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 – spoiler alert – I 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. 

 

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Christmas Gift Guide 2016: Beauty Edition

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, but now that Thanksgiving is officially over and November is coming to a close, its time to start thinking about gift ideas. Last year, I made a Christmas gift guide for her, for him, and for the kids. You can check those out here! This edition however, is for the beauty lover in your life – whether that be your mom, friend, or significant other 🙂 My guide features the hottest gifts in beauty this year. Whatever you choose, I am sure your recipient will love!

  1. The first gift I recommend for a makeup lover is actually something I have been wanting myself! This Laura Mercier highlighter looks absolutely stunning! The shade I really want is Devotion, but there are a variety of shades that should work for every skin tone. The face illuminator retails for $44 and is available at Sephora and the Laura Mercier website.

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2) Next up is this Fresh Sugar Lip set! I have their lipstick in Petal and I absolutely love it. Gorgeous color and smells amazing! Pick up this holiday set at Sephora for $50.)

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3) The Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay palette is one of the latest additions to Tarte’s eyeshadow collection. This palette features a stunning array of mattes, along with 4 shimmers. This is available at Sephora and Ulta – retails for $54.

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4) Red beautyblender!! A cult favorite, the beauty blender sponge, is one of the best tools for applying makeup. I love to use mine for foundation, blush, concealer and so much more! This red color is perfect for the holiday season. Sold at Sephora for $20.

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5) Next up on my list of gift picks is customizable! Buy your friend, girlfriend, or practically any makeup lover an empty palette and a gift card that he/she can use to purchase the eyeshadow shades of their choosing. If you want to make it a little more personal, fill half the palette with shades you enjoy, and let the recipient pick the rest. Brands such as MAC, Makeup Forever, Buxom, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and theBalm all offer customizable palette options.

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6) Second to last is a face mask! Who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of at home pampering 😉 The GLAMGLOW facemask is on my Christmas list for sure. They actually sell a smaller set of single use masks as well, so now you don’t have to spend $69 on the full pot! Check out the $22 set at Sephora, link above.

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7) This last gift idea is something I have heard great things about! The Smashbox Master Class Palette: Lighting Theory just recently went on sale at Sephora, and I thought I would mention it. This palette contains everything: from color correctors, to blushes, to bronzers, to eyeshadows! It retails for $45 (was $65) at Sephora.

 

 

I hope you found this holiday gift guide helpful! As I was finishing this post up I also wanted to mention that the Sephora Favorites kits are always great gift guide options as well – especially for someone who may be a bit more picky with their makeup. Those sets range from $25+ typically, and you can find them online or in store at Sephora.

Let me know what gift idea is your favorite! What are you giving your friends this year, and what’s on your holiday wishlist?

Love, Mariel

 

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, and all ideas are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette Review

Hi everyone!!

Today I am reviewing the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette! I purchased this palette in December, so I have been playing around with it enough to have a sense of each of the shades and write an accurate review. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes retails for $36 and can be found at Sephora, Ulta, and the Too Faced website. I am a massive fan of Too Faced’s eyeshadows, and I am happy to announce that this palette does not disappoint!

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You can create many different looks with the 9 shades in this palette, whether you are interested in a neutral or smokey eye look. The shades are overall very pigmented, but my favorite shades are Satin Sheets and Lap Dance because they can be built up for more drama or used lightly depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

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close up of all 9 shades

 

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first row of shades bottom to top: In the Buff, Fuzzy Handcuffs, Voulez-Vous

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second row of shades bottom to top: Satin Sheets, Sugar Walls, Garter Belt

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third row of shades bottom to top: Birthday Suit, Lap Dance, French Tickler

The packaging of this palette is pink and perfect for all makeup lovers – as always! The palette closes with a magnetic snap and it seems pretty durable. A mirror is also included in this palette – which is a HUGE plus – and a Glamour Guide is also added to help you recreate three easy looks.

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My go to look with this palette consists of the shade Satin Sheets on the lid, Fuzzy Handcuffs in the crease, and Lap Dance with a bit of Voulez-Vous or French Tickler in the outer-v.  I finish off my makeup look with a sweep of In the Buff on the brow bone and a few coats of mascara. You could definitely get away with only using this palette for a variety of looks, which makes it great for travel!

I hope you enjoyed this review. If you did, please leave me a comment with your thoughts. Do you have this palette too? What do you want me to review next?

All the love x

Mariel

 

Jolly January Makeup Haul

Hi everyone!!

Happy New Year! I hope you are enjoying your last few days of the holiday season. I have a short post for you today, but I think you will enjoy it nevertheless. Recently, I purchased a few makeup and beauty related items. I thought I would share the goodies on here, but keep in mind this is a collective haul (meaning not everything was purchased at once). Let me know in the comments which of these products you would love to see me review. All of the items in this haul will be linked down below. This post is not sponsored. 

MAC: eyeshadow shades – Naked Lunch, Woodwinked, Swiss Chocolate        

It Cosmetics for Ulta: Your Superheroes Full Size Travel Brush Set 

Real Techniques: Bold Metals Collection – 301 Flat Contour Brush  

Too Faced: Chocolate Bar Palette ; Boudoir Eyes Soft and Sexy Palette 

Sephora Favorites: Draw the Line Eyeliner Set (no longer available)

Deborah Lippman: Roses in the Snow Nail Polish Duo (no longer available)

Tarte: Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation 

Lancome: Hypnose Drama Mascara

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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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

Sephora VIB Sale Event

Hi everyone!!

The Sephora Holiday VIB Sale event is rapidly approaching, so I thought I would share my favorite Sephora products with you guys! I will also include the holiday gift sets that look fantastic – especially with this extra deal. This particular 20% sale is only for VIB Rouge and VIB members of Sephora’s Beauty Insider Program, so if you are eligible to receive the discount you will be sent a coupon code in the mail.  The dates for the sale can be found on Sephora’s website, but I believe they are:

VIB Rouge sale dates: Nov 6-Nov 9 (20% off)

VIB sale dates:  Nov 13 – Nov 16  (20% off)

Listed below are a few of my favorite beauty products. If you are a VIB member, now’s a great time to check them out or splurge on something you’ve been dying to try because you will receive 20%  off your whole purchase!

  1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Palette $34
  2. Too Faced La Grand Chateau $49
  3. Urban Decay Naked Smoky (or any of the other Naked palettes) $54
  4. Diorshow Overcurl Mascara $28.50
  5. Benefit Gimme Brow $24
  6. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer $12-$29
  7. Pink Sugar Perfume $20-$60

Hope you all have a great weekend. Happy Shopping!

Mariel

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and I am not receiving compensation for mentioning any of these products.