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Subculture | Tips and Tricks


I was immediately draw to the colors in Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Subculture but waffled so hard on buying this palette because of all the internet shenanigans around it. While I love makeup and think I’m pretty okay at putting it on my face,  I was very intimidated by this palette.  But after seeing some of my favorite beauty account post pictures of their looks and I started to think, “yeah, I can do that too.” (Side Note – this is the same level of confidence 6 hours of the Great British Bake Off gives… I start thinking “I can make a tower of eclairs, no big deal.”)

Anyway, I’ve had this palette for two months, we’ve been on a journey together, and I wanted to share some the things I have learned that make the Subculture palette really easy to use.

Keep it simple – Because the shadows have such a high pigment content, looks can go real muddy/gray real fast. I find that the best looks I make have 2 or 3 shadows, anymore than that and things get weird. I will put color one on my crease or lid and crease, then use color two to deepen the outer corner. Then, I can safely use Electric, Adorn, or Cube as color three all over the lid. The biggest mess happens when I try to use 2 of the darker shadows (Axis, Rowdy, All Star, Untamed) in one look.

Subculture: Dawn, Fudge, Adorn

Translucent powder is a must – Setting you eyelid with translucent powder (my favorites are RCMA No Color Powder, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, and NYX HD Finishing Powder) will really help the shadows blend out evenly and will prevent the pigment sticking unevenly to your skin or eye primer. AND I also use translucent powder to blend out the edges of an eye look. Normally, I would use an eye shadow close to my skin tone to blend out edges, but these shadows are so pigmented that I can’t use Dawn to blend out the edges because it will change the color of the shadow I already have down. So I find that using a translucent powder can buff out the edges without changing the colors already on my eyes.

Subculture: Roxy, All Star

 Don’t blow it out – With other eye shadows, I will sometimes use a lighter shadow to blend out a darker shadow, but that does not work well for me with Subculture. I have the most success blending a dark color into a lighter, rather than blending a darker color out with a lighter color.

Subculture: Edge, Destiny, Electric

Place, then blend – Most of the time, I will take a shadow on my brush and slowly build layers of color until I reach the pigmentation that I want. That does not work for me with Subculture. Instead, I have most success if I used a smaller brush to place down the color, start to blend it out, and then go in with a larger, clean brush to finish it off.

Subculture: Roxy, Fudge, Cube

Small brushes are your friend – Because the shadows can go muddy/gray for me pretty quickly, I prefer to use small brushes because I have more control over the shadows.

These tips are primary for creating looks using only the Subculture palette – it does play really well with others so using one shade from Subculture with a few shades from another palette has always worked well for me, but I like being able to create looks using one palette exclusively.

Please let me know if you have any tips or tricks for Subculture! I’d really love to know if you have found different ways to make this palette work. I have fallen in love with the colors and just want to use it every day!

Sephora VIB Sale Cart Fall 2017

The most wonderful time of the year is here! The Sephora Rouge/VIB sale happens every year around the end of October or beginning of November. This year it will be {ROUGE: November 3-6 AND November 10-15 code 20FORROUGE} and {VIB dates + code, when released}. This sale gives you 20% off of everything, no exceptions!

The most wonderful time of the year is here! The Sephora Rouge/VIB sale happens every year around the end of October or beginning of November. This year it will be {ROUGE: November 3-6 AND November 10-15 code 20FORROUGE} and {VIB dates + code, when released}. This sale gives you 20% off of everything, no exceptions!

I’ve been slowly curating my cart for weeks because I can go a little crazy sometimes and make impulsive purchases just because they are on sale! This year I’ve picked out a few special items, a few essentials, and I even got suckered into a Sephora Favorites box!

Visart Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette – This was the first thing to go into my cart! A Visart palette was in and out of my cart 100 times last year and completely regretted it. I don’t own anything by the brand yet, but the Warm Neutral Palette looks like a fantastic everyday palette for me.

