Product Review: The Best Foundation EVER!

I am a big fan of drugstore foundations because I have found a few great ones that I reach for over my more high end options. However, I have found nothing that matches up to the Too Faced “Born This Way” liquid foundation ($39).

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This foundation is by far the best foundation I have ever used! I even like it better than the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk liquid foundation that I raved about, and even though this Too Faced one is still a higher end foundation, it is way less expensive than the Armani one.

This foundation can work for ANY skin type- dry, combo, oily, etc. If you are a makeup artist, this is a great foundation to have because it is so universal and looks great on everyone!

Product Description (from Too Faced website):

  • Comes in 18 shades (they recently added six new shades!)
  • Oil-free formula
  • Medium to full coverage
  • Demi- matte finish
  • Infused with coconut water to give the skin a hydrated look without appearing greasy
  • Infused with Alpine Rose to give the skin a naturally brighter look and promote elasticity
  • Contains Hyaluronic Acid to give the skin a more balanced and youthful appearance

 

This foundation is medium to full coverage, but it does not feel heavy whatsoever (so it is still a great everyday foundation) and even when I look up close in the mirror, it does not even look like I am wearing foundation! It just looks like a better version of my own skin! When I am wearing this foundation, my skin and makeup has never looked more flawless. Even though this foundation is not specifically geared towards oily skin types, I still do not get extremely greasy or oily throughout the day. The longest I have ever worn this foundation is about 6 hours, but I think I could still get a good 8 hour wear out of this (I don’t like to wear makeup for longer than 8 hours anyway).

Hopefully this post was helpful for anyone wanting to try this foundation specifically or if anyone is on the hunt for their perfect foundation. This is the best foundation I have ever tried so far, drugstore or high end.

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Best Of: Wet N Wild Cosmetics

 

I have mentioned Wet N Wild products so many times in my blog posts, but for such an inexpensive brands, a lot of their products are so amazing! I have not tried every product from the line, but here are my favorite products from Wet N Wild that I have tried and use religiously.

*All prices listed come from the Wet N Wild website*

MegaLast Lip Color ($1.99)

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These lipsticks are a common favorite from the brand, but they really are fantastic. The formula is a little dry at first, but if you warm it up a little on the back of your hand you will get an even application that is opaque and budge- proof all day long.

MegaLast Nail Color/ Polish ($1.99)

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These are some of my favorite polishes from the drugstore! The brush on these polishes is amazing and allows for a flawless application. The colors are also gorgeous! I like some of these polishes better than ones from OPI!

ColorIcon Blushes ($2.99)

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These blushes are also a common favorite. All of the shades are beautiful and they apply evenly and are not patchy at all! They have matte and shimmer shades for a blush/ highlighted look.

PhotoFocus Setting Spray ($4.99)

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I only like two setting sprays from the drugstore and this is one of them! I find that it sets and prolongs the wear of my makeup really well. The only downside is that the spray is not as fine as I would like, but that has never ruined my makeup and it still does the job.

Reserve Your Cabana “Bronzer” ($3.99)

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I already have a full post dedicated to this gem so I won’t go too much into detail. If you don’t have this product in your makeup collection, I seriously recommend going and picking it up. It is a gorgeous subtle highlight for any skin tone!

MegaGlo Contouring Palettes ($4.99)

I have also talked about these two on my blog as well but they are SO GOOD! You get a ton of product and the formula is a powder, but the consistency is so smooth and soft it almost feels like a cream. These blend beautifully and have great pigmentation. If you are looking for a drugstore contour kit option, definitely pick these up.

MegaGlo Illuminating Palette ($4.99)

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This highlight palette is so pretty! It is more intense than the Reserve Your Cabana one I talked about above if you want something with a little more glow power. Again, you get a good amount of product and the strips are big enough to just pick up one shade, or combine all four shades for a beautiful highlight.

Pink and White Brushes ($0.99-$2.99)

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All of these brushes are FANTASTIC! I am obsessed with them and use them everyday. They are so incredibly soft and for the price you would pay for one MAC brush, you could get every brush from this collection! I cannot say enough about these, they are just great, great brushes for any price range.

These next two products I could not find on the Wet N Wild website, but I have seen them in the drugstore.

PhotoFocus Eyeshadow Primer ($4.99)- This eye primer is amazing and it works the same, if not better, than the Urban Decay one!

