Saturday, November 21, 2015

Carli Bybel - 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette - Review & Swatches!

It took me about 3 months to receive this palette! I had already given up on it when it finally arrived now, so I am very excited to share this.

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These are the highlighters/bronzers!

I do own a few BH Cosmetics eyeshadow palettes and find them to be a little bit hit and miss. While I LOVE the Missy Lynn Palette (click to view the review + swatches), the "Smokey Eyes - 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette" was a huge disappointment (very poor pigmentation). So I hoped that Carli's palette would be one of the good ones - and it is!

First of all, the color selection in this palette is so beautiful! You will love this if you're into warm looks since you get bronzes, golds, coppers, rose golds, and also some rosy, pinky, mauvy and plummy shades. Some of the eyeshadows look very similar to the highlighters, but when you swatch them, you can see that they are not the exact same. These colors will look good on any eyecolor.

The first shade from the 2nd row really surprised me when I swatched it because it is a duochrome color that reflects pink and gold. So beautiful! The pigmentation of these eyeshadows is great, they are buttery and blend easily. You get a lot of shimmers/metallics in this palette, however you get 5 mattes as well: the first row is all matte except for the second to left shade. The last color from the 2nd row, which is a cool toned brown, does have some shimmer to it as you can see, but it pretty much looks matte swatched, therefore it qualifies as a matte.

The bottom row has the highlighters, which are bigger than the eyeshadows and have a floral design on them. I can only use the first two as actual highlighters because I am very fair. The other two shades can be used as bronzers or eyeshadows as well. I found that the floral design on the highlighters fades very easily, especially on the second to left shade which seems to be even more buttery than the others. When I dipped my finger in it a couple of times to swatch it, I already removed most of that pattern. So if you use this everyday, chances are that you might actually run out some time.

The palette comes with a mirror!

I am VERY impressed with BH's quality. This palette is only $ 12,50. It is limited edition and very popular, so if you want it, you should get your hands on it now. I definitely love it and highly recommend it!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Easy & wearable smokey eye for blondes - great for clubbing or any special occasion! + tips on how to create a smokey eye!

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This look is glam but yet very wearable. Being a (light) blonde, smokey eyes can be difficult sometimes as the lighter the hair, the more the makeup is going to "show". With the right technique and the right colors, anyone can rock a smokey eye.

Here are some tips on how to master the smokey eye:
  • If you want to play it safe, stick to earthy tones like browns, greys, taupes, blacks, beiges, creams...
  • Don't go too dark! All black is very hard to pull of. Use different colors because that will help with the blending and give more dimension to your look.
  • You also want to make sure you're not going too top or bottom heavy but balance both out.
  • Another tip is not to bring the eyeshadow on your top lid up too high because that's what will give you that panda look. If you have hooded eyes, you want to bring the eyeshadow slightly higher up, but just high enough so you can see it with your eyes open. You never want to bring a dark color all the way up to your eyebrow!
  • Blend! And then blend some more. If you're having trouble, use a skintoned eyeshadow to blend out the edges.

Here's what I used to create this smokey eye:

I used a light shimmery eyeshadow from my Morphe 35O Palette on the lid. For the crease, I mixed some browns and greys and finally added a little bit of Makeup Geek's Corrupt which is an intense black, and then blended everything together. I put the same browns and greys on the lower lashline as well but kept it a bit warmer than the top lid. Finally, I added some black winged liner and some falsies. For special occasions, I highly recommend wearing falsies as they really make such a big difference!

The highlight I am wearing is of course Becca's Champagne Pop and the lippie is Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood.

I love neutral looks like this one (neutral, not natural :)) because they look amazing but not too over the top.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Morphe Brushes 35D - 35 COLOR DARK SMOKY PALETTE Review & Swatches!

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Yup, another Morphe palette! I really love the Morphe eyeshadows because their pigmentation and overall quality is amazing, plus they are so affordable - you get 35 eyeshadows for $ 22.99. I have already reviewed and swatched several Morphe palettes on this blog, so make sure to check these out as well.

This palette has such fun shades! It's probably not your everyday kind of palette since it has some very dark shades and also some very colorful ones in it. You get purples, blues, greens, turquoises, gunmetals, greys, browns, you can create many different smokey looks using this palette.

I am absolutely in love with the metallic shades. Just look at the swatches of the 2nd row...that pigmentation is unreal, and they swatched so buttery and smooth! There are also some very glittery shades in here (e. g. in the bottom row), but I must say they look much more glittery in the pan than they apply, which you can tell by the swatches.

This is an amazing supplementary palette in my opinion as it has some awesome shades, but just be aware that not every shade that you might need for your complete eye look might be in here. For example, I usually like to put a highlight under my browbone and in my inner corners when I'm doing a dark smokey eye, but there is no such shade in here. So you might have to grab for an extra eyeshadow.

However, I am so impressed with this particular palette! If you like to incorporate a pop of color into your eye looks once in a while, you need this. You also need this if you love dark smokey eyes because you get so much variety in here.

Morphe Brushes 35O - 35 COLOR NATURE GLOW EYESHADOW PALETTE Review & Swatches!

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I finally got it!!! It took me about 3 months to get this palette due to the current Morphe hype. This palette in particular has been all over social media for months with all well-known beauty bloggers/vloggers raving about it, therefore it has constantly been sold out. Since this is a permanent item, Morphe is restocking this every once in a while - that's how I eventually got my hands on one. However, the new stock always sells out again super quickly, so if you want one, make sure to be fast!

I don't think I need to say much about this palette because you have probably heard so much about it already. There are different finishes in here, so you get a variety of mattes, satins and metallic/shimmers. My favorite shades in this palette have to be the metallic ones since they are incredibly buttery and very pigmented. Some of the mattes swatched a bit powdery and did not go on as opaque as the others, but they're still decent and can be built up.

This is a beautiful warm-toned palette that is perfect for fall with its browns and oranges. I personally don't do my makeup according to seasons but according to my mood, so for me this is going to be used all year around. If you love warm eyeshadow looks, this palette is perfect!

I own several Morphe palettes, so make sure to check out their reviews and swatches on this blog.