The Triple Threat Eyeshadow

Good morning everybody. This week I have flocked to the same three items for eyeshadow. I tend to favor the number 3 with my make-up now that I think about it. I always use three mascaras, three cheek products (bronzer, highlight and blush) and now three eyeshadows. Even my soccer jersey was number 3. ANYWAYS – this is all super irrelevant since no one probably cares.

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My thought process behind the trinity of products is that I like a cream as a base, a powder on top to set and another powder for dimension.

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From left to right: African Violets, Saint Taupe and Vintage Selection.

Cream as a base…

I use MAC’s Paint Pot in Vintage Selection. This color is everything. It’s silver, purple, shimmery, with pretty flecks and almost metallic. For any color eyes you cannot go wrong with this product. I know MAC’s Paint Pots are totally hit or miss but I think for the spring Vintage Selection is just perfect. It creates some intrigue to the eyes and is perfect for day. On my brown eyes it comes up a bit purple but changes in different lighting. I smudge this all over my lid  and a little over my crease and take it under the eye with a smudger brush. This alone is very pretty.

Powder on top to enhance and set…

Satin Taupe is perfect to lay over this shade. When I first purchased Satin Taupe I asked the MAC girl to suggest a good cream shadow for underneath. She marched right over and grabbed Vintage Selection. I never wear one without the other. I take Satin Taupe on a dense, flat brush and push it over the top of the cream and also take the same smudger brush and run it along the lower lash line. Having the powder on top gives it almost a mermaid feel – super pigmented and jaw dropping from every angle.

A deeper powder to top it off…

Laura Mercier’s African Violets is the most beautiful deep purple that I place right in the center of my lid and on the outskirts of my lower lashline. This helps pick up the purple hues in the other two products and creates this super saturated smokey eye. You can leave African Violets out, but I do love how this amps the look up a little bit. I think its so pretty on the bottom eyelid and is refreshing compared to a heavy brown or black.

These colors make me so happy and I love shopping my stash. I haven’t worn these in awhile and since I started wearing them on Monday, I haven’t been able to stop. I also haven’t worn eyeliner and have used this trifecta instead to create smoke and definition. I have been wearing my more purple blushes like Outpsoken by Marc Jacobs and Well Dressed by MAC with a lot of pink highlighter and nude gloss. What I also love about this eye look is that it transitions beautifully to night without much upkeep or need for enhancing!

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has a great weekend,

Hill XO

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Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Since I went to NYC in October and visited Bergdorf Goodman I have been obsessing over buying myself some Tilbury makeup bits. Last week I just caved and made quite the order on Nordstrom.com. Keep reading for the full review…

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I’ll start with the mascara. Her Full Fat Lashes has interested me for quite some time. Whenever she uses it in her makeup tutorials I always gush at how the model’s lashes look. Plus CT is quite the marketing guru for her products. The tag line for this is that it does five things in one tube – separate, define, volumize, curl and drama. Because I’m always on the hunt for the next best mascara for my straight and pointy lashes, I ordered this with joy….however…I am returning it. NOT ENOUGH VOLUME OR CURL OR DRAMA FOR ME. I think I am definitely in the minority of people who would return this, but it just didn’t do it for me. For $27 bucks I could take my money and head to CVS and get L’Oreal Million Lashes or Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara. Kind of a bummer.

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Moving on – Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock N Kohl Eyeliner Barbarella Brown. From reading the reviews online and sitting in front of the computer for hours on end watching her signature cat-eye, feline flick looks I couldn’t help but order the Barbarella Brown eyeliner. When she creates that super-tight winged look on blue eyes, I instantly want to order fake-blue contacts and lock myself in my room perfecting my skills. I will say – I was deceived again with this product. When I wore it the other night on my lower lash line, it was too much for me…It is a very deep, dark brown that is still a few notches away from black but did not even hold a candle to my MAC Costa Riche eyeliner. Yea this CT offering applies easily but blending it is a total BIOTCH and the color just didn’t sing to me. I will say the lasting power was 100% there but I couldn’t get passed the un-blendability. I will ALSO be returning this.

