FAQ Friday: Affordable Makeup

Happy Friday Babes!

A VERY common question I get through all forms of interaction is about inexpensive makeup! Apparently, I lean toward the pricey stuff a bit too often, but hey, I’m a girl who knows what she loves! So, I’ve compiled a video featuring many of the hottest products on the market! You can check out the video below. If you are at work or in class reading this, don’t worry, the video will remain here when you get back!!! The video only covers products for the face and lips. If you’d like to see my picks for eyes, check out the video on YouTube.

The 12 Lowest-Rated Foundations

See what make up made the list

If your foundation doesn’t look good, any other make up you put on isn’t going to help you look flawless. That’s why it’s important to have a foundation you love. Unfortunately, our readers did NOT love the ones on this list. Here are their gripes…

See foundations

No. 12: Physicians Formula CoverToxTen50 Wrinkle Therapy Foundation, $12.95

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 5.9*

What you said: “The foundation did not blend well at all and left a mask-like finish…”

No. 11: L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Firming Makeup, $9.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 5.9*

What you said: “It seems to accentuate my lines and I have young-looking skin for my age…”

No. 10: Iman Creme to Powder Foundation, $14.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 5.8*

What you said: “I felt like I had on too much make up. It felt caked on…”

Want to see what’s the worst? Click here!

FAQ Friday: Eye Shadow Primers

Hey babes!

If you’ll be in the Tyson’s Corner VA area, be sure to come to Macy’s today or tomorrow for the MAC Hello Kitty Event! I’ll be hanging out for a while, and I’d love to get to play with you!!! Now, on to FAQ Friday! Call (703) 893-4900 to make an appointment.

Question sent via Youtube…
i have a question…..i have super oily eyelids…ive tried too faced shadow insurance and mac paint pots aswell as select cover up concealer…and they crease on me….is there any base u recommend for me? i kno u use the MAC Matte….would that also work on the eyes?
thanks so much…loveee ur vids!

SB Says…

Yeah, maybe you should use the MAC Matte first and then use a Paint Pot. Layering the two products will probably make them work much better for you. Really, the matte paint pots are the only ones that work for me. This is why I stick to Painterly. Anytime I use a base with shimmer, my shadows crease like crazy. And sadly the infamous Urban Decay Primer Potion did nothing for me. Oh also, L’Oreal HIP Cream Crayon is a great base too. I really need to purchase some more of them. They are creamy and literally NEVER come off. I have the green, black and blue!!

Hope this helps!

The Best of L’Oreal H.I.P.

Generally, drugstore makeup disappoints me. I can’t lie. But, I have found some products that are of stellar quality, all from L’Oreal H.I.P. There were lots of products that I wanted to love, like the glosses, bronzers, blushes and foundation. But, they didn’t do anything amazing for me. Here are some of my favorites that I keep in rotation.

Color Rich Cream Crayon-This can be used as a cream shadow or liner. I was quite surprised to hear that these are some of the most remarkable bases on the market! I tried the blue shade on my hand, and it wouldn’t come off. That is stellar quality when it comes to bases!! I love how easily they glide on the skin! Don’t forget to blend them out on the skin, if you create harsh lines on the skin, you’re stuck with them!

Cream Eye Liner-These are packed with color, and they are almost one and a half times bigger than my MAC fluidlines. I absolutely can’t get enough of the Teal, it’s perfect to wear all alone, on the kind of day where you want color on the lid, but just don’t feel like wearing eye shadow. These last all day, all night, and if you are feeling thrifty, the next day as well.

Eye Shadow Duo’s
-To me, these are the best drugstore eye shadows on the market. They are packed with color, and they include complimentary shades. I really do think these are great quality, but you absolutely have to have a base for them. If you use them on bare skin, the color pay off is pretty average. I own four of these, Brazen, Lively, Sassy and Charisma.

There are tons of things to see and do on the official L’Oreal H.I.P. website, including step-by-step guides. Definitely check it out!

Hot Pinkish Hepcat FOTD

I guess it’s not really a FOTD, since I did it while playing around at 2am. I have a Myspace beauty idol that I had admired for months, she did a look similar, so I re-created it with a few little substitutions. I love rocking unexpected eyes, this is what really makes beauty fun!!! Here are the details of the look. If you’d like to see a tutorial on this look (while listening to me talk about my first time doing makeup), check out my newest Youtube video!

The Look
MAC Crimsonaire Shadestick
MAC Hepcat Eyeshadow
L’Oreal HIP Brazen Eyeshadow Duo
Fig 1. Eye Shadow (To deepen the crease)
MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow(brow highlight)
MAC Boot Black Liquid Liner
Carbon Eyeshadow to soften the liquid liner

Kissable Couture Lipgloss in Exposed