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Palette Patrol: Least, Most, Best, Worst, & Favorite

Least Expensive Eyeshadow/Eyeshadow Palette

My least expensive eyeshadow would be my Wet n Wild Color Icon Single Shadow in Brulee at $1.09. My least expensive eyeshadow palette is also by Wet n Wild, from their Colon Icon Trios in Walking on Eggshells.

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Most Expensive Eyeshadow Palette

If you know me, this won’t be a surprise, but my most expensive eyeshadow palette(s) are my Natasha Denona Blue/Purple & Brown/Green palettes coming in at a ridiculous $239. Yeah, I know….it’s a lot.

Most Colorful Eyeshadow Palette

I am going to add two palettes to this category, well, because it’s my post and I can. My fist most colorful eyeshadow palette is, of course, the Urban Decay Electric palette, which I purchased or basically stole from Sephora for $24. Yes, $24. My second most colorful palette is my Zulu palette from Juvia’s Place, which I also stole for $18. I admit it, I am a thief.

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Best Buy For Your Buck

In my opinion, the best buy for your buck considering pigmentation, pan size, the number of shadows per palette, packaging, and the price would absolutely be Juvia’s place, followed closely by Morphe Brushes. Juvia;s place has excellent packaging, names of the shadows on all their palettes (from the Nubian 2 moving forward), insane pigmentation and blending capabilities, enormous pan sizes (for the majority of their palettes) and an excellent price. Morphe Brushes has a considerable amount of product for the price, great pigmentation in their shimmer/foil formula, a variety of palettes with many shades, offer bundles & sales.

Favorite High-End Palette

My favorite, ride or die palette, is hands-down the Lorac Pro. The Lorac Pro was my very first high-end eyeshadow palette. Initially, my experience with it wasn’t that stellar, but once I learned to tap off my brush, I was in business. The shadows are incredibly pigmented and so buttery that they come off powdery. Some people kick up a fuss about powdery products, but when the color pay off and the blendability is so on point, I really could care less.

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Favorite Luxury Palette

I have two favorite luxury palettes. First, is the Star Palette by Natasha Denona. Just a stunning palette with beautiful shades and pigmentation that reaches to the moon. Just the best eyeshadows I have ever experienced. Coming in at a very close second, in the Marc Jacobs Limited Edition Siren Palette. I got this palette for a steal off of Poshmark from a woman who was purging her entire collection. It had little use, excellent pigmentation. The clasp was broken but I talked her down to $7, which is just criminal. I told you I was a thief!

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Favorite Drugstore Palette

If you live on this planet and you don’t know about Wet N Wild’s Comfort Zone, then I just have no words for you. No words…. This $5 palette gives you two defined looks, including neutral & warm shades, and a duochrome that rivals MAC’s blue/brown pigment.

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Palette I Regret Buying/Least Favorite

Ok, I know I am going to catch hell for this one. The palette that I regret purchasing and therefore, is my least favorite palette is the Modern Renaissance. I know, I get it. Everyone loves this palette. Everyone but me. I just don’t get it. It’s not that damn good. People complain about palettes that are powdery, for example, the Lorac Pro Palettes, however, this palette is equally if not more powdery. Next item that bugs me is that the shadows do not blend well. I think both the Tarlette in Bloom & the Tarteist Pro blend better than the Modern Renaissance. Real talk. I seriously feel like I have to blend FOREVER and that the shadow does not even disperse or distribute in my crease.I tried this palette for two weeks straight. I mean, I really tried, but it’s just a no go for this beauty blogger. I know I am definitely the lone wolf on this one, and I am ok with that.

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Favorite Palette Brand

I have three in this category. First up, yep, you know it….Natasha Denona. I admittedly have all of Natasha’s 28 pan palettes, the 10 pan palette, the Star Palette, the Sunset Palette, and 9/12 of her 5 pan palettes.When I like a brand/company, I go all in! The second favorite brand is definitely Juvia’s place. I have all of their eyeshadow palettes, including both the mini and large Masquerade Palettes, and I also own all of her individual eyeshadows. This brand is POC-friendly because it’s rooted in the desire to extend the concept of beauty beyond monochromatic ideas, beliefs & values. The palette’s are high quality for an excellent price and it’s marketed especially for people like myself. Love this brand. The last brand that I adore is, of course, Lorac. Lorac makes an amazing Pro formula that cannot be beaten, along with its equally impressive sister formula in the form of the unzipped series. I own all the Lorac Pro regular palettes (1,2,3), both the unzipped palettes, 3 limited edition palettes, and a foundation and face powder. This was the first high-end brand I was introduced to and I have been very pleased with the consistency of this brand.

Honorable Mention

One brand that I really have been digging for a couple of months is Devinah Cosmetics. This company is amazing and I really like their pressed pigments. I have quite a collection of their products and I am more than impressed. These products are handmade and gorgeous, which I appreciate because you know I like my shimmer and foil shades. Definitely, check them out if you want a good indie brand that produces excellent quality products at a reasonable price.

