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 .

Beauty Native Style

 

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April Empties!

Some Amazing Products and Some Not so Amazing

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My last empties blog post was on March 18th and since then I have used up quiet a few products.  Some I absolutely loved and will definitely be repurchasing and others I did care for and will not be repurchase.  I am going to list these products in no particular order and write why I liked or disliked each product.

1.  Gucci Guilty Perfume:  This is my 3rd bottle and will definitely be repurchasing.  This fragrance is simply empowering and I only seem to wear it when I know that that day is going to be fabulous and wearing this perfume will ensure that I get everything done with perfection.  I don’t know how to describe this scent but to say it has a floral sweet scent.  It’s awesome and I love it.

2.  Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume:  Another great fragrance. This is my second bottle and will be repurchasing for is delicate lady like scent.  It’s one of those perfumes that I wear almost everyday because of it’s soft floral scent that stays with me all day.  Absolutely yummy.  img_0079.jpg

3.  Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil:  I can’t believe this is my third bottle since last Fall 2014.  I purchased it to prepare my skin for the upcoming Winter season when my skin becomes more drier and needs help from the brutal Winters here in northern Alberta.  It gave my skin the extra moisture it needed and will continue to use until the warmer spring/summer months set in.  Highly recommend. tarte mar oil

4.  Colleen Rothschild’s Radiant Cleansing Balm:  I watched Nicole Guerriero’s April Beauty Favorites 2014 video where she talked about her favs for the month and when she talked about the Radiant Cleansing Balm I was intrigued and thought I need this cleansing balm in my life.  Shortly after watching this video I purchased three products from the Colleen Rothschild website: Moisturizing Cream, Night Cream and the Cleansing Balm.  I am still working on my Moisture Cream which I use sparingly as these products were pricey.  I just used the last bit of my cleansing balm last night and it lasted me almost a year, a little went a long way.  It literally MELTED my makeup off and left my skin feeling smooth and fully cleansed.  This product will be making into my 2015 favorites.  I will also be repurchasing very soon.  Colleen Rothschild

5. NARS Eyeshadow Base:  I have been using this product steady for the past month and not because I liked using it but because I was trying to use it up.  I have oily eyelids and I heard other people saying that this product helped their eyeshadow stay on longer without creasing.  Well it did not help me at all, maybe for a few hours.  Anyway, I used it up and will not be repurchasing.  I will stick with my UD eyelid anti aging primer.

6.    Loreal Voluminous Manga Blackest Black Mascara:  The brush applied the mascara evenly to my lashes and after a couple layers gave my lashes some nice volume and color.  Not so much lengthening but was good.  I like to use different mascaras and I don’t remain loyal to any particular brand.  Why? Mainly because their are so many mascaras out on the market and enjoy testing them out.  I stay away from the high end as the drugstore brands are just as good if not better.

7.  dr. Brandt’s Do Not Age Samples:  I received the Neck Firm Cream and the Triple Peptide Eye Cream as a Sephora sample a few months ago and found that I liked the results.  However, I like my current routine and will not be looking to purchase these products any time soon.  DNA

8.  Moroccan Oil Treatment:  I like using this product on the ends of my hair to keep it from drying out.  It keeps my hair nice and health and gives if a nice sheen throughout the day.  I will continue to purchase.

9.  Benefits’s Porefessional:  This was a small sample size I picked up while waiting in the Sephora checkout line.  I have since purchased a full size and love the way it smooth’s over my pores and hides them nicely.  Awesome product, recommend.

10.  Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealor:  I am on my 4th tube and will continue to repurchase.  This is my favorite drug store concealor and my shade is light medium.  I love the twist up mechanism and the small brush applicator.

Well that wraps up this months empties, hope you enjoy one or two of these products and would love to hear your thoughts on any one of these products.

Laura Mercier Artist Palette

It’s Back 🙂

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In 2013, this palette caught my eye while I was clicking through the Sephora website.  I do believe at that time, it was offered as a limited edition and I thought that the shades were right up my alley.  I have a weakness for holiday palettes and will pick up what appeals to me, however, this palette was blinking bright with lil neon lights saying “pick me pick me”.

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The Laura Mercier Artist palette has twelve shades, 6 matte and 6 with some shimmer, and is encased in a soft faux textured leather compact that is very travel friendly.  My most used shades are called Vanilla Nuts, Fresco, Guava, Plum Smoke and African Violet and have hit pan on a few of these shades.  Hitting pan on any of my eyeshadow palettes is exciting but at the same time nerve raking because of the limited edition status.

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This palette is one of my all time favorite palettes because of the way the shades blend  together and there is a good selection of both matte and satin shades.  My favorite combination is using Vanilla Nuts all over my eye lid, Fresco in the crease, a smidge of Plum Smoke & Kir Royal on the outer corner and Guava patted on the lid.  These shades together make a very soft wearable everyday look.

