Ace BeautΔ“ Grandiose Palette

I have been so MIA lately. I have had no motivation. The Holidays are draining and I don’t particularly enjoy them.

But. I do have a review for you! Of a palette that arrived in last months Boxy Charm.

The Ace BeautΔ“ Grandiose Palette $24.99

I was really excited when I received this palette. It is a brand I have wanted to try and I mean, look at it….

It’s beautiful! So warm and pretty! A nice mix of mattes and metallics. All in shades I want all over my skin.

Row One

  • Jasmine- metallic light gold (white gold?)
  • Clove- the perfect matte peach
  • Myrtle- metallic copper
  • Cinnamon- warm matte brown

Row Two

  • Patchouli- a matte yellow-cream
  • Rose- a metallic pinky red
  • Poppy-a matte purple-pink. I know there is a name for this kind of shade, but it has currently escaped me.
  • Prime-rose – metallic gold

There are 4 mattes and 4 metallic/shimmer shades. All are very pigmented and buttery.

The Look

  • I set my primer with Patchouli. I also used this shade to buff rough edges out.
  • I then used Clove as my transition. And pretty far under my lower lash line. I just put it everywhere.
  • I defined my crease with Cinnamon.
  • I used Poppy to define my outer V and places it close to my lower las line.
  • I then places Rose all over my lid.
  • I placed Primerose on the center for a bit more pop.
  • For my inner corner and brow bone highlight I used Jasmine.

Over all thoughts

I really love the formula, but the packaging isn’t the best, one of my pans just fell out.

But that is an easy fix.

If I could buy this in a store I probably wouldn’t mind the price tag. But to be honest, I don’t trust online shopping and knowing one of my pans fell out of a lightly used palette- it makes me worry.

I would love to try more from the brand, but I can get the same look with ColourPop shades- and their small palettes are like $12 and just as nice.

Have you tried Ace BeatuΔ“? What pallets should I get from them if I try another?

Thank you for reading!

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Dose Of Colors x Desi x Katy | Friendcation

I wasn’t going to fall prey to the appeal of this collection, then I saw it in store and here we are.

I picked up two items from the Friendcation collection. The eyeshadow palette $55 and the highlighter in Fuego $28.

I thought about picking up their new liquid velvet lip formula. But why change a good thing? I LOVE their original liquid lip formula. I ended up getting one of the shades on their regular line “Supernatural” $18.

I don’t watch Desi or Katy, no real reason why. But, I do love Dose of Colors, they are a fantastic cruelty free brand with beautiful products.

I do have to say, the packaging for this line is very pretty. It’s gold an elegant and seems very sturdy. It also isn’t bulky, which is great. I hate bulky packaging.

I really enjoy that the lids do have magnetic closet.

The Eyeshadows

There are ten shadows 5 mattes and 5 metallic finishes.

Row one:

  • Basic- a matte cream
  • Cheens- a dark matte warm brown
  • Necessary- a light matte brown, literally the best transition color ever.
  • Dirty Money- a metallic green with gold.
  • A Moment- a metallic blue with purple.

Row 2

  • Try Me- a stunning metallic copper
  • Just a Kiss- a metallic gold
  • Girl Bye- a matte almost burgundy. I don’t really know how to describe this.
  • Churro- a midtone warm matte brown
  • Game over- deep metallic blue with black

The Look

  • After priming my eyes I went in with Basic all over my eyes.
  • I went into Cheens and used it as my transition shade.
  • Next I deepened the crease up a bit with Just a Kiss
  • On the outer third of my lid and my outer crease I applied Girl Bye.
  • All over the rest of my lid I applied Dirty Money.
  • Obviously there was a lot of blending done. I used mainly Morphe and ELF brushes.
  • I also applied the worst wing I’ve done in ages.

  • I used Churro in my inner corner.
  • Under my eyes I used the same matte shades I used in my crease in the same order in essentially the same way.

The Highlighter “Fuego”

I decided to pick up Fuego because I had heard Jkissa raving about it. She said it doesn’t apply as dark as it looks like it would. I figured from this that it may work on my light skin tone.

At this point I was not too confident.

I do think it applied nicely. It is very smooth and pigmented.

When applied and blended out I do this it looks rather nice and I have been reaching for it frequently!

Over All – The Palette

I think the palette is beautiful. All the mattes are fantastic and i really like Dirty Money and Game Over as far as Metallics go. I do not like the other three metallics much, I just don’t like that chunky glitter texture where the shadows seem almost flaky.

