New at the Drugstore! (Haul)

Hey Beauties,

I don’t think I have done a chatty little haul blog post in a very long time. 2015 is over and 2016 is here…and it bears gifts. Makeup gifts. Lots of makeup gifts. It’s a good thing my resolution wasn’t to not buy makeup, because I would’ve failed before New Year’s.

It’s no secret that I love drugstore makeup. As much as I love a great high end palette, I love sharing more affordable options with you all and I like to have them handy in my own collection for personal use and tutorials. There are a few brands that always get me though, and Wet n Wild and Milani are two of them. I always love browsing around different stores for their newest collections.

It’s rare that I am disappointed with the quality of their products. So, when I found an almost untouched display of new products from both their brands, I jumped at the chance to pick a few (a lot) things up.

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First, I’ll talk about some new Milani products.

Basic Neutral Eye Palette $10– At first, I thought this palette was pricey, but then I saw that pretty gold packaging and considered the fact that Loreal sells palettes for $16-20 and figured it was worth it. This is just a standard neutral palette, but there were 3 palettes on the display. I grabbed this one to test them out and see how I like them. I’ve swatched a few of these shades and I really love the dark brown shade and the shimmery one. A few of Milani’s eye products have been major misses lately, so I’m hoping this one will redeem how I feel about their shadows.

Primer Perfection Hydrating Primer $10– I picked this up out of pure curiosity. I have super dry skin in the Winter, and I’m curious as to how a primer can be both hydrating, oil free, and a pore minimizer. I will definitely be talking about this in an upcoming video!

Rose Hip Oil Lip Treatment $8– This was another purchase that I felt was kind of pricey for a drugstore product, but considering the price of competing lip treatments, this was a steal. I’ve already been using this, and I love the smell. I’m not too fond of the huge ass applicator, but the product itself is very moisturizing and if I apply it before bed I wake up with my lips not feeling dried out. It’s also not too thick like true lip masks can be, and feels more like a silky lip oil.

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Okay, the Wet n Wild displays were what I went ham on. I love me some Wet n Wild products. They were also on sale at Walgreens and there were little coupons in places, so double score. Nothing makes me happier than an already affordable brand being on sale.

Brushes 99 cents-2.99– I have been wanting these brushes for SO LONG. They are so freakin’ cute. They were also way cheaper than I expected. Now, these are obviously going to look way cuter than they feel and they do feel a bit plasticy, but the brushes themselves are super soft. I have used the powder brush a few times to put loose powder under my eyes, and it does a great job at being super gentle in that area! The eye brush is awesome as well, and will set you back a whole dollar.

Brow Mascara $5– I actually needed a new brow mascara since my beloved Nyx one was drying out. I’ve used this one a few times, and I honestly may like this more than my Nyx one. The wand on this is slanted so it’s easier to apply it to your brows. This is also a few dollars cheaper than my Nyx one!

Max Fanatic Cat Eye Mascara– Remember when I reviewed that other Max something or another mascara and hated it? I really hope this one is better and I don’t hate it. I need a cruelty free mascara option that isn’t $23 like my all time favorite Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara.

Glow Shimmer Strips ThingI never know what these things are called. This I picked up because it reminded me of the popular Ofra Cosmetics highlighting brush strips. But these aren’t $30, they’re $4.99. This has so much product, and the light pink highlight in this looks a lot like the one I love so much from my limited edition Fair Trade Coffee trio from last Summer.

Lash O Matic Fiber Mascara $8– I bought this out of pure impulse. Most days I wear natural looking false lashes, but I’m wanting to see if this will be any good. I will probably end up doing a first impression video on this product. The Physicians Formula one didn’t “wow” me because the fibers got EVERYWHERE. Honestly, now that I know how to out lashes on properly, it takes me less time to put them on than trying to put 3 million coats of mascara on my wimpy lashes.

I also picked up the new setting spray a few weeks back, but it’s not in the photos. I’ve been using it, and I will say there’s not a lot of product in it. It is nice to have a cruelty free and affordable drugstore option though. Even though the setting spray didn’t blow my mind, it’s still nice and worth looking into!

Well, that’s everything I picked up in this mini drugstore haul. I have a huge Ulta haul on the way, but I’ll probably film that and add my Christmas makeup presents in it as well. So, if you’re interested in that, make sure you’re subscribed to my Youtube channel!

