New Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Collection Review!

Ya girl finally got her paws on the new Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Collection of vitamin C products! Just in time too, since I just ran out of the vitamin c serum I'd been using before. The collection includes the Potent-C™ Power Serum, the Potent-C™ Targeted Spot Brightener, and the Potent-C™ Power Eye Cream and baby I LOVE IT.

 
Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Collection Vitamin C serum
 

Why the Vitamin C craze? We all know how helpful vitamin C is for our immune systems when we consume it, but it's also really helpful for fighting signs of aging and keeping your skin soft and smooth.

It helps promote collagen production, helps protect from the sun (with sunscreen use of course,) evens out skin tones and under eye circles, speeds up healing, improves hydration and moisture, just to name a few benefits. 

I've only been using the products for a few days, but I can already feel that my skin is softer, and overall it's helped with discoloration and evening my skin tone. I'm going to use the eye cream nightly and see if it can do anything for these ol' eye bags of mine.

The products have a slight, clean sort of smell, but nothing heavy or flowery. A little goes a long way, so you really don't have to use much product. They are a higher end brand, which naturally comes with a higher price tag, so if you're on a budget, you may want to plan and save up a little for the splurge. I'd probably go with the serum if you're going to just choose one product. 

 
Peter Thomas Roth Vitamin C Potent C Collection
 

If you're interested in checking it out, you can get the collection at Sephora, here

Here's a little more information about each of the products from the website.

Potent-C™ Power Serum unleashes the strength of THD Ascorbate, an ultra-stable scientific breakthrough form of Vitamin C that is 50 X more powerful than traditional Vitamin C. Packed with a jaw-dropping concentration of 20% THD Ascorbate, the serum’s efficacy is amplified by the addition of two ultra- powerful antioxidants (3% Vitamin E and 2% Ferulic Acid), delivering a complete and advanced anti-aging, fi rming and brightening treatment. This rich moisturizing serum is a must to help improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, firmness, uneven skin tone, texture and brightness. Fragrance-free and non-irritating.

Potent-C™ Targeted Spot Brightener unleashes the strength of powerful antioxidants and THD Ascorbate, an ultra-stable scientific breakthrough form of Vitamin C that is 50 X more powerful than traditional Vitamin C. Packed with a concentration of 10% THD Ascorbate, this potent spot brightener is amplified by 3% Vitamin E and 2% Ferulic Acid, providing powerful antioxidant benefits. Gwennis and Angelys help reduce and brighten the look of dark spots by up to 75%*, while Aloe and Allantoin help soothe the appearance of skin.

Potent-C™ Power Eye Cream unleashes the strength of powerful antioxidants and THD Ascorbate, an ultra-stable scientific breakthrough form of Vitamin C that is 50 X more powerful than traditional Vitamin C. Packed with a concentration of 10% THD Ascorbate, this hydrating eye cream is amplified by 3% Vitamin E and 2% Ferulic Acid, providing powerful antioxidant benefits. Caffeine, Hyaluronic Acid and 3% Phyco’derm® help improve the look of dark circles, puffiness and crow’s feet, instantly and over time. Filmexel® acts like a second skin to help protect the delicate eye area.

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in which I received these products in exchange for my honest review and opinions about the product. 

Candytopia Museum of Candy in Santa Monica!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know there's nothing I love more than a good old Intagram museum. I bought tickets for Candytopia when it was very first announced, and it went through a little bit of permitting trouble, so it never opened at its first location. After some administrative shuffle, it finally opened in Santa Monica and I was super pumped to check it out. It did not disappoint! 

Candytopia Candy Museum Rainbow Wheel

I, like any good Instagram obsessed blogger, brought two outfits to wear, and the photo ops were super cute AND I got a lot of candy. I have a cavity growing in my back left molar, but I figure if I'm going to get it filled anyway I might as well go hard. 

You can still get tickets at Candytopia.com, they're $30 for adults and $23 for children 4-12. Under 4 is free! If you're in LA, you should definitely check it out! 

The Pill Club

Recently, the doctor I'd been seeing in Los Angeles closed their doors abruptly, so I panicked a little bit, knowing I'd have to scramble to find ANOTHER new doctor to schedule a pap with so they could quickly write me a prescription so my use of birth control wouldn't be interrupted.

Birth control can be maddeningly difficult to access, even for someone with health insurance. I have been on the pill as a form of birth control for over a decade and have moved to different states and cities throughout the years, had to find new doctors to write me prescriptions, and battled with insurance companies over how to access my birth control.

The Pill Club Birth Control

Now, if you live in California, you may have heard that pharmacists are now legally allowed to dispense birth control pills to you without a doctor's prescription, which, for someone like me who has no major health issues and has been monogamous for the last 100 years, is a godsend. I searched around town to see which pharmacies had been trained in the new law, and a friend recommended The Pill Club. 

I've never had such an easy time getting my birth control. I just had just fill out a simple medical questionnaire and provide some details about myself, texted a little bit with a specialist to confirm my details and health insurance info, and boom, a cute little care package with my birth control, Plan B, essential oils, and some chocolate arrived at my door a week later. 

I can't tell you how much stress this has taken off my back, and how relieved I was that I didn't have to interrupt my birth control schedule to get a new prescription. This obviously doesn't replace good medical care by your OBGYN or General Practitioner doctor, but if you're on the pill and know how your body reacts to it, The Pill Club was a Godsend for me. 

I'm not being paid to write this or anything either, I genuinely just found this service so helpful and easy.  If you dread having to deal with the doctors and your insurance company, I highly recommend you check this service out!

Find out more about The Pill Club here on their website, and let me know if you try it how you like it!

