Etsy Beauty Haul + Swatches

This post is not sponsored. I purchased these products with my own money, all opinions are my own.

Hi everyone!

As you all know, Sephora is one of my favorite stores for makeup shopping. But you probably didn’t know that I also do enjoy purchasing items, not just makeup, from small businesses.

A few months back, I discovered Pretties for Your Face on Etsy! PFYF is a handmade, cruelty free makeup company, based in MA, that sells gorgeous eyeshadows, highlighters, pigments etc. I had the Aphrodite highlighter in my cart for a good 2 months, until I finally purchased it last week during the holiday sale. This sale is actually still going on for the rest of January – use code HOLIDAY40 for 40% your order and a free shadow with purchase.

I am not going to spend a lot of time reviewing the products I purchased (honey eyeshadow and aphrodite highlighter) because you will be able to tell how stunning they are from the swatches! Both products are under $15 and totally worth the money. I wore the highlighter today and it is so sparkly! I felt like a unicorn/goddess/some sort of magical creature despite the freezing temperatures outside.

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If you can’t tell from the photos, the highlighter pan size is huge! I’m talking even bigger than a MUFE Artist shadow. And the eyeshadow is the perfect size to fit in a MAC palette. Both are super soft and pigmented.

Swatches below are not built up, only one swipe.

If you would like to see the live video swatches of these products, its up on my Instagram @marielelena_ 

What are your favorite makeup shops on Etsy? Let me know.

Love, Mariel

This post is not sponsored. I purchased these products with my own money, all opinions are my own.

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Swatches + Brief Review

Happy Holidays! I hope you are enjoying your time with family and friends, as we prepare to ring in the new year.

As a Christmas gift to myself, I purchased the Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette during its second release. If you were not aware, Too Faced Cosmetics has launched an all new peach collection, featuring their infamous eyeshadow palette, a new highlighter palette, a peach blush, and 8 peach oil lip glosses. These are available at Too Faced, Sephora, and Ulta.

I have been eyeing this palette since it came out last year, and am beyond excited to finally get ahold of it. The sweet peach eyeshadow palette retails for $49 – if you want to get $10 back sign up for Ebates using my link, or purchase on HSN (new members get $10 off – coupon code available online).

This palette is absolutely gorgeous, and almost every shade lives up to expectation! The stand-out colors are NectarLuscious, Bellini, and Caramelized. As you will be able to tell from the swatches, those shades are stunning!! The worst shades in the palette are Delectable and Talk Derby To Me (Too Faced can never seem to make a pigmented purple). Those two are very patchy and chalky.

The only other thing to be aware of is the peach scent. It is very sweet and overpowering; you may want to steer clear of this one if you are not a fan of scented palettes. Also, the majority of shades are warm toned, so only purchase this if you can see yourself using peachy bronze shades. Sweet Peach definitely lives up to its hype, but make sure you will enjoy the shades before jumping on the bandwagon.

I really love this palette, and would definitely purchase it again. There is a great mix of mattes and shimmers as well, so you would not need to bring any other eyeshadows with you to create a look.

Below are finger swatches of the palette:

 

What do you think of the Too Faced Sweet Peach collection? Will you be purchasing any of the products?

For an unboxing photo of the Sweet Peach palette, check out my Instagram @marielelena_

Love, Mariel

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 🙂

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

Love, Mariel

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artis Brush Dupe Demo + Review

Today I will be reviewing one of my new favorite brushes! I’m sure you have heard the hype over the Artis face brushes, but have you seen the price tag? I was not willing nor able to shell out $50+ for a makeup brush, so I turned to Amazon for a cheaper dupe of the product. I will link the exact brush I ordered below.

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First Impressions: Inexpensive price (tip: I used my Opinion Outpost credits and paid nothing for the brush); soft bristles; gorgeous rose gold color

Pros/Cons: Pros: Brush handle seems to be of high quality material. Good size for foundation, but also works for concealer and powder. Great price and free shipping. Blends liquid makeup into skin nicely. Cons: A few hairs have shed, but I think this brush will last a while.

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Buy or Pass: For me, I would definitely say this brush is a BUY! How could you pass up a $7 brush? It is also a good way to test out a face brush similar to an Artis brush before you decide to purchase an expensive luxury item.

And for my very first demo EVER – check out my Instagram @marielelena_ . I posted a quick clip demonstrating this brush and a concealer. Here is the link: instagram.com

Artis Brush Dupe – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/

Thanks for reading! Leave me some love in the comments – I have so much fun reading and responding to you guys.

Love, Mariel

This blog post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own. 

Carli Bybel Palette Review

If you saw my last post (my beauty wishlist – go check it out!), you would know that I was dying to pick up the Carli Bybel eyeshadow and highlight palette. Shortly after sharing my wishlist, I picked up the set from Ulta, along with a few other items too. Be on the lookout for upcoming reviews of some goodies featured in my “wants” list.

Today I am sharing my thoughts on the Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics palette. If for some reason you don’t already know, Carli Bybel is a popular beauty blogger and Youtuber who has amassed over 4.5 million subscribers currently. Carli teamed up with BH Cosmetics to create an affordable eyeshadow and highlight palette. Right now, the palette is available for sale at Bhcosmetics.com and on the Ulta Beauty website (in stores 7-31!!). It retails for $14.50 and contains 10 eyeshadows and 4 face highlighters.

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First Impressions: The eyeshadows were smaller than I imagined from the pictures. Eyeshadow is still a pretty good size for the price, I just expected something a little bit larger. Shadows and highlights swatch well on the arm. This palette has a somewhat strong smell – at least to me. Its nothing too overpowering and it doesn’t smell bad, but it is definitely there and something to consider if you are sensitive to fragrance.

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Pros/Cons: Pros: Inexpensive, vegan, palette with great pigmentation in almost every shade. Can be used to create a variety of looks. The highlighters are very pigmented, and the palette as a whole seems to be high quality. The packaging is beautiful 🙂 Cons: The matte purple shades to the far right of the palette are lacking in pigmentation when compared to the other colors. This palette does have an odor of some sort, and it also contains talc (not necessarily a bad thing – but just thought I would share).

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first row of eyeshadow shades – left to right

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2nd row of eyeshadows: left to right

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last row (highlighters) left to right

Buy or Pass: In my opinion, this palette is a BUY! Who can pass up the $15 price tag? If for no other reason, buy this palette to support a fellow blogger. The super pigmented bronzed shadows are my favorite and make this palette a win. I actually like to use the dark highlight shades on my eyes as well, so don’t be afraid to experiment. I give this collaboration a big thumbs up!

Thank you for reading this post!! I hope you enjoyed. Let me know what product reviews you would love to see next – and don’t forget to follow my blog so you can be alerted when a new post goes up. What are your thoughts on the Carli Bybel palette?

Love, Mariel