Monday, May 28, 2012

Finding That Great Alternative

I came across an article the other day on Total Beauty ( entitled "11 Bright Makeup Colors That Work On Everyone". Of course after reading it, I wanted to check out some of the suggestions the article mentioned.  Then to make things a bit more interesting, I decided to challenge myself and see if I could find less expensive duplicates of the products I liked.

One of the article's universal color suggestions was L'Oreal Paris' Lip Infallible Lipgloss in Sangria. After combing the beauty aisles in the local drugstore chain, I found Rimmel's Moisture Renew Cream Lipgloss in Berry Bliss to be a good dupe of Sangria (I also consider this my greatest find for the month). Rimmel's Moisture Renew Cream Lipgloss has a SPF of 15 and does not leave your lips feeling sticky. These lipglosses come in 14 beautiful shades and retail for under $8 at drugstore chains. Or check them out at Ulta ( where they are currently priced under $6.  To me Berry Bliss is such a pretty color that I prefer to wear sans lipstick or lip liner.

Another suggestion from the article was M.A.C's Mocha satin finish lip color. It's peachy yellow brown coloring inspired me to locate its less expensive cousin. I checked out Revlon's Super Moisturizing Lipstick in Fleshtone #230 and found it to be a pretty good dupe for M.A.C.'s Mocha. When applying it, Fleshtone is so smooth it seems to glide across the lips. Buildable color without leaving your lips feeling sticky. Not only was I was happy to see that it complimented my skintone very well, the selling price of $6.99 also made my day! Check out Fleshtone #230 and other Revlon lipstick colors at your local drugstore chain or Ulta.
Right now I am pairing Fleshtone with NYX lip liner in Mahogany #890 and Wet-n-Wild's clear lipgloss in Reflection #311.

Although not part of the article, I wanted to mention it. On the nail lacquer front, Nicole by OPI has Kim-Pletely In Love. I learned about this particular shade of color on 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic's blog ( Again, I found a lovely dupe. Check out Essie's Pink-A-Boo from their Resort Collection. Bear in mind, the opacity of both isn't great as they require 3 to 4 coats. However both have a beautiful soft shimmer to them. Oh well, what's one extra coat? To see Kim-Pletely In Love on 15 Minute Beauty's blog click here.  To see Essie's Pink-A-Boo, go to (type pink-a-boo in the search box).

The retail price of Essie nail color is $8. Find Pink-A-Boo and other Essie nail products your local drugstore chain, beauty supply store, Sephora or Ulta. 

Until next time...stay beautiful!