Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Release Oct 1 - Swatches & Review

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sugarpill sparkle baby review and swatches

Sugarpill Profile

Sugarpill, one of my all-time favorite indie cosmetic brands, sells an amazing array of mostly cruelty-free loose and pressed shadows. I first came across Sugarpill in their first year and I'm so glad I did. They instantly became one of my favorite bright shadow brands and have maintained this position ever since--you've probably noticed I regularly use Sugarpill in tutorials.

I previously reviewed 27 other Sugarpill pressed and loose shades in 2 parts:
Sugarpill Swatches Part 1
Sugarpill Swatches Part 2

Sugarpill first debuted the Sparkle Baby collection a couple years ago if memory serves me correctly at IMATS--this collection consists of 4 shades of pressed shadows. Since then, Sugarpill fans have been waiting with bated breath for their release. I'll be the first to admit I've been frustrated a few times over how long we've waited for these to launch on the site. Thankfully the wait is over and they are slated to be released on October 1st if what I've read is correct! 

Additionally, I believe the LE chromalust released in super limited quantities at IMATS Sydney will also be available tomorrow as well. The last few LE chromalusts have gone really quick, so I strongly suggest jumping on it if you want it!

Note: I am unsure of whether or not any of these shades contain carmine as the packaging does not indicate which do just that some may, so best to ask if this is a concern for you. I'm also unsure of whether or not the pro palette will release on the site, though it was offered at IMATS Sydney.

Price

These will retail individually for $12 

Where to Buy

These should release on October 1st through Sugarpill's online store


Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Swatches & Review


sugarpill sparkle baby review and swatches

Product Type

These are pressed shadows with varying finishes. I'm unsure of whether or not these will release in regular individual compacts or these white ones, but I believe they will launch both in a palette as well as individually. 

Shades

Sparkle Baby consists of 4 shades.

sugarpill candycrush review
Sugarpill Candycrush

sugarpill candycrush swatch
Sugarpill Candycrush - minty pastel aqua with frost finish

sugarpill frostline review
Sugarpill Frostline

sugarpill frostline swatch
Sugarpill Frostline - pastel lilac with subtle pink sheen

sugarpill hotsy totsy review
Sugarpill Hotsy Totsy

sugarpill hotsy totsy swatch
Sugarpill Hotsy Totsy - raspberry with lilac sparkle

sugarpill kitten parade review
Sugarpill Kitten Parade

sugarpill kitten parade swatch
Sugarpill Kitten Parade - pinky-peach with gold flash

On the Eye

These shades have fairly different textures so I've broken them down by shade.

Candycrush - fairly soft and buttery with decent payoff; slightly pills on itself when picking up color in the compact, but applies nicely

Frostline - this had a moderately firm formula in the pan and given its light color it provided more of a wash of lilac than super opaque coverage, but very pretty; use over a white or colored base for more depth

Hotsy Totsy - this was the hardest of all the shades in this collection, but with a little extra effort you can get a reasonable amount of color; this may stain without something between it and your skin

Kitten Parade - this had a soft, buttery formula with good payoff; absolutely stunning in person


Final Recap 


Price

These will retail individually for $12 

Where to Buy

These should be available on October 1st through Sugarpill's online store

Final Thoughts

This is Sugarpill's softest collection in terms of colors and I think many will find it very wearable. If you're the type that loves Sugarpill shadows, but isn't comfortable with super bright, opaque shades then this may be a great introduction. 

I love the shades and I think they're fantastic for spring! While they're not all as super opaque as other Sugarpill shades, none are bad and all are workable. They are not super similar to anything else Sugarpill has released for pressed shadows so they make great additions to even the largest Sugarpill collections in my opinion. I believe Sugarpill will be releasing these in palette form in addition to individually. 

Overall, I'm glad I have them and look forward to working them into tutorials this spring and summer!

Will you be grabbing these from Sugarpill

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hakuhodo Face Brush Reviews & Comparisons - J210, J5521

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hakuhodo face brush review and comparison J210, J5521

Hakuhodo

Hakuhodo is a Japanese company that crafts what are arguably some of the most exquisite natural hair makeup brushes in the world. I discussed them a bit more in depth in a previously post on a number of Hakuhodo blending brushes I purchased.

