Monday, September 30, 2013

The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag

What's up everyone?
I wanted to do one of those fun beauty blog tags, and ran across the Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag on Beautyholics Anonymous (what a great name for a blog, right?)... I thought it sounded pretty entertaining! I also thought I looked like a major procrastinator in the pic above, so I figured that needed to be included. Here are my answers (along with some visual aids), and if you're a beauty blogger, I encourage you to do this tag on your own blog! 
1. Name a beauty regime that you rarely do?
See how my buddy Kalee is blow-drying her hair? I hardly ever do that! I really dislike blow-drying my hair, and I've actually arranged my lifestyle so I don't have to do it often. I almost always wash my hair at night, put my hair in one of my half-dozen Turbie Twists so it can start absorbing a lot of the moisture, and then take it off and let my hair air-dry the rest of the way overnight. The next morning, if the hair is damp or if there are any kinks I need to work out before styling, I'll hit it with the blow dryer for maybe 30 seconds (max)- and then I'm good. Maybe it's because I have long hair, maybe it's because I don't own a super awesome blow dryer... but I try to avoid the task if at all possible. And Lord knows I'm not bringing out a round brush to further complicate the situation!
2. Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly?
Actually, yes it is! Of course I have to have the latest & greatest in beauty gadgetry to make it fun for me. I use my Sigma brush cleaning glove every time I wash my brushes (lately I've been using baby shampoo), and then I dry my brushes in my Benjabelle brush tree. These things make the brush cleaning process much more efficient, and make cleaning my brushes every couple of weeks no big deal. I also don't always wash ALL of my brushes at once. Sometimes I'll just grab all of the eye brushes, and another time do the face brushes. Whatever time allows. Then you can frolic with your clean brushes like I am in the picture above.
3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
Ok... it's not that I like having chipped nails... but sometimes there's just not enough time in the day to re-do them! So maybe you're thinking- can't you just remove it real quick? Ummm.... yeah. You got me! I'll keep going with minor chips for as much as a few days. Massive mega ugly chips might prompt me to take action sooner. But as you can see, HD cameras show it all, so if I do have chips, you'll know!
4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?
Were the words "put off buying" actually used together in a sentence? The question for me should have been- "when will you stop buying back-ups and realize you have enough?!" Seriously... backups of my backups have backups. For example- I don't think I'll ever run out of mascara... there's always something waiting in the wings. There are very few makeup items that I find myself truly in "need" of... I get things because I want them or want to review them. So I know that my beauty-related career makes me different from the average makeup user, but at the same time I can admit that I'm a little lot obsessed.
5. What is your worst beauty habit?
Well, as a child it used to be eating lip balms. Now as you can see, I can appreciate the fine scents of a lip balm without taking a bite. My actual worst beauty habit is probably picking at my nails. I managed to stop biting them years ago, but I continue to pick at the cuticles and I don't even realize I'm doing it. I need to stop that!
6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?
I keep putting off ordering the stuffed alpaca that I couldn't fly back with from the Mall of America because it wouldn't fit in my bag! Someday that fluffy alpaca will be mine! But seriously, I'm trying to think of some recurring issue that I'm always putting off. I'll come back to this question later.
7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?
If at all possible, I try to be ahead of the game and have PLENTY of time to get ready so I don't have to curl my lashes, drink, and do my hair at the same time (that was actually a shot from this Get Ready with Me video). I don't like feeling rushed because I don't like being late... and worrying about being late leaves me stressed so I just go ahead and give myself more than enough time to get ready. Problem solved!
8. Can you commit to spending bans?
Does the girl pictured above look like she can stop herself? She's wearing an I Love Makeup shirt for pete's sake! I don't tend to put myself on makeup spending bans because I want to be able to try the latest & greatest things for my channel/blog. So while I don't often do a "no-buy", I will sometimes do a "low-buy" where I limit new purchases and I actually am able to stick with that. I also find that I can be quite satisfied "shopping my stash" and rediscovering old favorites.
9. How organized is your make-up and nail polish collections?
I pretty much just have a pile going on the floor and just reach into that from time to time. Just kidding! I'd say my collection is very organized. I think if you're going to have a large collection, it needs to be well-organized so you know what you have. I'm very glad that I have the space to categorize products as much as I do, as opposed to cramming it all together and not being able to divide. I actually have my lip products, eyeshadows, and blushes color-coordinated and that helps a lot. It would take up less space if I didn't categorize stuff so much, but it helps me find things much more easily.

