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Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette (Swatches)


The Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette is truly a gorgeous, well-designed palette. I love the prismatic elements of this palette, and the design of the lid. It retails for $60, and is available on the Urban Decay website, Ulta, and Sephora. This palette features 20 beautiful eyeshadows with a wide variety to appeal to everyone. Deep brights (who doesn’t love Grasshopper?!), Smoky Neutrals, Metallics, and everyday Mattes! This palette also has a mirror like the Vice 3 palette and a double-ended brush and a zip up bag.

Take a look at more pics and swatches below!


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From L to R: Bones, Grip, Deadbeat, Beat Down, Pandemonium, Framed, Fast-Ball, 1985, Underhand, and Harlot


From L to R: Discreet, Grasshopper, C-Note, Arctic, Robbery, Bitter, Flame, Low, Crowbar, and Delete


From L to R: Bones, Grip, Deadbeat, Beat Down, PandemoniumSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Framed, Fast-Ball, 1985, Underhand, and Harlot


Discreet, Grasshopper, C-Note, Arctic, Robbery


Bitter, Flame, Low, Crowbar, and Delete

(Swatches) Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette


Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

I was already a fan when Kat von D released her Shade & Light Contour Palette for the face, that I was even more intrigued when I saw that she was releasing a Shade & Light EYE CONTOUR paletteĀ  ($46, Sephora) to match!

I have been loving matte-finish eyeshadows lately, perfect for everyday wear in the office. It was no surprise that I was I was just itching to get my hands on this beauty as soon as it was released! Luckily, I have amazing friends who gave me Sephora gift cards for my birthday, and you bet I put them some good use!

What I love:

  • The Texture: These eyeshadows are buttery smooth and pigmented!
  • That the palette itself only has matte colors
  • That it has a mirror and thin enough for easy travel
  • That the labels of the eyeshadows are on the back of the palette

What I didn’t love:

  • Nothing! This palette is perfect in my opinion!

Just take a look at the rest of the pics!



The palette even comes with a helpful user guide complete with pictorials!





(TOP) Laetus, (LEFT) Samael, (MIDDLE) Solas, (Right) Lucius


(TOP) Lazarus (LEFT) Saleos, (MIDDLE) Shax, (RIGHT) Liberatus


(TOP) Ludwin, (LEFT) Succubus, (MIDDLE) Sytry, (RIGHT) LATINUS


Back of the packaging


Swatches (NO PRIMER OR BASE), shades in the same order as packaging above






Urban Decay – Vice 3 Palette (Swatches)

vice3This is the first Vice palette I bought from Urban Decay, I totally skipped on the first two Vice palettes and really wanted to get one this time around. I bought this from Ulta for $60. The palette itself has a mirror, a double-sided eyeshadow brush, and 20 eyeshadows. The eyeshadows itself are buttery smooth and super pigmented!

Below are some swatches of the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette.

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Milani Cosmetics Gel Powder Eyeshadows

Introducing the new Bella gel powder eyeshadows from Milani Cosmetics! Saw these at my local CVS store last week however they had a smaller display which only had some of the shades, I then went to Walgreens today and was able to grab a few more as they were on sale for $3.99, whereas CVS was $4.59 each. Since I hear these are permanent, I would wait until they have a BOGO half off or BOGO free sale (which they occasionally do). I believe there are a total of 19 shades.

I skipped on some of the other colors only because I know I would either never use them, or because I have something similar (do I really need another black eyeshadow?!??).

First impression: These are NOT gel, nor are they “gel-like”, it’s not soft and mushy like a gel, in fact I have actual gel-powder eyeshadows from Colour Pop Cosmetics to compare it to, and those are definitely gel, because as soon as you touch it, your finger feels somewhat wet to the touch, and the slightest touch causes the product to move similar to that of a mousse/gel.

These eyeshadows however, just feel like a soft, baked, finely-milled powder eyeshadow. They don’t shift to the touch, and they feel very velvety and smooth. Some shades are highly pigmented, even on their own without a primer, some looked less pigmented with a primer for some odd reason, and some were not pigmented at all (Bella Cappuccino and Bella Caffe were the worst performing, they were so light and I really had to scrape a good amount of color just to swatch them), in all fairness though, it may be a good thing that they go on so light for those of you that have a heavy hand, because it will really give a more natural look then going on too heavy or borderline smoky. Bella Sand was also another one that was very sheer and light, however that was what I expected, and it makes a good highlighting color.

