Ittse

Ittse Marcel Starter Kit – Review Time!

I’ve literally been singing Beyoncé’s “All the Single Ladies” ever since I decided to sit down and write this post. Don’t worry, me and the Hubs are doing A-OK, but every time I play around with my eyeshadow singles, it’s like this song automatically queues up in my brain.

Not that it’s a problem at all. I love that song! I just find it funny, that’s all.

Anyways, as you all know, I have been loving me some singles lately. I love mixing and matching shades from various brands and creating the perfect palette based on my mood. The best part about creating your own palette is the ability to play with any color of your choice and not being limited to a brands perception of the perfect Sunset or Tropical Palette (ahem, Natasha Denona … you know I’m talking about you, right?)

However, even I have to admit that every palette needs some basics. Colors that are perfect to deepen the crease, create a glowy highlight or make your cheeks rosy at the drop of a dime. Recently, I received the Marcel Starter Kit from Ittse is filled with a glorious bundle of shades that can be the foundation for anyone who wants to start building their own singles collection.

If you haven’t heard about Ittse, let me fill you in:

  • They are based in San Francisco, California and manufacture all their products right in the Bay Area.
  • All their products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free and soon to be talc-free.
  • Although not completely vegan, they do carry vegan products and if click here, you will see that it’s quite extensive.
  • Everything is magnetic and all their packaging is 100% Recyclable.
  • They have you pretty much covered from your brows to you lips and everything in between. Except for mascara. Ittse, can we work on that? You all know I love me my mascara.

There are two pre-made Starter Kits ($49) to choose from, The Marcel, a warm neutral palette of pinks, golds and a brown or The Riley, a cooler palette, also with pinks and golds, but includes a grey and black for that dark smoky look. All of them include a cheek color, illuminator and 3 eyeshadow singles to create a simple look. Rounding off your kit, is a travel palette to store your singles, while leaving you enough room to grow your collection and add more color if you so choose.

If none of these pre-made kits is your thing, you can also Create Your Own Palette and choose from a variety of colors to assemble your perfect starter kit. I know that $49 is a bit steep, but I just found out they have a payment plan, where for 4 payment of $12.25, you can have your kit mailed to you as well. Pretty neat!

As I mentioned, I received the Marcel Starter kit and for a girl who is definitely way more comfortable playing with warm shades that darker ones, this is a good start. I got:

  • Illuminator in Barbados – my FAVORITE of them all. It’s this glowy, golden shade that melts right into my cheekbones. It’s not in your face shine, but it still looks like the sun has decided to somehow set on my face.
  • Cheek color in Bliss – a pearly pink, which I also have used on my eyes too because… Why not?
  • Eyeshadow in Brut – a shimmery champagne color. Not too yellow, not exactly gold, but a perfect in between.
  • Tan Lines – a shimmery pinky brown shade. Pat Tan Lines all over the lid and deepen the crease with a bit of Suede Booties and your are out the door. Love it!
  • Eyeshadow in Suede Booties – what a cute name, right? This is a slightly muted matte brown, with a tinge of orange. I’m sure it would also make a lovely bronzer, except that the pan is a little small to get enough product on a fluffy face brush, but on the eyes it’s perfect for an easy natural day look. Also a perfect crease shade.

I found all the colors to be pigmented and long lasting. If I had one critique, it’s that unless you add additional colors, this collection can get quite boring. Ittse sells a large array of colors to fit all your needs, but at $9-$10/pan it’s on the more expensive side. However, be patient and wait for one of their 20% of sales and you can score them for less and you might even get free shipping.

If you want to buy any of the Starter Kits or Create Your Own, feel free to shop with me using my affiliate link by clicking here. Please remember, that if you decide to purchase something using my link, I will receive a slight commission. 🙂

Any of you tried Ittse before? If so, let me know your favorite products in the comments below. I love recommendations!

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

PS- I received the Marcel Starter Kit from Ittse via PR, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Devinah Cosmetics

Devinah Cosmetics – Somewhere Over the Rainbow Collection – Review Time!

I’ve been really into eyeshadow singles lately. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me a good palette. It’s like getting a box of colorful, square shaped chocolates, but sometimes I like to go into Godiva and make my own box of chocolates, catered particularly to my taste and with the flavors that I am craving at the moment.

Seeing as all the brands are coming out with the same thing over and over, I’ve decided to basically create something that caters to my current mood and aesthetics. I’ve been dipping my toes into color lately and have been particularly drawn to purples and greens, so coming across Devinah Cosmetics “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” collection was like serendipity.

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Now depending on your age, you would either think this is a bright and colorful collection with Skittles like colors or if you are old enough to have seen The Wizard of Oz (not like when it came out in 1939–I’m not THAT old — but like on TV) or are a big fan of the musical Wicked, then you definitely understand why the collection is filled with glittery greens , purples and blues.

I like that. Devinah could have easily come out with a glittery ruby red shade, and thrown in some blues, golds and silvers and called it a day. Instead, they paid dual homage, in my opinion, to The Emerald City and the real star of the show, The Wicked Witch.

I’m a big fan of Wicked as you can tell.

You can buy the collection of 7 shades as a bundle for $35 (26mm pan size) or get individual shades for $5 each. Not a bad price at all. I happened to come across a referral code on Instagram for 20% off my first order and got the entire bundle even cheaper.

Score!

All the colors are extremely pigmented. One swipe with your finger gave really nice color pay off and the shimmer is out of this world. I will say that if you are not a fan of the chunky glitter look, this may not be for you as it’s not at all subtle and you can definitely see the glitter particles when applied. With that being said, I also think that unless you are a Wizard of Oz afficionado, you don’t really need all the shades in this collection. There is a lot of similarity between the shades and maybe you only need to pick up a few glitters and get a complimenting matte shade from the Devinah’s store.

The shades are:

  • No Place like Home- a pinky/purple/mauve with gold flecks.
  • I’ll Be Tender, I’ll Be Gentle – a dark blue, almost navy with blue glitter flecks
  • I’m Just a Dandelion – a deep shimmery emerald green
  • And Your Little Dog Too – a blue/green mermaid-ish iridescent color
  • Are You a Good Witch – beautiful shimmery, metallic lavender
  • Ding-a-Derry – a deep shimmery purple

I’ll Get You My Pretty, which is a light metallic green, deserves its own category. I absolutely LOVE the name and the color is just GORGEOUS. It’s looks lighter in the pan, than it does on the eyes, but I would imagine this is what the Wicked Witch would look like if she happened to have done the highlighter challenge. It’s has a touch of blue, but not enough to take away from the green and on the eyes, it looks beautiful alone or on top of I’m Just a Dandelion.

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I’ll Get You My Pretty

I find that the colors are best applied with your fingers than a brush. However, with a little setting spray or wet brush, it worked just fine, but a dry brush just moved the product about too much and left a lot of patchiness, not mention you won’t capitalize on all the shimmer if used dry. Also, I recommend that you top off these shadows with some setting spray as I feel that they are not as long lasting as I would like. I used my Urban Decay All Nighter Spray and not only did it really make the color pop, but added to the longevity as well.

Anyone want to recommend some singles eyeshadows for me to try? I’m in the market to expand my collection, so drop me some stores for me to check out?

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Random Selfie Outtake Time!

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