DUPE LIST: BPAMC Drugstore Dupes

For those of you that are new to Beauty Products Are My Cardio when I started my Instagram I ran a series called Splurge VS Steal. Who doesn’t love a good beauty steal right??!!?? Call it splurge vs steal, drugstore dupes or just good ole dupes, being able to save money on a product that works just as well (sometimes better) than an expensive one is a win in my book.

So I thought it would be fun to move this series over to my blog. Its now called DUPE List. I will dedicate blog posts that will consist of my finds in a list form so I can give you multiple dupes at once! (YAY!!!!!)  Below you will see my dupes from the last 9 months on Instagram along with some new ones. I hope you are just as excited about this new blog series as I am! I already have the 2nd one in the works so stay tuned! Lets get started!!!!

DUPE LIST:

Makeup Dupes - Becca Dupe - Becca Foundation Dupe - Drugstore Dupes

Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation: $44

Loreal Cushion Foundation: $14.99

I found the coverage, luminous finish and longevity to be almost identical.

Makeup Dupes - Hoola Dupe - Drugstore Dupes

Makeup Dupes - Hoola Dupe - Drugstore Dupes

Benefit Hoola: $29.00

NYC Sunny Bronzer: $3.62

Hoola is a holy grail bronzer of mine so for me its worth the splurge however if you are on a budget and looking for a great matte bronzer you can not go wrong with Sunny Bronzer. The colors are a bit different so please keep that in mind.

Drugstore Dupes - MAC Blankety Dupe - Makeup Dupes

MAC Blankety $17.00

Loreal Fairest Nude: $5.99

Blankety is a more pink toned brown nude where I found fairest nude to come off a bit more brown. Loreal lipsticks are fabulous (except the smell/taste) so if you are looking for an everyday nude on a budget this is the shade to look into. This has also been said to be a dupe for MAC’s HoneyLove but I found it to be a bit closer to Blankety

Drugstore Dupes - Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick - Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown: $46.00

Makeup Revolution: $7.00

Bobbi Brown is noticeably darker in color but the concept of a fun shimmer brick highlight to use in multiple ways is the same. Bobbi Brown offers a color range of the shimmer bricks and I have a few and love them however you can not go wrong at all with Makeup Revolution!

Makeup Dupes - Nars Multiple - Nars Dupe - Drugstore Dupes

Nars Multiple Stick: $39.00

Wet N Wild all in one highlight stick: $3.99

I can not tell you how excited I was to discover this dupe. With the shades being almost identical to the formula being pretty darn good for $3.99. They are not any where as creamy as Nars but they are good for $3.99

Makeup Dupes - NYX Gotcha Covered - Tarte Concealer Dupe - Drugstore Dupes

These two concealers are so identical they have the same ingredients except for 2!!!  The NYX Gotcha covered concealer is AMAZING. Its one of my Ride or Die products (see my full list here)

Makeup Dupes - Makeup Revolution - Tarte Hella Dupe - Drugstore Dupes

Makeup Revolution – The One For All: $5.00

Tarte: Hella: $20.00

Formula is different as the Tarte is not sticky and is very comfortable on the lips but color match is almost identical!

Makeup Dupes - Nail Polish Dupes - Just Nothing Dupe - Drugstore Dupes

All I can say is the Christian Louboutin polish chipped before the Wet N Wild one.

Makeup Dupes - Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Dupe - Eyeshadow Primer - Drugstore Dupes

Urban Decay Primer: $20.00

Wet N Wild Primer: $4.69

Read my blog post  here with swatches

Drugstore Dupes - Rockateur Dupe - Japonesque Blush Shade 2

Wet N Wild new formula blushes are amazing! Drugstore price with highend results. All three of these blushes are fabulous however Wet N Wild stepped up the game. You need them in your collection!

Drugstore Dupes - Covergirl Lash Blast - They're Real Dupe

All I can say here is Lashblast is my Holy Grail mascara and if Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash and They’re Real had a baby it would be Lash Blast.

