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MAC Eye Shadow Collection & Swatches

MAC Eye Shadow Collection and Swatches

Palette #1

MAC Palette 1

MAC Palette 1 Names

Swatches: Daylight – Outside

MAC Palette 1 Row 1

Blanc Type, Shroom, Naked Lunch, All the Glitters, Kid

MAC Palette 1 Row 2

Mole Skin (LE), Soft Brown, Texture, Saddle, Swiss Chocolate

MAC Palette 1 Row 3

Coquette, Espresso, Corduroy, Embark, Brown Script

MAC Palette 1 Shades

Palette #2

MAC Palette 2

MAC Palette 2 Names

Swatches: Daylight – Outside

MAC Palette 2 Row 1

Ricepaper, Woodwinked, Mulch, Sable, Satin Taupe

MAC Palette 2 Row 2

Dear Cupcake (LE), Trax, Stars N’ Rockets, Fig. 1, Moth Brown (LE)

MAC Palette 2 Row 3

Samoa Silk, Ablaze (LE), Paradisco, Expensive Pink, Coppering

MAC Palette 2 Shades

I did a bit of back to school shopping a few days ago and bought the last three eye shadow pans I needed to fill my palettes so I was finally able to do this post which I’ve been wanting to do for months. I really hope you like it! If you have some eye shadows in pot form that you want to put in a palette check out my post on how to de-pot MAC eye shadows here.

What are your favorite MAC eye shadows?! Leave them in a comment below so I can check them out!


Disclaimer: Sorry for my absence! I put my heart and soul into these blog posts which is a blessing and a curse at the same time because it can get very stressful. Sometimes it takes me two days to edit photos and get one post out but I just want the final product to be as perfect as possible for my readers. I love blogging and don’t plan on stopping any time soon. However, I do want to give a fair warning that posts might be sporadic especially with my last year of college starting in about a week and a half. Thank you all for understanding!



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Top 10 Beauty Products Under $10 | Volume II

Top 10 MORE Beauty Products Under $10

1) Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Vibrant Mandarin

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids

2) The Wet Brush

Wet Brush

3) Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

4) Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil

5) Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

6) NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer Face Powder in Sunny

NYC Sunny Bronzer

7) E.L.F. Spoolie Brush

Elf Spoolie Brush

8) Stila Lip Glaze

Stila Lip Glaze

9) Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

10) Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer

Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer

What better way to celebrate another hump day than sharing more beauty steals with you! Check back soon for my monthly favorites and even more favorite products under $10!


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Matte Eye Shadow Palettes (Thoughts, Swatches & Photos)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, matte eye shadows are my favorite! So naturally I’m drawn to all matte palettes and have picked up a few over time. I also have quite a few individual matte eye shadows in my MAC palette, but I plan on doing a separate post for that in the next few weeks so today I’ll just be sharing my all matte palettes. I’ll be giving my thoughts, photos and swatches of all the palettes/shadows. Enough yapping Katie, let’s get started!

Matte Eye Shadow Palette

Meet Matt(e) Nude

Meet Matte Nude Palette

Meet Matte Nude Swatches

Price: $42
Can be found at theBalm.com or occasionally on HauteLook.com

Quick thoughts:

Pros: AMAZING packaging with a large mirror. Nice range of shades. The shadows are pigmented, have a creamy consistency and blend well.

Cons: The lights shades can be a bit powdery but nothing a little tapping can’t solve!

Find more here.
Find MOTD using this palette here.

Naked Basics

Naked Basics Palette

Naked Basics Palette Swatches

Price: $27
Can be found at Ulta, Ulta.com, Sephora, Sephora.com or UrbanDecay.com

Quick thoughts:

Pros: Compact packaging with a decent size mirror. Six perfect shades to create a look or to add additional matte shadows to either of the larger Naked palettes. As usual for Urban Decay these shadows have nice pigmentation, are extremely creamy and blend out with little effort.

Cons: I’m not a fan of the packaging. I say this because it can be veryyyy difficult to open. If your nails are painted, good luck not chipping them trying to open it!

***However, I was able to solve this problem with the help of my stepdad. We used the blade of a box cutter to shave down the little nub at the opening a bit and it now opens with ease! I’d highly recommend doing this if you had the same problem with your palette but be careful not to shave the nub down too, too much because then your palette won’t stay closed at all anymore.***

Eye On Neutral

Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Palette

Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Palette Swatches

Price: $19.99
Can be purchased at Target, Target.com or SoniaKashuk.com

Quick Thoughts:

Pros: Nice, wide range of shades. The shadows are very pigmented, creamy and blendable. The side of the palette slides out and has a flip book with three different looks you can create using these shadows.

Cons: Although I like the clear top there is no mirror included on the packaging which can be a problem for some. The lightest shade is a bit chalky but again, nothing a little tapping can’t solve.

Round Up

Meet Matt(e) Nude wins for packaging, Naked Basics wins for size but overall if I were to recommend one of these palettes it would be Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral. I may be a little biased because I love, love, love this palette. It’s been a favorite, go-to palette of mine since I purchased it last summer. Taking price, quality and the amount of shadows into consideration I think it’s the best option. You can’t beat having twelve highly pigmented, blendable shadows at a $19.99 pricetag!

