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    How to Move From Blogger to WordPress

    I did it, you guys! I finally bit the bullet and switched this entire blog to a self-hosted WordPress website. It was something that I’ve wanted to do to for a long time but never had the spare $100 to hire a professional to do the switch for me. And then I got to thinking (thanks to I Can Build a Blog and WPBeginner)… Hey! I could actually do this myself. I devoted an entire week, armed with Strawberry tea and my Spotify acoustic playlist, and so my journey began. That week was a mix of a lot of things (including a ton of “WHY DID I DO THIS”s).. but boy, was it a productive seven days!

    So today I’ve put a week’s worth of research and my personal experience into this blog post to help you make the switch from Blogger to WordPress, in a snap of your fingers! Okay maybe not, but give yourself a couple of hours and save that $100 for a Sephora makeup run. 😀

    How to Move from Blogger to WordPress + Feminine Themes

    Styled Photo Credit: Ashley Creates Things

    1. Hosting

    Since you’ll be switching to a self-hosted WordPress site, you will first need to set up web hosting. There are a ton of different services available, but I personally prefer Bluehost. I chose Bluehost because they’re one of the most established, reliable and also, they’re very affordable. You can get their web hosting for as low as $3.45/month (paid annually) with my affiliate link. If you sign up through my affiliate link, you get to save some $$$ too! *I do earn a small commission if you sign up through my link.

    Bluehost 2

    After clicking Get Started, you will be brought to a page to select your plan. I think the basic plan should be sufficient, but I stuck to the most popular plan and chose the Plus Plan. Then you will be prompted to enter your domain name. If you’ve previously bought a domain (yourblognamehere.com) for your Blogger blog, you could use that. If you haven’t got one, you can get a completely free domain with Bluehost. Just enter what you want your domain name to be, and they’ll check if it’s available. If not, just enter a new one!

    After entering all your details, that’s literally it for hosting! You will receive an email with all your details. Now all that’s left to do is actually install and set up your new fancy WordPress site. 🙂

     

    2. Install and Set Up WordPress

    Sign in to your Bluehost account, and you will be brought to your “dashboard”. Then, scroll down and click on “Install WordPress” under the “Website” tab. Then, just click “Install”!

    Install

    Then, pick your domain that you want to Install WordPress on from the drop-down menu. Leave the “directory” box empty, unless you want your blog to only be available at http://www.yourdomain.com/blog (in which case you enter “blog” in the directory box). When you’re done, click “Check Domain” to proceed.

    Install2

    Last step is to check the “Show Advanced Options” box and enter your site name. Here, you will also need to enter your preferred username and password that will be used to log in to your WordPress dashboard (where you will write new posts, etc). Make sure to check the terms & conditions box after reading it (but who actually does right? lol) and click Install Now!

    Install3

    If you set up your Bluehost with the same custom domain that you were using for your Blogger account, there is a couple more steps to follow. Since we want our Blogger blog to stay up so it’s accessible to the public until we’re done setting up our WordPress blog, we would need to set up a Temporary URL. If you created a NEW domain with Bluehost (in the first part of Step 1), then you can just skip right to Step 4.

    3. Temporary URL

    The WordPress dashboard is accessible through http://yourdomainname.com/wp-admin but if you’re using the same domain you’re using on Blogger, it would still be under Blogger, so entering that URL would give you a 404 Not Found page. So how do we configure our WordPress if we can’t log in? Simple. We create a Temporary URL!

    To set up a temporary URL, go back to your Bluehost Control Panel (cPanel on the top bar). Scroll down and on the left sidebar, find your “Shared IP” which looks something like 60.140.262.111 (yours should have different numbers than mine). A few lines above your Shared IP, you should see your username. This would have been emailed to you and is what you use to log in to your Bluehost account. Note both the Shared IP and Username down for the next step.

    Temporary URL 1

    Still at your Bluehost Control Panel (cPanel), look for File Manager, which is under the Files section. Here, double-click on “public_html” and then scroll down a rightclick on “wp-config.php” and select “Edit”. After clicking on that, a pop-up box will appear, just press the “Edit” button at the bottom of the pop-up.

