My Bridesmaid Makeup Picks!

Hello there, lovelies!

Sorry I haven’t posted this week! I’ve been doing lots of dorm shopping (look out for that soon 🙂 ), and it’s been really crazy! I move in next week to my dorm, and I’d appreciate some advice!

Anyway, about two weeks ago, my second oldest brother got married to his girlfriend of ten years, and with any wedding, makeup is one of my top priorities! So, a lot of preparation went into my makeup look for the wedding, especially because I was a bridesmaid! Here’s what I wore!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

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Thank you, Jaclyn Hill, for once again prompting me to buy another thing from Sephora. 🙂 This is pretty unconventional as far as primers go because it’s a spray instead of a cream, but dang, it works. This would work wonderfully well for drier skin types because it’s particularly hydrating, but it still leaves a lot of tact on the skin for the foundation to stick to. And it doesn’t feel sticky, which is great!

Physicians Formula Touch of Glow Foundation in Light

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I bought this foundation during the 40% off sale that Ulta had about two months ago, and I have been LOVING it! It has light-to-medium coverage and, like the name suggests, a dewy-glowy finish. It looks SO natural on the skin, and amazingly enough, it doesn’t look too oily in my T-zone. I have combination-oily skin, so this is really hard to find! I did set it with powder just because of my oiliness, but this is so great for foundation when you want to have a little more coverage than a BB Cream. The one thing I don’t like about this is that it only comes in three shades, and I’m only in the lightest shade in the summer, so I probably can’t use it in the winter. But I’ll probably be looking for a more matte foundation in the winter anyway. I’m obsessed!

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Stick

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Spoiler alert for my review coming soon…but this has become my holy grail concealer. Same with the foundation in that the shade leave a little to be desired, but it’s SOOO creamy! It blends in flawlessly to the skin even despite the odd shade, and again, it has that same glow to it that the foundation does. And can we talk about the packaging? SO adorable!

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil

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I knew that I was going to be photographed a lot, so I needed something that wouldn’t leave a white cast in pictures like a white powder would. This has a beige tint to it, and I prefer loose powders anyway because I feel like they soak up my oils better than pressed powders, and this worked so well on wedding day. It’s a staple!

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

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You know me. I can’t do any look without this. It locks my makeup in place and gets rid of any cakey-ness that my powder might give me. It also feels great on hot summer days!

Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop

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Oh, man. This is stunning. I got this about a month ago, and it’s all I’ve been wearing! It is the most beautiful color to wear in the summer (kind of a peach with a hint of pink and almost orange? I’m really bad at describing colors haha), and they’re a “cream”-to-powder finish. Ugh just get it! It’s so great!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

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I don’t even need to tell you that I love it. Everyone loves it, and for good reason. It is so complimentary to my skin and has the most GORGEOUS, glowing, shimmery finish on your cheekbones. Go to your local Sephora and just give it a swirl. You’ll fall in love, too!

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded

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I knew I needed a cream eyeshadow for wedding day because it is sooooo long-wearing and will stay just as beautiful at the end of the night as it was when I applied it. I chose the color Barely Branded because it’s a shimmery cream (color, not product), and it goes with any eyeshadow look I would’ve picked.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Creme Brulee, In the Spotlight, and Cosmopolitan

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You guys know that I looooooove my Makeup Geek shadows! I was going for a more strobed look on my eyes for the wedding, so of course I looked to my foiled eyeshadows! Love ’em!

Stila Stay All-Day Liquid Eyeliner

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Again, SUCH a long-wearing item, super easy to apply, super black, and I love it. Not much explanation needed!

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

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I’ve used this so much that the writing has worn off! It’s a sample, but it gives volume and length, and it’s probably one of my favorite high-end mascaras! It can tend to get a little clumpy, so be careful.

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Espresso

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I’m pretty new to doing brows because I was blessed with my dad’s bushy brows, but I picked this up on clearance, and it gives a little tint to the sparse areas in the front of my brows. It’s not super easy to use. You have to do some finagling to make sure it doesn’t get outside your brow frame, but it pretty much doesn’t leave where you place it, so it’s alright.

Aaaand for some reason I forgot to photograph my lip color? Don’t know, but I wore the Rimmel Show-Off Matte Velvet Lip Lacquer in Meteoric Matte! Perfect color to complement my sapphire dress!

There you have it! That’s what I wore on my brother’s wedding day! Have any recommendations for future posts? Leave a comment down below! What makeup would you wear for a bridesmaid look? Thanks for reading!

