5 affordable blushes

Blush on a Budget: 5 Drugstore Faves

Hey there, lovelies!

It’s a fact that buying new makeup goodies is one of the most fun things on the entire planet.  However, if I bought Estée Lauder products every time I went on a beauty spree, I would be very, very broke.  Thankfully, the drugstore is the perfect solution to that problem and I’ve discovered 5 great blushes that will save your wallet!  These affordable products especially come in handy during this season of gift buying and money spending!  I hope that this post might help you find a new drugstore treasure to try out in this bunch of blushes!

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  1. NYX Powder Blush– I’m a huge fan of NYX since they are super affordable and I am always impressed by the quality!  You really can’t beat the price of their amazing pressed powder blushes at only $4.99!    This shade is s gorgeous matte pink.  It is long-lasting and very pigmented.  You have to have a light hand with this one, but the shade is super gorgeous as long as you don’t go too ham on it! NYX Powder Blush Dusty RoseNYX Powder Blush Dusty Rose
  2. Mivagirl Blush #05** – Unlike the previous blush, this one is baked and has a beautiful shimmer to it.  I’m obsessed with this lighter pink shade!  Even though it may seem like too bright of a pink, it actually adds a really natural looking glow.  I use a light wash of this over my cheeks so it’s not too overpowering.  The best part about the slight shimmer of this product is that it has a built in highlight!  For just $3.99, this blush is a TOTAL steal!  With Black Friday deals this weekend, this blush is practically going to be free!  If you’d like to, you can even use my code: HANNH10 for 10% off.   I can’t wait to try out more shades!

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3.  Maybelline Fit Me Blush 306 Deep Coral – Although I’ve heard a multitude of mixed feelings from others about Maybelline’s Fit Me blushes, I really like the formula.  They are described as natural and sheer on the website, which they very much are.  However, I really like natural cheek products since I’m not huge on super bright blushes.  With this blush, I don’t have to worry about going overboard.  It gives me a slight glow and coral tint to my cheeks, which I absolutely love!  If you are into natural blushes, I strongly recommend giving this one a go!

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4. Milani Baked Blush 02 Rose D’oro – This gorgeous rose gold blush is one of my favorites… even over high end products!  It has the most beautiful gold shimmer and is the perfect rose/coral shade.  Make sure you use a light hand with this one though, because let me tell you girl, it is PIG-MENT-ED.  I can’t get over how much I love this shade and I recommend it to all you glowy rose blush lovers out there!

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5.  Covergirl  185 True Plum – Last, but definitely not least, we have Covergirl’s gorgeous plum blush.  This blush is another natural option, but slightly more pigmented that Maybelline’s. It has the most natural and amazing glow. I constantly find myself reaching for this shade in the cooler months since I am drawn to plum shades this time of the year!  This product adds just the right amount of color and I can’t get enough of it!

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Thanks so much for reading!  I hope that you have a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!   >>Keep your eyes peeled for my giveaway starting this Black Friday!<<  What are some of your favorite affordable blushes?

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Hanna


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My Lash Stash | 5 Mascaras That Never Let Me Down

Hi there, beauties!

Mascara… One of the most important beauty items in existence, coming second only to brow pencils and their amazing “fleek” powers.  I love long, voluminous lashes and I feel naked when I don’t have mascara on.  Experimenting and trying out new formulas is one of my favorite things to do.  Anything that promises body and length -I’m all for it.

Over the years, I’ve had many hits and misses when it comes to mascara.  I’m pretty picky about the quality of black gel that coats my lashes and, most of the time, they tend to smudge on me.  My lashes like to lose their curl over the day, so I need mascaras that really keep those babies in place.  I’m pretty happy with my trusty stash of mascaras at the moment and I thought I would share them with you!

