LA Colors: Neutral Shadow Holiday Palette

I only waited a few days before I went back to Walgreens and purchased the L.A. Colors Neutral Shadow Holiday Palette after I swatched the Bright Shadow Holiday Palette…

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I am still enamored by the bright palette and have been mixing it in with all sorts of other palettes, indy minerals and cream shadows. I mean, makeup lovers will always play! So, for less than a the cost of a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, why not spend $3 and get the neutrals?…

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For years, I used only neutrals and then, the vibrant ’80’s hit and it was joker’s wild on whatever bold color you wanted to wear. So, I put aside wearing brown clothes and brown shadows. And even though I don’t wear the same looks as I did in the 80’s, it wasn’t until I started beauty blogging that I got back into wearing neutral shadows much at all.
So, when I found the newest L.A. Colors Holiday palettes at Walgreens a few weeks ago, it was easy for me to pick the bright colors over the neutrals. However, the performance of those shadows blew me away and I practically ran back to get the neutral palette. For 24 neutral shades, there are plenty here without any repeats…

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Just as a side note….does anyone else think that pale blue looks out of place? I’m happy to have it but, it seems odd in the midst of taupes/browns/grays…

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Anyway…I was excited to begin swatching. Here are some random picks I chose…

Neutral LA Color swatches

Although my photos were all out of focus, I can assure you that the colors I picked were very pigmented. The lighter color shadows are are soft yet, they blend in quite wonderfully with the darker shades.

I’m more apt to lean towards a smoky eye look with this palette than to seek out a soft tone, neutral look. However, for those fans of neutral, you will love this one. No, it’s not as great as the better-known nude palettes we have been seeing but, I was not disappointed at all with what I got with L.A. Colors Neutral Holiday palette. And, if you want to get a gift for a friend that is just starting to venture into makeup or, likes more subtle looks, this one is sure to delight.

Have you tried the neutral palette from L.A. Colors? Is this a nude palette that you would try?

LA Colors: Bright Shadow Holiday Palette

Walgreen’s is not keeping their Holiday makeup up on those high storage shelves for very long. The two stores in my town have put the makeup sets and kits out on the display shelves at the front of the cosmetics department and have the Holiday perfume and bath sets waiting up on those high shelves. Fine with me!!! I like the Holiday makeup being more at eye level! Here’s one of my first Holiday makeup buys; For a measly $3, I took a chance on this LA Colors 28 shade bright palette…

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The display had two different palettes; this one with brights and another one with neutrals. Keep reading and you’ll see why I went back and got the neutrals.

I love to photograph ‘virgin’ makeup before I swatch it. The unspoiled, pristine blocks of color make me happy. I don’t know why, but it’s so beautiful to admire. Maybe I am weird but, I used to do that with new boxes of crayons when I was a kid too…

DSCF0019 DSCF0020 DSCF0021 DSCF0025 DSCF0022 Now that I have preserved the untouched look of the palette with photos, it’s a bit easier for me to move on to swatching. And, when I purchase these lower cost palettes, I know it’s hit or miss as to how they will perform. I also have to figure in, how many of these shadows have to be ‘hits’ in order for me to feel like I not only wasted a bit of money but also, that I haven’t wasted my time on getting it set up for a blog review. In other words, I fear I will be let down.

Hooray!!! This LA Colors palette didn’t diappoint! I did just random swatches on my arm using shadow primer and swabs…

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I can tell you that the glittery shadows really have some sparkle going on. There’s tons of shimmer as well. And, even though there is fallout with many of the shadows, all the colors do deliver. I have been playing with this palette all weekend and have found every shade to be blendable and pigmented. None are chalky. There’s no way I can tell you that these will compete with high-end or, even middle of the road, makeup. But, for just $3, only the very most persnickety will feel they didn’t get their money’s worth.

When I got a free rental code for Redbox this weekend, I made my trip very economical by going back to Walgreens and picking up the other LA Colors palette. As I await for sunny skies to photograph that palette, I’m enjoying all the fun combos I’m creating with this bright one. Oh, and these work really well with the Profusion palettes that I reviewed earlier too.

Do you see any colors that you like? Do you know anyone that likes to play with shadows and can see this in their Christmas stocking?

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. 

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.

Dollar Tree Haul; Hold The Christmas!

Dollar Tree stores, in Orlando, have been rather barren of any good, or rather, new makeup stuff. Just on a whim, I stopped into a new, larger one in hopes that they had some surprises.

Here was my first surprise…

Seriously? I haven’t even finished my Halloween shopping and it’s still 6 weeks away. Have you noticed that retailers just sweep aside Thanksgiving and move you RIGHT into the Holidays…two words: BLACK FRIDAY!!!

Gosh, I sure do NOT need any more shadows, wait…I should just say makeup!!! I’m only fooling myself.
But I really like collections and pallettes with three or more shades. Three is my tipping point. LOL Don’t laugh. Everyone has a tipping point. Let me know what yours is in the comments below.

