Eyeshadow Face Off: Tarte v. Urban Decay

By on June 19, 2019

This is a battle between the Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette Vol. III Versus Urban Decay OG Palette

After receiving my Boxycharm last month, I realized that Tarte Rainforest of the Sea looked exactly like my Urban Decay palette.

The Urban Decay palette I am referring to is now discontinued, as I bought it half off at Ulta and saw multitudes of them at Nordstrom’s Rack. However, I still wanted to show the difference because Urban Decay does have really similar colors in their other palettes.

When I first saw the Urban Decay palette on sale, I nearly had a cow. It was my first “brand name” makeup purchase. I wanted to love it so much!

However, the real test for eyeshadow is making it through a softball game without half falling off.


Urban Decay (1, aka dead palette)- Comes with a Brush, Comes with mirror. Neutral colors, shimmers, and darks. There is a good variety of colors, but I usually stick with one or two color themes and the palette offers about four.   

            Would stay on, but just enough to know it was there at some point. Color on the lid was pretty much non-existent. 

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea: All colors have at least a bit of shimmer, Comes with mirror, Simple variety of light neutral colors. You can see the light colors.

          I happened to wear this palette the game that I got hit in the face with a ball and a black eye resulted following the swelling. This eyeshadow stayed on that’s for sure. The next day I was still trying to carefully get all of the shimmer off of my eye.


Urban Decay: Doesn’t stay on eyes for long time, no black color included (but there’s a dark blue), light colors don’t show up as well.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea: No brush. Palette fits a specific tone.

I feel like I became biased the second that I was able to try out the Tarte palette. I feel like there’s just not a comparison with a palette for every-day use. I realized that I like shimmer, and not everyone likes having the shimmer at all times of the day.

If you like the matte base color where you can then add the subtle shimmer, then Urban Decay is perfect for you.

For me, personally, I’m all about the glitter and shiny part of the eyeshadow and this Tarte palette fits that need.

What is your favorite brand of eyeshadow? Let me know in the comments below!

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MakeUp Eraser – I Try Before You Buy

By on May 29, 2019

I kept getting ads to try out the Makeup Eraser’s free sample. I caved in and got it. The sample was literally a small square that I was able to use once. It worked, so that was good, but it was left on my counter for about two months.

I got an advertisement email from Makeup Eraser about a Big Bow Headband being given for free with purchase of the original product. After comparing the discount code that was included with the sample and the discount with the bow, for some reason, the discount with the bow was cheaper, so I went with that.

Now here I am with a big Makeup Eraser bow headband that’s supposed to make it easier when taking the makeup off of my face.

When I opened the original makeup eraser package, it tells you to wash it first in the washer, but I did not have access to a washer and dryer at the time. So, I did what anyone would do and just use the product.

I kid you not, this Makeup Eraser thing works. Like really works. It’s way easier than trying to use some sort of soap and burn my eyes in the process.

It took off all of my makeup from mascara to foundation. I used separate sections for different days and all I have to do to completely wash it is to throw it in the laundry with my clothes.

The answer is yes, if you see a clickbait ad for this, you should buy it. I am going to buy another one for my sister who constantly uses makeup wipes. 

How do you normally take off your makeup? Let me know in the comments below!

*Disclaimer: This is my own opinion and does not reflect the opinions of anyone or anything else.  

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Boxycharm: May Box Review

By on May 22, 2019

*Disclaimer: Thoughts are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinion of anyone else

For me, Boxycharm tends to come in the mail in the middle of the month. So I am able to see what people get before I do. This box, is a little different than the other ones with the products, so at first look I did not think I would be happy. Then, when I started trying out the products my attitude changed.  

This is what came in the box this month:  


This is a vegan face cleanser that is supposed to condition, deep cleanse, and remove face-makeup. I have used this a few times in the shower and it does indeed remove face-makeup. The formula is a beautiful pearl color and it does go on extremely gentle. This product does not contain SLS and SLES (sulfates), which are supposedly bad for you and your skin. I like it, but I’m not sure I would pay $28 dollars at the store for this. I will probably stick to my CeraVe gentle facial cleanser.  

Alamar – Colorete Blush Trio: MSRP $22

I have never really used blush before, but these colors are gorgeous. They are subtle enough to where they go on and you do not look like a clown. I will definitely be adding it to my full face makeup routine, or when I look extra pale and without color. 

Ciate London – Eye Lustre Crème Eyeshadow: MSRP $22

I was a little skeptical about this crème eyeshadow since I have never used it before. It comes in a lip gloss looking tube which makes it look suspicious. I thought it was going to be straight pink glitter on my face per the swatch seen in the first photo. When I actually put it on my face, it was not like that at all and it blended into a beautiful gold. I paired this an eyeshadow first and put the Eye Lustre on over. It looks amazing! 

Dose of Colors  – Liquid Matte Lipsticks: MSRP $18

This color is bright, like really bright. Literally goes on as the same color as the swatch. I put it on, and it is not drying at all! It does leave a little lipstick stain on glasses/bottles, but not too much to where it’s horribly obnoxious.  

Bodyography – Eyeliner Pencil MSRP $14

A normal eyeliner pencil that is a navy-blue color. Nothing special. I will have to get an eye pencil sharpener to make this thing work. 

Closing Thoughts: 

Total MSRP: $104

Overall, I am happy with 3/5 products. The crème eyeshadow is probably the only product I will purchase when the time comes (or find an equivalent to).  

This box was worth $25 less more than the previous box. I will be going out of the country for June/July, so I discontinued my subscription until I get back. 

What is your favorite makeup product? Let me know in the comments below.


