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Weekly Must-Have: Nars Pro Palette

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If you’re a daily reader of this site, then you’re likely aware of my love of palettes. If you’re new, then now you know. Either way, let me reiterate: I adore a good color palette. It takes the guesswork out of which colors to use with each other, and it houses a myriad of shades for multiple looks in one, simple and convenient place.

But what if you could choose the exact colors that you want in your palette — and mix blushes with bronzers and eyeshadows? What if you could put all of the products you use on a daily – and nightly – basis in one palette, and that’s all you ever needed to travel with? Convenient? YES. Well, Nars is allowing you to dictate your look and create your very own palette with the newly launched Nars Pro Palette.

Here’s how it works: You can choose from an empty palette in one of two sizes: small ($14) or large ($18), or a palette already curated by some of Nars’ makeup artists, ranging from all cheek shades to eyeshadows to cheek and eye combos.

If you choose to build your own palette, you’ll pick either the small or large empty palette, then go through the SUPER FUN process of choosing the shades and products to populate the palette. Nars is offering some of their most coveted colors in blushes, highlighters, bronzers, contours, single eyeshadows, double eyeshadows, and pressed powders. The problem isn’t which colors to choose – the problem is how to fit all of your favorite colors into one palette (I strongly suggest building with the large palette). I did a combo of blushes, bronzer, single and double shadows… and I’m already plotting what colors I’ll purchase next to swap out some of the ones I’m not wearing on a regular basis.

The thing with pre-made palettes is that there’s always one (or two) shades that are never used. Not anymore. Nars Pro Palette allows you to take control of the colors you actually want – and wear – and leave the colors you don’t for someone else.

PRICE TAG: $14 (empty small palette) – $30 (contour blush)

*To fill a small palette, it’ll run you about $200; a large palette will cost around $300, but you can always fill – and refill – as you go.

Here’s to the inner makeup artist in each of us!

The List: Best Palettes of 2014

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From gorgeous shadow combinations to lip, cheek, and even highlighting kits, 2014 was definitely the year of the palette. And while 2014 may be coming to an end, these palettes will last long after the stroke of midnight. Take a final look at our favorite palettes for 2014 – -and beyond — and invest in a few staple kits that will have your eyes, lips, and cheeks on point way into 2015.

1. Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul ($49) – 12 wearable, earthy shades of neutrals: From champagne to chestnut in varying finishes like shimmer and matte. Mix colors together to create a plethora of eye looks from simple to dramatic. These shades are classic and universal, so this palette will last for years to come.

2. Lorac Pro Palette 2 ($42) – This fan favorite palette offers 16 versatile shades in both matte and shimmer formulas. While you’ll get your classic neutrals, you’ll also get colors like plum, navy, and an awesome metallic jade. Plus, each kit comes with Lorac’s Behind The Scenes Eye Primer so that your multiple shadow looks last all day.

3. Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Palette in Warm Beige ($39) – While there are eight color combos to choose from, the warm beige is a favorite because of its versatility. Packed with four neutral nude, mauvey shades and one classic red, you can literally create endless lip looks – from natural to bold. MUFE makes fantastically rich pigments, so your lips are bound to be dressed in rich hues.

4. Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($80) – This limited-edition holiday eye palette comes with five versatile shades to create a range of looks – from smokey to gilded eyes. With a white base shadow, three silvery-greys, and a gold, you can play around with mixing metals… or just go classic with a charcoal smokey eye.

5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58) – This go-to highlighting palette does it all – from illuminating cheekbones to lightly contouring. With three complimenting shades in champagne, pink, and bronzy finishes, you can control the luminosity while providing your complexion with that 2014 coveted glowing finish.

6. Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette ($65) – Cheeks deserve a palette too and this trio of blushes, plus a highlighter and fan-favorite bronzer, Laguna, gets it all done. Highlight and contour, and paint the apples of your cheeks a perfect flush by mixing the blushes together or wearing them alone (you’ll find a pink, a peach, and a coral hue in your kit). Endless opportunities to create gorgeous cheeks on the daily.

7. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($44) – For the matte lover, this newly launched palette includes 12 brand new, all-matte shades in classic, wearable neutrals and browns (with a few rose-inspired hues thrown in for contrast). Use this palette daily for the next year and you’re bound to have a unique eye look every time. Now that’s a steal!

For our Best of Mascara 2014, click here.

I’d love to hear from YOU… what are your favorite palettes? Feel free to leave your feedback in the comment section below and perhaps you’ll see your recommendation in a future post!

tarte turns TEN

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Happy, happy birthday to our amazing friends at tarte, who have shown women everywhere that eco-conscious beauty is more than skin deep. That going green doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice. That you don’t have to settle. And that sometimes less is more. Especially when the “less” means zero parabens, petro-chemicals, pthalates, synthetic dyes or fragrances. To celebrate their birthday, tarte sent me a party favor, two limited edition products to celebrate “a decade of high-performance natural beauty.”

