6 Drugstore Beauty Products I can’t Live Without

Makeup can get expensive. But, you don’t always have to break the bank to find some amazing products.

I am going to share with y’all, my beautiful readers 6 of the drugstore products that I just cannot live with out!

Ulta Beauty Brow Tint $10 mo Buy it here!

I have talked about this brow tint in a recent empties. I haven’t had time to run to Ulta to grab a new one, my brows are not the same. This product is great for quick brows, but I also love to set my brows with it. It gives great hold and more tint. I do like my bold brows!

ELF Acne Fighting Foundation $6 Buy it here!

In the beginning I did not have high hopes for this product. All my initial opinions were wrong. The foundation is infused with salicylic acid and witch hazel. My skin has never been so clear! It has definitely made a huge difference in my skin. The coverage isn’t full, but it is just right for me. It doesn’t wear off all gross and patchy through out the day. I would almost go as far as to say that, at this moment, the ELF Acne Fighting Foundation is my favorite foundation.

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Flick Liquid Liner $9 Get it here!

I initially tried this liner because of Soph Does Nails on YouTube. It’s great. She’s right. It’s pigmented, dries down matte. The tip is felt and flexible, which makes it easy to work with. There is also something about the shape that makes it so easy to hold and control. I prefer this liner over my higher end ones.

ELF Perfect Finish HD Powder $6 Get it here!

This is my favorite setting powder in general. It makes my under eye area so smooth, and really helps to set the rest of my face. It also does not cake when you reapply it through out the day to control shine.

ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder Fiji Matte $4 Get it here!

I have gone through so many of these through out the year. The shades are perfect for my skin tone and really packs a punch.

Morphe Continuous Setting Spray $16 but the $3.50 off $15 ulta coupon does apply! Get it here!

This is another product that was in a recent empties. I love this setting spray. To me it works just like Urban Decay All Nighter, for like half the price!

Those are a few of my drugstore favorites! What are some of yours?

I want to apologize if all of the images do not upload. I am having some technical difficulties.

Thank you for reading 🐰

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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus | August 2019

Hello guys!

It’s Sunday, it’s gloomy, and I am doing a face mask (Lush Mask of Magnaminty). Is there a better time to do an unboxing?

I don’t think so!

This time we have Glam Bag Plus. It is around $22 a month, and is the upgrade of the basic Ipsy bag. You get 5-6 items and they are all full sized.

This months theme is “Bare Yourself”.

Let’s dig into these goodies!

Tarte Dream Big Palette $30

This palette is pretty and perfect for travel thanks to the mirror. I would have liked another matte that I could use as a transition shade. I can just used what ever Bronzer I am using as a transition though.

FARAH Show Me Magic Eye Brush Set $50

Some more FARAH brushes from a subscription service. I can’t be mad though. I love getting brushes and the handles of this set is cute.

The bristles feel soft, and seem to be secure.

Ahava Hydration Cream Mask $33

This is going to be fantastic is the cold months, that are quickly approaching. This mask can also be used as a night mask! You massage it in to your skin until it is absorbed and then wash it off in the morning. Or 5 minutes later if you are not using it as an over night mask.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer in light $39.50

I have never tried any of the face products from it Cosmetics, so I am pretty excited about this one.

The concept of a full coverage moisturizer is a little strange, so expect a review in the near future!

Suva Beauty Liquid Chrome Illuminating Drops “Trust Fund” $26

This illuminator is so pretty! I really hope that it will work with my skin tone. It should be okay as long as I use a small amount.

Add ons!

I have said it a million times, and I will never stop saying it…. I love Ipsy’s add on program! You can get some pretty cool stuff at some awesome prices.

Chique Blush Brush $6 or $3 I can’t remember.

My first add on was a blush brush. It feels pretty cheap, but the bristles are soft. It’ll do its job and that’s what matters to me.

The Balm in the Balm of your Hand V. 2 $12

I am really excited about this palette! I have been wanting to try more of the face powders from the Balm, now I have 4 as well as some shadows! A great steal at $12.

Suva Single Shadow “Coriander” $6 or $3. Again, I can’t remember.

I picked up this shade because I thought it would make a great inner corner and brow bone highlighter. I also really love the Suva formula, so that was me justifying buying another eye shadow.

Point Redemption

Ipsy also has a nice point system. You save up points and can get free products and tools. Unfortunately, they do expire.

Firma 102 Brush

I like redeeming for beauty tools. This brush is made very well and is very soft. I can think of a few uses for it, which is awesome.

Thoughts?

I am so happy with my box this month! I love everything! More than worth the monthly cost in my opinion.

What was in your GBP?

Thank you for readingπŸ–€

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My Recent Makeup Favorites | Cruelty Free and mostly inexpensive!

