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Top 10 Beauty Under $10!

12Hi everyone! ❀ I’m all about finding great products for a bargain. Sometimes it is nice to splurge on a high end product, bu the drugstore does offer some great options!Β  Here are my my top 10 beauty products under $10! : Essie Nail Polish, Real Techniques Makeup Brushes, Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner, Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, Maybelline Color Tattoo, Sonia Kashuk Makeup Remover, Revlon Photoready Cream Blush, Loreal Infalliable Eyeshadow, Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm, and Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara.

Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Moroccan Dunes Eye Shadow Palette


Hello! Just wanted to share a little jewel I found at Target. This is the Sonia Kashuk Moroccan Dunes Eyeshadow Palette! This launched during the holidays last year, and I’ve been eyeing it for months before I saw it one sale for $11 the other week (originally $17), and had to snatch it up and give it a try! It’s supposed to be a Chanel dupe, so we’ll see! πŸ™‚


The compact itself is nicely designed, very simple and somewhat compact. There is no label on the back, just sleek black plastic all around! It’s as big as my palm, so it’s not the smallest palette, but still it’s not too big where it’s bulky.


Here are the colors! “Gild your lids with luminous color using this quad of shimmer chrome-inspired eye shadows. This universally flattering palette includes precious metal hues of burnished brown, metallic mauve, prismatic pink, and rose gold to illuminate the eyes with sophisticated color and subtle sheen. The revolutionary hybrid formula combines the best features of baked, powder, cream, and liquid eye shadow textures to deliver long-lasting, buildable color that applies evenly and blends flawlessly.”


The eyeshadows are beautifully embossed with a reptile print and have a “dune” shape, and are incredibly shimmery/metallic except for the dark brown shade. The texture is a little dry, but they still perform beautifully. They are VERY pigmented and I was happily surprised! They can also be used wet for a more intense foiled look.


Swatches! : Light/cool toned silvery beige, a rose gold, shimmery taupe, and a matte chocolate brown with slight shimmer particles.

I give this 8/10.

What do you guys think!?

Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Formal Affair Palette Review!


Hey everyone! Exciting post for you today, I just wanted to let everyone know about this amazing limited edition palette I was able to purchase at Target!! It’s the Sonia Kashuk Formal Affair Palette, and it retails for $20!! Amazing deal and totally worth the price and more! πŸ˜€


“Brighten winter skin and create classic makeup looks for any occasion with this luxe compact. The golden bronzer flecked with subtle gold shimmer adds an instant glow, pairing perfectly with the matte pink blush for a rose rouge or the shimmery coral shade for a natural looking flush. Illuminate eyes with this quad of soft, blendable eye shadows in universally flattering metallics, including a pearly winter white, nude sparkle, shimmery chocolate brown and silver gunmetal gray shades. The conveniently slim and stylish black tweed case also includes a full size mirror – perfect for touch up’s between holiday shopping and soirees.”


It is overall a face palette, coming with two blushes, one bronzer, and 4 eyeshadows. The quality of the palette is amazing, it reminds me of Asian eyeshadows or Dior eyeshadows. Very fine and smooth texture, and shimmery.


The palette itself looks like a clutch!! It’s very sturdy, mostly made of metal, and has a really nice black fabric outside. It looks like a formal festive sweater! This palette is perfect for the holidays, and the upcoming New Year’s Eve!


It’s also very thing and travel friendly, it’s a bit weighty, but I like that. Perfect to put into your purse on your night out, or if you are traveling somewhere and in need of a quick spruce.


This palette is GORGEOUS. It has a huge mirror on top which is really nice and handy, and the three face powders are up top, and the eyeshadows on the bottom.


The colors overall I would say gear a bit warm, perfect for light/medium skin tones, but could also work for deeper skin tones. The bronzer I felt was more of a bronze tinted highlighter, so I think it could be used as one. Most the eyeshadows are extremely glittery, you need to use some sort of base! But overall, very buttery, smooth, and pigmented.


The effects of these eyeshadows are perfect for a party or night out if you want to achieve a more natural/formal/party look. I’d say the white and dark brown eyeshadows are satin finish, and the lighter brown and black are glitter based.


Here are the swatches! GORGEOUS.


The eyeshadows are SO pretty. The pigmentation is amazing, Sonia Kashuk always delivers on quality for the price. These feel like high end eyeshadows and perform as such. Again, this is a shimmery/glittery palette, so if you’re not into that you might not enjoy it as much! πŸ™‚


Here are the blushes and bronzer/highlighter! The blushes are variations of light/med pinks. Very flattering on the cheeks! And again the shimmery bronzer shade could be used as a highlighter to deeper skin tones!

