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Free Sample Of All 18 Shades Of New Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on February 10, 2011

I’m sure you’ve heard about the new Maybelline Fit Me line by now.  It’s a new shade-aligned system of foundation, powder, concealer, and brush.

From Maybelline – “FIT ME takes the frustration out of finding your shade with the in-store Fit Finder and shade-aligned system.  Find your shade number in liquid foundation, and the Fit Finder will guide you to your fit in powder and concealer.”

Great concept, especially for those who always have problems matching up foundation and concealer.  What’s even better is that right now Maybelline is giving away free samples of all 18 shades of the new Fit Me Foundation. How cool is that?  Isn’t the fact that foundation samples never seem to be the shade you need a huge pet peeve?  Here you’ll get all 18 shades to play with.  Free samples are available while supplies last.


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Budget Beauty Monday – Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes Swatches And Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on February 7, 2011

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.

Can you believe that I haven’t used my car since last Monday?  Ever since the blizzard hit Chicago last week I have not been out.  Let me just tell you, a Mustang in snow and ice slides like a hockey puck in an ice rink.  Today, the streets were finally cleaned up enough that I could venture out into the world and continue my quest for the Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes.  I’m happy to report that I finally found them at Walgreens!

There are 3 versions of the new Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes.  736 Petal Pusher features a variety of purple and violet shades.  737 Blue Had Me At Hello features a wide range of blue shades including teal, navy, and sky.  738 Comfort Zone features neutral brown shades as well as a green shade.

All of these palettes feature the high quality eye shadows that we have come to expect and love from Wet N Wild.  They are highly pigmented and long-lasting.  They feel extremely creamy when being applied.  None of this is new.  If you loved the Wet N Wild Coloricon Shadow Trios or the Limited Edition Holiday Pixie Palettes or any of the Wet N Wild eye shadows, you will love these too.

Most of the shadows in all of these palettes have either some sort of shimmer or metallic finish to them.  In my opinion, one of the “definer” shadows in the Blue Had Me At Hello palette is the only true matte of the bunch.  I personally prefer the shimmer and metallic shadows so this is good news for me.  But if you are a fan of the 6 pan palettes that featured 3 shimmer shadows and 3 mattes, you will not find that here.

As soon as I saw 736 Petal Pusher, I immediately thought of the 2010 Wet N Wild Limited Edition Holiday Pixie Palette Sugar Plum Fairy.  Although it’s not exactly the same, it’s a great option to pick up if you missed out on the Holiday Palettes.  This is a great palette to pick up for the Spring as it features a number of purples, violets, and plums…some of the hot shades for the upcoming season.

736 Petal Pusher In Sunlight

736 Petal Pusher Out Of Sunlight

736 Petal Pusher Swatches In Sunlight

736 Petal Pusher Swatches Out Of Sunlight

If you’re a fan of color, 737 Blue Had Me At Hello will probably jump out at you.  There is a gorgeous bright teal shade that you will want to play with.  So many people are afraid of blue shadows for fear of looking like they stepped out of a 1980s time machine.  Get over it, people!  Blue can be done in a tasteful way.  It’s more than possible to create an elegant look with this palette due to complimenting shades in this palette.  Just use a light hand if you’re worried about getting carried away!

737 Blue Had Me At Hello In The Sunlight

737 Blue Had Me At Hello Out Of The Sunlight

737 Blue Had Me At Hello Swatches In The Sunlight

737 Blue Had Me At Hello Swatches Out Of The Sunlight

Of the 3, I think 738 Comfort Zone will probably be the most popular due to the neutrality of the palette.  It features a range of beiges and browns as well as a coppery-red shade, a peachy shade, and an olive green shade.  I had to go to 3 Walgreens to find this palette, so I think that’s an indication of which palette people are picking up.  You’ll definitely be able to use this palette for a demure office day look, but it also has the ability to transform that look into a fun night out look.  At the moment, Comfort Zone is my favorite of the 3 palettes.

738 Comfort Zone In The Sunlight

738 Comfort Zone Out Of The Sunlight

738 Comfort Zone Swatches In The Sunlight

738 Comfort Zone Swatches Out Of The Sunlight

If you’re still upset that you missed out on the 2010 Limited Edition Holiday Pixie Palettes, dry your eyes.  These new Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes are great substitutes.  And since these are NOT limited edition, you won’t have to worry about fighting with other beauty addicts to get yours!

Just a note, I talked to one of the beauty girls at Walgreens and she said that they had only received 2 of each palette in the initial shipment.  So if you’re having problems finding all of the palettes at one store, just keep checking.  They will be getting more in.  The first 2 Walgreens I went to this morning only had 1 each of the Petal Pusher and Blue Had Me At Hello palettes.  The third Walgreens had 2 of the Blue Had Me At Hello palette and 1 each of the Petal Pusher and Comfort Zone palettes.

