Inventory: Large eyeshadow palettes

Posted on March 04, 2017 under Inventory

I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and start an inventory series on my blog to showcase everything I have and give products I don’t mention much a chance in the spotlight. I’m kicking things off with a category which interests me but is manageable. (I’m afraid to do lipstick, guys.) I have a fair amount of eyeshadow, so I’m focusing on my big palettes today. I’ll do smaller palettes, quints, quads, and trios in another post, and singles in yet another. I’m not sure if my next inventory post will be eyeshadow or if I’ll bounce over to another category of makeup. We’ll have to see where my whims take me.

I currently have five larger shadow palettes, which I think is a pretty good number. There’s a lot of variety within those five palettes, but it’s a manageable number and I can use each one of them regularly. I’d say that eyeshadow is my second biggest makeup love, next to lipstick. Lipstick got me into makeup, but once I figured out how to apply eyeshadow to my eye shape I never looked back.

I’ll likely arrange the products differently in future posts depending on what makes most sense (for example, I’ll do lipstick by colour family), but today I’m just going to speak about these in chronological order of when they came into my collection.

Urban Decay Naked 3

Like a number of items in my makeup collection, this was a very generous gift from Aisling, who didn’t like the rose-gold shades in this palette on herself. I went to visit her in Brighton and came out of it with a snazzy palette! Out of all three full-sized Naked palettes, this one seems to be the most contentious. Some people love it, but most people don’t use it as much as the Naked 1 and 2. I can see why: it has a much clearer colour story, and you can’t get that many different looks out of it. It’s a rosy, soft palette. I actually really enjoy these colours and have quite a few go-to looks I can create with them. These shadows are definitely not the best quality I’ve used (my Anastasia, Kat Von D, and LORAC palettes all easily best this one in terms of pigmentation and blendability), but most of them are perfectly fine. (The shade Buzz is a notable exception; it’s a bit of a mess.) I have to be in a specific mood to use this palette and it’s not the type of thing I’d throw into a suitcase with the knowledge that it’ll cover all my bases, but I do like it.

LORAC Pro

This palette got a tonne of hype back in the day and now we barely hear anything about it in the land of beauty blogging, which I suppose is the natural cycle. I wasn’t really that interested in it (probably because we can’t get LORAC in Canada) until I saw it on r/makeupexchange for $35 and had to do it. In contrast with the UD Naked 3, this is a palette I travel with, because I feel like I can get a million different looks out of it. There are a few shades that I feel are redundant, but there are so many that are absolutely glorious that I can overlook that. Gold is my favourite gold shadow ever and a staple of my go-to look for any special event I have.

Stila Eyes are the Window – Spirit

I lusted after this palette for at least a year and a half until spending my Optimum points on it in early 2016, and I use it less than I thought I would. There are a few standout shades in here; my favourite is the burgundy, Pigalle. Between the time I first saw it and when I actually bit the bullet and bought it, I accumulated enough neutral eyeshadow that this palette is actually kind of redundant in my collection. I still like it and use it, but not as often as I’d imagined. These shadows are quite sheer – though not unpigmented – so they’d be better suited for someone who prefers to build up colour slowly.

Kat Von D Shade and Light

I feel too icky about Kat Von D to buy any more of her products, but this palette really is phenomenally good. These are some of the creamiest, most blendable mattes I’ve come across. This palette is great for self-contained looks and it’s the perfect complement to those palettes that just aren’t complete on their own. I can get such a variety of looks out of this palette: warm, cool, soft, smokey… If you don’t like shadows that kick up a lot of powder I’d avoid this, but if you don’t mind that too much then this palette really is great.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

You guys, this is my favourite palette. It just is. I know I’m so two-thousand-and-late here, but I just can’t think of a more perfect palette for my tastes. Setting aside the fact that the shadows are beautiful quality (which they are), every single colour makes sense to me. There’s not one shade in this palette that I don’t use happily. I love that I can do a variety of neutral looks but that there are also interesting, bold colours. This palette is just so well thought-out and interesting yet complete. I’ll have a full review with several looks up at some point.

This is likely more eyeshadow than any human could ever go through in a lifetime, and that’s not even taking into consideration my smaller palettes and singles. I did just get rid of two palettes, though, and even if I never actually use up all of this eyeshadow each palette fits a slightly different niche in my collection, so I’m happy to hold onto them all for now.

Top 15 products of 2015

Posted on December 20, 2015 under Favourites

You guys are probably bracing yourselves for a flood of these posts, so let’s skip the lengthy introduction and get right into it. These products were not necessarily launched in 2015, but I discovered each of them this year.

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LORAC Pro palette

I may just be the last person on earth to discover this palette – but timing notwithstanding, I’m glad I did. From the moment it came into my possession this summer, I’ve scarcely put it down. I firmly believe that it’s the perfect neutral palette – every shade is pigmented and blendable, there’s an even mixture of mattes and shimmers, and there are the standard neutral colours and a few interesting ones. Without a doubt if I could only have one palette it would be this one. My only complaint is that LORAC is so hard to get ahold of in Canada!

