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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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Budget Beauty Monday – Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 17, 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.

Neutrogena has recently released a couple of new products.  Walgreens had a buy one, get one 50% off sale for Neutrogena this past week so I picked up some of the new items.  The one I was most excited to try out was the new Revitalizing Lip Balm.

The Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm is a sheer tint with SPF 20 that promises “softer, rosier healthier looking lips, even after you take it off!”  It also claims that “in just one week, it helps improve lips’ texture and restores the look of rosiness, so lips look naturally beautiful even after you take it off.”  All of this is made possible thanks to Neutrogena’s exclusive ion2complex.  It is available in 6 shades:  Sheer Shimmer, Healthy Blush, Sunny Berry, Petal Glow, Soft Caramel, and Fresh Fig (you can see a color chart on Neutrogena’s website).

I picked up Petal Glow.  It looked like it fell into the middle of the color range for the shades available.  It is a very sheer plumy-pink.  So what did I think?

I love this Revitalizing Lip Balm!  It is sheer, but gives you just the right amount of color.  You can see from the swatch photo what I’m talking about.  I would classify this as a lip enhancer since you are essentially left with the “your lips but better” look.  It also delivers the perfect amount of shine.  My lips did look revitalized after I put this lip balm on.

There is a pleasant melon scent/taste to this balm.  It doesn’t last very long.  And I love that this balm has SPF 20.  It amazes me that there are still a number of lip products, especially lip balms, out there that don’t have a drop of SPF in them.

I will be using this new Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm all year long, but I think it will be especially perfect for the Spring and Summer when I’m looking for a lighter, more natural looking look.  It will also be great for those days in the pool.

Oh, I almost forgot about this.  The one thing I don’t like about this product is it’s shape.  It has an oval shape unlike the traditional round shape.  I have no idea why Neutrogena chose this shape or if there is a purpose for it.  I think a round lip balm fits lips better than an oval one.  This isn’t a big deal, but just thought I would mention it.

Petal Glow 40 Swatch

Overall, I really liked this product.  The lip balm offered a nice sheer tint to my lips with just the right amount of shine.  It also felt like it was moisturizing my lips.  I’ve been using this product for about a week, but I can’t say that I’ve noticed a change in texture or rosiness.  However, I don’t think my lips were in bad shape to begin with.  I would be curious to see if you get results if you start with dry or chapped lips.

The retail value for the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm is $7.99.  It’s a little pricey for a lip balm, but Neutrogena is often on sale at Walgreens and CVS so pick it up then.  I also used a $1 coupon to save a little bit more.  It’s currently available at drugstores, grocery stores, and big box stores that sell Neutrogena.  At Walgreens, I found it on a special display at the front of the cosmetics section.  For more information you can check out

Again, sorry about the crappy pictures!

Have you seen any of the new Neutrogena products at your drugstores?  Have you tried the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm?  Are you planning on giving it a try?

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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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CVS Extra Care Beauty Club

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 5, 2011

Drugstore beauty addicts, listen up!  CVS has got a new Beauty Club that you will definitely want to sign up for.  Join the CVS Extra Care Beauty Club and you’ll get a 10% beauty shopping pass after enrollment, $5 ExtraBucks rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty purchases, and $3 ExtraBucks rewards on your birthday.  It’s 100% free to sign-up.  Apparently they were doing a test run of the Beauty Club in select markets a few months ago and now it’s becoming a wide-spread program.

Here’s the fine print from “Limit 1 enrollment per card per household. 10% off shopping pass offer excludes CVS employees. The ExtraCare Beauty Club is not available in Hawaii. Your beauty shopping pass will be sent via email immediately after enrolling in the Beauty Club online. Your ExtraBucks® reward will print on your receipt two days following qualifying purchase(s). Qualifying Beauty purchases include items from the following categories: Cosmetics, Ethnic Hair Care, Fragrances, Hair Accessories, Hair Appliances, Hair Care, Hair Color, Healthy Skin Care, Hosiery, Skin Care and Sun Care. Excludes items from Beauty 360, items from Trial & Travel, gift cards and prescriptions. To be eligible for birthday emails, customer’s birthday and valid email address must be on file with ExtraCare. Call 1-800-SHOP CVS to update your information. See your local CVS/pharmacy store for more details. CVS/pharmacy reserves the right to modify or terminate the ExtraCare Beauty Club without notice.”

