Palette Spotlight: In The Moment by Stila

This week, I’ll be doing an in-depth look at the In The Moment eyeshadow palette by Stila. As a refresher, in order to overcome my obsession with buying palettes left and right, I’m taking a hard look at what I already have in my stash and basically forcing myself to use one palette and one palette only, for a week at a time. Read last week’s post here.

Stila_coverI can’t say the packaging is anything to write home about… smudgy smudge smudge-ster.

In The Moment features 10 shades of eyeshadow in pretty generous sized pans. I’ve had this palette for quite awhile, but if memory serves, I bought it during one of those Christmas flash sales/specials that Sephora will run leading up to the holidays. I think I got it for $15 or $20. It’s no longer available from Sephora, and in fact, I’m having a hard time finding it online at all anymore, other than Stila’s website. I must have bought it in late 2012, and I do remember that there were four versions total (In the Light, In The Garden, In The Know, as well as In The Moment) and I was immediately drawn to this version because ALL THE PURPLE. What can I say, purple always calls my name. Loudly.

Stila’s official description: The In the Moment eye shadow palette is a stunning collection of Stila’s award-winning eye shadows, featuring a mix of pretty purples and ultra-wearable, neutral shades that flatter every skin tone and can be worn wet or dry.

The shade line-up (official descriptions by Stila with additional commentary by moi):
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Instinct – light baby pink with pink & white shimmer [this is a frosty white in my book… very shimmery]
Desire – soft, creamy mid-tone pink [great to highlight those brow bones]
Impulse – pale lavender with lavender shimmer
Wonder – mid-tone flesh pink with shimmer [description doesn’t do it justice – for a neutral, it’s very unique and looks great on the lid. Adds depth and contrast while still being very bright]
Glance – intense violet with shimmer [gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!]
Spontaneous – soft beige-gold with shimmer [again, description doesn’t do it justice – this is a gorgeous, warm, true gold that is so beautiful I can hardly stand it]
Improvise – deep plum with pink sparkle
Whim – soft warm reddish-brown with shimmer
Catalyst – black with pink sparkle
Captivate – mid-tone purple-brown with golden pearl [Interesting to compare the “official” description with my own. I would never in a million years call this a purple-brown. Brown, for sure. Warm medium brown and it actually goes on a little darker than it looks in the pan. I’ve been using it as an eyebrow filler shade and it works great]

A week’s worth of looks from In The Moment:
– Monday: A quickie, because I was tired and grumpy on this particular Monday morning. Took a fluffy brush and swirled Wonder all over my lids and into the crease. Patted Desire on to highlight my brow bone, and used Captivate to fill out my brows (word to the wise, a little goes a long way!).
– Tuesday: Post-primer, used a soft, rounded brush to pat Spontaneous all over my lid up to the crease. Used edge of brush to work the shade into the crease. Took a fluffy brush and did a light application of Instinct on my brow bone and at the outer edges of my eyelid, to soften the gold look. Used a smudge brush to run Catalyst on my upper and lower lash lines.
– Wednesday: Ombre purple eye today, FTW! Applied base/primer of Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Leather in Vintage Plum, followed by a light dusting of Impulse under the brow bone and at corners of eyes. Smudged Improvise along my upper and lower lash lines, and patted Glance directly on my lid, above Improvise but still below the crease. Used a big, fluffy brush with a little bit more Impulse on it to blend away harsh lines and give it that ombre feel. It’s definitely bolder and more colorful than what I usually wear to work during the week, but I’m in love with it.
-Thursday: Another quickie… I wasn’t grumpy, but just up early and pressed for time. Took a fluffy brush and swirled Desire all over my lids up to the browbone. Patted Instinct on to highlight my brow bone, and used Wonder in the crease.
– Friday: Used a small fluffy brush to pat Whim all over my lid, stopping just below the crease. Took a fluffy blending brush and used Wonder to blend it out over the crease. Used a tad bit more Wonder as a brow highlight.