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  • Covergirl Professional Start Waterproof Mascara – This mascara has the power to hold my lashes in place all day!  The brush separates them perfectly and gives me tons of length and volume.  It definitely lives up to its title of being waterproof, but is not such a pain to remove as Maybelline’s Rocket mascara, which is like dried cement and refuses to budge.  Covergirl’s on the other hand is a happy medium -it never smudges, but also is removable without having to rip all of my lashes out. Big thumbs up for this one!covergirl waterproof mascara
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – I absolutely LOVE the volume and length of this mascara.  However, when the tube is new, beware of how wet the formula is… it can get everywhere if you aren’t careful.  The first time I tested this out and applied it to my lashes, I happened to sneeze.  It was not pretty.  Eventually, I discovered that adding a light coat of waterproof mascara over top of Perversion makes it stay perfectly in place all day!  Now, Perversion with a coat of Covergirl’s Professional Start is my go-to lash combo.urban decay perversion mascara
  • Sephora Outrageous Curl Mascara –  HOLY MOTHER OF CURL, this mascara lives up to its name!  What I love most about it is the terrifying, but glorious brush.  It may look scary, but NOTHING separates lashes and coats them so easily in just one swipe.  This mascara is perfect if you don’t like to spend an hour building up coats of mascara in the morning just to make it slightly noticeable.  It never clumps or loses curl.  My lashes look long and voluminous and stay in place all day with this lovely product.sephora outrageous curl mascara
  • Sephora Full Action Mascara – This mascara is what I reach for on those natural lash days.  It coats my lashes very lightly and never clumps up.  This one’s great if your looking for something that is not super noticeable.  It never smudges and always holds the curl in my lashes.  sephora full action mascara
  • Lancôme Définicils Mascara – This mascara is a rather recent one to my stash and I am so glad to own it!  I won it in a giveaway -Thank you, Savannah!- and it is now my current favorite!  It is incredible at defining my lashes and giving them tons of length.  It holds curl and stays in place all day.  The brush is perfect since I can tend to be a bit clumsy and blob mascara all over my eyelids when the brushes are bigger. *whoops*lancome definicils mascara

Thank you so much for reading!  What’s your favorite mascara?

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Hanna


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Worth the Splurge? | My GlamGlow Mask Collection Review / Comparison

Hello, lovelies!

You have probably heard the rave about GlamGlow’s masks from beauty enthusiasts everywhere.  I have, too, so I obviously had to try them out!  Today, I’ll be telling you what I think of those I have in my collection!  Are they worth the splurge?  Let’s see, shall we?

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Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment

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Price: $69

What it is formulated to do:
THIRSTYMUD™ uses the newest, most advanced, and extreme hydration active technologies. It moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin. Dewdration™ boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy and youthful result while HydraPack™ leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel. GreenEnergy™ smooths and energizes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking, glowing complexion

Suggested Usage:
-Use two to three times per week or when needed.
-Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin.
-Can be used on the face, neck, and chest.
-Daytime use: Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, allowing product to absorb into the skin. Wipe off with tissue and massage remaining product into skin or rinse with water.
-Nighttime use: Leave on to infuse the skin with moisture and wake up with extremely hydrated skin.
-In-flight use: Apply at beginning of the flight and leave on for flight duration.

My opinion: I love the sleek packaging -It’s so beautiful!  As for the product itself, I think it is great for people with dry skin that is not too sensitive.  When my skin is  on the normal to oily side, this mask doesn’t really do much for me besides cause breakouts.  Keep in mind that my skin is extremely sensitive, so it can break out very easily.  It has a delicious coconut scent and leaves the skin feeling refreshed.  It feels almost tingly to my skin upon application and I love how amazing my skin feels when I rinse it off!  When my skin is dry, this is a great mask to use!

Recommendation: I would recommend this to anyone with drier skin that is not sensitive.

Worth the Splurge?: Depending on your skin type, it can be… but it is pretty pricey and I think there are probably better options out there than something so expensive! Again, my skin is so sensitive that I don’t get very positive results from masks often, so keep in mind that while this may not be worth the money to me, it might be a miracle worker for you!


