Why You Should Ditch High-End Makeup

Why You Should Ditch High-End Makeup

Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room! Now I want to preface this by saying that high-end makeup is by no means bad or ineffective. There will be duds of products on both ends of the price spectrum. Will I continue to buy expensive makeup? Most likely. If I had to choose between drugstore and high-end by tomorrow? Drugstore all the way.

I find that I am reaching for my drugstore brands way more than I am high-end lately. I also get much more excited for drugstore and affordable brand launches than I do high-end. Let’s break down my top reasons why you should ditch high-end makeup.

#1 Price doesn’t equal quality

Just because you’re paying more money, doesn’t mean the product will be of better quality or be more effective. I have come across many drugstore options that perform just as well or even better than high-end options.

Why would I pay double or triple the price when I can get the same thing at a much lower cost?

The e.l.f. Jelly Pop Dew Primer is an amazing gripping primer that I am obsessed with that is a serious dupe that’s actually better than the MILK Makeup Hydro Grip Primer.

#2 Drugstore brands have stepped up their game

Five years ago I wouldn’t have been caught dead with some drugstore makeup. There was just this idea surrounding it that it was cheap and didn’t work well. Fast forward to today and most of my collection has become drugstore! The products are definitely on par with high-end makeup and plenty are even better! With the release of many online brands like Colourpop, that offer affordable make at high quality, it’s no surprise that drugstore has stepped up their game. High-end, they coming for you hun.

Bh Cosmetics has some of the best drugstore eyeshadows and powders you will ever come across. This Desert Oasis palette combines eye shadows with face powders at a super affordable price with great quality.

#3 Expiration dates

Yes, makeup does have an expiration date! Let’s take mascara for example. It is recommend that mascara is thrown out after 3 months. I don’t know about you, but I NEVER use a full mascara up in three months.

If I continually bought mascara that was $25 for one tube and replaced every three month, that’s $100 a year just on mascara!

If you’re trying to adhere to makeup expiration dates, definitely go the drugstore route so if you need to throw it out sooner than expected, you aren’t throwing away as many dollar signs.

The best drugstore mascara I have ever used is by far the L’Oreal Lash Paradise.

#4 Color selection

I’m not talking just for foundation shades, although the drugstore is really kicking butt in that department, but just in general the drugstore has a wider range of color selection for eyeshadow, lip colors, powders, etc.

One of my fave concealers that has an amazing color selection is the Conceal and Define from Makeup Revolution. This bad boy comes in 50 shades!

Another great product to check out are the NYX Slim Lip Pencils. These lip liners comes in 41 shades. No doubt you’ll match that new lipstick.

#5 Accessibility

This is kind of a no-brainer, but in my opinion, drugstore options are much more accessible than high-end makeup. Typically for high-end makeup you need to visit a department store, Sephora, Ulta, order online, etc. Drugstore makeup you can just waltz into your local shop and typically find something.

I am from the smallest town ever in Wisconsin, so I would have to drive 90 minutes just to get to the nearest Ulta or Sephora, but Walmart was only 15 minutes away. Which do you think is more accessible?

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means that it you click on the link and make a purchase I make a commission. This in no way shapes my review of products mentioned.

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I Tested The Infamous Younique Moonstruck Mascara

I Tested The Infamous Younique Moonstruck Mascara

Hello beauties! Welcome back to Haleys Beauty Room. I know I have been a little MIA lately, things have just been so crazy. Anyway, I did a poll on my Facebook page asking if you wanted to know my thoughts on on the infamous Younique Moonstruck mascara and every single one of you said yes!

I do want to preface this review with these are my own thoughts and I purchased the item with my own money. This review is not sponsored is any way whatsoever. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.

What Is Younique?

If you’re not familiar with Younique, it is a direct cosmetic sales company. You will most likely see it advertised on social media. Their mission is “to uplift, empower, and validate women across the globe.” Their goal is to “give women a chance to grow both personally and financially through selling Younique products.”

