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Showing posts with label drugstore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label drugstore. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Too Faced Melted Lipstick Dupe

Too Faced Melted Lipsticks are really popular in the makeup community as well as their new liquid matte lipsticks, but they can get a little expensive. They are priced at $21 a piece. Luckily for those of you on a budget that want the shades of the Too Faced Melted lipsticks, there are 2 dupes for nude/pink shades that I think you guys are going to love! The dupes are from Maybelline from their Color Jolt lipsticks which are priced at $7.70 a piece. Thats a $13.30 difference! You can basically get 3 Maybelline Color Jolts for the price of one Too Faced Melted. 
So lets first compare packaging. Both are in squeezy tubes, the Too Faced ones are just a little longer and slimmer. Another difference is the gold details on the Too Faced tubes. 
The applicators are also super similar. The only difference is the Too Faced one (top) has multiple tiny holes that the product comes out of and the Maybelline one (bottom), as you can tell in the picture, has one where the product comes out. The formulas are also very similar. I would say the Maybelline is a little bit thicker than the Too Faced. 
Above are swatches and you can see the similarities. L to R is Too Faced Nude, Maybelline Stripped Down, Too Faced Peony, Maybelline Never Bare. There are slight difference as Stripped Down is a little darker than Nude and Peony is slightly darker than Never Bare. Still I would consider these to be dupes because of how close they are. Below is a picture of the swatches without natural lighting. 





Friday, August 14, 2015

Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream Review

Hey babes! I'm back again with another review for all of you. So Milani (a drugstore brand with high end quality) has recently come out with somethng almost every makeup company has been releasing, liquid lipsticks. They have made these limited edition and they are called Amore Matte Lip Creams. It was rumored these were exclusive to Walgreens, but honestly I went to 3 Walgreens to hunt these bad boys down and none of my Walgreens even carried the brand! So luckily, I finally ended up finding all 8 at CVS! 

So I ended up picking up Adore, Beloved, Lust, and Embrace and now that I have those I reaaaalllyyy want Desire and Romance to add those to my collection. These were $5.99 a piece at CVS and on the Milani website they are proced at $8.99 so my suggestion would be to pick them up at your local drugstore and save yourself some money. 

So lets talk packaging. As you can see from the picture above, they are clear packaging with a gold cap - um yes. Thank you Milani for always sticking with the gold. I am obsessed. Not only that but they aren't in a round tube like most liquid lipsticks, they're in a square tube which I actually prefer so I think they did awesome on that. 

So now down to the nitty gritty - the colors and formula. As far as the colors, I really just wish they had more nudes and pinks to choose from. The nudes they have are a little too brown for my liking and the only pink they have is a little too dark for an everyday color on my skintone, but they're gorgeous nonetheless. They definitely have the dark, vampy colors down to a T so they don't need any more of those. The formula is pretty much your standard liquid lipstick. It's not a mousse-like texture, just straight up liquid. I do recommend putting on a lip balm before applying these, because of the fact that they're matte, of course they can be drying. But personally I think they feel really comfortable on the lips. I also tried the kiss test to make sure it doesn't transfer and they passed with flying colors. These babies don't budge even when trying to take them off I absolutely have to use an oil because water or a makeup remover is just simply not enough. They have pretty good longevity but they tend to crumble/fade on the inner rim of the lips after awhile like any other liquid lipstick. Honestly, these are definitely worth the try especially for the $5.99 price point as opposed to $20 on a prestige brand. These are a yes in my book. I just hope they come out with more neutral colors. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New on the Market: Drugstore & High End

Hi babes! Sorry I've been MIA lately, I've been super busy with YouTube and a bunch of other stuff. So let's just dive in to the new goodies that will be or have already released!