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5 Different Game Day Eyeshadow Looks

By on May 15, 2019

Having a key game day eyeshadow is clutch when you want some consistency in your life. The game gets tough, but doing your eyeshadow shouldn’t be. Here are 5 different eyeshadow looks that my teammates and I have worn to games.

35F Fall Into Frost Artistry Palette $24 fromMorphie

Urban Decay NAKED1 Palette This palette was purchased while it was discounted before it was off the market. However, this look can be recreated with the NAKED2 or NAKED3 Eyeshadow Palette $54

This palette was purchased while it was discounted before it was off the market. However, this look can be recreated with the NAKED2 or NAKED3 Eyeshadow Palette $54

It’s All In the Eyes Volume 1: Cactus, Desert, Fog and Sand $86 ($68 for preferred clients) from Arbonne

Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette Vol III $36 from Tarte Cosmetics

Eye Lustre Creme Eyeshadow: $22 $22 from Ciate London

What is your favorite eyeshadow palette or colors to use for game day? Let me know in the comments below!

*Disclaimer: These thoughts are solely my own and we purchased our own makeup.

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Boxycharm: April Box Review

By on April 24, 2019

*Disclaimer: Thoughts are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinion of anyone else

I got last month’s FOMO box so late in March, that I did not realize how soon I would get April’s box (April 9th). Regardless, I am still excited to share the results. This month’s theme was seemed to have a festival focus, probably because this month is also Coachella and Country Thunder.

This is what came in the box this month:  

Pur The Complexion Authority – Festival Palette: MSRP: $36 

The colors in this palette are pretty and quite pigmented. The funny thing about palettes like this is that I would typically only use about 4 colors out of 16. The rest would go to waste so I will be giving this to my sister since she is a frequent festival participant, and she would actually use most of these colors. The glitters on the right end side is literally just glitter, the pink comes from the pink I couldn’t get off the brush. When taking it off my arm, it took a bit of rubbing and soap to get it all off. So it’s safe to say the product stays on. 

Artist Couture – Diamond Glow Powder: MSRP $27

It took me forever to figure out how to open the container. There is a little plastic film over the holes where the powder comes out when you first get it. I had to eventually take tweezers to get the film off.  Love this product, it stays on and my face looks plenty shiny. 

Steve Laurant – Lip Gloss: MSRP $22

This lip gloss is way better than the lip gloss that came last month. It is a nude color and it actually keeps your lips moisturized. 

Beauty for Real – Finish Line Liquid Eyeliner: MSRP $16

I love pen eyeliners. They make life a lot easier sometimes. This pen is no exception. I’m still good at drawing lines all over my face. 

Luxie – The Summer Daze 3PC Brush Set: MSRP $28

I’m still trying to figure out what the brushes that came in the FOMO box did. Now I have a small contouring brush, a brush to put on the eye shadow, and a brush to blend out the eye look. I’m glad that now I have brushes to go with the eyeshadow kits that I have gotten. 

Closing Thoughts: 

Total MSRP: $129

I would like to point out that this box was worth .01 more than the last box. 

I am excited to get May’s box. 


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Boxycharm: FOMO March Box Review

By on April 12, 2019

*Disclaimer: Thoughts are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinion of anyone else.

I have been looking at subscription makeup boxes for a long time and last month it was finally time to get one. I was in the market for some new makeup, so I scoured the internet for comparisons of all the different subscription boxes. While Boxycharm was more expensive ($21) versus Ipsy ($10) or Birchbox ($13), it was frequently noted that Boxycharm had full sized products and not mostly sample sizes like the other two.

I did purchase this box in late March, just late enough to miss the regular box, so I received the FOMO box. Boxycharm said that the box would get 15 days to get to me. It only took 12, but it felt like the longest 12 days of my life.

Upon receiving the box, I was so excited! The only disappointing thing was that some of the content’s packaging in the box was slightly bruised. It would probably be the products that you would pick around at the beauty store. Regardless, my happiness grew as I got to review the contents.

Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette Vol. III: MSRP: $36

I really loved this palette! Even the brown colors have shimmer. These colors are just wonderful and stayed on my eyelid like eyeshadow should do.

Superhero Mascara – IT Cosmetics: MSRP $24

I actually really liked this mascara. It only took a few swoops to match/surpass my other fiber mascara that has two steps. There is a definite difference in volume. I would say that I would be included in 96% of people who saw dramatic volume & length, and plumper looking lashes (that they advertise on the box). This mascara is also cruelty free.

Bright All Night Energizing Sheet- Tula Probiotic Skincare: MSRP $24

My road roommate Gina and I tried on these sheet masks after a long travel day and practice. To take out the mask and put it on was kind of like a puzzle. My face had a slight burn with it on, so did Gina’s by her nose. However, I still wanted to wait and see the results of the mask. About a half hour later my face is as smooth as a baby’s bum. Pretty awesome.

It’s nice, but I would like to see how this compares to cheaper facemasks. I probably wouldn’t purchase it on my own, but I’m not a facemask connoisseur yet.

Powder and Soft Glow Kit – MODA Brushes: MSRP $29.99

These are brushes. I did a test with some powders and highlights and they seem to work well. Essentially, these brushes do their job. I really like how the handles feel in my hand and the color of them is really pretty.  These brushes are cruelty free and vegan.  

Opaline Top Gloss – Oryza: MSRP $14.99

I like the color, glossiness, and the sparkles! It does make your lips feel pretty dry, so put on chapstick beforehand. but I’m so happy to have a gloss it doesn’t matter to me.

Closing Thoughts:

Total MSRP: $128.98

The price-point is definitely there. I would say that this box was with the $21 that I put in. The products were useful to me and I will continue to use them.

I am excited to get April’s box really soon.



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