Well I have successfully broken my makeup ban and purchased a couple things that I have been eying for a while…and some other random products. As always, drop an ask if you want reviews and/or swatches of anything. A note: for the two foundations pictured, if you would like a review of them, it will be a while because I promised myself to finish two of my current foundations before opening any new ones, including these two. I own…a lot of foundations so I need to actually finish products for once. With that said, descriptions and links to the products ahoy!

  • L’oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup SPF 20 in Classic Tan/Cappuccino (N7-8) | $11-15 | link: Can I first say how happy I am that so many companies are doing different undertones in foundations now for darker skintones? It used to be almost exclusively pink/red undertones but now there’s yellow-based and neutral! Wonderful progress. Anyway, my friend Serenna mentioned that she saw this in store and it looked really nice so when I had the coupons I purchased this foundation and the Revlon foundation for $15. In the L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder (link), which may low-key be one of PD’s favorite drugstore powders, both Arabelle and I carry this around in our makeup bags, I use Classic Tan (N7), so N7-8 looked like the closest match to my skintone. 
  • MUA Bronzer in Shade 3 | £1 | link: I wanted to try a new coutouring bronzer, and I needed one more product to get the free international shipping promotion that MUA UK was doing when I ordered from them. I hope it’s nice, I haven’t even opened it yet.
  • Revlon ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup in Carmel (340) | $12-15 | link: I bought this because both Jen from frmheadtotoe and G from Nouveau Cheap recommended it/gave a positive review. It looks like it gives a nice flawless finish with medium to full coverage, which is perfect for my acne scarring.
  • Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Pinkerbell (968) | $1.99 | link: I had been searching absolutely everywhere for this shade in my area (it’s one of the newer Wet n Wild lipstick shades and no Walgreens, Walmart, CVS or Target received this color), but I was randomly at a Shopko and lo and behold…they had every single color that the lipstick comes in. …for further reference, just going there if I want something from Wet n Wild. Wasted all my gas too (T_T) I have quite a bit of these and I think they’re great lipsticks for the price, all matte, pigmented, quite long-lasting and under $2.
  • MUA Liquid Eyeliner in Shade 2 | £1 | link: Another random addition to my cart along with the bronzer - more colorful liners are always needed.
  • Milani Color Play Felt-Tip Liquid Pens in Pink Point (03), Blue Definition (02), and Black Line (01) | $6.99 | link: This is a limited edition release that I have been searching for since early August after seeing G’s review of the pens. I found mine in Walgreens, but for now they’re still available on the Milani website as I linked. I’ve only used the blue one and swatched the pink one and THEY ARE GLORIOUS OKAY they do not move on my upper lash line at all during the day and I have oil slicks for lids. love love love
  • MUA 12 Shade Poptastic Palette | £4 | link: It was colorful so I bought it. And I needed to balance out my neutrals palette purchase. …yep.
  • MUA 12 Heaven and Earth Palette | £4 | link: This is supposed to be a dupe of the Naked 1 (or 2??) palette and I already own the Naked 1 palette but if you have been following PD for a while, you might know that I adore and must collect all the neutrals ever. It’s so pretty. ;A;

I’m done buying stuff for a while. Like always, drop an ask and request away! Toodles~

The new colors of the Loreal Infallible shadows showed up in my area finally - so obviously I had to buy every color that interested me. I am (slowly) working on my second part of my swatchfest for my collection (see the first part here), but if you want to see these colors faster, drop an ask and I’ll move it up in my post queue. …considering getting one more from this LE collection but I’ll wait two weeks and see if it’s still there.
Colors from left to right: Glistening Garnet (557), Smoldering Plum (556), Bottomless Java (800), and Endless Sea (337)*My lighting was less than I desired when I took this picture, but I wanted to post this before I left on vacation - Glistening Garnet is a much deeper pink than what my picture shows. When I do my official post, I now know that these colors are a lot harder to picture in pot than the rest of the shades I own…I need perfect lighting to capture these shades completely. Much prettier in person. High-res

The new colors of the Loreal Infallible shadows showed up in my area finally - so obviously I had to buy every color that interested me. I am (slowly) working on my second part of my swatchfest for my collection (see the first part here), but if you want to see these colors faster, drop an ask and I’ll move it up in my post queue. …considering getting one more from this LE collection but I’ll wait two weeks and see if it’s still there.

