Written by contributor Hayley Morgan of The Tiny Twig.
I have a love/hate relationship with make-up. I don’t like to have a ton of it. I don’t like to have to rifle through mounds of cosmetics in the morning, simply to pluck out my favorite eye-shadow. It’s just not worth it to me. I would prefer to have less than 10 items that get me from blah-just-woke-up to ready-for-the-day. This approach makes it easy to get ready fast and it keeps my cosmetics simple for travel.
I subscribe to the concept that you should save where you can and spend where you have to. Because of that idea, I have sought out my favorite drugstore cosmetics–the ones that rival the department store brands.
The color I’m wearing in this picture. I got so many emails asking what color I was wearing, so I thought I’d share my favorite $5 secret with you today! I never thought I could wear red lipstick (it DOES take some guts!), but this color looks stunning on. It is a very true red. The texture is great and it lasts most of the day without reapplication.
I’ve worn some iteration of this mascara for the past 7 years. I even buy the waterproof version to pack in my hospital bag when I have a baby. I love it that much.
I have purchased at least 15 or 20 tubes of this concealer over the past 8 or 9 years. I always grab the “Light” shade. It seems to work perfectly any time of the year. I use it under my eyes and around my nose, where it gets red and a little bit blotchy.
A-mazing. That’s all I will say about this eyeliner. I love it because it’s bold and it stays put.
I am also wearing this blush in this picture and most any picture you ever see of me. It looks garish in the pan, but it looks so lovely and innocent on your cheeks. It gives your face a cheerful blush, while being very transparent at the same time. It is hands down my favorite blush, and I’ve tried lots of expensive brands.
Since I buy so many of my cosmetics at the drugstore, I do splurge on three things. I buy MAC foundation because I’ve found a formula that is identical to my skintone. We all know what a feat that is! I buy more expensive perfume because I am allergic to many cheaper fragrances. Finally, I spend money on eye shadow. Many people do just the opposite wanting to try all of the new colors at the drugstore. However, I don’t like to have a pile of stuff I don’t use. Plus, I’ve found that the pigments in department store stay put a lot longer and look bolder on the skin.
When all is said and done, it feels good to be getting to know myself better. I know what I do like and I’m learning what I don’t like. I believe that it is all part of growing into myself, becoming familiar with how to present myself genuinely and feeling good about it.
Do you have favorite drugstore cosmetics? What do you absolutely splurge on?