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Review: Sedona Lace 20 Color Eyeshadow Palette




I recently received the Sedona Lace 20 Color Eyeshadow Palette and I’m quite impressed.  I have never tried any Sedona Lace products before.  This palette includes 16 eye shadows, three blushes, and a highlight.

The eye shadows are all very nicely pigmented and extremely suitable for the Fall and Winter seasons.  You can obviously rock these any time of the year but the palette has many taupes, mauves, and a beautiful cranberry shadow that are definitely appropriate for this time of year.  The only con about this eye shadow palette is the fact that almost all of the shadows are shimmery or have a slight sheen to them.  This can pose a problem when trying to create a complete eye look because, normally, incorporating matte shadows is best.  For instance, if the palette at least included a matte cream highlighting shade, a medium matte brown, and a darker matte brown it would be a lot easier to create an entire look and you wouldn’t have to also rely on another eye shadow palette.

The first layer of the palette consisting of 16 eye shadows (Without flash)
(With flash)
Top row of shadows from left to right (With flash) 
Top row of shadows from left to right (Without flash)
Second row of shadows from left to from left to right (With flash)
Second row of shadows from left to right (Without flash)

The blushes are also pigmented as well and I love the fact that the palette includes a matte cream highlight, which will definitely come in handy when contouring the face.  The blushes are located underneath the eye shadows.  To access them you pull out a little “drawer” on the bottom part of the palette.

The “drawer” the pulls out to access the blushes and highlight (With flash)
(Without flash)
From left to right: The matte cream highlight shade, a shimmery peach blush, a shimmery coral blush, and a matte baby pink blush (With flash)
(Without flash)

Overall, I really do enjoy the Sedona Lace 20 Color Eyeshadow Palette.  I love how pigmented each shadow and blush is.  Also, it’s really affordable at only $15.95.

**For $4 off your Sedona Lace purchase use the code beautybycassie93 at checkout.

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette


Recently, Anastasia Beverly Hills collaborated with makeup artist Tamanna Roashan(@dressyourface on Instagram) and launched the Tamanna Palette.  The palette includes 10 pigmented eyeshadows that are especially perfect for the upcoming Holiday season.  The Tamanna Palette retails for $29.  Anastasia Beverly Hills also launched the Waterproof Crème Color in Azure and the Metallic Luster Liner each retailing for $18.

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For the past few weeks of owning the Tamanna Palette, I have created numerous looks ranging from dramatic to simple.  The palette contains a few matte shadows as well as shimmer and satin finishes.  I really enjoy this palette and think it contains some beautiful shadows.  It also comes with a double ended eyeshadow brush.  It’s the standard double ended brush that Anastasia always includes with her eye palettes.  It has a pointed pencil brush on one end and a flat shader brush on the other.

From left to right: Fresh, Blush, Venezia, Gilded, and Custom (Without flash)
From left to right: Fresh, Blush, Venezia, Gilded, and Custom (Without flash)
(With flash)
(With flash)

Top row:

  • Fresh: It’s a light nude shadow that blends in with my skin tone. It’s a perfect shadow for an all over lid color or even a subtle highlight.
  • Blush: It’s a pink toned shimmery champagne shadow.  I absolutely love this shade for highlighting my tear duct.
  • Venezia: It’s a beautiful shimmery teal/blue shadow that would be perfect as a pop of color along the lower lash line.
  • Gilded:  It’s a gorgeous shimmery bronze shadow.  This shadow is extremely similar in color to Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze.
  • Custom:  It’s a beautiful shimmery taupe shadow.
From left to right: Noir, China Rose, Chocolate, Bengal, and Sangria. (Without flash)
(With flash)

Bottom row:

  • Noir: It’s an extremely pigmented matte black shadow.  This is a great shadow to line your eyes with if you don’t feel like using a traditional eyeliner and want a softer looking line.
  • China Rose:  It’s a beautiful rose gold shade.  This is probably my favorite shadow in the entire palette.
  • Chocolate:  It’s a lovely warm matte brown shadow.  I love this one for adding depth to my eyeshadow looks.
  • Bengal: It’s a nice medium brown with a satin finish.  This is a great transition shade.
  • Sangria:  It’s a pretty shimmery purple/wine shadow.  This color is amazing for making brown, green, or hazel eyes pop.

Overall, I’m not disappointed with any of the shadows in this palette.  The pigmentation is wonderful and I think the Tamanna Palette is definitely worth $29.

I’ve created a smokey rose gold look using the palette.  For all of the details on this look, check out my Instagram account.

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Waterproof Crème Color in Azure. (Taken with flash)


The Waterproof Crème Color in Azure is a cream product that can be used as a cream shadow or an eyeliner.  It’s smudge proof and crease proof and is a gorgeous blue color.

Waterproof Crème Color in Azure. (Without flash)
Waterproof Crème Color in Azure. (Without flash)

The last product, Anastasia Beverly Hills Metallic Luster Liner in Liquid Gold is a super soft pencil that glides on effortlessly.  It’s a pretty metallic gold color and I love using it on my waterline to brighten up my eyes and make myself look wide awake.

Metallic Luster in Liquid Gold. (With flash)
(Without flash)

How to: Smokey Look Using the New Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette and Tamanna Palette

Recently I’ve received Anastasia Beverly Hills’ new beauty blogger palettes–the Maya Mia Palette and Tamanna Palette–and have been playing around with a bunch of different looks ranging from simple everyday looks to full on dramatic ones.  I’m really impressed with the quality of the shadows in each palette.  They’re super pigmented and easy to blend.

Here is a look I created using both of the palettes.  It’s perfect for going out at night.  It’s an almost all matte look with some shimmer in the inner corners of the eyes.