In terms of performance and staying power, I have not tested it myself as of yet since I just got these, from what I know with past Milani eyeshadows, a good eyeshadows primer is a must. They seem to fade very quickly when worn alone.

Below are the shades I bought, there are two swatches in each pic, for each color, the swatch on the left is the eyeshadow by itself, and the swatch on the right is with an eyeshadow primer (I used a Rimmel eyeshadow primer for these).

My favorite shades: Bella Gold, Bella Bronze, Bella Emerald, Bella Navy, and Bella Charcoal
Least favorites: Bella Cappuccino and Bella Caffe

Are you picking up any of these? Have you seen them yet at a store near you? Sound off in the comments below!

Happy New Year ladies! Sorry i’ve been slacking this week in posting, everyone’s back from vacation so i’ve been busy catching up at work and because the fiance and I are moving next week (even though I feel like we just moved into our place!), but I am moving to be closer to work since the commute now sorta stinks. So I am sad leaving the home we had so many memories in, but looking forward to making new ones at our new place; which is going to cut my commute from an hour to less than 30 minutes! But I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with loved ones, and toast to the New Year! May 2011 bring lots of luck, happiness, good health, and of course more money wouldn’t hurt either! LOL.

Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5

Anyway, I had an opportunity to try out a couple of 16 shimmer eyeshadow palettes from, as well as their sponge bun maker. When I first saw these palettes I was amazed at how colorful they are, and when I swatched them on my hand, they were so pigmented! I’ve seen random palettes from places that look bright and pigmented, but are far from it when you swatch them, and definitely not the case with these. I wish these palettes came in all neutral colors as well for everyday wear, or even a matte version to switch things up. They also come with sponge-tip applicators.

These are without a base, pretty pigmented!
Product: 4 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5

Their sponge bun maker is so nifty and makes nice loose hairstyles in a jiff. My hair is long, thick, and heavy, so usually I can’t rock hair ‘do clips that make updo’s or buns because my hair just weighs it down and my head ends up feeling bruised at the end of the day, but because these are made out of foam, they are pretty comfy to sport and makes it easy to do a messy bun or chignon in seconds. Although I had to use some bobby pins to pin a few pieces since it wouldn’t hold all my hair together, it still came out great! It’s great for those of you with shorter hair, or fine hair as it will hold up really well, for us ladies with long and thick hair, it takes a bit of work and you may need some pins to keep it in place, but you can still make nice hairstyles.

From their website:

A loose chignon I did for a wedding:

NYX Eyeshadow Palette in Velvet Rose

***CherryCulture has this listed as “Velvet Rose” but it’s really “Velvet Rope” thanks to Galen UK for pointing that out and sorry for any confusion!***

Karen from did a wonderful review on the NYX Velvet Rose eyeshadow palette ($8) and was squealing with delight when sent me one for a review. I love purple, it’s one of my favorite colors, so imagine my face when I saw this palette that was pretty much all purple!

NYX always has a wide array of colors and they are nicely pigmented not to mention affordable (10 eyeshadows for $8!). Even a MAC eyeshadow refill costs more than that! I love that this eyeshadow palette is compact, has a mirror and a nice range of purples from a lilac to a deep plum, and even some darker shades to add depth and create a smokey look. Also has a nice cream shimmery shade which is great to highlight the brow bone and comes with a duel end sponge-tip applicator. Each shade itself I found to be pretty pigmented, the swatches below were done dry, no primer whatsoever.

For the eye look below, I used the NYX Eyeshadow Base in White to brighten up the light pink (the second light pink color from the left on the bottom row of the swatches) because by itself or even over Painterly paint pot it was so faint and pale on my lids, and using the white base definitely brightened it up a bit. (By the way, the base stayed on pretty well for a few hours!) and then I used two of the purples, the 4th e/s from the left on the top row, and the 3rd eyeshadow from the left on the bottom row.

In other news, I’ve been counting the amount of times my eye flashes happen to see if it’s getting better or worse and today it didn’t happen that much, i’d say probably around 10 which is good for the entire day. And I made an appointment with the ophthalmologist for this Friday so we will see what he says! :)

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