Coastal Scents 120 Palette Five: Is it worth it?

Affordable, but is it even worth the low investment?

I bought the Coastal Scents 120 palette earlier this year. I was excited about this palette because I got 120 shimmer and matte colors for under $20. I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for it but I know I didn’t pay any more than $20 for it. Coastal Scents is always having a sell on their products, you just have to watch out for them and get them while they are on sale!

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There are five 120 palettes offered by Coastal Scents and each palette has a different variety of colors. I chose five because it had a good mix of neutrals and neons. Some days I like to wear bright looks and other days I like to tone it down.

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The palette obviously has a nice range of colors and who doesn’t love a mix of shimmer and matte shadows?

Love:

  • Matte and shimmer together
  • I have choices
  • I can mix colors
  • The palette itself is compact enough to carry around in a bag
  • It is affordable
  • Shipping was fast

Loathe:

  • The matte colors have no pigmentation at all. Don’t believe me?

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I really thought it would only be a few of the matte colors that didn’t have pigmentation but all of them have either no pigmentation or the pigment is very visible. I even tried using primer and eyeshadow base and it didn’t make a difference in how well it showed up on my skin.

30 of the colors in the palette are matte and the rest are a satiny shimmer. Do I think it’s worth the investment?

Quality over quantity!! If I invest any amount of money into something I expect to get what is in the product description. The shimmer colors were rich with pigment but the matte colors are clearly lacking. My suggestion is to save your money. I don’t like spending money on something that doesn’t deliver all of what it is described to be. I will still use the shimmer colors but I can’t get the matte colors to show up if my life depended on it. I am not sure if it is my skin tone or if it is just the eyeshadow itself. I have another matte palette that I love (Stila “In the Know” palette) and all of the colors show up on my skin. If I do order from Coastal Scents in the future I will stay clear of their matte colors.

Do you love any products from Coastal Scents?

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Curls, Red Lips, and Where Have I been?

Good Morning Beauties wherever you are! It is so nice to be back on the blogsphere. There were things going on in my life that caused me to put my blog on the back burner. When I write a post I like to put thought and energy into it. Simply, I don’t like doing a half ass job on anything that has my name attached to it.

The weather if finally warming up here in the Evergreen State and the burn of the sun could not be anymore welcomed!

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I took this picture on Monday and that is the first day in awhile that I have done a full face of makeup. I also tried a new method of curling my hair and when I took it out in the morning I thought “What the hell have I done?” and then I fell in love with it. It takes me awhile to get use to even the simplest of hair changes.

Eyes: I used Coastal Scents 120 Palette #5. Let me say this, I was not too impressed with the color pay off. Even after using NYX eyeshadow base the peach color was still very subtle. I have noticed that the colors from the palette either have great color pay off or it is so subtle even after slathering it on.

Lips: I used Jordana’s Easyliner for lips in “Sedona Red” and Wet n Wild’s lipstick in Cherry Picking. Believe me when I tell you that Wet n Wild lipsticks have great pigment! I think they range anywhere from 69 cents (on sale) to $1 and some change.

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony. I L-O-V-E the pomade. Gives me amazing brows and I don’t have to worry about smudging or fading. My friend Amy of Llewsoba has an amazing review of the pomade up on her blog. I feel like the pomade has been reviewed a lot and her review is in depth with a lot of information and honestly, the best one I have seen. I may be bias because she is a blogging bestie of mine 😉 but she is pretty amazing!!

So, alas, the main reason as to why I have been M.I.A………

baby bump

I am growing a human!!!!

I am out of the first trimester, zombie phase and finally feel like I am normalizing again. I had posted this pic to my Twitter and Facebook page so follow me on either of those if you want to see what I do everyday in my glamorous (okay, not really) life!! I will write a separate post recapping my first trimester for those pregnant mamas out there  xo

Anything new with you?

Marilyn Meets Johnny

The prettiest bras on the planet…

Awhile ago I got into touch with the designer of Marilyn Meets Johnny. Sophie, who is the designer, started making bras 2 years ago after going to a Pussy Cat Dolls concert. Before she had a successful business, she was making these gorgeous bras for the girls at her work. Sophie decided that she was going to put one on Ebay and it sold right away. Within 2 months, she had a full order book and she quit her full time job to make bras full time and ship them to ladies all over the world. Sophie started this business with only $40. Her, and the two other ladies she works with, live in Liverpool, UK.  Real Swarovski crystals or DMC mirror glass pieces are used and the bras covered in sequins are hand sewn.

These bras are amazing and one of a kind. Sophie has had offers to have everything made in China but she has declined because she wants her customers to be able to choose their own design and to keep a reasonable price tag on items. The sizes she has for bras are 30A – 42G.  She can bling anything!!

Bras are not the only things that are are blinged out by Marilyn Meets Johnny. They have a full selection of items including gloves, masks, high waist spanks, briefs, thongs, g-strings, heels, and the list goes on.

When Marilyn Meets Johnny approached me, to say I was excited to be on board is a complete understatement. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t want a gorgeous sparkling bra?

I was instantly drawn to the Rhianna Carnival Bra collection. I got the Rhianna crystal bralet. From the name, you can tell this collection is inspired by Rhianna herself!!

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Like I said, the most gorgeous bras on the planet! No matter where you are, one can be shipped to you. Marilyn Meets Johnny ships worldwide.

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I really like these bras because they can be fashioned in so many different ways. You can wear it alone for some extreme fun or style it like I have with high waisted shorts and a button up sleeveless shirt over it. Spring and the dead heat of summer cannot come fast enough. I am just waiting to show this bra off and not freeze.

