Beauty Reviews, Cargo Cosmetics

Cargo Cosmetics Emerald City Holiday Collection

I received a complimentary (free) set of the Emerald City Travel Gel Lip Color Kit and the Emerald City “Enjoy Your Journey” Travel Eye Shadow Palette from Cargo Cosmetics. All opinions are my own.

Emerald City is a limited-edition makeup collection inspired by the culture of Seattle.

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The Emerald City collection contains the below limited-edition offerings:

  • Emerald City Eye Shadow Palette
  • Emerald City “Enjoy Your Journey” Travel Eye Shadow Palette
  • Emerald City Swimmables Eye Pencil Kit
  • Emerald City Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick Kit
  • Emerald City Mascara Kit
  • Emerald City Perfect Eye Kit
  • Emerald City Travel Gel Lip Color Kit
  • Emerald City Blockbuster Palette

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Emerald City Travel Gel Lip Color Kit

This 6 piece lipstick set is amazing! The Semi-sheer shades go on super smooth and look amazing. I also love the green and gold holiday themed packaging.

Kit includes travel size:

  • Barbados
  • Manhattan
  • Bora Bora
  • Sicily
  • Venice
  • Jamaica

Emerald City “Enjoy Your Journey” Travel Eye Shadow Palette

This stunning palette has all my favorite shades. There arec ool and warm neutral shades that blend very nicely together. You get 4 shimmery warm browns and 2 matte bases.

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Beauty Reviews, It Cosmetics

New It Girl Palette Review

I am a huge fan of It Cosmetics so it’s no surprise that I love the new It Girl 2017 palette.

What’s to love?

First off the bling factor is 100%, the case alone is worth the price of this palette. It’s really pretty and high quality.

The palette contains 4 mattes and 4 pearl shades although I Lovely and Darling feel more like sheers to me.

The base colors are amazing, I use them in the Superhero palette too and they cover dark skin really well.

I get no creasing and find the colors to be highly pigmented and they have great staying power.

Here’s what you get:

LEFT SIDE:
–  Beautiful: Neutral Base / Highlighting Color
–  Glitz: Pearl Nude
–  Lovely: Matte Nude
–  Stunning: Pearl Bronze
–  Divine: Matte Chocolate Brown

CENTER:
–  Blush: Ombré Rose with Highlighting Pink

RIGHT SIDE:
–  IT Girl: Brightening Base / Highlighting Color
–  Charming: Pearl Champagne
–  Darling: Matte Nude Pink
–  Dazzle: Pearl Rose
–  Brilliant: Matte Wine

Overall I think this is my new favorite palette. I hope they come out with a Version 2 that has some purple shades too.

First Impression video for the New It Girl Palette.

Beauty Reviews, Tarte

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II Review

I received the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II in my August Boxycharm Box and it’s gorgeous! I am thrilled to have gotten this palette as part of my Boxycharm Box.

What’s to love?

First up, I love the case. It’s gold with a pretty blue, purple and pink sea scape.

The palette itself is amazing too. The shades are super pigmented and almost feel like a cream. I swatched the shades below although the riptide shade does not look blue to me. At first I thought it was dark green but it’s actually more of a charcoal. My favorite shade is marina!

The shades from left to right are…

  • pearl (white shimmer)
  • conch (off white)
  • sunset (yellow gold)
  • marina (caramel)
  • seaside (chestnut)
  • siren (dark brown)
  • breezy (shimmering slate)
  • riptide (steel blue)

I also found the shades to be very blendable and long lasting. They have no scent although I do wish they had the “Tarte” vanilla scent as I love that smell!

The palette is Made in Italy and retails for $36.

Also check out my video unboxing of the August 2017 Boxycharm Box!

Beauty Reviews

Blinc Electric Eyes Palette Review

I received the Blinc Electric Eyes Palette in my July Boxycharm Box and WOW is this Boxycharm branded palette nice.

What’s to love?

This amazing palette has 5 creamy shades including Orpime, Rhodoni, Vanadini, Autuni and Sphene which are unusual names but the most beautiful jewel tone shades I have seen.

Below I’ve swatched Rhodoni, Vanadini and Sphene.

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I really love the creamy metallic shine of these long lasting shades and the pink one is my favorite so far. I got no creasing that they look nice on my over 40 eyes!

So while I’ve never heard of this brand I am super excited to have gotten this palette. I think it’s going to be one of my Fall favorites! The neutral shades remind me of Fall leaves.

Price: $45

Also check out my video unboxing of the July 2017 Boxycharm Box!

Beauty Reviews

Realher Eye Shadow Palette Review

One of the best items that I received in my June Boxycharm was the Realher Eye Shadow Palette. The palette that I got is the l shades (Be Your Own Kind Of Beauty: NudesCollection) — there is also a II (Do Your Squats: Perfect Basics) and III (I Feel Beautiful: Smokey Violet Collection) version.

What’s to love?

I have to say this is one of the nicest new palettes I have gotten in a while. The neutral shades are so pretty. Creative (lilac) and Unique (bronze) are two of my favorites and I love that you get two matte shade (Smart) black and (Strong) brown. The other seven shades are shimmer.

The three light shades on top are luminescent too and look great as highlighters and upper eye shades.

The formula on these shades is super pigmented and almost feel like a cream they are so fine. They’re not chalky at all and they have great staying power too.

Realher is cruelty free also and free of Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Gluten, and Phthalates.

Price: $28.00

Check out my June 2017 Boxycharm Box with the Realher Eye Shadow Palette!