Overall, LOVE this palette, totally recommend!

What do you guys think!? πŸ™‚

Best Drugstore Products of 2012!


Revlon PhotoReady Foundation – Great smooth coverage with a dewy finish. Comes in nice convenient pump form, comparable to the Makeup Forever HD Liquid Foundation! I use the shade Nude.


L’Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner in Blackest Black – Amazing gel liner for the price, just as good as any high end gel liner!! Very opaque color finish, dries quickly, glides on very smooth, and lasts all day. It also comes with a brush, love it!


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks – Affordable, great finish, and lots of colors! the colors are vibrant, creamy, hydrating, and lasts decently long.


ELF Maximum Coverage Oil Free Concealer – For $3 how can you go wrong! Surprisingly great medium coverage liquid concealer, great to use in the place of foundation on simple days, love the dewy finish, light feeling, and price!


Revlon Colorburst Lipsticks – Very hydrating, flattering color range, and glides on smoothly! Very versatile lipstick.


Revlon PhotoReady Concealer – Amazing cream to powder formula is a retractable stick form. Great coverage, and light texture. Blends very easily and doesn’t settle into lines or cake up. Lovely!


Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Kit – Great 4 color palette with 2 cream concealers, 1 cream color corrector, and 1 translucent setting powder. The ultimate all in one product with great creamy full-coverage formula!


NYX Powder Blush – These little beauties are amazing great price, flattering finish, and nice selection of colors! They are very pigmented, smooth, and easily blendable. Great for everyday!

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black/Brown

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner – Long lasting, opaque colored retractable eyeliner, doesn’t smudge and lasts all day! Glides on creamy, and comparable to other high end long wearing eyeliners!


Milani Baked Blush – Such cute little things! Very smooth, and shimmery blush that gives your skin a luminous glow. Looks great on all skin tones, is very pigmented, affordable, and lasts on the skin.


NYC Smooth Skin Translucent Pressed Face Powder – Great cheap alternative to higher end translucent face powders. Doesn’t cake up, and mattifies the skin. Controls shine, and is ideal for light to medium skin tones.


Milani Eye Tech Liquid Eyeliner – A very compact, nice and opaque, non streaking, and water resistant felt tip liquid eyeliner. Dries quickly, doesn’t budge!


Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer – Very big shimmery bronzer that gives your skin a sun kissed glow. Your cheeks look effortlessly glowy and is a total bargain!


L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows – High quality, concentrated color pigment eyeshadows, with amazing soft texture, and smooth finish. Long wearing, highly pigmented, and oh so flattering.


Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows – A long wearing, highly pigmented cream eyeshadow, comparable to MAC Paint Pots. Creamy texture, blends easily, and stays on the lids without primer.


NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils – These fun little beauties are so versatile! Highly pigmented, creamy eyeshadow pencils that are great for color bases on the lids or used on their own. Large colors range, and very affordable!


Milani Easybrow Automatic Eye Brow Pencil – Convenient, long wearing, retractable eyebrow pencil, with nice spooly at the end. Color looks natural, and the formula is just right.


Wet N’ Wild Coloricon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana – The best natural looking face highlight for the price. This thing is huge, and looks amazing on the skin. Naturally brightens areas of your face and gives a soft, subtle sheen.


Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss – Great little glosses with nice color range! Beautiful glossy finish, and stays on the lips fairly long without feeling too sticky. Feels moisturizing, and a great everyday go-to gloss!


ELF Conditioning Lip Balms – Large lip pots with creamy highly pigmented formula. Feels very smooth, moisturizing, and smells like vanilla. Gives your lips a very nice tint!


Nivea Kiss of Moisture Lip Care Balms – Effective soothing, moisturizing, and healing balm. Very affordable, smells great, and makes your lips feel soft and even. Long wearing as well!


Loreal Colour Riche LeGloss Lip Gloss – Another great lip gloss, great finish, fairly long lasting, and pigmented. Smells good and doesn’t feel sticky.


Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Makeup Brushes – AMAZING makeup brushes. Created by Pixiwoo makeup artist Samantha Chapman, these brushes are to swear by. Comes in a fairly large range and sets.


Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brushes – Very sleek, soft, and high quality dense makeup brushes. Comes is a fairly large range, professional effect.


Eco Tools Makeup Brushes – Affordable, very soft, eco-friendly brushes, comes in nice convenient little sets and singles. A must try for any makeup aficionado!


Boots No7 Quick Thinking 4 in 1 Wipes – Great affordable all in one makeup removing wipes. Doesn’t sting or irritate the skin. Gets even stubborn waterproof makeup off without having to rub the skin.


