YOU ASKED-WE DELIVERED DRUGSTORE DEALS WITH RACHAEL ROBBINS!
Who doesn’t want Double D’s??!! I’m not talking about the Pamela Anderson kind (although, in most men’s opinion, that wouldn’t be a bad thing). But Meg’s Make-Up isn’t a men’s site! This is a place for women to come together and fight the system! Debunk the beauty mythos! Resist the slick Madison Avenue advertising firms that convince us to spend our husband’s hard earned cash on unworthy products! And be as beautiful as we can be with the help of as many products as our cabinets will hold! And let’s face it, products equal a heightened sense of beautiful. Oh, c’mon! You know it’s true! I am a product whore, and it shows. It shows in my moisturized skin, that’s holding onto youth as best it can with the help of everything I slather on it every day and night. It shows in my smoky eyes when I’m up in the club drinkin’ bub! It show’s on my shimmery, (fake)tanned leg’s that if they could talk , would whisper “come hither” to the boys. It just shows, OK?! We all know that girl, you know the one, she’s green, recycles, wears organic deodorant that proves non-effective, she washes her face with dove soap, and her morning routine consists of one step. If I was as honest as I like to think I am, I would tell her: Honey, it’s just not working. Time to enter the world of beauty products!
But I digress, back to the Double D! DRUGSTORE DEALS!!!!! You asked for them, and here they are! I’ll be bringing you a new drugstore product review each week. And who am I you ask? I am Beautyzilla: best friend to Meg, glamour girl extraordinaire, B Movie starlet by day, glamorous housewife by night! Ok, I hear you; none of those things qualify me to bring you the best of the Double D’s. I also worked as a professional make-up artist and model for years in NYC. I worked with a slew of amazing photographers and celebs and my make-up work has been published in a number of magazines! So there!
And for my first trick I will recommend the best Drug Store Deals on MASCARA! Let me start by telling you how I discovered this little gem. About 3 years ago I was starring in a film. It was on this set that I met Madam X (another Meg’s Make-up reviewer). We were touching up our make-up between takes and I proudly whipped out my $18 Christian Dior Parfait mascara. And Madam X whipped out her Maybelline Full 'N Soft in extra black. She looked over at me, in all her waspy frugalness, and scoffed at my ignorance! She then informed me that they were actually the same formula! I thanked her for the info. Wrote her off as insane. And RAN out to the drugstore to try it out for myself. Well, she was absolutely right and I have been using Maybelline Full 'N Soft in extra black ever since. It has amazing lengthening power, thickens without clumping, doesn’t flake, run or smear. And a tube seems to last forever!
But if you are a hardcore mascara junkie, if this is one of the three things you would bring to a desert island, then you might want to explore Max Factor 2000 Calorie. Not for the faint of heart or mascara-wary. It’s heavy duty! If Maybelline Full ‘N Soft is your day mascara make Max Factor 2000 Calorie your night time one. It’s like fake lashes in a tube.
OK, I’m off to bat my lashes at the next producer I see! Who needs the casting couch when you’ve got luscious lashes like these to wink away with??!!
Buy it at your local drugstore! How easy! Ladies, please post! Let me know your favorite mascara under $5 always looking for the Holy Grail!
Part of the benefits of lying in bed, drinking too much wine, smoking too many cigs and slaving over my keyboard writing about cosmetics is the money I'm saving. Sure, now I have bedsores and cirrhosis, a slight case of emphysema but I also get sent free beauty products. Is it worth it? Um, is the Pope Catholic?
It really takes something special to make me part with my vice cash so I need to know..Has Anyone Out in CYBERSPACE used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer? The Benefit one works fine but I am really eyeing the Urban Decay version. I love the groovy packaging and I love the idea of a disappearing primer applied with a wand! It's $15 dollars (or one bottle of wine) at Sephora.
That's not a lot of money but since I get free things I'm frugal with my cosmetic dollahs.
