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. ūüėā¬†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!

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches | Violet Voss x Nicol Concilio Palette

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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. ūüėć)

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.

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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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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‚Äôm 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‚Ķ for another time. ūüėČ

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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.

xo Kimberly Signature

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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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôll let you be the judge ‚Äď let‚Äôs 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.

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches: The Magic by Juvia’s

the magic by juvia's

Juvia’s Place is an amazing brand that I just recently discovered a few months ago. Their shadows are insanely pigmented and their pans are huge! The awesome part is… they are also extremely affordable! This is a newer, though pretty sure they’ve already got another out, release called¬†The Magic.

the magic by juvia'sinside palette

The palette features a nice combination of warm and cool toned shadows, which I love! I also love that there are a lot of shimmers because those are my fav. Mattes are great for the blending but shimmers make my life, plus they have plenty of mattes for the blending needed. Now, let’s get into some swatches!

row 1

Row 1 (from left to right): Nubia, Zakiya, Osun, Kesi

row 2

Row 2 (from left to right): Zuba, Nana, Boronu, Kogi

row 3

Row 3 (from left to right): Faso, Aja, Vai, Yemoja

row 4

Row 4 (from left to right): Ife, Yara, Buzo, Yejide

After using these shadows, I can confirm that their quality is just as perfect as their previous palettes. Forever obsessed with Juvia’s quality and overall commitment to providing affordable cosmetics! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches: Jouer Skinny Dip Collection + More

skinny dip palette

Along with the many other cosmetics that I have ordered this month (RIP my bank account), I got the new Skinny Dip collection from Jouer Cosmetics. I was super excited because I had never tried their eyeshadows or liquid lipsticks before. I have had their highlighters and they are to¬†die¬†for. I got two new ones of those (although that was a lot of disappointment, we’ll get to that later). I figured since this is my first go at Jouer’s other products, I’d do a little swatch fest and review for you all who are interested and trying out the brand.

lip cremes skinny dip palette skinny dip and rose gold highlighters

So, I’ll go ahead and let you guys know now that I did not swatch the highlighters. That being because mine came shattered. I know that Jouer’s highlighter formula is veryyyy¬†soft and it crumbles easily so it probably just got tossed around too much during the shipping because it was shipped in very nice packaging and wrapped well. I did email them but have not got a response yet. Hopefully, I will get that soon so I can use these babies. Now, on to the swatches!

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skinny dip palette swatches

Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadows (from left to right: Midnight Swim, Magic Hour, Tan Lines, Skinny Dip, Bikini, and Star Light

Excuse the massive amounts of glitter on my arm as I swatched the Stila Magnificent Metals glitter eyeshadows right before this and… that wasn’t my best idea. ūüėÖ¬†So, these are¬†extremely¬†pigmented and creamy shimmer shadows. I am obsessed with this formula. My favorite is probably Star Light just because it is sooo¬†shiny. The only disappointing shade would be Bikini, which is the light, baby pink color. It’s not that it is not pretty much it feels like a much different formula than the rest of the shadows. Maybe it was packed too tightly but I couldn’t get a lot of product off when swatching it.

lip toppers and lip cremes

From left to right: Rayanne, Pamplemousse (lip crèmes), St. Tropez, Skinny Dip (lip toppers)

lip cremes

From left to right (lip crèmes): Cabernet, Brique, Lychee, Tawny Rose (my personal favorite so far and the one I tested on my lips)

Now, first impressions, I am obsessed. These are an amazing mousse-y formula that is super opaque on the lips. I tested out Tawny Rose to see how it wore and it stayed on like a dream and looked amazing on my skin tone. The only one that surprised me, though I am not disappointed, was Cabernet. Due to the color in the tub, I excited something deeper and darker than the shade after (Brique), but it was just as bright and just more violet in my opinion. Still a gorgeous color!

Overall, I am very pleased with the new products I’ve tested. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a Jouer highlighter¬†post to make up for the lack of swatches in this one. I think I’ll have four total once I get replacements for the two that came broken. So, what are your opinions of Jouer Cosmetics? Do you use their products?

xo Kimberly Signature

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Mermaid Vibes Makeup

mermaid vibes makeup

After having this blog for so long, I finally have decided to upload a makeup look. It’s not really a step-by-step tutorial because I’m not walking you through each step with photos but I am going to tell you how I got this look using The Magic by Juvia’s palette. It’s a super gorgeous and pigmented palette, that I will have a review and swatches up for veryyy soon. The following look was inspired by the purple and blue shades in this palette. There’s only a few but I really wanted to dig into the shade Faso as it is a duo chrome¬†purple-blue color.

mermaid vibes makeup

So this wasn’t too hard but it took a lot of blending and just building up the color rather than packing on a ton of pigment at the beginning. You can always blend away if needed, as I did at the end, but sometimes it’s hard to blend away the excess on dark colors.

mermaid vibes makeup

First, I took¬†Kesi and put it all over the lid as a base after my primer. I then took a tiny bit of¬†Nana¬†and used it as a bit darker version of a transition shade. Next, I put Ife on the inner and outer corners of my lid. I blended this until it was seamless all around. After it was blended, I placed¬†Faso¬†on the middle of the lid and blended the shade with the inner and outer corners. I wasn’t happy with the effect just yet so I sprayed my brush with a setting spray then packed some more color on the middle and continued to blend. Once that was finished, I used¬†Yejide¬†to blend out the crease and the outer corner. This was the majority of the blending and took the longest. Just keep blending this out until it looks as smoky and blown out as you’d like. In the end, just fade the edges of the blend with¬†Kesi¬†again to make it not as harsh against the browbone. In the end, I put some of¬†Faso¬†in the inner part of the lower lashline and then Ife on the outer part of the lower lastline.

mermaid vibes makeup

On the face I had Too Faced Hangover primer, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Stick foundation in Porcelain, Tarte Shape Tape concealer in Fair Neutral and Light Neutral, Laura Mercier Transluscent setting powder, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Transparent, ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Fox, Tarte¬†Double Duty Beauty “Don’t Be Afraid to Dazzle” contour and highlight palette, Sleek Makeup Solstice highlighting palette, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting contour powder in Light, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, and ColourPop brow pencil in Redhead.

Let me know what you guys think of this look and if you want more posts like this!

xo Kimberly Signature

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