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Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette

For Christmas this year, I was very lucky to be given by my husband the Gwen Stefani Palette by Urban Decay. Of course, as a true makeup junkie, the fist thing I did after taking my shower on Christmas day was playing with this little beauty. And I have to say, this is a very well made palette with an amazing assortment of colors that are all very pigmented. Plus, the packaging is pretty amazing, one of the best of all Urban Decay palettes in my opinion.

The Packaging : The palette itself is made of plastic. You might think that it sounds a bit cheap, but the palette actually feels very sturdy in hand. The gold finish is a nice touch and the plate where the name of the palette is ties everything together. The closing and opening of the palette is made possible thanks to a very handy magnet system that makes this particular palette very easy to handle (how nice is it to be able to open your palette without ruining your nail polish ?). There is also a big mirror inside which is pretty common to all Urban Decay palettes.

The Shadows : There is 15 eyeshadows in the palette. As I have said earlier in the review, the way the colors have been chosen and put together is absolutely brilliant because very versatile. From very neutral to very bright shades, this palette will please everyone. All these eyeshadows are very buttery and pigmented and easy to blend.
"Blonde" is a light shimmery shade with pink undertones and is a perfect highlighting shade. "Bathwater" is a champagne with a beautiful frosty finish. "Skimp" is a neutral very light shade with a very slight shimmer to it, perfect for the brow bone. "Steady" is a light copper shimmery shade. "Punk" is a very deep bordeaux colors that I've been loving applying on the lower lash line. "Baby" is a light pinky shimmery shade. "Anaheim" is a very nice light neutral brown, perfect to blend in the crease. "Stark" is a matte flesh toned shadow, perfect to prepare the lid before a smokey eye. "Zone" is a slightly warmer and darker brown than Anaheim, but also perfect for the crease. "Serious" is a matte dark grey, perfect to intensify the outer corners or to create a smokey eye. "Pop" is a glittery pink eyeshadow. Used with a fixing spray, it would make a beautiful party eyeshadow. "Harajuku" can seam to be the brightest shadow in the palette, but once applied it is actually not that intense. It is a shimmery/glittery baby pink that can be applied very lightly for a very subtle wash of pink or that can be layered for a brighter look. "Danger" is an amazing beautiful deep shimmery blue that I can totally picture in a smokey eye. "1987" is a yellowy gold, perfect for this time of the year. To finish off, "Blackout" is a matte black shadow, very pigmented and very very matte.

So this palette is the perfect palette to achieve any look you want, from the more natural to the more out-there. It is quickly becoming my go to palette, since I can use it whatever mood I am in. If you haven't checked it out, I would really recommend to go to Sephora and see for yourself. This palette is definitely a little gem.

Why Solid Shampoo is A No Go

I remember, the first time I heard of solid shampoos, it was because of my sister. "It's amazing, I can't believe how much it has changed my hair ! You have to try it ", she told me on a skype call a few months back. In October she came to visite and brought with her the holy grail shampoo. I started using it right away. My hair felt actually pretty good the first few times I used it. But I slowly started noticing that my scalp was becoming a bit dry. After a month and a half, the shampoo was finished so I needed a new one. Solid or not solid, that is the question... I decided to try again and chose another solid shampoo, since the one my sister brought me is only available in France. I chose the Beauty & The Bees Rosemary and Mint shampoo bar which had tones of rave reviews on amazon and on different natural beauty blogs. I was pleased to discover that it was very easy to use, lathering nicely under the shower. But after a month of using it, I can say that it's a big no go for me. First of, I end up after each shampoo with built ups in my hair, like it's not really clean, which is definitely something I don't want to happen. The first thing I am expecting from a shampoo is for it to make my hair clean. Ever since I started using this shampoo I noticed that my hair is very very dry, and my hair has never been that dry. My scalp is not happy either : It is so dry that it's itchy and uncomfortable and I have dandruff, and not just a little. I feel very self conscious in public which is definitely not what I was looking for when switching to solid shampoo. I know that all those effects are normal side effects when you first start using solid shampoo but I do not have the patience to wait for them to go away. It's been two months and it's getting worse and  worse. I now truly think that everyone reacts very differently to different products, and for me,  solid shampoo is not a good idea. I am going back to my good old liquid formula. I know solid shampoos, and even more the one I used, are really clean and natural products, but it is not worth in my opinion. My poor scalpe just doesn't like it. 

Have you ever tried solid shampoo ? What did you think of it ?

Orange/Chocolate Cookies

One of my fondest Christmas memory is eating this amazing orange chocolate sticks that we found in France. I don't know if it's a thing in other countries, but it is basically a little stick that's got orange on the inside and a crispy chocolate glaze on the outside. This combination is my favorite for Christmas and that's why I decided to create this recipe. These cookies are to die for, I would eat them non stop if I could !

Ingredients :

For the cookies :

2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 stick of butter softened
The juice of an orange
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 egg

For the glaze :

1/2 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of chopped chocolate of your choice

1. Preheat your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda and the salt.
3. With an electric mixer, beat together the sugar and the butter. Once it looks fluffy and light, add the egg, the orange juice and the flour. You can also add a little bit of orange zest.
4. On a baking tray, place a piece of parchemin paper. With a spoon create little dots of dough.
5. Place in the oven for 9 minutes, utile the edges are lightly brown.
6. Place on a cooling rack.
7. Start preparing the glaze. In a saucepan, pour the water the sugar and the chocolate and turn the heat to high util it reaches a boil.
8. When it starts boiling, lower the heat to medium and let it thicken for 5 minutes.
9. Take the saucing pan off of the stove and let the glaze cool for 10 minutes.
10. Dip half of your cookies in the glaze and place them on a rack for 2 hours or until the glaze is cold and hard.

Oh Christmas Tree ...

Christmas is my favorite time of the year...The music, the lights, the beautiful trees, all those things make me turn completely crazy. On top of adoring Christmas, I also thoroughly enjoy interior design. So when came the time to decorate my tree, I was in heaven and took it very seriously. Here is a little "tree tour' That I hope you enjoy. 

My Beauty Christmas Wishlist

4 Gorgeous Lipsticks For Fall

Fall is finally here and it is the best excuse for me to share my favorite fall lipsticks with you all ! I am a big fan of bold lip colors and tend to collect them, keeping them warm all year to finally release them from the makeup drawer once fall has come. So here are my top 4 lipsticks for this beautiful, magical, sensational time of the year !

Acure Marula Oil Review

Acure has struck again. A few weeks back, I was reviewing the conditioner from the same brand, literally raving about the amazingness of this product. I am so pleased with the conditioner that I decided to try another product from Acure, but this time for the skin. I was looking for a very effective natural moisturizer for my dry skin and was set on oils. My sister and my mom are both using oils to moisturize their face and I thought my time had come.

Soft & Wearable Cut Crease

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Pure Life Papaya Shampoo Review

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Today I wanted to talk to you about a shampoo I discovered a few weeks ago. I was looking for a good yet gentle shampoo that would meet one requirement : no nasty chemicals is a must for me, and if you have read this post, you might be expecting this from me.