Maybelline Eyebrows and Contour palettes

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Something that I always feel is lacking from my makeup drawer is a nice palette. When you can’t afford luxury makeup brands and are forced to regularly shop drugstore products, it can be pretty hard to find much more than an eyeshadow palette. Lately I’ve noticed that Maybelline has been killing it with their newest products. My favorites as of late are the Brow Drama Pro Palette and the Master Contour by FaceStudio.

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The brow kit is a dream and has officially changed my eyebrow game. This set comes with wax (far left) and two powders. I begin by using the wax to shape my eyebrows and then begin filling them in with the middle shade. The wax isn’t sticky or clumpy and ensures the hairs stay in place. Finally, I use the highlight shade to help shape my eyebrows.

boho-closeup The Brow Drama Pro Palette has an ample amount of color options, coming in the shades blonde, auburn, soft brown and deep brown. My hair is naturally blonde, meaning my eyebrows look almost nonexistent whenever I don’t fill them in. Naturally, I bought my bro palette in the blonde shade and although the colors look fairly dark, the shade is a perfect fit for me. It blends in nicely with the natural color of my brows and comes out looking slightly darker  than my hair.

Although this product is nice on its own, I also like to apply the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in the shade blonde. I do this to make sure they stay in place, but mostly because it makes them darker and I’m really into bold brows.

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The only problem I found was that the palette I bought had the brushes missing from it. Although I rarely use the brushes included in makeup, it’s something to look out for in case that’s important to you.

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Another goody from Maybelline is the Master Contour by FaceStudio. I’ve been using this palette in my everyday makeup routine, because the shades are perfect for my complexion. Not only are my eyebrows ridiculously blonde, but I’m also so pale that I might as well be see through. This palette comes in two shades: light to medium and medium to deep.

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After contouring, I finish by applying the blush to the apples of the cheeks and highlighting on my cheekbones, cupids bow and nose. This product is pigmented and easy to blend, leaving the skin looking natural and sun kissed. The highlight in particular is stunning and the color isn’t too sparkly.

As far as drugstore makeup goes, Maybelline is one of my go to’s. Their products have consistently impressed me and I know that I can usually rely on them to meet my needs. What’s one of your favorite drugstore makeup brands? Suggestions?

~Nilla

 

 

 

 

Favorite Drugstore Products

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I can’t tell you how many hours of my life I’ve probably wasted sitting at a computer adding things to a growing wishlist. It’s just like window shopping. I look and add it to my list hoping to one day buy it, but rarely ever go back to actually purchase it. I’m not at a time in my life where I can afford to get a $50 eyeshadow or contour palette. However, my boyfriend and I have waited to give each other Christmas presents so we can afford to treat each other out to a shopping trip. Soon I’ll be taking that long awaited trip to Sephora to get all the products I’ve been drooling over.

Until then, I thought I would give you guys a look at some drugstore products I’ve been loving lately. I have yet to find a favorite concealer that I thought could make this list, so if you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments!

Face

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Maybelline Fit me! Dewy + Smooth Foundation | $7.99: This lightweight foundation is for normal to dry skin. It’s hydrating formula gives the skin a soft dewy complexion, which I think is perfect for my skin during the colder months.

elf Flawless Finish Foundation | $6: When I want something a little different, lately I’ve been turning to this thicker, yet still lightweight foundation that gives the skin a semi-matte finish. One flaw I would give it, however, is that it only comes in a few colors so color matching might be difficult. I have a pale complexion and found that the shade porcelain worked well for me.

Maybelline Fit me! Set + Smooth Powder | $7.99: For setting my foundation, I use the Fit Me! powder, which offers good coverage and a nice finish. It’s for normal to dry skin and doesn’t feel cakey when applied.

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Covergirl TruBlend Loose Mineral Bronzer: This bronzer blends well and reflects light and does have a bit of shimmer to it. However, it isn’t over the top and looks more natural and sun kissed. It doesn’t take much to bronze the skin, so I like to put a little on my brush and tap off the excess before blending it along my temples, cheekbones and neck.

Real Techniques Tapered Blush Brush | $23.99: This is the priciest item on the list, but so worth it! This brush is from the bold metals collection and I love the rose gold look of it. So far I only own two, this one and the flat contour brush. The bristles on this blush brush are soft and sculpt the cheeks nicely, but I prefer it more for highlighting.

Eyes

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Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette | $9.99: When I first saw this in the store, I can’t express to you how thrilled I was. The colors looked beautiful and reminded me a lot of the Naked 3 palette. While the colors are obviously not as pigmented, this is still a good dupe considering how affordable it is. The palette offers 12 shades in beautiful rose gold tones.

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner | $7.99: I typically use liquid eyeliner most days, because I love myself a nice winged line. Out of the many drugstore eyeliners I’ve used, this has been my favorite. It’s easy to apply and has a nice thin brush to offer clean and precise lines.

Lips and Nails

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Left to right: Rimmel lipliner shade nude, Rimmel Kate Moss shade 14, Baby Lips Crystal Kiss, Baby Lips Lip Gloss shade Taupe with Me

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lipliner in shade Nude | $3.99

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in shade 14 | $5.49: For a nice nude lip, I have been using these two products. They glide on smoothly and the color goes with absolutely everything. The lipstick is from the Kate Moss collection, which I’ve been obsessing over. It’s comfortable to wear and lasts for several hours without need for reapplication. I’m in love!

Baby Lips Crystal in shade Crystal Kiss | $4.49: When I don’t feel like wearing lipstick, but I want something lightweight, hydrating and gives my lips a nice tint, I often turn to Baby Lips. The packaging is so cute and this crystal edition that has sparkles in it speaks to the child within me who carried around sparkly lipgloss in her “fur trimmed” Kool-aid purse (Did anyone else go through that purse fad in fifth grade?)

Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss shade Taupe with Me | $4.49: Again, the packaging is adorable and this gloss offers a nice pink sheen.

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eos Coconut Milk Lip Balm | $3.49: These lip balms are every where and a favorite of many for obvious reasons. The packaging is nice and unique and nourishes the lips. I have to say my favorite so far would be in Vanilla Mint, but unfortunately my German Shepherd chewed it up so I’ve been using this one instead.

Essie Nail Polish in shade Wicked and Smokin’ Hot | $8.50: There’s something about a purple nail polish that just makes me love it so much. It’s the color I most gravitate towards and these are my favorite. I really enjoy Wicked, because it’s a beautiful red/purple vampy color that truly lives up to its name.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found new drugstore products to add to your makeup bag! What are some of your drugstore favorites?

~Nilla