Santa’s Laundry Basket

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HI Guys! I am so excited to let you all know that I am now doing nail art tutorials, product reviews, and so much more on YouTube! I am also excited because I have started a Christmas series called Santa’s Clothes Line(Santa’s Laundry Basket). Now I believe that we should give credit where credit is due and I think we should site what has inspired us. The inspiration for this series is actually a felt craft kit called Santa’s Laundry Garland the link is below the picture if you love felt craft projects. This one is adorable and quite cute

Santa’s Laundry Garland

I started my series off with Santa’s Boxers. I had so much fun painting this nail. I used Wet N Wild’s MegaLast Sky Me Mine. Now that is a limited edition color, it is perfect if you have it, but if you don’t I recommend Wet N Wild’s WildShine Putting on Airs color number 481E.

Santa’s Boxers Part one of Santa’s Clothes Line on YouTube.

 

We will have five more tutorials after the first one. I will keep updating this blog post as we go along! I really hope that you enjoy this nail art series. Thanks for all your support it means the world to me!

What I Got for Christmas 2014

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that your holiday is going great. I am sorry that I haven’t been able to blog in a while I have been busy helping my mother who just had major back surgery. We faced a couple of obstacles, but everything is back on course now. We also opened an amazon store which you can find all your beauty and health care needs at just go to http://www.opalescentreflections.info
I hope that you find that site helpful and I hope that you find all the beauty needs you are looking for!

I had a wonderful Christmas, my mom didn’t feel up to doing much of the holiday this year, so my brother and I decided it would be a big help to her if we picked up where she left off. We finished the shopping, wrapped the gifts, did the meal shopping and cooking it was so much fun. I did however release that I need to appreciate my mom a little more. Christmas this year was that much more special as we got to have my niece and nephew here with us. Christmas is so much more fun when there are kids present. I also have to say thank you to my family for all the wonderful gifts.

As for my gifts here is what I got:

CROWN BRUSH PRO SET:

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I am going to put this one on a separate blog! I love them that much!

BOBBLE WATER BOTTLE AND FILTERS:

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From my brother I got a water bottle. It’s called a Bobble. I have had one of these before and I love it. This bottle has a water filter that is attached to the lid and it purifies your water as you drink. The water tastes 100 times purer. It is also BPA free!  This is not only better for your health, but much better for the environment. One filter is equal to 300 bottles of water. That is a great way to recycle.  If your interested in getting one of this Bobbles you can get it at www.waterbobble.com I can’t thank my brother enough, being as I have a lap-band,  I am supposed to drink a ton of water and I need to drink more. My brother has motivated me to drink more water and continue to live a healthier life. He also gave me a refill pack of the filters. I have no choice but to drink more water now!

From my mom I got a ton of wonderful gifts. They are all beauty related, which makes me happy and they are all meant to help build my pro make up kit. These are all first impressions I will have full reviews up after I use them more.  Here we go:

THE BALM MEET MATT(E) NUDE:

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I have wanted this palette for a while. Let me start by saying The Balm packaging is the best! I have their palette the NudeTude and I love it, This palette is so much better than I thought it would be. The palette includes nine shades and they are all matte. The colors are  all natural and basic. Perfect to have in any makeup collection. The shade that I am most happy about is Matt Singh it is the perfect crease color. This color reminds me alot of the Semi-Sweet color in the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. The palette includes warm and cool shades. It is just the perfect staple matte palette.

COASTAL SCENTS REVEALED PALETTE:

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This palette includes 20 shades and is said to be comparable for the Naked 1 and Naked 2 palette. One thing I have to say is that when I tried it, I found the matte shades to blend a little better then the Naked palettes. The palette includes five mattes (one is a cream highlight shade and then there is a matte black.) This palette includes everything you need for a daytime to night time to party or special occasion looks.

COASTAL SCENTS REVEALED 2 PALETTE:

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  This palette includes 20 shades as well and includes 7 mattes. This palettes is said to be comparable to the Naked 3 palette. The shades are all on the pink to cranberry scale in color and I find it to be a gorgeous palette. I did a look with the palette last night and I found it to be incredible. I love the matte cranberry shade. I used it in the crease and it made the prettiest cranberry smoky eye. Again the matte shades are amazing, super easy to blend, and they apply so well. Little to no fall out!