The new Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes are priced at $4.99 each.  At the moment, they are only available at Walgreens and Wal-mart.  They are NOT limited edition products.  I know there has been some debate as to whether or not they were, but they are NOT.

And now, for my usual disclaimer.  Again, I am so sorry for the iPhone pictures.  My photo software for my new computer is supposed to be delivered this week.  I cannot wait to use a real camera for taking swatch pictures again!

Have you found the new Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes yet?  Which is your favorite?

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Budget Beauty Monday – Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 31, 2011

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.

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm for Budget Beauty Monday. You may recall I mentioned that I picked up the lip balm from Walgreens during a buy one, get one 50% off Neutrogena sale.  The other item I picked up during that sale was the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55.  While I don’t usually use drugstore foundation, I was very intrigued by the sheer amount of SPF in this item.  I figured that worse case scenario I could always use this product during the summer when I’m doing yardwork or hanging out by the pool.  Did I really just say “when I’m doing yardwork”???  God it sucks to get old!

From Neutrogena – “Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 blends easily to give you a flawless, natural look, while helping to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Silky, lightweight formula gives you buildable coverage and provides the most powerful level of UVA-UVB protection available in a foundation without feeling heavy or greasy.”

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 comes in 8 shades: Classic Ivory, Natural Ivory, Buff, Nude, Soft Beige, Natural Beige, Fresh Beige, and Warm Beige.  It comes housed in a dual-compact similar to the Physicians Formula compacts with the foundation and mirror in the top compact and the application sponge in the bottom compact.  One black application sponge is included.

When this Healthy Skin Compact was first being spotted, I saw a lot of complaints around the internet by beauty addicts complaining that the shades seemed rather dark.  I have to agree.  I normally wear medium foundations in most lines, but here I went with Buff.  It is the 3rd shade in the line.  Very fair toned beauty addicts may not be able to use this product due to lack of shades.  At the same time, the darkest shade in this line didn’t seem too dark.  A lot of dark toned beauty addicts will thus be in the same boat as fair toned beauties as far as lack of shade choices.

Neutrogena boasts that Healthy Skin Compact Makeup is lightweight, non-greasy product.  I completely agree.  When I applied this product it felt like I had nothing on.  It wasn’t even slightly greasy.

Neutrogena also claims that this is a buildable product.  I don’t know about that one. When I first put Healthy Skin on it appeared to be more of a tinted moisturizer than a foundation.  It was very sheer, but it was slightly buildable.  I swiped this across my face a few times and you could definitely see that it was building, but it just didn’t seem to be built up enough to offer full coverage.  Does that make sense?  Thanks to the lovely winter weather and some nasty winter wind that I was subjected to this weekend, I have a little bit of redness on my cheeks.  Healthy Skin could not completely cover-up the redness, but my Bare Escentuals Foundation and Smashbox Halo Foundation were both able to completely cover the redness without any concealer.  If you have imperfections that you want to hide with your foundation, I don’t think you’ll be able to do that with Healthy Skin.

On the other hand, during the summer my skin always seems to be nicer than during the winter, which I’m sure is the case for most people.  I’m far less likely to have to worry about covering up redness due to wind during the summer so Healthy Skin may fare better for me during the warmer months.  I guess we’ll have to try it out when winter finally leaves.  And on the same note, if you’re like me and think that you would be more likely to use this product during the summer months, the darkness of the shades may not be as big of an issue.  I personally change the shades of my foundation during the summer to compliment my tan, especially since I try to keep my face out of the sun.  White face with a tan body is not the prettiest picture!

The worse part about Neutrogena Healthy Skin is that it settles into fine lines and pores.  I am very blessed and thank God everyday that I do not have large pores.  Unfortunately, my Mom does.  When I saw that this product was settling into the lines on my hands when I was doing the swatches for this post I had her put Healthy Skin on to see the effect on her pores.  It was not pretty.  It was as if a magnifying glass was on her pores.  The product settled into and drew a bunch of attention to her pores.  If you have larger pores, I wouldn’t recommend this product.  Using a face primer underneath helped, but it wasn’t a complete fix.

Overall, I was underwhelmed by the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55.  The coverage was minimal and it sunk into fine lines and pores.  The only saving grace here is the SPF 55.  For that reason alone I will hold onto this product and use it on those summer days when I wouldn’t normally use make-up.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 is priced at $12.99 – $14.99 (depending on where you’re shopping).

I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this, but again, sorry about the poor quality in the swatch pictures.  They were taken on my iPhone both outside and inside.  Chicago has been pretty dreary lately with no sunshine.  The good news is that I finally got my new computer!  The bad news is that I am now waiting for my photo software to be delivered.  Hopefully it will be here soon.

