Anastasia Beverly Hills: Lash Genius and The See and Be Seen Kit

When I was contacted by the people of Anastasia Beverly Hills, I was on cloud 9! I am familiar with Anastasia Beverly Hills as they have been written about in almost every glamour magazine I read. And just about a month ago, there was a recent photo of Oprah leaving the Beverly Hills studio, as she has her brows ‘done’ there. And, it doesn’t stop there, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez are clients as well.


Let’s talk about what Anastasia Beverly Hills is all about. First, here is one of the products they sent to me…

All of these items are new and you can find them in fine department stores, Ulta, Sephora, and of course, their 2 salons in California and online.


I opened this box first…

This is a ViewFinder. I had to laugh and then run and show the hubs this. When I was a kid, Grandma had one in our toy box at her house. There were photos from all over the world on several discs. Wow…what memories. And there was no manual, nothing electrical or battery-operated with this toy. And, Anastasia provided one to travel the benefits of their products. How cool!

Then, I opened the next box…

This is the ‘See and Be Seen’ kit that has some of their newest products included. In it are two HydraFull Gloss colors in ‘Heiress’ and ‘Plastic’; the new caramel tinted Brow Gel; and ILLUMIN8 Shadow duo called ‘On Set’.

First, let’s visit the brow gel…

This gel has just a hint of color, as you’ll see in my photo shortly, and has fortified botanical hair conditioners and essential oils. This is truly a gel and isn’t anything like using a regular mascara on the brows. What a better way to keep your brow hairs in great condition as well as in position.

The shadow duo ‘On Set’ is easy for me to recommend because not only are the shades pretty, but also complimentary nude colors that will work with most complexions…
 

What pretty colors and I wish I could have captured the shades better. They are a soft pink and a golden hue. These shadows can be used wet or dry.


There are two exceptional lip tints which help hydrate the lips as well as make them appear fuller. I need both of those benefits! And, as a pleasant surprise, this gloss actually stained my lips so the color really does last a long time. And I’m talking all day…

As you may have noticed, the applicator is a plastic spatula. It’s flexible but it was different for me to use. I have seen many artist use a palette knife rather than brushes to create paintings. This is the same concept. It was tricky for me to apply but after the first few times, I was getting the hang of it. However, this isn’t a gloss I’ll be able to apply without looking in the mirror.

The first swatch is ‘Plastic’ and the middle swatch is ‘Heiress’. The next swatch is the Brow Gel.

And here I’m going to rave about the shadows. I’m often using the cliche that shadows apply like butter. So, what’s the next thing beyond that? Because, that is what these two are! Go back and take a look at those swatches…they are just one stroke with the sponge applicator!! Naming it ‘ILLUMIN8’ is spot on. And Anastasia added in a bit more too; it firms and smooths the appearance of the skin while softening and hydrating it. I am swearing on the Vanity that it does.


This is ‘Lash Genius’…

 

 Your favorite mascara isn’t waterproof? No worries! Anastasia has got you, and your lashes, covered. ‘Lash Genius’ is the first of its kind as it will instantly waterproof any mascara. Oh, my goodness, is this perfect for hot and humid summer days. 

So, with your own mascara, ‘Lash Genius’ will promote healthy lashes by keeping them from being brittle, breaking and being pulled out like with some waterproof mascaras. Heck, you can even use it with false lashes! After you put on your falsies, add your mascara and top it all off with ‘Lash Genius’. It will even help seal down the falsies allowing them to look more natural.

So, there is no tint to ‘Lash Genius’…

I have to show you a little experiment I did…

I put on Kleancolor’s Chick Flick mascara on both eyes, and only used the ‘Lash Genius’ on my LEFT lashes. IT made them appear fuller.

 Ohh…scary nose! Don’t look at THAT! Look at my eyes!

 There I am wearing ‘Heiress’ HydraFull Gloss.

And I used the ‘ILLUMIN8’ palette for these looks.


But I wanted to show you that Anastasia’s shadows play very nice with other makeup I already have…

 And I’m wearing ‘Plastic’ HydraFull Gloss.

