Pale? It’s called porcelain and I’m rockin’ it! Hi, I’m Courtney, I’m a writer and a beauty addict. I share honest reviews, how-to’s, tips and more to help you be fearlessly beautiful. I specialize in pale girl beauty, hooded eye makeup, cruelty free beauty and vegan fashion.
Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my Viseart Rosé EDIT Eyeshadow Palette review and swatches on fair skin with you. I was so happy when this little palette arrived from Beautylish! Not gonna lie, I bought it for the left side of the palette.
About Viseart Rosé EDIT Eye Shadow Palette
Enjoy the bold color payoff and seamless application of Viseart’s signature eye shadows wherever you go. The EDIT Palette is a travel-friendly version of Viseart’s Eye Shadow Palette—a staple in Hollywood makeup artists’ kits—designed for quick and easy eye looks. Choose from a curated edit of romantic shades from the Tryst, Grande Pro 1, and Siren eye shadow palettes to achieve pro-level results on the go.
Experience the buttery feel and superior blendability of Viseart’s signature eye shadow formula, which features triple-milled pigments for intense, long-lasting color payoff
Fold up the portable palette into a handy easel, thanks to the unique convertible design
Customize your collection however you like with 12 removable magnetic pans
Rendezvous (Tryst Palette) – Pink champagne with a shimmer finish
Blossom (new) – Shimmering rose gold with a duochrome finish
Truffle (new) – Earthy brown with a shimmer finish
Splendor (new) – Deep pink gold with a metallic finish
Viseart Rosé EDIT Eyeshadow Palette Review
So let me get what I don’t love about this palette out of the way. I don’t love that the names of the colors aren’t printed right by their pans. That always frustrates me.
As someone who has not been a fan of the Viseart shimmer formula, I was pleasantly surprised that I liked the shimmers in this palette and the Viseart Liaison that I recently purchased. I knew I would love the mattes because I find the Viseart matte formula (especially in the Bright Editorial, Cool Mattes 1 and Cool Mattes 2) to be amazing.
I do take issues with the shade descriptions. You know I love duochromes. I’m not sure that I would count the shades that are marked as duochromes as what I consider duochromes. The only color that appears to be a duochrome on my skintone to my eyes is Rosé. It reminds me of the Darling Girl Hell’s Bells (discontinued) color that I loved, which was a blue-toned red with strong gold shift. Rosé is more of a warm red with gold shift.
Wisteria is listed as a bright lavender with a duochrome finish. It’s a soft lavender with subtle blue sparkles. Not really a duochrome. Urban Decay Omen or Asphyxia or Tonic are similar and definitely more duochrome in nature. This shade would have benefited from Viseart giving it more pigment and shift.
On my skintone Blossom, a shimmering rose gold with a duochrome finish, looks like an orange leaning rose gold. I don’t see duochrome, just orange. I love rose golds, but not orange ones. Orange tones are not flattering on me.
Splendor is a metallic deep pink gold. It just looks like a bronzey gold on my fair skin. I don’t see any pink. Rendezvous is a pink champagne shimmer. On me, I just see a champagne shimmer, no hints of pink. Truffle is a brown shimmer. This is the only time you will ever see me wearing this color.
Ballet, Rosette, Café, Pêche, Chocolate and Peony are all excellent mattes. I love them. I expected to love them. I’m especially happy about Rosette.
I have to also point out I love the small size and how easy it is to travel with this palette. It fits in any makeup bag I own.
The Rosé EDIT, to me, sounded like it would be a mix of beautiful berry hues and sparkling Rosé inspired shades. It has too many warm tones for my personal taste, which is a disappointment. I don’t know why I was under the impression that it would be more neutral toned.
The key to happiness is properly setting your expectations. While I do think it is a beautiful palette, if you’re expecting it to be a balanced, neutral or cool toned palette, you’re going to be disappointed. If you are expecting it to be warm toned with a few cooler shades, you’ll love it.
If you’re in the market for a new warm toned eyeshadow palette with pretty shimmers and excellent mattes, the Viseart Rosé EDIT Eyeshadow Palette might be perfect for you!
