Paying one dollar for a quality makeup product just doesn’t seem feasible, right?! Well, we shall see about that. is a website that offers tons of products that typically retail for a dollar. Yes, just ONE DOLLAR. Talk about ballin’ on a budget. For the sake of science and my wallet, I added some of the makeup deals to my cart.  All of the chosen items were from the site’s in-house brand called “AOA Studio.” The complexion products are what I gravitated towards, since those are the products that are the hardest to get right.

Let’s talk the good, the bad and the ugly to see if discounted makeup is even worth it.

AOA Wonder Skin Primer

I purchased two primers that claim to do separate things. A blurring one with a silicone base and an illuminating one that feels more like a lotion. A good primer is key to keep your base makeup looking and lasting it’s best. The silicone primer was a miss. The consistency was too thin and it just felt like excess slime on my face. I did not see it help the appearance of my makeup at all, if anything the BB cream just slipped right off when worn together. The illuminating primer gave me more success. The lotion feel was on the thicker side and gave me skin a subtle glow. It dried down with a slight stickiness to it which made any product I put on top adhere better. I will continue to use the illuminating primer since it rivals products that are far more spend-y.

Do I think they were worth the one dollar? One of them, yes!


AOA Perfect BB Cream:

This thick BB cream pleasantly surprised me. With medium coverage it worked just fine for evening out my skin. You can easily build the coverage with another layer as well.  While it did not last all day, that is not something I typically ask for in a BB cream. This is a great product for light makeup days and when you want your skin to be able to breathe a bit more. Applying it with a dense brush got the most coverage but when applied with a damp sponge I was given a more long-lasting flawless look.

Do I think it was worth the one dollar? Certainly!


AOA Wonder Cover Concealer

This site carries a ton of different concealer shades including ones designed for color correcting. I got a peach one to counteract dark circles and one that was a couple of shades lighter than my skin tone to brighten my complexion. The color correcter was a total fail. It has a good amount of pigment but it was too orange to counteract anything on my pale skin. My dark circles were actually enhanced and it was too dark of a shade to then be easily covered up. The true concealer shade had a similar consistency, thick and somewhat greasy. When applied to the face they set almost immediately making them impossible to blend out. The concealer wiped away my foundation underneath and made my under eye area look terrible. These products aged me at least a decade. This might work for spot concealing instead of under the eyes, but probably not worth the headache.

Do I think they were worth the one dollar? No!


AOA Perfect Setting Powder:

Loose powder can make or break a makeup look, especially when you have dry skin like me. Adding tons of powders can make you look dehydrated. I was worried that for such a low price point this powder wouldn’t do my skin any favors. Without fragrance and with the powder being so finely milled it felt like silk going onto the skin. “Baking” your face is a makeup practice that ensures it last all day while making the skin look airbrushed but it takes a LOT of powder. Why spend a ton of money on powder to just use it up so quickly? The “Soft Light” option offered a slight beige tint to it while “Transparent” was the typical white powder that comes off as nothing on the skin.  They claim to have no flashback but I did not find that to be true, so use a light hand or avoid flash photography. These powders preformed great and I will definitely be repurchasing.

Do I think they were worth the one dollar? YES!


a2o Setting & Priming Sprays:

After all the hard work I put in, I want to make sure my makeup is going to stick around all day. That is where using a priming and setting spray comes in. These two products were the only two that cost more than a dollar. Coming in at $3.50 each, I was skeptical. This site jaded me almost instantly. If everything else could be sold at one dollar why not these? Maybe there were amazing! I was hooked on that idea and just had to purchase. The primer sprays feels nice and adds another boost of hydration for my dry skin. It dries down fast so you don’t have to wait too long to apply your makeup. The setting spray also feels nice. The nozzle on both of these bottles isn’t perfect but still offers a fine enough mist. While I did enjoy using both of these products, they didn’t do a whole lot. When using them in conjunction I don’t think my makeup lasted or preformed any better throughout my typical day. I will continue to use these though in hopes that I may eventually see a difference.

