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Drugstore Collective Beauty Haul

Yesterday I did a post about a drugstore item I bought. I also commented on how I rarely buy makeup from the drugstore which got me thinking about the very short list of things I’ve bought. I thought I’d share them and tell you what I thought!

These are all the beauty related items I’ve ever purchased from a CVS/Walgreens/Walmart.

1. Covergirl/Maybelline/Loreal Mascara

I’ve done a whole Mascara post with these guys included, please see that post for more info

2. Maybelline BB Cream

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I bought the wrong color. I tried to work with the wrong color. I learned that you cannot work with a shade that is far too light for you. I didn’t care for the consistency either. Its very thin and runny and I’m aware of it on my face.

3. Hard Candy Concealer

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This was really cakey. Like super duper caked. But that was on my skin, which is combination. I tried it on a friend and it looked really good on her. I think the thickness wasn’t ideal for my face. It came in a duo with a tube and a pencil. I gave away the tube but kept the pencil because it serves a nice lip enhancer.

4. Neutrogena Tinted Moisturizer

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I heard this was supposed to be good but it made me so oily!!! It was darker than expected too. I was aware I had makeup on my face and I couldn’t touch it. I wasn’t a fan.

5. Alba Botanica Skin Line

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My first skin care line when I was in high school!! I had the cleanser, moisturizer, and pineapple scrub. I really liked the moisturizer! It was the sea moss kind, which I actually think they discontinued because I can’t find it anymore!

6. Essie Nail Polish

Favorite. Nail. Polish. Brand. EVER. They are such good quality and the color variety is to die for. My nails don’t feel like they want to fall off after applying this brand on them. My manicure lasts really long too!

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7. Maybelline Baby Lips

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I have these in abouttttttt 7 different colors. Needless to say, I freakin love these. I bought them originally because when I had braces, my lips were swollen and chapped. NOTHING I would put on them helped until I bought one of these babies. I’m in love! They are sheer but go on so naturally and look so pretty! My favorite shade is “Cherry Me”. I haven’t bought any of the neon colors yet but I want to try them all!

8. Maybelline Color Tattoo

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I bought this in orange to do some under eye concealing. Orange is supposed to cancel out blues so it made sense. Little did I know that this stuff sticks to your skin like no other. I have orange fingers every time I try to use it. It also has a ton of shimmer in it so I veto this product.

9. Maybelline Gel Eyeliner

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I don’t know why everyone says this eyeliner is amazing. I find it to smudge so incredibly bad. You get a ton in the pot and it never seems to dwindle away so unfortunately I’m stuck with for a while. I bought this because I lost the lid of my smashbox gel eyeliner and a friend had told me this was the best alternative. Within an hour of putting it on my lid, I get really greasy, black lids for the smudging. I don’t care for this and cannot wait to go back to smashbox. The brush sucks too.

10. Revlon Lip Butters

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Everyone talks about these. I actually really like them too! I find that lip colors are really hard to pick out for me. I’ve bought 4 of them and gave 3 away to my sister and mom. But I have one left that is almost my exact lip color. My lips look really pretty and nice after application. They are kind of expensive though…

11. Eos Lip balm

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FREAKIN LOVE THESE SO MUCH OMGAHHH. SO SO SO MUCH. They are the best lip balm ever! They are so fun haha!

12. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

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Bought this on recommendation from Negin Mirsalehi’s blog. She notes that it doesn’t work for everyone, but it works for me! Its a gentle acne treatment.

13. CVS Brand Makeup Remover

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My favorite brand/type of makeup removing wipes. They are so perfect and do the job so well. And they are CHEAP. I’ve tried more expensive brands and I always go back to these.

14. Physicians Formula Nude Highlighting Pen

See post from yesterday. Not a fan. It doesn’t sit well on my face and it gives me more of a white than a gold highlight. Not a good impulse buy.

