Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ardell Villains Lashes!!

 Hello ladies,

Halloween is upon us gaspgirls! Yes, and for those of you who are into getting dressed up and well....... pretending to be someone your not :) I thought maybe I should post something fun yet useful. Ardell released these limited edition "Villains"  eyelash sets, featuring Disney's most notorious lady villains and they are amazing!! Now honestly I have a love/hate relationship with lashes in general. I looooove the way they look on the eyes! But I haaaaaate trying to get them suckers on!! However the price coupled with the sheer whimsy of these lashes were just too irresistible to pass up. You can find them at Walgreens for about $7.49 per set. If your a  frequent Walgreens customer you know that they have sales all the time so I ended up paying about $5.50 per set.  Yeeeess, I got all 4 of the sets (don't judge me :) I took pictures of everything to make sure you can make an informed purchase or not. (excuse the flash...working on it!)  So lets have a look see;

First Up Maleficent the evil witch from Sleeping Beauty

Next we have the infamous Evil Queen from Snow White

Third is the ever extravagant Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians

Last but not least Ursula our under water villain from The Little Mermaid

The packaging on these sets were sooo cute!! The lashes varied from set to set, having sparkle or pointy ends. I would say that all of the sets offered at least two pair of everyday "wearable" lashes, maybe with the exception of the Evil Queen set. It all depends on what your lifestyle is, maybe you consider rhinestones on your lashes as everyday wear. They each came with a tube of glue and located on the back were directions for application.  The other fun part included with the lashes was a description of each villains personal beauty style and color suggestions (both Daytime and Nighttime looks) for the user.

Overall I think these lashes are worth the money whether you are a collector of sorts or an avid lash wearer!  So ladies that's all for now. Be safe and have fun during this season!

Always at your service
The GaspGirl

A Little NYX Swag!!

Helloooooo Gaspgirls!!!  So sorry I've neglected you all for so long, but I'm back with lots to share!!
Since the last we chatted I've picked up quite a few items from various brands, online, and in drugstores. My goal is to give you my honest opinion and maybe even help you with your Christmas list. ; )
Today's items comes from the brand NYX Cosmetics. I am pretty fond of  this brand because of the consistency in the quality, its affordability, and variety of colors and products.  I also find that NYX usually offers the consumer a cheaper dupe/duplicate to a lot of MAC's products which is definitely a plus! So without further ado the review items for the day come from the NYX Parallel Worlds collection inspired by The Mortal Instruments City of Bones (book/and movie) This set was limited edition, however you may be able to find it at your local Ulta where I found mine on clearance.  I believe it originally sold for $26-$28 but I purchased mine for about $12. The good thing about this set is every item can be purchased separately at Ulta or on NYX website.

The Box Set includes
1 Look Book
1 Smokey Shadow Palette
1 Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul
1 Boudoir Mascara in Le Frou Frou
1 Powder blush in Pinched
1 Studio Liquid Liner Extreme Black
1 Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere

Here you see the Jumbo Pencil, eyeshadow palette, mascara (left), and eyeliner(bottom)

left to right; Soft matte Lip Cream in Istanbul, Pinched blush, Eyeliner

First color is Jumbo lip pencil in Cashmere the rest are from the palette

Overall the colors are pretty pigmented.  I'm still undecided about whether or not I'm a matte lippy girl but with matte lipsticks being all the rage for the fall I have to give it a try.

The blush is nice and the picture above the arm swatch is more true to color. Pinched Blush actually reminds me of MACs Springsheen blush. The jumbo pencil is a nice champagne kind of color that works well under other shimmery eye shadows.

The colors in the smokey palette are good colors for the fall, but I had to layer the colors to get the pigmentation you see above. I did find them to be a little powdery so be cautious of the fallout you may experience underneath the eye area. You will definitely have to layer the colors over a cream shadow or base to get a more intense color payoff. I can't say I would have purchased this palette by itself.

My favorites or standouts from this collection would be the Extreme black eyeliner its veeerry black and the applicator is precise.  The blush and the jumbo eyeliner were wins for me as well, everything else....ehh I probably could have done without.  I look forward to sharing the two looks featured in the collections look books, and my take on the mascara. So stay tuned....

Always at your service,

The GaspGirl!