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Philosophy QVC December 4th Today’s Special Value Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on December 14, 2010

If you recall, a few weeks ago I posted that I had put my order in for the December 4th Philosophy Today’s Special on QVC.  Let me just tell you, I am sooooo glad that I ordered this set.  I am over the moon about it.

Philosophy’s Falling In Love fragrance is one of my absolute favorite fragrances.  It is so sweet and romantic.  I am not really a fan of florals and musks.  So it’s no surprise that I selected the TSV in the Falling In Love fragrance.  I’m a fan of the “Graces” too, but none of them are as divine as FIL, in my humble opinion.  Since I already knew what Falling In Love smells like the fragrance was not the surprise in this kit, it was the packaging.

Let me just tell you, it is stunning.  The outer box features a graphic of glitter running along the bottom.  The box is kept shut with an elegant black ribbon.  When you open the box, you are greeted with generous sized bottles of product secured by elegant black velvet (or some kind of velvet look-a-like) covered foam.  The glitter theme continues onto the products.  Each of the bottles of body butter and shower gel as well as the tube of lip gloss have the same glitter graphic that is found on the outer box.  The stunner of the collection has to be the bottle of fragrance.  It doesn’t have a glitter graphic, it actually has glitter all over the bottle.  Philosophy, if you some how come across this post, please consider offering your bottles of fragrance with this glitter exterior all of the time.  It is gorgeous.

This Picture Doesn't Do This Bottle Justice!

If you recall, I wasn’t sure what the lip gloss was flavored like before I placed the order since I placed the order before the presentation.  The gloss is simply a fancied up version of Philosophy’s Bubbly Lip Shine.  It has a champagne taste.

The solid fragrance stick is a nice touch.  It will make a great addition to my purse during the winter months.  If there is any left come summertime it will have to be moved to my bathroom or desk for fear of the melty mess that I might be left with if I leave my purse in the car.  The scent of the solid fragrance smells exactly like the Falling In Love spray fragrance.

I know a lot of people have said that the quality of Philosophy has gone down hill since Cristina Carlino sold the company.  While I totally agree with that thought in some regards, Philosophy has hit it out of the park with this collection.  All of the products have a true Falling In Love scent.  There isn’t a smell of chemicals or alcohol like I’ve heard some people complain of with past products.

If you picked this up for anyone as a Christmas gift, they are going to love you.  Anyone would be absolutely blown away by this collection.


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Budget Beauty Monday – E.L.F. Eyes Natural Eyeshadow Palette

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on December 13, 2010

It’s Monday…time for Budget Beauty Monday!!! Let’s face it. After the weekend we usually end up feeling like we ate too much, drank too much, spent too much, and didn’t do enough around the house. So I figure Monday on should feature budget beauty products that won’t break the bank so you won’t feel bad about wanting to run out and get them.

Let me just tell you, it’s been forever and a day since I have bought an E.L.F. Cosmetics (or ELF as some people put it) product.  I had tried them out years ago and really wasn’t that impressed by what I had seen.  I can’t remember exactly what it was that I had tried back then, but I do know that I have tried their eye shadows and lip glosses.  I found them chalky and non-existent in color.  But since then, I have heard many people go on and on about their love of E.L.F. and decided it was time to give them another chance.  I mean, if I was stubborn and still thought that Wet N Wild Cosmetics were what they were when I was in grammar school/high school look what I would be missing out on!  So I decided to pick up on the new limited edition products from the E.L.F.

A few weeks ago while looking for the Wet N Wild Holiday Coloricon Palettes at Jewel-Osco, I came across the E.L.F. Eye Natural Eyeshadow Palette.  Normally it’s $3, but it was on sale for $2.something (it’s been weeks, I don’t remember exactly how much it was).  For that price, I figured I had nothing to lose so into my shopping cart it went.  I have to admit, I was really drawn to the shades.  Although they are neutrals, they were full of shimmer and sparkle and yelled holiday party season at me.  I was actually excited to try this out.

The E.L.F. Eyes Natural Eyeshadow Palette features six eye shadows in various shades of brown.  They all feature a decent amount of shimmer in the pans.  I would say that this palette features 2 light beige shades, 2 beige shades, and 2 darker brown shades.  The palette also comes with a little brush that I think is just useless.

See how messy it is? You can see the fall-out!

I have to admit, these shadows aren’t as chalky as I recall E.L.F. shadows being.  But they are extremely loose.  When I first applied these with an eye shadow brush (not the one in the palette), it was extremely messy with a lot of fall out and little color payout on my eye lids.  Sorry, Germaphobes, but I found that these were best applied using my finger tips.  It was still messy in the palette, but there wasn’t much fall out on my lids/face and by patting the color onto my lids, the color was much more visible.

As far as lastablility, as I found with most drugstore / budget make-up, the lighter shades wore off much faster than the darker shades.  The lighter shades were pretty much gone after four hours or so.  The darker shades were still visible after 6 hours, but they had faded quite a bit.

I said earlier that the shadows featured a decent amount of shimmer in the pans.  Once you put the shadow on your eyes, the shimmer is much less visible.  I have found that if you just pat the shadow onto your lids and not blend it so much, the shimmer is more visible.  I wouldn’t call this a shimmer shadow once it’s on your lids by any means.

My biggest gripe with this palette is that the shadows never seemed to set.  If you are an eye rubber, pass on this palette.  Seriously, hours after I put this shadow on I gently rubbed my eyes and my fingers were covered in neutral eye shadows!  I’m not normally an eye rubber, but don’t we all have those days that are just so long that at some point you have a quick eye rub???

Overall, the E.L.F. Eyes Natural Eyeshadow Palette left me with a better overall feeling about E.L.F. Cosmetics.  I’m not completely sold on ELF, but I won’t be as harsh with them in the future.  I wouldn’t suggest running out and picking up this palette, but for $3 or less, if you came across it and were smitten I wouldn’t dissuade you either.  Just know that you will need to be ready for touch-ups if you plan on wearing this for more than a couple of hours.  You can find this palette at Target or Jewel if you’re in the Chicagoland area.

Are you a fan of the E.L.F. Cosmetics line?  Have you tried any of their limited edition holiday products?

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Bare Escentuals Girlfriend Collection

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on August 23, 2010

Gather ’round everyone.  I finally got my Bare Escentuals Girlfriend Collection.  I know you are all very excited about this post because my original post on the BE Girlfriend 7-piece collection has been hot hot hot with visitors.  Seriously, it’s the most popular post I’ve posted.  I’m sad to say that the Girlfriend Collection arrived in my mailbox via the post office and not on my doorstep via the UPS man, so I didn’t get to jump up and down and hug him for bringing me this amazing kit.

If you still haven’t ordered the Girlfriend Collection because you’ve been on the fence about it, ORDER IT!!!  This kit is amazing.  It’s one of the best Bare Minerals kits I have ever gotten.  While watching the presentation of the Girlfriend Collection on QVC, Leslie Blodgett said that she created this kit to be to go-to kit that will always be there for you, just like a girlfriend.  To me, that sums it up perfectly.  This kit is so beautiful that I have already reached for it everyday since I received it (which was Saturday). 

Let’s start with the eye shadows.  No offense to my real “Best Friend Forever,” but this b.f.f. eye shadow is quickly becoming my new BFF.   It is amazing.  Given the fact that I have over 100 Bare Escentuals eye shadows alone, the fact that I do not have a single shadow that is similar to b.f.f. is pretty crazy.  But it’s true!  This b.f.f. shadow is like nothing I have ever used.  It’s officially described as a “shimmering sheen of pink pearl.”  It’s not really that shimmering, it’s definately sub-dued.   The pink pearl color is fantastic.  It is perfectly paired with the other shadow in this kit, k.i.t., but it will lend itself to just about any other shade as well.  It’s a nice substitute to a beige or brown neutral shadow.

 From left to right: k.i.t. eyecolor, b.f.f. eyecolor, t.t.y.l. blush, Leslie Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish, Sage Big & Bright Eyeliner

The other shadow in the Girlfriend Collection, k.i.t., is equally beautiful.  Officially described as a “velvety hue of dark steel gray,” it also has hints of dark blue in it.  While it’s not the most unique shadow I’ve ever used, it goes perfectly with b.f.f.

t.t.y.l. blush is a very natural looking pink poppy.  It gave my cheeks that “why yes, I did just workout” look.  I have been looking for a new pinkish hued blush for awhile now.  I think I may have found it!

The Girlfriend Collection also afforded me my first try of the Big & Bright Eyeliner.  The eyeliner itself is great.  It’s a very velvety texture that glides like butter on your lids.  It definitely made my eyes pop.  The Sage shade is wonderful.  I don’t think I would have ever thought to pair a green shade with the b.f.f. and k.i.t. eyecolors but it works.  Leslie sure knows what she’s doing.

