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Saturday, April 20, 2013

[Lifestyle + Events] Coachella Moments - People + Fashion

Hey everyone! As most of you know I was lucky enough to attend Coachella for 1st Weekend thanks to Fruttare and I just wanted to do a couple of posts on my experience. (This was my first time going : )

First up I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from Coachella. Some of the fashion, people, sights and just overall great moments that I felt really captured the essence of what I experienced and saw. 
(The first two are my favorite! I'm about to turn those into MEMES lollll.)

I'll have another post sometime this week sharing my personal thoughts and photos from last weekend so look forward to that! (I'll have some info on what I wore, celebs I saw, what I thought of the trends/fashion and all of that good stuff.)

'Till then here is Coachella through my eyes. 

(btw they do not allow you to bring cameras with removable lenses in so I was only able to use my Canon S95 (I've had my camera for a while but if you were looking to get a new point and shoot I would suggest the updated version, Canon S110) but surprisingly I think the pictures came out pretty well! Hope you enjoy!

Talk to you soon!


P.S. If you are at Coachella this weekend (Weekend 2) don't forget to stop by the Fruttare Hangout - They have FREE Fruttare Fruit Bars for anyone and everyone that stop by (and they are delicious! I recommend the Mango and the Strawberry Milk flavors) also Free WiFi (which you will appreciate because reception at Coachella is horrible), Air Conditioning and a bunch of Celebrities dropping by! 

Have FUN and Be Safe! 

Thanks so much to Fruttare for sending me to Coachella for the weekend as an ambassador! I was not compensated to attend Coachella or to create this blog post. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by any outside source. I am not required to mention to stop by the Fruttare Hangout by the way - I just really do think it's worth it just for the free fruit bars and celeb sightings alone. Don't be afraid to ask for additional fruit bars while you are there! I think I had 4 the first day >_< 

Monday, April 15, 2013

[Video] Hits + Misses - Mostly Drugstore Makeup - Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation - Wet n' Wild Fergie - Sally Hansen and More!

Finalllllllyyyy my (late) March Hits and Misses video is up!

Mostly drugstore stuff this time around plus a little personal update on my wisdom teeth etc. : )

I will hopefully have my missed Hits + Misses up this month (as well as April's either last day of April or first week of May) also. That one is mostly high end makeup so if you are into that stay tuned! 

Until then I'll share my thoughts on the products listed below!

Products talked about in this video - In order of appearance: 
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation in 842 -
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Foundation in Light Medium -
Wet n' Wild Fergie Shimmer Palettes in:
Rose Golden Goddess -
Carnaval in Rio -
Rose Champagne Glow -
Wet n' Wild Fergie Eye Palette in Desert Festival -
Wet n' Wild Fergie Mascara -
Wet n' Wild Fergie Matte Lipsticks in:
Ferguson Crest Cabernet - (said to be a dupe for MAC Rebel) 
Fergie Daily -
Sally Hansen ColorFast Tint/Balm in:
Nude n' Natural -
Get Mauvin - 
Made Me Blush - 
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Sabbath -
Anastasia Beverly Hills HyperColor Brow/Lash Tint in:
Electric Blue -

What I'm Wearing:
Cat Shirt from Forever 21 - (runs big I think - I'm wearing a Small)
Gem Fleur Earrings by Jewelmint -
Swarovski Bracelet was a gift from Steve for our 2nd Anniversary (no longer available from what I saw online)

Nails: Essie - hip-anema -
(Pictured Here on my Instagram:

Urban Decay Naked Beauty Balm (Translucent BB Cream - I use this as my SPF especially now that I am no longer wearing foundations) -
Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Spot Correcting Concealer in Light/Med -
Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Concealer in Light -
MAC Blush in Cream Soda (LE) -
Alexa Persico Cosmetics Eye Palette in Tuscany Sunset -
Lash Royalty Luxe 1 Lashes (Use Promo Code HOLLYANNAEREE for FREE Shipping on your order!)
^I do not make anything from use of the promo code - it's my friends company so she offered a promo code for my viewers : )

Thanks so much for watching! For more info about this video please see the videos description box via YouTube.

As most of you know I have been at Coachella all weekend! I am headed home tomorrow and I can't wait to share all the sights with you. 

Talk to you all very soon!

Love, Holly 

Monday, April 8, 2013

[Beauty] Great Value: Fergie for Wet n Wild - Desert Festival Eyeshadow Palette (Review, Swatches + Eye Look)

CENTERSTAGE COLLECTION Available at Walgreens 

Retail $4.99

Now this is a post I wasn't planning on doing BUT after trying this out today I just HAD to! 

