Rimmel’s Mod Revival + My Photoshoot!
Yes, believe it or not… that’s me! Recently I was invited by Rimmel London to help promote the new Retro Glam cosmetic collection. I spent an amazing week in New York discovering my inner 60’s diva, resulting in the awesome photoshoot you’re glimpsing here! Retro Glam is all about bringing back the Mod scene - an iconic time in the fashion and beauty industries.
For years I’ve been a fan of Rimmel - since my first experiments with makeup, actually - and they’ve consistently come up with trendy and effective formulations. This year they’re pulling inspiration from one of the biggest fashion revivals, and they have created products that really channel the glamour and intrigue of the Twiggy era.
Review + Swatches: Wet n Wild “Poster Child” Eyeshadow Palette
What it Is: Wet n Wild Color Icon 8-Pan Palette “Poster Child”
What it Does: An affordable palette of eyeshadows with bright colors inspired by pop art that’s limited edition!
What it Costs: $5
Where to Get It: Some drugstores and online
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Down
NARS Narsissist Eyeshadow Palette - $79
I think that it is gorgeous and way too expensive.
Let’s face it… we’re in a world FULL of neutral palettes. No matter the price point, brands are coming out with new brown-taupe-greige-rose gold eye palettes more often than I can count. There are a lot of gorgeous ones to choose from - it’s hard to go wrong with neutrals - and NARS definitely is a fantastic brand, for quality and aesthetic purposes. But eighty bucks? Eighty bucks is a lot of money. Yes, there are fifteen eyeshadows, but there are sixteen in my LORAC Pro Palette (my biggest recommendation for eye palette ever).
I was able to swatch this palette in-store, but after watching tons of YouTube reviews of it, I began to realize that the quality varies from palette to palette. There were just as many people raving about the buttery quality of the shadows as there were complaining about the powdery, cheap consistency. Creamy and powdery are very different in the world of eyeshadow, and unless you’re a complete dolt, you’ll be able to tell the difference when you’re swatching them. So this uncontrollable factor was the real icing on the cake that read “Hilary, you could get a lot of frozen yogurt for $80”.
Get Ready With Me: Quick & Easy Valentine’s Date Night Look
Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day for showing your love for one another, for spending copious amounts of money on chocolate and Hallmark cards, and for red, pink, and purple themed makeup. Hooray!
No matter your stance on V-Day, any beauty lover has to admit that the abundance of Valentine’s Day themed makeup looks all over the interweb is fantastic. I love pointless holidays for exactly that reason!
Even though Valentine’s isn’t really my “thang”, I do have a special someone to share the day with. A few days ago we decided to go out on a romantic adventure (which ended up being chicken fajitas at a sports bar), and I decided to document my “getting ready” process! I hope you enjoy this little tutorial!
- Too Faced “A Few of My Favorite Things” Eye and Cheek palette ($56, was Limited Edition for holiday. Try the Chocolate Bar palette instead!)
- Maybelline Color Tattoo “Too Cool” - $6
- Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Liquid Eyeliner - $8
- Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara - $21
- Esqido False Eyelashes “BFF” - $46
- NYX Retractable Lip Liner “Nude Pink” - $4
- NYX Butter Lip Gloss “Eclair” - $5
Unless you wear blush on a daily basis, get the original Pro palette! You’re getting soooo many eyeshadow colors in there, and the quality is unreal. The Lorac Pro is my favorite eyeshadow palette of all time, and even though the Pro to Go is just as nice quality, it doesn’t have the same amount of variety.
Lorac Pro Palette - $42 - Comes with 16 eyeshadows (8 matte, 8 shimmer) and a mini eye primer.
The Pro To Go palette is a great idea for beginners to makeup, or for people who don’t already have a lot of eyeshadows or cheek colors. I like that the light colors in this palette are extra large, and the cheek colors look great on all complexions. But if it’s eyeshadow you’re looking for, stick to the real palette.
Lorac Pro To Go Eye and Cheek Palette - $38 - Comes with 6 eyeshadows, two blushes, one bronzer, and two brushes.
On another note, since Lorac is leaving Sephora, all of their products are 25% off in stores and online! So check them out there for good deals!
Hi hon! I sure do! Because this palette is so basic (as the name implies), it’s actually pretty easy to find TONS of dupes for the colors inside. I don’t have any singlular palette that has each shade exactly, but I have some singles and very similar palettes that will get you the same looks for WAY less!
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette - $27
(All are matte shades except for the first color, Venus, which is a pearly white.)
They’re from the Too Faced Natural at Night palette! It’s a gorgeous, dark neutral collection of buttery eyeshadows. I highly recommend it!
Too Faced Natural at Night Eyeshadow Palette - $36 - Sephora or online here
Hello! Well the champagne eyeshadow will be easy, there are lots of really pretty and affordable ones.
Covergirl Eye Enhancer in “Champagne” - $4
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow “Iced Latte” - $5 (Stila “Kitten” dupe)
Also check out NYX Single Eyeshadow in “Blondie” and Maybelline Expert Wear Single Eyeshadow in “Champagne Fizz”
As for the cranberry color, it gets a little more tricky to find one, especially at the drugstore level. I love that shade on the eyes.. it’s very fall appropriate and enhances every eye color. There are a couple affordable ones to choose from, and I also recommend trying out blush on the eyes. Some blushes look really gorgeous on the eyes, because many have pretty golden shimmer to them.
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow “Glistening Garnet” - $5
NYX Eyeshadow “Rust” - $5
Also try ELF Baked Eyeshadow “Burnt Plum” and Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in “Berry Shimmer”.
Hope that helps! :)
Review + Swatches: NYX Love in Rio Eyeshadow Trio “Caipirinhas on the Beach”
What it is: NYX Cosmetics blue eyeshadow trio
What it Costs: $6
Similar to: Nars Cap Ferrat Trio, $45 (disc.)
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Up
This colorful little trio caught my eye during a recent trip to Ulta - the shades scream summer, and I’m not quite over the warm weather and sunny days! This is an eyeshadow trio full of bright blue shades that are buttery and soft.
Hey Beauties! Check out this awesome double tutorial done by ChrisspyMakeup on YouTube using bright, fun colors from BH Cosmetics’ NEW 60’s Palette! This is two looks in one. Also check out the BHC palette (only $10.50!) on their website, BHCosmetics.com :)
Fall Smoky Eye look using Kat Von D Lady Bird palette :)