I’m a beauty/makeup addict from way back. One of my first purchases was a Bare Minerals kit back when it was still referred to as Bare Escentuals. I believe that was around 2003? In any case, with that purchase I inevitably fell down the rabbit hole that is the high end beauty and makeup industry.
Since then I’ve tried and tested numerous products from moisturizers to lip plumpers, to bronzes and setting sprays. I’ve watched countless YouTube tutorials and viewed dozens of swatches. Over the years I’ve learned which ones work the best for my skin, style and routine.
I thought it would be fun to do weekly highlights of my tried and true beauty and makeup products here. There may be a few of you who, like me, love to try new brands and maybe discover old favorites. I think it would be a great way to not only showcase my favorite products but, to review them as well.
I’ll begin Monday, November 14th. Follow along here or on my IG @_beatnikbeauty. Let me know if you’re doing this, too!
Y’all, the Master Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills and Mario Dedivanovic palette is so… well, pretty!
Admittedly, I was a bit hesitant to purchase this due to it having two less shades than the Modern Renaissance palette and the cardboard packaging (meh), BUT it makes up for it in the quality of the shadows. Loving the jewel tones and the shadows swatch buttery smooth.
I believe it’s out of stock (or sold out) on ABH and Sephora. I purchased mine through Macys about a week ago. However, today (10/31) I noticed Ulta has it back in stock.
Suffice it to say, between this and the KVD Shade + Light Obsession vault, I’ve pretty much maxed out my makeup buying quota for the year, ha.
For about a year now I had been debating whether to purchase the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour and Eye Contour palettes. I always seemed to end up buying other things and/or putting it off for one reason or another. I’m a creature of habit, with sensitive skin, and I tend to stick to products and brands I love.
It wasn’t until early October when I saw the little IG video tease KVD beauty put up about the pending release of the whole Shade + Light line that I knew it was time to take the plunge.
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Obsession Collector’s Set ($200) is exactly what I’d anticipated and more. While it is a bit pricey, I feel it’s great for those new to the KVD line (like myself) and those who are major fans and/or makeup collectors.
I couldn’t resist these limited edition Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipsticks in Lolita II and Double Dare. Lure me in with the pretty silver packaging, why don’t ya?
These lipsticks are my first foray into the KVD line. I’m not normally a matte lip kind of gal, but these apply smoothly and wear quite well. I will definitely look into her liquid lipstick line as well.
Also, trying out these (limited edition) Bite Beauty Perfect Pair High Pigment lip pencils in Rhubarb and Chablis. So far, they kind of remind me of my Nars pencils.
I tend to always gravitate toward the mid-tone rosy brown shades mostly because my natural lip color is similar. Since my lips are pigmented anything too light pink/nude looks odd.