Have you tried the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55?  Love it?  Hate it?  Let us know!

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Where Are You Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes???

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 31, 2011

I’m finally on my computer today!  Are you in one of the 29 states that is supposed to be hit by the monster storm?  Meteorologists in Chicago are predicting the Apocalypse.  We’re supposed to start getting snow this evening and then get hit with a monster storm that may leave a couple of feet of snow tomorrow and Wednesday.  So since the end of the world is coming, I spent most of this morning running around getting must-have supplies.  That included food shopping at Jewel and a stop at Walgreens to see if they finally have the Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes.  Nope, they didn’t. 

All of the Walgreens around me have completed their beauty section remodels and have the new Wet N Wild permanent fixtures up.  There is even a glorious spot for the 8 Pan Palettes on the wall, but sadly, no palettes yet.  The Walgreens employees had no idea when they would be getting the palettes in so I guess I’ll just have to keep popping in to check.

Have you found the Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes at your Walgreens yet?

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New Wet N Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gels Review And Swatches

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 11, 2011

While I usually save drugstore beauty products for Budget Beauty Monday, I am trying to swatch and review as many of the new 2011 Wet N Wild collection as possible this week so that you can see swatches and get my humble opinion while they are half off at Walgreens.  Hopefully you all loved the swatches from yesterday’s Coloricon Shadow Trios review post.  I still can’t put those suckers down!  Today I have a review and swatches for the new formula Wet N Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gels.

Left - Right: Through The Looking Glass 309A, This Too Shall Glass 310A, Glass Confusion 311A, Glass Is In Session 312A, 3, 2, 1, Glass-t Off! 313A, Mow The Glass 314A

The new 2011 Wet N Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gels are available in 6 shades:  Through The Looking Glass 309A (clear), This Too Shall Glass 310A (shimmery pale peach-pink), Glass Confusion 311A (frosty mauve), Glass Is In Session 312A (shimmery hot pink), 3, 2, 1, Glass-t Off 313A (shimmery red), and Mow The Glass 314A (sheer peach). 

All of these colors are sheer, but buildable.  The swatches on my arm show the gloss as it looks just out of the tube thus they are more pigmented here.  Once you blend them out on your lips and the color starts to melt into your lips they get much sheerer.  This is another “your lips but better” product in my opinion.

Swatches With Flash (Left - Right): Through The Looking Glass 309A, This Too Shall Glass 310A, Glass Confusion 311A, Glass Is In Session 312A, 3, 2, 1, Glass-t Off! 313A, Mow The Glass 314A

Swatches Without Flash (Left - Right): Through The Looking Glass 309A, This Too Shall Glass 310A, Glass Confusion 311A, Glass Is In Session 312A, 3, 2, 1, Glass-t Off! 313A, Mow The Glass 314A

Of the 6 shades, This Too Shall Glass 310A and Glass Confusion 311A offer a frostier finish compared to the other shades.  Don’t get scared, this is not an overly frosty finish.  It’s a milkier finish so it’s just not as sheer on the lips as the other shades.

While all of the colors are somewhat sheer, Mow The Glass 314A is extremely sheer.  There really is just the most subtle hint of color when swatched on my arm and that color is almost non-existent when applied to your lips.  If you have naturally lighter lips than you may see more color when applied, but I don’t fall into that category.  The gloss still looks beautiful on because it does enhance the look of your lips.

The 2011 Wet N Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gels boast a new and improved formula.  They are infused with nutrients, oils, vitamins, and antioxidants that work to moisturize your lips.  I have to say, I am loving the way that my lips feel with this gloss on.  The gloss feels like butter melting into your lips.  It feels like it creates a barrier that encases your lips.

The Glassy Gloss Lip Gels also promise to give your lips a high, glassy shine.  I can’t say that my lips were given an ulta shine per se, but there is definitely a very nice shine as a result of these glosses.

The texture and feel of these glosses is phenomenal.  Although they feel like they create a barrier that encases you lips, they don’t feel heavy at all.  They really do feel like butter melting into you lips.  The shimmer glosses do not feel gritty at all.

When first applied, the Glass Gloss Lip Gels do have a somewhat fruity scent to them.  It’s not a very strong scent, but it is there.  It doesn’t last very long, but I thought I would throw that information out there in case you are easily turned off by certain scents.  But really, after a few minutes the scent is gone.

As for staying power, I get about 3 or 4 hours out of each application.  At this price point, I think that 3 to 4 hours is very good.