Sorry this post is a few days late, it was a bit overcast on Friday so I wasn’t able to get good shots of the palettes until Sunday afternoon.

Have you tried any of these palettes? What were your thoughts? Or do you have other matte eye shadow palettes you think I should try out? Leave a comment!

– Katie


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MOTD: 2/20/2013

MOTD 2-20-2013 Blog

Products used:

MOTD 2-20-2013 Products


Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer
Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup – 200 Sand Beige
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser – 215 Fair/Light
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser – Light
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural – Medium
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder – 720A Sunny
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder – Original
Benefit Powder Blush – Sugarbomb


E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit – Medium
E.L.F. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara


MAC Paint Pot – Painterly
The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette – Matt Malloy, Matt Singh, Matt Rosen & Matt Garcia
MAC Eye Shadow – Sweet Joy (LE) & Moleskin (LE)
CoverGirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara – 800 Very Black


Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter – Lollipop

MOTD 2-20-2013

My first impression of the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette along with other matte eyeshadow palettes will be up on Friday so check back for that.

– Katie

Click here for photos and swatches of the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette.

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The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette (Photos and Swatches)

Outside Packaging

Meet Matte Nude Packaging - Front

Meet Matte Nude Packaging - Back

Inside Packaging

Meet Matte Nude Packaging - Open

I absolutely loveeee The Balm’s packaging. I think they have one of the best, if not the best packaging out of all the beauty brands out there. I especially love the cover of the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette. Last year The Balm released their original Meet Matt(e) palette which featured Matt fully clothed on the cover and since this is the neutral or “nude” version they decided to have Matt in his “birthday suit” on the cover. I just think it’s a brilliant idea, kudos to whoever at The Balm that thought of it!

Eye Shadow Close-Up

Meet Matte Nude Palette Close up

Another thing I love about the Meet Matt(e) palettes is the naming of the individual shadows. Each of the shadows in both palettes are coincidently named after a different Matt, which I find completely adorable!


Meet Matte Nude Swatches

I can’t say too much about the quality of these shadows because so far all I’ve done is these small swatches. I plan on doing a MOTD post using this palette later in the week so I can update you with my true first impression then. However, I did notice the lighter shades (Matt Malloy and Matt Lombardi) were a bit chalky which is disappointing.

Overall, my impressions of the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette are pretty positive up to this point. I look forward to using the shadows in a complete look on Wednesday so be on the look out for that post!

Has anyone tried this palette yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Leave them in a comment below.

– Katie

Meet Matt(e) Nude retails for $42 and can be found at TheBalm.com or occasionally on HauteLook for around 50% off (I purchased mine from Hautelook at the beginning of February).


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Urban Decay Smoked Eye Pencil Set Swatches

Uzi: dark gunmetal grayish taupe with micro glitter.

Zero: matte black.

Demolition: matte dark brown.

Smog: shimmery copper.

Empire: deep eggplant purple – satin finish.

Mainline: matte dark teal.

These pencils are just like any other Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencils… very pigmented, unbelievably creamy and apply like butter. Oh! And don’t even get me started on the staying power… it’s amazing! I tried to remove these swatches immediately after taking this last picture and they wouldn’t budge! I was thoroughly impressed!

This set retails for $38 but I lucked out and purchased it for 20% off during the Urban Decay friends and family sale. However, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to purchase any of the 24/7 glide-on eye pencils for full price. Well worth it in my opinion!

What is your favorite Urban Decay product? Leave it a comment below.

– Katie

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Limited Edition Baby Lips Review + Swatches

I don’t know about you but when I hear or see the words “limited edition” I go crazyyyyy! So when I heard that Maybelline had released some limited edition Baby Lips I knew I had to hunt them down and snatch them up! I searched at a few different stores but the only place I found them was at Walgreens.

There are 3 new limited edition shades that come in two out of three limited edition twin packs. The twin packs retail for $7.99 each at Walgreens. 

Since one of the twin packs has two permanent shades which I already own I decided to only pick up the two other packs that had the limited edition shades plus an additional permanent shade I didn’t have yet.

 Pack #1

Pink Wink: Light pink that slightly nudes out the lips while adding a baby pink tint. I would compare this to the permanent Pink Punch shade only lighter and a bit less pigmented. You may laugh at this but I’d pin the scent of Pink Wink to the smell of Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape Gum. Yes, that exact scent. (Who else remembers that stuff?!)

 Pack #2

Twinkle: This is my least favorite of the limited edition shades. It’s a very light pinky-peach in the tube but goes on completely clear. I also don’t care for the scent. I’m not exactly sure what the scent is but it’s definitely a miss…

Coral Crush: Orangey-coral when applied. Smells like it’s trying to be fruity or tangerine scented but this scent was a miss for me too. I really like this shade and hope they’ll make it permanent but something needs to change with the scent.


Like the smell of one, like the color pay off of two but other than those flaws they’re the same ol’ same ol’ Baby Lips. Since I love the formulation of Baby Lips so much I’ll give the limited edition shades…. 3 stars!

If you wanted to pick up any of the twin packs I’d recommend getting either the pack with Quenched and Pink Punch (both permanent shade and my favorites!) or the pack with the limited edition shades Coral Crush and Twinkled if you’re a fan of coral like I am.

Happy shopping!

– Katie

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