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Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

Hi. My name is Bombshell and I am an eye shadow-aholic. I love it. It makes me so happy. It is getting out of control. Upon counting only those palettes with 3+ shadows I have a total of 43. They each deserve love and attention. They all deserve their own 5 minutes (or days in the case) of fame. My Plan is this: One by one the Palattes shall parade through the open space on my vanity. Starting this Monday, each week I will use only one palette per work week (M-F) and cheat on the weekends. I will use them one by one until I have used them all for  5 day period. I will use them in alphabetical order. I have alphabetized my palettes and started with those that begin with #'s, lowest number to highest, and the A-Z. On Saturday and Sunday (depending on what CalamityJane comes up with) there might be a look or color of the day. In addition to the palette, single shadows and eyeliner may be used (Smiley Wink ) in addition to the weekly palette. All looks should mainly come from the palette of the week. This way I can be fair to all of my palettes & all of my older palettes that haven't quite gotten the appreciation they deserve will get some time in the sun. At the end of the week if I was successful I will write the date beside the palette on the list. If I can't get at least 5 days worth of looks from them it is likely time to put them in a TSB or give them to a friend that will love them.  I am hoping this will help me appreciate what I've got rather than constantly thinking I need something new. I am not promising not to buy any shadows in the almost year it will take me to complete this little journey. That is just not realistic.I will just have to use them on weekend cheat days.  I am hoping the experience will at least make me more grateful for all the wonderful things I have & save me some $! LOL This is about accountability. I invite any and all to join. Feel free to make up your own rules and reward system. Just post them here and I will support you in your efforts any way that I can. Not all of us will be able to follow the same rules but we can certainly all support one another! 


Courtesy of Mafan---New Rule* If you absolutely DO NOT like a palette, you have the option of setting it aside for a TSB/give away and moving on to the next palette on your list. No sense in wearing make up you don't like for 5 whole days!Make up is supposed to make us happy. 

 Courtesy of JaimeLove---New Rule* A holiday (including your birthday,anniversary or graduation) is an acceptable cheat day! (BRILLIANT)


My List

Week 1: 4 Magic-Lancome  1/17/14 Not keeping, got bored by day 3

Week 2: 4 Passion-Lancome 1/24/14 Depotting one shade and passing on the rest, which are almost new!!! 

Week 3: 10th Anniversary Palettes- Too Faced Quasi-keeper: keeping one blush, and 4 of the shadows. Donating the rest to a friends Z-palette. NOTE TO SELF: Must NOT depot before using! Just got so excited about my new toy!

Week 4: 10 Pan Shadow Palette- Stila.   Keeping- love it more than I knew!! 

Week 5: 15th Anniversary Palette- Urban Decay KEEPER!!!

Week 6:Admire Me Smashbox

Week 7: Adventure Palette-Tarte

Week 8: Be Bright-Too Faced

Week 9: Be Merry-Too Faced

Week10: Book of Shadows2- Urban Decay

Week11: Chocolate Bar-Too Faced

Week12: Cocktail Hour-Bare Minerals

Week13: Deluxe Shadow Box-Urban Decay

Week14: Do it Yourself (4) Tin-Urban Decay

Week15: ELF 100

Week16: Entice Me-Smashbox

Week17: Esperanza-KatVonD

Week18: Eye Couture - Tarte

Week19: Fabulous in Fiji-Stila

Week20: Flash-Smashbox

Week21: Impressionist Palette-Stila

Week22: Joy to the Girls-Too Faced

Week23: Kaleidoscope-Stila

Week24: Kiss-n-Tell- Smashbox

Week25: Lavender Grace - Lancome

Week26: Let it Snow- Stila

Week27: Life in Laguna-Stila

Week28: Masterclass 1- Smashbox

Week29: Masterclass 2- Smashbox

Week30: Minimalist Palette-Stila

Week31: Modernist Palette-Stila

Week32: Naked 3- Urban Decay

Week33: Pee-A-Bright-Eyes-Benefit

Week34: Smolder-Lorac

Week35: Spellbinding Book of Shadows-KatVonD

Week36: Star Child Odyssey- Tarina Tarintino (This should be an interesting week)

Week37: Sweet Romance-Lorac

Week38: Tarte of Giving-Tarte

Week39: Til Death do us Part-Tokidoki

Week40: Unzipped-Lorac

Week41: Urban Ammo-Urban Decay

Week42: Vegas-Tokidoki

Week43: Wizard of Oz (Glinda) -Urban Decay


I would really love to share this with some of you. It is always good to know that you are not alone. Please feel free to share insights and ideas. Here's crossing my fingers for a successful make-up adventure!! Smiley Happy 


Do you want to be a princess? Smiley Winkimage.jpgNikki's list: page 1, Glossyguru's & Amberangeline's list: pg. 3, Beethousand & scratch to void Pg. 4, IttyxBittyxMe, jaimelove, and Katie 241 p.6, Carolang & LadyMeag pg.7, CalamityJane & micheleran pg. 8, Mafan & Malday pg.10, warriorwitch pg.11, Nursecupcake pg. 22, Beethousand 27, ghkim pg 40, manniface pg.42, sparklekai pg. 42, siren princess pg. 55


Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

Anytime!!! Xoxo

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

Last week I didn't really do anything although it was my free palette week. I think I only wore eyeshadow...twice.


