Covergirl Lipstick Swatches

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I went to Ulta to get my free birthday gift, and that resulted in an unintentional lipstick shopping spree.
But it wasn’t at Ulta.
I kind of get the heebeegeebees at Ulta.
My particular Ulta always seems to have been raided by a bunch of lipstick gremlins who want to cause havoc and mayhem by smearing the beautiful colors all over the display, and who knows where else.  I shudder to think.
So I always have to carefully inspect the lipstick itself to see if it has been “used.”
So let me explain how Ulta led to my haul.  I felt awkward waiting in a huge line to just get my free item and looked at the clearance items.  Most where questionable, and they had my on lip gloss that I had wanted to try marked down.
Remember my hate relationship with lip gloss though?  Well I really hate if it’s not sealed, since you can’t clean a lip gloss once that entire tube has been contaminated.
One of the lip glosses WAS sealed, but I started thinking if I didn’t like it… I wasn’t really sure if Ulta had a return policy.
Walgreens DOES however have a return policy on any makeup you don’t like.
I got a clearance, non used lip color, and my free item, then I went to Walgreens.
Walgreens had BOGO 50% off…. hence the haul.
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The first I tried were the glosses, and I put one on my top and one on my bottom lip, to avoid chapped and irritated lips.
First is Covergirl Lipgloss in Fruitylicious on top lip and Plumlicious on bottom. (daylight on left, and regular light on right.)

Fruitylicious is a pink with a blue base.  It is more opaque, highly pigmented, and less glossy.  I like it.  I wore it to teach one evening and the color lost its gloss as the night went on and didn’t budge as a result.  $7.99 at Walgreens BOGO 50% off.
Plumlicious lacks the color payoff that the previous color has.  It’s more sheer, more glossy and less pigmented.  I can’t really tell it’s a plum color at all.  I’m not loving it, not hating it.  There’s no noticeable scent that is offensive to either color, and no weird taste.  Got this one for $3.99 with the promo.
Next is Covergirl Tantalize on top lip and Covergirl Outlast longwear lipstick in Plum Fury on bottom lip.  Again, left is daylight and right is regular light.

The Tantalize is a light dusty purple color that is opaque with no offensive smell.  It goes in smoothly, has no sheen or shimmer to it, and is great alone or with another lipcolor applied over, under or with.   This was $4.49 on clearance at Ulta.
The plum fury color has a slight sheen to it, and is very pigmented, almost in a copper shade.  Not a plum shade in my opinion.  This color is also opaque.  The one thing I don’t like about this lipstick is the shape of the tube.  It is a round and flat surface, that makes it hard to get a precise cupid’s bow.  I realize that I don’t have many lippies this shape, and I like the pointed tubes much better.   Regular Price $9.49.
No offensive smells or tastes to either color.

The last shade is my personal favorite out of all of them.  It is a Covergirl Continuous Color in the shade Midnight Mauve.  This shade has a nice shimmer, is easy to apply, is opaque, with no offensive smell or taste and goes on smoothly and easily.  I’ve been looking for a similar shade to the Wet n Wild Taj Mauve-hal which I used to mix with another shade.  This might not be the exact match, but it’s pretty close to what I was looking for.  Regular price $5.99
Whenever I get a bunch of new lipsticks, I always feel like a kid with a new box of crayons.  I remember walking to the pharmacy with my mom when I was a child.  There, they sold crayons individually with vibrant and unique colors.  My favorites were the neons.  This is my grown up version of picking out crayons!

 

 

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Pilot Frixion Erasable Marker Pens Review

