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Reader Recs: Kate Shares More Beauty Products

02845607_zi_all_fired_upDear Wendy readers are some of the most intelligent, stylish, super-cool people around (it’s a proven fact), so it’s a no-brainer to feature some of their favorite products. Many of the recommended products happen to be affiliate products, which means I’ll receive a commission on any click-throughs or purchases you make through the affiliate links. As always, I appreciate your support! Today’s recommendations come from Kate, who lives just outside of Boston with her husband and their Jack Russell Terrier, Mike. She’s in Client Development at a global media company, and she travels a lot to glamorous places like New Jersey while also taking fun vacations to Mexico and anywhere warm. Kate is our resident style and beauty maven (you can read previous reader recs of hers here); check out some of her more product recommendations below, including what will fix your summer-fried hair and the best drug store swaps for pricey Mac lipsticks.

These lipsticks are drugstore dupes for popular Mac shades:

Maybelline Touch of Spice is a dupe for Mac Twig. Really pretty neutral. Kylie-ish, but it looked good on me, a blonde, as well.

L’Oréal Fairest Nude is a dupe for Mac Blankety, and is THE nude for fair skinned women. Great with a smokey eye too, for your party looks.

Revlon Certainly Red is a dupe for Mac Ruby Woo.

And finally, I don’t know if Revlon Pink in the afternoon is a dupe, but it’s supposed to be Holly Golightly’s shade in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

If you need to fix your fried summer hair: Sebastian Dark Oil. Omg, it smells wonderful, is beautifully packaged, moisturizes, controls frizz, protects from heat styling, and is also great for air drying. Ideal to follow a leave-in cream like Oribe SuperShine.

This night cream is an oldie but goodie that I’ve always loved, with retinol! I’ve seen it listed as a dupe for La Mer, but I wouldn’t know. 😉 I’ve been using it for many years, and my skin is smooth and youthful.

This biotin supplement for hair, skin, and nails has brought massive regrowth to my head. There are a million little hairs a few inches long, since I started using it back in the spring. So my hair is thicker and stronger. The hairs don’t stick up all over but you can see them if you lift up a section. I like the fruit-flavored dissolving formula so you’re not swallowing another pill.

And a great work dress! Comfortable, profesh, doesn’t wrinkle much if you pack it. Comes in navy or blush. Runs true to size. I went a size up and it was too big.

Thanks, Kate!

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  • girltuesday September 22, 2016, 2:04 pm

    Great picks, Kate. I love the dupe game! I am a self-admitted makeup junkie. I love both high-end and drugstore stuff. Here are mine:

    MAC Velvet Teddy = Wet N Wild Bare It All (Great for fair-skinned gals who lean warm) Blankety leaned too cool on me, sadly 🙁

    Urban Decay Primer Potion = Wet N Wild Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer (I did a test where I wore both on separate eyes. No difference)

    Kat Von D Tattoo Liner = Physicians Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black (No difference in staying power or color)

    Tarte Exposed Blush = Milani Romantic Rose Blush

    Urban Decay All Nighter = Wet N Wild Photo Focus Setting Spray

    Some other great drugstore finds: elf brushes are amazing for the price, big fan of Revlon’s HD Mattes Liquid Lipsticks (lasts through eating oily foods), and Revlon’s Colorstay Setting Powder. Can’t live without it.

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  • Kate September 22, 2016, 2:28 pm

    Nice!!! I need more eye primer, I will try the W&W.

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    • girltuesday September 22, 2016, 5:58 pm

      I think you’ll love it. My eyelids are so oily I can probably fry chicken on them. It works like a charm.

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  • Kate September 22, 2016, 2:35 pm

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    TheLadyE September 22, 2016, 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the night cream rec! I’ll be getting it when my L’Oreal Revitalift runs out. 😀

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    • girltuesday September 22, 2016, 5:59 pm

      Ditto. My skin plays well with Neutrogena.

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      • Vathena September 23, 2016, 8:46 am

        I’ve been using the Neutrogena “Rapid Tone Repair” at night for about a year (I have acne-prone skin and pigmentation from previous breakouts) and it is fantastic!

  • Anonymousse September 22, 2016, 3:41 pm

    I love beauty recs.
    I have a beauty addiction.
    My skin is going through some serious issues. I don’t know if it’s the weather, or almost done BF my baby, or what. If I wear anything, I’m breaking out right now. ?

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    • Kate September 22, 2016, 7:14 pm

      Ugh, must be hormones. I hope that passes! Can you not even wear moisturizer?

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      • Anonymousse September 22, 2016, 7:49 pm

        Oh, yeah. I wear moisturizer and do origins Out of Trouble mask or their charcoal mask…it’s so weird. I’ve had really clear skin and now it’s crazy. It must be hormones. Ugh.


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