The only thing that gets in the way of my make-up make-out sessions is my inherent desire to be frugal. AKA, I'm a cheapskate. If you're anything like me, you want to look awesome without breaking the bank. Since this isn't my first rodeo, I thought I'd share with you a few of my favorite tips for getting the best bang for your buck in the beauty department.
I will be the very first to admit that I do not have great skin. In fact, my skin kind of blows chunks. Large pores? Check. Breakouts? Check. Under eye circles? Check. For many, many years I thought that I needed to cake on tons of concealer and foundation to mask my imperfections. Those products can get kind of pricey! Recently, I learned that buying both is not necessary. Ladies, let me introduce to three little words that will change your life: full coverage foundation.
I started using Revlon Color Stay foundation for oily/combination skin a few months ago, and I can honestly say my skin has never looked better (after applying make-up, of course). It has a thicker consistency than a lot of foundations I have tried, and one application will literally last you all day. Great, right? Well, I'm not even to the great part. My favorite part of full coverage foundations is that they are very build-able For instance, if I have a blemish on my cheek but the rest of my face is clear, I can lightly apply the foundation to my entire face, and then come back to the blemish and apply a little more. Before you know it, it's gone! Essentially, this is two products in one . . . and for under $10 (at Walmart), you really can't beat it.
Did you guys know that you can get brand name make up at the Dollar Store? Because you totally can! It's often hit or miss, but I have purchased quality beauty items for $1 and change. My most recent Dollar Store purchase included some ELF Liquid Eyeliner, and some Almay Mascara. At Walmart or Target I would have paid about $6 for each of these products . . . but I got them for practically nothing. And guess what? They rock, and will last me about two months.
Wet and Wild gets a bad rap, sometimes . . . and for some products I can totally see why. I have purchased some Wet and Wild products that really suck, I will admit. But, you know what? These guys can pump out some seriously great blushes and bronzers! If you're new to Wet and Wild, I would try out the Silk Finish Blush Compact in Pearlescent Pink. It is a gorgeous color, and I assume it's pretty universal. The pigmentation is really dense, so you won't need a lot and it will stay on your cheeks all day! I don't use bronzer often, but when I do I use Wet and Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil. These products are about $3 each, and will last you a really long time. Like, I'm talking a year. Or more.
I have a bit of an obsession with lipsticks and lip glosses. If I ever change up my make-up routine, it is usually to add a new color of lipstick to my repertoire. I love having a big collection of lip colors. It's seriously fun for me to wear different colors to compliment my "look" for the day. However, if you want to have like, 15 different options of lipstick without breaking the bank, you have to do quite the dance. I have already done that dance, so I'll save you the speal and just get with my favorite bargains:
1. NYC Ultra Moist Lipwear $0.99 @ Walmart
2. Sally Hansen Lip Inflation $6.59 @ ULTA
3. Maybelline New York Baby Lips $2.97 @ Walmart
4. Covergirl Wetslicks $4.84 @ Walmart
5. Revlon Super Lustrious Lipsticks $4.97 @ Walmart
6. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lipstain $7.48 @ Walmart
7. Maybelline New York Color Sensation Lipstick $7.49 @ Walmart
8. Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick $4.94 @ Target
Alright, so that just about does it for my make up bargains but I want to know your top drugstore picks! I'm always on the lookout for something new, so let me know your "must have" beauty items in the comments below!