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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Monthly Favorites: July 2014

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Can it really be time for JULY of 2014 Favorites?!? Next month is August of 2014?!? Really?!! Didn’t we just celebrate News Years of maybe….2010 or 2007?!? I just want to slow down time because I am enjoying my summer and with it being August soon that means Fall is around the corner.

I have been loving quite a few things this month, but I decided on these 6 lovely products! Hope you enjoy!

1) INSTAIN Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush in Argyle
If you have been following me on Instagram you may have seen a photo of my haul from The Balm. I was visiting my cousin in South Dakota and we were at Kohls and my jaw dropped because I didn’t know that Kohls carried The Balm. I have only gotten The Balm products online so I was excited to be able to see them in person. I decided on this lovely blush (also got a nail polish and a lip-gloss) and I am glad that I decided to pick it up because it is a gorgeous light pink shade. The Balm blushes are super pigmented and blendable. Also, isn’t the packaging just amazing?

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2) tarte Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation in light beige and airbuki bamboo powder foundation brush

I have been using this foundation since it came out. This was actually my first foundation that I ever bought. True story. I never wore foundation previous to that. But, then again I didn’t get into makeup until around age 21. But, as I am getting older my face has some redness. It covers my redness up without any issue and gives me a flawless finish. After using this for awhile, I decided that I wanted to try a liquid foundation…well because…I have never tried one before. I have used it for awhile and do like that one too. But, I just missed my powder foundation. I recently repurchased this foundation at a recent Ulta haul and have been loving it once again! The application is super easy, especially with the airbuki brush, which came out at the same time as the foundation. The brush fits perfectly in the foundation’s packaging. There is a mesh cover that I press my brush against to get the perfect amount of foundation on my brush. Also, when the foundation cover is on the product stays put instead of spilling all over due to its design. I also love tarte because they’re more natural and are cruelty free. My mom used to use Clinique’s foundation. I even got her to switch to this and she has noticed a huge difference with her oily skin. So yes, this foundation is both good for dry to oily skin, and of course normal skin.

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3) tarte colored clay CC primer in light

Dark circles have been known to be genetic, so I probably can never get them to go away fully. Thanks family! My alternating shifts don’t help matters either, so I am always trying to find the next big thing to help cover up those panda eyes. When I was at Ulta with my cousin, she recommended that I try this product. She stated that it helps her with her dark circles. I am really glad that I gave this product a go because I love it! I just apply this over my under-eyes and blend before adding any foundation. I also do add some concealer as well, but this primer has really helped cover up those unwanted dark circles. The product itself is very creamy and easy to blend into the skin. The only thing is that it was quite pricey, but tarte in itself is quite pricey.

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4) The Balm Read my Lips Lip Gloss in the shade Zaap!

Here is that lip-gloss that I got in my The Balm haul from Kohl’s. I am quite impressed with this lovely lip-gloss. It has to probably be one of my favorites I’ve ever tried. It is creamy, pigmented, but not sticky. It does need to be reapplied throughout the day, but that doesn’t bother me. I would rather have to reapply than to have it be sticky. The more sticky a lip gloss is, the more long lasting. This shade is gorgeous! It can be applied more sheer to the lips or it can be applied more opaque as well. This lip-gloss does have a pleasant fruity scent. I do like the packaging. I wish I had a picture of the outer box that it came in because The Balm has amazing packaging. Overall, I am quite impressed with this lip-gloss and want to try more colors from this collection.

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5) Sleek i-Divine Garden of Eden Palette 

I got this palette from Jacquelyn from The Little Scottish Corner in our beauty swap. I have been really loving this Sleek palette this month because green is one of my favorite colors.  Purple is my all time favorite color and a few pinkish-purple shades are included in this palette as well. This palette is just gorgeous and it reminds me of nature and being outside. This palette comes with both shimmery and matte shades. I love the shimmery shades quite a bit. They’re super pigmented and blendable. I plan on doing a more detailed review coming soon!