The Leslie shade of Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish is not new.  Named after Leslie herself, the shade is a golden pink glimmer.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Buxom glosses.  To me, they are absolutely perfect.  Although Bunny is my absolute favorite, Leslie definitely ranks high in my book.

The Girlfriend Collection also came with a Mineral Veil (nothing new there) and a Flawless Face & Eye Brush (nothing new there either).

I am so glad I didn’t have any will power and ordered this kit.  It’s still available at QVC at the Try Me Price of $36.12.  Order it!!!  Trust me, you won’t be sorry.  The Girlfriend Collection is already a Customer Top Rated item on QVC with an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Did you order the BE Girlfriend Collection?  Are you loving it?  Leave a  comment!

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Bare Escentuals Outlet!!!

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on August 10, 2010

Let me just tell you, I am so excited to write this post.  While I am a lover of all things make-up and beauty and love and use many brands, Bare Escentuals has to be one of if not my absolute favorite cosmetics line.  That being said, I’m sure it’s shocking to hear that I just went to the Bare Escentuals outlet store for the first time a few weeks ago.  The Bare Escentuals Outlet Store has been at the Lighthouse Place Outlet Mall in Michigan City, IN for a little over a year and yet I had not ventured out there until now (for the non-Chicagoans/non-Midwesterners, Michigan City is about an hour away from Chicago).  Truthfully, I didn’t even know that there was a Bare Escentuals outlet at Michigan City until just a few months ago.  It seems that BE Outlets are a well-kept secret.  I’ve tried searching for blog posts, reviews, anything from other beauty addicts online but didn’t find much.  The most information I found was on the message boards for QVC and some people stated that the BE Outlet was just okay and nothing to really go out-of-the-way for.  Hogwash!  (I’ve never used the word “hogwash” before, but I didn’t think a profanity laced exclamation would really fit in here!)  If there is a Bare Escentuals Outlet Store anywhere near you RUN TO IT RIGHT NOW!

So what do they have at the Bare Escentuals Outlet Stores?  Like the normal Bare Escentuals Boutiques, they sell the core items like foundation and mineral veil, but they are full price.   So if you’re looking for discounted foundation, you’re going to have to look for kits that contain it.  That’s about the only downside to the outlet, and truthfully for me that’s not even a downside.  I have never purchased BE foundation individually.  To me, it’s always been a better deal to buy a kit that had the foundation in it anyways.

On to the kits…the BE Outlets have tons of them and their prices are amazing.  Most kits ranged in price from $9.50 to $14.50!!!  The larger kits were $19!!!  I think that the $19 kit was the most expensive thing in the store besides the full priced foundation and mineral veil.  The employees informed me that they get new items in about ever six weeks.  When I went some of the kits available for purchase included the Wearable Eye Kits, Sex Pots, Laugh Out Loud, multiple Face Fashions, multiple Mini Buxom Lipgloss kits, multiple lipgloss kits, Pure Platinum, Big Lips Big Lashes, Watercolor Blendable Eye Collection, and many, many more.  There were also many kits that came in mini beauty cases.  Everywhere I turned I found something else I wanted!

Besides the kits, the Bare Escentual Outlets have individual eye shadows available as well.  They are priced at 3 for $19.99 which is an absolute steal compared to the normal price of $13 each.  Of course, when you look at the fact that kits such as the Wearable Eye Kits, Laugh Out Loud, and Sex Pots were priced at only $9.50 each and you receive 3 shadows in each of those kits the $19.99 price seems a little high.  But if you are a fan of particular shades that are only available loosely then the 3 for $19.99 deal is fabulous.

Let’s move onto make-up brushes.  The Bare Escentuals Outlet Stores have tons of brushes available at a fraction of the original full price.  They had some of the regular black handles brushes available as well as many of the special edition brushes.  I can’t recall how much the brushes were since I didn’t spend too much time checking them out.  Let’s face it, I’ve been a BE girl for so long now and have purchased so many kits (at full price!) that I still have a number of brushes that still have the tissue paper wrapped around them!  I do know that the brushes were also a steal.

Official Bare Escentuals make-up artists work at the BE Outlets.  When I went, there weren’t any other customers in the store so I had the pleasure of chit chatting with 3 of the artists (it was early on a Sunday morning).  They were more than willing to try products on me and offer tips and suggestions.  The staff was so friendly and outgoing, I could have spent all day there!

