Friday, December 18, 2009

Drug Store(s) Dupes/Knock-offs

Hello! I hope that you are doing well as you are reading this info. Here is a list of cosmetics that I know you will find most useful. Until next time enjoy......

Drugstore Knockoffs
Okay someone requested some knockoff versions of the products I used in some of the Face of the Night entries. Generally,

MAC eyeshadows = Milani eyeshadows
MAC pigments = NYX Loose pigments
Stila eyeshadows = Prestige eyeshadows

Here's some more specific colors that I have used before:

MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow = Rimmel All Over Pencil in Strength
MAC Sumptuous Olive eyeshadow = Milani Antiqued Gold eyeshadow
MAC Shroom eyeshadow = Jordana in Beige eyeshadow

And here are some more knockoffs that I know of:

NARS Orgasm blush = Milani Luminous, Cover Girl Rose Silk Cheeker, Mark Afterglo, Loreal's LE Front Page Peach
NARS Sin blush = Milani Temptation
Nars Deep Throat = Rimmel Apricot Blush
NARS Antibes Multiple = Wet 'n Wild #721 Scandalous
NARS Copacabana Multiple = Wet 'n Wild #724 Flirt
NARS Maldives Multiple = Wet 'n Wild Just Peachy
NARS Portofino Multiple = Wet 'n Wild #722 Coy
NARS South Beach Multiple = Wet 'n Wild Brazen Babe

MAC Springtime Skipper - Milani Garden Mist
MAC Electra - Milani Silver Bullet
MAC Bamboo = Wild and Crazy Wild Guava
MAC Brill = Wild & Crazy Bahama Water
MAC Dark Soul pigment = Jane Clubbing
MAC Gorgeous Gold = Prestige Glitz C-157
MAC Juxt = Jane Rain Forest
MAC Lucky Green = Wet n' Wild Marquis
MAC Naked Lunch = Wet n' Wild Fine Wink
MAC Paradisco = Flirt! Feeling Hot
MAC Trax = Flirt! Glamourazzi
MAC Vellium = Wild and Crazy Lily Song
MAC Amber Lights = Milani Sun Goddess
MAC Black Tied = Jane Clubbing = Milani Storm
MAC Coppering = Milani Flare
MAC Dementhe, Steamy, Humid = Milani Clover
MAC Electric Eel = Milani Atlantis
MAC Guacamole = Milani Limbo Lime
MAC Jest = Milani Peachy Peach
MAC Juxt = Milani Garden Mist (juxt is lighter and yellower)
MAC Little Madame = Milani Illusion
MAC Mulch, Sable = Milani Java Bean
MAC Parfait Amour = Milani Enchantment
MAC Perverted Pearl = Milani Silver Bullet
MAC Pink Freeze = Milani Taffy
MAC Shale = Milani Icy Plum
MAC Silver Pigment = Milani Mercury
MAC Sketch = Milani Marooned
MAC Vanilla = Milani Snow Frost
MAC Vellum = Milani Moonlight
MAC Woodwinked = Milani Golden Bronze
MAC Coppering = NYX Copper
MAC Cranberry = NYX Rust
MAC Amber Lights = NYX Golden
MAC Carbon = NYX Black
MAC Juxt or Golden Olive = NYX Springleaf
MAC Girl Meets Boy = NYX Antique Gold
MAC Swish = NYX Spring Flower
MAC Parrot = NYX Ocean
MAC All That Glitters = NYXChampagne (ES 10)
MAC Naked lunch = NYX Sahara (ES 18)
MAC Vellum = NYX Opal (ES 45)
MAC Rose Blanc = NYX High light (ES07)

Shu Uemura ME 945 = Caboodles Smooth
Shu Uemura P Brown 76 = Flirt Oh Please!
Stila Barefoot Contessa = Prestige Spark
Stila GoLightly = Jane Magical Mushroom eye shadow (discontinued), Milani Golden Bronze
Stila Grace = Ulta Plum Smoke
Stila Jade = Sally Girl China Doll (discontinued)
Stila Kitten = Wet n Wild Fine Wink, CoverGirl Champagne Eye Enhansers shadow, Sally Girl Silver Lining
Stila Sun = Prestige Champagne
Stila Twig = Milani Spice
Urban Decay Acid Rain = Prestige Wasabi
Urban Decay Asphyxia= Milani Enchantment
Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy = Milani Sheer Sand
Urban Decay Mildew = Prestige Iguana
Urban Decay X = Ulta Sunlight

