Naked Heat

It’s been a long time I feel like since Urban Decay came out with another eye shadow palette. I haven’t actually bothered to look up when the Smoky palette came out but it’s felt like a hot minute. I just started getting interested in adding eye shadow to my everyday looks and I somehow had managed to get Naked 1-3 and the Smoky palette. I was really excited for Naked Heat to complete this collection especially since I have held off on palettes with the red/coral family.

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Naked Heat Shades

I’ve looked at a lot of Instagram posts of the palette right before it came out and I couldn’t help but notice that most of the looks done with it seemed like a singular shade. It all just looked like a light red/orange behind the eyes.

I tried two looks on my first two days with just this palette and came up with the following looks.

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Naked Heat Look #1

 

This first look I used Ounce as the base shade all over the lids. I then moved on to Cayenne for a matte shade in the outer corner of my eye and when I decided that just that shade was too dull, I added Scorched over it. I wanted a lighter shimmer in my inner corners and decided to go with Lumbre. It’s a very beautiful rose gold (heavier on the gold).

I’ve known for a while that I have trouble taking photos of my eyeshadow looks what actually reflect the color in real life (as most of my posts so far make it look like it was pretty much one shade all over. Kind of why I thought the palette would be different in person compared to the Instagram posts that I’ve seen.)

This wasn’t exactly the situation though. The end result was pretty much a light red gold transitioning into a deep red gold. I tried the look with the Urban Decay Eden primer potion initially but when the colors weren’t popping quite enough I switched to the Urban Decay Sin Primer with the shimmery undertone.

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Please ignore the snap filter, it’s the only pic that shows the more obvious gradient

This second look I went with a huge mix of deep shades in the outer corner. It was so messy to the point where I really can’t tell you which shade I used in which area of the eye. The most I can say was that I used the shade Ashes to deepen the corners. I even kept using that shade after I had already applied eyeliner. I didn’t use any eye shadow in my inner corner at all in hopes to create a more obvious gradient look.

By the way, as I’m such a newbie at the eyeshadow game, all I’m constantly looking for is an easy application process. I’ve only had to use three brushes to create all these looks. My favorite is the Morphe 433 brush. It’s an incredibly easy to use brush especially with Asian eyes as I have to draw on a crease every morning to create the space for the rest of the eye. The next most awesome brush is a brush from IT Cosmetics that I got from Ulta; the No. 220 Small Shadow brush. It’s the perfect size to add corner deepening shades, add shadow to the bottom outer corner of the eye, and can even be used for blending. The density of this brush is universal for all uses as is the Morphe 433. Finally the classic blending brush also from Ulta, with IT Cosmtics and unfortunately it’s so worn down I can’t see a brush number or anything else for that matter on the sides. But I know that they advertise it as the “best blending” brush, just like they advertise others as “best foundation brush, best brow brush, etc.”

Now  back to what this post is supposed to be about, my final Naked Heat look was quite a success! I used the shades En Fuego and Ashes in the outer corner and topped with the shade Ember. With the inner corner, I used the shade Booty Call and just a miniscule amount of Half Baked from Naked 2 to create the more obvious gradient look. I have to say I dig this one soooooo much more.

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Naked Heat and Naked 2

Naked Heat is a palette of coral, copper, and red shades. It’s definitely not a complete look kind of palette like Naked or Naked 2.

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Naked Heat and Naked 2

All in all, very beautiful shades, very pigmented, and has a great mix of matte and shimmer shades. Maybe if I try the shades on the left of the palette a bit more I could create whole looks with this palette but for now I think I’ll use it as a specific color scheme kind of palette? Hope that makes sense. It may also be harder for me to fully appreciate this palette just because I can’t wear such dramatic looks at work during the week and on weekends I’m out right now with summer activities that would be best suited with no make up use.

I’ve been trying to get back on WordPress for a hot minute! But life has just been so incredibly busy lately. I’m gonna make sure to make this a more regular thing once again. Writing these reviews seriously improves my mood!

