10 Under 10

10 under 10
I loves me some good High End makeup! But at the same time, I also love me a good bargain. There is nothing more fulfilling to me than finding something fab for less. I thought I would give you all a run down of my favorite products that will not break the bank! Everything on the list is under $10!

1. Rimmel BB Cream $6.99 – This is marketed as a 9 in 1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup. While I don’t know if I believe all that, it is the best drugstore BB Cream I’ve tried. It gives pretty good coverage for a BB cream and has a really rich, creamy texture but doesn’t feel heavy when you put it on the face.

2. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $6.99 – This is one of my favorite concealers, high end or otherwise. While it does not have super high coverage, it can blend like a dream. Perfect for highlighting the under eye area. I have all the shades in my makeup kit to use on client.

3. Maybelline Color Tattoos $6.99 – These cream shadows are truly a gem of the drugstore. I used to be addicted to the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows but after discovering the Color Tattoos, I’ll never go back to buying high end cream shadows. They advertise a 24 hour wear and seriously, I think that if you didn’t wash your face, they would really last 24 hours. Without Creasing! They have a great color range in the permanent line and are constantly coming out with limited edition collections so there is something everyone will love.

4. NYX Powder Blush $5.99 – NYX makes some amazing affordable products but their blushes are my favorite. They have a wide color range in a variety of finishes to accommodate all different skin tones. They are never powdery and blend on the cheeks beautifully. As a bonus, I’ve seen NYX products popping up at CVS Stores so they will soon be more widely available.

5. Rimmel Show Off Lip Laquer $5.99 – I discovered these when I went to the UK a couple years ago. Over there, they are called “Apocalips” which I, personally, think is much more awesome name…but I digress. Not long after I came back, they were in Walgreens and now they are part of the permanent Rimmel display with a wider color range. These suckers are awesome. They are like a liquid lipstick but with a high shine and super long wear. These are not for the color faint of heart! One swipe and you are full on covered.

6. Real Techniques Brushes $5.99-$9.99 – Now I know the brush sets will run you between $15 and $20 but the individual brushes are between 6-10. I really don’t think there is a better range of brushes at the drugstore…and they beat out some ‘High End’ brushes as well. The Expert Face Brush will change the way you apply your foundation and the Miracle Complexion Sponge is a pretty solid dupe for the Beauty Blender…and only 6 bucks!

7. Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Trios $2.99 – I know I’ve raved about these in the past but Y’all, they can’t be beat! I know Wet n’ Wild has come out with some 5 pan palettes and whatnot but stick to the Trios. Seriously the best powder shadows in the drugstore. Serious pigmentation and blend-ability. I think that everyone needs the neutral trio in Walking on Eggshells. This is my go to trio for when I don’t know what to wear.

8. Revlon Lip Butters $8.29 – Revlon’s Lip Butters are some of my Summer makeup staples. These have the most delicious feeling on the lips. Some would even say ‘buttery’. ūüėČ Unlike the Show Offs, these are more sheer on the lips so they are great for someone who is not used to wearing color on the lips and wants to try something new. There is a great color selection. Plus, I think the quilted looking packaging is adorable.

9. Jordana FabuBrow $1.99 – Easily the biggest bargain on the list. Jordana is a brand that I find at Walgreens and has excellent products for even more excellent prices. I am admittedly not a brow person. I don’t have them, I’m not good at filling them in, and they are often neglected. I know. It’s bad. But this brow product makes my brows a little bit more happy. The Taupe shade is perfect for people with my coloring because it does not have too much warmth, which is the problem that I have with brow products. It also has a little brush on the cap to help tame your unruly brows.

10. Maybelline Master Drama Pencil Liners $7.99 – These are my favorite pencil liners at the drugstore. I had notoriously stayed away from Drugstore liners because of past bad experiences with rock hard pencils. But after hearing good reviews on the Master Drama Liners, I checked them out for myself and was hooked. They are super creamy and easy to smudge out and have really good staying power. Pretty much everything you want from a liner. And again, Maybelline always has new collections and colors coming out.

So there you have it. A run-down of my top 10 products under $10. As with all Drugstore makeup, shop those sales and BOGO offers to get these lovelies for an even better deal. Don’t be afraid of the makeup at the Drugstore. There are really great gems to be found! What are your cheap-o faves?

