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Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Contouring is a makeup trend that it seems won’t disappear any time soon; I admit, I love the look of chiseled cheeks. Though contouring scared me at first, it’s become one of my favorite makeup techniques. I’m not huge on nose contouring, but I contour my […]

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

I love bronzer, because it gives warmth and dimension to my fair skin. I wear bronzer most every day; it’s even more integral to my routine than blush. A matte bronzer can be used for all-over glow or contour and a bronzer with shimmer can […]

NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX is one of the trendiest drugstore brands, with some great products. While I can’t advocate for the whole line, there are a few gems (the lip liners are amazing). I tried the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in the shade Sunbeam, which didn’t really impress me, because it was a little glittery and not as metallic or reflective as I had hoped.

When NYX released the second round of NYX highlighters, the Duo Chromatic Highlighter and the Away We Glow liquid highlighter, I hoped they would be everything the Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator wasn’t. And overall, I have to say, they were.

The Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter has a bit of an odd applicator, because it is a doe-foot applicator. I would really have preferred a squeeze tube, because this highlighter actually makes a beautiful primer. It can be applied all over the face for a very dewy glow (like super radiant) or on top of foundation as a liquid highlighter. The only problem is that it dries down pretty quickly, so you have to make sure that you blend it in right away.

The Duo Chromatic Highlighter in Twilight Tint is undeniably cool. It’s white with blue reflect. There’s no glitter but you can build it up to a pretty intense highlight. It gives you that ethereal glow, but it’s not the most wearable highlight. I know that there are only a few occasions when I would reach for a blue highlighter, but I like that this highlight let me try out the duo chromatic look without spending $40. The formula is very lightweight, with almost no kickback, and it is finely milled. For the price, I think that the quality of this highlighter is very good.

Away We Glow, Duo Chromatic

What are your favorite highlighters? The NYX highlighters, especially the Duo Chromatic Highlighters, are some of the best from the drugstore. Leave your comments below, and be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’!

 

 

 

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 […]

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 […]

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation (Review and Swatches)

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation (Review and Swatches)

The L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation caught my eye a few months ago, and since I have fallen in love. It didn’t take much to win me over; both of these foundations do exactly what they say they will. They are long-wearing, medium coverage, and just all around gorgeous. To date, they are the best foundations I have tried, which is amazing because they are so affordable.

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L'Oreal Pro Matte Foundation (Review and Swatches)

L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation: This foundation makes my skin look beautiful. It almost has a powdered finish. I still often add a pressed powder on top just to make it last extra-long, but it never looks cakey. This foundation is very matte, with medium to full coverage, but it doesn’t seep into my fine lines or cake up, and it lasts for such a long time. This is definitely a go-to for me. The first time I wore this foundation, my mom looked at me and said “your skin looks amazing!” I wear the color 101, the lightest shade, and it matches my skin perfectly. This foundation is so reliable; I know if I apply it, it will stay fresh all day.

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation: The whole “glow” thing frightened me a little, because my skin tends to lean towards the oily side. However, this foundation is perfect for me because it is glowy, but it dries down. So it doesn’t slide around my face all day long; in fact, unless I apply too much around my smile lines, it doesn’t even sink into my lines. This foundation has a much thinner texture than the Pro Matte, but it is just as good. I think the Pro Matte might be a tiny bit longer lasting, but unless you’re planning to wear your foundation overnight (which I don’t recommend) the Pro Glow will last through your day! I wear the shade 201, and it’s a perfect match for my fair skin. I think if you are looking for a glowy foundation with moisture, you might have to look elsewhere, but if you have normal or oily skin, or you live in a humid climate, you’ll love the L’Oreal Pro Glow.

These foundations are amazing, even though they are totally different. They don’t break out my acne prone skin, and they can also be mixed for a finish that is somewhere between matte and luminous. The textures are different, but the packages and price (both of which are very convenient) are quite similar. I picked mine up at Ulta, because I always have a coupon, and I haven’t found any foundation I like more than these.

 

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Nars “Orgasm” vs. Milani “Luminoso” Blush Comparison

Nars “Orgasm” vs. Milani “Luminoso” Blush Comparison

Arguably the most (in)famous blush, NARS “Orgasm” is a cult favorite. Milani “Luminoso” is often hailed as a dupe, but it is also considered a favorite by many beauty addicts. Chances are, if you clicked on this post, you’ve heard of them both. First of […]

e.l.f. Baked Highlighters Review + Swatches

e.l.f. Baked Highlighters Review + Swatches

The e.l.f. highlighters are the best drugstore highlighters I have tried to date- I’ve had mixed experiences with NYX, and I like the Wet n Wild “I’ll Have a Cosmo” highlighter well enough, but I definitely prefer the e.l.f. baked highlighters. First of all the […]

Drugstore Primer Favorites

Drugstore Primer Favorites

Both primers and drugstore makeup were something I didn’t believe in for a long time. Drugstore makeup scared me, and primers seemed pointless. However, I’m a convert. There are many drugstore gems, from skincare to foundation to primer. And let me tell you, these two primers make a huge difference in how my makeup wears throughout the day.

The Rimmel Stay Matte primer lives up to its name. The dewy, glowy skin look is in right now, but for my oily/acne-prone skin, a mattifying primer is necessary in keeping my foundation from breaking up and getting oily throughout the day. This primer looks like lotion, and it blends into the skin like lotion, but it is mattifying and not moisturizing. It’s not a pore-filling primer, but it does help my makeup from creasing in my smile lines throughout the day.

Drugstore Primers
Rimmel Stay Matte, Maybelline Baby Skin

The Maybelline Baby Skin primer is my current favorite drugstore primer. It glides on smoothly and fills my pores, which makes my foundation glide on more smoothly. I don’t always like pore filling primers, but I like this one. It also helps keep my foundation matte and from creasing in my smile lines. I prefer this one over the Rimmel because it does more for my skin. The Rimmel primer is great, but it is purely for intense mattifying. The Maybelline Baby Skin Primer smoothes skin, keeps skin matte throughout the day, and prevents creasing.

Drugstore Primer Favorites

What are your favorite drugstore primers? I hear great things about NYX Angel Veil and L’Oreal Magic Lumi primers. Leave comments and be sure to subscribe!

 

Maybelline Big Shot Mascara Review

Maybelline Big Shot Mascara Review

The Maybelline Big Shot Mascara is one of the brand’s new releases. If you’re a Youtube junkie like me, you’ve probably seen advertisements for this mascara, which promises “root to tip volume.” I have been really impressed with this mascara. First of all, it has […]