REVIEW + DEMO | Lorac Pro Contour Palette

IMG_6325The new Lorac Contour Palette launches today on (It’ll be in stores on 6/28.) But Ulta did a one day pre-sale, and I actually got my hands on an advance copy!

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REVIEW + DEMO | Sephora Favorites Bronze Bares All

IMG_0091There’s a hot new Sephora Favorites set out for 2015!

Bronze Bares All retails for $39 and includes a selection of face, lip, and eye products designed to get you all bronzed up for the summer. This set is especially exciting, because among the 8 products included, there are not only travel-size / deluxe sample-size items, but also 3 full-size products!

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Get Ready with Me | It Cosmetics Haul and Demo!

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Quick Look | Eyes on MAC Eyeshadow Palettes


I’ve been quite pleased with the latest eye palettes I picked up from MAC’s Toledo collection and Cinderella collection, so when MAC released a whole slew of new eye palettes as part of their Eyes on MAC collection I got pretty excited. Continue reading

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Review + Demo| Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

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Coastal Scents Hot Pots! Swatches + Review + Tutorial



In the past couple of years, I’ve found myself more and more obsessed with high-end eyeshadow. Though I love my drugstore foundation, blushes, and powders, when it comes to eyeshadows, I’ve always felt that I was sacrificing something (pigmentation, texture, ease of use) with drugstore shadows, and the more fantastic high-end shadows I discover, the less tolerance I have for the extra effort required to make so-so shadows work. I’ve slowly but surely been developing a prejudice against any eyeshadow that doesn’t require me to bust into the piggy bank.

Then along comes Coastal Scents and blows my snobby butt right out of the water.

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Quick Look: NYX Products, new and old (with SWATCHES!)


Guess what? My location of Bed, Bath, and Beyond just started carrying NYX! They put up a fresh, new display, stocked with products and fresh, new testers!!! I had myself a gay ol’ time this past week swatching up a storm. Then I ended up grabbing a few of the new NYX products from the Spring 2015 launch.

For those who follow me on Instagram (@gottahaveshades), this will come as no surprise, as I’ve been posting pics all week. But I thought I’d assemble them in one place, to make the swatches easier for all to find.

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REVIEW | Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in The Dolce Vita w/ SWATCHES + TUTORIAL!!


I finally bit the bullet and bought one of the Charlotte Tilbury eye palettes I’ve been lusting after. For months I’ve wanted to pick up “The Rebel”; then, when it came down to it, I second-guessed myself, deciding I would get more use out of “The Dolce Vita.”

I wish I had followed my gut.

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Dupe Alert? MAC Oxblood Lipstick

MAC Oxblood

This has been an exciting few weeks for MAC enthusiasts. As we head into spring, the limited edition collections are coming hard and fast; I’ve already been sucked in by three MAC collections in the past 2 weeks (more on that later), but probably the most exciting has been the collaboration with Isabel and Ruben Toledo. MAC can be rather hit or miss with their quality, but the Toledo collection had several hits–the most sought being “Oxblood,” a matte lipstick in a gorgeous shade of peachy nude.

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Valentine’s Day Tutorial!


So happy with how this came out! For this look I used mostly MAC products, and I filmed it as a talk-through, so it is a bit long, but I was able to explain a lot more about the techniques I use.


Primer: MAC Paint Pot “Painterly”
Shadow: MAC Malt, Brown Down, Soft Brown, Showstopper, Orb, Phloof!
Lids: MAC Pigment “Tan”
Liner: Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner “Black”, NARS Eyeliner Stylo “Carpates”
Lashes: L’Oreal Volumnious Carbon Black Mascara, Ardell 124
Contour: Anastasia Light Contour Palette “Java” and “Fawn”
Blush: MAC Melba
Highlight: Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder 01-Highlight
Lips: Revlon Lip Butter “Red Velvet”, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick “Eccentric”, Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick “Touch of Spice”, MAC Lipstick “Myth”

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