All About the Base: New Foundation Favorites

Hey there, lovelies!

Perfecting my skin is my favorite step of my everyday makeup routine.  I don’t typically take a lot of time on my makeup in the morning.  I’m usually half asleep and too lazy to really care what I look like.  I can’t function until I’ve had my coffee.  Since I am always running low on energy in the mornings, I like to keep things natural and just focus most my time on my foundation, perfecting any problems that I am currently having. Since I love perfecting my skin so much, I enjoy finding new products that help me out.   As you may have guessed, these new foundation-perfecting discoveries are the reason we gather here today, in my corner of the internet. 🙂  I shall now tell you all about their amazing makeup base perfecting abilities.

IMG_4466

IMG_4452

  1. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water – This stuff makes my foundation look flawless. FLAW-LESS.  It is very hydrating, so it’s perfect for those dry skin days.  If you have trouble with flaky, dry skin, I would definitely recommend this.  Not only can you use it before your makeup, but also afterwards to lock everything in and give your skin a nice glow!  If my makeup is every looking cake-y this product saves the day and smoothes everything out.  Not only that, but it increases the wear of my makeup for at least 2-3+ hours more than usual.
  2. 2B Primer Makeup Base – This primer makes my makeup last all day!  I can get a good 8-9  hour use out of it, which is especially amazing considering its price!  Normally all 2B products are half off, so I’ve never seen this primer go above $4.95.  Not only is it affordable, but it also isn’t made with silicone, which means it won’t break you out.  It is lightweight and has a slight fresh scent to it.  It claims to be slightly mattifying.  Overall, it leaves my skin with a satin finish, not too far on the matte side of things.
  3. M.A.C. Studio Face and Body Foundation – I am OBSESSED with this product.  This foundation has a slight glow to the finish, but it never gets to the point of making me look like a disco ball. When I just want a bit of coverage, I can use a tiny amount of this and it gives the perfect sheer finish.  It can also be built up to more of a medium/full coverage depending on how much you put on.  I like to use my Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush when applying this.  If you want a natural foundation, I can’t recommend MAC face and body enough!
  4. 2B Waterproof Concealer – This is another one of my new favorites from 2B Cosmetics.  Their concealer correcting waterproof stick in the shade peach is perfect for my under eye area.  Since it has a peach tint, it helps to remove my dark circles.  It’s great on any zits that I have as well.  One tip I would give is to not apply too much under your eyes since it may crease a bit.  With that said, I still think it’s an amazing product and I’ve never seen this go above $3.99, so it’s definitely a steal!
  5. Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder – No other powder has been able to make my pores look as invisible as this one.  I am in love with MUFE’s Pressed Powder since it makes my skin look extremely smooth and never lets my under eye area crease.  Since my T-zone is constantly oily, this powder is constantly saving my life… or at least my makeup from smudging all over the place.

Thank you so much for reading!  Are there any other makeup base essentials out there that I need to discover?

XO,

Hanna

All About the Base_5 Products for Flawless Foundation


I’D LOVE TO CONNECT WITH YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA! :

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

PINTEREST

BLOGLOVIN’

 

 

revlon ultra hd matte lipcolor review

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor: My New Drugstore Obsession

*Pssst, have you entered my giveaway?!*

Hey there, beauties!

Long time no blog! I have missed you so all much, but now that the hectic part of December is over, I am back to posting regularly! *whoop!*  I am so excited, because today, I am reviewing a product that has quickly become  HOLY GRAIL for me. *Drum roll* Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor!

IMG_2028

At first sight, I knew that I needed these babies in my life and I am in love with everything about them from the packaging to the formula… even the scent smells like heaven!  Let’s jump into the review!

First off… THE PACKAGING.  Let’s all just take a moment to stand in awe of all of its beauty.  These tubes are glass with in a matte finish.  They feel like a very durable high end product and I absolutely love the way that they look.  My only complaint is that the shade number and name are not displayed anywhere except for tiny print on the sticker, which has to be removed in order to open the bottle.

