Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me…
It’s my birthday today, so what better day to start a giveaway on my blog than with a gift for one of you! And because spring looks like it may finally be on its way, I’d like to give away something that is, well, spring-y. 🙂
Do you know Michelle Phan? She’s a young woman who started out in 2005 as a beauty blogger who did makeup tutorials. In 2007, she began vlogging on YouTube and she became a sensation. She was associated with Lancome, and next she started em Cosmetics in conjunction with L’Oreal. In addition, she started a monthly makeup subscription company that is now called ipsy, the monthly service that I love!
Always at the forefront, Michelle Phan recently appeared in a commercial for Dr. Pepper. She’s one of the unique personalities who personifies the Dr. Pepper brand. Have you seen her in the spot? I think she’s pretty darn cute and a good fit for Dr. Pepper. I know not everyone’s on board with it, but take a look and let me know what you think 😉
And Michelle Phan is everywhere these days. Last night while I was watching Mad Men, she was in a brand new commercial for YouTube. She has become quite the brand. But back to makeup.
em Cosmetics has a broad selection of palettes: eye, cheeks, lips, face. There’s even a collection of Life Palettes that have “everything” in a choice of shade selections in one palette.
I got to try a couple of em Cosmetics makeup products through my ipsy subscription, and I liked what I tried. So I decided to buy an eye shadow palette. Boy, was it difficult to choose because there were so many options! I think I read every single review on each shadow palette on the website before I finally decided on the Tokyo Plums palette. And I liked it so much, I bought a second one to give away.
The compact is 3″ x 3.5″ so it’s small enough to fit in a purse, and it’s great for travel. It’s white surrounded by a heavy clear plastic outer covering with “handwritten” inspiring words on the cover. Funny, I can’t read them on the compact but I can in the photo, lol!
Tokyo Plums has six pans: 3 small, 2 medium and one large in peach and plum shades from light to dark, shimmers and mattes.
Specifically, the shades are:
- lower left: pale peach shimmer
- mid left: lilac shimmer
- upper left: peach matte
- center: plum matte
- upper right: deep purple shimmer
- lower right: prune (purple/brown) matte
The shades on the left are for highlighting and contouring. The big one in the middle for all-over color. The dark shades can be used as shadows or eyeliner. But you can do your own thing.
Some of you may know that I usually wear matte shadows, but I do love the three shimmer shadows in this palette. They’re subtle. The light peach shade and the lilac shade have gold shimmer, and the deep purple has a bit of deep bronzy-purple shimmer. Here are the swatches on my “fair” skin:
And here they are swatched by the folks at em Cosmetics on “medium” and “dark” skin. Not surprisingly, they did a much better job swatching than I did!
What’s great about the Tokyo Plums palette is that it’s neutral: either warm and cool. So as you can see from the swatches anyone can wear it. I love plum and peach shades with brown eyes but also with blue or green eyes. And if you have violet Liz Taylor eyes, even better.
Inside there’s a big mirror and two usable travel brushes, one of which is doubled-sided and includes a slant tip brush.
The shades are very creamy and easy to blend. They feel so soft. Love ’em. And I think the colors in this palette are versatile, neutral, good for day or night. Here are a couple of looks I did: the first with peach in the inner corners and the second with plum across the entire lid and deep purple in the outer corner for a darker look.
Please leave a comment on the blog about how you would use the Tokyo Plums palette. And it wouldn’t hurt to wish me a Happy Birthday, while you’re at it, lol 😉 The comment about the palette is mandatory. When you leave a comment, no duplicates please, ie don’t just copy what someone else wrote. 😉
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