Double Take For Double Exposure

It seems all of my favorite beauty brands are clearing out some of their products (I see you, Urban Decay). I haven’t seen makeup turn over and new launches happen this quickly before. Gone are the days of permanent collections lasting decades. It seems like all of the cult favorite brands are constantly releasing new products and retiring old ones. The latest brand to MAYBE be retiring some favorites? Smashbox! It seems the Double Exposure Palette is being cleared out for $29 on smashbox.com! And $26 at Macy’s!! And yes that’s probably USD but that still works out to under $34 CAD. It’s still an amazing deal! Is it a sale or a clear out? I’m not sure, but is it really worth debating when you could be practically stealing it purchasing it instead?

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I did a haul/first impressions post back in March of 2015, ya foreeeeever ago. Well it’s safe to say that I have had plenty of opportunities since to play with this beauty. But let’s refresh your memory regarding my first post, because I love rereading my own ramblings …

I decided to take the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette home with me. The concept intrigued me, 14 eyeshadows that transform into 28?! How could that not wet my panties grab my curiosity? The palette itself is gorgeous. I don’t own anything like this. I tend to gravitate towards neutrals with occasional pops of color. This palette has a beautiful selection of colors and neutrals making it very versatile for creating a variety of looks. The palette also came with a mini Full Exposure Mascara and a double sided brush making it easy for travel. The palette itself is made from cardboard with a magnetic closure. You would definitely want it in a cosmetic bag during any intense travel as the top doesn’t click into place (being cardboard) but rather lays flat to close.

I love how the palette is divided into cool and warm shades by the white and black shadows in the middle. On the left, we have cool, purple toned shades, and on the right, we have warm pink/brown shades. There is a nice range of shimmer, satin, and matte shades. These 14 shades are supposed to “transform” when applied wet. To be completely honest, they don’t transform, they intensify. This is NOT unique to this palette. All good quality eyeshadow should get deeper/darker when applied with a wet brush. I actually feel like this palette works best when applied wet; the shadows become highly pigmented. When applied dry, the shadows are a bit more sheer and alot more product is needed to build them up. I also found that when applied dry, that blending made some shades appear muddy (I did not use a primer). I haven’t had time to fully play with this palette, that was just my first impression. I think using a primer and applying with a wet brush, will make a world of difference. I’m definitely not “wowed” by this palette, but I won’t make any further judgments until I have fully played around with it.

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The good. The bad. And the not so ugly. I still agree with all of my above points EXCEPT I have grown to really love this palette. The key to getting good color is to pack it on. Use a dense brush to apply and a fluffier brush to blend. If you don’t apply enough shadow the colors do still tend to blend muddy. However, when you apply with a heavy hand the results are stunning!!! These shadows definitely do their best work wet. I recommend applying with a wet brush and then “setting” them with a dry brush. Once I got this technique down, the shadows easily lasted hours. If you are someone who only likes a subtle eye look or a light dusting of shadow, this palette is not for you. This is a full effect, full effort type deal. To have the shadows blend well, you can’t be shy about taking it all off putting more on. Side note, always use a primer! I hadn’t used a primer in my first impression (because it was just that, a FIRST impression). When I did actually start using the palette and used a primer, I noticed a world of difference.

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Moral of the Story … this palette is only $26!! And for $26 it is worth every penny. It doesn’t seem that Ulta or Sephora is offering it for the sale price. And it doesn’t look like us Canadians have any access to an in-store sale (Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutique no longer has the product listed). But don’t bawl your pretty little Canadian eyes out just yet. We can get shipping from both Macy’s and Smashbox. Yay!!

Will you be picking one up?! 💄💄

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Jetsetter

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June Glam Bags are one their way, and I haven’t even posted about May!! I guess I had my head in clouds!! The theme for May was Jetsetter – definitely one of my favorite themes since I subscribed nearly a year ago! If you aren’t familiar with Ipsy, you need to be. They offer an amazing beauty subscription service that sends you 5 personalized products right to your door. And for only $10 US!! Ipsy is one of my favorite services, mainly because I am a total makeup whore junkie. Although ipsy sends all beauty related items (skin care, hair products, body care etc.) they tend to send the highest percentage of makeup items (in comparison to other subscription services that I have tried).

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I was thrilled with all of the items that I received, but first, I have to talk about the bag. It is amazing!! Ipsy collaborated with Breakups to Makeup to design their Glam Bags this month. They had three different designs offered. This is the first time I have seen different bags available, and what’s more? All three were available for ipsters to cash in their ipsy points (cost 500 points)!! I totally redeemed for the “Contents: My Life” bag!! These were just too cute to not own more than one!!

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I received the above pictured bag (Contents: Pretty Important Stuff) with my ipsy products this month. All the designs were adorable, and so witty, it’s impossible for me to chose a favorite. I just knew that I needed more than one (haha!!)

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I was thrilled with ALL of my products. IT Cosmetics AND Urban Decay. My panties are officially soaked. AND a Breakups to Makeup bag?! Seriously, I’m still in awe.

What I Got:

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream in Medium – I love this brand and I love BB creams (CC creams). I find they work so much better for me than foundation. I have minimal skin concerns, so I find foundations to be too heavy for daily wear. The coverage of the IT Cosmetics is perfect, it provides true color correction and effortlessly covers redness and uneven skin tone. That said, ipsy sent me ANOTHER medium sample shade. How hard is it for them to understand that I am a fair skinned blonde?!?!?! This shade will work fine on me now, because is summer. But come winter, this cream maybe to dark for my light skin.

Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches – Does anyone else notice that when you get one type of product in a subscription box, it seems that all of your other subscription services will simultaneously send you very similar products?? Such is the case with these eye pads and treatment masks (stay tuned to my blog to see what I mean!!). I’m not complaining, in fact I’m thrilled, I have enough “treatments” to last me weeks of Spa-like pampering. Two of the Klorane patches arrived, perfect for trying the product more than once to really get an understanding of if it works for you. I love Klorane hair products so I’m very excited to try something from their skin care line. My main area of concern for my 27 year old face, is the start of aging – especially around the eyes. These patches soothe the eye area, helping them appear rested and youthful.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray – LOVE this product! It’s so great for the summer months when the sun can totally dry out your strands. My favorite way to use this product is to spritz it on the mid shaft to the ends, on towel dried hair. It’s my go to product if I’m letting my hair air dry, throwing it up into bun while it’s still wet, or even as a boost to my ends for when I blow-dry it sleek and straight.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Clear + BONUS Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in FailBait and BittersweetUrban Decay is hands down one of my FAVORITE beauty brands of ALL time. I am a true UD Junkie in every sense of the word. Seeing UD in my Glam Bag always makes me squeal with delight. Believe it or not this is my first UD lip liner, and how amazing that I received it in Clear?!?! I can use it with any lipstick, no matter how crazy the shade is. And it works great as a primer too!! I fully line my lips (and fill them in) before applying any lipstick, lip gloss, lip stain, etc. it works for them all!! It holds lipstick in place, prolonging wear, no bleeding or fading. Another amazing product by UD. I’ll totally be buying this in full size!! And as a bonus we also received two (generous) samples of UD’S new Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in two different shades. This lipgloss is so pigmented (not at all sheer) and bold. But it isn’t sticky at all!! Purple lips are totally a thing now, and I’m falling hard for Bittersweet!

Skone Cosmetics Pretty Eyes Automatic Eyeliner in Navy – This is my first product from Skone Cosmetics!! I have heard good things and the eyeliner confirmed them. The liner is creamy and applies smoothly. It also lasts all day and doesn’t fade or lose it’s brilliance. The shade is called Navy, but definitely shows more of a bright blue on my skin tone (not a dark deep blue like I was expecting). I have a love hate with automatic liners. I love how travel friendly and maintenance free they are, however, you can never again get that sharp point you see on a new product. With a regular pencil, you can sharpen it to get a fresh, fine point, anytime.

Ipsy totally nailed it this month. I loved the theme. I loved (LOVED) the bag. I loved the products. And I love ipsy. It’s such an awesome surprise to send myself every month!! When you realize that you need ipsy in your life, Click Here to sign up. You can see my Glam Bag for April Here.

You Blue Me Away

You totally “blue” me away. And to thank you I’m having a BLUE themed giveaway full of some of my latest favorites!! I can’t believe how many of you read my blog everyday, and from ALL over the world!! It really is a wonderful thing!! So thank you, sexy bitches!!
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The GIVEAWAY PRIZE includes:

• Blue Floral Clinique Makeup Bag ($9.99)
Maybelline Baby Lips in Blush Burst ($4.99)
OPI Nail Polish in Miss Piggy’s Big Number ($10.99)
L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black ($12.99)
Face Secrets 5 piece Mini Brush Set ($5.99)
French Connection Metal Spike 2 Row Bracelet Blue ($28.00)
Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Gel Liner in Cocoa ($8.99)
Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Quad in Shimmering Sands ($13.69)
Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Quad in Showstoppers ($13.69)
Sonia Kashuk Take Cover Concealering Stick in Dusk ($8.99)
Chap Ice in Watermelon ($1.99)

Total Retail Value: $120+!!!

I added a few items to the blue theme (Sonia Kashuk items) because I know us Canadians can no longer purchase this brand. Insert sad face. So the “blue” is the way I describe my feelings toward no longer being able to get my SK fix. See??! A “blue” theme totally works.

So how do you enter?! I tried to make opportunities for everyone. Read my blog, but don’t have WordPress? No problem! Here’s all the ways you can enter (Must do all items in a list for an entry!! :)):

For WordPress:

1. Follow me.
2. Reblog this blog post.
3. Comment and Like this blog post.
4. You can only enter once!

For Instagram:

1. You must be following me. Unfollowing after the contest ends will void you from any future contests.
2. Repost this photo (found above or on my Instagram giveaway post) with the hashtag #boobsandblondegiveaway AND #boobsblondeblue – don’t forget to tag me as well @boobsandblonde!!
3. Tag three friends on my Instagram giveaway post.
4. You can only enter once, NO multiple posts or giveaway accounts (you will be disqualified).

For Twitter:

1. Follow me on Twitter (@boobsandblonde). Unfollowing after the contest ends will void you from any future contests.
2. Retweet my giveaway tweet.
3. Tweet something about my giveaway – be sure to tag me and include the hashtag #boobsandblondegiveaway!
4. You can only enter once, NO multiple posts or giveaway accounts (you will be disqualified).

For Facebook:

1. Like my page Boobs & Blonde.
2. Share my giveaway post on my Facebook page.
3. You can only enter once.

You can earn up to 4 entries total, 1 for each social media site. Contest ends July 15th, 2015 at 11:59pm!! Good luck ♡

*This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. Although I will take the upmost care is packaging everything, I will not be responsible for damaged or broken items. If prize is not claimed within 48 hours of announcement, a new name will be picked. All of these items were purchased by me and I am in no way an affiliate with any of the above mentioned brands. No cash value granted for giveaway prize.