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Friday, May 20, 2011


 Well, this is ArtisticShadows Etc., so why not post something random?

I am so slow with things, but I just found out about Ebates.  It's a website that offers coupons for tons of websites and you get a certain percentage of your money back when you buy through websites with their coupons.  Just a few websites to name with coupons on here: Stila Cosmetics, Ebay, Wal-Mart, etc. I'm positive I'm going to start making my purchases through here now to get a percentage of money back. Right now, you can get an automatic $5 just for signing up. Awesome, huh? This and any other money can be sent through Paypal or by check.

If you'd like to sign up, go HERE!  It's a VERY simple sign-up, all you do is enter an e-mail address and password, then fill out the rest later! Hope you found this helpful! I'll let you know how my first purchase goes when it happens!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Helpful Makeup Tips

Hi! I'd just like to say that these are makeup tips that have worked for me and some others.  They may or may not work for you.

Tip 1:  I like to use gel eyeliner if I'm going out because it seems less messy, doesn't smear as bad as pencil liners, and can be very precise with the right tools.  Now, I've never been one of those people to use a brush with gel eyeliner since I can never get my line neat.  So my way of doing it is to take a eyeliner pencil of the same color as your gel liner, sharpen it, and dip it into the gel liner.  I then apply it as I would a pencil, but it is a lot neater.

Tip 2: Your eyeliner smudges. It happens to all of us, even looking our best.  I've found that buying a thin angle brush and applying eyeshadow of the same color over the top of the liner helps it stay put longer.

Tip 3: Buy quality makeup.  I'm the worst for wanting to be cheap and getting the best deals on things, but sometimes you have to sacrifice to get quality products.  I can't tell you how many times I've bought makeup, wore it out and about mid-way through my day or night it's started to just wear off, smear, or kill my eyes (watering).  But I have found a few products that are cheap and great. I'll just say, veer away from the "no name" makeup sets or store brand.  I've found those are the worst for myself, but if they work for you, go for it!

And the last tip I have for you all, sadly...

Tip 4:  Buy good brushes. I just recently found this out.  I bought a few brushes a few months back just to try out and use, but I started to realize, they were horrible.  They were prickly feeling to me and would NOT apply product at all.  I just recently stumbled upon E.L.F. Studio Brushes and they are cheaply priced and a million times better than my old brushes.  Of course there are probably better brushes, but for the price, I don't think you can beat these.  All the items on the ELF website are cheap and seem to be good based on the reviews, but of course I've yet to try anything else besides the brushes.  Please let me know if you have tried them!

I hope these tips are helpful.  I use these all the time.  If you have any tips, PLEASE feel free to post them! I love helpful tips!

If you'd like to check out the ELF website, you can go here.  I am no way affiliated with this website, I'm just a happy customer. :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Hi Everyone!

First off, Happy Mother's Day to all you moms and moms to be! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sorry I haven't posted anything new for a little bit. I have actually been busy with school and job searching and I had an interview on Friday, so things are looking up for me! Woo!

I hope to have a review, tutorial or something up in the next few days for all of you! Just keep checking, it will be up! :)

What would you like to see more of on my blog? I am on a limited budget right now, so I can't afford new makeup, although if you'd like, I can buy a few things from the drug store to review and try out for you! Let me know what you'd like to see!