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Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit

It’s been a while since I’ve purchased a new highlighting palette! Years! So I thought it was about time I try something new  I purchased the Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit highlighting palette at Sephora for around $40. It comes with four separate shades with quite a large pan of product.

The product comes in the form of a flip up cover with a paper slip around it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep that paper sleeve wrinkle free and pristine. The layout is simple, just four circular pans. I would say that the only draw back would be that it doesn’t have a mirror but that’s definitely not a deal breaker considering all the products with amazing mirrors included (Looking at you, Tarteist Pro Eyeshadow Palette!).

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I realize I probably should have taken the photo before I used it. Whoops.

It’s such a smooth texture. It just felt beautiful. It was creamy, soft, and smooth. I literally picked up powder by swirling my finger in a couple of times, and swatched it on my hand. Its like the effect of a cream product being smeared on your had without the feeling of smearing because the powder was so soft!!

The colors are decent and a fairly useful. The shade on the top left corner is Bronzed. It’s an incredibly copper color. I could imaging myself dusting this maybe on my collar bone when I’m incredibly tan. It’s an unbelievably dark color for a highlight. So, I’m not expecting to hit pan on this one. I think I might use it on top of my bronzer but even then, I’ll be applying with an incredibly light hand. I cannot stress enough how copper this color is.

The shade below that is Tourmaline. It’s a dark pink I can use for topping off blush or highlight. It’s like the more concentrated color of the Benefit Watts Up Highlighter I’ve used all these years (absolutely beautiful highlighter and it’s not that I didn’t like what it was anymore but that it was the only one of my makeup products I had never switched up, so I wanted to try a new highlight after all these years).

Top right is Summer, which is the lightest shade in the palette. I’ve been using this color a lot on the bridge of my nose and mixed with the last shade to create the perfect mix for cheek highlight.

Last color is Moonstone which is a lighter version of Tourmaline. I would say that for my skin color it’s the one shade in this palette I can use without doing a little extra (mixing shades, using a light hand, only using when I’m tan, etc ).

I think that for darker skin tones this would be a palette more fit. I should have probably looked more into an Anastasia Glow Kit with lighter shades but I’m still not mad at it because it’s so workable. On a day where my look is just contour, bronzer, and the overall tan summer look I think would be perfect for the shade Bronzed. I’m one of those people who likes a noticeable bronze contour on my cheeks. A lot of people like it blended to the point where it just looks like shadow on your face and I don’t know why but a noticeable cheek bronze is just my thing.

The three remaining shades are very universal and can make any glow happen. The great thing about this product is the ability to build it. You can either go with a natural glow or a “See me from the Space Station Glow”. One product can pull of every look intensity level!

Overall,, I think it’s a great bang for your buck. This product is going to last me a very long time. $40 bucks for these four pans when I pay $40 just for a bottle of foundation I go through in a month and a half.

Either way. Super Dope! Try it!

 

 

The One About the KKW Collab

Taking a break from the review of my Sephora haul, I’m going to review the KKW Collaboration with Kylie Cosmetics! Before I get into it I do have to make a full disclosure.

I literally cannot stand Kylie Jenner, She drives me crazy.

But, when you have a best friend who’s super into Kylie Jenner, and you yourself like Kim’s taste, the KKW collab seemed to be the perfect gift to express myself while giving her something I knew she would like.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I liked the NARS lip gloss in the shade Chelsea girls and that I only gave that shade a try because I saw Kim with it in a magazine article and fell in love with the color. The four shades in the pack are pretty much all just a VERY slight variation of that shade.


The outer packaging is nice, but I don’t really know how I feel about it. It’s a semi hard cardboard and somehow it just comes off as way too extra (although with Kim Kardashian, I should expect as much). High end products just don’t need that kind of packaging?

Here are the swatches of the shades. Like I said, nearly identical.

