Beauty mix up – Lash primer

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A month or so ago, I walked into Sephora on a mission for a lash primer I wanted to try.  My method at Sephora is similar to Target, enter with a specific item in mind and put blinders on or you’re in danger of leaving with a new toaster that you cannot live without.  When I got home, I realized I grabbed the wrong primer {ugh}.  But I read the reviews and it seemed like a hit, so I decided to give it a try {way too risky to go back into Sephora}.  I couldn’t wait to show you guys the results, but fair warning these close-ups are intense.  I put my daily mascara on below with and without the primer, so we could compare the two.

1. bare lashes

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3. Diorshow Maximizer primer on the left {it goes on white) // bare lashes on the right

{this picture is really creepy – I know- but look how much the primer lengthens!}

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4. primer lashes on the left // regular on the right

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Besides extra length, I’ve noticed the biggest difference in how long the mascara stays on my lashes using the primer.  Usually, by the time I take my makeup off at night, the majority of my mascara has fallen or faded.  I’m not kidding they are fully intact with this primer!

My silly mix up must have been fate.

xx//e

my drugstore {beauty} favorites

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Although a beauty splurge is occasionally unavoidable, some of the best beauty products are sitting on the shelves at your ordinary drugstore.  Below are a few of my favorite products, not only because they are easy on the budget {that always helps} but because they’re the best I’ve found – a higher price tag doesn’t always equal a better product.

CeraVe moisturizing lotion –  I prefer CeraVe because it’s not heavy or oily and it actually feels like it’s absorbing into my skin. And because winter in Chicago is not a joke.  I’ll take all the moisturizing I can get.

Catwalk root boost – I confessed my love for roost boost a few weeks ago in my top 5 volumizers post {here}. Not only is the price right ($8) but it gives a great amount of volume without weighing down my hair or leaving residue.

Suave dry shampoo – So I’m giving the whole not washing my hair every day thing a try and I’m not going to lie, it’s been a rocky few weeks.  I mean honestly, I look like an alien when I wake up {it’s not my fault I have a scar on my head that causes a mild-to-serve cowlick every.single.night.}, so it’s better for everyone if I wash my hair.  But I know it’s not healthy and I’m working on it, with the help of my new best friend, dry shampoo. So far, this Suave dry shampoo has worked wonders on keeping my second-day hair looking and smelling fresh – if only it fixed cowlicks.

Bed head by TGIF hairspray – I’m not a big hairspray kinda gal, but sometimes I just need a little something to keep everything together.  This hairspray does a great job holding my hair into place without leaving a residue or making it crunchy {because, ew}.  And it smells amazing.

Neutrogena makeup remover wipes – I know, I know, I was hating on make-up wipes less than a week ago, but they’re only the devil {the article’s words, not mine} if you don’t wash your face afterwards.  I have tried a few different kinds of makeup wipes and these are the only ones that are sensitive enough for my skin and easily remove my makeup.

L’Oreal Voluminous millions lashes and L’Oreal Telescopic mascara  – it doesn’t get better than this mascara combination. Voluminous millions ($7) creates tons of body and the brush doesn’t allow the mascara to clump on your lashes.  And adding a layer of the telescopic mascara ($8) creates such length and smooths out any uneven product – it’s 100% better than any designer mascara I’ve tried.

Olay complete SPF 30 – I know wrinkles are inevitable but I’m doing my best to avoid contributing to the issue.  Whether I’m planning to be in the sun all day or heading straight for my cubical {sigh}, I apply this base moisturizer with SPF every morning.

Aveeno BB cream – this cream is a nice alternative to a tinted moisturizer. I discovered it the morning after a very late night out with friends and my roommate looked a little too radiant for that Sunday morning. She told me she applied a new BB cream and I went out and bought it that same day.  I use it in the winter because my alternative tinted moisturizer {Bobbi Brown’s CC cream} is a hint too dark for the pale situation I have going on.  The BB cream goes on really light but does a good job blending any imperfections and adding a subtle glow.

 

What are some of your drugstore favorites?

xx//e