My Paint Box: The Original 1st Edition Sephora Blockbuster Palette!

For my basic, everyday makeup wardrobe I tend to stick to very similar colors and variations of such shades which most of the general public would not be able to tell the difference.  But of course, myself being a makeup aficionado and others like me, can assure you that we possess a special ability to discern between multiple shades that might be considered by others to be the exact same color.  Since I tend to wear mostly neutral taupes, grays, and browns on my eyes, pinky-peaches on my cheeks, and various versions of nude on my lips, it is quite rare for me to invest in other colors out of my comfort zone.  I find the best way to purchase a variety of other colors, especially when I do not plan on wearing them often, is through makeup palettes which often times are at a value price versus paying for each individual shade.  One such palette that I like to use when I am going out, feeling daring or fun, needing a pick me-up, or doing makeup for others is my Sephora Blockbuster Palette (the original 1st edition which I believe cost me $40?) which contains a wonderful variety of bright colorful shades, in addition to some of my more familiar neutrals.

As you can see this palette houses 64 eyeshadows, 8 blushes (one that is similar to a highlighting powder), 22 lip colors (some glosses, some fuller coverage lipsticks, and a couple glittery balms), and some cheap-o brushes and applicators.  The variety of eyeshadow colors range from pinks, lavenders, purples, grays, pearls, creams, golds, russets, browns, taupes, greens, teals, blues, and I’m sure there’s still other color families I’m not including as well.  Lip colors range from plums, mauves, roses, pinks, reds, russets, nudes, golds, corals, browns, tans, and glittery balms in silver and clear (who I have no idea would use unless they perhaps work in a Vegas show?!?!).  The blushes in this palette are all very pretty and wearable; shades of pinks, peaches, corals, roses, light reds, plums, and a very pale pink highlighting powder are included.  I do have to note that all of the blushes in this palette do contain shimmer, some more than others.

With all of the shades that are provided in this palette, there are an endless amount of looks that one can create.  The ~$40 I paid was an absolute steal for all of the product that you are getting!  The eyeshadows seem decently pigmented, but not quite as much color payoff than other makeup lines such as MAC or Shu Umera or other artistry lines.  I don’t mind having less pigment in the eyeshadows because wearing the bright colors sometimes makes me feel like a clown or something, so the softness and sheerness is appreciated by me.  However, the blushes are definitely more pigmented than the eyeshadows and a light dusting with my blush brush gives me beautiful color on my cheeks!  The lip colors are my least favorite part of the palette because I just have too many other lip products that I like much better.  Although one way that I do enjoy using the lip colors is to blend them with other shades (either from the palette or other lip products I have) and create my very own, unique lip color!

It will take me forever to use up this palette, but I do encourage other makeup enthusiasts to invest in a palette like this if you are wanting to be more creative with your looks, like to experiment, and have lots of options! Sephora has since come out with many versions of this palette, some smaller or larger in size.  Many makeup lines also make palettes that are similar.

As a side note, I have recently purchased some palettes from Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics.  I’m very excited to see what all the hype is about that I’ve read on various beauty blogs and on YouTube about these two palettes, but am wondering for those of you who already own palettes from either one or both of these companies, what are the eyeshadows and blushes color payoff/pigmentation like?  I’ve seen some who rave about the quality being similar to that of MAC’s and others who say they are chalky and definitely require eyeshadow primer to really show off the colors?  Please share your experiences with the palettes from Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics!  I will be posting reviews of both once I receive my palettes, so stay tuned!

Do you own any makeup palettes?  If so, which ones?  Why do you like makeup palettes?  Is there a makeup palette that you are dying to have?  Feedback is greatly appreciated!

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Today’s Close-up: Bridal Makeup! Lisa Got Married–Woot Woot!

As a former makeup artist for Bobbi Brown cosmetics, I have always cherished every opportunity given to me where I can transform a woman into looking and feeling her best just because I was able to enhance her natural beauty with a touch of strategically selected makeup products, shades, and placement of such on her face.  The wonderful privilege of doing a woman’s bridal makeup for one of her most memorable and significant days in her life, and when the bride is an actual friend makes the whole makeup artistry process even more meaningful and special to me!  I was honored to be a part of my friend Lisa’s wedding this past weekend by being asked to do her bridal makeup as well as her bridesmaids!

Here are my gorgeous friends:

From left to right are Brynne, Heather, Lisa (the bride-to-be!), Gina, Leslie, and Nicole.

Soon-to-be brides should check out Lisa’s close-up to get ideas and suggestions for their upcoming wedding day.  This bridal look is a simple, natural, but radiant makeup application that shows off the bride’s true beauty instead of masking it behind a ton of unnecessary colors and products on her face.  In addition to being a perfect bridal look, this close-up would be fantastic for anyone interested in a feminine, soft, and warm color palette for everyday!

Here is Lisa’s close-up-

On Lisa’s face:

  • Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation in a 50-50 Blend of Warm 3 & Golden 4 used with a bareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush underneath her eyes and around her nose, mouth, and on very small areas of redness on her cheeks
  • Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 in Caramel brushed all over her face
  • Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder in Desert Corail lightly brushed on her cheeks, forehead, nose, chin, jawline, and down her neck
  • Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot on her cheeks
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink used as a highlighter on the top of her cheekbones

On Lisa’s eyes:

  • Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet/Dry Shadow in Gold Rush all over her eyelid
  • Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet/Dry Shadow in Bronzinger applied from her lashline to just above her crease
  • Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Rich Brown lightly brushed onto her outer corners of her eyes and then blended onto her lid for more depth
  • Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink applied to both her top and bottom lashlines with the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush
  • Maybelline Define-A-Lash Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black on her top and bottom lashes, followed with an application of false lashes (brand and style unknown)
  • Models Prefer Automatic Eyebrow Pencil and Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel on her eyebrows

On Lisa’s lips:

  • Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Tawny (discontinued shade) lightly defined her lips
  • MAC Lipstick Satin in Spirit applied with a lip brush all over her lips
  • E.L.F. Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF 15 in Honey Do (I think–the shade is a shimmery peachy rose)

Here are Lisa’s beautiful bridesmaids and although, I will not provide a breakdown of each bridesmaids’ close-ups, feel free to leave me a comment or contact me at thewordonbeauty@gmail.com for additional information on any of the specific looks shown below–

Gina's Daytime Smokey Eye Close-up!

Nicole's Flirty Lavender Shimmer Eye w/ Falsies Close-up!

Leslie's Radiant Glow Close-up!

Heather's Shimmery Neutral Eye Close-up!

Brynne's Shimmery Neutral Eye Close-up! (same eye makeup as Heather above)

The Word On Beauty Close-up with Gina at the wedding reception!

Thank you Lisa for letting me be a part of your special day!  You were an absolutely breathtaking bride and Jerry is one lucky guy!  Congrats Lisa and Jerry!

~Amy, The Word On Beauty

Describe your ultimate bridal makeup look.  Do’s and Don’ts for brides-to-be?  Which waterproof mascara formula holds up the best during all of the tears of joy that are usually shed at weddings?  Anyone have a bridal makeup crisis like having too much SPF in your foundation so that you end up looking like a washed out ghost in all of your wedding photos while the rest of your body has been spray tanned a beautiful I’m-going-to-Hawaii-for-my-honeymoon-bronze?  Share your comments, ideas, thoughts, and questions!

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