Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve Nails!

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**purchased

I thought I'd hop on the blog quickly today to wish everyone a Merry Christmas Eve (for those who celebrate, of course)!  If you don't celebrate, then Happy Thursday!

I just finished doing my nails in preparation for the festivities tonight - my mom's side of the family celebrates on the Eve - so I thought I'd share what I did.

 Apparently, it took a small army of polishes:
Zoya Verushka (matte velvet - previous 2014 collection)
China Glaze Winter Holly (2012 Holiday Joy collection)
Zoya Amal (matte velvet - new 2015 collection)
Zoya Iris (matte velvet - new 2015 collection)
Northern Lights Hologram topcoat - 2014 "holiday gold" version and regular Gold

I did 2 coats of Zoya Verushka by on my ring fingers, topped with the "holiday gold" version of Northern Lights (I have a patch on one ring finger that I didn't want the glitter removal to impact).  The rest of my nails have 1 coat of Verushka followed with one generous coat of China Glaze Winter Holly.  Then I used my largest dotting tool and did "ornaments" with Zoya Amal and Iris.  Once that all dried down, I did a layer of Northern Lights Gold to give my "ornaments" some sparkle.

I was inspired by this post on the Adventures in Acetone blog.  Hers are more colorful, and a bit neater than mine, but I'm still happy with my outcome.  As I was pulling polishes, I realized that I either picked up the newest green Zoya matte velvet on Black Friday and it's still in the bag, or I forgot to pick it up entirely.  I'm still hesitating on the blue since I've heard it does stain...

Are you doing anything Christmas-y for your nails for the holiday season?  Do share!

Happy Holidays!

** all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Monday, December 21, 2015

Project "Finish This Stuff" Update - Part 42, May 2015

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**purchased / samples

Wow, long time no blog again.  I'm pretty sure that this is the busiest year I've experienced in ages.  It's been rare that I get time to sit in front of the computer, but I really do think that things are going to be calming down now.  I hope.  I've got lots of "empties" to get through, as well as random and Black Friday etc. shopping to share.  It's time to dust of my review hat, carve out my blogging time and get to work.

To start this all of, I've got my May empties, which includes items for the "Trashed but Not Finished" category.  May was a sample-finishing heavy month, but I did manage to finish up some full sized items as well.

Let's get started with skincare, shall we?
Tarte Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof eye makeup remover wipes - purchased from Ulta.  These are the first pre-moistened eye makeup remover wipes I've ever tried, and I have to say, I was impressed.  They took off all my eye makeup (although right now I don't remember if I had worn any waterproof mascara while I had these) and I had no eye irritation.  My eyes didn't feel cloudy or anything even if I didn't wash my face immediately after.  One wipe is large enough that I was able to clean both eyes of makeup and then, since I was traveling and packed light, I also used this to break up my face makeup before cleansing as well.  I enjoyed these well enough that next time we are packing for a trip requiring flying, I'll be repurchasing this to save room in my liquids bag since I won't need a bi-phase eye makeup remover nor a separate liquid makeup remover for my face.
Murad Clarifying Wipes, sample.  I've had random samples of these wipes over the last couple of years and I do like them.  They take off light makeup and don't leave my skin feeling uncomfortable.  Right now, my skin is in a fairly stable stage that I don't have many breakouts anymore (even hormonal ones are very minimal) so I don't feel the need to purchase a clarifying wipe.  But if it happens to act up again, then I'll pick up a pack of these.  Might purchase if the need arises.
Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion for Dry, Sensitive Skin.  This bottle took forever!! to finish.  If you use this on your face, as I did when I first purchased this, a little goes a long way.  I'm talking the size of pea will do your face and neck - although, my skin was more combo-oily whereas now it's been normal, slightly combo.  I ended up using this after shaving my legs since it was taking so long to finish.  It did not cause any stinging that some lotions can do, whether used on sensitive skin on the face or freshly shaved legs.  I might repurchase sometime in the future once I get through my massive stash of overly-scented lotions.
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 | pa++, sample from a Sephora kit.  I enjoyed using this sample.  It provided just enough moisture that my skin needed at the time, while at the same time "normalizing" my skin enough that it didn't produce nearly as much oil.  If this had a higher SPF, then I would consider repurchasing.

Serum City!