I love that hair care products are included in this program.  CVS is always having deals on shampoos, conditioners, and hair styling products.  I signed up online, but when I was at CVS today, there were little tearpads promoting the Beauty Club up by the registers.  The cashier can just scan one of those and you’ll be enrolled that way as well.  If you do sign-up online, know that you’ll need to enter your CVS ExtraCare card number so make sure you have that on hand.

If you frequent CVS you should definitely sign up for the Extra Care Beauty Club.  It’s like getting extra little bonuses for things that you would be buying anyways!

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New Items From Wet N Wild Cosmetics

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 5, 2011

 ***Update***  I have posted my review of the new Coloricon Eyeshadow Trios along with swatches here!

Look what I saw today at my local Jewel-Osco.  It’s the new Coloricon Eyeshadow Trios from Wet N Wild!  Oh my God, can we say must haves?  The colors are amazing!  I’m especially loving the jewel-toned shades.  There are 6 new Coloricon Eyeshadow Trios available:  I’m Getting Sunburned, I Got Good Jeans, I’m Feeling Retro, Silent Treatment, I Dream Of Greanie, and Spoiled Brat.  The names are just as fun as the colors.

Can you believe I walked out of the store empty-handed?  So here’s the deal, the MSRP for these Wet N Wild Coloricon Eyeshadow Trios is $2.99 (just like the other Coloricon Trios).  At Jewel-Osco, they were on sale for 25% off or $2.24.  Not bad, but starting Sunday, January 9th, Wet N Wild will be on sale for 50% off at Walgreens.  Yes, praise the Lord Walgreens is having another half off Wet N Wild Cosmetics sale!  Woo-hoo!  So I’m hoping to pick all 6 Wet N Wild Coloricon Eye shadow Trios for about $9 come Sunday at Walgreens.  My wallet can’t argue with that price!  I can’t wait.  Hopefully my Walgreens will have them.

Wet N Wild has a bunch of new products in store for us in the coming weeks, including fabulous 8 pan palettes.  I, of course, will be scouring the stores to find them as they begin popping up.

Have you seen any of the new Wet N Wild products popping up at your local grocery and drugstores?  Have you picked anything new up yet?

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Budget Beauty Monday – L’Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eyeliner

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 3, 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.

For the last few seasons, L’Oreal has been the official cosmetics sponsor of Project Runway.  On many an episode they prominently promote the HIP (High Intensity Pigments) line of L’Oreal.  If you’re a Project Runway fan, you may recall this past season a whole challenge was to use the L’Oreal HIP Eye Shadow Duos as the inspiration of a design (Mondo won with his fun and funky dress inspired by the Bright eye shadow duos…I loved that look!). 

All this time I thought to myself, “I can’t believe they are using such a crappy line of cosmetics on Project Runway.”  Let me explain.  Many years ago when the HIP line was first introduced by L’Oreal I was rather excited.  The way they hyped it made it sound like it would be a drugstore comparison for MAC.  Now I didn’t expect to be an exact dupe for MAC, but I was expecting high pigment and decent staying power.  When HIP was first introduced, only a handful of products and shades were available including this eye color stick that reminded me of those candy lipsticks that I would have as a kid.  Remember them?  It was a hard piece of sugar candy kind of like a Sweettart in a neon plastic lip stick case.  Anyways, I picked up one of these color sticks as well as some sort of loose color pigment, both in a metallic silver shade, to test out.  Oh my God were these things horrible.  The coverage was spotty and the wear time was minimal…we’re talking like an hour.  I was so disgusted that I never gave the L’Oreal HIP line a second thought.  But then it began to pop up on Project Runway and I began to think about it again.  And then after I was blown away by the resurgence of the Wet n Wild Cosmetics brand I thought I should give the HIP line another chance.  I am so extremely glad I did.

The first L’Oreal HIP product I decided to pick up was the Color Chrome Eyeliner.  I’ve been on an eyeliner kick lately so imagine my delight when I saw that the Color Chrome Eyeliners were on clearance at Jewel-Osco (Note to Chicagoland girls:  Jewel-Osco has marked down a ton of drugstore brand cosmetics.  They do this at the end of every year to make room for new collections and colors.  Many items from Wet N Wild, Covergirl, Revlon, L’Oreal, Almay, Physicians Formula, and more have been marked down by 50% or more.).  They had a 50% off clearance tag on them which should have made them $4.99, but at the register they rang up $2.99!  I picked up all four colors:  Violet Volt (metallic purple), Black Shock (metallic black), Gold Charge (metallic gold), and Silver Lightning (metallic silver).

