Review Lorac Unzipped Eye Shadow Palette is A+


Lorac Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette + Mini Primer
Purchased at Sephora
Price – $40
*Recently it’s also available at Ulta

Let’s end the month of May with a Bang!
This precious palette has been a coveted favorite of mine this month.
It’s everything I looked for in a great palette from pigmentation to texture to package …this is it ūüôā


Loraz Unzipped Palette Snapshot Review:

This a absolutely, hands down, amazing palette from Lorac Cosmetics.
I think out of all the different high-end and drugstore neutral palette this is my favorite.
I find that this set is very similar to Lorac’s baked eye shadow collection line.
It was strong pigmentation and silky smoothy buttery texture.



What it is

The Lorac Cosmetics Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette has 10 creamy eyeshadow shades.
It comes with 6 shimmery + 4 matte shadows + 1 Lorac eyeshadow primer

The packaging is amazing for traveling. I took this with me on my carry-on to Mexico.
It’s very slim, the eyeshadow pans are the size of quarters (easy to use) and comes with a mirror.


Swatched on watercolor paper without Primer

This is just for white color background reference.
The colors do lean towards more neutral or nude look.
They would be prefer for work, school and professional environments.


Swatched on arm without primer

This is the full set from Top Row to Bottom Row, Left to Right.


Swatched on arm without Primer ( Top Row)

I can’t possibly rave enough about how excited I was to see that Lorac came out with this formulation.
The shimmer and pigmentation is very close the Lorac’s Little Black Palette (baked) without the bulk.

Undercover – Matte White
Unbelievable – Shimmer Rosy Brown
Unattainable – Shimmer Walnut Brown
Unconditional – Matte Light Brown
Unbridled – Matte Plum Brown


Swatched on arm without primer (Bottom Row)

Did I mention there’s little to no fall out!!!
The matte colors are so pigmented and silky without being chalky.

Undiscovered – Shimmer Gold
Unreal – Shimmer Rose Gold
Uncensored – Shimmer Deep Brwon
Unspoken – Matte Brown
Untamed – Shimmer Deep Dark Brown with Gold Flecks

Overall, I’ve been using this palette non-stop for 2 weeks and I say get it!
At one time they said this palette was limited edition so I really recommend picking it up.
Lorac eye shadows don’t get much hype but they sure do deserve it!

p.s. the mini primer is nice too.

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Ulta Promotion: 17pc ulta set free with $17.50 ulta product purchase

(Set comes in 3 different colors!) Receive a FREE 17pc ULTA cosmetic set with any $17.50 ULTA cosmetics, ULTA Minerals, ULTA Implements or ULTA beauty tools purchase. Excludes ULTA Professional, Color Kits, Mineral Kits and clearance.
Click here for more information

Plus right now if you order online they have free shipping if you spend $25 with code (51532)

Cool things to check out from ulta:
Automatic Eyeliner Pencils (I love the black & olive ones I have)
Lip crayons ( I haven’t tried them but they look comparable to NYX pencils)

That’s it for now. -S

Indispensable Makeup Picks of 2010: All under $10

These are a few products that I absolutely adore! If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I love getting great deals. I find that these products not only are great at what they do but incredibly affordable and¬†accessible at your local retailers. Thus you don’t¬†have to fiddle around for deals.

NYC Liquid Lip Shine (554U) Sungold Pink $1.99 (Sold at Wal-Mart, CVS)

  • Applies on smooth with pinkish gold shimmer
  • Yummy coconut-like scent

NYC Color Lipstick (407B) Smooch $1.99 (loca retailers such Wal-Mart, CVS)

  • long lasting, no strong lipstick smell
  • gorgeous coral pink color

The above picture is the color¬†swatch for both of the products. Top is the lip gloss, Bottom is the lip stick, and Left Side is the combination. These two products are stand-alone very nice. However I think they create a spectacular blend when combined. (It’s not as light pink on the lips but more of shimmer coral-pink-gold.)

Baby Shampoo $1-3 (most local retailers)I use baby shampoo all the time for cleaning out my makeup brushes. It’s really effective, gentle and cheap! I saw it once on youtube makeup tutorial and I’ve been using it ever since. It gets eyeshadow, waterproof eyeliner, and makes brushes like new. Plus you can get this for $1 travel size in most local retailers and that will last you a long time!

Baby Oil $1-3
This may sound a bit crazy at first but this stuff really works at getting makeup off your face. I usually just dab some oil on a tissue and wipe off my makeup.I use to have issues with my makeup remover not being able to handle waterproof makeup or it would take a long time to get off. Well this stuff¬†works great even on waterproof eyeliner, mascara, and heavy makeup without leaving residue. Afterwards I just wash my face with my normal daily face wash and no oily ness/smell is left behind. It’s gentle! (just make sure not to get in your eye, make sure to wash oil off)
*I’ve heard that cold cream, baby wipes, and some lotions can also easily remove makeup.

Ulta Automatic Eyeliner in (Black, Olive) $7 (sold only at Ulta, ulta.com)
This eyeliner goes on smooth, is long-lasting, and twistable! I have it a bunch of colors. My favorite is the black which is really black and the olive which is subtle but has that pop of color to change-up your routine. Plus Ulta often has coupons for their store, BIGI and I was able to snag some for only $2 each during one of their sales.
Burt’s Bee pomegranate Oil Lip Balm $3 (sold at most local retailers: Riteaid, CVS, Wal-Mart, Target)
Oh man I’ve tried a lot of different lip balms since I have sensitive lips that are always chapped. I have to say so far this is my favorite lip balm out of huge array from Carmex, Bath & Body works, C.O. Bigelow, the Body Shop,¬†EOS, Chapstick, Nivea, Avon, Smuckers, Soft Lips and etc. I’ve even tried other lip balms made by Burt’s Bees but none of them are as effective as this one. It’s has a pleasant smell, light hint of color, goes on smooth, and keeps my lips moisturized for longer. I don’t find myself re-applying as often.

