Ok, so this is the second part and this is going to include some illuminators and illuminating finishing powders. Blushes as well, but like I mentioned before, I just tend to get blushes wherever without sticking to brand, high or low, so this is just going to be a list of the best performing lost cost blushes that I’ve found to date, with a few comparison. I’m not sure that I’ll be doing lipsticks or not, because to be honest, a huge chunk of the drug store lip products that I’ve gotten just do not perform all that great. If I do wind up doing that, it’ll be a much shorter post.
Isn’t that packaging to die for?!?!
So I’d told you guys that I did another Kiko haul right? I’d hauled their two new collections, The Artist and this one. Unfortunately, I don’t know who the hell packed this stuff because almost all of it came smashed to bits. Yeah, sad as hell cause the blush from this collection that came broken is hella pretty when applied, much more so than the one that survived intact. Kiko doesn’t send out replacements unfortunately, they just refund you and then you have to repurchase. Something I’m opting to not do at the moment, I may revisit it again, but I’m unsure. I really hate those refund and repurchase policies, particularly when it’s your fault that my damn stuff came broken. /rant.
I usually do some sort of roundup at least once a year. Mostly. Sometimes it’s foundation, but mostly I’ve been doing a lot of skin care for the last few. Not that anything is wrong with that, but since I hoard foundations and blush, why not that instead? When I do a foundation roundup, it’s to say which ones I liked and didn’t like and why not. And that’s because often times I haven’t reviewed most of the of the foundations that I’ve bought. I’ve gotten better about that, so this time we’re gonna do something different. Since I’ve been experimenting more with drug store foundations, I figured that I would show you which ones compare to the mid-tier and luxury brands I’ve also purchased. I’m not going to go into the properties of each and why I like them or not, that would take way to long, and I’ve already reviewed most of them. Instead, I’ll give you the high end brands and the drugstore formulas that in my opinion correspond and add links to the reviews. Once again, my opinion, you may not agree. I’m not sure if I’ll be splitting them up into powders and liquids or what, that all depends on how long this particular post gets, we’ll see at the end. I was going to do blushes as well, but realised that for the most part, I don’t really purchase a lot of high end blushes cause I just love blush so I acquire them wherever I can. But we’re also gonna see how that turns out.
Ciate London, a brand known for their nail products threw their hat into the colour cosmetics ring this past holiday season with the Olivia Palermo Collection. Not bothering much with nail products, I almost missed the launch but for late night Sephora.com browsing. Since I didn’t know how the brand would fare on this the first excursion into face makeup territory, I held off getting anything until I heard more, although one of the palettes and just about all the lip products spoke to me.
A few weeks back, after I’d done the Ulta haul I went in store to return the Bareminerals duo powder and look at the new UD Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette (which btw is gorgeous and I’m still on the fence about getting), and I noticed that they had the entire line of Makeup Revolution that they had online, in the store as well. This was a huge surprise to me because often with the less expensive brands, most items can only be found online. I Browsed and decided that I didn’t want more palettes (I hated the layouts out the ones I saw), but went ahead and picked up a few things anyway. I got two of the Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquers, the The One Blush Stick in Matte Ruse, The One Highlight Contour Stick (really just a highlighter), and the One Contour Stick. I passed on getting a bronzer and a powder blush, but I may go back and get those, not sure as yet.
Those are the times when you feel wholly inadequate in your brown-ness and like something is just really very off about you, cause dang what’s your problem for real? And then you remember that all your (brown) girlfriends used to rave about MAC too, and that ish wasn’t too hot for you either. Yeah, so we’re talking about Sacha Cosmetics today. This brand out of Trinidad seems to be on the lips and HG lists of every brown beauty guru. I had heard about them for so long that I decided to do a haul.
I can’t remember who exactly it was that I heard raving about this brand, but I was intrigued. Since I don’t use a lot of American drugstore brands beyond the ones that are main stream and super popular, me not having heard of something is not really a surprise. When I went to check this brand out, I quickly learned that it has something of a cult following owing not only to it’s very inexpensive price points, but also to it’s highly pigmented, very functional products. Once again, I got almost every thing here from Beauty Joint. I can’t remember if I told you guys last post or not, but Beauty Joint’s shipping is ridiculous (starts at $14) for anything under $70, which is when they start offering free shipping, and so it just made sense for me to order the stuff that I wanted here even though I didn’t get everything that I wanted.
