Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November TSV Eye shadow

The QVC shows sold me on the November TSV even though I had talked myself out of it twice.   So the first thing I had to do once I got it today was find if I had any colors similar to the two eye shadows in the kit - Golden and Azure Iris. 


I didn't have many shadows that looked like Azure Iris in the pot.  I hope you can tell from the picture that Sincerely Donna was the only close match, but it wasn't as opaque as Azure Iris and had more of a sheen to it as well.

On the other hand, I had seven shadows that looked like Golden Iris in the pot.  Out of the seven, Captivate was the closest match, but it had more orange undertones whereas Golden Iris has brown undertones.  True gold looks similar in the picture, but it is brighter and much more orange in real life.

I'll probably try out the rest of this kit tomorrow.   

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sparkle Bliss: Bare Escentuals Year Of Beauty Collection Review & Swatches (picture heavy)

This far, I have managed to talk myself out of every seasonal BE kit. I'm not just talking about holiday kits. I actually mean every kit BE has put out this year. The kits I mentioned in my last post were from last year.

That being said, Jess just posted swatches for the year of beauty collection, and I don't know if I'll be able to resist!

Get yourself over to get blog right now!

Sparkle Bliss: Bare Escentuals Year Of Beauty Collection Review & Swatches (picture heavy)

Jon, if you read this... Xmas present? Hehe.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Random thoughts

I haven't been buying that much BE these days. I actually have two kits I purchased ovet the summer that I haven't even opened yet! 

There is one rumored product i'm looking forward to though, and it's the pressed mineral veil! I'm told it should be out next month! I can't wait!

I'm thinking about getting the ole henriksen micro/mini peel during sephora's f&f sale. I had a sample that I tried last night and it really cleaned out my pores! The full size kit costs $95, but with the discount, it'll be $76. The kit is supposed to have 8 applications, so if you average out the costs it doesn't seem as bad...

Still, it's a lot of money, and I'm going to have to think about it more.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Oh Dear

I'm so terrible at updating.

I got married in August and before that I was busy driving back and forth between SoCal and the Bay Area and dealing with family. 

And now, two months out, I've finally caught my breath.

Looking forward to blogging more!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Some extra Christmas cheer!

I got a few late xmas presents today that I'm super excited about!  I'm trying to take better pictures so I've been playing with a homemade white box.  Let me know what you think of these pictures.  They look a little grey on my computer.

The first were these 4 nail polishes.  I also got a lovely scarf in the same package, but it's too pretty to take out of the package right now.  The colors I got were (from left to right) Bare to be different, Leaf him at the alter, What's your point-setta, and How cute is that?. 

I also got Sweet Sparklers in the mail.  I've been wanting more lip products.  They're so cute and tiny.  I kind of wish that BE had made these into those lipstick/gloss duos I talked about in my last post, but these are so cute, I can't complain. 
I can't wait to try these when I get better!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 favorites

Since it's the end of the year, I thought I'd do what ever other blogger is doing.  I'm posting my 2010 favorites.  There aren't too many.  I pulled out maybe 15 items from my collection that I used this yera and was going to post all 15, but realized that I actually didn't love all of them equally.  Can you believe this post took me two days to compose?  It's what happens when you have a cold I suppose - everything is all groggy. 

Now that I'm considering my beauty purchases over the year, I'm actually pretty pleased with myself.  I returned several purchases that just didn't suit me and when I did purchase things, I tried to only purchase during sales and using ebates/fatwallet to get cashback.

The only things I regretted purchasing were the Book of Shadows II (January) and the Alice in Wonderland palette (February).  I should have only gotten one of them.  I think if I did it over, I'd only get the Alice palette.  I almost never use BOS II.

Now, on to the list!  Click through, you know you want to. 


Monday, December 20, 2010

I'm alive!!

Hello all.  I hope I still have readers after such a long hiatus.  I had to deal with some family issues, personal illness as well as a ton of work to catch up on.  I am not going to go into details here, but I'm grateful for the people who contacted me in the last few months. 

I will post more frequently now.  So here's the first of what I hope is more regular posting!

I did this look a few days ago with the All Wrapped Up kit that's was available this holiday season.  From the inner eye to the outer eye, I'm using Garland (champagne nude), Bauble (bright amethyst), and Tinsel (sapphire twilight).

I took these pictures at the end of the day, so please excuse the shine.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

San Francisco kit look

Here it is!  This is what the San Francisco kit looks like on me.
Wish I knew how to get rid of the ashy-ness in the outer corner of my eye...

Also, it doesn't show up in the picture, but I had to use a little bit of Virgin, from the Naked palette to blend out the edges of the look.  Or else it would be far too pink on my skin! 

Golden Gate blush is a real winner on me.  I can't believe I don't already own a jar.  It's as good as Pink Tourmaline from the Jewel kit!

I'm going to try it again tomorrow and see if it looks any better.  My pictures turned out a bit blurry today and my hair was acting funny.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mini Haul

I've got a tiny haul to share with you guys.  The last time BE was on QVC, I purchased the 3rd customer blends set and the SF kit.  The customer blends kit wasn't even a question for me.  I love these sets so much.  I love that BE takes suggestions from customers of colors to mix up.  

I swatched the collection next to set 1 and 2. 

I also finally caved and got the SF kit because I caught it when it was a One Time Only deal.  I think I paid something like $25 for it.  The original price was $40 or so, which I just couldn't justify.  The first time the kit was presented on QVC, the price was around $36, so I know I got a great deal here!

Here are the swatches for the shadow.  North beach looks nude on my hand, but is really a baby pink when I wear it on my eyes.  Cable car is really unique too.  I expected it to be just like any other brown, but it's truly a rusty brown.  I don't have any BE shadows that look like it actually.  It's not so red that it looks crazy when you wear it, but it's not a true brown either. 
There's kind of a funny story behind my SF kit purchase.  It was an OTO kind of early in the morning - 9 am PST or so - and I was still asleep.    I got an excited sounding text message from my friend announcing to me that the SF kit was an OTO and I promptly got out of bed and ordered it.  My friend then called me to make sure I found the kit and that I got it.  hehe. It's a good thing too!  The kit sold out before the end of the hour. 

I wore the SF kit today, but forgot to take a picture!  Darn it!  I am going to wear it again tomorrow and take a picture!

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