Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.
Today I’m doing a new makeup tag created on YouTube by Jamie Paige on her video entitled “my entire makeup collection If I WASN’T a beauty guru!” I don’t consider myself a “GURU” and even if my blog ever takes off I don’t think I’ll ever be able to consider myself one, I barely even consider myself an “influencer”. I only use this term because I do have people ask for my advise and opinion on makeup related stuff so if I had to label myself something I would say “influencer” would be closest to what I am in the beauty community.
So I have decided to do this tag in 2 parts. I have always had a huge makeup collection, even well before I started this blog, and it’s always had both inexpensive and high end items, so I wanted to do both – what I would have in my high end and inexpensive makeup collections. I also have always had multiples in each category because I enjoy variety. I have chosen the same amount of products in each category that I’ve had in my collection before I started my blog life.
And, ….. away we go …..
I’ve never been one for tons of primer, until I started my blog and decided to test as much of makeup as I can, so I would have always had 3 or 4 different types.
For my pore control I would chose ELF Poreless Putty Primer ($8 on their website). It’s billed as a skin perfecting poreless putty primer is infused with Squalane to help grip makeup for all-day wear and help protect skin from moisture loss. The velvety texture glides effortlessly over the skin, smoothing over imperfections while helping minimize the appearance of pores for a poreless effect.
I really love how hydrating and gripping this primer is and it really does blur the pores. I use to use the NYX Angle Veil before this primer came out (and from time to time I still use it) but after this primer came out I just can’t put it down!
For day to day and on days when my face feels a little tight I would chose the Believe Beauty Pretty and Primed Hydrating Primer ($5 only at Dollar General Stores). It’s billed as a non greasy, lightweight formula glides on effortlessly to create the perfect canvas for a flawless makeup application while restoring moisture back into the skin.
I truly love how moisturizing this primer is. It gives the face just the right amount of slip and truly does help foundation glide on smoothly. It’s such and easy primer really.
For full glam days and anytime I just want a bit more glow to the face I would chose L’Oreal Infallible Glow-Lock Illuminating Primer ($12.99 at Ulta). It’s billed as a long wear luminous look that lasts, primes, perfects and illuminates while it hydrates skin for a better makeup application and leaves skin with a healthy, radiant glow that lasts all day.
This glow primer is just so beautiful on the skin. I’ve even worn this primer on it’s own on days when I’m not wearing makeup to give my skin a little boost. There’s just enough glow to give the face a lit from within glow without there being over kill.
I love my complexion products and have always had 4 to 7 foundations at any one time.
For low maintenance days I would chose NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil ($13 at Ulta) in the shade Beige Camel, although I think I could go 2 shades lighter to maybe the shade Natural Soft Beige. It’s billed as a lightweight tinted cream with a seamless, satiny finish to help you achieve the ultimate fresh faced no makeup makeup look with up to 8 hours of hydrating wear.
I really love how light weight this product is. It’s the perfect amount of coverage to even out the complexion without being greasy or thick.
For everyday wear I would chose No. 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced All in One Foundation ($15.99 at Walgreens) in the shade Calico and is billed as a multi-tasking all in one foundation instantly perfects the appearance of skin, concealing blemishes and blurring the appearance of lines, wrinkles and pores while providing 24 hour hydration. Enriched with age-defying skincare ingredients from our No7 Protect and Perfect ADVANCED Serum over time helps skin look younger and healthier.
This is the perfect medium coverage foundation for day to day. It’s serum like and melts into the skin so beautifully!!!
For days when I need my skin to be flawless, full coverage, and perfect I would use Believe Beauty Skin Finish Foundation ($5 only in Dollar General Stores) in the shade Nude. Its’ billed as medium to full coverage foundation blends effortlessly for a flawless look with a blendable formula that blurs imperfections while smoothing your skin.
This has got to be my most favorite inexpensive foundation of life! This foundation just makes the skin look simply heavenly! I have never had a bad makeup day when I’ve used this foundation.
For days when I want a super glowy complexion I would chose NYX Born to Glow Naturally Radiant Foundation ($10 at Ulta) in the shade Nude. It’s billed as a buildable medium coverage and a naturally radiant finish.
This is such a beautiful foundation…. a bit thick but if you apply a light layer it’s amazing. It leaves the skin looking so dewy and fresh. I often have a great makeup day when I wear this one too.
