Amazon Beauty Finds You Need

spring makeup affordable on amazon


With Spring approaching rapidly, it’s important we all have our hair, skin and makeup all sorted out. The transition from Winter to the warmer months means we have to re-vamp a few things in our routine so we can look and feel our best. Here are a few products from Amazon that will take your look to the next level:

Buxom Plumping Lipstick in ‘Icon’: This lipstick formula has a bit of a tingle and provides a slight ‘plumping effect’. If that sensation is a hard ‘no’ for you, skip out on this and go for one that doesn’t say ‘plumping’. I personally don’t mind it and the color is absolutely stunning. Good corals are hard to come by. In the past they have looked chalky or ashy, but this is the perfect blend of warmth and pigment. (click here to buy)

Banila Co Cleansing Balm: It’s 2020 and that means we have all graduated from using makeup wipes as our primary method of removing makeup. I do think wipes have their place in your routine, i.e. removing swatches or dried on liquid lipsticks. But within the last year, I’ve switched to using a cleansing balm to remove my makeup as Step 1 of my nightly double cleanse. This product warms up in the hands and quickly breaks down makeup so you can easily rinse it off, without tugging or pulling on the skin too much. My personal favorite way to remove the balm is with warm water and a muslin cloth. (click here to buy)

Hourglass Ambient Light Palette: Not all highlighters are created equal, and thank goodness for it. Honestly, I don’t know if I even classify this as a highlighter, because it’s actually more of a filter. Truly, dusting this on gives you this airbrushed, filtered look that I’ve never gotten from another powder. This has luminosity, but it’s not the bling bling highlighter of 2014 we all use to wear. This is pretty pricy, but a little goes a long way and it’s changed my makeup look significantly. (click here to buy)

Rimmell London ‘Zenzero’ Liner: Lipliners make my world go ’round. Everyone has their one product that they are obsessed with and for me, it’s liners. If I were to ever start a makeup line, it would be liners in every shade of browns, nudes, and tans. They’re hard to come by and when you find a winning color with a great formula, you have to hold on tight. I found these liners at the drugstore many years ago, and ever since then, they have been my favorite. More than MAC, NARS, MAKE UP FOREVER, or any other high end brand, these have always performed better. The color is a warm, toasty mahogany and compliments most skin tones and lipstick shades. I particularly love the way it’s paired with the Buxom lipstick in the color ‘Icon’. (click here to buy)

DUO Brush On Lash Glue: Lash glue is critical for flawless makeup. For me, I like this formula because it dries quickly (much faster that the glue in the DUO tubes). It also dries clear, because I don’t always wear eyeliner and I don’t want to commit to the black glue. Also, I love that you can control how much product is applied because it’s simply brushed on, rather than squeezing out glue and transferring it onto the lash band. I feel that this is comparable to the House of Lashes glue in the drying consistency, but it doesn’t take 100 years to get off your eye. (click here to buy)

Hourglass Gloss in ‘Truth’: Gloss is back y’all. Honestly, I’m thankful for it. Liquid lipsticks totally had their moment, but there’s nothing like a youthful, glossy nude that wears all day and doesn’t transfer all over the place. I typically don’t spend a ton on glosses, but I kept hearing how fabulous this formula was so I gave it a try. Working in sales means I cannot have my makeup move all over the place and I can’t stop to touch up a ton either. This gloss adheres to  the lips well, without moving too much. It does have a bit of a tingling sensation because it’s supposed to plump, but I don’t mind that. It wears off after a bit, and the color range is gorgeous. (click here to buy)

Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recover Shampoo and Conditioner: When I turned 32, I noticed a shift in my hair texture. It became a little more coarse, and drier. I know I can do my part to eat more foods with fatty acids, but I wanted to repair it externally as well. I switched my shampoos from the ‘clarifying’ formula to this much more hydrating one. Also, I’ve been skipping blow dries and letting this conditioner soak in to provide maximum hydration. The scent is fruity and fresh too, which is a double win for me. Within a few washes, I noticed a difference and will keep you all updated. (click here to buy)