Chanel Blizzard Glossimer = Wet n' Wild Bronzeberry Gloss
Chanel Giggle Glossimer = Neutragena Chic gloss
Chanel Twinkle Glossimer = Prestige Alloy Vinylwear
Chanel Nude Liner = Max Factor Liner in Nude, Wet n' Wild #666
Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick = Maybelline Drippin Honey Wet Shine Lipstick
Lancome Simmer Juicy Tube= L’Oreal Strawberry Smoothie ColourJuice, L’Oreal Butterscotch Drop ColourJuice
MAC Dainty Cake Lipstick = NYC Firefly #306b
MAC High Tea Lipstick = Rimmel Airy Fairy, Milani Sheer Lipstick in Amaterro
MAC Lovechild Lipglass = Rimmel Snog Lipgloss
MAC Love Nectar Lusterglass= Milani Coral Shimmer Lipgloss
MAC Lust Lipglass= L'Oreal ColuorJuice in Passionfruit Squeeze
MAC Oh Baby Lipglass = Milani Serendipity Gloss
MAC Prrr Lipglass = L'Oreal ColourJuice in Mai Tai
MAC Sequin Lipstick = Almay Sequin One Coat Lipstick
NARS Orgasm Lipgloss = NYC Sungold Lipgloss, Mary Kate and Ashley Truly Lipgloss
NARS Pillow Talk Lipgloss = Rimmel Vinyl Lip Star in Be A Star
NARS Turkish Delight Lipgloss = Neutrogena MoistureShine in Groove
Scott Barnes Flossy Glossy in Meow = Neutrogena Groove Moistureshine
Stila Apricot Lipglaze =Prestige Fuzzy Navel Jet Stream Gloss
Stila Jane Lipstick = Rimmel Birthday Suit Lipstick
MAC Lipglass in Nico = L’Oreal Glass Shines in Luminous Lilac & Lilac Crystal
MAC Lipglass in Oyster Girl = Neutrogena in Tickled, Caboodles Lip Dee-lish in Deelux, NYC Lipstick #548A
MAC Lipglass in Pink Clash = Bonne Bell Lip Lites in Berry ‘Nilla Creme
MAC Lipglass in Pop Mode = Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds Liquid in Jewels 'n Berries
MAC Lipglass in Prrr = Almay One Coat Lipstick in Petal, Rimmel Lip Vinyl in Essential, Rimmel Lip Vinyl in East End Snob, Wet ‘n Wild Liquid Lipstick in Rose Gold
MAC Lipglass in Revealing = Bonne Bell Lip Lites Cappuccino
MAC Lipglass in Russian Red = NYC Kiss Gloss in Cherry, Prestige Vinylwear in Sleek
MAC Lipglass in Song and Dance = Prestige Vinylwear in Mica
MAC Lipglass in Underage = Wet ‘n Wild Glassy Gloss in Sugar Glaze
MAC Lipglass in VGV (Viva Glam 5) = Neutrogena Dreamy Lipgloss, Sally Hansen Diamond Lip Treatment in Royal Romance
MAC Lustreglass in Star Nova = Sonia Kashuk Sexy Lipgloss
MAC Hyper = Revlon Granite

MAC #187 Stippling Brush = Flirt! Skunk Brush

MAC Mahogany Lipliner = Prestige Auburn
MAC Girlfriend Lipliner = Prestige Lipliner in Baby
MAC Plum Lipliner = Revlon Colorstay Plum; Prestige Deep Plum
MAC Spice Lipliner = Wet 'n Wild #712 or #666, Avon Glimmersticks Lip Liner in Glimmer Simply Spice, Annabelle Lip Pencil in Spice, Cover Girl CG Smoothers Lipliner in Cinnamon Slick, Prestige Sand, Estee Lauder Spice
MAC Mahogany Lipliner = Prestige Auburn
MAC Spice Lipliner = Annabelle Spice, Avon Spice, Bobbi Brown Nude, Estee Lauder Spice, Prestige Sand, Wet n’ Wild Lipliner #712


