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Photography by: Remy from RMartin
Welcome back to another Fashion Friday post! So last week was a bit more sports chic but this week we’re going with casual chic. Sometimes a casual outfit just needs a good pair of heels to bring it up a notch. I decided to go with some strappy heels since this pair has a shorter heel. If I know I’m going to be doing a good deal of walking, I save my feet the pain and go for some more comfortable heels.
When I looked through my closet I knew I had to pair my heels with a dark wash pair of denim. These are from Levi’s Curve ID line which unfortunately seems that have been discounted. These were the only pair of jeans that would fit perfectly so not sure where I’m going to start buying my jeans anymore. If you have any recommendations let me know! Also, these were always high rise so they’re perfect for outfits with crop tops, like this one. My layered crop top contrasted perfectly with the dark jeans and heels too.
Mirrored lens sunglasses are in for the season so I had to get my hands on some. Fortunately I found some that weren’t too big for my face and were on the affordable side. This pair has a black polish frame which I thought fit perfectly with the overall look. Hope you all enjoyed today’s post and be prepared for a special post coming this Sunday. Until next time, peace out!
Shop my look
Layered Crop Top: Forever 21
Jeans: Levi’s (Similar)
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Purse: Forever 21
Lipstick: Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat
When the Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) single eyeshadows first launched, I was invited to Macy’s to do a makeover with all the products. This was back when I first started getting into makeup so I immediately was drawn to Sienna and Hot Chocolate since they seemed like the colors I would get the most use out of on a daily basis. The girl that was doing my makeover did a smokey eye with them which looked really nice and then I was convinced that I needed to buy them. ABH was offering a deal, which is still offered, buy four eyeshadows (total: $40) and receive a free magnetic palette. So I looked at the rest of the shadows and picked Dragonfly and China Rose. Each eyeshadow individually is $12 for reference.
Back then I thought these shadows were everything but after gaining more knowledge of the makeup industry and trying endless amounts of products I now have a different opinion on them. Let’s start with the matte shades: Sienna and Hot Chocolate. They blend effortlessly with any other shadow whether it’s cream or powder and they have great pigmentation. The only thing that I don’t like about these matte shadows is that they develop hard pan so the shadow feels much more rough to the tough however, this doesn’t really affect their performance. Unlike the mattes, the duo chromes Dragonfly and China Rose are much softer and smoother. Dragonfly applies great to the skin but requires a little extra packing to get the full opaque color. China Rose, on the other hand, doesn’t stick that well to my skin sometimes so I have to wet my brush to get it to apply well and have opacity if not it sometimes looks like little bits of glitter. Also, I wouldn’t even consider these traditional duo chromes since in the light they still reflect the same color so I would say they’re more like satin/metallics.
Overall, the shadows are okay in my opinion and I don’t think I would repurchase these unless I couldn’t find any dupes. The shadows can be worked with but just require quite a bit more work than shadows from other brands that I have used in the past. I do have to say that ABH does have a great selection of colors and perhaps others perform better than the ones I chose. Below are two eyelooks that I created using these shadows which I think came out great with the extra effort to make them work. Until next time, peace out!
I had high hopes for this palette since I own various Too Faced products. Unfortunately, the palette did not exceed my expectations and I believe this palette is actually subpar with most of my other Too Faced palettes. The matte shades in the palette are pigmented and blend really well. The only one that is a bit chalky is the lightest shade, Ivy. I feel this palette is lacking a huge important element: another matte transition shade. The only transition shade in this palette is Painkiller which is a bummer because they could have easily a taupe or mauve to compliment the rest of the shades. The metallics, on the other hand, did not swatch very well using various flat shader brushes but provided better pigmentation when using your finger. It seemed as if the metallic shades did not stick very well to the skin or brushes and when I tried blending them the vibrancy of the shadow would decrease significantly. Also, these shadows have a lot of fallout so do your eyes first!! The blushes in the palette were great and were the exact same color and texture as in the Love Flush Palette. The bronzer in this palette actually seemed more cool toned than the stand alone Chocolate Soleil bronzer that I own. The highlighter in this palette is actually the same eyeshadow shade seen in the original Chocolate Bar palette, yet the one in this palette seemed a little off in color. Both the bronzer and the highlighter have different textures than the originals, they seem chalkier.
This palette comes with a few extras which include: a full size Sketch Marker liquid eyeliner, a purple Better Than Sex mascara, glittering Glamour Dust in Blue Angel, and a Shadow Insurance primer. The eyeliner is great because it’s black, the tip is thin enough to get a straight and precise liner. I really do enjoy it and can actually see myself repurchasing if after a few months the tip does not feather. The mascara was a bit disappointing because I thought the purple would be brighter; however, it wasn’t that noticeable on my eyelashes but the mascara does provide volume. I don’t like the packaging of the mascara because the stopper always allows extra product to stay on the wand and eventually it starts to accumulate on the rim of the tube, very messy. I wish the glitter container had a sifter to prevent the glitter from flying everywhere. Besides that the glitter is a silver shade even though the name is Blue Angel but it’s nice to add an extra dimension to a look for any special occasion. The eyeshadow primer worked well for my eyes, kept the shadows from creasing but didn’t really help with the intensity of the shadows.
Overall: The palette has good matte shadows, okay metallic shadows, great blushes, and a subpar bronzer and highlighter. The eyeliner is amazing but they do sell that separately, just like the blushes. Save your money and pass on this palette because you have to put extra time into making the shadows work and there are several other palettes out there with very similar shades that are way easier to use.
If you’re still interested in purchasing this palette you may find it at the Too Faced website. Sephora and Ulta are both currently sold out and they may not be restocking online so check in stores.
This palette was sent to me by 0.8Liters for review purposes.
Eyelook products used:
-Lid: L’oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in 337 Endless Sea & in the center NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Turquoise.
-Inner corner: Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Sand
-Outer corner: Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow trio in Beyond Redemption
-Lower Lashline: Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Indigo
-Upper Lash Mascara: Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara
-Lower Lash Mascara: NYX Color Mascara in Mint Julep