Wednesday, November 20, 2013

H&M Makeup Haul and Swatches

Hello again readers!

I went out with Ani to her mall a bit back, and they had a CRAZY amazing sale! They had 50% off their clearance, and it was just insane to get things for 50 cents a piece! I haven't had an opportunity to try any of their cosmetics before, so I went a little crazy...

Lip Gloss:

I got All I Want is You, and You Make Me Smile. The tubes are really huge, actually, about the size of a mascara! I was surprised. It's nothing subtle that you can just toss in your bag and not worry about, they take up a bit of room. Travelling with these would be a bit of a hassle.

All I Want is You is a dusty rose, and You Make Me Smile is a deep pink with blue undertones.

The glosses themselves aren't terrible. They're a little sticky, but not overwhelmingly so. The pigmentation is okay, nothing to really write home about. The smell though... I personally like it, but it's so weird! You can smell the chemicals, and it's like the glosses are trying to hard to smell like cake, and it's just not hitting it. 

All in all, they're not terrible glosses, but they are far from being favourites.

Gold Star Gloss:

The only name this product had was 'Gold Star Gloss', which, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I'm actually incredibly pleased with it! The bottle is really small, and you can hook it onto your keys or in your bag. The packaging itself is really unique, and easy to find if you decide to just toss it into your bag and forget about it.

The gloss is slicker than the other glosses I bought, but there isn't colour to it. It's a gold glitter in a clear base. The glitter isn't gritty, and it isn't distracting on the lips. I can wear this alone, or over a nice red for an instant pick-me-up. I can definitely see me wearing this for the Holidays this year.

Norwegian Sky

Norwegian Sky is a light blue creme with blue iridescent glitter. Unfortunately, the glitter doesn't really transfer onto the nail at all. In artificial lighting, you cannot tell there's glitter at all, and even in direct sunlight you have to really look at the nail to see it at all.

Really disappointing if you compare it to the bottle:

The formula wasn't that bad, a little runny, but it applied in just two coats. Not bad.

Bella's Choice

This is a polish I've been wanting from H and M for a while now, and I finally had a chance to buy it! Bella's Choice is a beautiful turquoise creme. The formula was on the thicker side, but it evened out with two coats.

Why So Blue

Why So Blue is a dust blue creme with blue iridescent glitter. The creme base reminds me a lot of China Glaze - First Mate, actually. Beautiful colour. This polish has a similar problem to Norwegian Sky, where it has gorgeous shimmer that's hard to see. It has a bit of a bigger kick, with the shimmer being seen more easily, but it's not that much better off. 

It's such a shame, because the polish in the bottle looks drop-dead gorgeous, and the polish on the nail doesn't reflect that.

The polish was easier to apply, and was opaque with two coats.

Honey I'm Home

Oh so incredibly weak am I. Honey I'm Home is gorgeous, and was the first polish I picked up. It's a dusty violet creme polish. I've been wanting a polish like this, and it was meant to be. The formula was fantastic, not too thick, and not too watery. It applied in two coats.

Midnight Passion

Midnight Passion is a dark red creme. Oh, this is another one of those colours that I just can't get enough of! The formula was really good, applying perfectly in two coats. The only issue I had was the nail tips being exposed, but that's easily solved with a bit of wrapping.

Fabulous Nails Honey

Fabulous Nails Honey is a deep burgundy shimmer polish. Definitely an attention grabber. The shimmer is fantastic, and really distracts from the brush strokes of the polish. This formula was a little on the runny side, and definitely needs patience to get it to work. It took two coats for full opacity.

Out of all of the cosmetics I bought, I was really pleased with the polishes! Before I bought them, I read a lot of reviews that they were thick and hard to handle, but at 50 cents a piece, I couldn't pass them up.

This isn't a makeup item, but it was a complete steal:

I've been meaning to get a new blazer to replace my old one that is now far too big on me, and it's been hard finding one that just... works. You know how it is, when you find a blazer that fits you like a glove and makes you look extra polished?

I found this one in the store, and hanging up, it leaves a lot to be desired. It doesn't look like it has any shape to it at all, but since it was on clearance, I threw caution to the wind and tried it on.

Oh man, it fits my body so well, and it looks fantastic! It was originally 25 dollars, and I got it for 5! Just what I needed to spice up a casual outfit, or add a finishing touch to a a more done-up look.

Thanks for reading!

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