Makeup splurges for better or worse

What constitutes a makeup splurge? Is it money? Is it the lack of resistance? Is it weakness? I say it all depends on the situation. A splurge can be something that’s $5 or something that’s $100. It’s all what you believe you want rather than just need. Today I’m featuring 7 products that I feel I splurged on. Some are worth every cent, some are regrets. Please check out my choices to see if you agree.  —  Marcia

NATASHA DENONA EYESHADOW PALETTE 10 ($95)

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 10

This is my most expensive splurge and one I’m on the fence about. $95 is a lot to spend on a palette but it does have 10 gorgeous shades that are outside of my comfort zone to some degree. The shades are #56p Pearl (champagne toned shimmer), #06p Anthrazit (charcoal black with a subtle silver shimmer), #47p Dark Sepia (dark chocolate brown with a slight gold shimmer), #02m Blue Space (rich royal blue with a shimmer finish), #27m Slate (vivid purple shimmer), #19m Deep Teal (intense teal shimmer), #25m Aura (cream white with a gold iridescent finish), #13m Raw Gold (deep gold with a bronze undertone), #87m Light Coral (peach shadow with a subtle gold shimmer), #07m Graphite (dark grey with silver shimmer).

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 10

As you can see these are all shimmer shades but the extent of the shimmer is unique to each shade. It’s really not the most practical palette because of all the shimmer. The problem for me isn’t the cost though but the quality of the shades isn’t uniform. Some apply easily while others want to fight with me.

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE?  Depends, it got me over my Natasha Denona craving and I didn’t buy the more expensive palettes. I like this but I can’t say I love it. (Swatches from Sephora, mine don’t look like this though)

PRETTY VULGAR NIGHTINGALE EYESHADOW PALETTE ($35)

After falling in love with Pretty Vulgar Early Bird Eyeshadow palette I was anxious for more. But I’m a pretty staid individual colorwise so I went with the tried and true. Considering I have 357962 nude and brown palettes did I need this? That’s why it’s a splurge, I don’t need it.

Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Eyeshadow Palette

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? I’m the wishy washy queen right now because I haven’t decided. I’ve had it for a few weeks and haven’t touched it. Some of the Early Bird shadows are disappointing and I’m worried that I’ll find that here too. What to do?

Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Eyeshadow Palette

DIOR METALIZER – METAL CREME SHADOW ($25)

Once I saw the Dior Metalizers reviewed I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Metallics are hot for fall and I’ve always loved metallics in accessories and cosmetics. I chose Bronze Tension – mistake! It’s too dark and doesn’t blend well on me.

Dior Metalizer Cream Shadow in Bronze Tension

I want to like this so badly that I can taste it. I love to start with a cream shadow and use it as a base or to highlight powders. But I picked the wrong shade. I don’t see any metallic on my eyes with this very dark shade. (inject crying emoji here)

Dior Metalizer Cream Shadow in Bronze Tension

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? Obviously not which saddens me.

STILA HUGE EXTREME LASH MASCARA ($23)

There’s a story behind buying this mascara. I received a sample size in one of my subscriptions and put it aside for a while. When cleaning to move I find it and tried it. I totally fell in love with it. Wearing Stila Huge was like being granted false eyelashes. You know I couldn’t wait to buy this in spite of having umpteen unopened mascaras.

Stila Huge Extreme Mascara

Stila Huge Extreme Mascara

Well … the tube I bought is a dud. Some days my lashes look totally amazing, other days they are a mushy mess. I’ve determined that the problem is that the opening for the wand is too large which makes too much mascara coming out. There’s none of that satisfying sound you hear when opening a tube. Even cleaning it off doesn’t guarantee that I’ll love my lashes that day.

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? With mascara you just never know what you’re going to get. One tube can make angels sing, the next tube can make them cry. This makes my lashes cry 50% of the time.

ARTIS PALM BRUSH ($65)

The Artis Palm Brush is absolutely incredible. My words can not describe how much I love this brush and the Artis Oval 10 brush. Yes expensive, yes worth every cent to me. Here’s a description that explains the Palm Brush: “A brush with a generously sized, rounded oval of fibers to provide coverage to a larger areas of the face and body. It features more than 250,000 fibers. Artis brushes are made exclusively with CosmeFibre, a revolutionary engineered fiber made for applying cosmetic and makeup products.”

