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.


Top Drugstore Lipsticks for Spring and Summer 2014

Spring is here and so are bright lippies!

Pinks and corals will always be on trend for Spring and Summer, but if you want to be a little more daring this year, you’ve got to dip into orange and purple. Both colors are all over the runways and fashion magazines.

At first, these bright colored lipsticks might be intimidating, but if you choose the right shade (and don’t go full on night-time smoky eye during the day along with it) you should be fine.



Recently, I’ve had quite a few requests to share my top drugstore lipstick colors for spring. It was really hard to choose but I went with the colors I reach for the most. I tried to keep it under 10 but you know me, I love my lippies, so there are two “honorable mentions.” 🙂

Check out the swatches of these beautiful colors! Can you guess which is which?



If you’re interested in finding out my drugstore lipstick favorites for Spring and Summer 2014 be sure to check out my video:

Which color was your favorite? Should I do another video for my high-end lipsticks? Comment below.


P.S. My Urban Decay Electric Palette giveaway is still open so be sure to enter if you want to win!


Shine No More! Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine


Shiny can be good.

Glitter, sequins, a clean car, all shiny things that are appealing.

Shiny can be good, but not on your face.

I’ve always been one to get oily and I’ve tried pretty much everything to help combat it. My latest attempt is trying Benefit’s the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine. It’s a powder that claims to reduce shine when applied under or over your makeup.


Here’s what it looks like:IMG_9682


It comes with it’s own brush, that tucks away neatly at the bottom of the container. The powder itself is a beige color, not exactly translucent but that wasn’t a concern since it matches my skin tone.  IMG_9684

It retails for $30 and can be purchased from Sephora, Ulta and the Benefit website. Is it worth $30? Well, I decided to put the product to the test and show it in action.

Have you tried this product before? What did you think of it? 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.

“Love it” or “Leave it” | Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette

It’s time to get edgy.

Too Faced has come out with an edgier eyeshadow palette, Pretty Rebel. The colors are reminiscent of Urban Decay’s Vice 2 palette so it’s ideal for those of you not afraid of a color.

Here’s one look I’ve done using this palette:IMG_7203

Anxious for a closer look? Check out my review/first impressions and swatches of all the colors:

Do you have this palette? Do you love it as much as I do?

“Love it” or “Leave it” | Tarte Cheek Stain

Cheek stains are in, powder blushes are out! Or didn’t you hear?

With Spring around the corner, we’ve got several makeup brands looking to give you the perfect, light, pink, dewy cheek glow. Here come the cheek stains.

Check out my review of Tarte Cheek Stain:

Did you love Tarte’s cheek stains? Comment below.