Review: Smashbox Studio Pop for Eyes Set

Hello lovelies!

I’m still loving the Cosmetics Company Store. If you haven’t noticed lately, I’ve been frequenting the one near me!

Here’s my newest love from there:

From Amazon.com

From Amazon.com

I recently started using Smashbox eyeliners and I have to tell you, this might just be my HG liner. I have tried a LOT of liners. Different brands, formulas, colors, gel, kohl. liquid, you name it. A LOT. I LOVE THESE.

This kit comes with 4 small liners in Bronze Citrine, Antique Gold, Imperial, and Graphite. It also comes with a travel size Full Exposure mascara which has also come to be one of my favorite everyday mascaras.

The liners are so creamy and smudge-able, but have definite staying power. It works on my water line for tight lining or around the rest of my eyes with great color payoff.

The $57 suggested retail is a bit steep and I’d pay that for a few full sizes, but not a bunch of smaller trials. I thought of this as a good way to try a few different shades since I know I love the formula of these liners but have only used the black before.

The kit at a normal store is $24, but at CCS it is going for $17. That’s an average of $3.40 per piece! Amazingggg!

This is another item (like the one I found at Ulta), where I felt I was walking out and robbing the place!

I will post the rest of my haul later, but this is one kit that I was happy to find since there were limited for last year’s Holiday season.

What is your HG liner? Is it a Smashbox liner? Have you tried these with a different result? Sound off below!

Giveaway: Sample Box

Hello lovelies!

I have a few days off to catch up on my blogging and I thought I would celebrate with a few fun things this week. For starters, I got a Facebook page set up for the blog! In honor of that, I’m going to be hosting another giveaway!

I will be sending the winner a box with no less than 6 sample/travel sizes of some of my favorite products! The more responses we get, the more items I will ad, so share with your friends and share often!!

I will for sure be putting items from Too Faced, Number 4, and Ruffian. The rest of the items I will leave open to suggestion from YOU! I want to try to tailor the prize to my readers, so I will use your input (brands you want to see, makeup vs hair vs fragrance samples) and add to the brands listed above!

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment and I will respond as quickly as I can! Good Luck!

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Review/Rave: NYX Parallel Worlds Makeup Collection

Hello Lovelies!

I just posted about my Ulta Haul HERE, and this was hands down the thing that I got most excited about!

This kit was originally $25 and with the clearance price and 20% off, I paid $10 for this whole thing! Pretty amazing, right?

NYX Collection

This kit comes with a little bit of everything!

The Smokey Shadow Palette: They were selling this in the store separately for $7 alone so I think I made out like a bandit. This palette has 6 shadows that range for full on glitter sparkle to a more satin finish. I also like that they have a variety in color since it is a smokey palette, vs just having shades of black and grey.

Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul: This has an insane color payoff and for me is pretty moisturizing. The color is a more of a true pink than I usually wear and the matte claim definitely holds true. I add some gloss over top (since I usually opt for some more sheen to my lip color) and I’m good to go! ($6 retail)

Boudoir Mascara Collection in Le Frou Frou: Each mascara in this collection has a different purpose but this seems to be the go to option. Le Frou Frou is their lengthening and volumizing option. It’s a rich black and has a straight, dense brush so that application to lower lashes (and those pesky inner ones) is super easy. ($6 retail)

Powder Blush in Pinched: This is a coraly pink with some gold glitter shimmer to it. Sound familiar? This can be used as a dupe for NARS Orgasm. It doesn’t have quite the amount of shimmer to it that the NARS option does, but honestly I prefer a little bit less. This one is almost a little bit heavier but with less color payoff if that makes sense.  Orgasm also has a more peachy base whereas Pinched has a coral base.

Now these sound like bad things, but honestly I PREFER this over the NARS option, even though for many it’s a Holy Grail product. Why? The texture of NYX Pinched has more staying power for me than Orgasm. I used to purposely apply more of Orgasm than I needed in the morning because an hour later it would be half as visible. Yes it has a bit better color payoff, but if there’s no staying power to it then does that really matter? To me, not so much.

And at $5 for .14 oz (vs NARS at $29 for .16), NYX Pinched comes out to be a MUCH better bang for your buck!!

Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Black: This liner is a nice eyeliner to complement the sultry looks you can make with this collection. I have quite a few liners that I rotate on a daily basis, and this one has earned it’s spot in that rotation. I usually have an issue with my black liquid liners coming out lighter and looking to be more of a grey color, but when they say extreme black, they mean it! (retail $4.5)

Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere: This is a mice shimmery champagne shade that is a great all over eye shade when you are in a pinch (read ‘hurry’ (read ‘every day of my life’) ). haha. I really like this paired with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Sin. They both have that champagne shimmer to them and then you can layer other shadows in or just build Cashmere on top of Sin if you are in a true hurry. Love! (retail $4.5)

As you can see, retail for all of these together is $33 separately. By getting them with all my deals, $10 was an AMAZING steal!

What’s your favorite beauty steal you have gotten lately? Have any different views of the products in this collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Haulin’: Ulta

Hello lovelies!

I’ve had a couple hauls lately so I will try to spread some out but here is one of them for you!

In Madison, WI a new Ulta opened on the west side of town. Since it was the opening of the store, I got a coupon for 20% off my purchase. What was AMAZING about this is that it worked on prestige brands too which NEVER usually go on sale or work with coupons!

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Instead of listing each thing as I did in my last haul, I’ll do a general overview and then break some of these down into future posts.

Philosophy Resurface set- I got this because I have been eyeing that for a long time now, but it’s never discounted. I was waiting for when I had a bunch of extra cash to drop, but since it was on sale I jumped on this!

I got it as a sample at Sephora when I was debating on a few different systems and I LOVE this one! I have problematic skin, so this helps me to get a clean slate about once a week!

Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo – I have to say I had high expectations for this and it was a flop. I’ll elaborate on this one in a separate post.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin- Love it, but never on sale, right?

Dr. Brandt Pores Thing T-zone Pore Tightener – I also had high hopes for this. It’s almost lie a gelatin in the container but I love it!

Ulta eye palette- One stop for a complete eye

Redken Dry Shampoo- In my search for the ultimate dry shampoo, how does this one fare?

Redken stylers- I’m looking for some new stylers since I just cut my hair into a bob… Find out in later posts if either of these did the trick.

NYX Bronzer- Light bronzer for us pasty girls

NYX Parallel Worlds Kit- This was the find of the day! Check out my next post to see what an AMAZING deal this kit was!!

 

If you have an Ulta opening near you, take some time to check out the opening! The 20% off was good on EVERYTHING in the store and was good for 30% off salon services. I would’ve taken advantage, but I spent too long shopping and it was close to closing time. haha