I don’t wear makeup everyday. It’s not really necessary where I work, and I like sleep SO MUCH. That being said, I do have a makeup routine that I follow when I DO wear it. Right now it consists of drugstore (and Walmart and Target) products that I really like, but occasionally I’ll throw some higher end products in the mix (which will be discussed in a later post). Like I said, this is my general routine for when I do wear makeup, but sometimes I’ll curl my eyelashes, throw on some mascara and call it good.
e.l.f. Mineral Face Primer
I’m a huge fan of e.l.f. products, so when I saw this for so cheap, I had to buy it. Now, this is most definitely not an everytime-i-put-on-face-makeup product for me, and I can genuinely say it’s not the best primer I’ve ever used, but it does the job in a pinch and exceeds expectations for the price. I got the green color-correcting formula, but I can’t say I’ve seen much of a change in my occasional redness.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Naturale Foundation in Natural Beige
This was not one I bought, actually. I was going through a bag of toiletries that my mom had left at my apartment when she moved out and I found it (thanks, Mom). I thought I’d keep it and see how I liked it because there was quite a bit left in it and I didn’t want to throw it away. Now yes, I am aware that it is generally not a good idea to use makeup that someone else has used, but 1. It’s my mom, and 2. She’s genuinely the cleanest person I know. I don’t know what I expected from it, but wow do I like it! My only other experience with mineral powder foundation is BareMinerals, and while I do still love it, it’s much cheaper to buy this than spend $30 on the other. Like with any powder foundation, a bib of sorts is probably the best idea, but it just goes on so light and smooth and the color blends well. Definitely my favorite drugstore foundation; no contest.
Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Classic Pink
Of all the products I’ve used (some good; some REALLY not), the one I’ve most consistently repurchased is definitely this blush. It’s the perfect shade of pink without being too in-your-face (surprisingly, no pun intended) and you can build it up or keep it subtle. I’m not sure how this looks on all skin types, but it’s been great for me through tan and pale. Plus, am I the only one who loves the smell of blush? It makes me nostalgic for when I’d watch my mom apply her makeup before work.
e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer in Sheer
I piniy-promise that I’m not being sponsored by e.l.f. Cosmetics. I just love trying their stuff since it’s so affordable. I’ve read lots of good things about their versions of cosmetics being dupes for higher end products, so when their eyelid primer was mentioned as a dupe for ones like BareMinerals and Urban Decay, I knew it was worth a shot. Especially at only $2. When I say that my eyeshadow didn’t budge, I’m not lying. I have pretty oily skin, and my eyelids especially so, so I rarely (if ever) where any eyeshadow. My only other experience with eyelid primer has been with Urban Decay for a wedding I was in a year ago. I had never had eyeshadow stay before, so I knew good primer was worth an investment. Thank goodness this investment was so inexpensive!
L’Oréal LA Palette Nude 1
I’ve never really been an eyeshadow person, as previously mentioned for reasons also previously mentioned. I just don’t like wasting time on something that isn’t going to stay. Since I got eyelid primer and started watching makeup tutorials on YouTube, I decided I wanted a nude palette. I wanted one that wasn’t too pricey but also a good quality. There are lots of inexpensive nude palettes, but research showed that this one was the best for the price. It comes with a decent variety of colors, and there’s a mixture of shimmery and matte that are all pretty well pigmented. I also use the darkest brown for my eyebrows.
N.Y.C. Big Bold and Precise Liquid Eyeliner in Extra Black
Originally I got this to try in an Influenster VoxBox and fell in love. Previously I was using gel eyeliner for quite awhile. I liked how opaque and smooth it was. Only problem was that it rubbed off too easily. Especially with my oily eyelids. I hadn’t used liquid eyeliner in YEARS because it was always too difficult to apply. I’m going to sound like a commercial here, but this liner is SO easy to put on. It’s a chisel felt tip, so it’s genuinely as easy as drawing a line on your eye. Plus, the chisel tip allows you to make thick or thin lines.
**THIS IS THE POINT WHERE I CURL MY LASHES**
L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black
I’ve seen this in the store plenty, but it wasn’t until after watching some of Nabella Noor’s older makeup tutorials on YouTube that I finally decided to go for it. I’m pretty hesitant to try mascara without getting reviews from other people who have oily skin. One of my biggest problems with it is that it flakes off and smudges under my eyes giving me dark circles. Not cute. I took a chance on this one because of how long it made her lashes look, and it’s my favorite mascara to date. Lengthening and non-flaking? Perfect!
I generally finish it off with some of my homemade lip balm (I’ll post a tutorial later if anyone is interested) as I haven’t found anything I really like for daily wear like it. I’m obsessed.
So what do you wear on a daily basis? Any suggestions for higher end versions of these products I just HAVE to try? Any OTHER products I just HAVE to try? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.