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Advanced Anti-Aging Serum (2 foil packets).  I have to say, my skin absolutely LOVED this serum!  Even the esthetician that does my microdermabrasion noticed how quickly my skin improved while I was using the Advanced serum.  My skin tone and texture rapidly improved and a lot of the left over scarring from acne lightened up remarkably quickly.  If money were no object, I would not hesitate to purchase this, but seeing as it's well over $100 a bottle, I'll enjoy what samples I can get my hands on.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum, sample bottle.  Again, my skin loved this serum!  While not quite as intensive as the Advanced version, my skin still got better each time I used this.  This formula isn't quite as budget-busting as the advanced version, and even though I did see results fairly quickly, I'm not ready to make that kind of splurge, especially when there are more affordable serums that I do see results from (just not as quickly).  Again, I'll enjoy the samples I can get my hands on while resisting the purchase.
Prevage Anti-Aging Moisture Lotion SPF 30, sample bottle.  While I did like the Moisture Lotion sample, I didn't see anything that made it stand out in comparison to other SPF lotions.  Probably won't purchase.
Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate (sample bottle and foil packet).  I've gone through several small bottles, foil packets, and even a couple of large bottles of this serum over the last couple of years.  After I finished these particular samples, I've been giving my skin a rest from it as I felt that I wasn't seeing any results from it after using it consistently for so long.  I have repurchased, but I haven't cracked it open yet as I'm finishing other samples before returning to it.  I suppose I did consider it H.G. status, but I'm not sure about that anymore.  Hopefully, after such a long break I'll be seeing results once I get back to it.
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Serum (foil packet).  I didn't notice anything immediate in the change of my skin after using this, but for the most part (exception is noted above) it takes weeks to see improvements in the skin and a single foil packet just wasn't enough to make a good judgement.  Won't purchase.

Complexion products:
Ponds Luminous Finish BB-Cream, light shade.  This was an ok product, but I don't remember anything outstanding about it...although it is hard to tell based on 1 foil packet.  The SPF is not high enough for me to consider purchasing as I prefer a minimum 25.  Won't purchase.
Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth CC Cream, light.  Again, it's hard to tell bases off of 1 foil packet.  I believe I liked this CC cream better than the Ponds, but I would prefer to get another sample to really see if the shade is right and get a better feel for it.  The SPF is high enough that I would consider purchasing after obtaining another sample from Sephora.
Benefit Big Easy Liquid to Powder "Bigger than BB" cream, shade 01.  While the shade match was pretty good, I did not enjoy the way that this sat on my face.  I felt like it accentuated pores, clung to dry spots and had an uneven appearance.  At least the SPF is a good solid 35.  Won't purchase.
Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer, shade Ivory.  At first I didn't like it, but I think I was trying to use it just as a concealer over my really dark under eye circles.  Once I changed the way I did things by using this to top off another concealer for a brighter effect, I enjoyed using it as more of an under eye highlighter and was kind of sad when I ran out.  I probably won't repurchase, as I feel like the Maybelline "eraser" style is working even better by both providing more coverage and brightening.
CoverGirl Naturluxe Liquid Silk Foundation, shade 320 Aspen.  I don't really remember exactly how I felt about this foundation, but it seems like it had a light-medium coverage and looked fairly lightweight on the skin.  I don't remember how well it matched me or wore, or if I had oil breaking through in the T-zone.  There wasn't enough of the sample to see if it caused any irritation over an extended period.  I believe this line has been discontinued so can't purchase.
E.L.F. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder.  Need I say anymore other than I've lost track of how many of these I've purchased?  I love this powder - it's a Holy Grail status in my collection and I'm always replenishing my stock.
Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm.  This is another BB cream that I want to get another sample of to test out more.  I have another BB cream from the brand (Black Label Detox, SPF 25) that I've thoroughly enjoyed...I just wish it had the higher SPF like this Premium version has (SPF 45).  Would consider purchasing after obtaining another sample from Sephora.

