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WordPress Reminder

By newshine · September 8, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hey guys! Just a reminder to change the address in your reader or to change your bookmark of this page! We're truckin' away over on the WordPress site, but for a couple more days I want to leave links here and remind you to come on over!




Thanks for reading!


Much love,


FOTD and WordPress

By newshine · September 3, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hello lovelies!

I'm working on transitioning the blog from our current host to WordPress, which should be much more direct and easier for BOTH of us to use! I'm adding a link to the new post, which I've put up on the WordPress site. I'll keep linking the new posts here for one week and after that we'll solely be using WordPress. So exciting!


FOTD on WordPress


If you're ready to put the new link in your RSS reader, here it is:




Thank you for reading and I can't wait to see you there!


Much love,



Wet 'n Wild Eye Shadow Series: Part Two

By newshine · September 1, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hello lovelies! I hope you're having a great week and you've had some great beauty moments. :)


I don't know if you know this about me or not, but I love cheap-yet-fantastic bargains...




Enter in another surprisingly good Wet 'n Wild product. These are the newest trios from the inexpensive brand, and they come in a variety of sophisticated color combinations. They're pretty popular in the makeup blog-o-sphere. I only have three of them, as they're particularly hard to find in bigger cities. I bought two of them back home in western North Carolina!



The first trio, Cool As a Cucumber, consists of metallic dark green, metallic eggplant, and a matte pale mint. As someone with dark brown eyes, this really appealed to me as something that would contrast, but in a good way.



The color payoff isn't as good as it could be (they are only $3!), but I still can appreciate them. And as per usual, the color is a bit better in person. (I'll get a new camera someday.) Wet 'n Wild eye shadows may not be overwhelmingly pigmented, but they are buildable, and that counts for quite a bit.



This trio is called Walking On Eggshells and it includes pale peachy pink, a warm coffee brown, and a pale cream color. These are really great neutrals, especially for warm skintones.



Not too shabby, eh?


Um, the colors, not my horibble photo...




The last trio I have is called Knock On Wood, and it has a berry/bronze color, chocolate brown for the crease, and a pale, shimmery pink for the highlight. This set (as well as the other two) are all leaning towards the warm side of life, since I bought them for myself and um, have warm undertones. Go figure? ;)


Ignore the screen shadow on my arm.




Like I said, I really like these. The color combinations are smart, and with as many as they make (12), there really is something for every skintone. While the pigment isn't as strong as some would prefer, they are buildable and blend really easily.


Much love!



P.S.- Don't forget to follow the blog on twitter @newshineblog for some extras! We'll be doing a twitter giveaway soon, so be ready!!

Sneak Peek

By newshine · September 1, 2011 · 0 Comments ·


I love these so much! I dove head-first back into makeup because of these babies. Get excited!


Much lurrrve,


New Shine wants to know!

By newshine · August 31, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

What beauty products do you keep in your workstation/desk?

(Even for those of you who work from home, do you have a stash by your computer?)



I usually keep Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, because my nails and cuticles are TO' UP! I keep a lip balm or two, such as Palladio's Herbal Tinted Lip Balm or my eos favorites. And of course, LOTION. My favorite right now is the small size of Johnson's Body Care 24 Hour Body Lotion that I buy from the travel section of Target. That's about it!


Let us know your answer in the comments section of this post!

Filed in: questions
Tagged with: desk beauty, Beauty Must-Haves

My Favorite Perfume

By newshine · August 31, 2011 · 0 Comments ·


Isn't she gorgeous?



Much love,


YouTube How-To of the Week, Vol. 004

By newshine · August 30, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hey lovelies! It's time for a new YouTube video!


Ever heard of tightlining? No? It's pretty simple and it makes your eyelashes look four million times thicker. This video is where I first heard about the technique, and Tiffany is a pretty great teacher (she actually used to be one!). Tiffany is a girl after my own heart, hailing from the South in Atlanta, GA. She's a self-taught makeup artist and one of the first YouTube Gurus I discovered. Love her!


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Happy Wednesday Tuesday!

Much love,


Tagged with: YouTube How-To, how to, video

Wet 'n Wild Eyeshadow Series: Numero Uno

By newshine · August 29, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hello lovelies :) I appreciate your patience over the past few days as I've been busy with school and then the hurricane, which shut off our power! We're blessed that losing power is the only problem we had when others lost loved ones or their homes.


Let's get into this makeup thing, shall we? :)


Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Petal Pusher (L) and Comfort Zone (R)

I don't do surprises well. I can smell out a plan a mile away (unless my mom is involved- she could survive a prison interrogation FO SHO) and when I figure out you're trying to surprise me, I'm all over you like me on guacamole! D has been subject to this already more times than he would care to count in our year-and-a-half long relationship, poor thing. Christmas was a nightmare for him! And Valentine's Day? FORGET IT.

