10 Solid Drugstore Beauty Products

Been seeking a few beauty products that are top notch quality, at a bottom dollar price?  Here’s a list of 12 products (in no particular order) that I swear by that are beauty must haves that you can find at your local drugstore…

1. Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine Silicone Free Shampoo:

Pantene Pro-V Ice ShineWhen you look good, you feel good…and Pantene will help you get there.

Do you have hair that looks lifeless and lacks shine? Get healthy-looking hair with brilliant shine that lasts 24 hours with Pantene Pro-v Ice Shine Products.

Even after the first use, you will see a difference in the way your hair looks and feels – silkier and shiner. Pantene’s Ice Shine shampoo is specially formulated to remove dirt and styling residue, which can make hair look dull and lifeless. Created without silicone, dyes, or parabens. It is gentle and mild which makes it appropriate for color-treated or permed hair.

2. Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes

Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes effectively dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and makeup-even waterproof mascara-for clean, fresh skin in one easy step.

These gentle, ultra soft cloths contain superior cleansing technology so effective it removes even waterproof mascara. With one step, it leaves skin thoroughly clean with no heavy residue, so there’s no need to rinse. And it’s gentle enough to use around the sensitive eye area, even for contact lens wearers. Refill and traveling packs are also available. Make your skin make-up free the easy way.

3. Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Tousling Styling Creme

Tousle Me Softly Styling Creme

Ever need that extra “umph” to get those full bodied waves you crave? Ditch that blah crunchy-curl hair gel and try Tousle Me Softly Tousling Styling Creme by Herbal Essences! It gives damp hair a smooth start for a soft, messy-hair look. Then it goes to work on dry, styled hair to calm anxious fly-aways and touches up tousles throughout the day. And if you really want to tousle it up, get a good base with Set Me Up Stylers Mousse or Spray Gel before finishing with this hair cream. Become a shapeshifter. The power to create looks in minutes.
4. Maybelline New York Great Lash Big Mascara
Great Lash BIG

Live big! Great Lash Big has a bigger brush for great big live-it-up lashes! The great big brush provides a bigger, bolder lash effect. Great buildable formula still conditions as it thickens with even greater intensity. No clumps or globs.

  • Features a bigger brush
  • No clumps or globs

5. Eyes Lips Face (E.L.F.) Brushes

E.L.F. Brushes

Become your own makeup artist with E.L.F Brushes and Brush Sets. Each brush has been ergonomically designed to fit perfectly into your hand to facilitate a flawless finish with every application. You can count on fluffy, non-irritating bristles on each brush – everything from eyes, lips, and face.

6. Sonia Kashuk Sheer Magic Mineral Face Palette

Sonia Kashuk Face Palette

(Exclusively sold at Target) These precious stones work to soften, treat, and smooth the skin while reflecting light and inducing a flawless and natural radiance. This 3-in-1 palette perfectly combines mineral concealer, foundation, and sheer blush. Powder foundation and loose blush are talc-free, lightweight and extremely blend-able. Minerals work with all skin types and are especially gentle for sensitive skin.  The creamy smooth concealer camouflages skins imperfections while preserving skins elasticity and preventing dehydration.  Soften, treat, and smooth skin for natural radiance. Known to brighten and energize the skin, minerals bring luminosity using ultra-fine coverage.
7. Organix Ever Straight Flat Iron Spray: Brazillian Keratin Therapy
Flat Iron Spray
Rich Brazilian cocoa nut oils combined with hydrolyzed keratin protein to seal and protect your hair from thermal heat styling. Protects against heat damage caused by flat irons, curling irons and any other heat tool. Keeps your locks glossy with a healthy-looking glow. An exclusive blend of antioxidant rich organic coconut oil along with rich keratin proteins infuse to strengthen the hair, while organic avocado oils and cocoa butter smooth the cuticle for straight, strong tresses adding a brilliant glow and luminescent shine.
8. Umberto Beverly Hills Repair Treatment Masque
Repair Masque
A rich, luxurious deep conditioner that renews damaged hair, as well as hair that has been chemically treated. With a blend of marine derived amino acid to restore hair’s strength, your hair  becomes shinier and healthier. Co-polymer botanical proteins improve body and manageability, and repair split ends.
9. Maybelline New York Define-A-Line Automatic Eye Liner
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Characterize and outline your eyes with the Maybelline Define-a-Line eyeliner. IHighlight and beautify your eyes with the ebony black eyeliner to give it definition and depth that will capture everyones attention. The eye makeup liner will smoothly and precisely glide along your lash line and under your eyes, in a single stroke. Apply from the inner to the outer corners to outline your eyes. It comes with a built-in contour smudger that you can utilize if you wish to add a smokey effect to your eyes. The Maybelline eye liner is ideal for all day wear. It has been ophthalmologist-tested and is also safe for use on sensitive eyes.
10. Revlon PhotoReady Concealer
PhotoReady Concealer
Camouflage and illuminate your skin with Revlon’s PhotoReady Concealer. For a flawless, airbrush finish, Revlon’s silky smooth formula instantly conceals imperfections and highlights while providing full coverage. Be photo-ready with the photochromatic pigments blended into the formula to reflect and diffuse light.