See you soon, lovelies! Keep strong, be kind, and stay beautiful! 🙂

xo, Katie

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SHOWDOWN: Which Naked palette should you buy?

Ah, Naked palettes: the cult eyeshadow favorites of anyone who’s walked into a Sephora, and for good reason! These 12-pan palettes from Urban Decay are smooth, creamy, pigmented, and beautiful every-day shades that truly look good on everyone. But, if you’re someone who’s just diving into makeup and wants their first eyeshadow palette, it can be kind of overwhelming to determine which one to try out.

And that’s where I’m here to help!

I’ll be giving swatches and individual reviews of each of the palettes and then a comparison of all three!

Note: All of these palettes cost $54 and are available for sale at Ulta, Sephora, and on urbandecay.com

Naked Palette

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Encased in a felt packaging, the original palette has two matte shades and ten shimmery shades that are mostly warm-toned. Warm tones mean that there are hues such as red, orange, and yellow in them that give an overall warm appearance. This doesn’t mean that warm tones always have to be light colors, they just have to have those type of color backgrounds. Purple, for example, can be either, but it just depends on how much red and blue is in it to determine if it is warm or cool.

(First time swatching on my arm…don’t judge :))

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The key features for this palette are that they have two matte crease colors (Naked and Buck), and a very natural highlight shade (Virgin). These are two things you need for every eye look, no matter what, and the crease shades are just so compatible with so many skin tones, whether you want a day or night look. Other than that, this palette has GORGEOUS shimmery colors that would look great on anybody.

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This palette is going to cater to people who have more warm tones in their skin, or for people who just like wearing warmer skin tones. For me, warm tones are more comfortable and just make me feel prettier. They’re what I gravitate towards, and I think they especially complement my brown hair.

Naked 2

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This sequel to the wildly successful Naked palette has 12 shades, just like the original, except these are mostly cool-toned. Cool tones have hues of blue and green in them, and have an overall cool appearance to them. Another difference between this and the first palette is that this has much sturdier, tin packaging.

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There are three matte shades, including a deeeeep black (Blackout), which is useful for SO many things, including using it as eyeliner, outer V shade for a smokey eye, etc. This palette is also great for really smokey eye looks for going out to the club or something like that. It also has a repeat shade from the first palette, Half-Baked, a straight-up gold.

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This palette will cater to people with more cool tones in their skin and those who love cooler shades. Also, if you like to wear cooler lipsticks, this may be a great way to go. When I use this palette, I don’t know, I just don’t feel as comfortable and homey as with the original Naked. These are probably colors that are more suited for people a little older than me, and my tastes will change, so I might love this in a couple of years.

Naked 3

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The Naked 3 is the odd-one out in the Urban Decay bunch. Same sturdy packaging as the Naked 2, but the focus on this palette is rose gold tones: pinks, roses, golds, all colors that center around the popular rose gold tone. There is a nice mix of warm and cool tones in this palette, so it works on everyone, as long as you’re cool with having gorgeous pinks on your eyes. 🙂

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The Naked 3 parallels the original in that it has two matte crease colors, one for everyday looks (Limit) and one for darker looks (Nooner), and one matte highlight shade (Strange). These shimmery shades are just gorgeous, and perfect for the pink-lover.

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If you lose rose gold looks on the eye, then this is the palette for you. I wouldn’t say that this is the most versatile palette just because of the color focus, but a very nice addition to any eyeshadow collection. These colors will work on everyone, but for me, I prefer these shades on the lips rather than the eyes. Not an absolutely essential palette, but gorgeous nonetheless.

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Okay, so the time has come. Which Naked palette should you buy?

IT DEPENDS.

If you are just starting out in makeup, want a natural-look most days, and want the most versatile palette available? Go for the Naked. You can create soooo many different looks with this one, and it’s just got the colors that you want on your eyes.

If you are maybe in your 30’s or older and are trying to achieve smokier looks, then you should get the Naked 2. It’s got gorgeous cool toned shades, and would be perfect for darker looks.

I wouldn’t really recommend the Naked 3 for starting out just because it’s not versatile. It has gorgeous shades, but it’s only useful in certain cases.

Overall…

GO WITH THE NAKED.

It’s just the most versatile palette you could buy, and for $54, you need all the versatility you can get. Go with the cult classic, it’s a classic for a reason!

