The BEST Drugstore Make-Up

Make up doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Check out the best of the best drugstore make-up, including foundation, highlighters, bronzer, mascara, setting spray and more. / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Who says good make-up has to be expensive? It doesn’t. You can slay without giving up eating or taking out a small loan. And if you’ve ever thought about getting into make-up but don’t know where to start NOW is the time to get into it. And I’ve got a round up of the best drugstore make-up just for you.

For the purpose of this list, these are all things that can be physically purchased at a store that carries what are considered “drugstore” brands: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Ulta, grocery stores, etc. If you’re looking for things with drugstore prices but can’t necessarily be purchased at a drugstore, stay tuned for my next post featuring affordable make-up.

Presented in order of putting them on ya face:

Primer: Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Smooth – $9.99

Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation – $12.99

Dry skin kids, don’t fret at the word “matte.” I have dry skin and love this foundation. It stays all day, and doesn’t look cakey or weird on my dry skin. I recommend moisturizing, priming, then using this foundation with a very damp beauty blender. The moisturizing and the damp beauty blender make all the difference, I promise.

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – $4.99

Fit Me has been compared to the NARS Creamy Concealer. It’s got a great consistency and is a medium coverage. Plus, at the price, it’s great to get a few different colors for days when you want a super highlighted look vs. just a daily look.

Powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder – $4.99

Bronzer/Contour: Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer – $14.99

Don’t freak out a the price tag, this bronzer is WORTH IT. It’s lasts forever, and the color is the perfect neutral undertone with a warm finish so you can use it for bronzing and for some light contouring. Plus it literally applies like butter. Skip the expensive latte for a few days to justify dropping the $15 dollars on this sucka, and you will not regret it. I have high-end bronzers, and still pick this one everyday. It’s the best of the best drugstore make-up.

Highlighter: Essence Pure Nude Highlighter – $4.49

It’s cult favorite for a reason: the most natural but gorgeous glow. To up the intensity, mist your brush with a setting spray before applying it to make it a little more “wet.” Much like the Butter Bronzer, I have many high end highlighters but use this one daily.

Blush: Makeup Revolution The Matte Blush – $5.00

Super pigmented and a ton of colors. Just make sure to use a light hand when applying.

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational – $8.99

Eyeshadows:

The Maybelline Color Tattoos are cream shadows and they are almost literally tattoos. I used to work triple shifts between working at a gym and waitressing, and could put these on m eyes at 9am, and get home at 3am after a 6pm-2am waitress shift and my eyeshadow would still be flawless without a primer. These are bomb.com.

Eyeliners:

This eyeliner is comparable to Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in “Trooper.” Though this one is a felt tip and the KVD is a brush pen they apply very similarly. KVD may be a smidgen darker, but for the price difference of $16 bucks I’m fine with that.

Stays all day, including the waterline. This liner applies very easily, and also lasts forever.

Setting Spray: Maybelline FaceStudio Master Fix Wear Boosting Setting Spray – $12.99

Comparable to the Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray, IMHO. They even have very similar ingredients lists. I use this as a setting spray, and to help dampen my brush when I want to intensify eyeshadow or highlight colors.

 

Just ’cause the Youtube gurus are using Marc Jacobs and YSL doesn’t mean drugstore make-up isn’t good. Drugstore make-up will still snatch your face, I promise.

Did I miss any other great products? Leave them in the comments!

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Sephora VIB Sale Haul: Bite Beauty, Anastasia Beverly Hills & More

Sephora VIB Sale Haul, ft. Anastasia Beverly Hills, Bite Beauty, Sephora Collection, and Peter Thomas Roth / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

A few weeks ago was the Sephora VIB sale. Twice per year Sephora puts on their 20% off sale for VIB and VIB Rouge members. Bascially, if you spend enough money they reward you by offering you an opportunity to spend more money. How thoughtful, thanks Sephora!

