Friday, October 24, 2014

Recent Ulta Haul

Posted by Kristen Williford at 10:48 AM Comments
Don't you just love when you spend money, and the next day you get a coupon in the mail? Sorry, I digress.  I had an Ulta gift card that needed to do some spending, so I did some shopping last night.  By the way, do you have any idea how hard it was to not get the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Celebrate palette?! *chants to self "must not get, must not get"*

A few days ago, I saw a haul video from Leesha at Xsparkage and she bought two Japonesque brushes that seemed pretty nifty.  They are dual sided: one for applying and one for blending.  I've never seen anything quite like it.

I've been wanting to try more of the It Cosmetics line.  I've only tried (and love) the Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Palette.  I decided to branch out and try some of their face products, and a brush.  I made a bee line for their CC+Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation, mostly because I'm intrigued by the concept of cushion makeup.  I got the shade Fair because, lets be honest, I think Casper has more color than I do.  At first, I thought it was going to be too dark and a little yellow, but it is perfect.  To go with it, I also picked up the Bye Bye Pores Translucent Powder.  I also got my mom a travel size of the Bye Bye Undereye concealer.  I'm kicking myself for not getting a tube of it myself because my dark circles are getting out of hand. Like I could probably pass as a zombie extra for The Walking Dead. Not attractive.  And of course I had to pick up one of the new It Cosmetic brushes.  I went with their smudger, because my old one is starting to look worn out.

And no beauty haul is complete without some lip balm, am I right? I picked up the new Rachel Roy EOS set.  For $7.99, you get three balms in some delightful scents: St. Barth's Sunrise (pink grapefruit), Aloha Hawaii (Strawberry Kiwi). and Indian Summer (Orange Blossom).  If you aren't ready for a vacation already, these scents will handle that.

So after this, I really need to behave myself. Especially with all of the fabulous Holiday releases.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Mine will be filled with work, moving, and school work.  In other words, my coffee consumption will be through the roof!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Ready with e.l.f.'s Vampire Beauty Book

Posted by Kristen Williford at 12:51 PM Comments
On Thursday morning, I did some drugstore hopping just to see what new things were out.  I didn't find what I was looking for (darn you for being so elusive Milani Bedazzled Collection), but I did find some cool stuff.  This Beauty Book by e.l.f. is one of them, and there are two more.  This $6 collection includes some false lashes, adhesive, 8 eyeshadows, an eyeliner, sponge applicator and red lip gloss.  Not too shabby, right?

The packaging is cute.  It is cardboard, but it feels pretty sturdy.  I would recommend cutting the plastic cover off on the inside.  It will get on your very last nerve. Trust me.

I haven't tried the false lashes because they are not something I like to wear on a regular basis, but they actually look nice.  Included is a small bottle of adhesive in case you don't have you own.  They look perfectly dramatic for a sultry vampire look.

Now on to my favorite part: the eyeshadows.  This set comes with 8 shades ranging from coppers to plums and gray.  For the most part, the pigment and texture was pretty nice.  The most disappointing shade out of the bunch was the dark burgundy on the top row. It is also important to note that all of the shades have some degree of shimmer, so this is not good for fans of matte shadows.  The staying power when worn with a primer is good, too.  Fading was minimal and I experienced no creasing.

I don't have much to say in regards to the sponge applicators and teeny eye liner pencil.  The eye liner was okay.  I had to go over the line a few times to get it to show up.  But it didn't smudge all over the place and stayed put, so I can't complain. As for the sponge applicators, don't bother. I hate all sponge applicators.  They need to die.

Now on to the blood red lip gloss, which I ended up really liking.  It is more sheer than I expected, but that ended up being a great thing.  Because it is more sheer, it can pair more easily with a bolder eye.  The texture was nice and it didn't dry my lips out at all.  It wasn't what I would call a true blood red, but it works.

All in all, this was a nice little set.  It is very budget friendly and would be great for Halloween or even everyday looks.  I have only seen these at one Walgreens, so it could be a challenge to find.  I also included some pictures of looks I did using this palette.

What are your plans for Halloween? I will more than likely be working, which is fine with me. But if I were going to any parties, I would likely do something involving Day of the Dead.  I love the design of sugar skulls.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wet n Wild Fergie Holiday 2014 Sets

Posted by Kristen Williford at 2:27 PM Comments
When you are a beauty hoarder like myself, this time of year is a highly difficult time because of all the things.  I mean have you seen some of the gorgeous offerings out there? A lot of which I cannot afford right now, but I can afford Wet n Wild. I got three of their Holiday sets for $15 (and there are more that I do not have). These three just stood out the most.  And you will see why in just a second.

I'm going to go ahead and apologize for the length of this post.  I got a little snap happy with the glitter palettes, and I couldn't choose which shots I liked better.

Snowfall Soiree and Comet Loves Cupid

Here are the goods:

  • Shimmer Eye Pencil Collection: Includes 4 shimmery eye pencils and an eye sharpener (that you will need sooner than you expect).
  • Color Icon Glitter Palettes in Comet Loves Cupid and Snowfall Soiree
Those Glitter Palettes are GORGEOUS! At least in the pan. Alone, I don't think they will wear well at all.  But I do think they have potential as an eyeshadow topper, provided they don't crease, which I anticipate they will.  Boy are they pretty to look at though. Especially Snowfall Soiree with its stunning, vibrant shades.  Comet Loves Cupid is nothing to sneeze at, though.  The emerald green, copper, and taupe-y shade are lovely.  Plus the names of the palettes are cute.  I didn't swatch every shade, but I did include a few from each palette to give you an idea of what they look like.

Snowfall Soiree

Snowfall Soiree

Those blues! *swoon* 

Snowfall Soiree and Comet Loves Cupid

And another one.

Now on to the eye pencils.  The texture of these is really nice.  They are very soft, but not quite as creamy as say the 24/7 liners from Urban Decay.  I did experience a problem with these pencils right off: the tip broke off.  Which, ironically, helped the pencils swatch better and more smoothly.  As long as you don't make the tip really sharp and pointed, I don't expect this to be a problem again.  But of course I will let you know in a full review.  This set comes with 4 shimmery pencils and a small sharpener.  A navy with holographic shimmer, a shimmery copper, pale silver, and black with silver shimmer.  All of them had really good color payoff, except the silver.

Am I the only one who loves the wording?

I couldn't get a good shot of the last shade because the wind was working against me and the best lighting is always outside.

For only $5, I don't have many gripes yet.  Of course that could change once I wear them. If you are on a budget for gift buying (most of us are), Wet n Wild has some lovely selections.  These three sets are just a drop in the bucket.  I found these at Walgreens.

Have you seen these pop up yet?  What other Holiday beauty products are you liking?

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