drugstore newbies

next time you swing into your local cvs or walgreens (or whatever you’ve got in your ‘hood), be on the look out for two exciting new releases from revlon and almay:

just bitten lip stain + balm from revlon

just bitten lipstain + balm is revlon’s response to covergirl’s outlast lipstain but with a major improvement — a moisturizing balm. my biggest gripe about lipstains is their drying nature but brilliant revlon just popped a yummy glorified chapstick on the end of their marker and voila! instant comfort and pretty shine that can be easily reapplied over their long lasting matte stain. as a warning: the colors of this stain are more intense than they appear so i would encourage you to go lighter than you normally might. i found passion to be a very user-friendly shade of pink. if your lip look tends to disappear quickly in the summer heat like mine does, a stain is a MUST for your makeup bag and this is my new favorite version on the market.

almay one-coat dial up mascara


now you can control lash fullness with the click of a dial! this new mascara from almay allows the amount of product distributed on the wand to be totally up to you, making this a great investment. if you’re a low-key girl during the day, go for number one. want some amped up volume for an evening out with your girls? turn it up to three for some va-voom! blackest black gives the look of intensely inky lashes without clumps which i love.

for less than $15, you can make both of these rookie products your own and totally refresh your look for summer.

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