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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?




Tried It Tuesday – Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow

13 Mar

This week’s Tried It Tuesday is brought to you by Pants.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow ($5.84, – I first spotted these right before Christmas. Red and I were both in Charleston visiting our families, and we snuck away to Target because it was open until midnight. I saw the Maybelline Color Tattoo and had to have the Tenacious Teal because my favorite color is teal/turquoise. Well, this really is an electric blue more than teal.

I got this to wear as a cream bright liner. Well, it didn’t work out as well as I wanted it to for lining purposes. To be fair, I really only used it like that once. I haven’t worn it as a shadow yet because I typically avoid bright blue shadows because they make my blue eyes look gray.

When I wore it as a liner, it stayed all day with no problems.

Tenacious Teal has some glitter in it too, which is fun. I ended up buying Tough as Taupe a few weeks ago, because I’m a sucker. I kept seeing everyone talk about this color on YouTube, and I had to have it. I’m a big fan of gray shadows, and decided it was a necessity. Tough as Taupe is matte.

I have worn Tough as Taupe several times, both as a base and alone. I like to wear it with black eyeliner and a darker color in my crease, because I feel my eyes look sloppy if I don’t. Kinda like I just swiped it on as I was running out the door or slept in it.

Tough as Taupe wore really well too, with no problems. When I wear it as a base, I also use Urban Decay’s Primer Potion under it. I never noticed any creasing.

I do like these, and I think they wear well, but I’m just not excited about them. I get excited when I see a tutorial using them, but I’m not reaching for them much on my own.

I give the Maybelline Color Tattoos 4 out of 5 sparkles.


Red & Pants

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 Results – What’s your go-to eyeliner color?

14 Nov

It was very close, but brown won out as the go-to eyeliner color choice.


I like brown eyeliner occasionally, but only occasionally. My choice eyeliner color is black. I just think it has an amazing ability to really polish off a look.

Currently I have two favorite eyeliners. I use a combination of both of them every day.

MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder ($15, This eyeliner is so amazing. It is a very soft pencil and applies and blends with little effort. I thought about trying a different color in this pencil, but I just can’t get past black.

Maybelline Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner  ($6, I love liquid liner and this one is particularly amazing. The applicator not only makes it easy to apply but super easy to do a wing. I usually layer a dark powder over my liquid eyeliner for a softer look.


I think I wear a different eyeliner color everyday. It ranges from dark brown to dark purple, charcoal and navy blue. It’s rare for me to wear black liner, although I do like it. Here are my two favorites that I’ve been switching between lately.

Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Sapphire ($7.94, Walmart) – Love, love, love this liner. The brush that comes with it isn’t too bad either. It’s really creamy, and long-wearing. Plus, the price isn’t too bad.

Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof and Tearproof Eyeliner in Perfect Storm ($18, – This glides on smooth, is a nice charcoal color with glitter and lasts all day – win-win-win.

What are your favorites?


Red & Pants

October Favies

1 Nov

Another month has flown by and it’s time to share our monthly favies with you.


Almay Get Up & Grow Mascara ($7, – I have a strange addiction with mascaras. Must. Try. All. Of. Them. I have seen this particular one mentioned several times by YouTube beauty gurus and just had to give it a try. I just love this stuff, because I can’t put it down. The wand itself is amazing, and it makes covering all of your lashes a cake walk. I also love how it’s so easy to build up several coats. It doesn’t get sticky and clumpy with just a second coat.

MAC Devil May Dare Warm Eye Shadow Palette ($30, – I purchased this palette a while back from a nearby CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet). I recently discovered that All Cosmetics Wholesale has them too. This palette has an amazing assortment of shades and when I look at them the first thing that comes to mind is Autumn. I have been grabbing this palette all month. One thing I really love about this assortment of eye shadows is how many looks I can create. Sometimes with palettes I find myself gravitating toward the same colors every time, but that is so not the case with this one.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder ($30, – This was one of Pants’ favorites last month. I was late in the game on purchasing the Tarte Radiant & Rested: Volume II Complexion & Color Collection, but finally got it. This shimmering powder is fantabulous! I have not put it down. I love love LOVE how it highlights my cheek bones. It is the most amazing highlighter and I definitely plan on buying the full size version once I run out.


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed ($25, I went from being scared of wearing blushes to loving them. Now I want every blush I see. These Tarte Amazonian clay blushes are amazing, and they do last a really long time, and I touch my face a lot. This is the third color I’ve tried, and I bought it after seeing a few different YouTube beauty gurus use it. I thought it looked boring, but it’s the prettiest natural color. I have a lot of bright pinks and corals, but this is a great neutral blush for the fall.

