Mama's Blessed : Guest Post / Drugstore Dupes

Guest Post / Drugstore Dupes

Thursday, April 23, 2015

I am almost done moving/packing. We are already staying in AL though, so I have had a little free time here & there. I will being posting a giveaway on SATURDAY & on MONDAY so keep an eye out! Also, Happy Birthday MAMA! I know she reads my blog! 

I have an awesome lady taking over the blog today! Have questions about makeup? She is the one you want to talk too! I just love her beauty posts! Lindsay blogs over at Bourbon, Lipstick, & Stilettos. Go check her blog out!

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We could all use more money to spend on bills, food, and wine- but you shouldn't have to sacrifice your favorite beauty products to save a buck.

If you're like me and trying to put more money into your retirement account (growing up is SO boring), head to Ulta or your nearest drugstore and check out these fabulous budget-friendly swaps:





I haven't tried either of the above products, but if you want to experiment with contouring (check out my post on contouring here), this is a perfect way to start! Both products come in several shades to suit your skin tone. 


Essence All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder // NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder  // elf Studio High Definition Powder

The Essence product is not a loose powder, but you receive similar results. The difference between the three powders is subtle: the cheaper versions require a tad more blending so they don't appear chalky.

           
  NYX Cosmetics Studio Perfect Primer // Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

I've used them both and I'll take the $12.99 option every single time.



NYX Cosmetics Simply Red Lip Cream in Leading Lady // NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Garnet

The NYX wears off quicker than the NARS, but it's a wonderful deal (and it doesn't require a sharpener). A woman I work with tracked me down and begged me to tell her where I bought my lipstick. She was shocked when I told her it only cost $6.49!


Benefit Brow Zings // elf Professional Studio Eyebrow Kit

The elf kit comes with less tools but I'll take it. I know Benefit is the quintessential brow brand, but I'm going with value here.

Urban Decay Original Eye Shadow Primer Potion // elf Mineral Eye Shadow Primer

I swear by the elf primer. Swear by it. The Urban Decay primer was runny- maybe I had a bad batch? Either way, you can't beat that price.



Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup // Make Up Forever Invisible Cover Foundation

Higher price doesn't always equal higher quality.


You can read more of my drugstore dupes here. I'm not dedicated to one brand: I look for good products that won't send my bank account into negative digits. Why splurge when you can save?

What are your favorite dupes?

6 comments:

  1. e.l.f. is some shockingly good stuff. Their loose mineral powder foundation is comparable to bareMinerals at a much lower price. I was so skeptical while ordering, but I fell in love instantly! I was a hard sell, too. I've been wearing bareMinerals for 10 years. I will have to say I still prefer Urban Decay's primer potion to elf's eye primer. If your UD primer was runny, then yeah, sadly I think your tube was bad. Great list!

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  2. I actually really like all the elf stuff I've gotten too. I get almost all my stuff from drugstores, thanks for this post!

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  3. I can speak from experience that the ELF eyebrow kit is not really great. You would be better getting a pencil, I like Maybelline. Also NYX is da bomb when it comes to dupes, also NYC! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I really don't like the ELF eyebrow kit. I have it. It didn't work well for me. So I had to go buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pomade dipbrow. Best investment ever lol but I do love NYX brands. I have their contouring stick.

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  5. I am terrified to color in my brows! I suck at stuff like that!

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