Kyshadow Holiday Palette Review

PSA: This is your last chance to purchase any products from the Kylie Cosmetics holiday collection! Stock is limited, but the eyeshadow palette is still available at the time I am writing this.

I decided last minute to write this review, so you will be getting two posts (check out my review of the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette) from me today. I received the Kyshadow Holiday palette for Christmas, and thought you might enjoy some swatches while the palette is still available for purchase.

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This palette retails for $42 and can be purchased on the Kylie Cosmetics website. You can buy it separately or as part of the holiday edition box sets.

 

Overall, this palette contains¬†a beautiful variety of shades, both mattes and shimmers. I think the gold and silver colors are perfect for a NYE look, and the matte purple is so gorgeous! This is my first Kyshadow purchase, and I am very happy with the quality. Unlike Kylie’s other palettes, the holiday edition eyeshadow palette does contain a mirror.

Now to the best part, swatches!

I really like this palette and would recommend it to any eyeshadow collector or Kylie Cosmetics fan – you won’t be disappointed. The shades may not seem super pigmented at first, but you can build them up to full intensity. If you have been debating this purchase, grab it while you still can ūüôā

Did you purchase anything from the Kylie Cosmetics holiday line? Let me know in the comments!

Love, Mariel

 

 

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Milani Everyday Eyes Palette Review

I recently picked up the Milani Everyday Eyes palette from Target, after seeing lots of positive feedback about it on Pinterest. And Рspoiler alert РI am happy to say that this palette does not disappoint! For only $9, the shades are of decent size, creamy and pigmented. There are four or five shade options, but I went with the 01 must have naturals version. I happen to think it is a similar dupe to the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette, $36 (see my review here: https://marielelena.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/too-faced-boudoir-eyes-palette-review/).  Just a heads up: I felt like changing things a bit, so I will not be following the usual format I use for my reviews: first impressions, pros/cons, and buy/pass. 

First off, this palette is absolutely stunning to look at! The gold detailing¬†is gorgeous and even though this is a drugstore item, the packaging is much more high quality and sturdy than expected. You get 6 shades total, 3 mattes & 3 shimmers. I found each shade soft and buttery; both mattes and shimmers performed well too. In fact, I find this Milani set comparable to higher-end products, and I would choose this palette over some of my more pricey eyeshadows (I’m looking at you Naked 2). While there is a much smaller shade selection than a 12+ pan palette, getting ready can become a lot easier. Plus, you can always supplement a missing matte shade with something from another palette/single (maybe MAC soft brown or ABH dusty rose).

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finger swatches on arm, no primer

The brush included in this palette is surprisingly decent. When I first applied the colors to my lid for fun, I used the included brush and was happy with the results. Obviously going back in with my other blending brushes (my favorite is the It Brushes for Ulta Airbrush Blending Crease Brush #105) did provide a more desirable effect, but I was pleased with the included brush. In other words, I am quite happy this palette did not come with the standard sponge tip applicator.

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brush swatches, no primer (w/included bush)

In my opinion, this is one of the best palettes at the drugstore. The only downside is that it does not come with a mirror – but how much can you expect from a $9 item. I also used my Ebates cash back to purchase this palette, so it was actually free for me! Don’t forget to use your Ebates rewards, Extrabucks, manufacturer coupons, etc. to score the best deal possible. If you are interested in getting $10 when you sign up for Ebates, use my link here¬†and you can order this palette for free too!

Let me know your thoughts! What are your favorite items from the drugstore?

Happy Holidays!

– Mariel

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. All opinions/photos are my own. Ebates link is a referral link that will provide new members $10, however this post is not sponsored by Ebates. 

 

The Chewiest Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!

Hi everyone!

This is the first recipe post I have ever shared, so today I will be showcasing one of my favorite cookies! These chocolate chip cookies are some of the thickest, fattest and satisfying I have ever tried. I recommend this recipe if you are in the need of something easy to fill a cookie craving; its¬†also a great way to get rid of leftover Halloween chocolate ūüôā The cookies have just the right amount of chocolate, a perfect balance of gooey cookie and cocoa without being too overpowering.

So here it is! My chocolate chip cookie recipe:

Adapted from: OMG Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies! Pure Nirvana!

