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A Glimpse Inside the Jill Stuart Boutique & My Haul

October 3, 2009
The Jill Stuart ‘counter’ at the boutique in SoHo.

I know many of you have been dying to see and hear about the Jill Stuart Cosmetics currently available at the Soho Greene Street JS boutique, so here I am bringing you all the info!

Upon stepping into the boutique I seriously had the hardest time finding the cosmetics ‘counter.’ Took a brief glimpse upstairs and no luck, so I headed downstairs and again no luck. I ventured back upstairs, feeling a little silly, and saw this tiny little glass display case standing next to the register – and there stood the entirety of the US Jill Stuart release!

So what have they got? 2 types of glosses, lipsticks, eye jellies (you know from my review that I love these), mix blush compacts, eyeshadow palettes, a mascara and fragrance. I was so disappointed to see that they weren’t carrying any of the loose powder blushes or powders that come in the most gorgeous pots (check my Jill Stuart powder review to see more photos), nor were they carrying any skincare like the yummy smelling cleansing oil.

They did have a few testers, although everything was literally dumped into a small box behind the register that you had to dig through. That’s not to say I didn’t come home with a few goodies though ~ and I do plan to go back for more!

Check out close-up shots of my haul and hear about the prices after the jump!

I picked up a Mix Blush Compact not because I was particularly wowed by the colors, but more because it was just too gorgeous to resist! I loved the surprisingly soft little blush brush attached by a delicate chain to the compact, and of course the compact itself was pretty irresistible to begin with. The prices for all this beauty? $48. I cringed a little at the price but I can live with it!

I also picked up a Jelly Eye Color for $24. It seems that Jill Stuart has changed the packaging on these and they’re not cuter than ever! This was definitely one of the more reasonably priced items of the bunch.

And I almost missed this as they didn’t have it on display – a Jill Stuart mascara to call my very own! So this cost me a whopping $32 which really pained me, but I just couldn’t resist – it’s got the coolest looking applicator!

Reviews and close-up photos of the interiors of everything to come (you’ll just have to wait! =P) soon ~ everything is just as spectacular on the inside as they are on the outside. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Drugstore Discoveries: While Wandering the Aisles of Walgreens

January 11, 2009
Photos taken on my cellphone so excuse the crappy quality!

I won’t name names, but somebody’s boyfriend is a lazy butt who can’t seem to manage to drag himself out of bed certain mornings, and so I found myself spending an inordinate amount of time at Walgreens the other day while waiting for my lovely SO to show up. He’s just lucky they’d put out a ton of fun new merchandise that day or he would’ve found one cranky woman awaiting his arrival!

L’oreal has a new Super-Blendable Compact Makeup which I was tempted to nab since I”m always on the hunt for a great creamy compact foundation. Years ago Versace made one that was my HG, but of course they discontinued the line and I was out of luck. I haven’t been able to find anything that even comes close since then.

CoverGirl & Olay have teamed up to bring us Simply Ageless, a foundation that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. I pretty much just liked the fun swirly look of it–it reminded me of a jar of peanut butter with marshmallow swirls throughout–yum!


From L’oreal HIP we have these fun new Color Presso (sorry but such a stupid name!) glosses that are basically two glosses in one that you can mix to create your own “custom” (not really) shade. Basically depending on how hard you squeeze each side you get a different mix of the two shades. At $12.99 I wasn’t biting, although I did happen to see their new eye kohls the other day and really wanted one. Too bad I felt they were horribly overpriced!


Covergirl has finally officially launched their Outlast Lipstains which are meant to give your lips a gorgeous, long-lasting stain of color. They’re decently priced at $7.99 but I’ve heard mixed reviews so held off on purchasing, although the more time I spent at Walgrees, the more these called to me! I seriously spent nearly an hour there–the employees must’ve thought I was crazy!


I saw these two cute displays and was surprised to see that the products were by Wet n Wild! I guess I shouldn’t have been since I’ve been pleasantly surprised by them before (check out these absolutely beautiful Wet n Wild i-sparkle palettes). The Speed Gloss Energizing Lip Shines contain energy-boosting ingredients like ginkgo biloba, ginseng, guarana, and acai and some of the colors were seriuosly gorgeous!


Wet n Wild has also come out with a line of mineral products which looked like they cost much more than their $3.99 price tag.


So while I spent a ton of time at Walgreens, I didn’t actually end up with all that much. I picked up this Almay Pure Blends Mineral Makeup shown above since it was marked down from $13 or so to $3ish, a Maybelline brown pencil and brow gel (will be reviewing these–love them!) since they were BOGO 50%, and a few other random odds and ends. I wasn’t sure what else you’d all be interested in, so if you see something in this post that you’d love to see reviewed just let me know since I’m just looking for an excuse to purchase these!

Designer Cosmetics at Target: Yay or Nay?

September 1, 2008
JK Jemma Kidd Display in Target

If you’ve stopped by your local Target recently, you may have noticed they’re carrying three new collections from some big names in the makeup world-Jemma Kidd, Napoleon Perdis, and Pixi. These products are exclusively to Target, and are touted as more affordable alternatives to department store cosmetics, but at prices ranging from $12-39, I’m rather inclined to stick to my department store cosmetics thank you very much!

JK Jemma Kidd Eyeshadows-$18 each

I swatched a few of these while at Target, and honestly wasn’t all that impressed. The pigmentation is decent but nothing special, and at $18 I wouldn’t really call these “affordable.” Call my crazy, but at these prices why wouldn’t I just go for MAC?

NP Set by Napoleon Perdis Display

Pixi Display

Eyeshadow Palettes-$28 each (and no they’re not that big!)

A Closer Look

Lip Palettes-$28 each

Random Set (don’t remember the price)

Honestly I wasn’t terribly wowed byanything, nor was I inclined to purchase anything from these three lines. I’ll admit that the introduction of these three “higher-end” lines into Target makes for easier one-stop shopping for the woman on-the-go, but for now I’ll be sticking to my usual cosmetics lines.

Would you purchaser high-end cosmetics from Target?

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Have you checked out the beauty aisle at your local Costco? You really should! Check out some great Stila and Smashbox bargains at Costco here.

Beauty Deals-At Costco?

August 7, 2008
More camera phone pics!

While I love checking out all the edible goodies at Costco, my favorite thing is scoping out the cosmetics aisle. They usually don’t have much that catches my eye, but every once in awhile they’ll have amazing deals on products from Lancome to Freeze 24/7 to Smashbox. So of course I was majorly excited to see this gorgeous set from Stila, especially for only $18.99!

I didn’t actually end up getting the set for myself, but I thought I’d break it down for you so that you can see just how good a deal you’re getting. Included in the set (which comes in two color variants) are:

…for a grand total of $142.50!!! Pretty cool, huh?!

And Costco also has some pretty great Smashbox gift sets ($19.99)–although not as amazing as Stila’s.

Have you checked these out for yourself?

ABS Spy Cam: Inside MAC

August 7, 2008

These are kind of old but I thought I’d share =P The photo quality isn’t the best, but still–spy cam pics are always fun!