Do I think they were worth the money? Maybe?


Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are my obsession, that is public knowledge at this point. However, this habit of mine can tend to get a little pricey. When I ran across sheet masks being sold for one dollar a piece, I lost my mind. These perform just the same if not better than their higher priced counterparts. With so many options available your mask collection will be set for life. Pick some up if you are curious to see if this is a skincare regimen that could work for you. The two that I tried smelled great, fit my face well and left my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. Total success!

Do I think they were worth the one dollar? ABSOLUTELY!


Overall I had a lot of fun trying these products and was stoked to find some serious hits. Saying something isn’t even worth a dollar may seem harsh but I wanted to hold these items to a high standard, no matter the price point. While I don’t have particularly sensitive skin trying these products still seemed a bit daunting. After testing the items for over a month they did not cause my skin to have any sort of bad reaction.

If you are new to makeup or just don’t want to spend a ton of cash, this site is perfect for you. You can buy almost a full face of makeup for less money than a grande latte! Happy shopping.


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Boxycharm is hands down my favorite subscription service. Each month is like a mini Christmas when I spot that black box in my mail.

Let’s see what they gifted us with this time:



Girlactik Lippie

 At first I was not pleased with receiving yet another matte liquid lipstick. We seem to get one every single month. However, after application my mind was changed. This product features a beautiful terracotta shade and a lightweight texture. It feels lovely on the lips, and wears beautifully throughout the day. A huge difference from other overly matte liquid lipsticks i’ve tried. I have not been able to stop wearing this since I got it!


PUR Bronze and Brighten Palette

This was without a doubt the stand out product in the box. This palette, which I cannot find anywhere on the internet, is a total hidden gem. When swatched the three shades (all extremely shimmery) pack a serious punch. So serious in fact, I was a bit nervous in how they would apply to the face. Have no fear the blush, bronzer and highlight all apply beautifully on the skin with just the right amount of pigmentation. This palette will give you some serious glow so make sure to avoid areas of the face that have a lot of texture. All three shades would double as stunning eyeshadows as well, two uses in one! This may be my new must-have face palette.


Crown Glam Metals Palette

Another full size palette? Boxycharm is really out doing themselves this month. This eyeshadow palette features mostly metallic shades that range from cool to warm toned.  With a grunge like color scheme this item is unlike anything in my current collection. It truly is an interesting array of colors. The only shade that isn’t a metallic is a matte black that comes across more of a dark gray when blended on the eye. While this color is nice to have to smoke out a look you will need to pull in another shadow or palette for a transition shade. I have been loving wearing this product so far and find myself reaching for it often. The shadows last all day and blend easily. As a pop of color and sheen on the lid this palette is ideal.


DR. BRANDT SKINCARE pores no more® Luminizer Primer

This may be tied for my favorite product in the box. I am obsessed with Dr. Brandt skincare products, therefore trying a makeup primer from them was exciting. This primer claims to be luminizing on the skin, which it may be but not overwhelmingly so. It adds just a touch of sheen. Where this product stands out is how well foundation applies on top of it. Any foundation! It locks my makeup into place for the day and blends well with other products to make the skin look great.


IT Cosmetics Brow Power™ Universal Eyebrow Pencil

My go-to eyebrow product tend to be pencils so this was a hit for me to receive. A dual-ended item, one side featuring a spoolie to get brows shaped and the other side being an oval shaped pencil. This has a good amount of pigmentation but in my opinion it might be a touch TOO creamy. Pencils that feature more of a waxy consistency keep my brows in place all day, but when using this product in conjunction with a brow gel you are in the clear.  I am also not sure if this pencil truly is universal, anybody with very dark hair might have trouble getting the pigmentation they need from it. Nonetheless, I am pleased with this product and plan to use it up..


