Missed out on the Milani sale earlier this month? Don’t fret, because this brand is as amazing and affordable as they come.

Little else excites me more than a GOOD, QUALITY, and AFFORDABLE makeup brand. I can find the need to buy makeup anywhere I’m at – whether it’s Walgreens or Nordstrom, if lost, you can pretty much 98% of the time find me in the cosmetics department. But little else disappoints me more than drugstore beauty duds. Those eyeshadow palettes that look so pretty in pan, then blend terribly; those lipsticks that feel more like slippery paint than a luscious lip color; those foundations that oxidize and splotch after 2-3 hours of wear.. the list of drugstore beauty finds gone wrong can go on.

But then there are the classics, that though they let you down once in a while, for the most part always seem to come in so clutch!

Milani has been around for a WHILE. I think their Baked Blush was one of my very first purchases from them after being recommended by a highly reputable Youtube guru (I’m thinking it might’ve been Marlena of MakeupGeek?). But since then had only ventured out of my comfort zone with the brand once or twice, trying out their pencil & liquid eyeliner, a couple of their lipsticks and glosses. But with NYX dominating the affordable/drugstore makeup world, Milani has been upping their game. So over this past summer, I accumulated a handful of their other products to see if they live up to their hype..

[I’m contemplating doing full reviews on the foundation and the lipsticks, if interested – please leave a comment!]
  • The first purchase was the Conceal + Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation + Concealer; a friend of mine had raved about it, and a foundation that cuts out a step in the glam process is what I’m all about! I liked it so much, I decided to continue expanding my collection
  • Next came the highlighters – another friend of mine used one of these highlighters on her daughter. I halfway blinded myself by looking too directly at the glow. For $11, I had to try these out. While at Walgreens though, I noticed this really pretty warm blush palette, so I threw that in my basket as well. The collection needed to keep growing!
  • Liquid lipsticks are my jam! They’re easy to apply, have longer staying power on average over a regular stick, and the colors come off much more vibrant. Since bright colored liquid lipsticks can sometimes have a splotchy formula, I didn’t want to risk too much (even though these are only $9), so I opted for 2 neutral colors
  • THEN I noticed they had METALLIC LIQUID LIPSTICKS!! *swoon* Considering I had already grabbed 2 neutral colors in their regular matte liquid lipstick formula, and I was so impressed by the wear, color pay off and formula; I decided to bet on a richer, brighter color like the one in the lower left corner in the picture above
  • The products listed above were so amazing, I decided to continue branching and grabbing a concealer/highlighter & their eyeshadow primer. After a couple uses, do I think they’re life-changing and revolutionary?? Not exactly, but for their price range, they are ROCKSTARS!

Milani products used as pictured above : Conceal + Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation + Concealer in Golden Tan, Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in Sunglow & Color Harmony Blush Palette in Berry Rays

Milani products used as pictured above : Conceal + Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation + Concealer in Golden Tan, Retouch + Erase Light-Lifting Concealer in Light, & Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in Dayglow

Milani product used NOT pictured above : Amore Matte Lip Creme in Obsession

  • Foundation – wears very well and covers EVERYTHING. Redness, blemishes, discoloration – this foundation + concealer has got you covered… literally. It’s very thick, but doesn’t feel like a mask. Although, granted, it doesn’t feel light/airy either.
  • Highlighter – BEAUTIFUL!!! Probably my favorite Milani purchase so far. The pigmentation is incredible alone, but adding a little Fix + to your brush at application will help you be seen from outer space.
  • Blush – what can I say? Milani blushes are some of my all-time favorite, affordable cheek colors. I like these “sun-dial” type blushes in particular because the colors work together to give a gorgeous wash instead of “in-your-face”, loud color. I also think that the formula for this blush in particular helps to achieve the light “flushed” cheek look as well since the product isn’t too powdery, lessening the chance for user error
  • Retouch + Erase Light-Lifting concealer was strange. I found the formula and color to be GREAT! It blended underneath my eye area seamlessly, although I did have to work it a little; but what bugged me the most was the applicator… it was a sponge with a hole in the middle where the product dispenses from. The sponge was a little too hard to use for blending in, so I just applied the product straight to the areas I needed and blended it in with a separate Beauty Blender.
  • BUT THIS LIP COLOR THOUGH!!! I inadvertently found my lip color for this coming fall season. And for $9, this puppy stayed on for about 5 hours, and lasted through a traditional, greasy, messy Sunday-night football dinner of sliders and jalapeno poppers without smudging too much or giving that dreaded chola lip. It’s also a fairly moisturizing formula, so my lips didn’t appear cracked but the lipstick didn’t adhere to my cups or utensils too much either!