So I went through that little high end binge a bit back right? But then I decided that I needed to give some drugstore stuff a fighting chance because not all of it is terrible. One of the things that I’ve tended to stay away from in the drugstore realm is foundations. A lot of WOC can tell you that finding a good match in drugstore brands can be a little bit of a nightmare. Ok, a lot bit. I seem to have a particularly hard complexion and undertone to match, even with mid-tier brands I have a very hard time. I usually have to mix and match or use powders and other things to compensate or adjust so that a foundation looks just right on me. When I started using Tarte foundations again and found that the ones with peach undertones matched me best, I was confuzzled. I mean, I’d spent a really long time knowing that my undertones were golden, so what was up with that?
Lemme tell you a story. I went to a colour theory class out here in Atlanta a few weeks back, and the makeup artist dude that was teaching the class experimented on me a bit and told me that my undertones weren’t a true golden. They’re a golden peach. Mind. Blown. Oh, totally unrelated, but sorta related, this makeup artist was Asian and the only times I’ve ever been colour matched for anything correctly, the only times I’ve ever walked out of any place with my makeup done correctly, it’s always been an Asian MUA and I have absolutely no idea what that’s about.
First off, I want to apologise for the dismal condition of some of the photos. My camera broke and I had to send it in for repairs, thus resulting in my using my very old phone camera to take the remainder of the pictures, now…
This thing was such a colossal pain in the butt. I had to actually purchase this twice. Why you ask? Ok, lemme tell you. You know that magazine that Ulta sends out? It had this listed as part of a set with the new Duo Brush. Well, when I got mine…there was no brush, so I called Ulta.com and they told me that the couldn’t send a brush out to me if it had been part of a set, but here was a nice $10 gift card for all my troubles…
So we’re still calling over highlighting ourselves strobing then? Hmm, okie dokie.
Well, for those of us that like to pretend as if we’re an understudy for a disco ball, Pür Cosmetics has got you covered.
Like the post title suggests, I did a Kiki Milano haul cause everybody else was. The Italian based cosmetic company with the ridiculous following overseas, had become a blogger and vlogger darling and overnight sensation. Some enterprising individual realised that one of their single shadows was a dupe for discontinued cult classic highlighter, Whisper Of Gilt by MAC and that was all it took for people to start taking notice stateside.
I hate shopping for skincare.
Skincare shopping is the bane of my already tortured existence. Why? Well with makeup it’s mostly easy right? You’ve got colour, undertone and then you’re checking to make sure that there aren’t any ingredients that will end your face in ruination. That’s it.
Skincare is a whole different beast. If you have super sensitive skin, and you do your research, it can become not only an exhaustively long search, but very expensive. If it’s moisturisers you’re after you’re good if your skin stays pretty much the same year round. If you swing in either direction more sharply at any time of the year, you’re probably looking at two to three different moisturisers, serums and washes. Not to mention, you have to find just the right balance that works for your skin. Good lord, can I just get a one and done? Apparently not so much.
Lady Mcbeth was talking about blood, ya girl is talking about hyperpigmentation.
Listen, the hype is real ya’ll.
You ever read reviews from bloggers or a website and you’re all like “nah, all those reviews can’t be legit” ? Let me just put it this way, the day Valentia sends me a product that either doesn’t work or I have an allergic reaction to it, my world is gonna implode. Flowers will cease to bloom, puppies and babies will no longer be adorable and cuddly and I’ll give up on beauty entirely. Ok, well maybe not that last part, that’s just too drastic. What I’m trying to say is everything they’ve sent me so far has been wondrous.
This is another product from my Ulta platinum haul. I’m new to this brand as I’ve never tried any Soap & Glory products. They’re like the British drugstore version of Benefit with a very retro look and feel. Colour wise, they’re about as inclusive it seems, which means not really. In any case it was there and at only $15 each, I had a hard time choosing between this, and two blushes from the brand. Since I’m rapidly becoming a finishing powder/highlighter fiend I went with this.
I’ve been doing a lot of high end hauling lately, and while it’s been fun discovering the benefits, differences and advantages of luxury products, I realise that not everyone can or is willing to hand over hundreds of dollars for just a few pieces. Trust me, I’m also a fan of getting a whole bunch of stuff for $80 versus just getting one thing. When my boxes arrive and I open them to a bunch of stuff, my happy place gets happier. So I decided to take it down a thousand and bring you guys some really awesome drugstore products that only really differ from higher end ones in the form of their price tags, starting with these.