Hello! I have extremely dark acne scars (like nearly plum-colored, no joke) but also have extremely pale skin...how would you recommend I cover my scars up? I've tried a darker concealer to help with the darkness of the scar, but that obviously doesn't work well with my skintone. I have to buy higher end foundation/mineral foundation to fit my skintone shade, so I'd love to hear your recommendation for a more affordable concealer alternative!
As someone who also has some severe acne marks, I completely understand your struggle. Having extremely light skin also makes covering this dark discoloration a challenge. But through personal experience I actually have a great recommendation for you!
Physicians Formula Conceal Rx Concealer - $6
This concealer is extremely heavy duty and will cover just about everything with just one layer, and can build up to cover everything else. The lightest shade of this (called Natural Light) is extremely pale and should really flatter your skin tone much better than a dark concealer. Physician’s Formula is also a good brand to use when your skin is more sensitive and acne prone, so it won’t smother your skin and cause you to break out anew! You can get this at most drugstores, Walmart or Kmart stores, or online [Drugstore.com]
I would continue to use your mineral powder to set the concealer and to even out your entire face. With this concealer, though, you’ll definitely need to use less!
It’s hard to believe that Summer is over (in the USA, at least!), but in just a few days it will officially be Autumn! Due to the chilly weather we’ve been getting in upstate New York, my handbag has already transitioned into its’ Fall wardrobe. I went from kelly green to black, and changed out my blotting sheets for tissues… here I’ll feature five ultimate essentials for me during the season. The best part? You can find all of these products at Walmart stores for under $10 a pop!
1. Kleenex Slim Packs
Ragweed, marigolds, pollen… you name it, I’ll sneeze because of it! During allergy season (for me it’s always worst in the Fall!) I’ll never leave home without a package of trusty Kleenex in my purse. Sneeze attacks can happen at any time, but I’m always prepared for the worse! These Slim Packs are totally cute while still being practical, and this package I actually got as a bonus product with my recent purchase of U by Kotex tampons at Walmart! There is also a special coupon just for my beautiful readers to save some moolah on that kit… you can find the coupon here! Plus, if you share the coupon on social media, the value of your coupon when you print it will go up!!
2. U by Kotex Click! Tampons
Yeah, girl, I just named tampons as an essential for my handbag. If you get your period, these are going to be your best friend (if you don’t get your period, pass on to #3!). These teensy-tiny little packages look pretty and are totally discreet, but still expand into a full sized tampon with a simple click! These are as adorable as sanitary napkins can get, and if these fall out of your bag at the cash register, no one will be the wiser! The fact that this box came with a free package of my essential Kleenex was just a bonus! (And don’t forget about that coupon!) [Only $8, with savings only $6!]
3. Wet n Wild Lipstick in Dark Wine
What kind of beauty addicts would we be without vampy Fall lips?! This little beauty is a staple in my makeup bag because the color is a gorgeous, creamy burgundy that looks great on everyone, and it’s really cheap so if I lose it or it melts in my car, I won’t stress about buying a new one! These are only .93 cents at Walmart, so how could you go wrong? Dark lips instantly make me feel like a sexpot, and they totally transform your look in about five seconds. For less than a dollar, I can handle that! [Only $1]
4. Goody Blonde Bobby Pins
I don’t know about where you live, but where I am, autumn means cold and wind! Lots of wind. My hair is normally just a disaster this season, which is why carrying bobby pins with me everywhere is a MUST. These pins match my hair (which is rare), and they really grip well without being sharp or painful against my scalp. They help keep sleek hairstyles in place, and they also let me throw my hair into a crown braid whenever I need to on the go (which is… daily. I’m addicted to the dutch braid.) [Only $2]
5. Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Facial Cleansing Towelettes
This little package is full of things that I love year round, and especially can’t live without during the Fall season! These towelettes smell delicious (guess what they smell like… blueberries! My favorite!) They cleanse the skin, removing any makeup or impurities, and don’t leave behind any grease! Instead, these wipes make your skin feel hydrated, smooth, and baby soft. I carry these with me at all times because, with my allergies, my eyes are prone to watering, and these wipes are perfect for touching up any smudged makeup. My skin also gets chronically dry this time of year, and these wipes revive my skin with a bit of invigorating moisture! [Only $5]
There you have my handbag essentials from every category of beauty… skin, hair, makeup, body, and lifestyle! What are your must-have products for fall? Shoot me a message on Tumblr, or Tweet me @officialdsp!
Special thanks to U by Kotex and Walmart for sponsoring this post. Always remember that my loyalty is to my readers, and I would never publish anything that I didn’t wholeheartedly endorse for you! Sponsored posts fund future purchases so that I can review the products you want to see!