You may recall Wet N Wild’s old Glassy Gloss Lip Gels.  They were lipgloss squeeze tubes that were sold in a silver box.  The new 2011 Glassy Gloss Lip Gels still come in the squeeze tubes but they are no longer housed in the box.  Way to cut back on unnecessary packaging, Wet N Wild.  Unfortunately, Wet N Wild also cut back on the size of the Lip Gels.  The old Glassy Gloss Lip Gels were .5 oz while the new ones are only .4 oz.

Left - Right: New Glassy Gloss Lip Gel, Old Glassy Gloss Lip Gel

Compared to the old version Glassy Gloss Lip Gels, the new 2011 version is a million times better.  The biggest difference is the pigmentation.  The shades of the old formula Glassy Gloss Lip Gels that I personally have tried have no color to them.  While they look colorful in their tubes, applied it looked like it was a clear gloss with some colored glitter.  The 2011 version has pigmented gloss, with the exception of Through The Looking Glass which is clear.  So if you tried the old Glassy Gloss Lip Gels and were disappointed with their lack of color, give these a try.  I will also say that the new Lip Gels feel creamier and smoother as well, but honestly, I didn’t think the old formula was that bad either.

Overall, I absolutely love these new Wet N Wild Glass Gloss Lip Gels.  These sheer glosses give just the right amount of color to naturally enhance your lips.  If you are a fan of lipstains, I can see these pairing up perfectly to add a little moisture and shine throughout the day.  At this price point ($2.99), you can justify having multiple tubes to stash all over the house, car, office, purse, briefcase, etc.  I highly recommend these new Glassy Gloss Lip Gels.

The retail price for the Wet N Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gels is $2.99.  Get them on sale this week at Walgreens (thru January 15th, 2011) during the half off Wet N Wild sale for only $1.49.

Have you picked up any of the new 2011 Wet N Wild cosmetics products yet?  Have you tried the Glassy Gloss Lip Gels?  What are your thoughts?

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Budget Beauty Monday – New 2011 Wet N Wild Coloricon Shadow Trios Review And Swatches

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 10, 2011

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, I’m so excited about this post.  Last week, I posted a teaser post with the display of the new 2011 Wet N Wild Coloricon Shadow Trios.  In that post I also said that I walked out of the store empty-handed because I knew Walgreens was having a 50% off sale on Wet N Wild cosmetics that started Sunday, January 9th.  Obviously picking up the entire collection at half off was the practical thing to do.  I am so happy to report that my local Walgreens did in fact have the new 2011 Wet N Wild Collection in stock Sunday morning.  I picked up one of everything they had!  They didn’t have the 8 pan palettes yet and they were out of the mascara.  Everyone seems to be most excited about new Coloricon Eyeshadow Trios so I thought we should start with them.

New for 2011, Wet N Wild has introduced 6 new Coloricon Shadow Trios.  They include I Dream Of Greenie 331, I’m Feeling Retro 332, I Got Good Jeans 333, I’m getting Sunburned 334, Silent Treatment 335, and Spoiled Brat 336.  WNW has really covered a wide range of the color spectrum here.  There are fun, bright, and bold shades as well as neutral and safe shades.

The display states: “New, dynamic shades with 30% more pigment and pearl for ultra-impact color.”  Apparently, the new shadows feature a new and improved formula to make them even more pigmented and velvet-y than last years shadows.  That’s pretty amazing considering that last year’s shadows were pretty pigmented to begin with.

I Dream Of Greenie 331 & I'm Feeling Retro 332

I Got Good Jeans 333 & I'm Getting Sunburned 334

Silent Treatment 335 & Spoiled Brat 336

Like previous Wet N Wild Shadow Trios, each of these trios feature 3 complimentary shades of eye shadow.  Each is meant for either the browbone, crease, or eyelid.  Each pan of shadow is embossed with either “browbone,” “crease,” or “eyelid” making it easy to create a fantastic look for even the beauty novice.  Of course, it’s fun to ignore the suggestions and mix-and-match the shadows to create your own fun look.

I Dream Of Greenie 331 is a trio of vibrant greens.  The light green browbone color has a frosty shimmer effect while the crease and eyelid shades are bolder shades both with fine flecks of gold in them.

I Dream Of Greenie 331

I’m Feeling Retro 332 has the perfect name, in my opinion.  It features frosty white shimmer browbone shade, an iridescent-esque teal-blue crease shade, and an iridescent-esque shimmery pink/purple  eyelide shade.  I think I’m Feeling Retro is the perfect name for this trio because it makes me think back to the colors of the Wet N Wild Cosmetics of the 80s.  Of course, the make-up for Wet N Wild is a million times better now, but weren’t the colors of the 80s a lot of fun?

