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Beauty Find: Jesse’s Girl Baked Mineral Eyeshadows..possible dupe of upcoming MAC Electroflash???

Right now I am trying to upload my eyebrow tutorial video and I am getting quite frustrated with how long it takes to upload a 5 minute video on YouTube, which reminds me of why I dislike doing videos in the first place…takes a lot of takes and time, none of which I really have, LOL. So once it’s done, i’ll post it….

In the meantime, I went to Rite-Aid yesterday because I was dying of thirst and needed to get a drink, and then found myself wandering down to the cosmetic aisle and I found these Jesse’s Girl (that’s the brand name!) baked mineral eyeshadows. The first thought that popped in my head: MAC Electroflash- or simply the MAC Baked Mineralized Eyeshadows.

They looked so similar and I am actually glad that these baked duos are increasing in popularity (look at Laura Geller and Too Faced) because they are simply gorgeous!

They came in 4 colors (I got 3 out of the 4: Volcanic, Aqua, and Evergreen), the other color was like a bronze-brown, and they were only $4.99 EACH! I know right, what a bargain! You know me, I love a good deal and can’t pass it up when I see one! What’s more surprising is that they are pretty pigmented just like the MAC ones. My favorite is “Evergreen” because I love teal and gold, and together they are yummy! Each eyeshadow also comes with a sponge tip applicator.

I have only seen Jesse’s Girl brand at Rite-Aid’s, so if any of you have bought this brand before, feel free to share it in the comments section.

Comparison to MAC’s “Silversmith” eyeshadow from the Antiquitease Collection:

Swatches:

Aromaleigh Haul & Swatches

I love the colors of Aromaleigh, they are so gorgeous AND their full size jars have SOOOO much product for a great price!

I bought a few samples from them awhile ago and ended up buying the full-size jars since I loved the colors so much, I bought: Severina, Isadora, Penelope, Arbor, and Awe ; and also got a bunch of other samples.

Aromaleigh’s “Elemental Lustre” eyeshadows are really pretty but may be too “shiny” for some people since they are metallic colors. The “Pure Hue” series have lots of pretty colors and I love how vibrant and pigmented the colors are.

I get a lot of questions on what the difference is or to compare among the different mineral companies and the answer is: price and quantity. Most of the mineral companies carry the exact same color or similar color and give it a different name, and of course have different sizes and prices, but overall all the ones I have tried from various mineral companies have phenomenal color-payoff, some sheerer than others, while are some are more vibrant, you just have to shop around to “find” the best deal. I for one, tend to shop on sites where I can buy more products under one shipping price, rather than ordering 10 different things from 10 different sites and doubling the cost. For this reason I like Aromaleigh, Everyday Minerals, PureLuxe, MadMinerals, Silk Naturals, MMBB, and a bunch of other sites. (You can check these sites out from the links on the right or Google it)

The NYX Ultra Pearl Pigments are more finely-milled and its texture reminds me of flour, hence they don’t last as long to me as the mineral eyeshadows in general or the MAC Pigments because the latter is more gritty and easier to work with as well as blend.

Using “Severina” (on bottom) and “Penelope”:

SAMPLE SWATCHES:

Mineral Hauling!

You know you order a lot of stuff online when you get them all at the same time on the same day! LOL.

I got my Fyrinnae, Joppa, and Silk Naturals Haul. I bought a sample of Fyrinnae’s Superpower Foundation (gives complete full coverage) in “Sunstone” and so far I love it, I want to test it again for one more day and see how I feel before I commit to ordering the full size. But I just love how I don’t need a whole lot to give me that “airbrushed” look. I will try and do a FOTD soon wearing it. :)

I wanted to try some Silk Naturals blushes so I bought a bunch of samples, “Poppy” is a pretty color!

Fyrinnae’s “Peaseblossom” is a nice light pink with a hint of lavender, and I got a bunch of Joppa Minerals foundation samples, none of which matched me but I do like their Green Tea moisturizer.

A lot of you have asked me to do an eyebrow tutorial and I am currently working on a quick one, hopefully I can upload it tonight. I am working on a lot of things right now, but I am trying to get out a lot of them before I leave for Las Vegas on Friday to celebrate my 26th Birthday!

