The Law Of Universe

Through this video I could hear my parents, grandparents, great grandparents and their parents… It’s Sunday and I’m thankful…. these are good words to remember as I interact and engage people each day…

Creator is truly amazing, always by my side, leading me to where I need to be, allowing me see, to feel, to hear and to speak with those around me…

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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.

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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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My BEST Highlighter(s) of 2017

I’m obsessed….

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Both NARS Palette Swatches (Blanc de Sable & Bord de Plage 2017

…. and am very happy by the products that NARS has released in 2017, especially their highlighters.  The formula is on point with the two fabulous palettes that come out:  the Blanc de Sable & the Bord de Plage.

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NARS Blac de Sable & Bord de Plage

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NARS Amazing Highlighter Palettes

At first, I was not going to purchase either of them, then I saw the hype it was receiving by the beauty gurus saying OMG “the Blanc de Sable is next level in highlighting and that I need to need come out and set up camp with them down at the NARS head quarters”, lol.   This was back in February 2017, so of course, I went to the Sephora website put the NARS Blanc De Sable highlighter palette in my cart, pressed purchased and got my receipt.  

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NARS Blanc De Sable Highlighter

Honestly, when I first used it, I was not that impressed and thought “mehh, just another highlight”.  However, after playing with it for a while, I noticed I was reaching for this palette more and more.  I thought to myself one day “damn this is good” as I looked at myself in my mirror.

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NARS Highlighting Gorgeousness

It gave my cheeks that lil extra something, did not accent my cheek texture nor was it thick and chunky.  It applies very evenly, has a smooth finish, I can build it up from a soft finish to a more intense shine and stays on all day.  So of course, it soon became my most used highlighter and kick all my current highlighters to the curb.

Now, just as I was so sure I was not going to need another highlighter ever again, NARS released the Bord De Plage Highlighter & Bronzing Palette.  Well for peat sakes, there I am once again, heading over to the Sephora website, adding the palette to my cart, purchasing it and there I remain on the NARS highlighting train.  I’ve been on the NARS highlighting train for almost a year and I have no plans on jumping off yet.  Although, I have made some pit stops here and there but I’ve always returned on my original route to NARS head quarters.

The Bord De Plage palette released in July 2017 and has 4 highlighters and 2 bronzing shades.  Granted it has some already released shades and some newer shades, which does not bother me in the least.

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Bord de Plage Highlighter & Bronzer

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It’s the formula that I was after because it’s simply phenomenal.  Since I have set up camp here at NARS head quarters, I have noticed that the formula in both the Blanc De Sable and the Bord De Plage are very similar, if not exact.  I’m mean, WOW!  I’m not into checking ingredient list on products, my research is based on use of product.  Each day I wake up and feel anxious as I know I will using my fav palettes and will use one or both to highlight or bronze.  I then give a wave to the NARS staff and salute them for creating the best highlighters for 2017.

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I am very pleased with both palettes, my best highlighter for 2017, and I look forward to seeing what else NARS releases for 2018.

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Michele Wang – My Newest YouTube Influencer

Michelle Wang

MICHELE WANG….

… is a phenomenal up and coming beauty influencer, in my opinion.  I started watching her when she had around 3,000 + subscribers (May/June2017).  Since I came across her channel back then, I feel that her channel has steadily grown, which is great.  Today, she is now has 8,732 subscribers and I feel that this steady growth is a good indicator that her channel will exceed 10,000 subscribers before her 1st Anniversary.

While I was watching one of her videos, she stated that she is a designer of hand-made knit wear.  So I went back to her video play list and found that she creates some beautiful, I mean beautiful, hand made knitted sweaters, shawls and other beautiful pieces.  If you want to go to her webpage called mishi2x designs to view some of the gorgeous pieces that she created, please follow the link above.  The video below titled “NYC Makeup Haul! Barneys + Sephora + Chanel and more!” looks like it would have been her first beauty products haul video.  Prior to this, she had already gained a following, as she showcased her knitting talent on her channel. WOW, I’m so impressed and I’m so glad that she is now lending some of her time to beauty.

Michele Wang said that she started making beauty videos back in February 2017 when she moved to Las Vegas from New York.  She brings a real warmth and freshness to the Youtube beauty community.  Her enthusiasm always shines through as she discusses each product.  I get the feeling that she knows the product well and that she knows what she likes.

It is very refreshing to see new beauty influencers that are taking pride in their video content and ensuring that they are releasing quality videos instead of quantity.  I would much rather view fewer videos from a creator, where I feel they took the time to research & use the products, instead of releasing uninformative boring videos more frequently.  Michelle keeps me coming back for more and I am really enjoying her “Top 5 Tuesdays” and recently her “Best of 2017” videos.

