On Wednesdays We Window Shop (August 3, 2022)

Ulta Forever Fabulous Sale August 3 -4, 2022 plus my thoughts on new beauty releases: MAC Powder Kiss Velvet Blur Slim Stick, Smashbox Halo Cream Cheek Lip Tint, Benefit Gimmer Brow Volumizing Fiber Eyebrow Pencil.

If you follow the beauty industry closely, then you know that new releases are happening all the time.  So let’s discuss what new products are on my radar right now.


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Mac Powder Kiss Velvet Blur Slim Stick, $27.00**: To me, this formula from MAC sounds a lot like the Powder Kiss bullet lipsticks that they already have. The promo images for the Slim Stick do look a little less matte than the promo images for the bullet lipstick, but they are both described as a weightless moisture-matte. So I guess the big difference between the two other than shape and size is the 12-hour wear claim on the Powder Kiss Velvet Blur Slim Stick. You know I love MAC, so I am always excited about new releases, but I do not like the blurred lip look on myself. I also wasn’t crazy about the scent and taste of the original Powder Kiss lipsticks, so I won’t be trying these out.


Smashbox Halo Cream Cheek + Lip Tint, $28.00**: If you’ve been around you probably know that I don’t like liquid products, but this new release from Smashbox has me excited for the brand. Smashbox doesn’t get much hype but to me, they are a solid brand. So I think it is exciting to see them release a product that is more on trend. I personally love that the shade range sits on the deeper end of the blush spectrum and that the shades seem saturated. It can be hard to find these types of shades on the market. I do think the shade range is missing some lighter shades but the brand does say it is sheer to medium coverage so maybe there’s some wiggle room.

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On Wednesdays We Window Shop (March 2, 2022)

KVD Good Apple Concealer Swatches Medium Dark Olive Skin and Covergirl Trublend Bronzer in Ebony and Warmth, Covergirl Trublend Blush in coral crush and temptation, Merit Beauty Signature Lipstick, Patrick Ta Double Take Creme and powder blush.

If you follow the beauty industry closely, then you know that new releases are happening all the time.  So let’s discuss what new products are on my radar right now.


I stopped posting these over a year and a half back. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. When I noticed that these posts were becoming more of a shopping list rather than just window shopping, I decided to take a break. But I wanted to give it another try to see if it can be an outlet to talk about makeup without buying so much of it. We’ll see how it goes.

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KVD Beauty Good Apple Lightweight Full-Coverage Concealer Tan 161 0.33 oz/ 10mL**

KVD Good Apple Concealer, $28.00**:  I was so disappointed to find out that I can’t use this formula. While alcohol in the formula won’t be a deal-breaker for everyone, I don’t gamble with it on my dry, sensitive, eczema-prone skin. The alcohol is the fourth ingredient in this concealer, so that is a high enough amount for me to pass on buying. I did go in-store and swatch this so I’ve included those swatches below for anyone that may still be interested. It is getting very good reviews even from people with dry skin.

KVD Good Apple Concealer Shades 161, 162, 167, 169, and 173 Swatches on Medium Dark Olive Skin
KVD Good Apple Concealer Swatches
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On Wednesdays We Window Shop (July 8, 2020)

Make Up For Ever Aqua Resist Smoky Shadow Stick, Natasha Denona Bronze Eyeshadow Palette, Covergirl TruBlend So Flushed High Pigment Blush

If you follow the beauty industry closely, then you know that new releases are happening all the time.  So let’s discuss what new products are on my radar right now

Covergirl Trublend So Flushed High Pigment Blush in 360 Sweet Seduction Swatch and review
Covergirl 360 Sweet Seduction

Covergirl TruBlend So Flushed High Pigment Blush, $7.99** (I ended up purchasing this blush, see the review here): I’ve been upset that Covergirl discontinued their baked version of the TruBlend Blushes for so long now.  I am happy to see a relaunch of the blush line but disappointed that it isn’t the baked version being released in a larger shade range.  There are still only 3 shades being offered so it remains to be seen how versatile the shades will be across skin tones.  Covergirl is claiming that this formula has a “cream-feel,”  which makes me wonder if it will have a similar look on the skin as the old TruBlend formula.  If you’ve given any of these a try, let me know what you think of the formula.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Resist Smoky Shadow Multi-Use Waterproof Color Stick, $23.00**:  I really enjoy this brand and it feels very underrated these days.  This vegan formula can be used as a shadow or liner and promises to be creaseless, smudge-proof, and waterproof. 

The last eyeshadow crayon I can remember using was the Milani Shadow Eyez Pencil in Cafe-Au-Lait.  Now that eyeshadow crayons seem to be easier to find in a better variety of shades (Covergirl, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown), I wonder if we’ll see Milani bring those back. UPDATE January 28, 2022: Milani has started to release shadow sticks again. The Gilded Shadow Stick retails for $6.99 and comes in 4 shades.**

I’m pretty sure people never stopped using the NYX Jumbo Eye pencils**, but I think they used to have more shades.  I’m interested to see if anyone on Youtube will review these.  I know MakeupShayla usually features Make Up For Ever new release, so if the brand sends out PR on this release maybe she’ll get them.

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On Wednesdays We Window Shop (June 17, 2020)

e.l.f. x Jkissa Fur-Ever Eyeshadow Brush Set, Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick, Mac Cosmetics Shot of Colour Lip Oil in Punch-Drunk Love, Maybelline Color Strike Cream-to-Powder Eye Shadow Pen in Ace, and NYX Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint in Bombshell

If you follow the beauty industry closely, then you know that new releases are happening all the time.  So let’s discuss what new products are on my radar this week

e.l.f. x Jkissa Fur-Ever Eyeshadow Brush Set, $25.00:  When it comes to affordable brushes e.l.f. has some of the best.  This caught my eye because I don’t have a lot of experience with the e.l.f eyeshadow brushes and this set has me curious.  I do like the face brushes I have from the brand, but I’ve only used one of their eye brushes and that was years ago.  So far the reviews I’ve seen have been positive.

Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick, $22.00:  I’m a fan of tinted lip balms especially on days when I only want to do my brows and wear a little something on the lips.  The brand is promising sheer color, shine, and moisture.  I can’t fully tell, but it looks like every shade has some shimmer in it, even if it is not overt.  I don’t typically like that in a lip product because it often feels gritty and sticks around on the lips even after the color has worn off.  There are a few products that have shimmer particles that aren’t an issue, but I find that harder to come by.  In concept, I would think that these will be similar to the Maybelline Shine Compulsion Lipsticks ($5.98 – $7.99) and the L’oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipsticks ($7.18 – $10.99), both of which I think are great products.  If you don’t know, Ulta Beauty has the highest prices for drugstore cosmetics.  So that is why I gave such a wide price range for the two drugstore lipsticks.  Walmart and Target have the best prices on drugstore makeup.

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