Since I get so many questions regarding skin care and makeup, I’m going to list all of my favorite products here to make life a little easier. I’ll be linking any future questions on this topic to this list! :-)
Hi sweetheart! First off, I really appreciate the compliment, as my skin is something I put quite a bit of time (and money) into maintaining!
Second, this was initially going to be a quick list of what I use, but I am a huge self care nerd, and it turned into this monster of a post - I will include the bullet list/how much things retail for at the bottom.
This is what comes to my mind when I hear the words “back to school makeup.” It takes less than five minutes to apply (perfect for when you’re rushing to get out the door after hitting the snooze button too many times), and to the untrained eye it might even look like you aren’t wearing any makeup at all. My younger sister recently started experimenting with makeup and asked me how much she should wear to school. Here are the products and routine I recommended to her. As always, all photos are unedited so you can see how it looks in person.
1. You’ll need to start with a clean face. (You can find my routine for sensitive, acne-prone skin here.) I would recommend putting your hair up or tying it back so it will be out of your way.
2. Start off with a BB cream. I’m using Maybelline’s Dream Fresh formula, but you can honestly use any BB cream or light foundation as long as it’s oil-free and won’t clog your pores. Squeeze a penny sized amount onto your fingertips and dot it all over your face and neck before gently blending it out with your fingers or a sponge.
3. Take a concealer slightly lighter than your natural skin tone (I’m using Maybelline’s cover stick) and dot a tiny bit in the area under your eyes, and a bit more on your eyelids, all the way up to your brow bones; see picture below. Gently blend it out with the tips of your ring ringers. This seems like a stupid step but I promise that it makes you look way more awake and alert.
4. Set your makeup with powder. I’m using Maybelline’s Fit Me powder, but it really doesn’t matter what brand you use. Use a fluffy brush to lightly dust the powder all over your face and neck, focusing on your forehead, nose, and chin. You can skip this step if your skin tends to be dry or if you aren’t going to be doing anything that might make you sweat today.
5. This next part is a little tricky to explain, but it’s not that hard to do. You’re going to tightline your eyes. “Tightlining” is just applying eyeliner to your waterline (the thin, flesh colored strip under your lashes; see far left picture below). You just take a dark brown eyeliner pencil (It has to be pencil! This does not work with other eyeliner formulas!) and fill in your top waterline (see far right picture below). Don’t fill in the bottom – it does not look as natural and it tends to make your eyes look small and tired. It doesn’t hurt, I promise, and if your eyes water a bit that’s totally normal. I used an Almay eye pencil, but I’m not going to bother to link you to the product because it doesn’t show up very well and isn’t as dark as I’d like. Maybelline and CoverGirl both have good eyeliners.
6. Finish the eyes with mascara. Try to find one that has a more natural finish. I’m using CoverGirl’s Professional Super Thick Lash mascara. Apply a single coat to your top lashes, then blink to coat your bottom lashes. You can use an eyelash curler beforehand, but I honestly prefer to just curl them with my fingers while the mascara is drying. Add another light coat, and you’re ready to go.
7. Give your lips some love. Since the whole point of this makeup is to look natural, I would suggest going with a tinted lip balm. All the girls in my freshman year were obsessed with Baby Lips – each of us had at least one tucked into her purse or backpack. Or you could go with a clear or nude lipgloss (I like Maybelline’s Shinesational gloss and L’Oreal’s Color Riche). Swipe a little bit over your lips, let your hair down (or don’t, it’s up to you) and you’re done!
A while back, we created a post that covered the different beauty products worth investing in, and I thought it would be fun to do a drugstore version to showcase the tried-and-true products I’ve been using for years. A majority of my beauty supply shopping is carried out at drugstores like Walgreens, CVS and Duane Reade, and so over the years I’ve tried an absurd amount of products. I’ve always been somewhat of a beauty supply junkie, and I used to find it difficult to finish a product (like lotions and chapsticks) before I found myself running out to the store to try another. Obviously this behavior was not budget friendly, and so I’ve learned to weed out my impulse to buy something because the packaging is nice, and replace is with more productive behaviors. Now, I only go to the drugstore once a month when all of my products have run out, and I need to replenish my stock.
It look me a long time to figure out which products I liked, but now that I know which ones work best and yield consistent results, it will be tough for other items to supplant these long time favorites. Although I do splurge on items like mascara (I haven’t found a drugstore mascara I like better) and fancy eyeshadows for special occasions, the products below are part of my daily go-to routine. Take a look below at the 10 drugstore items I swear by.
Maybelline Fresh Dream BB Cream — $6.29
I’ve tried MANY BB creams in my day but the coverage, smoothness, and quality of this one cannot be beat. It’s not too heavy or cakey, and it has a hint of sheerness to it which makes it great for your summer beauty routine.
