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Would You Spend $50 on a Drugstore Palette?

We all know that drugstore makeup has gotten more expensive in recent years, but NYX has just released the priciest drugstore palettes I've seen yet at Ulta.com! At $49.99 each, they are similar in price to high-end palettes from Too Faced, Anastasia, Urban Decay, and Tarte.

In their defense, these offer a lot more than eyeshadow. All three contain a full face in a palette, including blushes, bronzers, highlight/contour shades, and/or lipsticks. In the past, I've had a pretty bad experience with palettes like this...usually the quality isn't as good, but if these are high-end quality, the price might be justified for some.

Still, I tend to stay away from large palettes like this because they're bulky and I normally don't use half of what's in them. So for me, even if the quality is good, I would probably rather spend the money on a smaller high-end palette or on several different drugstore products.

What do you guys think? Would you spend $50 on a drugstore palette? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Sleek MakeUP Now at Walgreens!

UK-based brand Sleek MakeUP recently arrived at Ulta and now you can also find it at Walgreens, online and in 150 stores. As of now, it's not at any of the locations near me (sniff!), but I'm hoping that they just haven't put it out yet and it'll be arriving shortly. I have always wanted to try more from Sleek but ordering online internationally was always expensive and took forever.

Now, we can order from Ulta but being able to just pop over to my local Walgreens and look at everything in person is even more exciting!

Have you seen Sleek at your local Walgreens yet?

Shop the line online now at Walgreens.com

Milani Everyday Eyes Must-Have Metallics Review & Swatches

Milani recently released two new Everyday Eyes Palettes in Basic Mattes and Must-Have Metallics ($11).  I purchased them both, since I loved the ones I bought last year during the original release...they're some of the nicest eyeshadows at the drugstore!

So far I've only found these online at MilaniCosmetics.com but several of you have told me on social media that you've seen them in a new display at Walgreens, so if your local store sells Milani, you can also check there. In my area, it's hard to find Milani at the drugstore so rather than go on the hunt, I decided to just order them online (they arrived in about 4-5 days).

New Bath & Body Brands at Ulta

Ulta Beauty has added four bath & body brands to their lineup this week and I have to say...I'm really excited to try something new! These days, the makeup world has been on fire with new products coming out left and right and I feel like I haven't been focused on anything else.

I really love shopping for bath & body products but lately I've been feeling like nothing was exciting me. I actually walked into Bath and Body Works yesterday and walked out empty-handed because nothing was jumping out at me. So needless to say, I can't wait to check out some of Ulta's new offerings.

Let's take a look!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Launching July 25 + SWATCHES

anastasia beverly hills subculture palette
Photo @Trendmood1 on Instagram
Anastasia Beverly Hills just gave us the first official look at their new Subculture Palette on Instagram this morning and there's already a big divide between those who love it and those who are confused by it. I admit, when I first saw it, I thought it looked like a mish-mosh of different shades that don't really go together but the more I studied it, the more I realized that it's actually kind of genius. 
Palettes like the Modern Renaissance are awesome but the entire palette has the same color scheme so a lot of the looks you create with it end up looking very similar. With this palette, you have warmer fall shades like chocolate brown, mustard, and olive green, along with cooler grays, blues, and purples.
abh subculture palette

I can see using the cool gray Mercury shade as a transition with either of the blue shades (Axis or Untamed), as well as the eggplant shade Rowdy. I would pair the mustard, green and brown shades together and use the shimmery Electric shade as a pop on the lid. Or I would create a warm-toned eye with Roxy, Fudge, and All-Star.

Swatches: @anastasiabeverlyhills on Instagram

I think the best thing about this palette is all of the vastly different looks you can create with it, rather than having one palette with a bunch of similar colors. The latter is great if you love a certain color scheme but if you're looking for bang for your buck, the former gives you more versatility.

What are your thoughts? I'd love to know what you think! 

Available at Anastasia Beverly Hills on July 25th and online at Sephora, Ulta, Macy's, and Dillards on August 1. It'll arrive in-store August 15th.

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar for Holiday 2017

too faced white chocolate bar

Too Faced just released a preview of their Holiday 2017 collection on Allure.com, including the new White Chocolate Bar Palette! It includes pastel shades and that delicious cocoa scent. I'm still trying to figure out if I need this one but I have to admit, I'm happy to see some colors that aren't warm neutrals! 

What are your thoughts on the White Chocolate Bar? Yay or Nay?

To see the rest of the holiday goodies, head on over to Allure.com. 

Lottie London The Rusts Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

UK-based makeup brand Lottie London just launched at Ulta last month, and since I love discovering new products (especially affordable ones!), I picked up a few products to try including The Rusts Eyeshadow Palette ($12.99). From the photos online, it looked like it could be a possible dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette and I've been getting tons of requests for a comparison (which is at the end of this post).

But first things first, let's take a closer look at The Rusts Palette!

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