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I have an oily t zone but lately my cheeks & side of cheeks are really dry. Revlon colorstay's great but its making my cheeks look super dry & patchy. Any other drugstore foundations that would even out my oily tzone but not make my cheeks look dry?

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Have you tried the Colorstay for dry/normal skin as opposed to the one for oily/combination skin? It’s long wearing but a tad more moisturizing and forgiving :)

You might also want to try

  • Revlon Colorstay Whipped (almost melts into the skin during the day, not as drying)
  • Maybelline Superstay
  • Garnier BB Cream for oily/combination skin
  • Loreal True Match

You might also want to try mixing a little moisturizer with your Revlon Colorstay on the back of your hand to help make it little more moisturizing!

Hello! Do you know any good contour sticks ( lol if I'm saying that right) I'm new to contouring and I wanna find a good but reasonable price, thanks.

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Hi! :)

Yes you can call it a contour stick! Really popular for contouring since it’s super easy to place in the hollows of the cheek and around the face. 

You can use a foundation stick, concealer stick or a stick product made specifically for contouring. You just want to make sure to get a more cool toned shade if youre choosing a stick concealer or foundation, stay away from anything too warm and yellow toned. Some great affordable contour sticks are

NYX Wonder Sticks (new) which comes with a highlight and contour shade.


Loreal True Match Concealer Crayon. Great because you can get a N shade shade for a more cool toned contour instead of a W shade for a more orange contour.


Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick.


Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick. More expensive but has a few more deeper shades than others. 


I wear red lipstick all the time, but I have a terrible time getting it to stay put in the corners, even after using lip liner underneath to line my whole mouth and apply the lipstick itself with a lip brush. Is there something I'm doing wrong?

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I’d recommend using a matte red lipstick, using the apply and blot method and setting your lipstick with a translucent powder! You might even want to try using a red lip stain under your lipstick and in the corners of your mouth so even if the lipstick fades you’ll still have the red lip stain peeking through.

Your lipstick could be too creamy! Using a matte red lipstick shouldn’t fade and transfer as much as a more creamy, glossy red lipstick. It fully dries on the lips so it won’t go any where. Setting with a translucent powder will make the lipstick more matte as well as set it so it doesn’t budge.

Blotting method

You want to apply a layer of matte red lipstick, blot some off with a tissue, apply another layer of lipstick and blot again. This way you’re somewhat staining the lips. This should help the lipstick last longer even in the corners of your mouth.

Setting with translucent powder

After you’ve blotted the lips a second time place another tissue over the lips and dust translucent powder over your lips, this makes it so you’re not applying too much powder. This trick will help any lipstick last longer and make any lipstick matte.

Oils for Oily Skin

Don’t let the title scare you away… Using a face oil is a fabulous new trend to help combat oily skin as well as hydrate and soothe the skin. Think of it as fighting oil with oil!

Lately i’ve been obsessed with facial oils and my skin has never been more soft and happy!

Why use an oil?

For those with oily/combination skin you want to go for a dry oil. A dry oil is a little less “oily” than a traditional oil. They tend to feel more silky and dry on the skin rather than greasy. 

Using a facial oil under moisturizer or as a replacement to your moisturizer can help your skin produce less oil. Sometimes those with oily skin use skin care that is too drying, stripping the skin of it’s natural oils only to cause your skin to over produce more oil to balance it out. Instead of trying to take away oil, you can add oil to sort of trick your skin into thinking it doesn’t need to produce as much oil because it’s already properly hydrated. Face oils also make great moisturizers for oily skin because they sink in super quickly because it’s they’re so light weight so you’re not left with a greasy film over the skin that some thick moisturizers can cause. A lot of the facial oils I’ve tried have had awesome healing properties that help fade acne scars and sooth acne!

How to use an oil?

A facial oil can be applied under your favorite moisturizer or as a replacement to your moisturizer. Oils, especially dry oils, make great light weight moisturizers that absorb into the skin super quickly. I prefer to use an oil at night and a more light weight gel moisturizer in the day time. 

You only need a few drops, about 3 - 5, to cover the entire face. Applying too much might cause you to feel a bit greasy so start with 3 - 4 drops.

Some dry oils I love are

  • Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Detox Oil $52 
  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate $46
  • Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil $50
  • Pai Bioregenerate Rose Hip Oil $35 (available at Whole Foods or online)
  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil for Face $8 (not my favorite because it’s not as potent and has more fillers but great for those on a budget)


Hi! What do recommend you clean your brushes with? I am thinking about getting the Coastal Scents 22 Brush Set to start myself off with, but a lot of people say you must definitely wash well before use. What do you think? Thanks!

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Hi there :)

It’s generally good to wash new brushes before you use them to wash off any chemicals or anything that might have gotten on them during production. It’ll also help make them a little more soft.

I use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo because it’s super affordable, gentle and lathers up nicely to deep clean my brushes!

What's a good drugstore highlighter that will make my cheeks look dewy but that isn't too sparkly?

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Try cream/liquid highlighters! They tend to be more dewy and less shimmery. I’ll also add a few powder highlighters that will add sheen but not chunky glitter :)

Revlon Photoready Skin Lights Illuminator. Comes in a few shades. You can even mix it with foundation for an all over glow!


Loreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer (similar to Benefit High Beam)


Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls.


ELF Gotta Glow.