Ballin’ on a Budget: Drug Store Favs

I love luxury as much as the next girl. (See my love of comfort here.) Sometimes a girl’s gotta balance that with ballin’ on a budget. While I would love to bathe in Armani Liquid Foundation a la Kim K, that’s just not in my game plan right now. I’ve found a good mix of drug store & high end make for the best beauty regime. Here are some of my fav drug store go to picks that work as well as the fancy dancy things:

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  1. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso If you’ve ever read any beauty blog ever you know this old classic. It’s a great dupe for Orgasm by Nars and about $20 cheaper. I notice it doesn’t last quite as long as Nars and I have to make sure I use a setting spray- but it’s still a great one! I love that it’s a little shimmery but not like Limited Too sparkle spray status.
  2. Maybelline Dream Bronze BB SPF 25 You know when you have a spray tan and your normal foundation doesn’t match and it’s really frustrating? Enter this BB cream! It’s really like a slightly tinted moisturizer that gives even pale ol’ me a subtle glow. I used the Light/Medium shade and it was perfect.
  3. CeraVe Cleanser & Moisturizer As I was explaining my skin care woes to the best brow artist on the planet, she was like, “Yeah you need something that’s like…nothing.” I have crazy sensitive skin that doesn’t tend to break out. My mom’s dermatologist suggested she use CeraVe and turns out it’s perfect for me too! I’ve used Cetaphil in the past and I feel like CeraVe leaves me feeling a little cleaner.
  4. NYX Matte Lipstick in Siren I love this shade for winter! It’s like bright red’s cooler cousin. I actually love all of NYX’s lip stuff (esp the Butter Lipsticks and the Matte Lip Cremes). I like that these are so affordable that you can be as trendy as you want.

Those are my favs! For things like foundation, brows, & shadows, I like to stick to higher end items. Sometimes, I switch it up- I have an Urban Decay blush that I love. For the most part, though, there are some things I stick to. Do you have any secret drugstore favs? Those perfect little budget buys?! Let me know! I’m always looking to expand my collection.

Hot Chocolate 5k!

Last weekend was like the craziest weekend of my life. Ugly Sweater Party (so fun), Chi Alpha Christmas Party (until 2am), and then we topped it off with the Hot Chocolate 5k! Maggie and I signed up for this race a billion years ago with grand plans to train and be able to leap like gazelles through the 3.whatever miles.

Yeah……that didn’t happen. Instead I stayed out until 2am the night before. Ha. The only not positive thing I have to say about this experience was that it was FREEZING COLD that morning. Everything else was awesome- the packet pick up was well organized & they had tons of chocolate samples. There was also chocolate at the 1 mile mark of the actual race on race day. The finishers mug was surprisingly delicious- chocolate fondue & hot chocolate. The zip up is cool & I’ll wear it lots. The whole vibe was just fun. Most of all, it was really great to challenge myself with my sister. The environment at a race is always so inspiring and encouraging. I would highly recommend this as a first or 50th 5k! Or if you’re really brave- the 15k!

Here are some snaps from the day (shout out to my parents for coming & cheering us on & taking pics!):

Found these cuties at the Packet Pick Up Expo:


The cute jacket:


At the freezing cold starting line:


Post Race & the Finishers Mug:



IMG_0554Overall, it was a great experience & we’re already planning our next one: The Froyo Run in Tempe!