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Tartelette In Bloom by Tarte
Maybe my favorite palette ever! I love the shades in this palette and how they can be used for simple & clean looks for every day, but then you can use the dark burgundy or black to smoke things out a bit for night. Classic colors and such a great formula! This guy is totally worth your money, ten times over.
Paradise Enchanted by L’Oréal
Peach-scented eye shadow… are you skeptical? Because I was. But no joke, this palette is awesome. I love the colors, the shimmer shades are amazing, and the scent is actually really nice! There’s quite a bit of fallout, but I that’s not surprising with the price point and kind of odd packaging on this product (the shadows like sit on top of the plastic palette). I’m still loving it though, because the shades are so pigmented and blendable.
Naked 3 by Urban Decay
Ah, you knew it was coming. Naked 3 is my old standby, and I can always reach for it when I want to do a quick look that I know will turn out well. I feel like I don’t branch out a lot into some of the colors into this palette, but I’m trying to give some of the glittery and deep shades a shot. But, regardless, this is a product I couldn’t live without.
Lovatics Demi by NYC
This palette is a sleeper for sure. It’s SO affordable, and I would definitely call it a dupe for the original Naked (which was a close runner-up in this post). These colors are surprisingly pigmented and the white shade is awesome to lay down before you get started building shadows. You can tell that the fallout is pretty heavy, but I don’t mind too much because the shadows are so buttery, you could blend it with your fingers.
Tarteist Pro by Tarte
I had an internal debate by including this, but hear me out. I don’t usually use solely this palette for a full look, but it has some undeniably amazing matte shades. The four shimmer shades aren’t my favorites (although the formula is great), but I love how the palette is designed to make things easy– each row is technically a “look,” which can make things super easy if you are being lazy or just don’t know what to do! I have a few staple colors in this palette that are totally worth the price tag. Plus, I love the huge mirror!
Flawless 3 by Makeup Revolution
Let’s start by saying I love Makeup Revolution products, and love their price tag even more. I was crushing hard on Naked Heat and the Tartlette Toasted palette, but wasn’t willing to shell out the money for either. So I found this guy, and it saved me so much money by giving me triple the shadows! They definitely aren’t the best quality eyeshadows and they take some layering, but I think this is a great dupe for some of the warmer-toned palettes out there. You get a ton more options, and the shimmers are great when used over a glitter glue or with a wet brush.
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I’ve recently picked up some new makeup, both from Walgreens and Ulta, that I am absolutely loving for summer! Here are some of my top new (and just new to me) makeup picks for the season.
1. L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation
No lie, I bought this because of the royal wedding. After that beautiful day, I went on the hunt for what makeup products Meghan Markle uses. I found out that she really likes the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation— but let’s be real, your girl doesn’t have $60 to drop on a foundation! But, I’m about to rock your world. Armani, YSL, and L’Oreal makeup products are made in the same factory. Yes, the high-end, expensive products are made side-by-side with the drugstore versions, because L’Oreal owns Armani. After a little research, I learned that the Loreal True Match Lumi foundation and the Armani Luminous Silk are super similar in ingredients.
I had to try this, and after a little swatch work, I picked shade W1-2 (the lightest I could find, but maybe still a little dark for fair-skinned girls). I’ve been loving this! I’ve been applying this with a wet sponge— EcoTools right now is my favorite— and it gives the perfect coverage without covering my freckles… which is another tip I got from Princess Meghan. And, it has SPF! Perfect for summer date nights or outdoor weddings.
2. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream
I’m picky about BB/CC creams, and I initially was on the fence about this one. I actually meant to buy the new IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation, but I didn’t realize until after I first used it that I had actually bought the CC cream on accident. This stuff has SPF 50 which is amazing for people like me who constantly burn in the summer. I love that this CC Cream is good for your skin, but gives you just enough coverage to hide blemishes without being cake or heavy. This also blends great with the brand’s Bye Bye Under Eye concealer that I swear by! Warning, it does have a citrus like scent when you first pump it out of the tube.
3 & 6. Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in “Precious Petals” and ColorIcon Baked Blush in “Don’t Flutter Yourself”
I bought these new WnW products at CVS and I haven’t seen them anywhere else yet. They’re part of the line’s new summer product launch. And the colors are all very sparkly and bright. “Precious Petals” is a light, bronzey gold highlight that really reminds me of the highlight in Chrissy Tiger’s Becca palette! But, 10x less expensive and I think it actually applies smoother. To be honest, it’s probably not the best shade for me… but I still love it! “Don’t Flutter Yourself” is a very light, glittery pink color that I actually like to use as a topper over my more peachy blushes, like Milani Luminoso. If you like the way light pinks look on you though (I do not) I think you will die over this! And at just $5, you should.
4. NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick in “Maui Suntan”
I know these are technically highlighting sticks, but I’ve been using mine as a cream bronzer. Hear me out— I’m not usually a big cream product person, but I saw @theblondemeatball post a picture talking about this product and it looked absolutely stunning on her. I was intrigued, and had to pick it up at ULTA! I use it by drawing a 3 on each side of my face— along the sides of my forehead, in the hollow of my cheek, and under my jaw— and blend out either using a wet makeup sponge or a small stippling brush. The Maui Suntan illuminating stick looks so beautiful and glowy for summertime! It also looks so natural and like you just got home from a beach vacation (without harming your skin!)
5. L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Highlighter
This was another one of my royal wedding makeup impulse purchases, but I’m pretty sure I had this at some point years and years ago. I bought this thinking it had a little more coverage like a concealer, but the “coverage” is actually really minimal. It’s more like a brightener and it gives a really beautiful, lit-from-within glow instead of being a chunky, glittery highlighter. I think on no-makeup days, this Magic Lumi Highlighter will be gorgeous with my tinted moisturizer under my eyes and on the high points of my face!Follow
I realized I haven’t updated ya’ll recently on my full face makeup routine! If you don’t know, I love makeup. I don’t wear makeup every day, and most days to work I wear a CC cream instead of foundation. I love that the CC cream […]
Ya’ll know I’m a drugstore girl at heart. While I have some pricey-er items in my makeup collection, the majority of it is from the drugstore! There’s so many great, affordable options, that it doesn’t make sense to shell out your hard-earned money for things […]
Some things never change, including beauty products. The things I have found that are my all-time favorites are things I use daily, and that I never have the urge to change. I often switch foundations, eye makeup, etc… but, some things are too good to stop using.
That’s what I wanted to talk about today and share with ya’ll– the products I use every single day, ones I KNOW live up to the hype, and I can definitely say I cannot stop using!
Do you have an all-time beauty favorite? Have you tried any of mine? Let me know!
Coty Airspun Translucent Powder
This powder is amazing, and is truly a beauty staple. It’s been around since the beginning of time, and it works better than any product I have ever tried. I reach for it over my Laura Mercier Undereye Brightening Powder! A little goes a long way with this powder— just take a little bit in the cap on a stippling brush and dab it under your eyes, and your concealer is totally set. I like to use a little on my nose, chin, and forehead too to keep the shine away.
Some people are turned off by the smell (its like your grandma, seriously) but I strangely adore it. Also, one jar of this powder will probably last you until you die… so that’s a plus.
Find this in WalMart or drugstores, or order it on Amazon for $6.99
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Y’all know I am hopelessly addicted to this product. It’s about as full coverage as a concealer can get, minus slapping paint on your face (and there have been days where I wanted to do just that). A little goes a long way, so a few swipes under your eye can brighten your whole face… and your the tube lasts much longer than concealers you have to cake on. This stuff covers all my dark, purple-ish circles, doesn’t noticeably crease, and blends so well. There is literally nothing wrong with it, hence why I’ve used it every day for a year. Why fix what’s not broken, am I right?
Shape Tape is an Ulta exclusive. Buy it here for $27
Wet n Wild Makeup Brushes
I know I mention these all the time, but they are so good and so affordable! I have all of the Wet n’ Wild brushes that came out a little over a year ago, and I use them all. My face favorites are the small stippling brush and the blush brush; my eye favorites are the crease brush and the large flat brush. These brushes hold their shape— even after washing— and evenly distribute product without being streaky, like a lot of drugstore brushes can be. I will admit to you, I stocked up on these and have several backups in case they ever stop making them…
You can check out the full collection here, but you can find most all of the brushes in drugstores like Walgreens and CVS. And they start at 99 cents!
Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser
I first started using this after I saw it featured on the Today show as one of the oldest beauty products still being sold— and actually still being used by millions. I figured if it’s been around that long, it had to be good… I wasn’t wrong. This cleanser is AMAZING!
In the morning, I wash my face with a scrub. At night I use this to take off my makeup, cleanse, and moisturize my skin. It makes my nighttime routine so much easier by using this one product, instead of reaching for three, and it allows me to hop into bed so much faster! This cream has made a visible difference in the texture and feel of my skin since I started using it— my skin looks so much more hydrated and healthy! Bonus… it’s just about $8 for the big jar.
Try it out and you won’t regret it! Just $7.99 on Amazon Prime!
The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum
I was never really into skincare (like I should be) until this product. This changed the game for me! Everything in this beauty line is so affordable, I had a hard time choosing which serum to go with. A super helpful employee at Ricky’s in NYC recommended this one to me, and I’m hooked!
Named the “buffet” because it’s got a little of everything, this little guy contains 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes. Its perfect for a skincare newbie, and gets you a head start on anti-aging, too! Since I started using this, my skin has been so much more even, my pores a little smaller, and overall tighter. Must have!
Sephora now carries The Ordinary! Buy it here for $14.80
This post was not sponsored; all opinions are my own.
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