BECCA Ultimate Eye Colour Quad in Night Star

BECCA Cosmetics is a brand that I have loved for a long, LONG time.  They released their Ultimate Eye Colour Quads a few months back with their Smoke & Grace Collection.  There are five different quads to choose from: Night Star, Sun Chaser, Eclipse, Galactica, and Astro Violet.  My favorite of the 5 shade choices is Night Star, which is what I am showing you today. 

The outer packaging is their typical brownish-black cardboard with their name in silver.  The packaging of the product is a rubberized plastic with a metallic portion donning their name.  

“What it is:
A luxe quad compact of smooth, highly pigmented eye shadows in matte, demi-matte, and metallic finishes. 

What it does:
Color, contour, and highlight the eyes with one luxe palette. Four velvety smooth powder shadows in matte, demi-matte and metallic finishes offer ultimate looks in a complete wardrobe of intense color with rich dimension. Highly pigmented mineral powders build quickly and blend easily for lasting color in a silky smooth finish.

This set contains:
- 4 x 0.07 oz Eye Shadows

What else you need to know:
This formula is enriched with antioxidant vitamin E that helps to protect the skin from free-radical damage and provides moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. They also contain a special blend of powders and emollient agents for a soft, smooth, and uniform application. These shadows are free of fragrance and preservatives. “

The quad itself is surprisingly small.  When I saw it online I was thinking of something along the size of a MAC quad.  My hands are incredibly small (my 7 year old has the same size hands as me) and this quad doesn’t even fill up my palm.  I find that a huge benefit.  It is a compact that contains a mirror and four eye colors with which you can complete an eye look without adding any other colors.  PERFECT!

The eyeshadows themselves are impressive.  A couple are just buttery soft while the others are silky smooth.  While the textures in the palette are slightly different (mostly the same) the quality is of the highest regard.  
There is a shimmery blush/nude shade.  Next is a matte brownish-taupe with a slight green tint.  The darkest shade in the quad is described as a jet black by the company but I would disagree; it is more of a blackened brown–also matte.  The shade in the palette that makes it for me is a shimmery pale slate with hints of green.
I have nothing negative to say about this quad.  I love the brand, I love the product itself, and I even love the packaging.  I put together a look using the quad and I hope you like it.  

BECCA Line and Pore Corrector
Chanel Perfection Lumiere mixed with YSL LTTE
Hourglass Ambient Powder in Diffused
UD Quickie powder blush
LORAC eye primer
BECCA Night Star quad
Benefit They’re Real mascara
MAC Mystery on brows
GOSH Bananas on waterline
MAC Garden Bed
To me this quad can easily be used for bridal looks as well as a night out on the town.  The 4 shades in the quad are perfectly varying enough to be a self-sustaining quad, meaning that you don’t need any other eyeshadows to complete an eye look.  You can even switch around the placement of the eyeshadows to create different looks.  I love versatility in my makeup products.
BECCA Ultimate Eye Colour Quads retail for $40 and can be found on the BECCA website as well as anywhere else that sells products from the brand.
Have you ever tried anything from BECCA Cosmetics?  What is your favorite product from them?  Let me know in the comments below!
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Merle Norman: First Impressions

Merle Norman is actually the first brand I have tried in my experience with wearing makeup.  I had a lipstick here and a nail polish there but I had never really used makeup until I made a trip to Merle Norman and got my first powder, which happens to be the Ultra Powder Foundation.  I bought my first one over 12 years ago!!!  I am happy to say that the exact same product still exists and I STILL LOVE IT!  I am excited to show you the other products that I have been trying from the brand.

Brilliant-C Eye Cream
For all skin types and aging concerns. 
Look on the bright side. This advanced eye cream brightens as it moisturizes with our exclusive Bright+ Complex®. It reduces the signs of premature aging, sun spots, dark circles and discoloration of the eye area while soothing botanicals and emollients soften and hydrate. Optical diffusers minimize flaws. Ophthalmologist tested. Fragrance-free. Oil-free.” 

If I have said it once, I have said it 1000 times: eye creams are one of my favorite skincare products.  I am terrified of having saggy, droopy eyes when I get older so I am doing everything I can for prevention now.  This eye cream is rich!  It is nice and thick and a little goes a long way.  I use a tad bit more in the evening, before bed than I do during the daytime.  I only use a tiny dot in the morning and work it around my entire eye and it is the perfect amount.  Really a nice product.  I will keep you updated on my thoughts when I touch on this product again.
Clear Complexion Toner
“For all skin types and acne concerns. 
Battle blemishes and blackheads with this acne-fighting toner. It helps clear up and dry up breakouts with Salicylic Acid. The gentle formula thoroughly lifts away pore-clogging residue. Botanical extracts help refine the appearance of pores and reduce irritation. Clinically proven to reduce acne. Oil-free.” 

I have had a problem with acne and blackheads ever since I hit puberty and nothing has changed since I hit the big 3-0.  Salicylic Acid is the key ingredient in this toner and it is proven to help with drying up acne and breakouts.  It is a nice toner; not too strong.  I feel like it helps with oil production.  Also the botanical extracts in this toner refine the appearance of pores! WIN!  :)  I put this toner on a cotton pad and swab it all over my face… it is like a breath of fresh air.  It leaves a cold, refreshed feeling!
Ultra Powder Foundation
“For all skin types. 
This amazing dual powder-and-foundation-in-one provides versatile coverage whether applied wet or dry. Its ultra-fine velvety texture absorbs oil leaving a flawless finish. It’s a must-have for on-the-go touch-ups. Oil-free.”

