Morphe 35T Palette Review

morphe1*purchased by me

Morphe: You’ve probably heard the name and all of the hype behind this brand. I actually bought this palette last year on Hautelook because I thought the color scheme was really beautiful. I did not have any expectations regarding the palette regarding internet hype; I simply wanted to see for myself what the shadows were like.


The color scheme here is mostly taupes, berry colors, and is a mixture of mattes and shimmers. The shimmer shades perform better, but the matte shades are decent. The shadows also last all day with a primer.

morphe2Random swatches

My palette did arrive with two shadows that fell out, so I had to glue those back in. The largest downfall of this palette is the smell. I have a hard time getting past this; it smells so strongly of chemicals that it makes me hesitant to wear them on my eyes. I am a user of Coastal Scents and understand that the brand is similar to Morphe; however, when I open up my Z-palettes with my CS hot pots, they don’t smell like this.

I think this palette (and other Morphe palettes) are good for those who:

  • Want to gather a lot of colors quickly and affordably
  • Are trying to create a beginner makeup artist kit affordably
  • Don’t care where their shadows are made
  • Don’t mind the smell

I think the 35T palette is really beautiful and has a lot of nice colors, but I can’t get past the scent. I definitely will not be purchasing more of these palettes in the future and would rather spend the money on something of higher quality.

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Bésame Cosmetics Classic Lipstick in 1941 Victory Red

besame3*purchased by me

If you’re not familiar with Besame Cosmetics, the brand creates beautiful vintage reproductions of products used in the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. From Sephora: “The vision of designer and cosmetic historian Gabriela Hernandez, Bésame recreates modern versions of classic luxury makeup.”

I absolutely love this concept because I like history and the 1940s is my favorite era for style. That is one reason I was drawn to their lipstick in 1941 Victory Red, described as a “strong, cool vibrant red.” Each lipstick shade is reproduced from an actual color worn during its specified time period (isn’t that amazing??).

besame2Victory Red,  Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liner in It’s Cherry

Since this lipstick is a satin matte finish, I was concerned that it would be too dry for me, but that is not the case! It’s actually quite comfortable and wears for hours without needing a touch up, especially if I’m not eating or drinking anything. I’m one of those people who removes lipstick before eating anyway, because I don’t want to eat it or have it all over my face. It also doesn’t have a strong scent; I can’t stand when I find a lipstick color that I like, and it smells so strongly that it’s nauseating to wear.


The color is simply gorgeous. It is a bright, cool red: my favorite kind! These days if I wear red I’m usually sporting NARS Cruella, so I wanted something different. This lipstick has a lot of sentimental value to me as well, since I’m a hopeless romantic and my grandparents got married in 1941 (and they were married for 69 years, until my grandfather passed away).


The lipstick has a unique shape; a wide tip that tapers on each side. I thought this would be strange, but I actually like the shape. It’s really easy to apply evenly on the sides with the tapered ends.

Now that I’ve tried this one, I want to try other colors. There’s actually a fantastic mini lipstick set available on Sephora right now for $25 that has several colors, which is very tempting to try!

If you’re looking for a new red, Besame has several gorgeous shades to choose from!

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Petit Vour Subscription October 2016

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Oh, Petit Vour: it is a love affair! This is my third month receiving the Petit Vour subscription box ($15 per month) and I am so, so pleased with it! This is definitely hovering near the top of my list of beauty subs that I have tried, and with good reason. First, the box promises “the cleanest, most ethically-made luxury beauty at your fingertips.” In the shop on the website, you can definitely find a variety of products at just about every price point. There is typically one full-sized item and deluxe or smaller samples in each box. A value of $35 or more is promised monthly.

I have really enjoyed this sub because I find myself excited about it, wanting to use everything in it, and the products are so gentle! The products are also from brands I would not have discovered otherwise.

Here’s what October delivered:

Apoterra Skincare Tulsi Rejuvenating Oil: This is a “calming body oil.” I can see why it touts that claim, as it smells beautifully herbal (like lavender)! I really like this oil so far, but then again I am a HUGE fan of using oil to condition my skin.


Red Apple Lipstick in Rebel!: I have heard about this brand on YouTube and have been wanting to try it for quite some time. This is a full-size item, and a beautiful summery red with a touch of pink. This lipstick is SO creamy and comfortable to wear; even more so than Bite Beauty (in my humble opinion after some testing). I’m really pleased with it!

