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AMAZING drug store concealer
What is it: a micro pearl-infused illuminating concealer that blurs imperfections adding instant radiance and brightening the appearance of a dull complexion. My thoughts: i was looking for a lightweight concealer that was blendable and buildable and wouldn’t set into my fine lines under my eyes. AND THIS IS IT! You can truly customize how much you want to use it looks good either way! it has a built-in puff blender, but i use a beauty blender instead to blend it in. It’s super creamy and hydrating and gives me a healthy glow. It features a vegan formula with no animal-derived ingredients or by-products. For under $10, I highly recommend. In my opinion it is similar to the nars creamy concealer.
NYX-Born to Glow Radiant Concealer
Agave bite lip therapy
BITE - Agave+ Nighttime Lip Therapy What is it: A balm-to-oil overnight lip mask made with pomegranate extract and superfood oils for supple lips. My thoughts: it’s super hydrating and gives me softer, more supple lips almost immediately. I just wish it was a little bit thicker. I feel like it wears off quicker than expected and for a night mask, I don’t always wake up with hydrated lips. It’s made with great ingredients like jojoba, sunflower and safflower seed. For $24, I like it but I’m not sure I’d purchase again.
BITE-Agave+ Nighttime Lip Therapy
HOURGLASS - Ambient Lighting Blush Collection A groundbreaking hybrid that combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder or Strobe Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues. What is it: blush that uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension for seamless blending. Each blush is handmade and are formulated using an advanced miscelare technique—which means "to mix" in Italian—creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder. No two look alike. My thoughts: I actually received this from cherie for participating in their creator program and was upper excited because i LOVE the bronzer. So if course i naturally loved the blush too. i love how easy this blends. It’s super lightweight and flatters a range of skin tones. It’s almost like a highlighter and blush in one without a glittery finish. The finish is very natural and brightens cheeks for a glowing, light shimmer finish. I found that my skin looked smoother and helped minimize imperfections when using this. I found this happened because the formula has optically transparent particles that alter the appearance of the skin by manipulating and refracting favorable light. SO COOL! it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. It is $40, but you can try the mini for $24 and it will last a long time!!!
HOURGLASS-Ambient Lighting Blush Collection
Best drug store brow pencil
NYX - Micro Brow Pencil What is it: eyebrow pencil that shapes, defines and fills in brows. My thoughts: I LOVE THIS! literally a ABH dupe for less than half the price. This pencil is so precise and coats even the finest hairs for a natural finish. It has a super skinny tip that makes it very easy to fill in brows. The spoolie easily blends the color and helps create a thick, natural brow shape. It’s perfect whether you need to define sparse brows or tame unruly hairs. The color stays on all day and goes on super smooth. Most importantly it has a vegan formula and is cruelty-free and PETA certified. There are 8 different shades and you can find this $10 or under depending on where you purchase it! Note: Color shown is taupe. I personally feel the color runs a bit darker than advertised, so you may want to swatch this in store before buying to get right color. I also don’t like super dark brows and like more of a natural finish.
NYX-Micro Brow Pencil
If you don’t like a super strong fragrance, I highly recommend anything by the philosophy line. Both of these scents pictured are clean, fresh, and feminine and I always get compliments when I wear these. The amazing grace line smells like fresh flowers and the pure grace line is a more clean, crisp smell. It reminds me of lavender, jasmine with a musk finish. Both are just super refreshing and last about 6-8 hours. I usually do about 5 sprays. I’m typically allergic to most scents or find most are just too strong and I can definitely handle these. They don’t bother me at all! They have many different sizes, so you can try a mini for as low as $21!
philosophy-Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette
Tarte foundation for acne prone skin
What is it: an oil free, non cracking foundation powered by Amazonian clay that lasts up to 12 hours Concerns: blemishes, oiliness, combination skin My thoughts: this has been my go to foundation for a couple years now. It’s full, matte coverage and great for acne prone and oily skin. It definitely lasts up to 12 hours, as I wear almost daily for my 8-5 day at work. It smoothes and softens imperfections. It is considered a liquid foundation, however it is bit thicker than a typical liquid foundation. It’s under $40 and will continue to repurchase!
