Lorac Pro 2 Palette Review & Swatches

Lorac Pro 2 2 Happy Friday everyone! This week I received the long anticipated second installment of Lorac’s Pro Palettes. The original Pro Palette is hands down my favorite palette that I own, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this guy! The main different between Pro 1 and Pro 2 is that Pro 2 features cool-toned shades, as opposed to the Pro 1 being full of warm-tones. The packaging is identical to the 1st, with exception to the color being a cool gray. Like the original, it contains a full row of mattes and a full row of shimmers for a total of 16 shadows. Lorac Pro 2 Lorac Pro 2 1 The shadows themselves are exactly what we’ve come to expect from Lorac. They are extremely pigmented, buttery smooth on application, and easy to blend. Their quality rivals that of the first Pro palette. Like the first, it also includes a matte black. The variety of colors is also phenomenal. You can go for a more neutral and natural look, or really bump it up with a dark smokey eye. The possibilities are really endless! One color in particular that stood out to me is Nectar. It’s a peachy-pink matte and it’s such an original color! I don’t have anything like it in my collection and it would be perfect in the crease to add some warmth as opposed to using the typical light brown shade. One thing I wish this palette had was a dark matte brown to deepen up looks since the only dark matte that’s not colorful is just plain black.

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Bottom line, I absolutely love this palette. The quality, colors, and variety are so good! It’s the perfect palette for traveling or simply everyday use! It’s definitely one to check out if you’re in the market for great quality shadows with a lot of variety.

The Lorac Pro 2 retails for $42 and is available now at Ulta.com and will be available in Ulta stores on 6/29.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo Kara

 

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Face of the Day 6.18.2014

Happy hump day everyone! Here is my colorful but also wearable face of the day featuring coral and orange shadows and a light pink lip.


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Products used:

L’Orel True Match foundation in W3

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in Light

Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Silky Beige

Kat Von D Everlasting blush in Essex

MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle

Inglot eyeshadows in # 366 (lid) and # 314 (crease)

MAC eyeshadows in Retrospeck (inner corner) and Vanilla (brow highlight)

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

Revlon Colorstay eyeliner in black

L’Orel Voluminous Million Lashes Excess mascara

Maybelline The Elixir gloss in Blush Essence

Rimmel brow pencils in Hazel and Dark Brown

I hope you all have a fabulous day, and thanks for stopping by!

 xoxo Kara

How to Create A Smokey Eye

Hey Guys! It seems like the classic smokey eye is one of the looks that most women struggle with most. It adds so much emphasis and sexiness to the eyes, but it’s easy for it to turn into a dark smudgy mess! So here’s a quick tutorial to show you how to create a simple smokey eye. You can use this same technique with virtually any color combination that your heart desires! Just remember, the key is to blend, blend, blend!

Smokey Eye Tutorial

 

1. Start by using a dark base. This will help the color to really pop, and to last all day long. Here I used MAC’s Constructivist Paint Pot and applied it with a stiff brush, but your finger would work just as well!

2. Apply shadow. This is going to set your base, and obviously be the main color of your look. I used MAC’s Bluebrown pigment, but you could use virtually any color! Browns tend to be the most common smokey eye color, but try to branch out and use purples, greens, golds, or even black if you’re feeling really bold! Just make sure to add color under your bottom lashes for a cohesive look.

3. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND! Take a medium toned brown and blend out your crease to blow out any harsh lines. This is what will make your look smokey. I used Cork from MAC with a 217 brush.

4. Darken up the outer corner. This will further deepen your look and make your eye look even more smokey and defined. I used that same 217 blending brush and Makeup Geek’s Corrupt shadow. Just a little bit of black shadow will make a world of difference!

5. Add liner. Take your favorite kohl liner and line your waterline and upper lash line. Here I used my personal favorite, Revlon ColorStay in Black.

6. Add mascara and top with lashes! Of course, the false lashes are always optional, but with darker looks it’s easy for your lashes to get lost in the shadow, so I like to add falsies for added drama. Don’t forget to coat those bottom lashes!

Thanks for stopping by! If you recreate a smokey eye using this technique, I’d love to see it! Tag me on Instagram or Twitter @xoxoKarBear. If there are any looks you’d like me to post a tutorial on, please comment and let me know! I hope you all enjoy your Monday and that you have a fabulous week!

xoxo Kara

 

Face of the Day 6.11.2014

Hey guys! Happy hump day to all of you! Here’s my look for today using the Kat Von D Chrysalis eyeshadow palette. I did post a review and swatches of it so go check that out if you’re interested! Kat v dkat v d 2 kat v d 3   Products Used: Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Silky Beige MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NW25 Eyeshadows from the Kat Von D Chrysalis palette: Mezzanine, Hybrid Moments, Transition, Glass Wing, Lifelike, Entombed, and Lunar Lights MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Blue Stripe (limited edition) L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara Rimmel eyebrow pencils in Hazel and Dark Brown Kat Von D Everlasting Blush in Essex Sephora Collection bronzer in Los Cabos MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle MAC Creme Cup lipstick

Have a fabulous day all!

xoxo Kara

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette Review

Kat Von D recently released two palettes inspired by the metamorphosis of the butterfly. There’s the Monarch Palette (warm tones) and the one that I picked up, the Chrysalis Palette (cool tones). I think the first thing I noticed was the gorgeous packaging. It features a cardboard palette with a magnetic closure. The butterfly on the outside is gorgeous and even has little skull details on the wings.