Easy Green Springtime Look with NYX Love You So Mochi Electric Pastels Palette

Spring is almost here! Stepping into the season with my new NYX Love You So Mochi Electric Pastels palette which I am OBSESSED with. The eyeshadows are super soft and buttery, and I found they went on best when applied with my fingers as they're pretty shimmery. A couple of the more gold colors would be great doubled as highlighters too. 

I am usually more of a browns and pinks kind of girl, so green is a bit outside of my norm, but since I've started this blog I've been trying to add more variety into my makeup routine. What do you think about this, are these colors you'd rock?

Jumping Into Art at the Museum of Illusions in Los Angeles

This week my man and I visited the Museum of Illusions, a pop up art museum here in Los Angeles. It was SO COOL. I love these places that have become really popular in LA, my husband makes fun of me for it because he says it's just for Instagram photos, but I know he secretly enjoys it just as much as I do. 

Museum of Illusions Los Angeles Bubble Blowing Pink Wall

I really loved the simple outfit I put together with the accent scarf I stole from my mom, the queen of scarves. 

 
Museum of Illusions Los Angeles Flower Wall
 

It was really cool to walk around and see how the artists involved created these optical illusions, some of them were really mind blowing! Check out some of the other fun pictures we took during our visit to the Museum below!

Skin Care Routine to Fight Fine Lines and Wrinkles with MD Complete

We all deal with different skin problems, and as we age, our skin needs change too! My skin is on the dryer side, and lately I’ve been noticing fine lines around my mouth and eyes. I’m a lot older than I look, and I plan on keeping it that way!

 
MDCompleteSkin Wrinkle and Vitamin C Retinol
 

MD Complete sent me a few products to try and I’ve been using the Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy, Eye Wrinkle Corrector, and Retinol Vitamin C Concentrate for the past couple weeks and have noticed an overall more firm and bright tone to my skin.

 
MD Complete Skincare Routine Wrinkle and Retinol Vitamin C
 

They sent this handy schedule along with the product so I know when to use each product and how to ease my skin into my new routine. The products are highly concentrated, so putting it all on my skin every day is probably too much. 

It will take a couple months to see a more dramatic difference, but I definitely plan on doing a before and after comparison for you all! If you want to check these products out, you can get them here at the MD Complete Skin website!

What are your favorite products for fighting wrinkles and keeping your skin radiant? Let me know in the comments below!

 

1 Minute Videos: Herbivore Botanicals Exfoliating Floral Pink Clay Mask

I am a huge fan of clay masks and use them about once a week before my weekly hair wash session. I am also a huge fan of pink things, so when I saw this Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Floral Mask at Anthropologie I had to pick it up. 

It comes in a powder form and you mix it yourself, so that seemed like a fun thing to do on a Friday night. Check out my 1 Minute Video below!

Couple of things, I don't know if I made my mix too thick or this is just the formula, it was a little more difficult to wash off my face than an average clay mask, so I had to keep a wet face towel on it for a little longer to actually get it off. I'll have to try another time with a thinner consistency to see if that helps. I was also hoping that this mask would be actually pink, but it's more of a pinky brown color, like, I duno, mud. 

 
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I used a silicone mask brush to apply the mask, and I love these because it doesn't waste as much product as a normal hair brush. I got mine in a two pack from amazon here for like $5, and gave one to my sister in law. 

 
Herbivore Botanical Pink Clay Exfoliating Floral Face Mask
 

I got this mask from Anthropologie for $22 (THEY HAVE BEAUTY STUFF?) but the mask is also available on amazon for $26 right now, scoop it up if that's something you're into!  

Here's the info about the Pink Clay Mask from Amazon.

French Pink Clay 
Filled with minerals, this clay gently detoxifies and cleanses, leaving the skin feeling soft and nourished. 

Rose Petals 
Gentle and soothing to skin, rose petals assist in regenerating cells, reducing fine lines, clarifying skin tone and protecting against free radicals. 

Chamomile 
Anti-inflammatory that promotes circulation and is used as a treatment for inflammation and irritation of the skin. Organic Chamomile is excellent for healing, tissue regeneration and prevention of moisture loss. 

Rosehip Seed Oil 
Comes from the fruit of the wild rose plant, naturally rich in essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9. Regenerates skin cells and repairs damaged tissue, reduces scarring, repairs damaged skin cells, minimizes wrinkles and helps maintain healthy collagen.

Formulated WITHOUT
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Animal Testing
- GMOs 

Subtle Smokey Eyeshadow Look with Neutroena Healthy Skin Makeup

I’ve partnered with Neutrogena to recreate one of their #HolidayHealthySkin Looks. I normally have great skin, but the winter dryness and the stress of my family holiday vacation caused me to break out a little bit. Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Makeup is meant to actually improve skin tone and texture over time, and helped to cover up some of my blemishes and stay flawless for the holiday season. I recreated Eiza González’s soft smoky look here, you can see more holiday looks out on the Neutrogena website. Use the promo code HEALTHYSKIN25 to get 25% off on Neutrogena.com to check it out for yourself!

Makeup Details
Primer: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer
Foundation: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in Nude
Concealer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer in Fair (10)
Under Eye Brightener: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector in Fair (05)
Blush: Healthy Skin Blush in Vibrant
Bronzer: Healthy Skin Blends in Sunkissed
Eyeshadow: Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer in Mink Brown
Mascara: (Lash extensions for top) Healthy Volume® Mascara in Carbon Black
Lips: MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Fresh Papaya

Colourpop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette New Years Giveaway

New Year New Giveaway!

Colourpop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette Slumber Party Beauty Giveaway

Kicking off 2018 with a giveaway of not one, but TWO Yes Please Eyeshadow Palettes from Colourpop.

