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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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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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January 2014 Beauty Hits & Misses!

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thinknoevil asked: Hi! Do you have any dupes for Urban Decay Naked Basics palette?

Hi hon!  I sure do!  Because this palette is so basic (as the name implies), it’s actually pretty easy to find TONS of dupes for the colors inside.  I don’t have any singlular palette that has each shade exactly, but I have some singles and very similar palettes that will get you the same looks for WAY less!

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Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette - $27

(All are matte shades except for the first color, Venus, which is a pearly white.)

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October/November 2013 - Beauty Hits and Misses!

Let’s try this again!  As some of you may have heard, all the DrugstorePrincess social media accounts were hacked sometime in the past two weeks - and although I thought I was posting every day, it turns out that nothing actually made it to publication.  Everything is back under my control now, thankfully, and so I wanted to make this post (which had already been long-awaited) a first priority!  I hope you enjoy my cold weather and holiday inspired favorites and “not-quites”, and have a wonderful season full of joy!

Click through to see what made *which* list!

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meliebeanjelliebean asked: I just bought Rimmels Scandal Eyes today, the newer one with the pink tube with a brush similar to that of Benefits They're Real (which I loooove). I have used the original Scandal Eyes (the one you reviewed in the orange tube) and loved it so I was excited to see this one with the brush I loved. I got home and opened it and was sadly disapointed. I didn't even put it on my lashes, the make up looked dry and not at all like the original. Can I switch the new brush into the other tube?

Hello!  Well first of all, the ScandalEyes Show Off mascara is a very dry formula to begin with.  Not all formulas are created equal, so I do suggest trying it out before you give up on it completely.  I’m not a fan of that mascara either - but it’s worth a try in case it works for you!  And likewise, you might want to see if you even like the way the brush applies the mascara to your eyes before you bother with anything else.

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Rimmel ScandalEyes Original

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Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off

I really advise against just sticking the Show Off brush in the Original’s tube.  You should NEVER add anything to or switch the brushes of mascara because you run the risk of ruining the mascara and infecting it with things that will make it dangerous to use.  You can put the brush in the other tube ONLY if you completely wash out the brush and sanitize it with rubbing alcohol first.  That will keep everything sanitary and safe!

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reefviewsbykaity asked: I know I'm never going to catch you probably because of all your questions you get, but I still keep trying because I hope one day you'll get my questions. So I just recently started using lipstick. I'm pretty new to makeup in general but I found CoverGirl's Lip Perfection in Enchantress and fell in love. I was wondering what other lipsticks you would recommend. I really like those bright pinks and love how moisturized it made my lip while I was wearing it.

Hi hon!  Today is your day, haha!

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Covergirl Lip Perfection lipstick in Enchantress - $7

I love CG Lip Perfection lipsticks… they are creamy and moisturizing and still pack a punch of color!  Enchantress is a really gorgeous blue-toned pink that would compliment any skin tone.  If you like that color and consistency, then you would probably like these (not the same colors, of course, but similar that would probably look good on you):

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Maybelline ColorSensational in Party Pink

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Maybelline Color Whisper in Petal Rebel

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Maybelline Color Whisper in Pinup Peach

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Revlon SuperLustrous in Wink for Pink

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Rimmel Moisture Renew in Pink Chic

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Milani Color Statement in Fruit Punch

And even if you don’t like those colors necessarily, you will certainly like those brands/lines of lipstick, because they are all creamy and very similar to the Covergirl ones.  :)

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diandrajean3 asked: Hi! Do you have any recommendations for some basic cream shadows good for everyday makeup?

Hello!  Certainly… cream shadows are quick and easy, perfect if you’re on the go all the time.  My favorites:

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Maybelline Color Tattoo - $6

These are the best multipurpose, longwearing cream shadows you’ll find in the drugstore (or on the high end, even!)  Not only do they come in awesome bright shades (like Tenacious Teal, shown above) but lovely neutrals that are suitable for any occasion.  They are nicely pigmented and don’t fade or slip off like many cream shadows do.  They also work great as eyeshadow bases!

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Essence Stay All Day Cream Eyeshadows - $3

These are very affordable and quite gorgeous.  Well I was going to write more about these but now I’m thinking they’ve been discontinued… what a shame!  If you can still find them at Ulta, Walgreens, etc, do it.

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ELF Cream Eyeshadow - $3

These soft, creamy shadows come in 8 different colors and are very blendable.  They aren’t as longwearing as the Maybelline CT’s but they pack a lot of color punch and certainly will do the trick.  For only a few bucks, you can’t beat it!

Another good idea for you, because you like cream shadows, would be to venture into pencil/stick eyeshadows.  They are nice and creamy, easy to apply and blend, but are faster and more convenient (in my opinion of course).  One thing I do NOT recommend, however, are the liquid eyeshadows you paint on like you would lipgloss.  Those never work out well!