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The first shade, I tried here is Kimberly. It’s a really light nude, which with my Asian skin tone pretty much washes me out. I’m not a huge fan. I just don’t think this color is warm enough to be flattering on many skin tones. In my mind I can picture my bestie (very fair skin) being more washed out than me. Or just a dark skin tone with a bright white lip. It’s just not a very flattering color in my opinion but perhaps some people like it that light.

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The second one is Kim. It’s a little warmer than Kimberly. It’s a shade I think I can wear with a more pastel theme or when I just need a natural nude. In a way Kimberly was a more dramatic nude in my opinion just because of how white it was compared to Kim which is a little more natural.

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Third up is Kiki. I like Kiki. It has the most pink in all four shades of the collection. It’s a really pretty natural pink. I personally and not be biggest pink love but I can imagine this color looking good on virtually anyone.

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Last up is Kimmie! My absolute favorite shade in this pack. It’s warm, it’s natural, and it’s light enough so that it’s still “cute” glamor but dark enough so that it doesn’t wash out my other features but complements them.

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I used the Tarte Tarteist Pro eyeshadow palette today and created his nude/pink/light brown shade to pair with these lip shades. (Side note, if you still haven’t tried the Urban Decay Setting Spray even after people have been raving about it all these years because you think it’s just overhyped? I’m telling you. ITS NOT.) All of these pictures were taken with no touch up at 8pm after leaving my house at 7:30, working all day, and coming home at 7pm. That spray is like super glue for your face.

The packaging was okay but the actual bottle of the lip gloss could have been higher quality. They just didn’t feel high quality in my hands. The brush applicator for each was really scratchy and I felt like I was literally brushing out my lips throughout the application process The “crème lipstick” is more of a creamy lip gloss as well. Colors aren’t as highly pigmented as they show on the website or in any of Kim Kardashian’s Instagram promos. Divided up, it costs approximately $12.50 per shade not including tax. I guess it’s an okay buy? Ideally, it cost maybe $7-8 max per shade it would be a good deal. However for $48 or $45 (I forgot the price), it’s just not worth your money. Unless you’re one of those people who purely buy products to support the celebrity promoting them, I would not recommend this.

If anyone really likes the last shaded I spoke about, Kimmie, I have a dupe for you! The Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in the Shade Goals is absolutely amazing. Tarte products are always beautiful, applies incredibly naturally and glides smoothly across your lips. It is more pricy at $20 a tube but trust me, it’s worth it. It’s got the same level of pigment as this collection minus the smearing.

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The One About the Naked Palette

It’s been a while since my last post! I was working on reviewing all the products I purchased at the Sephora 15% VIB sale. Next item I’d like to talk about it the extremely well known original Naked eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay.

I only recently starting dabbling into eyeshadow. I’ve pretty much not worn any eyeshadow in the past until just this year. Therefore, it was ridiculous and I just simply couldn’t justify spending $54 for eyeshadows that I didn’t even know how to apply.

But hey! New year new me! I finally hopped on the bandwagon! I’ve always liked the shimmer and the fabulousness of the colors in this palette as pretty much any girl. We all know we’re interested in shiny things, but I couldn’t figure out how to use them! (Until Now.)

This is the look that I came up with using the Naked palette and one shade from the Tarte Tarteist Pro palette.

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I started with the Urban Decay Eden lid primer and put the shade Classic from the Tarte Pro palette as a base. Then I went in with the shade Naked in my crease with the Morphe 433 brush (most amazing brush ever! It gets the color even in my creases like no brush has ever been able to before). I then used the shade Hustle in my outer corner and finally a mix of Sin and Sidecar for my inner corner and went back over it again with Naked in the crease.

Overall I would say that the two matte colors are very universal and can be used with almost any eye look while the darker shimmer colors are more suitable for either an attention grabbing work look (low key shimmer but with SLIGHTLY darker outer corners) or a night out in Vegas look. Overall I wouldn’t say that this palette is very good for day time or work appropriate looks; although it may work for some people, I don’t know what people do for a living but I work weekdays at a financial company so…they’re not the biggest fans of dramatic looks.