MAC 217 brush

I know there are people who don’t think this brush lives up to its hype, but clearly I’m not one of them. I didn’t realize how inadequate the blending brush I had was until this one came into my life this summer. I feel like a good blending brush is one of the most important makeup tools a person can have in their arsenal, and this is the best one I’ve used so far.

Lancôme Hypnôse mascara

I hate when absurdly-priced products are actually good, don’t you? I’m viscerally opposed to paying Sephora prices for mascara; there are good options at the drugstore, samples are aplenty, and I cannot make myself pay $30+ for something that’s supposed to be thrown out after three months. I got this as a gift from my wonderful friend Kristin, and it really is as good as everyone says. You may know from previous mascara reviews that mascara does not excite me; I rarely hate them and I rarely love them. So for this to wow me really means something. It builds volume and length effortlessly and is not the least bit clumpy. It also doesn’t flake or smudge under my eyes at all. Basically, it’s totally worth the hype. Would I pay full price for it? No. Would I spend Shoppers Optimum points to get it again? Yes. Definitely.

Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil

Black eye pencils are obviously a staple in most people’s makeup routines, but it can be difficult to find the right one. I’ve struggled to find one that was opaque, soft, smooth, and that actually stayed put. This one is perfect for tightlining as it absolutely does not transfer onto my lower waterline at all, and it takes forever to fade. The texture is perfect – it glides on comfortably and doesn’t scratch my delicate eyes. And it is truly a rich, opaque black. All in all, this is seriously the perfect black pencil.

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NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Cruella

Have you ever tried an oft-talked-about beauty product and thought, “Yep, I get it now”? That was my experience with this lip product. Obviously, most of us North American beauty lovers are now in possession of a mini of it thanks to the Sephora birthday gift – and can I just say, what a great birthday gift it is! 2013 and 2014’s offerings didn’t do much for me, but this one was legitimately great. There is nothing I don’t love about Cruella. The colour is dramatic and beautiful; it glides on so smoothly (and accurately, thanks to the shape of the pencil); it lasts forever. The moment I put it on my lips I thought Where have you been all my life?

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

I was not a fan of the much-hyped Ambient Lighting Powders, but the blushes are worth every penny of their $41 CAD price tag. Never have I encountered such soft, blendable, long-lasting blushes with the perfect level of pigmentation and the slightly glow-y effect afforded by the swirls of ALPs throughout the pan. I just wish they’d bring out more shades! (Since taking this picture I’ve added another one to my collection, which means there’s only one colour left that I really want. Please expand the line, Hourglass!!!)

Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished

This is the most-loved highlighter in my collection; it works so well with my fair, cool skin and is simply gorgeous on its own. It’s pearlescent and ethereal and I will never stop loving it. A makeup product hasn’t excited me this much in ages.

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Boots Botanics Replenishing Night Cream

I purchased this night cream for only £4 – bargain! However, even at its full price of £8, it’s hardly prohibitively expensive. I reviewed it positively about six weeks into using it, and having finished the tub I can say that I would absolutely repurchase it if I could get it here in Canada! My face always felt soft, smooth, supple, and healthy in the mornings when I was using this, which is no small feat considering I’m chronically dry. The smell was also divine. If I make it back to the UK I will be popping into Boots posthaste to get another tub of this!

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum

This serum made such a huge difference when used under my night cream. Whereas most people seem to suffer from oiliness in their T-zone, my nose is absolutely parched and flaky year-round. This serum has been extremely effective at combatting this particular problem, but it’s still a lightweight texture that sinks in instantly. I absolutely adore it and will most likely repurchase it when I run out.

Marina Miracle Sweet & Creamy Oil Cleanser*

I adore this cleanser. I adore that although it contains oils it’s a creamy texture, meaning it’s not as messy to use as a regular oil. I adore how well it gets my makeup off. I adore that it washes off easily without leaving an oily film on my skin. I adore how supple and hydrated it makes my skin. I adore the smell. It’s the best cleanser I’ve ever used, and I do not say that lightly!

Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment*

This is another product that I did not want to like on the basis of its price ($46 CAD), but I really do love it. For such a lightweight, unobtrusive texture, it does a great job at keeping my perpetually chapped lips looking and feeling reasonable. It’s effective on its own during the day, and at night I like to seal it in with a layer of Vaseline to trap all that moisture. I always wake up with the softest lips!

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+*

I was sceptical about this product’s ability to perform well enough to do something about my KP-ravaged arms and legs considering its thin texture. And while it does sink in quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy or sticky cast, somehow it manages to do to my legs what almost no other body product has.

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Avène High Protection Spray SPF 50+

This sunscreen is the perfect product for a) lazy people who hate spending more than 20 seconds applying sunscreen to their bodies, b) people who hate the greasy feeling most sunscreens leave, or c) all of the above. This sunscreen is singlehandedly responsible for my skin getting not a lick of sun this summer.

