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Makeup With a Big-A$$ Price Tag That’s Worth Busting Open Your Piggy Bank For

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As I wrap up testing out Subculture (literally have been trying that baby all week), I thought I would share with you pricy products that I really enjoy.  Some products, I look at and immediately regret shelling out the cash for.  However, there are several products in my collection that I paid a pretty penny for, and I find them to be totally worth it, and most of them worthy of re-purchasing.

I love drugstore products so much, but, some makeup is just worth spending a little bit more money on.  Quick disclaimer, there are several Marc Jacobs beauty products.  In my opinion, it is a luxury brand that’s worth the money.  Sorry for the repetition, but I truly enjoy them. That’ll be discussed below.  Here are some of my favorite high end products that I don’t regret purchasing!

I first want to touch upon a contour duo.  I prefer duos to kits, as I feel contour kits are not super useful for most people.  At most, I only use one of two contour shades.  I just feel as though duos are much more practical.  My favorite contour duo is the Marc Jacobs #Instamarc powder.  First off the colors are perfect.  The yellow is typically the only highlight shade in a contour kit that I actually use, as it really brightens up the under eyes.  I absolutely love the bronzer shade in this duo.  It’s extremely neutral.  When a color is too cool, it can appear muddy, but if a contour is too warm, it doesn’t create a shadow on the face.  I think this color is perfect for a natural, light contour.  This is a product I use in an everyday, low key makeup situation. In addition, these powders are super finely milled and are creamy when applied.  Although $49.00 is a bit much, I truly believe this product is worth it.  This was a birthday present to myself last year and I am so happy I purchased it.

Another product I love is the Marc Jacobs Remarcable foundation.  This is a product I usually only for going out or special occasions.  This is a super full coverage foundation.  Four small drops is all you need.  This is too full coverage for my day to day routine, as I prefer a very light base on a normal basis.  However, I really love this for full glam.  While the price is $55.00 (eek!), I think this is worth it (but you best believe your girl went into Sephora to get color matched).  You don’t use this product up quickly as it covers a great deal.  I also snagged mine when I had a $20.00 off coupon so it helped ease my wallet’s pain.

I also adore the Hourglass ambient lighting palette.  This retails for $62.00.  I had my eye on this for ages, and decided to pick it up when I had a gift card.  I love this face palette for two reasons.  I love the shade Dim Light (far left) for setting the whole face when I don’t need long wear coverage.  It gives the skin such a glowy effect and is truly beautiful.  I use the other two shades as a highlight and bronzer for days where I don’t wear foundation and want a simple makeup look.  These powders are so finely milled and apply to the face to easily.  If you don’t want a full palette I recommend picking up one of the full sized palettes.  They’re truly great quality, and I want to try the blushes and bronzers so badly.

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The Laura Mercier translucent setting powder if a cult classic.  There is definitely a good reason for that.  On the daily, I’ve been using the Koty air-spun powder for setting my under eye area.  It’s not my favorite, and is not cruelty free so I will not be re-purchasing. That powder has nothing on Laura.  The Laura Mercier is just so much softer.  I find that my skin never looks cakey when I use this powder.  I also only use it for my under eyes, as mentioned, so it doesn’t run out super quickly.  It feels and looks great on the skin.

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I also swear by Becca Highlights.  You can see my comparison and collection here.  These highlights give an intense glow.  However, with the Anastasia glow kits (check out that comparison here), I feel like they leave more of a stripe on the cheek bone.  I don’t get that effect with my Becca highlighters.  They are just a tad bit more natural.

If I had to pick one palette to use for the rest of my life, it would be the Anastasia Modern Renaissance.  First off, as a warm toned lover, the colors are to die for.  But the real reason to love this palette is for it’s formula.  I love a more powdery shadow, and these certainly fit that category.  They are pigmented, blendable, and pretty much a dream.  Everyone, even cool toned lovers should pick this baby up.  Honestly, there are a million reviews on this palette but I totally recommend shelling out the $42.00 and trying it for yourself.

One more Marc Jacobs product (whoops)!  I only own minis of the Marc Jacobs lipsticks, but they are amazing.  I purchased the Christmas set that contained five of them last season, and they do not disappoint.  The formula is extremely creamy, applies smoothly, and is opaque.  No matter whether you are using a nude or a deep, vampy shade, the colors do not apply in a patchy manner.  These are worth it in my book.

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Finally, for brows, I could not live without Anastasia Beverly Hills.  My brow routine for daily makeup in typically a brow powder for the tail end, and Brow Wiz in the front.  For the nighttime, I switch my powder with dip brow.  I certainly use other powders, but I just feel as though the Anastasia applies smoothly, and is very soft.  The dip brow is an awesome pomade for really taking your brows to the next level.  Finally, Brow Wiz applies so naturally, and can be used totally on its own as well.  Honestly, I have other brow powders and products, but I just don’t feel that they compare to ABH.
Do you guys feel like some things are just worth the extra money?  Or do you stick to affordable options?  I personally need a good mix of both!  Keep an eye out for a post about my favorite affordable options!

