Walgreens Haul, Makeup Edition!

I know, I know. But those Balance Rewards points keep racking up, and what’s a girl to do? I seriously had over $250 worth of points!! So I did what any normal girl would do – took an audit of my makeup collection and used my rewards points to fill in the holes.

walgreens BR order
I am OBSESSED with these L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. As you know, I’ve had Amber Rush for awhile, and after rediscovering it last month, had a total one-track mind when it came to acquiring some of the other colors. The green (above left) is Golden Sage, and the brown (above right) is Bronzed Taupe. Both are shimmery pots of gorgeousness, with amazing long-lasting wear. I seriously can’t say enough good things about these shadows. They give eyes depth and polish, without having to do a whole involved eyeshadow routine – I just gently pat my index finger into the product and tap lightly all over my lids. If I’m feeling fancy, I take a highlighter shade and buff the color up above my creases. I don’t even have to use primer! And 10 to 12 hours later, after a long workday, my eye makeup looks just as pretty as it did in the morning when I applied it. AH. MAY. ZING.

walgreens mini haul slices
A close up look at my goodies. From left to right:

Milani Easy Brow Automatic Pencil – I love double-ended products, especially double-ended brow products. The pencil is deeply pigmented – this is Dark Brown 02 – so I advise going in with a light hand. It’s perfect for the tail end of my brows, which tend to be non-existent and need darkening. And the spoolie brush is perfection – it packs a punch and gets every last unruly hair into place. I’m using this every day and loving it.

Milani Illuminating Facial Powder in Hermosa Rose 02 – When reviewing my makeup collection, I realized that I didn’t own a really good neutral blush. I have corals, hot pinks, rosy pinks, all kinds of pinks actually, but nothing that ran more towards the nude pink end of the spectrum. This is one I’ve had my eye on for awhile, and I must say, it’s absolutely gorgeous in person. The powder is pressed into overlapping roses, and has hues of light brown, nude pink, and champagne. I like to swirl my big fluffy Sonia Kashuk blush brush in it, and tap on the apples of my cheeks and up towards my temples. The result is very subdued and neutral, and leaves me with a perfectly flushed face, which makes it perfect to pair with more dramatic eye or lip looks.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Balm for Lips in Nourishing Nude – I am not, nor will I probably ever be, a lipstick person. But this is not technically a lipstick, but rather a balm. The color is almost exactly my lip shade but a little deeper, and it goes on smooth and creamy. Does NOT dry out my lips, as many lip products tend to do, and it looks natural. I highly recommend this, especially if you are lipstick-averse like I am. It’s a nice way to have a more polished lip without going full on lipstick.

And finally, all the way to the right in the collage above, a better look at that gorgeous Golden Sage eyeshadow.

swatches walgreens BR order
I hardly ever do swatches because unless you have the exact same coloring as I do, it’s probably not very helpful. But these shadows are so amazing, I had to swatch and share. From left – Bronzed Taupe, Golden Sage, Milani Brow.

And there you have it, a pretty nice makeup haul, if I do say so myself! How about you – any great makeup hauls lately? What are you buying and loving right now? Let me know!

Cheers,
birdie

Obsessed: August 2014

Why hello there! It’s the very last Friday in August, and we wanted to try out a new feature – Obsessed. Just to fill you in on what we were obsessed with this month – the one (or two – but this will never be a long list because we want to keep it truly exclusive to our obsessions) product that we just couldn’t get enough of this month.

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BIRDIE
This month, I was obsessed with shopping my stash, and specifically, this little gem: L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24 Hr Eyeshadow in Amber Rush. It’s a gorgeous rose gold shadow that I bought awhile back and just rediscovered, for whatever reason (funny how that works, right?). If you watch enough YouTube beauty tutorials, you’ll come across this one for sure. This is one of those products that photos just can’t do justice to, but I’m linking here to Temptalia’s post with swatches – it probably comes closest to the amazingness that is Amber Rush IRL. It’s so versatile – I know I’m gushing here – and I just can’t get enough of it. It’s dramatic enough to be great all on its own (I like to pat it all over my lid with my finger and then blend it out up towards my brows), and it also makes a more complicated eye look really “pop”. Just get yourself to a drugstore STAT and give it a look, ok?

BIJOU
I’m obsessing over the oh-so-adorable mini Hourglass lipstick that I picked up at Sephora via a VIB 500 point perk. The color is described as a “light peachy beige” but it reads as more of a pinky nude to me. It’s pretty much my exact natural lip color, but just kicked up a notch or two. I’ve been reaching for it basically every morning, and lately I’ve been topping it off with the Sugar Shine Lip Treatment (clear) gloss from Fresh.

How about you – what were you obsessed with this month?

Cheers,
birdie&bijou

A High Street Wish List

Last month, a good friend of mine was traveling to England. Putting my intense jealousy aside, I immediately thought of a way she could make it up to me for traveling to my favorite place in the world without me – bring me back some Brit beauty goodies!

After perusing some of my favorite British beauty blogs and doing some investigative research on Boots UK website, here’s the wish list and instructions that I sent over…

1. Bourjois Paris Happy Light Matte Serum Primer – only comes in one color, just be sure to get the *matte* version and not *radiant*.
2. L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara in Violet – they just came out with this here, but not in the colors. And violet looks so fun!!
3. Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation in “Natural” or “Beige” (whatever you thinks look like the best fit) OR Bourjois 1,2,3 Perfect Foundation in “53 Beige Clair” (just one or the other – whatever is cheapest or you can find)

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The only thing I love more than a good British drugstore find? Sending passive-aggressive emoji texts…

boots haul

Here’s the final result of the haul – this was a pic of my goodies to tide me over until she actually got them packaged up and in the mail to me. There was much rejoicing throughout the land when they finally arrived – I’ve been using all three regularly and will be reporting back with an in-depth review soon!

How about you – any beauty goodies from abroad that you are coveting?

Cheers,
birdie

Samples, samples, samples

This is an older pic, but can I just say that magazine samples are the best…

mag samples
I mean, come on, how can you not love it when your favorite magazine comes filled with little pouches of happiness? Whoever invented the pouch sample insert thingies should be knighted. I find that more and more of my magazine subscriptions are arriving with these kinds of samples, and I absolutely LOVE it!

Haven’t tried the Youth Code yet (poreless skin is a wonderful thing to aspire to, but I’m finding that most of these kind of products just make me break out?) but the Biore cleanser and the Lancome Genifique were fantastic, and I got at least two uses out of each!

Sampled anything great lately?

Cheers,
birdie