Sparkle & Spice

A Makeup Addiction

Essence My Must Have Customizable Palette

I was scrolling through new arrivals on the Ulta website and stumbled upon the new customizable Essence Must Have Palettes. You can get an empty 4 or 8 pan palette and fill it with blush, bronzer, highlight, or eyeshadow. Each single retails for $1.99, a 4 pan palette is $3.49, and the 8 pan is $4.99.


I chose to grab a 4 pan palette since I wasn’t sure of what the formula was going to be like. There were no reviews on Ulta website and I found very few swatches online at the time I purchased these.

I decided to grab the only bronzer single available, satin blushes in Rosy Glow & Coral Dream, and an eyeshadow in Go Goldie. The eyeshadow I picked up to use as a highlight since the only highlight pan available didn’t look as though it was anything special.


I wasn’t sure what to expect but I can tell you I certainly was not expecting the color pay off these had! I about fell out of my chair when I swatched these! The only other essence products I have tried is the Pure Nude highlight which I love and a mattifying powder I don’t remember hating.

The bronzer is a tad warm for me but I can make it work. It’ll look fine when I have a nice self tan. The blushes I need to use a light hand when applying! They are gorgeous and apply nicely but I don’t like an intense blush on myself. The highlight make a beautiful inner corner shade or brow bone highlight. Its not nearly as intense once diffused onto the cheek bones but its still gorgeous. These blend nicely and don’t sit funny on the skin.

Over all I am really impressed with these products. These make me want to give more Essence products a shot!

Have you tried these? Give me your Essence product suggestions!


Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette

I picked up the Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette during a recent sale and I’m kicking myself for not grabbing another palette!

I have had my eye on this palette for the longest time but kept putting off purchasing it. Now that I have my hands on it, I HAVE NO IDEA WHY I WAITED. I’m sure some of you are thinking this is just another warm neutrals palette but that’s exactly why I wanted it. I wear mainly neutrals to work everyday, so I know I’m going to get a ton of use out of this palette.  This palette retails for $28 but is currently on sale for $19. When I purchased this Juvia’s Place was having a sale and I was able to get this For $15 which included shipping.


The packaging is made from a sturdy card board but doesn’t have a mirror. If I paid the full $28, I would have rather had a mirror but for the price I paid I really can’t complain. Its small enough to travel with and there isn’t much wasted space, which I appreciate.


These shadows are incredibly buttery and smooth. The pigmentation is amazing with the exception of the last shade in the last row. It wasn’t patchy but the pigmentation definitely wasn’t quite on par with the others. There is a bit of fall out with the matte shades so be sure to tap your brush off before you apply. I use a flat shader brush to apply the shimmer shades, so I haven’t experienced any fall out with those.

The shadows blend out very nicely and work well with each other. They don’t become muddy and the shades really do stand out nicely. I always use concealer as my shadow primer and I haven’t noticed them creasing or fading. They last the entire 10-12 hours before washing my face.

I’m incredibly impressed with this palette and I will absolutely be on the lookout for other Juvia’s Place palette’s that might be up my alley. I think this palette would be great for beginners or anyone who loves these types of shades. I can also see this being a go-to travel palette for me as well.

Have you tired this palette? Any recommendations from Juvia’s Place?


Products That Caught My Attention

I didn’t want to call this a wish list. They are simply products I have my eye on but aren’t committed to buying yet. Two out of 5 products are being released today, one is scheduled for release sometime this summer, and the last two are currently on sale.


Lets start with the item we have no launch date for. Too Faced has been incredibly hit and miss lately but I’m incredibly intrigued by this face palette. It contains highlighters, blushes, and a bronzer. I’m definitely curious to see swatches and reviews on this before I purchase though. 20180212_0922581604611708.png

Now lets jump right in to the product that is probably going to make the internet crash sometime today. The new ABH x Amrezy highlight looks absolutely stunning from the packaging to the actual product. I’m still going to wait for this to come into Sephora sometime in March. This also allows time for more swatches and reviews so I can better decide if this is a product I would actually get a ton of use out of.


