Makeup Revolution New-trals vs. Neutrals Palette

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! The weather has been so beautiful here and I’ve really enjoyed spending time outdoors and with family.

I recently picked up the New-trals vs. Neutrals palette by Makeup Revolution when I was at Ulta. It’s a 16 shadow palette that costs only $10! That’s a crazy deal.

makeup revolution new-trals vs neutrals palette exterior

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The New-trals vs. Neutrals palette is a dupe for both the Lime Crime Venus I and Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palettes. The formula is very buttery, similar to Morphe and Lorac’s formulas. The palette has a decent mix of matte and shimmer shades to create a wealth of day or night eye looks.

Although the palette is separated into a different color scheme on each row, the colors work well together across the aisles. I found the pans swatched easily and were quite pigmented, the only exception being the brown shade at the end of the New-trals row. That shade was ultra dry and powdery. I had to really dig into the pan to get any on my finger, but most of it did not transfer in the swatch or with the brush.

Other than that anomaly, the shadows applied well and blended out nicely with both synthetic and real brushes. Some of the shadows needed a little Fix+ on the brush to make them pop, but that’s to be expected for some shadows and I can’t fault the palette for that.

makeup revolution new-trals vs neutrals palette swatches

While I think the original Venus and Naked 3 are higher quality than this palette, I can’t deny that New-trals vs. Neutrals is a better deal. This palette is a great choice if you’re on a budget and wanting to explore red/orange eyeshadows and would like to tie them in with traditional neutral shades. At $10 for 16 colors, you just can’t beat choosing this palette. It will allow you to try a fair amount of new colors without breaking the bank.

Have any of you tried this palette? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments ❤

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Ulta haul!

Hey everyone! I got these products over the last month or so using gift cards from my birthday and Christmas. I picked up some old things, some new things, some makeup and skincare!

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ulta skincare haul

ulta makeup haul

Here’s everything that I got:

  • OGX Tsubaki Blossom Shampoo – This is a repurchase. I switched to the OGX line after the Herbal Essences Colorstay Shampoo I had been using started breaking my scalp out. The Tsubaki Blossom is definitely my favorite! It makes my hair super soft and smells amazing.
  • Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water – This was an impulse purchase that I saw when I was standing in the checkout line. Omg. Best impulse buy ever. It’s so gentle and removes makeup effortlessly. I can remove my whole face using only 2 cotton rounds, and with micellar water, you don’t even have to rinse! It’s extremely gentle and my face doesn’t feel irritated or tight after I use it. I definitely recommend it.
  • Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation – This is a new product that Maybelline recently released. I’ve never been into matte foundations, but the fact that it was matte and hydrating piqued my interest. The shade I picked, 10 Porcelain Ivory, was a touch too pink. I’m not completely sold on matte foundation yet, but this formula didn’t feel drying, which made me really happy. I’m going to continue to play with this and see if it mixes well with other foundations.
  • Laura Gellar Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey – I wanted to love this product so much, as it’s a cult favorite among makeup enthusiasts. It was a bit too dark for my liking though. I ended up returning it before I took the swatch pictures below.
  • Urban Decay Tonic eyeshadow single – I’ve been wanting this eyeshadow for months, but it’s been sold out online or in-stores every time I’ve tried to buy it. I managed to snag the last one when I was in Ulta last time, and I’m pumped about it! It’s such a beautiful lavender color with a blue duochrome shift.
  • Becca Moonstone – I love this highlighter. It’s a lovely white gold color that can give you a soft glow or be built up to highlight on fleek levels. Becca’s formula is unparalleled, too. Their pressed highlighters are so finely milled and creamy, which make them really easy to work with.
  • Anastasia Self-Made palette – This is a great palette overall. It has a great mix of neutrals with brighter colors. The eyeshadow formula is very pigmented and buttery, but Spirit Rock and Pink Champagne are a little chalky. All shadows swatch well with minimal fallout.

urban decay becca swatches

anastasia beverly hills self made palette row 1

anastasia beverly hills self made palette row 2

Overall, I’m really happy with my haul! I’m excited to really dive into everything more and to create some new looks. Do you guys have any of these products? What do you think of them? ❤

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Product Review – IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contour Palette

Hey guys! I hope everyone’s had a great week and is looking forward to this weekend. I know I am! 🙂

The IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Palette is my first contour palette! I’ve seen a few reviews that it’s great for light and fair skintones, so I decided to buy it to try it out.

it cosmetics my sculpted face palette

First things first, I’m not crazy about the design of the front of the palette. A lot of IT Cosmetics’ products, like the CC creams and powders, have a very minimal and sleek look, but I wish that look was carried over to this product as well.

inside of it cosmetics my sculpted face palette

The inside of the palette, however, looks very nice. The pans are large enough for contour brushes to fit. The contour powders are pretty light and are offered in warmer and cooler shades so you can customize your contour the way you want. The palette also comes with a matte white highlight and a shimmer light pink highlight.

it cosmetics my sculpted face swatches

While the powders in general were soft and finely-milled, some of them had pigmentation issues. The white matte highlight was a little chalky and hard to build up, as was the 4th swatched shade and the darkest shade. The rest were decently pigmented, but this palette was clearly made for a more natural, subtle contour. Blending the contour shades was fairly easy as well, which is always a good thing.