Kahina™ Giving Beauty Kahina Beldi Soap: I haven’t tried this product yet, but it is a skin softening soap treatment.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil: This is the other item in the box that I haven’t tried just yet. It claims “With regular use, it deeply conditions skin, improving firmness and elasticity and promoting a clear, even skin tone.” I will likely give this a try at night for a few days and see how my ski looks in the morning.

Overall, I’m very pleased with this month’s box and the two I received previously. I find myself using up the samples more often than I do with Play! by Sephora, but more on that later.

Have you tried Petit Vour?


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Kevyn Aucoin Essential Starter Kit Review

ka*purchased by me

I was really excited to see this Kevyn Aucoin set on Sephora’s website. I’ve had products from the brand in the past, and all were very high quality. This kit comes with five different makeup products housed in a chic black pouch. The kit contains the following items:

-0.13 oz The Essential Mascara in Black
– 0.024 oz The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Bloodroses
– 0.035 oz The Creamy Glow in Bloodroses
– 0.05 oz The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
– 0.05 oz The Matte Bronzing Veil in Desert Nights


The only product in the kit that I have tried in the past is the highlighter in Candlelight, so everything was new to me. If you’re looking for a lot of value and more product for your dollar, this is not the kit for you. The products are very small; however, I personally do not have a problem with this because the quality is very high.

The lip pencil is one of the best lip liners I have ever used. It doesn’t hurt that it is called “Bloodroses” and that “Blood Roses” by Tori Amos is one of my favorite songs ever, but that’s beside the point.😉 This lip liner doesn’t drag on my horribly dry lips and it’s so pigmented that I just wear it as a lipstick. To add a little shine, I mix in some Vitamin E oil.

ka3Candlelight, Desert Nights, Bloodroses blush, Bloodroses lip pencil

The cream blush of the same namesake is super easy to blend and leaves a lovely flush of color when blended out. This shade just screams fall as well! I love the texture of this and will consider purchasing the full-size product when I use up the mini.

Desert Nights, the bronzing veil, is something I have used more as an eyeshadow than a bronzer. That said, I do like it as both. I think this would be a fantastic bronzer for someone who has very fair skin.

The mascara I have yet to use, but I’m happy to have the Candlelight highlighter. If you’ve never used a Kevyn Aucoin powder product, definitely scope them out! They are some of the most finely milled, beautifully blending powders I have ever used.

This kit is $32 on and I would repurchase something like this again. As a heads up, Burberry has a similar kit with their products right now and it’s $35. I won’t be purchasing it since I have Pale Barley already, which is included in the kit. Anyway, if you have been wanting to try Kevyn Aucoin products, this kit is a fantastic introduction!


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Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette in Pacific Coast Pink

sb*purchased by me

I purchased this Smashbox blush palette awhile ago from one of Ulta’s 21 days of beauty deals, and in the reconstruction of our master bath, I totally neglected it! In the mood for pink, I pulled it out and finally put it to the test!

The L.A. Lights Blush and Highlight Palette ($35) contains three shades: two blushes and one highlighter. The official description is much prettier:

Developed in Smashbox’s L.A. photo studio to mimic the depth and dimension of the magic light of L.A., this foolproof palette features two tonal shades of blush – one true and one rich – plus their perfectly matched highlighter for a radiant, natural-looking West Coast glow.


The palette is housed in a slim black plastic case with a nice-sized mirror. I like how sleek it is, and it’s a great size for travel. In the photos the blushes look similar to each other; however, the difference is much more prominent in real life!

sb2I love the quality of these blushes. They are a little stiff (in a good way), so they don’t kick up a lot of powder (yay!). They also have amazing lasting time on the skin. A lot of times I find that my blush fades quickly, and it drives me crazy! The Smashbox blush really sticks to my skin for an impressive amount of time; eight hours later and it’s still there.

sb4Originally, I was going to get the coral palette, but decided to get the pink one because I have so many peach and coral blushes. I’m glad I went with pink, because the blushes are vibrant and brighten my complexion nicely; however, the highlight is my favorite! This is one of the prettiest, most unique highlighters I have. It’s a very pale pink with a gold sheen. I’m completely in love with this highlight!

 I like this little palette; however, I probably would not pay $35 for it just because I have so many other pink blushes. I snagged it for $17.50, so it’s worth waiting for a price drop in my humble opinion. That said, if you don’t have a lot of blush and want something you will use all the time, this is something to consider!🙂

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