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Your Springtime makeup look with Walgreens Beauty

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As a makeup artist, I have had the pleasure of being able to experiment with all types of beauty products, from high end department store brands, to tried and true drugstore products.  I have always been baffled when people assume that drugstore beauty doesn’t provide the same look as higher end product lines.  Ladies, this is simply not true!  To prove my point, I recently worked with Walgreens to create two looks using afew special products, and makeup tricks: L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara, L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Stain, L’oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream, and NIVEA – A Kiss of Care & Color Lip Care.

For the first look above, I wanted to keep the look clean and simple. Something that we all could do with little to no time! The main two products that make the look are deep, dark lashes by L’Oreal Butterfly mascara, and a soft peachy pink lip stain by L’oreal Colour Caresse Wet Stain in Pink Resistance. This pink is one of my absolute top picks for Spring.  And I have become obsessed with the staying power! Keep the rest of the face clean, and the eyeshadow simple by using a soft, shimmery beige. 


The next look is another easy to achieve evening look using just a few products. One of my favorite tricks for a quick evening look is to find the perfect red lip, and a dark voluminous mascara.  Once again, I relied on L’Oreal Butterfly mascara to do the trick!  Before starting your makeup application, I also highly suggest using a eyeshadow primer, and the L’Oreal Miracle Blur Eye Cream is as close to perfection as you can get.  I tried this out based on a recommendation from none other than the amazing (and I mean fantabulous) Billy B. Since he perfects the faces of every movie star imaginable, I take every tip he dishes out as gold!  This eye cream helps to brighten up the eye, blur wrinkles, and allow your makeup to last.  Flawless perfection.   Add a swipe of liquid eyeliner, and your eye look is Catwoman worthy.  The final step is, of course, the red lippy.  My pick was L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red.  It is the perfect cool red that makes me feel glamorous. And, because it is a stain you don’t have to worry about the dreaded lipstick on the teeth horror show. 


*Extra Tip: When using a lip stain, always prep your lips with a lip balm to hydrate and protect.  My choice was Nivea- A kiss of care & color lip care. Not only does it give your lips a boost of moisture, but it leaves a touch of color, making it the perfect lip base.  I keep mine in purse, and have become addicted to Kiss of Sheer Berry. 


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens Beauty through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.

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Sponsored – Cover Girl Outlast 3-1 Foundation

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Recently, I was asked to try out Cover Girl Outlast 3-1 Foundation and truly put it to the test. The newest formulation claims to last you throughout your day while keeping the skin shine free. One of the main selling points is that the foundation includes three products in one. Primer, Foundation, and Concealer in one simple step.

Honestly, I was extremely curious and my inner beauty sleuth happily took the challenge.

I invited filmmaker Zach Taylor to come and follow me around for one day and capture on film how the foundation held up.  He filmed me blogging, walking my dog Arthur, cooking, and finally ending my day with a glass of wine (everyone has that ritual…right?). Even Mike mentioned how “pretty” my makeup looked when he came home. It’s true. My makeup looked fresh, and had an amazing coverage without looking cakey.

But, the true endorsement….I am still wearing this foundation. I even wore it last week during the two day (and 10 hour) LuckyFABB conference, where I am hanging out with some of the industries best and most critical beauty and fashion bloggers. I loved it that much!

For the price point, this is an incredible foundation. The coverage is medium-full, and provides a semi-matte finish. You don’t even need to use powder! Another great bonus is the SPF 20 in the formulation. Perfect for Summer!  Seriously, in love.

Here are my tips:

  • Apply the foundation before any concealer.  This has a great coverage, so you might need less concealer than you thought! Personally, I only needed a small amount of color corrector to battle my dark circles. 
  • Let the foundation set before applying powder.  Honestly, the foundation does a fantastic job of setting to a soft powder finish, so be careful when applying any type of powder.  Just alittle on the T-Zone is all that is needed! 
  • Use a dome shaped foundation brush for application.  This gives an even finish, and can help apply foundation in the smaller areas around the face, such as around the nose and under the eyes. 
  • If you are struggling finding your perfect shade, try mixing two complimentary colors.  I use a small plastic dish to mix my colors at home. This is a great way to slowly add more warmth during the Summer months. 
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Bright Eye Makeup Inspiration

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Now that the clocks have blasted forward one hour, it means that Spring is right around the corner.  For makeup artists, and beauty lovers everywhere, that means that it is time to brighten up the makeup routine and add some color to your normal makeup look.  

One of my favorite ways to incorporate color is to create a bright eyed makeup look, with gorgeous pastels, guilded bronzes, or bright blues.  These pops of color always make me feel refreshed and ready for Spring.  But, before you run out and swipe that bright burst of color on your eyelids, here are some tips to keep your colorful look ready for any occasion:

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  • Always start with a neutral eyeshadow base.  You want the color to be a gorgeous pop….not to take over your entire eyelid.  Think enhancement…not overload
  • Use a cream color eyeshadow all over the eye
  • Add a neutral taupe, camel, or soft brown in the crease
  • Use a subtle deep brown to line the eye.
  • Try Sonia Kashuk or Pixi palettes as your base. Both make stunning neutral palettes that are anything but boring, and have all the colors you need in one kit!

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  • Now have fun with your color!  I love to add a purple to inner corner for an unexpected burst of bright color.  Miliani is one of my go-to eyeshadow brands for brighter colors.  
  • If you want to add multiple colors, I suggest using a cream.  They blend together seamlessly. I personally love the way CoverGirl ShadowBlast wands work together. My personal blend is the baby blue and pink.  I blend these near the upper lash line for a soft, yet sexy glow. 


  • Not yet ready for color?  Then try a sultry, sparkly bronze or bright gold. These colors still add an unexpected pop, but are more subtle than a burst of color.
  • For these colors, I personally love creams, or deeply pigmented shadows. These tend to give the look of liquid gold. 
  • With bronze, I love to pat the color in the middle of the lid.  Letting it enhance your neutral browns, and draw attention to the eye. Currently, I mix Maybelline Color Tattoo, or Milani Diamond Dazzle

So tell me, what is your favorite color for spring?  How do you make your eyes pop!

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

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