I'm Feeling Retro 332

I Got Good Jeans 333 features a metallic icy blue or gray (depending on the light you’re looking at it in) browbone shade, a shimmery navy blue crease color, and a semi-metallic shimmery gold shade.  I love the metallic finishes in this palette.  If you are a fan of the Stila Travel Girl Palettes, I Got Good Jeans is very similar to Adventurous In Aspen.  I loved Adventurous In Aspen, but I love I Got Good Jeans even more.   The Wet N Wild shadows are much more creamier than the Stila Travel Palettes shadows.

I Got Good Jeans 333

I’m Getting Sunburned 334 is one of the more low-key color trios of the bunch, but it’s definitely not boring.  It features a gorgeous pale pink shimmer browbone shade,  a semi-matte chocolate brown with subtle bronze sparkle crease color, and metallic copper/bronze shimmer lid shade.  I call the crease color a semi-matte because it has the slight appearance of a matte, but it is also infused with a little bit of sparkle so it’s not a full-on matte.  If you’re a fan of Clinique, for some reason this trio makes me think of Strawberry Fudge.  It’s been awhile since I used Strawberry Fudge so the colors may not be that close.  But I always loved the combo of pink and brown in the Strawberry Fudge duo and I’m Getting Sunburned is an amped up version of that.

I'm Getting Sunburned 334

Silent Treatment 335 is the other low-key trio of the bunch, but again, so not boring!  It features a shimmery light peach browbone shade, a semi-matte brown with sparkle crease color (similar to the crease color in I’m Getting Sunburned), and a shimmer taupe eyelid shade.  When the light catches these shades, oh my God, G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!  There is no doubt in my mind that I will be reaching for this palette over and over again.  You’ll be able to wear this palette to work and keep on wearing it for a night out on the town.

Silent Treatment 335

Spoiled Brat 336 features a metallic silver browbone shade, a semi-matte black with subtle silver sparkle crease color, and a fuchsia eyelid shade.  I love the metallic silver shade in this palette.  I will be stealing it from this palette to use with others.  The fuchsia eyeslide shadow is one of the most true to fuchsia color I have ever seen.  It is a bold shade and will definitely get you noticed when you wear it.

Spoiled Brat

Overall, I am beyond in love with the new Wet N Wild Coloricon Eyeshadow Trios.  All of the shadows themselves apply like a dream; velvety in texture, no chalkiness, buildable, and blendable.  Every color is absolutely gorgeous.  The pictures of the swatches really do not do them justice.  I love that the wide range of colors provides something for everyone.

I described just about every shade as having shimmer or glitter or being metallic.  Don’t worry, these are sophisticated instances of shimmer, glitter, and metallic.  No big chunky flakes of glitter that will cause a ton of fall-out here. 

There may be one downside to these palettes for some.  I know a lot of people loved the Coloricon Palettes from last year because they featured 3 shimmery shades and 3 matte shades.  These palettes are all about the shimmer and not the matte.  If you were a matte fan, I’m sorry but you won’t find that here.

At $2.99 these are an absolute steal.  With Walgreens’ half off sale these are an absolute must have.  Seriously, $1.49 for each palette?  You NEED to pick up all six, especially at that price.  And let me just tell you, if you’re more of neutrals girl and are scared of the bolder shades, put that thought aside and get all six palettes.  At $1.49, allow yourself the opportunity to try something new and play with some color.  And the same goes to you color loving girls who usually poo-poo on neutral palettes.  Pick up these neutral palettes!

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of going out to buy these items.  My Walgreens had these displayed the same way they had their holiday collection displayed, on the side of an endcap.  The only thing is this time they were over by the skin care department and not directly across from the permanent Wet N Wild section.  Walgreens seems to be flooded with a lot of new products from a lot of brands.  The special displays seem to be spread out over more of the store as a result.  I actually missed the Wet N Wild display at first.  Other stores had the on the counter display as well.  So keep an eye out for both.

Did you hit up your Walgreens for the Wet N Wild Cosmetics 50% off sale?  Did they have the new  2011 items out yet?  What did you haul?  What are you lusting for?

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CVS Beauty Clearance

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 7, 2011

Sorry it’s been quiet around here today.  I have been doing some serious house cleaning that I have been putting off doing this week.  It’s almost time to take the Christmas decorations down which makes me really sad.  But I wanted to take a break to call your attention to some awesome CVS beauty clearance deals.

I’m sure all of the drugstore beauty divas already know that CVS has a mega beauty clearance around this time of year every year.  The amount of products that they mark down is mind-blowing.  Once again, CVS is having the mega beauty clearance this year.

