Plus Size Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is coming up and sometimes it might seem a little difficult for my plus sized ladies to figure out to be for Halloween. Well, I’m here with a few outfit ideas for you all! You can wear the costume just as is, or come up with your own creative way to put a twist on them!

1.Bumble-bee (party city)

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2.Minnie Mouse(ashley stuart)

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3.Black Sea Buccanear (leg avenue)

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4. Princess Leia (Torrid)

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5. Mad Hatter(leg avenue)

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6. Shuri (partycity)

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7. Ursula (leg avenue)

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Out of all of these, I’d have to say my favorite is the Mad Hatter. Which one is your favorite? If you would like more posts like these with specific types of costumes then let me know in the comments!

 

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Blogger Awards Ceremony!

First I’d like to begin and say thank you all so much for these nominations. To see my consistent hard work not go unnoticed really means a lot to me. Next, I’m a tad bit behind on making posts for these nominations, so I have about 3 nominations that I need to tackle. With that being said, I decided to just do all three of them in one blog post.

1.Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated by the beautiful Ruth(melanintalks). I’m so honored and grateful to receive this award. This is my first time ever receiving this award. Thank you so much to Ruth for recognizing me and I’m glad she’s gotten recognized as well as she deserves it. You all should check her out!

How It All Began

The Black Princess Diaries came from what was originally a tumblr I was trying to make. I said to myself I wanted a place to showcase my poetry, but I have so many tumblr’s already that instead, I decided to create a blog or website for it. Thus this blog was born. I originally planned to only showcase my poetry, but I thought I should do more. I know I have a lot of opinions about different topics and I also love to give advice, so I decided to share those as well. This became a real life diary of my thoughts, opinions, and more. And I’m so happy as to how it’s all turning out.

Advice To New Bloggers

1.Make sure you’re being 100% yourself and blogging about what you want to blog about. Don’t feel like you always have to be so proper or stick with topics you see everyone else doing. What’s creative or authentic about that?

2.Don’t pay so much attention to the stats. You’ll drive yourself nuts if you keep focusing on things like that, especially if you’re a new blogger like myself. Just keep doing what you do and the numbers will suddenly soar without you even knowing it.

                                                                 The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Write a post explaining how your blog got started
  • Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers you feel deserves some recognition
  • Comment on each blog nominating them, providing the link to the post you created

 

2.Flawesome Award

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For this award, I was nominated by the lovely Gabbie(theopinionatedone). Again very honored to receive this award. I’ve never heard of this award before and I really like the concept of it. Gabbie is an amazing blogger and you all should check out her work as well and follow her.

My Flaws

1.I’m a huge procrastinator.  I procrastinate everything and it’s terrible. I thought being in college would help it, but it hasn’t one bit. Sometimes I feel like I do a little bit better when I procrastinate some things, but others…not so much. That’s honestly why I need to write all my blog posts in one day and schedule them. If I didn’t, I’d probably be up late writing posts throughout the week(which I’ve done before). I’ll get better at it…eventually.

2.I have driving anxiety. I’m pretty anxious about a good amount of things in general, but my driving anxiety just might be the worst at this point. It really sucks because it restricts me a lot from going places myself without someone taking me. I don’t have anxiety about driving in general. I can drive to the store, school, friend’s houses, etc. It’s more so dealing with the highway, going downtown, going places I’m not familiar, etc. I hate it because I would love to go downtown more but I can’t because I have no one to hang with aka also someone to take me. I know I’ll get over it soon, but I hope it’s sooner than I feel like it is.

3.I can’t stick with anything. Lord knows I can’t stick with anything too long. I’ve had goals to do this and that, but it only lasts a few weeks…if that. I hate it because one of the goals I’ve made it trying to lose weight and I can’t ya’ll how many times I’ve started over with that! I really want this to change, but it’ll take a lot of time and dedication. Both of which I’m lacking at this moment.

FLAWESOME AWARD RULES

  • Link back the Creator.
  • Display the Award.
  • List 3 flaws.
  • Tag 10 people.

 

3.Sunshine Blogger Award

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On to my final award, which I was nominated by Tera(itsmycrazybeautifullife). This is my 2nd time being nominated for this award and I’m just so grateful to once again receiving this honor. Tera is another dedicated blogger and she deserved this award. Everyone should also check out her blog and her social links as well!

