Target one-day only site-wide beauty discount with recommendations (25% off)

This doesn’t happen often and it’s one-day only. Enter code “Beauty” now and you can get 25% off of all beauty purchases at, including skincare, makeup, hair, body, etc, without brand exclusions. Target beauty product prices are usually lower than those at CVS /Walgreens and even Ulta, so 25% off is a good deal if you wanted to try out some drugstore beauty products.

I like high-end skincare and drugstore makeup products so my recommendations only involve makeup products and they’re a lot of people’s favorites.

You can also check out more products with great reviews that are considered as dupes for high-end products in my wrap-up post here: Drugstore dupes for high-end makeup products





High-end makeup products dupes – YouTube recommendation wrap-ups

Today I wanted to share with you a few drugstore dupes for high-end make-up products from a few YouTubers’ recommendations. The YouTubers include: Sylvia Gani, Jessica Braun, Juicyyyyjas, Shaaanxo, Leyla Rose, Thatsheart, Christen Dominiuque, Jamie Page.

These dupes are mostly selected based on how they look on the face, but are not equivalent in terms of formula, application or ingredients. This is a long post so I organized products by makeup categories. You can directly go to the category that you are most interested in below. If you like this kind of posts, let me know in comments 🙂


  • Anastasia Brow Wiz

So many YouTubers talked about dupes for the Brow Wiz. I guess it’s requested by a lot of people as the Brow Wiz is quite expensive given how fast you will go through one.


  • NYX Microbrow pencil
  • Loreal Brow Stylist Definer
  • Rimmel London Brow Pencil
  • Soap & Glory Brow Archery (this is new to me)

Eye primer:

  • Urban Decay Eye Primer Original Potion

Dupes: Elf eyeshadow primer

  • MAC paint pot

Dupe: NYX eyeshadow base skin tone (this is quite nice)

Face primer:

  • Benefit porefessional

Dupe: Loreal magic perfecting base primer

  • Hourglass veil mineral primer

Dupe: Elf poreless primer

Face powder:

  • Laura Mercier secret brightening powder (heard this is great for the under eye area)

Dupe: Sonia Kashuk Brightening Powder

  • Makeup Forever HD powder

Dupe: ELF HD powder (this one is supposed to be really good)


This category of dupes seems to be dominated by Maybelline. They probably make the best drugstore concealers. It also seems that the same concealer performs and feels differently to different people so they found different dupes for the same high-end products.

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer

Dupes: Maybelline better skin concealer

Maybelline face studio master concealer

  • IT cosmetics bye bye under eye

Dupe: Wet n’ Wild come correct celebrity concealer

  • Nars radiant creamy concealer

Dupes: Loreal Time Match concealer

Maybelline age rewind concealer (I don’t like this one. It’s too dry and looks patchy.)

Maybelline fit me concealer (this one is quite nice)

  • Too Faced born this way concealer

Dupe: Maybelline fit me concealer

  • Mac Prolongwear concealer

Dupe: NYX HD concealer

Makeup Setting Spray

  • MAC Fix+

Dupes: Pixi setting mist

NYX matte finish makeup setting spray

NYX long lasting makeup setting spray

  • Urban Decay all nighter setting spray

Dupe: Loreal Makeup Extender

  • Urban Decay Chill makeup setting spray

Dupe: NYX Dewy Finish setting spray


  • Benefit Dandelion (one of my all-time favorite blushes) 

Dupe: Loreal True Match blendable blossom baby blush (it does look quite similar colorwise, although not completely the same)

Covergirl cheekers blush 110 classic pink

Maybelline fit me blush 104 light pink

  •  Benefit coralista blush

Dupe: Milani Luminoso blush (this is pretty)

  •  MAC full of joy blush (purple pink) 

Dupe: Makeup Geek Secret Admirer  (I actually like the color of the dupe better, slightly more muted and more natural than the MAC one)

  • D&G rose bud blush (D&G’s whole makeup line will be discontinued and reformulated, they have beautiful blushes)

Dupe: NYX blush in the shade Apricot (pretty color)

  • Nars Orgasm blush

Dupe: Wet n’ Wild color icon blush in pearlescent pink (they do look very similar and this one also lasts all day on the face. $2.99. You can’t go wrong with this one)

Bronzer & Face Palettes:

  • Anastasia contour palette

Dupe: Makeup Revolution contour palette ($15)

  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Dupe: NYC smooth skin bronzer powder ($3.62)

  • Nars Laguna Bronzer

Dupe: ELF blush/bronzing powder duo: Turks & Caicos 

  • Too faced milk chocolate soleil bronzer

Dupe: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Light (I love this bronzer too. $14.99)

  • Becca Jacklyn Hill face palette

Dupe: City color timeless beauty face palette (it seems to be an intentional dupe from the beginning from color, set-up and packaging. As I’ve never heard of it before, I found a post that reviews and swatches the palette here. The color selection is pretty but I’m not sure how it actually performs).


