May Beauty Favorites

Spring is coming to an end and Summer is right around the corner! At least that’s what the calendar will have you believe.  Personally, we’ve been carting our umbrellas around every day.  Not that a little rain (a crap ton actually) has stopped us from adding a little bit of spring into our make up game!  Pictured above are some of our current favorites.

The cushion compact foundation had already been a big trend in Korea before taking off here in the US.  The L’oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation ($16.99, Ulta) is a great drug store option.  It offers light to medium coverage with the option to build it up for those not so great skin days.  The finish is luminous, but not oily.  Although, I find it works better for me if I set my t-zone afterwards, but I lean towards the oilier side.  You girls with normal to dry skin may not have to.  Now I didn’t really care for the sponge applicator so I’ve been applying this with my trusty Real Techniques expert face brush and it works great.  Of course that very well could’ve been a user error.

The next product up on the menu is Wet n Wild’s limited edition Mega Glo Highlighting Powder($3.99, Walgreens). I questioned even putting this on the list because it is currently sold out, but if there is ever a chance that you come across this product I would definitely  recommend picking it up. This highlighter is high quality with a drugstore price tag.  Applying it is super quick because it literally takes a couple swipes with makeup brush and you have enough pigmentation to last for hours. It also gives you just the right amount of shimmer, without any of the glitter or sparkles that  are way too common in other highlighting products.

For you nail polish junkies I have something you may want to add to your collection.  I received this Ella + Mila Bon Bon nail polish in the color Pistache  ($10.50, Boxycharm.com) in my May Boxycharm box.  I love the color of this polish!  If ever there was a color that screamed spring this is it. It’s the perfect light sea foam green that was missing in your pastel line up.  I must say I first found the application to be pretty average.  The first layer went on a little streaky, but it was easy to layer and overall the final effect was pretty good.  Another plus is that it surprisingly fast drying and so far I’ve had this bad boy on my toes for a week with zero chips as of yet!

We have to admit that this next recommendation wasn’t a discovery of ours.  We first heard about the Mac Kohl eye liner in Costa Riche ($16.50, MAC Cosmetics) from YouTube’s Kathleenlights.  You may or may not have heard from her.  She’s not that well known;)  The bronzey chocolate eye liner makes for a great summer eye liner because it makes your eyes pop without the intensity of a black eye liner that may be too much effort for just a casual summer evening hanging out with friends.  Kathleen swears by it because it makes her green eyes pop, but we find it doesn’t look half bad on us brown-eyed gals!

Lastly in this post, but not in our hearts is the new reformulated Make Up Geek blush ($15.00, Boxycharm.com, Makeupgeek.com).  Pictured above is the shade XOXO.  This was my favorite item from May’s Boxycharm box.  The formula is incredibly pigmented and smooth.  And by pigmented I mean I barely swirled the brush into the product, tapped several times, and STILL had more than enough product for both cheeks.  The formula is one of the best, if not the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning. We seriously can’t wait to get our hands on more shades!

Thanks for reading and please comment below with what products you’ve been having a spring fling with this year!

 

 

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Drugstore Must Haves

We, like most girls, suffer from having high end taste with a drugstore budget. With that in mind we wanted to share a few products that we can’t seem to live without these days.

1. Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

This is a product that both of us seem to use on the daily. Our obsession began a little after the BB cream craze began, and although we have tried a few others it seems that we always find our way back to this particular product. This is a BB cream that fulfills all of it’s promises. This light to medium coverage gives you the perfect base for the rest of your morning routine. Pictured below is the Garnier BB cream in oil-free.

2. Wet n Wild Mega Last Nail Color

One of my favorite ways to start the week is with a fresh coat of nail polish. So I am always on the lookout for my next favorite. The Wet n Wild polishes are no disappointment. These fun shades are long lasting, vibrant, and go on smoothly all for a reasonable price. Which make them a win in my book! Pictured below are the colors Disturbia and Wet Cement

3. La Roche Posay Effaclar Gel Medicated Cleanser

Almost everyone is prone to have the occasional zit or three pop up every now and then, and we are no exception to the rule. We try to prevent this by washing our face daily, and this cleanser has been our latest plan of action. The medicated gel formula has salicylic acid that helps prevent or reduce breakouts. This formula also works great on our oily skin, and as an added bonus they are both paraben and fragrance free.

4. Gold Bond Ultimate Rough & Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream

I not so silently suffer from small, red, and rough bumps on my upper arms otherwise known as Keratosis Pilaris or KP. They are not overly noticeable, but enough to make me self-conscious. Enter Gold Bond Rough & Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream. This product has significantly improved the appearance of my arms this winter. Although, it hasn’t made the problem completely disappear I still find that for the price it’s a great alternative to pricey prescription medicine that for some of us (ahem, me) proves a bit difficult to invest in.

5. Maybelline Lip Whispers

I’ve been finding myself reaching for this particular lip product every single morning for some time now. It delivers a healthy dose of color without the heavier feeling of a lipstick, and is incredibly moisturizing on my lips. The Maybelline Lip Whispers collection also has a wide range of colors to choose from, pictured below are the colors Made-it Mauve and Lust for Blush.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, La Roche Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser, Gold Bond Ultimate Rough & Bumpy Skin, Wet N Wild Nail Color in Disturbia and Wet Cement, Maybelline Lip Whispers in Made-it Mauve and Lust for Blush.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, La Roche Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser, Gold Bond Ultimate Rough & Bumpy Skin, Wet N Wild Nail Color in Disturbia and Wet Cement, Maybelline Lip Whispers in Made-it Mauve and Lust for Blush.