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!
Review: Maybelline The Falsies “Big Eyes” Mascara
What it Is: A two-sided dramatic mascara for the upper and lower lashes
What it Costs: $5-8
Similar To: Le 2 de Geurlain Two Brush Mascara
Quick Verdict: MEH
Oh gee, another mascara from Maybelline, imagine that! This is not only a new addition to the ever expanding Volum Express collection, but also the super-popular Falsies line. But this IS actually unique… because it is actually two mascaras in one! There is one large brush designed to be used on your upper lashes, and a thin brush for your lower lashes. Together they are supposed to be the perfect mix to create big, bold, beautiful eyelashes.
Victoria’s Secret Pro FX Smooth Lip Scrub and Balm
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Want smoother lips? Try Victoria’s Secret’s Pro Smooth FX Scrub and Balm. It’s $14.99, so not too pricey, and it works WONDERS. I suffer from extremely dry, chapped, flaky lips, so I’m always slathering on chap stick but it never seems to cure my dry lips. I’ve also tried using my tooth brush to exfoliate my lips, but that doesn’t seem to work either. After I had heard about this Lip Scrub and Balm from VS, I just knew I had to try it — and I love it! It really does make my lips feel so extremely smooth and soft and FREE of dead skin! And the packaging is GENIUS!
All you do is screw off the top, grab a little bit of the scrub and massage it into your lips for about 30 seconds to a minute. Make sure you rub in the areas where they are most chapped to remove the dead skin. After about 30 seconds, take a clean towel and wipe off the scrub. Then, just apply the balm and voila! Smooth, sexy lips :)
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can you give me advice on wut eye look i should do?
thanks a bunch!
Very cute outfit! My suggestion is either going light on your eye makeup, like winged black eyeliner and shimmery nude/gold eyeshadow, and going for a bright red lip (paint your nails red too.. SUPER cute!), or going for a heavier brown smokey eye with nude lips. That would match the neutral look of your outfit, but still make you look smashingly cute :) If you want a smokey eye step-by-step tutorial, check out my Makeup Breakdown page, I’ve got tips on there! I hope you like my suggestions, and have a great time!
How I lost my foundation virginity
REVIEW: CoverGirl Naturaluxe Liquid Silk Foundation, 1 oz. ($11.99)
The initial disclaimer: I am a Taylor Swift fan. Who happens to also front the ads for theCoverGirl Naturaluxe Liquid Silk Foundation. Whose face adorned a cardboard cutout in a Wal-Mart aisle when this first debuted back in December 2010. I tried a test sample and found an instant match. Having no knowledge back then of my skin tone, skin type, etc., and being in a drugstore, it was truly fate: literally, my FIRST foundation purchase. After a few months of daily use, it has performed beautifully. I am now a true convert to sheer foundation, and can have my shopping sights set on more luxury foundation products (yes, hello Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation) with confidence.
[+]: Blends brilliantly and flawlessly. With a scent that claims to be “a hint of jojoba extract and cucumber water.” I get a sheer coverage of the tiny brown spots on my face and other small blemishes, while evening out my face.
[-]: I admit I got lucky in finding a match for my skin, which immediately sold me.
So thanks, Taylor Swift.
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Two of the best lipglosses I’ve ever owned: Hard Candy’s Glossaholic, in Rise & Shine and Lush.
For those who don’t know, Hard Candy used to be a high end makeup brand which was only sold in department & makeup stores, especially Sephora. It had casually disappeared out of existence, only to come back with an all new line….sold only at Walmart.
The line has proved, semi controversial, because of it’s decrease in rank and because the pacakaging’s of their products are very similar to high end makeup products. This one’s been compared alot to MAC’s Wonder Lipglass.
Honestly. even though I bought this for $5 at Walmart…it’s one of the best lip glosses I’ve had. The product goes on very easy, i LOVE the big applicator, and it’s not sticky at all. It’s actually the perfect consistency and I don’t have to layer it over & over. It’s more glittery than pigmented however, but it has a great vanilla-y taste. The clear one is infused with a mood altering elixir, to supposedly energize. I guess it worked for me, but you can never been too sure.
