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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Haul!

Hi all!  It’s Monday!  It rained all weekend long in Kansas City, but I got a lot of house cleaning done.

Below are the items I picked up during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty.  I got some really good deals this time. Everything I purchased was 30-50% off. Here’s what I picked up:

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I made a few orders and went into the store once! As per usual, with these sales I purchase makeup and not skincare.  I have enough skincare, but I’m always wanting to try different makeup brands and shades.  And what’s better than trying something new on sale?

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I purchased two palettes and they were almost half off each! This is the Lime Crime Venus 3. Purple’s my favorite color, so I couldn’t pass this up! I’ve been wanting to try Lime Crime for some time now.  The shadows are nicely pigmented, especially the mattes and shimmers.  The two glitters are sheer, but they work well on top of other shadows.

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This was also on sale for half off.  I’ve never tried any of the Too Faced palettes with this layout — the gold chocolate, peach etc, but I’ve always been curious.  So far, I’m enjoying this. The shadows are creamy and the colors are perfect for fall.

I’m not going to swatch the Lime Crime or Too Faced palettes in this post, because I want to try them both out first for a more in-depth review.

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I also picked up the Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio in Peachy Love.  I hadn’t tried Hoola Bronzer before and was excited to pick it up at a lower price.  Same with the Anastasia blush.

Swatches:

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I really like the tone of the bronzer.  It’s a bit dark for me now, but will work when I have a tan.  The blushes are gorgeous.  I love mixing the first and third shade.  It makes a really pretty coral. They are easy to build up and are matte.

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From left to right is the Dose of Colors Lip Gloss in Can You Not, the Ulta Beauty Patent Shine Liquid Lipstick in Cannes and the Ulta Beauty Full Coverage Liquid Concealer in Light Cool.

Swatches:

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The Dose of Colors gloss is really creamy and not sticky, which is what I love in a gloss.  The shade is s little light for me, but looks nice over a darker lipstick.

The Ulta liquid lipstick is almost like an opaque gloss. It’s really creamy, and I really like the color.

I have heard great things about the Ulta concealer, and I’m so glad I picked it up!  It is full coverage, but doesn’t get cakey.  It blended so nicely under my eyes!

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The last two products are the All-Nighter spray and essence Glitter Primer.  The All-Nighter was half off on the last day of the sale.  I’ve never owned this before.  I have the Chill spray by Urban Decay, and used it all summer.  Once I’m out of my Chill, I’ll open up the All Nighter. I’m excited to use it!

I got the glitter glue because I recently purchased Stila glitters and when I used them, there was glitter all over my face.  I haven’t tried this yet, but hopefully it works.

So that’s what I got!  I’ll be doing my Ulta Fall Haul Sale post soon.

Did you purchase anything from the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale?  What did you get?

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Switch Up Your Look This Spring With Fresh New Makeup!

I have been testing lots of new (and new to me) makeup this spring.  I tend to go more glowy and fun in the spring.  I’ve put away my dark shadows and lipsticks, lighter and brighter is better!

Here are some of my new faves:

 

essence fresh & fit awake primer
essence fresh & fit awake primer

essence fresh & fit awake primer ($5.99 USD) — This is a shimmery, glowy primer! It is a lightweight formula with fine, light-reflecting pigments preps skin for a flawless finish and helps makeup stay put. It contains vitamins and cranberry water. It’s areally nice affordable primer.

Purchase at  Ulta.com/ Ulta
Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream
Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream ($48 USD) — This is not a new product, but there is a new shade, BB4, Medium light with neutral undertones.  There are 10 shades total. Glow Time covers blemishes, minimizes the appearance of pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin.

  • Water resistant to 40 minutes.
  • Minimizes the appearance of pores and helps disguise fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Smoothes and brightens skin.
  • Non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, sensitivity tested, clinically tested, dermatologist tested.

