FOTD: Strawberry Fields Forever
by Kailey

Two of my favorite drugstore brands, Maybelline and Revlon, are 40% off right now at Ulta, so it gave me the perfect excuse to spotlight some of my favorite products by them!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
What I wear when I’m too lazy to put on foundation, this bb cream is dewy without looking oily and has an SPF 30!

Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red
Here I’m wearing Really Red, a gorgeous strawberry red, and paired it with Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color in Signature Scarlet for a glossy finish. I’m kind of obsessed with the lip elixirs and just might be taking advantage of the sale to get more… *cough*

Also wearing: NYX Liquid Black Liner, NYX ‘Milk’ Jumbo Pencil

I mentioned the new releases from Maybelline — Limited Edition Colored Mascaras in 6 shades for the month of August — last week or so, and here is an eye look with the “Vision in Violet” shade. I was skeptical from the get go about the quality of the formulation given I’m not a fan of the regular Great Lash formulation, and I wasn’t really surprised at the end.

Though you can see a very subtle change in my lashes in these photos, in reality my lashes are quite spindly and the change isn’t noticeable unless I’m in a certain light. I’m not fond of the brush, either — trying to swatch on my hand a smear of the purple mascara took like 6 tries and just looked like an ash stain on my hand. Trying to get an even, decent coating on my lashes took more than 2 coats and a mascara comb and even then I’m not satisfied. If they gave a different brush, perhaps the story would be different, but I’m disappointed.

For the only readily available drugstore colored mascaras on the market, I’d say skip them. The combination of the non voluminous, mediocre lengthening formula with a dinky wand and hardly noticeable lash color change isn’t really worth even the very affordable price tag. You’d be better off saving your money for the mid-range colored mascaras on the market, like CK and Anastasia. Maybelline does some amazing products that rival and even beat mid-range and luxury makeup brands, but this isn’t one of them. 

Full Disclosure: The product mentioned in this review was sent for editorial consideration, but (quite obviously) the fact it is a PR sample does not change the honesty of my views on the product. 

Maybelline has launched Limited Edition shades of their Great Lash Mascara for August in 6 new shades: Green With Envy, I See Blue, So Very Berry, Teal Appeal, Vision in Violet, and Wink of Pink. 
These shades will only be available for the month of August and will retail for $6.40 — easily the most affordable colored mascaras readily available on the market. I literally just got these press samples this morning (thank you very much Jennifer!), I wanted to give you the heads up that these should be out now and won’t be around for long so get them while you can if you’ve been wanting to try out colored mascaras without breaking the bank!
Will be testing them out tomorrow for pigmentation etc and get back to you on the specs.  High-res

Maybelline has launched Limited Edition shades of their Great Lash Mascara for August in 6 new shades: Green With Envy, I See Blue, So Very Berry, Teal Appeal, Vision in Violet, and Wink of Pink. 

These shades will only be available for the month of August and will retail for $6.40 — easily the most affordable colored mascaras readily available on the market. I literally just got these press samples this morning (thank you very much Jennifer!), I wanted to give you the heads up that these should be out now and won’t be around for long so get them while you can if you’ve been wanting to try out colored mascaras without breaking the bank!

Will be testing them out tomorrow for pigmentation etc and get back to you on the specs. 

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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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. 

Favorite Concealers - Drugstore & Otherwise

One of the most common questions we get is about concealers so I thought I’d do a quick roundup of our favorites. Chi-Chi and I both use mid-range to high end face products, so there is only one drugstore concealer here, but it’s quite a nice one and holds it’s own against concealers twice or even three times the cost. Here they are, for your perusal:


Honorable mentions: Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer (specifically for under-eye area) as well as the Graftobian Concealer palettes (a comparable, and more affordable version of the MUFE palette — it’s just harder to find, which is why it’s not included in the roundup).

Actually, if you want to invest in any concealer palettes for your kit or otherwise, I think Graftobian is the way to go. They have so many different ones depending on your shade range and if you want to color correct or specifically conceal, it’s pretty great. It’s also cheaper than the MUFE one, although I don’t know if the shipping costs would cancel that out.

