Pixi Correction Concentrate Brightening Peach

Sometimes, I go looking for trouble. I’m talking about impulsive makeup purchases, of course.

I like to randomly open the Target app on my phone, and browse through the makeup section. I look at new releases, and permanent collections, and I especially pay attention to Target-only brands.

One day, while doing this, I came across this Pixi Correction Concentrate Brightening Peach. The reviews were absolutely glowing.

pixi correction concentrate brightening peach

The only obvious next step was, that the next time I went to Target, this came home with me.

I imagine this works similar to Eve Pearl’s Salmon Concealer, but for much, much cheaper. Eve Pearl has showed up on Hautelook a couple times, but I never took the plunge and bought one of the famed concealer duos.

pixi correction concentrate brightening peach packaging

I’m actually quite happy with this. A few people have mentioned in the Target reviews that this is quite small for the price you pay. It’s $12 online, and admittedly, it does look rather dinky once you get it out of the misleading giant box.

pixi correction concentrate brightening peach pot

However, I’ve found that since I use so very little of it each time, this is bound to last me forever. Just a tiny dab for each eye with my tiny e.l.f. concealer brush is enough to do the trick.

Now, I don’t have a particularly bad undereye discoloration problem. But you know how we’re always our own worse critic? It’s all I see when I don’t wear concealer. I don’t notice it at all if I stay home all day, but if I happen to go out? Whenever I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I can’t help but mentally cringe at how awful I (think I) look. I’m sure no one else even gives it a single thought, but alas. Humans are insecure creatures, and I am nothing if not human!

But here is an up-close picture of my undereye situation anyway:

pixi correction concentrate brightening peach comparison

*Just a note, the right side is bare until the last picture

As you can see, there is a difference when I use the Pixi corrector on its own, albeit a subtle one. I could layer it on to build up the coverage, but I don’t want it to look cakey.

Also, since it’s billed as a “corrector” and not a concealer, I use my NARS concealer over it. Again, the difference the Pixi corrector makes is barely noticeable. Capturing subtleties like these on camera is definitely not my forte, but I do think it makes a difference in person. Even though it looks like NARS is doing just fine on its own, maybe even better, especially in this picture! But I swear the Pixi corrector helps. Pinky promise. I’m just still figuring out how to best take pictures of my own face to accurately reflect products’ performances.

However, do you need it? No, probably not. Perhaps I’m not the best person for this product anyway, since my discoloration isn’t too bad to begin with. That being said, I’ll continue using this and when I run out in 5,000 years, I might consider repurchasing it. By then, I’m sure I’ll have some major undereye circles, anyway! ;)

Red Lips District: Wet N Wild Megalast Lipstick Red Velvet

I have another not-quite-red from the drugstore for you today!

Meet Wet n Wild’s Megalast lipstick Red Velvet:

wet n wild megalast lipstick red velvet

It looks like a pretty standard red in the tube. It even swatches like a blue-based red.

wet n wild megalast lipstick red velvet swatch

But on me, it looks like a strawberry pink red.

wet n wild red velvet fotd

I’ve never tried a pinky-red before, and I’m quite pleased with how it looks on me. I paired it with theBalm’s Instain blush in Toile, and I feel like it just brightens my whole face. And to think, I almost returned it unopened! This has quickly become one of my favorite lipsticks.

On an unrelated note: now that I’ve gotten back into taking FOTD pictures, the fact that my hair SUCKS is glaringly apparent. Will make an appointment for a cut, pronto.

Red Lips District: Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick Purty Persimmon

The name of this lipstick annoys me. “Purty” Persimmon, really? There’s nothing wrong with the word “pretty” while there’s quite a number of things wrong with the word “purty.” It sounds sloppy. Am I being a pedantic snob? Probably.

I was going about my business earlier, wandering around on the Internet, when I realized that it’s Friday. It’s also been several weeks since my last Red Lips District post. Oops.

wet n wild megalast lipstick purty persimmon

Anyway, here’s Wet n Wild’s Purty Persimmon! It’s an orange based red, leaning toward coral. Compared to the other Megalast lipsticks I have, this one is the least drying, and it has more of a balm texture.

That’s not to say that it isn’t pigmented like a proper lipstick, though. It’s just a touch more sheer than the others I have from this line. For me, this makes it easier to apply.

wet n wild megalast lipstick purty persimmon swatch

While I love coral lips, it does make me slightly self-conscious of my teeth. They’re not particularly yellow compared to anyone else’s, but in today’s beauty blogger world of white teeth perfection, mine are definitely less than perfect. Which is fine by me, of course. But I don’t exactly want to advertise that.

I digress.

wet n wild megalast lipstick purty persimmon fotd

I think I applied this with a balm underneath, so it definitely can be punchier than this.

After looking at this picture, I’m not sure this belongs in the Red Lips District series. Oh well.

Upcycle: Candle Jar – DIY Chalkboard Label

Hey! You! Yes, you there, reading my blog. You rock. Just wanted to remind you. :)

Today’s post is a simple DIY for upcycling your empty candle jars.

I find it such a shame that candle stores, specifically Bath and Body Works because of their massive popularity, don’t have a recycling program. Just think, it could work like a Back2MAC program, bring in 5 empty jars and get one for free. They could also do an “eco” line where they refill empty jars instead of creating new ones, and sell the refilled ones for a reduced price.

But until that day comes, I’m sitting on a stockpile of empty B&BW’s 3-Wick candle jars. At one point last year, I was obsessed with them for about 2 months, then I got over it and moved on. I am a fickle creature.

Anyway, once you’re done with your candle, you can easily remove the wax by popping it in the freezer. For the stubborn bits on the side,  boiling hot water melts away the rest of the wax, and takes care of any greasy residue.

