Drugstore Makeup Haul /How I Got Makeup at CVS Almost for Free / Opal and Violet Eye Tutorial

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I always get so excited to get makeup basically for free. I’m here for drugstore makeup and I’m all for drugstore savings, especially when you’re on a budget. With amazingly affordable brands like Wet n Wild and e.l.f at the drugstore, there’s no reason to forego quality because you can’t afford high end makeup.

I found two intriguing products by e.l.f at my local drugstore. One inspired me to do this look, the Stardust Glitter Eyeliner. Both the name and the look of the product lured me in. Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about opals, stars and starry astronomy related things, and of course, also glitter.

Stardust Glitter Eyeliner by e.l.f in Pink Opal. $4. ElfCosmetics.com, CVS, Target, etc.

It looks way cooler in person and has intense pink reflects. It looked amazing swatched and paired beautifully with the other new e.l.f product that intrigued me, the No Budge Shadow Stick in Rose Gold.

E.l.f’s No Budge Shadow Stick in Rose Gold. $4 at CVS, Target, etc.

This product is supposed to be a no budge formula. Though both the liner and the shadow stick were very pretty, they both definitely creased on me throughout the day so I suggest using a very full coverage thick concealer with them as eyeshadow primer, like Bye Bye Undereye by It Cosmetics or Shape Tape by Tarte.

Wet n Wild’s Megacushion Foundation. $7.89 at Target, CVS, etc.

At CVS, I used $5 of Extra Bucks, a 15% off coupon, and a $3 of $11 off makeup coupon, and I scored the e.l.f eyeliner and shadow stick for $1 and change. I was stoked. I then went back a few days later to get the Wet n Wild Cushion foundation with $3 Extra Bucks I still had.

Wet n Wild’s Megaslicks Lip Gloss in Sun Glaze. $1.93 at Walmart, CVS, etc.

Since I ended up spending $10 on Wet n Wild makeup on the foundation and a lip gloss, I got $5 more extra bucks.

Brush Shampoo by e.l.f. $4 at CVS, ElfCosmetics.com, etc.

I then got $3 more at checkout so I went back and got an e.l.f liner brush and brush cleaner for a dollar and change. I haven’t washed my brushes in a hot minute so I’m looking forward to be getting the gunk out of them.

E.l.f’s small angled brush. $3.

Needless to say, it’s been a good week for drugstore savings for sure.

This look was easy to do but took tons of layering to get the pigment to where I wanted it. I haven’t used the eyeliner for its actual intended purpose, but I will give it a try. I began by priming my eyes with Kokie’s Be Bright Illuminating Concealer.

Kokie’s Be Bright Illuminating Concealer. $8 at Walmart.

I actually really like this for the undereye but for this look, a thicker more full coverage matte concealer would’ve been better.

Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo. $5. Ulta, colourpop.com etc.

I then used the shadow stick allover the second half of the eye. I cut my crease and filled the entire inner half of the eye with the eyeliner.

Essence’s Single Eyeshadow in Black as a Berry. $3.

I blended the two shades into each other to get rid of the harsh lines. I placed Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo on the outer corner and used Essences’s single shadow in Black as a Berry to line the lower lashline.

I would’ve liked the look to have more shimmer and glitter but I made the products work, and it’s good for an everyday glam kinda day.

What products have you scored at the drugstore lately?

Love & light!

Thanks for reading

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Valentine’s Day Pink Halo Eye with $3 PaletteΒ 

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I was reluctant to put up this look because one of the palettes I used is by a small brand you can’t really find easily. Their palettes are $3 on Juno.co though, and a few other retailers carry them as well. For that price, you really can’t lose, but I ‘ll give you a full lowdown on the palette below. I love it for Valentine’s Day or any night out and it can easily be recreated with any pink shadows and gold metallic shade you may have .  πŸ˜πŸ’•

The brand is called Coopwins and I found it at my local Sidecca. Coopwins’ packaging reminds me of The Balm’s but that’s okay with me as it’s incredibly cute, like enough to display on your shelf or vanity if you’re blessed with one. 