Now, at first I was duped and thought that maybe the clearance hadn’t started yet.  I had run to my local CVS to pick up and birthday card and when I ran thru the beauty department I was surprised to see that nothing had a clearance sticker on it.  “Maybe they are starting the sale later this year?” I thought to myself.  The next day I was out doing errands and happened to stop at another CVS.  Lo-and-behold, tons and tons of 50% and 75% off clearance tags greeted me in the beauty department.  Apparently, my local CVS is lazy about putting clearance tags on the beauty products (I can understand.  I imagine it’s a daunting task.).  Even though they didn’t put the clearance tags on the items, a quick scan of the products on the coupon machine/price scanner proved that the items were indeed on clearance.

My best find has to be the L’Oreal HIP Eye Shadow Duos.  They were 75% and rang up $2.07.  I had a bunch of $2 coupons from a recent newspaper coupon insert so I ended up paying only $0.07 each plus tax!  Given the fact that I ended up loving the L’Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eyeliners, I was anxious to pick up the HIP Eye Shadow Duos (I’ll be featuring swatches during an upcoming Budget Beauty Monday).

There were so many different foundations, powders, lipglosses, lipsticks, eye shadows, blushes, and so on marked down that it was budget beauty overload!  If you’re a fan of any of the drugstore brands you will definitely want to hit up your local CVS Pharmacy to see what beauty items they have marked down.

On a side note, I had a bunch of coupons for L’Oreal foundation.  This isn’t something I use and most of the shades that they had available at my store wouldn’t have suited me anyways.  But the coupons coupled with the clearance sale brought the foundation down to about $0.30!  Whenever I come across beauty steals like this, I try to pick up items to donate to local women’s shelters.  So many of these shelters receive donations like clothes to help women start over, but a lot of times the beauty donations are lacking.  I love having the ability to give beauty products to these women who are overcoming abuse, addiction, loss, etc.  I know how much better I feel with a little make-up and I know these women feel the same way.  Just a suggestion for all of my fellow beauty addicts out there.

Have you hit up the CVS mega beauty clearance sale yet?  What did you haul?

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Budget Beauty Monday – Wet N Wild Holiday 2010 Coloricon Palettes

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on October 25, 2010

***Make sure you enter our Wet n Wild Holiday Pixie Palette Giveaway!***

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, I am so excited about this post.  It is finally time to really discuss the Wet N Wild Holiday 2010 Coloricon Palettes.  I posted a teaser post this weekend to let you know that I had gotten all four of these elusive palettes and to also let you know that they are BOGO (buy one, get one free) at Jewel-Osco this week.  Now it’s time to get to the fun part, swatches, pictures, and thoughts!  Here is my review for the Wet N Wild 2010 Holiday Palettes!

I first proclaimed my love for the Wet N Wild Coloricon Palettes in a Budget Beauty Monday post in August.  Unlike the original Coloricon palettes, the Holiday palettes do not have corresponding shimmer and matte shades.  For the most part, the shades are shimmer.  Come on, it’s the holidays!  It’s all about the shimmer!  But just like the original Coloricon palettes, the formulas for these shadows are amazing:  creamy, smooth, and long-lasting, not to mention full of pigment.  The Holiday palettes also come with a bonus eyeliner pencil in a color to match the palette.  All of this for the unbelievable price of $4.99!

Let’s get to the colors shall we.  There are four Wet N Wild Holiday Coloricon Palettes for you to choose from.  Golden Godess offers six beautiful neutral shades on beige, brown, copper, etc. with a matching chocolate brown eye liner pencil.  I’ve been over neutrals for a while (at least over buying more them to add to my ever growing collection), but I am back on board with this palette.  It is amazing to see just how different the shades are.  Looking at all six of the shade swatches on my arm, it is such a broad spectrum of neutral shades.  I am loving the coppery shades.

Night Elf is definitely the most unique palette of the group.  It is the smokey eye palette of the group (black, silver, white), but with one big suprise.  It has a festive red shade.  It is not a scarey red by any means.  If red can be subtle, this would be the subtle red.  It doesn’t have much shimmer in it compared to the other shades and blends with the other colors beautifully.  It is clear that whoever put this palette together really took the time to think about how the colors correspond with each other and how they will come together to create a fabulous look as opposed to just throwing a red in there just to do it.  You know what I mean?  Night Elf also comes with a black eye liner pencil.

Sugar Plum Fairy is my dream come true.  It’s a packed to the brim with purples, violets, and plums!  Purple smokey eye, here I come!  Looking at the palette, it looks like the top two shades are a cream and beige shade, but once you apply the shades they are really shades of violet.  I love the super dark plum shade.  It is perfect for running over your lash line and for blending into your crease to make that smokey eye.  Sugar Plum Fairy also comes with a bold purple eye liner pencil.

