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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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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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Happy Easter!

My easter color today was CORAL.  I showed up to dinner and my mother was wearing the exact same color.  We obviously know what looks good on us.

Easter Coral

I hope you all had a wonderful day!  What springtime trend did you rock today?  I saw some amazingly creative pastel looks on instagram today.  I’m planning a few posts on the pastel trend for this week so stay tuned :)


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Urban Decay Electric Palette Giveaway!♥


Check out this awesome giveaway for the Urban Decay Electric Palette that Natasha of Blondebeauty13 found! Super easy to enter so check it out now!

Originally posted on BlondeBeauty13♥:

Hi beauties.

So I was browsing on Feel Unique & I stumbled upon this fabulous giveaway that Urban Decay are doing, it is for their new ‘Electric’ palette…

If you would like to enter the giveaway here is the link; :)

I am in no way affiliated with Urban Decay & have not been sponsored to make this. I just thought it’d be a great opportunity for you beauty lovers to enter & try win this fabulous new palette!

Good luck everyone :D

Lots of Love, Natasha ♥

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Liebster Awards!


I was recently nominated by two amazing bloggers for the Liebster Award!

The Liebster Award acknowledges up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers and is a great way for all of us to get to know each other a little more! The rules for participating are as follows:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer 11 questions your nominator asked.
  3. Nominate 10 bloggers (w/ less than 200 followers) that you feel deserve recognition!
  4. Inform the above bloggers that you have nominated them.
  5. Post 11 questions for them to answer.

Because I was nominated twice, I ended up with 22 questions.  Some were similar so I combined a few and then picked a few of the others from each.

Questions from nataliemae87 of Beauty ‘N’ BowWows and Maurissa of Maurissa Sees Beauty:

1. Why did you start your blog?

I started Seeking Subtle Glow because I simply enjoy learning and sharing and writing.  I enjoy the encouraging and creative energy of the blogging world and I thought I could represent myself well in it.  I love make up and beauty, but I love even more to learn about new make up products and techniques and see abilities I didn’t know were possible.  I love finding those awesome things and sharing them along with skills I’ve learned or opinions I’ve gathered.

3. Dogs or cats?

Both!  I grew up with dogs and would love to have them whenever I’m done with the apartment phase of my life.  But for the time being I have two adorable cats that take up their full share of love and affection.  I’m sure I’ll end up sharing some pictures of them at some point :)

4. What are your holy grail beauty products?

I actually just completed a day 8 of the #30daysofbeauty challenge on instagram which was also my holy grail beauty products.  My items for the photo were Smashbox Primer, Anastasia Beverly Hillls Brow Wiz, NYX HD Concealer, and Benefit They’re Real Mascara.  These are my tried and true staples that I can wear with barely anything at all or a full face.

5. Night owl or morning person?

I am definitely a night owl.  With my current schedule I work early afternoon until 10pm, so I don’t really have a choice, but I never been one to jump out of be in the morning.  I love to have my lazy mornings where I can roll out of bed by 9, make some tea, watch some Downton Abbey, and get caught up on all my emails and things before I start the day.

6. What is your favorite beauty brand/product?

My favorite product right now is my LORAC Pro Palette.  It was one of the first high end products I bought for myself when I really started getting into make up.  It has some amazing shades and is super easy to blend, so its perfect for anyone, from the beginner to the professional.  I would also say that LORAC is one of my favorite brands.  I just ordered the new afterGLO palette and can’t wait for it to arrive so I can play with it.

7. Tastiest vegetable?

 I love zucchini! Summers are the best when you can get the giant zucchini’s at the store and basically everyone I know is growing them in the garden.  They are super versatile and I have a billion different recipes for them so I can make them any night of the week.  They go well with pretty much any flavor profile too!

8. Where would your dream vacation take place?

I love to travel and have been lucky enough to go to Europe twice in the past five years.  They were both amazing trips and make me want to see even more amazing places.  I would love to go to Ireland, Germany, Japan, South Korea, India, I could really do on and on.  I realistically plan on going pack to Europe at least one more time in my lifetime, and hopefully checking out a few Asian countries at some point.

9. What is the color you wear most often?

Navy blue.  I have a strong love for neutrals and they make up most of my wardrobe, but navy blue is my favorite by far.  It matches pretty much anything but is at least a bit more exciting than black, grey, or brown.  The number of navy and white striped shirts I own is really astounding.  I must have 8-10 by now in various styles but I am still immediately drawn to them in any store I am in.  I guess you just have to go with what works for you.

10. What is the TV show you watch most often?

I watch way too many tv shows.  I am definitely way more into tv than movies and I will give pretty much any show a chance to grab my attention with the first episode.  Right now I’m watching Game of Thrones, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation, Under the Gunn, Deadbeat, and Offspring.

