Posts Tagged ‘Drugstore Cowgirl’

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Drugstore Cowgirl: Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Pixie Play Craft Cream

As you can imagine, I get tons and tons of beauty products (we’re talking several boxes a week). I spend several hours going through the products — testing, touching, trying on — classifying the products into categories (like / don’t like, want to wear right away / can wait). In one of my treasure trove boxes, I came across Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Pixie Play Craft Cream ($4.29). I cast it aside for a few days, making the mistake of thinking since the product had “Pixie” in the title it wouldn’t work for my long curly hair.

Au contraire.

I decided to test the Craft Cream on a day I wasn’t planning on leaving the house (Lesson #1: Always dress rehearsal new beauty products!). After I had applied leave-in conditioner, I opened the jar of product to find a surprisingly non-sticky cream. I took a quarter-size scoop and finger-combed it through my hair. I flipped my head and scrunched my hair with a paper towel and let it air dry. While my hair was air-drying I twisted random curls around my fingers into corkscrews. After waiting eons for my thick hair to dry, I looked in the mirror to find soft, sculpted, curls. The curls I had corkscrewed were smooth and flexible.

I also tried this product by diffusing my hair instead of letting it air dry.  I still got soft, touchable curls but my hair seemed much thicker and more voluminous. I think this is one of those magic hair potions that will basically work on almost any hair type. This is how Garnier describes the product:

Add texture and create piecey or out-of-bed looks for all De-Constructed style.  Get touchable control and a subtle, satin finish that is non-tacky, not stiff or too coated.  Extra Strong Hold.

Even though Garnier describes the cream as “extra strong hold,” it didn’t make my hair stiff or crunchy.  I honestly this this product would work on almost any hair type… Except of course if you have super thick, coarse locks. Then, it may be a little too  much volume and thickness to handle.

 

 

Disclosure: I was gifted these products with no editorial obligation.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Steep vs. Cheap Liquid Liner Showdown: Marc Jacobs Beauty vs. L’Oreal Infallible

It’s such a myth that you always have to spend a lot of money to get good cosmetics and skincare… There are treasure troves full of well-performing drugstore products that rival their most expensive department store competition. But then sometimes they don’t… Occasionally I’ll find that even though the drugstore brand is good, the department store brand is better — way better. So how did the Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Precision Pen  ($30) measure up to L’Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ($8.99)? Let the battle of the long-wearing black felt-tip eyeliner pens begin! For those of you who love a good winged cat eye but you’re terrified you’ll mess it up, you’re about to find your new baby.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Precision Pen  ($30):  This long-wearing liquid liner just looks expensive. In fact, it reminds me of a lighter Mont Blanc pen. The color is a deep, rich black and flows continuously without fading or running.  I’ve never experienced such a precise, fine tip, yet if you press the pen tip harder your line will get thicker. It literally lines like a calligraphy pen.   The downfall? Of course there’s a downfall… It stayed on too well and lasted too long. After trying to remove it with several Q-tips full of waterproof eye makeup remover I simply gave up.  Every night I tried to get more off and it became a terrifying tar that came off in chunks. After three days I was free. Now, keep in mind because I have eyelash extensions I’m very limited in what I can use as eye makeup remover. I’m not allowed to use any oil-based products so I can’t vouch for how an oil-based waterproof makeup remover would perform.

Verdict: Unless the removal process is worth it to you because you’re attending a day wedding, a rave, an outdoor concert, or you’re a working actor who needs her makeup to last 16 hour days, despite all it’s strengths, I would skip this one.

L’Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ($8.99) This long-wearing liquid liner pen is by far the best drugstore version on the market. In fact, I think it beats quite a few of the department store brand versions as well. While it doesn’t have the exact fine tip of the Marc Jacobs pen, it’s pretty damn close.  Just like the Marc Jacobs pen you can press harder to create a thicker line. The color comes out in a rich black (though the MJ black is slightly richer) and does not fade, run, or flake.  It gives a precise, smooth application and allows you to easily create winged eyes.  The downfall? It’s advertised as lasting 12-hours. I would say it starts fading at around 6 hours.  Now, for someone like me who goes out for  3-4 hours max to a dinner with my husband or a party, this is the perfect eyeliner because I don’t want it to last any longer.

Verdict: If you’re looking to wear this eyeliner to work, keep in mind it’s going to fade before your mid-afternoon coffee buzz. If you’re like me and you just want to use it to create a nighttime look, this is the perfect eyeliner pen.

Coming Soon: Keep your eyes out for a review of the entire new Marc Jacobs Beauty Makeup collection.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Drugstore Cowgirl: Help! I Left for Vacation Without My Makeup Bag!!!

We’ve all been there before… Okay, in all honesty I haven’t been there since the 10th grade, but let’s face it, I’m not the norm.  My good friend Rachel frantically wrote me from vacation saying she in fact had forgotten her makeup bag at home and she needed a drugstore shopping list from me pronto. Rachel had the right idea in replacing her makeup with drugstore finds. The last thing you want to do is spend a ton of money on dupes of department store and Sephora makeup.  And depending on where you’re on vacation, such luxuries may not even be an option.  So don’t panic! I’m going to get you through your vacation:

Foundation: Do you really need foundation on vacation?? Really?  I personally say skip it but if you insist, try L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup ($10.95) which contains no oils, fragrances, or pore-clogging fillers. It also has skin-loving ingredients like Vitamins A and C, wheatgerm and grape fruit extract. And most importantly, it comes in 33 different shades so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a match.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

E! Entertainment’s “Beauty Police” Round-Up: April 29th – May 3rd

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.

4/29: Beauty Police: Jennifer Lopez Auditions for RuPaul’s Drag Race in Makeup Fit for a Drag Queen

4/30: Beauty Police: Sophia Bush Raids Her Grandmother’s Makeup Bag for This Bland Make-under

5/1: Beauty Police: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Take Makeup Lessons From Zombies

5/2: Beauty Police: Winona Ryder’s Vintage Hollywood Glam Look Has Us Shouting, “Winona Forever!”

5/3: Beauty Police: Rita Ora Goes Full on ’80s With Big Bouffant Hair and Caked-On Makeup

5/3: PHOTOS: Beauty Police: Luxe for Less

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Drugstore Cowgirl Part 2: Best Drugstore Makeup & Cosmetics Buys

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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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Drugstore Cowgirl: Beauty Binge’s Top 5 Drugstore Skincare Buys

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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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Drugstore Cowgirl: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter

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 »

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Drugstore Cowgirl: CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolor

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.

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