Eye Shadow Brands Ranked

For me, the most fun part about doing my makeup is applying eye shadows. And what makes it even more fun is having a plethora of options to choose from. It’s for this reason that I have accumulated more eye shadows and eye shadow palettes over the past few years than any other beauty product. And through years of trying out different brands and products, I have realized which brands really hit the ball out of the park and which ones slightly miss the mark. Now obviously I haven’t been able to try out every makeup brands eye shadows but I thought I would at least share with you the ones I have tried and how they stack up.

(Rank out of 5 hearts)

Maybelline – ♥♥

Not a whole lot of color pay-off but good for a beginner. I much prefer their color tattoo eye shadows which are more of a cream formula.

Tarte – ♥♥♥

This brand can have some great shadows but also has some very unpigmented shadows, especially the matte ones. It’s kind of a toss up what you’re going to get so definitely swatch before you buy.

Laura Mercier – ♥♥♥

These shadows are similar to Tarte shadows in that there is some inconsistency in the formulation. They are, however, more consistent than the Tarte shadows. Nice shades and nice shadows, nothing too outstanding though.

Nars – ♥♥♥

I only own two shades of theirs but they’re great and give you A LOT of product per color. Stay all day and are easy to blend out.

Urban Decay – ♥♥♥♥

The cult classic Naked palettes are pretty close to perfection with great shimmers and great mattes. They have little to no fall out and come in great packaging. The only complaint I have is that the sparkly shades could use more pigmentation.

Colour Pop – ♥♥♥♥♥

The only reason this brand isn’t at the top of my list (or rather the bottom in the case of this post) is that I haven’t tried their matte shades so I can’t speak to those. The shades I have tried, however, are absolute perfection. The first time I touched their super shock shadows I could of sworn they were a cream formula because of how buttery they are. They apply wonderfully and stay put all day with no fall out.

Lorac – ♥♥♥♥♥

These palettes are hands down my favorite eye shadow palettes. Their mattes are INCREDIBLY pigmented and their shimmers are gorgeous. They’re super blendable, stay all day, and come in palettes can be used to create so many different eye looks with  equal numbers of light, mid tone and dark shades. Plus the packaging is super light and perfect for travel. There is a little fall out but I don’t mind this at all because I always apply my eye makeup first.

If you have any brand recommendations for great eye shadows (I know I need to try Anastasia Beverly Hills and Morphe), please let me know!


A Craving for Coconut


Disclaimer: If you do not like coconut, this post is not for you.

If you couldn’t already tell by the title of this post, I fricken love coconut. My love for the taste of coconut started at a young age when I was introduced to pina coladas (virgin of course) by my mother during a family vacation to Tortola. Ever since then I have been obsessed.  I know that coconut is not everyone’s cup of tea (it just occurred to me that coconut tea could taste amazing though) but I personally believe that adding coconut to any type of sweet recipe makes it better. Cupcakes? Add coconut. Pancakes? Add coconut. Curry? Add coconut. Oatmeal? Add coconut.

So for those of you out there that are as enamored as I am with this magical fruit, I took to Pinterest to find out some new coconut-friendly recipes to try out. Enjoy!

Who Wears Short Shorts?

Me. Well at least I wear shorts. And anyone who knows my personal style can attest to the fact that I feel wayyy more comfortable in shorts than a skirt or a dress, or anything billowy. The problem is I find shopping for shorts very difficult. I haven’t actually found one store that has been able to supply me great jeans year after year but here are some options that will hopefully yield some great shorts this Spring:

March Favorites

  • The Iron Fist – A Marvel world “super hero” returns to Manhattan after 15 years of presumably being dead with some seriously kick a** skills and a weirdly strong fist. Not the best script, but still entertaining nonetheless
  • Divide by Ed Sheeran – Ed Sheeran is one of my favorite artists and his new album has some great hits. My favorites are Happier and Perfect.
  • Still Life by Louise Penny – A murder occurs in the seemingly quiet town of Three Pines and inspector Gamache is called to the scene to solve the mystery. A great series recommendation from my mom!
  • EOS ball – I wrote about this guy here
  • Utah – I absolutely loved my time in Utah just over a week ago and am now dying to go back to ski more.

Weekly Tid Bits (Food Edition)

After trying to eat healthy for the good portion of last week, I kinda jumped off the band wagon this weekend..


Baby shower at the office!


Helped myself to a little pre-massage complimentary champagne


And post-massage pizza


Tried out a new brewery!


A home-cooked meal to finish the weekend off on a high note