So, makeup community, does anyone own this? Should I own it? Anything that claims to make your eye shadow "last and last" has a very interested audience in me since my eye shadow should be renamed Harry Houdini. My skins on the oily side, I'm wondering if this is a "must have". Does it really stop eyeliner from running? Will I still have color on my lids all day? Was there a grassy knoll ?
The repair and restore reps from Hylexin sent Megsmakeup out some of their "serious help for serious circles", yes they sent us out some of their famous HYLEXIN.
I know I usually write a quirky little intro to each project but I'm skipping it for this one. NOOO I'm not being lazy. It's because Hylexin has all of this interesting info on their site on what causes dark circles. I was under the (false) impression it was from lack of sleep or too much party time. WRONG! Here's the deal..
The fantastic and fabulous Kim from Lola Cosmetics sent Megsmakeup out a whole lotta make-up! They were super generous to us and the first product we're going to start reviewing is their mascara.
Lola should be generous to me, in fact, if I were Victoria Jackson I'd send me whatever tickled my fancy. I think I gave Victoria Jackson her seed money to start Lola.
Well, not me. I actually never gave Victoria Jackson anything. I'm talking about my mother. The woman was obsessed with beauty products, she had drawers and drawers full of stuff that I would borrow from time to time. I'm really fortunate their was no internet shopping back then because I probably would have ended up homeless.
The simply wonderful Karen from her aptly named line sent us out some of her crushed mineral eye colors to try. It's a whole new eyeshadow trend out there! I can't ever remember buying an eyeshadow in a loose powder format. I always bought eyeshadows in the standard flip-top compact. Until this past year, I can't even think of a time that I had the option to buy a capped loose powdered eyeshadow. With the onslaught of the mineral trend, the loose eyeshadow is all I seem to get sent out to try.
Beautyzilla has warned me so many times and I always want to remember her tip. It's just old habits are hard to break but I swear I am trying to change the way I apply my make-up. I used to (and sometimes forget and still do) apply my foundation before my eyeshadow. When it came in pressed format it wasn't that big a deal when I got the few stray shadow sprinkles on my face. I could usually just grab my trusty Kabuki brush and sweep it away without too much of a leftover smudge.
That technique has had to go out the door with the introduction off all these crushed powder mineral eyeshadows. Now, if I put my foundation on first and then try to apply my shadow, I'm looking at a holy mess. No Kabuki brush is going to be able to brush aside all of the extra powder that's going to end up on my face. So here's the rule, eyeshadow goes on first with your make-up application!
Simply Karen sent us out all different shades to try. Here's what Simply Karen says about their crushed, mineral eye colors "Our long-lasting, natural crushed mineral eye shadow offers elegant beauty. It's soft, subtle color blends easily for quick application. It can be applied dry for a more natural look, or applied wet you achieve a bolder eye or use as an eye liner. You can also mix with your favorite clear lip gloss for a custom lip color all your own!"
Ladies when you post please tell us the color you tested!
Whenever you pop open an Allure Magazine or an Instyle for top celebrity make-up artists "must haves" there always seems to be a recommendation in there for a BECCA product.
Meg's Makeup was sent not one product but all different ones to try. The fabulous Nicole from BECCA only had a few samples available so you'll be seeing all different reviews.
When we opened the box of goodies all of us "oohed" and "aahed", BECCA's packaging is really cool looking! Everything looked so gorgeous I couldn't decide what I wanted. A perfect little clear acrylic square called out to me. Inside it was the most gorgeous, shimmering eye shadow. I guess it has to shimmer when the name of the product is jewel dust! The color I took was "Erzulie". A stunning purple/lilac at other angles blue. It's hard to explain but it also has a pink shimmer highlight to it.
All of us make-up maven passed the wine and the BECCA box. Each lucky lady grabbing whatever product they had to try. Cream blushes, liner's, eye shadows and powders all made their way around the table. I absolutely love and recommend the jewel dust, could all of BECCA's products be equally as good?
Ladies, since we all got different things to try please tell us all about your product and the shade you got it in.
Sometimes too much choice is overwhelming. Yes, I love my little shadow pot but hmmm that cream blush looked amazing too...
