Ballin’ on a Budget: Drugstore Makeup Dupes

Ballin’ on a Budget: Drugstore Makeup Dupes

College is expensive. From tuition, to eating out, to other everyday expenses, most students don’t have the extra cash to spend on high-end makeup. But have no fear! You can find dupes for Sephora classics at your local drugstore that have the same luxurious quality for a fraction of the cost. I’m going to break down 5 of the most poppin’ drugstore dupes for Sephora products that won’t break your bank account and will keep you looking fabulous!

1. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30) vs Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($6.49)

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The NARS creamy concealer is a cult favorite widely accredited for its high coverage and hydrating formula. In comparison, the Maybelline concealer performs just as well as the NARS concealer and is also praised for its long-lasting formula and natural finish on the skin. Maybelline also recently extended their shade range, so everybody on a budget has access to this bomb formula. The best part about the Maybelline concealer is that it costs just about one-fifth of NARS one and works equally as well!

Application tips: Simply apply under the eyes to cover any dark circles or discoloration, as well as to any blemishes or problem spots on the face and blend out with a beauty sponge for flawless skin!

2. Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder ($39) vs Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder ($7.99)

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When comparing the two setting powders, the difference between each formula is unnoticeable. Both powders are extremely finely milled and do not appear cakey or heavy on the skin. Although the powders are supposed to appear translucent on the skin, the Maybelline powder has eight different shades to appeal to a wider range of skin tones, whereas the Laura Mercier powder only has two. The only true difference between these powders is the price; Laura Mercier’s powder is one of the more expensive ones on the market, and Maybelline’s is very affordable at under $10.

Application tips: Apply to the under eyes and T-zone with a damp beauty sponge to melt the powder into the skin for a flawless, airbrushed look!

3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighter in Champagne Pop ($38) vs Wet n’ Wild MegaGlo Highlighter in Precious Petals ($5.49)

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Glow, baby! Highlighter is my personal favorite step of my makeup routine and is an absolute essential in my day-to-day life. Becca’s Champagne Pop is a cult classic, and its blinding golden glow is raved about by beauty gurus all over the world. However, Wet n’ Wild’s Precious Petals color payoff is similar to Becca’s with its golden hue, but it is only slightly darker, allowing it to work better on a wider range of skin tones. Both highlighters are absolutely beautiful and blinding, but Wet n’ Wild’s glow packs the same punch for only $5!

Application tips: Use a small rounded brush or a fan brush and lightly sweep across the cheekbones, cupids bow, and a little bit on the center of the forehead to glow all day long!

4. Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette ($129) vs Colourpop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette ($16)

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Natasha Denona has one of the most raved about eyeshadow formulas at Sephora, and the Sunset palette is absolutely gorgeous; however, with a price point over $100, most people can’t afford to buy such a luxurious palette. But don’t fret! Colourpop’s eyeshadow formula is widely praised for being soft, blendable, and highly pigmented, and their prices make their products more accessible. Unlike the other products on this list, Colourpop is mainly an online retailer. However, you can also find their products in Ulta, and their formula triumphs over many drugstore brands with a similar price point. For an eighth of the cost of the Sunset palette, the Yes Please palette has the same color story and can also produce breathtakingly beautiful warm-toned looks.

Application tips: Use a fluffy blending brush to apply some of the matte colors in the crease and outer corner of the eyes and use a small flat brush to pack one of the radiant shimmers onto the eyelid for a simple yet elegant look.

5. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($25) vs L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara ($10.99)

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Mascara is a key step in my makeup routine, and finding the perfect mascara for my short, straight, eyelashes has been a long journey. My personal favorite high-end mascara is the Benefit Roller Lash, which does a fantastic job of curling and lengthening my lashes without looking clumpy. The L’Oréal Telescopic mascara has a formula similar to Roller Lash, and also does an amazing job at transforming lashes to give a natural yet doll-like. Both mascaras have rubber wands with short bristles, but the L’Oréal wand is thinner, allowing for a more precise application.

Application tips: Start at the base of the lashline, and wiggle the brush all the way up to the tips of the lashes in order to evenly spread the product for killer lashes!