For me, overall this is just an okay palette, but it tips into greatness and I’m glad it’s in my possession because it has TWO of the greatest eyeshadow shades (IMO) in my entire stash – the great and golden Spontaneous, and the nude wonder that is, well, Wonder. It doesn’t seem to be all that popular online and in the blogosphere, and it is also hard to obtain these days. But if you can snag it on sale or at a deep discount, I think it’s worth it. A bold purple eye is not an everyday thing for me, but it is great for that purpose as well.

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2014 Sephora Sun Safety Kit

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Annually in late spring, Sephora releases their Sun Safety Kit, which features deluxe samples of skincare and makeup that have SPF, in addition to other “sun safety” products. This is the eighth edition and they always have an incredible value (see my calculations below for this year’s kit value) and an incredible array of products.

This was my first time purchasing the kit, and I’m so glad I did. It includes brands I already love (Tarte, Fresh) as well as brands and products that I’ve been wanting to try out (Shishedo, bareminerals). I’m a sucker for value kits like this, and I love having skincare samples to try out. There is nothing is worse than purchasing a full sized product and have it not work out for you, or ending up in a massive breakout.

Also, I finally made VIB with this order! The Eradikate was something I’ve been needing (unfortunately!) and helped me get to the free shipping threshold of $50. And I must say, it’s worth every penny – it dries those bad boys right up.
vib collageAND, whoever packed my box gave me an extra sample! SO excited!! (The Porefessional powder is the extra that I wasn’t expecting. The Dior mascara shown above was a special promo – very excited about that as well.)

may sephora order samples(My four samples, with the Sun Safety kit peeking out from underneath – Smashbox Full Exposure eyeshadow palette sample, Sunday Riley eye cream, Soap & Glory body butter, and Benefit anti-shine powder.)

And here’s the Sun Safety box breakdown, per Sephora’s website:

What it is:
A kit containing 16 deluxe sample sizes of sunscreen, safe self-tanning, and bronzing must-haves, plus a convenient travel bag.

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What it does:
Sephora and The Skin Cancer Foundation are proud to unveil the eighth edition of the Sun Safety Kit. One of Sephora’s most popular kits, this collection features a huge array of products for tanning, bronzing, and protection for glowing summer skin in a bright travel bag. $20 from the sale of each kit will benefit The Skin Cancer Foundation.

This Set Contains (All sample values calculated by me):
– 0.06 oz Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Daily Glow Moisture (Sample value = $2.52)
– 0.5 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion (Sample value = $12.35) – used this already. A little heavy, more like a traditional sunscreen, but doesn’t feel oily on skin and dries to a nice matte finish.
– 0.14 oz Too Faced® Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer (Sample value = $12) – used this already. Gorgeous color! Much more flattering that I expected, given how dark it looks in the pan. A little goes a long way.
– 0.3 oz Clarins UV Plus HP Multi-Purpose Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreen (Sample value = $7.24)
– 0.33 oz Murad® Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ (Sample value = $7.67) – used this already. Anything with “mattifier” in the title and I’m IN. Mixed it with foundation to sheer it out and give me a nice, natural finish.
– 0.5 oz Tarte™ Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner (Sample value = $3.54)
– 0.23 oz Stila Stay All Day® 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 (Sample value = $6.72) – swatched this, it seems very dark for me so will most likely be passing it on.
– Dr. Dennis Gross™ Alpha Beta® Glow Pad (Sample value = $1.60)
– 0.15 oz bareMinerals READY Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Translucent (Sample value = $11)
– 1.69 oz St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse (Sample value = $18)
– 0.5 oz Origins A Perfect World™ SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer (Sample value = $12.06)
– 1 oz Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (Sample value = $11)
– 0.64 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face (Sample value = $10.66)
– 0.5 oz Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 (Sample value = $22.50) – Used this today, actually. It’s on the heavier side (for me) so I’m thinking I will move it into my fall/winter skincare rotation. Algenist is a great brand though – I’ve really liked everything I’ve ever tried from them.
– 0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 (Sample value = $12) – I own the full sized version of this and love it. Always happy to have some extra Fresh lippies around.
– 0.5 oz Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum UV Protection (Sample value = $10.29)
– Travel bag (I’m going to assign this a value of $5, because its just so dang cute!)

sun safety adorbs bagThe adorable bag, with my haul contents inside.