    Temporary URL 2 Temporary URL 3

    Copy and paste the following code right after the <?php

    :define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://60.140.262.111/~yourusernamehere’); define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://60.140.262.111/~yourusernamehere’);

    Switch the 60.140.262.111 to your own Shared IP.

    Click save.

    You can now log in to your WordPress dashboard with your Temporary URL:

    http://60.140.262.111/~yourusernamehere/wp-admin

    Then, just log in! Make sure you use your WordPress log in details (the one we have just set up in Step 2 WordPress Installation). Because you’re using a temporary URL, you can make changes, import your Blogger content to your WordPress, and do whatever you like with your site before launching it.

    The most complicated part of Switching from Blogger to WordPress is over! Now we leave it to the plethora of WordPress plugins available to do all the complicating things for us, hooray!

    4. Change Permalink Structure

    WordPress Permalinks are different to Blogger ones. We have to configure it so it matches our old Blogger ones.

    1. Hover over “Settings” on the sidebar, and click “Permalinks”.
    2. Under Common Settings, check the box for “Custom Structure”.
    3. Enter /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html in the box.
    4. Click save.

    5. Importing Your Blogger Posts

    1. In your WordPress dashboard sidebar, hover over “Plugins” and click “Add New”.
    2. Search for “Blogger Importer Extended” and Click Install.
    3. When it’s done installing, click on “Activate”.
    4. On the sidebar, hover over Plugins again, and click “Blogger Importer Extended”.
    5. Click start, and authorise access to your Blogger account.
    6. Follow the instructions, and wait for your blog to be fully imported.

    6. Importing Your Blog Post Images

    Now this was where I threw a tantrum and went to bed. Just kidding. My blog posts were imported, but only a few of my posts have their images imported. At this point, I had over 300 posts and I thought I had to insert the images back one post at a time. I couldn’t find information on this ANYWHERE because this doesn’t usually happen. I guess because everything was working out perfect at this point, so life had to throw me sour freaking lemons.

    If this didn’t happen to you, and all your images are showing up perfectly fine on your posts, skip right on to the next step!

    BUT if it did happen to you, I got you covered! After hours of researching, I finally came across something that worked. If Blogger Importer Extended imported your blog posts, but not all your images show up on your posts, follow these steps!

    1. Hover over “Plugins” and click “Add New” in the sidebar.
    2. Search for “Cache Images” and Install it.
    3. When it’s done installing, click on Activate.
    4. Hover over “Tools” in the sidebar and click on “Cache Remote Images”.
    5. Click “Scan” (NOT Scan – including linked).
    6. After that, follow the instructions, and let it work it’s magic!
    7. When it’s done (might take a while if you have thousands of images), your images should show up on your posts.

    7. Fixing Permalinks

    I know that we bloggers mess with our Permalinks in Blogger sometimes, to have better SEO, so our titles and permalinks aren’t always the same. Oh by the way, I found out my SEO sucked while I was on Blogger even though I’ve tried all the SEO tips out there. Eventhough I’ve barely been on WordPress for a month, and my traffic has sky-rocketed! But that’s for another post, if you’re interested! 🙂

    Okay, back to the topic at hand. Following these steps will make sure all your imported posts have the same permalinks (URL) as it was on your Blogger:

    1. Download this Maintain Blogger Permalinks plugin.
    2. Hover over “Plugins” and click “Add New”.
    3. At the top of the page, click Upload Plugin.
    4. Upload the .zip file that you’ve just downloaded and click Install, then Activate.
    5. Hover over “Tools” and click “Maintain Blogger Permalinks”.
    6. Follow the instructions.
    7. When you’re done, you can deactivate and delete the plugin if you like.

