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Product review: Flower Beauty Win Some, Rouge Some Creme Blush

After my big Flower Beauty haul from Walmart, I’ve gone from skeptical of a celebrity-conceived line to totally head over heels in love with Drew Barrymore’s new makeup brand. Today I’ve got another review to share with you, of the creme blush pots.

The product: Win Some, Rouge Some Creme Blush; in six shades; $7.98 at Walmart stores or Walmart.com. I tested out “BL2 Peach Blossom”.

The claim: Soft powder-like finish; gentle glow; perfect for layering.

I tried it: To be honest, I thought this blush looked much more coral/orange in the store, which I blame on the atrocious Walmart lighting. (You know how you go in the store thinking you’re fairly attractive, and after catching a glimpse of yourself in one of their mirrors you think “Holy crap, I look like that?!”) Walmart lighting is a terrible way to judge colors or compatibility with skin tone.

Anyway, when I got home to test and photograph this blush, I was surprised (and a little relieved) to discover that it’s much truer to the name, a very soft and pretty peachy color. The texture in the pot is very firm, so I decided to apply it with a foundation brush. True to the product description, this is a very buildable blush and it’s pretty easy to adjust the color intensity. I finished it off by buffing the edges with the clean side of the brush and then dusting a little translucent powder over all to “set” my face.

I feel like this particular peachy shade would be great on all skin tones, and it’s certainly more flattering than the standard powder pinks typically found at the drugstore. (It looks great layered with bronzer, too!) After testing it out I found this picture of actress Naomie Harris with a soft peachy blush, which confirmed my feeling that peach is ever more flattering across a range of skintones than that basic blush pink we all fall back on in a pinch. Now I’m happier than ever that I grabbed this shade!

I know it doesn’t matter nearly as much as the product quality (obviously), but I really love the packaging on the Flower products. This little jar of blush looks and feels like something from a much more expensive cosmetics line, not a Walmart exclusive. I’ve always been highly suspicious of celebrity lines, but I feel like Drew really took the time to make sure every part of this line was just so before the launch. The packaging is luxe, the formulas feel expensive, and the color range is impressive.

The verdict: I’m in love! I’ve always considered myself a powder blush girl, but this formula is so easy to use and so soft in finish, it’s really won me over. I think Flower might just be my new favorite makeup brand! Update: this blush is no longer available in stores, but you can find the new Transforming Touch Powder to Creme Blush online at FlowerBeauty.com!

Cute Shoe Monday: Prabal Gurung heels from Target!

I don’t know why, but these wild lace-up sandals from the new Prabal Gurung for Target collection have caught my eye in a major way.

Unfortunately for moi Target’s website is listing these as “not sold in stores” and “currently unavailable” online. *le sigh* Lace-up Pump, $39.99, Target stores

I cut my hair again!

Quickie post: I finally took the plunge and got that fringe! Yeah, it’s obvious I’m still learning how to style it. And I don’t know if I’ll stick with it. But it’s kind of fun! And it’s long enough that I can still sweep it all back with some hairspray or a headband for a different look, if need be.

My hair is also red now! Another change I’m not sure I’ll keep, but hey, it’s just hair. It can be changed later on. I’m in the mood to have fun right now.

I think my coworkers are just now noticing that I have new fringe. Most of them seem a little shell-shocked by the color (which is much, MUCH more red in person). I can’t decide if I’ll keep it or go back to deep brunette…decisions, decisions…

February 2013 Julep Maven: Boho Glam box!

Woohoo! My February Julep Maven box got here lickety-split, and it’s easily the best box thus far since I signed on with Julep back in September. On top of my regular polish picks and add-ons, there were crazy-good bonuses in this month’s box. So without any further ado, let’s get right into the nail polish goodness!

This month’s collection theme was “Get On The A-List”, with a bevy of nail colors named after famous actresses. I was really torn over which box to choose, since my Boho Glam box included both a blue and an orange polish, and I’m usually not a big fan of either color. Plus there were tons of great colors to choose from in the other boxes! In the end,I ended up going with my Boho Glam box and two add-ons.

What a box, huh? My polishes for the month were Julianne, a smoky light blue creme, and Ingrid, a smoky dark orange creme. My add-ons were Laura, a smoky olive green, and Claudette, a smoky brick red creme.

Here’s a swatch of Julianne. It has just enough grey in it to look really polished (har, har) and not at all sky blue. At the same time, it isn’t one of those polishes that “shifts” to look grey in certain lights. I love it. This was opaque in two coats.

Ingrid is also opaque in two coats and truly surprised me. I’m not normally an orange polish person but I really like this color. It’s kind of a nice pedicure alternative to basic red.

I haven’t swatched the add-ons yet but I have a feeling I’ll love them both. I’ve been searching for a color like Laura for months, and Claudette looks like a really nice twist on standard red.

The freebie gift in this month’s box was a travel eyelash curler. (There were also two chocolate candy hearts, but those disappeared as soon as the box was opened, natch!) The real goodie, though, was the inclusion of two free gifts in each box. Julep is rolling out two new nail treatments, valued at a whopping $18 apiece (!), and they generously included these in the February Maven boxes. Even at half the cost, I think these would be quite the bonus.

First is the Oxygen Nail Treatment. This is designed to give strength, protection and a sheer tint to the nails on the days you don’t wear polish. I usually don’t wear lacquer during the workweek but I do like wearing a base coat to protect my nails somewhat, so this is an interesting alternative.