What I enjoy about Michelle’s videos is that the majority of her videos are on high-end makeup like Tom Ford Beauty, Chantecaille, Charlotte Tilbery, Pat McGrath, Victoria Beckham, LaMer, Surratt and so many more.  These are videos of products that I want to view and I’m glad that Michelle has filled this void.  Please go and show her some support and subscribe to her channel, you won’t regret it. 🙂

Thank you Michelle for making the decision to start your YouTube Channel and I wish you all the best for the 2018 year, here on your channel and with your knitting creations.

 

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Viseart Grande Pro Palette

 

IMG_20171128_165454687Absolutely Amazing!

My most recent addition to my eyeshadow palette collection is my Viseart Grand Pro.  I purchased my palette through the Muse Beauty Pro website and even participated in their pre-launch ordering about a week prior to it being launched.  This palette has 30 gorgeous, blend into each other, pigmented shades.  Twenty four of the 30 shades are colors that they pulled from their vault of archived shades and the remaining 6 can be found in existing palettes.  Alfonz of Muse Beauty stated that this palette is a collectors edition, I mean really, how fabulous is that.  It’s like they made a palette specifically for me and every other Viseart collector.

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I was under the impression that there would be only 3000 palettes made and be exclusive to Muse Beauty Pro.  However, this is not totally accurate.  Yes, there were a certain number of palettes made and were lauched at Muse Beauty Pro.  From the first 3000 palettes, a number would be hand written in the lower right hand side in gold.  Once these were sold, the remaining palettes would be sold with out a number and be offered at at Muse Beauty Pro and through Beautylish.  My palette was numbered 1707/3000 and was written in the lower right hand corner in gold.

IMG_2149Shortly after receiving my palette, I saw people posting photos of their palette on their Facebook, Instagram and Blogs pages.  However, what I noticed was that their palettes did not have a palette number, curious.  So, I asked a couple people what their palette number was and where they purchased their palette.  They responded back to me saying that their palette did not come with a personalized number and they purchased their palette through Beautylish. Truthfully, I felt a wee bit bummed, as I thought I actually received one of the only 3000 palettes that were launched at Muse Beauty Pro.  This feeling was short lived though and now I’m glad that more palettes were made available to more people.  IMG_2153As of today, the Viseart Grande Pro palette can still be purchased at Muse Beauty Pro and Beautylish.

I watched the interview that Stephanie Nicole did with Anastasia, Viseart and with Alfonz, Muse Beauty Pro and this video was jam-packed with information about their newest release.  One tid bit was that they used shades that came from an archived vault.  The archived vault are shades that did not make any of there previous palettes, interesting.

I am really enjoying this palette and along with my other 4 Viseart palettes is becoming my most used.  You know, knowing what I know now about these wicked palettes, I would have only purchased Viseart, that’s how much confidence I have in Viseart.  They are all I need and sadly, my other palettes are kinda collecting dust.  If anyone out there is still considering purchasing this palette, my advice is to go through Beautylish and take advantage of the 3 easy pay schedule.  Below I have my swatches and done both brush and finger swatches and starred my favorite shades.  Until next time, take care

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My Most Loved Concealor for 2017

Is the PIXI Correction Concentrate…

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I’ve tried a few correctors this year but the Pixi Corrector Concentrate has been an excellent find. There are two shades and I chose the Awakening Apricot which is a light peach shade and the other is more pink. I have light under eye darkness and most times I don’t need a corrector but for the days when I do need a little something, I use the Pixi corrector.

 

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Prior to this I used up the peach shade in the NYX 6 pan corrector palette. I didn’t mind the NYX but I found it a little drying so I was on a hunt for another drug store brand corrector.

 

I stopped by London Drugs and found a small Pixi display which had the setting sprays, eyeshadows and the one shade of corrector. I think I paid something like $20 for this little glass pot of corrector in Awakening Apricot.

img_2378When I started using it I noticed that it was very light shade of peach which is just what I wanted. After using it for about a month, I found that it was not drying but very emollient and hid my dark circles. As I said earlier, I don’t have dark under eye circles, so I don’t look for anything too darkening. The Pixi was just the right shade and hid what needed to be disguised. I was very impressed and need to pick up a new one.

One downside to this product is the way it breaks up in the jar when it just about done causing it to dry up. Other than that, I am saying that I’ve found my perfect corrector, but that doesn’t stop me from checking out other correctors.

 

I just picked up the Maybelline MasterCamo and thought I’d give this a whirl. It is a much darker shade of peach, however, if I only use a smidge it’s okay. It blends outs nicely, however, I felt like it was drying my under eye area. I’ll still use it and see what the drying situation is about but for now, I’ll stick with the Pixi brand.

Happy New Year’s Eve!

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!

Beauty Native Style