Of course, as most of you know, some of the L'oreal HIP products are MAC dupes, such as:

MAC Fluidline- HIP Color Rich Cream Liner and also Jane Gel Liner
MAC Shadesticks- HIP Color Rich Cream Crayon
MAC Pigments- HIP pigments
MAC Tendertones- HIP Jelly Balms
MAC eyeshadows-HIP shadows, ex. MAC goldmine = gold side of Flamboyant and MAC cranberry = lighter side of Cheeky

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Haul: L'oreal HiP Eyeshadow & Eyeliner(s)

Hello once I have a haul. This was done a while back but I found the pictures on my camera so I thought I would show you guys about the products pictures. I have to admit...... I heart L'oreal HIP cosmetics line. I truly do! It started with the lip glosses a couple of years ago. Then I moved to the eyeliner, shadows, foundation, etc. And before I knew it  I pretty much had EVERYTHING I could get my hands on from the line. In a lot of the reviews it gets compared to MAC. Now, I know that is a very large Prada bag to fill. But let me tell you ladies the hype & reviews are T.R.U.E!! The color(s) don't fade, the color pay off is great. No matter what tone you are it does not fade. You can ALWAYS find a sale on HIP at the drug stores(s). Buy one get half off, or my favorite buy one get one FREE!! And for a product junkie that is the best time to get some and try it out. So what are you wait for next time you see a HIP sale give it try. I am very sure that you to will become a HIP product junkie like I am. And fall in love with this wonderful also.  Until next time enjoy......
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Random Tips # 2

I have some more tips for you all to enjoy....

~ Use a flat iron (yes, the one that you use on your hair) set high to smooth out hemlines, pockets, and the
   spaces in between buttons on shirts.

~ Use a pumice stone (again, yes the very same that you would use on your feet.) to de-pill you sweater(s).
    Lightly rubbing it over the garment removes pills and fuzz; just be sure the knit is substantial, not delicate  or thin.

~ To get rid of musty smells or unwanted wrinkles out leather, iron them out. Set the iron to medium/high heat
    and cut up a plain brown paper bag in oversize squares. Place the leather item on the ironing board, put
    the paper on top of the area you are working on, and gently iron it, being careful not to burn through the paper.

~ You can use plain, unscented body lotion as a leather conditioner to hide scuffs and light scratches.
    Inexpensive drugstore brands- like Lubriderm- work really well.
***These tips courtesy and provide by Lucky Magazine September &October 2009****
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Quick Fix

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Have you ever had one of your favorite eye shadows or blush(s) fall out it's compact?  You had no idea how to make it stay, right? Well let me share my tip with you. I had this happen to me and I was not about to throw out the eyeshadow (or deal with the hassle of going back to the store to exchange it).  One I was in Office Depot and I saw this foaming tape and I thought that would work. Ladies, let me tell it worked out great! I purchased the Scotch Foam Mounting Squares for under $4.00. I just cut the size I need,place it at the bottom of the container and press the loose eye shadow (or blush) back into place. Be careful when you press it back. You want to make sure that you don't break you product. I get to keep my make-up in the proper compact and no more worries! So if this ever happens to you remember this tip. Until next time...
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Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Cheap Foundation Primer

Do you use liquid foundation? Mineral foundation? Cream-To-Powder foundation? If you use 'any' foundation this info will have you jumping for joy. Let me ask another question do you use foundation primer? If you have no idea what it let me explain it you. You know when you paint your nails. You would use a base coat before you apply the color to your nails, right? If you were to just apply the color directly to your nails it may not come out as smooth and pretty. That is exactly what foundation primer does but it's for your face. You are to use it after you have applied your face moisturizer which should have an SPF ;). This is when you would apply the foundation primer. BEFORE YOU APPLY ANY MAKE-UP.
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                    There are so many foundations primer on the market to from so many wonderful companies to choose from. Smashbox, Ulta, Laura Mercier, MAC, Rimmel,  and the list goes on. It's really not uncommon for a foundation primer to cost in the range of $10.00-$40.00. Now I have found an alternative that is cheaper. It is (drum roll please...) Monistat Smoothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel!! Yes, you did read that correctly! It has most of the same ingredients in it that primers do! Plus, it works! You can find it in drug stores and mass chain store(Target and Wal-mart)  Let me tell you one thing... THIS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE in how the rest of your make-up goes on and stays on all day. The foundation that you apply will be really nice and even. I have VERY oily skin so when I don't use a foundation primer it breaks up my make-up during the day very quickly. With the primer on my face; my make-up will stay for the better part of the day. So what are you waiting for give it try. Until next time....
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Random Tips #1

