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Which drugstore beauty products did you search the most relentlessly for this year?
And when you finally found them, (assuming you eventually found them) were they worth the hunt?
Maybelline Color Tattoos. And absolutely!
i literally hunted EVERYWHERE for the l'oreal shine caresse glosses. finally after a week of searching i found them at harmons and almost let out a cry of delight.and good news is that i totally love them!
The LE Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige. Went nuts looking for it and finally found it--was the last in the display too. LOVE IT--I use it everyday so I guess it was worth it!
I actually have two, but haven't gotten either. The first is Revlon Whimsical, I have looked EVERYWHERE but still haven't been able to find it. And also, maybelline Barely Beige color tattoo, it looks so pretty but I'm now on a no buy.. BUT I'm almost done with it and I hope I can find a way to get BB color tatto. :-)
I found whimsical yesterday at my Shopko in the regular np display. I looked everywhere for it also! I would check stores like Kmart or Shopko. I seem to find lots of random leftovers at mine!
I found Whimsical at my local Christmas Tree store!
I found it at Kmart!
Barely Beige! Can't find it in Milwaukee!
I love this question! Definitely, definitely the L'oreal Shine Caresse gloss stains. I started looking way before they came out, and once you posted that they hit Target, I started going to Target & drugstores every day - finally found them last Sunday! I am a big fan of the YSL glossy stains, so I was hoping these would substitute well - and they do, yay! I bought four, went back the next day & bought more!Also, I usually find things really easily in my area, and these were really hard to find - showed up on the later side.
WnW's gilded age trio - never found itWnW's sparkle till morning - no luck either
I found sparkle til morning at Kmart.
Off the top of my head, I can think of 3 (January 2012 was a long time ago, lol).1. The Limited Edition Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows (I love Barely Beige so much I bought a backup). 2. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains-love these! 3. Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara. The positive reviews for this absolutely baffle me. This was one of the most disappointing mascaras I have ever purchased.
I agree with you 100% about CG Clump Crusher! I am embarrassed to admit how crazed I was looking for it and it's junk!
the fall limited edition maybelline color tattoos and revlon lip butter in red velvet (seriously sold out everywhere!)
Barely beige color tattoo. Went to 3 Walgreens about 1000 different times and couldn't find one. Went to dinner with friends in a town about an hour and a half away and after dinner I made them stop on the way home at a gas station to pee, but their bathroom was out of orders I we went to the Walgreens next door! Lo and behold there was a whole untouched display! I picked up all 4 and waited in line to check out even though my bladder was about to burst! My friends still don't understand!!!
I really wanted one of the Candy Shop nail polish dupes and turned up nothing...kind of forgot about it and stumbled upon the display of Holiday Lights polishes when I was at Rite Aid for something completely different! Like what they say about true love, it's only when you're not looking for it that you find it, lol!
revlon colorstay nail polish in buttercup! I remember seeing it (probably about a year ago) here in toronto but I hadn't tried any of the colorstay polishes and wasn't that big of a revlon polish fan in the past. However it was the most beautiful pastel yellow and a while later when one of my favourite bloggers recommended it I knew I needed it in my life. Unfortunately the shade seems to have disappeared from Canada! (or at least at all stores I frequent), I hunted locally for months and eventually got it on a trip to the states in September. Definitely worth the wait :)
The Revlon balm stains and the Maybelline LE Baby Lips, and I love them all.
The NYC nail polish in Peach Sparkle.. after seeing your pictures, I had to have! I went to about five different Rite Aids, and finally find them. I think I cried a little bit at the cashier station.
The limited edition Sparkle 'Til Morning from Wet & Wild. I saw it at a Walgreens and didn't purchased at first, when I finally wanted it it was available there anymore :( I was so sad about it but when I heard about the CVS clearance I went to CVS to buy all the goodies and to my surprise the palette was there! :D I was also hunting the Revlon Just Kissable Lip Stain for a while until I found them. And last but not least I wanted to get some Real Techniques brushes at my local Ulta (which is like 30 minutes away) but I went there for like 7-8 times and no luck until one day I managed to get the last one of the powder blush!
i searched every nearly single drugstore in manahattan (and many in brooklyn too) REPEATEDLY until i finally found the barely beige color tattoo. when i say i was a madwoman and hunted for it every day for over a month multiple times a day i am NOT EXAGGERATING.and yes it was worth it. it's a lovely product and i finally feel sane again.
