Summer Beauty Favorites

Hey guys,

Summer is sadly coming to an end and I’ve managed to rotate a lot of my makeup but there have been some items that have been staple pieces the last few months.

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IMG_2497Make Up For Ever HD Foundation: This has been my go to foundation for summer because its super light weight and looks invisible while still providing good coverage.

Make Up For Ever brush 154: Its a flat top brush with dense yet flexible bristles. Great for stippling or buffing for that perfect airbrush-esque finish.

Make Up For Ever HD Powder: Although I tend to have more dry skin in the summer I do get a bit hot and shiny so this stuff really keeps me looking shine free on the hot humid days.

summer_beauty_favorites_eyessummer_beauty_favorites_eyes_macMac Kelly Osbourn Eyeshadow Quad: Ive been reaching for this guy a lot and I just love the compilation of colors. I have swatches and more pics from the collection here

summer_beauty_favorites_cheeksAnastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit: I’m so obsessed with this guy!!!! Its got everything I need for contouring and highlighting plus it’s got great pigmentation, nice smooth texture and good blendability.

Benefit Rockateur Box Blush: This blush is just so insanely gorgeous. I love the amazing glow it leaves on the cheeks in the most beautiful warm pink tone, its just so amazing on sun kissed skin.

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summer_beauty_favorites_lips2Whitening Lightening Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Nude: This has been my most used lip gloss, I always have it with me. Its the best nude gloss ever, and the pigmentation on this guy is out of this world.

What were some of your most beloved beauty products this summer? Although I love me the sun and bright lippies I’m definitely looking forward  to autumn :) I love all the warm colors, cozy layering and knits. I’m totally gonna embrace the fall season and start busting out some deep gem stone eye shadows and vampy lipsticks!!!

Hugs from Beauty Land

Review & Swatches- Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck

Hey there beauty addicts,

Today I’ve got a review and swatches of Kat Von D’s True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck. I purchased this quad in the summer of 2012, it was on sale at Sephora for $14 so I had to grab it. I have one other single eyeshadow from Kat Von D’s line and its a duo-chrome…its amazing…so I thought why not pick up one of the quads.

The packaging is made from sturdy matte plastic, contains a good sized mirror (not pictured here) and four satin/shimmery eye shadows.

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Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette_Starstruck_Review&Swatches_2Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette_Starstruck_Review&Swatches_3Hermit: A yellow gold with shimmer reflex. This is the only color that I found to be a bit disappointing. It doesn’t have a very even color distribution and it’s also a bit chunky. I think the pigmentation potential for this color would have been out of this world but unfortunately this one shade just doesn’t hit the mark for me.

Unrequited: A warm amber red with shimmer finish. This color is my favorite in the whole palette. Its so creamy, finely milled, super pigmented, and very easy to blend.

Pagan Poetry: A mid toned copper brown with shimmer finish. This is also a very lovely and buttery color. The blend-ability,  pigmentation, and application of this color is phenomenal.

Fallen: A cool dark brown with bronze under tones. Another great shade. It’s definitely not as buttery as Unrequited or Pagan Poetry but still very nice, easy to blend, and decent pigmentation.

THE VERDICT:

I would give this little guy 8/10.

The packaging is cute, sturdy, and small enough to take with you on travel. The majority of the shades are well pigmented, buttery,  and very beautiful but I do think this palette is missing a light highlight shade for the brow bone and perhaps even a mat color for blending or crease work.

It’s a great palette to create a warm and neutral day time look, just add a highlight color and some black in your outer V to smoke it out for night time. This is the look I created using the palette.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette_Starstruck_Review&Swatches_4Have any of you tried any of the Kat Von D products? Any thoughts?

Hugs from Binky in Beauty Land