So I have been going through my magazine stack. I have so many magazine(s) it's a shame. But I am not giving them up! (you know the newspaper/magazine stands? I could open one of those with all the magazines I have LOL). Okay I started thinking about some of the things that I do to try and be more eco-friendly in my daily life. Which I thought you would like to know about. Getting rid of old stuff so that I no longer need. As a PJ getting stuff out of the way will mean more new stuff can come in! Here are some tips that I use that I hope you will useful as well. Enjoy.......

~ Save energy by charging small electronics in your car instead of using wall outlets.
~ Trim the wicks of candles and refrigerate them an hour before use to increase their burn time.
~ Air out clothes fresh from the dry cleaner by hanging them outside for a day to avoid tracking chemicals inside your home.
***These tips courtesy and provide by InStyle Magazine October 2009****

~ One of personal favorite faves is to recycle your magazines once you are done with using them. (Donate them to a Doctors Office, Hair Salon, etc.)
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Looking For Something To Organize Your Lip Products?

Recently, on Youtube I saw a video by one of the many wonderful make-up guru(s) there, her name is  TiffanyD. She was showing how she organizes her make-up products. When she showed how stored her lip gloss, and etc. She had a container holding it all so nice, cute, and very well organized I might add. I knew it looked familiar because I have two of them myself. (Which was used for holding pens and other things that needed a place. Until I saw that video..LOL). I got mine from Office Depot when they had a sale. But here is a picture and a link for in case you would like to order it. Hopefully, this will help you ALL of your lip products in one cute, neat space. Happy Shopping.....
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Smashbox Quick Eyes

Hello! I hope that you are doing well as you reading today's post ;) Well it's getting to be that wonderful time of the year where cosmetics companies put some their best products, together in gift sets for the holiday season! And for a TRUE product junkie like myself, it's (one of)the best times of the year for buying cosmetics. Having a blast trying a lot of stuff and getting it at AWESOME prices!!!! Which makes it all the more better. I have been wanting a shadow liner (aka pencil) brush for a while now. Searching EVERY where I could: Target, Michael's, Sephora, Ulta and of course the MAC counter. I was just unlucky in finding one at the price I was willing to pay for it. (If you are thinking that I was being cheap. Then you would be right!) I'm not willing to pay $18.00 or more for ONE single brush. So when I saw that Ulta was having this Smashbox set for $12.99. I jumped ALL OVER IT!!!!! Now, I wanted the brush that would have been great for me at that price but it came with TWO wonderful eyeshadow(s). The eyeshadow(s) colors are Asap & Pronto. In the picture Asap is on the left. It's a shimmer brown-mauve color. And Pronto is on the right it is a shimmer vanilla-soft tan color. Which is going to look great on all skin-tones. So if you are in the area near an Ulta (or any store) that carries gift set(s). Stop by and take a look to set what great deal awaits you! Until next time.... take care!
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

