Hidden Gem At The Drugstore!: Hard Candy Strobing Drops

Actually, Hard Candy products can only be found at Wal-Mart (as far as I know), however these drops are a drugstore price and can be found online!

Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix- In Drops in White Pearl ($8)

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For me, Hard Candy products can be hit or miss, but I was drawn to this product the second I saw it! Also, I am not sure if they have other shades, White Pearl is the only one I have seen.

Just a few first impressions:

  • I am not a fan of the cardboard packaging. It kind of reminds me of cheap makeup I used to play with when I was younger (lol) but the product is really amazing.
  • When you screw off the lid, it has a dropper applicator and there is a button type thing on the top that you press to drop out the product.
  • The product is liquidy and if you tilt your hand, it will run down.
  • This can be mixed in with a foundation, moisturizer, or used on their own.
  • When I first dropped it onto the back of my hand it looked to be too glittery (common with drugstore products), but when I rubbed it in it created the most beautiful highlight. There is extremely fine micro-glitter in the product, but it is not chunky or obvious at all.
  • It blends out really easily and evenly.
  • A little goes a long way, so for $8 you are getting a great amount of product.

 

When I applied it on my skin… it created the most beautiful and natural looking white pearl highlight (hence the name). The micro- glitter is completely undetectable on the skin while still giving a gorgeous highlight. This product is so easy to use and is perfect if you want to achieve that summer glow. I have not tried using this mixed in with my foundation or moisturizer just because my skin is already oily and I do not need my face to look all- over glowy. BUT I love applying this on my cheekbones, cupid’s bow, browbone, inner corner (wherever you like to apply highlight) and I am obsessed! I have also used this on the tops of my shoulders and collar bone to really make my skin glow. This is also a great base to apply a powder highlight on top of to really enhance the color and make your highlight more intense (this is my favorite way to use this stuff!).

Overall, I love the versatility of this product and how it can be used in so many different ways. It blends out really nicely so it can be used on many different skin tones. I think this would work for you if you have deeper skin as well. If you are looking for an inexpensive liquid highlight option, definitely get your hands on this!

NYX Butter Glosses 

I am absolutely OBSESSED with the NYX Butter Glosses! They are by far the best lip glosses I have found at the drugstore and are very affordable at around $5 each.

They are opaque, not sticky, and smell so freaking good!
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These are the swatches of the shades that I was able to get my hands on. From left to right: Angel Food Cake (mauve shade), Tiramisu (pinky nude shade), Madeleine (beige/ brown nude shade), and Fortune Cookie (peachy nude shade). I love using these over a matte lipstick when I want a glossier look and they last a really long time (depending on your day). I especially like to use the Fortune Cookie shade in the center of the lips to make them appear more plump and give a slight “ombré” effect.

They do have a few more shades at the drugstore that were sold out but on their website they have a larger variety. But if you are looking for a great lip gloss option, definitely give these a try!

Best Drugstore BB Cream!?!?

I have never been a big fan of BB/ CC creams (I feel like they basically do the same thing) because they make me look too shiny and do not give me the coverage that I like. However, I bought the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream ($12-14 for 2 full ounces) and I am IN LOVE!

 

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I tried this stuff about a year ago when the BB cream trend was picking up and I hated it at first and ended up just giving it away. It looked to orange on my skin and made my face a greasy mess. BUT, lately I have been wanting to wear something lighter than a foundation that still evens out my skin tone and gives me decent coverage. I decided to give this one a try again because every time I searched for BB creams, this one came up EVERY SINGLE TIME! So, I thought maybe they redid the formula or something, then I realized that the first time I tried this product, I bought the shade that was too deep and one one made for dryer skin types. No wonder it was so greasy on me! However, if you are on the dry side, their formula for dryer skin types will work really well for you.

This time around, I bought the light/ medium shade for combo to oily skin types and it is AMAZING. I was scared at first that it would be too light on my skin because when I dotted it on my face it looked a little too pale, but after buffing and blending it into my skin it matched so perfectly that it almost seemed to adjust to my skin tone.

Here are more reasons why I am in love with this product:

  • Lightweight formula that provides good coverage (I do not need to conceal my blemishes with this stuff!) and evens out skin tone beautifully.
  • Works as a sunscreen with SPF 20.
  • Keeps the shine under control ALL DAY!
  • You get 2 full ounces for around $12, which I think is pretty awesome.
  • Can be used as a “foundation” when you want to wear something lighter. Products apply onto this very nicely.
  • Formula is on the liquidy side and easy to blend evenly.
  • It is buildable if you want more coverage (but at that point I would just use a regular foundation).
  • I like to mix some of this in with my regular foundations for get the benefits of both products and add SPF. You could even use this as a base for your foundation for extra coverage that won’t look cakey.
  • The finish is not completely matte, but not shiny at all. It just looks like a better version of your own skin!
  • Dries down completely and does not feel sticky or tacky on the skin.

The two active ingredients in this product are 3% Octinoxate and 4.7% Titanium Dioxide.

