Sunday, June 26, 2016

GRWM: Makeup I'm Packing for Europe

Makeup Products Mentioned in the Video:
(* denotes product used in my FOTD)
- hard candy sheer envy face primer*
- loreal infallible pro-matte foundation in 102 shell beige*
- elf hd lifting concealer in fair*
- benefit erase paste in no 1. fair*
- cover girl simply powder foundation in ivory*
- elf instant lift eyebrow pencil in taupe*
- elf clear brow & lash mascara*
- wet n wild fergie eyeshadow primer*
- bitzy custom compact shadows
     - aú naturale*
     - beach bronze*
     - high spirited*
     - bonfire attire
- essence gel eye pencil waterproof in black blaze*
- maybelline lash discovery waterproof mascara in very black*
- maybelline colossal volum' express waterproof mascara in classic black*
- essence sheer & shine lipstick in 03 bff*
- blistex lip vibrance spf 15 tinted lip balm
- blistex lip balm spf 30
- hawaiian tropic lip balm spf 45

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bitzy Custom Compact Eyeshadows

Early this week, I popped into Sally Beauty Supply to repurchase my current favorite heat protectant spray.  While I was there, I checked out the product line Bitzy, which replaced the Sally Girl line.  I immediately noticed the custom compact eyeshadows (they were on sale for $1.49 each!) and accompanying quad palettes and knew I wanted to try some out in hopes of them working out for my upcoming trip to Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland next week.  I ended up liking the four I bought so much that I went back the next day and bought eight more [on Instagram]!  Now I've had a few days to play with them and I have some thoughts on these affordable shadows.

First, let's talk about the compacts.  I picked up two of those.  These were the only two designs my Sally Beauty had in stock but I see on their website that they seem to have pink compacts as well.  When I purchased them, they had a protective cover on the front and also a plastic sleeve inside to protect the magnetic section of the palette.  As you can see from the very top photo, the palette comes with an applicator and four round sections for the shadows to fit into.  Let's just get it out of the way: I think the applicator is useless.  It's incredibly scratchy and I wouldn't use it to apply shadow for fear of it irritating the sensitive skin around my eyes.  A double sided sponge tip would have been a better choice.  The sponge tip that comes with Cover Girl quads fits nicely into that center compartment though.  It's also worth noting that if you already have a Unii palette, Z palette, or other magnetic palette, it's not necessary to buy the coordinating quad palettes.  These shadows magnetize beautifully to any palette of the sort.

I was curious if it was possible to remove the top so that you could use this palette to hold any size or shape of product you wanted.  The top part easily pops out.  However, the thin sheet of magnet that holds the shadows in is not actually attached to the compact.  The top section holds it in.  So if you wanted to use this palette for that purpose, you would need to  secure the magnetic sheet with glue or double sided tape.

And now let's get to the most fun part: the eyeshadows!  First, let's talk about the packaging.

Each shadow comes in a small cardboard box and resides in a plastic sleeve that protects the shadow.  However, I did find that quite a few of my shadows had some damage to the metal pan that caused it to have dents either in the pan or in the actual shadows.  They're still usable but it's something to look out for if you're shopping for these.  The name of the shade is written on the top left of the box.  However, it is not written anywhere on the actual pan of the shadow.  So if you take the shadow out of the box to put it in a compact, you will no longer have the name of the shade anywhere.  While not a deal breaker, that's definitely something I thought was worth noting.

To remedy this, I used a thin permanent marker to write the name of each shade on the bottom of the pan and then covered it with a bit of clear nail polish to keep the marker from transferring to the compact.  (I've noticed that is a problem with some of the items in my Unii palette and now my pretty palette has marker all over the bottom.)  

Now that you know what to expect from the packaging, let's talk about the most fun part, the shadows!  I purchased twelve total shadows and have them divided into three "quads".

This is the quad that I decided to bring with me to Europe.  These four shades are all right up my alley.  They are neutral and easy to work with.  We'll go left to right.

Aú Naturale - cream, matte finish
High Spirited - light pink, metallic finish
Beach Bronze - light tan, satin finish
Bonfire Attire - plummy brown, satin finish

I just love this quad!  Aú Naturale is the perfect highlight shade for me and I also love it as a natural looking all over lid shade to cancel out veining and imperfections.  I love wearing it all over with Beach Bronze in the crease as a very natural eye look.  Beach Bronze would also make a good transition shade.  I love the way High Spirited looks in the inner corner of the eyes to brighten things up and it would also make a good lid shade but beware that it's super frosty looking.  I think Bonfire Attire would make a great crease shade if you wanted a bit more contrast.  I also think it would make a nice one shadow look.

