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Spotted, New at Rite-Aid

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I just barely managed to make it to Rite-Aid for the 40% off Revlon sale that I told you about.  I wasn’t able to grab one of the cream blushes, unfortunately, but I did manage to grab some new items that I will show you at the end of this post.  But first, I snapped pics of a bunch of new collections with my phone, so let me show you what I found.

Maybelline LE Porcelains

I’ve been hearing a ton about Maybelline LE Porcelains Collection.  Though I could never pull off these shades in a million years, these pastel tones are hugely popular.  If you have the right skin tone, and are interested in the Porcelain collection, you may want to jump on it soon before they are all gone.

Maybelline Exotic Escape Collection

I could have sworn that I already posted about Maybelline Exotic Escape Collection, but I couldn’t find it, so I guess not.  Anyway, Exotic Escape is Maybelline’s summer collection of bright bold colors with a tropical twist.  There are some gorgeous options here for those with a brave attitude towards color.  The bright orange, yellow, and teal look amazing.

Sally Hansen Rock of Ages collection

Sally Hansen has yet another collection of polish strips called Rock of Ages.  Although I think the designs are pretty cool looking, they are pretty similar to the recently released Avril Lavigne collection.  As much as I love these strips, and you know I do, I feel like it’s too much of a good thing.  Do you know what I mean?  I don’t even have time to buy anything from a new collection before there’s an even newer one popping up.  I probably shouldn’t be complaining about variety, though, right?  Anyway, here is a new collection for your inner wild child to come out and play.

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color Collection

Also from Sally Hansen, magnetic nail polish.  This looks pretty much like the other magnetic collections I’ve seen.  Sally Hansen’s version had the magnet in the cap and they retail for $8.99.  I like the shade range.  I’ve also seen these at Target, so keep an eye out there as well.

City Color Summer Glow Bronzer

City Color has a new display out containing their Summer Glow Bronzers.  If their blushes are any indication of how they perform, these bronzers are probably soft and very pigmented.  Also, they are huge, so $3.99 is a bargain.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Have you seen these Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains yet?  They are popping up everywhere, and are all the rage.  The idea is that these have the same long-lasting color as the Just Bitten Lip Stains, but instead of a marker style stain, they are like jumbo crayons.  They claim to be lightweight and moisturizing with long-lasting lip color.

Cover Girl Eye Enhancers

I am so tempted by these new Cover Girl Eye Enhancers.  Though I really don’t need new eyeshadow quads at this point, the shades are so pretty.  I really love the color combos that Cover Girl put together with these.  With the possible exception of the smoky grays, I don’t see a single one that I wouldn’t want to have.

Cover Girl Outlast All-Day Lip Color

There are new shades of the Cover Girl Outlast All-Day Lip Color.  These claim to provide long-lasting color and shine for up to 16 hours in just 2 easy steps.  “Outlast has a moisturizing topcoat that helps lock in shine — no feathering, no bleeding”, says Cover Girl.

Cover Girl + Olay Pressed Powder

Last up is the new Cover Girl + Olay Pressed Powder.  It claims to brighten skin tone and soften imperfections without getting cakey.  I haven’t actually used any of the Cover Girl + Olay products, but if you are a fan of the foundations, you may want to give this powder a try.

Revlon Haul

And finally, these are the items that I purchased with the sale.  Those Balm Stains were too hard to resist, so I picked up a couple for review.  I also wanted to try the Whipped Foundation that I told you about a couple weeks ago.  Since Revlon nail polish was on sale for $2.99, I grabbed a bottle of Whimsical, which I had meant to purchase months ago, but never got around to it.  Thanks to Rite-Aid’s sale on Revlon, I saved $14.80 on these products alone.

I hope that you saw something that piqued your interest.  Happy hunting!

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City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palette in Multi-Flash

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City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palette in Multi-Flash

City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palette in Multi-Flash is an odd mix of bright colorful shades and smoky blue-gray eyeshadows allowing you to create both daytime and nighttime looks. Per City Color, “The palette comes with a variety of 10 colors ranging from vividly fun to mysteriously dark, blending them together to create exceptional one-of-a-kind looks that make a bold statement“.