Perfect the Pastel Hair

Perfect the Pastel Hair

A Personal Perspective on Pastel Hair

Along with the more futuristic and trendy theme of this issue, one major beauty trend that I follow is pastel hair. I dyed my hair pastel pink last summer, and it was one the best choices I have made due to the compliments I receive but also feeling like I’m out of fantasy movie.

From pink to blue to silver – these days, there are so any color options and products to choose from when dyeing your hair. Here I have a few recommendations that I love as well as some tips and tricks when dyeing your hair.

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Before I get to some awesome products to try out, I want to also give a few pieces of advice:

Tip One:

Lighten your hair. Although an annoying process  for your fabulous unicorn hair to show up, your hair needs to be a light blonde which can be natural or bleached. (If you don’t want to fully commit to full-on bleach, I suggest to get blonde highlights which I get to help my hair stay a little healthier but still get a similar affect.)

Tip Two:

It’s an investment. In terms of dyeing your hair and maintaining the color, it takes some amount of money; however, there still lots of versatile options that won’t cost hundreds of dollars.

Tip Three:

It’s not permanent. Probably one of the best things about colorful hair is that it so easy to change in terms of color and also effect. There are one-day lasting colors, colored shampoo and conditioners, semi-permanent dyes etc.

Now for the fun part…

1. Overtone

One of my favorite products is the Overtone Coloring Conditioner Mask that you leave it in for 20 minutes. Coming in so many colors for both light and dark hair, it is a great product to help maintain your color also to try out a color since it only lasts about a week. Loreal also has a shampoo and conditioner as well.

2. Loreal Colorista Range

Another option at your local drugstore is Loreal’s Colorista line. They do not have as many color options but offer great options to try out new colors that are easy to apply.

3. Kristen Ess Temporary Tint

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Shower color tint is perfect to top up your color or add a tint of a fun for a few days. It is easy to apply and to remove (plus it smells like tutti fruit bubblegum). This spray is only offered in rose gold and lavender at the moment but they are expanding the range soon.

4. Bleach London Products

A little more expensive of an option but these hair products from Bleach studio based out of London have a great range of shampoos, conditioners, toners, and bleach kits in every color under the sun.

The State of Wearable Technology

The State of Wearable Technology

The Wearable Tech Consumers Can Find Useful in Daily Life

The hybridization of clothing and electronics first appeared on the radar of average consumers in the early 2010s with the showcasing of Google Glass. While this product ended a forgotten commercial failure, Glass has found use in manufacturing and industry. The augmentation of reality, through smart applications and quick access to the Internet, however, has become mainstream through apps available on consumer smartphones. As manufacturing processes become more streamlined and cost efficient, a decreased cost of production will plausibly lead to realistic prices for consumers to add smart glasses to their collection of connected devices.


One common addition the average person’s growing selection of technology is the smartwatch, as the market offers a wide selection at all price points and levels of connectivity. The Apple Watch is one popular choice, due to its integration with the Apple smart ecosystem, and allows the user to access apps and send texts and phone calls from their wrist. Android users might find a similar smartwatch available from their platform manufacturer of choice. Other options include specialized fitness trackers to record miles walked and activity. While many fitness trackers and by extension smartwatches are purely utilitarian and for use at the gym or on runs, stylish options exist; many companies have invested in creating “hybrid” smartwatches, which at first glance appear to be normal mechanical timepieces. Oftentimes, a closer inspection reveals that many fitness trackers include a small screen for notification access or a heart rate tracker. The continued market interest in wrist-mounted smart devices has even led to high-end fashion companies such as Hermès cashing in by providing bands for Apple Watches. Louis Vuitton produces their own highly customizable smartwatch and even true Swiss watchmakers such as Tag Heuer (owned by Louis Vuitton) have unveiled smartwatches available to the public.

As mobile technology continues to improve in power and form, companies are beginning to integrate smart technology in more unconventional ways to create smart clothing. Recently, Google and Levi’s revealed their second iteration of Jacquard: a collaboration to create a connected smart jacket. This new innovation combines the classic looks of Levi’s denim trucker jackets with the power of Google’s Assistant and interaction with the user’s smartphone from the cuff of a sleeve. Jacquard also released a project with Saint Laurent, a smart backpack with an integrated touchpad in a shoulder strap, along with a vibration motor and notification light.