I hope you all enjoyed this little haul post! As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all having wonderful days.

 

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Affordable Vampy Colors

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So, I’ve went over some affordable shades of red and my favorite “my lips but better” shades, but I haven’t touched on some of my absolute favorite shades to wear…vampy shades. I know that some people will see this and gasp and shout, “BUT IT ISN’T FALL!” and honestly, who cares? Screw rules. You wanna walk outside in 98 degree weather and rock a dark purple lip, do it. Own that shit.Β  I wear dark colors all year. There’s just something about a simple eye and bold lip that boosts my confidence. Okay, bold lips in general do that for me.

Beautiful and high quality darker colors do not have to cost you an arm and a leg though. However, if you’re nervous about wearing a vampy color and want to drop $20 on that Anastasia liquid lippie, buying a $5 tube of a similar color could boost your confidence and allow you to see if you like the color beforehand. Skip the usual $5 latte one day and go hit up your nearest Ulta or drugstore, because that’s where many of the shades I’m about to talk about came from!

Nyx Simply Vamp “She Devil” Okay, the name of this lipstick is badass for one, but I am a huge fan of the Simply everything formula by Nyx. I am not a fan of the packaging though. If you can get past that, these are amazing, and will only cost you $6.50 I believe. She Devil is a gorgeous blackened purple color, and it reminds me of Mac’s “Cyber” lipstick that everyone was ga-ga over last year. I don’t have that one to compare, but the formula of the Nyx one is creamier and a bit glossier. It dries down to a more semi-matte finish.

Nyx Simply Vamp “Enamored” Honestly, I recommend checking out all 6 shades in the Simply Vamp line because I own them all, but I tried to choose my absolute favorites, and this is one. Every time I wear this shade I get compliments. It’s a gorgeous burgundy shade with an almost rust look to it. Very 90’s shade, in my opinion. I was a kid in the 90’s so I wouldn’t personally know, so I’m just basing that off of old pictures from The Craft.

Colourpop’s “Pitch” This shade is the essence of the 90’s. It’s a straight up chocolate brown. It’s supposed to be matte, but the Colourpop formula isn’t as matte as a liquid lipstick. This shade is most comparable to Lime Crime’s “Salem,” though it’s not a spot on dupe. I really like to wear this shade on top of the “creature” pencil to give it a more reddish tone. These are also $5 each.

Colourpop “Creature” If I’m being honest, I reach for this shade so often. I love it. It’s a deep burgundy red with a hint of brown in it. This is also matte, and looks a bit more matte on the lips than Pitch does, in my opinion. I don’t always buy the matching pencils with these lippie sticks, but creature is one that I have used so often since I’ve had it.

Colourpop’s “Feminist” The color of this lippie is BOLD. It’s a super dark blackened purple, and it reminds me of Anastasia Bevelry Hills’ “Potion” but of course the Colourpop one isn’t a liquid. So, if you’re not into the liquid lipstick trend, but want a blackened purple, look into this one! The lippie sticks are only 1 gram in product, so if you don’t end up liking it or using it often, it’s not a huge waste of product.

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Milani “Matte Fearless” I know I have mentioned this lipstick so many times already, but it is so perfect. It’s a dark purplish burgundy, and you can’t beat the price for a shade this gorgeous!

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream “Transylvania” This is a cult favorite, and for awhile I didn’t fully understand the hype because the formula is a bit patchy on this shade. However, paired with a deep liner this shade is fantastic. I only added it in here because it is a cult favorite, and someone might be looking for a helpful tip to actually make this shade work. I love the color, but it really does look patchy alone.

City Color Be Matte “Marissa” This is the most matte formula in this post. I have said that before, but I’m saying it again so that everyone knows that this formula is much like the Melt Cosmetics formula. Super matte, and super drying. I did see a post on Dupethat stating that this shade is an exact dupe for Melt Cosmetics “Dark Room” and from what I could tell in the photo, it was a spot on dupe, finish and all. This lipstick costs $5 on the city color website, for can be found for cheaper ($2 for me) at your local Five Below.

Milani “Matte Love” This shade is a deeper cranberry shade. Perfect for those that want to try darker shades but don’t want to go from pink to goth in 2.5 seconds. I feel that this shade would be flattering on several different skin tones, and like I have said before the moisture matte collection by Milani is currently my favorite drugstore matte line.

That’s it for my post today! I hope you all enjoyed it, or at least found it entertaining in some sense. Do you wear vampy shades all year, or only in the Fall and Winter? Are you going to pick up any that I mentioned in this post? Comment and tell me about it!

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Favorite Affordable Reds

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Hey everyone,

Today’s post is going to be about one of my favorite things to talk about (makeup wise)…RED LIPSTICK! If you’re not new to my blog, it’s probably obvious that I have a major love for bright red lips. I know I’m not alone. Red is such a gorgeous color on any skin tone, and for me it gives me a boost of confidence. There’s just something about a bright red pair of lips gracing my coffee mug. What else would those red lips be touching? πŸ˜‰

I want to share some of my current favorite affordable red lips. I’ll create a separate post for my favorite high end reds, but it’s not many. I don’t own too many high end reds because there are so many incredible ones that are very budget friendly.

For the most part, I wear blue toned shades of red on a daily basis. I’m a coffee drinker, so no, my teeth aren’t exactly blindingly white. Blue toned reds make your teeth look whiter, but a neutral “bright” red won’t make your teeth look yellow. I wear bright reds when I’m feeling a bit more vintage…which is often. Personally, I tend to stay away from yellow and orange based reds. Even when my teeth are looking great, orange toned reds make me look like I brushed my teeth with butter.

These are 6 of my personal favorites, and no, these are not the only 6 I own. I kinda collect red lipstick. Okay, I kinda sorta really collect lipstick in general. I would say it’s a problem, but I’m not sorry about it. Anyway, let’s move on to what my current favorites are:

LA Girl Matte Lipstick in “Frisky” I have mentioned this lipstick several times on my Youtube channel, and I did a review on this line. I love this color. It’s a very true red, and it’s very bright and pigmented. I like the way this formula sets on my lips, and it’s relatively long lasting. Totally worth the $5. Frisky is a very true bright red and I find it to pull fairly neutral on my skin tone.

Colourpop Lippie Stick in “Bichette” This has been a favorite of mine for awhile now. Colourpop lippie pencils are $5 each, and it is important to say that there is only 1 gram of product per tube. With that being said, I have rarely finish lipstick. I’m constantly adding things and changing products around, so paying less for less product is fine by me. Bichette is a gorgeous deep cool toned red, and one that I do reach for often, especially on date nights. The finish says matte, but I find the colourpop matte lippie sticks go on a bit creamier, and don’t last as long because of it. Just something to keep in mind.

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Milani Moisture Matte in “Matte Confident” Okay, this lipstick truly lives up to its name and gives me confidence. This is another gorgeous blue toned red, and can be found at many drugstores for $5! Milani makes some of my all time favorite lipsticks, and this might be one of them. The packaging is adorable and the product is amazing.

Nyx Matte Lipstick in “Perfect Red” Another lipstick that lives up to its name. This lipstick is honestly the perfect red. It’s very bright, and very neutral. It’s not going to make your teeth look yellow, and it’s not very dark either. This shade is the perfect shade for recreating 50’s bombshell looks. I love the formula of these as well. Nyx did a great job at making a matte lipstick line that looks truly matte, but isn’t too drying.

Nyx Butter Lipstick in “Mary Janes”Β  This is another bright, cool toned red, but it’s a bit glossier. This was a more recent purchase for me, and I adore the butter lipstick formula so much. These truly do glide on very smooth. I do recommend a lip brush for more precise application, and a lip liner to help keep it in place though.

JCAT Beauty Lip Paint in “Red Queen” This is the most recent addition to my nice little collection of scarlet babies. The lip paint formula by J.Cat is comparable to the OCC lip tars, but for a third of the price. These don’t come with the nifty little brushes, but they’re nice. This red shade is very bright and pigmented, and I will be doing a full review of these on my Youtube channel soon which will include lip swatches.

That’s all that I wanted to share for today! What are some of your favorite shades of red? Tell me in the comments or tweet me! As always, thanks for reading, and if this is your first time stopping by, welcome! I hope you decide to stick around for a bit.

Have a lovely day, beauties.