tarte-Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15
The ordinary | Caffeine Solution
☕️What it is？ The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ☕️Key Ingredient: Caffeine and Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). Actually, I don't know what it is, but it does work magically in de-puffing!! ☕️My Thought： I always prefer eye cream to serum because the texture of cream makes me feel moisturized, but this serum is really my HG! I dare say, there is no better eye serum than this in removing puffiness. Whether you just woke up or cried because of your boyfriend, whenever you think your eyes are puffy, open this magical little bottle, squeeze out a few drops and apply them to your eyelids and swollen eye bags. Massage it in a soft way until it is absorbed, and you will notice the change in 10 mins. To be honest, this is not a good serum for daily routine because it is not nourishing, but as an occasional tool to deal with puffiness, it is perfect! Plus its price, less than $7!!! I can't find a reason why you wouldn't buy it!! No matter your skin type and budget, as long as you think you may occasionally need some de-puff products, buy it!!
The Ordinary-Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Bye bye congestion 👋
Holifrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash is great for oily, congested skin. This cleanser has a milky texture and truly removes impurities and leaves the skin so refreshed. Every time I use this wash, my pores are far less noticeable/visible. I highly recommend Holifrog as a brand because their products are high quality and effective. This product retails for $38 but was kindly gifted by the brand.HOLI FROG - Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash
HOLI FROG-Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash
DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream was my first experience in the world of retinol, and is still today my number 1 retinol/anti-aging product. This brand’s retinol product is different from many others. Firstly, it is derived from plants. Secondly it contains many hydrating antioxidant ingredients as well as virgin marula oil which is another product that Drunk Elephant is famous for. This makes the product work well for extremely sensitive skin. 1% is a strong retinol, but if incorporated slow and appropriately, your skin will love it. At 25, I can’t speak to the claims of reducing wrinkles. What I can say is that from the day I started using this product, my skin has looked significantly better than previously. Since day ONE! Rarely do you find a product that gives instant results. After my first use I woke up with plump, hydrated and clear skin. Another thing to note, is that this product works incredibly well for stubborn acne. When I first started using this product I had a large cystic breakout and I could not get rid of it. After using this product my spots decreased in size and inflammation. I think this is a great product for adult acne. Now for the important information. This tube retails for $74 and yes that is very expensive for one single product… But in all honesty I will continue to purchase over and over. The product does last a long time considering you only use a pea size amount. When first starting this product you integrate it into your routine only once a week slowly increasing to two and then every other day. This product also comes with a mini sample of b-hydra, another Drunk Elephant product if purchased at Sephora. Because of the outstanding results and formulation, I give this product 5 stars. It’s on my list of holy grail products and it will stay there. My only critique would be for the packaging to be improved. It’s in a metal tube which is necessary for the formulation, but when the cap is removed the product automatically starts squeezing out.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-A-Passioni Retinol Cream
Eye Mask to de puff !
pixi - DetoxifEYE These Pixi Eye Gels are my favorite eye gels and the only ones I use! They de puff so well. So first the texture, they are a really nice thin consistency. They stay on the eyes really easily without sliding as well. They feel really cooling on the skin too, if you put them in the fridge you get an extra cooling feeing too. Leave them on for about 20min in the morning or the evening. Next the results. This leaves my under eyes noticeably less puffy. They have less inflammation from the morning and night time and I can use less concealer due to this as well. It also leaves my under eyes very hydrated for hours as well. This also can double as catching eye shadow fallout when doing makeup in the morning as well! You can get these for $24 at Target or Pixis website. To be honest they are no really under $20 eye gels on the market so I think this great if your on a mid range budget and can splurge. It also comes with quit a few so the last a while! I would definitely recommend these because they are effective and feel so cooling on my skin!