I posted my VIB Sale Wishlist a few weeks back, and may or may not have gotten more than I lusted after. Some of what I originally wanted was sold out (thank god) but I still managed to scoop up a few things that I had my eye on for awhile. It’s hard to look past a 20% off discount when Sephora so rarely does sales like this. And as the Sephora VIB sale only happens twice per year, how can you turn it down?

So let’s take a look at my loot, shall we?

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Allison” – Holiday Kiss Collection

If I could sing to this lipstick, I would. I wore this lipstick 3 times last week and got so many compliments each time I wore it. The formula is the classic ABH matte liquid lip: not too drying, great pigmentation and comfortable to wear. ABH isn’t my favorite formula, but it’s a good one and I looooove this color. It’s a great pinky/purple/brown that is dark but great for daytime as well. And it’s limited edition this holiday season so RUN and get it.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

I had to cash in on this cult favorite. I just recently started doing my brows and needed to try the holy grail brow pencil. Thankfully the color (Soft Brown) is a great neutral/ash brown color that goes well with my brows and my fading red hair color. Though I have nothing to compare it to, the brow pencil is doing exactly what I hoped it would– meaning, it does a good job of helping me add color and shape my brows. I also picked up two other less expensive brow pencils during Black Friday to do a comparison. Look for that blog post in 2017!

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Set

Four neutral color lipsticks all in one cute little package. The colors are all great, but they are sort of hard to apply. I am not sure if it is because they are sample sizes or if it is just how the lipstick is cut, but it was hard to apply with my shaky little hands. I definitely need a lip liner because for some reason I cannot get a straight line around my lips with these. I have yet to try a lip brush because it’s not like I am going to carry around a lip brush with me to touch up my lipstick on the go. But the formula is great and so are the colors.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Oldie but a goodie. If you want an ink-black liquid liner that is super easy to use and stays through the entire day, this liner in “Trooper” is your new best friend. It is worth mentioning that these liners have brush tips as opposed to felt tips, so they are different to apply than regular liquid liners. If you’re not careful when applying then the tip of the liner will give you tiny little split marks where the brush tip fans out. It does take a bit to get used to, but when you get the handle of it this liner is bomb AF.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation

I’m high on a foundation kick right now, and this foundation was on sale for $11 as opposed to it’s usually $24. It had 4/5 stars so I decided to try it out. Though I love the texture, this foundation shows allllllllllllllll of my pores. It sits on top of my skin instead of sinking into it like I’d like, which is a bummer. I have yet to try it with a silicon-based primer, but I have mixed feelings on how this foundation lays. For someone with less textured skin this may be a lot nicer looking, but I don’t think I’m a fan.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Daily Brush Cleaner

This. Sh*t. Is. GOOD. I have a habit of liking the same 2 brushes and using them continuously, and this handy little spray cleans it right off between uses. Two sprays on the brush head and a quick wipe on a towel and the pigment just falls off the brush. My natural hair brushes that seem like they are impossible to get clean look spotless after using this spray. 10/10 recommend to anyone.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Eye Mask

I bought two and have used one so far. Honestly this is my first eye mask so I don’t have any others to compare it to so maybe I’m just not an eye mask person. I noticed no real difference and I don’t think anything I did see couldn’t have also been achieved by using one of my existing moisturizing masks on just my under eye area. Though I will use the one I already purchased, I don’t think I’ll buy it again when I could just use products I already have. Gotta save dat money, ya know?

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic 5-Piece Set

A full review of this set will be going up next week, but the $75 dollar price tag seemed like a good chance to try these 5 super popular masks. I don’t regret purchasing, but am a little disappointed. The only two masks I really like are are the 24K Gold and the Irish Moor Mud masks. If you want all my thoughts on each of the five masks in the set, check out next week’s post for my full review of the set.