From Wand to Lash: A Mascara Guide

mascara-wanderApplying Mascara – The Right Way

  • Don’t pump the wand in and out of the bottle. This pushes excess air into the tube which will make the mascara dry out faster causing exactly what you want to avoid: clumping and flaking. Instead, gently twist the back and forth or in circular motions to gather the desired amount of product.
  •  Before applying mascara, consider curling you lashes with an eyelash curler. If you decide to curl your lashes, begin at the root of the lashes being careful not to get any skin into the eyelash curler. Press the curler together and hold for about 10 seconds and move the curler out to the end of your lashes and repeat. Again, this step is optional but it does make for longer looking lashes and opens the eye.
  •  When you remove the wand from the bottle make sure to scrape off any excess mascara from the wand, especially towards the tip of the wand. This will help you avoid making your lashes clumpy and unwanted mess.
  • For the top lashes, look straight forward, holding the wand horizontally, place at the root of your lashes. Using a back-and-forth, wiggling motion to keep lashes from clumping together. While moving the wand up your lashes and sweep upward, to help give your lashes a curled effect. Keep repeating this until you get your lashes as thick as you want, usually 2 coats is enough.
  • Clinique Bottom Lash MascaraFor the bottom lashes, tilt your head forward slightly to keep from getting mascara elsewhere on your face. Hold the wand vertically and use wiggling motions starting at the roots, towards the tips of your lower lashes. In case of mess, you may want to fold a tissue in half, holding the edge just under your eye to prevent smearing etc. If desired, you can even purchase a mascara specifically for your lower lashes. Check out Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara : the brush was engineered to grasp and coat your tiniest lashes; while the expert formula resists pesky formulas.

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Keep Lashes From Clumping

Lash combs are great to keep your lashes from clumping.  To use a lash comb, first applymascara at the lash base, and then wiggle the lash comb through to the tips of your lashes.
Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Mascaras

It’s okay to have two favorite mascaras, so why not combine them? Easily make your lashes pop by applying one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by one coat of a volumizing mascara.

Try a Colored Mascara

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Basic mascara rules are simple:  Black works for everyone but can be harsh on light-skinned blondes.  Blondes should opt for brown/black by day and reserve black for night.  Burgundy or plum colors make blue eyes pop, as do blue mascaras.  Purple mascara looks great on brown eyes. Here’s a great example of hued mascara by Estee Lauder, it’s the Sumptous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Violet. Estee Lauder carries a variety of colors from this line to add that pop of color to enhance your eyes.

Use a Mascara PrimerSmashbox Layer Lash Primer

Just like you do before applying foundation, prep your lashes with a primer.  The primer can help you get the most out of your mascara, while working with the formula to get maximum, lasting effects. Try Smashbox Layer Lash Primer, packed with strengthening and conditioning panthenol for longer, healther lashes.

Wait to Blink & Double-Check Once Dry

Before you blink or even think about touching around your eye area, wait a few minutes to let the mascara dry to prevent smudging, smearing, and raccoon eyes.