If you’re not familiar with Sidecca, it’s a chain of stores in the U.S. that sells cute quirky clothing for girls who are into retro clothes, quirky offbeat clothes, rockabilly dresses and accessories, pins, gifts, Mod Cloth type clothes, and just cute stuff in general. They also sell very fairly priced makeup that is often deeply discounted. As you can imagine, I can’t really help myself when I go to this store. I’m a fiend for their cute accessories and cheap makeup. 

I used The Natural Palette by Coopwins. I was instantly drawn to the pink shades and thought of a few romantic pink looks. All the shades performed decently well except for the purple shimmery shade, which was very patchy and dusty.I was kind of excited/rooting for it but oh well. The deep brown wasn’t as deep as I would’ve liked either.

I really dug the pinks though, but they required some building up and the rusty brown which is an ideal crease color.  For $3, it’s perfect for throwing in your purse and the small size makes that so easy. Since these shadows aren’t incredibly pigmented, I’ve been using them a lot for work for quick easy looks. The Smoky Palette by Coopwins, below, seems enticing too. Might have to part with $3 for it. 

Though I initially intended to do a smoky purple eye look, the purple wasn’t working with me and E.l.f. came through with their Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in the rose gold shade. I was not mad about that as I attempted my first semi successful halo eye!

E.l.f’s Aqua Beauty 

Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold. $4.

I’m truly a sucker for all things rose gold. The Aqua Beauty line by E.l.f. is bomb by the way and these shadows are pure fire in a tube, especially considering they’re $4.

To begin I primed my lids with concealer as usual. I used the Wet N Wild Photo Focus concealer. In the crease I used the rusty brown color from the Natural Palette and went over it with the second and third shades in E.l.f’s Golden Goddess eyeshadow quad, below, blending them into a gradient each time I added a new color. I feel like I’m lying to you now, but this quad is only $2. It also is incredibly useful. 

I dipped into the pink shades and first used the bright fuchsia shade on the outer corner blending it into the crease. I did the same thing on the inner half of my eye to prep for the halo. I then deepened both areas with the deeper more purple-y pink. I also intensified the whole look with Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank’s single eyeshadow in Heartthrob which I’ve literally been using for every I look I do.  I love it as a bronzer too. 

(I wish it weren’t sold out. I’d buy five more.) πŸ˜ͺ

I layered enough orangey rust and pink until I was sufficiently happy. I then created the halo eye E.l.f’s Molten Liquid shadow by dabbing it in the center of my lid with my finger. I also used it in the inner corner and browbone.

For lips I tried out a few options but settled on So Susan’s Liquid Lip in Raisin Flesh, which I got in my Ipsy bag as you may recall.

 I them layered J. Cat’s Beauty Liptonix Extreme Shimmer Topper in Magnon, which is $4.99 at Ulta and Jcatbeauty.com.

These lip toppers are super iridescent and so gorgeous over almost any lipstick and on their own as well. I love layering them over pinks and nudes. They kind of remind me of Mac’s Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour. $21 though is not worth it to me. I’ll stick with J.Cat for Lip gloss.

I’m liking how this looks turned out. Though it was unexpected, that’s what makes makeup so awesome and fun to do. 

Love you guys and hope your week is coming along fabulously

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette Review + Purple Amethyst Fall Makeup Look: Petal Pusher Palette

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The Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection by Wet n Wild in Petal Pusher calls for a floral crown & dusty lavender scarf.

 

Whenever I discover a high quality affordable makeup palette at the drugstore I pretty much do a back flip. I was at my local CVS and I did my usual walk through the makeup aisles when I discovered the Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Petal Pusher by Wet n Wild. (To be honest I find it soothing to look at makeup, and when I’m stressed I take a walk expressly for this reason. It’s almost like looking at pieces in a musuem. There’s something zen about it.) 

Photo by jet.com

The smoky purple/amethyst look I came up with. Bold but perfect with a nude lip + for fall. You can get away with more drama for fall & winter. Plus who cares? Rock those deep shadows girl.