Colors from left to right: Glistening Garnet (557), Smoldering Plum (556), Bottomless Java (800), and Endless Sea (337)

*My lighting was less than I desired when I took this picture, but I wanted to post this before I left on vacation - Glistening Garnet is a much deeper pink than what my picture shows. When I do my official post, I now know that these colors are a lot harder to picture in pot than the rest of the shades I own…I need perfect lighting to capture these shades completely. Much prettier in person.

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows Swatchfest - Part 1

I mentioned in a previous post quite a while ago that I was going to do a swatchfest of these shadows because I somehow ended up with twelve of the colors. …I really have no idea how this happened. In general, I do really like these eyeshadows, and I gravitate towards them the most when I am feeling really lazy and I want to use one color of eyeshadow and do not feel like using primer. They do not crease on my oily lids, even without primer, which is wonderful. These are very intense when it comes to color, so I tend to use only one of the shadows in an eye look when combining them with different colors.

Are these something that everyone should rush out to purchase immediately in every color imaginable? …well, no. No they’re not. Only if you see a color that you like and/or do not already have in your collection. (Note: I don’t have the Armani Eyes to Kill shadows so I can’t compare them, sorry! ;; Maybe someday.)

Anyways, the colors in this part are as follows:

  • Iced Latte: Off-white shimmer shadow (almost ivory?)
  • Eternal Sunshine: Light gold shimmer shadow with a more yellow-toned base
  • Gold Imperial (LE): Light gold shimmer shadow with a pinker base
  • Pink Sapphire (LE): Light pink shimmer shadow with a slight blue base
  • Amber Rush: …it’s pretty much amber. Combination of a medium-toned pink with some copper. I adore this color it’s absolutely beautiful on the lid. One of the easier colors to work with.
  • Gleaming Bronze (LE): Dark gold shimmery shadow with a good bit of a green base. Another one of my favorite colors and one of the most pigmented in my collection (one pass of the shadow = swatch)

As usual, the left swatch picture is in natural lighting, while the right swatch picture is with flash.

Hope that this helps if you were wondering about some of the colors. I know that there are a couple more limited edition colors coming out in July, so you’ll probably see me flail about them when I find them in my area. Toodles~ o/

Dat haul for under 35 dollars!
This is yet another Chi-Chi stepped into a drugstore and used coupons and in-store deals to get great savings (the sequel to this haul). The week I purchased all of this stuff, CVS had amazing in-store sales and for once there were tons of coupons that coincided perfectly with everything I was thinking of getting (and more). Again, thanks to Nouveau Cheap for alerting me to the majority of the sales that week. I’m serious, PD followers, one of the only blogs I will check everyday, and not just for deals. Anyway. I picked up…
Maybelline Fit Me! Liquid SPF 18 Foundation in Caramel 350 | link: I have heard tons of mixed reviews about this foundation, but I’ve wanted to try it for myself (and it ended up being a little less than 3 dollars). If I dislike, doesn’t hurt the wallet too bad, right? ;D (edit: I tried this foundation and I now completely understand the negative side of all of the reviews of this product. It starts out great for the first forty five minutes…and then within the second hour of wear it starts to melt off. Completely. …..three hours pass by and I can’t even tell I put anything on. And it wasn’t even humid when I tried it! So disappoint -_-)
Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow in Fierce & Tangy (10) and Edgy Emerald (50) | link: I love my neutral ones and I wasn’t really planning on getting any other colors, but the combination of the deals, coupons and more ExtraCare dollars meant that I now have these two. I love orange so I am really excited. And emerald, blue and gold? Beautiful. I got both for a little over 10 dollars + $3 ExtraCare dollars!
Milani Liquif’Eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil in Black (01) and Brown (05) | link: I have always wanted these pencils in my collection. They are some of the best drugstore eyeliners on the market right now (we posted our recommendations for drugstore eyeliners here) and I’m really excited! Both for 10 dollars so not too bad.
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara in Black (670) | link: I have always had great luck with L’Oreal mascaras, so I decided to try this formula. Got waterproof because my eyes are like Niagara Falls sometimes. It was on sale at CVS and there was a coupon so I got it for $4.99. 
Wet n Wild LE Flora Collection: Okay this I did not really plan to get but I was about to leave and I looked up and I was like :OO LE Wet n Wild collection? I MUST PURCHASE. And there were two color sets to choose from so I got the one that included orange (do you see a theme here). It was $3.50 after coupons.
Moral of the story is, watch your circulars and clip those coupons!! And enjoy your savings. Happy hauling PD and as always, drop an ask if you want additional pictures or a review. High-res