Side note: There are a couple of different packagings for the same product and it is a little bit harder to find the shade medium/ deep in stores.

Once again, I love this product and really glad that I gave it a second try and got the one that was right for me this time! If you are on the hunt for a great BB cream that will perform well, especially in the summer, definitely give this one a try. It is a really great product and I really think you will like it!

Makeup Guide: Maybelline Concealers

Maybelline is known for making some of the best concealers on the market (not just for drugstore brands)! I have not tried all of the concealers Maybelline offers, however I have tried the four most popular ones and fallen in love with them! The next time you are on the hunt for a great concealer, try the Maybelline ones!

 

Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser ($8)

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Everyone has at least seen or heard so many great things about this concealer. It is probably Maybelline’s best selling concealer and the one that many celebrity makeup artists love as well. I love the Neutralizer shade because it has a yellow undertone, but there are six shades including a brightener shade, which is more pink toned. This concealer has twist up packaging and a sponge applicator, so it feels really good to apply. The product itself is very thin, but has light to medium coverage and feels very comfortable on the under eye area. I also like to use this concealer when I am in a hurry and just want to look more awake because I do not need to set it with a powder. The only downside to this product is that while it claims to be a “dark circle treatment concealer”, I do not find that my dark circles have diminished, but I still love the product.

 

Superstay Better Skin ($8)

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This option is also fantastic. It is a little bit thicker in consistency and is on the fuller coverage side. This concealer is offered in six shades as well. I have olive skin and the light/ medium shade is perfect for concealing my under eye area as well as blemishes on my face. I really love this concealer because it DOES NOT CREASE if you set it with a powder. If you are going to get one concealer from Maybelline, I really recommend this one.

 

Fit Me ($5)

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This is another Maybelline concealer that is a favorite. The consistency is more liquidy than the Better Skin one, but the coverage is the same. This concealer is a great dupe for the NARS creamy concealers. Another cool thing about this product is that they are awesome for cream contouring because they are not extremely thick and blend out really easily. If you are knew to cream contouring, I really recommend these concealers becuase they are fool proof. This concealer also comes in six shades.

 

Master Conceal ($8)

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This concealer is the thickest and most full coverage out of the bunch. If you like that extreme full coverage concealer look, then this will be your go-to. You definitely need to set this concealer with a powder or it will crease on you, but the coverage is great and it does not look cake-y.

 

 

 

 

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!

YouTube Made Me Buy It!- Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

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If anyone is obsessed with watching beauty vloggers on YouTube like I am, then you might have seen this product, the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer ($13), appear quite often. After seeing and hearing about how awesome it was time and time again, I decided to finally buy it. I hesitated a little just because even for a drugstore bronzer, this one is on the more expensive side and I have so many bronzers that I love already. But, I still wanted to give this one a try to see if it was really as amazing as I had seen all over YouTube.

Before I applied the bronzer onto my skin, these were my first impressions:

  • The packaging is adorable but a little bulky because the bronzer pan flips up and underneath there is a foam applicator and mirror (the foam applicator I actually have been keeping in my purse to blot my face throughout the day rather than using it for the actual bronzer).
  • The bronzer smells SO GOOD! It smells very tropical and coconut-y, like a Pina Colada and I’m obsessed. If you do not like that kind of scent though, it is not extremely strong and it does go away after a few minutes.
  • When I swatched the product on my finger, it is EXTREMELY soft, like it actually feels like butter (hence the name lol).
  • There is only one shade of this bronzer. It looks very light in the pan and when swatched, it has good pigmentation, but it is just a light bronzer so unfortunately this product would not work well with deeper skin tones. I have olive skin, but if you are much tanner than that, I would probably pass on this product.
  • Also when swatched, the product does have a very very slight shimmer to it, almost more of a sheen. There is no glitter whatsoever, but this bronzer is not completely matte. I don’t mind this at all though and I think it will look beautiful for the summer!
  • The product is neutral toned.

When I applied it to my face:

  • I use the Morphe M527 for bronzer but any bronzing/ fluffy brush will work.
  • Overall, this product is BEAUTIFUL! I have only used it twice and it has already become one of my new favorites! The shimmer barely shows up on the skin, but just gives a beautiful glowy look (nothing shiny or glittery about it!). This can be used as a contour powder also, but it just does something to make the skin look very summer-y and sun-kissed.
  • I wouldn’t say this product is a perfect dupe for Benefit’s Hoola bronzer (even though it looks like it could be) just because this one is not completely matte and is slightly lighter.
  • The product applied smoothly and evenly onto the skin.

 

So, bottom line is that this product is beautiful and I think that anyone going back and forth about purchasing it should go for it! It is a bit more expensive, but use an Ulta coupon or wait for it to go on sale at the drugstore. But in my opinion, I definitely think this product is worth the hype!

Makeup Products for Combo to Oily Skin

These are my favorite products that I love to use for combo to oily skin types. There are drugstore and a few higher end products listed and some products that I have not mentioned before on my blog! These are all products that I will continue to repurchase time and time again when I run out.