The Helpers: (corrector, eye primers, brow primers, and contour)
I’ve always been the type to only hold on to 1 of each of my helpers. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve added a variety of each helper so I picked only what I would have in my collection if this blog wasn’t in my life.
To color correct I would chose the Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate ($12 on there website and at Target) in the shade brightening peach. It’s billed as a highly pigmented dense corrective concealer blends seamlessly into the skin while instantly erasing stubborn darkness.
This has got to be the words best affordable color corrector I have ever used (and I have tried MANY correctors)! It’s creamy yet sticky enough to stay in place. Most concealers blend seamlessly over this corrector without creasing.
For contour I use to use powder before I discovered the joy that is cream … however I use to use darker concealer to contour from time to time so I would chose the NYX Wonder Stick ($12 at Ulta) in the shade deep. It’s billed as a dual-ended highlighter and contouring stick with a creamy finish.
I’ve tried many affordable contour products and by far the wonder stick is the best I’ve used. It’s easy to apply in just a few swipes and buffs into the skin very well. It also sinks into the skin to look like natural contour and not just sit upon the skin.
For an eyeshadow primer I would chose the Revolution Cut Crease Canvas ($9 on their website) in the shades Halo (white) and Illustrate (flesh). It’s billed as a full coverage eyeshadow base with an innovative built-in brush for easy application.
I almost always used my concealer but as time goes by I would have discovered this little gem. This is a great little base! It does crease a little but after you pat it out and apply your eyeshadow it does not crease again. The white shade allows vibrant colors to really pop and the flesh color is great for neutral looks. It’s creamy yet tacky enough to hold shadow all day.
To carve out my brows I would chose the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website). It’s billed as a double-ended matte and shimmer brow highlighter.
I use to use the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Highlighter until I found this one from BH cosmetics. I can’t tell you just how much I love this pencil! It’s the right consistency, pigmentation, and staying power. I’ve even used it as a shadow base from time to time.
To set my brows I would chose the Believe Beauty Eyebrow styling Gel ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in clear. It’s billed as a styling gel that adheres to skin and hair creating a natural-shaped defined brow for fuller, fluffier looking brows in a few buildable swipes.
When I first started out with makeup I would groom my brows with either hair gel or hair spray (brow styling products weren’t a thing back then) but as time went by I often used the clear brow gel from ELF … that is until I tried this Believe Beauty one! This is by far my favorite brow gel ever (high end or not)! I have gone through many tubes of this gel. It holds my hairs perfectly with out being crunchy or messing with my other brow products.
Concealer has always been something that I keep a few types on hand… typically in 2 shades (my skin tone and a lighter tone) but over the years I’ve learned better techniques for hiding imperfections so I’ve dropped the skin tone shades all together from my repertoire.
For light makeup days I would chose ELF Hydrating Camo Concealer ($6 at Ulta and on the ELF website) in the shade Light Sand. It’s billed as a full-coverage, hydrating, long wearing concealer that is highly pigmented, lightweight, with a satin finish that won’t settle into fine lines or creases.
I did not like the original Camo Concealer (it was too drying for me) but I freaking love the Hydrating Camo Concealer! It has great coverage, longevity, and gives a slight lilt to the under eye area and because it’s so pigmented a little goes a very long way!
For days when I need my makeup on point I would chose NYX Born to Glow Radiant Concealer ($9 at Ulta) in the shade Vanilla. It’s billed as a a micro pearl-infused illuminating concealer that blurs imperfections adding instant radiance and brightening the appearance of a dull complexion.
This is such a pretty concealer! It’s full coverage without being flat like most full coverage concealers tend to be. It’s creamy without creasing and long wearing. It’s my perfect date night concealer.
On days when I need something that snatches the face but it’s too glowy I would chose the Believe Beauty You’re Covered Concealer ($4 only at Dollar General Stores) in the shade Light Beige (though I wish I could get my hands on fair or ivory but they are always out of stock). It’s billed as a highly-pigmented concealer that visibly brightens under eye darkness and tired lines with natural coverage.
This is such a hydrating concealer. It’s full coverage and super pigmented…. I use only a few dots and that is enough to buff into the triangle of around the eye. My under eyes always look so perfected in this concealer.
