BEST Eyeshadow Palette(s) of 2017

I LOVE EYE SHADOWS….

The following are my own photos and thoughts.

8A933361-C613-4BC5-8C5E-0C69937D30FFToday’s post is to showcase the 3 eye shadow palettes that I have enjoyed using in 2017.  Two palettes were released in 2017 and the other is from an earlier release.  Out of all the makeup products out there on the market, eye shadows are my makeup of choice.  Addition?  Collector?  I don’t know, all I know is I enjoy shopping my stash each morning as I attempt to create the Mona Lisa of the day… lol.  I know some people that enjoy collecting lip products, others get a rush out of foundation products, but for me, its eye shadow.  With each new palette addition, I became more and more confident with my product application, shade selection (preference), textures/finishes, pigmentation, packaging and brand.  After some thought and deliberation, I chose the following 3 palettes that I feel would best represent my year in review.  These palettes gained this status as top three as they check off all the boxes for me:  1. Is it portable?  2.  Do I use 75% of the shades? 3. Am I using it every week?  If I can pack a palette with me on trip, use almost every shade and use on a regular basis in some way, it gains most used status.  I love eye shadows, whether they are in individual pans or part of a palette.  The tones that I am attracted to are the warm matte shades.  However, I have been branching out into the cool tones, which is a real stretch for me and I must say, I’m liking.

Finding out whether I was warm or cooled toned is something I just don’t get, so I’m going to say that I’m neutral (laughing).  I have gained many helpful tips and tricks along the way but learning about the color wheel, was a pivotal point in my application game.  Who knew, that this simple concept would be a game changer for me… Understanding why certain shades are life long friends from the get go and why some shades go into battle with each others, was a huge lesson learned. Here are my top 3 palettes.

#1 – LAURA MERCIER EYE ARTIST PALETTE

img_2125-1This palette, for the past 3 years, has taken the number one spot as my most used and loved palette, WOW.  I just can’t get enough of it.  The formula that they used for this palette, created some amazingly pigmented shades that melt together and compliment my skin tone the best.  It’s heavenly.  I purchased this palette about 3 years ago.  It was initially released as a limited edition palette, however, the following year, it was added to their permanent line and can be purchased at Sephora.  I have used every shade, and of course, have used some shades more than others.  I have hit pan in 5 shades and I am very close to hitting pan in two more.  The darker shades, I use when I need to build up the outer part of my lid or I use all over my mobile lid.  I lean toward the 7 matte shades and use the 3 sheen shades for a slight shine on my lids.  The remaining 2 lighter shades have a sheen to them and i love using them on my brow bone for a smidge of highlight.  All of theses shades blend into each other remarkably, last all blooming day, shade selection and pairing are off the charts, its just one dang good heck of a palette and takes it away again for 2017.  AGAIN!

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#1 Palette the Laura Mercier, Artist Palettes

#2 – ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SUBCULTURE PALETTE

2nd two palette the ABH Subculture Palette

Yes indeed, the Subculture palette is my second favorite palette and was released in 2017.  This palette received a lot of negativity from people in the beauty community who purchased it right from the get go or were sent as PR.  I did not purchase my palette right away because of all the bad press it was receiving which spooked me, so I waited.  As I viewed the beauty gurus on YouTube, I would hear that it is a difficult palette to work with, the shades don’t blend well together, it doesn’t make sense, the list is endless.  I was thinking, WHAT THE HECK – is it REALLY that bad?  Am I going to waste my money?  Maybe I shouldn’t purchase it…  in the end, I thought to myself… those are their thoughts on their experience and I should not base my decision on their, not so great, experience/reviews.  However, there was one thing was consistent in each video that was slowing drawing me in, it was the shade selection, OMG so gorgeous. So, I added to my Sephora cart, pressed purchase and received it 2weeks later (yes 2weeks).  When I opened it and started messing around with it, I was hooked.  This palette has allowed me to be creative, to use a total different color out of my comfort zone and have come up with some great looks that I’m proud to be seen in.