    8. Redirect Your Pages

    In Blogger, your pages (About Me, Contact, etc) have the URL of something along the lines of /p/pagename.html.  The structure of the URL for pages differs in WordPress, so you’ll have to set up redirects. If someone goes to /p/pagename.html, they will be redirected to your new WordPress page equivalent. To do this:

    1. Hover over “Plugins” in the sidebar and click “Add New”.
    2. Search for “Eggplant 301 Redirects“, Install and Activate.
    3. Hover over “Settings” in the sidebar and click “EPS Redirects”.
    4. Type in your Blogger page URL (p/pagename.html) in the “Redirect From” section.
    5. Choose “Page” in the Redirect To section and pick the equivalent WordPress page that has been imported.

    Page Redirect

    9. Removing Mobile Extension

    In Blogger, the extension ?m=1 will be added to the back of your URL if you visit your page with a mobile device. This, in WordPress, will result in an error. To remove this, you can to very carefully follow the following steps. We will be editing your .htaccess file which, if edited wrongly, can cause your whole site to not be accessible. So make sure you ONLY tweak it following these steps:

    1. Go to your Bluehost Control Panel (cPanel) and click on “File Manager” under Files.
    2. Double-click “public_html” and right-click on the “.htaccess” file and click edit.
    3. Right above the line ” # BEGIN WORDPRESS“, copy and paste the following code:

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^m=1$
    RewriteRule (.*) $1? [R=permanent]

    And save the file.

    Mobile Extension

    10. Customise Your WordPress with Themes

    You can now customise your new WordPress site however your heart desires. If you don’t want to customise it, and you just want to launch your site, skip this step and move on to the last step! If you do, there are a few gorgeous minimalistic, feminine themes that I found. Best part? Some of them are free!

    Ahhhhh, themes! This is probably the most fun part of setting up your site – making it all pretty! You can find a ton of free themes in your WordPress dashboard. Just hover over “Appearance” in the sidebar and click on “Themes”. Then at the top, click on “WordPress.org themes”. I’ve also added a couple of gorgeous Feminine WordPress themes at the end of this post, if you’re interested! 🙂

    11. Launching Your Site

    11.1 Removing Temporary URL

    When you’re done setting up and making your new WordPress site look all pretty, it’s time to launch your site! If you used a Temporary URL, you’ll have to remove the code we added in Step 3. If you didn’t use a Temporary URL, skip to Step 11.2!

    1. Go to your Bluehost Control Panel (cPanel), Click on File Manager.
    2. Then, double-click “public_html” and right-click “wp-config.php” and click edit.
    3. Remove the code we added in Step 2:

    :define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://60.140.262.111/~yourusernamehere’); define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://60.140.262.111/~yourusernamehere’);

    Save the file.

    11.2 Changing DNS/Name Servers

    If you signed up for a NEW domain with Bluehost, skip to Step 11.3! If you’re using the same custom domain that you did in Blogger, you’ll have to change the name servers to detach the blog from Blogger. To do this, you have to log in to where you bought your domain while on Blogger (GoDaddy, Google Domains, eNom etc) and go to Settings and change the DNS. If you bought your domain off of Blogger Settings, it will either be hosted on Google Domains or eNom.

    Enter the new nameservers. If you use Bluehost, enter:

    NS1.BLUEHOST.COM
    NS2.BLUEHOST.COM

    If you used the same custom domain, you’re done!

    If you signed up for a new domain with Bluehost, you need to do Step 11.3.

    11.3 Redirect Blogger Blog to New Domain

    This last step will redirect anyone that goes on your Blogger blog (yourblogname.blogspot.com) to your new WordPress website (yourdomainname.com).

    1. Hover over “Plugins” in the sidebar and click “Add New”.
    2. Search for “301 Blogger Redirect“, Install and Activate the Plugin.
    3. Hover over “Settings” in the sidebar and click “Blogger 301 Redirect“.
    4. Follow the steps, and your blog should now redirect to your new WordPress website!

    And you’re done! You’ve successfully switched your Blogger blog over to a self-hosted WordPress site. Trust me, you won’t regret it! 🙂 WordPress takes a little getting used to after using Blogger for such a long time, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll do so much good!

    Before we end the post, as promised, here are a couple of Feminine Themes for you!

