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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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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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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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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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Hope that helps!

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