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Beauty on a Budget: Blush

Craving new budget-friendly beauty products? Well, Beauty on a Budget is back, and this time we’re focusing on blush! Here are our top five picks to give your cheeks a gorgeous, rosy glow. Explore, try, and keep on smiling! :)

CoverGirl Cheekers Blush

Launched in the 1980s, this blush has been a hit ever since. It comes in a variety of shades perfect for any skin tone. Their most versatile color, “Natural Rose,” looks good on both dark and light skin. Additionally, this blush is great for oily skin, as its powdery consistency blends seamlessly into the skin. 

Milani Minerals Blush

This blush is great for those with sensitive skin; it’s talc-free, non-irritating, and mineral-based. It is available in four beautiful shades that are long lasting and easy to apply. They give cheeks a nice, natural glow. One reviewer even claims they are the drugstore version of the coveted Nars blushes!

L’Oreal True Match Blush

A repeat winner of InStyle’s Best Inexpensive Powder Blush; this blush is loved for its large selection based on whether your skin tone is warm, neutral, or cool. The formula is non-comedogenic and oil-free, which means it’s perfect for those who are more acne-prone, as it won’t cause breakouts. Furthermore, its silky texture lends a luminous glow to skin.

Revlon Photo Ready Cream Blush

Although powder blushes are usually more popular than cream ones, cream blushes nevertheless have their place. Great for those with dry skin or who truly want to mimic a natural blush, cream blushes are a wonderful alternative to powder. This cream blush is loved for its lasting power and its great pigmentation. It will last the day and keep you glowing!

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush

Physicians Formula is always a go-to drugstore brand, and their blush is no exception! The blush gives a beautiful, luminous finish that instantly brightens your complexion. The color is buildable, and application is a pinch. The packaging is also adorable as it comes in a handy compact and the blush has cute little hearts engraved into it!

P.S. What’s your favorite drugstore blush?


Your Complete Back To School Guide!

School is back in session! Not feeling prepared? No worries, PageantToPhD is here with Your Complete Back To School Guide to get you prepped and confident for the school year ahead. Read on and enjoy! :)

1. Outfit Ideas


A new school year a new you right? The first day of classes was always exciting and nerve-wracking! I remember the first day of school being the one to make a statement and leave an impression, if you felt so inclined. I always enjoyed experimenting with fashion, and if you do too then here are some great back to school outfit ideas by two cute YouTubers with different styles.

Back To School Outfits

Back To High School Outfits ONE and TWO

Back to School Outfits for College

2. Backpack/Bags


Maybe some people are not as backpack or bag obsessed as I, but oh how I love my bags. Herschel is a favorite because of its wide and varied selection. They have an abundance of colors, shapes, and sizes to choose from. Explore, have fun, and enjoy! A cool printed backpack is just another way of expressing yourself!

3. Accessories


Whether you go to a school that has a uniform requirement or you just love accessories, they are another fun way to stand out from the pack! From fun hair ties to statement jewelry, accessories can definitely pull together a hairstyle or outfit.

4. School Utensils


I have always had a passion for unique notebooks, pens, and other school accouterments. Thus, back to school shopping was one of my favorite activities, as it meant I could buy a whole new assortment of school utensils that displayed my style. Check out this video for Michelle Phan’s fun Back To School Favorites, as well as these sections of Urban Outfitters for cool notebooks and other school supplies!

Don’t forget to CLICK the pictures and links to see the items!

P.S. What is your favorite back to school memory?


All-Natural Beauty: Skin Care Part II

All-Natural Beauty_Skin Care Part IIWelcome back my beautiful pageant ladies! This is part two of our introduction to all-natural, organic skin care. Thus, here are three more top organic skincare brands loved and revered for their list of healthy, wholesome organic ingredients and other green beauty benefits (e.g., no animal testing!). So dig in and enjoy! :)

Neal Yard Remedies

This brand has not quite hit the U.S. mainstream yet (at least that I am aware of), but it is a U.K. organic favorite. Their top sellers are their Wild Rose Beauty Balm and their Frankincense Hydrating Cream (which is apparently worth fighting over according to the women at Marie Claire U.K.). NYR stands by 100% organic ingredients and providing as quality a product as possible. Their website is great at breaking down what they have in their products and why they do what they do. Another great brand for high quality organic products!