Dat haul for under 35 dollars!

This is yet another Chi-Chi stepped into a drugstore and used coupons and in-store deals to get great savings (the sequel to this haul). The week I purchased all of this stuff, CVS had amazing in-store sales and for once there were tons of coupons that coincided perfectly with everything I was thinking of getting (and more). Again, thanks to Nouveau Cheap for alerting me to the majority of the sales that week. I’m serious, PD followers, one of the only blogs I will check everyday, and not just for deals. Anyway. I picked up…

  • Maybelline Fit Me! Liquid SPF 18 Foundation in Caramel 350 | link: I have heard tons of mixed reviews about this foundation, but I’ve wanted to try it for myself (and it ended up being a little less than 3 dollars). If I dislike, doesn’t hurt the wallet too bad, right? ;D (edit: I tried this foundation and I now completely understand the negative side of all of the reviews of this product. It starts out great for the first forty five minutes…and then within the second hour of wear it starts to melt off. Completely. …..three hours pass by and I can’t even tell I put anything on. And it wasn’t even humid when I tried it! So disappoint -_-)
  • Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow in Fierce & Tangy (10) and Edgy Emerald (50) | link: I love my neutral ones and I wasn’t really planning on getting any other colors, but the combination of the deals, coupons and more ExtraCare dollars meant that I now have these two. I love orange so I am really excited. And emerald, blue and gold? Beautiful. I got both for a little over 10 dollars + $3 ExtraCare dollars!
  • Milani Liquif’Eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil in Black (01) and Brown (05) | link: I have always wanted these pencils in my collection. They are some of the best drugstore eyeliners on the market right now (we posted our recommendations for drugstore eyeliners here) and I’m really excited! Both for 10 dollars so not too bad.
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara in Black (670) | link: I have always had great luck with L’Oreal mascaras, so I decided to try this formula. Got waterproof because my eyes are like Niagara Falls sometimes. It was on sale at CVS and there was a coupon so I got it for $4.99. 
  • Wet n Wild LE Flora Collection: Okay this I did not really plan to get but I was about to leave and I looked up and I was like :OO LE Wet n Wild collection? I MUST PURCHASE. And there were two color sets to choose from so I got the one that included orange (do you see a theme here). It was $3.50 after coupons.

Moral of the story is, watch your circulars and clip those coupons!! And enjoy your savings. Happy hauling PD and as always, drop an ask if you want additional pictures or a review.

favorite drugstore products of 2011

You asked, we delivered: our favorite drugstore products of 2011. We did a favorite drugstore eyeliners post you guys liked here, just for reference (and also to avoid unnecessary asks re: drugstore eyeliners. We get a lot.) Some of these aren’t necessarily 2011 releases but they’re products we reach for time and time again, not just over other drugstore products but high end equivalents, too.