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Friday, February 27, 2009

Cheap Makeup for the Chic Mommy

Lately I've been obsessed with watching makeup reviews on YouTube. I even decided to make my own channel that I'll link with my blog. I want it to include mommy-oriented product reviews and recommendations, baby and beauty essentials and tips & tricks for a stress-free life (well, less stressful anyway!) I also love to watch the makeup tutorials. I seriously watch for hours! There are links to some of those beautiful and talented ladies on my channel, under my subscriptions. Check it out!

Long story short, everyone on YouTube kept raving about this cosmetics company called Coastal Scents, their 88 color eye makeup palette in particular. I don't NEED any more eyeshadow mind you but I got sucked into the hype and just had to have one. I also needed some new brushes and I heard that they had amazing prices on them, so I went to website to see for myself. I ended up ordering the palette and 4 brushes. With tax and shipping, everything cost me $52. The products are comparable to MAC, people. You can't even get 8 eyeshadows for 50 bucks there! The packaging was cute and they included a free sample of one of their loose eyeshadow colors. The company is based out of Naples, FL which is about an hour south of me so the shipping only took a day or 2. The colors in the palette are smaller than I had expected, but they seem very pigmented and all the colors are gorgeous. The brushes shed a bit when I washed them, but they're extremely soft and seem sturdy. Overall, I am very pleased with my purchases!

Here's my haul:

Clockwise from the top:
Pink Kabuki brush $4.99
Italian Badger Deluxe Fan Brush $3.49
Pink Round Crease Eye Brush $1.49
Pink Duo Fiber Powder Stippler $7.95 <---- This is similar to the MAC 187 brush which retails for $42!
88 Piece Makeup Palette $21.95 (about 58 matte and 30 shimmer)