But before we get to all of the fun beauty items, I wanted to share that I’m part of a Twitter party H-E-B is hosting tomorrow, Wed. Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. CST! You can follow me @veronabrit. There will be giveaways with beauty prize packs and gift cards, too! You can follow the chat by using the hastag #HEBbeauty and you can follow H-E-B here.
I love this NYX cream blush in “natural.” It’s so pretty and gives a perfect flush to the cheeks— just like if you were to spend a little time outside in chilly weather. I don’t wear makeup setting spray on the regular, but I knew I’d have a particularly long day at work today so I sprayed a little on this morning before leaving the house and I do think it helps makeup look fresher a little longer. The NYX eye pencil arrived in a gorgeous forest green. I have some olive green in my eyes, so anything green really makes them pop. I like to use a flat eyeshadow brush to apply the liner because it’s a “chubby” style pencil and I prefer a thinner line.
Nothing says holidays more than glitter. I currently have a gorgeous red glitter shellac on my toes, but I love this silver glitter Orchid polish and I think it would look amazing for a glitter accent nail. I usually do glitter accent nails during the holidays because it’s not something I would wear for work on the regular and it’s always a fun, festive change.
The Revlon photo-ready eye art pen is all kinds of awesome. On one side you’ll find a metallic cream shadow and on the other a glitter liner. I personally found that the results looked best when I layered the glitter liner over my regular black or brown liner. That really made it pop.
Lastly, I received these faux Ardell lashes. I’ve used Ardell lashes a ton in the past but haven’t had an opportunity to break these out yet. From my experience with the brand for many, many years, I have only good things to say about these lashes. I like that these are the “natural” ones because super thick false lashes don’t appeal to me as much.
FTC disclaimer: H-E-B provided these items for review, as well as a gift card. All opinions are my own.
Linh Vo says
Oh! Love the NYX shadow palette! These would be the perfect stocking stuffer for my female cousins 🙂 I have been wanting some false lashes so we will have to give these a go, especially with holiday parties and our anniv coming up.
Sorry, V. I'm a fan of your blog, but this "sponsored" post really feels like a cop-out. I would have like to have seen these products in action on your face, or at least swatched. You work in PR; do you feel that this post is truly a fair representation of the products you were given to promote? I don't. If I were part of the H-E-B team, I would be disappointed with this.
Oh well, maybe next time.
Hi Kate! I usually do my H-E-B posts where I show pictures wearing the products, however, I just didn't have time (to do that) for this post as I have been extremey busy at work with an important and time-consuming project and also preparing for the holidays. The products were sent to me a week before the post was due to go live due to promoting the Twitter chat.
I usually like to show all of the products applied, like I've done in many of my previous posts, but unfortunatley I just couldn't make it work in the timeframe provided. I have used each product (other than the ones I specifically said I have not used in this post) so I'm basing my thoughts on initial experiences with the products, whereas usually I provide reviews that are more thorough after I've used products for quite some time.
I'm not required to showcase a look when I partner with H-E-B— it's more about letting people know about the brands and products that are avaialble for purchase there, because some people may not realize they have such a great selection of beauty products.
Having said that, though it's not required, I have always enjoyed creating looks because I agree with you- it makes the post better and shows how the product looks ON. Sorry I've disappointed you, but sometimes I just don't have enough time to do a post like that when I get the products in a short timeframe before the post is due.
Thank you for leaving honest feedback without being abrasive. I appreciate that.
The products look great (in the package). Like Kate, I agree that it would have been a more helpful and truthfully, a more authentic review to see how these products looked on you. While I appreciate your personal perspective on these products, providing objective data (photos of you actually wearing the products) would be more effective at getting your readers to purchase these items…which I presume is why H-E-B sent them to you in the first place.
Thank you Karina. I hope my note above helps explain. I'm sorry to have dissapointed you with this one!