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I Took the Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup ChallengDollar Tree Makeup Challenge

proved to be a challenge in more ways than one.  I thought the biggest obstacle would be finding suitable products – anti-aging cream, foundation with a good color match, and primers.  I was somewhat right on that aspect but the biggest issue tended to be brushes for product application.  Let’s get into it.

I went to two stores and neither had any anti-aging cream.  What I did find was Dermasil Oil Free Daily Retinol Facial Cream.  It came in a tube like hand lotion and had a strong fragrance.  Not off-putting, just a bit stronger than I was used to.  It smoothed on nicely and served as a foundation primer.  There was none to be had in either store.  No foundation primer.  No eye primer.  I had to make do.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge Foundation


The foundation I found was Sassy & Chic Moisturizing Foundation in the color Dark.  The color match worked and the sheer coverage was acceptable.  However, the product itself was very thin, very runny so I had to use a sponge to get an even application.  I took the sponge out of the L.A. Colors pressed powder compact since I was not able to pick up a foundation brush.   The pressed powder helped to set the foundation.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge BrowEyebrows

Once I got the foundation on, I wanted to address the eye brows and they proved to be most challenging.  I had no eye brow brush and struggled to find a solution.  I ended up using the L.A. Colors eye/brow pencil in Dark Brown to shape and fill in the brow.  Then, I brushed the brows out with the Elf Small Angled Brush.   Who knew it would work so well to help tame my brows.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge Eyeshadow ApplicationEyeshadow

For eye shadow, I picked up the ColorMates eye shadow palette Island Oasis.  This palette had a variety of colors in soft browns, blues, and grays.  But… it came with one of those little spongy duo-tipped applicators that I dislike.   Since I couldn’t find any eye primer, I picked up the Elf Smudge pot in Cruisin’ Chic to use as a primer and high light.

The shadow was not highly pigmented so I had to pat on several applications.  When it came to blending out the colors, I felt the sponge applicator tugged on my eye lids too much.  I found myself longing for my Real Techiniques eye shadow brushes.  Mascara was mascara – a traditional black with traditional wand.  It proved to be long-lasting and water proof.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge BlushBlush and Bronzer

Blush and bronzer are always my favorite products to apply so I was looking forward to trying these newbies.   The brushes that came with the L.A. Colors Blush (Peach Rose) and Bronzer (Baked) were terrible.  They were harsh on the skin and I could feel the bristles dropping on my face.  I cast these brushes aside and went to the Sassy & Chic Kabuki Cosmetic Brush.  It wasn’t much better so I resorted to using my fingers for product application.   Neither product was highly pigmented so it took several applications.  Then I used the Kabuki brush to blend, blend, blend.

My cheeks still needed a hint of color so I used the Elf Lip Balm Tint in Grapefruit to add just a little pop.  This worked beautifully but since it was a lip balm, it was a tad bit sticky.  I had to go back to the Kabuki brush to smooth away the stickiness.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge Lipstick Application

Lip Stick

Lip color wasn’t a problem.  I used the Colormates  Lipstick and Lip Liner Pencil in Ginger Spice.  It turned out to be a perfect nude for me.  It lasted for several  hours and didn’t dry my lips.  This product was well worth the dollar spent.

I’m always on the lookout for anti-aging products or concealers and I was lucky enough to find Skin Nutritions Age Defy Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector Age Defy Dark Circles & Puffiness Serum.  I applied these prior to putting on the foundation.  The dark spot corrector will take some time so I couldn’t really evaluate it but the Dark Circle and Puffiness Serum felt cool and soothing.

Makeup on Aisle 64 Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge Flawless Look

All in all, I liked the look I achieved with my Dollar Tree products and so did my husband.  His comment?  “Maybe you should shop at Dollar Tree more often.“   He thinks I spend too much on makeup!  You can see how I applied each of the products by visiting Makeup on Aisle 64 TV at

I challenge you to take the Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge.  Hit me up and let me know how you do.