Artis Palm Brush

I use this and the Oval 10 for liquid foundation since I can’t believe the softness of the brushes and the airbrushed application.

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? Without a doubt. Even though I have the Oval 10 which is the same except that the Palm brush doesn’t have a handle, I wanted this and caved. Happy happy.

TARTE SHAPE TAPE aka DOUBLE DUTY BEAUTY SHAPE TAPE CONTOUR CONCEALER ($25)

So I found myself in Ulta without a plan to buy anything and I came across the infamous Tarte Shape Tape. When Shape Tape first came out you couldn’t find it anywhere not even Tarte’s website. That made the hunt more real. The last thing I needed was another concealer.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair Beige

This very fat tube and very fat wand are quite interesting. I’ve always liked the concealers that Tarte makes and this one intrigued me. There are 14 shades to choose from and several that are light enough for me. After much deliberation I chose Fair Beige which I now see is for fair skin with pink undertones. The color choice was right.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair Beige

Ulta explains how to use this as a contour and as a concealer. I mainly use it under my eyes. I rarely start a day with concealer but I do add it if I’m going somewhere later in the day or evening. “Powered by Amazonian clay and conditioning mango seed and shea butters, the nutrient-rich concealer helps promote skin elasticity and illumination with each crease-free application.”

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? At first I didn’t think so but it’s really grown on me. I have a ton of concealers and wondered why I bought another, but I’m glad I did. It doesn’t crease under my eyes and does a good job of covering everything up.

KJAER WEIS CREAM BLUSH – BLOSSOMING ($56)

Now this was a true splurge. I actually had no intention of buying this and then suddenly it was in my cart and on my CC. Hmm. I did no research into this other than knowing that Kjaer Weis was a luxury brand and that the reviews were amazing. But it’s a cream blush and I’m a nut for cream blush.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush

The first thing to know is that this is the heaviest cosmetic I own. It could be used as a weapon. The metal compact is beautiful on my vanity and slides open to display the creamiest of all cream blushes.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming

Blossoming is a beautiful light peachy pink shade that is subtle yet shows up perfectly on my fair skin. I’m totally in love with this color.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming

Kjaer Weiss blush is – Certified organic – Formulated with Rose Rubiginosa Seed Oil to fight signs of aging – Free from gluten, petroleum, parabens, artificial coloring and fragrance. This comes in 5 shades that all look totally amazing to me. Lovely is on my list for the next time I “need” to splurge.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming

This isn’t a cream to powder but it’s not sticky. I apply a light amount of setting powder to my cheeks first and then use my finger to blend the cream on. It melts onto my finger and applies like buttah! It’s infused with Castor Seed and Jojoba Oils to help strengthen and nourish the skin and has a Beeswax base that’s well-suited to all complexions.

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? Yes yes and yes again. I love it and when I can afford it I’ll purchase another.

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What’s the verdict on my makeup splurges? Would you buy any of these yourself? Do you have any of these? I’d love for you to share.  —  Marcia

Don’t forget to see what my friends have splurged on.


Splurge vs Steal with Urban Decay, Covergirl, NYC Lovatics, Makeup Revolution USA

close up of usa dollar money and piggy bank

It’s time for a new Makeup Wars and I’m excited about this one. I can’t wait to read what the other bloggers have chosen as their SPLURGE vs STEAL items. For my edition I decided to stick with neutral palettes since they are so popular. Urban Decay Naked palettes started the craze with Too Faced Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Bon Bons following. At $54 and $49 respectively it’s hard to own all the ones you are interested in…. so here comes the steals.

I read this type of article often in magazines and the first thing that comes to my mind is the question of Quality. Yes, two items may look similar, but is the steal something you’d want to wear/use? I have made sure that my steals are ones that I can recommend without question.

