Weekly Cheap Secret:

I seriously do not know how or why I haven’t reviewed this product sooner. I guess it is one that I use so frequently that I forget about it? I really didn’t mean to take it for granted. This is a product that I really like and it retails for under $6.

Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush has a mousse texture. It blends nicely and feels weightless on the skin. It works great on my normal skin type. I love that it feels like it isn’t there at all. This texture feels much more expensive than what the product retails for. I’ve used $30 blushes that were going for this effect and couldn’t achieve it. I’m not naming names. There aren’t many colors available. There are six to be exact. However, there are a few I really like. ( I loved Whipped Strawberries but I can’t find it on the website. That was the perfect flushed pink for pale skins.) I like Pink Frosting, a pale pink shimmer that I usually use as a highlighter, and Peach Satin, a sheer pale peach. Both colors are sheer so I choose to layer them and layer them for more color. I apply this blush with my fingertips. I only use a tiny amount. I rub it on to the cheeks. There is no tugging since this product has such a smooth texture. I layer and layer until I get what I want. I’ve used deeper colors (Cloud Wine) and “one coat” was enough to get what I wanted. It doesn’t streak with extended wear. Like I said before, my skin is normal, rarely super dry or oily. When I dip my fingers into the pot, I occasionally get little clumpy Maybelline Dream Mousse bunnies. This doesn’t bother me. I’ll either wipe it on the rim of the jar or I was going to use that much cream blush anyways, so it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that it doesn’t clump or streak on my skin. It doesn’t do that. (It is gross when it gets under the nails. Sometimes I use the end of a makeup brush to dip it out onto my hand, then my finger tips so that I’m not digging in the pot.)

My complaints are that the colors are limited. Just like all drugstore makeup, they start with a few perfect colors that compete with department store brands but then get rid of them for unknown reasons. There aren’t enough colors for medium to deep skin tones.  If you are pale with normal skin this can be a perfect blush for you. It looks natural, somehow the shimmer ones look natural too. (Well, that is coming from me and I don’t mind shimmer on my complexion to give me a “plastic” look). It’s a great price at under $6. The packaging is hefty and glass. It seems like it is “more” than what it is.

It is available at most drugstores and drugstore.com.

Covergirl Cheekers Blush is one of my many stupid addictions. I love this stuff. It is cheap so I can own like every one, about $3.50 each. It is one of my favorite blush formulas ever. Trust me I have dabbled in them all. This blush is up there with my NARS and Guerlain Divonora. I love it. I love it because many of the formulas contain lots of shimmer. It makes my skin look dewy but still like plastic. The shimmer particles are so fine, they are like pixie dust. There is a wide range of colors. The formula does have an “odd” odor. I guess. I actually like it. It has a Noxzema aroma. I can’t use Noxzema because it burns the hell out of my face but I do love its “squeaky clean” smell and the “natural” beauty marketing. The blush smells faintly of Noxzema. The colors wear all day. Some of my favorite shades include: Classic Pink which is a just worked out flushed pink, Snow Plum which is a light pinky plum shimmer, Pretty Peach which is a true peaches and cream with shimmer, Golden Pink which is a warm rust with gold shimmer, Cinnamon Toast which is a warm tan shimmer and Plum Plush which is a deeper violet with tons of gold shimmer. All of the shades make the skin look healthy and like it is “glowing”. The only blush that I have found similar are the ones in the Too Faced Quickie Chronicles. But, they are more expensive and you have to purchase other stuff too.

I also like Covergirl Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush. It is the same formula as Cheekers but it comes with three fab shades. They retail for less than $5. I love Peach Perfection which contains three shimmery tones of peach and Purely Plum which contains three shades of cool plummy pinks. The colors can be used to “contour” but I usually just swirl a brush around all three to create one shade. The one thing that I must mention about CG products is that the brush it comes with totally sucks. I would recommend attaching it to your key ring so that you could attack any potential muggers with it. The brush actually hurts to use. Not that many of us actually use the applicators that our cosmetics come with, but I am just warning those that do. Blush should be applied with a soft (comfortable!) and fluffy blush. This helps to achieve a nice flush. No stripes!