So! What concealers are your faves? Drugstore recommendations? Have you tried these and utterly loathed them? Let us know in the comments (we have DISQUS enabled).

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Chi-Chi’s Recent Favorites 
Hello darlings! I wanted to share some of my favorites that I’ve purchased relatively recently - new products are wonderful y/y?
OPI Natural Nail Strengthener | $9: This is the saving grace of my nails - my nails are quite fragile and soft, and this product has made strong enough to grow consistently!
Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Black Flash | $6: This is rivaling my love for the Tarina Tarantino liners mentioned here - creamy, takes a bit to set, does not move on my oily lids. Very black and quite shiny (Avon should make a matte version - would purchase!)
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Deep | $9.99: This is a wonderful, soft powder that sets most of my foundations nicely, including my cream and liquid foundations. 
Wet n Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer | $4.99: Pretty much this is the only eyeshadow primer other than NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Base that works on my oily lids. Has the consistency similar to that of UDPP (but works better because UDPP does nothing for me).
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in Dark Beige (12) | $32: This concealer is hard to work with under the eyes; however, it does not move on after it sets until you want it to move. I’m…in love.
Maybelline Blush in Coral Burst (from the Spring 2013 LE collection): I saw Muse’s review of this blush and determined that I must have it because it looked absolutely beautiful. Then I bought it and it exceeded expectations so I went back and bought a backup. i regret nothing
What have you been loving recently? Comment with your current favorites - we’re always open for recommendations! <3 o/~

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Chi-Chi’s Recent Favorites 

Hello darlings! I wanted to share some of my favorites that I’ve purchased relatively recently - new products are wonderful y/y?

  1. OPI Natural Nail Strengthener | $9: This is the saving grace of my nails - my nails are quite fragile and soft, and this product has made strong enough to grow consistently!
  2. Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Black Flash | $6: This is rivaling my love for the Tarina Tarantino liners mentioned here - creamy, takes a bit to set, does not move on my oily lids. Very black and quite shiny (Avon should make a matte version - would purchase!)
  3. Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Deep | $9.99: This is a wonderful, soft powder that sets most of my foundations nicely, including my cream and liquid foundations. 
  4. Wet n Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer | $4.99: Pretty much this is the only eyeshadow primer other than NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Base that works on my oily lids. Has the consistency similar to that of UDPP (but works better because UDPP does nothing for me).
  5. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in Dark Beige (12) | $32: This concealer is hard to work with under the eyes; however, it does not move on after it sets until you want it to move. I’m…in love.
  6. Maybelline Blush in Coral Burst (from the Spring 2013 LE collection): I saw Muse’s review of this blush and determined that I must have it because it looked absolutely beautiful. Then I bought it and it exceeded expectations so I went back and bought a backup. i regret nothing

What have you been loving recently? Comment with your current favorites - we’re always open for recommendations! <3 o/~

Some of these links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase them, we’ll get a small commission — less than 10%. These aren’t advertisements and are products we actually like and use though. Read more about our disclosure practices here. ^__^

