Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Vacation Shopping: Makeup Edition

Pre-Vacation shopping wouldn't be complete without picking up some new makeup. I set today out with two things in mind: Mac Mineralize Skin Finish and Makeup Forever Full Coverage Concealer. I purchased neither of them.When any one piece of makeup is $30+(as both those products are) I require a bit of a push before I can justify dropping the cash. The girl at the Mac counter was overwhelmed with customers, and didn't have time to really sell the product to me. Same kind of goes for the girls at Sephora, where Makeup Forever is sold-they just weren't pushy enough. I'm not complaining, but note to both those companies: always be fully staffed so you can make sales on suckers like me.
Not to worry though! I still managed to spend way more than necessary on other things I probably don't need.  Here's the loot(a mix of items from Sephora, Target and Walmart):
I'll just go through and say a bit about each product, in a clockwise fashion from the top.

Real Techniques Brushes-Travel Essentials Set- I've heard these brushes raved about on YouTube for a while now. They were actually created by a YouTube Beauty Guru, Samantha Chapman. I haven't tried them out yet, but I've pulled them out of the box and they feel really nice-soft and dense. They come with a brush case that folds in different ways so you can travel with the brushes or stand them up. I don't know if I'll use that, but it's better than a kick in the arse.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion- Up until the last year or so I didn't even know eyeshadow primers existed, much less that they are absolutely vital to my personal happiness. Ok maybe not quite, but  this stuff is the shizz. You put it on your eyelids before doing your makeup and your shadow will last all day without creasing or smearing. I work in a restaurant that gets very hot, and this primer holds up in that environment. On the occasional rushed day that I forget to use it, I absolutely notice the difference in the wear of my eye makeup. I really feel that I can't adquately express how great this product is. I might even say it's my Sephora MVP, which is why I had to repurchase it today, before my other tube is even fully gone. I don't want to risk being caught without it.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer Mini- This was one of products that line the checkouts at Sephora, so you know how that goes. You barely even realize that you bought it until after you've left the store. What just happened?!? Or at least that's how I always feel. But I've heard good things about this bronzer-it's completely matte, no shimmer, so it's supposed to be good for contouring. And it smells like chocolate. This little mini came with a brush called a "Flatbuki"-a flat kabuki. Upon initial inspection, it actually seems like a decent brush, which is not usually the case for brushes that are included with makeup.

Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 530 Pulsating- First of all, I just read the label and what a disgusting name. Pulsating? Barf. It's just a nail polish- I didn't put much thought into this purchase. It's supposed to dry quickly, which I thought would be good if I wanted to do my nails on vacation. If I can get past the name.

Hard Candy Topcoat in 651 Black Tie Optional- This name is much better. It kind of reminds me of Justin Timberlake(I be on my suit and tie....). It's also a more exciting nail polish. It looks like it's glittery, but its actually matte with little pieces of black and white....confetti? Sure. I saw something similar on a blog the other day but now I'm not sure whose blog because I read so many. Anyway it looks really cool on the nails, especially over a light base colour.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze- Another product that seems to be a favourite of just about every YouTuber I watch. It's the first cream eyeshadow I've purchased. I wore it today, with Stila Kitten over top. I liked it. I'll wear it again. And that's all I have to say about that.

Anastasia Go Brow Kit in Medium Brown- Another impluse buy. But I have no regrets, because I used this today and was impressed. The kit comes with mini tweezers, a brow pencil and a clear brow gel. I mostly just want to talk about the pencil. I am a proud member of the Bold Brows Crew. I fill my brows in every day. Up until now I've been using a shadow, or a drugstore pencil. I am so surprised by the difference in quality in this pencil. The drugstore pencils I've used seem to have basically the same formula as pencil eyeliner-they're quite soft and almost sticky. I've often had brow hairs pulled out and stuck in them. But this pencil is totally different. It feels more like putting a chalk or charcoal on your brows. I didn't have to push hard at all to get the colour payoff. My only complaint is that the colour is a bit dark for me, but I can still make it work. Two thumbs up.

Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray-I don't even really know what this is supposed to do, but I've heard good things. You spray it on your hair while it's damp, and it's supposed to make it....better. It's like a leave in treatment I think. It's just not that often that I'm really impressed with hair products. Like almost never. But I keep looking. I recently purchased the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, and I like it. So I thought I'd give another of their products a whirl. I hope this is the potion that brings me hair happiness. I'll let you know.

That's not even all I bought today, but it's all the makeup, so I'll stop there. Lest anyone think that all this shopping is the norm, please know that this is the biggest vacation I've taken in a couple years and I've been saving to buy everything I need to have a great trip. And yes I realize there's a gaping hole in that justification in that none of these items is really tropical vacation related at all. But let's just not examine that any further, ok?

And I'm done.



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