2015 - Mommy Life Up North

Maybelline Master Contour Palette in Light to Medium Review & Swatches

Hi everyone, I have another very exciting post on a new Maybelline product. If you are like me, you have probably been stocking the makeup section at multiple stores trying to find the new makeup products coming out for 2016. I have been going to each store every other day hoping to find new goodies, and I was finally able to find a couple of new things from Maybelline.

This is the Maybelline Master Contour Palette in light to medium. They also have another palette which is in the shade medium to deep. This contour palette comes with a bronzer, blush and highlighter. Each palette retails for $12.99 and are currently buy one get one 50% off at www.ulta.com. I was a little skeptical with purchasing this palette just for the fact that I haven't had a lot of good luck with passed palettes from Maybelline, so I wasn't expecting much. 

The bronzer has more of a cool side to it and had pretty good pigmentation. I like that it was over powering with pigment because then I would be able to build up the product instead of having to use a light hand. The blush is a medium rosy pink with a cool tones. The blush is beautiful and its not super pigmented, but it is easy to build up. I also loved the texture of both the bronzer and blush. They were not stiff and did not have any fall out either. Now onto the highlighter... I am not a fan. It was pretty chalky and there was a lot of fall out. I also found the texture to be a little chunky. The color its self is a pretty champagne color, but it is just really hard to work with. 

With that being said, I wish the palette was just a bronzer/blush duo because I will not be getting my use out of the highlighter. I will still be using the palette, but just for the bronzer and blush. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried either palette yet and what you think! 

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Urban Decay Vice4 Palette Review & Swatches

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. A lot has been going on the last few weeks, which is why I did not keep up with Blogmas. But with the new year coming up, I am 110% devoted to posting more reviews and swatches for you guys. I am very excited for todays post because its on the Urban Decay Vice4 palette. This palette originally retails for $60 but it is currently on sale for $39. If you are interested in purchasing it, Nordstrom's currently has it in stock which you can purchase here www.nordstrom.com 

The Vice4 palette is a limited edition palette and comes with 20 different shades, and each shade in this palette is limited edition. It also comes with a duo ended brush that comes with a shadow and crease brush. And as a added bonus it also comes with a cute traveling bag that you can store your palette in, or use it as a makeup bag. 

The shades:

  • Bones which is a oyster satin with pearl
  • Grip which is a taupe matte and has micro glitter
  • Deadbeat which is a black satin with with iridescent micro glitter
  • Beat Down which is a deep metallic violet with blue micro glitter
  • Pandemonium which is a metallic plum with micro glitter
  • Framed which is a light neutral matte satin
  • Fast-Ball which is a metallic peachy pink with pink micro glitter
  • 1985 which is a metallic fuchsia with fuchsia micro glitter
  • Underhand which is a burgundy brown satin
  • Harlot which is a metallic lavender
  • Discreet which is a soft dusty matte mauve
  • Grasshopper which is a metallic emerald with green micro glitter
  • C-Note which is a frosted green with micro glitter
  • Arctic which is a bright real with tonal sparkle
  • Robbery which is a deep metallic brown-gun metal
  • Bitter which is a reddish brown matte
  • Flame which is a bright orange with gold micro glitter
  • Low which is a matte brown with iridescent micro glitter
  • Crowbar which is a black with golden metallic pearl and micro glitter
  • Delete which is a deep chestnut brown with a matte-satin finish
I love the color combinations in this palette. It comes with really pretty neutral shades as well as colorful shades. You can create tons of different looks with this palette. I love the more matte-satin shades in this palette. I felt like the metallic shades performed nicely and had great pigmentation. I noticed some of the shades with the micro glitter were not as pigmented and there was a little fall out with the micro glitter as well.

I think this is a great palette overall. You can create so many different looks with this palette. It is very versatile so I think a lot of people would truly enjoy it. And with the incredible quality of the shadows I would highly recommend this palette.

If you are interested, I would jump on it fast because it is limited edition and since it is currently on sale, they have been selling fast! Let me know if you have this palette and what you think of it!

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Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor's in Seduction and Addiction #BlogmasDay6

Hi everyone, welcome back to Blogmas day 6! I know I missed a couple of days which I am so so sorry about, but I am back with Blogmas day 6 and its on the new Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor's. I had purchased these when they were first released and I have been really enjoying them. 

The two shades I picked up were Seduction which is a peachy nude and Addiction which is a very beautiful cranberry color. I actually love the formula of these. I wouldn't really consider them to be very matte though. They apply like a lip gloss and when they dry it almost has a satin formula. They are not drying on the lips which I love and the color actually lasts for a long time. 

