made me want this palette. I felt like they were gorgeous colors and I had nothing like this palette in my collection. In the video Kat Von D states that the word “Esperanza” means a lot to her because of her Latin heritage, and that Esperanza meant hope. The next time I went to Sephora I decided to pick it up. I got the last one there at the time so I was super happy that it wasn’t sold out. I did link the video down below in case you’re interested in watching the video.

SEPHORA’S VIEWPOINT

What Sephora says about this palette is down below and all in italics.  Information found on Sephora’s website here.

  • What it is: A fresh palette of eight long-wear, full coverage shadows that deliver matte, pearl, and high-glitter finishes, plus one transformative color veil. 
  • What it does: Inspired by the transformative spirit of spring, this luxurious eye shadow palette contains a variety of shades ranging from subtle mattes to bold shimmers and pearls. The transformer shade, Dayglo, can layer on to each color to add a unique dimension. A built-in mirror helps you create an abundance of on-the-go eye looks. 
  • This set contains: – 0.035 oz x 8 eye shadows in Selena (glitter purple), Dayglo (transformer shade, iridescent white), Galore (pearl peach), Placebo (matte peony pink), Santeria (glitter greenish grey), Archangel (sparkle seafoam green), South (matte beige), Dog Roses (sparkle bronze) 
  • What it is formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens 
  • What else you need to know: Palette is infused with rose extract to moisturize delicate eyelid area. 

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PRICE

This is a palette only available at Sephora so the prices are going to be higher than lets say a drugstore brand. Sephora sells more prestige makeup brands. This palette retails at $36.00. I think that it is actually a good price if you think about other palettes and their prices.

PACKAGING

This Esperanza palette comes in a matching box. Since it has the same images as the palette itself, I didn’t feel bad throwing away the outer box. I think that the packaging is very Kat Von D. The images that she used for this palette were hand drawn by Kat Von D herself. I think that it is very cool that she took so much time in designing her palette cover. I really love the colors she chose. I’m not crazy about skulls, but it is very fitting for this palette in my opinion. I love the details and all the colors that went into the palette cover. I love the variety of flowers. The gorgeous flowers also go inside around the mirror and onto the back side of the palette as well. It is made out of sturdy cardboard and does have a magnetic closure. I know some people were upset over the packaging not being tin like her previous palettes. I prefer that this palette would be made of sturdy cardboard than tin. It does have a good sized mirror, although it does not stay up. This doesn’t really bother me because I usually never use palette mirrors. Overall, I am quite impressed with this palette’s packaging. I don’t think that Kat Von D should have changed a thing.

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This palette was made in the USA.

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INGREDIENTS

These ingredients listed are off the Sephora website. See link above. I do really love that it is formulated without parabens! The shadows are also formulated with rose flower extract as stated by Sephora.

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Squalane, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Trimyristin, Potassium Sorbate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Carmine (Ci 75470). (+ / -) : Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140:1), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090:2), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (77019).

EYE SHADOW COLORS

If you’re a fan of color, I’m sure you would agree with me that this palette comes with amazing color options. If you’re a more neutral person I would recommend a different palette. I would have never thought to put these shades together, but somehow they work well together. I feel like each shade compliments each other.

Top 4 shades: selena, dayglo (transformer shade), galore, and placebo.
Bottom 4 shades: santeria, archangel, south, and dog roses.

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SWATCHES 

ROW 1

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Selena
This purple shade is gorgeous! I have never seen a purple quite like this in any palettes out on the market today. I would describe it as a shimmery medium toned purple with silver glitter, that almost looks a little turquoise in certain lighting. I really love this shade and it is my favorite out of the palette. Purple is also my favorite color so that is no surprise that it is my favorite shade.  I think that this shade could be used just about anywhere on the eye (inner portion of eyelid or outer corner), it just depends on what kind of look you’re going for.

