theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette for September 2014

theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette

Balmsai Eyeshadow & Brow Palette ($39.50) (Limited Edition)

Create epic looks with Balmsai, the all-inclusive eyeshadow and stencil palette from theBalm Cosmetics. Use theBalm’s exclusive stencils to score flawless brows, carve out a gorgeous smokey eye, or channel your liner into an impressive wave. With 18 shades to choose from, you can dive right in! Features: Multi-tasking stencils help create flawless liner, the perfect smokey eye and shapely brows. All shadows can be used wet or dry. How to Use: Align your stencils according to the included directions and create endless looks with this wide range of shades.

  • Wipe Out
  • High Tide
  • Hang 10
  • Dream Boat
  • Sandbar
  • Tubular
  • Epic
  • Surf’s Up
  • Big Kahuna
  • Kawabunga
  • Surfari
  • Pipeline
  • Score
  • Dig It
  • Woodie
  • Stoked
  • Ripper
  • Righteous

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5 Plum Blushes for Fall

Though we’ve been knee-deep in fall color collections since July, now that we’re nearing September, the idea of fall doesn’t seem so far away. Here are a few of my favorite plum blushes. I’d love to hear yours!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a medium-dark, cool-toned plum
  2. MAC Plum Foolery — a shimmery, medium-dark plum
  3. NARS Oasis — a gold-shimmered, medium-dark plum
  4. NARS Dolva Vita — a bolder, reddish plum
  5. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal — a soft, satiny warm plum

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

5 Shades of Warm Taupe Eyeshadow

theBalm #19 Makeup Geek Moondust Giorgio Armani #09 Edward Bess Dusk

Since we looked at pewter last week, I thought that we should focus on taupe this week, because it’s an equally complex and interesting color.  I love how it can run warm and cool-toned (or even nearly neutral), so it’s a very versatile shade to work with.  Check back tomorrow for my top five picks on cool taupes as well! :)  I’d love to hear about your personal favorites in the commments–always looking for suggestions!

  1. MAC Tailor Grey — a subtly warm-toned, gray-taupe in cream form
  2. theBalm #19 — a light-medium, golden taupe
  3. Makeup Geek Moondust — a dark, bronzy taupe
  4. Giorgio Armani #09 — a brightened, medium-dark golden taupe
  5. Edward Bess Dusk — a deepened, warm taupe

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

5 Favorite Highlighters

I love a good highlighter, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to regular readers! :) Many of my favorites are limited edition, but I also have a few favorites that you can get year-round and never have to worry about running out of. Check ’em out:

  1. NARS 413 BLKR — buildable, liquid highlighter
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight — pale, golden beige
  3. Becca Moonstone — a frosted golden champagne
  4. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer — a shimmery gold
  5. Illamasqua Aurora — a glimmering cream highlighter

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

5 Blushes to Try for Medium Skin Tones

Next up, here are five blushes to consider if you have a medium skin tone. I tried to include different price points, finishes, and undertones, but there are so many blushes available, there are many more worth trying. I’m a firm believer that we can wear whatever we desire, whether or not it is supposedly “suitable” on us or not–there’s no harm in trying :) Please share any suggestions in the comments!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a medium-dark, cool-toned plum with a satin finish
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita — a rich, berry-red with a satin finish
  3. Makeup Geek Summer Fling — bright pop of orange with a matte finish
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen
  5. Tom Ford Love Lust — a brightened, coral with a frosted finish

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<