Wet ‘N Wild’s Pop Art Craze Collection Summer 2013

When I found these, I felt like I had won a lottery!!…

new WnW 002I swung by a Walgreens, just on a lark, and find ’em. All of them! I will show them each individually and close up…like you have them right in your hands…

new WnW 004 new WnW 005 new WnW 006 new WnW 008 new WnW 009 new WnW 010I don’t even have a favorite; they are all cool combos. However, this is the first one I tried: ‘A Regular At The Factory’…

new WnW 019new WnW 022#2 wnw eotd new WnW 060I wore a super bright orange tech shirt that went well with the orange shade.

Today, this is the palette, ‘Three’s A Party’, I went with…

new WnW 023 new WnW 024 bad eye photos 008So, it was the end of the day and I had too much creasing to do a closed lid photo. But, I can tell you that the black matte shade is awesome for a smoky eye.

Here are the others begging me to try them next…

new WnW 041 new WnW 044 ‘Hard Being The It Girl’new WnW 035 new WnW 037 ‘To Muse And Carouse’new WnW 028 new WnW 030‘I’m Seeing Triples’

new WnW 013‘Your 15 Minutes Isn’t Up’. Well, it must have been, because I didn’t take a photo of this palette by itself.

I wish the companies would just forgo these worthless pieces…

new WnW 011Well, maybe just the brush. Two sponge applicators would be OK.

Here’s what I discovered about these new Limited Editions…I like them. I like that they are fresh combos. There are several that are very creamy. And, you may notice that the peachy shade of ‘To Muse And Carouse’ is very, very faint. That is perfect for keeping the tone down. I used a swab to swatch some of these, the sponge applicator for others. I didn’t use any brushes. You’ll notice that there is some fallout. I left it on my swatches so you can see which ones did that for me.

I can make these as subtle or as bold as I want. Save for the peachy shade I mentioned above, they are all totally buildable. It is fun to have ‘fun’ shades. However, this summer has been full of fun shades. More so than I can remember in past summers.

Which ones do you like? Will you get a of them since they are a limited collection?

Anastasia Beverly Hills: Bold And Beautiful Kit

Well, hello there! Not one to do things in a small way, I have moved from Florida to Denver. Can you say ‘change in climate’? Can you say ‘skin changes!?’ More to come on that experience.

Anastasia Beverly Hills has been giving us a lot of new products. How about that Hypercolor Brow and Hair Powder?!!! I’ll be doing a review on that fun product very soon.

But today, I have a classy kit from Anastasia to show you called Bold and Beautiful. If you like neutral shades yet enjoy the flexibility of going from a soft look on up to something bold, you are going to love this eyeshadow palette. And, if you are looking to create a chic brow, Anastasia has that covered too.

As always, Anastasia Beverly Hills delivers a very beautiful package…

anastasia kit 012 anastasia kit 026 anastasia kit 025Packaged together like a two volume set, the brow palette and the shadow palette create a sophisticated look. Along with a fold out that guides you to create stellar, right now looks…

anastasia kit 020 anastasia kit 021 The brow palette is simple but Anastasia, as the leading authority of brows, keeps it easy to groom them…

anastasia kit 030The first color is a waxy brown with a powder color next to it. And the precision tweezers, along with the dual-end brow brush and separator, mean you don’t have to go out with unruly brows.

Even though the two shades in the palette look different, they swatch very similar…

anastasia kit 094I used both on my brows and the color works perfectly for me…

anastasia kit 107The shadow palette is just as sleek and streamlined as the brow palette. These shades easily mix and match…

anastasia kit 072 anastasia kit 051 anastasia kit 047 anastasia kit 048These shades are powdery smooth. I used the provided brush, which does have two different types of bristles on each end. The palette got a bit of fall out when I loaded my brush but ,I didn’t get any on my face when I applied it.