It’s clear that smart accessories have already made an impact on the consumer, and that high-end fashion will continue to pave the way with smart clothing. Google innovates with Glass and Jacquard, having created smart fibers that can be woven into fabrics. New smart clothing technologies are constantly created both by small tech startups and established giants. As America moves toward more technological connectivity with smart homes and AI integration, clothing is bound to be drawn into the mix. In the meantime, accessorizing seems to be the way to go until smart clothing options further develop.

Mental Health: Simple Ways to Stay Healthy as a Blue Hen ​

Mental Health: Simple Ways to Stay Healthy as a Blue Hen

They tell us that college is the best four years of our lives. New friends, clubs, activities, and learning more about yourself every day.  This is exciting, but sometimes all of these things in our already-busy schedule can become a bit overwhelming.  As someone with a mental illness, I understand that it can be a challenge to juggle all of what our amazing school has to offer at once.  My freshman year here at UD was definitely a challenge.  I have struggled with anxiety for my whole life, and when it came to the large amounts of exams, assignments, and extra-curricular activities, anxiety always found a way to get the best of me.  But, as blue hens, we cannot let mental illnesses win the fight to success.  I can confidently say that I have conquered my anxiety here at UD, and I would like to share my methods to having a stress-free school year.

1. Eating Right

One of the most important components of a stress-free lifestyle is eating right.  This semester I have discovered that breakfast is, in fact, the most important meal of the day.  Getting a healthy meal in your system, whether it is a bowl of cereal, a plate of eggs, or even a cup of yogurt, they all have one of the greatest effects on your mood throughout the day. However, eating a balanced meal cannot only take place in the morning – should stay consistent throughout the day.  Growing up, our parents constantly reminded us to eat three meals a day, and I cannot stress how important that is.  What we are eating throughout the day is what gives us the energy we need to keep going when we have those two exams the next day or those three papers to write by the end of the week.  Eating three balanced meals a day also reduces stress, mood swings, and anxiety, which are some of the things that can be a harmful distraction when it comes to balancing schoolwork. 

2. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep

You have a huge exam tomorrow morning, and you’ve only studied for a couple hours yesterday plus a few hours today.  You feel like you aren’t prepared, so the best thing to do is stay up all night studying.  WRONG!  Sleep is one of the most important parts of how we function throughout the day, including how we perform on exams.  Getting around seven to nine hours of sleep every night is crucial, especially for college students.  We have a lot of tasks to accomplish every day, some days more than others.  So, when I know that I have to get a lot of things done tomorrow, I would make sure to get a good amount of sleep tonight.  Along with eating right, sleeping well can also reduce the amount of stress, anxiety, and mood swings we have throughout the day.  Reducing these feelings can help us stay more on top of school work and push us to be more motivated to get involved on campus.

3. Plan Out Your Week

Keeping a visible set schedule is so important when we have those busy college weeks.  I don’t think I could live without my planner.  Every Sunday night, I get out my planner, a pen, and a few highlighters and make a set schedule for the week.  I highlight my exams and due dates in different colors to keep everything organized.  Keeping your brain organized is essential for mentally health and can reduce that overwhelming feeling that we get when large amounts of work and activities build up in our schedule.  This also helps to get yourself motivated and excited to get everything done during the week!  Also, I have found that crossing out things that you have finished is a great thing to do to clear your head.  Getting things done is definitely self-rewarding and, ultimately, boosts a student’s confidence. 

4. Tell Yourself That You Can!

This semester, I’m taking a psychology course, and one of the lessons that I learned was about positive thinking and it’s outcome on how we perform on exams.  I have not always been the best at taking exams, so whenever I sat down in class to take an exam, the only thoughts that were circulating through my mind was how terrible I was going to do on the exam.  I now know that these anxious and negative thoughts that I would experience before my exams caused me to forget some of the information that I studied.  Preparing for and taking exams is definitely stressful and overwhelming, but having a positive mindset can easily affect the way we perform on our exams.  Just simply tell yourself that you know more than you think, and you can do it!  Whatever the outcome will be, will be, and there is nothing that you can change after the exam is over.  Think positive, and perform positive!