Want to know more about budget friendly foundations?  Check out Color Match Key in Foundation Favorites.  

Have you tried any Dollar Tree cosmetic products lately?

Dollar Tree Makeup Challenge Products Used

Or, maybe you’ve found some inexpensive brands somewhere else.  Tell me about them in the comments section.

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Moisturizer Mania

Makeup on Aisle 64 - D'Or 24 K Moisturizer




Today, I want to talk about moisturizers. Moisturizers are very dear to me because my skin is aging and I want to protect it.  I use moisturizers every day!

Oil of Olay girl

Makeup on Aisle 64 - Oil of Olay Anti-aging MoisturizerWhat do I typically use?  I’d been an Oil of Olay girl forever.  A friend started me on this journey.  We were in our early 20s at the time and she said, “You know, when we turn 25 we’ll have to start using Oil of Olay.”  When I asked her why she said because it’s for skin over 25. Now that little piece of marketing stayed with me because a couple of years later, when I turned 25, my friend had moved awa.  We were no longer connected but I remembered her words.  I started using Oil of Olay.

When I hit 40, I started using the Oil of Olay Total Effects 7 Anti-aging Moisturizer.  When I moved into my fifties, I discovered the Oil of Olay 7 Total Effects for mature skin.   I’d stray from time to time, try new products, but I always went back to Oil of Olay.  Once again, I’m exploring my options.  Here’s what I’ve found.

Makeup on Aisle 64 - Firm skin Acai Moisturize  Firm Skin Acai Moisturizer

One of the new things I tried was Firm Skin Acai Moisturizer by Emminence.    I got it at a spa when I went for a facial.   I really liked it.  It was so creamy and the fragrance was wonderful.  It smelled like acai berries.  I felt totally pampered each time I used it.  So what was the problem?  Why did I stop using it?  Well, I got it at the spa when I went for a service.  When the person I was following left that spa, I didn’t go back.  It was that simple.

Skinn by Dimitri James

Then, I discovered Haute Look.  I know, I should be banned from shopping online, but that site offers so many great bargains at heavily discounted prices.   Anyway, I was on Haute Look and came across the brand Skinn by Dimitri James.  Two products caught my eye — Crease Release Triple Action Day Cream and Wrinkle Balm Night Treatment.  I decided to give this moisturizing duo a try.  I loved them.  One of the things that I liked so much about the day cream was how it felt.  It was creamy but non-greasy and it smelled a little like vanilla.  The night cream had a cool, pleasant fragrance that reminded me of aloe or cucumbers.  Nothing heavy or obvious.

Makeup on Aisle 64 - Hope in a JarHope in a Jar

Makeup on Aisle 64 - Hope in a JarOn another shopping “shopping trip” on Haute Look, I came across Hope in a Jar by Philosophy.  I first heard about Hope in a Jar on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  It was one of her new products shows and Hope in a Jar was featured.  I always wanted to try it but never thought I’d get the opportunity.  When I saw it on Haute Look, I placed an order.   This moisturizing face cream was a bit thinner than the products I’d been working with most recently.  It had a pleasant, clean smell – the kind associated with women and face creams.  It wasn’t obvious or off-putting, just kind of bland.  The texture reminded me of the  Noxema I used when I was a girl.  Back in the day, when girls turned 12 or 13, they started using Noxema face cream to clean and moisturize their skin.  Hope in a Jar didn’t smell like Noxema, but it reminded me of that consistency.  One concern was that there was no spf in it which meant I had to be sure to wear sunscreen with it.

Merle Norman Sheer Defense Tinted MoisturizerMakeup on Aisle 64 -SheerDefenseTintedMoist

I found the Merle Norman Sheer Defense Tinted Moisturizer in my bathroom.  I got it as freebie when I went in for a service, I came home, stuck it in a cabinet, and discovered it when I was doing some cleaning.  This product was the bomb!  Not only was it a moisturizer but this tinted product included sun screen and it worked for all skin types.  On really warm days, if I don’t feel like putting on a lot of makeup, I’d just apply the Sheer Defense Tinted Moisturizer and keep it moving.  I loved it and will definitely purchase when I use it up.  I think every woman should have a similar product in her cosmetic collection.

