Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sephora Color Flip now on clearance!

image of Color Flip from Sephora.com


The Sephora Color Flip I reviewed and swatched HERE awhile back is now on clearance for about half off! If you haven't purchased it yet but have been thinking about it, I would say now is the time! It was originally $15 and now is marked down to $7. Great for travel, you have almost everything you need!

NEW Color Flip image from Sephora.com

I also noticed that they have a new version with new colors in it! This one looks like it is in a dark purple compact and has less bright colors. Perhaps the older Color Flip was a summer colors version and this is a fall one?  I may have to check it out next time I am in store! This new version is $15 at Sephora. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Swatched: Milani Baked Blush in Terra Sole

Back in June, I told you about Milani's Free Baked Blush giveaway on Facebook. Milani says on their Facebook page that all the free baked blushes have been sent out, but I know from reading comments that some people are just now getting theirs. If you entered and didn't get one yet, it may still be on the way.

When I first saw the color, I wasn't sure what to think. It just didn't look like a color that I would be able to wear. It is a matte terra cotta color. That is the best way I can describe the color because it looks so much like actual terra cotta. This is why it sat in my makeup drawer until last night when I decided to pull it out and finally take some photos. Once I actually swatched it, I was pleasantly surprised. I think that if applied with a light hand, I will be able to wear this. I applied it to my face and found I was correct. It looks really nice on, and I think it would look really good on tanned skin. (Mine is so not... This has got to be the rainiest July ever in WA!)

The pigmentation is great and the texture is nice and soft. In the swatch photo above, it is applied with my finger on my clean bare skin on the left and also blended with my finger on the right side. When I applied it to my face, I used my ELF Studio Blush Brush and it was really easy to blend in. The compact looks a little cheap to me, but personally I am not a big fan of fake plastic gold like the lid on this. The gold lid has a shiny finish which makes is show fingerprints. What is cool about the compact is the different levels. Once you open the lid, there is the baked blush. But, flip up the baked blush and there is a compartment with a little brush in it and a mirror. Unfortunately, as with most applicators included with makeup, this little brush is probably useless to actually apply the blush. It is a little stiff and rough so I don't think it would nicely blend the product on your face.

This blush retails for $7.99 and is available on Milani's website. Keep in mind, if you order online, you will have to pay for shipping. I wouldn't pay $7.99 plus shipping for this blush, but if I could find it on sale at a drugstore I might. Probably in a different color though. I am glad I was able to get this color from their giveaway so I could try it, I would probably never pick up a color like this in store. I would definitely be interested in a bronzer like this, so I will have to check my drugstores that carry Milani and see if I can find one. If you are not a fan of Milani's Facebook page yet, I recommend you do so! They recently did another giveaway for a free lipstick and they have contests often. Who doesn't like free stuff, right? :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Showdown: Pinky Coral Blushes

In my last post, I showed you swatches of the Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink. As I mentioned it kinda reminded me of Benefit Bella Bamba, so I wanted to swatch them together for comparison. I also included a few other pinky coral shades of blush I have. In the collage of photos above, the order of the blushes is the same in each. From left to right, Bare Escentuals Naughty Naughty, ELF Candid Coral, Wet n Wild Pearlescent Pink, Benefit Bella Bamba and NYX Pinched.

As you can see, the closest matches between all the shades were NYX Pinched and WnW Pearlescent Pink. Benefit Bella Bamba is sort of similar to those two, but shows brighter pink in comparison. WnW Pearlescent Pink is the darkest of the three. ELF Candid Coral lacked the pigmentation of the other blushes but is still a really pretty color. It took a little work to get the swatch to show up as much as you see in the photo. BE Naughty Naughty has more brown in it than the rest. It most closely matched WnW Pearlescent Pink but is less pink.

The textures of all the blushes are nice and had good pigmentation with exception of the ELF blush as mentioned above. Benefit Bella Bamba is still one of my favorite blushes ever, but since this little experiment I think WnW Pearlescent Pink may be a close second.

Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Blush in Naught Naughty:
     - Available in "What Turns You On" Combination Set $27
     - Naughty Naughty Blush on Amazon $10
ELF Studio Brush in Candid Coral, $3
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher in Pearlescent Pink, $2.99
Benefit Bella Bamba Blush, $28
NYX Blush in Pinched, $5.99

Swatched: Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher in Pearlescent Pink

If you read my Weekly Roundup of Drugstore Deals this past Sunday, you might remember that Bartell Drugs has Wet n Wild on sale for 50% off this week. This is one of the items I decided to try. This blush reminded me of Benefit's Bella Bamba in store, which is what made me decide to pick it up. It is very smooth and pigmented, just like the Wet n Wild Color Icon Trios. There are 4 colors available including this one. You should be able to find these wherever you normally buy Wet n Wild, though all the colors may not be available everywhere. At the Bartell Drugs I bought this at, they had 3 of the blushers and one of the bronzers available. I will do some comparison swatches against Bella Bamba and a couple other coral/pinkish blushes I have and post those soon. :)

Overall, for $2.99 regular price or cheaper if you can find it on sale, I am happily impressed yet again by the quality of Wet n Wild's products.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Milani is having a giveaway! (ENDED)

Image from Official Milani Cosmetics Facebook Page
The image above shows the July Limited Edition Collections from Milani that are available exclusively at CVS and on Milani.com. These products look pretty fun! Now through July 25th you can enter to win them on Milani's Facebook page. If you do not already "like" Milani's Facebook page, it may not let you fill out the form, so make sure you do that first. I will put the direct link to the contest below, and all you have to do is click "Enter" then provide your name and email address and submit those. There will be 10 lucky winners!


Good Luck!! :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Urban Decay Deluxe Samples

Free Deluxe Samples from June 2011 promotion on www.urbandecay.com

I finally got around to taking photos and swatching the 3 deluxe samples I got with my Urban Decay order back in June. At the time, they had a promotion going where you would get these 3 deluxe sized sample in addition to the usual lipgloss or lipstick card sample you usually get with your $50 order. You also got free shipping as usual with orders of $50 or more. The 3 items you got were Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Wallflower, Afterglow Cheek Tint in Quickie and Primer Potion in Greed. All of these products are available in full sizes.

Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Wallflower
Of the three products, this is the one I have already tried and own the full size of. I love this lipgloss. If you don't remember, I have already raved about it my June Favorites post. So to recap from that post, the scent and texture of this lipgloss is great. It goes on semi opaque but I like the color that way. It is close to my natural lip color so I love it for a more natural look. This is actually my second mini Wallflower lipgloss and I love the minis because they are perfect to keep in your purse. The full size is $19.

Afterglow Glide On Cheek Tint in Quickie
This is honestly my first experience with any cream blush. I am glad I got a sample size of this to try it out before the cute packaging and fun colors sucked me into buying a full size one. I don't think I am really a fan of cream blushes. I do like the color but I am just not a fan of the texture. I have heard that they work great as a base for powder blushes so I will probably end up trying this out as a base but I likely won't wear it alone. I swiped it fairly heavy in the swatch picture above but you can blend it out as much as you want. Almost until it disappears if you like... and then you just have a kinda shiny spot. Like I said, cream blushes aren't really my thing. The full size is $24.

Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Greed
I love Urban Decay's Primer Potions, they are awesome and your eyeshadow will last all day and night. Greed is the shimmery gold version of Primer Potion. It works just fine to keep your eyeshadow in place. I just didn't feel like the shimmer really added anything when I applied my eyeshadow over it. This one just didn't seem overly special so I think I will stick to Eden Primer Potion. It says on the package that it also works great on its own as a highlighter so I think that is what I will end up using it for the most. The full size is $19.

Links to each item in full size on the Urban Decay website:
Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Wallflower
Afterglow Glide On Cheek Tint in Quickie
Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Greed

I want YOUR feedback!

Earlier this month, I redesigned the look of my blog. I made my own background, created a logo & header image and changed all the colors and fonts. Now, I want to know what you think!

Please let me know if you have any feedback on the design and layout of Cosmetic Addiction, positive or negative! Take a minute and leave me a comment on this post. I look forward to your feedback!

Also, I just want to remind you that I always welcome your feedback on any of my posts. If there is something you want to see more of (or less of!) feel free to tell me. Any and all feedback is good as far as I'm concerned! Thanks for reading and please don't forget to follow me! :)

Swatched: Urban Decay Loose Pigments

I purchased these at the end of June when Urban Decay added a bunch of new stuff to their sale section. These are originally $20 each, but are on sale for $5 each. They are still on sale, and they still have almost all the colors in stock if you are interested in purchasing. (The only color I noticed they are out of is Yeyo, which was a shimmery white.) Click Here to shop the sale! I have a feeling this is more of a closeout price than just a sale, as they don't carry these pigments at Ulta or Sephora. If and when I am able to verify that, I will update to let you know. I hope they are not being discontinued, I just discovered them and I love them!