Juice Beauty

This brand originated in California, and has become increasingly popular over the last few years. I even sampled their face moisturizer via Birchbox and loved it! Another great bonus aside from organic ingredients is that their products are clinically validated. That means that their products are proven to work–such as in reducing fine lines and alleviating acne. If these are things you suffer from definitely check out Juice Beauty and their lines, which cater to different skin care needs!


Another German organic skincare brand, Weleda is similar to Dr. Hauschka in that all their ingredients are grown in biodynamic gardens. Weleda’s most popular product is their skin food, which is a great moisturizer for the body and hands! Weleda is a popular organic skincare brand because of their fair trade values, organic ingredients, and products that get the job done!

I hope this overview of some top organic brands helped give you guys some options to explore and try! Feel free to purchase sample kits or travel sizes as testers from their websites, or hit up your local Whole Foods to purchase them as well!

Also, don’t forget to CLICK the brand names, they lead to where you can buy the products!


All-Natural Beauty: Skin Care Part I

All-Natural Beauty_Skin Care Part I(1)Hello my lovely pageant ladies! Skin care is such an important part of every woman’s beauty routine, and I think being more conscious of what we put on our bodies is equally as important. Recently, my skin has not been behaving so well, so I have decided to scrap my normal routine and try to go all-organic.

Thus, I decided to bring my skincare journey to you guys! There is not a huge amount of literature that concretely says which organic brands are the best or what organic products are the best. However, after scouring the Internet and reading through almost a bajillion posts and watching Youtubers’ reviews, I have come up with a few top-notch organic brands that seem to be pretty popular.

Dr. Hausckha

Dr. Hauschka is a biodynamic, German skincare brand. What is biodynamic? Biodynamic is a more holistic way to view the agricultural process. It combines ethics, ecology, and spirituality for a more wholesome process. One could surmise that it is one step up from organic. The brand attempts to keep the body within its natural rhythm by creating products that balance your skin out rather than hiding or covering up the problem temporarily. Their top products are their Cleansing Milk and Rose Day Cream.

In addition to their skin care they also have a makeup line that wins quite a few awards for being green and organic. The brand has been around since the late 1960s and being all natural has always been their motto, what more could a pageant girl ask for?

Dr. Bronners

People seem to have an unending love affair with Dr. Bronners. This may have to do with the laundry list of things their soap is capable of in addition to the fact it is fair trade and organic. From washing dishes to washing your body, this brand does it right. People also enjoy their lip balms and lotions. They have a delectable range of scents from energizing peppermint to calming lavender. No matter your tastes having a bottle of Dr. Bronners around will never fail you. Great for a no-nonsense pageant girl!

Michael Todd

YouTubers LOVED Michael Todd. Their favorite products? The Honey & Oat Deep Pore Gel Cleanser, Citrus Cream Moisturizer, Tropical Fruit Scrub, and the Knu Anti-Aging Serum. The products boast organic ingredients and a “made in the USA” stamp. No animal testing is another great bonus and the lack of parabens and other artificial ingredients make for feel good, safe skin care products. People overall seemed to really enjoy Michael Todd’s products, and I would definitely give them ago. They are affordable and offer skin care recommendations based on your skin type!

Hoped these summarized reviews helped! I’ll be testing new organic skin care products, and if I like them they’ll pop up on my favorite products for the month posts. Stay tuned because I will discuss three more organic skin care brands in “All-Natural Beauty: Skin Care Part II!”

Also, don’t forget to CLICK the brand names, they lead to where you can buy the products!