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Here is an Instagram photo of a look that I created using this palette…

6) Sephora and Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

I saw this on clearance at Sephora recently. Once again, I blame Coffee Break with Dani on YouTube for this purchase because she raved about it. I can totally understand why. These are honestly the softest blushes I have ever had the chance of trying out. They’re amazingly pigmented, the swatches down below are just one swipe of the finger. They’re so buttery soft and just plain right amazing. I really enjoy the first shade, the third shade in the palette is pretty bold so I haven’t given that shade a chance quite yet. But, the first blush shade is GORGEOUS and it is a favorite of mine.

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Lancaster Vanilla and Caramel Soft Cremes

I recently saw these at Target and decided to give them a try. I am so glad that I decided to pick them up because they’re so delicious! They are super soft and just amazing! I recommend trying them if you’re a fan of caramels.

That concludes July’s monthly favorites! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these items. What did you think of the items I included in my favorites! Comment and let me know! I love hearing from you!

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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

A RANDOM FOTD

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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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Haul Galore: Mall of America Haul & my Glo-Minerals Makeup Class Haul!!! + My first trip to IKEA!

Yes, The Beauty Deputy is once again helping the economy…

MALL OF AMERICA

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Usually I don’t get to go to MOA very often, but I have already been to MOA twice this year. The opportunity arised and my mom and I decided to go kind of last minute. This time was a lot more exciting because it was during the work week and less busy, unlike my last visit (which was on a Saturday).

This is what part of Nickelodeon Universe looks like.

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Sephora

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  •  Kat Von D everlasting face shaper blush in heartagram
  • Bite Beauty BB for Lips in Suede
  • blendercleanser Solid by beautyblender
  • Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Penny Lane
  • Urban Decay single eyeshadow in peace

Sigma Beauty

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  •  The Perfect Blend Kit
  • F15 Flat Definer Brush
  • Notre Dame Eye Shadow single (free with purchase)

Lush

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  •  Charity Pot Lotion
  • Mr. Bumble Gift set
  • Castrophic Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask
  • Let the Good Times Roll Facial Cleanser
  • Liquid Lipstick in Perspective
  • Sea Vegetable Body Soap
  • Breath of God Perfume
  • Samples: Happy Happy Joy Joy conditioner and I Love Juicy shampoo

The Body Shop

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  •  Strawberry Body Butter
  • Raspberry Body Butter
  • Peach Body Butter
  • Almond Hand & Nail Cream

Mac Cosmetics

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  •  Mac Fix+
  • Alluring Aquatic Lipstick in Pet Me, Please

Origins

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  •  Dr. Weil Dark Circle Minimizer Under Eye Cream

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I got a lot of goodies! Comment and let me know if you want to see some OOTD posts!

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I actually ordered this online when bareMinerals had a 20% sale. I really wanted to try this Bareskin serum foundation. I got mine in the shade bare porcelain which is the lightest shade. I was actually surprised I was the lightest shade, but I was matched at Ulta (they were out of my color at the time) and it does match.

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IKEA
The main reason from coming down to the cities was a trip to Ikea. Awhile back on my dad’s way back from the cities he made a little stop for me. I was going insane with my organization and knew he was driving by so I got the Alex 9 drawer. It is gorgeous! But, the top drawer had no holes in the piece. 😦 Well, I thought about drilling my own holes, but I figured I would just have to make a trip to Ikea sometime. My Ikea Alex now looks lovely with a new drawer.

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GLO-MINERALS
My local salon just got this new makeup and skincare line called Glo-Minerals. Awhile back, I got invited to this little class/presentation presented by someone from Glo-Minerals. I have never tried anything from this brand, but I decided why not?!? Time for some The Beauty Deputy research! I’m glad that I went because this brand sounds awesome. It is made of 100% minerals, it is cruelty free, and so much more! I did not get all the items listed below all at this one makeup party. Later on, I decided to pick up the brush cleaner and the cherry balm. The lip-glosses were free with purchase. Also, I got the dual foundation brush from my mom because she decided that she didn’t want it.

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  • Brush Cleaner
  • Eye Makeup Remover
  • Water Resistant Mascara
  • The Cherry Balm
  • Precision Brow Pencil in Taupe
  • Luster Shimmer Brick
  • Concealer Under Eye Natural
  • Texture Brush
  • Dual Foundation/camouflage Brush
  • Lipglosses in Whisper and Plum Glaze

That concludes my Mall of America haul and my Glo-Minerals haul! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products!

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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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Sephora +Pantone Universe Color of the Year Palette Review

I blame this purchase on Coffee Break with Dani! If you don’t know who she is, you need to check her out! Well, I watched one of her videos on this palette, and yeah, I had to get it! I got this palette during my huge haul a couple months ago. I know, you’re probably thinking, Brittany, another palette? Yes, palettes are my favorite makeup item and this one is totally different from anything that I have!

Each year Pantone Universe decides on a color and gives it the crown of being,  “the color of the year.” They then team up with Sephora and make an exclusive beauty collection dealing with that crowned color of the year. Some examples include: eye shadow palettes, blush palettes, lip products, and nail polish. This year, 2014, the color of the year is radiant orchid. I am in love with this color! It is a favorite color of mine. I think it would make a perfect bridesmaid dress shade. I’ll have to keep that is mind.

This palette is available at some Sephora stores and online. You can find it online here. The Sephora that I go to already is sold out, so I suggest ordering it right away if you want it! Remember it is exclusive and a limited edition!

 OUTER PACKAGING

The outer packaging is quite big, but the palette itself is quite big as well. That just means a lot of eye-shadows! 😀  I even got a big Sephora bag for this purchase! The outer sleeve slides off,  then there is a spot to place the finger to take the palette out of the package.

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The back of the outer packaging shown below. Continue reading for the description on the back of the packaging. “Lush, modern, feminine-and irresistibly versatile. This year, Sephora + Pantone forecast beauty’s most convertible color. Radiant Orchid, a deeply flattering flush for eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails. Setting a hypnotic tone for the seasons ahead, this limited edition Color of the Year Collection unfolds every dimension of its vivid appeal, from petal-sheer luminosity to widely rich pigments. Go boldly, tint softly, shade your appeal. Let its ravishing glow excite your artistry and exhilarate new looks in 2014 Define your femininity with Radiant Orchid.”

“Learn the most captivating ways to wear it on eyes-from smoldering strokes to blushing accents-with makeup luminary Aaron de Mey’s six styles of the moment. Designed by the master artist himself, each exclusively curated palette and shadow look plays up a different nuance of this potent hue. Shade, blend, explore. Let these radiant ideas inspire your artistry and exhilarate your beauty in 2014” (Also, found on back of outer packaging.)

  • Made in the USA
  • Net WT. 0.059 oz x 24, 0.11 oz x 1/1.7 g x 24, 3.1 g x 1
  • Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Kaolin, Mica, BHT, Octyldodecanol, Myristyl Lactate, Myristyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Microcrystalline Wax, Cetyl Palmitate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Beeswax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate. (From Sephora’s website here. Also, on back of packaging.)

 

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PALETTE PACKAGING

I am in love with the packaging! I love the shade and I love how it has an ombre effect. The palette is very sturdy and sleek. Since it is a bigger palette, storage may be an issue. But, it doesn’t bother me because one day I will get the Alex 9 drawer and this palette will have a perfect home! The first time I opened this palette I thought I broke it! I looked further and noticed little knobs sticking out (I’ll post a photo below.) It does make a clicking sound every time this palette gets closed. All in all, love the packaging!

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A picture of the knob that I was talking about.

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The back of the palette is nothing special. It shows all the color names, amount of eye shadows included, etc.

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The palette does include a huge mirror which I love! Also, the palette’s mirror does stay up which is a big pro! This palette comes with a loose clear sheet with the color quad names and the shade numbers. I have a few problems with how they did this. First of all, it would have been nice if they actually printed the quad names and shade names on the actual palette in little writing. But, instead the names of the quads and the numbers are on that clear sheet and the color names are on the back of the palette. My problem with that is now I need to keep that clear sheet because the quad names are not included on the back of the palette. Not sure why, but it just annoys me that the names can’t all be in one place. But, that is just me being nit-picky.

