Holiday Beauty Buys for the Eyeshadow lover

When Makeup Wars decided to write about Holiday Beauty Buys I knew that I’d be writing about eyeshadows since that’s my thing. I can’t get enough eyeshadow palettes. I’m enamored with them. What I’m sharing is what I bought and what I want to buy.

FOR YOUR NEUTRAL LOVING FIEND

PERSONA IDENTITY EYESHADOW PALETTE ($32, Ulta online exclusive)

This well priced palette is a find for me. The 12 shades of neutrals make me so happy. I love the brightness of the shimmers (they aren’t glitters!!!) and the smoothness of the mattes. All apply beautifully even without an eyeshadow primer which amazes me. It’s not the same old neutrals since there’s much more variety and pizazz. And neutral lovers can never get enough of these easy to wear shades.

Persona Identity Eyeshadow Palette

Persona Identity Eyeshadow Palette

  • Humble (nudish pink matte)
  • Sassy (pearl shimmer)
  • Goal Digger (true gold shimmer)
  • Seductive (rose gold shimmer)
  • Charming (caramel brown matte)
  • Maverick (taupe matte)
  • Bombshell (metallic pewter shimmer)
  • Goddess (true bronze shimmer)
  • Audacious (burnt brick matte)
  • Chic (plum matte)
  • Bossy (burgundy shimmer)
  • Fearless (dark chocolate matte)

FOR THE PERSON WHO OWNS “EVERYTHING”

BRAVON BEAUTY

This set won’t be available until 11/18/17 but it’s a beauty and from a brand that most people aren’t aware of. I’ve been remiss about reviewing what I’ve bought from Bravon Beauty but it’s a brand I highly recommend. Just look at this beauty! Irresistibly Gorgeous 10-Piece Eye & Lip Color Collection – Exclusive Offer $72.00 / Retail Value $130.00
“LIMITED EDITION”

Bravon Beauty Irresistibly Gorgeous 10-Piece Eye & Lip Color Collection


-Magnetic Mirrored Artist Palette (holds up to 18 solo shadows)
-Velvet Matte Lip Paint-Blush Satin
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-White Star
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Lilac Pearl
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Platinum
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Brownstone
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Evergreen
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Champagne Frost
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Golden Olive
-Magnetic Eyes Shadow Solo/Satin-Tuscan Rose

FOR THE TRENDSETTER IN YOUR LIFE

URBAN DECAY HEAVY METALS METALLIC EYESHADOW PALETTE ($55 at Sephora and Ulta)

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

I bought this using my 20% off Sephora code but haven’t worked up the nerve to wear it yet. I just couldn’t resist the beauty of this. While I may end up wearing just the neutral side I’m excited to have the brights for those special nights when I want more of a vibe. I know I won’t be wearing every one of these but I’ve never worn every shadow in a palette. I’m sure this will bring many oohs and aahs to your holiday looks.

This set contains:
– 20 Metallic Eyeshadows in Ground (black w/iridescent shimmer), Spandex (deep blue with purple shift and blue micro-sparkle), Metalhead (deep purple), Mullet (deep green), Twisted (gold), Aluminum (warm gray-taupe with iridescent micro-sparkle), Dive (medium blue), Punk Rock (fuchsia), Amp (bright teal), Glamrock (silver), Bass (bronze), Demo (bronze-rose), Afterparty (red), Roadie (burgundy), Scream (mauve), Glory (golden bronze), Starfire (bright copper), Angelfire (pale pink), Maiden (beige), and Acoustic (nude)

FOR THE PERSON WHO WANTS IT ALL

CIATE LONDON CHLOE MORELLO’S BEAUTY HAUL, VOLUME 2  ($49)

Ciate London Beauty Haul, Volume 2

I had to add in a kit that would be more than just eyeshadow and this new Ciate’ London Beauty Haul set has 20 eyeshadows, a mini Wonderwand mascara, Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner, and a mini Liquid Velvet lip in Sydney.

The eyeshadows are a combination of matte and soft shimmers with plenty of pigment. They are a little powdery but that’s easily taken care of by applying them over a primer or liquid eyeshadow and doing your eyes first so you can wipe away the excess. There’s so much variety in the shades that you can find just about anything you’d want.