Daylo
This shade is considered the transformer shade. According to Kat Von D applying this shadow over other shades gives it a different look and by using this shade you will find these secrets shades that you’ve never seen before. I would describe this shade as a shimmery pearly white with a green shift. I wish that you could tell by the pictures but there is a slight greenish tint in this color. I find it to be gorgeous! I think that this shade could be used by itself and by doing this it will add a glowing look to your eye look. I haven’t noticed much change to the colors when I apply it over the other shades, but playing around with this shade it does seems to give shades a slight greenish shift. All in all, I really love this transformer shade.
Galore
This shade I haven’t used as much as the others, but I do love it in the look that Kat Von D created in that video above. The color is gorgeous and perfect for Spring. This shade is a very wearable, because it isn’t too dark of an orange. I would describe it as a perfect pearly tangerine shade. This shade could be used anywhere on the eye as well, just depends on what kind of eye look you’re creating.
Placebo
Another perfect shade for Spring! It is a gorgeous matte peachy-peony pink shade. It is nice that they included a matte shade in this palette. This shade could be used anywhere on the eye as well, just depends on what kind of eye look you’re creating.

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Santeria
I love this shade. It is perfect for adding dimension to a look. I would describe this shade as a charcoal deep grey with greenish-turquoise sparkles. It turns into more of a greenish charcoal when the transformer shade is added. You could use this shade anywhere, but it is my favorite to use in the outer corner. Although, you could use it in the inner portion of the eyelid for a more darker dramatic look.
Archangel
This shade is the other reason I really wanted this palette, besides the purple. I love mint green so that is probably why I love this shade so much. It has more of a satin finish with blueish tint sparkles. This can be applied in the inner portion of the eyelid or the outer portion as well.
South
This is the shade that completes the palette. It is a matte light beige. I say that it completes the palette because it can be used as a base color or for blending out harsh lines. Since it is matte it is a great under the eyebrow highlight shade. Using this shade helps make the eye shadows look more together in an eye look.
Dog Roses 
This shade is awesome! It is perfect for adding dimension just like santeria. This one I like to use in the outer corners and into the creases. It is a nice shimmery bronze color. 

FORMULA

I use a variety of makeup brushes, with Sigma being the main ones for applying eye shadows. When I first dipped my brush in these shadows for the first time, the shadows seemed very powdery. Yes, they may be more powdery, but I still think they have amazing quality. They’re super soft and very blendable. I find these shades to be super pigmented. Now that I know better, I barely tap my brush into the shades because a little goes a long way. Using too much shadow on your brush will cause more of a mess and will also cause more fall-out. These eye shadows aren’t my favorite formulation, but honestly this palette is still amazing.

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If I had the choice to go back into time at the day at Sephora, I would still purchase this lovely palette. I love that I got to try a Kat Von D palette. The colors are amazing! This palette is a favorite of mine right now! It is simply gorgeous! Overall, I am quite impressed with this palette. I’m very excited to have it in my collection and I definitely see myself grabbing for it numerous times this Spring and Summer.

I really hope you all enjoyed this palette review! Let me know if you have tried this palette or if you have tried any other Kat Von D palettes. I have heard a lot of great things about her other makeup items that she has such as her liquid eyeliner and her tattoo foundation. Comment and let me know if you like eye shadow palette reviews and which one you would like to see next. Also, what do you think of my new graphic I made?

Also, don’t forget to check out my previous posts from this month during the #30daysofthebeautydeputy

Day 14: Soap & Glory Endless Glove

Day 13: My Top 10 Youtube Beauty Gurus

Day 12: The Spring Tag

Day 11: Beauty Box 5

Day 10: Discuss with Me #3

Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap Spring Box

Day 8: No 3 month No-Buy

Day 7: My Weekend & an Ulta Sale

Day 6: Tag 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

Day 5: Only One Tag

Day 4: GIVEAWAY

Day 3: Miranda’s Tangerine Natural Lip Balm

Day 2: March Favorites

Day 1: Beauty & Fashion Spring Picks Blog Hop

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Day 12: The Spring Tag!

