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Melisa Michelle X Ulta Palette Review & Swatches

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A purchase I definitely did not expect to make a few weeks ago was the Melisa Michelle X Ulta Makeup Palette. I had no idea this was even launching. I hadn't actually watched Melisa Michelle's channel in years, but the morning that I got the email from ULTA showing her pallet as available I went over to her channel and was reminded why I had enjoyed her videos. Melisa Michelle is a beautiful, very down to earth girl and I was very happy to see that her channel has grown. 

The minute I saw the palette in her hand I fell in love just a little bit. Honestly, she did a really nice job putting this together, everything from the eyeshadow shades to the highlighter and blush are just perfection. It's a very cohesive palette and looking at it, I could see how I could totally work with everything in there, including the highlighter.

But really what made me decide to buy this pallet not just for myself but two extras for my girls, was the price.

There has been an onslaught of influencer and makeup brand collaborations in the last few years and most of those are very overpriced. The Melisa Michelle X Ulta Palette is only $20 and includes: nine eyeshadows, a 3-tone tone highlighter, a full-sized blush and liquid lipstick. Of course the fact that it is a collaboration with ULTA has everything to do with the fact that the price is low, but I just love how much you get for such a low price. 

Plus, the day of the launch, there was a buy two get one free on all ULTA brand products. To top it off, I had a $5 off coupon which made my three palettes an absolute steal.

Having zero experience with ULTA brand makeup, I honestly was expecting these eyeshadows to be less than average. In Melisa's launch video, everything swatched beautifully, but we all know how different things can actually be once you get them in your hand. My expectations were set pretty low, but since I had paid a very low price I was prepared to deal with averageness.

A closeup of the Melisa Michelle X Ulta Palette.

Now let's talk about the quality of each of the products, shall we?

When swatching, Bing Bing, Lala and Harley didn't swatch amazing, both were lacking pigmentation. The blush also looked like it might lack pigmentation and felt a tad dry. Once applied Bing Bing is very pigmented and just beautiful. Lala is not as buttery or pigmented as the shimmer shades in the top row but it's also beautiful on, especially as an inner corner highlight. Harley is the only shadow that I had any trouble with, it wouldn't pick up on my brush and the little that did, blended away.

The blush called Mahal is gorgeous! On the skin it doesn't feel dry in the least and it builds up beautifully. You can go really lightly with it or you can really build it up, the way that I prefer. Its such a perfect nude-pink shade that is going to be very universal for many skintones. 

Hollerr, the highlighter is gorgeous and my favorite thing in the palette. I am not a highlighter person so this says a lot. I think it's great that Melisa included three tones in this highlight so that it would be more universal, and swirled together it's beautiful! I love that this isn't a super yellow gold, or not too dark either, it's a light champagne that looks ethereal on the skin. Even my daughter says this has become her go-to highlighter. 

The last item in the Melisa Micelle X Ulta Makeup Palette is the liquid lipstick in Scandy which is a perfect nudie pink shade. Again, this shade is going to be very universal, it's also one of those shades that's super versatile. You can wear Scandy alone, with lipliners to make change up the shade, or with other lip products. It's just a great mixer shade if you like to change up your lippies, or just beautiful on its own. I wear it on it's own and love it, so does my daughter.

The one issue with Scandy is that it is a bit tacky and that stickiness stays put for about 2-3 hours. I don't really press my lips together when wearing liquid lipsticks, so this is not an issue for me, plus it's not overly sticky. However, if you are super against tackiness in a lippe, you won't like this one. 

Overall the Melisa Michelle X Ulta Palette exceeded my expectations. I wasn't expecting too much from the shadows and they were much better than I thought. The blush and highlight are super nice and those are the two items I will probably use the most. I also really like the liquid lipstick.

Do I think you NEED this palette in your life? If you're a fan of Melisa Michelle, yes. If you're someone who doesn't have a big makeup collection looking for an all-inclusive palette for everyday, yes! If you're a makeup lover, again, yes! Really, this is a good buy, especially for the money. I really can't see anyone going wrong with this unless they already own a ton of high-end makeup. 

I love my little palette and my daughter is really enjoying hers as well, especially the highlighter and liquid lipstick. Today we shipping the third palette to my daughter in Arizona and I am pretty sure she is going to enjoy it as well.

Buy the Melisa Micelle X Ulta Makeup Palette at Ulta for $20. Don't forget to use the $3.50 off coupon code on this purchase!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition

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For my birthday I got two of these newly formulated Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Palettes. I got Glambition and Scandalust. Because of the pop of red in Scandalust, I was sure that would be my favorite of the two palettes, but from the moment I opened up Glambition, I knew this was the one I would love most. 

I am familiar with the Marc Jacobs eyeshadow formula, I own the Marc Jacobs About Last Night Holiday Palette and it's pretty wonderful. I didn't really think the shadow formula needed reformulating, it was already really good. And that's exactly why I could not wait to get my hands on some of these new palettes, especially after seeing the sneak peeks on Instagram and the beautiful shades in all of the palettes. Honestly, Marc Jacobs Beauty did such a beautiful job putting these palettes together, it was so hard to even pick where to begin.

With the relaunch of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palettes, they also lowered their price to $49 from a hefty $59. While $49 is still of course, expensive, it's more accessible, and more on par with what you're getting in these palettes. 