The lighter shimmer shades are incredibly beautiful colors and I guess they are pigmented because a lot of it transfers to my fingers during swatches but they don’t show up very well on my Asian skin tone even with a light base underneath. I previously spoke about trying the NYX jumbo white eye crayon over the lid to see if it would make color pop but it didn’t help at all. Literally no difference.

One of the other products I purchased during the VIB 15% sale was the Urban Decay lid primer in Sin. It’s a shimmer primer. It worked! I applied the primer in Sin over the inner corner where I placed the shimmer shades and used my finger to pat down the shimmer shades instead of a brush or rubbing it in.

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Products used in order of application:

  • Benefit  Porefessional Primer
  • Makeup Forever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation
  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
  • NARS creamy radiant concealer
  • Urban Decay Eden Primer
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (on sides of nose)
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner
  • Ardell Natural 105 lashes
  • Dior Diorshow Mascara (very little, just to stick my natural eyelashes to the Ardells)
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (cheeks and forehead for contour)
  • Benefit Watts Up Highlighter
  • Tarte Tarteist lip gloss
  • Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
  • And the final touch of course is my all time favorite perfume! Versace Bright Crystal!

 

 

 

The One the with Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask

I’ve been seeing this mask all over the internet! People are trying out this mask from Korea with charcoal in it that supposedly hurts like hell when you rip if off but empties your pores. I had to give this a try and thanks to my bestie, Alina, I got it in two days through Amazon Prime for about $10.

The packaging is cute with a little devil pig killing pore dirt? To be honest, I’m not 100% certain that I got the legit one from amazon. The mask itself was gray instead of black like the other videos that I’ve seen online. So keep that in mind for the rest of the review.

It did really hurt pulling off the mask. It hurts kind of similar to a pore strip but not as much. Imagine one of the Biore nose pore strips and that you’re using it all over your face. It does not hurt as bad as that, it’s like that but like maybe 60% less painful.

After the peeling of the mask, I do think that my skin feels a lot softer and I’m actually really excited for my makeup application tomorrow because I know how much more evenly it’s going to apply.

I was going to take a picture of the mask after peeling but there really wasn’t much to see. I didn’t see anything sticking out from the mask like you can see when you peel off a Biore Pore Strip. I can see little bumps in my cupid’s bow area, chin, and nose but no trapped oils. I was able to see a lot of the dead skin it managed to take off from my forehead. (I didn’t realize exactly how many fine lines I have in my forehead already…)

All in all, I would recommend this mask because it does leave my skin feeling soft and refreshed and even as I’m typing this now, my skin is still stinging a little bit and it’s like a good pain.

I would totally recommend this! For about $10 you get a great mask leaving your face feeling refreshed and dead skin free. Based on how much I used to get once use of the mask, I can expect at least 7-8 uses and considering this is definitely not the type of mask you would want to be using on a consistent bases, $10 is going to last me a while.

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The One with the Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Review

I spent way too much time and money at Sephora this weekend. But you know what, after everything with my ex went down, this is going to be my breakup present to myself.  So 15% off isn’t that much of a discount, but it’s better than nothing and it made me buy several palettes and such. I was going to review everything at once but I bought so much I figured it was best to do it one at a time.

First up, the Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette! What a mouthful, I’m gonna call it the Tarte Pro from here on out. This is my first Tarte product ever and I think I’m about to start a great relationship with this brand.

IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

I’m gonna review out to in. First off packaging is beautiful. It’s a very sleek black palette but now I understand why every Tarte Pro palette tutorial I watched online had fingerprints all over the front. Unavoidable.

I love the gold inside, so gorgeous and classy. It comes with 16 matte shades and 4 shimmer/glitter shades. I tried each row independently and then started creating my own look and its just beautiful. It’s a super pigmented palette, and the shades are so creamy and blendable even without super pricy brushes. (I just can’t with super pricy brushes, I’d rather direct that money towards makeup)

In YouTube tutorials, a lot of people talk about kick back during application but honestly, the color is so pigmented that if you’re just pressing lightly and do a gradual application there’s no reason why kick back should happen.

