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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December Faves!!

Happy New Year's Eve Lovelies!!!!!

Can you believe we are HOURS away from 2015!???


Since it is the LAST day of December...I figured I better do my December Favorites Video today!!

Here is what I was loving this month!

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Products I mentioned:


I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and have a WONDERFUL start to 2015!
Thank you so much for reading and watching and for all of your love and support!

I love you ALL!!!

<3, MMG


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Affordable Face

"No woman should have to suffer a bad makeup face because of a small budget."
- My BFF Carissa

Is that not the truest statement.

E V E R?

Let's be honest...we don't always (or ever) have the extra funds to go splurge on higher end makeup products.
Usually we have to skrimp and save just to finally be able to buy that $30 bronzer we've had our eye on for....a year.
It has literally taken me YEARS to get some sort of a makeup collection together and finally start working in some higher end products.
 (And I'm almost 30 years old...YIKES!)
That being said....i am still a Drugstore makeup girl at heart!
Nothing sucks me in like the makeup section in a Walgreens!
To be honest...there are some REALLY great drugstore makeup brands and products!
It just takes a little trial and error.
And since they aren't that won't make you cry if that new blush you just bought for $3.98 isn't  all it's cracked up to be. 

So...without further ado....

I present to you....(Didn't really mean to make that rhyme)

T H E    A F F O R D A B L E    F A C E 

All Products used in this video are...

UNDER $10 BUCKS!!!!!

Here is the list of Products that I used:

*Note: Some of these products I did buy at Ulta (NYX)...but they do carry these same items at other drug stores and Target! 

Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Pro Face Primer - $7.47
 NYX Concealer Stick in Yellow - $4.99 
L'Oreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder Bare Skin Perfecting Makeup in 310 Light Ivory - $9.97 (*Note: the website says $10.97, but in store and at the time of purchase, it was $9.97)
Real Techniques Stippling Brush - $9.98
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment in Fair- $7.94
Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent - $3.97 
 Swisspers Pearl Makeup Wedge Sponges 32 Count - $2.46
Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sunbreeze - $4.28
The Shany Powder Brush I used is only available in a set, but Real Techniques has a Powder Brush for only $9.98
Covergirl Contouring Blush in 210 Peach Perfection - $5.24 (Used for Blush and Highlighter)
Real Techniques Blush Brush  - $8.98
Real Techniques Setting Brush - $7.99
ELF Eyelid Primer in Sheer - $1
Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Natural Smokes - $4.97
Elf Defining Eye Brush - $1
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black and Brush - $7.94 
L'Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara in Blackest Black - $7.94
Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Blonde - $6.99 
NYX Matte Setting Spray - $7.99 
NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Nectar - $4.49 
Maybelline Color Elixir Lipcolor in Amethyst Potion - $4.99 


The products mentioned above are my top picks for drugstore makeup items! There are sooooo many products and brands to choose from, but these are my go-to affordable brands!

Makeup Items of Note:

The Rimmel face primer actually surprised me!
 It's not as good as my Smashbox primer...but for the price...It's pretty good!
This primer actually has a perfume-y smell to it. It's not overpowering, but if you are scent will want to look elsewhere.
I found that my face does get a little more shiny towards the end of the day when I use this, but for the most part I was very happy with the product.

The L'oreal foundation really is a high quality makeup formula without the high end cost! It has become a new favorite foundation to use everyday!
It has great coverage, and it stays matte, and stays PUT! 
5 Stars in my book!

The Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser Concealer is also another new favorite! 
It's so smooth with great coverage and is also an awesome tool for liquid highlighting!
I love the little sponge tip applicator! It really makes it go on evenly. 
Love it!

LOVE my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder!!
It's always been a fave and I don't see it being replaced in my highlight and under eye setting routine any time soon.'s SO CHEAP!!! Go get it NOW!

The Rimmel Bronzer is doesn't hold a candle to my Benefit Hoola Bronzer or my Nars Laguna Bronzer.
Both of those bronzers run about $ when picking out a bronzer, remember that it might be a good investment to save some $ and go splurge on a higher end product.
This Rimmel bronzer doesn't work too well for contouring and I feel like I have to pack it on just to kind of get it to work.
It's great for using all over to get a bronze-y look...but for contouring I will saving my pennies for a nicer product.
Some makeup items are just worth the wait!

