I’m so lame. March is already almost over and I haven’t posted anything this month. Primarily because of work and my other excuse is that I’ve been sleeping. I love sleep.
Well hello there! Long time no see, or hear. Today I’m gonna share my latest mini haul with you and it’s primarily samples from a seller on Etsy called Performance Colors. I ordered this about a week ago and I’m so excited to try these items out. I purchased these all on my own so I wasn’t asked to review these or anything.
I was just perusing Etsy one night and stumbled upon the Lid Primer and was intrigued so I decided to give it a shot. A full size lid primer shadow base was $5.00 for 2.8 ml so it was a great deal, especially if you use primer sparingly like I do. I also purchased a sample set (3 samples) of the foundation and the concealer for those darn under eye circles I have. I actually received 4 of the foundation samples including the medium tone. Shipping times and rates were reasonable and I received my items in my mailbox today. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lovely note from Tiffany letting me know she had included some samples based on my Etsy profile photo!
Off the bat I eliminated 2 of the lightest foundations which was to be expected. I was surprised at how thick the formula was, but the coverage and the color match were excellent. I tried it without primer so my skin was a tad on the dry side but tomorrow will be my full day test run. I always have problems with applying concealer and the full test for those will have to wait until tomorrow.
The extra gifts that were included in my purchase were samples of lip stick. I received 2 Restorative Lip Balms and 2 Matte Cream Lipstick samples. The lip balms were in the shades Duped and Rocket. Duped is a very pigmented pink color while Rocket was a shimmery almost coral red if that makes sense. I’m horrible at colors but the name is very spot on. It’s like a red with pink/red shimmer. I love it. As for the matte cream lip sticks I received Valentine and Hibiscus. Both are shades of red, neither are too red. Valentine is almost like a dark brick red and Hibiscus is a pink red. Makes no sense huh? Either way, I can’t wait to finish my blog post so I can open up my Etsy app and view the shop!
As for the actual full size product I purchased- the Shadow Magnet Lid Primer, it does exactly what it says it will do. I compared it to Urban Decay’s Original Primer Potion and it held its own pretty well. Of course their textures are very different. UDPP has a more liquid texture while the Shadow Magnet has a much thicker formulation. Here’s a photo of UDPP vs Shadow Magnet vs no primer.
All in all this was a great purchase and I will definitely be buying more from Performance Colors.
Today was a day off and so I made plans with my friend Lindsey to have lunch and do a little shopping! First off I have a pic of my eye makeup today, it looks more blue in the photo but its actually purple. It’s so funny that purple is not actually my favorite color but I had purple eye makeup, purple nails and a purple shirt & hoodie on. My eye makeup was all from Urban Decay.
We started our day out with some Chinese food for lunch and then headed straight for the mall. We browsed around Macy’s for a bit and I was color matched at Clinique for the Stay-Matte foundation. I think I grabbed the wrong color when I purchased it and I was proven right. The girl at the counter gave me samples of both my shades. So I’m going to be returning the wrong shade when I get the chance. We then headed to See’s where we picked up some snacks, browsed in Bath & Body Works, and then into JC Penney’s where they had a Sephora. Lindsey received her birthday gift which unfortunately was just changed. Now they have a mascara set from Buxom for 2013. She was really hoping to get the Fresh mini lip set, but they had run out of those. They were also out of the Too Faced Lashgasm that she was hoping to pick up. Meanwhile I was color matched for the Urban Decay Naked Foundation and Pam- the consultant which helped me, told me I was wearing foundation which was a shade too dark! I guess I was over compensating for the redness in my skin my making everything dark! Shocker! Part of my problem as well was that I had been using foundation to cover up these red bumps that I had developed on my skin which were actually not there anymore. So she color matched me and sent me off with a sample of the Urban Decay foundation in 5.0, then I asked Pam to help Lindsey find a new lip gloss that would give her some color and plump up her lips. She eventually purchased one from Buxom after testing it out. She’s so shy about asking for samples. Considering they’re suppose to be helping, I gave her that little push. That’s why you go to Sephora instead of just buying things blindly at the drug store. I was a tad disappointed that they were out of the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray, but I ended up purchasing a mini from Makeup Forever.