Hair time!
Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair (with quinoa) Conditioner, sample from my hair stylist.  This is the first salon hair conditioner that I've enjoyed in a very long time.  Years ago, I swore off salon brands as overpriced and not that impressive.  Well, things are slowly changing in my world.  I thought this conditioner was ultra nourishing without being too heavy and hard to rinse out.  This left all of my hair, from the simple colored sections to the bleached highlights, feeling super healthy and silky again.  I would actually consider purchasing this (the matching shampoo as well).  I had 2 tubes of this and took one on our September cruise, and even after all of the ocean salt water, sea air exposure and daily washings (I normally wash twice a week on average) my hair felt super healthy and nourished. Count that as impressive.
Garnier Fructis Color Shield shampoo (bottle and packet) and conditioner (packet).  It's been quite a while since I finished these, but I remember saying at one point this year after finishing a shampoo/conditioner that I was no longer happy with the results and was done with the brand.  It may have been this brand I was talking about.  I'm going to say that I won't repurchase as there are other brands of shampoos I like better (I've been cleaning out back stock from my cabinet again).
Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo. I only use this twice over each 6 week period between when I go to the salon. This shampoo works perfectly for ridding my hair of excess product buildup, especially if I've been using more styling products than normal.  I do follow this up with a nice rich conditioner as it can leave my hair feeling dried out.  I would consider repurchasing, although last time I went to purchase it, it was out of stock so I got another brand which I like just as well, if not more.

This last picture is showing things that were "Trashed, but Not Finished."
Revlon ColorStay Whipped Foundation - I used up most of this, but decided that I'd had it so long that it was time to go rather than completely finish it.  I don't see myself repurchasing this foundation as I no longer feel the need for a more full-coverage foundation.  When I did need medium-full coverage, I liked using this and felt it had more coverage than the liquid version while not causing as much potential breakout issues.
(2) E.L.F. Little Black Beauty Books - gloss/lipstick sections.  I absolutely abhor using lipstick/gloss that comes in a palette so I decided that I should attempt to detach the sides that had eyeshadows and get rid of the messy side.  Well, it worked - on both the warm and cool collection books.  Also, these were on the several year old side so...double yuck.  I tucked the eyeshadow palettes inside another palette that had extra storage room.  Won't repurchase (this or anything with a gloss/lipstick palette).
Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector - I bought this years ago in the hope that it would help lessen the severity of my under eye circles.  The only thing it did was cause milia that took several weeks to clear up.  I wish I had returned this but I poked around long enough that the return period ran out.  I realize that Clinique is supposedly hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.... but I've only liked 2 items from their skincare line - the eye makeup remover and a cleanser that got discontinued.  Won't repurchase.

Do you have a favorite, Holy Grail skin serum that targets tone/texture/scarring?  Do you like salon-brand hair care products or are drugstore products just fine for you?


**all items purchased by me / requested samples
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wet 'n Wild Milano Collections Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches + Review

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**purchased

I was watching a video earlier on a Wet 'n Wild palette I knew I had purchased earlier this year, but for some reason I could not find a post I thought I'd done on it.  Yea...I'd taken the swatch pictures and then never got the post done.  Oops.  I bought my palette back during the summer.  But the reason I'm bringing this up now is that I believe this palette is now available in a gift set from Wet 'n Wild available at Walgreens for $10.  Check out this post on Nouveau Cheap's blog for the Walgreens Fergie holiday collection.  This week (through 11/21) Wet 'n Wild is bogo 50% off and, at least at the Walgreens I normally go to, those stickers were also stuck to the WnW holiday display.

Photo Focus Studio Eyeshadow Palette in Milano Collections.
As usual, I did not prep my skin in any way (no primer/lotion/etc) to help the swatches look better.  It's been quite a while since I took these pictures but I don't believe I did any building up of the shades.  I did 2 sets of photos, the first of which are in my lightbox.
These last 2 pictures are in natural daylight:

This is the display I grabbed my palette from (a few weeks later) - I really wish I had gotten my hands on the one with greens but it was gone when I decided I wanted to purchase the palettes.

I have used the Milano Collections palette a few times for my eye makeup and really enjoyed the final look as well as how it was fairly easy to work with.  I do tend to use my fingers a lot, especially for packing on lid colors, but that's just me.  I guess you could say I get into my work.  Other than there being no mirror, I think this could actually be a nice little all-inclusive shadow palette for travel.  There's a few satin-matte shades, from light to black, as well as metallics.  I think it ranges from cool to warm so it works perfectly for me - I feel can wear either tone.

