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Lipstick dupes you’ll want to check out

I have done the leg work for you and shopped around for drug store versions of high end, luxury lipsticks. You’re welcome.

Disclaimer: In my opinion, these look identical. Some formulas have a different finish even though the shades are similar. Also, the prices will vary based on where you live. I have included links if you’d like to just shop from this post.

One of MAC’s most popular lipsticks is Riri Woo. It usually sells out as soon as it launches. It’s a classic red. I found a L’oreal one just like it. Not as matte as the MAC, but the color is just as true.

 

 

 

Frugalista Blog Dupes Riri Woo and L'oreal lipsticks

 

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Buxom lipstick is a great brand, but their Full Bodied lipstick is $21. Wet N Wild on the other hand, is as low as $1.99 at some retailers. Hmm, and no one will know the difference!

Frugalista blog dupe lipstick buxom vs wet n wild

Believe me, I love a YSL lipstick. The case alone is a piece of art for your vanity table. But at over $30 a tube, it feels excessive. Here’s another Wet N Wild option in the same shade but a different formula. Also, this shade is what some would call Marsala which is the Pantone selection of the color of the year for 2015.

Frugalista Blog dupe lipsticks YSL and Wet n wild

 

 

I love Laura Mercier cosmetics. I love just about everything she makes. And her lipsticks are so nice too. But again, we can feel guilty spending $27 on a lipstick. So here’s another L’oreal option, a great formula, excellent wear and under $10.

Frugalista blog lipstick dupes laura mercier and l'oreal

 

Happy dupe shopping!

Holiday Countdown- new video, new giveaway

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It’s almost a month to Christmas and I’m a busy little bee buying stuff. Sort of for myself (it’s called research) and also for others (I’m not that selfish).

Here’s some new things I’ve discovered; gadgets, brands, products and fun stuff.

I’ve included my Beauty Box 5 November un-boxing for you. Check out the specials on their website this season!

AND- I have another GIVEAWAY!

The giveaway is open internationally this time! (Hello UK and Australia readers!)

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Drugstore Haul and the latest frugal finds!

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It’s time for another round of What I Found At the Drugstore!

I am always on the hunt for goodies. I’ve got new things from Milani shadows, Rimmel lipstick, Sonia Kashuk and more.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already done so. Let me know if you’ve found anything recently you love too.

My subscription box addiction

Two things I know. You can’t brush your teeth while eating Oreos. And, I have an addiction to subscription boxes.

It’s true.

I might need to join a support group. It might be a new TV show on TLC. It’s not necessarily my fault when they are SHOVED IN MY FACE all over the Internet.

And here I am enabling you too.

I am your dealer. Your pimp. Because now I’m telling you how great these babies are.

And I’m telling you that you should sign up.

One in particular is Beauty Box 5. If you follow my blog, you’ve seen me describe each month’s box of goodies.

This month is pretty awesome too. Here’s a picture to see. I could tell you all about it or you could see for yourself.  For more details, go to their website and check it out- Beauty Box 5

Frugalista Blog invites you to try Beauty Box 5

I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

Winged eye liner that’s easy- I promise

Sometimes in the makeup world, there’s things that can intimidate even the savviest beauty junkies.

Gel liner.

Yep. I am not a master of liquid liner, gel liner, or those pen thingies either. I will admit, some of my YouTube videos don’t look perfect because of the whole eyeliner business.

BUT- I think I found something that has solved my problem. It’s like the training wheels of gel liner.

This product is everywhere. If you have seen it in Ulta or Sephora, I think you should give it a try.

Here’s my in depth how-to in a video:

Summer Drugstore Makeup Favorites

It’s officially summer. Well, okay June 21st is a few weeks away, but with Memorial Day weekend upon us, it’s the unofficial official start of summer. White shoes people. You can wear white now.

 

Now you need to head to the drug store, find the longwear makeup that will stick to you like fly paper and head to the beach.

You want your makeup to wear like a tattoo. Think of the hot and sweaty days ahead. All that boob sweat. Okay, I can’t help you with that.

But upper lip sweat? I can help you with that.

I picked the following based on the fact that they are 1) a good value 2) wear all day 3) stay true to color 4) perform as well as some of their higher priced counterparts

 

Cover Girl Insta Glam Foundation

Revlon Colorstay Blemish Concealer

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

Maybelline 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Jane Cosmetics Multi-Colored Cheek Powder

L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinare Lip Color

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara By Lashblast

Jane Cosmetics Water-Resistant Eye Liner


Summer drugstore makeup favorites by Frugalista Blog

 

Beauty Box 5 Subscription Box- May

May day! May day! This isn’t an emergency, it’s a happy dance for the warmer weather! Can you believe May is almost over? How is THAT possible?

But before we start freaking out about 2014 being almost half way done, let’s jump in to this month’s Beauty Box 5 package of goodies!

Beauty Box 5 May review by Frugalista Blog

 

The smart folks at Beauty Box 5 know that the temperatures are rising and with that comes sweaty pits. Well, mine anyway. Also, shiny complexions. Again. Me. I have dry skin but as soon as my Weather Bug app tells me the day will see temps past 70 degrees, I get ‘luminous’.

 

Let’s begin:

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths – Woo! I love these. They are like cloth wipes but with antiperspirant in them. I rubbed them on my pits and my feet. They feel like velvet and cool. I will be keeping these in my purse for when I feel stinky. Trust me. I will.

MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask – Since there’s only one of these, I haven’t tried it yet. I’m saving it for a fancy occasion when I need to look fresh and perky. Also they are biodegradable and that makes me happy. Each mask contains Argan oil and vegan-friendly hydrating ingredients. Put this on after a day at the beach when you feel all dried up and pruney.

H2O Plus Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel – An oil-free cleanser that uses sea salt and marine botanicals to wash off all that sunscreen you wear every day. I like the smell of this.

Harvey Prince Hello – I don’t always like fragrance samples that come in sample boxes, but I’m somewhat in love with this one. Citrusy with flowery tones like plumeria, it’s so sunny. A perfect happy fragrance to wear in the warmer months. Heat activates fragrance, so just a spritz is all you need this time of year.

CATTIVA Precisione Eye Liner – This retractable eye liner says it’s waterproof. So I did my test where I swatch it on the back of my hand and try to rub it off. It wouldn’t come off. So then I washed my hands several times. It stayed put. I’m guessing that when they say waterproof, they mean waterproof.

And there you have it. If you haven’t subscribed already, what are you waiting for?

And if you have- tell me your faves, I want to hear!

 

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!!

Enjoy!

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.

MAC Riri Woo Holiday Collection GIVEAWAY

 

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Are you feeling lucky? Are you sad that the latest Riri Holiday collection is sold-out just about everywhere?

Christmas will come early for one lucky blog reader!

Enter below using the Rafflecopter form and watch the video and leave a comment to qualify.

Good luck!

Contest closes midnight December 20, 2013. I will notify the recipient via my Facebook page and email.

 

 

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