Beauty, Makeup

Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation 

A while ago, I mentioned that I was trying a bunch of drugstore foundations to review. It’s been an interesting experience because I’m just so used to ridiculously expensive foundations from Sephora, but I’ve found a few gems. One such gem is the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, which can be purchased from Target and similar stores for only $6.

Now, this foundation is not without its flaws, but I’m just stunned that something can perform so well and cost only $6! I was very impressed by the range of shades in this foundation line. They also have two different formulations. I purchased the Matte + Poreless one because I hate looking oily, but they also have a Dewy + Smooth formula if you’re someone who has drier skin or you just prefer a dewy finish.

There are two drawbacks to this foundation. First, it doesn’t last all day. I do find that about halfway through the work day, I feel like the foundation has pretty much completely faded away. Also, I find that I have to apply quite a bit of this foundation in order to get my desired look. But, still, it is only $6 so I don’t mind having to put on a few extra coats.

Overall, I do like this foundation. It blends very easily with the assistance of my damp beauty blender. It creates a medium-coverage, natural-looking finish. Also, it covers my acne pretty well, so I don’t need to use as much concealer afterwards. If you’re on a budget and you need a great foundation, I think this one is a pretty safe bet!

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Skincare

Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser 

The other day, I was at the drugstore walking through the skincare aisle. Of all the expensive and inexpensive cleansers I’ve used over the years, I’ve never found one that I feel particularly loyal to. I have never used a cleanser that seemed to be solely responsible for helping my skin. In fact, most of the time, nothing changes about my skin when I change cleansers. Because of that, I’ve become a bit disillusioned when it comes to cleansers. As long as my skin feels clean at the end of the day, I’m pretty happy. Because of that, I decided to take a chance on a $5 cleanser from the drugstore: the Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser.

This cleanser promises a tingling sensation which I thought was odd. Usually, you don’t want your skincare to burn you or cause tingling sensations. However, this just kind of makes your skin feel cold and minty. I don’t know if it is cleansing my pores more deeply, but I do love the scent. It’s kind of minty mixed with something else (maybe eucalyptus?)

The main attraction of this cleanser is that it is oil-free. I know that lots of people with acne-prone skin find that certain oils can help their acne, but I find that almost anything with oil breaks me out further. I’m happy to report that this cleanser has not caused my acne to get worse at all. I don’t think it’s making it any better though either.

Overall, I like this cleanser. My skin feels clean after I use it, it smells great, and it’s only $5. Will I repurchase it? Probably not. As I said at the beginning of this post, I don’t yet have any loyalty towards one specific cleanser.

What about you? Do you have a holy grail cleanser that you absolutely swear by? I’d love to know!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

L’Oréal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender 

In high school and college, my brows were a little overplucked and thin. Lately, however, I’ve been embracing bold brows and enjoying using different products to fill them out. Recently, I tried the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender. This product can be purchased from Target and similar retailers for about $9.

There are two sides to this product: a flat, dense brush on the one end and a creamy brown crayon for pigmentation. Overall, while I’ve been liking more defined, bold brows, this is just a bit too much for me. The crayon portion adds a lot more pigmentation than I expected. I prefer brow products with a lighter texture that I can build up for my desired look, but this one is just a streak of bold drama that is hard to blend. The blending brush on the other end is kind of awkward to use, but maybe that’s just because I’m so used to brow products having a spooly on the end instead of a flat brush. After a lot of practice, I think I have a handle on this and I can make it work, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing this one. It’s just such a dense product and it’s more noticeable than I prefer. Also, the difficulty with blending knocks it down on my list too. I would only suggest this one to someone who REALLY wants extremely bold brows.

What’s your favorite brow-enhancing product? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Almay Pen Eyeliner 

Almay makes some of my very favorite eyeliners. I was really excited to try one of their newer ones: the Almay Pen Eyeliner in Brown. This can be purchased from Target or similar stores for $6.

The Almay eyeliners I love are pencils, but I still had high hopes for this liquid eyeliner. I really wanted to find a great drugstore liquid eyeliner option. Unfortunately, this was not it! The formulation was okay and pigmented, but the applicator itself was atrocious. The tip has no give and is just too stiff. It’s almost painful to pull it across the eyelid, and it was so hard to get it to the edge of the lash line. To make matters worse, the “innovative ballpoint tip” makes it pretty much impossible to make the sharp lines necessary for a winged eye look. After struggling for an unfortunate amount of time to apply this eyeliner, I was also disappointed by it’s staying power. It faded quickly and one eye did get smudged after only an hour or so. Overall, I recommend passing on this product!

