I’m so excited to finally launch this new series – 5 Beauty Products I’m Loving Right Now! I’ve been wanting to share some of my favorite beauty products for quite some time, but have really changed up my go-tos and my routine over the course of the last year.
Now that I’m confident in the products I’m currently using and have developed a routine that works for me when it comes to taking care of my hair, skin, and overall appearance, I’m ready to share!
Every few weeks, I plan to share five beauty products that you’d currently find in my arsenal. And each post will be focused around a specific topic – for example, today’s is budget-friendly makeup products. Future posts might revolve around my five favorite hair products, skin products, and so on.
Let’s get on with the show! Today, I’m sharing five drugstore beauty gems that you can find just about anywhere, that I have found to be just as powerful as the pricier, designer selections, for a portion of the price.
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation
It’s another story for another day, but earlier this year, my skin did a complete turnaround out of nowhere and began rejecting my powder foundations. Like, my face went from matte to shiny in a matter of minutes and I was terrified to touch my face in any way, for fear of leaving massive streaks and fingerprints.
I tried at least three other (incredibly pricy) powder foundations, three liquid foundations, and a handful of various primers to no avail.
This product was my saving grace. I put it (I use the Combo/Oily option in “Ivory”) on first thing in the morning and it stays put all day long. I still get a little shine halfway through the day, but simply blot it away and move on without the fear of dabbing at my nose leaving unsightly, unrepairable streaks.
Paired with the next few products, it’s the only liquid foundation I will ever need! So please, Revlon, don’t ditch it, ever. I go back and forth between applying this with clean fingertips or a beauty blender.
Covergirl TruBlend Pressed Powder
On especially hot or humid days, or days I know I’ll be going into all hours of the night, I’ll complete my look with a dusting of this powder – usually in Translucent Light.
I especially like to have it on hand as a touch-up powder throughout the day. It’s fine and light and gets the job done using very little product, so it lasts a long time!
Covergirl Simply Powder Foundation
Again, I used to use only powder foundation (and spend a good chunk of change every month doing so) and be on my way.
Now, I use half as much on top of my liquid foundation (usually in “Creamy Natural”) to help keep oil and shine at bay. I actually bought this product as a last resort, having wrecked my beauty supply budget trying multiple other high-end powder foundations. I was blown away when it actually ended up working 100% better!
Much like the liquid foundation mentioned above, this stuff stays in place and doesn’t settle into my fine lines and wrinkles like so many other powder foundations do.
Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad
I’m not big into doing my eye makeup, mostly because 1.) I always wake up too late to attempt it before rushing out the door to work, and 2.) I don’t have the steady hand or amount of patience needed to get creative with it.
So, I opt for this lovely compact of natural shadows (I usually go for “Chai Latte” or “Natural Smokies”) as they work best with my skin tone. I think I’ve been using this product since late high school or my first year in college and it’s never let me down! Most days, I’ll just slide a little of the “base” color across my lids, but if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll use the “crease” and “liner” colors to top off my look.
NYX Automatic Eyebrow Pencil
I can’t believe it took me so long to start paying attention to my brows. They’re something I’ve always felt a little self-conscious about as they began thinning pretty rapidly over the past few years. I suppose I just wasn’t sure what to do about it.
Then, while leisurely perusing the aisles of ULTA one day, I came across a selection of NYX’s brow pencils. I kind of guessed at the color I wanted (I use “Auburn”) and gave it a go. I haven’t looked back since. I have given a few other pencils and powders a try, but keep coming back to this one.
I simply brush my brows up, fill in any areas where they need it, and brush them back into place, making sure to spread and lighten the product a bit with the built-in brush so it doesn’t look drawn on. I then use a Q-tip and run it along both the top and bottom of my brows to get rid of any excess.
There you have it! My five go-to drugstore makeup products. What are your favorite budget-friendly beauty must-haves?