Here are the details:
1. Follow me on Instagram at instagram.com/slumberpartybeauty
2. Subscribe to my YouTube channel here or follow slumberpartybeauty on Facebook here.
3. Tag 2 of your friends in the comments of this instagram post -> https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdil3EIDfJA
That’s it! TWO winners will be chosen at random on Thursday 1/11 and contacted via DM on instagram. 



Disclaimer: This is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to instagram's terms of use.

Happy New Year and Good Luck!

New Years Eve Party Glam Makeup Look with the Natasha Denona Holiday Eyeshadow Palette

I did a quick New Years Eve Glam Makeup Look for all New Years parties you'll no doubt be attending using my brand new Natasha Denona Holiday Eyeshadow Palette 5 I received as a Christmas gift! I looove the red shades and the glitter eyeshadow pigments!

Makeup Details
Primer
: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer
Foundation: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in Nude
Concealer: Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer in Light Sand
Brows: NYX Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in Charcoal and eyebrow cake powder in Black/Gray
Eyeshadow Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Eyeshadow: Natasha Denona Holiday Eyeshadow Palette 5
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day liner in Intense Black
Mascara: Healthy Volume® Mascara in Carbon Black
Contour: Shams Step By Step Contour Stick
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Bazzar in Skillful
Highlight: Laura Geller Beauty Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey
Lips: Colourpop #iluvsarahiixcolourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Arriba and #mylittleponyxcolourpop Ultra Glossy Lip in Flutter Valley
Finishing Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Setting Spray: ELF Makeup Mist and Set
Lash Extensions by @lashesbyelyse

This year has been super busy with a lot of new things in my life. I wrote a LOT, started this beauty blog, and got to work with some amazing people at a kid's show! 

I'm looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for both Slumber Party Beauty and my personal life, and I'm putting it out into the universe that 2018 is going to be my year! 

Hope you have a safe and fun New Years Eve, and I'll see you next year!

Top 10 Tips and Tricks To Make Bus and Road Trips a Breeze

For the holidays parents, my brother, and his wife are traveling here to LA from Michigan and the Bay Area, and THEN we're all getting on a bus run by a Korean travel tour company and going to Vegas and the Grand Canyon. 

 My dad, mom, brother, sister in law, me, and my hubby. <3

My dad, mom, brother, sister in law, me, and my hubby. <3

That's right, me, my man, my brother and his wife, and like 30 Korean senior citizens are goin' on a trip. It is going to be hilarious, I have no doubt about this.

As I'm preparing for my trip, I wanted to share my top ten tips and tricks for making road trips or bus trips easy and fun!

Packing for Short Trips Tips and Tricks

1. Make A List! (Check it twice)

This is an obvious one, probably, but I don't always remember or make time to make lists because I think I'm too smart and that I'll remember everything. Without fail, every time I try to pack without making a list I will forget something. To avoid forgetting stuff, use your notes app or reminder app on your phone or get out a good ol' pen and paper and make a list- plus you'll feel like you accomplished something each time you check something off the list!

2. Stock Up On Healthy Snacks Ahead of Time

My go to road trip snacks used to be Funyons and Diet Rockstars until my doctor told me to stop being a garbage can. (Paraphrased) These days I've attempted to make my snacks a bit healthier, and I find that I feel much less sluggish on long trips and have more room in my belly for awesome restaurants we discover. Prepare things like nuts, fruits like bananas and grapes, and easy to pack veggies like carrots ahead of time so that you don't get hungry at a gas station and buy 3 packs of different flavored Cheetos and regret it after you eat them all in one sitting. (All hypothetical of course)

Cute Asos Portable Battery Charger for Phones

3. Charge All Your Devices and Bring Portable Chargers

I'm straight up addicted to my phone, and wouldn't make it through a long day on a bus without a portable charger. They come in a wide range of price ranges and styles, so pick the one that suits your needs the best. If you have a phone with a removable battery, consider buying an extra battery to easily switch out when you are running low on juice. I take this MyCharge portable battery charger ($89) with me everywhere and it can get you from red to a full charge multiple times and is compatible with iPhones and most Android phones. You can sign up for their e-mail list to get a 30% discount off your first purchase, but if this out of your price range, there are tons of more affordable options on Amazon and at other stores like this cute $40 one pictured from Asos

4. Download Audio Books and Music Beforehand

You never know when you're going to go through a no service zone when you're driving through the country, so make sure to download the audio books, music, or movies that will be keeping you entertained before you leave. I use Spotify Premium to download my road trip playlists that may or may not include a lot of Celine Dion. I also utilize my public library's app to download books on tape, which is FREE. It's crazy to me that there are things in life that are still free. 

5. Get Noise Cancelling Head Phones or Ear Plugs

My brother got me a pair of nice noise cancelling head phones a couple years ago and they have been CRUCIAL to plane rides and road trips. Crying babies? No problem. Loud people in the row in front of you? Easy breezy. Obviously don't wear them if you're driving, but they go a long way to making you feel less like you're on a bus with 45 strangers. If you don't have the budget for fancy headphones, the little foam ear plugs do almost as well in a pinch, and you can get those cheap from amazon or most drug stores.  

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6. Travel Size Beauty

I don't know about you, but I am militant about my beauty regimen. No matter how tired I am, or where I am, I have to at least wash my face, tone, and moisturize my mug. Lugging around tons of products is neither fun nor practical, so I take travel size toiletries with me. You can either buy small travel friendly containers or wash and re-use old samples or hotel goodies and fill them with your favorite skin care products. I keep my makeup minimal when traveling, so I'll bring a multi-purpose lip and cheek stain instead of a full size blush, boy brow instead of a full pomade eyebrow, and tinted moisturizer in lieu of full foundation. Kit pictured is from Mochi Things.