I used the @anastasiabeverlyhills Maya Mia and Tamanna Palettes, ABH Waterproof Crème Color in Jet, # 415 Black lashes by @elegantlashes, @anastasiabeverlyhills Dipbrow in Dark Brown, and @hairandmakeupaddiction brushes.

Product info:
1.) Prime your lid(I used Urban Decay Anti-aging Primer Potion).
2.) Apply Fresh all over your lid with a flat shader brush.
3.) Blend Caramel into your crease using a fluffy blending brush.
4.) Deepen your crease with Deep Brown using a crease brush.
5.) Line your upper lash line with the Waterproof Crème Color in Jet and smudge Noir over top.
6.) Line your lower lash line with Noir and blend out with Caramel.
7.) Line your waterline with Tarte Cosmetics Skinny SmolderEYES in Onyx.
8.) Apply @tartecosmetics Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, # 415 @elegantlashes, and highlight your tear duct with Blush.
On my brows, I used @anastasiabeverlyhills Dipbrow in Dark Brown.
**Use the code BeautyByCassie93 at checkout on your Elegant Lashes order and receive a free pair of # 415 Black lashes.


Review: New Anastasia Beverly Hills Products- Maya Mia Palette, Waterproof Creme Color, and #3 Brush


Anastasia Beverly Hills has recently launched three new products.  These include the Maya Mia Palette, Waterproof Crème Color in Jet, and #3 Brush which can all be purchased on www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com.


First off, I want to talk about the Maya Mia Palette.  It was designed in collaboration with @maya_mia_y on Instagram.  I’ve been playing around with this palette for the past few weeks and I must say it’s easily become one of my go-to eyeshadow palettes.  I enjoy the fact that it contains mostly neutral shadows but also incorporates a few pops of color.  As far as pigmentation goes, these shadows are great quality.  I’m also a big fan of the packaging.  I like how it’s made of cardboard, has a magnetic closure, and is relatively thin and compact.  Not to mention the design is too cute! The palette is cruelty free, retails for $29, and is reasonably priced in my opinion, considering it includes 10 eyeshadows, a double ended eyeshadow brush, and “Get the Look” cards that show you how to achieve five different eyeshadow looks. Below, I’ve included swatches of each shadow.

(No flash) Shadows from left to right: Vanilla, Warm Taupe, Sienna, Deep Brown, and Nude
(No flash) Shadows from left to right: Vanilla, Warm Taupe, Sienna, Deep Brown, and Nude


(With flash)

The swatches above are of the first row of shadows in the palette.  Vanilla has a satin finish, Warm Taupe, Sienna, Deep Brown, and Nude–which blends in with my skin tone– are all matte.  One thing I’d like to mention is that this palette, like the Lavish Palette also by Anastasia Beverly Hills, includes Sienna.  However, that doesn’t bother me seeing as Sienna is one of my favorite transition shades.  The only shadow in the palette that I’m not head over heals about is Nude just because it doesn’t really show up on my skin.  Having said that, it does work as a base shadow.  Also, I’d like to make note that all of the photos in this post are unedited.

(No flash) From left to right: Aqua, Fresh Peach, Glisten, Caramel, and Gold Bar
(No flash) From left to right: Aqua, Fresh Peach, Glisten, Caramel, and Gold Bar
(With flash)
(With flash)

The bottom row of shadows only contains one matte shadow, that being Caramel.  Aqua, Fresh Peach and Gold Bar have satin finishes and Glisten is shimmery.


The accompanying brush is double sided and is well-made.  The bristles are soft and the flat shader brush side is good for packing on shadows, while the pointed pencil brush side is nice for applying shadow along the lower lash line or deepening your crease.


Next up is the Waterproof Crème Color in Jet.  It retails for $18 and comes in a glass pot just like the ABH Dipbrow Pomade.  I really like the texture of this product and the fact that it’s matte.  I’m not really into the whole glossy/shiny eyeliner look so this is right up my alley.  This can be used as a liner or a cream shadow.  It would make the perfect base for a dark, dramatic black smokey eye because it doesn’t crease or smudge.  As for the waterproof claim, they aren’t kidding!  I applied the product to my wrist, let it set, then rubbed vigorously and it didn’t even budge.  Oh, and I didn’t even mention the intensity of the product.  This stuff is black! Not an off-black or grayish black, but a true inky black color. Below is a swatch of the Waterproof Crème Color.

(With flash)


Lastly, we have the #3 Brush.  It retails for $18.  It’s flat and tapers to a point which makes it ideal for lining the eyes.  You can flip the brush on its side and create a super thin line or use the other side and create a much thicker line.  I also find that this brush is helpful in creating winged liner looks. Below, I’ve drawn some lines using the #3 Brush and Waterproof Crème Color.

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(No flash)


Review: Born Pretty Store

So I’ve recently come across www.bornprettystore.com and it’s awesome!  They carry everything from makeup to nail accessories to phone cases to even colored contacts.  And I haven’t even mentioned their prices… They’re great! Everything is such a steal.  Born Pretty Store also has free shipping worldwide.  And if that isn’t already amazing, if you use the code CASH10 at checkout you receive 10% off your order! 🙂

I received the 72 Matte Natural Colors Eyeshadow Palette and let me just tell you it’s fantastic.  It has easily become my most used everyday palette since it contains mostly matte neutral shadows that blend easily and are nicely pigmented.  I also like how it even contains a few vibrant coral and pinks shades.

Here’s a quick everyday look I created using the palette.



Another item I received is this cute antler bracelet covered in rhinestones.  I’m absolutely in love with it and it fits me perfectly.