Product

Source: Younique

The product I tested is the Younique Moonstruck Epic Mascara. It is the product most frequently advertised. It comes in two shades, black and brown, but there is an option to get the black in a waterproof version. The version I tested is the original black.

Claims & Benefits

Source: Younique

On Younique’s website and fact sheet on this product, it claims:

“Legendary lashes are here, and they’re delivering iconic lash-by-lash length, clump-free volume, and head-turning stares. Younique’s MOODSTRUCK EPICTM mascara is a multi-effect mascara that produces a wide-eyed, larger-than-life look that’s phenomenal by itself, and also serves as the perfect base for MOODSTRUCK 3D FIBER LASHES+TM lash enhancer. Available in intense black, soft brown, and black waterproof.”

Ingredients

Black INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’abeille, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de Carnauba, Alcohol Denat., Palmitic Acid, Nylon-12, VP/EicoseneCopolymer, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Acacia Senegal Gum, Polybutene, Phenoxyethanol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, VP/VA Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Polyquaternium-10, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Biotin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Keratin,Potassium Sorbate,Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77499). 

Brown INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’abeille, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Cire de Carnauba, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat., Palmitic Acid, Nylon-12, Hydrogenated Tetradecenyl/ Methylpentadecene, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Acacia Senegal Gum, Polybutene, Phenoxyethanol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, VP/VA Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Polyquaternium-10, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Biotin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Potassium Sorbate, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). 

Black Waterproof INGREDIENTS: Isododecane, Water/Aqua/Eau, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’abeille, Dimethicone, Paraffin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/ Cera Carnauba/Cire de carnauba, Alcohol Denat., PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Pentaerythrityl Hydrogenated Rosinate,Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Beeswax, Sorbitan Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Laureth-21. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

Where To Buy & Price

This item can only be purchased on the Younique website or through a Younique presenter. It retails for $24.00.

As this item is not so readily available and some may not be familiar with the brand, I am going to list some prices of popular known items to give a comparison in price:

  • L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise- $10.99
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex- $25.00
  • Urban Decay Perversion- $24.00
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes- $23.00
  • Benefit They’re Real- $25.00

My First Impression & Final Thoughts

I have been using this product frequently for about 6 months now. I have worn this through full work days, nights out, light makeup days, and through the winter cold and summer heat.

My initial impressions on this product was that it really did separate the lashes and provide a lot of volume. I liked how intense the black was and that the mascara didn’t really clump at all. However, I did find that I needed to use about three coats to get it where I really wanted it for thickness and look. That was not a huge deal, but just remember that three coats takes more time when getting ready and it also uses up more product faster.

The volume and thickness definitely held up throughout the day, but the big no-no for me was that every single time I wore this product it flaked off onto my face. No matter if I used a lash primer or not, if the weather was great or not, or even if I just sat around all day, it flaked. I will say that this never smudged on my face or lower lash line, which is great, however, the flaking thing really put me off.

To really put this mascara to the test, I want to insert a side by side comparison of what this looks like on my lashes after initial application with the L’Oréal Lash Paradise. This is application on just one eye and it is only one coat on each eye. The Younique is in shade black, while the L’Oréal is in shade black brown.

As you can see, although the Younique Moonstruck looks good, the L’Oréal just looks all around more voluminous, full, and separated. A big plus is that the Loreal never flakes off, smudges, or does anything else bad throughout the day. I am not wearing any eyeliner, shadow or anything else on my eyes.

While the product is not bad, I have a hard time believing that it’s worth $24. I specifically wanted to put in the other prices above because as you can see, this is priced similarly to other “prestige” brands. I personally take that as Younique saying their product is of the same quality as Too Faced, Tarte, Benefit, Urban Decay, etc. As you can see from my comparison, the L’Oréal is better and comes in at less than half the price of the Younique Moonstruck.

So do I recommend? I don’t. Not because I have anything against Younique, but because the product doesn’t hold up to drugstore options and is way too overpriced. I don’t like that it flakes on my face and it requires three coats on my lashes for me to get it where I want it. I say stick to drugstore options for mascara to save time, money, and quality.