Drugstore Dupes - IT Cosmetics Dupe - Milani Dupes

It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift Pencil: $24.00

Milani Brow & Eye Highlights: $6.99

The Milani comes in three different shades but this was the closest to the IT Cosmetics one that only comes in one shade. I prefer the shades to the IT Cosmetics for my skin tone however if you can find a Milani Brow & Eye Highlight that fits your skin tone its a fabulous product!

Drugstore Dupes - Makeup Dupes - MAC Lady Danger Dupe

MAC lipsticks are by far my favorite lipsticks however Milani’s matte lipsticks are up there for me. They are just as comfortable, long wearing and do not have a funky smell or taste (big deal breaker for me with lipstick) Matte Passion is honestly the best dupe I have discovered because its almost identical.

Drugstore Dupes - MAC fix plus dupe - Elf Makeup Spray

MAC Fix + Spray: $23/12

Elf Makeup Spray: $3

The Elf one has a smell that is hard for me to get past. It provides hydration well and works but because of the smell I do not use that often.

Drugstore Dupes - MAC Pretty Please Dupe - Makeup Dupes

MAC Pretty Please: $17

Revlon Sky Line Pink: $4.99

I am bias with Pretty Please it was the shade I wore on my wedding day lol and its the perfect pink for me but in all honesty if you are looking for a pretty pink lipstick that shimmers and dont want to break the bank the Revlon one is going work!

Makeup Dupes - Drugstore Dupes - Dr Brandt Pores No More Dupe

Dr Brandt: $45.00

Catrice: $7.99

Both keep you matte, refine your pores and keep oil at bay. Dr. Brandt does have a nude color to the primer where the Catrice Primer is white

 

Drugstore Dupes - Makeup Dupes - Clinique Chubby Stick Dupe

Drugstore Dupes - Makeup Dupes - Clinique Chubby Stick Dupe

Clinique Chubby Stick: $17.00

Revlon Jumbo Gloss Balm: $8.99

Some of the shades are not an exact match as you can see but the idea behind this glossy tinted balm are the same. So if you can find a shade you love that is less expensive you cant go wrong with the Revlon Balm!

 

I truly hope you enjoy this new series  DUPE LIST.  What is your favorite dupe find? What dupes would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay tuned for more!!!

 

Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge

Real Techniques has done it again!!! For $5.99 this is a beauty tool you need in your collection. I am a huge fan of the original Real Techniques sponge so it was not a surprise when I fell in love with this one. So what is it exactly and what does it do? The Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge is for Highlighting and Contouring. It can be used damp for a dewy glow or dry for a more full coverage finish and has a large and small flat edge.

Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge

Per the Ulta Website:

Features:

  • Small side for precision highlighting
  • Large side for controlled contouring
  • Latex free
  • Replace every 1-3 months
  • Ideal for powders, creams, and liquids

Six surfaces to complete your sculpt:

  • 2 flat edges to apply
  • 2 rounded sides to blend
  • 2 tapered ends for precision application

I personally love it for a liquid highlight. The small flat edge helps with precise application and it keeps my hands clean (I usually apply liquid highlighter with my fingers). The small tip is also fabulous for brow bone and upper lip highlight.

Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge

In terms of the large flat edge side I found this most useful for blending my liquid contour as opposed to blending with my contour brushes. I have also used it to help blend bronzer when my line is too strong after applying with a brush.

Do I recommend you try this new Real Techniques Sponge? Yes!! This is a Fab Find that is $10 or less for sure! Have you tried this new RT sponge? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Shop Here

*This was sent to me for reviewing purposes by Real Techniques and Octoly. As always my options are 100% honest and my own.

ORLY FALL 2016 MULHOLLAND COLLECTION

The Orly Fall 2016 Mulholland Collection is here and its PERFECT! Between some classic colors, bold colors and a bit of sparkle you are sure to find the perfect fall inspired look! I was immediately drawn to the mauve color (Hillside Out) which has a very small amount of shimmer to it but you would not think that looking at the bottle.  I wanted to add a bit more sparkle so I took the color (Meet Me At Mulholland) and used it on my ring finger to give that extra pop to my manicure. I normally do two coats of polish but with my ring finger I did one of Hillside Out so the sparkle was able to be seen and used two coats of Meet Me At Mulholland.

