Best Drugstore Foundations

Get flawless-looking skin with these beauties from L'Oreal, CoverGirl and more

The 12 Best Foundations Under $15
When it comes to foundation, it really pays to find the perfect product for you. After all, all the eye makeup and lip products in the world won't make you look gorgeous if your skin looks blah. On the bright side, readers have found that you don't have to spend a fortune to get flawless-looking skin. In fact, there are plenty of cheapie products that will give you just that! Read on to see what they are. average reader rating: 8.8

No. 12: Almay Line Smoothing Compact Makeup for Dry Skin, $14.78

"It actually does improve the appearance of lines ..." average reader rating: 8.8

No. 11: Maybelline New York Pure Stay Powder Foundation, $7.99

"First time in my life, someone commented on my 'beautiful skin' ..." average reader rating: 8.8

No. 10: CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Liquid Makeup, $10.13

"I recently saw a friend I hadn't seen for a while and she asked if I had something done ..."

Vapour Stratus Instant Skin Perfector

Vapour Stratus Instant Skin Perfector Review

I have been trying out more organic skin products lately, and I have one I would love to share.  I recently tested this great product by the brand new line called Vapour Beauty. 

Stratus is hard to describe.  It is a beauty stick that moisturizes, brightens and evens skin tone, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  You apply it after you have washed your face and apply it directly to you face from the stick.  You can smooth it on your skin with your fingertips or with a sponge if you prefer.  It is so smooth and smells refreshing.  It contains a Certified Organic complex of pumpkin and papaya (this must be the great scent!)  As I applied it, I felt the fine lines disappear......ahhhhhh.

I used it under my makeup foundation (both liquid and mineral) and it worked almost as a moisturizer and primer.  I found myself applying a little extra around the eyes :)  You can also apply it after you use your mineral makeup if you found you used a tad too much and want to tone it down. 

I look forward to trying more products from Vapour Beauty.  Organic products really do work!

Vapour's Website has Stratus listed here: or you can purchase it at Saks.

Vapour will be featured on Beauty Week on ShopNBC, so be sure to check it out!

Tuesday Oct 27th 12 noon ET: Full Vapour Hour

Tuesday Oct 27th 4 pm ET: Full Vapour Hour

Tuesday Oct 27th 10 pm ET: Part of Beauty Confidential Hour

Tuesday Oct 27th 11 pm ET: Part of Beauty Confidential Hour

Vapour will be featured on ShopNBC's Beauty Week, happening October 26 - November 1!

Tuesday, October 27
Our extra-special week will kick off on Tuesday with Eric Sakas showcasing Vapour for a full two hours. Eric is excited to show off Vapour's new shades and will also demonstrate how to apply Vapour to achieve those amazing runway looks from this fall's fashion shows.

Wednesday, October 28 & Thursday, October 29
Eric will star in several mixed beauty hour shows during these two days. If you need more Vapour after seeing the Tuesday shows, don't miss this!

Annie Boomer Vintage online shop

Just found the cutest vintage clothing shop on Ebay.  It's called Annie Boomer Vintage.  They have hand selected vintage clothing and recycled fashions. They feature evening gowns, dresses, jumpsuits from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70, and sometimes the 80s.  If you are looking for a costume party, theatre, or just plain dressing up, check it out here:

***Bonus: Mention you saw this on Moody Maria and get a 10% discount at checkout.***

Here are some of the latest items that I thought were unique but there is so much more!

Vintage 60s BW CRUELLA DEVILLE Dalmatian Faux Fur Coat

Vintage 80s Red Black Yellow Plaid Sequin Evening Top

Vintage 60s 70s MOD Tall Brown Leather HIPPIE Boots

Drugstore for Acne Medicine?

See winning scrubs, treatments and moisturizers from brands like Neutrogena, Clean & Clear and more!

Top 10 Drugstore Acne-Fighting Products
These are the tried and true acne products our readers turn to when they need to zap blemishes in a hurry. Best of all? They can all be found at the drugstore for under 20 bucks! average reader rating: 7.6

No. 10: Clean & Clear Maximum Strength Persa-Gel 10, $4.86
Readers say this is the "only on-the-spot treatment" that makes acne "completely disappear within a matter of hours (sometimes minutes) ..." average reader rating: 8.2

No. 9: Clean & Clear Advantage Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer, $6.49
"Since I've started using this I haven't had to use any spot treatments for any blemishes, this stuff clears it up before they start!" average reader rating: 8.3

No. 8: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $9.99
"It works wonders on my combination skin, leaves it feeling soft and silky afterwards and never dries my skin out ..."

