Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This stuff has to be the best six dollars that I have spent for my eyes.
I've never tried an eye primer before but this one is really good. I got this at Rite Aid for 5.99. I had noticed that JulieG713 had been using this in her tutorials lately so I picked it up (this was the same day I got the Jesse's Girl nail polish designed for Julie in JulieG, a bright coral). I wear this under my L'Oreal Color Fresco eye shadow sticks, Revlon cream to powder eyeshadow and my Revlon Vital Radiance Mouse eye shadows. Without this primer all of these products crease, even with a shadow over them.

Before you drop your 18 dollars on Urban Decay's Primer Potion, give this product a try. I find that you only need a small amount of this product for it to work. I store mine standing upright in a cup with my eyeliners and shadow sticks. I do find that some of the product globs in the opening and gets all over the wand and around the opening of the container. Because of this, I have to give this 4 out of 5 stars.
4/19/2011 05:00:00 PM Danielle
This stuff has to be the best six dollars that I have spent for my eyes.
I've never tried an eye primer before but this one is really good. I got this at Rite Aid for 5.99. I had noticed that JulieG713 had been using this in her tutorials lately so I picked it up (this was the same day I got the Jesse's Girl nail polish designed for Julie in JulieG, a bright coral). I wear this under my L'Oreal Color Fresco eye shadow sticks, Revlon cream to powder eyeshadow and my Revlon Vital Radiance Mouse eye shadows. Without this primer all of these products crease, even with a shadow over them.

Before you drop your 18 dollars on Urban Decay's Primer Potion, give this product a try. I find that you only need a small amount of this product for it to work. I store mine standing upright in a cup with my eyeliners and shadow sticks. I do find that some of the product globs in the opening and gets all over the wand and around the opening of the container. Because of this, I have to give this 4 out of 5 stars.

Monday, April 18, 2011

I purchased this product when CVS did their 75% off beauty clearance in January. I was hoping this would be some kind of double ended  shadow stick. Sadly it is a double ended eyeshadow with a sponge tip applicator on both ends.

Pigmentation on this is not very good and the cap is spring loaded. When you try to remove the cap, It goes flying out of my hand. I wished I had passed on this product. 1 out of 5 sparkles.
4/18/2011 05:00:00 PM Danielle
I purchased this product when CVS did their 75% off beauty clearance in January. I was hoping this would be some kind of double ended  shadow stick. Sadly it is a double ended eyeshadow with a sponge tip applicator on both ends.

Pigmentation on this is not very good and the cap is spring loaded. When you try to remove the cap, It goes flying out of my hand. I wished I had passed on this product. 1 out of 5 sparkles.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I could not wait to use the stickers I bought yesterday at Target and here is what I came up with.


I'm not really an expert at painting my nails neatly. Usually I just peel off the extra around the edges of my nails after they dry. I really like the shiny gems that I placed on my thumbs. These stickers were really easy to get off the sheet using my rubber ended cuticle pusher.

I was looking through some blogs today, like Painting Rainbows and am now contemplating nail stamping. If anyone has any suggestions about how I should get started, please leave them in the comments below.
4/17/2011 08:30:00 PM Danielle
I could not wait to use the stickers I bought yesterday at Target and here is what I came up with.


I'm not really an expert at painting my nails neatly. Usually I just peel off the extra around the edges of my nails after they dry. I really like the shiny gems that I placed on my thumbs. These stickers were really easy to get off the sheet using my rubber ended cuticle pusher.

I was looking through some blogs today, like Painting Rainbows and am now contemplating nail stamping. If anyone has any suggestions about how I should get started, please leave them in the comments below.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

So it is pouring outside, great day for some shopping. My real mission was to get some shrimp to make dinner tomorrow night. I obviously got side tracked. I started my morning at Panera Bread with a frozen mocha (which is absolutely better than a coffee coolata) and a blueberry bagel. Then I went to Target, Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Rite Aid.


