Monday, April 30, 2012

TKB Trading April Haul

This is my latest TKB Trading order. I really love TKB Trading, their prices are awesome, and the quaility of product is always wonderful. Plus they are always so helpful if you have any questions!
In this order I purchased 24 tablespoon samples, 3 teaspoon samples, and 1 ounce, 10 clear lids for the 25 gram jars and even after shipping and the extra $6 for the rush order, my cost was still under $70!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Brush Holders from Target

I love Target! Whenever I go there I always look in the dollar section, sometimes I find great things, and this time I picked up a ceramic pot for $2.50! And its pink! I filled it with floral fill from Michaels, now my brushes have a new home!

Milani Brow Fix Kit

Milani Brow Fix Kit
02 Medium

This little kit is so nifty! I am a fair skinned red head who colors her hair dark about 95% of the time, so with that I need to color my brows darker. I don't like the idea of coloring my brows with hair color because I change my hair color quite often, in fact I'm working on a new color (I will post pics next week depending on how it comes out!)

Why I review the brands I do.

So you may have noticed a lot of drug store makeup brands being reviewed here by me. It isn't that I dislike high end brands, in fact I love MAC, and have a nice small collection going. I even own some other "high end" brands, but while I love them my wallet....well doesn't. I am a working cosmetologist, and I'm awaiting to take my state board practical exam, once I complete that and get my actual license I will be able to get enroll in discount programs from the major "high end" brands. Which will enable me to purchase more of those brands.

NYC Cityproof up to 8 hr wear Lipgloss

NYC Cityproof up to 8 hr wear Lipgloss
Round the Clock Ruby, Perpetually Hot Pink

Where to begin with these? I guess I will start with the color payoff, which is good, not great but good. They do require a little building, but for a lipgloss that can be expected. Now for the wear time, I didn't get 8 hours, I got maybe 4 hours, and that was with eating, drinking, and smoking. So maybe if I did none of those things it would have lasted 8 hours?

Milani Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss

Milani Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss
Flashy, Hot Flash, In a Flash, Golden Flash

Milani Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss live up to their name! I currently own 4 and plan on buying the rest to finish out the collection and will buy any new colors. Lately I love lipglosses, which is a huge turn around for me, since to be honest I loathed lipgloss, the thought of the sticky nastyness that so many lipglosses had made me gag. While Haute Flash's do have some stickiness to them, they aren't things my nightmares are made of. The color payout is opaque and wonderful! They are packed with glitter, but thankfully the glitter doesn't end up all over my face. I have worn these alone and layered with lipstick and lip tars, and overall they are wonderful and are a must have in my beauty bag.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sinful Colors - Island Coral & Cha Cha Red

Sinful Colors
Island Coral & Cha Cha Red

Both Island Coral and Cha Cha Red don't live up to their names, since both are shades of pink, not coral and not red. That being said the colors are wonderful and both have a creme finish. Cha Cha Red had a little ring around the handle of the bottle.

Sally Hansen XTreme Wear Nail Polish

Sally Hansen XTreme Wear Nail Polish
In the Spotlight & Wet Cement

Lets start with In the Spotlight, this is a silver confetti glitter in a clear jelly. This was a HUGE PITA! But as with any large sized glitter polish I expected it, so the plopping method comes into play during application.

Milani High Speed Fast Dry in Speed up Pink

Milani High Speed Fast Dry
Speed up Pink

Oh pink shimmery goodness! If I were to post my entire nail polish collection you would see a big theme: PINK! So it was no surprise to my husband when I picked up another bottle of pink polish.

Jordana Glitters Polish in LA City Nights

Jordana Glitters Polish
LA City Nights

LA City Nights is purple and blue micro fine glitter in a clear base. I swatched it out with 2 coats, which gave almost opaque coverage. I always love the color combination of purple and blue glitter so this was a must have for me. To layer I would use just one coat, otherwise you run the chance of losing the base color, unless that is your desired look.

NYC In a Minute Nail Polish - Sidewalkers

NYC In a Minute Nail Polish

Sidewalkers is a creme finish gray. This actually held up quite well for me when I wore it to work. I am an assistant/Jr. Stylist and work in a salon. So my hands and nails take a beating. I usually have to change my nail polish every 3 days, but this actually held up with out chipping. It also showed very little tip wear. I will be buying more of these polishes! Plus the price is great at $1.99 in Target.