Beauty on a Budget: Nail Polish

Beauty on a Budget_ Nail Polish

Nails are an important part of any pageant girl’s look. Well-kept nails make you look put together and chic. However, nail polish, especially when worn on your hands, seems to chip within days. Not so good, so we end up shelling out more than we like for high end nail polish that last. What if I told you that you could find budget nail polishes that do the same? Well, PageantToPhD is here to bring you our top 5 budget nail polishes that will last, dry fast, and get the job done!

1. Essie Nail Polish

Essie’s large range of colors, cute packaging, and long wear make it a favorite amongst reviewers. These nail polishes have a beautiful shine sans topcoat, and they also have a fun variety of textures from glitter to satin. Additionally, they can last about a week and cost under $10!

2. Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel

Revlon has once again made our budget beauty list! Reviewers loved this nail polish for its naturally glossy finish and its chip-free nature. Its consistency is thinner than other brands, but this helps prevent chipping, which makes it last longer. Despite the thinness of the formula, it does not dry streaky. Overall, the nail polish’s quick-drying, long-lasting qualities make it a drugstore favorite. Perfect for a pageant girl on the go!

3. China Glaze

One of the hallmarks of China Glaze’s popularity is its ridiculously large color selection. The colors are very saturated, and best of all they last! You see China Glaze all over the internet, especially Pinterest. Their diverse color selection, and coveted “For Audrey,” which is a Tiffany’s blue, make them a must have drugstore nail polish for any pageant girl!

4. Sally Hanson Xtreme Wear Nail Color & Complete Salon Manicure

Sally Hanson is a drugstore favorite for its large variety of colors and nail polish lines (e.g., Xtreme Wear and Insta-Dri). The Sally Hanson nail polishes did the job, and did it well. Most reviewers found no need for a topcoat because of the thick, glossy formula. Another bonus was the nice price range, starting at $1.99 and up. A great bargain for a budget-bound pageant girl!

5. Wet n’ Wild MegaLast Nail Polish

Wet n’ Wild is always a budget beauty favorite because of its low price point and large variety making it a great brand to affordably try new colors. Reviewers loved MegaLast because of its fast-drying, true-to-color, and long-lasting properties. Furthermore, the under $3 price is hard to beat. A pageant girl can look great for less, and still have money to buy even more budget brands!

Also: Don’t forget to checkout Navigating the Nail Art Craze for tips and tricks on nail art for work, play, and everyday!



Your Complete Guide for July 4th!

The fourth of July is such a great time of the year. From barbecue to fireworks, it’s a time to celebrate with friends and family. To help you lovely pageant ladies get into the Independence Day mood, I have scoured the Internet to find great makeup, nail, hair, outfit, and sweet treat ideas to make this July 4th awesome! So dawn your red, white, and blue and let’s get started! :)


Want to show off your American pride? Makeup is a great subtle or not so subtle way to do just that! Feel free to take or leave what you like from the tutorials, or let them inspire you to create your own fun, festive look! Additionally, there is a 3-in-1 nail tutorial to both challenge and inspire you! Have fun and experiment. :)

 Wearable 4th of July Makeup Tutorial

 Makeup Perfect for the 4th of July!

Fourth of July Nails!!! ☆ Three Easy Designs!


July, for most of us, is a hot and humid time of year. Thus, being outside all day for your 4th of July shindig means you need a hairstyle that can take the heat! What better way to do that than a ponytail? Casual, but simultaneously beautiful, ponytails are a great way to keep cool and look good during your July 4th bash! Add a fun hair accessory (like a bow or ribbon) in red, white, or blue to your ponytail to give it a little more 4th of July oomph.

 Summer Perfect Ponytail

Braided Wrap-Around Ponytail 

Outfit Ideas

With your makeup and nails already showing off your U.S.A. pride, you may want to tone it down for your clothing. Thus, I found you pageant ladies three fun outfit ideas to inspire your own Independence Day outfit! Check’em out and enjoy!





P.S. Click the pictures to get linked to the blogs or LookBook that they come from!

