Lucky me, tonight Jane Park and her Julep Maven team hosted a meetup in Toronto, which I decided to attend alongside a handful of lovely ladies I happen to know and adore. Upon arriving we were greeted by Jane herself, along with her bubbly assistant Melissa. After pouring us a glass of wine, Jane showed us the newest Julep products and told us to have fun testing and swatching them all! Of course, through our fun (and wine) I took some photos to share with all of you! Please excuse the quality… poorly lit hotel bars and cell phones don’t play nice when trying for amazing photos!
Let’s get it kicked off with October’s polishes…
On a recent shopping trip with some lovely ladies, we stopped into the MAC store and I was pleased to find travel sized pigments near the cash wrap. Not all the pigments are available in travel-sized, but I would say their most popular colours are available. The ‘Sized to Go’ pigments are 2.5g of products, versus the full-sized 4.5g. The regular sized product is $12, while the full sized is $25 (Canadian) so you are actually getting a good deal (two travel-sized would be $24 for 5g of product). I decided to practice just a teensy bit of restraint, and limited myself to 4. I grabbed Vanilla and Naked immediately, as they have been on my wishlist forever. Kitchmas and Violet just popped into my bag too, since they were way too gorgeous to pass up! MAC pigments are pretty versatile – you can use them as highlights, eyeshadows (check for eye-safe colours!), blush, or mix with a mixing medium to create eyeliner… or even drop some into a clear nail polish to make your own colour! The possibilities are endless.
Without further ado, swatches of the colours I picked up. These are without primer or base. On the left, is a swatch with my finger, and on the right is the same colour blended out.
I was lucky enough to be spoiled for my birthday by two lovely ladies (Taylor and Rebecca) who gifted me this Kat Von D Chrysalis palette I was lusting over. I’ve been having fun experimenting with it for the past few weeks…. today, I brought it out again and decided to use the blue/grey section of the palette. You can see below that the palette is somewhat divided into 3 colour groups… of course, you can mix and match any way you like, but today I stuck with the last 3 shadows for the main part of my look.
The steely grey is called Graphic Nature, the brighter blue is Entombed, and the darkest navy is Tornay. I also used the medium brown (4th from left) called Glasswing.
Today I have an EOTD look featuring a new product I recently discovered, with a little help from an amazing lady… (find her blog here).
Glamour Doll Eyes features eyeshadows in loose pigment form. Some are custom blended, and some are not (meaning the colour may not be unique to GDE)… but as a customer I appreciate their honesty in this. The prices are really affordable too! For $6 you get a full-sized shadow, which really will last a long time. There are so many beautiful colours on the site, it took me forever to decide on the ones I wanted to get. I ended up ordering 14 (!!!!), and it was still really hard to narrow down. I did pay for these myself, but GDE is kind enough to offer a blogger discount! So if you are a blogger too, you can also grab the shadows at a discounted price! The best part is, every order comes with a freebie “of the month” colour and samples! Awesome.
I’ve been playing around with these for about a week, and so far I’m really liking them. I have only had trouble with one colour (a matte blue), which applied a little splotchy. I’m going to try it out with the Foil Me base to see if I can get it to work a little better.
Here’s what I came up with…
- Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid
- Masquerade as a transition colour
- Melancholy on the lid
- Graves in May as a highlight
- Celestial Crow as a crease/outer v colour
- Stila liquid liner in black
- Chanel mascara
As you can see, on the backs of each jar they are clearly labelled as vegan/not vegan, and whether or not they are lip or eye safe! Awesome! 🙂
I am loving the vibrant hues and injecting some colour back into my EOTDs!!! I am really looking forward to playing with all the other colours I grabbed!
I’m back with another EOTD. I’m determined to stick to my goals!
This time, I used the Feminine palette from Urban Decay. I picked it up using points from Shopper’s Drug Mart in the summertime… but haven’t even touched it until now! Yikes. I love how soft and pretty this is, but still interesting and colourful!
- MAC Let’s Skate paint pot.
- UD Feminine palette: Skimp on lid and highlight, Bordello as transition, Gunmetal outer V/crease, AC/DC under eye
- UD Riot 24/7 liner on waterline
- UD Perversion 24/7 liner to tight line
- Stila liquid liner
- Benefit They’re Real mascara
Some of the pictures are a bit blurry, but I hope that you enjoy them anyway! 🙂
I have a huge problem. There are so many gorgeous eyeshadow palettes out there right now, and I’m itching to get my grubby little hands on a few of them… the problem is that I rarely branch out beyond neutral shadows, so spending money on beautiful eyeshadows seems wasteful since I would rarely reach for them. I actually have the UD Feminine palette that I picked up as a points rewards at Shopper’s Drug Mart this past summer… andI haven’t even touched it yet!!!
So, with that in mind… I have two goals right now:
1. Learn to incorporate more colours into my EOTD looks.
2. Keep practicing my winged liner!
I’ve been watching so many YouTube tutorials, as well as looking up images on Pinterest that interest me! You can see ideas I’ve gathered on my Pinterest Makeup board here.
So, without further ado, here’s today’s look using Urban Decay’s Get Baked palette.
What I used:
- MUFE Aqua Shadow in 20E as a base
- UD Baked allover lid,
- UD Twice Baked outer corner and under eye,
- UD Flipside inner half of undereye.
- Be A Bombshell in Birthday suit as highlight.
- Mac Blacktrack tightliner/waterline.
- Stila liquid liner in black.
- Benefit They’re Real mascara.
If you’re like me and have Get Baked and all the Naked palettes, then you find yourself the lucky owner of 3 Twice Baked shadows. Why do they do this?! I’d rather have two more colours. UD – no more repeats in your palettes, please!
My wing is coming along… but not quite where I want it yet!
Another EOTD featuring the original Naked palette. I admit, prior to buying this palette I had only a few eyeshadows! I had a Clinique quad that I got from a friend… but I only used one of the colours in it, and did a wash of that colour over my lid and that was it! Okay, I also had a bright pink shadow from Estee Lauder, but that was my ‘weekend’ eyeshadow. Oh my goodness, it was a hot mess.
At this point I feel like I have ‘so many’ eyeshadows, (which I totally do!), but in comparison to some friends/other bloggers I haven’t branched out much past my love for the UD neutrals. I’m working on it. Perhaps for my birthday this year, I’ll ask for Sephora gift cards and pick up some fun colours!
Here’s today’s look:
- Mac Paintpot in Stormy Pink on lid
- Mac Paintpot in Constructivist in crease
From the Naked palette:
- Darkhorse in crease/outer V and outer half of under eye
- Naked on lid
- Half Baked for inner corner and inner half of under eye
- Buck as a transition colour
- Virgin for highlighter
I finished up with
- Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack to tightline and on the waterline
- Stila liquid eyeliner in black
- Lancome Hynose Star mascara.
I’m trying to learn how to do a nice winged liner, but I’m still not there!