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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Brushegg Brilliance

Omg. Best invention EVER! Seriously. It’s hands down amazing. The Brushegg!! Every makeup lover needs one of these.

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What is it? A tiny egg shaped brush cleaner! Gone are the days of spending hours cleaning your brushes. Gone are the days of spending a small fortune on fancy brush cleaners like Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove or the Brush Cleaning Mat. This tiny Brushegg is small enough that it only requires two fingers. That’s what she said. You slip it on and use it to clean your brushes. It’s so compact you can take it anywhere!!

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It has tiny knobs for lathering and long grooves for agitating brush bristles. This helps to get out deep set oil and dirt. I love how gentle the Brushegg is on my brushes; your brushes will last forever with the right tools! I don’t just use this with my brushes, I also use it to clean my Beauty Blender and other random sponges. From Brushegg:

Meet your makeup brushes new best friend! The brushegg® is a quick, simple and fun way to effectively clean your makeup brush collection. This high-grade silicone scrublet and compact design is made up of small groves that help to lift dirt and leftover makeup in minutes. Now you can finally enjoy the process of cleaning your brushes and additionally prolong the longevity of your brushes. The brushegg® is available in pink, mint, purple and black.

The best part?! It’s only $10 CAD! International shipping (including US) is only $5 CAD! That’s a steal!! If you are Canadian you can get shipping for as low as $3 CAD!! Click Here for more info on Brushegg’s shipping costs.

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I’m seriously in love with my Brushegg! I want it in all four colors!! Check them out!! You can’t call yourself a makeup whore and not have this in your life. Seriously. Follow them on Instagram @brusheggcanada too!! ♡♡

P.S – Here are some tips for cleaning your brushes. Because you know, I’m awesome like that.

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Beauty Blender Bender

Attention fellow Canadian beauty addicts! Attention!!! Give me your fucking attention!! Want a Beauty Blender but don’t feel like paying $26 CAD for it? Well don’t I have great news for those Monday blues!!!
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Birchbox Canada (yes, Birchbox CANADA. Note: NOT Birchbox US) is including a Beauty Blender AND cleansing Solid with every March box. Birchbox recently launched to Canada and so far I have been beyond tempted to subscribe. This offer however, pushed me over the edge. The total for the box with shipping comes to $14.95 CAD. You receive 5 personalized items (mix of sample size and full size), every month, with one of those items this month being the Beauty Blender and Solid combo. At just under $15 CAD, that is a phenomenal price for the Beauty Blender and Solid alone, let alone 4 additional products/samples. And lucky you, the cut off to order is March 17th. Meaning tomorrow. Meaning hussle your ass to subscribe ASAP.

Click Here to subscribe now, using my link. I did tell you about the deal, after all. The least you could do is hook a bitch up with some points …