For full coverage, “I need to be on fleak” makeup days I would chose the Pixi By Petra Pat Away Concealing Base ($16 on their website and at Target) in the shade Nude. It’s billed as being elastic and long-wearing with powerful antioxidant protection and concentrated yet skin-like and full coverage.
I never have a bad under eye day with this concealer. It’s just hydrating enough to make my under eyes look fresh and awake without being too dewy. It’s long lasting and never makes my under eyes look cakey.
Although over time my bronzer collection has grown for the most part I typically only reach for 3 types of bronzers (in my day to day life).
For everyday where I would chose NYX Matte Bronzer ($10 at Ulta) in the shade Deep Tan. It’s billed as a natural and healthy-looking complexion.
This bronzer is my go to everyday bronzer. It has just the right amount of pigment to bring lift back to the face without being too much or too powdery. It’s never patchy, never cakey…. it’s just perfect for everyday.
For low maintenance days I would chose ColourPop Pressed Powder Bronzer ($8 on the ColourPop website) in the shade Talk to the Palm. It’s billed as a buttery soft, super blendable powder bronzer which provides a natural tanned glow and contains spherical light-diffusing powders which roll over the skin and allow for even application, smooth blending, and prevents a dry or “cakey” look.
This bronzer is perfect for a light coverage day. It’s not overly pigmented so you can’t over do it and it’s the perfect under tone for a no makeup makeup look.
For days when I need to look perfected and snatched I would chose Revolution Bronzer Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Take a Vacation. It’s billed as a baked pearlised powder bronzer.
This bronzer is so pretty! It’s got a lilt to it that just takes a full beat face over the top! I truly love this affordable bronzer so much.
I am very particular with my blush … basic corals shades are my go to although over the years I have incorporated peaches and pinks into my collection for the most part I gravitate to corals.
For days when I want I want a vibrant pop on the cheeks I would chose Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 on their website) in Coral Dream. It’s billed as a sheer velvet powder blusher.
This is my favorite affordable powder blush! It’s so finely milled and has just the right amount of pigment. It’s buttery. Never looks powdery, patchy, or cakey and lasts all day and night. This is my favorite shade for the spring and summer (even though I only just purchased it this past month). I have a feeling that I could add a slight amount of it on the apples of my cheeks in the winter for that just out of the cold (even though it doesn’t get cold enough here in Florida for it) flush.
As my everyday blush I would chose Revolution Blusher Reloaded ($7 on their website) in the shade Rhubarb & Custard. It’s billed as a sheer velvet powder blusher.
Again this is my favorite affordable powder blush! It’s so finely milled and has just the right amount of pigment. It’s buttery. Never looks powdery, patchy, or cakey and lasts all day and night. This shade is my perfect everyday shade … it goes great with everything and every look.
For when I need my blush to be on point I would chose the ELF Cream Blush Palette ($8 on their website) in the colorway Soft. It’s billed as a richly pigmented buildable formula to last all day.
I never have a bad blush day when I wear these cream blushes! They are pigmented but if you use a stipple brush you can slowly build the intensity. This blush doesn’t set down but with a light layer of face powder sets for the whole day.
I was always very particular with my highlighters so I never really owned as many as I do now, in part because the formulas back then were not that good and highlighting was just something that wasn’t so sough after.
For days when I have a full beat face I would chose Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 at Ulta) in the shade Dare to Divulge. It’s billed as an intensely pigmented powder that will instantly brighten your complexion with a silky formula glides onto cheekbones seamlessly.
This shade is highly reflective and so buttery. It turns any look into high glam. There is no glitter to this highlighter just pure shine.
For everyday makeup and low maintenance days I would chose Essence Pure Nude Highlighter ($4.99 at Ulta) in the shade 01 Be My Highlight. It’s billed as a natural luminescence with a baked formula.
This is the perfect everyday highlighter! It’s the perfect amount of lilt. It’s subtle and ethereal. It’s hard to over do it with this one.
On days where I need a perfectly put together look I would chose Pixi x Rachh Loves The Layers Highlighting Palette ($24 on their website and at Target). It’s billed as being a layering highlight for that perfect custom glow is just like layering an outfit – you build a look that’s uniquely you! Bring out your natural beauty and enliven your complexion, lids and cheeks with this multi-use glow-mix palette.
When I first purchased this palette I could not put it down! It was all I used for months! It’s got the most wonderful texture. This one never emphasizes texture or pores.
