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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Quick Look ~ WnW Knock on Wood

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Its return of quick looks! It has been a while since I’ve sat back and played around with some eye looks.  This is featuring a trio from Wet n Wild ($2.99).  I used a couple champaign colors to transition but most of the look is using the trio.  This is highly pigmented but fun to work with!

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Quick Look – feat. VS Metallized in Buzz

 

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For this look I used:

  • VS Metallized Eye Shadow in Buzz (a gun metal grey with purple tones).
  • VS Luminous Shadow & Liner in Temptress (Plum shadow & Navy liner)
  • Covergirl Eye Enhancers #125 (discontinued)

I started with VS Pro eye primer and then put the color buzz all over the lid and up towards the crease.

Next I used the light purple as a highlight along my brow bone, and last used the the navy liner.

I finished the look with Maybelline The Rocket in black.

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Quick Look ~ Gold & Dark Brown

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This quick look uses a broken Wet N Wild Trio.  (Tragic story – I ordered it online and the top shade was shattered when I received it.  I was refunded by the company but instead of throwing it out I decided to hold on to it and use the remaining shades.)

I think it is amazing at how pigmented these trios are – for under $3.00 they are a steal!  If you haven’t tried them or used them for awhile – go back and check them out.  I think you’ll be impressed!

The Trio is #334 ~ I’m Getting Sunburned

First off I started with my VS Pro Eye Primer, and then put the gold shade all over my lid and up into my crease.

Next I took the dark brown shade which comes out almost black on my fair skin and put some in the crease and blended it out.

Then I went back in with a bit more gold to balance it out and put just a little white along my brow line for a highlight since mine was smashed!

Next step was taking a wet liner brush and using the brown as my eye liner (seriously…doesn’t it look black!?!)

I also tightlined with it – after working the liner color into my lash line it sort of transferred to my lower waterline on its own so I finished the look.  (Confession…this is the first time I’ve ever tried this and kind of liked it.)  Finished with a couple coats of Maybelline The Rocket and the look is complete.

This is one of my new favorite looks – I’m not sure on tightlining again since it made my eyes pretty sensitive but the gold and brown combo was a fun look that I think will be making its way into my normal routine!

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Quick Look – Bright & Bold Purple

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This look is using a duo from Victoria’s Secret that I got last summer.  I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never used it.  I fell in love with it in the store but never had the courage to rock this bright and bold of a color before.  I stick with neutrals or purples that aren’t quite this shocking!  However I decided tonight to “play” and here’s the look I came up with.  First I started with my favorite primer – the Kat Von D High Voltage Primer – to lock this purple color in.  Next I patted the purple color onto the lid and then put the black sparkle color on the outer edge and then blended it into the crease with a crease brush.  This duo did have quite a bit of fallout so if you try a darker duo from VS – maybe do  your eyes first and then foundation & concealer!  Then I took a damp liner brush and used the black as my eye liner with a subtle cat eye (I’m still mastering this!) and finished with Maybelline’s The Rocket mascara!

 

Its my birthday month – maybe this look or some variation of it would be fun for a party!

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Quick Look ~ Purple Smokey Eye

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This look uses a discontinued Victorias Secret Quad but I have found similar colors in L’Oreal and Covergirl trios and singles.   The quad is called Ravishing and is from a couple of years ago.  I started with my VS Pro Primer and then used the lilac color all over the lid and into the crease.  Next I took the lightest shade which is a very soft pink and put it along my browbone.  Then I took the deep plum/purple color into the crease and lastly took the dark grey color and used it as a top and bottom liner.

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Quick Look ~ Work Appropriate Eyes {tans}

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Today I wanted to share a quick post about a another favorite eye shadow quad that I am loving!  This is usually my go to for work – something simple but yet polished.  This look is from L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Line – New Essentials in #841 Because I Am Worth It.

I love the quality of these colors, you can keep them more shear or build it up for a slightly more dramatic look.

I started off with an eyeshadow primer (still working on using up VS Pro Primer).  And then swept the top shade across the lid, took the second color down for highlighting my brow bone, used the third color in the crease, and then used a damp liner brush and the bottom for a quick eyeliner.  Last I topped it off with Maybelline The Rocket mascara.

The eyeliner blends a little too well into the other shades so I might suggest using another liner instead if you want a truly lined eye but would look great with a chocolate brown eyeliner.

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