My Favorite Dry Shampoos

Honestly, I don’t think I could live without dry shampoo. I use it everyday, even when my hair is not greasy, because it adds fantastic volume! I have tried drugstore and higher end dry shampoos and I always lean towards the drugstore option more because it gives the same result while being a fraction of the price. Here are my favorites:

  1. Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8)batisteBatiste Dry Shampoo is my number one favorite dry shampoo! I am sure most of you have heard someone rave about this stuff and it is for good reason. You can find it for around $8 at Ulta or any drugstore. I use the one for brown and dark hair colors, but the great thing about Batiste is that they have a wide variety of products for any hair type. They have a regular dry shampoo, one for red hair, blonde hair, and many more options! This one also does not leave my hair feeling like there is a dry shampoo in it, and absorbs all the grease, making my hair look like I just washed it. I love this stuff!

 

2. Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo ($5)

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This is another great drugstore dry shampoo that is widely available. This one only comes in one type, unlike the Batiste one, but it works just as well. The only gripe I have about this one is that you have to work a little harder to fade out the “baby powder” look in my dark hair, but it does not leave my hair feeling like there product in it.

 

3. Dove Dry Shampoo ($4)

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This option is again, really great as well. The same goes for this one though, it only comes in one type and is a little bit harder to blend out, but the result is amazing and it smells SO GOOD! Like, I would buy a perfume that smells like this lol.

 

4. Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Dry Shampoo ($6)

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This is one that I have tried most recently. It also only comes in one kind, but it is really easy to blend out and smells like Jolly Ranchers! I really like this one and love the results!

 

These products all basically do the same thing (especially the last three), but this is just to show how many great dry shampoo options there are at the drugstore that are very budget friendly. I cycle through all four of these and they are great products to try!

 

Hidden Gem at the Drugstore: Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara

 

Jordana is a drugstore brand that can be found at Walgreens only (I am pretty sure) and I feel like this brand is never really talked about. I do love their lip liners, but that is the only product that I had ever tried from the line. I was watching a Kathleen Lights video on YouTube (beauty vlogger) and she said this is her favorite drugstore mascara. It is only around $3 so I decided to give it a try and if I didn’t end up liking it, then I wouldn’t feel bad because it was so inexpensive. Other than from Kathleen, I have not heard anything about this product so I just decided to try it out for myself!

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Bottom line: I LOVE THIS MASCARA! Here’s why…

  • It adds so much volume to my lashes without making them clumpy however, you only need two coats of this stuff or else it can look a little too thick and unnatural.
  • The wand is the perfect size to really make an impact on the lashes and applies the product evenly.
  • This is not a waterproof mascara and comes right off with my usual makeup remover- coconut oil.
  • It is only advertised as a volumizing mascara, but it does add length to my lashes and it holds a curl beautifully. Sometimes I like to add Covergirl’s Supersize mascara (lengthening mascara) to the tips of my lashes to get the best of both worlds but it still looks great without that extra step!
  • It works well for bottom lashes as well.
  • It does not smudge or flake.

The Maybelline Colossal mascara (yellow tube) was my ride or die favorite drugstore mascara, but the only thing I was not a fan of was the fact that it did not hold a curl for very long. This Jordana mascara is awesome and definitely something that I will continue to repurchase!

Top 5 Under $5!

These are my top 5 favorite, hidden gem products that can be found at your drugstore (except #2) for $5 or less!

 

  1. Wet N Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette, $4.99

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This contouring duo (shade Caramel Toffee) is by far the creamiest and most pigmented contour palette that I have found at the drugstore. For the price, you would think that this would be chalky as heck and poor quality, but even though this is a powder, it feels so buttery and creamy. I did not find that it applied chalky or patchy, but it does have quite a bit of kick- off. A little does go a long way because it is so pigmented, so use a light hand. The yellow powder does not crease when I use it to set my under eye concealer and the contour shade is warm but not too orange. They do have a lighter palette with a more pink- toned highlight shade and a more cool, grey toned contour shade. I have been really impressed by Wet N Wild products recently and they are cruelty free!

UPDATE!! I just purchased the lighter shade, Dulce De Leche, of this contour palette and the quality is just as smooth and creamy and pigmented as the darker shade (above). This palette is on the cooler side, with a pink- toned highlight shade, and more grey- toned contour shade but it still looks great and doesn’t make my face look “dirty” or muddy.

 

2. Morphe M310 Fan Brush, $4.99

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This is my favorite brush to apply highlighter! It is just a typical fan brush, but it applies highlighter beautifully and you can’t beat the price! The only downside is that you can only purchase Morphe products online from their website, but they are so worth it!

 

3. Milani Eyebrow Gel, $4

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This brow gel is awesome! It does not make your brows feel crusty but will keep them in place ALL DAY. I feel like this basically does the same thing as the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel but this one is a fraction of the price!

 

4. Elf Eyeshadow Primer, $2

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This eyeshadow primer is dirt cheap but works extremely well! I feel like this could even be a great dupe for the Urban Decay Original Primer Potion. When I wear this, my shadows don’t crease and looks great all day!