Until next time,

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Favorite Summer Palettes

Honestly I don’t understand how July is flying by.  While I’m literally dying for fall and will put up Halloween decorations in August, I feel like I still need to squeeze out more Summer!  I’ve only hit the beach once!  Today I wanted to talk about my favorite Summer palettes.

I will say, I tend not to wear as much makeup in the Summer.  However, because I am a makeup junkie, I do wear a full face at least three to four times a week, if not more.  So don’t you worry, my collection gets some love.  Eyeshadow palettes are one of my obsessions and there are certainly some I gravitate more towards in the Summer.

Colourpop Blow Me Away Quad: Okay, so although I bought this as a quad, I threw these shadows into one of my Zpalettes.  However, I’ve been using this combo of shadows literally alllllllll the time.  First of all, if you haven’t tried Colourpop’s pressed shadows, open up a new tab immediately and go try some.  They’re five bucks a pop and the quality is really great! These four colors are phenomenal though.  The one metallic is “Take a Break,” and it’s basically a better version of MAC’s “All That Glitters.”  I’ve been using it all over the lid for a bronzed touch.  The next shade, “Issues” is very similar to Makeup Geek’s “Peach Smoothie” but, I love this one so much more.  It’s more peach toned and vibrant, it’s become why new favorite transition shade.  I’ve made such a dent, I’ve already bought a backup!  The next shade is “Centerfold” and it’s a matte neon peach.  I’ve enjoyed popping this and the last shade, “Slim Fit” (a matte neon orange-red) into the crease to really create a Summery eye.  I personally pull in a warm toned brown just to really deepen the crease, but this palette has truly been my favorite thing this summer.  In fact, the whole nectar collection has been one of my favorite launches!  The super shock shadow “Flipper” and the pressed face palettes are also favorites.

 

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea (“Limited Edition” – It’s still kicking around Sephora’s website): When this palette came out last year, a lot of people were unimpressed.  I however, have really enjoyed this palette.  If I want a super glam look, I would never reach for this.  There are only two matte shades and then all shimmers/metallics.  However, I love this for traveling and low-key Summer days.  This palette is a very different formula than Tarte’s other products.  The shadows are a gel-like consistency and make them super easy to glide on to the eye.  I typically don’t create eye looks with too much dimension with this palette, but it’s something I reach for on the regular in the Summer for a quick wash of color on the eyes.  It’s neutral and perfect for subtle looks.

 

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler (Limited Edition):  This little guy holds such a big place in my heart.  This was limited edition but most shadows housed in this palette are part of Anastasia’s permanent collection, so you will be able to find them.  This was one of the first high end palettes I ever purchased.  More importantly, this is what caused me to fall in love with warm toned shadows.  I was so scared at first to use “Morocco,” but once I attempted, I fell in love with warm toned eyes and I have never looked back.  I love this palette for it’s peachy neutrals and pops of color.  It’s perfect for day or night looks, and I find myself grabbing for it most often in the Summertime.

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach:  I feel like this palette is the most drama filled thing in my collection.  When this first launched as limited edition, people were so angry that this sold out!  I personally did not get mine until Christmastime so I’ve been really enjoying this palette in the Spring and Summer months.  Some people think Too Faced is going down the tubes, but I disagree.  When people hated their holiday collection, I absolutely loved their “Merry Macaron” palette.  I think it’s all about preference and I’ve been a Too Faced fan since my junior year of high school.  Anyways, if you couldn’t tell from my description of the Colourpop quad, I’m obsessed with peach tones.  This palette clearly doesn’t lack, plus it smells like peaches.  It’s heaven.  My one complaint with this palette is that I wish there were more mattes, but you can still obtain a full look with the Sweet Peach.  I personally recommend and I find it similar to the “Chocolate Bar” palette formula.

 

Lorac Pro 3:   Now, I agree that this is not formulated as well as the first and second Lorac Pros.  However, this is my favorite color scheme (not including the Mega Pro 3).  The earthy tones are so great for Summer.  When I want natural and light face makeup, this is a palette I always reach for.  I find that it enhances the eyes without making them the focal point, which is perfect for a quick Summer look.  In addition, I literally live for the amount of transition shades included in this palette.

 

Morphe 35OM:  I wish I had purchased the original 35O.  But alas, I purchased this when I was in my “I have super hooded eyes so I’m convinced I can only wear mattes” phase. *eye roll*  Anyways, I still get a great deal of use of this palette.  I love pairing this with Colourpop super shock shadows on the lid, or the Morphe 12S, an all shimmer palette.  This palette is fantastic as it holds both cool and warm browns.  But, the real reason I love this palette is for the reds and oranges.  It screams sunset to me, and there’s countless looks to be made.

 

Summertime to me means relaxing, having fun, and using some bright colors!  These are personally my favorite palettes for the Summer season.  What are your favorites, and do you cycle through your makeup based on the season?

Until next time!

xoxox