The formula is super pigmented and very moisturizing.  I was surprised when I first tried these out by the fact that these are nothing like liquid lipstick.  Instead, they are a gloss that really stays put and has no shine.  I’m not exactly sure that this glorious creation could fit into one category.  If lipgloss and liquid lipstick had a baby, it would be this product.

Since they aren’t as matte as a liquid lipstick, they smudge off a bit when eating or drinking, but they leave behind some color and never completely disappear.  On top of staying put forEVER and never getting stuck on my teeth, these glosses smell like fruity deliciousness and make me wish that I could eat an entire tube of the stuff.  It sounds gross, but smell this gloss and you’ll probably be wishing the same thing!

These Lipcolors are $8.50 a piece, which makes them a bit on the pricier side for a drugstore product… but they are so high quality that I think they are worth every penny!  In my opinion, these glosses are better quality and look much more flattering on me than most high end lipsticks.  I tend to shy away from bright lips, but with THESE, my lips actually don’t look dry or cracked for once in my life.  Also, the applicator makes them extremely easy to have a nice, clean edge.

revlon ultra hd matte lipcolor review

Now for the swatching! *squeel*

Firstly, 610 HD Addiction is a gorgeous deep plum shade.  I love how it has a whitening effect on my teeth instead of making them look yellow as some brighter colors can.  Even though this shade is pigmented, it is not in your face and you don’t have to worry about it ever getting on your teeth or smudging!

IMG_2038IMG_4415610 HD Addiction Revlon

625 HD Love is even more vibrant than the previous shade.  Somehow, I am absolutely obsessed with this color even though I usually am terrified or orange-y reds.  This color doesn’t make my teeth look yellow and it actually doesn’t seem too overpowering.  I highly recommend this for the season of red lips and Christmas vibes!

625 hd love revlon625 hd love revlon625 hd love revlon

615 HD Temptation is your perfect everyday pink shade.  It seems to me like it would be a very universally flattering tone for everyone.  I think this shade is a great pick if you want a natural pink lip product for every day wear that won’t rub off and is super moisturizing!

615 hd temptation revlonIMG_4433615 hd temptation revlon

Lastly, we have 630 HD Seduction.  I had to try out a nude shade since they’re my favorite!  I have never before bought a product that matched the natural color of my lips SO perfectly!  It enhances the look of my lips but doesn’t even look like I’m wearing anything.  I’ve been dreaming about finding a product like this for my entire life up to this moment.  That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I am extremely excited about my discovery!  I now wear this product every day. I recommend it so highly!

630 hd seduction revlon630 hd seduction revlonIMG_7625

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope that this post had been helpful to you!  Have you tried out this product?  What are your thoughts?

revlon ultra hd matte lipcolor review

Don’t forget to enter my >>>Christmas Giveaway<<< if you haven’t already!

XO,

Hanna


I’D LOVE TO CONNECT WITH YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA! :

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

PINTEREST

BLOGLOVIN’

 

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!

5 affordable blushes5 drugstore blushes

  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!

Mivagirl blush 05Mivagirl blush 05

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!

maybelline fit me blush deep coralmaybelline fit me blush deep coral

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!

milani baked blush rose d'oromilani baked blush rose d'oro

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!

Covergirl cheekers blush true plumCovergirl cheekers blush true plum

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?

affordable blush

XO,

Hanna


I’D LOVE TO CONNECT WITH YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA! :

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

PINTEREST

BLOGLOVIN’

affordable makeup for oily skin

Affordable Matte Skin: My Top 3 Drugstore Picks

Hey there, beauties!

