HONEST Review & Swatches | Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

abh subculture palette

There’s been quite a bit of controversy over this palette and, after testing it out myself, I’m a little confused. On the blog today, we’re going to be swatching and reviewing the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture eyeshadow palette. First off, I never really follow the “trends” when it comes to opinions unless it is that of a beauty guru that has similar makeup wants, skin type, etc. to myself and is one that I trust. So, when Laura Lee gave some sketch comments on this palette, I was weary… but even she, as well as Manny MUA, stated that this palette is pig-men-ted. That’s a sell for me so I immediately went and purchased it from Sephora.

abh subculture palette inside subculture

When I came home to this palette on my doorstep, I went inside and immediately swatched it. First off, I totally see the fallout aspect that people are getting all bent out of shape about. It does have fallout but… it’s not as bad, in my opinion, as everyone is making it out to be. Granted, I watched the videos above and it looks pretty bad but I did finger swatches (which, yes, I realize will have different results) and I really dig into the colors whenever I do this. Even digging in, I did not get as much fallout as I thought I would after watching the above videos. I don’t know if they stepped up the formula a bit after seeing all the negative comments/reviews regarding the palette and they are sending out improved versions, but that’s the only explanation that I have for this? I honestly think this is a beautiful palette. I’m obsessed with the unique color scheme and these shades are so pigmented, it’s insane.

fallout fallout 2 fallout 3

Now that we’ve touched on the tea, let’s get into the swatches of this bad boy.

top row subculture

Top Row (top to bottom, left to right in palette): Cube, Dawn, Destiny, Adorn, All Star, Mercury, and Axis

bottom row subculture

Bottom Row (same order as above): Roxy, Electric, Fudge, New Wave, Untamed, Edge, and Rowdy

And that’s my review of this palette! I would definitely get this if you haven’t yet. Fallout is not something that makes me say no to a palette and it normally just means that there is a lot of pigment in the formula, which you can clearly see is true for this one.

What are your thoughts? Still not convinced? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Review & Swatches | Karrueche x ColourPop She Palette

she palette

Karrueche and ColourPop are back at it again! They have released another collaboration collection that featured several pieces, including this gorgeous palette, the She palette. This is part of the Fem Rosa collection which included three lippies, a face palette, and this eyeshadow palette.

she palette

Now, ColourPop is known for their Super Shock Shadows that come in special packaging so they do not dry out, but awhile back they released pressed eyeshadows! This palette is in that form and, let me tell you, their pressed shadows are just as amazing as their SSS.

inside she palette

This palette just screams Valentine’s Day to me. I can’t wait to break it out for some feminine looks during that time of the year. In the palette, you get 12 eyeshadows and it retails for $16.00 USD. At about $1.33 per shadow, there is no beating this quality.

top row she

This row, the top one, features three metallic shades and the one and only satin in the palette. The swatches top to bottom align with the palette from left to right: Ladylike, Babe, Dainty, and Chick. These are the much more light and soft colors if you want a very feminine look without going too dark or sultry.

middle row she

The second row features all metallic shades and it gets into more of the dark colors that I am drawn to. From top to bottom, we have Mademoiselle, Gal, Empress, and Filly.

bottom row she

The third and final row features all matte shades to help with blending and making that smokey or seamless look with the previous shadows. I have successfully created an entire look with this palette so it is definitely possible with the shades provided. This row, from top to bottom, is Dear, Missy, Damsel, and Duchess.

The pigment in these shadows is unreal and you can’t beat with a stick for that price. I highly recommend this palette to those who love the reddish, pink, and warmer shades. It is currently out of stock but be sure you get your hands on it once it comes back!