After leaving the mall we stopped by Ulta to see if they had anything interesting. I purchased a makeup palette on clearance from the Ulta line. She bought a mini palette from Nyx. After Ulta we were going to stop by Target but I got annoyed by the parking lot and we stopped by Walgreens instead where I bought 2 Jordana eye pencils.
Overall it was an exhausting but satisfying bout of retail therapy!
I’m still fairly new to the world of Subscription Beauty Boxes but I’m already on my 2nd one. Last month I posted about how disappointed I was with my Birchbox and I subsequently cancelled my subscription. I signed up for Ipsy that day and I’m so relieved I did. I received by Ipsy bag today, 2 days ahead of schedule and I’m so happy with what I received. One of the main differences between my Birchbox and Ipsy bags is that you get the same items in ALL of the bags. With a few exceptions- I mean I received a different shade of the Nyx pigments than a few of the people’s videos that I viewed on YouTube. So what exactly did I receive in my Ipsy bag?
*Metallic Grey makeup bag (of course)
*1 Full Size Nyx Pearl Pigment
*1 Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Mini in Zero
*2 Mirabella Eye & Face Primers (a mistake I’m sure)
*1 MAI Couture Booklet of Highlighting Papers (25 sheets)
*1 Be A Bombshell Lipgloss in Hot Mess
So I got basically 7 items, all of which are deluxe if not full sized items. There was no food, perfume samples, foil packs or fashion tape. Don’t get me wrong I love perfume but I don’t need a sample of perfume every month. So far this is a wonderful start for Ipsy. We’ll see how they do next month!
One of the best things you can do to keep your purse organized is to have a smaller wallet. My current favorite wallet is this Xhilaration brand wallet that was actually given to me as a birthday gift in September by my aunt. She gave me the light blue one with the peace sign and the black one with the owl, to my mother. I’ve since purchase another with no design but an extra zip pocket on the outside and traded it to my mom for the black owl one. These can carry up to six cards with an additional pocket for receipts and a few other cards. They also have a zip pocket on the inside for coins. An extra bonus for me is that they’re big enough to hold my phone. So if I’m going on a quick errand or I don’t want to carry my purse. I can just grab this and go. I love these things so much that I need to stock up on them while I can and these seem to be the only kind that I really love. So if you’re looking for some stocking stuffers or holiday gifts, consider these for sure!
You know you have a makeup addiction when you forget about a recently purchased new product. I was racking my brain while I was taking pictures just a few minutes ago about my new Covergirl liner pencils when I realized I took pictures of my recent purchases from the other day but never blogged about them. It was earlier this week when I went on a quick Wal-Mart run with my brother and I picked up a few things:
-2 Covergirl eyeliner pencils in blue & purple
-Revlon Creme Shadow Quad
-Goody Mini spin pins
-Maybelline Fiber Lash Mascara
-NYC makeup palette for brown eyes
Today at Target I picked up:
-elf cream liner in black
-Revlon Custom Eyes palette in Pop Colors
Maybe my mother was right when she asked me today if I had enough makeup. I could never have enough but still, it makes you wonder.
My favorite of this whole set is of course the Covergirl eyeliner pencils. They reminds me of my jumbo pencils in consistency but of course with thinner lines. The blue in particular is more of a shimmery blue while the purple is more of a matte. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the elf cream liner, but when I first swatched it, it was very light. I guess I just had to press a little harder. It was very black and didn’t smudge easily, in fact my hand went a little red while I tried to take it off lol. I’d say that’s good quality since I’d never rub my eyes that hard.
I bought the mini spin pins after realizing my hair is a bit too short for the regular sized pins. They’ll come in handy though since I am trying to grow my hair out. These work great for half up hair styles.
