Laissez Faire: A Christmas Palette For Fun

I guess I got a lot on clearance from Walgreens after Christmas because I’m still photographing and playing with items I have in the ‘need to review’ box. Yet, even though I have a lot in there, I didn’t pay much at all. Seriously! Look at this cute Profusion palette that was $5 at regular price and I got it for $2.50!…

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Gosh, I’m hypnotized by the case’s pattern…

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There is quite a bit going on inside the case…

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And that is just the top case! Look what is in the second side…

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Let me start with the second side. The neutrals here are very, very soft…

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When you look at my swatches, I used my usual Q-tip swab swatching and I scrubbed! I picked three shades to swatch and you can barely see the color on the very far left…

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The far right swatch is the pink blush, the one at the top…

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This is just fine if you want a very subtle look. Of course, a decent brush picks up, and transfers, the powder a bit better. Oh, and the lippies are glosses. When I placed my lip brush into them, it sunk right down to the bottom of the pan. They are so creamy I do not know how they keep from dripping out of the palette. So, naturally, they don’t last but a brief moment on the lips. As pretty as the lip shades are, they have no lasting power at all. The blushes, however, build so nicely and I love both shades.

Here’s a snapshot of the top palette right after I swiped my Q-tip swab on some of the shadows to swatch…

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Whoa! Super-ultra powdery!! But, look at the payout…

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No scrubbing required! I loved the way these all blended together and I didn’t mind the fallout because they applied so creamy and dreamy.

For $2.50, I am very happy. The colors blend, albeit with fallout from the top palette, yet not a crumb from the bottom palette. The two blushes are perfect, either together or on their own. The lip glosses are fun to play with but they don’t last but an hour, if that. This is the type of palette I’d take on a road trip because I would be able to make a lot of different eye looks with it but also, if it got lost, it wouldn’t break my heart a lot.

I am usually closely supervised when doing photographs. My big bear, Sebastian, just hangs out in the laid back mood…

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Can you be so laissez faire about a cheap palette?

A Very Cheap Clearance Eye Shadow Purchase Turns Out Well

Not all of the after-Christmas clearance beauty items I purchased were terrible. Here’s one that was 50 cents and it is awesome….

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This would be a deal even for the full $1 price. I got this at Walgreens. Simply called ‘Twinkle Twinkle’, the five colors look playful and fun. The big squares look to be very pigmented and, they actually were!…

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I was holding myself back on getting too hopeful about the color payoff until I swatched. Here’s what I got…

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This palette was best used with a shadow primer for longevity. The first time I did an eye look, I didn’t use a primer. I got giddy when that yellow swatched so boldly and I was raring to try it out. There was some fall-out with the yellow and the baby blue shade but not so much that it was a deal-breaker. The second time I did an eye-look for the day, I used NYX’s HD Eye Primer and these shadows came on bold with lots of staying power.

Not bad at all for 50 cents! There were, originally, 3 other palettes but this was the only one I found left on clearance. Would you have gambled a mere 50 cents on it?

ELF Disney Villain Palette: Maleficent

The ELF Disney Villain palettes were released late last summer at Walgreens but, I’m still enjoying the looks. Maleficent it my second favorite next to Ursula!…

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For some status quo reason, women villains, most often, have red lips. We can talk about Freud on that all day! So, if you like sultry, red lips, you’ll get them with Maleficent, unlike with Cruella…

DSCF0103 DSCF0106This is truly a gloss. As you can see, in just the short moments of application to getting the photo snapped, the gloss settled into the lines in my skin. I made sure to use a lip liner when I wore this one on my lips…

DSCF0112I can tell in the photo that the gloss is just itchin’ to bleed outside my lip line! Yet, this gloss did have some staying power with the help of ELF’s lip primer. I was more than surprised. And, the Prestige lip liner was a must. I still love this shade of red though. In a sea of blood reds, this one isn’t the same ol’ same blue red. I like it. I just wish it didn’t want to make such a speedy exit off my lips.

All four of the villain sets come with a very nice shadow brush, a black pencil eyeliner, a black liquid eyeliner, eye shadow primer and a mascara that is the true villain in these collections. It’s dry, flaky and worthless. When you get these sets, just toss that right out. Truthfully, the shadow brush more than makes up for it. I’m happy to have more than 4 of the same ones.