7. Water Water Water

If you're driving, your first instinct might be to try not to drink much water so you don't have to pull over to use the restroom, but that is the opposite of what you should do! Traveling is hard work, and you should make sure to drink enough water so that you avoid fatigue and don't get dehydrated.

8. Prepare for the Weather in Each State

If you'll be passing through multiple states or locations, make sure you check what the weather will be like! In the US, weather varies VASTLY from state to state, and often times visitors to my home city here in Los Angeles will be unprepared for chilly nights because they assume California is hot all the time!

Road Trip Map Flat Lay

9. Map Out Your Route

Though GPS and smart phones have made paper maps all but obsolete, you should always plan for the unexpected. Technology often fails us, and you don't want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere if it does. Take a moment to look at what route you'll be taking and look at a map of where you're going before you start on your adventure, so that if for some reason your phone or GPS poops out you'll know relatively whether you should be going south or west on what freeway.

10. Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Be prepared for anything! If your car breaks down, you'll want to make sure you have your insurance info or AAA membership on hand. Pack a small makeup bag with pain medication, allergy pills, band aids, and whatever you think may be important if you get into a situation. Use your smart phones Emergency Contact feature to plug in any medical information like allergies or diseases and fill in your bestie's info. You probably won't need to use any of this, but if you do, you'll be glad you prepared for it ahead of time!

Hopefully you find these tips and tricks helpful, and if you have any other great tips to making a road/bus trip great, let me know in the comments! I will definitely be documenting my trip via my instagram, so be sure to follow me @slumberpartybeauty if you are interested in following along!

Whether you are traveling or staying cozy at home, I hope you have a happy holiday season spent with people you love.  

Carbon Coco Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Review and Video

My journey with white teeth has been fraught with many speedbumps. When I was young I had my teeth professionally whitened after getting my braces off, and I'm convinced it made my enamel weak and my teeth sensitive ever since. I drink a lot of coffee, so I've pretty much undone any good the professional whitening did, and crest white strips are too painful for me to use due to my sad weak enamel. 

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Enter activated charcoal. I've heard a lot about charcoal teeth whitening products but hadn't had a chance to check it out, when I got a message from Carbon Coco asking if I'd like to try their product out. Check out my review of it below!

Overall, loved the product. It didn't taste weird, was fun to scare my man with, and didn't hurt my weak little teeth at all. All their products are also vegan and cruelty free, which I can't say about most of the big toothpaste companies. I'll have to continue to use this over time to determine if it whitens my teeth significantly, but so far so good!

You can check out Carbon Coco here on their website. As of right now it looks like they're still running a Cyber Monday promotion, so get on that if you want to try this stuff out. 

Have you tried any charcoal teeth whitening products? Let me know in the comments what some of your faves are!

**Note: This product was sent to me in exchange for a review, but I have not received any monetary compensation for saying nice things about the company nor was I asked to give a favorable review. I'd never lie to you guys on this blog!**

The 2017 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Deal List

BLACK FRIDAY! Commercialism! Stampedes! 

Black Friday is crazy. I have no idea how this tradition started, but I try to reap the benefits every year from the comfort of my own home, because I'm too scared to brave the Black Friday crowds at brick and mortar stores. So here's a list of some of the best online Black Friday beauty deals this year!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills
Select Anastasia Beverly Glow Kits will be 40% off at Ulta on Cyber Monday.

Beauty Bakerie
30% off site-wide on Black Friday through Cyber Monday. 

Benefit Cosmetics
25% off all orders online & in Benefit Boutiques with the code: BENEBINGE starting Wednesday, November 22nd. On Friday, you’ll be able to get the new Hoola Boddess Cream for $15. And On Cyber Monday, use code CYBER25 for 25% off all orders online & in Benefit Boutiques.

Birchbox: 
On Black Friday enjoy 10% off $30+, 15% off $50+, and 25% off $75+.

Bliss: 
40% off site-wide from November 20 to Monday, November 27.

Bobbi Brown
25% off order from bobbibrown.com Thursday-Tuesday and a bunch of discounted products from Nordstrom's sale.

Butter London
30% off site-wide with free shipping on Thursday, November 23, take 30% off site-wide. On Black Friday, take 35% off site-wide with free shipping, and from November 25 to November 27, take 40% off nail products and gift sets, with free shipping.

Clarisonic
30% off all devices on Black Friday plus a free Lancôme Absolue BX Cream. On Monday, November 27, it's 30% off devices, plus a free full-size Lancome Energie de Vie Moisturizer.

Colourpop
20% off site-wide on Cyber Monday.

CoverFX
On Black Friday, get 25% off the entire site. On Cyber Monday, 30% off orders until noon and 25% off orders for the rest of the day.

ELF
50% off everything from Friday, November 24 through Tuesday, November 28.

Essence Cosmetics
On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, get 50% off everything site-wide.

Flawless by Gabrielle Union
50% off from Wednesday, November 22 to Monday, November 27.

Glossier
20% off with free shipping from Black Friday to Cyber Monday!

It Cosmetics
20% off any $30 purchase or more with code MONDAY20 on Cyber Monday. Between November 23rd through the 27th anyone who spends $50 receives a free Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Face Palette with the promo code: FRIDAY17.

Julep
50% off everything on Cyber Monday at julep.com and all Julep Holiday Products will be 40% at Ulta.

Lime Crime
This sale is crazy. Up to 85% off all products from November 21-27.

