NYX “Natural” Palette

Quick Friday post on the NYX Natural eye shadow palette. Three big reasons I love this palette are a) several what I would call essential shades, b) travel friendly and c) costs less than $10…waaay less than Urban Decay’s Naked Basics. Set down your pitchforks and torches, I have nothing against U.D.. I do find the Basics palette lacking, with too many similar light hues. Personally I think one would be better off purchasing shadows that suit individual skin tones and eye colors, then putting them into your own small Z-palette. Also there are seriously loads of shadow palettes  with a better range of colors. The NYX Natural palette is one I picked up last weekend. Pigmentation is what I’d expect for a bargain brand, and I like that only one of the shades is super sparkly. A basic color range that works together well day or night. Slim packaging and at less than $10 if I lose or break it while traveling it won’t be a big deal.

UPDATE: After using this palette for awhile I haven’t been super impressed by the color/pigment payoff. Since it was so cheap, I am neither surprised or upset by this. There are much better products from the NYX cosmetics line.

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Spring and Summer Color

In honor of our first 80 degree (predicted – fingers crossed) day here in the Chicago area, this post is dedicated to my blush picks for Spring and Summer. My picks range from the pricier Urban Decay “Flushed” palette, Clinique’s much blogged about “Peach Pop”, Maybelline’s bouncy blush in “Peach Satin” and Milani’s popular “Luminoso”. Though I believe beauty rules are meant to be broken I gravitate towards bright pinks and peaches for warmer weather.

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Urban Decay – Flushed: My favorite makeup palette that works well with my minimalist tendencies. Very portable and versatile. Colors can be used individually or blended. I’ve used this on my cheeks and eyes.

Clinique “Peach Pop” – I’m not exaggerating when I say I may end up buying the entire “pop” line of colors. Easy formula to wear and blend. Adorable packaging (which I’m a sucker for). In the past I was never very impressed with Clinique’s line of makeup outside of their bases/foundations. This is changing my mind.

Maybelline Bouncy Blush in “Peach Satin” – Similar color to Peach Pop, but very budget friendly. Color wears very well for a budget blush. Easy to blend on quickly with fingers. Small size makes it easy to throw in one’s bag for touch-ups.

Milani “Luminoso” – Lives up to the drugstore hype. Unlike the others, this has some sheen/luminosity to it. Great as a wash of color for fair skinned folks (I use it instead of bronzers). Works well with my Clinique and Maybelline blushes. If you have a medium/dark complexion this would make a nice highlighter.

Drugstore Deals: Neutrals

I bought the Rimmel Trio below when I was looking for a cheap neutral palette. It is Rimmel’s Glam Eyes 621 “Orion” ($4.99). I love all three shades together or used separately. The largest midtone brown is great for throwing on with just mascara on the weekends.
I really wanted to be more impressed with Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in “Tough as Taupe” ($6.99). I love their shade “Bad to the Bronze” and use it often. The taupe shade just doesn’t last as well on my lids, and I find it more difficult to blend evenly. Thinking I may try using it in a smudgy eyeliner look. Generally I’m impressed with the whole line of Color Tattoo shadows and this one certainly won’t keep me from trying others!

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Golden

In honor of all the athletes going for the gold in Sochi I’ve done up my eyes with my favorite golden eyeshadow products. On me, it comes off as more of a subtle/natural look. Great for pairing with a bright lip and winged liner. Which, sadly, I omitted as I was rushing to get to work this morning. I am a light touch with my makeup (sometimes too light) on a day to day basis. I love these colors though, and Sephora’s “Blonde Ambition” has become a fast favorite of mine. A nice change from the usual taupes and bronzes I grab. Sephora’s “Sandcastle” matte shadow matches my skin fairly well and works as a great base. I put some of Cover Girl’s shadow pencil in “Flamed Out” along my lash line before applying Rimmel’s brown liner (though it is difficult to tell). Products used below are as follows:

Revlon’s Lash Potion in Blackened Brown
Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kajahl in Brown
Cover Girl shadow pencil in Flamed Out (I think this was part of their Hunger Games Capitol Series)
Sephora Matte Shadow in Sandcastle*
Sephora Shimmer Shadow in Blonde Ambition*

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* Sephora has revamped it’s line of eye shadows, and they can now be more easily de-potted and put in palettes. A great review of them all is here by Beautezine.com. They review all of the colors, and I found it particularly helpful. Currently Sephora is running a special deal. If you purchase at least 2 FULL price shadows you can get a 3-pan palette free. If you purchase at least 4 FULL price shadows you can get a 6-pan palette at no charge. This will not work with shadows that are on sale. Here is a link to the details on the Sephora website!