When it comes to makeup, packaging has kind of lost its mojo. Instead of containers we'd like to display on our dressers and vanities, we have compacts that are more utility-driven than anything. But Japonesque has changed all that with its Color Eye Shadow Palette ($34). Cases emblazoned with pretty painterly designs hold a quad of shadows that are somewhere between cream and powder. The four iridescent colors glide on with a glaze-like texture, making for an easy, buildable shadow look. They also blend together seamlessly, allowing for a wide range of use. If you're looking for one shadow palette to get you through the holidays, you just found it.
Here at Bella, we often discuss trendy products or particularly pretty ones, but on a day-to-day basis, what makes life a little easier and happier for most of us are products that are convenient. I've put together five products that are all light, small, easy to fit in a clutch, and mess-proof. Check out my five picks, and if something you swear by is left out, tell me what else makes your beauty routine a little bit simpler.
Here's a market I've bet you've never tapped into: dual makeup pencil sharpeners. There are tons of 'em out there! In fact, I was astonished to see different shapes, sizes and prices on these basic little gadgets. My first introduction to a unique sharpener was when I read about DuWop's Beauty Blade, a self-cleaning sharpener that has a little flap on top to contain shavings.
Since then, I've come across more of these dual-chambered, conical shaped sharpeners that accommodate both traditional-sized pencils and chunky ones. Stay tuned for more dual-chambered makeup pencil sharpeners this week. To check out more posts on tools of the trade, click here.
Becca Pencil Sharpener ($10) is a sleek chocolate brown dual-ended makeup pencil sharpener made for skinny and fat pencils. It's a cool updated version of the old-style sharpener, with a central barrel where shavings can be neatly captured!
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When you love makeup as much as I do, it helps to have a professional-grade makeup case. I particularly like this roomy, easy-to-carry Japonesque Train Case ($60), with its seemingly bottomless accordion-tiered trays. It's made from vinyl-wrapped wood and chrome trim, so it will withstand tons of toting around, and the case can be wiped down easily when it's time for cleaning.
If pink isn't your color, it's also available in black, red, green, and lavender. To see more photos of the case, read more