Seduction is more opaque compared to Addiction. You really need to add a couple of swipes a crossed your lips with Addiction in order to have your lips completely covered. Also they do have a strong smell, but to me I actually enjoy the smell. But if smells bother you, you might not like these. 

I have been wearing Seduction almost everyday now and I really want to go out and purchase more. I purchased mine from Target for $6.99 each. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried these yet! I really want to go out and get a couple more shades. I believe there is 6 altogether. 

Urban Decay Blush in Video #BlogmasDay3

Hi everyone, welcome to day three of Blogmas. I have a very exciting post on the Urban Decay Blush in Video. I was so excited when Urban Decay had released their new blush line, but it took me forever to finally go out and buy one. I have had my eye set on Video for the longest time, so I finally purchased it. Whenever I go out and purchase a new blush I always check to see if they have a everyday blush shade and when I saw Video I knew it would be perfect for everyday wear.

Video is considered a soft nude, which when swatched, it looks exactly how its described. With the Urban Decay blushes they state that they last up to 8 hours. I did wear this blush twice now, and I would say it stayed on for about 4 to 5 hours. Also with the texture of the blush it is very finely-milled and it had such a great buttery texture. I noticed with this blush the color wasn't as opaque, so with my fair skin I had to pack on a couple of layers for the color to show. 

Overall I love that this color is something I can wear all the time. It just gives a nice natural look to my cheeks. These blushes do retail for $26.00 and can be found at www.sephora.com. Since I like Video so much I now have my eyes on Fetish which is a pretty medium pink shade.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER 15 Artist Eyeshadow Palette Swatches #BlogmasDay2

Hi loves, welcome to day two of Blogmas! Today I have a very exciting review on the new MAKE UP FOR EVER 15 Artist Eyeshadow Palette. I was lucky enough to review this palette to review and I can't wait to share my thoughts on it. I originally did a first impressions video on my YouTube channel, which has been up for a few weeks now, but I have been using the palette for a while now so I can finally give my thoughts on it. 

Just like the name says, this palette comes with 15 different eyeshadows and can be purchased at www.sephora.com for $59.00. Now the shadows themselves do not have a specific name. They are identified by number and by the finish, which is how their regular single eyeshadows are divided up as well.

Starting from the top row going left to right we have I-550 (Iridescent), I-524 (Iridescent), I-916 (Iridescent), D-236 (Diamond) and S-102 (Satin)

Starting from the middle row going left right we have S-522 (Satin), D-826 (Diamond), D-830 (Diamond), S-228 (Satin) and S-114 (Satin)

Lastly the bottom row going left to right we have I-528 (Iridescent), I-662 (Iridescent), ME-216 (Metallic) and ME-122 (Metallic)

Out of all of the shades, I found them all to be extremely pigmented. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first starting using them since I never tried any MAKE UP FOR EVER eyeshadows before, but I am very impressed. I like that this palette has a mixture of different textures, however, I kind of wished it came with a couple of Matte shades. 

You can create so many different looks with this palette. It actually comes with a booklet that helps you create different looks using the shadows. Overall I am so happy I had the opportunity to review this palette, and I will be buying single shadows in the future from MAKE UP FOR EVER. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite shadow is from MAKE UP FOR EVER so I can add it to my wish list! 

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Lancome Blushes in Rose Paradise and Midnight Rose #BlogmasDay1

Hey everyone, it is officially December 1st, which means it is getting closer to Christmas. I am literally so so excited because Christmas is my favorite holiday! And I thought why not give Blogmas a try!  So I am going to try and do a blog post each day all the way up until December 25th. So starting off with the first blog of December, I wanted to share a review and swatches of a couple of blushes from Lancome. 

These are the Lancome Blush Subtil Delicate Oil Free Blushes that can be found at www.sephora.com and retail for $31.00 each. The two shades I have are Rose Paradise and Midnight Rose. 

Rose Paradise is a beautiful bright pink shade. If you look at the swatch on Sephora's website, the color they show doesn't match the actually shade in the pan at all. This shade is more of a cool tone pink. 

Midnight Rose is a very beautiful mid tone pink with a hint of magenta. 

Both of these shades are very pigmented and a little product goes a long way.  They also have a great silky texture which makes it easy for blending. And they also look very natural on the cheeks. I think out of the two Midnight Rose is my favorite because it isn't as intense as Rose Paradise, and I feel like with my lighter skin it would be easier to pull off. Plus it is a perfect shade for the winter. 

I really enjoy these blushes and I really want to pick up some more of their more natural shades like Sheer Amourose. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried these blushes yet and how you feel about them!

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NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Isolde

Hi loves, today I have a very exciting post on the NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Isolde. I have never tried any NARS eyeshadows before, I remembered watching one of Zoella's video's and she had mentioned this duo. I believe she talked about it in her fall makeup look, and I literally fell in love with it. The colors just scream fall and winter. I was always skeptical when it came to NARS eyeshadows mainly because they are pretty pricey. 