Bobby Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Based Moisturizer – This was one of the first high end skincare products I ever purchased almost 10 years ago! I haven’t bought it again since that first tub and my skin has changed a lot, but I decided kind of nostalgically to try it again. I will probably use it as a primer in addition to my current routine, rather than using it in place of my moisturizer.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – I usually pick up a lip mask every sale because winter is coming. The past years I’ve bought the Bite Beauty Agave Mask and the Fresh Mask and I wasn’t really blown away by either so I’m excited to try something new!

Jo Malone London Basil and Neroli Cologne – I’m a little nervous about this purchase because I have only smelled this perfume and it was months ago… but I loved it and I couldn’t stop smelling myself throughout the day! I hope it’s as wonderful as I remember – earthy and citrusy and fresh.

Briogio Ultimate Hair Goals Kit – I was planning on stocking up on the the Briogio Don’t Despair Repair Mask and this kit is the same price and an 8oz jar and includes an 8oz jar of the mask plus 3 deluxe samples of their Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection and Heat Protectant Creme, Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray, and Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. I know I like the leave-in conditioner and I am really excited to try the shampoo because my scalp get so dry and flakey in the winter!

Briogio Don’t Despair Repair Gel-to-Oil Overnight Treatment – This is meant to hydrate, strengthen, smooth, and soften the hair – my hair and scalp is hella dry and damaged and I’ve never tried an overnight treatment. I like the brand because it’s silicone free so I feel like their conditioning products actually do something more than just coating the hair.

Sephora Favorite Soko to Tokyo – I have never bought a Sephora Favorites box before because I usually feel like there’s 2-3 products I like and the rest will most likely go to waste. This box is perfection! It’s a combination of products I know I love (Tatcha Polished and belif True Cream Aqua Bomb) and products that I really want to try (SKII Facial Treatment Essence).

Honorable Mention: ABH Subculture – I’m in LOVE with these colors but I’m not sure if I can handle the formula – I’m just not sure if I can work with it so it’s hanging out in my cart and I will probably just decided as I’m checking out…

Update: Between writing and posting, the Sephora Favorites Soko to Tokyo has gone out of stock and Kevin Aucoin The Sculpting Contour Powder and snuck into my cart.

Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Review



Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette

I’ve been playing around with this palette for a few weeks and it defiantly wasn’t love at first sight, but I have grown to like it! It is the perfect neutral palette for me – there’s a matte highlight, both warm and cool midtone shades, a deep black and brown, and fantastic glittery shimmer shades.

The mattes are stiffer and drier than I would normally like but that makes it’s easier to get washes of color and build up the intensity. The very lightest shade is almost nonexistent on my skin and I think it’s partially because of my skin tone and partially because of the dry formula.

The shimmers are very glittery and are best applied with your fingers. Sometimes the glitter can go flying while you are applying the shadow, but I don’t get fallout throughout the day.

I think this is good everyday palette. I really appreciate the mix of finishes and I love that the shimmer shades are very glittery. I am disappointed that the packaging is plastic and feels a little cheap. (I was expecting it to be metal like the Filmstar Bronze and Glow.)

Honestly, if anyone else had released this palette, I would have never even considered buying it. But I’m a sucker for Charlotte Tilbury – I like the luxury of he line and I love her personality and makeup philosophy.

Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Day Eye
Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Desk Eye
Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Date Eye
Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Disco Eye


Indie Cosmetics Spotlight #2 – Breaking Beauty – Review


For this series, I am spending about $25.00 – 30.00 on an indie cosmetics brand and exploring their products! I found Breaking Beauty on Etsy and ordered a matte quad in Natural Beauty ($18.00) and a single pressed mineral eye shadow in Ballerina ($6.50). I ordered from the shop on 9/17/2017, my order shipped 9/20/2017, and received the package 9/23/17 via USPS. I paid a flat shipping fee of $4.10. I have been trying out the shadows for the past week and have really liked the looks I’ve been able to create!