First up is a NYX product that will be coming out in June. SOOOOO soon! This is their new Liquid Suede lipstick. I can't imagine these being any more than $5 - $8 seeing as they're drugstore, although their prices have been increasing a lot lately. It looks like they made some beautiful neutral colors I can't wait to get my hands on that pink one!  
 Next is 6 Long Lasting 16 hour blushes by Too Faced. These have cute heart packaging and adorable names! These are a part of their Fall 2015 line so I'm not sure when these will be releasing. I'm assuming possibly in August? And do I spy their new foundation in the background?! "Born This Way" is what it is called. That should be releasing around the same time. I've never tried a Too Faced foundation so I'm excited to try that. I think I definitely want to get my hands on the Baby Love blush too! Eeeeek, I'm already starting a Fall wish list and it's not even officially Summer!
Next are the Maybelline Creamy Matte lipsticks. These have been the talk of the town all over the place. But, wait, because there's more! They are coming out with ten new shades that will be permanent! Clay Crush looks beautiful for Spring! OMG. I'm not sure if these are out already or not, but check your local drugstores and Ulta's because they may be sneaking onto the shelves already.
 Last is a new line from e.l.f. called Beautifully Bare which includes a blush ($4), blending brush ($6), foundation serum ($8), lash tint mascara ($4), defining mascara ($4), and a lip tint (not pictured $5) . They mentioned on their Instagram that there is a limited quantity for their launch so hurry while these last! I am definitely interested in getting the blush, foundation serum and that blending brush!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Maybelline Summer Collection

Maybelline has been posting their new products little by little on their Instagram and it is such a teaser! These will all be releasing in June and you can expect the price to be fairly affordable considering it is a drugstore brand. Let's hope for low, low prices! 

Baby Lips Lipgloss
These look sooooo interesting! They're supposed to be very moisturizing lipglosses. It looks like there are only these 4 colors as of now. I'm loving the bubblegum pink color!

Chaotic Lash Mascara

Color blur matte lip pencil

Monday, April 6, 2015

L.A. Girl Cosmetics Matte Gloss Swatches

You wanted swatches and here they are! L.A. Girl Cosmetics just posted this on their Instagram. These are all available on the La Girl Cosmetics website and the best part is they are only $5 each! I will definitely be purchasing some soon. I'm not a fan of all the orange colors, but I am loving Iconic, Playful, and Frisky! What are your favs? 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

L.A. Girl Cosmetics Matte Gloss

L.A. Girl Cosmetics announced on their Instagram that they are releasing 16 shades of long lasting Matte Pigment Glosses. No swatches have been released yet but I am anxious to see them! They will be available tomorrow on their website so get ready to add them to your cart! The best part is they're only $5 a piece!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Highlighter Collection

I've been going through my makeup collection quite a bit lately and I figured I would start doing a weekly post on my collection by category. If I just did one post on my entire collection, it would bore you to death because of how long it would be lol. I just want to put a disclaimer out there that these posts are not to brag or show off, they are just simply to show you what I have in my collection and if any of you are interested in swatches, please let me know and I'd be happy to post some for you! This took a bit of time to accumulate so please don't think I went out and purchased all of this in one day haha. I'm really obsessed with highlighters so this collection will continue to grow. There are a TON of new highlighters out that I haven't been able to pick up yet. But here's my highlighter far lol.
Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE)
Burberry Gold Glow (LE)
Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE)
The Balm CindyLou-Manizer
The Balm MaryLou-Manizer
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights (Sample)
Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE)
Benefit High Beam
NYX Liquid Illuminator in Gleam
NYX Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam
Revlon Photo Ready Skinlights in 100 Bare Light
Sonia Kashuk Sparkling Sands
e.l.f.Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal

NYX Illuminator Ritualistic
e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearl
Wet N Wild Fergie in Rose Champagne Glow

