Morphe 35O Eyeshadow Palette: First Impressions + Swatches

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Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

Morphe is a cosmetics brand known for their quality makeup brushes and sought after eyeshadow palettes. After hearing raving reviews from (several) YouTube Beauty Gurus, I purchased one of Morphe‘s best-sellers to see what the hype was all about. The 35O – 35 Color Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette was a difficult product to get ahold of. Although it’s an affordable palette and contains an array of colors, is this palette really worth the hassle and price?


Palette Details

The 35O palette contains 35 natural matte and shimmery eyeshadows. It retails for $22.99 USD (but there are discount codes online!) and it comes in black 9 x 6 1/2 inch case. The case itself is hard plastic and does not include a mirror or any other additional accessories. Also, the eyeshadows in this palette are not labelled on the front or back.
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Swatches

Note: The images below are arranged according to the order of eyeshadows in the palette.

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First Impressions

Since the 35O – 35 Color Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette contains a wide range of shadows to choose from, you can create several different looks with a single palette. The palette is compact and perfect for on the go and travel. The price of the product is one of its best attributes, however, there are some inconsistencies with the formulation. Some of the matte eyeshadows are patchy and others aren’t as blendable.

Have you tried or reviewed this product? Share your experiences below!

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

 

 

 

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BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel Palette: First Impressions + Swatches!

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday ❤

I have a hand-full of beauty products on my wish list (don’t we all?), which range from drugstore must-haves to high-end exclusives. One product on my list stood out to me several months ago because of its lovely array of eyeshadows and highlighters. Carli Bybel, a YouTube Personalty and Beauty Guru, collaborated with BH Cosmetics and released a palette that has gained notable attention from the beauty community. I finally got ahold of this palette and included my thoughts (AND swatches!) below.

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Carli Bybel designed this versatile 14 Color Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette to dial up the drama and add excitement to your look. Carli’s taste for chic refinement and modern elegance inspired her to select a collection of earthy neutrals and plummy brown shadows with four face highlighters that complement every skin tone. (bhcosmetics.com)


Palette Details

The 14 Color Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette by Carli Bybel, in collaboration with BH Cosmetics, is a vegan and cruelty-free product. The design of the packaging resembles that of a pearl loveseat with tight diamond tufting. There isn’t much weight to the product (1.68 oz), however, there’s a commendable sized mirror inside. The palette itself can be purchased at Ulta Beauty (both in stores and online!) and on BH Cosmetics’s website, retailing at $14.50Carli Bybel Palette (inside1)

The quote located inside of the palette reads: Aspire to Inspire. This is the only text visible when you open the palette and I realized the eyeshadows do not have names. The eyeshadow pans are about the size of a quarter (U.S. coin) and the highlighters are relatively larger with a flowery stamp design. This palette has a magnetic closure and does not include any additional accessories, such as a brush.

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Swatches*

As I mentioned before, the eyeshadows and highlighters in this particular palette are not named. The first row contains four matte eyeshadows and one shimmery eyeshadow. The following row has four shimmery eyeshadows and one matte eyeshadow. Lastly, the third row is composed of four highlighters that can also be used as eyeshadows.

*Note: The images below are arranged according to the order of eyeshadows and highlighters in the palette.

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Final Thoughts

I don’t personally own anything from BH Cosmetics other than this palette, so I can’t compare this eyeshadow/highlight formula with some of their other products. There are a couple of eyeshadows that are not as pigmented as I would like, specifically the fourth shadow in the first row and fifth shadow in the second row, but they do all blend easily. I love the shades created for this palette and I feel they work well for many looks.

Overall, I’m fairly impressed with the quality of the eyeshadows and highlighters in this palette. The mirror inside the palette was a pleasant surprise and although there is a bit of eyeshadow fall-out, the palette is a great value (I purchased it for $11 w/a coupon!). Most of the eyeshadows have great pigmentation and its convenient having highlighters all in one palette. I look forward to trying more products from BH Cosmetics and Carli Bybel in the future.
Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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IPSY Glam Bag | July 2016

July 2016 Glam Bag | Ingrid Nicole

Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (e.g. mascara, eyeshadows, etc.) mailed in a collectible bag. There’s a lovely theme each month and the products you receive are personalized according to your answers in a quiz, which is taken at the beginning of the subscription.

