Review and Swatches: Dolce & Gabbana Eye Shadow Quad in Eden

Hey guys,

Over the past year or so I’ve collected a few of the Dolce & Gabbana eye shadow quads through out my travels. So I thought it would be about time to review and swatch them for you all. I’d like to start off with the Dolce & Gabbana Quad in Eden ($59). I bought mine in Sephora in Dubai. I know some Sephora.com in the US carries the brand and I’ve also seen it at Saks Fith Avenue. Unfortunately I haven’t seen it at any beauty retails in Denmark.

First of all, lets talk about how amazingly gorgeous the packaging is on this thing!! The gold packaging and sleek look really make it feel luxe. Plus it’s super sturdy. Sadly it came with two sponge tip applicators…

Dolce&Gabbana_Eden_Quad_CaseDolce&Gabbana_Eden_Quad_3The quad boasts four light pastel shades in matte and satin finishes with the DG emblem engraved.

Dolce&Gabbana_Eden_QuadDolce&Gabbana_Eden_Quad_1Unfortunately the shades have no name but here’s a few swatches so you can see them up close.

Dolce&Gabbana_Eden_Quad_SwatchesFrom left to right:

  • Off white cream shade with a satin to matte finish. Very creamy and smooth texture. The pigmentation is fantastic as well. It looks absolutely gorgeous as an inner corner highlight.
  • Cool toned pink with shimmer finish. This is the sheerest shade in the quad but its gorgeous in the crease or as a transition shade above the crease.
  • Sea foam mint green shade with matte finish. Slightly powdery texture but smooth at the same time.  Great pigmentation when used with a base.
  • Cool toned light grey with matte finish. This is a really unique shade. Great pigmentation, very smooth. This looks amazing in the crease with a bit of the pink buffed on the edge.

THE VERDICT:

4/5 for this unique quad (from now on my rating will be out of 5 to match the Rich Snippets Ratings in word press!!). The colors are gorgeous, so light and fresh. Perfect for creating ethereal summer looks. They swatch beautifully and opaque. On the eyes they are not as opaque but with a good base or a white base the colors really pop. I’ve heard some mixed reviews about this guy but for me it’s a total hit. The color payoff is pretty good for light and pastel shades. The texture is amazing on this bad boy, really soft and smooth. The longevity was great but I’m pretty sure it was the eye primer that did the trick 😀 The down fall of this product is definitely the price!!!

Have any of you tried a quad or other products from the Dolce & Gabbana makeup range? I’d love to hear you opinions 😀

Hugs from Beauty Land

June Favorites

Hey guys and dolls,

So July is here and that means its that time of month again…where I share all my favorite beauty and makeup products from this past month 😀

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This time around is a bit different because Ive been traveling but of course Ive brought some of my most loved and used products.

June_Beauty_Favoryes_Smashbox_CCCreamFor my skin Ive been loving the new Smash Box CC cream. I have it in the shade Light/Medium. The coverage is great for a CC type cream, it really does a great job at color correcting, especially the redness around my nose and chin. It makes my skin glow and its feels very light weight. Its super hydrating and I haven’t experienced any breakout with it either. The finish is on the dewy side. I do find that I tend to get a little extra shiny at the end of the day but a little bit of MUFE HD powder on top solves the problem.

June_Beauty_Favorites_MUFE_Pro_Finish_PowderIve also been really impressed with the MUFE Pro Finish Powder. I use it on its own for light coverage or use it on top of the CC cream to set and to add a little more coverage!!

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The Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NC20 I usually use in winter for covering blemishes. But now its way too light and it works amazing as an under eye concealer and brightener. It doesn’t crease on me and is definitely long wearing. It’s super natural looking too. Really loving this product 😀

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The Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is just WOW for setting the under eye area!!! Its almost translucent and really reflects light nicely. Its really perfect for light skin tones.

June_Beauty_Favorites_UrbanDecay_24/7_PencilIve been keeping my eyes pretty simple these last few weeks. So for a pop of color I like to add the UD 24/7 eyeliner pencil in Covet in my lower waterline.