Primers:

  • Benefit POREfessional pore minimizing face primer ($31)
  • Monistat Chafing Relief powder gel ($6- I have a post dedicated to explaining this product it is awesome!)

Foundations:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless liquid foundation ($8)
  • L’Oreal Infallible Pro- Matte liquid foundation ($12)
  • L’Oreal Infallible Pro- Matte powder foundation ($10)
  • Georgio Armani Luminous Silk liquid foundation ($62- this stuff is really good for people who want a luminous finish without looking too shiny or greasy).

Setting Powders:

  • Coty Airspun Loose setting powder in Translucent ($7- be careful with flash photography because this stuff can cause the dreaded flash- back!).
  • Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Translucent ($4)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills pressed setting powder in Banana ($40 in whole contour kit, $14 for individual pan- this is great for setting the under eye area, not necessarily for the whole face).

Eye Primers:

  • Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoos ($5- These are great if you have oily eyelids and need a good primer or cream eyeshadow that does not crease. I like to use them as a base for my eyeshadows, especially the shade Creamy Beige from the Leathers line).

Concealers:

  • MAC Pro Longwear concealer ($20)
  • L.A. Girl Pro Concealer ($3)

Bronzers:

  • Rimmel Natural Bronzers ($4)
  • Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer ($13- this has a very slight shimmer but it is almost undetectable on the skin)

Blushes:

  • Wet N Wild Color Icon blushes ($3- the matte and shimmer shades are all fantastic!)
  • NYX HD blushes ($7- matte and shimmer)

Setting Spray:

  • L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender setting spray ($15- a bit pricey for drugstore, but you get A LOT of product).

 

 

 

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.

 

April Beauty Favorites!!

These are the products that I have been absolutely loving for the month of April!

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The first three are brushes that I have been using every time I put on my makeup and all of these are very affordable. The first one is the Ultimate Blending brush from ELF cosmetics ($6). I have been using this for my liquid foundation and it applies the product flawlessly. The second brush is the Contouring brush from Wet N Wild ($1). This brush is extremely inexpensive but feels very high quality. It is very soft and makes it very easy to blend out product. Overall, I am extremely impressed with the new brushes from Wet N Wild. The last brush is the Morphe M527 brush ($15, also a good dupe for the MAC 145 brush) . This is my new favorite brush to bronze the face (check out my previous post to see what my top 3 favorite drugstore bronzers are). Morphe brushes can only be found on the Morphe website, but lots of beauty bloggers on YouTube are affiliates with Morphe and have discount codes so look out for those!

 

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The Photo Focus Setting Spray from Wet N Wild ($4) has also been a favorite of mine this month. It feels like water but I have noticed that it does prolong the wear of my makeup and makes everything look refreshed.

swiss chocolateI feel like I am a little late on this one, but I purchased the MAC eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate (I just got the pan, $6) and I have been obsessed with using this in my crease to blend out shadows or all over the lid for a rusty brown smokey eye look. I love MAC eyeshadows and this shade is really unique. (FYI: MAC has free shipping with no minimum spending requirement).

 

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My next April favorite is this MAC Large/ Duo sided Pro Palette ($8, FREE SHIPPING on MAC website). That’s right, this whole empty palette is only eight bucks! I have depotted some of my MAC shadows and other eyeshadows and put them in here and I love how I have everything in one palette and can get rid of excess clutter in my makeup bag. I also have the pans from my Anastasia Contour Kit in here and three Wet N Wild blushes. There is also a plastic tab in the middle to separate the two sides. This palette is very sturdy and durable, however the magnetized sides are a little weak so I did have to use some magnetic tape on the backs of the pans for extra strength. Also, if you have 6 empty MAC compacts you can trade them in at a MAC store for a free eyeshadow or lipstick!

I have also become obsessed with these two products, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte liquid foundation ($12) and the Infallible Pro Matte powder foundation ($10). Together, they are a match made in Heaven but I also use the powder over other liquid foundations and I love the way it looks with them as well. I use my ELF blending brush (the one mentioned above) to apply the foundation and it is perfection. Both of these products stay put all day and work really well for oily/ combo skin. The liquid foundation does not dry down to be 100% matte, so this could also work for dryer skin types as well.

nyx concealer tanThe NYX HD concealer in shade Tan ($5) has been my favorite product to use for cream contouring. This is so easy to use when I do not feel like spending too much time on my makeup because it blends out like a dream and is the perfect shade.

nivea balmOf course I am going to include this as a favorite because I have been using this almost every day. I already have a post about this product so I won’t go too in depth but it is an awesome primer and moisturizer and I love it!

Lastly, these two products have been lifesavers this month! My hands and body have been so dry recently and I have been using these every day. The EOS hand lotion in Berry Blosson ($2) is an awesome hand lotion. It melts into the skin and does not leave them sticky, but is really hydrating. Also, the smell is amazing! The Nivea Essentially Enriched body lotion ($5) is also a great product for dryer skin. I apply this all over right after a shower and it soaks into the skin really nice and again, feels very hydrating without being sticky. It also gives the skin a nice glow because it contains Almond Oil.