Urban Decay’s Vice palette – my new beauty BFF

Look at me! Look at me! I’m wearing eyeshadow again.

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This is like 2 weeks in a row. I’m so proud of myself. I’m just sayin’… When you go from being too lazy and not doing anything more than mascara and liner to actually doing full-blown eyeshadow looks, you have to kinda pat yourself on the back. And don’t think I didn’t. :cool: Today’s look is brought to you by Urban Decay’s Vice palette.

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Yep yep. Have you gals seen this palette in person yet? O.M.G…online pictures hardly do it. If you’re near a Sephora, do yourself a favor and check out this palette. You’ll likely be shelling out the $60 for this baby.

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Yeah, I know. It’s not the world’s most affordable palette but me thinks Sephora’s Friends & Family sale is coming around soon and this palette should definitely be on top of your list. First, let’s see what Sephora says about this palette,

“This decadent collection of shades has a mix of mattes, satins, shimmers, neutrals, and brights, offering a lot of something for everyone. This sleek purple case is beautifully minimal and classic. Press to open and the dampened hinge slowly treats you to a glimpse of the booty inside. The palette also includes a large mirror and double-ended Good Karma Shadow and Crease Brush.” (source)

So wait…20 eyeshadows of various textures AND a double-ended brush? Makes that price seem a little bit better, uh? After all, this isn’t just any kind of palette. This is an Urban Decay palette. Which means the shadows are going to perform impeccably. Yup. Let’s work our way from the outside in.

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The box that the palette comes in showcases the shadows on the back which is extremely helpful. And shout-out to Urban Decay for naming their shadows. Many brands don’t feel the need to name the eyeshadows in their palettes and I find it to be crazy frustrating. And this is one sturdy palette, homies. I can’t but my finger on the material that it’s made out of it but it’s solid and long-lasting. It feels like a rubberized finish and I love how it’s smudge-proof too.

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It’s definitely one of the most durable palettes I’ve ever come across. And then when you pop it open, well, it’s just pretty mind blowing. I can’t even begin to put my finger on some of the best shades in this baby. Okay, I lied. I can. There’s Chaos…

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And Noise…

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The lovely Vice.

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And Penny Lane…

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I love a palette with the perfect mix of bold and neutral shades and the Vice palette does this beautiful. Time for some swatches!

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(L-R)
Desperation, Mused, Jagged, Blitz, Penny Lane

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Junkie, Chaos, Occupy, Unhinged, Black Market

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Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor

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Nevermind, Echo Beach, Anonymous, Freebird, Laced

Beautiful shades, uh? Am I in love with everyone? Nopers, but how many times have you loved EVERY shadow in a palette? The bright blue matte called Chaos is gorgeous and all but it’s tough to pack on the skin. Of course a base will help it really pop. The jet black stain that is Black Market is a STUNNING black. I love sheerer colors too. Anonymous works as a stunning browbone color for me. I find that most of the shades are workable. And for this look…

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I only used 3 eye shadows.

LID – Unhinged (metallic electric turquoise with shimmer finish)
CREASE – Laced (opaque pinky taupe with matte finish)
BROWBONE – Anonymous (opaque almond with matte finish)

Not too shabby, uh? That blue eye took me all of 5 minutes to do. Yessir. I’m lovin’ the Vice palette. There are a tooooon of looks you can create with it. It’s currently available on Sephora.com and if the $60 price tag has you a bit queasy, the holidays are rollin’ around. :wink: Know what I mean?

Any lovers of this palette? How awesome is that electric turquoise?

LORAC’s Pro Palette is perfect for us newbies too!

I’ve been doin’ some serious eyeshadow palette lovin’ all season. First there was Too Faced’s Return of the Sexy Eyeshadow Palette  and now LORAC’s Pro Palette. Where in the WORLD have I been? Have y’all seen this palette? The palette that single handily had me putting on eyeshadow?!

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Do you see that? That’s me! That’s me wearing eyeshadow. Weeee! But okay, first things first. Say hi to the palette.

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Details about the palette…

This PRO artistry palette is packed with eight shimmer and eight matte eye shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the red carpet. LORAC’S velvety smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line, and define your eyes, just like a pro.

This set contains:
– Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer
– PRO Eye Shadow Palette

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

(source)

I never scooped up either one of Urban Decay’s Naked palettes so I was so excited to see this one. After all, it seemed to embody a lot of what the Naked palettes had: pretty neutrals of various textures. I’m more likely to dive into shades like these instead of vibrant colors anyway. The palette includes 8 mattes and shimmers. The mattes reside on the top with the top with the shimmers residing on the bottom.