This is my first experience with Urban Decay's loose pigments, and so far I am impressed. I selected (from left to right in my photo) Rockstar, Asphyxia, X, Shag and Baked because I didn't already have a pressed version of any of these. And, of course, because the colors are so pretty! Here are the descriptions from Urban Decay's website:

Asphyxia: bright pink with purple shift
Baked: rich bronze
Rockstar: dark purple in black base with silver & purple microglitter
Shag: pale bronze
X: gold with peach shift

*Note: the small jars shown are not the original packaging.
The texture and pigmentation of these is amazing. They are easy to apply (with your own brush, I will get to that in a sec...) and blend well without the color completely disappearing. There is also no fallout when applied with your own makeup brush. I have been using them over Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden and have experienced no problems with the shadows fading away. The pigment itself is a great product and I would definitely recommend it.

That said, the packaging is not good. They are packaged in a tube with a brush attached to the lid. You have to be very careful when you open it, or you will get colorful sparkly powder everywhere. I highly recommend tapping some of the powder out onto a small tray or lid of some sort and applying it with your own makeup brush. Or you can do what I did transfer the powder to some small sifter jars which makes it much easier to use.



I hope if these are being discontinued that Urban Decay will rerelease them in redesigned packaging. I love loose pigments and these are great. Luckily, most of these pigments are also sold as pressed eyeshadows as well. If you prefer pressed eyeshadows, you may want to check those out instead. You really can't beat the price on these pigments though, you are getting an excellent product for $5.

Urban Decay Loose Pigments

The Roundup: Drugstore Deals

Note: These prices and sales are from my local ads in the greater Seattle area. Sales may or may not be available nationwide. Unless otherwise noted, sale prices are good from 7/24/11 thru 7/30/11.

Bartell Drugs:   (7/25/11 thru 7/31/11)
   **25% Off**
          - Maybelline foundation, powder, blush and lip cosmetics
          - Revlon Cosmetics
          - Sally Hansen nail care
          - Styli-Style Cosmetics
   **30% Off**
          - Revlon beauty tools
   **40% Off**
          - Physicians Formula
   **50% Off**
          - Wet n Wild
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - L'Oreal
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Maybelline
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - L'Oreal Cosmetics
          - NYC Cosmetics (thru 8/8/11)
          - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (thru 8/8/11)
   **40% Off**
          - Physicians Formula bronzers
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Covergirl foundation, powder, blush and concealer
          - L'Oreal
          - Neutrogena lip & eye cosmetics
          - Revlon lip cosmetics and nail polish
          - Wet n Wild
   **+UP Rewards Offers**
          - Buy $30 of Neutrogena lip & eye cosmetics and get $10 in +UP Rewards (limit 2)
          - Buy $10 of Wet n Wild cosmetics and get $3 in +UP Rewards (limit 4)
   **Advertised Products on Sale**
          - Burt's Bees 4-pack lip balm $9.99
          - Covergirl Perfect Point Pencils $4.49
          - Maybelline Shine Sensational Lipgloss $4.49
          - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish $4
   **Coupons** 
          - 20% off entire order with code: 16653 (Online only, Expires 7/30)
          - $3.50 off $10 purchase online with code: 62212 or in store PRINT COUPON (Expires 7/30)
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Almay
          - Covergirl
          - Eyelure Eyelashes
          - Japonesque brushes & tools
          - Kiss & Broadway nails
          - Neutrogena
          - Palladio
          - Physicians Formula
   **B2GO Free**
          - Maybelline
          - Revlon
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Almay
          - Covergirl eye cosmetics
          - L'Oreal
          - Maybelline
   **No Weekly Ad**

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sephora Beauty Insiders Current Rewards

screen shot from www.sephora.com

Here is a screen shot from Sephora that shows the current 100 and 500 point rewards. I know I am always waiting for something good to come along and I prefer mini makeup products to lotions and stuff like that. These all seem pretty good to me! These probably won't last for long as the rewards tend to change all the time, so if you have points you have been saving and are interested in these rewards I would recommend ordering them soon! I don't know if these are available in store as well, I often notice that the rewards in store are different than online. I am loving that cute peacock case with the Bare Escentuals eyeshadows and mascara for the 500 point perk!