The shadow palette is a mixture of shades that don’t seem to coordinate but, you are being fooled if you think that!…

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Do you have a ritual you use when you know that your shadows are going to be heavy with fall-out? You’ll want to plan for that. Other than that, this powders have some great pigmentation and play together swimmingly…

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The matte, inky black is perfect for those that like to use a powder shadow for an eyeliner rather than a pencil or liquid. I used the shadow first and then used the liquid to edge right into the lash line. I had ultra-staying power for the entire eye look. The silvery shade in the lower left-hand corner brightens up the inside corners of my eyes for a wide-awake look. These shades are devilish fun to play with…

DSCF0128 DSCF0118Inside the top flaps, you get a tutorial on a vampy day look…
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Be inspired by Maleficent’s look but, know that when you look in the mirror, you ARE the fairest of all.

I was the kid that would ask questions that couldn’t be answered. I always wanted to know why Snow White’s dad thought Maleficent was a great wife and why didn’t he just hire a nanny to take care of her? I told you I asked the hard to answer questions!

 

 

Moody Nudes Palette from L A Colors

I do go bananas for palettes. Mostly shadow palettes. I still remember my very first one; a Maybelline one. Truthfully, I remember sitting outside on our porch just gazing at all the colors. It was probably a 10 color palette. It was around 1978 and it was just rocking my teen world!

Now, Winter Holidays get me excited to see what makeup palettes there will be. There wasn’t a shortage of them, was there!?!!! So many cheapy ones; I knabbed right away. This one was at Rite Aid…

auto curler swatches 267 auto curler swatches 268I didn’t realize it until right now that this palette does have a name: Moody Nudes. I think that is because the one other set was lots of brights. But, this one suits me just fine. I am drooling like a teen over these shades…

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Since this was only $2, if they payoff wasn’t there, I wasn’t going to really be sad. I think I got better than a $2 thrill just taking some fun photos of them.

Yet, I can’t say I’m too disappointed…

auto curler swatches 290 auto curler swatches 289Just some randomly chosen swatches. I used the sponge applicator that came with the set. So yes, there is some fallout. And, as with many inexpensive (and we have found some not so cheap) black shadows, patchiness. However, I am pleasantly surprised that most of these shades actually do blend out fairly nicely. There are two factors that I think went a long way in making this L A Colors palette get better than just a passing grade: One is that I used a shadow primer when I worked with these on my own lids. And two, I use nicer quality brushes. I ditched that sponge applicator after the swatch shoot! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done and have seen some wickedly done looks with those spongy things. What I am trying to say is that you might not be able to get quality shadows, or any makeup for that matter, because of circumstances. But, always try to get the best brushes you can afford.

Even the kicked up dust was pretty…

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Do you agree with my opinion on saving for good quality makeup brushes? Now, a really hard question: Do you remember your first eye shadow palette?

 

 

2013 Disney Villain ELF Palettes: Cruella De Vil

Fair warning: These sets are done and gone! I run across a straggler every now and then when prowling around at Walgreens. I’m talking about the Villians’ makeup sets from ELF. I got all four and with just a couple of exceptions, I love these. Here’s Cruella De Vil…

swatches and dining table 004 swatches and dining table 005 swatches and dining table 009This one has the biggest of all of the disappointments…..who thought it was OK to put in a PEACH lippie in a Cruella De Vil palette??!!! Sort of…..cruel, eh???

But, the rest of the items are awesome…

swatches and dining table 010All of the palettes had a mascara, liquid eyeliner and a pencil liner. All in black, sadly.

The packaging provides a day and a nighttime look…

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And, here’s the lippie….dang it! And I don’t even care one bit for this peachy shade, either…

swatches and dining table 014 swatches and dining table 026Keep the eye primer for yourself but, gift the peach lipstick. I noticed that this lipstick does match the liner from a previous Cruella elf set from last year.

You’ll be happier with the shadows. These were pigmented and blendable…

swatches and dining table 018 swatches and dining table 019 swatches and dining table 021This brush is the same type that is in every set too but, since it is one of my favorite elf brushes, I sure didn’t mind getting more of them…

swatches and dining table 030 swatches and dining table 031Of the four sets, the Cruella De Vil one is my least favorite. I feel the basic red, black and white look she has was totally forsaken. Her name was slapped on this set and not ‘inspired’ by her one iota.

That aside, I still like the shadow colors…

swatches and dining table 043 swatches and dining table 041Did you get your Disney Villain sets? I bought 2 photo editing programs this Cyber Monday. I can’t wait to learn how to fix white balance. It has always eluded me.

