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emilyxweiss asked: What product would you suggest for cracking splitting nails???

If your nails are severely damaged, the best thing you can do for them is to actually not put any type of paint, polish, or varnish on them.  Any of those types of products, even ones that are designed to “strengthen”, are going to be cutting off oxygen flow to the nail, essentially drying them out further. The best thing you can do for your nails is drink lots of water and apply hand cream, cuticle cream, and/or oils to your nails often.  

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Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil - $6

Biotin supplements can also help strengthen your nails (and skin and hair) over time.  Gelatin is also proven to help nails grow more quickly.  Of course, ask your physician before starting any type of vitamin regimen to make sure these products are right for you.

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givunechy asked: Does translucent powder make your skin lighter?

If it’s a good translucent powder, no it won’t!  Translucent powders are supposed to be completely colorless, even though they might look light (or even completely white) in the pan.  Translucent powders aren’t meant to alter your skin tone or add any extra coverage, and are merely setting powders - generally to absorb oil or minimize the appearance of pores.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - $4

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Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder - $36

The reason I say “if it’s a good translucent powder” is because some translucent powders are a bit thick and will look chalky or ashy on dark skin tones.  That is why many brands offer “tinted” versions of setting powders - they’re still sheer, but will have a warmer tone and will counteract ashiness.

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bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil - $20

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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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unspicylatino asked: Advice for covering up stretch marks?

Covering up any type of scar, especially a pitted scar like a stretch mark, is rather difficult.  My best advice is to disguise the area with some self tanning products.  Self tanners will help to even out the skin tone so that the scars won’t stand out as much because they are a different shade.

If you want to go all-out and completely cover stretch marks, get yourself  a really good, silicone-based primer (one designed for filling pores will do the trick) and apply this generously to the afflicted area.  The primer will help smooth the skin and fill in the pitted scars.  Now you can apply makeup or self-tan over your skin and the indentations of the stretch marks won’t be as visible!  :)

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Monistat Soothing Care Anti-Chafing Gel - $6

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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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flamesdevourthesky asked: whats a good drugstore foundation and primer?

That all really depends on your skin type and what kind of products you’re looking for!  I recommend browsing through my tagged pages until you find some posts you can relate to, I have TONS of product recommendations!  :)

Foundations   and   Primers





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nidasyk asked: What would you say are good makeup products for starters?

Hello!  I have a long, in-depth post on what types of products I recommend for beginners, and how to build up your collection as you become more experienced.  You can check it out here!





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March (and February) 2014 Beauty Hits and Misses with DrugstorePrincess

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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!  

SHOP MY FAVORITES:  Drugstore.com        Sephora.com       

Much love, and enjoy!

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vergeofamentalbreak-down asked: Hey can you please recommend a good DRY SKIN drugstore foundation? Thanks! :)

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!

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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

[Buy]

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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

[Buy]

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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.

[Buy]

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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.

[Buy]

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!

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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.

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sweaterbelle asked: How do you get mascara to not smudge though out the day??

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 -

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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!

[Buy]

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.  

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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!

[Buy]

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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Current Sales of Note (My Bank Account is going to hate me)

Drugstore.com is having a 20% off sale on EVERYTHING in their beauty department!  This is an international site too, so if you’re not from the US but want to try our brands, now is the time!

www.Drugstore.com  <— An online drugstore that accepts coupons and has every obscure brand you’ve ever wanted!

LORAC, Crown Brush, Whitening Lightening, hair tools and accessories on Hautelook…. oh dear!

www.Hautelook.com  <— Flash sales on designer clothes, home, beauty, accessories… 50%-75% off!

BH Cosmetics is having a huge brush sale, with most brush styles 60% off!

www.BHCosmetics.com

85 Piece Makeup & Brush Complete set only $3?!?!  

www.EyesLipsFace.com  <— Where the beauty is always inexpensive!

Body Butters from The Body Shop are 2/$27 right now at Ulta!  They also have patterned Chi hair straighteners for $60 off

www.Ulta.com  <—  Best store with drugstore, prestige, and hair brands in one place!

Too Faced has TONS of pretty new things available, but what I’m excited about is that the Joy to the Girls palette is now on sale for $10 off!

www.TooFaced.com

Happy Shopping, Beauties!

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melissaaaboo asked: is it true that foundations with spf makes you look white in pictures? if so. which drugstore foundations do you recommend?

Yes, it’s true!  Not in ALL cases, because it depends on the brand and the formulation of the SPF in the foundation, but if you see your face shining back kind of pale in any flash photography, it’s most likely the SPF in your foundation.

There are a few good foundations at the drugstore without SPF, but honestly most have SOME kind of sun protection in them.  Not all of them flash back, as I mentioned above, and it really takes some trial and error to figure it out.  I recommend watching some of ItsJudyTime’s first impressions videos on YouTube - she does a flash test during her review so you can see if it gives a white cast or not!

Because I’m not going to pick and choose my foundations depending on whether or not I want to have my picture taken, I use a powder over top to minimize flashback.  Translucent setting powders don’t really work for this - only powder foundations without SPF will.  

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NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation - $10

Full coverage, long wear powder that’s oil and talc free!

[Buy]

Hope that helps!

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Review + Swatches: Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Paint

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What it Is: Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Paint

What it Does: A liquid eyeshadow applied with a doe foot applicator with high metallic shine. Claims to be long wearing and waterproof.

What it Costs: $5-$7

Where to Get It: Drugstores, Ulta, or online

Quick Verdict: Thumbs Up!

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Review + Swatches: TheBalm Overshadow Loose Pigments

What it Is: The Balm Overshadow Loose Pigment Eyeshadows

What it Does:  These shimmery, finely milled pigments have multiple uses for high-shine color

What it Costs:  $15

Where to Get It:  Kohl’s, TheBalm.com, online, Hautelook sales

Quick Verdict:  Thumbs Up!

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