Best Nude Lip Pencils From MAC

Nude lipstick and liner is something I write about often because I completely understand the struggle that goes into finding the right shade for tan, olive, golden and deep skin tones. I am naturally biased towards MAC lip pencils because I truly feel that they are not only an industry leader with color range, but product quality as well. MAC lip pencils are long wearing and simple to sharpen (i.e. no plastic coating that gets jammed in a sharpener). My rule of thumb is to apply lipstick first (yes I know, it’s opposite of what others may suggest), and then to go in and apply your first lip pencil. This method has always worked for me because it allows me to grasp how much I want to overdraw the lip, kind of like an outline. Lastly, I ALWAYS go in and add ‘Cork’ by MAC to help transition the nude shade into the rest of my makeup. Even some of the best nude lipstick shades can have a grey tone to them, making me look a little lifeless. The understated warmth from the MAC ‘Cork’ pencil is the best for anyone with tan/warm/deep undertones. I linked a few others that could work well for other nude shades. Along with the best MAC liners, I also linked the Make Up Forever liner which is super versatile. It can be used as a lip pencil, brow pencil or eye pencil. Lastly, I linked a lipstick set from ABH and a lip mask from Laniege that I wear at night. I want to wear it for a few more days before I tell you guys if it’s actually worth it but in the mean time, I have been exfoliating my lips with a soft toothbrush, and then slathering the lip mask on before bed.

nude lipstick and liner for brown skin


1. Make Up For Ever MAKE UP FOR EVER – Artist Color Pencil: Eye, Lip & Brow Pencil in ‘Limitless Brown’:
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills – Nude Matte Lipstick Set:
3. Mac Lip Pencils:
5. Laneige LANEIGE – Lip Sleeping Mask:




  1. Shiseido – Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream:
  2. Tarte tarte – Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer Rainforest of the Sea:
  3. Juvia’s Place The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette:
  4. Milk Makeup MILK MAKEUP – Blur Stick:
  5. Kate Somerville – ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment:

High End vs. Drugstore Red Lipstick

High End vs. Drugstore Red Lipstick

Drugstore lipstick isn’t something I’ve always gravitated towards. Lipstick in general isn’t priced as highly as other items like foundations or eye shadow palettes so I typically don’t mind buying higher end. Also, my personal experience with drugstore lipstick is that the longevity just isn’t the same as, for example, a MAC lipstick which is only a few dollars more. My mind changed when I was browsing Instagram at night (per usual) and kept seeing high IG influencers like @iluvsarahii  swatch the product and I was totally sold. When I looked up swatches on Google images (because research is key), I came across a story from After falling down the lipstick rabbit hole, I found out that Maybelline tested out their new Color Sensational ‘Made For All’ lipsticks on over 50 skin tones. That comes on the heels of their recent foundation and concealer launches which offer a wide range of colors. Growing up, shopping drugstore foundation and concealer was an absolute ‘no’. In fact, my first foundation was ‘Clinique’ simply due to the fact that lower-end makeup didn’t offer my tones. Now, with lipstick, although we don’t always think about it lacking inclusivity, I totally appreciate the fact that the brand went above and beyond to carefully curate the delicate balance of the red and yellow undertones in their lipsticks. In terms of high end vs. drugstore lipsticks, the color payoff and pigmentation could honestly give high end cosmetics companies a tip or two. 

'Red For Me' Color Sensational Lipstick on dark skin
Wearing Maybelline ‘Red For Me’ Color Sensational Lipstick

The shade of lipstick I picked up from Ulta was ‘Red For Me’ and I immediately fell in love with the color. If I had to liken it to something high-end, I would compare it most to ‘MAC Red’ satin lipstick. When it comes to high end vs. drugstore or ‘cheaper’ makeup, this lipstick can truly compete. It has a nice blue base, hydrating formulation and the packaging is beautifully matte. I plan on going back to repurchase more shades as well but in the meantime, enjoy this wonderfully inclusive swatch photo from

maybelline color sensational 'made for all' lipstick swatches on dark skin