I have to thank Coupons. com for offering this great post. A group of bloggers were given $50 e-gift cards to one of three beauty emporiums. Mine was Sephora. I was let loose on Sephora.com with $50 to spend!!! Whoopee! I got right to work making a list of things I wanted and of course it was long. The challenge from coupons.com was to create at least 2 looks using the $50. I labored over this and finally decided that I wanted to prove that Sephora.com can provide a bag full of goodies for that money. Sephora doesn’t carry drugstore items, they carry what is called prestige brands. We often feel like they are so expensive but look what I got with my e-certificate from coupons. com.
I bought two Stila travel palettes which are normally $16 each but are on sale at Sephora.com for $10 plus 3 Kat Von D Waterproof Eyeliner pencils $10 each). I also had a code (sephora.com shows current codes on their website) for a free YSL Shocking mascara. I’ve got everything I need for eyes, lips and cheeks with these.
The first of the two Stila palettes is Vibrant in Vancouver which is comprised of the following colors of eyeshadows: English Boy (satin light beige), Cypress (shimmery light brown), Granville (matte light chocolate), Seaplane (shimmery olive) and Coal Harbour (matte dark brown). The convertible lip and cheek cream in Tiger Lily is a shimmery rose-brown.
These are the typical neutral colors that I wear all the time. I picked this palette for a few reasons – 1) I’m loving olive greens at the moment, 2) I always feel good in browns and beiges and 3) I had a feeling that the convertible color would work well for me. This is a good palette for my everyday type looks plus when I start with a base like a Maybelline Tattoo I can change the looks even more.
The other palette I picked is Rockin’ in Rio which turned into a surprise favorite. I chose it to add variety but it turns out I really like this and it will stay in my rotation. The eye shadows are Copacabana (satin pale beige), Samba (satin medium beige), Bossa Nova (shimmery light greyish brown), Carnavale (shimmery greyish black) and Ipanema (shimmery midnight blue). The convertible color is called Freesia and it’s a great candy pink that I like on my lips as well as my cheeks.
The three pencils I bought are by Kat Von D and were highly recommended by a friend. They are the Waterproof Autograph Pencils which cost just $10 each – I bought 3 since I wanted to be able to change my look. The shades I have are Piaf (purplish gray with multicolor sparkle), Napolitano (bronze with gold sparkle) and Black Metal (black with silver sparkle). I guess I was in a sparkly mood. These aren’t full size pencils, they are half size which is great for someone with a collection my size and for trying out new colors.
While the challenge was for two looks I was able to create much more than that depending on the placement of the eyeshadow or the eyeliner I chose. Each eyeliner worked with two palettes plus I was able to dampen shadows in the palettes for eyeliners too. The bonus YSL mascara is not one that worked for me. I didn’t get shocking lashes, I felt that my lashes stuck together too much and I didn’t see anything other than some definition. But what a great way to know since it was a bonus code.
Now for some looks:
1) StilaVibrant in Vancouver with olive lid, shimmery light brown in the crease and shimmery light beige on browbone. Lined with Kat Von D Napolitano.
3. Stila Rockin in Rio with the light gray on the lid, blue in the crease and pale beige above with Kat Von D Black Magic eyeliner. You can also see my cheeks with the Freesia convertible color.
4. Stila Rockin in Rio using Ipanema eyeshadow wet as an eyeliner – I wanted you to see how vibrant it can be.
Now for the giveaway news…. this giveaway is open for one week only and will close on June 21, 2013. It is open for US only. The giveaway and the products that we each received are from Coupons. com (there was no other compensation for this post). There are a lot of chances to win so the more you follow on Rafflecopter’s widget, the more likely it is for you to be the big winner.
I hope you’ll click on our links to see how everyone spent their $50. We have all chosen totally different routes so you’ve got some fun in store. Let me know in the comments if you have any of these Stila Travel palettes and if there are others I should be looking for. — Marcia
There’s been a lot of talk lately about Urban Decay’s Naked2 palette. Just prior to the introduction of the UD though I was attracted to Kat Von D’s True Romance Eyeshadow Palette – Saint. This $35 palette has 8 shades all in the neutral and brown family. I’ve had mixed results with Kat Von D palettes in the past but when they are good they are very very good. Saint called to me since they are colors that I can easily wear all the time and I felt the price was good plus it came with an eyeliner pencil that has gotten raves. There’s always room in my life for more neutrals and taupes so it went into my basket at Sephora.com. There are some similarities in this palette to the Urban Decay Naked ones but I think the biggest difference is the lack of glitter and the abundance of lighter eyeshadows in the Kat Von D Saint True Romance Eyeshadow Palette.
The actual case happens to be very nice and unusual in my collection. It’s a heavy metal with beautiful designs on it. This is a new kind of palette for the line and it’s a welcome change. It opens to a full size mirror. It’s heavy but it’s extremely sturdy. Kat Von D is known for her sultry type palettes.
Here are the shadows and descriptions from Sephora.com.
Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Saint:
Heavens – pearlized vanilla
Enjoy the Silence – pearlized butter cream
<3 – soft pink with sparkle
Downtown – pearlized champagne
Sunny – pearlized gold
Pray for Me – pearlized TAUPE
Bookworm – pearlized brown
Carvaggio – dark matte brown
Plus there’s a mini Puro Amor Black Autograph pencil eyeliner
What I’ve found over and over with palettes is that people will complain because there are many crease and lid shades but very little for the browbone. That‘s not a problem with Saint. There are quite a few shades that can be used on either your lid or browbone and for me personally only two I like in the crease.
My favorite shades in the palette are Pray for Me (pearlized taupe) and Bookworm (pearlized brown). I like most of the other shades too, especially Enjoy the Silence (pearlized buttercream) and Sunny (penalized gold).
Pray for Me is a cool brown taupe that applies very lightly, most taupes I have are darker than this is. Bookworm is the one shade that works best in the crease, it can be used lightly or intensely. I also enjoy mixing it with Pray for Me to create a lid shade. Both Enjoy the Silence and Sunny work well for me as crease shades.
What I’m not crazy about though are Carvaggio (dark matte brown) and <3 (soft pink with sparkles). I’m not really a matte person so it’s not the fault of Carvaggio, when I mix it with Bookworm though I get a shade I like. The same can’t be said of <3 since I find the sparkles to be too much. The glitter got all over my face the few times I decided to try <3 so that’s one shade that won’t get used by me again.
The shadows are well pigmented and last nicely throughout the day with an eyeshadow primer. (I think there was a packet of Kat Von D’s primer in the box but I can’t seem to find it.)
I took the palette on a trip with me and it was a pleasure to use the variety of shades in it. There was a minor mishap when one shadow came loose but it didn’t break, a little Crazy Glue put it back in place.
There’s not a lot of talk about Kat Von D (other than personal issues that is) but the line has improved in many ways. My very first palette from this line was returned since I found the pigment lacking but Saint has found its way into my heart and gets a good amount of use. If you are a fan of neutrals Saint is one for you to check out. True Romance? No but we do have a good relationship!– Marcia