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A Guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products

A Guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products

I adore Anastasia Beverly Hills; their highlighters and eyeshadows are some of the best I’ve ever tried. But Anastasia Beverly Hills is best known for its brow products. ABH is the reigning makeup brand for brows, in part because it was the first brand to […]

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

I bought two Black Radiance lip glosses at Target a few months back, because I was looking for glittery lip glosses to send me into summer. While I should probably just break down and purchase the famous Jouer Lip Topper in Skinny Dip, I saw […]

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.

 

What are your favorite drugstore highlighters? Thanks for dropping by, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’!

My Blush Stash

My Blush Stash

For a girl who doesn’t love blush, I sure have a lot of blushes. While I’m not excited by blush the way I am by, say, highlighter or lipstick. However, I wear blush most every day. I love nude blushes, particularly blush-bronzer crossover shades. But […]

Red Lip Colors for the Holiday Season

Red Lip Colors for the Holiday Season

Christmas is upon us, which means I can break out some of my favorite deep-red lips. Cherry red is lovely, but I leave that to the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Taylor Swift. I’m all about the deeper, darker, berry reds. I talked about two […]

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation Review & Impressions

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation Review & Impressions

I’m still on the hunt for my favorite everyday foundation, so I’m playing the field and trying to find my match. I know my favorite tinted moisturizer is the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue, but foundation? I have lots that I like, but not an absolute favorite.

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One of my current foundations is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation. I wear the lightest shade, 10, and I have fair skin (but this shade would definitely be too dark for anybody paler than me). I bought this foundation because I heard it was similar to the Nars All Day Luminous Foundation (which I also purchased) and becuase I love Neutrogena. They’ve made some of the best products for my acne-prone skin, and I have been a longtime lover of the brand.

I really like this foundation. My skin has been breaking out lately, and I think that this foundation provides a nice medium coverage. It doesn’t look cakey, but it does conceal most of my skin’s imperfections. It also doesn’t seem to be making my skin issues even worse, so I like it. It does have SPF, but not too much (for those worried about flashback).

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The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation doesn’t have a very wide shade selection. The shade is a tiny bit darker and cooler than I would like for my skin. It still matches my skin nicely, but I think that the line’s biggest downfall is the limited skintones it will match. I like the formula (it’s thin, but not runny) and it lasts pretty well on my skin. Overall, I think it is an excellent drugstore product and I would repurchase it if I was looking for an affordable product. I think that foundations are worth an investment, in part becuase I usually purchase high-end sheer formulas that last longer than their drugstore counterparts. I think I will use up this Neutrogena Foundation pretty quickly (in part becuase I like it) and also in part because, in my experience, drugstore foundations have a thicker consistency and therefore get used up more quickly.

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If you aren’t makeup crazed, and you want a medium coverage (appropriate for day or night) as well as something that won’t break the bank, I would recommend the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation.

What are your favorite foundations? Favorite Neutrogena products?

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The Beauty Blender versus the Real Techniques Sponge

The Beauty Blender versus the Real Techniques Sponge

A few months ago, I did a post about the Beauty Blender versus a generic makeup sponge. The Beauty Blender won, and up until a few weeks ago I swore by my little pink Beauty Blender. But I was hearing good things about the Real […]

Subtle Blushes for Girls Who Hate Blush

Subtle Blushes for Girls Who Hate Blush

Blush can be frightening: a little too much, and you look like the Marquise de Pompadour. As much as I admire 18th century French portraiture, I usually avoid the extreme blush look that was popular back in the day. I like a pop of pink with […]

Makeup For Girls with Glasses

Makeup For Girls with Glasses

Makeup for girls with glasses is an underserved area of the online beauty world. In the tens of thousands of photos, tutorials, and posts, there’s a small percentage addressed to glasses-wearing girls. I’m a contact wearer myself, but some days just call for glasses.

I decided to wear glasses today, but that wasn’t going to stop me from going glam. I did my face makeup as usual (foundation, blush, highlight & bronze/contour) but the eyes a little differently. My glasses tend to make my eyes appear smaller and squintier, so all of my steps were intended to keep them looking wide and bright.

  1. Undereye concealer is a must, because it ensures that you look extra bright.
  2. Make sure to fill in your eyebrows. In my time perusing internet beauty tips, I read that your eyebrows frame your glasses and your glasses frame your eyes (or something like that). I have found that doing my brows works wonders for framing my face, especially on days when I wear glasses. If your glasses are thick, this is especially important, becuase your glasses can mask your brows if they aren’t defined.
  3. I went over my lid with the Urban Decay Primer Potion, followed with the Juvia’s Place “The Nubian” Palette. I used a shimmery off-white shade all over my lid, then applied a soft brown with orange undertones in my crease.
  4. After I had built up this definition, I went in with the e.l.f. Smudge Pot in “Brownie Points” on a liner brush. I drew on winged liner, but if you aren’t comfortable with the wings this step isn’t necessary. I do recommend lining the eyes, though, just because it helps them pop. I like using the brown because it provides a softer contrast than black, which ensures that it defines my eyes without making them look closed.
  5. Line your lower lashline with a nude eyeliner. This will make your eyes look more open and awake. Some people use white eyeliner for this step, which is fine, but I prefer a nude liner because it has the same brightening effect but looks more natural.
  6. I used the same Smudge pot and brush to line the outer two-thirds of my lower lash line. Don’t bring the liner in too close to the inner tear duct, as this will just make the eye look small! If the liner on your lower lashline looks to harsh, smudge it in a little with the same brush.
  7. Black mascara is a must. I’m not a false lash wearer to begin with, but I would stay away from them just becuase the extra length will probably mean that your lashes hit your glasses, which is extremely annoying. If your lashes are flat, then curl them before this step. Apply a few coats of black mascara to your upper and lower lashes, which will really open your eyes. I’ve been using the Kiko Luxurious Lashes Mascara.
  8. Go bold on your lips. I love wearing a dark hue on my lips on days I wear glasses. I find that a pop of red on my lips, whether it is a bright cherry or a deeper vampy shade, really brings out my blue eyes. I think that the bold lips adds flavor to the look, and balances out the glasses frames around the eyes. Trust me, once you try the bold-lips-and-glasses combo, you won’t go back!

Makeup for Girls with Glasses

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My Favorite Fall Lip Colors

My Favorite Fall Lip Colors

Fall has arrived! I’m a fall lover myself (hold the Pumpkin Spice Latte though, I’m not that basic). For me, this wonderful change in seasons has always primarily meant only two things: 1) back to school and 2) the opportunity to change up my look. […]