Although the advertised “value” is $177, I’m getting $166.15 including the cute bag, for a total value of $186.15 when you consider the fact that $20 from each purchased is donated to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Really incredible value, and I’m glad I finally snatched one up this year.

How about you – have you purchased this kit in the past, or did you buy it this year? What have you used and/or what are your favorite products?


Birchbox: A [bijou] Round up

I have just a few months left of my gift subscription, and I’m really on the fence as to if I want to make Birchbox a permanent part of my life. We’ll see. But in the meantime, I wanted to bring you up to speed on what the past few months have brought my way.

Here’s the March line-up:
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And here’s what arrived in April:
Birchbox bijou April14I was completely and utterly MEH about March’s box, and then ecstatic for April’s because of the Anastasia brow gel, which I’ve subsequently – and sadly – been underwhelmed by. These wiry brows o’mine are just too much for even Anastasia to handle, apparently.

On the plus side, the No. 4 hair products are pretty divine.

Perhaps May will hold better things in store for me? What do you think, do I quit or stay?


Review: August 2013 Birchbox


Getting this up a little late. Having a hard time finding really helpful, concrete things to say about my August box. Which probably is indicative of my feelings towards it. It wasn’t a total dud, but there wasn’t anything that really stood out for me, at least not yet.

The Stila lip gloss is GORGE and I was so happy that I received the bright red color. It’s definitely out of my comfort zone, but that’s why I love Birchbox, in a nutshell – they get me out of my comfort zone from time to time. I haven’t actually worn it much yet, but I have a feeling that I’ll be reaching for it often once fall and winter roll around.

The Whish products were okay. Much better than the terrible shaving cream from a few months ago. I got about three uses out of the body wash and it had a nice scent, but it wasn’t anything that I would probably buy a full-size version of … the deodorant wipe went straight into my gym bag and I haven’t used it yet. I do love products like that that are gym-bag ready. I’m sure I will put it to good use during a lunchtime workout sometime soon.

The KMS heat spray is another one that I haven’t used much yet, because I’m anti-blow drying during the summer months. It’s already so ridiculously hot outside, I’m not going to spend twenty minutes blowing hot air in the general direction of my face. It’s just, ugh, can’t do it. Again, I think this is a product that I’ll reach for more and more as we get into the cooler months.

The OC8 Mattifying Gel was really interesting. I’ve used one of the two packets I’ve received – and it was on one of the hottest days of the past month *and* I was running around like a crazy person for work, going from inside to outside multiple times. The primer definitely worked and kept my makeup looking good. It was very sticky going on, and I’ve already found an HG mattifying product – the My moisturizer that I sampled earlier last year – so I probably won’t purchase a full-size version of this.

I continue to really adore Birchbox and I’m super excited for the September box – especially the Ruffian polish that everyone will receive. Don’t get me wrong – August was good, it just wasn’t GOOD, if you know what I mean?


August Birchbox Sneak Peek [Box 19]

My Birchbox is en route and supposed to arrive on Wednesday. I had to cheat and look to see what I was getting, and I’m actually really excited for this month’s box.

I’m receiving Box 19 and here are the contents:

August Birchbox contentsI’m an easy girl – give me a mattifying product and a good hair product, and I’m a happy camper.

A few quick thoughts:

stila stay all day® liquid lipstick – this has great reviews online, and I love the stila brand. I’m hoping for a bold red that will actually work with my coloring.
Whish Hair Inhibiting Deodorant Swipes – I’m surprisingly fine with these. They’ll be a great addition to my gym bag for mid-day workouts.
Whish Exfoliating Body Wash – Curious to see how it smells, as I’ve sampled the Whish shaving cream and it was horrible.
KMS® California FREESHAPE hot flex spray – I was literally just thinking the other day that I needed a good heat spray, for when fall gets here and I’m using my blow dryer and flat iron more often.
OC8® Professional Mattifying Gel – I’ve never heard of this brand – anyone familiar with it? But I love to see the word “mattifying”.

Can’t wait to try all of these out. More thoughts and pictures later this week!