This tried and true brand is expanding their presence in the makeup world, and their research & development team is making sure they’re not getting left behind in the dust. Their products are amazing, as they’ve pretty much always been. If you’re looking to try out new makeup products, Milani is the way to go as their products are affordable, good quality and will keep you on trend.

 

xoxo
The Glam Greek

While I’m not much of the casino-gamble-all-my-money-away-kinda-girl, Las Vegas entices me to lose money in other ways. The Forum Shops at Caesars are MY personal favorite place to be on the Strip. They have everything for every price range. Wanna throw a G on a Louis Vuitton bag after too many cocktails? The Palace gotchu. Wanna throw down a few hunnits on some makeup because you’re addicted and admitting you have a problem is the first step but you don’t want to admit it yet? The Palace where it’s at. Only have a few bucks and want a cute choker to go with your outfit for Tao tonight? The Palace got that too, boo.

Makeup shopping in the western United States is so much better than here in Texas. Nothing beats L.A. (next on my bucket list), but Las Vegas has a MAC Pro, free standing Nars, a large Sephora (you can never go wrong with the mothership), Inglot, and probably a couple of others that I’m missing, regardless, I can lose my way into the abyss of makeup shopping.

The mothership calls me wherever I go…

Even though I practically own all of the pro store, I needed to stock up on a Light Boost and a Radiant Rose. I can’t remember the last time I purchased a MAC collection… but when I arrived at MAC Pro LV, MAC’s Work it Out collection had just come out. And as per usual (sorry, MAC) I walked right on by. But since I had been having a little drinkies, the MAC artist that had greeted me, quickly talked me into the lavnder and rose scented Fix +’s.

Even though I didn’t like the fact that they only have travel sizes (which I’m assuming was the idea behind Work it Out – sweat proof makeup essentials to throw in your gym bag to enhance your post work out glow..) I still snagged a couple for my collection. **note – travel size MAC containers are NOT eligible for B2m**

I controlled myself fairly well considering I had the candy shop at my finger tips. And being early Sunday afternoon, there weren’t a ton of people there.. but I had my eye on the prize.

I already own a ridiculous amount of MAC products, Sephora has brands on brands on brands, on products on products on products; and I need to expand my horizons.

After the Stila Metallic Foil eye shadows came out a few summers ago, they’re pretty much all I need and use to add the PERFECT pop of glitz I need in a look. So naturally, when Stila came out with their new Metallic Glitter liquid eyeshadows, I had to snag a few for myself.

I actually restrained myself and ONLY picked up 4…

L – R : Kitten Karma, Gold Goddess, Smoky Storm, Retro Rose Gold

Then I made my way around and grabbed a couple of powder products. A Sephora Collection blush in “Sweet on You” I received as a sample last year, the perfect summer cheek color, so I finally picked it up in full size. A new bake powder from Kat Von D, a powder foundation from Sephora collection, for science. And of course… a highlighter.

Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter – Transcendence

Applied with finger – subtle. Spray Fix + to hear angels sing

Being a Libra, I’m all about balance. With powder products and eye products already in my bag, I had to pick up some face and liquid products to try out. I’m obsessed with lightweight, natural finish foundations lately because, I can be! I’d had acne for such a long time, nothing besides medium to heavy coverage would cut it for me. I’ve been loving the UD Naked concealer for a while, so I went ahead and picked up the foundation. Seeing that I was on vacation, I also picked up 2 travel sizes of my favorite primer and setting sprays OF ALL TIME! And a lip creme from Marc Jacobs to try… again, for science!

Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme – Fawn Over Me

After this HUGE haul, Bae and I grabbed a taxi and headed to the airport very makeup and cocktail drunk! 🙁 Anytime a vacation involves having enough leftover coins to spend on some new makeup goodies, is a dream vacation for me.

Until next haul…

xoxo
The Glam Greek