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Picking the Best Mascara for You
There are what seems to be a zillion mascaras out there – so how do you know which one is the one for you? Consider what your target concern is: length, volume, growth, waterproof, extra curl,  multi-tasking etc. Once you decide what you want from your mascara, your search has narrowed down! Here are a few picks I selected that you may want to try for yourself…

Multi-Purpose Mascaras

Too Faced Lash Injection MascaraToo Faced Lash Injection

Elastic polymers surround each lash to stretch beyond the natural lash for extreme volume and intense drama. In one coat, have rich, full lashes. With 2-3 coats, get extreme volume and intense drama. Long-wearing, weatherproof formula ensures lashes never smudge or flake. Blended with a generous dose of moisturizing Vitamin E for longer, healthier lashes. Free of parabens, chemicals and phthalates.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin MascaraPhysicians Formula Organic Mascara

Revolutionary 100% Natural Origin formula contains the purest ingredients and provides 5x Lash Boosting for lash length, volume & definition naturally.

100% Recyclable Eco-Brush defines each lash with ultra-soft plastic bristles and 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals, Synthetic Preservatives, Parabens, Clumping, Smudging, Flaking, Fibers & Dyes.

Maybelline Great Lash MascaraMaybelline New York Geat Lash Mascara

A lengthening and thickening mascara.

It has a medium-size brush; the tube has a wiper to keep the formula from getting gloppy on the brush; it’s ophthalmologist-tested and safe for sensitive eyes and contact-lens wearers.

Great for everyday, the light formula delivers long, evenly spaced lashes and keeps them soft, not brittle or spiky.

Endless Lengths

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara

Maybelline Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara

The hottest thing lashes will ever wear. The mascara that does for lashes what stilettos do for legs.

Grip & Extend brush grasps each lash and coats from every angle. Elastic formula stretches lashes for provocative length. Pro-Vitamin B-5 formula conditions and smooths for black-patent shine.

 Contact lens safe.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara

BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara

A lash-defining and lengthening mascara

The wand has a thin, tapered brush that evenly deposits the dark formula.

This conditioning formula (loaded with jojoba and meadowfoam seed oils and shea butter) is paraben-free, and the narrow brush grabs and defines every last lash for a natural, you-but-better look.

Pump up the Volume

Buxom Lash

Buxom Lash

An intensely volumizing mascara for bigger, fuller lashes.

This vitamin-enriched formula deepens, darkens, and thickens from root to tip. The curvy hourglass-shaped brush holds the ideal amount of mascara to ensure every lash is coated evenly with a silky, clump-free formula.

L’oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof

Wimpy lashes turn big and beautiful in a few smooth, clump-free swipes.

(Shown in waterproof formula)

The Millionizer brush has a multitude of bristles to separate lashes for a fanned-out lash effect. The excess wiper removes excess mascara. It leaves the brush coated with just the right amount of formula to achieve maxed up volume with no overload and no clumps.

MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara

MAC Haute and Naughty Lashes

The double, screw-on tops are placed one over another on a single tube: the hot pink cap puts less color on the wand; the sparkly purple one beneath loads the brush with more product for a thicker application.

The top precision wiper combs lashes for length and hits the teeny corner hairs and bottom baby ones; the other gives plenty of fullness and lush-looking color, but with a few more clumps.

More Curl

Lorac Multiplex 3D Lashes Volumizing & Thickening Mascara

Lorac Multiplex 3d Lashes Volumizing&Thickening Mascara

This buildable, smudge-resistant and multidimensional mascara contains Silk and Keratin, which help to nourish and condition your lashes.

This mascara instantly delivers up to three times the volume of your natural lashes for a dramatic lash look while silk and keratin nourish and condition. Its professional curved brush easily grabs, lifts, and curls for maximum coverage and length.

Urban Decay SuperCurl Curling Mascara

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This formula boosts curl, separates lashes, and literally crafts each one into an expertly-shaped, battable set.