This is a category that I’m not sold on. High-end highlighters perform quite differently on the face even though they might swatch similarly on the back of your hand due to the texture of the powder. I wouldn’t save money in this category although I also found a few quite nice drugstore highlighters which I will write about later.

  • Chanel illuminating powder

Dupe: ELF pinktastic baked blush (looks more like a highlighter than a blush but I doubt it performs the same as the Chanel powder)

  • Becca moonstone highlighter

Dupe: Colourpop lunch money highlighter (they look similar but they are not dupes in my opinion. The Becca one feels and looks more luxury and of better quality. I wouldn’t buy the Colourpop one if you wanted to get the same results from the Becca Moonstone).


I’m surprised that the Wet n’ Wild palette made the list several times and it seems to be a limited edition palette too?

  • Urban Decay Naked 3

Dupe: Wet n’ Wild AuNatural palette Nude Awakening ($6.99)

  • Too faced chocolate bar eyeshadow palette

Dupes: Wet n’ Wild AuNatural palette Nude Awakening ($6.99, and again?)

  • Urban Decay naked 1, 2, 3

Dupes: Makeup Revolution Iconic eyeshadow 1,2,3

  • Too faced semi-sweet eyeshadow palette

Dupe: Makeup revolution salted caramel ($14.39. This looks like an exact dupe. Here is a quick review.)

  • Urban Decay Naked


NYC New York Color Lovatics By Demi Eye Shadow Kit Compact ($4.92. This is a very close dupe in terms of color selection)

Covergirl Trunaked Eyeshadow palette (one of my favorite YouTubers Rachhloves talked about this dupe. $9.99)

Maybelline the blushed Nudes palette ($8.99)

  • MAC pigment in the shade Tan

Dupe: Loreal infallible eyeshadow amber rush (they look almost exactly the same and this is just a a very beautiful eyeshadow regardless of whether it’s a dupe or not. You should check it out. It only costs $6.99 at Target but could cost $12+ at CVS, etc.)

  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette

Dupe: NYX ultimate eyeshadow palette in warm neutrals 


There are probably thousands of dupes out there but how lip products feel on the lips can vary so much even within the same line by one brand, so I only included 3 pairs of nude-ish color dupes below.

  • Kylie matte liquid lipstick koko K & candy K

Dupe: Maybelline vivid matte in Nude Thrill ($7.99)

  • Kylie matte liquid lipstick in Exposed

Dupe: Revlon ultra HD Matte in Deduction ($7.99)

  • Tom Ford Blush Nude Lipstick

Dupe: Rimmel London Kate Nude Lipstick (4.97)


  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Dupe: Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara

  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Dupe: Maybelline Falsies Volume Express mascara (I’m not sure about this one as the Benefit They’are Real is a great lenthening mascara that doesn’t clump and Maybelline mascara can be quite clumpy and wet.)

That’s it for the dupes I’m wrapping up this time. If you’ve made it this far, why not like this post or follow me? No pressure and thanks for stopping by 😀

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How to save money on beauty? Opt for in-store trips over online shopping 

My biggest impulses to buy new beauty products are usually immediately after I read somewhere how amazing some products are, looked at photos of people wearing them, or after some hype on YouTube. The convenience of online shopping makes it so easy to fulfill the longing.But a lot of times, the excitement faded away soon after I placed the order. Sometimes I’m not even looking forward to the package arriving. That’s when I know I’ve fallen trap to the pleasure of buying things itself rather than really loving the products I’m getting. I cope with it by switching to a “low buy” mode for online purchases (we all know “no buy” is simply unrealistic in the holiday season:), and go to stores instead to try out products. It actually has saved me a lot of money. Today I wanted to share with you a few items that I decided not to buy after trying these out in store and why. 

