Makeup Dupes Every Teen Needs!

Makeup Dupes Every Teen Needs!

Have you ever walked past a Sephora and looked inside knowing that you don’t have enough money to buy any of it? Well lucky for you, many drug stores have quality affordable makeup that most people don’t know about. If you are struggling to find balance between the things you choose to spend money on, this article is for you. From mascara to lipstick to everything between, we found some amazing dupes that we would like to share with you.


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We compared L’oreal Lash Paradise ($7.99) and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23). We found that they have very similar appearances like the metallic light pink packaging and the hourglass shape of the wand with full bristles. While Better Than Sex gives the lashes more length and volume, it has a dry formula that can cause clumps. Lash Paradise is able to build up to the length and volume of Better Than Sex after many coats and has a wetter formula that is easier to apply. In conclusion, we found the mascaras to be very comparable and to look the exact same after there were more coats on the Lash Paradise side. Although we prefer Better Than Sex because of the better quality, Lash Paradise is a very close dupe.

Face Powder:


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We compared Maybelline Master Fix Powder ($7.99) and Makeup Forever HD Powder ($35). A huge con of the HD powder is that it is three times as expensive and it is a very similar powder. These powders can be used all over the face, under the eyes, or any where you want because it is a translucent powder. They are both silicon based which gives them similar finishes. All translucent powders will give you a white cast when a flash picture is taken so both of these have that as well. After a day of wearing the powder, both powders look the exact same which makes this a great dupe. We completely recommend this powder.

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We compared the Real Techniques Sponge and the Beauty Blender. These are sponges that can be used to apply foundation or concealer in a smooth way using bouncing motions. The real techniques sponge is much cheaper at only $4.99 and the Beauty Blender is $20. Both of these sponges are the same size but not the same shape. The Real Techniques sponge has a flat side that we prefer for undereye concealer. Both apply equally as well, both very smooth. The thing that makes the Beauty Blender better in our opinion is that the Real Techniques sponge retains water and can absorb makeup which could cause you to waste makeup. The Real Techniques sponge is still a really great sponge and a great dupe for the price.



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We compared Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner ($7.99) and Kat Von D Tattoo liner ($20). In this comparison, the Master Precise was a wetter formula and easier to apply. The Kat Von D liner was sticky when dry and chunks would fall off. The Kat Von D liner was opaque and precise but harder to apply because of the dry formula. After the application process, they both stayed on the same throughout the day and held up well. We recommend this dupe because we preferred the Maybelline Master Precise, which is much cheaper.


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We compared Velvet Teddy Lipstick by Mac ( $17) and Wet and Wild Bare It All (7.99). The colors of these two are the exact same and both held up very well through the day. We found that Velvet Teddy dried down easier and stayed very matte. Bare it All was shinier and creamier with slightly more transfer. Overall, these lipsticks are very comparable and while we prefer the Mac lipstick because of the matte formula, the Wet and Wild dupe is very similar.


Our goal was to find the best of the best makeup dupes for affordable prices. We found a few face product we thought would be useful to someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, but wants to find some cheap makeup. These products will be good for anyone who feels like their money would be better spent on other things and not on makeup. Anyone can benefit from this because these products are comparable to the products that are expensive, so you can find good quality products for less money.

By: Devyn Yocom and Lily Conway

Are You Ready for the Best New Trends of 2018?

Fashion trends:

pasted image 0 (1)Paper bag pants

If you loved the jogger trend of 2015, 2018 has a new trendy favorite for you. Despite the 1990s grunge name, these high waisted pants are quite preppy and perfect for school, a nice dinner, or even a casual day with friends. The pants act as a statement piece, so a simple shirt with solid colors would pair perfectly!

sheer socksSheer socks

This hit social media hard in 2018. Sheer socks were seen on celebs such as Kendall Jenner and Ansel Elgort. This trend hasn’t quite hit the mainstream yet, but get ready ‘cause it will be here soon! While Kendall Jenner’s pair cost $17, Forever 21 sells them for only $4. Or if you feel like letting your creativity flow just grab some old tights, cut off the ends, and there you go!


Fringe is back! The 1920s are having their fair share of cameos at Paris Fashion Week. We are seeing fringe start to pop up again everywhere. On pants and dresses? Fringe. Runway brands like Christian Dior and Calvin Klein are utilizing fringe in their spring 2018 line. Fringe is great for a spring trend due to the moderate temperature.

Food trends:

pasted image 0 (2)The impossible burger

Heme (the greek word for blood) is a key part of the newest food trend. A meatless hamburger patty that actually bleeds like raw meat. This plant based patty looks, feels, and tastes like real meat. This trend is engineered not by a chef, but by a scientist. This controversial meat has not yet hit the market due to issues with the FDA.


Turmeric is added to drinks like milk and water, and has become super trending in 2018. Many people drink it for its medicinal agents. It has curcumin in it, which is a strong antioxidant and anti inflammatory. What people don’t know is that it only contains 3% of curcumin which has virtually no effect, but sometimes ignorance is bliss and it’s fun to go along with the trends.

pasted image 0 (3)Root to stem

Root to stem eating has become super popularized in 2018. This trend is super good for you and the environment. It’s about eating every part of your fruits and vegetables. From the roots to the skin, all of the vegetable is used so there’s no waste.

Netflix trends: 

black mirrorBlack Mirror

Although it did not come out in 2018, this show has become extremely popular since its fourth season came out. This show explores creepy futuristic possibilities. Many people suggest ignoring the first episode of season one due to disturbing content, but that’s ok because every episode is different. This show will make you stay up all night either watching it or thinking about it. Watch at your own risk.

pasted image 0 (4)Altered Carbon

This sci-fi murder mystery follows one man’s search for his killer in a future where every time you die you receive another body Netflix spent 5 million dollars on a Super Bowl ad to promote this big budget show and it already seems to be getting great reviews, so let’s hope it’s good.

pasted image 0 (5)Queer Eye

What do you get when you mix older, lonely, straight men with a group of five gay men (The Fab 5)? The newest Netflix reality show Queer Eye. This show fights for acceptance in a fun and mutually beneficial way. The Fab 5 help lonely, straight, older men find love by improving their looks and lifestyle. This funny and heart-warming show is a must watch.

By: Ginger Felberg