Drugstore Makeup Brands

Beauty on a Budget: Terra Eyeshadow Review

I was tempted again by the evil Beauty on a Budget brands that can be found in my local drugstore….go firgure.

My little mate Mandy from Mandy’s Beauty Blog was bragging about Terra eyeshadows in a recent post of mine and of course I got to thinking that I need to recheck these out. The reason I say “recheck” them is because I had previously seen these in my local drugstore and even swatched them but me being the snob I am I skipped and didn’t bother buying any!

Of course, when I went back my mentality had changed slightly and I was open to the suggestion that maybe these could be good. Lucky for me I kept that frame of mind because I walked out of the store toting eight shades in a little plastic bag with a goofy smile on my lips over my latest haul.

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These are great, thanks Mandy!

I know many of you piss, moan, and bitch something fierce about baked eyesahdows. I personally don’t mind an occasional baked eyeshadow. They spice up my life a little bit and they are different and interesting however I do agree with some of you to an extent about the lack of pigmentation.

These shadows I am about to show you are baked eyeshadows however they are alot different then what you’re used to with your normal variety range of baked eyeshadows!

These are entitled Terra Eyeshadows and yes I googled plenty for you but I see nothing about these anywhere. No website, no listing, nada. The back says “Made in Italy” but soon after it displays a Miami address…I dunno.

The good news is these are fantastic. The pigmentation, for a baked eyeshadow, is brilliant. They are loaded with color, blend easily, and have just a touch of shimmer that’s not to overkill for my sparkle/shimmer haters out there.

The shadow itself is very silky and smooth and it blends very well for a baked eyeshadow as I normally find baked shadows here in the US a bit hard in texture if that makes sense and not as silky as what I’ve tried abroad.

Prices vary from shop to shop but they aren’t too expensive at $7.49 USD or so per a pot. I’ve seen them in a few drugstores for different price ranges but no higher then $8.99 USD. For what it’s worth that’s somewhat high for one eyeshadow purchased in a cheesy drugstore in the United States however they are good and you know when I say something is good I sincerely mean that from the bottom of my little heart.

The first time I noticed these as I had mentioned early on in this post was when the line had single eyeshadows only. They now have duo eyeshadows as well which I love since the color combinations are flattering and do work well together. The entire line is really tiny it consists of about twelve or so eyeshadows and a few bronzer type blushers and that’s it.

As I mentioned I ended up with eight of the eyeshadows total.

I’ve seen these in two locations so far. Harmon’s Beauty Store and Duane Reade. As I recall they were cheaper in Harmon’s so hit up there first prior to heading to Duane Reade for the best price. To find them don’t look in the main cosmetic aisle you have to swing yourself around and they are right next to the applicators, eye makeup removers, and cotton swabs and stuff. Right by the accessories you’ll see a tiny little display with these hanging out on it!

I did notice something that deserves a mention about these. I had to do some major prepping of my eye prior to applying as I noticed the first time I used one of the duos that it creased terribly. I blame that on my lack of prepping and my rushed application however I did a second look and the same thing happened so when using these you may need to spend a little extra time prepping your eye area well prior to application. My third time trying these I hit the nail on the head and got it right, no creasing and perfect wear and tear all day but I spent some time making sure I had a good surface on my eye prior to applying and my bit of hard work rewarded me with beautiful, eyepopping eyeshadow that lasted all day and into the night!

Without further babbling from me a few pictures of the Terra Eyeshadows I picked up!

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Turquoise Pearl
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Water/Green
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Emerald Pearl
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Snow Gold Pearl
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Beige Pearl
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Midnight/Ice
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Purple/Sky
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My favorite of the bunch is Turquoise Pearl which is a beautiful aqua touched with some lovely blue and Snow Gold Pearl which is a lovely golden cream! All the colors are truly outstanding and the photos don’t do them justice!

Terra Eyeshadows are most definately Muse Approved for purchasing! I’m loving these at the moment!

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Revlon Spring Collection 2008

I know, I know. Why the bloody hell am I posting about Revlon? So unlike me. I should put a disclaimer on this post to say I do not buy Revlon.

The reason I’m posting this is because much of my target audience flows in from abroad. I love you yanks but sadly you aren’t my main reader quota.

We tend to take what we can get here in the US for granted and likewise for those of you around the world.

There in lays my inspiration for this post.

Something as simple as Revlon’s Spring Collection may not yet be available around the globe (or available at all for that matter) so it’s my responsibility as a good blogger to inform all my readers outside of the US what happening here in drgustores!

Yay me!

So I came across some of the Revlon Spring Collection at CVS when I was doing some personal shopping for Miss Rows at Mostly Makeup.

Here’s what I came across (hold your applause until the end):

Revlon does this big deal about how limited these are but this isn’t Japan which basically translates as you can get this crap for ages and ages and it never leaves the shelf. How limited is that? I think I’ll sue Revlon for false advertisement! Remember when they released those Just Bitten Lip Stains 500 years ago? Oh sorry it was last year I think! Well those are still hanging around the shelf. Yay for limited edition products!

