Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BA Star 5-Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Spice Natural: Review and Swatches

I've talked about BA Star Cosmetics here before and now, thanks to Brandbacker, I have a chance to introduce you to my favorite product from this brand.

For those of you not familiar, BA Star is an affordable brand that curates their collections around cheerleader, dancer, and performer needs.
But considering the most strenuous thing I do is Zumba, I don't need my makeup to last through a sweat-session. However, the long-wear BA Star provides for athletes means that my makeup is going to last through a hot day easily.
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This palette is called 'Spicy Natural' and is one of BA Star's 5 pan high pigment palettes. I also recieved a sample of their Body Shimmer Base (which is an allover glitter primer). These palettes retail for $8.75 on their website:
The packaging is plastic, thin, and rounded, which makes it easy to store. My gold/yellow shadow came a bit chipped but I don't mind at all. It was nothing major, just kicked up some of the fallout you see in the pan. It also comes with a double-sided eye brush (one else a brush, the other a sponge tip).
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These shadows have a creamy texture and I recommend patting them on instead of swiping, and then you can blend. Blending does fade them a bit, but they can easily be built back up to the desired pigment. The first three colors are a beige, a gorgeous orange/bronze, and a deep cocoa. They are all extremely shimmery.

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The last two colors add the 'spice' to this palette: a plummy purple and a yellow/gold. 

BA Star cosmetics

Here are all of the shadows without any primer. Decent pigmentation. Average fallout, but nothing that ruins your look or you can't brush away. gets better!

BA Star eye shadow palette

With a thin layer of the BA Star Body Shimmer Base underneath and much less of the eyeshadow, the results are spectacular. Just pat on to well-primed eyes and you get luxurious, almost 'foiled', looking color. I am so loving that purple!

Wear time is great. Lasts the whole day on me! (so 12+ hours) There is some minor glitter fallout throughout the day if I am in a rush and missed a tiny spot during priming because these really perform their best when held to the skin with a base. 

On the eyes, they are very, very glittery, but a wash of the beige on my brown bone is subtle enough for some daytime sparkle!

Every time I try BA Star products, I honestly like them more and more!
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Birthday Giveaway! Win a $25 Ulta eGift Card!

Happy Birthday to me!
To celebrate, I am giving away a $25 Ulta eGift card!

I was going to do a Sephora gift card because I know more people have access to them, but unfortunately they do not do e-cards anymore. :(
This giveaway applies to anyone who has access to an Ulta, though, so enter away!
Winner will be announced Monday, April 28th! eGift card will be sent that day! 

Good Luck!

And for those wondering, the FB link is here!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Ipsy April 2014

I had unreasonably high hopes for the April Ipsy bag! Why? Well, April is my birthday month (stay tuned for a special announcement tomorrow!) and I wanted this bag to be amazing.

So, was it?

This month, Ipsy subscribers received 5 products an I am pretty sure everyone got the UD Black Velvet liner. The theme was 'Beauty Rocks', which was cute, but the bag could have been done better.

What I got:

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Aging Multi-Face Action ($11): Unfortunately I probably won't use this. I wish it was a face/body tanner because I do not have a body tanner right now. I also like my pale-ness.

dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant ($9.75): I like this! Considering the 2oz size retails for $78, I am really happy I can at least try it out!

Rainbow Honey Cosmetics nail polish in Midnight Fountain ($5): Right up my alley---blue glitter polish from a brand I have always wanted to try!

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil in Black Velvet ($17): This is almost full size!! The fact that Velvet is on the packaging and not just in the name makes me wonder if UD is going to release a whole velvet line?! I love this so far. It is creamy and matte. 

Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lipgloss in Berry Me ($10): Full size and a perfect color for me!

Total value: $52.75!!

Even though I won't use the face tanner, the value for me is still over $40 for $10, with some awesome products that I have always wanted to try and that are new (UD Velvet and MK@Play).

What I liked about this month's bag is that I got a good mix of things...lipgloss, skincare, face, eyes, and nails! Perfect! I also love the music/rock theme.

From top to bottom: UD Black Velvet, Mary Kay Berry Me, dr. brandt Microdermabrasion, and St. Tropez Face Tanner.

My favorite thing from the bag is the jelly lip gloss! It feels so comfortable and really wraps around the lips, keeping in moisture and making them look plump and hydrated. There is no discernible smell or taste.

April's Ipsy was a success! Yay!

Want to join Ipsy? Check it out here!

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