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If you have yet to notice, I love everything from Marilyn Meets Johnny. Everything from their shop is unique and gorgeous. Whether you need a little spice or a little fun, trust me, Marilyn Meets Johnny can make it happen for you.

Top reasons why I love Marilyn Meets Johnny:

  • Hand designed
  • Ships worldwide
  • You can custom design your own item
  • A wide range of sizes 30A-42G
  • Comfortable and crafted well
  • Many different styles to choose from (seriously, the possibilities are endless)
  • You can even send your own shoes to Marilyn Meets Johnny to have crystals put on them ( Like This )
  • And last, but certainly not least, everyone needs a blinged out bra

Visit them today at: MARILYN MEETS JOHNNY

Follow them on Twitter: @MMJDIVALICIOUS

Wet n Wild Balm Stain

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Lady and the Vamp & Pinky Promise

These balm stains are the real deal. I picked these up a little over a week ago from Walgreen’s. Wet n Wild launched this line of lip stains for Spring 2014. I couldn’t pass these up because I love lip stains and they are extremely affordable. They are originally $2.99 but they have an instant $1.00 off coupon wrapped around the cap making them $1.99. Which to me, isn’t a big loss if I ended up hating them.

Let me show you how they look on…

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Lady and the Vamp Balm Stain

This color is a true stain. When I say true, I mean it will seriously stain your lips and last all day. I love that it provides moisture and not only color. Since it did stain my lips so well, it took quite a bit of rubbing at the end of the day to get the color off.

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Pinky Promise

Pinky Promise is a beautiful shimmer color. The shimmer does last all day while moisturizing your lips.

Do I recommend these?

Absolutely, if you are looking for a long lasting, affordable, moisturizing lip stain these Wet n Wild balm stains are a must have!!!

What are your favorite lip stains?

Highlighting Is Powerful

Highlighting can totally change your look…

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Isn’t that awesome?!

I used Erzulie Cosmetics Eylite pencil. In the above picture, I am not wearing any mascara. The pencil helped give me a more defined eyebrow arch and look more awake when applied to the inner corner of my eye.

To be honest, I never understood the purpose of highlighting. After using the eyelite pencil I fully understand why someone would want to highlight their brow bone and inner corner of their eye.

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After I applied my eye makeup.

It is an amazing pencil and one that I can truly recommend to others. The eyelite pencil can be used on all skin tones.

Do you highlight certain areas of your face?

You can find the Eyelite pencil HERE

I create YouTube videos for Erzulie Cosmetics. Clicking on links or purchasing from Erzulie does not benefit me in anyway. I work with Erzulie purely for my own pleasure and because I want to show you the finest,affordable natural and organic makeup. I provide honest reviews on all products.

Vegemite to Lip Lacquer

Rosie and I decided to do another swap…

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Look at all this goodness!!!

As I said, Rosie and I decided to keep swapping items every so often and the picture above are items from our most recent swap. We did one during the summer that you can find HERE. Please go pay Rosie a visit at her awesome blog, A Red Lip and A Nude Shoe.

Needless to say I was BEYOND EXCITED when I saw the package from Rosie sitting in my mailbox.

She sent me…

Vegemite – – Awhile ago, Rosie and I started talking about Vegemite. She showed me this video on YouTube of people eating spoonfuls of it and then basically puking afterwards. Me, being the adventurer that I am, asked Rosie to send me some. Not so I could do a Vegemite challenge because that is just stupid. I love to try new things and Rosie assures me it is delicious.

Chi Chi Brights palette – – I have heard nothing but good things about Chi Chi cosmetics and they are an Australian based cosmetics company which means I can’t get them at stores here. Rosie was kind enough to send me a palette and the colors are highly pigmented and gorgeous!! Yes, expect a review!

Lucas PaPaw Ointment – – I l-o-v-e this stuff and so does my skin especially during the winter!! My skin gets super dry during the winter time and this stuff has helped it not become cracked.

Napoleon Lip Lacquer – – Now, I love me some lip gloss and eyeshadow. I can’t wait to try this stuff out! The consistency of it reminds me of OCC lip tar.

Gorgeous Cosmetics Kohl Eyeliner – – Who doesn’t need eyeliner? Eyeliner was the first makeup item I ever bought. I can remember when Avril Lavigne came out and she had her eyes all smokey and I told myself I needed my eyes to look like that. At the time, I seriously thought I looked great…but pictures from back then say otherwise. No worries, I have since then perfected my smokey eye look!!

Jane Iredale Mascara – – This mascara is a mineral mascara and I can’t wait to try it. It is going to go in my ESK kit that Rosie gave me the idea for creating and carrying around. Not sure what an ESK kit is, read about it on Rosie’s blog HERE.

People for Plants Organic Lip Balm – – Everyone needs a good lip balm and I have found that the organic ones provide the best moisture to my lips. I am excited to try this one out when my current one runs out!!

Thank you so much Rosie for all the goodies!! I hope that you enjoy the items I have sent you as much as I have enjoyed yours xo

Have you participated in a beauty box swap yet? If you are interested, think about signing up for the Makeup Junkies New Year Swap

Some Threads and Makeup

Today, it’s all about the top…

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I was on my way to go see 47 Ronin with my hubby.

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This has to be one of my favorite tops…of all time. I got it from Mango on clearance for $4.99. Ladies and Gents, have no fear of the clearance rack.

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Winged eyeliner and dark lips to finish the look!

What about the movie? The movie 47 Ronin was a great movie and I really loved the story.

Any movie recommendations?