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As far as drugstore brands go, I never used to care much about L’Oreal. However, that all changed when they came out with my #1 favorite product, which you’ll find below – along with four other L’Oreal products I can’t live without, now that I’ve given them a chance.

Shade: Endless Sea

1. L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

It’s no secret I’m in love with this shadow. Since its debut, I haven’t stopped talking about it – and even got my sister hooked on the unbelievably budge-proof shades. I have several of these and they are always in my makeup bag! At some point, I know I’ll have all of these shades – or at least a good portion of them!

2. L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner

My sister turned me onto this eyeliner – I needed a replacement for my Maybelline, which wasn’t impressing me anymore. This is seriously one of the best budget-friendly liners I’ve tried, and it lasts for a long time. Plus, I like how I don’t have to mess with a sharpener. While I don’t know if it wears 16+ hours, it definitely wore 8 hours straight with no fading, smudging or creasing.

Shade: Riotous

3. L’Oreal H.I.P Studio Secrets Metallic Eyeshadow Duo

These highly pigmented shadow duos aren’t for the faint of heart, but they definitely deliver an impact. I have one of these and am super impressed by how blendable and bold these shades are. Plus, the metallic finish adds just enough shimmer without being too over the top.

4. L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base

I had a sample packet of this, and I don’t know why I haven’t run out to buy the full size – it’s pretty awesome. It made my skin look super smooth and helped provide a good canvas for foundation. While it isn’t the best primer I’ve ever used, I do like how it feels on my skin. It helped even out my skin tone, as well!

5. L’Oreal Everstrong Deep Replenishing Mask

I really like how this hair mask is sulfate-free, but that’s not even the best part about it. The best part? How may hair looks afterwards! Not only did this mask help tame my massive frizz problem, but it left my locks feeling super soft and healthy. Plus it has a really pleasant coconut scent that isn’t overwhelming.

What are your favorite L’Oreal products?


This week, I’d like to highlight a few of my favorite Maybelline products for this Brand Spotlight. I know that a lot of women seem to have a love/hate (sometimes just hate) relationship with the brand, and while I have definitely encountered some duds there are a few products that continue to impress me every time I use them.

Shade Pictured: Bad to the Bronze

1. Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow

I was hooked on these shadows the moment I tried them, so I’m glad I bought into all the hype and decided to give these a go. I have a few shades, and all of them are not only gorgeously pigmented but seriously long lasting, too. Do they last 24 hours? Heck if I know since I’m long past my “partying all night” days (mostly…), but I can tell you they last a good 8+ hours with very little to no fading or creasing.

Shade Pictured: Candy Coral

2. Dream Bouncy Blush

There were a lot of mixed reviews on these when they first came out, but I’m glad I decided to give them a try. I love how light and airy they are – there’s something so fun about the sponge-like texture. Plus, the color is buildable – you can opt for a sheer flush of color or build it up for a more eye popping shade. Plus, it lasts a decent amount of time on my finicky skin.

3. Shine Sensational Lip Gloss

If it were up to me, I’d have ALL of the flavors available from this line – the few I do have are simply delectable. They add a gorgeous color and a high-gloss shine, but they’re not as sticky as you’d think. Yes, there is definitely SOME stickiness, but that kind of thing has never bothered me. My favorite? Crazy for Caramel – it tastes and smells so heavenly, you have to try it to believe it!

Shade Pictured: Disco Pink

4. Color Sensational High Shine Lipstick

These are soooo pigmented and make my lips look super shiny, like I have gloss on – but I don’t. Since I normally like to apply gloss over my lipstick, these are great to have on hand when I just want to swipe and go. Honestly, if you haven’t tried these yet, do so – it doesn’t feel drying like other lipsticks can and it really does what it claims to do.

Shade Pictured: Pink Punch

5. Baby Lips Lip Balm

You can see the review I wrote on these here, and all these months later I still like to have a couple of these balms on hand. I prefer the minty varieties (like Peppermint) more than the colored ones, because I feel they’re more moisturizing. Plus, the colored ones make chapped lips REALLY noticeable, I’ve discovered – I keep those for when my lips are in good condition. Overall, though, these are great balms for the price and I love the fun, colorful packaging.

There you have it – my homage to Maybelline. What are your favorite Maybelline products? Any that stand out to you over all others?

I’ve been toying around with the idea of doing a weekly (or thereabouts) feature on a brand I know and love. To start things off, I’ve decided to pay homage to one of my favorite budget beauty brands: NYX. I haven’t been a fan for very long, but since discovering several of their products I am a devotee of NYX now.

Below, you’ll find 5 of my favorite NYX brand products and why they’ve made it onto this list. If you’ve never used NYX products before, the following picks are a great introduction to a must-have brand.

1. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

My first NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Rocky Mountain Green – caused me to fall in love, and since then I’ve been on a quest to pick up every color (eventually.) Every pencil in my stash hasn’t disappointed me. Fan-favorite Milk (white) is a great eyeshadow base and will make any color you put on last longer and be WAY more vibrant. With 28 shades to choose from, you are guaranteed to find at least one to bring home with you. They’re super creamy and great to wear on its own or combined with other shadows to form your unique eye look.


2. NYX Powder Blush

Normally, I’m a cream blush girl but NYX’s Powder Blush (specifically the color Angel) has made me sing a different tune – at least a little bit! Angel is such a flattering color, I can’t imagine it not working for EVERY skin tone. It looks pretty boring in the compact, to be honest, but on skin it gives you the perfect amount of warmth and color that really brightens up your face. You get a decent amount of product as well. I can’t wait to add more colors to my stash!


3. NYX Xtreme Lip Cream

When they say Xtreme, they really mean it! I have two shades – Dolly Girl and Bonfire – and love both of them. These creams are seriously pigmented and don’t dry out my lips due to their unique ability to combine lipstick, lip stain and gloss in one. Super rich and creamy, these lip creams are a must-have in any woman’s makeup stash and are two lip colors I turn to on a very regular basis.


Shade Pictured: Cherrry

4. NYX Single Eyeshadow

They have such an enormous color selection (160, to be exact) that I could spend months trying to collect them all – but I think it’d be worth it. The several shades I do own are gorgeous, pigmented and very blendable and they apply like a dream. I’ve tried a lot of budget eyeshadows, but these ones are my go-to favorite. Plus, they have a wide selection of finishes including shimmer, sheer, frosty, matte, glitter and metallic so there’s truly no limit to the amount of looks you can create.


Shade Pictured: Haute Melon

5. NYX Round Lipstick

If you’re at all familiar with this brand, you likely know that NYX’s Round Lipstick are highly praised in the beauty blogging community. With 144 shades to choose from and the amazing price point, it’s no wonder these are so popular. To be honest, I was skeptical at first – a lot of lipsticks tend to dry out my lips, which is why I prefer a gloss or gloss/lipstick hybrid. However, after purchasing one on a whim I am now eager to get my hands on several other colors. They’re creamy, fairly long lasting and have a huge variety of shades to suit any skin tone.


There you have it – my tribute to NYX! All products are available for purchase at nyxcosmetics.com Are you an NYX junkie like I am? What are your favorite products/shades?

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