Category Archives: DRUGSTORE

Beautiful on a Budget: Drugstore Haul Volume #001


drugstore_haul_volume#001_001

Revlon and Wet ‘n’ Wild

Last week, Rite Aid had great sales on many cosmetic items, but the best sales came from Revlon and Wet ‘n’ Wild-40% off everything!  Since I had several coupons just waiting to be combined with a store deal, I could not pass up purchasing products to test and review.

The retail value for the ten items I purchased (sales tax excluded) totaled: $74.20

However, with the sales and coupons, I only shelled out (again, sales tax excluded): $32.48

Let me break everything down for you…

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Keep reading for more information!  Read the rest of this entry

Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches


maybelline_toocool_001

Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Not Too Cool for Some Improvements!

A white eyeshadow base is considered a staple to most makeup artists, and even consumers, because it is quite versatile.  Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow (≈ $6.99 for 0.14 oz./4 g.) is a decent option.  It is a highly frosted white with white micro-shimmer and silver micro-glitter.

Unfortunately, this has a very dry texture and was a little flaky when applied.  Upon application, Too Cool  set immediately, which led to it being slightly difficult to blend.  If you are using more than one color with this, I suggest applying Too Cool first, and then using any other shades-that will help with blending.

Furthermore, this shade has sheer pigmentation, compared to most of the other Color Tattoos.  If you desire full opacity, I suggest using a stiffer, synthetic brush (like MAC’s 242) and layering the color a few times.  If sheer color is what you are looking for, use a fluffier brush, or load the color on your finger, and lightly pat the shade over your lid.

Once set, Color Tattoos do not budge, and this shade is no different!  I did not test this for 24 hours (it’s never a good idea to wear makeup that long), but it was still going strong after 14 hours of wear-no fading or creasing (no eyeshadow primer), however,  I did notice a few sparkles under my eyes after several hours of wear.  I found this eyeshadow to be waterproof and was best removed with eye makeup remover.

At this price point, you might expect Color Tattoos to come in plastic containers.  However, they are housed in hefty, glass jars with plastic lids.  The only downside to their packaging is the sticker with the shade name is on the lid and not on the jar itself.  It is not a big issue unless you are using multiple shades, in which you will want to keep track of which lid goes with which shade.

This is a decent, long-wearing eyeshadow that is nice to use as a shimmery base to intensify lighter eyeshadows.  It can also be used to add a wash of color across your lid, or in the inner corner to brighten your look.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)

_____________________________________________________________________________________

flr_maybelline_toocool

The Final LAB Report for Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Keep reading for more photos and swatches!  Read the rest of this entry

Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches


maybelline_badtothebronze_001

Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

It’s Bad in That Good Kind of Way!

When it comes to cream eyeshadows, Maybelline has created some of the best on the market, and Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow (≈ $6.99 for 0.14 oz./4 g.) is a favorite of mine.  It is a medium, metallic bronze with multi-colored micro-shimmer.  It has a smooth, creamy texture, opaque pigmentation; it applied evenly, and blended seamlessly.

Once applied, Color Tattoos set quickly, but not so quickly that you cannot blend the edges, if you wish to.  Once set, they do not budge!  I did not test this for 24 hours (it’s never a good idea to wear makeup that long), but it was still going strong after 12 hours of wear-no fading or creasing (no eyeshadow primer).  I found Bad to the Bronze to be water resistant and was best removed with eye makeup remover.

At this price point you might expect Color Tattoos to come in plastic containers.  However, they are housed in hefty, glass jars with plastic lids.  The only downside to their packaging is the sticker with the shade name is on the lid and not on the jar itself.  It is not a big issue, but, hey, it’s my job to point out ALL the pros and cons of any product!

This is a great, long-wearing eyeshadow that can be used as a base to intensify other shadows, or can easily be used to add a wash of color across your lid.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)

_____________________________________________________________________________________

flr_maybelline_badtothebronze

The Final LAB Report for Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Keep reading for more photos and swatches!  Read the rest of this entry

Wet ‘n’ Wild Walking on Eggshells (#380B) Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches


wetnwild_walkingoneggshells_001

Wet ‘n’ Wild Stop Walking on Eggshells (380B)

This Trio Won’t Crack Under Pressure!

