RECENT DRUGSTORE BEAUTY BUYS AND REVIEWS

I HAVE BEEN KEEPING A LITTLE LIST OF DRUGSTORE BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT I NEED TO TRY. A WEEK OR SO AGO I MANAGED TO HAUL ASS DOWN TO THE NEAREST (AKA THE LEAST FAR) TARGET. HERE'S THE RUNDOWN ON WHAT I CHECKED OFF THIS LIST.

RIMMEL STAY MATTE FOUNDATION

This foundation is my new go-to base. Overall, I was thoroughly impressed from the moment it touched my skin. Be warned: the lightest shade (Ivory) is very light. I have very pale skin with this very strange yellow-pink undertone that is hard to deal with. My skin isn’t darker, it’s just a different color than this. This can be fixed with a little powder, but be warned that it is essentially porcelain-colored.  It’s very heavy, and gives amazing coverage, so use it sparsely! Some pretty heavy-duty scrubbing is required to get it off, but I do it because otherwise, it would absolutely make my oily skin break out. I also would not recommend wearing this every day for that reason… while the matte qualities are perfect to conceal oily skin, its thickness can cause some breakouts that I’d rather not have to deal with. Still, I love this stuff.

NEUTROGENA HEALTHY VOLUE MASCARA

This mascara is great overall. I like it a bit more than my old favorite, Covergirl LashBlast Fusion, and the prettier packaging is a plus. The brush is huge and plush (insert winky emoji here), which feels really nice during application. I use the plain black color with Korff Infinity lengthening mascara that I got in Italy. (I am currently working on finding a comparable version available to this Korff stuff on American soil, but it’s hard because nothing is living up to it.) This gives me long and volumous lashes like never before.

L’OREAL INFALLIBLE SUPER SLIM LINER

I have never used liquid liner before, so I did some reading before picking this up. It’s like using a watery Sharpie on your eyelids. It’s very dark and bold, which is annoying when I make a mistake, but it stays all day, which is a luxury to me because of my usual gel liner habits. It’s surprisingly easy to apply, and I think I will be repurchasing this.

NEUTROGENA OIL-FREE MOISTURIZER FOR ACNE

My skin is dry beneath the oils, if that makes sense. Meaning, whenever I use even a little cleanser, the oil clears up and the surface is scaly as ever. I picked this up on a whim, as I use the exfoliating wash from this same line. After using it a bit, I can say it was nothing spectacular. My skin looks and feels the same overall.

NEUTROGENA MOISTURESMOOTH COLOR STICK

This is by far the best thing I purchased on my little adventure in the Target beauty aisles. I got the pictured color, Sweet Watermelon, and it’s stunning. I give this product an a+++ overall. I wish that it lasted longer, as it will not last you through breakfast, but reapplication is easy, like with any lip crayon. The tint, as I said, is lovely, but the moisture is what really won me over. My lips have never felt so soft! (Also, it smells like candy. Bonus points.)

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: TORO Y MOI

TORo Y MOI

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If you are not familiar with Chazwick Bundick, get familiar with him. Since 2009’s release of Blessa, and his debut album Causers of This, which was born the following year, he has been writing musical history in a way that most artists can only dream of. Now, we are less than a week away from the release of What For?, and it’s about time for the spotlight to be turned towards him. (Side note: if you look around a little, you might just find a place where the album is being streamed…) Just in time for brighter days, this new LP turns towards the sun and ushers in a more mainstream, melodic, pop-like sound for one of the leaders of the chillwave movement that has nestled comfortably into the hearts of every self-respecting indie-type of the decade. These lovely people will not be let down with this new release; though more polished, What For? still captures the spirit of classic Toro Y Moi with its vintage flair and innovative sound.

Toro Y Moi tracks with guitar-driven and chart-bound qualities are few and far between. What For? is different; it still carries a wide variety of styles, (characteristic of Bundick at this point, given his previous four stunning studio albums) but it is packed with songs made for singing along to in the car. Buffalo, for instance, is like an echo of a top-40 hit, made cool again by grooving instrumentation and a certain fuzzy whine easing through the entrancing melodies, just begging for some impromptu accompanying vocals. Empty Nesters is an obvious single, catchy as can be. I actually heard it once while I was in a TJ Maxx, and it took every ounce of strength not to launch my standard high-pitched howls against the ears of random passerby. Run Baby Run struck me as similar to a certain Wheatus tune. All of the genres he has previously explored and represented with flair are absolutely present throughout the LP. With the thick and seamless integration of guitars, the creative limits on What For? simply cease to exist. I’ll be sitting up at midnight on Tuesday, purchasing the album on iTunes before visiting Spotify. This is a rare occurrence for me, but it is worth every penny. After all, iconic albums are far and few between. Thank you, Mr. Bundick, for everything. Toro Y Moi is about to shoot to the absolute top.

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