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The shadows inside are just as gorgeous as the packaging. It features 12 cool-toned shadows (5 matte, 7 shimmers) and they all compliment each other very well. There is also three larger shadows that have already come in really handy for me since Lifelife and Lucid both resemble two MAC shadows that I use constantly (Vanilla and Yogurt). The pigmentation of these is wonderful (as you can see from the swatches below), and they are also very soft and buttery. Because they are so soft, they do tend to flake a bit when you pick up the color with a brush, but I’ve found that this same thing happens with most Kat Von D shadows. However, their quality is so good that it’s not something that would detour me from purchasing her palettes at all. In fact, I own four of them now, and haven’t been disappointed yet!

One thing I really like about this palette is that it offers enough matte and shimmer shadows to be able to do a full look. So often I find palettes that don’t have any matte colors to blend with, so I end up using shadows from other palettes. This palette offers 5 different matte shades, three of them being great colors to blend with.

KVD Swatches

All swatches are just one swipe of shadow on bare skin with no primer in natural light

The bottom line is, I really, really like this palette. Usually when I get a palette I will use it for a few days, then I will get bored of it and move on to something else until I rediscover it months later. That simply hasn’t been the case with this palette. I’ve used it non-stop since I purchased it, and I’ve gotten compliments every single day!

The Kat Von D Chrysalis palette can by purchased at Sephora or at Sephora’s website http://www.sephora.com/chrysalis-eyeshadow-palette-P385529?icid2=Kat_Von_D_WhatsNew_Carousel_P385529_image for $46.

xoxo Kara

Face of the Day 6.6.2014

Hello everyone! Happy Friday to you and yours! Here’s my look for today. It’s kind of my “Go to” look whenever I’m short on time or simply not in the mood to be creative. 
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Products used:

L’Orel True Match foundation in W3

Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Silky Beige

MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NW25

MAC eyeshadows in Deep Damson, Yogurt, and Vanilla

MAC pressed pigment in Flicker

Revlon ColorStay eyeliner in black

Maybelline The Falsies mascara

Rimmel eyebrow pencils in Hazel and Dark Brown

MAC Fleur Power blush

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01 Highlight

MAC Creme Cup lipstick

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you all have a fun and relaxing weekend!

xoxo Kara

 

My Favorite Foundations

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Without a doubt the question I get asked most is “What foundation do you use?” It’s such a hard question for me to answer because I don’t use just one and I can’t possibly pick a favorite! So here is a list of my top foundations. I’ve included some high end and some drugstore brands so you can find a good foundation no matter your budget!

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MAC Studio Fix Liquid

This foundation has been a favorite of mine for years now. It’s full coverage but doesn’t make you look cakey, if applied correctly. It gives a demi-matte finish and is suitable for all skin types. MAC has an excellent color range so chances are you’ll be able to find one that matches you perfectly. One word of caution though, I’ve heard people say that MAC foundations break them out. I’ve never had a problem with it and I have acne prone skin, but just know that if your skin doesn’t cooperate, MAC has a great return policy!

Studio Fix foundation is $26 and can be purchased at a MAC store, counter, or at maccosmetics.com

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L’Oreal True Match

This is hands down my most worn foundation. I cannot say enough great things about it. Not only is it affordable and available at the drugstore, but the color range is fantastic, and it lasts all day on me. It’s a medium coverage foundation but can be built up into full if you need more. If your on a budget and need a more affordable option, this foundation would be my #1 pick.

True Match can be found at drugstores and ranges from $6-$9 depending on location

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Urban Decay Naked Skin

This foundation is like any other that I’ve tried. It very runny when you squirt it out, which is usually a characteristic of more sheer foundations, but somehow that formula covers flawlessly! It truly lives up to it’s name because it feels very light on the skin, like you have a ‘naked’ face. The color range is pretty limited so if you’re very fair or very dark, you might not find a match for you.

Naked Skin is $39 and can be found at Ulta, Sephora, and urbandecay.com

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Revlon ColorStay

This is another great foundation from the drugstore. It’s medium coverage but can be built up to full. It gives a beautiful natural finish. There’s also two different formulations that accommodate all skin types from dry, to normal, to oily. They also have a really good color range.

ColorStay ranges from $6-$10 depending on location and can be found at drugstores

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Make Up For Ever HD

This foundation is amazing because it gives you a finish that looks just like skin. It has a medium coverage and can be built up. The foundation is very long lasting and is great for someone looking for beautiful coverage, but not wanting to look like they have a full face of foundation on. It is a bit pricey, which is the only downfall.

HD foundation is $42 and can be purchased at Sephora or the MUF website at makeupforever.com

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Neutrogena Skin Clearing Foundation

I was rummaging through the isles of Target one day and stumbled upon this guy. I was instantly drawn in simply because it contains salicylic acid. For those of you that don’t know, salicylic acid is known to calm and treat acne. A foundation that treats and cures acne while you wear it? I’m in! It is full coverage and I can get about 9 hours of wear from it. Unfortunately, I don’t have acne any longer so I can’t really test the working power of the salicylic acid, but I can say that my skin does look more even after wearing it for a few days.It’s an excellent foundation and budget-friendly so you can’t go wrong!

Neutrogena Skin Clearing foundation  is $8-$12 depending on location and can be found a drugstores.

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Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo foundation

If my skin is ever giving me a hard time and I really need a foundation to cover up everything, this is the one I reach for. It is definitely full coverage and I found that it applies the best with a beauty blender. It gives a matte finish and lasts on my skin all day long even when I’m having extra oily days. The color rage is also fairly good.

Lock-It Tattoo foundation is $34 and can be purchased at Sephora or sephora.com

Thanks so much for stopping by and please leave a comment telling me what your favorite foundation is! Have a good one!

xoxo Kara