theBalm Nude’tude Palette Review + Swatches + GIVEAWAY!

Eyeshadow palettes are my addiction. I’m always on the hunt to try new brands, color palettes and textures. Lately, I’ve gone crazy over eyeshadow palettes by theBalm Cosmetics. They are high quality, with great pigmentation, at a reasonably price.

One of my favorites is their NUDE’tude palette. A beautiful assortment of neutral colors, with more versatility than some of the other popular neutral palettes.

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This palette is available on theBalm’s website for $36 or for those of you seeking a good deal, you can get it for $22 on Amazon. I’m also giving away this palette on my youtube channel, details below.

For full swatches and a chance to win this palette, check out my first impressions video:

So, what do you think of this palette? Comment below.



Sunday FUNday | Urban Decay’s the Fun Palette

It’s Sunday Funday and what better way to spend it than with Urban Decay’s the Fun Palette.

Let me begin by mentioning that I own nine Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes, but this is still one of my favorites.

As with most Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes, the packaging is gorgeous. It’s one palette that I don’t mind leaving out on my vanity because it’s nice to look at and I honestly find myself reaching for it so often.


The palette includes six eyeshadows and an eyeliner pencil (which it appears I’ve misplaced). It has a decent sized mirror and a magnetic closure so it’s ideal for travel and on-the-go application.

The colors included are (from left to right, top to bottom):

  • Woodstock
  • Baked
  • Uzi
  • Sin
  • Flipside
  • Psychedelic Sister


Woodstock, Baked, Sin and Psychedelic Sister are all available for purchase as single eyeshadows on Urban Decay’s website for $18 each (ouch!). Uzi and Flipside are not available as single eye shadows and once I swatched them, I understood how they would draw people to this palette.


The swatches are laid out as they are in the palette and there are two sets of them: the left are without a primer and the right are with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. As with most eyeshadows, starting with a primer gives you much more vibrant and long lasting color payoff.


This palette is one of my favorites because each color is so unique and unlike anything I have in my current collection. I reach for Woodstock, Baked (I mean, WOW) and Flipside most often.

If you’re afraid of using funky colors this is definitely a great palette for you to have fun with (hehe) because the colors are muted and with the color Sin you can really make them wearable.  Also, the price and the fact that it’s just a palette of six really makes this less of a risky investment than the Electric Palette.

Although this palette is no longer available for sale through the Urban Decay website, you can find it on eBay or All Cosmetics Wholesale, which is where I purchased mine for only $19.99 (MSRP $34).

Which color is your favorite? Comment below.


First Impressions | Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette

The Smashbox Full Exposure eyeshadow palette, was that beauty item that haunts you every time you go to the store. The one you always want to buy but talk yourself out of it for one reason or another.

Well, I had a gift card to spend and I finally picked up it up!

Here’s what I thought including swatches:

Do you have this palette? What do you think about it? Comment below.

Makeup of the Day | POP Beauty Bright Delight

I’ve never understood why people are so afraid of bright, bold eyeshadow colors. As far as I can remember, I’ve always experimented with color.

During my last trip to Ulta, I ran into this gorgeous palette from POP Beauty. It’s their Bright Delight palette and the colors are so vibrant and pigmented. They had me at first swatch.






I love this makeup look of the day I did using this palette. I used bright color but in a way that’s totally daytime or work appropriate. IMG_6543


Check out what I used for this look:IMG_6559


  • Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener
  • POP of Beauty Bright Delight Palette | Pink and Purple shades
  • Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette | Habit and Coax
  • Maybelline Line Stiletto | Blackest Black
  • L’Oreal Telescopic Eyeliner | Carbon Black
  • Revlon Colorstay Liner | Black
  • NYX Eyeliner pencil | Jet Black
  • Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara | Black
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder | Taupe/Ash


  • Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer
  • L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder | Natural Buff
  • Covergirl Trublend Fixstick Concealer | l 5.6.7
  • Covergirl Trublend Fixstick Concealer | m
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder | Silky Beige
  • Physician’s Formula How-to Bronze
  • Milani Baked Blush | Luminoso
  • Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer | Star Dust
  • Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray


  • Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick | Brazen Berry

I’d say it’s time to add a little POP into your makeup collection!