Sunday, February 28, 2010

DOTW 02/28/2010: Beautique Lip Crayon

Good morning makeup monsters!

My camera is acting up this week and won't let me get images off the card. So, this review/deal of the week may be without pictures.

I have a Sally's Beauty Supply card that I've yet to use. It gives you 10% off each item you purchase. I've been on the look out for some good lip liners, but refused to pay $6.00 for 1. That's ridiculous! So in Sally's I went. Right by the counter was a display of Beautique Lip Crayons. In TONS of colors! The three that caught my eye immediately were: Pearl Orchid (hot rose pink with sparkles), Coral Shimmer (coral with shimmer), and Shimmering Raisin (matte Raisin color with minimum shimmer.) Each crayon was $1.99 but with the Sally's card I got them for $1.89 each. Every little bit helps, right?

Pros:

I swatched each color last night and I could still see the colors this AM. So, this makes me believe they have lasting power.

Super creamy and easy to apply.

Many colors to choose from and CHEAP!

The are wood crayons as opposed to the new material being used for liners ( example: Urban Decay pencils) and are much easier to sharpen. I prefer wood casings but that's my own opinion.

Cons:

The lids come off pretty easily, so you need to make sure they are placed tightly on the crayon.

Short and fat: but if you use them sparingly I don't see why these wouldn't last a long time. Plus they are only $1.89 so you can restock.

I was very happy with my find. I had just been at Walgreens checking out all the lip pencils and couldn't find anything that wasn't too much for my budget. Visit your local Sally's Beauty Supply or visit CLICK ME! to order online.

Pearl Orchid




5 out of 5 Zombies

Happy Hunting!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Earth Angel Minerals at First Glance

 I no longer buy from EAM as they do repackage their pigments.

Hey Makeup Monsters!

As I was browsing Etsy one day, I came across the store for Christine at Earth Angel Minerals.

I found a few gorgeous looking eyeshadow I just had to have. The main reason her store caught my eye was because:

Per the Etsy store:

"EARTH ANGEL MINERALS is the Pure & Natural, Organic Mineral Makeup! I created my line of healthy mineral makeup to offer women an affordable, more natural alternative to the national brands of mineral makeup. Most women don’t realize it but with the recent hype over mineral makeup, the major brands are now in the game…but do they really care about what is inside their jars?? I don’t think so…LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS ON THEIR LABELS!!! They list all sorts of bad chemicals with a tiny bit of minerals inside! Please be aware of what you are placing on your skin! Anything you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body & into the blood stream! You won’t have to worry with EARTH ANGEL MINERALS! Our cosmetics are CELIAC & VEGAN friendly! We don't use harmful & irritating ingredients! NO Bismuth Oxychloride NO NANO-PARTICLES! NO Parabens NO Talc or Synthetic Dyes NO Glycols NO Cancer Causing Chemicals NO Carmine See what the BUZZ is all about! Become an Earth Angel today! Your skin will love you for it!"

I asked Christine if she'd be ok with me reviewing her product on my blog. She kindly agreed. Christine did not send me any of the products free of charge with the exception of a few samples she threw in for me. I purchased the eyeshadow with my own money. With that being said, this is my clear and honest opinion..SO there! Ok, let's move on...QUICK!




I purchased 5 eyeshadow from Christine- each shadow came in a 5g sifter jar, with .5g Net wt.

"This size will last many applications without breaking the bank! " Per the Earth Angel store.

Hot Tamale
Top O' the Mornin'
Pot O' Gold
Fawn
Lemon Sugar

Samples received: 5 small clam shells of:

Butter Cream
Shamrock Eye Color
Emerald Isle
Light Tinted Angel Veil
Refresh Brightener
(I'm only reviewing the eyeshadow at this time.)



First Impressions:

  • I was pleasantly surprised that each jar was tamper resistant and sealed. That's really cool! That insured that I was the first person to touch the shadow. Christine took great care in the labels on each jar as well. The name, ingredients, and weight are all on the bottom of the jar. Great detail for the win!
  • Christine wrote notes on the invoice- pointing out a color I would love. I thought that gave it a really friendly and down to earth touch.
  • The generosity of the samples was cool too. I ordered two shadows from her new 2010 "Luck of the Irish" Collection in full size and she sent me samples of the rest of the collection. "Shamrock" and "Emerald Isle." I LOVE the greens.
  • Customer Service was fast and friendly. My package got here in exactly 5 days via USPS First Class Mail. No complaints there.
  • The products were packaged nice and secure.
Shadows:

So far I am LOVING Hot Tamale. It's a smoking hot coppery red color with reflects of gold. It is hard to explain, but beautiful. I'm excited to use it as an eyeliner or for a dramatic look. It's pigmentation is just enough to not be overly "in your face" red and can be easily toned down. This is my top favorite so far.