Sweet Treats

One of my favorite things about holidays is the dessert! Next to Easter, the Fourth of July has some of the brightest desserts. Below are four tasty looking desserts that are sure to wow and please any pageant girl’s family. So get baking! :)




July 4th Flag Cake, display and serve

I hope this short, sweet guide to the Fourth of July helped inspire you in ways to show off your red, white, and blue pride!


Favorite Products for June

Favorite Products for June

We are well on are way into summer, and I hope you lovely pageant ladies are finding some time to treat yourselves and relax! This month I have been testing out sunscreens and bronzers, as I have never truly found one that I have fallen in love with. So here are my favorite products for June, chockfull of summery fun! :)

1. Tory Burch: Perfume

Tory Burch recently came out with its first ever perfume. I was curious, and with its beautiful packaging why not give it a try? It was love at first sniff! The perfume is perfect for spring and summer as it is light and sweet, but has the right amount of depth. This combination makes it the perfect perfume to take from night to day. I have trouble sticking with one scent, but added this one to my rotation. I absolutely love it, and what pageant girl does not want to smell divine for her pageant?

2. Too Faced: Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer

Talk about yummy! This bronzer smells like chocolate! Additionally, the bronzer’s consistency is soft and creamy making application a dream. A little goes a long way, especially with my fairer complexion, but I felt it gave my skin a natural sun-kissed look. Furthermore, the bronzer is very buildable, which gives it great versatility should you tan more as the summer progresses. Give this delicious smelling bronzer a try, and you’ll definitely look like a bronzed goddess for your pageant!

3. Dr. Hauschka: Cleansing Milk

I recently wrote a blog post on organic beauty brands (*hint*), and decided to sample one of the products mentioned. I have absolutely fallen in love with it! Most cleansers are way too drying for my skin, and I end up breaking out or having dry skin. I switched to this all-organic cleanser and have never been happier. It is soft and creamy, and leaves my skin feeling hydrating. My skin doesn’t feel as though it’s being stripped of all its natural oils, and my overall skin tone has improved. If you want beautiful, pageant-ready skin sans chemicals try this product!

4. SuperGoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50

I sampled Sephora’s Sun Safety Kit, which was chockfull of sunscreens and bronzers to try! One of the sunscreens was this lovely oil. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I ended up really liking it. It’s formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Although it is an oil, it doesn’t feel greasy. In fact when first applied it makes your skin look dewy and healthy. I prefer it for use on my body to my face, as I am not a huge fan of facial oils to begin with, but how you use it will depend on your preference! Another bonus is that it smells great too! Every pageant girl needs to remember to apply sunscreen to maintain healthy skin!

5. Soap & Glory: Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick

I recently discovered this gloss stick while watching a YouTuber who raved about the product. She said it was moisturizing, plumping, and just the right amount of color. And you know what? She was absolutely right! I have the gloss stick in Fuschia-Ristic, a nice pink color that’s perfect for summer! It also comes in a burgundy berry (Plum Jam) and a natural pink beige color (Nudist). This gloss stick makes lips look plump, full, and luscious. Everything a pageant girl wants to look great for her pageant!

P.S. What were your favorite products this June? Let me know below! :)


Beauty on a Budget: Bronzer

Beauty on a Budget- BronzerSummer is well underway, and many of us are hitting up the pool or the beach! Summer is the time of year to get that beautiful golden glow for your pageant. However, baking under the sun for hours is not ideal. Luckily, we have bronzer to give us that natural sun-kissed look. Now many may turn to the high-end brands, but I find that anything upwards of $25 is just too much to pay (unless it works crazy well). Yet, many avoid the drugstore brands in fear of looking orange. But worry not! PageantToPhD is here to make sure you get quality for the right price without looking like an Oompa Loompa!

1. NYC: Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny

By far the most popular and widely loved drugstore bronzer, NYC’s Sunny Bronzer was adored for it’s neutral range (it was neither too cool nor warm). Thus, it is versatile on a large array of skin tones. Furthermore, the formula is sheer meaning it is easily buildable should you want a more dramatic look. Additionally, its sheerness equals a more naturally luminous tan. Another bonus? It costs under $4! Great for a pageant girl on a budget!