  • IT cosmetics illumination cc cream 

Who doesn’t want a glowy look? That’s always a big draw for me and I wanted to buy this cc cream ever since I watched some YouTubers rave about it. However, when I was trying it in store, I found out that it accentuates my skin texture and pores, which is not very flattering. It doesn’t contain any glitter and has pretty shimmering results, but it was just not for me. On a side note, for any IT Cosmetics cream/foundation, I highly recommend trying these in store as they don’t have a great shade range, and it’s hard to find your right match online. For instance, the bye bye undereye concealer is extremely light/fair. I usually use the first to second fairest shade in most foundation or concealer lines, but the lightest shade for the bye bye undereye makes me look like a ghost. 

  • The Body Shop strawberry body butter

I am not a big fan of the body shop products in general as their scents are too harsh and artificial but I’ve heard so many people swear by its body butter in the Strawberry scent. I almost placed an order online after hearing about it the 8th/9th time but decided to smell it before buying and I’m so glad I did. While it does smell better than most other scents in the same line, and it has a pleasant smell when you first apply it, the lingering smell still was quite artificial and too sweet for my taste. The only scent that I kind of like was the Mango one.

  • Clinique cheek pop blush

After trying out quite a few blushes, I know I love blushes that are not too pigmented, have matte finishes, look natural on the face, and lean towards pink rather than coral shades. Benefit has some good ones and I’ve heard people say Clinique cheek pop has a similar kind of pigmentation and texture. I tried three shades that I was considering buying: Pansy pop, Melon pop, Heather pop. I included a casual swatch below. While the texture is what I was looking for, the colors are not exactly what I expected. Among the three colors I tried I probably like to Pansy Pop the most, but I think it just has little bit too much of a purple/blue tone.  It was particularly hard to get colors off of the pan from the Melon pop one.

From the on-site swatches, I am certain that these 2 items that have been on wish list are worth having: I like the texture of Tarte shape tape concealer but it was all sold out. The Tarte exposed blush has everything I like in a blush and looks very natural on the skin.

Hope you like this post and thanks for stopping by 🙂

Sephora November !Play Beauty Box

This is what I got. I’m not mad at it 🙂 I’m glad I got the Thirst Mud from GlamGlow as the cleansing mud is too dry for my skin in winter time. I am not new to the mask, the Caudalie moisturizer and the CoverFx primer. They are pretty good but not amazing. I’m most curious about the Rose Gold eyeshadow stick from Laura Mercier. 

What do you think and what did you get this month? 

Spotted Urban Decay Gwen Stephanie collection at Nordstrom Rack

Look what I found at Nordstrom Rack: the Gwen Stephanie Urban Decay collab collection! 

There are plenty of Eyeshadow palettes, blush palettes and a ton of lipsticks, lip liners and a few brow powders. I believe it’s quite recent that this collection hit the store. They are by no means the best palettes in the market but if you are a Gwen fan, this could be a steal especially as they are sold out online.

The eyeshadow palette and blush palette are both priced at $24.95. Lipsticks and lip liners are around $10-$11. 

I also included some swatches from other sources online in case you don’t know what shades are included in the palettes.

The blush palette swatches (they are quite shimmery in terms of texture) 

The eyeshadow palette 


Allure November Beauty Box 

I was venting about how Allure has stopped putting much thoughts into their monthly beauty box curation ($16+ per month) and I was praying that I don’t get the cheap version of the November box, and I have to believe that they heard me and sent me the better box! I feel I would be such an ungrateful person if I complain anymore, so here I am sharing with you what I got and I’m quite happy with my November Allure box 🙂

In my November box, I received the 6 items below:

  • Avene Hydrance Riche Cream
  • Klorane Shampoo with Olive Extract
  • Red Flower Icelandic Moonflower Moisturizing Body Lotion
  • Bonvivant Alone Sheet Mask
  • Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner
  • Bulgari Fragrance – Omnia Crystalline

Beauty empties & makeup declutter – mascara, concealer, moisturizer, eyecream

Today I wanted to try something new and am writing my mini reviews of the empties or products I’m decluttering as text overlay on the photos. Let me know if you like it or not. Thanks for stopping by 🙂





The Algenist moisturizer is a high-end product but I was off by its unpleasant scent and its flat jar packaging (it is said that a moisturizer will lose its potency after being exposed to air for too long which is what a jar opening will do). It’s okay but not nourishing enough for winter.

The Shisedo eye cream is the best in its price range for someone who starts to notice signs of aging around the eyes, but not a particular effective true anti-aging eye cream. 

I’m not going to repurchase any of the two above in the near future as I’m trying out other eye creams and moistures which seem to be better for my skin concerns.