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Gems from the Drugstore

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L.A. Colors Contour Sticks | $1

With the super hot summer sun coming out daily, my go-to makeup has been concealer to cover dark marks, face powder and a lot of highlighter/bronzer to create an easy going bronzed goddess look. Keys to this look are the L.A. Colors contour stick in Medium – to conceal, bronzer – to highlight cheekbones, and highlighter – in my inner-corner and brow bone. They apply so smoothly and work well with my beauty blender AND brushes which is a bonus.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rose Water | $7

I use this after I do a face mask, before AND after I apply my makeup, after moisturizing and basically whenever I feel like it. You’ll feel super luxurious on a budget, and there is nothing wrong with that!

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks | $2

If you haven’t tried at least one of these lipsticks I am truly concerned. The megalast lipsticks from Wet n Wild are the undisputed GOAT in the drugstore! There is a wide range of colors and they also make limited edition ones each season that usually end up being my absolute favorites. The only thing I dislike about these lipsticks are the packaging… it is terrible! I have had to replace so many of these lipsticks because the lid came off in my purse or makeup case and it’s over for the lipstick.

Shine Control Primer | Black Radiance | $6

While this primer has become quite popular on YouTube, I still consider it to be a hidden gem in the drugstore along with the other Black Radiance primers.

XXXL Shine Lipgloss | Essence | $2.50

I love these because they are so shiny and perfect, especially when I just want to wear something simple. One of my favorite things about them is that I can usually get them buy one get one half off at Ulta. A DEAL!

Color Icon Kohl Lip & Eye Pencils | Wet n Wild | $1

Bomb, bomb, bomb! I’ve been using Simma Brown Now! and Pretty in Mink for a while and I haven’t ran out yet. I alternate using the dark brown shades for my eyebrows depending on whichever one is sharper because you have to manually sharpen them yourself LOL. For a dollar though, I can’t complain! I also have some of the bold blue eyeliners and mauve lipliners. I love them all – purchase some, k?

Brilliant Effects Lipgloss | Black Radiance | $4

I talk about these like all the time. You can read about it here, here AND here!

I’m sure I left a few items out so I will my link previous posts featuring my other favorite drugstore items below. I hope you enjoy!

My favorite highlighters

The best products from Black Radiance

The BEST makeup for under $20

Milani Matte Lipstick with MAC Dupes

Wet n Wild’s new makeup brushes

Best Affordable Glitter Lipglosses on the Market!

Essentials from Eyeslipsface part one and part two (makeup brushes)

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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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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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The Best Makeup for Back to School | Under $20

Getting up and going to class can seem like such a tedious task especially if it’s super early in the morning. From experience I can tell you a few things that will make it better; having a easy morning routine and a cute outfit waiting to get worn. To help with your makeup routine I decided to put together a list of my go-to drugstore items that can create a beautiful full face of makeup. And no you don’t have to wear a full face of makeup everyday, I surely don’t have the time for that LOL.

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Keys to a easy beat:

Primer | Baby Skin by Maybelline $6

Foundation | Maybelline Matte + Poreless or Dewy + Smooth Foundation $6

Concealer | Ruby Kisses Pure Mineral Concealer $4

Contour & Setting Powder | L.A. Colors Contour Palette $7

Highlighter | Wet’n’Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder $4

Eyeshadow Base | NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk $4.50

Eyeshadow Palette | NYX Avant Pop Palette in Nouveau Chic $17

Eyeliner | NYC Liquid Eyeliner $3

Eyebrows | Wet’n’Wild Kohl Liner $1

Lipstick | Milani Matte Lipstick $6

Lipgloss | Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lipgloss $4

Setting Spray | Wet’n’Wild Setting Spray $5

If you’re looking for good makeup brushes then look here for my favorite ELF brushes and here for Wet’n’Wild’s pretty makeup brushes. Hopefully this list is helpful so we can find a few gems and slay this semester. Enjoy!

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New Products from ELF!

There’s nothing like finding new makeup while browsing the makeup section! On one of my last trips to Target I decided to pick up E.L.F’s Illuminating Palette ($6) and Instant Brow Pencil ($2). I will admit I’ve been eyeing the brow pencil for a while and finally fell into the temptation.

Out of the two items purchased the illuminating palette is my favorite! The illuminating palette comes with four highlighters AND it’s only six dollars. Sounds like a deal, right? The illuminators are a bit subtle but can be used to their full potential if you spray your fan brush with Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer Water or a solution of your choice.

*deep sigh* Now let’s discuss this brow pencil.. Admittedly I have had better eyebrow pencils for only $1 by Wet’n’Wild and Nicka K. The best part about the eyebrow pencil is the spooly. Take that how you will but I would not recommend this!

In the pictures below I had applied both illuminators on the right side of the palette. The lipstick I’m wearing is Flat Out Fabulous by MAC (dupe)

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14 Lippies We’re Loving for Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re planning on celebrating by yourself, with your girlfriends or a significant other you might want to see this! A major key to a great day is a bomb lippie and I’m here to share 14 that you cannot help but want to wear for the Valentines holiday. These lippies range from drugstore to high end and are well worth the money!

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For my nude gals:

Bare Secret Brilliant Shine Lipgloss by Milani

Limbo Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick by Colourpop Cosmetics

Viva Glam III(3) Lipstick by MAC Cosmetics

Angel Lipstick by MAC Cosmetics

For my pink gals:

Prague Soft Matte Lip Cream by NYX

After Dark Matte Revolution Lipstick by Urban Decay

Matte Orchid lipstick by Milani

Flat Out Fabulous lipstick by MAC Cosmetics

Fearless Fuchsia Ultra Color lipstick by AVON

Viva Glam Miley Lipglass by MAC Cosmetics

Meteoric Matte Showoff Lip Velvet by Rimmel London

For my red gals:

D for Danger by MAC Cosmetics

Always Red (01) Cream Lipstain by Sephora

Cruella Velvet Matte Lipstick by NARS

I hope you have an amazing Valentines day weekend and remember to stay fabulous!

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Milani Matte Lipstick Collection

Milani Cosmetics has been coming out with a lot of new items that I simply could not pass up on. The reason why I’m writing this post is because of their recent matte lipstick collection. Many of the lipsticks in this collection have been very close dupes to many of MAC’s cult favorite lipsticks such as Ruby Woo, Heroine, Lady Danger and even Candy Yum Yum. Seeing many side by side pictures I couldn’t help but purchase the most wallet conscious option – Milani’s matte lipsticks. Four out of the collection caught my eye; the colors being Matte Glam (67), Matte Passion (66), Matte Confident (65) and Matte Orchid(64). This is a great collection for a person on a budget such as myself because these lipsticks are a lovely $5.99 versus the usual $16.00 for a MAC lipstick).

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Matte Glam (dupe for Heroine by MAC Cosmetics)

Matte Passion (dupe for Lady Danger by MAC Cosmetics)

Matte Confident (dupe for Ruby Woo by MAC Cosmetics)

Matte Orchid (dupe for Flat Out Fabulous by MAC Cosmetics)

These can all be purchased at your local drug store or online at Milani cometics online.

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