Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Glitter bomb from BA Star {{sponsored post}}

Oh heeeeey there! 
I know that as one of my 7 followers (ok, 6 because one is me) you're having serious withdrawals since I haven't posted here in a few weeks. I promise I've been busy -- Big things and such are in the works. Dreams are coming true here people but more on that a lot later, k?

So this is a sponsored post thanks to BA Star makeup. I have to admit that getting free fabulous things in the mail is one of the best things ever -- On top of that, my package from BA Star contained glitter. I know. Glitter in any form is already a winner with me. 

Anyhoo, BA Star sent me a 5-color palette of eyeshadows. The Natural Shadow Palette contains 3 mineral shadows -- Bronze, Cocoa, and Nude and 2 gel glitters -- Gold and Crystal. It also came with a pretty decent brush/applicator combo. I have what my cousin calls "mood eyes." Basically, my eyes are blue but reflect off of what I'm wearing. Blue shirt = blue eyes, green shirt = green eyes, grey shirt = grey eyes. Don't get too excited, though, because the rainbow eyeball fun ends there. 

Onto the important stuff. When it comes to eyeshadow, I don't use a primer. I have oily skin but my shadow always seems to stay put. Full disclosure -- I think this is because I don't go super cheap with my shadows. I mostly stick to Sephora, Kat von D, and MAC. 

I work in a pretty crazy anything goes office to glitter fabulous is encouraged. For my daytime look I went pretty basic, nothing mind-blowing or terribly different than the "evening" look. 

For my evening look I went a little heavier on the color and added the gel glitter shadow to my lower lashes. Fun in theory but in reality it was a little like viewing life through a glitter curtain:

Overall, I liked the colors (minus the iridescent glitter shadow -- a little too cheerleader for me) but the applicator brush was on the cheap side. Granted, 90% of brushes that come with eye shadow kits are on the cruddy side but I couldn't even use the "brush" side of the brush. The non-gel shadows were good but were crumbly. I have a feeling the individual palettes will eventually crack. The gold glitter was fun and I liked that I didn't have to use a separate gel primer like I would have to with MAC. 

Also, the shadows contain parabens -- A no-no in my book that's basically a chemical preservative. I'm not a chemist but the stuff I've heard about parabens is no bueno. Also, I can't find anywhere on BA Star's website about animal testing. That's another red flag for me. I hate to be such a Debbie Downer about this stuff, but when it comes down to it, I stay away from parabens and I am against animal testing on cosmetics. 

Want to try BA Star for yourself? Clickidy click here: 

Oh, and want some more good news? How about 50% off the shadow palette of your choice with coupon code BBSMOKY

Let me know what you order and how you like BA Star shadows! 

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