For some reason this just bothers me. Please don’t package condoms with my cosmetics. It is just wrong. What’s next designer birth control pills or IUDs? It is silly.

NARS has launched two limited edition only at Sephora NARS The Multiple Orgasm gift sets selling for $37. A portion of the sales goes to amfAR A.K.A. The American Foundation for AIDS Research. One set is know as “Safe Sex” and it comes with a Multiple and two condoms with “chicly designed packaging”. OK, stop right there Sephora and NARS. How freaking shallow is that? I only liked my partner to play safe in NARS cosmetics rubbers. Give me a break. If your man knows what company NARS even is then why are you sleeping with him? And don’t get me started on what possible quality a “NARS” condom is like. What garbage! And just because I wear makeup with risque “attention seeking” names doesn’t mean I just sleep around. Not that if you use condoms, you are a slut. I’m not saying that at all. But, I know about safe sex. I am from the safe sex and AIDS generation. And if there is one thing my public school education taught me, it is to not trust rubbers given out by cosmetic companies. This is a line that shall never be crossed. And I can’t get over the reviews on Sephora. All it proves is that women are f’n label whores and actually bought this product for 2 “designer” inspired condoms. Buy a box of condoms you dumb bitches. Are you too embarrassed to go to the drugstore to pick up a box of condoms and only buy them from the mall? Or are you 16 and your small town pharmacist won’t let you purchase any or they will tell your youth minister so it is just easier to buy them at the mall in the “big city”? This product is not liberating. It just talks down to women. It says “play it safe bimbo, here’s two condoms, use these chicly wrapped things wisely but only twice!”

The other is even more insulting and it is Safest Sex which contains the Multiple in Orgasm and a little black book “that lists all the ways to say no to your wannabe lover”. Gag me! This is so lame and once again inappropriate. What about, “I am a woman and I know what to do with my body and I am also not a child or a pushover and I don’t get talked into having sex !” This is something my mom would of given me when I was 13 to try to convince me that it is cool to be celebant. Which would of been appropriate when I was 13 but as an adult it is demeaning. I would love to see the book with all its shallow excuses like “I’ve got to go wash my hair” or “Oops, I didn’t get waxed this week.” Instead of “You’re nasty and drunk and you don’t even know my name” or “We aren’t in a commited relationship”. Thanks NARS, for talking down to all of your customers and assuming that all women are a bunch of brainstems that need a script to talk our feeble minds out of sleeping with disease ridden casanovas at happy hour. Insulting. Plus, it is gross because before announcing who the proceeds go to on Sephora’s website, they say “get hot n’bothered for a great cause” and list amfAR. Sick. Is it the thinking about sex and not be able to wait to use my new generic but somehow designer condoms that gets me all hot n’bothered or is the AIDS research and thought of STD’s that gets me hot n’bothered?

All I have to say is that NARS has went too far this time to get attention and that these sets aren’t about the safeness but just about sex. I feel these products are trying so hard and are too sexual. It is the feminist that wears the slutty see thru cleavage exposing tops and then gets made when everybody stares at her twins and doesn’t listen to all the amazing things she has to say. I don’t feel I am a prude even though I am a married woman in a commited relationship and I have never thrown my body or my emotions around. I’m not offended by individuals and their sex lives. That is such a personal business and should remain so. If you really wanted to help educate individuals on reproductive health and sexual issues than you should give your money directly to the cause, a place like Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood actually helps people.  I never trust a company that gets you to buy things to give away your money in the name of charity to make you feel good because you would rather spend $37 to get a shimmery makeup stick than to give $20 out right to Planned Parenthood. NARS makes enough profit to anonymously donate money to AIDS research and education programs. It’s just lame. Which sucks because I like many of their products but this is hard to overlook.

Benefit is known for their catchy, kitschy packaging, names and advertising. Everyone has to admit that is why we gave them a try to begin with. If you still haven’t tried any of Benefit’s products then you should. Not all of their products are great, they can be expensive and hokey. But most of them are nice. For instance, some of those little boxes of powder.