If you are not a Sephora Beauty Insider, I highly recommend signing up! Especially if you shop there anyway, why not earn points towards free products? They also have exclusive products available to purchase for Beauty Insiders only sometimes. And, you get a free deluxe sample on your birthday. Who doesn't like presents on their birthday? Click Here to sign up! :)

Wet n Wild Dream Weavers at Bartell Drugs

If you are still looking for the new Wet n Wild Dream Weavers trios and you live in the Washington, check your local Bartell Drugs! I just saw a nearly full display at mine. They must have put them out really recently because there was only one missing. (Sorry, no pic!)
On another note, the display at a Fred Meyer near me was pretty picked over, only a Fly Me To The Moon and both Bright Idea trios were left.
Happy shopping! :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Swatched: Essence Color & Go Nail Polish in Irreplaceable


I know I already did a NOTD with this polish this morning, but just for reference I thought I would post these photos of the polish bottle and swatches also. I had taken these several days ago but had not yet cropped them to post. So here you are, Irreplaceable in the bottle and swatched on white paper. This will hopefully give you a better idea of the color and gold sparkle in this polish. The photo with flash and above in the bottle are more true to the actual color, but in the photo without flash you can really see the sparkle. These little polishes are $0.99 and you can find them at Fred Meyer or Ulta. (Or H-E-B if you have one of those...)

NOTD: Essence Color & Go in Irreplaceable

Essence Color & Go Nail Polish in 10 Irreplaceable (no flash)

This is the Essence nail polish I got in my little Essence haul last week. This little guy was $0.99. I am in love with this color. It is such a pretty neutral taupe color with lots of gold glitter and has a golden sheen when light hits. I used 2 coats in my photo but you could probably get away with just one if you didn't mind a slight sheerness. I picked this up at Fred Meyer but I have also seen it at Ulta. Fred Meyer definitely had a better selection overall though, the Essence display was really picked over at Ulta. I think this is great quality for the price and I can't wait to try out a few more colors. :)


Essence Color & Go Nail Polish in 10 Irreplaceable (flash)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Swatched: Wet n Wild Dream Weaver Trios

As promised, here are all the swatches for the 6 different palettes in the Wet n Wild Dream Weavers Limited Edition collection. Based on first impressions, my favorites are Dancing in the Clouds and We're Blasting Off. I also like Earth Looks Small From Down Here and Enter A New Realm but both of those are a bit out of the norm for me. I think I will enjoy playing around with those two. The other two, Bright Idea and Fly Me To The Moon, I just felt I had to have for the bright colors. As you may remember from my original post, I didn't buy Fly Me To The Moon yesterday when I bought the other 5. I actually went back to buy it today, mostly for the blue shade. Almost all of these shades are really pigmented and have a great soft texture to them. I only had slight issues with 3 of the colors. The purple shade in Dancing in the Clouds takes some work to get any color payoff. That is probably the most disappointing color out of all the palettes because it was one I was most excited about. Same with the red shade in Enter A New Realm, though not nearly as bad. The red only takes slightly more work, and that is really only if you want a vibrant red instead of a soft shade. It could work either way. The only color I found to be a little chalky is the white shade in Fly Me To The Moon. This shade is really soft and kinda flakes but the color is so pretty, I am sure I will deal with it on occasion to use it! :)


all swatches are swiped onto clean skin with finger, no primer or base.
Overall, I feel these are a great buy. These retail for $2.99 each. I have seen them at Fred Meyer and heard from Zadidoll that they are available at Rite Aid as well. These are limited edition, so once they are gone the are gone for good!

LOTD: Urban Decay Loose Pigments

While I am sorting through and cropping all the photos I just took of the Wet n Wild Dreamweavers trios, here is a little something for you. This is a look I did last week using Urban Decay Loose Pigments and a few other products. I listed what products I used in the photo, click to enlarge. Enjoy!

Urban Decay Loose Pigments (on sale for $5 each, regular price is $20!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bare Escentuals 12 Hour Sale


above images from Bare Escentuals email
Bare Escentuals is having a sale on select items for 12 hours only this Friday, July 22nd from 9am to 9pm. They are advertising prices are 30% or more off on those select products. You don't need a code to get the sale prices, but if you spend $50 or more and use the code COLORS, you will get free samples and a free mini brush with your purchase. The image from the email and fine print are above. You always get free shipping with your purchase of $50 or more at Bare Escentuals too. Remember to check the sale at 9am on Friday! :)

Link to the Sale

The Roundup: Drugstore Deals

Note: These prices and sales are from my local ads in the greater Seattle area. Sales may or may not be available nationwide. Unless otherwise noted, sale prices are good from 7/17/11 thru 7/23/11.

