Drugstore Makeup Haul /How I Got Makeup at CVS Almost for Free / Opal and Violet Eye Tutorial

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I always get so excited to get makeup basically for free. I’m here for drugstore makeup and I’m all for drugstore savings, especially when you’re on a budget. With amazingly affordable brands like Wet n Wild and e.l.f at the drugstore, there’s no reason to forego quality because you can’t afford high end makeup.

I found two intriguing products by e.l.f at my local drugstore. One inspired me to do this look, the Stardust Glitter Eyeliner. Both the name and the look of the product lured me in. Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about opals, stars and starry astronomy related things, and of course, also glitter.

Stardust Glitter Eyeliner by e.l.f in Pink Opal. $4. ElfCosmetics.com, CVS, Target, etc.

It looks way cooler in person and has intense pink reflects. It looked amazing swatched and paired beautifully with the other new e.l.f product that intrigued me, the No Budge Shadow Stick in Rose Gold.

E.l.f’s No Budge Shadow Stick in Rose Gold. $4 at CVS, Target, etc.

This product is supposed to be a no budge formula. Though both the liner and the shadow stick were very pretty, they both definitely creased on me throughout the day so I suggest using a very full coverage thick concealer with them as eyeshadow primer, like Bye Bye Undereye by It Cosmetics or Shape Tape by Tarte.

Wet n Wild’s Megacushion Foundation. $7.89 at Target, CVS, etc.

At CVS, I used $5 of Extra Bucks, a 15% off coupon, and a $3 of $11 off makeup coupon, and I scored the e.l.f eyeliner and shadow stick for $1 and change. I was stoked. I then went back a few days later to get the Wet n Wild Cushion foundation with $3 Extra Bucks I still had.

Wet n Wild’s Megaslicks Lip Gloss in Sun Glaze. $1.93 at Walmart, CVS, etc.

Since I ended up spending $10 on Wet n Wild makeup on the foundation and a lip gloss, I got $5 more extra bucks.

Brush Shampoo by e.l.f. $4 at CVS, ElfCosmetics.com, etc.

I then got $3 more at checkout so I went back and got an e.l.f liner brush and brush cleaner for a dollar and change. I haven’t washed my brushes in a hot minute so I’m looking forward to be getting the gunk out of them.

E.l.f’s small angled brush. $3.

Needless to say, it’s been a good week for drugstore savings for sure.

This look was easy to do but took tons of layering to get the pigment to where I wanted it. I haven’t used the eyeliner for its actual intended purpose, but I will give it a try. I began by priming my eyes with Kokie’s Be Bright Illuminating Concealer.

Kokie’s Be Bright Illuminating Concealer. $8 at Walmart.

I actually really like this for the undereye but for this look, a thicker more full coverage matte concealer would’ve been better.

Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo. $5. Ulta, colourpop.com etc.

I then used the shadow stick allover the second half of the eye. I cut my crease and filled the entire inner half of the eye with the eyeliner.

Essence’s Single Eyeshadow in Black as a Berry. $3.

I blended the two shades into each other to get rid of the harsh lines. I placed Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo on the outer corner and used Essences’s single shadow in Black as a Berry to line the lower lashline.

I would’ve liked the look to have more shimmer and glitter but I made the products work, and it’s good for an everyday glam kinda day.

What products have you scored at the drugstore lately?

Love & light!

Thanks for reading

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My Top 3 Favorite Ride or Die Extremely Affordable Drug Store Nude Lipsticks

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e.l.f Moisturizing Lipstick in Pink Minx. $3.

In my opinion, a girl can never have enough nude lipsticks and I’m always on the hunt for great drugstore versions because I don’t know about you but it hurts me to spend a ton on lipstick. I wear nude lips almost every day and go through them quick. They also spend a lot of time in my purse and I need something I can grab and go and not feel bad about using up.

Here are my top ride or die affordable nude lipsticks from the drugstore:

e.l.f’s Moisturizing Lipstick in Cheeky

I’ve been a fan of e.l.f. since I discovered their insanely low priced but amazing goods in college one day in Target one day. I remember stocking up a ton of $2 goods. My favorite e.l.f formula is the Moisturizing Lipstick. It’s infused with Vitamin A, C, and E, which is awesome. As I’ve told you guys before, my lips are the Sahara desert.

e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in Cheeky. $3.

This makes them look plump and is opaque enough to cover any dryness. It’s also very creamy and pigmented and overall very pretty. My favorite shade, Cheeky, is above. Here is another nude, Party in the Buff, below. These are only $3.00, so how can you lose?

e.l.f Moisturizing Lipstick in Party in the Buff.

