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Mascara Comparison

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Hey guys! I thought this might be a fun thing to do, and boy was I shocked after I did it! I really was expecting one of the higher end brands to completely knock out the drug store brands, but I was wrong!

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Beauty from the Earth Swatches part 2

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Hey guys! As some of you might know, Beauty from the Earth has been having Twitter contests every night. I was lucky enough to win all three prizes last Friday and I just got my package. The prize for that day was three shadows per question, so I got nine!
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Calypso Minerals Swatches

EDIT January 2010

As you may know, Calypso Minerals has sadly become an untrusted company. This post is from September of 2009, where I completely encouraged ordering these shadows, as they really are amazing. I could have never possibly known what would happen to some of you guys, several of you out large sums of money. I have received more than one comment telling me how wrong and unfair it is to still support this company by leaving this post up, but I will not be taking it down as you can no longer buy the products anyway. I may recommend something, but it is based on my personal taste and experiences with something. It is up to you to make the decision to purchase something, and you are always buying at your own risk. Any comments regarding this will be deleted promptly.

The last I have heard, Jen is working on refunding people or sending their products to right the situation.

Hey guys! This is my very first package from Calypso Minerals, and I can not even begin to tell you how excited I was to try these. After watching vintageortacky open her package and seeing her first reaction, I knew these shadows were not going to disappoint. I placed my order a couple of weeks ago, and since Jen was so backed up she was kind enough to include some extras! To say I was floored when I started swatching these isn’t good enough..I can’t believe the quality at such a great price.

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Beauty from the Earth Swatches

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L-R : Copper Cauldron, Wizard’s Wand, Rant, Peacock, Karma, Grape and Blueberry
These were all swatched over my NYX jumbo pencil in Milk.

Hey guys! I just got a package from Beauty from the Earth, and I could NOT wait to swatch these! Let me start by saying that everything was packaged very nicely, the six pots were in a ziplock baggie and then wrapped in tissue paper, and then Blueberry was a sample baggie stapled to a business card.

For those of you who follow BFTECosmetics on Twitter, you’ll know that they had a contest to name their Fall 2009 collection not too long ago. They picked two of my names, so I won six colors! The two that were picked were Copper Cauldron and Wizard’s Wand, and I can’t even tell you guys how proud I am that they liked two of my names! Both of those colors are BEAUTIFUL, you guys really have to check out the fall collection when it comes out!

As for the shadows in general, they are very soft, pigmented and have the prettiest glow I’ve ever seen from mineral shadows without being a shimmer bomb. They’re super affordable, so if you guys haven’t tried them yet..I recommend them totally! Be sure to follow them on Twitter, you might end up naming something from their next collection!

Review : Coastal Scents Synthetic Brushes

Hey guys! I absolutely could not WAIT to do this review after about a week of using these brushes, but I wanted to take some time to see how they would hold up. Not only am I really hard on my brushes when I wash them, but in using them as well. There was no massive shedding during any washings, and I have never gotten those annoying fallout hairs on my face while I’m trying to apply my makeup. When you look at the prices of these brushes you might think they are poor quality, but that isn’t the case at all! These are the softest brushes I have ever felt, and that’s really saying a lot. I also forgot to mention in the video how nice the brushes look, the buffer brush has a nice shiny handle and the others have a gorgeous matte black handle and shiny silver ferrule. If you have any animal allergies or are vegan (I assume they’re vegan since they are synthetic, don’t quote me on it) or just want good quality, soft brushes for a low price..PLEASE check these out!!

Synthetic Wide Buffer Brush
$14.95

Synthetic Angle Blush and Define
$7.95

Synthetic Shadow Brush
$2.95

Synthetic Fine Liner Brush
$2.49