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Spotted: New Fall 2014 Collections from the Drugstore

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It’s been over a month since I did my last “spotted” post, and there are plenty of cool new collections out at the drugstore.  I have a few of them to show you today, including Milani, Maybelline, CoverGirl+Olay, Sally Hansen, and Wet n Wild.  Some are limited edition, some are permanent, but all of the products are pretty interesting.  So, let’s get started.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

First up, we have the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish.  SH claims that this 2 step method (polish and top coat) creates a real gel manicure, but without the lamp.  No curing process needed, and it is supposed to remove with normal nail polish remover.  Too good to be true, or true miracle indeed?  I’m not sure yet, but I will let you know.  There are 45 shades in the collection, and though this display didn’t have all of them, it did have a 2-pack with a polish and the top coat.  I am not loving the nearly $10 price tag per polish, but for gel lovers, this may be a great option.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

I finally spotted the new Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow.  I am not sure what gel powder means, so here is what Milani has to say: “Rich, vibrant color that glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. What makes it a gel powder? Well, the formula starts as a gel and then is transformed by a special process into a stunning powder eyeshadow with pure color and power wear. The unique process allows you to blend this incredibly innovative, weightless formula easily with your fingertips to light up your eyes. Even more to entice: It can used wet or dry, resists creasing, and comes in satin matte, shimmer and iridescent metallic finishes. You just have to try this gel powder. It’s that different.”  There are 30 shades in this new permanent collection.

Maybelline Fashion Rocks

Maybelline Fashion Rocks

Next up is the Limited Edition Maybelline Fashion Rocks Live Fall 2014 collection. This collection celebrates Fashion Rocks which is an annual international charity fundraiser event that debuts on CBS on September 9th.  The Maybelline Fashion Rocks Collection is broken into four looks which include Indie Princess, Rock Goddess, Urban Attitude, and Sultry Siren.  The collection features repromoted shades for eyes and lips, but the Color Show nail polishes are new LE shades.

CoverGirl+Olay The De-Puffer

CoverGirl+Olay The De-Puffer

CoverGirl+Olay The De-Puffer Eye Concealer has a cooling metal tip in the squeeze tube to massage away the look of puffiness and dark circles.  With Olay Rejuvenating serum and cucumber extract, this could be a big hit for those with aging eyes.  I have more issues with fine lines than with puffiness or dark circles, so I may pass.  It does look promising, though.  If any of you have tried it, let me know what you think.

Wet n Wild Fall 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Matte Nail Colors

Wet n Wild Fall 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Matte Nail Colors

Lastly, we have Wet n Wild Fall 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Matte Nail Colors.  Wet n Wild has released three limited edition collections for Fall 2014.  There is a collection of limited edition matte lipsticks, as well as a collection of limited edition Coloricon 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palettes that my drugstore did not have.  But, they did have this display of Megalast Matte Nail Colors.  There are no repromotes in this display, and all six shades look fantastic for Fall.  That gorgeous navy blue is calling to me, especially at only $1.99, but I am trying to stick to my no-buy.  Still, these are pretty nice.

That’s it for this round.  I can’t wait to see what else pops up as we get more into Fall.  I feel like the drugstores around me get collections very late compared to other places.  But hopefully I can find the new limited edition collections early enough to show you so that you can get your hands on them if you want them.  More Fall displays should be on their way, as well as 2014 Halloween displays.  After that, my favorite time of year brings all of the Holiday collections.  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled when you are out and about because there will be a lot to see.  🙂

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal Liners

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Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal Liners

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal Liners

Have you tried the new Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal Liners yet?  They. are. Awesome!  Seriously, they are fantastic liners that remind me very much of the Stila Kajal eyeliners.  I’d say that these liners easily stand up to higher-end eye liners, but with an extremely low price, even for the drugstore.  You need these.  Check it out.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal Eye Liner

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal Eye Liner

Rimmel London products are, in general, some of the least expensive items in the drugstore.  They aren’t quite as cheap as Wet n Wild, but they are usually priced lower than brands like L’Oreal or Revlon.  I picked up my initial two Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal Liners when Walgreens was having a 50% off Rimmel sale, so I got them for a mere $2.24 each.  After trying them out and loving them (which is why black and taupe don’t have a sharp edge in these pics), I grabbed two more from Target, and my store had them at full retail price of only $3.99 each.  I really want to stress the low price of these liners because it’s easy to forget when they perform as well as liners that cost $18 or more.