URBAN DECAY is the brand that I believe has led the way into the neutral revolution. They have excellent marketing and know how to get the word out with some cutting edge products. Just look at how they’ve promoted the Gwen Steffani items! People are going nuts over them. Also their Naked palettes don’t go out of favor. When I was pulling this together I realized that I can’t find my Naked Basics and Naked 2. Just because they are older doesn’t make them any less relevant and now I’m thinking about purchasing them. I looked to see how to compare my ‘steals’ to my Urban Decay and Too Faced. I hope I’ve succeeded.

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Cosmetics has a new collection in collaboration with Demi Lovato. I received several items that I’ll be reviewing in full and I’m loving them. This $6.99 palette LOVATICS BY DEMI is incredible and a perfect match for the original URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE. $6.99. vs $54. Now that’s what I call a Splurge vs Steal. When you find this at Walmart, Target or wherever NYC is sold, grab it before it’s too late.

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

URBAN DECAY NAKED 3 vs ULTA ROSE GOLD PALETTE

These two are so close that I can blindly reach for either to achieve the same looks. This is a $54 vs $20 Splurge vs Steal except that Ulta’s palette is always on sale and you can use their coupons. This particular week all ULTA products are buy 2 get 2 free, last week this palette was $12.

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

MAKEUP REVOLUTION USA AFFIRMATION vs URBAN DECAY SMOKY and TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BONBONS

There are 32 eyeshadows in MAKEUP REVOLUTION’S AFFIRMATION PALETTE. This Ulta exclusive is $15 with BOGO 1/2 currently going on. It’s also available with the $3.50 coupon that Ulta advertises. I had to seek out two palettes to match up with the AFFIRMATION palette because it has so many versatile shades.

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky contains these shades: champagne shimmer micro-glitter, medium bronze, metallic taupe iridescent micr-glitter, metallic silver taupe tonal sparkle, light metallic gray, medium charcoal micro glitter, jet black satin, deep plum taupe, cool taupe matte, rich brown matte, soft pink taupe and light beige satin. Look at the above picture – recognize those shades?

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons contains these shades: matte mauve, cool greige, matte suede, matte plum brown, gilded rose, electric fuchsia pearl, cherry cola shimmer, satin nude, smokey sapphire, deep metallic amethyst, gilded cocoa, metallic taupe, metallic cocoa bronze, and matte warm cream. You can find duplicates of all these shades in the Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette too.

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation USA, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

While I love my Urban Decay palettes I shudder thinking about how much money they’ve cost me. Makeup Revolution USA Affirmation isn’t as pigmented as UD and TF but I end up with the same colors and looks. I’m the only one that knows that the Affirmation palette costs a fraction of the other too.

COVERGIRL TRUNAKED NUDES

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Last is the Covergirl trunaked Nudes palette which is a beautiful rendition of a nude palette. The colors are exactly what you need to create daily looks as well as smoky eyes. The palette sells for approximately $12.99 but you can find sales on it. Currently at Ulta it’s $11.98 with a BOGO 1/2 on Covergirl products. I have been blown away by the color and quality of this palette.

I think these steals are pretty fabulous and the true definition of Splurge vs Steal without compromising quality. What’s your favorite steal?  –  Marcia

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*NYC, Covergirl, Makeup Revolution received for editorial consideration, others are self purchased

Makeup Wars splurged!!! Here are my OMGs…

Makeup Wars splurging with Viseart and Tom Ford

Makeup Wars splurging with Viseart and Tom Ford

Welcome to Makeup Wars or as I call it this week, Spending Wars. I splurged over the holidays and many new products ended up at my home. I’d be taking pictures forever and a day if I showed you everything so instead I’ve chosen two brands, Viseart and Tom Ford Beauty, that I’m most excited about. I did go overboard but I “needed” these. Didn’t I??

TOM FORD BEAUTY “LIPS & BOYS” LIP COLOR

Last year Tom Ford came out with a limited edition Boys & Men collection. I admit I bought even more last year than I did this year but I couldn’t resist. These are small lipsticks and probably not worth the $35 each but I just had to have them. I prefer wearing lipstick and Tom Ford lipsticks are my favorite ever. They have a slight vanilla fragrance that I don’t really notice at all. They are moisturizing and I feel like a million bucks when I wear my TF lips.