KISS Ruby Kisses Matte Lipstick in Bare Nude

RK by Kiss Matte Lipstick. $2.99.

This lipstick claims to be matte but is super creamy and comfortable. The color shows up as more of a neutral greyish nude than what it initially looks like. If you like the look of a true matte lipstick you probably won’t this lipstick or most of these lipsticks. If you need a quick nude lip, then this will do. It looks opaque, pairs great with any gloss, and is super affordable.

LA Colors’ Moisture Rich Lip Color in Nude

I love how creamy this lipstick is and like the first two lipsticks I mentioned, it goes with any gloss. It goes perfectly with my skin tone. If you’re lighter than me you might want to dab a lighter or pinkier shade over it or wear it as a darker nude. I also think it’s pretty cool that these have Vitamin E and Aloe Vera in them. For $2.00, I’m sold. I’m buying enough back ups to last me a life time.

Mini e.l.f. Haul Plus Summer Bronzy Goddess Tutorial

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I’ve loved e.l.f for what seems like forever for their affordable prices and bomb products. They’ve remained one of my favorite brands period for years as their quality just keeps getting better.

Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette in Summer Breeze by e.l.f. $10 at Target etc.

This palette has so many gorgeous shades and staples for both everyday and glam looks. The rosy shade is my new favorite transition shade.

I have been wanting to try the highly rated Mad for Mattes Summer Breeze Palette forever and finally got my hands on it.

Best Friend Duo in Peach Squad by e.l.f. at elfcosmetics.com. etc. $3.00.

I had a summer bronzed goddess look in mind ever since I received the stunning Cream Metallic Foil Shadow by Sahi Cosmetics in Doha in my Ipsy bag. I picked up the duo and palette above because of how well I thought those peachy summery shades would work with so many looks.

Cream Metallic Foil Shadow in Doha by Sahi Cosmetics. $22. Sahicosmetics.com.

The shadow is unlike any I’ve tried as it’s infused with jojoba oil and is incredibly creamy and foiled. It almost doesn’t even need a base and lasts all day. Its formula is comparable to ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadows.

I began by priming my lids with concealer. You can use whatever full coverage concealer is your fave. I like super matte ones as my lids are on the oilier side. To set my kids, I dusted e.l.f’s Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder.

E.l.f.’s Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder. $6.00 at CVS, etc.

This powder is perfect for setting both the lids as well as foundation and concealer. It has a slight tint as the name suggests, but it’s nothing super noticeable. It blends well on top of creams.

I then buffed the rosy color from the Mad for Mattes Palette and the peachy shade from the Best Friend Duo in the crease.

I then buffed the tan brown tones in the Mad for Matte Palette in the outer crease to intensify it.

After I placed the shimmery bronze color from the Best Friend Duo in the inner half of the eye with my finger. I then packed on the Doha shadow allover my lid with my finger.

I then highlighted my brow bone and inner corner with Milani’s Bella Eyes Gel Powder single shadow in Bella Chiffon.

Milani’s Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Chiffon. 4.49 at Walgreen’s, etc.

For lipstick I used a lippie from Maybelline’s 100 year celebration, Coral Cocktail, which I love for spring and summer.

That’s it!

I apologize that I’ve posted less over the past few weeks but I’ve had the flu / cold for two weeks and it really sucked. I think I’m almost in the clear and posting should get back on track, especially since I haven’t stopped buying makeup or coming up with ideas.

Thanks for reading. Love you all!

Festival Makeup: Glittery Crystal Teal, Cobalt, and Opal LookΒ 

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If I could live at Coachella, I might. Music, fashion, an excuse to go all out with your outfit and makeup, BeyoncΓ©, I mean.. What more could you ask for?! 

For my festival look I was inspired by desert tones, cacti, and starry skies. For those reasons, I used e.l.f’s Mad for Matte palette in Summer Breeze, Wet n Wild’s single eyeshadow in Bleached and Moonchild and Nyx’s Pigment, which is straight up glitter in peacock. 

Wet n Wild’s single glitter eyeshadow in Bleached. $1.48 at CVS, etc.

 Though my festival look may not be as outlandish as other you might’ve come across, I feel that it’s more important to consider what will outlast the heat best and go with the most outfits, thus being the most versatile yet festival-ready look I could muster. 

Nyx’s Pigment in Peacock. $6.49 Ulta, etc. 

I considered going the bejeweled third eye route but I’m not sure how well this would outlast the heat, though of course, it would surely make for good photos. 

