Welcome to another edition of my “Project Pre-K series. This one is all about Spring projects, which is long overdue, but I though I’d share anyway. For those that are new to the blog, I work at a daycare center with children ages 1-5 with the projects being centered around those 3-5. Below are three DIYs for the project, but click HERE for other installments in this series.
I love creating DIYs to share here on the blog. Chaotic Critic is all about expressing yourself, finding the peace within, and crushing the chaos along the way. A lot of the DIYs I create are for either my job or for local outreach through my church. This time around the project works for both Easter or for Spring. Check out my Project Pre-K series, HERE.
I kept telling myself that I wasn’t going to shop before I went on vacation, yet I walked into H&M and they were having a sale. I didn’t pick up much and all items that I will show were under $100, but seriously, no more shopping until vacation.
From H&M I picked up 2 necklaces, 2 sets of midi rings, a purse, and the best buy of all, a scarf. The two necklaces I purchased were a total of $10, if purchased full price I would have spent $24.95. Awesome savings. As for the midi rings one set was $3.95 which I purchased of $1 and the other was $5.95 which I purchased for $3. The scarf was my favorite purchase of all as it was only $1. Yes, $1. It was originally $12.95, marked down to $7, then $3, and then $1. I couldn’t leave it behind and I can’t wait to style it in the fall. The only item I purchased full price was a purse that was $40. There was a similar style on sale for $20, but the olive green color I could not pass up. Hey, it’s okay to treat yourself every now and then and I’d rather purchase a bag I love then to settle for one I like. Check out the items below:
From Forever 21 I purchased a shirt, in one of my favorite colors, and I like to call it business in the front, party in the back. The shirt is so chic and although it has a huge slit in the back, it’s not much and it’s kind of a high-low, very slightly. Love, love, love this and it was only $12.95.
Lastly I picked up a pair of earrings from Aldo (pictured above). I went in to purchase my sister some things for her 8th Grade Dinner Dance and they were having a sale, buy 3 get 25% off. I picked up a pair of gold aztec type earring for $8.50, with the 25% off. In total I spent a little over $50 which was great considering one of the items I purchased was $40.
Although I’m not a big makeup junkie I will say that I could not pass up the new installment from Urban Decay. After I passed on purchased the “Naked” palettes, except “Naked Basics”, but the “Electric Palette” stood out to me. For me to spend $40+ on a palette one thing has to be in tact, the packaging. The packaging of this palette is what really sold me. Once I swatched the colors I knew that I had made a great purchase. I will be giving swatches without primer as well as tutorials of looks with this palette, and dupes that are on the market. So, let’s get to it.
First let me rant a little bit about the packaging. The packaging is very similar to that of the Naked 2 & Naked 3 cases as far as the similar closure. The tops of those cases are tin unlinks this one which is plastic. The magnetic closure makes it effortless to open and the design on the palette is amazing. It’s the effect of food coloring initially being dropped into water. Great idea to match the name of the palette.
The palette is not that of eyeshadows except it is pressed pigments. Before I get into the colors, swatches, and other details let’s briefly discuss pressed pigments. Pressed pigments can be applied with a sponge, brush, or fingertips. They also come in a variety of finishes including matte, shimmer, satin, and glitter. As they work for all skin types they work great with oily eyelids. The best thing about pigments compared to eyeshadows are the color payoff you get instantly with just one swatch.
This palette features 10 eyeshadows (with descriptions from the site:
- Revolt (Silver Shimmer)
- Gonzo (Aqua Blue)
- Slowburn (Orange)
- Savage (Hot Pink)
- Fringe (Teal)
- Chaos (Royal Blue)
- Jilted (Fuchsia w/ Blue Shift)
- Urban (Metallic Purple)
- Freak (Neon Green)
- Thrash (Neon Yellow)
All of the colors are original exempt for ‘Chaos’ which was featured in the “Vice Palette’. The palette touches base with all bright colors and the darker ones do have a metallic finish. On the back of the package it states:
WARNING: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area
Neon pigments are not approved by the FDA and that is a warning to use at your discretion, not that you can’t use them at all.
As for the brush that came with the palette it’s ok, not the best brush I own, but I do like the double sided. Recommendation on the site:
Use the compact precision brush to line, blend and smudge. Use the small pigment brush to apply color all over the lid or in the crease.
In my opinion the larger side of the brush isn’t as stiff as I would like it but it does the job.
Here are the swatches (no primer was used):
My top 3 from the palette are: Gonzo, Savage, and Urban. Urban would be my #1 pick as I am a sucker for metallic purple. I did also try these colors out on my lips and there was no irritation at all. What can I say? I love experimenting.
The palette retails for $49 on Urban Decay, Sephora, and Ulta sites. You might luck up and find it on eBay (with free shipping) for under $50. I purchased mine for $42. Overall I am happy with my purchase. I love all the colors and the payoff is so worth it. I have read issues of the colors staining the skin, but I have applied it to my hand for swatches, my eyes, and lips and I had no issues with staining on my skin. All was applied in my first impression without primer and removed with baby wipes with no issue.
There are cheaper alternatives if you do not want to break the bank with this palette. Colors are not exactly the same, but similar as far as total package. Be sure to click the links to take you directly to the items mentioned.
- Coastal Scents, 120 Palette (1&2) – $18.95
- BH Cosmetics, 120 Palette (1st & 2nd editions) – $29.95
- EyesLipsFace, Essential Little Black Beauty Book (Cool Edition) – $6.00
- L.A. Colors, Haute Palette – $4.39
- Wet n Wild, Poster Child – $4.99
- Wet n Wild, Art In The Streets – $4.99
Check out some of my favorite YouTube tutorials below. They are a range from subtle to ‘electric’ (pun intended). ENJOY!
I have an OOTD coming up that will be featuring items from my previous spring hauls. I took advantage of the 5/20 deal and ordered 2 pairs of cropped leggings and 3 crop tops which I can’t wait to style. I did order a white one instead of the fuchsia pink one I received, but I guess it was out of stock. I’ll purchase it elsewhere. Click the links to get to the item.
During Easter weekend I headed over to JCPenny and took advantage of the sale they were having. I knew I wanted a pair of converse, either blue or grey, so with a $10 off $25+ coupon I knew it’d be the perfect time to get them. These were $50, low tops are $45, so i ended up paying $40 for the sneakers which wasn’t a bad deal. I also purchased these with the dress featured in my OOTD #3.
Last but not least I have been eyeing the new palette from Urban Decay. The ‘Electric Pressed Pigment Palette’ is way out of my comfort zone and I won’t go into too much detail as I will be doing a ‘First Impression’ on the palette. Be on the lookout for that. I snagged this on eBay for $42 (+free shipping), regular price $49.
Happy Sunday everyone! I wanted to share my OOTD from church earlier today. I’m not one to wear white, but I snagged this dress from JCPenny on s great steal. It was a regular $70 and I got it for $32.
Check out the details on the outfit below & be sure to click the links.
I recently posted my top 5 accessories for Spring so to keep along that theme I wanted to post about my top 5 lip products (lippies) for Spring as well. Here they are (in price order):
- Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color – ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ – $2.29
- Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain – ‘ A Stiff Pink’ – $2.99
- NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss – ‘Dolly Pink’ – $5.00
- Maybelline Color Sensational – ‘Brazen Berry’ – $7.49
- Mac Cosmetics – ‘Heroine’ – $16.00
Swatches Left to Right:
If I had to pick 1 favorite out of the 5 it would be hard because I’m a sucker for purple. I know it’s Spring and dark lips are more fall, but I think for a night out ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ would be perfect. ‘Brazen Berry’ and “Heroine’ are very close in color, but ‘Brazen Berry’ is a tone lighter not making it an exact dupe. I did a First Impression on the Wet n Wild Balm Stains and ‘A Stiff Pink’ was my favorite out of the 3 I reviewed. I have tried other light pink lippies on my lips and none of them work except for this one. To give it more pizzaz than it already has, add ‘Dolly Pretty Pink’ on top. As for my fav, I’ll go with my most worn ‘Brazen Berry’.