I’m excited to be bringing you my Uoma Beauty Tutorial & Mini Reviews. This is a mostly one brand tutorial with the new to Ulta brand Uoma Beauty. The name Uoma means beautiful in Igbo, the native language of South Eastern Nigeria. I recently ordered all of this stuff from Ulta.
About UOMA Beauty
At UOMA we are an empowered tribe. Our race is human, our people are free, our language is color. All are welcome to our beautiful tribe.
Founded by Nigerian born, LA & London based former beauty executive Sharon Chuter, the UOMA Beauty range is rebellious, innovative and created for all.
Uoma Beauty is a cruelty-free brand with many vegan offerings.
Finally a beauty brand creates a foundation based off of the Fitzpatrick scale! (Do you know the Fitzpatrick scale?) Uoma Beauty’s Say What?! foundation is broken into 6 categories based off of the Fitzpatrick scale. I’m a 1 on the Fitzpatrick scale (I burn like crazy and can’t tan), so that puts me into the White Pearl category. Within that category I selected T1C (the fair cool shade) instead of T1N (the fair neutral shade). The foundation looks like a good match to my neck, chest and hands. I need to do a wear test on it (and so many others!)
What I love about the Uoma Beauty Black Magic Metallic lipstick is that it has a high shine finish. It’s almost like a gloss is built in. So gorgeous!
The Uoma Beauty Black Magic Savage Color Palette is beautiful. The foil finish eyeshadows make this palette amazing. I sort of wish they’d done half the palette in foil formula.
I’m sharing an extremely personal story about my early 20s today: How Planned Parenthood saved my life. I’m also sharing the real stories of women from the PhyrraNyx Facebook group anonymously. We want to show you that Planned Parenthood is about comprehensive women’s health.
Planned Parenthood Saved My Life Video
In light of the war on women and abortion, I felt compelled to share my story on how Planned Parenthood saved my life, along with the stories of like-minded women. With everything going on, I found this article on Vice helpful – How to get the morning after pill for free. They recommend stocking up on a few at home because it may become harder for people to access birth control.
With everything happening in the news I feel like I’m living in an alternate dark timeline. It really depresses me, so I had to do something to counter everything that was making me so sad, so I shared my story with you.
Melt Cosmetics has been a favorite indie brand of mine for years. I’ve been buying from them for about 6 years at this point. I was thrilled to hear that they will now be available at Sephora. I wanted to share my Melt Cosmetics collection with you. I’ve purchased a ton of Melt over the past few years.
For those of you who don’t know, Melt Cosmetics is a Leaping Bunny Certified cruelty-free indie makeup brand. They also very clearly state which products are vegan or not vegan. Lora (from LA) & Dana (from Vegas) are two talented makeup and entertainment gals that got together and created Melt to make ultra-matte vibrant lipsticks.
All Melt Cosmetics products purchased by me because I enjoy flinging money at high-quality indie brands.
Since people always ask what my skintone is to determine how useful my swatches are, it’s very fair neutral to cool olive yellow. Current foundation matches for me are:
All of these brands claim that their foundations are vegan. All are cruelty-free.
Melt Smoke Sessions Palette
Space Queen (hunter green matte), Blue Dream (mint pearl), Sweet Tooth (jade), Mean Green (emerald green), Sour Diesel (grey olive matte), Gravity OG (yellow gold), Grand Daddy (olive gold foil), Black Widow (olive shimmer)
The Melt Smoke Sessions palette is solely responsible for my green eyeshadow addiction. Here it is swatched above. It’s so freaking gorgeous! Smoke Sessions palette is 100% vegan. I love the buildable formula in this eyeshadow palette. It’s my current favorite eyeshadow formula, tied with Saucebox.
These Melt Cosmetics swatches are miscellaneous cheek products. I have two of the Melt Blushlight Blushes – Shadowplay (iridescent mint green) and Electra (divine lilac). There’s also one normal Melt Blush – Honey Thief (neutral peach). I did buy Pink Moon (lavish rosé) from the Melt Digital Dust Highlight line too.
I wanted to start a new series, subtle pops of color, for makeup inspiration for people on how to wear fun colors. Today’s video is a subtle green makeup tutorial. Show your Slytherin pride in a subversive way! This nearly neutral look does a great job of lifting the downturned, droopy outer corners of my hooded eyes. It’s almost like an eye lift with makeup. It also makes my eyes look bigger.