All in all, this palette is suitable for lighter skintones. But since it only comes in one shade, WOC would likely be better off trying a contour kit that caters to specific skintones rather than a one-size-fits-some version such as this.

Given the quality issues, however, I’m not entirely convinced this was worth the price ($38) for only one truly suitable contour shade and one effective highlight. I wanted to love this, but I just don’t think it’s the contour palette for me.

Has anyone else used this palette? Let me hear your reactions to it! ❤

Sephora & Ulta Haul!

Since the Sephora sale was this past weekend, I decided to buy some things for myself and a gift or two. 20% off all purchases is nothing to sneeze at, and I have to admit I went a little ham. Ulta was also having a really great promo, 200 bonus points on a purchase of $45 or more, so I got a few things that I’d been wanting from there as well! Here’s the full haul:

From Sephora, I got: Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette, Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, Boscia Supercharge Overnight Moisture, Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Serum, and the Boscia Sake Treatment Water. I also redeemed some points to get the 500-point YSL set, a deluxe-sized MUFE HD Loose Powder, and a deluxe-sized Glamglow Flashmud Treatment. I’ve been wanting to try the MUFE Loose Powder for a while, so I had to jump on these point perks. The YSL set contains deluxe-sized mascara, Touche Eclat Blur Primer, Tint-in-Oil, and Black Opium perfume. The Blur Primer is one of my HGs, but I am really excited to try the other products!

I ended up placing two orders, so in the second one I added the Playful Perks sample bag rather than the 20% off Rouge code. It has a ton of samples in it, including NARS Audacious mascara, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara, Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser Invisible Oil, Stella McCartney perfume, Sephora Oil Infusion in Bubbly Grenadine, Glamglow ThirstyCleanse Hydrating Cleanser, and Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. This sample bag was available with only a $25 purchase, so I think it’s a pretty great deal. You get to try so many different products!

From Ulta, I got: Becca Backlight Priming Filter, NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks in Sandstorm and Tea & Cookies.

sephora and ulta haul

yves saint laurent sephora 500 point perk

perks-bag

boscia fresh seaberry caudalie skincare products sephora

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I’ve already tried several samples of the skincare products by Boscia and Fresh, so I’m expecting to really like them! The Caudalie Vinosource serum is one of my HGs. It’s so moisturizing and works really great with my sensitive skin. I’ve also tried a couple samples of the Becca primer, so I’m really pumped to dive into the full size. It makes my skin looks so luminous and amazing!

The Kat Von D Palette, NYX lipsticks, and Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer were all impulse purchases. I decided to try them all tonight to see what I thought. As for the Kat Von D Palette, I love it so far! The design of the palette is really cool and there are so many colors! It’s a great palette to add to your collection if you’re a color junkie or if you’re like me and have a ton of neutral palettes and want to add a little variety to your looks. I’m really impressed with the shadow formula—it’s very buttery, soft, and extremely pigmented. There is a good mix of matte and shimmer shadows, as well as neutrals, so you can totally do a cohesive eye look using just this palette.

kat von d mi vida loca eyeshadow palette

kat von d mi vida loca neutral swatches

kat von d mi vida loca eyeshadow palette swatches

kat von d blues and pink swatches mi vida loca

The Kevyn Aucoin SSE and NYX lipsticks, however, are not keepers for me. I picked the wrong shade for the SSE, so it was much too fair. The formula is extremely thick and can be used as a concealer, highlighter, or as a foundation. It didn’t work with my moisturizer when I tried to mix it, and looked extremely cakey when I applied it straight to my skin, so this will definitely be returned the next time I go to Sephora.

The NYX lipsticks were okay. They have a very creamy formula that is easy to work with, but they don’t dry down matte like I expected them to. They just stay tacky on the lips, which bugs me to death. I know plenty of other people who love this lipstick formula, but it’s just not for me. Sandstorm, a tan-nude, isn’t a bad color. It reminds me a lot of a slightly darker KVD’s Bow N Arrow. I’m not feeling Tea & Cookies, though, as I’m not into baby pink colors. It also took a few layers to look completely opaque, so it felt… gunky on my lips.

nyx liquid suede sandstorm and tea and cookies swatches lipstick

nyx liquid suede lipstick sandstorm

nyx liquid suede tea and cookies lipstick

All in all, I think this was a pretty successful haul! I can’t wait to start using all my new things. Did you guys pick up anything during the Rouge sale? Let me know what you got in the comments! ❤

Sephora & Ulta Mini-Haul

After having a busy Saturday with friends, I decided to take some ‘me’ time and do a little beauty shopping to relax today. I was mainly browsing, but I did manage to pick up a few things to try and a couple replacements as well.