So what did I get?  Per the picture above, I snagged a 6-piece BE lipgloss set, the Laugh Out Loud (LOL) Customer Comedy Eye Collection, the Face Fashion – The Look Of Now Collection, the Sex Pots eye shadow collection, a Buxom Babes lipgloss collection, the Watercolor Blendable Eye Collection, and the Wearable Eye Kit in Meet The Blues.  Each of these kits was only $9.50!!!  Let me just tell you, I almost ordered the Face Fashion kit when it was a One Time Only Deal on QVC for a little over $20 a month or so ago.  I would have been kicking myself.  I also picked up a Pure Platinum kit ($19) and a few Wearable Eye Kits in multiple shades ($9.50) for my Mom.  Of course, I also picked up a few items for gifts, so those have been left out of the picture!

If you have ever shopped and purchased something from a Bare Escentuals Boutique you may be familiar with their frequent shoppers program.  For every $10 you spend you receive a stamp on your card and when you fill up the card (I believe you need 12 stamps but I’m not 100% sure since the card isn’t in front of me) you receive $10 off of your purchase.  Good news…the frequent shoppers card is also good at the Bare Escentuals Outlet Stores!!!  Let me just tell you, I completely filled a whole card and then some with my purchase.  I am such a fan of companies that offer programs like this.  It’s just a little thing, but isn’t really the little things in life that get you the most excited?

If you haven’t run out to your car to speed off to your closest BE Outlet Store and you’re still reading this post, what’s wrong with you?!?!  I cannot recommend the Bare Escentuals Outlet Stores enough.  Every BE girl must visit one as soon as they can.  Although there are not a lot of them around at the moment, they seem to be popping up more and more.  The newest one just opened in Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago.  Let me just tell you, I am already jonesing to take another trip to Michigan City.  If you see a blonde in a Mustang speeding towards the Lighthouse Place get out of the way! 

Have you been to a Bare Escentuals Outlet Store?  Which one?  What did you get?  Are you planning your excursion?  Feel free to post a comment and share your thoughts and experiences!

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Covergirl ShadowBlast and ShineBlast Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on June 6, 2010

I am a BzzAgent.  For those of you who are unaware of BzzAgent it is a company that promotes word of mouth campaigns through everyday people like you and me.  If you are selected to be part of a given BzzAgent campaign, you’re usually sent a product to test out as well as a few coupons or samples to pass out to others to get the word out there about a new product.

Anyhoo, I was recently chosen to participate in the BzzAgent Covergirl Blast campaign.  As I’m sure all of you beauty junkies know, Covergirl has recently come out with a new line of cosmetic products known as the Blast line.  Commercials and print ads featuring Drew Barrymore using the Blast line has been popping up everywhere.  BzzAgent sent me a full-sized sample of Covergirl Smoky ShadowBlast in 825 Tempest Blue as well as Covergirl ShineBlast lipgloss in 840 Sparkler.  So what did I think of these two new products?

Let’s start with the Smoky ShadowBlast.  Let me begin by saying I was not too thrilled with the Tempest Blue shades.  The all-over base shadow is a bright sky blue, while the crease color was a darker, yet still bright and bold, blue.  Its 2010…who in their right mind would wear a smoky eye made up of shades that hit their peak in the 1980s?  Don’t get me wrong, I love blue shadow sometimes, but I’m not going to go overboard and use such a bright blue to make a smoky eye.  But this problem is easily fixed because ShadowBlast comes in 6 shade duos…most of them much more practical than the 1980s shock that I received. 

So what did I like about Smoky ShadowBlast?  First, I absolutely love the concept.  Covergirl has really tried to develop a product that makes a smoky eye easily achievable at home even for novice beauty aficionados.   Having an eye shadow stick that has two complementary shades on either end takes some of the guessing out of trying to pick shades that go together.  Second, this is the only eye shadow product I have seen that has two different types of “tips” on either end.    The “tip” for the all-over color side is broad and rounded off, while the “tip” for the crease color side is tapered up to a thinner, wider point.  Lastly, the product is very easy to use.  Simply swipe the all-over color all over your eye lids and then color the crease and the lash line with the crease color.  Easy-peasy.  I’ve included a video at the end of this post that the kind people at Covergirl put together showing you just how easy it is to use the Smoky ShadowBlast.