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The theme of July’s Ipsy glam bag is “Hot Summer Nights,” an accurate description for the Southern California weather that I’m currently experiencing. The inspirations behind this month’s bag according to Ipsy’s website were “Bonfires, BBQS, and Pool parties.” As you can see below, the bag itself has many mini umbrellas on the front (which reminds me of peppermints lol) and a chrome/oil spill pattern on the back.


The products I received July 2016:

  1. Ms. Amazing & Queen Bee Masks by SHRAY – Although I have never heard of this particular brand, the sheet masks both look promising. The first mask, Ms. Amazing, is catered for sensitive and dry skin (something I personally struggle with). I’m excited to try out this moisturizing mask and the second mask, Queen Bee, since it’s an acne-treating mask.
  2. Delectable Lemon & Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream from Delectable by Cake Beauty – I typically don’t care for hand creams in the summer because the heat makes lotions feel extra greasy. Luckily, I sampled this hand cream on a cool (indoors) day and found this product has some nourishing skin benefits. The fragrance “lemon & cream” lingers a bit though and is pretty strong.
  3. Professional Contour Eyeshadow Brush (4) by VASANTI COSMETICS – I. love. brushes. I enjoy receiving them in my glam bag and so was looking forward to trying this one out. The long bristles are meant to make contouring your eyes easier and I feel like it will work well for the crease.
  4. Hangover Replenishing Face Primer by Too Faced – Too Faced is one of my favorite high end, cruelty-free makeup brands out there. One of their most talked about products in the beauty community is the Hangover Face Primer. I’m excited to finally try this beauty out and share if it;s worth purchasing full-size in the future.
  5. Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow (in Matt Moskowitz) by theBalm Cosmetics – theBalm Cosmetics is (also) a cruelty-free brand and one I wish to explore more of. I heard (and read) raving reviews on several of their products in the past, so I was thrilled when I discovered I was going to be able to try one of their eyeshadows. The color I received is a moody purple, plum and it’s quite blendable.July 2016 Glam Bag Sheet Mask (1)July 2016 Glam Bag Sheet Mask (2)July 2016 Glam Bag Hand LotionJuly 2016 Glam Bag BrushJuly 2016 Glam Bag PrimerJuly 2016 Glam Bag Eyeshadow

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
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Wet ‘n Wild Beauty | Hits or Misses

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With temperatures slowly rising here in Southern California (and summer around the corner!), I felt that my go-to makeup routine needed some updating. Summer, for me, tends to be the ideal time for more natural, glowy looks. Wet ‘n Wildan affordable cruelty-free makeup brand, released several new products in their spring/summer collection and also reformulated some of their original products. I picked up a few of their goodies from my local drugstore and after trying them out for a couple of weeks, I’m here to share if they’re hits or misses!

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Au Naturel EyeShadow Palette – Bare Necessities 753A

I picked up this eyeshadow palette mainly because it was under five (or six?) dollars. I didn’t swatch it at the store or anything, but the colors were pretty enough to make it into my shopping basket. The packaging is sleek and the palette includes a double-sided eyeshadow applicator inside (the kind that doesn’t last very long though). There are 10 shadows in total, eight of which are shimmery. There are two brown toned mattes shades and each shade is labelled as a number (from left to right). These shadows are pretty pigmented, blend fairly very well, but are more powdery than buttery.

Photo Focus Setting Spray

WetnWild Photo Focus Setting Spray

According to the Wet ‘n Wild website, this makeup setting spray claims to be a “weightless formula” that will “extend makeup wear.” I used this spray multiple times, sometimes switching out products to test out the longevity, and must agree that this product does what it says it will. The spray nozzle releases product evenly and the formula doesn’t make your face feel sticky or dry. For less than five dollars, your makeup will last most of the day with this setting spray (it’s amazing!).

