July 1st, 2020. Yes, today is the first day of July. Why do the days keep going faster and faster? No clue. How is 2020 half way done? No idea. Is the next 6 months going to be crazier? At this point, you got to expect the unexpected.
The only way to keep me from losing track of life is by planning at the start of each month. Since my planner has been a little bit dry these past 3 months, I have been going deeper with my planning and goal setting.
There are 3 main steps for planning that I do each month:
Write down one to three main goals
Break the goal down into smaller goals = mini goals
Assign a mini goal for each week of July
I was inspired to write a post about this because Lavendaire, a lifestyle YouTuber, posted a video where she plans out her month by setting goals as well.
Before I start, I look at my notebook/planner and review the month of June. What went well? What goals did I or did not accomplish? How did I spend my time? What could I improve on to make my month better for myself?
Hey there, it’s time for an organization post. Normally I am not in the mood to clean my beauty products, (hello dirty makeup brushes) but it has been a few months since I re-organized my makeup/skincare shelf. If you have a lot of products laying around here and there, but dread the thought of putting it away, I have some inspiration for you! Here is how I like to organize my makeup and skincare products.
Who knew staying at home for an extended amount of time would bring about some realizations about life? For me, it has been three months of quarantine life since it first began back in March. Today I woke up to the news that a second wave of coronavirus has started in my city. Of course people what did you expect to happen! I know many people have been going out and about and for some time it felt that we could somehow get back with our “normal” way of life. It would have been great expect that precautions were ignored so now we will have to deal with the consequences.
Back to the topic for today though, I thought I would share some interesting things and realizations about life I have learned from these few months of staying at home.
Welcome back to Chic Neat and Sweet! Today is a review for a drugstore eyeshadow palette that has blown my mind! I will be sharing my thoughts on this drugstore product as well as a tutorial on a simple eye look using this palette.
Makeup Revolution Forever Flawless Shadow Palette in Optimum
First off the packaging is stunning. The case is made of tin so it is quite sturdy. The cover has a beautiful gray pattern and the word Revolution has raised letters. I think it makes the palette look more high end and doesn’t feel/look like the typical drugstore eye palette which I really liked.
Inside is a FULL sized mirror! This is a huge plus because it is so convenient when applying eye makeup. Another thing I really liked is that there are shimmer and matte shadows. 10 shimmer and 8 matte shadows.
The shadows are very pigmented. Like a lot. I loved that because the shadows also blend with each other really nicely. The matte shadows are soft and easy to blend but make sure to tap your brush once to avoid too much product in one area. As with any shadow there will be fallout meaning the shadow may fall on other places besides your eye. There is a some amount of fallout when applying the shadows. This isn’t a big deal to me but it is better to do your eye makeup before the face makeup. Even my LORAC palette which was $40 has fallout.
The shimmer shades are also great quality and apply beautifully. The shimmer shadows don’t have as much fallout and are soft/creamy when you apply them. I always use my finger vs a brush because you can precisely apply the shimmer.
Swatches of Capital, Energy, Own and Choice.
The dark navy shade (Maximum) is a little hard to work with as it is not as soft or pigmented when swatching. But that is the only shade that was like that.
All the colors are so beautiful and I have created many eye looks from simple/day time to smoky eyes. I loved the colors because they are unique and I don’t have any like these. I mostly go for the warm toned palettes but this was still a great choice and I use most of the shadows too.
This palette is for $15.00 USD. I bought it at Ulta and used a coupon for $3.50 off a purchase of $15.00 or more. You get a sturdy case, a full sized mirror, and 18 shadows.
They have 7 more palettes with different colors and tones which you can see here on Ulta’s website. The palette I bought is not listed on Ulta’s website so here it is on Makeup Revolutions website.
Eye shadow tutorial using the palette
Step 1 – Apply “Capital” shade all over eyelid
Step 2 – Apply “Own” shade all over eyelid and crease. Make a winged effect and bring out the shadow to the corner.
Step 3 – Apply shimmer “Choice” shade to the outer corner and middle of the eyelid only.
Step 4 – Apply “Energy” shimmer to the inner eye and blend with the shade “Choice”
Step 5 – Use an angled eyeshadow brush to make a winged liner with the black shade “Onyx”. Start at the outer corner and angle upwards. Also line the eyes with that same shadow. Blend using a fluffy brush and that is the look!
I absolutely loved this palette and for the price I think is a great addition to my eyeshadow collection. Definitely check out the other palettes in the Forever Flawless collection because there are so many color options from cool tones to warm, neutral, and even rainbow!
Check out this review on another eye palette by Makeup Revolution for only $7!
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