Friday, October 31, 2014

LORAC The Royal Eye Shadow Collection | LORAC Holiday 2014 Limited Edition

LORAC’ S new holiday collection features a new, limited edition, four palette packed eyeshadow set called the Royal Eyeshadow Collection ($38; ulta.com), featuring a variety of travel friendly eyeshadow palettes. The collection has a mix of neutrals, smoky greys and easy to wear browns.

LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014
LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014
LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014 Review, Photos & Swatches

Texture wise, I found the shimmery, more darker metallic shades easy to work with than the lighter ones which were a tad chalky and difficult to blend. I like the selection of mattes - small, but nice colors for the crease, as liners or even to smudge along the lower lash line. My favorites are the richer, bronzy neutrals, the greys and a gorgeous burgundy, all of which look beautiful on the eyes. The palettes are quite slim, have a magnetic closure and come with a small mirror inside. Overall, the Royal Eyeshadow Collection makes for a really cute gift, the quality is nice and the shadows are smooth for the most part with hardly any fallout, except from the lighter shades, which tend to be just a little patchy.
LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014 Countess Palette
LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014 Countess Palette Swatch
LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014 Duchess Palette
LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014 Duchess Palette Swatch
LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014 Princess Palette
LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014 Princess Palette Swatch

LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014 Queen Palette

LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014 Queen Palette Swatch




LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014
LORAC The Royal Eyeshadow Collection Holiday 2014 Ingredients

What are your thoughts on the LORAC Royal Eye Shadow Collection?

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My Top 5 Favorite Blushes This Fall

A quick roundup of my current favorite blushes this fall. As you can see, I prefer neutral toned ones mostly, but love to switch up to something a bit more deeper, with a color pop once in a while.

Favorite Blushes for Fall 2014 for medium dark skintones from burberry, laura mercier, nars and chanel



Chanel Cream Blush in Destiny ($38 ; chanel.com) - Love this bronzer-blush hybrid sort of color. It is very sculpting in a way and the formula is really nice for my dry skin and lasts quite a while. Its a color perfectly suited for someone who doesn’t like bright pinks or colorful blushers. Its one I would wear year round.

Chanel Cream Blush in Destiny

Chanel Cream Blush in Destiny Swatch


Laura Mercier Cream Cheek Color in Praline ($25; lauramercier.com)  - I’ve had this for almost a year now and have worn it so much. Its such an easy to wear color that you just can’t go wrong with. The formula is just fantastic and truly creamy, dewy and super blendable.

Laura Mercier Cream Cheek Color in Praline

Laura Mercier Cream Cheek Color in Praline Swatch

Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush in Blossom Blush ($42 ; burberry.com) -  I've wanted to try Blossom for a very long time and it being out of stock for ages, Burberry decided to stock it up sometime last year. Its a gorgeous, mid tone coral pink that I can see working as a subtle blush for any skin tone. Its not too bright that you need to go light handed, or super light that it doesn’t show up at all. Just the perfect balance between the two with a subtle sheen that adds a bit of glow to your cheeks.

Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush in Blossom Blush
Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush in Blossom Blush Swatch


NARS Lovejoy ($30; narscosmetics.com) - Lovejoy is an old favorite that Ive rediscovered recently and fallen in love with. Its quite a deep, rusty color that is super flattering on most medium to dark skin tones. It is quite shimmery though and very pigmented, so go very light handed on this one, no matter what your skin tone is. Its a gorgeous color though and one of my most recommend ones from the NARS blush line.

NARS Lovejoy Blush
NARS Lovejoy Blush Swatch



 NARS Unlawful ($30; narscosmetics.com) - A recent launch from NARS for fall and another one of their permanent launches to check out if you are looking for a blush to wear this fall. Unlawful is a tad glittery in the pan though, but the glitter doesn’t translate much onto my cheeks and the color, a medium brown rose is just fabulous. While not as pigmented as Lovejoy, it still has good color payoff and nice blendability. NARS does great blushes for medium-dark skin tones and this is definitely one among them.

NARS Unlawful Blush
NARS Unlawful Blush Swatch



What are your favorite blushes this fall?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Beauty.com x Tess Giberson - New Limited Edition Winter Forest Bag Filled With Samples Free With a $125 Purchase

Beauty.com's latest collaboration with Tess Giberson features a new Winter Forest Bag, decorated with tree silhouettes in icy blue and black that comes filled with 13 prestige beauty samples in both deluxe sample and full sizes. The spacious, travel friendly bag and samples are a free gift with purchase on orders $125 and above.





Here's what's in the bag.

1. Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction
2. NUXE® Huile Prodigieuse® Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
3. Origins® Plantscription™ Anti-aging Serum
4. h2o+™ Deep Sleep Recovery Cream
5. bareMinerals® Active Cell Renewal Night Serum
6. PHYTO Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment
7. GoSmile Teeth Whitening Gel
8. Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal – Eye and Face
9. Dr Dennis Gross One-Step Acne Eliminating Pads
10. tarte lights, camera, lashes! mascara
11. Tocca Eau de Parfum
12. Nick Chavez® Color-Saver Sulfate-Free Shampoo
13. Caudalie® Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum
14. An offer for you from the Beauty.com site ($10 off an order of $40 or more).


I quite like beauty.com's collaborations, but I do wish this one came with a couple more makeup samples. It does have more haircare than skin or makeup, but some nice deluxe sizes like the Tarte Mascara and the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry oil. My bag also had a deluxe sample of the Alterna Perfect Iron Spray, but that is not listed as part of the contents of the bag. This sample bag is available as a free gwp until stocks last.







For more info on this offer, visit beauty.com's offer page here!

*Sample Bag and products provided courtesy of beauty.com. NO affiliate links have been included.