4 PIECE PRO BLENDER PUFF SPONGE SET:

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  I have never owned a Beauty Blender, but I do own the Real Techniques one (which I love) and the SOHO one (which I didn’t like). This set of four sponges I thought would probably be like the SOHO one that was extremely hard and when it was wet it was no better, but these are surprisingly soft and they get better when wet. You can find these at our amazon store link above for around $12.00 which is amazing compared to the $19.99 you can spend on one Beauty Blender. Again I have never had the Beauty Blender and I look forward to trying it, but at 3.00 a spongy have to say these are well worth their money.

PHYSICIANS FORMULA NUDE WEAR GIFT SET:

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  This is one of my favorite gifts.. you get an amazing trio of the best Nude Wear palettes and you get an amazing brush and makeup back that has an adorable rose gold bow as the handle. Again this is a first impression, I will have a full review up or a quick review as it is limited edition! The one thing I can say is that I wish they would leave the gold sparkly over spray off.

THE BALM HIGHLIGHTERS in MARY-LOU MANIZER & CINDY-LOU MANIZER:

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  I haven’t got to try these out yet I just got to swatch them… and they are beautiful on the hand. I can’t wait to try them on the face. I do think that Cindy-Lou Manizer maybe a little dark for a highlighter, but I may be able to use it to enhance blushes or contouring not sure yet,but I can’t wait to use them.

COASTAL SCENTS CAMO QUADS:

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  These are a must have in any collection I am just going to go a head and say that now. I got all 4 of the shades… they have light, medium, dark, and the color corrector one. I used them already and I love how creamy they are and they are pigmented. I have already used the dark one to contour my face. I love it.

Well that’s it for the gifts that I unwrapped, I will be doing an Ulta Haul after I get the rest of the stuff and that would be considered for Christmas as I bought it with Christmas money I got from my grandma. I am also going to be doing my December favorites and my 2014 favorites. Thank you all for taking time to read this leave comments of what you got for Christmas and I hope you all have a good holiday season. I hope that you had a good year this year, let me know what you are looking forward to in the new year!

F.O.T.D. November 6, 2014

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For this face of the day I used my IT cosmetic CC+ creme, and I used NYX blush in Mauve, Becca highlighter in Moonstone, Urban Decay eyeliner in Perversion, Calvin Klein mascara (the one you get from ulta for your birthday),   Hard Candy in 3 X a charm for the contour, Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Rebel, L’Oréal lipstick in Mauved, Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (salted Caramel color for the crease), Urban Decay Naked palette ( the shade Virgin on the brow bone), and Wet and Wild’s Comfort Zone. ( I used the bottom right shadow on the eye lid blended toward the crease).

Dermalogica and Skin Care Routine

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I will be posting my skin care routine on Saturday….. as a student I got to work with Dermalogica’s pro and retail products and they have made a huge improvement on my skin. Now in my professional journey as a cosmetologist or skin therapist I look forward to working with Dermalogica more.

Lorac The Royal Eye Shadow Collection

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I recently purchased the Lorac Holiday set called The Royal Collection. I know that many people are waiting for the Lorac Mega palette. I, myself would love to have it too.  The Royal Eye Shadow collection however is just as wonderful to have. It is an Ulta exclusive, you get 4 palettes that have 4 eye shadows each, 16 eye shadows in all. This product has a value of $103.00 and you can buy it for $38.00, that is a savings of $65.00

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The first of the four palettes is called Queen. It has four shadows a highlight shade, a champagne, a burgundy that reads almost brown, and a matte black. Of the four palettes this has one shade that on fairer skin is hard to see. The shadows are all pigmented and creamy, little to no fall out. If you like the Pro palettes then you will love these shadows.

 

Lorac Queen Palette

Lorac Queen Palette

The second palette is the Countess palette. This palette has a hunter green theme. It has a highlight shade, a tan, light brown and a matte hunter green shadow. I love how pigmented the matte shadows are in this collection. Again the shadows are creamy and don’t have a lot of fall out. Perfect for fall.

Lorac Countess

Lorac Countess Palette

The third palette is called the Princess Palette. This palette is my favorite. It is the gold theme of the collection. You get a highlight, gold, bronze, and a darker bronze shade. This is the only palette that does not have a matte shade, but considering the quality of the shadows I really don’t mind the lack of the matte shade. This palette is perfect for the everyday natural look as well as it is perfect for fall and the upcoming holiday season.

