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The Great Cosmetic Swap & Some New Finds from a Willing Test Subject

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It has been almost a year since I began my cosmetic overhaul.  I can happily report several changes:

  1. My skin has never felt or looked better.  I mean, probably as a baby, but I am not counting that time.
  2. I’ve never felt better or more well-informed about what I put on my skin.
  3. My bank account is also looking better (not after the holidays, but generally speaking)!  Who knew the good stuff was affordable?!

So in furtherance of my previous post, I decided to share my better-than-the-original swaps, my misses, my I-still-haven’t-found-what-I’m-looking-for and the best items I have discovered thus far.

SWAPS:

 

The NYX concealer is miraculous. I don’t miss the ever- popular Maybelline stick or any other pricey concealer.  If you’re looking for a liquid concealer their HD is pretty good too, but the coverage is much lighter.  As for skincare, anything Mario Badescu.  However, this pink drying lotion will take care of any breakout in 24-48 hours.

MISSES AND ALMOSTS:

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It turns out despite their representations, Almay is not cruelty free (much like Estee Lauder, if they sell in China they have to comply with the testing laws there, but all of these companies misrepresent this information and it is important to do independent research), and so I had to say goodbye to the most amazing eyebrow pencil I have used.  I tried the Milani eyebrow pencil, but I didn’t love it.  I then tried the ELF eyebrow pencil and I like it a lot better, but I may splurge next time and try the Anastasia eyebrow pencil.

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Mascara is the current bane of my existence.  I love mascara, I always have.  When I started using Benefit I thought that was it, the holy grail of mascaras, and it absolutely is perfection.  However, they are not a cruelty-free company.  So that’s out.  So far I have tried Milani, Wet n’ Wild,  NYX, Pacifica, BareMinerals, Too Faced, ELF and nada.  If I layer them sometimes it works, but it’s still not right.  I would say Too Faced is probably the closest, Milani is also a top contender, the best look is layering the ELF, Milane and NYX. Really, the search continues!

BEST FINDS:

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If you decide to try anything from this list, this is it.  Seriously, I would strongly encourage that you start here.  This tangerine lip balm is under $2, smells amazing and moisturizes like nothing else I have ever tried.  FYI, I also tried the honey version, but did not like the scent as much.

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As for hair care, I am still a HUGE fan of WEN.  I prefer the original almond mint scent.  It’s refreshing and leaves my scalp feeling clean and my hair feels very moisturized, but light.  However, a more affordable cleansing conditioner is Nubian Heritage.  The scent is nice, but without the mint it lacks WEN’s refreshing feeling.  However, it is very moisturizing.  If you’re a traditionalist and want a shampoo/conditioner option I love Giovanni’s avocado and olive oil line and Desert Essence’s coconut option.  Both smell great and leave your hair feeling soft and bouncy.

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So what’s thee ultimate it product? Well, anything by Mineral Fusion.  I especially can’t live without the Perfecting BB (the other option has a weird shimmer) and the SPF eye cream.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!