Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When Saving Costs More Than The Splurge


A little while back I listed a few Splurge VS Steal items. Basically I was showing you that some high end/more expensive items have suitable duplicates from other brands for much less money.  However, not everything can be duplicated, as I recently found out when I tried to find a less expensive dupe to my Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB Cream.

Let me start from the beginning.  My skin has drastically cleared up and has become less oily. YAY!!  What once was a perfect foundation (Ben Nye, Kat Von D, Edward Bess), now provides too much coverage and it can be drying for my skin in places.  I wanted a foundation with sheer coverage that would even out my skin tone and provide light moisturization.  I reached for my bottle of Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20. (Review) At the time of my original review my skin was very different. I needed more coverage and was much oilier. Now with my skin under control the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB was IDEAL for me.  Perfect color, perfect sheerness, perfect finish, just perfect all around.  But the $135 price tag gave me heart palpitations.  What was I going to do once I ran out? I certainly couldn't afford another bottle, could I?  I set out to find a less expensive alternative.

I tried the following:

1.  CoverGirl Smoothers SPF 15 BB Cream Tinted Moisture Fair to Light for $7.99. - Still AWFUL stuff. (review)  Still barely any coverage, still streaky and still an oily mess on my face. $7.99 down the drain.

2.  TheBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18 for $25. A Decent TM but The Color was off and by the end of the day it looked cakey and had settled into my pores. No Bueno.  $25 gone.

3.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in Porcelain Ivory for  $10.99. A great color match but funky applicator and it settled into my pores like nobodys business.  I tried applying it with  my Sonia Kashuk Dual Fiber Brush and the finish was better but it turned cakey and oily in short time. $10.99 spent and lost.

4. Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB for $14.18 it's jelly like texture was a tad too watery for me and never felt like it fully set on my skin.  The coverage was perfectly sheer and the color match was great, but the dewy texture didn't jive with my preference for office makeup. $14.18 poofed just like that!

5. INNISFREE Long Wear Cushion BB Cream for $16.80.This is a sponge infused with a liquid BB/foundation hybrid.  The coverage was a too opaque and it was impossible to blend. $16.80 off to South Korea never to be seen again.

6. Kiehl's Actively Correcting & Beautifying' BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50 for $37.00. (Review) The coverage was OK, but I wanted something more sheer.  Plus the color match was a tad darker than I wanted. Oh Well $37 well spent, but not the perfect match.

7. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare CC Cream SPF 18 for $36.00. The CC Cream was nice and provided very sheer coverage. Almost too sheer! I couldn't tell it was on my skin at all.$36 went invisible like the CC cream on my face.

Adding up all I spent came to $147.96 not counting the shipping and tax. Sometimes you end up spending more to find a less expensive "dupe" than you would if you had just purchased the original in the first place.  Luckily I can still use most of the items I purchased as back ups or alternatives when I'm in the mood for a change, because none of them were awful, well except for the CoverGirl BB cream. That stuff ...ugh!   Lesson Learned. When I run out of the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB Cream. I'm buying a new one!

Have you experienced this before?  The only other time I would day this happened to me is with The Clarisonic.  Dupes to this facial brush just don't match the awesomeness of this tool.  Let me know your experiences in the comment section.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lipstick League

Question of the Week: When it comes to fall/winter, which beauty brand collections are you always excited to see?

Answer: Chanel, Dior and NARS. Always!!! For some reason I don't ever buy Dior Eyeshadow Quints but I love THINKING about buying them.  What about you? Le me know in the comments section.

EauMG - Are you completely over the heat? Cool down with EauMG’s guide to perfumes inspired by snow.

Gouldylox Reviews - Can you choose just one of the palettes for fall? I don't think I can....

My Beauty Bunny - Sun and hot weather stressing out your skin? Chill out with the Dermalogica Clear Start Cooling Masque - we saw visible results after just a few uses!

Nouveau Cheap - shares her first impressions (and swatches) of the entire Wet n Wild Summer 2014 Limited Edition Summer Festival Collection.

Pink Sith - International readers REJOICE! I’m holding a Giveaway for a Haughty Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette only for readers outside of the USA! Ends August 20th so enter today!

Prime Beauty - (and even more top bloggers) give you the birds-eye-low-down on their Top 10 Drugstore Picks!

Phyrra - Need help choosing a neutral companion? Phyrra compares Urban Decay Pulp Fiction vs. Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics so you can choose the best palette for your skintone!

we heart this - Check out our Top Ten Favorite Drugstore Products and see if you agree with our picks!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Beauty Spotlight

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog had a swatchfest with the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadows because they are utterly delectable!

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat shares what she's Currently Loving from two of her favorite brands, Atopalm and Korres.

Mostly Sunny is a junkie for gel liner in pencil form. She has tried one that she likes, she has tried another that she hates. The new Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner however, is pure love!

Prime Beauty has fallen HARD for the new LORAC PRO Palette 2, take a look at her swatches and you will fall too!

Splurge or Steal? The Pink Sith has a brief list of beauty items where you can save tons of cash and still look amazing!

Back to school time has got Jessika from polish insomniac in the mood to get Back To Basics with her eye makeup! Check out her favorite purchases in this week's Friday Favorites!

Sometimes, catacombs are full of the risen dead. Sometimes, they're full of shiny lipstick loot! The Painted Rogue has been loving some luxury with three Guerlain Rouge Automatiques! But then, who doesn't love a lipstick that leaves your lips feeling soft and hydrated?

When you just gotta shop there's always the drugstore. See what Beauty Info Zone likes to spend money on when that urge comes on.

Christa at Perilously Pale has been busy reviewing all five looks in the extensive Dior Fall 2014 Colour Collection. Check out one of her favourites for everyday, Bar Grey.

Japanesque launches a gorgeous new collection of primers! Pammy Blogs Beauty tries them out and realizes that she is a primer-girl after all!

Need help choosing a neutral companion? Phyrra compares Urban Decay Pulp Fiction vs. Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics so you can choose the best palette for your skintone!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

National Relaxation Day with Neutrogena

Slow down… Breathe. Relax.
Today, August 15th and it's National Relaxation Day.
Today is all about winding down and taking it easy.
If you’re lucky enough to have the day off work, like me, why not indulge in a nice mini spa day? Then maybe binge watch something on Netflix and maybe a light stroll around the neighborhood…or not if your neighbors stress you out.  Either way, relax!

I'm going to start my day by taking a relaxing bath using Neutrogena's Rainbath Renewing Shower and Bath Gel in Pear and Green Tea scent.  It's a lovely light floral/green scent that might just make me want to stay in that bath all day.  After the bath I'll indulge in the Neutrogena's Body Oil as an all over moisturizer for my body.  Later on I'm going to give my hair a nice deep conditioning and repair it by using the Neutrogena Professional Triple Repair Leave-In Treatment. (Reviewed HERE) Lastly, throughout the day I'm gong to treat my hands (and feet) with Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Hand Cream to keep them soft and smooth.

What are you going to do for National Relaxation Day?  Let me know in the comments section.

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Splurge VS Steal Beauty Products

I think it's fun to buy makeup. I adore certain brands like Chanel, NARS, YSL, etc.  But I don't like wasting money. There are some beauty items I will splurge on like foundation, for example.  If I find the right one for my skin type, I "need" to buy it no matter what the cost!  Mascara is so subjective, what works for me, may not work for you, so I spend what I like on mascara if it works.  My philosophy is this:
If you spend time and money trying to find a dupe for "that perfect, but expensive, product", you will end up spending more money and time trying to find a decent dupe than you would, if you just purchased "that perfect, but expensive, product" in the first place.  However that doesn't mean you have to break the bank on every beauty product.  Pick your battles in life just as you pick your splurges.  

I have compiled a brief and incomplete list of Splurge VS Steal items I have personally used and found to be just as good as the pricey originals.

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