I wanted to focus on implementing color and sparkle to the look becauseI was inspired by bright festival colors and the sunset and dusky summery tones of the desert and starry nights, so I went with teal and navy and lots of opalescent glitter. 

Wet n Wild’s single eyeshadow in Moonchild. $1.48 at CVS, etc.

I began by priming my lids with foundation, and used L’OrΓ©al Pro-Matte founation. I normally don’t do this, and instead opt for either primer or an eyeshadow base, but I’ve seen others do this step, so I thought, why NOT? 

I was blown away by the Mad for Mattes palette. Its peachy shade is gorgeous and called out to me from the moment I saw it. I seriously love every shade in the palette and every one of them is creamy, blendable, and very useful. 

e.l.f’s Mad for Matte palette in Summer Breeze. $10 at Target, etc. 

I used the peachy apricot shade as my transition shade. I then dipped into my Lisa Frank bronzer to deepen up my crease and outer corner.

I patted the single glitter eyeshadow in Bleached on my entire lid. This has a sticky petroleum-jelly like consistency but is permeated with glitter in every way. The glitter is iridescent and reflects gold, blue, etc. I softened the edges of my crease and the transition between the glitter and warm tones with a gorgeous pinky peachy shade in an e.l.f Best Friend Eyeshadow duo called Peach Squad. 

e. l. f’s eyeshadow duo in Peach Squad. $3. Ulta, etc.

I love this shade and like the shadows in the made matte palette, it was creamy, blendable and dreamy as a crease shade. It lools much more salmon and pinkier n person than it does above, in my opinion. 

I then tapped some of the loose teal glitter pigment in Peacock from Nyx on my palm and grabbed some on a flat shader brush. I stuck it on to my lids pretty easily because the sticky Wet n Wild glitter was underneath.

Lastly lined my lower lashline with the cobalt blue single eyeshadow shade Moonchild by Wet n Wild and lined my water line with Nyx’s Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Blackberry.

I loved the final result and though it wasn’t exactly the looking I initially envisioned, I’m happy with it. 

Thanks so much for reading and I hope I helped inspire some festival / summery looks of your own. πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ΅πŸ’ž

Have a beautiful fun-filled weekend, whether you’re at Coachella or not. πŸ˜‰πŸ’•

Fall Leaves / Fiery Sunset Eyes Tutorial

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Hello and happy Halloweek!

Whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re enjoying many treats an maybe a few tricks. I had fun doing this look as I love warm tones like rust, burgundy, crimson, orange, etc. I was inspired by fall leaves and fiery orange red sunsets to do this eye look & tutorial. 

By the way here’s an interesting tidbit on fall leaves changing colors, “The vivid yellow and orange colors of fall leaves have actually been there throughout the spring and summer, but we haven’t been able to see them. The deep green color of chlorophyll, which helps plants absorb life-giving sunlight, hides the other colors. In the fall, trees break down the green pigments and nutrients stored in the leaves. The nutrients are shuttled into the roots for reuse in the spring..The red color is actively made in leaves by bright light and cold. The crisp, cold nights in the fall combine with bright, sunny days to spur production of red in leaves – especially in sugar maple and red maple trees. ” (Earthsky.org.).

Image from earthsky.org.

I bought the Milani Runway Eyes Fashion Shadows in the primary shade range after finding it in a discount grocery store near my house called Grocery Outlet. I was immediately attracted to the red shade in the palette and I already knew Milani has amazing products like their setting spray, their gel powder shadows, etc.

They purchase overstock merchandise and I’m totally fine with that because they’re awesome and have everything from pretty NYX blushes to tasty pumpkin beers.

The shadows came out in 2012 and it appears that it’s not being sold in stores other than Poshmark and Ebay. You can use any red, orange, and yellow shadows.

 Image found on vampyvarnish.com.

I began by priming my lids with Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes SPF 15.

Image from Smashbox.com. $25.00 on Smashbox.com, Sephora, etc.

It is honestly so good as an eye shadow primer as it is very high coverage for something with “BB Cream” in its title. Plus I love that it contains SPF 15, which is a nice bonus, and protecting your lids and under eyes from the sun is a must since that skin is so delicate. After priming I set the lids with a bone matte shade from my LA Girl Nudes palette. You can use any you have on hand.

I then used the bronzer in Elf’s Aqua Beauty Bronzer and Blush duo in Bronzed Peach, shown below, in my crease as a transition color. I love this duo and also used it for blush and contour.

Elf’s Aqua Beauty Blush and Contour Duo.$6.00. Elf.com, cvs, etc.