2. Physician’s Formula: Bronze Booster 

Physician’s Formula is another popular brand for bronzers, and many of their bronzer formulas were on top drugstore bronzer lists. The Bronze Booster is a collection of tiny, bronzed “sun” stones that you can swirl your brush around to pick up color. This bronzer has good pigmentation with a golden hue, which makes for a perfect, natural pageant look.

Furthermore, you can layer it on top of a deeper bronzer to give it more dimension and glow. Also, don’t forget to check out their Happy Booster Glow and Mineral Wear Face Powder Bronzer.

3. Rimmel London: Natural Bronzer

This bronzer is great for those with fairer complexions! It is a little warmer than NYC’s Sunny, and thus is more flattering on those pageant ladies with lighter skin tones. Furthermore, it acts as both a bronzer and a highlighter, and gives a matte finish with a little oomph. Additionally, it is very smooth and goes on sheer for a gorgeous, luminous glow. Also, check out Rimmel’s Shimmer Maxi Bronzer.

 4. E.L.F.: Bronzer

Another great, affordable alternative, the E.L.F. bronzer is under $4 as well! It has a bronze gold hue and is silky, which translates into streak-free and longwearing. Perfect for a long day at your pageant! This bronzer bestows a subtle, sun-kissed radiance to the skin. A great bargain for a naturally tanned look.

  1. Maybelline New York: FIT me! Bronzer

This brand is great because the color is personalized to best fit your skin tone. Thus, when you apply it, it blends beautifully and naturally into the skin. Furthermore, it is long lasting and not prone to fading meaning you will have a wonderful all-day glow. Additionally, the formula is lightweight making for a quick application that won’t feel cakey as the day wears on. Perfect for a pageant girl who needs a bronzer that goes the distance!

P.S. What are your favorite drugstore bronzers? Let me know in the box below! :)


5 Fun Summer Beauty D.I.Y.’s

5 Fun Summer Beauty D.I.Y.'s

Summer is officially here! It’s time to have fun, relax, and enjoy the warmer months. And what better way to do that than by pampering yourself? To help you transform into your best, pageant-ready self this summer here are PageantToPhD’s 5 favorite Summer Beauty D.I.Y.’s! So start pampering!

1.    Lavender & Lemon Mud Mask


What smells like summer? Lemonade and lavender flowers do! So why not combine the two into a glorious mud mask? This mask is great because it helps draw out impurities and thus clarifies the skin. Lavender is naturally soothing and calming, while lemon helps brighten the complexion. Oatmeal is also great for skin, thus all three main ingredients will give you radiant skin for your pageant!

2.    Energizing Orange Summer Scrub


This energizing summer scrub contains sweet orange, which gives it a punch of citrus! Great for the morning, it will give your skin a healthy glow. The scrub contains raw sugar and sea salt, both of which will help you slough off dead skin. Thus you can keep skin fresh all summer long!

3.    Coconut-Lime Soap


Coconuts and limes. They are such a great summer scent! One thinks of sipping a drink on the beach while relaxing under the sun (just don’t forget the sunscreen!). This soap will truly bring summer into your beauty routine. The coconut and other oils will keep skin soft. Furthermore, coconut milk will moisturize and the limes will help lighten dark spots for a more even skin tone. Now any pageant girl can smell and feel summery for her pageant!

4.    Glowing Goddess

Get-Glowing!This simple trick can make all the difference in giving you a glowing goddess look. Gold shimmer can subtly add a beautiful radiance to your skin. So why not go for the gold for your pageant? Try this easy recipe and you are bound to impress everyone with your divine glow! :)

5.    Avocado Hair Mask


Everyone wants soft, shiny hair for summer, and this avocado hair mask is here to do just that! Hair will look fuller, softer, and shinier courtesy of a bunch of lovely, hair-healthy ingredients. Avocado contains tons of vitamins (e.g., E, D, A, and B6) that help promote hair growth, while simultaneously nourishing hair. Coconut oil also aids in hair growth, as well as locking moisture into hair. Overall this mask should give you gorgeous, pageant locks!