Both the Beauty Brick Palette in Ultra containing purple tones by LA Girl and the Petal Pusher palette by Wet n Wild caught my eye. Neither are new products, but I’ve been wanting to do a blown out fun fall amethyst purple smoky eye. (Could I have used any more adjectives in that sentence? Probably.)

Pic by Ulta.com. 7.99 at drugstores. Next purple purchase on my list. πŸ˜‰πŸ’œ

The reasons I opted for the Wet n Wild palette were the cheaper price (4.99 vs. 7.99) and the LA Girl shadows didn’t seem to have the same pop. They looked slightly chalky and dull, compared to the shades in the Wet n Wild palette. 

Palette with flash. I had to show off how good these shades are.

That might have been due to packaging, and I’m still going back for LA Girl’s Ultra palette to test it out for myself and anyone interested. You guys know I love LA Girl, (Here is my review on their nude beauty brick), so I don’t mind taking a gamble, and you can’t really judge a shadow by just looking at it. 

I can’t get over how pigmented every shade is, how metallic the shimmery shades are, and the overall color payoff for the price. If you’re a beginner, don’t hesitate to check out Wet n Wild! Don’t sleep on their awesome makeup.

The shimmers in the Petal Pusher palette attracted me the most. I somehow managed to use them all in the look I did and was not at all mad about it. In fact I am living for these shades! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ The deep shinmery plum purple shade, blue purple shimmery shade, and rosy purple shimmer are my favorites. I used every color in the look except the grey color.

I primed my lids with Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes, which is really more of a concealer and I have been loving it. I also love Wet n Wild’s Photofocus concealer to prime my lids. I then used the bone shade in my LA Girl Beauty Brick palette in nudes to set the lids. In the crease I used the third shade down in the first row/left column of the Petal Pusher Palette, which says ‘crease’. That is so cool because it makes it a no brainer for beginners, and if you follow those prompts, you’d get a cute look.

Photo by Ulta. 24.99. Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes Broad Spectrum SPF 15. It’s what I used to prime my eyes. I find it works perfect as a concealer and primer. It’s meant to be used as an under eye concealer as well.

I used the Smashbox concealer to highlight the brown bone as well. On the lids I used the second shade on the left column imprinted with the word ‘eyelid’, which is a lavender. I then used the bluish purple shimmery ‘definer’ in the same column in the outer corner. I went back to the lid and went in with the rosy purple with the word ‘eyelid’ in the right column. 

I then lined the lashline and outer half of my eye with the deepest plum purple shimmery shade called a ‘crease’ shade in the right column. I made a kind of cat eye. 😸

I finished off the look with mascara and a nude lip. I used Wet n Wild’s MegaLast Lip Color nude lipstick in Bare it All topped with LA Girl’s Glazed Lip Paint in Whisper. They are 1.99 and 3.99 respectively. 

I already knew I would love the palette’s quality and colors because I have the Color Icon palette in Comfort Zone. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may recall my green smoky eye/ festive holiday look & tutorial I did with the palette. Here is that palette below:

Wet n Wild’s Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort Zone. Also 4.99. Love both palettes with a passion. I’ll be using this for festive holiday looks and smoky eyes this fall and winter on repeat.

On Wet n Wild’s website the description of these palettes mentions that they’re enriched with macadamia nut oil and a special silicone base to ensure pigmentation and longevity. How amazing is that!?! In their own words, 

“These eyeshadow collections feature eight dynamic and vibrant shades with high pigment and pearl for ultra-impact color! A jet-milled base and silicone technology deliver longwearing, stay-true color for hours of crease-resistant wear. Enriched with Macadamia Oil, each shadow provides continuous moisture that improves the appearance of the delicate eye area. The shade combinations can be used together for a daring statement or individually to bring a pop of color to your look.

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Thank you Wet n Wild for continually improving the quality and standard of your products and offering them at an afforable price! I don’t know how you do it but I love you for it. Additionally their products are cruelty free, another reason to buy their products. I am not sponsored by the way, I just get excited about good makeup products and brands and want to share it with my awesome readers.

