2017 · Battle · beauty · beauty blogger · dupes · makeup

Battle: Nars Blush Dolce Vita vs. ELF Blush Blushing Rose

ELF Blushing Rose Vs.NARS Dolce Vita

It’s time for another dupe post, I really love doing these posts and this month we will be battling a couple of blushes. As you probably already know but the title, we will be battling the NARS Blush in Dolce Vita and ELF Blush in Blushing Rose, two very different price points but these are supposed to be dupes. Instead of talking about these let’s just jump right on into this dupe post!

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2017 · Battle · beauty · beauty blogger · makeup · Review

Battle: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer vs. NYX HD Concealer

Battle- Urban DecayVs.Nyx Concealer

I’m back with another battle post this month! I’ve been trying to do these every month since I started doing them in March, so far I’ve only missed one month, which I am a bit disappointed in myself over, but either way, I am here this month with a new one. This one is all about concealer, which may be why you clicked on this post, I will be testing the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Neutral against the NYX HD Photo Concealer in Alabaster. I believe I’ve seen that these two are supposed to be dupes on Pinterest, so let’s put them to the test and find out what I think about these two as dupes.

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Let’s start this one out by talking about the packaging, I am aware the packaging doesn’t really matter in terms of if something is a dupe or not, but I like to talk a little bit about it just to compare. I only have a mini of the Urban Decay concealer but I imagine that the full size looks the same and feels about the same. I honestly don’t really notice a quality difference between the packaging of these two, neither are particularly cheap but neither feel high end either. I will say, I think I prefer the Urban Decay packaging a little bit more but this is all based purely on appearance, I just feel like it looks cleaner and brighter, which is something that I prefer.

Now we’re going to talk about the price and how much you get with each product, a full size of the Urban Decay will run you $29.00 and you get 0.16 oz of product, whereas the NYX one will run you $4.99 and you get a total of 0.11oz of product. There is a little bit of difference in price but if these two are dupes, the NYX one ends up being considerably cheaper, it may have a little less product but you can purchase nearly six of these for the same price as the Urban Decay one.

The other thing to note about these two is that the Urban Decay one comes in fourteen different shades and the NYX one is twenty-two different shades, although three of those shades are color correctors so there is that. Urban Decay also sells color correctors but it’s kind of sold as a different product, but that’s just something to keep in mind when talking about the shade range. Still, I think so far the NYX one is looking a lot better just based on price and shade options, but I think the most important part is the wear and formula of the product.

I’m going to put off the formula discussing for just a little bit longer to talk about the wands, you can see the NYX one to the right and you can see the Urban Decay one down below. The sponges are not the same, this one is more of a classic doe foot applicator and the Urban Decay one is more of a flat and skinny one, I don’t really have a preference of one over the other, they are basically the same if you ask me. I’m going to put off the formula discussing for just a little bit longer to talk about the wands, you can see the NYX one to the right and you can see the Urban Decay one down below. The sponges are not the same, this one is more of a classic doe foot applicator and the Urban Decay one is more of a flat and skinny one, I don’t really have a preference of one over the other, they are basically the same if you ask me.

I’m going to put off the formula discussing for just a little bit longer to talk about the wands, you can see the NYX one to the left and you can see the Urban Decay one to the right. The sponges are not the same, the NYX one is more of a classic doe foot applicator and the Urban Decay one is more of a flat and skinny one, I don’t really have a preference of one over the other, they are basically the same if you ask me.

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I guess the most obvious thing about these two are that they are not the same shade, not even close, I could have probably found a better match in the Urban Decay but I was just wanting to get a mini to try it out. Spoiler, I would have liked it more if the shade was right. The left is the Urban Decay and the right is the NYX.

I personally do not think these two are dupes, I just don’t find that the formula matches up quite right. I find that the Urban Decay feels a little more lightweight but has better coverage than the NYX, which is a huge bonus for it. I actually used the NYX HD concealer for quite some time and did not expect to have any doubts in my mind that it would be better, but I’m thinking the Urban Decay one might be something I like a little more. I do like that the NYX one is more brightening, but that may be more to do with the shade choice than the formula.

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In this photo, I am wearing the NYX concealer under my right eye, which is the left in the photo, and the Urban Decay on the left which is the right in the photo. That may have been a bit confusing but I think that makes sense. I think that while the NYX side looks brighter, the Urban Decay side looks a lot more well covered like it covered up my under eye bags better.

There is a difference in texture as well, I find that the Urban Decay one feels a little bit more whipped whereas the NYX one feels more creamy and a little bit thicker.

The other thing to note about these two is that the Urban Decay one has a little bit of an odor to it, nothing over the top or overwhelming about it, but it does, whereas I don’t really smell anything with the NYX one other than maybe a little bit of that generic makeup kind of smell. Neither are offensive or irritating to the eyes or skin.