First, the packaging of these are usually cute. Functional, um..no, cute…yes. I have mine on my dresser because I don’t want them to break or get nasty in my makeup bag. If you have put yours in with your other makeup and have traveled, please let me know what happened. I just have a feeling it ended up being shattered…Anyways, most of the powders are lightly scented, very lightly and have a nice texture. They come with huge flat brushes that I rarely use because it deposits too much color in one area. I’ll start my guide with the first box I ever tried.

Dandelion: The Perk-Me-Up Pink Powder– This is a non-chalky pale pink powder with a hint of shimmer and a light floral fragrance. It comes in a cute dandelion puff box. When I bought this back in the day, the sales associate sold it to me like a blush. Yeah, whatever. Not enough color for me, this is sheer stuff. You’d have to have like a gallon of Benetint under it to show up. You could use it as a blush if you were terrified of blush and were scared of having 80’s flashbacks when applying something with pigment. I lightly brush it all over and it adds a little color in a good way. It makes me look alive if I am sallow.

Georgia: A Peach Face Powder That Radiates Sunshine– This one is more my speed because I’ve always wanted an Uma Thurman peaches and cream complexion. It’s a sheer peach powder with a little shimmer and a peach scent. It warms my complexion and I like it better than most bronzers. It too can be used as a blush like Dandelion if you want minimal pigment, but I like it all over. The box has a graphic peach on it. It could have cuter packaging in my opinion.

Hoola: A Natural Bronzing Powder– This is a deeper bronze shade matte bronzing powder. I can’t remember the scent because I never purchased it. This is too dark for my skintone and has a tendency to look mucky. I have a friend that uses it, she is way more tan than me and it looks awesome on her. Her skin is oily and she prefers to have a bronzer without shimmer since she spends good money and time to not look shiny. The packaging has an orchid on it and the brush has a teal handle. Do not use the brush with this stuff. It will mess you up and make you look like a zebra. Use a normal bronzer brush for a natural look.

Dallas: The Perfect Combination of Bronzer and Blush– This is a sheer rosy bronze shade with a hint of shimmer. Sorry again, I didn’t buy this so I can’t remember the fragrance. This can be used as a blush or as a bronzer. This color is all wrong for me. It’s too pink to be a bronzer and to dark to be a blush. It works for some folks. My mom loves it but she is really tan. The box is cute with a chick riding a horse into the sunset. I want to love it because I love the packaging. The Benefit website says it is for everyone but that ain’t true.

10– This is a nice powder that is you’re supposed to do the “sexy sweep” with. I don’t. I apply it with a normal brush where I want to. One side is a perfect pale, shimmery pearl pink that is an awesome highlighter and eyeshadow. When I use it I get tons of complements and look flawless. I brush a little over the cheekbones. The other side is a shimmery bronzer that works with my skintone. It is a great contouring set. Both sides can be used as shadow and the colors look great on the body too. It is a very versatile product. I just don’t like the “sexy sweep” which is when you apply the powder with pink side up and the bronze side down and sweep. It doesn’t blend correctly and never looks even. Use a normal brush. And the packaging is stupid looking. It has like a rhinestone belt on it and some outline of a lady. Not cute. And I can’t smell it.

Thrrrob: A “turned-on” Face Powder– Gross, my face powder does not have sexual feelings. Anyways this is a brighter pink with a little shimmer that is supposed to look like a natural heart-racing flush, we know what they mean. It’s a nice color, especially as a blush. I don’t like it all over. I don’t look great with a pink face. It could work if you had that color in your skin. I’m kind of yellow. The packaging is a red and pink corset or something. It’s kind of tacky.

Each box-o-powder sells for $28 and comes in a cardboard box with a flatbuki style brush.

My husband bought me this limited edition set as a gift and I love it. First, things first. I love Too Faced Quickie Chronicles. All of the colors in the compact “go” together. I’ve bought a few of the full-sized ones in the past and a few of the minis. I love the covers and I love shimmer. So, I was so siked to see 8 of these mini palettes going for $59.10.