Breaking Beauty – Natural Beauty

The matte quad is a good selection of colors, you could get anything from a natural, soft look to a deep and mauve smokey eye. The shadows are dry, difficult to blend, and don’t have great pigmentation, but they are buildable. I found that it took quite a bit of work to get them completely blended in with each other. The first shade that I apply blend out really easily, but when I apply the second shade, it takes quite a bit of time to to blend the two colors together. Even though the shadows take a little extra effort, I really like the looks that I am able to get with the quad.

I love the single shadow Ballerina – it’s a metallic pink/gold like Makeup Geek’s Cosmopolitan  or MAC’s Expensive Pink. It is a beautiful, smooth, pigmented golden pink. It didn’t have any fall out, and lasted all day without fading.

Breaking Beauty – Natural Beauty, Ballerina

I don’t know that I would buy matte shades again from Breaking Beauty (just because there are other matte shadows that are easier to work with), but I will keep using the quad I have. I would definitely recommend their pressed mineral eyeshadows! The shop also has lip products and really unique pressed mineral highlighters – I’m thinking that I might have to try these because I liked Ballerina so much!

Playtime – Blinc Inc – Electric Eyes Palette


Blinc Inc – Electric Eyes Palette

The bright purple shadow in the Blinc Inc Electric Eyes Palette was calling my name the other day…

Blinc Inc – Electric Eyes Palette

From the Blinc Inc Electric Eyes Palette  used the purple (lid) , rose gold (inner 1/3) , and cream (highlights) shades. I grounded it all with mattes from Anastasia Beverly Hills  Modern Renaissance . I used NYX  HD Photo Concealer in Fair as a primer and Glossier Boy Brow in Black. I used the Pixi Beauty Lower Lash Mascara and L’Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof on the upper lashes.



Indie Cosmetics Spotlight – Feather River Body – Review


I found Feather River Body on their website, but they also have a  Etsy too. For this series, I am spending about $25.00 – 30.00 on a brand and exploring their products. I bought 5 eye shadows from Feather River Body – three matte shadows for $5.00 a piece (Token, Ivy League, and Peanut Butter) and two pressed pigments for $6.00 a piece (Apricot and Fierce). They do offer blushes, highlighters, glitters, lip creams, and cream shadows, but I wanted to be able to create a few looks so I decided to order a range of their shadows. My order was shipped 2 days after I placed it (I did order in the evening after business hours) and was shipped via USPS with a flat shipping rate of $4.00.  I thought it was pretty cool that they have detailed information on their ingredients sharing what the ingredients’ purposes are and where they come from. I googled the matte shadows and pressed pigments’ ingredient list and did not find any other brand with the identical formulas. The only critique that I have of the actual purchasing experience is that products are sorted alphabetically and I think it would be easier to browse if they were sorted by color family.

Feather River Body – Token, Peanut Butter, Ivy League, Apricot, Fierce

Firstly, their pressed pigments are BANANAS. They are extremely pigmented and easy to work with. I applied them with my finger (which is my preferred method for lid shades) and used them with and without a glitter glue. They lasted all day without creasing or fallout both with and without the glitter. They did have a little transfer from my lid to my crease, but that is completely expected for me because I have a fairly deep crease.

Feather River Body -Token , Peanut Butter, Fierce

The mattes are also very pigmented and moderately easy to work with. There is kick back in the pan and fallout when applying them, but I’m not bothered by that since I usually do my eyes before my complexion. The matte are blendable, but they can take a little work to get a really smooth transition. While they aren’t the easiest to work with, I think that can be a positive thing because they also don’t get muddied up easily.

Feather River Body – Token , Peanut Butter, Ivy League

All and all, I would defiantly buy from Feather River Body again – especially their pressed pigments. I am absolutely in love with Fierce – a vibrant Indigo – it’s such a bright and unique shadow that it makes me want to explore their other colors, and with their low price point, it makes it easy to be adventurous and try something new! I’m already thinking that I might have to add a Part Two of this review and explore their face products in another month or two!

Feather River Body – Token, Peanut Butter, Apricot