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Thursday, June 12, 2014

NEW Maybelline The Nudes Palette + Swatches



In stores July 2014 - Maybelline The Nudes Palette. 


Please follow me on YouTube for a future Review and Tutorial : )


Heavy Swatches. 




One swipe swatches. 

All swatches are done with NO PRIMER.

Initially these shadows did not swatch this strong but after using them this was the result. 

Naturally some are more pigmented than others depending on the finish. There are some shimmers, mattes, metallics and glitter infused shades in this palette. I would only consider a few of them "super pigmented" but honestly I have always hated how that seems to be the way many people classify a good shadow vs. a bad shadow. It really depends on what you are using the colors for and what your taste is. 

So far my two favorite shades in the palette are the bronze on the top row (4th color in) - by far the most pigmented shadow in the palette (this color is right on par with Urban Decay and MAC quality/payoff) - and the black which is the last color in the second row. I am not really one for black eye shadow - I NEVER use it but I tried this one in a look and REALLY liked it. It's a very soft and wearable black that blends easily. I like that it is not overwhelming and that you can build it up vs. a super pigmented black that gets everywhere and takes forever to blend. This color does swatch the worst in my opinion but it's a great shadow - swatches aren't everything since that's generally not the way you will be wearing the colors. (Plus matte black shadows never really swatch that well)

The mattes seem to have very little to no fall out. 

Colors with the most fall out for me have been the gold (3rd in on the second row) and the first color on the first row which is kind of an iridescent white that shines pink with blue glitter specks (see third swatch photo) - but even then it wasn't extreme.

The questions everyone will want to ask me - 

Is this a dupe for the Naked Palette? 
No. The colors are actually quite different and there is a definite difference in texture etc. 

Would I recommend this Palette? 
Depends. I like it. I can see myself using this palette frequently. I can even see myself hitting pan on several of the colors. 
However, if you have a ton of neutral palettes this one isn't really anything different or exciting other than the fact that it is a reasonably priced drugstore palette. If you've always had your heart set on a Naked palette this is NOT going to satisfy that need for you. I know a lot of people will be comparing this to the Naked palettes but honestly I think it's kind of it's own thing. 

Things I would change?
I wish there were a few more light, matte, blending colors. This palette is really lacking that. Even some of the lighter browns look really dark on my skin tone (and I'm pretty tan right now) and all but one of the light colors have some type of glitter or shimmer. Also I'd like a sheer matte white as that is my highlight color of choice : ) the peachy color in the palette actually comes out like a cream though so I guess close enough. 

Ohh it'd also be great if they had a warmer blending/transition color in here too! Although none of the Naked palettes have that either : \ 


I will have a tutorial using this palette on my channel soon so be sure and subscribe there!


Hope this was helpful! I actually was only planning on posting the swatches since I want to talk about this in a video but I figured that I would at least cover the bases here for those wondering. This is only my second day with the palette so when I do my video I will have had some more time to play around with it. These are just my initial impressions. Today is my first time wearing a look done with this palette. Be sure to follow my on Instagram to see some sneak peek looks before the video goes up!


Thanks for stopping by!

Love,
Holly 



All photos belong to me and may not be used without my permission.

Monday, April 14, 2014

#FreshPaint - OPI My Very First Knockwurst

Photo from hollyannaeree's Instagram


Just felt like playing around with some nail jewels today. 
Like I've mentioned in the past this nail color is my FAVORITE for adding rhinestones to! 
I think it's just perfect : )

To see more of my Top 5 Favorite Nail Polishes Watch the Video below! 



What I used: 

OPI 'My Very First Knockwurst' (HERE)
Pearls (HERE)
Swarovski Crystals (HERE
CC Rhinestone Piece (HERE + HERE)

Also used:


Hope you enjoyed this at home manicure : )

-Holly 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

#WishListWednesday #4 - YSL, Vintage Chanel, Christian Louboutin + More





Well it's been a while since I've done a #WishListWednesday and I know some of you have been asking so here we go! Now just because I haven't been posting doesn't mean I haven't been browsing ; ) Here are a few of my most recent obsessions. 
(Not the ONLY items I've had my eye on but these are the highlights)



I've been eyeing this bag for ages! I know everyone has the small size but I tried one on and - not for me O_O - not only does the small hold an impractical amount but overall it just does not look good on me. 

The medium should be just right although I have yet to try one on. I wish these came in as many fun colors as the small size but let's be honest, black and gold is probably more me. (Black, White, or Beige would match my wardrobe most.) 




Vintage Chanel Mini Flap

$1,800 is what I have seen it listed for 
with similar bags anywhere from $1,800 - $2,100

I have no info on what the original style name is - I need to do some more research as I am not familiar with purchasing Chanel second hand. I have a few sites that I know are reputable but as of now I have not purchased from them.

 I was inspired to take a look at vintage pieces after the giveaway that I co-hosted here on my blog. Found this fun little number and have been looking at it everyday since. This one is different than any of the other versions I've seen as it does not have the leather woven chain. I haven't seen this exact combo anywhere else. 
(I've seen similar bags but with the regular leather woven chain and a few bags that must be from the same collection that have the same x chain but different body. 
Still searching.) 

Also, this is from before they stopped making the gold plated CC clasps so that's exciting. :)

Wish me luck in my research! 




Retails $795

Personally not a huge fan of wedges, especially ones this high however I can not resist the appeal of these! Very similar set up to the Fortune sandals that Kourtney Kardashian made popular. I have been wanting those for years so when I saw these - instant interest! 
Again, I haven't tried these on yet but my other pair of Louboutin wedges are a 37 (7) which is my true size so I assume these will fit similarly.



Okay last couple of things - you know I am always a fan of House of Harlow jewelry so I am back at it again :)  





(I have these in Black Leather and LOVE THEM! See Here)





(I want these in the tan and possibly the turquoise as well but I want to see how I like these first)


Happy Lusting ; )

Love,
Holly


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

$250 WINNER + NEW CASH BACK DEALS! Spring Fashion Week!


CONGRATULATIONS TO
Jane Rulin!
WINNER of $250 CASH!

If you didn't win this time don't worry we are planning more fun giveaways for the next couple of months! 

Till then check out the current DOUBLE CASH BACK Deals! It's Spring Fashion Week right now so I know you'll see some stores you love. 

Neiman Marcus 8%
ULTA 8%
Bloomingdales 6%
Nordstrom 6% 
Macy's 6%
Saks 6%

and MORE! 



Happy Shopping! 

Love,
Holly