Current Makeup and Skincare Favorites

affordable skincare and makeup 2020

 

  1. KKW BEAUTY Nude Crème Lipstick: https://shopstyle.it/l/bhm7S
  2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Pencil: Eye, Lip & Brow Pencil in ‘Limitless Brown’: https://shopstyle.it/l/bhm7W
  3. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder: https://shopstyle.it/l/bhm9S
  4. MAC Eye Kohl Eyeliner: https://shopstyle.it/l/bhm9O
  5. Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette: https://bit.ly/2SZb96w
  6. Maybelline Fit Me Blush in ‘Berry’: https://shopstyle.it/l/bhm8f
  7. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment – Salicylic Acid Scrub (.5 Fl. Oz.): https://shopstyle.it/l/bhm8p

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)

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define + Swatches

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define + Swatches

We hear the phrase ‘You get what you pay for’ quite a bit. Often, it’s used to talk down about product choices we regret, or other cheap, frivolous purchases. It’s safe to say the associated connotation of value and price are no longer directly related. Let’s face it; in the age of all things Instagram MUA’s and YouTube Beauty Guru’s, makeup across all price points has improved drastically. For the first time ever, manufacturers are actually meeting demand instantly with formulas, shade ranges, educational videos i.e. youtube and accessibility (hello Dose of Colors at Ulta). Drugstore makeup has totally stepped up to the plate and can compete, if not beat high end products in certain categories. While other high end lines undergo PR nightmares for their lack of inclusivity, Makeup Revolution launched their ‘Conceal and Define’ concealers via Ulta.com. This concealer was a big deal for many reasons, but mainly because it is said to rival the notorious Tarte ‘Shape Tape’ concealer. I will be the first to admit that I was super diehard ‘Shape Tape’ because I loved the coverage, doe foot application and shade range. When the Makeup Revolution ‘Conceal and Define’ concealer hit the market, I had to try it. It was only $7, compared to the Tarte ‘Shape Tape’, which retails for $27. The only downside is that since you can only purchase them online, it was hard for me to figure out what my shades were. I went with C9 for the highlight, C12 for the overall face and C15 for the contour shade.

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Image via @makeuprevolution

So when I try any face product out, like foundation, concealer, primers or even moisturizes, I like to see how they perform under a wide variety of circumstances. I paired the concealer with my L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer, Benefit Pore Fessional Primer and lastly, no primer at all. The foundations I tried ranged from my holy grail: Urban Decay ‘All Nighter Foundation’, Covergirl Online Only Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-In-1 Foundation, and then the NYX ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation’. The concealer is the most perfect hybrid of the Nars ‘Creamy Concealer’ and Tarte ‘Shape Tape’. It’s hydrating, silky and bendable, but has great coverage. When I want something opaque, but don’t want it to dry down and look too ‘done up’, this is what I have been going for. My preferred method for sheering this out over the skin is with a damp beauty sponge (here’s my current fav). To keep the under eyes highlighted and covered, I like to used a MAC 224 brush. For $7, it’s hard to believe this little vial of concealer perfection is the magical potion the market was crying out for. The line offers 25 shades and the company’s IG featured a swatch photo, which is what I used to choose my shades. I will say that I do have to build up the product quite a bit to have it match the coverage intensity of the ‘Shape Tape’, but so far, that hasn’t bothered me and I set the under eye area with my favorite Laura Mercier Translucent Loose powder.

You guys, I think I found a winner, and you better believe I got what I paid for, ten fold.

Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define Full Coverage Concealer