Looking for something to blog about? Do this tag! It'll be fun! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Watching The Voice! I was surprised that Blake didn't turn around for the guy who sang his song! I thought that guy was good!
  • The Pumpkin Pecan Waffles candle from Bath & Body Works is HEAVENLY.
  • I'm thirsty.
  • Want to hear a joke? What do you call lending money to a bison? Answer: a buff-a-loan! LOL!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Top 10 Lip Glosses for Fall!

Hi everyone and happy Friday!
Last week I posted a video sharing my Top 10 Fall Lipsticks... so it only made sense to pass along my Top 10 Fall Lip Glosses as well! :) When I shared my favorite lipsticks, I made sure to talk about not only shades I loved, but also formulas that I especially enjoyed. It's the same story with these glosses- while I like the colors, these formulas are very comfortable and not sticky on the lips. As you look at the pictures, you'll probably notice that some shades are pretty similar, but I'll do my best to describe the differences in color and formula as we go along! :) 
As you can see- I'll be sharing glosses from a variety of price ranges- from drugstore to high end. These glosses are swatched below in the same order that they appear above. I just wanted to give you a sense of the color range and allow you to more easily compare the colors side by side. 
 Just because we're getting into a season where deep lips are the trend, it doesn't mean you HAVE to switch to darker shades (I don't like makeup rules!), so I'm trying to offer up a little bit of everything, including some pinky-neutral tones that will offer an alternative to the lighter/brighter pinks and corals from the summer. And of course I had to include plenty of red and berry shades!
IT Cosmetics Vitality Butter Gloss in Naturally Pretty ($24,
I just recently got a couple of these Butter Glosses from IT Cosmetics and I LOVE the texture. It's a gloss that's truly moisturizing- it contains a long list of great ingredients including collagen, argan oil, and hylauronic acid. You can get them individually on the IT Cosmetics website, but the better value is to buy the sets at This shade in Naturally Pretty is definitely a "your lips but better" shade. It's a soft mauve with a very subtle golden shimmer. A great everyday shade for pretty much anyone- and a little toned-down from the Barbie pinks of summer. Oh- and it smells like cake!
L'oreal Colour Riche Lip Gloss in Rich Pink ($7, Drug/Discount stores)
I've been raving about this gloss for awhile- I love the muted pink shade and it's gorgeous over a lot of pink or nude lipsticks. Here I'm wearing it alone and it still has nice color payoff. It's slightly less sheer and mauve-toned than the IT Cosmetics gloss above. This is a line of drugstore glosses I'd like to try more of... I love how smooth and creamy this one is. There's no shimmer in this either, FYI.   
Revlon Colorburst Gloss in Rosepearl ($6, Drug/Discount Stores)
Oh how I love my Rosepearl! This is an outstanding gloss and a terrific way for those who wear little to no color on their lips to try something that's more colorful, but still super wearable! This has also been a bridal party favorite on women of all ages. This gloss isn't the least bit sticky, but the color is very opaque- not at all sheer. There's some shimmer, which really makes the shine that much prettier! I've heard great feedback from so many of you who've given this gloss a try!  
NYX Mega Shine Gloss in Copper Penny ($5,
This lip gloss formula has earned multiple Emily Awards- I love the Mega Shine Glosses! Super shiny, but always a lot of great color payoff as well. I know the scent bothers some people (kind of a strong, sweet/fruity scent), but I actually like it. This muted red is pretty similar to Revlon's Rosepearl, but the color is a bit brighter. This is a softer take on red for those who don't want to go all-out red!
 Bare Minerals 100% Natural Lipgloss in Pomegranate ($15,