Tinglexfoliate Mud Mask

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Price: $69

It claims:
– Noticeable three-day glow from skin collagen synthesis.
-Helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
– Leaves skin brighter, smoother and softer.
– Offers multilevel resurfacing exfoliation and evens out skin tone.
– Helps tighten skin and minimizes pores.
– Absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.
– Helps protect against free-radical damage.

How to use:
– Apply a thin layer to clean face.
– Stir before use to liquefy.
– Expect a tingle-tactic tightening effect in 10 minutes or less.
– Remove mask with water in circular motions to exfoliate.
– Use twice a week or as often as desired.

My opinion: It dries out quickly, so I recommend buying the smaller, cheaper size that you will be able to use up before it hardens.  It has a tingling sensation on the face that slowly dies down.  It smells slightly like green tea to me and leaves the skin feeling a little tight.  This mask will bring all the imperfections to the surface.  Since my skin is so sensitive, I don’t love this one as it can be a bit harsh.  It’s great if you need something to draw out any pimples and clear up your skin.

Recommendation:  I would recommend this to anyone with normal to oily skin that isn’t too sensitive.

Worth the splurge?: In my opinion, and for my skin type, definitely not.  However, as I said, if your skin is not sensitive, then give the smaller size of this baby a go!


Supermud Clearing Treatment

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Price: $69

What it is formulated to do:
“This formula was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW® dermatological chemists to help fight all common skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. Powerful, skin-clearing mud visibly draws out dirt and congestion while a proprietary six-acid blend dramatically brightens and softens skin. It works to magnetically draw out dirt and pores with Activated-X Charcoal, leaving skin smooth and healthy-looking.”

Suggested Usage:
-Apply a thin layer to clean skin.
-Leave on for five, 10, 15, or 20 minutes.
-Pore-Matrix™ will reveal dots of vacuum extractions.
-Remove with water.
-Use as often as needed.
-Use as a full mask or spot treatment.

My Opinion: This mask does everything that it claims!  Although the smell is a bit wonky, it clears out my pores and tightens them up.  It leaves my skin feeling super soft!  It really reduces the size of my breakouts and clears my skin!  Overall, I think it’s a great mask!  Again, it will dry out on you if you don’t use it quickly enough, so I really recommend getting the smaller size.  It’s also less cash that you have to spend, so even better!  I think this is great as a mask or spot treatment.

Recommendation: I would recommend it to all skin types that need help with reducing their acne and tightening pores.  If your skin is extremely sensitive, this may be a no-go for you, but other than that, it’s a pretty great product!

Worth the splurge?: This mask is pretty amazing, however the price is very high!  I think the smaller and cheaper ($19) version of this mask is the way to go since you won’t have to spend as much and it won’t all dry up before you can use the product!


Brightmud Eye Treatment

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What it is formulated to do:
Non-Dry Tapwipe™ Bioactive Mud consists of powerful actives that help minimize puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines while brightening and hydrating the eyes. Natural high bioactivity materials and bentonites absorb toxins delivering high nutrients and minerals essential for ultrabright, amazing eyes. Simply tap-on to deliver the range of advanced active ingredients into the skin then wipe-off, leaving a micro layer of actives for extended results.

Suggested Usage:
-Use one dual ChromeCell™ per use, two to three times per week or when needed.
-Close eye and tap on an even layer using the entire product under eye or orbital eye.
-Leave on for three minutes.
-Close eye and slowly wipe off with a soft, dry tissue, using a clean part for each wipe.

