Top 10 Foundations Under $10

Having the perfect canvas is the best way to start your makeup. Foundations used to be a splurge item years ago but not anymore. Affordable foundations are making a clear entrance into the makeup industry. Here are 10 amazing foundations for $10 or less.

1. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation- Hydrate and Smooth

The hydrate and smooth gives a natural yet dewy look and designed for dehydrated skin. It has very buildable coverage and never looks overdone.

2. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation - Matte and Poreless

The matte and poreless provides oil control and does not look flat. Great for acne-prone skin or those with dilated pores.

3. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer

Get smooth and flawless coverage with just one pump of foundation. Skip the concealer as this is a very high coverage foundation.

4. Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

Light weight and feels like nothing on the skin, yet buildable coverage. This foundation looks fabulous in photos as it has light diffusing complex that gives you a #nofilter perfection.

5. NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation

If you are not a fan of liquid foundation, this is the perfect way to get full coverage in a compact. The foundation gives you a matte look but not flat as stated in the name. Great for oily skin but works for normal skin as well as it does look drying like most powder foundations. 

6. Maybelline New York Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation

In a very thin consistency, this foundation applies well and blends easily. It applies like a liquid and dries into a powder-like texture.

7. Cover Girl Ready, Set Gorgeous Liquid Makeup Foundation

An oil free foundation that will not clog pores, leaving a shine free complexion that lasts all day. The built in powder system prevents the foundation from slipping and sliding.

8. Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation

If you never know which color is the right match, this foundation takes the guess work out. The foundation is very forgiving and will blend seamlessly into the skin for a hydrating and natural finish.

9. True Match Super Blendable Makeup

A makeup artist favourite, this extremely buildable foundation comes in every possible shade imaginable  for all ethnicities. Makeup artists apply a thin layer for sheer coverage or several layers for wedding makeup.

10. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Lightweight and barely there foundation, this foundation feels like a second layer to your skin. Get a radiant natural finish that looks lit from within.

5 Must Have Makeup Products For A Holiday Glam Look

The Holidays are here and it is time to dress up your everyday makeup routine. It is the perfect time to look glamorous for all the festivities. Here are five makeup products you can use to instantly change your look from everyday to glam. 

1. Golden or plum eyeshadow

Gold and red are the perfect festive colours of the season to put on your eyes. Golden shadows will bright light to the eyes like christmas lights and the plum coloured shadow can be used to contour the eyes to add depth to the eyes.

Top Recommendation:

Urban Decay Naked Palette using Trick and Blackhorse

2. Golden highlighter

Nothing draws more light to the face then to have the perfect golden sheen above your cheekbones. Golden highlights flatter most skin tones and can look very subtle or dramatic depending on how intense you want your highlight.

Top Recommendation:

Too Faced Candlelight in White Gold

3. Red lip stick

Even if you are not a red lip stick person, the holidays will make you want to put on a lipstick. Instantly glam up your look with the perfect red lipliner and lipstick. Add a touch of gold eyeshadow to the centre of your red lips to make your lips look plumper.

Top Recommendation:

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme in Zivoli

4. False lashes

Open up and frame your eyes with fake eyelashes. To elongate the eyes or create a cat eye effect, choose lashes with shorter hair on the inner corner and progressively get longer towards the outer corner.

Top Recommendation:

Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes in Black

5. Liquid Eyeliner

Ditch the pencil eyeliner and add some intensity with a liquid eyeliner. Liquid liners give a more precise application that will stay on all day with no smudging to last you through those holiday parties.

Top Recommendation:

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

5 Makeup Tips On How To Make Your Face Look Slimmer

It has been universally accepted that slimmer and defined faces are portrayed as beauty. Not everyone has slender faces and perfect jawline like Kim Kardashian to Jessica Alba. but the power of make up can significantly create the illusion of slimmer faces that make you appear as if you lost 10 lbs.

1. Use two different shades of foundation

The key to a slimmer face starts with the foundation. Choose a foundation colour 2 shades darker for the outer perimeter of your face and the lighter foundation on the inner portions of your face to create highlight and shade.

2. Perfectly arched eyebrows

Your eyebrows frames your face and complement your face shape. Having arched eyebrows will draw your attention to the arch and detract from a round face. A sharp arch will balance out the roundness of the face with its angularity.

3. Use matte contour powder

Bronzers often have glitters that reflect light and draw attention. The purpose of a contour is to recede and shade certain portions of the face. Using a matte contour powder in the right areas of your face such as in the hollows of your cheeks, along the sides of the nose, along the jawline and on the sides of your forehead can drastically slim your face. Remember to blend it seamlessly with a beauty blender or brush when applying.