I don’t know about you, but for me the struggle of the oily T-zone is real.  I always am on the lookout for products to reduce and prevent shine so I don’t end up looking like a disco ball by the end of the day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love having a glow to my skin, but without products that combat shine, I pass the point of glowing to instead blinding everyone around me with the powers of my radiating complexion… not to mention that having oily skin makes it extremely difficult for foundation to last longer than an hour without melting off of my face.  If you suffer similar oily skin probz or if you just enjoy that shine-free 90’s look, I hope that my top 3 drugstore picks will be your oily skin saviors (without breaking the bank)!

affordable makeup for oily skin
In order to achieve a matte and poreless complexion, priming is a really helpful step to take. When I forget to prime my skin, I feel like I can visibly see the foundation disappearing into thin air within minutes of putting it on.  Recently, I discovered  No7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base, which is absolutely AMAZING at taking away any trace of a fraction of shine.  When I first tried this out, I was terrified by the almost chemical scent that it has, but when applied, it is not strong or overpowering at all -in fact, I couldn’t even tell that it had a scent once it was on my face.  The second this primer touches your skin, it’s as if the shine and oils are literally zapped out of existence in front of your eyes.  I find that I need more to use more of this product than I do with the typical primer since it is so tacky and doesn’t spread a long ways.  The upside to that fact is the tackiness makes foundation stay.  It keeps my face shine-free and my foundation doesn’t move a centimeter.  I highly recommend this product if you’ve been wanting to try a mattifying primer.  I even believe that this product is better than Benefit’s Porefessional… that’s a high compliment coming from a girl who went through many, many tubes of it!  A huge plus is the price is just $12.99!IMG_2010 (2)

The next product I love for mattifying my foundation is Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder in Transparent. This powder is definitely worth all of the rave that it has received.  At only $4.99, this product is sent from the heavens and is one of my favorite pressed powders I’ve ever tried -including high end options!  For me, powder is a must when it comes to makeup unless I want my makeup to vanish in an hour after applying it.  I highly recommend this powder as my life wouldn’t be complete without it!

IMG_1995 (1)

Lastly, e.l.f. High Definition Powder is another great option for your mattifying needs.  This loose powder comes in three shades: corrective, sheer, and shimmer.  The best part?  This product is only $6.00! *angels singing* I thought I was buying sheer when I made this purchase, but bought shimmer instead.  However, this mistake turned out to be a good one, because I think that this product is great!  It doesn’t leave my makeup looking cake-y and let’s me have a little more of a glow on those days where I want my skin to have some life to it.  It still keeps my makeup in place and takes away the shine on my T-zone, but gives me just the slightest bit of shimmer.  This powder is the perfect option if you want something to eliminate the potential oil slick that can happen on your face, but still give you just a tad bit of controlled glow.

IMG_1984

Thanks so much for reading!  What affordable products help you stay matte?

matte drugstore makeup

XO,

Hanna


I’d love to connect with you on social media! :

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Bloglovin’

A Matte Lip That Isn’t Drying: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Review

Hey there, lovelies!

Matte lips are all the rage nowadays.  I love them, but the problem is that even the most high end matte products tend to make my lips look awful and chapped.  They always intensify any lip troubles I am having instead of making me look like Kylie Jenner.  On top of that, I usually find them uncomfortable to wear on an everyday basis.  HOWEVER, I am excited to announce that I’ve finally discovered a matte product that works for me: *drum roll* NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream!

NYX soft matte lip cream review NYX soft matte lip cream review

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream definitely deserves all of the rave that it has gotten -Why didn’t I listen to everyone sooner?  I regret each second of my life not spent with these beauties in it.  I now have four shades to tell you all about, so let’s get to the review!

Firstly, these Matte Lip Creams cost $5.99 a pop.  I’ve seen them at Target, Fred Meyer and Ulta.  If you want the widest range of shades to choose from, check out Ulta’s website, because they usually have double the shades which are available at other stores!

They go on extremely smoothly and evenly.  They smell nice and sweet, but not overwhelmingly strong. The applicator is your typical doe foot, but it’s the consistency of the product itself that really impresses me.  When you apply this cream, it gives your lips the most sharp, crisp, and clean edge!  Since these aren’t a liquid, I find them much easier to handle and get the perfect application.  I’m just too clumsy for liquid lipstick -one shake of the hand and your lips are screwed!  With these creams, I have much more control and my lips come out looking much nicer!