It has been ages since I have shared my current favorite makeup products.

Now seemed to be as good a time as ever!

Omitting two products, all of the products are in the drugstore price range, and all are cruelty free!

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Blur Primer $8 Here

Not only do I use this primer to improve the look of my pores, but I love using this primer all over my face.

It minimizes the look of my pores in my problem areas, but always helps to create a blank canvas on the rest of my face.

Kokie Be Bright Illuminating Concealer “Light” $8 Here.

I believe that I received this product in a past Ipsy bag, and I am glad I did!

The shade allows me to cover spots, and the illuminating properties also make it great for the under eye area, with out creasing!

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation “Snow” $36 Here

To be completely candid, I HATED this foundation at first. But, with recent medical and medicine changes, my skin has gotten more oily than it ever has been.

Now, I am in love. It lasts through out my work day and actually seems to control oil as it claims.

Well worth the $36 price tag!

I πŸ–€ Revolution “Rose Gold Glow” $7 Here

I was attracted to this product at first due to the packaging. It is a pink and rose gold chocolate bar! But it really is the product that gets me.

Inside the compact you have a nice mirror, the packaging is sturdy. For $7 these highlights are fantastic! They won’t blind you from space, but they are more than subtle.

On the face, both shades work with my light complexion.

I πŸ–€ Revolution “Bronze and Glow” $7 Here

Have I mentioned I am obsessed with bronzer lately? Because I really am.

The packaging for this product has all the perks as the “Rose Gold Glow” duo does…

But, with the benefits of a matte bronzer! The shade of this bronzer is perfect for my skin tone, and so is the highlight!

Did I mention that this particular duo also smells faintly like chocolate?

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss “Pink Cadillac” $6 Here

The shade itself is a super light pink. It does not show up on my lips, but this is what I want for how I use it! On no makeup or light makeup days, I love this gloss to give my lives a little life and plumpness.

The gloss does make my lips a bit fuller, but it doesn’t make them tingle or burn like I have found other plumping glosses to. The smell is not over powering, and it isn’t as stick has I find other glosses to be!

Black Moon Liquid Lipstick “Warrior” $18 Here

The formula is long lasting and comfortable. It’s so comfortable that it’s easy to forget that you even have lipstick on!

The shade “Warrior” itself is a pretty dusty nude, that leans pink. It looks more mauve in the tube than it applies on me. But, I think the shade that it does come out as is stunning.

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip “Sueno De Coco” $7 Here

This liquid lip is part of the Colour Pop and I Luv Sarahii collaboration.

It is the typical Colour Pop Ultra matte formula, which I really enjoy. In fact, I really like all over the Colour Pop liquid formulas!

The shade is a ready nude and I am obsessed with it. This is probably the lip product that I have been wearing the moss recently.

Here are the products all on my face! For my lips I went with “Warrior”. And yes, that is the lighter highlight from the “Rose Gold Glow” popping in my inner corner!

Now I want to know, what are your recent Cruelty Free favorites?

Thank you for reading πŸ’€

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Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation | All day wear test + Review

Do fall allergies just destroy anyone else? All the stuff in the air here in Missouri just ruins me. I apologize for how TERRIBLE i look in these pictures a head of time.

I purchased the Tarte Shape Tape foundation while it was on sale for $23 at Ulta. Which is the only reason I bought it. I love the concealer, but didn’t really have interest in the foundation- until the stupid sale. Always gets me.

It usually retails for $39 at Ulta.

I wasn’t even going to review the foundation. Then I forgot to put primer on the other day and figured why not? So I have tried it with and with out primer and setting it. You have actually already seen it in most of my recent pictures with primer. ( Look at the most recent selfie on my Instagram @manda_janette)

7:19 AM

I like the doe foot applicators on foundation. It isn’t hygienic, but I’m lazy. I like buffing it in with a brush or with a beauty blinder- either way works. As I said I forgot a primer, I did sent my under eyes though. Nothing else.

It is super easy to apply and I find that porcelain is a great match for me. I am pretty fair.

I also want to mention that I have combination, scared up blemish prone skin. This foundation has pretty decent coverage.

11:44 AM

I apologize for the picture quality, I was in my office.

Not much break down besides under my eyes. It’s normal for break down under my eyes. My nose and chin aren’t looking too shabby. Coverage is still good. Impressed so far.

3:13 PM

I apologize for what you just had to see!

As you can see, everything, including my Liquid Cat Suit liquid lip, is broken down.

My nose, eyes and for head have really deteriorated. The sides of my face aren’t looking too good either.

Please ignore my watery eyes and hives, like I said, ALLERGIES.

