Saturday, September 8, 2012

BeautyJoint Haul

My BeautyJoint order finally arrived! I'd only recently heard of the site, but I managed to hold off making an order until Cherie thoughtfully notified me that the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette was back in stock. The instant I heard, I scrambled to add it to my cart, along with a few other items I'd already lined up. Delivery took 10 working days and all the contents were in pristine condition. The packaging certainly insured against breakage, with everything tightly bound by multiple layers of bubble wrap and industrial sticky tape.



I bought two nail polishes, China Glaze Luxe and Lush and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Here, I'm wearing two coats of Luxe and Lush over Essence Grand-Plié in Black with a top coat of Seche Vite. The effect reminds me of a granite coffee table or a flurry of koi swimming in a pond. I thought that Luxe and Lush would be very similar to China Glaze Snow Globe, but I find Luxe and Lush (at least against a black base) to be predominately gold, orange and green, whereas Snow Globe has a wider colour spectrum and is more reminiscent of opal flecks.



Ever since I saw e.l.f. Studio Blush in Pink Passion featured in Tanya Burr's $20 Makeup Challenge video, it's been on my "to buy" list. Pink Passion is an ultra bright, blue-based candy pink. Less is definitely more with this one, you only need the smallest amount as it's relatively easy to go overboard and look clownish. Notwithstanding the unpleasant, faint chemical smell (a problem I have with BYS blushes as well, which I guess are sort of like the Australian equivalent to e.l.f.), the pigmentation is excellent and the powder is quite soft, not chalky or difficult to blend.



The star of the show would have to be the Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Comfort Zone (738). Some products can be hyped and disappoint, but when a particular palette is consistently well-loved, there usually has to be good reason. The pigmentation of these eyeshadows is amazing. When I first swatched them, I was thoroughly impressed at how lightly I had dipped my finger in each eyeshadow to get such vibrant colour payoff. They're soft, but not powdery, and easy to blend. My only criticism is the smell. It has this unmistakable, sweet but metallic chemical smell that I can't really describe, but it's extremely off-putting. A couple of the darker colours also lose some vibrancy and are much closer to black when applied to the lid compared to how they look in the pan. Having said that, I adore the second browbone colour, the first crease colour and the second definer colour (the emerald/bronze duochrome is so pronounced and sublime).



Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Silent Treatment (335) was another eyeshadow must-have. Forget the browbone and crease colour, this palette is about one thing only: the eyelid colour. It is simply gorgeous. It's what I wanted Maybelline Silken Taupe and various shades in the Too Faced Naked Eye palette to be. It's a purplish light taupe with an almost lavender/silvery shimmer that can be built up in intensity so it looks more brown with an almost pinkish tinge. Perfect as an all-over lid colour, this purple-leaning shade is a welcome change from the usual taupe/bronze eyeshadows that dominate my daily routine.

47 comments:

  1. I love all the things you bought! Comfort Zone looks amazing (I'm kicking myself for not getting it) and the China Glaze polish is beautiful and now on my wishlist.
    S xx

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  2. The China Glaze polish is fan-f..en-tastic, oh my goodness

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  3. I am waiting for that palette in the mail :) I love Seche Vite!

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  4. YAY! Was wondering when this post would go up! The combination of Luxe and Lush and Grand Plie is so pretty! Can't wait to see if these crop up in Favourites posts. :D x

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  5. Love the things you got!!! I'm really lusting after "silent treatment" :)
    Your nails look really pretty!
    I'm thinking of making a BeautyJoint order in the future :)

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  6. Well I've just added Luxe and Lush and the two W&W palette's to my wishlist :)

    The purplish taupe in Silent Treatment is so gorgeous.

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  7. great haul !!! I am now browsing through the website.lol
    wet n wild eyeshadows are def the star!! They look so pigmented !!

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  8. You got some amazing things :) I love the look of that blush, and that eyeshadow palette :)
    So pigmented!!!

    xoxo

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  9. Omg I love everything that you got! The nail polish looks great on top of black^^
    X

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  10. I have Pink Passion myself and I love it! Comfort Zone looks amazing - I may have to steal it from my sister sometime soon ;) x

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  11. I've always been hesitant to buy the comfort zone palette but after your swatches I'm gonna go for it!! I love the silent treatment trio as well, but I can't find it at my local Wal-Mart:( Amazing nails by the way!

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  12. Those wet n' wild eyeshadows are supposed to be a dream, I love how they look!!

    I freaking love your nails, woman!! They look so darn beautiful - I am definitely going to try and replicate.

    <3 Rubiiee

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  13. Lovely pictures!
    And great things!

    Huge hugs Gittemary.com
    Facebook.com/ThePictureOfMary

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  14. I'm loving the Wet n Wild palettes too lately! They are so affordable and the quality is amazing. Don't think I would want to spend a lot of money on high end eye shadows from now on :)

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  15. So amazing blog, dear! Love it! You have a new follower! Hope you'll do the same!
    Thank you!

    http://myfiercefashion.blogspot.com/

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  16. I love Wet n Wild eyeshadows, are very pigmented!!!

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  17. Looks like you got some really lovely drugstore goodies! Luxe and Lush is so so pretty. I've always wanted to try the Wet N Wild eyeshadows, but never got to it. The eyelid color in Silent Treatment truly is beautiful!

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend :)

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  18. I like Wet n Wild shadows but not my favorite, maybe I should wear them more often... but the pink passion blush is my favorite is like a barbie blush.
    kisses *3*

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  19. Woah! Your nails look so pretty. How'd you do that?!

    Fiona
    www.toxicdiamonds.com

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  20. The nail polish you have on is so damn pretty.

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  21. awesome haul!! i love the wnw color icon eyeshadows! i use the tiny gold one for my undereye area everyday! and the studio blushes are awesome! that pink one is on my wishlist i have the coral ones (2 of em') and they give me the beautiful glow for summer without using bronzer totally worth the price!!

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  22. i love that duo chrome shade! (first one from the right in the swatch pic)
    i am a bit disappointed in wet 'n' wild matte shades in general but i find shimmers are really excellent. :)
    thanks for your amazing swatches!

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  23. You're making me want some of those Wet n Wild palettes! The pigmentation looks amazing!

    I'd never heard of Beauty Bay but have bookmarked and will be placing an order soon, thanks sweets!

    Lola | LolaStarHearts.com xx

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  24. You and Cherie have me completely sold on getting the Wet n' Wild eyeshadow palette, when it first came out it was one of those things I decided I didn't need to add to my collection because I don't use eyeshadows enough on a regular basis but this is just too pretty to pass up for me now lol. I have Pink Passion and it's my favourite blush ever since I bought it! I think I'll get the China Glaze Luxe and Lush - I love the flakey look of it!! Your nails look gorgeous! :D

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  25. Love the China Glaze nail polish! The black base really makes the glitter stand out :D

    Cheers,
    Jenny @ Geeky Posh

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  26. Why don't they sell these here?! The colors look amazing, and they're so cheap!

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  27. i have the same china glaze polish and comfort zone palette! i love what you did with luxe and lush though! ive been having trouble working with it! i will try it similar to how you paired it w a dark base :D

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  28. I have a serious love affair with 'flakey' nail polishes, and this one will definitely be going on my wish list, love it!
    I haven't had a chance to try any of the Wet n Wild products yet, but you've tempted me to order one sooo much ha xx

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  29. Hey hun I gave you a Liebster award on my blog!

    http://mishellesleepytime.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/liebster-award.html

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  30. I love your nails!!! The blush and the eyeshadow palettes look great too...I really want to get them now :)

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  31. loving your new haul.. and yes i am happy you received your parcel form beautyjioint i have also shopped from there that is a wonderful online store
    www.mahrukhhayat.blogspot.com

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  32. Great haul, I want all of it , haha :) x

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  33. Such fantastic pictures !Love tab shopping haul and the nail paint is such a stunner!
    Following you,please follow back to keep in touch through comments!

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  34. I'm now going to search high and low for Luxe and Lush! It's absolutely gorgeous. I adore the Wet n' Wild eyeshadows, especially the trios. The pigmentation and quality is so great for such little money. I use Sweet as Candy for everyday make up and Silent treatment for night out smokey eyes! I adore the eyelid color which seems to come off a bit more of a murky lilac when mixed with the other two shades. The crease color and eyelid colors are my favorite combination. A good blending brush and that crease color really make a smokey an sultry eye. Enough rambling, I adore it! You've convinced me to snag the Comfort Zone Palette next!

    -Tara Joy

    http://beausandbows.wordpress.com

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  35. Ever since I saw that Wet n' Wild palette I thought it should belong into my collection LOL but I have SO many neutral colours it's not even funny. I still lust for it, even more so when I hear someone once again rave about it, but I'm staying true to my spend ban and so far I'm doing pretty great. You got yourself some really nice things, hope you enjoy them all! xx

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  36. love the polish! the elf blush reminds me of nars blushes

    vintage-eclectic.blogspot.com.au

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  37. Cute nails!

    the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. The wet n wild palettes look so pretty! Wish we could get them in UK. Your nails look so nice. xo

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  39. Cool things! I was hesitant to buy the Wet n Wild palettes so this review was very helpful! xx

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  40. I also blogged about some of these in my Wet n' Wild haul! They're awesome! :)
    natalielovesbeauty.blogspot.ca

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  41. Omg I love that nail polish! Where did you get it? are they hard to find?
    www.ouihui.blogspot.com

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  42. Loving the China Glaze Luxe and Lush! It looks gorgeous on. Makes me want to get it right away.

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