“Tom Ford Lip Color is filled with rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil to create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.”

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

AUSTIN

Tom Ford Austin

Tom Ford Austin

Austin is a light coral with a slight metallic finish. This is a combination of peach & pink and I find it very versatile.

FLYNN

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Flynn

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Flynn

This is actually my second Flynn. I bought it last year, fell in love with it, wore it a LOT but was afraid to wear it more. Once it was brought back I had to buy another. Now one is constantly with me while my newest one can live at my vanity. On me Flynn is a light pink that’s neutral. There is a little touch of peach so that it’s not a bubble gum pink. Different lip liners can change this up so it can look perfect no matter which blush I’ve chosen for the day.

JUDE

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Jude

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Jude

Jude is my pink of the group. This is a cool, blue based pink. It’s not too light and it’s not too dark so it must be just right!

JUSTIN

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Justin

Justin is different than any of my other Tom Ford lipsticks. It has more depth to it than I usually choose. It’s a purple based pink that I’ve seen described as fuchsia but it doesn’t turn bright on me.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

If you want to see swatches of all the Lips & Boys Lip Colors visit my friend Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog for her great description and awesome photos and swatches.

VISEART

Viseart eyeshadow palettes

Viseart eyeshadow palettes

There were some great sales on Viseart palettes but even without a sale these palettes are the cream of the crop. They are a splurge at $80 each but the quality is unsurpassed. I prefer their satin palettes to their mattes but I still indulged in two matte palettes since I know how outstanding these are.  At some point I’ll have to give in and leave my beloved satins behind so when that time comes, I’m ready.

SULTRY MUSE

Viseart Sultry Muse

Viseart Sultry Muse

I have (and reviewed) a similar palette to Sultry Muse, it was a gift from Lisa and my first experience with Viseart. It stopped me in my tracks. The shades in Sultry Muse are mostly neutrals with a few shades that pop. The brown tones are my favorites, especially the top row. But there’s also a rose gold, silver, and charcoal w/blue undertones that make this quite unique. Viseart shadows practically apply themselves, that’s how smooth they are.

BRIDAL SATIN

Viseart Bridal Satin

Viseart Bridal Satin

Of all the Viseart palettes this is the one that truly shines. I question the name “bridal” only because most makeup artists that I’m friends with use a very subtle eye look on their brides; this is far from subtle. I’d call this “Rehearsal Dinner Satin”. Some of the shades look similar to Sultry Muse but they are just variations. Bridal Satin is brighter, more vibrant and is a palette to wear any time you want to look your best. The shades are both warm and cool making it quite adaptable. Satin eyeshadows from Viseart have a small amount of shimmer to them. If you pat them on you won’t get glitter, you’ll get shine.

NEUTRAL MATTE

Viseart Neutral Matte

Viseart Neutral Matte

Neutral Matte is the palette I’d use on a bride. It amazes me that these are mattes in the way they perform. They are silky soft and glide on without any patchiness. The hues are in the warm range with shades of beige, bone, brown, taupe plus an orange, black and charcoal. The only shade I can’t personally wear is the orange one in the second row.

DARK MATTE

Viseart Dark Matte palette

Viseart Dark Matte palette

Dark Matte is darker than my picture shows, my lighting isn’t the best, although the photo with all 4 palettes is more accurate. The shades are livelier than Neutral Mattes and is a great companion piece. Dark Matte is more a a cool neutral palette. The oranges in the middle row are much easier for me to wear as they are softer. If I had to pick only one of these two matte palettes I’d get the Dark Matte since it works better for my coloring and preferences.