(L-R) 001 Black, 004 Taupe, 003 Brown, and 006 Deep Blue

(L-R) 001 Black, 004 Taupe, 003 Brown, and 006 Deep Blue

There are ten liners in the Scandaleyes Khol Kajal line.  There is a black, a shimmery charcoal, metallic silver, three blue shades, purple, brown, taupe, and nude.  (That’s right, I said nude.  There is finally a decent nude liner in the drugstore for those who love to line their waterline.)  The pencils have a creamy formula that glides onto the lid with ease.  Even on the waterline there is no tugging or pulling needed to get the color to show up.  As is typical with Khol Kajal liners, these were made to be smudged out, so you do have some time to work with them before they set.  They smudge out really well, thanks to the buttery formula.  Be careful with the darker shades like black, because it can be a little overwhelming until you get the hang of them.

The Scandaleyes Khol Kajal Liners have excellent staying power, and last on the lid all day without fading or smudging.  In the waterline, they last about 3-4 hours.  That’s not as good as, say, Urban Decay’s 24/7 liners, but to save around $15 per liner, I’ll suffer though. 😉  Besides, I’m not a fan of lining my waterline anyway, so it doesn’t bother me at all.  Removal requires makeup remover because when Rimmel says that these are waterproof, they aren’t kidding.

(L-R) Deep Blue, Taupe, Brown, Black

(L-R) Deep Blue, Taupe, Brown, Black

Pigmentation is very good, especially that super-intense black.  These swatches were one swipe on my hand.  The Deep Blue shade needs to be built up a little because one swipe like this isn’t as dark as I’d like, but it’s not too bad.  That matte, mid-toned taupe color is great for the work day to define the lower lash line, without going too heavy.  I wish that the Brown shade was matte, but you can see that it has micro-shimmers in it.

Overall, Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal Liners are excellent compared to what else you can find in the drugstore.  They may not be the best liners available on the market, but they are probably the best available at the drugstore, certainly at this price point.  The only flaw in my book is that they need manual sharpening, which is annoying and wastes product.  But, you can’t have everything.  I strongly recommend trying out Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal Liners for yourself.  You are most likely to find them at Walgreens, Ulta and Target, though you may have luck at CVS as well.  Target should have the best price, unless one of the other stores is offering a sale.  They are pretty new, so the displays are pretty cleaned out.  If you don’t find the shade that you are looking for, be sure to check back.  Happy hunting.

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The $20 Makeup Challenge

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I try to keep up with the beauty community on Youtube so that I can stay aware of what trends and products I should be trying and reviewing here on the blog.  One thing that I really enjoy on youtube is the tags that go around.  They provide a nice change of pace and are often either a way to get to know the youtuber better or else are pretty funny.  One tag that has been going around is the $20 Makeup Challenge.  The idea is that you are traveling and unexpectedly lost your makeup bag and have nothing left to use.  You have to go shopping with only $20 to do a whole face of makeup, preferably that can transition from day to night.  Even though I am not a youtuber, I really wanted to have a crack at this challenge here on BiBB.  But first, a rant (I promise I’ll be quick).  One thing that really stood out to me as I attempted to tackle this challenge is that it is almost impossible to do a full face of makeup for only $20 these days.  In fact, the youtube challenge included tools in the $20 price tag, which made for some entertaining videos as people tried to use makeshift items or blend eyeshadow with their fingers, but forced people to resort to some pretty unrealistic and often ridiculous choices.  I did not include brushes in my $20 to give myself a fighting chance.  I am really angry and disappointed with the drugstore brands for raising their prices so much over the last two years.  Granted, quality has also improved, but still… This challenge should not have been as hard as it was.

Many of the $20 Makeup Challenge videos that I saw (and I saw several) attacked the challenge in one of two ways.  The first is that they went to Target and got 20 $1 e.l.f. items, regardless of how good or bad the products were.  The other option was to get slightly pricier items that meant making huge sacrifices, mostly in foundation.  Either they skipped foundation entirely, or tried to use a concealer all over their face as if it were foundation.  I didn’t like either of these approaches.  I don’t see the point of throwing away $20 on products that you hate and will never use again, and I can’t skip foundation.  My skin isn’t good enough to go without, and a full face covered in concealer (especially cheap concealer) is just ridiculous.  I wanted the results of this challenge to be as realistic as possible so that if you ever were in a situation where you suddenly needed a lot of products on the cheap, you could actually feel confident in purchasing a few of the items that I am going to show you.  For that reason, with the exception of one product, all of these items came from my own collection.  I stand behind *almost* all of them (I’ll get to the exception in a minute) as products you could actually use to go out in public.

The $20 Makeup Challenge

Here are the products that I used for the challenge.  This challenge was really hard.  I opted to go for a casual day time look that can be pumped up for night time by smoking out the eyes and going deeper with the blush.  The look I provided for you is totally office appropriate and good for those who like a more “natural” look.

