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Can a girl every really have too many eye shadow palettes? Judging by my collection, the answer is no. I hope. The latest addition to my collection is the Sephora PRO Cool Palette. With these (also available in Warm shades and Editorial shades), Sephora set out to create high performance palettes that can be used by makeup artists and enthusiasts alike.

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Lately I’ve tended to gravitate to rosier hues, which makes the Cool palette the perfect match for my beauty routine. Each palette contains 28 pigmented shades – quite the collection. This allows for a lot more versatility within the palette and the ability to create many different looks. Having all of these shades in one convenient palette is a big sell for me, as I like to play around with different variations on looks. The shades combine matte, shimmer and satin finishes for even more versatility.

I found that the matte shades are a bit powdery, with a few of the lighter shades being a little chalkier, but they do apply really smoothly and I find that this works a little better for blending, especially since they are quite pigmented. The satin shades are absolutely gorgeous and have a ton of pigment. They’re almost creamy in application and I love how these wear.The “sparkly” shades, Seashell and Moon, were a bit of a disappointment. I found that they lacked pigmentation and the sparkle didn’t really work, as you can see in the swatches below.

And guys, I really just have to rave about the second row of shadows (Ballet – Croquis) because for me, they are the stuff that dreams are made of. They’re all seriously gorgeous shades and flow together so nicely – this row could be a smaller palette all on its own.

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Shades Linen, Powder, Seashell, Tulle, Latte, Flax, Violet Gray

 

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Shades: Ballet, Cashmere, Tea Rose, Pink Champagne, Rosé, Orchid Mist, Croquis

 

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Shades: Ash, Mushroom, Fog, Graphite, Heather Grey, Mauve, Orchid

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Shades: Moon, Rosewood, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Espresso, Sketch, Obsidian

And check out the look I created using the Sephora PRO Cool Palette:

 

Overall, I’m super happy with the Sephora PRO Cool Palette. Aside from a couple of shade misses, they’ve really put together a beautiful, cohesive palette – not always an easy feat when you have 28 shades to work with. They’re fully pigmented and rich and make for some gorgeous looks. Have you tried any of the Sephora PRO Palettes?

 


Disclaimer: This post may contain PR samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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If you follow me here or on my social channels, it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Kat Von D’s beauty line. I love the formulation of the products and that you can tell a lot of work and thought goes into every aspect, from the colours used and the pigmentation to the packaging of the products themselves – I really think that KVD’s personality shows through. The new Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette ($51 CAD at Sephora) is no different.

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The palette contains 8 pastel shades, which may seem like a slight departure from the slightly heavier, bolder hues that KVD tends to go for. That being said, these pastels take on a bit of a moodier quality, with a smoky feel to them – they add a bit of edginess to the typical pastels we’ve become accustomed to seeing.

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The shades can be seen applied – from left to right: Star (matte daffodil yellow), Clementine (matte peach), Meow (matte lilac), Dope (matte lavender), Doom (matte sky blue), Gloom (matte meadow green), Dagger (matte stone gray), and Skull (matte pure white).

Oh, and as a side note, the Alchemist palette works wonders with this one – definitely worth giving a try! What do you think of the Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette?

 


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Feel like adding a little beauty to your text messages? These 5 beauty messaging apps are exactly what you need to spice up your group chats with your fave gal pals.

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  1. Sephojis by Sephora (Apple/Android) – Sephora’s beauty based emojis just launched, and they are seriously cute. The only customizable set of emojis on this list, you can choose the hair and skintone for the seriously adorable chicky in this set (you can even do this using your Color IQ Pantone Skintone Number). This set also features some cute quotes and beauty products.

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2. Beautemojis by Garnier (Apple) – These Garnier-inspired emojis are perfect for expressing how you’re feeling that day, beauty-wise. Different hairstyles and skincare (from the good to the bad) are represented, along with a few Garnier faves.