If there is one tarte product that has reached icon status that’s the cheek stain. It was my first introduction to tarte all those years ago, and I have a bit of an obsession with them. I’ve yet to find a shade that isn’t flattering (though I am partial to flush, tipsy, and dollface). Enter the TEN cheek stain ($30). I don’t know what I love more: a pink that’s perfect from summer (faux) tan to winter pale, or the fabulous gold studded T-E-N that adorns the case. It might be a bit of both. What can I say? Just because I want my makeup eco-friendly doesn’t mean I don’t want it to look as fabulous as the less than eco products I’ve sent to the recycling bin. TEN cheek stain is available in stores and online, including tarte.com, beauty.com, Sephora, Henri Bendel and QVC.com.


While I hate to say I’d ever judge a book by it’s cover, the brass-studded case of tarte’s TEN collector’s palette is as beautiful as its contents. The set includes ten eyeshadows that you can use to create looks for day or night, from subtle to smoky. There’s a matte beige and a soft black, along with a variety of shimmering hues. (They even include a cheat sheet for getting a great smoky eye or jewel-tone lid.) The set also includes a great shadow brush, a double-sided liner in black and plum, and a travel-sized tube of lights, camera, lashes! (which first caught my attention when my friend B, who is truly a mascara connoisseur, first raved about it). The TEN palette includes $182 worth of product for $44, and is available exclusively at Sephora and sephora.com.
PROMO ALERT: The tarte generosity keeps going this week while they extend their Friends & Family 40% off sitewide discount to you! Shop tarte.com through August 9th and enter promo code FFAUG to receive 40% off and receive a free gift, too!

Happy tenth birthday tarte — can’t wait to see what your teenage years bring! xo alex.

ECO-CHIC: Z Palette

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You know those people who are always emailing you some fabulous new store to check out or inspiring blog to read? That’s my friend Erin. She’s a makeup artist in film and TV, so when she’s raving about a new beauty find, I always listen. She recently told me that another makeup artist she knew created a product that was eco-friendly and she thought I’d like it. As usual, Erin did not disappoint.
There are a number of products on the market to help you organize your overflowing makeup drawers, but the Z Palette is the first that I’ve found that values both ecology and economy, too. It began when Emmy-award winning makeup artist Zena Shteysel wanted to find a way to condense and organize all the makeup she brought to sets. (Zena works in film and television, and her print work includes an ad campaign with photographer Annie Leibovitz.)
With the Z Palette she created a product to fit her own needs — a universal case to house all of your makeup pans — so your Cargo blush and your Laura Mercier powder can mingle with MAC shadow and tarte bronzer. It’s as easy as removing the individual metal pans (here are her tips) from their bulky packages and placing them in one of the magnetic palettes (she stocks magnetic tape for metals that don’t adhere). The cases are made with 70% recyclable materials and a clear lid so you can easily see what’s inside. She also offers beauty blueprints here, so you know how much of a particular product will fit in a palette.
Following her instructions for prying pans from their containers, I filled the large pink palette ($20) I had, reducing a 1/3 of the bulk in my makeup drawers. I also sorted through make-up sets where I only used a few of the colors, putting all the leftover containers and cases into a bag to take to Origins for recycling. I was later given the smaller Z Palette ($14) and it’s perfect for travel or the products you use most.
Purchasing refill pans for the palettes, sold by companies from Bobbi Brown to Shu Umera to Almay, costs less and saves tons of packaging from ending up in landfills. It’s eco-smart and economical, too.
 
Zena told me she prefers to “coordinate the print of the Z Palette with certain colors, so if you have a few stacked you know exactly which one to pick out of the bunch. I love placing all my blushes in a large Fabulous Pink Z Palette, it just looks so pretty.” She also hopes that Beauty Banter readers will find the palettes “help save time and un-complicate their life when it comes to their beauty routine. I hope they will start using products they stopped using because they forgot what they had and I hope they play with their makeup more because you become an artist when you have all this color sitting in front of you that you can see!”
You can purchase Z Palettes online at www.zpalette.com (all orders over $25 ship free) or find a store near you, here. Also, check out their Facebook page for news on special events and new styles. Enjoy! xo a.

The Envelope

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California based Senna Cosmetics offers up easy makeup in a convenient palette form, or as they like to call it, The Envelope. Basically, The Envelope has everything you could possibly need for a glamorous face, eye shadows, blushes and face powder. You must then provide your own mascara and lippy.