Pür Minerals Review

I never thought it would happen but I am now a mineral makeup fan.  What happened to me?  Did I finally sell out?

This is how it went down.  I entered ULTA after work with my very best friend.  I fully intended to look at hair products and maybe cruise the makeup section.  I got sucked in by this persuasive saleslady.  “Can I help you?”  Thinking of my blog, I answered, “Do you have anything new?”  Fast forward two minutes later and I was sitting comfortably in a black leather stool having my makeup removed and having my skin lathered up in Pür Minerals Mineral Moisture Complex Anti-Aging Powerhouse ($34.50).  She told me that the lotion will actually help hold in the mineral makeup.  I could not believe the transformation as this makeup artist/salesperson applied the mineral makeup with the Pür Minerals Chisel Brush.

When I looked in the mirror, I could not believe my eyes! This powder (called 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup) actually concealed my uneven skin, my flaws, and my birthmark.  I was in shock to say the least.

Where do I sign up??  I was sold.  I ended up purchasing the starter kit in Golden Medium ($35) and received the Maximum Coverage Brush for free ($16.50).  I have to tell you, I was very pleased with the free brush.  The chisel brush that comes with the kit is actually a little harsh on my skin so I may look for a new one in a different brand.  Any suggestions?

It’s been a few weeks now and I am loving my makeup!  As for the kit, the blush is VERY light and you have to use a lot to get a blushed look.  Because my skin is so pale it works, but for a darker complexion it may not work.  As for the bronzer, I haven’t really needed it!  I will use it, but for now, I am just so pleased with my 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup with SPF 15. 

The key to using this makeup – apply your moisturizer a few minutes before applying it so it sets better.  Do not use too much around your eyes.  The salesperson said it can actually accentuate fine lines if you use too much.  Wash brushes in baby shampoo every week or two (depending on how busy you are!). 

Another great result of using this makeup, my skin has cleared up immensely.  I would like to also try their Fulvic Mineral Mist ($16.50).  The salesperson used it on my face and it felt great.  It gives your makeup a dewy look and sets your makeup.  I will review this product soon!

Why Pür Minerals over bareMinerals?  I was told by the salesperson (who probably works on commission) that bareMinerals can be itchy to people with sensitive skin due to the mica and other ingredients.  After referring to the website it claims: Check out all the benefits of Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation:
  • Pür Minerals mineral makeup foundation does not contain harsh chemical dyes, talc, alcohol, fragrance or preservatives.
  • 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation includes titanium and zinc, which provide an all-natural barrier from the elements.
  • Pür Minerals Pressed Mineral Foundation Is easy to use without the traditional mess of other makeup products.
  • Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation is the number one mineral makeup formula recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists.
  • Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation is good for every skin type and condition, from oily skin to dry, mature types.
For right now, I will continue to use and enjoy my Pür Minerals and highly recommend it.  It won’t work for everyone but it is worth getting a mini-makeover at Ulta to see if it will work for you!

Here is their website with videos and information:

Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne Review

When is the best time to try a new scent?  Valentine's Day?  Your birthday?  Hanukkuh?  Christmas?  Perhaps it's today. 

That's right.  If you are a woman you have the right to try a new scent anytime!  That is the beauty of being a woman.  You can choose how you want to represent yourself through make-up, fashion, and fragrances.  Did I ever mention I love being a girl?

I had to pleasure of sampling the new Eau de Parfum Spray from Yves Saint Laurent called Parisienne.  It makes you remember you are a girl!  This scent is feminine and floral with a mysterious hint of a woodsy scent.  It was so appropriate that I tried it on my recent trip to the White Mountains in Arizona.  It truly fit my mood and surroundings. 

Although I am partial to fruity and sweets scents, I enjoyed trying something new and more feminine.  If you are a fan of Sandalwood, Blackberry, and Damask Rose I say "Give it a Try"!  I don't think you will be disappointed.

Top Tinted Moisturizers

From Laura Mercier to Olay, check out the goods that keep our readers' skin pretty and protected

Top 13 Tinted Moisturizers
Looking for a miracle product that will combine sunscreen, moisturizer and even out skin tone? It's actually not far-fetched at all! The tinted moisturizers on this list do all that and more. See which ones readers love the most. Here's to hitting two (or rather, three) birds with one stone! average reader rating: 8.5

No. 13: Jane Nearly Foundation Tinted Moisturizer, $4.99
One reader says, "it's wonderful for women with pink undertones to their skin," while another loved how it made her skin look tan ... average reader rating: 8.7

No. 12: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $42
"It is very natural, so you don't look like you are wearing any makeup. You simply look like you have beautiful skin ..." average reader rating: 8.8

No. 11: Clarins Hydra-Care Tinted Moisturizer SPF 6, $42
"Even if you have clear skin already, this will even out your skin tone ..."