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City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palettes are packaged with a 3D Lenticular picture on the front.  I thought the packaging was really cool, and I have to admit that it’s the main reason that I bought the palette in the first place. The mirror spans the entire flip-open lid, and there’s a dual-ended sponge applicator included. The pan sizes are thin and tall, like the Physicians Formula shimmer strips shadows.  It can be a pain to work with such narrow pans, especially if you like larger brushes, but these do have defined dividers between the shadows, so you can avoid picking up neighboring shades pretty easily.

City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palette in Multi-Flash (Brights)

City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palette in Multi-Flash (Smoky)

I went with the Multi-Flash palette because the other two Special Effect Bright Eye palettes looked to contain neutral browns and smoky purples, and I already have plenty of neutral and smoky eyeshadow palettes.  I wanted something different.  The five colorful shades caught my eye, and aren’t shades that I normally go for, so I thought “why not?”.

City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palette in Multi-Flash. Shades numbered for reference.

The texture of the shadows aren’t bad, especially considering the price.  They’re soft, and rather crumbly, so be careful when applying.  All of the shades blended easily, and wore all day when I used a primer first.  Pigmentation is hit and miss with this palette.  I was really impressed with the two dark gray shades (8 and 9), and also the bright lavender, turquoise, and coral shades (2, 3, and 4).  The yellow-green shade (5) is decent, but not quite as smooth or pigmented as the five I just mentioned.  I wish the matte black (7) was darker; it could really stand to be more pigmented.  I also wish that the white highlight shade (1) wasn’t quite so shimmery.  The gray highlight shade (10) hardly shows up on my skin, so it’s not very useful.  The royal blue (6) leaves a lot to be desired, and is the worst shade in the palette because it not only lacks pigmentation, but applies patchy.

City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palette in Multi-Flash (brights)

City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palette in Multi-Flash (smokes)

City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palette in Multi-Flash is cute, decent for the price, but not necessary.  On the plus side, there is something for everyone with this odd mix of brights and smoky shades.   There are stand-out shades on both ends, and if your collection is on the smaller side, this may be a good way to branch out with shades you may not otherwise have.  On the negative side, there are some duds in this palette.  The royal blue and the two highlight shades weren’t that great.  You also may find that this colorcollection just isn’t for you.  I’m a little confused by the schizophrenic shade choices myself.  I’m not sure what City Color was thinking.  Overall, I’m glad that I picked up the City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palette in Multi-Flash, but I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of it.  City Color Special Effect Bright Eye Palette in Multi-Flash can be found in-store at Rite-Aid, and retails for $3.99.  The other two palettes are called Dark Room (neutrals) and Back Drop (Smoky).  City Color products are 100% cruelty-free!

Spotted: New Polish and Shadow Collections

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I was out and about at Rite-Aid and Ulta this weekend and took a ton of pictures of new products to show you.  So many, in fact, that I’m breaking them up into two posts as to not bog down this entry and make it even longer than it already is.  One thing that I noticed is that there are a dozens of new nail polish collections out right now.  The majority of this post will contain the new polish collections that I came across in Rite-Aid, but first let me start with eyeshadow.

City Colors Special Effect Bright Eye Color

City Colors Special Effect Bright Eye Color palettes have these really nifty lenticular covers that go from the eyes being open to the eyes being shut.  I have to say that I love the packaging and it makes me want to buy one just to play with the blinking eyes.  The palettes hold 10 shades, and there are three palettes to choose from, all prices at $3.99.

Sally Hansen LE Diamond Strength Collection

Sally Hansen has some new Limited  Edition Diamond Strength nail polishes out.  This collection consists of four solid color base coats and four corresponding jeweled top coats.  A few of  these are rather stand-out shades, so be sure to check them out.  I was particularly impressed with “Multi-Faceted”, which is a clear base with mainly black and silver hexagonal glitter and a few other colors sparingly thrown in for an added pop.  I may have to go back and get a couple of the other “jeweled overcoats” in this collection.

Hedy's Ma.nish.ma Electric Brights Matte Finish Nail Color

Bright colors are sprouting up all over, and this new line from Hedy’s Ma.nish.ma is no exception.  This Electric brights Matte Finish Nail Color collection looks pretty intriguing.  I actually really like matte finish  nail polish, so I may have to give one of these a try at some point, especially for only $2.99.