Snow Sprite features beautiful shades of blue and green.  The name really suits this palette because I can picture happy little elves sporting these shades (yes, I realize that I sound crazy).  The lighter shades in this palette have a very nice metallic sheen to them.  It almost looks like a foiling technique has been used to apply them, but that’s they way the look straight out of the palette.  Just like the other palettes, the darker shades will lend themselves perfectly in creating a smokey eye.  Snow Sprite also comes with a silvery-blue eye liner pencil.

Okay, who isn’t excited after seeing all of those swatch pictures?!?!  I keep looking down at my swatch covered arm and finding that I am loving these palettes more and more if that’s even possible.  The pictures really don’t do these palettes and the shades justice.  They are even more beautiful in person.

This is my first time using Wet N Wild eye liner pencils and I have to admit I like what I see.  They have a creamy texture and glided on.  I usually use liner pots that need to be applied with a brush or fatter crayon shadow liners, so I did need to run these pencils over my eyes a few more times to get the more defined line that I prefer.  But that’s really not that big of a deal.

What else can I say, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these Wet N Wild Holiday palettes!  If you are a beauty snob who still won’t give Wet N Wild a chance, please, I’m begging you, pick up at least one of these palettes.  Give it a try.  What have you got to lose?

With the BOGO sale going on at Jewel, I’ve already picked up a bunch of these for friends and family this Christmas.  I’m determined to dispell the myth that Wet N Wild is the tacky make-up brand from your youth!

The Wet N Wild Holiday 2010 Coloricon Palettes have an MSRP of $4.99 each.  If you haven’t found them in your local grocery stores or drugstores, don’t worry, they are coming!  When you do see them, don’t wait in picking them up.  These palettes are limited edition and it’s a safe bet that they are going to sell out quickly.

I said that I had picked up a few of these palettes.  So I’m thinking that maybe I should share the love and have a giveaway.  What do you guys think?  Check back later in the week!

Have you been lucky enough to find the Wet N Wild Holiday 2010 Coloricon Palettes yet?  Which one is your favorite?  If you haven’t gotten them yet, which one are you dying to get your hands on?

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Budget Beauty Monday – Wet n Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on October 11, 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.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Walgreens was having a half off sale on Wet n Wild cosmetics.  Given the fact that I was pleasantly surprised when I tried out the Wet n Wild Coloricon Eye Shadow Palettes, I thought that was the perfect time to try out a few of the other goodies from Wet n Wild.  Today, let’s talk about Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil.

Wet n Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencils are fat cream shadow crayons.  The colors are very vibrant and there is a metallic sheen to them.  Very eye-catching!  I picked up 3 shades:  Envy (green), Techno (purple), and Electro (blue).   All 3 of these shades are very bold and fall into the jewel-tone category.  I absolutely loved all 3 shades both in the tube and once applied.

When I first applied the Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil, I was impressed at how pigmented they are.  While they could be applied sheer if you use an extremely light hand, these are opaque colors.  A few swipes of the pencils and my eyes looked amazing.  The colors made my eyes pop.

The texture of these pencils is amazing.  They are incredibly soft and creamy.  There is nothing I hate more than a pencil eye liner/shadow that tugs at the eyes (that can’t be good for preventing wrinkles!).  That is so not the case with Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencils.  The shadow glided on.

Although these are “shadow pencils,” I also tried using them as eye liners.  They worked as eye liners as long as you are going for a thicker line.  Like I said before, these are fat pencils with a broad tip.  I loved the effect of the bold metallic line.  It definitely made the eye shadow I was wearing pop.  It’s a great way to wake-up an old shadow.

While I loved the look of Wet n Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencils, I was some what disappointed with its durability.  First, these babies are prone to creasing.  A primer helped.  I will say that on the cooler days that I wore these, the creasing wasn’t that bad, but on the warmer, more humid days the creasing was more significant.  With fall and winter temperatures right around the corner the creasing may not be as bad.

Second, if you are an eye rubber, you may want to pass on these.  When I swatched these on my arms, the shadows would smear when I would slightly pass my fingers over them even hours after they were applied.   That being said, they were still there hours after I applied, but you would have to be careful not to touch them!

Oh!  Also, a word of warning.  Be careful when removing the wrapper from these.  They were kind of tough to get off and as I was pulling at the plastic the top came off of one of the pencils and sliced into the tip of one of the pencil.  Whoops!

If you’re worried about Idol Eyes Creme Shadows creasing, I suggest using them as a base for another shadow.  I think everyone knows that I am going crazy with the purple shadows.  While purple shadows are all the rage right now and I can find a wide range of shades and pigment, they weren’t over the last few years.  As such, I have a handful of purples that are very sheer and just don’t have the pop that I would like.  I used the Techno shade as a base for these shadows and was very pleased with the results. 