Beauty Reviews

Catrice Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette Review

I received the Catrice Absolute Rose Eyeshadow Palette in my March 2017 Glossybox and it’s a great affordable palette with nice shades.

What’s to love?

While this isn’t a high end product it’s a decent palette if you want to create a look based on these rose and purple shades.

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I swatched the shades from left to right…

  • Dark Purple – Shimmer
  • Deep Lilac – Matte
  • Medium Lilac – Shimmer
  • Rose Lilac – Shimmer
  • Rose – Shimmer
  • Light Rose – Matte

These are not the official names of the shades, I just went by the color. The 2 center shades are very similar too.

I do like how the colors blend and I was able to create a nice smoky rose look using this palette. The shades have a light to medium pigmentation and they have decent lasting power.

The plastic case is durable and you get a dual foam/brush applicator.

Overall if you like the colors I think Catrice is a good brand. Catrice was founded Christina Oster-Daum in 2004 in Germany and they are cruelty free. They started selling in the USA in 2014.

Retail Price: $6.99

Also be sure to check out my March 2017 Glossybox unboxing video.

 

Beauty Reviews, LORAC

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Palette Cheek Palette & Lip Duo Review

I got a nice surprise today! My husband got me an Ulta Gift Card for our anniversary so I picked up the LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Palette Cheek Palette. I am still on the fence about the eye palette.

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What’s to love?

The packaging on this one is so pretty with a black box and gold skull. The actual palette is a heavy black cardboard that opens like a book. The palette come with a nice mirror.

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The shades are a combo of matte and shimmer and they are so pretty. The color are amazing and very high quality. They are paraben free and infused with anti-aging antioxidants such as pomegranate, acai, and vitamins A, C, and E

Shades:

  • Star Reader (gold opal shimmer)
  • Destined (light peach shimmer)
  • Fortune (soft pearl shimmer)
  • Bold Spirit (cool pink shimmer)
  • Caribbean (dusty rose)
  • Lost Soul (light beige)

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Overall I am thrilled with this cheek palette.

Price: $30

LORAC Pirates Of The Caribbean Lip Duo

I also swatched the Lipstick from theLipstick/Lip Gloss Duos which are very pretty, creamy and pigmented but I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend $26 for one because I don’t wear a lot of lip gloss. The duel ended tube is really neat though.

I  picked up a few more things from Ulta so I decided to do a small Ulta Haul video!

Beauty Reviews, Kat Von D

The Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Palette Is Coming!

I was cruising around the internet looking for the new eyeshadow palettes coming in 2017 and I came across a preview for the Kat Von D Saint + Sinner Palette which is definitely on my list of must-have palettes.

I love using artsy eye palettes, but I love collecting them even more. I’m not to into collecting kitsch but eye palettes are another story. The palette is supposed to have an angelic “saint” side and a more bold “sinner” side. The colors from the preview look amazing and I’m a huge fan of the Kat Von D eyeshadows so this should be a treat.

There is no release date yet for the palette but the Kat Von D Saint + Sinner perfume is supposed to land in July 2017.

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Beauty Reviews, Too Faced

Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette Review

I really love the small Too Faced palettes in the tins. I have the Peanut Butter & Honey palette and the Country Palette and I really like both of them so when I saw that the Cat Eyes palette from 2014 was on sale for $18 from Too Faced I snatched it up!

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What’t to love?

I love the retro 60’s/80’s vibe of the Cat Eyes palette. The colors are just gorgeous and the 3 dark shades can be worn wet or dry.

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From left to right you get: Tiger’s Eye (shimmer), Pussy Cat (shimmer) Kitty Glitter (this one is a light blue with white glitter), Leopard (glitter), Jungle Love (glitter) and Panther which is a matte black.

You also get 3 highlighter shade (I did not swatch these as they are so light) in Purr (shimmer), Meow (matte) and Kitten which is a pink shimmer shade.

I found these shades to be very pigmented and dark. They also blended so well. My favorite shades are the brown Tiger’s Eye and the purple Jungle Love. I do wish they had the classic chocolate Too Faced scent. I really prefer the food scented palettes, this one has no scent.

Overall I am thrilled with the colors and quality I got. I really like collecting these small Too Faced tins, the packaging is adorable with the leopard print with black, gold and pink.

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Beauty Reviews, Cargo Cosmetics

Cargo Cosmetics Around The World Palette Review

I received the Cargo Cosmetics Around The World Palette in my Spring 2017 Beautycon Box which was quite a nice surprise. It retails for $34.

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What’s to love?

The Cargo Around The World palette has 6 matte and 6 shimmer shades all in neutral tones and you get an average quality duel-ended brush. The case is cardboard covered and you do get a nice mirror.

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From left to right you have: Rome, Paris, Tokyo, London, Amsterdam, New York, Shanghai, Moscow, Athens, Dublin, Madrid and Toronto. I think it’s neat to have the shades match a city name too.

The shades themselves are nice but the pigmentation varies from shade to shade. The shimmer shades are much smoother than the matte ones. My favorite shade is New York on the far right which is a pretty dark brown.

I found the staying power to be average. They didn’t last all day but I found them to be good for about 4-5 hours.

I think this is a nice daily-wear palette if the colors are appealing to you.

Overall I’m not sure I would have bought this palette because it wasn’t on my radar but it was very cool to get in my Beautycon Box.

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Check out the Cargo Cosmetics Around The World Palette in my Beautycon Box Reveal too!