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It’s Zen and the Art of Camellia Blooming With Coco’s New Quad: The Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Jardin Zen

Published in: Chanel, Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

Chanel Jardin Zen Quadra Eye Shadow

Wearing the new Chanel Jardin Zen Quadra Eye Shadow on my eyes

Oh, OK! I get it. Jardin Zen. The name of this Chanel quad means “zen garden” in French, and that’s kind of what the pattern on the pans looks like — one of those Japanese gardens with the little stones that someone rakes cool patterns and design into. Neat.

Chanel Jardin Zen Quadra Eye Shadow

Of course, Coco Chanel’s zen garden would have to have a design that looks a little like her favorite flower, the camellia. It’s only logical.

Chanel Jardin Zen Quadra Eye Shadow

Just like mine, if I were ever to make one, would have cats and cupcakes on it. :)

A new limited edition online exclusive available now on chanel.com, the Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Jardin Zen is part of the 11-piece Jardin de Camelias collection.

Chanel Jardin Zen Quadra Eye Shadow

Also on my eyes in this look: MAC Cork Eyeshadow (crease), NARS Black Valley Liner (upper lash line) and MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash (lashes)

A beautiful Monday through Friday eyeshadow palette of basics for the girl/guy who wants something other than a bunch o’ browns. I’s like a Chanel Flap bag, with its chain and quilt detailing, but in a color like greige, as opposed to basic black. Something you could wear all the time, and it goes everything, but it’s a little different, ya know? I like that.

You get a gorgeous violet gray, a golden beige, a pastel pink and a soft black — all colors that are easy to work into an everyday makeup routine. Practical, but not too boring or basic.

Chanel Jardin Zen Quadra Eye Shadow

That’s Jouer Peony Blush on my cheeks and MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Good Taste on my lips…

Being from Chanel, it’s expensive, though, but it’s also Chanel quality. Sure, you’re paying a premium for the name, but I also think the shadows perform extremely well.

Long-lasting, easy to blend with other shadows and each other, and they contain a perfect amount of pigment. Plus, they don’t crease, as long as I wear them with primer.

Chanel Jardin Zen Swatches

Chanel Jardin Zen Swatches

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The Cool New Hues in the Clarins Vibrant Light Eye Quartet Mineral Palette Love Warm Skin Tones, Too

Published in: Clarins, Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

Clarins Vibrant Light Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

Wearing the new limited edition Clarins Vibrant Light Eye Quartet Mineral Palette ($42) on my lids

Well, well. Quelle surprise!

I really did not expect the cool-toned plum, pink, gray and white shadows in the new Clarins Vibrant Light Eye Quartet Mineral Palette to get along at all with warm-toned skin like mine, but then what do I know? I also didn’t think that watching Bravo every day for a month would turn my brain to curdled cheese, which it has, haha!

I guess if there’s a lesson here, it’s that you just never know when it comes to eye quads or reality television.

That is, unless we’re talking about The Millionaire Matchmaker, in which case you pretty much do know what’s going to go down, but you (I) keep watching anyway because you (I) can’t look away. :)

(Incidentally, does anyone else miss Dustin and Rachel? I think the show is pretty lame without them…)

Clarins Vibrant Light Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

The Clarins Vibrant Light Eye Quartet Mineral Palette ($42)

Clarins Vibrant Light Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

Vibrant Light Eye Quartet Mineral Palette is one of 14 pieces from the new Opalescence spring 2014 collection

Vibrant Light. One of 14 pieces in the new Opalescent spring 2014 collection. Cool-toned, fo’ sho’, but surprisingly wearable, even on warm-toned skin.

Clarins Vibrant Light Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

On my lashes I’m wearing Katy Perry by Eylure Lashes in Feline Fierce

Par for the Clarins course, these shadows perform exceptionally well, blending without a hitch and lasting a full 8-hour day without exhibiting any fallout, and only the slightest fading. They can be worn wet or dry, too (I’m wearing them dry).

