starting the day with Clinique Pep-Start!

In a perfect world, I’ll wake up with enough time to eat a hearty breakfast, maybe get a workout in and start the day off the right foot.

In reality I’m a girl who likes to hit the snooze button. In order to leave the house resembling a functioning adult, I’ve mastered the perfect 20 minute beauty routine encompassing skincare, hair, and makeup. Boss, right?!

I look for products—especially skincare—that have multiple benefits. I want it all. When Clinique reached out to partner around their new Pep-Start Eye Cream I knew I needed it in my life. The plastic tip allows for an easy application and the product itself hydrates, brightens and moisturizes. TRIPLE DUTY BEAUTY BABY!!
CLINIQUE Pep Start Eye Cream
As a self professed beauty obsessed woman, I love how quickly the product sinks into the skin making my concealer application process super smooth. I hate waiting for products to absorb. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

To celebrate the launch, Clinique hosted a Daybreaker morning dance party and if you haven’t heard of Daybreaker, stop what you’re doing and check it out now! The most fun I’ve ever had before noon.

If you need a pep start to your morning but you’re pressed for time, here are a few trips courtesy of someone who wastes most of her morning scrolling Instagram and snapchat:

  • Get the right skincare. Pep-Start has been my go-to. It’s easy to apply and actually does what it claims. Great skin means you can run out the door worry-free.
  • Find your perfect no makeup, makeup look. For me it’s foundation to even out my skin tone, concealer to hide my dark circles, mascara to awaken my eyes and lipstick so people aren’t focused on my dark circles. Save the contouring for Friday night.
  • Create the perfect morning playlist. I kid you not, getting ready to music is better than a workout. Have some really fun music that makes you dance (but not sweat your makeup off dance, y’know?). You’ll get a boost of energy out of nowhere.
  • Lastly, coffee. Obviously.

Clinique’s new Pep-Start Eye Cream is available in Sephora and Sephora.com. Get it.

This post was sponsored by Clinique but all opinions are my own.

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Charlotte TilburyWhen Charlotte Tilbury first launched her makeup collection, I spent an exorbitant amount shipping a singular palette from the UK to the US via Selfridges. I’m a big Charlotte Tilbruy fan and she’s one of my favorite makeup artists to interview backstage during NYFW. It was a no brainer. I had to do it. Since then, I’ve pulled back a bit in terms of spending because Charlotte Tilbury products are pretty pricey. Like every beauty obsessed girl, I have my moments when I slip up and end up haulin’. So here we are.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze Glow Medium to DarkI’ve always wanted to try her Filmstar Bronze & Glow but the first palette was made for fairer skin and was not up my alley. Not too long ago, she released a Medium to Dark version and it took everything in me not to run out and buy it. The reason? The “sculpt” shade isn’t really one for true sculpting. It has shimmer in it and to be honest the sculpt is still a bit too light. THAT SAID, it’s a gorgeous highlight on deep skin. It’s a nice subtle highlight whereas the actual highlight shade is a bit more intense. For a true sculpting shade, I’d recommend the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Sun Tan & Sun Light Face Sculpt & Highlight. It is a limited edition product so I’m not sure if it’s still available everywhere. I saw it at Bergdorf and it is available here.Charlotte Tilbury haulWhile I was at it and #feelingspendy, I decided to pick up one of the Matte Revolution lipstick in Glastonberry.

Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry ($32.00) is a muted, medium-dark purple–berry with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It’s not a super opaque formula but is buildable. The wear time is decent and lasts roughly five hours. What I love most is the matte formula that doesn’t tug or feel dry on the lips.charlotte tilbury MINI MIRACLE EYE WAND shade 5

Last but not least I picked up the Mini Miracle Eye Wand Dynamic Duo Lift & Light Reflector is shade 5 after seeing shlinda1‘s review. Her demo was so convincing that I literally ran to Bergdorf the very next day to pick this up. On one end there’s an eye cream and on the other is an eye light reflector which is great to color correct. I have some hereditary dark circles that seem to be getting worse with age. I can’t wait to try this!

So there it is. I’m putting myself on a no buy for the next 30 days because I spent way too much money recently on makeup. Let’s see how this goes.

