Earlier today I set my mind to doing a shimmery gray eye and pink cheek look with a few items from Physicians Formula.
I wanted a friend to keep me company, so I asked Tabs. He shot me a dirty look for waking him up, but he shoots me dirty looks all the time; I’m used to it.
Elegant isn’t a word I always associate with drugstore makeup, but when it comes to the looks possible with these four items from Physicians Formula (each about $12), I think it fits.
My favorite part of the look is the eye. I think it’s something I’d wear out to a fancy restaurant, assuming, of course, I ever go to one (yes, El Hub, that IS a hint!).
Shimmer Strips in Smoky Brown Eyes ($11)
The overall look relies heavily on Shimmer Strips in Smoky Brown Eyes ($11), a palette of nine coordinating eyeshadow shades from cool-toned brown to gray and silver.
I feel like the shadow colors totes resemble Clinque’s and offer the same soft, non-gritty texture with medium pigmentation. Gotta love the delicate shimmer, too. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Organic Wear Mascara in Black Organics ($10)
To accentuate the gray eyes, I reached for a black mascara, applying four coats (!) of Organic Wear Mascara in Black Organics ($10). It boasts a formula that’s free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives and parabens.
This baby builds crazy good, with absolutely no clumping or flaking, and the stubby brush managed to grab even my wimpiest lashes.
I love the definition Organic Wear delivers, and it lengthens and thickens well enough, but it’s not going to satisfy someone with dramatic drag queen lash lust. If you already have long, full lashes and just need a lil’ something-something to define them, look no further. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Organic Wear 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush ($14)
The Organic Wear 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush ($14) powder duo comes in the same cute beige and green packaging that the Mascara comes in, and it makes the same claim about having all-natural ingredients, too. I’m not always influenced by those kinds of claims, but when a product performs well, particularly a drugstore product, and just happens to be all-natural, it’s icing on the cake.
The product comes in a variety of shades. Pink Rose, part of the Light Bronzer/Pink Rose duo, is a matte peachy pink that looks light and natural on my cheeks, lasts all day long and layers with ease.
Unfortunately, Light Bronzer turned out to be too light for my skin and doesn’t really work for me as a bronzer, but I do like the fine texture of the powder. In the right shade, I’d like it a lot, thanks to how natural it looks and how easily it applies. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Top: Mineral Wear Tinted Moisturizer. Second row: Shimmery Strips in Smoky Brown Eyes. Third row: 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush in Light Bronzer/Pink Rose. Bottom: Organic Wear Mascara in Black Organics.
Mineral Tinted Moisturizer ($13)
I’m a hardcore Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer devotee, but since PF’s Mineral Tinted Moisturizer claims to be great for breakout-prone skin, I had to give it a try. I took a guess that the darkest shade, Natural to Tan, would be the closest match for my skin tone, but no such luck. It’s a couple shades too light for me. Still, I may wear it from time to time because of how super sheer it applies.
It didn’t really cover up my dark spots, but I did notice that my skin seemed more evenly toned. If you’re looking for a sheer tinted moisturizer more on the pink than the yellow end of the spectrum, it’s worth a try. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
I have to hand it to Physicians Formula today. If you’re looking for budget-friendly makeup that performs well at a reasonable price, these four products have got your back.
I’m still a student!
I found out in class today that the teacher’s strike I’d mentioned the other day has been averted, so it looks like I’m still a student.
Today in my journalism class we learned about the art of obituary writing. For homework I’m supposed to write a mock obituary for the celebrity of my choosing. Hmm… I’m debating between Alec Baldwin (for no particular reason) and Mario “Master Mix” Lopez, but I’m open to any ideas.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,