The ABH Soft Glam palette also releases today. This is another one that I need more swatches and reviews on. Honestly this looks like my perfect palette. I LOVE NEUTRALS! They’re what I reach for every day! I’m hoping these are the same formula in the Modern Renaissance Palette but because of some of the different formulations recently, I’ll hold off until reviews are up. Its stunning and I’m really hoping this will be a good palette!

screenshot_20180212-093435737729932.jpg Dr. Jart recent released new Shake and Shot Rubber Masks. I love a good face mask! I’ve heard mixed reviews on these but they look so cool – and kinda creepy. Twelve bucks for a one time mask isn’t great but if I end up hating it – its not a total lose. I’ll probably end up grabbing the brightening mask during my next Sephora haul.

screenshot_20180212-094318253948063.jpgThe Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick is certainly not new but I’ve been wanting to pick up the full size after receiving a mini in a Sephora Play box. It looked absolutely stunning on my skin! The $46 price tag is what holds me back. Shell is my perfect fall/ winter shade but with spring around the corner, I’m not sure its worth the splurge just yet.

Are there products that have caught your attention recently but you’re not too sure of yet? Do you plan to grab any of these items? Let me know!

Sephora/ Ulta/ Amazon/ Juvias Place Haul

This is what happens when I take a day off work and my husband goes out of town. I didn’t leave the house for 3 days straight and I spent it on the couch watching Investigation Discovery and online shopping. I actually have zero shame because sometimes you need some time for yourself, which includes buying a bunch of things you don’t actually need…..

You probably want to grab a drink…. and don’t go online shopping without supervision!


Ulta Haul #1 – I hadn’t originally planned to purchase the IT Cosmetics CC Cream since the tube I have is still going strong, but when I saw that it came with the #101 Airbrush Blurring Foundation Brush that retails on its own for $24 I couldn’t pass it up. I decided to grab the shade Light, which is actually my summer shade. Fair is a perfect match for me but the shade range is very slim – to me Light is more of a medium.

Anyway…. The Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara, Butter London Plush Rush Plumping Lip Gloss, Its a 10 Miracle Styling Potion, and BareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion Serum were all free with purchase! Plus I used my 20% off coupon and some Ulta Points I had save up. I paid $15 for all of this!


Ulta Haul #2 – The next day I decided to place another order because I really wanted to try out the Makeup Revolution Concealers. There weren’t many shades left but I went with c3 and c5 which are both pretty decent matches for me.

I also decided to try out some of the My Must Have singles from Essence. I grabbed the bronzing powder, two satin bronzers in Coral Dream and Rosey Glow, as well as an eye shadow in Go Goldie which looks like a gorgeous highlight! I also used the 20% off coupon on the Ulta app to save a few bucks on this order as well.


Sephora – I was in desperate need to replace my beloved belief Aqua Bomb Moisturizer, so when I saw that I could also grab a mini free with a $25 I knew it was time to place an order. I also grabbed a Sephora Charcoal Micellar Cleansing Water and a 100 point perk of the Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer.


Amazon – I have a love/ hate relationship with Amazon. I hate that I buy so many things but I love that I don’t have to leave my house and its delivered in two days. I needed dry shampoo and saw that this one was on sale, so I figured I’d give it a try. I also grabbed the Ardell Brow Building Fiber Gel because I’ve been liking a bushier brow but I don’t actually have a lot of brow to work with (I’m attempting to grow them out….stupid teenage/ college waxing). At the last minute I decided I wanted to try the Maybelline Fit Me Dewy & Smooth in 110. I love the Matte & Poreless but my skin has gone from an oil slick to the Sahara Desert over the past few months. My new skincare routine and the ridiculously frigid weather have really been drying me out. Needless to say I have been steering clear of my beloved matte foundations. We’ll see how this one goes.


Juvia’s Place – Last but certainly not least I finally got my grubby hands on the Nubian Palette. I have been wanting to try Juvia’s Place shadows so when I saw an email for 40%, how was I suppose to turn it down!? The Nubian palette was on sale from $28 down to $19, plus I got the 40% off on top of that. I paid less than $15 total with shipping!! Only a crazy person would have turned down that deal!

I should probably put myself on a no-buy for the rest of February!

Have you tried any of these? Is there a certain product you’d like to see a review on? Have you made any purchases lately that you didn’t need?

Anti Haul #7

Hey guys, how’s it going? I’m here to bring you another Anti-Haul. These are the latest and greatest products I will be steering clear of!


