I love make-up. Actually, I love anything that gives the illusion that I am prettier than I really am. I also love to hear about what my friends use in their daily beauty routine. What they love and what works for them. I decided to post a few of my CURRENT favorites. Most of these are drug store finds which makes me really happy.
I have always loved Olay products and they have a new line called Fresh Effects. The Shine, Shine Go Away Cleanser is the absolute best. It smells fantastic and is super foamy which is always fun. I use it night and day. I also use the Satin Finish Fresh Effects Moisturizer during the day.
Olay has their own version of these two items but the generic product is quite a bit cheaper and contains all of the same ingredients. I use these both at night. The Night Elixir makes me excited to wash my face, which I have never consistently done in my life. It contains hyaluronic acid which gives your face a mini chemical peel every night and the eye lifting serum keeps the sensitive skin around the eyes moisturizedht. If you don't have a CVS near you just compare the Olay ingredients with your drugstore's brand. I am sure they will be comparable.
Besides the price what I like best about Revlon ColorStay foundation is that a little bit goes a long way and it does STAY! Even when it is humid and you are sweating like a pig. Be careful not to apply to much or it can get a bit cakey. Sometimes I mix it in with my moisturizer for a very light-weight look.
Loreal's Magic Lumi Highlighter is my go-to concealer and highlighter. I apply it AFTER foundation under my eyes, above my eyebrows, down the middle of my nose and under my chin and above my upper lip. I love that it doesn't settle into my wrinkles like some concealers.
I actually bought this on accident because it was the same color as my previous mascara but I love it. It doesn't smear when I am constantly rubbing my eyes all day. Maybelline's Rocket Volume Mascara!
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder is what I use to set my make-up. It is a little bit of splurge but it works. It is translucent which is very important when you select a face powder. I only apply it to places that get oily throughout the day. Also when I apply lipstick I will put on one coat of lipstick then powder, followed by another coat. This helps my lipstick last much longer.
Have you heard of E.L.F. cosmetics? They are super cheap-like a $1 to $3 per item. They sell them at Target and Walgreens or online. My absolute favorite item is the Makeup Remover Pen. It is only a dollar and it is life saver if you don't have the steady hands of a brain surgeon. I also love the lip stain-Crimson Crush. It is a really good red, which can be pretty hard to find.
Covergirl Natureluxe Lipbalm is my favorite everyday lipstick. My color of choice is Coral.
Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs is my favorite instant tanner. My only complaint is that it isn't really water resistant.