And that’s it! Now to wait until Spring for the first 2017 Sephora VIB sale. Until then, tell me what you got. Did you shop it? Did you fill a cart with products and then think better about it and then exit out of the browser really fast? Good, that’s probably what I should have done too. Hindsight, ya know?

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Lorac Mega PRO 3 Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

The Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette (Holiday 2016) features a beautiful mix of cool and warm nude colors... / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Mama got a new baby. And her name is the Lorac Mega PRO 3. And I have swatches. You are welcome.

This palette is part of the Holiday 2016 collection and is a limited edition Ulta Exclusive. It’s the mega version of the regular sized Lorac Pro palette from that year– so this one is based off the Lorac PRO 3. It goes on sale 10/2, but I snagged one early.

A little history: In early 2015 I saw swatches of the original Lorac Mega PRO palette. But holiday time had passed and they weren’t selling them anymore. Bummer but whatever. I moved on. Fast forward to the holidays of 2015 when the Mega PRO 2 came out, but I didn’t have any money. I lusted hard and even got Kimberly from Life of Kimberly (perviously of Blogs for Days) to do a guest post using the palette for an eye look. But yet again, I missed out on getting it.

So last weekend when I got a cute little email to my inbox saying the Lorac Mega PRO 3 was going on special 1-day pre-sale for Ulta Platinum members, I cashed in my Ulta points that I had been saving and snatched it up faster than you could say “PayPal One-Touch.”

The Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette (Holiday 2016) features a beautiful mix of cool and warm nude colors... / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Um, are you hearing the angels sing the “Hallelujah” chorus right now, or is it just me? Because they are singing and they all have gorgeous eyeshadow.

My new child This palette comes with 32 total shades: 16 matte on the first two rows and 16 shimmers on the bottom two rows.  It follows the trend of being mostly rose-gold toned, but has a few blues and purples mixed in, which is awesome. It is similar to the cool nude shades of the regular Lorac Pro 3 but has even more warm nude shades, which helps make the palette very wearable. I can easily see doing neutral looks and more dramatic looks with this one, which is great.

As far as formula, this gal is so creamy and beautiful with a super soft texture. The shades can be kind of powdery though and when grabbing product with a brush, it did kick up a lot of product onto the packaging– which I will discuss later.  Some colors are more pigmented than others but they are all incredibly buildable. Even the purple shades “Dusty Mauve” and “Eggplant” that didn’t swatch so well were very easy to work with and looked beautiful when I used them this morning.  I would recommend using a base or primer with these though so they have something to stick to.

Matte Swatches from the 32 colors in the Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette.Shimmer Swatches from the 32 colors in the Lorac Mega PRO 3 palette.
Unfortunately the beautiful shimmer does not show on my pictures, but trust me, they pack a punch. Some come off straight metallic– like Rose Quartz, Pink Bronze, and Cider– while others offer more of a sheen, like Snow, Bellini, and Pomegranate. I have not tried them wet yet, but I am assuming they would be gorgeous and almost foiled if you used them with some MAC Fix+ or primer water. I’m already thinking ahead to a wedding that I am in in September of 2017 that has a navy theme and how gorrrgeous Rose Quartz would look as an eye look. *heart eyes emoji*

In addition to the beautiful colors, they also passed the wear test by lasting all day on my eyes. Using the Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base, the colors looked just as vibrant when I got home today as they did when I left. Two thumbs up for that.

My tiny complaint is of course… the packaging. The mirror is giant and bomb AF, but I’m not a fan of the white cardboard packaging. Not only does it feel fragile, but it is already dirty. As so much powder gets kicked up when you use it, it why in the world would you make it white?! And because it’s a cardboard package, it’s harder to clean than had it been made of plastic.  I’m also slightly surprised at how small the pans are with only 0.45oz of product.  My research showed that that’s less than the product in the Mega PRO 1 & 2 from years past, but the $59.00 price tag has remained the same. Now I don’t have the 1 & 2 so I can’t speak to quality differences, but it seems fishy that its pricer but less product.

