Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Bit of Retail Therapy.... (Picture Heavy)

Hello Lovelies~

 I was supposed to be up in Chicago this weekend for Anime Central, but due to money issues and the family car needing three belts changed at the same time, the amount of which actually made me cry because it made me miss Acen in the first place, I am not there. But instead, I am here and to make myself feel better about missing my favorite con, I went shopping and my gracious did I descend upon the make up counters!

First I had to get ready for battle....

Then came the war paint!

I decided to go with soft neutral tones to lure the unsuspecting counter attendants into a false sense of security before I pounced! ^_~*

 I scouted Estee Lauder, Lancome, Dior, Chanel, Elizabeth Arden, Clinique, and Shiseido. After investigating the new products and gifts with purchases, I ended up buying from Estee Lauder, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, and Chanel.

So, here is my entire haul!

For everything here, I only actually bought.....six things.

It's it inspiring? Just looking at this picture makes me feel like the trip was four and a half hours well spent. So let's break it down!!!!

 I'm going to go in the order I bought everything, then go through all of the perfume. So we'll start at Estee Lauder...

Out of everything EL was offering this season, I liked their new lip glosses the best. They are light weight, richly pigmented, and best of all, non sticky!

This color is part of the 'Pure Color' collection and is called Molten Honey. It is a beautiful bronze cinnamon color and adds a touch of the beach goddess everyone is into this summer to any outfit!

Next we have the products I got as a free gift with purchase!

 First I got a base lipstick called 'Pinkberry'. It's creamy and smooths on like velvet. The great thing about this lipstick is that it can be worn as a sheer, if lightly applied, or as a full bodied color if done with a heavier hand.

As you can see, above on the right is the color with two light coats. It's still nicely sheer for a day wear look which is great for summer! I mean, who wants their lipstick to clump and fade after a few hours in the sun?

 Next is the lip gloss I got with the free gift. It's so pretty!!!

This is called 'Star Pink Shimmer'. As you can see it's super sheer. I actually found it a bit sticky and thick on it's own, but when paired with the 'Pinkberry' lipstick, it took on a nicer feel. Together they create a shiny mauve color that looks like it would work great for a fun night out. Sadly, I do not have pictures of the color at this moment.

Then we move on to the skin care part of the free gift.

This is the 'Perfectly Clean Splash Away Foaming Cleanser'. It's thick, like a body butter, and his just a touch of shimmer in the mix.

 I've wanted to try this for a long time, but I'm always hesitant about buying full sized products, just in case I don't like them. So when free gifts come with the products I'm curious about, I jump all over them ^_^

This is 1.7 oz. . Not a bad deal for a $30 purchase.

Expect a full review on this later.

Next I received the 'Day Wear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme with SPF 15'.

 I have yet to try this out, but it is a cute mint green color and smells like cucumbers! It's so relaxing to just smell that I can't wait to try it out.

It looks white in the picture, but I promise, it's actually a light gentle green color.

 I also received a small tube of black mascara. But I don't have pictures of it.

Funny story...Around Thanksgiving I had run out of mascara and went to my favorite makeup counters to get some more. Well, I didn't want to pay $35 for a tube of mascara, so I resigned myself to getting a cheep walmart brand instead and picked up a redness reducing solution from Clinque instead. Apparently my purchase qualified me for their free gift and I wasn't expecting it, so I didn't bother looking at what I got, figuring I would check it out when I got home.

 Well! I got home and finally looked in it and would you believe it? I got two different mascaras in the gift? Lol! Since then, I tend to get free gifts with Mascara in the mix and I never worry about running out now!

The next counter that I went to was Lancome! Now, I actually went to this counter with a purpose. I had been on their site the night before and saw that they had a Hot Pink liquid eye liner. O.O....Yes lovelies, I tell the truth! A hot pink liquid eyeliner! I wanted it so bad! But sadly, the counter lady said she knew nothing about the eyeliner actually being in stores, so I have to get it from the site later. What I did get was this epic violet mascara!

 It is called 'Hypnose Doll Lashes' and it'!

Before I get into anything else, let's take a moment to admire this beautiful mascara tube! I love to get beautifully packaged make up. I think it just adds to the experience!

Ok! Now! Look at that color! It's a rich violet color that pairs nicely with black eyeliner for a fun reversal of what people expect traditional make up to look like.

 This shade called to me because it isn't often you find a color that is so different from Black. Often times you find Black, Navy, Black Blue, Brown, Black Brown, and Black Violet, but rarely do you find a mascara with such vibrance!

Yes the above picture looks like a mild bruise than it does a color swatch, but it works.

 Next was Chanel! I went specifically for the gold eyeliner that you can see above. But I got something else on a complete whim! But first, the eyeliner.

This is a left over from the Christmas Holiday collection that was carried over into the 'Viva Las Vegas' collection offered in early February.

 I love this eyeliner because it is actually metallic! It's not a matte gold and it doesn't smear because it's not a Kohl. I look forward to playing with this color more.

 As you can see so far, I have stayed away from getting any blacks or browns this shopping trip. This summer is all about color!

And shimmer! ^_^ Who doesn't like to add a little glitter to their cheeks or another layer of sparkle to their eyeshadow?

 This next purchase is actually a completely frivolous purchase, but I tried it on and fell in love!

How fun is this?

 It looks like a solid, feels like a cream, and goes on like a powder. It's so beautiful! I wore it just yesterday when I went out with friends and I felt like I was a fairytale princess! My cheeks had just a hint of shimmer, my eyes shimmered, and I even put it on my lips. I want this in the other five colors now. Best buy of the trip!

Ok~ So that's it for all of the make up. I'll let you breathe and come back on Tuesday for all of the perfume I got away with ^_^

I hope you had a great weekend!!!

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