Bartell Drugs:   (7/18/11 thru 7/24/11)
   **25% Off**
          - Revlon Cosmetics
          - Sally Hansen nail care
   **30% Off**
          - Revlon beauty tools
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - L'Oreal
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Covergirl
          - Physicians Formula
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - NYC Cosmetics (thru 8/8/11)
          - Revlon
          - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri or beauty tools
Rite Aid:
   **$$ OFF**
          - $3 off L'Oreal True Match
   **40% Off**
          - Revlon Cosmetics and beauty tools
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Covergirl eye cosmetics
          - Maybelline lip and eye cosmetics
          - NYC Cosmetics
   **+UP Rewards Offers**
          - Buy $30 of Neutrogena cosmetics, skin care or sun care and get $10 in +UP Rewards (limit 2)
   **Other Offers**
          - Get $5 Target Giftcard with purchase of 3 select Revlon items
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Almay
          - Covergirl
          - Eyelure Eyelashes
          - Japonesque brushes & tools
          - Kiss & Broadway nails
          - Neutrogena
          - Palladio
          - Physicians Formula
   **B2GO Free**
          - Maybelline
          - Revlon
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Covergirl
          - Neutrogena
          - Revlon cosmetics & select implements
   **Advertised products & rollbacks**
          - L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss $5.97
          - L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara $7

Friday, July 15, 2011

Swatched: Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil


Here are some swatches of the Essence eye pencil in Almost Famous. I have been using this on my waterline. So far I have only used it by itself and I haven't found that it lasts a long time on my waterline alone. I will have to try setting it with powder to see if that helps. I really like the color though, it is a shimmery nude pearl color. It goes on pretty smooth but you have to make sure you don't roll it up very far. You don't want the tip showing much more than in the picture above or it will break off. When I first opened it, I rolled it up just a little further than the picture above and the tip broke right off as soon as I tried to apply it. I'm not sure if I just got a bad one or if they are all like this. All in all, not bad for $1.49 but not great either. If I can get it to stay longer on my waterline I will be much happier with this purchase.

Essence Cosmetics

Essence is a German cosmetics company that I just recently noticed in my local Fred Meyers. They also sell the brand at Ulta which means I must have just overlooked it because I never noticed before. (For those of you who have an HEB nearby, that is the only other US retailer.) The thing that really interested me is their Gel Eyeliners. That is what drew me in and made me look up the brand online, and eventually what made me decide to purchase a few things.

These are the products I purchased to try out as shown in my photo. The eyeliner across the top is called Almost Famous and was $1.49. The 3 tall lipglosses are the XXXL Shine lipgloss and those are $1.99 each. From left to right in my photo, the colors are Big Night Out, Bubble Babe and Super Girl. The red tube is called Glossy Lipbalm, the shade I got is Pink Dragonfruit and it retails for $0.99. Next to that is the Color and Go Nail Color in Irreplaceable which also cost $0.99. Last but not least, I bought the Gel Eyeliner in two colors: London Baby and Berlin Rocks. These are $3.49 each.

I will post swatches of everything soon and give you my review. So far I have tried the Glossy Lipbalm and the Berlin Rocks (purple) eyeliner. Oh and I have been using the Almost Famous eyeliner on my waterline. More on those later... :)

Essence Cosmetics Website (US)
Ulta $3.50 off $10 Coupon   expires 7/23/11
If you want to try a few Essence products, I recommend picking out a few things that total $10 and using the coupon at Ulta! I have not seen the brand go on sale yet, so this is the way to save some money! :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Look for my poll!

I added a poll to the right side bar of my blog asking:

What do you want to see more of on Cosmetic Addiction?