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Review & Swatches | Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Palette

tarte make believe in yourself palette

Tarte has some of my favorite products, such as their Shape Tape concealer, and their eyeshadows are no different. They have one of the best matte eyeshadow formulas out there and this palette, featuring all shimmer shades except ONE, is just as wonderful as their signature matte shades.

tarte make believe in yourself paletteinside tarte make believe in yourself palette

First off, I don’t know why, but I love the round palettes that Tarte has been releasing. They look so cute! The only sucky thing is that it is so hard to get photos of reflective packaging because you can always see my phone in the reflection. ? I made it work, though! This is what the inside of the palette looks like.

inside tarte make believe in yourself

You get a total of 10 eyeshadow shades, all shimmer (or really metallic) and one matte shade that is perfect for your transition shade. You also get a cheek shade for a highlight, but I think it could easily be used as an eyeshadow as well and it’s equally as gorgeous.

hand swatches tarte make believe in yourself

From top to bottom, left to right: Myth, Magic, Wings, Marvel (first row); Trance, Fairy, Mystic, Dream (second row)

swatches tarte make believe in yourself

From top to bottom, left to right: Crystal, Pixie, Believe – the middle highlight shade (last row)

Overall, I am super impressed with these shades. They are so pigmented and come off amazingly metallic when swatches. They apply just as amazing on the eyes as well. Of course, I didn’t expect much less from Tarte as they are amazing with their quality 99.9% of the time. Let me know if you guys want to see any looks with these shades!

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Review & Swatches: NEW Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powders

wet n wild highlighters

Wet N Wild has been around for as long as I can remember but they have really stepped up their game lately. I have fallen in love with many of their products. Something they released recently is four new shades of their MegaGlo Highlighting Powders. These are not new but these shades are!

wet n wild highlighters

As soon as I saw them on sale, I immediately ordered them. I mean, for only $4.99 USD each, you can’t beat this quality. I will gladly pay $20+ for a good quality highlighter but when you can get them for that price, you just can’t say no!

inside wet n wild highlighters

These highlighters are creamy to the touch, they blend out amazingly, and they have a variety of colors to them. The four new shades are Royal Calyx (a violet purple), Golden Flower Crown (a true gold), Botanic Dream (a rose gold), and Blossom Glow (a light champagne gold).

From top to bottom: Royal Calyx, Flower Crown, Blossom Glow, Botanic Dream

These highlighters are definitely improved by me! I don’t know how often I’ll wear a purple highlight but I know which one I’ll grab for whenever I do (maybe a Halloween tutorial…?). I can’t wait to use these more!

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Review & Swatches | Violet Voss x Nicol Concilio Palette

violet voss x nicol

I know you all have probably heard of Nicol Concilio! She’s an adorable New York native that has a bomb channel on YouTube. I love her videos and her accent gives me life. She recently released her palette that was created with Violet Voss Cosmetics. Now, I had high expectations for this because I have the Violet Voss x Laura Lee palette and that one is amazing.

violet voss x nicol

First off… can we talk about this packaging? I’m obsessed. This holographic goodness just makes me want to stare at it all day. Not to mention that my photos are pretty great, in my opinion. (Yes, I am patting myself on the back for these.) I just love the holographic theme that the beauty world has taken lately. (Also, she totally signed that little flyer that came with it and I kind of want to frame it. ?)

violet voss x nicol palette inside violet voss x nicol

Looking inside the palette, you get 20 shades. They are little bigger than what I would consider “normal” size such as compared to a Mac or Makeup Geek eyeshadow. The palette retails for $45 USD and I’ll just tell you now that I believe it is 100% worth it. I know that doesn’t leave much to tell for the rest of the review but this palette is gorgeous. I’m in love. I will say, if you’re not a warm-toned lover, you won’t much like this. It has tonsss of warm shadows and few sprinkles of color within the duo-chromes (such as Palm Tree) and then that intense blue (Pingy).

Now, to what you guys really want, the swatches!

Row 1 (top to bottom, corresponding from left to right of the palette): NYC, Zo-Zo, Bruh, Pizza, Mars

Row 2: Daisy, Hangry, Blou, Hey Girl, Chawwcolate

Row 3: Glorious, Nicol, Sagittarius, GiGi, Palm Tree

Row 4: L.A., Victoria, Boop-Bop, Pingy, Retrograde

Overall, I rate this palette a 10/10! I love the shades, the pigment is unreal, and they are super creamy. I can’t wait to dig into this more. If you guys want to see any looks with specific shades, let me know in the comments.

xo Kimberly Signature

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My Dream Vanity ft. Arhaus

my dream vanity

Calling all beauty and makeup lovers… I know you have thought about what your dream vanity would look like! If you haven’t, I sure have for the both of us. Ever since I started truly getting into the world of makeup, I have had a “makeshift” vanity made from my small circle mirror and a desk that was clearly meant for a desktop computer. It’s not the most practical but it works. That being said, I have always lusted for the perfect vanity to sit down at, take photos, and just play with my collection.

my dream vanity

Today, I am bringing you the design for my dream vanity. This is what I hope will some day grace the presence of my tiny one-bedroom apartment (if my dog doesn’t turn into a monster truck and start a demo-derby in my bedroom… like he does almost every day).