So I already wrote this tag, but for some reason is disappeared! Sad day! Oh well, I guess now I will quickly retype this. I was tagged by a few people to do this fun Spring Tag so I decided why not? This tag reminds me a lot of my Day 1 post of the #30daysofthebeautydeputy which was Spring Beauty and Fashion picks. But, I still decided to do this tag because it had a lot of cute questions. Hope you enjoy!

1) What eye palette will you use most this spring?

If you read many of my blog posts, you may know that I ❤ eye shadow palettes. I especially love ones with color. These colorful palettes I feel are perfect for Spring. I’m not sure which palette I will use the most this Spring, but I will post a picture of a palette that I am looking forward to using.

Kat Von D Esperanza! Aren’t the colors gorgeous!?!

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2)What blusher in your collection is a Spring must? And what about lipstick too?

This is another hard question! I love blushes and I can’t just pick one. But, I guess if I have to I pick I choose my new Clinque blush. Although, all the other blushes in the photo below are lovely as well.

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I don’t have a lipstick must, but I do have a lip tint must! Pacifica Lip Tints! 🙂 ❤

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3)What nail polish do you love to wear in Spring?

Pastels!  I love wearing Essie, Flower Beauty, Julep, and OPI the most.

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4)What is on your Spring break agenda?

I don’t do Spring break anymore. I am working at a hospital now and they don’t do Spring break. During college years I just relaxed at home during Spring break. Next year I would love to go to Florida. I really want to visit Harry Potter World.

5)What trends are you looking forward to- fashion nail polish make up etc?

Once again! Pastels! Florals! Pop of Coral! I’m just looking forward to not having to wear pants and boots.

6)What is your signature Spring scent?

I don’t really have a signature scent, but right now I have been loving my Katy Perry Killer Queen perfume. Smells amazing! It was featured in my monthly favorites!

7)Do you have a Spring skincare regime?

My skincare regime is usually the same as Winter, although I do try to wear more SPF.

8)What is Spring like where you live?

Aaah Good Ole’ Minnesota. It’s in very moody. Last year we had a snow storm the end of April. I hope that it doesn’t happen this year. It has been feeling more like Spring lately which is always pleasant. Also, snow has been melting quite a bit! 😀

9)Florals, got to have them or make them stop?

Got to have them..

10)Favorite activity to do in the Spring?

I love going for walks with the family, especially Mirya and Maddie. I can’t wait to be able to go bike riding and kayaking!!!

Well that concludes the questions! Hope you enjoyed this post! I can’t believe that my first attempt at this tag got deleted somehow. If you’re reading this I tag you!!! Tag you’re it! 

Also, don’t forget to check out my previous posts from this month during the #30daysofthebeautydeputy

Day 11: Beauty Box 5

Day 10: Discuss with Me #3

Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap Spring Box

Day 8: No 3 month No-Buy

Day 7: My Weekend & an Ulta Sale

Day 6: Tag 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

Day 5: Only One Tag

Day 4: GIVEAWAY

Day 3: Miranda’s Tangerine Natural Lip Balm

Day 2: March Favorites

Day 1: Beauty & Fashion Spring Picks Blog Hop

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Day 1: Beauty & Fashion Spring Picks Blog Hop

April 2014

 

It is time for another blog hop!! This time we decided to do Spring Product Picks as our topic, which is very fitting for this time of year. Although, looking outside I feel like Spring is so far away. Even though I see a little (brown) grass, there is mostly snow. I still have been using some products of mine that scream Spring! The Winter colors are long gone and it is time for Spring!  I am going to share with you all a variety of items that I will be using this Spring such as: makeup, clothing, accessories, and much more.

MAKEUP

During the winter months, I tend to wear a lot of neutral colors and I got a lot of use out of my Naked palettes and my Sigma warm neutrals palette. Although, I feel like I could still use those palettes in Spring, I am more excited about colorful eye shadow looks. Bye bye neutrals! Hello color!

Eye-shadow Palettes

My favorite makeup item is eye shadow. If you have been following my blog, you probably know that is no surprise! It is my favorite part of makeup application because I love finding my creativity with my eye looks! If I am going to apply makeup, I will never skip eye shadow.  I do have quite a few makeup palettes. I almost didn’t include all these, but I really think that they’re perfect for Spring. I love the colors in all of them!

