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

 

I’ll Be in My Dressing Room!

I, like every other fashion-obsessed person, always wanted to have a big ‘ol closet.  I have a small closet at home that has always been a struggle to keep neat and tidy.  So, when the kiddo got old enough that he didn’t need a toy room anymore, I pounced on the opportunity to make-over the room into my own dressing room.

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We had the desk in the room already, so creating a vanity for myself was a simple task.  Just add a make-up mirror and some make-up, and I was good to go.  I kept the computer and printer in the room for the kiddo’s homework and for blogging too!  Get the lighted make-up mirror from AmazonThe desk is from WayfairThe chair is from Amazon.  I get my plexiglass make-up organizers from various places, but here is a good one on Amazon.

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This small wardrobe with shelving is a great place to display some of my handbags, and I use it for skirts and cardigans.  I use these Loungefly mini-backpacks for Cons and theme park visits because they hold everything I need, and they are super cute and great for bounding.  For Loungefly’s website, click hereThe wardrobe is from Target.

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This cube storage unit is from Target from ages ago.  I actually traded furniture from Benji here.  He obviously did not want pink furniture in his room anymore, and I love pink, so it worked out.  I replaced the pastel cubes with cubes from Dollar Tree.  The vignette on the wall I put together with items from the 99 Cent Store.  The bat light is from Amazon.

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The wicker high-boy is the first piece of furniture I ever bought for myself back in 1990.  I will have it always.  The shield I glittered it myself because my shield got all scratched up, so I rehabbed it.  Click here for instructions.

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This clothing rack is from Bed Bath and Beyond.  It has shoe storage below and a shelf on top.  I keep my dresses here because they are much heavier.  And finally, the large zip-up wardrobes hold our cosplays and we’ve had them forever.  We purchased them at Bed Bath and Beyond.

So, I took the room and built it wall by wall to give myself the dressing room of my dreams.  I hope I’ve inspired you to do a make-over of a space within your space.

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