I recently purchased a number of Hakuhodo makeup brushes and since I've personally only found a few reviews online, I thought it might be helpful to throw in my 2 cents. I've broken these brushes down by type into separate posts, having previously posted about the blending brushes I grabbed and planning to post 1 more eye brush post after this face brush post. I've tried to include comparisons of some of these brushes to other popular makeup brushes similar in shape/size for reference.

Quick Note: Hakuhodo brushes were not originally numbered on the handles, however, they have recently changed that and newly crafted brushes in the "J" line are numbered. As a result, Hakuhodo is currently informing customers they may receive a mixture of numbered and unnumbered J brushes during this transitional period. Almost all of the brushes I received were numbered.

Their shipping is lightning fast and cost me $9, which I believe is flat-rate through their site.


Hakuhodo Face Brush Review & Images - J210, J5521

I have mentioned brush types and shapes below in each review, however, I'm a big believer in using your tools the way you see fit--there are no rules! The way I use a brush may not be the way you'd use it, so this is more guidelines based on my opinion.

hakuhodo j210, hakuhodo j5521 review
Hakuhodo J5521, Hakuhodo J210



Hakuhodo J210 Review

hakuhodo j210 foundation blush brush review
Hakuhodo J210

Brush Shape - round
Brush Type - blush, foundation
Bristle Length - 30mm
Hair Type - goat
Total Brush Length - 170mm
Price - $45
Where to Buy - Hakudohousa.com
Observations - I know this brush is listed as a brush blush, but it's exactly the shape and size I was looking for, for a new foundation brush and I've seen others feel the same. The bristles are super soft and the top is fairly rounded, but not tapered. The brush head is fairly dense, but the bristles have plenty of spring and flex. I'm in love with this brush and will definitely be buying 1 or 2 more! While it could certainly be used for blush, I personally think it's the right size and shape for foundation--though obviously you can play around with it and determine how you like to use it best. I've seen some question how the Hakuhodo J210 compares to the Esum G47, so I've compared them below. 


Hakuhodo J5521 Review

hakuhodo j5521 highlighter brush review
Hakuhodo J5521

Brush Shape - tapered
Brush Type - highlight
Bristle Length - 32mm
Hair Type - goat
Total Brush Length - 167mm
Price - $38
Where to Buy - Hakudohousa.com
Observations - I really love this shape and size brush for highlighting ultra fine, pressed powders. This brush is very soft. It's pretty dense and picks up and distributes product nicely. I bought it because from everything I read and saw it looked very similar to my other favorite highlighting brush, Wayne Goss 02, which I've compared it to below. This is a fantastic brush in my opinion!


Hakuhodo J210 vs Esum G47

hakuhodo j210 vs esum g47 makeup brush comparison
Hakuhodo J5521 vs Esum G47

hakuhodo j210 vs esum g47 japanese makeup brush comparison
Hakuhodo J5521 vs Esum G47

Hakuhodo J210 and Esum G47 Comparison

  • Hakuhodo J210 round, Esum G47 is round and flat
  • Hakuhodo J210 is larger
  • Hakuhodo J210 is softer, but Esum G47 is soft as well
  • Both are similar in overall length
Conclusion - Hakuhodo J210 is nothing like Esum G47. Ironically, Hakuhodo J210 is labeled by the brand as a blush brush and Esum G47 is labeled by the brand as a foundation brush. Personally, for my own uses, I prefer to use them for the opposite purposes--Hakuhodo J210 for foundation and Esum G47 for blush. I think one could easily own both brushes if you liked their individual shapes and sizes, but I don't personally find them to be interchangeable. They are very close in price (Esum G47 is around $42 retail).


Hakuhodo J5521 vs Wayne Goss 02

hakuhodo j5521 versus wayne goss 02 japanese makeup brush comparison
Hakuhodo J5521 vs Wayne Goss 02

hakuhodo J5521 versus Wayne Goss 02 japanese makeup brush comparison
Hakuhodo J5521 vs Wayne Goss 02