I created this look with the Tarte Pro palette today!

I started as always with my Urban Decay eyeshadow primer Eden all over my lid. I then used the shade Classic (First shade in first row) all over my lid to create a base. I used the shade Bold (second shade in the last row) in my crease.

The shade No Filter I think has become my favorite shade of all time. Out of all the palettes I’ve tried and been using I haven’t run into such a natural, yet royal, rich, and regal color. I’m using it in my corner crease (third shade in the second row).

I then brightened up the inner corner with the shade Glam (second row glimmer shade).

Overall, I would highly recommend this palette, the packaging is beautiful, the shades are pigmented and combine perfectly to create really natural looks but give you the ability to glam up any look with the shimmer shades. It was I believe $53 but I had the 15% off.

Rest of my makeup: Benefit goof proof brow pencil, NARS under eye concealer, NARS lipgloss in the shade Chelsea Girls, MakeUp Forever foundation, Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner, MakeUp Forever mascara, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Benefit WattsUp Highlighter, Urban Decay setting spray.

So much new makeup to play with! I’m unsure what the next one to be reviewed will be, but we’re off to a good start with this one. It’s so pretty!

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The One About Another Naked Look

Hey all! So I got bored and decided to try again with the new Naked 3 Palette I got the other day. It came out much better than the first time. Although, this time around I had to use more than the Naked 3 palette to get the kind of darkness I wanted on the outer V. The Naked 3 palette has two shimmery dark shades to work with but both of them have a tint of pink in them and didn’t give the desired dark effect I wanted. Here’s how it went!

I started with the shade Trick all over my lid and Nooner in my crease. For the outer V I used the Urban Decay shadow in the shade Secret Service around the top edge of the V (Top Shade), and towards the bottom I used the shade Whiskey from the Naked Smoky palette. I then finished with the shade Dust from Naked 3 in the inner corner to brighten up the eye.

 

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Naked Smoky and Naked 3 Palettes

 

I was only going to practice eyeshadow looks but I wanted to take pics! and how a I supposed to take pics with just shadow and nothing else? I applied Benefit eyeliner, Ardell lashes, and lip color from Kat Von D in the shade Damned. So excited to try more new looks!

 

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Ardell Lashes in 105 Natural, NYX White Jumbo Eye Pencil, Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner, Kat Von D lip color in Damned, Urban Decay Eden primer, Duo lash glue

 

Brushes: Elf crease brush, Ulta crease brush, IT Blender brush, IT small eyeshadow brush (No. 220)

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I’m going to Sephora on Saturday so I’m excited to see what I come back with! Hopefully I’ll come back with even some of my wallet in tact.

 

The One About Naked 3

So, I decided on the palette I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to reward myself with. I put all this research into what palette I wanted and what colors I thought would look good on me but the moment I stepped into Sephora I didn’t get anything I had planned on!

I settled on Naked 3 from Urban Decay! Honestly, I had thought about this palette in the past but my first instinct was, nah. Not my color not a well rounded palette good my beginner status. But who knows, maybe I was just in a cheerful mood that day that I went in. The color scheme just made me feel happy and beautiful and peaceful. I ended up with a palette of pink and nudes instead of my expected brown and bronzes!

I’ve used eyeshadow in the past but in a very basic way. I pretty much just used a light brown all over my lid and that was it. I have no blending expertise or color designing expertise other than what I watch from YouTube and to be honest I don’t even retain that much of it. So I tried my first look with this palette and this is what happened!

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So ignoring the mascara mess in my left eye, I thought it turned out pretty well for a beginner! I wore it to a clinic today so it’s not like I would make it super dramatic or dark.

I used started with the Urban Decay Eden primer all over my lid.