New Business Cards & K-Mart Haul! (Long Post)

Happy Friday Lovelies!

Since the time I was 4, I have always been a business-minded woman. I would take items my mom already had, re-wrap it, and give it to her on Mother’s Day or her birthday, LOL. Come on I was 4 years old! In my mind, my mom didn’t know she had those things, and by me giving it to her, it would bring those items back to life and she would find a way to use them again. One thing I loved about my mom, was that everytime she opened my little “gifts”, she ALWAYS pretended that I really DID buy them and would be so surprised and would actually USE it. Thinking about it now, I was so silly; but I always tried to start things on my own, and sell it. I would collect rocks and paint them, then try to sell them thinking they were priceless gems, LOL. I was quite an imaginative kid, and I guess when you are the only child for 9 years, it’s amazing the things you do to keep yourself entertained.

Now at almost 26, I find myself more enthralled with the idea of taking this site and my addiction to makeup beyond it’s original intent. At first, I created this blog to record products I used for certain looks and to help others with product reviews and swatches; but now this site has grown so much since it opened last May, bringing in 6,000 page views a day. I am so glad that many of you find it useful or at least- entertaining! And I REALLY appreciate you all for being so kind and supportive. Now I just wanna continue doing this as long as I can because it’s fun, as well as being able to offer many items some of you are unable to get due to being an international resident, or even US residents when it comes to certain things like pigment samples and such. (When I can! And no pigment samples are still NOT available)

So I created some business cards, address labels, post-it notes, and of course a shirt all with the same logo and everything to spread the word, and I love how they came out! They look super cute and I am glad they came out so nice and very matchy-matchy! It says “makeup artist” because eventually I will be getting into it to help my photographer friend who needs one and thought it would be good to gain more experience and do it on the side. Some of you actually wanted shirts haha which I thought was so funny, considering I only made ONE shirt for me as my sleep shirt, LOL! It never crossed my mind that people would want one, so I am looking for a distributor who will create me a few baby-T shirts with the same logo to give to some of you gals, it’s great for around the house, gym, or a sleep shirt (like how I use it), since it’s pretty comfy and soft. I honestly just like the colors on it and the girl…lol.

The BACKSIDE:

I went to K-Mart after work to go and buy some toilet paper (now that the BF lives with me, supplies come and go REAL FAST!) So I had to stock up, and ladies, have you EVER gone to a store with the intention of buying only one or two things, and end up coming up with a cart load of stuff you don’t need??!!! Please tell me I am not the only one that has this problem…LOL.

EVERY SINGLE time I walk into a Target, CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, etc, I go there for a few things like necessities such as shampoo, toilet paper, food, and the like, and I always end up coming out with things I didn’t go there for, usually makeup haha or more facial cleansers. It’s so hard to just go in there and pick up that ONE thing you really went there for, pay for it, and walk out. NOOOOO, for some reason I gotta browse around and end up buying something else. Argh!

Anyway, that happened last night at K-Mart, went in to get toilet paper and some cold fighting remedies you lovely ladies suggested, and what happens?!! I come out with eyeshadows, a palette, nailpolish, AND I was this close to also picking up Milani’s Brow Fix Powder AND a pack of St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Stickers (don’t ask), but I was good and at least put those back!

So here is what I bought, luckily the BF wasn’t mad because it was cheap stuff well within our budget (so he thinks! Ha!)

Remember “The Color Workshop”? Those gaudy makeup palettes that usually were sold in cheap stores like JC Penney or Sears? I got them like every Christmas and hated them, but it seems that like AVON, The Color Workshop has stepped up their game! Their colors are much more pigmented (and they are actually NICE colors, and not the grandma colored eyeshadows), AND the design is so sleep, chic, and simple.

They had these awesome palettes for $10, and also had other palettes that were interchangeable meaning you can switch up the colors by changing the inside pan. The one I bought contains eyeshadows, shimmer powders, blushes, lipglosses, creamy lipstick-like pots, and cream eyeshadows, AND came with 4 nailpolishes. I haven’t tried it yet, but based on the swatches it looks quite promising!