Truth be told I'm not typically a fan of Wet n' Wild eyeshadow palettes (their blushes and single shadows are awesome though!) so I was a little on the fence about trying this one but I really wanted to get a few things from the Fergie collaboration. 

I picked this up at Walgreens when I was in Vegas last month and am just getting around to trying it now >_< As far as I know this collection is available only at Walgreens stores (despite the brand being available at a variety of drugstores).

There are 4 eye palettes in this collection but despite the price I only picked up one. I decided to go with what I thought I would get the most use out of as a whole and I am happy to say I am very pleased with my choice.

Desert Festival-
To me this is the most neutral and wearable - I would say suitable for everyday. 

It contains:

 - a skintone taupe-y beige with a slight sheen 
(for me this is way too dark as a highlight shade but looks great as a blending or all over lid color)

- a matte burnt orange 
This was the color that made me want to buy this palette!
(great to add depth to the crease and to layer between other colors in the palette. although pigmented enough to be used boldly it can also be applied lightly in a subtle manner as well. a wonderful and inexpensive way to try a color like this. I promise anyone can make this shade work!)

- a matte dark brown
(this is the color I used to darken the outer section of my eye in the photos below)

- a shimmery dark peach 
(truth be told I don't love the shimmery shades in this palette as much at the matte but these are still a nice addition. would be great as an all over lid color for a fresh spring/summer look.) 

- a shimmery dark brown
(I used this for my lower lash line but this would also be suitable as a crease color or as an all over lid shade for a darker look. this color is extremely pigmented and was difficult to get off my finger after swatching.)

Of course you can create several different looks with these colors but for my first time trying it out I chose to go with a comfortable medium intensity look. (You could always go lighter or darker but since I was doing my makeup for regular life (vs. photos or video) I just went with the style I normally do.)

For me the shadows did last all day without creasing or fading - no primer used. 
(for reference I never use primer and very rarely have creasing or fading but these preformed just as well as any of my MAC eyeshadows)

What truly impressed me the most was how effortlessly I was able to blend even the matte shades. I thought I might have a problem with the orange or the brown since they are pretty pigmented but I was pleasantly surprised that they did not require much attention. 

(I'm not sure how the shimmery brown will blend since it is the darkest of all the colors - I only used it on my lower lash line since I prefer the matte shades for my crease.)

^ Using all shades except the shimmery peach. 

I especially love the matte shadows in this palette! Very smooth application and easy to blend.

This photo was taken AFTER wearing the shadow all day - No primer. 
(I never use eyeshadow primer.)

I would have taken a before photo to show you but I didn't know I was going to like these enough to want to do a post on (plus I was in a hurry).

Lashes are from Lash Royalty - Style Luxe 1 (Available HERE)

^ All swatches done on bare skin with no primer.

Overall I am impressed with this palette and would definitely recommend it.
 At about a dollar per shade you really can't go wrong. These are much better quality in my opinion than the normal Wet n' Wild palettes. (I find the ColorIcon palettes to be very soft and break quite easily. Although they are pigmented I don't feel like they look high quality on my lids - something about the way the shimmer applies - not as smooth?)
 I would say they are more comparable to a lot of my higher end shadows. 

-Affordable at $4.99
-Easy to Wear 
-Can be used for both day and night looks - Shades are versatile 
-Different than your typical nude palette (incorporation of peach/orange)
-Good Pigmentation
-Easily Blended
-I am fond of the colors included 
-Packaging seems more sturdy than the ColorIcon Palettes 
-Shadows are not as soft/breakable as the ColorIcon Palettes 
-Not chalky and not too powdery (a little with the beige shade but tolerable)
-Good quality -Particularly the burnt orange - that shade is very comparable in both performance and pigmentation to MAC eyeshadows. 

-No highlight shade for fair/medium skin tones so if you will need a secondary product. 
-Not easily accessible - Available only at Walgreens + Limited Edition?
-Packaging could be a little more secure (but at $4.99 I can't really complain)

This is one of the best eyeshadow palettes I've purchased from the drugstore in a LONG time so if you were contemplating trying it I would say go for it! 

I picked up a few other products from this line as well, none of which I will be doing a blog post review on but they will be featured in my April Hits & Misses video at the end of this month on my YouTube Channel so SUBSCRIBE if you haven't : )

I hope you all have enjoyed this post.
Thank you for reading and for your continued support. 
I will talk to you all very soon!