Grav3yardgirl x Tarte Swamp Queen Palette First Impressions

If you’re an avid YouTube beauty vlogger follower like me, guaranteed you’ve stumbled across Grav3yardgirl’s channel. The quirkiness of Bunny is so appealing and her looks are super unique. So when other people like Jeffree Star and MannyMUA were reviewing her new palette (a collab with Tarte Cosmetics), I knew I had to buy it. I mainly purchase my makeup goods from Ulta, so the moment they told me it was available online, I added it to my cart and bought the palette. Unfortunately, the liquid lipsticks that came with the palette were sold separately and sold out when I last looked (I may have to go to my nearest Ulta location to purchase).

In Grav3yardgirl’s palette you’ll find a brush, a bronzer color, a highlight and a blush. You’ll also find nine eyeshadow colors including some matte, some shimmer and some glitter. The names are super cute. When I swatched after I got the palette (and then stupidly deleted the photo of the swatches), the colors are super pigmented. This palette helps you accomplish a full-face glam or natural look. I can’t wait to experiment more with these colors. Take a look at the palette below. I’m in love with the packaging and the sturdiness of it, too.

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Here are the color names and the type of shade from the Tarte website:

  • #SFS (rose gold)
  • natural peaches (peachy nude)
  • dogman (burnt sienna)
  • big baby (cream)
  • sassy bun (copper peach)
  • sippy sippy (glittery brown)
  • haunting (lavender)
  • uncommon (purple slate)
  • mancat (deep plum)
  • sweet tea (bronzer)
  • gator wings (highlighter)
  • does this thing really work? (blush)

Have you used this palette or created looks with it? Let me know in the comments.

June Ipsy Glam Bag & First Impressions

After a three day delay (I tweeted out to Ipsy and they were really accommodating), my June glam bag finally arrived yesterday. I have to say, I am obsessed with everything I received this month. Granted, I always get a sneak peek by sharing on social media before they even send it. The theme for the month is “Rebel Rebel” so the bag is super cute (all graffiti) and, like I said, I’m loving the items. Here’s an image with descriptions below.

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If you’re wanting to experiment with new makeup or try new brands, I highly recommend subscribing to the Ipsy Glam Bag. It’s only $10 per month and you get these full size samples every time. Fill out your profile and pick your favorite brands and you’re good to go.

Do you subscribe to something similar? Let me know in the comments.

 

Natural Glow Party Look – Eyes

Earlier this week I shared with you my whole look for the White Hot Summer party I attended. What I didn’t show you is a close up of the eyes, so here you go! The hubby and I are heading out to a friend’s birthday dinner tonight, so I thought I’d recreate the eye look. See the step-by-step instructions for this eye look below the photo.

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Eyes:

  • Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original by Urban Decay. Apply all over your lid and up to brow bone.
  • Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette by Too Faced. See below for colors and placement.
    • Using an all over eyeshadow brush, apply White Chocolate on lid up to brow bone.
    • Using a clean blending brush, apply Salted Caramel in the crease. Be sure to tap off excess shadow before applying. Start with little color and add more to deepen the color if necessary. Keep applying to the outer corner of your eye, to mid-eyelid.
    • Using the same all over eyeshadow brush you used for White Chocolate, apply Marzipanon the center of your eyelid to the inner corner.
    • If needed, apply more Salted Caramel in the crease with the blending brush used. To soften the crease, take a clean blending brush and blend it out.
    • On brow bone, apply Champagne Truffle to highlight and line the bottom of your eyebrow.
    • Apply Champagne Truffle on your inner corners to brighten your eyes a bit.
  • 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil in Legend (black) by Urban Decay. Running out of this, too, so I purchased a Too Faced one to see which looks better.
  • Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink by Bobbi Brown. I haven’t used a liquid eyeliner since purchasing this, but watched a MannyMUA video last night that uses a brush and liquid eyeliner. I feel like I have more control with a brush rather than what comes with the liquid eyeliner.
  • They’re Real Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics. No need for falsies with this.

Work Party Makeup

This week, I’ve been representing the magazine I work for a lot, and tonight is no exception. We have a work-related function after working hours, so I thought I’d keep it professional, yet fun for the event tonight. Here’s the look and check out the details below the photos.

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Eyes:

Lips:

Finish:

I officially am in love with that Too Faced Candlelight Glow highlighting powder and will be using it every down from now on. Do you like this look? Let me know!

Professional Glam Look

Today I am heading back to my alma mater, San Francisco State University, to help judge magazine ideas for a contemporary magazines class (my full time job is the digital media manager for Marin Magazine in Sausalito, CA). That being said, I decided to do a full face of makeup today since I will be out representing the magazine. Why do I call it “professional glam”? Because the gold layer of eyeshadow has glitter galore in it. Subtle enough for the workplace, but glamorous enough to up your every day makeup game. I used a variety of products that I will list below. Here are a couple snaps of my look:

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Eyes:

Lips:

Finish:

So that’s my look! I received my latest Too Faced order yesterday and will be writing a post about those products soon, as well as my before and after series with the solid beautycleanser I purchased from Sephora.

I hope you like this look!

Party Look Using (Mainly) Too Faced Products

On Saturday, my husband and I drove down to Santa Cruz for a friend’s going away party. Since we would be seeing people we hadn’t seen since our wedding last October and since I’d be meeting new people, I thought I’d create a new party look. If you remember, my last haul from Sephora included the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes eyeshadow palette, so I decided to give that a go. Here are two photos of my look: one showing everything, and the other, a close up of my shimmery eye shadow. Read below the photos to see how I blended the eye look.

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Eyes:

Lips:

Finish:

If you created a look using the Boudoir Eyes eyeshadow palette by Too Faced, let me know! Also, if you like this look (or don’t like it), leave a comment below.

 

Sephora Beauty Haul

While I’m not sharing a lipstick swatch and look with you guys (check out my last three about Melted Matte Queen B, Melted Matte Sell Out and La Matte Sorry, Not Sorry), I am sharing my latest haul from Sephora with you. Of course there is a Too Faced eyeshadow palette included, but a couple of essentials, too.

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First off, this Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette is amazing. I love that they include a little booklet showing you three different looks in just three steps. All these colors are shades that I use, so I can’t wait to try it out. Also, that packaging! Super cute.

Next up, the classic beauty blender. I cannot live without this product. I have two from Ulta that I purchased and use it daily to apply my foundation and concealer and touch up any areas needed after applying a liquid lipstick or eyeshadow. It provides a flawless look and just blends everything perfectly.

Lastly, I have yet to try this product, but am super excited to. The blendercleanser has received rave reviews on Sephora.com and I have been looking for easier ways to clean my beauty blenders, so I thought I’d give this product a try. I will be using it tonight, so I will report with a “before and after” post featuring my blenders.

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Here’s a closer look at the colors featured in the Boudoir Eyes palette by Too Faced. Love, love love!