Silver Lightning, Black Shock, Gold Charge, Violet Volt

Oh my God, these L’Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eyeliners are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  I cannot believe I have been missing out on these for so long.  First of all, all four of these shades applied like butter.  Seriously, it’s like the eyeliner melted onto my lids.  No tug or pull at all.  If you are an eyeliner novice or still haven’t mastered the art of eyeliner application (don’t be embarrassed, I still have days where it looks like I was being tasered as I applied my liner) these are perfect for you.  They glide right over your lids giving you a very clean line.

Finally!  I get high pigment payout from the High Intensity Pigments line!  So often you see a bright, bold color on a cosmetics item only to see a much more muted color when applied.  Not the case at all with these Color Chrome liners.  The color is bold and the metallic finish is also there.

Talk about lastability.  I applied these in the morning and when I looked in the mirror in the evening they were still there.  These liners didn’t smudge at all.  I rubbed and rubbed at the swatched on my hands as well and they weren’t going anywhere.

Overall, these L’Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eyeliners give even higher end eyeliners a run for their money.  They apply like a dream, provide a bold metallic color, and last all day.  The retail price for these runs between $8 and $10 depending on the store.  I think they are worth their full cost price, but let’s be honest, you can always get drugstore brands on sale. I can only hope that they will add more shades!  I would even go so far as to say that these are comparable to Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils or the Benefit Eyeliners that I loved in the Femme Metale kit.

Just a quick comment…I know that these eyeliners are an older product, but I still wanted to blog about them for many reasons.  First, they are amazing and deserve the praise.  Second, these are new to me (thanks to my stubbornness) and I know there are probably many other beauty addicts out there who have never given them a try either.  I don’t see anything wrong with giving an older product a review.

Have you tried the L’Oreal HIP Color Chrome Eyeliners?  How about other HIP items?  Love them?  Hate them?  Let us know!

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Budget Beauty Monday – Carmex Lime Twist

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on December 27, 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.

If you’re anything like me, you probably have at least 10 different tubes of lip balm scattered about your purse, desk, car, night stand, etc.  Especially during the cold, windy Chicago winters, lip balm is an absolute beauty staple for me.  A few weeks ago I picked up the limited edition Carmex Lime Twist lip balm while I was at Walgreens.  Truthfully, I’m not a huge fan of the original Carmex.  Don’t get me wrong, it works and is very moisturizing, but I can’t get past that Carmex taste.  But when I saw that Carmex was releasing 2 new limited edition flavors (Vanilla is the other one), I figured I would give it a try.

Just like the original Carmex, Carmex Lime Twist promises to soothe, heal, and protect.  It also comes with a dose of SPF 15 for even more protection.  So what did I think?

It’s no surprise that Carmex Lime Twist was just as effective on my lips as the original Carmex is.  It definitely kept my lips hydrated and soothed my dry lips.  I put it on just before I went out to shovel my driveway and my lips weren’t bothered by the cold and wind at all.  It also gave me that Carmex tingle on my lips.  I personally love the tingle from medicated balms, plumping lip glosses, etc.  That’s the good.

And then there’s the bad…at least for me.  While there is a taste of lime in the Carmex Lime Twist, I still got a strong taste of that original Carmex flavor.  Again, that’s a bit of a negative for me, but I know that there are tons and tons of Carmex fans out there that love that flavor.  If you fall into that group, this won’t be a problem for you.

Overall, I liked the Carmex Lime Twist and would use it again.  Since it does such a great job at soothing, healing, and protecting, I’m willing to overlook the Carmex flavor.  Carmex fans are definitely going to want to pick this as well as the Vanilla Carmex up.

Both the Carmex Lime Twist and Carmex Vanilla are limited edition flavors that are available exclusively at Walgreens.  I found mine on the beauty counter, not by the normal lip balm section in the pharmacy.

Are you a Carmex girl/guy?  Have you tried either the Lime Twist or Vanilla limited edition flavors?  What did you think?

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