Depsite the downfall of the packaging, I give this little beauty an 8/10. Gorgeous colors and super creamy formula, but the dirty packaging and tiny pan size is a little bit of a turn-off.  This palette goes on sale on 10/2/2016 at Ulta for $59.00, and I would recommend it, despite it’s few downfalls.

Lorac Lovers or Lorac Virgins– what do you think? Will you be purchasing? Let me know your thoughts!

 

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The Ultimate List of Facebook Groups For Make-Up Addicts

Do you ever feel like nobody in your life understands your love of makeup, and you have nobody to ask questions to, or share in excitement with? Welcome to Facebook Groups... // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

If you’re ever feeling alone in something you like– don’t. Welcome to the world of Facebook Groups.

My beauty product obsession is only an interest I developed in the last few years. And until recently, I was pretty alone in that obsession, especially when I was living at home in Ohio. There are only so many times you can show your cat mom a swatch of a lipstick before she goes to her bedroom and locks the door.

So I turned to Facebook Groups to help curb my addiction for talking about products. To this day these groups are still the reason why I have yet to delete my personal Facebook. It’s not very often that you can get a group of women and men together who will all fan girl over a Sephora shipping notification with you, or help you guess the brand/shade of a lipstick that a celeb is photographed wearing. And all from the comfort of your own home!

Get a new lipstick and you’re feeling yourself? Post it to the group, and share with (literally) thousands of others.  Curious if a product is worth the hype? Ask the group and get answers immediately. I’m serious– there is even a woman who is SO talented at creating these gorgeous, intricate eyeshadow looks that there is currently a campaign going to get her to create a Youtube channel or to study make-up professionally. Outside of Alpha Delta Pi, never have I ever belonged to a group of such supportive people.

Obviously there are bound to be a ton of these groups, but I do have a few favorites.

Make Up Tips Connection

This was the first group I joined. It had a few thousand members when I found it, and now it’s got nearly 20,000. This is the perfect place for product recommendations, to ask questions, gossip over the beauty guru committee (like the Kat Von D & Jeffrey Star Cosmetics feud?! DAMN!), and more. People even post selfies with “How do I look?” or “Make-up looks banging today, just needed to share with people who understand!” and everyone is pretty much always very nice and encouraging. Even if you’re a make-up newbie, this is a great group to join.

ColourPop Fanatics

This group is dedicated purely to ColourPop Cosmetics (as you can tell from the title) so if you’re a ColourPop fan, I highly recommend joining. Not only is it the best place to hear about new releases, see swatches, examples of make-up looks using ColourPop products, etc, but it also has a really great community feel with people thanks to creator of the group hosting giveaways and other games.

Everything Makeup, Hair & More

This one is as large as Make Up Tips Connection, but has a much different feel. People “go live” a lot in this one and just hang out and chat while they do their make-up or hair. And as you can guess from the title, a lot more general beauty topics are discussed instead of just make-up. It’s less informational than the other two, and more of a community-based group.

Makeup Addicts

Though the other groups seem to have a wide variety of genders, this one has a wider variety of ages. It also seems to be a much more international place– with (I THINK, so sorry if I am just an ignorant American and am so wrong) a large proportions of Australians. A lot of the references that are made that I don’t always understand, but everyone is again super supportive. If you’re outside the U.S., I would check this one out. Everyone is really nice and helpful, and is great for reviews.

 

And those are just my favorite beauty Facebook Groups. If you’re looking for a great online forum, just search your interests on Facebook and I guarantee there is a group out there for you. This social media age is great (and a little creepy) for finding people who are interested in the same things you are.

Have any makeup Facebook Groups you love? Let me know. I’m already in six, what’s a few more?!

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ColourPop Lipstick Collection & Reviews

If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Hello, my name is Kelsey and I am in the midst of a ColourPop lipstick addiction.

(Hiiiiiiiii Kelsey.)