The Face Powders/Touch Up Powders:
I’ve always owned a few loose setting powders and then 3 or 4 touch up powders… I like to have an option for each type of foundation look I would do.
For everyday makeup and low maintenance days I would chose Believe Beauty Matte Blur Loose Powder ($5 only at Dollar General Stores) to set my face. It’s billed as a lightweight, easy-to-apply, loose powder that blends effortlessly to reduce shine, blur imperfections and set makeup for a natural-look.
This powder never looks cakey or dusty and holds my makeup all day. There is no flash back when taking pictures and it doesn’t emphasize texture on the face.
For days when I need a perfect face set or on days when I have a full beat face I would chose ELF Halo Glow Setting Powder ($8 on their website). It’s billed as a silky, weightless texturewith a blurring, soft-focus finish and finely-milled synthetic sapphire particles to give your skin a soft glow, help smooth the appearance of fine lines, and blur imperfections.
This powder gives such an ethereal glow to the skin. This is such a dreamy loose powder. It’s s spot on dupe for the Too Faced Ethereal Loose Setting Powder. It blurs pores and fine lines and add the slightest of lilt to the skin.
The pressed powder that I would chose for medium coverage days would be Catrice Prime and Fine Mattifying Powder ($7.49 at Ulta) in the shade transparent. It’s billed as a waterproof mattifying powder that withstands humidity and mattifies skin for hours with a delicate transparent formula that is enriched with vitamins A and E to ensures a flawless, mattified and refined complexion with a transparent color that adapts to every skin tone.
This is my go to touch up powder because it add no extra coverage or color to the skin. It just blots the oils. It doesn’t lift the products underneath, it doesn’t go cakey, dusty, or patchy and it doesn’t oxidize the foundation and concealer under it either.
For light coverage and no makeup/makeup daysI would chose ELF Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder ($6 on their website) in the shade fair/light. It’s billed as a light weight, mattifying finishing powder with a silky formula gives a light coverage.
This is such a great pressed powder. It’s silky smooth, finely milled, and very light weight. It’s got the slightest amount of coverage to it yet it refreshes my makeup so perfectly with no dustiness or cakiness.
For full coverage and beat face days I would chose the JCat Aquasurance Compact Foundation ($13.99 at Ulta). It’s billed as a finely milled formula that minimizes the appearance of pores with an innovative hydrating powder that is non-clogging and absorbs and balances excess oil without looking cakey. It claims to have a water lock system that maintains moisture within the powder which can’t be found in an average compact. It blends effortlessly providing medium to full coverage for a flawless finish.
This is a full coverage, finely milled, silky smooth face powder that is perfect for full glam days. This pressed powder does add coverage but if you go in with a fluffy blending brush you can get it to touch up your makeup without adding too much extra coverage.
The Eyeshadow Palettes:
The thing I normally have the most of in my collections through the years is EYESHADOW!!! Even when I was younger I have always had tons of eyeshadow palettes. My favorite part of makeup is shadow! I can’t help myself … I need all the shadows of the world.
My collection would have to include all of my single shadows from ColourPop (I have 2 big and 2 small palettes put together for a total of 72 single shadows for a grad total of $138 which is a great deal because each single shadow is $4.50 and if purchased on their own would have run me $324 without the z palettes.)
CoulourPop has some of the best formulas across all of their finishes for eyeshadows ever. They are super pigmented, finely milled, and buttery smooth. the pigmentation lasts all day. There are so many bright and neutral shades that I could use these palettes everyday and never have the same look twice.
By far my favorite everyday neutral palette is the ColourPop Bare Necessities Palette ($34 on their website). This one is billed as 30 new shadows in buttery mattes, rich metallics, and blinging glitters in the most wearable shades ever
There is just so much versatility with this palette. This is the type of palette that can go from day to night with no problems.
For going out on dates with hubby I would chose the Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette ($20 at Ulta and on their Juvia’s Place website). It’s billed as the most essential collection of neutral colors that are highly pigmented, blend flawlessly and deliver incredible staying power offering seamless transitions from subtle everyday looks to sultry night-time looks.
The metallics in this palette are amazingly high shine making this the perfect date night palette.
I would own the ELF Retro Paradise Palette ($14 on their website) for sure (fun fact, ELF was the first brand I started to buy when I really started building my makeup collection many years ago)! It’s billed as a vibrant, Bahamas-inspired eyeshadow palette with high-shine metallics and ultra-pigmented mattes in bright and neutral shades allow you to create your own tropical fantasy!