The earth tone LE color tattoos.. and yes, worth every trip. I have no idea why they do not make these gorgeous colors permanent. We got the beige.. but the green, brown, and gold are fantastic as well and so wearable!
WnW Sparlle till morning and any of the Fall LE Maybellene color Tatoos, found none.
The Barely Beige color tattoo. Found Rich mahogany, but the actual display was nowhere to be found... So that ended in failure. BUT I just got back from Kmart and they had the new metal collection. I nabbed Barely Branded instantly, even if they might end up in the permanent. I'm definitely checking Kmart for LEs and new things. They had the new red tubed kate moss lipsticks and the Rimmel BB cream already too. Plus it's an unpopular store where I am so there are barely any customers. ;3
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barley Beige! Went to 6 different Walgreens stores and I finally found one. SO WORTH THE WAIT.
LE Maybelline Color Tattoo's - I went NUTS looking for these. Even got my entire family - even my cuz'n in Cali looking for them when they were sold out in most of hometown :)
Wet n Wild's Cherry Bomb lipstick. I dont want to say how many times I went to my local drugstore, but when I FINALLY GOT IT it was totally worth the wait. Perfect color, perfect finish. I just wish I stocked up when I had the chance in case I never see it again!
The new Wet N Wild 8-pan palettes. I especially wanted Drinking a Glass of Shine. Never found them anywhere. The drug stores in NYC just suck, to put it simply.
Like everyone else, Barely Beige. Still haven't found it. :(
WnW Where's the Party? collection. I'd say it was definitely worth it. I only bought the Sparkle Til Morning palette. I passed on the matte palette last year, too, because I already have those colors in their 6 pans.
So it was first my fault and dumb me to not just do it. I've been looking for those 3 new limited edition palette from Wet n Wild that you haven recently review! and put up a map to track for it. I look for it every time I got a chance to go to the drugstore. And one day, I spot the purple palette and the matte one at Walgreen, there were 2 matte palettes and one purple. I heard some reviews before and was not so super crazy about the purple one, and plus that specific one at the time had a tiny bit shadows that was crumbled onto the packaging. Also, I knew that I will soon received a gift card for Walgreen, so I decided to wait. I kept thinking may be the bronze palette would be restock. However, when I went back within a week, it was gone. The whole section were replaced by cheap makeup palettes. I was sooo mad at myself. I don't know what I was truly thinking at all. And if I bought it, I bet it would be soo amazing. I've been to CVS and Walgreen at different locations and nothing. I tried to visit a lot after that incident and nothing. Ugh what I hate most is when I have school,and have no time to go out, they decided to put out. And now I am free to go roam around, there is nothing in sight. So unfair!!
Maybelline Tattoos & yes I love them!
I stalked Big Lots for weeks and weeks waiting for the Philosophy products, I swear the managers must thought I was casing the joint to rob them or something because I looked and looked and never bought anything until it finally came out. I was there so often I would pray that the same employees weren't there everytime I went in! LOL! I did finally find it and bought quite a few things, I cannot remember right now what I bought, pretty much everything except eyeshadows. Yes, I think it was worth it because it was out of my system unlike 2011 and WNW nail polish I hunted for to no avail...Cougar Attack I think it is called!
the LE display from Wet n' Wild! & YES! I LOVE Sparkle Til' Morning & Drinking a Glass of Shine :)
Well let's see - Revlon Whimsical - found it at Meijer after looking for weeks at random CVS and Walgreens. Only wore it once.the latest WnW LE 8 pans - that one took a while too and I still haven't had a chance to play with them.Stalked many Big Lots looking for the rumored Essie SSN - never found it but I did score some OPIs and Essie for like 3 bucks each.Pure Ice Sexy Mama - had to call in reinforcements on that one. My dear friend and fellow Laquerhead finally found it and got one for each of us. Haven't wore that yet either.My lastest obsession is the SH that is a dupe of DL Across the Universe. Still have yet to find that one. Hopefully after the Holi-Daze :)
Same as most here, I was hunting for the LE Wet n Wild 8 pan shadows. I found Drinking a Glass of Shine pretty easily, but Sparkle Til Morning was impossible. It was always sold out. I finally gave up, and then stumbled upon it yesterday in Kmart when I was looking for something else!! As soon as I gave up, it appeared haha Today's my first day using it and so far, so good.