Is the Photo Focus Studio Eyeshadow Palette in Milano Collections something that appeals to you?  Have it already?  Would you purchase it in the current holiday kit at Walgreens ($10)?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wet 'n Wild Fergie Line Walgreens Clearance Haul with Swatches

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**purchased

I just got back from Walgreens a bit ago and ended up scoring quite the deal on the Wet 'n Wild Fergie line - clearance prices combined with buy 1 get 1 50% off!  The Mega Rocks polishes are also on clearance; there were other items from Wet 'n Wild (and other brands) on clearance, but these were the things I was interested in.  After tax, I paid around $14 for all this:
Blushes, Shimmer Palette, Mega Rocks polishes, Eyeshadow Palettes, 
and a (back-up) Take on the Day primer
top: To Reflect Shimmer Palette in Rose Golden Goddess
bottom: Around-the-Clock Blush in Brush with Brilliance and Brush with Danger

Swatches in the same order, unprepped skin:

Photo Focus Eyeshadow palettes in Desert Festival and Camouflage Couture

Mega Rocks Glitter Nail Color:
Slap the Bass and Creative Control
I added in the 2 other Mega Rocks polishes I have in my swatch picture.
Stick It to the Man, Jam Session, Creative Control, Slap the Bass

Also already in my collection (and has been since it came out), the other blush in the line.
Around-the-Clock Blush in Brush with Destiny

Also in my collection already, and recently featured, are the other 2 currently available To Reflect Shimmer Palettes.

Hollywood Boulevard and Rose Champagne Glow


I'm happy with all my purchases.  I hadn't picked up the eye shadow palettes before - somehow I thought they wouldn't be good since the initial Fergie shadows (available in holiday kits) weren't the best.  But these swatched quite nicely.  There are 2 more shadow palettes, but the colors weren't really calling my name.  I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of the Brush with Danger blush, just due to it's color.  The other blush is one I'm more accustomed to using.  The shimmer palette, Rose Golden Goddess, is pigmented enough that it's more of a blush/shimmery bronzer on my skin tone.

I am thinking that in the next couple of days I want to check out a couple more Walgreens to see if I can get my  hands on the translucent powder - I've used it in the past and really liked it.  I also want to try to get my hands on the other Color Icon blush I don't have in my stash yet (also on clearance).

Are you planning on picking up any of the Fergie line from Wet 'n Wild while it's on clearance?   How about any of the other clearanced Wet 'n Wild items?  

>>For a full list of confirmed discontinued products from Wet 'n Wild, check out this post on Nouveau Cheap's blog.<<

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wet 'n Wild We're the Wild Cats! Eyeshadow Palette Collection Swatches + 1st Impressions

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**purchased

I meant to get this post up yesterday but somehow instead of finding my way to the computer, I ended up putting on my makeup and leaving the house.  Oops.  In reality, I should have had this post up quite a while ago, especially since I bought them at the end of September at Rite Aid and it's now November.  Where has the time gone!?!?  But at least now I can say that I have everything I need for my outfit in December - it only took me basically all year.

Anyway...on to today's post!  I've got the 4 eyeshadow palettes from the Wet 'n Wild We're the Wild Cats collection.  This is the Limited Edition Fall/Winter 2015 collection (per WnW).  I have already posted my swatches and impressions on the polishes from the collection - click here for that post.  I've included my first impressions based on swatches, and let's just say that hopefully using these with a very good primer and brushes will help them out...
I passed on the 4 shades of liquid liners.
Let's get right to the swatches and impressions.  On all of my swatches, I did not prep my hand with lotion/primer/anything, but unlike normal, I did have to build all of my swatches to see if they would look any better.

Bohemian Wrapsody:
This was the first palette I swatched and as soon as I started I literally said ewww yuck.  Super dry and gritty.  The bottom shade (actually top shade in my swatch since I forgot to flip the pictures) is the best out of the 3 but it's still not creamy.  The center shade is gritty but at least it has pigmentation mixed in with the grit.  The lightest shade is pointless.  All I got was glitter on my hand for the swatch.  

Wrapper's Delight:
Wrapper's Delight has the best formula out of the collection.  The bottom shade (again, top shade in the swatch) isn't as pigmented, but I'm happy that it swatches differently from the darkest shade.  The lightest shade swatches more metallic and is well pigmented.  However, there's only one color different in this trio from the core palette called Don't Steal My Thunder - the silver and center shades look very similar.

