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I love dramatic, and fun, holiday makeup– especially for New Years Eve, but let's face it that is hardly the type of makeup that most of us would wear during the rest of the year. For that very reason, and because I am a pragmatist by nature, I see no reason to splurge on expensive luxury makeup for these occasions. Instead, I seek viable alternatives in the aisles of my favorite drugstores.
For a dramatic, and festive, palette of colors plums and grays definitely deliver, and you can find what you need from Rimmel London and Sally Hansen. Here are a few of my current favorites for your perusal.
Left to Right: Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Plum This Show, Midnight and Shadow. Magnif'Eyes Mono Eye Shadow in Show Off and Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Stick in Guilty Grey.
- Bold Color with Just One stroke
- Impressive staying power - up to 12hr
- Kiss proof, touch proof, & waterproof
- Velvety matte finish
- Unbelievably comfortable & lightweight texture
Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Stick in 004 Guilty Grey ($3.79- $4.99 for 0.11 oz. from Walgreens, Harmon, and Walmart): I love this formula, the silky smooth cream eyeshadows glide across the skin effortlessly, deposit color evenly and have enviable color payoff. Guilty Grey is a gorgeous shimmering gunmetal gray that can be used as an all-over the lid color or as a liner.
Sally Hansen is my favorite drugstore nail polish brand, and it never disappoints!
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Greyfitti 799 and Stilettos & Studs 839 ($9.99 from Ulta and Target): "A breakthrough in gel polish! Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, the true 2 - step gel manicure with no light needed, up to 14 days of color and shine. Create a look that feels professional yet is easily achieved and removed at home."
Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Exotic Acai 400 ($7.99 from Ulta, Target and Harmon): "Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish provides nail color, while also delivering on key care benefits, which is the #2 insight across all ages in the US. Up to 10 days of wear!"
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Plum's the Word 280 ($7.99 from Ulta and Target): "All you need is one! Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, the one bottle that does it all with a flawless finish brush for a salon perfect mani for up to 10 days. Create a look that feels professional yet is easily achieved at home."
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Seize the Gray 470 ($4.99 from Ulta, Target and Walgreens): "Nail color covers in just one coat, brilliantly. The Perfectionist Brush contours to any nail, so color always glides on precisely, quickly, flawlessly. And, the exclusive Flexiglass Complex combines beautiful, brilliant shine and super-strong wear. So simple, so Sally."
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mini Sets ($9.99 from Feel Unique and national retailers): If you are looking for more traditional, and less bold polishes, then this holiday set of minis is perfect! This holiday collection is described as a, "quaint quartets of festive polishes in festive hues." The colors include: Red My Lips, Let's Son, Wine Not and Fools Gold. It is ideal for stocking stuffers, gift exchanges or for yourself!
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil in Vanilla Buttercream ($4.99-$6.99 from Target and national retailers): According to Sally Hansen, "for a limited time only, Sally Hansen’s Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils come in two delicious holiday scents. The oils are available in either tasty vanilla buttercream or refreshing peppermint....Your cuticles and nails crave moisture and protection during the cold holiday season, so grab these Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils for the perfect stocking stuffer gift."
Overall Assessment: It is definitely worth the trip to your local drugstore to pick up some Rimmel London makeup and Sally Hansen nail polishes for festive holiday looks, and for last minute stocking stuffers.
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