Beauty on a Budget

The BEST Affordable Glitter Lipglosses on the Market (& MAC Dupes)!

“Mac mac Loreal yep ’cause I’m worth it
Love the way I put it on so perfect
Wipe the corners of my mouth so I work it
When I walk down the hallway they can’t say nothing
Oh oh oh my lips so luscious
The way I spice it up with the mac mac brushes” – Lil Mama

While we all love a good matte lip there is nothing like a shiny, glitter-filled lipgloss. Whether you choose to rock them alone or with a base color, you will do nothing less than shine. Lately, there’s been a trend of beauty brands selling their “OMGlookatthatglitter” lipglosses for over fifteen dollars and that is something I can not get behind. With all of these amazing brands in the drugstore and beauty supply store you are bound the find the gloss of your dreams — super pigmented, iridescent or an odd color — there is something for you! Since I’ve acquired a nice collection, I thought that I would share some of my favorites that everyone would love.  I categorized the glosses by color categories from “clear” to purple and everything in-between! *Please note that the colors swatch/wear differently from what is shown in the tube*

Clear

 LipStudio Shine Shot Lip Topcoat in Prismatic | Maybelline $6

Lip Shine Lipgloss in Cotton Candy | Nicka K New York  $2

Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Dorchester Rose | Rimmel New York $5

XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Cute Pink | Essence $2.50

 

Nude and Gold

Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss in Love Sick | Black Radiance $4

Ultra Glossy Lip in My Jam | Colourpop $6

Glam Lipgloss Aqua Luxe in Beat Goes On| NYX $6

Lip Gel | Beauty Benefit $1 *not pictured

Laugh Out Loud Lipgloss in BFF | Nanacoco $2

Pink

(R-L) Pout Perfecter in Glow | ELF $3

Brilliant Effects Lipgloss in Starstruck (3255) | Black Radiance $4

High Shine Lipgloss in Playful | L.A. Colors $3

babyPOP! Lipgloss in Pink Shimmer | L.A. Colors $.50

XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Fabulous Fuschia | Essence $2.50

Brilliant Effects Lipgloss in Luscious (3251) | Black Radiance $4

Purple

Brilliant Effects Lipgloss in the shade Date Night  3253 | Black Radiance $4

Lip Lava Lipgloss in Lava-nder | Covergirl $8

Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Asteroid Aura | NYX $7.50

Oranges and Reds

XXXL Shine Lipgloss in the shade Pretty in Hibiscus | Essence $2.50

Brilliant Effects Lipgloss in the shade Fire Cracker (3257) | Black Radiance $4

Colorlicious Lip Lava Lipgloss in the shade Mauva Lava | $5

 

Now onto these MAC dupes…

 

(From L-R)

Brilliant effects lipgloss in Starstruck VS. MAC lustreglass in Morning Glory

Essence XXXL Shine lipgloss in Pretty in Hibiscus VS. MAC lipglass in Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2

Essence XXXL Shine lipgloss in Fabulous Fuchsia VS. MAC lipglass in Viva Glam Miley Cyrus

HONORABLE Mention: Funtabulous Dazzleglass from MAC dupe!

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First Impression | NEW Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Maybelline’s Fit Me collection, it’s one of the best collections that you can find in the drugstore for under $10. One of the reasons why this line is so popular is because you’re getting great quality makeup that comes in a wide range of colors, and it’s also very affordable. Recently, the Fit Me foundation line was extended by adding 18 new shades of foundation which means the line now has 32 shades. They range from the lightest shade Porcelain 102 to Java 375 the darkest shade. The Fit Me line currently consists of the Dewy/Matte + Poreless foundations, concealer, pressed powder, blush and shine free foundation stick. The newest addition to that line is the Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder!

After watching a YouTube video reviewing the loose powder, I went directly to the Maybelline section of my local Walmart to hunt down the newest item. The loose setting power comes in eight different shades starting at Fair and ending at Dark. I purchased the color Deep (the second darkest) for only $5.94! The Fit Me Loose Finishing powder is described as a mineral-based formula that will help control shine and smooth skins texture with a hint of color. You can currently find this in-stores and online at Walmart, Ulta and Maybelline’s website.

 

The products I used when testing this out were:

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

Maybelline Matte + Poreless foundation in Coconut 355

Ruby Kisses Pure Mineral concealer in Golden Honey mixed with the Marc Jacobs Coconut Dew Drops Highligther

& Wet n Wild Megaglo highlighting powder in Lilac to Reality

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After applying the loose finishing powder to my right (left on picture) under eye area

After applying the loose finishing powder to my full face in different lighting

 

Final thoughts: I definitely loved the finished product after applying this finishing powder to my full face. It feels very light on, and kept my face from getting oily which I occasionally experience when using the Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation.  I also liked the fact that the powder didn’t alter the color of my already applied makeup. I applied my makeup at 5:30 and didn’t take it off until 12, after the NBA Finals Game 3 (GO CAVS!). During those hours I never needed a retouch and that is what really won me over.

I won’t recommend this product because I would like to try it with a different combination of items before I give it my stamp of approval but I’m not saying that you shouldn’t buy it either (like that helps LOL). If you do try it, let me know what you used it with and your thoughts!

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L.A Colors Shadow by Number Palette Haul + Swatches!

On one of my most recent trips to Dollar Tree I had come across these beautiful quads from L.A. colors and I just had to try them out. To not go overboard I picked my two favorites Nerd Chic and Extra Credit. Even though these quads looked promising I was still a bit skeptical about the quality, and this is coming from someone who was an avid user of their 3 and 5 color palettes.

 

After opening and swatching these eyeshadows I was in awe because the shadows are so buttery and they swatch b-e-a-u-t-ifully except for a few.

SWATCHES ||

Nerd Chic

 

1 – A frosty champagne

2 –  A shimmering bronze

3 – A shimmering brown with cherry red glitter

4 – A matte olive green

Extra Credit

 

1: A shimmering yellow gold

2 – A shimmering teal

3- A matte pale pink (kind of chalky)

4- A shimmering rose gold

My favorite out of the two would have to be Extra Credit because it comes with a nice selection of colors that would be perfect for the spring/summer. If you see any while you’re out and about then you should check them out.

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My April & May 2017 Favorites

May Faves

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (Pink cap) | $9

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea | $7

NYX Butter Gloss in Praline | $5

Cantu Clarifying Shampoo and Creamy Conditioner | $5

Wet n Wild Illuminating Palette in Catwalk Pink | $5

Kat Von D Lock in Concealer in D33 Warm | $26

L.A. Colors Cover Up! Concealer Stick in Cafe and Pure Orange | $2

Kleancolor Brow Pomade in the shade Medium Brown | $1

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Cosmetics Company Outlet 50% Sale Haul!

Y’all, I found the most amazing deals thanks to a friend who shared that the CCO was having a half off sale on the whole store (excluding a few things)! Do you know what that means? That means that you can get Clinique, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox and so many other brands for a super low price. There’s limited edition items and discontinued items that you will never find again for a fraction of the price!

Like I purchased the Amor Prohibido lipstick from Selena Quintanilla’s MAC collection for $6. 38! Considering the last day of the sale was today May 29th, I should have grabbed the other items available from that collection. But anyways let’s get into the goods!

The goods:

Amor Prohibido | Lipstick | MAC x Selena capsule collection | $6.38

Dance Off Pants Off | Lipstick | MAC Good Luck Trolls collection | $6.38

Morning Glory | Lustureglass | MAC | $5.63

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Strange New Worlds | Trip the Lights Fantastic Powder | MAC x Star Trek | $12.00

Nutcracker Sweet Bronze Pigments and Glitter Kit | MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection| $12.25

Studio-on-the-Go Primer Kit | Smashbox | $2.51

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Irresistibly Charming/Pink Lipgloss Set | MAC Enchanted Eve Holiday 2015 Collection | $12. 25

Do you see these items? I purchased all of these items for 57 Dollars BEFORE tax! If you know anything about MAC Cosmetics or Smashbox cosmetics then you know that it’s basically impossible to get this many limited edition items for such an amazing price. Hopefully the CCO continues to hold these half off sales because I’ll be there each time!

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Friday’s Finds: Black Radiance & Wet’n’Wild

I think it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with Black Radiance and Wet ‘n Wild. Both of these companies have become my top drugstore brands because they’re affordable and they have such amazing quality. It doesn’t help that they are constantly putting out new products especially considering the fact that I enjoy spending my money on nice new shiny things.

On Friday evening, my mother and I went to Walgreens (one of my favorite stores) to purchase water and some drinks for the house which ended up with my buying all of these items… All I remember is telling my mom that I was going to browse the beauty section and then her coming to find me after she’d got everything we came to get. Once we got together I continued to browse until I made my final decision which was quite hard because I wanted everything but life just got in the way. Anyways let’s discuss what’s important here, the goods:

Black Radiance | BRILLIANT EFFECTS LIP GLOSS – Fire Cracker | $4

Black Radiance | Perfect Tone Matte Lip Cream | Living in Violet| $4

Black Radiance | Perfect Tone Matte Lip Creme | Bronze Sugar | $4

Wet n Wild | Larger Concealer Brush | $1

Wet n Wild | Large Stipple Brush | $3

Wet n Wild | Powder Brush | $3

Cantu | Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream | $2

Cantu | Cream Curl Activator | $2

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Utilize Your Resources for FREE Makeup!

