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So someone requested knockoff versions of some of the products I used. Generally,

Lancome products = L’oreal products
Chanel products = Bourjois products
MAC eyeshadows = Milani eyeshadows
MAC pigments = NYX Loose pigments
Stila eyeshadows = Prestige eyeshadows

And here is a list of great drugstore finds I compiled from different sources found on Makeupalley that are similar to products from higher end lines:

I picked up these babies at Meijer the other week. They were on sale for like $1.89 each! I got the following three:

Lasting Finish Lycra Wear Nail Polish in Black Satin – a true black with a creamy texture. I wore this for like a week and only had to do another coat after 4 days.

60 Seconds Vinyl Shine in Pulsating – a shiny hot pink with a tad of magenta. I have been wearing this for almost a week and there is barely any chipping. Thumbs up!

60 Seconds Vinyl Stars in Star Kissed – a pretty shimmery baby pink color with glitter that looks *so* pretty in the bottle. I still have not tried this but I can’t wait to do so. *Updates: I finally tested this and I did not like it at all. It is too gritty and does not go on as smooth (I blame the glitter). It also chipped pretty fast compared to the other two. I will not purchase this again.

Overall, I am really surprised at how good these nail polishes were. They are very true to the color and the texture is perfect – it is not too thick nor too watery. I only have to apply one coat and I’m good to go. Plus their longevity is amazing! I have never worn nail polish that stayed on for so long without chipping much and trust me, I have tried loads (Maybelline, Revlon, Red Earth, OPI, Essie, MAC etc.) I would definitely pick up more of these next time I go to the drugstore.

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Keeping unruly brows in check require constant grooming so today, I am going to cover the five different ways to do it.

#1 Tweezing
The easiest and most common way, tweezing involves using a pair of tweezers to pluck the whole hair, including the follicle. Always use a pair of tweezers that is sharp enough (I LOVE Tweezerman!), pull the skin taut and then pull in the direction the hair is growing.

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Here are a couple of ways to reduce your excess baggage without going under the knife:

*Put something cold over your eyes. Ice, cold compresses, tea bags or even a cold spoon all work great.

* Put two slices of potatoes, one over each eye for 10-15 minutes.

* Use the right kind of makeup. To make bags look less visible, first use concealer to camouflage your undereye circles. Then apply a lighter concealer or a highlighting powder right below your bags. This will create the illusion that the area right under your bags is jutting out and in turn makes your bags appear less prominent.

* Use an eye cream with caffeine. Try MAC’s Fast Response Eye Cream – it really works!

* Cut down on salt and alcohol.

* Although this sounds gross but Preparation H have been used by makeup artists on models forever. The yeast extract and shark oil that it contains are thought to be the active ingredients for reducing puffiness.

* Treat allergies if you have them.