More Palettes For Fall 2014

palettes fall 2014

I love palettes. I feel I get better value for money when I buy a palette with lots of different shades rather than a single eyeshadow or blush. Just as long as I like and use all the shades, of course. They also make it easier to figure out what colours go well together. This fall, there are plenty to choose from. I have already showed you four eyeshadow palettes that caught my eye, but there are more than have made it on my wishlist:

GIVENCHY LES MINI PRISMES ($39.00)
This is the most beautiful palette I’ve seen this year. It’s a mini compact drawer box that features must-have shades for eyes, face, and cheeks, plus applicators. The first drawer houses the Purple Show 71 Eyeshadow Quad. The second the Beige Mousseline 84 powder. The third the Vintage Pink 22 Powder Blush. Finally, you’ll find brushes for an easier application in the bottom drawer. It’s available at Sephora.

SMASHBOX ON THE ROCKS PHOTO OP EYE SHADOW PALETTE ($36.00)
Add a touch of luxe to your eyes! This gorgeous palette features 12 neutral and jewel-inspired shades of Smashbox’s Photo Op Eye Shadows: Vanilla, Opus, Obsidian, Blacktop, Mist, Coronation, Confectionette, Bourbon, Midnight Emerald, Chianti, Sapphires and Nutmeg. I also love the packaging. It reminds me of an old CD case. The palette’s available exclusively at Ulta.

JASON WU FOR LANCOME SIX-PAN EYESHADOW PALETTE ($51.00)
This beautiful palette features six eyeshadows in rich autumn colours, such as luscious browns, a lavish green, and a mysterious dark blue. They have metallic and matte finishes to give your eyes a sophisticated, but slightly shiny, look. It’s available at Nordstrom.

URBAN DECAY SHADOW BOX ($34.00)
This versatile palette contains 12 colourful, rich, and neutral shades that are perfect for fall: Sin Champagne (Shimmer), Indo Emerald (Shimmer), Bordello Pale mauve with gold micro-glitter (Sparkle), Tornado Vibrant deep purple (Shimmer), Smog Deep coppery bronze (Shimmer), Blackout Blackest black (Matte), Flash Bright iridescent purple (Shimmer), Mushroom Warm pale grey (Shimmer), Lost Medium metallic brown (Shimmer), Freelove Golden vibrant peach (Shimmer), Moonshadow Bright navy blue (Shimmer), and Baked Cowboy Golden bronze (Shimmer). It’s another Ulta exclusive.

Which one is your favourite?

4 New Eyeshadow Palettes For Fall 2014

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Pretty eyeshadow palettes are so hard to resist, aren’t they? And so many tempting new ones have been released in time for fall. Here are those that ended up on my wishlist:

NYX SUEDE EYESHADOW PALETTE($12.00)
This travel-friendly palette features 8 jewel-inspired shades in shimmery and metallic finishes to help you create a variety of looks from subtle and natural to glamorous and dramatic. The shades included are Nude Pearl, Beige Pearl, Golden Pearl, Light Bronze Pearl, Olive Pearl with Gold Shimmer, Bronze Pearl with Gold Shimmer, Forrest Green Pearl, and Copper Pearl with Shimmer. Available at Nordstrom.

PAUL & JOE EYE COLOR TRIO
Paul & Joe have released three new eyeshadows trio for fall. Silver Screen, which features silver, grayish purple, and true black shades; Le Film, which houses champagne, taupe, and bordeaux hues; and my favourite Technicolor, which contains reddish brown, mustard, and old blue tones. Its compact is decorated with foxes. Ain’t that cool?

MUFE 30 YEARS 30 COLORS 30 ARTISTS PALETTE ($250.00)
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, MUFE has released a gorgeous new eyeshadow palette. It features 30 neutral and colourful shades inspired by 30 makeup artists and their journey within the industry: M100 (Dany Sanz), D104 (Debbie Zoller), ME310 (Ricky Wilson), D320 (Jackie Gomez), ME108 (Viktorija Bowers), ME624 (Ve Neill), M618 (Craig Lindberg), M930 (Stephen Sollitto), ME654 (Mai Quynh), I606 (Darcy Gilmore), I550 (Greg Wencel), M548 (Pati Dubroff), M536 (Jo Baker), M532 (Joyce Bonelli), ME122 (Anthony Merante), M636 (Roshar), I662 (James Vincent), D640 (Melanie Inglessis), ME512 (Anthony Nguyen), D868 (Charles Porlier), ME400 (Luis Casco), I746 (Angelina Avallone), S852 (Frances Hathaway), S742 (Lottie), I922 (Kubuki), D206 (Eryn Krueger Mekash), I340 (Elizabeth Cohen), ME304 (Merell Hollis), ME230 (Jodi Urichuk), and I220 (William Lemon III). Available at Sephora.

ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE EYESHADOW PALETTE RAW GARDEN IN CHRONOS (€55.00)
This palette features 5 hues inspired by the lustre and varying shades seen in the darkness and dancing shadows of the Black Pearls. Champagne Pewter Highlighter is a peachy metallic champagne; Metallic Rosy Brown, a peacock pink and gold shade; Aged Bronze, an interchanging, cool olive metallic; Aubergine Gunmetal, a dark, gold-tinged eggplant-grey metallic; and Midnight Blue Gunmetal, a deep, smoky blue-grey metallic. Available at Rouge Bunny Rouge.

Which of these palettes would you like to try?

5 New Foundations For Fall 2014

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Fall is all about rich, jewel-tone shades for the eyes and vampy hues for the lips. Such bold colours draw attention to the face, which should be flawless. If, like me, you aren’t blessed with a perfect complexion, fake it. A good foundation will easily and quickly do the trick. Here are 5 new ones to try this fall:

LANCOME NUDE MIRACLE ($42.00)
This foundation has an ultralightweight, liquid-to-powder formula that provides a natural matte finish and a light to medium coverage to minimize the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of fatigue. It’s best for combination to oily skin because it can absorb excess oil too. But what intrigues me the most is its dropper. I’m not sure how practical it is, but it’s nice to see something unusual every now and then, isn’t it? It’s available in 14 shades at Sephora.

MAYBELLINE DREAM WONDER FLUID-TOUCH FOUNDATION ($9.99)
Drugstore foundations rarely work for me, mainly because they don’t come in shades fair enough for my skintone, but I hope this will be the exception to the rule. Available in 12 shades it promises a flawless, natural finish. I also love the bottle. How cute is it? Available at Ulta.

YSL FUSION INK FOUNDATION SPF18 ($60.00)
This foundation promises to do it all. According to the press release, it provides high coverage with a lightweight feel, a flawless soft matte finish, broad spectrum protection against UV rays, and sebum-controlling agents that allow it to last for 24 hours in every climate. The lipgloss-like wand applicator is claimed to allow for a more precise application. I’m not convinced, but I’m curious enough to want to give it a go. Available in 21 shades, at Sephora.

BECCA EVER-MATTE SHINE PROOF FOUNDATION ($42.00)
Created for combination to oily skin, this foundation absorbs excess oil, keeping your complexion fresh for hours. It also claims to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, and create a lasting soft-focus effect. It is available in 20 shades, so everyone will be able to find a good match for their skintone. You can get it at Ulta.

KOH GEN DO AQUA FOUNDATION ($48.93)
Available in only 7 shades, this high-definition mineral makeup formula promises to mimic the optical reflectance of a post-facial treatment. According to the brand, its secret is “an RGB powder that enhances the natural tone of your complexion for a brighter, poreless skin texture along with minerals from the deep waters of Bretagne along with botanical emollients and extracts for a beautiful, radiant complexion”. Available at Nordstrom.

Which of these foundations are you most curious to try?

5 New Eye Makeup Products For Summer 2014

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Summer is almost here. Makeup-wise, that means colourful and bold shades, waterproof and longlasting formulas, and dramatic lashes for those nights out. Here are 5 new eye makeup products that are perfect for the hot season:

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00)
This cream eyeshadow has intense colour payoff and a waterproof formula that applies effortlessly on the lid and doesn’t budge. It features a retractable twist-up mechanism for easy application, and a sharpener that makes it convenient to take it everywhere with you for touchups. It’s available in 10 colourful and neutral shades. My favourite is Iridescent Lime Green.

Kat Von D Immortal Lash 24 Hour Mascara ($20.00)
The shape of the wand really intrigues me. It has a double-spiked spiral stem with a rounded tip to grip, curl, and coat each lash from root to end for intense definition. The black shade is very dark and intense too. Plus, the packaging is so pretty!

Sephora 10 Shades Of Samba Waterproof Eyeliner Set ($49.00)
This fun set features 10 waterproof eyeliners in dazzling shades in three different finishes: glitter, matte, and shimmer. The pencils have a creamy and smudgeproof formula that delivers an intense line of colour in just one stroke that promises to last for 12 hours.

Stila Most Wanted Vol. II Eye Liner Duo ($20.00)
This set features two of Stila’s bestselling eyeliners: Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black and Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Violet, a vibrant matte purple. Their waterproof formulas have an intense colour payoff.

Smashbox Santigolden Age Double-Ended Limitless Liner ($24.00)
This double-ended eyeliner, which also doubles up as eyeshadow, has a creamy texture that delivers intense colour payoff that lasts for up to 8 hours. My favourite shade is Green Martian/Yellow Dwarf (mint green and bright yellow, but it is also available in Azurite Is Never Wrong/El Dorado (bright blue and soft gold).