Wet n Wild Cracklecraze Neon Crackle Polishes

Speaking of bright neon colors, Wet n Wild has a new Limited Edition line out called Cracklecraze.  These Neon colored crackle polishes are $4.99 each and are bright, vivid colors.  I’m personally over the crackle craze, but I do think that these shades are adorable.

Wet n Wild LE Chrome Collection

This Limited edition Chrome line from Wet n Wild is much more my style.  These eight polishes with metallic finishes are gorgeous.  There are several shades that are catching my eye, and I’m sure they will catch yours as well.  Check them out for $3.99 each before they are gone.  I can see these going pretty fast.

Wet n Wild LE Be Jeweled Collection

And yes, there is yet another Limited Edition nail polish collection from Wet n Wild.  I have no idea why they released all of these LE collections at the same time.  I saved the best for last.  The Wet n Wild LE Be Jeweled Collection contains five prismatic duochrome multicolored glitters.  They are so gorgeous!  These are a must have if you like glitter, so grab them while you can (I got two).  I believe WnW Be Jeweled polishes are being talked about as possible dupes for China Glaze Prismatics.  You really have to see them in real life, so run on down to your local drugstore.  For $2.99 each, you can afford to snatch up the whole collection.

I hope that you saw something that interested you.  Happy hunting!

City Color Spring Fling Blushes

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City Color Spring Fling Blush

I found these adorable Spring Fling Blushes from City Color at Rite-Aid for only $2.99.  I haven’t used anything from City Color before, so I had no idea what to expect, but the flowers were just too cute to pass up.  You may remember from this post that the display also offered two eyeshadow palettes, one in brown and green, and the other in purple.  (Click photos to enlarge.)

Back of packaging

The packaging leaves much to be desired.  They are pretty tough to get into, which is a big fail in my opinion.  I usually keep a paper clip or something like that with my makeup for difficult packing so that I don’t chip my nails, and I definitely have to use it on these blushes.  The lip of the closure is set pretty far back into the packaging, so getting a finger nail under it to open is a real pain.  Otherwise, the packaging is sturdy, though rather generic and typical of drugstore items.  Each blush comes with a mini brush that I have not tried to use, but seems too small for blush.  There is a rather large (magnifying?) mirror on the back, but it is kind of warped, so it’s like using a fun house mirror to apply makeup.  It will work for a quick touch up, but don’t look in it too long or you will get a headache.

City Color Spring Fling Blush in Pink

The blush itself is actually pretty good.  I was really surprised by how pigmented the shades are.  You could pick and choose to use just one or two of the three shades, or swirl them all together.  Be warned, though that the blush is quite soft, so don’t use a dense brush or it will get really powdery on you.  When I used by normal blush brush, I had no issues swirling the colors, but I also have a travel mini kabuki that’s dense and a little stiff.  When I used that brush, the blush crumbled or loosened up a little bit and there was a powdery mess in my palette.  It didn’t destroy the pattern, but it was messy so be careful with how soft these are.

City Color Spring Fling Blush in Pink

The three shades in the Pink palette are (from left to right) a very pale matte baby pink that hardly shows up on my skin, a matte bright reddish pink, and a shimmery rosy mauve.  The two shades that make up the flower are extremely pigmented and you can easily go overboard with these colors.  However, the pale pink is so light that it tones down the other two colors.  When swirled together and blended well, these shades make a totally wearable pink flush on the cheeks that would be very flattering on many skin tones.

City Color Spring Fling Blush in Terracotta

Terracotta is beautiful, but very dark.  I would say that this is more of a warm shimmery bronzer than a blush.  The shades are, again, pretty pigmented, and I think that Terracotta would be too dark for those with fair skin.  It can be difficult to get just one or two of the shades without picking up the neighboring colors if, for instance, you wanted to avoid the darkest shades.  It’s best if you use a slightly smaller blush brush, or instead of swirling, try dabbing into the desired shades in layers.  Both Pink and Terracotta blend smoothly (thanks to the soft consistency) and are not chalky or streaky so you don’t have to be as precise because the shades will disappear into each other.

