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$20 makeup challenge?

28 Jun

Pants here. I’m a big fan of makeup videos on YouTube – duh. A lot of girls do the $20 makeup challenge, and I love/hate these videos.

Basically, the story behind the $20 challenge is that you’ve lost all of your makeup (I know, that’s terrifying, but we’ll get through it together), and you ONLY have TWENTY DOLLARS to replace everything.

I take this a little too seriously and ask a lot of questions. Did I just temporarily lose my makeup? Like, did I leave it at home and I’m only going to be out of town overnight? Then I’ll be fine without it. Did the airport lose my makeup bag and I’ll have to go the whole trip without it? Then that’s unacceptable, for multiple reasons and that airline is going to get a stern talking to.

In these videos, girls typically leave out products to make the cut – sometimes skipping foundation and only using concealer for spots. Pffft, no.

Before I even start this challenge, I’ve already failed because I know it won’t be under $20 and I’m not even going to try to keep it under. What I’m doing is picking out the most inexpensive products that I like AND that I typically use every day.


(Let’s just pretend that the Wet n Wild palette in the photo isn’t green – I’d pick a more neutral one for this situation.)

  • Revlon Nearly Naked foundation (Vanilla) – $7.49 – This is the only drugstore foundation that I’ve ever actually liked. It has a light to medium coverage and is a pretty light formula. It looks nice when applied with fingers or a brush. AND it doesn’t make me look shiny or orange – always a plus. I was using this every day, but I’ve recently switched to a BB cream because I prefer really light coverage during the summer.
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (Transparent) – $3.97 – I bought this on the recommendation of Tanya Burr, who is one of my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube. She was an actual makeup artist and  knows her stuff. I bought this to replace my $20+ MAC Mineral Skin Finish Natural and I can’t tell a difference between the two once they’ve been applied.
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer (Radient) – $6.44 – I don’t have dark under eye circles, but sometimes my eyes are dark on the outside corners, so I like to lighten them up with a salmon concealer. The concealer I previously used creased in the lines under my eyes, and that’s not cute. I admit, this one will crease not long after I’ve applied it, but then I dab it with my finger once I’ve finished all of my makeup, and it doesn’t happen again for the rest of the day.
  • N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Face Powder Sunny bronzer$2.99 – If you’ve watched YouTube beauty videos, I’m sure you’ve heard many girls talk about this. I resisted for a long time. Then Red gave in, loved it and I decided I had to try it. I’ve been using it every day since. It’s pigmented, so I don’t have to use much. It’s great for contouring my ghostly pale skin, and doesn’t make me look orange.
  • Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush (Hot Tamale) – $6.94 – This was one of those things that I kept seeing around and it looked so interesting that I had to try it. I had heard that they weren’t very pigmented, so I picked the brightest color available, and I love how it looks.  Plus, it’s easy to apply with fingers.
  • *Maybelline Define-A-Brow eyebrow pencil (Medium Brown) – $5.97 – Honestly, I’m not a fan of these. They’re a little waxy and you only get 1/3 of the product you do in the MAC Eye Brows, which I love. Plus, when I bought them, I could never find them under $7. At $16, the MAC Eye Brows is the better deal.
  • *e.l.f. Eyelid Primer$1 – Meh. I need primer so that my shadows don’t crease if I get sweaty. I MEAN GLOWY. Girls don’t sweat, remember?! I tried this a couple years ago, and wasn’t impressed. Other people love it. It’s only $1, though, so why not try it out?
  • *Wet n Wild Coloricon Eye Shadow Trio (Silent Treatment) – $2.09 – Another of my favorite girls on YouTube, Leighannsays, loves her some Wet n Wild. I decided to try out a couple trios, and I was honestly impressed. Both palettes I bought were green, and I’m not a green eyeshadow everyday type of girl, so they don’t get much use. I might have to try a more neutral one sometime.
  • Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner (Sapphire) –  $7.94 – I’ve tried high-end cream liners and Maybelline’s work just as well. The only downside is the color selection isn’t that great. But if you need a black, brown, navy or purple cream liner, these are the way to go. PLUS, each one comes with a brush that actually gets a precise line.
  • Maybelline Volume Express Mega Plush waterproof mascara (Very Black) – $5.94 – This is my current favorite drugstore mascara. This is actually a gel-mousse mascara, which means it leaves eyelashes feeling soft, instead of crunchy. Even the waterproof feels soft, and it holds curl. I’ve heard people say this is for a more natural look, but if you just keep adding more, you can pump up the jams, er, volume. And it’s not clumpy!

TOTAL = $50.77

*products I don’t currently own/use, but have in the past, so they aren’t in the photo


Oh, but wait! You’ve lost all of your brushes, too, because the world is a cruel, cruel place. I think I could get away with just these two tools:

  • Real Techniques blush brush$8.99 – Recently bought this and fell in love. It’s so soft, and perfect for blush. However, it could easily be used for setting powder all over the face and contouring with bronzer.

  • e.l.f. eyelash curler $1 – I did use this for a while, but then went on to another curler. It’s been a long time since I’ve used it, but I think it worked fine. My lashes are really hard to curl and go straight down, so I’m always trying new curlers and keeping my fingers crossed for a miracle.
NEW TOTAL = $60.76

Okay, that’s triple the allowed amount. Whoops? But really, drugstore makeup isn’t as cheap as you think it is and adds up quickly. I could have gone the e.l.f. route because many of their products are only $1 to $3, but why buy something that I’m not going to continue to use? Why not buy products that I like? If I don’t use the products when I (hopefully) get my makeup back, then it was a waste of $20.

Ow, ow, okay, stop twisting my arm. If I ABSOLUTELY had to keep it under $20, here’s what I would buy:

  • Revlon Nearly Naked foundation – $7.49
  • Maybelline Define-A-Brow eyebrow pencil – $5.97
  • Maybelline Volume Express Mega Plush waterproof mascara – $5.94

TOTAL = $19.40

Foundation is important. My skin is pretty clear most of the time, but I get flushed pretty easily, so I’d just like to have it evened out.  After that, eyebrows and eyelashes are equally important. As everyone and your mother has always said, eyebrows frame your face. Luckily, I do have eyebrows and they’re dark, but they need filled in. My eyelashes are the same way – dark, but need a assistance. Plus, I look 12 without my mascara, as opposed to looking 16 like usual.

If you only had $20 to replace your makeup, what would you buy?




Best of 2011 – Eye Products

11 Jan

We decided to pick out our favorite products we used in 2011. Instead of having one crazy long post with a ba-jillion items, we decided to cut it down by category so that we can maybe focus a little more on our super duper favies.

Keep in mind, these products weren’t necessarily released in 2011 – they were products we used in 2011 and we loved.

For this edition, we’re going to pick out or favorite eye products.


Some of our favorite products. Please excuse the terrible lighting and background. It was not so sunny in Pantsville today.

Eye Makeup

Single Shadow

  • RedMAC Woodwinked – This is an amazing shimmery gold color. I love it and wear it a lot. It looks great of course with browns, but it also looks amazing with grey shades.
  • PantsUrban Decay Toasted – So I honestly don’t buy single shadows any more, which made it really hard to choose. I have bought some Inglot shadows, but the one I would choose I just got for Christmas, so it doesn’t seem fair to choose it. So I went through my palettes to find which colors I use the most, and Toasted is definitely one of them. It’s a metallic brown, but with a pinky hint to it. This color is creamy and stays on all day, with the help of primer.

Eyeshadow Palette

  • RedUrban Decay Naked Palette – I turn to this palette over and over and over again. The colors are gorgeous which make for some amazing looks. It has everything you need which also makes it great for traveling.
  • PantsToo Faced Naked Eye Collection – This was my go-to summer palette. I loved wearing the gray shades for a nice every day look, but it was easy to switch to a going out look with the darker colors in the palette. I keep going back to it for the highlight colors and grays.
Eyeliner (Liquid/Gel/Pencil)


  • RedAlmay Get Up and Grow Mascara –  This mascara goes on amazingly. I love it because you can add many coats and it builds up nicely without clumping.
  • PantsTarina Tarantino Fleur de Lash – This is the softest mascara I’ve ever used. I just want to keep touching my lashes when I wear it. Because it’s so soft, there’s no issues with flaking. This definitely adds length and nice volume to my lashes. It doesn’t clump either – my lashes look separated and fab-u-lous.
Eyeshadow Primer
  • RedMAC Paint Pot in Painterly – I use the this primer everyday. It makes my shadow last forever without creasing. I cannot go a day without it. I think I’d go into withdrawal if I did.
  • PantsUrban Decay Primer Potion in Eden – Love this matte finish, and it corrects any redness in my eye area. I started using UD’s primer potion a couple years ago, and I haven’t gone without it since.
Brow Powder/Pencil
  • RedSmashbox Brow Tech – This comes with two shades and a wax. It’s great for filling in the brows and making them stay.
  • PantsAnastasia Beauty Express – I have this in brunette, and I love the brush, wax and lighter powder. I don’t use the stencils, but it’s easy to fill in my brows with the products included.



Eyelash Curler

  • Rede.l.f. Cosmetics Eyelash Curler – I bought this in a pinch and it works great. Not going to lie though, I would really like a new one. I have my eye on the one Pants mentioned below.
  • PantsTarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler – Although I just recently purchased this, it’s definitely the BEST eyelash curler out of the five eyelash curlers I’ve tried this year. It curls my lashes so easily.


  • RedSigma Make Me Crazy 12-brush kit – I’ve used many other brushes, but once I got these I haven’t gone back. Quality brushes really do make all the difference in the world.
  • PantsSigma Make Me Cool 12-brush kit – I honestly haven’t used any other eye brushes since I got this set for my birthday in September. Yes, they’re pricey, but good brushes make a difference and if you take care of them, they’ll last a long time. These are all soft, and I’ve had no issues with shedding.

What were you favorite eye products and tools of 2011?


Red & Pants

Poll results / 300th Post Giveaway Extravaganza!!!!

21 Nov

One-hundred-percent of our two voters have worn “eat-your-heart-out” makeup!  In case you need a little help with your “eat-your-heart-out” makeup, here are a couple of lovely looks.

“Boy Crazy Makeup” by Carlene K:

“Jackie Gordon Makeup Tutoial” by Chicmakeup160:

Now on to more important things – this is our 300th post!

In honor of this milestone of talking about makeup approximately 300 times, we’ve decided to do a giveaway of our favorite drugstore products!


  • glittery makeup bag from Forever 21
  • e.l.f. eyeshadow brush
  • e.l.f. concealer brush
  • Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
  • Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks
  • eos lip balm in strawberry sorbet
  • Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Frock Star
  • Milani Eye Tech Liquid Eyeliner in black
  • Wet ‘n Wild Limited Edition Color Icon Glitter Kit in Twinkle Town
  • Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon 6 shadow palette in Lust
  • Wet ‘N Wild Color Icon trio in Walking on Eggshells
  • Wet ‘N Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner in Eggplant
  • Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner in Brown
  • Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara in Very Black

TO ENTER: Comment on THIS post with the words “GLIMMER AND SHIMMER” and tell us what your favorite drug store makeup item is.

GIVEAWAY CLOSES:  Monday, November 28 at 12:00 a.m. EST


PRIZE SHIPS: United States of America

DETAILS: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected using and announced on Tuesday, November 29.

*We weren’t paid or perk’d for hosting this giveaway, we just wanted to reward our lovely readers! All products were purchased by us with our own money.

Good luck!


Red & Pants

POLL – What type of palettes do you prefer?

5 Nov

Palettes are a great way to try out a brand, and really are a good deal in most situations. Take for example, the Urban Decay Naked Palette. For $48, you get 12 full-sized eyeshadows (normally $17 each), mini primer potion ($9 value) and the Good Karma Shadow Brush ($26). So you’re getting $239 worth of products for $48.

However, some people still don’t want to pay that much, and we get it. Wet ‘n Wild has really improved its eyeshadow formula and you can get a set of six shadows for around $5. e.l.f. also has a large variety of palettes for $10 and under that aren’t too shabby.

So we want to know what type of palette do you prefer  – the high-end kind or the drug store kind?

