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Beauty on a Shoestring: Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse

bottle of Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse FoundationI’ve gushed long and often about my love of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. But for all its greatness, it does have one fatal flaw: the price. Thanks to a lifetime of dental drama that had another flame-up last year, 2013 may see a record number of “Beauty on a Shoestring” posts as I tighten the belt on my beauty budget.

When my bottle of Luminous Silk dried up late last year, I was forced to find an affordable alternative for a daily foundation. Sad, I know. But this beauty tale has a happy ending. I’m ecstatic to report that I have found an outstanding drugstore brand foundation that has exceeded all my expectations. Let me tell you about Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation. Continue reading

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Beauty on a Shoestring: Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Smoothing Scrub

Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Smoothing Scrub

If you read Wendy’s post, you know that it can be tricky having rosacea. You want to do your best to not irritate your skin, but yet it’s really important to exfoliate. Oftentimes, exfoliating products are by their very nature harsh on your skin. So what’s a girl with rosacea (ahem, like me) supposed to do? Continue reading

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Beauty on a Shoestring: Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick, Lipgloss, and Lip Butter

As I’ve told you before (see Babe on a Budget), my local grocery store, H-E-B, is one of my favorite places to shop for make-up products.  Especially, when I want to be adventurous and try new stuff. Lately, I’ve been really into the Revlon ColorBurst lip line-up.  Thanks to strategic coupon usage, all three of these products cost me less than $15. TOTAL.

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in FuchsiaFirst up is Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick. I had read good things about this lipstick, so I thought I’d give it a try.  I first bought the lipsticks in Coral and Fuchsia and later purchased Raspberry.  Fuchsia is my favorite.  The ColorBurst lipstick comes in a  black tube with what I’ve learned is the signature diamond-patterned embossed casing.  It’s a very bright … well, fuchsia color.  The formula is creamy and smooth with good pigmentation.  When I wear it, I get lots of compliments. (I’m telling y’all, bright lipstick is something everyone should try.)  This lipstick was selling at H-E-B for $6.48, and at the time there was a $2 off coupon, so it cost me a grand total of $4.48. Continue reading

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Beauty on a Shoestring: Babe on a Budget

Last Friday, I was a bridesmaid for the first time in my dear friend Katy’s wedding.  It was a BEAUTIFUL wedding, and I’m fairly certain we were the hottest bridal party ever.

Jessica Alba Revlon ad

During the course of bridesmaid-hood, fellow bridesmaid Lindsey A. (not to be confused with bridesmaid Lindsey H.) asked if I could help her with her wedding day make-up.  Like me, she was on a tight budget and looking to economize.  However, since I’d be doing my own hair and make-up, I knew I wouldn’t have time to also do her make-up day of.  What I did do was help her plan out a make-up strategy and aid in a make-up shopping extravaganza.

As with any event prep, I told Lindsey to start by pulling make-up looks for inspiration.  She tore out various magazine ads, and the one that emerged as the top candidate was this Revlon ad with Jessica Alba. We were all wearing floor-length gowns, so it was totally appropriate to wear a more evening make-up look.  Lindsey especially liked the eye make-up in this ad.  It was a great choice, because Lindsey has similar skin and hair coloring as Jessica.

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Judicial Review: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

http://beautypendence.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/neutrogena1.jpgSome might recall my dalliance with Almay’s foundation that ended in disappointment.  I’m thrilled to report that I have a new love and I think this time it’s the real thing: Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancer foundation.

When I first saw the color selection I wasn’t going to bother: even their lightest shade looked way too dark for me.  But for under $10 what did I really have to lose by trying it?  I am SO glad I gave it a chance!

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