Reader's Choice - February '14 Beauty Hits & Misses!
I’ve always thought of DrugstorePrincess as a sort of beauty community - slash - online magazine, through which we could learn from one another. In an attempt to get back to my blogging roots, I thought, “what better way than to get my amazing readers to give me some of their thoughts?!” So much of DSP is myself giving you MY thoughts, and to be honest, my thoughts bore me sometimes. YOUR thoughts on the other hand, are exciting and brand new and fascinating to me. So thanks to some really amazing, kind, thoughtful readers of mine (who you will be able to meet later in this post), I have created this treat of a post for you. This Hits and Misses post for February 2014 is filled with YOUR thoughts on some of the hottest, newest, and coolest beauty products of the now… good AND bad! Enjoy, and look for MY Hits and Misses to come later!
Help! I'm getting married soon and I need a foundation. I get really red and blotchy when I'm hot or nervous on my neck and chest and my dress is strapless! What can I use to cover that up?
First of all, congratulations! I hope all of your planning is going smoothly!
If you tend to get red, I’d recommend investing in a method to disguise redness on your chest and neck… you don’t want that to overshadow you in pictures on the big day! One option would be to get a light spray tan a bit before the wedding. The tint could help camouflage any nervous splotchiness!
Another option is to get yourself some kind of waterproof body makeup. These will even out your skin and make you look absolutely flawless, and will be unnoticeable as long as you get the proper color and/or blend it well. Professional makeup artists often use body makeup on brides who have discoloration - the trick is to get something that’s good enough so that it won’t transfer onto your dress. I’d recommend DermaBlend, or even Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs (the waterproof version).
If you would like to get something that will work for both your body and your face, try Make Up For Ever Face & Body. It has lightweight medium coverage that looks truly flawless, even on camera. These products might not be the cheapest but it’s worth it to splurge a bit to keep yourself looking gorgeous on your wedding day!
As most of you know, the motto on DrugstorePrincess is “Beauty Advice for Every Budget”. Even though I started off as a strictly-pharmacy-brand blogger, my tastes, knowledge, and audience has expanded, and I’ve realized that in the world of cosmetics, it is good to both splurge and save. But which products are really worth the big money? Here I’ll give you a quick run-down on what categories are better to buy cheap or spend on.
Hi, Hilary! :D I've been a big fan for quite some time and read your posts religiously. I've been wondering: What the difference between a mattefying look and a dewy look and all the other kinds? I'd love to soak up more knowledge. Your blog is ace! :)
Hi! Thank you so much, it’s so awesome having kind, loyal followers <3
Beauty gurus, makeup artists, and bloggers tend to use a certain kind of language that we never really explain! I know that I’m guilty of it, so I apologize to everyone if sometimes I use weird words when I’m describing products or looks! I definitely encourage all of you to just shoot me a quick message if you don’t know what I mean by a phrase or word, I’d be happy to private answer the meaning back to you!
Your question seems to revolve around different textures/finishes of the face. I’d say that the most common ones in this category are matte, dewy, satin, and natural. Matte finishes are completely shine-free. They are more flat, opaque, and almost powdery, with no shimmer or gleam to them. Dewy is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum - these finishes have high shine. Depending on what we were talking about, a dewy finish could also be described as creamy or glowing. If you think of a morning dew on the grass, you’ll imagine a wet, shimmery look - dewy finishes are similar when we discuss foundation or highlighter! Satin and natural tend to be the finishes that are right in the middle of dewy and matte. If we were talking about foundation, lets say, a natural finish would be one that looks just like skin.. something that doesn’t have a ton of shine, but isn’t flat or dull. Satin tends to be something that’s free of shimmer, glitter, or wet texture, but has a certain sheen to it that keeps it from being entirely matte!
I hope that helps you to envision these things a bit better! I also have a page on my blog that I never quite finished, but has a lot of similar information on it. I’ve called it my Beauty Glossary - find it at http://drugstoreprincess.com/glossary :)
Get Ready With Me: Quick & Easy Valentine's Date Night Look
Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day for showing your love for one another, for spending copious amounts of money on chocolate and Hallmark cards, and for red, pink, and purple themed makeup. Hooray!
No matter your stance on V-Day, any beauty lover has to admit that the abundance of Valentine’s Day themed makeup looks all over the interweb is fantastic. I love pointless holidays for exactly that reason!
Even though Valentine’s isn’t really my “thang”, I do have a special someone to share the day with. A few days ago we decided to go out on a romantic adventure (which ended up being chicken fajitas at a sports bar), and I decided to document my “getting ready” process! I hope you enjoy this little tutorial!
The only one available currently (that happens to be really good quality) is Wet n Wild “Pagan Angel”, from the Fergie collection. It’s one of their Perfect Pout lipsticks, so it has amazing pigmentation and opacity, and it’s actually a true black, unlike so many others!
Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Lip Color “Pagan Angel” - $3
I love that this lipstick has a comfortable cream finish that isn’t overly glossy, because I feel like I don’t always have to wear a lip liner with it (although with dark colors you probably should. I just use eyeliner.) It’s very nearly a dupe for Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artiste Intense lipstick #50!
What is a good under-eye concealer that doesn't cause creases? I use glamoflauge by Hard Candy, but I get really bad creases under my eyes. Any help?
Hello! Hard Candy Glamoflauge has been one of my go-to concealers for a really long time because of it’s low price tag and impeccable coverage, but I do see a lot of complaints. People (myself included) have seen creasing with this under the eyes, and also I’ve had people say that it’s caused breakouts. Fortunately I have found a similar product that is a bit nicer to work with!
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer - $6 (Found at Walmart)
Physician’s Formula Conceal Rx - $9
The Physician’s Formula Conceal Rx concealer is really great. I already love Physician’s Formula complexion products because they are much better for sensitive skin types than most other drugstore products (if it’s good for sensitive skin, it’s great for all skin types!). This concealer is not as thick as Hard Candy Glamoflauge, and has just SLIGHTLY less coverage, but that only makes it easier to blend, set, and work with. I have never had this concealer break me out (although just because it didn’t break out my skin, doesn’t mean it won’t break out yours, and vice versa!) Because it is a thinner consistency, it sets much better with powder and doesn’t cake up in fine lines under the eyes, around the nose, etc.
So for under the eyes and for people with quite sensitive or acne prone skin, I would probably recommend the Physician’s Formula concealer over the Hard Candy one, if you don’t mind spending an extra $3. But for theater, special events, or covering tattoos, you might want to stick with the Hard Candy, because the coverage of that concealer is second to none!
Hi Hilary :) I am needing your advise for the best strip eyelashes..?? ~This is my first visit to your sight :) I didn't see a search spot, so if you have already given this advise please excuse me :)~ I have always used 'andrea 33' but I really would love a longer lash.. but not costumey.. What would you suggest?? Thanks soooo much for you time and knowledge :) I really appreciate it! xxo~~~ Bryn
Hello Bryn! Welcome to DSP!
The lashes you normally wear are quite thick and full! Whenever you’re trying for a lot of length, it’s best to not go to such an extreme with the volume too - that’s where you’d get a bit costumey. I really recommend the infamous Ardell Wispies - they still have volume, lots of length, and they’re flirty and sultry on the eyes.
What it is: A miracle mask made from clay, charcoal, eucalyptus, and other natural, pore-unclogging ingredients
What it Does: Detoxifies pores, kills bacteria, clarifies that skin and helps control oil.
How to Use It: Apply a thin layer all over the face, or apply to spots as a treatment. Let the mud dry completely and then rinse off with warm water.
What it Costs: $69 for 1.2oz
Where to Get It: Sephora
Quick Verdict: Thumbs wayyyyy up!
One of the highest-ranked skincare products on Sephora.com, GlamGlow Mud Masks have quickly ascended to the throne… king of all facial masks. Why? Well for me, this is the first mask that after using I really thought, “Wow, that DID something!” After my first sample from Sephora I was hooked. My skin has been acne-prone all my life, mostly due to hormones, and I’ve tried everything under the sun to keep it at bay, or at least to soothe and detox my skin in the meantime! This little white jar is IT. This is the BEES KNEES.
do you think it would be okay to use a face primer on the eyelids as well? (mine are pretty oily)
As long as your primer doesn’t say to keep away from eyes (read the back… it might!) it should be safe to use. However, your best bet to get rid of oiliness on the eyes would be to use an eyelid primer! Their formulas are gentle and approved for the delicate lid area, and are designed to control oil there which prevents creasing and blending together eyeshadows.
What type of eyeliner would you use to make a smoky wing?
Hello! There are a couple of types of liner that would work well for a smoked-out, winged-out, cat-eye type of eye! This is one of my favorite looks to rock at work, because it takes almost no time to do when I’m getting ready, and looks fantastic!
Your first option is to use a creamy pencil. Kohl pencils tend to work really well, as do “gel-like” pencils, because they are very easy to blend, but still set in place so they won’t smear down your face during the day. You will also need to have a separate brush to smudge the liner outwards, but if you don’t have one handy a Q-tip works just as well!
My recommendations for these would be:
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencils - $19 - Found Here
These are super creamy, and set really well after applying a couple layers.
Milani Liquid Eye Eyeliner Pencil - $6 - Found Here
Formerly known as “Liquif’eye”, this is my holy grail black eyeliner pencil from the drugstore, and the black shade is actually a great dupe for Urban Decay’s “Perversion” pencil, the blackest black ever!
You could also use a gel eyeliner to create that type of eye! Gel eyeliner is very creamy and opaque, and smudges to sultry perfection. My favorite:
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner - $6 - Found Here
This liner is pigmented, easy to apply, comes with a brush, and is just as good quality as any gel liner four times the price. You will need a different kind of brush to smoke it out on your eyes, but it’s nice that it comes with a proper tool!