4. Use highlighter

Highlighter does the opposite of contour, it protrudes areas you want to emphasize to add dimension to your face. The highlighter can be matte or shimmer but should be placed strategically in the center of the forehead, on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and down to the cupids bow and below the lower lips.

5. Apply blush in the right place

The placement of the blush can also create the illusion of a slimmer face if it is used like a contour. Instead of placing the blush on the apples of the cheeks, apply it slightly above your contour in a diagonal line from the middle of the cheeks upward towards your ears.

5 Ways To Look Radiant, Energized and More Awake With Makeup

Makeup can not only transform your features but make you look more radiant, energized and awake. Here are five tips that can make you look like you had a full 8 hour rest and recharged for the day to come.

1. Moisturise or use a face oil

The most important step to radiant skin is to provide enough hydration for your skin. Facial oils are becoming more popular as they can help balance and add hydration to the skin regardless of your skin type. To get naturally glowing skin, read 5 Ways To Get Hydrated, Glowing Skin and Get Rid of Dry Flaky Skin.

2. Use a foundation with a dewy, glowy finish

A foundation that has a matte finish may make your face appear dull. Choose a light reflecting foundation or use a BB cream which has sheer coverage but doubles up as a moisturiser. The finish of your foundation should give you a dewy yet natural look.

3. Use a highlighter

Adding light to the correct places on your face can make you look more awake. Highlight above the cheekbones, in the centre of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose and even slightly above the cupid's bow of your lips.

4. Use a light, brightening concealer

The eyes give it away. Hide those dark circles and puffy eyes. Choose a salmon-colored concealer under the eye first to counteract the dark circles, then blend a light reflecting concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin tone under the eyes to fake a bright eyed look.

5. Add a pop of color to your makeup

If all fails and you are short on time, add a pop of color to your look. Throw on a vibrant colored blush or lipstick such as coral or bright pink for an instant awake look.

Top 5 Best Holiday Red Lipsticks For Christmas and New Years Parties

Nothing is more festive than wearing the classic red lip during the holidays. The red lip creates an instant glamorous yet polished look that is appropriate for all holiday gatherings. Here is a list of the top five low end and high end red lipsticks that is worth the investment during the most wonderful time of the year. To learn how to make your lipstick last throughout an entire party, please read my post on 5 Ways To Make Your Lipstick Stay On All Day .

Low End

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in Siren In Scarlet

This is a new favourite; one of the most moisturising and non-drying matte lipsticks one the market. It is a brighter red that instantly brightens up your face and makes you look more youthful.

New York Color-Ultra Moist Lip Wear Retro Red 308B

One of the most inexpensive red lipsticks around. This lipstick works exceptionally well on those with warm undertones. The packaging may not be the most durable, but the product itself is moisturising and wear well for the price.

Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Fire and Ice

A favourite for many years, this red lip has a little bit of a coral undertone. Known for its creamy consistency and long wear ability, Revlon Super Lustrous Creme formula lipsticks are not only affordable but comparable to many high end brands.

High End

MAC Retro Matte Ruby Woo

Pair this red lip with a cherry lip liner and its known to give you the classic Snow White red lip. Since it has a matte formula, remember to exfoliate your lips and apply lip balm before putting this lipstick on.

NARS Red Lizard

NARS is known for its high impact and bold lipsticks. Red Lizard is a slightly darker classic red that has a flattering blue tone which makes teeth appear whiter.

Top 5 Waterproof Must-Have Makeup Products for the Beach/Pool

Here are five products that will keep your makeup looking beautiful at the beach/pool even when you get wet. Summer is here and not all of us can go makeup less when we have a beach/pool day. Many products claim to be water-resistant but only a handful can be considered truly waterproof. For more longlasting makeup tips, read my series of posts on How to Make Your Makeup Stay On .

Liquid Liner
MAC Liquidlast Liner
All other forms of eyeliners, especially pencil, can smudge upon contact with water. MAC's liquidlast liner has a gel-like formula that takes a few minutes to dry but does not smudge at all afterwards.

Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara
As the name claims, this mascara has been put to the test under wet conditions. The mascara is also extremely volumizing, lengthening and holds the curl after using an eyelash curler.

Brow Product
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade
One of the newest breakthrough product of the makeup industry, Anastasia's Dripbrow Pomade has invented waterproof brows with its gel-like texture. Do not underestimate what eyebrows can do for your face. Having nice full eyebrows frames your face and makes your look years younger.

Face Product
Makeup Forever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream
Skip the foundation if you are afraid of it melting off and spot conceal with concealer instead. This Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer can conceal scars, acne and even tattoos.

Waterproof Eyeshadow
Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow
These cream eyeshadows are super easy to apply and very blendable. Maybelline offers a wide array of colors from Bad to the Bronze; a metallic bronze color to Tenacious Teal; a perfect vibrant color for the beach/pool.

