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Monday, December 31, 2012

Cargo Blush Swatches and Mirabella Primer

I'm a HUGE fan of Cargo blushes, and I was first introduced to them from Little Black Bag. So I decided it's about time I show some swatches, and I was interested in seeing how they look next to each other, since some of them do look a bit similar.

The quality is great for all of these blushes, however some of them (Tonga and Prague) or a bit soft which I'm not a fan of. And Laguna is extremely pigmented (about half a brush stroke is enough for me). All of these retail for about $29 at Dermstore and they are HUGE, they have much more blush than other products. I believe these have .33g while normal over the counter blushes are about .20-.27

From top right to left: Rome, Mendocino
Topeka, Prague, Tonga, Laguna

From left to right: 
Laguna: you can't see from the picture but this is EXTREMELY orange in the tin, but it comes out a nice bronzey rose color. I like it but it's extremely pigmented so beware of this, it needs a lot less product than the other colors
Tonga: This is a dusty pink color and reminds me a lot of a matter version of Topeka
Prague: Pretty dark, I actually use this as a bronzer for contouring 
Topeka: Slight shimmer, but shows up pretty matte on my cheeks, it's my favorite of the bunch and reminds me of the rosy cheeks one gets when coming from the snow
Mendocino: A berry color with hints of gold. This blush is very hard and takes a bit to show up without any primer.
Rome: Reminds me of a bronzier Mendocino, I also use this more as a bronzer with my skin tone. 

All of these swatches are over the Mirabella Primer I got in my Ipsy bag last month, and I love it. It's a colorless gel and although it feels greasy it works well. Not sure i'll use it on my face (only on my lids) since I tend to break out from any liquid products on my cheeks and forehead.

This is what it looks like after I SCRUBBED my arm to get these blushes off:

It really did take a lot of scrubbing to get these colors off, and the primer works very well. Rome, Mendocino and Laguna still remained on my arm afterwards, which makes me believe these have the longest staying power.

Hope this post helps, and you will invest in some Cargo!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Little Black Bag December! $544 haul :)

Wow I suck. Sorry guys! It's been a long time since i've posted. I need to get back on top of things. I had a busy semester but it paid off, I may get to go to a conference! Yay! Speaking of which, I should start doing more film reviews since that's what I study, would anyone be interested in that?

ANYWAY, this is my HUGE Little Black Bag haul from the beginning of the month (refer to this link to read how the site works). I opened with the bag that I show at the end of the video, and I never traded it. I wanted to mention that i had NO gifts and NO credits/exchanges, so I'm really proud of how much I got (value of $544!!) If you guys want me to post some tips on how I get a higher valued bag let me know! I forgot to mention how much each item costs in the video so I'll post a list here:

1- Secret Agent Beauty Agent Golden Spy Lip Gloss - $16
2- Nila Anthony Plaid Crossbody - $75
3- By Philippe Circle Threader Earrings - $30
4- Red by Marc Ecko Side Studded Tote - $89 (I opened with this)
5- By Philippe Tiered Diamond Cut Drop Earrings - $40
6- RJ Graziano Druzy Stone Necklace - $39
7- Deux Lux Love Drops Wristlet - $49
8- TIGI Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo - $5
9- Deux Lux Love Drops Wristlet - $49
10- By Philippe Double Curved Threader Earrings - $35
11- Pixi Mink Grey Nail Polish - $8
12- Flea Market Girl V Shaped Necklace - $14
13- Jardin Dream Necklace - $34
14- TIGI Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo - $5
15- iWave Audio Reptile Headphones - $25
16- Rain Triangle Earrings - $28

And here's my video/review! It's my first video so be kind :)