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And yeah…usually when I get new products that I plan on showing off on the blog, I wait until I photograph them before I showcase ‘em. That so wasn’t the case with this palette. Hence the random smudges. I couldn’t help it, y’all! It was just too beautiful to not touch.

Time for some swatches!

First up, the mattes:

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TOP: White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink
BOTTOM: Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black

And then the shimmers…

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TOP: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze
BOTTOM: Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate

Impressive, uh? Both the mattes and shimmers apply absolutely beautifully. The mattes provide rich color and appear creamy on the skin. The shimmers are stunning with a nice and subtle sparkle. Of course I’m a matte lover so those were the ones I found the most use out of. I would have liked to see either the White Cream or Taupe removed and a burgundy in its place. I find that burgundy eyeshadows are spectacular for neutral looks. I could have also done without the 3 similar shads Nude, Champagne and Lt. Bronze. Of course they LOOK different but they are also alike enough to where we could have gotten another shade in the mix. Like a shimmery gray, maybe?

Either way, I think this is a fantastic palette for professional makeup artists, makeup enthusiasts and beauty newbies a like. I managed to crank out several looks using both the mattes and shimmers and I just love how easily the shadows applied. The only downfall would be that applying the shadows can mess up the palette a bit.

Examples…

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Yeah, the fall out is intense. But not so much when applying so I’m okay with that. In fact, I think these shadows will do even better when used wet. I’m not bold enough to try that though. Ha!

Overall, it’s a stellar palette that runs for $42. You can scoop it up at Sephora and Sephora.com.

Too Faced’s The Return of Sexy Eyeshadow Palette

Okay, random story but when I was growing up, using the word “sexy” under the age of 18 (or maybe 20. I can’t remember..ha!) was unheard of. It was a word that only grownups used and no child went around saying it. Not around their parents at least. The other day I saw a little girl around the age of 4 years old rockin’ a tee that said, “I’m Sexy And I Know It”. The gal pal I was with thought it was adorable. I thought it was just a tad bit inappropriate.

Does that mean I’m going to be some super strict Mama that won’t let Baby Clumps use the word “sexy” or wear red nail polish until she’s like…14? Maybe y’all. Maybe.

But we’re all adults up in this joint so let’s talk about the sexiness this palette offers.

Oooooh weee, ain’t that sexy? Too Faced knows how make a gal pull out her wallet.

Currently available at Sephora stores and on Sephora.com, this palette retails for $48 and has a bunch of little jewels inside. In addition to the sexy eye shadow palette, you get a travel-sized tube of one of the BEST eye shadow primers on the market, Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance…

Such a perfect size for this bud. I usually tote the larger one so this is perfect when it comes to space savin’ travel. You also get a full sized eyeliner.

Which is wickedly awesome considering these cost $18 a pop. This paraben-free eyeliner is one of my favorites because although it’s creamy, it’s super dark and long-lasting. And then you’ve got the main attraction….

The sexy palette herself. She’s broken up in 3 categories to help you crank out SIX distinct looks. In fact, if you look to the right of the mirror, you’ll find 3 look cards.

Cool, uh? Stuck on where to apply which eyeshadow? These cards got you covered.

The Ingenue is the tamer of the 3. These shadows are on the neutral side and probably the one I’d be tangling with the most.

The Icon sits comfortably between the 3 cards and is the perfect blend of tame shades and daring shades. In fact, the more I play around with this one, the more I love it. That jewel toned purple and pink just gives me life!

And lastly is The Bombshell. These day and night looks are perfect for my smoky eye lovin’ gals.

Quality of the Eye shadows: At first glance it appears that each of these shadows were shimmery glitter bombs. But nope! Too Faced has snuck in what I see as a good 2-3 different formulas. While the shimmer do dominate the palette, the white shadow in The Icon is a nice and creamy matte and the black eye shadow in The Bombshell has a bit of a matte finish with just a little bit of silver sparkle. All of the shadows apply beautifully and with ease. I find shimmers hard to wear because I don’t think they are the most subtle (read: work-appropriate) shadows in the world, but a light hand, good brush and great base can make these work.

