This was an interesting assortment. Not much in the way of actual makeup…
|★★★★☆| Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment ($15) – I’ve reviewed this before, and to reiterate, it works really well, but I don’t like the feeling of product (any product) in my hair, so…
|★★★☆☆| Dr. G My Skin Mentor BB Cream ($32) – I would never pay that much for a cream that I’m not quite sure what it’s purpose is, but I do like it. I’ve been using it as a tinted moisturizer, essentially, and it has good coverage. Feels slightly heavy, but for something w/sunscreen, that’s not so bad.
|★★☆☆☆| Too Faced Lip Injection ($28) – I’m really torn on this one. It made my lips look amazing – berry colored, plump (god that’s a gross word, isn’t it?). But, it made them feel tight, burning, chafed (also a gross word). For someone who is prone to cold sores (yup, I’m just on a roll with the gross stuff right now), using it makes me nervous.
|★★★★☆| Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum ($38) – This seems…fine. It hydrates, which is in the name, so that’s good…right? Honestly, I can rarely tell the difference between moisturizers. As long as they don’t have a lot of perfume or chemicals that irritate my face, I’m good to go.
|★★★★★|Coastal Scents Elite Bamboo Collection Medium Shadow Brush ($3) – I LOVE this brush. I couldn’t find the exact one for sale outside of a set, but no matter. It’s great! Big enough to apply to the lid or the highlight in one sweep.
I definitely needed a darker brown shadow for the crease, and I don’t love a cat eye. On my next self-trial, I’m going to try a regular liner with an overall darker crease. I’m also going to Nair my upper lip because I had to crop it out of the above picture. HA
I’ve been shopping around for a good smokey eye palette for the wedding. I have most of the stuff I need, but I needed a quality black/dark shadow for the crease. I also wanted a good light, shimmery pink for the lid. Yes, I’d considered the wide variety of Naked palettes, but there are too many to choose from AND they’re all expensive (buh bye $54…see ya never). Many other palettes I’ve looked at have either all shimmery colors or all matte. That seemed to be the biggest selling point of Urban Decay’s Naked one – it has a good mix of both.
Well, my friends, while strolling through Nordstrom Rack I found the Smashbox Double Exposure palette for ONLY $24!!! It has the dark, matte shadow I need with a variety of light, base choices ranging from champagne to rose to mauve. All with so much less fall out than my Too Faced palettes and more pigment than my Sephora brand shadows.
I was pumped. So far, for wedding makeup stuff, I’ve purchased a full new set of Royal and Langnickel brushes for only $20 from Marshall’s and now a palette with a brush and 14 shadows for only $24. The real cherry on the top was finding the Smashbox Full Exposure (very similar, but not meeting my needs as well) at Macy’s for FIFTY TWO DOLLARS.