Morphe Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette | Review & Swatches

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It’s only fitting that the first review of 2015 should be a palette this gorgeous.  This Morphe collection of Jaclyn Hill‘s favorite shadows is so stunning and could almost double as my own personal favorites.  This palette includes a wonderful array of mattes, satins, and metallics in truly beautiful shades that will suit any skin tone.  If you are a follower of Jaclyn, then you can identify this palette as hers with just one glance. It’s full of rich browns, warm coppers and oranges, and beautiful jewel-toned pops of color.  The burnt orange shade alone should tip you off about the creator of this beauty.

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Come on.  How pretty is this palette?  And, honestly, this photo doesn’t even do the shadows justice.  It’s like my camera got overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of these colors.

As with the other Morphe shadows that I’ve tried, they are just as nice to the touch as they are on the eyes.  They are buttery and soft with fairly minimal fall out.  The pigmentation and color pay off is ridiculously awesome.  Basically, they’re every makeup lover’s dream.

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These top two rows are what really scream, “JACLYN HILL” to me.  For whatever reason, that orange at the end of the second row just didn’t photograph well.  The swatch, however, is true to color.  I know I’ll find myself using the left half of these two rows most often, but if you are wanting to experiment with the burnt oranges, head on over to Jaclyn’s channel.  No one can pull off this color like she can.

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While the top rows are generally soft and warm, these bottom rows are packed with rich jewel tones and a few different matte browns with which to pair them.  Note to all of the brown eyed beauties out there: You should be drooling over the purples and plums.  They will look fabulous on you!

As you can see from the photos above, each formulation–ranging from matte to metallic and everything in between–swatches beautifully.  That’s generally hard to find in a palette, but Morphe does not disappoint.  I’m seriously in love with this palette and can’t wait to dive in.  Now, if I only I left the house on any kind of regular basis… I guess I’ll just have to play dress up for my husband and baby!

If you’re wanting to start your new year off with this Morphe must-have, then get your booty on over to their site and pre-order this baby now!

2015 – A Year of Change

Happy New Year!  2014 brought so many changes and blessings to my life–most importantly our daughter, Grace Marie.  Between my pregnancy, insane amounts of travel, and life with a newborn, let’s just say that blogging was not exactly my top priority.  But, oh, have I’ve missed it so!

I don’t really do resolutions because they tend to be so easily broken, however I do want to recommit myself to back to my poor, neglected blog.  In the past, I’ve tried to blog in sync with my youtube channel, which is kind of ridiculous, so now I want to use this as a different avenue for my creative expression.  I’ve been so blessed to develop relationships with many companies, which means I really have a whole host of products for review that you often don’t see.  This is truly the perfect place for reviews and, occasionally, my random, rambley thoughts–don’t you think?

Plus, I feel like it’s a good way to ease myself back to work and learn how to be both a beauty vlogger and a mom.  At the peak of my vlogging last year, I was uploading videos 4-5 times a week.  It’s definitely going to take some time to get back to that volume, but I do want to continue to bring you quality videos a least a couple times a week in addition to the blog reviews.

Clearly, this huge life change has brought change to my channel.  When I embarked on the journey of vlogging my pregnancy, I had no idea if the subject would interest my viewers or not.  So I was pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed by how well they responded, and even more excited by the slew of new subscribers that the topic brought to the GlowofGrace family! With the announcement of my pregnancy and birth of my daughter, there has been a shift in my interests, as well as the interests of my viewers.  My most popular videos and posts relate to my experiences as a mom, and so I want to take this opportunity to transition GlowofGrace to more of a lifestyle channel.  A place where we can discuss not only beauty and fashion, but also tips, tricks and products for mamas and babies, home decor ideas, our favorite recipes, etc.  The possibilities are truly endless and I feel like this is just such a natural change for me.

I’m so excited about what the future holds for us, and I hope that you are too!  Cheers to all things new in 2015!

Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” Makeup Tutorial

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Happy Friday, friends!  Today I’ve partnered with Popsugar and Rimmel London (one of my all time favorite drugstore brands) to bring you a super fun, celeb-inspired makeup tutorial to celebrate Rimmel’s release of the new Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara.  This has definitely been a huge favorite of mine lately because it gives me mega volume for lashes that are totally amped up and lifted.

So when I sat down to figure out what kind of tutorial I wanted to do, I decided I needed some glam and gorgeous inspiration.  Enter Taylor Swift.  She is one of my favorite artists and her new song “Shake It Off” has been on repeat since it’s release.  Not only does it have an amazing message, but she sports a multitude of super glam looks throughout her video.  When I posted the picture below on my Instagram, the beatbox look was one of the most highly requested and y’all know that I will not pass up a chance to rock some winged liner and a red lip.

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I had the best time recreating this look, so if you want to see how it’s done, just clickety click on the video below!

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This look feels edgy and glam, but is actually really simple!  I only used a handful (okay…maybe two handfuls) of products and they are all totally wallet friendly, making this look perfect for ladies everywhere.

Rockin Curves

Here’s an up-close peek at the new and innovative broken heart shaped wand in the Rockin’ Curves Mascara.  It is designed to fit the curve of the lash line and grab each and every lash.  It takes a little bit of getting used to, but then it’s AWESOME.  The curve makes it so easy to coat even the tiniest lashes in the inner corners of my eyes.

I hope that y’all have enjoyed this tutorial!  Now go try this rockin’ new mascara and some of my other faves that were used in the video.  You can thank me later.  ;)

Until next time, just remember that the haters gonna hate, so we’ve just gotta shake it off!

*FTC Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Rimmel London Rockin’ Curves through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post and create a video about Rimmel London, all opinions are my own.*

Easy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Easy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Happy Fall, my friends!  Let’s just pretend it hasn’t been years and years since I’ve actually written a blog post and just jump right into the recipe.  I found this gem on Pinterest and decided to give it a try since I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin.  I made a few changes and adaptations, but you can view the original recipe here.

Easy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Ingredients:
1 can pumpkin
2 C milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C steel cut oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 C light brown sugar
4 tbsp butter

Optional Garnish:
dark chocolate chips
sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice

Directions:
– Combine all ingredients in a crock pot.
– If your crock pot is large like mine, cook on low for 3-4 hours.  Stir occasionally to prevent edges from sticking and burning.
– (For smaller crockpots, extend cooking time on low up to 8 hours.)

For a full video tutorial, click on the video below!

This recipe makes for the perfect, healthy breakfast, but I’ve been enjoying a bowl for dessert at night before bed.  Between my hypoglycemia and pregnancy, it’s super important to keep my blood sugar in check.  This has been allowing me to sleep through the night, and since Baby Grace will be here before we know it, I need to take advantage of that as long as possible.

If you decide to try this out for yourself, please share a photo with me on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #PSOwithRachel!

Summer Nail Art Tutorial!

Sally Hansen kindly sent me a box of nail art goodies to play around with and there were so many fun colors and textures to choose from!  Since we recently found out that we will be having a girl in November, I created a super pink and girly look inspired by Baby Grace.  (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I highly recommend checking out my pregnancy vlogs…especially the Gender Reveal!)

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Be sure to click on the picture to watch the full tutorial!  It’s a really simple way to work some fun nail art into your life.  I had such a wonderful time creating this look, so I hope you enjoy it as well!

I’m also giving away one of these Sally Hansen nail art kits, so be sure to get all of the details in the video description and enter for a chance to win!   I also recommend entering Sally Hansen’s #iHeartNailArt contest!  Create your own look and you’ll have a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Best & Blessings,
Rachel

*Disclaimer:  Sally Hansen sent me the nail art kit for my review and consideration, and kindly sponsored the giveaway.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*