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Beauty Challenge: Can You Pick the High End Look?

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So here's the deal. I wrote up this FOTD post the other day and realized that MY GODS THAT IS AN EXPENSIVE FACE. Which is totally cool. I feel fancy in that face. But I don't need my mom laying in wait to kill me because I bought a colorless primer for $35. I'd end up looking over my shoulder at every second, waiting for her to jump out from behind a parked car and beat me with sticks. My mom doesn't play around (ask my cousin Wormy).

The actual note that sealed the end of me having a shot at high school not being completely ruined. 

Side note: Once, she chased me up the street when I got in John O's car (he was only the hottest guy in school and my biggest crush ever) and pretended it was his dad driving, not him, which was strictly forbidden. She yanked me out of that convertible by my ears, while screaming at John. He wrote me a note the next day that said, "I'm not mad at you, but I'm afraid of your mom." My high school life was ruined. 

Since I don't need my ninja mom attacking me again, I decided to recreate my new favorite look using products that have much lower price points. But more importantly, I'm curious to know if you can tell a difference.


Which looks like the high end makeup? Which looks like the drugstore makeup? Vote and then scroll to the bottom to see if you're right!


Which Look Is the High End Look?

The slicked back hair look uses more expensive cosmetics.
The long hair look uses more expensive cosmetics.
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Details for the less expensive look:
Total: $66.30

Prep skin with a primer that fills in pores, makes product adhere and gives the skin a lush look. Be sure to apply down to your collar bones. CoverGirl Outlast All Day Primer, $11.00.

Using your fingers, apply your foundation lightly, adding the most coverage in the center of your face and blending out. The finish is lovely! Be sure your face is hydrated to avoid areas that look slightly dry. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation, $11.30.

Add a very light contour to your cheek hollows. Then add a touch of highlighter in a heart shape around your eyes and the tops of your cheeks. Be sure to hit the top of your nose lightly, too. NYX Matte Taupe Eyeshadow, $4. Makeup Revolution Faux Fur Palette (Highlight shade), $10.00.

Add a touch of color and highlight to your cheeks with the NYX Baked Blush in Wanderlust, $7.00.

For my eyes, I added a white highlighter to the corner of my eyes and under my brow bone. I then added a touch of a matte peach slightly above my arch. I smoked out a touch or purple in the crease. I used the highlight shade, the matte peach and the burgundy/purple in the Makeup Revolution Faux Fur Palette, $10.00.

Next, I added a bit of liner on the top and bottom of my eyes.
CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus liner in Black Ink, $7.00.

I did two coats of mascara on the top and one on the lower lash.
CoverGirl, Super Sizer Mascara, $7.00.

I filled in my brows with Wet n Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner Pencil, Taupe of the Mornin', $1.00.

I filled in my lips with CoverGirl's LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ballet Twist, $8.00.


Details for the more expensive look:
Total: $349

Prep skin with a primer that fills in pores, makes product adhere and gives the skin a lush look. Be sure to apply down to your collar bones. Mally Beauty Poreless Prep Primer, $35.00.

Using your fingers, apply your foundation lightly, adding the most coverage in the center of your face and blending out. I am IN LOVE with the new Too Faced Born This Way foundation (more shades are coming soon!). It sets up in about one minute and gives you the most natural, full coverage that lasts and lasts. It's truly beautiful. Too Faced, Born this Way in Porcelain, $39.00.

Add a very light contour to your cheek hollows. Then add a touch of highlighter in a heart shape around your eyes and the tops of your cheeks. Be sure to hit the top of your nose lightly, too. LORAC Pro Contour Palette, $45.00.

Add a touch of color to your cheeks, using Mally's cinnamon bun method. Follow up with a bit of golden highlighter on the tops of your cheeks and the tiniest amount on the bridge of your nose. Mally Beauty, Effortless Blush and Highlighter, $45.00.

For my eyes, I added a white highlighter to the corner of my eyes and under my brow bone. I then added a touch of a matte peach slightly above my arch. I smoked out a touch or purple in the crease.
Buxom Shadow in Diamond Darling (this highlighter is amazing if it's not sold out), Invite Only and Patent Leather, $12 each.

Next, I added a bit of liner on the top and bottom of my eyes.  Pur Minerals Double Ego liner in Rio De Janeiro, $21.

I finished my eyes with two coats of mascara on the top and one on the bottom for glam eyes. Mally Get the Last Lash, $25.

I defined my brows lightly, giving them a slightly thicker shape. It Cosmetics, Build a Brow, $24.

I then finished my face with a very light touch of Stila's Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector, $39. I'm still figuring this out and while the Fair shade is a bit light on me on it's own, it works beautifully to set makeup and give skin an even MORE flawless appearance. You know how baking your powder gives you an intensely perfect look in photos? This does the same thing, but in real life, without the wrinkles.

My lips could have honestly used a little more color, but a nude gloss is never wrong. Mally Beauty Blossom Liquid Lipstick and Lip Magnifier in Punch, $20 each.

Did you vote? Share with your friends and see if you can pick out the pricey makeup!

After you've voted, click here to see if you've guessed correctly!


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Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Matifying Foundation


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Make Up For Ever nails foundations, don't they? My friend Melody at BeingMelody.com can't stop raving about their new HD formula on Facebook. But since my Sephora didn't have the new formula yet, I opted to try the Mat Velvet + Matifying. I am not your typical candidate for this foundation, so let's get that out of the way, right now. I have very dry skin. This foundation is meant for people with oilier skin.

Doesn't matter. This foundation is gorgeous.

Mat Velvet gives oily skin a full coverage, natural look. Or apply less and see more skin--it's up to you. This foundation gives the skin a totally natural look, with no gleam or radiance, just beautiful skin that lasts and lasts. Even my blush lasted the entire day with this foundation, which is saying the impossible.