Top 10 Best Long Lasting Eyeshadows That Stay On All Day

Here are the most reliable high-end and low-end eyeshadows that last all day without touch up. Many love wearing eyeshadow but wearing eyeshadow can be high maintenance. With the below eyeshadows, you will have vibrant, non-creasing eye looks all day long! To see ways to make your eyeshadow stay on all day, read my post on 5 Ways To Make Eye Shadow Stay On All Day .


Make Up Forever Aqua Cream Eyeshadow
In a cream formula, this eyeshadow is smooth, easy to blend and waterproof. This shadow is perfect for getting wet and is quick to apply with your fingers. 

Too Faced Eyeshadow 
From their Natural Eye Palette to their Chocoloate Bar Palette, Too faced eyeshadows have rich, fine texture that offer maximum payoff and very little fall out. Use along with Too Faced Shadow insurance or wet your brush to get even more vibrant and lasting results.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
From their Naked palettes to their single shadows, Urban decay makes one of the most popular eyeshadows for all beauty lovers. Urban Decay creates versatile and exquisite colors that are hard to come by. Use with the famous Urban Decay Primer Potion for the most intense looks.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow
Like the name, these eyeshadows feel like silk and blend like a dream. You will apply the shadow evenly and perfectly every time with this formula. You can add more intensity and staying power by layering a matching shadow on top. 

Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow
The formula feels velvety and lightweight and you get almost no fall out. These shadows are very buildable so you can create a sheer wash of color or create a rich pigmented look. The Color Design Eye-Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow & Liner palettes contains perfectly coordinated shadows as well as liners to complete the eye look.


Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo
A cheaper version of the Make Up Forever Aqua Cream, these shadow are like tattoo on your eyes until you decide to take it off at the end of the day. These are best applied with fingers and if applied with a matching eyeshadow, the eye look is budge-proof.

L'oreal Infallible 24 Hr Eyeshadow
A complete dupe of the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow, these shadows feel like pressed pigments and are very buildable as you can layer pigments on top of pigments. This line of eyeshadow offers perfect shades to brighten the inner eye corner.

Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hr Wear
In a stick format, these are great for on-the-go. The pencil form makes it easy to get precise application to get the desired looks. The dark colors can also be used as eyeliners or to create smoky looks when smudged.

Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow
Known for their eye enhancing colors for brown, green, blue eyes. These shadow strips offer the most flattering colors for any eye color. Take the guesswork out of picking eyeshadow colors and use these shimmery coordinated shades.

Maybelline Eye Studio Eyeshadow
A dupe for the Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow. These quads offer silky, buttery shadows that have almost no fallout due to their ingenious texture. This line offers vibrant quads that are perfect for spring and summer as well as office appropriate neutrals.

5 Ways To Get Hydrated, Glowing Skin and Get Rid of Dry Flaky Skin


Glowing, radiant, hydrated skin is the best makeup you can wear. Beautiful skin looks youthful and timeless. Whether you naturally have dry skin or have dry skin during the winter, here are 5 ways to prevent dry, flaky skin.

1. Exfoliate on a regular basis

Exfoliate your skin once or twice every week to get rid of the dead skin cells. Using a gentle exfoliator that does not strip away the natural oils of the skin will keep your skin smooth and do not over-exfoliate as it can make your skin dry.

2. Moisturize

Perhaps the most important step to your daily skincare regimen. Using a moisturizer to hydrate your skin twice a day can maintain moisture in your skin and prevent wrinkles.For acne prone skin, read my post on 10 ways to get acne free, clear skin- the secret to great skin .

3. Use a hydrating, gentle cleanser

Choosing a cleanser that does not have harsh chemicals or drying ingredients can prevent dry skin. Stay away from acne fighting ingredients that dry out the skin and select a creamy or milky cleanser that claims to hydrate the skin. 

4. Pamper your skin with hydration

Treat your skin to deep hydration at least once a week. Use a hydrating mask, hydration serum or oil treatments to rejuvenate your skin.

5. Eat Well, Stay hydrated, Sleep

Hydrated skin starts from within. Eat a well balanced diet with plenty of water and get your beauty sleep. Not only will your skin be hydrated, the texture of your skin will transform also.

To learn about how to use makeup to appear more awake and glowing, read 5 Ways To Look Radiant, Energized and More Awake With Makeup.

Top 10 Best Long-Lasting Eyeliners That Stay On All Day

Here are the top 10 best long lasting eyeliners of all time; these liners are smudgeproof, budgeproof and offer great color payoff. The list will include different formulations of liners as well as price range to suit all budgets. Say goodbye to raccoon eyes! For the top 10 tips and tricks to prolong the wear of any eyeliners, visit my post on 10 Ways To Make Your Eyeliner Stay Put The Entire Day.