Please vote and/or comment here on this post and let me know what you like, don't like and what you want more of! Thank you! :)

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Coupon: Bare Minerals Deluxe Sample

image from Sephora inside JC Penney
Click Here to print this coupon from JC Penney. It is good for one free deluxe sample of Bare Minerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer and redeemable only at Sephora inside JC Penney. Expires 7/25/11.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Review: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color



Sally Hansen makes great nail polish. I have been a fan for years. This Xtreme Wear line is no exception. The thing I love about these is the shape of the brush. It is flatter and wider to better cover your nail in a few easy strokes. This nail polish seems to dry slightly quicker than average, which is a great thing for me. I used to not be able to finish painting my nails without messing at least one up. Letting them all dry without messing up more of them? That was just a myth, I just couldn't do it. The combination of these nail polished and Seche Vite top coat seems to do the trick for me. I paint 2 coats of color and top it with the Seche Vite clear coat and I'm good to go in about 20 minutes. Many of the colors work great for nail stamping with my Bundle Monster plates as well. As for length of wear, I usually get a good 3 or 4 days without any chips depending on when I work after I paint my nails. I work at a restaurant so I wash my hands often and also use sanitizer rags to wipe off tables, so my hands constantly getting damp seems to quicken the chipping rate of my nail polish. These retail for $2.99 regular price but you can often find sales on Sally Hansen at the drugstore. This week at Walgreens this line of Xtreme Wear is 2 for $4. I recommend checking that out if you have the opportunity and are interested. Overall, I love these nail polishes and will continue to buy them.

Here are swatches of the 12 colors of Xtreme Wear nail polish I have on plain white paper:



I will describe each color as best as I can, this is how they appear to me based on the color of the polish in the bottle, on the paper and my experience with the shades I have already worn. A few I have not worn as all over color but used for stamping nail art.

Ivy League is a shimmery lime green with a slight yellow sheen to it.
The Real Teal is a medium shade of teal.
Blizzard Blue is a sheer icy light blue with a subtle teal sheen.
Virtual Violet is a light blue based purple.
Rockstar Pink is a mix of pink, blue and yellow glitter in a clear base.
Posh Plum is a medium shade of magenta that leans slightly purple.
Pink Boa is a bright hot pink and my new favorite. :)
Twisted Pink is slightly darker than Pink Boa with subtle gold sparkle.
Strobe Light is silver holographic glitter with light pink micro glitter.
Celeb City is a bright shiny silver with a metallic sheen.
White On is a flat white. This is my favorite for stamping.
Black Out is a flat dark black, not at all sheer.

Shop Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color on Drugstore.com! ($2.82 each)
Shop Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color on Walgreens.com!
($2 each this week! Regular price $2.99. You can also use the store locator at the top of the Walgreens website to find a location near you and shop in store!)

My Favorite Brushes: Eyes


On Monday, I posted my Favorite Face Brushes. Here are my favorites for eyes. I have tons of eyeshadow brushes, about half of them are Bare Minerals that came with various kits. I used those for a long time when they were all that I had. The other half of my brushes are various inexpensive brands that I purchased, oh and my one MAC brush. I find that I prefer these to the Bare Minerals brushes because the handles are much longer and the quality of the bristles is the same. Several of the Bare Minerals brushes have short handles which I just don't care for as much. So here we go, my top eye brushes.

ELF Small Smudge Brush (top in photo): I love this brush for using eyeshadow to set eyeliner when I use a pencil. I use it most often to set my waterline. Sometimes I like to use a colorful eyeliner to line my eyes and I will use this brush to add a similar colored eyeshadow over the top to brighten the color. (Usually Exotic Tara from Bare Minerals over MAC Surf Baby Blue Noon lately, as I am loving the teal liners.) It would also work for smudging eyeshadow underneath your lower lash line. It is $3.00 from ELF if purchased individually, or you can buy the Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection which includes it.

ELF Small Angled Brush (second from top): I use this brush with my gel or cream eyeliners. Lately that is al I have been using, specifically the ELF Cream Liner in Black. I love using an angled liner brush because I feel like I have better control with the product. This one a great option for not too much money. It is $3.00 individually, but also included in the ELF Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection.

MAC 266 Small Angle Brush (third from top): For years I used this brush and MAC Black Tied eyeshadow as eyeliner. I would get my brush damp, get the powder on it and paint it on. It worked great for me, and I still use it occasionally. I don't use this brush with my gel or cream liners, but specifically for the eyeshadow applied wet method. I love this brush though, it is the only MAC brush I have ever purchased and I have probably had it for almost 6 years. It has held up well, given I didn't know you were supposed to shampoo your brushes for the first several years I had it. (It is much better taken care of now.) This brush retails for $19.50.

