Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Haulin' - Drugstore Buys!

I love browsing the aisle of drugstore makeup sections. It's like a scavenger hunt that will make me look prettier at the end! So needless to say I always leave with a bag of goodies. I stopped at CVS for one of their BOGO (Buy One Get One) sales - here are my purchased treasures.

I included regular pricing for each item & also included links in case you want some extra product information. I found everything at CVS so expect to find all this stuff at your regular drugstore/discount stores. 

Let's Get Going!

Bought & loved the Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer & wanted to try this stick version. I'm generally not a huge fan of Covergirl but I adore Olay! They always have the best & latest skincare setting the bar high for drugstore products. Curious to see if this will be best only on covering blemishes or if it can work for the under eye area as most stick concealers don't perform on this area... we shall see.

I have a ton of liquid eyeliner options but not a lot of gel liner so I picked this up. I like gel liner because it's not as shiny as it's liquid counterparts, a softer option to a hardcore cat eye. Also like the brush that came with this seemed to actually be pretty good which is shocking for a drugstore product. 

L'Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner ($8.99)

I've been lining my waterline with black liner for as long as I've been wearing makeup.... So you;de think I would have a HUGE array of pencil liners... but no. Currently I use Collistar Professional Eye Pencil in Black (Purchased in Italy) & Too Faced Perfect Eyeliner in perfect black . Both are a higher end options & I been looking for a cheaper alternative to use & recommend. This L'Oreal one looks like my current go-tos so now I just have to see if it performs like my faves!
 This was more of a necessity purchase. I usually use cotton 10 of 'em every night when I take my make up off. In an attempt to curb my amount of waste I wanted to try these larger pads. The are about the size of my hand... maybe a bit too big but I'm going to see how it goes. They were relatively cheap and the cotton is sturdy material so it should be good for some serious scrubbing.
I already use this and love it - purchased a backup. Will probably go back & get 2 more as they were $2.99 - usually around $6.00. Sprinkle this powder on your hand, rub your palm together (you will feel the powder gets sticky), apply on your roots & POW! Big hair - it's really that easy!  

Nivea Lip Butter Kiss Tin ($3.99) 
I am a chapstick snob & I'm not ashamed to admit it! I am more picky about my lip balm than I am about any other piece of makeup that I own... I do love my EOS balm balls (lol I kinda said "I love balls") but I feel like they are best as a base for lips in the process of makeup not as a lip treatment.... They are dry yet moisturizing... but sometimes I need that luxurious creamy butter feeling & these ones hit the spot. So far my fave is the Caramel Creme Kiss - which I have in my purse. The Smooth Kiss I keep on my night stand. My only gripe with these is that I hate dipping my fingers in the itty bitty cute lil tin - It feels Germy! But I'm willing to see if the superiority of the product will turn me!

There are 2 things that will get me to buy almost anything.... A "New Product" sticker & and "Allure Best Product" stamp! Take a look at the pic & figure out which one sold me! I'm a big fan of facial wipes & aside from the magazine endorsement I was intrigued by the soothing properties of this product! 

One of my latest YT Obsessions, MissJenFabulous mentioned this as one of her must have products in her All Drugstore Makeup Tutorial ♥ Valentine Date Night tutorial (Click Here For MissJenFabulous' Video). Rose gold is still golden hot right now & this pigment can give you a tinge of tint or all-out-glam look - just depends on how much you apply.  

CVS Oral Pain Relief for Teething ($4.99) 

You must be thinking "Oh gee how uh-dore-a-balls she bought a little something for her baby's pain..." Um NO I have no babies nor anyone that would need gum relief in my home... So why do I need Oral Pain Reliever? I wake up & go to sleep with very strong headaches because I grind my teeth. These headaches make tweezing my eyebrows in the AM intolerable -  so I spread this on my brow section (being careful not to get it in my eyes), wait 10 minutes or so, clear the gel off with a cotton pad with toner (or cleansing water) & get to a-tweezin! This helps numb the section making it less painful (NOT painless) to pluck.

Eylure Katy Perry Oh Honey Day To Eve Lashes ($7.99) 
Purchased these more for a beauty comparison. Want to see if there is a dupe for these $8 falsies... yes I know they are "only" $8 but if you can get the same exact thing for $4 why not! This kit came with an small glue... curious to see how they apply & wear as these lashes didn't create much of a buzz on YT or blogs.

Lumene Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($6.49) 

I have been on a eye makeup remover kick lately looking for the best ones out there. I have used Lumene products before & I love how gentle they are.
The big question is how will this "delicate" perform on the toughest waterproof mascara.  
So there is! My itty bitty CVS haul...
Well According to My Fiance' NOT sooo Itty Bitty! 