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I then used the shade dust in what started as the inner corner but ended up all over my lid. The two sided bush that comes with the palette is actually works really well and I used the small end of it to pack on as much as I could. Dust is incredibly bright, but has a lot of fallout and takes a while to build up color. Even now I wish I had done more of Dust to bring out the brightness. I think next time, I’m going to put this NYX white base first and hopefully Dust will show up better next time.

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Next, I blended the shade Limit into the crease. I was considering using Nooner, (which is what most YouTube tutorials use for a crease shade) but I wanted something even lighter for this daytime look. I then used Darkside in my corner V. Next time I try this I think I’m either going to apply a lot more Darkside or I’m going to try Darkheart. I wanted the outer V to be obviously darker and when I look at myself in the mirror I can tell the obvious gradient effect although it doesn’t quite show up in the picture.

For Dust I used the flat brush shown on the left from the Naked 3 palette, for Limit, I used a blending brush from IT Cosmetics at Ulta. To drag Darkside along the outer corner, I actually used one of the brushes from the Naked Smoky palette.

Anyways, I’m going to be trying more looks in the future. Practice makes perfect! It was good that I didn’t stay out that long with this look for long because it’s not as clean cut and the gradient wasn’t as clear as I wanted it to be. I like my face makeup to be clean and so when the rest of my face was put together and paired with a messy eyeshadow look, it wasn’t that great. Next time!

*Also, thanks to Amazon Prime, the Hell Pore mask I mentioned last time is already here and I’m gonna try it soon! At the same time, an eyeshadow palette from Morphe also arrived on my doorstep. Plus, Sephora just sent me an email letting me know this week because I’m VIB I get 15% off, so honestly, there more than likely is going to be another Sephora run! 🙂

The One About the Que Bella Masks

We’ve all seen them at Target. I final got curious enough to try it out. They’re available at Target from anywhere between $2 and $4.

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In retrospect, I realize I probably shouldn’t have done both masks at the same time but I wanted to try them out. I started off on the left with the Indulgent Rose and Green Tea Mud Mask.

The texture came out more of a cream and it felt and smelled nearly identical to the Body Shop Vitamin E Mask which I also happen to use. Comparatively, I’m sure the Body Shop Vitamin E masks may offer more useful properties compared to Que Bella but it did leave my face feeling refreshed. The mask did eventually dry but not in your typical mud mask texture. It was more of an extremely dense cream on your face.

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I moved on to the Refreshing Pomegranate Peel Off Mask. The mask again felt good on the skin and the peel off sensation was indeed refreshing (not in the American Psycho kinda way). However, it didn’t leave me feeling as clear skinned as what I imagine a pore strip would make me feel.  Right after I took off the mask, I actually went online to Amazon and purchased the “Hell Pore Clean Up Mask”. I’ve seen it everywhere online and I’m very excited for it to get here for me to try!

All in all, if you’re looking for a mask to maybe put on during a hot bath or maybe while you’re sitting in your massage chair then Que Bella would definitely be a good option. It succeeds in creating a relaxing experience. However, if you’re looking for a mask that can provide specific things like clear pores, Vitamin E, etc. You’re better off trying a more well known purposeful mask.

The One About the Eyeshadow Palette (Tarte)

So when I got past my first dip of sadness when all of this began, I told myself that the day I knew I was able to overcome all of this, I would get myself a gift from Sephora.

Treat Yo Self!

At the time I already knew what I wanted. The tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette.

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Except now I’m not sure! I already have a self created Urban Decay palette case thingy. I don’t know what they’re called but it’s like a box with four empty spaces which I filled with full size Urban Decay pots. Anyways, point being, I already filled my self created one with similar shades and as I’m not really a super makeup guru and most of my eye looks consists of two shades at most (usually one). I don’t know if this would be the best present to reward myself with.

What makeup should I try? Any recommendations? What would be a super “Treat Yo Self” gift? I’m not into skin care and hair care. I already have a set routine for that.

I’m low key thinking maybe I should just get better at eye makeup looks and once I’m actually able to do it, It’ll be more exciting to get eye shadow palettes.