Category Archives: At The Drugstore

Maybelline Very Berry Baby Lips: Review, Swatches, Comparison

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Maybelline Very Berry Baby Lips Pinked

Maybelline recently released a new collection of tinted Baby Lips balms for spring, called the “Pink’ed” collection. It contains five new and limited edition shades, which you can see below. I bought one, in the shade Very Berry.

I haven’t reviewed Baby Lips balms before, but I like them. I don’t find them particularly moisturizing, so they’re not my choice to actually repair dry lips.  However, when my lips are in good condition, they work well enough, and I especially like the tinted ones. Continue reading

Revlon Electroshock Super Lustrous Lipgloss Review & Swatches

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Revlon Electro Shock

Good morning! Revlon recently released the Electric Chrome collection based on The Amazing Spiderman 2 movie. It includes six new, limited edition nail polishes and three new, limited edition Super Lustrous glosses, as well as some permanent product repromotes.  You can see the collection on my Instagram here and a close up of the three glosses here.  I have to say, I think the best part of this collection is the packaging – love the gold spiderweb nail polish & lipgloss tops! Continue reading

Drugstore Beauty Favorites: Kristin Bassett from beautyXposé

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I thought it would be fun (and useful!) to have some bloggers write about their favorite drugstore makeup & beauty products. First up, we have Kristin Bassett from beautyXposé.

Kristin’s beauty motto?  Less is more.  She is the queen of simplicity and the “natural look.”  You won’t spot this beauty buff sporting heavy makeup anytime soon, unless you run into her at a costume party. 

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Like any respectable beauty blogger, I love spending hours upon hours at Sephora. However, I don’t always love the amount of money I can drop there in just minutes, let alone in hours.

So, how do I feed my need for beauty products without breaking the bank? The drugstore beauty aisle, of course! I’ve tried hundreds of drugstore beauty products over the years. Some I hated, so I liked but didn’t think twice about when they ran out. There are only a handful of beauty products, drugstore or high-end, that I can’t live without anymore. Here are the five drugstore beauty products that are always stocked in my beauty closet: Continue reading

Essence Stay Matt Lip Cream Review & Swatches

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Essence Stay Matt

Good morning (or whatever time it is for you)! Today I have some quick lip swatches of Essence’s Stay Matt[e] Lip Creams ($2.99 at Ulta) – I have all three of the shades that are available in the US. I’m short on time today, so instead of a wordy review, I just have a few bullet points:

  • Silky Red & Smooth Berry have beautiful, opaque pigmentation
  • Velvet Rose is a bit patchy
  • All three are initially satiny and dry down to a velvety matte finish
  • I find them neither drying nor hydrating
  • They have a very strong, very sweet carmelized sugar scent that I hate.
Essence Stay Matt swatch - Velvet Rose

Velvet Rose

Essence Stay Matt swatch - Smooth Berry

Smooth Berry

Essence Stay Matt - Silky Red

Silky Red

And here’s a full face photo with Smooth Berry, which is my (surprising!) favorite.

Essence Stay Matt swatch - Smooth Berry

Lip: Essence Smooth Berry

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Wet n Wild Cursed & Deception Swatches & an Orange Jelly Polish Comparison

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Wet n Wild Cursed Deception LE Polish

Cursed // Deception

Wet n Wild has released a collection of six new & limited edition Wild Shine polishes for Spring 2014, called the Street Art collection.  I spotted these in store a week or two ago, and initially bought only the purple, Deception. After seeing G.’s swatches over at Nouveau Cheap, I went back and picked up the orange, Cursed, as well.

Tonight, I have quick swatches of both plus an orange jelly comparison.

First, here’s Deception at one coat, two coats, and three coats. It’s on the sheer side – it took three coats to be reasonably opaque, and I suspect four coats would be needed to fully cover the nail line.

Wet n Wild Deception Swatches

Deception – 1, 2, 3 coats

Next up, Cursed. It’s streaky at one coat, but perfectly even at two coats.  It’s  fantastic, and I’d highly recommend it, especially for 99 cents.

Wet n Wild Cursed Swatches

Cursed – 1, 2, 3 coats

I have a couple orange jelly-finish polishes that I thought would be similar to cursed, so I compared them. From left to right in both photos, we have OPI Y’all Come Back, Ya Hear? (from the Texas collection), Wet n Wild Cursed, and L’oreal Mango Mamma (from the Miss Candy collection).

Orange Jelly Polish Swatches

Orange jellies!

Orange Jelly Polish Comparison Swatches

OPI // Wet n Wild // L’oreal

They look very similar, but note that this is 3-4 coats of the OPI and the L’oreal, but only two coats of the Wet n Wild – it’s much more opaque than the others, almost a crelly finish instead of a true jelly.

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Wet n Wild Walking the Red Carpet & Flirting at the After Party Spring 2014 Eyeshadow Palettes: Review & Swatches

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Wet n Wild recently released a limited edition collection for Spring 2014, called “The Style Award Goes To . . .” The collection includes six Megalast nail polishes (I swatched two of them) and two 8-pan eyeshadow palettes, which I have for you today.

Frankly, I hesitated to buy these. Wet n Wild used to have a fantastic eyeshadow formula, but many of their latest released (such as the permanent 5-pan eyeshadow palettes) were not up to par. However, after posting a picture of the display on Instagram and receiving several comments that these eyeshadows are the old, good quality formula, I caved. And I’m glad I did! I don’t think these eyeshadows are  as good as the best of Wet n Wild, but they’re decent palettes with a few stand-out shades.

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