MAKE UP FOR EVER:
From November 22 to November 27, the brand's boutiques and website will be offering a number of bundle deals. Those include two Artist Liquid Mattes for $29 ($40 value); a buy one, get one deal on any of the brand's mascaras; 12 Artist Shadows for $75 ($252 value); and two Aqua Matic eyeshadow pencils for $15 ($44 value). Exclusively at Sephora, The Artist Neutrals set will be $15. That includes deluxe sizes of the Artist Liquid Matte in shade 105 and Artist Rouge Lipstick in shade C211.

Makeup Geek
30% off all products for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Milk Makeup
Three for $30 for the Liquid Strobe on Black Friday. $10 off all kits on Cyber Monday.

Missha
40% off sitewide from November 15th-30th. There are also gifts with purchases at $40 (a free Time Revolution Immortal Youth Miniature Set valued at $20) and $60 (a free MISA Cho Gong Jin Miniature Set valued at $32).

NARS:
20% off all online purchases from Thursday, November 23 to Tuesday, November 28, with the exception of NARS palettes, books, candles, and the Man Ray for NARS Holiday Collection.

Nordstrom Beauty:
From November 23 to November 27, Nordstrom Beauty is running a Cyber 5 promotion—meaning an array of discounts and promotions on brands like MAC, Smashbox, Benefit and more.

NYX
30% off your entire order in store and online Friday, November 24 through November 25.

Sally Beauty: 
30% off orders of $50 or more with code 888036 from Friday, November 24 to Sunday, November 26.

Sephora:
Exclusive gift sets will be available for $15 and under. You'll have to visit the site on Black Friday to see what deals they're running, but I guarantee they'll be good.

Shu Uemura
Use the code SHUBF for 20% off any order over $50 from November 22 to November 25, and 25% off any order over $100. Watch for lighting offers and different flash sales from November 27 through November 28.

Sigma Beauty: 
Free US shipping on all orders from November 20-25. On November 22, buy more, save more, with the codes BUY20, BUY30, BUY40. On November 23 and 24, take 30% off site-wide, and get free worldwide shipping with the code BF30. On November 25 and 26, get 40% off select brush sets with the code BRUSHSET40. And on November 27 and 28, get 35% off site-wide with the code CYBER35.

Smashbox
50% the Smashbox Spotlight Palette at Ulta on Cyber Monday.

Stila: 
25% off sitewide and free shipping on Black Friday. Get the MATTE’ificent Mattes Duo for $18 on Ulta.com. That includes a full size of its Stay All Day Lip Liner in Zinfandel, and a full size of its MATTE’ificent Lipstick in Mon Ami.

St. Tropez: 
40% off all products from Black Friday through Cyber Monday with the code STTROPEZ40.

Target: 
All beauty gift sets at Target will be buy one, get one 50% off on Black Friday.

Tarte
Use code FRIYAY for 25% off almost everything on Black Friday

Too Faced:
On Black Friday it's buy one full-size Better Than Sex Mascara get 2nd item for 50% off. You can also buy any two Melted or Melted Matte Lipsticks for $30 and all primers will be $20.

Ulta Beauty: 
Ulta will have a lot of deals and discounts on Black Friday, including 50% select hot tools, 20% off Clarisonic gift sets, and more. Your best bet is to visit the site on Friday to check 'em all out.

Urban Decay
25% to 50% off everything with free shipping from Black Friday to Sunday at UrbanDecay.com. On Monday, November 27, take 50% off all Vice lipsticks. On November 28, take 20% off select vaults and 50% off the Moondust Eyeshadow Palette and UD Pro Brushes.

Wunder2: 
For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Wunder2 will be participating in Amazon's Deal of the Day and offering 40% off on Wunderbrow.

Yes To:
At CVS, all single-use masks are buy two, get one free from November 26 to December 1. At RiteAid, buy one Yes To face wipe and get two free from November 23 to November 25. And at Target, buy any gift set to get another 50% off from November 24 to November 26.

Are there any sales I missed? Let me know and I'll add them to the list! Happy Shopping!
 

Top 7 Sephora Gift Sets On My Holiday Wish List 2017

The holidays are swiftly approaching, which also means holiday GIFT SETS! I am neither rich nor famous, so I still have to be choosy with which products I splurge on and which ones I admire from afar. 

SO if you are like me and do not have an unlimited budget for beauty stuffs, here's a list of the top seven gift sets on my Sephora Wish List!

1. Tarte Limited-Edition Blush Bazaar Amazonian Clay Blush Palette, $44 ($150 value)

TEN TARTE BLUSHES FOR $44 ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I NEED THIS!

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This palette contains:
- 8 x 0.084 oz/ 2.4 g Blush in Angelic (peachy pink), Fortunate (pink melon), Skillful (pink berry), Exhilarating (fuchsia), Authentic (plummy rose), Endless (pink raspberry), Dainty (melon), and Extraordinary (shimmering coral). 
- 2 x 0.084 oz/ 2.4 g Highlighter in Worthy (soft pink) and Whimsical (shimmery gold).

GET IT HERE.

2. GLAMGLOW Let it Glow! SUPERMUD® Set $69 ($130 value)

Okay, if you've been following my blog you know I'm obsessed with the Glamglow Supermud treatment mask because it makes my face feel like a baby butt. This set includes a full size mask with other stuff and would be a great gift for your significant other to get you, hint hint. 

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This set contains: 
- 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Supermud Clearing Treatment
- 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
- 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Gravitymud Firming Treatment
- 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment

GET IT HERE.

3. Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda $59 ($336 value)

OK this value set is actually insane. There is SO MUCH PRODUCT HERE. The sheer amount of product this set contains is out of control. You get eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, highlighter, lipstick, and mascara. Then there's an actual agenda to like, write stuff in. I haven't actually used my hands for writing in 8 years, but if you're into that sort of thing this is so cute. 