In case you didn’t know, Black Moon Cosmetics is now available at Ulta! They only have a limited set of items, which include the Orb of Light palette I used today.
Semi-related, Melt Cosmetics will be available soon at Sephora. That means you can pick up the Melt Smoke Sessions palette on Friday from Sephora! That palette is amazing, especially if you love the color green!
For makeup inspiration, a hooded eye guide, makeup tutorials, a brush guide, blending techniques and more, get your copy of my book Hooded Eyes Makeup Manual. It’s available in print or ebook format. Inside it you’ll see real, unfiltered results on real people.
Today I’m sharing the best wedding nails, ever! Seriously though, I think this manicure would make a beautiful bride or wedding guest manicure. I love unique looking manis, as I’m sure you know by now. I often do accent nails with Swarovski crystals.
I wanted a blingy, gorgeous, unique nail art design for my trip to Sweden. Diamond (my awesome nail tech) and I decided that an entire mani of Swarovski Crystalpixie would be sublime!
If you’re in the Tampa area, I highly recommend my nail artist Diamond! You can book with her here.
Swarovski Crystalpixie Nail Art Manicure
This photo was taken right after Diamond finished my manicure. I have a hard gel base on top of my natural nails. Diamond set the Swarovski Crystalpixie crystals into a gel base and then we cured it under the LED light to create this gorgeous nail art.
This photo shows the how the Swarovski Crystalpixie crystals are really glowy under daylight bulbs. They really catch the light.
Here’s a photo of this wedding manicure in direct light. I love how the crystals look like little rainbows. This photo and the photo with flash are the most true to what I see with my eyes.
Wedding Nails Three Weeks Later
I took these photos last night when I was at Marlowe’s Tavern in Tampa. Even in low light conditions and when my manicure is 3 weeks old, it still looks fabulous.
I took the same photo that I took above, only I used flash. I just love that my 3 week old manicure is still garnering comments!
What do you think of my best wedding nails manicure? Are you in love with swarovski like I am? Have you ever had a Swarovski Crystalpixie nail art mani?
Today I’m bringing you my review of the Lunar Beauty Life’s a Drag Palette. I bought this last year because it kind of looked like the perfect all-in-one palette to me, and I was curious about the quality of it. Lunar Beauty, by MannyMUA, is a cruelty-free beauty brand. They are PETA certified but not Leaping Bunny certified.
Let me get it out of the way that when I bought the Lunar Beauty Life’s a Drag Palette, there was something shady going on. I paid $45 plus $6.50 for shipping, so a total of $51.50. Later I got a message that my payment had never been claimed by Lunar Beauty. The person asked me to send the payment to them marked friends and family so that they wouldn’t have to pay the PayPal fee. I did that without asking, and then later realized that maybe they had never claimed the payment in the first place so they could avoid paying fees to PayPal.
As I mentioned above, I felt like the Lunar Beauty Life’s a Drag Palette was sort of the perfect all-in-one palette. It has bright mattes, it has workhorse neutrals, and a few shimmer shades. It’s not a palette that’s half brown. All of this convinced me to buy it. I certainly don’t regret buying it.
If this palette had been created by Sugarpill, I think everyone would have screamed how amazing it was. Because it was by MannyMUA, I think it has been less well received. I put it on par with my Jeffree Star eyeshadow palettes in terms of quality.
For me, the eyeshadow formula performs about as well as my Jeffree Star palettes. Which is to say it’s ok, not amazing, and has room for improvement. It’s still very workable, it’s just not Melt or Saucebox or Urban Decay. Some of the shades are stiffer than others but they can still be built up and blended out.
As far as the shade range goes, Mug and Trade are the only two shades that I don’t like in the palette. Kiki didn’t perform well but was workable. After seeing the awesome duochrome in the Makeup Geek MannyMUA palette, I was surprised Manny didn’t add a duochrome or two in the Life’s a Drag palette.
I’ve recommended this palette to a few of my cosplay friends who wanted a good all-in-one palette for conventions and they’ve loved it. They have been able to create a wide range of fantasy looks with it. I’ve enjoyed playing with it a time or two, but it’s not a palette I reach for in my collection right now. I’m far more into Melt Smoke Sessions & Saucebox Secret Garden.
