Beauty Buys + Review

A look + my thoughts on all the latest Spring beauty buys recently added to my makeup bag…


I’m always asked what I think about the latest makeup found in drugstores. Since I could wear makeup, every trip to a local store lead me to a check out full of everything on my shopping list, plus a few items from the makeup department (don’t tell Jack). I’m kind of a makeup junkie, I take something new home every time I go! So anytime something new comes out I always get a phone call asking whether it is worth the buy or not.

This is why most of the makeup I use on the regular are drugstore brands, they’re the most accessible and most frequently wandered past whenever I go for a grocery run (no matter how hard I try, a stop to the store to pick up diapers & wipes always leads me dead center in the makeup isle). I’ve bought almost every single drugstore brand and type of makeup that’s ever existed, meaning I’ve tried almost all the mascaras, lipsticks, foundations, and especially eyeliners that you see in the drugstores today… and all the yesterdays.

Revlon, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Loreal… Eyeshadows, primers, concealers, glosses… You name it, I’ve tried it.

Partly because I’m on a never ending search for the perfect makeup and no matter how much I love something I found, I always think there’s something better out there just waiting to be discovered. It’s kind of a vicious cycle because in the end, I always revert back to my oldie but goodies (just a little less rich afterwards).

So this month, the items above were the lucky ones that got thrown in Momma’s bag, however that’s not to say they’ll be the last because we both know they won’t. Here’s a breakdown of what I got and what I think of them:

Revlon’s Photoready Insta-Fix: This is a great foundation stick, perfect for touch ups in the car or wherever you are. Out of all the drugstore brands, Revlon is my favorite, especially when it comes to foundations. The only thing about this stick is it’s a little on the dry side, so a long lasting moisturizer or primer underneath is key. It’s completley matte and surprisingly, very full coverage. I bought it in a shade lighter than my normal color because it comes in a perfect applicator to use as a highlighting contour stick as well as an under eye concealer. With that said, a shade lighter in addition to a shade or two darker makes for the perfect contouring duo. I definitely recommend it, along with all of Revlon’s Photoready line.

Physician’s Formula Healthy Glow Bronzer: This is one of the oldie but goodies I spoke of. I’ve been through the ringer with bronzers, both department store and drugstore brands. I dislike the ones with shimmer in it because when I step out in the sun I look like a tween that’s been sprayed with glitter. A lot of bronzers including department store brands always made me break out as well, so a very long bronzing story cut short is; Physician’s Formula and Bare Mineral’s “Warmth” are my only two holy grail bronzers.

Maybelline’s Colorsensational Lipstick in Blushing Pout (682): I love this color, but don’t love the lipstick. It’s very chalky and way too matte for my taste, making it impossible to wear without a tremendous amount of balm underneath or gloss on top. It also wears a few shades lighter than it appears on the stick, which isn’t all that bad itself yet still… I probably wouldn’t buy this, or any other color from Maybelline’s Colorsensational collection again.

Revlon’s ColorStay Lipliner in Natural: Out of ALL the lip liners, this one is my fave because it’s a gel liner not a pencil stick. It glides on smoothly and effortlessly so if you’re not great at lining your lips like me, it makes it very easy. I got nude because I prefer to define my natural shape and wear a little gloss on most days rather than create a thick, colored line meant for deeper shades of pink and red. The nude liner is great for an everyday casual look without appearing as if you put on a full face of makeup just to take care of your kids at home (such as my case). While speaking of Revlon’s ColorStay line, their ColorStay eyeliner has been one I’ve used for years on end and never tire of.

MAC Eyeshadow: I have a lot of loyalty for MAC’s eyeshadow. For years and years, no drugstore brand has ever been able to substitute my favorite neutral shadow pallet, no matter how close the colors are or how similar they appear to be in the case. So when it comes to eyeshadow I only order from them. These 4 refills are the ones I use nearly every single day, and they are:

Nylon; for the lids, brow bone and various other places I like to highlight.

Texture; for the creases.

Espresso; for both the outer corners and my eyebrows.

Carbon; for lining.

I used to have all 4 (plus more) of these MAC shadows floating around in my makeup bag until I figured out I could just order a custom pallet online with all my essential shades in one convenient compact. Best. Thing. Ever.

Maybelline’s Master Prime Eyeshadow Base: The only thing I really love about this lid primer is the fact that it has some shimmer to it, making it a highlighting base. But to be completely honest, I don’t notice any longer wear or hold of my eyeshadow with it, and also my lid shadows are a shimmer while my crease shades are matte, so I don’t necessarily love the fact that there’s shimmer under my crease colors. The best trick I’ve learned to make your eyeshadow “pop” is to first cover the entire lid area with a plain white shadow then layer your color on top so it shows its true shade.

CoverGirl’s False Lash Drama Mascara: This is the first product I’ve used from their Queen Collection. It’s one of those hard bristle brushes and a lot of people don’t like that. I used to be against them too until I tried one of Revlon’s (I think it was PhotoReady). The truth is mascara is never about the formula inside the tube and always about the brush on the wand. This mascara gives a little definition and provides more of a pointy lash rather than volume. I personally prefer volume over anything else so it’s just not the right one for me. My favorite drugstore mascara (that I’ll probably go pick up tomorrow) is Revlon’s Volumous. With that one I can apply a thousand layers if I want to and it still stays soft and non clumpy.

Sensationail Gel Nail Kit: This was one of the things I couldn’t help but rip open to try out as soon as I got home. If I could get my gel nails done at home and save a trip to the nail salon since I have kids at home would be a dream come true! But sadly… I was disappointed. The polish never really dries, no matter how long you leave it under the LED lights, and trust me I left it under WAY longer than the recommended 30 seconds (probably up to 5 minutes). The first layer dries, then the polish semi-dries, but the top final coat NEVER dries. Then, they peeled off within a couple days. For the good money I spent on it, I was pretty let down. When it comes to gel nails I’ve learned that it’s just best to go get them done at the salon, end of story.

So there you have it, my honest breakdown of these products and general opinion about drugstore makeup brands. Overall, if I’m going to buy cosmetics from a drugstore I’ll typically gravitate towards Revlon but it is true that sometimes department store brands are just best. However when it comes to going all out and purchasing only department store products, I’ll pass because honestly it’s just not worth it. Also, if you’re wondering what the loose powder in the pink & clear container is, it’s Bare Mineral’s Radiance. It’s a sheer translucent shimmer powder that’s nice to apply over my chest or shoulders during the sunny months of Spring.

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of the season, if there’s any new products you’ve tried I’d love to hear about them!

Peace, Love & Springtime Flowers,


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful 💖💖💖💖

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Soph says:

    Your photos are gorgeous! That pink lip colour is beautiful 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Graziella H. says:

      Thanks so much girly!


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