So, would I purchase this again? No. Am I glad I have it? Yes! I will still be able to get a ton of great looks, but for $55 I want to love every shade, not just most of them.

Over All- The Highlight

I love it.

I have nothing but good things to say. It is buttery, pigmented, and easy to apply and blend out. It works great as an inner corner and brow bone highlight also.

I am very glad that I picked this up!

What is your favorite Dose of Colors product?

Thank you for reading πŸŽƒ

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Makeup Slayve Autumn Equinox Palette | Indie Spot Light

The more I watch main stream brands come out with more releases, the more redundant everything seems. Which has propelled my journey into Cruelty Free Indie Beauty brands.

I have made posts about indie brands in the past, but I am going to be exploring more!

To start we are going to talk about Makeup Slayve. I purchased their new Autumn Equinox palette and their highlighter pan in Snow Queen.

Autumn Equinox $35

The packaging is very cute and compact. Instead of a mirror there is a a quote that reads,

” Take time to watch the leaves turn.”

I quite like that.

The shade names are on the back of the palette.

This palette contains 6 matte and 3 shimmer shades.

The matters are literally the MOST buttery mattes I have ever felt in my life!

The shimmers, unfortunately are pretty basic- nothing to write home about.

Starting from the wrist back

  • Fuzzy Flannel- a shimmer teal
  • Cherry Blossom- a matte mauvy pink
  • Pumpkin Pie- a matte orange
  • Spiked Cider- a matte mustard yellow
  • Trick 4 Treats- a purple shimmer
  • Jean Jacket- a matte navy blue
  • Witch please- a matte purple
  • Cranberry Sauced- a matte brown mauve
  • Ugg Boots- a shimmery taupe

The matte shades are spectacular, I don’t think I have better matter shadows than these.

The shimmers, as I said, are pretty basic.

There is a ton of powder kick up, but that’s because they are not pressed as hard as most shadows.

The Look

  • After priming my eyes I buffed “Spiked Cider” all over my lid and almost up to my brow bone.
  • I did the same thing with “Pumpkin Pie” but not as high up.
  • I then placed “Cherry Blossom” on the inner and outer third of my lid.
  • I placed “Cranberry Sauced” on top of that
  • Tons of blending
  • I placed “Fuzzy Flannel” in the center on my lid.

I repeated these steps on the lower lash line.

I popped “Ugg Boots” in my inner Corner.

For my High Light I used Snow Queen

It is a really pretty stark white highlight. It is not pressed hard and it really packs a punch!

It is also only $10!

Over all

I am buying more of their shadows, particularly the mattes. I just can’t get over how awesome they are!

I also plan on ordering more of their highlights. I also want to try their blushes.

You can purchase their products Here.

What is your favorite Indie Brand?

Thank you for readingπŸŽƒ

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Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation | All day wear test + Review

Do fall allergies just destroy anyone else? All the stuff in the air here in Missouri just ruins me. I apologize for how TERRIBLE i look in these pictures a head of time.

I purchased the Tarte Shape Tape foundation while it was on sale for $23 at Ulta. Which is the only reason I bought it. I love the concealer, but didn’t really have interest in the foundation- until the stupid sale. Always gets me.

It usually retails for $39 at Ulta.

I wasn’t even going to review the foundation. Then I forgot to put primer on the other day and figured why not? So I have tried it with and with out primer and setting it. You have actually already seen it in most of my recent pictures with primer. ( Look at the most recent selfie on my Instagram @manda_janette)

7:19 AM

I like the doe foot applicators on foundation. It isn’t hygienic, but I’m lazy. I like buffing it in with a brush or with a beauty blinder- either way works. As I said I forgot a primer, I did sent my under eyes though. Nothing else.

It is super easy to apply and I find that porcelain is a great match for me. I am pretty fair.

I also want to mention that I have combination, scared up blemish prone skin. This foundation has pretty decent coverage.

11:44 AM

I apologize for the picture quality, I was in my office.

Not much break down besides under my eyes. It’s normal for break down under my eyes. My nose and chin aren’t looking too shabby. Coverage is still good. Impressed so far.

3:13 PM

I apologize for what you just had to see!

As you can see, everything, including my Liquid Cat Suit liquid lip, is broken down.

My nose, eyes and for head have really deteriorated. The sides of my face aren’t looking too good either.

Please ignore my watery eyes and hives, like I said, ALLERGIES.

