RECENT DRUGSTORE BEAUTY BUYS AND REVIEWS

I HAVE BEEN KEEPING A LITTLE LIST OF DRUGSTORE BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT I NEED TO TRY. A WEEK OR SO AGO I MANAGED TO HAUL ASS DOWN TO THE NEAREST (AKA THE LEAST FAR) TARGET. HERE'S THE RUNDOWN ON WHAT I CHECKED OFF THIS LIST.

RIMMEL STAY MATTE FOUNDATION

This foundation is my new go-to base. Overall, I was thoroughly impressed from the moment it touched my skin. Be warned: the lightest shade (Ivory) is very light. I have very pale skin with this very strange yellow-pink undertone that is hard to deal with. My skin isn’t darker, it’s just a different color than this. This can be fixed with a little powder, but be warned that it is essentially porcelain-colored.  It’s very heavy, and gives amazing coverage, so use it sparsely! Some pretty heavy-duty scrubbing is required to get it off, but I do it because otherwise, it would absolutely make my oily skin break out. I also would not recommend wearing this every day for that reason… while the matte qualities are perfect to conceal oily skin, its thickness can cause some breakouts that I’d rather not have to deal with. Still, I love this stuff.

NEUTROGENA HEALTHY VOLUE MASCARA

This mascara is great overall. I like it a bit more than my old favorite, Covergirl LashBlast Fusion, and the prettier packaging is a plus. The brush is huge and plush (insert winky emoji here), which feels really nice during application. I use the plain black color with Korff Infinity lengthening mascara that I got in Italy. (I am currently working on finding a comparable version available to this Korff stuff on American soil, but it’s hard because nothing is living up to it.) This gives me long and volumous lashes like never before.

L’OREAL INFALLIBLE SUPER SLIM LINER

I have never used liquid liner before, so I did some reading before picking this up. It’s like using a watery Sharpie on your eyelids. It’s very dark and bold, which is annoying when I make a mistake, but it stays all day, which is a luxury to me because of my usual gel liner habits. It’s surprisingly easy to apply, and I think I will be repurchasing this.

NEUTROGENA OIL-FREE MOISTURIZER FOR ACNE

My skin is dry beneath the oils, if that makes sense. Meaning, whenever I use even a little cleanser, the oil clears up and the surface is scaly as ever. I picked this up on a whim, as I use the exfoliating wash from this same line. After using it a bit, I can say it was nothing spectacular. My skin looks and feels the same overall.

NEUTROGENA MOISTURESMOOTH COLOR STICK

This is by far the best thing I purchased on my little adventure in the Target beauty aisles. I got the pictured color, Sweet Watermelon, and it’s stunning. I give this product an a+++ overall. I wish that it lasted longer, as it will not last you through breakfast, but reapplication is easy, like with any lip crayon. The tint, as I said, is lovely, but the moisture is what really won me over. My lips have never felt so soft! (Also, it smells like candy. Bonus points.)

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CURRENT SIMPLE DAILY MAKEUP ROUTINE

how to get your morning MAKEUP done IN FIFTEEN MINUTES

I will admit right now that I am horrible at makeup. I go through a jumbo pack of Q-Tips in under two weeks because my mascara always ends up everywhere from waterline to eyebrow. I bite my lips without even realizing it most of the time. There goes even the idea of applying pretty lip gloss. My eyelids are really oily, and my hands are constantly trembling, so eyeliner is a disaster. The sad thing is that I am not exaggerating any of this information. It is entirely factual. But, if you’re on the same boat STAY TUNED!

Here is the full how-to manual on how to do your makeup if you are on a low budget of both time and money (and also general knowledge about makeup). I like to sleep, so this is designed to work so that the time between rolling out of bed and stepping out the door can be less than a half-hour if everything goes according to plan. Almost everything is from Covergirl and Target, but this is not a sponsored post or anything. Ha. Target is just the closest thing to me, but it’s actually in the next town over, so I don’t get over there a lot. Thus begins the routine with the essentials.

