Bethany Mota, Christina Milian + More Share Top Drugstore Beauty Buys + Splurges
BeautyCon isn’t your typical beauty convention. The city-hopping event, which posted up in LA yesterday, connects the biggest beauty influences around with thousands of their fans IRL for a day-long party filled with makeover booths, carnival rides and Insta-ready backdrops at every turn (we’ve never seen so many emoji balloons and quirky pool floats in one place!).
Seriously, there’s not a better way to meet your Internet idols who were doling out insider beauty tips left and right. Our Style Editor Kate Puhala and I grabbed some of the biggest names on the bill to dish on their favorite drugstore beauty buys and the products they just HAVE to splurge on.
Miss Milian, best known for her vocals, made her mark on the beauty industry this year. She hosted a panel at BeautyCon 2015, which focused on creativity — we, of course, were all ears.
Favorite Drugstore Beauty Buy: L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara ($8) because I can always count on it because it stays on and performs as well as expensive brands.
Top Beauty Product Splurge: I love Marc Jacobs Lovermac Lipstick ($30) because it is just lasts long and the colors are amazing!
Dulce Candy (yes, that’s her real name!!) has amassed over 1.9M subscribers to her YouTube channel and has a book coming out in August about finding your passion and creating success for yourself. Um, yes please! This year at BeautyCon, she offered #GirlProb advice on a panel focused on providing expert answers from the industry’s leading gals and guys.
Favorite Drugstore Beauty Buy:Revlon ColorStay Makeup foundation ($13)
Top Beauty Product Splurge:MAC Pro Longware Foundation ($32) really stays on all day long as well as photographs flawlessly.
Alba’s YouTube channel is focused on the intersection of health and beauty — we’re all about it and were super inspired by her. This beauty spoke at BeautyCon about how to become a #ladyboss and digital media sensation.
Favorite Drugstore Beauty Buy:Sheamoisture Raw Shea Butter Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($13) because it is the only thing that I could use from a drugstore that works but has more natural ingredients.
I love($5) because of the subtle color and how fun they are while making your lips feel so soft. I steer clear of the neon crazy colors and use the ones with a soft hint of color.
Teala is a top-notch selfie-taker, first of all, but more importantly, she has some seriously great knowledge about the beauty industry. She hosted an important panel at BeautyCon about the business of beauty — inside and out.
Favorite Drugstore Beauty Buy:Maybelline Volum Express The Falsies Mascara ($7) it is literally the holy grail and works so good!
Top Beauty Product Splurge: I love Make Up Forever Invisible Cover HD Foundation ($60) because it photographs so well and feels really good on my skin.
This gal from the Sunshine State shared her tips, tricks + straight-from-the-heart advice during BeautyCon’s #GirlProb panel. Her YouTube channel features everything from beauty tutorials to DIY how-tos.
Concealer. A lot. I use($39) and I buy a ton of different shades because I’m always tanning and I’m always in between different shades. (Photo via @jessismiles_)
I loveobviously, that’s a must, they’re amazing have great stuff. I love their lipglosses and their lipsticks. They have this really, really great shiny one that’s been killing it.
Top Beauty Product Splurge: I splurge on foundation. Just because you don’t want one that breaks you out so that’s one — I don’t spend a lot on it — I just want to take care of my face on my days off so that’s something I definitely pay attention to. I use Makeup Forever, they have one that I use on set and I know it works for my skin so I always stick with that. (Photo via @baileemadison)
A familiar face in the beauty vlogger space, Andrea was talking with fans + industry peeps about what she knows best: all things beauty and how-to’s. She dished on the #GirlProb panel while in LA at BeautyCon.
Favorite Drugstore Beauty Buy:Fit Me Foundation by Maybeline is my favorite drugstore buy.
Top Beauty Product Splurge: To splurge, I’m gonna splurge on mascara. Right now I’m using the newest from Benefit, it’s just really soft and I can reapply it easily and make it thicker. (Photo via @andreaschoice)
Maddi has a cool style we were swooning over this weekend — it all worked and looked fab. This YouTuber has over 850K subscribers, so everyone took notice as she spoke on the #GirlProb panel.
Favorite Drugstore Beauty Buy: Neutrogena SkinClearing Liquid Makeup, ($15) that’s great stuff. It has good coverage and it helps clear your skin while you wear it.
Top Beauty Product Splurge: Splurge item is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21) or Dip Brow Pomade ($18) any of their eyebrow products are amazing. Eyebrows are so important — they frame your face — so it’s important to splurge on that stuff. (Photo via @madisenrosebeauty1)
This gorgeous gal is seriously inspiring. She has over 650K subscribers on her YouTube channel and spoke on a panel at BeautyCon about defining beauty. We loved her honest, smart and thoughtful insights about the industry as a whole.
Deep conditioner.($12) (Photo via @naptural85)
Kate has totally reimagined what makeup is with her launch of Mr. Kate BeautyMarks, hand-sketched designs that are applied to the face and body. You can watch Kate’s videos for inspo on just about anything — from beauty to decorating to funky how-tos.
I mean this is probably everybody’s but the($5) is definitely the best drugstore mascara, it just works as well as the fancy ones. I think it works as well as the YSL, which is my other favorite — it’s voluminous, it says it!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)