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Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear pencils - $7

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - $5

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ELF Essential Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick - $1

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Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick - $5

Hope these recommendations will work for you!  :)

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kelleiwhat-deactivated20140130 asked: So, I definitely just created a tumblr account, specifically because I LOVE your blog and wanted to ask you a question :). Have you ever found and good dupes for Golden Tigers Eye, smudge proof eyeliner by Tarte?

Haha oh my goodness, thank you!  Prepare yourself to be addicted to Tumblr! ;)

I don’t think I’ve ever tried or swatched the eyeliner you’re talking about, but I looked it up and it seems to be a coppery-bronzey pencil?  So although I don’t know if I’m giving you exact dupes, I can give you a few close replicas - at any rate, a close match will probably suffice over a $19 Tarte Eyeliner, haha!

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Tarte Skinny SmoulderEyes Pencil in Golden Tigers Eye - $19

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NYX Slide On pencil in Golden Bronze - $8

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Rimmel London ScandalEyes Kohl Kajal Pencil in Bronze - $4

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Covergirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact pencil in Truffle - $7

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NYX Retractable Eyeliner in Bronze - $4.50

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Liner Shimmer Stick in Copper - $2

Hopefully you can look into a few of these and find something that will work great for you!  Happy to help :)

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doyouplaybasketball asked: ever bronzer I've every tried using is too orange (I'm very pale), do you have any suggestions?

If you’re really struggling, try using a blush instead of a bronzer - it can look much more natural.

For the traditional contoured look, try a neutral, cool-toned color, like NYX blush in Taupe:

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or L’Oreal True Match blush in Rosy Outlook:

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Otherwise, stick to a natural rosy pink, and apply it very lightly just under your cheekbones.  It will still sculpt your cheeks, but make you look flushed instead of oompa-loompa’d. 

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Covergirl Cheekers in True Plum or Rose

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Rimmel Lasting Finish in Pink Rose

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Benefit Hervana Blush

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crescentmark asked: Do you know any dupes for Anastasia brow mechanical pencil? It's making a dent in my wallet now :'(

Anastasia Brow Wiz is probably the most popular HG brow product - it’s really fantastic, in shade selection, consistency, opacity, and packaging.  But it can be a bit expensive if you’ve got tight pockets and go through them quickly! 

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One of my new favorite brow products is Maybelline MasterShape Brow pencil.  It is quite similar to Anastasia’s pencil, for a fraction of the price!  There are four shades (blonde, soft brown, deep brown, and auburn), and they also have the brush on one end to blend with!

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I’ve also liked Rimmel’s Professional Eyebrow Pencil for years.  It also has a shaping tool on one side, and provides great, natural looking color.

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But the most similar product would probably be Maybelline Define-A-Brow pencil.  It is also a mechanical pencil, with a very fine tip for really natural strokes.

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I love these lipsticks!  They’re very affordable, and they’re so rich and creamy!  The colors are awesome as well.

I love these lipsticks!  They’re very affordable, and they’re so rich and creamy!  The colors are awesome as well.

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November ‘12 HITS and MISSES

A few days late, but I never do anything on time.  Enjoy!

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Colour Couture Sunless Tanning Products 

As a fair-skinned girl who the sun does not agree with, I am always on the hunt for amazing tanning products.  Sunless tanning is generally hit or miss, but so worth it when you find a good’n like these Colour Couture products!  The Red Carpet Ready spray applies evenly (very important in a spray!) and darkens slightly over a few hours.  It dries quickly and lasts quite a long time… about a week… before you need to re-spray yourself.  The Shimmer in the Spotlight lotion is a tan extender meant to use on the days in between your spray sessions, and it works great at maintaining your color.  It is also really moisturizing, smells heavenly, and gradually builds color even if you aren’t using the Red Carpet Ready spray.  I highly recommend these products and hope I never run out!  I love my current glow!  

Spray - $34

Lotion - $28

You can find them at Colour-Couture.com!

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Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer

I got a teensy-tiny sample of this with a gift set I purchased off of Hautelook a few weeks ago… initially I was really disappointed in the size of it, but when I started to use it I realized that the small, thumb-sized tube would last me a very long time!  The brand advertises this as “serious coverage”, and they aren’t lying… the tiniest drop is more than enough for my entire face, literally.  I often squeeze too much out of the tube than what I’m looking for.  Even though the coverage is extreme, this concealer doesn’t look cakey, and it doesn’t accentuate wrinkles or blemishes - it is very creamy, blendable, and provides a velvet-matte finish that looks natural on your skin.  I’ve been using it on dark circles and over blemishes and have absolutely no complaints… in fact, I’d say that my complexion is looking better than ever!  Even though it’s pricey, I highly recommend it if you’re on the hunt for a full coverage concealer.

$22 for full size tube

You can find this at Ulta!