Are there any great drugstore liquid eyeliners that you’ve tried? Please, let me know because I’d very much like to try something else!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer 

I’ve been paranoid about my under eye circles ever since an aunt of mine pointed them out when I was sixteen and told me, “They’ll never go away. They’ll just get darker the older you get.” This was kind of her to point out since every sixteen year old needs more insecurity in her life. Anyway, this started me on a quest to prove her wrong and I’ve invested in countless eye creams and concealers ever since. Recently, I was encouraged to try the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. I picked up the shade “Fair” from Target for $7 which is an awesome price.

This is by far one of the best under eye concealers I’ve ever used. It’s creamy and kind of dry which helps it to cover well and stay in place. It doesn’t sink into any lines underneath my eyes, and I don’t even need to use a setting powder with it (although, to be fair, I rarely need a setting powder under my eye). The coverage of this concealer is phenomenal and it is so incredibly easy to blend. You can blend it just as easily with your fingers as you can a beauty blender because of its texture.

My friend Katie mentioned that she uses this concealer on acne and other parts of her face as well, so I tried to give it a shot there too. It was still great! It covered even my peskiest zits and lasted for a fairly long time. I did find that applying it on parts of my face other than under my eye worked better with the beauty blender. I did need a setting powder over my acne bits, but that’s pretty normal for me.

Overall, I was blown away by this concealer. Not to sound like a snob, but I don’t try drugstore makeup on my face very often. This has definitely inspired me to try more though because I was just so impressed. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this over and over again, and I recommend this to anyone who wants something inexpensive but high coverage for their under eyes.

So, since I’m going to try more drugstore makeup, what do you think I should try? Please, leave your suggestions in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Skincare

Tom’s Long Lasting Deodorant 

Every so often, I go on an all-natural kick when I try to use the most natural skincare and makeup products and I try to eat super healthy and do yoga constantly. These moods usually last like two weeks max because I will inevitably miss my Dior lipsticks and cheeseburgers, but sometimes I discover some cool things that I still use after I’ve had one of these health sprees. One such thing is Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant in Wild Lavender.  This product is available at Target stores for about $4.50.

Now, to be honest, I don’t love all-natural deodorants because they don’t really work as well as more traditional brands. This one is no exception – I use an antiperspirant during the day instead of this product. But I still LOVE this product because of the smell. It smells so soothing. The lavender scent is so natural and doesn’t have any of the weird artificial chemical scent of most drugstore lavender products. (This scent serious rivals the lavender products of super-luxurious L’Occitane). I shower at night and then I use this product because the scent just helps me relax and unwind. Also, I feel like the product moisturizes my armpits, which is something I never thought of needing before. Armpits do get dry from shaving and I think that some powdery-scented deodorants that work well also dry them out further. So, I like giving my pits a break at night by using this soothing product. This is kind of a weird post because I’m not endorsing this product for the way it was really intended, but I still wanted to share in case anyone else loves lavender scents or has dry armpits.

 

 

 

Beauty, nails

Be a Little Sinful 

I tend to go in phases when it comes to nail polish. I’ll spend weeks with very neutral polishes and then I’ll just need a burst of color. I’ve also found that it’s just not worth it for me to pay a lot for nail color. I work in a library where I’m constantly touching things, so my polish chips pretty easily. I also have very soft, brittle nails naturally, so that doesn’t help at all. While I love brands like China Glaze, OPI, and Essie, they just don’t last any longer for me than drugstore brands (even when paired with a base coat and top coat). Because of that my very favorite nail polish brand is Sinful Colors, which can be purchased at nearly any drugstore or grocery store.

I love the amazing variety of colors in this collection. You can literally find anything you’re looking for – and most of the bottles are only $2. That’s a price that just can’t be beat. There are a variety of finishes from ultra sparkly to very matte, and it’s incredible how quickly they dry. Multiple times a year, they’ll run special promotions where they debut new themed shades (similar to the promotions that OPI runs), and right now they are collaborating with vlogger Kandee Johnson on a special collection that I love because it contains a whole lot of sparkle!

Now, if you have fabulous, strong nails that hold color well and you find that more expensive brands genuinely last longer for you, then I completely understand if this won’t be your new go-to brand. But this is still a great brand if you just want to try out a new or trendy color. For instance, I found a teal recently that I just wasn’t sure if I could rock, but I figured that $2 wasn’t too risky, and it has ended up being my favorite spring pedicure look so far this season! So, next time you’re in Kroger or Walgreens, just check them out and see if any of the shades stand out to you.

