Walmart Haul & First Impressions!

I recently went on a drugstore makeup spree.  I had a gift card for Walmart, a stack of makeup related coupons I’d been holding on to for a rainy day, so I went a mission to find some new treasures!  While I picked up a few other basic items, I wanted to share with you what I found, and what I’m thinking of these items. (Click an image if you want to see it bigger!)

Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation –

I had a $2 coupon so I got it for less than $5 and figured this is a good time to try this product out.  This is my first experience with a “whipped” style foundation but I have grown to love it.  I use my real techniques expert face brush to apply it and honestly a little goes a long way.  I’ve also noticed that it is buildable if you want to hid some imperfections but as with anything – remember to keep blending and buffing it in otherwise I think it could be easy to get cake-face with this!  I would say its medium coverage for me.  It has a lovely matte finish that feels very light and natural to me.  So far I really like this product!

Covergirl Eye Enhancers –  #222 Drama Eyes & #276 Sugar Coated

I love these fall colors but they swatched a little more sheer than I would have hoped.  The dark colors are fairly pigmented but the lighter shades are fair.  The green from sugar coated which I think I was most excited to try with brown eyes takes a lot to get that color.  However the gold/copper shade was to die for the other day when I wore it to work.  In the drama eyes quad I was most excited to experiment with the cranberry color and honestly, don’t have a black or dark gray shadow so that was a bonus.  I wish the two lighter shades had been something different instead of almost identical but I can deal!  As with most companies and eye shadows, it is always hit and miss.  So far I’m on the fence about these quads.  I think I’ll try the less pigmented shades wet and see if I can find a different use for them.

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Nail Polish in Clearly Spotted

I’ve wanted to try these polishes for a while, but wasn’t sure if I want another glitter style polish.  Its basically glitter but its not shiny so its just various sized black and white pieces in a clear coat.  However – I did get “clearly” spotted.  I don’t know that I would try this as a polish since its so thin and takes a while to build up but love the idea of using it as a top coat.  I feel like it leaves more of a splattered paint look than polka dots though!  See my weekend mani to see the top coat in action!

Have you tried any of these products?  What are your thoughts?

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Weekend Mani ~ Halloween Inspired

PicsArt_1382890797658Hi Lovelies!  This week’s mani is Halloween-ish inspired!  I have to add the “-ish” because I work in a professional environment so have to keep nails semi-subtle.  First I started with Sephora by OPI’s Seriously Its a Naan-Issue which to me is a beautiful, dark, blue toned purple.  In darker light it can come off as black but to me its not quite as harsh as black but still makes a statement.

Next I couldn’t decide which accent I wanted so I picked two!  First I used the same sliver shatter/crackle top coat as last week and then I chose Maybelline’s Color Show Polka Dots Polish in Clearly Spotted – I loved playing with this so much that instead of using it as an accent nail, I used it on all of my nails!  Its very fun and different than anything I’ve done before.  I love it! 🙂
I hope you have a wonderful Halloween week!

Weekend Mani

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Hi Lovelies!  I’m sorry this post is behind, I spent the weekend working and then was sick but I’m back and on the mend!  I did manage to get my nails done before I took family pictures on Sunday and wanted to share one of my favorite fall colors.  You might have figured out by now that I love dark and bold polishes but also love red polishes.  This week’s mani features Sephora by OPI (I stocked up when they were on clearance!) in Ruby Without a Cause (opaque chrome wine-burgundy with two tone effect) which is still available if you want to order your own!  This is slightly misleading because its a duo-chrome with gold/olive green in it and in the bottle but applied I’m mainly seeing the ruby.  Maybe next time I’ll try to mix it up better.  On my accent nail I’m using a silver shatter polish that I had but never tried before.  I thought it was fun to mix it up for a change.  *Please ignore the chips, I took this picture yesterday so it was 3 days into the mani and I didn’t coat my tips like I normally do!*

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my weeeknd mani from Sunday!

Quick Look – Another Purple Look!

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This look is using one of my favorite eye shadow colors – Purple!  I love the way it looks with brown eyes.  I had discovered a shadow that I had never used.  Its a deep purple/plum color from Victoria’s Secret.  Its VS Luminous Eye Shadow in Divine.  I started with putting this over my lid. Next I took the L’Oreal #527 Sultry Seductress from the Colour Riche line and put the top taupe color into my crease and the champagne color along my brow bone.   I used the purple from the quad as eye liner and also put it along my bottom lashes and then topped it with some of the taupe to add more of a metallic effect.  Last – I finished it with mascara from Benefit’s They’re Real.

I really like how this one turned out and think it would be fun for a holiday party or even Halloween party.

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by Gracious Luck!

Weekend Mani ~ Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine

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This weekend’s mani is staying with last weekend’s dark and vampy trend!  I forgot I had this color until I was re-organizing my polishes yesterday and stumbled upon this one!  This comes off in pictures as black but in person and in the light its a deep brown with burgundy shimmer in it.  It is stunning in the light and I wish it would have photographed better for you!  I can only find that is color #08 – Glossy.  I am loving these dark colors for fall and Halloween time.

 

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