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EOTD: Green Glamour Travel
Eyeshadow - Be the first to comment! - September 14th, 2012

I love to bring Cargo’s Green Glamour Kit when I travel, because it has pretty much every color I might want to use. It’s really sad that they have apparently discontinued it! I’m glad I snatched it up when I did, because it’s become one of the most-used palettes I own.

Today I used Parakeet on the lid. Parakeet is a coppery color. I used Bamboo, a warm brown color, in the crease. I put Pelican, a pale champagne color, in the inner corners and the browbone. The eyeliner is Victoria’s Secret Makeup Eyeliner in Dark Chocolate. This is hands down my favorite brown eyeliner pencil.

I used Detrivore Cosmetics’ blush in Thing. Thing is SO FLATTERING, it’s a must-have color for sure. The lip color is Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain in Donutella. Tokidoki is being discontinued from Sephora stores, but some stores may have stock left. If you see these Gelato Lip Balm Stains in person, snag a few. I absolutely adore the two shades I have.

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5 Things: Makeup Palettes
Eyeshadow, Makeup Fun, Shopping - Comments (1) - February 1st, 2012

I love palettes. Since I’ve gotten so much into loose powder eyeshadows and blushes, I don’t use them as much as I used to, but I still really love them. Put it in a palette, and I’m especially going to be a sucker for it. This 5 Things is a list of the three palettes I HAVE, that I really love, and two that I WANT.

1. Urban Decay Ammo Palette is one of my favorites. It has ten eyeshadow colors, which are in my opinion some of the best UD makes. You can do both bright and more neutral looks with this palette, so it’s quite versatile.

2. Cargo PlantLove Green Goddess Kit is my go-to palette when I want an all-in-one thing for travel, especially if the reason for the travel is something that requires more neutral colors (like work). I really love the soft, almost creamy quality of the colors in this set. This palette has four eyeshadows and two blushes.

3. The Cargo PlantLove Green Glamour Kit contains 18 eyeshadows, a mix of pearly colors and mattes. The colors are all very wearable and flattering. This palette is the one to grab when you’re not sure what you’re going to want to wear so you better bring ALL THE COLORS!

4. The Cowboy Junkie set from Urban Decay falls under the “don’t really NEED it but really WANT it” category. It has four eyeshadows, an eyeliner, and a lipgloss and at $24 is currently A STEAL. I may give in and order it…

5. This Sephora palette of neutral colors is SO PRETTY. ME WANT.

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EOTD: Restless Kraken
Eyeshadow - Comments (1) - January 12th, 2012

I’ve been wearing too much brown lately, so today I decided I needed to try out some new blues. I ordered Kraken from Detrivore Cosmetics, and got Restless as a free sample. They are both really excellent blue shades!

I have to admit, I ordered Kraken for the name as much as for the color. Who can resist something named after a giant mythical octopus?? Kraken the color is a deep blue-teal shade. It’s quite pretty, I can see myself wearing it a lot. Restless is a light blue eye shadow, and it has a really pretty satin-y finish. I don’t think I actually have a blue similar to this, so I’m really digging the shade. It’s a nice icy blue. I used Divinity from Persephone Minerals to highlight, since the greenish tint goes perfectly with Kraken.

The blush is Cargo’s BeachBlush in Sunset Beach. It’s a nice, soft pink color with just a touch of bronze to warm things up. I’m wearing Brazen Cosmetics’ Epiphany gloss, the pretty clear gloss with purple sparks.

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EOTD: Fresh Winter Picnic
Eyeshadow - Comments (4) - October 22nd, 2011

I cleaned up and reorganized all my makeup and realized I haven’t used any of my palettes for months. I decided to bust out Fresh’s Winter Picnic palette today for a change of pace. Fresh isn’t selling it anymore, but you can still find it around the net. The Winter Picnic palette consists of six colors: a pale lilac-y color, a white pearl, medium khaki taupe, deep chocolate, muted sky blue with greenish undertones, and a dusty pink with shimmer. I love Fresh’s eyeshadows, although they do tend to go on a bit sheer – but you can build the color, and they’re quite blendable. For best results, use over an eyeshadow primer.

The colors in the palette are more matte than shimmery, which creates a very rich deep effect. Today I used Mist on Everest (the muted sky blue) on the lid, with Hyacinth (the lavender-lilac) in the inner corners. Dry Earth (the chocolate color) went in the crease, and I used Moonlit Path (the white pearl) as a highlight. Moonlit Path is probably the sparkliest color of all six. I used a grey pencil liner to keep things a little softer than black or brown.

My cheeks are Cargo’s BeachBlush in Sunset Beach. On my lips I’m wearing Paul & Joe lipstickĀ 064 RPM.

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EOTD: Cactus Flower
Eyeshadow - Comments (2) - May 6th, 2011

My most recent order from Black Rose Minerals included some samples of matte colors that the owner is working on. Get excited, because they are really lovely!! I picked a color called Cactus Flower to play with first, because I’m a sucker for red. It’s a rich, deep red tone, that blends beautifully.

I used Willow from Cargo PlantLovebecause it’s a nice matte taupe-y color. Cactus Flower went in the crease and I used Swan from Cargo PlantLove on the browbone (it’s a matte cream color). I decided brown liner was the best choice.

My lips are my natural color because I keep forgetting to put lip stuff on BEFORE I take my EOTD photos. Doh!! I wore a reddish gloss with this.

