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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Starting Off: Eyeshadow

Hey everyone! sorry I didn't get my post up last week about be honest I don't really use it but when I do I have some good picks so it's coming! Just I wanted to get the one I'm supposed to have up for this week hahahaha

So this weeks installment of The Starting Off project is all about eyeshadows! Now I know in the past posts I've had helpful tips on how to choose what's right for you but eyeshadow is more personal taste. 

The few tips I do have is if you are warmer skin toned go for warmer colored eyeshadows (golds etc) or f you are cooler skin toned go for cooler toned eyeshadows (taupes etc). 
but you can wear whatever color you want....just because you're one skin tone doesn't limit your options haha.

also if you have oily skin/eyelids you may want to invest in an eye primer (the NARS one is my absolute favorite...a thousand times better than urban decay primer potion in my opinion)

Palettes are a great way to get a lot of high end eyeshadows for a decent price. I'm sure tons of people have worked out what a value they are but for example my Naked Palette was $50 and the eyeshadows are either almost full sized or are full sized but if you bought a single eyeshadow it's $18. And in the Naked Palette you get 12 eyeshadows which should work out to a little over $200.

*I have both Naked palettes I just prefer Naked 2 because the color selection suits me better*

The Naked palettes are a super good value for money as you basically have colors to do any neutral look you could imagine from light and neutral to dark and smokey. I also love my NARS palette as this one is just as good of value for money as you get the palette, primer, and shadow brush.

MAC palettes are also great value since you can buy an eyeshadow in the pan for $10 but the eyeshadows in the plastic packaging are $15 (not to mention putting the eyeshadows in a palette cuts down on a lot of bulk)

These are my favorite drugstore eyeshadows...which proves that not all expensive things are better.

L'Oreal Morning Light Eyeshadow: this is one of my favorite inner corner highlights and is almost a dupe for MAC Nylon which is my other favorite inner corner highlight (except the L'Oreal one is softer and has a nicer texture). I think L'Oreal do some great eyeshadows and Wet N Wild also do some fabulous ones for really cheap (forgot to picture them here)

L'Oreal Color Tattoos (Tough as Taupe, Barely Branded, Bad to the Bronze): these are my absolute favorite cream eyeshadows. I love them so much I prefer them OVER my MAC Paint Pots. I have the MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study and the L'Oreal Color Tattoo in Barely Branded is a dupe for it except the L'Oreal one has better staying power and is better pigmented. (although the one thing I will say is some of these have the worst/ strangest texture ever...the stark white shade is awful don't get it...if you want a stark white see the Rimmel one I have below)

Bare Minerals Eyeshadows: I think the queen of loose shadows is Bare Minerals. They are my go to brand when I am looking for something super glittery and pigmented that won't fall all over my face. Some of the shades they do you just can't get in a pressed shadow. If you have a store or counter near you I'd highly recommend going and swatching their shadows since they are gorgeous. My favorite is the one I have pictured here in the shade 2000 is basically straight up glitter that you can use over any shadow to create a going out/nighttime/holiday look. I've gotten so much use out of it I adore it

Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Stick in Witness White: these are great dupes for the Clinique chubby shadow sticks if you can find a shade you like. The colors are terribly limited but they have the most amazing lasting power I've ever seen in a shadow let alone a cream shadow. When I first got it I swatched the color on the back of my hand and didn't come off the whole day (after a day at Disneyland with tons of hand washing/hand sanitizing).

Sorry for the lack of posts recently...everythings been crazy  with medical school starting :(
I'm trying to prioritize better instead of watching 2 Broke Girls in all my spare time (if you don't watch it I highly recommend's HILARIOUS)


  1. Love the look of that NARS palette x

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