What do you think of my splurges? Would you use your hidden money to buy any of these? What about your own splurges? Will you share?  — Marcia

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Favorite fall eyeshadow palettes

Favorite eyeshadow palettes for fall

Favorite eyeshadow palettes for fall

While this is supposed to be Top 10 Tuesday for me it’s Top 7 Tuesday. I decided to just choose eyeshadow palettes I own and rely on rather than make a wishlist. I’m excited about my choices and recommend all of these highly. Some were received for review, others were bought, and all are loved and recommended.

my favorite fall palettes from Lancome, Tom Ford, butter London, Makeup Revolution, Buxom, Sleek, Make Up For Ever

my favorite fall palettes from Lancome, Tom Ford, butter London, Makeup Revolution, Buxom, Sleek, Make Up For Ever

LANCOME AUDA(CITY) in PARIS ($68)

LANCOME AUDA[CITY] IN PARIS

LANCOME AUDA[CITY] IN PARIS

This is the first Lancome palette I’ve bought in years. There are 16 shades in 4 finishes. They are set up almost like four individual palettes. The colors are Filigree (light gold shimmer), Choquette (peach matte), Parfait (light pink matte), Kitten Heel (gold copper shimmer) , Joie (golden brown shimmer), Voyage (muted purple matte), Sante (brown matte), Éclair (purple metallic), Exhibition (orchid shimmer), Zip Me Up (deep purple shimmer), Volcano (silvery gray shimmer),  Clock Strikes 12 (gray metallic), Audacious (smokey brown shimmer), Couture (dark brown matte), It List (black matte), Nuit (deep charcoal metallic).  This palette was designed by Lisa Eldridge who was inspired by the streets of Paris. It’s the kind of palette that takes you from day to night, from running errands or going to work to a soiree. After seeing so much hype about the palette I instantly bought it during a Lancome GWP and I’m glad that I did.

TOM FORD NUDE DIP ($80)

Tom Ford Nude Dip

Tom Ford Nude Dip

Tom Ford Nude Dip

Tom Ford Nude Dip

I reviewed this much loved palette (here) so you can see fresh pictures of it. This contains a light gold, a light rose gold, a medium taupe and a chocolate brown. It’s my one and only TF palette and if they were all like this without glitter but lots of sheen, I’d own them all.

BUTTER LONDON NATURAL CHARM ($39)*

butter LONDON Natural Charm Shadow Clutch

butter LONDON Natural Charm Shadow Clutch

butter London Natural Charm

butter London Natural Charm

butter LONDON now has eyeshadows called Shadow Clutches and I’m loving it. There are two ShadowClutch palettes – Natural Charm and Pretty Proper.  The shades in Natural Charm are Linen (Matte Vanilla), Quartz (Warm Beige Sheen), Camo (Dark Khaki Sheen), Camel (Matte Nude), Citrine (Coral Sheen), Leather (Matte Chocolate Brown. These are primer infused and the pigments are great. A full review is on the way.

MAKEUP REVOLUTION LONDON in MERMAIDS FOREVER ($15)*

Makeup Revolution in Mermaids Forever

Makeup Revolution in Mermaids Forever

This beautiful Ulta exclusive has 32 shades that will satisfy the needs of everyone. I know it’s early for Christmas presents but this would be a delight for any makeup lover to find in a pile of gifts. It’s affordable enough that you can buy it for gifts and one for yourself. While the theme is Mermaids with its beautiful blues, teals, and greens you’ll also find a bevy of neutrals. Makeup Revolution is a UK brand that only came to the US at Ulta stores in the summer. No swatches yet of this but they’ll be coming.

BUXOM CUSTOMIZABLE PALETTES ($40)

a Buxom Customizable Palette made by me

a Buxom Customizable Palette made by me

buxom customizable palette

buxom customizable palette

After using a buxom Customizable Palette and finding the pigmentation to be utterly amazing, I just had to put together one in the neutral family. Be sure you buy this in one bundle since separately the eyeshadows ($12 each) and empty palette would be $112. The colors in my palette are Champagne Buzz (shimmering pearl), Haute Couture (metallic java), Jetsetter (matte greige), Satin Seduction (Bisque Luster), Mix & Mingle (matte vanilla), Style Icon (Mettalic Taupe). I think you’ll have better luck finding these at Sephora since they are selling like hotcakes online.