If there is one fault with Glambition, it has to be that the matte shadows are so incredibly soft, that some border on delicate. While swatching both palettes I found a few pans that immediately crumbled apart when I put my finger in there lightly. I only ran into this with the matte formula and not every matte shade, just one here and there. 

I would suggest just being very gentle when you dip your brush into any of these pans because they are really soft. Still, I found the matte shades to be absolutely beautiful in this palette, they are very pigmented very soft and creamy. The two shimmery shades are absolutely incredible, and while you will have a little bit of fall-out on application, their finishes are just stunning! I'm usually not the biggest fan of either gold or pink eyeshadow's, but I can tell you that the two in Glambition are just stunning.

The black shade is a matte with glitter and not my absolute favorite, this is the one shade that swatched a little patchy and felt a tiny bit drier. I'm ever a fan of this type of shadow,  but it is nice that there is a black eyeshadow in Glambition because it makes it an all inclusive palette that will provide you many looks with just the eyeshadows in here alone. 

Swatches of Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition

My overall thoughts on the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition are that it is definitely worth the splurge, because it is a splurge at $49. Like I said above, it is an all inclusive pallet which means that you can travel with it or take it on the go and have all the shades you need for many different looks.

The packaging is ultra-lux and the eyeshadows are just super beautiful, not just the arrangement of shades but the formula. If you've been looking to add a really nice piece to your makeup collection, or looking for a neutral palette, I definitely think this is worth looking at. Will I be purchasing more of these eyeshadow palettes? Yes! There are at least two more that I would love to own but considering the price I would probably wait until the Sephora VIB sale.

Purchase the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition at Sephora.

Nordstrom Haul : Little MAC Lipsticks in Whirl & Russian Red + Cyber

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Mac lipsticks are some of my favorites and when they recently had their Buy 2 MAC Lipsticks Get One Free Promotion I really wanted to take advantage of the deal but wasn't ready to purchase two more full-sized lipsticks. My collection of MAC lippies is at about 36 right now. But one night last week Nordstrom launched the Little MAC Lipsticks which are small sized versions of the regular ones for only $10 and the promo for the free lipstick was still live. 

So instead of spending $34 to get a free lipstick, all I had to spend was $20! That was a deal to good to pass up, especially since I have been wanting the shades Russian Red and Whirl for a long time. For my freebie, I picked out Cyber which has been on my wishlist forever. 

Little MAC Lipsticks contain .06 oz. of product versus a full-sized MAC lipstick that contain .01 oz of product. Essentially, you get more than half of the regular tube and you pay about the same cost per ounce. 

This smaller size is really appealing because how many times will we finish a full tube of Mac lipstick? I've yet to do it, I am not even close to finishing any of my MAC lippies, but with this smaller sized tube I might actually be able to finish my first. 

There's also less chance of them going bad in this size and that's really great. I have not had to throw out any MAC lipsticks yet, but I have thrown out quite a few drugstore lippies that got old and went bad. That's such a waste!

I have tried the two Little MAC tubes and was happy to note that while the actual bullet of product is long and thin, they are pretty sturdy, just don't roll them out more than necessary. But they don't feel like jinky little deluxe samples that can sometimes be hard or scary to apply, for fear of breaking them. Plus the formula is the same in my opinion too, today in fact I was reminded why I love MAC's Matte Formula so much! It's so soft and pigmented and that scent!

Little MAC Lipstick in Whirl

Little MAC Lipstick in Russian Red

MAC Lipstick in Cyber

As I was talking about these Little MAC Lipsticks on my social media, I could only think of 2 cons: storage and losing them easier. I like to stick my lipstick of the day in my pocket when going out and I can see how this smaller tube has more of a chance of getting lost, maybe even if you have it in your bag.

Then there is the storage, if you own acrylic organizers for your MAC lipsticks, these won't fit inside so you won't be able to store them in the same manner. I'm going to lay mine down inside a drawer, which is fine, but I do like displaying my MAC lippies in a stand up acrylic organizer that these won't fit in. 

Just a few things to think about but other than that, I do think these smaller tubes of MAC lipsticks are a great way to go. There are so many advantages to buying these lipsticks in a smaller size and since the price per ounce is practically the same as a full-sized tube, why not? 

Find Little Mac Lipsticks at Nordstrom and Macy's

Coastal Scents | .99 Hot Pot Sale Haul Review & Swatches

Last week Coastal Scents had their famous .99 Hot Pot sale and I hurriedly placed an order Sunday morning before going on vacation. This is the second time that I take advantage of the .99 sale, you can see my first haul here. I only had about 10 minutes when I placed this order so I didn't do a lot of research on these shades and besides knowing that I wanted to pick up Caramel and Barista, I just threw a bunch of pretty looking shades in my cart and paid for my order. I did pay a $3.22 shipping fee which I think is so minimal I did not mind it at all. 

ColourPop Yes, Please! Pressed Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Today I am sharing one of the latest ColourPop releases which launched and sold out in about 10 minutes last week, the Yes, Please! Pressed Eyeshadow Palette. When ColourPop teased the palette everyone immediately began to make comparisons between this palette and the Natasha Denona Sunset Palette which is $129. As someone who owns the Natasha palette I can tell you there are about 5 shades in this palette very similar to ones in that palette. I will be sharing a second post later comparing both palettes with swatches of the matching shades.