I have been pretty good with resisting all of the new drugstore collections that have been coming out recently, but I finished some products and cleaned out my collection a tad (tossing old products and giving some away). My skin has not been doing too hot as of late as well, so I&#8217;m returning to some old favorites and simplifying it again. The products I bought include:
My Beauty Diary All-in-One Set (Pink) 15pcs + 1 Eye Mask | link: I splurged a bit and bought this because my skin has been acting up as I said, and these masks have always helped my skin return to normal. I absolutely love these and so does Arabelle. There are different masks for everything!
Naruko Perfecting Elixir | link: I used this a ton over a year ago after seeing how much fuzkittie liked Naruko products (;_;7 fuzkittie) and it completely changed my skin. I am in need of a skin savior right now so I purchased it again and I&#8217;m questioning why I ever stopped - this is the perfect night moisturizer for my skin right now. It consists of mostly rosehip oil (plus other good ingredients), which provide deep hydration for the skin. love love love it!
Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 104: This is a medium pink toned lipstick that turns into a pink-toned beige nude on my lips. Same great formula and lasts for four hours on the lips.
Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout Lip Color in Penthouse Sweet (A036) | link: Mentioned in this post that I would probably get a couple more lipsticks from both this collection and the Rimmel Kate Moss collection, and well. It&#8217;s bright pink! Couldn&#8217;t resist..
Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup SPF 20 in Caramel (260) | link: Decided to jump on the hype train and see what this was all about after finishing my Estee Lauder foundation. Tried it for the first time and my first impressions are: it really feels like nothing on the skin, medium coverage at most if applied carefully and why is there no pump?! Will this be the drugstore foundation I feel comfortable recommending - only time will tell.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment in Medium/Deep | link: I&#8217;m on the lookout for a new concealer since the Bobbi Brown one that I&#8217;ve been using is not working for my skin anymore. This is technically for dark spots (hence the name) but I&#8217;ll try it as an under-eye concealer and see how I like it. Also going to pick up the new L&#8217;oreal stick concealer eventually. (Update: This product is okay, both as an under-eye concealer and spot concealer. I can&#8217;t comment on the treatment part of the concealer since I haven&#8217;t been using it for long enough for that to have an affect yet. As a concealer, it&#8217;s either good or bad - merely okay and it&#8217;s not something to rush out for in the slightest.)
And that&#8217;s it! As usual, drop an ask if you want additional pictures or mini-reviews. &lt;3! High-res

I have been pretty good with resisting all of the new drugstore collections that have been coming out recently, but I finished some products and cleaned out my collection a tad (tossing old products and giving some away). My skin has not been doing too hot as of late as well, so I’m returning to some old favorites and simplifying it again. The products I bought include:

  1. My Beauty Diary All-in-One Set (Pink) 15pcs + 1 Eye Mask | link: I splurged a bit and bought this because my skin has been acting up as I said, and these masks have always helped my skin return to normal. I absolutely love these and so does Arabelle. There are different masks for everything!
  2. Naruko Perfecting Elixir | link: I used this a ton over a year ago after seeing how much fuzkittie liked Naruko products (;_;7 fuzkittie) and it completely changed my skin. I am in need of a skin savior right now so I purchased it again and I’m questioning why I ever stopped - this is the perfect night moisturizer for my skin right now. It consists of mostly rosehip oil (plus other good ingredients), which provide deep hydration for the skin. love love love it!
  3. Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 104: This is a medium pink toned lipstick that turns into a pink-toned beige nude on my lips. Same great formula and lasts for four hours on the lips.
  4. Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout Lip Color in Penthouse Sweet (A036) | link: Mentioned in this post that I would probably get a couple more lipsticks from both this collection and the Rimmel Kate Moss collection, and well. It’s bright pink! Couldn’t resist..
  5. Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup SPF 20 in Caramel (260) | link: Decided to jump on the hype train and see what this was all about after finishing my Estee Lauder foundation. Tried it for the first time and my first impressions are: it really feels like nothing on the skin, medium coverage at most if applied carefully and why is there no pump?! Will this be the drugstore foundation I feel comfortable recommending - only time will tell.
  6. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment in Medium/Deep | link: I’m on the lookout for a new concealer since the Bobbi Brown one that I’ve been using is not working for my skin anymore. This is technically for dark spots (hence the name) but I’ll try it as an under-eye concealer and see how I like it. Also going to pick up the new L’oreal stick concealer eventually. (Update: This product is okay, both as an under-eye concealer and spot concealer. I can’t comment on the treatment part of the concealer since I haven’t been using it for long enough for that to have an affect yet. As a concealer, it’s either good or bad - merely okay and it’s not something to rush out for in the slightest.)

And that’s it! As usual, drop an ask if you want additional pictures or mini-reviews. <3!