Thanks for reading and can’t wait to see all the smoky fall cat eye looks to come this season. 
Love and light to you all πŸ˜ŠπŸ’„βœ¨

LA Girl’s Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Palette in Nudes Review / Fall Mauve Smoky Eye

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Though I’d like to be able to just go into a Sephora and drop some serious paper, I can’t do it in good conscience at the moment as other adult related life obligations must come before makeup, important as it is to me, and I mean that. Instead I opted for LA Girl’s Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Palette in Nudes.

From Ulta.com.

For $8, I thought, even if I hate it, what can I really lose? There must be a few too shades right? Yes girl, more than one. Keep reading. πŸ˜‰ 

This is the type of smoky eye I was going for & that you can do with this palette. Beautiful example by Stephanie Nicole. (Youtuber)

Pic by Belanjamino.com.

 LA Girl has been beauty blogger approved time and time again, which to me is usually enough. I had already tested a few of their lippies as one of my favorite beauty gurus, Kathleen Lights is a huge fan of LA Girl’s Liquid Lip in Fleur. She put it in her “Underrated Makeup Products” video and I seriously bought it a soon as I spotted it in a store as we have pretty much the same taste in makeup.

Unfortunately what we don’t share is Kathleen’s ability to wear liquid lipsticks with drier formulas. My lips are so dry, that to me this formula is only workable with about five coats of lip balm. (Seriously)

I love the color, so I wear it, but I like their creamier lipsticks better. I have not been dissapointed with them. I’m in love with their Matte Flat Velvet Lipsticks.

From Ulta.com.

My favorite is a nude in the color “Snuggle”. Obsessed. I assumed that if it was that good, that the palette probably wouldn’t fall too far behind.

I was not dissapointed by their eyeshadow palette at all and created a mauve-y fall makeup look, shown above and below. The lippie I have on is by Elf in Tea Rose and I feel like it ties in well with the look. I am pleased and feel like I needed a rosy hued nude palette in my arsenal. I used Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus concealer for primer, the bone shade as a base, the second and fourth shades (from left to right in the pic above) in the crease, the fifth shade on the the lid, and the last shade on the outer corner and under the water line.

I loved the texture of the eyeshadows. Though they’re not as creamy as the Naked Palettes’, for the price, you still get a lot of bang for your buck. They’re very pigmented and the blendability is awesome. You can easily create tons of looks with this palette. It definitely reminds me a lot of the first six shades in Wet n Wild’s Au Naturel Palette in Nude Awakening. My review for that can be found here.

Also, I’ve noticed that since my eyelids and skin are oily, I do well with a drier shadow. With a primer underneath, this look lasted pretty much all day.

LA Girl VS. Naked 3. Pic by Belanjamino.com

I have seriously done like 5 totally different looks with the palette. You can go from day/work appropriate looks to night out looks easily. Even though the Naked 2 & 3 Palettes offer a little more pigment and blendability, the colors are very comparable. In fact, they’re practically the same palette other than the huge gap between the price tags, a slight difference in tones and undertones, and the packaging and overall luxury feel of the Naked palettes. At $8 though, the LA Girl palette is definitely a drugstore dupe, which I live for.

I don’t have much to complain about with this palette except that I wish there were warmer tones in it as most of them have a cool or neutral undertone. Additionally, for a ‘nudes’ palette, it really has no neutrals like tan, beige, camel, rust, chocolate brown, etc. The colors are generally in the pink/purple/mauve family.

The almost inimitable Naked Palette. Pic from Ulta.

Since my skin definitely has a warm undertone, warm shades typically look best on me, but I can definitely work with this palette for the price tag. Adding some matte bronzer to the crease is an easy fix. If your skin is fair or cool to neutral I feel that this palette would look best on you. To my medium to dark skin girls, I’d say test a friend’s palette out first or if you already know you don’t like pinks, mauves, and purples, take that into consideration.
Love it overall and I highly recommend it to any makeup lover if you’ve been considering it.

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