The finish is on the matte side, but I find that they don’t dry down as much as your typical liquid lipstick.  They still let your lips breath instead of feeling like they are encased in pavement.  Also, they last pretty well when eating and drinking, although they don’t have the lasting power of liquid lipsticks.

Let’s begin the swatches with my favorite of the bunch –Copenhagen!  Normally, I never go for deep or dark colors, so I was shocked at how much I loved this shade when I first put it on!  The first thing I noticed was just how evenly the color was applied.  Typically with these deep berry shades, I notice at least a bit of unevenness in color, but this goes on perfectly!  I am obsessed.

NYX soft matte lip cream copenhagen swatch NYX soft matte lip cream copenhagen NYX soft matte lip cream copenhagen

Next up, we have Antwerp, which is a coral/pink shade.  I think this color would be absolutely perfect for spring and summer, however it is a bit bright for my taste. I think the shade is gorgeous, but I’ll probably hold off on wearing it until the warmer months roll around again.

NYX soft matte lip cream antwerp swatch NYX soft matte lip cream antwerp NYX soft matte lip cream antwerp

Milan is a beautiful pink shade.  I was expecting this one to be more on the nude side of things based off of the packaging, however it’s actually pretty bright.  I think that shade is gorgeous and it’s super pigmented, but again, I’ll probably reach for this more when things warm up a bit.

NYX soft matte lip cream milan swatchNYX soft matte lip cream milanNYX soft matte lip cream milanNYX soft matte lip cream milan

Last, but most definitely not least, is Istanbul.  This shade is a nude pink. It’s super natural and isn’t too light that it makes you look washed out.  I think this shade is perfect for everyday wear and I know I’ll be reaching for this one a lot!

NYX soft matte lip cream istanbul swatch NYX soft matte lip cream istanbul NYX soft matte lip cream istanbul

Thanks so much for reading!  Have you tried NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams yet?  Do you know of any other matter lip products that still look great on dry skin?

NYX soft matte lip cream swatches NYX soft matte lip cream NYX soft matte lip cream

XO,

Hanna


I’d love to connect with you on social media! :

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Bloglovin’

Another MAC Dupe: Amber Lights Eyeshadow

Hey there, lovelies!

Do you remember your very first MAC eyeshadow?  Mine was Amber Lights.  Since it was my first purchase from MAC, it holds a special place in my heart!  It is the most beautiful copper shade for fall and I still love it.  MAC’s eyeshadows are gorgeous and really fun to collect, but sadly, they are expensive which means that I don’t splurge on them often.  Finding affordable dupes for high end makeup makes me very happy, so I have decided to continue this little series and share another another perfect twin for an expensive product!  If you love this copper shade as much as I do, I hope you’ll enjoy finding a cheaper version!
 
 Amber Lights Dupe

Amber Lights Dupe

Top: MAC Amber Lights // Bottom: Milani Bella Copper


 Milani’s Eyeshadow in the shade Bella Copper is the perfect match for Amber lights.  It is slightly darker and just a tad more sparkly, but it is hardly noticeable when on the eyes. Milani’s dupe costs $4.49, while MAC’s eyeshadow comes in at $16. I like each of these eyeshadows equally and think they look almost identical.  Neither of them have much fallout, although I can tell that MAC’s is just a bit higher in quality.  They are each super pigmented and long-wearing.  They may seem like a terrifyingly orange shade in the picture above, but I promise you that they are actually very wearable when applied on the eyelid.  They really bring out blue eyes, but also look amazing on any color!  I can’t get over this shade for fall accompanied by some gorgeous winged eyeliner!  I’ve already created a look with Amber Lights if you’d like to see it in action. 😉

MAC Amber Lights Dupe

Top: MAC Amber Lights // Bottom: Milani Bella Copper

high end makeup dupe Amber Lights Dupe Amber Lights Dupe MAC Amber Lights Dupe

Overall, I think that both of these eyeshadows are great!  MAC’s is a tad higher in quality, but the difference between the two shades is not that noticeable -especially when on the eyes.  I actually prefer that Bella Copper has more sparkle to it than Amber Lights since I love shimmery shades.  If you want to save some money on MAC eyeshadows, I recommend this dupe from Milani!  I am really impressed with the formula and I think you will be too!  There is hardly any difference between these two products and if you go for the cheaper version, you can save $10.50!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and that it has been helpful to you!  Are there any products you have discovered dupes for?  Are there any products that you’d like to see dupe’d?  Thanks so much for reading!

XO,

Hanna


I’d love to connect with you on social media! :

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Bloglovin’

It’s Halloween at LUSH!

Hey there beauties!

It’s that time again where LUSH brings out all of their amazing Halloween and fall-themed products! *squeel* This news alone is enough to get me jumping all over the place in excitement about the holidays!  I think that pampering sessions are necessary for everyone to just take time to decompress -and what better way than with a sparkly pumpkin that smells like heaven?  The shop is so fun to go into around this time of year and I am very excited about my spooky purchases!

I just couldn’t pass up Lush’s adorable Pumpkin Heebie Jeebie!  This little pumpkin is filled with their Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar and the Lord of Misuse Bath Bomb.  I am absolutely obsessed with both of these products, so obviously, I had to buy it!

Lush Halloween PumpkinLush Halloween PumpkinLush Halloween Pumpkin Heebie Jeebie

The Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar, which costs $7.95, is probably my favorite Lush product of all time!  Lush describes it as “An uplifting blend of juniper berry, grapefruit and lime oils”.  The scent is super refreshing!  When you crumble this into the tub, it gets filled with gold sparkles and is so much fun to use!

Sparkly pumpkin bubble bar Sparkly pumpkin bubble bar Sparkly pumpkin bubble bar Sparkly pumpkin bubble bar

The Lord of Misuse Bath Bomb is definitely up there with the sparkly pumpkin on my list of favorites!  According to Lush’s website, it is “a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil”.  It smells glorious and the colors are SO. COOL.  Once the green has fizzed away, the maroon/wine-colored insides swirl around and you’re left with the most beautiful creation of bubble art your tub has ever seen.  This bath bomb costs $6.95 and I highly recommend that you try it out next time you head into Lush!

Lord of misuse bath bomb Lord of misuse bath bomb

Thanks so much for reading!   Have you tried any Halloween Lush products?

XO,

Hanna


I’d love to connect with you on social media! :

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Bloglovin’

The Comparison: Duochrome Eyeshadows | MAC, Makeup Geek, and Urban Decay

Hey there, beauties!

Recently, I have been seeing eyeshadows all over the place that somehow have the magical power of being two shades at once.  THIS IS THE FUTURE, PEOPLE.  One shade (or should I say combination of shades) in particular caught my eye: warm brown mixed with teal shimmer.  I was so intrigued by this wondrous mix of colors that I quickly gathered myself a little collection.

I did not understand how a combination of such opposites could exist and somehow look flattering on my eyelids.  I had to test it out, and test it, I did.  I now have a plethora of eyeshadows in my collection with varying shades of rusty brown hues and teal sparkles.  I shall now do what obviously has to be done and tell you about my discoveries.IMG_8172

IMG_8155

duochrome eyeshadow swatches

Top: Urban Decay ‘Lounge’ Middle: MAC Blue Brown Bottom: Makeup Geek Havoc

MAC’s Blue Brown Pigment is something that I’ve heard quite a bit about.  I have never tried any of their pigments before, so I was extremely excited to bring this baby home.  It is super pigmented (as pigments tend to be 😉 and has a gorgeous shimmer to it.  At some angles, it is more of a rusty, brick red and, at others, a blue/purple sparkle.  I can’t get over how amazing it is.  The price for the full-sized bottle is $22, but for the smaller size that I picked up is just $10.  There is a ton of product in this little container, so it will last me forever!  Just a heads up: I suggest that if you are using this (or any) pigment, apply your eye makeup before doing the rest of your face so that you don’t have a ton of fallout getting all up in your foundation’s business.

