Drugstore vs. High End Makeup - Is There Really A Difference?

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I've always wondered whether the big priced tag attached to some of my favourite brands of makeup really was justified. I'm by no means a product junkie, so I decided to go to someone who is and put some makeup to the test! I spent the morning with Amanda from Lashes Lips N Liner (follow her on Instagram for your daily dose of makeup heaven and product recommendations) and we did a quick makeover using drugstore brands on one side of my face and high end makeup on the other. Surprisingly, when I asked you all on Instagram which was which, the majority of you spotted the difference! I'm going to cover which products we used, which Amanda thinks are comparable and which she absolutely thinks are worth the extra investment! We went for a super quick and easy every day look and will be covering some tips and tricks next week!

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BEFORE - NO MAKEUP

BEFORE - NO MAKEUP

AFTER! MAkeup by Amanda left side: Drugstore brands ($43) right side: High end brands ($158)

AFTER! MAkeup by Amanda
left side: Drugstore brands ($43)
right side: High end brands ($158)

These are the products we used: 

Correcter/concealer: Pixi by Petra ($17) vs Benefit Boi Ing ($30)
Blush: Annabelle ($8) vs. Burberry ($50)
Mascara: L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara ($6) vs. Urban Decay Perversion ($32)
Brow Gel: Essence Make Me Brow ($4) vs. The Brow Gal ($22)
Lipstick: Rimmel by Kate ($8) vs. MAC ($24)

Drugstore Total: $43
High End Total: $158

Over all, the only 2 products that Amanda really recommends spending a bit more on are the Concealer and the Lipstick. You can see in the picture that my dark circles aren't as well concealed by the cheaper brand (and we know that as moms we need all the help we can get covering those bad boys)!

The lipstick is also worth the investment for a few reasons: 
#1. The feel. I could IMMEDIATELY feel the difference. The more expensive lipstick felt nicer on my lips
#2. The smell. The cheaper brand had a more plastic and synthetic smell.
#3. The wear. The cheaper lipstick will run and will not last as long. 

Stay tuned next week for our 5 product - 5 minute makeover! 

Click here to follow Amanda on Instagram - she offers tons of product recommendations, unboxings and product hauls and TONS of makeup advice!

Neutrogena To The Rescue This Summer!

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I got my hands on Neutrogena's MUST HAVE products this summer and am thrilled to say they don't disappoint.

Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment : Ok so this is the coolest product I've seen all year. It uses red and blue light to treat acne without any discomfort! It's portable (it is literally the size of a pen), it's quick (the treatment takes 2 minutes) and it's affordable. This is totally my must have product this summer for those hot days and the blemishes that often accompany them! Click here to get more info.

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Deep Clean Micellar Water and Makeup Remover: BEST feature of this product, hands down: It removes waterproof makeup! This had me jumping for joy. I am obsessed with micellar water but I haven't been able to find one that removes waterproof mascara and waterproof sunscreen which leaves me struggling in the summer for something that works. I am so happy to have discovered this just in time. It smells divine, is gentle on my sensitive skin and doesn't leave a residue behind. OBSESSED. Click here to learn more.

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Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion: The first thing I noticed was the smell - it smells heavenly and not like a sunscreen at all. It goes on so smoothly, doesn't leave a white residue behind, is SPF 50 (no sun spots for me!!) and a little goes a long way! I also love that it's a gel cream - it has the most incredible texture. Click here to learn more!

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Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Cleansing Wipes: These 3 in 1 wipes are perfect to throw in your purse, gym bag or work bag for a quick midday cleanse and makeup touch up during the hot sticky summer. I love that it targets impurities and removes makeup and cleanses without needing water! Click here to learn more.

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Hydro Boost Multivitamin Booster with Hyaluronic Acid: This serum can be used on it's own or added to a moisturizer you already have for added moisture and radiance. It helps to energize and brighten the look of your skin with Hyaluronic Acid and a Multivitamin Complex!  I will definitely be adding it to my tinted moisturizer because my skin needs all the hydration it can get after being out in the sun. Click here to learn more.

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If you're looking for a few new additions to your skincare routine, I totally recommend one of the above products! Let me know what you think of them in the comments below!

xox Tovah

Eyelash Extensions... Here's What I Thought

With a newborn, it's been hard to get my beauty routine back on track. I was never a high maintenance type of girl anyways but the few things that I did do made a huge difference, and I find myself now always having to make the choice between putting on makeup or brushing my hair. The struggle is real mamas. My daily beauty ritual used to consist of some under eye concealer, mascara, foundation and a lip gloss (and ALWAYS some SPF). Since Zane arrived, I'm lucky to get out the door not covered in spit up.

Dark circles have become a normal part of my daily look (like most new mothers) and no matter how much sleep I get, I always seem to need more and I've accepted and decided to rock my dark circles... said no woman EVER.  In an attempt to make my morning ritual easier (which is what we all ultimately want!), and to draw the eye away from the dark circles, I decided to try some eyelash extensions! I went to someone who was referred to me... I definitely believe in referrals instead of google when possible. The woman I went to see applies, what she calls, Russian volume extensions, which is a type of extension that maximizes volume and minimizes damage to your natural lashes. Imagine a fan type of look where 5 extensions (in the shape of a fan) are attached to each of your natural lashes. They are supposed to be thinner and weigh less than traditional lash extensions so they aren't supposed to weigh down your natural lashes or feel heavy on the eye. They are glued on super close to the root and as your natural lashes fall off (just like the hair on your head does), the extensions fall with it! Apparently if they are applied properly, they are supposed to cause no damage to your natural lashes. 

I called around to a few places in my area and in general, they seem to cost between $120-$150 for the first time and the appointment can take anywhere from 1.5-3 hours. The fill appointments range from $35-$60 depending on how many lashes you need replaced. Taking care of them is relatively simple - no rubbing your eyes aggressively and no sleeping face down at night (who does that anyways?!).

This is my third week with them and here's what I think.

The PROS:

  • I feel like my eyes look more open, awake, and they definitely do the job of drawing the attention away from my dark circles.
  • I always look like I have killer mascara on.
  • I will never need mascara again

The CONS: 

You can see the holes from where the fake lashes have fallen

You can see the holes from where the fake lashes have fallen

  • Because I don't generally wear a lot of makeup, I find the Russian volume lashes a bit too fake looking for me. On my friend who referred me, they look fantastic, but on me they seem a bit out of place. I feel like I am ready to go to a club to be honest with you.
  • The maintenance: As my lashes naturally fall out, and along with them the extensions, I am noticing bald patches because my new natural lashes that are growing in are so much thinner and shorter than the extensions. I would probably need to get a fill every 2 weeks to be happy which could cost me an extra $100/month.

I've included a before and after picture on the bottom! Despite thinking that they are a bit too bold for my face, I am not completely deterred. I will be going back on Tuesday for a fill using a different and more natural technique. Stay tuned to see the results! 

Before eyelash extensions with no makeup on.

Before eyelash extensions with no makeup on.

After eyelash extensions with no makeup on

After eyelash extensions with no makeup on

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