Monday, April 11, 2011

Huge Collective Haul - ULTA Friends and Family Sale, Walgreens, Coastal Scents, Sally Beauty Supply, CCO, Target

Over the past month I've done a fair amount of shopping, so I figured I'd lump it all together for a big collective haul.  Have gotten a few other odds and ends but these were the noteworthy ones for me.

ULTA had their Friends and Family 20% off including prestige cosmetics, so I had to stock up!  I didn't have too clear of an idea of what I wanted, figured I'd wander until I found things I was excited about. I've been in this highlighter mood, but I had just picked up the pixi blush/highlight combo so I didn't plan to buy one.  I had in the back of my mind that I wanted the LORAC highlight at some point though.

Here's a couple snaps of the groups (forgot a few things and had to get a second group)





And on to the swatches!
Excuse the bulging veins, we went rapidly from winter to summer this week and it was about 76F inside, I was starting to melt; full size images are also showing quite pink (partially I really was hot and red, but the sketchy lighting is also to blame).

 
Starting left to right:
  • NYX Iris 501
  • NYX Vitamin 626
  • NYX Indian Pink 550
  • NYX Mega Lip Shine Smokey Look 159
  • NYX Mega Lip Shine Beige 129
  • Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm Golden Pink PTB05
  • Palladio Waterproof Lip Liner Nearly Nude PRL12
  • MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Porcelain Pink
  • MAC Beauty Powder Blush Blush of Youth
  • Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder Spotlight
  • pixi Energy Blush Golden Energy (blush and highlight)
  • Cargo blu_ray Pressed Powder Light 10 (below blush and highlights, almost disappearing into skin color)
  • Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for Green Eyes (Purple)
  • Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for Green Eyes (Green)
  • Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for Green Eyes (Black with Green Shimmer)
  • Coastal Scents Dual Ended Eyeshadow Pencil Copper Penny
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On pencil Whiskey
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On pencil Flipside
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder Taupe/Ash
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Petal Pusher (top row is left side, bottom row is right side)

  • Too Faced Romantic Eye palette (top matte shades, bottom shimmers, middle large shadows)



  • Too Faced Eyeshadow Duo Lucky Charms (Green and Yellow Green)
  • NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Baby Pink
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On liner Zero (I smudged it while applying, drawing fail)
  • Coastal Scents gel liner True Black
Before I go into the very long winded ramble about each item, there are a couple items that have really stood out to me.  The Physicians Formula eyeliner has amazing staying power, when cleaning off the swatches with the Urban Decay liner, UD wiped clean several swipes before the PF.  I've been tightlining with the PF and even if it gets on my waterline it doesn't transfer to my lower lid (if I do this with UD, it's a huge mess beneath my eye).
The texture and finish of the Cargo blu_ray pressed powder has really impressed me, I am absolutely loving it!  The LORAC luminizing powder does have a lovely sheen to make a very natural highlight.

I got the following from ULTA (a couple of these I picked up on a previous visit):
  • Too Faced Romantic Eye palette - I really liked the matte light pink, shimmery "nectar" (I don't think Too Faced knows what color it is either :) ) and the gold and dark shimmery golden brown
  • LORAC eye primer - I wanted a backup of my Too Faced Shadow Insurance, the SA told me it works just as well for creasing and it's almost twice the ounces for only $2 more, we'll see!
  • LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight - I heard raves that this had very fine shimmer to give a sheen instead of a sparkle
  • NYX Lip Smacking Lip Colors in Iris, Indian Pink and Vitamin - I'd been wanting some brighter peachier lip colors for spring, can't go wrong with the price for NYX
  • NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Beige and Smokey Look - Emily Eddington (emilynoel83) recommended Beige for a nice medium pigmented creamy pink and so far I'm really enjoying it
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe/Ash - my eyebrows are incredibly light brown, but the color they do have is fairly ashy so I had been wanting to try something that was a bit cooler, using warm toned looks okay but I think this combo looks more natural; been using it daily since I bought it and I really like the result (I don't use the wax)
  •  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencils in Zero, Whiskey, Flipside - I've been working on my eyeliner technique, I was hoping to use this for tightlining but I have to be very careful because it smears and smudges badly if it gets on my waterline
  • Cargo blu_ray Pressed Powder in Light - I had no plans to buy another pressed powder but when I felt the texture of this and the coverage it could give, I had to get it; I have used it about three times and loving the finish
  • RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum - with some wrinkles and still fighting acne, I've been looking to Retinol more as a two for one solution; I have a moisturizer with retinol but it can cause breakouts so I decided to try out a serum so I can control the moisturizer I put over it
  • Too Faced Eyeshadow Duo in Lucky Charms - there was a Cargo quad (Tahiti) with an awesome chartreuse, but I didn't want to invest in all of the colors, so I got this combo instead; wore it today with a matte light brown from my CS matte palette and the gold from Romantic Eye on inner quarter of lid, unusual without being shocking like my fuchsia look last week
  • NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Baby Pink - Wayne Goss (gossmakeupartist) had reviewed NYX pigments saying they were good quality and I had been considering grabbing one previously, the color was just too adorable
Cosmetics Company Outlet/Cosmetics Company Store
  • MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Porcelain Pink - been wanting a MSF because they're just so pretty and I wanted a golden/peachy highlight
  • MAC Beauty Powder Blush in Blushing Youth - the rose powder shape and glowing matte light pink sold me, but the color payoff is fairly light, hoping once I get through the first layer it will come off on the brush a little easier
Walgreens
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon palette in Petal Pusher - was lacking a good selection of purples with spring/summer coming up, grabbed this having heard lots of good things in general about these Color Icon palettes
Target
  • Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for Green Eyes - I had $4 off in Target coupons for Physicians Formula and figured the last thing I needed was more powder products, so I grabbed this for the green and purple liners; three eyeliners for $7 or so I figured I couldn't go wrong
  • pixi Energy Blush in Golden Energy - knowing I had an Ulta coupon, I was wandering in Target wanting to buy a highlight that I couldn't get anywhere else and I liked that it had a bit of blush too and the highlight was golden toned
Sally Beauty Supply (I went in for the buy 2 get 1 free on nail polish, but had to grab some makeup too)
  • Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm in Golden Pink - I just wanted to try out some Palladio products and I'm a sucker for golden frost in a lip product and tinted lip balm is fuss-free
  • Palladio Waterproof Lip Liner in Nearly Nude - I don't have any lip liners, but have been meaning to pick up a nude pink, thought I'd give it a go
 Coastal Scents
  • Gel liner in True Black - haven't used a gel or cream liner in ages and I was placing an order anyway for the Double Stack Matte Palette
  • Dual Ended Eyeshadow Pencil in Copper Penny - didn't click it was being sold as eyeshadow and liner pencil, bought with intention of just using liner
  • Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush - wanted something firmer and dense for applying foundation
  • Black Detail Synthetic brush - a small detail brush, not sure what to use it for yet
  • Synthetic Deluxe Crease Brush - I was hoping for another blending type brush that was firmer than a fluffy brush and a bit smaller

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