I know I shouldn’t even bother explaining ColourPop (thanks to the hype from the Kyle Jenner Lip Kits dupe drama— Google that ish if you don’t know what I’m talking about), but in case you don’t know what it is, or are my mother, then here we go.

ColourPop is an online beauty brand that sells crazy affordable make-up that is great quality.  They’re best known for their lip products and their Super Shock Shadows, but they also do highlights, blushes, bronzers, eye liners, brow products, and sculpting sticks. And for how affordable they are, it’s not hard to get hooked.

In my case, it started out innocently enough. Two liquid lipsticks and an eyeshadow. And then there were three liquid lipsticks. Then there was a 20% off sale and then.. well.. You saw the picture above. I have developed a tiny collection.

And that isn’t even all of them. I have two Ultra Satin lips and a Lippie Stix missing from this that have gone AWOL.

Though ColourPop is known for their Ultra Mattes, I very much prefer the Ultra Satins.

ColourPop's "November" and "StingRAYE" are to die for. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

On the left is November, a ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip, next to StringRAYE, a ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip (that is a dupe for Jeffree Star’s Androgyny and is being discontinued on August 18th so RUN AND GO GET IT NOW!). The difference in the formula is very apparent. The Ultra Mattes tend to be much dryer and the Ultra Satins have a mousser texture that is much more comfortable to wear.

Some swatches of ColourPop Cosmetics liquid lipsticks. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

My go-to is Midi, an Ultra Matte, and November, the Ultra Satin.  I also love Alyssa, another Ultra Satin that is slightly more mauve-y. Both are great for everyday wear.

ColourPop’s Lippie Stix are also great. I find myself reaching for these when I’m looking for something I’m not worried about wearing off my lips or looking uneven throughout the day. I highly recommend them for an understated work-appropriate lip color.

A couple ColourPop Lippie Stix, each in a different finish. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Pictured above is Creature, Cami, Frida and Aquarius, all of which have different finishes. Though the Frida, the Satin finish, is my go-to, I do love Aquarius over a pink lip liner, and am dyyyying for fall to hit so I can start wearing Creature.  Cami, the Matte X finish, is a beautiful color, but because it is so matte, I have to prep with an exfoliant and lip balm before I wear it.  I’m hoping Creature, a regular Matte finish, will be more comfortable.An example of each of the finishes of ColourPop Lippie Stix. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Despite my undying love for the ColourPop lipstick, I do have one complaint. The logo on the packaging rubs off quite easily– as you can see in the first picture.

I used to think people that got hung up on packaging were crazy… until now. I am the kind of person that gets excited over packaging. When did that happen?

I get a weird thrill out of seeing each ColourPop lipstick in a row, all nice and neat.  Maybe it’s because I clearly have a thing for the same color family– (they are all DIFFERENT when you put them on the lips! I promise!)– but there is something about seeing all of them lined up, in color order, showing off their pristine ColourPop logos that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. I’m assuming this is how men feel when a fancy car engine revs.

HOWEVER. The liquid branding rubs off SO easily– as you can tell in the picture above. I know I shouldn’t gripe about a $6.00 lipstick, but having the logo rub off so quickly kind of ruins the whole warm-fuzzy-feeling thing. “Midi” took an all day trip in my purse and when I pulled her out to put her away at night, the logo was gone!  Disappointing, as she is one of my favorites.

Aside from that, I’m a happy camper.

If you’ve never tried a ColourPop lipstick, I recommend taking a look around the website. First time customers can get a $5.00 off coupon, which basically means a free lipstick. And who doesn’t want a free lipstick?

Are you a ColourPop junkie as well? Tell me what you have/what I need to get in the future. Or, if you have other lipstick brands I should try, let me know in the comments!

**It wasn’t until the end of this that I realized I was referring to my lippies as “she” but whatever. Dudes can call their cars by the female pronoun, then I can call my make-up “her”.

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