IMG_8207        IMG_8172IMG_8181

Makeup Geek’s Duo Chrome Eyeshadow in Havoc is a similar color to MAC’s pigment, but is more on the warm side.  I can definitely see some more brick red/brown coming through with this one. It can be built up to have a teal shimmer, but is farther on the brown side of things than both of the other shadows here. For just $6, this product is such a steal!  It lasts all day and looks so stunning and shimmery!  Depending on how much of the product you apply, the color will look completely different, varying from a warm brown to sparkling teal.

IMG_8220 IMG_8165

Urban Decay’s eyeshadows always impress me with their high quality and this one is no exception.  You get what you pay for since they are on the pricier side of things, coming in at $19.  The shade ‘Lounge’ is extremely pigmented and bright.  It has more of a teal hue than both of the other eyeshadows, with a slight warm brown undertone.  It has a gorgeous shimmer that reminds me of mermaids.  I am in love with it.

IMG_8232 IMG_8169

Overall, I love each of these eyeshadows for different reasons and think that they all are amazing.  Urban Decay’s Lounge is a bit more teal than the others, MAC’s Brown Blue is more on the blue/purple side of things, and Makeup Geek is the warmest of them all, with the brick red/brown undertone being pretty visible.  Which is your favorite?

IMG_8149

Thank you so much for reading!  Have you tried any duo chrome eyeshadows?  What do you think of them? These shades might be a little much for everyday wear, but they are super fun to own and play around with on special occasions!

XO,

Hanna


I’d love to connect with you on social media! :

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Bloglovin’

I

Splurge vs. Steal | A MAC Lipstick Dupe

Hello there, beauties!

It’s common knowledge that MAC lipsticks are tubes of perfection sent from the heavens above.  However, their price is close to the height of heaven itself, so I don’t usually splurge on them.  Don’t get me wrong, I love MAC lipsticks as much as the next girl, but I just love a good deal more.

I get so excited when I discover dupes for high-end products since I am a lover of affordable, drugstore makeup (when it is of good quality, of course).  If you have the same dilemma, I’ll hopefully be able to help you out in that department.  I’ve recently discovered an almost-perfect drugstore match for MAC’s ‘Faux’ -one of my all time favorite lipsticks!

Mac Faux Lipstick Dupe

mac lipstick dupe

Top – Essence 05 Cool Nude \\ Bottom – MAC Faux

Essence’s Nude Long-Lasting Lipsticks are absolutely amazing and I wish I had every shade.  They are super affordable, coming in at just $2.99 a pop!  The shade 05 Cool nude is almost a perfect dupe for MAC’s Faux (which happens to cost $16!).  The formula is slightly less pigmented and just a tad bit darker, but when applied to the lips, you really can’t see any difference.  I may even prefer the dupe to the original!

The formula is creamy with a bit of shine to it.  It’s pigmented and lasts a good few hours.  It does rub off a little when eating or drinking as most satin to glossy-finished lipsticks tend to do, but that is to be expected. It’s hydrating and the shade is very flattering!  I think this color would look amazing on so many skin tones!  It is a cool-toned pink that is on the mauve side.  You guys know how much I love my mauve lipsticks!

Overall, both lipsticks are great.  The formulas are very similar -Essence’s is just a bit more glossy.  The colors are almost an exact match and the lasting power is pretty much the same.  MAC’s does last a little longer, but with a $13 difference in price, I’d definitely recommend Essence’s as the way to go!

mac lipstick dupe

Thank you so much for reading!  What are some great dupes you’ve discovered?

XO,

Hanna


I’d love to connect with you on social media! :

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Bloglovin’

Fall Favorites Collab with Valentina: The Eyeshadow Edition

Hey there, my beautiful people!