11. Favorite summer activity?

I love being outdoors during the summer and one of my favorite activities is kayaking.  There is a canoe livery near my apartment where you can rent kayaks for the day and paddle up and down the river.  Its a beautiful area and it’s so fun to pack a picnic and spend the day on the water and enjoying the weather.

My nominees:

(I honestly don’t know if these people have under 200 followers.  These are just some of my favorite people) 

My questions for the nominees:

1. Why did you start your blog?
2. What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
3. Glossy or matte lips?
4. Jelly or jam?
5. Have you ever had bangs?
6. What beauty product can you not live without?
7. What is you favorite kind of hat?
8. Do you have any pets?
9. What is your favorite piece of clothing you own?
10. What is your goal for you blog?
11. What is one thing your readers should know about you?


Good luck to all of the nominees and thanks again to nataliemae87 and Maurissa!

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Make-up Sponge Comparison: Beautyblender or Real Techniques?


Check out this great post on make up sponges from Jolie Pagaille. I personally own the Real Techniques sponge but am still perfecting my skills with it. There are some great tips here on the proper way to use and care for these make up sponges, as well as pros and cons of each brand, so check it out. Have you tried either of these? Any good tips or tricks you’ve stumbled upon?

Originally posted on Jolie Pagaille:

Hi everyone! It’s Kristina from The Feminine Files here again, and i’m back with a comparison review!

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Sponge make-up applicators…have you used them? If not, i’ll be going over “what are they”, “how do you use them”, and “what’s the difference between them” today! If you have used them i’ll also be showing 2 varieties (one being a great dupe) so stick around! First up…


Sponge Make-up applicators have been around for a few years now, (beauty blender being the first) so a lot of people already know all about them. If you don’t, here is a quick snippet from the Original Beautyblender page: “The Beautyblenders elliptical shape is designed to match the contours of your face, and it’s lack of edges eliminates streaks, allowing for a perfect application every time.

I only started using my beautyblender a couple months ago when I got one it my Glossybox. At…

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New Sephora Beauty Insider Rewards

Sephora has recently added some new 100 point rewards for their Beauty Insiders.  Check out some of the ones I’m interested in below from Benefit Cosmetics, PHILOSOPHY, and Buxom.

*Images shown are the full size versions of these products.  Scroll to the bottom to see the sample size available with these rewards*

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I obviously need to just get myself some Benefit products so I can stop obsessing over them.  I’m sure no one is surprised that the first sample I’m most excited about is The Big Easy Liquid to Powder foundation by Benefit Cosmetics.  This foundation claims to be ‘multibalancing,’ by balancing moisture and controlling oil.  It applies as a liquid but turns to a lightweight powder.  I would love to see if this product lives up to what it claims.


The PHILOSOPHY Living Grace Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel is a three in one product by a highly reviewed brand.  I’m not sure what the fragrance ‘Living Grace’ smells like, but I’m sure it’s lovely.  I have never tried any of the PHILOSOPHY products, so this would be a great way to sample it before shelling out the big bucks for the full size.



The Buxom Full-On Lip Polish is a shimmery lip gloss with a plumping effect.  It is a high shine gloss designed to make your lips look fuller and larger.  It also contains Vitamin A and E to keep lips soft and protected.  I actually have never tried any products from Buxom or a lip plumping product, so this could be an interesting experiment.

Check out the additional rewards samples here and images of the actual sample sizes you can receive with your beauty insider reward below.

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P.S. I got distracted halfway through writing this post and ordered some stuff from Sephora, including some of these samples.  Come back next week to see them and read some reviews!

Ipsy April 2014 Sneak Peek #4!



I am loving these sneak peeks for the April 2014 Ipsy bag.  The newest one features four face and skin products, with everything from cheek tint, to self tanner, to an exfoliant.  Check out the links to the fullsize versions of these products below!

Check out the other sneak peek’s from Ipsy here and here!  Order your own Ipsy bag here!


Thank you for visiting my new blog!  While it is still in it’s humble beginnings, I am so excited about the future currently planned for it.

My love and knowledge of make up and beauty has recently grown to a point where I feel that I can help others that were in a similar position to me just a few months ago.  So much beauty advice out there tells you how to look fierce and hot for a big night out, but sometimes you just want to feel good about your skin and face for a normal day at work and home.  I love taking inspiration from those talented and over the top make up artists and beauty bloggers, and making them more easy to understand for the everyday girl.

My hope is for readers to be able to visit my blog for tips on how to practice and perfect make up basics such as eyebrows, winged liners, and the perfect red lip, get reviews on both drug store and high end products they’re interested in, and gain inspiration to create their own beautiful face creations for everyday use.

Please feel free to contact me by email at or on any of my social networking sites listed under the (♥) icon at the top of the page with any questions or inquiries.