Posts Tagged ‘eyeshadow’

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[Haul] More Korean Beauty Products!

April 24, 2014

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Okay…I know I need to get it in gear and write some reviews soon. I’ve had so much new stuff to try out. I need to take some time to form some opinions! I’ll be going home to visit my parents this weekend, which means I can film videos. Hopefully I’ll get a couple filmed and uploaded while I’m there. I’m thinking an April Favorites video and an April Ipsy bag video!

Anyway, on to the haul!

I mean to take more pictures…but I’ll just take more detailed pictures when I actually post the reviews/first impressions.

What I bought (click on the link to buy it on Amazon):

Free samples I received:

  • Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
  • Apieu Essential Source Snail essence
  • Snail Bee essence
  • Nose pore strip
  • Etude House Hello Wash body wash
  • Etude House Fresh Cherry tint
  • Etude House BB cream
  • another sample I can’t read…I thin it’s BB cream. Will have to research!

So I’ve linked the products above to their Amazon pages (if it’s available). Some of these items I purchased through Ebay and some I purchased through W2Beauty (which I’ve mentioned before!)

I’ll be trying this all out soon and coming back with first impressions or reviews! The Etude House toner is actually a repurchase, even though I haven’t finished the first one yet!

Do you have any of these items? What do you think about them?

 

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[News] Look What Arrived from Korea Yesterday =)

March 20, 2014

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It’s an eyeshadow trio by Holika Holika called “Holy Cat.” I think the shade is called #2 Khaki Smoky Cat.

Trying it out today! Will write a first impressions later and a full review later on.

The two free samples were Mizon’s Returning Starfish Cream, which is basically a night cream with starfish extract. (I have no clue what that’s supposed to do).

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[News] Free Almay Makeup at Walgreens!

March 12, 2014

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So, if you follow this blog you know I love makeup. But another one of my hobbies is extreme couponing! I also have a blog for that (where I list my hauls each week) that you can check out here.

Now, I understand couponing is not for everyone. BUT, when you can make use of some simple coupons, you can score free makeup! Even if you don’t normally coupon, this is a great deal.

Over on my coupon blog, I just listed my Walgreens haul from yesterday. I figured I’d make a post here too in case anyone wants to go grab some of the good Almay deals at Walgreens! Below, I will explain how to do it in case you don’t know how to coupon.

Everything you see in the picture above (the makeup removers and the eyeshadows) I got for FREE! Plus, I received a coupon for a free Almay cosmetic bag (which will be shipped to me soon). The eyeshadows are the Shadow Softies, so I’m excited to try these out and give a review of them! I may go back and get more. They were picked over at my Walgreens, but I’m planning a visit back home on Friday, so I will check both Walgreens stores there too!

Here’s how to get some free makeup at Walgreens this week:

First, you need to print the Almay manufacturer coupon. You can do so here. That link will take you to coupons.com and the Almay coupon ($5 off any purchase of 2 Almay products) will already be selected. If you have never printed coupons before, you need to download the coupon printer. Then you can print 2 copies of that Almay coupon.

If you have access to more than 1 computer, you can print more copies. It is limited to 2 per computer. Where I work, I have access to four computers, plus my home computers, so I print a lot of copies!

Next, you will need the Walgreens coupon for $2 off Almay products. This can be found in the March Savings book, a monthly coupon book Walgreens prints. These are located at the front of any Walgreens store, and you can find them at any time of the month. Just look at the table of contents in the front of the book to find what page the Almay coupon is on. This coupon will deduct $2 from EACH Almay makeup product you buy! (It only has to be scanned once, and it will deduct the appropriate amount of money).

If you can print a lot of the manufacturer coupons and plan on buying a lot of makeup at Walgreens, you can also cut the “points booster” coupon out of the Walgreens weekly ad. This will give you 5,000 points if you spend over $25. The $25 must be reached AFTER all Walgreens discounts and coupons are applied. However, you can use the manufacturer coupons to bring that $25 total down. If you don’t have a Walgreens card, you can sign up for one and link it to your smart phone. You can sign up online (I think!) or in store. Once you accumulate 5,000 in points, you can redeem them for $5 off of your purchase. The more points you accrue, the better the dollar amount rewards are.

Almay foundations, primers, concealers, blushes, powders, eye makeup, and makeup removers are on sale at Walgreens this week: buy 1 get 1 50% off. You can use this sale price, plus the Walgreens coupon, plus the manufacturer coupons to score free makeup! You can also get those 5000 extra points! And if you buy at least 3 Almay items, you should get a coupon (print out at the cash register) for the free cosmetic bag.

