I’m a huge fan of RMS Beauty. I love their Buriti cream bronzer, Living Luminizer was my favorite cream highlighter until I discovered Tata Harper’s Very Illuminating, and their “Un” Cover-Up is a really solid multi-tasker. Besides those three products, I think RMS is most known for their Lip2Cheek products which I meant to try earlier but never got around to doing. However, when I saw they had discontinued Curious ($36), the one Lip2Cheek shade that interested me, I knew I had to hunt it down and try it before it completely disappeared forever.
It’s not unusual for me to pick up the occasional one or two random drugstore items but it’s been awhile since I’ve done a proper drugstore haul. However, when I happened upon a nearly untouched display for the limited edition Spring 2017 Wet n Wild Queen of My Heart collection I couldn’t help myself. Everyone on YouTube who reviewed the collection did so months ago, so I thought I had missed my chance but then I found it at CVS where, of course, they jack up all the prices. If I had taken a moment to think about it I probably wouldn’t have grabbed so many items but I was so overcome at finding the collection I went kind of crazy.
I purchased the following items:
- Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in The Sweetest Bling ($5.29)
- Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Lilac to Reality ($5.29)
- Wet n Wild MegaGlo Cheek & Lip Tint in Kiss Me If You Can ($5.29)
- Wet n Wild MegaGlo Cheek & Lip Tint in Flirt on the Street ($5.29)
- Wet n Wild MegaGlo Cheek & Lip Tint in Crush Upon a Time ($5.29)
- Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio in Hieroglyphic Heart ($3.39)
My total with tax ended up approximately $33 which is more than I usually spend on makeup at the drugstore in one go. Suffice it to say these were total impulse buys and I have some major regrets even though I have yet to try any of the products. The only three items that I’m going to try for sure are the blush sticks. As for the rest, I’m going to put them up on my blog sale so if you were interested in trying the highlighters or eye shadow trio but weren’t able to get your hands on them, now’s your chance.
I decided to skip the Sephora sale this year and shopped bareMinerals instead. The main reason? I didn’t meet the VIB spending threshold last year, so I was knocked back down to regular Beauty Insider status. The 10% discount that lowly Beauty Insiders receive barely covers tax, so the sale wasn’t worth it in my opinion.
Meanwhile bareminerals.com had been running flash sales and 20% off sales these past few weeks which were much better deals. I picked up their 5-in-1 eyeshadow in Candlelit Peach for only $9 (originally $19) during one such flash sale which I’ve already swatched and reviewed. And during a 20% off site-wide sale, I got the new Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer in the lightest shade, Fair to Light ($28), and an All Over Face Color in the shade A Little Sun ($21).
I just wanted to share with you all my new favorite “one and done” eyeshadow”: bareMinerals’ 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in the shade Candlelit Peach ($19).
I’ve owned, blogged and raved about two other shades, Soft Linen and Barely Nude, in the past and out of all the makeup I’ve ever owned, they’re the only two eyeshadows that I’ve ever completely used up. Put simply, I love bareMinerals’ 5-in-1 shadows!
Why do I love them so much?
- Application is a breeze. Just dab a tiny bit onto the eyelids and blend out with a fingertip. No brushes necessary.
- They can be worn alone and have the opacity to cover and brighten eyelid discoloration, at least the three colors I’ve tried.
- They work great as eyeshadow primers and can be worn underneath powder and cream eyeshadows.
- The 5-in-1 shadows are very long-wearing. I’ve tried using concealers and foundations on my eyelids before to cover up discoloration but because those formulations are so much more emollient and because my eyelids fold very close to the lash line, those products all tend to crease on me. The 5-in-1 shadows are great because they have the coverage and neutralizing properties of a concealer and color corrector but the budge-proof cling of an eyeshadow primer. I haven’t had any issues with creasing when I’ve used the bareMinerals shadows.
A few months ago Maybelline repromoted their Expert Wear single eye shadows to much acclaim. I remember tons of YouTubers going nuts over them but I didn’t buy into the hype because I’d been disappointed so many times by their eyeshadows in the past. I also had too many eyeshadows at the time already to justify buying any more. However, now that I’ve purged most of my makeup I decided it was a good time to finally give the Expert Wear shadows a try.
I purchased three shades — Soft Pearl, Linen and Nude Glow — from CVS. They were $4.19 each.