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Cosmetics Palettes: Smashbox, Sephora, Kat Von D

Maybe you might have noticed I write about all type of cosmetics, except for eyeshadows. There’s a very good reason for it, and it’s that I’m awful at putting on eye shadows. No matter how much I try or practice, it still seems like a 5-year-old did it. But recently I’ve seen several sets that are tempting me to keep on trying and master the art of applying eye shadow.

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This one is my favorite from Smashbox, its called Master’s Class Style Files and its a set of three portable palettes for eyes, lips, and cheeks. The set contains:
  • 8 eye shadow colors ranging from neutrals to dark jewel tones.
  • 4 cream eye liners in golden beige, warm brown, gunmetal gray and deep purple.
  • 2 pencil eye liners in black and brown.
  • 2 lip gloss in coral and nude champagne.
  • 2 cheek shades in peachy pink and suntan beige
  • Bonus: Photo Finish Lid Primer Packet
And last for the reason this one is my pick, an instructional step-by-step guide for five different looks that range from a clean daytime look to a complete vamp. Maybe even I can learn to use them.


I bought Sephora Color Play – 5 in 1 II – Fashion Edition for my sister over the holidays and she loves it, then again, she knows what she’s doing. The cool thing about this one is not only the huge amount of cosmetics you get, but they are also portable. The set comes with an empty case so you can pick one of the sub-palettes and take it with you.

Stories for the five sub-palettes:

  • Boho Bombshell: dark blues, warm taupes, warm golds
  • Classics Never Die: brown smoky eyes
  • Angelic Boudoir: nudes and sands, with a touch of bright blue and fuchsia
  • Black Is The New Black: black smoky eyes
  • A Nod To Mod: bright blues, greens, pink, purples

Each of the five sub-palettes includes:

  • 10 eye-shadows
  • 2 lip colors
  • 1 blush


Of course when it comes to eye makeup, I yield the floor to the amazing Kat Von D.

“This is dedicated to those who are self-created, self-reliant, self made, and independent.” —Kat Von D

Unlike the other sets the Tattoo Chronicles Palette concentrates only on the eyes. This set is dedicated to make your eyes look like a rock-star, the set itself looks very cool and has a secret compartment with a double-ended rollerball fragrance sinner and saint.

This set contains:

  • 1 pair False Eyelashes
  • 12 Eye shadows in Tijuana, Taxidermy, Hollywood, Peanut, Redemption, Solitude, Heartkiller, Baudelaire, Monastary, Poe Blue, Nite Owl, Lemmy
  • 3 High Voltage Primers in Skin, Stellar, Smoky
  • 2 Double-Ended Saint/Sinner Roller-ball


Temptu Airbrush

I went over to Sephora for a demonstration on a really cool product, which is the Temptu Airbrush system. Airbrushing makeup is not a new concept, professional makeup artists have been doing it for sometime, but the equipment was very bulky and the compressor felt so powerful the one time I did it I could barely breathe. Even though Temptu is not necessarily inexpensive, its also not out of reach for the non-professional makeup artist.



I recommend you go to the demo without makeup or primer so you can really look at the result. The foundation has a built-in primer and it will last for hours and hours. The pen itself if very light weight and even though it will take some space from your makeup counters its not as big as many of the craft airbrushes I’ve seen before.
All you do is insert a pod with the makeup, you can adjust some settings if you want a light, medium or full coverage and you’re off. It’s a funny sensation since all you feel is light air and wonder if it really is working, once you get to a mirror you see it has. After the foundation came the blush and in a way it looks like “Wii Makeup” where you’re holding the pen and doing strokes without touching the skin. To finalize the demonstration I got a couple of touches of highliter around my eyes for an extra kick and I just loved the end result.

The makeup itself comes in packages of 1 or 2 pods, but even if you use them everyday, they will last for many months.

temptu-podTemptu-AIR-pod-foundation-blush-and-highlighterThe only thing I can say after using the product is that it made my T-Zone very shiny, I had to blot it and add a bit of powder one hour after application. It had a pleasant scent, but if you’re too sensitive to smells then it will overwhelm you. It didn’t fade throughout the night and was very easy to take it off at the end of the evening.

For now the only airbrush makeup offered is the Foundation, Blush and Highlighter and of course, Temptu does offer a line of Traditional Makeup. I definitely recommend getting at least a demo presentation at Sephora….maybe before going on a date or a party.

Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer

Mother’s Day in my family is a big event with several dozen aunts, uncles, cousins, food and fun. We all prepare for the party at least one month in advance, we wear our pretty summer dresses and have a great time.

This year, before I bought the dress, my mom’s gift or the greeting cards, I bought Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer.

Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer

My family is a tad old-fashioned and I prefer them not to see my tattoos, while at the same time I don’t want to compromise my personal style by getting a dress I don’t like just to hide them. And this product really works as you can see for yourself with Kat Von D in this photo shoot promoting her fragrance Saint & Sinner.

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I did some tests on myself before the big party and was very pleased with the results. The concealer comes in different shades, it retails for $25 can be purchased exclusively at Sephora.

In order to make your cover-up job look even more flawless, the collection recently introduced the Tattoo Eraser (retails for $14) and the Tattoo Concealer Brush (retails for $19).

Tattoo Concealer Brush

Tattoo Eraser

This is a great product if you want to dress up or just want to maintain the peace in the family.

Friend of Style Bust: Makeup Artist Tamra-Marie

Working in makeup artistry since 2000, San Francisco native Tamra-Marie Johnson has built an extensive background in the field of all things Beauty. After relocating to Los Angeles for three years to further expand her skills and industry knowledge, Tamra-Marie has recently returned to her roots in the Bay Area. (Welcome back!)

Tamra-Marie has trained with industry brands including some of Style Bust’s favorites such as NARS, MAC and Laura Mercier Cosmetics. Over the years, Tamra-Marie has painted and sculpted her way through retail makeup touching hundreds of faces. While living in Los Angeles, she showcased her creative talents in runway shows, commercials, fashion editorials, red carpet appearances and celebrity photo shoots.

Tamra-Marie describes her signature looks as: “fresh, clean and glamorous look, – sure, makeup is my art but it’s also about giving balance to the face accentuating your complexion and features. My beauty philosophy has always been ‘less is more,’ a radiant face with a hot pink lip gives the unexpected twist. On the runway, makeup may create an edgy feeling but in real life it can help promote confidence.”

To date, her clientele includes models, actors, brides, and the modern woman that wants a polished chic look… She is consistently requested because of her talents, industry experience and a client-first attitude.

In her spare time, you can find Tamra-Marie collaborating with photographers, traveling, shopping vintage boutiques, and uncovering just what’s the best darn mascara is on earth.

Visit to find out more about her services.

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