ColorIcon Ombre Blushes ($4.99)- These are shimmery blushes but are so pretty! You can use them as a blush, blush topper, or as a highlight depending on which part of the ombre you pick up with your blush! They blend and apply just as well as the original ColorIcon blushes and are just so good.

Hidden Gem At the Drugstore!: Essence Lash Princess

Essence is another inexpensive brand (found on the drugstore side of Ulta) that can be hit or miss but I have found THE BEST mascara from this brand for less than $5!

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara ($4.99)

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First of all, the packaging is absolutely adorable, but it is the wand and product inside that creates the magic. This mascara claims to give a false lash effect and it definitely does!

**I apologize in advance for my ratchet- looking eyebrows lol!**

My lashes uncurled with no product.

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My lashes curled with no product.

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Two coats of product.

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Hands down, this mascara has quickly become my favorite drugstore mascara! It knocks my previous go- to lengthening mascara (Covergirl Super Sizer) out of the water. I will say, it is not the best for adding volume and if you apply too much it can look a little clumpy. I recommend giving your lashes one good coat with the Lash Princess, letting it dry, and then going in with your favorite volumizing mascara and focusing that at the base of your lashes. This seems a little high maintenance but I swear you will have a great lash day every time!

Definitely go out and pick up this mascara, I have quickly become obsessed!

Makeup Guide: Drugstore Foundations

I am a big fan of finding great foundations at the drugstore! I have purchased a few higher end foundations before, however sometimes the ones that are less expensive perform just as well if not better.

Here are some foundations that I love from the drugstore that work for combo to oily skin, dryer skin, and also some that are perfect for any skin type! These are also great to use at any time of the year!

 

Combo- Oily Skin Types

L’Oreal Infallible Pro- Matte liquid foundation ($10-12)

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I have already talked about this product on my blog before but it is a great foundation for oilier skin types. It is so good I almost can’t believe it is drugstore! This foundation does a great job of controlling oil and staying in place all day.

 

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless liquid foundation ($6-7)

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I have mentioned this one a couple of times as well but again, it is a great foundation for more combination skin.  This one also controls oil really well, but gives more of a natural “dewey” (but not a shiny type of “dewey”) finish to the skin.

 

Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid- Touch liquid foundation ($7-8)

 

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I do not think I have ever talked about this foundation on my blog before but it is really great! It is more of a liquid- powder formula but I really like to mix some of this in with another foundation to reap the benefits of both! This has a beautiful finish and is great for combo- oily skin!

 

 

Dry Skin Types

L’Oreal True Match Lumi liquid foundation ($11)

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This foundation is a fantastic drugstore foundation for dry skin types (I would definitely not pick this one up if you are oily). It gives a gorgeous finish and does not accentuate dryness at all!

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion foundation ($13-15)

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Cushion foundations are kind of trending now, but this one is a great drugstore option! This foundation is really meant for dryer skin, BUT if you are on the oily side and want to test a more luminous foundation, I would definitely go for this one over the original L’Oreal True Match Lumi. The only downside in these cushion foundations is that you do not get as much product, but a little goes a long way and it gives a beautiful “lit from within” glow!

All Skin Types 

L’Oreal True Match liquid foundation ($7-8)

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This is hands down one of the best liquid foundations the drugstore has to offer. The OG L’Oreal True Match is the perfect foundation for any skin type and the range of color options and shades is out of this world! If you are starting off as a makeup artist, this is a great foundation to keep in your kit because there is such a large shade range, it is inexpensive, and works with any skin type. This was one of the first foundations I ever purchased when I started using makeup and is still one of my favorites today!

Overall, L’Oreal kind of dominated this Makeup Guide post, but they really do a great job with foundations! I hope this was helpful and guides you in the right direction the next time you go on the hunt for an inexpensive foundation that suits your skin type!

 

 

Makeup Guide: Best Drugstore Single Eyeshadows

Sometimes it can be hard to find a great quality eyeshadow at the drugstore, but these are my top three favorites that are inexpensive, yet perform like high end shadows.

** The swatches are just the eyeshadow- no primer and no setting spray!**

 

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows ($7-8)

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These are swatches of a few of the shades I own. My favorite shade is Amber Rush (middle shade). This is the shadow that everyone raves about because it is just that amazing. Whenever I use this shadow I almost can’t believe that it is drugstore! These shadows are extremely pigmented and so soft and buttery they almost feel like cream shadows, but they are a pressed powder. Love these!!

