Tour my pink eyeshadow collection!

Hi friends!

I’m having a little love affair right now with pink eyeshadow. Not sure why to be honest, but I’m feeling all the rosy, blushy vibes and it isn’t anywhere close to springtime yet! I’ve been experimenting with all different tones on my eyes too, from brighter pinks to blush pinks to cool pinky-mauves. And since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, I thought what better time to give you guys a virtual tour of my current pink eyeshadow collection.

There’s a nice array of tones, textures and price points here so let’s get started! I’ll start with the more expensive shadows, and go down the line to the most affordable.

URBAN DECAY NAKED3 PALETTE

  • Who’s this for? Anyone who loves cool-toned pinks and who wants the variety a large-scale palette like this offers.

A classic to start with, of course. This was the first palette I got years ago that really introduced me to the spectrum of rosy neutral tones. These shadows are so beautifully blendable and wearable just as you would expect from Urban Decay; you can go light or create darker, smokier looks. It’s so versatile and you have a variety of different finishes to play with (mattes, shimmers, metallics). My favorite shades are probably Limit, Nooner, Burnout & Buzz.

Shop the Naked3 Palette here.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY PILLOW TALK PALETTE

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking to splurge on luxurious, high-quality but very wearable blush pink shades.

Full disclosure, I literally just got this palette over the weekend! I thought this was limited edition when it first debuted last September, but I guess it’s not? Anyway, it’s currently in stock on Charlotte Tilbury’s website (I don’t think Sephora carries this particular palette). It’s the prettiest little quad with soft pink shimmers & mattes, perfect for daytime wear. (I also think this would be beautiful bridal makeup.)

So folks, I’ve used this palette everyday since I got it and I don’t know what sorcery that Charlotte conjures but these shadows are a-maz-ing! The mattes apply like creams: instant pigment, instant intensity, and they basically blend themselves. You can’t really mess ‘em up. Totally, totally beautiful!

Shop the Pillow Talk Palette here.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette & Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette
Left: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette. Upper right: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette.

Read this: Charlotte Tilbury is now in Sephora! My shopping guide.

MAC IN MONOCHROME COLLECTION / SOFT TEDDY & DEAR TEDDY SINGLE SHADOWS

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking for soft & wearable blush pinks & shimmers similar to the Charlotte Tilbury shades, but do not necessarily want a palette.

I was fully inspired to purchase these two single shadows after reading the beauty & fashion blog Style on Film, who showcased the whole MAC In Monochrome Velvet Teddy Collection in a recent blog post. We have a very similar complexion, and when I saw these two shadows on her eyes I knew I needed to have them!

Soft Teddy is a beautiful matte mid-tone blush pink. Very wearable; it’s much more of a neutral than a true pink so don’t be afraid. Dear Teddy is a deeper pink frost with purple shimmer and a little glitter as well. I love them both. They apply brilliantly and wear nicely throughout the day. Just be warned that Dear Teddy will give off a little glitter fall-out.

Shop the Velvet Teddy Collection here. (I’m not sure how long this collection will be in stock, so if you’re interested I’d hop on this quick!)

& OTHER STORIES Single eyeshadow in QUILT JAM

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking for something bolder, brighter & more fun at an affordable cost.

Yes that’s right, clothing retailer & Other Stories do a whole line of beauty products from makeup, to skincare & bodycare! I feel like no one talks about it, and I follow/watch a lot of bloggers, vloggers & beauty influencers.

Anyways, I picked up a few bits recently from one of their NYC locations and this single eyeshadow in the color Quilt Jam just jumped out at me. At first glance you may think, that’s a blush color! And it still could be (I haven’t tried it on my cheeks yet but I should), but when you pack this color all over your lids, watch out! It’s a beautiful, highly-pigmented, bright warm pink. This is for my true pink lovers out there who aren’t afraid to wear something a bit bolder. I’m not saying this is my new everyday shade, but I’m definitely digging it for something a bit more fun.

Shop for Quilt Jam here.

& Other Stories Quilt Jam Eye Colour, MAC Dear Teddy & Soft Teddy, and Elf Cosmetics Summer Breeze Mad for Mattes Palette
Counter-clockwise: MAC Dear Teddy, & Other Stories Quilt Jam, MAC Soft Teddy, and Elf Mad for Matte Summer Breeze

ELF MAD FOR MATTE PALETTE IN SUMMER BREEZE

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking for both soft/wearable pinks & slightly brighter ones as well, but on a budget.