First lets discuss the new Mac collab with Jeremy Scott. I’m a big music fan so the packaging idea is cool but I can’t get over the complete waste of space!! Half the eyeshadow palette is empty!! Cool concept but terrible execution. A lipstick palette doesn’t entice me, the bronzer looks too orange, and half of the eye shadows I wont use.  Next……


Raise your hand if your over the glitter trend! Glitter on your eyes? Fine. Acceptable. Glitter on every other square inch of your body? Nope. No thank you. Pass. My husband calls glitter the “herpes of the art world”…. so he wouldn’t even let me in the house.


I love Kat Von D but this release is a hard no from me. I’m not interested in an iridescent glitter veil to ruin my lipstick. I love iridescent or holographic nail polish – give me all of it – but I’m over the iridescent, holographic, unicorn, mermaid makeup bullshit. Kat Von D, you’ve disappointment me.


Please tell me why we needed a UD Naked Petite Heat? These shades look exactly the same as the shadows in the full size naked heat…. I love warm shadows as much as the next person but Naked formula leaves a lot to be desired.

I’ve been really unimpressed with a lot of releases lately. Ill be over here patiently waiting for reviews of the new ABH Soft Glam Palette. Fingers crossed its a good palette.

What are you guys anti-hauling?

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

Mascara is one area I don’t like to skimp on! Whether its drug store or high-end, I need a mascara to perform exactly how I need it to! I have decently long lashes but man do I need all the volume I can get!! Enter the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara! I originally received a travel size of the mascara in a Sephora Play box and its been love ever since.


According to the Marc Jacons site “the lash-maximizing, curvy brush places the most volume at the hard-to-reach center lash line, and the defining tip styles lashes for major drama. The ultra-concentrated black pigment delivers the greatest visual impact, and the flash volume complextm creates instant, smudge-free length and volume in three strokes or less. Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara gives you the thickest lashes in a blink. This majorly volumizing mascara delivers instant volume for your most epic lashes yet.”

I can absolutely agree that this mascara is incredibly black, gives amazing volume, and does not smudge or flake throughout the day!! The hourglass shaped brush is perfect for grabbing all of your lashes. I have no problem getting those hard to reach lashes on the inner and outer corners.


In the above photo, one eye has no mascara and the other only has ONE coat of the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir. I love that this mascara does not clump and I can leave it at one coat or build it up if I really want a dramatic lash.

This mascara is great for someone like me who needs more volume to their natural lashes but who sucks at applying falsies! When I do plan to wear false lashes, I have give myself at least 20 extra minutes to put them on. I have no idea how some people just pop them on! I really have no reason to wear them everyday, and I would look a little strange at work if I wore them (I work in a hospital).

When it comes to high end mascara, you can normally always pick up the travel size version. I find that the smaller size lasts 3 months – which is perfect since you are suppose to pitch them after 3 months anyway! The travel size of this mascara is $14 and the full size is $26 on the Sephora website. You can also find it in a set with the Highliner in Blacquer for $20.

If you haven’t tried this, I absolutely suggest picking it up! I already have a backup and this rivals my beloved Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – same Volume but without the flakes!









PUR Cosmetics Quick Pro Portables

Some time during the beginning of January I placed an Ulta order and decided on whim to pick up the PUR Cosmetics Quick Pro Portables Sculpt & Glow On The Go Contour & Highlight Palette Pair (that’s a mouth full!). The pair was $14 and while I knew they would be small and travel friendly – THEY ARE VERY SMALL – yet there is still plenty of room to get your brushes in the pans. PUR made use of every nook and cranny in these little palettes.



I actually love that Pur created two separate palettes, so I would take one and not the other. Which is great for makeup lovers who want to switch up their products but not take items in the same collection every time they travel. I like that mirrors are included in both palettes (I still have the plastic covering mine) they’re good for a quick makeup check but not actually applying anything.

The sculpt palette has 3 contour shades; one light cooler toned brown, a warmed toned brown, and a shimmer shade. The glow palette also has 3 shades; a light champagne, a rose gold, and a gold highlight.