 Meet my favorite red lip gloss! This shade is just fabulous-ness in a tube. I love wearing it alone (as you see it in the pic above), or over a red lipstick for some added shine. The brush on the wand helps you get a really flawless application, which is important with shades like this! The golden shimmer makes it look extra brilliant on the lips. Super comfortable to wear also, and I don't notice it drifting outside my lip line.  
Neutrogena MoistureShine Gloss in Berry Fit ($7, Drug/Discount Stores)
Here's a true, classic berry lip gloss! No shimmer, just color and shine. These MoistureShine glosses are some of the best in the drugstore. The packaging has evolved over the years, but they have the same great quality that I remember from my college days. While the shade above is a true red, this has more pink in it, making it the perfect berry. I've said it before, but Neutrogena has some surprisingly amazing lip products... from the Color Sticks to the Revitalizing Lip Balms to these glosses... you can't miss!
Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe Lip Gloss in Magical Mulberry ($8.99, Target)
I've raved about Sonia Kashuk's Ultra Luxe gloss in Fairest Flush (a soft pink/nude), but this shade just screams fall to me! Thanks to Melissa from melmphs who sent me this gloss in a swap- and alerted me to how amazing these are! While SK's glosses have quite a thickness to them, I still don't find them to be super sticky (for example, not sticky like a Stila Lip Glaze). In fact, I think the thickness enhances the staying power. The color is so opaque and not the least bit sheer. This shade is kind of a mauve/berry... it has more neutral tones in it than the Neutrogena gloss above. There's also no shimmer in this shade.
FLIRT! Big Squeeze Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Berry Hug ($13.50, Kohl's)
This is one of my new favorites :) I actually have a full review on this gloss on my BBExpress channel!  I absolutely love the plummy/berry color of this gloss, and it's super shiny. This gloss does have a little sparkle in it, but it's nothing that changes the texture or feel on the lips. It's buildable, so you can apply a little for some sheer berry color, or add more like I did in the picture above. It claims to be moisturizing, and it really is. I love the way these feels on my lips and when I catch a glimpse of the color, I love it even more!  It has kind of a vanilla-ish scent.
 Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in All Night Long ($4, Drug/Discount Stores)
I love this soft plum shade- it has a little shimmer, and is another one of those buildable colors that can look more sheer or more intense depending on the amount you apply. I think the Stay Glossy formula is fabulous- and is right up there with some of my favorite gloss formulas. Somehow, the longer this stays on your lips, the more comfortable it becomes! It's just very smooth, but not slippery/greasy at all. I don't think I often achieve 6 hours of wear out of this gloss (as the packaging claims), but it's really hard for any gloss to stay looking the way it did when you applied it if you're talking, drinking, or eating. I feel like I'm more likely to use a comfortable gloss that I might need to re-apply for a few times, rather than a sticky gloss that's lasting all day but driving me crazy. 
NYC Liquid Lip Shine in Wine n Dine ($2.49, Drug/Discount Stores)
This is a surprisingly great line of glosses with tons of color... they're practically like a melted-down lipstick- and this shade in Wine n Dine is especially intense. I had to take so many pictures of this one, trying to get its true color to come off on camera... and still it's looking more red than it did in person. See how the product in the tube has more of a berry/purple tone to it? That's what it truly looks like. Either way- super pretty and shiny. I think this could be fun for a night out, but if you're going out to eat, give this a blot first. It'll still look pretty, but not be quite as messy! It's not super sticky, and the shade is undeniably gorgeous. Definitely a line of glosses to check out next time you're at Wal-Mart or the drugstore! 

