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!
Hello! Pores can be such a pain (and yet they’re oh-so necessary!). I’m not the biggest fan of Benefit Porefessional [check it out], even though it’s one of the most popular pore minimizing primers and has a ton of hype. My favorite primer that not only immediately smooths even large pores, but also makes my makeup stick better and clears blackheads over time, is the Cover Fx Mattifying Primer.
Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment - $16 for .5oz
This is a nice, balmy, silicone-based primer infused with salicylic acid. It is just really nice quality, doesn’t feel heavy on my skin, controls oil and refines my pores, fine lines, and any uneven texture. Makeup glides on really smoothly over top and the salicylic acid helps prevent breakouts and attacks blackheads all day. You can get it at Sephora and online!
At the drugstore, you really can’t beat good old fashioned Monistat Soothing Care Anti-Chafing Gel. It’s a true silicone skincare product that will fill in your pores better than anything else for the price! [Buy online]
I find that using just a pore-refining primer isn’t always enough, especially for a long, active day of wear. Using a powder over top will also help keep the pores away without adding too many layers to the skin. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder is amazing, soft, and effective, and ELF’s High Definition Powder ($6) works pretty well too, and is very inexpensive.
Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder - $30 [Sephora, Ulta, or online]
Hi, thank you so much!
I almost always use angled blush brushes to apply my cheek color - I like them because they are shaped to the perfect angle of a cheek. They aren’t too large and apply product precisely, and are dense enough to blend color evenly!
ELF Angled Blush Brush - $3 (eyeslipsface.com)
BH Cosmetics Small Angled Blush Brush - $7 (bhcosmetics.com)
If you prefer a traditional blush brush, I recommend EcoTools and Real Techniques on top of the two brands I listed above. The bristles on all of their brushes are amazingly soft and the sizes of the brush heads vary so you can find what you need! I personally prefer smaller brushes.
EcoTools Blush Brush - $7 (walgreens.com)
Hope that helps you! :)
Hello! Well the champagne eyeshadow will be easy, there are lots of really pretty and affordable ones.
Covergirl Eye Enhancer in “Champagne” - $4
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow “Iced Latte” - $5 (Stila “Kitten” dupe)
Also check out NYX Single Eyeshadow in “Blondie” and Maybelline Expert Wear Single Eyeshadow in “Champagne Fizz”
As for the cranberry color, it gets a little more tricky to find one, especially at the drugstore level. I love that shade on the eyes.. it’s very fall appropriate and enhances every eye color. There are a couple affordable ones to choose from, and I also recommend trying out blush on the eyes. Some blushes look really gorgeous on the eyes, because many have pretty golden shimmer to them.
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow “Glistening Garnet” - $5
NYX Eyeshadow “Rust” - $5
Also try ELF Baked Eyeshadow “Burnt Plum” and Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in “Berry Shimmer”.
Hope that helps! :)
Hello! My list is changing all the time, so here are my current recommendations:
NYC Liquid Eyeliner - $3
Oldie but goodie. This is the first liquid eyeliner I ever used, and I keep going back again and again. The brush applicator is easy to use and creates the perfect line, while the formula is seamless and dark. It doesn’t smudge badly either on my greasy eyelids. [Buy]
ELF Precision Liquid Eyeliner - $3
This liner is also really wonderful and is totally affordable. It’s very similar to the NYC liner, just with a thinner brush. It doesn’t smear everywhere and is very smooth and opaque, although it does take a bit of time to dry in comparison to some other liners. [Buy]
NYX The Curve Liquid Eyeliner - $15
Yes, the angle of this liner really does make a difference. At first it requires some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll notice how much easier it is to create a fluid line. It’s a more natural way to hold the brush and makes the whole process much quicker. [Buy]
Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Liquid Eyeliner - $9
This has been one of my holy grail beauty products for a long time. This liner has a really amazing applicator… it’s a brush, but is stiffer and more controlled like a felt tip would be. It creates the perfect line every time, thick or thin, and is great for detailing. Plus it contains a lash serum which really helps your lashes to grow! [Buy]
Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner - $18
This is the one TRUE waterproof liquid liner I’ve ever used and enjoyed using at the same time. The applicator is very similar to my Physician’s Formula love, with an inky dark formula that never smudges, budges, flakes or cakes. Worth the money, for sure. [Buy]
Hope this helps you! For more eyeliner discussion, check out the tag - #eyeliner
Hi hon! You’re not alone in your struggle… lots of people naturally have a lot of pigment to their lips, or have different colored top and bottom lips. For this problem I’d recommend priming your lips before applying lip color - you could actually just use a bit of foundation or concealer (blot lips with a tissue to take off any oiliness after), or you could invest in an actual lip primer. These products will cancel out your lip’s natural tone to help colors show up more true.
ELF Studio Lip Primer & Plumper - $3
I also definitely recommend using some more opaque, thicker lipsticks. There are a lot of good lipsticks like this at the drugstore!
Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipsticks - $2
Milani Color Statement Lipsticks - $6
Flower Beauty Lipsticks (Black tube) - $6
Another good trick is to layer lip liner, either nude colored or the same shade as your lipstick, underneath. Just color in your lips with the liner completely - this will help your lipstick stay on a lot longer as well as help it show up totally true to shade.
Good luck, hope this helps you out! :)
Hello! When working with bright colors, the absolute KEY to the look is the base you put underneath. I highly recommend using a white, cream base for your eyeshadow (or a colored base to match the main color of your look whatever that may be). The cream base will give the eyeshadows something significant to stick to, and will help them show up as vibrant as possible. You could use some concealer as a base if you don’t have any cream products on hand, but remember that less is more (if you use too much, you’ll experience creasing).
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk” - $4.50
Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow - $6
Using bases will help brighten even the poorest quality eyeshadows and make them appear more opaque. However I still recommend using an eyeshadow primer underneath the base (yes they’re different, see how on this post) to prevent creasing and extend wear time.
The brushes you use are also important. Understand that when working with bright colors, the blending process can take a lot more effort than with neutral shades, because you don’t want to create a clash of color. Use a nice, dense shader brush (flat eyeshadow brush) to pack color onto the lid, and fluffy blending brushes to help soften the edges and create a gradient. You are going to be doing a lot of adding color, blending out, and adding color again (color takes patience!). One of my favorite ways to cheat at blending is to use a face powder on the outer edges of the color to help soften and create the perfect fade!
ELF Essential Eyeshadow Brush - $1 (Target)
SOHO Crease Brush - $3 (Walmart)
Now I’m not sure if you were actually looking for colorful eyeshadow recommendations? But here are some anyway, haha!
Wet n Wild Color Icon Trios - $3 each
These are soft, buttery colors and come in all different shades! Great for experimentation!
ELF Brightening Eye Color Quads - $1
Don’t let the itty bitty price tag fool you! These tiny quads actually have pretty soft, pigmented eyeshadows… they are much better quality in comparison to some of ELF’s larger palettes, which are very powdery.
Here is a GREAT video by GoldieStarling on YouTube on the technique for blending lots of colors together, I think it might be helpful to you! »>Click«<
I hope this helps you! Good luck, and be bold! <3
Aw, thank you so much hon, I’m glad you liked the tutorial!
As for brushes, I really don’t use any one set brand. I have a TON of brushes, like more than a healthy amount, but I do have certain favorite brushes (although I wouldn’t say a preferred brand).
I have mostly Crown Brush brushes, because I like the quality and variety. I’ve gotten a lot of sets when they have had sales! So they’ve just been adding up. I also have a lot of Sigma, BH Cosmetics, Coastal Scents, and ELF Studio brushes! I would recommend all of these brands. ELF is great for beginners and those on a budget (get the Studio $3 line), and Sigma is my favorite “high end” brand for brushes.
A few of my favorite random brushes I use on a daily basis:
Hi hon! Coquette is a really pale nude with very slight warm pink undertones. It is a gorgeous color, but there are a lot of other lipsticks that come very close.
Lime Crime “Coquette” - $16
ELF Essential Lipstick “Nostalgic” - $1
This is a very creamy lipstick that has good pigment but is not as opaque as Coquette. Still, the color is very similar. Cancel out the pigment of your lips with a bit of foundation before applying and it will look perfect!
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick “Soft Nude” - xx
This line of lipsticks has been *cry* discontinued this year, so you won’t be able to find it in stores, unless they have a clearance section or something. But you can still find it online on various sites… (allcosmeticswholesale.com, amazon & ebay) This is very similary to ELF’s Nostalgic lipstick in that it is creamier and just slightly less opaque than Coquette, but the color is very close!
MAC “Myth” - $14
I personally think that MAC “Myth” lipstick looks similar to Coquette. Both are very pale and opaque, and if you’re going to shell out the money anyway, you might as well get this MAC staple.
Hopefully this helps you! Waiting for colors to come in stock can be agonizing, I feel your pain. Good luck!
Hi hon! Unfortunately I feel the same way about ELF palettes (next time try the single eyeshadows, they’re soooo much better!). You can certainly still find ways to use your palette though!
The easiest way to make the eyeshadows have more opacity is to dampen your eyeshadow brush. You can do it with a bit of water, or setting spray if you have some. Then pack the eyeshadow onto your lid - you should be able to get a lot more color payoff and product onto your eyes.
The second, and probably most effective method, is to use some kind of base underneath these eyeshadows. You can use any creamy product, from a cream eyeshadow or gel liner to just an eye pencil. Using a cream base, depending on the color, can also help you make cool new shades on your eyes.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk” - $4
(The most popular and coveted eyeshadow base!)
Hopefully that will help you out! Don’t give up on it just yet :)