Lets state the obvious: these are by no means pigment packed palettes! However, that’s actually what I love about these! I don’t love an incredibly pigmented bronzer/ contour shade. I prefer lighter pigment that easily builds up. These do just that. The “shimmer” bronzer isn’t actually a shimmer, I find it gives more of a nice sheen to the skin. The highlight shades give a subtle glow with just one swipe but if you prefer a little oomph than you can easily build these up. You’re not going to get a blinding highlight that can be seen from Mars, but it will definitely be visible! Sometimes you just want that glow from within kind of look – you know what I’m talking about – when you just want to look radiant and glowing but not over the top. This is that kind of highlight. Now you can always add a bit of setting spray to make these POP or layer over a cream highlight if needed. They’re very versatile and that’s a reason I love them.

These powders are incredibly smooth and glide over my skin without exaggerating pores or imperfections. I find that the powders last my entire work day without fading but I do apply a setting spray when my makeup is finished, so I can’t verify the wear time without one. These don’t look muddy and play well with all of the products I have used in conjunction with them.

If you travel a lot or need items you can easily stash in your bag while your on the go – grab this little set!! Its absolutely worth the $14.

I’ve really been enjoying PUR products lately! Have you tried this one or any thing from the brand recently?







3 Beauty Brands I Want To Try in 2018

There are so many brands and products on the market now, which makes it almost impossible to try everything! I know I’m more likely to grab something from Sephora or Ulta than I am going to a smaller brands site to place an order.


Pinky Rose Cosmetics – I’ve been seeing this brand all over Instagram! I first spotted their transition palettes last year and have been following their account and products ever since. The price points for their palettes are decently priced as well. Pictured above is the Center Stage palette and it retails for $24.99 on their website. They also have two store fronts if you are in California. I have no idea why I haven’t placed an order yet. Some of the palettes are gorgeous and seem to be incredibly pigmented! Have any of you tried Pinky Rose Cosmetics?


Melt Cosmetics – I have been DYING for several years now to get my hands on one of the Melt Stacks. I live for the shades in the Rust Stack! The only thing holding me back is the price! The Rust Stack has 5 shades and retails for $58. The other available stacks have 4 shades and retail for $48. That’s a bit pricey for me considering you only get 4-5 shades! Ouch! If you’ve purchased anything from Melt, is the price worth it?


Pixi Beauty – I know some of you are reading this and thinking “What the hell?! How has she never tried Pixi?!?” I’m wondering the same damn thing! I can remember receiving a Pixi Item about 5 or 6 years ago in an Ipsy Bag but I never tired it and ended up throwing it away because I figured it was time to part ways. Pixi was never a brand that I gravitated to. However, now that I’m more into skincare, I need to get my but to Target and grab some things.  Let me know if you have any suggestions!

What brands are on your list to try in 2018?





Winky Lux – Kitten Palette

Hey all! Happy Friday!

A few months ago I received the Winky Lux Kitten Palette in my Boxycharm. Since then this palette has become available at Ulta, so I figured I’d give you guys a run down just in case you were debating on picking this up.


First lets just state the obvious – The packaging is freaking adorable! Its covered in kitties!! Second – The shadows are housed in a sturdy card palette but unfortunately it doesn’t have a mirror. Its not a deal breaker for me that is doesn’t come with one but I’m less likely to take this when I travel.


Honestly, I was confused and a bit terrified of the shades when I first open the palette. The 4 mattes 5 metallic/shimmers didn’t seem cohesive and I didn’t think I could get a variety of different looks out of this. Oh boy was I wrong! The shadows are actually beautiful and holy pigmentation! The mattes aren’t chalky at all and the metallic/ shimmers are so creamy. Definitely not what I was expecting from a brand I had never heard of! The silver/ pink duo chrome in the second row was the initial shade I couldn’t stop using. I love layering it over the bottom center shade!


I know I did a terrible job swatching these but look how beautiful they are!! While the shades aren’t unique, the formula is very nice. I love reaching for this palette for that reason alone.

This palette is available on the Ulta website and retails for $25. I think its a fair price and each shadow comes out just under $3. Do I think you need to run out and grab this palette? Absolutely not. You probably already have similar shades in your collection. However if these are the types of shades you love and the packing is up your alley, then go for it.

Did you receive this through Boxycharm? If so, are you loving it?


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