beauty and skincare

Best Drugstore Beauty Finds

Sometimes you don’t have an extra $64 laying around for that fabulous Armani Luminous Silk foundation; you just need a product that’s affordable and WORKS! That’s where the drugstore is your best friend. Over the years, drugstore brands have gotten better and better- it’s surprising the quality makeup you can find for such accessible prices. Here are some tried and true drugstore best sellers, award winners, and favorites that will prove you don’t always need to spend a lot of money to get an awesome product.

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First up, the Covergirl TruNaked eyeshadow palette. The softness, high pigmentation and supreme blendability of this shadow is kind of unbelievable for $9.99. The line of 8 palettes offers surprising and creative color combinations that will make you want to buy them all.

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Above shade in  Peach Punch

Above shade in Peach Punch

Revlon PhotoReady perfecting foundation primer is a multi-tasker. Not only does it instantly mattify, it also reduces the appearance of pores and gives your skin an overall smoothness and even texture, making the perfect canvas for foundation. Truly on par with some $30 primers!

Such a deal at  Target

Such a deal at Target

Rimmel London 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner. The wear is incredible, and at about $4 a pencil, you can have one in every color! They glide on smoothly and stay put for hours. One shade that I always have in my makeup kit is Spice.

Find it  Here

Find it Here

Loreal Lash Paradise is the best thing since Great Lash. I hope this mascara never goes away, and with the popularity it’s gaining I think it’ll be here to stay. It lifts, curls, lengthens, and basically doubles the look of your lashes. This mascara is for fans of a very full voluminous look, not clumpy, but a nice thick application. If you’ve tried Chanel’s Le Volume or Too Faced Better than Sex, this will give you a very similar if not identical result. This mascara is not for someone who likes to see every lash separated- if that’s you, stick to something like Lancome Definicils. Lash Paradise does not flake! I repeat, zero flakes, and it’s easy to wash off at night. What more can you ask for in a mascara??

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Next up, the Make Her Gel-Ous gel Eyeliner by Joah Beauty. SO waterproof!! Stay’s put in the water line and is soft enough to use with an eye liner brush to wing it out. This is a CVS exclusive brand. Available in 6 great shades for $7.99! I’m trying granite next.

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In 2017, Burt’s Bee’s came out with an entire line of makeup! You won’t find the whole line at all stores, but it’s worth the search. The blush is great, I love Bare Peach, and I use Toasted Cinnamon as a bronzer- perfect for fair to medium skin tones. Also amazing, and an award winner with Allure is the Mattifying Powder Foundation which controls oil without killing  your radiance.

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NYX - I suppose it’s debatable if this is truly a drugstore brand, but it’s certainly at a drugstore price point! Really almost everything they make is great, but if I’m choosing a few favorites, it’s the lip liners, The dewy finish setting spray, and the Soft Matte lip Cream, which is like a silky long wear without the drying effect.

The matte formula is great too!

The matte formula is great too!

And finally, foundations. According to Allure, the beauty bible, Maybelline’s SuperStay 24HR Full Coverage Foundation won the number one spot for their 2018 best full coverage foundation. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter and more glowy, the Maybelline New York Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation won’t do you wrong. Love that it comes in 40 shades! Also in Allure’s top five is the Physicians Formula Super CC Cream, which I haven’t tried yet but will be heading to Rite Aid today to pick one up. Happy shopping and happy saving, beauties!

Xoxo,

Joelle of Dreamcatcher Artistry




A Clean Beauty Starter Guide

The Cat’s out of the bag. What you put on your face travels through your skin and into your bloodstream- and if what you’re putting on your face is toxic, it can cause hormonal issues, disease, possibly even cancer. Lucky for us makeup enthusiasts, there are new green beauty brands popping up daily. While there are plenty of options, sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin, especially when you’ve been using the same suggestively named Nars blush for the past ten years ;) If you want to clean up your beauty routine, here’s how to start.

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To change your purchasing habits, you might need to change where you shop. As of now, most Ultas, Sephoras and department stores stock very few, if any natural makeup brands (sorry Tarte, I love you but you don’t count) But hallelujah, there are now beauty retailers like Credo Beauty and The Detox Market that stock ONLY clean brands!! They have very high standards and many glorious options fit for a professional makeup artist’s kit. Shop with them online if you aren’t near a big city. Or, shop online directly with brands. As a makeup artist, here are some non-toxic beauty brands I love, and my favorite product they make:

Another bonus of Green beauty brands- they often package sustainably too, all the more reason to love this organic bronzer.

Another bonus of Green beauty brands- they often package sustainably too, all the more reason to love this organic bronzer.

Now, I’ll admit that sometimes you just need a good waterproof mascara that won’t budge, and this isn’t something our natural beauty chemists have been able to conquer just yet. Until they do, it’s ok to use a conventional product! As long as you are aware of what’s in it-  just look for the top 10 dirty ingredients to avoid:

  • PARABENS -Petroleum based preservative found in everything. Disrupts hormones by mimicking estrogen, potentially linked to breast cancer

  • MINERAL OIL / PETROLEUM- even though mineral oil sounds natural, and it technically is, our bodies can NOT metabolize it, thus it stays in us forever. Can be found in our fat tissue and breast milk, linked to possible organ toxicity.

  • SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE/ PHTHALATES -The FDA allows companies to list “fragrance” as if it’s one ingredient, but it never is. This means there could be 30 other ingredients hiding behind that synthetic “fragrance” curtain. Phthalates are the #1 cause of dermatitis, also possible birth defects, breast cancer, diabetes

  • SULFATES/ SLS/ SLES- A highly drying and irritating foaming agent found in anything that suds

  • TALC -Can be laced with asbestos- since it’s not tested and there’s no way to know, it’s best to avoid

  • TRICLOSAN- Antibacterial agent that allows bacteria to become antibiotic resistant, endocrine disruptor

  • PROPYLENE GLYCOL- Petroleum derrived, helps a product (and all its ingredients) penetrate faster. Also used in anti freeze and brake fluid

  • BHA/BHT Synthetic preservatives, possible carcinogen and  endocrine disruptor

  • OXYBENZONE + OCTINOXATE- These extremely common synthetic chemical sunscreens can generate free radicals in the body, endocrine disrupting

  • ETHANOLAMINES (MEA/DEA/TEA)- ammonia compound that is another hormone disruptor, linked to inhibited fetal brain development

Once you are in the know, it can feel a bit overwhelming. But remember that this can be a gradual change- you don’t have to throw everything out today. As you finish a conventional product, make the switch to a clean one. For further education, check out EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic database. This site allows you to search popular products, which are individually scored from 1-10 on a “clean” to “dirty” scale, helping you make a quick and informed decision.  If you’re still skeptical that this whole thing is even an issue, head to beautytruth.com and start reading :)  

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Some good news regarding conventional beauty brands: they are slowly beginning to realize we DO care what goes into our products, and we’re seeing reformulations of products to remove some of the really bad stuff. Nars used to have three forms of Parabens in their blush (Methly, Propyl and butylparabens, all at the top of your do-not-use list) and now its paraben free. It’s still far from organic, but hey, it’s a start!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all of my green beauty research, it’s this: the only person who can regulate and care about what’s going into your body is you. Not the government, not the FDA, and not Sephora. We only get one body in this life, and it takes us on an amazing journey. Be kind to it! Here’s to being beautiful and healthy.

Xoxo,

Joelle of Dreamcatcher Artistry