Here is a close up of the two colors I used to create my fall inspired manicure.

  • Meet Me At Mullholland
  • Hillside Out.

ORLY FALL 2016

ORLY FALL 2016 As you can see Orly has given a wide variety finishes and colors with 6 new shades to choose from. So lets meet the line up!

Colors below from L- R:

  • Cahuenga Pass (Bright Orange)
  • Mansion Lane (Muted Grey)
  • Hillside Hideout (mauve with a small golden shimmer)

ORLY FALL 2016 MULHOLLAND COLLECTIONColors below from L- R:

  • Party In The Hills (black and gold micro glitter)
  • Million Dollar Views (copper with golden shimmer)
  • Meet Me In Mulholland (copper and purple irregular glitter flecks)

ORLY FALL 2016 MULHOLLAND COLLECTIONWhere to Buy:

OrlyBeauty.com

Price

$8.50

Which shades are you interested in and what colors do you love for the fall? Would love to hear in the comments below!!

*The collection was generously sent to me for review. As always opinions are my own and honest. 

Renpure Biotin & Collagen Collection: Review and Product Info

Renpure is a family owned company that creates hair care products without sodium chloride, sulfates, dyes, harsh salts, parabens, and gluten. Renpure Biotin & Colleagen Shampoo and Conditioner “formulas are meant to help deliver vital thickening and volumizing properties with our exclusive blend of Vitamin B7 Biotin, Collagen and Keratin that are known for being imperative to thicken, maintain and enhance your hairs volume, health, strength and shine!”

Price:

$4.99 (USD) per bottle -160z (size shown in picture) or $7.99(USD) per bottle – 32oz

Where to buy:

This brand can be found at Ulta, Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s, Amazon and Target. Currently Target is running a buy 1 get 1 25% off offer till 11/5.  Shop here.

Review:

Does my hair look or feel thicker?? Yes! Just like my skin my hair changed after my kids. It lost its shine, bounce and overall healthy look. Unlike my skin I use multiple products on my hair all the time. I change things often because I can tell right away if its working or not. Since using the Renpure thickening Shampoo and Conditioner I can see overall results. My hair is shiner, appears thicker and looks much healthier.

The consistency is on the thicker side and is white in color. It lathers nicely and after rising my hair feels clean without a residue feeling. One thing that may throw some people off is the smell. Although I personally am ok with the smell it can be a bit overwhelming. The smell stays in my hair and I LOVE that! Even as the hours have gone by in the day my hair still smells pretty and that is a personal preference that excites me because it does not happen often with most hair products.

Would I recommend this shampoo and conditioner? Yes! These are most certainly #10orlesstuesday worthy as I say on my Instagram.  If your hair has been needing a pick me as of late, for the price and easy accessibility you cant go wrong with trying them out. There are quite a few different lines from this brand (see them here) so I would love to hear if you have tried them before and your thoughts!!

 

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick: Swatches and Product Info

Top selling European cosmetics brand Catrice is now available in the United States and sold exclusively at Ulta Beauty. The most fabulous part? Every product is $10 or less!! Catrice offers everything to meet your beauty needs on a budget from nails, face products, eyes and lips! One product I want to share with you today is the Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick.

The Ultimate Colour Lipstick:

  • 12 shades available
  • Highly pigmented
  • Very creamy
  • Long Lasting
  • Paraben Free
  • $6.99 (USD)

Swatches of 5 shades from the Collection:

Reds:

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick

Top to Bottom: 310 Red My Lips – 430 Hot n’ Spicy – 450 Legend Berry

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick

Nudes:

catrice4

Top to Bottom: 240 Hey Nude – 380 Nude- Tastic

catrice5

Spot any you are loving? Leave in the comments below

 

** These were generously sent to me by Catrice Cosmetics. As always reviews are my own and 100% honest. 

FALL INSPIRED SWATCHES: Milani Metallic Lip Cremes

Fall is officially here  and Metallic lips are trending this season. What better way to try this trend with an affordable option. The Milani Metallic Lip Cremes are $8.99, have a variety of shades to choose from and are pigmented and long lasting.

