Birchbox vs. Ipsy | August 2015

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What’s up everyone! It’s that time of the month again… no, not that time… It’s time for Birchbox vs. Ipsy! Hope you all enjoy my little video this month, and sorry that it is out of focus. It looked focused on my viewfinder, but sometimes my camera is evil. Either way, I still decided to upload it because I know how much you all enjoy it!

Be Kind & Be Loving!

XOXO

–Rachel
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My Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Disappointment

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer

Update 10/20/2015: So I tested this eye primer again, and I’m wearing it  as we speak. Same issue has been reproduced. So this wasn’t just a fluke, it actually is this product. I haven’t changed anything else in my routine, I simply added this back into it. So please be cautious when using this product. 

So, I have had my Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion for about 7 or 8 months now, and I will use it on and off, as I don’t usually do my makeup every day, and I’ve started to notice a pattern emerging every time I use it. Now, let me point out now, that I generally love Urban Decay products. I use them all the time, I own every single Naked Palette, and love them all. They all have absolutely gorgeous shades that are very versatile. As for the Primer Potion that you can use with the shades is where I have begun to notice a problem. Continue reading

Tweezer Battle: Crown Brush vs. Avon

Battle-of-the-Tweezers

So, in my ipsy glam bag this past month, I received a pair of Tweezers from Crown Brush. (If you have yet to see that video click here to see my first impression.) I decided to take them on vacation with me so that i could finally test them out, and I finally did. Here, I will be comparing them to my favorite pair of tweezers: the Avon Expert Precision Tweezers, which I have had for a few years, and own multiple pairs of. So keep reading to see what the pros and cons of each pair are. Continue reading

Naked Smoky Swatches and First Impressions

Naked-Smoky

The Naked Smoky Palette

So, I finally caved and when I walked into my local Ulta yesterday, I pulled the last Naked Smoky Palette off the shelf to add it to my makeup collection (which my instagram followers would have already seen as I posted about it as soon as I got home. Follow me @cranerk!!). I already own all 3 of the other palettes and I love them all for different things. In the fall, I wear my Naked3 on an almost daily basis, as the rose tones look great with all of my favorite rich, fall colors. In the spring I wear my Naked2 palette quite a bit, as I think the taupe based neutrals go quite nicely with the spring colors, as those colors tend to be relatively cooler toned, while fall is more warm toned. All year round, when neither the Naked2 or 3 strikes my fancy, I whip out my original Naked Palette. Now, the new Naked Smoky palette has released, and I must say I’m digging it. this palette is full of absolutely amazing colors that are great for day & nighttime looks. And there are quite a few things that I love about what Urban Decay did with this palette:

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