Monday, February 21, 2011

Wet n' Wild Comfort Zone 8 Color Palette- Review, Dupes & Swatches

Ladies, I am absolutely blown away with this palette. I cannot believe that I purchased such high quality eye shadows from Walgreen’s for $5. Every single eye shadow in this palette has the most highly pigmented color pay off with a buttery soft texture. The color that you see in the pan is exactly what you see when you apply it on your eyes. The soft texture makes blending effortless. This palette truly amazes me. It makes me wonder why more expensive brands are lacking this type of quality while their eye shadows cost 3 times as much, or more.

The Comfort Zone Palette contains 4 warm neutral tones on the left side, varying from a warm cream to a bronzed black. The 1st shade on the left is a frosted golden cream shade. The 2nd shade on the left is a frosted medium toned warm golden bronze. The 3rd shade on the left is a medium frosted bronzed brown shade. The 4th shade on the left is black with bronze shimmer. The first 3 shades on the left remind me of a MAC Veluxe Pearl texture and MAC Frost finish. The 4th shade on the left reminds me of a MAC Veluxe Pearl texture with a MAC Style Black (Cinderfella, Guilt by Association, Blue Flame, & Young Punk) type finish, but with better color payoff and less glitter fallout.

Then on the right side you have 3 various warm shades that coordinate with the beautiful medium toned frosted sage green shade. The 1st shade on the right is a medium toned frosted taupe with brown undertones. The 2nd shade on the right is a medium toned frosted sage green. The 3rd shade on the right is a black with gold shimmer. The 4th shade on the right is a warm medium brown with green duo chrome. The 1st, 2nd, and 4th shades on the right remind me of a MAC Veluxe Pearl texture and a MAC Frost finish. The 3rd shade on the right reminds me of a MAC Veluxe Pearl texture, but with MAC’s Guilt by Association finish, but softer texture and a more pigmented black.


Now on to the dupes…Some of these shades are exact dupes for some MAC shades. However, not all of them are exactly the same variation of the shade, but I promise once you apply it and finish your eye look no one will be able to tell the difference.

Left Side- Top to Bottom
#1- MAC Dazzlelight
#2- MAC Woodwinked
#3- MAC Go!
#4- There wasn’t a bronze shade in the MAC Style Black collection, but this would have been it.

Right Side- Top to Bottom
#5- Patina with a slightly more frosty finish
#6- Juxt with a more vibrant golden green finish
#7- Guilt by Association
#8- Club

Now that I have bragged and bragged about this palette until you probably can't stand it anymore. Let me tell you the single thing about this palette that is slightly disappointing me. There are no matte shades in this palette. This palette is not totally inclusive of all the shades I would need for travel. I feel the exact same way about the Naked Palette by Urban Decay. With both of these palettes, I would still need a matte highlight shade and a matte dark brown or black for my crease and outer V. However, I do realize not everyone likes to do their makeup exactly like I do mine. So, if you you love a totally shimmery eye look or your like me, and don't mind packing an extra single quad for your matte shades the Comfort Zone palette is still a great drugstore find for travel. 

Just a note for you, if you decide to purchase the Comfort Zone palette as well as the I’m Getting Sunburned Trio you will have two of the same single eye shadow colors. The 4th shade on the left of the Comfort Zone palette is the same shade as the 2nd shade in the I’m Getting Sunburned Trio.

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Life Journal Vlog: A New Chapter Of My Life....

As you all know I will be starting my esthiology training at Aveda Institute tomorrow. I'm very excited to being this new chapter of my life. My life has been so rewarding so far. I have so much to be proud of. I have a wonderful husband, a fulfilling marriage, and two beautiful children, to which I have dedicated the past 10 years to. I put my career on hold so that I could focus all of my attention on my family. Do I regret it? Not in a million years. Without them I could never as happy as I am today. They are everything to me. I would do it all over again in a second. There is nothing more important to me, so I saw no reason not to solely focus on them. Just as much as I have given to them, I have received back 10 times more. It fills my heart to see my children happy and growing and learning, and everyday becoming more intelligent, loving, and mature. Then to look at my husband, and even though years have past, we both still get butterflies in your stomach when he comes home from work. There is nothing in the world like this.