I was about 8 or 9 years old (one of my first experiences with makeup) the first time I tried a product from Wet ‘n’ Wild, and it was awful!  For some reason, I wanted a nude lipstick and their’s was the cheapest one I could find, but  it was drying and had a terrible plastic taste.  Over the years, I remember some of my friends using Wet ‘n’ Wild, because it was so affordable. Unfortunately, it was one of those “you get what you pay for” brands.  With recent changes to their eyeshadow formula (not sure yet on their lipsticks), Wet ‘n’ Wild is no longer a brand you need to uninterestedly pass by on your way to find a higher quality drugstore brand.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Walking on Eggshells (#380B) Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio (≈ $2.99 USD for 0.12 oz./3.5 g) contains three eyeshadows-labeled as “brow bone,” “crease,” and “eyelid”.  The concept behind this line of shadows is they are “coordinating trio shades [that] take the guesswork out of creating the perfect eye look. The ‘how to’ palettes are created to highlight, define, and accentuate specific eye colors to create unique looks.”

BROW BONE is a light, bone color with a frosted finish.  It has a dense, buttery texture (not at all powdery) and excellent pigmentation.

CREASE is a medium, warm brown with multi-colored micro shimmer and golden, bronze sparkle.  This shade has an incredibly smooth texture, but was powdery.  The pigmentation was awesome, so a little goes a long way with this crease color.

EYELID is a soft peach with a subtle pink undertone (not pink enough to be considered a cool color) and a frost finish.  It has a very smooth texture but was a smidge powdery.  As with the other two shades, this had great pigmentation.

Without a base, this wore for about 10 hours before it started to slightly crease near the inner corner of my eye and I noticed only minor fading.  I did not experience any fallout during application (I do suggest tapping off the excess powder for the crease and eyelid shades), but I did notice a few flecks (literally 3) of sparkle under my eyes after several hours of wear.

The pigmentation, combined with the smooth, easy-to-blend texture, made this an effortless palette to work with.  It is the perfect trio to use when you are in a hurry and still want some color on your eyes.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)

_____________________________________________________________________________________

flr_wetnwild_walkingoneggshells

The Final LAB Report for Wet ‘n’ Wild Stop Walking on Eggshells (#380B)

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Keep reading for more photos and swatches!  Read the rest of this entry

EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm Review, Photos


eos_sweetmint_lipbalm_001

EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm

Mint Your Lips Might Enjoy!

I don’t know what it is about these little guys (probably the packaging), but whenever I see one I say, “I want that!”  Yup, in that little-kid voice.  EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm (≈ $2.99 USD for 0.25 oz./7 g.) has a peppermint scent and a sugary, peppermint taste.  It is a solid balm that has a bit of a tacky feel on the lips.  Please note this particular flavor does give your lips a cold feeling that lasts about 15 minutes.  I do not find it irritating (I actually really like it!), but those with sensitive lips may feel a burning sensation.  

What I have noticed about this product is it does not instantly heal dry, cracked lips.  What it does do is preserve whatever amount of moisture your lips currently have.  Once the product wears off, your lips will go back to the state they were in prior to use.  When applied at night, I can still feel the balm on my lips the next morning – after eight hours of rest.  Over time, it will help your lips feel softer/smoother, but in my experience, this works best when used in conjunction with a lip scrub.

Part of the appeal of these is their packaging.  Their spherical shape and pastel colors are reminiscent of Easter eggs. Because of the round shape of the balm itself, you can cover both of your lips at the same time.  If you like to carry your lips balm in you pocket (like I do), then the packaging is rather unpractical.  If you are wanting slimmer packaging, this flavor does come in a “smooth stick” form.

All of EOS lip balms are 95% organic, 100% natural, as well as Gluten, Paraben, Petrolatum, and Phthalate free!  The only concerning ingredients are the Mentha Piperita Oil (peppermint oil) and the Linalool (alcohol extracted from flowers and spice plants), which can irritate skin.  The linalool is the last ingredient on the list, so the minute amount of it should not really be a problem, but it is important to be informed.  

I am still trying to figure out if I, personally, like this, or still think it is overrated.  It is not a bad product, but it certainly is not my favorite.  

_____________________________________________________________________________________

flr_eos_sweetmint_lipbalm

The Final LAB Report for EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Keep Reading for more photos!  Read the rest of this entry

%d bloggers like this: