BareMinerals BareSkin Serum Foundation Review + Demo
What it is: A lightweight liquid mineral-based foundation with brightening skincare ingredients.
What it Does: Creates a no-makeup look and feel on the skin while correcting tone.
What it Costs: $28
Where to Get it: BareMinerals stores, Sephora stores, Ulta stores, and online
Quick Verdict: Love it/Hate it
BareMinerals, which has for years boasted the benefits of their coveted mineral powder versus icky liquid foundations, has suddenly switched teams and created this groundbreaking product! The Bare Skin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is, indeed, a liquid - so no, not entirely mineral (it’s impossible to be 100% mineral and still liquid!) but this foundation keeps on with the BareEscentuals way of being lightweight, not-too-makeupy, and “good” for the skin.
Glossybox August Review
This month I was very impressed by each product I received. You know how normally there’s that one product that you’re just kind of -eh- about? Not for me!
Also, for today (September 16th) only, GlossyBox is having a promotion where anyone who signs up with the code GIVEMEMUD will receive a free GlamGlow YouthMud Mask in their first box, in addition to the regular products for that month! Glossybox.com
1. Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner - 2 fluid oz each
This is my new shampoo. My over processed bleach blonde hair has been through the ringer, and needs some serious hydration and TLC. This duo makes my normally straw-like strands feel soft and healthy! The Uberliss shampoo and conditioner are sulfate-free and contain blueberry, sugarcane, green tea and keratin. The full-sized 12oz bottles cost $26
2. SpaRitual Nail Polish - .5 fluid oz (full size)
I have a few SpaRitual polishes in my sickeningly-huge collection, and I’ve always been impressed by them. They are decently opaque (2 coats is perfect), they dry quickly, they keep their glossy finish longer than most polishes, and they don’t chip too quickly! The color I got is called “Uncharted”, which is a fuchsia with a slight sheen (it looks more red in the photo above). This isn’t a color I’d normally pick out, but I love the way it looks on my nails and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments! It’s a very sophisticated pink. This product costs $12
3. Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter - .15 oz (full size)
One word - gorgeous. Kryolan is notorious for their professional-grade products, and this cream highlight lives up to that standard. This cream feels lightweight and thin on the skin, so it’s not sticky and won’t move around the rest of your makeup when you apply it. The color I received is called “Cashmere”, and it is a gorgeous pale champagne-pink. This is intended to be used anywhere… cheeks, eyes, lips… and the sheen it gives looks really natural. No large chunks of glitter to make you look like a little kid playing in mommy’s makeup! This highlighter costs $18.95, and is available on the Glossybox website for purchase.
4. Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream - .34 oz
I’m a skincare junkie, always looking for the latest and greatest. This is a fabulous, rich, anti-aging moisturizer that contains great natural ingredients like ginseng extract and avocado. This instantly plumps and hydrates my skin without feeling too heavy. I also like that this is paraben free! The full size of this is normally 1.7 oz and costs $85
5. Eyeko Skinny Mini Black Liquid Eyeliner - .04 oz
I’ve saved the best for last! You’re welcome. Eyeko is a very popular prestige makeup brand from London, known for their excellent liners and mascaras. This pen is fantastic - it’s a large felt tip with a tapered end that allows you to get a really thin line, a really thick line, and everything in between. It’s very pigmented and stays in place with no smudging, smearing, or flaking. I do believe that you can purchase this mini size in some places, but the full sized pen costs $16
In this box they also included a sneak peek for the next few months, and they showed some products from Benefit, Nails Inc., and Juice Beauty, all brands I love! So excited to see what’s to come.
If you’ve been looking for a great subscription box that doesn’t send you the same products and brands every month, but keeps it new and interesting, Glossybox is a great option! The brands are much more luxury than you normally see, and the variety of products is great. Boxes cost $21/month, but that price goes down if you lock in for a certain amount of time. They also always have codes to get free bonus items or discounts! You can sign up on their website - glossybox.com
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Review + Swatches: Wet n Wild “Smoke and Melrose” Eyeshadow Palette
What it Is: A Limited Edition 5-Pan palette of Wet n Wild’s Color Icon eyeshadows for Fall 2014
What it Does: This palette contains five gorgeous, highly pigmented, buttery smooth eyeshadows all in rose-tinted shades.
What it Costs: Only $4-$5
Where to Get it: Drugstores, like Walgreens, or online retailers
Similar To: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette ($54)
Quick Verdict: Thumbs wayyyy UP!
Wet n Wild did it again this season. The incredibly affordable drugstore brand is notorious for coming out with limited edition products that are (usually) amazing quality. Sometimes they come out with intense, neon colors, and often their eyeshadow palettes/trios contain colors that really don’t make much sense together, but the Fall 2014 collection is just gorgeous! Specifically the Smoke and Melrose palette.
There are three other palettes in this collection, and I honestly thought that they were all gorgeous (but we must RESTRAIN OURSELVES). Wet n Wild also released some new lipstick shades (for a later post!) and nail polishes.
Wet n Wild Smoke and Melrose contains five eyeshadow colors that just scream Fall. There is a great mixture of both matte and shimmery shades, which makes this palette very sophisticated and totally useable for anyone. All of the shades are slightly “rose-toned”, similar to the shades in the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette… however I’d venture so far as to say that these eyeshadows perform a bit better than those in the Naked3! I was disappointed by the HUGE amount of fallout in that installment of the Naked palette range, and this inexpensive little guy contains similar shades that go on like butter. Smooth, pigmented, and with little to no fallout, especially with a primer.
The only thing I have to say against this particular palette (and most Wet n Wild eyeshadows in general) is that I would NOT use these shades where they say to use them. There is no way I’m putting a dark plum/taupe shade on my brow bone. Nope.
Swatches, no flash
Swatches with flash
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BareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation - $29
I have tried it and I have really mixed opinions about this foundation. I’ll be doing a full review of it soon. For now, I’ll tell you that it is definitely not for someone who has oily skin, who has dry, flaky patches on their skin, for people with wrinkles or creases on their face, or for anyone who wants a long wearing, transfer-proof foundation.
The BareSkin foundation is packed full of oils - good oils that have tons of skincare benefits - but that, in turn, makes this foundation sit on top of the skin without really setting, even with powder. It has a very blowy finish, which some people will love, but others will shy away from. Because you don’t need much of this product (just a few drops at a time), it’s a great foundation for people who want a barely-there look, and on some people it looks truly phenomenal! But on others (cough cough, myself) it simply doesn’t work the way it’s intended.
Stay tuned for a review - I’ll actually take some before and after shots so you can get an idea of the coverage, finish, and maybe some close-ups on problem spots. :)
August 2014 Beauty Hits & Misses
My “blog-cation” is over now, which means it’s officially time to get back to work! I’ve missed you all more than you could ever know, and it’s amazing to get back online after so long and to see such positivity and kinds. Thank you for that!
Now, what better way to get back into the swing of things than with some Monthly Hits & Misses?! Here are the products that really stood out to me in the month of August.
Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Coral
There aren’t many shimmer products from the drugstore that make me truly excited, but this blush I just haven’t been able to put down! It’s very rare for me to use a blush that isn’t a complete matte finish, because normally I prefer to use a separate highlighting product. However, this blush is the perfect balance of blend able color and smooth, airbrushed sheen. There aren’t any huge chunks of glitter in this product, and the shade is the perfect amount of brightness. The mosaic pattern is beautiful to look at, and is a pretty blend of creams, peaches, pinks and oranges, that when swept all together is a gorgeous shade of coral that is flattering on pretty much any skin tone.
