During Sephora‘s recent VIB sale, I decided to go for the Stila Eyes Are the Window Soul Palette, which I have been eyeing for a while. I have been looking for a versatile, neutral eye shadow palette made up of shades I would actually use. I wanted a palette that I would get a lot of wear out of both for day and night, and with a mixture of not-too-warm matte and shimmer shades. The Stila Eyes Are the Window Soul Palette is beautiful and definitely meets those requirements, and I can’t wait to create some different looks for it. I know I will get a ton of use out of this palette.
The rose gold and gold packaging is so pretty, and super sleek but sturdy feeling. The palette and twelve shadows are a good size, and I really like how the shadows themselves are spaced out. I hate when palettes have a ton of wasted empty space. It doesn’t come with a brush or any kind of applicator, but since the palette is so compact that is OK with me. The whole palette is a little smaller than my hand. The palette does include a really nice large mirror.
The shadows are so pretty and perfect for creating a variety of neutral looks. I do wish the darker colours were a little more pigmented so they could be used to create a darker, smokier eye, but overall the shadow pigmentation is good and I like the shade range. I haven’t tried wetting the shadows yet, which would probably help with that. The shadows are also really smooth. The only colour I don’t see myself using a lot would be Light, as it just doesn’t really show up on my skin tone. I especially love the shimmer colours, including Stila cult fave Kitten which I didn’t own before. There are four versions of the Eyes Are the Window Palettes, and from reading reviews on Sephora, it seems some of the other versions are not as good as the Soul version.
(L-R: Light, Individual, Being, Kitten, Affection, Character)
(L-R: Thought, Heart, Peace, Vitality, Substance, Essence)
And so commences the massive task of finding a lipstick to wear for my wedding next September (eek). I found a dress surprisingly fast. Nail polish is easy. But lipstick? I’m looking for something that’s not too pink but not too nude, not too subtle but not too bright. Long lasting but not drying. Not matte but not too shiny. So basically a lipstick unicorn. I tried searching around on Pinterest, but most wedding makeup pins are actually terrifying.
I really like the formula of Givenchy Le Rouge 301 Magnolia Organza, a bright pink lipstick I bought sometime last year ago, so I decided to start my hunt with another Le Rouge lipstick in a different colour. After much deliberation, I chose Givenchy Le Rouge 201 Rose Taffetas, which is described as a light pink coral.
The Le Rouge lipsticks are super creamy and opaque, extremely long lasting but not drying at all. The leather cases are heavy and feel very luxurious, so definitely wedding appropriate. Rose Taffetas is a little thicker feeling and shinier than Magnolia Organza, but I liked that in this case.
I really like the 201 Rose Taffetas colour a lot and have already worn it a lot. The colour does seem to look slightly different depending on the light, but I think in general might translate as a little too bright and warm toned on me for what I want to wear for my wedding. Any suggestions?
I moved into a new apartment in June that is so cute, but teeny tiny. There is not a lot of storage space, so I had to get creative with my makeup storage since I have quite a lot of makeup. The main thing I wanted was it to be easily accessible. In my last apartment, besides some basics I used daily that I stored in the bathroom, my makeup was put away in drawers in my bedroom. I rarely went through them and pulled out different things to use.
I hung up the Honey-Can-Do Over The Door Clear Shoe Organizer/Storage Rack, which has 24 clear pockets, on the back of my bathroom door, and divided my makeup into the categories below. Since implementing this storage system I have definitely used way more of my makeup and experimented with different items and looks. It makes it so easy to see all of my makeup and decide what to use when I’m getting ready.
Top to bottom, left to right: row one – cream blushes, liquid blushes, powder blushes, every day basics; row two – clear lip balms, tinted lip balms and lip pencils, lip glosses and liquid lipsticks, lipsticks; row three – primers and setting sprays, foundations, powders, highlighters and concealers; row four – eye liners, mascaras, cream eyeshadows and stick eyeshadows, eyeshadow palettes; row five – face masks, skin care x3; row six – samples x3, perfume.
No matter where I’m going or how big or small the bag I’m carrying is, I always find room to cram in the following three beauty essentials.
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, phone case: Rifle Piper Co., card holder: Kate Spade (review here)
I’ve recently been using Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Light again. While not the most covering, it’s very creamy and light, and can therefore also be used more like a foundation if necessary, without things getting too heavy. I like this concealer a lot, but I don’t think it really lives up to its “creaseless” name. The tube I have is a mini version from a set, which makes it great for lugging around!
My skin gets super shiny throughout the day, and MAC Blot Powder/Pressed is great at mattifying while adding a little more coverage, without making your face cakey. It includes a convenient round puff applicator for on-the-go application, so there’s no need for carrying around an extra brush (though towards the end of using up a compact the applicator gets pretty destroyed and isn’t as easy to use). The compact mirror is also very handy for other makeup touch ups!
Tinted Lip Balm
I’m constantly applying and re-applying lip balm throughout the day, so I usually have at least 2-3 tinted and untinted versions with me. If my bag is extra small though, I always go with tinted so I can easily add some moisture and colour to my lips. I also love that tinted lip balm can double up as a blush in emergencies! My current favourite tinted lip balm is Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips.