Posted on September 16, 2017
You guys asked for it, so here it is. I’ve tried ALOT of eyeshadow palettes in my 20 years of life, and as of this moment, I own 53 (I know.. It’s a lot) Majority of them are cruelty free and are from brands in Sephora, Ulta, or the drugstore. I’m really weird about ordering online because every experience has been terrible (hopefully I will be able to change this soon.) So here it is, the list of terrible palettes.
The first palette on my list is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette. I’m including this one because of how hard it is to blend. It is a beautiful palette, but I wouldn’t recommend this unless you are VERY good at blending. A lot of the palettes I am including in this list have already been thrown out of my collection. However, this one will be staying. The shadows are very powdery, but (Insert Manny MUA “SO PIGMENTED”). It’s not the same formula as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. With some practice, I’ve learned how the shadows have to be used and my eyeshadow looks with this palette have been improving.
This next palette gets me real heated. This stupid Too Faced The Power of Makeup by NikkieTutorials pisses me off. I bought this palette after seeing her swatches on her YouTube channel. If you don’t know the drama with this palette, Too Faced had two separate factories creating these palettes. YouTube Beauty Influencers got the good quality palette NikkieTutorials had in her swatch video, while everyone else got these terrible quality palettes. I got one of the terrible quality ones. I ended up just giving it away because I didn’t even want to look at it anymore. If you want a good review of this palette, Stephanie Nicole has a really good in-depth one on her YouTube channel.
Another terrible palette is the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette. This one didn’t stay in my collection very long either. The shadows were either patchy, or they blended into nothing. The first two Too Faced Chocolate Bars were so good, and I was very disappointed to see this palette didn’t match that quality. I wasn’t a huge fan of the color selection either. Hopefully the person I gave this palette to is enjoying it more than I did.
I promise I’m not picking on Too Faced. I said in my last blog about my Top 5 Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes that some of their palettes are absolutely amazing (The Chocolate Bar, The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar, The Sweet Peach, and the Just Peachy Mattes) while others are not. The next palette on my list is the Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together palette. I’m only docking this palette because of the Too Faced side. The Kat Von D side is beautiful! The Too Faced side however looks like every palette they’ve ever done. The shadows aren’t that great either. I would highly recommend the Kat Von D side, but I believe it would be a waste to buy the palette and only use one side. Too Faced eyeshadow quality had been getting worse (I think for money saving, cheaper ingredients) but I think they are finally rebounding with the Peaches and Cream collection!
And those are the palettes I can think of at the moment. Let me know your thoughts and the palettes you hate.
Posted on September 16, 2017
I know, I know. This isn’t a photography blog post. But this has been so highly requested on my Snapchat and Instagram account, so here I am, making a blog post about it. These are my 5 favorite eyeshadow palettes. I have purchased some, and some were sent to me or given as a gift.
First palette I’m going to start with is the one I use most often, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. This palette is AMAZING, but it’s sister palette was a bit of a flop for me. The Modern Renaissance has amazing quality eyeshadows, and the colors are perfect for the makeup styles I go for. They are easy to blend out (compared to the sister Subculture palette) and a perfect palette for beginners.
A new favorite of mine is the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes. I LOVE peach eyeshadows, but I was very skeptical of buying this one because Too Faced shadows aren’t always the best (ahem the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Palette) but this one is stunning. It’s highly pigmented, easy to blend, and it smells just like peaches! This has been my go-to palette for the past 3 days I’ve had it. I own the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, and I personally like the Just Peachy Mattes so much better!
Another Anastasia Beverly Hills palette to make it on my must-have list is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario. This palette was a collaboration with Mario Dedivanovic, and sadly is no longer available. I’ve always thought Kim was slaying the makeup game, so finding out the palette was by her makeup artist was an easy buy for me. These shadows are to die for and are the same amazing quality as the Modern Renaissance. If you didn’t get this limited edition palette. you definitely missed a great one!
The next must-have palette on my list is the Lorac Pro Palette. Lorac shadows are buttery smooth, and glide on effortlessly. As of this blog post, there are 3 Lorac Pro Palettes (not including the Lorac Mega Pros) and I would recommend all 3, so it’s really all about your color preference. Lorac Pro Palettes come with 16 shadows, and are perfect for freelance makeup artists! I love using them mainly for the transition colors and the beautful shimmers. (The picture starts at the top with the Pro 1, followed by the Pro 2, and finally the Pro 3.)
I know the blog post is “My Top 5 Must-Have Eyeshadow Palettes”, but when it came to picking a 5th, I couldn’t decided between these two. I love them both for the same reasons, but they are very different color shemes. I’m going to make them a tie for 5th place.
The first one in the tie is the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I own the entire Urban Decay Naked series, except for the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics. All of the Naked Palettes are great, but my personal favorite is the Urban Decay Naked Heat. (I love warm shadows that are copper, bronze, peach, burgundy, gold, etc). This palette has all of the warm tones I need in my life, and blends perfectly. These palettes come with 12 shadows, and are also perfect for freelance makeup artists!
My last must-have palette is the Kat Von D Metal Matte Palette. The shimmers in here are AMAZING, and you get the perfect selection of mattes. I love this palette for my more colorful looks. This palette comes with 13 matte shadows, and 9 shimmers. That is 22 eyeshadows in total, which was great for the price!(It was a little pricey) Unfortunately, this palette was limited edition. But if you weren’t able to get your hands on this one, her Saint + Sinner Palette will be coming this holiday season! I can already feel the tears in my wallet.
All of these brands were cruelty free. I strongly believe that we do not need to test makeup on animals for any reason. I try my best to only buy cruelty free, but sometimes I do make mistakes, such as buying from NARS before learning they went back to cruelty. All these palettes are also high end. I tend to stay away from drugstore eyeshadow palettes mainly because they don’t have the same quality in my opinion.
If you enjoyed this little blog post, I can definitely do one about the TERRIBLE eyeshadow palettes I have come about in my days of testing makeup. Trust me, there are quite a few that were pretty bad.
Posted on September 12, 2017
My favorite time of year is Fall. The weather starts to cool (which is a great thing in Texas), Halloween is almost here, and the fair comes into town. I love going to the fair, even if I don’t ride any rides because I’m super cheap, the bright florescent lights make for the best pictures.
I love bright vivid colors and a nice vintage look. Adding red shadows to all my brighter photos and adding a blue shadow to all my cool toned photos rally makes the photos pop. I surprisingly didn’t have to raise my ISO too high, which was a problem with my previous Nikon camera.
I shot with my Nikon D5500 DSLR camera, my Nikon NIKKOR AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G lens, and my Nikon NIKKOR AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G lens.
I have an editing tutorial going up on my youtube channel soon!
Posted on September 9, 2017
There are so many different lenses available for DSLR cameras. It’s quite intimidating to look at all your options.
To get started, it’s important to figure out which lenses are compatible with your camera, as well as what style of shooting is ideal for each one.
Make sure you know the focal length focal, which is represented in millimeters. A single number (ex. 35 mm) indicates a fixed focal length or “prime” lens, while a range (ex. 55-200mm) indicates it is a zoom lens.
I usually shoot with my 35mm lens and my 55-200 zoom lens. Both are Nikkor (Nikon’s) lenses and are very affordable compared to some of the other options on the market.
The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8g is priced at $199.95. This is my go- to lens because of its low light performance, and beautiful blur for portraits. In my opinion, this is an essential and I prefer it to the 50mm.
The Nikon AF-S DX VR ZOOM-NIKKOR ED 55-200mm F4-5.6G is priced at $249.95. This lens is essentially the same as the kit lens (Nikon AF-S VR DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G). Both the 55-200mm and the kit lens are zoom lenses, just with different ranges. I considered the 55-200 an upgrade to the kit lens, so I sold my kit lens.
Do your research! Get a lens that works best for the style of photography you are taking (portrait, landscape, sports, wildlife, etc). You have so many choices out there, and you will definitely find some you like.