Anyway!

Here’s the line-up, without further snarky, wise cracking commentary from me!

Floral Affair Sheer Powder Blush Available in 4 Color Selections
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Make a Sheen Eyeshadow Palette Available in 4 Color Selections
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Marble-ous Match Liner Available in 5 Shades
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Soft on the Eye Sheer Loose Powder Eyeshadow Available in 3 Color Selections
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Mix and Mingle Lip Palette Available in 6 Shade Selections
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Prices range from around $6.99-$9.99 USD and most places have buy one get one 50% off type a deals depending on the sale at the tim!

I actually must say that collection is interesting! I won’t personally buy any of it but it does appear rather nice to look at!

So…that’s all folks!

Hope you enjoyed this brief foray into US Drugstore Brands (mind you Revlon is available almost everywhere in the world but unsure if this particular collection has reached shores other then our own here in the US).

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Rimmel Lip Bloomer Review: Why I Stay Away from Drugstore Brands!

Remember last week when I purchased a few of the Rimmel Spring Eyeliners? At the time I also purchased something called Lip Bloomer from Rimmel which is also part of one of their two Spring Collections.

Let me start off by saying I sincerely love lipstains with a passion. I stain my lips everyday! I stain my lips before lipstick, before gloss, etc….always without fail!

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I do this because it makes my glosses pop and gives a beautiful, healthy dimension to my lips so when I seen Rimmel’s Lipbloom for $6 bucks I thought this indeed might be a nice little bargain!

I use a variety of different stains most of which are excellent however Lipbloom blows. It blows right out the…anyway….

This particular stain mimics an older release from Too Faced with it’s dual side packaging. Too faced had something similar a few seasons ago and it basically consists of a gloss on one end and a stain on the other. Nifty right? That’s about all it is as the nifty is where it ends and all goes down hill!

The idea of having a gloss on one side and a stain on the other is, for me, the height of simplicity for touch ups. Swipe a bit of stain on, top with gloss, and you’re good to go! I find that combing a stain and a gloss makes my lips really look amazingly sexy, healthy, and beautiful (I’m one of the three at the very least).

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Well…I can’t achieve or create any look with Lip Bloomer. The stain slides right off my lips as soon as I attempt to apply it. Swipe it on and it drips right off. Pigmentation is zero. It’s like taking the juice from a watermelon or something and swiping it on your lips. Just like water with a bit of color that doesn’t stay put at all.

Sigh.

The gloss? You’d think maybe the gloss would redeem the fact that one side of the product sucks but no such luck the gloss is just as bad which equals out to a crap product all the way around. The gloss isn’t really sticky or tacky which is a plus but it’s also not even glossy in texture? It feels like…nothing? I mean it feels like you’re not even applying anything onto your lips. No shine, no glossy feel, nada, nothing, zip, zero.

Basically I’ve wasted $6 bucks on a product that does nothing. Yay me I won the drugstore lottery and now have a useless gloss and stain duo that does nothing w00t!

This, my dear dear girls, is why I avoid US drugstore brands!

Rimmel Lip Bloom……………

Total loser.

Boo!

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Read my review on Rimmel’s Spring Eyeliners by clicking here!

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Beauty on a Budget: Milani Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Uh oh.

I think Vincent Longo is sitting at his desk and being uber pissed at the fact that Milani turned around and snatched his formula for their new Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow! They not only duped the eyeshadow, formula, and part of the name but I think they actually, if it’s possible, did it better then Vinny!

Oh my!

“Grrr! Damn Milani! Who do they think they are stealing muh eyeshadow formula! Get my lightsaber! This means war!”
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Last week I was wandering around my favorite Drugstore Queen’s blog, Vanessa, when I noticed she was pimping out Milani’s newest eyeshadows. We bow to you Vanessa and your awesome, artful application with mere drugstore brands! How does she do it!? She’s actually Wonder Woman in disguise! Able to leap tall buildings, race faster then the speed of light, and apply $2.99 eyeshadow like it’s Chanel! Seriously, have you seen the art she creates with really cheap cosmetics? I honestly can’t believe my eyes! This is talent people! TALENT!

Behold Milani’s New Eyeshadows! Pretty!
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Swatches from Left to Right Milani Lily White, Vincent Longo Sparkle White, Milani Shamrock, Vincent Longo Verite, Milani Blue Lagoon, and Vincent Longo Mermaid Blu
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Shamrock vs Verite
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Blue Lagoon vs Mermaid Blu
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Lily White vs Sparkling White
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Anyway.

Somehow whenever I visit with Vanessa I get these strange urges to purchase drugstore brands! I’m slightly disgusted by these urges but I must say I have them none the less! She makes everything looks so appealing! Suddenly Covergirl sounds like the call of MAC to my ears!