Urban Decay Naked Palette ($48, – kit includes 12 eyeshadows, 1 eyeshadow brush and a mini eyeshadow primer potion


e.l.f. Essential Holiday Beauty Eye Book – Natural, ($5, – kit includes 12 eyeshadows, one pencil liner, one eyeshadow applicator


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Poll Results – Would you spend $75 on one blush?

29 Aug

Well, 100 percent of voters (and by that, we mean one voter) said that they would NOT spend $75 on one blush. We agree. No matter how amazeballs a blush is, we don’t think we could pay $75 for one even if it could be used for eyes too.

Here’s what we’d rather spend $75 on:

1 – 75 e.l.f. eyelash curlers

2 – Three Nars blushes (Orgasm, Angelika and Albatross would be our choices)

3 – A 10-pan Inglot Freedom System palette and 10 shadows (Which actually comes out to $60, so instead we could just buy 15 eyeshadows!)

4 – Shoes! Dresses!  This Industry High Party Heel  and Fitted Panel Dress make a perfect going out ensemble for a little over $65. There is enough left over for a fun pair of earrings!

5 – An evening with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Wait, what?

How would you rather spend $75?


Red & Pants

Back To School

25 Aug

It’s back to school time here in Morgantown. The population has doubled, and traffic is redonk. Needless to say, we’re usually not too excited when school starts back up. Except this year Pants is going back to school, and kinda super duper pumped about learning, and writing, and making journalism magic again!

In honor of Pants’ triumphant return to graduate school, we’ve decided to do an affordable back to school makeup essentials list!

  • Brushes: Brushes can be an expensive expensive purchase. Especially when you are purchasing more than one brush at a time. This Stila Four-Piece Brush Set is a perfect when you are just building your makeup collection.  It comes with a mix of eye and face brushes. This little set costs about $18 at Stila’s webiste.
  • Lip balm: We love eos lip balm Smooth Spheres, and they come in a variety of flavors and formulas. If you’ll be walking to class, get the Lemon Drop because it contains SPF 15. Also, the shape of these make them easier to find when feeling through your bag. These cost around $3.50, and we found Lemon Drop at our local Rite Aid.
  • Foundation: If you’re going to splurge on one product, it should be your foundation. Getting the wrong formula can make you look orange or break you out. We’ve gotten spoiled with our tinted moisturizers, but we’ve heard a lot of good things from other YouTube beauty girls about L’Oreal Studio Secret Magic Smooth Souffle ($13.99, Target).
  • Blush: Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush is perfect for those mornings when you are struggling to wake up and get ready for class. How could you not smile when you see this blush with the adorable hearts. We have found this blush at target for around $13.

Tell us, do you have any back to school must haves?


Red & Pants

Poll Results – What do you think of the Urban Decay 15-Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection?

18 Jul

Well, well, well… Looks like not everyone is excited about the Urban Decay 15-Year Anniversary Palette as us. According to our poll, 75% of you said no thank you. No thank you?! But… but it’s so pretty! And the colors are wearable! And they’re all new! Oh well, to each their own.

Here are some other palettes that may tickle your fancy:

Allure Beauty Editor Palette by Sephora, ($34,

This is a five in one palette. You can leave them all together, or take the one you used that day with you. You’ve got some neutrals and some bold colors mixed throughout these sets. If you’re not sure how to wear them, check out Sephora’s YouTube channel – they have a tutorial for each of the five palettes.

e.l.f. 100pc Eyeshadow Palette, ($10, Target)

One-hundred different eyeshadows for $10? You can’t beat that! Add in the fact that you can find it at your local Target! This palette is part of e.l.f.’s back-to-school collection, you if you want it, you better pick it up soon, because they might not last. If you’re on the fence, check out EmilyNoel83’s review of the palette. We love us some e.l.f. brushes, and tried out the eyeshadow primer and makeup setting spray at a wedding a few weeks ago. Inexpensive doesn’t mean the products don’t work well!

Sigma Flare Palette ($35,

Sigma recently released the Flare palette along with the Dare and Bare palette’s. All of the palettes are pretty, but the Flare palette has a great combination of brighter colors along with neutral colors.

Tell us, what new palette’s do you have your eye on?


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