Monday, February 15, 2016

makeup is my art.

There is this big misconception. That the more you spend on makeup...the better it will be. This is something I used to believe. I thought just because a product was sold at Sephora it was superior to the items in the drugstore. Sometimes? This happens to be true. Other times? Not at all. There have been a lot of drugstore buys that have taken my breath away. There have been high-end shopping trips that have knocked my socks off. And vice versa. Certain high-end items have only been so so for me. Even though they cost double or triple the price of the drugstore alternative. Nothing is more frustrating. That is why I am a huge advocate of affordable makeup. As much as I adore pricier brands (like Too Faced, Urban Decay, and NARS) ....there are some fantastic alternatives.

One of them? Mariposa. Believe it or not, I have picked up a few of their products from the dollar store. Massive blush palettes that are crazy pigmented. Lipsticks that are vibrant and easy to wear. And now an eyeshadow set that is pigmented and oh-so-pretty. The eyeshadow set (pictured above) cost a mere two dollars. And it is amazing. It has a gorgeous blend of neutrals and metallic shades. Perfect to create a smokey eye look or something dramatic for evening. This has definitely been getting a lot of use lately! I love the combination of shades. There are lighter ones for blending, mid-tones, and deeper shades. That makes it super versatile. Which is something I tend to look for. 

Typically I ask myself a few key questions. At least when it comes to an eyeshadow set or shadow palette. They are: Can it travel well? Will I need supplementary shades? How many looks can I create with the set? When it comes to the Mariposa is compact. That makes it great for travel or to throw into your purse. As for supplementary shades....I do not feel the need to bring in outside shadows or palettes to come up with a complete look. Always a good thing. And then there is the number of looks you can create with it. I have personally tried about three. However there are certainly more that you can make. That is the benefit of having those lighter shades thrown in there as well. More looks. More versatility. Thank goodness for that.

This little eyeshadow set has been a must have in my life lately. It is quick and easy to use, the colours are super pigmented, and the formula is soft and smooth. Love! Here is a peek at a makeup look I created using a few of the shades. They were mainly the green, the two browns, and the white. Take a look and let me know what you think....

Great makeup doesn't have to be expensive. It can come from a high-end shop, the drugstore, or even the dollar store. With quality products and a little creativity....creating the perfect look? Simple. Fun. Exciting. The Mariposa line has impressed me over and over again. It is a serious makeup steal.

What do you think of this look? Have you tried this brand before?

xo Shannon


  1. Definitely! Make up is your art! Really love it!
    Lots of love

    Alicia & Sofía

  2. Wow - beautiful! I always say that make up is an art. The things that I see make up artists do really amaze me. I can't believe you got that at the dollar store! I use a lot of Elf things because they're cheaper. They work great for me, especially the brushes!

  3. thanks for the comment <3
    this makeup look is amazing :D

  4. beautiful!

  5. I love the eye make-up look you did, Gorgeous!

  6. Never heard about this brand before, but looks great. Love the make up you created <3

    Lots of love from VOH!

  7. Love the eye look! Really amazing!


  8. Nicely done! love the smokey eye going on. Great post dear xoxo

  9. Nicely done! love the smokey eye going on. Great post dear xoxo

  10. i always love urban decay but its quite pricey :(

  11. Really amazing make up, you're very good! kiss
    Federica - Cosa Mi Metto???

  12. Love this look! Anyway, I totally agree with you. I believe that make up doesn't have to be expensive, it depends on what you can do with them :)

    Take care!