L’Occitane Almond Oil

If it looks like I haven’t touched this bottle, it’s because I haven’t! I’ve already used up a mini, and I finally treated myself to a full size bottle the other day. I feel a bit silly dropping $24 on almond oil, but it is that good. I use it to shave my legs, and despite it being on my skin for only a fleeting moment before being washed off, I swear my legs feel amazing straight out of the shower. And you only need the tiniest bit, so $24 CAD goes a long, long way. This is one of those products that is undeniably an indulgence – but it’s one of my favourite indulgences ever.

Ice Cream Dry-T hair mask

You guys are probably sick of me talking about how damaged my hair is. I’m stubborn and continue bleaching my roots every few months, and one day my hair will all fall out of my head at once, but that day is being delayed by this hair mask. My hair actually, miraculously, feels smooth, soft, and alive when I use this (which is every time I wash my hair, because otherwise I can’t run a brush through it). It’s nothing short of a miracle. And at only $10 for a 500mL tub, I don’t even feel bad buying it.

2015 was a great year in terms of beauty discoveries – I found some fun things as well as some things that have become can’t-live-without-it, would-follow-it-into-hell staples in my beauty stash. Not too bad!

I’m working non-stop this month (ah, retail in December), so I’m not sure if I’ll have another post for you guys before 2016. In the event that this is my last post of 2015, I hope your holidays are relaxing and fun and your new year brings you only good things!

Some recent looks #3

Posted on November 18, 2015 under FOTD

It’s been awhile since I last posted makeup pictures, and I have a bit of a backlog. Let’s cut the preamble and jump right into it. As always, shades I used in palettes are marked with a very crude pink star.

All Burgundy All The Time

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I love eyeshadows that look good on their own, that you can just slap on and blend out at the edges and call it a day. I mean, crafting a complex eye look is fun and all, but I don’t always have time for that – yet I don’t want to sacrifice looking like I’m an eyeshadow master. I also love magenta/burgundy/berry/plum, and since it’s fall it just makes sense to put a bunch of stuff in that shade range on my face. I love how this monochrome look turned out!

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Foundation: Revlon Nearly Naked in 110 Ivory
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 on blemishes; Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener under the eyes
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
Blush: Sleek blush in Flushed
Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Highlight: NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: theBalm Alice Copper all over the eyelid and on the lower lashline
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner in Intense Black on the top lashline; Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black to tightline and on lower waterline
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse (original)
Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria

One-Shadow Olive

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Remember how I said I’m into one-shadow looks? Yeah. Here’s another one. This was also my attempt to get more into my BalmJovi palette, which has some gorgeous shades shades that were just made for fall. Since the eyes on this one were pretty dark, I went for a light lipstick to balance it all out.

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Foundation: Revlon Nearly Naked in 110 Ivory
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 on blemishes; Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener under the eyes
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
Blush: Benefit Dandelion
Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Highlight: theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: theBalm Lead Zeppelin all over the lid and on the lower lashline; theBalm Iron Maid-In on the inner corners
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner in Intense Black on the top lashline; Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black to tightline
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse (original)
Lipstick: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss #17

Celebratory Gold Glitter

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So, you may have heard that Canada has a new Prime Minister. Like most Canadians in my demographic (students living in a big city), I was vehemently opposed to Stephen Harper, who was PM for almost ten years. This was my first federal election, and while my local candidate did not win (:() and while I’m not a huge Liberal supporter, I’m excited just to be done with Harper! My American roommate was into the election too, and we watched the entire thing together.

The next day I decided to go all out with the gold and glitter to celebrate the fact that Canada can put Harper behind us. I also went with a warm red lipstick and peach blush, because they were pretty together and made me happy.

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Foundation: Revlon Nearly Naked in 110 Ivory
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 on blemishes; Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener under the eyes
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Highlight: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: From the LORAC Pro palette: a mixture of Gold and Light Bronze all over the lid; Mauve in the crease (as a transition shade); Sable on the outer corner and lower lashline; Light Bronze in the inner corner; Little Mix by Collection Rock It Liner in Leigh-Anne all over the lid for glitter
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner in Intense Black on the top lashline; Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black to tightline
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse (original)
Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic

Grad Photos

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This is actually a really similar look to my Justin Trudeau-is-PM look, but it’s a classic for a reason! I had my grad photos taken a few weeks ago and obviously I went all out. I decided to do my makeup as close to quintessential Clem as possible. (This is harder than it sounds considering I switch it up all the time!) I like to experiment with eyeshadow, but I would say I’m most comfortable with a light, slightly shimmery, neutral look – so I went with that. Most people said I should go for a natural lipstick colour, but I went with my gut and chose something more me – naturally, Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red. I’m glad about it, because with how fair I am and how washed out the lighting made me I think the red helped make me look alive:

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(I ordered the one on the right!)

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Foundation: Revlon Nearly Naked in 110 Ivory
Concealer: MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer in NC15 on blemishes; Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener under the eyes
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte
Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat
Contour: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Highlight: Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished
Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Eye primer: NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eyeshadow: From the Stila In the Light palette: Kitten all over the lid and in the inner corner; Bliss in the crease; Sandstone in the outer corner and on the lower lashline
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner in Intense Black on the top lashline; Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black to tightline
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse (original)
Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red

And that’s what’s been on my face this fall!