Products I have been liking/What I&#8217;ve purchased recently
Ohai PD! Since the semester started, I have put most of my beauty hauls and purchases on hold because uni is expensive, so I&#8217;ve started to &#8216;shop my collection&#8217; and spend less than 10 dollars on beauty every two weeks. &#8230;surprisingly easier than expected and I&#8217;ve been finishing products left and right. I finally finished another one of my base products so I&#8217;ve started to use the L&#8217;Oreal Lumi foundation, which I will be doing a full review on when I&#8217;ve used it for a longer period of time. Speaking of my collection, I&#8217;ve never actually taken pictures of it&#8230;hm. Maybe another time. Anyway! Onto my recent likes and things I&#8217;ve purchased (semi)recently.
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Golden Orange | $36: I actually got this because the nicest person ever who sold me my Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer gave me one of her unopened testers. Fast forward a year, I opened it and fell in love (why is it the expensive things I fall in love with most of the time really). Up until recently, I set my foundation with the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and liked it for the most part, but I found that it does start to look cakey and I would get oily regardless. With this loose powder, it does not look cakey, it feels very light on the skin and I get oily around hour 11 instead of three hours after applying my foundation. 
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick - Kate Moss Collection in 06 | $4.99-$7.99: I know I said that I do not need any lip products for a very long time, but I met the nicest couponers when I was in CVS one night and we bonded over the fact that American BB Creams are horrible and they gave me coupons so I got it for $1.99. Could not resist and I am so happy that I caved in to the pretty lipstick - this is one of my favorite drugstore lipsticks that I own. Completely opaque coverage with a great color for fall and decent lasting power - with minor drinking, it lasted for four and a half hours. It&#8217;s actually the lipstick I wore in this post and I feel especially awesome when wearing it. I think Rimmel lipsticks get overlooked when it comes to their formula, and I completely recommend this lipstick.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in No. 11 Rouge Gouache | $32: Continuing with the lip products, I actually did a full review on this product previously here. Pretty much I may have forgotten I owned this product, used it again recently and remembered why I adored this product. Wore it at work the other day and had five people complement me on my lips. Great fall red yes/yes?
Wet n Wild MegaLast Salon Nail Color in Bite the Bullet (207B) | $1.99: I got this polish for free because CVS had buy one get one free on all of their Wet n Wild products (purchased the Wet n Wild Crème Eyeliner - never tried it). I already own eight of these polishes and these are hands down my favorite drugstore formula, especially for the flat applicator brush. Opaque in two coats, and with a top coat, lasts on my nails for six days. And it&#8217;s cheap!
Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black | $12-$17: This is my favorite black liquid eyeliner, and this semester has reminded me of that again because it&#8217;s easy to apply when half-asleep and running late for class. Just enough control to do a quick flick or cat eye but not too fine of an applicator that makes building a thick line tedious. I did a full review of this product previously here.
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Olive Martini (LE) | $9.99: After seeing one of my favorite YT gurus emilynoel83 rave about this quad, I decided I must own it. After using it a couple times, I&#8217;m torn. It swatches absolutely beautifully, but I found that building up the color on my lids to be a tad difficult, which is odd because I own the Give me Gold quad from the same line and those shadows apply beautifully. However, with a little bit of work, the colors look absolutely amazing on the lids and create a great smokey eye. If you can still find it, I recommend purchasing!
And that&#8217;s it! Next up, either a finished products post, mini products on blast post or a collection collage. Toodles~ o/ High-res

Products I have been liking/What I’ve purchased recently

Ohai PD! Since the semester started, I have put most of my beauty hauls and purchases on hold because uni is expensive, so I’ve started to ‘shop my collection’ and spend less than 10 dollars on beauty every two weeks. …surprisingly easier than expected and I’ve been finishing products left and right. I finally finished another one of my base products so I’ve started to use the L’Oreal Lumi foundation, which I will be doing a full review on when I’ve used it for a longer period of time. Speaking of my collection, I’ve never actually taken pictures of it…hm. Maybe another time. Anyway! Onto my recent likes and things I’ve purchased (semi)recently.

  • Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Golden Orange | $36: I actually got this because the nicest person ever who sold me my Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer gave me one of her unopened testers. Fast forward a year, I opened it and fell in love (why is it the expensive things I fall in love with most of the time really). Up until recently, I set my foundation with the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and liked it for the most part, but I found that it does start to look cakey and I would get oily regardless. With this loose powder, it does not look cakey, it feels very light on the skin and I get oily around hour 11 instead of three hours after applying my foundation. 
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick - Kate Moss Collection in 06 | $4.99-$7.99: I know I said that I do not need any lip products for a very long time, but I met the nicest couponers when I was in CVS one night and we bonded over the fact that American BB Creams are horrible and they gave me coupons so I got it for $1.99. Could not resist and I am so happy that I caved in to the pretty lipstick - this is one of my favorite drugstore lipsticks that I own. Completely opaque coverage with a great color for fall and decent lasting power - with minor drinking, it lasted for four and a half hours. It’s actually the lipstick I wore in this post and I feel especially awesome when wearing it. I think Rimmel lipsticks get overlooked when it comes to their formula, and I completely recommend this lipstick.
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in No. 11 Rouge Gouache | $32: Continuing with the lip products, I actually did a full review on this product previously here. Pretty much I may have forgotten I owned this product, used it again recently and remembered why I adored this product. Wore it at work the other day and had five people complement me on my lips. Great fall red yes/yes?
  • Wet n Wild MegaLast Salon Nail Color in Bite the Bullet (207B) | $1.99: I got this polish for free because CVS had buy one get one free on all of their Wet n Wild products (purchased the Wet n Wild Crème Eyeliner - never tried it). I already own eight of these polishes and these are hands down my favorite drugstore formula, especially for the flat applicator brush. Opaque in two coats, and with a top coat, lasts on my nails for six days. And it’s cheap!
  • Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black | $12-$17: This is my favorite black liquid eyeliner, and this semester has reminded me of that again because it’s easy to apply when half-asleep and running late for class. Just enough control to do a quick flick or cat eye but not too fine of an applicator that makes building a thick line tedious. I did a full review of this product previously here.
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Olive Martini (LE) | $9.99: After seeing one of my favorite YT gurus emilynoel83 rave about this quad, I decided I must own it. After using it a couple times, I’m torn. It swatches absolutely beautifully, but I found that building up the color on my lids to be a tad difficult, which is odd because I own the Give me Gold quad from the same line and those shadows apply beautifully. However, with a little bit of work, the colors look absolutely amazing on the lids and create a great smokey eye. If you can still find it, I recommend purchasing!

And that’s it! Next up, either a finished products post, mini products on blast post or a collection collage. Toodles~ o/

This is Part 2 of my swatchfest for the Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadows - Part 1 is here. Part 1 included all of the limited edition shades, and this part includes all of the permanent range of colors.

These shades can be purchased almost anywhere Maybelline is sold, including major drugstores, Target and Walmart. I have had a couple of these for a while now, and the number one shade that I grab for is definitely Bad to the Bronze. It’s a great neutral wash of color with some shimmer, making it perfect for lazy school looks and easy work looks. Since the beginning of the semester, I have pretty much been wearing one of these all over the lid, tightlining my eyes, mascara on the top lashes and going. Super simple, pretty and the least amount of chance of dumping product into my eye because of sleepiness.

As for easy or hard to work with, the easiest to work with would definitely be Bad to the Bronze or Tough as Taupe. The hardest to work with is Fierce & Tangy; the color does not build up that prettily on the lip which makes me very sad. Pomegranate Punk is also difficult to work with since the color sometimes bunches up if you’re not careful when applying. 

All in all, I recommend these products - I really like them, they’re very easy to use (depending on the color), and they make eyeshadow pop as well. (And they stay on longer that the MAC Paint Pots that I had. And they’re cheaper!)