Makeup Wars – favorite drugstore foundations and concealers

 

Woman applying concealerWelcome back to Makeup Wars and our budget friendly theme of the week – drugstore favorites for foundation and concealer. My picks are rather limited but they are products I use all the time so they are trusted and true for me. I’ll be interested in what my fellow bloggers pick since I’m always in the market for something new.

My two favorite foundations for this theme are by Rimmel and SheaMoisture while my favorite concealers are from Maybelline. The prices are reasonable but more important I love the way they wear.

RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25 HR SKIN PERFECTING FOUNDATION

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

I bought Rimmel Lasting Finish on the recommendation of a friend from a Facebook beauty board. She just kept saying how perfect her skin looked with it and it was hard to resist. The hardest part of buying drugstore foundation is color matching. Since I’m very pale I start with the lightest shade. My choice was Pale Ivory 091 which is good match though a tad darker than I prefer.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

I sometimes mix in a drop of Manic Panic Dreamtone Flawless Foundation Color Corrector in white with this and other foundations. This $9.24 product has saved me so many times and makes foundations too dark usable again.manic panicDepending on what you read Rimmel Lasting Finish is either a medium or full coverage. I’d say it’s in between. It’s very lightweight to apply and doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey. There is a fragrance to it that takes about 10 minutes before I stop noticing it but that doesn’t stop me.

SHEAMOISTURE WEIGHTLESS SHEA SERUM FOUNDATION

Shea Moisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundaton

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation

Lisa and I reviewed 3 shades of the SheaMoisture Serum Foundation in one of our side by side reviews. Above are Nude and Latte from Lisa and below is Porcelain that I use.

Shea Moisture Tea Rose Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

SheaMoisture Tea Rose Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

By coincidence I’m wearing this foundation as I type. I find this to be such an easy to wear foundation. It lays lightly on my skin yet the coverage is excellent. No matter what tool I chose to blend with, it always works well. In my original review of this I compared this $14.99 foundation to my $65 bottle of Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 and the only difference is the $40 saved and the fact that there’s no SPF in SheaMoisture.

SHEA MOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

SHEAMOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

While the SheaMoisture was a press sample it’s one I’d buy again without any qualms. It’s formulated with natural ingredients and never tested on amimals. It contains shea butter and Vitamins C & E to nourish, protect and moisturize. Available in 20 shades with most designated for darker skintones.

MAYBELLINE INSTANT AGE REWIND TREATMENT CONCEALERS

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

In actuality, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealers are the only ones currently in my makeup wardrobe. Any others are long gone. But these have made the cut and make me want to try Maybelline’s latest concealers. Sadly no personal pictures since I lost them and haven’t found a way to upload photos but… I can still vouch for these. I bought 3 different shades: #110 is the shade I use for concealer, #150 is their neutralizer shade , and #160 is their brightener shade. I’ve only used 110 and 160 so far and they do what they say. #110 is good for those of us with pale skin. It’s not a wimpy concealer, the coverage is quite nice. #160 is slightly peachy and I use this to brighten undereye circles. The formula is quite creamy and a little goes a long way.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

As tempting as it is for me to use the cushy sponge top, it’s too heavy an application so I dot it on and then blend with my finger. Age Rewind contains goji berry and haloxen to help diminish puffiness and dark circles under your eyes. #150 is for very stubborn dark circles and should be applied prior to any other concealer.

There you have my drugstore buys. What do you use and recommend? I’m always curious and up for new challenges.  —  Marcia

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You can’t go wrong with these drugstore classics: Carmex, Sally Hansen, and Jergens

overwhelmedWalking into the drugstore these days can be overwhelming…the sheer volume of choices is enough to make you want to back out the door and put shopping for beauty products on your list for another day. For those times when you are in doubt, here are three classic drugstore lines with my favorite products that always perform.       samples3 Classic Drug Store Brands

1.  Sally Hansen Nail Polish:  this is such a great line for nail polish, especially for my addiction to nude-ish colors. The polish goes on so easily with the flat, wide brush – in fact, I do believe Sally Hansen polishes have my favorite applicator brush of all time. There is a huge selection of shades available.

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #161 Shell We Dance

Sally Hansen #161 Shell We Dance

Some of my favorite nude-ish shades include #325 Au Nature-al ($7.99), a classy perfect nude, and #161 Shell We Dance, a pretty light pink.