The Best Skincare Products Under $25

The Best Skincare Products Under $25

Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room! If you’ve been with me for awhile you know that I am obsessed with skincare. I have quite an extensive routine and I pull out all of the stops.

With that being said, I’ve come to find products that are just as great as high-end items, at a fraction of the price. In fact, the majority of my skincare routine products are each under $25. Saving that coin is a big deal, so I’ve rounded up the best skincare products under $25.

Aveeno Max Glow Serum


If you’re looking to add some glow and hydration to your skin without using a heavier moisturizer or oil, I highly recommend this serum. Not only does it add hydration and a lit-from-within glow, this also helps to even out texture and tone. 

Truly Organic Hemp Oil Facial Serum

 
This product is technically not under $25, as it is $25, however, this is my favorite facial oil, probably ever. It helps with dryness, redness, inflammation, and works for all skin types. Don’t be fooled by this being an oil, it is very lightweight and sinks in quickly!

e.l.f. Beauty Shield Vitamin C Pollution Prevention Serum

If you’re looking for a high quality vitamin c serum that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, go with this one from e.l.f. cosmetics. It brightens dark spots, tones the skin, and I’ve noticed it helping with fine lines and larger pores.

Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream

 
I wrote a dedicated post on this night cream which you can read about here. I still stand by my words on this! It seriously transforms your skin overnight.

Andalou Naturals Coconut Milk Firming Toner

This coconut milk toner is super quenching for the skin and contains firming properties. I love that it’s a spray bottle and is 99% nature-derived.

Derma E Radiance Toner

A toner that contains glycolic acid to help resurface the skin, but is gentle enough with chamomile and hyaluronic acid to use on a daily basis.

Revolution Beauty Collagen Serum

This collagen serum works better than most collagen products that are over $80! However, this one is just $10. It really does help to plump the skin and collagen works to increase skin elasticity.

Botanics Nourishing Oil

If you’re looking for a more heavy duty, nourishing oil, Botanics is where it’s at. So hydrating! It’s also 97% organic.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum

The perfect serum for those suffering with breakouts and large pores. This serum will make pores non-existent, without drying out the skin.

Earth Therapeautics Collagen Eye Gels

I use these eye gels every single week. They hydrate, de-puff, firm, and help with dark circles. Use right before applying makeup and you’ll thank me later!

Formula 10.0.6 Be Berry Radiant Resurfacing AHA Mask

This mask is the best AHA and chemical exfoliating mask at the drugstore. Just leave on for ten minutes to resurface skin and get glowing.

Cerave Moisturizing Cream

This is a body product, but it is hand down my favorite body moisturizer ever! Perfect for all skin types, deeply hydrates without leaving a film, and is fragrance-free so it won’t irritate.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

This has been talked about time and time again, but for good reason! This spray hydrates, helps even skin tone, sets makeup, and basically just saves lives.

Too Cool For School Coconut Oil Serum Mask

If you have dry skin this sheet mask is a must! Leaves skin baby smooth and super dewy.

TonyMoly Painting Therapy Sebum Control Mask

The absolute perfect mask for tackling oily skin with excess sebum. Also perfect for blackheads.

Derma E Vitamin C Serum

The best vitamin c serum that is available under $25. Bonus, it also smells like fruity pebbles!

Physician’s Formula Rose All Night Ultra-Rich Restorative Cream

The perfect night cream to firm the skin, brighten, and provide hydration to those with combination to oily skin types. I love how thick and creamy this item is!

Ofra Cosmetics Drying Lotion

If you suffer from breakouts that are painful and deep, put some of this on, go to sleep, and you will wake up with no more pimples. Can be used all over the body as well. 

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream

This eye cream does it all. Hydrates, reduces puffiness and dark circles, and helps minimize fine lines. Plus, it’s only $10.