Nude Mood – All Drugstore

Nude Mood

Nude Mood

The nude trend is all the rage right now. Nude collections have been popping up everywhere from the drugstore to higher end lines. I was in Walgreens and kind of went crazy on the Maybelline Date to Go Nude Spring collection and was inspired to do an all drugstore look rocking the nude craze. Spring is in the air and all these nude and pink, girly colors compliment the season perfectly. Here’s what I came up with:
All Drugstore Nudes

All Drugstore Nudes

Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pure Nude
Maybelline Eye Studio Quad in Taupe Tease
CoverGirl Ink It Liner in Black Ink
Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara
I primed with the Color Tattoo all over the lid to help with the staying power and intensity of the shadows. Then I took the second color in the palette and put it over the creme base, just on the lid. Then I took the brown color in the Eye Studio Quad and blended it through the crease. I defined the outer corners and outer crease with the darkest shade. The Ink It liner is super smudgeable so I used it on the upper and lower lash line and smudged it with the darkest shade. The lightest, cream shade was used to highlight the brow bone and inner corner. I really love these quads. While there aren’t many mattes in them, they blend well and are usually diverse enough to create an entire look. The Best Lash Extreme on top and bottom lashes sealed the deal.

L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
NYC Sunny Bronzer
Rimmel Match Perfection Brightening Concealer
Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Cream Blush in Barely Pink
When using this particular foundation, I like to use my concealer first so I concealed and highlighted with the Match Perfection under the eyes first. Then I evened out the skin with the Magic Nude. The Rimmel powder was used sparingly to set the T-zone and under the eyes. I warmed up the face with my fave Sunny Bronzer so I don’t look like an extra from a Twilight Movie. When doing a nude look, I like to do a little extra bronzing to make the more muted colors on the eyes come alive. Then I used my new favorite creme blush on the cheeks. These Master Glazes blend like a dream and look super natural. I’ll, naturally, have to go get more

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 920 Nude Lust
Maybelline Color Elixer Gloss in Polished Petal
On the lips, I started with the Nude Lust Lipstick. Maybelline makes some of the best lipsticks at the drugstore and this nude line is my favorite since their Vivids. Then I put on a more pinky gloss on top of the lipstick to add a little more color. The Color Elixers have a very thick, gel like texture which makes them last well on the lips.

So have you jumped on the Nude bandwagon? What are some of your favorite nude products from the Drugstore? Share with me!

Wild about Wet n’ Wild

Ok Ladies, don’t laugh. I’m seriously digging Wet n’ Wild eyeshadows lately. No really, don’t laugh. I started hearing a lot about the Wet n’ Wild Color Icon trios and pallets on the ‘beauty blogosphere.’ Everyone had nothing but crazy good things to say about them. Watching videos, the color payoff and blendability of these products seemed to be pretty awesome. Now, I don’t know about you, but I had been under the impression for quite some time that Wet n’ Wild was a throwaway brand. We all know the Revlons, Maybellines, Loreals and Cover Girls are the main drugstore brands that could produce some quality….but Wet n’ Wild?! Only teenyboppers bought that business. But for $2.99, what was the harm in trying. I can’t tell a lie, I was a little ashamed going up to the register with my Wet n’ Wild “Walking on Eggshells” trio. I might have hidden it under my other purchases. But I’m here to tell you, I’m a believer! These eyeshadows are awesome. Like, rival my MAC eyeshadow collection, awesome. The colors are amazing and pigmented, and the shadows blend and build well. I seriously have no bad things to say about them. And for $2.99 for the trios and $4.99 for the 8 pan pallets, you can’t beat it. I’ve even gone so far as to try a blush and bronzer from them as well. I was impressed with those purchases. I’ve even heard good things about their lip products. Moral of the Story: Wet n’ Wild has come a LONG way from being the ‘trash’ makeup brand at the drugstore. They have really upped the quality of their products while maintaining their SUPER affordable pricetag. I now buy my Wet n’ Wild products with pride!

Recovering Makeup Snob

I have a confession to make. ¬†I am a recovering makeup snob. ¬†I used to think that the only place to get good quality makeup was at a department store…and pay an arm and a leg for it. ¬†My Mom always used high end cosmetics so I just accepted that as the norm. The first makeup I remember was Color Me Beautiful. Remember that? I think I’m a Summer. ¬†My stepdad used to give my sister and I $500 gift cards to Macy’s for Christmas when we were younger. It was always an epic shop-a-thon. I used mine my Sophomore year in High School to start my makeup collection at the Clinique counter like my Mom suggested. I used Clinique throughout High School and into College. Once I got to College, I would occassionaly pick up something from the drugstore (hello! College. Broke!) but it never seemed to work out right. I’d just scrape together the money to get more Clinique. ¬†I guess I wasn’t trying the right things. ¬†Then my sister introduced me to MAC and I overhauled everything in my collection to MAC products. ¬†After a few years, I discovered Benefit and wore nothing but that for a while. ¬†However, since getting into the makeup blogging world, it has opened my eyes to some great products at the drug store. ¬†Now, I have no loyalty. ¬†My go to products now consist of some of my old, high end favorites and new drugstore discoveries. ¬†Moral of the story: ¬†go try out some products at the drugstore. ¬†No shame in that game! You never know what you might find and there are some really great things out there. Trust!

Things from the Drugstore that I’m loving right now:
Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Pallets
Revlon Smokey Shadow Sticks
Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Pencils
Loreal Carbon Black Liner Intense Felt Tip Pen
Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circles