Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wet n Wild Trio - "Walking on Eggshells"

Hi everyone! This is the trio in "Walking On Eggshells" and it's probably my favorite of the ones I've bought. These regularly retail for $2.99 which is a great deal, but they are frequently on sale at drugstores like Walgreens and Rite Aid for BOGO 50% off or even 50%! Getting this for $1.50 just sweetens the deal on an already awesome eyeshadow trio.

Like all of the recent Wet n Wild eyeshadows, these trios have pigmented and smooth shadows which are also soft and easily blended. They also last all day with no creasing if a primer is worn underneath. (I always wear a primer with my eyeshadows so I can't tell you if it fades or creases without one.)
 The lid shade is a light shimmery peachy-pink, the crease is a dark shimmery brown with gold tones, and the browbone shade is a shimmery cream shade. As you can tell from the swatches these are pretty pigmented, and the shades are great for an everyday neutral eye.

These palettes are great for travel and they come with two little brushes: a fluffy angled brush and a sponge tip applicator. Neither of these get any use, but it's something nice to have just in case.

My only complaint is that the shades are ALL shimmery. It would have been nice if the crease shade was at least a matte or satin finish.

This is a great trio to have if you're just starting out with makeup, or are looking for new shades to add to your collection. I'm sort of a neutral nut so I like to collect neutral palettes. At $2.99 these will definitely not break the bank, and you're able to get them on sale it's an even better deal!
If any of you are interested, the lid and crease shade from this trio are also featured in the new "Comfort Zone" 8 pan palette which was newly released by Wet n Wild and is slowly trickling their way into Walgreens and Walmart stores. The only shade that doesn't have an exact duplicate is the browbone shade, but even the brow shade in "Comfort Zone" is a close enough match that you may be able to justify having just one or the other and not both. The "Comfort Zone" palette retails for $4.99.

Hope you found this helpful!

All images and content are my own. Products bought with my own money.

Nail Look: Sonia Kashuk "Taunting Teal" & "Nubar 2010"

Hey everyone! I haven't done a nail look in a while, so I thought I would post this up. The lovely Mica G (from Luuux) posted a long time ago a look with a polish by Sally Hansen called "Hidden Treasure." Unfortunately that was limited edition and is unavailable now, but is sold very marked up on eBay. However, she came to the rescue and provided info on a dupe, Nubar's "Nubar 2010."

I ordered this from eBay for $7.70 with FREE shipping. I don't know the retail price for this nail polish but compared to $20 for "Hidden Treasure," it was definitely a good price.

A lot of looks I've seen with this polish or "Hidden Treasure" have been over a dark base, and I don't own many that I thought would look good with this polish.

The base polish I used was Sonia Kashuk's "Taunting Teal," which you can buy for $4.99 at Target. It is a beautiful dark and dusty peacock blue with a cream finish that would look good on its own. (I don't normally paint my nails when they are this short just because I don't think it looks good on me.)

I layered "Nubar 2010" on top of this and it looks beautiful! Some fingers I used two coats if there wasn't even glittery bits. It also dries very quickly which is a plus.

Capturing the beautiful of this polish was sort of hard because the shimmers change depending on how the light is hitting them, which is why there are so many pictures above. I just put in on my ring finger to see how it would turn out, but it was so pretty that I put it on all my nails.

The shade definitely reminds me of finding treasure at the bottom of the ocean, and the way the light changes because of the depth of the water. Definitely a nail polish worth adding to your collection!

Thanks for reading!

All images and content are mine.

Favorite Concealer: MAC Studio Finish with SPF 35

Hi everyone! I know I've been neglecting my blog and have really only been posting on Luuux since my readership there is really much larger than this blog. So these next upcoming posts will actually be a month or two old, since they have already been up on Luuux for a while.

Today I wanted to share with you my favorite concealer of all time! It's the MAC Studio Finish concealer with SPF 35, which comes in a myriad of shades and each pot is $16.50 for 7g of product.

What I love about MAC is that almost every foundation shade has a corresponding concealer shade. A lot of other brands, from drugstore to high end usually only have a couple concealer shades to cover all of their foundations shades and sometimes it's hard to get them to match, but with MAC, there is usually a concealer shade for all of the most common foundation shades so you won't have any color difference.

From the MAC website:
¤ "A lightweight, creamy, discreetly opaque concealer. Provides a smooth, long-wearing invisible coverage for all skin blemishes. Water-resistant, fragrance-free and non-acnegenic. This emollient-based, lightweight concealer is so concentrated that a tiny amount can provide opaque coverage of the skin's imperfections and discolourations. It effectively covers dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Enriched with antioxidants (derivatives of Vitamin A and Vitamin E), it also contains Silica to help adsorb the skin's oils. Concealer has an SPF of 35 and is available in a wide range of colours. It can be applied with a medium to firm fiber brush (try the 242 Brush), a latex sponge, or the fingertips."

I absolutely love this concealer, so much that I have it in three shades to cover up my imperfections throughout the year. The NC range is for those with yellow undertones and NC20 is the second lightest shade in the range.

It provides full coverage and goes on very smoothly with a concealer brush. This literally will cover up pretty much anything! I have lots of hyperpigmentation and redness from acne and this covers them up so I can face the day with confidence.

I cover up my blemishes with this and then set it with my MAC blot powder. If you set it with the powder it will definitely last all day, so no need for touch ups. The finish looks very natural but it can get a bit cakey if you try and pile it on.

Like most concealers, it doesn't look good over dry and/or flaky skin. It will just accentuate the dryness and make it more obvious you're wearing makeup. This really looks best over smooth surfaces, like older scars and hyperpigmentation, and not flaky scabs or anything like that.

This concealer is definitely great for those who need to cover up dark marks and imperfections, and it will last you forever. I've had these pots for a while and I'm not close to hitting pan or finishing them yet.

Hope you found this helpful!

All images and content are my own, except for the MAC description of the concealer.