The sultry Kristan from Afterglow Cosmetics sent Meg's Makeup some beautiful Multi-Tasking Loose Mineral Eye Shadow out to try in an array of fabulous colors!
Have you ever noticed when you go shopping you always stare at a new item for your wardrobe, you stop and feel it and then you hold it up to yourself and picture it on. I do that. Then I turn to my girlfriend BeBe and gush "Oh, I loove this". Nine times out of ten, BeBe will look at me and say, "Meg, you own 4 other pieces exactly the same in your closet". Upon closer inspection, I will admit that I do and keep looking. Before we leave the store, I run back to it and buy it.
The same rings true for my eye shadow basket. Yes, I wrote basket. I have a specific basket in my powder room for each product. When I look into my eye shadow basket it's a bit pathetic. Like, yup, really thought that color was working for me so I ran with it. Do I ever run with it! Chocolate brown, sable brown, mocha, golden caramel, java, sienna, cocoa (O.K. so I use a lot of brown).
I went to lunch with a girlfriend and she said, "you're so daring and love color. I picked this eyeliner up for you". She then handed me an eyeliner from Too Faced Cosmetics in...Turquoise Tinsel. I graciously went insane for it on the outside. On this inside? I was freaking out. Turquoise? What was I going to do with Turquoise?
I was heading out to BeBe's house (yes, we spend a lot of time together). It was just an errand day and I wasn't expecting any paparazzi shots (O.K., a girl can dream, Stars! They’re just like us). I grabbed the Turquoise liner and paired it with, believe it or not, brown eye shadow. When I got to BeBe's she looked at me and said "You're eye make-up looks really good. What is that?
Yup, we had a winner with the Turquoise. What have I been missing my whole life by my commitment to brown? What has brown ever done for me? Don't it make my brown eyes blue. I am exciting! I am daring! A new woman if you will!
When BeBe called me to tell me the eye shadow color choices Afterglow sent (yes, I do have other friends, she just stars a lot in this story) I yelled to her, "SAVE ME THE EMERALD GREEN! or TURQUOISE!! Did they send Turquoise? I look fab in Turquoise. No? O.K. SAVE me the EMERALD PLEASE"!!
As a new adventurous woman, I wanted the sparkly Emerald. It was the holidays! Nothing says "I'm a good, festive girl" like Emerald paired with ruby lips. I wore my new emerald shadow out to a tree-trimming soiree and "yes"! I was complimented up the ying-yang!
So score 2 for trying new colors! I learned a lot from that little unscientific experience. Experiment. Color look garish in tube? Well, give it a shot on before you walk away! That dress would make you look like a heifer? Maybe or maybe like a voluptuous Goddess! Try it on! Getting out of our comfort zone is a good thing. What's the worst that could happen? Neon purple with gold flecks? Bring it!
Here is what Afterglow Cosmetics has to say about their Multi-Tasking Mineral Eye shadow..."Brighten up your eyes with our collection of sophisticated 100% natural mineral eye colors. Our unique blends of micro-pulverized minerals and pigments apply easily, blend incredibly well and have amazing staying power. Our eye shadows can be used wet or dry to create amazing effects that last all day or night. Our 100% natural eye colors pigments are so pure that they will not irritate even the most sensitive eyes and contain no dyes, preservatives or talc".
Ladies please post if Afterglow gave you one with their eye shadow!
The always mod Nina sent along Smashbox Mini Lip and Eye Palette, it came in the same shipment as the Totally Fab Lip Gloss Collection. Opening both of these holiday special Mod Chic Limited Edition Kits brought tons of "oohs" and "aahs". The packaging is just sexy. Multifunctional, dazzling colors in the sleekest holders ever. The Lip Gloss collection was already reviewed and was a win. Will this palette also be a "must have"?
The palette reminds me of an ultra-glam little black book. It's the perfect to-go item. You know what else is a perfect to-go item? The glosses, Cat Cosmetics Open Sesameow brushes, Tarte's Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, Jelly Pong-Pong's Bronzer, Besame's dual action eye and lipliners, Boscia's Blotting tissues and Bourjois's cellphone gloss to go.