These were released for Sephora’s 10th anniversary (in the U.S. I assume). Each kit comes in a pulp fiction cardboard type compact that is sans mirror or applicators. Who uses the crummy applicators anyways? This collection contains 8 different Mini Quickie Chronicles. Each of the palettes contain two shimmery vanilla scented lip glosses, two shimmery eye shadows, and one shimmery blush or bronzer. Pretty much all of these work for me. The colors aren’t super exciting but they work. They are my ‘everyday” looks. Most of the palettes contain shimmery nudes, browns, bronzes and plummy browns. However there is a metallic pink and a hot peacock green. The blushes range from plummy pinks to bronzes. The bronze blushes are kind of “ho-hum” and I will be using these as shadows. They make my face look too shimmery and muddy but they may work for darker skintones. Many of the blushes are gorgeous. They have the right amount of shimmer and make my skin look flawless, almost plastic-y, a look that many hate but I love. I would love to purchase them individually. The shadows are mainly shimmery, some have glitter, have a lot of pigment and blend beautifully with a great brush. The glosses are OK. They are thick and shimmery but won’t last too long. Not a lot comes in the palette. But, they do last a while on the lips.

Overall I find this collection a great deal. I’ve been using a different palette daily and it has been a week. They come individually wrapped, so they would make great gifts broken up. I love them. Thanks hubby.

I’m not a snob. I love cosmetics and I am willing to try everything. If you read this blog you know that I love expensive stuff and cheap stuff. I don’t sit in my little Target desk chair and hate on Avon. They actually make some nice stuff. True, the Avon lady thing is odd but you don’t have to have one to buy their stuff. They’ve been stepping up their game. (They is Avon). I loved what they did with Cynthia Rowley. So, when I found out they were doing something with Marimekko, one of my favorite brands, I was so excited. I found this out in February and was so siked for fall. I knew I would buy every piece for like under $50 and it would be so damn cute that I would see all other makeup as boring garbage. Boy, was I wrong. I got on Avon’s mailing list and demanded to know exactly when this stuff launched. I researched it. I wanted to know how wonderful it would be. Everything brought up this print:

I thought to myself this would rock! Cases imprinted with this. I’ve seen this print done in red and we’d have a rocking red lipstick offered! No instead we have been offered ugly as hell face powder and eyeshadow. They couldn’t even make their model look good. Her makeup looks awful. She is a washed out dated blob. Great way to make a pretty gal look stupid.  This is the all over face powder palette. The colors seem drab and boring. I would of rather had a printed compact with a pretty color inside. This is ugly. One person said it was too shimmery. Well, at least it has shimmer going for it. Next we have the eyeshadow palette. This is a poppy print, why are the colors so drab? Poppy Bloom looks like when poppies need antidepressants and Poppy Bouquet looks like it would of worked, maybe. I do love teal. And still I am turned off by this. Where are the warm colors? Where are the golds, bronzes, reds? Where is a lipstick or a gloss? I can’t believed they signed a contract with Marimekko, a fun, retro company and made this garbage. I don’t want to waste my money on this. Rumor has it that there was supposed to be a gloss, lipstick, mascara, all in cute packaging. However, it isn’t available to Americans. I don’t know why. I would of bought a mascara with a Marimekko packaging. At least Avon couldn’t of messed up the color of that. I can’t believe they didn’t do red. Oh, well thank you Avon for letting me save my money and buy the Marimekko fabric instead.

TheBalm has released an adorable trio palette featuring their famous powders. The palatte comes in a cheeky cheesecakey sailor friendly package. It features Bahama Mama which is a deeper bronzed tan powder that can be used as a bronzer, eyeshadow, or a contour powder. The other is Hot Mama which is a shimmery pinky peach that is close to NARS Orgasm Blush. This can be used as a blush, shadow or highlighter. I love this one. Finally there is Sexy Mama which is a translucent, anti-shine blotting powder. The palette retails for $32 and is available on sephora.com and beauty.com.