Sunday, November 9, 2014

Drugstore Dash/Haul #1

First, I have been gone for a while, and I am so sorry it's been so long!! I have been sick, and it took forever to kick it. While I was waiting for a prescription at the drug store, I did some shopping, and I am of course going to do a haul for you. This weekend I was finally feeling better and did some major shopping with Sephora's once a year coupon, which I will do a haul of for you later this week!

Now, time for the haul.

Clockwise from top left:

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in 810 HD Orchid

(There is no link because this is new and I cannot find it anywhere online yet).  I like most Revlon lip products, so when I saw a new one, I had to try it. The new line of HD Lipsticks are supposed to be their most pigmented shades, which I also had to try. I am still obsessing over purple lips, which I wrote about here, so I picked a very on trend for 2014 shade of Orchid, a purpley-fuchsia. The formula is very creamy, and feels very nice. I would compare the feel to their Color Burst Lip Butter. It feels very similar, but it is more pigmented. However, it is not as pigmented as I was expecting. It does have a lot of color payoff, but it is not completely opaque. It manages to somehow be very pigmented, but still semi-sheer at the same time, if that makes sense? This fact makes it a good option for those who want to try a bold lip, but want to ease their way in, or for a daytime bright or bold lip.

L'OREAL Infallible Eye Shadow in Glistening Garnet

I already own a few of these in different shades, and I really like them. The formula is not a typical eyeshadow, but more of a pressed pigment. I really like these for how metallic and foiled of a finish they have, especially if you wet your brush first (remember when wetting your brush to do so with eye drops or setting spray, not water). I love shades with red undertones on my green eyes, and MAC's Cranberry has always been one of my favorites. I love the soft shimmer, and the fact that is is a red based shade, but still has warmth to it. I would not necessarily say this is an exact dupe, but that is mostly because of the texture, the color itself is a pretty good dupe, and at half the price. If a cranberry eye, which is especially on trend for fall, is something you've wanted to try, this is definitely a good place to start.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in Neon Red

This is another of the "I already love the formula so let's buy more colors" purchases. The Color Sensational Vivids are my favorite drugstore lipsticks. They are smooth, creamy, don't bleed, last well, and are SUPER pigmented. They do not come in a large number of shades, there are only about 10, but those 10 are quite a good variety. I talked about the Brazen Berry shade in my Purple Lips post. This Neon Red shade is gorgeous, and a pretty dead on dupe for MAC's Lady Danger, a cult favorite. It is a bright, tomato red, with a slight orange undertone. This color would be very flattering on a lot of people, as it has both the blue-based red to it, but also has some warmer orange undertones, making it actually pretty neutral. However, when I say neutral, I mean in terms of undertones. In terms of pigment, this is bold. Very, very bold.

L'OREAL Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer


I have such mixed feelings about primers. I feel like I should love them, but I honestly don't usually think they make that big of a difference. I do like the ones I have used, but they are just not a product I reach for every day. As I have said time and time again, I love looking as dewy and luminous as I possibly can, and this had the word "lumi" in the name, so I decided it's finally time to buy it and try it. I have seen and heard many people use it and like it for the luminosity the pearlescent formula gives. And let's be honest, we are all more willing to try something after we've seen Jaclyn Hill use it, as she did recently with this. It seems like a lot of makeup addicts have the same mixed feelings with primers that I do, but I am going to give this one a try. You'll know how I feel about it by whether or not I ever mention it again.

L'OREAL Butterfly Intenza Mascara


I talked about how much I love the original Butterfly mascara in my post on My Favorite Mascaras, so obviously when I saw a new version of it, I grabbed it. It is almost like they took two of the original Butterfly wands and put them back to back, combining the two into one, double sided brush. It looks like it will provide the same combination of volume and definition that the original does so well, but even more intense. Again, you'll know if I like it if I talk about it later. I hope I like it as much as the original, if not more!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 330 Redgy


I wrote a review of this polish a while ago, and I am still in love and expanding my collection. I went into great detail about why I love it so much in my previous post, but lets just say that I have not found any faults with continued use, it is still terrific. I like buying the duo packs with one color and one top coat (which I could not find online for a link to, but they are in lots of stores) whenever I find them because it does end up being cheaper than both individually, and the package has a $2 coupon inside for your next purchase, which you will be making because you will love it. I am eclectic with my nail shades, but I did not own a classic red of this formula yet, so I went for that shade.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Trio


I know this one isn't very exciting, but it was necessary.  I liked that these were mini so I can stash them in a pocket, purse, wherever I go. I also liked that it came with three varieties, original (which I was also using on my nose where it was irritated from all the tissue usage, and it does a great job of instantly soothing and healing that irritation), cocoa butter, which I absolutely love the smell of and I was using on my lips while sick, and rosy lips, which is actually a light pink tinted version of the original, which I thought would be great once I was no longer sick and wanted some color on my lips. Like I said, boring, but necessary and effective.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liner in Pure

I had been looking for a lip pencil in a nice, rosy shade. I find rosy shades to be really flexible. A lip pencil in a rosy shade will look great on it's own, can lighten up a red or mauve, or can add a little more brightness and punch up a nude. I am a big fan of using pencils under non-matching lipsticks or glosses to create my own shade and tailor a color to what I feel like at that moment. I went in depth with this technique in another post here. In that post I also used another of the Exaggerate pencils from Rimmel, which I really like and wanted another of. They are very smooth and do not drag like some lip pencils really can. I also really like the angled, round tip, which really easily follows the curve of your lips when applying.

Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer in Fair

I tried a friend's Match Perfection concealer once, and was intrigued (which doesn't usually happen with any drugstore concealer) so I bought one of my own. I like that it has a brush on the end of the tube, so you can easily apply and blend relatively well on the go. The formula was nice when I tried it, very creamy and not cakey, blendable, and pretty full coverage. Don't get me wrong, nothing will trump the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer which I raved about in my September Favorites, but for a drugstore concealer, and for a concealer you can stash in your purse for on the go touch ups, I think this will work very well. Again, you'll know if I talk about it again.

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