Thoughts w/o primer and setting:

It held up for a good four or five hours. I was surprised it held up that long. Never again will I got with out primer and setting though. I just don’t like doing that. Yes foundations break down, but the way this one hardcore broke down around 7-8 hours, just not happy with that.

W/ Primer and Setting:

I didn’t want to like this foundation, but I do. A lot.

I have it on in the above pictures and it looks great, and it stayed that way the entire night out.

It is easy to apply, doesn’t feel heavy, and wears very well ( with primer and being set) for a hydrating foundation.

Will I repurchase? If it is on sale yes. Full price, no. I have too many inexpensive foundations that I enjoy just as much.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of five pumpkins. Lost a pumpkin for the shade range that they threw at the world and the fact that it is nearly $40..but there are drugstore foundations I like just as much.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading πŸŽƒ

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The most BASIC Halloween Makeup!

I love spooky season. Honestly though, all year is spooky season to me!

I found a shirt I bought ages ago with Freddy and Jason on it and it inspired me to do the most basic AF and easy Halloween look.

Literally SO easy!

I used two inexpensive eye palettes to do this, and any higher end products I used can easily be replaced with drug store products.

The palettes I used

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill “Ring the alarm” $15

I used Access as my transition and Secure to deepen the crease a bit.

BH cosmetics Festival Palette currently $10.80 at Ulta!!

I placed Hippie all over my lid.

I used Spirit to high light my brow bone.

I used Kandi as my inner corner high light.

I then used Access and Secure on my water line. I also tried to pack Hippie closer to the last line.

I lined my eyes and did a TRASH wing with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. (The NYC Epic Ink liner is a good replacement at the drugstore.)

Crazy easy, but still Halloweeny, as Coty called it.

I hope you enjoyed this short post and easy AF eye look!!

What is your favorite fall eyeshadow palette?

Thank you for reading πŸ–€

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B.H. Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette | 2 Looks and a Review!

Today…has been a day. But, I have found a new to me YouTuber that is awesome! Her name is Lacie and her Channel is Spooky Lips and Fat Hips. You need to check her out!

Now to the point. The Desert Oasis palette from B.H. Cosmetics.

This palette retails for $22 at Ulta, but is currently 25% off on the BH Cosmetics site for only $16.50.

Here for 25% off!

This palette has 15 shadows and 4 highlights. It is cruelty free, and lets get to the reason I actually picked it up- Tati was raving about it on her YouTube channel.

The palette itself is beautiful. There are 5 matte shades, which are really the only matte shades you need, as well a some beautiful shimmers and lovely pops of color. The highlights vary from light to darker, which is nice as well.

The Shadows

  • Moonscape- a shimmery champagne
  • Quartz- a light shimmery rose
  • Canyon- a matte warm brown
  • Sand- a matte bone shade
  • Terrain- a shimmery gold
  • Prickly Pear- a duo chrome red brown

  • Cactus- a duo chrome green brown
  • Dune- a darker matte brown
  • Nightscape- a chocolate brown
  • Turquoise- an icy blue
  • Mineral- a shimmery light pink
  • Sandstone- a matte orange pulling a bit brown. I am not sure what descriptive words I am looking for right now!
  • Heatwave- a metallic bronze red
  • Hot Spring- a metallic blue

As you can see, all of the shades are very pigmented and those mattes are amazing. But, do not let finger swatches speak for how well a shadow will perform.

The Highlights

  • Serenity- a very light pink
  • Bliss- a light gold
  • Mirage- a darker gold
  • Utopia- a bronze
  • Hideaway- a darker bronze

I am sure you can tell that the highlights have a lot of glitter in them..

Look # 1

  • I started off by priming my eyes and setting it with Sand. I think Sand is my new favorite thing to set my lids with.
  • I pulled it a lighter random transition shade to give a bit better of a gradient and blended it into my crease starting with the middle then going out.
  • I repeated this step with Sandstone
  • After that I went in with canyon the same way I did with the other shades but didn’t go as high up.
  • I went back in with Sandstone and placed in on my inner and outer lid.
  • I repeated the previous step with Nighscape a blended a bit into the crease.
  • I placed Cactus on to the center of my lid.
  • I popped Moonscape into my inner corner.

I went on my lower lash line with all the matte shades going from lightest more blown out, to the darkest right on the lash line.

I am also sure you can tell, I got tired of blending. Not that these shades don’t blend well, I was just tired and it was 6 in the morning.