As you can see, I went a little sheet mask crazy! Sheet masks are one of the latest fad items in skincare, particularly because of the rise in popularity of Asian Beauty and K-Beauty skincare products and routines. I love sheet masks because they’re hydrating (great for dry skin types) and quite pampering for a relatively low price point.

caudalie toner and living proof hair products

too cool for school tony moly boscia sheet masks

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo & Dry Shampoo. I actually meant to pick up the PHD conditioner, so I will have to go back to Ulta and exchange the shampoo. However, their dry shampoo is really great. I have pretty oily hair and it does a great job of absorbing excess oil without making my hair look or feel gummy or gross.

Caudalie Moisturizing Toner. This is a repurchase but it’s my HG toner. It’s soothing, gentle, and removes all traces of oil, dirt, and makeup. I’ve tried several toners and while they did the job, none of them were quite right. Most were too harsh and drying, and some just smelled god-awful. I will repurchase this forever!

Boscia Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration & Sake Brightening Hydrogel Masks. I’ve been wanting to try these for a while and finally decided to take the plunge. These are two piece masks, designed for a custom fit to your face. The Tsubaki Oil mask claims to replenish, soften, and deeply hydrate, while the Sake mask will brighten, firm, and hydrate. I’m really looking forward to trying these!

Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask. I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews about this mask by a variety of people online, including Ssssamanthaa from Batalash. The mask claims to “instantly hydrate for a bright and radiant complexion.” Really looking forward to trying it and telling you all about it in a sheet mask review post in the future.

Tony Moly I’m Real Aloe & Makgeolli Masks. I mentioned Tony Moly Sheet Masks in my September Favorites post. The Aloe masks are by far my favorite and I will continue to repurchase those. Ulta had several different “flavors” of the Tony Moly masks in stock, so I picked up the Makgeolli one to try out.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts about them?

First Impressions & Swatches – Lorac Mega Pro 2!

Earlier this week, I went to my local Ulta and picked up the newly released Mega Pro 2 by Lorac. This is my first Lorac palette, so I was super excited to go home and try this out!

The Mega Pro 2 comes in a navy and silver box. The box has an iridescent coating, which makes it look sleek but extremely hard to photograph. After opening the box, I was confused why they would make the packaging so bulky, because the palette itself is only half an inch thick, while the box is around 1.5″ thick. This seemed pretty wasteful to me, especially when there were no booklets or samples in the box with the palette.

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The palette itself looks very similar to the Mega Pro 1. It is pretty sturdy and slightly larger than my hand. It’s made from cardboard, with invisible magnet closures, and is wrapped in a matte, rubber coating. The name of the palette is done in a silver foil that really pops against the blue.

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Inside the palette are a whopping 32 shades—16 matte and 16 shimmer/metallic. Prior to buying the MP2, I’d read several reviews online talking about Lorac’s amazing shadow formula. To be honest, I was skeptical because makeup is so incredibly personal—what works for you might be terrible to someone else.

I was wrong to be skeptical in this instance! Lorac’s shadows are so creamy and smooth, even the matte shades! They are quite pigmented and easy to blend. However, I noticed during swatching and while working with the palette that their formula allows for a lot of powder to kick up onto the palette. This isn’t a terrible thing, but it can look very messy over time.

And now, for the swatches! All swatches were done on bare skin, without primer.

LS1

Row 1 (L to R): Porcelain, Custard, Tawny, Burlap, Melon, Tangerine, Saddle, Forest

LS2

Row 2 (L to R): Bisque, Lavender, Purple, Sorbet, Goji, Cabernet, Ash, Black

LS3

Row 3 (L to R): Sugar, Chiffon, Prosecco, Soft Plum, Cinnamon, Sandstone, Gunmetal, Blue Quartz

LS4

Row 4 (L to R): Moonlight, Seashell, Peony, Dark Sienna, Penny, Olivine, Gold Leave, Black Ivy

lorac mega pro 2 closed eye
lorac mega pro 2 open eye

Shadows used: Crease: Tawny, Sorbet, Tangerine; Outer V: Goji, Saddle; Lid: Sorbet, Peony; Inner Corner: Sugar; Brow Bone: Porcelain.

Final thoughts: The Lorac Mega Pro 2 is a really nice palette that offers a great formula and color range to allow you to do a variety of looks. Some colors swatch better than others, but none of them feel chalky or are difficult to blend out. This would be a great palette for someone who is looking to purchase their first large palette, but it will add to the collection of a seasoned makeup addict as well!