NEW Real Techniques Blend + Blur Brushes: Exclusive to Ulta Beauty

” You don’t blend in, but your makeup can – leave them stunned with the Real Techniques Blend + Blur Brushes”

Real Techniques brushes are a staple in my beauty tool collection.  Not only are they affordable but they perform well and get the job done!  Real Techniques just released 5 new brushes to the family and they mimic the Artis Makeup brushes however these are less than half the price.  I love beauty investments but when you can get a product that is more affordable that works its a win! These brushes are densely packed with oval heads for maximum blending and precision application. Per the Ulta Website they are long lasting, easy to clean and its unique curved design to easily fit in your hand.

Product Information:

  • 5 brushes total (All Over, Foundation, Contour, Cheek and Eye shadow)
  • Exclusive to Ulta Beauty
  • Online and In Store – Shop the collection here
  • Price Range: $12.99 – $19.99

Real techniques brushes

Makeup brushes

Real Techniques Blend + Blur Brushes: 

  1. All Over Brush – $19.00: Ideal for face, neck and body application
  2. Foundation Brush (NOT Pictured) – $19.00: Ideal for cream and liquid foundation
  3. Contour Brush – $16.00: Ideal for blending of cream or powder makeup
  4. Cheek Brush – $16.00: Ideal for blush or highlighter
  5. Crease Brush – $12.99: Ideal for powder or cream eye shadow

Real Techniques

Beauty Talk: What do you guys think? Have you tried this type of shape before? I had always been taken back when this style first came out but within the beauty community I know many that love it! I am excited to give these a run and let you all know what I think. It makes me happy that there are affordable options especially from Real Techniques who have earned our trust in putting out quality products.

Here are some of my MUST HAVE Real Technique Brushes and other affordable makeup brushes:

  • Powder Brush – See it HERE
  • Blush Brush – See it HERE
  • Concealer Brush – See it HERE 
  • Beauty Sponge – See it HERE
  • Enhanced Eye Set – See it HERE 
  • Must Have Morphe Brushes – See it HERE
  • 5 Drugstore Brushes $10 Or Less – See it HERE 

 

 

 

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NYX STORE OPENING EVENT: WOODFIELD MALL

A NYX free standing store has finally landed in the Chicago area and I could not be happier. NYX Cosmetics offers some of the best quality at the drugstore with affordable price tags (insert my fav $6 concealer here lol). You may be thinking, what makes the free standing store so different from the massive selections available at Ulta?!!?? Trust me I thought the same things until I had the pleasure to attend the NYX Store Opening Preview Event.  It is not a very large store, maybe a bit smaller than your average free standing MAC store. However I will say the amount of products offered by NYX Cosmetics is anything short of amazing along with the features the store offers. We are use to seeing the products offered at Ulta or even Walgreen’s  but once you are inside a NYX Store you are taken back.

The store is located inside the Woodfield Mall right outside MACY’s on the lower level.  The walls are covered from top to bottom with products with NYX colors: black, white and hot pink! Its my dream lol When you walk in you see the Beauty Bar where you can swatch, watch and play! The NYX Makeup Artists are on hand to answer any questions and best part?!!  They offer one on one lessons with a NYX Makeup Artist where you can learn pro tips and artistry tricks!  How fun is that!!?

NYX STORE OPENING

NYX Store Features:

  • Testers, Testers, Testers
  • Create your own eye shadow palettes
  • Take Home Foundation Samples
  • Digital Assistance with Product Scanners

TESTERS: When it comes to makeup we all want to test it before we buy it. Whether you want to see or feel the product or if you want to just see the shade on your lips the amount of testers available are endless.

NYX GOTCHA COVERED CONCEALER

DRUGSTORE BLUSH

SHADOW & LIP BAR: These walls will just take your breath away with the options of lip products and single eye shadows.  The Eye Shadow Bar offers single pans to fill in either a 4 pan palette or a 9 pan palette. With these prices you can not go wrong!

Single Shadows: $4.00

4 Pan Palettes: $12.00

9 Pan Palettes: $28.00

NYX EYESHADOW

Drugstore Eye Shadow

Drugstore Eye shadow

TAKE HOME FOUNDATION SAMPLE: I think I was in such awe of all the beauty around me I totally forgot to do this!!! If you have been with me for a while you know I am not huge on Matte Foundation but for $7.50 I was curious and plus a girl can always just add in some liquid highlighter. This feature is something we only see at High End makeup stores and counters so in my opinion this is a game changer for affordable beauty.

