I’m not a beauty blogger nor can I film a makeup tutorial worth watching, but beauty products are a part of my everyday life and consume a large portion of my bathroom counter…. and drawers. I buy products because I actually use them, not because they’re popular or I want to test them. If I’m spending my money on it, I want it to be worthwhile. I look for reliable products that work well and are long lasting. Some of them I’m willing to spend a pretty penny on, but many can be found in a single aisle in your grocery store. If I’m going to wear makeup everyday, there’s no way I’m putting on a $50 foundation. Below are my beauty picks that I’m willing to splurge on as well as the dependable items that don’t cost me over $10.
This was my first purchase with NARS and the consistency is much different than my normal MAC foundation, but I’m very fond of it. You put it on with your fingers (that was a first for me) but the coverage is incredible. I feel like I’m wearing no makeup when I wear this. Since it’s so expensive, I generally only use it for weekend wear and to shoot photos.
This is my go-to foundation. It lasts for months and a little bit goes a long way without it being too cakey. As the seasons transition, my skin tone varies. It blends to match your undertones so you get the perfect shade every time without having to switch foundations.
I use this as a highlighter above my cheekbones and on the bridge of my nose. It looks subtle but has a noticeable similarity to Becca’s ‘Champagne Pop‘ for a few bucks less.
I consider this a splurge because as effective and easy to use as the pencil is, it doesn’t last long at all. With daily use, I get about three weeks worth and at $23 a piece, that’s too pricey for me. I try to limit its usage when I need a more glamorous look because it’s basically the key to ‘brow art.
I use this as a bronzer and it’s perfection. I switch between this and Gold Deposit when I’m darker in the summertime. Just look at how it shiiiiines. Buy them both!
If I have a long day ahead of me, I make sure to use this setting spray. It keeps your face from getting oily, which is especially necessary in this Texas heat and only costs $8 at most local drug stores.
I don’t like a heavy face of makeup for an 8+ hour work day, so I never wear a full coverage foundation. This BB Cream is light and airy. While it still provides coverage, it allows your skin to breath giving you a fresh face. This + bronzer will get me out of the house in 5 minutes.
I’ve easily been through a dozen of these. I never wear lashes so a good mascara is vital to my regimen. This one does not disappoint.
This bronzer is SO good and gets me so many more compliments than my pricier ones. It’s apart of my daily 15 minute makeup routine. It gives me enough color to look lively but isn’t so intense that I look ready to party while I’m in the office.
This is a major saver for me. It’s $18 per pod and lasts me over a year. That’s enough to sell me time and time again. I use ‘Ebony’ but ‘Dark Brown’ blends well with my dark hair also.
My best friend told me to go and get this and I’m glad I did. I honestly can’t tell the difference between this $8 foundation and my MAC Matchmaster Foundation.
What products do you use that are worth keeping money in your account versus what you’re willing to make it rain for?