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Drugstore Fabulous: Dupe Edition

21 Jul

Recently I stopped into my local Rite Aid and I was so excited to see a bunch of new products from Black Radiance. If you’ve never heard of Black Radiance, it’s a line of cosmetics formulated for women of color. However even if you aren’t of color, you can still benefit from their really pigmented eye and lip products. Black Radiance has come out with 3 new dupes for high end products.

The first one that jumped out at me was the Perfect Tone Lip Gloss. It immediately reminded me of Smashbox O Gloss. It’s a self adjusting formula that claims to be long lasting and hydrating. The idea is that the lipgloss goes from clear to your perfect shade of pink. It’s pretty gimmicky but a fun idea none the less. If you’ve been wanting to try Smashbox O Gloss but don’t want to spend $22 on it, give this gloss a try.

The next product I noticed was a Starry Eyes Shadow Stick. It looks like a great dupe for mac shadesticks. Shade sticks are really popular because they make really great eyeshadow bases. It looked like they had a nice selection of neutral shades that would work well with just about any look you’re going for. At 4 dollars a pop, you could get 4 Black Radiance Shadow Sticks for the price of 1 mac shadestick.

My favorite out of the bunch was the Complexon Perfection Under Eye Concealer. It’s a very similar concept to the LORAC Double Feature Concealer. Complexion Perfection is a duo that has a stick concealer on one side and a liquid concealer on the other. The lorac one has a little rollerball that can be used to blend the concealer. The idea is interesting but but not at all worth the extra cash. The other difference is that the lorac double feature has a liquid highlighter. To dupe this, just a bit of a luminizer, liquid bronzer, or a shimmery pigment to the liquid concealer side of Complexion Perfection and stir it up.

These’s aren’t the only new products. There’s also new liquid foundation ,primer, and a bunch of other cool stuff so go check it out.

Peace Love & Lipgloss


Fabulous Fragrances: A Viva La Juicy Dupe!

13 Jul

Usually I’m not a big Bath and Body Works fan. I mean some of the scents are nice but I prefer getting a nice perfume that will last all day rather than a bunch of body sprays where the scent is gone in about 20 minutes. But I had a coupon for a free full sized body product with any 10 dollar purchase. And if you know me, you know I absolutely love coupons especially buy one get one free coupons. So here I am wandering around Bath and Body Works not really finding anything worth my 10 dollars when a sales lady hands me another coupon for a free C.O. Bigelow lipshine with any 10 dollar purchase. I’m thinking sweet another coupon! But then she tells me I can combine it with the coupon I already have! So I can get free lotion and lipgloss for the price of one body spray plus tax?! SCORE! I could not walk out of there empty handed. I was on a mission to find a scent a like. Enter Forever Sunshine. It’s Bath and Body Works newest scent and it’s also my new favorite Bath and Body Works scent. Bath and Body Works describes it as

“a fresh blend of golden apricot, pink peonies, and a hint of praline that captures the romance of warm days that linger into cool autumn. Experience this fragrance whenever you crave the essence of summer”

The apricot and berries make it fruity, light, and summery while the pralines tone down the sweetness of it and give it a nutty warmth. The scent is a little different and unique for me so it kinda had to grow on me, but I love it for summer nights and I think it’s going to transition really nicely into fall. Seriously the more I smell it, the more I love it. I have the triple moisture body cream on right now, and I keep sniffing my hands as I type this.

Like I said early, body sprays tend to not linger for very long. I’m really not one to go douse myself in body spray every 45 minutes so what I like to do is layer the fragrance. First thing I do when I get out of the shower is dry off and then put the body cream on. Then I get dressed and put on the body spray. The spray kinda clings to the body cream which helps it last longer. I’m probably going to go back and get the shower gel and the perfume so I can really smell like Forever Sunshine all day long. Or maybe if someone loves me, they’ll get it for my birthday =)

An interesting thing I found out when I was doing some research on Forever Sunshine is that it’s a pretty good dupe of Viva La Juicy. They both have notes of berries, gardenia, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline. I would say Viva La Juicy is a little sweeter smelling but they’re really similar scents.So if you were looking for Viva La Juicy on a budget or you really like the scent, I would suggest you go check out Forever Sunshine.

P.S. I always feel really cool when I put this on because it has sandalwood in it, and Serena from the Gossip Girls series had sandalwood in her perfume. Haha I’m a loser, but you know that you love me 😉