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yolkyolkyolk asked: hi! may I know what's the difference between moisturizer and face lotion? thankss!

Helloo, of course you may!

Moisturizer is sort of like the all-encompassing industry term for face lotions and creams.  So, a face lotion IS a moisturizer.  A face cream is also a moisturizer.  Generally, “lotions” are slightly more liquidy than a cream, which would be a thicker, whipped texture.  Both are designed to hydrate the skin and create a balanced, healthy complexion!  It’s just whatever you want to call it, kind of like how some people call foundations “cover up”.  Hope that helps you!

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ohmyheronstairs asked: Hi, what's a cheap long-lasting matte foundation? I have oily skin, and by the end of the school day my makeup has disappeared (it looks like it soaked into my skin or something) and it's so annoying. I just found your blog and I'm already in love :)

Hi there, thank you so much!  I’m glad you’re liking it!

My favorite matte-finish long-wear foundation at the lowest possible price is definitely the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation.  It has amazing coverage and definitely helps to control shine throughout the day.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation - $6

I have a  full review and demo of this foundation here :)

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sexual-lettuce asked: Hi, I was wondering if you could recommend some really good makeup remover wipes? I have the Neutrogena ones and I have to SCRUB to regular mascara off.

Hello!

I truly feel you on those Neutrogena wipes.  Back in the day those wipes used to be the best!  But I’m pretty positive that they changed the formula, because they’re not as moist anymore and don’t work the way that they used to.

My ultimate all-time favorite makeup wipes are from Ole Henricksen, which you can get at Sephora.  They’re a bit of a splurge compared to Neutrogena but oh em gee, they’re fantastic.  They smell divine, are very moist and get everything off in a pinch!

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Ole Henricksen Truth To Go Wipes - $8 for 10, $15 for 30

At the drugstore level, I honestly tend to be pretty cheap and go with the generic store brand wipes.  I’ve found that the generic ones (like Walmart brand, CVS brand) tend to be very effective, and much less expensive than even something like Neutrogena or the Yes To wipes that I’ve been using a lot of lately.

Most of the time, though, I don’t use wipes at all.  Liquid makeup removers or oils work a lot better and faster for me!  Olive oil on a cotton pad will always be my go-to makeup remover… it’s natural and literally melts away even waterproof mascara.  Try it!





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mirthandgladness asked: 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!

Hi there!

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!

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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!

Hope this helps!

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5 Must Haves for Your Handbag this Fall!

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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!


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1.  Kleenex Slim Packs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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anne2grace asked: Do you know of a good drugstore wrinkle cream?

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.

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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.





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dongyoungbaby asked: 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.  

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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.

Good luck!!  :)





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BareMinerals BareSkin Serum Foundation Review + Demo

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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.

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Glossybox August Review
This month I was very impressed by each product I received.  You know how normally there’s that one product that you’re just kind of -eh- about?  Not for me!  
Also, for today (September 16th) only, GlossyBox is having a promotion where anyone who signs up with the code GIVEMEMUD will receive a free GlamGlow YouthMud Mask in their first box, in addition to the regular products for that month!  Glossybox.com
1.  Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner - 2 fluid oz each
This is my new shampoo.  My over processed bleach blonde hair has been through the ringer, and needs some serious hydration and TLC.  This duo makes my normally straw-like strands feel soft and healthy!  The Uberliss shampoo and conditioner are sulfate-free and contain blueberry, sugarcane, green tea and keratin.  The full-sized 12oz bottles cost $26
2. SpaRitual Nail Polish - .5 fluid oz (full size)
I have a few SpaRitual polishes in my sickeningly-huge collection, and I’ve always been impressed by them.  They are decently opaque (2 coats is perfect), they dry quickly, they keep their glossy finish longer than most polishes, and they don’t chip too quickly!  The color I got is called “Uncharted”, which is a fuchsia with a slight sheen (it looks more red in the photo above).  This isn’t a color I’d normally pick out, but I love the way it looks on my nails and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments!  It’s a very sophisticated pink.  This product costs $12
3.  Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter - .15 oz (full size)
One word - gorgeous.  Kryolan is notorious for their professional-grade products, and this cream highlight lives up to that standard.  This cream feels lightweight and thin on the skin, so it’s not sticky and won’t move around the rest of your makeup when you apply it.  The color I received is called “Cashmere”, and it is a gorgeous pale champagne-pink.  This is intended to be used anywhere… cheeks, eyes, lips… and the sheen it gives looks really natural.  No large chunks of glitter to make you look like a little kid playing in mommy’s makeup!  This highlighter costs $18.95, and is available on the Glossybox website for purchase.
4.  Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream - .34 oz
I’m a skincare junkie, always looking for the latest and greatest.  This is a fabulous, rich, anti-aging moisturizer that contains great natural ingredients like ginseng extract and avocado.  This instantly plumps and hydrates my skin without feeling too heavy.  I also like that this is paraben free!  The full size of this is normally 1.7 oz and costs $85
5.  Eyeko Skinny Mini Black Liquid Eyeliner - .04 oz
I’ve saved the best for last!  You’re welcome.  Eyeko is a very popular prestige makeup brand from London, known for their excellent liners and mascaras.  This pen is fantastic - it’s a large felt tip with a tapered end that allows you to get a really thin line, a really thick line, and everything in between.  It’s very pigmented and stays in place with no smudging, smearing, or flaking.  I do believe that you can purchase this mini size in some places, but the full sized pen costs $16
In this box they also included a sneak peek for the next few months, and they showed some products from Benefit, Nails Inc., and Juice Beauty, all brands I love!  So excited to see what’s to come.
If you’ve been looking for a great subscription box that doesn’t send you the same products and brands every month, but keeps it new and interesting, Glossybox is a great option!  The brands are much more luxury than you normally see, and the variety of products is great.  Boxes cost $21/month, but that price goes down if you lock in for a certain amount of time.  They also always have codes to get free bonus items or discounts!  You can sign up on their website - glossybox.com
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Glossybox August Review

