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Tuesday
Oct222013

Top 10 Makeup Palettes.

I own more makeup palettes that any other makeup. Well, except for maybe lipgloss. Or lipstick. No, make that mascara. Or eyeliner. Well, you get the point. I have a lot of makeup. I buy a lot of makeup palettes because it's where I get a lot of bang for the buck.

I change my makeup palettes out seasonally and always wind up buying one or two more each season.

The Best Makeup Palettes for Your Money

Here are my top 10 favorite makeup palettes.

1. Stila In the Light Palette

I am on my second Stila In the Light Palette. Though I do have so many simialr shades, I really needed them again. I love the formula and the shades and use them for everyday looks.

2. Bobbi Brown Antigua Face Palette

This is one of my go to palettes for travel and it comes with me whenever I go to Florida. It has everything I need for day or night looks.

3. Urban Decay NAKED Basics

This basics palette is perfect in every way. I use it often, as it is a "basic" palette and have bought one for my daughter as well. I'm sure I will be replacing this one too.

4. Too Faced 
Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Palette

This is another one of those that I am sure I will be replacing. I use it for everyday makeup looks when I want  a little bit of a kick of shimmer.

5. Anastasia She Wears It Well Eye Shadow Palette

This is another more natural shade eye shadow palette, but with more rich shades, some shimmer and some matte. I really like the long wearing formula.

6. Bobbi Brown Tortoiseshell Eye Palette

I used this all summer long for the last three years and really wish I had a replacement because I am at the bottom of a few of these warm shimmering shades.

7. Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

For smokey eyes, this is my go to eyeshadow palette. These are so ultra blendable and perfectly pigmented.

8. NARS Hearts New York City Eye & Cheek Palette

I bought this on a whim earlier in the year when traveling and I am so happy that I did. It is one of those that travels well and has everything I need for an everyday look.

9. MAC Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Palette

This is another summer palette, but I used this for summer nights out.

10. Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Palette

An oldie but goodie, I love these baked shadows. The super soft shadows are beautiful in color and formula. I really need her to make another one.

 

Monday
Oct212013

The Best Halloween & Vampy Makeup.

Halloween will be here before you know it. Whether you are going all decked out in costume or just want to vamp it up in style for the season, there is plenty of makeup that will have you looking the part. Here are some of my favorites.

The Best Vampy Makeup for Halloween

EYES

MAC Pro Palette X6 Spider Queen and The Monsters Bride
Each palette has six shades for a multitude of creative Halloween makeup looks. Beware! These shades are not for the faint of heart.
Price: $44.00 each at MAC Cosmetics

L’Oréal Paris The Blackbuster by Infallible
This easy-to-use liquid eyeliner delivers a thick line in just one stroke.
Price: $8.95 at your favorite drugstore or mass retailer

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in Anthracite and Black
Super dark and black smoky eyes are the hottest when they are their darkest and now it he time you can pull them off. These shades will get you there and this long wearing formula will not budge.
Price: $23.00 each at Sephora

LIPS

MAC Lipstick in Cyber
This super deep plum satin lipstick is a deep dark vampy treat.
Price: $15.00 at MAC Cosmetics

CARGO Essential Lip Color in Bordeaux
Create the perfect vamp look with CARGO’s high color saturation and lip plumping benefits in one covetable product.
Price: $22.00 at CargoCosmetics.com and ULTA

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame

This lipstick will leaves lips drenched in a deep berry color for a night full of tricks and treats.
Price: $19.00 at Sephora

MAC Lip Pencil in Currant And Brick
Deep lip colors for deep lip pencils these shades definitely do the "trick".
Price: $15.00 each at MAC Cosmetics

NAILS

Nails Inc. Leather Effect Polish in Noho
A back polish with a leather-effect? That's the vampiest it gets! This polish applies glossy but dries down into a chic leather look without the need for a top coat.
Price: $11.00 at Sephora

OPI Nail Polish in Lincoln Park After Dark
Deep, dark and sexy. It's where midnight met purple and never turned back.
Price: $8.00 at beauty.com  

Friday
Oct182013

My Favorite Makeup Tool: The BeautyBlender Pro + a Giveaway.

There is one makeup tool that I use more than any other and that is the BeautyBlender makeup sponge. I use this each and every day to apply my makeup. It simply helps me to apply my makeup flawlessly.

#1 Must Have Makeup Tool

The BeautyBlender makeup sponge is made with a thick velvety texture that more than doubles in size as it lightens in texture when wet. It makes application of foundation and concealer totally even, while covering skin and making it appear almost flawless.

To use, I first dampen the large round bottom side of the sponge by spraying a a few squirts of water on it. I then apply the foundation to the back of my hand and dip the sponge in it and bounce (stipple) it quickly over my face. I bounce a bit more where I need more coverage and continue to bounce and adjust the pressure as needed all around my face. I use the opposite, dry, smaller slightly pointed end to apply concealer under and around my eyes. The contoured shape makes getting into smaller parts of my face easy.

The new version of the BeautyBlender is the BeautyBlender Pro. The BeautyBlender Pro is the same sponge, but in an updated chic black shade.

BeautyBlender Pro Giveaway

Because I love this sponge so much and want as many of you to experience its awesomeness, I have five of them to giveaway. Five lucky readers will win one BeautyBlender Pro Sponge.

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me you want to win.

Please read all of the sweepstakes rules below. By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to all official rules. US only.

OFFICIAL RULES

The BeautyBlender Pro (the “Sweepstakes”) is intended for participation only in the United States (excluding Rhode Island) and shall be construed according to, and governed exclusively by, United States law.  Do not participate in the Sweepstakes if you are not a legal resident of the United States (excluding Rhode Island) physically located in the United States (other than in Rhode Island) at the time of entry or do not fall within the eligibility requirements set forth in these official rules.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE, DONATION OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE CHANCES OF WINNING.

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION:  The Sweepstakes begins on or about October 18, 2013 at 6:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and ends on or about October 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST (the “Promotion Period”).  By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Beautiful Makeup Search (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor reserves the right to modify or terminate sweepstakes if conditions arise that compromise its integrity or intended play

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ELIGIBILITY:  Only legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia  (excluding Rhode Island) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older and located in the United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Rhode Island)  at the time of entry are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. Employees of Sponsor and Sponsor’s advertiser partners and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (and immediate family members and those persons living in the same household of any such officers, directors and employees) (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win the prize.  Subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.  Void in Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and overseas military installations, and where prohibited.

TO ENTER:  "Post a Comment" on this post telling me you want to win. Each comment is assigned a number and five winning numbers will be randomly selected by random.org on or about October 31, 2013. Winner will be notified by email left by entrant in the comment form.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited. All decisions by the sponsor are final.

PRIZE DELIVERY: Sweepstakes prize will be delivered by Beautiful Makeup Search within 3 weeks of sweepstakes promotion period ending.

By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to all official rules.