 Freestyle Wrap:
Freestyle Wrap is only worth it for the darkest shade in the trio, which happens to probably be my favorite shade out of the entire collection.  The center shade was built up by going back to the pan 2-3 times and that was the best I got the swatch.  The glitters are pretty in it at least.  As with the Bohemian palette, the lightest shade is basically just glitter.  It's pretty glitter, but it's chunky and dry.

 Bust a Wrap:
Bust a Wrap is especially disappointing as both the pretty navy and the charcoal black look the same.   I'm not even sure if some kind of base would help out the navy. The lightest shade isn't very much to look at either.  That's pretty much all I have to say about this palette.

All in all, I'm disappointed in these collection.  The bulk of the colors are dry and gritty, and pigmentation is questionable for most of the shades.  3 of the 4 lightest shades (what used to be labeled as browbone) are basically just glitter.  Who knows, maybe I'll like the "browbone" colors as glitter toppers for shadow looks?  At least Wet 'n Wild is an inexpensive brand so it's not like I spent a ton of money on these.

I'm happy that this post catches me up for things purchased prior to October (yay!)  and the big office moving project.  Now it's time to move on to October then November purchases.

Did you pick up anything from the Wet 'n Wild We're the Wild Cats! eyeshadow collection?  Do you like glitter toppers for eye shadows?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Polish Collection Round Up - Past and Present

Hi! and Happy Halloween!
**purchased

The last couple of weeks have been occupied by the moving of my entire office/craft room, including "Polish World" (as I've started calling it).  It took longer than I anticipated, especially when it came down to taking care of the last bits and pieces.  I've also thrown in some purging of closet items and just things I no longer wanted.  Oh, and lots of organizing...lots.  We've also got a major event for the Mister that we've been working on the planning of for the last few weeks.

So I thought that considering today is Halloween, and I've got free time - we didn't do the Halloween bash like we did last year (again, too much going on) - I thought I'd go through Polish World and pull out all (or at least most) of the Halloween polishes/collections I have and post them all in one spot.  I did not pull out my mini-sized Fantasy Makers polishes (ones that came in kits - that shows part of them) and I might have missed a few here and there, but this is the bulk of my Halloween polish collection.  So let's get started!  Also, I've linked to as many posts as possible featuring swatches/manis of the various polishes, whether they be on the nail wheel or on my actual nails.

First up, the famous "tombstone" polishes from Fantasy Makers, a.k.a. Wet 'n Wild.
Once Upon a Time, Creepy Pumpkin, Purple Potion, Black Magic, Queen of Envy, Roach Busters, Ghouls Rush In, Goosebump Suit
The first 4 are from 2-3 years ago while the last 4 are what was released last year.

These next 3 are some random ones I picked up from Walgreens 2-3 Halloween's ago (no names, super sheer):

I have a couple of Fright Night Claw Polishes from a couple years ago:
Phantom and Sinister

 I have a couple of SinfulColors polishes, one of which I posted about earlier this month:

Now for this year's 2015 Salon Perfect Bat Your Lashes collection:
Spider Legs, Trick-or-Treat, Witches' Brew, Wicked

I also have 4 sets of Kiss imPRESS Halloween themed nails, that you can see here (in a haul post).

Now we're getting into the world of Pumpkin Polishes!  This first group was a set of minis available a few Halloweens ago and were all minis of the available Pumpkins (no names).
These are the actual Pumpkins over the coarse of several years.  I believe that the first 4 in the top row are from the first year I bought any, with the other 2 purchased the following year (witch & ghost printed on handles).
The bottom row has polishes that were bought last year (first 3) and this year.  The one I bought this year (the second pink one) is actually the same as last year's except for some reason the base looks yellowed.  All 4 of these polishes contain "skull nail deco" a.k.a. skull and crossbones glitter!  I am thinking about at some point trying to fish all the glitters out of the newer pink skull polish and add them to the older, un-yellowed pink bottle.  Glitter combos for the skulls are as follows: 1st one contains pink and blue, 2nd is black and white, while the last 2 are 2 shades of pink.

My last "section" of this post is non-drugstore brands - more salon brand (if FingerPaints is considered "salon brand"?).

My two mini FingerPaints Halloween polishes from the Bewitched collection that I posted about earlier this month:
Under Your Spell and Toil & Trouble

 Next up is the 2014 OPI Halloween Peanuts collection (I didn't get the 4th polish):
To Be or Not to Beagle, Good Grief!, Where's My Blanket???