SLEEK MAKEUP i-DIVINE STORM PALETTE ($11.99)*

Sleek Makeup Storm Palette

Sleek MakeUP Storm Palette

Sleek is another brand from the UK and is one of the most coveted brands from there. There are a lot of Sleek MakeUP iDivine palettes and I was lucky to get Storm which was one I’ve been eager to try. The shades are Sand Storm (golden brown, Snow Storm (lighter gold), Calm Before the Storm (matte beige, Thunder Storm (brassy gold), Perfect Storm (rose gold), Firestorm (bronze), Dust Storm (deeper bronze), Gathering Storm (dark pewter), Storm Cloud (teal pewter), Electric Storm (shimmery navy), Eye of the Storm (matte light brown), Blackout (matte black). What I love about this palette is that there’s a mix of matte and satin shades. Full review will follow.

MAKE UP FOR EVER 9 ARTIST SHADOW PALETTE VOLUME 1 (NUDES YOU NEED) ($42)

Make Up For Ever 9 Shadow Artist Palette volume 1

Make Up For Ever 9 Shadow Artist Palette volume 1

Make Up For Ever’s 9 Shadow Artist Palette is the oldest one in this group. Did I need another neutral palette? Of course not and at first I was a little sorry I bought it. But once I started using it I realized there were some shades that I really liked. These shades are available individually but putting 9 in a palette makes it a better buy. The shades are (going down the rows) I-528 Pearl, S-556 Taupe Gray, S-102 Onyx, I-514 Pink Ivory, D-562 Taupe Platinum, I-544 Pink Granite, ME-512 Golden Beige, ME-644 Iced Brown, D-652 Celestial Earth so it runs the gamut of finishes. I get the most use out of Pearl, Pink Ivory, Pink Granite, Golden Beige and Iced Brown. The two shades marked D (diamond) are too glittery for me) and I don’t line with black so Onyx is pristine. But 6 out of this palette makes this a buy I no longer regret.

Do you own any of these? What’s your fave? — Marcia

Visit my friends to see what they have picked out as some favorites for fall.


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Favorite eyeshadow palettes for Makeup Wars

This week Makeup Wars is focusing on favorite eyeshadow palettes. My favorite item to buy is a new eyeshadow palette. I’d spend my last pennies (or actually $$) on them. Being out of commission for the last two months hasn’t slowed me down when it comes to my love of them. In today’s article I’ve listed two wishlist items and four that I’ve bought. There are a lot more wishlist items I have but these 2 are the ones that I’m honing in on now.  – Marcia
1413133672_s1644848-main-hero-300URBAN DECAY VICE 3 is a wishlist item even though I’ve barely gotten use out of my Vice 2 palette. There’s just something about Urban Decay that seems to call me even though I ignored the brand for years. I can’t use every shade they create since many are too sparkly for me and some are out of my comfort zone but there’s so many shades that I’m eager to use that this is worth $60 easily.
1413133581_coseyeshdow7_lolta_main_w_800_img404_noimagemedium?1413133581MARC JACOBS STYLE EYE CON IN LOLITA is one I bought from Sephora and enjoy using. Yes it’s a typical nude palette but there’s something about Marc Jacobs Beauty that draws me in. I enjoy the luxury of taking it out of my organizer and applying it.
1413133241_27635-150ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE, RAW GARDEN EYE SHADOW PALETTE IN COSMOS is a limited edition that I am drooling over. Rouge Bunny Rouge shadows are more subtle than most of the choices I make and I have a feeling that this will be that way too. But I tend to use my RBR shadows very often for daily use. They aren’t too sparkly and they apply like silk.
1413132962_lorac-pro-palette-2LORAC PRO 2 is my newest palette and I’ve only had a chance to use it once. I received it, fell a few days later and have been laid up since. I already have the original Pro palette (below) so I know that this is a great addition to the shades in it. There are usually some sparkly shades in Lorac so I tend to ignore those but the ones I use are what drew me to adding another Lorac palette to my life.
1413132914_lorac-pro-paletteLORAC PRO is one of the palettes I get the most use out of. I believe this palette is what brought LORAC back into favor with beautynistas. Every list I saw in the last year included this as a favorite and after buying it, I know why. The shadows apply beautifully, wear well and don’t fade. Plus the colors are great for everyday and for special occasions. It comes with their great eyeshadow primer too which makes them wear even better.
1413132798_web_chocolatebar_openTOO FACED CHOCOLATE BAR PALETTE is my favorite of the 4 palettes I own from this list. I resisted buying it because I’m not a fan of fragrance and this smells chocolatey. But the scent is subtle – just enough to make you notice it, not enough to make others notice it. The colors are fabulous and I wish I had swatches for you. There are a couple of the more golden shades that I tend to wear more than others but I’ve yet to try a shade I haven’t liked. I love that there are two different larger base shades so you can start with a neutral or slightly cool base. This is a winner in my book. $49 well spent.
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Makeup Wars shares holiday eye looks