L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara Review

I had the pleasure of trying another L'Oreal mascara this week. 

First off, the shape of this mascara wand is awesome.  I have to say you will feel a little cool using it and a little "fancy".  It is similar to the Givency Phenomen'Eyes version that costs much more ($28 at 

How does it perform?
I found this mascara gave me the ability to reach my shorter lashes in a way I can't with a normal curved or straight wand.  The mascara quality was great too and lasted all day.  My lashes looked thick, long, and seperated just the way I like.  It wasn't too dramatic for daytime or work either.

The wand will take a bit getting used to though.  It was so lightweight and small that I was afraid I was going to poke my eye, but I didn't.  It also grabs so much mascara that you have to be sure to wipe some off onto the container before applying it to your eyes. 

Overall?  I really liked the mascara and think it might have a chance of lasting power.  As for me buying it again?  Yes, but only if it's on sale and as a secondary mascara.

Velcro Rollers Rock

Have you ever priced out velcro rollers?  They are so pricey at Target, Sally's Beauty Supply, and Walmart.  Don't even think of buying them at Walgreens. 

Guess what?  I got some at the Dollar Tree and they work almost as good as they pricey ones!  I mean, they work, they stay in, and they make you look so classy.  They won't stay in while you walk the dogs.  Yes, I have a neighbor that does that.  Try them today!

L'Oreal is Raising the Bar

Check out this fancy lipstick.  It's embossed pretty!

Sex and the City Wanna Be

One of my best friends in the entire world is moving to New York City next month.  She is packing up her bags and exchanging her cowboy boots and hat for little black dresses and Mikimoto pearls.  You know the pearls I am talking about?  The ones that Sarah Jessica Parker wore in the Sex and the City movie.

I am so jealous Miss Cheryl!  I look forward to meeting up in NYC and playing the role of Charlotte.  For now, all I can do is dream and shop for some of my own Mikimoto pearls.

Hint Hint to my hubby:

Current Products I am Testing.....

- Pur Minerals makeup

- L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara

- L'Oreal Vive Pro Glossy Curls Spray Gel (I love!)

- Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream

 ps: i love being a girl

Fall Hairstyles

Be the chicest girl on the block with one of these cutting-edge 'dos

Are you tired of summer's beachy waves (or just putting your hair up in a pony to beat the heat)? Us too. Now that the weather is cooling off, it's time to embrace some new looks! Check out these 13 styles -- all of them are sure to get you noticed (and almost all of them are a snap to do). Find the one that's right for you now!

Sustainable Youth Review

What are you looking for in a beauty skincare line?   I am looking for improvement in wrinkles, improvement on elasticity, and something natural.  Sustainable Youth has all of those elements.  I recently tried the Sustainable Youth line which included immune performance elasticity cream with Alasta™, the revitalizing serum with Alasta™, and the elastifirm supplement with Alasta™.  

I was skeptical of these products because they were organic.  I thought something so natural couldn't be that effective.  I was wrong! 

I used these products for several weeks and have seen a skin improvement.  My skin was breaking out and it seems that the natural ingredients have helped my skin quality and even my elasticity.  I especially noticed it in my neck area.

The cream is scent-free and so calming to the skin.  I used it day and night and saw no breakouts or irritation.  It is very gentle and natural.  It also worked well when applying my new mineral makeup.

The serum actually made my skin tighten up and feel as if my wrinkles were being worked on as I slept. 

The supplement was small and easy to take.  I actually left it in my bathroom drawer with my cream so I would remember to take it twice daily.

I really enjoyed using all of these products. They were easy to use as the cream and serum both have pump dispensers.  One pump was enough to cover my face so it will last a long time.  The bottles are small enough to keep in your makeup bag or drawer and the caps actually stayed on!

The products above all contain Alasta™. 

The description on their website is as follows: Scientists discovered and isolated the patented extract Aloeride® contained in the proprietary, active complex Alasta™ and demonstrated its potent immune-stimulatory effects on activating the performance of the immune system's first line of defense.

Though its precise pathway has not been charted, based on clinical testing, it is clear that a positive, supportive relationship exists between the use of Alasta™ and the ability to help reduce overall inflammation in the body to help sustain the quality and appearance of youth.

Alasta™ appears to affect the performance of certain immune cells which results in less inflammation. Less inflammation results in less oxidative stress, fewer free radical reactions, and less collagen cross-linking, resulting in increased elasticity and firmness.

To check their products and other testimonials, go to their website at:


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