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Charlotte Russe Nailpolish!

Charlotte Russe now has cute and pigmented nailpolish! They come in all sorts of colors, I just got 3. They unfortunately do not have shade names, but luckily it’s easy to differentiate the shades as they probably have 8-10 colors total. I am really loving the eggplant color for fall!

Swatches: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipsticks

Just a simple post with some swatches of the Wet n Wild Mega Last lipsticks. They were BOGO at CVS so I had to take advantage! I already had a couple of the colors so thought i’d try the other ones as well. **note– there are only 3 lip swatches on this post, I will do the rest hopefully tomorrow and update this post. :)

The only thing I don’t like about these, is that the stick itself when applying, feels a little thick and hard to control as opposed to smooth with a normal lipstick and sorta reminds of those huge kindergarten crayons. My peeve also, is that some of the older tubes do NOT have the shade names on the buttom, just the number, so it’s hard to tell what shade you have (see below), however the new tubes do show the shade name as well as the number. However, at $1.99 you can’t really expect much but the colors are pretty amazing for what it is.

Swatches: Kate Moss Lipsticks by Rimmel

Decided to go to my neighborhood CVS and told myself that I was just there to merely “look around”, but anyone that knows me in real life knows I rarely window shop and usually walk out with something. That obviously was no different today when I came across these beauties. 
Supermodel Kate Moss has been the spokesperson for Rimmel for as long as I can remember, so it’s refreshing to see that she now has her own line of lipsticks for this brand, because they are AMAZING!
For the quality and the price, it’s truly a beauty steal, these range from $5-6 and are available at many stores. These come in a total of 9 vibrant shades (I bought 5 of them). Currently ULTA has a sale and these are buy one get one 50% off, however their online store seems to be out of stock of many of the colors. :(
First, what do these lipsticks claim? These lock color to lip for 4-8 hours of wear. They are smooth and have a comfortable wear formula that is not drying.
I have not tested this product yet for a long period to truly do a review just yet, but below are swatches and pics as well as my preliminary observation and first impression.
When I first swatched these on my hand, my immediate reaction was “WHOA!” Because I was totally not expecting such a vibrant color. I have a couple of Rimmel lipsticks that are sheer and thought these would be the same, but I was definitely mistaken! All of her lipsticks in her line are utterly amazing, they are very pigmented, moisturizing, and the color selection is enough to make even the pickiest gal happy. There are rich gorgeous reds, and a nice fall vampy color that I was looking for, for ages.
They do not use shade names, only numbers. So that can get annoying if you don’t have such a good memory, but there are only 9 lipsticks in the collection, so not too much to handle! I love that these are in the $5 range, because you can easily get all the shades and that would only be 2 MAC lipsticks. Very affordable for those on a budget. I definitely recommend you pick up a few if you see them at your local stores or even on sale!
#12 – Is a nice soft pinkish nude color, perfect for a dark smokey eye as this does not give you that “dead girl” look as there is a nice tinge of color to it.
#11 – Seems to be a good dupe for the MAC Marilyn Monroe lipstick “Charmed im sure”, haven’t compared it yet but quick glance and they do look similar. I will do an update post with dupes if there is match. This is a deep, dark true red, almost like Russian Red with a hint of Dubonnet.  It’s a very nice and flattering color, and I think it would look great on any skin tone. My fav red out of this entire line.
#12- I am a sucker for anything peachy or coral. I think this color complements my skin tone well so I enjoy any and all lipsticks that fit the bill. This is no exception. It’s a definitely a soft and wearable orange, just a smidge lighter than the Fashion Nomad lipstick by MAC. One of my favs out of this line.
#04- Is the vampy eggplant purple I have been searching high and low for. I always avoided the similar shades that MAC put out (Yung Rapunzel anyone?), only because it’s a shade i’d like to have, but would rarely wear it. So paying top dollar for it wasn’t something I wanted to do, so I ventured to find a drugstore brand that can give me what I need and voila! It’s perfect for fall and is the perfect shade, the only CON, is that application was horrible. It was streaky and did not apply evenly. Even with a lipliner and lip brush it was hard to get it to look just right (as you can tell by the pic below!)
#09- Another gorgeous shade of a berry red. Definitely has some fuchsia pink undertones to it but it’s a beautiful color. The swatch below makes it look more pink, but it’s a bit darker in person.
Hope you enjoyed!

Halloween Look: Snow White

 This Halloween look was requested by my sister, as she is going to be Snow White for halloween and wanted me to do a makeup look that she can follow, so here it is! Listed what I used below to achieve this look! Enjoy!
What I used:
Ben Nye Concealer Wheel in SK-1
Kat Von D Foundation #52 mixed with MAC Pro Long Wear Foundation in NC35
Silk Naturals Loose Pigment Blush in “Forbidden”
Milani Blush Duo in “Cherries on top” on apples of cheeks
Contoured with MAC Sculpting Powder in “Bone Beige” and “Sculpt”
MAC Bisque e/s all over the lid
MAC Paint Pot in “Otherworldly” (LE) as a base on lower lid
Shanny Cosmetics Palette (the light sky blue color on top of otherworldly, the matte brown color on crease to contour)
MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”
Maybelline XL Mascara
Ardell Lashes #81
Lowerlashline/Waterline: UD pencil in “Zero”, and MAC Paint Pot in Otherwordly
Also applied mascara on my lower lashes
MAC Fluidline in Dipdown to outline
Shaded in with MAC e/s in “Soba” and “Coquette”
Covergirl lipstick in Hot
MAC “Cult of Cherry” lipglass

Free Makeover by Jackie H Artistry!

My good friend Jackie is an amazing makeup artist, and is doing an awesome giveaway by giving ONE lucky reader a FREE makeover by her,  Jackie H Artistry. She is also hosting another giveaway on her Facebook page so that readers who are not in Southern California can have a chance to win. See below for more details!

Southern California based Hair & Makeup Artist
Specializes in Bridal, Runway, Editorial and TV/Film
Giveaway Sponsored by Jackie H Artistry

Contest end date: July 23, 2012

How to Enter: Must comment on my giveaway post saying they’d like to win and must “Like” the Jackie H Artistry page on Facebook here:

Winner: I will choose 1 random winner and winner will receive (by mail) a voucher for a free makeover by Jackie H. It is geared towards those who reside in Southern California, but anyone can win and the winner has an option of gifting the voucher to another person.
Terms of voucher: Date subject to availability, travel fees may incur.

Giveaway on her  FB page will be:
3 winners will be chosen to win one of the 3 packages below.

1. Make Up For Ever set of HD foundation and HD powder
2. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
3. Set of Bdellium Tools eye brushes

Some of her wonderful work!

New blog:

New site! ( I wanted to create something separate from the makeup world, where I can focus on fashion and budget friendly items; so consider this site as an extension of, so please follow and spread the word! I will be posting a lot on there in regards to outfits, fashion bargains (like “the look for less”), trending styles, styles on the street, what not to wear, accessories, storage, organizing, and tons more!

I will still be blogging about makeup occasionally (follow me on instagram for constant updates: @vanessajhaime), but just wanted to also explore a lot of things I have been seeing that are way out of my price range and find dupes or other alternatives for a budget fashionista!

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