Here are swatches of the eye shadows…

anastasia kit 084I used a light touch to swatch but, as you can imagine, these shades can build to make a stronger, bolder look. I kept it simple and neutral using them all…

anastasia kit 110Next, I finished the look with an Ulta brown eyeliner pencil and Milani’s Runway Lashes mascara…

anastasia kit 112 anastasia kit 118 anastasia kit 114In comparison to other high-end palettes, Anastasia Beverly Hills keeps her prices reasonable…

anastasia kit 037For $36, the Bold and Beautiful Kit gives you a large variety of looks for an affordable price. This is the type of product I like to use when I need to have a neutral look, whether I’m meeting a client or just running errands for the day. Both palettes are not complicated yet, give me the tools necessary to make a bold and beautiful look.

Anastasia Beverly Hills products can be found at Ulta, Sephora and other fine department stores.

@anastasiasoare @anastasiabeverlyhills #bold&beautiful #anastasiabrows

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

elf Products: Not Being A Creeper, Just Pretty Shadows And A Multi-Purpose Stick

Do you learn a lot about deals and new products from beauty blogs? That’s what the point of reading beauty blogs is all about! So, when I read that Kmart had many of their elf products at half off (as if they are not so darn affordable already), I wanted to see if there was anything I just might be interested in. This is what I came away with…

NOTD EOTD 067 Do you know I love multi-tasking beauty products? Elf’s All Over Color Stick looked really pretty, so it went into the basket. There were only three different shade colors left for the eye shadow singles: Dusk, Sage and Golden Glow. Those were perfect colors to try out.

50 Cents? I spent $2 on this entire haul. I can find that much money digging around in my car console or under the seat!

NOTD EOTD 068 NOTD EOTD 070They are not tiny in size and have just the right amount of sparkle to be both bold and chic.

Here’s Dusk…

NOTD EOTD 074 NOTD EOTD 076Purple? Blue? Smokey Grey? Yes!! I think I have only gone twice in the past week without wearing this one. The pigment is really good, as are all of the shadows I bought.

Sage is a swell green to use to make an unique smokey eye…

NOTD EOTD 078I didn’t do a close-up of Golden Glow; silly me. But I did get swatches of them all…

NOTD EOTD 080All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade is just too perfect of a color for me…

NOTD EOTD 071 NOTD EOTD 073Since I usually wear mineral foundation, I don’t use cream blush but rarely. Now, I have been experimenting with using just a cream blush and setting powder; no foundation. Pink Lemonade looks so natural on me that I have been wearing that look often. I haven’t tried it as a shadow yet but it is lovely as a lip tint. The stick isn’t super creamy but it does slide on without a hitch.

Pink Lemonade works so well with my skin tone…

NOTD EOTD 084The shadows are on the flaky side but the pigment is super rich and I don’t find the fallout to be so terrible that a fan brush can’t whisk the crumbs away. The All Over Color Stick did much better as a lip tint than blush as far as staying power. However, I will note that I used the blush very sparingly.

Later, I found a four-shadow pan at Target to put these shadows in. It all looks very smart.

Fair deal for just $2, don’t ya think?

Khroma Beauty: It’s Just More Kardashian Hype

It’s rare that I dislike a makeup so much that I will return it. However, when I figured in the price, it was easy to return this one.

nail swatches Gosh 037nail swatches Gosh 038nail swatches Gosh 039I do like the faux-croc packaging. But I got this for the makeup.

It was my intention to try review this ‘Kard-ass-enin’ shit to make a fair judgement. And, I am doing just that. These are my own opinions and experiences. Your MMD (mileage may differ). I’m happy with shopping at Ulta because I was able to get store credit and make another purchase.

