Thursday, November 10, 2016

Kylie Cosmetics "Burgundy Palette" Eyeshadow Review + Swatches

As I sit and write this post after a late night of poll watching I'm only convinced of one things: not much is for certain in this country. However, one thing that - albeit very superficially - remains true is that the Kardashians know how to harp products. From hair pills, to teeth whitening trays, to (and yes, this was a thing) morning sickness prescription drugs, they are media machines. Which brings the question, how much can we really trust what they're putting out there?

Well one thing reigns supreme in that argument, mainly everything K-related has broken the internet. This is especially true when it comes to 19-year-old Kylie Jenner's beauty line. First-off: yes, she's 19. But girl can throw face!

I trialed her widely acclaimed lip kits a few months ago and was a little 'meh' about them. I feel like  a big part of my 'meh-ness' related to the fact that I'm not personally a fan of matte lips. So when she started releasing eyeshadow palettes I knew I was already being swayed. Fast-forward to October when palette #2 was released...a BURGUNDY palette none-the-less. Anyone who knows my makeup collection knows that I am mildly obsessed with warm shadows so I had to give this one a go.

The Burgundy palette comes with nine gorgeous colors (my favorites are starred):

Naked | Satin finish, golden sand
Beach* | Matte finish, light warm brown
Penny | Matte finish, red orange

LA | Metallic finish, true copper
Burgundy | Matte finish, bright red burgundy
Dubai* | Metallic finish, burgundy

Brick* | Matte finish, dirty brick
NY | Metallic finish, warm bronze
Almond | Matte finish, deep red brown

Right away I was so amazed by the pigmentation of the shimmer shadows. They are so creamy and glide across the lid - which normally is a difficult effect to create. The matte shadows are solid as well. I find them to be a bit chalky, but that seems to be the norm with majority of mattes out there. As I usually only use them as a base color or in the crease it doesn't deter me from the palette.

I was somewhat surprised at how small the palette was size-wise. From Kylie's social posts it seemed that the packaging was much larger, when in reality it is basically the size of my hand. For $42 this is a bit of a deterrent. At the same point, it is super travel friendly and doesn't take up much room in my makeup drawer. I do wish that the palette itself was a nice plastic instead of cardboard. I can see the pure white inlays getting destroyed as I start to use the colors.

In true Kardashian/Jenner form, Kylie is branded all over the exterior and interior of the palette and all materials that comes with it. I do enjoy the black and white photo of her eyes - very Huda Beauty inspired.

Overall I am glad that I snagged the palette since every color is something I would wear. If you're someone like me who rocks oranges and reds year-round then it's a no brainer. I also find that it's a good investment for someone who may want to dip their toe into the pool sunset hues. It's super easy to mix-and-match shades and get a gorgeous look. I'm all about that.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Now Trending | From Runway to Everyday

Now Trending - Nov

Fall is all about the fresh trends off of Fashion Week; even more so as brands are taking their collections straight from the runway to the sidewalks with made-to-wear pieces. Although boho vibes, chokers, and all things velvet are still super popular among fashionistas, there are a few trending standouts making their way to the glossy front pages. 

Not only are these trends some of my favorites, they're also super easy to incorporate into daily life. 


Blisters are SO 2015. Blame it on Gucci, but mules - in both flat and heeled versions - are making a huge comeback in late 2016. They have been modernized with embellishments (think buckles and beading) and are a glamorous update to the classic ballet flat. Add a good pedicure for your peeking toes  (or just go closed toe) and you've got yourself a comfortable and easy shoe for the office.

Dark Florals

This trend is definitely my favorite of the pack and one I've been loving for a while. Florals in Spring may be groundbreaking, but florals in Fall is brilliance. A guazy black version keeps things fresh while also is perfect for layering: think adding a structured blazer or cream sweater on chilly days. 


Embroidery is definitely the most fun trend out there right now. Basic pieces are being transformed with patches and intricate stitches, allowing for tons of self expression. Isn't that what style is all about? However if you're not about the DIY approach then you're in luck. Brands have been sending collated pieces out that are #GTG.