Carmex Classic Lip Balm Carmex Classic Lip Balm

Carmex Classic Lip Balm

Carmex Classic Lip Balm

2.  I love the Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Jar ($1.59) for preventing dry and flaky lips. The classic version comes in the familiar yellow jar and it has that scent that takes me way back every time I open it. Lip skin doesn’t have any sebaceous glands, which is why they need continual moisturizing. My only problem with my Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Jar is that my husband keeps stealing it, so now I always get two just in case. Carmex® Lip Balm can be found at retailers nationwide. For more information, please visit: www.mycarmex.com.Jergens Oil-Infused MoisturizerJergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

3.  Looking for an awesome body moisturizer?  You can’t go wrong with Jergens. Right now they have out their Oil-Infused Monoi and Coconut Moisturizers ($4.99 each) which have the classic Jergens® body lotion infused with luxe, skin-softening oils. They are lightweight but give heavy-duty hydration to skin, while also making it soft and luminous. And the scents are so pretty!Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

• Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizer With Nourishing Monoi: Harvested from the Tahitian Garden Flower and known for its intoxicating floral scent, Monoi Oil is a potent skin soother that’s been used by women for centuries. Combined with Jergens® deeply conditioning, protein-packed formula, it locks in moisture, smooths texture and tone, and leaves skin visibly radiant and softly scented.Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

• Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil: Fortified with the deeply penetrative, hydrating properties of premium Coconut Oil— along with its invigorating, tropical scent—this enriching body lotion gives your skin instant luminosity, a superbly soft texture, and long-lasting moisture for a gorgeous, all-day glow.

Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

You can find these new Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizers exclusively at Target stores nationwide.

Don’t let the huge variety of beauty products at the drugstore overwhelm you…stick with the basics and remember these classics.  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

Drugstore winners: three workhorse products from Sally Hansen

Drugstore winners from Sally HansenThe cosmetics and body products that adorn my cluttered shelves fall into one of two categories: special but somewhat impractical items that I love and workhorse items that I always have on hand. The drugstore line Sally Hansen has some terrific workhorse items and there are three that I am especially fond of.                                                                                       samples, affiliate links

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow

Airbrush Legs is a product that is always on my shelf. I am not a big fan of pantyhose, but I’m also not a big fan of pasty white legs. This takes care of that problem in just seconds, covering up any veins and imperfections and making legs look thinner all at the same time. Check out my leg – this is about 2 weeks after a spray tan, so it’s flaking off and I have uneven patches…yuck.

Before Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
Here is the same leg literally seconds later after applying Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow.

After Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige GlowThis spray on leg makeup makes natural legs look wonderful. Just shake the bottle and spray – I stand in the shower so that any side spray is easily washed away. Don’t spray too close to your legs or you’ll lose the airbrush effect – if that happens, I blend it out with a makeup sponge. The finish has a bit of a gleam that really looks pretty. I find that the spray lasts all day without wearing off and is water-resistant, although it’s not perfect on extremely hot and sweaty days. It washes off easily with soap and water and is just so comfortable for those days when I can’t even stand the thought of putting on pantyhose. It’s especially awesome for correcting self tanner ‘oops’.

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen has tons of nail polish options in shades that range from special occasion to workhorse perfect. I am a big fan of the nail polish because the applicator brush is fantastic – it’s flat and wide, so I can cover an entire nail in just two strokes. My workhorse shade is #325 Au Nature-al ($7.99), a perfect nude. It’s classy and goes with absolutely everything. I also love the Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment ($12.99).This clear polish contains avocado oil, sea salt, pomegranate extract and calcium.Talk about a multi-tasker – it works as a base coat, top coat, ridge-filler, brightener, and nail moisturizer. It also makes nails stronger and promotes growth.  Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment

For excellent basics that you will reach for day after day, Sally Hansen is a reliable and practical choice. Be sure to check out the Airbrush Legs and the nail polishes for workhorse items that won’t let you down.  – Lisa
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Perfect Valentine’s Day manicure colors with Sinful Colors SinfulShine Gel Tech

Sinful Colors shades for Valentine's Day

Sinful Colors shades for Valentine’s Day

Sinful Colors shades for Valentine's Day

Sinful Colors shades for Valentine’s Day

I love going to Walmart and just browsing through the cosmetics section, especially this time of year. All those pinks and reds and whites make me want to buy one of everything! Luckily, the pretty new nail polish shades from Sinful Colors, Sinfulshine, are oh-so-affordable at just $3 a pop. They are ‘Gel Tech’ shades – their normal line is very long-lasting, but the gel tech colors last even longer with the special Top Coat ($3).  Here are some picks from colors they sent us to test that I think are just perfect for a V-Day mani or pedi.

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Sinful Colors I'm Blushing

Sinful Colors I’m Blushing

I’m Blushing is an opaque very slightly pink. I like it because the light color really pops, so it’s a subtle yet attention-getting way to get my pink on without going candy pink. This was the only color that gave me problems with streaking – it goes on very thick, so be sure to wipe down the brush and do two very thin coats.