The first color I put down was the yellow in the inner half of my eye. I then dipped into the orange and placed it in the middle of the lid. I used the red in the crease and outer half of the eye. 

I blended all the colors into a gradient by sort of fading them into each other. I applied all of the metallic colors first with my finger and then patted more on with a brush I had wet with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. 

As most of you know by now, when it comes to makeup, I don’t mind being a little extra, so I added gold glitter and a wing. The glitter I used is the Color Icon Single Glitter by Wet n Wild. 

Color Icon Single Glitter in Brass by Wet n Wild. .94Β’ at Target. This glitter is stunning on its own on a bare lid.

The product I used for my liner was really inexpensive, but I found it very patchy so it’s not even worth mentioning. To be honest with you, the Milani shadows were also hard to work with and blend out. Despite these setbacks, I made it work, and I believe that working with all kinds of makeup shows you how to work around problems. Not every product can be as seamless as your favorites and that’s to be expected.

Nonetheless, Milani is still one of my favorite drugstore brands! 

Hope you all have a frightfully fabulous Halloween!

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Review: The Three Best Elf Primers (Poreless, Hydrating, & Brightening & Tone Adjusting)

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I can’t live without my favorite primers. As soon as I begin to run out I begin to panic. I can’t imagine my life before primer and I’m not even exaggerating. Before watching makeup videos on YouTube, to be honest, I was totally shooting in the dark when it came to makeup. Primer was one of those things that made a world of difference. With a good one, your pores, fine lines, and texture can look blurred, foundation goes on smoother and more even, and it even prolongs how your foundation wears. Depending on what skin type you have, you may need a mattifying primer like me, a blurring primer, also like me, or a hydrating primer if you have dry skin. My favorites right now are by one of my favorite drugstore brands, Elf, and they have truly changed my makeup routine / application. I’ll be reviewing my 3 favorites. 

Elf poreless primer at 6.00 at Target, CVS, Elf.com, etc.

I love how this one feels. It’s got tea tree which is soothing and cooling. It actually succeeds at blurring out my pores, which is nothing short of a miracle. For the price, you can’t lose.

Elf’s hydrating primer- 6.00.

If you have dry or patchy skin you’d love this primer. Usually my skin is super oily but during the winter and sometime randomly I get weird dry patchy areas. This hydrating prime helps so that makeup doesn’t look weird on top of dry skin.

Brightening & Tone Adjusting Primer – 6.00

Since I have a lot of redness and hyper pigmentation due to acne and acne scars, I love this primer in every way. It gives the skin a smooth and hydrated feel without being greasy. It fills in fine lines, pores, and the violet tone evens out skin tone without showing up purple. Under foundation it’s beautiful.

Those are my favorite primers by Elf and I can’t wait to try more great primers, as they just make me happy. I’m really excited to see how Touch in Sol’s No Poreblem and Tarte’s Poreless Mattifying Primer would work with my skin.

What are your favorite primers by Elf or other brands?

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Wet n Wild Au Naturel Palette Review

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Hello beauties! I hope your summer is fabulous so far and all that you’d hoped for. I’ve been spending a little too much time perusing the makeup aisles at the drugstore and therefore spending a little too much on makeup. Thank you makeup vloggers who get me to buy everything you tell me to! (I still love you) πŸ˜‰ πŸ’„

When I saw the Wet n Wild Au Naturel palette at my local Drugstore I thought, “At that price how could I go wrong?” Plus I had Extra Bucks at CVS so I mean…😩😩😩

I’m certainly glad with my purchase although I am partial to warm tones and this palette contains several colors with cool and neutral undertones. Regardless, for the price, quality, pigmentation & blendability, it is definitely worth purchasing.

I did a mauvey smoky eye with it easily in under 15 mins. 

Picture found on Pinterest.

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As a base I used color #1 as shown above. In the crease I used #7. To deepen the crease I used #8. To highlight the brow bone I used the lightest shimmer shade in Wet n Wild’s Comfort Zone palette. (shown below) On the entire lid I used #2 & #6 from this palette.

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For foundation I used Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus foundation. For highlight & blush I Used Elf’s Santa Lucia palette. The lipstick I’m wearing is Nyx’s Lip Lingerie in Bustier. (Shown below) If you have any questions, leave me a comment!

Overall I love pink & mauvey tones, so I was not dissappointed. My only criticism is I wish there were a few more matte shades / crease shades. I give it a 9 out of 10. 

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Hope you enjoyed this review!

What are your thoughts? Have you bought this palette? Would you? 

Love,

Maggie in the Moon