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Hard Candy Show Girl’s Secret Glitter Glue

I don’t know why it took me so long to purchase this… and I’m so glad I did!  Although this is called a “glitter glue”, it serves so many more purposes.  It is an excellent mixing medium - mix a drop or two of this with your loose pigments and the color will apply smoothly, looking opaque and lasting all day, no matter the quality of the pigment you’re using.  The consistency is thin like water, but really locks eyeshadow in place!  I’ve used this as a primer, applying eyeshadow over it… as a mixing medium with all sorts of loose shadows… and as a glitter adhesive.  It comes with a small fine tipped brush, perfect for applying the glue in precise lines.  I highly recommend this, for Show Girls and for the rest of you who are looking for a product that will take your eye makeup to the next level!

$5 at Walmart or online, exclusively

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NYX Slim Eye Pencils

Do I talk about these enough?  I really don’t think I do!  If you’re a color junkie, you really need to browse through the selection of these pencils.  They literally have every color under the sun!  They glide onto your skin smoothly and have great color payoff.  I’ve even used them as a base for eyeshadow!  (I used NYX Slim Pencil in Yellow in this look)  They’re very inexpensive so you can stock up on all of your favorite shades.

$3.50 each

You can find them at Ulta!

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Jordana Powder Blush

I owned this blush in Tawny Beige for over a year before I actually used it, and now it’s one of my everyday staples!  I had always underestimated this brand because it was so inexpensive, but these blushes are actually really superb.  The colors are gorgeous and really flattering.  They blend easily onto your skin and never look garish or too sheer.  They aren’t sparkly or shimmery but provide just the right amount of flattering sheen that makes your complexion look totally natural.  I definitely recommend these cheapies for everyone… beginners and pros alike!

$4 each

You can find these at Walgreens!

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Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

A part of my soul is saying, “No!  Don’t put this in the ‘Miss’ section!”  I love UD eyeshadows, and yes - these are great quality.  But this palette, as a whole, is disappointing.  It is Urban Decay’s first all-matte palette, which I should be screaming over, but these colors are really boring.  Yes, this is a “basic” palette, and it does provide six very important colors that everyone should have in their shadow arsenal.  But for the price ($27) it’s just too lack-luster for me.  Some of you may disagree, but my pockets are just too tight for this palette!

$27 for 6 shades

You can find this at Ulta!

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Foundation

When this first came out, I was very excited to try it.  I am a big fan of the original True Match, and I was glad to see that this line uses the same shade guidelines (sorted by undertone).  I was also hooked at the phrase “Healthy Luminous Makeup” - advertisements claim that this makes your skin clearer and more radiant.    It supposedly contains Vitamins C and E as well as antioxidants, but this alone isn’t going to create even-toned skin.  This foundation provides light coverage, and although the website claims that it is buildable, I found that the more I layered the sheerer the foundation actually became.  This is not a product ideal for oily or combination skin; it is not long lasting, and it is meant to look “dewy”, meaning if your face is already shiny, you’re going to have a mirror for a face.  It is not sparkly, like Revlon PhotoReady can be, but it is still too lush looking for oily complexions.  It does provide SPF 30, and the packaging is a convenient pump (why aren’t more foundations in pumps?), which I appreciate.   If you have clear, normal skin, this could definitely work for you - but if you’re trying to cover blemishes or other marks, or if you need something that is going to last all day on oily skin, this is not your product.

$12 in drugstores or Ulta

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Rimmel London Clean Finish Liquid Foundation

I purchased this a while back with the intention of using it in a $20 Makeup Challenge - it sounds nice (who doesn’t want a clean finish?)  but I was really disgusted by this foundation.  It does NOTHING that it claims… zip, zero, nadda.  It is not “poreless” at all, even though the consistency is that of a whipped foundation (strange!).  It does not blend nicely onto the skin… it clings to every enlarged pore, fine line, hair, dry skin patch, you name it… and looks really terrible.  I used it with a primer, a moisturizer, a powder, a setting spray, in layers, buffed onto the skin, applied with fingers, used lightly… and nothing worked.  It does not feel clean at all… it is actually very heavy and feels greasy on your face.  And to top it all off, the packaging is so strange!  Because it is so thick, it doesn’t pour out of the bottle like most foundations do… so they attatched a small spatula to the cap and intend for you to scoop the product out of the bottle!  Terrible, terrible, terrible.

$4 at drugstores or Ulta!

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OPI “Moonraker” Nail Lacquer

This is part of the brand-spankin’-new Skyfall collection (inspired by James Bond).  I was looking for a nice silver polish, since my nail polish hoard is lacking in that area, and thought that this looked like a great metallic option.  I’ve been hearing great things about the Skyfall collection and picked this up hoping that it would work for me… but it’s terrible!  Turns out I selected the worst shade in the series; it is streaky, very sensitive to each brush stroke, watery, and overall difficult to work with.  It also chipped off significantly within a day of applying it… boo!  Not worth it.  Stick to some of the better shades in the Skyfall collection!

$8 each

You can find this at Ulta!

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