Sinful Colors Yours Truly

Sinful Colors Yours Truly

Your’s Truly is a pretty, feminine  pink. It’s girly, understated, and perfect for Valentine’s Day. It applies like a dream and wears like one too.

Sinful Colors Come Hither

Sinful Colors Come Hither

Come Hither is a bolder pink that I just love. This is more of a grown up pink and is stunning as a pedicure shade.

Sinful Colors Most Sinful

Sinful Colors Most Sinful

I don’t know why I am so into blues these days, but Most Sinful is such a great royal blue shade. If you are creative with nails it’s a terrific accent or artsy color to play with.

Sinful Colors Sinful Shine Topcoat

Sinful Colors Sinful Shine Topcoat

And don’t forget the Sinful Shine Top Coat, helpfully labeled as Step Two. It gives tons of shine and increases the wear time, which is already great.

Sinful Colors V-Day colors

Sinful Colors V-Day colors

I love Sinful Colors – this new formula of polishes last and last and I can’t get over how affordable they are. Next time you are in the drugstore be sure to pick some up. If you want some pretty shades for Valentine’s Day, take a look at I’m Blushing, Your’s Truly, Come Hither, and Most Sinful…even if it’s just for the awesomely suggestive names!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Sinful Colors nail polish is Toluene, Formaldehyde & DBP Free.
Made in the USA

Mmmm, coconut…Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

I look out my window and it’s all white. Snow, ice, sleet….every day, day after day. I walk outside and can’t even catch my breath because of the subzero temperatures. Inside, it’s warm but so dry my skin gets itchy and uncomfortable. I long for the sweet coconut scent of a tropical beach and soft, hydrated skin….and Aveeno comes to rescue!

I’ve loved Aveeno body products for a very long time because I find the oatmeal-based products extremely gentle and soothing. As an Aveeno Ambassador I was recently sent two coconut-scented Aveeno products to test and I was hoping they would help me satisfy my craving for coconut and for soft skin.

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash

AVEENO® SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT™BODY WASH NOURISHING COCONUT ($7.49)  Typically any product that is gentle for skin should probably not include fragrance, but the Skin Relief Gentle Scents products are an exception. In fact, this scented body wash has been clinically tested and is as gentle as the fragrance-free version, which is great news.

The Skin Relief Gentle Scent Body Wash is soap-free, dye-free, and allergy tested. It cleans skin beautifully with a soft lather that rinses clean but doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry and tight. And the coconut fragrance….YUM! It’s a beautiful scent that isn’t overly sweet, it’s more like fresh coconuts. Oh so good!! After my shower, the perfect winter combo is following this body wash with….

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body  Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Lotion

AVEENO SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT™LOTION NOURISHING COCONUT ($9.99).  This is a light lotion with the same coconut scent, also tested and found to be as gentle as the fragrance-free version. The lotion has the ACTIVE NATURALS® Triple Oat Complex, which soothes irritated, dry skin and leaves skin wonderfully hydrated. Anyone with sensitive dry skin will love this non-greasy body lotion. It makes my skin super soft all day long even in dry winter heat. Like the body wash, the scent is a deep, yummy coconut that doesn’t have that slightly chemical scent that many lotions have. The scent is faint but still there 12 hours later.
I love these affordable and effective body products.  They bring me the scent and the skin of summer!  – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration
Aveeno is available at Walmart, CVS, Kroger, and other drugstores.
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Holiday parties? Try these five drugstore beauty items!

Holiday parties?  Try these five drugstore beauty items!‘Tis the season for holiday parties! The drugstore is my favorite friend because it has pretty much everything needed to get party perfect. Here are five picks to help you get smooth, styled, and glammed up gorgeous.

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Venus Snap Razor

Venus Snap Razor

GET SMOOTH! Venus Snap Razor, $9.99-12.99  How cute is this? I’m often in a hurry when getting ready and the Venus Snap Razor‘s no-slip-grip is perfect, giving a super close shave while also hydrating skin. If you are going out of town for your parties, this is the perfect razor to pack.

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

GET STYLED!  Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask, $11.99 The Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask is a once a week treatment, and it’s terrific to use for party perfect hair. This isn’t a mask you need to pile on…a little goes a long way. Be sure to rinse well because it’s so moisturizing it can leave hair feeling a little sticky when it’s wet. After hair dries it is unbelievably smooth, shiny, and soft – exactly what want for a holiday party!

