I had so much fun writing for E! Entertainment’s Fashion Police this week in my new daily column “Beauty Police.” Now, keep in mind E! has asked me to bitchy so don’t strangle me if I’m too tough on your favorite celebrities. But come on… JLo does look like a drag queen in the photo and Rita Ora shouldn’t have left the house looking like that. For copyright reasons I can’t show you the photos on Beauty Binge so I guess you’ll just have to click on the links below to see what I’m talking about! Be sure to check out the last post “Luxe for Less” to see some of my recommendations for best beauty bargains.
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Welcome to Week 2 of my thriftathon where I share which beauty products you should be pilfering from the bonanza awaiting you at your local drugstore. This week I’m focusing on the makeup aisle. Come on, does’t it bring back memories of that first time you and your girlfriends shopped in the makeup aisle by yourselves? I was in 6th grade and I was with my very sophisticated friends Meredith and Kim, who were both rocking Madonna floppy lace bows and electric blue eyeliner. I wasn’t supposed to wear makeup yet but come on, like I was going to obey that rule. Incidentally the first item Meredith and Kim introduced me to, Wet n Wild Brow & Eye Pencil, appears as #2 on my list since it is still a staple in my makeup bag.
1. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49): I am not going to beat an empty Sephora bag here… I’ve written about these hydrating, long-lasting gems, dramatically sang their praise in a video, and basically spread the gospel to any woman who would listen that these lipsticks are the cats pajamas. I have them in every color and wear several combinations a day. Enough said.
2. Wet n Wild Brow & Eye Pencil ($.99) Nothing takes you from boring day makeup to sexy going-out makeup faster than a couple swipes of eyeliner, which is why these pigmented pencils have graced the bottom of every handbag I’ve carried since the days of teasing my bangs and wearing thick bubblegum-hued lip gloss. The pencil creates a thin opaque line that can be both smudged and applied on the inner rim. And let’s face it, $.99 for 7 inches (same length as a standard #2 pencil) of good eye pencil ain’t too shabby!
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I admitted in my very first Drugstore Cowgirl post last year that I shamefully neglected drugstore beauty products since high school. Once I overcame my ignorance and embraced the treasure trove of amazing products found amongst the plastic and metal aisles, I quickly discovered favorites and integrated them into my daily routines. This post is the first in a series highlighting my short list of the best drugstore beauty products. Enjoy, my beauties!
1. Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets ($5) These bad boys are stashed in every handbag I own, taking the crown as my most essential summer beauty product. I don’t care how pretty the packaging is on your rice paper blotting sheets. I hate the way rice paper crinkles and feels, whereas the Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets are a soft film that visibly soak up shine without smudging makeup or leaving a powdery residue.
2. L’Oreal Sublime Sun Face Lotion SPF 50+ ($15) Fashionistas and beauty editors always stocked up on this super-thin power protector when traveling in Europe for its long-lasting, ultra-water resistant formula. Now available in the States, this oil-free sunscreen lotion is suitable for sensitive skin.
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For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll remember I only recently rediscovered the treasure troves of the drugstore beauty aisles (Shameful. I know.) Don’t worry, I’m making up for lost time. My latest love affair is with Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49). It’s incredibly creamy, hydrating, and has surprisingly strong staying power. It has a nice shine to it too, but doesn’t have the annoying thick, sticky consistency of gloss.
There are twenty different shades ranging from sheer to medium coverage. I bought Sugar Plum, Red Velvet, and Raspberry Pie. I ended up giving Raspberry Pie, an opaque bright berry, to Maria since it was much brighter than anticipated. Maria was in front of the mirror applying Raspberry Pie while I read her the product description on Revlon.com, “Buttery balm with beautiful shiny color to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips 94% of women felt lips were softer, smoother, and instantly hydrated.” Read the rest of this entry »Posted by janna Tags Drugstore Cowgirl, Revlon
I know this is going to make me sound like a snob, but I haven’t dabbled in drugstore lipstick since high school. It’s always had this stigma for me of containing harmful toxins, being overly waxy, and generally cheap. I’m not a gloss girl (too sticky). I tend more towards sheer, shiny wine-hued lipsticks. My two constants are Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey for daytime and Lipstick Queen in Saint Wine for nighttime. As much as I’m a beauty addict, I usually don’t venture past my safe zone when it comes to lipstick. The Clinique and Lipstick Queen look good and leave my lips moist. Easy. Done.
Done until I fell in love with Jessica Stam’s lips in the CoverGirl campaign, wearing CoverGirl LipPerfection in Euphoria (see left). When I read that all-star makeup artist Pat McGrath (whom I worship) is their Creative Design Director and curated the LipPerfection collection, I knew it was time I broke my ban.
When I broke open the plastic, I can promise you I was just as eager as when I was 13-years-old, cracking open my first Bonne Bell Pink Frost.
Ladies, this lipstick f’ing rocks. It goes on smooth, with lots of pigment, and tons of moisture and shine. It’s like a hydrating stain. Yeah, go ahead and read that last line again. I never thought I would see the day either. This is a long-wearing lipstick that doesn’t dry out your lips! It’s a miracle!
Well… Miracle may be a reach. It does smell a little bit like a crayon and when I took it out today to show Maria, I removed the cap and the entire lipstick shot out of its tube like a torpedo, leaving me with an empty container. The only consolation? I knew I could cross the street to the drugstore and replace it for less than $10.Posted by janna Tags Clinique, CoverGirl, Drugstore Cowgirl, Lipstick Queen, Pat McGrath