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Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Solar Heat LE Baked Eyeshadows "Feiry" & "Swelter" & Color Craze Nail Polish "Bora Bora"

I mentioned a few days ago that Wet ‘n Wild had a new seasonal, limited edition line called Solar Heat.  The products consist of swirled-baked bronzers and blushes, as well as baked eyeshadow singles.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see any of the bronzers/blushes at my Meijer, but they did have a few of the eyeshadows left so I picked up Swelter and Fiery.  Also, next to the eyeshadow display was a display of limited edition Craze nail polishes, which are in a smaller version of the Color Craze bottles from this fall.  I picked up a color called Bora Bora.
Bora Bora is a beautiful bright coral with silver shimmer.  The shimmer is very hard to capture with a flash, and seeing as we had rain the day I did this manicure, I couldn’t get the picture taken in natural light.  As mentioned above, the bottles are smaller than the original Color Craze nail polish, which I appreciated, especially with the $0.99 price tag!  The consistency is very smooth, although a bit sheer.  I was concerned that I wouldn’t get good coverage in two coats, but was pleasantly suprised once I applied.  Although the first layer went on thin, the second layer applied just the right amount of color.  Because of the thin consistency of the polish, the tips didn’t get gloppy.  I was also worried that the silver frost would end up making the polish somewhat chunky, but this wasn’t the case either.  Really, a great buy for $0.99, and a beautiful color for the summer, and could easily be applied ontop of darker shades to create a new look all together. 
Here is a close up of the bottle so you get a better idea as to the silver shimmer running through the polish – so pretty!
The two Limited Edition Solar Heat baked eyeshadows I picked up were Swelter and Fiery – retail $1.99.  These are beautiful eyeshadows, which remind me of a smaller version of the Jesse’s Girl Color Your World baked eyeshadows or the Maybelline EyeStudio Color Pearls Marbelized Eyeshadows.  Swelter is a swirled mix of ivory, bronze, sage, and olive green.  Once applied, it becomes this beautiful olive-taupe.  Fiery is a swirled mix of peach, gold and purple.  This one applies as more of a true taupe shade.  Both are pearlescent, so there is shimmer.  If you are looking for less shimmer, I would suggest the Maybelline versions. 
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I wanted to compare the sizes of these to something we all know, so below is a shot of the Wet ‘n Wild next to a MAC eyeshadow.  They are comparably sized, although the Wet ‘n Wild does have a “domed” shape (see below), so you might get a little more shadow in it than an a MAC. 
Swatches below – the colors are gorgeous.  I will say, that Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadows tend to be hit and miss, at least in my earlier experiences.  I absolutely love the Sand Castle palette, which is one of my every day go-to items.  I have not tried the new eyeshadows that have replaced their old formula, but would love to.  I have read such wonderful things about them, and the price is great for being on a budget. 
With that said, if these LE baked shadows are any indication of the new lines available, I’m totally sold.  These were smooth, creamy, and very pigmented.  The colors blended together effortlessly.  Where sometimes these types of mixed-shades have one color that overwhelmes the rest, not in the case of the two I picked up.  The colors worked together to create two beautiful, neutral shades.  I have tried these out for two days (one for each shade), and both wore the entire day without creasing, smudging or smearing.  I will run a couple of EOTD’s so you can see the shadows on in the near future.
Who else has run across these shadows?  The bronzers and blushes?  I would love to hear your thoughts!
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NYX Candy Glitter Eyeliners: Disco Queen and Lavender

The last installment of my glitter haul from Ulta a few weeks ago – the NYX Candy Glitter Eyeliners in Disco Queen and Lavender.  I’ve come to the conclusion that good glitter eyeliners are hard to come by – either they flake like crazy, the brush is worthless, or the color selection is limited to gold and silver.  NYX is definitely the exception to the rule!  
NYX offers 18 different colors in the Candy Glitter Eyeliners – yes, some are the basic golds, crystals and silvers, but there are various shades of greens, blues, purples, and even the deeper colors like irridescent black (Disco Queen!).   The brushes on these liners are very thick, durable, and pick up plenty of product without applying a gloppy line.  These are not felt-tip either, these are synthetic hair.  Although the brush is thicker, it still draws a very precise line.  The liner itself is full of moisturizers, so it leaves behind a nice smooth line that lasts, without become hard and chunky, and flaking off.  Note:  This is one of my biggest pet peeves about ANY liquid eyeliner, glitter or not.  I hate when a chunk of the liner flakes off, leaving a blank spot along your lashline! 
The colors are really quite beautiful in person.  The base of the liner has the hint of color (for instance, look at the swatch of Lavender below – see how the background shows the bright purple shade?).  The glitter then compliments the overall shade of the liner.  Because of their basic transparency, these are beautiful on their own for a subtle look, or you can apply over your favorite liner to add some *umph* to the shade.  I personally love to use these over black, but they are just as beautiful over any deep shaded liner. 
Disco Queen is a deep, almost-black, shade with various irridescent shades of glitter.  I get lots of blues, red and greens when I look in the tube, but upon movement you also see crystal, silver and golds.  This is a beauty of a shade! 
Lavender is just that – a bright and gorgeous irridescent purple.  There are also hints of blue, pink and turquoise in the liner as well.  This is so pretty on it’s own, but I applied it over a basic purple liner and it just made it pop!
Below are all the other colors available, and from my memory, these are very true to life.  I just love the variety!
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NYX Glitter Cream Palettes: Sweet Chocolate Browns & One Night in Luxy