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This set contains:
- 24 x 0.03 oz/ 0.95g Eyeshadows in Christmas Carol, Party Over Here!, Trimmed, Pinecone, Don’t Give A Fudge, Love Actually, I Want It All, Iced Out, Santa’s Helper, Fa La La La La, Halo, Faux Fur Only, Deck The Malls, Unwrap Me, Slay Bells, Jolly, Marshmallowed, Snow Day, Black Tie, Christmas Dream, Spiked Cider, Give Me S’more, Glittered, Plum Pudding
- 0.08 oz/ 2.5 g Luminizer in #Blessed
- 0.08 oz/ 2.5 g Bronzer in Chocolate Soleil
- 0.08 oz/ 2.5 g Blush in Will You Merry Me?
- 0.1 oz/ 3 g Deluxe Melted Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Sell Out
- 0.17 oz/ 4.8 g Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara
- Leatherette mini zip-around agenda cover with built-in mirror
- Sticker sheets
- Paper-bound agenda

GET IT HERE.

4. Tarte Limited-Edition Treasure Box Collector's Set $59 ($433 value)

Tarte is straight up killin' it with these value sets and I can't afford to buy every single one and that brings me a lot of distress. This set has eyeshadow, two blushes, two bronzers, a powder, a lip color, an eyeliner, and a mascara. That's like, a full look! WHAT. 

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This set contains: 
- 24 x 0.024 oz/ 0.7 g Amazonian Clay Eyeshadows
- 2 x 0.1 oz/ 3 g Amazonian Clay Blushes in Perk (carnation pink), Wish (watermelon pink) 
- 2 x 0.1 oz/ 3 g Amazonian Clay Bronzers in Navigate (matte bronze), Excursion (bronze luster) 
- 0.21 oz/ 6 g Amazonian Clay Highlighter in Wanderlust (light champagne) 
- 0.007 oz/ 0.2 g Full-Size Sex Kitten Eyeliner
- 0.13 oz/ 4 mL Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-In-1 Mascara
- 0.034 oz/ 1 mL Deluxe Tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Grand (deep rose) 

GET IT HERE

5. The Beauty Blender Gold Mine Set $40 ($68 value)

Though this isn't as absurd of a deal as some of the items above, this is still a great deal. For the price of two full priced beauty blenders, you get two of those AND a blender cleanser and a blotterazzi, which is used for blotting excess oil and shine from your face. 

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This set contains: 
- Original beautyblender® 
- beautyblender nude
- blendercleanser® solid® 
- blotterazzi®

BUY IT HERE

6. Shiseido Everything Eyes Kit $57 ($98 value)

Shiseido is one of my faaavorite skin care brands, but it is also one of the more expensive brands I'm obsessed with. This set is a great way to save some money while indulging in some of this high end good good. 

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This set contains: 
- 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream
- 0.18 oz/ 5 mL Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate
- 1 oz/ 30 mL Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam
- 2 x Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

BUY IT HERE

7. Stila Star-Studded Eight Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set $45 ($96 value)

Big fan of the Stila liquid lippies, but my wallet is not. Each full size lippie is $22, which can be a lot if you wear a lot of different colors from day to day like me. I love mini lippie sets because it's a great way to play with different colors while not breaking the bank. This set comes with 8 different colors to get you through the holiday season lookin fresh.

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This set contains:
- 0.05 oz/ 1.5 mL Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina Shimmer, Beso Shimmer, Perla, Patina, Aria, Chianti, Rubino, Sogno

BUY IT HERE

Honorable Mention: Urban Decay Naked Vault Volume IV $195 ($375 value)

This next item is an honorable mention because I actually have each one of these palettes (I'm a monster) but if you don't have any of these yet, it's an amazing collection of eyeshadows and lipsticks to own. This contains the OG Naked Palette as well as Naked 2 and Naked 3. The Urban Decay Naked Palettes are my FAVORITE eyeshadow palettes ever, and at $54 each, buying them in a collection like this is your best bet to getting bang for your buck.

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This set contains:
- Naked Palette (bronze neutrals)
- Naked2 Palette (taupe neutrals)
- Naked3 Palette (rose neutrals)
- 3 x 0.04 oz/ 1.2 g 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in 1993, 714, Blackmail
- 9 x 0.11 oz/ 3.4 g Vice Lipstick in Naked, Mrs. Mia Wallace, 1993, Vanished, Backtalk, 714, Rapture, Conspiracy, Blackmail

BUY IT HERE

So those are my top Sephora gift sets I hope that people buy me for the Holidays, but honestly I have a few of these in my cart right now anyway, so I'll probably just ask my family for money and buy it myself. 

Do you have some gift sets you've been eyeing that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

Easy Everyday Makeup Look Using Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation and Colourpop I Think I Love You Pressed Eyeshadow Palette

Here's an easy everyday look I did using Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation and the Colourpop I Think I Love You Pressed Eyeshadow Palette! 

Here are the products I used in this video:

Primer: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer
Foundation: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation in 150
Eyes: Colourpop pressed eyeshadow palette I Think I Love You
Cheeks: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Concealer: Colourpop No Filter Concealer in Light 20
Brows: Nyx Cosmetics eyebrow pencil in Charcoal and eyebrow cake powder in Black/Gray
Lips: Colourpop #iluvsarahiixcolourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Arriba
Highlight: Laura Gellar Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey

Let me know if you'd like to see more videos like this on my blog, and make sure to subscribe to my new YouTube Channel!

Colourpop I Think I Love You Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

Colourpop is killin' it with their eyeshadow palette game lately. The citrus colored palette Yes Please, the pretty pink She Palette, and one of their latest palettes, the I Think I Love You Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette. I reviewed and swatched the Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette in another post you can check out here if you want to.