The Inkey List Vitamin C Cream

 

A thick cream that delivers brighter skin in just a pea-sized amount. This helps with hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and dullness. 

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum

A hyaluronic acid serum that plumps, hydrates, and helps minimize fine lines. The best hyaluronic acid serum I have ever used and just $8.

 

This post contains affiliate links. That means if you go through that link and make a purchase, I make a small commission. This in no way shapes my review of products or those included. All images are sourced from brand websites.

 

The Natural Deodorant That Works

The Natural Deodorant That Works

Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room! For the past few months I have been trying out a natural deodorant. I have been nervous to switch over to one, as I wasn’t sure how well it would work.

I had this horrible image in my head of sweating everywhere and my body odor scaring people off like that episode of Spongebob. My fellow 90’s babies understand, “I’m ugly and I’m proud!”

Anyway, after reading up on some benefits to natural deodorant (and basically being terrified of using regular antiperspirant) I finally made the switch. Before I get into my favorite natural deodorant ever, let’s check out some benefits and reasons why you should switch to the au natural deodorant train.
 

Natural vs. Antiperspirant

First, a deodorant just controls odor, while an antiperspirant actually stops the sweat. Most products you see on that market like Degree, Dove, Suave, etc. are all antiperspirant deodorants. Antiperspirants contain aluminum to plug your sweat glands and therefore stop sweat. However, there have been talks that aluminum through deodorants can cause breast cancer. These mainstreams antiperspirants also just contain other not so good ingredients like parabens and synthetic fragrance.

Natural deodorants do not contain any synthetic of potentially toxic ingredients. What is important to remember is that because natural deodorants don’t contain harmful ingredients like aluminum, they aren’t going to stop sweat. Their main purpose is to deodorize, hence deodorant. 

Why I Switched

Basically after doing some research (the same things I listed above), I decided that because I have become more conscience of my other beauty products, I really needed to do that with a deodorant too. I’ve seen so many people switch and have good experiences that I really just wanted to give it a go.

What Worked (and what didn’t)

When I first began my natural deodorant journey, I started with Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla Deodorant Stick. This can be found at Target and smells absolutely divine.

However, this actually made my underarm area breakout (gross, I know), so I needed to stop using it. It also really needs to be warmed up a bit on the skin for it to spread out.  

I then switched over to the star of this post. My Lavanila Sport Luxe Natural Deodorant

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Sodium Stearate (Coconut Derived), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Glyceryl Laurate (Coconut And Palm Kernel Oil Derived), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel Oil), Inulin (Artichoke Derived), Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Sugar Derived), Yeast Beta Glucan, Camellia Sinensis (Japanese Green Tea) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Lycium Barbarum Fruit (Goji Berry) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Phytate (Rice Derived), Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Botanical Fragrance Blend.

Final Thoughts

This product has no aluminum, no parabens, and no harsh chemicals. It smells super fresh and its very easy to apply. I actually really like the shape of this product and the container. The fresh smell lasts all day and really does deodorize.

When first using a natural deodorant, you will be upset by the fact that you will notice the sweat. You’ll be like what the heck why are my underarms so wet?! I promise you this feeling will subside and you will love the effects. I have definitely noticed that my underarms are softer, clearer, and all around look healthier. 

All in all I love this product. I definitely want to branch out and try some of their other items, including their perfume. I highly recommend this deodorant if you are new to the natural side of things, you will not be disappointed!

This post contains affiliate links. Meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will make a commission if you click through and make a purchase. This in no way affects my review. This item was purchased with my own money and was not sent to me.

Featured image is sourced from Everyday Health.

How I Saved $950 on Designer Clothes

How I Saved $950 on Designer Clothes

Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room! Did you know that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world? It is only second to the oil industry. Often when we wear our everyday items, we don’t think about what will happen to them once we are done with them.

I’ve recently been on a mission to live a much more socially conscience life. Recycle, reuse, and repurpose have become the three words of my life. By doing some quick research you can see that a single t-shirt takes 700 gallons of water to produce and 26 billion pounds of clothing end up in landfills every year.