I hope you enjoyed my fall lip gloss picks! FYI: I used a new nail polish combo last night- and you're seeing it in some of the pics above. It's Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Smokey Taupe with The Balm's Hot Ticket polish in Call Me Iridescent on top (It's giving it the shimmery, purple-ish look). On my eyes I'm wearing Motives shadows in Bedroom Eyes (lid), Plum Frost (crease), and Vanilla (highlight). And if you missed my fall lipstick video- here's that! 

Today the fill-in-the-blank question I asked on Twitter & Facebook was:
The best-smelling beauty product I own is...
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I got SO MANY responses to this question! The comments above are just a sampling. They were all so fun to read! I actually got a lot of good ideas for everything from perfumes to hair and makeup products! :) As for me- I think one of my favorite's is Philosophy's Inner Grace. I was first exposed to that scent in a body wash, and have since re-purchased the body wash as well as a body spray! I think I'm drawn to unique scents that I don't feel like I run across in tons of products. I'd describe Inner Grace as calming, warm, and clean. Check it out next time you're at Ulta or Sephora! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • So proud of Tyler- he did his first review for Beauty Broadcast Express today! Thanks for all the kind words-- I am so glad you welcome my family with open arms when they appear in a video!
  • All in all, I'm happy to have my first week of daily reviews under my belt! Already working on next week's material. Thanks for the great video requests!
  • Cupcake is obsessed with getting in the bathtub... she'll hide and hop out at me or Tyler, or she'll want a teeny drip of water going and then she tries to catch the drops in her mouth. I'm going to have to get some of these shenanigans on video!
  • HAPPY FRIDAY!!! Hope you're having an awesome day! Hugs to you all! 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wet n Wild "Be a Runway Beauty" Trios

Hello everyone!
During a random Walgreens visit I noticed some new Wet n Wild trios! From Pop Art Craze to the Tough Girl collection, it seems like there have been lots of new trios coming out, so I was really surprised to stumble across these. The shades are somewhat muted- definitely giving off a fall vibe. I assume that these are limited edition, but I'm not 100% sure. 
This display was at the end of an aisle- and it says "Fall 2013 Be a Runway Beauty". While the display holds several trios that I already know and love- there are also three new ones for $2.99 each. Of course, I had to buy them and show them to you! This post is primarily for swatching purposes (no primer underneath)... I've only worn one of these trios so far, which I'll get to at the end. 
Silent Era Film
This trio contains a pinky-beige, a coral/red, and a shimmery charcoal. The reddish color really interests me and I like that there's a nice deep color in there to help anchor the look. I think I'll have fun with this trio, and can't wait to give it a try! The pigmentation in this trio seems to be pretty much what I'm used to from Wet n Wild's Color Icon shadows.
Grays Matter
Loving the look of this trio! It has a shimmery silver, a pearly-but-not-too-shimmery plum, and a matte deep blue. I love working with dark blues and plums on my eyes, so I think this is going to be a great trio for a night out. The matte blue seems to be the most richly pigmented, and the others aren't bad by any means, but in these swatches I had to build them up a bit more.
Camera Obscura
This trio has a matte khaki color, a shimmery peach, and a deep navy with sparkle. The khaki feels very smooth and buttery and has nice payoff... the peach and blue weren't quite as rich as I was expecting. The blue is similar to one of the blues in the Blue Had Me at Hello 8-pan palette. Granted, I haven't used the other two yet, but the first two color combinations appeal to me more... this trio came off decent on the eyes, but not my favorite look by any means. The blue and the orange side-by-side come off a bit muddy. Also- I wish there was a shade light enough to really be a brow highlight in this kit- the shade labeled "browbone" is pretty dark- so I had to bring in another color for that job. 
I first applied an eye primer, then used peach on the inner part of the lid, and navy on the outer part. I also blended a bit of the navy into the crease. I used both the peach and the khaki to further blend out the edges of the crease color, going slightly up onto the brow bone. I used Milani's French Vanilla as a highlight under the brow. For liner- I used Rimmel ScandalEyes in Deep Blue on my upper lashline, Rimmel ScandalEyes in Nude in the lower waterline, and some of the blue shadow smudged under that. For mascara I'm wearing Almay One Coat Triple Effect, and on my lips I've combined two shades of the new Laura Geller Creme Sheers - Rich Pomegranate and Pink Guava.  

Just wanted to give you a heads up on those trios, in case any of them interest you! I'm excited to try the other two trios and will either do a FOTD post on here or an Instagram pic when I do! Thanks so much for taking time to read my blog! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Had a good time on Beauty Broadcast Live this morning-- once the technical difficulties worked themselves out! Geez Louise!!!
  • In case you missed it- a new 1 Brand Tutorial went up yesterday!
  • I have the polar fleece sheets back on the bed again... they are SO comfy!
  • Saw this on Pinterest and wanted to share-- words to live by!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Go-To, Daily Use Eye Brushes