Thoughts w/o primer and setting:

It held up for a good four or five hours. I was surprised it held up that long. Never again will I got with out primer and setting though. I just don’t like doing that. Yes foundations break down, but the way this one hardcore broke down around 7-8 hours, just not happy with that.

W/ Primer and Setting:

I didn’t want to like this foundation, but I do. A lot.

I have it on in the above pictures and it looks great, and it stayed that way the entire night out.

It is easy to apply, doesn’t feel heavy, and wears very well ( with primer and being set) for a hydrating foundation.

Will I repurchase? If it is on sale yes. Full price, no. I have too many inexpensive foundations that I enjoy just as much.

πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ out of five pumpkins. Lost a pumpkin for the shade range that they threw at the world and the fact that it is nearly $40..but there are drugstore foundations I like just as much.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading πŸŽƒ

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Cruelty Free Drugstore Haul| Update

This is Carl! He is also super excited about cruelty free things.

If you look at the bottom shelf you can see where I am making my way through my noncruelty Free haircare! I may donate the rest to a shelter.

I think it’s important to talk about cruelty free brands at the drugstore. We can’t all afford pricey items, so it is nice to have less expensive options. Be on the look out for more drugstore posts!

*you can see prices in my previous post **

Flower Beauty Draw the Line brow pencil

I loveeeee this brow pencil. It isn’t the thinnest, but it is really easy to blend out and it didn’t budge. If I can’t find a thinner one, I will probably go back to this pencil!

Found beauty Illuminating Baked Blush “Peach Glow”

I really enjoyed the subtle glow and warmth this blush gave me. The other one “rose Glow” that I purchased from the line is beautiful as well. I think I am going to have to pick up another shade or two!

Wet N Wild Shadow Quad “Flock Party”

I will be honest, as a whole I did not like this palette. I love the shades on their own, but this isn’t a one and done palette, I had to pull in mad for matte by elf.

But, if you don’t have a cranberry shimmer in your collection- get this palette. Individually the shades are awesome. Inexpensive and pigmented. And in theory you could use only this palette for a look, I just personally couldn’t get that to happen.

If you don’t have these shades or just want some drugstore options, I would pick this guy up. I did get a ton of compliments on the eye look I did, I thought it wasn’t a good look, so the shadows must be doing their job.

Physicians Formula Healthy Wear Foundation

I just wanted to start off by saying I hate the applicator. I have to dip into the bottle a ton. I think that also may contribute to how tight the stopper is on it. Contemplating taking the stopper out.

When you apply the foundation it definitely gives a your skin but better look. I have it on in the two previous photos and I though my skin looked great. I blended it out with a beauty blender and it was super easy to work with, and you don’t need to use a whole lot of product.

8hours later

For 8 hours in an office whose AC went out, I think this foundation held up fairly well. I was impressed. I did get shiny, but that’s my oily skins fault. I also didn’t touch up with concealer or powder at all.

Here is another picture with the foundation right after application. I think it is the perfect everyday foundation. BUT I do think the shade selection is terrible. The Wet N Wild foundation that the entire world talks about is also very similar to it. But, if you don’t mind paying the extra few bucks, I say pick up the Physicians Formula Heathy Skin Foundation.

Over all

I am really happy with this haul!! The only thing I don’t absolutely love is the quad and that’s mainly because I think it needs a dark matte, but I also wouldn’t want to loose any of the shades in it….

Basically, if you see any of these items I think they are more than worth getting your hands on!

What are some CrueltyFree products you would love to see reviewed??

Thank you for reading ❀️

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Cruelty Free Drugstore Haul | I just needed a brow pencil.

I am such an impulse shopper. I just wanted a brow pencil that didn’t cost $20…But, then I saw a $3 off coupon on the newer Physicians Formula foundation.

Physicians Formula Healthy Skin Foundation “LC1” $12.99

I have wanted to give this foundation a try from the moment I heard it start to be hyped up. Anytime a Cruelty Free drugstore product is being hyped up I, one get really excited that a cruelty free item is getting attention, and two need it for myself.

Every time I went to get it the lightest shade, which I needed, was sold out. This time there was one left…and a coupon!

Found Beauty Baked Illuminating Blushes “Rose Glow” & “Peach Glow” $8.88

I have heard mixed reviews about the Found Beauty line, so I decided I need to give some items from the line a go for myself. I wanted to try some new blushes, so I started with these.

They are really pigmented and definitely stick true to the claim of illumination!

Flower Beauty Brow Pencil $7.99

This is the only reason I was I the beauty aisles. I am hoping that it will replace higher end brow pencils for me.

Wet N’ Wild Baked Blush “Humming Bird Hype” $4.99

This is the only one of the limited edition blushes that really seemed like it may work for me. The other was a pale pink and there was also one that was almost a cranberry shade.