 

5. Jordana Lip Liner in Tawny, $2

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Jordana is a very inexpensive brand that can be found at Walgreens and I feel like their products can be overlooked. Their lip liners are awesome, especially the shade Tawny. This shade can be worn under any lip color because it is basically the color of your natural lips and is also great for over lining lips.

 

My Top 3 Favorite DRUGSTORE BRONZERS

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Top to bottom: NYC Bronzer in shade Sunny ($3, also a good dupe for Benefit’s Hoola bronzer), Rimmel Natural Bronzer in shade Sun Light ($5), and this last one is actually a pressed powder but is an amazing matte bronzer, the L’Oreal True Match powder in shade Nut Brown ($7).

Good matte bronzers can be tricky to find at the drugstore, but these are my top three favorites that I have found so far!

IMG_8533This is what they look like in natural sunlight in the same order (left to right: NYC, Rimmel, L’Oreal). I have olive skin and these are all perfect shades and can work for other skin types too. Even if you are not quite as tan, using these products with a light hand can still work for you. The NYC and Rimmel bronzers are very similar in color, but I find that the Rimmel powder has a little bit more pigment. The L’Oreal powder is quite pigmented because it is meant to be a pressed powder, but when blended out at a bronzer it gives a gorgeous finish (this is also a great option for different skin tones because L’Oreal True Match pressed powders have a wide variety of shades). I major issue with looking for a drugstore bronzer is that they can be too orange toned and splotchy, but I do not have this problem with any of these options.

With summer coming up, these bronzers will last through the heat! Hopefully this helps the next time you are on the hunt for a good drugstore bronzer!

Monistat Chafing Gel As A MAKEUP PRIMER?!

monistat gelThat’s right, you read the title correctly. Monistat CHAFING GEL (different from the fungal infection treatment) is a FANTASTIC makeup primer but I will say, this works best as a primer if you have combo to oily skin. If you haven’t heard about this miracle, $6 product being used as a makeup primer already, then keep on reading for more information and allow me to explain myself before passing this off as completely crazy and weird.

Most of you are familiar with the Smashbox Photo Finish primer ($36) and how this stuff is a cult favorite. I wanted to purchase this and use it for my sister’s upcoming wedding because it was outdoors and like I have said before, my skin gets quite oily and shiny. Before I was going to spend the big bucks, I did a little research and watched a YouTube video by the Glam Life Guru herself, Tati, where she explained that the Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel is a great dupe for the Smashbox primer. It was only $6 so I decided to give it a try and if it worked, then I just saved myself a bunch of money.

When doing my research I, of course, compared the ingredients first. The main ingredient in both of these products is Dimethicone. This ingredient is found in a lot of expensive makeup primers because it is an excellent mattifier for the skin (just like how the Nivea Mens post shave balm’s main ingredient is glycerin, another popular primer ingredient). Other ingredients that the Monistat and Smashbox primer have in common are¬†Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, and Trisiloxane. So, the Monistat is just as safe to apply to the face as the Smashbox primer and is perfectly fine to use daily if that is a concern for anyone. The look and texture of the product is pretty much identical to the Smashbox primer and feels very silky and smooth. It does a great job of mattifying the face and blurring any pores. I apply the gel to my T-zone first and rub it in with my fingers, blending outward.

Since I bought this stuff, I have used it every time that I have applied foundation AND I even used it on myself and on my sister for her wedding (check out my previous blog post to see the wedding makeup look I did on her!) and it worked really well throughout the whole day! I did get a little shiny, but it was nothing terrible and neither one of us had to reapply powder.

I love finding odd, hidden gems like this that can save money while giving the same result. I really recommend giving this product a try if the Smashbox Photo Finish primer is something that you are interested in purchasing.

Top 3 Favorite Concealers

These are my top 3 absolute FAVORITE concealers! I use all three of these as both an under- eye highlight concealer AND as a normal concealer for blemishes.

The L.A. Girl Pro concealer comes in 24 shades (including shades for color correcting) but I use the shade Creamy Beige for my under eye area and for blemish concealing. I do not think that this concealer can be found in an actual drugstore, but I got a pack of 3 on Amazon for $9. Creamy beige is a very popular shade and it looks very orange when squeezed out of the tube, but when applied it will look much better (the shade toast is also a great cream contour). This concealer has a brush tip applicator, which I actually don’t mind. I squeeze a small amount onto the back of my hand to warm it up and then apply it under my eyes with my finger before blending out with a brush or beauty blender. The consistency is thick but very creamy. This is definitely a full coverage concealer, which is why I thin it out a little on the back of my hand for a even application because a little bit of this stuff goes a long way! I do have to set it with powder though, or else it will crease, but I use this concealer every day.

The MAC Pro Long-wear concealer ($21) has always been a cult favorite. This concealer is also full coverage and DOES NOT CREASE. This concealer is also great as an eyeshadow primer and will keep the shadows in place all day without creasing. The only thing about this concealer that I do not like is the pump because it does tend to dispense too much product and is a little hard to control. Other than that, this concealer is awesome and definitely worth the money!