Target Up & Up Brand Crease Brush (fourth from top): Who knew that Target had their own brand of makeup brushes? And who knew that this one is so awesome? I do now! This has become my absolute favorite eyeshadow brush. I use it for applying eyeshadow to my inner corner, crease and brow bone. I also use it for blending. The bristles are nice and soft, they pick up product well, they don't fall out and it just works great! All for $1.99. Yes, under two dollars for this amazing brush. If you have a Target nearby, I suggest you check this one out! At my Target, the Up & Up brushes are in the same area as the nail tools and false eyelashes at the very bottom.

ELF Essentials Eyeshadow Brush (fifth from top): This is a great firmer brush you can use for detail like the outer "v" or lining a little eyeshadow underneath your lower lashes. I mostly use this to add a darker color to my crease area before blending it with the Target Crease Brush. It is $1.00 from ELF.

ELF Mineral All-Over Eyeshadow Brush (last in photo): This brush is great for packing on color. The bristles are softer so you can lightly blend the eyeshadow too. I use this brush to add color to my lid and to slightly blend it into my crease. It is $5 from ELF but I got mine in a kit that came with 2 ELF Mineral Eyeshadows and the brush for $5. I have seen these eyeshadow sets at Target before, but they are no longer on the ELF website.

Through 7/18/11 spend $30 at ELF, get 7 Studio brushes for free: 7BRUSHES
Just add your 7 favorite Studio brushes, excluding the Stipple and Kabuki to your order of $30 or more and apply the code.
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Monday, July 11, 2011

My Favorite Brushes: Face


Pictured above are the 5 face brushes I use the most. In fact, I use most of them every day. Somehow they all ended up being ELF Studio Line brushes. These each retail for $3 but I got 4 of the 5 in a set. The Stipple brush is the only one pictured that was not included in the brush set. The ELF Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection is $30 regular price and includes 10 brushes and a black zip case. When I purchased it I used a 50% off Studio coupon code and got it for $15. 

ELF Complexion Brush (top in photo): I use this for pressed powder and bronzers. It is really big and fluffy with soft bristles. It doesn't pick up too much or too little product, I feel like I get just the right amount for a light dusting of powder over my foundation. 

ELF Stipple Brush (second from top): This one I don't use every day, but I use often. It is great for loose powder foundations or setting powders. The bristles are super soft, especially the feathery white ones. When I do use it, it is with my MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powder. I think it would work great with the ELF Studio HD Powder too, which I have but have not tried this brush with yet. 

ELF Blush Brush (middle in photo): My favorite brush lately is Benefit Bella Bamba, and I love to use this blush brush to apply it. Again, the soft bristles pick up just the perfect amount of product. I brush it over the blush once or twice, then apply it to my cheeks. No need to go back for seconds unless you want a really heavy application.

ELF Angled Foundation Brush (second from bottom): I use this every day to apply my Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation. The bristles are firm enough to pick up and apply the product but they are not scratchy. I also like the angled shape so that I can get all the corners and small areas of my face. I am able to achieve a very even application using this brush.

ELF Concealer Brush (bottom in photo): After applying my foundation, I use this brush to apply concealer. I have been using Benefit's Erase Paste lately and this applies it well. It is small enough for tiny blemishes and big enough to use under your eye. It blends out the product well for an even look.

The only face brush I use often that I forgot to include in this photo is my kabuki brush. I will have to do a separate post on kabukis. I have tried several now so I can go over all of those. Stay tuned for that. :)


Try this ELF coupon code to save 50% off Studio Line Products:  ECD21

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Roundup: Drugstore Deals

Note: These prices and sales are from my local ads in the greater Seattle area. Sales may or may not be available nationwide. Unless otherwise noted, sale prices are good from 7/10/11 thru 7/16/11.

