Over the past few months, I’ve snapped new products I am testing out and trying and I’ve received SO many questions regarding my thoughts on these products. However, I thought it would be fun to share with you my holy grail drug store (or affordable) makeup as well as my HG (holy grail) luxury/high end items!
I am typically a ‘you get what you paid for’ type girl – for the most part I typically like the real deal more than the dupe when it comes to beauty products. However, the past few months I’ve found some ‘dupe’ items that I think are better or equal to the high end products. So let’s get started…
1. St. Moriz Self Tanner ($12)
-This is comparable to St. Tropez or any other higher end self tanner. In fact, I’ve told so many friends and family about this product and they all tell me it’s better than a spray tan.
2. Real Techniques Sponge (2 for $10)
-If you’ve followed for me for a a while you know I am a huge fan of this sponge. I believe a sponge is essential for makeup application so I like to have a few back ups in my vanity drawer. I do like the Beauty Blender a lot but I think this is equal to the BB and it’s half of the cost.
3. RCMA Powder ($10)
-You guys know that the Laura Mercier powder is a HG of mine – I will not travel with out it. However, I decided to try this since it’s only $10 and I actually really like it & think it is comparable to the Laura Mercier. (The video on my sidebar –> is where I show my daily makeup routine and how I use this powder.)
-I own like every highlighter that comes out – mainly because not many work on my skin or show up on my skin. I am always trying new ones hoping they will really show up and make my skin glow! The other day, I got a package from ColourPop and randomly tried their highlighter and I was in shock. They are GOOD. Holy cow – you guys have to try it!
I keep this in my handbag because it’s a favorite of mine. I have HG mascaras that cost $25+ but I like using this one for layering mascara. If I want my lashes to look extra long I add a coat of this one!
6. NYX Brow Gel
Just a warning – this is a strong product BUT it is SO waterproof that I find it 100% worth it. It’s not super user friendly but boy, when you get used to it – it stays and your eyebrows will not move all day!
7. Japonesque Blending Brush ($25)
This brush is $25 which is not cheap, but its kind of a dupe for the Nars brushes that are $50+. I think these brushes are really good quality and many of them are similar to the Nars brushes.
This liner is everything. I use it almost daily – its the best liner because it lasts and the color goes with SO many lipsticks. I also think it helps make your lips look fuller because the shade is a brown color that creates a shadow effect!
I’ve seen so many YouTubers rave about this and I finally gave it a try. I was disappointed bc it only comes in one shade and it wasn’t dark enough for me BUT if you are not very tan, this is a great product. It is so smooth and looks SO good and natural! I also love the smell and packaging! I use it on my chest if I don’t have a spray tan. 🙂
Oh- em- gee! I love this line SO much. They sent all of the colors in a PR package and it was SO fun. This formula is amazing – super smooth, pigmented, and wears SO well!
I seriously LOVE this powder. It is pricy but it is worth it – if you need it. I think it is best for those who need full coverage or are oily. This powder can be worn alone for coverage but I use it over a lightweight foundation. It lasts ALL day and is REALLY good. I keep it in my handbag throughout the day. I don’t know of any powder foundation that even compares to this.
Ahhh I spent weeks trying to hunt down this concealer – it is always sold out. 🙁 I found a ‘fair’ shade and purchased it but the color didn’t match. BUT the formula is so good. It’s full coverage and just wears so well and covers my dark circles.
This comes as a set but I think it’s a good deal to buy both. I buy a new Sigma F80 every 6mos or so because I only use this brush for foundation application. It is the only brush I really love for a flawless application. The cleaning mat is essential – I clean my brushes before I go on a trip which is about 2-3x a month. The mat does all of the work for you and gets all of the product out easily.