Hello friends!
I rotate through a lot of makeup-related items on a regular basis, but some products just get more use than others! I've been traveling quite a bit lately... and that really helped me see what things I didn't want to be without! I came to the realization that there are six different eye brushes that I use pretty much every single day. I thought it might be fun to show you my must-haves! Quality-wise, these have all held up so nicely through many cleanings, and I'd like to point out that I do use Brush Guards on the first four brushes I mention when I dry them- it helps them keep their shape. Also, I am a Sigma affiliate so any links to Sigma brushes mentioned in this post are using my affiliate link. If you choose to buy any brushes- don't forget Sigma's 10% off code that's in effect through September 30th! The code is LJW2013
Sonia Kashuk Small Eyeshadow Brush ($4.99, Target)
I absolutely love this shadow brush for packing shadow on the lid, or getting it precisely where I want it in the crease or outer V. It's definitely a "placement" brush- you can get the shadow where you want it with this, then buff out the edges with something else. It's not a tiny brush, but it's quite a bit more narrow than the average flat shadow brush. I just love the control that this brush gives me, so it's the one I reach for the most. If you have small eyes or just want a little more precision with your shadow, give this brush a try! 
Sigma E25 Blending Brush ($10,
This is my go-to crease brush! It's a great size for getting a diffused application of shadow in the crease or outer V. Since the ferrule is slightly pinched toward the top, I feel like I'm almost getting two brushes in one. When you use it the way it's shown above, it works beautifully for wedging shadow in the crease. But when you turn it vertically, you can take advantage of the fluffy-ness and get a blended look. On a very quick day, I could use just the Sonia Kashuk Small Eyeshadow brush and this- and be good to go! 
Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush ($12,
Most of the time, I use this brush as just a blending tool- just to buff out the edges of the look I'm doing. While I'm usually applying some shadow with the E25, this is the one that comes in and gives a really clean, finished look. I also sometimes use this brush to apply lighter shadows as a highlight under my brow. Because it's so full, I get a highlight that's diffused rather than thick and unnatural-looing. This is a fairly common style of brush to find in stores, and I have quite a few from other brands in my collection. Size-wise this is a happy-medium though... not too small, and not too big for my eyes. 
 Sigma E36 Blending Brush ($10,
If this group of brushes were a family, this is the baby! It's the newest addition to my core group of most-used brushes. It's probably a third of the size of the E25 and E40, and that's a good thing, because this performs a different function for me. I like to use this to apply a transition shade on the border of my deeper crease colors- usually whatever shade I'm applying with this will be just visible on top of the brow bone (but not all the way up to the brow). This brush is part of Sigma's Performance Collection (smaller, detail-oriented brushes). It's so light and wispy that I get just the perfect, diffused application that I'm looking for. It's kind of hard to explain, so you might want to see the brush in action in this tutorial
Sigma E21 Smudge Brush ($10,
Here's my favorite little smudge brush! This is just the ideal size for smudgy liner (you'll see this brush and others in this post on Best Brushes for Smudgy Liner). Like the E36, this is from Sigma's Performance Collection. I love using it to either blend out a creamy liner, or to apply a powder shadow for a very soft liner look on the lower lashline. This washes up perfectly and has yet to become misshapen. Ever since using this, I've reached for my angled liner brushes much less, unless I'm going for some specific look. This just frames the eye/lower lashline in such a soft and pretty way!
Real Techniques Lash/Brow Groomer ($5.99,
Love this brush! I believe I sang its praises in one of my most recent Best in Beauty videos. This brush is my first experience with a metal lash comb, and I must say, it was a total game-changer! I love that it doesn't have extra thick prongs on each end, allowing it to really comb through the lashes easily for extra separation and clump removal. I wipe it down with some brush cleaner after pretty much every use- otherwise it won't perform the way it should. The brow brush on the other side isn't quite as special and different, but it gets the brows in place just fine!

Hope this post was informative for you! If you want to see any other brush must-haves, just let me know! Thanks for stopping by the blog :)

Daily Nuggets...
  • I have the iPhone 5S... I'm not sure if I'll ever fully understand its capabilities!
  • Uploaded a new video today on BeautyVlogcast- it's about my long-time magazine obsession. Check it out!
  • Had a really fun weekend in Nashville with Tyler and mom & dad! It was my parents first visit to Nashville and they loved it! (You know this if you saw my Instagram pic!) I did karaoke for the first time (solo!) I am nuts. I sang Last Name by Carrie Underwood, and then the waitress told me I should sing another one (a couple of Bud Lights later, it seemed like a good idea to me!) So I sang Done by The Band Perry- Tyler chose it for me. We had a ball!
  • We also ate at a Waffle House on Sunday morning. HECK YEAH.
  • Thank you for all the support on the new channel - Beauty Broadcast Express!!! New reviews 5 days a week! 
  • New 1-Brand Tutorial is coming tomorrow to my main channel!