This time, I wanted to make chalkboard labels using leftover chalkboard paint that my sister had.

rustoleum chalkboard paint

She used it to paint the sides of her bookshelf so she could keep a running list of books she wants to read each month. There’s still a ton of chalkboard paint left, though.

Chalkboard paint also comes in a spray paint option, which I imagine is far more convenient!

upcycle candle jar diy chalkboard label

So, after removing the wax and washing out the jar, I used painters’ tape to section off the label.

TIP: Make sure the tape lies flat. I had a few air pockets, and the paint leaked outside the taped lines. I scratched it off easily enough, but obviously it’s better to be neat the first time around.

upcycle candle jar diy chalkboard label 2

This is one coat of paint. The instructions say to wait four hours before the next coat, but I was impatient and only waited about 30 minutes. However, you may want to wait until it’s at least dry to the touch, because the very first time I did this, the first coat wasn’t dry yet and the second coat pulled it away from the glass. I had to start all over again.

upcycle candle jar diy chalkboard label 3

It took about 4 or 5 coats to get it to be opaque. As you can see, these jars are perfect for Q-Tips!

upcycle candle jar diy chalkboard label 4

Don’t forget to condition the chalkboard before using it! Just run the chalk all over it, then wipe it gently off. The residue chalk powder will make it easier to erase.

upcycle candle jar diy chalkboard label 5

Done!

I’ve since re-conditioned this and moved the letters down a bit. I kept smudging the tops of the letters with my fingers every time I grabbed the jar to open it.

I’ve also made a companion one for cotton balls and now they stack on top of each other in my bathroom. :)

Do you reuse your empty candle jars? How do you repurpose them?

Not-so-recent Wet n Wild haul

retail comic 03-30-06

Retail comic by Norm Feuti. Image via retailcomic.com

This has been my emotional state for the past… err, few months. Basically, ever since saving for moving to London might not have needed to happen, I’ve been buying all kinds of crap (a lot of new handbags, whyyy) that I don’t necessarily need, just because it gives me a brief feeling of satisfaction.

Case in point: Right after I finished the PA job for the TV special back in August, there was a 30% off all Wet n Wild cosmetics at Longs Drugs/CVS. So, I indulged a bit to reward myself for surviving the long days and my incredibly annoying neighbor.*

*There is a very, very slim chance that he’d ever, ever read this blog post, and I don’t want to burn the bridge just yet, so instead I’m considering this as blowing on the embers of my irritation of the memory of him: I carpooled with him and I had to spend two hours alone with him, every day for five days, locked in a car, and listen to him humblebrag the entire time. It was enough to make me want to throw myself out of the vehicle.

Anyway, here’s what I got!

wet n wild comfort zone, walking on eggshells, heather silk, sugar plum fairy, purty persimmon, red velvet, stoplight red

I got a bunch of cult favorites here. I actually don’t really like haul posts, but this is more of a reminder to myself on what I should eventually write about.

In fact, three of these items were repurchases:

wet n wild repurchases

I had depotted both the Comfort Zone and the Walking on Eggshells palette before, and back in June, I decided to throw the pans out. They’re not metal, so they bent a lot during the depotting, and the shadows cracked. The magnets I had to stick to the back weren’t very strong either. These are dirt cheap to replace anyway, so I thought why the hell not?

This is actually my third tube of this lipstick, Sugar Plum Fairy. It is an amazing color and I love it. The first tube, I lost somewhere in Europe. The second tube started to get sticky, and I had cut off the top of the bullet to make capping it easier:

wet n wild sugar plum fairy old vs new 2

I had melted the cut off part into a pan… but I never did get around to using it out of the pan. It’s just too much of a hassle sometimes to use a lip brush. I’m lazy, yo.

I have to commend Wet n Wild for improving on their product design over the years. Here’s the first tube I had:

wetnwild908c

A lot of people had complained that the name of the lipstick was only written on the plastic wrapper, which meant once it was opened, you only had the number to reference.

My second tube of Sugar Plum Fairy:

wetnwild-sugar-plum-fairy-new

Yay, now I don’t have to keep calling it 908c!

However, the second gripe I had with the packaging is the weird semi rubberized texture the tube had. It got sticky really fast, and my first tube got so bad, I rubbed it all off with alcohol.

This is my newest tube:

wet n wild sugar plum fairy old vs new 3

It’s a shiny, plastic black. Not elegant by any means, but at least it’s no longer gross.

Moving on!

wet n wild sugar plum fairy, wet n wild purty persimmon, wet n wild red velvet, wet n wild stoplight red

I also bought three new red lipsticks. Because I’m insane and they were less than $1.50 each.

I’ve only tried Purty Persimmon so far, and I have to say I’m really surprised at how flattering it is! I usually shy away from orangey reds out of fear of making my teeth appear yellow, but it’s actually quite pretty against my skintone. When I wear it, I just don’t smile. Ha! Kidding.

wet n wild heather silk

Aaand, I bought another blush. Because obviously I need more. I haven’t even opened this yet. I’m not entirely sure this will even look good on me. In fact, I contemplated returning it, but it was less than $3, so I decided it wasn’t worth the hassle.

That’s it! What have you hauled lately?

P.S. If you currently, or used to work in retail, then I can’t recommend Norm Feuti’s comic enough. Having worked in retail for longer than I care to admit, I find it hilariously and painfully accurate, especially if you’ve ever worked for a big chain corporation. It’s been my latest obsession. He started it on January 1, 2006, and I’ve been wiling my hours away, reading year after year every night this past week. In fact, I’ve been putting off this post because I’d rather be reading Retail. My life has reached a new low, guys.

Check it out at retailcomic.com!

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