Related posts:

LA Girl Lipstick review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjX0wRQ2SRM

Milani Matte Lipstick Review: https://lunafayebeauty.com/2015/01/27/review-and-lip-swatches-milani-matte-lipsticks/

Colourpop Review: https://lunafayebeauty.com/2014/10/13/first-impression-more-colourpop/

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ColourPop Highlighters

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Hey beauties,

I have another fun review today with swatches of some of my favorite things to collect right now…highlighters! Highlighters can accent parts of the face we want to bring out, and they can give us a luminous glow. I love playing around with highlighters, and lately I have been wanting to add some different kinds to my wee collection.

Okay, so if you follow me on Instagram or have watched my last tutorial, you probably already know that I’ve had these highlighters for a bit and I am sorry that I am just now getting around to reviewing and swatching them. I wanted to test them out a few times before I gave a full review! We all know how much I love Colourpop products, but how did these measure up to the things that already chill out in my collection? Keep reading to find out!

When I ordered off Colourpop (before my latest order, I’m always ordering off that site *sigh*) I hauled a few highlighters because I really wanted to try some of these out.

I will say that while ordering I had trouble even coming up with 3 that I wanted to try because the majority of them either looked the same to me, or would be more of a blush/bronzer on me than a highlight. However, I did end up finding 3 to try out that I felt would be suitable for my paler-than-the-moon skin.

I ended up getting “Hippo” “Smoke N Whistles” and “Spoon.”

Price: $8 each, same as the blushes

Consistency: Much like the blushes, buttery but a creamy-powdery type of texture.

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As you can tell, the packaging is the same standard packaging, but the highlighters lack the neat-o pattern on top that their other products have. I don’t mind, personally. I always feel bad for sticking my fingers into pretty patterns and ruining them quickly.

These highlighters are much like the blushes and feel creamy, but have a powder finish on the skin. They are much like the blushes, but in my opinion these feel softer and are easier to apply than the blushes. I will say that these highlighters have glitter in them…or at least the ones I ordered do. So, if you’re not about the shimmery highlight, these may not be for you. I’m all about that glitter life though, and I will say that these look less glittery on the cheeks than they do on the actual swatches.

As for application, these apply the same as the blushes as well. Best with your fingers (most pigmentation) but you can use a brush if you prefer. I prefer to use a brush, and lately the brush I have been using is the highlight end of my City Color Cosmetics dual ended contour brush. The Highlight side is pretty stiff and shaped like a paddle., so I feel it picks up the right amount of product. The Real Techniques expert face brush works well, also.

The one thing I will say is that if you have dry skin, you may want to apply these gently and build up. I kinda went a bit too glowy all at once the first time and messed my foundation up a bit in the process. When I applied it gently and buffed it out slowly I had no issue. I didn’t find that the product in general clung to dry spots or looked patchy on my skin though. It was probably just my mistake because makeup makes me so happy that I sometimes forget to breathe and think while applying, but I figured I would throw that tid bit out there just in case.

Staying power: these do last all day I feel. I will say that my skin is naturally dry so face products do stick to me (literally) for a bit longer, but after watching several other reviews on these I haven’t seen many people say that these didn’t last long on them.

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Swatches left to right: Smoke n Whistles, Spoon, Hippo

Smoke n Whistles: a champagne shade with a teeny bit of reflective pink in it.

Spoon: a champagne with silver sparkle

Hippo: cool toned lavender

I find that all of these suite my skin tone sooo well. Even though Smoke n Whistles and Spoon are champagne shades, the pink shimmer makes a huge difference between the two.

My favorite of these has to be Hippo. I can’t seem to put it down. If you have cool toned skin, you NEED this highlighter in your life. It’s so beautiful and has this lavender duo-chrome look to it. I find it hard to find “unique” highlighter shades that I can pull off with my skin tone, and Hippo is a very unique highlight that pairs so well with cool toned looks.

All 3 are absolutely gorgeous though, and I do recommend these to anyone that has been wanting to place an order.

There’s a great range of shades on their site, including some that would probably work best as blushes or blush toppers. There’s a few deeper shades that could be blushes on those with lighter skin tones, and they interest me quite a bit, honestly.

Overall, I’m really happy with this product and as usual, Colourpop knows how to release products. They always seem to release a pretty awesome range of shades so that everyone can find something.