Next comes Top O' The Mornin'. A beautiful mint green color with reflects of green and blue. I have never actually seen a color like this. It reminds me of green cotton candy...that's the only way I can describe it. I can't wait to see what I can do with this baby.

Fawn is a pretty brownzy cream brown with tons of sparkle. Just fun enough to kick a daytime neutral look up a notch. And if you know me, you know..I love sparkle!

Pot O' Gold is a neat subtle green color with tons of gold reflects. Hence the name! Such a fun color!

And Lemon Sugar.. I don't know what I was expecting, but from the pictures online, I was expecting a little more out of this color. It's a shimmery light pink color with sparkle. Great for a highlight. I think I was hoping it would have more iridescence to it. But still a nice shade.

Samples:

Shamrock is a medium shimmery green with blue reflects. VERY pretty. And Emerald Isle is just a bit darker than Shamrock with the same blue reflects. I really do like this collection. Though I'm only going to review the eyeshadow now, I did receive a sample of Butter Cream, which I'll talk a little about. In the package there was a little brochure talking about Butter Cream.

"Butter Cream- Multi Tasking Mineral Eyelid Primer and Skin Balancer Butter Cream is a great multi taking mineral! Helps to neutralize your skin tone! Brightens the eye area! Tones down too much "OOPS" blush!"

I've only swatched the colors on my hand minus a primer. The colors do fade quickly, but with a good primer, I'm sure they are meant to last. My first test run will be tomorrow and I will update everyone on how it goes and what the staying power is like.

So far I give these shadows 4 out of 5 Zombies.

FYI- The lighting just does not do these shadow justice, but I tried!




Sunday, February 21, 2010

Color and Fashion Trends for Spring 2010

Check out the color/fashion trends for Spring 2010. I'm getting a vintage/antique vibe from these colors. I especially like the "Southern Folk" collection of colors. Very retro.. I'm excited to see what comes about..And of course, get my makeup "groove on" with some of those vibrant colors.

Check out the listing here:

http://www.fashiontrendsetter.com/content/fashion_events/ciff/CIFF-Spring-Summer-2010.html

Saturday, February 20, 2010

02/20/10- Deal of the Week

I've heard tons of good things about the L'oreal Hip line, especially their Jelly Balms. I'm not a big fan of sticky lip gloss that you have to apply with your finger, but I was drawn to the color "Plush" in my local drugstore AND it was the last one of the shelf..so DUH! I bought it.

First, I noticed the light vanilla scent to the gloss. It's not overpowering and the gloss doesn't smell like plastic gel the way some lip gloss smell. So that first and foremost was a bonus. When I applied it to my lips, it is sticky at first, but after just a few minutes it's super silky and smooth. My lips don't stick together because it's too freaking thick, the way the do with some jelly glosses like this one. The color is light, I do wish it were a little more pigmented on the lips, but if you want little or no color, this is a nice fit. I like the packaging- it's in a clear jar with a black screw on lid, so it's easy to take anywhere and fit anywhere. There is a plethora of colors to choose from. I got mine at my local drugstore for $8.28- which I thought was a little steep, but for review purposes, why NOT. But if you're a fan of MAC's Tendertones, you might just want to hold out for those (if they come back this summer.) Or just convert over and save some money. Loreal's Jelly Balm are very similar to the Tendertones!

I recommend applying this with a clean finger (DUH!) or maybe a lip brush, but the brush would be more of a hassle.

So I give this 4 out of 5 Zombies..

