9 Summer Beauty Drugstore Finds – My Picks for Face, Lips, Body, Hair, and Sun Protection on the Cheap!
Apr30

9 Summer Beauty Drugstore Finds – My Picks for Face, Lips, Body, Hair, and Sun Protection on the Cheap!

It’s been dark and rainy almost all week here. When it’s this gloomy I find myself seeking out places with lots of bright overhead light, like Target and Walmart. So over the course of the week I’ve made several trips to their well-lit beauty sections and amassed these summer-ready cosmetics at drugstore prices. Let me share my top picks with you!

Clockwise outer row, starting at top left: L'Oreal Sublime Bronze, BabyGanics Mineral Sunscreen Stick, Dove Dry Spray Deodorant, Hang Ten Banana Sunscreen for Kids, Essence Sharpener, Maybelline Dream BB Fresh, Boots Botanics Tinted Lip Balm Sheer Pomegranate and Sheer Coral; Center: Essence Blush Up!, Remington Hair Ties, and Wet-N-Wild Brow Pencil in A Clear Conscience.

Clockwise outer row, starting at top left: L’Oreal Sublime Bronze, BabyGanics Mineral Sunscreen Stick, Dove Dry Spray Deodorant, Hang Ten Banana Sunscreen for Kids, Essence Sharpener, Maybelline Dream BB Fresh, Boots Botanics Tinted Lip Balm Sheer Pomegranate and Sheer Coral; Center: Essence Blush Up!, Remington Hair Ties, and Wet-N-Wild Brow Pencil in A Clear Conscience.

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Violets Are Not Blue – Essence, Wet-n-Wild, Cover Girl Oh Sugar!, NYX Butter Lipstick, Maybelline, and Dior Addict Lip Glow- Lilac – The Purples
Feb22

Violets Are Not Blue – Essence, Wet-n-Wild, Cover Girl Oh Sugar!, NYX Butter Lipstick, Maybelline, and Dior Addict Lip Glow- Lilac – The Purples

Attention, lips! Calling Purple lip products – Swatches, Photos, and Review

Burning while thinking of the color purple: Diptyque Violette (Violet) Candle - 6.5 oz

Burning while thinking of the color purple: Diptyque Violette (Violet) Candle – 6.5 oz

Mother Nature must have been confused when she recently ushered in a huge mass of warm air during the time of year that should be frigidly-frigid. Rather than fight it, I’m joining in the chaos and pulling out some springy lip colors in the purple zone. By the way, the color violet is somewhere between purple and blue so technically I am not showing you anything violet. Just wanted you to know that. And quick, what movie is this from?: “You’re turning violet, Violet!” (answer at bottom of page).

Today’s swatch line up consists of a broad array of lip products in many brands and of many consistencies. Let’s begin with: Essence, Wet-n-Wild, Maybelline, Cover Girl, NYX, and Dior Addict. Oh and by the way, I happened to find a new favorite in this bunch and it was quite unexpected!

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ESSENCE Sheer and Shine Lipstick Review, Swatches, and Ingredients

The new Essence makeup display was up and running at Target this morning and I was curious (sorry to my husband for this impulsive mini-haul). So after looking at the different products I decided to try out Essence Sheer and Shine Lipstick in 5 colors.

I like sheer lip color anyway, because it’s easy to pull off. But what sold me on Essence Sheer and Shine Lipstick was the smell (the caps are not sealed on, so I peeked and smelled the lipsticks). As soon as I smelled that MAC-ish / Bobbi Brown-ish vanilla smell I decided to go all in!

All but Sparking Miracle 07 (last on the right below), are sheer with no glitter or sparkles. Miracle has the slightest glitter, but definitely fine for older women because it’s so subtle.

I tried out these 5 shades. They were  $2.99 each so I didn’t break the bank.

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From left to right: Essence Sheer and Shine Lipstick Candy Love – 12;  BFF – 03;  All About Cupcake – 11;  Like A Princess – 13;  Sparkling Miracle – 07. Shades swatched on my lips, below.

Below:  Candy Love – 12

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Below: BFF – 03

Below: Like A Princess – 13

Below: All About Cupcake – 11

Below:  Sparkling Miracle – 07

Below: Bare lips

Don’t expect long wear from these lipsticks, nor a residual tint / stain. They wear off easily. However, keeping in mind the low price and availability of these lipsticks at Target, I rate them highly. The color range isn’t amazing, but there are some deep tones and cool tones and a few brighter shades (like Like A Princess). I also really like the ingredient list, which is wonderfully free from any petroleum or irritating menthol!

Sidebar: (I mentioned lack of menthol because I recently tried two different lip glosses from Europe and both have a menthol (NOT mint) smell and taste. I find the smell of Halls throat lozenges to be very un-sexy and just gross on my lips! Essence is also a European brand but didn’t have this problem in the Sheer and Shine Lipsticks. Thank goodness.)

Ingredients:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polybutenes, Octyldodecanol, Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax, Polyethylenes, Ethyl Vanillin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Saccharin, Aroma (Flavor), Benzyl Alcohol, CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).

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