Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

August 26, 2013 | Beauty, Too Faced | 2 Comments »


Purchased By Me

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Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

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Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

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Swatches (Left to Right): Dainty, Charming, Girly, Totally Fetch, Miss Sparkles

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Swatches (Left to Right): Ringleader, Gangsta, Instigator, Badass, Jailbird

My father bought me this badass palette for my upcoming birthday (early birthday present, yo!). I don’t really own any other Too Faced products, but this one really stood out. I just knew it would be a great addition to my collection. When I first opened this palette I was a little intimidated. Usually I open a palette and grab my brushes and just get to work. But this palette really stopped me in my tracks. HOW do I go about wearing this? I was stumped. I took my search to the interwebz and came across this pretty look. I don’t usually use others looks as inspiration (mostly because I’m afraid I won’t get it right), but I really needed help here and the look was too pretty not to try. I really love the color combo. I never would have thought to pair the gold with the darker blue. But they look great together! And of course I didn’t exactly nail it, but I was still pleased with the look I was able to create. You can see that look below.

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The shadows swatched beautifully and I found that they applied just as beautifully on the lids. They’re so pigmented… vibrant! They were soft and blended easily. My look lasted all day with very little to no creasing or fading. I can tell I’m going to have a lot of fun experimenting with this palette. Now if I could only master that darn winged liner. I’m so scared to make that line any thicker. Practice makes perfect, right?

Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Bonne Etoile

August 23, 2013 | Beauty, Dior | 3 Comments »


Purchased By Me

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Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Bonne Étoile

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Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Bonne Étoile

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Rouge Dior Lipcolor Samples

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Swatches

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Swatches (Left to Right): 999, 169, 775, 844

My wonderful husband surprised me with this gorgeous palette last week. I rarely splurge on high-end brands myself so anytime you do see a high-end brand featured on this blog, it’s because my hubby has been spoiling me.

This is actually my first Dior palette. I’ve seen swatches of some of the other palettes and while I thought they were pretty I felt they were too soft for my liking. But this one really stood out. The pattern/design is what first caught my eye, but when I swatched it for myself I just had to make it mine. The shadows are nicely pigmented and I didn’t have to build them up much to achieve the look I was going for. The texture is soft and sort of velvety. It blended wonderfully and lasted about 7 or so hours before it started to noticeably fade and slightly crease. You can see a look I created with this gorgeous palette below. I’m wearing the 4th shade on my lid, the 3rd shade in my crease, the 2nd shade on the inner corner of my eye and brow bone, the 1st shade on my lower lash line, and an entirely different brand as my highlighter. And since I was lucky enough get some Rouge Dior Lipcolor samples I decided to complete the look with shade 999.

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Makeup organization

August 21, 2013 | Beauty | 10 Comments »


I want to start off by saying that the house I’m living in now is not my forever home. That being said my makeup station will be revamped in the future. I’ll probably change it up again even before moving because I’m always rearranging and reorganizing things. Anyway, my makeup station started off with one of those cheapy folding tables and an elf gift set basket holding a handful of items.

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Makeup Station | Before

When I started building my collection I decided it was time for an actual setup. I looked to YouTube for inspiration. I was thisclose to doing the typical Ikea setup (Malm and/or Alex collection items) until I showed my hubby and he decided to have a heart to heart with me. He said ‘Baby, it’s cool, but it’s not you. It’s not like you to follow the crowd. Be YOU!’ Now I’m not sure if he was just trying to get out of the 5+ hour drive to the nearest Ikea or what, but when I finished sulking I started to think. What would I do had I not seen all these typical Ikea setups? All I could see was color. Pink specifically. I guess hubby knows me better than I know myself.

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Makeup Station | After

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Makeup Station | After

I started off with a regular old desk. I plan to switch it out for something bigger and better later on. I just haven’t come across one that I’m crazy about yet. Anyway, I like to keep the top of my desk clear of clutter. Usually it’s just my computer (yes, I’m STILL rocking that ghetto mouse pad, don’t hate!), magnified/lighted mirror, brushes, a candle, and my coaster with some sort of beverage on top. I store all of my samples in the larger drawer. The smaller drawer holds coupons, those cards that come with my Ipsy bag and Birchbox, back 2 MAC stuffs, etc. On the wall just above my desk you can see various pictures and art work from my wonderful son.

The pink toolbox is where I store all of my makeup. It holds everything perfectly and I love it! But what I love the most is that it’s more ME! Now while I’m not the first person ever to store their makeup collection in a toolbox, I still feel that it’s more personalized and not so cookie-cutter. And with toolboxes you can easily add on as your collection expands. Now that doesn’t mean that I plan to have rows and rows of toolboxes taking over my bedroom. Although hubby had a dream that I had 5 of these bad boys lined up side by side. I told him I’ll never need THAT much room. He laughed.

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The Original Pink Box

Each drawer comes with a matching pink rubber grip which holds things in place so there’s no moving around while opening and closing the drawers. I prefer to store my makeup in individual containers for a more organized setup. I purchased these containers at Target for about $4.00-$5.00 each. These containers also have a rubber grip bottom which holds things upright preventing them from sliding around or falling. I would have preferred the clear containers, but those don’t have rubber grip bottoms. And that is the selling point on these. It allows me to see exactly what I have and provides easier access since everything is standing upright. It’s perfect and totally inexpensive.

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Room Essentials Drawer Organizer

Below you can see a small collection of photos showing how I store everything in my toolbox. Yes, it’s freakishly organized. Yes, it’s ALWAYS like this. And yes, I probably have a touch of OCD or something. But on a serious note, I just like to be able to find what I need easily and this system works for me.

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Drawer #1 | Lip Products (Lip Glosses, Lipsticks, Lip Balms, Lip Pencils)

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Drawer #2 | Face Products (Beauty Powders, Highlighters, MSFs, Blushes, Bronzers, Setting Powders)

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Drawer #3 | Eye Products (Small Palettes, Mineral Eyeshadows, Loose Eyeshadows, Pigments, Shadow Pencils, Primers)

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Drawer #4 | Palettes And Lashes

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Drawer #5 | Misc. Stuffs (Bubble Baths, Lotions, Bath Bombs, Makeup Remover Wipes)

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