Monday, September 23, 2013

LORAC Dazzling Dozen Swatches + Announcement!

Hi everyone!
Just wanted to share with you the latest & greatest from LORAC! This post is basically just to show you some swatches and information- no so much a review (haven't even worn these yet!) I got this set for $35 from Ulta's website... I couldn't resist 12 high quality eyeshadows for that price! These are just slightly larger than the size of a MAC eyeshadow. This set is exclusive to Ulta, and while the shadow set is limited edition, according to LORAC, these are the brand's best-selling sparkle, shimmer, and matte shades. I checked LORAC's website just to see if these shadows were indeed available as singles... and I only found a few shades that were (the shades Bronze, Serenity, and Celebutante- maybe the others sold out?) However there are still other singles outside of this collection being sold for $6 each! It's some sort of VIP sale... they originally cost $19 each. Anyway-  back to this set!
It's interesting to see shadows being sold as a big set of singles. It wouldn't seem strange to see 12 shadows in a palette, but 12 individual full-size shadows is quite a deal. These shadows have twist-off lids, just so you know. As you can see, there are a variety of light, mid-tone, and deep shades, as well as a variety of finishes. Matte shades are in the minority- I only noticed 2 that are completely matte (Smokin' and Sapphire). Three shades are sparkly with some fine glitter (Luxury, Dazzle and Starlight), and the rest range from a satin to pearly finish. These are mostly neutrals with a few pops of color.  
The packaging says these shades can be used wet or dry, and shows a few examples of the different looks you can achieve. LORAC claims to have a "silky-smooth, highly-pigmented, and long-lasting eyeshadow formula"... and judging by my past experiences with LORAC shadows, I'd say that's a very accurate description! I'm a big fan of my Pro and Unzipped palettes, and these singles seem to be right along the same lines quality-wise as those palettes, judging by the way they felt as I swatched them. So here's a closer look at the shades, and I also made some notes on certain shades that were similar to those in my LORAC palettes. 
Left to right: Shimmer, Au Naturel, and Gleam 
(Au Naturel is similar to Pearl from the LORAC Pro To-Go Palette- Sephora edition, and Gleam is similar to Champagne from the Pro Palette and Unreal from the Unzipped Palette)
Left to right: Mango, Serenity, Bronze 
(Serenity is similar to Light Bronze from the Pro Palette, and Bronze is similar to Chai from the Pro To-Go palette)
Left to right: Celebutante, Smokin', Luxury
(Smokin' is a total match for Taupe from the Pro Palette)
Left to right: Sapphire, Dazzle, Starlight
Again- this is not a full review... I just wanted to get some swatches out there in case you were interested in this set- we all know how fast limited edition collections like this can go. Just judging by those swatches though, I was truly impressed pretty much all of the shades. I was thinking those sparkly colors would feel dry or gritty, but they were really just as velvety soft as the others. Now here's a question for you- do you prefer having your shadows in palettes or as singles? Is this the type of thing you'd de-pot and put into a Z-palette? 


Yep... I just might be crazy. I've started a YouTube channel especially for quick reviews... 5 days a week, one product at a time. I'm calling it Beauty Broadcast Express! This is going to take some major time management on my part to be able to pull that off, along with blogging and regular Beauty Broadcast videos at my normal rate. But I LOVE doing reviews and it just makes sense to have a special channel for it with a distinct format/video length that people can count on. You'll still see some reviews on my main channel (probably the kinds where I'm talking about multiple products from one brand), as well as reviews here on my blog. It was funny because last night when I put a little heads up on Twitter & Facebook about my "new project"- Tyler and I began receiving texts from friends & family wondering if I'm pregnant! Whenever that announcement comes, it'll be described as much more than a new project! :) Anyway, I'm VERY excited about this and I think it's going to be so fun to have a new product/topic to share each day! Click here to subscribe- I already have my first review posted (plus a little welcome video). THANK YOU for sharing in the excitement with me!!!! :)  

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Little Hard Candy Makeup Haul!

