February 2017 - Mommy Life Up North

LORAC California Dreaming Eye Shadow Palette Swatches & Review

I am so excited to share with you guys my thoughts and swatches on the new LORAC California Dreaming Eye Shadow Palette. I haven't purchased an eye shadow palette in such a long time, but once I laid eyes on this palette, I knew I needed it in my collection. It comes with 12 beautiful shades with a mixture of mattes and shimmers. LORAC also came out with a blush palette part of this collection and its stunning as well. But of course the eye shadow palette was calling my name. I thought the shades in this palette would be a great go to palette for Spring and Summer. 

The packaging of this palette is so cute. The palette its self is white and tons of cute little symbols on it. It has butterflies, cats, shells etc. It basically screams beach to me. Even though not all the items on the palette are from the beach. (LOL) 

I found the shades to be extremely buttery. The texture reminds me a lot of their pro palette eye shadows. They did have some fall out since they are so buttery and smooth. However they do blend out really nicely and have really good color pay off. Onto the shade names:
  • Sand Castle is a white highlight shade that is perfect for the brow bone and inner corner.
  • Button is a pretty tan matte shade that is perfect for a transition shade.
  • Overcast is a matte lilac purple shade.
  • Bonfire is a very light pink matte shade.
  • Hot Toddy is a almost like a coral pink/red, this shade is also matte. I did have a little bit of a hard time blending this shade out. 
  • Starfish is a stunning medium orange shade.
  • Seaside is one of my favorites in this palette. It is a beautiful shimmery deep green. 
  • Cable Knit is a beautiful brown with a little bit of a red undertone.
  • Cozy is the perfect highlight shade. It is a matte cream. 
  • Boots is a pretty shimmery gun metal shade.
  • Kitty Cat is seriously the start of the whole entire palette. It is a beautiful shimmery champagne taupe shade. I seriously recommend picking up this palette just for this shade! It is a stunning color. 
  • 65 Degree's is a light shimmery pink/cream shade.
I cannot get enough of Kitty Cat. It is seriously one of my new favorite eye shadows. I am also loving all of the shades in this palette. It comes with a good variety to create many looks. With the mattes and shimmers and light to dark shades, it is the perfect overall palette!

You can purchase this palette at www.ulta.com for only $30.00. 

(L to R: Sand Castle, Button, Overcast and Bonfire)

(L to R: Hot Toddy, Starfish, Seaside and Cable Knit)

(L to R: Cozy, Boots, Kitty Cat and 65 Degrees)

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Hi loves, I know I haven't touched on this on any of my blog posts, or if I did, I didn't go into too much detail, well my boyfriend and I are expecting our little bundle of joy in May. I am currently in the start of my third trimester and I cannot be anymore excited. It has been an emotional roller coaster the last few months due to hormones, but I am so excited that it is getting closer to the due date.

We found out back in January the babies gender and I wanted to finally share that with you all. I originally had my anatomy scan on December 27th at 19 weeks, but had to get another ultra sound down on January 25th because they were not able to get photos of everything they needed due to the baby being in an awkward position. But during both ultra sounds they stated the baby was a girl! I was so excited to find out and just the thought of having a little girl just made me so happy.

This is my boyfriend and I's first baby and preparing for her has been so much fun. We have started painting the nursery and will be working on the flooring and closet within the next few weeks. Once the nursery is completed I will do a blog post with photos as well as a YouTube video of the room! We still have a long way to go yet when it comes to everything we need and we have about 12 weeks until the arrival of our little girl.

With it getting closer and closer to the due date I have been getting more tired and also have been getting really bad heart burn. But other then that things have been going really well. The first trimester was for sure the worst since I had terrible morning sickness and migraines. And with the second trimester things were really good as well. So, so far this pregnancy has been amazing.

I will for sure keep you guys updated when things get closer as well as do a nursery tour and all that fun stuff! And will probably have a few baby hauls on my channel as well!

Let me know if there is anything specific you would like me to do a post on in regards to my pregnancy! I would love to share as much information with you guys as possible!

NEW Pixi Aspyn Ovard Collection Swatches & Review

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Hi loves, welcome back to my blog! I am so excited to share with you some of the new Pixi collaborations that recently came out. In today's post I will be focusing on the products created by famous YouTuber and Blogger Aspyn Ovard. I was so excited to see some beautiful highlighters and a pretty blush included in this collection (I am a huge blush lover). I have fallen in love with this collection because the colors go with my skin tone perfectly!

In this collection there is two highlighters which is called Glow-y Powder and they come in the shades London Lustre and Santorini Sunset. London Lustre has more of a yellow undertone to it and Santorini Sunset has more of a golden undertone. Both shades are seriously stunning and work really well with my fair skin. I really love the texture of these highlighters as well. They have a nice smooth texture and they are made with mineral powder which helps hydrate the skin.

Next is the blush which is also considered a Glow-y Powder. And the blush is in the shade Rome Rose which is the most prettiest rose pink with a little golden shimmer. It reminds me a lot of NARS Orgasm but just a little darker. This also has the same texture of the highlighters and it blends out so easily.

Each Glow-y Powder retails for $16.00 and can be bought at www.target.com.

Lastly in the collection we have the Eye Accents kit which comes with the Lower Lash Mascara and the Brow Tamer which is a clear brow gel. I am in love with the lower lash mascara because it really does do a good job with making your lower lashes look more long and full, also the mascara is water resistant as well. The brow gel I thought was just a standard brow gel. It kept my brows into place all day.

The Eye Accents kit retails for $16.00 and can also be found at www.pixibeauty.com. You can also purchase the Lower Lash Mascara and Brow Tamer separately at www.target.com.

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NEW MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks Swatches

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Hey everyone, I am so excited to share with you swatches of the new Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks by MAC. They recently came out with tons of new shades which are added to the permanent line. I am a huge fan of the retro matte line. I love how pigmented all of the shades are and the formula is not too drying on the lips. They also last all day. So for this post I just wanted to share the new shades with you as well as swatches of them. 

From left to right we have: 
  • Dash O' Spice which is a yellow beige
  • Flesh Stone which is a greyish taupe
  • Cafe Au Chic which is a grey beige
  • Simply Smoked which is a brown taupe
  • Uniformly Fabulous which is a blackened grape
  • So Me which is a greyed plum (this one is my favorite out of all the new shades)
  • Burnt Spice is a dusty dirty rose
  • Chocotease which is a very deep chocolate brown
  • Young Attitude which is a blackened teal
  • Carnivorous which is a deep blackened red
I seriously love all these fun new shades. They do retail for $21.00 and can be purchased at www.nordstrom.com or www.maccosmetics.com. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite shade is. 

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