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FOTD: Can’t Get Enough Coral

I really need to expand my range of colors.  Whenever I’m creating a look and I need a pop of color, coral just seems like such a great option.  In this face of the day, I used the coral, gold, and light and dark brown shades from the LORAC afterGLO palette, and a hint of Half Baked from the Naked 2 palette for some extra sparkle.  I kept the coral focused on the inner corner for a pop of color and used the browns to darken up the crease.


I kept the coral theme going through the rest of my face, with rosy cheeks and my favorite coral lipstick.




Ah hooded eyelids.  You can barely even tell I have color on my eyes.  So frustrating sometimes.  Anyone else struggle with similar eyelid shape issues?

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Proenza Schouler Collection for MAC

MAC has paired with New York based womenswear designer Proenza Schouler to release a stunning limited edition line for Summer 2014.  The brand was founded in 2002 and has grown to be sold in over 100 of the top retail stores in the country.  For their first foray into the cosmetics world, they have joined forces with MAC to produce a colorful and confident line that could grab anyone’s attention.


The thing that stood out to me about this line, however, was actually the packaging and not the make up at all.  Even after getting halfway through writing this post, I’m not sure if I’ve taken a good look at what shades are actually included in this collection.  The chrome ombre packaging of these products is different than anything I’ve ever seen before and really catches your eye both in person and in print.  The shades, the ombre, and the shine create a beautiful combination.

But are these products really worth it just for some fancy packaging?  After closer inspection, the lip and blush shades look pretty standard, nothing that really jumps out at me.  They’re all beautiful but I’m sure they’re very close to other products many of us already own.

Companies spend a lot of time and money on the boxes and containers many of our favorite products come in.  Do you think its worth it?  Have you ever bought something just for the pretty packaging?

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First LORAC afterGLO Looks

Following up my review on the LORAC afterGLO palette, I thought I’d share some of the first few looks I’ve created using the palette.  I generally don’t wear a lot of color for work but that has changed in the past week or two after receiving this item in the mail.

wpid-wp-1398118188919.jpegYou may recognize this look from my Earth Day FOTD from Tuesday.  This was the first time I used the palette and I knew I had to start with those beautiful blue and green shades.  I started with the dark blue in the crease to darken it up and then layered the green over it starting from the center of the eye.   I then used a bit of the white in the inner corner and then patted the shimmery gold over the whole thing to give it some sparkle.  I love the way these shades looked in person and how well they blend into one another.

wpid-wp-1398118548243.jpegMy second look created using the afterGLO palette was intended to be a neutral eye with a pop of color.  It kind of worked out.  I started by blending the dark brown in the crease and the light brown in the center of the eye to create a neutral smokey eye.  I then used the pink or coral shade in the inner corner for a pop of bright color.  Finally I covered the whole thing in the gold shade because I love gold.  I was not thrilled with this look.  It looks better in this picture than it did in person.

Overall I have been pleased with this palette and the way the shadows apply.  They are very easy to blend.  I am excited about all the possible combinations of shades and I definitely need to get to work practicing with it more.

Has anyone else had a chance to play with this palette yet?  Show me what you’ve made :)


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LORAC afterGLO Review

I was so excited when I first laid eyes on the LORAC afterGLO palette and I quickly ordered not just one, but two, of these beautiful looking palettes from Ulta as soon as they were available.  Check out my swatches of all the shades included and then read my review below.


This palette has arrived just in time for summer.  The great range of shades provide you with a ton of colors to play with and mix together to create some super fun summer looks.   The first colors to catch my eye were the blue and green along the left side, and the dark blue really is a magnificent shade.  It is super pigmented and goes a bit tealish when applied heavily.  The green is a bit more sheer and shimmery, but makes for a great transitionary shade when blending with the blue.

Upon seeing pictures of this palette I was extremely excited about the gold because I could wear a good gold eyeshadow everyday, but I was not especially impressed with this particular shade.  It is not very pigmented at all and it looks much more yellow than gold when applied.  It is super shimmery though, so I usually use it to layer over the other colors.

I haven’t actually used the copper or purple shades on my eyes yet but I did play around with them a bit when I was swatching them.  The cooper is beautiful and extremely pigmented and shimmery.  It almost has more gold sparkle in it than the actual gold shade has.  The purple, on the other hand, was a bit disappointing when it comes to pigmentation.  It did not show up very well on my arm and what you see pictured above is after applying many layers.  However, I do like that it is a matte shadow because most of the purple shades I own are super shimmery.