Her Questions

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now? I’m hoping that I’m living in my own place with a puppy and whatever I choose to do, I hope it’s something that makes me happy.
  2. What do you hope to get out of blogging? First I hope to help others. I love helping others and giving advice, so I’m hoping that I’m doing a good job of that through my blog. Second, I’m kind of hoping that this will become a career path for me. I say kind of because I don’t want to get my hopes up too much if it doesn’t work out, but I want to make The Black Princess Diaries not only a blog but a brand. 
  3. Who is your favorite celebrity and why? I have waay to many faves to name just one. I’ll name a few: Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Michael B. Jordan, Will Smith, H.E.R. I like these celebs because of their talents, whether it be they keep me laughing, give me songs to vibe to, or entertain me in different tv shows and movies.
  4. Who is your best supporter? My mom. I know she supports me 100% and she always lets me know that.
  5. After a long stressful day, how do you relax? Liquor. Ok, not really, but I do love a good Moscato. I love to just change my clothes, make some food, and relax by watching youtube or something on TV.
  6. What is your spirit animal and why? I had to figure this out for a class one day. I think I found out my spirit animal was a dog, but I don’t remember why. 
  7. What advice would you give to new bloggers? Be yourself. Be creative. Have fun.
  8. It’s fall, what is your favorite thing about it? I’m not much of a fall person, but I do love when it gets to a point of where it’s not so hot. I also hate though how cold it just rapidly starts to get.
  9. What are your top 3 apps for blogging? Really I just use twitter, but I did create an instagram and I have a bloglovin as well. 
  10. If you could donate to a charity, which one would you? Either one that goes towards helping animals or one that goes towards cancer. 
  11. What’s your favorite scary movie? I don’t like scary movies. I have seen insidious and the purge though although those are thrillers and not really scary. 

My Questions

1.What’s your favorite thing about blogging

2.What’s your least favorite thing about blogging?

3.How did you start your blog?

4.You can only eat at one fast food restaurant for the rest of your life…what do you choose?

5.Do you plan on making blogging your career?

6.What’s advice you would give to new bloggers?

7.How do you choose to relax after a long day?

8.Podcast or music when driving?

9.What do you like to do before you start writing your blog posts?

10.What’s your favorite season…summer, spring, fall, winter? Why?

11.Have you ever been nominated for this award before?

Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to the original post 
  2. Answer the 11 questions they’ve asked you
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions
  4. Have fun!!

We made it to the end of the ceremony! Again I’d like to thank all three of these ladies for nominating me with these awards. Below I will provide all my nominees. I nominate each and everyone of you for all 3 awards. You all deserve it!

Nominees:

  1. boozyhousewife
  2. avianaworldblog
  3. mylifelines
  4. thejoyousliving
  5. awkwardfordays
  6. therconnect
  7. bingingonabudget
  8. dreamwithconfidence
  9. jennasworldview
  10. naturalgoddess242
  11. brianabeautyblog
  12. beauty-brat
  13. patrickrealstories
  14. baileyleah
  15. insidethethoughtsoflia

 

 

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Why I Don’t Pay Attention To The Statistics.

A part of blogging and being a blogger is the statistics. A lot of times bloggers are focused on getting their followers up on their social medias, getting their likes up, etc and I mean for a good reason. The more people look at your stuff, the more your blog and social media accounts spread which means more recognition.

This is all really great and I would love to get more recognition as well just like any other blogger, but I don’t exactly focus on the stats like most bloggers might or make certain goals around those stats. Let me tell you why.

I do a lot of my promoting for my blog on twitter. That’s where I communicate with other bloggers. I’ve seen plenty of bloggers make tweets such as “Help me get to my goal of (insert number here) by (insert time frame here)”. And then I’ve seen some upset because they don’t get to their goal, which is very upsetting. That’s one reason why I don’t pay much attention to the stats. If I  don’t make it to my goal, I know how hard I’m going to be on myself. This in turn will make blogging not seem as fun (speaking for myself not others).

Bloggers can also tend to get wrapped up in the stats a little too much. Doing that can sometimes make it seem like a job almost and it’s not as fun. I do want to become successful just as many others do, but I also treat blogging as something I just do. I love it with all my heart and honestly, I’m just having fun giving advice as well as making different fun posts. I feel so free when blogging, and yea I do notice what doesn’t get as many likes just from my notifications and I feel a certain way sometimes. But at the same time, it doesn’t deter me from blogging. I guess at the end of the day, I rather get wrapped up in making sure people that do read my blog are able to feel something or relate than getting the highest number of readers(not saying all other bloggers are like that, I’m just speaking for myself).

At the end of the day, whether you pay attention to the stats or not, I wish myself and all my blogger companions much success.