So, overall I do not think these are dupes, I think both are fine concealers but I do think that the Urban Decay one is better, neither of these are my all time favorite concealer, but I do think they are both nice. Not dupes in the slightest bit though.

What dupes would you like to see?

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2017 · Battle · beauty · beauty blogger

Battle: The Balm Vs NYX Liquid Lipstick

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It feels like it has been forever since I have done a dupe post, that’s probably because I completely forgot to schedule in a dupe post last month, I don’t know what is wrong with me but it completely slipped my mind. I think I was doing pretty good, making sure I got a dupe post out every month but I guess my streak is broken now. I am getting back to it though with a battle of the liquid lipsticks, I will be battling The Balm Meet Matt(e) Huges in Sincere and NYX Liquid Suede in Softspoken.  So, let’s just jump right on in and find out of these two products are dupes.

I guess I am going to start this post out by talking about the obvious thing here, the color of these two products. On the hand swatch, the NYX is on the left and The Balm on the right, which there they look really quite different at least to me they do. Like, on the hand they are close enough to not really need both, even though I already owned both, but at the same time, I can see a difference between the two. The left is a little bit darker and a little less red, which I enjoy more and the right is, of course, lighter and a little bit more red in color. So, I wasn’t really confident on these being dupes because the swatches just weren’t matching up at all.

However, I continued on to see what they looked like on the lips and on the top lip I wore the NYX Liquid Suede and the bottom was The Balm Meet Matt(e) Huges, and much to my surprise these two do look like color dupes to me. I can barely tell the difference, the slightest difference I can see between the two is that the NYX one is still a tiny bit darker, but my fiance couldn’t tell the difference until I pointed out that I was wearing two different lipsticks. So, upon first glance, I don’t think these are color dupes but on the lips, these look almost identical and way close enough to not need to own both of these.

Now, I think it is time to talk about formula. I don’t think these guys are as close in the formula as they are color, granted I also don’t think they are that different really. I think that the NYX one actually lasts a tiny bit longer on the lips, both are about the same when it comes to the feel on the lips, not drying but not the most comfortable thing that I’ve ever worn on my lips either. I will say this, neither one of these lipsticks held up to the pizza I ate the day I was wearing these at all. So, the wear time of these aren’t that different really but I still stick by the NYX one wearing a little bit better.

So, overall I think that these are dupes, or at least close enough to not really need to own both of them. I do own both but now that I’ve seen that they are dupes of one another maybe I’ll declutter one, we’ll see how that goes the next time I’m looking through my stash.

What dupes would you guys be interested in seeing?

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2017 · Battle · beauty · beauty blogger · Review

Battle: Urban Decay vs. Nyx Blush Edition

Battle- Urban DecayVs. Nyx

It is the time of the month where I bring out a dupe post, this month’s battle post is between the Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in the shade Rapture and the Nyx Ombre Blush in the shade Mauve Me. The Urban Decay one is $26.00 and the Nyx is $ 9.99, which is a difference if $16.99, so that is a fair chunk of change if they are dupes, that is. These two are ones that I haven’t seen posts about being dupes before, but I was looking through my stash and realized these two looked a lot alike so I decided to put them up against one another and see how it went, so let’s get into comparing and see if these two really are dupes of each other.

20170528_152559Of course, these guys are not dupes in terms of packaging, but I think that is to be expected, dupes don’t always have the same packaging. I like both of these fine, neither are my favorites but I don’t have a hatred of either, I’m just kind of neutral packaging wise here. None of this really matters but I did want to start out which this because that is what I do.

20170528_152613The powder itself is where the similarities start, these don’t look exactly the same in the pan, and not just because the Nyx one is ombre, but the color looks in the same vein but different shades of the same color, which is why I thought these two might be dupes. I think that the Urban Decay one looks quite a bit darker in the pan than the Nyx one, the darkest part of the Nyx one looks lighter but both are really pretty mauve toned blushes.

20170528_152647Now, when you swatch them side by side you can still see a bit of a difference when they aren’t blended out, the Urban Decay one is darker and more pigmented, whereas the Nyx one is a little bit more sheer and lighter, however, I do think when you blend the two out they look virtually the same. If anything, the Urban Decay on is still a little bit more pigmented and that is something that you can see when it’s blended out as well

Now, let’s talk a bit about the texture and lasting power of these two, I think they are both very soft powders and that the Urban Decay one actually kicks up a little bit more powder, which doesn’t bother me one bit but if that is something that bothers you then I would avoid that one. I think the lasting power on both of these blushes is really quite fantastic, they go on nicely, give a nice flush to the cheeks and they last for a good 8 hours without really fading much, they are really neck and neck when it comes to the formula of the powders I think.

