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brakhos asked: Hello! I just found your blog and I know you have probably already answer this but which ones are the best drug store setting powders? which ones you recomend? Thank you :))

Hi!  I have quite a few favorite powders, I’ll list my *current* loves below!


Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - $5

I use this powder in the translucent shade because I don’t like my finishing powder to give me any additional coverage, but it is nice that it comes in several tinted versions!  This has a soft-focus effect that blurs pores without being too flat.


Essence All About Matt Compact Fixing Powder - $3

This is a great translucent powder that’s small enough to throw in your bag.  The texture of this powder is very matte, so I just like using it for touchups throughout the day, or in the summer when my skin gets more oily.


ELF HD Loose Powder - $6

This is a cult favorite by now (a dupe for the Make Up For Ever HD Powder) and is a great finishing powder that sets your makeup but doesn’t necessarily absorb all your oils… you still look fresh faced with this powder.

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Contour for YOUR Face Shape!
The hottest trend in makeup application can easily get ugly.  To avoid an overly-bronzed or obviously fake looking contour, get more in-tune with your face!  We all have different face shapes, and it is important to remember your features when you’re contouring.

Contour for YOUR Face Shape!

The hottest trend in makeup application can easily get ugly.  To avoid an overly-bronzed or obviously fake looking contour, get more in-tune with your face!  We all have different face shapes, and it is important to remember your features when you’re contouring.


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ms-mix-remixed asked: I have freckles across my cheeks and nose and I think they're adorable. I want to experiment with some basic contouring for an event, and I was wondering if that meant that I need to use a full coverage foundation ( I use a light to light medium coverage). None of the ladies who put up contouring tutorials seem to have freckles or let them show. Would contouring look weird with freckles? Any drugstore recommendations for a contouring beginner? Thanks a *ton*! You are an absolute doll.

Hey there!  It’s nice to see someone with similar feelings about freckles… I think they are gorgeous!  Some people do like to cover up their freckles, but I find them endearing.  You can absolutely contour using a light to medium coverage foundation and still let those freckles shine through!

I recommend using any foundation that you’re comfortable with to contour. if that foundation is a very light, almost sheer coverage foundation, so be it.  The heavier the foundation is, the more “high fashion” (fancy talk for over-the-top) the look will be.  If you like having lighter coverage, I HIGHLY recommend contouring with powders instead of actual foundations or concealers.  These tend to look more natural and are easier to work with.  If you’re not going to be on camera, there’s no need to do heavy, full-blown contouring… that look was designed for flash photography and television.  The simpler you keep it, the more flattering it will be!


L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder - $10 (


ELF Studio Baked Highlight “Moonlight Pearl” - $3 (

As for actual tips, just make sure that you’re properly contouring for YOUR face, not for Kim Kardashian’s.  We all have special features that should be accentuated differently.  Also, start out light and get more dramatic as you go - this way, you’re much less likely to overdo it and have to start all over again!

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Wearing SPF on a regular basis can save your life.

FACT - Sun exposure is the #1 cause of skin cancer, and wearing sunscreen (or any product with SPF regularly) can cut the chances of you getting skin cancer in half.  There are MANY types of skin cancer, and not all of them are obvious.  Check your body often for any odd looking spots or discoloration on your skin, and notify your doctor ASAP if you find any.  Sun damage is also the #1 cause of premature aging - wearing a moisturizer with SPF can help keep your skin soft and supple for longer!

You only need to wear sunscreen when you’re going to the beach.

FICTION - There’s a reason cosmetics companies are putting SPF in everything nowadays.  UV rays can penetrate your skin EVERY day… in the winter, when it’s cloudy, when you’re walking to your car, while you’re sitting next to a window… so it’s smart to protect your skin no matter what it is you’re doing.  

One ounce of sunblock is the correct amount for your entire body.

FACT - An entire ounce of traditional cream sunscreen is the recommended amount for covering the average person’s body to achieve the amount of Sun Protection indicated by the SPF on the bottle.  That’s a LOT more than you’d think (most foundation bottles contain only 1 ounce of product)… in fact, it’s kind of impossible to glob on a layer that thick.  But, the less sunscreen you use, the less effective and more spotty your sun protection will be. Avoid the headache by simply layering your SPF… smooth a thin layer all over your skin, allow it to dry, and then apply a second layer.  This will help the SPF absorb fully, so you get all the protection without all of the grease!  Bonus Fact:  It takes a full tablespoon to cover just your face properly!

Waterproof sunscreen isn’t actually waterproof.

FACT - Although “waterproof” sunscreens will hold up better on the beach than non-waterproof versions, you will still have to reapply your sunscreen every time you get out of the water.

The SPF you apply in the morning is good enough to last you all day.

FICTION - Read the back of any product that contains SPF, and it will tell you that you must reapply every 2 hours in order to maintain adequate sun protection!  That seems like a lot of reapplying, I know, but if you’re going to be out in the sun, reapplying is very important!  Pick a lightweight sunscreen or makeup product with SPF so that layering isn’t a difficult task throughout the day.

SPF 15 gives maximum sun protection.

FICTION - SPF 15 protects against 93%* of UV rays.  SPF 30 (it seems like it would be double the protection, right?   Nope) protects about 97%* of UV rays, and SPF 50 gives 98%* protection.  With anything above SPF 50, the difference is minimal.

*  - Statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation website

You can layer SPFs to create a higher level of SPF.

FICTION - Putting on an SPF 15 over an SPF 30 isn’t going to give you SPF 45, you will only get the coverage of the highest SPF (in this example, 30.)  However, layering SPF is going to give you a higher concentration of your SPF, protecting you more thoroughly.

SPF causes breakouts.

FICTION - It’s not the sun protection that’s clogging your pores.  If you’re experiencing breakouts after using sunscreen, chances are you’re just using a product that’s not right for your skin type!  Just like with moisturizers, SPF products aren’t “one-size-fits-all”.  If you feel that your sunscreen IS causing you to break out, switch to an oil-free version that’s more lightweight, and/or intended for your face.  These are a thinner texture, are non comedogenic, and allow your skin to breathe!

SPF can make your face look white in pictures.

FACT - Foundations and powders with SPF in them can cause white flashback in flash photography.  The iron oxides in sunscreen (which are what helps to prevent sun damage) have a reflective quality.  For special events, pick a matte foundation without SPF, or use bronzer to counteract the ghostly effect.  You will still be able to use an SPF underneath your makeup without having to worry!

People with dark skin don’t need to wear sunscreen.

FICTION - Dark skin tones are still affected by the sun’s damaging UV rays. Darker skin can still develop skin cancer (in fact, certain types of skin cancer are ONLY found on people of color), and UV rays will age dark skin just as much as light skin.  It’s important to protect yourself!  If you’re worried about white, creamy sunscreens turning your skin ashy looking, pick instead an oil sunscreen - they’re just as effective, but are colorless and absorb quickly into the skin.


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Breaking Beauty News:  There’s going to be an actual eyeshadow palette from a major drugstore company.

In this video EmilyNoel83 (one of my favorite review YouTubers) gives a really in-depth look at the new Maybelline eyeshadow palette, called The Nudes, which is estimated to be released this June/July.

This palette is really the first of any major drugstore beauty brands.  It contains 12 neutral eyeshadow colors with varying finishes.  The price for this palette will be $12!

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Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Foundation

What it Is:  Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

What it Does:  Provides lightweight, full coverage while controlling shine

What it Costs:  $5-$7

Where to Get it:  Drugstores, Ulta, or online

Quick Verdict:  Thumbs Up!

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