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7 Products in 7 Minutes: Easy Drugstore Makeup for Everyday


Despite what my boyfriend might tell you, I am capable of finishing my makeup in under ten minutes. It might be a bit of a struggle, and it might not happen often, but it can be done. The trick, I’ve found, is to select reliable products that you know work for you.

Today I’m sharing a 7 minute makeup routine that’s great for those days when you need to look polished in a pinch. And best of all? All of the products come from the drugstore, so it’s super affordable!

June and July Favorites


It’s been a while since I’ve written a “Favorites” post, but it feels good to be back in business. These picks were a tough, as I’ve been wearing very little makeup the past few months. My beauty routine has been pretty minimal (I blame it on the God-awful DC humidity, but it’s mostly just laziness) but there are the handful of products I wanted to talk about.

A Pale Girl’s Guide to Bronzing and Contouring


Summer’s coming, and you know what that means? Tropical vacations and beautiful, sun-tanned skin. Hah. In my dreams.

If you’re a pale girl like myself (MAC NW20), then you know the woes of trying to find the perfect bronzing and contouring products. Too warm and you look like an Oompa Loompa. Too cool and you look like you’ve been rolling around in the dirt. What’s a pasty girl to do? I’ve rounded up the (mostly) matte bronzers from my collection to help you find your perfect product.

Spring Lip Picks [Drugstore Edition]


I know, I know… Technically spring started about a month ago. But here in DC, the weather is only starting to be warm enough for skirts and sandals, so forgive me for letting my brain continue to hibernate. I love spring– it might even be my favorite season. And now that the sun is finally starting to shine, I’m switching up my lip looks: wine for watermelon and aubergine for orchid.

In my opinion, changing your lip color is the easiest way to change the overall feel of your makeup. For me, swiping on a new color is like swiping on another personality. I’ve sorted through my stash to find the lip products I expect to be reaching for most this season.

L’Oréal La Palette Nude 1 & 2 | Drugstore Dupes for the Naked Palette?


Last week, I popped into the CVS across from my office to grab some essentials, and somehow, I found myself browsing the makeup aisle. (Funny how that happens?)

These two palettes from L’Oreal immediately caught my eye, and I thought I’d test them out for you guys.  Upon first inspection, they seemed like they could be good drugstore alternatives to the Naked palettes. Urban Decay is owned by L’Oréal, so it would make sense that the company would try to release a similar product at a cheaper price point.

After playing around with these two for a bit, here’s my opinion.