But anyhoo. Back to surprises. I actually like them, though I don't like to know I'm being surprised. Which is why I love these Wet N Wild palettes that much more. I was completely shocked to find out how fantastic they are, especially for only $5!

Like I've said before, I'd written off Wet N Wild years ago as being a cheap brand not worth having, until recently when I came across some beauty bloggers touting their wonders. So naturally, I needed to see for myself.

I promise, the top left shade isn't so blinding in person.

The first palette, Petal Pusher, is primarily made up of cool toned bluish-purples and a random black-based shadow to throw us all off. Generally, the colors themselves are great; they've attempted to some pretty sophisticated colors, which I appreciate from an economy brand. I just wish they were better quality. (Even just a little bit better!)

Petal Pusher Swatches

As you can seen in the photo above, the colors look like watercolors- they're sheer around the edges, which indicates a lack of pigmentation. I had to use quite a bit of product to achieve the depth of color you see. But despite that, the colors are pretty great.



I know this is a horrible picture, but I wanted you to see the highlight color, which isn't an opaque white like I originally thought, but an iridescent color. This was the only photo I took where could see the color changing in the light. I was at first irritated at the fact that it didn't show up in the swatch and that the company had made something that looked one way in the pan, but COMPLETELY different on. Then I realized that for a highlight color, this was ingenious. So now I love it.


This is a picture of the darker colors, including the random blacks. The shade on the far left is a bronze-y plum with a bit of red undertone (the warmest shade in the palette) and it very much reminds me of my favorite MAC eyeshadow, Trax. Trax is more purple and less red than this shade, however. The purples are great (I'm wearing them today), though again, if your skin prefers warm tones to cool, you'll need to add some warmth to your face to balance the look. Anyhoo, the blacks are dusty and basically meh, definitely only used to add some darkness to the outer v of the eye, for example. This is my least favorite of the two palettes.


Wet 'n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Comfort Zone


This. Is. Why. I. Love. Cheap. Brands. This palette is fantastic! It's much warmer, which works better for my skin tone, and the color payoff is incredibly good. After dealing with Petal Pusher and being disappointed, I wasn't looking forward to Comfort Zone. Color me surprised!

The full Comfort Zone monty.

The swatches above were done with significantly fewer swipes of the pan than Petal Pusher. (Disclaimer: Because my camera isn't high-tech, and I'm probably not using it to its full potential, I use more product in swatches so that the camera will pick up the colors in photos.) The highlight color (top left shade in the palette) was just as sheer as the other highlight shade in Petal Pusher, which I can appreciate if that's intentional. The colors are pretty great, non?


Comfort Zone: Left Column

As you can see in the photo above, the highlight shade is quite sheer, but the other shades are buildable and it doesn't take long for them to be fully opaque. The copper-y color, second from left, was swatched with just one swipe, as it's incredibly soft and buttery. Very impressive. The dark colors, just like in Petal Pusher, are just meh; they're harder to work with, though these are still better than the other palette.


Comfort Zone: Right Column

The color payoff in the right column is similar to the left, with the dark color being the least pigmented. The lightest shade, the green color, and the awesome brown at the end are soft, easy to work with, and the color payoff is fantastic.

Speaking of the awesome brown shade...

Awesome brown shade.

This color is the light of my life. But let me set this story up: Several months ago, I was perusing the MAC counter and as usual, I lingered around the pigment stand. I found this amazing and wonderful color, simply called Blue Brown. (Not their most creative moment, non?) Anyhoo, I fell in love with this shade which is  a duochrome, meaning that it shifts colors with the light. The base is a reddish brown with a blue/green pearl. AMAZING. For some reason, I never purchased it, though I think MAC pigments are a great bargain ($20 for .15oz of color that will last forever because it's so pigmented? YES PLEASE). Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when I picked up Comfort Zone and discovered that it contained a shade ALMOST IDENTICAL to MAC's Blue Brown pigment. I was shocked to see that it was such a close dupe, as well as being one of the better quality shades in the palette as far as color payoff and blendability. (I may have made that word up.) I'm in lurve!

I think this color would work well for both cool and warm skin tones, due to the nature of the duochrome. Again, AWESOME.

Another shot, just for posterity.

Wet 'n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Petal Pusher


Wet 'n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Comfort Zone



There you have it! From what I've seen, these are pretty popular, so if you want one, RUN to your nearest CVS or Walmart and pick one up!


Much love homies,


Sunday Haul! 08/21/11

By newshine · August 21, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Hello lovelies! :) I hope you're having a beauty-filled weekend. I picked up a few things this week, including a gift with purchase (GWP)! I do love those...