You guys probably all know by now (cause I’ve talked about it a gazillion times already), but I loveeee Elf’s Mad for Matte Palettes. Quality, pigment, blendability…all amazing for just $10.00. And Summer Breeze will give you all that rosy neutral goodness on a much smaller budget. I won’t drone on and on here about the awesomeness of this palette cause I’ve already done before. Feel free to check out the linked blog post below for more info.

Shop for Summer Breeze here.

Read this: My fave drugstore matte eyeshadows, $10 and under

What is your opinion on pink eyeshadow? Would you wear it? Do you have any have any favorites? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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I’ve been loving pink eyeshadow recently! Right in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m giving you a little tour of my current collection of pink shadows, featuring bits from Urban Decay, Charlotte Tilbury, Elf, & Other Stories, and MAC!
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New launch! Pat McGrath’s FetishEYES Mascara

Hi friends!

Big news, Pat McGrath’s FetishEYES Mascara is about to launch this week! This is the first mascara release from her eponymous makeup range, and if you know anything about her cosmetics, this is bound to be both dramatic and luxurious. I haven’t really been excited about a new launch since the Maybelline Made for All lipstick range late last year, so this is exciting!

Read this: Maybelline’s new Made For All Lipstick Collection

There isn’t a whole lot of information right now on the Pat McGrath Labs website, except for some before and after photos and a waiting list sign-up. But beauty editors from the likes of Allure and Fashionista who had exclusive sneak peeks of the mascara, have already published their reviews online (spoiler: all of which are glowing).

Read this: Pat McGrath’s New FetishEyes Mascara Is Here, And It’s Perfect For Those Who Love Drama

“Designed to entice the beauty obsessed, this haute hardcore mascara was developed for makeup artists by makeup artists and was relentlessly tested both backstage and on set,” said McGrath in a release announcing the product’s launch.

Fashionista

Supposedly this mascara formula is lightweight and very buildable, so you can customize your level of drama from light slick all the way to downright doll-like. The more layers you build up, the more of a falsh-lash effect you will get with tons of volume and length. If you look at any of the visuals on either the brand’s website or their IG, you’ll see just how dramatic this can get.

Visual showing Pat McGrath’s FetishEYES Mascara on model
Image source: patmcgrath.com

The brush looks large with tons of bristles, which is my personal favorite cause I think it gives the lashes the most volume and drama. I’ve used plenty of mascaras with plastic combs or bristles, and while I think they are good, I will always prefer traditional bristle brushes.

Before visual Pat McGrath’s FetishEYES Mascara
Image source: patmcgrath.com
Visual showing Pat McGrath FetishEYES Mascara after application
Image source: patmcgrath.com

The FetishEYES Mascara launches this Thursday, February 14th on patmcgrath.com, and will retail for $28. For Pat McGrath, that’s extremely affordable, believe it or not. I, for one, have a queue already filled with mascaras waiting to be used and tested so I will refrain from purchasing right now. However! I am very intrigued to give this a try in the future. And when I do, you guys will be the first to know!

Read this: Review: Pat McGrath Labs Limited Edition Bronze Ambition Palette

What do you guys think of the FetishEYES Mascara? Would you give it a try? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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New launch alert! Pat McGrath’s FetishEYES Mascara is releasing this week! This is the first mascara launch from this uber luxurious line, and it promises mega drama!

Bougee Review! $70 Chantecaille Mascara

Hi friends!

OK, OK you’re probably judging me from the title…and that’s fine, I would probably judge me too. I usually stay very much in the drugstore lane when it comes to mascaras; I just don’t think you have to spend much to get great lash formulas these days. That being said, back in November my mom very kindly gifted me an extremely luxurious Chantecaille mascara: the Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara, which retails for a whopping $72.00 (yes, it’s true).

You’re probably spitting out your coffee or tea at the computer now. I get it. But this mascara formula has bold claims of helping your natural lashes grow thicker and longer over time. Does that still warrant the ridiculous price tag? Well I’m here to give you the low-down so you never go wasting your cash. You’re welcome 😉.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The newest lash peptide technology has now been added to the original, sought-after Faux Cils formula. The powerful lash peptide helps enhance the appearance of natural lash length, thickness and fullness. The formula features the non-clumping, double helix brush to comb and feather lashes for defined volume.

Chantecaille.com

PRODUCT BENEFITS

Immediate volume is achieved by a special combination of natural waxes. Unique peptide helps enhance the appearance of natural lash length, thickness and fullness without discoloration or irritation. Contains conditioning Rose Oil.