    My recommendation (and the one I use!): MaiLoveParis’ WordPress themes

    Feminine Theme 1

    Mai’s WordPress themes are so beautiful, minimalistic and feminine. All her themes are fully responsive with sliders. I still die of happiness a little bit each time I look at my blog, all thanks to her theme. The one I have is called Primrose, but she has a ton of different themes available. Not only that, her themes are super affordable!

    FREE Feminine WordPress Themes:

    Feminine Theme 2

    Mary Kate from Angie Makes

    Feminine Theme 3

    Elegant Pink from Rara Theme

    Feminine Theme 4

    Olsen Light from CSSIgniter

    Feminine Theme 5

    Pure from GT3Themes

    I hope this post was easy to follow and helpful for you! It may seem like an overwhelming process, but trust me, it’s not! Keep your $100 for the next big makeup launch, or gas, or whatever you like 😀

    Would you guys like more posts on Blogging like this? I’m definitely not a “pro” but I’d love to help out any way I can! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! 🙂

    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

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    Gobdi Goun 24k Golden Placenta Power Cream

    Today I have one of Korea’s best-selling anti-aging creams to review, but is it all it’s cracked up to be? This is the Gobdi Goun 24K Golden Placenta Power Cream. This cream contains many amazing ingredients including, but not limited to: 600mg Australian Sheep Placenta, 99.9% 24K Gold, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, and more.

    Gobdi Goun 24k Golden Placenta Power Cream

    Ingredients

    600mg Australian Sheep Placenta

    The star ingredient of this face cream is the Australian Sheep Placenta that is purebred in a pollution-free environment. Sheep placenta has amazing effects on the skin and body while consumed as a supplement. It’s not different being used as a face cream. Sheep placenta has the ability to moisturise, promote collagen growth, enhance skin elasticity and firmness, and also prevents wrinkles and fine lines.

    99.9% 24K Gold

    Used in skincare, gold is known to help drain the skin of toxins and brightens up the complexion. Not only that, it also helps to cleanse and stimulate skin whitening – resulting in translucent, bright skin.

    47% Centella Asiatica Extract and Fermented Yeast

    Both these ingredients work together to regenerate and repair damaged cells, moisturises skin and repels fine lines and wrinkles. This will result in smooth, bright skin.

    Aloe Vera, Sunflower Seed Oil, Shea Butter, and Hyaluronic Acid

    All of these products are well known for their moisturising properties. The Sunflower Seed Oil and Shea Butter is good for intense hydration of the skin, whereas the aloe vera and hyaluronic acid works to seal in the skin moisture. Not only that, hyaluronic acid is also good for balancing the oil secretion on the skin.

    Gobdi Goun 24k Golden Placenta Power Cream

    Packaging

    Can we just stop and admire the packaging for a bit? This is literally one of the fanciest packaging on a skincare product I’ve seen. The outer packaging entirely gold in colour, and has gorgeous detailing on the bottom. When I first got this, it took me a while to get this open. It’s actually a screw cap in which you unscrew to show the actual frosted glass container the product is housed in (which definitely isn’t as pretty, but oh well).

    Gobdi Goun 24k Golden Placenta Power Cream

    Consistency

    The consistency of the product itself is a very light, gel-like texture. It spreads very easily and evenly across the skin. You can see the little gold flakes in the product, and let me tell you, there’s A LOT of it. The product sinks into the skin in a short amount of time. Not only that, it feels very cooling and refreshing on the skin. Also, it feels super luxurious when being applied to the face. I mean, I’m literally smothering gold on my face. Haha. The actual gold flakes does melt into nothing, so don’t worry about looking like a glitter bug. However, it does leave your face with a really beautiful glow.

    Results

    I don’t know if it has improved the elasticity of my skin because I’ve never had any major problems with skin elasticity. The thing I really, really liked about this product is how it made my skin look overall. It does a wonderful job at moisturising, and combined with the glowiness that the gold leaves, makes my skin look very healthy and radiant. This is something I love applying in the morning because I always look super sleepy. This is a great little “boost” to make my skin appear radiant like I’ve gotten 312342 hours of sleep from like a sleep curse or something (too much Once Upon a Time for me).

