Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Beauty on the Cheap

Just because you have a bit of a make-up obbsession doesn't mean you have to spend all your money on it. There are a ton of great options you can find at your local drugstore and here's some of my favourites. 

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara
There's none of that fancy new mascara technology here, no weird rubber wands or extravagant promises just a classic formula that actually works. Goes on nice and smooth without clumps and has lots of pigment so when it says 'Blackest Black' it really lives up to that claim.

E.L.F Moisturizing Lipstick

Lipstick is one of those things I don't really like spending a ton of money because it always just wears off anyways. I'm not a fan of the super long-wearing formulas because they dry out my lips so much and that means I'm always having to reapply. That doesn't seem like such a big deal when you're only spending $3 a tube. This formula from E.L.F really is moisturizing and comes in a bunch of colours. The Ravishing Rose is my go to (perfect 'my lips but better' shade) but I also like 'Flirty & Fabulous' for something a little brighter. E.L.F products can be a bit hard to find in Canada but it's not too bad ordering from the States (they have lots of promos) and you can often find stuff at Old Navy (weird right?) 

Joe Fresh Brow Pencil

I lost my brow pencil sharpener awhile back and it was no easy task finding a replacement (seriously, they are sold nowhere) so as a last resort I grabbed this cheap pencil from Superstore while we were grabbing grocery and now kind of love it. It's got a handy little brush on one end that works well to get your brows in place and also for blending and the actual pencil is the perfect texture...hard enough to keep a point but soft enough to go on easy and blend well. 

Vaseline Lip Therapy: Rosy Lips

All the varieties of these Vaseline tins are perfection and I pretty much always have one on me but for an easy daytime look like rosy version is my go to. A little shine and just a hint of colour...easy, breezy, wait that's Covergirl. 

Klorane Dry Shampoo

If you don't have a good dry shampoo in your arsenal you are seriously missing out. Who actually washes their hair anymore? Obviously I'm joking but only kind of. I've tried a bunch of different ones from cheap to pricey and Klorane always seems to be the one I go back to. It's not the cheapest drugstore product you'll find but it gets my vote. You also don't need to use a ton to see noticeable results, in fact it's better not to so you avoid that gray halo look. 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

Again, not the cheapest nail polish you can buy at the drugstore but this stuff goes on like a dream and actually holds up. I am hopeless at preventing chipped nail polish and even for me this nearly doubles the time my polish looks acceptable. I really like the 'Dig Fig' shade (dark burgundy's are kind of my thing) but there's a ton of great colours to choose from. Make sure you use a base coat though because I have found the darker colours can stain your nails if you skip that step (not really that unusual but keep it in mind). 

John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves

I used to be totally brand loyal to the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray but that stuff if not cheap so I grabbed this stuff one day and have not looked back, it's a great dupe. Smells yummy and gives just the right amount of texture to my somewhat limp locks. I'm not really sure why it's part of the 'Blonde' line from John Frieda but I'm 100% brunette and it works A-Ok. 

Covergirl Trunaked Nudes Palette

Not willing to fork over the $65 odd bucks it costs to buy one of the actual Urban Decay Naked palettes then this set may be just what you're looking for. There's a couple of different versions of the Covergirl palette but I like this one the best. The actual shadows are decent quality and go on nicely but do wear an eyeshadow primer to get them looking a little richer and stay on all day. 


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