coastal scents hot pots

dupes/alternatives masterpost ✨

Hey loves, this masterpost was partially requested and I’m so excited.  I recommend to do your research before buying the dupe, some of the dupes are better than others. Some brands are repeated. Here is a dupe masterpost for MAC lipsticks. Here is a dupe masterpost for liquid lipsticks. Here is a spreadsheet of Coastal Scents eyeshadows to MAC eyeshadow dupes. Most of these dupes I found online so I do not take credit for any of those but some I researched myself. This is under read more because this list is very long. :) If you have any more dupes or questions, feel free to send them in.

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The Vamp: Smoky Eyes and Dark Lips (plus suggested drugstore alternatives to high-end products used!)

The Makeup Police like to say “Don’t Pair Strong Eyes with Strong Lips”. Well, it’s true that doing it wrong can make you look quite tacky or worse, tarty. But that’s not to say ALL strong-eye-strong-lip combos don’t work.

One trick for getting it to work is to stick with darker, more neutral tones. So instead of a bronze brown, use a dark sooty brown. Instead of scarlet lips, go with a dark plummy-red. Instead of bright blush, use bronzer/contour and just a touch of very soft pink to liven up the face. This creates an almost sepia, film noir effect. 

But just to keep you from looking overly goth (unless that’s your intention), avoid too much matte powder, and keep the skin texture radiant with a dusting of champagne colored highlighter around the outer edges of the face, including cheekbones and brow bones.


(Do note you should use whatever base, concealer, powder, brow and lash product you own and are comfortable with! I’m offering cheap alternatives only for color products.)

Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum 52

Concealer: The Body Shop Concealer Pencil 02

Powder: Clearlast Powder in Medicated Ochre

Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 Pencil in Grey

Guerlain Ombre Eclat 187 L’instant D’une Soupir (alternative: dark brown shade in Wet n Wild Knock On Wood Trio or Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Dark Chocolate)

Liner: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink 1 (alternative: Maybelline’s Gel Liner or Master Drama Pencil would work just fine, as will Milani Liquif’eye in Black)

Mascara: Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara (Maybelline Great Lash)

Contour: Chanel Bronzer Universal (try The Body Shop Matte Bronzer Compact in any shade that is appropriate for your skintone, or any existing contouring powder you like)

Champagne Highlighter (cheeks & center of lids): Addiction Cheek Powder in Brilliant Princess (alternative: my top pick would be Wet n Wild Rose Champagne Gold because it’s got a bit of flattering warmth to the golden-champagne tones but it’s only available in the US, so if you reside elsewhere, any shimmery golden-beige highlighter you have will do!)

Soft pink blush: MAC Well Dressed (alternative: NYX Angel blush)

Dark red lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Desiree (alternatives: I couldn’t find a 100% dupe, so here are a few depending on your preference. Revlon Super Lustrous Black Cherry is slightly deeper, Maybelline Color Sensational Red Revival is a more intense red, L’oreal Color Riche Intense Plum is probably the closest)

Note on contouring/highlight/blush: I like to apply contour first, then highlight, and go in with blush last, because that last step helps blend out and soften the highlighter so you don’t look TOO shiny.


I received so many compliments on the makeup I wore in my August favorites video, and I am so glad I filmed a get ready with me before I had filmed my August favorites!! This is a really laid back chill get ready with me video, so if you like this video style be sure to give this video a thumbs up!

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Exploding in color this morning

NYX Color Mascara is on my brows and let me tell you that this stuff is hard to get off! You have to use an oil based makeup remover or you’ll be stuck with it forever!

Products used:
NYX colored mascara in Perfect Pear
NYX jumbo pencil in Milk
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Neon Bright Pink, Vibrant Lime Green, Tangelo Tint, and Deep Grape
Blue eyeliner pencil from beauty supply
Take Me To Brazil Palette for lower lash line
Elf Lock & Seal
NYX Glitter Mania in Disco Ball


Coastal Scents Hot Pots came out to play yesterday!

I haven’t used these shadows in a really long time and figured I ought to pull them out again. I own a ton, but I used 4 today. In the photo clockwise from top left, pictured are Chamois Nude, Light Apricot, Magenta Pink, and Pink Frost.

I put Light Apricot on the inner corners and inner third of my lids, Pink Frost on the outer 2/3 of my lid, Magenta Pink (and Milk Chocolate from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette) in the crease, and Chamois Nude as a browbone highlight. Mascara is Too Faced Better Than Sex.

On my face I’m wearing Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer as a contour, Benefit Dandelion Blush, Benefit Fake Up Concealer, and Jane Iredale PurePressed Base powder.

Loved how this look turned out, I’ve been really into pinks lately :)