To make a long story short, I feel that my life is just about whole. The only exception is the way I feel about myself on the level of personal success. I married very young so since then I was known as Jeff's wife. Much later my first child was born, then I was known as Blaine's mom. Then along came my daughter, then I was know as Jillian's mom. What I'm trying to say is, it has been to long since anyone associated me with being an individual. Just being myself. It may seem selfish to some but, I want something to be proud of that is just about me.

This is were my esthiology training comes in. As everyone already knows I love everything about the beauty industry. It's more than an enjoyment or hobby to me. It's a love and a passion. Beauty is what makes me happy. Not only just products and potions, but anything beautiful whether it be a beautiful person, flower, or a beautiful smell. It all brings me happiness and uplifts my spirits. As an esthiologist I will be surrounding myself with these things everyday. Esthiology is meant for me.

So my Life Journal Vlogs will be about my journey to find my individual happiness, and all the wonderful things I learn at Aveda about what it is to be an Esthiologist. Please feel free to comment on anything you read. I learn well from others and would love to hear what you think.
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The Mother of All Eyeshadow Hauls!!! 13 Wet n' Wild Palettes

OMG! Everyone I went a little crazy today. I was feeling really sad with Jeff being out of town with work, and I had such a stressful day yesterday and today. So I decided to indulge in a little eyeshadow therapy. Thank goodness the nearest MAC counter is 45 miles from my house. Instead of taking a long drive, I went to down the street to Walgreen's to pick up a couple of the new Wet n' Wild eight palettes. As I was picking up the palettes I just happened to glance up the display, and to my astonishment there were more new trios!! I should have known better than to make up shop in my mood. When the damage was done I walked out with 5 trios, 2 eight palettes, and 1 six palette. Yes, that is 37 eye shadows. What can I say...? I was in a real rut. However, the amazing part is I got them all for about $30 bucks. You can't beat that with a stick. Imagine if I would have bought 37 MAC shadows...let's just say my hubby would've had to stay out of town for a couple more days to pay that bill. Anyways, I rushed home to play with my new items, and of course share them with all of you.

I will be reviewing each of the palettes I purchased on my haul. Plus, I already have a few I had purchased a while ago that I will be reviewing as well. I am going to post each of the reviews separately by palette name just for the sake of keeping it organized. Detailed reviews of each shade in the palette including swatches, and MAC dupes of each eyeshadow can be found by clicking the picture titles below. I will post a review of one of the palettes everyday for the next 13 days. So take a look at my goodies and please let me know what you think.

By the way, just to let you know, eye shadow therapy doesn't always work. You may still feel bad, but you will have some great eye shadow shades. Then when your mood brightens and you actually feel like wearing makeup, imagine the killer I looks you can create. lol : P

Wet n' Wild Silent Treatment Trio

Wet n' Wild I'm Getting Sunburned Trio

Wet n' Wild I Dream of Greenie Trio

Wet n' Wild Don't Steal My Thunder Trio

Wet n' Wild Cool As A Cucumber Trio

Wet n' Wild Petal Pusher 8 Color Palette

Wet n' Wild Pride 6 Color Palette

These are ones I already had....

