This & that #2

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The few weeks after my previous post in that topic have been pretty eventful. So much happened (good and bad), that I’m having a hard time remembering it all. Also, believe it or not – it’s June already. Half of 2016 is gone. I feel like I have so much to do! Here’s what has been on my mind lately:

  • I started the “100 days of productivity” challenge. I’m working on a series of posts explaining it and tracking my progress here on the blog, but you can also see how I’m doing daily on my Snapchat or my tumblr.
  • I’ve invested in a softbox, reflectors and tri-pod for my camera. I’m not sure how much of a difference you can see in my pictures (my last post was made using them), but let me tell you – it is SO MUCH easier to take pictures now!  I don’t know why I waited so long to get a tri-pod. I’m never parting with it!
  • I’ve been reading the “Chicken soup for the soul” series a lot lately. Although it is not recommended to read a whole book of the series at once (on the contrary – you should go back to it when you need it) I somehow managed to finish almost two of them pretty fast(and cry a lot in the process). I highly recommend these books. They are inspiring, motivational and bring a lot of hope into your life.
  • I’ve been meaning to try yoga for a while. I knew that there are classes at my workplace, but I never found the courage to visit one of them (I’m too shy). Thankfully, last month there was a free demonstration for newbies like me and finally I gave it a try. It was wonderful! I’ve been going to morning practices, twice a week, ever since.
  • I went of a 10 day holiday in Italy! It was amazing – I have so much to share and tell! I’ll probably do 2 or 3 posts about it. All I can say now is: I definitely plan to go back.
  • I’ve wanted the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes for a while (the original & Semi-Sweet), but the price has always stopped me. That is until I saw Sweet Peach. I went straight to Sephora, but it wasn’t available yet so I got the Semi Sweet instead and decided to wait until it comes out. Then I went to Italy, saw it in Florence and could not stop myself. However at this point I already wanted the original and the Chocolate Bon Bons too (because I’ve already swatched and seen them a couple of times), so I got them when I came back. Now I have four gorgeous, lovely smelling, pigmented eyeshadow palettes and a boyfriend who is still debating my sanity. #worthit

What about you? What’s on your mind lately?

Wet’n’Wild Coloricon Vinyl Collection Review & Swatches

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Today I’m gonna share with you a short review of the Wet’n’Wild  Coloricon eyeshadow palette in the shade “Vinyl Collection”.

The palette was part of a limited edition collection released last summer, but you can still find it online (eBay & Amazon).  The collection included five different eyeshadow palettes of which I ordered three, but ended up giving away the other two and keeping just the one pictured here (big surprise – I’m a sucker for neutral shades). I got them from the brands bulgarian Facebook page.

The palette contains six different eyeshadow shades, a brush and a sponge applicator. The packaging is typical for Wet & Wild, but is white instead of the brands traditional black. I actually like it better like that. Sadly, quality wise, nothing has changed. The packaging is still prone to breaking and opening inside your makeup bag.

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Wet’n’Wild is Peta-certified, cruelty-free brand, which, as they state on their web-site, has never tested and will never test on animals. Not all Wet’n’Wild products are vegan, though. Here  you can find a list of products made by the brand, which are vegan. This palette is not one of them.

The palette contains two matte and four shimmery shades. They are swatched below, without base, going top to bottom row.

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  • The left shade on the first row is a matte beige, which is not very pigmented. It may work well as a blending color over a good base, but is certainly the most disappointing color of the palette.
  • The right shade on the second row is a champagne pink with chunky glitter pieces. The pigmentation is nice. I like the color and would wear it as all-over the lid shade, but the glitter puts me off a little bit.
  • The left shade of the second row is a gorgeous, buttery, pigmented bronze. It’s beautiful!
  • The right shade of the second row is a nice, shimmery, taupe color. This looks amazing all-over the lid and is pigmented and blendable.
  • The left shade on the third row is olive green mixed with gold. It’s beautiful and pigmented. This one I find the most unique of the palette.
  • Finally the right shade on the third row is a rusty brown matte with big pieces of gold glitter. The pigmentation on this one is way better than the other matte, but is still lacking a bit.

Overall I think the quality of the shadows is good. The shimmery shades are as good as the shadows in the popular Coloricon palettes of the brand like Comfort zone for example. The mattes are not as good. Same goes for longevity. I would not skip base on these shadows. I like the color selection a lot. The shades look great next to each other, but you cannot create an eye look only with this palette (or at least I would not). That being said – I don’t reach for Vinyl Collection a lot, because as pretty as the colors are, they just do not work with my skin tone (believe me, I tried). I might use the taupe and the green, but the rest are just not for me, so I might pass this away to a friend.

My rating: 3/5 – not bad, but I would not spend time hunting it down on eBay.