Overall, I was pleased with Wet n Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencils.  The colors are amazing and the price is right.  During the Walgreens half off sale I got them for $0.99 a piece!  That’s just crazyness!  I wouldn’t wear these during the humid summers in Chicago, but I’m going to give them a try during the color months to see if there is more staying power.  Would I pay $10 for these?  No.  But at $0.99 they are a budget beauty steal.

Have you tried Wet n Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencils?  Love ’em?  Hate ’em?  Let us know!

*Sorry about the poor picture quality of the swatches.  My Sweetie is going to the United Center tonight to get his picture taken with the Stanley Cup and took the good camera with him.  Obviously, his picture opportunity is far more important than make-up swatches!  I have a few other products to tell you about, but I’ll be waiting to get my hands on the good camera before I post!

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Covergirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on August 18, 2010

***Pictures are coming!  I’m waiting for my Sweetie to come home and take some snapshots.  The auto-focus on my camera is focusing on my bangs instead of my eyes when I try to do a self portrait!  Come back to check out the photos.***

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 LashBlast Fusion Mascara campaign.

From Covergirl:  “COVERGIRL LashBlast Fusion is the perfect fusion of LashBlast’s super-volumizing brush and a new buildable fiber-stretch lengthening formula that works together to thicken and extend the look of individual lashes.  So no more having to pick between lashes with volume or length.  And no more having to use two mascaras at once (enjoy that extra minute of me-time, ladies).”

Long story short, using Covergirl LashBlast Fusion mascara you’ll get both longer and thicker lashes.  Sounds great, right?  Who wouldn’t want longer and thicker lashes?

First, a little about the mascara and packaging.  I received LashBlast Fusion mascara in 860 Very Black.  I liked the packaging immediately.  The purple color is vibrant and happy.  Like the other Fusion mascaras, the LashBlast Fusion mascara is applied with a rubber bristled brush.  Covergirl states that the brush is an “oversized volumizing brush.”  The mascara itself is a “fiberstretching lengthening formula.”  So the brush is responsible for the volume and the mascara is responsible for the lengthening.  In order to show off the fancy-dancy brush, LashBlast Fusion comes with the brush outside of the mascara.

Now, a little background on my eyelashes.  While I was not blessed with naturally super-long luscious lashes, I don’t think my lashes are that bad.  They are definitely visible without mascara and I would say they are about medium length.

Now, let’s get on to applying and wearing the LashBlast Fusion mascara!  When I went to apply the mascara I will admit that the big, fat tube felt kind of clunky in my hand most likely due to the fact that my normal mascara (Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes) is not as wide.  After a few uses I was more used to it.  The mascara went on nice and smooth.  I applied multiple coats, but I couldn’t tell you how many.  I do not count coats, I simply just apply in rapid motion until it looks good.

When I finished applying I was happy with some of what I saw in the mirror.  My lashes were 100% clump free.  They were very defined, but they didn’t seem very volumized or lengthened.  What the hell?  Where were these lush and full lashes I was promised?  After trying LashBlast Fusion everyday for a few more days I think I may have determined what went wrong with the first application.  Like I said earlier, LashBlast Fusion comes packaged with the brush outside of the tube of mascara.  I think that the brush needs to suck up enough mascara before it is completely effective.  Of course, this is my assumption, but after the brush was in the tube for 24 hours it definitely left me with fuller, longer lashes.

Even though my lashes were longer and fuller, they weren’t “Oh My God” longer and fuller.  The mascara didn’t flake and lasted most of the day.  Given the fact that LashBlast Fusion didn’t provide super glamorous lashes, I wouldn’t recommend this as a special occasion or night-on-the-town mascara.  I would, however, recommend this as an everyday mascara.  It did make my lashes more noticeable without looking vampy.  It was completely clump free and flake free.  All of these attributes make it the perfect everyday mascara for everything from an office setting to running around doing errands.

A downside of LashBlast Fusion mascara is that it is NOT waterproof.  Let me just tell you, it isn’t even close to waterproof.  One of the days I was testing this mascara I jumped in the pool and when I popped back out of the water my Sweetie lovingly referred to me as Alice Cooper.  So, if you’re planning on taking a dip in the pool, lake, ocean, etc. I would rethink wearing LashBlast Fusion. 

To sum it up, I would definitely recommend Covergirl LashBlast Fusion mascara as an everyday budget mascara.  It does give you fuller, longer lashes that are clump and flake free, but it lacks the glamour that you would want for special occasions.  It’s not waterproof, so don’t jump in the pool!   Check out for even more information on LashBlast Fusion mascara as well as the whole line.

Disclaimer:  BzzAgent provided me a full size Covergirl LashBlast Fusion mascara 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 LashBlast Fusion mascara.  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.

Have you tried Covergirl LashBlast Fusion mascara?  Love it?  Hate it?  Leave a comment and let us know!

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