We all know that I’m big on drug-store mascara. Maybelline’s “The Falsies” is one of my faves. And I’ve noticed the jump in the pricing of many drug store brands. I thought I was alone in this thought. But, one of my favorite beauty vloggers, Emilynoel83 thinks the same!
Emilynoel83–my favorite beauty vlogger. We are on the same page with the pricing of drug store makeup. Honestly, subscribe to her channel. She’s so detailed when it comes to beauty products. I love her!
And speaking of Emilynoel83, I purchased two items that she recommends. One, a mascara, seems to be getting a lot of love these days. L’Oréal Paris Lash Paradise. I paid $8.99 at Target. Honestly, I thought it was pricey for drug store cosmetics, but L’Oréal is at the top of low-end cosmetics so I went for it.
I shelled out $8.99 for Lash Paradise at Target. It was three cents cheaper at Walmart, but the price of Maybelline’s The Falsies has gone up over a dollar at my local Walmart. Keep reading to see how this fared!
The other item that I tried—a drugstore foundation, is Rimmel’s Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation. At $6.99, I also purchased this at target and was more what I expect to spend on a drugstore item.
I don’t really know about the “comfort” serum but overall, I was more than pleased with this. Thank you Emilynoel83 for recommending!
OK. So, on Saturday, I decided to try out the foundation while running a few errands. I washed my face, applied moisturizer and added a small bit of e.l.f. primer.
I ran out of the Hard Candy primer so I dug into my stash of unused beauty products and used the e.l.f. Tone Adjusting Face Primer. Don’t even ask me WTH “Tone Adjusting” is because it didn’t adjust my tone. But–it worked just as well as my other primers.
I applied the foundation with a beauty blender and built up the next layer with a brush.
NO FILTER LADIES! Left side photo is me without the foundation. Right side after applying the Rimmel foundation. Hey. I know my lips are chapped. But I want to give you a no-nonsense, full-light, transparent photo. The foundation is very good. It does cover. Will it perform miracles and make me look 25 again? No. It won’t. Only a great plastic surgeon can do that. But FWIW, this foundation is a great choice for mature skin!
What did I think? I’m impressed. My e.l.f. six-buck Flawless Finish Foundation now has some competition. Although this is lauded as a full coverage foundation, on first application, it isn’t. It’s sheerer. But as it is built up, the coverage fills in.
Oh the things I do for you — here’s another pic. I don’t have my hair on yet or my lippie but the foundation really does cover–you need to build it up!
The shocking surprise here is that this inexpensive little gem of a foundation didn’t look cakey. Granted—I’m 62 years old and my skin isn’t as smooth as it was thirty or twenty years ago. And I can’t afford fillers so I’m stuck with this skin I’m in. But—the wrinkles weren’t pronounced and the foundation didn’t dig into the crevices of my visage! I’m writing this at 5 PM and I’ve had the foundation on since around 11:30 AM; the foundation is still looking decent. I’ll be wearing this more to further test the waters and will give an update—but for the Virgin application, I would say this is well-worth the $6.99. And my face doesn’t feel dry!
Now for the mascara. Let me first tell you that I didn’t put a lot of shadow on today. I wanted more of a bare eye to showcase the mascara. I kept it simple with no tight lining and a hint of shadow over my Well-Rested.
Well-Rested, which fell out on my natural lashes making them practically invisible and a minimal amount of shadow.
When I opened the tube, a rather thick-brushed wand greeted me. I’m not crazy about oversized mascara wands because they are difficult for me to work with. This wand was slightly oversized so I didn’t expect much.
I was somewhat unsure ab0ut the larger wand. I’m kind of clumsy and was afraid I would mess up the application.
Because of the size of the wand, I had to apply the mascara carefully. I can be messy. No lash curler for me because I’m lazy too. The mascara went on fine and with the first coating, I wasn’t all that impressed.
Two coatings of the Lash Paradise. Do my lashes look longer? No–not at all. But they do look more voluminous and thicker. I’ll take it!
After the second application, I noticed that my lashes did appear to be more voluminous. There didn’t appear to be any lengthening effect but the volume was on point.
A thin swipe of eyeliner and I was finished.
Once I’m dressed and put my hair on I look more human! My hair is “Copper” by Bobbie Boss–a rather nice longer bobbed style!
To tell you the truth, it wasn’t until I took a selfie in the car, that I noticed how good my lashes looked. Because of the higher drug-store price, I want to see how long this tube will last before I need another one. I go through a lot of mascara and I’m hoping this lasts over a month. We’ll see.
See? I really look the way my eyes look–and the mascara did give a bit of volume so we’ll see how it goes over the next few weeks!
BTW, one of the errands I had to run was to pay a Nordstrom bill before Bonaparte got a hold of it. I noticed that Nordies restocked on the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Ibiza. Oh yes. I did–and this is a great little contour. I’ll write more about it in my next post!
Wanna know how my weight loss went for this past week? It didn’t. I stayed the same at 145 pounds. I did eat (and overeat) the three meals from Sun Basket; the fact I remained the same in weight proved my theory correct. Sun Basket is a fantastic way to maintain a weight loss due to the portion sizes!
Thank you Sun Basket. Did you have to be THAT good? Oh..and a little follow up. I heard from Sun Basket and they are going to bring up the subject of a weight-loss choice. Boo-ya!
It’s all good.
This week had me kind of “meh” on the clothes bandwagon. I’m getting the seasonal lazies. You know what I mean? It happens at the end of winter into spring and the end of summer into fall. I’m getting a bit tired of the summer clothing.
Here are some of the past week’s looks! And in no particular order…
Yeah. I’m definitely getting lazy because I’m now on repeat with a lot of clothes. Still, these swing dresses are aboout the most comfortable dresses I’ve worn all summer
This’ll make a good summer-into-fall outfit. It was a bit cool two days last week so I wore pants–or was it leggings? And shoes instead of sandals!
I loved this relaxed look with the oversized shirt. I got this last year at Primark for next to nothing and it worked so well with these leggings from Loft!
Another outfit on repeat..but I love this swing dress too!!
I dressed it up a bit on casual Friday and went for yet another swing dress. I gotta be real here. I love these sandals but didn’t like the way they looked with the outfit. I was too lazy to take them off, though and change into other shoes!
And that was what I wore last week! So tell me, are you veering more toward drug store makeup these days? Do you notice the price jump in drug store beauty products? If the prices keep going up, I’ll just go for the high-end. What do you think?
Here’s a new one from my favorite singer–John Mayer. Moving on and Getting Over. I’m so upset. Mayer is playing in the Philly area later this month and I have nobody to go with. I wish Oona was living closer by then we could go together. Boo hoo.