I love working with colors and so I would definitely have the ELF 18 pan palettes in my collection. I’ve always had multiple ELF palettes in my collection for the better part of 9 years… over the years the quality of their shadows has improved vastly making it super fun to collect and use the newest palettes.
I would own the ELF Opposites Attract Palette ($14 on their website). It’s billed as an 18-pan eyeshadow palette that contains 9 warm-toned and 9 cool-toned shades with neutral and vibrant pops of color to achieve subtle or bold looks in a lux formula that is smooth, creamy, blendable and ultra-pigmented.
This is a great palette because it combines both warm and cool toned shades so you really have enough of a shadow range to suit whatever your mood is.
I would own the ELF 18 Hit Wonders Palette ($14 on their website). It’s billed as being a palette with all the shades you could covet into one iconic palette. This vibrant, colorful 18-pan palette contains only the best, most swatch-worthy shades, designed to inspire bold, vibrant eyeshadow looks. We included a mix of matte, satin and shimmer shades
What I love most about this palette is the amount of coral based shades there are in this palette with those little pops of primary shades in it.
I would own the ELF Earth and Ocean Palette ($14 on their website). It’s billed as being inspired by grounded, earthy vibes and mesmerizing ocean views.
There is just something so stunning about army greens and blues together in 1 palette. The metallics of this palette are highly reflective and the mattes are stunning in shades from dusty greens to pastel blues. This is not an everyday palette by any means, but it’s a great “I’m in a mood” statement palette.
I would also have the ELF The New Classics Palette ($14 on their website) for travel or weekend trips as well as everyday. It’s billed as the perfect neutral palette containing a curated selection of essential matte, satin, and shimmer shades to achieve any neutral eye look.
This is the perfect palette to travel with. It’s got everything you need in 1 palette. From brow bone shades to deep outer v shades and everything in between.
The Lip Products:
Although I love lip products, I was never one to lip lip balm or affordable lip glosses (I’ve always had high end lip gloss but was never one for balms until I started my blog) and I’ve also really loved reds so I would have more reds than other shades in my collection.
ColourPop At Twilight *limited edition* (mid toned coral – creme) would definitely be in that collection! Honestly …. if ColourPop was a thing when I was younger their lippie stix would have been part of my collection I just love their formulas.
I love a good coral lip moment! Coral is my all time favorite lip shade. It goes with just about any warm look and if sheered out a bit can even look pretty with a cool toned look.
ColourPop Cookie $7 on their website (warm brown nude – matte) would a must have for me.
This is my perfect nude shade. Even though it’s a warm toned nude with the right lip liner I can pull this shade off with a cool toned look too. For being a matte formula it’s not drying on the lips either.
ColourPop Lumiere $7 on their website (dusty mauve pink – matte). This is the shade YouTuber Kathleen Lights created with the brand.
This is my favorite mauve shade ever! (high end or affordable)
ColourPop Topanga $7 on their website (dusty coral – creme). This is my all time favorite coral lipstick …of all time! High end or not …. this is my perfect coral shade.
This lippie goes with everything. I even love to throw it on even when I’m not wearing makeup.
ColourPop Brink $7 on their website (terracotta rose- matte) is a collab with Instagramer brittanysuleiman.
This is another rosy nude that I just simply love. It’s a neutral nude so I can wear it with any makeup look and it blends in with the whole look perfectly.
ColourPop Jam Sesh $7 on their website (true blue red -matte)
This is my favorite under tone for a red lipstick. It makes your teeth look whiter, it’s flattering on every skin tone, and is just a great addition to a cool toned smokey eye.
ColourPop Trust Me $7 on their website (vivid true red – ultra matte).
I love this color during the warmer months! It’s just the perfect spring/summer red. I also love wearing this shade on low maintenance makeup days where I’m wearing bronzer through the crease, a cream shade all over lid, or even just a little shimmer on the mobile lid.
ColourPop Bitchette $7 on their website (deepened red – matte).
This red is so vampy and reminds me of the shade Charlotte (true oxblood) from the NARS Audacious Lipstick line but just a bit deeper. This is an all occasion vampy red lipstick that goes great with neutrals and smokey looks.