Wet N Wild Fast Dry Nail Polish

Wet N Wild Fast Dry Nail Polish
9021 Orange, Party of Five Glitters, Gray's Anatomy

Wet n Wild Fast Dry Nail Polishes are $1.99
9021 Orange- Is an orange jelly glitter! I have been looking for a polish like this for sometime, I come close to finding what I want but never hit the mark.

Sinful Colors Nail Polishes - Firefly, Sweet Dreams, Morning Star, Big Daddy

Sinful Colors Nail Polishes
Firefly, Sweet Dreams, Morning Star, Big Daddy

These are all great colors, then again I haven't met a nail polish I didn't like. I actually own almost 100 bottles of Sinful Colors alone! I do find that at times Sinful colors can be hit or miss in formula, but for between $0.99-$1.99 I know what I'm getting into.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Milani Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Eyeshadow in Antigua is best described as an antique gold with shine. With the baked shadows from Milani its like getting two shadows in one, because what you get when used dry vs wet is in my opinion a big but wonderful difference.

Wet n Wild Single Shadows

Wet n Wild Single Shadows
Golddigger & Platinum

I have such fond memories of Wet n Wild makeup because it was the first pieces of makeup I ever purchased. Of course I have come a long way from just 8 pieces of make up, I kid you not! I only had 8 pieces, one each of black and purple in lipstick, eyeshadow, and eyeliner, nail polish. Now I have over 500 pieces of makeup which doesn't include my nailpolish!!!!

Milani Baked Blush

Milani Baked Blush
Fantastico Mauve

This will make the second Milani baked blush for me and have come to the realization that I need more. I do find myself going to these blushes a lot. Now I'm very pale, if you have watched my videos you understand just how pale I am, and I have broken capillairies in my cheek around that cause slight redness, so I must choose my blushes carefully. I find that many coral blushes just don't work on me, so I stick with pinks, purples and reds. Well Fantastico Mauve is wonderful mixture of a reddish purple, the swatch picture below is a heavy swatch, but this blush blends out very nicely. I find the wear is great I do notice a bit of fading after about 6 hours, this was over bare skin, with foundation I think this will stretch the wear time to maybe 8 hours.

Sinful Colors Lip Shine

Sinful Colors Lip Shine
Peachy Sheen, Just Blushing, Pink Sugar, Crystal Cut, Crystalized

Found these lovely Sinful Colors Lip Shines while wandering Walgreens. I picked up all 5 colors that were on the display. (I meant to snap a picture of the display). Sinful colors lip shines are VERY VERY sheer, many of you may know that I can get very upset over lip glosses being extremely sheer, BUT based on how these look in the tubes I knew they would be sheer, plus the name Lip Shine lead me to believe these are not supposed to be pigmented. They aren't overly sticky and have a nice dose of glitter. I will be using these mostly for layering over lipsticks.

Jordana Easyliner Retractable Pencil

Jordana Easyliner Retractable Pencil
Purple Fusion

Jordana Easyliner Retractable Pencil in Purple Fusion was a test buy for me. I've never used any Jordana products, no real reason just never tried them. Well I'm sorry it too me this long. I really like the idea of retractable pencils, Avon use to make one that I loved, but sadly they don't make that one anymore. ANYWHO!!! So lets get down to the nitty gritty, color payoff is nice, does take a bit of building, but application is smooth, wear is nice, and removal with oil based makeup remover helps get the job done.

Milani Liquif' Eye Metallic Eye Liner

Milani Liquif' Eye Metallic Eye Liner

So I picked this up hoping for a dupe of my MAC Pearlglide Eyeliner, and WOW!!! I am so thrilled and bummed, I'm thrilled because it is just what I was looking for, and bummed because Kmart only had 1 color! So where to start, first the color payoff is amazing, the pencil glides smooth, and it stays put! The package doesn't say that it is waterproof but it should, in order to remove it I not only used a makeup removing cloth, my face cleanser and then still had to break out the oil based makeup remover! The extra steps for removal are really worth it to me in order to have long wear and intense color.

Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Gloss

Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Gloss
In Vogue

Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Gloss In Vogue is a glitter filled pink tinted lip gloss. Depending on how heavy you apply you can go from sheer to opaque. To test this I wore it and drank only, no eating and got a nice 4 hour wear, the glitter did stick around a bit, but didn't end up all over my chin and face which is a good thing. There are bunch more colors in the line, which do appear to come up sheer based on other reviews that I have read. but I absolutely love the glitter in this so I will be picking up a few more colors (who am I kidding I will be getting the rest of the line!).