Target:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Fair to Light
Broadway Fashion Diva nail stickers

Dollar Tree
Sally Hansen Extra Strength Creme Hair Remover for Bikini Line
Sally Hansen Healing Butter Shimmer for Lips in Pure and Impulse
Almay Bright Eyes eye shadow in Nude - this is a cream to powder shadow
Elf Studio eyeshadow in Charcoal

Dollar General
Belle nail file and two wooden sticks

Rite Aid
Jesse's Girl nail polish in Fire Fly

Let me know if you would like any reviews. I am thinking I will do a review on the tinted moisturizer and the nail stickers will be in my upcoming nail design for this week.
4/16/2011 04:15:00 PM Danielle
So it is pouring outside, great day for some shopping. My real mission was to get some shrimp to make dinner tomorrow night. I obviously got side tracked. I started my morning at Panera Bread with a frozen mocha (which is absolutely better than a coffee coolata) and a blueberry bagel. Then I went to Target, Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Rite Aid.


Target:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Fair to Light
Broadway Fashion Diva nail stickers

Dollar Tree
Sally Hansen Extra Strength Creme Hair Remover for Bikini Line
Sally Hansen Healing Butter Shimmer for Lips in Pure and Impulse
Almay Bright Eyes eye shadow in Nude - this is a cream to powder shadow
Elf Studio eyeshadow in Charcoal

Dollar General
Belle nail file and two wooden sticks

Rite Aid
Jesse's Girl nail polish in Fire Fly

Let me know if you would like any reviews. I am thinking I will do a review on the tinted moisturizer and the nail stickers will be in my upcoming nail design for this week.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I must admit that shopping at the Dollar Tree is a guilty pleasure of mine. When I was a kid my mom always took me bargain shopping, so I learned from the best. My favorite thing about this store is that you never know what you are going to find, so each time is like an adventure. There are things that they stock regularly that I will not purchase elsewhere like paper plates, sandwich bags and aluminum foil (they have Reynolds most of the time) all for the great price of one dollar. The rotating stock includes all the seasonal items for holidays (I resisted buying yellow peeps and blue peep bunnies yesterday) and a bunch of random other stuff. Aside from my beauty related finds, the best thing I found yesterday was that the Betty Crocker kitchen accessories were back! They were in the store probably 4 or 5 months ago and I only got two of the things. I had be regretting not getting more so I was very pleased to see the stuff again. Now onto what you were interested in:
I usually save the cosmetics section for last since it is on the opposite side of the store from where I enter. I have been looking for new nail clippers and thought that the ACE ones for toenails would be good for my boyfriend. I also kept it rather gender neutral with the finger nail clippers in blue. Both of these have areas to catch the nail from flying all over the place. In the hair section I found a bunch of Goody hair products. These are usually quite expensive so finding these for one dollar is great. The head band is silver metal with a chain pattern on it. The hair clips are kind of like bobby pins that would just slide in your hair. They also had a set with some bright blue ones. I also got the more neutral colored hair ties. I am almost out of my black ones and thought these colored ones would be nice for spring/summer. At long last when I made it over to the makeup section I took a quick scan and found exactly what I was looking for: ELF Studio single eye shadows. I really enjoy watching some haul videos on You Tube and I recently saw ShimmeryPrincess show the ELF Studio singles that she found. I got four in Butter cream, Wild Wheat, Saddle, and Pebble. I also found some ELF Liquid Liner and got one in Ash. They also had it in Coffee. The very last thing I found was something that I blogged about last week. I found another Revlon Vital Radiance eyeshadow in Cocoa Light.
I had also sat down yesterday and started going through and documenting my makeup collection. I have been working on this for my nail polish collection and hope to post my collection coming up soon.
4/10/2011 02:38:00 PM Danielle
I must admit that shopping at the Dollar Tree is a guilty pleasure of mine. When I was a kid my mom always took me bargain shopping, so I learned from the best. My favorite thing about this store is that you never know what you are going to find, so each time is like an adventure. There are things that they stock regularly that I will not purchase elsewhere like paper plates, sandwich bags and aluminum foil (they have Reynolds most of the time) all for the great price of one dollar. The rotating stock includes all the seasonal items for holidays (I resisted buying yellow peeps and blue peep bunnies yesterday) and a bunch of random other stuff. Aside from my beauty related finds, the best thing I found yesterday was that the Betty Crocker kitchen accessories were back! They were in the store probably 4 or 5 months ago and I only got two of the things. I had be regretting not getting more so I was very pleased to see the stuff again. Now onto what you were interested in:
I usually save the cosmetics section for last since it is on the opposite side of the store from where I enter. I have been looking for new nail clippers and thought that the ACE ones for toenails would be good for my boyfriend. I also kept it rather gender neutral with the finger nail clippers in blue. Both of these have areas to catch the nail from flying all over the place. In the hair section I found a bunch of Goody hair products. These are usually quite expensive so finding these for one dollar is great. The head band is silver metal with a chain pattern on it. The hair clips are kind of like bobby pins that would just slide in your hair. They also had a set with some bright blue ones. I also got the more neutral colored hair ties. I am almost out of my black ones and thought these colored ones would be nice for spring/summer. At long last when I made it over to the makeup section I took a quick scan and found exactly what I was looking for: ELF Studio single eye shadows. I really enjoy watching some haul videos on You Tube and I recently saw ShimmeryPrincess show the ELF Studio singles that she found. I got four in Butter cream, Wild Wheat, Saddle, and Pebble. I also found some ELF Liquid Liner and got one in Ash. They also had it in Coffee. The very last thing I found was something that I blogged about last week. I found another Revlon Vital Radiance eyeshadow in Cocoa Light.
I had also sat down yesterday and started going through and documenting my makeup collection. I have been working on this for my nail polish collection and hope to post my collection coming up soon.
I found these eyeliners at the Dollar Tree about a month ago. I picked up two then and fell in love with them. I like to use them as shadow bases. They give off great pigmentation and are tacky so the shadow will really stick to them. For a dollar I think they are great. These will crease at some point since they are that creamy texture and the warmth of your crease will melt them a bit.They are designed as liners so the formula is not made to wear on the lids and not crease. When I wear these with my Jesse's Girl eye primer, the creasing becomes less noticeable. I doubt anyone would really notice the creasing unless I held my eyes closed for a while. I found a wide variety of colors. I think there is only one that I did not pick up because I thought I had it. Turns out I bought a second one of Taupe Brisk, one of the first colors I bought. When I decided to purchase five of them at once, I didn't really think it through. Taupe Brisk is one of my favorite colors as it is so generic that it could go with anything.
Starting from the top Frosty Cocoa, Shivering Vine, Sea Green, Sky Breeze, Melon, Taupe Brisk