Hakuhodo J5521 and Wayne Goss 02 Comparison

  • Both equally (super) soft
  • Hakuhodo J5521 ever so slightly shorter (really small difference as you can see above)
  • Hakuhodo J5521 may be the teeniest bit denser, but honestly it's such a nearly imperceptible difference it's really difficult to tell
  • Both are pure perfection in shape and hair quality
Conclusion - If you guys follow me regularly you know I'm a HUGE fan of Wayne Goss and his lovely, angel-sent brushes. Oh my gosh do I love the ones I own (and look forward to having an equally boarder-line inappropriate relationship with the ones I plan to purchase). The Wayne Goss 02 is my all-time favorite highlighter brush and from everything I'd read and saw prior to purchasing, the Hakuhodo J5521 was supposed to be nearly identical in every way but hair color. I have to say, it really is. Both are beautifully constructed, magically soft and just sheer joys to work with. While my Wayne Goss 02 looks a tiny bit fluffier above, it's only because I didn't intentionally reshape it as a much as I sometimes do while it was drying this last time. It's magic as is the Hakuhodo J5521 and I definitely suggest getting either or both (I plan to pick up 1 more of each) if you're searching for a highlighter brush that deposits the most lovely amount of glow on the highest planes of your (or your clients') face. I've even had those sitting for full face applications comment on how soft my Wayne Goss 02 was before--it's that impressive. Like the soft whisper of a mild fall breeze caressing your face ... ok, getting a little warm over my brushes here. I'll stop! But really, amazing.


Have you purchased any of the brushes mentioned above? What did you think of them?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Free for FALL Giveaway!

Fall is here! The weather is cooler, the leaves are changing and fall makeup is everywhere we turn. Time to swap out those summer products for some sultry fall shades and I'm excited to help you get started!

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  • Limited Edition Tarte Amazonian Clay Dual Liner (black and brown)
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  • SheaMoisture Lip Crayon in Keylin
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Hakuhodo Blending Brushes Reviews & Comparisons - J5523, J5533, J142, J146, J5529

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Hakuhodo

Hakuhodo is a Japanese company that crafts what are arguably some of the most exquisite natural hair makeup brushes in the world. While Japanese makeup brushes have been gaining in popularity for the last couple years, they're far from new. Japanese brushes have been used for centuries for a variety of purposes from writing to art and applying cosmetics. Crafting these brushes is a serious art form and as a result, these brushes are quite costly both in Japan as well as to purchase in the US. In fact, one of my sisters lives in Japan (where my father's family is from) and we regularly discuss how expensive brushes and cosmetics are there--even the brands based in Japan. I've personally always preferred investing in my brushes (for both myself and my kit) so I think the prices for these brushes were actually quite reasonable, however, "affordability" is a subjective term so it's best for readers to determine for themselves whether or not these are worth it to purchase. 

I recently purchased a number of Hakuhodo makeup brushes and since I've personally only found a few reviews online, I thought it might be helpful to throw in my 2 cents. I'm going to break these brushes up across several posts to keep things a bit more organized. This post is dedicated to the brushes I purchased that are primarily blending/crease brushes. I've tried to include comparisons of some of these brushes to other popular makeup brushes similar in shape/size.

Quick Note: Hakuhodo brushes were not originally numbered on the handles, however, they have recently changed that and newly crafted brushes in the "J" line are numbered. As a result, Hakuhodo is currently informing customers they may receive a mixture of numbered and unnumbered J brushes during this transitional period. Almost all of the brushes I received were numbered.

Their shipping is lightning fast and cost me $9, which I believe is flat-rate through their site.


Hakuhodo Blending/Crease Brush Reviews & Images - J5523, J5533, J142, J146, J5529

I have mentioned brush types and shapes below in each review, however, I'm a big believer in using your tools the way you see fit--there are no rules! The way I use a brush may not be the way you'd use it, so this is more guidelines based on my opinion.

hakuhodo japanese makeup brush review J5523, j5533, j142, j146, j5529
L to R - Hakuhodo J5523, Hakuhodo J5533, Hakuhodo J5529, Hakuhodo J146, Hakuhodo J142


Hakuhodo J5523 Review

hakuhodo J5523 japanese makeup brush review
Hakuhodo J5523

Brush Shape - round, flat
Brush Type - blending, crease, shadow
Bristle Length - 16mm
Hair Type - goat
Total Brush Length - 151mm
Price - $19
Where to Buy - Hakudohousa.com
Observations - This brush is very soft and fairly fluffy, yet it's dense enough that it holds its shape well. This could easily be used for both applying shadow to the lid as well as to the crease. It's similar in shape and size to MAC 217, which I've compared it to below.