According to the Milani Cosmetics website the lip creams “Paint your pout with gilded glamour. Bold and richly pigmented, these metallic liquid lip colors shine with a soft luster and dry to a smooth matte finish—without drying out your lips. Waterproof and kiss-approved, each Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème delivers up to 16 hours of wear”

Fabulous right? You will definitely want to pick some of these up. Here are my picks from the Milani Metallic Lip Cremes Collection to get you fall ready.

Colors from Top to Bottom:

Pure Mattness (Brown Mauve) – Chromatic Addict (Beige) – Matterialistic (Rose Gold)  – Pretty Problemattic (Cranberry)

Swatches Milani Metallic Lip Cremes

Swatches Milani Metallic Lip Cremes

Which colors will you be picking up? Shop the collection here

NEW L’OREAL CLAY MASK: Exfoliate & Refine

As most of you know I am on a skin care journey and for those that may be new to my blog you can read the start of my journey here.  When I saw L’Oreal came out with new clay masks I just knew I had to try! Best part was finding them at Target for $9.99 as you know I live for fabulous finds $10 or Less.  There are three clay masks in the line: Exfoliate & Refine, Detox & Brighten and Purify & Mattify.

I decided to go with the Exfoliate & Refine as I can feel the build up in my T-Zone (I have combination skin) and I am always looking to refine my pores. So what does this mask do? In as short as 10 minutes the mask exfoliates and refines your skin due to the Red Algae Extract the mask is enhanced with.

Clay Mask
New L’Oreal Clay Mask: Exfoliate & Refine

 

You may be thinking what is Red Algae Extract. I know I was so I did a little digging and per the Loreal Website

“Red algae extract, commonly referred to in skin care as rhodophyta seaweed, contains high quantities of sulfated polysaccharides (carrageenan), peptides, carotenoids, and fatty acids. Together these components may contribute towards red algae’s antioxidant property. Red algae extract can be capable of neutralizing free-radicals that are present in the environment. If left unregulated, these radicals can cause damage to the skin’s structural integrity, which may lead to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines. Lastly, algae extract is known to serve as a thickening agent in skincare products, which can provide a more desirable and spreadable texture for lotions and creams”

 

 

Clay Mask
New L’Oreal Clay Mask: Exfoliate & Refine

 

Now that we know a bit more about Red Algae Extract, here is what this mask claims to do. Per the L’Oreal Website: “Exfoliate & Refines Pores Pure-Clay Mask addresses rough skin and deep clogged pores on face to reveal a polished, pore-minimized and smooth complexion. Immediately skin texture appears refined and smooth. Pore are visibly minimized. Facial pore cleansing removes dead cells, dirt and oil from skin. Imperfections are less visible. Not only will skin feel as though it can breathe, it will be healthy looking with a beautiful glow”

To apply the mask I use a foundation brush for easier application. I use the Elf Foundation Brush which you can shop for here. The mask is fragrant but its not overpowering and is not difficult to remove. Best part is you only need to leave it on for 10 minutes. To remove the mask I take a wet cloth and in circular motion remove the mask to really aid in the exfoliation process. I saw and felt immediate results!

New L'Oreal Clay Mask

My skin had a beautiful glow after just one use and over time I have noticed my pores have minimized, my skin feels smoother and the overall appearance has improved. Have you tried any of the clay masks? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Shop all three masks here

Palladio Beauty Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color

I am still pretty new to Liquid lipstick as I have a love affair with lip gloss but as of late I am understanding why these are so popular and loved by so many! The Palladio Beauty Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color is no exception. They wear comfortably, are highly pigmented, available in 12 shades, have a doe foot applicator and the best part cost $6.99 at Ulta Beauty.