Purchase at janeiredale.com

RIMMEL LONDON Insta Duo Contour Stick
RIMMEL LONDON Insta Duo Contour Stick

RIMMEL LONDON InstaPur Duo Contour Stick ($6.99 USD) — Swipe and blend, that’s all you need to do with RIMMEL LONDON INSTA DUO CONTOUR STICK. Regardless of where you are, keep this portable duo on hand to define and highlight your features. Formula & Benefits: Selfie approved formula, Dual sided applicator, Ultra-smooth formula, available in three duos to work with your skin tone. Available Shades: Light, Medium and Dark. The color I have and that is in the photo above is Light.

Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.

 

Elizabeth Ardern Limited Edition Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick
Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick

Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick ($26.50 USD) — Chosen by brand Storyteller-in-Chief, Reese Witherspoon, this statement-making red shade is soft and comfortable to wear. “Red lipstick can be incredibly powerful—it makes you feel like you can take on the world,” notes Reese. “The March On lipstick channels this power to help actually change the world.”* Clinically proven to keep lips moisturized all day, Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick is infused with moisture-enriched pigments that provide rich, lasting color. Volulip™ helps to seal in moisture to give lips a fuller,  appearance. Natural emollient Shea Butter locks-in moisture, soothes and protects lips, and a powerful blend of Vitamins A, C, and E help keeps them looking moisturized and healthy.

*100% of the proceeds of the limited edition red lipstick will go to UN Women, a global champion for gender equality and female empowerment.

Purchase at http://www.elizabetharden.com

One of my favorite quick-dry polishes, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Formula has a new formula and new shades! The newly upgraded 3-in-1 formula with built in base and top coat, boasts an updated bottle, a revamped formula and fabulous shade additions.  The shades above included muted and bold shades.  The pink metallic on top is called Petal to the Metal and it is gorgeous!  One coat looked amazing, but two coats was more opaque and it lasted for days!

Purchase these at a mass market retailer near you

What are your favorite spring products?  Leave a comment and let me know.  And i will be doing some hauls and more eye shadow palette reviews soon!

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New Essence Products for Spring!

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Essence has recently starting releasing their Spring/Summer 2018 collection. It is full of fresh-faced essentials to let your beauty shine.
These products are available on essencemakeup.com and Ulta.com! The collection retails for under $9.99.
I received the following essence products for my honest review:
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essence cosmetics prismatic hololighter stick ($5.99 USD) — Prismatic makeup is really hot for spring.  This highlighter is loaded with reflecting pigments, and has a sheer  iridescence.  It comes in a stick that is easy to use.  I think this is really pretty.  I have tried it a few times and I like it, but I enjoy powder highlighters more. I think this is fun and affordable for festival or party looks. Available at Ulta.com/ulta

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essence cosmetics metal shock eyeshadow ($4.99 USD) —  Liquid, metallic eye shadowas are also really popular right now.  This has  nice formula.  As you can see from the swatches above, the peachy shade on the left was a bit sheer, but the other two are full coverage. They dry down pretty quickly and stay looking nice for hours. Available in 7 exciting shades at essencemakeup.com.
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essence cosmetics ultra lasting instant colour lipstick ($4.99 USD) — I have reviewed this lipstick recently here.  I reviewed darker shades, and I was really excited to try these ones.  They feel like spring to me! This is a creamy formula that does last for hours and is very comfortable on.  Available in 20 shades at essencemakeup.com.
What new makeup are you loving now?
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New Lippies from essence makeup!

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I’m a fan of essence makeup!  Their products are affordable and generally pretty amazing!  They has recently released some fun new lip products. I was sent a few to test for my honest review.

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essence ultra last instant colour lipstick ($4.99): This is a long-lasting lipstick with a  creamy texture.  It does last for a while, and leaves a stained lip after eating or drinking.  I like that it doesn’t dry out my lips. Available in 20 shades.

Here are swatches of the lipsticks:

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From left to right: 16 Fancy Blush, 5 Un-Grey-Tful and 17 Bur-Berry.  Fancy Blush is my favorite and one I can see myself wearing a lot.  I usually wear lighter colors, but this will be nice for goring out.

