Hi ladies! Soo when I started hearing about Wet n Wild’s new holiday collection earlier this week I thought, “here we go again.” The hunt, the endless search…etc. It’s gotten old. BUT. I remember that I was able to easily find the Wet n Wild holiday collection last year at a local Walgreens without much trouble at all. But believe me, I remember how hard they were for so many to track down!

So, I gave said store a call on Tuesday and the sweet lady in cosmetics said, ” Call back tomorrow at this time. Our new displays get delivered on Wednesday and should be out by 3PM.” I didn’t call because I was too busy. But, on my way home I remembered what she had said and stopped in to Walgreens and……

Wet n Wild Baked, Not Fried palette

I guess you could say I was dazed by the fact that the holiday collection was there, completely untouched and ready to be ransacked.

I bought the baked shadow palettes ($4.99/each) and two of the nail polishes. I am only showing 1 palette and 1 polish here because, as usual, I have a little something up my sleeve. Stay tuned…

Baked, Not Fried Swatches

These are dry, over my new favorite primer/shadow setter Pixie Epoxy (not sure it’s really a primer, but it works wonders with shadows!). Gorgeous!

Some more swatches!

L-R: MAC Glamour Check, WnW Baked Not Fried, MAC Carbonized, WnW Baked, Not Fried (bottom most shades in the palette)

Not exact dupes but rather close. Carbonized is closer than Glamour Check is, but on the eyes I bet either would be hard to distinguish. Both of these MAC shades are limited edition. I prefer the formula of Carbonized (smoother, easier to apply) but Glamour Check and the WnW seem very similar in how they apply.

So close!

L-R: MAC Woodwinked vs WnW  shade (middle of the palette)

Extremely close in shade, but Woodwinked does not have the sparkle that the WnW one has. I prefer the MAC formula between the two, but I like the added sparkle from the WnW.

Hmm, not really dupes...

L-R: MAC Naked Lunch, WnW Shade, Stila Kitten

The lovely G of Nouveau Cheap had suggested in her fab-dabulous post here that there might be a Stila Kitten dupe …unfortunately I don’t think it’s close enough. Kitten leans more gold/peach here and the WnW shade leans more pink. Naked Lunch is much less shimmery when compared.

Not here either....

L-R: MAC Creamy Bisque, MAC Nylon, WnW shade (Lightest one at top)

The lightest WnW shade initially reminded me of Nylon, but Nylon has a sheen, not a shimmer and is lighter/more gold. My next try was Creamy Bisque, but again not really close. The formulas on all of these were quite nice.

Last but not least....

L-R: Bobbi Brown Tiger’s Eye, MAC Mythical, WnW Coppery shade

I didn’t have a dupe for this shade. I tend not to reach for coppers too often (especially when they lean too orange) because they make me look tired and well, like I got socked in the face.

Of all the shades, Woodwinked and Carbonized were closest in terms of color alone. Are there any true dupes here? Well, that depends on what your definition. If yours is “close enough” than there probably are. If yours is “exact replica” than I’m afraid I don’t have the shades.

BAM!

This was my favorite of the polishes. BAR GLITTER! OMG. Coppery-Goldy-Glittery goodness. This is a must have! I also picked up Give Me a Price Quote because it was also bar glitter and looked fantastic. This is 2 coats (thicker ones)

And, because I realize these are notoriously difficult to track down. I decided to give away the two things I wanted most from this collection…

Wet n Wild Giveaway!

The Prize:

1 winner will receive:

The Rules:

Thanks, and good luck!

This Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Gaby for winning and thanks to everyone who entered!

Yes, repeat offender folks. It’s not that I mind a little chase when it comes to getting my beauty products. After all, so much of the thrill is in the hunt, isn’t it? But, there comes a point in time when the hunt becomes annoying and is no longer worth the time and effort. I am getting there with Wet n Wild’s new releases. I love the company, I love their products, but man oh man, they really need to work on their distribution. The least you can do is make your product available to purchase online either through your own website or a selected retailer if you can’t seem to coordinate the actual brick & mortar stores getting and displaying the product. *end rant*

Wet n Wild Dreamweavers Trios

But, luckily if you are like me and have made friends with lovely fellow beauty addicts, you probably have someone who has found their products and would be happy to send them to you. This happened with me. I owe a HUGE thank you to Missy of Start2FinishMUA (go check out her fabulous YouTube Channel) and Courtney of Eyes, Lips and Curls (such a wonderful blogger) for getting me the entire Dreamweavers collection. I am only going to show 4 of the trios here because I haven’t decided yet if I am going to keep the others or give them away to someone who might use them more than I will. ;) These two girls are so sweet and awesome, definitely worth checking them out and following them on Twitter.

Wet n Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here

Wet n Wild We're Blasting Off Trio

 

Wet n Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here and We're Blasting Off

I was generally happy with the performance of both of these trios. The pink shade in We’re Blasting Off could definitely be better and more pigmented. But the taupe shade makes up for it completely. So soft and applies like buttah. I am in love with that shade. Earth Looks Small From Down Here performed well, the gold shade being the best of the three. Not the best I have seen from Wet n Wild, but better than the pink shade of the other trio. All of the colors are pretty though, and wearable.