I have yet to use the Revlon Cream Shadow Quad but the consistency was good. I imagine these will make a great base. I have been using the NYC palette and it makes for a great daytime look. I didn’t think so at first but I’ve used it once this week and the combo is perfect for work. It’s not overly colorful and the brown and purple work well together. As for the Revlon Custom Eyes palette it’s a bit too bright for work at the 1st job but I could use it for my 2nd job. I’m allowed to be a little bit more colorful there.
Now for the Maybelline Fiber Lash Mascara- I’m still not sold on this. While I have been using it almost everyday now I’m still not 100% sold on this. Not that I expected it to work wonders but it doesn’t work as well as I thought it would. I’m gonna give it a few more days before I resort to trying false lashes again.
One of the reasons I love shopping at the base exchange or BX with my mother is that I can usually score some really good deals on makeup or beauty products. For the past few years during the holidays she buys me makeup sets, usually these are the sets that- if you went to Macy’s or other department stores would be offered at a discount with purchase. This particular set would have been sold for $47.50 with any $29.50 Elizabeth Arden purchase. So you would have had to pay $77 for this and something else from EA, my mother purchased this for me for $39. Plus no tax. This is an 18 piece set which comes with a makeup case. Cases like that by themselves are usually $20-$30 so that alone makes it an awesome deal. The set consists of 2 palettes (6 shadows & 1 blush in each), 4 lipsticks, 2 glosses, 3 brushes, 2 lip liners, 2 eyeliners, 1 mascara, 1 shimmer powder trio and 1 bottle of makeup remover.
As you may have deduced from the name the items are divided into day and nighttime colors. The daytime colors as expected are more toned down neutral colors, with half the shadows with a matte finish. The lipsticks are more sheer and perfect for work or just as everyday look. I love the darker colors in the night time palette, my favorite being the teal color. This set definitely have more shimmer to them and the lipsticks have are a nice complimentary shade without being overly bright, they can be toned down if you combine them with the gloss.
I don’t recall what last year’s holiday set looked like but the palettes this year have are a different shape, for awhile they were longer with the same amount of shadows and blush but they weren’t as portable as these ones will be. The shimmer trio is a great addition, and it comes with a small retractable brush that fits on the underside of the shimmer trio container. Great idea and perfect for adding a small bit of shimmer to your face but not that great for adding color to a bigger area like your cheeks or your temples. Speaking of brushes- this kit comes with 3, a large face brush, a smaller angled brush and what I think is a blending brush. I don’t believe it’s for the shadows because the palettes have sponge tip applicators. It’s like a mid size concealer brush. I probably will stick these brushes in my travel case as backup brushes and use my own brushes. The other items in the set are standard items, eyeliners in black and brown, lip liner in a pinkish and reddish tone, and a full sized huge mascara. I’m more excited to play around with the neutral daytime palette since I’m used to the more colorful looks.
Overall this is a wonderful collection and a great bargain, it truly made my day off awesome!
Today was my day off and I went shopping! My mom and I needed to do a little grocery shopping so we went to the commissary and the base exchange. Before we went she checked the mail and I got a nice little surprise from Influenster! I got my Cosmo Voxbox and I’ll go more into detail about those tomorrow!
So at the BX I found some discounted concealer, which is a great way to sample products you’re on the fence about, I bought one from Almay and another from Revlon. My main reason for going on this trip however was to look for the holiday makeup sets that come out around this time. I know Estée Lauder has one for $58 but that’s with purchase, and Clinique has one as well. But the set I purchased was the one from Elizabeth Arden, it comes with a cute case and a ton of makeup for $39! It’s called the Day to Night Holiday Color Collection. I’ll do a separate post on it as well. At the BX I also picked up some Goody Spin Pins, and then grabbed some of my favorite makeup remover cloths from Simple at the Commissary. Overall a very satisfying if not necessarily productive (I still have tons of laundry to do!) day off.