Thank you so much for reading this Naked palette showdown! If you’d like to see future tutorials using these palettes, leave a comment down below! Make sure to like, follow, and comment on which palette is your favorite! See you soon, lovelies! 🙂

xo, Katie

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Review and Swatches: Makeup Geek Eyeshadows!

Hello there! I just got my wisdom teeth out…yuck, I know. So, any hopes I had of doing a tutorial are now dashed for the time being, but I hope to crank one out in the next week or so!

I’ve always been a crazy fan of the Makeup Geek herself, Marlena, and everything that she stands for. She’s one of the most genuine, compassionate, and caring people I’ve seen on YouTube, and her talent is crazy! So, when I heard that she came out with a makeup line and saw the absolutely RAVE reviews the line got, my makeup-obsessive mind told me that it was completely rational to buy twenty of them. 😉

The normal eyeshadow pans are valued at $5.99, and the Foiled shadows are valued at $9.99. The only place you can buy them are at the Makeup Geek Store, and if you wander around her website a little bit, you can also find many tutorials and tips that are super helpful! If you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan. 😉

The absolute best way that I could think to store these is in a Z palette, which you can also find on the Makeup Geek site in varying colors and patterns. All it is is a palette with a magnetic back that you can stick your pans into to make your own custom palette. They come in sizes from a Small to an Extra Large, so you can get the best palette for your needs and to depot your single eyeshadows from any other brand, with this tutorial from the Makeup Geek herself.

Let’s just get this out of the way first: these shadows are PHENOMENAL. I’ll be honest, when I kept hearing review after review that these were the best things to happen to the makeup world, I got my hopes up really high, and to be honest again, they’re not what I expected. In reality, I’m not really sure what I expected, but here’s what I found: They’re everything you want in an eyeshadow. Pigmented, SO creamy, they’re just beautiful! The only thing I will say is that, for the short time that I’ve been using them, they’re not suuuper long-wearing, but I’ll continue trying new primer-shadow combinations and stuff like that to keep testing out the longevity of these shadows.

The foiled shadows are SO creamy that, when I put my finger into the pan, I feel like I should’ve made a dent in it because it feels almost like a cream. But when I look down, it’s still the same! They’re so crazy. I can’t really give an effective review because you JUST need to try them! And the best part? They’re literally HALF the price of a single MAC shadow, which has been its greatest comparison. Katie Approved!

Now, I’ll give swatches of all 20 so you can see how it looks on me, and maybe that’ll inspire you to get some of your own! Foiled eyeshadows will be marked with an asterisk.

The first one is Shimma Shimma ($5.99)

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This. is. so. great. It’s the perfect beigey-shimmery shade to put in your inner corner and below the brow. The best part is that it doesn’t look frosty, and it’s not too in your face. It looks very natural, and really goes with any look (and I even use it as my cheek highlight sometimes!). This is a MUST!

The next shade is Beaches and Cream ($5.99)

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You’re probably not going to be able to see this shade on my hand swatch because it is exactly my skin tone. This is the perfect shade to blend into any eye look for a more seamless transition in between shadows, at least for light to medium skin tones. Another must buy!

Next shadow is Magic Act* ($9.99)

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Magic act is the first foiled eyeshadow, and it is just the perfect gold shade. What I imagine it for is that great holiday makeup look with gold eyes and red lips. It’s such a vibrant, warm-toned gold. Very pretty!

This next one is Glamorous ($5.99)

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Ahhhhh, this shade. I’d like to think of Glamorous as a deeper Magic Act with some orangey-rusty brown tones in it. I’m a big fan of layering this in the outer V of a super simple, everyday gold look.

Up next is Creme Brulee ($5.99)

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The thing that I love about Makeup Geek shadows is that their mattes are just as creamy as their shimmers. This is basically a step deeper than Beaches and Cream, so if you maybe want to darken up your crease a bit, this is a wonderful transition shade for that, and a great skin tone shade for my medium to medium-deep girls!

The next shade is In the Spotlight* ($9.99)

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Okay, real talk. SO pretty! In the Spotlight is a great everyday shade when you want to feel a little glam. It’s got peachy-pink undertones, but the overall effect is pretty much what a spotlight would give off, very bright, shimmery, and GORGEOUS!

Next up is Starry Eyed* ($9.99)

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I think it might be possible to love this shade more than In the Spotlight because, as much as I love it, the peachiness in it doesn’t exactly go with every eye look I may want to create. But Starry Eyed is basically the same “spotlight” effect, but with a mauvey-tan shade. It truly goes with everything!

