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Review BareMinerals 5-In-1 BB Cream Shadow!

4 Aug

I wasn’t super excited when I received the BareMinerals 5-In-1 BB Cream Shadow in my Ipsy Glam Bag for July.

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I am normally not a fan of cream eye shadow.  My eyelids are naturally oily, so adding oil to them is a disaster.  And cream shadows are normally oily.

I eyed this suspiciously for a few weeks, but finally decided to give it a go.

So, how was it? 

Well, I was surprised how not oily it was.

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From Ulta’s website:

 Details
Meet the next generation in eye shadow: creamy, long-wearing color meets exceptional skincare benefits and broad spectrum SPF protection. Chock-full of skin-loving ingredients, this breakthrough product delivers 5 benefits in one luxurious formula.

Benefits:

12-hour long-wearing color
Supercharged primer
Powerful brightening benefits
Smoothes the appearance of fine lines
Protects with Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Clinicals/Claims:
100% of women agreed their eyelids looked brighter instantly & over time.*
100% of women said their eyes appeared more youthful upon application.** Based on an independent consumer study
My review:

The BareMinerals 5-In-1 BB Cream Shadow is more of  a liquid than a cream.

I’m not sure what shade I received because it is not indicated on anywhere on the container.

Why I like it

It goes on wet, and quickly dries.  You apply it with a wand applicator.

 It has great staying power.  The color payoff is intense.  It helps your eyelids look really smooth.

Why I don’t like it

You have to work really fast to blend it with your finger or sponge, otherwise it settles and dries and then you are stuck with it unless you remove it.

And I mean, FAST!

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My thoughts

I think this is a great shadow to use alone for a pop of color.  I love how deep and flat the color is!!!!  I’m thinking my shade is one of the darkest of the collection, and I am curious about the lighter shades.

I did wear it with a primer, but I am going to try it without.  I think it will hold very well.

This retails for $18 at Ulta, so it isn’t cheap, but it’s not terrible for the quality.  I am already planning on buying  a different shade.

Have you tried the bareMinerals 5 in 1 BB cream shadow yet?

~Anna

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New Release – OPI Brazil Collection

6 Feb

Tired of winter?  Yeah, us too.

OPI wants to cheer you up with their Brazil collection releasing now.  These colors remind of Carnival and Mardi Gras! So festive.

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Check out more here.  They also come in a set of minis.  ❤

Don’t these get you in the mood for Spring???

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Dupe – Urban Decay vs NYX Setting Spray

9 Jan

Makeup Setting Spray is a must have for anyone who wears makeup!  Seriously.  Rubbing your face off is dumb, stop doing it.  We are here to help you do it for cheap!

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We made a post a while back comparing Urban Decay’s setting spray vs E.L.F.  You can read it HERE.   

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Let me summarize it for you – the E.L.F one works about the same and is $3. The problem with the E.L.F. is it smells like feet for the first minute of having it on your face.  Kinda gross, right?  That is what drove me to trying the NYX spray.

 

The NYX Setting spray comes in two varieties – Matte and Dewy.  I opted for the Matte as that is finish I most prefer, although I have heard that the dewy one is actually better for dry, Winter skin.  

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It retails for $7.99, so it’s a bit more expensive than the E.L.F.

The Urban Decay setting spray is $29 – that is a savings of over $20.  SCORE!

The NYX doesn’t smell funky to me, didn’t break me out, makes my face powder look lovely and holds my makeup in place.  Really, it works the same as the Urban Decay – maybe it has a tiny bit less staying power but it’s not worth pay $20 extra IMO. 

Best Red Lipsticks

12 Dec

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These beautiful reds range in price – between $6-$26!

The ones I want to try the most are the MAC – Russian Red, the Besume and the Tarte!

Want a $2 dupe of Russian Red – CLICK HERE

Urban Decay – Naked 3

9 Dec

The launch of this new palette is super exciting!  I love my Naked 2 palette and use it several times a week.  The colors are beautiful and have excellent staying power and the case is strong enough that I have taken it on two vacations.

Here is the new Naked 3.  It has more rosy hues than the previous Naked palettes but all the shimmer you have come to expect.

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It retails for $52 and consists of 12 colors, a mirror and a brush.

Here ya go- a swatch comparison for each of the Nakeds.

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AND a tutorial from Keiko Lynn to show you how this actually looks on a person. CLICK HERE for the detailed step by step.

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Fake Eyelashes – are two sets better than one?

4 Dec

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The other day my friend’s eyelashes looked amazing!  I guess she gets complimented all the time and asked what mascara she uses – of course, it’s fake lashes.  But her secret: wear two pairs stacked together.  Like natural looking, thin lashes.  So that they are bold but not as overboard as some of the super thick lashes you find in the store.

What do you guys think?  Have any of you tried this?

Nail Trend: OPI Ski Teal We Drop

12 Nov

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This color is perfect for fall – winter.  Wouldn’t it be super cute with a glittery contrast nail?!  Or you can add a matte top coat to it like Essie Matte About you!

Ulta – 20% off entire purchase coupon!!!

29 Oct

I received one of these Ulta coupons in the mail and bought the Naked 2 palette (which I loooooove.)

20% off all your items – even high end products like Stila, Urban Decay, Benefit, Tarte, Butter, Two Faced, etc.

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You can use this in-store or online!

 

 

October must have – Matte Nail Polish.

22 Oct

It’s time to update your fall colors, especially with nails.  Using a matte top coat to change the texture of your current polish is an easy, and cheap, way to change up your manicure.

My favorite Matte top coat is Essie “Matte About You” – It’s $10 at Ulta.

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Look at how excellent black looks matte:

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and grey!

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Dark Blue.

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Or do a combo of Matte and Shiny

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NYX – The Curve review

15 Sep

Last week I bought this enticing liquid eyeliner from NYX called The Curve.  It retails at $14.99 at Ulta, Target and online.

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Description: The Curve Liner in Jet Black by NYX has an innovative, ergonomic shape that makes applying liquid liner mistake-proof. The grip zone provides just the right hold to make application precise, secure and best of all…effortless
What it promises to do: Provides an ergonomic shape for optimal holding and easy application. Suitable for right and left handed application with universal shape. Skinny tip for precision lining. Excellent color pay-off. Quick drying, smudge proof, no feathering, no skipping, no running, paraben free.

How it holds up: Overall I really like this eyeliner but don’t actually think the shape helps that much – maybe if you are completely new to liquid liners.  [I was a teenage goth, so I like to think I’m a pro.  :)] It does smear if you rub it, so just don’t rub it.  I gave it the Disco Nap test and I still had it on when I was ready to go out, so it did have the lasting power it promised.  I made sure to apply NYX HD Eyeshadow Primer first thought.  It’s good but its not $15 good.  You can get the same pay off other drug store liners, so unless you have a coupon I wouldn’t spend the extra money on The Curve.