Makes: about 2 dozen medium sized cookies

Ingredients

  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¬Ĺ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon pure maple syrup (cold)
  • 2¬Ĺ cups flour
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon grinded sea salt
  • Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – as many or as few as you want; Hershey’s chocolate bars (optional)

Directions (almost identical to original recipe, linked above)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 (or the setting closest to that – my oven is weird so I set it to setting 4 – up to 345).
  2. Melt butter in the microwave, but not all the way. I set my microwave to 30 seconds.
  3. Let butter cool for 2 min, then add it to mixing bowl with brown sugar and beat on low speed until blended.
  4. Add in the maple syrup, beat on low speed. Then, add in 2 eggs and beat again. This whole process should take only about 1 min (with standard stand mixer).
  5. Add flour, cornstarch and sea salt. Beat on low speed until it forms a ball.
  6. Stir chocolate chips in with spatula. You can use however many you would like, I ended up using 3/4 of a standard Nestle bag. At this point, I also chose to chop up a Hershey’s bar (great use for leftover Halloween candy) and fold it into the batter as well to make chocolate chunks.
  7.  Spoon cookie dough onto your baking sheet, pre-lined with parchment paper. I made fairly large dough balls (about 1-2 inches tall).
  8. Bake until lightly brown on bottom, but not too squishy on the inside. Keep checking on your cookies because it is easy to burn them or undercook the insides. I had mine in the oven for about 15 min.
  9. Let cool and transfer to cooling rack or paper plate.
  10. Enjoy!
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this picture doesn’t even showcase their true thickness!! try this recipe and you won’t be disappointed

And there you have it – the chewiest chocolate chip cookies! If you try out this recipe, leave me a comment below or tag me in the picture on Instagram (@marielelena_).

Love, Mariel

Too Faced La Petite Maison Review

Hi everyone!!

Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday spent with your family, friends and loved ones. I meant to have this post up earlier so you could consider buying this set as a holiday gift, but things got pretty busy. It’s better late than never, and I figured you would still enjoy reading a review on this palette! The Too Faced La Petite Maison set is available at Ulta for $39. It is one of¬†Too Faced’s¬†limited edition holiday gift sets, so grab it while you still can! The set contains a 12 shadow palette and a deluxe size of the Better than Sex mascara, all wrapped up in an adorable mint green box. To start off, I must say that the packaging of this palette is what initially sold me. Mint green is one of my favorite colors and the Parisian theme added a glamorous aspect to the overall look of the package. In my opinion, the best/most pigmented shadows are in Row 2: Don’t Settle, After Hours and Secret Lovers. Swatches of all the shades, along with photos of the packaging, will be located at the bottom of this post.

I really love the color selection of this palette and I am able to create a multitude of eyeshadow looks using only these 12 shades. One thing I do not like about this set involves the packaging of the palette itself. The eyeshadow palette is removable from the gift set (as shown in the photos below) for travel, but it does not contain a mirror. This will definitely be a turn off for some, and I found myself constantly annoyed of holding both a mirror and the palette whilst doing my makeup. Also, the shade Honey Pot can be found in many other Too Faced palettes, and there may be more repeat shades as well. Overall, I think this set is a perfect gift for any makeup enthusiast, but it is not the best Too Faced palette out there. If you have purchased this set, leave me your comments down below and also let me know what kind of posts you want to see next!

Love,

Mariel

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exterior packaging

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size of set in relation to a magazine

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interior packaging

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close up of contents of box

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first row of shades from bottom to top: Let it Snow, Reindeer, Honey Pot and Knockout

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second row of shades from bottom to top: Paper Roses, Don’t Settle, After Hours, and Secret Lovers

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third row of shades from bottom to top: Pussy Cat, Dreams, Jungle Love, and Chocolate Moon

This post is not sponsored and I received this product as a gift from a friend. 

Holiday Gift Guide

Hi everyone!!

I hope you all had a fun and blessed Thanksgiving with your families and friends! Now that Thanksgiving is over, December is approaching quickly. We all know that Christmas shopping can be stressful task (especially for those “impossible to buy for” people!!), so I have put together a Christmas gift guide to help you purchase presents for everyone on your shopping list. I have created collages of gift ideas for the women, men and children in your life. These collages were created on Polyvore (my username is marielelena), so you can simply click on the item you like and it will open ¬†in a new¬†tab. This post is not sponsored and I did not receive any sort of compensation for sharing these products.

Gifts for Him and Her

Holiday Gift Guide: Children

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Love,

Mariel