I don't write a lot about beauty unless it's to say that beauty is fluid and we're all beautiful in our own ways. That being said, though, I think it's fun to talk about beauty products occasionally.
I have never worn a lot of makeup. The amounts I use in the items below are quite small as well. I don't even cover my entire face with foundation or the bb cream. I don't believe that we need to be contouring our faces, or completely altering our appearances to be beautiful. However, it is fun to play with makeup, and I'm not opposed to using it.
I think, for me, daily makeup should be a slight enhancement, not a facial overhaul. I have warm skin tones so I keep my makeup tones warm as well. Cool tones tend to enhance the dark tones under my eyes, and just look all wrong with my blue eyes.
Special Note: Everything in this post can be bought at Target, Walgreens or Walmart with the exception of the BB Cream and the perfume.
1. Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 in light to medium shade / $39 (My only splurge beauty item!)
I like this because I hate the feel of heavy foundation. Foundation feels like I've painted my skin and I get grossed out the whole day. My skin tone is fairly even throughout my face except for right under my eyes (dark circles) and on my nose and mouth area, so I just use this over those areas. I leave the rest of my face bare. It goes on smooth, and light and evens things out while providing some sunscreen. (I'm also on the lookout for a cheap BB Cream but haven't tried any of them yet. Got any recommendations?)
2. Juicy Couture Perfume Rollerball / $24
I love this scent, it's light and fresh, and sweet. I don't wear a lot of perfume, and only have a couple I like to use regularly, this is one of them.
3. Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Grey Khaki or Espresso / $6
I don't wear eyeliner every day (and never wear it with my bright lipsticks). But the days I do, I wear this kind. You don't need a sharpener, it's built kind of like a mechanical pencil, so if the point breaks, you just twist it once and the new liner pops out farther.
4. L'Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara in Black Brown / $9
I love this stuff. So much I buy 3 or 4 of it at a time (the brown color is particularly hard to find in drug stores lately). I don't wear black mascara because it looks really harsh against my fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes. I love this stuff, though, did I mention that yet? It makes my thin, short and light-colored eye lashes thick and long.
5. Maybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer in Fair / $5
I've been using this for years. It's cheap in cost, and covers my dark circles better than anything I've found. I just dot it on, and smooth it with my fingers.
6. Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Pretty Peach / $4.50
When I find what I like I stick to it. I've been wearing this blush for a decade at least. It looks the best with my pale warm skin tone, and makes me feel like I look the most healthy. Other tones of blush tend to mess with my overall appearance of a healthy glow. Love this stuff and it's super cheap in cost.
I use very cheap makeup sponges, and a very cheap blush brush. My makeup is super simple, I don't need to buy expensive tools. These have always done the trick for me just fine.
My bright lipsticks are always cheap. I know, people say you get what you pay for, but I happen to love these. They go on thick and if I use chapstick regularly in my life, these lipsticks don't make my lips all crusty. I usually have to reapply after I've eaten, but other than that, they stay really well. Bonus: they're only $2 and if Walgreen's is having a sale, they're even cheaper. It's also the winner of the Allure Best of Beauty Award! Can't beat award winning super cheap lipstick, right?
The colors I have are Stoplight Red, Rosebud, Wine Room, and Cinnamon Spice (love this color for fall & winter!)
Here are some photos of me in Rosebud and Cinnamon Spice:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads for Face / $6 + Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Face Moisturizer with SPF 30 / $8
My face is complicated. It peels and gets greasy at the same time. Because of that, I have to be really careful about what type of face wash and what type of lotion I use. I've tried a lot of face washes that left my face so dry my skin felt tight and then peeled, or lotions that stay sooooo greasy all day or wear off quickly in our dry weather. Honestly, Aveeno products are the only ones that actually work for my skin. (I also use their body wash and lotion!) The best part is, my dermatologist recommends Aveeno products because their quality is spectacular for skin and they work for mild eczema as well, which I totally get on my ankles. Like I said, it's ridiculously dry here in the winter.
The face cleansing pads scrub off my dead skin, and oils without over drying, and the lotion keeps my face moisturized for days. I've worn it camping without bathing or reapplying and my skin stayed awesome the whole time. The other perk to the lotion is it is SPF 30. (I make skin cancer so all my makeup, lip stuff, and lotions have sunscreen in them. We should all be doing this anyway, because any type of tan is skin damage.)
Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm SPF 20 in Sunny Berry / $8
I love this stuff. It gives my lips a sheer pop of color and makes them soft. Living in the Intermountain West means your lips are constantly chapped, and can crack (ouch!), when the temperatures drop. We have relatively no humidity so you must have a lip balm or chapstick if you live here.
I have never been crazy into makeup, but I do love it. I also believe that anyone that tells you that you can't find decent makeup at decent prices is wrong. Sure, it won't be designer quality, but it isn't crappy. I'm a firm believer that beauty doesn't have to break the bank.