A Full Face that Won’t Break the Bank!
I’ve had the exact same song on repeat pretty much all day, and I figured instead of being lazy, I’ll knock out a new blog post!
Today I want to bring you a full set of products that you can use on a day-to-day basis, but these products are special. They are high-end quality with a drugstore price tag, so not only are you going to look amazing, but you’re going to feel amazing for not completely obliterating your bank account.
If you were to walk into Sephora and get the basic products (foundation, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer, a couple different eye shadow combos, mascara and lipsticks/gloss), you are going to walk out minus your first born. Foundation alone can run you over $40 at Sephora, and you can purchase palettes there that are skyrocketing over $50.
Sure these items are great to receive as gifts, or if you are serious about makeup they are good splurge items, but when you are just starting out, or aren’t too adventurous/serious with your makeup, you want to save money while still looking fresh and put together.
I’m going to help you do it.
I’m going to show you the prices of each one of these products, compared to an average total of what you would be spending at the Department Store at the end so…
I am probably one of the pickiest foundation wearers out there. I hate something that’s obnoxiously thick, but I also want a fuller coverage seeing as how I don’t have perfect skin.
Covergirl’s Natureluxe Foundation has been one of the most pleasing drugstore foundations that I have tried. The coverage is not incredibly full, but is definitely buildable. With a wide variety of shades you can mix and match foundations easily. Currently I am shade 320, and I am relatively pale, but around a NW20-25 at this moment.
Natureluxe retails for around $10-12 in drugstores, some places I have found it cheaper though, so it depends on your location. That’s about 1/4th the price of the foundations you’re going to find at Sephora or at Department Store counters.
Need to cover up those under eye circles or stubborn blemishes? Maybelline’s Super Stay 24 hour Concealer is literally the only concealer I have been using since purchasing it. I’ve abandoned my Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer ($25), Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer (over $30), and my M.A.C Concealers all for this baby who will run you about $7.
The coverage is phenomenal. It covers my under eye circles effortlessly. I just dot two drops of this product and tap it in, and my eyes are instantly brightened and awake. It doesn’t settle into fine lines or accentuate any dry spots, and it lasts beautifully without creasing.
Maybelline’s entire line of Super Stay 24 hour products are worth checking out, I haven’t found a single disappointment.
As you can see by the faded packaging, my Rimmel Stay Matte powder has been loved. No matter if you have oily skin or dry skin, you can take a light dusting of this powder with a powder brush or small kabuki over the top of your foundation to set it and ensure that your makeup isn’t going to slip around throughout the day. This will also give you a little added coverage if needed!
Another great alternative is the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, if you are unable to find this product!
This product is only going to run you about $5!
One brand that has been stunning me lately with their quality is Wet n’ Wild. What once was the cheap drugstore crappy quality for young girls playing with glitter has turned into one of the most impressive brands for their price tag. One of my favorites (I’ll show you another Wet n’ Wild product later on in this post!) is the blush! This intensely pigmented color will give you a beautiful flush (in so many different shades) for only $3. Some of my recommendations for colors are Mellow Wine (a darker berry) and Heather Silk (a nice wearable pink).
Without a doubt, I reach for my NYC Bronzer in Sunny nearly every day. This is just the perfect matte bronzer that is completely neutral. It works beautifully to give you a sun kissed look without pulling a Jersey Shore. Bronzer isn’t for everyone, but if you are seeking to slim your face, place this in the hollows of your cheek starting back by your ear. It helps if you make a fishy face and then apply the bronzer where your cheeks are creasing! You’re going to look silly, but afterwards you are going to have instantly slimmed your face.
Sunny is going to run you less than $3, so get out there.
I have a couple different options for affordable eye shadow palettes and brands. Up in our top left corner we have the 8 pan palettes from Maybelline. These are great for a wide variety of colors all in one little container. You get some brighter highlight shades, some darker smokey shades, and some pops of color as well. This will run you about $6.
Our next option are the Wet n’ Wild Palettes. Above you’ll see Vanity, a six pan palette, that gives you a multitude of options for a sexy neutral look. This is one of my favorite palettes that I own, even with the variety of high-end palettes that I own. This will only cost you about $4.99.
Lastly, the Covergirl Single Shadows are another amazing product. You can get a couple of these to switch up your looks. My favorite is Tapestry Taupe, a versatile shadow that I can wear by itself or with another shade. These are about $4, so you’re not getting the same amount of color as the other two for the price, but if you are looking for a pop of color shade, or something more unique, they are great!
I am a big advocate for the drugstore mascara. In my opinion it is pointless to purchase a high end mascara, because I’ve found that drug store will do you right every time, and is often even better. The one mascara I splurged on was the Benefit “They’re Real”, and I don’t regret it, but I still love my drugstore alternatives.
Above you’ll see my all-time favorite, Loreal’s Voluminous Carbon Black. From the beginning of this blog I have always used and sworn by this mascara, I have repurchased it more times that I can count, and I never get sick of it. This is going to run you about $8!
Although the Revlon Lip Butters are my go-to drugstore favorite right now, they can reach about 8 to 9 dollars in most drugstores, which can be hard to afford when you are on a budget and want several different colors. TheMaybelline Baby Lips are a great alternative. Baby Lips are an ultra moisturizing balm that will give you a little pop of color! My favorite is Peach Kiss because it gives an amazing nude shimmer, and you don’t feel any dry, flakiness on your lips from a harsher product. These will only run you about $3 a piece!
So let’s get this straight…
Depending of course on sales you find, or your locations prices,
Depending of course on sales you find, or your locations prices,
If you purchase the products I’ve shared with you today, you are going to spend an average of…
If you purchase all of these product’s equivalents at Sephora or a department store, you will be spending an average of…
That’s over 5 times as much money.