Our Go-To Make-Up and Hair Products

We have had a lot of requests recently for what make-up and skin care products we use, so I’ve compiled a list here with shopping links, where available.  I’ve also included information if a product is a good dupe for something more expensive, and vice versa, I found good less expensive dupes.  All products are products that we currently use.

Obviously, everyone is different, so please bear that in mind when trying out something new, particularly with skin care.  My skin is very dry, same as most middle-aged people.  Benji’s is oily, same as most teenagers.  So, keep that in mind and get shopping!

Skincare

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Benji uses ProactivMD, which is the stronger version of Proactiv.  He’s particularly fond of the gel treatment.  You can find it on Amazon here.  I do recommend subscribing to this program from the get-go.  First, you get free stuff.  Second, if you don’t like it, it is super easy to cancel the subscription.  It is a quick phone call.

I use CeraVe, which is a product that is available at all drugstores and big box stores.  I love the Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Face Moisurizer.  Click on each product to buy.

Make-Up

Now on to our faces for the day!

Benji loves using this contour kit and this nude lipstick.  He keeps it pretty natural, so that’s all the product he uses.  Click on links to buy.

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I am a “little” more complicated.  I start with this great moisturizer from Trader Joes with sunscreen.  I wear sunscreen every day, without fail.  Obviously, this moisturizer is not expensive at all.  I found this link to buy on Amazon if you do not have a Trader Joes around you.

Then I use a wonderful stick foundation by Wet N Wild.  This is also very inexpensive and available at all drugstores and big box stores.  I’ve used more expensive brands, but to be honest, this is the best one I have ever found.  I wear the shade “classic ivory”.  Click on link to buy.  I blend with this blender dampened with this coconut water primer, also by Wet N Wild.  All of these products are available at the drugstore, but click on the links to buy them online.

Then I follow with some powder and blush.  Again, both of these are available at the drugstore.  Fit Me Blush in “peach” by MaybellineE.L.F. High Definition Loose Face Powder in “soft luminance”.  Click on the links to buy.  The blush is an excellent dupe for NARS Orgasm blush.

Then eye stuff, brow kit by Wet N Wild, base eyeshadow from Sephora in “strawberry macaroon”, eyeliner from Sephora in “glitter black”, mascara by Tarte.  As usual, click on the links to buy.

For the rest of my eye make-up, I use various palettes depending on what I’m wearing.  My go-to, is this one by Revlon in “avant garde”.  My brushes are by E.L.F. which are a good dupes for the ones from MAC.

For lipstick, I have four shades that I choose from for everyday.  I have a burgundy red, bright red, light pink and hot pink.

The burgundy red is “rum raisin” by Revlon.  The bright red is “love is on” by Revlon.  The light pink is “fuchsia flash” by Maybelline.  The hot pink is “addis ababa” by NYX.  These are good dupes for “sin”, “Russian red”, “candy yum yum” and “breathing fire” by MAC, respectively.

Haircare

We finish with our hair care products.  Benji doesn’t have a tried and true shampoo really, and he uses my finising products, so here are our go-to’s for both of us:

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I use WEN to wash my hair and have used it for almost a decade now.  I refuse to use anything else on it.  After one try, I never went back to sudsy or foaming shampoos.  It works the same as the first day I used it too.  In short, I’m a believer.  Get yours here.  Like Proactiv, I recommend you subscribing for the discounts and free stuff.  It is also really easy to change anything or cancel.  A quick phone call.

Finishing products I use are the non-frizz gel from WEN.  I love to use this men’s product from Redken’s “Brews” line.  I’ve found that finishing products like wax and pomades, go with the men’s lines.  They have more formulas and are usually cheaper.

That’s it!  If you have any recommendations, let us know in the comments.  We love hearing from you.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

 

Fashion Alert: Avengers Make-up at Ulta

While I wait for everyone to see “Avengers Endgame” this week, I thought I would highlight some great new products available at Ulta, in stores and online.

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They released a great make-up line inspired by “Avengers Endgame” with an eyeshadow pallet, four lip glosses, four matte lipsticks and three make-up bags.

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I got two of the make-up bags and love them!  I got the smallest one for my purse and the medium sized one for travel.

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I didn’t have an opportunity to try the eye shadows or the lip glosses, but the good word is that they are both great.

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I did get two shades of matte lipsticks.  Both have a nice feel, good amount of pigment and aren’t drying.  I tried them both, and they lasted all day.

Get your own loot at Ulta’s site here.

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

*All Photos: Ulta.com

raisingaheronotavillain is now InPlainSight.style!

We have made a big change to the site, in case you haven’t noticed already!

We didn’t come to the decision to change the name lightly, but because it was so long, Benji is being raised pretty well so far and we wanted to change our focus a bit, we decided to make the leap.  We really wanted to focus on everyday living as a nerd.

How to integrate your fandoms into your everyday life.  Not with just everyday cosplay, which is fun to wear for sure, but also more subtle ways, bounding, dapper looks, pin-up style and the like.

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We hope you like the update!  Please share your thoughts with us.  We love to hear from you!

Love, Kim and Benji

Wonderful photos by Justin Davidson Photography!  Click on the link to book him today!

Make-Up Post: Everyday Eyes

A lot of people ask me how I do my make-up, specifically, my eye make-up.  I decided to do a quick tutorial for you all.  It is pretty simple and will take you about 5 minutes to apply.

Here is a picture of the products I use:

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  • White eye pencil by NYX
  • Black glitter eye liner pencil by NYX
  • Double Stacked mascara by NYX

Get NYX products here.

  • Elf brow pencil
  • Elf brushes

Get Elf products here.