                                         LOW END

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black

Price: Around $10 US
Liner Type: Liquid felt pen
Intensity: Carbon black is very intense, but the liner also comes in black mica and earthen rock brown
Smoothness: Glides easily with no tugging of eyelids
Waterproof? No but very fade resistant and lasts all day
Blendable? Not blendable, dries fast

Milani Liquid Eye Eyeliner in Black

Price: Around $7 US
Liner Type: Pencil
Intensity: Very pigmented true black color
Smoothness: Liquid-like smoothness
Waterproof? Quite waterproof, claims all day wear up to 24 hours
Blendable? Very blendable for 15 seconds before the liner sets

Maybelline Ultra Liner Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black

Price: Around $7 US
Liner Type: Liquid felt tip
Intensity: Dark black
Smoothness: Smooth and precise application
Waterproof? Completely waterproof with no skidding or smearing
Blendable? No

L`Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner 24 Hours in Blackest Black 

Price: Around $10 US
Liner Type: Gel
Intensity: Extremely intense carbon black with lacquer finish
Smoothness: Extremely creamy and smooth for easy application
Waterproof? Very waterproof, claims 24 hour wear
Blendable? Not very blendable

Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner in Black

Price: Around $6 US
Liner Type: Pencil
Intensity: Black but not extremely dark
Smoothness: Soft and glides on effortlessly
Waterproof? 100% waterproof
Blendable? Blendable until liner sets

                                    HIGH END

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink

Price: Around $25 US
Liner Type: Gel
Intensity: Opaque and jet black that gives the intensity of liquid eyeliner
Smoothness: Very smooth gel texture with great glide
Waterproof?: Water-resistant but not waterproof
Blendable?: Need to blend quickly with product before product sets


MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

Price: Around $20 US
Liner Type: Gel
Intensity: Very dark
Smoothness: Extremely silky and soft to provide smooth glide
Waterproof? Quite waterproof although not stated on website
Blendable? Can be blended before it dries to create soft smoky effect

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion
Price: Around $20 US
Liner Type: Pencil
Intensity: Perversion is the blackest black, also available in zero which is a less intense black
Smoothness: Velvety soft and
Waterproof? Yes and lasts 24/7 as name implies 
Blendable? Very blendable for first 30 seconds

LancĂ´me Artliner 24 H Bold Color Precision Point Eyeliner in Black Diamond

Price: Around $30 US
Liner Type: Liquid foam tip liner
Intensity: Bold color with wet-vinyl finish
Smoothness: Foam tip allows smooth application
Waterproof? Does not indicate waterproof but will last 24 hours
Blendable? No

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Price: Around $18 US
Liner Type: Brush tip
Intensity: Ink black with high pigment and no streaks
Smoothness: Fine brush tip offers fluid-like application
Waterproof? Yes with no cracking or melting
Blendable? No, sets fast

5 Ways To Get Rid of a Pimple Fast!

Here are 5 simple ways that can help dramatically decrease the size of your pimples. Pimples come at the worst time, right before a special event like a date or wedding. These tips will allow the pimples to heal in the shortest time.

1. Keep the skin clean

An effective cleansing regimen is one of the most important steps to zap pimples since pimples form due to clogged pores. Once you see the pimple start to appear, use an oil free cleanser (best if the cleanser contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide) and spend time massaging the area before rinsing. Then pat your face dry gently with a clean towel.

2. Apply a concentrated topical agent to the area

Keep a concentrated acne treatment gel or cream in your medicine cabinet. Apply a gel or cream containing 2% salicylic acid or 5% benzoyl peroxide as soon as you feel a pimple forming. This may decrease the size and shorten the life of the pimple. For a list of effective acne products. Read my post on
Reviews on the Most Effective Acne Products.

3. Moisturize your skin with acne fighting cream or gel

Many skip this step because they believe it will make their face oilier and cause more breakouts. The cleanser and the topical agent may be harsh on your skin; using an oil-free moisturizer will hydrate the skin but not make it oilier.

4. Avoid touching or squeezing the pimple

Touching or squeezing your pimple may transfer the bacteria to other location on your face and cause more breakouts because your hands are full of bacteria. Use clean hands if you really need to squeeze the pimple and apply salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide topical agent afterwards. Remember also to keep your pillows and sheets clean so bacteria does not spread to your face.

5. Wear minimal makeup

It is important to let your skin breathe when you have uncontrollable breakouts. Putting lots of concealer and oily foundation on the pimple can cause the pimple to worsen and prolong the healing time. For easy tips on covering pimples, visit my post on 10 Tips to Cover Pimples, Blemishes, Acne Scars, Freckles Perfectly. Wear your makeup for as little hours as possible to allow the pimple to heal the fastest.