How it looks like closed:

Swatches:
A few eyeshadows…

The nailpolishes…


From Maybellline’s Spring Collection, nailpolish with designs inside to paint on your nail…



Eyeshadow Quad in “Seaside Turquoise”:

I also couldn’t pass up on Garnier’s “Regenerating Micro-Polish Kit”, it was on sale for $4.00!!!! Supposed to give you more refined, radiant, even-toned skin, we’ll see!

EOTD: Black & Gold, More Milani, EOB Brushes, & Pure Luxe Mineral Eyeshadows

Here is my “eye of the day” (EOTD) I did a few days ago, I was in a hurry so I forgot to take a full face pic. I wanted to put my MAC Paint Pot in “Cash Flow” to some good use, so here is what I used:

– MAC PP in “Cash Flow” all over the lid up to brow bone
– NYX “Blondie” e/s all over the lid just above crease
– Milani “Storm” and MAC e/s in “Carbon” on outer-V (outer half of the lid) and crease
– Indelible Gel Eyeliner in “Black Out”

Swatches:

Quantities:

Mai Tai Blush= 1 available
Silver Charm= 3 available
Lily White= 1 available
Beach Sand= 1 available
Royalty= 1 available
Coffee Shop= 1 available

***SOLD***I am also selling a BRAND NEW long handled baby kabuki brush I bought from Lumiere’s Pre-Buy Brush Sale last year, I had to wait months to get it and completely forgot about it, so I never even used it since I bought the MAC 180 brush! The website is selling it for $19, and I am selling it for $12 including shipping. The brush hairs are soft!

I also bought an Essence of Beauty brush set with brush wrap, all for $10! I found out that Essence of Beauty is affiliated with CVS Pharmacies, meaning it’s a brand made specifically FOR CVS, which is why it’s uber hard to find! It’s only available at CVS!

My Pure Luxe Mineral Eyeshadow Samples arrived the other day as well, can’t wait to do a fotd with them! I love their mineral eyeshadows!

No Flash:

Depotting MAC Blushes

I thought I would do this tutorial since I had a blush I wanted to depot and figured there’s someone out there who probably wants to do the same thing, so I hope it’s useful to some of you! THIS IS THE EXACT SAME METHOD I USE TO DEPOT MAC EYESHADOWS and NYX TRIO EYESHADOWS.

I have heard a few people say that this method ruined their pot, and all I can say is that it was not done right. First of all, this method is easy, but requires patience. You are dealing with heat, so you must take your time and not rush trying to get your pan out. Also, you have to hold the pan at an ANGLE about 2 or 3 inches AWAY from the flame. Not ON the flame or a millimeter away from the flame. It doesn’t have to be a 90 degree angle, but just slanted enough. Holding it directly over the flame may ruin the pan as heat is being distributed in one area of the pan. Remember, you just want the plastic to melt enough to where there is a tiny hole where you can poke right through to release the pan from the plastic molding.

I don’t use my hair straightener because for one, mine doesn’t open wide enough to allow this to just sit there, AND I can’t do the whole balancing act, it just keeps falling off of it, so for me this is my method, but you can do whichever method works best for you.

Grab your blush to be depotted and your palette to house it in…I depotted my “Coygirl” blush:

The two already in the pot are “DollyMix” and Sculpting Powder in “Sculpt” (PRO store):

What you will need: A candle, a flame, small pliers, a tiny screwdriver (not pictured) which is found in eyeglass repair kits, and of course the item to be depotted.

Using the flathead screwdriver from the eyeglass repair kit, gently wedge it into the cracks in the pot, you may have to pry it all the way around for it to loosen. Do not apply too much pressure or force it to pop up because you may ruin the blush/pot, be patient!

Pull the pan out…

Then take your pliers to grip the blush in its plastic molding…

Hold it over the flame for 2 seconds to warm it up…



Then slant the pan OG Style! Wait ’till it starts to melt a tiny hole…

Then place the pan face down gently on a paper towel or napkin, and slowly and lightly push the screwdriver through the hole while the glue is still hot until the pan is released from the plastic molding…

Let it COOL as the glue will still be hot, then transfer it into your empty palette…

BEFORE:


AFTER:

Then take a labeler (I love this thing! I bought it to label my paint pots and then started going label crazy!) and label your blushes, etc on the side. Some people will salvage the original stickers from either the box or under the pot, but I don’t really care about peeling ’em off…

Also labeled all my eyeshadow palettes including Milani singles…

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