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Rumor Has It – Too Faced, Laura Geller, & Academy of Colour 3D Manicure

10 Mar

,Today I experienced a little bit of an upset with my trip to Ulta Beauty. I had my heart set on purchasing Urban Decay’s Naked palette (especially after hearing my coworker rave about it) but unfortunately, all they had was Naked 2, which I wasn’t as big of a fan of. So in my search for a palette with the same concept, I came across this lovely creature that contained the same basic theme that I was going for, but for about $15 cheaper than Naked. This, my friends, is the Too Faced Natural Eye eyeshadow palette.

Too Faced Natural Eyeshadow Palette – $36 Ulta Beauty

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This palette pleasantly surprised me to say the least. It has beautiful neutral colors – both shimmery and matte – and my FAVORITE surprise was these sweet little cards stuffed in the top that I didn’t notice at first glance that help to guide consumers to achieve the look they wish to desire with the given colors.

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Alright so let’s get on with some swatches, shall we?! Let’s start with the larger shadows. From left to right, we have Nude Beach, Silk Teddy, and Heaven. Heaven is extremely hard to see (partially because the lighting is horrible, but also because it’s meant to be almost non-existent, and very light. Note: These swatches are done with concealer used as a primer underneath.

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For the next set, we have (from the top, left to right) Honey Pot, Push-Up, Velvet Revolver, Cocoa Puff, Erotica, and Sexpresso.

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I absolutely LOVE this palette! The Day colors are silky to the touch and the other colors are filled with shimmer so they add a radiant glow to your eyes without overdoing it.

Laura Geller Blush -N- Brighten in Sunswept Р$27.50 Ulta Beauty

I’ve been experimenting with different blushes for a while so I figured I’d try something I hadn’t heard of before. I adore baked blushes because they look great whether applied dry or with a bit of moisture. I decided to try Laura Geller’s Blush -N- Brighten baked blush in the color Sunswept. This blush, while giving you glow with it’s luster, is kind of like a burnt golden rose. Here’s the product and the swatch:

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I’m definitely a fan of it so far. It blends very well into foundation and it’s very buildable, which is great if you long for a super-dramatic look. It’s a bit pricey so it’s hard to say if I’ll purchase it again, but seeing how picky I am with my blushes (and I LOVE this color), it’s a definite possibility!

Academy of Colour 3D Manicure (White Pearls) – $8

I saw this product a week or so ago on Pinterest and I’ve been dying to try it ever since. It’s a nail polish you apply that you coat with these tiny little loose pearls while the coat is still wet and it gives you a pearl-textured nail. It’s definitely different, but that’s always the kind of product that I’m attracted to, so I just HAD to pick it up.

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First of all, I adore how you use the tray it comes packaged with as an assistant to a nice clean-up. If that wasn’t enough, it also comes with a little funnel so that you can pour the excess beads right back into the bottle!

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This is how my nails looked when I was finished with the application process:

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Unfortunately, I do have some bad news. Although the concept of this product is fascinating and looks wicked cool, even after applying a top coat, it wittles away very easily. This is how my thumb nail looked after 45 minutes of doing nothing but eating a few chips, drinking a soda, and one (very carefully carried out) trip to the restroom.

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Needless to say, I probably won’t be purchasing this product again. At least it was the same price as one normal-sized nail polish from almost any store. I drastically wish this product would have met my expectations. Guess that’s the price I’ll have to pay for not reading a review before taking the risk of purchasing the product in question!