Have you tried these highlighters out? What are your thoughts on them? After looking at more swatches and seeing more people rave about Monster, I think that’s one I’m going to pick up on my next order. Because, have you see the new quad Dani from CoffeeBreakwithDani has came up with?!? I’m gonna need it.

As always, thanks for reading, and have a great Saturday!

Related posts:

Colourpop blushes: https://lunafayebeauty.com/2015/03/14/colourpop-blushes-review-swatches/

Latest Colourpop haul (high end dupe alert): https://lunafayebeauty.com/2015/05/27/colourpop-turns-1/

Tutorial with me using “Hippo:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT4kQUzF608

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Swatch Saturday: La Girl Creme Lipsticks

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Hey beauties,

I feel like I haven’t done a Swatch Saturday post in ages. Okay, maybe like two weeks, but I really love doing swatch posts! Especially when lipstick is involved. Well, if lipstick is involved, I’m probably down. Today I’m going to be swatching 4 lipsticks that I don’t believe I have talked much about, and that’s the LA Girl creme lipsticks.

Everyone has been so obsessed with liquid and matte lipsticks (myself included) that I wanted to look in my collection and pull out some creamy lipsticks. Matte lipsticks aren’t for everyone, and even though I adore a great matte finish, I do like a nice moisturizing lipstick finish as well.

If you don’t know about LA Girl, they’re a brand that can be bought online at http://www.lagirlusa.com or can sometimes be found in select drugstores and Five Below stores. They are cruelty free, and very affordable.

They sell quite a few lipsticks, including liquid lipsticks, but I don’t see much on their Luxury Creme lipstick line. So, I’m going to swatch and talk about the 4 I have in my collection.

There are 24 shades in all that range from light nudes, red, and a black. I do love the range that LA Girl has in these lipsticks and I feel there is something for just about everyone.

Price: $4

Consistency: These are very creamy and hydrating.

Application: I personally like to apply these straight on the lips and then take a lip brush to evenly apply it the rest of the way. These pair best with lip liners because they are very creamy and therefore a bit slippery. I find that liners help my lipstick to “stick” and not get on my teeth as much. That and liners prevent the weird feathering thing that can happen with non-matte lipsticks.

Finish: As I’ve said possibly a million times, these are not matte, but they’re not too super glossy either. I like that about them. They’re kind of a happy medium, in my opinion.

Pigmentation: With all of the ones I swatched for this post I had no problems with the pigmentation. They went on smoothly and with no patchiness.

Packaging: I’m not a fan of the packaging. The packaging is a bit cheap (okay, very cheap) and a little flimsy. However, I will say that because the product inside is so good I can forgive cheap packaging. I can tell that LA Girl kind of sacrificed nice packaging for a great lipstick, and that’s okay in my book. I can respect that. If you’re a packaging snob (no judgement here, I am myself at times) then the packaging may bug you a bit too much with these.

Staying Power: Because these have a creamy texture and finish, you’re probably gonna have to reapply them throughout the day, especially if you eat and drink with it on.

Β Smell: I found that these don’t really have a smell, which is fine in my book.

Worth a try? In my opinion, yes. I really like LA Girl as a brand, and I think these are nice lipsticks to try out if you want to try pinks or reds, but don’t want to drop a ton of money on a higher end brand. The only things that bug me with these are the packaging because I end up getting lipstick all over the tube every time I apply one. That and if you rip the little sticker off completely you suddenly don’t know the name of the lipstick you’re putting on. That’s also annoying. Other than that, I really love the way these feel on the lips. Because there is shea butter and vitamin e in them they are very hydrating. Perfect to throw in your purse on a nice Spring or Summer day.

Swatches:

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Amour: A very “nude” lipstick that looks almost brown on my skin tone. I did conceal my lips before these swatches so I could show you all the true color. I really like this color. It pairs well with “nude truffle” lip liner by Nyx. I know that not everyone is into the brown-nude thing right now, but I am. It’s my way of being “bold” at times without wearing a bright or odd colored lipstick.

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Be Mine: A very brown lipstick with just a tinge of red in it. I know this color can be intimidating for people with fair skin, but I happen to love this color. It has a very “marsala” tone to it, and pairs well with a warm and matte eye look.

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Promise: This is probably my favorite out of the 4 I own. It looks a wee bit different on my lips than it does swatched on my arm. It’s more of a plummy-berry color that’s bold, but not overpowering.