Overall: Who is this palette for? Um…anyone who wants it! Newbies will love it because the look cards will be extremely helpful. Professional makeup artists will love it because they’ll be getting 15 dynamic eye colors in one palette. And those who just want a new beauty toy will love it because it’s just so much fun to play with. Plus it’s only $48 which is nothing when you think about how much you’re getting. Get more deets and purchase this palette here.

Yes. This palette’s sexiness continues to knock me ovah. Whatcha think?

It is an eyeshadow quad or alien spacecraft?

Remember back in the day when beauty lovers never considered getting eyeshadow from drugstores? A lipliner, lipstick and blush…maybe. But many of us beauty snobs people rigidly judged drugstores and assumed that their eyeshadow selections just weren’t on par with what the higher-end and department stores. Welp. Those days are gone, y’all. I actually find myself drawn more to drugstore cosmetics than the ‘spensive higher-end stuff. Take this Nuance Salma Hayek Beautiful Blends Eye Quad for example…

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…this CVS-exclusive alienesque piece of coolness not only has the packaging that would appeal to beauty lovers of all skill levels but its performance is stellar too. Oh! And it costs less than $9. Which rounds out to like $2 and some change per eyeshadow. Wicked.

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Packaging alone is enough to warrant a passerby to be curious enough to pick this up. And why?

  • It’s in a box.
  • It’s got an “interesting” design.
  • It’s in a box.

I’ve seen it all in the beauty world but I’ve never seen a quad in a box.

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I love when beauty brands have the little “apply by number” diagrams. It’s SO helpful for beauty newbies. It’s also helpful for people like me who look at a palette and don’t know where to start.

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When using this quad, I ended up not really paying attention to the diagram. I just applied whatever where ever. Because I’m a G like that. Ha! The quad itself is such an interesting little contraption.

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I don’t necessarily love it but I don’t hate it either. I’m not sure how travel-friendly is since it packs a bit of bulk but it looks super cool on a vanity. I don’t think it’s practical for everyday display though because it’s easy to knock down and scoot over. More than anything, it is definitely a conversational starter. While I think it may be a bit bulky for tossing in a suitcase, it fits nicely in the hand.

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Opening it up to reveal the shadows is a bit tricky but on each side of the quad, there is a little indention that makes popping it up open easy. See?

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And bam – you’ve revealed the glorious shadows.

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Pretty cool, uh? That little thingamajig in the middle is a little eyeshadow sponge.

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It’s not something I’d use but I’m not taking it out because I find it to aesthetically pleasing. I know. I’m weird like that.

Swatches-wise, I found the shadows to be amazingly buttery and smooth. It appears that each shadow has the same formula (frost?) and while I like that formula, I would have loved to see a matte thrown up in there.

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Not too shabby, uh? I found Toast Almond to be a little too frosty for my liking but I managed to crank out a quick look using all 4 shadows anyway.

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The next few times I use this quad, I’ll be sure to use a colored base underneath. I used just a simple primer and I think the look would have POPPED more if I used a gold eyeshadow base. There’s a lot of experimenting that I can do but overall, I’m pretty impressed with the quality and performance of the quad.

Way to go Nuance Salma Hayek! Another stellar product from the brand. I’ve also reviewed the Facial Cleansing Towelettes and the AMAZING Ulta-Defining mascara. I’m making my way around the Nuance goodies and I haven’t been too disappointed yet. Woot!

Where To Buy: CVS stores and CVS.com.

Cost: $8.49

 

Have you tried anything from the Nuance Salma Hayek line? How cool lookin’ is this quad?

NYX Crimson Amulet collection – vampires everywhere are rejoicing!

So there’s this new movie coming out called Dark Shadows and NYX Cosmetics has a nice little makeup palette in honor of it. Don’t hate me but I totally had to Google Dark Shadows to see what this movie is all about. Doesn’t look like it’s up my alley considering it’s staring a vampire. But the plot looks pretty funny – a vampire from the 1700’s wakes up in the 1970’s. Hehe.

I love when makeup brands have products and collections dedicated to movies, TV shows and pop culture events. And for $25, this Crimson Amulet collection palette is pretty groovy.

What NYX has to say about it,

“LIMITED EDITION! Captivate and mesmerize with your beauty using the Crimson Amulet collection. This palette inspired by the film “Dark Shadows” comprises of 24 matte and shimmery lush eye shadows, 5 intoxicating blushers, 1 luminous highlighter, 4 succulent lip colors, 1 HD Studio eye shadow base for a more intense eye shadow hue, and 1 extreme black liquid eye liner. Recreate the enticing female characters’ in Dark Shadows using the collection!” (source)

So when you open up the book, you’re lookin’ at 24 shadows…

Flip the book and to the left you’ve got some descriptions of 3 vampire-y ladies.