Chantecaille.com

A NOTE ON USE

I started using this mascara right after Thanksgiving and have been doing so consistently for two months now. During the first month, I used this every single day without fail (on my top lashes only). After that I alternated it with one another mascara (i.e. I used it every other day).

MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING

There’s nothing particularly interesting or even luxurious about the packaging of this product; it’s just your typical mascara. I was fully expecting the component to be a bit weightier for the price. Actually, I’ve noticed just recently that some of the writing on the package has started to wear off, much like what happens with drugstore packaging. Hmm.

Rating: 2 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION AND WAND

Brush wand of Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara

This builds up drama right away on your lashes. There’s no waiting around or having to apply 2 – 3 coats before you start seeing the effects. I really appreciate that; that’s the kind of mascara formula I love, personally. The wand design is also something I generally prefer. I tend to gravitate towards old-school bristle brushes over plastic combs, most of the time. I think they build up the drama the quickest and the most effectively.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON VOLUME AND THICKNESS

(I feel I kinda failed with the photos in this post! It’s so hard to capture your lashes clearly, so please forgive the blurriness and inconsistency. I did my best!)

So you have two photos in front of you now, showing different stages of use: 2 weeks after starting use & 2 months after starting use. I have no mascara on in either photo. Do my lashes look volumized & luscious while wearing this mascara formula? Hell yes. Has this formula helped grow my natural lashes to appear more thick and volumized? I really don’t know, to be honest. If it has, it’s miminal. Very disappointing.

Rating: 1 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON LENGTH

I actually really love the length I can achieve when using this mascara formula. But has “the newest lash peptide technology” made my natural lashes appear longer? Again, I have to say…I don’t know! It’s crazy, I realize. I’ve been waiting for the past 2 months for some change to occur, but I just haven’t noticed anything groundbreaking yet. And if it hasn’t worked by now, it ain’t going to.

Rating: 1 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY

I have no problem with this product’s longevity. It doesn’t smudge or flake on me at all throughout the day. For reference, I generally wear my makeup for about 8 – 11 hours a day.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE

Um, do we even need to go there? I’m sure you can tell by how this review is going that I, in no way, think this mascara is worth $72. C’mon Chantecaille. There’s luxury, and then there’s ridiculous.

Rating: 0 / 5 ⭐️

FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s a shame that I can’t recommend this product because I actually think the formula is quite beautiful. I love the effect it gives my lashes, and I will continue to use it until its dying breath (if anything, to get my mom’s money’s worth!). But making big claims and slapping a huge price tag on a product that you can essentially find in the drugstore, is just not the way to get me to repurchase. Go to Maybelline, L’Oreal, Kokie, Flower Beauty or even Stila or Too Faced for the same effect for much less.

Read this: Review: Flower Beauty Lash Warrior Mascara

(A side note: my mom ended up hating this mascara and tossed it out. She’s convinced it actually removed some of her lashes! So take that for what it’s worth!)

What’s your latest beauty fail? Let’s commiserate together!

Xo, Erica

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Yep, that’s right! I used a ridiculously bougee $70 Chantecaille mascara that promises longer, fuller natural lashes. Did it actually work? Find out!

Holiday beauty gift sets $50 and under – my picks from Sephora!

Hi friends!

I’m back with my second gift guide of the season. If you missed the first one, I’ll link it here; it was a drugstore beauty gift guide featuring sets all $20 and under. This one focuses on more luxury items so I’d say this is geared to the true beauty-obsessive in your life. I kept it really simple and picked sets that are currently available at Sephora for $50 and under. Since Sephora is probably the biggest beauty retailer in the world, my picks are bound to go out of stock some time after publishing this post, so if you are intrigued by something on this list, I say snatch it quick!

This is more tightly edited than my drugstore list in terms of the number of items featured, but instead I included a broader range of categories which are: haircare, skincare, makeup & beauty tools

Let’s get into it!

HAIRCARE 

Morrocanoil Ultimate Moisture Favorites

MOROCCANOIL ULTIMATE MOISTURE FAVORITES

  • $48.00 ($66.00 value) – Shop here

This gift set contains:

The Moisture Repair Shampoo, the Moisture Repair Conditioner, the Moroccanoil Treatment, & the Hand Cream Fragrance Originale

I love Moroccanoil hair products; most, if not all (?), of their products are infused with argan oil. I think they are great quality and the smell is absolutely amazing to boot. I’ve used a lot of their hair oils & creams since my hair is processed and a bit dry, but this is for anyone who’s craving some extra hydration in their strands. Moroccanoil also started bringing out body products a few years ago and their creams are very luxurious as well so I’m sure the hand cream is gorgeous. 