I used a matte purple on the outer third of my lids from the ‘Dancing In The Clouds’ Wet ‘n Wild collection. For the brow highlight, I used another Wet ‘n Wild palette from the baked limited edition set. I also used Wet ‘n Wild’s liquid eyeliner in brown. In all the photos, I am wearing the Brow Gel. I used ‘Lash Genius’ over my Kleancolor mascara on both eyes.

The ‘See and Be Seen’ kit is $44. The ‘Lash Genius’ is $21. (Edited to add, all these products in this review are cruelty-free!!)

And last, I want to share with you a video clip provided by Anastasia Beverly Hills on how to use the ‘Lash Genius’…

You don’t have to limit yourself to just this one video. Anastasia Beverly Hills has a YouTube channel where you can get a lot of tips on using their collection of products.

These products were provided to me for my honest review. These are my honest opinions.

You Know You Want The Entire Collection: LA Colors Flowers Palettes

Thankfully, being a beauty blog reader, and then a blogger, I have found that I am not alone wanting to own an entire collection of anything from nail polishes, to lip glosses to eye shadows. And, how easy is it to afford such an obsession if it is at the Dollar Tree. 

So, when I found a new-to-me collection of LA Color shadows, it was chump-change to get all five…
 
 
 

This are named after flowers but I found that nothing about the flower coordinates with the shades.

Doesn’t matter to me. I find them uber-pretty…

 
 
 

OK, OK…I know. Sometimes Dollar Tree makeup can be chalky and just plain cheap. And, I will agree. However, I have found that in the past 4 or so years, LA Colors has gotten a lot better. This collection is the best so far.

Here I swatched Water Lily and Orchid…

I’m not going to fib, these are so smooth, I had to double check that they were not creams. The swatches, that’s just 2 strokes each with the sponge applicator. Butta-smooth. I found these so easy, kindergarten easy, to work with. In fact, I loved the way they looked so much, I’m going to actually do an EOTD (eye of the day) look.(There’s your warning!)

The embossed shadows will make for some pretty MOO cards. I use MOO for the blog’s business cards. I can use my own photos. Here’s one that will be in the selection next time…

If you find any of these at your Dollar Tree, find one or two, or all five, that you like and have fun…because you won’t go broke.
Have you seen these?
MOO cards are purchased on my own. If you choose to use the hyperlink in my post, I will get credit with MOO. 

I Spy…New Cover Girl EyeShadow Palettes at Wallgreens 5/24/2012

I had to do a double take on the model for this new Cover Girl display…

That’s Taylor Swift looking all saucy! She’s all smokey-eyed with these new palettes…

I love the color combos of these too. I was in a hurry and didn’t spend a lot of time checking these out. But snapped these photos to show you. This display was only set out yesterday too.

Have you seen it yet? What do you think of ‘virginal’ Taylor getting sultry on us?

I Spy Wet ‘n Wild and Sinful Colors at Walgreens 3/19

My sarcastic words of wisdom will have to wait. My USB ports aren’t working on my computer. They worked yesterday, though. I’m sure there is some karma in that but I haven’t figured it out yet.

Did you enter for my birthday giveaway? If not, you’ll get left out. Go here and enter, K?

Luckily, I spied some stuff on Monday at Walgreens to share with you. Hee heee!

Any time you find a combo set of Wet ‘n Wild, it usually has pieces that were sold separately before. A company will do this because they have overstock and packaging it this way allows them to, hopefully, still make a profit. However, I do not think I have seen those eye shadows before. Maybe someone will post a comment and let me know. I know I don’t have the shadow set in the Flora Collection.

And, if you are looking for more Wet ‘n Wild deals, I have this for you…

I didn’t look over this display very hard. Looking quickly, I didn’t see anything new, to me. But the price is very good if you are looking to add to your Wet ‘n Wild stash.

This display is called a ‘sidekick’ display. It’s hung on the side of an endcap, or the shelves at the end of an aisle. Walgreens does this a lot. And when Wet ‘n Wild has these, they usually are in a cardboard shadow box, just like the one you see here. What store associates like about them is that they come pre-loaded. That means all the pieces are already in place. They just pull this display out of the shipper box and hang it up. When the display sells down, they just take down the box and throw it away.