I purchased the blue and taupe ones together over a month ago and was sad to find they were both broken when I opened them. I have improvised and carefully take the product in small pieces to apply it to my lids. It seems to be working okay. I can also tell that my second Taupe Brisk is broken too. I was happy to find that when I purchased the four other colors that none of them are broken. They look similar to a NYX jumbo pencil from the tutorials I have seen with them online. I am not sure how you sharpen these as the two that I have been using are broken.  I think the bottoms twist to move the product up. The tube is plastic and would not sharpen like a pencil. All of these shades are shimmery with a metallic sheen to them. I found myself almost wearing Frosty Cocoa alone but I decided to top it with a dark metallic brown from my LA Colors Cafe Au Late pallet.. Here's how that turned out with just the shadow stick and dark metallic brown eyeshadow
I'm considering getting another one in this color the pigmentation is great. I would give these shadow sticks a 5 out of 5 sparkles. They are awesome.
4/10/2011 09:00:00 AM Danielle
I found these eyeliners at the Dollar Tree about a month ago. I picked up two then and fell in love with them. I like to use them as shadow bases. They give off great pigmentation and are tacky so the shadow will really stick to them. For a dollar I think they are great. These will crease at some point since they are that creamy texture and the warmth of your crease will melt them a bit.They are designed as liners so the formula is not made to wear on the lids and not crease. When I wear these with my Jesse's Girl eye primer, the creasing becomes less noticeable. I doubt anyone would really notice the creasing unless I held my eyes closed for a while. I found a wide variety of colors. I think there is only one that I did not pick up because I thought I had it. Turns out I bought a second one of Taupe Brisk, one of the first colors I bought. When I decided to purchase five of them at once, I didn't really think it through. Taupe Brisk is one of my favorite colors as it is so generic that it could go with anything.
Starting from the top Frosty Cocoa, Shivering Vine, Sea Green, Sky Breeze, Melon, Taupe Brisk