I have seen the NYX Cream Glitter Palettes in magazines and specifically in Ulta numerous times, and just never splurged on them.  I couldn’t exactly figure out what I needed them for, so I decided they might work well as a little added glitz to my basic brown and black eyeliners.  Soooo….I picked up the “Sweet Chocolate Browns” and “One Night in Luxy” sets, each complimenting black and brown.
All of these are a cream, if you will, but I think it is probably better described as a very dense gel.  Once applied, the product dries and you are left with a pretty glitter line or layer on top of your eyeshadow.  It doesn’t smear your makeup or flake off through the day.  For the price, I was very impressed with the lasting power and quality of each.  I did find that the microglitter wore a little better than those with larger glitter, but I figure that is to be expected.  Although I picked up two neutral palettes, there are 9 sets available, ranging from blues, greens, turquoise, purples…you name it!  You can see them all here.
Sweet Chocolate Browns is a set of browns and golds. Two of the shades are a larger glitter, while the other three are consistent of micro glittler.  From left to right, we have 1) a deep chocolate brown made of larger glitter, 2) an irridescent, extreme gold micro glitter, 3) deep charcoal brown made of larger glitter, 4) dark brown microglitter, and 4) deep beige micro glitter.

One Night in Luxy is a set of more neutral blacks and grays.  All but the gold are micro glitters, where the gold has larger chunks.  From left to right, we have 1) a dark black/charcoal with microglitter, 2) a deep slate gray with microglitter, 3) deep taupe with microglitter, 4) iridescent gold made of larger glitter, and 5) black micro glitter.
Just as a note, I swatched all of these using my Bare Escentuals Heavenly Liner brush, which is an angled liner made of soft but dense hair.
Although I have only tested these out for a few days, I really do like the versatility.  I can see how fun they will be when I decide to get a little more exotic with my eyeshadow, and add some glitz and glam.  Seeing as it doesn’t smear your eyeshadow underneath when applied (because it’s not a “wet” gel), this applies easily and adds that shine that is fun to have every once in a while!
Who else has tried these out?  Thoughts??
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NYX Haul: Swatches of Runway Collection "Secret World"

Ulta had (or may still have – I haven’t been by in the past few weeks) NYX items buy 2 get 1 free, so I used this as an opportunity to pick up a few new items I have been wanting to try.   I’ve always eyed the Glitter Cream Pallets, and of course had read numerous rave reviews about the Runway Collection, so I took this opportunity to pick a few of those up, as well as some of the glitter eyeliners.
Speciically, I wanted to show you how gorgeous this Runway Collection in “Secret World” is.  Obviously I picked up the greens…I mean, I’m such a sucker for olives and golds, this was a natural.  Below you can see all the shades available in this collection if greens and golds just aren’t for you.
The close up is below – feel free to click the image for a larger view.  All of the shades are pearl/shimmers, although a handful of them have a hint of glitter (the second from the left on the top – golden beige shade – and the far right on the top – chocolate with golden glittler).  Each shade is full of pigmentation and very creamy.  They were easy to apply, and one stroke did it on my swatch below.  Even the the lighter and more natural shades had a lot of color to share, so they won’t be wasted in the purchase like a lot of other multi-shade pallets.
The swatches are below – I started with the top and went left to right, and then moved onto the bottom.  The only one that is difficult to see due to the reflection from the flash is the bottom right, which is a warm snowy white pearl.
Also, as I mentioned above, there are tons of other shades available – a total of 8 color combinations.  There is something for everyone – blues, greys, neutrals, greens…you name it.  Some of them have matte shades available as well, so it really is a matter of going to the store and checking them out.  Ulta also has open pallets that are swatchable in store, so you can tell if you like them or not on the spot!
I really did find this pallet beautiful, and it will be one of my “go to’s” for quite some time.  Do any of you have these?  I’d love to know what you think, and what shade you purchased as well!  
I’ll show you swatches of the glitter pallets and the eyeliners coming up!
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New Wet ‘n Wild Baked Eyeshadows and Bronzers

Wet ‘n Wild has some new, Limited Edition, items.  Falling in line with the baked theme, these are bronzers and eyeshadows that can be used wet/dry and are completely buildable.  I have two eyeshadows I purchased before I left on vacation (they didn’t have any of the bronzers in stock…bummer!), so I will be posting about these in an upcoming review.  From the looks of them in the pot, they are gorgeous, and the price is fantastic as well.  I am especially loving the bronzer in the top right corner…that is definitely on my “need to buy list”.
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So, I came home from a long vacation only to find that none of my posts, posted!  I am so sorry – I personally find it very frustrating when blogs aren’t updated, and here I was a prime offender! 

Get ready for some updates over the next few days! 

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