THE PREMISE OF THIS PALETTE

So this was a big selling point for me when buying this palette. This palette included 6 different quads and a radiant orchid shade on the bottom of the palette. The idea of this palette is to incorporate the color of the year shade into all of the 6 quads. This palette came with a look book as well to help get ideas. I really like all the ideas in this look book. When I saw this on Coffee Break with Dani, I knew I had to have it. The idea book has a lot of cute ideas and fun ones too! Although, all the ones below were of  my own creation.

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THE QUADS & SHADES

Aren’t the colors gorgeous?!? Love it!

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Here is a picture of all the shades, except without the clear name sheet and with some use.

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*In all the looks that I created with this palette, I incorporated the color of the year into it, just like the premise of the palette.

CREAM DREAM

This is the lightest quad of them all. It makes for a very soft look. This is my least favorite quad, but all in all, it has a good array of shades.

Pink Champagne: matte nude
Peach Whip: shimmery peach
Almost Apricot: apricot shade with glitter
Fairy Tale: pale matte pink

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RARE EARTH

This is a very neutral looking quad with a good variety of shades to make a complete look.

Dawn: matte light nude
Rose Cloud: rose pink with shimmer
Camel: matte chocolate brown
Rain Drum: shimmery medium bronze-brown

Rare earth

BIRD OF PARADISE

This is probably the most shocking out of all the quads, but it is my favorite! I think that it is super fun! I am in love with the shade Glacier.

Glacier: iridescent shimmery mint green-aqua blue
Blue Spruce: deep frosty forest green
Cendre Blue:  medium shimmery ocean blue
Ensign Blue: deep midnight blue

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VENUS RISING

This quad has a nice array of shades. It isn’t a favorite of mine, but it is still wear-able.

Sheer Pink: matte off-white
Fudgesickle: maroon brown with shimmer
Vineyard Wine: matte wine shade
Mulberry Purple: a purplish-blue frosty shade

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PRIMAL FLOWER

The is my second favorite quad, because I love the shimmery gold shade. I also love the look that I created with this quad.

Cornsilk: a shimmery yellow gold
Toasted Almond: matte tan shade
Red Violet: shimmery cranberry
Deep Taupe: metallic deep brown taupe

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MIDNIGHT ORCHID

What is a palette without a black shade? This quad you could make a light look with and you can make a darker look as well. I went for the darker look as you can tell in the picture.

Snow White: matte white
Silver: metallic silver
Quiet Shade: metallic gunmetal silver
Caviar: matte black

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RADIANT ORCHID

Of course, the lovely color of the year has the biggest pan, which makes a lot of sense! 🙂 I really love this shade and think it is a perfect radiant orchid. I would describe this shade as a matte raspberry with a slight frosty finish.

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FORMULA

This is my first time using Pantone Universe shadows and I am quite impressed with them. I love the softness and the blendability of the shadows. Since they’re super soft, the shadows do have some fall-out. The shades are super pigmented, especially the shimmery and frosty shades. The matte shades are also pigmented, which is a good thing!

OVERVIEW

I am in love with this palette because it’s so versatile. I can make a multitude of looks. Just because shades are in quads, doesn’t mean they can’t be mix-matched. With this palette, I have pinks, purples, greens, blues, and neutrals. I have mattes, shimmer, and frosty shades. If you have noticed, I love the premise of this palette 🙂 ! It is a ton of fun to incorporate the color of the year shade, radiant orchid, into the large array of quads shades. This palette can put people out of their comfort zone, because it is taking a shade that you might not necessarily pair with other shades, but believe me it is worth it. If they bring out another palette like this next year, with the color of the year for 2015 (aaah 2015, I’m getting old?!? Well, we’re all getting old-er!), I will definitely be picking it up!!  Remember, that this palette is a limited edition, so if you want it make sure to hurry up and add it to your cart!

With that, I really hope you enjoyed this palette review! Let me know if you have tried any of the color of the year products. Let me know what you think of this palette? Would you buy it if you saw it at Sephora? Did this review tempt you to buy this palette? Comment and let me know! I love hearing from you all! 😀

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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 

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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

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Day 13: My Top 10 Youtube Beauty Gurus

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Day 10: Discuss with Me #3

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Day 7: My Weekend & an Ulta Sale

Day 6: Tag 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

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