1. WASH YOUR FACE

$9.29 at Target

This is obvious, but so important. My skin gets disgustingly oily at times, and I am extremely prone to acne. Gotta love being sixteen. Plain old Cetaphil cleanser does the job well, leaving my skin feeling soft and clean. I have used so many drugstore cleansers over the past few years, and trust me, this stuff is the best. Before using it, try slapping on some Neutrogena exfoliating scrub a few times a week, which will make you feel like a hygiene goddess. Make sure you dry your face well!

2. APPLY EYELINER

$4.99 at Target

I only recently started wearing liner, so I am not all that aware of the whole liquid vs. pencil situation, and I am not well versed in gel or kohl and whatever trendy substances people are smearing on their eyelids. Use Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner if you are lazy about sharpening (this one sharpens itself which is so, so nice) and like buildable intensity. I go for a simple, classic line that is a little heavier on the top lashes than the bottom. It comes in a bunch of colors, so snag a few in whichever colors suit you!

3. APPLY MASCARA

$7.79 – $7.99 at Target

Side note: if you have good skin, you could definitely get away with ending your routine after this step. Mascara is the best thing on the planet. It makes everyone look a little less dead behind the eyes. Expensive mascara is probably worth the few extra dollars, but I love Covergirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara in Black. I despise how most of the time you have to choose between length and volume. This gives a little more volume than length, but it does give a lot of both! Try to apply more to the top lashes than the bottom.

4. APPLY CONCEALER

$3.99 – $4.99 at Target

For me, concealer is the holy grail. If you are at all knowledgeable about makeup, you probably had a full-blown conniption when I put nothing on my skin before concealer. Sorry. I don’t have an elaborate routine, and not using moisturizer and bases and all that extra stuff usually works out alright in the end. Trust me. Just apply Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (I hear it’s a good dupe for a Nars one that I’ve never used? But this one is pretty dang good…) on any blemishes, and dab it on the shadows of the lovely bags so you do not accidentially highlight them!

5. APPLY FOUNDATION

Available at Target

Put a little Covergirl Clean Oil-Control Liquid Foundation everywhere for overall breakout-free coverage. The normal kind of Covergirl Clean Foundation does not make me break out when I rotate it in for a day or two per week. Basically, I have only used one other kind of foundation before, and this beats it out. I don’t feel like my makeup is done till I put foundation on. If you aren’t about the matte look, you can end the skin stuff here.

6. PUT ON SOME POWDER

$11.99 at Target

Put some powder everywhere you don’t want to shine. Keyword: some. It’s usually not a good thing to be completely matte. This product especially gives the white-powdery look on pale skin if you go too crazy! Otherwise, Neutrogena Shine Control Powder is fantastic. It keeps disgustingly oily skin looking healthy, which is great in any situation where photos are being taken! My forehead used to like someone stuck reflective tape to it in pictures. Not anymore!

7. PUT ON LIP STUFF

$6.00 at The Body Shop

I use an old Clinique lipstick compact sometimes, which is my favorite, but, like previously mentioned, all lip color comes off incredibly easy on my perpetually-chapped lips. I always apply a generous amount of Vaseline at night, which helps a little bit. I love Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Petunia, which is a pretty light pink. If you’re using that plain old Chapstick, throw on a layer of Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Champagne. The only issue with this stuff is that it kind of moves around a bit and clumps up in an odd way if you neglect to reapply it. Kind of gross, but if you can stay on top of the consistent maintenance, go for it! Another good one for layering, I use a BareMinerals one that they no longer sell in stores, but the MarvelousMoxie Lipgloss is essentially an upgraded version (from what I have read) in the virtually-identical color Ring Leader. Finally, what I have pictured and what I use most often (on a daily basis) is the Born Lippy Tint from The Body Shop in Raspberry. I am in love with this. I will buy it for as long as I live. It’s only six dollars for the best lip gloss available to mankind. It comes in a cute little tub, smells delicious, and moisturizes so well while giving my lips a nice, sheer pink tint. I need it in every single flavor. I really didn’t need to include the other stuff because this blows all of it out of the water. Period.

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