 Now I have a few of the Orly Flash GlamFX from the 2012 Spellbound Collection:
R.I.P., Monster Mash and Right Amount of Evil

Lastly, I'm moving into China Glaze land with polishes from the past 4 Halloween collections.

My first 4 are from the 2012 Wicked collection:
Immortal, Make a Spectacle, Glitter Goblin, Cast a Spell

This next group is from the 2013 Monster's Ball collection:
Boo-gie Down, Howl You Doin', Fang-tastic, Bat My Eyes

This duo is from the 2014 Apocolypse of Color collection:
Getting to Gnaw You and Rest in Pieces

This final trio is from this year's 2015 Ghoul's Night Out collection:

I have shared the Orly and most of the China Glaze polishes in Sunday Stash Sharings but I wanted to get everything all together and caught up since I've stumbled across some China Glaze well after the collections were out, plus of course, the newer Halloween additions.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I believe this is the majority of my polishes that are from Halloween collections.  I just realized, however, that I neglected to get any actual Wet 'n Wild polishes out.  There's the couple I picked up from the Beautifully Wicked collection, the Pick Your Poison collection (some have been re-released under different names since this came out) and what I could find of the On the Prowl collection.   I think I've also got a couple miscellaneous ones from NYC.

I've got quite the collection of Halloween themed polishes.  It's not really surprising as I think that each year the glitter combinations that are coming out are more and more unique (remember, I don't do "indie" polishes - ordering online, no thank you).  I was surprised that I didn't see any collection come out from either OPI or Orly this year.

Do you have a large Halloween collection polish stash?  What's your favorite way to dress up your nails for the spooky day?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Friday, October 16, 2015

Wet 'n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection - To Reflect Shimmer Palettes

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**purchased

I'm caught up sharing my new Halloween goodies, so I thought I'd share a new highlighter I bought a while back when this shade was relatively new to market.  I bought it and it immediately got buried on my dresser.  I finally came across it again and decided today was it's spotlight.  And I figured that while I was sharing the new shade of the To Reflect Shimmer Palette, I might as well pull out my old one that I bought around when that one first came out and share both of them together.  I think when I originally bought it, I hadn't started doing makeup swatches on hauls yet.

Let's see the new shade of the To Shimmer Palette, Hollywood Boulevard.  This is rumored to be a dupe of quite a few pricey &/or hard-to-find highlighters.  Check out this Instagram picture for swatches and comparisons.
Hollywood Boulevard - swirled around on the pan 2-3 times, 1 swipe across my unprepped hand.  It's got a gorgeous champagne-golden almost metallic sheen.  I like that it's got a bit of brown and pink to keep the color from going super champagne-gold.  Obviously, I don't apply my highlighter to my cheeks using my finger, so I can't wait to see how this looks when used under normal circumstances with some type of brush.

Now for the older version, Rose Champagne Glow.
Rose Champagne Glow, applied the same way.  This one leaves a nice pink pearl glow.  When there was more of a prominent pink swirl, I was able to use this as a blush, but now I've learned to appreciate a nice highlighted look and use this as a highlighter or sometimes as a blush topper.  Once in a while this is all I'll put on my cheeks.  Seeing as how long this shade has been out (2013), I've used this quite a bit and have barely made a dent in it.

Now let's see how they look in comparison to each other:
Hollywood Boulevard (left) and Rose Champagne Glow (right)
Definitely different, and both oh so pretty.  I can't wait to finally start using Hollywood Boulevard on my cheeks and I need to pull Rose Champagne Glow out to use more often.  Texture-wise, I did feel that Hollywood Boulevard was a tiny bit more creamy feeling, which makes sense since the ingredients have been changed (dimethicone is the first ingredient on Hollywood while it's the 2nd on Rose). Since these look like they are a baked product with all the swirling/marbling, then probably each pan with the same name will have a slightly different look to them depending on how much of each color and where it is in the pan.

According to some searching, I missed out on Carnival in Rio (discontinued), but there is Rose Golden Goddess available in this little line of To Reflect Shimmer Palettes.  The To Reflect Shimmer Palettes should be available where ever the full line of Wet 'n Wild products are carried, and for an excellent price of around $5.

Do you have any of the Wet 'n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection To Reflect Shimmer Palettes in your collection?  Do you like to use highlighters or are you more of a natural finish fan?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinion are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated