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Inglot Duraline (Review)

Inglot Duraline (Review)

As far as I know, Inglot Duraline is a one-of-a-kind product. I haven’t come across anything quite like it myself (though of course there could be a similar product somewhere on the market). Inglot Duraline comes in an unassuming clear bottle– the price tag is […]

Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split End Remedy (Review)

Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split End Remedy (Review)

Up until, well, yesterday, I had super long hair. (Nothing weird, it didn’t go down to my kneecaps or anything, but it was quite lengthy). It was wavy and lovely at one point in time, but after a few processes too many it was undeniably […]

e.l.f.Instant Lift Brow Pencil (Review)

e.l.f.Instant Lift Brow Pencil (Review)

I’ve been impressed with e.l.f. Cosmetics in the past. It’s some of the lowest priced makeup on the market, but the line consistently releases on-trend products. The e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow pencil is more of a “staple” product. Brow pencils are a go-to for me, whether I’m wearing lots of glamorous makeup or hardly any at all.

The e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil is great for a few reasons 1) the colors, while few, are very neutral/versatile. I especially find that the taupe shade is great for different shades of blonde hair. 2) the e.l.f. brow pencil is widely available, 3) it’s only $2, and 4) it actually works. I am a bit of a brow pencil connoisseur, and while the e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil doesn’t have the finest tip, it’s easy to blend through the brows with the spoolie. The formula is a little on the waxy side, which isn’t always my go-to (I often like more powdery-feeling brow pencils) but I really don’t mind it with the e.l.f. brow pencil.

e.l.f.Instant Lift Brow Pencil (Review)

Is the e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow pencil the best on the market? Probably not, but at $2 it is a great option for anybody on a budget or in a pinch. I would especially recommend this brow pencil to makeup beginners, because it’s easy to use (and hard to make a mistake). But I’m not a makeup beginner, and I reach for this brow pencil all the time, so I can say I seal the e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil with my stamp of approval.

 

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Best Drugstore Pressed Powder

Best Drugstore Pressed Powder

The drugstore is full of makeup, but it’s hard to know what is a hit, and what is a miss. I admit, I haven’t tried it all (but I aspire to!) I tend to be hesitant with drugstore complexion products. I’ve tried plenty of good […]

Too Faced Bronzers (Review)

Too Faced Bronzers (Review)

There’s something about Too Faced that draws me in every time I step into a Sephora–the super-girly packaging, the fan-favorite products, the on-trend colors… Too Faced always catches my eye. While it isn’t cheap, Too Faced is reasonably priced for high-end, high-quality makeup. My sister […]

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

My go-to foundation for the last 8ish months has been Diorskin Forever. This $50 foundation is a pretty penny (I got mine during a Sephora sale) but it’s one of the most beautiful foundation formulas I have ever tried.

First of all, my shade, Fair Almond, matches my skin tone flawlessly. This matte foundation is SPF 35 but photographs beautifully. Supposedly, it has pore-perfecting and blurring properties, and it’s supposed to improve the look of your skin over time. While I didn’t notice any major effects on the skincare side of thing, I did find that it made my pores look nonexistent (though I don’t have huge pores to begin with). I liked that it was medium-to-full coverage, because I could build it up for a special event or wear it lightly on a casual day. You don’t have to set Diorskin Forever with a powder, because it has a matte/powder finish, but you can for some extra staying powder.

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This foundation does have a slight floral scent, and it feels a little dry on the skin– that’s okay for me, because I tend to the oily side, but my mom tried it and thought it felt caked. I’ve seen it described as both lightweight and heavy in different magazine articles, so I think that is just a matter of taste. If you do have dry skin, I think you would want to pair the Diorskin Forever Foundation with a hydrating primer.

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

Diorskin Forever is one of my favorite foundations– it does make your skin look flawless, but not cakey. However, I didn’t rush out to repurchase it because a) it’s super expensive and b) it sometimes makes my skin look older, because it seeps into a fine line on my forehead. It doesn’t crease terribly in my smile lines, and most foundations do, but I have some foundations that crease even less. If you don’t have many lines, though, this foundation may be just right for you.

Diorskin Forever Foundation (Review)

I think if you’re curious about the Diorskin Forever Foundation, it’s at least worth getting a sample from Sephora. It’s expensive, but it has a beautiful, long-wearing finish, and it’s definitely one of the best foundations I have tried. Even though I’m hoping to find a more affordable option, I did think the Diorskin Forever foundation is worth the price.

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Pixi Glow Tonic (Review)

Pixi Glow Tonic (Review)

Toners noticeably improve my skin– that is, if I’m using the right toner. I’ve used different toners on-and-of over the years. Using some sort of toning treatment helps to keep my acne at bay, but if it’s a strong acne treatment it can irritate my […]

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

Mauve-Toned Liquid Lipsticks

Mauve is arguably the most underrated lip color. It’s not quite nude, but it isn’t bold either, and it’s especially perfect for the winter months. I love the plummy undertones in these lipsticks, which are often marketed as “dusty rose” or “soft lilac.” Of course, […]

Favorite Drugstore Brow Products

Favorite Drugstore Brow Products

I do my eyebrows almost every day, even when I’m wearing minimal makeup. I have moderately full brows, but I like to define them with a pencil or pomade, and I love the look of feathery full brows that you can get with a gel. Like most of the beauty-addicted, I’m a big fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products, but ABH is an expensive brand, and I’ve found that there are great brow products at a more affordable price.

First of all, the L.A. Girl Slim Shady Brow Pencil is fantastic. It’s more powdery than waxy, and the tip is super fine– it’s easy to create hair-like strokes that you can blend out with the spoolie on the other end. It’s only $6, which is a very reasonable price. Plus, it has ten shades, which is a wide range of choices.

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Even though the Pixi Natural Contour Powder isn’t really intended to be a brow product, I love using it to set brow pencil or pomade, especially if I’m going for a fuller brow. It makes my eyebrows look thick without looking blocky. It’s a little dark as a contour powder on my skin, but as a brow powder it’s perfect– it isn’t too finely milled, and the color is a nice neutral brown. Plus, the pan will probably last me a lifetime.

Last but not least is the Essence Make Me Brow. It has a little tiny spoolie that makes it easy to shape your eyebrows without making a mess, and it has little fibers that make the eyebrows look thicker (I would especially recommend this product if you have sparse eyebrows). This gel makes my brows feathery and sets them in place, but it doesn’t feel crunchy.

What are your favorite drugstore brow products? I love it when my makeup favorites are affordable. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’ and drop by again soon!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Review)

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Review)

I’ve been using the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara for the past few months. I had dabbled in the waterproof version, which I quite like, before then, but I decided to give the original formula a try. Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara is a […]