This month I was very impressed by each product I received.  You know how normally there’s that one product that you’re just kind of -eh- about?  Not for me!  

Also, for today (September 16th) only, GlossyBox is having a promotion where anyone who signs up with the code GIVEMEMUD will receive a free GlamGlow YouthMud Mask in their first box, in addition to the regular products for that month!  Glossybox.com

1.  Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner - 2 fluid oz each

This is my new shampoo.  My over processed bleach blonde hair has been through the ringer, and needs some serious hydration and TLC.  This duo makes my normally straw-like strands feel soft and healthy!  The Uberliss shampoo and conditioner are sulfate-free and contain blueberry, sugarcane, green tea and keratin.  The full-sized 12oz bottles cost $26

2. SpaRitual Nail Polish - .5 fluid oz (full size)

I have a few SpaRitual polishes in my sickeningly-huge collection, and I’ve always been impressed by them.  They are decently opaque (2 coats is perfect), they dry quickly, they keep their glossy finish longer than most polishes, and they don’t chip too quickly!  The color I got is called “Uncharted”, which is a fuchsia with a slight sheen (it looks more red in the photo above).  This isn’t a color I’d normally pick out, but I love the way it looks on my nails and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments!  It’s a very sophisticated pink.  This product costs $12

3.  Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter - .15 oz (full size)

One word - gorgeous.  Kryolan is notorious for their professional-grade products, and this cream highlight lives up to that standard.  This cream feels lightweight and thin on the skin, so it’s not sticky and won’t move around the rest of your makeup when you apply it.  The color I received is called “Cashmere”, and it is a gorgeous pale champagne-pink.  This is intended to be used anywhere… cheeks, eyes, lips… and the sheen it gives looks really natural.  No large chunks of glitter to make you look like a little kid playing in mommy’s makeup!  This highlighter costs $18.95, and is available on the Glossybox website for purchase.

4.  Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream - .34 oz

I’m a skincare junkie, always looking for the latest and greatest.  This is a fabulous, rich, anti-aging moisturizer that contains great natural ingredients like ginseng extract and avocado.  This instantly plumps and hydrates my skin without feeling too heavy.  I also like that this is paraben free!  The full size of this is normally 1.7 oz and costs $85

5.  Eyeko Skinny Mini Black Liquid Eyeliner - .04 oz

I’ve saved the best for last!  You’re welcome.  Eyeko is a very popular prestige makeup brand from London, known for their excellent liners and mascaras.  This pen is fantastic - it’s a large felt tip with a tapered end that allows you to get a really thin line, a really thick line, and everything in between.  It’s very pigmented and stays in place with no smudging, smearing, or flaking.  I do believe that you can purchase this mini size in some places, but the full sized pen costs $16

In this box they also included a sneak peek for the next few months, and they showed some products from Benefit, Nails Inc., and Juice Beauty, all brands I love!  So excited to see what’s to come.

If you’ve been looking for a great subscription box that doesn’t send you the same products and brands every month, but keeps it new and interesting, Glossybox is a great option!  The brands are much more luxury than you normally see, and the variety of products is great.  Boxes cost $21/month, but that price goes down if you lock in for a certain amount of time.  They also always have codes to get free bonus items or discounts!  You can sign up on their website - glossybox.com

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Review + Swatches: Wet n Wild “Smoke and Melrose” Eyeshadow Palette

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Swatches with flash

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primaurora asked: Hi, I've been following your blog for a long while and am soo glad to see you active again! What are your thoughts on face mask sheets? And do you have any favourites? I'm currently using the brands "Leader's Insolution" and "My Beauty Diary". Thanks~

Hello!  Thanks for sticking with me for this long!! :)  It really means a lot!

I have really started to love sheet masks.  At first I just thought they were the newest skincare gimmick, but they really can give you some great results, and long term benefits!  It’s all going to depend on the kind of max you’re using.