I searched all over in several states for the Maybelline Color Tattoo LE colors. Barely Beige is the bomb! Love them all! It was definitely worth it!
I'm still on the hunt for the NYX jumbo eyeliner in Milk.... gah!
do you not have an ulta near by?
still looking for the Glossy Stains and Barely Beige :( or whatever the perm dupe is as it was LE.
Oh my gosh there have been so many this year! The LE Maybelline Porcelains Collection lipsticks from back in the Spring with the light pink rubberized packaging. It took me months to finally track down a display 2-hrs away. I got 3 of the 4 from the collection, I never could get a hold of "Nude Nuances". I even had my sis-in-law in CA & TX looking for it, still no luck. :(Revlon Whimsical! I finally gave in and purchased the Deborah Lippmann, ugh! But still hunted for when it runs out. I finally just found it in the permanent collection at Kmart about a week ago. :)The Physician's Formula Healthy Wear Foundation Powder & the Philosophy products both at Big Lots. I stalked my local Big Lots 3 times a week and harassed the employees for when their shipments would be coming in & if they had seen any coming through for at least a month before any showed up.And finally of course, the famous Maybelline Fall LE Color Tattoos! I had to have all 4! I stalked my local Walgreens (we only have one), Walmart & Kmart every week looking for them and I drove my BFF nuts (she just doesn't quite get it, but she puts up with me!) until we once again found them 2-hrs away in an untouched display....and my BFF is actually the one who noticed them for me! She does have my back :)
L'Oreal Infalliable eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe....it was tricky trying to find this at first and try not to pay retail for it! I finally got it at my local Ulta after several restockings. I don't regret it a bit as this is one of my favorite shadows.
Maybelline eyeshadow quad in Olive Martini. It never made it to coastal NC! :(
Definitely the Maybelline Fall LE collection. I loved the color range, and the four LE Color Tatoos were something I stalked multiple drugstores to find! I ended up buying all 4 tatoos, a couple of the polishes, several of the lipsticks, and some of the eyeshadow quads. Yikes! LOL. The autumn colors were just so gorgeous. I also looked long and hard for Wet n Wild's Sparkle Til Morning palette, which I finally found when it became part of the larger WnW display. Just located the L'Oreal glossy stains yesterday (which I thought I'd have to really hunt for, but just lucked out and found a brand new display at the first Rite Aid I checked!). Happy Holidays G!
I still have not found the wet and wild sparkle till the morning , I still found it so badly! I did find the Maybelline color tattoo in barely beige on accident it was the last one!, was so glad to find that one its my new favorite everyday base:) I also did find the baby lips the only one Im glad I have is the coral crush its the only one that shows up,the others are just great for the smell , I just found the Loreal glossy stains yesterday at my Cvs can anyone recommend a color to try more one the nude side like an every day color?
wet and wild sugar plum fairy, so worth it, so many compliments when i wear gourgous unique shade. all the diffrent colored balms the revlon just biten and lip butters the cover girl ones and suchthe vivids collection from maybelline found it loving m brazen berry hope it not le
It's a Christmas miracle! I decided to save my CVS ExtraBucks for when I came to visit my sister and mom for the holidays, hoping that I'd find Sparkle 'Til Morning or Drinking a Glass of Shine. No luck, but I did get my first Revlon Lip Butter for $2! Well, tonight, right after I'd (reluctantly) gone to Christmas Eve church service, my sister wanted to stop at Walgreens. GUESS WHAT was sitting in the endcap waiting for me? Drinking a Glass of Shine!
1) Color Tattoo Barely Beige...I gave up it, I guess the area I live in doesn't get any LE items by any brand :( I can't believe you can't order it anywhere yet either. Anyway, I got the Milani Champagne Toast Shadow Eyez which was easy to order (well as as easy as it is to order from milani.com) and it was on sale.2) NYC Peach Sparkle nail polish. Still never found that.
1) Color Tattoo in Barely Beige. Apparently in my area I will never get any LE items in any store here. I got Milani Champagne Toast Shadow Eyez instead which was easy to order and I am perfectly happy with it!
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