    This product is great if you have problems with uneven skintone, and dull skin. This is especially good if you have those problems coupled with oily/combo skin because of how lightweight yet moisturising the cream is. If you have dry skin, you might need to double it with another moisturiser or sleeping mask of some sort to really moisturise your skin.

    Gobdi Goun:

    http://gobdigoun.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/gobdigoun.tw

    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *PR Sample. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.
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    Hansaeng Cosmetics Rin Bi-Gyeol Yun Cream

    Hi there! Today’s review is also from my BNTgirls box for August, and it is the Hansaeng Cosmetics Rin Bi-Gyeol Yun Cream. I’ve done a review of the Hansaeng Cosmetics Rin Bi-Gyeol Soo Cream, Rin Bi-Gyeol Soo Essence, and Rin Bi-Gyeol Yun Emulsion before.

    Hansaeng Cosmetics Rin Bi-Gyeol Yun Cream

    If you’ve read my previous posts on any of these Hansaeng Cosmetics products, you would have read about their amazing ingredients. Their Rin Bi-Gyeol skincare range is made of a fermented ginseng and the dan-hwa-yon. The dan-hwa-yon is a bundle of 10 different oriental medicine extracts that include: liquorice, black sesame, alba bark extract and more.

    Packaging

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.. Their packaging is one of the prettiest packaging I’ve seen in skincare. The gold accent in the packaging makes it look and feel luxurious. Not only that, because I have a ton of products in my stash, the bright orange colour stands out well and I know exactly what it is without having to pull it out first.

    Hansaeng Cosmetics Rin Bi-Gyeol Yun Cream Hansaeng Cosmetics Rin Bi-Gyeol Yun Cream

    Consistency

    I said in my last post about the Rin Bi-Gyeol Soo Cream, that eventhough it’s a cream, it has a very lightweight texture. However, for this one, it definitely has more of a “cream” consistency. It still goes on pretty lightweight and spreads out thin and easily. It does, however, leave the skin feeling a little bit greasy, so I’m not a huge fan of that. I use this often at night and I wake up to soft, smooth skin.

    Results

    It moisturises my face really well, but I haven’t noticed anything in regards to making my skin more elastic, or anything like that. It helps smooth out my face and preps it really well, and makeup goes on smoothly in the morning.

    All in all, I liked this product, but I can’t say that I loved it. I definitely prefer the Rin Bi-Gyeol Soo cream over this one. This gives me the same results that the Soo cream gives, but this one is definitely heavier and leaves more of a greasy residue on the face. Since I have oily skin, I prefer the Soo cream that soaks right into the skin. However, if you have dry skin, this one might be better for you!

    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *PR Sample. BNTGirls is a blogger group, and we get sent a box of Korean beauty goodies each month to try and review. All opinions are 100% honest an my own. You can read my full disclosure here,
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    Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream

    Okay.. I don’t know if I’ve just been living under a rock or what-not, but I’ve never heard of a cleansing cream. A cream cleanser, sure, but nothing like this Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream. I received the Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream in my BNTgirls August box (check out what I got in the past too!). It’s one of those makeup-removing types of cleansers, like what a cleansing oil, balm or water would do. I mean.. cream and waterproof makeup, would it work? Needless to say, I was very intrigued.

    Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream

    The Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream is from the brand Lamy Cosmetics, which is a Korean brand. This Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a cleansing cream, with vegetable extracts in it.

    Consistency and Scent

    The consistency is a thick-ish cream, almost like a body lotion, with little red and green granules in it. Once you rub in the product, the granules dissolve and turns the cream milky. This also has an amazing fresh cucumber scent to it, and it’s really refreshing at the end of the day.

    Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream

    Results

    When I first used this, I was a little sceptical about how a cream could remove makeup. It felt very gentle on the face. But, as you can see in the pictures above, the Lafine Vegetable Deep Cleansing Cream does a great job! It definitely doesn’t take off ALL traces of makeup, but about 85% of it. It’s a must to double-cleanse your skin, so the second cleanser will take off all the remaining makeup. This cleansing cream definitely removes some makeup better than others. For example, the eyeliner and lipsticks at the bottom were much harder to remove than the eyeshadows. It can definitely remove waterproof makeup too! However, the product needs to be worked in a little bit more and takes a much longer time. Not only did it remove my makeup, it left my face feeling soft, smooth and moisturised.

    All in all, I love this product! It’s gentle, yet removes most of my makeup. It smells amazing, and makes my face feel really smooth and nice. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a good gentle makeup remover!

    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

    *PR sample. BNTGirls is a beauty blogger group, and we are sent a box of Korean beauty goodies to try out and review monthly. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.
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    Half Drugstore Half High End

    You would have probably seen the Half Drugstore Half High End comparison if you’re a huge fan of beauty videos on Youtube. The Half Drugstore Half High End comparison is exactly as it sounds – you do one side of your face with all drugstore products and one side with all high end, then you compare both sides. I think it’s a great way to find drugstore gems that are just as good, if not better, as high end products. I will be including little reviews on each product, and which version (drugstore or high-end) is better!

    Today I have chosen products that look like they might be similar in terms of colour and finish. I tried my best to find the closest match, but my makeup collection isn’t that extensive. So, lets find out if high-end products are worth the splurge, or if their drugstore counterparts can give you that and more. Take a guess at which side is drugstore, and which is high-end! 🙂

    1Half Drugstore Half High End Face

    Primer

    *WINNER! Drugstore: Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser* ($5.99)

    High-end: Benefit Porefessional ($31)

    This winner is chosen based on my personal preference even though they’re both amazing primers. The formula of the Maybelline Baby Skin is a little bit oilier than the Benefit, but overall makes my foundation stay on for much longer throughout the day. However, the Benefit Porefessional is better at smoothing out pores. It’s not so good at keeping the foundation on the skin though. So I think it all depends on what you’re looking for in the primer – if you’re looking for one to smooth out your pores, go for the Benefit! If you’re looking for a great overall one that helps to keep your makeup on for the entire day, go for the Maybelline.

    Foundation

    *WINNER! Drugstore: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Classic Beige* ($12)

    High-end: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow in Honey ($36)

    I feel that the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is the clear winner for this category. It’s like a party girl’s #bff. I’m no party girl, in fact, I’m quite the opposite. I go to bed early but I get up really early so I always look super sleepy in the morning. This foundation has microglitters which worried me the first time I put it on. However, it turns out that it doesn’t show up that much. This foundation brightens the complexion and gives the skin a gorgeous glow! Eventhough the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow feels lighter on the skin, it cakes up easier and tends to cling on to any texture on the skin. With the Rimmel one, it smooths out the face and looks like skin. It also gives a beautiful healthy glow!

    Concealer

    *TIE! Drugstore: The Saem Tip Concealer ($3.80)

    High-end: Laneige Cushion Concealer* ($20)

    Both of these products are amazing for different reasons. Both these concealers are thick and creamy but doesn’t feel heavy on. For the undereye area, the high-end Laneige Cushion Concealer definitely triumphs over the drugstore. This is because it’s better at brightening overall. However, for blemishes and covering up highlighting the face, the drugstore The Saem Tip Concealer is the clear winner. It’s like an eraser for your blemishes (until you decide to take it off, of course! haha) and smooths out the skin. The The Saem one also feels much lighter on the skin.

    Half Drugstore Half High End Face

    Blush

    Drugstore: Catrice Powder Blush in Madame de Pinkadour (Price N/A)

    *WINNER! High-end: NARS x Christopher Kane Blush in Starscape* ($30)

    The NARS x Christopher Kane Blush in Starscape is still one of my favourite blushes right now. It’s bright, yet wearable, and gives a beautiful glow to the cheeks. The colour of the Catrice Powder Blush in Madame de Pinkadour is very similar to the NARS, for a fraction of the price. However, the formula definitely isn’t anywhere near the NARS one. It’s more chalky and doesn’t last as long. It does have gorgeous packaging though!