I’m a sucker for school supplies and stationery, and anything I can use to play with my planner.  Check out my Happy Planner Review HERE.  My love for my planner extends to my fashion choices.  I select my everyday handbag based upon whether or not my planner will fit.
So when I spotted these erasable markers in Good Housekeeping magazine, I knew I had to give them a shot.  I typically use white out to “erase” my change of plans, appointments, and mistakes.  But that makes my planner look messy 😦
BUT if I had erasable marker pens in every color, oh how the possibilities could be endless!  I can add to my to do list with zero regret!
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Enter these Pilot Frixion Colors Erasable Marker Pens, that I purchased with my own money, and am not being paid to review by the way.
They are evidently only available at Target (though a quick internet search brought them up elsewhere), and they were $13.49.
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The tips of the markers are nice and precise, so I can actually write in my planner with them and not have it look like a big glob.
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The colors are beautiful and varied:
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But the real question is; do they actually erase?
Well, the marker uses friction to erase the color, and the rubber/ silicone like eraser on the cap doesn’t create any eraser dust.  Though it was a bit of a habit to want to swipe it away, there is no residue.
Moment of truth:
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Ok so it isn’t COMPLETELY erased, and I can see the faint outline of the scribbles left behind.  However, I am extremely impressed with these marker pens.  These have come a long way from the ball point pens in blue or black, that didn’t really erase all that great, and created a lot of eraser debris.
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I love these, and I can’t wait to start using them all over my planner!!!  I think these were created with the adult coloring craze in mind, so now I feel like all I wish I had were some small coloring areas in my Happy Planner!  I love lots of color, so I can’t wait to start adding all these happy colors to my plans!

 

Colour Pop Lipstick Reviews

I finally tried out the Colour Pop lipsticks.  After wanting to test them out for a long time, there was a free shipping code, so I agonized over the colors to choose and placed my order.  Here’s what I thought.
First, I was pretty excited to get a product with a theme, and some fancy packaging.  Since I’m a frugal girlie, I wouldn’t ever drop serious bucks on my self for something as frivolous as lipstick.  I love my drugstore stuff, and love that I can try out colors with low risk and sometimes NO RISK if you buy from a drugstore that allows returns.
Colour Pop had some Hello Kitty lip colors, and the packaging is to die for.  From the minute you get your mailer, with this sparkly design, you feel like you spent a lot more than you did on the product.

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Here’s my honest unpaid review of these colors!
I got 2 of the Hello Kitty colors.  They were on sale for less than $5 a piece.  I purchased Date Mate and Let’s Play
“Date Mate” is a matte bright pink color like my signature pink.  I like it, but not in the matte.  I think it looks too flat on me, and I need to add a little shimmer to the center of the lip.  Here’s the shade in artificial and day light:
I suggest using a lip liner… here I did not.  It helps to get the line nice and straight.  (Here is it not.)  On a side note… this lipstick broke pretty quickly.  The cap is a snap on and I pulled it off and out flew the lipstick tube!  It’s very pigmented, as are all the colors, so it required some scrubbing to get it off the bathroom sink and counter.  Be careful around fabrics, I’m sure it would stain that very quickly!
The other Hello Kitty color is “Let’s Play.”  It’s a pretty red with glitter flecks inside. Same sale, under $5.
Here you can see the gold glitter left behind when the color is removed.
The next color I tried was my least favorite.  I thought the color was going to be way different.

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Zipper was $6 and is a matte liquid lip color.  Here is the color as shown on the website:

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Here is it on my lips:
As you can see, the daylight photo is vastly different than the artificial light photo.  But, I can’t seem to get the product to apply evenly on my lips at all.  The above is a single coat.  It went on streaky for me, and if you touch your lips together, it gets sticky and the coverage gets worse.  I wish I had a matching lip liner, because this color is very easy to go outside the lines when you have only a doe foot applicator to work with.  I noticed the color is kind of separating and pulling away from the tube….
Here I did a second coat to try to even out the color:
This color is definitely NOT user friendly, and do not apply this quickly in a crowded bathroom somewhere.  A steady hand is a must, time to fix it, makeup remover on a cotton swab, etc.  I’m not too crazy about how this feels on my lips either.  When I smiled, the lip color cracked and my lip lines were clearly visible.  Next time I might try to start in the center of the lip, so the color is not concentrated at the lip line, but this one is my least favorite.  When wiping it off with a tissue the color rolls off, and none of the other liquid colors do this.
The next color is also a matte lip color called “More Better.”  ($6)

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This one, though it seems to be the same type of lip color as Zipper, is “more better” in the user friendly factor.  I only require one coat, and the color seems to go on more evenly.  I didn’t need to keep going over the streaks which causes even more uneven application.  One coat and I was done.  The formula seems less heavy to me, and less sticky.  You can see how I wiped it off to show you how pigmented the color is.
I tried this one out for a long day of teaching dance.  By about hour 6, the color had begun to feather around my lip line.  I couldn’t just wipe it off, so I forged onward throughout the night, but it made me look like I had severe chapped lips and irritation.
The last liquid color I got was called “3-Way.”  ($6)

