Where are they now: Face Palette

There’s something magical and so visually pleasing about palettes, seeing all the beautiful colors together in harmony always makes me so happy! Today I’m sharing with y’all the 3 OG face palettes I got when I first started exploring makeup, and where are they now.

One of my most reached for of the 3 is the NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette. This was the holiday palette from 2014 (one currently available here), it comes with a very wearable everyday bronzer Laguna and 3 very beautiful and versatile blush, perfect for any occasion. This palette has been my most reached for/favorite to take on a trip because of the variety of blush shades it offers, so I can pick and choose or mix and match. I don’t use the highlight in this one as much mainly because it’s not as pigmented on my skin, and at the moment I’m really liking the “in your face” highlight, the highlighter in this palette however, would be nice for someone that wants a nice subtle glow that lasts all day!

Second is the now too dark for my face Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Strip. I was fairly tan up until this past winter, so my earlier days makeup are all on the darker side, and I used to use this all the time because the NARS Laguna was also too light for me at the time. I love the color of the bronzer and blush, and have just recently started using the highlight (yes I’m a little behind on the highlight on fleek trend), but the fact that the bronzer is a tad too dark for me now have me looking the other way when I try to decide which bronzer to use in the morning. Hopefully in the summer I’ll be able to use this a lot more.

Last (and least reached for until the past few months, unfortunately) is the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette. I really really love the color of the blush, and the eye shadows are actually really nice as well, but I haven’t been reaching for this one much mainly because a) the bronzer color was too light for me when I got this palette so I didn’t use it for the longest time till recently, and b) I still keep it in it’s original box for storing convenience and it’s not the easiest to get out/put away. I’m looking forward to using this more tho now that the bronzer will actually show up on my face! I have not give the highlighter in this platter a try yet so that’s another thing on my to-try list.

Overall, each palette has it’s place and time for me, but none is do-it-all. I like the varieties and options of the NARS palette, but would prefer to have a matte bronzer than one with shimmer and have a more pigmented highlight. Love the formula of the Urban Decay, and have considered getting the same palette in a lighter shade but I’m the type of person that likes to try everything… I enjoy the Tarte palette, but find it not as pigmented as the other two on my skin. I would say they each have their pros and cons, but there are also so many other palettes out there I need to try so I have hopes that one day I’ll find a perfect face palette for me!

What is your favorite face palette? I would love some suggestions!

Where are they now: Face Palette

On my face today #13

Recently I have been mixing the NARS Laguna Bronzer and the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette (in Strip) together to create a perfect sun kissed skin, and to add a little color to the cheeks I like to use Deep Throat which is a perfect peachy shade for the summer. One palette is versatile enough, but by mixing two or more together you open up a whole other world of possibilities! What are some of your favorite summer palettes?

On my face today: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown // Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown // Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette in Soul // Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer // NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette // Blinc Mascara Amplified // Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Strip // MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm

On my face today #13

On my face today #9

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Another snow day for us over here in the DC area, hooray?  Since I’m staying home therefore have more time to mess around, I decided to put on a little makeup to help me feel pretty and alive in the gloomy snow day.  Today’s makeup I’m still keeping everything simple, using my first ever eyeshadow palette and add some gorgeous but light lip color!  Winter can’t be over soon enough…

On my face today: Shu Uemura Hard Formula in Stone Grey// Urban Decay Naked2// Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in Honey Douce

On my face today #9

Dreamy palette


I know I’m a little late one this, but I’ve been distracted by the holiday and are now finally getting around to this pretty little thing.  I got this palette last month and have been taking it with me everywhere I go during the holiday, I just can’t get enough of it!  The NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette is indeed a beauty.

At first I was worried that some of the colors in the palette might be too light for my skin tone, but when I tried them on I fell in love with all the blushes in this palette.  The highlighter was a little too shimmery for me, but it was perfect for the holiday. The famous Laguna bronzer is beautiful, a very subtle bronzer for my skin tone, perfect for when I want a little color on my face but no something too intense.  Last but not least, the packaging is just simply amazing!  The gorgeous design on the palette is unlike the normal matte NARS packaging, it’s fun, festive, elegant and very interesting.

I’m so glad I got this palette, it was definitely worth the investment and the “almost full size” size will sure last me a while!

Dreamy palette

Baby snake


Every since I was little my parents try to collect snake (shape/print) related items for me whenever they can because I’m a snake baby (born in the Year of the Snake, that is).  It has become a thing for my family to share with each other whenever we see a cool snake print or product in a snake shape, so when I saw this Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette with a color scheme that’s right up my alley, I had to get it for myself.

The contrast of the wood print and the gold of the snake is beyond beautiful, and the purple jewel on the snake is a very nice touch.  When you take a second to think about it, the colors and textures used on the design fits so nicely with what’s inside the palette – matte browns, glittery golds, and purple jeweled tones.  Definitely an ah-ha moment for me when I realize that, props to the packaging designer at Tarte, very clever indeed!

I really love the sultry orchid hue eyeshadow in this palette, not only is it very fall/winter appropriate, it has everything you need to create any look you want, natural, smokey, a pop of color, you name it!  The highlighter has just the right amount of shimmer and the bronzer is just dark enough for me to create a contrast without being overly dramatic (perfect for a beginner like me).  The blush is a rosy pink with a hint of plum and brown and appears to have a hint of coral as well when applied, it looks great for an everyday look!  Some reviews claim it doesn’t blend as evenly but I didn’t really have a problem with that, but again I’m not that sensitive to this kind of stuff…  This palette looks like it’ll be very versatile as the colors are great for everyday looks and for all the holiday festivities.  I can’t wait to play around with it more!

Baby snake

The wish list: Sephora VIB Holiday Shopping Event 2014

Today is the start of the Sephora VIB Holiday Shopping Event!  There are so many items I’ve been wanting to try and I plan on taking full advantage of this sale.  Lots of brands have their holiday palettes and items available now, so for those of you that want to start your holiday shopping early, this is a great time to start!  And of course grabbing the everyday stable items you’re running low on is a must.

Below are some of the items I’ve been wanting to try, once I figure out which ones I want/received them in the mail I will be doing a haul post, so stay tune!


  1. Tarte Limited-Edition Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette
  2. Benefit Cosmetics Hoola
  3. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Demolition
  4. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Vera
  5. Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Cassis
  6. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Berry Tinted
  7. Anatasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
  8. NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette


The wish list: Sephora VIB Holiday Shopping Event 2014