See the foundation HERE at Ulta

Drugstore Foundation

PRODUCT SCANNERS: I absolutely loved this feature and had some much fun. If you follow me on Instagram, I did a full preview of this feature on my stories. You take a product, scan it and all the product details will show up. What the product does, how many shades are offered and customer reviews. You also get to see any social media pictures that have been tagged with that product.

Drugstore Makeup

I would highly recommend a visit to not only this store if you are in the Chicago area but if you have a free standing NYX Store near you!  With endless amounts of affordable products and in-store features you are sure not to leave empty handed, I know I didn’t!

What are some of your must have NYX Products? Have you been to a free standing NYX Store? Would love to hear your thoughts and experience below.

 

 

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MUST HAVE DRUGSTORE PRODUCTS: The 10 Products You Need To Try Now!

It is no secret I love a fab find especially when its under $10 and from the drugstore. Out of this list only two are over $10 but trust me they are worth it! On Tuesdays on my Instagram I like to showcase products that are $10 or less because lets face it, there are some gems at the drugstore. When it comes to must have drugstore products, these 10 products are tried and true,  always in reach and in rotation. To see my other fab finds on Instagram use #10orlesstuesday to see my posts.

Drugstore Product List: (click product to shop)

  1. Milani Blushes: I love blush, like really really love blush. Milani Blushes are so affordable, come in multiple shades and have such pretty packaging. Who else is a sucker for classic pretty packaging? Shades I love and use most often are Rosa Romantica and Luminoso (see some Milani swatches HERE. They go on so smoothly and blend like a dream. Its like using a High End Blush.
  2. NYX Butter Glosses: If you are a gloss type of person and have not tried these you must! For under $5 and 34 shades to choose from you are guaranteed to find a shade or two, three or five lol They are very comfortable on the lips, not sticky and provide a nice amount of color. You can wear these glosses alone or over your favorite lipstick for an added pop of shine!
  3. L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation: Want affordable foundation that will give you a beautiful dewy glow with medium coverage that looks like your skin? This is the one to try.  It is so versatile and has become a Holy Grail product.  I mix it with my moisturizer, use it alone or I will mix it with my matte foundations for a boost of hydration and glow. My skin is combination but I still prefer to be hydrated and will blot my T Zone when needed.  If you have dry skin you will love this foundation!
  4. Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush: For $2.99 this blush goes on like High End but will give you more money in your pocket for more makeup! Hehe!!! Two nude/peach shades that have stolen my heart are Apricot In The Middle & Rose Champagne
  5. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer: This bronzer will warm up your face and sculpt it while smelling like you are in the tropics! The name is true to its formula because its extremely buttery, blends like a dream and I can say this is a pretty darn close dupe for NARS Laguna Bronzer.
  6. Maybelline Baby Skin Primer: Not only does this make my pores look smaller, my makeup lasts all day. I love this one specifically because its clear. Other pore filling primers are a nude color and I have found the others I have tried (Smashbox, Benefit and Dr. Brandt)  have clumped up on my skin. So this one is a winner for me and gets the job done!
  7. Milani Lipsticks: If you have been following me for a while you know MAC Lipsticks are my absolute favorite but when it comes to drugstore lipsticks Milani are the best. They are so close to MAC and I love finding MAC dupes with Milani Lipsticks. There are so many shades and different finishes to choose from. Pigmented, comfortable on the lips and no funky smells and or tastes. One thing I can not handle is a lipstick with a ton of fragrance in it. Who else is like that?
  8. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – Smooth & Dewy: Another fabulous drugstore foundation that will leave you looking natural and dewy. I love natural makeup and have found so far these two to give me that at the drugstore. The coverage is medium and will last all day on your face.
  9. NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer:  This concealer is $5.99, full coverage, comes in 20 shades, infused with coconut oil so it gives the most beautiful dewy finish and is a dupe for Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. The ingredients are almost identical, trust me you can not go wrong with this one. It does not crease on me and I usually don’t need to set it (but I know that is a preference – see my Top Dewy Concealers HERE)
  10. L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara: One of L’Oreal’s newest products has me jumping for joy! If you are already a L’Oreal Mascara fan this most certainly is one you need to try. If you are new to L’Oreal mascara you wont be disappointed. The amount of length and volume that is achieved will have you putting all your other mascaras to the side. PS if you want to try a mascara primer I highly recommend the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer.

