Considering my last favorites post was from April, it’s safe to say I have maannnyyy goodies that I’ve been loving since then. I’ve been dutifully pinching pennies as I save up for grad school, so this month’s favorites are all drugstore (or drugstore priced) cosmetic products. Gotta love high quality, cheap makeup! Let’s get started with some of them, shall we?
So summer is the perfect time to play with golds and bronzes on the eyes, and please believe this shade is beautiful. It’s become a highly coveted shade on the interwebs and with good reason, so it may take you a couple visits before your local store has any left of this color, but it is definitely worth the search. This pressed pigment-esque eyeshadow has super versatility from day to night, and the best part is that it takes such little work to look good- you literally just lightly pack it on your lid and you’re done. You can find my favorite tutorials/videos using this product here, here, and here.
My trusty Sephora lady led me astray when recommending Stila’s Stay All Day eyeliner pen for long wearing, smudge free eyeliner. This drugstore version is so. much. better. It sets quickly and does not budge. Just an FYI, the learning curve can be a little steep if you’re new to working with eyeliner pens, but I think they are the best way to get that very precise, dramatic line. To make the whole process more user friendly, I personally prefer pens that are fairly saturated with product so that you don’t have to tug on your lid or go over the same area twice, and this one does just that. (Pretty sure the “lash boosting” is just a gimmick, but it can’t hurt!)
Hellooooo, perfect contour color! In my humble opinion, contouring calls for a color with cool, almost gray undertones to best mimic an actual shadow. While many people use regular bronzer when HACing, I personally think it looks a bit unnatural and can sometimes look like you just wore the wrong shade of foundation or powder. After reading about this little guy on the interwebs but not being able to find it in stores, it was definitely worth it for me to order off of Amazon because I use it every day I wear makeup. This “blush” offers easy blendability, but the pigmentation can go from subtle to BAM easily so practice both a light hand and patience.
This lip balm with a subtle wash of color is perfect for lazy days when you reeaalllyy don’t want to try very hard… or even those days when you just don’t want to look like you’ve tried very hard. For me, this coral shade is a slightly brighter “my lips but better” look. Although I do prefer it over the similar Maybelline Baby Lips as far as moisture goes, Nivea adds in a really unfortunate scent-turned-taste that really irritates me for those five or so minutes before it fades away. After that, we’re golden, and this one has found a permanent home in my purse.
So I know I posted all about the Flower About Face as my holy grail foundation, but I got to thinking about all of my upcoming loonnngg days in class and clinicals and decided to venture out into the much touted ColorStay line. This formula was so intriguing because of its “whipped crème” consistency that has only previously been seen in high end formulas. When you first open the package, it looks like a jar of thick, almost coffee/toffee flavored pudding, but it applies much lighter than it looks or feels. Somehow, someway, it has that little bit of magic in it to where my face just looks good when wearing it. So far the longest I’ve worn this is about six hours, so I haven’t had to put its long wearing claim to the test yet, but I like it so much that I’ll keep it in my rotation regardless.
When Urban Decay released their Naked 3 palette last winter, it took so much will power not to run out and snatch that $54 beauty up. I told myself that I needed to first work more on using the palettes I already had before splurging on another Naked palette (wasn’t that so grown up of me?). But, when Coastal Scents released this dupe on sale for only TEN BUCKS, there was no will power left. Although with some of the shades you can definitely tell this isn’t a high end palette, overall it offers pretty colors and a great value, even at full price. If you’re wanting the additional variety in looks you can get with the Naked 3 palette but really not interested in dropping big bucks for it, I suggest giving this palette a try.
Annnndd that’s all for this summer edition of favorites. Coming up this week (between taking my micro final and MOVING AAHHH) I’ll have an update on that whole raised bed gardening thang and maybe a post about my new adventures in woodworking and staining. Good times!