I couldn’t believe how inexpensive and effective this charcoal & black sugar polishing mask was. The girl behind the counter recommended I try it, and the Allure beauty seal of approval convinced me. I usually leave it on for about 10 minutes and then scrub it off to reveal fresh glowing skin that is super soft and supple feeling.
Studio 35 Beauty Cocoa Butter Lotion — $7.49
Of all the store-brand bottles of lotion this one is my favorite. It smells like the beach, spreads easily, and dries quickly, so it doesn’t leave you feeling sticky or gross. I highly recommend this brand if you have it available in stores nears you.
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner — $7.99 and NYCX Wonder Pencil in Nude — $4.49
No joke, I have tried nearly EVERY variety of liquid eyeliner at the drugstore. It is my beauty staple, and I usually won’t leave the house without a swipe of it on my upper lids. This is the brand I swear by because the brush is perfectly thin enough to achieve the cat-eye look. The color is very dark and not watered down, and the liner almost has a gel-like consistency. I then use the nude eyeliner pencil on the bottom which opens the eyes and makes them look wider. I’ve tried a lot of different eyeliners from Sephora, and this one is my favorite.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm — $9.79
This is a great summer lip color that goes on smooth and doesn’t smudge. Although it’s matte, it doesn’t feel too dry on your lips, and it glides on easily without requiring any lipliner. The color above is called “Standout.”
Studio 35 Beauty Oil-Free Makeup Remover — $7.49
Before I go to bed each night I make sure to take off ALL my makeup. Trust me, this is a step I do not skip, as my skin is prone to breakouts. I could be stumbling home after a night of heavy drinking, and I’ll be damned if I slip up my pre-bed beauty routine that consists of make-up removal, a face wash, and moisturizer.
Nivea Soft Face, Body, Hands Lotion — $1.29
I always moisturize with this Nivea lotion before bed. It’s super soft and light, and is a product I’ve been using for years. This little pod is perfectly sized for carry-on bags for when I travel, and lasts up to about three weeks. A little goes a long way, so the $1.29 price you pay for this is well worth it.
This Ology brand soap is a relatively new discovery, and I’ve been using it for about the last year and a half. I love it because it smells like hEaVeN, and the bars are entirety natural. No harmful chemicals, no plastic beads that make you smell like a bon bon, just real ingredients packaged in a beautiful hand drawn label. My heart <3.
St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub — $4.49
As someone who has combination skin, it’s been difficult for me to find a face wash that cleans my skin but doesn’t leave it feeling dry. I’ve tried nearly every face wash at the drugstore and a wide variety of ones prescribed by my dermatologist, but this one is my favorite. It smells great, minimizes my breakouts, and leave my skin feels super clean.
Although everyone has their preferences for makeup and beauty essentials, if you’re looking to try some great products that won’t break the bank, the items listed above are a great place to start. (FIY all thoughts/opinions are entirely my own and no one is paying me to say this)
OKAY so people have been asking for a while what skin care and make up products I use, so I decided to make a lil post about it. (by the way, I’m not doing the products in order that they are in the picture)
1. face wash- I am completely religious to the noxzema classic clean moisturizing cleansing cream. it’s ALL I use for face wash and it has cleared up my skin by 90% since I started using it (approx. a month ago). (p.s. note that I have combination skin, so both oily & dry)
2. moisturizer- I am not that picky about moisturizer, but right now I really like the olay lotion for sensitive skin. it doesn’t have any scent, or leave your skin feeling oily, yet it moisturizes really really well.
3. mattifying moisturizer- I love mattifying moisturizer because it takes away the oily feeling while also moisturizing your skin, and the body shop seaweed mattifying moisturizer is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it if you have annoying oily skin.
4. acne/pimple cream- I use this for those annoying, red, painful pimples. the brand I use is the life brand clear action acne medication. you don’t have to get this one exactly, just know that if you get one with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, make sure to get a 2-5% one, you DO NOT want to overdry your skin. it just creates more sebum aka more pimples.
5. primer- it get a little costly when it comes to primer, but I use the smashbox photo finish more than primer blemish control. ITS FUCKING AMAZING. that’s all I have to say.
6. foundation- I barely use foundation because I tend to keep my makeup on the lighter side, but when I do use it, I use the almay nearly naked liquid makeup. It doesn’t come out streaky or anything and it’s just a really cheap and reliable foundation.
7. bb cream/tinted moisturizer- I LOVE MAYBELLINE DREAM FRESH BB CREAM, I cannot stress that enough. if you want light-medium coverage or bb cream underneath your foundation, this is an amazing bb cream and it’s super cheap!!! the other bb cream/liquid foundation I use is the lancome teint idole fresh wear ‘18 hr matte makeup’. This stuff makes your skin matte, has spf 15 and has a nice solid medium coverage.
8. concealer- I use two amazing concealers. First, I use the garnier 'anti pimple tinted roller’. it’s basically a concealer with acne medicine in it which is fucking great. and the other concealer I use for acne scarring, which is the maybelline fit me concealer. I recommend it BIG TIME. it’s amazing for eye bags, acne scarring etc. and it doesn’t look cakey.