The Envelope comes in 5 color-coded creations, each with 16 shadows, 6 blushes and 2 types of face powder. It takes the guessing work out of finding the colors that go together… these palettes come hue-ready. All that’s left are the fabulous faces you’re about to make!

Choose from:

Glamour Envelope contains 16 eye shadows, 6 blush colors, a Glisten Nude Shimmering Face Powder, and ‘Sun & Sand’ Bronzing Duo.

Pastels Envelope contains 16 eye shadows, 6 blush colors, an Oil Free Setting Powder in ‘Shell’ and Glisten Rose Shimmering Face Powder.

New Neutrals Envelope
contains 16 eye shadows, 6 highlight and contour colors, a Radiance Face Color Trio and Oil Free Setting Powder in ‘Suede’.

Brights Envelope contains 16 eye shadows, 6 blush colors, and 2 face powders.

Deep, Rich Tones Envelope contains 16 vibrant eye shadows, 6 richly pigmented face/blush colors, 1 Radiance Face Color Trio and 1 Dark Pressed Mineral Mix Foundation.

PRICE TAG: $50.00 for each ($450.00 value!)

SUMMER EYES: NYX The Caribbean Collection

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There’s nothing that screams summer more than bright eyes. And by bright eyes, I mean the shadow hues. NYX The Caribbean Collection are sets of five color shadow palettes with 10 combinations to choose from. With names like Dream of St. Marteen and Dream of Aruba the only thing left is booking the ticket and sitting beach-side. The palettes house five perfectly summer-worthy shadows that run the gamet from lilacs and teals to silvers and greys.

My palette of choice is the Dream of St. Thomas (below) which includes a moody grey, a hot pink, a muted silver, a bronzed gold and a sorbet teal. I never thought I’d be the teal type of shadow gal but I’ve gotta say, I’m loving the way it looks swept on the inner corner of my eyes. It’s very beach-chic in an island getaway sort of way and looks fab with a tan.

With bold colors and lasting pigmentation, these sets will become your must-have summer colors. And at $8.00 a pop, how can you resist?

The Contour Kit

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I’m going to do an entire post on the art of highlighting and contouring (as a girl’s guide), but thought I’d give you a sneak peak at the genius of makeup artistry.

Senna Cosmetics
has a magnificent, DIY, step-by-step contouring booklet that I just had to try.

Here’s me before — blank face:


Here’s me after — contoured face:


And here’s how you contour via the Senna’s Fabulous Face Contouring Color Book (6 colors come in the palette).

Step 1: Sculpt with ‘Mirage’

Purse your lips and suck in, using fingers to locate the hollow under your cheekbones. Using an angled face brush, apply your sculpting powder in the hollow of your cheeks, angling color from the outer face near the ear down toward the mouth, stopping about 1” away from lips. Reapply until you see a shaded area that makes your face look more defined. Using a smaller brush, apply sculpting powder to sides of nose, bottom of chin and around the upper hairline.

Step 2: Highlight Cheekbones with ‘Lace’

Brush your highlighting powder over the cheekbones and out to edge of eyes to brighten and define cheekbones. Apply a thin strip down the center of the nose and dab on the center of the chin.

Step 3: Lighten with ‘Buttercream’

Apply this soft creamy color over your entire eyelid to create a smooth, even base for your shading color.
Step 4: Shade & Contour with ‘Nudist’

Using a soft, fluffy eye shadow brush, apply this neutral brown eye shadow to your entire eyelid, focusing on the crease area.

Step 5: Highlight with ‘Crystal White’

Use a firm tapered brush to apply this ultra bright highlighting powder under brow arches, at the center of the lid, if desired, and at the bridge of the nose near the tear ducts of your eyes.

Step 6: Line eyes with ‘Espresso’

Emphasize eyes by using a fine and firm liner brush to apply a thin line of color along the upper and lower lash lines.

Check back next week for the girl’s guide to contouring and highlighting!

All You Can Wear

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It’s officially December — and that means hot chocolate, Christmas carols, and kick-ass beauty gift offerings!!! Lorac is offering an amazing make-up case chalk full of shadows, blushes and lip glosses. Aptly called the Full Face Collection, this is a no brainer gift for the make-up obsessed. With a $250.00 value retailing for $56.00!!! it’s a steal! The make-up is housed in a sleek black, patent, faux-croc case that can double as a party clutch! How croc-chic!

Here’s what the set includes:
– Sixteen Eyeshadows
– A Highlighter
– Bronzer
– Two Blushes
– Three Lip Glosses

Lorac fans, come one, come all! This is a set you don’t want to miss! Sold exclusively at Sephora or by clicking here.

PRICE TAG: $56.00

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