Warning, this title is not sensationalized because you can get makeup for free without dumpster diving or whatever crazy methods that are showcased on YouTube. This method of receiving free products is called sampling. By sampling you are able to find your correct shade, which products you like and if you are willing to spend money on the full size item in the future. I believe every makeup counter gives samples of products (you just need to ask) and Sephora gives three per visit, so you are able to rack up on items you’ve been coveting without breaking the bank or making a purchase at the counter/store.

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Sometime last week, my friend Raj and I went to the mall to look around and see if we could find something cute to wear for a huge party on-campus, which she did. While there we decided that we would go get a few samples of foundation and concealers that we were interested in trying from high-end companies like Lancome and Bobbi Brown. Eventually that turned into us shamelessly going to both Sephora’s in the mall for more samples of other products – like skin care and whatever else I could think of at the time. This left us with a nice amount of items to try to potentially purchase or to sample again. From this trip I ended with 10 samples which are listed below:

Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting foundation in Deep Bronze

Clinique Super Balanced foundation in 15 Golden

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish in Almond

Lancome Teint Idole foundation in 500 Suede W

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Facial Oil from Lancome not sure the name but who doesn’t love expensive products

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primer in Caramel

Murad Essential -C Cleanser

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer

Becca Skin Perfector in Rose Gold

I guess you could say that we had a pretty successful trip!

At Lancome getting matched for a foundation:

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Is This A MAC Dazzleglass Dupe?

I think yes.

During my sophomore year of highschool I discovered the cosmetic company outlet thanks to Youtube. I heard that they sold discontinued and limited edition makeup from MAC Cosmetics and other high end brands. I obviously had to see if for myself, so I did for my 16th birthday. After that trip I couldn’t deny myself the greatness that is the CCO (cosmetic company outlet).

On my third trip to the CCO I found the most amazing sparkly all around gorgeous lip gloss called Funtabulous – A mix of fun and fabulous – basically myself in a lip gloss. It must have called to others as well because I grabbed the last one in stock. This soon became my everyday lip gloss which I used to the end. I never thought that I would find another lip gloss like it until I discovered the Black Radiance Brilliant Effects lip gloss in the shade Date Night!

Y’all, the BR lip gloss cost under $4! Four dollars.. this is literally one of the best lip products in the drugstore!

Date night is on the left and Funtabulous is on the right. They look nearly identical, right? Funtab. is a bit more pink but you can’t tell unless you’re looking super close.

I’m pretty sure that I talk about these lip glosses a little too often, I mean they’re pretty darn gorgeous, and I have mentioned them in two blog post – BOMB products from Black Radiance and the best makeup for back to school under $20. I also own two other shades of the Brilliant Effects lip glosses in Lovesick and Starstruck which I receive sooo many compliments on.

To find these gorgeous glosses you can find them in the Black Radiance stand in Walmart (online too!) and on Black Radiances website!

 

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My Favorite Lippies for Fall 2016

The time that we have all been waiting for is officially here. It’s time to drink our pumpkin spice flavored drinks (that we love to pretend are so cliche) which signifies the beginning of FALL! To get prepared for this season you need to break out your boots, booties, sweatshirts, hoodies and vampy lip colors.

And since I’m always ready for the fall season I thought that I would help with some of the preparation by posting my favorite lip colors for the 2016 fall season.

Nanacoco laugh out loud lipgloss in the shade BFF – $1

MAC Viva Glam IV // Discontinued but it can be found at the Cosmetic Company Outlet 🙂

NYX soft matte lip cream in the shade Dubai – $6

Colourpop ultra matte liquid lipstick in the shade Limbo – $6

Nicka K true matte liquid lipstick in the shade Cocoa Bean – $2

Wet n Wild matte liquid lipstick in the shade Don’t Be A Plum Plum – $3

Wet n Wild matte liquid lipstick in the shade Take It Like A Vamp – $3

Nicka K true matte liquid lipstick in the shade Aubergine – $2

Kleancolor madly matte lipgloss in the shade Royal (1622) – $1

Nicka K lipshine in the shade Woody Brown – $1 // Check your local beauty supply store first to see if they have it for the low low LOL

NYX cosmic metals lip cream in the shade Asteroid Aura – almost $8

Ruby Kisses Matte Lipstick in the shade Purple Affair – $3

Absolute NY intense lip polish in the shade Royal Purple – $3

MAC matte lipstick in the shade Matte Royal – $17

Nicka K True Matte liquid lipstick in the shade Outer Space – $4

Oops, I think I forgot to mention that the most expensive item on this list costs $17 so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank this fall.

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