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Studio Gear Holiday Palette

I don't think I've ever used Studio Gear cosmetics before at least not that I remember, so when they offered to send me a palette for review, I thought it would be a great opportunity to try the brand.

Studio Gear is sold at my local Ulta, but I have to admit that until I was explicitly looking for it, I hadn't noticed.

The festive little package arrived, and had a nice tutorial on the inside cover when I flipped it open.  I have my own technique for applying shadow, which if you've been visiting here for a while you know too me quite a lot of time and experimenting to find a technique that I feel suited my now droopy eyes.  But since I didn't have anything to lose and since their steps describe doing something very similar to what I do for trying to draw the eye up, I decided to follow their guide to applying the shadow.

The colors are definitely a special occasion selection with a really nice silvery shimmer.  My favorite is probably the dark Coal shade, which also has some shimmer.  I was really happy that none of the shades are glitter though just a really good party type shimmer for the holiday season.  This photo is actually a pretty good depiction of the shadow colors, but the blush is a tad bit more peachy than it looks here.  That was the one color I thought would not work on me, but I've been trying to embrace more and different blush colors into my routine, so I went for it.  I do have to say that the color payoff and pigmentation for these products is pretty good.

I blended quite a bit, so I think it's a bit more subtle than it could be.  I would probably go darker when really going out for the evening.  I quite like adding the gold shimmer under the brow bone.   That's not something that I usually do, and I do like the lifting effect it gives, so I might be trying more of that in the future.  Since I wasn't sure about the blush, I just went for a light dusting, and I do think I could have been a little more aggressive with it.  Overall, it's a good holiday palette that is reasonably priced and versatile.  As I was playing with it, I thought of at least three more ways that I want to combine things for looks.  Now that I've tried the products, I'll definitely be picking up more to play with, and to make that even easier, Studio Gear is offering all of us a discount if we use the code SGHOLIDAY on our online orders.  The code is good for 10% off your entire purchase not just on this palette.

I received a sample for review and no other compensation for this post.  The opinion is my own.


When in France

Boots: ShoeMint
Bag: Celine

Coat: BCBGMaxAzria (Sold out but similar sleeves here)

I constantly complain about the heat is Southern California, so I loved the fact that it was freezing cold and raining the whole time we were in France.  The hub, in contrast though, is not such a fan and actually cried foul one day in Rouen when we were out shopping in the pouring rain.  At the last minute I changed the Calvin Klein short coat I was going to take on the trip for this longer BCBG coat, and I'm so thankful I did.  It was a pain to carry on the plane over, but the minute we stepped out of the airport, I knew I made the right decision.  I also threw this really old hat in at the last minute, and it was a life saver.  The Celine bag was a good choice, but I do wish I had packed a smaller cross-body bag for the days we did the really touristy things like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.  


Victoria Jackson Foundation Duo

Way back when, okay it was the 90s, I absolutely loved Victoria Jackson cosmetics.  I think I had everything in the line with my favorites being the lip compact that came with a shimmery powder included that I remember using in the bow of my lips to add highlight and the creme foundation.  At the time, I like a lot of people loved a heavier, full-cover foundation, and this one came with two shades for blending and as use as a concealer.  I honestly don't remember why I stopped using this line, but the next time I went in search of it, I couldn't find it available.  At some point, I found Victoria Jackson's Lola line, which has highly pigmented shadows and blushes.  I always wanted to try more of the lipsticks but just have never gotten around to it.

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to find and try Victoria Jackson's updated creme foundation.  I chose the Light shade, which is the shade I always used to wear.  Now that I don't wear a heavy foundation any longer, I was really curious to see how the product would apply and what coverage I would get.  I was pleasantly surprised at the coverage, the wearability, and the match to my skin tone.  I touched the lightest amount onto the applicator sponge and stippled it onto my face.  The rich, creamy formulation smoothed on easily, blended well, and wasn't too heavy or greasy to the touch.  The coverage lasted all day without separating or creasing into the little lines around my eyes and mouth, and because of the two shades in the compact, I could contour my jawline subtly with the darker shade, use the lighter shade under my eyes, and blend the two for the perfect shade on the rest of my face.

Victoria Jackson is offering a discount to my readers.  Use code BLOG2013 at checkout to receive 20% off of your order.

I received a sample for review, but no further compensation was received for this post, and the opinion is my own.


Suited Up

Scarf: H&M 
Suit: via TJ Maxx
Bag: Charlie Lapson
Earrings: BaubleBar

Contrary to popular opinion, I am alive and sort of well.  Jet lag really took a toll on me, and before I was even over it, Thanksgiving was upon us.  Thank goodness I took these pictures before we left for France because I have no idea when we'll be able to take any others.  Our trip was amazing and left us wanting to go back as soon as possible.  My husband was actually making plans online today, so we might be traveling more in the not so distant future.  One thing preventing that potentially is that I am still job-less.  I had a really great interview also before we left, and I know that the company has checked with my references, so I'm hoping that is a good sign, and I'll hear something soon.  I am starting to fit in a lot of the little things that I always thought it would be fun to do if I wasn't working during the day but never really got around to in the last 10 months.  I can't believe it's been 10 months; time really does fly.