Makeup

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer 

I know I promote a lot of expensive products on this blog, but there’s one category of beauty products where I rarely feel the need to splurge: brow products! My favorite one right now is the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer, but there are also some great ones by Almay and Maybelline.

The $9 L’Oreal brow product absolutely rivals the $30+ brow products at Sephora. Trust me, I’ve used a lot of them. I think that the best thing about this product is that it is so easy to blend. It fills out my brows without making them look too dark or overly done. Super bold eyebrows that look drawn on with a sharpie look ridiculous to me. I think that brows should look defined but natural, which is why I gravitate towards brow pencils instead of gels. They are much easier to blend with a spooly.

So, if you’re in the market for a natural brow look and you just want to fill them in a bit, don’t waste your money on super expensive products from Anastasia or even Benefit when the perfect solution is available at the drugstore!

Beauty, lips, Makeup

Rimmel Provocalips 

Wedding and picnic season is upon us, and so begins the hours of outdoor events without easy access to bathrooms for our lip touch-up needs. I’m going to be completely honest here – I typically hate long-wear lipsticks. If the color needs to be sold alongside a topcoat, then I am almost certain that I am going to hate the product because my lips are going to be insanely dry by the end of the day. However, I watched a great review of the Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour, and I just had to see how it worked for myself.

Above are the four shades that I purchased. From top to bottom: Dare to Pink, I’ll Call You, Little Minx, and Kiss Me You Fool. They retail at the drugstore for $6.99, but they also always seem to be buy one get one half off!

Each tube comes with two doe foot applicators. One for the color and one for the sheer topcoat. The formula on this product applies very easily and goes on easily to the lips. It is opaque with just one coat but then it does take a bit of time for the color to dry. The topcoat should not be applied until the color is completely dry.

I have tested each of the shades, and the formula seems about the same for each color, which is nice. I hate when I love one shade but then I buy a darker shade and it lacks the same opacity or ease of use. I’ve found that a thin layer of color is the key to getting the color to last all day. If you apply too much color, the odds of it peeling off seem to increase. The topcoat will need to be reapplied every so often either way, but you can also use any sort of balm/clear gloss in its place if you desire.

There are two things that set this product apart from other long-wear lipsticks, and these are the reasons I actually want to use these products. First, these colors are not matte! Even once the topcoat has faded, there is still a substantial amount of shine. Second, these products do not dry out the lips as much as most long-wear lipsticks. Yes, my lips are noticeably dryer by the end of the day, but it’s not an unmanageable or gross amount of dryness. It’s dry enough that I wouldn’t want to wear these several days in a row, but it’s still just so much better than most long-wear lipsticks. So, if you have a special event coming up and you need a product that stands a chance at actually lasting all day long, give these a try!

Skincare

Eucerin Daily Protection Body Lotion 

It feels like summer if here! Today in Cincinnati, it is nearly 90 degrees!!! As last weekend’s trip to King’s Island reminded me, SPF is more crucial now than ever. (Yes, my nose is still sunburned but thankfully exfoliation has eliminated peeling). To be honest, SPF should really be applied to all exposed skin if someone is going outside, despite the season. I’ve found that the easiest way for me to remember to apply this to my body is to have it included in my morning lotion. That’s why I love using Eucerin Daily Protection Body Lotion.

This lotion contains SPF 15, which is a relatively low amount but it’s enough for small ventures outdoors. You’re definitely going to need to reapply or use an additional sunscreen if you’re going outside for the entire day though. It does smell faintly of sunscreen but the scent fades very quickly.

The texture of this lotion is pretty thin and watery, which is what I prefer in the morning because it seems to dry so quickly. Also, this one is available at nearly any drugstore or grocery story and it is very affordable. Prices may vary by store, but it seems to retail for between $8-12. That’s a great deal for 16.9 oz. Eucerin is also a really great brand for sensitive skin. Their products are very gentle and I feel like their lotions even improve the texture of my skin. I used to spend an unfortunate amount of money on expensive lotions, but I’ve realized that the affordable Eucerin lotions are just as good or better than the ones I’ve used from L’Occitane, Clinique, and Bliss. For my standard, unscented lotions, the Eucerin brand is the one I’m going to be reaching for from now on.