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Aren’t the colors gorgeous?!? I feel like all these colors are perfect for Spring.

Stila In The Garden Palette
 I love this palette because I can make a multitude of looks. My favorite shadows in this palette are the green ones, also the purple toned one that reminds me of the color of the year (radiating orchid).
Inglot Freedom System
I picked out the shadows to fill my palette, and as you can see, I went for brighter colors. I have a variety of colors such as: mint green, an orchid color, and many more. 
Urban Decay The Great and Powerful Oz Glinda
Palette
I love this palette! I also love this movie! My favorite shadows include: the purple shadow and the pink shadow.
Kat Von D Esperanza Palette
I got this palette mostly for the purple and mint green shadow. This palette has a variety of colors that end up working together in this palette. I love the purple color making it perfect for Spring!
Sigma Creme De Couture Palette
This was a limited edition palette inspired by macaroons. I feel like they should have waited and released this palette now because it has such bright, fun colors. They released it last year, around Fall time, which didn’t really make sense.
Sigma Flare Palette
I love this palette for the colors that it includes, especially the purple shadows. I haven’t got much use out of the other colors in this palette, but I look forward to finding my creativity with it.

Blush

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A look closer at the colors…

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The Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples?
How adorable is this palette’s packaging? The Balm always does amazing things with packaging! I don’t really use cream blushes that often so there is still learning in process on application. It will be fun using this palette this Spring.
Pixi Beauty Blush in No. 3 Perkiest Pink
Got this blush on clearance at Target. I’m glad that I picked this blush up, because the color is amazing. It is a super nice Springy pink.
Sleek Blusher in Coral
Of course, I needed to include my coral Sleek blush. Love this blusher that I got in my box swap. Such a gorgeous coral blush color!
Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop
If this blush doesn’t scream Spring, than I don’t know what does? It is shaped as a lovely daisy flower and the color is gorgeous!

Lips

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Pacifica Lip Tints ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
I love these! I started out with the color, Guava Berry and I have almost used that one up. I decided to get more of them since I love them so much. I will be doing a review on these lovelies! So make sure to check back! They’re so easy to use and perfect for Spring time. This is a product that I sent to Effie in my box swap!

Lip Glosses

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Maybelline Color Elixir in Dashing Orchid
This is perfect because it is the color of the year. Gives such a nice color to the lips and so far I’m loving the texture.
Nyx Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait
Nyx Butter Glosses are amazing! They also smell amazing as well! I will be posting a review on these soon!
Julep Lip Gloss in Enchanted
Love the color of this gloss! It is sure Enchanted!
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Lovechild
I got this gloss awhile ago when it first came out. I haven’t worn it much because I think that it is more fitting for Spring-time.

FASHION

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I got most of this clothing at Maurices or Vanity, except for the scrubs shown. For Spring, I am excited to bring out the fun colors such as: pinks, orange, turquoise, and many more. Of course, I had to show a few Spring dresses (more like Summer) because I can’t wait for the snow to melt. As you can see, I took these photos by the window and you can still see the icky snow! I hear that it is supposed to snow here again, but who knows! Those meteorologists aren’t always right! Working as a nurse on the medical-surgical floor, I supply my own scrubs, so that means I want to wear Spring ones during Spring. I am also into holiday scrubs! I just got that Easter one shown above! Isn’t it adorable!?!? I know I didn’t show any bottoms, but I can’t wait until I can at least wear capris and sandals. Sadly, I think I’ll be wearing pants for awhile and won’t be able to take my sandals out until all the snowy, muddy mess is gone!

Shoes

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Here are my rainbow tennis shoes that I adore. Whenever I wear these, people always compliment me on them. They’re colorful and fun!

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I just got these boots not too long ago. They’re part of the Baretraps new Spring line. I thought they were super cute!