What were your favorite drugstore beauty products of this year?? πŸ™‚

Recent Fall Target Haul! β€

Hi everyone, I went to Target today and picked up some new goodies that I have been eyeing for a while, and also some that just released!!

This is the Sonia Kashuk Eye Makeup Remover, I have been wanting to try this for MONTHS but couldn’t justify buying it because A. I have plenty of makeup remover, and B. it’s $10 price tag. :p I’m so glad I got this today though because I LOVE it SO much. I’ve been using a Lancome and Estee Lauder makeup remover which are even more expensive, and this is actually a good comparison. If I didn’t have the others, this would be my staple.

The liquid if a soft light lavender color and at first the bottle has 2 layers in it that you shake up. It smells light and fresh, not offensive at all, and it feels incredibly gentle and smooth on the skin. This stuff is VERY effective, and doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy. It removes all my eye, lip, and face makeup with ease and does not sting. It even removes my long-wearing and highly pigmented makeup products as well!! A+!

Next are these two ELF nail polishes that just released this fall I got for $2 each! I love what they did with the packaging and the colors in this range were gorgeous. I also noticed that the formula for these are definitely improved. How lovely are these deep plum shades!?

They both didn’t have any names, but they do have the numbers 23 and 24 on the bottom of the bottles. The left shade is a deep medium berry creme shade, so, so pretty. The right is a dark blue/purple shade with tiny blue and purple glitters. It reminds me of a discontinued MAC nail polish I have, can’t wait to wear these!

Swatches: 24 and 23

I also picked up this deep plum snakeskin emery board from ELF since it was just $1 and I actually needed one of these. I really like the pattern!

Lastly is another item that I have been eyeing for months. It’s the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Haute. I’ve been so curious about this lipstick, and since you can’t try before you buy in drugstores, I’ve always given this a pass in the past. In the tube it looks like a very cool-toned medium berry color. I’ve hear this is a dupe for MAC’s Up The Amp, and it is actually quite similar!

Here’s the bottom of the lipstick so you can see the name. The texture is very creamy and easy to apply. The color is rich and very pigmented and lasts a long time on the lips! Be careful, because if you pile it on, it gives a more bright fucshia-y color and can pop more than you like! (unless you like that look!)

Swatch: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Haute

Here I am wearing it, what do you guys think!?

March Favorites! β™‘

Yay! Time for March favorites!! I literally went on auto pilot and grabbed for the first things in each category that I saw. These are things that I ALWAYS grab for, and is so essential for a gorgeous spring face. Although there are other things I could include, these are the things I thought represented it the best! πŸ™‚

L to R: Milani HD Advanced Concealer in 02, Sonia Kashuk Concealer Palette in Hidden Agenda, Stila Prime Pot in Taffy, Makeup Forever HD Foundation #120

For the face, I like using a good concealer, the Sonia Kashuk Concealer palette is great for med/full coverage effects, where the Milani is more light/med coverage for days I want to go more natural. It’s a convenient pen shape and makes my skin feel soft and moisturized. I love using the Kashuk palette with a Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Bush, and I especially love the green corrector shade. I also thought including a translucent powder is really smart! The Stila prime pot is a flesh toned cream shadow primer that can be used under any eye look. It really makes your eyeshadow stick but can change the finish of some eyeshadow colors. The Makeup Forever HD Foundation is my favorite so far next to my BB Creams. It has a great color selection and amazing finish on the skin!Β  It’s a must have!!

L to R: Mac Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Med. Dark, Josie Maran Argan Blush in Fever, Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

The Mac Studio Careblend Pressed Powder is the BEST Mac powder in my opinion, maybe even better than my Mac Skinfinish Natural. It’s finely milled and goes on so smooth, it feels light yet provides decent coverage! The Josie Maran line is gorgeous, with it eco-conscious themes, and natural ingredients, I was immediately drawn to it. The Argan blush in Fever is a deep dusty warm rose color, and comes in sleek rose gold packaging. The formula also contains Argan Oil so it’s supposed to be good for the skin! The Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer is a fun bronzer to have because of it’s pattern and girly colors. It gives an amazing bronze gleam to your face without being “dirty” looking. The Milani baked blushes are wonderful, and Luminoso is no different. It can be used as a highlighter and built up as a blush. It has a gorgeous warm peachy pink/gold luminescent color!