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The Importance Of Getting Checked (BCA)

Although people connect October to Halloween, it’s also connected to a more important subject…Breast Cancer. I don’t have experience with breast cancer, but I know there are women all over the world who do. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’ll be making a few posts throughout the month and to kick it off I’ll be discussing the importance of getting a mammogram. Men, pay attention because this is important information for you to know as well.

Because some of my readers might not know what a mammogram is, let’s begin with the definition of a mammogram.

Definition: Mammogram is defined as an x-ray picture of the breast(cancer.gov).

It is adviced that women begin getting checked at the age of 40. If breast cancer is common in your family, then it’s suggested you go at an even younger age (about 30).

Why Is It Important I Get A Mammogram?

  1. First is the obvious reason of being able to detect if there’s a possibility of cancer. This could also mean you being able to detect it early and getting treatment before the disease spreads.
  2. Results have shown that getting a mammogram helps reduce the number of deaths that are caused by breast cancer within women ages 40-74.
  3. It’s important to be aware of your body and to get informed of any potentially harmful unusual behavior.

 

Statistics

  1. 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime
  2. 266,120 cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the US in 2018
  3. Women aren’t the only ones. About 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2018 and a man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  4. 40,920 women are expected to die in 2018 from breast cancer in 2018. The number of deaths has decreased for women under 50 due to treatment advances, earlier detection, and increased awareness.
  5. The risk of breast cancer in a woman doubles if she has a first-degree relative who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. In turn, 85% of breast cancer occur in women who have no family history of the disease.

Another thing that’s important is a breast self-exam. You can do these on yourself once a month to keep in check and make sure nothing is feeling odd or anything strange is going on with your breasts. I will provide a guide on how to do it below that’s also available as a pdf provided by maurerfoundation.org

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It’s important we as women (and men) take care of ourselves, and I hope that you will now consider doing a self-test and getting a mammogram if you’ve never thought about it before. Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

 

**Sources: https://www.breastcancer.org, https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/mammograms-fact-sheet#q3, http://maurerfoundation.org**

 

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5 Disney Channel Halloween Movies To See!

It’s Halloween/ scary movie season! In honor of it, I’ll be providing you guys with 5 movies that were my favorites to watch on Disney channel (and still is if I’m being honest) that may have also been yours too!

1. Hocus Pocus (1993)

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Description: After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. (google)

2. Halloween Town (1998)

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Description: Marnie and her kids get a big shock when they follow grandma home to Halloweentown – and find out they come from a family of witches. The town is the only place where supernatural beings can lead a `normal’ life, but trouble is looming, and on her 13th birthday Marnie not only finds she is a witch, but that she and her family are involved in a fight against the evil that is threatening to take over the world. (google)

3. Don’t Look Under The Bed (1999)

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Description:Spooky tale about a no-nonsense teenager who refuses to believe in the supernatural – until she is confronted with the bogeyman under her bed. When somebody starts to play destructive pranks in her neighbourhood, the girl is framed as the culprit, but when she realizes that the root of her problem is the real bogeyman, she is forced to change her mind about the paranormal. (google)

4. Twitches (2005)

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Description:Reunited on their 21st birthday, twin sisters (Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry) use their magic powers to save their kingdom from the forces of darkness. (google)

5. Underwraps (1997)

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Description: Three twelve-year-old children, Amy, Marshall and Gilbert, encounter a mummy which has been undiscovered in three thousand years. While investigating, they accidentally revive him, but he must be returned to his resting place by midnight on Halloween or he will never find his long lost love. (google)

Have you heard or seen any of these movies? If you’ve seen any of them then what’s your favorite?

 

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Blogger Struggles: Balancing School And Blogging

Blogging and being in school can be a major struggle sometimes. I’m in school currently  while blogging, and it’s almost like having a balance scale trying to balance both but you can’t get it quite even. That little bit of uneven balance could be just enough to cause a whole setback.

For me, my struggles are like a chain reaction. First, I become too drained. School is a lot of work. It’s almost a job within itself (and I’ve put it many many hours with no pay). I’ve had plenty of late nights and a lot of meetings where I don’t get done until 2am. This being a constant thing is producing a blow out. So then my blog suffers a little bit. I usually write my blog posts on Sundays and I schedule them throughout the week. Writing blog posts take a lot, and when you feel like you’ve had a blow out and your energy has left you, it’s a little hard to write anything. Sometimes I can’t write all three posts in one day and have to take time to write them throughout the week, but I get it done because this is something I love.