Clinique High Impact Mascara ($14.50, I won a free sample of this from Clinique’s Facebook page ages ago. When my last mascara started to run out, I decided to finally give it a try and O.M.G. I love it. It makes my lashes look so long and thick. I don’t like when mascaras clump lashes together, and with this I can see every individual lash, and they’re not sticking together. It’s a little pricier than drug store mascaras, but cheaper than a lot of high end ones. I might stick with this one for  a while.

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Sapphire ($7.94, Walmart) I tried this liner in brown a while back and LOVED it. It works just as well, if not better, than my high-end gel liner. In fact, if my black Buxom gel liner needs replaced, I’m going to get Maybelline’s instead. I was telling Red how I needed a navy blue liner, but I didn’t want to spend a lot, and she told me that this came in Sapphire. I immediately stopped at Walmart on my way home and picked it up. It’s long lasting and is the perfect dark navy.

What were your favorite products in October?


Red & Pants

Touchup Kits

25 Oct

Today’s post was inspired by a comment we received on the Addicted to Organization post. A reader asked what we do with makeup we carry with us for daily touchups.

We’re not big toucher-uppers. You’re not going to find us in the club putting on more blush and mascara. However, we do carry a few items with us on a daily basis.


I love me some sparkle, so I HAD to have a sparkly makeup bag to keep in my purse. This one was only $4.80 from Forever 21! And it gets bonus points for being green, my favorite color.

Inside, I carry the following items everyday:

  • Victoria Secret Beauty Rush lip gloss in Cupquake – I can’t find this color online, but it’s mostly in there because it’s glittery and has an awesome name.
  • eos Lip Balm in Summer Fruit ($3.29, Walgreens) – Smells awesome, works great.
  • Clinique Super Balm Lip Treatment  ($12.50, – This is some hardcore lip balm. Definitely great when it’s cold and dry out.
  • Maybelline SuperStay Concealer ($6.48, Walmart) – This is good for on the go because it has an applicator wand.
  • Goody Ouchless No Metal Gentle Elastics in brown (I can only find these in black lately, which crushes my soul)
  • Travel Band-Aids (~$1, Target) – These came in handy when I went to New York this summer and my shoes decided to destroy the backs of my ankles.
  • up&up Oil-Asorbing Sheets (~$4, Target) – These are EXACTLY like the Clean & Clear sheets, but you get 20 more in this pack, and it’s still cheaper. I’ve used these since I was in high school, and they’re great at removing shine from the face, plus much lighter than carrying a powder around.
  • Tweezerman Petite Manicure Set ($18, – I bought this mostly because I wanted a mini fingernail file in a case for my purse so it wouldn’t destroy everything. However, the cuticle and hangnail clipper is AMAZING. I get a lot of hangnails, and having this with me prevents me from chewing on them and ending up with bloody hands.

You’ll probably notice I don’t have a mirror in there. That’s because there’s a mirror in my contact lens case. Fossil makes super cute ones, but those jerk faces don’t have any on their website right now. They usually come out right before Christmas, so maybe they just haven’t been released yet?

However, there’s a bunch on eBay, and they’re cheaper on there anyway. This is nice because it has a little refillable bottle that will hold just enough contact solution to fill up the included case.


I surprisingly don’t carry much with me makeup wise. It’s more diapers, wipes, and goldfish crackers for the wee one.

Like Pants, I also carry the eos lip balm. My current flavor of choice is honeysuckle honeydew. I always carry whichever lipstick and lipgloss I used for the day with me as well.

Other suggestions:

  • Sample size items are good to keep with you – perfume samples and mini mascaras can be kept with you, and if you lose them, no biggie, they were probably free.
  • Clean out your makeup bag at least once a week – Pants found she had accumulated five extra lip products in hers, as well as a pair of earrings she forgot about.
  • Buy doubles of cheaper items that you use a lot, like lip balms. Instead of using the same one all the time, keep one in your purse and one at home so that way you’re never without. If you use the same one all the time, you might leave it at home by accident then be up the creek with chapped lips.
  • Even if you don’t wear your hair pulled back much, having a hair elastic or bobby pin in case of an emergency is always a good idea. Especially with Halloween parties this weekend, you never know when you’ll end up at a spontaneous apple bobbing contest.

Do you have any tips for touchup kits?


Red & Pants

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