15. Terminator10 Acne Treatment

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Guys, if you suffer from acne and have tried it all but this… TRY THIS. Its amazing. It’s cheap but works wonders. It has such a high percentage of the active ingredient so it really penetrates into the pimple. Careful though, you can burn your skin if you use too much..

 

This is all I can think of for now. I’m sure theres more but I’m not able to think of any.

Personally, the reason why I don’t enjoy drug store makeup is because I feel like there isn’t much consistency with the product. Higher end brands are tested more than the things you get from the drug store. I feel like when you sell something for 40 or 50 dollars, theres more emphasis on quality. Plus I’d rather spend that money once and get something that will last me a long time versus buying something for half that but run out quickly.

But I could overlook all that if I was able to sample them. I wouldn’t be afraid of wasting money if I could swatch these items or sample them!

Ulta is good in this regard because they give you more opportunities to see the lower end items outside of the containers. So thumbs up to them.

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS THINK!!!

Impulse Buy #1

I was at CVS today, trying to spend my extra bucks when I stumbled upon something so pretty I had to buy it.

I seldom buy drugstore makeup…Not to sound snooty but I prefer higher end brands that have been proven to work for me. Plus I love how you can always sample the items at the department store, whereas what you see at drugstores in the package is what you get. You have to go home and try it to see if you like it… If it doesn’t work for you, tough luck.

As I was roaming the isles, I saw this BEAUTIFULLY packaged item. I hate hate hate HATE when people critique packaging when it comes to cosmetics. You aren’t buying the packaging or display of the item. It’s such a pet peeve of mine to hear people say stuff about packaging because that should not determine what you think of the item.

HOWEVER. I feel like a hypocrite because today, for the first time ever, I bought something because of its packaging. I’ve never heard of this item and I’ve never bought anything from this brand. BUT:

Enter Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Pen.

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Its rose gold and pink. WITH A BOW. I can’t. I feel like if everything in the line by this brand was made the same way I would have walked out with everything. It was so so so pretty I couldn’t help myself.

I have one other highlighting/concealing pen by YSL…The touché éclat which is my favorite item ever as far as concealers go. However that thing costs more than my weekly paycheck so I took a chance and bought this on a whim. It cost $12.95 which I consider a lot for drugstore. When I buy things at CVS/Walmart I don’t like going over 6 or 7 dollars because then I can just double that amount and go to Clinique where I know the product will be stellar.

I’ve only been able to swatch on my hand today and my first impression is that it is very watery and runny, but thats not necessarily a bad thing.  I also don’t know how I feel about the brush.

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I’ll keep you all updated on how I feel it wears afterwards!

But side note… If all my lipsticks/mascaras/brushes were in rose gold tubes with a pink bow I think I’d cry real life tears.

How bout them apples??

I recently was introduced to cream blushes and thought I’d give them a try. I liked the concept that cream blushes are good for summer because they blend well into the skin, and I like how you can also use the colors on your lips.

I splurged on theBalm palette from http://www.birchbox.com and I LOVEEE THIS!

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Heres a close up of the colors.

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I use Cider the most. It is a peach color that really gives my cheeks a beautiful color.

Pie is a pink hue that has a fuscia undertone.

Candy is a lighter pink that looks like a rosy peach.

Cobbler is NOT good for your cheeks. One light dab gives your lips the best red tint.

Crisp is a shimmer pink with an almost orange tint. I don’t really like shimmery cheeks or lips so I don’t use this often.

And Lastly, Carmel is a nice brown. You can use this to contour if you think its too brown for you.

Overall, I’m really in love with this palette. I think you should check it out! I bought it for $32.00 and I reach for it more than anything. The shades last about 2-3 hours so reapplying is a must for me!

I use the elf studio stipple brush to apply this because it packs on the color well.

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The palette is perfect travel size and perfect for summer.

I highly recommend trying the cream blush route from them!