Hakuhodo J5533 Review

hakuhodo j5533 japanese makeup brush review
Hakuhodo J5533

Brush Shape - round, domed
Brush Type - blending
Bristle Length - 18mm
Hair Type - goat
Total Brush Length - 153mm
Price - $18
Where to Buy - Hakuhodousa.com
Observations - This brush is super soft and flexible. It's very fluffy with a round head, rather than tapered, making it perfect for blending. Bdellium had a blending brush in the Bambu line that was somewhat similar if memory serves me correctly, but I couldn't find the one I had and it was synthetic anyway, so I didn't compare them. I am really excited to use this brush on some new faces as I loved it while testing it on myself.


Hakuhodo J142 Review

hakuhodo j142 japanese makeup brush review
Hakuhodo J142

Brush Shape - medium tapered
Brush Type - blending, crease
Bristle Length - 18mm
Hair Type - goat
Total Brush Length - 153mm
Price - $18
Where to Buy - Hakuhodousa.com
Observations - Like the others, this is super soft. It's very flexible and fairly fluffy. It's neither super small nor super large--more medium size in terms of the brush head. Definitely a great crease brush! When I first saw this brush it reminded me of MAC 226 and I have compared them below.


Hakuhodo J146 Review

Hakuhodo j146 japanese makeup brush review
Hakuhodo J146

Brush Shape - slim, tapered at end
Brush Type - blending, crease
Bristle Length - 16mm
Hair Type - goat
Total Brush Length - 156mm
Price - $18
Where to Buy - Hakuhodousa.com
Observations - This has very soft bristles, which are also very flexible. The head of the brush is fairly long in proportion to the width of the head compared to most blending brushes I've come across. Great for working on smaller eyes!


Hakuhodo J5529 Review

hakuhodo j5529 japanese makeup brush review
Hakuhodo J5529

Brush Shape - petite, fairly domed tip
Brush Type - blending, crease, precise application
Bristle Length - 13mm
Hair Type - goat
Total Brush Length - 153mm
Price - $17
Where to Buy - Hakuhodousa.com
Observations - This was the smallest of the blending/crease brushes I purchased and it is itty-bitty! It is still very soft and has a fair amount of flex to it, but it is slightly on the firmer end. While it's described by Hakuhodo as a tapered brush, I think mine is more dome shaped than tapered, It almost reminds me of a cross between a slim pencil brush and long-headed mini smudger. It's a nice brush for smaller eyes and more precise work. 


Hakuhodo and MAC Cosmetics Comparisons

I'm not suggesting you should purchase these brushes instead of Hakuhodo brushes, but given the brushes mentioned below are fairly popular in the US I thought it might help those wavering between them--or simply as a point of reference.

Hakuhodo J5523 vs MAC 217

hakuhodo j5523 vs mac 217 comparison
MAC 217 vs Hakuhodo J5523

hakuhodo j5523 vs mac 217 comparison japanese makeup brush maccosmetics
MAC 217 vs Hakuhodo G5523

MAC 217 and Hakuhodo G5523 Comparison
  • Hakuhodo G5523 is softer
  • Hakuhodo G5523 is slightly more flexible
  • Hakuhodo G5523 has a slightly more uniformed brush head
  • Hakuhodo G5523 has a shorter handle
Conclusion - I have owned several MAC 217s over the years and I think it's got a great multipurpose shape. I tend to use mine most often in the crease, but have used them to apply concealer/corrector, shadow, etc. While I'd never consider the MAC 217 scratchy or rough, the Hakuhodo G5523 is notably softer. You can actually see in the picture that the ends of the bristles on the 217 look a tad more blunt than the bristles on the Hakuhodo G5523. If you're super picky about softness, the G5523 would probably suit you best! I'll definitely be picking up a few more Hakuhodo G5523s.


Hakuhodo J142 vs MAC 226

hakuhodo j142 vs mac 226 japanese makeup brush mac cosmetics comparison
MAC 226 vs Hakuhodo J142

hakuhodo j142 vs mac 226 japanese makeup brush mac cosmetics comparison
MAC 226 vs Hakuhodo J142

MAC 226 and Hakuhodo J142 Comparison
  • MAC 226 is more tapered; tapering begins closer to the base and comes to a slightly finer point
  • Hakuhodo J142 has a slightly longer brush head
  • Hakuhodo J142 is softer
  • MAC 226 is limited edition and therefore more difficult to get a hold of as it's only been released for limited periods a couple times with LE collections
Conclusion - MAC 226 is the smaller (and limited edition) little sister of MAC's popular 224 blending brush. While I normally wouldn't compare a limited edition product in a post like this, MAC 226 has a cult following and as it's been released a couple times with different limited edition collections, I'm sure we'll see it someday again. Hakuhodo J142 is notably softer, while MAC 226 is slightly more tapered. Hakuhodo J142 has a shorter handle, which may or may not factor in for some.