Clarins Vibrant Light Eye Quartet Mineral Palette

I’m also wearing the Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blushes in Peach and Grenadine on my cheeks, and Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Tropical Pink and Lip Gloss in Coral Tulips on my lips, all of which are part of the new Opalescence spring 2014 collection

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A Multitude of Mattes Make the New Laura Mercier Artist’s Eyeshadow Palette Quite Flexible

Published in: Eyes, Laura Mercier, Palettes

The new Laura Mercier Artist's Palette, $80

The new Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette ($80)

First, before we get to Laura Mercier’s new Artist’s Eyeshadow Palette (in case you’re wondering, though, yes, it does have African Violet), a quick and (hopefully) amusing story…

Ugh, constructionSo I decided to grab lunch at the mall this afternoon to take a break from all of the construction racket directly below my window (Oh, did I mention the new gas line trench being dug through my front yard? Good times…) and, let’s be honest, try to get warm, so I zipped up the jacket I was already wearing (in the house), grabbed my keys and iPhone and said “BRB!” to Tabs (who doesn’t seem to mind the cold at all). “Call me if you need anything, sir!”

The second I opened the door and stepped outside, I realized — holy sh*t! It’s warmer out here than it is inside.

Yay! :)

Laura Mercier Artist Eyeshadow Palette

A closer look at the palette…

At Nordstrom, one of the first things I spied was the new Artist’s Eyeshadow Palette from Laura Mercier. Part of a three-piece $80 kit, it also comes with a small Caviar Stick in Cocoa and a mini Full Blown Volume Mascara.

As a side, I love the number of mattes in this palette. Laura stocked the entire top row with really useful non-shimmery shades perfect for lining lash lines, contouring creases and smoking outer corners.

Laura Mercier Artist Eyeshadow Palette

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The $7.50 NYX Adorable Shadow Palette Is Darling, Dahhhling

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Eyes, Makeup, NYX, Palettes, Product Reviews

NYX Adorable Palette

Cray-cray adorbs! The new NYX Adorable Palette.

“This palette is just darling, dahhhhling.

Why, yes, I have been watching too much Bravo.

What gave it away? Was it the way I said “dahhhling” like Lisa Vanderpump from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Because that’s how this new spring eyeshadow palette makes me feel.

NYX Adorable Palette

Hey there, cutie!

With its cute crop of neutral browns, beiges and a dreamy pinkish peach, this palette has adorable written all over it.

No, really, it does. Right there on the front of the packaging. “Adorable.” Says it right there. :)

NYX Adorable Palette

The $7.50 NYX Adorable Palette

Anywho, don’t these six powder shadows look great together? I can see them working in a bunch of neutral looks.

Like this here pinkish brown smokey eye I’m sporting today…

That’s Bobbi Brown’s Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Antigua on the apples of my cheeks and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light on my upper cheekbones.

NYX Adorable Palette

I’m also wearing MAC Smolder Eye Khol on my water lines and upper lash lines, MAC Brun Eye Shadow in my brows and MAC Extended Play Gigablack Mascara on my lashes.

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For Lids That Shimmer From Dusk Til Dawn, the NYX Dream Catcher Dusk Til Dawn Eyeshadow Palette

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, NYX, Palettes

NYX Dream Catcher Palette Dusk Til Dawn

Wearing the new NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Dusk Til Dawn ($15) on my eyes

Shocker of all shockers (I’m serious, you may want to sit down for this), I was running late yesterday to go to my parents’ house for Super Bowl Sunday. :)

I know! — me, running late? Can you imagine? Haha, but seriously, I was running late, so I just threw some makeup into a bag to get ready in the car on the drive over to their house about an hour away.

NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Dusk Til Dawn

The Dream Catcher Palette in Dusk Til Dawn, one of three NYX limited edition palettes available now

One of the things I put into that bag was NYX’s new Dream Catcher Palette in Dusk ‘Til Dawn, one of three $15 limited edition eyeshadow palettes made to be, so says NYX, the answer to your shimmery dreams (assuming, of course, that there’s a lot of shimmering in your dreams).

NYX Dream Catcher Palette Dusk Til Dawn

Ooh, shimmer…

Well, as far as any dreams I’ve ever had in which I’m putting on my makeup in the car (and there have been a few)…this palette probably would have helped. It does seem ideal for makeup-in-the-car dreams, particularly for ladies (and lords) who like how they look in warm-toned neutrals.

NYX Dream Catcher Palette Dusk Til Dawn

A quick peek inside…

Ten baked shadows in warm shades of gold, brown and beige, along with a sprinkling of purple and black, reside inside. I ended up doing a shimmery gold and brown smokey eye in the car, and I, despite the bobbing of the car as we crossed the Richmond Bridge, I didn’t have to contend with any fallout or battle with my blending.

NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Dusk Til Dawn swatches

Swatches of Dusk Til Dawn on my NC42 skin…

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