So, overall I think these two are close enough that I might as well call them dupes, there are a couple of minor difference in pigmentation but once blended out I think they look the same and that’s really all that matters in terms of blush. So personally, I don’t really see the need in owning both, I own both but I think you could easily pick up one and be completely fine without the other.

Do you guys think these are dupes?

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Battle: Benefit vs. Essence

Battle- BenefitVs. Essence

I am back with another battle! I’m doing at least one a month now until I can’t come up with anything or I’ve tested all of the dupes out, which I do not think is possible, so I’ll probably be doing these forever. Let’s take a jump back to last month first, just in case you missed it and were curious about the last battle. Now, to this month, I am battling two eyebrow products, the Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara is Soft Browny Brows ($2.99) and the Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in 3 Medium ($24.00). There is a big difference in price here, so if these are dupes then it’s going to be really great because that’s $21 difference. Let’s jump on into this battle!

Just because I’m curious if anyone can really tell the difference, which one do you guys think is which?

I’m going to hope you comment below before reading this because now I’m going to jump into the review, starting with the more expensive of the two, which is the Benefit Gimme Brow in the shade 3 medium and I have applied it on my left eyebrow, which for you looking at the photo is the right side. Neither of these products has very many colors to choose from, this one has only three and I chose the middle shade just because it made sense to me. My natural brows aren’t super dark but they aren’t really light either, they are medium, at least I would think so. I think this is a little bit darker than I expected as it’s a bit too dark for my eyebrows, I mean I think I could get away with it but I’m not sure that it’s the softer color that I’m used to, so it’s a little out there for me.

On to the cheaper of the two, the Essence Make Me Brow in the shade Soft Browny Brows, which I have applied on my right eyebrow which for you looking at the photo is the left side. This one doesn’t have many colors to chose from either, it also has three shades and in this one I chose the third shade, which I don’t actually think is the darkest shade of the three but instead exactly the shade that I want for my brows. This is a really great middle of the road, soft brown kind of shade that works perfectly for me.

Now, let’s talk about the color comparison of these two products, they are not dupes for sure and I think you can tell that by looking at the photos above. The Benefit one is clearly a darker shade than the Essence one. I don’t think that the color is the most important part when talking about being dupes with this one, but I think it is something worth noting. There might be dupes between these two products color wise but it just doesn’t happen to be the two shades that I chose.

Now, when it comes to the formula I think these two products are dupes, these two have a really similar feel to them. They aren’t super thick but they aren’t thin, the consistency is very much what you would expect from brow mascaras. These both have about the same lasting power, if I’m being completely honest I think the Benefit one does last a little bit longer than the Essence one, but I’m not sure that really makes it worth it because it’s a barely noticeable difference.

Let’s talk about the wands, which I should have taken pictures next to side by side but as usual, I forgot, so those get added to the list of things that I’ve forgotten until last minute. Anyway, the wands are not exactly the same but they are close enough, I think the Benefit one is a little smaller and a little bit more of a point, but to me, it’s also splitting hairs a little bit because both are super easy to use.

So, if you ask me I think these two are dupes, I don’t think the colors are identical but once again that may just be the choices I made, some of the other shades might line up better. I think the Benefit one lasts a tiny bit longer but they both hold up a ridiculously long time that I think it is safe to say that these two are dupes.

What are your favorite eyebrow products?

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Battle: Too Faced Born This Way vs. Milani Conceal + Perfect

April 2017

It’s time for another dupe post and I’m super excited about it! I’m usually excited about dupe posts, I am trying to get through all the ones that I know I have but as usual, I have so many ideas and so much content that I’m not sure of when I’ll get around to those, but I have them ready to go whenever. Anyway, back to the point of today’s post which is about a dupe that I decided to try out when I saw that Milani released a lighter shade, it’s the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Snow and the Milani Conceal + Perfect in Light Natural.  Now, let’s just dive right on in and see if these two foundations are dupes.

20170409_152703.jpgI want to start out by saying that I do not think that these two are color dupes by any means, there may be a color dupe in the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation but it’s not the one that I own as it would be too dark for my skin tone. I did wear the Milani foundation once without mixing it just so I could test the wear out and such, but I can say that the color looked awful and didn’t match at all, so just a heads up if you are fairly pale and were excited about the release of a new lighter color, it’s still not light enough.

Anyway, I just wanted to get that really obvious thing out of the way before I started talking about each of the products by themselves, let’s get into a bit more detail about each product. We’re going to start out with the more expensive of the two products, which is the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation.

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The Too Faced Born This Way Foundation can be found online, at Ulta and Sephora to name a few places, it comes in a total of 18 different shades and retails for $39.00. I have had this foundation for about a year now and I can say this for sure, I really love it and it’s probably the best foundation that I own and have ever tried. So, duping this product is going to be a little bit hard in my book since I already know that I love this so very much.