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Last Night: This is a shade I would probably never purchase myself, but I actually got it in my Lip Monthly bag last month. I quite like it now that I’ve tried it on. It’s pretty intimidating inside of the tube, but on the lips it’s a nice deep pink color. Still bright, but wearable if you’re afraid of pinks like I am.

Arm Swatches:

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From the wrist down: Last Night, Promise, Be Mine, Armour

That’s it for today’s swatch Saturday post πŸ™‚

Let me know if you all like this style/set up for lip swatches, and feel free to request lip swatches!

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Wet n Wild Lunch in Sao Paulo Palette

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Hey lovelies,

So, I was trying to find the California Roll palette from the Silver Lake collection only to discover that most of the Walgreens in my area have started to take the displays down. I was a wee bit crushed. However, Kaily from Someday Sunny must have felt my pain states away and found one and is sending it to me! Seriously, that made my whole day.

The point of me mentioning that is because even though I couldn’t find anymore Silver Lake palettes, I did find a display with a new Limited Edition Wet n Wild palette!

If you’ve read my reviews on the Paris Runway and Milano palettes knows that I think the quality of these palettes are awesome for drugstore eyeshadow palettes. If you’re looking for a cruelty free and affordable palette, I do reccomend them.

With that being said, to avoid repeating myself I’m just going to share photos and swatches and my thoughts on how this compares to the other two.

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Price: $7.99, same as the others

Permanent? Nope, this is one of the limited edition items from Wet n Wild that will be popping up over Spring and into Summer. So, if you see it and want it, snag it.

Colors: This palette has a few very bright and colorful shades and some neutral shades. There are no matte shades in this one, so you may need to use some from other palettes if you’re like me and enjoy matte transition shades, but overall the colors are very pretty and I feel there’s a decent amount of diversity.

Quality: The quality is the same as the other two, in my opinion. Very easy to swatch, and the colors feel very nice. A few of the colors were very slightly powdery, but nothing too bad. I do feel that in terms of drugstore quality, these are awesome shadows.

This palette comes with the brush just like the other two did. It’s not my personal favorite brush, but it works if you’re in a pinch, or if you’re just starting out with makeup.

Swatches:

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These swatches are done with no primer underneath. The color payoff was really nice. The yellow-ish color I had to work a bit with, but I typically do with all lighter shades because my skin is so fair. I’m dying over that greenish-teal color though. I really want to play with that one.

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Overall thoughts: Ah, I’ve been sucked into the “limited edition” trap once more. However, this one I am very happy with, and I’m already planning out a possible “get ready with me” video using it! It’s probably obvious by now that Wet n Wild is one of my favorite drugstore brands.

I don’t know if I like this palette more than the Milano one, but I do like it more than the Paris Runway palette. I don’t like that it lacks mattes, but the pretty colors kind of make up for it I suppose. The closest thing to a matte is the teal shade, but even then it still has a bit of sparkle in it. However, if you did some blending you could probably blend the sparkle away. Only do that with shadows, don’t blend your real life sparkle away πŸ˜‰

I do have some more limited edition goodies from Wet n Wild to review soon, so stayed tuned! If you’re new here, stay awhile if you want!

What are your thoughts on this palette?? Will you be picking it up?

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*I purchased this product with my own money, and all opinions in this post are my own.

Affordable Marsala Looks with Kaily at Someday Sunny

Do I even need to say at this point that the Pantone color of the year is Marsala? It’s been the buzz of 2015 in the beauty community! The beautiful reddish brown shade that I think flatters every skin tone, and to be honest it’s the first color of the year I have been excited about in a few years. The other thing I like about this color is that there is a decent range within the color itself.

There are darker and lighter Marsala shades, and chances are you already have a few in your collection! If not, you may be looking at the new $40+ pantone universe palette thinking, “I can’t afford that.” We’ve all been there, and do not despair, I have collaborated with Kaily from somedaysunny.com to show a day time and night time Marsala look using the Revealed 2 palette from coastalscents.com. This palette is incredibly affordable at $20 regular priced, and the quality is hard to beat. It’s actually one of my all time favorite palettes in the history of palettes, and that’s saying something for me. There are a couple of marsala shades within this palette that can played up or down to create numerous types of looks.

