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My Concealer Routine (includes video!)



My Concealer Routine by Frugalista Blog

Do you suffer from dark under eye circles? Has age, motherhood and life in general sucked all the liveliness from under your peepers? Do you wake up and wonder if the Louis Vuitton fairy came and left suitcases under your ocular vestibules?

Well, have no fear. I am here to help. I’ve narrowed down a quick and easy concealer routine, complete with products I used, to show you how to minimize all that dark shadows business going on. And not the funny movie kind with Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Now, keep in mind, I still look human after this makeup routine. I don’t have fillers, Botox or a magic airbrush wand to carry with me wherever I go. So I’m not going to look like a 21 year old. Or a magazine cover. It’s still just me. Slightly less tired looking though.


Take a look and tell me what you think. If I’ve confused you or forgotten to explain any detail- please let me know!

Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer

L’Oreal Visible Lift Foundation in 144

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim

L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Under Eye light

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in Light

MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension Blush Auto Erotique (limited edition)

Tarte Angelic Nude Lipstick

Super Glam Valentine’s (or any time) Makeup Tutorial

valentine makeup tutorial by frugie blog

I was asked for some advice with getting a glam look and I answered with this video. I put on false eyelashes, smokey shadow, and deep lips. I’m doing it all. It’s super hot and super sexy!! Well, it’s hot because I have a hot flash, and sexy? Well, I’m just not gonna go there.

Feel free to do or not do what you want. I think this eye shadow looks nice paired with a nude pinky lip for a softer appearance.

But go bold if you so choose!!


BTW- the video is long. Grab a cup of something nice and warm, get a cupcake and snuggle in. Or break it down in to parts; first part- eyeshadow, at about 8 minutes false eyelashes, then foundation- final two minutes- lips.

Smokey Eye Tutorial (for those over 40) or anyone who doesn’t want to look like a hooker


An easy smokey eye tutorial 40 year olds

It’s been ages since I’ve posted a makeup tutorial so I’m excited to give you this one! Sorry brother. I know these bore you. Maybe next week I’ll blog about something controversial that will entertain you.


Okay, down to business. I have been asked by a few of you who want to know how to put on eye shadow. It’s a lot easier than you think. You can do this. And a lot of tutorials on YouTube are of twenty somethings and their winged out eyeliner. I don’t do that very well. Despite my efforts.

And since everyone and their cousin does a smokey eye, I thought I would give you the tools of creating that look for yourself. And not looking like you pulled an all nighter with Keith Richards.


January Beauty Box 5 Review

Another month, another box.

I love my mailman. Well, he doesn’t know this. In fact, he looks like he’s from a work release program, but hey, it’s fine. As long as he brings me my Beauty Box 5 each month, I’m happy.

Beauty Box 5 is a beauty subscription program. Every month, for $12 you get 5 items in your pretty pastel blue box. There’s full size and deluxe sample sizes each time.

I love surprises, I love product and I love receiving packages. This is why subscription programs are perfect for me.

This month’s items at first didn’t excite me, I will admit. I’m a sucker for makeup and there wasn’t any in my box. But as soon as I tried a few of what was included, I was very pleased.

For starters, the EPIC BLEND Hemp Lip Balm is Ah May Zing!

I love how it feels like butter. This balm is gluten and petroleum free and is not tested on animals. LOVE!

Beauty Box January Hemp lip balm

Epic Blend Hemp Coconut Lip Balm Retails $3.39

I thought it was cute they included a compact mirror with the logo from the new cutie patootie Zack Efron movie, That Awkward Moment. I feel like this title sums up my life completely and pulling this little guy out will be a cute accessory to probably an awkward real-life moment!

beauty box 5 january box purse mirror


Also included in this month’s box-

Jergens Daily Moisturizer Retail $6.99 for 21 fl oz.


Nubar Cuticle and Nail OIl Retail $10.00 for .5 fl oz


H20 Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash Retail $17.00 for 12.5 fl oz.


not pictured, Swissco Bath & Shower Exfoliating gloves, one pair $5.00


I hope the Beauty Box 5 people send me some makeup next month! I’ll let you know what’s in it. There’s always at least 2 products that make the $12 completely worth it! And getting 5 items is a fun way of trying new things. Check out their website and sign up for your own subscription or gift one to a friend!