What do you think of Cactus Flower? Isn’t it so pretty?

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Cargo PlantLove Green Glamour Kit
Eyeshadow, Reviews, Splurge Worthy - Comments (2) - February 18th, 2011

I was checking things out on Beauty.com when I found this really amazing palette from Cargo’s PlantLove line called the Green Glamour Kit. It features all 18 eyeshadows from the PlantLove collection in one slim cardboard palette. Love it!

I have previously reviewed Cargo’s other PlantLove palette, the Green Goddess palette, which I really liked. I never did get around to buying anymore single shadows because they are $18 apiece and I’m cheap. When I saw the Green Glamour kit was $29 for all 18, I about fell out of my chair. They are smaller than the full-size individual shadows, but who cares? Smaller is better for me, I’ll never use it all up anyway.

The PlantLove eyeshadow formula is nice. All the colors except one (Loon) go on smooth and evenly, with nice pigmentation. Loon is the one exception – it seems to have a lot of glitter in it which results in it being rather gritty. It’s weird. Anyway, 17 out of 18 isn’t bad.

I swatched a bunch of the colors, which give an idea of how they look on skin. Iris is an amazing shade of dark purple, and Ivy is a pretty dark green. You can barely see it (it blends in to my skin almost perfectly) but Swan is a beautiful matte cream color. Parakeet is a great copper and Blue Jay is a nice navy blue. You can kind of see how gritty Loon is in the swatch.

Today I wore Finch on the lid, Peacock in the crease, and Blue Jay on the lower lashline. I love Finch, it’s a nice taupe-y grey color, and Peacock is definitely a peacock blue. I put Candy’s Sweet Treats Vanilla Bean on the browbone to highlight.

I’m standing in front of a window on a bright cloudy day so the colors are a little washed out. The blues are really vibrant and pretty. I’m also wearing MAC’s Opulash in Themyscira, the blue color from the Wonder Woman collection, which adds to the overall blue look. Love it!

If you are looking for an excellent value for some very wearable colors in a really nice formula, you should snag the Cargo Green Glamour Kit. It’s a steal!!

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Cargo PlantLove Green Goddess Palette
Eyeshadow, Makeup Fun, Reviews - Comments (3) - March 4th, 2009

Green GoddessI’ve been eyeing the Cargo PlantLove Green Goddess Palette since it came out. It is everything that I find fabulous in a makeup palette, and therefore eventually I had to have it. I’ve used it twice now since purchasing it, and I’m completely in PlantLove. (Yes, groan at the bad pun. Couldn’t help myself…lol.)

The palette contains four eyeshadows, and two blushes (although one is more of a highlighter). Unlike most other palettes, the packaging is made from sturdy cardboard, something I really appreciate. I hate tossing out all-plastic palettes when they are empty. The colors are soft, two shades of brown, a sage-y green, and a pink color. The blushes are a matte dark rose color and a golden, shimmery pink.

March 3 EyeThe eyeshadows are shimmery, but only the pink has any glitter to it. The pigmentation is really good so you get a lot of color. The inside of the lid has instructions for creating an easy eye look with the colors – use Beech on the lid, Bamboo in the crease, Lily on the brow bone, and Thyme on the lower lash line and inner corner of the eye. It looks very pretty and nice for spring! Clickie the piccie for a closer look. I’m using Stila Smudgepot in Broze for liner on the upper lash line, and Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara.

March 3 ClaireThe blushes complete the look. I especially like the Rose blush, it’s very flattering. The Peony shade makes a pretty highlighter, or could be used with a touch of bronzer for a more summery glow. In the photo I’m wearing Tarte ReCreate foundation, and nothing on my lips (I always forget when I take this pictures!). Also, geez I need to do something with my hair.

Overall, this was a great purchase. It would be fun to experiment with using the colors in other combinations for different looks or with other PlantLove shadows. I really want the shades called Ivy and Peacock, which could be fun to add to this palette. Two enthusiastic thumbs up for the Green Goddess Collection!

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Sephora Haul!
Makeup Fun - Be the first to comment! - February 19th, 2009

Shopping BagsI recently received a $60 gift card to Sephora, so today I went shopping!

Me being me, I had to look at EVERYTHING before I finally decided on what I wanted. However, before shopping I promised I wouldn’t buy any skincare or perfume… I have too much of both already! This was a strictly makeup trip!

The Precious Pearl palette from Stila was a strong contender. It *is* really pretty. However, I decided I didn’t love the colors enough to see myself using it very often.

I strongly considered the Glamour To Go 2 Pocket Palette from Too Faced because the shadow colors are all colors I like, and the blush is pretty. I decided against it because I ultimately chose a different palette. I may still pick it up though, perhaps with birthday money… (I turn 30 next month.)

So, I *did* get the Green Goddess Collection palette from Cargo PlantLove. I’ve admired it since it came out, and I think the colors are all ones I’d wear often. Plus, I love that the whole product is Eco-Cert certified. I can’t wait to play with it and share the results!

In a slightly unusual move for me, I decided to purchase the Sweet Decadence Eyecolors set from Bare Escentuals. Unusual, in that I rarely purchase loose eyeshadows, and the colors are a lot deeper than what I’d normally choose. But I couldn’t resist how strikingly pretty they are! I’ll report here if this is a love or regret purchase!

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