And to the right…

More goodies!

So let’s start with the shadows.

I always appreciate palettes that contain various textures. It looks like frosts run this book but there are a few decent mattes up in here. Like the black matte.

It’s not as rich and intense as I like my blacks but it’s not too bad. I swatched a few other shades and textures…

Most are pretty sheer and will require a ton of packing on to appear vibrant on the eyes. My experience with NYX eyeshadow palettes are that the shadows are typically just so so. In fact, that’s the case with a lot of eyeshadows from those all-in-one palettes. Even after doing some swatching, I ended up with quite a bit of fall-out….

But again, if you don’t mind putting some elbow grease in applying these shadows, you can definitely crank out some nice looks with them. Skippin’ on over to the right are the mini eye shadow primers and eyeliners.

I mean, honestly…I have neeeever seen such an eyeliner so small. It’s adorable!

It’s perfect for the palette but I’ll definitely be throwing it in my travel tote. It’s a really nice eyeliner too. Applies easily and lasts longer than I thought it would.

Then there’s the eyeshadow base…

It’s a bit creamier than I like ‘em and unfortunately my eyelids don’t play nicely to creamy bases.

The blushes and highlighters are phenomenal. They’re super pigmented and long-lasting. Two of ‘em look a lot like NARS’ Orgasm and Albatross. And they’re really nice dupes if I do say so myself.

And last but not least, the lippies. Very rarely do beauty aficionados get excited about lip products in palettes. They usually require having to use a lip brush and let’s face it, many of us would rather apply a lipstick, or gloss with a brush or doe foot applicator. But these lip colors are REALLY nice. Really really nice.

So yeah, for $25, this palette is fierce. While the shadows are so so, the blushes are nice, lippies are superb and I’m in love with the teeny tiny eyeliner. Dark Shadows fans or not, this is definitely a palette you may want to check out. Especially if you’ve been yearning for some new products but don’t want to break the bank.

Snag it from NYXCosmetics.com.

Sooooo, yay or nay to vampires?

Wet ‘n Wild Fauna and Flora collections

Inquiries about Wet ‘n Wild’s Fauna and Flora sets have been blowin’ up my inbox. And I see why. Have you gals spotted these in your drugstores yet? OMG…Wet ‘n Wild does it again. And affordably so!  Look at these. Look at them, I say!

And don’t turn your nose up to ‘em either. Their $4.99 price tags don’t mean that these are those crappy bootleg brand eyeshadow sets that come out around the holidays. I’ve long begun to start associating Wet ‘n Wild with quality goodness. And you should too, girlfriend. Even if you are a higher-end kind of gal. Gas just hit $4/gallon here in Central Florida and I am going to be pinching pennies even more now than ever.

Gas, ugh. I just depressed myself. Anyway, let’s move on…

These beautiful sets should be in your drugstores but because they’re so affordable, awesome, cool and special (adjective overload, much?) folx are snaggin’ them up with the quickness. If you’re wondering if they are in your neck of the wood, check out Nouveau Cheap’s Interactive Map.

On we go!! These Flora and Fauna sets rock primarily because you get so many products in ‘em. For less than $5 you get…

-1 Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Color Icon Mini Blusher
-1 Glassy Gloss Lip Gel (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Fast Dry Nail Color (regularly priced at $1.99)

So just by scooping this up, you’re saving over $3. Hollerrrr!!

Let’s take a peek at Fauna first.

Pretty stuffs, uh? The Fauna palette is niiiice.

A little chalky at first swatch, these shadows can easily become creamier and easier to use a little effort.

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The blush is a shimmery pink and it goes by the name Pearlescent Pink.

It’s a bit lighter than most of the blushes I wear but somehow it still compliments my complexion. So I’m not complainin’.

Lippy-wise we’ve got Glass Confusion, a frosty and creamy pink. Not my style but the great thing about these lippies is that they have a peppermint-y taste. Not that I mean to go around licking my lips but you know what I mean.

Aaaand for the nails, we’ve got Teal or No Teal.

I applied one coat of polish to the nail on the left and 3 coats to the nail on the right. Even with 3 coats, this is one super sheer polish.

