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brakhos asked: Hello! I just found your blog and I know you have probably already answer this but which ones are the best drug store setting powders? which ones you recomend? Thank you :))

Hi!  I have quite a few favorite powders, I’ll list my *current* loves below!

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Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - $5

I use this powder in the translucent shade because I don’t like my finishing powder to give me any additional coverage, but it is nice that it comes in several tinted versions!  This has a soft-focus effect that blurs pores without being too flat.

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Essence All About Matt Compact Fixing Powder - $3

This is a great translucent powder that’s small enough to throw in your bag.  The texture of this powder is very matte, so I just like using it for touchups throughout the day, or in the summer when my skin gets more oily.

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ELF HD Loose Powder - $6

This is a cult favorite by now (a dupe for the Make Up For Ever HD Powder) and is a great finishing powder that sets your makeup but doesn’t necessarily absorb all your oils… you still look fresh faced with this powder.





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Contour for YOUR Face Shape!
The hottest trend in makeup application can easily get ugly.  To avoid an overly-bronzed or obviously fake looking contour, get more in-tune with your face!  We all have different face shapes, and it is important to remember your features when you’re contouring.

Contour for YOUR Face Shape!

The hottest trend in makeup application can easily get ugly.  To avoid an overly-bronzed or obviously fake looking contour, get more in-tune with your face!  We all have different face shapes, and it is important to remember your features when you’re contouring.

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ms-mix-remixed asked: I have freckles across my cheeks and nose and I think they're adorable. I want to experiment with some basic contouring for an event, and I was wondering if that meant that I need to use a full coverage foundation ( I use a light to light medium coverage). None of the ladies who put up contouring tutorials seem to have freckles or let them show. Would contouring look weird with freckles? Any drugstore recommendations for a contouring beginner? Thanks a *ton*! You are an absolute doll.

Hey there!  It’s nice to see someone with similar feelings about freckles… I think they are gorgeous!  Some people do like to cover up their freckles, but I find them endearing.  You can absolutely contour using a light to medium coverage foundation and still let those freckles shine through!

I recommend using any foundation that you’re comfortable with to contour. if that foundation is a very light, almost sheer coverage foundation, so be it.  The heavier the foundation is, the more “high fashion” (fancy talk for over-the-top) the look will be.  If you like having lighter coverage, I HIGHLY recommend contouring with powders instead of actual foundations or concealers.  These tend to look more natural and are easier to work with.  If you’re not going to be on camera, there’s no need to do heavy, full-blown contouring… that look was designed for flash photography and television.  The simpler you keep it, the more flattering it will be!

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L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder - $10 (Drugstore.com)

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ELF Studio Baked Highlight “Moonlight Pearl” - $3 (eyeslipsface.com)

As for actual tips, just make sure that you’re properly contouring for YOUR face, not for Kim Kardashian’s.  We all have special features that should be accentuated differently.  Also, start out light and get more dramatic as you go - this way, you’re much less likely to overdo it and have to start all over again!





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Beauty FACT or FICTION? - SPF

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Wearing SPF on a regular basis can save your life.

FACT - Sun exposure is the #1 cause of skin cancer, and wearing sunscreen (or any product with SPF regularly) can cut the chances of you getting skin cancer in half.  There are MANY types of skin cancer, and not all of them are obvious.  Check your body often for any odd looking spots or discoloration on your skin, and notify your doctor ASAP if you find any.  Sun damage is also the #1 cause of premature aging - wearing a moisturizer with SPF can help keep your skin soft and supple for longer!

You only need to wear sunscreen when you’re going to the beach.

FICTION - There’s a reason cosmetics companies are putting SPF in everything nowadays.  UV rays can penetrate your skin EVERY day… in the winter, when it’s cloudy, when you’re walking to your car, while you’re sitting next to a window… so it’s smart to protect your skin no matter what it is you’re doing.  

One ounce of sunblock is the correct amount for your entire body.