$9.99 - Ulta.com
Ole Henricksen “3 Little Wonders” Kit
If you’ve never heard of Ole Henricksen (pronounced Oooh-La”), then you need to head on over to Sephora ASAP to check out all of his products. Ole Henricksen skincare is fun to use and look at, and contain natural remedies in place of more clinical, lab-made ones. The 3 Little Wonders set contains the Truth Serum, which is a collagen-boosting, hydrating, Vitamin-C packed serum (my fave), the Sheer Transformation Moisturizer, which is a rich, oil free moisturizer that evens out discoloration, and the Invigorating Night Gel, which is a lightweight gel that exfoliates with 10% AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid). Together, these three products make up the bulk of your skincare routine… and I have been OBSESSED! I had been in love with the Truth Serum for a long time, but only recently did I start the whole kit. My skin has been looking a lot more even toned and much brighter (I have lots of acne scarring, redness, and rough texture to my skin… plus current breakouts and tons of oil). This skincare regimen seems to have really balanced out my skin and I look forward to using these products morning and night!’
$48 - Sephora.com
BH Cosmetics Eyeliner Pencil in Onyx
Makeup addicts everywhere - you know those products you’ve been hoarding in a drawer somewhere, but have never really given a chance? This eyeliner is proof that you sometimes need to wipe the dust off of some products and give them a shot!! I’ve had a few of these BH Cosmetics eye pencils floating around my makeup collection for months and months, but I probably only ever swatched them once and then let them collect dust in a drawer. Recently I ran out of the black pencils I was using and randomly pulled out Onyx…. and I’m so impressed! I will disclaim the fact that I only use pencil liner on my waterline and tight line, not on my actual lid, so I don’t know how they perform on that area of the eye. This liner is creamy and ultra pigmented, glides on smooth every time and doesn’t run down my face or fade away until I decide to take it off! For such a low price, I wasn’t expecting such great results. There are tons of colors and they all have great payoff and performance.
$3.50 (ON SALE) - BHCosmetics.com
Mario Badescu Drying Cream
Here’s another product that I’ve had for far too long without giving it a real chance. I purchased this off Hautelook a long time ago, smelled it, and stuck it in a drawer without ever really using it. Recently I’ve had some stubborn break outs due to stress and illness, so I thought that maybe a different kind of treatment than what I’d normally do would help. This did! This is a thick paste that smells VERY strongly of sulfur (which is what originally put me off… fortunately the scent fades after application). This also is kind of tinted, in a way. It’s so thick that it actually helps to conceal redness from blemishes, yet still somehow blends into my skin. However, if you have a deep skin tone, this will probably show up a bit too much on your skin. I was really surprised that this was intended to be used under makeup, but it works really well for that, and creates a nice barrier between my blemish and my makeup. In a day, this cream shrinks my pimples and significantly reduces the redness I have from bumps. Since Mario Badescu is a brand all about natural remedies, I definitely suggest giving some of their products a try!
$14 - Ulta.com
NYX HD Concealer in Yellow (Correcting Shade)
It’s very possible that I have featured this in a Favorites post here before…. but I’ve recently rediscovered it and I’m hooked again! This yellow shade does wondrous tricks… it brightens up my skin tone, completely disillusions my dark under eye circles, and gives me the perfect brow highlight! I love the texture of the NYX HD Concealers… it’s thin, great for under the eye, but has more than enough coverage to hide anything from blemishes to sun spots, and it blends in flawlessly as well! I’ve been using this in a “C” shape under my eyes, around my nostrils and mouth, and - my favorite - as a cleanup product after filling in my eyebrows. Yellow, as a corrective shade, cancels out blue/green in the skin, creating a neutral, concealed base to work off of. There are very few corrective concealers that I enjoy using on a daily basis… but this is one! THE one!
$4.99 - Ulta.com
CoverFX BB Gel Mattifying Treatment
This has been my summer foundation staple! Dealing with oily, acne-prone skin is EXTRA annoying as an adult (I’m not a teenager anymore… why must I suffer?!) During the summer months I don’t want to wear my usual thick, full coverage foundation, and I was trying doubly hard to go au naturale to clear up my skin before my wedding. When this product was launched by CoverFX, I was excited because literally every word they used to describe it was what I looked for in my makeup and skincare regime! Mattifying, anti-acne treatment, gel texture, lightweight, oil free, buildable coverage… yes please! I was also really excited to use this knowing that CoverFX doesn’t contain any talc, mineral oil, or fragrance, all of which irritate my skin. This product lasted me all day, concealed all of my redness, prevented blemishes, and didn’t look like I had on a pound of makeup. I also used this as a primer for my more full coverage foundation when I wanted to be more flawless, and it worked amazingly for that. I definitely wouldn’t say that this kept me shine free all day long, but it helped out a bit and kept my skin looking fantastic!
