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As I've said in the past, I'm no makeup guru, but I am slightly obsessed with beauty products. And I'm always super interested to hear about other people's beauty routines, and go-to makeup products. I watch makeup tutorials quite a bit actually, and have a pin board dedicated to All Things Make-up.
But if I'm being honest, sometimes I get frustrated because I feel like a lot of the products people use in the tutorials I read/watch, are promoting are a little out of my price range. I mean, I like to splurge sometimes, but for the most part, I'm all about the drug-store makeup isles. Makes my wallet a lot happier. And I've been fortunate because I've been able to find some gems that I absolutely love.
I like to tinker around and play with different techniques and products and I've come up with my go-to beauty products & process, and I'm here to share it with you :)
First stop, Walgreens. One of my absolute favorite places to roam around for beauty essentials because they pretty much have everything. I'm pretty sure I could spend hours just stalking the makeup isles, buying things I definitely don't need. I'm a girl, what can I say.
Before we dive in, let me give you a closer look at some of the products I've been using lately.
From left to right - top to bottom:
1) L'oreal True Match Crayon Correcteur
I love this! I use it as a concealer and to cover up my blemishes.
2) Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (color: sandstorm)
This powder is fantastic! It covers my face very well and takes away all my shininess.
3) Rimmel Special Eyes Precision Eye Liner Pencil (color: black magic)
This liner is super precise. I always use a pencil liner first, then I apply my eye shadow. And follow it up with some shadow liner at the end.
4) Wet n Wild Coloricon (palette: sweet as candy)
This is a really great color palette. I really like the pink color, it's soft & romantic. And I love that it tells me exactly where to put each color! And it's small enough to throw in my purse on the go.
5) Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara
This is a new find. The brush is big & plush, which I really like because I've got sort of small lashes, so I need something large and in charge! And it goes on smooth!
6) Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush (color: rose petal)
By far my favorite favorite favorite kind of blush!! I love the way it glides on and is so soft and smooth. I promise, you will LOVE this!!!
7) Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm (color: apricot twist)
This stuff is awesome!! I'm not a huge lip gloss kinda gal, and this is more of a colored lip balm, which I love! This goes on somewhere sheer, so it gives you just a pop of color.
Maybe I'm the only one, but I find a lot of the smokey and glamorous looking eye makeup tutorials a little intimidating. I'm actually kind of afraid to attempt them, and I feel like their a little too complicated for me. So I decided to share a simpler, no-fuss tutorial that anyone can do to bring out your natural beauty. It's versatile and will be perfect for all occasions.... even for my top secret Valentine's date night coming up that my Husband is planning for me! ;)
Let me apologize for not having a video tutorial for you, but trust me, you're better off not seeing me on film. lol. I did, however, write down the steps and order in which I put on my makeup. I've found that the order that I apply these products, makes a huge difference!
Step 1: I don't wear foundation, so I skip that step. So step one for me is to apply the crayon corrector (concealer) all around the under-eye and eye lids if you wish. I also use it to cover blemishes on my face.
Step 2: Use a large powder brush to apply the Stay Matte pressed powder.
Step 3: Use the Eye Liner pencil on your top lash line, and your bottom waterline.
Step 4: Next, you will apply your eye shadows. This mini-palette includes a little brush but I don't use it. I have some other brushes I use with all my shadows. Okay, moving on. :) Thanks to this palette, it's labeled and dummy proof so I can't mess it up. But to clarify how I used it -- I put the lightest color all over my lid/brow and then also sweep a little bit under my eye as well. Next, I apply the pink on just my lid. And lastly, I used the taupe color in my crease. Easy peasy.
Step 5: (optional) After my eye shadow is complete, I usually follow it up by using dark eye shadow and a thin, fine brush to apply another shadow line on my top lashes. It really makes things pop.
Step 6: Get a generous amount of the Bouncy Blush on your pointer & middle fingers, and simply use a circular motion to apply it to cheek bones.
Step 7: I always put my mascara on 2nd to last, so apply it generously to top and bottom lashes. I usually put two coats on the top lashes.
Step 8: Time for the Lip color!!! This is self-explanatory.
And you're done!!
This look took less than 10 minutes, and like I said, it's great for almost every occasion because it's subtle, yet impactful. Yes? It's crazy how much of a difference a little makeup makes, right?? Look at my sad eyes before applying my go-to makeup products? So dull and lifeless. ;) You can add so much dimension to your face and eyes in just a few minutes!
And here you get a better idea of what the lip color and blush look like.
So tell me, what are your favorite drug store products??