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Testing Out Products! Final Thoughts on Vali Time Released Caffeine Capsules

When presented with the opportunity to test out this product, I definitely hesitate, but through significant communication with the party who asked for my knowledge & gift for being thorough and maybe overly honest, I decided to take a chance and see how things worked out. My main concern was how this product was going to interact with my medications and if there was a chance for upsetting my already tipsy-topsy social behaviors, etc. In my initial post about this product, I was impressed, but as time went on I was thrilled with the results I was experiencing. Improved concentration, energy boost, and no downturn or “coming down” if you will. It seemed at the end of the day I naturally transitioned into my night time routine in a comfortable manner without feeling any ill effects. Equally important, I did not at any time, experience a “rush” or “spike”, but there was a notable difference in my overall performance and even attitude. For the cost of the product and the performance, I would absolutely recommend this product for those seeking an increase in energy without adverse effects to one’s overall health.

Results: ✮✮✮✮✮ 5/5

Vali Time Release Caffeine
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Vali – Initial Review (Mini Product Review)

As I have mentioned in previous posts, sometimes I get to try out products for free and provide honest reviews. When this opportunity came up, I was very hesitant for many reasons, but I shared my apprehension with the company and a friend and decided that I would take the opportunity. Around the same time that the pills were shipped to me, my doctor reduced a medication I take for narcolepsy….yes, your girl has narcolepsy. I am mostly okay when I am around stimulating like music, conversation etc., but get me alone in a room by myself with little to no sound and I am out like a light. I have this tendency to drop my head down and fall asleep, but oddly enough I can hear things around me, but I cannot respond (side note: I also sleepwalk). When I received the VALI pills, I read the directions thoroughly and follow them exactly. I also took my blood pressure before I took the pill and about an hour after. I never felt geeked or tweeted but alert and responsive. I was quite impressed. I will have a full wrap up my experience with these pills tomorrow. Check it out!

Time Release 100mg Caffeine Pills, Microencapsulated for Extended Energy Boost, 100 Veggie Capsules. No Crash Controlled Delivery Supplement for Sustained Performance & Focus, Maximum Potency Tablets 

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Influenster – Poppy Voxbox Mini-Review Vlog

Hey guys! I am attempting to do my first vlog/mini product review of my Poppy Voxbox from #Influenster. I am so grateful for the opportunity to test out and review these products for free. #gotitfree Please check out the items below and my very brief blog about them! Thanks, Makeup & Love, Brie
7th Heaven Sock Masques, Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner By Rimmel London, 
Rimmel Oh My Gloss Oil Tint,
Nivea In Shower Body Lotion, Tide Pods Plus Downy, Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo,
Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Polish

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Mini Product Review – Makeup Revolution: Shimmer Brick (Radiant/Rose Gold/Bronze Kiss/Pink Kiss). . . Damn Good Highlighter

If you are in the market for a beautiful, pigmented, affordable highlighter, then let me hip you to something. Well, you may already know about Makeup Revolution’s Shimmer Brick Highlighters in initially radiant and rose gold, and now in bronze kiss and pink kiss. I wasn’t able to locate this product on the Makeup Revolution, but you can click here and get it online at Ulta. These shimmer bricks cost $7 each and most often, Ulta will have a buy one get one half off sale, which is how I purchased mine.

I want to speak to the high-end quality of this product. When used with a fan brush, it leaves a beautiful golden glow on my upper cheekbones. Most days, I choose this product over Becca’s Opal Highlighter. It is a wonderful pop of color in the cheek area and complements any bronzer or blush. These shimmer bricks are in my “everyday” makeup box. I cannot say enough about this remarkably affordable product with equally fantastic quality,

1). Affordable
2). Easy to access
3). High quality
4). Four shades to choose from
5). Applicable to a wide range of skin tones

Grade: A

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Mini Product Review: Urban Decay – Through the Looking Glass Palette

Urban Decay’s Through the Looking Glass Palette is a limited edition colorful palette built on the theme of Alice and Wonderland. Below is a picture of the palette’s configuration, which I honestly found unnecessary, over the top, and clunky (but if you are an Alice in Wonderland fan, you might find this quite breathtaking).

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Somewhere within the complicated packaging, lies 20 awkwardly arranged shades. The shadow arrangement is off-putting and unattractive. You can make a decent eye look with the palette, but then you’re faced with the next issue – lack of pigmentation. Below is featured four swatches of four random shadows from the palette.

The shadows obviously lack pigmentation and color pay off and when you apply them the blend out into the void of nothingness. So, not only do you get strangely arranged, awkward shadows, you get 20 colorless, unpigmented squares in bulky packaging.

1). Elaborate, yet unnecessary packaging
2). Poor shadow selection
3). Poor pigmentation
4). Poor application
5). Reliable brand

Grade: D