4.24.2017

10 Classic Drugstore Makeup Buys You Need to Try



Hey y'all! I was strolling down the aisles of the drugstore recently (this happens more often than I'd like to admit) and instead of being drawn to all of the NEW stuff, I decided revist some classics. You know, those makeup products you always hear about or maybe even forgot about. I thought I'd share 10 of my tried-and-true classic drugstore makeup buys you need to try:


FOUNDATIONS

For foundations, I chose two from L'Oreal. First up is a dry skin fave, L'Oreal True Match Lumi. It's a gorgeous luminous makeup that is very similar to the $64 Armani one. I even tested it for a dupe here.

For combo and slightly oily skin, I always recommend L'Oreal True Match. The shade range is really impressive--I love that it comes in neutral undertones (me) as well.


MASCARA

If I'm ever in a mascara rut and can't find one to wear (#beautybloggerprobs) I always go back to L'Oreal Voluminous. Pictured is a waterproof, Carbon Black version, but the original is my fave. It gives nice volume and is easy to wear.

For my friends who don't really wear makeup or mascara, or those who want something a little more natural looking, I recommend to them Maybelline Full N' Soft. It really is a classic mascara and can be hard to find sometimes, but it's stuck around for a reason--nice, fluffy lashes with no clumps.

Note: I didn't mention Maybelline Great Lash--the pink and green tube--it was the first mascara I ever used, and so many tubes are sold every minute, but I've never liked it. Do you?


EYELINER

Wet N Wild Megaliner is a classic opaque liner that removes easily with water. It's $3.99 and it's great for winged liner.

If you just can't figure out eyeliner, gel liner in a pot, like Maybelline Gel Liner. It's easy to use. Beauty Tip: I store mine upside down so it won't dry out.

WIPES + DRY SHAMPOO


There are cheaper options available, but when it doubt, I've been a long time fan of the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. They've never aggrivated my skin and remove makeup very well.

I've tried just about every dry shampoo under the sun (seriously, check posts here and here) and Batiste Dry Shampoo will always be under my counter. Beauty Tip: Love dry shampoo but hate the white cast it can leave? Try this tip! It works (Batiste has brunette versions btw).




BLUSH + POLISH

For that one blush you need to own, that looks good on just about everyone, Milani Luminoso is at the top of the list. It's peachy-pink shade has the slightest kiss of a glow. It's so pretty on skin. 

There's a reason you'll always see Essie Ballet Slippers on every "best of" list: it's a neutral polish that just works.

We're just scratching the surface here!
Which classic drugstore products are must-haves for you?


Extra Elle:

Random fact, but I love the movie Donnie Darko--never saw it in theatres, so when a local one was showing it for the 15 anniversary, I had to! It was worth it.

Went on a mask-buying spree at Urban Oufitters! I've been trying them out here and there.

4.21.2017

5 Things I Am Super Lazy About + 5 Things I Am NOT Lazy About

It's Friday and my mind is already in weekend mode. I have a bunch of beauty posts lined up, but today I'm feeling lazy and I wanted to chat. That got me to thinking--what are you lazy about? What things *must* you do? I chose 5 for each topic, but easily could have gone on and on. I can't wait to hear your answers!

I typed in "lazy" and this is what came up. Looks like anything but lazy, right?
5 Things I Am Super Lazy About

Packing--I love to travel. LOVE it. But packing? Even for an overnight trip? Nah, I leave that until the very last possible second. Note: I must unpack the second I get home.

Making my bed--I know, I know. This is my secret shame that I never share because I get SO judged for it. In my defense, I have a pup that loves to mess up the sheets and comforter AND pillows. I throw the comforter over the bed and then straighten everything up right before I get in at night. No one ever sees my room, so it's no big deal.

Unloading the dishwasher/Washing dishes--I tend to use my dishwasher as more of a dish drainer, but while I was so sick, I ran that sucker constantly. And then didn't unload it. My dishes are few--I am bad about washing coffee mugs and whatever fork I used that day. I'm generally a clean freak, but slack in this area.

Email--I am THE WORST at responding to emails. I am usually reading them while nannying, so I'll take a quick read and then promptly forget to respond. It's not personal, y'all. I swear.

Untying my shoes--I get judged for this too! I see it as I'm on the go, so I need to put those shoes on as fast as possible, whether it's taking Charlie for a walk or chasing after all of the kids in my life.