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In NYC I bought one of her cream eyeshadows in Bette which is a super rich, gold that stays put all day. The pigment is untouched by other brands and looks good on everyone. I decided for this haul to try her Color Chameleon stick in Champagne Diamonds. I have worn it the past three days and it is definitely more of a night feature. There is shimmer in it…and I mean glitter as well…Like flecks of glitter. The color payoff is there but the glitter for me is just TOO MUCH. Also, if you blend too hard with your fingers, the product slips around and creases so you need a very light touch or blend it with another color to go over the top. I think if you have big eyes and work in an environment where this sort of glittery/flirty look is acceptable…then go for it. I would honestly rather stick with my By Terry Ombre Blackstars or my Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks. Unfortunately – this will be returned as well.

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At the bottom of this swipe here, you can see more of the silver flecks stand out.

Now on to the stuff I LOVED right away. I bought the blush and the lipstick in a two-piece set. These were hands down the best products of the haul. I had small expectations for the blush. Because my collection is quite large, I was honestly ready to return it but it wow’d me. CT’s slogan “Swish and Pop” is so clever. On the perimeter you have a pretty, dusty pink/mauve with a darker shade in the middle. Mixed together the color is beautiful and I can honestly say I don’t have a blush color like this in my collection. It isn’t too chalky and has a little bit of shimmer running through it. I love the name as well – First Love.

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The blush came with the lipstick Nude Kate which I have been coveting for quite some time. I own Penelope Pink which is such a great nude but the Nude Kate color is a little bit more peachy and just glides on. They smell just like MAC lipsticks but are more durable and have better color payoff. Nude Kate with the First Love blush – God that was such a brilliant pairing! If you are new CT and don’t know what to get – indulge in this set. You will not regret it!!!

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My takeaways: I think part of the reason for my dissatisfaction with some of these products is that there are no Charlotte Tilbury counters anywhere besides Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. You have to purchase everything online which is so ridiculous. Her products would do so well in department stores across the country since they are not too expensive but are very Hollywood glamour. Her branding is SO unique and she is quite brilliant so it is frustrating to not see her products in the flesh. I think if I was at a CT counter I would have been able to try the products I am now returning!

If you don’t know where to start with her range, get a lipstick! You’ll fall in love. Also her cream eyeshadows are just UNTOUCHED and last forever. If you visit her website you can watch videos of her making up models with her “iconic looks”. There is something for everyone!

I hope some of you found this helpful and I could help steer you in the right direction!

Hill XO

 

LORAC Nude Necessities

This weekend I made a trip to Ulta to see my long lost brand – Lorac. Since Lorac is not in Sephora anymore I always feel the need to make a Lorac purchase when I go to Ulta. I have a Lorac palette which is the Unzipped offering and I am borderline obsessed, so when I saw this sexy, sleek Nude Necessities, I just had to have it. I love light browns because they are great for everything. I also liked how a lot of these were quite cool toned. I would say they are not as pigmented as my unzipped palette but the array of choices does not displease. These are great for day time and look lovely layered over a cream eyeshadow. Even though some are described as matte online, they all really do have this dimensional look to them. My favorite: The lower left hand corner…it’s got some shimmer and dimension. I have really been enjoying wearing it during the day.

The one thing I do loathe about this palette is that the names of the colors stink! Nothing sexy like “Foxy Brown”. The packaging doesn’t even include names, you have to go to the Ulta website to see them so I didn’t even bother including them but I swatched each row from left to right on my arms. I also included a couple of lighting options to see the colors in.

If you are in the market for some nice browns without breaking the bank ($30) look no further than right here!