Most of these shades are pigmented, yes. However, when I applied them, once without a primer and then with Two Face Shadow Insurance, I got a chalky mess…

nail swatches Gosh 042nail swatches Gosh 048I found that the off white, the lightest grey and the medium grey shades didn’t transfer to my lids well at all. Of the six shades I used, it was mostly the black matte that made a mess of my look…

nail swatches Gosh 041The blush was OK, but it barely lasted for four hours.  I used the highlighter, which had good pigment, on my brow bone. Even the bronzer was a light enough shade that it worked well as a contour shade; it just didn’t stay all day. So, it wasn’t ALL crappy.

nail swatches Gosh 049I did some swatches…

nail swatches Gosh 053 nail swatches Gosh 051This is a new line and I lost all sense of sanity when I bought this pallete. This one was the only one left and that’s a sell, right there. But luckily, I had the common sense to return this one.

And, to show you my FOTD using Kim’s Kardazzle palette, this is what it looked like right after applying it…

NOTD EOTD 016 NOTD EOTD 014I used Two Faced Shadow Insurance and a taupe shadow from Forever 21 as a base.

This is what I looked like when I came home from work, 4-1/2 hours later…

NOTD EOTD 022 NOTD EOTD 021 NOTD EOTD 019The price of Khroma Beauty cosmetics is higher than most drugstore makeup. I would expect it to be of a better quality. Thus, I returned it because I was not satisfied.

For some reason, the www.khromabeauty.com website is only shown as ‘coming soon’.

If you bought this, did you have a different experience?

GOSH Cosmetics: Swatches Of My Recent Purchase

Do you know someone that will purchase an item and then sit on it, not use it? If you don’t, you do now. That’s what I tend to do. My reasoning is that I don’t want to spoil the newness. As long as I don’t use it, hey, it’s still new, right? Well, that’s how I feel whether it makes sense or not.

There is one thing that I have found that helps me and that is capturing that newness, the unspoiled feeling and, that is with photography. I can take a ton of photos of a newly purchased item and savor it forever. Yes, it sounds demented but I promise, it doesn’t go any further than that!

In the last post, I talked about that lemming feeling for Gosh products. I have never heard of them until I started beauty blogging. And after reading posts upon posts about how great Gosh polishes are, I knew I would have to get some when it showed up at Walgreens.

Funny thing is, I didn’t even purchase any polish. I got these instead…

One lip liner, two eyeliners, and one quad eyeshadow. Let me do some so-and-tell of each.

First, is the eyeshadow quad. If I remember correctly, the store only had 3 color choices. There was this purple, a brown and a black/grey set. This purple set is a neutral purple too…

The shades are only a bit bolder than what I could capture in a photo so, here are some other light sources to get a better idea…

A close look of these powders and there are very complex shimmers going on…

This palette came with a transparent instruction sheet…

When I swatched these, I became unimpressed. These were not very pigmented, in my opinion…

The above photo is in very non-direct light. I turned away from the window (natural light) and this is where the colors show up to their fullest. Not too full, I think. I haven’t worn the shadows yet. Maybe they play better with a shadow primer. I’ll check that out. The palette cost $18.

Next are the two eyeliners I picked up. I was able to use testers at the store and that is, actually, what made it hard for me to choose. Since they are $15 each, I limited myself to just two…

Seriously, could I NOT get this green?…

And, I DID wear this green liner today. Yes, indeed, I did! The best way I can explain the applicator is that it’s like the elf liquid eyeliner but, the tip is slightly flexible; not ridged…

Now, I LOVE the pigmentation of these!…

Wouldn’t you love to have nail polishes in those shades! As I mentioned, I wore the green liner today. I found it super easy to apply and it didn’t budge all day long. Lovely!!!

I also wore, today, the lip liner I purchased…

Since I only have 7 (to the 18th power) lip liners, I chose a neutral shade as I don’t really have a ton of them like I do pink and plum…

This liner glides on; it’s super creamy. And, I didn’t just line my lips, I filled in my lips with this liner. Since I had a bold eye look today, I tamed down the lips and used this liner with an elf glitter gloss over it…

My shadows are a mixture of an elf palette and a shimmery palette from Forever 21. I don’t have the gloss on yet, so this is just the liner used as a lipstick. I used Kleancolor brow palette, Physician’s Formula pressed mineral foundation and an elf blush. And my shirt is my Christmas Hello, Kitty t-shirt.

