I first spotted this L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeliner on Refinery 29’s Beauty With Mi and instantly loved the look. It’s been on the fringe of trendy for the last few years to do a swipe of shockingly bold eyeliner – either on the top or bottom lid. If you’re into graphic liner in bold shades, this drugstore find might be for you. Even if you’re not, this is a great way to play with a trend without blowing a ton of money.

Aqua Eyeliner

Price + Formula

At $9.99 a pop, these eyeliners may seem like an expensive buy but are still half the price of similar ones from Sephora and MAC. And so far, I’m very impressed with the formula.

The applicator is your classic thin, felt tip – similar to Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner or (my favorite) Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. It makes it super easy to get an ultra-thin line or go thicker with extra strokes. Either way, this little pen is my favorite applicator for liquid eyeliners because it allows maximum control.

The formula itself is super thin but ULTRA pigmented. You can get bold color with just one swipe – which is important for a product like this. The trend is all about bold, graphic color and you don’t want to be messing with anything too sheer or watery. Otherwise, it just won’t work.

The staying power of this liner is magnificent. I’ve worn each shade all day and found they last 10+ hours.

Keep in mind – I’ve only just purchased these (it’s February), so it will be interesting to see how these hold up in the hot and sweaty summer months. But to be honest, on my oily eyelids, almost nothing will last on my eyes during a Virginia summer.

Shades + Swatches

L'Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeliner

I bought two shades – Vivid Aqua (the shade Mi used in her video), and Electric Blue for a slightly more understated, work-appropriate alternative to black liner.

It also comes in Teal, Green, White, and Black.

The Gist

I would definitely recommend these. I haven’t tried MAC’s but I vaguely remember trying a light blue from Stila a few years back and being very disappointed with the lack of pigment and watery texture. Save the coin and go the drugstore route with this trend. Snaps for L’Oreal for nailing this trend on the nose.

I might try the “Wild Green” shade next.

What about you? Would you try out this trend? Let me know in the comments below!

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I’m what you might call a “highlighter junkie.” After lipstick, it’s probably my favorite makeup product and since it boomed a few years ago, I’ve amassed quite the collection. Among my favorites, (Becca Opal, Glossier Haloscope, ColourPop Super Shock) are the beautiful Anastasia Highlighting Palettes.

I own 3 – Sun Dipped (for summer), Sugar Glow (for winter), and Moon Child (for trips to outer space).

Highlighting palettes can be hit or miss. It’s unlikely that all 4 shades in one palette will be winners for your unique skin tone and coloring – but with a great formula, and the right eye or lip look, I find the Anastasia highlighters to be truly versatile.

I’ve gotten wear out of almost all the shades in the Sun Dipped and Sugar Glow palettes. The Moon Child palette is obviously not for every day but I love it for a creative weekend look.

Anastasia Highlighter Palettes

Sun Dipped

Anastasia Sun Dipped

As you can see, the darkest shade, (“Bronzed”), in this palette is too dark for my skin tone but I’ve worn it as an eyeshadow and loved it for a shimmery “halo” eye look. The lavender tones in “Tourmaline” might look off-putting but I actually find this shade to be surprisingly wearable. I could envision this shade working beautifully on darker skin tones as well.

And of course, “Summer” and “Moonstone” are your classic gold and pink highlighters respectively. No highlighter palette would be complete without one gold and one pink, am I right?

Sugar Glow

Anastasia Sugar Glow

Literally, every single shade in this palette is a winner for me. There’s not a bad one in the bunch. Marshmallow is like a step lighter than your classic champagne highlighter – a pale white/gold shimmer. Butterscotch and Gumdrop are similar, but Gumdrop is just a hair darker and pinker. I wear “Starburst” as a blush more than anything, but like all Anastasia highlighters, it definitely adds some serious glow so use with caution.

Moon Child

Anastasia Moon Child

I’m not even going to try to pretend that this palette is wearable. This one is for the true makeup lovers or people who want to try some unexpected colors.

