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!
DrugstorePrincess.com - Beauty Advice for Every Budget
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!
Review + Swatches: Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Paint
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
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Up!
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!
Review + Swatches: Wet n Wild “Poster Child” Eyeshadow Palette
What it Is: Wet n Wild Color Icon 8-Pan Palette “Poster Child”
What it Does: An affordable palette of eyeshadows with bright colors inspired by pop art that’s limited edition!
What it Costs: $5
Where to Get It: Some drugstores and online
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Down
NARS Narsissist Eyeshadow Palette - $79
I think that it is gorgeous and way too expensive.
Let’s face it… we’re in a world FULL of neutral palettes. No matter the price point, brands are coming out with new brown-taupe-greige-rose gold eye palettes more often than I can count. There are a lot of gorgeous ones to choose from - it’s hard to go wrong with neutrals - and NARS definitely is a fantastic brand, for quality and aesthetic purposes. But eighty bucks? Eighty bucks is a lot of money. Yes, there are fifteen eyeshadows, but there are sixteen in my LORAC Pro Palette (my biggest recommendation for eye palette ever).
I was able to swatch this palette in-store, but after watching tons of YouTube reviews of it, I began to realize that the quality varies from palette to palette. There were just as many people raving about the buttery quality of the shadows as there were complaining about the powdery, cheap consistency. Creamy and powdery are very different in the world of eyeshadow, and unless you’re a complete dolt, you’ll be able to tell the difference when you’re swatching them. So this uncontrollable factor was the real icing on the cake that read “Hilary, you could get a lot of frozen yogurt for $80”.
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 + Demo: GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment Mud Mask
What it is: A miracle mask made from clay, charcoal, eucalyptus, and other natural, pore-unclogging ingredients
What it Does: Detoxifies pores, kills bacteria, clarifies that skin and helps control oil.
How to Use It: Apply a thin layer all over the face, or apply to spots as a treatment. Let the mud dry completely and then rinse off with warm water.
What it Costs: $69 for 1.2oz
Where to Get It: Sephora
Quick Verdict: Thumbs wayyyyy up!
One of the highest-ranked skincare products on Sephora.com, GlamGlow Mud Masks have quickly ascended to the throne… king of all facial masks. Why? Well for me, this is the first mask that after using I really thought, “Wow, that DID something!” After my first sample from Sephora I was hooked. My skin has been acne-prone all my life, mostly due to hormones, and I’ve tried everything under the sun to keep it at bay, or at least to soothe and detox my skin in the meantime! This little white jar is IT. This is the BEES KNEES.
Review + Demo: bareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara
BareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara
What it is: A volumizing mascara with “10 lash benefits” and an innovative brush
What it Costs: $18-$20
Where to Get It: Sephora, Ulta, BareMinerals boutiques or online
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Up, but not for the reasons it gives!
A lot of people don’t realize that bareMinerals brand carries a lot more makeup than just mineral powder, and most of it is actually quite good, whether your face agrees with the foundations or not! Lash Domination is the brand’s newest mascara, and as soon as I saw the tester in my Sephora store I knew I just HAD to try it. The brush on this mascara is so cool, and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and the brand claims it provides “a 345% increase in volume”… what? Is that even possible? After testing this mascara, methinks not…
Review + Swatches - Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Gloss “Vision in Violet”
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color
What it is: An opaque, brightly colored lip product with the texture and shine of a gloss.
What it Costs: $6-$9
Where to Get it: Any drugstore, supermarket, or beauty store where Maybelline is sold; Ulta stores, online
Quick Verdict: The line overall gets a Thumbs Up, but this shade only gets an “Ehh”.
Review: Spa Sonic Skin Care System
What it Does: Motorized cleansing device deep cleans skin on face and body beyond the ability of traditional methods
What it Costs: $70
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!
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
Review + Swatches: NYX Love in Rio Eyeshadow Trio “Caipirinhas on the Beach”
What it is: NYX Cosmetics blue eyeshadow trio
What it Costs: $6
Similar to: Nars Cap Ferrat Trio, $45 (disc.)
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Up
This colorful little trio caught my eye during a recent trip to Ulta - the shades scream summer, and I’m not quite over the warm weather and sunny days! This is an eyeshadow trio full of bright blue shades that are buttery and soft.
Review: Wantable Makeup Box for September 2013
Today you can hardly go online without hearing about another new beauty subscription service… and today I’m just adding to the pot. I’ve known of Wantable for a while now but I’ve been seeing a lot of reviews of it recently, mostly on YouTube. There seems to be a lot of misinformation and confusion about this service which I think is silly, so I wanted to clear that up for all of you and give you my honest opinion of Wantable!
Beauty Hits and Misses - August ‘13
Here we are in September! I know, I can’t believe it either. What a great summer it’s been… I’ve gotten engaged, started planning my wedding, gotten to see a lot of long lost friends, and *recently* gotten an exciting new job (yes, in the beauty industry!) Back-to-School is well underway, and hopefully you all managed to get all of your necessary supplies…. beauty supplies, that is! (If you haven’t yet, check out my Back-to-School Beauty series).
I also managed to achieve a personal goal throughout the month of August, which was to not spend ANY money on new products! Yes, believe it or not, I did it (even though I never spend more than $50 a month on cosmetics) and this challenge allowed me to use up a lot of products that have been sitting around here in DSP Central for god knows how long! So here are the ones that I found exceeded my expectations, and also the ones that were just a drag. Enjoy!