What do you think of the Gosh products I purchased? Does this encourage you to purchase some too?

Time To Start Looking Up At Walgreen’s; Holiday Stuff Spotted

I know Christmas is near when I see beauty products lining the very top shelves at Walgreens…

Looks like Sally Hansen is coming out with a nail sticker that is gel-like in the fact that you use a little LED light, sold separately, to have the sticker adhere to the nail.

A few Walgreens, I have found, already have some of the Winter Holiday beauty products out on endcaps…

These shadow palettes are in three different collections. It’s cool that the color of these are ‘winky eyes’…

Very difficult to capture in a photo. And, sort of creepy, too!

And these will remind you of a very famous, and obviously duplicated, naked-colored palette…

It seems that prices haven’t changed too much from last year on these no-name brands. However, it does seem like they are working hard to duplicate what is found, and popular, at the higher-end makeup counters.

I even spied some more Revlon’s Moon Candy polishes…

I’m sure the nail stickers and regular polishes could have been new too. I just honed in on the Moon Candy collection as I am ‘star-struck’ over them. I got two new ones to add to my collection: Meteor and Eclipse. Those lovelies will be swatched and showing up soon.

Besides the Sally Hansen gel stickers, I haven’t seen any name brand products on the high shelves yet. Have you been checking your high shelves at Walgreens yet? What are you seeing?

I Spy…Revlon PhotoReady Palettes & Sally Hansen Winter Holiday Nail Strips

Talk about a double-edged sword! As a merchandiser, I work in retail stores. Not just one but many. And, while I adore being able to find new stuff, it also makes it hard to not purchase that stuff. Today I managed to keep my pocketbook in my car.

But, I did spy some cool things. This Revlon display caught my eye and I hadn’t even started looking! I was merchandising my products, which so happen to be right by the Harmon Department at a Christmas Tree Shops…

My cell phone camera doesn’t pick up the richness of the colors. However, except for a compelling packaging, I am sure I have dupes of these shades in my hundreds of shadow palettes and mineral shadows, at home. That’s how I reason with myself to not make a purchase. I am, actually, saving up for the Makeup Show next month.

My car went by Walgreens on the way home. I had to check to see what they had that I could possibly pass up. Yes, I was torturing myself…

Good heavens! Halloween is 4 weeks away and I spied Christmas nail strips. Sigh. Well, these are cute. I’m just not ready to start wearing Winter holiday stuff yet.

The elf Disney Villain palettes have been very successful. I reviewed all three on different posts:

Cruella Palette

Evil Queen Palette

Maleficent Palette

Now I find some simply horrid candy to go along with them. There are two more female villains to menace you. Seriously, I think that is poisonous candy. Yuck!!!…

I’m still good at keeping my dollars in my pocket. But I’m chomping at the bit for the Makeup Show to get here November 3 and 4.

Milani Monday Series: Runway and Marbleized Baked Shadows

One of my favorite makeup brands is Milani. I don’t think they can come out with new products fast enough to satisfy me, I love them that much. So, I thought I’d start a new semi-series of Milani Mondays and share with you Milani items that I own.

The first Milani products I purchased were eye shadows. The colors trapped me on first look..

Here are a couple of regular shadows from the Runway collection: ‘Peaches and Cream’, ‘Golden Touch’; and a marbleized baked shadow called ‘Must Have Fuchsia’.

This is ‘Peaches and Cream’…

I thought that the sparkles were just a spray-over but they are there even below the top layer. And the pigment on all of these is solid. I haven’t tried them foiled (used with water) but I bet they continue to shine. I use ‘Peaches and Cream’ as an all over base, to which I layer other colors on top. And I like it alone for a more subdue feel.

This is ‘Golden Touch’…

‘Golden Touch’ isn’t quite as sparkly as ‘Peaches and Cream’, ironically. But it is still a very warm and bright shade. Mixed with other shadows, it adds a lot of warmth.

