Makeup Monday: Smashbox Palette Deal

I’ve been shopping around for a good smokey eye palette for the wedding. I have most of the stuff I need, but I needed a quality black/dark shadow for the crease. I also wanted a good light, shimmery pink for the lid. Yes, I’d considered the wide variety of Naked palettes, but there are too many to choose from AND they’re all expensive (buh bye $54…see ya never).  Many other palettes I’ve looked at have either all shimmery colors or all matte.  That seemed to be the biggest selling point of Urban Decay’s Naked one – it has a good mix of both.

Well, my friends, while strolling through Nordstrom Rack I found the Smashbox Double Exposure palette for ONLY $24!!!  It has the dark, matte shadow I need with a variety of light, base choices ranging from champagne to rose to mauve.  All with so much less fall out than my Too Faced palettes and more pigment than my Sephora brand shadows.

I was pumped.  So far, for wedding makeup stuff, I’ve purchased a full new set of Royal and Langnickel brushes for only $20 from Marshall’s and now a palette with a brush and 14 shadows for only $24.  The real cherry on the top was finding the Smashbox Full Exposure (very similar, but not meeting my needs as well) at Macy’s for FIFTY TWO DOLLARS.

Dontcha just love a bargain?


Wedding Wednesday – Makeup!!

Hi everyone! So, I had my hair and makeup trial. … And, I decided to do my own makeup. I feel really bad because the make up artist didn’t do a bad job, but frankly, she seemed incapable of replicating a cut crease smokey eye. From what I’ve heard from my married friends, their makeup artists were guilty of doing too much on them; while mine was way too subtle. I like a lot of makeup and my face can handle a lot of makeup.  Here are some of the inspiration pictures:

Love a smokey eye and natural lip:  : Grey Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial:

Here is what the make up artist gave me, after prompting her to add a darker crease:

I also wasn’t super jazzed with the airbrush foundation.  Sure, my skin looked flawless.  But, it also looked yellow-er than normal and dewy.  And it came off really easily.  I like matte, ivory foundation with pink undertones.  She was definitely really good at covering up blemishes (which is something I need to work on!), but the overall effect was too heavy foundation with innocent Pollyanna eyes.

This all led to me deciding that I’ll be most comfortable saving my money for buying better makeup and doing it myself that day.  I’m still super nervous about that decision, but I’ve been practicing!

Here are my attempts so far!

A more subtle look

my first attempt at a dramatic cut crease

I want to make an actual list of all the products I’m going to use and where I’ll use them.  Then, that day, I’ll basically just have to follow a diagram.

Makeup Monday: Ipsy, July 2016



  1. |★★★☆☆| Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara ($25) – This is a thick, black XXXX MASCARA (what did you think I was going to say??).  A little on the sticky side (god the jokes just don’t stop), but the lashes stay separated.  Pictured here with the banana powder and eyeliner:
  2. |★★☆☆☆| Bella Pierre Banana Setting Powder ($35) – I first heard about this when I read about Kim Kardashian and “sandbagging” and wrote about it HERE.  Article: Why You Should Add Banana Powder to Your Makeup Bag.  Honestly, I don’t totally get it…yet.  I need to use it a few more times, I guess.  I have a couple different translucent powders and they seem to do a better job of setting and soaking up oil.  So, uhh, s’okay.Es okay #JuanPablo:
  3. |★★★★★| Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in No Filter ($15) – LOVE this slightly purple-hued beige polish.  There it is with only ONE coat and already almost full coverage.
  4. |★★★☆☆| ML Cosmetics Felt Tip Eyeliner in Emerald Isle ($13) – Beautiful color with staying power.  I don’t love the felt tip.  It is very fine, so there’s no room for error.
  5. |★★★☆☆| Nunzio Saviano Anti Frizz Sheets ($18) – I didn’t know such a product existed. I don’t think it does a ton for frizz, but it makes my hair super shiny and smells like delicious coconut.


Makeup Monday: Ipsy, June 2016


Another really cute bag.  I’ve tried using these to organize my makeup when I travel – eyes in one bag, face in another, lips in another… But I’ve found that it’s easier when everything’s in one big bag, so I really don’t know what to do with all these lil cuties.

Onto the products!  This may be the best reviewed bag, yet.  I only took off stars because the color of the eyeliner and blush is not my favorite.

  1. |★★★★☆| the Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony in Matt Moskowitz ($42) <– That dollar amount represents the cost of the whole palette.  The Balm eyeshadows are really nice.  My only issue with this on is it tints a little too red, such that I’m worried I look like I’m suffering from bad allergies.  I would have been better served pairing it with black eyeliner to offset that.
  2. |★★★★★| Klorane Waterproof Eye Make Up Remover ($16) – I’ve been using my own makeup remover made out of olive oil and baby shampoo and it works well enough, especially given how cheap it is.  However, this Klorane stuff works SO MUCH BETTER.  I doubt I’ll ever spend money on remover again, but if I did…
  3. |★★★★☆| Colourpop Creme Gel Liner ($5) – Great price for a pretty gold/bronze liner.  It goes on very easily, definitely fits the “gel” description.
  4. |★★★★★| Seraphine Botanicals Happy Hibiscus Blush ($18) – “Mulichromatic” “For all skintones” — It’s really true.  This is a lovely medium pink color that I thought was too dark, but just right when applied.
  5. |★★★★☆| 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment ($8) – Spray this on wet hair before blow drying.  My hair came out smoother and felt better – hard to describe, but I did really like it and the value for the money is there.

Pictured: eyeshadow and blush