Part of the secret lies in the molded and curved new technology wand that shapes lashes AND holds curl effectively throughout the day. The incredible conditioning ingredients of the  formula – packed with glycoprotein for lash thickening, moringa seeds to help with curl definition, and Meadowfoam seed oil and Shea Butter for conditioning and smoothing. 

My Favorite Things (February 2013)

Here’s a list of some of my favorite self care/ grooming products right now; read on and maybe you’ll find something worth trying for yourself!

Lush Cosmetics: Shine So Bright Split End Treatment

From the hair dryer, to the flat iron, the occasional curling iron, and some color treatment here and there, my hair needs some extra love and care. This hair repairing balm is one of my newer purchases, but has been proven to be worthy of become staple item to include in my hair products. Shine So BrightThis product works great on wet or dry hair, and will protect your ends from those hot tools you may use on your hair: Just scoop a small amount with your fingertips and rub in the balm until it become transparent, and then stroke onto the ends of your hair.  Although it comes in a small tin, it actually lasts for over 3 months and is well worth the price of ten dollars. If you are unfamiliar with Lush Cosmetics , you should seriously check them out! They have become one of my favorite cosmetics companies because they do not test on animals, all of their products are hand-made with fresh and organic ingredients, and not to mention everything smells so good!

Lush Cosmetics:Tea Tree Water

As a toner, Lush’s Tea Tree Water is my saving grace – it is targeted to help oily (or combination), blemish prone skin to find the right balance and encourage soft, clean skin. In the form of a spray, I find this product to be suitable for anyone on the go, and makes usage completely sanitary.Tea Tree Water Most customers have said the product is great for daily use, those with sensitive skin, treating redness, minimizing pores, and uneven skin tone, and I couldn’t agree more! I use this toner every day and actually look forward to it! Your skin instantly feels fresh, smooth, and any excess dirt and oil is diminished.

 

 

 

 

Grease Lightning

Lush Cosmetics: Grease Lightning

If you suffer from blemish prone, or oil prone skin and have yet to find that perfect product that soothes your skin, you may want to try Grease Lightning. This particular product was definitely on my shopping list when I made one of my trips to my nearest Lush destination because I too have these concerns and heard that this is a must try! When you feel like you’ve tried every product on the shelf, and have too often been disappointed, this tea tree treatment makes up for everything. In the form of a gel, this treatment only takes a small amount to provide full strength results to sooth troubled skin and provide a matte finish.

Lush Cosmetics: Herbalism

Known to unclog impurities from pores, this face cleanser has become one of my all-time favorite washes I have ever used. My skin is unusually sensitive and I always have to look out for certain ingredients and chemicals in the products I use on my face and this one is perfectly harmless with natural ingredients.Herbalism It’s a gentle exfoliant (gentle enough to use daily) that clears up blemishes on oily skin and can be paired with Grease Lighting to help even skin tone. I would have to say that because Lush insists on all natural products, and really focuses on quality products, I really look forward to using all of these products in the morning and at night so that my face routine isn’t so much of a chore, but more of an enjoyable activity that I know is beneficial for my skin.

Freeman Beauty: Pomegranate Facial Revealing Peel-Off Mask

I love DIY Face Masks, but sometimes I go for pre-made masks instead. I really like Freeman products because they are affordable and are high in quality in regard to product, and results. Pomegranate Peel-Off MaskThis Pomegranate Peel-Off Mask is one of my favorites because it is just what my skin needs when I am under stress, and want to revive texture, and balance.  When used 2 times a week (as suggested) the results are clear: your pores absorb less oil and your skin is free of impurities, not to mention soft and supple. For a quick refresher for your facial routine, I highly recommend this product, and it’s great for all skin types!

Freeman Beauty: Pomegranate Sugar Body Scrub

Sugar Body Scrub

Perfect to for anyone looking to get that all-over natural glow on their body, Freeman’s Sugar Body Scrubs work wonders! I particularly have grown fond of the Pomegranate Sugar Scrub because the rejuvenating formula is incredibly refreshing to my skin, and smoothing for softness.  It smells good enough to eat (though I wouldn’t suggest consumption), adding this scrub to your shower routine will only make you love your skin even more!