Have you purchased Hakuhodo makeup brushes? Which are your favorites?

Check back soon for additional Hakuhodo makeup brush features.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows and Liner Swatches & Reviews - M-630, ME-612, ME-734, M-10

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Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows & Liner

Recently, MUFE released their fantastic new lines of shadows and liners--aptly named Artist Shadows and Artist Liners. I do not have any of the Artist Lipsticks to share today. From the first time I heard about these my interest was peaked. MUFE revamping their entire line of pressed shadows and replacing them with a brand new gel-powder formula?! Sign me up!

I thought today was the perfect time to share swatches of the 3 shadows and 1 liner I received as they are the epitome of fall colors. Happy first day of fall by the way!


Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows and Liners Swatches - M-630, ME-612, ME-734, M-10

All of these products were swatched on clean, bare skin. Shadows were applied with an eyeshadow brush (I used one from the Royal & Langnickel Revolution line as I find it works very well with formulas of this nature).

makeupforever artist shadow m-630 swatch and review
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-630

makeupforever artist shadow m-630 swatch and review
MUFE M-630 - matte light chocolate brown (fairly neutral)

makeupforever artist shadow me-612 swatch and review
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-612

MUFE ME-612 - metallic pinky copper brown

makeupforever artist shadow me-734 swatch and review
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-734

makeupforever artist shadow me-734 swatch and review
MUFE ME-734

makeupforever artist shadow swatches from 30 year anniversary palette
L to R - M-630, ME-612, ME-734

makeupforever artist liner m-10 swatch and review
Make Up For Ever Artist Liner M-10

makeupforever artist liner m-10 swatch and review
MUFE M-10 - charcoal


Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow and Liner Reviews


Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-630 Review

Product Type - gel-powder pressed shadow
Finish - matte
Shade - light milk chocolate brown (fairly neutral)
On the Eye - blends beautifully; well-pigmented; soft
Price - $21
My Thoughts - This shadow is really great. It's a true matte, yet it isn't at all chalky. While it isn't as gel-like and buttery as the metallic shadows I reviewed, there was nothing dry or powdery about it either. Definitely a great shadow--can you say crease color? I'm impressed with this matte shadow's performance!


Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-612 Review

Product Type - gel-powder pressed shadow
Finish - metallic
Shade pinky-copper brown
On the Eye blends beautifully; super pigmented; very smooth and buttery
Price - $21
My ThoughtsThis color is absolutely STUNNING. Not only is it a beautiful color that isn't completely dupable by anything I own in my personal collection or kit, but its performance is phenomenal. It applies beautifully, blends smoothy and the coverage is nuts. I didn't have to pack it on to get a super pigmented layer of color. 


Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-734 Review

Product Type - gel-powder pressed shadow
Finish - metallic
Shade tangerine with gold flash
On the Eye blends beautifully; amazing pigmentation; very smooth and buttery
Price - $21
My Thoughts - First of all this shade is on FIRE! It was actually a bit hard to capture as there's something complex about this particular shade of orange. This shadow was just as impressive as ME-612 in performance, which was surprising to me because I often find that some of the brightest, funnest colors can be a bit finicky. This shadow was amazing! It applied perfectly and was completely opaque without having to pack it on. Sensational pigmentation and definitely a must if you're looking for unique brights.


Make Up For Ever Artist Liner M-10 Review

Product Type - twist-up pencil liner
Finish - matte
Shade deep charcoal black
On the Eye sets quickly; can be smudged to a degree immediately after application; not totally waterproof, very smudge-proof
Price - $19
My Thoughts - MUFE makes one of my long-time favorite pencil liners (aqua eyes liners), so I was really curious to see how these new Artist Liners perform. They are not the same as the Aqua Eyes liners. For those curious, I think 0L is actually a more true black, where M-10 is more of a deep charcoal--just my personal opinion for those that want to know if they're similar color-wise. These set extremely fast and if you don't smudge them out immediately after application you'll find they're almost 100% budge-proof. And while these are able to be smudged out immediately after application, there was a tiny bit of pull to them. Ironically, these are not 100% waterproof despite being pretty budget-proof. These come in a twist-up tube rather than a traditional pencil that requires sharpening. I like that these are not essentially a repackaged version of the Aqua Eyes liners as I think they may appeal to those looking for something that performs differently. I can't foresee these replacing my favorite Aqua Eyes as I prefer a waterproof liner when possible, but I look forward to playing around with them as a budge-proof liner is definitely hard to find!