My Opinion:  This mask is absolutely amazing!  I get pretty dark circles under my eyes since I definitely don’t get enough sleep.  It brightens up my under eyes and decreases the puffiness SO. MUCH.  It’s insane how well it works!  I didn’t think this product would live up to its claims, but it has proved me wrong and I’m in love with it!  It feels really refreshing when you apply it and doesn’t have much of a smell.  It almost tingles on the skin and the sensitive edges next to my eyes do begin to sting a little after this has been sitting there for a few minutes, but it’s nothing extreme.  After rinsing, I’m always so impressed with the results!  It makes my face look like I got a full 8 hours of sleep!  The best part is that you can actually get two uses out of one pod since there is so much product there, which will give you 24 uses instead of only 12!

Recommendation:  If you have dark undereyes and never get enough sleep, I think that this product will work great for you!   However, if your eyes are super sensitive, they may be irritated by this product.

Worth the splurge?: The price is pretty insane for an undereye mask, I know… However, I found mine at Marshalls for $40 cheaper than the usual price!  I was hooked by the deal and decided to try it out!  I’m so glad that I did!  I don’t think I would repurchase this since it was so expensive, but if I ever find it at such a cheap price again, I will definitely be picking it up!  If you’re interested in buying this, make sure to check the Marshall’s beauty aisle as they have GlamGlow products pretty often!


Overall, I’d say that GlamGlow does have some amazing masks, BUT they are extremely expensive and, in most cases, I would recommend buying the smaller size to save money and be able to use up the product before it dries out.  Also, as I said before, be sure to check Marshall’s beauty aisle to see if they have any Glamglow masks at cheaper prices!  Their packaging is to die for and most of these masks smell absolutely amazing!  I recommend getting samples at Sephora and testing them out of your skin before committing to a whole bottle! I recently tried out PowerMud, which worked wonders on my acne, so I really recommend checking that one out!  It smells like heaven!

Thanks so much for reading!  Do you have any GlamGlow masks?  If so, which do you recommend and which aren’t so great?

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Hanna


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My Makeup Collection | Drugstore Foundations

Hello, lovelies!

I am starting a series in which I will be showing you my makeup collection in little sections!  Today’s little category of my stash is *drumroll*….. drugstore foundation! I will include some mini reviews of these foundations and tell you which one is my FAVORITE.

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Firstly, we have Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation.  I think that this foundation is AMAZING for people with normal to dry skin, BUT when my skin is extra oily or it’s extra warm outside, I do not like to wear this foundation because it will slip and slide all over my face and get pretty oily.  It settles in the sides of my nose and wipes off around my mouth as the day goes on.  I hate this foundation when my skin is oily, but I love to use it when my skin is being dry and flaky, because it gives me a glow and makes my skin look healthy again.

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Next up, Maybelline’s Dream Liquid Mousse is also in my stash of drugstore foundations.  I think that it is great for fuller coverage, since it is a very thick texture and I like the finish it has on my skin.  It’s not too dewy, but not quite matte.  However, I am not a big fan of fuller coverage foundations, so I don’t normally reach for this one.  I like my skin to breathe.

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I have one powder in this collection and that is my L’oreal Truematch Mineral Foundation. It’s super convenient since it comes with its own little brush (mine got squished in the lid, oops), but I don’t love the shade of this on my skin.  I almost think it makes me look a little grey-ish pink and it looks a bit cake-y and dry.  If you have oilier skin, you might enjoy this product.

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Rimmel’s Match Perfection Foundation is something that I’ve heard everyone rave about, but it just doesn’t do it for me… it leaves my face and eyes feeling irritated and when I used this product, I felt like I could see it sitting on my skin.  I have odd skin, so you may not have this problem -most people love this stuff!

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Lastly, I have my FAVORITE foundation, which is L’oreal’s TrueMatch.  I am obsessed with this.  I need to buy it in my Summer shade, because I miss wearing it.  It has a satin finish and works on my skin whether it’s deciding to be dry or oily that day.  It is long-wearing and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I really highly recommend this foundation if you have the same troubles with combination and sensitive skin! (Or any skin type)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed a little look inside my makeup stash and that these little mini reviews were helpful to you!  What are your favorite drugstore foundations?  Until next time!

XO,

Hanna