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essence butter sticks ($3.99): These are very pigmented and hydrating, even the matte ones!  The modern retractable stick is super convenient and easy to apply. Available in 5 glossy love & 5 matte love shades.

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The first two are matte and the third is glossy. It’s hard to tell from my swatch, but the glossy one is shinier.  The shades are matte 2 Hot Cocoa, matte 5 Betty Gold and glossy 4 Dark Syrup.  Dark Syrup is really the only wearable color for me, but I would wear the matte one in a different shade. These are all really hydrating and easy to apply.  I find they cover well, too!  Probably my favorite of all three products!

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essence vibrant/metal shock lip paint ($4.49): Bright and metallic lips are so popular right now! These claim that one swipe gives an instant high color impact with a semi-matte finish.  Available in 6 vibrant and 6 metallic shocking shades.

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Left to right are vibrant in 3 Red Viper, metallic in 5 Arsenic and 3 Lilly of the Valley.

These are probably my least favorite of the products.  They are sheer and need a few coats to build up.  I’m also not the biggest fan of drying liquid lipsticks.

Have you tried any of the essence lippies?  Which ones are your faves?

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Get Your Shine On With Metallic Makeup For Fall!

Metallic eyes and lips are very on trend this fall. And luckily, we can achieve the look without spending a ton!

I was sent these gorgeous metallic eye shadows, a lip topper and brushes for my honest review:

CATRICE Liquid Metal Eyeshadow
CATRICE Liquid Metal Eyeshadow ($5.99 USD each) — This highly pigmented powder, with a liquid metal finish, instantly creates stand-out eyes. Unique 3D embossment turns this eyeshadow into an absolute highlight.
What I think:  I love these, they are so pretty on.  I apply them with the wand  then blend with my finger.  They blend really well, but they dry quickly so I have to be careful!  Once they dry, they are only coming off when taken off!  The shades are so pretty on and can be built up for a really shimmery metallic look!
essence cosmetics The Metals Eyeshadows
essence cosmetics The Metals Eyeshadows ($3.99 USD each) — This new formula goes on smooth with serious color pay-off and a metallic shimmer. Available in 9 shades ranging from soft bronze to vibrant teal.
What I think:  These are metallic powder shadows in perfect shades for fall!  They apply well and blend out nicely.  I like using a brush for a softer look, but when I apply with my fingers, it’s full glamour!  And the price is hard to beat!  You can stock up with a few shades to make a complete eye look.
CATRICE Million Styles Lip Topcoat
CATRICE Million Styles Lip Topcoat ($5.99 USD each) — The creamy texture provides a shimmering finish, or covers the lips with silver-metallic particles. Simply apply over dried lipstick for an instant transformation – the effect is intensified with every coat.
What I think: This comes in two shades.  I have the shade on the left, Shade 20: Metallic, which is a silver shade.  There is also Shade 10: Highlight – for a iridescent finish.  The metallic one looks really cool alone (Halloween?) and very pretty over lipstick or lip gloss.  This is a really cool way to switch up your look.
MODA Metallics Custom Flip Kit

MODA Metallics Custom Flip Kit ($24.99 USD) — Start with MODA Brushes signature limited edition black studded Flip Kit and add 3 Finishing and Complexion brushes and 3 Eye, Brow and Lip brushes. You’ll be set to slay your weekend travel the Metallic way.

What I think:  I have been testing lots of MODA brushes and really like the quality.  They have soft synthetic bristles that blend really nicely.  The metallic collection is really gorgeous and there are lots so different brushes to choose from to customize your kit!

 Available at beautyusa.royalbrush.com
Are you a fan of metallic beauty?  What products do you love?

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Gorgeous And Affordable Fall Makeup From Essence and Catrice

Ready to change up your look for fall?  I received some fun products from essence and Catrice Cosmetics for my honest review.  These are affordable, but really high quality cosmetics.

Below are my faves of the bunch:

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter
Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter ($4.49 USD) — Bring out your natural glow with this baked powder that has a slightly marbled effect. Works on any skin tone and is perfect for adding a subtle shimmer to your face.