What do you think? Have you tried any of MUFE's new Artist lines?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MAC x The Simpsons Swatches & Review - Partial Collection

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MAC x The Simpsons Swatches & Review - Partial

I have a confession to make. I'm a child of the 80s and 90s and back when I was a kid, the Simpsons were insanely popular. Yes, I know they're still popular now, but there weren't as many sarcastic, adult cartoons by far back then. Anyway, I wasn't allowed to watch it. My mom hated some of the catchphrases ("Eat my shorts!" being one of them) and just didn't embrace their humorous approach to depicting middleclass family life. I caught a few shows here and there when she wasn't around (my brother used to sneak into another room sometimes and watch it at the other end of the house while my mom made dinner sometimes), but because of that I just never got into it and by the time I was a bit older I immediately got into other series (I'm definitely a long-time Family Guy and American Dad fan). My husband, ironically, also came from a family where the Simpsons were banned, but he later on watched it and actually loves it!

Although I wasn't a mega-fan back in the day, The Simpsons were a major part of pop culture during my childhood and for that reason I feel a little nostalgic when it comes to them. They were everywhere--shirts, references, even commercials. Remember that? "Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger!" I'm familiar enough with the show to have heard the opening theme song in my head every time I wrote "The Simpsons" in this post ;)

When I saw that MAC was releasing a Simpsons themed collection I thought ... makes sense! Especially since they're celebrating their 25th anniversary. I have a couple pieces from this collection to share with you today. If you aren't already familiar with it, this collab collection with MAC focuses specifically on Marge.


MAC x The Simpsons Swatches - Partial Collection

The swatches were hard to capture and my camera did odd things in the pics to my skin, but I managed to get it to capture the actual swatches fairly accurately for you!

mac x the simpsons that trillion dollar look quad swatches & review
MAC x The Simpsons - That Trillion Dollar Look Quad

mac x the simpsons that trillion dollar look quad swatches & review
MAC x The Simpsons - That Trillion Dollar Look Quad
L to R - Lisa's Spikes (frost), Apple Squishee (frost), 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds (veluxe pearl), Chalkboard Dreams (velvet)

mac x the simpsons Lisa's Spikes eye shadow swatches & review
MAC x The Simpsons Lisa's Spikes - acid chartreuse

mac x the simpsons apple squishee eye shadow swatches & review
MAC x The Simpsons Apple Squishee - green apple

mac x the simpsons 2 dozen and one greyhounds eye shadow swatches & review
MAC x The Simpsons 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds - antique olive

mac x the simpsons Chalkboard Dreams eye shadow swatches & review
MAC x The Simpsons Chalkbaord Dreams - blackened green base with frosty green

mac x the simpsons grand pumpkin lipglass swatches & review
MAC x The Simpsons Grand Pumpkin Lipglass

mac x the simpsons grand pumpkin lipglass swatches & review
MAC x The Simpsons Grand Pumpkin Lipglass - bright orange (looks more coral on my lips after being applied)


MAC x The Simpsons Review - Partial Collection 


That Trillion Dollar Look Quad Review

Product Type - limited edition 4-shadow rectangular eyeshadow compact 
Shades - Lisa's Spikes (frost), Apple Squishee (frost), 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds (veluxe pearl), Chalkboard Dreams (velvet)
Packaging - The compact is sturdy with a nice weight to it and mirror inside. If you're familiar with MAC's rectangular (versus square) shadow quads, this is the same.
On the Eye - Lisa's Spikes, Apple Squishee and 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds all had "thinner" formulas. They provided more of a light wash versus super pigmented coverage. Chalkboard Dreams was fairly chalky. 
Price - $44 retail
Where to Buy - maccosmetics.com
My Thoughts - I think the stamped shadows are adorable, the compact is actually very cute and the selection of shades compliment each other well. The downside was the performance. Sadly none of these were super pigmented once applied, but I think all could potentially work better patted over a base. They would also be good for those that prefer light washes of color versus vibrant coverage. However, this is a special limited edition collection with a huge fanbase, so I can see this still being worth grabbing if you're a Simpsons fan or MAC collector!


