The Best Dry Shampoo I’ve ever used- Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo

On their website, Suave claims that this product works as well as Rene Furterer’s Dry Shampoo. You know what, it smells a hell of a lot better too.  You spray this dry shampoo on your limp, greasy locks (patently unfair, after all conventional wisdom has us not washing our hair every day, why must it always look like your stylist is Ponyboy??) holding the can about 8 inches (I do 6) from your head and I swear on my Chanel foundation brush it makes your hair look like you just got a blowout! When the product fog lifts you find it zaps away all grease and limpness. The limpness oh the limpness, it is banished as this knight in yummy patronus-y waves of clean hair glory sweeps in and takes care of business. The only thing that could make it even more perfect is if it took on the lemon verbena fragrance of Oscar Blandi’s pronto dry shampoo. If this is what the rest of the line is like, I can’t wait to try it!

The Best Natural-looking Mascara Out There- Maybelline Full N’Soft Mascara

Ladies, put down that damn tube of Maybelline Great Lash, it is the biggest lie of our time that all these damn beauty editors keep promoting Great Lash mascara while they leave it’s prettier sister in the dark all for themselves (I can only assume.) Maybelline Full N’Soft mascara (I get the waterproof one) goes on light and lovely, it’s the Cinderella of affordable mascaras. All of it’s ugly stepsisters somehow get pushed to the front of the line, screeching for their turn to dance with the Prince while our heroine remains uncelebrated by it’s insanely jealous competition. It gives your lashes just enough definition to make those peepers shine, and it has never clumped up on me. I was searching for a daily use, less dramatic replacement for my beloved DiorShow mascara (which let me tell you is PERFECT for a night out, but I digress) seeing as how spending $24 on a mascara seemed positively scandelous at the time, and I stumbled upon this beauty at Target. Lets keep with the bullet points for now:

  • It goes on well, no clumps
  • light and natural coverage, no scary spider eyes, I’m looking at YOU Yzma!
  • stays on all day and through a gym workout (the waterproof one)
  • washes off well*
  • lengthens and plumps up your lashes a beautiful (and believable) amount 
  • is perfect for day and night! (especially for those of you wary of too much eye makeup)

I’m hoping that you all read this and switch immediately, because really, Full N’Soft is the way to go! 

Mascara, You’re doing it Wrong.

She must have been using several coats of XXL Waterproof.

*Consider this a public service announcement Ladies, buy a makeup remover! It helps your complexion and gets rid of your makeup properly with none of those pesky burning sensations like soap!

Cover Girl CG Smoothers Pressed Powder

This lovely, lovely powder I discovered way back in the day when boy bands were still relevant and I still use it to this day. It’s a great powder for touch ups to your foundation throughout the day and also goes on well. It literally never, ever cakes up on me and I pile this stuff on like it’ll bring me a man or something. The best things about this powder are as follows:

  1. You can keep putting it on all day and it never looks cakey (yes, that’s a word)
  2. It sets your foundation beautifully 
  3. It minimizes pores and shine
  4. You can use it on it’s own (just take care to moisturize well first)
  5. It smells nice, like the old school powder your Mom used to wear. Whenever I open a fresh one I inhale and think of pearls, lipstick and watching my Mom get ready for social occasions.

The best part though? Stick it in your bag on a night out and you have no qualms whipping it out in a bar bathroom to touch yourself up after some exuberant dancing.

N.Y.C. Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder in Pink Cheek Glow

The latest foray into my drugstore diva-ness actually comes from a lesson learned a few years ago. I was coming home from a domestic flight and the airline lost my luggage, in which I had packed all of my makeup. (Sigh I know, never again) In a midnight panic I ran to the drugstore to find cheapie replacements for all of my gorgeous cosmetics until my luggage showed up. I picked up the sweet little color wheel by N.Y.C. in Pink Cheek Glow to use as a blush.* Lucky for me it worked very well! The coverage is nice and light (which I think is essential for blush, there is no need to go around looking like a living photoshoped ad, no one wants to see that much cheekbone) and gives you a healthy pink glow. The color lasted most of the workday, which was good, but it was a little too pink for me (sadly). This color will impart a healthy glow to our fair skinned, cool toned girls that will leave them looking as fresh as a pink daisy. If I was ever to buy this product again I would go with their rose glow instead; it has warmer tones which I look for in all of my makeup.

http://www.newyorkcolor.com/products/face/powder/color-wheel-mosaic-face-powder

*Zetus lupetus leave me alone in Bloomies or in a CVS and I will find my way to a makeup counter/section and find something I like. I wish there were a term for it like, some sort of Cosmetic Honey Badger.

Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet/Dry Shadow

Ok, Ok I KNOW it’s not found in a drugstore but they retail for $7 (often less because Victoria is intent on constantly slashing prices, the minx that she is) and they are a great product for everyday wear. I think the best shade is a gorgeous peachy bronze called hot ginger. It goes on well (usually a couple of layers will do you), and stays on for hours at a time. The shimmer isn’t too much so that you can’t wear this product at work, and best of all it’s the perfect size to just throw in your bag for touch ups throughout the day! I usually pat it on with an eyeshadow brush and toss it in my bag for touch ups. You can just use your fingers. HOWEVER, like any shadow DON’T DROP IT, I dropped my poor hot ginger and the whole dome portion of the shadow cracked up. Luckily, the rest of the packaging has room for plenty of more product, so I’m not entirely out of a color.  I haven’t tried using it as a wet eyeshadow yet, but I’m guessing plum crazy and espresso lane would look gorgeous on a night out. (complete side note, who’s job is it to name these things? I want to go to there so badly!)

Alright Ladies and Lads, the first product that I am going to post on is Cover Girl’s NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, or as I like to call it, that Taylor Swift makeup.  This stuff goes on well with just your fingers, splendidly with a foundation brush, and also well with a makeup sponge. The coverage is buildable, so if you only want a bit you just need one layer. If you are like me, and prefer more coverage, usually about two layers provides extremely good coverage. The strongest assets of this product are it’s
lightweight feel,
 it’s natural dewy look, 
and the easy buildable coverage.
With some light powder adjustments every couple of hours or so (I do every hour but I’m a huge makeup junkie) this foundation will take you through the workday and slide right into cocktails still fresh as ever. The best product I can think to compare it to is Clinique’s Perfectly Real Foundation but without the price. (I also found that after a while, Clinique’s Perfectly Real Foundation started to look simply terrible on me, Cover Girl’s NatureLuxe is a welcome replacement for that same effortless coverage and dewy feel) It retails for about $12 at your local grocery store, and Cover Girl even offers a money back guarantee if you aren’t completely satisfied with the product.  The only downside I can think of is while it is great in the winter, sometimes liquid foundations feel a bit slick in the summer. If you set your foundation with a dusting of powder then it will help to counteract this feeling.
For reference, my skin type is combination skin. Please feel free to post any questions or comments!

Alright Ladies and Lads, the first product that I am going to post on is Cover Girl’s NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, or as I like to call it, that Taylor Swift makeup.  This stuff goes on well with just your fingers, splendidly with a foundation brush, and also well with a makeup sponge. The coverage is buildable, so if you only want a bit you just need one layer. If you are like me, and prefer more coverage, usually about two layers provides extremely good coverage. The strongest assets of this product are it’s

  1. lightweight feel,
  2.  it’s natural dewy look,
  3. and the easy buildable coverage.

With some light powder adjustments every couple of hours or so (I do every hour but I’m a huge makeup junkie) this foundation will take you through the workday and slide right into cocktails still fresh as ever. The best product I can think to compare it to is Clinique’s Perfectly Real Foundation but without the price. (I also found that after a while, Clinique’s Perfectly Real Foundation started to look simply terrible on me, Cover Girl’s NatureLuxe is a welcome replacement for that same effortless coverage and dewy feel) It retails for about $12 at your local grocery store, and Cover Girl even offers a money back guarantee if you aren’t completely satisfied with the product.  The only downside I can think of is while it is great in the winter, sometimes liquid foundations feel a bit slick in the summer. If you set your foundation with a dusting of powder then it will help to counteract this feeling.

For reference, my skin type is combination skin. Please feel free to post any questions or comments!

"I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one’s best physical features."

Vivienne Westwood