But anyways. I LOVE this product.
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My Makeup Today was FIERCE <3
I wish pictures could do my eye makeup justice <3
- Everyday Smokey Eye - Maybelline ExpertWear in Natural Smokes
- Liquid Liner on upper lashline - Physicians Formula Eye Boosting 2-in-1 Lash Serum & Liquid Liner in Black Night
- Pencil liner on upper & lower waterlines - CoverGirl ColorBlend Eyeliner in Blackest Black
- Mascara on upper and lower lashes - L’Oreal Extend-a-Lash in Black
- Contour - Hard Candy Baked Eyeshadow in Tropical
- Blusher - Maybelline FITme! in Medium Coral
- Foundation - CoverGirl NatureLuxe Liquid Foundation in Nude
- Lips - Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Soft Nude (FAVORITE)
HIP Jelly Balms by L’Oreal = Love
They have been around for a while but they are exquisite. The color is highly pigmented and these are absolutely non-sticky. The Jellies are pure balmy delight. I believe that they are better than the mac balms since the texture is remarkably smooth. I enjoy the mac balms but they are sometimes sticky. The two colors I’ve tried have been Succulent (rose color) and Delectable (the apple-ish red). The next one I’ll purchase is Ripe— It looks a bit lighter than blood orange and I’m excited to try it! You’ll love them (I do!).
Down side (if any): They lack SPF— though I wonder if adding SPF would change the incredible texture
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AVON SUPERSHOCK MASCARA REVIEW
I absolutely LOVE this mascara and recommend it to everyone! its about AU$15 dollars if not cheaper. it makes my lashes fuller and longer and even curls them. deff a 10/10
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Thank you so much :) I’ve alwaysss wanted a Naked palette, but I’ve always been too cheap to get one! It’s definitely supposed to be the best high-end neutral palette out there. As for me, I really like all the colors and the textures of the Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow Quads - they don’t come with as many shades as the Naked palette, but for the price you can get about six different quads! The color is really pigmented and transfers perfectly onto your eye, and it lasts all day. They come in matte and metallic shades, so you can customize your look however you please - they’re my absolute favorite. CoverGirl also has some really pretty shimmery eyeshadow quads with great neutral colors :) I hope that helps! I’m not such an expert on the high-end side because I’m too broke to bother, but in my experience you really can get great drugstore makeup that’s high quality as well! Thanks for asking and being so sweet :)
I’ve got mixed feelings about Hard Candy… I’ve found that their face products (bronzer, primers, blushes, etc) all work really well, but only some of their eye products are as high quality (I’m not a fan of the baked eyeshadows… they don’t transfer from the shadow to the brush/finger to the eye well.) The packaging is really cute (as you already know!) and they’re supposed to be high end for Walmart. If you’re interested in a specific product, I would look up specific reviews on it, because Hard Candy has it’s ups and downs… but overall, I would suggest it. It’s fun to play with, and they have so many unique products! I’d give the brand an 8/10 :)
--ive got brown hair, freckles, blue eyes, biege dry skin i guess, and i like to try ANYTHING! :) thank you!
hmmm… well i can think of a few things :)
For your dry skin, try Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Foundation (I recommend this to almost everybody). Try finding a great coral blush, that looks great on beige skintones - since you have dry skin use a cream blush, like Hard Candy Hide and Glow Cheek duo sided cheek tint or Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush!
Definitely start using hot pink lipstick!! I love the way that looks on brunettes. Try Revlon Matte lipstick in Soft Pink, or any other shade that catches your eye. Matte lipstick is so much cooler than regular lipstick, in my opinion. You could try lipstains as well… I find that Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain shows up better than CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain, but doesn’t last nearly as long.
For your eyes… find a really bright eyeliner to sweep on your upper lash line! Think yellow, turquoise, or even pink! One thick, winged line paired with mascara and a little bit of nude eyeshadow is super hot and trendy, especially for spring and summer. Try L’Oreal HIP eyeliners, pencil or gel. They’re definitely the best :)
Hope you like my suggestions!! Have fun experimenting.