In conjunction with living more sustainably for our planet, it’s obviously important to us all how much money we spend. We all want nice things, but sometimes it’s hard to justify the price tag for that Michael Kors purse or Tory Burch sandals. What if I told you that you could not only reduce your environmental footprint, but also get designer items at a fraction of the price?

Introducing ThredUP. ThredUP is a fashion resale website to buy and sell secondhand clothing online. They sell products from over 35,000 brands at up to 90% retail prices. If you’re worried that the quality won’t be in the items from purchasing online, don’t! ThredUP only accepts about 40% of boxes sent into them and they undergo a serious quality check.

ThredUP’s circular fashion economy initiative supports non-profit organizations and epicycle programs to engage fashion retailers in a circular economy.

How It Works

Buy

Of course you can buy the items, that’s what this post is all about! Set up an account and set your sizes so that no matter what category you pick, it automatically filters the selection for you.

ThredUP adds 30,000 new items to the site every single day. Since receiving my order, I have been checking out the selection almost every day. I can almost find something! Shop through the site or download the app for easy browsing.

You can also favorite items and add them to your cart for a period of time. If an item is sold, the site lets you know so you can find other items that are similar.

I also suggest signing up for emails, as there are new specials every single day. For my first order I got a bunch of items that were already on sale, plus an additional 40% off!

Sell

If you’re looking to get rid of some items in your closet, you can order a Clean Out Kit and send in your items and get credit to use on the site. Any items that ThredUP doesn’t accept can either be sent back to you or sustainably recycled.

In addition, you can also get a Donation Kit. Instead of receiving credit to use on the site, ThredUP will donate $5 to a charity of your choice. You can then get a donation tax receipt.

What I’ve Purchased

Talbots Blazer

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Retail Price: $90

ThredUP Price: $13.60

Calvin Klein Jacket

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Retail Price: $150

ThredUP Price: $18

Talbots Dress Pants

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Retail Price: $89

ThredUP Price: $10.50

Talbots Jacket

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Retail Price: $129

ThredUP Price: $10.40

Tahari Blazer

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Retail Price: $143

ThredUP Price: $12.80

Talbots Khaki Shorts

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Retail Price: $50

ThredUP Price: $8.80

BCBG Paris Pullover Sweater

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Retail Price: $48

ThredUP Price: $12.80

Kenneth Cole Reaction Dress

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Retail Price: $71

ThredUP Price: $8.40

Halogen Blazer

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Retail Price: $143

ThredUP Price: $11.90

Banana Republic Dress Pants

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Retail Price: $98

ThredUP Price: $12.72

Kookai Blazer

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Retail Price: $107

ThredUP Price: $16.80

Why I Love It

I feel like I don’t even need to expand upon this part! The clothes are designer, amazing quality, the best price ever, and I’m doing something sustainable for the planet. Plus, you literally have thousands of choices to choose from.

I wore the Calvin Klein jacket to my law school open house and I got stopped so many times from people asking me where I got my jacket. Most people couldn’t believe it was secondhand, that’s how great they are.

I immediately wore the Halogen blazer to work and got a ton of compliments as well. The clothes are legit!

Can I Return Items?

Of course! ThredUP offers three methods for returning items.

  1. Print their free shipping label and get refunded with store credit
  2. Pay $8.99 for a shipping label and be refunded your original method of payment
  3. Create your own shipping label and be refunded your original method of payment

Final Thoughts

I am extremely pleased with my ThredUP order and experience. The clothes are great, I saved a ton of money ($950 to be exact!), and everything was super easy to use and find. I know I will always be able to find something on the site and the shipping is very timely as well. Often you will get free shipping g!

I think this is the only way I will search for clothes again! Oh yeah, they also have jewelry, shoes, and bags, so get shopping!

If you’re interested in shopping at ThredUP, head through this link to get $10 off your first order!

 

 

Featured image is sourced from Pexels.