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 matter 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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My New Year’s Resolutions

Resolution #1: Write more blog posts :)

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Quick Look | Sleek “Oh So Special” i-Divine Palette

IMG_2889Sleek Makeup can be a pain to get hold of in the US. Well, ok, not a pain, really; you can just go to their website and order it. But then you have to pay international shipping, so it takes what is supposed to be a very affordable brand up to a higher price point (and add to that the fact that you can’t look at the product ahead of time to see if it really looks like something you want). But every so often, if you keep an eye out, Sleek will do a free shipping promo, or a discount that will equalize the shipping costs. And when they do, the brand is well worth checking out.

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NOTD x 3 | ELF, Essie, Julep

I have been very, very lazy about posting photos of my manicures. I always take photos. But then I forget to post them. Let’s do something about that.

ELF Lilac (sun)

ELF Lilac (sun)

To remedy my laziness, I offer you three nail swatches on this auspicious day. First up is ELF “Lilac.”

ELF Lilac (shade)

ELF Lilac (shade)

“Lilac” is included in the ELF Essential 3-piece Nail Polish Set called “Vacation Trio.” These $3 trios of mini nail polishes are, I think, an awesome deal. The formula on this polish was a little streaky (and I probably could have used a third coat), but the color is lovely, and the formula is certainly workable.

Essie Boxer Shorts + Hard Candy Black Tie Optional

Essie Boxer Shorts + Hard Candy Black Tie Optional

One of my favorite manicures EVAH is Essie’s “Boxer Shorts,” a lovely periwinkle cream, with a topper of Hard Candy’s “Black Tie Optional,” a fabulous blend of circular, hexagonal, and bar glitter in matte black and white, which dupes a number of much more expensive topcoats.

Julep Clara

Julep Clara

And if anyone was still in doubt of my obsession with pastel creams, here’s Julep’s “Clara” a peach cream with excellent opacity that is one of my favorite neutral manis of all time.

Hmmm, maybe I should have saved these pics for summer — they seem like very summer appropriate shades to me. But I’m the type who will wear any old shade any old time — I guess I’m just a badass lawbreaker like that.

But next time I’ll try to round up some “holiday-appropriate” nail shades for you all!

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