Drugstore Makeup Favorites

Hey, it’s Heather and I wanted to share with you guys my drugstore makeup favorites. These are some cosmetics I’ve been using on a daily basis for the past month or so. I have hit pan on a few items, but will be repurchasing them this month.

The best part about this list is that the products are affordable drugstore cosmetics. You can find them at Wal-mart, Target, CVS, and online for between $2-$8. Disclaimer: This post does contain affiliate links.

 

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 Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer-

This is by far the only concealer I ever use. I’m about to buy my 4th tube in a row. I had heard so much about this product from other reviews and my roommate actually started using it before I did. Needless to say, I took the plunge myself and I haven’t looked back. This concealer doesn’t crease or look cakey on top of my foundation, which is a rarity. The formula doesn’t set in my pores or the scars on my forehead. It blends smooth instead of clumpy and is great for covering acne and around the eyes.

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Elf Eyebrows

I have the hardest time trying to find a great brow product. The lightest color is usual still too dark and the waxes are hard to work with. But, this is my current favorite eyebrow makeup. Wow. I buy this in the color light for like $3 at Walmart. The brush is actually the perfect size for my eyebrows so I can get a sharp look. I apply this by mixing the wax and powder together on the angled side of the brush. I do have to reapply every 4-5 hours, but you should expect this with an e.l.f. product. Fortunately, it’s compact enough I just bring it with me when I need a touch-up.

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Elf Volumizing and Defining Mascara

The first thing I noticed was how big the tube was. You really get a lot for a $2 tube. I was surprised at how lightweight and smooth the liquid felt. It didn’t feel crunchy or heavy at all. I noticed it defined and lengthened my lashes but didn’t really make them appear fuller. Sometimes I have a problem with clumping, but this mascara was completely smooth going on. Although the wand of the brush felt flimsy, the bristles separated each of my lashes perfectly. I did have to apply a few coats and touch it up throughout the day. The formula is gentle and light for ladies with sensitive skin.

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NYC HD Eyeshadow

As a 23-year-old woman, I am embarrassed to say that I don’t know how to properly apply eyeshadow. Part of my 2016 resolution was to learn, so I bought this cheap little trio. The color is very sheer, which as a beginner I don’t mind. As long as you are careful to use separate brushes, the colors don’t get muddy or run together. The colors blend well and last for a few hours.

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Rimmel Match Perfection

This foundation gives you a light coverage but is buildable. The formula isn’t drying, which was perfect for the hotter months. The finish is very dewy so I usually apply a little powder for a more matte look. I honestly will be trying a different foundation soon because I wasn’t overly impressed. It never broke me out or anything, I was just looking for a fuller coverage. I have very pink undertones in my skin and needed something to correct the color. I would recommend this foundation to you if you have combination or dry skin and want a lighter coverage.

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Elf Eye Liner

If I don’t bother to put on eyeshadow, I try to add a simple line on the top of my lid. I love the old Hollywood glam look. Mascara, red lips and eyeliner. I saw this little guy was like $1 or $2, so I decided to take him home. I’ve used it off and on and it’s lasted me well over a month. It lasts for several hours and is easy to apply. The formula hasn’t dried out like how cheap liquid eye liners typically do. It’s still smooth and will be buying this again to keep in my purse.

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Wet N Wild Blush

I don’t wear a ton of blush, but with this, you definitely don’t need a lot. I am so impressed with the pigmentation. When I say a little goes a long way, listen to me. Not that I’m complaining. I have super pale skin so a pop of this blush and I don’t even need bronzer. It’s also very blendable and gives you a soft look. I am nowhere to hitting pan yet, so I will probably be buying this again if I even run out.

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Sephora Haul & Review: Kat Von D, Benefit, Urban Decay & Makeup Forever

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Hey, beautiful! Guess who went to Sephora? So, I haven’t exactly written a makeup haul and review yet, but I think it’s time. I don’t normally spend a lot of cash on makeup because I go through it so quickly. But I recently had a little extra doe, so I went to Sephora and decided to splurge on myself. Overall, I am very content with my purchases. I wanted to share my haul and review with you guys just in case you wanted to try it and need a second opinion. As a disclaimer, this post does contain affiliate links. My blog is just like any other business and requires some kind of income to stay on the web. I hope you enjoy the haul!

 

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Kat Von D Shade & Light Face Contour Palette

I was hesitant about buying products to contour my face. I usually give myself a pop of color with a little bronzer, but I wanted to see what the fuzz was all about. My favorite part about this palette is that it comes with different shades of bronzer and highlighters. I have a natural pale complexion, but I tan on occasions. With this this palette, I don’t have to buy a shade darker than what I normally use. I would recommend this to anyone who is learning how to contour. Although the powders are pigmented, it’s easy to create a subtle look. The formula is smooth and very blendable. You can also layer the product to achieve a more contoured look. This product is also made without parabens and sulfates.