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Subculture #2 Palette

I honestly, can’t get enough of this sister palette to the Modern Renaissance, the Subculture palette is my second most used / loved palette.  On the Anastasia Beverly Hills website they describe the Subculture palette as “having 14 shades that range from grungy matte to bold metallic with an underground edge”.  I don’t know what that means exactly, but dang, I am so happy that I did not let the negativity around this palette sway my decision to purchase it.  I absolutely love using it.

2nd Place Palette Swatches, Subculture

#3 – VISEART GRANDE PRO PALETTE

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My third selection is the Viseart Grande Pro, Volume 1 Palette.  It was released late 2017 (November is when I received mine) and I was so happy when I saw my box from Muse Beauty Pro in my mail.
I felt like I had just received the most exquisite piece of fine jewelry in the world as I handled with care…. lol.  I am very impressed with the shade selection and the palette all around, Viseart did an amazing job.  Well Done Viseart!  If you want to see some of the amazing photos of the Viseart products in actions, follow Viseart on Instagram.  I feel like my collection is now complete.  My palette was part of the first 3000 that were release from Muse Beauty Pro and is numbered 1707/3000.

Viseart Grande Pro

The starred shades are the ones that I have been using most frequently.  I did a blog post on this palette, so I won’t go into the details.  Please feel free to check out my Viseart blog post from January 01, 2018.

With that, I wish you all a good day .

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Youngblood Mineral Cosmentic

I have found my Holy Grail Foundation!

Perfect ShadeI was browsing around at one of the only stores that I can find products like Cargo, the full line of the NYX products, Real Techniques, and new products that I have never heard of like Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.

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There are numerous products to this line like face powders, eyeshadows, mascara and of course foundation.  The foundation that I chose was in the shade Caribbean.  It is the perfect shade and it leaves my skin looking flawless, moisturized and has the perfect coverage.  I love it so much and am so satisfied with this foundation.

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On the bottle is says, “creamy makeup provides moisture with a lasting, radiant finish.  Exclusive deep-sea hydrating complex contains ocean minerals, nutrients and botanicals.  Leaves skin silky-smooth and pore free”.  It also has a 12 month shelf life and the Youngblood Mineral cosmetics are located in Simi Valley California.

On their website https: //ybskin.com/  it says…  “Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics was formed in 1996 when our founder, Pauline Youngblood (a medical esthetician at the time), sought to create a foundation safe enough for her patients to use while recovering from skin procedures such as chemical peels and laser resurfacing. The result was our Natural Mineral Foundation, one of our most celebrated products to this day.  Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics continues to craft an extensive selection of innovative and high-performance beauty products, each gentle enough for use on damaged or healing skin, yet gorgeous enough for even the most selective makeup lover“.

…and that is what I love about this awesome product and why it is my holy grail foundation for 2017.  If you have a chance to get a sample, check it out, it will be well worth it.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

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TONY MOLY

HELP! ANYONE?

WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT AND HOW DO I USE IT?

 

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I purchased this Tony Moly product about a year ago during my Korean product phase.  I remember receiving this in my product box and must have place it aside thinking that I would get to it later.

Hundreds of times over the past year, I’ve opened my back up’s drawer, and see it sitting there in the far left corner.  Once in a while I’d pick it up and unscrew the cover, take a sample and take a nice long sniff.  It has a very intoxicating juicy sweet apple scent and has a thick liquid gel type texture.   My problem is, that I do not know what it is. Is it an under eye gel?  Is it a face mask?  Or is it some kind of face moisture gel?  I don’t know…. 

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All the instructions on the bottom are in Japanese, I really don’t know what language, which is why I’m asking for your assistance.  I’ve tried to translate it in an app but couldn’t figure it out.  Can anyone help me?  Or can anyone recommend a site where I can go to, so that I can figure out what I purchased?  

Thanks, I really want to know what it is because I have tested it out on the back of my hand and the result is amazing.  My hand is so silky and smooth after i use it so i want to use it properly.  How do I find out what it is?  Help??????  Bye for now and look forward to hearing from someone….

