Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beauty On A Budget: Drugstore Favorites

Who doesn't like affordable makeup up? I know that I do. Don't you?

This topic can be a bit exciting, because every time I go to the drugstore, I'm literally spending half of my time staring at the makeup, buying what I can, and completely forget what I was going to get.

Recently, I dived into my client makeup kit and my personal makeup bag, beginning to realize that I have duplicate drugstore makeup products. Key word, duplicate, and I don't buy doubles of anything unless I know that the product works to its standards.

As an artist, my clients will ask me about a high-end product, then ask if they can find something similar & cheaper. So, I have to try a lot of products & learn about products, this way I can provide recommendations for anyone.

Ok, ok, ok... I know. Enough rambling right? I am going to share with you my favorite drugstore products. If you've tried them, let me know how they work for you. If you have any that I didn't list, that you think I should try.

I will list products you can find in your local drugstore, beauty store, or online.

NYX Slim Lip Pencil - True Red ($3.50) 
I love this lip pencil more than I like any matte lipsticks. First off, it lasts me all day! I shade this color on my lips, and it looks like a matte red lipstick. I'll post a picture of me below, so that you can see how vibrant it is.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes (Blue Pack) ($6.39)

These are incredibly soft and removes makeup wonderfully. I don't have to worry about my mascara running all over my eyelid when I use these either. Usually, I can use just one wipe or a half of wipe.

 L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara ($5.89)
Although L'Oreal makes great mascara, this Voluminous makes my eyelashes amazingly bold. Which is great because I don't always have to wear false eyelashes. In fact, I have 4 of these, because I hate running out of it. It's my Holy Grail.

Ben Nye Banana Powder ($10.00)

I remember people RAVED about this product when they found out Kim Kardashian was using this. However, I decided to try it myself last year... and ever since, I've used this to set my under eye concealer. It is a beautiful finish and makes the concealer look flawless. 

Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer ($12.99)

I use to use this all the time, then decided to try the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer for a few months, but it wasn't giving me the results that I wanted. Now, that I have been back to the Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, I never put it back down. This primer does minimize my pores, my fine lines, and my flaws. I love the texture, how it goes on smoothly, and it lasts me for a long time.

Maybelline Define-A-Line Eyeliner (Soft Black) ($3.59)

I'm quite obsessed with NYX Gel Eyeliner, but I have to say I love this eyeliner, because it is super black, and beautiful. I usually have to set this with black eyeshadow on my waterline, it does smudge, but when I do a bold smokey eye, this is my go to eyeliner.

NYX Eyeshadow Base (Skin Tone) ($7.00)

Now this is a product I rave about. I hear how people rave about the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer... lets just say that I bought it and it does the same exact job as the NYX Eyeshadow base, but even better, in my opinion. This intensify my eyeshadow, it is long lasting, and prevents fallout. Plus they have three different types of bases, from white, white pearl, and skin tone. You can't beat that.

Alright, so now that I've shared a few products I love. Tell me about drugstore products that you love. I'm always interested in trying something new.