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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Coastal Scents Haul/Swatches (Pic Heavy)

Hello! I was such a happy little girl when my package arrived for me at the office Monday morning. Nothing was going to ruin my day and nothing did because I was so eager to get home to open the package. Yes I know it is weird that I send my packages to the office. It is because that way I am definitely going to get it, also that way my mum doesn’t have to sit around at home waiting for a package she has no idea when it was coming. Of course I consulted my boss whether that would be alright and he gave me the thumbs up. It really is a big help that way the receptionist would be there ready to receive any packages.

Anyway I was dead beat the time I got home (I have two jobs so I work from day to night). I only managed to open and took photos of the products I bought, I also did the swatches. After that I showered and just passed out on my bed from sheer exhaustion. I slept like a baby that night and woke up early the next morning for another day. It wasn’t all that busy at work so I took some time off and did some quick photo editing here and there. Well I finally got them all done and so here I am ready to share with you guys my haul.

I apologise for the lack of FOTDs lately, I mean there isn’t anything exciting about my work makeup lately. The usual neutral colours and I’m still in the process of testing out my Eve Pearl Foundation and Concealer. So far I’m not complaining so hopefully by the end of my test period I’ll have some good news for you guys.

I didn’t haul a great deal, but I did get some stuff that I love and I’m glad I bought them.

Product List:

Lil’ Buki Brush US $0.99

Medium Camo Quad (Concealer) US $7.95

Black Deluxe Shadow Brush X2 US $2.49 (I put the other one into a shoe box where I am gathering things for my mini-giveaway when I finally reach 50 followers)

Large Pencil Crease Brush Black/Silver US $3.95

Pink Deluxe Oval Shadow Brush US $2.39

Combo Set 3 – Creative Me #1
- Creative Me #2 Total US $37.95

Free Sample Blush (Princess J.)
I have heard quite a bit of a rave about their Camo Quad (Concealer) and so I thought I give it a try. I picked out the medium colours even though my skin tone is considered light. I just thought that the medium would suit me a lot better and I’m glad I chose this one over the light one. The texture is really nice and for such a cheap price I’m not complaining much. It blends easily on my skin, but I have yet to try it on my actual face so maybe I’ll keep you guys posted on it when I do finally try it.

I’m not sure what to use the white for, but I’ve seen other people review this product and I think they suggested the white can be used as highlight? On the website it says the white is used for the outside and inside corners of the eyes, to brighten up tired eyes.

Their makeup brushes are reasonably cheap so I thought I give them a shot

I bought these big oval shape brushes because I can’t find them here anywhere in Australia. It was affordable so I bought a black and a pink one to see what the difference is. I think the black ones just looks nicer because the silver on the pink doesn’t look as nice. It’s the type of metal material that scratches and gets dirty easily, but beside that them both does the same job and it doesn’t scratch on the face. Not super soft or smooth, but good enough for the cheap prices they are offered at. Washing brushes prior to use is essential, they have this chemical small to them and even Coastal Scents recommended washing with a mild soap and water before using. The pencil brush is not bad, very soft and doesn’t have a chemical smell but I washed it anyway. I’m not too hyped about their brushes but they are the more affordable ones for beginners or makeup addicts that don’t want to spend loads of dollars buying MAC brushes or other expensive brand ones. I think these ones works just as well and I don’t see any shedding that is definitely a plus for me.

The lil’ buki brush was something I just added to the cart because they were having a promotion and selling them at $0.99. It’s so cute and it definitely is small, but I think the size of it would be a quite travel size. However to me I think it would be great size for highlight/shimmer so that’s something that will come in handy for me since I love applying shimmer to my cheeks just above the cheek bones. For $0.99 there is no complaint about the quality, it is soft, and doesn’t scratch the face and no shedding. Can’t ask for more than that for the price I paid for it.

The next two products I’m in total love with. I bought Coastal Scents Combo Set #3, which consists of two palettes with 12 colours in each one. The Creative Me #1 and #2 are quite popular and I love them. They’re magnetic palettes and the shadows can be removed so you can refill them when you run out. They’re a part of the hot pots available for sale individually on Coastal Scents website. I believe the individual eyeshadows are US $4.49 each. They also sell empty magnetic palette on their site, the 12 pan for US $7.95 and 4 pan for US $4.95. Not too pricey and for those of you who live in the US you’re in luck as they have free shipping for orders over US $50!

The quality of the eyeshadows is very nice and they’re not expensive at all so I would recommend these for people who love bright colours or shimmer colours. Also great products for those who do not want to spend fortunes buying branded makeup. The original price for each palette is US $21.95 each, but when bought in the combo set #3 it is US $37.95. You don’t save a great deal but you do save US $5.95 if you buy them in the combo set.

The colours are vibrant and matte in the Creative Me #1 palette, with great pigmentation and the case is really strong and the magnet is great as they will not fall out if they are turned upside down.

The colours in the Creative Me #2 palette are all shimmers and personally I like this palette more than the #1 palette. I find this palette gives better colour/pigmentation payoff and is easy to blend and apply on silky smooth.

In the package beside two business cards Coastal Scents also include a small amount of free sample blush in a very tight plastic container I found nearly impossible to open. I guess it would insure it won’t spill during transit. I received a small sample of the blush colour Princess J. and thought I would share a quick swatch with you. It is really shimmery. The texture is smooth and it goes on very well and the colour is quite pretty. It makes me want to buy some other shades to try. Their blushes are a part of their mineral makeup branch, which I have not tried. Perhaps another time I’ll give them a shot, but not anytime soon.

I can’t wait to use the palettes and to try out the camo quad, I’ve heard some great reviews on Coastal Scents and I can see that I’ll love them as well.
Just an update, my first mini-giveaway will be when i finally reach 50 followers. it'll consist of two prizes so i'm at 25 which is only halfway. I have been gathering things during some of my shopping trips and putting them into a shoe box. The box is pretty full of stuff so I can't wait until i finally reach 50 :D

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Disclaimer: I am not affiliated or being paid to do this review. All products were bought with my own money unless stated. This review is based on my personal opinions and may not be the same as everyone else’s.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome haul! I love Coastal Scents! Enjoy your goodies!! Don't work too hard!



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