P.S. Do you have any favorite summer beauty D.I.Y. recipes? If so I’d love to know, so comment below! :)


Favorite Products for May

Favorite Beauty Products for MayThe end of May is here and so is another “Favorite Products of the Month!” I am very excited for this month’s products because they have become some of my absolute favorites! From lipsticks to body scrubs this month is packed full of fun, brightly packaged products that will bring a smile to your face. So check’em out and enjoy! :)

1.    M.A.C. Lipsticks (Morange, Sunny Seoul, & Candy Yum Yum)

M.A.C. is renowned for its lipsticks, at least among the beauty mavens on YouTube. For a long time I had yet to own any M.A.C. lipsticks, but recently I have been inducted into the M.A.C. lipstick lovers fandom. I recommend that every pageant girl at least owns one or two! These lipsticks are awesome, and they come in such a wide variety it borderlines overwhelming. I was able to narrow down my choices thanks to the YouTubers I follow, and have happily purchased the three colors mentioned in the title.

Morange is a bright orange that seems to just work well on anyone. It fades to a pleasant coral color over the course of the day, and is a great statement lipstick. Candy Yum Yum is another statement lipstick. It’s an in-your-face bright pink that means business. It almost borderlines retro for me, and thus makes it simply amazing. Sunny Seoul is tame compared to the previous two, and is a wonderful pink summery shade. Perfect for applying on the go, it is a great lipstick to have stored on hand at all times! :)

 2.    Tarte: Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer

Foundation and concealer have never been my friends. I have not used foundation in the last four years and use concealers sparingly. This is because I have an absolutely horrid time trying to find a color that matches my skin tone. I am mixed (Asian and Caucasian); the result is a golden yellow and pink skin tone that borders porcelain and fair depending on the season.

I had almost given up hope when I discovered this concealer by Tarte! It blends nicely into my skin tone, but is ever so slightly lighter, which is great because then it brightens my under eyes. Furthermore, this stuff is waterproof, which translates into staying power. So far I have loved it, and definitely recommend to any pageant girls who struggles with the same skin tone problem I have!

 3.    Benefit Cosmetics: Gimme Brow

I heard about this product, and was skeptical at first. Then I watched an infomercial (yes a Benefit infomercial), and was somewhat convinced. I took a chance and bought it, and have loved it since. It subtly fills in brows and gives them more volume in the best way possible. They don’t look drawn in, and instead the formula fills in sparse areas to give you a fuller looking brow. A definite must for any pageant ladies that suffer from sparse or thin brows!

 4.    Soap & Glory: Sugar Crush™ Body Scrub & Flake Away™ Body Polish

May I just say, holey moley these are wonderful! And the smell, it’s to die for! I have tried two of Soap & Glory’s body scrubs (i.e., Sugar Crush™ and Flake Away™). Sugar Crush ™ smells like a margarita minus the alcohol. It is super refreshing and great for summer. Plus it really does work as a great body exfoliator! Flake Away ™ also has a glorious smell, and the smell lasts longer on the skin. Flake Away™ pairs well with The Righteous Body Butter mentioned below. Both come in sample sizes that are reasonably priced, so give them a try! You will smell absolutely fabulous for your pageant!

5.    Soap & Glory: The Righteous Body Butter

I tried a sample size of this along with Flake Away™ as my first foray into the Soap & Glory brand. The combination of the two makes you smell simply divine. Furthermore, the body butter is rich and creamy. It leaves your skin baby soft and very hydrated. This will become an after shower staple in my beauty routine. Whether for summer or winter, this lotion is a great way to have beautiful skin for your pageant!

P.S. What were your favorite products this month? I would love to know so comment below! :)