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Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette

Talk about surprises!! I was not not expecting to like the Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London collab. I personally love Olivia Palermo’s style. She’s feminine, fashionable, and fun. It’s what I wish my style was if I had the fund$$$. While I love her style, I didn’t run to Sephora to snap up this collab. That said the eyeshadow palettes stopped me in my tracks at Sephora.
Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette
The Smokey Suedes Eye Palette is a portable, well-edited palette with great texture and amazing color payoff. The palette itself is beautiful and the color scheme works well together. What drove me to purchase was the texture of the shadows. Swatching was a dream as each shadow was buttery smooth. They truly have a suede-like texture and feel. Typically in palettes there’s one or two shadows (typically the mattes) where the shadows are chalky or too powdery. Not the case here.
Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette swatchWith this palette, you can create the perfect evening smokey eye look. You have the option to do either a plum, gold, or green smokey eye. Just be careful not to dig your nails into the palette since it will easily cause a dent. With the matte shades, you may have to build a bit but I love them along my crease or if I’m going for a soft look for day time. At $39 you may think this palette is pricey. It is. Especially compared to Urban Decay (a little bit more at $54) but I love it. My favorite shades are Plumberry (matte aubergine), Verde (pearl bright olive), Whoopie Pie (matte deep brown), and Cocoa (pearl bronze shimmer). Each blend beautifully and they create the most gorgeous green smokey. Though the palette is plastic, I love the faux leather and gold look. The small, compact size makes this palette travel friendly so it’s great for a weekend getaway or even tucked in your makeup bag for touchups. Without the right primer, I haven’t seen these shadows last longer than four to five hours (keep in mind I have really oily lids).

Seeing this palette has me swooning and pining for the Smouldering Eye Palette. This palette has deeper, richer shades and colors. I’m also interested in trying out the polishes in the collaboration. In all, I want to try the whole damn line. I’ve never given Ciate a fair shot as the brand has never truly appealed to me. Not a bad first impressions!

The Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Smokey Suedes Eye Palette costs $39 and is available in Sephora and online.

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Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Review

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Review_1642There are certain beauty products that when I finally get it my little hands on it, I immediately think “What took me so long?!?!” In this case what took me so long was the price. At $80 a pop the Viseart Matte Eyeshadow Palette is quite pricey but the reviews have been oh so good. I’ve hummed and hawed and finally bit the bullet in December because, holidays #treatyoself. Because I’m extra, I bought not one, but two, palettes during the Muse Beauty sale.

The Viseart Matte Eyeshadow Palettes have been favorites of makeup artists and are quite frequently sold out.  To be honest, there isn’t much hoopla surrounding this. It comes in a simple clear plastic case that is slightly compact but it won’t get your heart racing. Each eyeshadow palette contains 12 individual pans there are palettes that contain all shimmer, all mattes, neutrals, or a bit of everything.

Viseart Matte Eyeshadow Dark Matte Palette
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette dark matte
This palette contains 12 highly saturated matte shades in largely warm tones pigments. There’s a beautiful aubergine and burnt sienna that makes this this ultimate autumn winter eyeshadow palette. The eyeshadwos are rich and the looks you can create range from every day to sultry smokey looks.

Viseart Matte Eyeshadow Sultry Muse Palette
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette sultry muse
The Sultry Muse palette took me by surprise as I wasn’t really interested in it. As with most beauty products reviewed by Emily Noel, by the time she was done talking about it I knew I had to have it. The great thing with this palette is the variety of textures, between satin, shimmer and metallic. I imagined this would make the most perfect date night palette because the shades are chic and provide a subtle glow (that copper, though).

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Review_1638Overall, the Viseart eyeshadow palettes glide on lids and are easy to blend (there are two lighter shades in the Dark Matte palette that are a bit trickier but relatively easy to build). Viseart products are imported from France and contains organic ingredients. The shadows are not tested on animals and don’t contain parabens, gluten, petrochemicals, silicone or mineral oils.

Compared to other eyeshadow palettes in the same price range (think Chanel, Dior, etc.), these blow them out of the water! They last a long time, are easy to blend, and pretty travel friendly. The only problem with these palettes is now I want more 😂.

Viseart eyeshadow palettes are available at Sephora for $80.

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Maybelline Master Fix Setting Powder + Setting Spray Review

maybelline master fix setting spray
Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder and Setting Spray by Face Studio ($9.99 and $12.99, respectively) are new, permanent products launching with the Maybelline Spring 2016 Collection.
maybelline master fix loose setting powderThe Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder is a lightweight, translucent setting powder made to set makeup in place. If you’ve followed me for some time now, you’ll know that I fell head over heels over Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder so the thought of finding a drugstore (read: affordable) equivalent got me excited. This makeup setting powder is pure white which initially scared me because I’ve seen some horrible things happen when the flash of a camera goes off. It has a matte finish and no visible sparkle or shimmer making it good for all over the face.
maybelline translucent powder
That said, I’ll be sticking to my Laura Mercier. Why you ask? Because I’ve seen some horrible things happen when the flash of a camera goes off.

maybelline master fix setting powderI will try to give this another go by lightly dusting it over my face instead of “baking” or setting my under eye area but to be honest, I’m not sure it’s worth the hassle. If you’re fair skin, this may be okay for you. Regarding the setting spray it’s the same thing as the L’Oreal Infallible spray. I haven’t noticed a HUGE difference with my makeup lasting all day. It is cooling and doesn’t leave my face feeling oily or slick, so it’s a good spray to use daily. Good but not great. That said, I much prefer my Urban Decay All Nighter or Model in a Bottle because those bad boys do not budge!