Gifts From Heaven Above; Walgreen’s Top Shelf Shopping

The season has come for the ‘Look Up’ shopping. What is this, you say? Retail stores receive a mess-load of Christmas products. It will fill up their backroom in an over-consumption minute. What Walgreens is known to do is put out the Holiday gift sets on the higher shelves, above the head, in preparation to move them down to the shoppable levels. But, if it is out on the floor, you can still buy it! I shared some of my Walgreens findings with G. at Nouveau Cheap‘s blog. She’s my source for all things new at the drugstore.

This is one of the first items I purchased…

swatches galore 014Look! One Buck!! Profusion comes out with a variety palettes during the Holiday. I find them hit or miss as far as quality. It’s a small gamble to find out if the shadows are too hard, too powdery or just right. Many one of the shadows is unblendable. Sometimes the entire palette isn’t worth your time. Yet, this one was a dollar. I lose that much in my car seat! So, this splurge is hardly a dent.

If I remember correctly, there were 6 different palettes to pick from. I got the purples…

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I can sit and stare at color palettes all day. Even when I was a kid, I had to have all my crayons in rainbow order and I wouldn’t use them. I didn’t want to spoil them so I would ask a classmate if I could borrow theirs. I don’t know if anyone ever caught on to my scheme. A bit of my reason to blog is to not only capture the virgin moment of makeup but also, to get me to make that first step in using it by swatching.

Anyway, are not these shades pretty? Nothing new but still pretty. Here are the sacred swatches from my first 2013 Holiday palette…

swatches galore 027I used a swab to swatch. And these were velvety smooth. I found them easy to blend with my makeup brushes. A bit of fallout but I really loaded up the swab for a swatching. They do build to a super pigmentation over a shadow primer.

Cheaper than a couple of bananas, you won’t be doing the peel slip by inventing in at least one of Profusion’s palettes. And for a buck, these can make nice Secret Santa or stocking stuffer gifts.

Do you treat yourself to these little, baby splurges? Do you think I’ll end up with some other palettes this Holiday?

 

 

Fergie’s Jet Set Makeup Palette from Wet ‘n Wild

Being the sucker that I am for makeup palettes, I nearly wept when I found this at Walgreens. It is the limited edition Wet ‘n Wild’s Fergie’s Jet Set Makeup Palette…

samples and swatches 063 samples and swatches 064 swatches galore 012 swatches galore 013 As you can see from the photo above, this palette has a lot in it. When you open it up, the array of shades is overwhelming…

samples and swatches 068 samples and swatches 069 samples and swatches 070Is there a color that is missing? Maybe a red but, other than that, you could want for nothing. Some are matte, some sparkly and some shimmery. Some are very pigmented and some are on the light side. With 72 shades, there’s something for everyone…

samples and swatches 081 samples and swatches 077 samples and swatches 074Here are just a few random swatches. I used a swap to apply them…

samples and swatches 100 samples and swatches 098Most of the lip colors are balms. They are rather ‘wet’. Thus, there isn’t a lot of staying power with them. However, they are pretty…

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samples and swatches 105Having an array of blushes makes me reach outside of my comfort zone. I can easily get by with just one blush. Actually, I have to consciously work at trying different colors. These are pretty enough to try them all…

samples and swatches 088 samples and swatches 108Sadly, these eyeliner and lip liner pencils are gratuitous, in my opinion. I suppose you could use the brown one for the brows, as well. There are just way too many other liners that are better. However, if someone doesn’t have any, these will fix you up…

samples and swatches 089Last are the highlighters and contour shades. The darker shade is too sparkly for me to contour with however, it does make a decent bronzer on my skin…

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So, if you want to add to your palette collection or, just want to have a robust amount of eye shadow and lip color selections at hand, you might want to consider this. The only downside I see is that you can’t pop one of the lippies into your purse for on-the-go touchups. This palette is $30 at Walgreens. Considering the amount of makeup in this palette, that’s a pretty good deal.

Are you a palette collector or, do you add to your collection bit by bit?

Makeup From The Archives: Jerome Alexander’s The Stack

There’s no doubt I love makeup palettes. Even if the brand is sub-par, I have a hard time resisting because I love all the pretties grouped or, lined up together. Even though this palette isn’t quite the norm, I love the packaging…

samples and swatches 029 samples and swatches 055This is from Jerome Alexander and it is called ‘The Stack’. I need to tell you a secret though…I have had this Stack for 8 years, easily. You’ll notice in the photos of the lip colors that they have turned ‘weepy’. But, I can attest that they have not ‘turned’, meaning smell funky. I purchased The Stack from HSN many moons ago. And since I recently moved, I rediscovered it.