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

GET GLAM! COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation, $9.79-12.79  This a liquid foundation that is great for those with normal skin. It really does last and last, which is what you want when you are going to party all night. It gives medium coverage and a natural look. It does have a slight fragrance. I find that it’s better to use a foundation sponge than a brush or even fingers – sponging it on gives the best coverage and finish.

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Magnetic Mauve

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Magnetic Mauve

GET EVEN MORE GLAM! COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick, $6.99-8.99 Get some major glam and keep it with Covergirl Outlast Lipstick. It’s a cross between a lipstick and a gel-based balm and it feels divine on the lips. I am loving the Magnetic Mauve shade, which is a flattering, pretty holiday berry.

Swatches of COVERGIRL Magnetic Mauve and Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club

Swatches of COVERGIRL Magnetic Mauve and Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club

GET SUPER GLAM! COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club, $6.99-8.99 Have you tried the Covergirl Bombshell Shine Shadows yet?  If not, you need to get some stat!! It’s a soft, sort of powdery mousse that goes on in sheer layers. It takes only a few moments to dry into a beautiful shimmery finish. Platinum Club, a multi-hued purple/brown/gray is my pick for a holiday perfect shade. It’s fantastic alone, although it’s wonderful paired with a matte pink or light gray shadow. The staying power is excellent, even without using an eye primer.

Get to the drugstore and get ready to party on!!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Anniversary giveaway time with 4 winners – check it out

giveaway say whatHappy blog anniversary to us! As you know we are continuing our giveaways all through April and today’s is a fun one for us to share with you. These are items that you can find at drugstores, Target, Walmart, online – less expensive yet still beautiful products that we think you’ll enjoy.

Each package will have at least 10 products in it plus samples that aren’t pictured. Because of the weight we can only do this for US and Canada. Sorry about that if you are international.

Here’s your choice of prizes

package 1

package 1

PACKAGE 1: Covergirl Outlast All-day lipcolor in Ever Red-dy #507, Covergirl Eyeshadow quad in Go For the Golds #705, e.l.f. small smudge brush, Ulta Sculpting Palette in Astoria, NYX shadow trio in Nude/Taupe/Dark Brown, Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in 030 Natural, Marcelle Revival Regeneration Creme Serum, Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, Goody set in teal with flower barrette and 5 elastics, and deluxe sample of Manna Camera Ready Foundation Primer

Package 2

Package 2

PACKAGE 2: Covergirl Eyeshadow Quad in va-va Violet #710, NYX Bronze Smokey Look Kit (eyes and lips), Maybelline Eyeshadow palette in 020 Natural Smokes, e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Plum, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Light Blue, NYC Liquid Lipcolor in Nude York City, Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Waterproof Mascara in Very Black, Degree Dryspray anti-persiperant in Fresh Energy, Goody set in bright pink with flower barrette and 5 elastics and L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler

Ulta Sculpting Palette

Ulta Sculpting Palette

Package 3

Package 3

PACKAGE 3: Ulta Sculpting Palette in Astoria, Ulta INDIE eyeshadow palette, NYX Love in Florence eyeshadow palette (purples), L’Oreal Infallible Gel Eyeliner with brush in Dark Slate, Covergirl Liquiline Blast eyeliner pencil in Black Fire, Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes Shimmer Strips eyeshadow palette, BellaPierre pigment in Whesek, Milani Liquid Eyeliner pencil in Green, NYX Butter Lip Balm in Parfait, e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Pink Parfaits, and e.l.f. Contour Eyeshadow Brush

Package 4

Package 4

PACKAGE 4: Covergirl Eyeshadow Quad in Breathtaking Blues #725, Relon Eyeshadow palette in Chair Latte #220, Boots No.7 single eyeshadow in Calabash, Maybelline Master Hi-Light  in #40 Light Bronze, You’re the Balm in Grape, Goody set in purple with flower barrette and 5 elastics, Julep Pomegranate Body Scrub and Canyon Ranch Balance Light Weight Moisturizer

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte powders

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte powders

We also have 5 L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powders that we’d like to just give away to 5 readers. If any of these 5 shades would match you please leave an extra comment with the shade you’d want: #100 Porcelain, #500 Sun Beige, #600 Golden Beige, #700 Classic Tan, #800 Cocoa.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION – This 4 winner + giveaway is open through 4/23/15 at 11:59 p.m. to US and Canada subscribers. In the Rafflecopter you’ll be asked for your first and second choice of these prizes. Sometimes late in a giveaway the comments close so please email me at [email protected] with your comment, then click “I commented” and you can continue with other options. Good luck to you all. And happy blog anniversary to us! – Marcia and Lisa

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