After scouring Arhaus’s website and Pinterest, I think I am set on my perfect vanity and definitely want to start saving up to build this masterpiece.

For my lighting, I definitely would love to have the vanity light bulbs (like the pin below) around the mirror but I don’t know if that means I have to have a specific mirror or not. If I don’t have to, then I’m eyeballing Genevieve Oval Mirror.

(c) Impressions Vanity Co.
(c) Arhaus

As far as lighting for decor/accents, I am obsessed with this Flower Pendant light. Ideally, I would love to have two or three hanging up above my vanity area where they would be useful and attractive to the eye. This is just one of many gorgeous lighting options that Arhaus has to offer.

(c) Arhaus

Of course, I’m also obsessed with the shelving units that are in that vanity above. I looked them up and they are actually called Lack shelves and they would be ideal to go on either side of my vanity set-up for easy access to things I use a lot as well as adding some decor to the shelves at the very top and bottom, as those wouldn’t be as practical to use while sitting at the vanity.

Speaking of sitting, I honestly fell in love with this chair when looking at the selection they had on Arhaus. It is perfect off-white/gray combination that I feel like would look good with the rest of the pieces I have picked out.

(c) Arhaus

As far as the actual desk and further storage on the desk, I definitely want something built upon a set of two Alex drawers. Eventually, I think I’d want to get the Alex nine drawers but that would be for additional storage while these would be the foundation of the desk. All I’d have to add is the base on top to make the desk top (like the photo below).

(c) voceprecisadecor.com.br

On top of the desk, I really want to get some of the acrylic containers/drawers for the things that I use every day. Plus, this would make it where I could actually display some of my makeup instead of just storing it. I love the set-up on the desk in the picture below but I probably would want a bit more space to work on rather than covered with the storage.

(c) websta.stfi.re

And that’s it, guys! Can you picture it in your head? I seriously want drooling over the image I have of this set-up. I have no idea where I would fit it in my apartment but, hopefully, by the time I finally get the money for this, I’ll be in a bigger place!

What does your dream vanity look like? Tell me in the comments below!

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103 Blog Post Ideas

103 blog post ideas

Being a blogger, writer’s block can be one of the most difficult things to overcome. You want to put out awesome content but you can’t think of what to write. I am coming to you with 103 ideas to help kickstart those mind muscles. As a beauty, lifestyle, and college blogger, I think it is only fitting that I suggest these types of posts to you.

103 blog post ideas

Beauty

  1. monthly favorites
  2. makeup of the day
  3. current skincare routine
  4. favorite makeup brand
  5. favorite face masks
  6. high end vs. luxury brand
  7. makeup dupes
  8. top 5 under $5
  9. top 10 under $10
  10. favorite drugstore products
  11. Sephora/Ulta haul
  12. favorite beauty bloggers
  13. favorite beauty vloggers/YouTubers
  14. testing full face of full coverage makeup
  15. testing a new product
  16. step-by-step makeup tutorial
  17. share your makeup collection
  18. show how you store your makeup
  19. products for your skin type
  20. products to help fight skin problems (acne, redness, etc.)
  21. “The Power of Makeup” before/after look
  22. what makeup means to you
  23. recent purchases haul
  24. all-time favorites
  25. how you did your makeup in ___ (middle school, high school, etc.)
  26. yearly favorites
  27. do your friend’s makeup
  28. let your significant other do your makeup
  29. review of new products
  30. series of themed eye looks (Disney, Harry Potter, etc.)
  31. brand first impressions
  32. do your significant other’s makeup