Before we get into the contents, let’s chat a little bit about the packaging. I like the packaging a lot, I feel like it’s fairly simple, looks and feels really high end and the pump works really well and pumps out just the right amount of product without overdoing it. I like the frosted glass, the gold and black also, I just think it looks really nice and I like it.

I think this foundation is fantastic, it comes in a fair amount of shades that make it pretty easy to find something that matches, I think this has really great coverage that is easily medium to full coverage but the best part about this is that I can’t feel it on my skin and that is something that I truly love. While I enjoy makeup, I don’t always like to feel it on my skin, especially when it comes to foundations because they tend to feel like a mask on the skin. Luckily this doesn’t feel like that in the slightest bit. I don’t think this has much of a smell to it, it just kind of has that typical foundation kind of smell that most foundations seem to have. I also find this really easy to apply, I haven’t tried applying this with a brush as I am much more of a sponge type of gal, but it looks really quite flawless on the skin when applied with a sponge. The only thing left to talk about on this one is the lasting power, which is something else that I enjoy. I don’t think it has extreme lasting power like I don’t think I could wear it for 16 hours straight but it holds up amazingly well over an 8 hour period and probably somewhat beyond that, I don’t pay a whole lot of attention after that point.  Overall, this is just really a great foundation and I think it’s worth the nearly $40 price tag that comes along with it.

20170409_152725.jpgUp next is the Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation can be found online, in some Walgreens and CVS and even some Targets.  This comes in 15 different shades, which is a fair amount and I think that’s a pretty good selection and it will run you about $10.

Let’s talk a little bit about the packaging of this one, I really quite enjoy it. I think this is for sure one of the better-looking drugstore foundation packaging. This feels nice, I like the black fade and I also really enjoy the pump. A foundation with a pump is the best kind of foundation.

I actually really like this foundation, it’s the wrong shade of course, but I like the foundation overall. The coverage of the is for sure full coverage, I’m not the biggest fan of the feeling of this because it’s not super heavy but it is heavier than the Too Faced one and feels a little bit like a mask to me but nothing that bothers me that much. This also has that normal foundation kind of smell to it, nothing out of the ordinary at all in terms of scent. I apply this with a sponge, of course, and it applies really easy and like a dream, so that is a plus. The finish is really nice, I think it looks really nice and not cakey, I also think this has great lasting power, at least 8 to 10 hours of wear. The best I’ve found to wear this foundation is to mix it with the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, which is a little bit light and thin for me so when they mix together it makes it pretty much perfect, it doesn’t feel so masky and the color actually matches. I think this is a pretty good foundation and for sure worth the $10 price tag if you can find a shade that works for your skin tone well.

20170409_152614.jpgOverall, do I think these two foundations are dupes? Not exactly. I do think these are very close in the formula but not exactly the same. I think the Too Faced foundation is a little bit thinner while offering the same amount of coverage, it’s for sure a full coverage that feels really great on the skin and barely noticeable. The Milani one is a little bit thicker and is something that I notice on the skin a lot more. The two of these have the same amount of coverage really, they also leave about the same kind of finish on the skin, which to me looks pretty flawless on the skin. Really, they are almost identical but the reason why I am saying that they aren’t exact dupes of one another is because of the fact that they do not feel exactly the same on the skin, which is a notable thing to me because once again I don’t like to feel like I’m wearing a ton of makeup usually.

Overall, both of these foundations are really good and if you don’t mind a slightly thicker foundation I think either one of these would make a great choice of foundation to try out. I would personally pick the Too Faced one, of course, as it’s my favorite foundation that I’ve ever tried. Nut, either one is a great option I think.

What products would you guys like to see dupe posts about?

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Battle: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner vs Physicians Formula Eye Booster

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I kind of love doing these kinds of posts now, I’ve only done a few like this now but I want to keep doing them, I kind of love testing out dupes but at the same time I don’t really like the idea of going out of my way to buy two products to see if they are the same, it’s kind of weird I know. I have a couple lined up for the next couple of months though, so maybe by the time both of those are up there will be some more that I have planned out. So for today I will be battling the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and the Physicians Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner in Ultra Black. So let’s get into battling these two products and seeing if they are dupes or which one comes out on top.

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Battle: Mac Strobe Cream vs L’Oreal Magic Lumi

This is my first time doing anything like this but I am very excited about it and if this goes well I’m hoping to do this with other products, but for right now we’re just going to talk about these two products and start here. Basically, I’ve got two products here that are supposed to be dupes and I’m going to put them head to head and see if they are dupes, so let’s get into talking about these two products.

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