The Lip Liners:
I was never one for heaps of liners …. in fact more times than not I would skip liner altogether. I’ve only ever had maybe about 10 liners (it wasn’t until I started my blog that I really got into lip liners).
ColourPop Brink $6 on their website (terracotta rose) is a collab with Instagramer brittanysuleiman to go with the lippie stix color of the same name.
I use to be a huge NYX lip pencil fan until I tried the ColourPop Lippie Pencils!!! They are so pigmented, so creamy, and do not bleed out of the lip lines. They are so cream that you can use them as a lipstick in a pinch (like say when you’re traveling and want to save some space in your makeup bag, or out on a date where you have a tiny purse).
Brink is just the most amazing terracotta shade that’s just a bit deeper than my natural lips.
ColourPop Curvii $7 on their website (warm beige) is a collab with YouTuber iluvsarahii.
It’s the perfect pencil to pair with almost any nude lip I have.
ColourPop Obvi $6 on their website (light pinkish brown).
I love to fill in my lips with this pencil and then tap on a pale nude lip over it. I also use it to deepen up a coral lip when I need it to be a little cooler in tone.
ColourPop Oh Sis (limited edition only available now in the big box of lippie pencil vault) (smoked paprika).
This is such a unique lip shade. I love to pair it with red for a bit of an ombre look and I also love to lightly line my lips with it with a nude.
ColourPop Another Round $6 on their website (rosy nude).
This is my lips but better. I’ve been through 2 of these pencils and am almost done a 3rd one … which is sad because it’s out of stock. I absolutly love this shade.
ColourPop Lippie Pencil Bossy $6 on their website (classic red).
I love to mix this in with my corals to give them a little edge. I also love this one paired with the lip shade Jam Sesh. I also love to fill my lips in with this color and then take a Q-Tip and blur around the lip line for a Popsicle stained look.
ColourPop Lippie Pencil Frenchie $6 on their website (bright warm red)
I use this one with Bitchette lipstick to lighten it just a bit.
ColourPop Lippie Pencil Bitchette $6 on their website (deepened red)
I only ever use this one when I’m wearing the lipstick of the same name.
The Brow Products:
Up until now I’ve only ever been a brow pencil girl. It wasn’t until I got my brows micro-bladed that I began to dabble in brow powders and it wasn’t until I started blogging that I dipped my toes into pomades. So I would have had maybe 2 or 3 brow pencils.
Joah Brow Down to Me Precision Brow Pencil $9.50 on their website in the shade Ebony. It’s billed as a dual-ended ultra-fine tip brow pencil that is budget and smudge proof.
This is such a great brow pencil and out of everything I’ve tried from this brand it’s the best product of their whole line. It’s not too creamy or waxy it’s got a happy balance between the 2. It’s long wearing and virtually sweat proof.
Revolution Define and Fill Brow Pencil $8 at Ulta in the shade dark brown. It’s billed as an ultra-fine brow pencil creates the most convincing hair-like strokes for a natural and soft looking brow. The weighted component sits comfortably in the hand in order to support precise application
Out of all the affordable makeup brands (I say affordable because there is more to lower end makeup than the drug store) this is my 100% hand down favorite brow pencil ever. I’ve been through many of these brow pencils and will continue to purchase them because they are that good.
I never used gel pot liners or liquid liners until I got really into watching YouTube makeup stuff. I always had 1 colorful liner, 1 brown, 1 nude/white, and 1 black liner. Most of the time if I wanted a different eyeliner look I would just use eyeshadow.
ColourPop BFF Gel Liner in Get Paid $6 on their website (rose gold metallic). It’s billed as the same pigmentation and long-lasting, transfer-proof wear of our Crème Gel Colour Eyeliner in a pencil!
This liner is such a pretty little pop of something unexpected in the lower waterlines. I also love to smudge it over my lower lash line for a hint of color on low maintenance days.
Milani Stay Put Waterproof Eyeliner $7.99 in the shade 01 Linked On Black. It’s billed as a waterproof gel formula with super-saturated pigments that stay and slay all day, stays exactly where you put it.
This is the creamiest most pigmented black liner ever. It stays put on the tight lines and has just enough creaminess to smudge along the mobile lid as a base for a smoked out eye look.
Revolution Pro Supreme Pigment Gel Liner $5 on their website in the shade Nude. It’s billed as being able to glide on to create long-lasting color.