Whoa, what an incredible month with two full-sized palettes. How does Boxycharm do it?! What do you think of this box? Did we get the same products? I would love to know.


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It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil

Dr. Brandt Skincare pores no more® Luminizer Primer

GIRLACTIK Matte Lip Paint

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It is the beginning of a new year, how fun. It still feels weird to write out 2018 though, don’t you agree? With that fresh start comes new makeup to play with! My Ipsy is here so let’s hope they started 2018 out with a bang!

Show me the good stuff:



NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Lip Lingerie in Satin Ribbon

A full product is always great but a full product from a brand I know and love is even better. This liquid lipstick is a true nude shade on me making it a bit tricky to pull off but with the right lip liner it is not an issue. Featuring a true matte formula this product will dry the lips out a bit. I am still willing to give it a fair shot because it looks stunning on. NYX products are usually on par with higher end items so this liquid lipstick will get lots of use by me.


ORIBE HAIR CARE Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

With super fine hair a lot of products can weigh it down so I tend to steer clear. If I was going to receive a hair product however I am glad that it is a dry shampoo. The Oribe brand costs a pretty penny so I am happy to have gotten a product to try from them. Dry shampoo is always needed when you’re in a time crunch or just don’t feel like waking up early to shower ( c’mon we have all been there). It smells good and does the trick of soaking up oil fast.



I am trying really hard to wear more eyeshadow this year (maybe THAT is my new years resolution). This color is a stunning shimmery, burnt red shade. I am wearing it today and loving it. It went on with full pigmentation, was buttery smooth and appears vibrant even without an eye primer. Total hit and another full size? Yes please!



This was the standout product in the bag. I know, I am shocked too. City Color Cosmetics is a very inexpensive brand but you would not know it by how this item performs. Three shades round out this palette and are everything you need to contour and highlight the face. The darkest shade is perfect for sculpting the face, the middle shade is ideal for adding warmth and the last shade, a shimmery white is a strong highlighter. These all  looked great on the skin and lasted all day. Just the right amount of pigmentation that blended like a dream. I have been reaching for this all week and adore how my makeup has been looking.


CAKE BY CAKE BEAUTY Heavy Cream Intensive Body Balm

A lotion is not a bad thing to receive, it just isn’t my favorite. I like to stick strictly to make up products. This product smells just like cake though, hence the name, and that wins my heart over. This heavy cream can be used on the whole body but the travel size makes it the ideal hand cream to throw in my purse. Always a good thing to have around!


Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this month’s Glam Bag. All these products were new things to try that I will get a ton of use out of. No misses and a potential holy grail product. How exciting! What products did you get this month? I would love to know.


Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick – Satin Ribbon

City Color Contour Kit

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A bright pink mailer was sitting in my mailbox this week which can only mean one thing, it is time for my Ipsy unbagging. Now that I only get two subscription services each month I have more time to actually use the products! Let’s see what goodies I got in my bag, shall we?

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I do a sheet mask almost every day so I was excited to receive not one but TWO new masks to try out. Sheet masks keep your skin care on lock and are fun to use. An easy, mini spa day? Yes please. The products that i’ve tried from the Purlisse brand have been good so I am sure their masks won’t differ. These will be put to use very shortly.


OFRA COSMETICS Liquid Lipstick in “Ipsy Unzipped”

Ofra liquid lipsticks are some of the best on the market. They collaborated with Ipsy this month and created a limited edition shade called “Ipsy Unzipped” just for subscribers. It is a deep mauve shade that will flatter everybody. This formula is a knockout. I am getting sick of liquid lipsticks in general so I need a formula to be on point in order for me to wear it. This stays put all day long and isn’t that drying on the lips. I wore this for ten hours yesterday, only touching up once and loved how it looked the whole time!


LUXIE BEAUTY Precision Shader Onyx Brush 239

Luxie brushes are a staple of subscription services and I am not complaining one bit. This is a shader brush which is ideal for packing shadow onto the lid. I used it today and it did exactly what it needed to. Luxie brushes are known for their pink handles but they mixed it up and opted for a black one this time. More of an edgy vibe and I am diggin’ it. The brush is made up of synthetic bristles making it soft as heck and ideal for cream or powder shadows.


