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I hate baked

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked or thought much about makeup. (That’s a real sign of how focused I’ve been on the new house!)  But last weekend I had some time to watch a few of my favorite YouTubers, including a review of some Hard Candy baked bronzers by Bailey B.  Her video led me to try a new product and I wanted to tell you about that.  But before I review the product itself,…
Natural Eyes palette by Too Faced
Beauty Products & Reviews

Product Review: Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette (original, not matte)

In mid March, one of my very favorite YouTubers, Emily Eddington, reviewed various palettes including this one: the new matte Natural Eyes palette by Too Faced.  During her review she compared it to the original Natural Eyes palette (same colors, but with shimmery finishes rather than matte), and it caught my attention, so I picked it up at Ulta over the weekend. I’m a sucker for high-end eye shadow palettes, but I never noticed this…
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Smashbox Double Exposure video

Thumbs up to Smashbox!  They created an interactive video marketing campaign to get their fans involved in promoting their new Smashbox Double Exposure 2 palette.  The campaign allowed users to create an altered “double exposure” image of themselves simply by uploading a photo.  Then the photo submissions were used to make a video which was projected above the city streets in LA. I got an email from Smashbox today with links to the new Double…
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Eye shadow addiction: high end vs. drug store eye shadows

Beauty products fascinate me. I have a particular affinity (read: addiction) for eye shadows because there’s such a wide selection of colors and shimmers.  Over the past few years I have really started to appreciate certain characteristics of eye shadows.  My favorites meet these three criteria: So finely milled that they almost feel creamy Highly pigmented. If you’re new to cosmetics addiction, this basically means that they are loaded with color.  With one swipe you…