The Freedom Top Coat is supposed to protect like a gel top coat, but it cures in five minutes with air instead of a light bulb. I’m really intrigued by this product, since I’ve heard wonders about the industrial strength of gel polishes but I really don’t feel like running out to try them. I really hope it protects my nail color for multiple days, because I chip pretty easily on work days.


So there’s my February Maven box! What did you think? If you want to sign up to be a Julep Maven, you can do so here using my referral link or you can go directly to the Julep website here and take the quiz to get started.

Product review: Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection To Reflect Shimmer Palette

Another review from my recent Wet n Wild drugstore haul! It seems like one of the most coveted items in the new Fergie Centerstage collection is the trio of shimmer palettes, so I wanted to share my swatches and review of the one I picked up.

The product: Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection To Reflect Shimmer Palette; $6, in three shades

The claim: Shimmery highlighter. Apply wet or dry.

I tried it: I picked up Rose Champagne Glow. This is the lightest shade in the collection and to me it’s a highlighter/blush, while the medium shade is a blush/bronzer and the deepest is a straight bronzer. These pans are huge and the packaging looks very luxe, especially for Wet n Wild.

The cheetah print marbling is very pretty and I think it’s pretty functional, too: the blend of pinks and lighter shimmery champagne gives you a nice natural color. This palette is extremely buildable; I honestly think it would be impossible to overdo the color on your face. If you’re super light or are new to blush, this is a pretty foolproof option!

It is fairly shimmery, as the name implies. I know some people don’t care for shimmery face products, but since I’m using it as a highlighter, I’m thrilled with how it looks. I think the sheen is barely detectable in this photo, which was taken in daylight; you can build it up more for nighttime or if you want more of a pinky flush. I swatched it on my cheek so you can see how it compares to my natural skintone. Because of the marbling, I think this color could work on a range of skintones from fair (like moi) to dark.

The verdict: Love! I feel like Wet n Wild has really stepped up their game with this collaboration and I’m really impressed with the products thus far. This palette is a great buy, especially for the price, and I think I’m going to using it quite often–day and night alike.

Product review + swatches: Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Perfect Pout lipsticks (plus one Mega Last matte lipstick!)

You guys might remember I recently brought home quite the haul of Wet n Wild products! Among everything else, I picked up two new lipsticks from the Fergie Centerstage collection and a new matte lipstick from the Mega Last line. I know you’ve all been waiting for swatches and a full review, so here it is!

The product: Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout Lipstick; $3.49, drugstores

The claim: Longwearing and yet not drying, in 10 highly pigmented shades.

I tried it: I picked up just two shades from this lipstick line, but–spoiler alert–I think I need to go  back for more! I was really impressed with how creamy these lipsticks felt on application. Most long-wearing lipsticks are incredibly drying and leave me lips feeling shriveled, to put it mildly. I think you might still want a lip balm over the top of these, but altogether, they have a pleasant feeling and apply very easily. I would recommend using a lip brush for the most precise application.

Here is a swatch of Fergie Daily. I bought this with some reservations; it’s the color Fergie is wearing on the display, but I really didn’t expect to like it, since I have a lot of trouble with nudes. However, as I discovered, it actually has enough pink in it to be just right for my skin tone. Fergie and Wet n Wild both just shot way up in my personal estimation for crafting this shade. I think I’ll try to pick up a second tube of this, because I’m going to be wearing the heck out of it and I don’t want to run out!

The second lipstick is Old School Glam, which is a very bright red with just enough coral undertones to feel different. It’s a really fresh color for spring and I’m super-pleased with it. This is a super-saturated color with a very silky finish, and I see it finding a heavy rotation in my spring beauty wardrobe. It doesn’t look nearly as bright in these pictures as it does straight out of the tube; you can blot it down a bit for a calmer poppy color or make it more intense as you like.

The verdict: I love this new collection! I can’t recall ever finding another lipstick at this price that I enjoyed so much. I’ll definitely be running back to Walgreens to try to pick up more shades soon.

I also picked up another Mega Last shade ($1.99) and wanted to swatch it for you guys so you could see how it looked. I have a few of the Mega Last lipsticks and I feel that they’re hit and miss. They’re matte, which is good or bad depending on how you feel about matte lipsticks. I think they’re okay with a bit of balm, but without, they can be really drying.

This shade is Think Pink, and I thought it would be a softer pink. Wrong! It’s just not the right shade of pink for me. I should also note here, I feel that I have rather puffy lips and some lip colors seem to exaggerate this fact. I am not a fan of how this lipstick looks on my lips! Color aside, this seems to be giving me Nicki Minaj duck lips. You can see that it’s also highlighting my chapped lips–always a problem with mattes, but this shade seems worse than some others.

So, what do you guys think? Are you excited about the Centerstage Perfect Pout lipsticks? I can’t remember the last time I found a budget lipstick that was quite this wonderful. I just hope the display hasn’t emptied out by the time I get back to Walgreens!

Nail art idea: gradient glitter with Zoya Feifei and Wet n Wild Fergie Mermaid Curves

I’m really into teal glitter and shimmer right now, though I don’t know why. I was playing around with some polish combos and created this gradient glitter manicure using Zoya Feifei for the base and Wet n Wild Fergie Mermaid Curves for the glitter topper.

It’s really hard to capture Feifei on camera. In the bottle it’s a steel blue with gold microglitter. On the nails, it can look icy blue or it can almost take on a mermaid-esque quality, with the microglitter giving it a blue-green holographic look. It just depends on what light you’re in at the moment! It’s intriguing, that’s for sure, even though I’m not normally a “blue” person.