3 Looks 1 Palette Post #1: Urban Decay Naked 3

Monday, December 30, 2013

I'd like to start on my blog is a "3 Looks 1 Palette" series. I've seen a lot of these on YouTube and love them and figured I'd give them a try. I'll start with the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette $52.  In today's post, I have one all-matte look, a soft shimmery look, and a dark, edgy look perfect for New Year's Eve or a night out. 

Take a look!

YouTube Made Me Buy It Post #1: Cargo Vintage Escape Fall Eyeshadow Palette

Friday, December 27, 2013

I thought I'd start a series on the blog called 'YouTube Made Me Buy It" because I have bought so many great and not so great things based on the recommendations of my favorite beauty vloggers on YouTube. About a month ago, one of my favorite YouTubers, Tati from GlamLifeGuru, posted a review on the Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escape Fall Eyeshadow Palette. She could not get enough of the colors and the quality of these shadows! I immediately fell in the love with the shades in the palette, so I asked for it for Christmas. I played with it today and love it so far. Check out my first impressions review below!

Got a Gift Card This Christmas? Here's What to Get

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas if you celebrate it! Our Christmas was really nice. We started it with homemade super-rich hot chocolate and Italian Panettone cake and then went over to my parents' house for presents and Christmas lunch. Everyone loved their presents :) I'll be sharing what my family got me in an upcoming Christmas Haul post.

Speaking of presents, did you get a Sephora or Ulta gift card this holiday season and have no idea what to get? Don't worry, I got you covered at three different price points. I also made an appearance this week on WBFF FOX45 Baltimore's morning show to discuss my picks. Check it out!

FOTD: Smoldering Dark Bronze Eyes

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Today I found some pictures that I had sworn I had posted but I guess I never did, so here they are! I took these this past June, when I was nice and tan. This is a six month old FOTD, but it's worth sharing if I do say so myself. Most of the products I wore that day are especially made to be long-lasting, so it was supposed to be a "hot muggy nights" post, but of course all these would be great for a long night out in any weather. This dark bronzey eye look would be great for a night out or date night as it's sure to grab some attention.What I love about this look I created is that I didn't use liquid liner to let the shadows stand out more and to look more effortless.  I especially love the way I took the shadow down on the lower lashline to make the look extra smokey and worn-in, a la Kate Moss.

Naked3 First Impressions Review and a Dupe!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I was on the fence on getting the Urban Decay Naked3 palette, since I don't frequently use my Naked 1 and 2 palettes and I've been reading some mixed reviews, but i couldn't say no to the rose-toned neutrals (all new colors!) and my $20 off $50 VIP discount at Sephora. So I pulled the trigger and I'm so glad I did.

Take a closer look below and check out my 3 Looks 1 Palette post on the Naked 3!

The Perfect Oxblood Nail | L'Oréal Nail Color Riche 'Haute Couture Red' Review and Swatches

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

As you may know from my last nail post, I am obsessed with bordeaux/oxblood nails for fall and winter. Oxblood was huge last fall season but I think it's such a classic, vampy shade so I doubt it ever going out of style. It's moody, yet still wearable for work.

My 2013 Holiday Wishlist | The Makeup Items I'm Lusting for this Winter

Lorac Pro Palette $42
NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo $34
NARS Portobello Eyeshadow Duo $34
The Body Shop Honey Bronzer 02 Fair Matte $19
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Pearl $52
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup Ecru 1N2 $37
NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil $25

I actually went ahead and bought the NARS Portobello duo and The Body Shop Honey Bronzer on their respective websites during yesterday's Cyber Monday activities. I do have a VIB $20 off $50 coupon at Sephora (discount starts tomorrow), so I may pick up the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundation before Christmas comes around!
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