All these products are available at Sephora. Which one is your favourite?

5 Grooming Gift Sets For Men For Holiday 2013

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Are the men in your life into skincare or fragrance? Or would you like them to be and are looking for a grooming set to introduce them to moisturizers and facial cleansers? Here are five options to check out:

1. Kielh’s Energizing Men’s Kit ($45.00)
A mix of classic Kiehl’s products for men on-the-go. It includes: Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub, Facial Fuel Energizing Moisturizer Treatment, Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap, Midnight Recovery Eye, and White Eagle Shave Cream. Available at kiehls.com.

2. Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler For Him ($65.00)
The perfect set for the men who love fragrances, it contains sample sizes of Hugo Boss Bottled Night by Hugo Boss, Bvlgari Man Extreme by Bvlgari, Zegna Uomo by Ermenegildo, Acqua Di Giò by Giorgio Armani, Gentlemen Only by Givenchy, Guilty Pour Homme by Gucci, L’eau D’issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake, “Le Male” by Jean Paul Gaultier, Vintage by John Varvatos, Eau De Lacoste, L.12.12 Blanc by Lacoste, 1 Million by Paco Rabanne, Luna Rossa by Prada, Polo Red by Ralph Lauren, and L’homme by Yves Saint Laurent. It also includes a certificate to the redeem the full size bottle of your favourite scent. Available at sephora.com.

3. Jack Black PureScience Jet Set Traveler ($25.00)
For men who travel a lot, Jack Black has created this small set which features everything you need to cleanse, shave, moisturize and protect your skin while you are away from home. It includes: Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather, and Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20. Available at ulta.com.

4. Anthony Logistics For Men The Essential Traveler Kit ($48.00)
This small kit for travellers is a great introduction to the brand. It features: Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Shave Cream, All Purpose Facial Moisturizer, Invigorating Rush Hair + Body Wash, Advanced Formula Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint and White Tea, and a Quart-size zip top bag. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this kit is donated to prostate cancer research. Available at sephora.com.

5. The Art Of Shaving 4 Elements Starter Kit ($25.00)
Even if the men in your life don’t use moisturizer or fragrance, chances are they shave. This kit contains products that promise a close and comfortable shave: Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, After-Shave Balm, and Trial Size Badger Shaving Brush. It’s available in Sandalwood, Lavender, and, for the men allergic to fragrance, unscented. Available at ulta.com

Which set is your favourite?

8 Stocking Stuffers For Holidays 2013

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Are you looking for a little stocking stuffer for a loved one? Or maybe you would like to give yourself a little treat? Here’s some cute ideas to check out:

1. The Body Shop Mini Chocomania Body Butter ($3.60)
The perfect treat for dry winter skin, this delicious body butter moisturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and smelling like chocolate! Available at thebodyshop-usa.com.

2. Barry M Dazzle Dusts (£4.59)
Available in 60 shades, these loose, highly pearlised powders can be used on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. They can also be added to your nail polish to create new, unique, shades. Available at barrym.com.

3. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick – Icon Mini ($10.00)
This mini sized lipstick delivers a rich and matte colour that goes smoothly on the lips and promises to last up to 14 hours without flaking. The shade is called Icon and it’s a beautiful blue-based red. Available at sephora.com.

4. Lush The Christmas Penguin ($7.45)
How adorable is this little penguin? When it crumbs in the water, it releases a fresh and cheerful orange flower and bergamot scent. Available at lushusa.com.

5. Sleek Makeup I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Lagoon (€9,99)
This gorgeous palette of wearable brights is one of my favourite products from Sleek. The colours are pigmented but soft, making them easy to wear (check out my swatches here if you don’t believe me) and blend easily. If brights really aren’t your thing, you can choose one of the other 12 shades available. Available at sleekmakeup.com.

6. Eyeko Skinny Mini Duo ($10.00)
This kit features mini sizes of the Lengthening Skinny Mini Brush Mascara in Black and the Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner in Black. They both promise to deliver an intense black colour that doesn’t flake nor fade. Available at sephora.com.

7. E.L.F. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder ($3.00)
This sleek duo contains a blush to add a pop of colour to the cheeks and a bronzer to contour cheekbones. It’s available in three shades: St Lucia, Antigua and Turks & Caicos. Available at eyeslipsface.com.

8. Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Edition Vol. III ($10.00)
This cute and travel-friendly palette contains five neutral and colourful shades to create looks for work and play. The shades included are: Light Apricot, Umber, Aquamarine, Soft Violet, and Ocean. Available at sephora.com.

Which one is your favourite?