Monday, September 19, 2016

Beauty On A Budget

While I love using higher end beauty products when I can, I (or most 22 year olds, for that matter!) don't exactly have the disposable income to exclusively use them. Therefore, a good portion of the beauty products I use on a daily basis come from more affordable, drugstore brands. Just like with my outfits, mixing designer and drugstore products together helps to create a beauty look that is both fabulous and realistically doable for your everyday routine. So with that said, here are a few of my current favorite products- all under $10 and available at your local drugstore!

1. Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Cleansing Facial Wipes
I LIVE for these facial wipes. I use them twice a day (once in the morning, once before bed) and I absolutely love how convenient they are at both cleansing your face and removing makeup. They allow you to do both simultaneously, something that I'm sure all my fellow lazy fashionistas would be stoked on. They also stay true to their "sensitive skin" label, as they don't smell like chemicals and aren't the least bit irritating to my skin. I've tried makeup wipes before that absolutely reek of harsh fragrances and chemicals, so this was an especially pleasant characteristic of it. These wipes are super refreshing on the face, and they are sold at a price point just as addicting. Even Austin uses them from time to time!

2. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi
NYX is absolutely amazing when it comes to their liquid lipsticks. I've tried their Matte Lip Cream, Lip Lingerie line and Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick and I really have come to love all three. While I would definitely recommend each and every one, my personal favorite would have to be the first product: their soft matte lip cream. The formula is super soft and plush and dries pretty fast shortly after application. It's lightweight on the lips, non-drying and perfect for a casual, everyday look.   

3. Maybelline Face Studio Master Contour Kit
I've been meaning to get my hands on the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit for literally forever now, but in the meanwhile I've been all for Maybelline's Face Studio Master Contour Kit. It works really well considering that it's sold for a much lower pricepoint than ABH's. The bronzer in this palette works really nicely underneath the cheekbones and I actually used to pair it with my ABH Illuminator back when it wasn't a tragically shattered mess. Yes, I dropped my highlighter like a fool and completely destroyed the powdered compact. I desperately need to get a new one, but until then I'll just keep using this kit. It works quite nicely, so I don't feel too much of a rush. :)

4. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50
Oddly enough, I discovered this sunscreen completely by accident last month in Vancouver. Since I couldn't take my regular moisturizer/ sunscreen on the plane, I ended up randomly picking up this product as a quick substitute shortly after arriving in Canada. And now, three weeks ago, it has no doubt become a staple in my everyday beauty regimen. This acts as both a moisturizer and a sunscreen and is surprisingly non-greasy! Many of the facial sunscreens I've used in the past have been a bit too greasy for my skin, so it was definitely nice to find a formula that didn't make me feel like an oil slick right after application. This one has a pleasant, light scent to it and the texture is both creamy and lightweight.

5. Up & Up Oil Absorbing Sheets
Anybody who has been around me at all ever has probably seen me use these at one point or another. I have incredibly oily Japanese skin and have thus been using these sheets literally every single day, multiple times a day, for the past eight years. Seriously. So yeah, you could say I'm somewhat dependent on them. I'm sure any other girl out there who also has that ~oily skin lyfe~ is already well aware of these lifesavers but for those of you who aren't, definitely try them. These are and will always be one of my HG products. Clean & Clear sells these as well but I've always found the cheaper, drugstore versions to do pretty much the same exact thing. While I usually get the ones from Target, CVS versions are available as well.

6. L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Lotion
I love the look of tan skin but I will never be one to actually go out and bake away in the sun. Because ya know, pre-mature aging isn't really my cup of tea. With that said, I'm all for sunless tanners. I absolutely love the St. Tropez line but when I'm trying to be on a budget, I'll use L'Oreal's Sublime Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Lotion instead. Now I have definitely tried my fair share of self tanners and this one is by far the fastest drying one I've used. You get instant color right away, and it doesn't come with that atrocious smell that most tanners tend to have. It's also tinted, making the application process a lot more even. The formula leaves behind a subtle shimmer on your skin and while some people may not be a fan of this, I actually really like it! It gives off a beautiful glimmer in the sunlight and isn't too crazy overwhelming. And besides, we could all use a little more glitter in our lives.

1 comment:

  1. Great picks, I love beauty on a budget!