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It’s a metallic lip.  I like this one the best for a dramatic night.  I wore it performing aerial dance at a grand opening of a business.  It stood up through the night.  It’s easier to apply, feels as light as the “More Better” and is just as pigmented.  It takes a few swipes to get the color even, much like metallic nail color takes a few swipes to get it opaque, but is build-able, unlike “Zipper.”
The third photo shows the gold glitter left behind when the color is wiped off.
Overall, I like the traditional lip stick colors more than the liquid lip colors.  I just really feel like that Zipper color is a different formula altogether.  It feels different going on and coming off the lips.  I would try Color Pop again, but I’d be more inclined to try the traditional lip sticks that I can handle easier.  The liquid lip colors are very much like any “stay proof” liquid color, except it feels like there should be a seal or a gloss provided to go on top of the pigment.
Primer:  I did purchase the primer, and though the website doesn’t say anything about needing it, I believe the colors went on much more smoothly with the primer…..except that Zipper color 😦
So that’s my beauty review of the Colour Pop lip sticks.
I’d love to hear if you have tried any of the different formulas or colors and if so what is your favorite?
Until next time beauties!

 

Calling all Weirdos

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(I dunno why I haven’t uploaded a gif sooner!)
Calling all Weirdos!!!!  Wait, I need to specify this… let’s reduce that down a bit and get a little more clear on the term weirdo.  I might get what I’m not looking for around these parts.
I am a quirky, kitschy crafter.  There, I said it.  I admit it.  And I embrace it.
My vintage loving, thrift store hunting, estate sale rummaging, and unashamed dumpster diving lifestyle is fun, exciting and thrilling to me.  But rarely are those around me who get it.
I recently reached out to Magpie Ethel, who’s crazy collections, and frivolous creations are the stuff of my dreams.  Her crafting studio is up there with Amanda Hayslip in my eyes.  These women are my role models.  I asked her how she gets people to “get” her work.  She told me she was lucky that her community was very accepting and vintage loving.
They make their art, carefree and unashamed of these odd ball and unique creations, that exist only to bring joy and whimsy into the world.  I’ve struggled to find my artistic voice, but when coming across these Instagram feeds and blogs finally proclaim in my heart and mind, “Yes, there ARE others out there!”  Safety in numbers, I suppose.
So this is a plea, for weirdos like me…..(that sounds a lot like a punk rock lyric) who love to craft with vintage found trinkets, and ephemera.  The ones who want to collect boatloads of “good junk” as mom would call it.  Yacht sized collections of nothing but vintage gumball and cracker jack charms, costume jewelry including earrings with screws on the back that may or not be missing their mates, and other trinkets that once graced the shelves of a vintage dimestore for only 10 cents.  Like those items, I am getting more valuable with age.
I’ve been trying to make this surprise ball… or Nicolyndime Prize Puffs (my husband thought up that name) thing work out for some time.  But in reality, I haven’t REALLY been trying.  I’ve done little to get it out there, and it’s not for giving up or failure of the idea.  In fact, soon I’ll be posting about why I’ve had to back burner this idea for a while.
But like a dog with a bone, I’m not going to give up this idea.  I’ve got some new plans in my mind.  I’ve got some new paths to pursue, and I’ve gotta figure out to work it into my crazy busy schedule!  (Trust me, it’s a very good crazy busy.)
Back to the plea…. If you are like me… I want you to “make thyself known” (another hocus pocus reference).  If you collect, or sell these vintage trinkets, Hong Kong dimestore stuff, vintage craft supplies, vintage cake decorating supplies, love going to estate sales, or ogling images of vintage collections on instagram and pinterest, or relate in anyway to what I’m talkin about here, please leave me a comment to see your blog, IG account, shop, etc.  Introduce yourself please, as I’m looking for a community of like minded individuals!

