Price: $39.50 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 7.4 g
The Becca Afterglow Palette is a five pan highlight and blush palette.
The Becca Afterglow Palette comes in a reflective rose package that is compact and travel friendly. The palette has a mirror under the lid and the color names are on the back of the palette. The Afterglow Palette includes three Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Moonstone, Rose Gold and Topaz, and two Mineral Blushes in Wild Honey and Flowerchild. On darker skin tones, two or all of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors could work as a highlight, but on my light skintone, only Moonstone works to highlight my skin. So, while I cannot use the other two as highlights, they are still very pretty for layering over blushes to add a bit of a glow. All the powders have a smooth texture, although the blushes are not quite as soft as the Shimmering Skin Perfectors.
Price: $5 * Buy At: ColourPop Website * Size: 3.2
The ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Scrooge is a dark, warm berry with a matte finish. Scrooge is a part of ColourPop’s Christmas collection.
The ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips come in a clear tube and a typical doe foot applicator. I typically am not a fan of colors like this, but for some reason, I really like how Scrooge looks on me. The formula is thin and very opaque, it needed no building up to get intense coverage on the lips. It can be pretty drying after application, but it feels more comfortable on the lips after a little bit. I honestly don't feel it on my lips throughout the day. Scrooge does have very good lasting power, but since it's a darker shade, I would keep it on you in case you need to touch up during the day.
How To | Step by Step
To prep the lids for the makeup, I used the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Cover Palette. All over the crease, I used a matte warm purple shadow from the Lorac AfterGLO shadow palette.
To deepen up the crease a bit, I used a cool toned dark brown from the same Lorac palette. I ended up going back and forth between the purple and the brown to make sure both colors were as intense as I wanted. I blended the two shades together with a Sigma E40.
For a base for the blue shadow, I first applied a thin layer of the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. Then, I packed on the Nyx Hot Singles Shadow in Electroshock, which is a matte cobalt blue.
In the inner corners of my eyes, I highlighted quite a bit with Inglot #318. On the lashline, I applied the same cobalt shadow just below the waterline. I dragged this color to the inner corner, but left a little gap. To blend out the color a bit, I used some of the purple from the crease.
On my lashes, I applied the Maybelline the Colossal Cat Eyes mascara on the top and bottom lashes. To give the look some more drama, I applied the Eyelure Volume 101 lashes.
Price: $5 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 8 mL
The Nyx Butter Gloss in Sugar Plum is a light cool toned purple gloss. Sugar Plum is a part of the new shades Nyx has just recently released.
The Nyx Butter Glosses come in a colored tube that corresponds to the gloss color. They have a typical doe foot applicator. Sugar Plum is a bit more sheer and patchy than most of the other shades from the collection, but once you rub your lips together, the product evens out. I really love purple lip colors, and since this is a gloss, it is a more subtle way to wear the color. It also looks gorgeous layered over any lighter purple lip color. The Butter Glosses are very comfortable on the lips; they're really one of the only glosses that I can tolerate. They are not sticky at all and just feel nice and moisturizing.
Price: $4.49 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 5 mL / 0.17 fl oz
The Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel in Medium Brown is a tinted brow gel designed to define and fill the brows.
The Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel comes in a small tube with a small cone shaped wand. While the wand isn’t super tiny like Benefit’s brow gel, but it is smaller than many brow gels on the market. While I thought medium brown might be a bit dark for my brows, it actually works out quite well on me. It is a bit warm for my hair and skin, but when layered over my other brow products it looks great. The product has a wet gel formula that applies very easily to the brows. It doesn’t clump up on the brow hairs either. I find the color and hold to last throughout the day, but a touch up in the afternoon or evening could be good.
Price: $28 * Buy At: Ulta * Size: 2.62 g
The IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Must Haves Set comes with a seven shadow palette, a deluxe sized Hello Lashes Mascara & a sample of the Bye-Bye Under Eye Concealer.
The palette comes in a cardboard package that stays closed magnetically. It has a small mirror, I'm not sure how functional it would be. Honestly, it feels kind of cheap, but it is what's on the inside that counts. The palette contains six neutral matte eyeshadows, and one “transforming” satin shadow. This shadow is designed to layer over mattes to give a different finish, but honestly it just lightens the color and maybe adds a tiny bit of a sheen, as you can see in my swatches. All of the shadows are consistent in formula, and are very similar to the shades in the full sized Naturally Pretty palette, although they aren’t as soft and powdery. The shadows are very easy to blend, which is great to see in a palette of matte shades. With three light shades and three medium shades, you can create a variety of eye looks just using this palette, although I would typically use this palette in combination with some shimmery shadows.
This makeup look was created with the Sleek iDivine in Del Mar Vol II. To see my review, photos & swatches of this palette, click HERE.
How To | Step by Step
To prep my lids for the eye look, I first applied a concealer from the Makeup Revolution Cover & Conceal Palette. For the transition, I first applied the matte light purple shadow, Puro I also applied the light matte tan, Ushuaia in the crease, a bit below the purple.
I then used Siesta, a darker matte brown, to darken up the outer corners of the eyes. This look could be made more dramatic by applying this shade all over the crease, versus only the outer portion.
On the lids, I used the metallic light peach, Loco. I really packed on this color to get an intense metallic finish, but it could easily be sheered out.
To add definition, I applied the same Siesta shadow to lightly smoke out the lower lashline. I used a bit of Ushuaia as well to help blend it out.
In the waterline, I applied a brown pencil liner from Ulta. I used the Sephora Colorproof Liner in Matte Brown for my top liner. To highlight my inner corners, I used Pearl.
To complete this look, I used the Ardell 110 lashes. I also applied the Maybelline the Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara to the top and bottom lashes.