Per the Ulta Website: “Palladio’s Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color is a lush creamy lip color with a soft, rich matte finish. This velvety, full-coverage lip color is lightweight and sure to last. Enriched with vitamin E and aloe, it soothes and softens the lips, making them beautiful for hours. Botanical and vitamin infused. Paraben-free”

Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color
Swatches Top – Bottom: Tapestry – Panne -Damask

The swatch picture above is just one swipe for all colors. I found them to go on smooth and non patchy. They went on the lips just as pigmented and felt so smooth and comfortable. The Vitamin E and Aloe enriched formula allows for immediate hydration. They are non drying, have major staying power and pack a ton of pigment.

I would most certainly recommend these due to the quality and affordable price tag! A perfect product that is $10 or less!  Which colors will you be picking up?

Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color
Colors: Tapestry – Panne -Damask

*These Lip Creams were generously sent to me for reviewing purposes from Palladio Beauty. My opinions are honest and my own. 

1 Loreal Voluminous Primer and 5 Mascaras

When I first heard about Mascara primers I was really not interested but when a fellow Blogger @beauty.maven posted about the Loreal Primer on her Instagram I felt a sudden urge to try it. This primer is sold at most drugstores but I found Target sold it for the cheapest at $5.99.

Per the Target.com website it states: “The perfect pair for your favorite mascara to maximize every lash look. Lightweight primer instantly creates a boosting effect, building dramatic volume and length on each lash. Conditions lashes over time for soft nourished lashes. Use with your favorite mascara to amplify any lash look.  Instantly Thicker, Longer Lashes Mascara Amplifier Lash Conditioner”

Sounds amazing right?!!!? Well let me tell you…. it is!!!! So I decided to experiment and try it with 5 of my favorite mascaras.

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara: The primer made this mascara apply much smoother with less clumps and had less fall out. Mascara2Cover Girl Lash Blast: PS this is my HOLY GRAIL mascara. It goes on smooth with the primer however it really did not do anything to change the over all application or staying power. I was a bit surprised but I was also okay with this because I have no complaints to begin with.  Mascara3Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real: WOW this primer just took this mascara to the next level in the length department. If you have not tried this mascara you need to. Mascara1Too Faced Better Than Sex: I was the most excited about this because I love this mascara but I experience so much fall out I can not wear it. Until now! I experienced no fall out with it paired with the primer.Mascara4Benefit Bad Gal Lash: It goes on smooth with the primer however just like the Cover Girl Lash Blast it really did not do anything to the all around application or staying power. I have no complaints about this mascara either so this was not disappointing to me.mascara5Would I recommend this primer? YES!!! For $5.99 its worth a shot because even on the two mascaras where I did not notice a difference it still helped all 5 go on smoother. With the primer helping with clumps, fall out and making your lashes stand out even better you can’t go wrong. I am now on the hunt for more mascara primers to test out. Leave in the comments some I should try. Have you tried this primer? I would love to hear your experience with it!

New Orly Breathable Treatment & Color

It’s no surprise that I’ve fallen in love with this all in one formula! The Orly Bonder Base has been one of my holy grail nail products for years. So when I received three colors from the Orly Breathable line to review I was beyond excited. So let’s get into the product details. The polish features an advanced oxygen technology that allows oxygen and hydration to penetrate the nails. It’s packed with Argan oil, Pro vitamin B5 and Vitamin C  to promote stronger and healthier nails.
 Olry Breathable
The brush is very wide and thick which allows for effortless application. With the base, color and top coat all in one your at home mani/pedi just got a whole lot easier and faster! Did I mention cheaper!?! These retail for only $8.99. I did two coats because it’s what I’m use to but it was very shiny and thick with only one coat so that will be personal preference. Staying power? Its there! After a few days my nails still look fresh on both my hands and toes. Would this be something I would recommend? Yes!!! With a three in one formula, treatment feature and affordability you can not go wrong!
Olry Breathable
The three colors I received from L-R: The Antidote – Feeling Free – Love My Nails .  They are available at Ulta with 15 shades available and Orlybeauty.com with 18 shades available.