Bartell Drugs:   (7/11/11 thru 7/17/11)
   **25% Off**
          - Maybelline mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow
          - Rimmel
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Almay
          - NYX
   **Printable Coupon: Save $2 on L'Oreal Cosmetics
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - L'Oreal
          - Maybelline
   **BOGO Free**
          - Wet n Wild (thru 7/11/11)
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - NYC Cosmetics (thru 7/11/11)
          - Maybelline
   **$1 off**
          - Sally Hansen Salon Effects, Complete Salon and Insta-Dry nail color (thru 7/11/11)
   **25% Off**
          - Rimmel Cosmetics
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Covergirl lip cosmetics
          - L'Oreal lip and face cosmetics
          - Maybelline 
          - Physicians Formula
   **B2G1 Free**
          - Almay
   **+UP Rewards Offers**
          - Buy $10 of Almay cosmetics and get $4 in +UP Rewards (limit 2)
          - Buy $15 of Burt's Bees and get $5 in +UP rewards (limit 2)
          - Buy $15 of Maybelline cosmetics and get $5 in +UP Rewards (limit 2)
          - Buy 3 Physicians Formula products, get $5 in +UP Rewards (limit 4)
          - Buy $15 of Rimmel cosmetics and get $5 in +UP Rewards 
   **10% Off**
          - Select Almay
          - Select Covergirl
   **Other Offers**
          - Almay Intense i-Color: $5
          - Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation $13
          - Get $5 Target Giftcard with purchase of 3 select Neutrogena items
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Almay
          - Covergirl
          - Eyelure Eyelashes
          - Japonesque brushes & tools
          - Kiss & Broadway nails
          - Neutrogena
          - Palladio
          - Physicians Formula
   **B2GO Free**
          - Revlon
   **30% Off**
          - Sally Hansen Beauty Tools
   **BOGO 1/2 Off**
          - Almay
          - L'Oreal
          - Rimmel foundation, primer, powder, bronzer and eye makeup
          - Sally Hansen Nail or Lip Care
   **Register Rewards Offers**
          - Buy $10 of Sally Hansen Beauty Tools and get $5 in Register Rewards
   **Advertised products & rollbacks**
          - Almay Intense i-Color Eyeshadow, Smoky-i Kit or Mascara $5
          - Covergirl Clean Liquid Makeup & Pressed Powder Value Pack $8.48
          - Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color $6.94
          - Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara $5.97
          - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color $4

Thursday, July 7, 2011

ELF 70% Off Sale! Today only!

I just received an email from ELF with details about their 70% off sale for their 7th birthday. The sale lasts for 70 minutes only, today from 1:00 to 2:10 pm EST. (That is 10 to 11:10 am in Pacific time.) You must add at least $25 worth of product to your cart, then apply the code 70FOR70. Palettes are excluded and you are limited to a discount of $100. Here is the image from the email I recieved from ELF with their details in it.

(image from eyeslipsface.com email)
(image from eyeslipsface.com email)

Happy shopping everyone! :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

LOTD: Wet n Wild Silent Treatment



I quickly took these pictures with my phone on the way out the door this morning. I used the Silent Treatment trio from Wet n Wild for my eyes and I believe this was the first time I used it. I really like the look, its a very soft and natural eye. I used the colors as they were labeled, except I also used the brow bone shade for my inner crease. I also used the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit. I mentioned before how much I love the Ultimate Brow kit, and how often I get compliments on my eyebrows when I use it. I got complimented again today for having "such perfect eyebrows." Other products I used were all my usuals: UDPP in Eden, Benefit Bella Bamba blush, ELF Cream Eyeliner in Black and BUXOM Lash mascara in Blackest Black. I actually just used chapstick on my lips today. I used the medicated Blistex (it comes in a teal tube) which is my favorite chapstick. I really like the natural color of my lips so sometimes I just go with it. :)

Here are a few more close up photos and a shot of my whole look. You can click on them to enlarge them to full size. (Again, these are cell phone photos so they won't get super big.) Hope you enjoyed my look!







Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Groupon: $15 for $35 worth of ELF Mineral Makeup

Today on Groupon you can get $35 worth of ELF Mineral Makeup for only $15! This is only available today, the deal ends at midnight Pacific time. This is a great deal! I bought this last time they offered it and ordered a bunch of the mineral eyeshadows to try. Read about my first ELF Groupon purchase here!

Some things you need to know:
   - You will still have to pay for shipping, for me that is usually $6.95.
   - You cannot use it until 7/7/11 and you must use it by 1/6/12.
   - It is valid for Mineral Makeup ONLY
   - Last time I was able to use an additional coupon code with the Groupon to save even more money. I recommend finding a good coupon code to try with it, hopefully it works again this time. I will look into some current codes for ELF and update this post with them.
UPDATE: You cannot combine the Groupon with any coupons, and now that I think back, I don't believe I was able to last time. You use the code for your Groupon in the coupon code box.

The ELF Mineral eyeshadows are excellent! I feel they are very comparable to Bare Minerals. Since I have already ordered most of those, I will be using this Groupon to try some of the other Mineral products. I have been using Bare Minerals for my face for years, so I am hoping to find some great, inexpensive alternatives that work just as well! I will report my findings. :)

Click Here to go to Groupon and purchase the deal!