 
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This eyeshadow palette is made up of 12 shades of neutral and warm toned glitter and matte shades. I LOVE the glitter shades. They're super pigmented, and especially with a glitter primer they really pop. The matte shades, I gotta be honest, not too impressed by. There is SO MUCH FALL OUT.

 
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The lighting on this photo is super weird, but you can see the intense fall out happening under my eye from using the black shade, "Let's Do It."

There's no great way to prevent the fall out from happening, but you can skip the under eye concealer part of your makeup routine until after you finish your eyeshadow to prevent having to re-do it. 

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Fall out aside, I did like the looks I was able to create with the shades. I feel like it was missing one or two shades. I would have liked a shade between Belair and My Type, or a darker shade between My Type and "Let's Do It." The highlight shades are a high point and really pop in contrast to the darker shades.

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I also found the shades very similar to Urban Decay's Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette, which was probably not a coincidence. 

 
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Overall, I found the ITILY palette decent, but it is my least favorite of Colourpop's eyeshadow palettes so far. The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette is $54, and the Colourpop I Think I Love You palette is only $16, which makes it a great alternative to the UD one if you're on a budget. If you already have one of them, I don't think you need the other. 

You can buy the I Think I Love You palette on the Colourpop site here, make sure to sign up for a coupon if you're a first time buyer!

Do you have this palette? What do you think about it? If you have some tricks for avoiding eyeshadow from getting all over your face with looser formulas let me know in the comments! Don't forget to follow Slumber Party Beauty on Instagram to find out first about giveaways and updates! 

Copy of Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment aka The Magical Elixir of Youth

Listen. I am as susceptible to hype as the next average consumer, and my goal here is to always give honest reviews and opinions on everything I test and use.  

Ok, that said, I got a sample size of the Glam aglow Supermud Clearing Treatment from Sephora with my VIB points and I'm pretty sure I am 5 years younger now. That's how it works, right?  I already tell people I'm 16, and now I can really look it. 

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So I have tried my share of mud masks and they're great at for pulling impurities out of your face and give you soft skin, but this stuff is next level. It tingles a little when you put it on, which kind of makes it feel like it's working hard at whatever it's doing. Hang out and let it dry for 15-20 minutes or whenever it's dry to the touch and then remove it with a warm washcloth. 

I watched a funny YouTube video while it dried which was difficult because I was trying not to laugh bc it was cracking the mud, so I turned it off and just sat and waited.  

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I took it off and felt my face for like 30 minutes because I couldn't believe how soft my face was. I don't exactly go around feeling babies butts, but this is exactly how I imagine they would feel. I'm not even exaggerating I was super impressed with how soft my skin was. I don't have a drop of makeup on in this picture, and my face was so bright and clear.  

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This mask is NOT cheap. If you can sell some part of your soul for this I highly recommend it though. Or if you just have 100 Sephora points you can get it too. Which is probably easier and better for you in the long run.  

Put this stuff on your holiday wish lists or buy it with your independent woman money, just GET THIS.  

It's $69 (ayeeeee) for 1.7 oz at Sephora, and I'm not sure but you can ask if they accept first born children as well. 

Have you tried this? What are you favorite mud masks? Got any cheap dupes I need to know about? LET ME KNOW!

Fenty Beauty Soft Matte Filt'r Foundation and Instant Retouch Primer Makeup Review

FENTY BEAUTY. You guys. If you haven't heard about Rihanna's new cosmetic line of incredibly inclusive shades than you have been hiding under a rock. 

I'll break it down for you if you haven't heard. Rihanna, the unburnt, the flawless, the snatcher of edges, mother of umbrellas, the first of her name, has a beauty line called Fenty Beauty that has 40 shades of foundation designed particularly with dark skinned beauties in mind that probably can't find their shade in other brands.

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This is kind of a big deal. If you're white or fair skinned, you might not know this, but most cosmetic brands do NOT carry shades dark enough for many black people. If they do, it's likely that they don't have them in stock at stores and you have to go online to buy them. Can you imagine how that must feel? 

There are other brands that carry a lot of different shades like CoverFX and Mac, but the difference here is that this line is marketed specifically to women who may have trouble finding their color, whereas other brands seem to add more colors as an afterthought.

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So Queen Rihanna, being the benevolent leader that she is, took it upon herself to create this amazing line of shades. LOOK AT THEM. 

Ok, so clearly I'm obsessed with Rihanna, so this review is a little biased in that I believe she is a perfect baby angel sent from above, but I did try the foundation out for myself so I could let you know what's up.

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I'm not normally a matte foundation gyal as I usually prefer dewey looks and bb creams, but I tried Fenty for ya. I didn't want to buy a full bottle because I wasn't sure I'd like it, so I got a sample with a routine Sephora purchase. I looked at the website to see what my shade was, and I guessed I'd be shade 180, but the sample that came was shade 150 and actually worked really well for me. If you are interested in buying this, I'd suggest testing swatches in person at your nearest Sephora if you can to make sure you find a true match. 

I used the Fenty Beauty Instant Retouch Primer that came with the sample pack before putting on the foundation. Then I put on the Soft Matte Filt'r Foundation with a beauty blender and I actually really like the formula. It's not too thick, and it's buildable so you can chose your level of coverage and just build onto spots that need a little more coverage. 

 
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I wore it all day and night and even went dancing and it stayed put. I didn't do any retouches during the day and was pretty impressed with its staying power. My face looked flawless, and I think this is a great foundation for days you know you'll be in a lot of photos. 

As it's a matte formula, I would recommend wearing moisturizer before you put foundation on and making sure to moisturize after, but you should be doing that always anyway.

Overall, I loved it. I'd love to hear more from any babes with darker skin to see if you felt like it was easy to find a color match.