The highlight I used this day was bliss, I did not spray a setting spray on before applying.

Look # 2

  • After I primed my eyes, I used Bone again to set it.
  • I started with Sandstone as my transition to really make the Look warm. I blended all all through my crease, on some of my lid and blew it out.
  • I then went in a little tighter into my crease with Canyon.
  • I used Nighscape on my outer V
  • I placed Hot Spring on my lid, leaving the inner lid open.
  • I placed Turquoise on my inner lid, inner corner, and down to my inner lower lash line.

  • I used the mattes on my lower lash line in the same order as before.

This day my highlight was Serenity and Mirage. I sprayed setting spray before and after I applied them.

Thoughts- Shadows

The mattes are pigmented and easy to work with. The shimmer and metallic shades are really pretty and don’t require a wet brush to show up boldly.

When you dip your brush into the shadows there is a lot of kick up. This isn’t too big of a deal to me, just tap your brush off.

There is quite a bit of fall out on the face during application. This isn’t an issue for me, I always do eyes first.

I am very impressed with the shadows for how inexpensive the palette is.

Is it a must purchase for the shadows? No. It isn’t exactly unique to the market now a days. But they are nice and if Desert Oasis does strike your fancy the shadows are great.

Thoughts- Highlights

I am disappointed. I was really excited for these because of how much Tati and a few other people raves about them.

I think they are chunky and a bit too glittery to me. They added some texture to my skin as well.

I DO like the shade Mirage, which is the largest pan. I am not sure why, but it isn’t as chunky as the others.

The highlights do make good shadows though.

Over all

If this Palette is already on your radar, I would try for the shadows. Especially since it is 25% off right now. Hell, you may love the highlighters as well-other people love them I just don’t.

For me this palette gets 🌡🌡🌡 out of 5 Cactuses. For me the highlights were a huge pull, and they were duds. But, they shadows are great, so they earned back some of the Cactuses.

What drugstore products should I try or Review next?

Thank you so much for reading 🌡

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Laura Lee Los Angles Boss Babe | Look and Review

I wish there was a job where you never had to deal with angry people. I get so anxious over it. I am the lead supervisor over the company I work for and sometimes I just think it’s too much.

But I know being only 22 this is a accomplishment I should be very proud of. So, every now and then I treat my self for my hard work! Coty treats me too, but it’s usually with food and stuffed animals.πŸ˜‚

Anyway, when I swatched the Party Animal Palette I knew I needed the rest from the Laura Lee brand. So I bought them, besides Nudie Pootie, it was sold out.

Today we are focusing on the very fitting “Boss Babe” palette.

It is a small 6 pan palette. Three matte shades and three more metallic. It also has a very nice mirror. I love how sleek the packaging looks.

The palette retails for $19 HERE, but also comes in a bundle with Party Animal for $30 on the same site.

Swatches

Starting from wrist back

On the Grind: a metallic bronze/Peach the shade looks basic, but it is pretty unique.

DeadLine: a matte warm light brown

CEO: a metallic rose gold. So pretty.

Nine to Five: a matte rusty red. I LOVE this shade. And the name makes me think of the Dolly Parton song.

Hustle: a metallic gold, I don’t think I have another shade quite like it.

Clocked out: a matte dark brown.

All of the shades have awesome pigmentation! And yes, the brand is cruelty free. ☺️☺️

The Look

  • – To start I primed by eyes with the NYX Glitter Primer as usual, and set it with a random matte skin toned shade.
  • – Then I took a really fluffy crease brush and buffed DeadLine in my crease, on some of my lid, up above my crease and blended it out.
  • – I then went in with a smaller brush and did the same with 9 to 5, I just didn’t go as far out with it.
  • -With a pointed crease brush I placed Clocked Out on my outer crease and blended it into my outer crease.
  • – I placed CEO all over my lid.
  • -I decided I wanted more color, so I popped Hustler on top of that.
  • -Then I popped On the Grind into my inner corner.
  • -I repeated essentially the same steps as I did on my lid on my lower lash line, just omitting the metallic shades.
  • -Popped on some mascara, done!
  • Over All thoughts
  • I love this little palette. You can go a few different ways with it, and it is so easy to work with. The shadows blend amazingly! I am sure you could achieve the same out come with less expensive shadows, like from ColourPop.
  • I am very glad that I have gotten my hands on the Boss Babe palette, and I do recommend it!
  • Thank you so much for reading!
  • What is your favorite warm shadow palette?
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