L to R: DiorshowWaterproof Mascara, Tokidoki Eyeshadow in Carnivora, Too Faced Galaxy Glam Eyeshadow in Cocoa Comet, Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow in Fashion Forward, Mac Eyeshadow in Idol Eyes, Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Fade, and Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof in Marine

Diorshow is my HG mascara. I bought it before my wedding to have a fool proof mascara that would last me all night, but it has done so much more! It makes my lashes look full, soft, and volumized, and the formula doesn’t get all over my eyes when I apply it. The Tokidoki eyeshadow in Carnivora is a pretty shimmery champagne color, and glides on soft and pigmented on the eyes. The Too Faced Galaxy Glam Eyeshadow in Cocoa Comet is something that I use very often. It’s a unique chocolate brown color with green iridescent swirls of champagne. I love using this in my outer-v for more natural looks. The Lancome eyeshadow is Fashion Forward is a lovely light shimmery pastel green color that makes my eyes look fresh and wide, I also like using this is my inner corners and under my lower lash line. Mac Idol Eyes was a suprise find, it’s not the most pigmented eyeshadow, but gives your eyes a soft mysterious sparkle. The color is a silver violet with gold reflects. I LOVE Rock & Republic Makeup, they are such great quality and have amazing packaging. Fade is a light silvery lavender color that goes on very opaque. The formula is creamy, soft, and easily blendable.The Sephora 12 HR Crayons are great for a bold long wearing look. I’m not sure if it actually last 12 Hrs, but the color and texture is gorgeous! I love using this instead of my black eyeliner on certain looks! Last but not least, Nars Elsa is gorgeous on the eyes for spring. I swatched this in my Nars Duo Collection post, it’s a very pretty silvery light satin seafoam and a satin shimmery lavender!

L to R: Clarins Gloss Appeal in 03, Revlon Lip Gloss in Lilac Pastelle, Loreal Colour Riche Balm in Pink Satine, NYX Round Lipstick in Summer Love

I LOVE the Clarins Glosses, I was lucky enough to find them at TJMaxx last year! They are not sticky, have amazing colors, and make your lips looks fresh and wet! This color is almost like a duochrome, and it’s a great spring/summer pick. The Revlon Gloss in Lilac Pastelle is a creamy, non-sticky gloss that makes your lips look sleek and slightly tinted. The lilac color is gorgeous, and can be seen in the light! I’m obsessed with the Loreal Colour Riche Balms, they do wonders for my lips, and gives them a nice tint of color, nothing too crazy. I love the packaging and the fact they have SPF. The NYX Round Lipstick are amazing for the value, Summer Love is a great nude lip color, that glides on easily and smell great!

What are your March must-haves??

Sonia Kashuk Haul! Synthetic Flat Top Brush & Concealer Palette

I had been eyeing this brush some sometime now, and I am SO glad I got it! It’s a synthetic flat top multipurpose brush that I intend to use for liquid foundation and my bb creams. I had been a little tired of my stippling brush that really had no control and coverage but this will change that significantly! The bristles are super soft and very dense. The flat top makes it nice to applying a thin layer on your face and easy to build up to a full coverage look.

The handle is a fun shape and curves in at the center. It does make comfortable to hold and gives you more control. The size of the flat top is just wide enough to get under your eye and into all the little dips around your nose, but large enough to use easily glide over your cheeks and forehead.

I love how dense this brush is. It will hold a lot of product but I feel like it won’t get lost between the bristles as much like my stippling brush. Again, it feel super soft on my face and will become one of my must have arsenals in my brush collection!

It’s a little bit on the steep side at $15-$16 retail for a non-high end item, but is so worth it because the quality, and I know it will last me a long time even if I used it everyday. I haven’t noticed any shedding at all, and gives me an amazing finish on my skin! For those who don’t’ know, Sonia Kashuk is a makeup artist who branched out to create her own line of cosmetics and accessories and is sold exclusively at Target.

This is the Sonia Kashuk Concealer Palette in Hidden Agenda 07. I had been on the hunt for a good concealer palette, and landed on this one after reading all the great reviews. The size of palette itself is great, and colors seemed to match my skin tone, so I decided to give it a try.

So I guess the third shade in the corner is a neutralizer, and I guess think makes sense because it has a slight greenish undertone.Β The two top colors are cream concealers, and the lightest shade is a translucent pressed powder to set them with. I really like this palette as the colors work really well this my medium/warm skin tone. The consistency is a bit on the thick side but can be blended out to cover imperfections on you face. This is definitely a med/full coverage concealer.

The feel of these are really great, and I thought it was so smart to include a powder in the palette. I just dip my finger into the pan the warm up the product a bit then dab it onto the desired area. I usually layer from the lightest color to the darkest then add the powder last for the most even and natural coverage.

Swatches of the Sonia Kashuk Concealer Palette in Hidden Agenda.

Although it is a heavy concealer, this makes my skin look flawless! πŸ˜€ If I use too much it can look a little cakey, but if used properly this is a HG concealer palette.

Have you guys tried these???