5 Things I Am NOT Lazy About

Putting the toilet paper roll on the RIGHT way--I thought everyone did this, but no. I've gone to houses where the new roll was on top of an empty one. The horror! And we all know there's only one way to put the tp on the roll.

Waking up--I'm not a hit snooze kind of person. I wake up, usually right before the alarm (boo) and then think of what I'm thankful for or a few things that make me happy. It's a nice way to start off my morning.

Laundry--I don't let it pile up and I don't let the dryer go on and on. I fold it all as soon as it's out the dryer. I'm about 90% good at putting it away though! Ironing will not be discussed at this time!

Getting gas--I have this paranoia that I'll be stranded somewhere, which is absurd because I live in the city. I'm not crazy-obsessed with getting gas, but I don't let it get lower than 1/4 of a tank.

Removing makeup--Even on my most tired, sick, stay-up-late days, I *have* to remove that makeup. I just feel dirty with it on. Keep makeup wipes in your nightstand if you need to for such makeup removal emergencies.

Now it's your turn! 
What are you lazy and NOT lazy about?


Extra Elle:
Did you try the Starbucks Unicorn frapp? I was surprised at the backlash and food shaming--there are drinks already that have way more sugar/calories than this. I wrote an Instagram post on it, here.

Today I'm at the grand opening of a new Sephora at Buckhead Exchange in Atlanta! I'll be livestreaming and everything on Instagram. Come see me and let's shop! I'll have a full write up next week.

4.19.2017

NEW Sephora VIB Sale Picks--The Latest Makeup You Need to Try




It's that time of year again, y'all! Sephora is having a sale! For the spring VIB sale, they're giving rouge members 15% off using the code ROUGESPRING. The sale ends 4-24, so don't miss out!

Now I normally pepper my VIB sale picks with tried and true products and always suggest stocking up on faves.


But this time, I wanted to share ALL NEW MAKEUP. These new releases are really good and if you're looking to splurge, give these 10 NEW Sephora VIB Sale picks a try:








LIPS

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick
An ultra-matte liquid lipstick with insane color payoff and crazy long wear. $20
--Incredible staying power

tarte Rainforest of The Sea™ Color Splash Lipstick
A long-wearing and moisture-rich, full-coverage lipstick in an array of creamy shades. $21
--Because I'm a sucker for gorgeous packaging

A full-coverage lacquer lipstick that delivers high shine and intense color with just one swipe. $35
--I'm in love with the shades of these! Dior never does me wrong.

Tools


Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray
A powerful yet gentle makeup remover spray that instantly dissolves makeup in one swipe and leaves skin nourished and refreshed. $26
--Check out the rest of this line--it's all good for removing makeup

GLAMGLOWGLOWSETTER™ Makeup Setting Spray
A hydrating, refreshing setting mist that perfects and finishes makeup, energizes skin, and boosts radiance for an instant, sexy Hollywood glow. $26
--Green tea and charged water make this spray work really well

tarte Make Believe In Yourself: Magic Wands Brush Set
A limited-edition set of five vegan, cruelty-free, fairytale-inspired makeup brushes. $39
--No explanation needed. I mean LOOK at them!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Line Up Makeup Tape
This high-quality, medical-grade tape has multiple uses for makeup application from perfecting winged eye looks to creating precise nail art or protecting against makeup fallout. The tape is breathable and easy to remove. $6
--Great tape with lots of uses

Glow

rms beauty Champagne Rosé Luminizer
The Champagne Rosé Luminizer is a sophisticated, rosé highlighter. It leaves your complexion with just the amount of radiance for an ethereal glow. $38
--I have the original and it is the most natural glow ever. One container will last for ages.

Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Palette
A limited-edition eye shadow palette featuring the ultimate library of 30 natural-looking, must-have shades. $59
--It's just so pretty, y'all.

Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Twinkle
A long-lasting, highlighting and luminizing powder in a perfect, nude-pink shade.  $39
--A highlighter in a shade that I don't own...yet.

Which of these caught your eye?
Are you going to buy anything during the VIB Sale?

Extra Elle: Speaking of Sephora, I'm giving away $200 gift card to Sephora! Be sure to click on the post and enter via Rafflecopter!

Do you follow me on Instagram? You might have seen these brushes that I found at Walmart from MODA. They are so good and so inexpensive!



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