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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Enter Now!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, KATE SOMERVILLE is having a giveaway where one lucky person will win the ultimate Mother’s Day gift! The winner will get to fill two beauty boxes with their favorite Kate Somerville products; one for mom and one for themselves–up to a $2,000 value!

To enter, just head over to Kate Somerville! There’s even a little treat just for entering. One entry per email address, open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are 21 or older at the time of entry. The giveaway entry period ends at 11:59 PM EST on 4/30/2015 (see official rules here).


Good luck! :)

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Choose or Lose

Did you find a new favorites this spring season?

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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Make Up For Ever #1 and #2 Artist Palettes
Make Up For Ever #1 and #2 Artist Palettes

For summer, there are two new, limited edition Make Up For Ever Artist Palettes ($42.00 for 0.54 oz.); one available in neutral hues and the other in a mix of brighter shades. All of the shades are shades available in the permanent Artist Shadow range, and they all swatched and appeared consistent with the singles I have (in fact, a few seemed even creamier!). The Artist Shadow formula remains a favorite for me, and it’s honestly a formula that has spoiled me when it comes to really easy-to-use, intensely pigmented, long-wearing eyeshadow.

The palettes had a surprising heft to them, though they are slim and don’t seem overly large. Each palette has a large mirror, though it doesn’t stand up on its own. The side that holds the eyeshadows seems to have most of the weight, which led me to expect it to be magnetic and allow for the eyeshadows to be removed (like last holiday’s case), but unfortunately, they seemed glued in. I tried using tweezers to remove four shades (at random) from each palette, but nothing was budging. I hope Make Up For Ever will consider making future Artist Palettes interchangeable, because I think that makes them more versatile, and then you can rearrange to suit your needs over time or for a trip. The other aspect worth pointing out is that most shades have noticeable shimmer; there are no official mattes in the palettes, but there are three satins.

Each pan is 24mm in diameter, and visually, they appear about the same size as your average eyeshadow pan (think MAC, Urban Decay, Makeup Geek), though it is very slightly smaller (MAC eyeshadows are 26mm in diameter). The pans contain 0.06 oz. a pop, whereas a full-sized Artist Shadow contains 0.08 oz. (and retails for $21!). The value of the palette is $141.75 based on $21/0.08 oz., though Make Up For Ever has a discounting system if you buy two or three (plus the coordinating case) individuals at a time. Based on that, you could get three for $44 or $44/0.24 oz., which would give the palette a value of $99. Another way to look at it is the cost of purchasing all nine individually, and presuming you buy in trios to maximize your discount, you would spend $132. As long as you’d use at least three shades in it, then you’ll pay less than purchasing the three as singles (you would get more product, but a little goes a long way with these).

I’ve been slowing working my way through all the Artist Shadows, so I’m hoping to review these palettes (and their single counterparts, if any differences) soon. You can also see swatches grouped together in the Swatch Gallery for the #1 (Nudes You Need) and #2 (Electric) palettes if you prefer a gallery view.

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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow

Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99) (New, Permanent)

With these rich and intensely-hued shades, the new Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows go beyond your standard line of cosmetics, introducing you to a new and powerful cosmetic experience. This cutting-edge formula offers a creamy texture that is a hybrid between a powder shadow and a cream shadow that is on a level of its own. The intense pigmentation combined with an opaque, metallic finish make these shadows a dream to work with. These can be applied effortlessly in just one swipe with no primer required! Our lineup includes a diverse array of rich colors and a smooth silky formula that we believe help elevate pressed eye shadows to the next level of exceptional quality.

  • Starry Eyed Light champagne beige with slight pink undertones and a foiled finish pinky-beige champagne
  • Whimsical Light silvery pink with a foiled finish frosted silvery pale pink
  • High Wire Medium silver with subtle blue undertones medium silver w/ hint of blue
  • Charmed Muted silvery light olive with taupe undertones and a foiled finish light muted silvery olive
  • Day Dreamer Light lilac purple with cool undertones and a foiled finish cool light lilac purple
  • Fantasy Mint green with a foiled finish frosty mint green
  • Pegasus Light, bright aqua with a foiled finish intensely bright light aqua
  • Masquerade Bright medium plum with warm undertones and a foiled finish bright warm plum
  • Untamed Bright coppery orange with warm undertones and a foiled finish warm coppery bright orange
  • Fortune Teller True yellow gold with a foiled finish rich true yellow gold

Foiled Eyeshadow Bundles

  • 20 x Foiled Eyeshadows ($175.00) Complete set of Foiled Eyeshadows
  • 10 x Foiled Eyeshadows ($89.99) Complete set of the 10 new Foiled Eyeshadows

Availability: Now at Makeup Geek

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Friday, April 24th, 2015

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Make Up For Ever Artist Palettes, Becca Lip Souffles, Marc Jacobs Summer Eyeliners
  • Weekend plans: So, we ended up going to Monterey on a whim (big mistake, never going again on a weekend; Carmel is better if you can only go on a weekend day) last weekend, so this weekend we’ll put those shelves in. I hope!
  • What was the last movie you watched?: We just re-watched all of the Toy Story series, so the third!

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This week’s Mellan photo…

Big nose!

Friday, April 24th, 2015

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow for May 2015
MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow for May 2015

Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Permanent)

All of the shades below have been released previously, but these shades are now part of the permanent range.

  • A Natural Flirt
  • Ready to Party
  • Stylishly Merry
  • Smoky mauve
  • Rich Core
  • Grand Galaxy
  • Amorous Alloy
  • Havana
  • Sweet Heat
  • Stolen Moment
  • Silver Sun
  • Silver Dawn
  • Lunar
  • Fathoms Deep
  • Legendary Lure
  • Sea Worship
  • Dark Dare
  • Evening Grey

Availability: Online April 30th, 2015; in-stores on May 7th, 2015 (North America); May 2015 (international).

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