I honestly had no idea that this foundation was meant for people with oily skin. I didn't know that until I did a little research. I tried it in the store, loved it and bought it. It doesn't make my skin dry. In fact, I've actually noticed my skin has been a tiny bit more oily that usual. So maybe this foundation is actually good at balancing the skin? Is that possible?


I'm digging the long wear time, the flawless coverage and the velvety matte finish. The key word here is velvety. It's not a dry matte. It's truly more like a velvet. Lush, pretty, supple perfection, but still natural. Yup. That describes it.

Grab it wherever Make Up For Ever is sold for $38.


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Double Ego Eyeliners from Pur Minerals


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Love thrifty luxury but hate oxymorons? Look no further than the new(ish) Double Ego Eye Liners. One side is a gorgeous liquid liner with the finest tip and the other side is a smudgeable, long wearing pencil liner in a matching shade.



Double Ego liners are perfect for creating an excellent cat eye. Just draw where you want the cat eye flip with a pencil (and erase it if you make a mistake). Then follow up with the liquid side for a line that is on point.



You can also easily line your upper lid with the liquid and lightly line the lower lashes with the pencil, making your eyes seriously stand out. And the colors are amazing. There's no need to choose between the other expensive liners that offer only liquid or a long-wearing pencil. You'll have the best of both worlds for less than what you would pay for just one regular pencil. Mix and match however you like!



Double Ego Liners are available in eight gorgeous shades:

Bali (Emerald Green)
Queensland (Teal)
Bora Bora (Royal Blue)
Rio De Janeiro (Deep Plum)
Milan (Inky Black)
Tasmania (Chocolate Brown)
Madagascar (Black Gold)
Swiss Alps (Dark Pewter)


Swiss Alps is the perfect combo of a pewter that isn't silver or gray, but a bit like a bettina'd silver, with the slightest touch of purple. It's beautiful and perfect for lighter eyes and natural looks.

Grab the Double Ego that suits your personality for $21, anywhere Pur Minerals is sold.


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Lipstick League: Get The Best Brows Now

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Question of the Week: When it comes to brows, do you tend to gravitate toward pencils, gels, or powders? I know a lot of people like to use a pencil to outline and then fill in with a gel or pomade. And others like the light touch of a powder. But I'm totally sold on a pomade with the tiniest fibers that is also a gel stain. It actually helps give your brow a sculpted look, without going full Instagram. And the brush is key.

  Prime Beauty - took P├╝rminerals Chateau Cheek Stains for a test drive. They are great for travel and provide a beautiful and natural glow! Goudlylox: I am in love with their Double Ego liners, too! A review is coming next week!

  Phyrra - Want to get your hands on the hottest new eyeshadows? Phyrra has the Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadows to share with you!

  we heart this - The butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons are ok, I guess...JUST KIDDING! They're bloody brilliant.

  Beautygeeks - “How do you paint your nails so perfectly” is probably the number one question we get for our ManiGeek. Check out our Paint Your Nails like a ManiGeek video in partnership with Sally Hansen CSM that shows Karen’s no-clean-up painting process!

  Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber found the most perfect summer moisturizer for your body that's not sticky or thick. See what soothes skin and dries in a flash! (And there just may be a giveaway in the post.)

  Clumps of Mascara - Is serious about her skin’s health, especially the skin under the arms. Yep! You read right. If you’re sick of smelling like a goat, this post may save you and your social life. GX: I hate it when I smell like a goat. 

  EauMG - Are you cuckoo for coconuts? Victoria has put together an updated, comprehensive guide to coconut perfumes.

  Glitter.Gloss.Garbage - Interested in a few good Ciate Velvet Lip swatches? They are right here!

  Gouldylox Reviews - This new (H)air Styler will change everything about how you style your hair this summer - and every other day.

  Love for Lacquer - Show me your Best In Class Selfie! Jess shares her skincare go to’s at the moment and a chance to win gift cards just by snapping a photo of you! Check it out now!

  My Beauty Bunny - If you are hitting the beach or lounging by the pool this summer, we've got all the essentials. Head on over and enter to win our Gentle Hair Removal Summer Prize Package Giveaway!

  My Newest Addiction - The Too Faced Love Flush Blush line is new and exciting and Laura has reviewed and swatch all 6 shades!  GX: I just started wearing Born This Way from Too Faced and while it's still early, I think I may be in love. 

  Nouveau Cheap - I put the new L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Nail Color to the test, but did it give me pro-results with “up to 14 days” of wear? Come find out!

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

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty - The Everygirl covers well...everything! From career and finance, to fashion and beauty. Her photography is stunning and her style spot on. She even has a feature for her readers to post their outfit of the day!

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Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Changes How Others See Your Skin


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I've been talking about these kinds of products for years. After Mally's Evercolor Poreless Face Defender launched, other companies from Dior to CoverGirl copied it and fell a little short. Evercolor Poreless Face Defender changes the way other people see your skin. It's that easy.

Essentially, it's a clear "powder" that is pressed on with a hand-cut Japanese sponge, applied after you've finished your makeup. It gives the skin a slightly mattified look while blurring imperfections. It is also key to setting your makeup, creating a bulletproof finish that lasts the entire day.

You can apply it over makeup, on your neck and decollete or just on bare skin for a polished, yet makeup-less look.

The left side is wearing Face Defender and the right side isn't.

Face Defender is, once again, changing how I wear my makeup (and how I look all day). In the photo above, I've applied it to half of my face. It's a delicate and obvious difference. I love it. LOVE. IT.

Grab it wherever Mally Beauty is sold for $40 (If it's sold out at Ulta, grab it from the Q).


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