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5 luxury foundations you will love

5 luxury foundations you will love by Frugalista Blog

You know I’m a frugal gal by nature (ahem). But every now and then, make that kinda often, I like to buy a premium product when it comes to cosmetics. I am one to try just about anything, department store to drug store brand, to find just the right one!

The old adage, ‘you get what you pay for’, does ring true for the following products. You really do get your money’s worth, in my opinion, for wearability, color matching, color trueness, and beneficial ingredients.

Some of these are pricey- be warned! So in contrast, I will soon post my top 5 drugstore foundations. Bargain hunters- not to worry.

Diorskin Airflash by Dior

Don’t be concerned by the spray mechanism. It’s a fine mist that is so even and light, you won’t get it everywhere. I pull my hair back and wear my bathrobe while applying this. It does have some fall-out. But the end result is a light, second-skin look that is dewy. Medium to full buildable coverage.

Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua

I kept hearing about this foundation all over YouTube. The first time I tried it I wasn’t convinced. Because it goes on so light, I felt like I didn’t see much improvement in my skin. But then I realized how the light caught my skin and flaws were blurred and my skin looked healthy. This is a great foundation to layer over other foundations or BB creams if you want to play with coverage and finish. Transparent to medium coverage.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

I’m curious why this foundation doesn’t get more buzz.  Honestly, it is such a reliable product. Apparently there’s silk fibers and linen in the actual foundation. Hmm, well whatever it is, it wears true and flawless. Medium to full coverage.

Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation

What I love about this product is that it is convenient to travel with, has skin friendly good for your complexion- ingredients, and even though it is satin finish, oilier skins can wear it too. Medium coverage.

it Cosmetics IT-O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

The it Cosmetics line is designed for people with skin issues (which is everyone, right?!). Whether you have acne, rosacea or aging concerns, they are developed to provide skin care ingredients within their cosmetics so you get double duty. This foundation was another one I wasn’t sure about the first time I used it. But my skin really likes it. It seems to look fresher and less lined. The product doesn’t get in my little creases. It’s perfect if you like light coverage that blends easily.


There’s my list of luxury foundations. If I might add a disclaimer- I am not endorsed or sponsored by any of the above brands. I chose these based on personal use and preference. There’s a lot to choose from at the department store and some formulas work better for some than others.

If you have a favorite I didn’t mention, I’d love to hear about it. Remember, like Marilyn Monroe said, “a smile is the best makeup a girl could wear.”




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.

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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


Dupes again!

I’ve done some legwork again for you. I’ve found some low end counterparts to some high end popular beauty items. These aren’t identical mind you, but they have similar properties and do the job for a lot less money.

In my opinion some perform just as well.

Here you go:

Clinique Take the Day off makeup remover- $18 vs. Maybelline Clean Express Waterproof Makeup remover $6

Dior Corrector pen- $25 vs. E.L.F. makeup correction pen $3

Kat Von D Tattoo cover concealer $25 vs. Hard Candy Glamouflage concealer $6

Makeup Forever HD foundation $42 vs. Revlon Photoready Foundation $12

Yves Sainte Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation- $55 vs. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation $7.99

Makeup Forever HD foundation $42 vs. Revlon Photoready Foundation $12

MAC studio fix concealer $18 vs. Milani Concealer cream $6

Grand total- High end- $183 vs. Dupes $40.99



Get NAKED. A tutorial for a complete look.

I feel a little late to the party. But I finally got my hands on the Urban Decay NAKED basics palette. This is an abridged version of the NAKED and NAKED 2 palettes. It’s a perfect set of eye shadows that are neutral and you can play up your looks to be bold or just understated.

I’m going to show you how to build a neutral eye using all the colors for not just eye shadow, but liner, contour and eyebrows. Yep. You’ll see.

Frugie’s Favorites Part 2

It’s video time again.



I have some favorite products to share with you! I’m so excited. If you’re looking for a new lipstick, or a great price for Argan oil, or maybe an awesome face mask – this video is for you!


Links mentioned-

Makeup Dupe- Foundation find

What’s a dupe you ask?

In the beauty product world, a dupe is a duplicate product that is cheaper than its higher priced original.

Basically, when you find a fancy tube of MAC lipstick, there will be a dupe out there of a color or formula somewhere from a drug store brand.

I find that although color matching is fun with lipsticks between other brands, sometimes the quality and finish is not that of its luxury counterpart.

So when I look for a dupe, I look for all areas of duplicity- quality, color, wearability, finish.  Some things are not worth the duplicate. If it’s crap, I’d rather pay more and get something I’ll wear.

Okay, enough of that.

I found a very reasonable foundation dupe in L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder to the incredibly luxurious (and expensive) Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation. Armani is known for their award winning foundations- a favorite of beauty editors and makeup artists alike. I invested in the Maestro Foundation last fall and was pleased with its light texture, seamless blending, and glow it gave my 40 year old face. I liked it so much, I bought a second bottle after finishing the first. This is huge folks! I buy so much, that I usually don’t get to the bottom of a bottle before I find something else.

Then this summer, L’Oreal introduced the Magic Nude liquid to powder makeup. At first I wasn’t keen on it (there isn’t a dispenser, it seemed too runny). But then I put the two side by side and was blown away by their similarities. Not only is the color a complete match, the finish and feel is virtually the same. I think I was just being a snob and wanted my Armani without giving the L’Oreal a chance!

Both have octinoxate sunscreen. Both are a very runny, liquid consistency. Both benefit by being applied with the fingers, not a brush or sponge.

If you want sunscreen in your foundation, have drier skin, and have a clear complexion (the finish is sheer, but can be built up) you should try either one of these depending on your budget.

Comment below and let me know if you want me to share more ‘dupes’ with you!


Frugie’s Favorites- a possible regular series

So many folks on YouTube like to share their favorites. So I decided I will too. I love stuff. I love product and makeup. If I find something worth it, I want to tell you about it.

There’s a lot of trial and error when it comes to cosmetics and skincare. I love hearing what works for others which helps narrow down the field so I’m not buying everything. So if I can do that for you too, it will make me happy that I saved you time and money.


So watch my video and go shopping! Oh, and share my video with your friends.



I do my makeup how I want to

This week I was in a funkity funk. So I made a makeup tutorial. It always brightens my mood to put makeup on for you guys.

I hope you like it!