The Covergirl Contouring Blush is a great blush and highlighter option. I never use the darker color in the trio to contour because it's WAY too shimmery for my liking. 
This blush has a light scent to it, so just be aware. 
The highlighter in the set is really my favorite! It has a nice light shimmer to it that is perfect for picking up the light!
A definite steal even just for the highlighter alone!

The ELF Eyelid Primer and Defining brush are SUPER DUPER STEALS in my book!
The primer works relatively well for...ONLY a $1!!
It actually works better than some other brands that I've tried that were way more expensive!
The Defining Brush is also an awesome eyeshadow brush to really get in the crease of your eye easily. 
HELLO only $1!!!!
I use this brush almost every day!
Go get them NOW!!!

The Maybelline Eyeshadow Quads are a typical drugstore shadow set. The lighter colors aren't very highly pigmented so you have to rub it a bit more than a higher end brand....but the darker colors are great quality!
In the video I use my fingers to apply the lighter colored shadows because the brush just wouldn't pick them up. The darker colors work great though!
This set tells you on the shadow where to apply it (base, lid, crease, liner) that is nice to take all the guess work out of it.
Lots of different colors and sets to choose from. I will definitely be purchasing more!

The Maybelline Gel Liner is AWWWWESOME!
This is seriously an amazing gel liner!!!
I love it more than the Smashbox gel liners that I have tried. 
Very high quality and staying power!
A staple in my eye makeup routine!!! 
And it's under $8!!!??

I have previously talked about the L'Oreal False Fiber Lashes Mascara because it has been a favorite of mine for a while.
Definitely one of my top 5 mascaras! 
Lengthens, adds volume, and separates!
A WONDERFUL drugstore affordable mascara!

The Maybelline Brow Mascara (or brow gel) is a new product for the brand.
I think it recently came out in the last month or so.
I had to try it!
It's nowhere NEAR the quality of the higher end brands (Anastasia Beverly Hills)...but it does keep my brows in place without looking shiny or sticky.
A nice option to keep those brows in check!

 The NYX Matte Setting Spray is an AWESOME dupe for the Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray!
PLUS it's like 3x's cheaper!!
It sets my makeup and makes sure that shine stays away for hours!
Definitely worth the $$$ and it should definitely be on your makeup list!!!

The Maybelline Color Elixir Lipcolor is one of my new fave lip items!
Don't let the color fool's pretty sheer.
It has an awesome "doe foot" applicator that makes application a breeze.
It also has a floral scent to it, but it's not overpowering and it doesn't taste funny (I HATE lip items that have a bad taste or scent).
Great shine, and staying power!
I will be scooping up a lot more of these soon!

You guys already know I LOVE my NYX lip liners AND my Real Techniques brushes, so there is no need to bore you with more rave reviews of those items.
But just go get them already!!!


I hope this little video and review helps you find some new makeup items that won't break the bank!
Great products for such a bargain!!

If you were to buy every single item that I listed above at full price, including all the brushes too...

The cost would be $121.62!

How is that not awesome!??

Remember that most drug stores have Buy One Get One FREE or 50% off sales all the time! 
So the cost of all these items could be dramatically lower if you keep your eye out for the sales!
Even Ulta has the "Drugstore" brands for BOGO 50% all the time too!! AND the $3.50 off $10 purchase Ulta coupon applies to these brands!
Even more savings!!
Don't forget to check the Sunday paper for more coupons to use on these brands at Walgreens, Target, Walmart, and CVS!


Thank you all for reading! 

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Love you all!!!
<3, MMG

Monday, December 15, 2014

Manic Monday #3

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It's Monday again!!!! 

In case you forgot....

It's time to put on our big girl pants and face the new week!

Insert "Not Amused" Face Here....

Today's Manic Monday question isn't really a question from a reader...But I KNOW you are all wondering how to do this and if it really works... 

So here it is... 

Question: "Can you revive broken makeup compacts!???"

Answer: "Why yes! Yes you can!!!"

Here's how! 

(Super special thanks to blogger Amanda over at Meet At The Barre for her post on how to do this! I kept her post in my favorites file in case I ever broke a compact and she literally saved my makeup life!!! Please go follow her blog ( She is hilarious and has great fashion, fitness, food, and beauty finds!!)