I’m a snob. I admit that while blushing. I just don’t have any true feelings for drugstore brands stateside and I just can’t put any love or money into inexpensive brands but the more I read ‘Nessa’s blog the more I struggle with my intense lemmings to go to CVS and Walgreens! Lord!

Last week I gave into my temptations and wandered over to CVS to purchase Milani’s Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow! And I’m actually glad I did. This is my first drugstore purchase in….years…! I rarely touch drugstore brands stateside and you’ll never catch me setting foot into a CVS, Walgreens, or Harmons!

My Haul of Yum!
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Strangely enough as I entered CVS last week I thought maybe the building would fall down around me and crumble because it was such an epiphany to have me enter it’s realm! I think I heard angels sing as I entered through the sliding glass doors and perhaps a single ray of pure sunlight touched my face in welcome! I could have made that all up but you’ll never know for sure because you weren’t there so nanner nanner on you!

Now I’d never admit to you that I actually had to visit three freaking CVS stores before I found these eyeshadows! They were sold out everywhere but I’d never admit that I went to three separate stores to find them because that’s just not the case…not me…no way…I’d never do anything THAT extreme!

I gathered up eight compacts in my arms and frantically searched and proceeded to panic when I couldn’t locate the light blue shade and pink shade that I had seen on ‘Nessa’s blog! My god the horror! They sold out of these essential colors! Didn’t they realize the Muse was in their presence?!!?

Now the shadows are $5.49 USD but last week they were on sale so you’d buy one at the price of $5.49 and proceed to get the second at 50% off which brought it down to $2.75 for the 2nd shadow. I had the audacity to turn to the cashier and ask for a rain check after I brought the 8 colors! Hells here I am shelling $350 some odd dollars out for the MAC Fafi Collection last week yet I was worried about missing out on the buy one get one 50% off sale at CVS! Lord!

Anyway I guess you wanna here my review on these bad boys after all that long babbling dontcha?

The review is easy. Ready?

Get them now.

Run, Fast, Quick now and get yourself some of these! They are GOOD…no..sorry..they are GREAT!

Milani did a most fabulous job with these. If you like sparkle, if you like glitter and shimmer and shine you want these. I’m literally keeling over that these only cost $5.49 USD regularly! Who’d have freaking thought!??!?!?

The quality is excellent! Pigmentation is actually BETTER then the Vincent Longo Diamond Wet/Dry Eyeshadow. Shimmer? BETTER then Vincent Longo’s! These go on smooth, silky, and light your eye up with gorgeous glimmer and twinkle! Dry they are stunning and wet they are bold and vibrant!

The applicator these come with is a dual end. One end is a sponge and one end is a brush. It’s rubbish in my opinion. It’s twisted in such a way that you can’t really make too good a use out of it. Garbage for me. But aside from that very minor flaw these shadows have knocked my socks off!

I’m utterly devastated I wasn’t able to lay my hands on the other colors (I believe I’m missing two now! The pink and lighter blue shades.)

All the colors available in my humble opinion are sincerely workable with any coloring! The shades range from black, to white, to beautiful golds, browns, and greens!

I can’t begin to explain how shocked I am how good these are! They contain much more shimmer then the Vincent Longo ones and I find they go on better as well! I get alot of fall out with Vincent Longo’s while these aren’t nearly as bad and clean up is a bit easier! I’ve noticed that these contain a very fine shimmer of golds and silvers where as the Vincent Longo shadows only contain silver which I guess accounts for the intensity of the sparkle you get in these and why they are so much more brighter and eye popping then the Vincent Longo ones!

Black Out
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Lily White
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Silver Charm
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Beach Sand
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Bronze Doll
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Blue Lagoon
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Shamrock
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Overall, these are a freaking steal! If Milani puts out more items like this in the future they’ll have a fan for life!

Well done!

These come with the Muse’s highest seal of approval! I haven’t been this excited about a product in a very long time!

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Get you to your local drugstore and pick them up now!

Want ‘em?

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Tell the Muse! I definately want to discuss these with you!

By the way, Iris, if you’re reading this, I got you some! YOU NEED TO TRY THESE! I think you’re going love ‘em!

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Physicians Formula Organic Wear

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Physicians Formula may be the only drugstore brand in the US that the Muse approves of and uses! Physicians Formula makes some very high quality makeup and I adore some their products. The good news is now there is even more reasons to love Physicians Formula with their new 100% Paraben free Organic Wear line!

Many of you ask me about Paraben Free cosmetics and here in lays a fantastic lineup of Paraben Free cosmetics in eco-friendly packaging! The line is not tested on animals and is vegan friendly (this gets better and better!).

Bronzer
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The line looks very promising! I haven’t yet seen it in drugstores but I’ll definately be picking some of this when I do! Click here for more details about this new line of cosmetics from Physicians Formula.

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