Hi everyone!
Have you checked out the makeup aisles of Wal-Mart lately? Clearly that's what I've been doing! And I couldn't help but notice that there are quite a few new Hard Candy products out! In my store, the whole section has expanded somewhat to accommodate the new products. Let's take a look at what I picked up...
I've been eying these Hard Candy nail polishes for quite some time, and fought the urge to get one... until I saw this shade. It's #637 Lil Lilac and I think it's just the prettiest shade! It's the most beautiful blend of pink and purple with a golden sparkle. I just recently got this so I haven't tried it out on my nails yet... but if it looks anything like it does in the bottle- it's going to be awesome!
I know the Hard Candy baked blushes have been around for awhile (I'm a huge fan of the shade called "Living Doll"), but my Wal-Mart is notoriously out of Hard Candy blushes, or they're busted beyond recognition (I think all baked products need a "handle with care" label). Anyway, since my Wal-Mart's recent Hard Candy section makeover- I was able to spot this blush that I'd never seen before! The shade is Honeymoon and it just looks gorgeous! It's kind of a warm pink shimmer... definitely the kind of blush you could wear and skip the highlight. Excited to see how this looks on the skin. It's pretty light, so I'm wondering how much it'll show up. I'll report back.
Ok, this is definitely something new! It's the All Lid Up cream eyeshadow in Fancy Pants. I'll admit, I was swayed to pick up this shade because of the awesome name :) Also, it's one of those classic champagne shimmers that you just can't have enough of. These kinds of shades make a great base to any shimmery eye look. But I am SO EXCITED to report that the swatch you see there on my hand WILL NOT BUDGE. This cream shadow sets to a totally budge-free state! I'll make sure to use it on my eyes to confirm... but I'm thinking this is the kind of cream shadow you could wear alone and not have to top it with a powder shadow. Very much like the Maybelline Color Tattoos. And there were so many shades! Texture-wise, it reminds me a little bit of the Dream Bouncy blushes... you can really press your finger into the product. I also appreciate that there's an extra little stopper that comes on top of the shadow to keep it from drying out. Thumbs up Hard Candy!!
Hard candy also has some new baked eyeshadow quads called Mod Quads... I was highly intrigued since I'm a big fan of their baked duos. The packaging on these is so cute- it has sort of a textured fabric python print on the compact. The first quad I picked up was this neutral set in Brownie Points. Baked eyeshadows can be worn wet or dry. Something I loved about Hard Candy's baked duos was that they looked totally amazing as-is... you didn't have to wear them wet to make them show up. These don't seem to be quite as good as the original baked duos. They seem slightly more dry, and all the shades are super shimmery, if not downright sparkly with some glitter. I've worn this Brownie Points quad dry, but on top of a primer (of course), and loved the look. Here are some swatches...
The top picture is the dry swatches (no primer underneath), and the bottom picture is the wet swatches. FYI: to apply the shadows wet, I just get a little water on my hand (I have a mini spray bottle of it handy), dip my brush or sponge tip into the water, and then into the shadow. As is the case with most baked shadows- they look super metallic when worn wet. So overall, I liked this quad- which led to my next purchase...
This is the Mod Quad in Pink Interlude. It's coming off a bit purple in this picture... I don't know what that's about! I haven't worn this on the lids yet, but here are my preliminary swatches...
The top picture is dry (no primer) and the bottom picture is wet. You are probably looking at the top pic and thinking... not impressed! I must say- while the shades were more sutble, they did have more dimension in person and they actually had some really interesting sparkle. However in the wet swatches- they are downright gorgeous. Champagne, gold, rose gold, burgundy... love it. Can't wait to see how these look on the lids! 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I'm sitting here at my computer eating DiGiorno pizza as I type this. It's been a long day!
  • I am so excited about the new Beauty Broadcast-related project I'm working on- I could almost burst!!! Big announcement coming Monday! ahh!!!
  • A video on my Top 10 Fall Lipsticks just went up this evening! I share recommendations for my daring and not-so-daring lipstick wearers!
  • I love yoga pants.
  • Beauty Broadcast Live tomorrow morning! 9am CST! Be there! And if you're late, bring your tardy slip! I have a special mug to share with all you Chipmunkers!