Must Have Drugstore Products

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NEW Milani Baked Blush Shades: Get ready to add these to your collection!

Milani just added two new blushes to their very popular baked blush collection.  Its no secret that blush is my thing, my weakness, my ultimate beauty obsession so when I found out two more shades were added ANDDDD  they were on Target’s website I jumped on them fast! The Milani Baked Blush collection is priced under $8 bucks and go on the cheeks with just enough pigment. Shades in the collection range from nudes, berry and pinks to the iconic peach shade luminoso.

Milani Baked Blush
Milani Baked Blush in shades: Bella Bellini & Rosa Romantica

I mean look at how gorgeous these blushes are!!! Bella Bellini is pink with a golden shimmer in it. It reminds me ALOT of Nars Orgasm (stay tuned I am working on Dupe List III … See my other dupe lists here & here). Rosa Romantica is a perfect nude peachy pink with a light golden shimmer, basically for me it is blush perfection! The Milani site states the shade is light pink but for me it swatches more peach/nude. I use to be all about the pink blushes but now I just want everything to be nude, peach or bronze lol! I cant be the only one who feels this way hehehe!!!

Shades Top to Bottom:

  • Bella Bellini
  • Rosa Romantica

Milani Baked Blush

I wanted to round up the rest of my Milani Baked Blush collection and give you swatch comparisons and just some more gorgeous blushes to swoon over! Trust me if you do not own any Milani Blushes you most certainly need at least one in your collection. Perfectly priced, you can grab them at your local target or target online, blend like a dream and the pigment is just enough!

Milani Baked Blush

Swatches top to bottom:

  • Bella Bellini
  • Rosa Romantica
  • Rosa D’Oro
  • Berry Amore
  • Luminoso

Milani Baked Blush Collection

Gorgeous right? I would say if you are looking for an affordable perfect spring / summer blush the Milani Baked Blush collection has you covered! What is your favorite Milani product? Will you be adding these new shades to your collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Spring Beauty Lovers!!!!

Milani Baked Blush

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Spring Approved: Must Have Drugstore Blushes

If you know me at all you know I am a BLUSH ADDICT!!!! It all started when I was 9 and was heavily involved in dance (read more and see a picture here lol). To me no makeup look is complete without blush and when spring and summer arrive its my favorite time of the year to get my cheek all peachy and ready to glow! Drugstores blushes are some of the best out there and I adore finding affordable makeup. With some many pinks, peaches, corals and nudes to choose from how can one not get excited! Not to mention endless options of shimmers, mattes, creams and powders.

Here are some must have Drugstore Blushes to get you ready for Spring on a budget!

  • ELF Beautifully Bare Blush: Shade Peach Perfection ($4.00) This is a cream based blush that can be easily applied with your fingers or a small stippling brush. I love this one from Elf. This swatches darker than it actually looks on the cheek. Its a gorgeous sheer tint of peach!
  • Pixi By Petra Glowy Powder: Shade Rome Rose ($16.00)  Ohhhh Pixi Beauty has stolen my heart. This powder is peachy pink with gold shimmer perfection that goes on so smoothly. The most expensive out of them all but Pixi Beauty is high end at the drugstore! (see the Pixi Glowy Powder Collection with swatches and my review here)
  • Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush: Shade Apricot In The Middle ($2.99) My absolute go to blush that I know will never fail me. For everyday natural looks to a bold red lip look for a night out! You will not be disappointing plus these Wet N Wild blushes apply like high end blushes! Winning!!!!!
  • Milani Baked Blush: Shade Luminoso ($6.99) This blush pretty much has a cult following and for a good reason.
  • Physicians Formula Butter Blush: Shade Natural Glow ($12.99) Glowy Shimmer Perfection. A blush that can be worn alone or as a topper to give a more matte blush a bit of peachy pink shimmer!

Drugstore Blushes, Spring Blushes

Each of these drugstore blushes offer such soft shades of pinks and peaches to give your skin that spring glow we all want. They can be pared with nude looks, bright & bold looks and perfectly transition to day to night when you are on the go!

Drugstore Blushes

Drugstore Blushes

What are some of your favorite blushes for Spring? Do you have a drugstore blush you cannot live without? Let me know, I am always ready to add more to my collection!

 

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