Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Work to Weekend

As some of you may already know, I recently received a promotion at work and with that my work attire will change a bit. I currently spend most of my time in front of a computer and don't spend time with the public. Therefore, my work wear consists mostly of jeans, tees and blazers. In my new position I will spend much more time with people in the community and I want to step it up for my position in a more traditional office setting. Below are some looks I've put together to stay chic in an office setting while still remaining comfortable. I also threw in a cute weekend outfit to finish the week. I hope this inspires some of you for your next office look.

Spring casual

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ulta and Coastal Scents makeup haul with swatches/reviews

Hello, beauties! Today I have a collective haul from brands that are new to me. I had never tried Coastal Scents or Ulta products before, so I'm glad I was able to play around with these and give you my opinion of the products.
I ordered the Coastal Scents eyeshadow in Kokomo Cafe along with a Go Pod for storage. I spent less than $4 for both items and was sent a sample quad with my order. Kokomo Cafe is a lovely matte shade that is great for creating dimension in the crease. My favorite out of the quad shades is Camel Taupe. The shadows are very pigmented, but also have a little fallout when applied (I place a tissue under my eye when I apply and that takes care of the issue). They also have nice staying power over a primer.
I received the Ulta items from a friend who received them as sample items with an order. The eyeshadows were not as pigmented as I though they would be and are very powdery when applied (the swatches below have two layers of product). The soft blue shade (Mosaic) is my favorite as the light pigmentation makes it more wearable for daytime. The lip gloss in Illusion is a lovely nude shade and is great applied over a nude lipstick. It applies nicely and is not too sticky. I was disappointed with the blush as it is not very pigmented. The shade is beautiful, but does not come off very well on my cheeks. This shade contains glitter particles. As for the nail polish, you can find my review here.

Coastal Scents eyeshdows in (left) Kokomo Cafe and (right from top) Berry Grey, Camel Taupe, Steel Grey, Wishy Washy
Ulta eyeshadows in (from top) Sahara Sand, Sunkissed, Mosaic and Glittering Sand; blush in Sweet Cheeks; polish in Fuchsiamania; lip gloss in Illusion
Coastal Scents swatches from left: Kokomo Cafe, Berry Grey, Camel Taupe, Steel Grey, Wishy Washy
Ulta eyeshadow swatches (from left): Sahara Sand, Sunkissed, Glittering Sand and Mosaic
Ulta blush in Sweet Cheeks
Ulta lip gloss in Illusion
Happy shopping and I hope these reviews help you in your next purchase from these brands.