Loreal Hip- Jelly Balm in "Plush"

Monday, February 15, 2010

02/15/10- Deal of the Week

My unexpected deal of the week was just by accident. I'd been eyeing the new Hard Candy line for some time now. I purchased a baked blush and eyeshadow previously and was NOT impressed. However, I heard some good reviews on the "Living Doll" baked blush and it was Valentine's Day, so my husband bought it for me without knowing. And WOW, I love it! It's a nice bright pink (not too dramatic) with gold veins running though, making it appear a subtle pink shade on the skin. (See my Valentine's Day pictures.) It also lasts quite a long time. I've been lusting over a wonderful blush for a while now and found at least one in this one. And it was only $7.00! Check out your local WalMarts.

Hard Candy Baked Blush in "Living Doll"

I give this 5 out of 5 Zombies!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

New Avon "Aquadelic" Quad

This new True Color "Aquadelic" quad will be available in Campaign 5. Looks like Avon is trying to keep up with the times by coming out with 2 new quads with bold/bright colors. The "Aquadelic" quad and the "Electric Purple" quad. I purchased the Aquadelic quad as a demo to test it out. First the color "Aquadelic" is true to it's name, very bold and Aqua, almost turquoise. While the pigmentation is quite bold and very matte, there is something lacking in the quality. It's a little chalky. Same goes for "Coral Crush." A powerful Coral color with pink undertones, it's again, chalky. I will say though Avon is succeeding with the bold colors, I just don't really know how you'd wear the colors in this quad altogether without looking like a clown. I do like "Black Ice." It is very shimmery and has gray undertones, again very pigmented. "Rich Creme" (the soft eggshell in the quad) would make an excellent highlight color but forewarned you'll need to blend, and blend, and blend. It applies VERY chalky but once blended leaves a nice sheen. I think out of 5 Zombies, I will give this one a 3. Though nice pigmentation and staying power, there is something lacking in the quality. A good quad if you're going to the Caribbean anytime soon though! haha



Colors:

Rich Creme (top left), Coral Crush (top right),
Aquadelic (btm left), Black Ice (btm right)

Swatches:

Friday, February 5, 2010

Urban Decay..CHEAP! (Deal of the Week!)

Yeah right! you say...I know, I know, Urban Decay is pricey, BUT it's worth it right!? And you know you've purchased something way beyond your means before just because you have to have it and know the quality will rock. WELL, let me tell you a little secret. I've found a place to buy authentic Urban Decay (among other high end makeup brands) at a fraction of their regular price. Check out www.allcosmeticswholesale.com to see what I mean. She (the site owner) has a section dedicated to Urban Decay. Click here! http://www.allcosmeticswholesale.com/urban-decay.html

Now if only she'd stock up on some UD pallets... hummmmmmm <3

Happy Friday Zombie Lovers!

Wendi

Monday, February 1, 2010

Elf Eyeshadow Craziness!

I'm doing a collective Elf eyeshadow review as I have a couple of nays and one very big YAY! I admit, while I do love the creaminess of high end eyeshadow, I'm a sucker for a sale. And when I see eyeshadow on sale, 9 times out of 10 I'm going to cave.. Now imagine eyeshadow on sale that is ALWAYS on sale. Anyone familiar with Elf (eyelipsface.com) knows their products are just a buck. Products in their professional and studio line go for $3.00.. So, when I saw the two eyeshadow duos in a holiday set TOGETHER for $3.00 I was sold. Unfortunately in this case, you get what you pay for. The duos are soft purple and brown and white and silver. Out of the 4, I do like the silver eyeshadow. It's very glittery, but it does NOT last. I even had a primer and base on and it was gone within 2 hours of wear. Though the purple and brown duo look pigmented, they are not. And again, there really is no staying power. If you're new to makeup, the Elf duos might be just the ticket and I'm pretty sure had I piled on the shadow they would have stuck around... But really in my opinion they are just meh...





On the other hand, the mineral shadow from Elf called "Socialite" is another story totally! This again was $3.00 and one of the very first shadows I purchased from Elf. I am actually pretty amazed. I'm on a total mineral kick right now and I dug this one out of my shadow drawer the other day to take a second look at it. It's this super cool taupe color with hints of blue and silver reflects. I'll even go out on a limb and compare it to MAC's Satin Taupe. The color lasts forever, even without a primer, and a little goes a long way. The thing I love most about mineral shadows and pigments are that they last forever. I would recommend the Elf Mineral line, judging from this eyeshadow. I think the quality is great and it's very blendable! Way to go Elf!




If you're interested in Elf products go to: http://www.eyeslipsface.com/makeup

Wendi
-The Makeup Zombie