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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Makeup Forever Flash Color & ULTA Haul

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I recently got my Sephora catalog and have been lemming the Makeup Forever Flash Color pots ($17 each) because they are so pigmented, come in a wide array of colors, AND remind me so much of the MAC Paint Pots. I have always loved Makeup Forever, even moreso than MAC *shocker*! They are incredibly fused with color and have a nice finish; I just hate how expensive their products are! One eyeshadow is $18!

I desperately wanted to try them (the funnest part of being a beauty blogger is the testing phase), so I called my local Sephora and had them hold some colors for me based on the ones I saw on their website: Turquoise, Leaf Green, Purple, and Coral. They can be used ANYWHERE, eyes, face, lips, and body.

I ran home and was in AWE! They are GORGEOUS and absolutely vibrant! I missed out on the Alexander McQueen Collection from MAC so I never got the "Other Worldly" Paint Pot, so I was happy that Turquoise was a good dupe. This color isn't even turquoise to me, but more of a sky blue, yet it says turquoise. I can't wait to do a look with these and really try 'em out!

Here are the pics & swatches(no base, applied as is):




Swatches:



Without Flash:



I want to re-create this look:


Aren't they just the prettiest little things?? I WILL DO a thorough review on it soon.

I also re-did my nails and got a black line instead of my usual silver:


The BF and I went on a nice little date to a Japanese Restaurant in Pasadena, he is hanging out with his friend on Saturday and I guess he felt bad because it's "our day" so he took me shopping after dinner at the ULTA store across the street. Yay! He is too sweet! I went a little crazy because I hardly go to ULTA and because heck it was the BF's treat! LOL. Many of you have asked: ULTA EYESHADOWS FIT ONLY IN THE NIXIE PALETTE, NOT MAC PALETTES. (WWW.NIXIECOSMETICS.COM)

Here's what I got:


- More sponge makeup wedges
- Sponge-tipped applicators
- NYX Lipgloss in "Plush Red" (nice DEEP burgundy red)
- Ardell lower eyelashes falsies
- Ardell Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator to help speed up the growth of brittle eyelashes and eyebrows
- 3 ULTA eyeshadows (Which got me the free gift in the pink bag!): Bone, Knit, and Breeze
- Ardell Eyebrow Stencils
- Neutrogena Moisturizer
- 2 Bourjois eyeshadows
- Glycolic Acid Cream (to smooth the texture of your skin)















Top: Knit (Orange) & Breeze (Blue) on the Bottom: Bone

42 comments

Liz said...

I see you got the Ardell Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator. Have you used this before? If you have, I'm presuming it works as you repurchased? If you haven't, I'd be most interested in hearing what you have to say about it!

Chyichyi said...

Oh my gahd! The mufe pots look amazing! I never expected them to be so pigmented. Now I covet those. Girl what are you doing with falsies? Your lashes are already so long, what are the rest of us gonna do then? =D

/Chi

Anonymous said...

i love ulta! i was just there at the pasadena one today!

christianadivine said...

when i got my sephora catalog i also fell in love with the look on the front of the catalog! haha. i was looking at it with my boyfriend and i was like, "isn't that pretty! i'd so do that if i had the patience." LOL! i can't wait to see you recreate it. :] those makeup forever flash color pots are GORGEOUS. :D the colors are so vibrant and pretty! :D i really love the coral and turquoise colors though. :D gosh, nice haulage! haha. my hauls have been ever so tiny lately, because of the cash shortage. LOL. :P

christianadivine said...

p.s. if you like sushi as much as my bf and i do and GOOD sushi at that, there's an all you can eat sushi bar in dena near the ULTA there. It's called Sushiya, it's small and quaint but OMG they have some of the AWESOMEST sushi EVER! It's hands down my favorite sushi bar. :D Sorry, your post about the ULTA in dena reminded me of that sushi bar, cause it's like a couple blocks away from the ULTA. LOL. :D

Lani said...

NICE haul!! and those MUFE pots!! they are so pretty!! can't wait for you to do a look with them. damn i wish we had an ulta here. i hate ordering stuff online because of the wait. and usually shipping to hawaii takes a little longer. anyway, do some looks with those pots and i'll make you ribs any day! lol.

the Muse said...

I can't wait to see your FOTD's with the MUFE! I know I'd have a hard time working with these so I avoided purchasing them!

AHHHHHHHHH! Mini BP eyeshadows! WANT! Can't wait to see these in action!

Very tempted to order some of those online ;)

Elodie said...

Hi Nessa,

I've never heard of Make Up Forever before but thanks to you I just saw there's a Make Up Forever Store in my town. I can't wait to visit it !

aeri said...

japanese restaurant in pasadena... any chance that, that might be kabukis?? cause its right next to ulta. if so, small world i used to work there. but fyi gins the japanese restaurant on colorado is much better. lol

ladyjane said...

I LOVE your nails! I might try to freestyle the black line cause I just took off my fake nails. They look so nice!

Are those lashes for the bottom lid? I forgot to purchase them...damn. Well I still hafta figure out how to apply the top lashes properly.

I tried the Anastasia brow stencils but my brows are too short to begin with...maybe I'll get the Ardell ones a try.

I also purchased the Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator recently, but right now, I'm not sure if it's working...need to give it more time.

I love posts that's picture heavy :) lol

Bliss said...

Thats are great haul, the makeup forever swatches looks great, your bf is too sweet, cannot wait for your review :)

itsjustme said...