Yup, all this travel size enjoyment is making my cosmetic case bulge at the seams! My make-up mess use to be just contained to my vanity sink. Now it has been following me like a shadow (shadow as in the groundhog kind-not as in shimmery powder).
I have since down scaled! Thanks to The Smashbox Mini Lip and Eye Palette, I have been able to retire most of the above items back to my powder room! With four stunning neutral eyeshadows, one dark enough to line the lids and two fantastic gloss colors all in one easy book that can fit into a pocket it wasn't too hard a sacrifice. As if that wasn't complete enough, Smashbox even thought to include a great double ended tool. One end is a handy lip brush the other side is a practical smolder tip for the shadows. The price for this beauty is $25.00! It would make a fantastic secret Santa gift or a lovely present for any make-up lover with-out breaking the bank.
Here is what Smashbox has to say..."It’s just so Quadrophenia. This super-sleek palette gives you an ultra mod look in a flash. Perfectly portable for quick touch ups day or night, this case contains four velvety smooth powder shadows, two sheer lip glosses, and a mini double-ended brush for eye shadow application and smudging. Shades include: EYE SHADOWS in mink, bronze, pearly white, charcoal. LIP GLOSSES in sheer honey and pinky brown".
Ladies, please post if Smashbox's palette is an all-in-one? Can I save my Gucci cosmetics case or am I going to have to keep lugging tons of makeup around and resort to a Ziploc baggie ? I now shudder at the thought.
The always fantabulous Lindsey from Benefit sent along "High Brow" a highlighting pencil for your brows.
Benefit has its devout followers, no matter what we send out to Meg's Make-Up tester Lippie, she still can't stop going to the Benefit counter for their products. Chichi gave me Benefit's "Georgia Peach" as a gift and I used that stuff down to the bare bones. They mix cutesy-can you really take this product seriously? names with these amazingly serious cosmetics. The cult following Benefit has is no joke.
Benefit's "High Brow" claims ..." an instant brow lift in a stick. Want eyes that appear 10 years younger? Give yourself a 'lift' with high brow...a brow lifting "...
Ladies please post if "High Brow" took ten years off your eyes (or at least got rid of that tired-groggy morning look).
Tarte's own sassy Candace sent us some of their Indelible Liner and Shadow in Black. Liquid liner is the hardest beauty task to undertake. So many times, with lesser brands then Tarte, I have attempted liquid eyeliner. God forbid if you make a mistake. It's impossible to correct with-out having to start all over. So many times my intention was to look like Louise Brooks, instead I end up looking like the lovechild of Cleopatra and Beetlejuice.
Also, I'm no make-up novice but I am a contact lens wearer (soft daily lens). I love that (while trying to draw a straight line) having that damn applicator brush slip and paint my contact lens black leaving me temporarily blind. Fun Stuff.
I was terrified of this product. Then I took a closer look. On the end, looks like an eraser/blender smudge, can it really be? If I want a less severe line can I actually blend this stuff into submission? Can I actually control where the line goes?
Tarte was kind enough to post clear directions for use on their website. I think that means there are a bunch of ladies that find liquid liner tough. If you're reading this and thinking to yourself "What is she talking about? Liquid liner is a walk in the park". Then you are a delusional fibber from planet denial.
Here's what Tarte says... "Our liquid liner & shadow set is sure to make you feel like a vixen. Maybe you’ll play it safe with a sleek, budgeproof line or go a little edgy with a smudged, sexified look".
Line ‘em and leave ‘em in 5 seconds flat!
How the get that indelible wink (and keep ‘em coming back for more):
1. Starting at the inner corner of the eye, line your upper lid with the liquid liner—keeping the liner tip as close to the lashline as possible.
2. Using the powder liner tip, gently retrace over the liquid liner—this will smooth, set and blend the line.
Ladies please post if I can now get over my fear of liquid liner and concentrate on conquering my other fears. Fears like dying of thirst. Now that is a real fear! Where did I put my pinot?