There was a time back in the day when e.l.f. brushes were all the rage in terms of affordable, lower end, drugstore brushes. I know I really loved their Studio Blush Brush and still get a lot of use out of the Studio Small Studio Brush to this day. However, it’s been years since the e.l.f. brush hype has died down and I honestly think the quality/quality control of their Studio brushes has really declined over the years. For example, I know that the Studio Blush Brush that e.l.f. sells in stores nowadays is a lot less dense than the original first generation Studio Blush Brush they used to sell. Over the years, other brands like Real Techniques came along and surpassed e.l.f.. So when I saw that e.l.f. had come out with some new brushes in a higher price range ($6 versus $3 for the Studio brushes or $1 for their Essential brushes) I was intrigued but had very low expectations. I think these new $6 brushes have been around since the beginning of this year but I only spotted them recently at my local CVS. The two brushes that interested me most and that I purchased were the Ultimate Blending Brush and the Beautifully Bare Blending Brush.
July 20, 2016
July 13, 2016
It’s been awhile since I’ve purchased a Wet n Wild nail polish or any nail polish for that matter but curiosity got the better of me and I decided to try one of their new 1 Step WonderGel Nail Colors ($4.99 each). I’m always drawn to reds and oranges, especially those that come in a creme finish, so Crime of Passion really spoke to me.
Admittedly, I had my doubts about the WonderGel formula. I’ve never been very impressed with the nail polishes Wet n Wild’s had to offer even though I owned quite a few of their Wild Shine, MegaLast and Fast Dry polishes in the past. All I can say is that they release interesting limited edition colors on occasion and they’re alwasy a cheap thrill.
The new WonderGel nail formula, however, is GREAT! It’s opaque in one pass, glides on so easily, smooths and levels itself out with no streaking, dries relatively quickly, and wears so nicely!
I gravitated towards Crime of Passion because of the beautiful cherry red shade and also because it was the perfect color to sport on my nails for the Fourth of July. Of course there’s been some edge wear as should be expected but I’ve been wearing Crime of Passion since a few days before Independence Day and it’s just now starting to do really chip. I couldn’t be bothered with a top coat this time, so over a week on its own is pretty amazing.
July 5, 2016
Last week (or was it the week before that?) CVS ran a promo on e.l.f. — Buy $10 Get $3 ECB — so I decided to grab the Ultimate Blending Brush ($6) and the Beautifully Bare Blending Brush ($6). I’ve had my eyes on both brushes for months but it wasn’t until this past month that I finally spotted them in stores. Prior to that the only place I’d seen it was on the e.l.f. website.
The brushes are fantastic, especially the Ultimate Blending Brush which reminds me of the larger end of IT Cosmetics’ dual sided Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush.
I was curious about the Beautifully Bare Blending Brush because (1) I’ve never owned a brush shaped like it and (2) it looks like it could be a dupe of the Sephora Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53 which costs $38.
What I’ve gathered from watching and reading reviews is that both brushes are great multi-taskers. Apparently a lot of people like to use the fan shaped Beautifully Bare Blending Brush for foundation which is interesting because I would’ve never considered it for that purpose. I got it mainly to use with my bronzer. Both brushes are super soft, as soft as any of my Ecotools and Real Techniques brushes, and I’m excited to play with them.
I also found a display for L’Oreal’s new Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation ($13.99) which seems to be all the buzz on YouTube at the moment. The shade I chose is 202 Creamy Natural, the 2nd lightest shade in the range, and it seems to be a decent match for me. I’ve played with it a little already and I have to say I was surprised by how runny it is. Since this is supposedly a foundation for people with dry skin, I had expected a creamier, thicker foundation.
And CVS is once again running a Physicians Formula promo this week — Buy $15 Get $7 ECB — so I purchased another backup of the Argan Oil ($15.99). In the morning and at night, whenever I pump out some moisturizer onto my hand I like to add 3 drops of the argan oil to give an added boost of moisture. I go through a bottle every month or two, so I always have backups on hand.
July 3, 2016
Here’s a cumulative look at some of items I’ve been buying from Trader Joe’s these past few months and/or how I’ve been preparing them.
Trader Joe’s isn’t my primary grocery store — their produce is too expensive compared to other shops — but it’s close to the supermarkets that I usually frequent, so I like to pop in whenever possible to check out their snacks, frozen foods and prepared items.
July 2, 2016
Here are a few random swatch pics I found sitting on my computer from way back. I suppose at some point in time I had planned on writing up a blog post but for one reason or another never got around to it.
I remember wanting to do some swatch comparisons of the MUFE Artist Palette Vol. 1 with a few other eye shadows in my stash. As you can see I took product pics indoors but I distinctly remember holding off on swatching certain shadows because it was raining outside at the time and I prefer natural daylight outdoors when I do swatches. Things slip my mind really easily so by the time it stopped raining I must have forgotten about doing swatches. Sigh. I remember that it rained or was at least downcast for over a week back then. That’s my only excuse.
Nevertheless I want to share the photos that I have. They may not be as comprehensive or as high in quality as I would’ve liked but I think they may still prove useful to some.