June Highlights

I can’t believe June is already over!!!! Here a just a few of the things I got over the month (I got some of the new L’Oreal summer shadows but I can’t find the pics). This month, I mainly tried to use makeup that I already had but couldn’t resist the Lily Cole cubes or some L’Oreal shadows and of course I bought way too much nail polish. My nail polish hauling included Sally Hansen (below), Barielle (below), Milani (here) and Deborah   Lippmann (swatches in a July post). 

From the CVS Sale – scored these with coupons and sale for $9.00. I finally got Sally Hansen’s Gray by Gray 🙂


Scored the latest The Body Shop treat LE Lily Cole Shimmer Cubes for $1.45 see my review and two looks here, here, & here 🙂


My first Barielle polishes from Haute Look

EOTD: Pink & Grey

Giving some love to one of my favorite color combos: pink and grey

L’Oreal Infallible shadow in Sultry Smoke over
 Estee Lauder Smokey Twilight

Then from my Coastal Scents 88 Metal  palette a
 light and dark pink to complete this awesome look.

Creamy Taupe Comparisons

Note: Images lost due to a Google bug will retake and repost swatches.
Looking through my stash I wondered how similar these three taupe shadows were to each other. These are the three taupe in pot shadows that I use on a regular basis.
                            Maybelline Bad to the Bronze, MUFE Aqua Cream #15, and Loreal Bronzed Taupe
In this shot they all look more or less the same

In these two latter pics the MUFE #15 has a bit more of a gold finish to it and the Bad to the Bronze a bit more frostier (I think).

My Pigment Collection

I have so many pigments that I rarely use and I don’t know why. I have few full size pigments that I’ve purchased on sale from Etsy shops, CVS, or other small online companies. I got the idea to do a post on my pigments from the 7 Deadly Sins Beauty Tag post question #2 wrath ‘what beauty product do you have a love/hate relationship with?’ Pigments. I want to use them but then I don’t to, I love the richness of the colors but hate the fallout and the work involved. I have kept quite a few as you will see although I have given away at least 50% of my original stash.
I don’t know when I’ll be able to use these samples up, and I dread to think how I’d use up full size ones. I am happy with what I have left although I still feel I need to purge some more.
MAC pigment samples – I buy these from The Beauty Sampler
Full size L’Oreal pigments I got from CVS when they were having one of their 75% off sales.
My Beauty Addiction pigments – a few full size jars (label on top) and the rest are very generous samples. I have a few swatch posts here, here and here.
My other pigments a few full size ones such as Kryolan (this is the color changing greem pigment that I should review sometime soon), Detrivore and the others are samples or broken shadows.

Collective Haul

A little collective haul from February.

                   Coastal Scents- Brushes $1 – $2 except for the 1st brush $6.99

Rite Aid – Borghese Rapido Nail Polish 50% off ($2 each) 

                    Blog sale- OPI Jade is the New Black and MAC Frollickin Paint Pot

Blog sale- Rock and Republic gloss and MAC Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask

Haute Look – Crown Dual End concealer brush and HD brush set

Age of the Nudes & Neutrals

How many nude/neutral eyeshadow palettes 
do we/I really need?
All the neutral/nude palettes I have (I may have missed a few) and this does not include any single shadows.

 The original NAKED palette

NYX Nude on Nude palette 

NYX Bohemian Rhapsody and Champagne & Caviar palettes (Runway Collection)

Top to bottom: Stila Garden Bliss & AVON Neutral Tones palettes

L’Oreal Landscape and The Body Shop Chocolate shimmer cube palettes

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone (1st column), Golden Goddess, I <3 Matte (2nd column), Vanity and Walking on Eggshells palettes.

Coastal Scents 88 Warm and 28 Neutral palettes.
Now I know I don’t need anymore nudes or neutrals but everyday there is a new one tempting me, luring me to buy it. I’m pretty sure amongst the individual 221 pans here I can dupe the NAKED 2, all the Balm neutral palettes, the newest ones from Bobbi Brown, Lorac, Dior, Lancome, Guerlain and every other brand. God forbid a NAKED 3 should come out.
Would you agree? or do you think you could never have enough nudes?

Haul and Review: L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows

I found these at Target on the last day of 2011 for 3.5 g for $6.99 (cheaper than the drug store). It’s best to purchase these by combining the many $1 off L’Oreal coupons available weekly online or in the Sunday paper. These Infallible shadows are the drugstore versions (NOT dupes) of the higher end Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill (4g for $32). Both brands are under the flagship store L’Oreal and the concept, packaging, technology are the same. They are highly compressed pigments and each jar comes with a little stopper which helps to keep the shadow intact (it’s advised not to throw them away).
The GAETK shades are unique in that they are hybrids of usually 2 colors, that when blended gives you a new shade (see comparison at the end). I think both are worth it.
L to R: Golden Sage ( a golden olive) and Amber Rush (copper/light penny shade)

                        Perpetual Purple (a nice purple shade with blue and purple shimmer)

 Midnight Blue– a gorgeous sapphire blue, however it needs a little work as one swatch shows it’s not as pigmented as the others. The swatch on the left is four swatches, so you’d have to build it up on the lids.

Sultry Smoke – an industrial grey that I actually like, I think it’s the only one that is not shimmery. It has more of a matte/satin finish and the color reminds me of that oil paint used to paint to floors of schools, factories etc.
 A little extra comparison:
L to R: L’Oreal Golden Sage & Amber Rush and GAETK #15 Copper Impress
See you in the next post 🙂

P.S. I have two more coming that I just ordered from Ulta. I need to stop!!!!

EOTD: Purples


Eyeshadow- NYX For Your Eyes Only- Versus Palette #8 (lilac shade all over the lid); MAC Palace Pedigree quad Palace Pedigree in the crease; Wet nWild Lust the two matte purples in crease and over V
Base – MAC Morning Frost 
Primer – TFSI 
Mascaras – Tarte eyelash primer, Loreal Voluminous
Eyeliner – Amuse Perfect liner in Light brown and Urban Decay Whiskey (not in pic)

MAC Idyllic Review & EOTD

MAC Idyllic Paint Pot
Another paint pot from the Posh Paradise Collection .Idyllic sold out at MAC.com a couple days after Genuine Treasure and has not been restocked since. I suddenly wanted it and searched everywhere including Ebay (the prices were too high). It had sold out at Nordstrom but they were able to restock it and were (still are) offering free shipping, so I got it.
It is a gorgeous burnt red in the pot (the primary reason I got it) but when swatched on my skin tone was more burgundy. It’s completely different from what’s in the pot and like Imaginary did not budge, fade or rub off when I went to bed with it still on my hand.
EOTD: UDPP, MAC Genuine Treasure & Idyllic paint pots, Estee Lauder Copper Penny e/s in the crease, WnW black cream liner, volumizing mascara Clinique and Loreal voluminous mascara.