Unboxed: Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

Girls,

I’ve wanted this palette since it first came out but in an effort curb my impulse-buys I held off. But this past Monday I was off work and decided to take the plunge (I bought Becca highlight in Opal that day also…we’ll talk more about it at a later day ;-)). After getting back home I had to go to the dentist so the last thing I wanted to do was experiment with makeup. so I figured one night after work I’d get a chance to try it out…iSlaved this week! Between working like crazy and working out in the evenings time just got away from me! But that may not be such a bad thing, because now I’m able to share my new-product-fun with you guys!

For my first impressions I’m in love with this palette! In making my swatches I’m just so excited to start using it for day and night time looks. I also like that despite my concerns in the store, there’s a good mix of mattes, sheens, and shimmers. The only qualm I have is they had a little fallout in swatching; that’s not a huge deal though.ย Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

Ok so this is it; it comes with the double-sided brush in the bottom tray and a zippered pouch. It organized so that each vertical row goes together for one complete eye look but of course you be creative with it. Let’s start swatching!

From right to left: Truth, Undone, Downfall, DTF

From right to left: Truth, Undone, Downfall, DTF

Dragon, Freeze, Heroine, Brokedown

Dragon, Freeze, Heroine, Brokedown

Vanity, Lucky, Reign, Bobby Dazzle

Vanity, Lucky, Reign, Bobby Dazzle

Alien, Alchemy, Bondage, Sonic

Alien, Alchemy, Bondage, Sonic

Last Sin, Angel, Defy, Revolver

Last Sin, Angel, Defy, Revolver

Ok, so I don’t have a favorite as of late…because I love them all…but I will say that DTF, Dragon, Heroine, Alchemy, and Last Sin jump out at me. If you follow me on Instagram (@BeAmazingB), you already know selfies are about to be in full effect, lol. If you’re not, then I you should be!

If you’ve been on the fence about this I hope seeing the colors up close & personal helps you make your decision on it. If you already have it, share your looks with me! What’s your favorite color on first impression? Let me know in a comment below!!

Much love ladies!!!

XOXO

Brittani

Nars Sheer Glow Review

Hello My Dears,

As you know a few weeks ago I bought a new foundation to try out, Nars Sheer Glow. I bought it from Sephora in Cadiz for $45.00. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I’ve had a chance to really use it and gain an opinion on the product.
Packaging
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The packaging is very classic and to-the-point, which I like. The size of it is appropriate; it can easily fit into my makeup bag. The only thing I don’t like is the dispensing method. It’s a screw-off top that’s just an open bottle. In Sephora the displays have a pump dispenser; however the beauty advisor let me know that the bottles do not come with the dispenser and the store did not carry them for sale.
Application
Nars Application

Top: The amount of product I used on my face; Bottom: my Sephora beauty blender and my Nars shade Cadiz

I really like about the product is the look & feel of it. You only need a small amount to cover your entire face and while it evens your skin like a full coverage foundation would, it doesn’t have that heavy, made-up feel on your face. After trying a few different methods of applying the product, I found that my beauty blender gave the best application (I just have a Sephora Brand blender). I wet & wring out my beauty blender, use it to dot the foundation on each cheek, my forehead, nose send chin, and blend it out.
The finish is a natural-glow; while it does even out my skin, but doesn’t completely mattify. I love that it gives me an even but natural canvas to work with.
For the sake of this review these pictures are with the foundation alone, but normally I’d conceal with my MAC Studio Finish and follow that with MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium-Dark.
Nars Before and After

Left: Me sans makeup Right: Me with Nars foundation

Longevity
This is just my opinion, but this is the bottom line of any review: does it last or not? By the end of my work day, church, etc., I still have the same even finish. If you live in a warmer climate or have spent time outdoors, you just may need to blot by the evening.
Overall Thoughts
Overall I’m very happy with the purchase; the product definitely lives up to the expectations. Prior to this I was using Lancome Teint Idole, which does have a little more of a matte finish, so this is a pleasant change.
What’s your go-to foundation? Let me know in a comment below!
XOXO
Brittani

Mini Beauty Haul

Hello Lovelies,

After doing a little research on the best foundations for all skins types, I came across a few to try; so I took a little trip to Sephora. After having a conversation with the consultant in the store, I made my mind to try out Nars Sheer Glow. I also decided to pick up a few other new things to try:

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Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara; “Mind Over Matter” Matte Topcoat by Formula X for Sephora; Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Mini Spray; Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Cadiz

After I have a chance to play with these I’ll do a review of my new goodies. Let me know what new products you’ve been trying and loving lately!

XOXO

Brittani