*swatched without primer to show true effect of the shadow*

 

Wet n Wild Bright Idea Trio

 

Wet n Wild Dancing in the Clouds Trio

 

Wet n Wild Bright Idea and Dancing in the Clouds Trios Swatches

The Bright Idea trio is perfect. No complaints for me on any of the shades. They all applied nicely, smoothly and well-pigmented. It’s not the most practical palette I own but I like to have something to mix it up. I could see this being great for spring and summer next year. Now, Dancing in the Clouds was the trio I looked forward to the most. And two of the shades are incredible. But if you were looking at this palette because you wanted a great purple, look again. You won’t find it here. That purple is the worst Wet n Wild shadow I have ever swatched, and I own quite a number of their palettes. It is hard, chalky and barely pigmented. To get it to show up at all I had to use half a dozen swipes. Not worth it ladies! But, if you are like me and liked the look of the copper and dirty gold shades, this palette is 100% worth owning because they are quite simply fabulous.

Overall, with the 4 trios I am showing here, Wet n Wild could have done better. I am happy with my trios for the shades that are to-die-for, but it’s left a bad taste in my mouth about the shades that weren’t so great. Add that to the fact that I had to search high and low for them and …well, you get the picture. I do think these are worth owning for the shades that are good, because when you are only paying $2.99 per trio, that’s still a great deal!

Did any of you ladies find these trios? What are your thoughts if you did?

Happy weekend! I have been super busy the last few days between work-related travel and trying to get my house in order for fall, all while trying to enjoy the nice humidity free days we are having. I wanted to give you ladies a sneak peak at some items you can expect to see very soon…. feel free to add your requests to the comments below if there is something special you’d like me to show or do. :)

CARGO Metallico Eyes Palette

How does this CARGO Palette hold up to the likes of Giorgio Armani and Chanel? You will all soon find out ;)

Burberry!

My first taste of Burberry beauty (thanks again to the epic swap with the lovely DelytefulSpeaks). And yes, it is as good as it looks!

Chanel Favuve Eyeshadow

My favorite new item, Chanel’s Fauve eyeshadow. It’s my most coveted item at the moment, and you will soon know why!

Wet n Wild Dreamweavers Trios

I was not successful at finding these myself, but luckily I have some great twitter friends in Missy, who has a fabulous YouTube Channel (Start2FinishMUA) and Courtney, who has a really wonderful blog called Eyes, Lips & Curls and they were able to get me the whole collection. Many thanks to those awesome and beautiful ladies! You will get to see these shadows up close soon, and hear my thoughts on whether they are worth tracking down!

Storing All Your Goodies

I am definitely not an expert at storage, and most of my storage is functional, rather than fashionable. But, with a few nice touches you can make your collection easy to use, easy to find, and pretty to look at. :) My storage and organization coming soon!

Julep Nail Polishes

My first taste of Julep Nail Polish thanks to the Julep Maven Program (and seriously awesome first month discount). My thoughts on the polish and the program, less the drama (it didn’t involve me, so I’m not going there. If you want to read about the affiliate program drama, there have been many well-written posts about it already). :)

Tarte Clay Blush in Blissful

!!! This must mean my collection of Tarte Clay Blushes in finally complete! See how this shade compares to the others, and to other brands.

Revlon New for Fall

Those elusive Revlon polishes (Deborah Lippmann dupe alert!)….and whether or not they are worth searching high and low for!

I have a few more things up my sleeve but I am not going to post pictures of those because I don’t want to ruin the surprise! So, I will leave you with a lovely picture of one of my lovely pooches!

"Yo, this post was a snooze fest. I mean look at me, I'm catching flies in here."

 

09. 07. 2011

Ahh, don’t you just love the weekends? Or if you work weekends, your days off? The days when you don’t have to get ready for anything in particular and can pretty much just veg until you are so moved to get up and about. On days like that, I tend to sport the no makeup look. And I don’t mean the no makeup looks like Lisa Eldridge and Sam from Pixiwoo have shown on Youtube recently. I mean ZERO makeup. Moisturizer and chapstick kind of no makeup. The results? Me being brave and showing you my nekkid face….

Aggghh! Nekkid face, not a stitich of makeup, unedited photo!

There was a time (try yesterday) when I would never have wanted to post a picture of myself sans any makeup on my blog. It’s not that I don’t go out in public this way, believe me, I do. I mean, who cares what I look like when I’m thumping watermelons and sampling grapes (tell me the fruit section of grocery store isn’t the most fun place…other than the ice cream section)? But, suddenly, I just changed my mind. I don’t know what made me change my mind or if something just clicked for me, but here I am, au natural. :)

And, what I looked like tonight before dinner (the boy treated me to a lovely night out)…..

All made up!

a view of the eyes...

Product Rundown:

Face:

Eyes:

Lips:

A special thank you to Tiffany from Will Work For Makeup who blazed the trail before me in posting her own naked face several months ago :)

How do you ladies feel about going au natural in public or on your blog?

Hi ladies (and gents)! I said I wanted to do a giveaway in honor of reaching my 100th post milestone a few weeks ago, and that’s what I am going to do, darn it. It so happens that over the weekend I found the highly sought after and hard-to-find Wet n Wild summer collection. I decided to pick up some extras to giveaway to my readers to thank you all for playing along and making this so much fun!

The Prize:

Everything Under the Sun Bronzer, Gilded Age Trio, Waves of Enchantment Polish

1 winner will receive:

The Rules:

  1. This contest is open internationally.
  2. You must be a public follower on Google Friend Connect and leave a comment below telling me which item you are most excited to try first. Please leave your GFC name in the comment so I can verify that you follow.
  3. For an additional entry, follow me on twitter and RT the following message: “Follow @bloominbeauty5 and RT for a chance to win  new WnW Summer makeup! “
  4. All entries must be received no later than 11:59PM on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Only 1 tweet and 1 comment will count.

Good luck! I can’t wait to give this away to one of you!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. The winner has been contacted. Thanks to all who entered!