I purchased the blue and taupe ones together over a month ago and was sad to find they were both broken when I opened them. I have improvised and carefully take the product in small pieces to apply it to my lids. It seems to be working okay. I can also tell that my second Taupe Brisk is broken too. I was happy to find that when I purchased the four other colors that none of them are broken. They look similar to a NYX jumbo pencil from the tutorials I have seen with them online. I am not sure how you sharpen these as the two that I have been using are broken.  I think the bottoms twist to move the product up. The tube is plastic and would not sharpen like a pencil. All of these shades are shimmery with a metallic sheen to them. I found myself almost wearing Frosty Cocoa alone but I decided to top it with a dark metallic brown from my LA Colors Cafe Au Late pallet.. Here's how that turned out with just the shadow stick and dark metallic brown eyeshadow
I'm considering getting another one in this color the pigmentation is great. I would give these shadow sticks a 5 out of 5 sparkles. They are awesome.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

After wearing my pink glittery nails, I decided to change it up with another french tip design with Pure Ice's Best Friend and LA Color's Bronze.

This design was quick and easy to do. I'm not sure if it is one of my favorite looks but it was fun.
4/09/2011 11:04:00 AM Danielle
After wearing my pink glittery nails, I decided to change it up with another french tip design with Pure Ice's Best Friend and LA Color's Bronze.

This design was quick and easy to do. I'm not sure if it is one of my favorite looks but it was fun.
I own two sets of these brushes and I absolutely love them. They are natural brushes made of synthetic hair with bamboo handles. They are all super soft and are easy to clean. The sets that they come in make them really affordable. The first kit I bought at a local grocery chain for between 8 and 10 dollars about a year ago. I haven't seen this set in stores recently so I'm not sure if it has changed or not.

This kit comes with an angled eyeliner, eyeshadow, concealer and blush brush. It also comes with a brow comb and a travel case for the brushes. After purchasing my L'Oreal Bare Natural Mineral foundation, I decided I needed a kabuki to use with it. I decided on the EcoTools retractable kabuki.


The brush is dome shaped and retracts easily back into the metal case. I recently decided I wanted a better variety of eyeshadow brushes so I picked up this kit.


This kit contains brushes just for your eyes. It comes with an eyeshadow, highlight, blending, liner and smudger brush. It also comes in this cute carrying case. This kit, unlike the full size kit has the brush name on each one. I like this detail, it helps me remember which brush is better for a given task. I got this kit for 7.99 at Target

I like these brushes much better than my $1 ELF ones. I feel like the quality of these is better and I like that they are eco-friendly. I also have not noticed any of the hairs coming out of my brushes like I have experienced with my ELF ones. I would give this product 5 out of 5 sparkles.
4/09/2011 08:00:00 AM Danielle
I own two sets of these brushes and I absolutely love them. They are natural brushes made of synthetic hair with bamboo handles. They are all super soft and are easy to clean. The sets that they come in make them really affordable. The first kit I bought at a local grocery chain for between 8 and 10 dollars about a year ago. I haven't seen this set in stores recently so I'm not sure if it has changed or not.

This kit comes with an angled eyeliner, eyeshadow, concealer and blush brush. It also comes with a brow comb and a travel case for the brushes. After purchasing my L'Oreal Bare Natural Mineral foundation, I decided I needed a kabuki to use with it. I decided on the EcoTools retractable kabuki.


The brush is dome shaped and retracts easily back into the metal case. I recently decided I wanted a better variety of eyeshadow brushes so I picked up this kit.


This kit contains brushes just for your eyes. It comes with an eyeshadow, highlight, blending, liner and smudger brush. It also comes in this cute carrying case. This kit, unlike the full size kit has the brush name on each one. I like this detail, it helps me remember which brush is better for a given task. I got this kit for 7.99 at Target

I like these brushes much better than my $1 ELF ones. I feel like the quality of these is better and I like that they are eco-friendly. I also have not noticed any of the hairs coming out of my brushes like I have experienced with my ELF ones. I would give this product 5 out of 5 sparkles.