Olay Quench Lotion $5-10 (Most local retailers : Wal-Mart)
This product came out in 2009 so it’s relatively new but I love it. I tried it on a whim because they were doing a rebate for Olay products. I really enjoy using this product. The lotion is moisturizing without being too thick, lightly scented so it¬†smells good, and there’s a hint of shimmer. I use this lotion all over. It doesn’t irritate my face. It really easy to use bottle with a pump.
Physician Formula Baked Collection: Baked Sands $7.28 (local retailers: Target)
I love trying out new makeup but this one has managed to stay in my makeup bag the longest. I really love the brown tones in this trio, you can apply it dry or wet, and it’s really bang for your buck. I’ve been using this one for forever it seems. My favorite is that golden brown color which highlights your eyes and beautiful color.

Almay Intense I-Color for Brown Eyes $7.49 (most local retailers : Riteaid)
First off I’m not positive that this makes my brown eyes pop like they advertise but it’s a really good product. The color palette is conceived in a manner that really blends together and has the ability to be¬†build-able.¬†My favorite is¬†shimmer pink-purple eyeshadow¬†for highlights and all over color. The colors are pigments, easy to use and long-lasting.

Vegan Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush $5 (www.theallnaturalface.com, www.theallnaturalface.etsy.com)
This is the only product that is solely online but I felt for the value I had to mention it. I purchased mine while I was scanning through Etsy mineral makeup sellers. The all natural face has super cheap starter sets for mineral makeup, great customer service, and she gives out tons of samples. While back I was desperately looking for an affordable eyeliner brush but everywhere I looked brushes where $15-20 dollars! Then I remembered about this one which is a fraction of the price and it’s good. It’s angled, stiff enough to make a thin line, and it’s vegan! I use it for applying my gel liner and I’m loving it.

Going shopping? While not get some Freebies…

Ulta:
Free Nail Polish from Orly (shine, oh cabana boy, it’s up to Blue)
*Bring in your Seventeen Dec Magazine or Print seventeen.com/orly
*While supplies last. Last time I got a really nice lancome lip gloss with Seventeen promo.
*Look out for mailers with $3.50 of $10 purchase (exclusion: prestige cosmetic but can be used on OPI)

Victoria Secret:
It’s December! Time to check out your Victoria Angel Secret Rewards Card (in store or online checkout) $10 $50 $100 or $500
*Seventeen Magazine December Issue has a promotion : Free Beauty Rush Lip gloss with any beauty purchase
*I believe if you google “free beauty rush” there’s a printable coupon for December: Free lip gloss with any purchase
*Free Pink Dog with Pink Purchase
*Free Pink Nation Panties with Pink Purchase (coupon for being a part of Pink Nation)

Hallmark
***Friday 12/03 ONLY*** Free Freaky Pets to first 5 customers that say¬†¬†‚ÄúAre you a friend of Kromdar the Magnificent?‚ÄĚ
Theses are very interesting gifts. Great for younger siblings, children, nephews, nieces or kid at heart.

Printable Hallmark $5 off $5 purchase here 
These are great for picking free or close to free greeting cards, gift wrap, ornaments or put towards a larger present.
Also these December Issues have a $5 Hallmark Coupon within them:

*Real Simple
*Martha Stewart
*Midwest Living
e*Family Circle
*Southern Living
*Redbook
*Oprah Magazine

Godiva
If you haven’t joined Godiva Rewards Membership, you should think about it because it’s a free program that gives you special deals & chocolate
Since it’s a new month : Free Chocolate! My favorite right now is the creme brulee chocolate.

Bath & Body Works
One of my favorite stores to go for special gifts has just released some new coupons!
Printable $10 off $30 here expires December 24th 2010
Online Code: F102785  $10 off any purchase $10 or more (or if the item is less than $10, the item price) so you just pay $5.99 shipping
I got some 14.5oz candles for only $6.49 tax + shipping (retail $19.50) Really cool because they discontinued some of the scents in store.

*Keep B&BW reciepts because they often have a short survey with $10 off $30 coupon -no expiration date
*With B&BW purchase I’ve seen the associates give out $10 off $30¬†coupons
*If you haven’t joined their e-mail list, the first month they give you a Free Travel Size item with Any purchase coupon (last about a month) here
*Join LUV BBW for free gifts starting 2011 here.  (Thursdays)

Borders Rewards
Free rewards program for Borders the Bookstore here. They often send high value coupons such as 20% off entire purchase, 40% of any item, 40% off any kids toy or game and free coffee at Seattle’s Best. I recently was able to pick up Ticket to Ride (board game) which retails for¬†$50 for (40% off + 20% off entire purchase -they let you combine coupons) for only $24. This is even better than the Amazon price of $35. They also have some sweet deals on cookbooks, crafty books, and $10 & below section.

Target
Target.com has just released new printable coupons here.
*Check out Target’s Daily Deal tab with discounted deals & free shipping on purchase