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Product Review: Studio Gear Holiday Palette

Product Review: Studio Gear Holiday Palette

I was fortunate enough to be selected for Studio Gear’s Holiday Palette campaign on Brand Backer. Brand Backer is an awesome site that helps to connect bloggers and brands with one another. This was the first campaign I was accepted into when I joined just a few weeks ago.

Just this ONE slim palette will help you get ready for all holiday comings and goings! Included in this easy to stick in your purse compact palette are four eyeshadows and one blush. While there is not a mirror included, I really do love that there are directions including a diagram on how to easily apply a perfectly sparkling holiday look with two variations! So even if you are not a professional MUA (makeup artist), which I am not, Studio Gear makes it very easy to create a professional-like look.

The four winter wonderland inspired eyeshadow shades included are:

Frost (upper left hand corner) – a light shimmering silver leaning towards white

Platinum (lower left hand corner) – a darker shimmering silver leaning more towards grey

Coal (upper right hand corner) – a glittering charcoal grey that looks in the pan than swatched

Glimmer (lower right hand corner) – a shimmering sheer gold

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In the center of the palette is what I consider the highlight of this palette, a perfectly coral-pink blush that truly lives up to its name Snowy Glow. This highly pigmented shade adds just the right amount of blush to look naturally flushed! Just make sure to use a light hand so as to not apply too much at a time.

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All of the shades are easy to apply and blend into numerous cohesive looks perfect for winter and the holiday season! You can find this awesome little palette, HERE, normally retails for $40, but is on sale for only $25 right now! And just for being a reader on Jaclyn’s Musings, Studio Gear has given me a code to share with all of you for 10% any order on Studio Gear.com just by using the code SGHOLIDAY.

You’ll also find this little bit of holiday goodness on my first (annual) Jaclyn’s Musings Holiday Gift Guide 2013.

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season!
I’d love to hear all about YOUR favorite looks for winter and the holidays in the comments below.

~Jaclyn~

Disclaimer: I received one or more items mentioned above from the manufacturer or PR representative for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Thanksgiving Holiday Preparations

What do you do to prepare for the holidays? Do you do a lot of house cleaning? Do you try out new recipes?

In my house a lot of that depends on what our plans are. This year we have been invited over to one of our very close family friends for the Thanksgiving holiday.

I love to cook and bake. I love trying out new, sharing, creating my own recipes. I have found that nearly all ‘traditional ‘ stuffing recipes contain celery, carrots, and other vegetables. A couple of years ago I came up with my own stuffing recipe after doing a lot of research and wrote it using ingredients that I can tolerate. As there are hardly any veggies that I can eat without becoming ill.

I have found through experimentation that I can tolerate some very well cooked and peeled apples and onions. So I’ll include brown or sweet onions, green apples, chicken broth, a mixture of savory and sweet breads, and herbs. The result may be unconventional and not traditional but it is delicious. In fact my sister has already requested that I make a HUGE batch! ;-)

Years ago a coworker of my dads gave us a fabulous and easy pumpkin dessert recipe she called pumpkin dump cake. Amply titled because you mix everything in one bowl and then dump it into the pan!

I find that it is an easier to make alternative to pumpkin pie as there is no crust to roll out. In my version since there isn’t a typical crust there isn’t any butter and so probably In this recipe that crust is in the form of a ‘crumble’ made up of yellow cake mix sprinkled on top and drizzled with oil.

What are some of the things you do to prepare for thanksgiving and holidays? I’d also love to hear about any of your favorite holiday recipes?
~Jaclyn~

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