Thanks for reading

Hill XO

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The Alternative to MAC Coppering

We all know that coppery eye looks are currently on trend and I cannot say I’m a huge fan because I do think its difficult to find your perfect copper shade. MAC Coppering I know is the ‘end all, be all’ shadow that is literally in everyone’s September Favorites, however I must say that I found a less intense version that has a little bit of shimmer in it and may suit more skin tones.

Enter in MAC Mythology. A little more on the bronze side than Coppering and with some shimmer. I think that this offering is dressed down and a strong option for daytime. I am trying to find the best way to wear it and I must say, I have been enjoying using on my upper and lower lids. You can wear Mythology on its own with a simple wash of color or you can wet it to get something a little more intense. For this look, I put it up into my crease, and wet my liner brush to place it underneath. Then I went in with my MAC Costa Riche eyeliner to line my upper and lower lash line and then I blended it out slightly with my fingers. For me, I need a little bit of liner to secure the look. I did not use any other color for my crease to transition the shade but I did blend out the color with my MAC 217.

I think that copper is a nice alternative to bronze and gold looks so I am kind of enjoying this slightly different look. My Revlon lipstick Champagne on Ice is a great pairing with the eyes and keeps the look nude-ish. The blush I have on is an oldie but a goodie – Rimmel Santa Rose…looks like nothing but gives the perfect hint of something.

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Thanks for reading you guys!

Hill XO

Fresh Purchases

I recently bought a couple of things from Sephora that were MUCH NEEDED. I have not bought a bronzer in 3 years and I just made the plunge! The other purchase I made was one that I have not been longing over for too long but was necessary…See below for pics, descriptions and swatches…

Guerlain Four Seasons in Brunettes – Moyen

I have been salivating for about two years over this bronzer. I finally splurged because I am just bored with my bronzer situation. I have hit pan on my Tarte one, my Laguna smashed (and it’s so overrated!) and the Arbonne one just has to be laid down to rest. I do have my Chanel Bronze Universale, but its cream and I needed a powder option (since I grab the powder more frequently). Why did I spend THIS much money on a bronzer? I HAD TO. I believe a good makeup stash needs one solid option that you want to reach for time and time again. I wanted something that I could commit to for awhile but that was a little fancy and diverse. Guerlain checks off those boxes for me. It has four matte  shades that can be tailored to whatever season you are currently in. The packaging is gorgeous and even came with a polishing cloth. The powder is very light so I do not think I will have issues with this ever being cakey. It does have a scent but is nothing too crazy but smells powdery but fresh. The color I chose is in the “Brunettes” group which did make it a little easier to decide which one might be best for me however, I think that it should not be a deciding factor for those of you that are interested. I did go back and forth between the Brunettes Moyen and another option in Blondes. There was another one in the Brunette group but I thought  it would have been better suited for those with not as warm undertones. All I have to say is that I am so excited that I finally have this in my possession!

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Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

So, I had not been coveting this as much as I had been the Guerlain bronzer but I was on the prowl for a nice matte palette. My current favorite matte palette is one from either L’Oreal or Revlon. I can’t even tell because they don’t make it anymore and the brand rubbed off. I can’t believe, I can’t tell the difference because I am a total drugstore addict but that also speaks to how long I have had this small quad. I was in desperate need of something with a few awesome matte options that would last a long time when I was wearing them in regards to shelf life. I was considering going really high end or doing MAC but this just spoke to me. I love how the names are written underneath and not on the back (because obviously the names make that much more fun) After swatching them on my arm, I am so excited to get into it with these!!! With my dark brown and hooded eyes, I am finding that mattes are WAYYYYY better options for me. I wish I could rock more sparkle, but I do like achieving a sultry, lived in look. Even though these don’t look like much in the pan, I think that is the best thing about neutrals and mattes…they are the hidden gems of our personal collections because they anchor a look. I know that Wanderer and Power Player are going to be my besties and Multi-Tasker will probably be my new go-to powder eyebrow shade!

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Thanks for reading!

Hillary