  • Maybelline City Mini Palette
  • Revlon Photoready Palette
  • Cosmetic cotton swab

Get those products at Ulta.

Here is a picture of me with only my tinted moisturizer/sunscreen on:

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First step is to apply the base eye shadow.  I use a ballet pink color over the whole lid:

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Then I apply the white pencil on the water line and fill in my brows with brow pencil.  Then I look like this:

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Next, I apply a blue shadow from the lash line to the crease, which looks like this:

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Then I apply a silver shadow over the blue.  Then I use the liner on the top and bottom lids.  Followed by mascara, which looks like this.

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I follow that with a smudge clean-up with the cotton swab and then I’m done!

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Leave any questions you have in the comments.  Also, post pictures of your favorite go-to everyday make-up look.  We love to hear from you!

Love, Kim and Scout

Witch Kits

*Update: Pinrose will no longer be offering this kit, but I feel the discussion should still be had.

There has been a lot of talk recently about Sephora‘s latest offering.  In October, cosmetic company, Pinrose, will be offering a Beginner’s Witch Kit.  The kit includes tarot cards, rose quartz, sage and a variety of essential oils.  The link above is to Sephora’s website, the kit isn’t up on the site just yet.  Just do a search for Pinrose in October to get your own online.

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When this was announced, my fellow witches (I’m an ecclectic urban witch, fyi) had a collective fit about it.  While I respect their opinions, I don’t understand the ire.  I think, and this is just my assumption, is that they feel the practice of the craft is not being taken seriously by this company.  I can see where that assumption could be made.  However, I think we are getting into “fake witch” shaming territory here, which could take us into a very negative direction.  I’m reminded of all the times I’ve been accused of being a “fake geek girl” because I didn’t know the minute detail that this particular person was talking to me about.  I feel shamed everytime this happens, and I don’t want to be “that witch” that shames someone for reaching out and exploring the craft for themselves.

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Spell Kits from Psychic Eye Bookstore

Hear me out.  If someone is alone in their desire to learn more about the metaphysical or magick or whatever spirituality, they may not know where to start.  Perhaps they feel comfortable shopping at Sephora.  They see the kit.  They want to know more.  They buy the kit, take it home and then once they feel more comfortable, then they go to their local metaphysical store to ask questions.  Now they know what questions to ask!  They buy books and become more schooled in things.  Their friends notice a positive change in their energy.  They ask about that change.  This new witch passes on her knowledge and so on.

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Kit available on Amazon

Now, I realize that the preceeding paragraph was a “best case” scenario.  Will there be people just embracing this as a fad?  Absolutely!  You have people jumping on bandwagons for pretty much everything.  There’s no stopping that.  I just hope that my fellow witches don’t throw out beginners that really want to explore and learn magick for themselves.  I don’t think anyone can say that there is only one right way to get started.  Just get started.  After all, there are beginning witch kits available everywhere from metaphysical stores like Psychic Eye to Etsy and Amazon.

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I do have a recommendation for those of you that are interested in the craft and how to practice it.  This wonderful book.  It is available on Amazon.

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“Wiccapedia” has tips from everything from setting up your altar, minerals and their uses, oils and herbs and their uses, basic casting and a history of Wicca and Paganism as a religious practice.  This book is something I revisit on the regular to get answers to questions or to just reconnect with the practice.

So, if you see someone purusing the shelves at Sephora and pick up a kit, don’t give them a hard time.  Don’t be a gatekeeper.  It might have been really hard for them to do that.  Encourage their curiosity and embrace them as your sister/brother in magick.  So mote it be!

Love, Kim and Scout

Brite Organix “Make Me Pastel Purple” Shampoo

As you all know, I love being a platinum blonde!  Since discovering the platinum assymetrical pixie cut, I’m hooked for life.  Finding your ‘do is kind of a big deal.  We all use our hair, or lack thereof, to enhance our look.  Hair is an important accessory, so like make-up, it is a lot of fun to play with it and try new things.  Also like make-up, your look is temporary because hair magically grows back and colors fade over time.  So, if you don’t like how something looks, change it!

To cut the brassiness of my bleach-blondeness, I use a purple-hued shampoo recommended by my stylist.  If I used it enough, I would get a slight pastel purple hue to my hair, which I liked, but I also like going back to blonde as well.

Recently the kiddo and I went to Ulta to get some supplies, like ya do, and saw this shampoo and conditioner by Brite Organix…

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I was intrigued.  Since it does not require a commitment, I thought, “Why the heck not?” So, I gave it a go.  Here are some pics, not filtered, after one wash…

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As you can see, it really gave it a nice silvery pastel purple hue.  I really like it!  Also, it will fade with each wash of my regular cleansing conditioner by WEN, so no committment.  Just a fun thing.  Also cuts the brassiness right out, so win-win.

I did a little research on Brite Organix.  Their products are vegan, which is great.  They also have a variety of different products, hair colors, shampoos, etc.  Check out their website here.  They are an Australian company, but if you want to check out their products in person, just visit your local Ulta store.

Happy shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

Make-up: NYX In Your Element Palettes

NYX has some beautiful new palettes in a collection entitled, “In Your Element”.  As suggested by the name, each palette is inspired by an element of nature.

 

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Photo and Lead Photo: www.suslusozluk.com

I picked up the Wind palette.  As per usual with NYX, the pigments are rich and long-lasting.  The colors are beautiful.

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I used two of the blues on my eyes in this picture.  Just a quick swipe of color over the lid from the crease to the lash line.  I finished with the sparkly light blue over the whole lid.  the lipstick is also from the Elements collection, from Water.  It is a metallic/violet/black shade that I love!

Get your own palette here.

Love, Kim and Scout

Lead Photo and first photo: www.suslusozluk.com