In this swatch photo, it's kind of hard to see Aú Naturale but don't be fooled: it's quite pigmented but it's hard to see because it blends in with my skin so well.  I think all of these shadows are great and worth looking into if you're into these kinds of colors and finishes.

Next up, we have the second quad.  Neutrals and some plummy tones.

Cloud Nine - white, shimmer finish
Subtle Flare - light mauve, satin finish
Caramel Latte - light tan, satin finish
Beauty Mark - plum, satin finish

These shadows I have some mixed feelings about.  Cloud Nine is awesome, especially as an inner corner color.  It's quite pigmented, though less frosty than High Spirited and more of a pure white.  Subtle Flare is most definitely subtle and by that I mean that it barely shows up.  I would recommend passing on that one, as there is just no color payoff.  Caramel Latte came off looking very similar to Beach Bronze in my opinion but a little lighter.  I think you probably don't need both of them so I wold recommend Beach Bronze if you're trying to decide between the two.  Beauty Mark is a real star in this palette.  It's pigmented and really pretty.  I love the way it looks with my green eyes.

The last quad is not really a quad but more like the four shades that didn't really go with anything else.  They are currently residing in my small Z palette.  It's worth mentioning that this small Z palette can hold nine of these shadow pans.

Freshly Minted - bright mint green, matte finish
Moonstone - white, glitter finish
Fashionista - light purple, metallic finish
Pure Silver - blue toned silver, metallic finish

These are the shades that I am least likely to use.  Freshly Minted is actually pretty good but I just don't think I'll use that color much because it's so bold.  But I wanted another matte from this collection and that was the only matte besides Aú Naturale.  I actually wish they had more mattes, as I really like the mattes from this line!  This one would be good if you like more bold colors.  Moonstone is the absolute worst out of the shades that I bought.  There is virtually no color payoff at all.  What you do get is a bunch of fine glitter particles that will fall out all over your face and never seem to go away.  I was really disappointed in this shade and would recommend you to pass on it.  Fashionista and Pure Silver and nice for what they are but I feel like they are just not unique at all.  I have an entire palette from Coastal Scents full of shades that are really similar to these.  However, for what they are, they are nice and pretty if you're looking for shades like that.

Overall, these shadows are a bit hit and miss but I feel like for the most part, they were quite good.  I'm really happy I bought them and I'm looking forward to having my personalized quad of eyeshadows for my trip.  I'm hoping my Sally Beauty will stock more of these shadows soon too, as they have a lot more listed on their website that I was interested in but couldn't find at my local store.  For $1.69 regular price each, these palettes and shadows are a great way to explore some different colors without a big risk.  I would recommend them for sure!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

FOTD, May Empties

* rimmel fix and perfect pro primer
* rimmel lasting finish foundation in light ivory
* elf hd lifting concealer (mixed with +)
* manic panic color corrector in virgin+
* benefit erase paste in no. 1 fair
* physician's formula multi colored pressed powder in translucent
* mary kay mineral cheek color in citrus bloom
* elf eyebrow kit in medium
* elf makeup mist & set

* milani eyeshadow primer
* physician's formula matte collection quad eyeshadow in canyon classics
* essence gel eyeliner in midnight in paris (tightline & upper lashline)
* maybelline lash discovery mini brush waterproof mascara in very black
* maybelline colossal volum' express waterproof mascara in classic black

* milani power lip lasting & moisturizing gloss stain in pink lemonade
* carmex lip balm

Saturday, June 4, 2016

FOTD, Products I Want to Use Up, Update #1

* rimmel fix & perfect pro primer
* rimmel lasting finish foundation in light ivory
* pixi correction concentrate in brightening peach
* milani powder foundation in shell
* hard candy fox in a box blush in spicy & sweet
* physician's formula SPF 50 healthy wear bronzer in fair
* elf eyebrow kit in medium
* elf makeup mist & set