Have you tried anything I purchased? 
Anything that's a drugstore must have you want to tell about?
The Leave A Comment Below!

Love, Kisses & Godspeed Dolls!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Rock It Or Wreck It?

Rock It Or Wreck It? 
Kim Kardashian's Bangs!

Looking stunning as always Kim Kardashian graces the cover of April 2013 Cosmopolitan (prior baby bump) rockin' some bangs!

Hairstylist Chris McMillan said he cut them on set the day of her cover shoot... Ummm.....

She struck me a little more high maintenance than giving someone carte blanche with her hair. But then again she was in the hands of   veteran hairstylist nicknamed the "Mane Man"!

Some Girls Have All The Luck!  

Anyhow... Are Bangs Back? Or Should They Be Left To The Insanely Gorgeous?

Would You Rock Em or Wreck Em?



Friday, March 1, 2013

New Wet & Wild Palettes! Swatches & 1st Impressions!

Talk about a Stoke of Beauty Luck! 

I went to pick up a few beauty basics this morning at Harmon Discount. (Click Here for a Harmon in your area). Now I will be honest I'm never NOT looking for makeup... If there is a makeup section in any store I feel obligated to browse it! 
As I was perusing the new product displays section I spotted some Wet n Wild cosmetics I hadn't seen before. I had to do a double actually because it has been quite a while since I had seen ANY new 8 pan palettes from the bargain brand! 
There were 2 palette choices - Going In The Wild & Nude Awakening, and for $4.49 I got them both. 

I was so excited I couldn't wait to get home and get some swatches going for you guys!

So let's start with taking a basic look & then I'll give you some of my first impressions on my novel purchases!

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Collection 
In Nude Awakening & Going in The Wild

Going In The Wild

Photographed Without Flash 

Photographed With Flash 

Photographed With Flash - No Primer Used
(Swatches Taken From Top Right To Bottom Left)

Photographed With Flash - No Primer Used
(Swatches Taken From Top Right To Bottom Left)

Swatches With Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer 
(Left Photographed Without Flash & Right With Flash)
Right 4 Shadows
Left 4 Shadows

Nude Awakenings

Photographed Without Flash 

Photographed With Flash

Swatches Photographed Without Flash - No Primer
(Swatches Taken From Palette Top Right To Bottom Left)

Swatches Photographed Without Flash - No Primer
(Swatches Taken From Palette Top Right To Bottom Left)

Swatches With Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer 
(Left Photographed Without Flash & Right With Flash)
Right 4 Shadows
Left 4 Shadows

General 1st Impressions
The shadows are classic Wet n Wild quality. 
Velvety smooth, uber pigmented & really easy to blend! 

They are a bit powdery so make sure to tap off excess if applying with a brush.

The colors for the browbone are very light & less pigmented than the others... but then again those are meant as highlighters.

Going In The Wild 1st Impressions
I found that in the Going In The Wild palette I liked only a few colors. I wasn't a big fan of the left column of shadows. They just didn't pack much of a punch.

I had high hopes for the purple but was disappointed when I realized it was more of a washed out hue than the bright lilac I was had wished for. 

I was however pleasantly surprise with the pastel green! I think it will look uh-maze-iiing on the lower lash line to add a pop of bright color.

Nude Awakenings 1st Impressions
Of the two palettes I preferred this one the most as I fell in love with every color I swatched! The pigmentation is simply amazing & with the neutral colors you could go day to night in a few sweeps!

But here is my favorite part....
This palette had a few shades that were very very (very) similar to colors in the UD's Naked & Naked 2 Palettes. 

Perfect if you are really craving the Urban Decay palettes but just cannot dish out $50 for each.... or you just would rather score a bargain!  

Left Column Of Shadows in Nude Awakenings

Matching Naked Shades
Foxy, Suspect, Buck & Snakebite
Foxy & Snake are from the original Naked Palette while Suspect & Buck are from Naked 2

Right Column Of Shadows in Nude Awakenings

Matching Naked Shades
Urban Decay's Toasted, Busted, Gunmetal & Creep
Toasted, Gunmetal & Creep are from the original Naked Palette while Busted is from Naked 2

So there you have it ladies... 
Wet N Wild Color Icon Nude Awakenings & Going With The Wild 8 Pan Palettes!

So what do you thin?
 Have you spotted these bad boys in your area? 
Comment Below!

Love, Kisses & Godspeed!