This week is NAKED3 although I just got my chocolate palette so I super want to use that..but I dunno, we'll see. 

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

Mmmm I love the chocolate palette! Calamity is doing chocolate this week too so it would be really interesting to see what you two could come up with!! Smiley Happy

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

I stuck with NAKED, I'll do chocolate the week after next. But this is most definitely going to help me decide if I want to keep this palette or not. 

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My fingers are crossed for you. I love naked3!

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smashbox-photo-op-eyeshadow-palette-softbox-ii.jpgThis is the one I'm using this week. It's the Smashbox Softbox II. Very neutral and not a lot to work with, but I'm going for it! Wish me luck!

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

I have this palette too and I love all of the colors.  But I agree, its not a lot to work with.  I feel like I've done about 2 looks with this palette and so I don't really reach for it because I don't have many options.  I find that some of the colors just don't go well together or blend well together. 

I'm very interested in learning about what you come up with! If you wouldn't mind, would you either post on here or PM me with pics/tutorials/descriptions of the looks you came up with? It would be much appreciated (:

Good Luck!!!

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

I can't seem to get a good pic of the look I did today. I've taken a ton! I used the first one on the bottom row all over the lid, third one on the bottom row in the outer corner, and the top middle as the crease/transition shade. very neutral, nothing fancy, but they seemed to work well together. 


I'm thinking about doing something with the gold shade in the middle bottom tomorrow, but not sure what yet. 

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

haha thats the look that i do everytime i reach for this palette! haha i should start experimenting to see what other colors might go well with this palette!

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

Yeah. I suck. I cracked and have bought TWO palettes in the past couple weeks!! And they were both neutral palettes, even though I already had one that I loved (Stila in the light)!! I bought Too Faced Chocolate Bar a little while ago, and today I bought UD Naked (my first Naked palette! Finally!)


Now, before anyone storms into my apt and torches my palette collection, my defense is that with both purchases Ulta had sent me 20% off coupons that I could use on high-end products, and...well, how do you say no to that?!! 


*runs off to hide palettes in a fort made of Ulta + Sephora boxes*

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@ dolceloure-  We would NEVER do such a thing! Harming a helpless palette. No one is here to judge. We are all palette lovers here!!!! I bought 3 the week we started the challenge!!! The idea isn't to stop buying palettes. The idea is love and appreciate what you have, to weed out what no longer works, and to create a rotation to maximize use/love of them all! If you are going to love and appreciate them then I say awesome choices!!! Smiley Wink Chocolate bar was one of my 3 as well and kudos on the coupon!! Smiley Wink

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haha, well that's good to know. Smiley Tongue I feel like I'd do a better job figuring out what in my collections works/doesn't work if I stop buying for a few minutes and just test out what I already have, lol. But no such luck!


And in the spirit of using/appreciating what we have, I've taken every one of my palettes and singles and put them in a shoe box, and have told myself I can't put them back (the obsessive-compulsive in me is totally freaking out about this) until I've used them at least once. And seeing as I have too short of an attention span to use any item for a whole week, I'm just going through one a day, and putting them back in their spots (the most satisfying, therapeutic feeling EVER) when I'm done. At this rate, my shoe box will be empty in a couple of months. Smiley Tongue

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

I think that is wonderful! Smiley Happy We all do things differently but the important thing is getting it done! Smiley Wink If you need any support we are here for you!


PS- I would totally be freaking out with everything out of place so if I could give you 100 hearts for trying I would!!! 

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

Trying to explore my dark side today! Smiley Wink Brights don't scare me in the very least but dark dramatic eyes scare the pants off of me. I never feel like I have done it the right way! Any tips you beauties want to share on dark, dramatic eyes would be greatly appreciated. 

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

When working with dark colors, always work your way from light to dark, building up the shadow a little at a time. That really helps when it comes to blending. Then it's just getting the balance right, and of course, practice! But from what I can tell from the picture, you did a pretty good job!

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Thanks glossy! that's good advice!

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PS- eyes look kind of scary upside down! xoxo Smiley Happy

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

Super excited to kick off week 2! This week my palette is the I Heart Britpop palette by Pop Beauty. I've only used this palette twice before, so this week should be interesting!

Re: Take the Challenge: Palette Parade

I'm excited for week 2 as well! Ooooooo I heart BritPop sounds so fun!! Pictures of the palette please if you can Glossy!! We want to see what you a working with!! Smiley Wink 

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Neutral, but right up my alley. And the shades are gorgeous, especially that coppery color

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Drooling! It is gorgeous!! LOVE the copper!

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