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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January 2015 Beauty Faves!

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My favorite beauty products of 2014!

Better late than never, right?

Check out my post where I put sweatproof makeup to the test!

How does that Laura Mercier Highlighter compare to its drugstore dupe? Find out! 

Watch my Colourpop tutorial!

Aaaaaand the 2014 favorites are:

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask
Biosilk Silk Therapy
Got2b Encore Fresh Dry Shampoo

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Toner
Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial
Crabtree and Evelyn Hand Therapy

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation
Givenchy Eclat Matissime Fluid Foundation
Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation
Milani Multitasker Face Powder
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter

Tyra Sculpt in a Stick
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Powder in “Fawn”
NYX Powder Blush in “Taupe”
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in “Highlight”
Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Sunbaked Mineral Bronzing Powder in “Pure Shimmer”
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
NARS “Laced with Edge” Powder Blush in “Almeria”
Coastal Scents Forever Blush
Makeup Geek Blush
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows

Colourpop Supershock Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette and Naked 2 Basics Palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain
L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick
Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lipgloss

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My MAC Wishlist


I have a confession to make. One which is shocking, disturbing, almost unheard of in the beauty community.

I only own 4 MAC eyeshadows.


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