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, no flash

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Swatches with flash

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unicornrants:
Attention beauty lovers!!! I have found the closest thing to an exact dupe of Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder (in Mood Light) and it’s only 4 freaking dollars!! It’s STUNNING! You have to have this. I’m serious. It’s from the brand new Bloom Me Up! Essence collection that launched on April 7th. It’s available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and Ulta in the US! Go! Go! Go!

Thanks for tagging me in this dupe!!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light ($45) versus Essence Bloom Me Up! Shimmer Powder in Rose It Up! ($4)
If you find dupes of any kind, tag me on any form of social media #drugstoreprincess or submit them to my blog!  <3

unicornrants:

Attention beauty lovers!!! I have found the closest thing to an exact dupe of Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder (in Mood Light) and it’s only 4 freaking dollars!! It’s STUNNING! You have to have this. I’m serious. It’s from the brand new Bloom Me Up! Essence collection that launched on April 7th. It’s available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and Ulta in the US! Go! Go! Go!

Thanks for tagging me in this dupe!!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light ($45) versus Essence Bloom Me Up! Shimmer Powder in Rose It Up! ($4)

If you find dupes of any kind, tag me on any form of social media #drugstoreprincess or submit them to my blog!  <3

chloelovesmakeup asked:

Do you have any dupes for the benefit sun beam or high beam?

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Benefit High Beam & Sun Beam Highlighters - $26 each

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ELF Shimmering Facial Whip “Lilac Petal” - $1

High Beam dupe [Buy]

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NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminators - $8 each

"Sunbeam" is a High Beam dupe; "Gleam" is a Sun Beam dupe [Buy]

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Hard Candy Glow All The Way Luminizers - $8 each

"Glamazon Bronze" is a Sun Beam dupe; "Doll Face" is a High Beam dupe [Buy]

These are just some of the many dupes for these two cult favorite highlighters!  You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a lot of glow!  :)

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elysenicol123 asked:

Do you know a dupe for philosophy hope in a jar

Actually yes, I do!

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Philosophy Hope in a Jar Moisturizer - $42 for 2oz

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion - $12 for 2.5oz

I was testing this the other day and it reminded me of something that I’d used before on my skin.  It actually wasn’t until I read this question that I realized - d’oh!  This is just like Hope in a Jar!  Hope is a very popular moisturizer with a cult-like following behind it.  It’s really a very basic moisturizer, and its only special ingredient is Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which helps speed up cell turnover and keeps pores clear.  It’s meant to be an anti-aging moisturizer for all ages.

The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion has AHA as well as vitamin B5 and E for added moisture.  This moisturizer also has SPF 15.  I prefer the pump packaging of the Neutrogena lotion to Hope in a Jar’s jar, and I obviously prefer the tiny price point as well.

Hope that helps!

Find the dupe here!

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400thekat asked:

Do you know any good drugstore black lipsticks?

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!

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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!

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clrvoyant asked:

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:

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Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencils - $19 - Found Here

These are super creamy, and set really well after applying a couple layers.

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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:

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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!

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thinknoevil asked:

Hi! Do you have any dupes for Urban Decay Naked Basics palette?

Hi hon!  I sure do!  Because this palette is so basic (as the name implies), it’s actually pretty easy to find TONS of dupes for the colors inside.  I don’t have any singlular palette that has each shade exactly, but I have some singles and very similar palettes that will get you the same looks for WAY less!

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Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette - $27

(All are matte shades except for the first color, Venus, which is a pearly white.)

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I’m going to warn you now, almost everything I’m going to recommend is from NYX.  I always recommend NYX because they have SO MANY OPTIONS, they are inexpensive and still are great quality.  NYX has become a lot easier to find as of late - you can get the brand at Ulta, Target, and now CVS as well! (Select locations)  And of course you can get it online.

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NYX Love in Paris “Parisian Chic” Palette - $10

This is a gorgeous neutral palette full of buttery shadows.  There is a mixture of shimmer and matte shades, with all the same tones as Naked Basics with the exception of a black!  I’ve found that all of the good dupes are without a black, so I found a cheap addition:

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Single Shadow “Panther” - $2

You’d have to tack this onto my next dupe as well, but I find that for almost everyone (except those of us who love drama) won’t use the black nearly as much as the lighter shades in the Basics palette, so it isn’t as crucial to have.

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NYX “The Natural” Eyeshadow Palette - $7

This inexpensive palette is perfect for creating any neutral eye look and contains nearly every shade from the Naked Basics.

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Milani Eyeshadow “Pearl” - $4

Dupe for Urban Decay “Venus”

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Wet n Wild Color Icon “Brulee” - $2

Dupe for Urban Decay “Walk of Shame”

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NYX “Dark Brown” - $4.50

Dupe for Urban Decay “Naked2”

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NYX “Nude” - $4.50

Dupe of Urban Decay “Foxy”

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Rimmel Glam Eyes “Dusk” - $3

Dupe of Urban Decay “Faint”

You could also just get any 88 Neutral Palette (from BH Cosmetics, Coastal Scents, etc.) and you will find a dupe for every shadow from Naked Basics, and lots of other “Naked” shades as well!  These palettes are nice quality and tend to be around the $10-$20 range… any way you look at it you’ll be getting a really great deal.