Next up is Lady Flora!

Does this palette not scream Spring or what?

These shadows are a bit cooler than the Flora palette and while they are just a sheer, they are gorgeous.

Blush-wise, we’ve got a warmer one in this set. Mellow Wine is a matte blush that has a tad bit more warmth to it than Pearlescent Pink does.

Mow the Glass Glossy Glass is a super gel-y lip gloss with a pink tint to it. It looks clear on my lips though.

I’m not sure if Twining Vines is a permanent shade but if so, I don’t know how I missed this one. This shimmery olive is goooorgeous. It has chrome finish and it’s absolutely stunning.

Overall: Fauna and Flora both rock. And even if you come across these and you’re not feeling 1 or 2 of the products, you didn’t spend a ton of money on ‘em so all isn’t lost.

Weigh in….which set do you like more? Fauna or Flora?

Palette Lovin': Oooh, Milani…I loooove this palette.

It’s Friiiiiday! Y’all have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this day. I’m not much of a complainer but devoting 40 hours a week to a job is hard yo. It’s draining and often seeps my creativity and so I long for the weekends. Weekends rock because the time is mine and I can do whatever I want.

For the most part. 8)

Anyhoovers, in honor of the freakin’ weekend, I am featuring an eyeshadow palette from Milani Cosmetics that is soooooo hooooot. Say hi to RUNWAY EYES Fashion shadows palette in Primary.

She fine, ain’t she?

While Milani has released several of these palettes, this one may very well be one of my favorites because of the color variety. You get a little  bit of everything.

Aaaand, let’s face it, I love anything that follow the red, orange, yellow, green blue and purple rainbow color scheme. This palette goes for $8.99 and I suppose that’s a decent price considering you’re getting so many shadows.

Pro’s
-Totable and portable. You can throw this in your purse and keep on truckin’.
-Shadows are sheer but can become intensified when used wet.
-Long lasting. With a base, these shadows lasted all day on my oily lids
-Shadows REALLY pop over a colorful base like a NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil or MAC Paintpot.

Con’s
-Because the shadows are in long thin lines, it’s tricky using an eyeshadow brush to pick up color. I ended up accidentally dipping in the orange shadow when I wanted yellow. Womp.
-The yellow is super frosty and probably my least favorite.

Swatches…

I love the dimensions of the purple-ish shade.

I cranked out a look using the yellow on the lid and orange and red in my outer-V up into the crease.

Say not a word about the the smudge of mascara on the lid. In fact, let’s pretend like you didn’t see it. Ha! The yellow doesn’t look too bad once on the lid but it still isn’t my favorite shade. These are a lot more fun when used wet but if you can’t be bothered to do wet your brush, you can still get nice and sheer work appropriate looks using this palette.

And even if you don’t like it for the lids, just hold on to it to look at. It’s so darn pretty. You should be seeing these

Okay, darlings – off I go. This weekend should be a fun one. I’ll be doing an event with Chevy and some other bloggers in Orlando. Follow the #ChevyOrlando hashtag on Twitter for deets. And I’ll be blogging too. I am so behind on blogging, y’all.

Have an amazing weekeneeeeend!

Wet ‘n Wild’s Comfort Zone palette – brace yourself for this one…

Oh my. This palette took my breath away. I didn’t expect it to be so gorgeous. A quick glance of it and it looks pretty average, right?

I mean…you’ve got one side that will give you a nice daytime look and then you’ve got another that will give you an after 5-eye. But there’s really nothing special about it at first glance. Never, darlings…NEVER judge an eyeshadow palette at first glance. After some swatches, I have discovered that this palette is a diamond. It’s sooooo pretty!

The shadows on the left are all work-safe and un-intimidating.

…and the shadows to the right are rich and gorgeous.

And like all Wet ‘n Wild palettes, the back packaging gives you an idea of where to place each shadow. Which is definitely helpful for makeup newbies.

I’m finding that swatching shadows on my arms and displaying them WITHOUT cropping is so much better for viewing and for getting an idea of how the shades look…

Oh. And that blue brown shade?

Stunning! These shadows were silky, creamy and just a dream to work with. Wet ‘n Wild makes it so hard to justify spending more than a few bucks on some eyeshadow. Their quality of these palettes are just…wow. Unbelievable. And these palettes are only $4.99.

I love Wet ‘n Wild so much. I can’t even stand it.