L.A. Colors…enough said…

 Tiki Punch
 Southern Belle
 Sand Dune
Boardwalk

If these shadows are as nice as previous LA Colors, I’m expecting good pigmentation. I’ll get some swatches worked up for you later.

I held off on these palettes…

I truly held myself back on ELF stuff. I don’t think I’ve seen that much in a Dollar Tree before. Here are just a couple that I couldn’t pass up…

Blushing
Gunmetal

And I swathed here for you…

You can sort of see the glitter in the ELF blush. I don’t know if I love it lots, but I’ll try it. Seriously, I didn’t see the glitter in it when I picked it up. But, that  puny container totally stumped me. I worked and worked to get it open. Here’s the best I could do…

I have no idea how in the hell to open this blush!!! I’ve torn it up and it still hasn’t popped open.

What do you see that you like? And don’t say the Christmas stuff!!!!!!

ELF Lips and Fairy Eyes

For about 4 months, the local Dollar Tree stores have not had much to talk about.  However, I let the ‘pull’ get the best of me and I stopped in one just to see if anything had changed.

Oh, goody!!!  I did find something I liked…

 Six different shades of ELF Minty Lip Gloss.  I figured since they were a buck a piece, spending $6 for all wasn’t going to have me digging under the couch cushions for gas money.

Very, very sheer.  I don’t find that they change the color of my lips much.  But if you like to keep your lips glossed and only want the slightest inkling of color, you’ll like these.  Sometimes I only want a slight tint.  And the minty part, oh yea.  It’s minty and feels fresh.

Here’s the colors, in the same order from the product photo and swatched photo:
Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, New York City, Boston and Chicago.

As you can tell from the tube, it has a doe-foot applicator.  It smooths on the gloss very nicely.  It feels a bit tacky in the beginning.  But after awhile, I didn’t notice that.  Either it smoothed out or I just got used to it.  However, it didn’t slide all around so that’s a plus.

My first favorite:  Los Angeles.  Softer than a bubblegum pink but has soft gold sparkles…

No other color on my lips, just the gloss.  I should have put a photo up of naked lips so you could see the contrast.  However, this puts very little color on me.

Here’s Boston.  It is an orangy-red with red sparkles…

It doesn’t even look that different.  But for a buck, I recommend getting your favorite color.

Then I picked up some L A Colors eye shadow at Rue 21. 

And what is neat about these is that the sparkle is not just sprayed on the top.  It is through the entire shadow pan.  With Pixy Ipoxy, these shadows went on bold.

Here is a look I wore using the pinks and purples.  I did use NYX ‘Yogurt’ shadow stick for the highlight below my brow.  It wore very well.

So, I’m going to learn how to take photos of my face and not have such a blue cast to them.  I took the photos of my lips and eyes at the sunny window hoping it would give a better representation of the color.  The skin tone doesn’t show true, but the purple in the shadow colors did really good, especially with purple being a pistol to capture.

Are you a lip gloss person?  How about the shadow palettes; it that something you’d pick?

Dollar Tree Haul

Ever since Susie of Susie’s Home and Hobbies reviewed some sweet looking LA Colors nail polishes she got at the Dollar Tree, I’ve been on a hunt. 

I really like my job(s) as a freelance merchandiser.  I get to visit lots of malls and while driving around, if I go by a Dollar Tree, CVS, Wallgreens, Sally’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, etc. I can just swing on in and have a look.

Yesterday, I stopped in at a large Dollar Tree store.  No luck in finding the LA Colors Color Craze polishes though.  But I did find these by LA Colors…

Here are six different LA Colors Mineral eye shadows.  I found a couple packs of false nails by Nailene and a replacement pair of my darling, cute, pink readers.  Whoot!  Last pair broke unexpectedly.  I was very sad too.

Here is a close up of the beige and the gold shadows.  They are a good size larger than normal.  They are very shimmery too.  Here are the colors I found:  purple, teal, white, beige, gold and black.  I tried out the white right off.  It has great coverage, not terribly crumbly, and applied smoothly.  A very good investment for just $1 each.  I got all the different colors they had available.

The lighting doesn’t do anything for the fake nails.  The one on the left is red and has these tiny flowers with leaves on it.  The one on the right is a bit more pink than it shows here.
I’m looking forward to getting a light box VERY soon.  Sigh.

And finally, my readers….

This are so damn, stinkin’ cute!  There are tiny rhinestones in the upper corners.  And, again, the color is a fuchsia pink.  Very retro.

Yep, that’s me hamming it up.  Boy, I’ve come a long way to feel confident enough to post this goofy picture.  No makeup and my hair just back in a pony.  Well, I did it for laughs anyway.

What do you think of the LA Colors single shadows?  Will you look for them?  When I showed my picture to some good friends, only one of them had the balls to tell me I looked silly.  I really WAS trying to look silly.  What do you think, corny as hell?  Crazy cat lady? LOL!