This product is PHENOMENAL!  I have used it off and on for years.  When I am not using this, it is not because I don’t like it–I just love trying new things.  The coverage is great and the texture is super nice.  It helps absorb oil and I can say that my face really looks perfect after.  I can’t tell you HOW MANY of my friends I have gotten hooked on this product over the years.  I love it because it is a one stop shop.  I apply this dry and it is all I need for coverage.  It is nice to keep in your purse for touch ups!  
Lasting Cream Eyeshadow
“It’s a base … it’s a shadow … it’s both! This masterfully pigmented cream glides on to provide the ideal base for layering eye shadow application — or for gorgeous, long-wearing, crease-resistant color on its own. Plus, it’s waterproof! Ophthalmologist tested. Fragrance-free. Oil-free.”

I have the shade called “Sugared Almond” and it is a pretty sparkly taupe.  I have work this on its on and layered with other products.  I love it.  It looks darker in the tube than it is on its on.  It lasted all day and looked spectacular.  I have several compliments when I used this as a base for a dramatic smokey eye a week or so ago.  It is really great.
Lasting Cheekcolor
“You need a blush that lasts hours, not minutes, right? This silky powder formula provides stay-true, fade-resistant color that glides on smoothly and blends easily. It leaves a soft, translucent finish. Talc-free. Ophthalmologist tested. Fragrance-free. Oil-free.”

The shade I have is “Angel Glow“.  It is a beautiful peachy pink that is perfect for most (if not all) skintones.  It is silky like it claims and really does blend out perfectly.  It is soft finish so the blending is easy and I have never felt that I OVER-applied it.  Really perfect color and now I am excited to try more.
Merle Norman has been around since 1931 and there is a reason!  Top quality products that perform as it claims.  I have always been a fan, and quite honestly I have this brand to thank for my undying love of makeup.  Without experiencing this brand early on in my makeup adventures I may not have been as taken with beauty products as I am now.  Thank you Merle Norman!
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Project Runway All Stars Finale Winning Look

 Although I am sad the season has come to end, I’m excited to share the last great look from the finale of Lifetime’s Project Runway All-Stars with hostsupermodel Carolyn Murphy, alongside series judges Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman and mentor Joanna Coles, new Editor-in-Chief ofCosmopolitan. Liv Tyler and Margherita Missoni served as this week’s guest judges.  

On this week’s episode, “Go Big or Go Home,” designers were challenged to design six to eight looks in four days. The judges announced Anthony Ryan Auld as the winner.   
Flawless Face:
·         Prep skin with Laura Mercier Repair Crème ($95).
·         Then, apply Laura Mercier Foundation Primer ($32) to ensure makeup stays looking fresh throughout the day.
·         Conceal any redness and imperfections with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($30).
·         Prep eyelids using Laura Mercier Eye Canvas ($26) to extend makeup wear and prevent creasing.
·         Apply Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Noir ($22) and blend it into the crease and all over the eyelid.
·         Next, blend Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Truffle ($22) gradually to the brow using Laura Mercier Pony Tail Brush ($29).
·         Use Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Noir ($22) again, blending the colour lightly under the lower lashline.
·         Complete the eyes with Laura Mercier Faux Lash Mascara ($24) to add extra impact.
·         Dust the apples of the cheeks with Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Heather Pink ($24).
·         Add the final touch by applying Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Peche ($26).

I love Laura Mercier Cosmetics and I am so happy to be able to share these face charts with the full spectrum of products used with you!  Thank you for stopping by and reading!
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Sigma Beauty Paris Palette

Sigma Beauty has a limited edition makeup palette called “Paris“.  Sigma had a handful of their top affiliates fly to Paris, France to gather inspiration to create this palette.  It was released months and months ago, but I just got my hands on it and I wanted to share with you my review, swatches, and a Get Ready With Me video using it.

There is an outer sleeve that looks a lot like a letter or a post card, which is tres adorable! :)

There is also an informative insert/pamphlet that accompanies the palette.

When you open it up all the beautiful colors greet you.  8 eyeshadow shades, 2 blushes, a highlight, and 2 brushes.  What a perfect palette, right?

Let’s not forget to mention a large mirror on the lid of the palette.  

The eyeshadow section of the palette is sort of split in two.  Colorful, fun, exciting shades on one side and more wearable, sophisticated shades on the other side.  Both sides have eyeshades named after places or monuments around the great city.

The more colorful side has an array of blue tones and a gorgeous, sparkly black.  The swatches below are the eyeshadows above in reverse order.  One swipe and completely, perfectly pigmented.

Of course, my favorite side is definitely the more neutral side.  

These swatches are also in reverse order of the picture above.

There is a rosy blush called Rouge.

A peachy blush named Peche.

And a GORGEOUS highlighter called Lumiere.

The swatches below are in reverse order of the pictures.

Here are swatches of the entire palette outside in daylight.  

Same swatches taken indoors, with flash.

The brushes that are included are the E55 and the F40.  Both great brushes and essential to any makeup look.

Watch the video below, you can see me play with this palette for the very first time.  
This palette is such a great full face palette.  I give the Sigma Beauty Paris palette 5 out of 5 stars.  It really suits my needs and has a nice array of all of the colors I would typically use.  Right now it is on sale for $49 and there is also a 10% off coupon, “January2013″!  Check it out and do so before they are all gone!

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