makeup-wars.jpg~originalThe parties continue for Christmas, year end and New Year’s Eve so Makeup Wars has decided to show you some holiday eye looks.

One of my very favorite holiday palettes this year is the Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Set*.The colors in it are perfect for day and can be jazzed up for night. My holidays are pretty low key so the beautiful shimmers probably won’t be worn but this is what I wore for my first holiday eye this year and will surely wear again.

eye wearing the top left palette in Tarte Gorgeous Getaways

eye wearing the top left palette in Tarte Gorgeous Getaways

I used the top right palette that contains Santorini Bikini: peach satin.  Great Sphynx: milk chocolate with light shimmer.  Belgian Chocolate: this is a darker chocolate with a purple undertone.  Pacific Sunset: a coppery gold with some shimmer.  Spontaneous blush: a pinky peach satin.

tarte gorgeous getaways top right

tarte gorgeous getaways top right

tarte gorgeous getaways top right

tarte gorgeous getaways top right

I like dramatic eyes so I apply these heavily to get the most pigmentation out of the shades as possible. To do this eye I started with Pacific Sunset (coppery gold) applied lightly on the lid. On the inner and into the crease I used Santorini Bikini (peach). On the outer crease I started with Great Sphynx (milk chocolate) but then blended Belgian Chocolate into that so that it would be more dramatic. On my browbone I used Serengeti Sand which is a light beige in another one of the individual palettes in the set. I also wore the Spontaneous Blush from this set. I felt comfortable yet special in it.

Tarte Gorgeous Getaways eyes and cheek

Tarte Gorgeous Getaways eyes and cheek

This set was an exclusive at Ulta; it’s my favorite kit out of all the ones I’ve tried from Tarte. If you have a local Ulta you should see if they have this still in stock since you’ll get a winter’s worth of wear out of this (and more).

Here are some other choices I’d pick for New Year’s Eve.

1) Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette – I bought this last year at Sephora and it’s my go to when I want a smokey eye. The variety of shades in this palette are perfect for night. Even though I have Mushroom in other palettes, it’s such a great basic color. (picture from beauty.com)

Urban Decay Smoked

Urban Decay Smoked

2) Marc Jacobs Beauty in The Starlet is probably the palette I’ve been most excited about this year. This is a simple eye with it but it’s so easy to combine the colors in this palette to make some standout shades.

Marc Jacobs Beauty in The Starlet

Marc Jacobs Beauty in The Starlet

Marc Jacobs Beauty - The Starlet - wearing the 4th shade

Marc Jacobs Beauty – The Starlet – wearing the 3rd and 4th shades

3. Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliners* are perfect holiday eyeliners if you like a touch of glitter or metallics. I have two of them and they wear beautifully. They give your eye just enough sparkle to light them up. They are also waterproof so they’ll last through the night.  Spark of Envy is a metallic peacock-green while Locket Book is a medium brown infused with gold glitter.

Tarina Tarantino Hyperlink eyeliner in Locket Book

Tarina Tarantino Hyperlink eyeliner in Locket Book

Tarina Tarantino Hyperlink Eyeliner in Spark of Envy

Tarina Tarantino Hyperlink Eyeliner in Spark of Envy

TT Spark of Envy (blush.com)

TT Spark of Envy (blush.com)

What are your eye plans for the holidays? Do you have anything special picked out? Are you ready for 2014?– Marcia

Now that you’ve seen the beauties that I’m excited about for the holidays please click on the icons so you can see what the other Makeup Warriors have chosen.