Lorac Princess Palette

Lorac Princess Palette

The last palette of the collection is the Duchess palette. This palette is the coolest of the palette and has a silver, navy blue them to it. You get a white, light silver, a darker silver that has a satin finish and a matte navy blue. I have to say it again that the matte shades in this palette are wonderful.

Lorac Duchess Palette

Lorac Duchess Palette

This 16 shade collection is wonderful it has warm shades and cool shades. The pigmentation is wonderful. I like how easily the apply and blend. This collection is perfect for the fall, but it is also perfect for everyday and evening looks. I think for $38.00 this is a steal. You can keep all four of the palettes for yourself or you can take them apart and gift the different palettes as stocking stuffers.

Lorac The Royal Eye Shadow Collection

Lorac The Royal Eye Shadow Collection

Katie’s Introduction

Hi!

My name is Katie, I am the other cosmetologist and blogger here at Opal Essence Beauty. I start cosmetology school  in August of 2013 and recently walked in Graduation on October 24, 2014. I am really good at costume make up and skin care. I look forward to doing tutorials and product recommendation. Some of my favorite products right now are:

  • Urban Decay Electric Palette
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Mally Porefessional
  • NYX eye liners
  • Dermalogica
  • Benefit Cosmetics
  • Nick Chavez Hair care line

I look forward to helping educate others, I also look forward to getting to know as many new people as I possibly can. Thank you for taking time to read this and if you have any questions feel free to email me at opalessencebeauty@gmail.com. You can also follow me personally on instagram @opalbeauty7 Thank you! Happy Halloween!

Amanda on the left and Katie on  the right

Amanda on the left and Katie on the right

Quick Ulta Haul

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Halloween is my birthday, and what better time to have a birthday then October 31 when many make up lines are releasing their limited edition palettes or kits.  I had the opportunity to find a few of these and purchase them so that I can tell you about them. Also there are a few permanent collection items that I finally purchased. I am just going to give you my initial opinion and facts on the products I have purchased. If there is a product or item you would like us to review please leave a comment below.

1.) Urban Decay Naked Palette

nakedNow I now that many people have had this for months, but having an Ulta for the first time in my hometown finally gave me the opportunity to purchase it and hopefully be able to do some tutorials with it. This palette has 12 eye shadows, 2 (Naked & Buck) are Matte shades. Gunmetal and Sidecar seem to have the larger glitter. Virgin is a satin finish shade, I will definitely be comparing this palette to my Naked 2 and 3. It also comes with a foil pack sample of all four of the Eyeshadow Primer Potion.  I am very excited to try those and see if I like any of them better than the original. Let me know if you would like to see a tutorial or full review of this product or any of the products in a comment below.

2.) Urban Decay Electric Palette

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This is an absolutely gorgeous palette and I can not wait to dig in to it. This palette features 10 neon pressed pigments. You also get a double ended Pressed Pigment Brush.  There is a disclaimer stating that Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not supposed to be used near the immediate eye area. However that being said… I have seen tutorials where they have been used, so I am going to do more research into that. I am going to do a full review on this product and include swatches and tell you exactly how I feel that this product performs.

3.) Stila Magnificient Foil Finish Eye Shadow

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This is the prettiest finish for an Eyeshadow it leaves your eyes shimmery. It comes with the miniature Stay All Day liquid Eye Primer. I noticed when I opened mine that this can be a little messy. It was $34.00, to me that’s not bad considering you get everything you need to make the Eyeshadow stay on all day. Again I have not tried this product out yet, but  I am planning on doing a full review and possibly even a tutorial.

There will be another Ulta haul going up either tonight or tomorrow morning. Thank you again for taking time out of your busy day to read our posts. If there is anything that you would like to see let us know, you can email us at opalessencebeauty@gmail.com or you can leave us a comment and we will get back to you shortly. Please like, follow, and comment and again thank you!

Graduated

Well it has finally happened, I have finally graduated and I can now spend more time on my blog and I will be able to start my YouTube channel…. I am so excited. Thank you all for being so patient! Your support means the world to me. The next couple of blog post will be review on the new smashbox palette and the it cosmetic palette. Once again thank you for all your support.

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