Drugstore Goodies: The Best on a Budget

Spoiler: I will be doing a post on contouring later in the week.  In order to adequately prepare for said post, I’d like to take a moment to discuss contouring products.

It is my belief that the most difficult part of contouring should be the actual technique and execution, not the acquisition of funds to buy a contouring product. Not everyone (dare I say, a very select few) can find the room in their budget to drop $75 on Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate contour cream and highlighter duo, or $44 on Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, or even $16.50 on MAC Sculpting Powder. Moreover, these brands are not competing to win the business of regular drugstore shoppers or casual beauty consumers. I doubt they care about me diminishing their sales in these demographics, because in reality, this isn’t their target customer base. In the spirit of fostering inclusivity and beauty participation at any price point, I’d like to share a drugstore favorite of mine.

And the best part: it’s only $5.

NYX Powder Blush in Taupe (PB11) is a fantastic dupe for MAC’s Sculpting Powder in Shadowy. It’s a cool-tone powder, totally devoid of any shimmer and ideal for mimicking the effect of real shadows on the face. Don’t settle for using your regular bronzer; the orange undertones make cheeks look harsh and dirty rather than sculpted. If you want to create believable dimension on your face without breaking the bank, NYX is where it’s at. 

Stay tuned for this week’s contouring tutorial!


Drugstore Goodies: CoverGirl LipPerfection in Fairytale

Full disclosure: I was not planning on making two cheap-o product recommendations today. Variety is the spice of life, and I aim to be the vindaloo of beauty blogs (because, you know, curries contain a mixture of spices, and something something spicy variety, this metaphor is rapidly spiraling out of my control). Continue reading

Drugstore Goodies: L’Oréal Colour Riche Nail Polish in Mauvelous

I hate my hands.

I understand that bodyhate and poor self-image are totally uncool, and I struggle to accept my hands as they are, but seriously, my hands are pretty ratchet. I do not like my tiny, chubby, stubby extremities. I yearn for other women’s long, graceful fingers and perfect nail beds while woefully giving my own clumsy mitts some harsh side-eye. Because of these phalangeal insecurities, I try to make my hands as unobtrusive as possible. That means steering clear of bright polishes and coating my claws with something easy and neutral.* Continue reading