Lorac Pro Palette & Swatches

I'm sure many of you have heard and seen the Lorac Pro Palette many times on blogs and on YouTube, so of course I had to pick this palette up myself to find out what all the talk was about. It took a lot of going back and forth to convince myself to pick it up. Do I need this? Probably not. Do I want this? Yes! So I caved and picked it up a few months back.

Description: (source - Lorac)

Go PRO with the LORAC PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 Shimmer and 8 Matte Eye Shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’S velvety-smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO.

PRO Palette Contains 16 Eye Shadows and a Mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have!

Price: $42.00

Where to Buy: Lorac - Sephora - Ulta

Top Row: White (Matte), Cream (Matte), Taupe (Matte), Lt. Pink (Matte), Mauve (Matte), Sable (Matte), Espresso (Matte), Black (Matte)

Bottom Row: Nude (Shimmer), Champagne (Sparkle), Gold (Shimmer), Lt. Bronze (Shimmer), Pewter (Shimmer), Garnet (Shimmer), Deep Purple (Shimmer), Slate (Shimmer)

My Thoughts:

The color pay off is great! Beautiful colors, especially for those who love neutral eyeshadows. Everything about this palette is great, except maybe the price. I feel the price is a bit much which is one of the reasons I went back and forth on getting this, but in the end I do feel it is worth it. This would be a great palette for those who are just starting out or for those who would like more variety due to this palette having a choice of both matte and shimmer eyeshadows.

I'm really excited to play with this now that fall is on it's way! All the colors in the palette scream fall!

xoxo, Alicia

Julep Maven: Intro Box

Who doesn't love getting packages in the mail and who doesn't love nail polish? I know I love it! The Julep Maven program is perfect and designed specifically for that.

I had never heard of this program until a few weeks ago, but had heard of Julep nail polish. I have always wanted to try out their polishes. So when I heard about this program and checked it out it sounded like a great program.

How does the program work?

First, there is a quiz you take that "defines" your style. I got Boho Glam (others include: Modern Beauty, Bombshell, Classic with a Twist, and It Girl). Each month Julep puts together five separate boxes all with different polishes and beauty products. Each month you will receive a preview email. If you don't like the polishes they have chosen for you in your box, you can always change your style and choose a different one. If you don't like any of the boxes they have put together you can always skip the month at no charge. Another great thing about the program, when you become a maven you enjoy 20% off all products plus free shipping!

For my intro box, even though I got Boho Glam I decided to choose Bombshell. I also added two other polishes (for an additional charge).

Inside my intro box I received, Madison (an electric neon hot pink crème, but from my photo it comes off as orange) + Oscar (a multi-dimensional gold glitter, let's be honest the whole reason I picked the Bombshell intro box instead of my Boho Glam intro box was for Oscar. It's gorgeous!) My add-on nail polishes are, Blakely (a purple and green molten in a metallic/chrome finish) + Dianna (a mint green crème).

The box also included a full size Mint Condition Pedi Crème which I can't wait to try out!

I'm already getting excited for my next box!

(If you are interested in seeing how these nail polishes look or any of my nail polish/NOTD looks, I always post them on my Instagram so check it out!)

xoxo, Alicia

UPDATE: Why no blogs?

Yes, I am still here!

I apologize for the lack of blogs. It has been way to long! As much as I love my blog, life has just been so busy. With 2 kids, a husband, and 2 cats... well let's just say it has been a crazy few months. I know in my previous post I mentioned I wanted to blog more, then I suddenly stopped. I would love to get more into blogging but life happens. Sometimes I lose interest in my blog because of the lack of followers and comments, I know that it shouldn't stand in the way of me posting. Especially when I loved blogging. So I realize, I should do what I want and just keep going. So I am going to start getting back into this as much and as often as I can. With my kids returning back to school I can have my mornings to focus on my blog. I would like to do more posts on fashion, life, décor, and food, along with makeup and beauty. Maybe throw in other things as well? After all my blog does say, "Beauty views & RANDOM NEWS"!

(If anyone is interested, I am now on Instagram follow me!)

It feels good to be back! Enjoy your weekend and stay tuned for more posts!

xoxo, Alicia