The next shadow is Mesmerized* ($9.99)

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Oooh, how I love this shade. This is perfect to darken up the outer V for a standard smokey eye. It’s a deep, greyish-brown with a slight tinge of plum in it. So good!

The next shade is Homecoming ($5.99)

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Homecoming is a very pretty, shimmery taupe with a hint of gold. Not much to say about this one, besides it’s really pretty!

Following that up is Grandstand* ($9.99)

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Grandstand is a LOVELY step deeper than In the Spotlight. A lovely peachy-pink with a warm-toned brown base. I loooooooove this shade!

This next one is Cocoa Bear ($5.99)

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Another one of these spot-on mattes. Cocoa Bear is a warm-toned, mid-range brown shade that would be perfect for darkening up the lower lash line for everyday, lighter smokey eyes. Great shade.

Up next is Cosmopolitan ($5.99)

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Everyone raves about this eyeshadow because it is said to be a dupe for MAC’s Expensive Pink, except half the price! It’s a rich, dark pink with a gold sheen to it. It is GOOOORGEOUS, and super creamy! Definitely recommend this one!

The next shadow is Latte ($5.99)

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UGH! Can I sing enough praises about this shade? Latte is the cool-toned version of Cocoa Bear, and is absolutely perfect for deepening up the crease with a fluffy brush if you want a look with a little more va-voom. 🙂 ABSOLUTELY essential shade!

The next eyeshadow is Cinderella

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This was the only shade I was less than impressed with. It’s supposed to be a light pink, shimmery shade, but this one just didn’t show up on me. This might work as a really natural highlight, but I won’t be using a lot of this unfortunately. I hope this was just a dud! Let me know if you’ve tried this shade!

Up next is the shade Bitten ($5.99)

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In the pan, Bitten comes off as a rich Burgundy, but if you didn’t see the pan on the side, it’s honestly more of a rusty, deep brown, but it’s AMAZING! Jaclyn Hill uses this all the time as her lower lash line deepener (that’s not a word, haha). Another amazing matte!

The next shadow is Burlesque ($5.99)

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Ooooohhhhhh my goodness. these shades are my WEAKNESS. On the eyes, on the lips, muted on the cheeks, really anywhere! I just think this color works wonderfully well with my skin tone and hair color, and this shadow is NO exception. I love this for deepening up the outer V. It’s basically the shimmery version of Bitten, and SOOOOO wonderful!

Next up is Showtime* ($9.99)

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I like to think of this as the foiled version of Burlesque, and it’s just as gorgeous! I will say that this burgundy shade has a little sparkle, and I’m usually turned off to sparkle, but because this is my favorite color in the rainbow, I’ll make an exception. GOOOOORGEOUS color!

The next eyeshadow is Caitlin Rose* ($9.99)

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Caitlin Rose is a very special shade. It’s a cool-toned, bright purple shade with a hint of blue in it. It’s a very “out there” sort of shade, and you may be wondering, the neutral-lover that I am, why I’d buy it. This shade is named after a very special girl by the name of Caitlin Rose who was a very good friend of Marlena’s. Her and two of her siblings suffered from Batten Disease, which is a degenerative disorder that causes its victims to start to deteriorate with all sorts of motor skill problems, and they are eventually set in a vegetative state and suffer a premature death. It’s a horrible disease, but Caitlin Rose was a beautiful person, and her favorite color was purple. So, all proceeds from this shadow go to a charity that is designed for Batten Disease research, awareness, and payment to the families affected by it. And it certainly is a beautiful shade. Wonderful job, Marlena. 🙂

Up next is High Wire* ($9.99)

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I have never had anything like High Wire! It’s just a straight up, cool-toned silver with PIGMENT! And may I remind you again that ALL of these shadows are creamy as can be with pigment to follow! I’m loving experimenting with this shade!

Last, but not least, we have Prom Night ($5.99)

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Prom Night is a taupey-beige shade with some shimmer in it. It doesn’t swatch the best, but it’s a very pretty add-in color to any look. You may have a shadow similar to this already, but it’s got that Makeup Geek quality, so I’d recommend!

Wow, still with me? 🙂 Thank you so much for reading my review and swatch post on Makeup Geek eyeshadows! If you’ve got any questions or recommendations for a future tutorial using these shadows, please leave a comment down below! I hope you’ve been having a wonderful day! Keep strong, be kind, and stay beautiful. 🙂

xo, Katie

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