When the Tommy Hilfiger + Gigi Hadid collaboration hit the runway everyone was abuzz. From high-rise jeans to Americana colors, the nautical inspiration was so apparent. This is a trend that anyone can wear and is so timeless. Uncle Sam would be proud.


Neon Blonde Weekly | November 6

Sneak Peek of the Coming Week
November 6, 2016

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store
this coming week on Neon Blonde

Now Trending | Fall 2016
Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette Review + Swatches
The Four Liquid Lipsticks I Actually Wear
I feel like I use to not be phased by the clocks turning back an hour. Now? I freakin' love it. I'll take any extra sleep I can get lately. Things haven't slowed up much yet (surprise surprise) but I plan on taking it super easy during November and December. It's always great to take a step back around the holidays and simplify routines. Speaking of taking a step back, I watched the first three episodes of "The Crown" on Netflix and then proceeded to text all of my friends about how good it is. YOU GUYS. IT IS SO GOOD. As an American, I feel like we truly don't get to see much about the Queen. Realistically all I know is that her face goes on plates sometimes and Charlotte Tilbury just released a lipstick in her honor. This show blows it out of the water in showing how Queen Elizabeth II has risen to her title and has major #girlpower moments. Speaking of #girlpower moments, it's election week ya'll! Regardless of who you vote for, make sure you get out there! And please, for the sake of everyone lets avoid political rants on Facebook...

Just in case you needed an excuse to spruce up your trash can
Lauren Conrad's home is exactly as I expected: elegant, bright, + Pinterest worthy!
I spotted this metallic midi in stores and can't stop thinking about it
It's Monday. Here's 23 posts about dogs to cheer you up.
Neon Blonde Weekly | October 23 Read this post
October Beauty Favorites Read this post
BareMinerals "Butter Drench" Restorative Rich Cream Review Read this post
What I'm Reading (Part Deux) Read this post


Sunday, November 6, 2016

BareMinerals 'Butter Drench' Restorative Rich Cream Review

I originally toyed with the idea of calling this post "The $38 Face Cream that Replaced My $100 One" but ya know, SEO reasons. The truth is though that this cream is so good that it did replace my super expensive Charlotte Tilbury one. I snagged the CT Magic Cream back in March (you can read my thoughts on it here) and it ran out by the time mid-October rolled around. Since it was hard enough dropping the cash for my first tub I knew it would be even harder the second time around. Although the Magic Cream was a solid product, it didn't give me the results I was expecting from the luxury price point.

After reviewing some other creams on the market the one that stood out to me was the Butter Drench Restorative Rich Cream from none other than skin gurus BareMinerals. For me, this brand reminds me of infomercials and their powder foundations from back in the day. However the brand has since sprung up in the skincare realm and has had a warm welcome from bloggers and consumers alike. For a company that boasts being natural and effective, skincare only makes sense.

I expected great things when I went to Ulta to swatch the product and wasn't disappointed. The formula is ultra creamy but gel-like and glides across the skin. The tub's branding is clean, simple, and holds a good amount of product. And the price? $38. Lets do a little happy dance for the $62 sitting in my pocket.

After using the product nightly for a few weeks now I can confirm that it is a winner. The ingredients hydrate my dry skin (which is super important with the cold weather coming our way) and don't feel greasy. I personally only apply it at night - post-serum and eye cream - since it is a heavier formula. When I wake up my skin still feels like it is hydrated, despite the heaters going off to fight the night chills.

The biggest plus I've found is that my skin just feels better and plumper. My redness has diminished and my fine lines look less apparent. We call that a win/win/win/win.

You can snag the Butter Drench cream online at Sephora or in-stores at Ulta. They also sell it on the BareMinerals site for a more direct purchase. There are eight other products in the line; ranging from cleansers, an oil, a serum, and three other moisturizers.  


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