I’m back with another Pretty Thrifty post. For those of you just tuning in this segment is all about experimenting with beauty products, comparing one high end item vs the drugstore version of the same item. See my previous Pretty Thrifty segment here.  Today is all about Mascara!

I always start with buying drugstore products first before I graduate on to designer beauty products. I’m new to makeup so I want to make sure that I know how to use something before I purchase a more expensive version. Mascara is so easy to use that buying it cheap was no big deal to me. Boy was I wrong! Here is a quick breakdown

Application                                                                 

Maybelline: This mascara comes with an upturned brushes meaning it is bent in the same shape as your lashes. I loved it because it lengthened my lashes as I was applying the mascara.

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Too faced:  Just a regular mascara brush but I did notice it picks up a lot of product. I only have to use one good swipe on both of my lashes in order to get a solid but not chunky pay off.

Feel

Maybelline: When you initially apply it feels like normal mascara, but as it dries it hardens. My lashes felt stiff, rough and it was extremely difficult to get off my false lashes.

Too Faced: Super soft. I mean so soft I didn’t even feel it on. Often times I have to remind myself to remove it at night because the mascara feels so weightless.

Overall Look

Both look the exact same too me. I wear glasses so imperfections don’t show easily. However its the feel and application that really make a difference. I also notice that the Too Faced is great for a no makeup makeup look, wheras the Maybelline falsies really only shows if your wearing a liner and eyeshadow.

I also have used Covergirl and Buxom mascara and I will say hands down that I love my Too Faced mascara the most. If your someone who is just starting out and would rather save your money for other products then the Maybelline version is a good fit. It was my favorite until I got the Too Faced. It was totally worth the purchase!

Other Pretty Thrifty Posts:

Foundation: Maybelline vs Mac

Lip Scrub: Elf vs Fresh

 

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As of late I’ve been doing a lot more experimenting with makeup, trying new products and really pushing myself. Practice makes perfect right! Today I have a list of products that have turned out to be quite disappointing.

Sonia Kashuk Brush Set: I really only bought this set for one brush anyways but I’m bummed that nothing else in the set was good. The brushes are extremely sparse and very frayed. I spent 40 bucks on this whole set the only thing worth using was the contour brush (which I loveeeeee)

Bite Lip Exfoliate: I’m a huge fan of matte lipsticks so I’m in constant use of a lip exfoliate. I’ve tried the fresh brand and the elf brand but neither of those really worked for me. I went back to Sephora and someone suggested the Bite brand. It has a lovely strawberry taste but unfortunately that’s the only thing it has to offer. I’ve heard great things about the LUSH exfoliate so I plan on trying that next.

Urban Decay Setting Spray: I tried really hard to give this spray the benefit of the doubt. At first I thought it was the makeup I was using, that it simply did not have enough lasting power. But after several days of my makeup melting off I decided that this setting spray wasn’t really setting anything at all. I’ve been using the mac fix plus and its working wonders!

Mac Facial Wipes: I know you might be thinking “out of all the things to buy at mac you buy facial wipes”. Let me explain. Since I’m an advent lipstick wearer my lips are usually the most stained at the end of the day. I’ve tried Neutrogena makeup removers, baby wipes and just plain ole warm water and nothing seems to remove my makeup the mac wipes do. So why is it on the bummer list you ask? Because unfortunately removing my lipstick is the only thing it does. For some reason the wipes that are used in store seem to have more saturation and are wetter. They remove way more makeup than the wipes I actually bought. Not sure if I just got a bad batch or something but it takes quite a few wipes to remove my full face. However if you’re a big lipstick wearer such as myself then these will definitely help with that!

What beauty bummers have you been experiencing?

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I don’t know if it’s just me and if it is feel free to ignore, but am I the only one slightly annoyed by the dissolutions of blogging with all the sponsored posts, flashy New York fashion week photo shoots, or what I like to call seasonal posts. Seasonal posts are when Halloween comes around and every lifestyle blogger writes about how to construct the perfect candy bar, Thanksgiving it’s how to bake the perfect pumpkin pie, Christmas all the fashion bloggers tell you what fashionable goods to buy for him/her, and NYE every beauty blogger is giving a tutorial on makeup to ring in the new year.

Sound familiar?

It starts to feel like every blogger is talking about the exact same things. Hence the title to my post    “what has happened to real blogging”. Of course everyone’s blog is essentially a reflection of the author, there are no rules to blogging, it’s your creative piece and you should do what you want with it. I have just noticed that the bigger a blog gets the ( fame, money, followers etc) the more “artificial” it gets. At what point are you writing for yourself vs writing for your readers. There has to be a healthy balance and blogs that don’t have it I find are less and less interesting.

Every month there is a new ” thing” that every blogger is talking about and it’s a bit of a yawn. I miss reading blogs and really feeling inspired. Reading from people I generally relate too. (I’ll be leaving a list below) Anyhow there is no real point to this post other than to say I miss blogging before it got over-glamorized.

Blogs I love to read because they are REAL! =)

  1. Adorned in Armor
  2. Corals and Cognacs: my favvvvvvv
  3. The Brooklyn Blonde
  4. In the Frow
  5. The little Magpie
  6. Queen of Jet Lags

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You ever have those “Aha” moments when shopping? That “how the heck did I miss this” look hits your face? Well that just happened to me about 20 minutes ago. I’m treating myself to a little bit of shopping at Asos and when I looked at my favorites list I realized something, everything was neutral tones; the camel blazer, to the white and black pieces; I mean literally the only color I had was blush( does that count?). I’m slowly noticing my wardrobe transition from crazy color/prints to a more casual and calmer closet, but it really hit me when all 52 pieces in my favorites list were all neutral. I came across a few How to’s when building a neutral wardrobe and why in fact it’s actually a likeable option.

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 A list of some goodies I want from Sephora!

Nars Blush in Orgasm: I’ve heard this is a great everyday blush so I’m anxious to try it

Too Faced Semi Chocolate Bar: I’m a newbie to makeup pallets but I heard that the chocolate bar eye shadows are amazing. I really want both; would you guys suggest a preference?

Bobbie Brown Bronze Glow (limited edition): I’m superrrr sad I missed this limited edition item but I know overall Bobbie Brown has great highlighters. If you have any dupes for this I’m all earssss!

 Lipstick Liners: I have some lipsticks in my collection that are getting minimal use, so I figured getting some liners would be a cool way to dress them up and try different things.

Makeup Forever Foundation Powder: My Maybelline fit me powder has been my ride or die but I know MUFE is known for its powders. I may snag a setting powder while I’m at it!

Blush Brush meant for Creams: I have some great cream blushes but I struggle with applying them.

Mac Paint pot in Ochre or Painterly: I think these are great eye shadow bases. I’ve been using NYX milk jumbo pencil in the meantime.

What are some beauty goodies your dying to have this month?

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