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3. Lush Cosmetics Stickers by Lush (Apple) – These cute gifs are a must-have for any Lush addict. Show off to your friends when you’re taking a little relaxation time with gifs of their best-selling bath bombs and other little beauty treats.

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4. Beaumoji by L’Oreal (Apple/Android) – This app is anything but basic, and easily the sassiest on this list. The Beaumoji app features a ton of fun emojis, with people, makeup and fun sayings included… And, of course, some fab products from the L’Oreal family. This one is a must download.

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5. L’Oreal Makeup Stickers by L’Oreal Paris (Apple) – Let your girls know they’re “worth it” with these fun, yet sassy, gif stickers. Throw one out in conversation to let them know how you’re feeling!

Do you use any other beauty emojis or stickers? Which of these beauty messaging apps are you going to download?

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If you’re anything like me, you’re desperately hanging onto the last bit of summer despite the fact that September is a mere two days away. I, for one, live for summer. I love the heat, the colours, the vibes – everything – which is why I’m head over heels for the Mara Hoffman for Sephora Kaleidoscape collection. The show-stopping collection features stunning tropical prints created by Hoffman and natural products that your skin can appreciate.

“The Collection is a celebration of colour, travel, vitality, and femininity,” said Mara Hoffman. “I’ve had an amazing relationship with the Sephora Team over the years, who have masterfully executed the makeup looks for my past few shows. When they approached me about doing a capsule collection, it was a no-brainer – I knew we would create something really special together.”

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The prints really are the stars in this collection, and shine brightly throughout the makeup products, brush sets and extensive selection of bags.

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In addition to the five makeup bags (two of which are clutches that can definitely fit into your wardrobe, the collection also features a stunning compact mirror – which you will definitely want to pull out at every possibly opportunity – a limited edition version of the PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 brush, a 5-piece charcoal brush set and a selection of cosmetics.

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Of the makeup products, all contain natural, body-friendly ingredients like She Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil and Manuka Honey. You’ll find a tinted lip balm, a 5-piece sheer lip gloss set, a stick cheek trio (containing a highlighter, blush and bronzer) and a natural oil balm, which can be used to hydrate the face and body.

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Mara Hoffman for Sephora Kaleidoscape Clutch

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The Kaleidescape Escapader

The Kaleidescape Reversible Overnighter

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The Kaledescape Universalist

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Shiny skin? I’m definitely not a fan, and the humidity we’ve had as of late has definitely not been working out in my favour. Follow these steps to help you skip the shine!

Switch up your routine

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Skin needs change in the summer as we move away from dry weather and spend more time dealing with humidity and heat. Try switching to an oil-free, lightweight cleanser like Garnier’s SkinActive Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel ($11, available at drugstores), that helps to control shine, and opt for a gel moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated without weighing it down, like Philosophy’s Take a Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Cream ($49).

Add some balance

Try using a natural toner to help balance your skin and prevent overproduction of oil. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water and apply to your skin with a cotton pad after cleansing for a quick DIY treatment.

Prep for the day

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Give your skin the perfect base at the beginning of the day by starting off with a mattifying primer or gel to stop shine where it starts and keep it at bay. We love Benefit’s The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel ($36). When it comes to coverage, stick to oil-free foundation or BB cream, like CoverGirl’s Clean Matte BB Cream ($8, available at drugstores) to even out your skin tone and prevent the shine from peeking through.

Freshen up

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Keep your skin feeling hydrated and refresh with a setting mist, like Shiseido’s Ibuki Quick Fix Mist ($32). When you feel shine start to creep up or your skin is feeling a little worn, give your face a quick spritz to rehydrate, cancel out shine and re-set your makeup.

Nix the grease

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Feeling a little shiny throughout the day? Keep an emergency product or two in your purse for quick touch ups whenever you need them. Sephora’s Cooling Mint Blotting Papers ($10) are perfect for soaking up any grease that happens to pop up, and fit nicely into a bag or clutch. Lightly blot a sheet on your face where you need a little help.

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