SKINCARE 

Belif Winter Waterdrop Set
Belif Winter Waterdrop Kit (outer packaging)
Belif Winter Waterdrop Set
Belif Winter Waterdrop Kit (contents)

BELIF WINTER WATERDROP KIT

  • $22.00 ($48.00 value) – Shop here 

This gift set contains:

The Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist, the Hungarian Water Essence, the Moisturizing Eye Bomb, the True Cream Aqua Bomb, & the Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask

I recently tried some products from Belif this year, and I have to say I’ve fallen in love with this brand! I want to try more myself. I first tried the Aqua Bomb and then the Moisturizing Bomb, and they both rival my love for Clinique Moisture Surge now! I think this is an awesome gift for anyone into skincare and who’s looking to sample the brand. It also looks like there are products for almost every skin type included here, which is great. And the outer packaging is just so adorable! 

MAKEUP 

Pat McGrath Labs Mini Mattetrance Trio in Colour Blitz
Pat McGrath Labs LUST Mini Mattetrance Trio in Colour Blitz
Pat McGrath Labs Mini Mattetrance Trio in Colour Blitz (swatches)
Pat McGrath Labs LUST Mini Mattetrance Trio in Colour Blitz (swatches)
Pat McGrath Labs Mini Mattetrance Trio in Skin Show
Pat McGrath Labs LUST Mini Mattetrance Trio in Skin Show
Pat McGrath Labs Mini Mattetrance Trio in Skin Show (swatches)
Pat McGrath Labs LUST Mini Mattetrance Trio in Skin Show (swatches)

PAT MCGRATH LABS LUST: MINI MATTETRANCE LIPSTICK TRIO

  • $25.00 ($45.00 value) – Shop here

This gift set contains:

Three mini lipsticks in one of two color varieties (each set is sold separately). One color variety is Skin Show, which contains the colors: omi, 1995, & flesh 3. The other color variety is Colour Blitz, which contains the colors: obsessed, full panic, & elson

I’m soooo tempted to buy this for myself! I’ve been interested in trying out Pat McGrath lipsticks since they initially launched, and I feel this would be an awesome place to start. And what value! Three mini’s for only $25.00! These are supposedly amazing quality and the formula promises to be hydrating, lightweight yet extremely opaque. It sounds divine! 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Mini Macaron Set
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini Macaron Set
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Mini Macaron Set
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini Macaron Set (swatches)

BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR PRESSED HIGHLIGHTER MINI MACARON SET 

  • $40.00 ($76.00 value) – Shop here 

This gift set contains:

Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter in Opal (neutral white gold with soft pink pearl), Vanilla Quartz (light gold infused with pink pearl), Rose Quartz (neutral pale pink with soft gold pearl), Prismatic Amethyst (pale lavender with gold, violet, and rose duo-chrome pearls).

You really can’t beat Becca highlighters. They are creamy, blendable and very buildable on the skin. They can be used in a subtle way, but can also be layered up without depositing tons of glitter or sparkle. I like to also use Becca highlighters are eyeshadows as well, and they are equally as lovely used in that way. This kit is perfect for anyone who’s really serious about highlighting, or conversely someone who’s just starting to experiment with highlighting. 

Stila Big Shots Redux Eye Set

STILA BIG SHOTS REDUX EYE KIT

  • $17.00 ($45.00 value) – Shop here 

This gift set contains:

The Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black, & the HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara.

This kit was originally priced at $25.00, but Sephora marked it down to only $17.00!! My mother is a huge proponent of the Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner, and has gone through countless tubes (in both black & brown). She only uses waterproof liners these days, and this formula is her failsafe. On the other hand, I’m a big fan of the HUGE Extreme Mascara. I’ve been through at least two tubes at this point. If you like volume & length then this is the mascara for you! This is a perfect gift for either the beauty-obsessive or the beauty-minimalist. 

BEAUTY TOOLS

Sephora Collection Complexion Uncomplicated Brush Set

SEPHORA COLLECTION COMPLEXION: UNCOMPLICATED BRUSH SET

  • $45.00 ($117.00 value) – Shop here

This gift set contains:

Five-piece set with a foundation brush, concealer brush, powder brush, buffing brush, & detailed concealer brush. Plus faux-leather pouch & a PRO Team brush tutorial. 

Sephora brushes are fantastic and this complexion set would be a great gift for someone who perhaps doesn’t wear much eye makeup, but who loves their base products. Great tools are necessary for great makeup!

Will you be treating someone this season to one of these kits? Or do you have other beauty favorites in mind? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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