Monday, March 30, 2015

Salma Hayek Nuance Review

I have another exciting review for all of you and this time it's a drugstore brand! So already, that's a plus because it's affordable for most people. The brand is, as the title insinuates, Nuance by Salma Hayek. Please note, these products were kindly sent to me for review so a huge thank you goes out to the company for their generosity! I did not purchase any of these products, but this review is 100% my own my opinions and thoughts are 100% true.
If you're interested in these products after reading the reviews, you can find them exclusively at CVS and
Let's start with hair care, shall we? There is a shampoo, conditioner, and a hair mask. I'll give you prices first so you know what you're getting into. The shampoo and conditioner are both $7.99 for 10 fl. oz. and the hair mask is $9.99 for 6 fl. oz. So the prices are very affordable. The first thing I checked was to make sure these products were sulfate free because I won't use products that contain sulfate on my hair. These are all sulfate free which is a huge plus in my book. They also do not test on animals and their ingredients are amazing. For example, coconut oil, avocado oil, almond oil, and buriti oil. The shampoo made my hair feel very clean and the conditioner and hair mask made my hair feel very soft. The only thing I wasn't a big fan of was the time it took to rinse out the conditioner and hair mask. Because they're both a thicker consistency, it takes quite a bit of time to rinse out. There were times I would think I got all of it out, step out of the shower, ran my fingers through my hair and had to jump right back in because all of it wasn't completely rinsed out.
Next, let's talk about face products! All of the face products also have beneficial ingredients which is incredible for a drugstore brand! There's a Restoring Eye Cream, CC Cream, Sheer Liquid Veil SPF 50, and a Glow Facial Oil.
The Restorative Eye Cream is a little more expensive. It retails for $19.99 for 0.5 fl. oz. but you don't need much so it lasts a good while. I've been using it every night for the past 3-4 weeks and I still have a ton of product left! I've been looking for an eye cream lately because I haven't been too much into skin care until the last couple months and this one is perfect. It's very hydrating and doesn't burn or leave any residue.
The CC Cream retails for $14.99 for 1 fl. oz. Unfortunately I was a little too pale for the CC cream; it was about a shade or two darker than my skin tone, but I did wear it a few days when I knew I wasn't going anywhere just to see how it wore and this is suchhhhhh a beautiful CC cream. As you can see from the pictures below, it comes out green and then once it's blended, it blends to a skin tone color. I have issues with redness and I love foundations, CC creams, and BB creams that have full coverage and this was perfect for that. It gives beautiful coverage and goes on flawlessly. It made my skin look so beautiful. This would be perfect for lazy makeup days or no-makeup, makeup looks. I definitely recommend the CC cream for medium skin tones. I'm hoping by Summer I'll catch a good enough tan to match the CC cream to use it.
This Sheer Liquid Veil costs $9.99 for 1.7 fl. oz. When I first took a look at this, I thought it might have just been a sun screen because the SPF is so high, but it is actually a primer and a hydrator. It has a watery consistency but it blends easily and doesn't leave a white cast. This stuff smells amazing! It's so hard to describe scents, but I want to say it smells like roses. I've used this both with makeup and on it's own and I actually really love it. It does exactly what it's intent is; it hydrates and primes. If you don't want to pay $72 for the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer, this is a great alternative!
This Glow Facial Oil is on the more expensive side, costing $21.99 for 1 fl. oz. but you don't need more than a few drops so it will last you a LONG time. The way I used the facial oil was at night as part of my skin care routine. I would apply it before going to sleep and it really helped clear up some of my acne and redness and made my skin look beautiful. I don't usually use facial oils because I tend to have oily skin, but it didn't make my skin even more oily which is amazing! I also tried mixing it in with my foundation and it gave me a luminous glow. Perfection! The packaging on this one is glass so it gives it a more high-end feel and it also has a glass dropper which makes it great so you know you're not using too much.


