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CVS Beauty Haul & MUA Review

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Hey guys! Today I’m partnering with CVS Pharmacy to share some affordable beauty products that I have really been enjoying! I hit up my local CVS Pharmacy and hauled some items to try as well as a few MUA products to review. Here’s a look at the loot:

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CVS Pharmacy has been stepping up their game in the health and beauty department. I really enjoy perusing the beauty aisles at CVS because they carry high quality brands such as MUA (Makeup Academy) and Milani that other drugstores don’t carry.

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I’ve been trying out these newly released MUA PRO items in particular so I can share my thoughts on them with you! Here is some context on MUA for anyone not familiar with the brand: MUA was developed exclusively for CVS Pharmacy by makeup professionals and beauty experts and they carry premium quality cosmetics and beauty accessories.

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I gravitated towards the items I could see myself using everyday such as this PRO Bronzing Palette which is perfect for creating that sun-kissed glow. I have been wearing these on my eyes as well as my face as they are flattering and easy to wear all around.

  • There are two matte shades, the first being a softer beige tan, and the second having a slightly ruddier and deeper tone. The shimmery copper gold imparts a nice sheen and works well with the other shades to create a dimensional look.
  • In terms of pigmentation, if using a denser brush – be careful to not over apply as I can see this happening with lighter to fairer skin-tones. The powders aren’t powdery and blend out nicely.
  • There is also a PRO Contouring Palette and a PRO Highlighting Palette from the new launch.

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Being an oily gal, I, of course, also had to try the PRO Mattifying Powder. It’s designed to minimize shine as well as the appearance of pores and fine lines. I have been using it for touch ups midday, and it has a smooth texture and doesn’t look cakey.

  • This powder will appear white upon first application and will blend out but it is possible to overdo so I would recommend only a light dusting or a gentle press with the encased powder puff if you don’t have an oily complexion like I do :)
  • This line also carries a PRO Illuminating Powder.

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I have been pairing the powder with this PRO Mattifying Primer underneath my makeup and over my skincare to also help keep the shine away. It is a dimethicone based formula so it also aids in smoother foundation application.

  • This has a liquidy/silky slippery and lightweight texture upon initial application and then has no shine after it absorbs into the skin.
  • For those looking for a dewy effect, MUA also carries a PRO Illuminating Primer

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I was really happy with what I picked up from CVS and the new MUA PRO line! All of the products ended up exceeding my expectations in terms of quality and ease of use; the affordable price tag is the icing on the cake.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo, Christine

Makeup Giveaway – Phase 2

Hey guys! Thank you all for entering my last giveaway! If you missed it, here’s another one mostly featuring Benefit products this time :) I split them into sets that made sense in my mind..haha such as the first set including must-haves and necessities. For the second since the face products are geared towards Medium skintone, I thought the blush and lip color would also work great! The last set is for my neutral/nude lovers :) Have fun and good luck!

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Vampy Makeup – FOTD

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Truth be told, you won’t too often find me donning a dark lip with a smokey eye but today we’re letting my inner vampiress come out to play. Hmm..something about that either sounds creepy or inappropriate but let’s just roll with it.

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I’m excited to have the opportunity to team up with Sephora (umm..freakin’ awesome!) and try out some of Kat Von D’s newer products. I’ve always thought her eye shadows were great quality and that the overall aesthetic of her brand looked really edgy glam and rocker chic. You guys know that I love me some lippies so naturally I was intrigued by her Studded Kiss line. The packaging is definitely eye-catching.

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I had the chance to try the shades Lullaby and Motorhead (pictured). This Fall I have totally been loving the deeper and vampy lip shades so Motorhead inspired me to do a Face of the Day. I’ve worn it as a sheer wash on the lips as well as with a barely there eye but today I felt like going bold. :)

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Motorhead is described as a matte black cherry and doesn’t swatch quite as dark as it looks. Initially I didn’t expect as much of a reddish tone to come out of this guy but was pleasantly surprised. I can see why this one is a cult favorite. Keep in mind that for any matte lipstick it is always best to properly exfoliate and moisturize the lips beforehand as application can be a bit more tricky.

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I was also able to try out her Monarch palette and I am yet again impressed with the eye shadow quality! This palette has the perfect shades for Fall and are really easy to work with so I of course had to incorporate it into the look as well.

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What i’m wearing:

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream no. 23  mixed with
CoverGirl TruBlend in m4 Sand Beige
L’oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer in Light
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Tarte blush in ‘Inspired’
Wet n Wild ‘Taupe’ Brow/Eyeliner
Kat Von D ‘Monarch’ Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Ink Liner
L’oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara
Kat Von D ‘Motorhead’ Studded Kiss Lipstick

Are you guys a fan of the vampy look? Or are you more likely to reserve it for something like Halloween? Either way never shy away from experimenting and trying something new. :) Makeup can be fun, expressive, or whatever you want it to be!

Katy Perry ‘Dark Horse’ Inspired Makeup

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Sigma recently launched their Born to Be collection and the music video of Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ recently released so I thought let’s do an inspired look! I’ve been obsessed with this song for some time now.