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BH Cosmetics 88 Neutral Palette - $15.95

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mylittlehorrors asked:

Do you know of any dupes for Kat Von D's Light 42? They're discontinuing it, and pale people like me everywhere are mourning :[

Hi there!  Kat Von D is one of my favorite foundations, I hate that they’re discontinuing some of the shades (that never seems like a smart business move in my opinion).  

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Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation - $36

What I did was I took your shade number into Sephora’s Color IQ (on Sephora.com - if you haven’t had a Color IQ done in store, do it!  It’s fun!) and your Color IQ number came back as 1Y01… the rest of your color matches include Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet in #15, which is the closest thing that I could call a “dupe” for KVD.  However they’re still offering your shade in the Tattoo Foundation, so I recommend stocking up online if you can’t find any in-store!

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Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet - $36

I also recommend checking out Temptalia’s foundation matrix! (Temptalia.com)  There you can actually look at swatches of different foundations that are close to your color as well!

Hope that helps you and other beauties who have a hard time finding color matches between brands!  :)

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Review: Spa Sonic Skin Care System

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What it Does: Motorized cleansing device deep cleans skin on face and body beyond the ability of traditional methods

What it Costs: $70

Where to Get it: Select Target, Costco, and Walmart stores, Drugstore.com, myspasonic.com

Similar To: Clarisonic Skincare Systems, $125-$200

Quick Verdict:  Thumbs Up!

As many of you have heard me discuss before, I have always had terrible skin.  It has an uneven texture, is severely oily and yet has dry patches at the same time, and I have had acne since I was eleven years old. I’ve tried almost everything out there - cleansers, lotions, pills, diets, treatments - and not much has significantly made a difference in my skin.  After years of aggravation, I now know that most of my issues are caused by hormonal imbalances, and spend most of my skincare focus on prevention and overall health in the hopes that I’ll at least have great skin when I’m old!

I have spoken about the coveted Clarisonic before, and I can’t really say anything substantial about it.  Yes, it deep cleans the skin nicely, gently exfoliates without irritating, and is fun to use, but the cost is a huge negative.  After being exposed to this system, I have to say that I can truly enjoy the benefits of a cleansing device without feeling guilty about the hefty price tag.  Yes, it still costs more than a washcloth, but compared to it’s expensive cousin, this product is a bargain!

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fa11ingsl0wly asked:

A dupe for the MAC lipstick in syrup?

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MAC “Syrup” (Lustre) - $14

A couple similar lipsticks at a fraction of the cost are:

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Revlon Superlustrous “Sassy Mauve” - $6

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Maybelline ColorSensational “Make Me Pink” - $6

Both of these dupes have similar color and texture.  Maybelline’s is a little thicker.

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wasteyourlifeaway asked:

Do you know any good dupes for the too faced primed and poreless? I don't mean the powder one.

Sure thing!  I have one damn-near-exact dupe, actually, and a couple others that will still give you that airbrushed look.

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Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer - $30

This foundation primer does a lot of things all at once… it not only blurs the look of pores & fine lines by kind of “filling them in” to help makeup glide flawlessly over top, but it contains special ingredients, like Retinol, that help promote healthy skin.  It’s designed to be worn alone or under makeup.  There is also a “Pure” version, which is oil-free and has a gel texture, in addition to the powder version.

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L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur - $25

I know that this probably doesn’t sound like much of a dupe when it’s still a whopping $25, but this stuff works.  AND, because it’s a drugstore product, you will ALWAYS be able to get it on some type of sale (there are also slightly smaller bottles that cost only $20).  This also has anti-aging ingredients, but has SPF as well (which could be a good or bad thing depending on the occasion).  This is a bit thicker in consistency compared to Too Faced (think Benefit PoreFessional) but does an amazing job at filling in wrinkles, creases, and pores (better than the TF in my opinion!)  It also has a slight tint that blends away as you apply it, like the Too Faced one does.

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NYX Pore Filler - $13

This is another good flawless-finish primer.  It is very thick, to the point where it’s kind of stiff when you first squeeze it out of the tube, but it melts onto the skin easily once you warm it up by rubbing it between your fingers.  I find that you need to rub this in a little bit more to get the totally poreless look, but it does a good job, and is less than half the cost of Too Faced or Benefit!

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Monistat Soothing Care Anti-Chafe Gel - $5

Although the texture of this is much different from Too Faced Primed & Poreless (this is a gel, so it’s much more similar to the TFPP Pure), this product fills in pores and won’t break the bank.  No, it’s not a makeup product, but it works really well and gives you a truly flawless makeup look!

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