Products I Regret Purchasing!

One of my favorite things to read about are beauty products that people regret purchasing and I’m sure I am not the only one! A lot of the time a product can be so hyped up and then when I actually try it out for myself, I find that sometimes the products are not as good as I would have hoped.

So, here are the drugstore and high end beauty products that I wish I would have left on the shelves. If you have and love any of these products, remember that makeup is personal and certain products just do not work for everyone and that is totally okay!

 

Maybelline “The Nudes” eyeshadow palette

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This palette is extremely affordable, but the pigmentation and formula of these shadows is not even worth the $10. I found that these shadows were extremely patchy and it took too much time and effort to blend them out. Also the pigmentation, especially with the matte shades, is just not good enough. I have way too many eyeshadows, even from the drugstore, that I reach for way more. I ended up giving this palette away to a friend because I just never used it. I was excited to get my hands on this when the palette first came out because there was so much hype about it, but I really wish I would have spent the money on another product.

 

Maybelline Fit Me! Bronzer

 

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I love the liquid foundation and pressed powder from Maybelline’s Fit Me! line, so I decided to try the bronzer. Bad idea. This bronzer has almost no pigment and is really patchy on my skin. I was just really disappointed in this products, especially since I love the other products from the line. The formula is really dry and when I swipe my finger across it, almost no pigment shows up. This bronzer just did not meet my expectations and there are many other bronzers from the drugstore that perform so much better than this one.

 

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil- Free Acne Wash

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I really wanted to like this product but it did nothing for me except dry out my skin, which makes my skin produce even more oils. I am obsessed with the scent of this product, but it did not perform at all. I prefer the original Neutrogena Oil- Free acne wash (orange) way more over this one.

 

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara (Purple)

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I have green/ hazel eyes, so I love to use a plum colored mascara on my bottom lashes to make them pop a little more. I love the shade of this mascara because you can’t even tell that I am wearing purple mascara, but it still just does something to enhance my eye color. That being said, I still regret purchasing this mascara because for the ridiculous price tag, it does not do anything that outshines any other plum colored mascara. This mascara flakes throughout the day and can apply a little clumpy. I still use it just because I have it and it was so expensive, but I definitely wish I would have saved my money.

 

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner (Fervent Blue)

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This is another Chanel product that I wish I would have left alone. Yes, the color is gorgeous and it definitely is waterproof, but performance of this eyeliner does not justify the $30 price. I would definitely recommend the Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof liners over this one and they are also way creamier and easier to apply.

 

Maybelline Single Eyeshadows

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Maybelline just has not been on board with their eyeshadows. These single shadows lack pigment, are extremely patchy, and powdery. They are really cheap, but just do not do anything. If you are looking for a good single shadow from the drugstore, go for the L’Oreal Colour Riche shadows.

 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

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This might surprise a lot of people, but allow me to explain. There is nothing about this palette that I do not like, I just rarely reach for it. The colors are beautiful, the pigmentation and formulation of these shadows is awesome, but I just do not really go for these rosey shades that often. I use my Naked 2 way more. I still use this palette sometimes, but I wish I would have gotten the original Naked palette over this one just because I know I would use the colors more. However, if you like these pink shades, then I definitely recommend this palette. It is worth the money if this is the kind of eye look you go for.

 

The Original Beauty Blender

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I should have known that a $20 sponge was just ridiculous, but everyone was freaking out about how amazing the Beauty Blender was so of course I bought it. I really regret spending the money on this because I love the orange makeup sponge from Real Techniques so much more and it is a fraction of the price! I have since thrown away my Beauty Blender because I had it for so long and rarely used it. Now I just stick with the Real Techniques sponges.

 

Clinique Line Smoothing concealer

 

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I regret purchasing this concealer because it was expensive and I love my Maybelline concealers so much more. This one was really thick and gloppy and creased a lot under my eyes.

 

 

Hopefully y’all enjoyed this post! I love seeing products that people regret purchasing. Again, if you love any of these products that is great, they just did not work for me!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

YouTube Made Me Buy It: Morphe 35O Palette

Morphe is a much talked about makeup brand within the YouTube beauty community, especially this eyeshadow palette- the Morphe 35O palette ($23). They are originally known for their fantastic, yet inexpensive brushes, however they have been killing it recently with their eyeshadow game. This palette is geared towards people who are really into warm shadows (especially the orange-y shades). There is absolutely nothing cool- toned about it! It is a combination of mattes, shimmers, and metallics (although they did recently release a 35O all matte palette and a 35O all shimmer palette).

Beauty vloggers and people I knew personally kept raving about this palette and how awesome it was, so of course I had to buy it for myself. I am a sucker for warm neutrals and reddish/ orange-y shadows and if you are too, then you need this palette in your life! morpheMorphe35O4

 

Honestly, you could survive for the rest of your life with just this palette. Just by looking at it, the variety of eyeshadow looks you could get out of this thing are endless. It gives you so many options for transition shades, lid shades, and shades to deepen up the crease and “outer V” of the eye.

The pigmentation of these shadows are out of this world! They are so incredibly pigmented it is almost hard to believe this whole palette is less than $25! The metallic and shimmer shades are ridiculously gorgeous and are so “buttery” and smooth. They look and feel expensive. The matte shades are just as pigmented. The matte shades to have a little bit of fallout, but that is to be expected with shadows that are so pigmented. These shadows are not patchy (use eyeshadow primer of course) and blend really easily. Another great thing about this palette is the size of the pans. They are larger than MAC eyeshadows, so you are getting a lot of product! Morphe does sell individual eyeshadows for $2, but the only downside is that the ones in the 35O palette cannot be found individually, they are exclusive to this palette.

I highly recommend this palette and think it is totally worth the hype! It is very versatile and just a fantastic eyeshadow palette to have in your collection if these are the kinds of eye looks you go for. I am planning on posting an eye look using only this palette soon!

 

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.

 

Review: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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I am sure you have all heard of this foundation before, as well as its hefty $62 price tag! I have heard so many fantastic things about this foundation, but since I have oily skin and this is a “luminous” foundation, I did not think that this would be for me. However, I tried a sample of this stuff and IT IS AMAZING!! It is full coverage, but it feels very lightweight and is natural looking, so I have been wearing it the past few days. I was afraid that this stuff would make my face look like an oily mess, but it stayed in place all night and did not make me look any oiler or shinier than I typically would (I set it with a powder and it did not look cake-y and still looked great). It blended beautifully and I did not have any issues applying my other products on top. It gives the skin a gorgeous luminosity rather than a shine. If you have drier skin, you will probably love this foundation as well, but if you are oiler and worried that this luminous foundation will not work for you, try a sample! I love it and am probably going to splurge on the full size!

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.

 

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.