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I also like to use the D&G Crayon Intense eyeliner in nr. 22 in my waterline. Its a fun alternative to a nude color in the waterline. It brightens the eye area but in a funky fresh way.

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Im all about fun and bright lips in the summer especially corals. Razzler Dazzler from Mac is my ultimate fave at the moment. Its the perfect light peachy coral pink. Love it!!

Well those were some of my most used and loved products of the past month. What were your most loved beauty items?

Hugs from Beauty Land

March Monthly Favorites and Mini Reviews

Hey there 😀

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I thought it would be fun to jump on the monthly favorites band wagon and share all my fave goodies. Im hopefully gonna be making this a regular thing around here 😀 Well lets just get to it, here’s what I liked this month of March and why 😀

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Dermologica Age Smart Skin Protecting Primer: Love love love this stuff. It works wonders, fills in pores and tiny fine lines, has SPF 30 in it and makes my foundation slide on soooooo smoothly!! It feels really light and soft on the face, plus it smells like white tea or something of the sort which is super refreshing in the mornings.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in shade 2.0: woowiii that was a long title, and that’s the only bad thing about this foundation. This is my go to gem on a daily basis. Its works great on my dry to combination skin (mostly dry though, and slightly oily in the t-zone in the summer). This foundation gives a light to medium to build-able coverage, I like the more light coverage for myself, as I use it mainly to even out my skin tone, so that works well for me :) It leaves my face with a nice dewy complexion, it blends easily, doesn’t cake up and has long lasting power when locked in with powder (I’ve never tried it without powder so I don’t know about the longevity on it’s own).

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil in DEA: Creamy, smooth consistency, covers imperfections and blemishes really well. I keep coming back to this guy, it never creases under my eyes and matches my skin perfectly.

Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose: This is a great liquid highlighter without any sparkle or glitter or shimmer. I use it on the high planes of my face (down my nose, chin, cupids bow) and under my eyes to really get that bright and fresh look. Its a great color for pale skin, blends perfectly. And I really like the applicator, the pen and click is super easy to use as you can control how much product you want to dispense. I just blend it out with my tapered blending brush from CoolCos, my beauty blender or any cosmetics sponge.

Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder: I use this everyday to set my under eye concealer and almost everyday on the rest of my face. Its so soft and finely milled, looks great in pics and even fills in my fine lines.

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Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle: Perfect highlighter. I like to use this on my cheek bones, inner corner of my eyes and eye brow bone. It just gives the most radiant and subtle glow. Really a wow product.

Too faced Milk Chocolate Soliel Bronzer: This is the only bronzer I use, (well apart from the Urban Decay Baked Bronzer which I cant find and super bummed about ) and I also use the original chocolate soleil in the summer or when I want a super sculpted look. It blends easily, isn’t orange, is completely matte, and smells like choco…..yummmmiiii!!!

Mac Cream Soda Blush from Archie’s Girl Collection (satin finish): This is basically the only blush I’ve worn since i bought it a few weeks ago. Love the fresh peachy color, and although it’s a satin finish it looks almost matte on the face. It just gives a bright and playful look to everything 😀

Monthly_Favorites_March_Cheeks_EyesMonthly_Favorites_March_Eyes_D&GNYX High Definition Shadow Base: Ive been flip flopping between my mac paint pot in painterly and this bad boy and I have to say this guy is the winner. I do love my  paint pot  but sometimes it’s a bit drying yet i also has the tendency to creases on me..depending on my skin that day!! But this NYX primer does the trick, its moisturizing, stops creasing, makes my shadow pop and last all day and night. Its at a super value too…Definitely going to repurchase this when I  run out.

Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Desert: Includes four buttery and velvet eye shadows, three matte shades in bone, tan and cocoa, and one stain finish in mahogany. This has been my go to eye shadow quad at the moment. It has all the shades I need to create a subtle look but also a smoky night time look. The dark cocoa brown works great as a liner too. Its also small enough and very practical for travel. Oh and how cute is that leopard print packaging!!! I would die for more of these quads but the price is pretty steep, thankfully my sister gave me this 😀

Tarte EmphasEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof liner in Bronze: Metallic brown clay/gel liner. Easy to use, lasts all day, doesn’t smear, doesn’t make my eyes water and works wonders on the waterline. I actually like to dip an eye kohl pencil in the liner and run it along my water line, its quick and efficient 😀 I would definitely love to try more of these guys.

Monthly_Favorites_March_Eyes_Tarte_MAC_EyelashCurlerTarte MultiplEye Lash Primer: Wonderful little buddy in a tube. Strengthens and enhances my lashes before mascara application. It works great with many different mascaras, Benefit They’re Real, Armani Eyes to Kill and of course the Tarte mascaras.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara: Lengthens and Volumizes. The formula isn’t too wet or too dry but just perfect for my liking. The brush is also really nice, its pretty standard but I really like it because it isn’t too big but it delivers in a big way. I have the non-waterproof version. I cant imagine how heavy duty that one is because this one feels virtually waterproof minus all the hassle removing it at night.

Mac Extended Play Lash Mascara: This little baby is fantastic. I actually got this for free with a purchase at Mac about 6 months ago, and it’s lasted me up until now, I’ve already gone out and purchased a new one for when this one dies out. My favorite part is the tiny little brush. I really like to use it on my bottom lashes, but also on the top for extreme length. Mac recently came out with a new version of this, apparently it’s more black. Would like to try it but when I was there last they were sold out…no biggies cuz I defo have a few mascaras needing to be used up.

Tarte Eye Lash Curler: Great everyday tool, couldn’t live without it. It doesn’t snag or pull at my lashes. Creates a beautiful curl and even comes with an extra pad 😀

Monthly_Favorites_March_EyeBrows_AnastasiaAnasatasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes: This is my go to eyebrow kit everyday at the moment. The wax is great so the product can really cling on to something, love that its comes with 2 brow/shadow shades…I can mix them to get the perfect color, or use the dark one in those really sparse places. Oh and that shimmery highlight is to die for..the matte one not so much, its too dark for me but I could imagine it to look great on darker complexions. I also never use the brow stencils, but who knows maybe one day I will. I also set everything off with the Anasatasia Clear Brow Gel. This stuff really seals in the deal…careful though because a little bit goes a really long way…beware of crusty brows!!!! LOL!!!

Monthly_Favorites_March_Lips_BobbiBrown_YSL_Collection2000Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15: Great lip balm, does the job and even looks really pretty on, it gives a really beautiful shine to the lips.

YSL Sheer Volupte Shine in Color 5: This vibrant shiny pink is my go to color, its fast and idiot proof, the color is sheer and shiny but can be built up for a more intense look. These lipsticks are just la creme de la creme, they are so soft, moisturizing and they even taste like watermelons 😀

Collection 2000 Love your Lips Lip Gloss in Passion 3: What a fun lip gloss. Love the sheer vibrant pink, looks great over almost any lipstick. Its not sticky at all, its actually really soft and hydrating. It even has SPF 20 in it for that added protection. I also bought a nude version of this with some glitter in..they were on clearance at my super market for so cheap that I couldn’t pass it up and I’m glad that I didn’t.

I have really been enjoying a lot of products at the moment and these guys I’ve been reaching for basically on a daily basis. Here’s what it looks like all together and on a face (well my face..lol!!!!).

Monthly_Favorites_March_FaceLook_D&GI also got a really cool photo app for my Iphone5 called PicFrame (it’s what I used to make the black boarders and frames), hopefully it will help make my pics look prettier because lord knows I’m no photographer!!! I hope I didn’t bore you with this super long post, but I thought it was fun 😀 I would love to hear about your favorite products of the month or moment!!!

Hugs from Beauty Land