Wet n' Wild Walking On Eggshells Trio

Wet n' Wild Knock On Wood Trio

Wet n' Wild Vanity 6 Color Palette

Wet n' Wild Lust 6 Color Palette

Wet n' Wild Greed 6 Color Palette

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Monday, February 7, 2011

China Glaze Shower Together Nail Polish Review & NOTD

I've had this polish for quite sometime now and for some reason I've never used it. I guess that is just what happens when you have to many shades to choose from. Last week the gloomy, cold weather was just getting to me. I felt as yucky as it looked outside, so I decided I needed a pick me up. I took a look at my lovely display of nail polishes and instantly chose China Glaze Shower Together. After all the filing and grooming I applied 1 coat of this polish. The polish went on very easy. The formula is not too thick or thin, and applies without a brush stroke in sight. However, one coat of this polish is quite enough and it doesn't show up completely opaque. That's no bother to me, I'm a two coat kind of girl anyways. I feel no matter how great the polish looks with just one coat I must add a second coat just to be sure I get the max out of my application. So, I applied a second and it looked wonderful. I applied one coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat which I swear by, and I was all done. Shower Together definitely did the trick for my mood as well. The shade is simply gorgeous. I would describe it as gray based teal blue color with a high shine cream finish. It's fun and modern, but still a sophisticated kind of shade.

3 Days Into My China Glaze Shower Together Mani-
I am totally impressed with this polish now. The lasting power is great. I feel that you should be able to get at least three days of wear out of any nail polish or it's not worth the money or your time and effort. I've been wearing it for 3 days now and I have only one itty bitty chip on my index finger which only happened when I rammed my finger into my cabinet door. The rest of my nails are still nice and neat. The shade is gorgeous. The formula is great on application and for lasting power. This polish is a keeper and I will be wearing this shade again.
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OMG! Did you see Mila Kunis' Cover on Cosmo!! Gorgie! Tutorial

As always, I am absolutely in love with Mila Kunis' makeup from the cover of Cosmo for the month of February. I am not a regular subscriber of Cosmo, but when I saw it on the shelf I was in awe. I snatch the mag up so fast it would make your head spin. lol. As soon as I got it home I started playing around with my make up so that I could recreate the look. I think I've got a pretty good version to share with you. All products are MAC unless stated otherwise. Color descriptions are in the first set of parenthesis and the dupes for the Coastal Scents Warm Palette are in the second set of parenthesis. Here is what I came up with...

      226- Apply Restless into crease using windshield wiper motions while keeping your eyes open. Start  from the outer crease and apply all the way into the inner crease.
(warm brownish/gray) (Coastal Scents Warm Plt.:Row Down/ 10  Row Over- from L to R)

·           239- Apply Grain all over the inner ½ of the lid, up to the Restless.
(warm, light, slightly pinked, natural beige) (C. S. W. Plt.:Row Down/                   
 9  Row Over)

·       239- Apply Satin Taupe on outer ½ of the lid, up to the Restless. Wiggle the brush in side to side motions on top of the line of separation of the 2 shades to blend the colors together a bit.
(warm, slightly plumish, taupe/brown) (C. S. W. Plt.:  6  Row Down/   
 9  Row Over)

·       219- Apply Carbon on the outer V. Starting at the Lower Lash Line (LLL), and bring the color up slightly over lapping the Restless slightly in the crease, 1/4 of the way into crease only. This should create a slight cat eye effect.
(matte black) (C. S. W. Plt.:  7  Row Down/  11  Row Over)

·       217- Apply Soft Brown above Restless on top of the socket bone. The Soft Brown should slightly touch the Restless and Carbon only to blend out any harsh lines left behind from the Carbon and Restless.
(light natural warm brown) (C. S. W. Plt.:  3  Row Down/  7  Row Over)

·       275- Apply Shroom under brows as a highlight. Blend Shroom out all the way down to the Soft Brown. You may use any highlight shade you like, but the shade should not be too matte or too frosty. I would definitely choose a satin shade for this look. (C. S. W. Plt.:Row Down/  5  Row Over)

·       219- Apply Nylon on the Lower Inner Tear Duct area. Any light shimmery shade will do. (C. S. W. Plt.:   3  Row Down/  4  Row Over)

        266- Apply Wet n’ Wild Black Gel Eyeliner on Upper Lash Line (ULL) start at the inner tear duct and create a thicker line than you usually would wear, add a slight wing at the corners.