 

Lash Stash – Mascara Tips 101

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This post took me a while to write. So bear with me. My favorite part of doing makeup is my mascara. I seldom wear eyeshadow so I really want my small eyes to POP and stop looking so tired. My makeup usually fades but the one thing that I want to stay are my gravity-defying lashes.

I personally really like the extreme Kim-K look because I don’t care if they come out chunky. I have dark features and dark hair so its not as noticeably bad on me than it is on someone with lighter lashes.

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Unfortunately, I’m not blessed with the skill on how to wear fake lashes. I’ve tried. I really have. I just can’t do it.

So I do what I can to make them make a statement themselves.

Before I go into detail of my favorites/not so favorites, I want to give you guys my tips for mascaras.

1. ALWAYS GET THE SAMPLE SIZE. The amount of control you have from the small brush is incomparable. The big wand is nice but the little wand gives you more precision and your able to really do some magic. I hate buying mascaras that are large and I often gravitate towards the minis. I stock up on them during gifts with purchases or the sephora holiday sets.

2. Curl them first! This seems obvious but sometimes people curl after they’ve applied the mascara and I don’t understand why this is. It bends your lashes that have been coated with fibers and its not good for them. Its also not fun to get the sticky mascara on your curler. I personally skip the curling unless I’m feeling like trying something different.

3. Wiggle and look down. Another obvious one but still worth mentioning. Wiggle the brush and keep your eyes down. Keep doing this and then look up and apply a final coat.

4. Do the bottom lashes for extra OOMPH. You’ll thank me. You’re eyes will like bright open and glamorous!

5. Use a primer! It gives a nice coat for your lashes to stick to, and most of them make your lashes look longer. Beware though, the ones I’ve tried give you a white look and you gotta wait for that white to dry before you go in with a black coat.

6. The most important tip I can give you: Layer, layer, layer! Layer different mascaras on top of one another! Every mascara offers something different. So if you have one that gives amazing volume and another that gives amazing length, layer the two. The combined affect is outrageous!

Here is a composite list of all the mascaras I’ve tried ever. I have a few more samples at home of things I’ll try once these are over. I tried to include photos of the brushes too.

1. CoverGirl Lash Blast  

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This was my first mascara ever! I bought the orange one and the pink one because I liked how chunky the tubes were. I don’t remember much of but I don’t’ think I was very fond of them. They did an average job.

2. Maybelline Colossal

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This was horrible. HORRIBLE. My lashes felt hard and gross and this mascara barely curled my lashes. (I didn’t even bother finding you guys a photo of the brush, its not worth it)

 

3. Clinique High Impact Mascara

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This is one of my everyday classic mascaras. On its own, its a decent mascara. But layered, it provides a nice foundation for all my other mascaras. I like it! It’s cheap and gets the job done

4. Clinique Lash Doubling

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This doesn’t give you volume. Nor does it double your lashes. IT DOES however double the LENGTH of your lashes. My lashes have never looked longer. They aren’t fuller, they are just very very long with this so it kinda does makeup for not giving volume. It really separates each and every lash so I enjoy using this on days I want to keep it simple in intensity but I still want to look glam

5. Clinique High Lengths

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This brush is jelly like. It bends and has little bristles that stand erect. Its a very wet and very dark formula. My lashes are already black but this makes them VERY black and moist. It does dry easy however. I use this seldom because it doesn’t layer very well with other mascaras.

6. Clinique Bottom Lash

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I got this in a set. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have paid for it. Its an alright mascara. I just like the tiny brush because I can go into the corner of my upper lashes. Defeats the whole purpose of a bottom lash haha but it works. I find that it gives me too much mascara on the bottom lash. I want my bottom lashes to be evenly coated but this concentrates it on the lashes it hits first.

7. Benefit Bad Gal

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Bad Gal? More like Bad Mascara. Please tell me why this smudges like no other. I don’t get it. Its not good. I don’t like it. I used coat after coat and didn’t see anything praise worthy.