It’s no secret that I love burgundy. Today I’ve rounded up the best cruelty-free burgundy mascaras to share with you. Recently burgundy mascara was put back on my radar because a friend gifted me with Maybelline Snapscara in Black Cherry (not cruelty free). Since I loved the color and I want to wear burgundy, I went out looking for cruelty-free options to share with you and feature on my blog!
The Best Cruelty-free Burgundy Mascaras List
1. Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Garnet 80 (burgundy-red wine)
This burgundy mascara is on sale right now for $15! I just bought it via Sephora. I also bought Think Ink, the cool navy blue. I feel like $15 for a Marc Jacobs mascara is a steal! I love so many of their products.
2. Kevyn Aucion the Expert Mascara in Bloodroses (deep burgundy)
This deep burgundy mascara is $29 at Beautylish. I received this several years ago as a PR sample from the Makeup Show and believe I loved it.
3. Canmake Layered Look Mascara in Rose Burgundy (burgundy reddish brown)
Canmake is a new-to-me cruelty-free Japanese beauty brand (I had mistakenly listed them as Korean). I’m working on a cruelty-free Korean beauty brand list for you. It’s just extremely difficult because I do not speak Korean, so that makes research hard. Canmake’s burgundy mascara is only $9.50.
4. Colour Pop BFF Mascara in Red (true red)
I don’t know the quality of the Colour Pop mascaras, but this list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include them since they’re $8.
5. Fiona Stiles Ultimte Lash Icon Mascara in Worth (burgundy)
I can only find this mascara as part of a set on QVC, but it’s about $12 per mascara. Fiona Stiles used to be available at Ulta but they’re no longer carried there.
I was honestly surprised to see that Urban Decay Cosmetics and Nyx Cosmetics, two of my favorite cruelty-free beauty brands, do NOT have any burgundy mascara options. I also checked Cover Girl, since they’re now cruelty-free as well. I didn’t see any options with Cover Girl either.
You can also apply your mascara as normal, then only apply the burgundy mascara on the tips of your lashes. Or just put primer on the tips after you’ve applied your mascara, then the color mascara on top of the primer.
3. Lashes Only
Try a bare eye with only burgundy mascara.
4. Monochromatic Eye Looks
I love monochromatic looks and will often wear burgundy eyeshadow, burgundy liner and now I can add in burgundy mascara.
5. Monochromatic Makeup Looks
Coordinate your mascara, lipstick and nail polish to all match.
6. Pair Burgundy with Your Favorite Colors
I love seeing burgundy and purple, burgundy and black, burgundy and rose gold, burgundy and pink, burgundy and peach together. Try using these colors with burgundy, especially if it’s outside your comfort zone. You can also pair it with brown and nude shades. I bet a soft mauve would look great too.
7. Lightly Smokey With Burgundy
Try a lighter smokey eye with bronze or grey eyeshadow and burgundy mascara.
8. Two Tone Look
You can also try 1/2 burgundy mascara on the inner lashes and 1/2 purple, blue or black mascara on the outer half of your lashes for a two tone look.
9. Duochrome Look
Pick your favorite duochrome or multichromatic eyeshadow to put all over the eyes and pair with a burgundy mascara.
10. Rusty Look
Choose a red with an orange undertone or a rusty orange eyeshadow to wear with burgundy mascara.
11. Alien Look
Use Black Moon Cosmetics E.T. (lime green) eyeshadow with burgundy mascara. Lime Green and Burgundy Wine are opposite each other on the color wheel. (see my color wheel guide)
Why Would You Wear Burgundy Mascara?
I’m sure people are going to ask, why would you wear burgundy mascara? Well for me, the number one reason is that I love burgundy almost as much as I love black and purple. It’s a jewel toned color that really sets off my skintone and looks amazing on me.
Burgundy mascara is great for bringing out the blue in blue-green eyes. I’ve said it before, but blue-green eyes like mine will best be enhanced with neutral shades like purple; cool shades like silver, lilac, iridescent beige, grey, slate and charcoal; and warm shades like peach, copper, bronze and red.