So what didn’t I like about Smoky ShadowBlast?  One of the biggest problems I see with this product is something that won’t affect its users until farther down the line.  Any beauty addict knows that the more you use an eye shadow stick, a blush stick, a lipstick, or anything in stick form the more the tip of the product is going to become rundown.  Think about how great lipstick looks when you first open it.  Eventually it gets worn down to a nub.  Smoky ShadowBlast is going to run into the same problem, and when it does, the crease color side is not going to be as functional.  The other problem I have with Smoky ShadowBlast is its staying power.  Unfortunately, this product did not last all day (by all day I mean 8am – 5pm).  A quick glance in the mirror at midday revealed much less eye shadow on my eyes than had been there when I first applied it.  Ultimately, I find that this tends to be the common problem with most drugstore brand cosmetics, so in that sense, Smoky ShadowBlast is not worse off than its general competition.  But if you’re a strict user of higher-end cosmetics it is something to note.

On to the ShineBlast!  Unfortunately, there is only one thing that I really liked about this lipgloss:  the ShineSculpt applicator.  ShineBlast comes with a sponge tip applicator (not a brush applicator), but it’s not the traditional sponge tip applicator.  The new (and trademarked) ShineSculpt applicator is a sponge tip that is tapered and made from a soft, flexible material allowing the tip to contour to your lips.  The ShineSculpt applicator is amazing.  You can truly feel that this is a special applicator when you’re running it across your lips.  Its ability to cover your lips in one swipe is amazing.  I know I sound like I’m getting overly excited about an applicator tip, but believe me, once you try it you’re going to be going “Oh my God this is what she was talking about!”  If only I could be as excited about the product the ShineSculpt applies.

When I first opened the box from BzzAgent and saw the ShineBlast in 840 Sparkler my eyes lit up.  The sight of this fun pink lipgloss, packed with shimmer and sparkle was right up my alley.  But once I put it on, my heart sank.  Unfortunately, this is one of the grittiest feeling lipglosses I have ever tried.  I will say it doesn’t feel that bad if you’re not rubbing your lips together, but whenever my lips did come together it felt very gritty.  Secondly, I did not see any shine on my lips from using this product.  Looking in the mirror, I could clearly see that I did have some kind of lip color on my lips, but the shine factor was not as high as I thought it would be…especially after looking at pictures of Drew Barrymore wearing ShineBlast with almost reflective looking lips.  Covergirl states that ShineBlast will give you “beautifully defined lips with 4X more noticeable shine.”  (The “4X more noticeable shine” is compared to bare lips.)  I totally agree with the “beautifully defined” claim.  My lips did look very nice and “defined;” I just don’t think they were that shiny.

The staying power of ShineBlast was average when compared to other drugstore cosmetic brands.  It took about 2 hours before I felt I would need to re-apply.  And those 2 hours consisted of me talking, chewing gum (and blowing bubbles of course), and drinking Diet Coke directly from a can.  Also, I give ShineBlast props for the fact that the gloss didn’t feel very tacky.  Truthfully, I am not one of those girls who hate tacky lipglosses (I like the tackiness feeling so that I know that I still have product on and I don’t have to run and look in a mirror to find out), but I know many beauty addicts do.

Covergirl Smoky ShadowBlast retails for $7.99 and ShineBlast retails for $7.49.  Of course, you can almost always find a drugstore, grocery store, or super-center store that has a great sale on Covergirl products.  Couple a sale with a coupon (they are frequently popping up in the Sunday paper) and it’s a steal.

To sum it up, Smoky ShadowBlast is a fun and easy to use product that would allow even a make-up novice to create a much sought after smoky eye.  ShineBlast didn’t offer the shine I was really expecting, but it did make my lips look very nice.  I would definitely be willing to pick up the Smoky ShadowBlast; of course it wouldn’t be in Tempest Blue.  The Onyx Smoke seems to be calling my name!  And truthfully, I would even be willing to give the ShineBlast another try, also in another color.  The Fire shade looks great on Drew Barrymore…maybe it wouldn’t look half bad on me!

If you would like more information on Covergirl’s Blast line, check out their official website

Disclaimer:  BzzAgent provided me a full size Covergirl Smoky ShadowBlast and ShineBlast for the purpose of this review as well as 5 $2 off coupons to pass out to others so that they could also try Covergirl.  All of the opinions expressed in this review are my own and have in no way been influenced by BzzAgent, Covergirl, or any other company or person.

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