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Revlon Lip Butters

Revlon Lip Butters
Raspberry pie & Brown Sugar

I currently own 4 Lip butters and I LOVE THEM! I wear Cupcake to work all the time! They are so smooth and creamy, and make my lips feel wonderful. I love how some have just an extra punch of color, while others like Cupcake and Brown Sugar give a hint of color, but can be built up for more coverage.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Rimmel London Kate Lipsticks

Rimmel London Kate Lip Stick
Lasting Finish by Kate Moss

This new collection by Rimmel London only has 5 Shades. I picked up 04 which is a deep purple. The color reminds me a lot of my MAC Rebel.

Application was smooth, and full cover with just 2 coats, and I didn't feel like I needed to keep mashing it onto my lips. I wore it and had about 3 hours before I started to see if fading, that is with out eating. I really wouldn't call this a long lasting lip stick, I have some lip sticks and lip colors that I can wear for up to 8 hours before the color starts to fade and that is with eating and drinking. But with that being said I would still pick this color up again. I don't buy my lipsticks based on how long they last really, because I always want my lips to look like I just applied my color, so I'm always freshening up my lips.

L'Oreal Color Riche Lipsticks

L'Oreal Color Riche
 Sea Fleur, Volcanic, Evangeline's Red

L'Oreal Color Riche lipsticks are smooth and creamy. The finishes range from sheer to opaque. I have found all of my L'Oreal lip sticks to apply smooth, are non drying, and have a nice staying power. These three did take a few applications to get a nice coverage of color, I wouldn't call any of them opaque, but not quite sheer either.

Rimmel London Glam Eyes Eye Shadow

Rimmel London Glam Eyes Eye Shadow
Spicy Bronze

This is actually the second Glam Eyes Shadow that I've purchased, the first one is Silver. I really love copper and bronze shadows.

The shadow has a great color payoff even without a base, but pops with a base. The wear time is great, I didn't have any issues with creasing as long as I use a base or primer. I have very oily eye lids so almost every eyeshadow will crease on me with out a base or primer.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Revlon Diammond Lust Eyeshadow

 Revlon Diammond Lust Eyeshadow
Night Sky & Celestial Silver

I spotted these while shopping in Target, there was a total of 5 colors, I picked up these two to start. but after having them I plan on purchasing the other 3.

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll

I love love love blushes! Loose, baked, pressed, cream, any form really! So when I saw this in Walmart I jumped!

I am very pale so even the lightest blushes show up on me, well this one needs lots of building. BUT that doesn't always mean it is bad! I tend to layer my blushes, meaning I wear 2 to 3 blushes at a time. This is wonderful for a light flush of color or to add a shimmer to your cheeks.

Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss

Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss
Black Diva, Fuchsia Fever, Yours Forever, Timeless Allure

Lately I've had a big obsession with lip gloss. I have been buying like crazy! Well while in Walmart I came across Rimmel Stay Glossy, I picked up 4 colors: Black Diva, Timeless Allure, Fuchsia Fever, and Yours Forever.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Random Makeup Haul for March 2012

Wow I think I was rambling more than usual in this video.

I purchased all of the products shown in this video.

OCC Lip Tar - S/S 2012 Garden Collection

The Garden Collection was released on 3/23/12 and has 5 lip tars
The color payoff for all of these colors is as always wonderful! I did have a bit of a struggle with Chlorophyll, but other than that WONDERFUL! My favorite is by far Belladonna, but I have worn Digitalis and Ophelia both to work and have gotten a lot of complements on the colors.

Makeup Storage - Video

I shot a quick video showing how I store my makeup. I recently got the 9 drawer Alex unit from Ikea, and I love it!!! Originally I was going to get 2 Helmers, this was because shipping from Ikea for the Alex unit was going to cost an extra $200!! But my loving hubby said we could take a trip up to Ikea and the Container Store, so we made the almost 2 hour drive, found Ikea, got lost in Ikea (that store I swear has its own zip code!!), found the Alex unit and I fell in love! I did look at the Helmers and while I still like them I think they would be better suited for my craft storage vs makeup and nail polish. OH!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Target Beauty Bag Giveaway!

Check this out! Target is giving away Beauty Bags for free! This was announced on April 3rd, they will be giving away 457,000 bags! Sign up for free here

I put in for my free beauty bag, it says it will take between 4 to 6 weeks for it to come in. Once it does I will do a video and a blog post.