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Allure.com Interviews Stephanie Nicole…

Answers to Questions and more…

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Check out this well done interview by Allure The Beauty Expert, of one of my top YouTuber’s… Stephanie Nicole. She has always done a great job informing consumers on her honest well researched take on a variety of makeup products from lipsticks to eyeshadows.  I’ve been subscribed to her channel for about a year, every since I was on a makeup brush kick and wanted to see if I was cleaning my brushes right and what where people’s favorites.

Lately, Stephanie Nicole has been in the for front of YouTube videos for the video she did recently on JS (I’m using only initials, i think you can guess who this might be).  Good for her and I wish all the best to her and hope that channel gets more love from us consumers who need to know what the real scoop is when it comes to coupon codes, value and what my money can be better spent on… Currently has 232,008 subscribers…so be informed.

Here is the allure.com interview … Allure The Beauty Expert Interview and some of Stephanie Nicole’s videos that I enjoyed…

***No disrespect to anyone, just writing about a fabulous interview and wanted to share… not sure what the proper protocol is, hopefully, I didn’t cross any lines.  Bye for now!

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Disney Minnie Beauty Palette

Purchased and Forgotten…

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I purchased the Disney Minnie Beauty Palette that was a Sephora Collection Limited Edition a few months back.  I picked it up as soon as it launched and I guess I fell victim to all the hype that it received.  I remember thinking, “Oh my goodness, I have to get my hands on this as soon as I can, being a Limited Edition, I didn’t want to take the chance of missing out.  However, I checked Sephora’s website, just before sitting down to write this post and it was still available and if you are interested in purchasing it, you can still do so.

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I was excited when I received it the mail and immediately opened it up, think that I was going to be surprised and would enjoy using the palette.  I swatched all the shades, took some pictures and took it to my vanity.  First off, I it wouldn’t fit where I stored all my eyeshadow palettes, so I end up putting it in the bottom drawer, out of sight and out of mind.  The next day, I pulled it out thinking that I was going to use it and post my look on my facebook, instagram and on snapchat.  However, when I opened it, I just stared at it and closed it up and put it back in the bottom drawer, out of sight and out of mind.

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Well, it’s been a couple months now and I still haven’t used it.  I have no interest in it what so ever and have forgotten I have it.  Why did I purchase this palette?   Well, I don’t know.  All I can say is, I fell victim to all the promotion and hype that it received at the time and I just purchased it.  I do not buy all the newly released makeup products because, #1-I can’t afford everything; #2-I don’t like every single product that comes out.

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In any event, I have a nice palette that I can depot, use the container as a jewelry box or something like that.  I know my grand daughters will love it and hopefully I will eventually do a look with it.  Has anyone else ever purchased a makeup product because of all the hype and end up not using it?  I really hope I’m not the only one.

Bye for now, take care and keep on keeping on.

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Madeyewlook Twice’S Benefit Haul

HUGE (Literally) Benefit HAULiday

Here is another Youtuber that I enjoy watching.  I was searching for someone new to watch and stumble across Madeyewlook Twice’s video where she was reviewing the Urban Decay Smokey palette.  She has a fabulous personality and has a unique deep voice, which I find fascinating.  So, if your looking for someone new to watch, why not stop by her Youtube channel and watch her videos.  This latest video she is pleasantly surprised after returning home from holiday to find an amazing gift box full of Benefit’s products, need I say more.  Enjoy!

I told you she was fabulous…here’s another favorite video that I have gone back to watch several times…

I bet you subscribed to her channel, Right?

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CCosmetic Chaos Give Away!

Her Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Palette Give Away…

Looking for a give away to enter, check out CCosmetic Chaos’s YouTube Channel and her blog to enter.  Fabulous prizes to be won:

  
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Eyeshadow Palette

  • Benefit’s Real Cheeky Blush Palette

Check out her YouTube channel for giveaway details and even better, SUBSCRIBE to her channel, she’s amazingly fabulous. Good luck everyone…👍🏽

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