Foundation Swatches, & Nail Polish, at the Drugstore (March 2017)

I had some time to kill at a couple of drugstores recently, while I hunted for a new foundation, so here are more foundation swatches I did, plus some photos of new collections I spotted.

Brands covered: Cutex, Joe Fresh, L’Oréal, Pixi by Petra, Sensationail, and Vasanti.

First, the foundation swatches!

Joe Fresh – Daily Boost Fluid Foundation


This foundation seemed a little too shiny, but the consistency was pretty nice and smooth. It’s not too thick nor too pigmented. I appear to be in-between shades Bisque and Sand. Sand looks like it’d be a nice summer foundation for me. The three shades I swatched are all quite yellow-based, no peachiness.

Joe Fresh Daily Boost Fluid Foundation
Swatches of Bisque, Sand, & Almond
Joe Fresh Daily Boost Fluid Foundation
Swatches of Bisque, Sand, & Almond

L’Oréal – Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation


I really liked the texture of this foundation: not too liquidy and it blended into my dry skin nicely. The finish was very pretty and natural-looking. I’ve had luck with some other L’Oréal liquid foundations (True Match and True Match Lumi), so I think I’ll have to try this one, soon. $20 on sale is still a bit much, though. What’s going on at the drugstore?!

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Ipsy May 2015 Glam Bag "Jetsetter"

Ipsy — May 2015 Glam Bag “Jetsetter”

This month, my Ipsy (referral link) Glam Bag arrived on time! It was late last month, so I’m happy that delivery seems to be back to normal.

What I received this month:

  • Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector
  • BelláPierre Cosmetics Gel Eye Liner in Ebony
  • Peter Lamas Naturals Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser
  • Pixi by Petra Beauty Bronzer
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ozone & Revolution High-Color Lipgloss Samples in Failbait and Bittersweet
  • Breakups to Makeup Mini Makeup Clutch “VIP: Very Important Products”

Here are some photos:

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Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Eyeshadow Duo

Pixi by Petra — Apricot Glow (Mesmerizing Mineral Duo)

Pixi by Petra is another cosmetic company that I hadn’t heard of until I received one of their products in my Ipsy bag (referral link) this month. They’re based in the UK and while they have a link to their US site, I couldn’t get it to display prices in USD.

(I also just noticed that they have nail polish, as well, so I am adding them to the Nail Polish Library today! I hope you’ll check it out if you haven’t already.)

When I first saw the little pressed powder duo, I admit that I wasn’t entirely sure whether it was an eyeshadow duo or perhaps a blush/bronzer. It isn’t clear on the packaging! A quick check on Pixi’s website told me that their Mesmerizing Mineral is in fact eyeshadow, and it only comes in a 6-color palette. The duo I got from Ipsy isn’t on their site. They only have five palettes, and I can only assume the Apricot Glow duo I received is selected from their Copper Peach palette, though I suppose there’s a possibility it’s from the Emerald Gold palette.

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fivezero's March 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag

Ipsy — March 2015 Glam Bag “Floral Fantasy”

I signed up with Ipsy (referral link) last fall, and while I have at times considered canceling my monthly subscription, I have to say that it’s still kind of fun to get a mystery goody bag each month. As I have submitted reviews over time, the items I receive in my Glam Bag, as they call it, get more and more in tune with what I actually like and will use.

Lately, it’s actually gotten to the point where they will send me something that I’m both happy and disappointed to be receiving, simply because I have just purchased a similar item. For example, last month, they sent me a Mitchell & Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil, when I had only recently bought a Josie Maran Argan Oil mini to try for the first time.

This month, I purchased a Milani eyebrow highlighter just to try out this type of product, also for the first time. Lo and behold, this month’s Ipsy bag contains a pencil highlighter by Chella. I think that I should refrain from buying anything new each month until my Ipsy bag arrives!

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