I read that Sinful Colors had a collection of lip glosses out. And, I am glad to have spotted it…

I was dashing into Walgreens to look for the Sinful Colors collection called ‘Girls in Pearls’. I found them and just did a quick run-through looking for other new stuff. That’s why I didn’t get close-ups of these. As far as for me, I bet I can match up everyone of these beauties to something identical in my gloss drawer at home. Let me say that these are sexy glosses and I encourage you to check them out.

And lately, I have been spying more and more chameleons. Look at her, she is wearing neutral makeup…at the moment. Ha!

I Spy….Katy Perry False Eyelashes and a Neutral Palette

Even though I haven’t read anything new in the beauty world that has piqued my interest, I still look. Yet it can be like going into a candy store with a $20 bill! There are some coming soon products I want but I’m trying to wait….oh, please hurry!!!!

I did find a display of Katy Perry’s false eyelashes at Ulta though…

There are four different styles and I don’t think any of them are demure. But then, Katy isn’t demure, herself!

I like falsies that are just a bit less dramatic. But if you want to bat some serious lashes, these are some to try.

Last week, I went into Forever 21. I had no business in there, as I’m trying to maintain a budget on products, but I had to see if they had any new, spring nail polishes. I did find some but, I also found this…

Rats! What do I need another shadow palette for!!? Well, here’s how I talked myself into it. I would love to get the new Urban Decay Naked 2 set. But I’m too stingy to pay $49. However, this love & beauty palette of neutral shades was only $9.80. Wow! That’s a bargain and it could quench my Naked 2 thirst. It has for the past 6 days…

I’d never tell you that this palette even comes close to an UD palette; I know better! But they are pretty. There are shimmers and mattes and I haven’t found a chalky one yet. In fact, all that I have tried, so far, have blended really good.

Naturally, I could just fawn and drool over a new, unused palette, without touching any…

Have you ever played ‘shadow roulette’? I randomly pick three shadows and make a look with them. I do cheat a bit and preselect a brow bone highlight color. It flexes my makeup creativity, all just for fun. And when I learn how to take decent look of the day photos, I’ll share these with you.

Have you played ‘shadow roulette’?…anyone?….no? (OK, forget that I told you about this and asked the question…..) But….

…how are you doing with your beauty/nail polish budget so far this year????

I Spy…New Stuff at Walgreens 12/14

I have a giveaway going right now for digital scrapbooking software. This is more than your mother/grandmother’s scrapbooking..check out MyMemories.com and see what all you can do with this program.

With just a few minutes to spare, I can get in a store, find a deal or something new, snap a photo (yea to my new smart phone!) and be on my way.

This is what I found at Walgreens today…

Rimmel has new eye shadows. This is for Glam’eyes HD. I guess because Rimmel is a British company, they made the design look like the British flag? It is a nice, eye-catching update from their regular palette design.

 As is often the issue, my camera doesn’t pick up the colors very well. The colors are much more saturated than the photo picks up.

The shades in this palette are much more vibrant than this photo shows.

I also saw these new press-on nails from Broadway Nails…

They have quite a mixture of crackle looks, lacy, animal, nail art, etc. Even though I don’t wear them but rarely, I’m a fan of press-on nails. It gives you an instant professional manicured look on the fly.

I also saw at the Walgreens that I visited, they had $1 off all Revlon products. There were coupons for this at the cosmetic check out. The coupon says it is only good at Walgreens, and since they were photocopies, I’m confident that you can’t use them anywhere else.

Are you finding any new displays at your Walgreens?

Three More Shadow Palettes from Profusion Cosmetics

Walgreens has been putting out their Christmas items and that means the makeup/beauty sets too. I mentioned, previously, seeing makeup sets on the top, upper shelving on this post. Now, I’m seeing the items dropped down, at eye level and on the promo endcaps and modulars too.

I reviewed 3 compacts of shadows by Profusion Cosmetics on this post. I also mentioned that there were 3 other color sets that I found on their website. So, when they brought down the display, I found that in the back row, they actually did have the three missing compacts. This made me a happy shopper.

The missing 3 from the entire set of 6. Bronze, blue and pink (yeaaah!).