FOR THE BRUSH LOVER

UD MOST WANTED EYESHADOW BRUSH SET ($38)

Urban Decay Most Wanted Eyeshadow Brush Set

I have more brushes than you can imagine but that didn’t stop me from ordering this set. I’m planning on using it for travel so I can save space. The few Urban Decay e/s brushes I have are great so I have faith in this too. This set contains:
– Smoky Smudger Brush/Tapered Crease Brush
– Detailed Tightline Brush/Shadow Brush
– Blending Brush/Large Blending Brush

FOR THE BRUSH NOVICE

IT COSMETICS BEAUTIFUL BASICS AIRBRUSH 5 PIECE GETTING STARTED KIT ($58 Ulta exclusive)

It Cosmetics Your Beautiful Basics Airbrush set

This is for the person in your life that needs a brush collection. Since it contains 5 brushes to get them started it’s an impressive gift with some of the softest and elegant brushes around.

Airbrush Powder: Versatile use, dome-shaped head

Airbrush Foundation: Fluffy, rounded brush great for applying foundation

Airbrush Concealer: Fluffy, rounded brush head

Airbrush Shadow: Small, soft rounded head designed for the delicate eye area

Airbrush Crease: Narrow, tapered head designed to fit into the crease of the eye area

FOR YOUR SECRET SANTA GIFT

BEAUTY JUNKEES MINI KABUKI SET aka 5 piece Precision Brush Set *($16.97)

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set

 

Of all the Beauty Junkees brush sets I’ve used, this is the one that I can’t get enough of. It’s on sale now for just $16.97 and comes prepared to gift. These really aren’t precision brushes for my small eyes but they are amazing blending brushes that I also use for my face. In this set you’ll have blending brushes, concealing, contouring, and a tapered brush. This is a steal and one you want in your life!

I could go on and on and on but I have to cut it off somewhere. These are all favorites of mine (or soon to be favorites) that I think will make great gifts for you and your gift list. —  Marcia


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Olivia Palermo Smokey Suedes Eye Palette by Ciate is a hidden treasure

The gifts are unwrapped, the ribbons/bows/paper are tossed, the food is eaten. Now you are surrounded by a group of gifts and deciding what to do with them. Do you love them? Are you happy or disappointed? And what about those gift cards? Decisions need to be made. If you are lucky enough to have a Sephora gift card or return to them, I have a suggestion for you.

No one ever talks about Ciate makeup. Actually I wasn’t aware of anything but their nail polish until I read that Olivia Palermo had designed some products for Ciate. That enticed me to look and therefore buy!

Olivia Palermo x Ciate London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette

Olivia Palermo x Ciate London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette

As is typical for me I played it safe with the more neutral of the two palettes and purchased Smokey Suedes or as it’s formally known: OLIVIA PALERMO x CIATE LONDON SMOKEY SUEDES EYE PALETTE ($39). When this palette arrived it looked like almost every other palette that I am attracted to and I wasn’t expecting much. How very wrong I was. I can NOT stop wearing this. The eyeshadows are like silk but they wear like iron. They are classy like Olivia Palermo herself and stand out without being flashy. They are everything I look for when purchasing.

The more I used this palette, the more I realized I needed to share it with you so forgive my used palette picture.

There are 9 shadows in the palette and they are are a mix of metallic and matte. What is so wonderful about these shades is that there’s no fallout at all. The metallic shades may appear to be shimmery in the palette but there is no glitter and nothing to fall unto your face. I love that I get the shimmer effect without actual shimmer.

Ciate Olivia Palermo Smokey Suedes top row

Ciate Olivia Palermo Smokey Suedes top row

The top row contains Shaken (pearl gold metallic), Verde (pearl bright olive), Macchiato (matte light pink brown), and Glazed (rose gold metallic). The middle shade (last in the photo below) is Butler, a bone matte. Butler is a great color to use with every shadow in the palette. For my fair skin Butler works perfectly on my brow bone to complete my eye without adding color, it makes my ‘eye of the day’ look complete.

Olivia Palermo Ciate Smokey Suedes top row

Olivia Palermo Ciate Smokey Suedes top row

I’m not a fan of matte shadows but I know they are a necessity, especially as we age. I like both mattes in the above picture (Macchiato and Butler) since they are subtle and work with my skintone. I l.o.v.e. the gold and rose gold metallic shades and want to wear them constantly!

Olivia Palermo x Ciate Smokey Suede palette bottom row

Olivia Palermo x Ciate Smokey Suede palette bottom row

The bottom row contains Prosecco (pearl ivory metallic), Cocoa (pearl bronze metallic), Whoopie Pie (matte medium brown) and Plumberry (matte aubergine).