Lifestyle

  1. why you started a blog
  2. how to get followers via email
  3. daily routine
  4. house/apartment tour
  5. weekend recap/vlog
  6. have someone guest post on your blog
  7. your planning essentials
  8. “Plan With Me” post
  9. create a freebie
  10. things to do on a mental health day
  11. ways to kick depression
  12. fun at-home exercises (with and/or without equipment)
  13. places to visit in your city
  14. DIY furniture creation
  15. your current wishlist
  16. your morning routine
  17. ideas for date nights
  18. review a book you just read
  19. top 10 favorite movies
  20. current music playlist
  21. current favorite vloggers/YouTubers
  22. how to get followers on Instagram
  23. how you edit your Instagram photos
  24. your favorite Twitter chats
  25. your favorite bloggers
  26. talk about something you love to do and why
  27. seasonal bucket list (fall, winter, spring, summer)
  28. monthly/yearly goals
  29. 10 five-minute healthy meals
  30. your workout playlist
  31. ask your reader’s something and give your answer
  32. your must-haves for a good day
  33. 5 ways to brighten someone’s day
  34. things that make you happy
  35. things that grind your gears
  36. how you stay creative
  37. respond to someone else’s blog post
  38. top 10 favorite TV shows
  39. your night routine
  40. monthly favorites

College

  1. must-have school supplies
  2. favorite planners/agendas
  3. deals for back-to-school
  4. favorite backpacks
  5. best laptop for college students
  6. how to get straight A’s
  7. how to read your syllabus
  8. why you should be a “Teacher’s Pet”
  9. being in a fraternal organization
  10. why you should get involved on campus
  11. why you should live on campus
  12. dorm move-in recap
  13. dorm shopping haul
  14. how to solve rando-roommate conflict
  15. how to combat homesickness
  16. places for students to hang out in your city
  17. favorite dorm-safe meals
  18. what’s in your backpack
  19. favorite apps for college students
  20. how you take notes
  21. how to study for exams
  22. what questions to ask at the beginning of the semester
  23. your favorite writing utensils
  24. back-to-school clothes haul
  25. how to meet new friends
  26. how to choose your major
  27. share how you chose your major
  28. share what you want to do with your degree
  29. semester goals
  30. dos and don’ts of college parties
  31. how to stay safe on campus

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Blown-Out Copper Eyes

copper eye profile

This one was something that really made me feel the Heat of the summer. Using the new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette, I created a blown-out, slightly smoky copper eye to go with my acid wash tee that I got from boohoo.

copper eye profile

This was super easy to achieve and can really just be mastered with a lot of blending. I’m always drawn to a super shimmery lid with mattes to blend it all out. I feel like I could have even went a little darker in the crease and on the outer corner to really give this a sexy feel but… for another time. 😉

copper eye eyes open

copper eye high angle

First I took Chaser and put it all over the lid to set a base shadow for the others to blend onto. Once I finished that I took Sauced and Low Blow and used them as a slightly darker version of a transition shade to get the eye look going. Sauced is like a warm cream shade and Low Blow is actually a bit cool-toned, compared to the other shades in the palette. After that I took Cayenne and started to build up the color in the crease. This is where the blending begins.

Once that was finished, I played Dirty Talk all over the lid and started to blend the harsh line between that and my crease. I slowly started working in En Fuego to help darken the crease and outer corner while doing this, as well. After I got all the colors down, just kept blending in the crease and around the corners to make the final blown-out look.

copper eye front view

If you haven’t checked out my review and swatches of the UD Naked Heat palette, you should! I really think this was an excellent addition to the Naked series and I am proud to say I am still on the streak of owning every single one.