The bronze set has such cool shades…

These are swatches of all the colors, from left to right in the compact, and then top to bottom on my hand. The vertical stripe I did on my hand is a .swipe of all of them together.  The top white looks very sheer. But I can load it on pretty good on my brow bone. These are all shimmery and luckily, I love shimmer!

Iz got the blues…

I switched the order of the shades here in unison. Both are left to right with the horizontal stripe on my hand one of blending them all together. (It’s bad enough to have age spots cropping up on my hands but the bumps are really bugging me…grrrr!)

And here are the pinks…

The hand swatching does not represent the pinks well at all. They are not rusty or orange colors. Maybe there is a lot of blue in them and my camera didn’t pick it up??? The horizontal stripe on my hand is with all the shades together. As the colors in the palettes themselves shows up more accurate, I couldn’t help but take a photo once I finished swatching. I have no idea why that photo fascinates me.

I have been using the shadows, all 6 of them, for about a week. They are very pigmented save for the lightest shades. These shadows, on the bronze and pink, got shiny from my brush strokes. That’s a telltale sign that the shadows are cheaply made. Since I paid only 99 cents for each, this is no surprise. But I just scuff it up with the handle of my shadow brush and that loosens up some to apply.

The investment, not going to break the bank. Pleasure level, happy. What does this create? Cheap makeup porn….here….

Total spent, $6 for 6 palettes with 5 colors each; that makes 30 shades total. Nice stocking stuffers if you have someone who’d like something like this. I’ll consider it one of the many gifts I will get…from myself, of course.

Profusion Brightening Eyes Shadows for the Upcoming Holidays

Here are the swatches I did of the Profusion Brightening Eyes shadows I got this week at Walgreens…

 There are just 3 pans from this collection, currently being sold at Walgreens. I couldn’t lose for only $.99 each. Now, some snooping investigating turned up this on their website; There are also a pink, blue and neutral (or it could be bronze-since they are numbered rather than named, I don’t know which one is which) pans. And the discription states that these can be used wet or dry. I’m only showing dry today. I think the Profusion shadows would look awesome as wet eyeliners.

The ‘greens’ pan was one I just about passed on. But I’m glad I didn’t!

Here are swatches for the green one…

I did not swatch all individual shade. The very top one is a swipe of all of them together. Then I did just 3 individual shades. The lightest shade came out the least pigmented. However, when I wore it over UD Primer, and used it as a highlighter, it was very pigmented. I just used a cotton swap for these swipes here.

Next, this is the ‘purple’ pan…

 The mixture of all of them together is the swipe at the bottom.

And, finally, this is the ‘bronze’ (?) pan…

 I knew right off I was going to go for that burgundy, second to the last, in the pan.

The top swipe is the mixture of all colors. The bottom swipe shows the burgundy that has some serious flash of purple and brown. I am eager to try that one wet as an eyeliner.

My two cents: if you want some cheap makeup, this will work. The highlight color from the purple pan got shiny after just one look’s use. However, I was still getting enough powder on the brush to transfer onto my browbone.

If you want to take just one palette/pan for a trip, these would work very well and you could create many different looks with just one pan. I’m taking the purple one for a weekend trip to the Gulf Coast this weekend. My sister has flown in from Texas, and her and her fiance’ will get married on the beach on Sunday. 🙂

Having purchased Profusion Cosmetics in the past, this this collection is very vibrant, shimmery and trendy color coordinating. Considering the price, I think you get better than your money’s worth. I had expected these to be $3.99 each which, by the way, is exactly the price they are on their website.

Now for some virgin makeup porn…

Can You Make Your Own Duochrome Eye Shadow?

((Pssst…before we start in, I’m having a Cult Nails Polish giveaway. Check it out here.)

Once I get new makeup and have taken photos of the pristine, unused look of it, I start to experiment. I play around with shadows, mixing them and swatching them. Yes, a grown woman playing with makeup. But I know I’m in fine company in this community. 🙂

I posted about a few L A Colors palettes I picked up at the Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago. You can see my haul post here. My experience with LA Colors has been positive and I couldn’t wait to work with this palettes.

This one shade from the Sand Dune palette got me to thinking and, the wheels started turning. I was thinking, can I make a duochromatic shadow?