·      266- Apply Wet n’ Wild Black Gel Eyeliner on Lower Water Line (LWL) going all the way into the inner tear duct area.

·      266- Apply Carbon on the LLL from the outside corner of the lashes up to the point where the lashes stop. Blend the Carbon into the lash line, so that you cannot see any flesh between the black on the water line between the Carbon on the LLL. (C. S. W. Plt.:  7  Row Down/ 11  Row Over)

·      219- Apply Swiss Chocolate on the LLL slightly over lapping the Carbon from the outside corner of the lashes all the way into the inner tear duct area.  
(C. S. W. Plt.:Row Down/  10  Row Over)

·       1 coat of MAC Zoom Lash and 2 coats of L’oreal Voluminous. A set of very natural looking lashes would look great. A set of corner lashes would look even better.

·       Apply foundation- I used NARS Sheer Glow and the Sigma F80/Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki to apply mine.

·       Apply concealer- I used a Sigma’s version of the 224 and Benefit’s Erase-A-Paste Concealer in light.

·       Apply a matte bronzer under cheek bones as a contour. Also, bronze the temple & jaw line a bit as well, using the “3 application technique”. This is to start at the jaw line and swoop your brush up in a half circle motion up to the temple. Then repeat at the jaw line and swoop your brush down in a half circle motion down on the jaw line. I used my Mark Bronzer.

·       Apply Peaches Blush only to the cheek bones. For this look you will need to leave the apples bare. The center parts of the face and under the eyes need to be very naturally light looking. Any warm peach blush will do.

·       Apply a nude lip liner

·       Apply a peachy nude lipstick. I used Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Spotlight Beige.

 I always suggest applying your foundation after you do your eye when using darker shades. This way the fall out doesn't ruin the look of your foundation.

 I hope you enjoyed it, and will play around with it. I plan on wearing this look tomorrow for a special outing with my hubby. We will be celebrating our Valentine's Day tomorrow instead of on the 14th because he will be out of town working then.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Blog Sale!!! LE MAC Galore!!!

Hi, everyone! It's my first blog sale ever! I'm just finding that several wonderful products in my collection are being neglected because of the massive selection I have accumulated. I hate to see great products just sitting in my vanity. It also seems like a great way for me to get up the funds so that I can buy more products to review and share with everyone. Since I do not accept products/incentives from companies running my blog can get expensive. So, if anyone would like to purchase any of the items please leave a comment in the box that includes the items you would like to purchase, the country/state where you live, and your Pay Pal e-mail address or you can e-mail me at . I will only accept paypal as payment, prices are in US dollar, but I am willing to ship internationally for actual shipping cost. All items are 100% guaranteed authentic and were all purchased by me.

 MAC (regular line) Deep Truth (frost) Eyeshadow Depot, round magnet &  round handwritten label, 98% left- $7

MAC LE (naughty nauticals) Submarine (frost) Eyeshadow Depot- round magnet & original label, large scratch from finger nail, 95% left- $6

MAC (regular line) Da Bling (frost) Eyeshadow Depot- handwritten label, 98% left- $7

MAC LE (Tempting Quad- Cult of Cherry) Sharp (Satin) Eyeshadow Depot- round magnet & round handwritten label, tiny scratch from finger nail, 98% left- $7

MAC LE (Spring Color Forecast) Lala (frost) Eyeshadow Depot- round magnet & original label, 98% left- $7- SOLD

MAC LE (Blonde Brunette Redhead) French Cuff (lustre) Eyeshadow Depot- round magnet & original label, 97% left- $7- SOLD

MAC (regular line) Rule (matte) Eyeshadow Pro Pan- dip, 90% left- $4- SOLD

MAC (regular line) Paridisco (frost) Eyeshadow Depot- dip, no pan, 90% left- $4

MAC LE (to the beach) Firecracker (veluxe pearl) Eyeshadow Depot- round magnet & original label, used lightly 2x- $16