Lastly, the NYX HD concealer ($5) is another favorite. This concealer does not have as thick of a consistency as the other two, but the coverage and thinner consistency still does the job. This concealer comes in 11 shades (including color correcting shades). I use the shades yellow, beige, green, and tan. The yellow shade is great if you are into that famous “banana” under eye highlight look and I like the beige shade for concealing blemishes. The green shade is perfect for color correcting redness and blemishes before applying foundation overtop. I use the green shade everyday and it blends out nicey. The tan shade is my favorite cream contour product at the moment. It blends out very nicely and is the perfect contour shade, especially for olive skin. This concealer blends out perfectly and has a lighter feel, but I do need to set it with a powder.

I feel that concealing will be a trend that never goes out of style, so hopefully this helps the next time you are looking for your new favorite!

 

Favorite Drugstore Setting Powders

These are my ALL TIME FAVORITE setting powders from the drugstore! Even though these help a lot with my oily skin, I still feel that these powders will work for all skin types.

The Coty Airspun Powder in Translucent ($7) is a lose powder and I absolutely love it for setting the under eye area as well as my t-zone. It gives a flawless finish and keeps my oily skin under control all day. This powder is very finely milled and is awesome for “baking” if that is something that is a part of your makeup routine. I do not find that it makes me look cake-y at all and can be applied with a setting brush or beauty sponge. I use the translucent extra coverage shade, but this powder does come in a few other pigmented shades. There is also a fragrance- free version, however I believe it can only be found online. The fragrance is very strong and perfume-y, but it wears off eventually and it does not bother me in particular. Another plus to this product is that it comes with A LOT of product (2.3 oz) which is great because with most setting powders like this one, you typically only get around 1 oz.

The Rimmel Stay Matte ($4) in translucent is a great pressed powder as well. I like it best for touching up the t-zone throughout the day and it does a really good job of keeping the shine at bay. The same goes for the NYX HD pressed setting powder ($10). The translucent shade is great for touching up the t-zone and the banana shade is my favorite setting powder for my under eye concealer. It is not too yellow and gives the perfect amount of brightness. I even use the NYX banana powder more often than I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills banana powder.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with any of these powders and again, they will work well with any skin type. If you have oilier skin and are on the hunt for a great setting powder, these are great not just for the price, but overall.

 

Battle of the Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills vs. L’oreal

Left: ABH Brow Wiz ¬† ¬†Right: L’Oreal Brow Stylist

The Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills ($21) is probably one of the most cult favorite brow products that everyone wants to get their hands on and for a while, there was not really a cheaper option to this revolutionary brow pencil. That is until L’oreal came out with their Brow Stylist ($7) and I have to say that is is a great dupe for the ABH Brow Wiz and is also less than half the price.

I own both the Brow Wiz and the Brow Stylist and honestly, I probably will not repurchase the Brow Wiz because I feel that the L’oreal option basically does the same thing. I own the Brow Wiz in the shade dark brown and the Stylist in the shade dark brunette and I like it just the same. It does come out a little darker than the Brow Wiz but it is nothing I can’t blend out with a spoolie. The only other difference is that I have to apply a little bit more pressure with the Stylist, but again you can’t beat the price and if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the ABH Brow Wiz, I think the L’oreal Brow Stylist is your best option.

**NYX cosmetics does have a brow product called The Micro Brow Pencil that I heard is also comparable to the Brow Wiz. I do not own this one, but it is just another cheaper alternative that is available!

 

Top 3 Favorite DRUGSTORE MASCARAS

These are my absolute favorite, HOLY GRAIL mascaras from the drugstore. From left to right: Maybelline Colossal mascara ($5), Maybelline Lash Sensational waterproof ($7), and the Covergirl SuperSizer ($6).

The Colossal and SuperSizer are a match made in Heaven and when I pair these two together, I know that I am always going to have a good lash day. I apply a good coat of the SuperSizer and then follow it with the Colossal, focusing on the tips of my lashes. This way I get volume AND length without my lashes looking clumpy. I have also applied these in reverse order and still get an amazing result. The SuperSizer is also my favorite for the lower lashes. The brush is not too big and it is easy to run the bristles through without getting mascara all over my under eye area.

The Lash Sensational mascara is a more recent find for me, but I fell in love with it after the first use. The shape of the brush gives great volume and length to my lashes and it holds the curl all day. I typically do not like waterproof mascaras just because when I go to take it off later I end up ripping out my lashes and can never get it all off. With this one though, I find that it is easier to take off than others that I have tried.

I have not had any issues with any of these mascaras flaking or crumbling throughout the day and no matter how many coats I apply (within reason) my lashes do not clump.

I highly recommend any of these for any kind of mascara look you are aiming for. These mascaras will always have a place in my makeup collection and I will continue to repurchase each one whenever I run out!