Here’s what The Stack consists of: eyeshadows…

samples and swatches 034 samples and swatches 032Oh, and notice the embossing on the pans. That’s another thing I’m a sucker for! These shadows are creamy and carry some good pigmentation. They are also powdery and create fallout. However, the shadows stay in place all day with a good shadow primer.

And these are the lip colors…

samples and swatches 039 samples and swatches 035You can see how they have ‘weeped’ and, some of the pigments have separated too. And, it’s obvious that I like mauve shade the most.

The blushes are awesome! I love the variety and the softness of the powder…

samples and swatches 041I have experimented with the creme foundation but, found it a tad too yellow for me. However, the powder foundation works quite to my liking…

samples and swatches 043 samples and swatches 045Last, is the correcting powder (below on the right). This is a bit deceiving and I wasn’t quite sure how it worked. I’m using it as a setting powder and it actually balances out the yellowness of the creme foundation. Go figure! It may have to do with the light disbursement as I end up with a healthy glow…

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samples and swatches 059You can see that The Stack is quite compact…

samples and swatches 051I wasn’t able to find anything of this nature in doing a search for it. Jerome Alexander has moved on to other things. However, you can still find a few of his products out there. He was one of the first to come out with the ‘corrector balls‘. I know I have them…somewhere. I hope they turn up like this gem.

After a week or so of playing with this palette, I am packing it away in my overnight/stranded away from home bag. I travel out of town twice a week and, with winter weather approaching, there is the possibility that I could get snowed in away from home. This product can suit several of my makeup needs on the fly. It doesn’t take up much space at all.

Have you ever seen anything like The Stack or, have heard of Jerome Alexander? Does this packaging appeal to you?

Wet ‘n Wild’s Fergie Collection: Desert Festival

Have you seen the new Fergie collection from Wet ‘n Wild? I’m loving the color combos in these. Thanks to beauty blogs and beauty blog friends, I now have no problem stepping out of my old comfort zone and wearing lots of different eye shadow colors. This palette here would have been one that I would never even consider, a few years back. But now, I’m digging it!…

samples and swatches 019 samples and swatches 016‘Desert Festival’ can go from a crisp neutral to a spicy Southwestern feel. For a drugstore brand, Wet ‘n Wild can come up with some complex colors…

samples and swatches 021 samples and swatches 022The center, taupe, is a matte and, so it the darker peach color in the upper right corner. You can see the others are vivid with shimmers.

I swatched with a swab…

samples and swatches 027 samples and swatches 025The off-white shade in the upper left corner seems very weak in the swatches. However, it is a bit more robust on the eye. And just WOW on the extreme dark brown sparkle in the lower right corner! I can push that shade to the limit for a smoky eye look. I used an eyeliner brush and smudged that shadow all around my eyes for a fascinating look.

The darker peach shade in the upper right corner is somewhat chalky, like some mattes can be. It’s workable but some may not feel they have the time to devote to babying that shadow along. There are a few crumbs from the matte taupe shadow in the middle but the application of it is quite solid.

I have acquired several other shadow palettes from this collection and so far, I’m pleased with all but possibly one. I’ll showcase all of them in a later post. For now, I’m enjoying the view outside of my makeup selection ‘box’.

What color have you found that you like when you stepped outside the box? Do you have this Fergie palette from Wet ‘n Wild?

Forever 21: Green and Brown Powder Palette

I can’t get enough of the Forever 21 splatter palettes. How about you? This is a very Fall-appealing palette…

polishes green eye 057Did I mention in the previous post on the purple palette that these only cost $4.80? In my books, very well worth it…

polishes green eye 058polishes green eye 059polishes green eye 025All but the white shadow are shimmery. The white has a sheen to it, though. All are fairly well-pigmented and build to a bold color when used with a shadow primer. These swatches, however, don’t have any primer going on. They are all swatched in the order on the palette…

polishes green eye 066 The sparkly-est!polishes green eye 071If you like neutral shades in gold, green, bronze and brown, you will love the combos you can create with this Forever 21 palette. It really goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway…I love mixing the purple and the browns together. The combos are endless.

Have you seen this palette at Forever 21? Which one do you like more…the purple/grey one or, this green/brown?