Fall… my favorite time of year.  The time where I get to put on beautiful autumn eyeshadows while dancing through the leaves with a pumpkin spice latte in hand.  I may not actually be providing you with a delicious PSL today, but I am however going to be showing the eyeshadows that I just can’t get enough of during this season of pumpkins and coziness.

This post is a collaboration with the beautiful Valentina Sofía (does she not have the prettiest name ever?), who will be sharing her top lipsticks for the season!  Her blog is amazing and you’ll definitely want to check it out!   Since our collab will inform you about the best products for eyes and lips, you’ll be set for fall! 😉 I hope that you enjoy!
My favorite fall eyeshadows My favorite fall eyeshadows

  1.  Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Little Sinner – I am absolutely in love with these eyeshadows for fall.  First off, they are SO pigmented and high quality.  The colors are gorgeous.  Just one swipe of these eyeshadows on your lids and BAM…  They’ll be covered in gloriously pigmented fall spirit.  Who doesn’t want that?  While this palette is only available on Amazon and Ebay now, extremely close matches to these shades are available in Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Collection.
    Kat Von D Mini Eye Pallete

    Kat Von D True Romance Eye Pallete in Little Sinner

    Kat Von D Mini Eye Pallete

    Shades from top to bottom: Swan Song, Galore, Brave Awakening, and T-Rex

  2.  Nars Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil in Corcovado – I love this eyeshadow pencil since it works perfectly as a base.  It also gives me a really nice glow on it’s own, with just a slight bit of color.  It’s perfect for those days where I just want a little sum’n sum’n on my eyes.  It’s a very natural gold shade with a little shimmer to it.Mars Gold Eyeshadow StickNARS Eyeshadow stick SwatchIMG_7774
  3. Benefit Cosmetic’s Creaseless Cream Shadow in My Two Cents – Again, as I just mentioned, I love eyeshadows that also function as bases.  They make life so much easier (at least the eyelid-priming-portion of it, anyway).  This copper shade screams fall.  It never creases on me even though it is a cream.  It’s super pigmented and also has some shimmer to it.  I use this on it’s own or underneath other shadows to give them a warm, copper glow.  It’s a really great base for MAC’s Amber Lights since it enhances the copper tone even more.Benefit My Two Cents SwatchBenefit My Two Cents Cream EyeshadowbareMinerals My Two Cents
  4. bareMinerals Eyeshadow in True Gold – This eyeshadow is SO sparkly.  If blinding everyone around you with the beauty of your disco ball eyelids is not your thing, this eyeshadow won’t be for you… but if it is, you definitely need this in your life.  The warm gold shade is perfect for fall.  It looks stunning on every skin tone and I highly recommend it!  Everyone needs at least one shimmery gold shadow in their stash.  It is a staple in my beauty collection -especially during this time of year!bareMinerals true gold eyeshadow bareMinerals true gold eyeshadow
  5. bareMinerals Eyeshadow in Bare Skin – Sometimes, in this season of cozy sweaters, you just need a nice purple shade.  BareMinerals’ eyeshadow in Bare Skin is just that -it’s sparkly, it’s purple, it’s beautiful.  The color is not overpowering; It has just that slight tint of color to it that really makes your eyes pop, but is still very wearable for everyday use.  It has a beautiful shimmer to it as well.bareMinerals bare skin eyeshadow bareMinerals bare skin eyeshadow

Even though the bareMinerals eyeshadows do have some serious shimmer to them, they are not filled with those annoying chunks of glitter that fall all over your face as many sparkly eyeshadows do. There is nothing more annoying than glitter fallout! These stay in place, are extremely pigmented, and very long-wearing.

bareminerals fall eyeshadow bareminerals fall eyeshadow bareminerals fall eyeshadow bareminerals fall eyeshadow

Thank you so much for reading!  Make sure to check out Valentina’s post to read the lipstick edition!  What are some of your favorite fall eyeshadows?

XO,

Hanna


I’d love to connect with you on social media! :

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Bloglovin’