  • NYC Skin Matching Foundation $3.57– This is the only product that I bought specifically for this challenge.  I struggled the most with choosing a foundation because it is usually so expensive.  I personally was not a fan of the NYC Skin Matching Foundation and would not purchase it again.  It will do in a pinch if you are desperate, but I didn’t think it blended smoothly at all, and the coverage was minimal.  I would have gotten better results with my e.l.f. tinted moisturizer for around the same price ($3).  Honestly though, I don’t think you should compromise on foundation.  Spend the extra $5 and buy Maybelline.
  • e.l.f. Studio Pressed Powder $3.00– I have featured this powder here on the blog before (Oct 2011 favorites), so I won’t say too much about it now.  I use it every day and stand behind it 100%.  I didn’t have room in my budget for concealer, so this powder really helped pick up some of the slack that the foundation fell short on.
  • Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush in Mellow Wine $2.99– I was first introduced to this blush in the LE Flora collection and immediately went out to buy the full-sized version.  It was also featured in my April 2011 Favorites, and you can check either post if you want to see a swatch.  The blush is pigmented and blends easily, and is a great bargain.
  • NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny $2.99– What is there to say about Sunny that hasn’t already been said?  It’s a cult classic and one of the best drugstore bronzers out there for lighter skin.  I’ve mentioned it several times here on BiBB.
  • e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer $1– I keep meaning to do a full review of e.l.f.’s $1 primer, and never seem to get around to it.  In essence, this primer is fantastic and keeps my shadow lasting all day.  However, if you have oily eyelids, it won’t work too well for you.  It is definitely geared more towards normal to dry skin.
  • e.l.f. Brightening Eye Color Quad in Brownstone $1– I really like these e.l.f. shadow quads, but like all e.l.f. eyeshadows they are hit and miss and some are way better than others.  My favorite by far is “Butternut”, which is very nice and I’ve used it quite a bit.  The shades are very similar to the quad I used here, but shimmery.  I chose “Brownstone” because the shadows are matte (mostly) and I didn’t have room in my budget for a brow pencil so I needed it to double up for my eyes and brows.  e.l.f. shadows are greatly improved by the use of a primer, so I highly recommend using one.  My eyeshadow look was subtle, but as I stated before, that’s what I was going for.  That being said, however, “Brownstone” is not the most pigmented of the quads, and I don’t think it is the best example of what these quads have to offer.  My eyebrows did not come out too well, but it’s better than nothing.  $20 is not a lot of money, y’all.
  • Jordana INCOLOR Fabuliner Liquid Eyeliner in 02 Brown $2.99– Jordana Fabuliner is a marker style felt tip eyeliner.  It is very good, doesn’t skip, and lasts all day.  The only hitch is that “brown” is very dark and pretty much looks black, so be aware of that.  Otherwise, it’s fabulous and I totally recommend it to you.
  • e.l.f. Lengthening and Defining Mascara $1– I chose this mascara because it came in a kit, so I already had it and didn’t have to hunt down a cheap mascara.  It’s not horrible, but my Holy Grail drugstore mascara is Cover Girl Lashblast, and there is just no comparison.  This one will do in a pinch, though.  The formula is on the dryer side, which I prefer, but the brush is very small.  I can’t say that I recommend it, but for a dollar, it can’t hurt to try it out if you are curious.
  • Jordana Easyshine Glossy Lip Color in Berry Colada $1.99– I’ve posted about these before and they are awesome.  Pigmented, moisturizing, and they smell fantastic.  Lip color was probably the easiest category because there are so many inexpensive products to choose from.  I highly recommend these Easyshine Glossy lip colors.

Grand total: $20.53, close enough for rock and roll.  Let’s just assume you found some change in your pocket, kthnxbye.  Put it all together, and here is the finished look.  (Thanks to the husband for taking the picture for me in less than ideal conditions.)

The $20 Makeup Challenge Results

The lighting is not the best here so I’m a little washed out, but you can still get the idea (darn June gloom).  Again, the foundation that I used was an epic fail in my opinion.  You can really see my rosacea redness peeking through.  My advice is to spend the extra money on a good foundation, even if you have a really tight budget.  No matter how pretty the rest of your makeup is, if your skin doesn’t look as good as it can, you will end up disappointed.  The eyes can obviously go darker for night time, but I am generally pleased with this for a casual, natural look on a budget.  I would probably not wear all of these products at the same time normally, but I do stand behind most of them and think they can easily blend into your existing collection.

I hope that you found this interesting.  I’d love to know if you attempted or want to attempt the $20 Makeup Challenge.  Leave me a link to your blog or youtube and I’ll be sure to check it out.  🙂