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Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

naked heat palette

Urban Decay is back at it again with a new addition to their Naked series. This time it is the Naked Heat palette! I was so excited to hear about a new Naked palette as the quality of them are always phenomenal and I’m a sucker for neutrals of any sort, shade, etc. I love that they are going outside of the “normal” now with the Smoky and Heat palettes. Some people don’t think that they qualify under the “Naked” status but I still think that the idea is underneath that.

naked heat palette

Right off the bat, I’m obsessed with the packaging. It’s the same as the Naked Smoky where it is a plastic type deal with a nice design that catches the eye and magnetic closure. It has the mirror inside and it comes with a total of 12 shades as well as a dual-ended brush. Normally I’m not all for brushes that come with palettes but UD’s are usually good quality and this one is no exception, though I wish it wasn’t dual-ended.

inside naked heat

I definitely think this palette could be used for a variety of different looks whether it’s something cranberry and fall or more orange and summer. There is a good balance of shimmers and mattes in my opinion. Ounce has some shimmer to it but not a lot so I think it would be great for inner corners or a browbone highlight. There is a total of 7 mattes and four shimmers/one satin. Now let’s get into the swatches.

top swatches naked heat

From top to bottom, left to right: (row one) Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, and Low Blow – (row two) Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, and Scorched

bottom swatches naked heat

Last row, left to right: Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes, Ember

Overall, as always, I am super impressive with Urban Decay’s new addition. They swatch beautifully and are super creamy to the touch. I loved playing with these and I can’t wait to see all the different looks I can come up with. It’ll probably be another go-to for me during the fall, just like the past Naked palettes have been.

What do you guys think?
Love it? Hate it? No more Naked?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches: Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

jaclyn hill palette cover

First off, I cannot believe I am actually getting to write this blog post. If you follow me on Snapchat (which you totally should – UN: kimberlyygracee), then you know that I was very impatient with this palette release. I was already on the sight and ready to get it then the site crashed for a minute. After the initial issues, I was able to get it and finally get all of the pages to load in order to put my order in! Unfortunately, it is now sold out but I hear it is coming back this month.

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill: The Jaclyn Hill Palette

jaclyn hill palette cover

As you can tell, even my kitty approves of this gorgeous simplistic packaging. He would not get out of this photo, matter of fact. Off the bat, I am obsessed with the metallic font that they did of her signature. Not only is the outside gorgeous, but the inside has a super sweet message that Jaclyn wrote, thanking her subscribers.

jaclyn hill palette inside cover

I love how genuine and sweet Jaclyn has always been. After just one day of watching her on YouTube, I was in love. She cracks me up and she is truly talented. Of course, once seeing all the hype on this release, I had to get my hands on it. Let me tell you… this palette is worth the hype.

jaclyn hill palette

It is beyond beautiful and just looking at the shades makes me fall in love immediately. I am all about the mix of colors and the amount of looks that just automatically pop into my head when I look at this. It is so amazing that she was able to create something so versatile but yet so her! Even though you can probably tell my opinion already, I’ll let you be the judge – let’s do some swatches!

first row jaclyn hill palette

The shades coincide where the palette from left to right are the swatches from top to bottom. Above we have Enlight, Beam, Silk Crème, M.F.E.O., Faint, Sissy, and Little Lady. This row just screams girly to me. I could see many natural and feminine looks that would be great for weddings and other special occasions.

second row jaclyn hill palette

The next room just screams fall. The shades are Creamsicle, Butter, Pooter, Pukey, Hunts, Firework, and Queen. I love the pops of color that could easily brighten up the eyes and take something smoky a little further.

third row jaclyn hill palette

Now this is my idea of fall in a row of shadows. I live for these cranberry, maroon shades. You could make a killer smoky eye with this but you could also make it super metallic with those top two. The shades are Obsessed, S.B.N., Hillster, Roxanne, Jacz, Buns, and Cranapple.

fourth row jaclyn hill palette

Now this row gets into a couple fun shades as well as the brownish colors. I’m obsessed with that purple. It calls to me, if you couldn’t tell from my Mermaid Vibes makeup look. The shades are Royalty, Twerk, Hustle, Meeks, 24/7, and Chip.

fifth row jaclyn hill palette

Then last, but certainly not least, the final row. This features a couple gorgeous blues that I think could give an epic out-of-the-box look. The greens and dark purple combined could even bring that all to a dark mermaid look (hint for a new look I’m going for…?). The shades are Pool Party, Jada, Diva, Enchanted, Central Park, Soda Pop, and Abyss.

And that is the entire palette. I can’t believe that this is finally out and I got my hands on it. I’m obsessed with it and can’t wait to try out tons of looks throughout the year, which I plan to share with you, of course.

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