The “colour experts” (how do you get that job?) at Pantone have announced Marsala as the Colour of the Year for 2015, meaning it will be popping up all over the place in beauty, fashion, decor, and just about everything soon. Marsala is a brown-red-purple colour, and definitely lends itself well to fall and winter makeup (2014’s Emerald? Not so much).
Get ahead of the trend with these Marsala-inspired beauty products I rounded up!
Nothing makes a better addition to a chilly night spent on the couch under a heap of blankets than a candle burning away in the background, which is why I was so excited to receive this candle gift set from Old Factory Candles!
Each candle is 2 oz., and they are made in the USA from hand-poured natural soy wax. They come in these cute miniature jars with screw on lids, and their burn time is supposed to be 20 hours. I love the scent of lemongrass so that one is definitely my favourite. Up close these candles smell so good, however, the throw of these candles doesn’t reach very far – but this does let you light all three at the same time without the scent being overwhelming. They do look very pretty flickering in the jars and make a very toasty addition to my mantel!
I’m also giving away a set of candles, which you can keep for yourself or give away as a stocking stuffer! Just enter below! Please note: you must have an Amazon account, PayPal account (if you don’t have Amazon Prime), and live in the U.S. to enter. Contest ends 11/24/2014 at 11:59 p.m.
Last weekend while in NYC for a bachelorette party, my friends and I stopped by the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in SoHo to design and make our own lipsticks. We booked an appointment ahead of time, which I definitely recommend doing if you’re planning on going as they get very busy and booked up. They were pretty annoyed that we only made the appointment for 5 people but actually had 6 people.
The store itself was a lot smaller than I was expecting, but they have space to see about 3 people at the same time. You start off by explaining to one of the “Lip Lab Artists” what kind of colour and brightness you’re looking for, and the finish (the choices are crème, matte, sheer, and deluxe). They then mix a few pigments on a plastic sheet, and let you try on the colour. You can then give them feedback and they will adjust the colours until they get exactly what you’re looking for. I wanted a really bright, fuschia pink and I love how my lipstick colour turned out. Then you pick a scent/flavour to add from the choices of cherry, mint, citrus, vanilla, mango, violet, and superfruit, which you can mix and match. I chose vanilla! The store employees were not super friendly, but they were helpful and listened closely to what everyone was looking for, and let us squeeze in the extra person.
The lipsticks take a little while to set in the molds (their website says 10 minutes), so we left for about half an hour to browse the Birchbox store that’s just down the street.
Here we are wearing the lipsticks we created! My lipstick is exactly the colour I was looking for, and the matte formula is very long lasting, though not very matte. It was definitely a fun experience and the perfect daytime bachelorette activity for a group of beauty lovers.
So this Kate Spade Glitter Bug Card Holder was part impulse buy (the glitter) and part planned buy (the card holder). I have a few bags that don’t have an inner slot for cards, so I had been thinking about getting a card holder so all my cards don’t fly out of my bag every time I reach for something. I first spotted the pink “rose gold” version of this card holder on my friend Lisa, and when I saw the silver “aurora glitter” version in person I couldn’t resist. It’s the perfect size for 3-4 essential cards, and lets you easily switch bags since everything is in one case and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. I also like that the case has a laminated appearance and texture so it’s still super sparkly but smooth.
Plus – everything at Kate Spade in-stores and online is 25% off until Sunday, 11/16/14 with the code BEMERRY!
A few weeks ago, I won a Birchbox Customer Appreciation Day contest that included a gift card to spend in their online store! It was pretty exciting, and definitely helped make a very stressful week a LOT better. Cue dorky photo of me with my prizes:
One of the things I chose with my gift card was the the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it, but I love glittery eye shadow and I wanted to expand my matte eye shadow collection (because of my glitter love), and since it’s half and half, I went for it.
The palette includes 6 micro glitter shades, 1 shimmer shade (top middle), and 7 mattes, and has a good mix of warm and cool toned neutral shadows. If you’re looking for subtle shimmer – this palette is definitely not for you. The only shade I probably won’t really use much is the bottom middle shade, which is basically the same colour as my skin. It also comes with a double ended brush which is actually a pretty good brush, unlike most free brushes that come with palettes. The packaging is quite bulky but sturdy enough for traveling (although I would definitely tape it closed – if it opened there would be glitter everywhere…forever).
I must admit I was unsure of this palette at first – especially the glitter shades. I found they didn’t have that much colour payoff and had quite a lot of fallout. All that changed however when I used them wet! When applied wet and pressed onto the lid instead of swiped, these shadows are very pigmented and glittery, and look amazing. I’ve been layering the glitters dry over the matte colours during the day for just a hint of sparkle, and then ramping up the glitter factor on nights out by applying wet. A good primer is definitely necessary for these shadows. The matte colours aren’t chalky, but the darker colours do take a little more effort to blend. I do wish there were maybe a couple more shimmery colours that aren’t full on glitter, but I really like the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette overall!