The two purple highlights are sooooo on-trend right now (Pantone’s color of the year is Ultra Violet after all…) and worn on the eyes or cheekbones, these shades give an instant inter-galactic glow.

The green shade, “Lucky Clover,” looks scary in the pan, but actually looks pretty golden on me. A quick google image and you can see that it looks pretty golden on others as well.

I love wearing “blue ice” with a cool red lipstick or pairing the silver shimmer of “Star” with berry tones.

“Pink Heart” is obviously the most wearable of the bunch but if you’re looking for a wearable highlighter palette, I’d definitely recommend either Sun Dipped or Sugar Glow over this one.

The Gist

Overall, Anastasia’s highlighters are amazing quality. I’d definitely put them in the same category as Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors for their pigmentation and glow power. If you prefer a more subtle highlight, these probably aren’t for you.

Have you tried any of the Anastasia highlighters? What are your favorite highlighters? Would love some drugstore recommendations.

Glow on, lovelies!

 

In case you haven’t noticed, unicorns have been having a bit of a “moment” lately. From (disgusting) Starbucks drinks to rainbow-hued makeup – this mystical creature of yore is making a  major comeback. This Wet n’ Wild Rainbow Highlighter is from the unicorn collection that the brand released last year. I missed out on that one, but this baby is still on sale at Ulta.

Shockingly, I find this highlighter to be very wearable despite its ethereal, fantasy vibe. It’s not the most pigmented highlighter ever but definitely more pigmented and sparkly than Glossier Haloscope, (a good example of a natural, everyday highlight).

Shades + Swatches

Wet n' Wild Everlasting Glow Highlighter

Wet n' Wild Everlasting Glow Highlighter

As you can see from the swatch above, it’s very sheer and blends seamlessly into my fair skin tone. This picture was taken in natural light, so you can actually see the sparkle.

I only bought one shade “Everlasting Glow” but it also comes in Unicorn Glow (a bolder rainbow), and Bronzed Glow which looks like a typical bronzey highlight.

Wet n' Wild Rainbow Highlighters

Photo Credit: Bustle

Price

This budget baby retails for only $5.99 and is definitely worth the coin if you’re a highlighter junkie like me. The packaging could be better. It’s pretty basic with a clear plastic lid (no mirror), but to be honest, I don’t usually take my highlighters on-the-go with me during the day so I don’t mind that.

Formula

Formula-wise, it doesn’t wear as long as a more expensive highlighter like Becca or Anastasia but will definitely take you through a typical 8-hour workday with minimal fading. It looks a little powdery when it’s first applied but once it settles in, the natural oils on your skin dissolve any powder particles and leave a lit-from-within glow.

The Gist

In two words – “worth it.” The idea of a rainbow highlighter is so genius that I’m surprised I haven’t seen it before from other brands. I never expect a drugstore or budget beauty brand to lead the way in terms of innovative beauty trends, so I applaud Wet n’ Wild for this one. It makes me want to try more from them.

What are your favorite Wet n’ Wild products? This is the first thing I’ve tried from them since I was a teenager so I’m curious what Wet n’ Wild products everyone else loves.

Comment below, unicorns!

You deserve it. Soak in a hot bubble bath, do a full-on Korean skincare routine, cozy up with your favorite book or movie…this the shiz I live for.

These are my 5 favorite beauty products to pamper myself with after a long week at work.

Treat Yourself Beauty

A few of my favorite things …

  1. Lush Bath Bombs

    I only joined the “Lush cult” within the last couple years, but now I’m a total believer. Toss one of these babies in running water and sink into a multi-colored, fizzy, beautifully scented dream. My favorites are Twilight, Blackberry, and Dragon’s Egg. They’re all totally different but completely amazing.
    Note: I’ve ordered online from Lush a few times with success but I’d really recommend visiting a store for the full Lush experience, especially if you’ve never tried them before. If you’re a DIY-er I’ve seen some great DIY Bath Bombs here and here.