E.L.F Make-up Brushes

Hello! Okay, so a couple of days ago I went to Target (which has to be one of the BEST stores ever!!! I heart Target..LOL) to get some cough drops. So being the PJ that I am, I was just trying to grab the cough drops and leave, right? Well as you know if you have EVER been to Target....trying to pull a walk-by (walking in & out of the store real quick) is more easily said than done!!!
This new display of ELF products jumped right out in front of me (okay not really! I walked down the cosmetic section like I do EACH & EVERY time I am in that store) I could not help but check the items they have on display. I remember that Target used to carry ELF before everyone went coco puffs for it. I never really got into it at the time since they did have enough color(s) for the brown girl. :( But over time they have really stepped up there line of cosmetics and products. Which now also include MAKE-UP BRUSHES......(wait a minute.. do you hear Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" as you read this? I do LOL)
I picked up 2 out of the 3 brushes Target carries at the moment. The first brush is the ELF professional Total Face Brush ( in the pic it's the one on the left). The second brush is the ELF professional Bronzing Brush. Okay these brush are AWESOME!!! First of all they come with brush guards. In case you have no idea what a brush guard does let me explain. It does what the name says it does. It will guard your brush (bristles). So they won't get out of shape. Great for when you need to take with for travel and what not. When you are not using them. It just really helps the brush keep their shape so your make-up application can stay F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S!!!!  For most of us, who cannot afford a lot of brushes or maybe putting our brushes in our make-up bags, these brushes are perfect for you. If you just starting out to purchase brushes, these brushes are perfect for you. Need some brushes for a travel set these brushes are perfect for you. Love brushes and want to add more to your collection these brushes are perfect for you.
Whatever your reason is the logic is same these brushes are PERFECT for you ;)  Best of all they are $1.00 (Yes, you read that right) So when you get the chance RUN (don't walk) to Target to check out the ELF products they carry. Until next time... Xoxo!
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

NYX Eye Shadow(s) Haul

Hi Ladies!! So the other day I went to Ulta. They are having a BOGO sale this week only on eye shadows and etc. I have a heard a lot of good thing(s) about NYX cosmetics. So I gave them a shot to see how good they are. I am here to tell you that the hype is true about their cosmetics. Good color payoff, great pigmentation of color, which is great for us who love vivid color and it's always good for women of color! I got there trio eye shadows(pretty much what they carried and had in the store). I have worn them for a couple to days to see how I like them. Well I can say that I don't like them I LOVE THEM!!!! Okay so here is the haul that I got with pics included.....(the pictures loaded out of order)

Photo 2: (left to right) Top row: TS10 tropical-yellow-lime green/ TS38 perpetual/ TS12 golden-rust-walnut bronze
Bottom row: TS44 serengeti/ TS37 shangri-la/ TS03 spring leaf-lime green-green tea

Photo 3: (left to right) Top row: TS35 ultra chic/ white-grey-black/ TS36 ceramic
Bottom row: Jumbo eye shadow pencils: milk/strawberry milk/ yogurt/ dark brown/ black bean/ TS03 nude-taupe-dark brown/ TS33 lake moss

Photo 1:(left to right) Top row: TS05 baby pink-cotton candy-spring flower/ TS06 purple-deep purple-prune/ TS34 team spirit
Bottom row: TS40 aquamarine/ TS13 cherry-cool blue-hot pink/ TS45 hippie chic
Until next time....Enjoy! Xoxo.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Brushes, Brushes & more Brushes....

This is my brush collection and here are the pictures to prove it. In the 1st pic are the concealer, eye base/primer, lip brushes, etc.
2nd photo are the face brushes (blush, face powder, mineral)
3rd photo are the eye brushes (eyeliner, large/medium/small eyeshadow,crease, shader, eyebrow brushes).
95% of my collection came from Michael's craft store. My total cost for the brush collection was about $75.00. And they are ALL great MAC dupes.(If I had made this purchase from MAC. My brush collection could have easily cost more than $600.00!!)

If there are any questions you have or any brushes you would like to know more about please free to ask. Just PLEASE let me know what pic it was in and the color of the brush. And I will only be to happy to give you the info.
Have fun looking....(Sorry the pics are out of order!)
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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Wholesale Make-up site

Hey, Ladies! Here is a whole sale make-up site that I came across. They carry a lot of MAJOR cosmetics names. They have good prices for the products they carry. Happy Shopping!
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Royal & Langnickel Make-up Brushes

I came across these brushes not that long ago. They are FABOLOUS!!! They are very similar to more expensive make-up brushes just cheaper. They offer 6 different collections of brushes to choose from. Hopefully you will find something that you like. Click on one of the names to explore these wonderful brushes.  Enjoy......
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Friday, July 24, 2009

Welcome to tales of a product junkie!

Hello! My name is ywill. I am an avid lover of all make-up, hair, and skin care products. Please be bear with me while I am in the process of getting my blog set up. I will have a product post very soon. Be sure to check back soon for it. Until then.....Xoxo!
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