Retails for $46 – [Sephora] [Amazon]

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Brow Zings by Benefit

I have nearly non-existent eyebrows. They are very thin and blonde, so I have tried many different products for brows. I like that this kit is compact and comes with a small pair of tweezers. I use the tweezers and mirror more than the actual product. For me, even the light shade is too dark for my blonde brows. The brush is not my favorite, but I use the angled brush. I could see how this kit could work on women with naturally darker eyebrows. The good news is that the color stays on all day.

Retails for $32- [Sephora] [Amazon]

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Urban Decay Sheer revolution Lipstick & Liner

I have thin white girl lips, so lipsticks and liners are my best friends. I bought the Urban Decay Sheer Revoluion Lipstick and liner in the shade Sheer Obsessed. The formula of the lipstick is creamy like a balmy texture. It’s also very hydrating with the combination of Shea butter and moisturizing oils. I also thought the pigment was going to be too sheer, but I was pleasantly surprised. The color stays on my lips for 2-3 hours. They also don’t contain any fragrances, which is great for dry or sensitive lips. The liner is just as pigmented and creates a beautiful fuller look. It glides smoothly so I can outline my lips flawlessly. I also was able to buy them on sale for half off. I give this pair a 9 out of 10 stars.

Retails at $22 [Sephora] [Amazon]

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Roller Lash By Benefit

I usually have to apply several coats with other mascara, but with Roller Lash by Benefit I only need 2 or 3 swipes for full lashes.The formula is smooth and doesn’t clump.This mascara’s brush is literally made for separating eyelashes while lengthening and defining for a voluminous look. I bought the mini size and I would absolutely go back for the full size. This little guy is just cute and convenient.The curling wand also gives your lashes a natural looking curl.

Retails at $12 [Sephora] [Amazon]

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Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation

I have combination skin, so certain types of foundation work for me. When my skin tends to be oily, this foundation minimizes shine. I have very pink undertones in my skin and I noticed right away that this foundation has a great coverage you can build. This product evens out my complexion for a polished finish.

Retails at $39 [Sephora] [Amazon]

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Create A Natural Full Face For Under $25

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How To Create A Natural Full Face For Cheap

Personally, I would rather splurge on quality cosmetics knowing I will get the most beautiful results. However, I don’t always have the funds to fuel my addiction, much like many women. In today’s crazy world, it’s more important to focus on surviving. Fortunately, there are inexpensive cosmetics on the shelves that still perform. I’m sure you’ve heard about e.l.f. Cosmetics. They are a cruelty-free makeup brand and very affordable. I’ve come up with a list of 7 amazing beauty products that you don’t have to tap into your savings in order to achieve a complete, natural look. It’s possible and easy to create a natural full face look for under $25!

Foundation: e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation $6

This foundation helps to even out skin tones for a smooth complexion. The non-greasy and lightweight formula blends seamlessly on the skin and won’t cause breakouts and clogged pores. Although the liquid is difficult to layer, it already gives you a nice medium to full coverage. It’s great for covering fine lines and wrinkles without creasing or looking cakey. The formula also contains SPF 15 for mild protection from sun exposure.

Concealer: e.l.f. HD Concealer $3

This high definition concealer contains soothing properties like Green Tea and c-vitamins, which helps to improve skin tone and texture. The formula is thick enough to hide imperfections such as blemishes and hyperpigmentation, but light enough to blend naturally in the skin.

Mascara: e.l.f. Eye Enhancing Mascara $3

The wand is sturdy and is easy to separate each individual lash for a defined and natural look. The formula enhances thick and full eyelashes without clumping together. Although it’s not waterproof, it doesn’t smudge. A fair warning to future customers: There isn’t a lot of product in the tube and it starts to dry up after a few weeks. But considering the low price tag, you get what you pay for.

Brows: e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit $3

I personally have rebought this eyebrow kit. The compact and the brush it comes with are worth the $3 itself, but the powder and wax are surprisingly high quality too. I have super fair eyelashes, so this product helps me to achieve a natural thick eyebrow look. I can layer it to create a dramatic and bold look or tone it down for during the day. For a tip, I mix the wax and powder together and apply it with the brush.

Eyeshadow: e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Trio $4

Peach Please is the best trio color for ladies with blue eyes. All 3 colors blend well without looking dirty. The pigmentation is high quality. However, I prefer matte but they only have shimmery shades. Since these eyeshadows are baked, you can wet your brush for best results.

Lipstick: e.l.f. Matte Lip Color $3

I love these lip colors in the shades Praline and Tea Rose. The affordable price allows you try out all their colors! Even though they are matte textured, the color slides on smooth and isn’t drying to the lips. There’s even a sharpener that comes attached to the stick.

Lip Liner: e.l.f. Lip Liner & Blending Brush $3

This pencil really does amp up your lips. The defined tip gives you an enhanced and full pout. The color stays on the lips a long time for a $3 lip liner. This liner also comes with a brush attached to the end to blend the color through your lips. You could even smear it out and wear the liner as a lip stain.

I hope this list of inexpensive products help you achieve a soft and natural full face. Let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree. I’d love to know what makeup products you use for a natural or “no makeup” look. For high-end product reviews click here. xo!

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