  2. Face Masks

    Really, any face mask will do. Skincare is really such a personal thing and what works for one person, may not work for another. Lately, I’ve been loving Korean Sheet Masks like this one from The Face Shop. You can also give the Sephora Collection masks a try. I’ve used a few and love the Pearl one in particular.
    I also love a good kitchen face mask like these tried-and-true faves from Pinterest. Personally, I love mixing extra virgin olive oil with honey to treat dry skin with acne (a confusing skin condition that I find myself with during the winter months).

  3. Body Butters

    You don’t really have to buy anything for this one because chances are, you have a really thick body lotion lying around somewhere. And to be honest, most of them will work fine for this. But when I get out of the bath, I like to slather on a body butter. You know the kind – those lotions that are too thick to wear on a normalday , but make you feel soft and luxurious once they sink in. Apply it anywhere you have dry skin – heels, knees, elbows and, hands. Seal the deal by putting on a pair of thick socks and your comfiest sweats.

  4.  DIY Deep Conditioner

    If you aren’t going anywhere for awhile, why not treat your hair to a mask too? I love slathering olive oil on my split ends and then throwing my hair up into a ponytail. You can leave it on overnight, but I usually wash it out before going to bed so my pillowcase doesn’t get all greasy.

    You can find some other great DIY Deep Conditioners here.

  5. Eat Your Antioxidants

    I probably don’t need to tell you that foods rich in antioxidants are great for your skin. And any “treat yo’self” day isn’t complete without a little snack. I like dark chocolate with a hot cup of green tea (the Yogi brand is my fave). You can also chow down on berries, almonds, smoothies or even an iced coffee. Coffee is an antioxidant too!

 

In terms of activities, I love to watch feelgood nostalgic movies like Harry Potter (always) or read a fantastical book that takes me way out of my everyday life. The absolute best thing? Go to bed early and catch up on my beauty sleep!

What are your favorite things to do when you’re de-stressing or treating yourself? Are there any beauty treatments you do on a regular basis?

I’m particularly interested in DIY stuff lately since it costs less money. If anyone has a good beauty recipe, comment below!

Related: 15 Steps to Self-Care

When it comes to drugstore blushes – Milani kills it. Their famous “Luminoso” blush is a beauty blogger favorite. Although the peachy tones in that one didn’t work for my coloring, I thought the quality was top-notch. When I spotted these beautiful Milani Rose Blushes at Target, I was eager to try them out.

Milani Rose Blushes

The rose-patterned compacts come in 4 flushed shades – Romantic Rose, Coral Cove, Tea Rose, and Blossomtime Rose. Since coral blushes are hit or miss for me, I decided to give Romantic Rose and Tea Rose a try.

Milani Rose Blushes

Milani Rose Blushes – Romantic Rose (top), and Tea Rose (bottom)

As you can see, they apply sheer which makes them pretty goof-proof for everyday wear. Even if you’re super fair-skinned, you’re unlikely to have a blush mishap and apply too much. If you have darker skin, you may need to layer these to build up pigment.

For just $6.29 a pop, these are definitely a bargain. The formula reminds me of the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes ($29). They have no glow or shine to them, making them ideal for oily skin types. Plus, they last pretty well through a typical 8-hour workday.

Shade-wise, I find myself reaching for Romantic Rose a bit more often since it’s more neutral and goes with more looks. Tea Rose is definitely a bit brighter and girlier, a great pairing for pink or blue-red lipsticks.

Obviously, the rose pattern makes them feel perfect for the upcoming spring season and I like the look of them on my vanity. The compact doesn’t have a mirror in it which I’m okay with since I’m unlikely to re-apply blush throughout the day or on-the-go.

I picked these up at Target but Amazon sells them too.

What are your favorite drugstore blushes? I love finding beauty bargains at the drugstore but I don’t have many drugstore blushes! Comment below with your faves. <3

Until next time, stay rosy peeps!