Makeup Revolution and Essence products! Both brands have so many amazing products for such low prices! Some are even better than high end ones I've tried that are similar to them!
I am so tired of hearing about Makeup Revolution on Instagram! lol
Essence is so amazing.... I own a ton of their lip products. I am so jealous of the European countries that get their full line up.
Unflavored lip balms. I don't want my lip balm to taste like anything, or I'll just sit there and lick at it. This is great for product sales, not so good for my lips. A light scent, provided it's not too much like candy or sugar, is fine, but I just want it to keep my lips soft, not be an all day snack.And a personal shout out to the plain old, bottom of the line Blistex stick (plain or mint). Works like gangbusters, cheap as old chips, available everywhere. I've tried a number of the new, trendy balms, and I always keep going back.
Preach! :)I used to be quite hooked on Blistex too, but have recently switched to Carmex Moisture Plus. I've only been able to find it at Walgreens, which is a pain, but I love it!
You can find Carmex at The Dollar Tree for $1 - everything's $1. I also love Babylips from Maybelline.
Estee Lauder ANR!
The Avon Eye Makeup Remover Lotion... It's fantastic for removing regular and waterproof eye makeup. It's pretty much the same as the Benefit They're Real Makeup remover, but it's $4 and Avon often has it on sale for one or two dollars. It leaves your skin feeling hydrated and clean.
You're making me want to try that now!
I have to disagree. It does not remove my mascara completely and it leaves a cloudy film if it gets in your eyes if you choose to wash it off. If you tissue it off, your eyes just feel like you rubbed crisco on it. Also, I'm not one of those people who go out of their way to avoid paraffins and mineral oils but near my eyes? No thank you. That's why this is $1!
Anything by Lancôme really! They some great products, especially their recent lip launches, but they're rarely mentioned by top bloggers - well, Lisa Eldridge not included. Their seasonal collections don't get much coverage either and they have some awesome products in there. Their Hypnose Dazzling Eyeshadows (bouncy cream to powder shadows) in particular are better than the Chanel or Dior equivalent IMO, yet I never read about them.
Agree! Lancome Nude Miracle is my HG foundation -- it goes from liquid to powder and looks so natural and feels light as air. Sure, it's pricey at $42, but literally one drop will do your whole face so a bottle lasts a long, long time.
I honestly think Lancome gets so little love because they a) they are a pricey brand, b) they don't send products to bloggers to be reviewed, and c) they are viewed as an old lady brand.I love their Artliners and mascara, but honestly they are pretty dupeable in Loreal.
The new Liquigel eyeliners are also very good and excellent for those of us who suffer from watery eyes and allergies
Just FYI, I have been offered Lancome product for review. But sadly, I have to decline because that brand isn't a good fit for the theme of my blog, price-wise. :(
Oh, I wish you would. I'd say the odd high-end review is nice. Then you can say what's good or bad about it, how it outperforms a drugstore brand in such a way -- or not.
Heidi, thanks so much for the feedback! I would definitely consider that in the future, but I remember the last time I asked for feedback on that, the majority of readers wanted me to stick to drugstore. Right now I can barely keep up with the drugstore releases when it comes to reviews, no matter how hard I try. lol! But new year, new start, and I think it would be fun to do some higher-end reviews on occasion. The two I've done to date on higher-end products that didn't have any type of deal attached to them were surprisingly well-received (I was worried a bit that people may be upset with me for going outside of the theme of the blog), so I'll pose this question again in January and open it up for reader response. :)
I'll echo the sentiment that the occasional high-end review would be great, especially with comparisons to similar drugstore products. I like checking out dupes for higher-end products, but a lot of beauty bloggers stick to only comparing luxe brands against each other. Or they'll list product "dupes" that only match in color, without discussing how to products compare in performance, longevity, etc.
G, I think you should definitely feature a few high-end or middle-range products on here. I buy both drugstore and mid-range (not real high end like Tom Ford and Givency although I'm not opposed to them) so I'm interested in all of it. Since I follow you to hear about great deals, it's more thrilling to hear about a sale on Lorac, Urban Decay or TooFaced than Revlon or Maybelline because the savings is greater (and I can then justify these splurges, heh heh). So, I think higher end makeup has a very definite place in the context of blog centered around saving money. It puts the "nouveau" in "nouveau cheap". ;-) Plus, if some company is willing to gift you press samples -- with the understanding you'll provide honest reviews -- take the item, honey! You've earned it! :-D
Plus places like Sephora and Ulta do offer deals now and then. Benefit had one last week where you could get 20 percent off an order. I buy mostly drugstore but will splurge on the occasional Kat Von D or Bite lipstick, and I'd rather see your reviews, G., rather than someone who just swatches it on their arm and acts like it's some in-depth review. Hello? What about scent, texture, etc.?
JDGlow highlighters....I know they're a small, online only business but their hightlighters are awesome! I think I've left messages on 3 blogs already regarding them!
Wow! What's their website? Is that okay to post here? Thank you!
Hmm... I really like the NYX eyebrow powder duo and Flower Beauty crème blush, but for me it's easier to think of products that are overhyped.
I LOVE Flower Crème Blushes!!! I reviewed them a few years ago and still use them. Excellent staying power, even on my oily skin.