What I think:  This beautiful highlighter matches with my skin tone perfectly.  A little can be used for a lit-from-within glow, or I can layer to full on strobe.  So pretty for day time!

Essence 2 in 1 Eyeshadow and Liner
Essence 2 in 1 Eyeshadow and Liner

Essence 2 in 1 Eyeshadow and Liner ($4.49 USD) — This waterproof chubby eyeshadow stick combines the benefits of eyeshadow and eyeliner with its conic tip that doesn’t need sharpening. The creamy texture can be easily blended and is extremely long lasting. Available in 4 shades.

What I think:  I have this in a light color called Light Me Up.  It’s perfect for highlighting the corners of the eyes and under the brow bone, as well as using all over the lid for more subtle looks.

Essence Smokey 2-in-1 Khôl Liner
Essence Smokey 2-in-1 Khôl Liner

Essence Smokey 2-in-1 Khôl Liner ($3.49 USD) — The ultra-pigmented and ultra-versatile khôl liner you love in black is now available in white and brown! Use the pointed tip as a precise eyeliner, rotate to the side of the cone to swipe over the lid as an eyeshadow for an intense, smokey look. It glides on smoothly and the conic shape of the tip eliminates the need for a sharpener. Now available in a total of 3 shades.

What I think:  I have been testing this in Smokey Brown.  It is a really rich color with a little shimmer to it.  It is smooth and easy to apply.  The only issue I have with it is that it can smear easily.  So I like to set it with dark brown powder shadow so it won’t budge.

 

Essence Prettifying Lip Oil
Essence Prettifying Lip Oil

Essence Prettifying Lip Oil ($2.99 USD) — The lightweight texture instantly melts and leaves lips with a subtle shiny finish and sweet taste. This formula contains Jojoba Oil that ensures moisturized and smooth lips sans stickiness. Available in 3 shades.

What I think:  The shade in the photo is SOS, My Heart.  It is a sheer red that smells and tastes fruity. It feels to me more like a lip gloss than a lip oil, but I really like it.  It gives very slight color and lots of shine!  It also makes my lips very hydrated.

Purchase essence products at http://essencemakeup.com

Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow
Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow

Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow ($4.99 USD) — Heavy metal! Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow dazzles eyes with high pigmentation and extraordinary metallic shine. Reminiscent of liquid metal, this silky powder is sure to make your eyes shine instantly. The unique 3D embossment turns this eyeshadow into an absolute highlight. The texture is smooth, easy to blend, and long-lasting. Mix and match to create brilliant metallic looks. Not tested on animals.

What I think:  The color above is We Are The Champagnes.  It looks gold in the compact, but is a soft champagne on.  Very shimmery and well pigmented! The shadow is buildable and can look subtle or all out metal-y.

Catrice Luxury Lashes Volume Mascara Ultra Black
Catrice Luxury Lashes Volume Mascara Ultra Black

Catrice Luxury Lashes Volume Mascara Ultra Black ($7.99 USD) — Big, Bold and Beautiful! Luxury Lashes Ultra Black Volume Mascara from Catrice provides lashes with the perfect volume and curl – all with one swipe of the wand! Enriched with Argan oil and a luxurious cashmere protein, the formula cares for the lashes as it creates dramatic volume. A twisted fiber brush captures the ideal amount of formula to coat your lashes from root to tip for maximum impact. Not tested on animals. Ophthalmologically tested.

What I think: This mascara gives lots of volume. I usually go for lengthening mascaras, since my lashes are short, but this would be a great daytime mascara for me.  It looked very natural on and did not flake off.

 

Catrice Ultimate Stay Lip Liner

Catrice Ultimate Stay Lip Liner ($3.99 USD) — Perfectly outlined! The Catrice Ultimate Stay Lip Liner has an extremely long-lasting texture with high pigmentation. You can softly outline your lips with precision to prevent lipstick from feathering and bleeding. Not tested on animals.

What I think:  This lip liner does not budge at all!  I did one swipe on my hand first and touched it and it was not moving!  Also it is nicely matte and would work under a lipstick or a gloss.

