BeauTea in the Shade:Do you do DRUGS?


This past week while at the Galleria on a makeup shopping spree I started to get a headache. This headache was so massive it made me think about my bottle of empty Motrin IB pills in my medicine cabinet at home. So I decided on my way home I’d stop by Walgreens and grab a new bottle. I get out of my car and I proceed to walk into Walgreens and something happened when I walked in the door, something absolutely magical.

I walked into Walgreens and all of a sudden had this very nostalgic feeling as if I had walked into Sephora or into the Bobbi Brown cosmetics section at my local Macy’s. Walgreens has apparently undergone a Cher like facelift. The cosmetic section in Walgreens was serving Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, and Rihanna realness. I have to admit seeing all this gorgeous under cabinet lighting and stylish cosmetic staff gave me heart palpitations. I quickly rerouted my trip to the pain reliever section directly to the cosmetic section. I then begin to explore and I’m starting to see everything that involves skin. I start to get this feeling like I’m Anne Hathaway when Stanley Tucci walked her through Runway Magazine’s closet for the first time in The Devil Wears Prada.image

The first thing I check for in any type of makeup brand is diversity. I wanted to see if there was a foundation for my chocolate sistas. I think every makeup brand should be able to cover every end of the spectrum from powder white to deep chocolate. Out of the corner of my eye I see a consultant headed my way, I quickly turned to her. I then decide to curve her ass! There is no way you can help me with product knowledge when your foundation does not match and your eyebrows are far from fleeked. So after the curve i head over to the consultant by the name of Nyla. Nyla’s skin was right and her eyebrows were tight.

imageBehind Nyla was a new makeup product that I’ve never seen before, by the name of No7. I have to admit I was intrigued, simply because I’ve seen every other product at Walgreens before and I’ve never cared very much for them. Nila started talking to me about this productline giving me history, which is cool but I want to touch and feel. So I start to apply foundation to my hand, primers to my face, and test concealers for texture. I slowly start to realize that for this price point this is probably the best option out there.image

Less than $15.00 for foundation and less than $11.00 for a brow pencil, which is a complete dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills brow definer. No7’s brow pencil is $12 to $13 dollars cheaper than Anastasia. For me the find of the evening is No7 radiant glow concealer, which is a complete dupe for YvesSaintLaurent Touché Eclat. Touché Eclat retails for $42.00, radiant glow concealer retails for $13.99. I actually purchased a few products for my makeup tutorials, people should be shown options that they can afford. I can’t forget Walgreens does carry the Iman make up line, which in my opinion is phenomenal, but it is a little more pricey than most drug store makeup. It would only make sense that Walgreens would bring in Iman, after all they are stepping up their game. Oh and yeah they do free facials and makeovers……………..yes I said FREE! Ya’ll better get your asses to Walgreens. If you are in Houston area go see Nyla  at the Bissonnet and Weslayan location.

After all of the testing and feeling of the products I completely forgot about my new bottle of Motrin . I left with a few products and no headache, go figure. Who knew drugstore makeup products were the cure for a headache? I didn’t . But now when I am asked the question, ” do you do drugs?” My answer will be……………a little. Lol I just want to give a heads up to all the major high-end make up brands out there, you’ve got some competition and that competitions name is Walgreens. Walgreens has obviously put time and energy into it’s marketing strategy towards the every day consumer. To be honest I’m a little bit of a makeup snob, my kit is composed of brands like Makeup Forever, Bobbi Brown cosmetics, Mac, and and we can’t forget my holy grail Eve Pearl Foundation palette. While I May purchase a few drugstore products here and there 98.5% of my kit will always be professional brands of makeup. I can’t say the same for the cost conscious consumer because there are a lot of options when it comes to drugstore makeup  and everyone deserves a BEAT! Well until next time ladies and gents I’ll continue to sip my tea and throw my shade because I’m the artist that’s heaven made.



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