$45 - Sephora.com
Image Skincare Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser
I’ve never had a cleanser that made my skin feel SO incredibly hydrated and soft… ever! And I’ve tried tons! Image Skincare is a hugely encompassing spa-grade skincare brand, and their Ormedic line (the labels are green) is their “botanical” line, which contains organic ingredients and is designed for all skin types including very sensitive or over treated skin. This cleanser contains green tea, aloe, and chamomile, and is designed to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin without stripping it. I use this morning and night (well I did… I’ve run out now!) and it foams up a bit into a rich lather, but since it isn’t full of sulfates it just leaves my skin feeling ultra clean and soft. I’m obsessed, and all my other cleansers just aren’t the same!
$20 - ImageSkincare.com
Benefit They’re Real Push Up Eyeliner
Like everyone else on the planet, I just found this to be over-hyped and simply too difficult for the average person to use! This liner is supposed to be the first-ever twist up gel eyeliner, and it’s supposed to be easier to use than any pencil, liquid, or gel. It is, and it isn’t! For first time eyeliner users, I’ve found this product to be brilliant! Especially on older, more mature skin, this liner seems to just glide along the lash line - it doesn’t skip or smear, and lets you get as close to the lashes as physically possible. You can create all kinds of liner shapes with this product, and make really thin or thick lines, but there’s a real learning curve for anyone who’s used other types of liner before. For beginners it’s great, because the liner kind of does the work for you… but for everyone else, we have to resist the urge to do everything we’ve ever learned for applying eyeliner. So for some of you, I’d say get it! For others, save your money. It’s expensive, and the bottom line is… you can’t really get to the bottom line. Due to the silicone tip, you can’t apply this liner to the waterline easily. I’ve also found that when I apply a thick line, this transfers into my crease throughout the day. Not cute!
$24 - Benefitcosmetics.com
Sonia Kashuk Brow Kit
This is a fabulous idea, just with an unsatisfactory formula. This set of four cream/gel brow colors would be fantastic, especially for a makeup artist’s kit, if only they did something spectacular. They don’t. The cream is not opaque enough or sticky enough to do anything positive for my barely-there-does-what-it-wants eyebrow hair. Sonia Kashuk products usually astound me, yet this left me wanting more. I also wish that for the price, you had gotten at least a mini angled brush… but in reality, you get nothing. Disappointing… not awful, of course, just a bit of a let down.
$9.99 - Target.com
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette
There are only four eyeshadow pans in this palette. Technically there are five colors (I hate it when they put two shades in one pan, they do it all the time!), but all of the colors are BORING. I love Urban Decay, and I ADORE the movie Pulp Fiction, but this eyeshadow palette is overpriced for the product that you get. The rest of the collection is worth it, though!
$34 - Sephora.com
BeautyBlender MicroMini Duo
I adore my Beauty Blender, and use it just about every single day. It makes even the thickest foundation look natural, creates great coverage from a lightweight product, and even blends away concealer to perfection. For this reason, there is no REAL need for a mini Beauty Blender. …Other than the fact that they’re adorable!!! Lime green and teensy-tiny in the packaging, these Beauty Blender sponges are, quite honestly, irresistible (for me at least). They’re designed to blend concealer and to help contour the face… gimmicky, yes, but as I stated previously… A-Dor-A-Ble!!! If you’re on a budget and already own a Beauty Blender (or the Real Techniques dupe), skip this.. if you’re just a collector, like I am, or haven’t experienced the Miracle Sponge for yourself, give it a go!’
$18 - Sephora.com
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!
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”.