City Color Spring Fling Blush in Terracotta

The three shades in the Terracotta palette are (from left to right) a soft champagne peach, a fiery copper, and a bronzy brown.  All three of these shades have a good amount of shimmer, which may be a turn off for some.  Although these shades can be blended out and used as a blush (which I will show you below) they are going to be difficult for a lot of people to work with.  Terracotta provides a gorgeous glowing bronzed look, but it is just too much for lighter skin.  In the summer, when I have more color I may be able to pull it off.  Until then, I think I’m going to try these shades as eyeshadows.  They are so pretty and will look amazing on the eyes.

Below is what the blushes look like with all three shades swirled together and blended out.  As you can see, City Color Spring Fling Blush in Pink is a very easy blush to pull off and can look natural and simple.  In this picture I blended the hell out of Terracotta and layered more of the pale shade over top to tone the color down.  I was able to achieve a natural looking bronzed effect, but it may be too much work for lighter skinned girls.  Those with darker skin, on the other hand, may really have some fun with Terracotta if pink shades don’t show up well or look odd on the cheeks.

City Color Spring Fling Blush in Pink (L) and Terracotta (R) blended out

In conclusion, despite the unfortunate packing, City Color Spring Fling Blushes are a hit for me.  For only $2.99, they are a fun and adorable addition to my collection.  I believe that City Color is exclusive to Rite-Aid and the Spring Fling display is seasonal and, therefore, limited edition.

Speed Read: City Color Spring Fling Blushes are pretty decent for the price.  They are soft, but extremely pigmented and blend well.  The packaging leaves much to be desired, but at $2.99 each they are a good buy.  Pink is the most universally flattering shade, though darker-skinned girls may prefer the warmer bronzy tones in Terracotta.

Best for: Those who do not mind having to work on blending their blush and like multi-hued blush palettes.  Also, those who don’t mind poorly designed packaging.

Keep walking: If you want a blush that is easy to apply and doesn’t require much blending, or if you don’t like small blush palettes.  Also, if cheap, poorly designed  packaging bugs you, stay away.

Haulin’ and New Swatches

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As you saw in yesterday’s “Spotted” post, I went shopping this weekend and came home with some goodies to review here on BiBB.  Here are the items that I picked up that I plan to do discuss in more depth:

  • City Color Spring Fling Collection blushes in Pink and Terracotta- You may recognize these blushes from this post.  I finally broke down and got both of them.  Keep your eyes peeled for a review.
  • NYX Slide On Eye Pencil in “Golden Olive”- I’ve been wanting to try these eyeliners o see if they are a cheaper alternative to my Stila liners, which I love, but are too expensive.  I have heard them compared to Urban Decay liners, so I’ve got my fingers crossed.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.
  • Essence Lipstick in “Look at Me!”- I’ve been wanting to try more products from this line.  I adore the nail polishes that I have and also my Essence lip glosses, so I’m excited to try the lipstick as well.
  • Wet n Wild Megashield Lip Color in “Ring Around the Rosy”- Another hybrid between a lipstick and a lip balm.  I am very interested to see how Wet n Wild’s version holds up to the gold standard (In my mind, anyway) of the Revlon Lip Butters.
  • Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm in “Bronzy Pink”- I finally picked one of these up after hearing emilynoel83 rave about them time and time again.  These lip balms are supposed to be as pigmented as a lipstick, so you will see in my review if they really are.

In addition to the items that I am going to review, I also picked up two new shades of the Jordana Easyshine Glossy Lip Color that I reviewed in this post.  Since I already did a review, I didn’t want to post about them again, but I wanted to show you swatches of these additional colors.  The shades that I purchased are “Sugar Plum” and “Sweet Strawberry”.

Jordana Easyshine Glossy Lip Color

Here is “Sugar Plum”

Jordana Easyshine Glossy Lip Color in Sugar Plum

And here is “Sweet Strawberry”

Jordana Easyshine Glossy Lip Color in Sweet Strawberry

They are just as great as the original two Easyshine Glossy Lip Colors that I have (and use all the time).  I strongly recommend these to anyone who doesn’t want to pay full price for Lip Butters.  $2.49 is much easier to swallow than $7.49.