And the show-stealer, ‘Must Have Fuchsia’…

She steals the show, doesn’t she? You can see that I have put a dent in this one. I quit worrying about using colors I deemed too bright. Yes, this one is bright but doesn’t it look so otherworldly? The marbled look is so complex. And just like the other two, the pigment is strong and true. Fuchsia doesn’t have any sparkles though; it has a shimmer.

I swatched these with just my finger…

It looks like Fuchsia wants to be streaky, but it is not. These are very creamy and blend so well. Because of the sparkles, though, there is a lot of fall-out. I’m OK with that. A fan brush whisks it all away for me.

Now that I have done a review on these, I think I’m going to set them on the vanity and use these three together for an EOTD (eye of the day) look tomorrow. I think I can come up with something very hot!

Have you tried any of Milani’s eye shadows? Do you have a favorite?

 

Jesse’s Girl: Brown Eyed Girl 9 Pan Palette

After Cosmoprof, I got to try out some Jesse’s Girl products for the first time. I sort of had that feeling I’d like them. And, sure enough, I do!

This is a neutral/brown palette called ‘Brown Eyed Girl’…

My driver’s license says I have brown eyes. But, if someone would take the opportunity to check out my peepers they’d find out they are half green too. I guess that’s a brown/green hazel color?

One thing that is clear, these colors are gorgeous and are all meant to be together…

The colors in the photo are rather pretty but they are not accurate. My white balance on my camera is well, not balanced! Some of the shades are right on but a few are not. The orange shade, third from the right is more golden than orange. And the last one on the right is a gilded brown rather than a mauve that the photo shows.

Here, maybe this will help. These are swatches for you to check out…

And the last four…

They are all shimmery. I like that they are velvety soft and blend like nobody’s business. I tried the fourth one from the left foiled and it did a wonderful job.

If you like the current trend of the neutral eyeshadow look, ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ would certainly be a palette worthy to add to your collection. I found these shades played awesomely well with other shadows too.

Jesse’s Girl can be found at Rite Aids. However, if there are no Rite Aids by you, don’t despair like I did, at first. You can order yours right from Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics website. And did I mention that this palette is only $3.99?!! For less than $20, you can get the pink, purple, blue and green 9-pan palettes as well! That appeals to the palette-lover that I am, as well as the thrifty side too.

What Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics do you have? Are you as pleased with the quality as I am?

Jesse’s Girl: Mineralized Baked Powder Eye Shadow in Rosemary Frost

After years of hearing nothing but good stuff about Jesse’s Girl cosmetics, Jesse, himself, gave me some products to try out!! I met him at this year’s Cosmoprof in Las Vegas and not only was he super nice, I found him to be an ordinary guy that started a cosmetic company that just happens to be very popular. When we talked with Jesse, he made us feel that he had all the time to talk with us about his company and where he wanted to go. It was all very interesting.

Seeing this shadow made me giddy, and it’s purple, and it’s mineralized baked, and it’s pretty…

what’s not to like about it?!

‘Rosemary Frost’ sounds like a heroine from a romance novel, doesn’t it? But, this shadow makes my eyes look romantic.Purple shadows bring out the brown and green in my eyes.

I think this looks like a planet. The white and purple mixture greats a frosty, vibrant shade…

Sometimes I find that baked cosmetics can be hard and difficult to transfer to the brush and then to the lids. I didn’t have a problem with ‘Rosemary Frost’. I found it soft and completely blendable.

A quick swipe on my arm in indirect sunlight…

And here, this is at another angle…

I can’t help to notice that ‘Rosemary Frost’ is pretty at any angle. Jesse’s Girl is sold at Rite Aid drugstores. Bummer, that there are no Rite Aid’s in Florida. However, not all is lost; they have a website. There are six different shades in the Mineralized Bake Eye Shadow line. Oh, and one more nice thing: this shadow is only $3.99.

Tell me if you have tried any Jesse’s Girl cosmetics. What do you recommend I get next?