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Sandals! I can’t wait to wear these lovelies! I love wearing sandals! Although, I will have to get my feet ready for sandal season by getting a pedicure! SNOW MELT!!!! Just not too fast, so that it floods!

 ACCESSORIES

Hair

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Wearing headbands like these in my hair is perfect for Spring. Also, these don’t give me a headache like some other headbands. I got all of these at Maurices of course!

Purses

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I got this purse on sale, and I decided that purple would be perfect for Spring. It is also the perfect size and the inside print is adorable! The color in real life is closer to the second photo.  I got this purse at Herberger’s!

Scentsy

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Just thought I should share with you all my favorite Spring Scentsy warmer. I have a ton of these warmers because I am a Scentsy consultant. These warmers melt scented wax using a lightbulb. This one is shaped as an egg and adorable!!! I of course, have a ton of favorite Scentsy bar scents such as: Jumpin’ Jelly Bean and Black Raspberry Vanilla.,

PERFUME ❤ 

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Here are a few (or 6!) of my favorite perfumes that I feel are perfect for Spring! I love perfumes! Although I can’t wear it everyday because of being a nurse, I love wearing it on my days off!  The descriptions start on the top left to top right, and then bottom left to bottom right.

  1. Anna Sui La Vie De Bohème. You can find this perfume here. I love the scent of this perfume! According to Sephora the notes include: Turkish Rose, Pear, Red Berries, Dragon Fruit, Magnolia, Peony, Freesia, White Wood, Skin Musk, Red Raspberries, Vanilla, Sandalwood Accord. I think that it has a nice mix of scents: pretty, fresh, and sweet. It isn’t too floral which is always a plus.
  2.  Katy Perry Meow. You can find this perfume here. I really love this perfume! The packaging is adorable for one thing! Who doesn’t love cat packaging!?!?! Notes include: top notes (Tangerine, Pear and Gardenia), middle notes (Honeysuckle, Lily of the Valley and Orange Blossoms), and bottom notes (Vanilla, Musk Amber and Sandalwood). I just think that this scent is very girly. It smells fruity, floral, and fresh. Love it! ❤
  3. Mark Night Iris. You can find it on Avon’s site here. What Avon says, “Its dark, mysterious beauty draws you in. Its scent surprises, lighter than you’d ever expect. This is Night Iris as it’s never been before, artfully blended with hints of water lily, exotic berries and purple freesia to add to its feminine allure.” I used to sell Avon/Mark and this is one my favorite perfumes from them. It smells amazing with feminine, fruity, and floral hints.
  4. Clinique Happy in Bloom. I got this little sample for Christmas. You can find the perfume at Ulta here. What Ulta says, “Everything we love about spring – in a bottle. Clinique’s upbeat floral fragrance makes your world sweeter, softer, brighter. Captures the feeling of a world suddenly in bloom. But just like the season, it won’t be here forever.” This is my favorite Clinique perfume and it definitely reminds me of Spring when flowers are blooming.
  5. Maurices Myliu. I love this perfume! I got it at my favorite store Maurices awhile ago. I can’t find it online on their site anymore, but if you’re in Maurices and see this perfume, I recommend checking it out. It smells amazing! I don’t even know how to explain this scent, but it is a favorite of mine.
  6. Avon Secrets to Keep. You can find this perfume on Avon’s site here. What Avon says, “A dreamy blend of fruits and florals. Whispers of sweet apple and juicy strawberry with a passionate heart of jasmine, white musk and warm sandalwood.” I love this scent! It smells fruity and floral, but mostly fruity. I definitely can smell the strawberry notes in it. 

NAIL POLISHES

Going through my nail polish collection, I picked out these lovely colors. I am horrible at painting my nails so I don’t do it as often as I want. But, this Spring, I want to paint my nails more!

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Julep Lilou
Glinda The Good Witch
Flower Beauty I Lavendare You!
Flower Beauty Good Bud-dy
Flower Beauty May Flowers
Zoya Odette

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Julep Karen
Julep Courtney

So that ends my Spring picks! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products! Also, don’t forget to check out all the other lovely blogs listed below that belong to this Facebook group.

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