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I don’t know if this palette is to become a permanent item to the Laura Mercier line, but I may purchase a back up just in case.  If I do this, this palette will be the first eyeshadow palette that I will buy twice .

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Until Next Time and Happy Sunday.

BEAUTY NATIVE STYLE

What’s Up In Makeup

MAKEUP NEWS – MARCH 8, 2015

By Jen Luv’s Reviews

Once again, I am sitting here watching my favorite YouTuber, Jen Luv’s Reviews, present her weekly WHAT’S UP IN MAKEUP video.  Watching her video’s each Sunday morning has come to be part of my weekly routine which I look forward to while I sip on my morning coffee in my PJ’S.  This weeks beauty news is just as informative as last weeks, Fabulous!

The one piece of information that was of interest to me was the portion where she spoke on the new NARS Dual Intensity Blushes that are now available online or by visiting your local Sephora store.  I ordered two of these blushes last week and am anxiously waiting my Sephora box to arrive.  The two blush palettes I ordered are in Fevor and Craving and if they are just as amazing as their Dual Intensity Eyeshadows, then I will be one happy Beauty blogger.  Jen did mention that she has recorded a video of her review on the two blush palettes that she purchased and will be going up in a few days.  She also mentioned that she is trying something new where she will be doing a Live Chat which I find exciting and till take place today from 10:00 – 11:00 pm.  I totally missed this due to the Spring Ahead time change, dang.

There you have it people, my quick post on this beautiful Sunday morning which is turning out to be warmer then yesterday.  Yes, Spring is around the corner and I can’t wait until the Lilac bushes are blooming, the Robins are singing, the Raspberries bushes are thawing out and best of all, I can start wearing other colors besides dark sad colors.

I wish you all a fabulous day and today turns out to be just as great as you expect it to be and I will pray that Creator blesses each and every one of you and keep your family safe and sound, so with that and until next time, continue being the Fabulous and Amazing person that you are.

Beauty Native Style

NARS DUAL INTENSITY BLUSHES

Monsiiuer Alex’s Review

I have been watching Monsiiuer Alex’s YouTube Channel for awhile now and have come to enjoy his opinion, his reviews and his tutorials on a wide variety of cosmetic products.  He is one of those no nonsense, tell it like it is and all round honest guy with a fabulous personality. One aspect I like about his channel, is that he includes his Mom when needs a fabulous stunning model to demonstrate the products.. She is absolutely gorgeous.

I was snooping around on You Tube wanting to watch reviews on the new NARS Dual Intensity Blushes and I was delighted that Monsiiuer Alex had a review on them.   I really enjoyed his informed presentation on these amazing blushes and will be definitely purchasing a few as soon as I’m done writing this post.

If you are looking for an honest opinion about these products then he’s your guy.  I have attached his video link and encourage you all to head over to his channel, check out his videos and subscribe, you won’t regret  It.

Until next time, stay gorgeous

Jen Luv’s Reviews!

What’s Up in Makeup – March 01, 2015

This week Jen has some great news for us all in her new weekly “What’s up in Makeup” video.  I’m sure many of you follow “Jen Luv’s Reviews” on YouTube and if you don’t, you need to start following her.  She has a great personality and gives her honest opinion to whatever she may be recording that day.  She’s fabulous and I enjoy her weekly “What’s up in Makeup” with my morning Sunday coffee.

Until Next time, Stay Fabulous

Benefit’s Coralista

My Favorite Blush!

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Everyone has a favorite makeup product that they just can’t live without for any length of time and may call it their holy grail product.  Some may say that going without their holy grail product for any length of time, may cause them to go into some unnatural state of behavior or that they may turn into some zombie type creature.  Well, that may not the case but I know for me, I really enjoy using Benefit’s Coralista Blush.  I mean geeee, can I look any more gorgeous with this blush on.  I would say 85% of the time, I would have this cute blush on my cheeks,.   Sephora describes it as a coral-pink blush that will warm up your complexion and is $36.  The coral-pink color and the fragrance is simply divine.  None of my other blushes have a scent to them and I was very pleasantly surprised when the Coralista blush did.

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I once used the brush that came with the package to do my whole makeup routine because I had accidentally forgotten my makeup brushes at home.  I would say that yes, this brush has its uses and I always keep the brushes that come with any product.  I would really like to hear what your favorite blush is and why, so if you would like share, please comment below.

 

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I’m not a makeup artist to recommend this blush to a particular skin type or color, all I know that it’s a really beautiful coral pink color and in my opinion, would look great on anyone.  There you have it, my favorite blush, so until next time, stay fabulously amazing!