 

Maybelline Color Tattoos ($6-7)

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Again, just some swatches of two of my most used shades from the Color Tattoo range. These are cream shadows and I love using them as a base for my other shadows. They enhance the pigment and stay on all day without creasing. I like to use the matte Creamy Beige shade as an eyeshadow base and it works just as well as a MAC Paint Pot. Both the shimmery and matte shades from the “Leathers” line are amazing!

 

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows ($4-5)

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And lastly, these Milani shadows are to die for! I will be honest though, not all shades from the line are created equally, but these three are my favorite shades (Bella Emerald, Bella Espresso, Bella Champagne). These are very pigmented and do feel very smooth and creamy. They also blend very well. I do prefer to use these over a base or with setting spray on my brush, but they are outstanding on their own as well.

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!

Hidden Gem At The Drugstore: Wet N Wild “Bronzer”

Wet N Wild has definitely been stepping their game up at the drugstore with all their recent product launches (omg if you haven’t tried their all white brush set you have not LIVED). Anyway, this product in particular I have mentioned a few times in previous posts already, but this product is just so awesome that I think it deserves its own post.

Wet N Wild Color Icon “Bronzer” in Reserve Your Cabana ($3.99)

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I put the word bronzer in quotes because this is actually way to light to be a bronzer for any skin tone but it is the most beautiful white gold highlighter. I feel like this product is a little underrated, especially with the new Wet N Wild MegaGlo highlighters that everyone has been obsessing over.

I use this highlight EVERY DAY. Even when I am not putting on full makeup, I will just add a little bit of this stuff under the brow, inner corner of the eye, cupid’s bow, and just a little dab on the cheekbone. I used this as the highlight when I did my sister’s makeup for her wedding and it looked beautiful (I have a post all about her makeup- go check it out!). I would not say this gives an “intense” highlight, but if you are looking for something glowy and more subtle/ natural, you need this in your life.

It does have a lot of kick- off when you go to pick up some product, but the payoff and look is beautiful and I have not been able to find anything else like it at the drugstore, it is amazing!

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!

YouTube Made Me Buy It!- RCMA No Color Powder

Back again with another edition of “YouTube Made Me Buy It” and this time I am talking about a product I am sure you all have heard about- the RCMA No Color Powder! I purchased mine off of beautylish.com. It is $12 on the site, but including shipping the grand total was about $17, BUT you get a full 3 ounces of product which is pretty awesome. For a full sized Laura Mercier loose setting powder (I have read that the RCMA is a dupe for this one), you will pay $40 for only one ounce of product.

So, is this product just hype? Keep reading to find out what I thought!

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Just some quick background info: I first heard about this powder from “YouTube famous” beauty vlogger KathleenLights. She RAVED about this stuff and designated a full video just about this powder. In that video she said she first heard about this powder from makeup artist and also beauty vlogger Wayne Goss who also raved about this product. Since then I have seen so many beauty vloggers using and loving this powder and I have been wanting to get my hands on it ever since.

This powder claims to:

  • Have no color or pigment, so it will not altar the color of your foundation.
  • Will set concealer/ foundation without caking.
  • Not leave a white cast on the skin.
  • Have no flashback in photography.

 

Now that I finally got the product and tried it out, in my personal opinion, I completely agree! I am already OBSESSED with this powder! If you have dry skin- buy it. If you have oily skin- buy it. If you’re a makeup artist- buy it. If you’re not a makeup artist- buy it. This powder is just so amazing. You get so much product for such an affordable price, it is undetectable on the skin, it does not leave a white cast or flashback in photography, has no scent, and is as fine and soft as can be. This is a great powder if you are into “baking” the under eye area and other parts of the face or if you are just looking for a quick and easy setting powder. The only little gripe I have about this powder is that I wish it kept the shine under control as well as my Coty Air Spun powder does, but it is nothing that bothers me that bad or is extremely noticeable (especially because it does not claim to be a mattifying powder).

Again, I am completely in love with this product and definitely believe it is not just worth the hype. It performs as well as a luxury powder if not better and will last FOREVER!

I highly recommend this product for anyone who is on the market for a loose setting powder, whether you are on a budget or not!