5. Finally, Give Yourself a Break

Sometimes, we all need a break.  No matter how many things you have to get done, you should always give yourself a break.  During your relaxation time away from studying, do something that you love!  Invest your time in something that makes you happy.  My favorite thing to do when I’m on a study break is to watch an episode of my favorite television show, but some other things that I invest in that I recommend is painting, going to the gym, cooking, cleaning, or writing in a journal.  I always go to the gym before I study or do homework. It is one of the best ways of relieving stress and boosts memory retention as well as the cognitive functions in the brain, and keeping a journal also has a lot of positive outcomes when it comes to relieving stress.  An important activity that I learned is called flow journaling, and the point of it is to just let your mind wander.  During this activity, you start to let anything that is on your mind flow onto the paper, and the only rule is that you cannot erase anything because the point it to just let your mind run.  After you write one page, you will feel a sense of clearness in your mind, which will result in more efficient studying.  Taking breaks like this while studying can help remind us that everything is going to be okay!

A Glitch in the System

A Glitch in the System

Rewinding to the past and Time Traveling into the Future – Revamping Old School Glam

Most of us presumably scoff when our parents and grandparents reminisce about the quote-on-quote “glory days”; we cannot seem to fathom a life behind today’s digital age. The absence of scrolling for hours on Instagram, snap chatting every second and every moment of our lives and sitting in bed shopping on Amazon Prime – without a doubt, technology allows us to seamlessly execute tasks with speed and precision and, more importantly, little time. In return, today’s fashion blatantly reflects the rapid pace we push ourselves to and applaud, part due to the easy use of electronic devices and part due to the trickle-down effects on our fashion. Effectively, techno RTW pieces suffice for weaving in smartphones into work clothes and sportswear (evident with neon metallics and neo pre-2010 athletic wear).

Pre-influencers and coining the terms “e-girl”, “feminist” (or even “meninist”), and “Fitbit” – we can wax poetic about the saturation of western influence in fashion, but we are getting ahead of ourselves. Though UDRESS’ 2019 fall theme “A Glitch in the System” encompasses our current tech-obsessed lives plus possibilities for defining what lies ahead, we should ask ourselves who and when did people start breaking barriers for style and self-expression – certainly neither during the stiff Victorian decade with the predominance and prizing of the Gibson Girl. Of course, we can (and should) address the flappers of the 1920s. Nevertheless, this culture shock in fashion and feminist culture only stepped back into retrograde come the depression and patriotist-focused period of WWII clothing. Fast forward about 20 years, we start exploring artistic roots and music composition of the 1970s, when we can explore what started with an “Oddity” (hint hint) in the men’s fashion scene.

Our knack for nostalgic and unapologetic quirky aesthetics trace back to the birth, perhaps, our embracement of androgynous fashion with David Bowie. Fluid and flamboyant, Bowie flaunted sleek suits in addition to soft silhouettes that hinted at Asian inspiration. Collaborating with Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto, Bowie and his geometric ensembles plus his “White Duke” suit commenced revolutionary changes for men’s fashion, which had been subtle and far from revolutionary pre “Ziggy Stardust”. Today we look to the unapologetic aesthetic of those of Billie Eilish and the kooks and rebellious quirks of Lil Xan. We strive to put on a show with our Euphoric makeup and neon PANTONE color palettes; in short, we currently crave bigger and better and seek more and more due to radical influencers who shaped our perspectives on fashion and personal expression for the better. 

However, the shift to RTW throughout the 20th and 21st-century left a detrimental carbon footprint on what remains of our finite resources. Thus, “A Glitch in the Surface” also attacks the fashion industry’s sustainability problems and lack of regulations for ethical production and consumption. The fall 2019 semester theme touches on surging the influence of technology on style and toying with speeding the pace of introducing inclusive trends. However, the underlying irony is that UDRESS wants to spread awareness about slowing practices in the fashion industry as well, for self-expression and creative indulgence should come not at the cost of exploitation of neither resources nor people.