The NARS duo eyeshadows retail for $35.00 each and it comes with .14oz of product. Isolde comes with a frosted ginger shade and a shimmering copper shade. I had high hopes for the shadows, and they did not disappoint me one bit. The shades were both very pigmented and had a very nice smooth texture. I liked taking the lighter shade on the inner half of my lid, and the dark shade on outer half of my life, and they look is just beautiful and perfect for the holidays. 

This duo will for sure be in my upcoming favorites video for November because it is all I have been wearing recently. I will be purchasing more duo's by NARS in the future! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite NARS duo is! I would love to check it out!

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Bite Beauty Best Bite Rewind Set Review & Swatches

Hi everyone, today I have a very VERY exciting post on the Bite Beauty Best Bite Rewind Set which is part of the holiday collection which can be found at www.sephora.com . If you follow me on Instagram, you would know I have a slight obsession for Bite Beauty products. They have some of the best lipsticks I have ever tried, and of course I had to get this holiday set. I purchased the one last year, which included 4 of the Bite Beauty high pigment pencils, but this set is all matte. 

With this set it comes with 4 mini matte creme lip crayons. Each lip crayon comes with .031oz and this set retails for $25.00. Not only does it comes with the 4 mini's but it also comes in a cute cash as well which you can store the products in, or just keep the tin to store other items. I still have the one from last year as well. 

The shades that are in this set include:

  • Cafe which is a peachy brown nude
  • Torte which is a brown toned rose
  • Coulis which is a raspberry red
  • Aubergine which is a pretty eggplant color
I love all of the shades in this set. I think they are all perfect for the holidays and the lighter shades are perfect for a everyday wear. This is my first time trying the matte creme lip crayons from Bite Beauty, so I wasn't sure what to expect when it came to the formula. I found that even tho these are matte, they are extremely moisturizing and look really natural on the lips. They are not drying at all. I also loved that this have more of a tip to them, so it makes it really easy when applying them to the lips and making sure not to go over your lip line.

I will for sure be purchasing some full is matte creme lip crayons in the future. I loved the formula, and if you are looking for a great holiday set to give, or to even purchase for your self, I highly recommend this set. 

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Tarte At First Blush Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set

Hey everyone, I thought I would go a head and start reviewing some of the holiday sets I got this year. I didn't pick up too many but the ones that I did pick up, I am in love with. Last year I picked up the Tarte blush set from Ulta, and when I found out they were doing another set this year, I of course had to get it. This is the Tarte At First Blush Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set and retails for $35.00 and can be bought at www.ulta.com

This set comes with 4 different blushes. The blushes are slightly smaller than the full size blushes. It comes with .05 oz of product. Which I think is perfect because I have never used up a full blush before. The shades that are included in this set are:

  • Ecstatic which is a matte nude melon
  • Epic which is a matte poppy pink
  • Embellish which is a shimmery plum rose
  • Entertain which is a shimmery rosy pink 
All of the blushes applied very nicely. The only one that I had a problem with was Entertain which was a little stiff to apply. All of the other shades had a very buttery formula and had great pigmentation. I did notice a little fall out so I would just use a light hand with these. 

I am just really impressed with this set. I love all of the colors and I find them to be very wearable and great everyday shades. I think if you were looking to expand your makeup collection, I would highly recommend this set. Also you cannot beat it for the price!

Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil Eyeliner The Neutrals

Hey loves, today I have a very exciting post on some of the new Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliners. Lancome recently sent me the whole collection to try out, and I thought I would divide them up into two separate posts. So this one is for my neutral girls which of course are my favorite shades.

This line comes with 16 different shades and they retail for $23.00 from www.sephora.com. Lancome states that these eyeliners are extremely long wearing and has high intensity color like you would see in a liquid eye liner. They are also very creamy and do not budge. When I was trying to wash off the color from my arm, I literally had to scrub so hard because the liner would not budge. 

The colors included below are:

  • Noire Intense which is a deep black
  • Brûlée which is a chocolate brown 
  • Embrace which is a pearlized grey
  • Pluie which is a basic grey 
  • Lumiere which is a metallic silver 
  • Lame which is a metallic white gold
  • French Lace which is a matte white
I love that this collection comes with such a variety of colors. You are bound to find one that you fall in love with. My favorites from this bunch is Noire Intense, Embrace and Lame. Lame is the perfect color for the water line and the inner corner. 

Overall I am very impressed but the pigmentation and how long wearing these are. I can't wait to see how the colorful shades perform compared to the neutral shades. Let me know in the comments below which your favorite shade is! 

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