* wet n wild fergie eyeshadow primer
* elf eyeshadow palette in mad for matte
* smashbox limitless eyeliner in onyx (tightline)
* wet n wild color icon shadow single in panther (dampened to line top lashes)
* maybelline lash discovery waterproof mascara in very black (lower lashes)
* maybelline colossal volum' express waterproof mascara in classic black (top lashes)


* elf moisturizing lipstick in ravishing rose
* jordana easy liner for lips in tawny
* carmex lip balm

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Spring/Summer Clothing Haul

Hey there, friends!  I feel like it's been a long time since I've done a stand alone blog post.  I'm happy to have something fun to share with you.  Since about March when the temperatures here started to warm up, I've realized that I needed to updated my spring and summer casual clothes.  First of all, my husband and I are taking a trip to Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic next month and I needed some more casual pieces that were comfy for long days being a tourist.  Second of all, starting July 1st, I will be a twelve month employee for the school district I work in so that means I'll be working pretty much all summer long.  During the summer, it's acceptable to dress slightly more casual because we work four ten hour days.  With that in mind, I've been on the hunt for some casual tops, bottoms, and sandals for the last three months.  I've also taken advantage of the great sales and coupons that department stores have been offering lately.

First, let's start off with what I got at Bealls Outlet.

This grey tee is perfect to throw on in the summer or even in the winter with a cardigan and scarf layered over it.

Next, I got the world's most amazingly comfortable cargo pants.  They have the waistband with the built in stretch that makes them comfortable for sitting in for long periods of time.  I'm thinking these will be the pants I wear for the flight to Germany.

Let's move on to J.C. Penney.

I picked up these black knee length cargo shorts for super cheap after JCP sent me a $10 off your purchase coupon.  These are definitely going to Europe with me!  The same pair is still available here.

I was absolutely thrilled about this find: a waterproof hooded bright pink rain coat from Belk.  [exact same here]  It was on sale and the cashier also gave me a 10% off coupon because she was really nice.  :)  Ironically, it was a way better price than similar items at Burlington Coat Factory.  This will come in super handy for our trip to Europe but also for this time of year in Florida where it's often rainy but too hot for a thick coat.  This one is nice and thin.

And my absolute favorite store: Kohls!  I love that Kohls carries petite extra small size tops that fit my super short torso and narrow shoulders.  They also offer tons of coupons, sales, clearance, and Kohls cash and I feel like my money goes farther there.

This adorable bright coral and grey striped shirt was calling my name.  I think it will look great with lots of different colored bottoms: navy, olive, black.  I also really like the varying sizes of stripes and the little detail at the collar.

And another striped shirt that I have no excuse for.  I'm not usually that into stripes but I just loved how this shirt fit.  I've already worn it several times in the last few weeks.

This shirt is great because I can wear it alone as casual wear or with a cardigan for work.  I actually have this same shirt in five different colors and patterns.  I love the fit and how versatile they are.  This one is a vibrant peachy coral but I feel like the photo came off looking more neon pink than it is in real life. [exact same]

And I also got the same one in a minty color that's perfect for spring.  [exact same]

This cardigan was a great price and I can always use a black cardigan.  You can't even beat this price from Goodwill!

This shirt really brings out the color of my green eyes.  I like that it can be worn untied for the weekend or it can be tied at the top and still be conservative enough for work with a cardigan over top.  [exact same]

This pair of capris is another super comfy item for long days of sitting at my desk working.  It has a button and zipper but also has a stretch/elastic waistband which keeps it from gapping in the back.  These look really cute paired with the black,white, and mint striped shirt. [exact same]

Lastly from Kohls, I got this pair of denim capris to replace my old pair.  The old ones had a paint accident when I was helping my friend redo her master bedroom last month.  I was sad at their loss but somehow I ended up liking these even more.  They came with a belt but I don't really find myself wearing it. [exact same]

Last but not least, I needed to find a replacement for my beloved cognac braided sandals that I bought three years ago.  I've worn my old ones a ton and while they aren't dead yet, they definitely haven't got much life left in them.  I wanted to find a replacement before they actually were unwearable.  And since Rack Room Shoes was having a BOGO 50% off sale, I got them in black as well.  I'm happy to report that I love the replacements every bit as much as I loved the original. [exact same in tan] [exact same in black]

I'm all set for spring and summer temperatures now!  Now to start stressing about what I'll pack for my trip to Europe.  Anyone else hate packing as much as I do?