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LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation (Review)

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation (Review)

The LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation makes a lot of claims, even just in the name. At just $9.00, the LA Girl foundation comes at a price everybody can afford. The LA Girl Pro Concealers, from the same line, were very […]

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

I’m just a girl on the hunt for her perfect foundation, and for the past few months my go-to has been the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.  NARS is one of my favorite luxury brands, and their products both high quality and sleek. I […]

Wet n Wild Highlighters Review and Swatches

Wet n Wild Highlighters Review and Swatches

The Wet n Wild highlighters are probably the most sought-after drugstore highlighters. These highlighters, particularly the Precious Petals highlight, put Wet n Wild back on the map for me. A brand that formally represented the super-cheap makeup of my childhood suddenly became one of the the trendiest brands at Target. It’s tough to get your hands on a Wet n Wild highlight, but if you keep your eyes peeled at drugstores and Walmart, you’ll be bound to find one eventually.  I first tried the To Reflect Shimmer Palette in “I’ll Have a Cosmo” and later found the famous “Precious Petals” highlight.

Wet n Wild Highlight Review and Swatches

Both of the highlighters surpassed my expectations. “I’ll Have a Cosmo” is especially great when you’ve moved past the first layer (sort of like the e.l.f. baked highlighters, you can scratch of the top for the best results). I actually use this highlighter all the time: the packaging is simple, but sturdy, and the pan size is actually quite large. I love that it’s sort of a peachy gold, good for a warm summer glow.

The ultimate drugstore highlight is “Precious Petals.” It’s a warm gold shade that I believe would flatter a variety of skinniness. Just dip your brush into the pan, apply to your cheeks, and voilà: the prefect glow. You don’t have to spend any time scratching off the top layer to get to the good stuff: this one is perfect from the start.

left to right: Precious Petals, I’ll Have a Cosmo
Left to right: Precious Petals, I’ll Have a Cosmo

 

I quite like the Wet n Wild highlighters. Though the formula is not quite as finely milled and luxurious as high-end formulas, these highlighters look beautiful on the skin. These highlighters are flattering and reflective; I love the colors and the glow they give my skin, because they can be used for a soft highlight or a more dramatic glow. They really are the best of the drugstore market, and if you are lucky enough to spy them, go ahead and spend a few dollars to make them yours.

 

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Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Many drugstore brands manufacture concealers, but Maybelline seems to dominate the drugstore concealer playing field. The Fit Me and Age Rewind concealers are popular among internet beauty obsessives, and I have to say, I’m on the Maybelline concealer bandwagon. I’ve sampled three of their formulas: Fit […]

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer & bareSkin Concealer

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer & bareSkin Concealer

I was introduced to Bare Minerals a little over a year ago, when I started using the bareSkin Serum foundation. That foundation was my first foundation-love, and I’m thinking about returning to it sometime soon. Because I loved that foundation, I also tried out the bareMinerals Complexion […]

Liquid Lipsticks vs. Traditional Lipsticks

Liquid Lipsticks vs. Traditional Lipsticks

It seems like just yesterday there was only one type of lipstick on the market. Then suddenly, liquid lipsticks took the world by storm. Most every line has some type of liquid lipstick now, but I have yet to find one I really love. Sometimes, liquid lipsticks are perfect– but most days I prefer a good old fashioned lipstick.

Liquid lipsticks are perfect for an ultra- matte look. There are some brands that offer satin finishes, but this type of liquid lipstick will transfer. Liquid lipsticks that apply wet then dry on your lips are ultra matte, but they feel extremely dry on your lips. I don’t even have dry lips, and I feel like liquid lipsticks are sucking the life out of my lips. On the other hand, it’s really easy to over-line your lips and create the illusion of a bigger pout with liquid lipsticks. Because liquid lipsticks are so opaque, the natural lip line doesn’t show through as easily as with a traditional lipstick. Liquid lipsticks are really long-wearing, and they generally last through a cup of coffee or through cocktail hour. Occasionally, they will last through a meal, but I think that’s a stretch. Usually, the oil in the food takes the lipstick off. The best liquid lipsticks will last all day, but the worst crumble and fall off the lip. Sometimes it can be tricky to re-apply liquid lipsticks. As the liquid lipsticks start to fade, you will want to re-apply. When you apply multiple layers of liquid lip, the risk for crumbling (or worse, pilling) increases. You can take all of the lipstick off and re-do the lips altogether, but unless you happen to have makeup remover with you, this can be a time-consuming project (and you are risking the foundation around your mouth).

Chances are, if you are reading this, you have probably already tried a traditional lipstick. I prefer traditional lipsticks becuase they are much more moisturizing than liquid lipsticks. I always wear lip liner with traditional lipsticks, in a shade the same as the lipstick itself or slightly darker. Traditional lipsticks come in a variety of finishes: matte, satin, frosted, sheer . . . There’s no way to avoid your lipstick transferring onto your cup, or coming off when you eat, but traditional lipsticks wear off without crumbling. They are easier to re-apply, and they are much more comfortable.

Liquid Lipsticks vs. Traditional Lipsticks

Do you prefer liquid formulas or traditional lipsticks? What are your favorite lipsticks?

 

The Truth About Facial Spray

The Truth About Facial Spray

When did facial sprays start hitting the shelves? Cleansers, toners, eye creams, masks, and moisturizers have been around for as long as I can remember, but as far as I am concerned facial spray is brand new. Brand new and very enticing. Here’s the truth […]