Catrice Ultimate Lip Glow  Lip Colour Intensifier

Catrice Ultimate Lip Glow  Lip Colour Intensifier ($5.99 USD) — Genius glow! The Catrice Ultimate Lip Glow not only moisturizes and protects your lips, it enhances your natural lip color to create your very own personal shade. Not tested on animals.

What I think:  This is such an interesting product.  It is a clear rosy color in the tube, but applies really naturally on.  I though it was going to be glossy, but it is a soft lip tint with a little bit of glow to it.  On me it’s very light, almost looks like applying cherry Chapstick.  But may be brighter on others.

Catrice products are available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

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Summer Makeup To Brighten Your Face!

The summer is heating up!  This time of the year, I usually wear sheer or bronze lip color, but this year I am branching out to brighter hues!

Below are my current favorite beauty balm and lip products.  The lip colors range from glossy pinks to matte reds!  I love changing them up according to my mood and the occasion:

FACE Stockholm summer collection:

BB Natural Beauty Balm ($38 USD) — A multitasking cream in a compact to hydrate, prime, conceal and shield with Titanium and Zinc Oxides for UVA/UVB sun protection. Virtually melts into the skin for superior coverage that blends easily and diffuses imperfections. The result: a clean complexion that appears almost makeup-free. Wear alone for light coverage or use as a primer to boost the staying power of foundation.

Lip Liner ($17 USD) — Pencil it in!  Smooth, writeable color in the precision of a pencil.  Define, enhance and compliment lipstick or gloss.

Matte Lipstick ($22 USD) — Bold, bright and beautiful – matte lipstick offers dramatic color-saturated coverage with true staying power.  From show-stopping reds to neutral nudes our modern matte formula provides highly pigmented, non-drying color for all skin tones.

What I think: I love the beauty balm.  When I dipped my fingers into it, it was almost like a sheer gloss.  But applied, it covers moderately and dries down to a dewy finish.  The lip liner and matte lipstick create a long-lasting deep red lip.

Purchase at http://www.facestockholm.com

Santhilea London Real Rebel Luxury Lip Care
Santhilea London Real Rebel Luxury Lip Care

Santhilea London Real Rebel Luxury Lip Care ($9.99 USD) Real Rebel Luxury Lip Care is a truly revolutionary product. A wonderfully blended formula, including Bees Wax, Shea Butter, Vitamin E & Jojoba Oil that actually work in harmony with your own body chemistry, enhancing your lips’ natural rosiness, redness and sexiness. All mixed into a sheer super-long-lasting base that creates long-lasting lip colour AND rich moisturisation and condition.Great for the days when healthy looking  lips are the priority, but you want a hint of gorgeous flattering colour.

What I think:  I love this color-changing lipstick!  It is green in the tube, but when applied turns a sheer red on me. I don’t usually wear red, but it’s so pretty and brightens my face!  Perfect for the summer.

Purchase at CVS stores and http://www.cvs.com

essence lip colors for summer:

Liquid Lipstick ($3.49 USD) — Liquid love! This NEW formula combines the best of both lipstick and lipgloss. Get the impact and coverage of a lipstick with the moisturizing shine of a gloss.

Sheer & Shine Lipstick ($2.99 USD) — Sheer love! This NEW smooth and lightweight lipstick provides a moisturizing wash of color and shine. Buildable color with every swipe.

XXXL Shine Lipgloss ($2.49 USD) — Ultimate shine for your lips! The XXXL shine lipgloss pampers your lips without leaving behind a sticky feeling. Contains vitamin e and panthenol to moisturize and prevent lips from feeling dry. Available in 12 glossy shades.

What I think:  The liquid lipstick is shiny and full coverage.  Perfect for a night out or an event that you want to add some drama!  The Sheer & Shine is my favorite for summer.  It gives a very moisturizing wash of color and smells like vanilla! XXXL Shine is so glossy without being sticky.  Perfect for the gloss girls out there.

essence cosmetics products are available at Target and Ulta stores and Target.com, Ulta.com and the new e-commerce site, essencemakeup.com!