5 Drugstore Beauty Buys

Oh Walgreens, how I love thee. With a convenience store with a beauty section within walking distance to me, Walgreens is a curse and a blessing. I can walk in and buy overpriced milk and a new lipstick. Ahh the life.

I recently went through the ridiculous amount of makeup that I never wear and decided to part ways (that 3 year old gray eyeshadow that I swear I was going to learn how to wear without it making it look like I have a black eye had to GO). With my new lifestyle needing to be quick, easy and pretty, I’ve been doing some research and buying items that do just that. The natural look is in people, and this new mom needs anything but trending “you can learn it!” statement beauty items. #aintnobodygottimeforthat

Here are my recent drugstore beauty buys and wins for anyone looking to create that everyday look with nude shades. These can be found at your local Target, Walgreens, etc.

 

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Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Classic Nude $8.99

This is my all time favorite item, hands down. Goes on really smooth, gives a nice sheer tint without it looking matte and pale. Best of all it smells like watermelon. Un-fragranced/flavored lip products are a no-no for me.

 

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Wet ‘n Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells $2.99

Can we just stop and look at the price for this product? A steal people. This particular trio is my favorite because of the neutral, flattering shades, but I’ve bought several of these. They last a good amount of time (but at $3 does it even matter?) and the color payoff is great.

 

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Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil in Sharp Brown $7.99

They do have this pencil in black, but I like to keep it a little more subtle with the brown. Easy to apply, doesn’t smudge and great for lining the bottom lashes. I can get a very thin line with this pencil, so it’s a keeper!

 

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Covergirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara $7.99

I’ve tried a lot of the drugstore mascaras and none seem to really create the volume I need even after using my trusty eyelash curler. This one seems to do a great job. If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara that keeps up with splashing, tears, humidity and the like, this one rocks, and it’s $4!

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles + Treatment $7.99

I’ve got some dark circles you guys, and need a concealer that will cover that up stat. While I love the consistency and the slight glowy-ness that this one gives, it’s best if set with powder so it doesn’t melt throughout the day.

 

AND as a bonus, if you do decide to walk into an Ulta or Sephora on your beauty buying binge (did you see the $3 price tag for the Wet ‘n Wild shadow trio???), this would be a good one to steal:

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Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Champagne $20

This tiny tube lasts a LONG time you guys. Although it’s marketed as an eye shadow primer, I use it on the daily as a cream eyeshadow. Since it’s a primer first and foremost, it stays on all day.

So what do you think? These 5 drugstore beauty buys totally hit the spot for me and I use them practically everyday. Try them out and see what you like!

birchbox for men

For those that read my blog, you know I’ve got nothing but love for Birchbox,.

This monthly subscription service sends you 4-5 high-end samples at your door. I’ve been a member since 2012 and have done several “unboxing” posts to share what I’ve gotten. Recently I got Justin a Birchbox for Men subscription and thought I’d share the goodies in his box.

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Note: This is not a sponsored post and I have not been compensated for this post. I love the brand and thought I’d share it with you lovely readers.

Just like for the ladies, once you subscribe it’ll ask you to fill out a profile so they can match the products best suited for you. My husband doesn’t do frills, and advanced skincare is tough to get him to try, so they’ve been sending him shaving/grooming products and techie gadgets that they think he’ll love. It’s a bit more expensive than the original BB ($20 instead of $10), but he’s liked the products sent and has actually made a couple of purchases.

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This month they worked with Details Magazine for the best products of 2014 and sent him:

– Baxter of California: Oil Free Moisturizer

– Proraso: After Shave Cream

– Ursa Major: Face Wash

– V76 by Vaughn: Shampoo & Conditioner

They even sent him a full size razor from Harry’s which he’s pretty excited to use. Past extras included cord organizers by Quirky, fabric tie (which I LOVE but he wasn’t too much into) and cool socks. The products are great for travel, which is mostly what he uses them for.

Whether looking for new products, a reason to up your grooming routine or just want a surprise gift every month, I high recommend Birchbox for Men.

What do you think? Would you recommend a subscription like this?

 

the struggle: skincare for men

Disclosure: this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with NEUTROGENA MEN® and Latina Bloggers Connect


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I’m a proclaimed product junkie. My husband is fully aware of this issue and has chosen (wisely so) to let go of the fact that I have a gazillion tiny sample bottles, tubes and jars scattered all over our apartment. It was only after I got him a subscription to Birchbox Men that he began contributing to the sample collection.

But I’m a woman, and women need to try products to find the best one that fits our lifestyle, even if that takes years. We are all different. I stick with the basics that smell wonderful. My mom has aging skin and uses serums and oils religiously. My sister has super sensitive skin and uses only fragrance-free products on the daily. The thing is, we as women have figured this out. So why is skincare for men so challenging?

Getting my husband to wash and moisturize his face at night or in the morning is almost a hassle. Don’t even get me started on adding a scrub, mask, or eye cream… “umm, sorry sweetie, not going to do it”, I can hear him tell me.

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When we first started dating I remember bringing up the issue of skin care. I was in the thick of my job in product development for a top beauty company, and we were coming out with a male grooming product line. I went all into the ingredients, “must have” products, and reasons why it’s a good idea to use a mask every once in a while.

I got crickets…

So when the kind folks over at NEUTROGENA MEN®  wanted to get the word out about the importance of skin care when it came to shaving, I was all over it. I was armed with the following:

  • Sensitive Skin Shave Cream $4.99
  • Razor Defense® Daily Face Scrub $5.99
  • Invigorating Face Wash $5.99
  • Triple Protect Face Lotion SPF 20 $6.99

Aside from it being the #1 skincare for men line, it’s priced so well you almost have to try it.  It’s specifically for sensitive skin and can be used daily.  

Now, my husband isn’t one to spend time in front of the mirror. He’s a splash of water on the face, rub of the towel and out the door. However, when it comes to shaving, he’s precise and careful, making sure to get a good, clean shave. As his wife, I appreciate that. As his wife with beauty experience, I know that skin care is more than just a good shaving cream.

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So I challenged him to use these products for one week, religiously and see what he thought. After much convincing, he obliged.

The face wash was by far his favorite. The lather was great, smelled manly, and had that invigorating, “tingly” feeling that he loved.

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The shaving cream was easy to use, went on super smooth and didn’t leave any residue, a win/win in his book.

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So while he’ll never be of the product junkie caliber that I am, my husband now washes his face with more than water, and I have Neutrogena to thank for that.

So what do you think? Let me know in the comments below!