FACT - An entire ounce of traditional cream sunscreen is the recommended amount for covering the average person’s body to achieve the amount of Sun Protection indicated by the SPF on the bottle.  That’s a LOT more than you’d think (most foundation bottles contain only 1 ounce of product)… in fact, it’s kind of impossible to glob on a layer that thick.  But, the less sunscreen you use, the less effective and more spotty your sun protection will be. Avoid the headache by simply layering your SPF… smooth a thin layer all over your skin, allow it to dry, and then apply a second layer.  This will help the SPF absorb fully, so you get all the protection without all of the grease!  Bonus Fact:  It takes a full tablespoon to cover just your face properly!

Waterproof sunscreen isn’t actually waterproof.

FACT - Although “waterproof” sunscreens will hold up better on the beach than non-waterproof versions, you will still have to reapply your sunscreen every time you get out of the water.

The SPF you apply in the morning is good enough to last you all day.

FICTION - Read the back of any product that contains SPF, and it will tell you that you must reapply every 2 hours in order to maintain adequate sun protection!  That seems like a lot of reapplying, I know, but if you’re going to be out in the sun, reapplying is very important!  Pick a lightweight sunscreen or makeup product with SPF so that layering isn’t a difficult task throughout the day.

SPF 15 gives maximum sun protection.

FICTION - SPF 15 protects against 93%* of UV rays.  SPF 30 (it seems like it would be double the protection, right?   Nope) protects about 97%* of UV rays, and SPF 50 gives 98%* protection.  With anything above SPF 50, the difference is minimal.

*  - Statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation website

You can layer SPFs to create a higher level of SPF.

FICTION - Putting on an SPF 15 over an SPF 30 isn’t going to give you SPF 45, you will only get the coverage of the highest SPF (in this example, 30.)  However, layering SPF is going to give you a higher concentration of your SPF, protecting you more thoroughly.

SPF causes breakouts.

FICTION - It’s not the sun protection that’s clogging your pores.  If you’re experiencing breakouts after using sunscreen, chances are you’re just using a product that’s not right for your skin type!  Just like with moisturizers, SPF products aren’t “one-size-fits-all”.  If you feel that your sunscreen IS causing you to break out, switch to an oil-free version that’s more lightweight, and/or intended for your face.  These are a thinner texture, are non comedogenic, and allow your skin to breathe!

SPF can make your face look white in pictures.

FACT - Foundations and powders with SPF in them can cause white flashback in flash photography.  The iron oxides in sunscreen (which are what helps to prevent sun damage) have a reflective quality.  For special events, pick a matte foundation without SPF, or use bronzer to counteract the ghostly effect.  You will still be able to use an SPF underneath your makeup without having to worry!

People with dark skin don’t need to wear sunscreen.

FICTION - Dark skin tones are still affected by the sun’s damaging UV rays. Darker skin can still develop skin cancer (in fact, certain types of skin cancer are ONLY found on people of color), and UV rays will age dark skin just as much as light skin.  It’s important to protect yourself!  If you’re worried about white, creamy sunscreens turning your skin ashy looking, pick instead an oil sunscreen - they’re just as effective, but are colorless and absorb quickly into the skin.

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Breaking Beauty News:  There’s going to be an actual eyeshadow palette from a major drugstore company.

In this video EmilyNoel83 (one of my favorite review YouTubers) gives a really in-depth look at the new Maybelline eyeshadow palette, called The Nudes, which is estimated to be released this June/July.

This palette is really the first of any major drugstore beauty brands.  It contains 12 neutral eyeshadow colors with varying finishes.  The price for this palette will be $12!

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Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Foundation

What it Is:  Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

What it Does:  Provides lightweight, full coverage while controlling shine

What it Costs:  $5-$7

Where to Get it:  Drugstores, Ulta, or online

Quick Verdict:  Thumbs Up!

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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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bright-as-blackk 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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spicytwink 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!

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