Here’s what I started off doing…

The purple shade on the far right is the one I concentrated on to make other shades seem like a duochrome.  The shadow, itself, is gorgeous…

(Let me know if photos of used makeup skeeve you. It does for me.)

 It’s got some duochrome effects all by itself. These photos are taken in front of the sunny window. I’ll point out the few that were not.

Here’s the teal shade I swatched first…

Now, together…

The next one is a blush. I’m really embarrassed to tell you that this blush was from my makeup artist kit, and it is old; I’ll just leave it at that.

First, a simple swatch of the blush…

And mixed with the purple shade…

Next, I wanted to see how it would look mixed with a pink. So I choose this purply-pink from the new LA Colors palette, Tiki Punch…

Gorgeous palette, don’t you think? Here’s the purplish-pink I swatched by itself, then with the purple shadow mixed…

This one shows more of the duochrome effect. Here are some different angles and various lighting looks…

 Non-direct sunlight from the sunny window.

Then, I wanted to try it with a bronzy-gold, so here I used that shade from the Boardwalk palette…

 The gold swatched alone…

And here, with the purple shadow…

One last experiment. Remember the must-have palette of last Christmas, Wet ‘n Wild’s Night Elf? I wanted to give that ‘rad’ red and matte black a try…

 Swatched alone…

Now adding in the ‘catalyst’…

That the pink swatch at the top of the above photo was a swatch from the light pink from the Tiki Punch. Here is it with the purple shade mixed with it, as well as all the swatches.

The very bottom swatch was using a lighter hand with the matte red. It made a softer version and less blotchy swatch then the first one, that’s second one down on the left.

And that was my franken shadow swatches. Some gave off more of a duochromatic flare than others, of course. However, that’s what experimenting and playing with makeup is all about; creating, mixing and enjoying the fun.

Do you like to experiment with your makeup or do you just use straight, as is? Do you think the purple shadow made the second shadow swatches look duochrome? Share your thoughts, I’m always reading and listening.

Shady Business Found at Dollar Tree

Want to see some L.A. Color swatches? My, oh my….these are beautifully pigmented.

I introduced these tri-palettes here. And, now I’ll swatch ’em out for you. First, is Sand Dune…

Starting from the left: a silverized baby blue, a tarnished gold flare, a smoked-out gray-purple.

Swatched (no primer used) in direct sunlight and then indirect light…

Just two swipes with the provided sponge applicator!!

Next, a very bold set…Boardwalk…

From the left: a gilded gold, a dusky setting sun, and  a glimmering bronze.

A true coloring swatch…

This is Tiki Punch ….

 

From the left: a baby blush, a tampered fuchsia, and then a reddish-purple flare (this one is much more purple than the photos would have you believe. The first photo shows the shadow much closer to the actual shade). Shucks, no swatches here. I will mention, however, the lightest pink is not heavily pigmented as the other shadows. In fact, I bet I could use it as a light blush. Something I’ll have to try out.

This one is called Southern Belle…

From the left: a pansy purple (it is much more vivid in real life), a vivid blue sky, and last is a dew-kissed grass. All of these shades are much more vivid than they photographed.

The purple is still MUCH brighter in real life.

And aren’t they all really ‘POW’-erful shades!? Just as I suspected, very much a creamy feel and so much pigmentation in just a couple of swipes. The only one that wasn’t bright was the first pink shade from Tiki Punch. But they were all shimmery.

When I can figure out how to take a portrait shot to show EOTD’s, I would love to share how these look on my eyes. If anyone has some pointers, please pass them onto me. Photos out in the sunlight are really harsh and wash out my faces colors. Yet, I’m eager to work on these.

I stopped by Marshall’s yesterday as well. I haven’t been in that store in many months. Here is a cute pastel palette I found on clearance for only $2…

 

  Name of company is Simply Sweet. That it is…

 These have a pearlescence to them. I will use them for highlighting and for the inside corners of my eyes.

And on the L.A. Colors…

 I’m happy to see the cruelty free logo.

But the real deal that just put me over the edge….yes, it was the applicator included…

Do you see any here that you like? I’m looking forward to using the Boardwalk shades. I bet I can do a very awesome Arabian look with those.