The Most Flattering Eyeshadow & Color Mascara Combo For Your Eye Color
These are the most flattering eyeshadow and color mascara combo for each eye color family according to the multiple makeup artists I consulted with:
Brown eyes – gold eyeshadow and deep purple mascara
Amber eyes – terracotta eyeshadow and navy mascara
Hazel eyes (blue, green, amber and brown) – light purple eyeshadow and burgundy wine mascara
Green eyes – brown eyeshadow and burgundy wine mascara
Blue eyes – copper eyeshadow and navy mascara
I don’t consider my eyes hazel because I don’t have any brown or amber in them. You see blue, green, grey, and a yellow-green color in my eyes.
Today on the blog I’m sharing my Urban Decay On the Run Shortcut Mini Palette review and swatches on fair skin. You know I love me some Urban Decay! UD sent me this palette as a PR sample. Thank you so much Urban Decay!
Urban Decay is a 100% cruelty-free beauty brand with many vegan offerings. They are PETA certified. They used to be Leaping Bunny certified.
Urban Decay On the Run Shortcut Mini Palette
Urban Decay On the Run Shortcut Mini Palette Swatches
Row 1 – Afterhours, Gash, Zone, Sin Row 2 – Back Alley, Rendezvous, Shortcut, Laced
Sin (pale nude shimmer)
Laced (pinky-taupe matte)
Shortcut (medium rose-pink matte)
Afterhours (soft black satin with iridescent micro-sparkle)
Back Alley (chocolate brown matte)
Rendezvous (Bordeaux matte with blue-sparkle)
Gash (metallic brick red)
Zone (metallic pink-red with copper micro-sparkle transformer)
Urban Decay On the Run Shortcut Mini Palette Review
While the UD On the Run Mini Detour and Bailout palettes left me unsatisfied and wanting more, the Shortcut palette didn’t disappoint! If Gash was a true red, Rendezvous was a deep burgundy wine matte, and Back Alley was either Desperation or Tease, I’d think this was the perfect mini palette. I love Sin, Laced, Afterhours and Zone to bits!
Laced is the perfect sort of soft crease color or transition shade for me. Zone is an amazingly gorgeous, complex shade that deserves to be a single. I love that I see peach, pink, copper, red and bronzey gold in zone. Afterhours is a beautifully rich, romantic gunmetal grey shimmer. Rendezvous is a beautiful wine matte. Sin is one of my favorite eye brightening shades. Gash is a pretty metallic red. Really the only shade I’m not crazy about is Back Alley, as all the rest are wearable for me.
If you love Urban Decay’s eyeshadow formula and you love reds, you’ll love this palette. I feel like it has almost all of my favorite red hues that I reach for, plus Zone for extra fun. Because the palette has Afterhours in it, I think this palette would have been better off with Desperation or Tease instead of Back Alley for another neutral. Desperation is a deep grey taupe, while Tease is a light cool taupe.
Today I’m sharing my Urban Decay On the Run Bailout Mini Palette review and swatches on fair skin. UD recently released three mini palettes that are neutrals with a pop of color. I believe they’re supposed to be extensions of the UD Born to Run palette that came out last year. See my UD Born to Run Palette Review and 20+ Born to Run Tutorials for Makeup Inspiration. UD sent me this palette as a PR sample. Thank you so much Urban Decay!
Urban Decay On the Run Bailout Mini Palette Review
The UD On the Run Bailout Mini Palette, much like the On the Run Detour Mini Palette, is something of a let down for me. You know I don’t like brown eyeshadow, especially warm brown eyeshadows. They usually look terrible on my fair skin. I don’t care for Double Up and Rebound in this palette.
Faith, Bailout and Skimp are all three workable neutrals for me. Pickup is gorgeous and my favorite color in the palette. I also really like Vice. Chopper is a pretty, classic shade from UD. I feel like the eyeshadow formula in this palette isn’t as nice as it is in the UD Reloaded palette.
If neutral palettes with a pop of color are your jam, you will love the Urban Decay On the Run Bailout Mini Palette, which is neutral with a pop of purple. If you prefer more color, like me, you’ll want to skip this one. This is just too neutral for me. I do hope that they offer Pickup as a single, because it’s so pretty.