I'm coming over to new york from the uk next week and was wondering if there were any drugstore brands/products I should def check out? Feeling pretty overwhelmed by the amount of stuff on offer! Thank you in advance you are both angels xo

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ro-zap

Sure thing! It depends on what drugstore you’re in, if you can get to an ULTA while you’re visiting, definitely go there because there will be more brand selection from both drugstore to luxury brands and they’ll have harder to locate products. Keep an eye out for NYX, Milani, Wet n’ Wild, Revlon and Maybelline specifically. Here are some products we’re both way into right now: 

Eyes Wise: The drugstore creem eyeshadows are definitely interesting — pick up some L’Oreal ones, and try out Wet n’ Wild 6-pan eyeshadow palettes, too. Wet n’ Wild also has great, cheap liquid eyeliner, as does Milani. And L’Oreal has some great mascaras. 

Cheek Wise: Skipping foundation because neither of us are fans of any drugstore base makeup products at the moment (our faces, unfortunately, break out whenever we try any new formulations from the drugstore…). However, there are plenty of nice blushes and bronzers. Keep an eye out for Maybelline Limited Edition Baked Blushes and grab ‘em if you can, and if you see a NYX stand — definitely grab up some blushes. 

Lips Wise: There are so many great drugstore lipsticks out right now, really you’d be hard pressed to find a poor formulation. I find myself most loyal to Revlon colors, but Wet n’ Wild has stepped up their lipstick game too, and there are a bunch of new Maybelline colors released because of summer. So honestly, try out whatever you want!! I Here are some of our longtime favorites. 

Other shenanigans: Here are other random stuff that you should be on the lookout for — all are favorites, comparable to high end counterparts. 
Whew! Hope that helped!  Have a nice visit in the U.S.A my friend. 

A Guide to Eye Primers

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Hey, lovely makeup fairies, do you know anything about Elf cosmetics, in particular the lip stains? They're temptingly cheap... but is there a tradeoff? Thanks, and lots of love xxx

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bloodmango

Our E.l.f tag is mostly brushes, I don’t use anything else by the brand though I’ve tried several items, not the lip stains yet. With lip stains, you have to be prepared for dry lips, so that would be the most expected trade-off. It might smell strongly also, a lot of E.L.F products I’ve tried have reeked! Here are the only E.L.F products I can recommend:

  1. Brushes - Powder Brush, C Shadow Brush. The powder brush is my favorite brush and I bring it everywhere. I have lots of C brushes, they’re cheap good brushes for depositing shadows. 
  2. Clear Mascara for Brows - Sets yr brows without making them crispy. You run out of this product pretty fast but it is a dollar, so whatever. 
  3. HD Blush - super, super pigmented but i feel like it dries super fast so you better work really fast to blend it in.

I’ve tried the bronzer duo — too orange for my pale skin, super powdery, the tinted moisturizer was flat out terrible, the primer broke me out, the eyeshadow singles are boring, typically crease or not very pigmented, lots of fallout, the shimmer stuff is chunky and doesn’t work for my skin. The gift palettes are usually pretty good though, and the nail polishes aren’t bad either. Chi-Chi, do you have any E.L.F feelings? 

I do, but just a couple of recommendations.

  1. e.l.f Studio Blushes: I had a couple of these in the past and for the price, the pigmentation and amount of product is amazing. 
  2. e.l.f Little Black Beauty Book: I have both the Warm and Cool editions of this palette (purchased them a couple of years ago), and I adore them. Very pigmented and I grab for them more than my BH Cosmetics palette. However,  my two palettes contained lip products too…so the formula might be a tad different.

Other than that, eh. Nail polishes are decent, do not like any of their base products (foundation, powder, and related), and I only recommend their Studio line brushes.

Makeup Brush Favorites - Drugstore & High End

powderdoom:

On the last shoot I worked on, all the ladies kept asking me what brushes I was using, where to buy x, why do I use y, etc, etc. This is for them! I get a lot of questions as to what brushes one should invest in and what are some affordable alternatives. This post is to answer all of those questions. Click the jump for details on what is what, and why you have to have it.

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Forgot I did this post! Relevant as ever. 

powderdoom:

I didn’t realize how many brushes I had until I finally organized them into an acrylic storage cube I got at the Container Store last weekend ($9.99). Though I have quite a few, I’ve never spent a lot of money on any one brush, these are all E.LF, EcoTools, NYX, and Real Techniques with the exception of one or two that I received as gifts. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get quality brushes!
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powderdoom:

I didn’t realize how many brushes I had until I finally organized them into an acrylic storage cube I got at the Container Store last weekend ($9.99). Though I have quite a few, I’ve never spent a lot of money on any one brush, these are all E.LF, EcoTools, NYX, and Real Techniques with the exception of one or two that I received as gifts. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get quality brushes!

Makeup Brush Favorites - Drugstore & High End

On the last shoot I worked on, all the ladies kept asking me what brushes I was using, where to buy x, why do I use y, etc, etc. This is for them! I get a lot of questions as to what brushes one should invest in and what are some affordable alternatives. This post is to answer all of those questions. Click the jump for details on what is what, and why you have to have it.

Read more

I didn’t realize how many brushes I had until I finally organized them into an acrylic storage cube I got at the Container Store last weekend ($9.99). Though I have quite a few, I’ve never spent a lot of money on any one brush, these are all E.LF, EcoTools, NYX, and Real Techniques with the exception of one or two that I received as gifts. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get quality brushes! High-res

I didn’t realize how many brushes I had until I finally organized them into an acrylic storage cube I got at the Container Store last weekend ($9.99). Though I have quite a few, I’ve never spent a lot of money on any one brush, these are all E.LF, EcoTools, NYX, and Real Techniques with the exception of one or two that I received as gifts. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get quality brushes!