Hard Candy Undercover Agent and Walk the Line Review
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just started this blog but here’s one of my reviews!
under-eye brightener and concealer duo
Pros: light formula, helps de-puff eyes in the morning
Cons: stings like hell if you get it in your eye!
Pros: very good coverage, great lasting power
Cons: slightly thick when applying, you don’t get that much product compared to how much of the brightener you get
Overall: I’d buy this again in a heartbeat, a great under-eye concealer.
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Walk the Line
Pros: precise and fine line, smooth to apply, lasting power, actual brush.
Cons: slight glossy finish, instantly sets on your eye so if you mess up it’s a pain.
Overall: A solid liquid eyeliner, I prefer it to my Revlon Colorstay. I’d purchase again.
I’m loving this affordable brand, high quality especially for Walmart.
do you think it's practical to wear lipstick on an everyday basis? If I already wear lots of eyeliner and mascara? I want to try it,but I'm nervous people in school will think Im too fancy.
Thank you so much!! :D I’m glad you like my blog.
I think lipstick is terrific to wear every day, depending on where you’ll be going. If you’re in middle school/high school, it might be a bit much, unless you pair it with less eye makeup. If you go to college, people don’t care as much about the way you look. Lipstick is fun, it makes you happy when you wear it, it’s flattering, and there is no reason not to slick some on your lips whenever you damn well please :D
BRIGHT Eyeshadow Look for Even the Not-So-Daring!
Bright eyeshadow is something that I have always tried to pull off, but have never really been able to. That was until I figured out a way to make it look a lot more natural, casual, and pretty!! Here is a simple eye how-to that will leave you (and your crush) breathless!
All you’re going to need is some good eyeshadow, BRIGHT colors of course! And some natural fiber eyeshadow brushes for application. You’ll also need some liquid eyeliner and mascara to finish off the look! I’m using Wet-n-Wild Color Icon tri-colored palettes in Spoiled Brat and Sugar Pink, with Physicians Formula Eye Boosting 2-in-1 Liquid Eyeliner and Maybelline The Falsies mascara.
To get started: take a light highlight color (I’m using the white from Sugar Pink) and sweep it all over your eyelid, including your browbone and inner corner. This is going to be a pretty highlight, and will help keep it natural. Over this, use your main bright color (mine is the hot pink from Spoiled Brat) and pat it firmly onto your eyelid, going slightly into the crease of your eye but not over. Patting eyeshadow instead of sweeping will help you apply more pigment, making the true color stand out.
Next, take a shimmery silver shadow (mine is from Spoiled Brat) and pat this onto the inner part of your lid, blending into the lashline and the crease. You’ll be covering up about half of the pink, but some will still show through. If you are using a lighter main color, like yellow, use a shimmery nude shadow with yellow undertones instead of silvery grey.
Now it’s time to contour your eye - get a dark brown eyeshadow (I’m using one from Sugar Pink) and sweep it gently in the crease of your eyelid with a small, flat eyeshadow brush. Make a ‘c’ motion and curve it around the outside corner of your eye, blending into the lash line. This is going to give the bright color more definition, but add maturity to the look.
The final step is to line your upper lashes with black or dark brown liquid liner, all the way from your inside corner out, making a slight wing at the outside corner. Add mascara to your upper and lower lashes to make them stand out.
You’re done! Pair this look with a little bronzer or blush and a neutral lip, and you’re ready to go… don’t put bright colors on your lips and your eyes though, or you’ll look like a clown. I love this look, and I’m really surprised that such an intense color can look so flattering, even on my skin.
I hope you all enjoy this tutorial as much as I have, and put it to good use!! Bright eyeshadow is something that anyone can pull off, if they do it right. Please let me know what you think of this tutorial, ask DrugstorePrincess a beauty question of your own or suggest looks that you want to see in the future!! :D