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First Class vs- Economy

First Class vs. Economy: Flat Irons

The Chi Flat Iron priced at $99.95 is an artist favorite! The long cord, ionic technology and single temperature option makes it easy for anyone to smooth their own strands. This iron is durable and will last many years with daily use.

You can pick up a Conair flat iron for just $9.99, but may need to replace this iron more often if it is used regularly.

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First Class vs. Economy: Eye Shadow Palettes

From shimmery rose pink to sultry deep matte black, the Urban Decay Naked 3 paletteis a big favorite among our team of professional makeup artists. For a steep price of $54, the quality, durability and pigment is well worth the investment!

If you don’t want to break the bank while experimenting with eye shadow and are looking for a wider variety of shades, e.l.f. Cosmetics natural palette offers thirty-two color choices and is priced at only $6!


First Class vs. Economy: Blush Brush

As professional makeup artists, we’re impressed with Eco Tools tapered blush brush for $6.99. This incredibly soft, perfectly angled brush is ideal for applying powder or cream blush. It washes easily and maintains it shape too!

Tracking down our favorite Aveda Blush Brush either online or in stores without paying $65 for the bundle of three brushes proved to be a challenge. Although you receive two extra makeup brushes with Aveda’s blush brush, we’ll stay eco-chic with Eco Tools!

First Class vs. Economy: The value of a good foundation!

Both of these liquid foundations offer protection from the sun with broad spectrum sunscreen and they promise to extend the benefits of skin care. A lightweight formula blended with antioxidants and available in twelve shades, we discovered that you get what you pay for with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup. We’d splurge on long lasting, waterproof Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation which works overtime providing hydration and full coverage for twelve hours. Tarte’s vegan formula is perfect for all skin types and contains no parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs or triclosan.

Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation; $42

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup; $9.97

First Class vs. Economy: Dry Skin Savers

While the Mary Kay Satin Hands set consists of luxurious, Up Do’s For I Do’s tested products, we wish they included gloves.

The Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Kit left our hands soft, but a little oily afterwards. We loved the idea of gloves to help retain moisture, but once they were on, we couldn’t do any other chores! Hmm...maybe that’s a good thing!

Mary Kay Peach Satin Hands Pampering Kit $34.00

● Fragrance-Free Satin Hands® Hand Softener, (2.1 oz) ● Peach Satin Hands® Satin Smoothie® Hand Scrub, (7.75 oz) ● Peach Satin Hands® Hand Cream, (3 oz)

Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Kit $13.00

● Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme (0.25 oz) ● Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (0.30 oz) ● Shea Butter Hand Repair Creme (0.49 oz) ● Cotton gloves


First Class vs. Economy: Exfoliating Scrubs

Reveal smoother skin with St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Scrub for a steal at $2.97. The liquid texture of this sand-like scrub exfoliates dry, dead skin cells while adding moisture. Recommended use: 2-3 times weekly.

For a significant larger investment, upgrade to Stages of Beauty Radiance Facial Scrub for $34.99. The natural ingredients of jojoba, pomegranate and bamboo ever so gently whisk away the debris that leave skin looking dull. Antioxidants in this scrub repair damaged skin that leave a velvety smooth, radiant complexion. Our freshly exfoliated skin proved that this product lives up to it’s claims!

While it was evident that both of these pleasantly scented products removed dead skin cells, Stages of Beauty’s finer sand crystals felt more durable, offered a thicker consistency, and was easier to apply.

Beauty Tip: Treat your dry legs to an exfoliant! Removing the dead skin cells prior to shaving allows your razor to glide along your legs leaving you with super silky skin.

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First Class vs. Economy: Halloween Face Paint

Check out Carnival Makeup Kit for a steal at $3.99 The dark, oil based paints come with a brush and small sponge for easy application. The results from the blue and black shades were impressive!

Double the price at $7.99, upgrade to the Madame Butterfly Kit.

These petroleum jelly and glitter base paints offered extremely light shades, which required us to layer the makeup on our model. The kit included just one brush, and after several attempts at painting our model’s face with the brush, we gave up and used our fingers. Although the kit provided a stencil and black liner, our pro makeup artist experienced difficulty using the stencil and discovered that the liner wasn’t very durable or easy to use.

Our $3.99 purchase left our model feeling like she could wear the makeup until the wee hours following her Halloween party. It was more comfortable than the $7.99 kit, which felt like it would wear off before the party ended.

1. With the Madame Butterfly Kit, we found that the stencil was hard to place, not incredibly creative and it smeared the paint. 2 and 3. We nixed the brush applicator that was included in the kit and instead dipped the end of our makeup brush directly into the paint and applied it to the skin.

4. The final look using pro-makeup brushes and the Carnival Makeup Kit.

5. The final look using pro-makeup brushes and the Madame Butterfly Kit.

Given price difference, we had a tough time choosing one over the other. Our artists combined the two brands and discovered that this provided the best results. Instead of using the brushes, sponges and stencils provided in the kits, we dug into our makeup bag for pro brushes and used our own creativity! Bonus: Both products wash off super easy!