    Highlighter

    *WINNER! Drugstore: Essence Soo Glow! in Look on The Bright Side*

    High-end: Laneige Cushion Highlighter ($23.66)

    If you’re a fan of a highlighter that make you glow like a unicorn (but looks super natural), look no further than the Essence Soo Glow highlighters! Not only are they super affordable, the formula is impeccable. They’re creamy, glides on smoothly and last for the entire day. It’s hands down, my favourite cream highlighter ever! On the other end, the Laneige Cushion Highlighter is also beautiful. However, it does have some glitter in it so it doesn’t look as natural as the Essence one.

    Matte Liquid Lipstick

    Drugstore: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble ($6)

    *WINNER! High-end: Caked Makeup Lip Fondant in Low Key ($16)*

    The ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips are great for how affordable they are. Their formula is a thin liquid that dries almost instantly. However, they are definitely drying on the lips and it isn’t very flattering on me, being someone with super chapped lips most of the time. The Caked Makeup Lip Fondants are so good! My favourite is this one, in the shade Low Key, which is a dusty muted terracotta. Their formula is creamy, smooth and glides on the lips effortlessly. These are also one of the most comfortable liquid lipsticks I’ve tried to date.

    Half Drugstore Half High End Face

    Eyebrow Powder

    *WINNER! Drugstore: Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium* ($3)

    High-end: Billion Dollar Brows Powder in Light Brown* ($18)

    The Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium is something that I’ve loved for a long time now. It’s super affordable, and it works really well. It comes with a powder and a wax, but I only ever use the powder. It has just the right amount of colour, and goes on the brows easily. Not only that, it also stays on for a good 6-8 hours on me. As for the Billion Dollar Brows Powder, it doesn’t apply as easily because it isn’t very pigmented. So for brows, drugstore is the clear winner! 😀

    Eyeshadow

    *TIE! Drugstore: ColourPop Eyeshadow in Bandit and Amaze ($5 each)

    High-end: Stila Eyes are the Windows Palette in Spirit* ($49)

    I can’t say enough good things about the ColourPop Super Shock shadows because they are freaking amazing! The formula is buttery smooth, and they last on the eyes the entire day (without a primer! on my greaseball face!). The same thing can be said about the Stila Eyes are the Windows Palette in Spirit. All the shades in there are amazingly pigmented, and buttery smooth. I can’t decide which is better, they’re both amazing.

    Eyeliner

    Drugstore: Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($17)

    *WINNER! High-end: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper* ($20)

    The Dollywink isn’t really “drugstore”, but I don’t have an eyeliner that even comes close to the Kat Von D. I thought I had found the one in the Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner. It was black, pretty smudge-proof and long-lasting. I used it for years and years and always repurchased it until my Australia/Asia swap. I got the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and as they say, the rest was history. It was super black in one swipe, completely smudge-proof and lasts the entire day. The brush tip is also amazing for creating the perfect wing.

    Mascara

    *WINNER! Drugstore: Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof ($5.99)

    High-end: Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara ($23)

    The Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes give a ton of volume and length, and stays on the whole day with no smudging or flaking. For the longest time, I’ve been using the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara because it gave me long and thick (well as long and thick as my lashes could get anyway) lashes. The downside? It smudges horribly! I know they came out with a waterproof version but my Maybelline Big Eyes work so well for me now.

    So, which part do you guys think was the high end? I think I kinda gave away the answer when I was comparing the concealer. 😉 Anyway, I did drugstore on the right side of my face (your left), and high end on the left side of my face (your right). What do you guys think? Which side do you prefer?

    I love my higher end products, but I’m still a drugstore gal. As you saw from the post, most of the drugstore products were better than the high end! That brings me to my motto – just because it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, doesn’t mean it won’t be good. I love drugstore shopping because there are so many hidden gems! What about you? Are you more high-end or drugstore? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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    Thanks for reading, xoxo

    Jiawun

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