MAC LE (originals) Parrot (frost) Eyeshadow Depot- round magnet & original label, lightly used 2x- $18

MAC Shroom (satin) Eyeshadow Pot- new, never used, comes with box- $10

MAC LE Talent Pool (starflash) Eyeshadow Pot- new, comes with box- $16

MAC LE (this came from the Originals not the Pret A Papier) Memorabilia (frost) Eyeshadow Pot- new, comes with box- $10

MAC LE Red She Said Holiday Infatuating Rose (Cool) Palette- all shades used 1x except for Bon Fete, used 3x, comes with box- $32

MAC LE Amazon Eyes Eyeshadow Quad- all shades used 1x except for Statuesque, never used- $28

MAC Old Gold Pigment- OJ, 2/3 Full- $12

MAC Pink Bronze Pigment- OJ, 2/3 Full- $12

MAC Viz-A-Violet Pigment Sample- 5 gram jar, jar is full- $5

MAC Push The Edge Pigment Sample- MAC's 5 gram jar, jar is full- $6


MAC Blonde's Gold Pigment Sample- MAC's 5 gram jar, jar is full- $6

MAC Tea Time Pigment Sample- 5 gram jar, jar is 1/2 full- $4

MAC Lemon Chiffon Shadestick- used 1x, comes with box- $10

MAC Rollickin' Paint Pot- used 3x, comes with box- $10- SOLD

MAC X-Rock Sheetone Shimmer Blush- used 2x, comes with box- $18

MAC Eversun Beauty Powder Blush- used 1x, comes with box- $12

MAC True Romantic Beauty Powder Blush- used 1x, comes with box- $12

MAC Moon River Mineralize Blush Duo- used 2x, comes with box- $18

MAC Virgin Isle Cream Color Base- used 2x, comes with box- $10

MAC Crushed Bougainvillea Cream Color Base- used 2x, comes with box- $12

MAC Belightful Iridescent Pressed Powder- used 1x, no box- $16

MAC Bronze Bronzing Powder- used 1x, no box- $15

MAC Medium Plus Sheer Mystery Powder Refill for Powder Compacts- new, never used, comes in packaging with puff- $6- SOLD

MAC Deep Sheer Mystery Powder Refill for Powder Compacts- new, never used, comes in packaging with puff- $6

MAC 318 Lip Brush- new in sleeve, never used- $12

MAC 165 Brush- New in sleeve, never used- $28- SOLD

MAC Dubonett (amplified) Lipstick- used 1x, comes with box- $8- SOLD

MAC LE (Fabulous Felines) Kittenish (cremesheen) Lipstick- used lightly 1x- $16

MAC LE (Heatherette) Lollipop Loving (glaze) Lipstick- used 3x- $16- SOLD

MAC Black Brush Roll- new, never used, comes with box, brushes are not included- $8

NYX Caribbean Collection I Dream of Aruba 5 Color Eyeshadow Palette- used 3x, comes with box- $4

NYX TS26 Velvet Blue/ Ocean Frost/ Space Eyeshadow Trio- lightly swatched 1x- $2

L'oreal HIP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner- Eggplant (purple) 95% left & Midnight Blue 97% left- $2 ea.

L'oreal HIP Cream Shadow Paints- Lofty, used 2x & Commanding, used 1x, both come in box- $2 ea.

China Glaze Turn Up The Turquoise Nail Polish- used for 2 manis- $2
Essie Tart Deco Nail Polish- used for 1 mani- $4
OPI Moon Over Mumbai- used for 1 mani- $5
OPI Have a Tempura Tan-Trum- used for 1 mani- $5
OPI O'Hare & Nails Look Great Nail Polish- used for 3 manis & 3 pedis- $5 (this is my all time fav. red. I think 2 back ups are to many)- $4
OPI Yodel Me On My Cell Nail Polish- new, never used- $6
OPI I'm Yours!- new, never used- $6
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