October 22, 2013

New & Noteworthy Drugstore Gems

New & Noteworthy Drugstore Finds

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Alright, now that the business end is covered, let's get down to the fun stuff! I don't know about you, but every month I go into a drugstore or wander the cosmetic aisles of Target, I am overwhelmed with new products! I'm not complaining, it's a foggy haze I love finding myself in...however, for those of you that are looking for a dialed down report of what's new and groovy, here are my FAVE handpicked items of "New Arrivals". Enjoy!

1)  Um...did you guys know that Covergirl has Hunger Games Collection lipglosses?! Well they do! They come in 4 shades (Violet Flare, Firecracker, Glow For It and Turn up the Heat). Slick some on and get pumped for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere coming out on November 22nd. Also new in this line is their Flamed Out Mascara which gives you some SERIOUSLY thick lashes. No joke. If you're afraid of clumps, go easy with this stuff or have a lash comb handy for in between coats. You're gonna need it. If you like the spider-lashes look (no judgment zone) this is alllll you, baby!

2) The next new mascara out and about is L'Oreal Paris' Voluminous Butterfly Mascara. This guy has an asymmetrical shaped "brush" that is supposed to grab the outer lashes to lift and extend, giving you a "winged out" look. Perfect for a sexy cat eye with flawless liquid liner! Okay, this next one gets me JAZZED. When I was Counter Manager for YSL, we had the most AMAZING product called Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains. They were a stain/gloss hybrid and they stayed on literally all day (through 5 or 6 iced americanos...but that's besides the point...what I'm trying to tell you is they were test-driven HARD and delivered exactly what they said they would). A little insider tip: one of the ingredients in the YSL formula was the same material pharmaceutical companies use to make the outer coating for gel tab pills. Isn't that cray?! Back to the topic at hand...L'Oreal now has their OWN glossy stain (called L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Laquer Lipstain) which costs far less than the YSL version and has the EXACT same signature brush applicator that makes precise application a breeze. I'd say to use the L'Oreal version for the trendy colors you're not sure about yet (my favorite is Berry Persistent) and save the YSL big guns for the "everyday shades" since they're just over $30 (oh so worth it, I swear). Here are a couple tips you NEED to know with this product (either YSL or L'Oreal, which are both owned by the same company BTW). Firstly, do NOT apply over lipstick. It will not last like its supposed to, and it gets a weird texture. Secondly, once applied, do NOT rub lips together like you would with a lipstick or a gloss. I know this takes some getting used to seeing as its in our DNA as females to do so once we apply anything to our lips, but trust me, DON'T.

3) It seems like every gal I know is always trying to perfect the smokey eye. It's sexy without being slutty (when done correctly) and looks awesome with a nude lip color. Maybelline just came out with their Eye Studio Master Smoky Shadow Pencil in 6 shades. YOU GUYS. This pencil makes it soooooo easy to get a smokey eye. There's literally 2 steps and they're both in the same pencil. No more messing with liners, smudgy brushes, shadows, more liner, UGH. You just draw on your thick liner with the chubby liner end, and smudge the ever-living-shit out of it with the other smudgey end. Voila! Slap on some mascara and you're "ready to PARRRRTY". I don't recommend using these next little goodies with the aforementioned liner. It'd be too much. Tooooo much. Maybelline's Eye Studio Color Tattoo Pure Pigments are great little drugstore gems. They can be a bit tricky if you don't have a steady hand or tend to be messy with loose powders, but if that kind of thing doesn't freak you out, by all means, try these! I highly recommend first using a GOOD quality shadow primer (my favorite are from NARS and Trish McEvoy) and let it dry completely before you start. When I'm applying lighter or neutral shades of pigment, I "press" them onto my eyelid with my pointer finger. All over the lid but no higher than the brow bone. If I'm applying a dark, dramatic pigment to the lid of my eye (black, charcoal, emerald, etc) I use a stiff eye brush like this or this for more accuracy. Then you can take a blending brush and pop on a transition color (usually a few shades lighter than what's on your lid) into your crease and onto your brow bone. My favorite shades are Barely Brazen (a warm nude) and Black Mystery (black with flecks of green and teal).

4) Revlon's new collection called Evening Opulence is eeevvvveeerrrrryyyytttthhhiiinnnnggggg. It is so so pretty and holiday-esque and it makes me want to go to cocktail parties and leave lip marks on glasses of champagne. They have a new Colorburst Lipgloss in a shade called "Embellished" that is the perfect plummy, burgundy with some serious sparkle and shine. I can't wait to get it on my kisser. Next up, Revlon partnered with one of my favorite dress designer's Marchesa to make these beautiful textured 3D nail appliques. My favorites are "Gilded Mosaic", "Crown Jewels" and "24k Brocade" but they're all pretty maj-or.

5) Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition "Jewel of an Eye" Eye Couture Palette. I am a sucker for a good palette. I'm an even bigger sucker for anything that is limited edition. This one has the BEST colors for the winter/holiday season. Don't let the jewel tones scare you off, there are still enough neutral shades to anchor this beauty. I am obsessed with rust-colored shadows. The third row down from the top gets me all twitterpated just looking at it. Sonia Kashuk shadows are seriously pigmented and super blendable which are must-haves requirements. Get your mittens on this one before it's too late.

6) Almay Smart Shade CC Cream comes in 3 color options that make it super simple to match your skintone. Great for sensitive skin and gals looking for light, sheer coverage. I like this one better, however, for a primer under other foundation. Incredibly smoothing and comfy on skin.

7) Alba Botanica makes one of my favorite lavendar suncreens so I was really pumped to learn they have a new CC cream called Even Advanced CC Cream. It's pretty dreamy. It's 100% vegetarian, cruelty free, no artificial colors or fragrance, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate or sodium myreth sulfate. Translation: an awesome choice for sensitive skin. This line is just all in all groovy and this CC cream will have a permanent spot in my bag for "days off" from foundation.

8) Lastly, Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream is L-E-G-I-T. I got a $3 off coupon and little sample packet in my latest Vogue. No lie: I could see a difference after that one use. My skin looked plumper around the mouth (smile lines) and my eyes just seemed brighter and less "tired looking". I can't wait to see what happens after continued use. Here's a bonus: they make a fragrance free version that is just as effective. If you're skeptical, get thee to the magazine section of your local drugstore, grab a November Vogue (buy it...I don't condone sample swiping) and give it a try! Let the plumping begin!

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