Love those color pots! Can't wait to see what you do with em!

yummy411 said...

we are such makeup junkies. i swear if we lived near each other we'd prob always bump into each other!! i've been meaning to post about some of this same stuff (the flash color pots, etc.) but sometimes i get lazy and today i think i've hit a makeup rut. i can't wait to see what you come up with and to see you use those bottom lashes! i love bottom lashes! i have a look that i swear i'm using when i get married with some bottom lashes.. extreme i know, BUT! it's gorgeous!

yummy411 said...

oh p.s. i call black and white nails tuxedo nails.. i love all variations... i used to always get black tips and a white line... i like your version a lot too!

krstylkleer said...

I loves it when you post pictures of all of your goodies. It makes me want to go shopping! :]

krstylkleer said...

I loves it when you post pictures of all of your goodies. It makes me want to go shopping! :]

Liz said...

Awww. I love your nails.

I wanna go get a manicure tomorrow. :-)

Elz said...

Haha. Is there any stuff left in the ULTA store? LOL! looks gorgeous.

mayaari said...

those MUFE pots look incredible! can't wait to see what you do with them. and i'm so jealous that your bf treats you to shopping trips for makeup.

Ethereal Prey said...

nice haul! Can't wait to see what FOTD you come up with! damn those colors are bright! I like MUFE too! I have one thing by them I can't remember what it is but they totally rock!

Sheila Ferrari said...

I love the colors you chose (MUF). I got the violet and peach ones. I have yet to use them. Did you see the silver and gold flash color pots? They are soooo pretty too. I actually returned my cash flow for the gold flash color pot. I'm crazy, i know everyone loves the cash flow. lol

I can't wait to see your review on the paint pots and see what you thought of them.

and also, I really really dig your nails. Very very cute!

Xuanie said...

hey vanessa! nice haul you got there, i still havent tried my MUFE pot yet, but looking your at your swatch of the coral color it looks so pretty i might just have to go pick that one up myself. and dont you find the MUFE pot so much more creamer then the Mac pots? cant wait to see what you come up with!

ilurvemakeup said...

Nice haulage! :D What a nice bf you have, can I borrow him for a day for a MAC splurge? LOL :) Your nails look very nice, has that classy touch and not overly done, me like :) Those makeup 4ever look GORGEOUS! You have to do an fotd on those pleaaase :) You got ardell brow accelerator, I love that stuff and I'm already due for a new one ^_^

the Muse said...

'nes if you don't mind me asking how much were the mini bj shadows?

thanks :)

BeautyChick101 said...

What a great haul! I am so jealous!

MakeupByRenRen said...

oh my gosh "drooling" over your haul. i thought the same thing when i saw the MUFE pots in the sephora catalog...now I want! They look a lot more pigmented than mac's paint pots too...i must have! can't wait to see the look!

MakeupByRenRen said...

oh my gosh "drooling" over your haul. i thought the same thing when i saw the MUFE pots in the sephora catalog...now I want! They look a lot more pigmented than mac's paint pots too...i must have! can't wait to see the look!

nai nai said...

oO i just did a little spree at ulta this past weekend, and i got the same pink bag! haha. i love free goodies =]

Courtney said...

Holy mother i want the paint pots. The colors are AMAZINNGGG.

And i love the lashes. Which reminds me, of http://www.madamemadeline.com/
you can buy any of Ardell products (and more)for a lot cheaper and every eyelash number they have.

AND if you spend more then $20 they give you a free pair!
Don't know if you've used the website, but i order all the time, i think it's awesome.

(g)ezebel said...

ooo, look at all that neat stuff?! and i WANT the MUF flash colors..! sooo vibrant. too bad i'm on shopping restriction. *sad sad sigh*

Distinque said...

love the nails! I miss getting mines done. It's too expensive here in Hawaii. It would be $30 for a fill.

Can't wait for your review of the Makeup Forever Products?:)

Linda said...

those colors are sooo pigmented and pretty! too bad they're a little too bold and expensive for me.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vanessa! I love the MUFE pots, they're soo pretty! You definitely have to let us know how they are :) I was wondering if you know how to sanitize eyeshadow because I was depotting one of them with a knife and the knife accidentally touched the shadow but I don't want to throw out $14! Thanks.

-Ellen (ellenli89@gmail.com)

' * : . b | u 3 . : * ' said...

i saw that Sephora look too! its so pretty, i can't wait to see how you do it :) i wouldn't have the patience to draw/stick on all those flowers.

Ruby said...

They look a lot like the Hot Topic smudge pots...which are impossible to get off. I bet these are easier to apply with and creamier though, please let us know when you've tested it out. I desperately want these too! ^_^

Fei said...

I've tried the glycolic cream. It didn't work very well on me, but maybe you'll have better luck.

Kandice said...

Hey Vanessa! Puh-leeze let us know how the Ardell Brow and Lash Growth Accelerator and the Glycolic Acid cream work out...I would love to know so I can purchase them if they are a success! Can't wait to see the MUFE products put to use. I also love MUFE!

standupforme said...

i love makeupforever! And I love the colors. They would be perfect for spring. I don't think the color pots are something that I would be into but I love their eyeliners.

winnie said...

i bought a MUFE flash color pot in metallic gold. it looks amazing on swatched on my hand but it's creasey, strange, and doesn't go on pigmented on my eye lids :( do you know a way to fix this?

shades of hue said...

Hey girl, do you do your nails yourself or do you go to the nail salon? I can never do acrylics myself. The combination looks cool!

Mrs. Lynne, MakeupFix.net said...

I miss you sis. Here I am. Those flash pots are looking gorgeous. Excellent McQueen dupe!

lynn said...

i'd love to see how that lash growth stuff works. I bought lashfushion a while back and it didn't really work very well. it just made my lashes feel a bit sticky

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