1. NYX Mosair Powder in Rosey ($7) // 2. Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal Cream Shadow ($7) // 3. Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Smokey Taupe ($5) // 4. Say Yes to Tomatoes Facial Towelettes ($6) // 5. Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper Lipsmacker ($2) // 6. Prestige Primed & Ready ($8.50)
One. Having trouble finding the right shade of blush? Try a mixed palette like this NYX blushing powder from Mosaic. If you can’t find NYX products in stores, Physician’s Formula offers a similar product for $13 that you can pick up at any drugstore.
Two. When Maybelline launched their foil-like shadows, they were featured on several beauty blogs so I decided to try them. I found the silver and gold to be heavy and gaudy. (I felt like Cinna had done my eye makeup after an all-night bender.) But these subtler shades, called Barely Branded and Inked in Pink, are pretty fantastic.
Want a non-cream shadow with the perfect amount of gold shimmer? You need Stila Oasis.
Three. I’ve seen a number of women wearing taupe-y polishes this fall, and some of them are just too close to their skin color. When the nails blend in with the fingers, they strike me as a bit corpse-like. This taupe color, however, is just right.
Four. I’ve officially tried every makeup-removing towelette Yes to… makes. The Blueberry towelettes are great for any skin type. The Grapefruit, which have fruit acids for brightening, work well for women who want more exfoliation with their cleansing. The towelettes above, the Tomato version, have salicylic acid to help fight acne.
While I like all of these products, I will tell you that, even with the stronger Grapefruit towelette, you will need a separate eye makeup remove. I was buying chemical removers for years, but no, I just use olive oil and a cotton ball. It’s cheaper, effective and natural.
Five. I was browsing the Drugstore.com site when this throwback beauty product appeared. I purchased it for the nostalgia, but I had forgotten how lovely the sheer, reddish-brown color was. The lingering scent of Dr. Pepper isn’t bad either.
Six. I’ve been looking for ways to save on my makeup, and one of the first savings opportunities that I identified was eye primer. I’m currently using NARS primer, so a this primer from Prestige would save me a decent amount of money.
I also tried the NYX eye shadow base. It has a heavier consistency and a bright white color. If you use heavily-pigmented shadows or spend a lot of time on your eye makeup, the NYX is the primer for you. The stark primer really makes your makeup pop.