* items were samples

At last – Eddie Funkhouser is available

 

Eddie Funkhouser mascara, eyeshadow palette, liquid liner

Eddie Funkhouser mascara, eyeshadow palette, liquid liner

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here. I can’t tell you how anxious I’ve been for the Eddie Funkhouser line to be available. My three months with the Quattro Variable Lash mascara are over and I need more. I’ve held off on reviewing other products because I didn’t want to tease you so I’m thrilled that I can finally tell you about the others I have for review.

When Eddie (my pen pal buddy) sent the mascara he (or maybe it’s his PR person) sent along an eyeshadow palette and a liquid liner. As hard as I fell for the mascara, that’s how hard I fell for the Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus ($10.99). I reach for this so often that my gel eyeliners have finally realized that I’m cheating on them and they are drying out. Of course that makes me want to use this eyeliner all the more. I love eyeliner and never go without it. It’s the one product I feel naked without and that’s not a pretty sight. I’ve got a slew of liquid eyeliners in my stash but none seems to match the ease of use of this eye lining stylus. The tip is reminiscent of a Sharpie pen but shaped for your eyes.

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Wearing Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus and Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

Wearing Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus and Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

Eddie Funkhouser has this to say about this Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus: “It’s a felt tip eyeliner that provides effortless and precise application. It is long-wearing, does not fade or smudge and intensely pigmented.” Eddie Funkhouser is 100% right. This doesn’t fade or smudge, it lasts through even my major hot flashes, it doesn’t migrate, and it’s so black that it’s blacker than black. It practically applies itself, it’s that easy to use.

Eddie Funkhouser

Eddie Funkhouser

Eddie Funkhouser also created 4 eyeshadow quads called Hyperreal Eye Color Palettes. The one I have is Eye Candy and is made up of pastels. Here’s what they say about them: “It’s a vibrant, fashion-forward eye color palette. It provides variable coverage, extended wear, silky texture in trendy colors. It’s creamy, long-wearing and budge-proof.”  Now that the website is up and running I found out that the shades in it have names:

EYE CANDY (clockwise from top left) SUGAR PIE – Shimmer frost white, U ROCK – Iridescent pastel lavender, TWEET ME – Pearlescent pastel sky blue, LOVE RUG – Shimmer pastel pink ($14.99)

Eddie Funkhouser Eye Candy palette

Eddie Funkhouser Eye Candy palette

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eyeshadow Palette in Eye Candy

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eyeshadow Palette in Eye Candy

I had some trouble getting these shades to show up on me. I found even when I used an eyeshadow primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance that the colors were too light.

Eddie Funkhouser Eye Candy palette applied

Eddie Funkhouser Eye Candy palette applied

I’m used to more drama so I took the advice of Kath the Fabzilla and tried them wet and then with a darker base. That’s when they popped. I used the Make Up For Ever Black Tango Palette black/blue cream shadow to create a dark base. I then layered these pastels over that and got colors that were no longer pastels but not my typical eyeshadow shades either. They looked so much better. I would recommend Eye Candy to someone with darker skin than mine or for someone just starting out in the makeup world that needs a lighter touch.

Make Up For Ever with the teal of Eye Candy

Make Up For Ever with the teal of Eye Candy

Make Up For Ever base

Make Up For Ever base

Eddie Funkhouser teal from Eye Candy over Make Up For Ever Black Tango palette

Eddie Funkhouser teal from Eye Candy over Make Up For Ever Black Tango palette

eddie funkhouser eyesThis “masstige” line (combo of mass market and prestige) is finally available on the Eddie Funkhouser website. Eddie Funkhouser is available on their website as well as some Rite Aid stores. In addition they are partnering with Urban Outfitters where the entire line will be carried in 50 select stores and on the Urban Outfitters website. The prices range from $9.99 to $19.99. I’m so excited to see what else Eddie has created. He can count on at least one loyal customer named Marcia. — Marcia

*received for review

** These pictures were taken in the early summer, that’s how long I’ve been waiting. Since then I’ve learned how to do my eyebrows properly and I hope Eddie has something wonderful for them.

*** I made an order the first day the Eddie Funkhouser site became live so expect to see reviews on 2 green eyeshadows along with a lipstick. I also bought the eyeliner so that I never run out and I bought 2 mascaras. Yes, I like it that much!!