So go to Walgreens and look at the makeup. Pick out what you want, and calculate how much the items will be before you go to the register. Be warned: Walgreens does NOT typically give overage on a coupon, so you manufacturer coupons may beep at you at the register. Mine did not, but yours might, especially if you are only getting the Almay products. If this happens, ask the cashier to adjust the manufacturer coupons down. You can get items for free at Walgreens, but they don’t apply the overage to the rest of your purchase.

FOR EXAMPLE: If you buy 2 makeup removers at $5.99 each, one will ring up as $5.99 and the other will ring up as $2.99, because of the 50% off sale. That totals to $8.98. When the Walgreens coupon is scanned, it will deduct $4 since you bought 2 items. That leaves you with $4.98. You can now use the $5/2 manufacturer coupon. HOWEVER, the coupon is for $5 off and the total is only $4.98. Therefore, the cashier may need to adjust the coupon down to $4.98 instead of $5!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below. I’m happy to try to help! I was able to get the free cosmetic bag, 2 packs of makeup wipes, 2 eyeshadows, and 4 of the eye makeup remover wipes all for FREE! (Plus I’m planning on going back for more!!) I just got really excited about this awesome deal and wanted to share.

 

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[Review] New Eco Tools Eye Brush Set

March 7, 2014

ecotoolsWhile browsing around in Walmart, I stumbled upon a set of 2 Eco Tools brushes in a package labeled “new.” I’m not sure how new they are, but I haven’t seen them before =)

I only have one other Eco Tools brush, and it’s a flat foundation brush. I mainly use it to put powder under my eyes, so I don’t really get a ton of use out of it. (Though I do use it for that small purpose daily). I wanted to try out some other Eco Tools brushes since they aren’t expensive and they look really soft! I think I purchased this set for about $6.

So these two brushes pretty much cover what I need in terms of eyeshadow brushes. They’re double-ended which is nice because it saves space, but it also makes them harder to store. I keep most of my brushes standing up in a cup or an organizer, but I don’t want to do that with these because I don’t want to ruin the brush head on the bottom.

Each brush is around 6 inches long, from the bristle on one end to the bristle on the other end. I like the size of the brushes; they aren’t too tiny so as to make it awkward for a double-sided brush, yet they are small enough to travel with easily. As far as weight, they are REALLY lightweight, which can be a good thing. However, I like a bit of weight to my brushes. Since these are eye brushes and not face brushes though, I’m not really bothered by their weight.

The ends of each brush is labeled with what function the brush is supposed to serve. I appreciate that, because sometimes brushes aren’t labeled any more specifically than “eyeshadow brush” which doesn’t tell me what the company expects the brush to be good for…so that makes it harder to review. These are labeled “blend,” “smudge,” “shade,” and “define.”

The blend brush is the fluffier one. It’s a great size (for my eyes anyway). I have used it to blend eyeshadow into the crease of my eye and also to dust a highlighter on my brow bone. I feel like it fits really well into the crease of my eye, but this may vary from person to person since we’re all different 🙂 It’s also really soft and doesn’t scratch my skin at all. Some of my other crease brushes are nice, but they’re a bit scratchy and I don’t like that, especially when it’s scratching the delicate skin around the eye. I really like this one; so far it’s my favorite crease/blending brush.

The smudge brush I don’t really have much use for. I don’t typically smudge eye products, but I can tell this one would be good for smudging some shadow on the lower lash line or under it. You could even use it to apply color to the lids too. It’s smaller than the brush head meant for that, but it could work depending on what look you’re trying to achieve. It’s soft as well, so I like that.

The define brush is cut to an angle, so it’s great for putting shadow under your waterline or for highlighting the inner corner of your eyes with a light-colored shadow. I mainly used it for putting some color under my lower lash line, and I found it works great for that. There’s definitely enough precision to get some highlighter in the inner corner, too. Again, it’s soft and non-scratchy.

The shade brush is the one meant to be used to put color all over your lids. I think the brush head is a nice size for this, and it also picks up a lot of color on the first go. I like this because then I feel like I’m not caking my eyes with eyeshadow! Some brushes just don’t pick up the color very well, but this one does. Not scratchy so it feels very nice all over the lids!

All in all, I’m very happy with this impulse purchase! They’re great little brushes, and I have enjoyed using them so far.

Pros: four brushes for a good price, not too small or too big, nice and soft, not scratchy, fit contours of my eyes well
Cons: storage is a bit difficult because they’re double-ended
Verdict: Buy them!

Thanks for reading! What impulse buys have you loved recently?