8. Lancome Hypnose Drama

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This. Is. Wonderful. Look at the brush. It catches your lashes from every corner and really pulls the back up to curl them. I LOVE this mascara alone and layered. It does a really good job at giving you fullness and volume.

9. Sephora Outrageous Volume

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This is one of my favorite mascaras of all time. I got it in a sample box and after months of having it I decided to try it. It’s the most wet formula I’ve ever tried and it takes forever to dry. You have to be super careful to let them dry. Its really hard to remove too and makes a mess. BUT WHEN YOU SEE HOW YOUR LASHES LOOK ITS WORTH IT. I love love love my sample size of this. I think thats partially why I’m such a fan. I have a huge brush and so much control! You gotta try this!

10. Sephora Full Action Mascara in Blue

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Its a blue mascara. And it shows up on my black lashes. And looks so cool in the sun. I love it. It actually does a decent job at lengthening too!

11. Bare Escentuals

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I love this baby. Its the ultimate volumizing, lengthening, and thickening mascara. Its a huge brush but not a lot of product comes out of once because of the formula. It keeps my lashes soft, unlike most mascaras. They feel flexible ever after hours of wear. I love this!

12. Loreal Teloscopic

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I liked the theory behind this. I used the ball on the bottom lashes and in the inner upper corner where I find I lack lashes and my usual mascaras can’t reach. But ultimately, it was not something I would rave about.

13. MaryKay

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The computer lady at my high school was a mary kay rep. Somehow, I was convinced to buy this. I didn’t like it at all. It didn’t do anything for me. So thats a brief explanation but true.

14. Estee Lauder Sumptuous 

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This again, didn’t do anything for me. It flaked. It dried out easy. It was a dry formula to begin with so I wasn’t super impressed.

 

I have a Tarte, Clinique, and Makeup Forever waiting for me at home to try after I’m done with these guys! I also heard the Loreal Million Lashes is supposed to be a nice mascara as well as Diorshow.

For everyday, I usually start off with one coat of Clinique followed by either the hypnose drama or bare minerals. And since its summer now, I sometimes put some of my blue mascara for an extra pop of color.

Btw. I don’t work for Clinique or anything haha. I just get lots of gifts with purchases since they are my favorite makeup line.

Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite mascara!!!! Also click the follow button 😉

Bauble Bauble!

I discovered the website http://www.baublebar.com from youtube about two summers ago. When ROSE GOLD was THE ultimate accessory color, I remember watching a series of youtube videos of people showing off these beautiful bracelets they got from this website.

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Naturally, I checked it out and fell in love too. It was weird for me because up until I discovered this page, I never owned non-designer jewelry. I was so accustomed to having a big TIFFANY AND CO or VIVA LA COUTURE on everything I owned, so it came as a shock that I was obsessed.

Baublebar used to be that you would make an account and then by signing up you got a certain number of dollars off your first purchase…can’t remember exactly but I’m pretty sure you got 100 vault points which meant $10… because 10 vault points equals 1 dollar off…

The promotion was substantial enough for me to decide to stock up on all these really cool pieces.

The hidden vault they feature (an item thats been discounted) would make me really excited too because I could get really awesome pieces for dirt cheap. The only downside is you can’t use your vault points on the special piece.

It was such a lovely romance…until bauble bar became famous.

Like, we’re talking deals with nordstrom and being featured everywhere.

And with fame, comes arrogance

They got SO expensive.

I no longer can justify spending money on a necklace because a style that would have been in the high 20 range is now in the 30 or 40. Thats just too much for trendy jewelry. I’d much rather go to TJMAXX or Forever 21.

I really miss ordering stuff from them too but unless I find something I can’t live without, I won’t buy their stuff anymore. I make $8.85 an hour, thats like one fake gem on a necklace. Its a shame. I really enjoyed the free shipping and the cute protective bags the jewelry came in. They have quality fashion jewelry as well. Everything I’ve bought has been well made.

