Thursday, August 29, 2013

August Empties

It's once again the time to throw things away. It's actually one of my favorite things to do because it gives me a chance to see that I'm actually using things and also to throw out old or bad products. This month I think I have as many things to throw away as I emptied. I also sent two boxes full of products to my sister.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Em Cosmetics Starter Kit Swatches

Over the weekend, the newly launched Em Cosmetics offered a starter kit. The kit was consisted of an eyeliner and lipstick for $27.50 and a free deluxe sample of the Life Palette. I've been interested in trying Em Cosmetics but the Life Palette, their big product, is $75 and I just couldn't do that right now.

I did like that you got to pick your own eyeliner and lipstick instead of them being already grouped together. You didn't get to pick the Life Palette sample so I don't know if they were all the same or not.

I liked all the products that I got, with maybe the exception of the pan lip color in the sample. I just don't really like pan lip colors. My favorite thing was the middle color in the eyeshadow sample. I also really liked the color of the eyeliner.

Shipping was really fast. I placed my order on Friday and got it yesterday.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Good, The Bad, and the Blah of August

I don't really have much for this month but I did manage to find a few things.

The Good

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wet n Wild To Muse and Carouse Trio Swatches

The next trio I got from Wet n Wild's Pop Art Craze collection is To Muse and Carouse.

This was my favorite of the ones that I got and I realized that I keep getting nudes. These nudes are darker than the ones in Hard Being the It Girl and showed up for me a lot better. I also liked this blue better.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wet n Wild Hard Being the It Girl Trio Swatches

One of the Wet n Wild Pop Art Craze trios I picked up was the Hard Being the It Girl trio.

It's probably one of my least favorite of the trios. I think the quality is more in line with the regular Color Icon eye shadows that the last one but the colors are kind of blah for me. For me, the browbone and eyelid colors are pretty much flesh-toned, with one slightly more pink and one slightly more yellow than my skin. The blue is actually pretty pigmented, but it's not my favorite. The might be a good option for someone that wants mostly nude eye shadow with a little pop of color.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wet n Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren't Up! Trio Swatches

I actually managed to find a Rite Aid that had the Wet n Wild trios from the summer's Pop Art Craze collection. The store had 5 of the 6 trios and I picked up 3 of them there and got the other 3 at a different store. The first one up is the Your 15 Minutes Aren't Up! trio.

I think this one probably has the worst pigmentation. That tends to be common with these type of colors, though, and the colors aren't unuseable in any way. This palette might be a good option if you want bright colors but maybe don't want them so bright.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Anastasia Beverly Hills Catwalk Palette Swatches

I've wanted a palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills since I tried a sample eye shadow palette card. I've had a hard time finding the palettes in stores around here so I didn't get the one I had a sample of. I did find the Ulta exclusive* Catwalk palette, though. It's $29 for 10 eye shadows and a dual-ended brush.

Most of the shadows are really nice and soft. I would say the exceptions are LBD, Day Rate, and Pose... but even those aren't bad. It's another nude palette with mostly shimmer shades, but a few mattes as well.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wet n Wild Nude Awakening 8-Pan Palette Swatches

Wet n Wild's Nude Awakening 8-pan palette was the second of 2 palettes released in spring and re-released in summer.

Honestly, I'd say you can skip this one. There are so many nude palettes of varying prices and this is just more of the same. It's got the Wet n Wild Color Icon quality and I liked most of the colors, but I probably have all of these colors in a few other palettes. Now, if you need a nude palette, this is a good, well priced option.

Monday, August 19, 2013

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Wet n Wild Going in the Wild 8-Pan Palette swatches

The Wet n Wild Going in the Wild palette was one of the two 8-pan palettes from their spring release and I couldn't find them anywhere. I eventually found them last month. At first I thought that Rite Aid was just crazy late putting them out, but I read that they were re-released this summer.

If I had to suggest one of the limited Wet n Wild eye shadow products to find this summer, it would be this one. They should still be around... I saw them as recently as last week. I love both eyelid shades, especially the left side. It's got a gold sparkle that doesn't really show up in the pictures.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Ipsy bag for August

It's time for a new Ipsy bag.

In this bag, I got a lot of useful products, but I have to say I'm a little disappointed with what I didn't get. There were 12 potential products and I really wanted some of the things I didn't get, especially the new Urban Decay lipstick. The products I did get are still good, though, and I'm sure that I'll use them all.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Shopping My Stash Makeup Basket for August

In July I was overly ambitious. I pretty much took all the samples I could find and decided to use those... along with so many other products. While I did make it through quite a few skincare samples, I had so many other products that I never got to at all.

This time, I do still have several of the samples I didn't get to but I wanted to limit some categories to just a few products that I want to use up or, in the case of eyeshadow, get some dedicated use out of.


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