This year, I decided to become Cleopatra — Queen of the Nile! I would like to share my makeup look and the products used 😄
FACE Foundation: L’Oreal True Match in N1 Powder: Clinique Blended Powder in “Transparency Neutral” Blush: Mac “Melba” Highhlighter: The Balm “Mary Lou-Manizer” Contour Powder: NYX blush in “Taupe” Lipstick: Mac “Kinda Sexy” Undereye Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Chantilly” Brow Powder: Bobbi Brown single shadow in “Steel”
EYES Primers: Mac Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre” (all over) and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk” (lid & crease) Lid: Urban Decay single shadow “Honey” Crease: Urban Decay single shadow “Peace” Deep Crease: Urban Decay single shadow “Ransom” Browbone Highlight: Mac “Nylon” Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in “Trooper” Mascara: YSL “Baby Doll” mascara Eyeliner: L’Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Gel Lacquer Liner in “Blackest Black”
Hope you enjoyed the makeup look! See you next time 👻🎃🍁
Often while makeup shopping, one wonders which items are worth our hard-earned money — and which are no better than their less pricey Wal-Mart counterparts.
Below, I have examined each category and offered my opinion as to which venue — the department store or the drugstore — provides the best product in each category!
1) Foundation: SAVE
An excellent foundation is definitely something which can be purchased at a reasonable price. Top foundations abound at the drugstore, most notably L’Oreal “True Match”, Covergirl 3-in-1 “Outlast Stay Fabulous”, Revlon “Colorstay” & “Colorstay Whipped”…the list goes on and on! These foundations rival and often surpass higher end products.
2) Eyeshadow: SPLURGE
Have you ever brushed your fingers over the Urban Decay “Naked” shadows? Such buttery textures simply do not exist at the drugstore. The reason? Higher end eyeshadows are more finely milled. Top eyeshadow formulas include the iconic palettes from Urban Decay — in addition to those from Lorac, Kat Von D, Tarte, Too Faced, Bobbi Brown, etc. The biggest exception includes the silky metallic L’Oreal Infallible potted shadows.
3) Lipstick/Gloss: SAVE
Outstanding lip products exist at bargain prices — and in large selections. My favorites include the Revlon “Super Lustrous” line, Maybelline “Color Sensational” lipsticks, Covergirl “Lip Perfection” lipsticks, & all the NYX lipsticks. The Revlon line alone offers over 70 shades, ensuring a color for everyone!
4) Blush: SPLURGE
As with eyeshadow, higher end blushes are more finely milled, therefore furnishing a better formula. Star blushes include those from Bobbi Brown, Nars, Mac, & Benefit. The drugstore just cannot compete in this area.
5) Mascara: SPLURGE
This will likely be a controversial verdict, but, in my opinion, the department store offers better mascara. Too Faced, YSL, Dior, & Lancome produce stellar mascaras. The only decent mascara I’ve found at the drugstore is L’Oreal’s “Voluminous Million Lashes Excess” version (in the red & gold tube).
6) Powder: SAVE
Dust your face with Maybelline’s “Dream Matte” powder, any of the the Physician’s Formula powders, or even the vintage Coty Airspun powder, and no one will ever know the difference!
7) Brushes: SPLURGE
A huge part of makeup application is having high-quality brushes, the production of which requires craftsmanship. Mac, Sigma, & It Cosmetics brushes blow Eco Tools brushes completely out of the water. The sole exception is the less expensive Real Techniques collection offered at ULTA.
Although I did an autumn look last year (read it here), I’ve decided to update the look — with a twist!
Much has been made lately about Kylie Jenner’s makeup, particularly the perfect mauve 90’s pout. In all honesty, the look is very versatile and balanced, perfect for work (due to the neutral lipstick) or a fancy evening (due to the subtly winged eyeliner). It’s therefore ideal for the return to work/school.
I’ve recreated the makeup look below:
Face Foundation: Illamasqua Skin Base in Shade 2.5 Powder: Physician’s Formula Mineral Talc-Free Powder in “Translucent” Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in “Exposed” Bronzer: Milani “Hermosa Rose” Concealer (Undereye): Maybelline Dream Lumi in “Radiant”
Lips Lipliner: Mac’s “Spice” (to fill in the lips) Lipstick: Nars’ Audacious Lipstick in “Anita”
Eye Look (close-up):
Primer: Lorac “Behind the Scenes” eye primer Lid & Brow Bone: Mac’s “Blanc Type” Crease: “Vanish” from the Kat Von D “Monarch” palette Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in “Trooper” Mascara: YSL “Baby Doll” mascara Eye Brow Powder: Bobbi Brown shadow in “Steel”
Hope you enjoyed this look, which is very simple to recreate! As always, I try to utilize a mix of high-end and drugstore products 😄
Nothing oozes sophistication — and power — quite like matte lips. Yet the primary drawback of so many matte lipsticks is their drying tendency.
Do the new Creamy Matte lipsticks from Maybelline measure up?
We shall see!
I purchased 4 shades, with swatches and shade names labelled below:
Now, for the lip swatches!
1) “Touch of Spice”
This color is incredibly flattering for many skin tones — a total dupe for Mac’s “Twig” lipstick. Perfect for work, or even job interviews. Very pigmented, but neutral! The 90’s mauve lip, currently popularized by Kylie Jenner, can be effortlessly achieved with this shade.
2) “Ravishing Rose”
This shade is a cool-toned pink (with a hint of lilac), but more wearable than many of the other bubblegum pinks. Neutral enough for the office as well — and looks natural. Your lips but better!
3) “Siren in Scarlet”
Here’s your “Rita Hayworth” 1950’s red! Although it appears more warm-toned (like a tomato red) in the photo above, it exudes neutral undertones in real life. This renders it a universally flattering red lipstick (there are few!). High glamour here — but only for the bold!
4) “Mesmerizing Magenta”
A true magenta, this lipstick is a dupe for Mac’s “Girl About Town”, but in matte form. It’s a fun, dramatic color! When worn, the wearer must be prepared for many second looks.
The finish of each lipstick is truly matte — and gorgeous!
However, what about the comfort level of this product? I’m happy to report that, while it cannot be called moisturizing, this lipstick is not drying — yet still manages to last through lunch and a lengthy workday.
The best part? The price — $5. No one would ever suspect! 😉
I wholeheartedly recommend these little gems!
Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars
Available at ULTA, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, CVS, & Rite Aid for $5