Olivia Palermo x Ciate Smokey Suede palette bottom row

Olivia Palermo x Ciate Smokey Suede palette bottom row

My two favorites in this row are at the right, Cocoa (pearl bronze metallic) and Prosecco (pearl ivory metallic). I wear these two all the time. Cocoa works perfectly for me with the other metallic shades plus I often mix it with the matte brown (Whoopie Pie) if I want to town it down.

There is one shade out of the 9 that I won’t wear and that’s the matte aubergine, Plumberry. I’ve tried it but I felt it looked awful on me. But with 8 great shades I feel like this is a bargain actually.

Do yourself a favor and consider this palette with your holiday money. The outside is just as pretty as the inside with its sturdy gold and black metal packaging. The palette would be great for travel since there are so many looks you can create with these colors. Daytime or evening, it’s all packaged together in this high quality palette.  — Marciaciate olivia palermo

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Beautiful nails with Ciate and Sante America

I haven’t written as much about nail polish as I’d like to. I have a large collection of polish that I’ve acquired within the last 2 years. I went from wearing the same polishes over and over to being anxious to get to my nail tech so I could try out lots of colors. I bit my nails down to the quick for most of my life. One day I resolved to grow nails and I actually did it (so all you mothers with children that bite their nails, there is hope). My nails aren’t super strong because of the damage I did to them which is why I get my nails done most of the time. To get to the point, this is the first of two polish reviews I’m ready to post.

Both of the brands I’m reviewing today are new to me and possibly to you too. These were sent to me to whet my palette I’m sure. Now I want MORE.


The first is CIATE Paint Pots which are from the UK. This is the cutest bottle ever! I wish I had a whole collection of these polishes. The bottle is slightly curved and has this adorable bow on it. These cost £9.00 and can be bought from Ciate’s website. There are 53 shades in their regular collection plus they have a lot of fabulous looking color collections. Ciate was created by one of the top nail stylists in the UK, Charlotte Straughan, to ensure professional quality for her customers.


This polish applied like a dream. I took this to my nail appointment and my manicurist was just as enamored as I was. She loved the brush (according to the site it has 250 flat bristles – I personally wouldn’t want to count them!). The polish just glided on. It was easy to apply but the best part is that this lasted a solid two weeks. The picture below is after 10 days of wear – typical housework included. When I went in to get my nails done again it was mainly because of a little tipwear and growth. I rarely touch up polish either. I know I should put on a top coat but I don’t.


The color I was sent is called Mistress (039) and at first I thought it was a little bit on the orange-red side but as I wore it I realized it was a great fire engine red (the site calls it a true red with a touch of coral). It’s a crème finish and was beautifully shiny using Seche Vite top coat. This will get worn again (and again). I like that Ciate describes their polishes and doesn’t just rely on photos which can be deceiving. I’ve got my eye on Burlesque (deep plum crème), Starlet (rich shimmery purple with blue & green) and Kitten Heels (red shimmer) and I’m sure one night when I’m in that mood I’ll be hitting BUY!


I also have been lucky enough to try out Sante America’s nail polishes ($15). I reviewed this natural brand before and was very impressed with what I’ve been using. I was thrilled when they sent me two polishes to try out. I’ve worn both polishes and got a week’s wear out of them. I actually did my nails myself with one myself because I was ready to change polishes before I had time to go for an appointment and I wanted to see what the application was like. It was a breeze. I’m not a good manicurist and I am impressed by those of you who can do their own nails. The bottle is very thin and so is the brush. For me that made it easy to use because I wasn’t making a mess on my cuticles. Even though the brush is thin it was great to use to cover the base of my nails.

The two colors I have are No. 18 and No. 07. The site names the polishes but they aren’t named on my bottles. No. 18 is a brown red cream called Magnolia Red and No. 07 is called Metallic Lavender. I didn’t love the look of No. 18 since it was a little too brown for me but the quality was great, it’s described as a deep dusty burgundy. No. 07 was much more interesting to me and showed me that I can comfortably wear this type of shade. Even though Sante’s site called it a lavender I saw a lot of light taupe in it rather than lavender on my hands. There is shimmer to it creating a metallic effect but it’s not over the top with either shimmer or metal. This is a polish I’ll be wearing again this spring and summer.


What Sante America brings to the table is a natural polish. The polishes are 100% formaldehyde free, don’t contain toluene, are vegan and gluten free plus they are free from colophony rosin (a product that’s from the resin of pine trees). Their polish remover is 100% acetone free and made with natural ingredients. I was amazed at how quickly this dried when I did my nails with it.

So there you have today’s nail episode. Two terrific brands of polish that you may not have been aware of before but now that you do, act on it!! — Marcia

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