Friday, April 8, 2011

I wore this design on my nails last week. I wasn't able to snap any pictures when I had it on, so I recreated the design on a fake nail to post. When I wore this I used my Sally Hansen Hard as Wraps to help strengthen my nails.
I did three coats of the Wet N Wild glitter polish in Sparkled. I then took my Shatter polish in black and did a french tip the width of the brush on all of my nails. If I was going to do this look again, I would suggest trying a different brush stroke to create a more interesting shatter. Mine were all horizontal lines since I did one stroke across the nail. The only thing to watch out for with this is removing all the glitter nail polish. I ended up pouring some nail polish remover in the cap of the bottle and soaking my fingers in that one at a time. I then took a remover soaked cotton ball and rubbed that on my finger until all the glitter came off. That's probably the only thing I did not like about this design. The glitter in Sparkled looks really pretty when the light reflects off it.
4/08/2011 07:59:00 PM Danielle
I wore this design on my nails last week. I wasn't able to snap any pictures when I had it on, so I recreated the design on a fake nail to post. When I wore this I used my Sally Hansen Hard as Wraps to help strengthen my nails.
I did three coats of the Wet N Wild glitter polish in Sparkled. I then took my Shatter polish in black and did a french tip the width of the brush on all of my nails. If I was going to do this look again, I would suggest trying a different brush stroke to create a more interesting shatter. Mine were all horizontal lines since I did one stroke across the nail. The only thing to watch out for with this is removing all the glitter nail polish. I ended up pouring some nail polish remover in the cap of the bottle and soaking my fingers in that one at a time. I then took a remover soaked cotton ball and rubbed that on my finger until all the glitter came off. That's probably the only thing I did not like about this design. The glitter in Sparkled looks really pretty when the light reflects off it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


These eye makeup remover wipes are awesome. They have a cooling feeling when I wipe them over my eyes and do a good job getting out all the mascara. I don't wear anything waterproof so I'm not sure how well it would work for that type of product. These wipes are very moist so the only downside of these is that when you rub off your makeup, you rub on a bunch of the remover solution. This doesn't bother me too much because it helps hydrate that area. When I get all the makeup off, I just take a tissue and wipe away the access remover. I found these at Target for around 5 dollars and there are 80 in the container. I think this is a great deal since I used to use the ELF ones. My target does not carry very many ELF products so the only way I would be able to repurchase was to order online. The ELF eye makeup remover wipes were very moist with remover but I felt they left my skin dry. I also thought the ELF wipes felt like they had more alcohol than the Almay ones. The Almay wipes also smell a lot better than the ELF ones since they contain cucumber.

Overall I would give this product 3 out of 5 sparkles.
4/05/2011 08:58:00 PM Danielle

These eye makeup remover wipes are awesome. They have a cooling feeling when I wipe them over my eyes and do a good job getting out all the mascara. I don't wear anything waterproof so I'm not sure how well it would work for that type of product. These wipes are very moist so the only downside of these is that when you rub off your makeup, you rub on a bunch of the remover solution. This doesn't bother me too much because it helps hydrate that area. When I get all the makeup off, I just take a tissue and wipe away the access remover. I found these at Target for around 5 dollars and there are 80 in the container. I think this is a great deal since I used to use the ELF ones. My target does not carry very many ELF products so the only way I would be able to repurchase was to order online. The ELF eye makeup remover wipes were very moist with remover but I felt they left my skin dry. I also thought the ELF wipes felt like they had more alcohol than the Almay ones. The Almay wipes also smell a lot better than the ELF ones since they contain cucumber.

Overall I would give this product 3 out of 5 sparkles.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I wish I could find more of these eye shadows.

I found these three or four months ago at the Dollar Tree in a random purple plastic package. They looked random but I like these as bases and on lazy days when I just wear these and some eyeliner. I bought the brown and peach one at the same time and found the white one a month or so later. I have not seen these since but keep your eye out. Mine are in (from left to right) Champagne Toast, Champagne Light and Peach Light.

I would give these 3 out of 5 sparkles.
4/03/2011 02:41:00 PM Danielle
I wish I could find more of these eye shadows.

I found these three or four months ago at the Dollar Tree in a random purple plastic package. They looked random but I like these as bases and on lazy days when I just wear these and some eyeliner. I bought the brown and peach one at the same time and found the white one a month or so later. I have not seen these since but keep your eye out. Mine are in (from left to right) Champagne Toast, Champagne Light and Peach Light.

I would give these 3 out of 5 sparkles.