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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This Is What Dreams Are Made Of

Last month I wrote about Shopper’s Drug Mart’s Super Spend Your Points Event. I redeemed nearly all of my points – 120,000 of them. I took advantage of both point redemption offers, earning me a FREE haul worth $290 CAD!!! All I had to do was pay the tax. I wanted to get some high end makeup with my points so I went to a Beauty Boutique location that carried one of my absolute FAVORITE brands, Urban Decay. Here is my haul!!

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Isn’t it beautiful!? All those lovely FREE products. It was like winning the cosmetic lottery, you just walk in, fuck shit up, and pick out what you want – anything that you want.

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What I got:
• Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
• Smashbox Double Exposure Palette
• Smashbox Try It Kit
• Biotherm Aquasource Skin Perfection Kit
• Biotherm Beurre De Levres Lip Butter
• Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation
• Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
• Benefit High Brow

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Guess What?!?!

The Sephora Black Friday Sale is LIVE!!!!!!!! (Online)
1) If you spend $35 CAD you can still use promo code “SEASONSET” to get a free makeup bag filled with 8 deluxe sized goodies!
2) Spend $75 CAD for free shipping!
3) Don’t forget to pick 3 free samples!
4) Click Here to see the Favorites offered for Black Friday!!!

I placed my order … have you?! ♡

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Sephora or Shopper’s?!

WAIT. STOP. HOLD EVERYTHING!! You know I’m a huge Sephora junkie. Like major. I’m addicted. Obsessed. In over my head. You know all of this. You also probably know how absolutely hard I fall for all holiday gift sets that are beauty related. Sephora Favorites Lash Stash is NO exception. I mean look at all those beauties. Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Lancôme Paris Hypnôse … so many pleasures!! You get 9 mini mascaras, 1 full size mascara (Smashbox) and an eye makeup remover for a reasonable $54 CAD.
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This set contains
– Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara
– Buxom Lash Mascara
– Clinique Dual Ended High Impact Mascara And Lash Primer 
– Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara 
– Kat Von D Immortal Lash 24HR Mascara 
– Lancôme Paris Hypnôse Drama Mascara 
– Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover 
– Sephora Collection Outrageous Curl Dramatic Volume And Curl Mascara 
– Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
– Urban Decay Perversion Mascara 
– YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Baby Doll

But I don’t settle for “reasonable“. Or mediocre. As much as I looooved this set, I had a passionate rendezvous with Shopper’s Drug Mart’s Eye Studio Sampler. This kit is only $39 CAD … AND you get a gift certificate to redeem for a FULL size of your favorite product. Benefit They’re Real Mascara and Push Up Liner minis, Smashbox Full Exposure, Lancôme Paris Hypnôse … similar pleasures, better bang for your buck pun intended.
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This set contains:
– Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara
– Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Push Up Liner
– Lancôme Paris Hypnôse Star Mascara 
– Bourjois Paris Volume Glamour Max Mascara
– Clarins Be Long Mascara Length and Curve
– Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara
– Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
– One Gift Certificate for a FULL SIZE of your fav product in the box

I already knew when I picked up this kit that I will be using the certificate to redeem for the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner. Did I mention that the gift certificate NEVER expires?! No brainer.

So you choose … $39 CAD 7 minis + 1 full size or $54 CAD 9 minis + 1 full size Smashbox mascara + remover. What’s worth it to you?