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 just received a new box today from Influenster, and I didn’t even realize I had qualified for it. In this box I got 3 full sized (16 fl oz) bottles of dish liquid. They come in 3 scents: Ginger White Tea, Lemon Thyme and Lime Basil. There were also suppose to be 5 coupon for $1.50 off but I think someone pulled some of them out of the box during shopping. I haven’t done dishes yet tonight and this is a nice little surprise. The dish soap we use most in our house is a different brand right now. Hint: it’s the brand which has the commercials with the baby animals covered in oil, being cleaned up with this product.
So far, I’m liking this new line. I love the packaging, it’s not the traditional dish soap packaging and its pretty sturdy. My one qualm is that it may not be so easy to handle while you’re washing dishes and your hands are wet. I could easily see this slipping out of my hands. Perhaps having some notches or changing the shape of the bottle slightly will help with that. Or even adding some texture to the sides of the bottle will help.
As for the scents themselves- I love the lime basil. It’s different yet still smells clean without being too overly fragranced. I’ve been seeing that a lot of brands are branching out to more fruity smells and while that’s acceptable , citrus scents are still my favorite. Most orange smelling cleaners including dish soaps are too strong in my opinion, so going with the essential lemon and lime were great choices. The White Ginger Tea was my least favorite scent but at least it wasn’t a strong scent. It was very subtle.