MegaGlo Illuminating Palette – Catwalk Pink 320

I’m all for that twinkling highlighted skin, especially during the spring and summer. This Illuminating Palette reminded me of Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips and since it’s more affordable, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, there isn’t much color payoff with this product, even with the new formula. It was much to sheer to me and I found it wasn’t very visible on the skin. I tried mixing all the shades together but it still wasn’t enough to make a noticeable difference.


Final Thoughts

Overall, I feel that Wet ‘n Wild is a promising brand that has some great products. I was pleasantly surprised by the Au Naturel Eyeshadow palette in Bare Necessities 753A and think the colors are absolutely lovely. It’s definitely a hit. Another product that I particularly enjoy (more like love!) is the Photo Focus Setting Spray. Seriously, track it down and try it. It’s a hit for me! Lastly, the MegaGlo Illuminating palette didn’t do much for me so it’s a miss in my book, but maybe it could work for you.

What Wet ‘n Wild products have you tried? Any recommendations?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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Makeup Geek x MannyMUA Palette: Review + Swatches!

Hello Everyone! Happy Friday<3

Today, I bring you the MannyMUA eyeshadow palette in collaboration with Makeup Geek! I’ve seen this palette all over the internet, especially Instagram and Youtube, and due to popular demand, it has been restocked! I was able to purchase one for myself and decided to share with you all my first impressions. For those who do not know MannyMUA, he’s a beauty vlogger with (last time I checked!) over one million YouTube subscribers. He collaborated with Makeup Geek, a cruelty-free cosmetics brand, and came out with this eyeshadow palette. So, is this palette worth the hype? Let’s find out.

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Makeup Geek x MannyMua Palette Details

The palette contains nine eyeshadows and an impressive sized mirror inside. Four of the shadows are part of Makeup Geek’s permanent collection, while the other five shadows were customized by beauty vlogger MannyMUA. Personally, I think the packaging is lovely and feel that there’s a good mix of matte, shimmery, and foiled shadows. This palette is on the pricer side though, retailing at $45, but if you do the math, you’ll discover you actually do save a bit. Each pan of (traditional) powder formulated eyeshadow is about $6 and each foil formulated eyeshadow is $10 at Makeup Geek. So, since this palette has seven powder and two foiled formulated shadows, it would come out to $62 (wow!).

According to the Makeup Geek website, the eyeshadows (which are listed in order of how they’re featured by rows in the palette) are described as:

  • Artemis – “a muted champagne yellow with a shimmery finish”
  • Beaches & Cream* – “a soft peachy beige with a matte finish”
  • Luna – “a medium rose gold with a foiled finish”
  • Cosmopolitan* – “a gold-flecked medium rose with a shimmery finish”
  • Sora – “a medium earthy terra-cotta with a matte finish”
  • Frappe* – “a medium maple brown with a matte finish”
  • Insomnia* – “a warm red brown with blue reflects and a foiled finish”
  • Mars – “a deep cherry red with a matte finish”
  • Aphrodite – “a deep plum brown with a mate finish”

*Note: These eyeshadows are part of Makeup Geek‘s permanent collection. The shade Insomnia is only available for purchase as a loose pigment, with the exception of the pressed version found in this limited edition palette.MannyMUA x Makeup Geek

Final Thoughts

I had never purchased eyeshadows from Makeup Geek Cosmetics (until now), but was pleasantly surprised by both the brand’s professionalism and quality products. MannyMUA’s palette cover had a Gatsby feel to it, due to the black and metallic designs, and I found this palette contains perfect transition shades. The shadows themselves are very blendable and can create simple to full glam looks fit for many occasions. I like how compact the palette is, which will come in handy for traveling this summer, and overall think the palette was worth the splurge. MannyMUA palette swatches

This palette can be worn by anyone and everyone regardless of age or race- I wanted to make sure of that! I worked so hard on this palette and I couldn’t be happier with the results!-MannyMUA

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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