Garnier: Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-CreamMoisture Rescue Gel-Cream

Although my skin is oil-prone, I still cannot shy away from including a moisturizer in my skin care regimen. I have used Garnier’s Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream for over a year and fell in love from the first use. The oil-free formula makes this gel cream perfect to balance my skin while still providing key nutrients to keep my skin’s moisture in tact. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and is great for daytime and nighttime use for lasting hydration.

 

Herbal Essences: Touchably Smooth Split End Protector

Split End ProtectorAlong with my Lush Shine So Bright treatment, I have been a loyal user of Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Split End Protector for at least three years now. My long locks need all of the help to prevent breakage and promotion of  healthy, strong hair in all aspects, and this cream is a prime supporter of all of my concerns. I use some serums to protect my hair from heat too, but the split end treatments really quench my hair and at the same time enhances smoothness and silkiness for touchable looks.

 

 

 

Earth Therapeutics: Organic Nail & Cuticle Care

Nail and Cuticle TreatmentMade with an all natural formula, I love Earth Therapeutics Organic Nail and Cuticle Care cream. With it, I am able to nourish my nails and cuticles with essential oils and vitamins that will strengthen the nails, while promoting health, and soften my cuticles. It’s just a must-have item in my manicure drawer to deep condition my hands with beautiful results.

 

 

 

So those are my current favorite items that I use on generally a day-to-day basis, I hope you have some ideas of some new products to try or will even check-out some of these brands to find the perfect products for you.

 

Wal-Mart Haul

In preparation to my attempt at a 20 Day Make-Up Challenge I am doing this week, I picked up a few things from Wal-Mart that I am really excited to get creative with!

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What I got:

  • Eye Candy Sparkle Cream Eyeshadow & Glitter Eyeshadow by Hard Candy

I have heard about, and seen Hard Candy products, but have been a little hesitant to try them out. Their adorable packaging and generously-sized products (ranging from face primers to body shimmer and everything in between) have always caught my eye; last night I looked them up to find out more. Sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, Hard Candy brings spunk to the cosmetics industry with fun, rocker-chic edge. According to SheSpeaks.Com , customers have rated this brand a 3.6 out of 5 stars – not bad!Hard Candy Eye Candy

What made me finally give-in and try it for myself was the fact that they are very affordable (ranging from $3 – $20), so I wouldn’t feel like I wasted a lot of money, if I’m not completely satisfied.

Anyway, the Sparkle Cream Eye Shadow and the Glitter Eyeliner (in Flashy) actually came as a set – which I loved! I have been skeptical about different glitter eye shadows because most formulas are just powders and I had read reviews where customers were dissatisfied with such products because it is messy to apply, and is faulty in that the looseness of the powder makes it easy for the glitter to end up elsewhere on your face. I’m hoping that this cream formula will be less disappointing and the liner will be the perfect accent!

 

  • Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer with Concealer Pencil by Hard Candy

Glamoflauge

Who could resist buying some concealer while on a make-up haul? Since I caved and broke whatever barrier was standing between me and Hard Candy products, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to test out some of their Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer with Concealer Pencil in Tan. As another dual purchase, I hadn’t realized until I got home how large this tube of glam actually is! This already pleases me and I look forward to using it very soon. They aren’t kidding about the “heavy-duty” either, on the back of the package they explain that this formula “blends flawlessly into skin, hides everything from dark circles and blemishes to tattoos” – so for anyone looking to conceal their tats, go out and pick up some Glamoflauge for yourself.

  • Wear Infinité Studio Secrets Professional Eyeshadow by L’oréal

Studio Secrets Eye ShadowThis L’oréal shadow in Seashell was the perfect secret ingredient I had been searching for to create smooth, matte finish eye looks. I couldn’t pass this up because often it is a little difficult to come by matte white or off-white shadows; it seems that everything these days has some sort of shimmery, satin finish. This bone shade is suttle enough to use to set the concealer under your brows, or even as a highlight. L’oréal always delivers quality, professional worthy products, so I know this will be a great addition to my make-up bag.