GLAMGLOW mask- the best beauty mask ever?

Product alert- product alert- product alert!


My friend told me that Costco was carrying the GLAMGLOW mask. Yes. Costco. So I ran my little yoga pant booty down to the exact location she saw them at and bought two boxes.

You can’t blame me. These babies are the cult fave of the beauty world. Product gurus and beauty editors rave about the GLAMGLOW  jars of wonder that claims a ’10 minute facial in a jar’.



The little jar looks like this-

GLAMGLOW the best mask ever?


There are three formulas- (click here to see the website and what they look like.)

The black jar which is the YOUTHMUD; the white jar which is the SUPER MUD  (this is the one I got) and a new blue jar called THIRSTYMUD.

I probably should try the black jar since my skin can use all the youth-ifying it can get. But the white jar is what Costco had, so I’m going with that. And since these retail normally for about $69, Costco’s price was $34. A steal!

It is just like putting mud on your face. It’s minty, and smells a bit like Eucalyptus and licorice. It has a bit of a grit to it. I heard it healed any blemishes and rids the skin of blackheads. It reveals glowing skin and gently exfoliates. I was hesitant to try it because of my sensitive skin. But I went ahead- here goes-

You can modify the length of time you leave it on for.






If you’re looking for mask that zaps blackheads, clears pores, and minimizes break-outs- this is it!

However, any skin can use this. Even my sensitive skin fared well and it didn’t bother my Rosacea. It brightened, it tightened and it cleared my skin. Sure it’s a spendy price tag, but I think it’s worth it. A little goes a long way. Buy it from Sephora and you can always return it if you don’t like it.

And fingers crossed your Costco has it too!



Drugstore and Ulta Haul!

Check out all my latest makeup goodies I bought from the drugstore. There’s lots of new products out there and I’m navigating through some of them.

Some are hot, and some are not so hot. I give you the scoop in my latest video:

click on the picture to go to the video. Enjoy!

Drugstore Haul video


My favorite products of 2013

Frugie's Favorites 2013

I know that I’m not a beauty blogger. And some of you might be bored of my beauty posts. (I’m looking at you bro. Sorry.) But let’s face it, one of my most favorite things in the world is makeup. And just products. All beauty products.

You would think I’m a beauty editor because my bathroom looks like a store. It’s got a bajillion bottles of foundation, a drawer full of concealers, every lipstick imaginable. It’s ridiculous. I feel awful. But hey, it’s a collection. It’s not stamps, Beanie Babies or cat figurines; it’s makeup. So there.

I compiled a list of my favorites both high-end and low-end. It’s a monster list.

Enjoy my last video of 2013!!



Beauty Box 5 December Box Reveal

Frugie Blog's Beauty Box 5 December

OOh, it’s subscription box time again!

I love when the mail comes and it’s a box of goodies all for ME!!

You can enjoy this too if you subscribe to Beauty Box 5 each month. From prestige brands to drugstore brands, you get 5 beauty items in your box each month. Some are deluxe samples and some are full sized products!

I reviewed November’s box here, if you want to take a look.

This month I revealed the products for you in a YouTube video. Feast your eyes-



10 of my favorite products under $10

Perhaps this will be helpful for the beauty maven in your life. Like yourself!

You can put these on your wish list for stocking stuffers or treat them to a girlfriend who likes makeup.

Narrowing down to just 10 products was hard. But I thought I would give you a full selection of makeup. You could do almost your whole face! I should do these posts more often because I have lots of things I like!

Consider this my current favorites with others to come in the future.

Here you go-

1.Maybelline eyeshadow singles
2.Jane cosmetics mosaic blush
3.Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
4.Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara
5.Jane waterproof eyeliner

6.Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
7.Milani Lip Pencil
8.E.L.F. face primer
9.Real Techniques brushes
10.NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer


Another dupes list!

I worked on another dupes list for you. Here’s some popular products I found more affordable versions of.



Koh Gen Doh cleansing water- $39 ==> Boots  No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water $8.49

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask- $125 ==> Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Treatment Mask- $14.99

Ojon Rare Blend Tamer – $24 ==> John Frieda Flyaway Tamer- $9.99

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist $24 ==> Organix Keratin Oil Brazilian Keratin Therapy $7.99

Grand totals- Luxury brands- $212            Drugstore brands- $41.46