Grand Pumpkin Lipglass Review

Product Type - limited edition lipglass
Shade - bright orange
Scent/Flavor - traditional MAC vanilla
On the Lip - applies smoothly; semi-transparent coverage; settled slightly in lip ines
Price - $16.50 retail
Where to Buy - maccosmetics.com (sold out as of the time of this post)
My Thoughts - While this may look a bit intimidating to those that don't regularly wear vibrant lip colors, it actually translated into a nice coral on my (unpigmented) lips--potentially making it more wearable for those that wouldn't normally reach for an orange lippy. This has MAC's traditional lipglass formula and if you like it, you'll like the performance on this. I did find it settled into my lip lines a bit (which I find with most lighter lipglass shades), but it wasn't super noticeable from a standing distance and could always be applied over liner and/or lipstick to help make it less noticeable. Overall, a great piece if you can get your hands on it!

Did you pick anything up from the MAC x The Simpsons collection? 

Note: Product in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Top 5 Fall Handbag Essentials with U by Kotex and Walmart - Plus Coupons

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5 Fall Handbag Essentials with U by Kotex & Walmart

Fall is in the air! Here in New England it's already dropped to the 50's and 60s, so we've had little time to prepare for the change of seasons. However, I always make sure to update my handbag and when I do, I pack my favorite seasonal essentials at the same time! Bye-bye summer handbag, hello leather and fall handbag musts! I've even got a fabulous coupon for you below to help you update your fall handbag essentials, so make sure to watch for that.

Walmart actually carries 5 of my top handbag essentials, which includes U by Kotex Click Tampons and the free Kleenex Slim Pack that comes with specially marked packages of Kotex tampons and pads!

Here are 5 of my top fall handbag essentials:

I always keep a few tampons in my purse because I'm always on the go--I don't have time for accidents! U by Kotex Click Tampons come in several absorbency ratings including regular, super and super plus. I tend to purchase the multi-packs so that I can keep a few of each in my purse just in case. These convenient little tampons have a super compact applicator that actually clicks to extend. No more super long tampons taking up space--more room for other handbag essentials! Check out this fantastic coupon U by Kotex and Walmart has been kind enough to offer my readers. Share it via twitter, facebook or pinterest and the more you share the higher the coupon value will be!

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Here's my must-have U by Kotex Click tampon multipack! On the top is my second fall handbag essential pick, which I'll talk about below.

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U by Kotex Click Tampons are so cute and convenient!


Cold and flu season is here so it's definitely time to keep those tissues handy! Thankfully, some specially marked U by Kotex tampon and pad boxes include complementary Kleenex Slim Packs--perfect! These handy little packets hold 10 nicely sized, reasonably thick tissues. Definitely look out for these!

Use this fabulous coupon from U by Kotex and Walmart to score an even better deal on certain U by Kotex pads and tampons when shopping at Walmart--look for the specially marked packages that include these perfect little Kleenex Slim Packs!

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The Kleenex Slim Packs are nice and small.

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They open up and feature 2 slim pockets!


3. Hershey Kisses
If you know me, you know I'm a serious choco-holic! I try to keep chocolate on me at all times and now that the weather is cooler, I can keep my favorite little Hershey Kisses in my bag without fear of melting ;) Grab these at walmart next time you're there. And hey, Halloween candy is coming out already ... just saying!

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4. Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Red Extreme
I'm so thankful Walmart carries a huge selection of Milani products (some of the only drugstore beauty products I tend to love). These amazing liquid lipsticks by Milani are as good as, if not better, than any other lip products I've tried. And this red? Killer for fall! 

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5. EOS Lip Balm
This is an essential for me year-round, but especially in the cooler months. EOS lip balm keeps my lips moisturized and dry skin-free all Fall long. This is also available at Walmart.

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U by Kotex and Walmart Coupon for My Fabulous Readers

As I mentioned above, U by Kotex and Walmart have provided you guys with a fantastic printable coupon that not only helps you save, but increase in value if shared via facebook, twitter and pinterest! The more you share, the more you and your friends can save.


What are your fall handbag essentials? 

Thank you to U by Kotex and Walmart for sponsoring this post!