Sunday, November 23, 2014

What's In My MAC Eyeshadow Palette?


I've done it! I've finally completed my (first?) MAC palette. Is it weird that I feel accomplished for purchasing and arranging eyeshadows? I'm going with it. It's been a long time coming, since I was trying to make it more of a long-term project. I wanted to make sure I really wanted all of the colors I was choosing, since it's so easy to get swept away by all of the pretty shades available at the counter. I also wanted to make sure that all the shadows would go well with each other. And variety. I love me a neutral palette, but I definitely wanted a couple pops of color in there. Yeah, I was pretty picky with this one. But I have to say, I'm beyond pleased with how it turned out. This is definitely a one-and-done palette for me. I can do multiple, full eye looks and my brows with just this palette. Here are my picks: 

L to R: Dazzlelight, Naked Lunch, Arena, Expensive Pink, Woodwinked


This is my highlight and lid color row. Dazzlelight is that perfect subtle highlight, and my go-to regardless of what other eyeshadows I'm using. It almost has a pink duochrome factor which is gorgeous. I love Naked Lunch for a highlight with smokier looks, or as an all-over lid color for easier looks. Such a great multi-tasker. Arena is a great lid color, but I really don't reach for it that often. Expensive Pink and Woodwinked on the other hand, are wonderful. I recommend both of these, but if I could only choose one, it would be Woodwinked. This is perfect for a one-shadow look since it gives dimension when buffed into the crease. 

L to R: Sumptuous Olive, Soft Brown, Swiss Chocolate, Mystery, Plumage


Can words express my love for Sumptuous Olive? Let's find out. If I had to choose a single favorite shadow from my palette, it would be this one. This tone of green is subtle enough to go with basically anything, and it really makes brown eyes pop. I don't know if I've ever applied a more magical color to my lids. How was that? Soft Brown is a cult favorite and for good reason: it's the perfect warm transition shade. This makes it into about 75% of my eye looks. I love Swiss Chocolate as a crease color for warm looks. It looks especially good paired with Sumptuous Olive. Mystery is my brow color. Its cool tone makes it perfect for brows, and its slight red/purple tones are great if you have auburn hair like me. I also love it for deepening the outer-v. Plumage is one I wish I used more than I do. I love, love, love it for a colorful smokey eye, but it's also great as a liner. 

L to R: Sable, Haux, Satin Taupe, Copperplate, Sketch
Finally, my taupe/purple row. I tend to really like these kinds of colors. Sable and Satin Taupe are my lid colors, but I usually prefer Sable. Haux is a great transition color, and works beautifully with all of the colors in this row. I wish Copperplate were not so powdery because look at that color! I absolutely love it, but I hate working with it. I've seriously never experienced more kick-up from another eyeshadow in my life. Sketch is gorgeous as a definer or smokey-lid color, but I have to say, I'm not as impressed with the texture and payoff of this one as I am with some of the others. 

Although I speak more highly of certain shades than others, out of these 15, none are misses. All of these colors are great in their own way, and I recommend them all. But if I had to pick a top five, they would be: Naked Lunch, Woodwinked, Sumptuous Olive, Mystery, and Sable. 

What are some of your favorite MAC eyeshadow shades? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Favorites


Well one of my favorite months has come and gone, but I don't have too many favorites. I spent so much of October in Halloween makeup, that I didn't get to use or try too many other products. But here are some of the products I frequented the most aside from my white face paint: 


I absolutely love this moisturizer. It's super rare that I repurchase a skincare product because I'm always convinced there's something better out there that I need to try. Well I couldn't find anything else that looked better this time around, so I got another Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer. This stuff is awesome. I love for my daytime moisturizer to have an SPF, and this one doesn't skimp with its level 47. (Although I find 47 to be a humorously odd number; why not 45 or 50?) It also keeps my oily mug hydrated without making me more oily throughout the day—which is a huge win for me because I have serious trouble finding a moisturizer that accomplishes that. And bonus? It smells like Smarties. 


This product is new to me, but has quickly become a staple in my brow routine. I'd heard boasts of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, but never realized it could be this good. I used to use a clear mascara as my brow gel, but a product that is meant to hold brows in place really took my brow game to the next level. Have I said brows enough? Brows, brows, brows. Now I have long and decently wild brows (ha), but with this stuff, they do. not. budge. For real. It's pretty awesome. I use the shade Brunette, BTW.  


If you're at all familiar with my blog, you'll know that I'm in love. That's right, I'm in it for the long haul with NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. I have way too many colors (pshaw), but I love them all. This one in Copenhagen is no different. This is the perfect vampy fall/winter lip color, and I get compliments on it every time I wear it. The formula is matte without being drying, and smells amazing. I'll be wearing this for the rest of winter.


Although I'm sure this product is gorgeous at anytime of the year, I especially love it for fall. MAC Blue-Brown Pigment is such a beautiful duo-chrome. Exactly as the name suggests, it goes from being a bronze-y neutral to a wearable blue with just a shift of the head. I like to use this wet for optimal intensity, and I just pack it all over the lid for a simple, yet complex-looking eye. This also looks really great with some winged liner, and one pot will last a lifetime. Let's swoon, shall we? 

What did you love during October? Any products you're excited to pick up in November?