It was payday this past week, and naturally this meant a trip to Ulta. (What? I ACTUALLY needed some things! I swear!) Anyhoo, they've just rebranded their eponymous makeup line and were having a GWP for any purchase of $17.50 or more. I was like, "YO. I GOT THIS." So I picked out a couple of eyeshadows, having bought some of the old ones and not hating them, as well as a new lipgloss. Because you really can never have too many.


This is one of their baked eyeshadows, called Taken, which has a frosty champagne blend on the left, and a sheer gray on the right. The gray has warm brown undertones and though I haven't used it yet, I think I'm gonna lurve it!


Say hello to my new favorite eyeshadow, Cherry Bomb. I am in LOVE with this color, and knew it was coming home with me from the moment our eyes met. It's this beautiful coral pink with red undertones and a gold micro-shimmer. I've worn it once and we bonded immediately. :)


This is the lipgloss I purchased which I'm pretty pleased with. It's number 15 and the color seems to be close to my natural lip color, making it a great gloss for a smokey eye look. So far, my only complaint is that it's really hard to get any product out of the tube! But more on that later.


Now for the GWP! There are three color options available and I picked the warmest one. I've only tried the lip products and that gloss? SUPER smooth. The lipstick case is cheap, with the product being only okay. The lipstick is made especially for this gift, so be sure to check out the regular line before dismissing all of the lip colors.


The gift bag is kinda cute, non?


This is the mascara I forgot to include in the pictures of the GWP items...he he. My B. Not really a fan of this, but I'll do a review later.

This Gift With Purchase also comes with three brushes with clear acrylic handles that were just crap. They were so bad, I decided not to even photograph them, because they are most definitely being thrown out. There's a larger blush brush, a smaller brush for the eyes, and a sponge-tipped applicator. Ugh.


All of the goodies in the bag.


I also made a stop at Tar-jay. A friend has requested that I do a review on eyelash curlers and how to use them, and since mine is in dire need of replacing I went ahead and picked up a new one, as well as a different style for comparison. Be on the lookout for that tutorial if you have any lingering questions! ;)


If you're not shopping from the travel aisle, then you're not really living. Best hand sanitizer EVER (smells great AND conditions) and my go-to purse hand cream. Why spend more?


I've been eyeing this NYX lipgloss for a while now on their website, and of course my Ulta hasn't had it in stock in AGES. Same goes with the Palladio lip balm. But Ulta finally pulled through! And these glosses? DID NOT DISAPPOINT. More details to come later!


WOW. That was a lot. Maybe I should start doing videos? It probably would go faster for these types of posts...hmmm. I'll look into that. If I did videos, would you watch? Let me know in the comments below!

Don't forget to let us know what you've bought recently and how you like the purchases!


Much love,



P.S.- Don't forget to follow me/the blog on twitter @newshineblog!

Tagged with: Ulta, haul, Target

FOTD: 08/20/11

By newshine · August 20, 2011 · 0 Comments ·


Today's look involves me having a bit more time to play around, and I have these Wet 'N Wild 8 shadow palettes that I wanted to incorporate. I decided to use all four shades on the right side of the Comfort Zone palette, as I'm working on a review for them. I thought this was much more of a dramatic look, but as I took pictures in the daylight instead of incandescent light, I can see that it's not quite as daring as I'd thought... :) I like it, though, and would probably wear it to work. I kept the cheeks and lips to a minimum so I didn't look like a different type of working girl! Ha! (Ba-dum-sha!)


Products Used:

1. Face

  • Up and Up brand moisturizer (comparable to Olay)
  • Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse foundation in 110 Porcelain Ivory (applied with the Sigma F50 Duo Fibre brush. AMAZING.)


2. Eyes

  • NYX HD Eyeshadow Primer
  • Wet 'N Wild 8 Eyeshadow Palette in Comfort Zone (all four colors on the right side)
  • Coastal Scents Gel Liner in Truffle
  • CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume mascara in Very Black


3. Cheeks

  • e.l.f. Studio Blush in Candid Coral


4. Lips

  • Ulta Brilliant Color lip gloss in #15


Where to buy:

  • The moisturizer is from Target, but you can find the Olay version, the foundation, the primer, the mascara, and the lip gloss all from Ulta.
  • The eyeshadow can be found at Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens.
  • The blush can be found at Target.



Hope you're having a great weekend!


Much love,


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Just for the record, all products used have been purchased on my own dime. Nobody has sent me anything, and if they do, you'll be the first to know. These are my own opinions and experiences and I'm not being paid to write. (Unfortunately ;)

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