Affordable Beauty

Worth the Hype?

I’ve been intrigued with LA Girl ever since I started seeing YT vloggers use the cult favorite Pro Conceal HD Concealer. When I walked into my local CVS and saw a huge LA Girl display I was overjoyed! I purchased the following items to review:

Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation in Fair $10

Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Ivory $5

Just Blushing Blush in Just Playful $7

Lip liner in Natural Cream $7

Eyeliner in Paradise Purple $7

Glazed Lip Paints in Whimsical and Elude $5 each

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The foundation is a huge FAIL for me. The Fair shade is the lightest and it’s easily two shades too dark for me. They do have a white foundation mixer but I’m not into mixing white into anything. The product did provide full coverage, but it’s a heavy, greasy coverage that’s not for me. My face was a shiny mess in just a few hours.

The Pro Conceal, however, is everything it’s hyped up to be. The Ivory shade was perfect! It covered my dark circles completely and didn’t crease or cake up. I love how the brush applicator applies the product and will definitely repurchase this when it’s gone.

The blush is a very pretty, wearable mauve/nude shade that is extremely pigmented and slightly powdery. Go in with a very light hand and a good blush brush. Don’t be surprised that if the first time you use this you have to blend it out some.

The lip and eye liners are basically good drug store products, nothing special or terrible about them. The Natural Cream lip liner is beautiful under the Elude Lip Paint.

The lip paints can best be described as a lipstick that looks and applies like a lip gloss. If I put too much on they bleed, so I’ve been applying a light coat on top of other colors.

Overall, I have to admit to being slightly underwhelmed with this line. I’m disappointed to say that, except for the concealer, these aren’t products that I’d grab for on a regular basis.

You can search the entire line at www.lagirlusa.com and find out if your local CVS stores carry their products.

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World’s Greatest Drug Store Mascara?

This DS Diva has always been very open and honest about her eternal love for Lancome Definicils mascara.  I’ve been using it for decades and adore how it makes my lashes long and full.  Lo and behold, L’Oreal recently debuted a ‘dupe’ for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which I’ve used but have never been overly impressed with.

mascaraCombining sales, coupons, and Walgreens’ Rewards, I purchased L’Oreal Lash Paradise for about $3.  This mascara is like wearing false eyelashes without the hassle of the glue. My lashes were gorgeous, very long, and extremely plush.  Even at the full retail price of a whopping $9, this mascara is a steal!  The only drawback is that, at around 6 weeks the applicator and tube started to clump and get very messy.  I had to clean both before and after each use.  So I’m just wasting product, which I utterly despise.  I hate not getting a full 3 weeks out of mascara.

Will I give up my tried and true Definicils?  Absolutely not!  Will I try another Lash Paradise, especially if it’s on sale?  There is a 90% probability that I will.  Lash Paradise also comes in a waterproof version for those of you who perspire and cry (Darth’s do neither BTW). But I feel those versions are too drying to the lashes, so pass on that I will.

The Dark Side Diva’s verdict on L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise mascara:  Give this one a chance, you will be pleasantly surprised!

Summer 2017 WalMart Beauty Box

It’s that time again! Just received my Summer WalMart Beauty Box. This season’s theme is “Radiate Your Beauty. You are a force to be reckoned with.”  Isn’t it ironic?  Here’s what I got for the $5 shipping fee.

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5ml of Palmer’s Coconut Oil Facial Moisturizer. No parabens, mineral oil, glutens, dyes or sulfates. I’ll be interested to see how it does under makeup during the humid Western Pennsylvania summer!

1ml of Palmer’s Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil. Same “No’s” as above. I’m a huge fan of facial oils, love to use them as my last step of night time skin care. They can also be used to salvage hard, dried up cosmetics. This product has 9 natural oils in it:  extra virgin coconut, Tahitian monoi, sweet almond, macadamia, argan, grapeseed, maracuja, sunflower, apricot and sesame. Same concerns as above – Western PA summers are not always a girl’s best friend.

5 count package of Pond’s Original Fresh Makeup Removing Towelettes. These are a cult favorite of several You Tube beauty gurus that I follow constantly. I cannot wait to try these, but I’m putting them aside for my vacation. They’re going right in my beauty train case.

5ml of ROC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream. I’m way late on the Retinoid bandwagon, so this is an excellent way to try it. I even convinced my Mom to give me her sample!

1.7oz of Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner. Pantene products can go either way for me, but it’s a nice, convenient size that is also going in my train case. If my hair falls out on vacation I’ll have no one to blame but myself!

1oz of Banana Boat Dry Balance Sunscreen lotion. I’m taking this to Lake Erie soon. It says it has a soft matte finish, 80 minutes water resistant and skin breathes easily. As important as sunscreen is (the MOST important beauty product in the history of beauty products) it can be a pain to find one that doesn’t irritate your skin or make you break out. I have high hopes for this as Banana Boat is a well-respected brand.

You truly cannot go wrong with these Walmart boxes. It’s nothing fancy or high end but well worth the $5 price tag. The sizes are large enough to give you ample time to test them out to see how they are going to work for you.  They ship four times a year and are all seasonally based. I definitely recommend giving these a try!

May Product of the Month

Cover Girl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation

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Retails for:  $10

Available at:  WalMart, Target, Walgreen’s, etc.

I haven’t bought a liquid Cover Girl foundation in decades.  But when I saw their new one advertised and read all the (mostly) positive reviews all over social media, I figured I would give it a try. But now did it work out for me?

PROS     Shade 710 Classic Ivory was the perfect shade for me. The bottle says it’s lightweight, full coverage, oil free with a SPF of 20. Seemed too good to be true for a CG foundation.  However….I absolutely, positively loved this! Perfect for my crazy skin type, which present day can be so oily you can see me shine from the Milky Way, or so dry the Sahara looks comfortable to me.  The coverage is flawless.  It stayed fresh looking all day and did not change color or turn orange on me, as some drug store foundations tend to do. It covered all dark spots and other undesirable things that have no business on my face anymore.  I did use a setting powder afterwards, but that is standard procedure with me.  And it worked well with my Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, so it plays well with others!

CONS    I found it best to apply the product with a beauty sponge, as my foundation brushes left it looking streaky on my skin.  A sponge just gave me more control with the product and gave a full coverage, but not “cake face” look.

Cover Girl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation will most certainly have a place in my rotation of both high end and drug store foundations.  The Force is strong with this one!   It’s a steal for $10 and has truly made me reconsider my opinion of the Cover Girl line.

Beauty Q & A

Several of my sweetest friends asked me their most pressing beauty questions.  Boy, did they try to stump me! I’m honored that they would want my advice on skin, hair and beauty issues.  So let’s get going!

LaneyLaney asked:  How do I keep my beautiful blonde hair frizz free in the Kansas humidity?

 

 

 

Dealt with this same issue I have.  My wavy, frizzy, coarse and color treated hair has been through it all!  My tried and true fixes are a good smoothing shampoo and conditioner, a frizz-fighting serum and a ceramic straightening iron.  Right now I am truly loving the Schwarzkopf Ultime Satin Frizz Control shampoo and conditioner that I get at WalMart.  It leaves my uncontrollable mane sleek and smooth and smelling wonderful.  Then I go totally old school with John Frieda’s Frizz Ease, which I apply to my soaking wet hair.  If I air dry, my waves are smooth and defined.  If I chose to blow it dry, I always use a ceramic iron.  They are safer and my hair stays straight until wash it again. That’s my easy recipe for frizz-free hair!  FB_IMG_1489688286189

Thank you Laney for trusting me with your beauty concerns, you have now crossed over to the Dark Side.  Until next we meet again…