 

  • Colour Riche le Gloss by L’oréal

Le Gloss Plum RushI love the Colour Riche lip line by L’oréal – the products are worth every dime, and help you give your look that perfectly polished finish. Particularly, the le Gloss line has been one of my favorites for a while now. The color selection is endless (all true to color), creates glazed lips, and feels very smooth. I felt a little daring today and went out of my comfort zone with this deep purple gloss in Plum Rush. I am really looking forward to creating looks with an edge, and I know this product will do exactly that, plus it smells good!

 

  • Super Lustrous Lipstick by Revlon

Normally, I like to wear nude lipsticks with light hints of pinks or oranges just because I think they don’t wash out to my look nor overwhelmingly add age and they’re totally capable of being an every day look. Revlon Super Lustrous LipstickSo I had to pick up a new nude shade, this time with stronger orange undertones rather than pinks. I got this Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Just Enough Buff. Most of my lipsticks are by NYX, but I have heard that this particular line of Revlon lipsticks are long lasting, and smooth; they even have great hues without drawing out moisture from your lips. Even so, this lipstick was very affordable and I suspect will be worth it.

 

 

 

  • Color Tattoo Metal 24 Hour Eyeshadow by MaybellineMaybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24 Hr

I’ve been wanting to try out the Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow by Maybelline for a while now, and I thought – why not now? The one I picked out is from the “Metals” line in Electric Blue. The creamy, saturated, long-lasting color will be perfect for capturing those dark, yet bold, captivating looks. When I saw this shadow, I immediately became inspired by the night sky, so I plan to pull of something of that nature.

 

 

    • Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick by Rimmel LondonLasting Finish By Kate Moss

After posting about red lipsticks , I was definitely in the mood to get some. This particular one from Ka

te Moss’ Line with Rimmel, Lasting Finish, was a ‘must-buy’. Though I am not much into wearing red lipsticks, I wanted to experiment a little with the burgundy and berry shades of red trend that is making a come back right now; this shade is called Rossetto. In contrast to my NYX lipsticks, this line of lip colour is supposed to last for a full 8 hours with a highly saturated color and has soft, smoothing, moisturizing effects.

  • Perfectly Glamourous Lashes by Salon Perfect

Last but not least, I changed up my falsies for something a little more dramatic this time: I got Salon Perfect’s Perfectly Glamourous Lashes in 28. Prior to switching my everyday brand to Ardell, I used Salon Perfect for about a year. This brand is great because their lashes are lightweight, easy to apply and very comfortable. They are less expensive than Ardell and are sold at Wal-Mart. The pair of 28’s I purchased are long and full bodied, so all of the desired drama I wish to play up in my eyes will not fall short. Anyone who would like to start wearing falsies should consider the Starter Kit line from Salon perfect, they range from individual lashes (for a little bit more natural look) to strip lashes for extra drama.

Perfectly Glamourous 28

I hope this post has given you some ideas about different products to go out and try for yourself, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for my 20 Day Challenge posts! Feel free to leave comments about your take on these products, or any alternatives!

Mini-Haul

I went on a mini-shopping haul; meaning I indulged myself in unnecessary retail therapy the other day, and found myself on somewhat of a make-up spending spree…

I ended up using a gift-card I had received to Sephora, and I must say, not only was it much appreciated, but it was money well spent too! I had my eye on the Sephora + Pantone Universe Alchemy of Color Face Palette earlier this year and decided that was a must, and img_36811I also thought I would pick-up some fun and quirky eyeliner, along with a ruby red shade lip pencil to use in my Pin-Up Valentine’s Day Tutorial. Although the pencils are mini-sized, they have jumbo-sized quality and are perfect for those creative urges you’re dying to try!