Hello! There are definitely some good products for prevention at the drugstore. The key to finding a good moisturizer or serum at a lower price is to pay attention to the ingredients the products contain! Generally, drugstore-brand products contain a lower concentration of these important, active ingredients, making them less effective than the more expensive products that contain higher levels of ingredients. So while you’re shopping, take a glance at that ingredients list (have your smartphone handy to google ingredient names). The higher an ingredient is on the list, the more potent it will be, and the more effective.
One of my favorite ingredients to recommend for fine lines and wrinkles, specifically, are peptides! Peptides help to plump up and smooth out skin that has started to collapse into wrinkles. While things like retinol and hyaluronic acid focus more on collagen production and hydration, peptides specifically address lines and skin’s firmness. Peptides are more effective when combined with an ingredient like the two I mentioned above.
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum - $20
This is a lightweight, fragrance-free serum that instantly softens the skin, and contains peptides as well as hyaluronic acid for hydration. Serums are more liquidy than a cream, which is great for people with oily skin, but ideally you would layer a serum underneath a thicker moisturizer. The moisturizer will add ingredients and hydration, and will lock in the benefits of your moisturizer.
I also really like the L’Oreal Dermo Expertise Revitalift Night Cream ($18), & Garnier UltraLift 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer ($17). All of these items are available at most drugstores and on drugstore.com!
All in all though, I have to really urge you to invest in your skin care. Save on everything else, but the things that you put close to your skin are really important. You want them to work, and to be the best quality. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so it’s really important to take care of it! And you’re really never too young to start a skincare routine.
You might not have an answer for this haha but it's worth a shot: what are some products I can use to paint my eyebrows pink? I don't wanna dye them, but just be able to fill them in so they look pink! Thank you (:
Hello! Oh, I’ve got an answer, haha!
The first product I’ll recommend is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Powder in “In the Pink”. This is a super-pigmented hair chalk, eyeshadow, and brow paint all in one.
You can get these online or at Ulta! I like them because they really don’t need a base to show up well. Just set them with a bit of brow gel and you’re good to go!
If you want to go a different road, just get a nice pink eyeshadow in the shade that you like, and use a white cream base, like the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, underneath. The white base will hold the eyeshadow color in place and make it look more intense.
BareMinerals BareSkin Serum Foundation Review + Demo
What it is: A lightweight liquid mineral-based foundation with brightening skincare ingredients.
What it Does: Creates a no-makeup look and feel on the skin while correcting tone.
What it Costs: $28
Where to Get it: BareMinerals stores, Sephora stores, Ulta stores, and online
Quick Verdict: Love it/Hate it
BareMinerals, which has for years boasted the benefits of their coveted mineral powder versus icky liquid foundations, has suddenly switched teams and created this groundbreaking product! The Bare Skin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is, indeed, a liquid - so no, not entirely mineral (it’s impossible to be 100% mineral and still liquid!) but this foundation keeps on with the BareEscentuals way of being lightweight, not-too-makeupy, and “good” for the skin.
Review + Swatches: Wet n Wild "Smoke and Melrose" Eyeshadow Palette
What it Is: A Limited Edition 5-Pan palette of Wet n Wild’s Color Icon eyeshadows for Fall 2014
What it Does: This palette contains five gorgeous, highly pigmented, buttery smooth eyeshadows all in rose-tinted shades.
What it Costs: Only $4-$5
Where to Get it: Drugstores, like Walgreens, or online retailers
Similar To: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette ($54)
Quick Verdict: Thumbs wayyyy UP!
Wet n Wild did it again this season. The incredibly affordable drugstore brand is notorious for coming out with limited edition products that are (usually) amazing quality. Sometimes they come out with intense, neon colors, and often their eyeshadow palettes/trios contain colors that really don’t make much sense together, but the Fall 2014 collection is just gorgeous! Specifically the Smoke and Melrose palette.
There are three other palettes in this collection, and I honestly thought that they were all gorgeous (but we must RESTRAIN OURSELVES). Wet n Wild also released some new lipstick shades (for a later post!) and nail polishes.
Wet n Wild Smoke and Melrose contains five eyeshadow colors that just scream Fall. There is a great mixture of both matte and shimmery shades, which makes this palette very sophisticated and totally useable for anyone. All of the shades are slightly “rose-toned”, similar to the shades in the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette… however I’d venture so far as to say that these eyeshadows perform a bit better than those in the Naked3! I was disappointed by the HUGE amount of fallout in that installment of the Naked palette range, and this inexpensive little guy contains similar shades that go on like butter. Smooth, pigmented, and with little to no fallout, especially with a primer.
The only thing I have to say against this particular palette (and most Wet n Wild eyeshadows in general) is that I would NOT use these shades where they say to use them. There is no way I’m putting a dark plum/taupe shade on my brow bone. Nope.
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