I’m not bashing them for their jewelry (because I still love it!), I’m just saying I can’t deal with the expensive factor that wasn’t there when it first started off. But hey, supply and demand, huh.

That being said, I went through the website and found some of the pieces I would buy if money was not an issue.

http://www.baublebar.com/sapphire-tiffany-collar-necklace.html

http://www.baublebar.com/enamel-delta-bracelet.html

http://www.baublebar.com/script-monogram-bangle.html

^$230 for this is crazy. CRAZY. but i like it.

http://www.baublebar.com/zodiac-cuff.html

http://www.baublebar.com/cosmic-dust-galactic-drops.html

http://www.baublebar.com/blue-grotto-drops-earrings-1.html

I’m noticing a lot of fake looking silver/diamond aka rustic look, lots of braided thread pieces, and lots of of blues. I’m not really a fan of much this season anyway to be honest.

OHH AND BEFORE YOU GO: check out what the CEOS had to say about their company!

http://www.smartceo.com/baublebars-founders-fulfill-fashion-jewelrys-need-speed/

 

Tell me where you buy your jewelry!!!!

My everyday makeup story

I seldom ever wore makeup in high school. I was awkward, ugly, chubby, and had no self esteem. My only skill in the beauty world lied in flat ironing my hair till it set off the smoke detector in our house from all the sizzling. 

My sister had tried to get me into tinted moisturizers and cover up to help my uneven skin tone. She even bought me the complete alba botanical skin line and passed down a bottle of chanel foundation for special occasions. But I never really cared enough to wear it regularly.

When I got to college, I wanted my outlook on everything to change. I wanted to stop feeling so insecure and wanted to take care of myself. I lost weight, I became confident, and I started looking good for ME. I wanted to be happy with the person I saw in the mirror and I wanted to feel beautiful.

Makeup has definitely helped me feel good about myself. I know its superficial to think you need something from the outside to make you on the inside better, but honestly, it works for me and I’m happy about it. I don’t wear much makeup in my opinion and I go out without it on too. I’m not 100% dependent on it. But I would also be lying to you if I said I don’t feel naked without it. Its a struggle to find a balance and its something I honestly work on. I just never want to feel like I did in high school. People don’t realize that those four years stick with you more than any other time in your life.

It took me a while to find the best makeup for me, but after I did, I’ve stuck with it for 3+ years!

 

SO WHAT DO I WEAR?

 

1. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer – This is just a really good moisturizer that makes my foundation stick

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2. Clinique Even Better Foundation – My holy grail. I’ve used #16 for 3 years and I will never stop. Its beautiful coverage and so natural. It really makes me look like myself, just a bit enhanced.  I use a sephora foundation brush and a fake beauty blender I got at marshalls to apply/blend!

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3. Nars Laguna Bronzer – This is my setting powder. I literally run my brush over my face once with this and it sets it + gives me a glow. I use a Clinique powder foundation brush to put this on!

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4. Mac Melba Blush or Lancome Sheer Amourose – Either of these are beautiful. Melba is peach while Sheer Amourose looks like a gross matte color in the pan but it is BEAUTIFUL on. I seriously think its the most universal color ever and its perfect for beginners because its very hard to over apply this color!

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5. Mascara – I have like 3 favorites. Anything by Clinique is good. Bare minerals volumizing is my favorite, as is Lancome hypnose drama. I usually wear many many coats of mascara because by the end of the day, thats all you can see on my face. Sometimes to be outrageous I wear blue mascara hehe!

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6. Optional: Kat von D tattoo eyeliner – For the days I want to change up my look a little more

 

In all honesty, the makeup is super simple and super natural. People can’t tell I’m wearing anything sometimes. And I don’t care to conceal my more obvious imperfections on a day to day basis but sometimes I use a ysl highlighter to conceal if I have a pimple. And I also don’t really wear lip products or eyeshadow because those really aren’t my thing.

 

Tell me your routine!!!!