Then the chain reaction continues and after being so drained, my brain feels like it’s ran out of ideas. Not only did my body have a blow out but so did my brain. I have a list of blog post ideas, so that’s not the problem. The problem is when it’s time to write. Things don’t seem to flow as well. I use so much brain power into my school work that I  just can’t get to writing as proficiently as I usually do. I will admit, I haven’t been too happy with some of the stuff I’ve written in some of my recent bigger posts. You all seem to like them, and I’m glad, but knowing what I’m capable of and knowing what I could’ve done with the post just makes me disappointed. But, we are our biggest critics aren’t we?

And lastly, becoming disconnected with my social media and connecting with others. I’m very introverted and spending a lot of time with group members or just at school around others causes my social meter to explode. I need a break from talking to others. Even my texting skills have suffered quite a bit this semester.  Being a blogger, it’s important to connect, update social media’s, and respond to emails and comments for your blog. Being socially drained, I don’t want to do any of that. Not only do I not want to do any of that, but I just have to find the time for all of that during my day. This may be online socializing, but it’s still socializing and I often need a break to reset my meter.

My blog doesn’t just suffer. If things were reversed and I paid more attention to my blog and made little time for school or didn’t spread my time out accordingly, then school would be suffering a lot as well. It’s all about balance, but right now my balance scale is teetering and it’s hard getting it to stop right at the center.

Are you someone who’s blogging and going to school? How do you balance the two?

 

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September Life Update 2018

It’s October! Which means Halloween parties, candy, being a month closer to the holidays, and another update! I feel like so far I don’t really get my goals accomplished, but I’m going to keep trying to check things off my goal list. With that being said, let’s get started on my September life update!

As per usual, first I’m going to show you guys the goals I made for September, talk about what I did/didn’t accomplish, and share with you guys my goals for this month.

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Unaccomplished Goals

So guys I really wanted to work on my poetry book again, but I just can’t find the time. Not only am I so busy because of school, but my brain is also just exhausted as well and my creative juices aren’t flowing much right now. Hopefully once I’m done with this semester I’ll be able to get back to it. I’m so jealous because my cousin just published his book so I have to get on it. But, If you want to check his book out, you can purchase it here!

Sadly another goal I have yet to accomplish is time management when it comes to my classes. I’m the worst procrastinator and I have a professor who gives so much unnecessary work, that other classes are suffering. I’m still going to try my best to get it together (especially because I kind of have no choice) and pray that I can learn time management because without it and without proper studying time grades suffer (tip for any new college students).

So guys I have not been able to purchase my domain,which I hate. Purchasing my domain will have to take a back burner for now, not because I’m not sure if it’s something I want to do or not, but because I just need the money. If you would like to help support me, I do have a Ko-fi that is available to go towards my poetry book and purchasing my domain.

Let’s just talk about this whole going to bed early and waking up early thing. I will not lie, it’s damn near impossible when you have super late night meetings. I started off pretty good with waking up early to do devotions before school, but it just didn’t work after a while. I wanted to do my devotions before my day started, but I may have to come up with a new plan.

Accomplished Goals

This is more so a list of goals that I at least began or that I partially accomplished (which in my eyes is a start right?) First, developing a workout plan and keeping it going with meal planning didn’t exactly 100% get accomplished. I did meal planning for a week, but that had to be put on the back burner because I don’t have money to buy my own food every week (I live with my grandparents if you didn’t know) so I didn’t want to use up all the food I had. I did start working out though and I’m pretty proud of myself. I still have a lot more work to do with the whole combo of eating healthy and working out, but just how mostly consistent I’ve been thus far with working out is a huge accomplishment.

Again, another partially done goal, which is making a resume/ applying to jobs and getting interviews. I know it’s kind of odd to not go ahead and make the resume, but I haven’t had the time to make one yet (I know, shame on me). I’ve barely had the time or energy to sit down and apply to jobs either, but I have done a few quick online applications. No job interviews yet, but fingers crossed for good things to come.

Goals for October

○ Work on eating healthier/ develop a solid workout schedule

○continue to practice time management and better studying habits

○Drink more water

○work on updating social media’s more for my blog/connect with other bloggers more

○continue working on applying for jobs

○listen to more podcasts in the morning

○Do daily devotions

 

Did you accomplish the goals you made for last month? What are your October goals?

 

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Being Plus Sized In The Gym

I’ve just started trying to workout more and I’m trying my best to stay consistent. I can for sure say I’m not new to stepping in the gym because I’ve had quite a few times that I’ve started my journey over now (but who’s counting?). One thing I can say about stepping into the gym that never changes, is the feeling of being someone who’s plus sized in the gym.