Okay so I dropped my amazing Stila custom color blush on the bathroom floor

 and it shattered....

I didn't cry... I swear!!

....But I teared up! 

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This is my favorite blush and I was so mad at myself for basically throwing away $20!

I was just about to trash it after I carefully picked up the pink explosion on my floor...and then I remembered Amanda's post on how to fix a cracked compact! 

Cue the heavenly angel voices *here*!

This was the damage....sniff sniff....

Terrible awful no good very bad day right here folks! 


I realized....maybe she could be saved!!!?


Step One.

If you haven't already, try to salvage as much of the product as you can and put it back in to the original compact. 

Step Two.

Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the broken mess. 

Step Three. 

Place Saran Wrap over the compact and crush all the pieces up until it resembles a paste like consistency. 

Step Four.

This is optional but I wanted to smooth out my makeup so I removed the Saran Wrap and used a little kitchen utensil to help pack it in there. 

Step Five.

This is also an optional step...but my little spatula wasn't smoothing it out enough for my liking so I used some alcohol on a little cotton pad to help really smooth out the lumps and bumps. If you do this step... Make sure the pad is just slightly damp...not soaked! You don't want too much moisture in there! 

Step Six. 

Clean the edges and let the compact air dry overnight! You will have new makeup by morning!!!! 

Obviously it's nowhere near as beautiful as it was originally... Sigh....


I didn't have to chunk the whole, basically perfect $20 blush in the trash... So this is pretty awesome if you ask me!!!

Seriously.... Thank you Amanda!! I owe you!!! 

How easy was this guys!?? Only a few drops of rubbing alcohol and it has a 2nd life!!!!!

It was super duper easy AND CHEAP!! 
How many dollars have we all thrown away because we thought the makeup was destroyed!?!! 

Now...maybe next time you will remember this post and end up breathing (or rubbing) new life into that compact!! 

Happy makeup fixing lovelies!!!

Thanks for reading!!!!!

<3, MMG

Friday, December 12, 2014

#FFF Flash Forward Friday

Instead of doing a Flash Back Friday (#FBF)....Today I will be doing a (#FFF) Flash Forward Friday!

Over here at Manic Makeup World... I'm always looking toward the future for new trends and inspiration!

If you remember, last January I did a little post on the 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid (here).

How gorgeous was this color!? Did you notice it everywhere like I did?

Well....I have news for you Lovelies!!!!

Say HELLO to the 2015 Color of the Year




Check out the Pantone Website to see all the beautiful pictures previewing the new 2015 shade!

This warm, burgundy wine shade is just stunning!
Get ready to see this color in fashion, home goods, and of course, MAKEUP!

The Pantone Institute gives the perfect description for this hue, "A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls."

Doesn't this color just make you feel all warm and cozy by just looking at it!? 

I'm so excited to see what makeup trends come out using this shade! 
I'm thinking...Marsala lined eyes...and dark Marsala lips too!

This beautiful shade will look amazing on all skin tones and should definitely find it's way inside your closet AND makeup drawer!
I think this shade would pair perfectly with NUDE accent colors as well! 

As with Radiant Orchid, the Color of the Year isn't just ONE has a spectrum!

For 2015, think BRICK WALL for the Marsala color gamut!
Can you see how this wall runs from pinky nude colors to deep dark Marsala red? That's what you need to look for to rock this trend for 2015.


Sephora always teams up with The Pantone Institute to create a line of exclusive Color of the Year inspired makeup products. I am currently on the wait list to get an email when they release the 2015 collection!

But...If you want to be Marsala ready for 2015 on January these Marsala inspired items NOW!

Marsala Makeup:

(Yes, this is more of a nude shade..BUT..that's the beauty of this Color of the Year!! The color spectrum for this hue has SO many doable makeup options without having to only wear deep red!!)




Marsala Fashion: 




Marsala Home: 


Will you incorporate this gorgeous wine color somewhere in your home, closet, or makeup?

SO many beautiful options to choose from already and it's not even 2015 YET!!

You can BET I will be doing some Marsala inspired  makeup looks and tutorials for 2015! 
Make sure you "like"my Facebook Page to see pictures, makeup info, and daily deals!!!

Thanks for reading!!!!

<3, MMG