Friday, March 20, 2015

10 Foundations Under $10

Tired of your old foundation and looking for a new one but don't want to break the bank? Here are 10 foundations under $10 or pretty close to it! What are some of your favorite foundations?
Rimmel Stay Matte $4.97
I don't own many Rimmel products, but I actually have this foundation and for the price this is a really great matte foundation and for the price, who could beat that?!
Maybelline Fit Me and Fit Me Matte & Poreless $5.94
Both Maybelline Fit Me foundations are reasonably priced at approximately $6 which isn't bad at all! I haven't tried the Fit Me foundation, but the Matte & Poreless one I've been trying for about a week now and I've been loving it! I will have a review of it up soon! The Matte and Poreless is more for oily to combo skin and the regular Fit Me is more for dry to normal skin types.
e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation $6
I haven't tried any e.l.f. foundations, but this one actually reminds me of the new NARS Luminous Silk foundation because of the packaging and OMG is that a pump?! Need this in your life!
 Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous$6.94
I personally am not a fan of Covergirl products, but EleventhGorgeous on YouTube raves about this stuff alllll the time and I figured there are people out there that enjoy their products, so this one's for you! And it's only $7 so it's worth the try!
NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat $7.50
This is another foundation I have yet to try, but I've heard great things about it. Plus it's under $8. Um, yes please!
Maybelline Dream Wonder $8.94
I see this everywhere on so many people's blogs, YouTube videos, Instagram and still I haven't picked it up and I don't know why I haven't yet because it's only $8.94! Go get you some!
L'Oreal True Match $8.97
This is a holy grail foundation for a lot of people. I personally wasn't AMAZED with it, but it was an okay foundation. They have a wide selection of colors though which is great for really fair and really deep skin tones.
 L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder $10.97
I know I'm cutting it close with this one and I apologize but the next 2 are also going to be a bit over $10 but I had to throw them in here. Don't hate me! This foundation is pretty popular as well but another one I haven't tried. It's a smidge over $10 but it beats paying $30 for a foundation at Sephora if you're on a budget, right?!
 L'Oreal True Match LUMI $10.97
This is the sister to the L'Oreal True Match, except this is a more luminous foundation hence the LUMI part. This foundation comes with a pump which is always appreciated. This would be more for dry or normal skin tones.
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte $11.88
This is the most expensive foundation and I know it's almost $2 over the $10 limit, but I just had to put this on here. So many people are loving this foundation and I personally cannot wait to try it myself!
Hope you enjoyed this! What are your favorite drugstore foundations under $10?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Affordable Fresh Face

Happy Spring everyone! Since today is the first actual day of Spring I decided to give you all options for a fresh face look. This one is the drugstore edition and I have posted a high end edition as well. When I think of a fresh face, I think of a very glowy, natural look so here are the products I would personally use for a fresh face. Beware there are tons of illuminating products! I put them in the order I would personally apply them, but if you apply your makeup in a different order, I'm all for it girl!

The first step is priming and this primer claims to blur and illuminate. So just in one product you're killing two birds with one stone; blurring out imperfections and giving your face that natural glow. 
Next I would apply foundation. This is the L'Oreal True Match Lumi, which again, gives you that dewy, luminous look. If you prefer a more matte foundation, but not completely matte, I would suggest the normal L'Oreal True Match. 
Then I would usually apply concealer to highlight the under eye area, giving you the appearance that you're more awake. I'd also highlight the bridge of my nose, forehead and chin.
To give yourself some warmth and definition to your face, bronze your temples and cheeks where you would normally contour. 
Add a little blush to your cheeks to add some color to your face. 
To give you that wet, dewy look, highlight with this NYX highlighter in Ritualistic right on the tops of the cheek bone, cupids bow, and brow bone. 

To brighten your eyes and make them look bigger and more awake. 
Put on some mascara to define your eyes.  

Fill in your brows, because you can't forget those! You can either fill them in with a pencil or just run a brow gel through them for a more natural look. 

Set your makeup with a dewy finish setting spray
Last, apply your lipstick to add some color to them.

What are your makeup must haves for a fresh face?