I know this doesn’t apply to all of my plus sized ladies or fellas, and it even maybe apply to others who aren’t plus sized, but for now I’m speaking as a plus sized person who sometimes feels a little uncomfortable. I know some of you know what I’m talking about. You step into the gym and you feel like everyone is staring at you like you don’t belong, which to me is crazy because there’s so many “doctors” out there telling us we need to go to the gym. If that’s true, then why make fun of someone you see trying to better themselves?

A lot of it’s in the brain, but I’ve also seen videos and pictures on social media that people have taken making fun of how a bigger person looks on a workout machine. For what? They’re doing a lot more than you are sitting there wasting time talking about someone trying to better themselves. Now you’re the one who looks like garbage.

Another feeling I know I get when I’m in the gym is the feeling like I have something to prove. Like I automatically know that when people see someone my size, they expect me not to do much or to be super slow or just confused on how to use anything as if the gym is foreign to me. Again, also thoughts that are a lot of times all in the brain. This makes me feel like I have to automatically go as hard as I can when doing cardio or go to the highest weight when on the weight machines just to prove a point. But who am I proving a point to exactly? No one came to me saying “You can’t do this or that”.

It’s all in the brain and the atmosphere. It’s the feeling of being the only one my size in a space filled with people who are smaller/skinny/more fit like everyone expects me to fail when in actuality people are minding their business.

There are some plus sized people out there who might really want to start going to the gym but are scared of what they’ll look like working out or just being judged. You know what you’ll look like? You’ll look like someone who’s trying to do better for yourself and your body. You’ll look like someone who’s ready to kick ass and take names no matter what level, speed, or weight you’re at.

Although thoughts of being judged comes through my mind and I often feel like I’m competing, I’ve also learned to just blast my music, go into a different space, and get shit done. If I can do it, I know you can too. I believe in you.

What are your thoughts about going to the gym? Have you ever felt judged or like you were competing?

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Poem #8: Letter Of Interest (old poem)

Letter of Interest

Hi,

You haven’t known me very long, but I wanted you to know I have an interest in you.

I want to know your mind

Tell me your fears and your dreams.

Tell me your favorite memory as a child and your worst.

I want to know your favorite book or your opinion on politics even though I don’t have much my own.

I want to laugh at your corny jokes just because they’re from you.

I want to know your body.

Your personality makes me crave you.

I’ll give you my submission..dominate me at your will.

I want to appreciate your curves just as much as I hope you’d appreciate mine.

I want to know your soul.

Stripped down.

I want to look deep..underneath all the skin.

I want us to both be fully naked..yet still clothed.

Both afraid to let each other in, but still willing to take such a chance.

I know you haven’t known me long, but I have an interest in you. And I was hoping you’d feel the same way too.

                       Sincerely,

                     one day yours.

 

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My Current Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes

Today, I’m going to show a few of my favorite eyeshadow palettes. These are my go to’s and most used whether I’m going for a natural look or a more glam look. If you want to see what palettes I use then keep reading!

1.Juvia’s Place Douce Eyeshadow Palette ($21)

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I am in love with this palette! I’m still working on incorporating more color in my eyeshadow looks, so I haven’t used all the colors, but when I tell you that chocolate brown is everything I mean it! I go to it for every look. This palette to me screams SPRING with its shimmer green and pinks. I also have the Masquerade palette from Juvia’s place, but I gravitate towards this palette a lot more lately.

2. Colourpop’s  I Think I love You Palette ($16)

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This is my absolute go to for a lot of makeup looks. I’m one who uses a lot of browns or golds in my looks and this palette is the one that gets the job done! I’ve used almost every color in this palette. Highly recommend if you’re one who likes more neutral/natural looking eyeshadow.

3. Bh Cosmetics Take Me Back To Brazil Palette ($18)

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This is the most colorful palette in my makeup collection! I’m still trying to work with colors so I haven’t used many of the colors, but I have used the purples and pinks. When I say pigment…I mean PIGMENT! This shadow is amazingly pigmented and lasts longer than any eyeshadow that I have seen. When I’m trying to do a purple smokey eye or purple/pink ombre look I grab this palette always. If you’re a color lover then this will be your fave palette!

Of course I didn’t show all of the palettes that I have, but I showed the ones I tend to gravitate to the most depending on what looks I do.

Have you tried any of these palettes? What’s your go to eyeshadow palette?

 

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