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November 26, 2015

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe

Filed under: Uncategorized — Carol @ 12:48 am

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe

I was so happy with The Magic Act holiday palette that bareMinerals put out last year that I knew I had to get this year’s offering, The Regal Wardrobe. Not only do you get a ton of product with these holiday palettes but the quality is just as good as their core products that you can buy year round. They’re seriously an amazing value.

To put things in perspective, a normal bareMinerals READY 2.0 duo retails for $20 and contains 0.09 oz of eye shadow and a READY 8.0 8-pan palette costs $40 and contains 0.24 oz of eye shadow. Compare that to last year’s and this year’s holiday palettes that both contain 0.32 oz of eye shadow (already more than what you get in an 8-pan) PLUS you get four cheek products. The cheeks products in these holiday palettes may not be full sized but you still get a pretty good amount of product that should last for quite some time.

For $39, you really can’t beat it. The eye shadows alone make these holiday palettes worth the price. Personally, I think they’re a great deal, so I made sure to scoop up The Regal Wardrobe for myself during this year’s Sephora VIB sale.


November 22, 2015

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

Filed under: eye shadow, Kat Von D, makeup, swatches — Carol @ 5:43 pm

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

The Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette ($46) is probably old news to most of you. It was all the rage earlier this year when it was released and by now you’ve probably read and watched enough reviews for it (if you haven’t already bought one for yourself) that you know all the ins and outs of it by now, so I’ll try to make my review as brief as possible.

I purchased mine during the recent Sephora VIB sale.


November 20, 2015

Ciaté London Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette

Filed under: Ciate London, eye shadow, makeup, Sephora, swatches — Carol @ 2:20 pm

Ciaté London Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette

Perhaps I should be embarrassed to admit that I have no idea who Olivia Palermo is but I’m really not. I assume the Olivia Palermo name is one of the palette’s main selling points but I was compelled to buy it because of the interesting selection colors it contained. Rather than some random colors thrown together, to my eyes it looks like two quads — an earthy quad and a mauve quad — linked together by a matte ivory shade in the center. Of course you’re not limited to using these shadows as quads and can combine them however you want but that’s just how I visually sorted the colors at first glance. Any way you look at it, the colors are gorgeous (at least in my opinion).

The Ciaté London Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette is a limited edition, Sephora exclusive palette that retails for $39. I purchased mine during the recent Sephora VIB sale.


November 18, 2015

Sephora VIB 2015 Haul

Filed under: bareMinerals, Ciate London, Kat Von D, makeup, Sephora — Carol @ 6:32 pm

The package containing my Sephora VIB goodies arrived via UPS today.

I went a bit palette crazy but, rest assured, I won’t be keeping all three. I’m not about to let my hoarding tendencies take over again. My plan is to swatch everything and keep one palette, and whatever I don’t keep I’m going to list on my blog sale.

This year I purchased the following with my 20% off VIB discount:

The game plan was to pick one palette that I was confident I would like and to take a chance on two palettes I’d been curious about trying. That way, no matter what happened, I would end up with at least one winning product. It would be a shame to waste such an amazing discount on duds, since the 20% sale only happens once a year.

My “sure bet” palette was Bare Minerals’s The Regal Wardrobe Eye & Cheek Palette because I already know I love their pressed READY eye shadow formula. Considering their regular 8-pan eye shadow palettes normally retail for $40 a piece, The Regal Wardrobe at $39 is an amazing value since you get eight shadows in addition to one bronzer, two blushes, and a luminizer.

Lots of vendors offer deals as good or better on brands like Tarte, Too Faced, Urban Decay, etc. at various times throughout the year, so to make the most out of the VIB sale I decided to get two palettes that are exclusive to Sephora.

The first Sephora-exclusive palette I bought is the much raved about Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette. I had actually considered getting it sooner and the only reason I didn’t was because I was worried some of the colors were going to be too dark and warm for my skin tone. I would’ve preferred swatching before buying but I don’t live close enough to a Sephora to go into a store and swatch products, so I wanted to wait until the VIB sale to make a purchase.

Ciate London’s Smokey Suedes Eye Palette from their Olivia Palermo collaboration was the other palette that caught my eye. The purples and earthy tones really spoke to me. I’m not usually a huge fan of purple makeup but I’ve been really into these pinkish mauve gray taupe colors lately which is another reason I was drawn towards The Regal Wardrobe palette.

Expect to see reviews and swatches for the palettes to be posted on my blog in the next few days.

November 12, 2015

Limited Edition Pumpkin Themed Eats

Filed under: food, snacks, Trader Joe's — Carol @ 12:01 am

I didn’t plan on making a pumpkin themed food post. I was originally going to include the following items in three separate food blog entries: one about a Trader Joe’s haul, one dedicated to the Quest Pumpkin Pie bar, and one about random junk foods I’ve been eating lately. However, I realized that all three items share a common pumpkin theme and they’re also all seasonal, limited edition items. Since these are all time sensitive products, I thought it would make sense to lump them all together and get this post up as soon as possible so people can go out and buy them while they’re still available.


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