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Images courtesy of Matthew Wong of mweats.com! Thanks :)

Products Used:

All brushes used are from Sigma Beauty

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face
Benefit Porefessional Primer
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 in Medium Beige mixed with CoverGirl TruBlend foundation in Sand Beige
Morphe Contour/Concealer Palette
Graftobian Dual Finish Foundation Powder Palette
Sigma Blush in Serene
Sigma Blush in Peaceful

eyes
Sigma Dark Brow Duo
Wet n’ Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer
Sigma pencil in Enlighten
Sigma pencil in Indigobird
Sigma Smoke Screen palette
Sigma eyeshadows in Vanish, Orsay, and Approach
Wet n Wild Fergie Gel Liner
Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder
Sally Girl Sparkle Effects Glitter
Salon Perfect Demi Wispie lashes

lips
Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob
Sigma Lip Gloss in Get Ready
Sigma Lose the Halo Lip Concealer

Don’t miss out on the Giveaway going on on the video tutorial here!

Winter Bloom

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While jamming out to the pop music that was playing as we waited in line at Atlanta’s new ferris wheel, Skyview Atlanta, I couldn’t help but feel a little giddy. The warmth from the sun balanced out the light chill in the air perfectly and i’m honestly excited for Spring to near.

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The color palette of my outfit inspired the eye look and with the slight change in weather it was time to switch it up from my usual neutrals. I am wearing Betrayal and Smokeout from the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette.

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The Pantone color of the year 2014 is Radiant Orchid and I can’t really explain why this excites me other than the fact that I am just simply in love with this color. To balance the vividness of the bag I decided to integrate subtle colors such as the pale mint green of my shirt and deep faded berry of my scarf.

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Boyfriend blazer: H&M | Mint green sweater, Scarf, and Boots: Forever 21 | Necklace: Target

Denim shorts and Fleece-lined tights: Marshalls | Vince Camuto Alisa bag: Nordstrom

Check out what’s inside the purse!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Review and Swatches! (giveaway ended)

You might be thinking, “Aren’t you a little late on this Christine?” haha as if you all haven’t been bombarded enough with posts and tutorials utilizing this palette. If you are still on the fence about spending $52 on this rose and taupe toned neutral eyeshadow (12 brand new shades, yay for no repeats!) palette, then I hope my thoughts can provide a bit more insight. Or why not take a crack at possibly winning your own Naked 3 palette? :)

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As you may know, Urban Decay has previously launched their Naked 1 (consisting of mostly warm and bronze neutral tones) and Naked 2 (consisting of cooler neutral tones) palettes. What does the Naked 3 have to offer? Let’s take a closer look at the shades.

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Strange – pale neutral pink matte-satin, the pink undertone in this is very slight so it is easily mistaken as a pale matte beige, it applies smoothly with good color pay off

Dust – pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter, this one is sheer with loose texture, it does not apply evenly unless applied wet, I especially like to “dust” this underneath the center of my lower lashline for that cute “light up your eyes” sparkle

Burnout – light pinky-peach satin, I like to describe this as an apricot shade, it is one of my favorites because of its subtlety in adding a soft warm glow, great as a quick wash of color over the lid for everyday as well

Limit –light dusty rose matte, appears as a matte light mauve brown, great shade for those who may find other transitional browns or soft browns to look harsh or muddy

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Buzz – metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter, has that amazing buttery texture and quality just like the rest of the following metallic shades in this palette that we all have come to love about Urban Decay’s shadows

Trick – light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle, this shade is like a rose gold in all it’s glory, it shimmers and sparkles and just demands attention

Nooner – medium pinky-brown matte, pigmented, smooth, awesome, who doesn’t love a good matte shade?

Liar – medium metallic mauve shimmer, if Buzz and Factory had a baby I think it would be this, the mauve pink flash gives it a unique look

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Factory – pinky-brown satin, warm deep rich brown, love the smooth texture

Mugshot – metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift, gorgeous and easy to wear satin taupe shade that I felt was missing from the previous two palettes

Darkside – deep taupe-mauve satin, gorgeous deep cocoa taupe shade, love the amount of depth this one has

Blackheart – smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle, this is the kind of shade that always looks more gorgeous in the pan but I definitely appreciate that it is matte

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* Images courtesy of Matthew Wong of mweats.com! Thanks :)

Final thoughts: This palette possesses an ethereal and romantic vibe. I even love that there is no chunky glitter, just delicate micro-glitter in some of the shades that add brilliance and shine. If you are fearing that this palette may have too much of a rosy or pink tone, the taupe shades are amongst my favorite and would do an excellent job of balancing them out. Are many of these shades dupe-able? Yes. I found myself being reminded of other similar shades to Burnout, Mugshot, and Darkside that I own and love. I do think the shades are new and unique enough that even if you own both the Naked 1 and Naked 2, you won’t be disappointed.

So are you planning or considering including this one in your collection? Let me know your thoughts!

GIVEAWAY TIME! I went out and bought an additional Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to give away to you guys for being such awesome and loving supporters :) I wouldn’t typically do that if I didn’t enjoy the palette myself! There are multiple ways to enter via this nifty widget:

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Good luck to you all and Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you haven’t seen my latest romantic look using this palette, go check it out!