Oh, hey there. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Sorry about that, but I swear I’ve got good reasons. First of all, I’m moving at the end of this month and I hadn’t found a place yet. Browsing Westside Rentals and Craigslist and asking friends of friends of friends and looking at places took up much of my time. Thankfully, I found a place and signed a lease earlier this week.
Secondly, I went to the dentist for the first time in years. I know, I know. It’s terrible and backwards because the reason I hadn’t gone was because I didn’t have dental insurance and the thing that brought me in was an unbearable toothache. The dentist did emergency x-rays and I needed a root canal badly. They haven’t even checked the rest of my teeth – that’s coming soon. I can only imagine what else I’ll need. So now I’m spending waaaay more money to fix everything. My sweet tooth has done me wrong. Go to the dentist regularly, people. Lesson learned.
Now that I’ve justified my absence to you, it goes without saying that I have spent a huge amount of money in the past couple of weeks. Tears have been shed, panic has come and gone (and come back). So, one of my main focuses right now is budgeting and making due with what I already have. I’ve never discriminated against affordable or drugstore makeup, but we’re reaching another level in our relationship now that I have to watch every cent I spend.
I want to share with you all how I’m budgeting, using more affordable products and shopping my collection as it is. I’ve promised myself that I wouldn’t buy any new beauty products unless I completely run out of something I need. I figure this will take quite a long time as I have several products from each category.
Let’s focus on the complexion today. The drugstore has seriously been stepping it up in this department. I used to be a foundation snob and use Make Up Forever exclusively, but those days are long gone. Two foundations I’ve recently been loving are the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation ($5.99) and L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation ($12.99). The L’Oreal foundation is more full-coverage and better for oily skin, while the Wet N Wild foundation is closer to medium coverage with a more natural and dewy finish. Both bomb.
For concealer, Maybelline is it. I love their Fit Me concealer for highlighting and lighter coverage, but when I need a little more help in the under-eye area I always reach for the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer ($8.99). This concealer is full coverage and blends out with ease. I set it with a translucent powder and have no problems with creasing throughout my busy days.
To apply my foundation and blend out concealer I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($6.99). Trust me, I love my Beauty Blender as much as the next girl/guy but those babies ain’t cheap. I find that this sponge gets the job done just as well. The shape of it is unique in that it has a flat edge. This flat side is ideal for working around the curves of the nose and under the eyes.
I’ve been dabbling in cream contouring recently, and have found a drugstore product that I really like for doing so. The Wet N Wild MegaGlo Makeup Stick ($3.99) comes in 3 contour shades and 2 highlight shades. I find that the product is extremely creamy and blends out quite easily with both a brush or beauty sponge.
As far as bronzer goes, my favorite from the drugstore is the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer ($14.99). This bronzer is a little more on the expensive side as far as drugstore products go, but I think the quality can’t be beat. The color is extremely natural and not overly orange or warm. In fact, the color is cool enough to contour with. The powder is extremely smooth and blends out easily. My biggest issue with it is that it comes in two shades. I wear the darker (/darkest) shade and it is barely dark enough. As you can see, I’m not very dark on the grand scale of complexion. There are darker skin tones out there that deserve to be bronzed and contoured to, so Physician’s Formula, expand your shade range. Please and thank you.
The e.l.f. Blush Palette ($6.00) is another impressive product for the price. There are 4 shades that will go with any look. I have the light palette and it contains a very bright pink shade, a more rosy pink shade, a bright coral pinks shade, and a peachy orange shade. The palettes also have a large quality mirror which is a huge plus.
And finally, broke girls have to glow, too. I have been loving the Colourpop Highlighter in Wisp ($8.00) to highlight lately. It’s almost a cream-to-powder formula that is best applied with your finger. The highlight isn’t of the BAM in-your-face variety, but a softer more subtle highlight. If you want a highlight with more of a wow-factor, you can apply a powder highlight on top to turn it up a notch.
There you have some of my favorite affordable face products. I’ll be doing a post with eye and lip products as well, so keep an eye out for that. I hope this post was helpful in some way. I know a lot of us out there aren’t wealthy (YET) and have a lot of real-life adult issues that are trying and tough to get through, so I wanted to write a post that a lot of you can relate to. What are your favorite affordable makeup products? What are your fail-safe tips for sticking to a budget? This girl could use all the help in the world. Until next time.