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Today's Look, and Drugstore Beauty Products You'll Also Love.

Drugstore makeup are often prejudiced to be substandard and ineffective. As a fan of drugstore makeup, I beg to disagree. Just because they're low-priced and affordable doesn't necessarily mean their quality is cheap as well. While there may be some beauty products that can't hold a candle against their high-end counterparts, there are a lot of budget-friendly brands out there that truly deliver.

Don't get me wrong. I like high-end makeup, too. I have some of them in my traincase, and I usually wear them during special occasions, say, a wedding or a cocktail party. But for makeup junkie moms like me, even my vanity has to step aside for my son's needs. Between an Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette and my little man's vaccine (they're pretty much within the same price range), the latter would have to come first. But between a counterfeit version of high-end makeup (yes, they're out there!) and authentic drugstore makeup, I'd rather have the latter - hands down.

And when it comes to drugstore makeup, there are brands that I love not just for the price, but because of their product values as well. Coincidentally, two of my favorite brands were also last week's haul.

Clockwise from L-R: Montagne Jeunesse Muds in Flower Zen and Chocolate, Almay Intense i-Color Trio for Hazels, Bath and Body Works PocketBac in Peanut Butter and Jelly, Almay Intense i-Color Trio for Greens.

The Montagne Jeunesse muds were a steal at Php 72. That's Php 72 for both! I chanced upon them at the Watson's section of SM Department Store. I love how these mud packs smell really good (the Chocolate one, in particular) and how they work wonders for your tired and worked up skin. Best of all, Montagne Jeunesse uses naturally derived ingredients; their goods are free from harmful chemicals and are not tested on animals. The company also takes pride in keeping their products green and eco-friendly. (I'll feature the muds on a separate post later.)

The Almays, on the other hand, I got from Tita Mac of Smartshopper. It was actually her who introduced me to the brand. She had a smokey eye trio on sale last year, and I bought them out of my penchant for the smokeys. I was so delighted with the product that I asked Tita Mac if she could possibly sell other Almay eyeshadow colors as well. When these two trios went on sale at her site for just Php 175 each, they practically had my name written all over 'em. And when she sent them to me the other day, she threw in the Pocketbac as a freebie. (Thanks, Tita Mac!)

Almay, from the makers of Revlon, is actually the first hypoallergenic cosmetics brand. They're also the first to create 100% fragrance-free products, and the first to formulate for contact lens wearers. I wear my contacts on a daily basis, and there had been instances when my eyes would get irritated from wearing eyeshadows. I've never experienced that with Almay, which is why I'm very fond of this brand. They stay on my face for long hours, too. To think I'm not even using a primer of any kind.

I was so excited with the Trio for Hazels, so I gave them a try when I attended my goddaughter's birthday party last Saturday.

Light Hazel, Dark Hazel, and Pink.

It's an afternoon event (with mostly kids in attendance) so dark eyes wouldn't be too appropriate. 

Strawberry-choco fudge sundae look! :)
These hazels were just right for a children's party.

Wearing a pink top to match! :)
The paraphernalia I used were pretty much the same as the ones I wore with this look. I just used a different shade of blush and lipstick, and added a wee bit of shimmer in my undereyes using another eyeliner. And now the rundown:

Can you spot the Pig Rabbit? :D

Avon Ideal Shade Concealer Stick in Almond
Avon Healthy Makeup BB Cream in Light
Avon Ideal Luminous Dual Powder Foundation in Shell
Almay Intense iColor in Trio for Hazels
Ever Bilena Eyebrow Liner in Brown
Avon Extralasting Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Kohl Royal Selections Eyeliner in Charcoal Gray
Kohl Royal Selections Eyeliner in Arctic Frost 
Avon Super Curlacious Waterproof Mascara in Black
Avon Smooth Minerals Blush in Blushed
Jordana Double Length Lip Liner in Rose
Avon Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipstick in Fuchsia Fun

I'll save the Trio for Greens for another post, as they're still unopened. The way I see it, I can play with the colors to come up with another smokey eye look. Let's see how it works next time. :)

16 replies:

May said...

I love the combinations, it came out great. Thanks for linking up in Exposure 99% weekday hop, i really appreciate your help by helping us get the word out. Thanks for grabbing our button and i wish you a great week..

Algene said...

Thank you so much for the follow and hop. I can't find the GFC widget on your two blogs. Hope you could comment back and direct me to the location where I can see it :)

Czjai said...

Hi May!

Thank you, as well! Blog hops are always a fun thing for me. It's always nice to meet bloggers whose interests I can relate to and share with. :)

Czjai said...

Hi Algene!

Thanks for the visit! My GFC widget is on the left sidebar, on top of the Networked Blogs widget.

I hope GFC is still working. :)

Algene said...

Hello po! I already followed you on GFC and NB :) Thank you so much :)

Candice said...

Love the way it turned out! Thanks for stopping by my blog...following you back :)

Czjai said...

Thanks Algene! :)

Czjai said...

Thanks for stopping by, Candice! :)

purethoughts said...

wow i should get more tips from you! you look great and those combinations are awesome. thanks for the BPC challenge visit. here to return some love!

Raya of Colors and contrasts

Czjai said...

Hi Raya!
I'm now following your blog. :)

Nina Kunni said...

following you bavk from exposure 99% blog hop. thanks for linking up

Chubskulit Rose said...

How I wish I have the patience to do make ups lol. Not my kind of thing but you look so gorgeous!

Followed as requested. You ,may follow any of mine as you wish. Mwah!

kumiko mae said...

Almay looks very very promising!! :D oh and congratulations to being a founding member of a new mommy blogger's group! :D

Czjai said...

Hi Chubs!

Thanks a lot! I'm a fan of your Ms. Burrito... she's such a doll! :D

Czjai said...

Thanks Nina!

It's my pleasure. :)

Czjai said...

Hi Mae!

Thanks for the visit! Give it a try one time, I'll let you know if Tita Mac has some in her next balikbayan box. :)