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The look Kaily has created for day time is beautiful (as is she) so after you read this, please make sure to check out her post and look here:
Also, follow her. Her blog is full of quick wit and awesome reviews.

For my “night time” look I went with the deeper end of the Marsala range, using mainly the wine, deep brownish red, and gold colors from the Revealed 2 palette. I feel like I cheated a bit and used Oktoberfest ( hot pot from Coastal Scents) as my transition shade, but there weren’t any warmer matte shades in the palette :/ Sorry, Kaily.

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I primed my eyelids with Nyx’s white jumbo pencil to make sure the colors really popped on my lids and took a fluffy brush and put Oktoberfest on my crease and blended it out as my transition shade. I then took the wine colored shade from Revealed 2 and put that in my crease as well and blended accordingly. I then took the deep brownish red (my absolute favorite shade) on a flat brush and put it on the outter and inner parts of the lid, but not in the middle. I didn’t put it in the middle because I wanted to do a “spotlight” look using a gold shade. I blended it out, but not too much, and then using the fluffy brush that had the wine shade made sure everything looked seamless and nice.

I dabbed the gold shade in this palette on my index finger and patted it on the middle part of my lid going up the crease. I use a patting motion to blend it out as I’m applying.

I then took the sparkly champagne shade (second one over) and put it on my brow bones and used my physicians formula eye booster in ultra black to create a wing on both eyes. I applied my favorite red cherry lashes in 605 and while waiting for those to dry I moved on to the bottom lashes.
The bottom lash line is simple. I lined my water line with the white jumbo eye pencil and blended Oktoberfest and the brownish-red (marsala) shades together on my lash line and finished it with mascara.

That’s the completed eye look!

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For my lips to keep with the affordable theme I lined them with Jordana’s liner in “terra cotta” and dabbed wet n wild’s “ring around the rosy” lipstick on my lips. Notice I said dabbed πŸ™‚ I wanted my lips to be on the deeper brownish-red end, since this is a night look and all.

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I had so much fun creating this look! I love this shade, and will probably rock it even after this year.

Check out Kaily’s post! http://somedaysunny.com/2015/01/21/affordable-masala-inspired-looks-with-kayla-hutchison/

Milani Rose Blushes

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Have you ever searched for a few things (makeup wise) so hard that when you finally find it…angels sing and your heart stops for a few seconds? Is it just me?

That could be embarrassing to admit, but I did that when I finally stumbled upon a display at Kmart with the new Milani Rose Blushes and there were blushes left! I will admit to maybe hovering over the display to block anyone else that might have also seen them and drooling for a few seconds.

Totally kidding.

This post is going to be less formal (okay, none of my posts are very formal) because I just want to admire the absolute beauty of these blushes.

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They are so divine. I’m so happy that Milani decided to bring these back and make them permanent. I missed out on the first time they were out, but even if I had gotten some I probably wouldn’t have used them. Now I feel like I can admire and use them since they’re here to stay. I paid $7.99 per blush for these, which is a typical price for Milani. There’s also a shit ton of blush in these it seems. There were 3 colors in the display, and I only picked up 2. I don’t think coral colors flatter my skin tone well, so I left the last Coral Cove on the display for someone else. I am so nice.

I will say that I searched high and low for these babies. From what I have seen online, the displays only have 2 per color stocked, so if you stumble upon them…buy them. If you’re going back and forth on it, just get them because it takes stores a long time to restock things at times, especially during new releases.

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This shade is “tea rose” and it’s a very matte pink shade. I think this is a shade that can be worn with both warm and cool toned looks, in my opinion. I’m no expert, so chances are I’m just saying that because I will wear it with any look no matter what.

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This is the one I wanted the most, and it’s “romantic rose.” It’s a matte mauve color. I love rosy mauve colors. I typically wear brown shadows and bright lips on a day to day basis, so I feel mauve blushes kind of compliment that in a way for me.

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These are the swatches with “tea rose” on the left and “romantic rose” on the right. They are incredibly pigmented. So, these blushes are not only gorgeous and affordable, they’re very pigmented and smooth to the touch.

Perfect product. Perfect luck. I am so happy with this find! I hope you all enjoyed this shorter review! It’s snowing a bit here in Tennessee, so I hope everyone is staying warm!

Tell me about your favorite makeup finds lately?