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.


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.


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.


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



Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette Review + Swatches

Hi everyone!!

I’m back with another product review! This time I will be sharing my thoughts on The Nubian palette by Juvia’s Place. I purchased this palette about two months ago through a blog sale, but you can buy your own from It is out of stock right now, so definitely check the site daily if you are interested. These eyeshadows are already in high demand, but with the Christmas season coming up I wouldn’t be surprised if it grows more difficult to pick this palette up.

First Impressions: This palette is stunning! I love the emerald green packaging; its eye-catching and I really like it 🙂 Filled with warm neutrals that arm swatch beautifully. The palette itself is a little smaller than I expected, but the large pan sizes make up for it.


Pros/Cons: Pros – Super pigmented, buttery shadows that swatch nicely and also blend well on the eyelid. Packaging is very pretty and easy to notice. Warm shades and cruelty free. Cons – If you are more into cool toned shades, this palette is probably not for you. The packaging, while lovely, doesn’t seem durable. A mirror is not included, which makes travel a little difficult. Contains talc (not necessarily bad, but it is something to consider).

Buy or Pass: If you are interested in warm toned eyeshadows, this is a buy! For under $30, a palette of this high quality is a steal. I think this palette suits most skin tones; it has a wide range of light to dark neutrals, mattes and shimmers.



Where to Purchase: As far as I know, the Nubian is exclusive to the Juvia’s Place website. Check it out here: Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette– retails for $35, but is on sale for $23.50 right now.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Have you tried anything from Juvia’s Place before? Also, don’t forget to check out my Instagram for swatches and mini reviews!

Love, Mariel