I was quite pleased with the two brown shades and the coral in the right half of the palette.  I will post some pictures this afternoon, but I actually used these three shades together to creative a neutral eye with a pop of color.  The pink is super pigmented and I loved how it layered to look super bright.  The two browns blend really well together and made for a super quick neutral smoky eye with only two shades.

The two shades along the bottom are honestly a little blah for me.  They are supposed to be there to layer the colors over or use for blending, but they are not super useful in my opinion.  They are both pretty shades but could definitely use some more pigmentation in my opinion.

Overall I have been very pleased with this palette and it’s potential uses in the upcoming summer.  Some of the shades are lacking in pigmentation but the colors are beautiful and the price is right on point.

Don’t forget that I have an extra LORAC afterGLO palette just waiting to be sent out to one of you in my upcoming giveaway!  I will announce all of the details once we hit 10,000 views so make sure to keep sharing with your friends and visiting daily to see all the exciting things we have in store :)


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500 Followers? Mindblowing.

Somehow my baby beauty blog has managed to accumulate 500 followers over the past few months.  I am honored and amazed that my words go out to over 500 people’s feeds every single day.  I hope you have enjoyed what I have to say, and will continue to come back and check out all of the new things I discover.

I have recently been doing some construction on Seeking Subtle Glow, which you’ve probably noticed if you’ve had the chance to stop by in the past week or so.  Things are still coming together so expect some more edits, but I hope you are pleased with what you see so far.

As my readers, I would love to hear what you have to say about my blog, the content, pretty much anything.  Do you have any questions or ideas for me? Is there something on my blog that just annoys the crap out of you every time you visit?  Let me know!  I read all of the comments that are posted and I would love to hear what you think :)


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3 Spring Pastel Must Haves

Spring is the season for pastels and what better place to display them than on your face.  Check out these three must have pastel make up products for spring.


One of the newest products on the market right now are the NYX Macaroon Lippies, just in time for the season.  This brand new collection was released Monday and includes 12 pastel and neon shades, for only $6.00 each.  Check out some of my favorite shades below, swatched by Samantha for batalash.

wpid-abm_1398121413.jpg Up next is the Bright Up Your Light Palette by Pop Beauty.  This palette includes ten shades that may not have the best pigmentation, but this allows them to apply beautifully as a pastel when applied over a white base.



The shades can be applied sheerly and blend well together to create a colorful springtime look.  This palette is affordable and portable, and available at Ulta for $24.00.

HYPERCOLOR HAIR AND BROW POWDERLast but certainly not least is this amazing little product that I stumbled upon by one of my favorite companies, Anastasia Beverly Hills.  This Hypercolor Hair and Brow Powder can be used just like a normal brow powder to add a pop of color to your face or in your hair for a faded pastel look.  They can be set with hair spray or a brow gel to keep the color in place.  The best part is that these babies are only $6.25 a piece.  I don’t know how often you wear chartreuse brows but I’m pretty sure one of those could cover my lifetime supply.

What are your spring pastel go to products?  Are you going to try out the new NYX Macaroon Lipsticks?


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Brushes for Everyone!

If you are in the market for any type of make up brushes, now is the time to head to Ulta and stock up.  From now until May 11th, pretty much every type of brush Ulta sells is on sale for buy 1, get 1 50% off.

Brands included in the sale are:

  • Real Techniques
  • Eco Tools
  • Japonesque
  • Ulta

Real Techniques is one of my favorite brands of brushes and I highly recommend them if you are looking to invest in a basic set of brushes.  This is a great time to pick up one of their eye or face sets (or both!) for a great deal.  Japonesque also has some great high quality brushes that are quite expensive.  I’ve had my eye on one of their eye shadow blending brushes but its almost $20.  I might have to double up with this deal and one of Ulta’s $3.50 off coupons and splurge for myself.

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What’s your favorite kind of brushes?  Are you faithful to one brand or do you have a random collection?


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FOTD: Earth Day Inspired

Happy Earth Day, my friends!  Today’s face of the day is inspired by the holiday, and features the blue, green, and gold shades from the LORAC afterGLO palette.  A full review on it is coming later this week.

Check out a whole bunch of picture of my face below!






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