 

Christmas Gifts from Nicolyndime

Toot Toot!  I’m tooting my own horn today in this feature of… ME.
I’m showcasing some seasonal products from my shop, Nicolyndime, on etsy.
First, there’s still time to get your Santa letters and you won’t even have to pay for, or wait for shipping.  You get an instant download once I create this customized and unique letter for your child.  I use the information you provide to me, so the more detailed you can be the better.

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Prize Puffs, which are vintage inspired surprise balls, are abound in the shop!  I even have some special decorated ones this season!
I also created some vintage inspired putz houses, that I am really proud of actually.  I think they look pretty authentic to the originals, and would be a great new collection, or an addition to your already existing one.

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Plus I have a lot of vintage treasures that would make great gifts for your vintage loving friends and family!
Visit the shop today!  I’ll be adding more stuff frequently, so check back often.

 

The “Gifts that Give Back” Guide 2016

gifts-thatDid everyone survive the Black Friday chaos?  If you didn’t check off everyone on your list yet, or you avoided the chaos like I do, maybe you are at a loss for some gifts.
How about putting your funds toward a gift that gives back?  Not only will you feel great about the gift you give, you will get extra good vibes by knowing you helped an additional purpose.
Sometimes we mindlessly get into the gift giving loop of getting something just for the sake of it.  Here are some ideas for gifts that pack a one two punch in the giving department.
Pura Vida Bracelets  You can select a favorite charity, or shop by color or style.  They have so many to choose from, and they start at only $5 plus free shipping in the US on orders $25.  These bracelets would make a great little token for some of those folks you don’t want to go overboard with, but need to give them a little something to show you care.
WWF Symbolic Adoptions  A few years back, I got so fed up with buying stuff and instead did one of these symbolic adoptions for every member on my list.  I selected animals that reminded me of the person’s spirit, and it was nice for them to know how I saw them.  Whether peaceful and free like a dolphin, or fierce like a leopard, it allowed me to comment on the characteristics I saw in them.  With a $55 donation, you also receive a plush.
Greater Good  I’ve mentioned this site before because you can visit everyday to click for free and advertisers give a donation each time you do.  For even greater good, you can purchase gifts and items that give back to your selected charity or group.  You can support; Ending Hunger, Fight for Breast Cancer, Saving Animals, Veterans, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Literacy, and the Rainforest.
Bidding For Good I know you’re thinking, “ok but what about actual goods.”  This site is kind of like ebay and an elementary school auction, that benefits non profits and schools by an online charity auction.  There are everyday items here and unique and off the wall, like a visit from Henry David Thoreau!
Amazon Smile  Looking for something specific?  Amazon’s got it all…. and all you have to do is head to Amazon Smile first, and complete your purchases as usual.  You select a charity and a portion goes to that.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Doll Kind    A place to buy dolls, but with so much more.  You see, The Doll Kind dolls come with 10 kindness coins for children to pass out to those that may need a little love, while teaching kids to pass on goodness.  Not only that, but for every doll purchased, one is donated to a child in need.  The dolls are super sweet looking, approachable, cuddly, and kid friendly.  Head over to their site to check out their selection.
There’s so many ways to give a gift, and have that gift run the extra mile.  Remember these sites all year long, and for every gift giving need.  Let the Holidays begin!
Also stop in to last year’s gift guide post on everything Dollar Tree, plus some more ideas.  Lots of folks are shocked at what you can find at the tree!
If you’re not signed up for the email list.. do it now!  I have some ideas up my sleeve, and if you are new here, you might have already missed out on some good freebies.  Don’t keep missing out, sign up here:

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Hurricane Matthew and Halloween Prep

After prepping and getting through our first hurricane, I’m ready to prep for some Halloween.  I had gotten all of the Halloween stuff out, but I had to put it all back when we moved everything away from the windows.
Now I need to get it all back out again.
Before all the excitement of the storm however, I was able to get only one vintage inspired Halloween reproduction noisemaker, and one vintage inspired candy cup made.

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One is up for sale in the Etsy shop, and as soon as I can find an affordable way to ship the smaller item, I’ll have that listed too.

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Also this week only, Prize puffs and Curio cones are 20% off.  Wouldn’t it be nice to get a Halloween goodie that isn’t candy and can entertain for longer than a split second?!  These make great gifts, and if you need any customized, remember I can do that too!
Check it all out in the shop:

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