Monday, January 24, 2011

Back to the Earth Swatches *Pic Spam*

The one thing I love most is being able to look pretty without wasting hundreds of dollars on mediocre products.

Besides drugstore products, another good option would be to try out handmade makeup from Etsy. Not only are the products safer, but they're also a lot cheaper!

So long story short, I did a MUA swap with the owner of an Etsy shop called Back to the Earth (linked for those interested) All of their makeup is vegan, natural and organic.

I got the 5pc deal, where it only costs $12 for 5 eyeshadows of your choice (I got them free though, since it was a swap) and I have to say, I was really impressed with the pigmentation!

Here's what I got:

This is probably my favorite of the bunch. It's a bit hard to tell, but this is a sort of cream colored shadow in disguise. When you shine it in the light, it turns into a really amazing sheer gold.

Diamonds and Shamrocks
This was a bit darker than I expected (I was hoping for something like pastel green),
but still a really pretty shade nevertheless. Honestly, I can never say anything bad about glittery eyeshadow, they're just so pretty!

Northern Lights
Another one of my favorites, this is a really beautiful and intense shade of purple. The sparkles are really amazing, it really does look like the stars!

Starry Night
I was really disappointed that it was more black than purple, but if you forget about that, the black in itself is really amazing! When applied wet, it's a really intense purple/black with hints of purple glitter. Have you ever seen the ocean get all sparkly when it hits the sun? Sort of like that.

Water Elemental
Although it's a really intense color, this is probably my least favorite out of the five. I just didn't see the wow factor from it. It's just my POV though...

Anyways, here are the swatches I promised you:

Overall, I give this shop an A+ :)

Question: What's your favorite etsy makeup shop? If you've never bought from one, are you planning on doing so?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Victoria's Secret Haul + Swatches

So as you all know, Victoria's Secret does this huge semi-annual sale twice a year. Although I was really disappointed at the clothing markdowns (even plain t-shirts were $10!), I loved all cheap beauty products! Most of them were 75% off and some were 50% off. Since I only had $10 in my pocket, I had to really pick my favorites.

Here's what a got:

VS Radiant Face Trio -$4 (Orig. $16)
Wow, this is probably one of the cutest packaging I've ever seen! I checked online, and a lot of people said that it looked similar to the YSL version. I love both of them!

VS Brilliant Shimmer Eyeshadow in Nightdust - $2.50 (Orig. $10)
What really shocked me was that part of their more mature makeup line was also on sale! I'm not sure if it was by accident (there were no sale signs), but I'm still happy about it!

VS Brilliant Shimmer Eyeshadow in Skydust - $2.50 (Orig. $10)
Another eyeshadow I decided to pick up. Yes, it was an impulse buy. I actually have way too much eyeshadow for a 14 year old, but it looked so much like the mac packaging, that I couldn't resist!

Here are the swatches (dry and wet for eyeshadows):

Question: What items did you score from the Semi-Annual Sale:

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P.S. Did you notice that I changed my heading? What do you think about it? I'm thinking about changing my blog layout though, because it doesn't really match.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Surprise Second Giveaway Winner!

Well it turns out that Anna only wanted the Victoria's Secret Lotion and ELF Bronzing Blush, so I decided to pick out another winner for the rest of the goodies (plus a few extras)!

And the winner is... Ezzy!

Rules are the same as before, reply to my email within a week, or else there will be a new winner.

Don't you just love surprises? ;D

Friday, January 7, 2011

Giveaway Winner

And the winner is... Anna!

Congrats! Please reply to my email within one week or else another winner will be selected.

Overall, I think this giveaway was a success!
Thank you everybody for participating! To those who didn't win this time, look forward to another one in the near future!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Paul and Joe Nail Polish

First of all, I would like to say that I've finally reached 50+ followers! Thank you so much everybody! When I first created this blog, I was worried that no one come here, but I'm so glad that I continued to blog! Each and every new follower I get, always gives me more motivation to blog. Therefore, THANK YOU! <3

Now on to the highlight of the post:

A while ago, I won a $25 Apothica Gift Card from Liza Mae and I finally received my shipment yesterday! (also ordered some perfume, but they were shipped separately)

Recently, I've been obsessing over Paul and Joe's adorable makeup, so I had to try out their stuff! I bought the (Pink) Classical Nail Polish from the Holiday 2010 Symphony Collection and I am totally in love with it!

Wow, just look at that gorgeous packaging!
I think Paul and Joe's makeup is definitely worth it. Especially since they're made in Japan. ;P

Here's a close up:

It's a bit hard to tell, but there are tiny hints of gold shimmer mixed into the pink. A really lovely shade.

The bottom line is, you have to try out Paul and Joe for yourself! They definitely have my approval. :)

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