What are your fav lippies for Spring?
Stay tuned next week for my top 5 nail polishes.
I love incorporating YouTube tags here on my blog and I discovered this one while watching one of my fav YouTubers, BeautyCrush. Here are my 5 key accessories for Spring.
1. Duffle Handbag
This is by far the most used handbag in my collection. It was also featured in my first Fashion Forward Friday series, “What’s In My Bag.” I absolutely love this bag and I can throw anything and everything in it. I love the slouchy look of it, the long strap and shorter shoulder straps and I love using the front zipper to store my keys, phone, and mini vaseline. The inside of the bag is endless and I will say that without smaller bags it can become a complete mess. The color goes great with any outfit I pair it with. I purchased this bag from Old Navy over a year ago and the material/style is similar to the Women’s Zip-Pocket Tote & the Women’s Zip-Flap Crossbodies currently available online.
2. Clutch/Evening Bag
I talked about this bag in my “V-Day Outfits (Day & Night)” post in another installment of Fashion Forward Friday. I cannot afford a Chanel so this is the next best thing. I love that this bag can be worn there ways: clutch, shoulder, and cross-body. The chain strap is what really sold me on this bag.I purchased it from Aldo for under $40 which was a great buy for this bag. The bag is called the “Pilloud-98”. When I’m not carrying my everyday bag this is the bag that I go to for a night out.
3. Jean Jacket
It took me forever to hunt down a jean jacket in my size and I was lucky enough to score one in Forever 21 for under $30. I now have 5 jean jackets in my wardrobe, but this one I wear more than the others. I love my jean jackets whether they are cropped, synched at the waist, or basic such as this. I would love a light wash denim vest for summer. Still on the hunt for that. I love to pair this jacket with leggings/ printed jeggings and it would be great to style with a pair of joggers.
4. Chunky Necklace
I have so many statement pieces in my collection. Stay tuned for an accessory collection/storage post within the next week. My best friend gifted me this Juicy Couture necklace and I love to pair it with any and everything I can. The pop of pink works with a lot of outfits more than I thought it would. I love to pair this with a basic tea, a printed skirt/pant and a pair of flats.
5. Hoop Earrings
This is the easiest thing that I throw on. A lot of people may go for studs, but I love my hoops. These are new from Wet Seal and so glad to have 3 new pairs since I’ve misplaced mine other 2 pairs of silver ones form H&M & Forever 21. It’s so effortless to throw these on and majority of the time it’s the only jewelry I wear.
What are YOUR must have accessories for Spring?
It’s been a month since I’ve done a Fashion Forward Friday segment and I thought it’d be perfect to show the pieces that I’ve added to my wardrobe for the Spring and give links to where I found them. A lot of these pieces are transitional as well and will work year round.
I headed over to Forever 21 in hunt of some daisy printed clothing and I scored yet I didn’t buy every single daisy piece I saw.
Let’s start off with what I went to Forever 21 for initially for aside from Daisy’s, JEANS!
In the midst of moving and downsizing my closet I somehow lost/misplaced 3 pairs of my jeans. I knew I needed some other type of bottom aside from leggings so I picked up a dark wash and medium wash of jeans for only 9.80. You can check out the pricing of Forever 21+ jeans here. Be sure to check your local Forever21 as prices may be cheaper.
Next up were my skirts. I wanted to get a midi length skirt for business meetings and what not and I figured they’d be great staple additions to my wardrobe. Here are links to the 3 skirts I picked up:
My last stop in my mini shopping trip was to H&M. Sometimes I score in H&M with the sizing and sometimes I don’t. As soon as I walked in the store I came across these:
For $17.95 I couldn’t leave them behind. They are going to be a great addition to my wardrobe for Spring/Summer and are not too trendy to not fit in next Spring/Summer. I absolutely love these. Click here to see the H&M sandal options offered online.
Be sure to stay tuned for another Spring haul. I have a few more pieces I want to add to my wardrobe. Also stay tuned for more Fashion Forward Friday’s to see OOTDs with the pieces shown. Be sure to stay tuned next week for another |mini| spring haul.