March (and February) 2014 Beauty Hits and Misses with DrugstorePrincess
Welcome to Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway)! It’s actually still snowy and cold here - what’s up with that? Last year at this time I remember it being warm, sunny, and beautiful. Even if the weather isn’t nice where you are, I’ve got some fun beauty products to talk about that will brighten up your day! I know I sort of neglected February, but I did at least post my Readers Choice favorites! I thought that was a really fun post, it’s always so fascinating for me to see what YOU all think about products! I’ve accumulated a lot of Hits and Misses for this post, so go get yourself a snack.. this is going to be a long one!
As always, if you want to see any more in-depth reviews on the products mentioned, please let me know!
Much love, and enjoy!
Look, someone made one big long picture out of my individual brush pictures! Too bad you can’t read what these say. Full Post (also slightly unreadable on my theme oops)
Hi there! Yes, I certainly can! It’s interesting how almost everyone asks about products for oily skin, isn’t it?! Here’s some products for my dry-skinned beauties!
Revlon Age Defying Liquid Foundation - $9
This is probably my favorite drugstore foundation for dry skin. I love the coverage it has, and even though it is hydrating, it doesn’t make your skin look or feel greasy. This has SPF 20
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup - $10
For a large part of my life I exclusively used this foundation, and to this day I still like it. This is a lightweight foundation with medium coverage, but it doesn’t have the staying power of the Revlon one. This is supposedly full of “antioxidants” to help correct uneven skin tone and moisturize. Also has SPF 20
L’Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup - $10
This is a great foundation that instantly makes your skin LOOK hydrated even if it isn’t. I’d say that this has light to medium coverage but it’s very buildable, and it has a gorgeous glow to it. This has SPF 20.
Almay Line Smoothing Makeup - $9
This is my most recent dry-skin-find. It tells you that it hydrates all day right on the front of the bottle, how convenient! I like this one for sensitive skin types. This also has light to medium coverage, and average staying power. Contains SPF 15.
Also, please please PLEASE make sure you’re using a good moisturizer underneath your makeup! Even if you don’t have dry skin you should be doing this (yes, my oily skinned friends, you need moisturizer too). A moisturizer will help create balance. If you find that your skin gets flakey and has patches that are emphasized by makeup, make sure that you are exfoliating and moisturizing beforehand. Exfoliating will help get rid of that dry, dead skin and will help your foundation go on smoothly. If your patches are really stubborn, use a primer with a silicone base underneath your foundation over the problem areas!
Hope this helps!
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Rimmel’s Mod Revival + My Photoshoot!
Yes, believe it or not… that’s me! Recently I was invited by Rimmel London to help promote the new Retro Glam cosmetic collection. I spent an amazing week in New York discovering my inner 60’s diva, resulting in the awesome photoshoot you’re glimpsing here! Retro Glam is all about bringing back the Mod scene - an iconic time in the fashion and beauty industries.
For years I’ve been a fan of Rimmel - since my first experiments with makeup, actually - and they’ve consistently come up with trendy and effective formulations. This year they’re pulling inspiration from one of the biggest fashion revivals, and they have created products that really channel the glamour and intrigue of the Twiggy era.
OMG I live for this eyeshadow <3
Other than getting yourself a better mascara, there are a lot of ways to help prevent smudging! Because I have really deep set eyes, my mascara always used to smudge along my brow bone and ruin my eyeshadow… very annoying! So I know your pain!
The first thing I recommend is using some eyeshadow primer… even if you’re not wearing eyeshadow. Primer helps to control the oils on your lids, and it’s the oils that will ruin your makeup if you’re not careful! Even waterproof mascara can’t stand up to oil (because we use oil to remove it). So apply a small amount of a good eye primer all over your lids and along your lower lash line to help keep your eyeshadow, mascara, and even eyeliner in place for a lot longer! I recommend this one -
NYX HD Eyeshadow Base - $7
This is my current favorite. I feel like it helps my eyeshadow stand out as much as possible, and does the best job of keeping my lids from getting oily!
If mascara smearing at your outer corners or lower lash line is the problem, try using a mattifying setting powder around your eye after all of your makeup is applied. Use a small eyeshadow brush and pack on the powder, which is also going to help prevent oiliness.
Essence All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder - $3
This affordable, translucent powder is easy to keep in your bag, and won’t disturb the look of your makeup because it’s colorless. It also helps your makeup stay in place, so use it all over!
And my last recommendation is to perhaps invest in a really good waterproofing makeup seal. They have mascara-type ones - they are clear, and you apply it as a topcoat over any mascara. Anastasia Beverly Hills has a really nice one - you can find that at Sephora!
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