Avon – FREE SHIPPING {3/15 thru 3/16/16}

Free shipping offer on orders over $25 today!! Lots of fun new things are in for spring.  Check it out and shop my eStore today! Click any image to go to my store or click {HERE}

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Avon – FREE SHIPPING on $25+ {3/4/16}

Hi Loves!  Some of you know I’m an Avon lady but I’m trying to grow my estore so you’ll be seeing random offers pop up that I think are a great deal – and want to share them with you!

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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?

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck!

DIY – Fix Shattered Makeup!

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Sunday afternoon my cat was playing in the bathroom and knocked one of my blushes onto the floor.  Well it hit just right and broke into several pieces.  What to do?!  Fix it! Don’t throw it out…yet!  I have tried this previously and thought I’d share with you how I fix it.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Blunt ended item to crush powder
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Toothpick
  • small makeup brushes

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Break up the remaining pieces/chunks into a powder.  There are two ways to do this – pick your favorite.  Option 1-Put the compact into a plastic bag and then break up pieces with something.  (I used the bottom of a real techniques expert face brush because its flat.)  Option 2- Wrap plastic around the end of what you’re using to break it up in the compact.  *Both are messy but I liked option 2 better and felt like I did a better job of breaking it up.
  2. Use a small brush or q-tip to brush any product that got out of the pan back into it.
  3. Slowly pour in rubbing alcohol, it will start to absorb and then once its saturated I took a toothpick and mixed it into a thick paste in the pan.
  4. Spread it the best you can into an even layer in the pan.
  5. Start with paper towel (folded a couple times to absorb the excess alcohol) and begin pressing the paste to get out liquid.  This will take several attempts.  (I started with my fingers a few times and then worked up to using the end of my brush to apply more pressure at the end.)  Be patient and go with it!  Keep pressing until your paper towel or napkin comes off with out any makeup and only slightly damp.
  6. Let it dry uncovered for 24 hours before using.

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A few parting thoughts I’ve learned through trial and error.  

  • This may not work on all compacts or formulas of pressed products but in a desperate attempt to save product it could work on any pressed powder (blush, bronzer, highlighter, eye shadow, etc.).  I have had about 50% luck with this – I tried to salvage a clinique blush that shattered and it broke again a few weeks later.  It may be more apt to breaking since I didn’t set it as hard as it was in production.  This time I tried applying more pressure – I’ll post an update if these two blushes break on me.
  • For this post I fixed a clinique blush deluxe sample and a wet n wild full size blush.

Good Luck with fixing your own shattered compacts!  If its try this or toss it out…its definitely worth trying!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck!

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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Pinned it…Tried it…{stained finger nails}

PicsArt_1375570158357My weekend mani’s have finally caught up with me!  Today as I was taking off last weekend’s red I noticed that it left fairly bright staining behind on my nails where it hadn’t already chipped off.

I had pinned or read some place about using whitening toothpaste to get the stains off of your nails.  However going back to my boards I couldn’t find the pin! 😦  So I decided to conduct my own experiment and it sort of works!

What You Need:

  • old toothbrush
  • whitening toothpaste
  • water

Directions

  1. Start by removing as much of the nail polish as you can with nail polish remover.
  2. Next take a small amount (half a pea sized) of toothpaste on an old toothbrush and start working it into your nail bed.
  3. I spent about a minute or two “scrubbing” each nail.
  4. Then I wiped the nail clean and since it was still stained I spread a thin amount of toothpaste onto the nail bed and let it sit.
  5. After “scrubbing” all of the nails – I came back to the nails with a layer of toothpaste and scrubbed those one more time.
  6. Turns out it did lighten the stains!

Parting thoughts: I give this a { B }

It did not remove all of the stains and I was getting tired of scrubbing so maybe it would have worked if I kept going.  This did however lighten the stain and I think it’d work if you had to change your polish to a lighter color or needed bare nails or clear coated nails for something I would definitely try it.  I had also read while looking for the original pin that some people had luck with just scrubbing the nails with hydrogen peroxide – I might try that next time.

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