Makeup on Aisle 64 - D'or 24k Eye CreamD’Or 24K Luxury Skin Care Moisturizer

The last moisturizes I want to introduce are from the D’Or 24K Luxury Skin Care line.  This stuff is pricey.  One of the things I always think about is sustainability and unless I get this at a deeply discounted price (like 75% to 90% off) I can’t afford it.  But it’s nice.  Really nice.

Let’s start with the packaging.  The gold and white box is beautiful.  I’ve never purchased a product that the packaging delighted me so.  When I flipped the lid up, I had to remove the certificate of authenticity to reveal the gift inside.  The gold topped jar was absolutely gorgeous.  And, to reduce the chances of product contamination, a little plastic scoop was included.  I was totally impressed. Makeup on Aisle 64 - D'or 24k Eye Cream

What’d I get?  I bought the D’Or 24K Luxury Skincare Moisturizer for all skin types, the Night Cream, and the Eye Cream.  How do they work?   Beautifully!  I absolutely loved each of them.  I’ve been using these products since August and I’m about out of the day and night cream, but I’ve probably got another month to go for the eye cream.  Each of them has that thicker, creamier feel that I like in face products.  There’s no particular fragrance.  It just smells clean like, well, face cream.

Would l repurchase?  Absolutely, but only when Haute Look offers them again.  This product line starts around $200 and rangse to $1900.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford those prices.  So, when Haute Look has them on again, I’ll buy.  Until then, I’ll make do with less costly products.

Have you tried any new moisturizers lately?

What’s your go-to to protect your skin?  Tell me about it in the comments section.  If you enjoyed this post, I would really appreciate it if you would subscribe.  And please, Like me on Facebook.  Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and check me out on YouTube at Makeup on Aisle 64.

Daytime and Evening Look with Tartelette

Makeup On Aisle 64 On My Wish List Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette


My newest love!

Spring is finally here and I’m ready for a new look.  I’m ready for a look that’s a little lighter and brighter.  A look that says Spring is here.  I believe I achieved that look with my new Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette.

I had two events to go to — a daytime event and an evening affair.  The daytime event was a ladies’ luncheon. The evening event was a cotillion.  This was the perfect time for me to try my new Tartelette palette and see if it could take me from daytime to night time.

My look for the Ladies’s Luncheon

I wore a colorful Ralph Lauren dress to the luncheon.  Since I wanted to keep it light, I used the Day Time look as suggested on the insert.  I used Caregiver on the lid and up to the brow bone, Natural Beauty in the inner crease, and Best Friend in the outer crease.  I took a wet eye liner to apply Bombshell and ended up with a bright, cheerful look — perfect for a ladies’ luncheon.

My look for the Cotillion

For the Cotillion, I wanted to glam it up.  I deepened the eye shadow and rocked a smokey eye to go with my little black dress. For this look, I swept Free Spirit over the lid and up to the brow bone, used Force of Nature as a transition color, and Multi-tasker in the outer corner of the eye to create a smokey effect.  I used a black eyeliner to give the look a bit more drama.  All in all, I think I did pretty good.

I like this palette.  It is a bit powdery and I notice a bit of dust up when I’m using the lighter colors like the Free Spirit, Care Giver, and Super Mom. I don’t notice that I’m dropping shadow on my face during the application but I do see the “dust” in the palette.  The darker shades don’t seem to be quite as “dusty” or powdery.  This colors in the palette worked out well for me but I wonder how it would look on darker skin tones.

What about you?

Have you tried the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette? If so, what s your impression? If not, what new palettes have you tried lately? Tell me about it in the comment section.


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