CHELLA Eyebrow Defining Gel

One can always use a clear eyebrow gel! This sample size features a tiny spoolie wand perfect for quick application. This gel does a great job of keeping your brows in place without feeling like you just applied glue to your face. I use it over my brows after I have filled them in but it would also work for keeping unruly hairs at bay on no makeup days. A little product goes on the brush at once so it is never overly goopy and won’t mess up your hard work. Easy and functional, love!




I wasn’t thrilled to see this product in my bag. The more I play around with makeup the more I realize that I just don’t use eyeshadow crayons. It is easier to swipe on a shadow then apply a cream and blend a ton. This shade is a golden peach that doesn’t stand out enough on my skin tone for it to be a stand alone shadow. This is also a miss because I already own this exact product and I never even used that one! This will be going into my give away bag.


Overall I am very happy with my December Ipsy. Four products I love and only one fail. Not a bad ratio! What items did you get this month? I would love to know!



Purlisse Sheet Mask Set

Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick – Laguna Beach (strawberry matte)

Luxie 239 Rose Gold Precision Shader Brush

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I feel like I was just writing my post on last month’s Boxycharm. Life just keeps flying by! This box tends to be my favorite each month so let’s see if this time around is any different.

Show me the goods:



Real Her Blush Kit

You really can’t go wrong with getting a palette in your box. This “kit” includes three baked blushes. The shades differ from another in color and finish. A bright pink with gold shimmer throughout, a coral with a satin finish and a neutral brown shade with specks of glitter rounds out the trio. They have good color pay off without being overly pigmented and difficult to apply. They wear well on the skin and last a decent amount of time, not all day, but long enough to get the job done. Three shades that I don’t really have in my collection right now? Score!



Getting brushes in subscriptions is half the reason I stay a subscriber. I never have to buy a brush again! This one from Crown is great. It is dense, soft and looks pretty in my collection. I just don’t love what it is geared towards. This doesn’t make sense as a blush brush, it is too dense and applies blush in splotches. Perhaps with a not very pigmented blush it would work but I still don’t think it is worth the effort. This brush would be perfect for cream contour or foundation. Always love getting a brush, I just need to rack my brain on how to use it.


Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Liquid Lipstick

This is the hero product of the whole box. I am OBSESSED with this liquid lipstick and to be honest, I am surprised by that fact. The metallic lip trend never appealed to me until very recently (as in “the second I got this product” recently). A light brown with a pink reflect that looks stunning on the lips. It is a lot of look but I have not been able to stop wearing it recently. Such a fun color! Pretty Vulgar nailed the formula on this one. It feels light on the lips, doesn’t dry them out, lasts forever and fades off gracefully. Everything you could ask for in a liquid lipstick. This might be my new favorite formula of all time. Total hit!


bellapierra Pro Concealer Palette

This color correcting palette certainly sparked my interest when I saw it nestled in my box. Three cream shades make up the palette. An orange to counteract dark circles, a green to combat redness and a purple to brighten up the skin. I can use all three of those things! I do wish they were a bit more pigmented but they still do the job of handling pesky skin issues. They are not as dry as I initially thought they would be which is a huge plus for a cream compact product. The product does smell of crayons though, which freaks me out a bit. Color correcting is by no means an everyday step in my routine but I enjoy doing it when I have the time. Looking forward to playing around with this product more.



Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

In order to not sound like a broken record, I will keep it brief. This is only a miss because I do not wear mascara. However, it is always great to receive a product from Tarte!


Overall, this Boxycharm was just okay. I like almost all the products but for some reason I am not over the moon about this box. What are your thoughts? What items did you get this month? I would love to know!


Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Liquid Lipstick

Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

RealHer Blush Kit

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