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Then I treated myself to another item I had been eyeing since this past summer: my Toofaced La Creme Lip Cream in “In the Buff”. I often use lipstick, lip crayons, lip gloss, and lip stain – but by far this is the most satisfying product I have yet to come across. It’s moisture rich, made with lotus flower & power peptides, and has a comfortable color drenched appeal to enhance your natural lips. I am pretty much in love with this lip cream, and our bond will be quite difficult to break. And besides…it’s so pretty!

img_36831Finally, I picked up some other necessities on a more affordable budget.  I am  obsessed with concealer so it is always an item that is bound to end up in my shopping basket. I really enjoy this Match Perfection 2-in-1 concealer and highlighter because it has a brush tip applicator, making concealing imperfections super easy and mess free!  The Fix&Perfect primer was a purchase that I now feel bad for having a bit of early buyer’s remorse… but after using the Rimmel primer, I think I have found the same quality product, at just a lower budget – and I couldn’t be happier! As for the Lip Contouring Pencil – I wanted something that was neutral enough to not overwhelm my natural lip color,as well as to not take away from other lip products I may or may not decide to use over it.This pencil did exactly that, plus it lasts all day!

So, although my wallet may be hurting, I am beyond satisfied with these picks I got and encourage you to go out and try them for yourself!

A Few of My Favorite Things

    I’ve been meaning to make a decent list of products for any one out there who may spend a little too much of their time in the make-up aisle at the store or online researching the latest beauty products. I for one have spent too many days reading about products, and indecisively lurking in the beauty aisles – its no crime! But here’s just a small list of a few of my favorite and new products that I am currently loving, and hopefully will give you an idea of what to look for and purchase when you’re out on your next make-up haul.

 Coastal Scents Corrective Concealer Palette

Particularly useful for highlighting, camouflaging unruly blemishes, or even practicing make-up on others. Includes a wide range of skin tones for coverage, and corrective colors to minimize imperfections.

Particularly useful for highlighting, camouflaging unruly blemishes, or even practicing make-up on others. Includes a wide range of skin tones for coverage, and corrective colors to minimize imperfections.

As a conceal-aholic, I always find myself on the endless hunt for the perfect concealer. I particularly look for perfect coverage, light weight application, and am always conscious of my sensitive, oil-prone skin.

I have tried concealers from local drugstores, but I just can’t fight my obsession and am constantly going through tubes of concealer like there’s no tomorrow. So I figured, why not try a concealer palette?

So I went on Amazon.com, and found this perfect, affordable Coastal Scents Corrective Concealer Palette. Not only does it provide many different shades to perfectly camouflage imperfections and this amazing applicator brush, but it also has these great corrective shades to find the right balance for your skin.

113 Piece Beauty Gems Make-Up Palette

Perfect for travelling as an all-in-one kit. Includes eye shadows, highlighting powders, blush, and lip gloss.

Perfect for travelling as an all-in-one kit. Includes eye shadows, highlighting powders, blush, and lip gloss.

Palettes have almost always been one of my make-up “must-haves”.  Not only do they provide the essential eye shadows, blushes, and lip glosses, but they are absolutely perfect for any girl on the go. Palettes come in all sizes, and you can even find some that focus on just one aspect of your face! Perfect right?

Investing in this 113 Piece Beauty Gems Make-Up Palette from Ulta (Ulta.com) has been one of my better decisions; as far as make-up shopping goes. Affordable, compact, and fun to create with, this palette has definitely become one of my favorite products, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is searching for a total face palette.

TooFaced Cosmetics

Amazing Face Foundation, Primed and Poreless Primer, Shadow Insurance-Candlelight, and Absolutely Flawless Concealer. (TooFaced.com)

Amazing Face Foundation, Primed and Poreless Primer, Shadow Insurance-Candlelight, and Absolutely Flawless Concealer. (TooFaced.com)

As mentioned before, my number one concern when shopping for make-up is my sensitive, oil-prone skin. In attempt to make the switch from tinted moisturizer to liquid foundation and concealers, I discovered one of my all time favorite make-up brands: TooFaced.

I instantly fell in love after my first few purchases because they aimed towards those ladies who have sensitive skin, oil-prone skin, and provide more than satisfactory products. These are bit more pricey compared to average drugstore products, but absolutely worth every cent.

Since my first trial purchases, I have transformed my make-up case into an overpopulated haven for TooFaced products. Definitely, if you are looking for quality and skin-friendly formulated make-up products, I encourage you to try TooFaced!