pssst if u have dry sensitive skin try revlon’s nearly naked i am using it over bb cream right now and it’s a revelation. a true revelation. if u have eczema or super super dry skin i still suggest dr. jart water fuse over this product but if u just have dry skin revlon nearly naked is the business. it’s very lightweight but buildable coverage and i am v impressed. and i am so rarely impressed by foundations. like it is making me believe in foundation again. this is a big deal 

Rly into these new Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Colors!!! Bought a few today — SUPER pigmented, a nice color selection, cheap ($2.99) with doe foot applicator. It looks like a gloss but it’s a liquid lip color and dries into a very pigmented stain (think of the MUFE Aqua Rouge). You certainly need well moisturized lips before applying or else it will look super flaky. Definitely pick some up. 
I’m wearing Back to the Fuschia. High-res

Rly into these new Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Lip Colors!!! Bought a few today — SUPER pigmented, a nice color selection, cheap ($2.99) with doe foot applicator. It looks like a gloss but it’s a liquid lip color and dries into a very pigmented stain (think of the MUFE Aqua Rouge). You certainly need well moisturized lips before applying or else it will look super flaky. Definitely pick some up. 

I’m wearing Back to the Fuschia.

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).

Some of these links are affiliate links, so we get commission if you purchase through them (less than 10%, so literally pennies). This does not impact our reviews of the products and all products mentioned here were purchased with our own money.

Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Black Eyeliner: Not A Winner.

This is after an hour!!! An hour!!! On lids that are not oily!!!! As in, so not oily, I do not even use primer anymore because I only wear liner now anyway and none of my liquid liners require priming!!!

Like honestly, when I first purchased it, I liked it for tightlining, but even just tightlining, it goes everywhere… I didn’t even tightline this time, but it’s literally on my eyebags. I look like I’ve been crying.

F- Would not buy again good riddance ew gross gonna chop it up and throw the remains at people I don’t like bleugh goodbye

(This has been a professional review by Arabelle, a very professional review, with a product she brought herself with her own money, and she has no idea why she is talking in third person but whatever it’s been a long day and this terrible eyeliner is kind of traumatizing alright) 

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/~

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. ^__^
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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. ^__^

20% off Drugstore.com’s Beauty Department

powderdoom:

Ge 20% off Drugstore.com’s beauty department! No code necessary (just click the link), ends 3/8. If you see a message that says it cannot be combined with another offer, you’ll need to delete your cookies for Drugstore.com. I’ll make a quick post of my fave drugstore products before the offer ends so if you’re curious what to get you’ll have some pointers. Leave a comment with your faves and we can all help each other out. :) 

Behold — my top 12 picks from Drugstore.com’s gigantic arsenal of beauty products. Brushes, hair masks, lipstick, nail products — these are all things i’ve tried and loved and used on the daily (with the exception of the IMAN BB Cream, since it’s too dark for me, but I am dying to hear how it is!) Are you getting anything from the sale? Have you tried any of these products?

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!