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Hey non make up question but what photo editing app do you use for your Instagram photos?

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I use vsco! I don’t really use the filters mainly their editing tools.

I usually make my photos exposure/brightness higher, lower the temperature so it’s cooler not as warm/yellow and sharpen the picture just a bit so it’s more crisp. If I do use a filter i use HB1 and usually lowered so it’s not the full filter. I also make sure to use the HDR setting on my iPhone when taking pictures so the picture is decent quality to begin with :)

Hope this helped!

What's the difference between drugstore lipstick and more high end brands? I've always been curious about more expensive lipstick, but I'm worried about wasting money if I don't like it or if it's not much different that drugstore lipstick.

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Honestly, not much! You can find great lip colors at the drugstore and department stores. The only downside to the drugstore is you have to put in a little extra work to find good shades since a lot of times you cant test them/open them in store. So many drugstore shades are frosty/shimmery which personally, I don’t like. However you can find some GREAT creamy, bold shades from lines like Maybelline Vivid’s. Before I buy a shade from the drugstore I google the heck out of it to see swatches, how it looks on different skin tones, etc. This ensures I know exactly what I’m getting. I feel like every time I buy 10 lipsticks from the drugstore I don’t like/use 5, so doing your research will help ensure you’ll like the shade.

Check out my best drugstore lipsticks under $10 post here.

The only time i’d say it’s worth it to spend a lot on a lip product is if you were to buy an every day shade you would get a lot of use out of or a lip stain since lip stains can easily be hit or miss. Most of my “every day” shades are high end while my reds, purples, etc that I don’t wear as much are more affordable. So any shades you wear frequently, i’d say splurge a bit!

MAC lipsticks is really popular for being sort of “affordable high end”. Their lipstick shade selection is insane (in a good way) and most of their lipsticks are awesome quality. So having a few MAC lipsticks ($15 each) are a somewhat more affordable options since some drugstore lippys tend to go for around $10 now. 

Hey love! What are the best Foundations/Powders? that don't make you look powdery?

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Hi :)

Try foundations like

  • Loreal Magic Lumi
  • Lancome Tient Miracle
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin
  • Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combination Skin (has medium to full coverage)
  • Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation

Try powders like

  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural
  • Benefit Hello Flawless
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Finishing Powder (either their loose or pressed version)
  • Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glow Powder or their Youthful Wear Boosting Spotless Powder
  • Maybelline Fit Me Powder

You might also want to try translucent powders! I love translucent powders because they set my foundation so it lasts all day but never looks cakey or heavy because it’s so finely milled and weightless. The only down side would be it provides no extra coverage since it is a clear/colorless powder. Try translucent powders like Makeup Forever HD Powder, NYX HD Powder, Laura Mericer Translucent Loose Setting Powder or NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. 

Hi, I would like to know what's the best eyeliner to use, preferrably black, to make your eyes more defined. Those I've been using are much too light.

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You might want to try matte liquid liners, gel liners or really pigmented pencil liners! Matte liquid liners and gel liners don’t dry with a shimmer or sheen, which can cause eyeliners to look more light and not have as much as an impact. A matte black packs a little more punch! 

Loreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black (super black and creamy!)


Wet n Wild MegaLiner in Black. This liquid liner dries to a rich, matte finish so it’s super black. Sometimes black liquid liners with a sheen can look a little more light and not come off as intense.


Milani Liquify Metallic Pencil in Black. Doesnt go on too metallic or shimmery on the eyes, super black!


Kat Von D Ink Liner. Kat Von D is known for her dramatic eyeliner so this is perfect! 


Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.


What would you say are some of the best lipsticks for chronically dry lips? Also, do you have an opinion on the best lip balms? Popular balms like EOS, Baby Lips, and even Burt's Bees do nothing for me.

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My lips are always dry! If I don’t exfoliate them and apply lip balm at least twice a day they are dry and cracking.

Two things you should incorporate into your daily routine

  • Exfoliating your lips with a tooth brush gently for around 3 - 5 minutes every night or every other night. This will help remove dead skin so your lip balm sinks in better and is more effective/moisturizing and keep your lips baby soft. 
  • Applying an intense lip balm at night before bed. You’ll wake up with moisturized, smooth lips. 

Two lip balms that work best for me are Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm $7.50 and Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve in a Tube $6. You can get them both at Sephora and Jack Black at Nordstroms/Ulta! I like to use the Jack Black Lip Balm at night or if my lips are extremely dry because it’s suuuper moisturizing, when used at night I wake up with full, plump lips! I like to use the Rosebud Salve one during the day because it adds a light pink tint to the lips and keeps the moisture locked in.

As for lipsticks, if you keep a good lip routine going you should be able to use any lipstick. But I prefer tinted lip balms because they are easy, add color and are super moisturizing!

Some of my favs are

Maybelline Color Whispers. Smooth, creamy and moisturizing! The deeper colors have quite a bit of color payoff as well.


Tarte Lip Surgence. These are lip tints so they will add color, moisture and gently stain the lips. They even have lip stain versions and more intense pigmented versions.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment. One of my faaavorite lip products! Not only do they add color but they make the lips super soft and moisturized. 

For more makeup talk check out my twitter @makeuplvrsunite and for more personal/sometimes beauty posts check out my IG @_michellemolina :)

Where do you purchase NYX products? I've never seen them in drugstores, so I'm assuming they're best found online?

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NYX is sold at Ulta and as of lately CVS and Target! They may not be in all CVS’s and Target’s just yet but keep an eye out :)

Ulta has a huge NYX selection as well as online from sites like (site with lots of affordable brands)