Sheet masks (aka Fiber mask, Cloth mask), for those of you who aren’t familiar with them, are single-use masks that come in pouches. Generally they’re made of a fabric or even paper, and they just have holes for your eyes, nose and mouth.  They are pre-moistened with hydrating ingredients that often include vitamins A, C, or E, aloe, or hyaluronic acid.  Sheet masks are excellent for people with dry skin, skin that’s looking dull or tired, people who have just done an intensive peel, or irritated skin that needs soothing.  The idea is to place these sheets on your face and allow your skin to absorb all of the good ingredients.  Sheet masks are effective because they hold all of the ingredients in place and push them deeper into the skin, whereas masks that are applied alone to the surface of the skin can evaporate rather than absorb.

Masks that are made with fabric tend to be a lot more effective than those made with paper, because the paper dries faster and allows more of the nutrients to evaporate before they are absorbed by your skin.  Make sure you’re checking the ingredients on your masks as well… if the only thing on your mask is a gelatinous gook, then there’s really no point.  Also avoid sheet masks that have a lot of fragrance to them, because synthetic fragrances are actually a skin irritant.

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Sephora Green Tea Fiber Mask - $6

I’m partial to these Fiber Masks from the Sephora brand because there are lots of different masks for different skin concerns, and they’re pretty affordable.

I also really like the Karuna Luxe facial masks (those I find to be the most effective, if a little more expensive).





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GET THE LOOK:  Poison Apple Lips for Fall

Dark, burgundy lips are a fall staple that anyone and everyone can pull off!  I love lipstick trends because they’re easy to achieve without spending a lot of money.

On the eyes, keep it simple with nude eyeliner in the waterline and inner corner (Rimmel ScandalEyes in Nude, $4), and generously add mascara to upper and lower lashes (L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara in Black, $9).  

Brows are the secondary feature in this look, so keep them looking natural yet thick with a pencil and tinted gel.  Sculpt the brows to make them straight, and brush the brow hairs up and out for a modern look (Revlon Brow Fantasy, $8)

Now for the lips!  Whenever you do a dark lip, a liner is a must.  Go slowly when applying a dark lip liner, because it’s harder to clean up if you mess up!  Color in your entire lip with a dark, wine colored pencil (Jordana EasyLiner in Cabernet, $2).  Layer a deep red shade of lipstick over top, blotting between layers to build up color intensity (Wet n Wild MegaLast in Cherry Bomb, $2).  Finally, get that cartoon-inspired lacquer shine by finishing with a matching gloss (NYC LiquidLipshine in Wine n Dine, $2)

If you recreate this look, tag me on Tumblr, Twitter, or Instagram!  #drugstoreprincess #getthelook

Products mentioned can be found on Drugstore.com - internationally!

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osakablossom asked: hey! for months and months ive been searching for a good medium coverage foundation that will not make me oily. I get so, so oily I find myself retouching every 30 minutes. I've had no luck so far and have tried all high-end products

Helloo!  Well let me just say… I feel you.  My skin has been SOO oily for the past few months, it’s incredible.  But just look on the bright side… the oilier your skin is, the less prone you’ll be to wrinkles when you’re older!

I would HIGHLY recommend the new YSL Fusion Ink foundation for your skin type and preferences.  It’s a bit of a splurge, at $60, but it feels and performs like no other foundation I’ve ever tried.  It has a really velvety finish, and contains “special sweat and sebum controlling agents” to keep you shine free for as long as possible.  They claim it’s a 24-hour-wear product (not that I’d recommend wearing makeup for that long) but I’d say they’re not far off!

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Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Liquid Foundation - $60 (Sephora.com)

I also like the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, and for my beauties on a budget, the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Foundation.





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hermione-ganja asked: Are individual lashes or strip lashes easier to apply?

That’s a tough question to answer, mainly because I think it’s all up to personal preference.  Strip lashes are, in my opinion, a lot faster to put on, because all the lashes are attached to each other.  Since I like a dramatic look when I wear falsies, it makes more sense for me to throw on a full strip rather than to meticulously apply individual bunches of lashes to achieve the look I want.

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Ardell Double Up Lashes #203 - $5

However if you’re going for a more natural look, or if you’re trying to apply lashes to the bottom lash line, individual lashes are much easier.  Individual lashes allow you to completely customize your look, and you won’t have to trim them or worry about the lash band not lining up with your eye line.





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#NYFW Get the Look: Naturally Defined

After obsessively browsing the #nyfw tag on instagram on my lunch breaks for the past week, I’ve decided that this look is my favorite.  It’s oddly plain, yet still very eye-catching.  The matte skin trend has definitely left the building and has been replaced by a complexion that doesn’t just glow, it radiates.  Minimal eye and lip makeup, with the sole focus being the cheek and brow… I can see this being very androgynous, both on the runway and off!

I’ll be replicating this look for fall.  It’s perfect for windy, cool, overcast days!  I’d throw on a bit of shimmery bronzer, a nude lip stain, and some thickening brow gel, and be off!

Photos:  Alexander Wang (top and bottom), Eva Fehren (middle)

(Source: drugstoreprincess.com)