9. powder- I love love LOVE the almay smart shade skin balancing powder. I bring it EVERYWHERE with me, and it doesn’t make your skin look cakey or anything. it’s just if you’re feeling a little shiny or blotchy it’ll take that away like that.
10. mascara- I have tons of mascaras and I’m not too picky about mascara at all, but I like the essence brand 'get big lashes’ mascara (it’s like 2 dollars), the maybelline falsies volume express mascara, and the 'great lash’ mascara from maybelline.
11. eyeliner- OOoooOOK so I barely use eyeliner, but when I do, I use liquid liner, and the liquid liner that I’m completely in love with is the essence brand liquid liner (it’s super super cheap)
12. lip chap/balm- I didn’t add this in the photo but I found the BEST lip chap in the world (besides vaseline) and that’s the nivea 'a kiss of moisture’ lip chap. it’s FUCKING amazing. trust me- buy it.
aaaand that’s it. I hope I helped you guys, and message me HERE if you want any prices/links/more comments on the products and I’ll be happy to help you out! also if I forgot and make up/ skin care products that you want to know about, just ask!
So recently I’ve heard a lot of hype about Maybelline’s dream fresh bb cream so I couldn’t resist and had to buy some myself!
So it’s a liquid foundation-ey type form so you have to smooth it into your hands before rubbing it onto your face. Honestly I was very surprised with how well it matched my skin tone and stayed on. It didn’t look greasy afterwards yet it left my skin feeling super soft and radiant. A plus from me!
For NIGHT, go crazy! I’m going for some versatile but classic night looks: smoky eyes with neutral lip, bright lips with neutral eye, all while keeping in mind you probably want to bring a small makeup bag:
-Neutral Pinkish Lippie (I like MAC’s Creme Cup)..for some reason, nude pinkish is like, the prerequisite for girls in bandage dresses. I respect this tradition.
-A Smoky Eye Palette : I usually bring one eyeshadow palette on vacation. For Cheap: CoverGirl or Wet'n'Wild or ELF makes great ones, but look for something that has a neutral shadow as well in case you want to keep your eye look simple for a night.
-A Metallic eyeshadow: for a quick pop on the inner corner or a super quick “i’m too drunk from pregaming to handle this.”
-Something with glitter (try NYX glitter liner) it is VEGAS and it is your BIRTHDAY. A simple glitter eyeliner just adds a slight bit of oomph without being too “I’m 15 and I think glitter is still very important.” I love a silver or gold on the inner corner.
-Fake Lashes: again it is VEGAS, so go crazy if you don’t have glasses
-Bronzer and a good fluffy brush. Keep in mind this looks mad sexy when dusted lightly on the chest and on the cheekbones. Just remember to blend or else it looks like dirt.
-A good eyeliner that couldn’t get off even if you wanted it to. Try MAC gel eyeliner, Kat Von D tattoo liner, or Rimmel Scandaleyes
-NARS Super Orgasm Blush: the sexiest blush in the world. Hands down. Totally worth the 30 bucks because my first one lasted me for 2 years.
-Foundation…you can use the BB cream but if there is ANY reason to wear nice foundation, it’s when you’re gonna be in a shit ton of pictures.
-Eyebrow shit: if you gonna have heavily madeup eyes, make sure you don’t forget the brows
-Setting Spray. Cuz you gonna sweat. And dance. And this will lock you in.
Don’t forget: good sunscreen, strong deodorant, Advil, at least 5 hair ties, loud jewelry and heavy duty makeup remover. Have fun, be safe, and go wild.
Hi there! I feel like even after I apply a moisturizer and a primer and and foundation for dry skin I still look cakey. I use the Laura mercier translucent powder because it's silky and I didn't think that was the problem. When I look in the mirror you can really see my fine lines and what not. I use the hourglass mineral veil primer, revelon color stay whipped foundation mixed with maybelline dream fresh bb cream. Could it be one of these products are causing the problem? Please help!
You’re definitely doing a lot of things right so i’m guessing the way you apply your foundation might contribute to it looking cakey! Sometimes using your hands or the wrong brush can make your foundation look cakey. Try a flat top foundation brush to really buff the foundation into the skin or a damp sponge. You might want to try switching foundations as well because the Colorstay Whipped is a little more on the heavy side so you should consider switching to a more runny, light weight foundation. Something like Loreal Magic Lumi Foundation or Lancome Tient Miracle, these are really creamy yet more on the runny side.
For dry skin and for getting a more natural finish I recommend the Beauty Blender! When used slightly damp (squeeze out as much water as possible) it can give you the most natural finish. For a more dewy finish you can use the sponge a little more damp.
You can get beauty blenders at Sephora, Nordstrom and online! Real Technique’s makes a great cheaper alternative :)