I do like peach shades, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give this a try. Iris less than $5.

Wet N’ Wild “Flock Party” Quad $2.93

I really enjoy Wet N’ Wild eyeshadows. I also really enjoy the colors that have been grouped together in this quad. The gold/ cranberry trend is one I can actually support.

I may have to pull in another matte or two, but I mean it’s less than $3!!!

That is all for my little haul. Keep your eyes open for an update post and more hauls!

Thank you for reading πŸ’œ

What drugstore cruelty free product do I NEED to try?

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2017 Favorites | CRUELTY FREE Makeup, Beauty, Personal Care

2017 is over. This year was…rough. But, 2018 is going to bring better and brighter days!

Here are my favorite products from this year. They may not have come out in 2017, but 2017 was when they impacted me!

We have quite a bit to go through, so let’s get going!

Ulta Beauty Setting Spray

This setting Spray is sold at Ulta and Ulta.com, it retails for $10. There are a couple of different options, but the Dewy and Illuminating ones are my favorite. I find them to be comparable to higher end settings sprays, and MUCH less costly.

Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation

My favorite foundation of the year is also the least expensive one I have tried! I find it at my local drugstores, and recently it has been on sale for only $2.50. It is easily buildable, has awesome coverage, and blends out fantastic with a brush or a sponge!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

The Beauty community has been crazy over this concealer. I haven’t had it in my collection all that long, but the short time I have had it I have fallen in love with it. It is creamy, easy to blend, and has extreme coverage. The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer retails for $27. And is worth every penny!

Ulta Beauty Brow Tint “Medium”

Ulta’s Brow Tint is a nice dupe for the Benefit Gimmie Brow, and is something that I have come to not be able to complete a Look with out. It really just gives my brows that perfect touch to make them look fluffy, yet groomed. Retails for $10

Tarte Tarteist Mascara “Black”

I love how full and Black this Mascara makes my lashes look. It gives my lashes length and volume. It’s like having falsies on, but with out all the work! The Tarteist Mascara retails for $23, the travel size retails for $12.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

I get this bronzer in the lightest shade and it is perfect for my fair skin. This bronzer is easily blendable and I find that it can be used to contour as well, sense it isn’t too warm. The Butter Bronzer retails for $14.99

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

The everlasting Liquid Lip Formula is by far 100% my favorite. I am slowly building up my collection, and I want EVERY SINGLE SHADE. Pigmented, a ton of different shades, applies fantastic, I literally can only think of good things to say! The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks retail for $20.

Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette

I just recently made a post about this Palette. I am in love with it. The formula is great, the shades are all consistently fantastic, and the looks you can do with this Palette are endless. Trying this Palette made me want to purchase ever Violet Voss eyeshadow palette. The Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette retails for $45.

French Girl Organics Cuticle and Nail Oil

Nail care is important. The French Girl Organics Cuticle Oil is the most effective Cuticle Oil I have tried. It retails for $20, but one roller ball of it will last you ages!

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask

Sheet masks are awesome, but if you want one that you will see actual improvement with this Mask is the way to go. I have acne prone skin, and this is the mask I use when I have a bad break out. I always have them in stock. For $2.50 this mask is a life saver!

100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream

Everyday I put this on my under eyes before I do my makeup. On the days I forget to, I notice the dark circle and bags under my eyes much more. This may just be a placebo effect, but I feel more awake and look more awake when I use this eye cream. It retails for $26 on petitvour.com

Luster White Power White Toothpaste *

I drink wine, coffee, and tea pretty frequently. So, the stains on my teeth were pretty intense. Notice I said were. I wish I would have thought to take before and after pictures of my teeth, because the difference is awesome. My mother even pointed out how much whiter my teeth are! I don’t really see myself using a different toothpaste now that I have tried Luster White. I have seen it in my local Walmart, but it retails for $6.99, Here.

Doctor Plotka Mouth Watchers Toothbrushes *

The bristles are extremely soft. So soft infact, that it didn’t cause any discomfort when i brushed my teeth after my oral surgery! The bristles are also arranged and cut so they will floss your teeth as you brush. Now, you should still always floss, the extra help is just nice! I find that the Dr. Plokta toothbrushes make my teeth, and mouth over all, feel extremely clean. These brushes paired with the Luster White tooth paste are life changing! You can get a year supply of the adult tooth brushes, one arrives in the mail every 3 months, for $20.99 Right here.

That’s my 2017 Favorites!!! Not many things really changed the game for me in 2017 but the things that did, are things I don’t think I can do with out!

What did you fall in love with in 2017?

Thank you so much for readingπŸ’œ

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*products were sent to me for review, but all opinions are honest and my own.