Lorac's Front of the Line Pro is hands down the best liquid liner I've ever used, and it rarely gets mentioned.
I LOVE the pencil version I reviewed the other day! Now I need to try that liquid one. Thanks!!
Honestly, the Ulta brand wet/dry powder foundation..I use it to set my face and a light layer gives me such flawless coverage, no matter what liquid foundation I use! I always stock up during the 2/$10 sale...Ulta brand makeup is slowly becoming my favorite
Ooooh, I've had my eye on that one. Thanks!!
Just one particular product. The physicians formula eye booster eyeliner. It's equivalent to kat Von d tattoo eyeliner. It's made in Korea. Has an actual brush, not a felt tip. And it's always on sale. I never pay more than 4.00
Omg I reviewed that one back in 2012 (I compared it to the felt tip one in the same line) and the one with the brush is superior in every way. LOVE that eyeliner! :)
just read your review : ). I wonder if they still make a felt tip, I havent seen it. I use the brown eyeliner and I use it over my finished eye and I've had no problems with applying it. I love it!! I love the brush so much, I hope they never discontinue it.
Everyone raves about this but I never see it on sale around here =(
makeup wedges ... before a beauty blender a brush or anything else i always apply my corrector and foundation with a makeup wedge... clinique foundations and moisturizersim 25 but the old techniques are still as good as gold to me
Yay for old techniques! I love hearing that people still use classics...they're classic for a reason, right? :)
Cera Ve Night Repair Moisturizer, it comes in a pump bottle and can be from $7.50 to $12.00, sometimes Drugstore.com has it on sale! I am a 62 year old male, with combo/oily skin! That being said, the normal or drier areas of the face, become more dry and sensitive as we get in our mid to late 50's, sometimes earlier! This is a light lotion with ceramides, and hyaluronic acid, for those areas, and you only need 3 small pumps at night, and 2 during the day under your sunscreen. Neutrogena Light Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70, is another product that is lightweight, and effective, and doesn't receive enough attention or love!
So nice to see feedback from your perspective, Joseph! I'm a big fan of CeraVe myself and I'm glad to hear it's working for you as well. I'm always in the market for a new sunscreen..might have to give that one a try. Thanks!
I LOVE CeraVe. I don't think it gets much love. With having super sensitive skin this is my go to. Their Night Repair is great. But their foaming cleanser is amazing. It takes off ALL the make up. And their eye cream is excellent!
I'm loving the CeraVe hydrating cleanser. I have kind of oily skin, but I was getting some dry patches. This stuff is so gentle and hydrating, and it doesn't make my oily spots any oilier. I actually started using this stuff after you shared info on the free sample skincare box they were giving away. Good job on their part, because now they have a regular customer!
Indie brands! I am forever trying all of the small brands. I've found quite a few things that I've fallen in love with.
The Jordana 12 hr eyeshadow pencils. They're a better base than MAC paint pots, they stay foreveeeeer. And Prescriptives anything really. They used to be in department stores but are online only now...and they're amazing, the mascara primer is better than anything I've ever tried and their foundations are so skin friendly.
I love those Jordana pencils! :)
I have many but some new products would be the bliss eyeshadows. Amazing quality and no one talks about them and the bliss serum lipstain is a dupe for the ysl one. Also flower roll on concealer. Extremely lightweight, has to be blended immediately, but its flawless and doesn't need to be set with powder. Also estee lauder stay all day concealer. Every time I wear it I get complements how flawless my face looks. Also the foundation sold on hsn Aqua D'Pure hydra fluid foundation drops. My holy grail for my dry skin. Tati mentioned them one time in a video so I looked them up and ordered them. Amazing.
I think Lip Smackers aren't being talked about enough! I see a lot of blogs review the original flavors, but rarely do you see someome reviewing the new collections in blogs. Even if they do review the newer collections, it's never that consistent. I think a lot of people miss out on the cool new flavors that are being released. (I guess I'm kind of biased though. I'm a Lip Smacker collector.) seems as if many are nostalgic about them, but not really buy them, which I don't understand. By the way, the holiday collection looks amazing! They have about 20+ different flavors sold this year and they're even selling a party pack shaped like a big piece of candy! I'm surprised no one really talks about them. They're great (and not too expensive) stocking stuffers for Christmas.
I miss the old Maybelline Kissing Potions, but a good substitute is the Lip Smackers roll-on flavors. They're getting harder to find though!
I've found some NEW roll-on ones at Kroger in strawberry, cotton candy, and Dr. Pepper. There's also other flavors in watermelon, bubble gum, and vanilla. I agree that they're getting harder to find! The only store that sells them consistently in my area is Target. A lot of other stores sell certain collections for a limited time or only certain collections.
I really love Coty Airspun Loose Powder and Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C day & night creams.
Laura Geller Balance and Brighten baked powder foundation. I had to give up powder foundations when they started aging my skin, and making me look older. (Emphasizing my pores and lines) Until ...I found this powder foundation. It is my holy grail makeup item!
Sephora brand cream lip stains. Just because it's like the beauty world's equivalent of a generic brand doesn't mean they're not worth something. With really pretty colors and amazing staying power, $14 a tube isn't so bad, especially next to some other liquid lips I've worn. They feel like nothing's on my lips, the pigmentation is amazing, and I always get compliments and questions on the vibrant colors. My favorite hands down.
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