A full size primer is $32 and the full size foundation is $34, which is a pretty affordable price for a high quality foundation.  

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If you are also hesitant to pull the trigger and want to try the formula before you buy it, you can use the coupon code FENTYFACE with any online Sephora purchase to get the same little sample pack I did. 

Here's a link to Fenty Beauty stuff on Sephora so you can check out what other products they have too, my next item I want to check out is the Kilowatt Freestyle Highlighter that everyone has been going on about.

Have you tried Fenty Beauty yet? Do you normally have trouble finding your shade in most brands? Let me know what's up in the comments below. <3 <3 #rihannaforever

 

Holy Grail Must Haves: Current Favorite Products I Can't Live Without

Back in ye olden times or whatever, knights ran around and killed a bunch of people looking for some fabled cup Jesus drank out of. I bet if they had access to some of these beauty products they'd have been like, yeah I'm good, the cup prob doesn't even exist lol.

Anyway, these are MY Holy Grail items, the makeup products I simply can't live without. I go through multiples of these in a year, and they are the products I buy over and over again. 

Pixi Glow Tonic

Good makeup starts with good skin, and this Pixi Glow Tonic does wonders for mine. It contains 5% Glycolic Acid, which sounds scary, but is just a fancy word for a chemical exfoliant that helps to shed your dead stuff on your face. I use this every night on a cotton pad and you can get it from Target or from the Pixi website directly. They range from $6-$29 depending on the size you get it in.

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I cry a lot so I need a truly waterproof eyeliner. It's just the truth, it's ok, I'm ok with being a crybaby. This Stila Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner really does stay all day and even all night, tears and rain be damned. It also comes in all these fun colors. It's a bit pricier than the average eyeliner for $22 but this is one product where the price is worth it. You can get it from Sephora and Ulta stores or the Stila website.

 Look at all these colors!

Look at all these colors!

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I have very straight, thin, Asian eyelashes that are stubborn for most highly praised mascaras. I need a waterproof mascara that will simultaneously withstand all my crying and hold a curl. I read about this weird mascara awhile ago in some Buzzfeed listicle of Amazon beauty buys and so I took a chance and bought it. It. Is. Amazing. I have no idea what this stuff is made of or how it works so well, but I love it. It's $25 on Amazon right now, but the price fluctuates and you can also find it for cheaper in Japanese or Korean cosmetic stores if there are any around you. 

 Here's a very close weird picture where you can see one eye with the mascara and one naked lash eye.  

Here's a very close weird picture where you can see one eye with the mascara and one naked lash eye.  

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Guys. This NYX eyebrow pencil is my jam. I have black hair, and black eyebrows look too scary and brown eyebrows look too fake. Enter the gray eyebrow. I honestly don't know why more brands don't make a gray, but at $4.75 a pencil, I don't really think I need anything else. The pencil lasts surprisingly long and can create a thin or fat line depending on the look you're going for. I use this paired with the NYX eyebrow powder for a finished, natural look. They have a bunch of other colors for your brows, including some pretty redish shades for red-heads. You can buy this at Ulta, Target, most drugstores, NYX stores and their website, or online at Amazon. Here's a link to the product on the NYX website

 Other eyebrow pencil colors ^^

Other eyebrow pencil colors ^^

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What Holy Grail list would be complete without the Beauty Blender? It's like, just a sponge, right? WRONG. It's so much more than a sponge. Have you ever tried putting makeup on your face with a regular sponge? Don't do it, that's weird. But seriously, I don't know why or how this sponge is so great for putting on face makeup like foundation, concealer, or contour products but it just is. It's a bit expensive for a little sponge at $20 a pop, but if you clean it regularly and take good care not to let it get moldy or gross it will last a really long time. You can get these at pretty much every major makeup store or on Amazon or the Beauty Blender website

So there you have it! These are a few of my favorite products I regularly use up and will re-buy over and over. My list is ever changing though, so let me know what YOUR Holy Grail products are in the comments!

Disclaimer: I have not been paid or compensated in any way by these companies for this post, (not that I wouldn't- I just don't have that kind of life yet) and these are products that I personally like and that work for me. They might not work for you, and hey that's ok we're all different people!

Colourpop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

Guys, I'm so excited I was able to get my paws on this Colourpop Yes Please eyeshadow palette. I feel like warm, hot tones are very in and I'm having a lot of fun spicing up my makeup looks with reds and oranges.

I don't have a ton of experience with Colourpop eyeshadows, as I'm more of their lippie girl, but for $16 and for all the hype, I had to try it out.

I swatched all the colors for you guys to take a look. I'm Asian (duh) with a fierce yellow undertone, so some of these colors will obviously look a little different on you.

First impressions are that the shadows are pretty pigmented, especially the glittery tones, but are a little loose. A little color on your makeup brushes will go a long way, and the darker colors may experience some fallout, so you might want to do your foundation after you've done your eyeshadow. I experienced the most fallout with the darkest shade, French Kiss. 

 
 

The colors blend really well and I love how many different shades there are to play with. Here's a look using the palette and I added an ombré lip using a Coloupop Ultra Matte Lip in First Class and Wet n Wild's Liquid Catsuit in Coral Corruption.

This goes without saying but I'll say it anyway, I bought this on my own, and Colourpop probably doesn't even know who I am. My overall impression is that it's a great deal for $16, especially compared to some of the pricier cult fave palette like Urban Decay's Naked palettes (Which I'm also obsessed with.)

It's currently as of writing this sold out, but if you follow the Colourpop Instagram or Facebook they always let you know when a restock is coming. 

Have you been able to get your mitts on this palette? What are your favorite colors so far? Tag me in your Instagram photos so I can SEEEEE.