I have a ton of nude eyeliners and out of all the liners I own … this one is top notch! It’s creamy enough to glide on the waterline without tugging or skipping and pigmented enough that I only need to do 1 swipe.
Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen $12 on their website in the shade Black Caviar. It’s billed as a waterproof, super-long-wear, no-smudge, no-budge eye liner glide on like seamless silk, with a single sweeping motion you can create a flawless, solid line. No retouching required all day – or night!
This is the deepest most pigmented brown liner I have ever had. It’s creamy and doesn’t tug on the eyes and has a little bit of time before it sets down so smudging it out is easy.
I was never one for false lashes until I started my blog and saw the potential that lashes make for pictures…I’ve always had multiple mascaras that I would mix and match to get the type of lashes I was going for.
For low maintance days and no makeup days I would chose Believe Beauty Hi-Definition Skinny Mascara ($4.50 only at Dollar General Stores). It’s billed as having a formula that is both long lasting and nourishing with Calendula extract (annual and perennial herbaceous plants in the daisy family) to soothe and revitalize lashes.
This mascara is so good. It gives a natural length and curl to the lashes. It never flakes and almost never smudges (i have had some smudging when my eyes have been watery but nothing too over the top).
I would chose the Flower Beauty Lash Warrior Mascara $9.99 at Ulta in the shade Fiercest Black for my medium coverage makeup days. It’s billed as having extreme lash volume, length and definition for the boldest lashes yet with their coated, pure pigments that don’t fade, crease or flake. The exclusive Spiked Warrior brush catches every lash and coats them from root to tip for super charged, dramatic volume. 360 degrees spiked bristles combat clumps on every angle for unimaginable definition. The result is fiercely volumized lashes with statement making length & definition.
This is a pretty voluminous mascara that’s great for add depth on days where your makeup is not natural but not too beat faced either.
For full glam days I would chose L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black $8.99 at Ulta . It’s billed as having a unique formula of panthenol and ceramide-R that builds and thickens voluptuous lashes while conditioning them, so they remain supple and healthy. An exceptionally plush brush is designed to glide on just the right amount of mascara without clumping or flaking.
This has been my go to mascara for years and always will be (although there are a few mascaras that have given it a run for it’s money as of late- this will always be my first love).
For days when I need to look perfected and glam at the same time (say for date night with hubby) I would chose Revolution The Mascara Revolution $10 at Ulta. It’s billed as having an hourglass shaped brush that hugs the lash to create a natural curl while the highly pigmented formula adds amazing volume and length that won’t flake or smudge. The rich consistency dries down to leave you with fanned out, defined lashes.
This is one of those mascaras that gives the L’Oreal mascara a run for it’s money. I just love this one so much. It doesn’t flake or clump up and it gives me the most fluffy lashes ever.
The Setting Sprays:
I have always love setting sprays! Even before they became main stream. When I was younger (like high school age) I would use a small squirt bottle filled with coconut water, aloe, and witch hazel as a setting spray … I didn’t know that’s what they were called I just knew it made my makeup look less cakey and my skin look brighter so it stands to reason that when setting sprays became a thing I’ve always had 3 or 4 in my collection at any one time.
ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Setting Mist $12 at Ulta. It is billed as having a micro-fine mist applies a refreshingly light veil over the skin, leaving you with a fresh, healthy looking glow.
I truly do love everything about this setting spray. The scent is amazing (like a beach in every spray), it gives the skin such a health glow, and it doesn’t leave behind splotches of mist behind. The only thing I didn’t like was that I got down to about maybe 4 days worth of product and it wouldn’t spray as fine as it had … it came out in spurts so I had to throw it away.
ELF makeup Mist & Set $7 on their website. It’s billed as being designed to hold your face and eye makeup in place all day and to revitalize makeup color with just a few sprays. The formula contains aloe, green tea, cucumber, and vitamins A, C, and E to soothe and hydrate the skin.
I have loved this product for years and years! It was the first setting spray I ever bought and have continued to repurchase it over the years. It sets and holds the makeup all day and night and gives a vibrancy to the face that refreshes the look of your makeup.
Milani Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set $9.99 at Ulta. It’s billed as being able to lock in makeup’s just-applied look for all day wear up to 16 hours spray, wear under makeup for a mattifying primer and over makeup for lasting, crease-free, fade-free wear in any climate.
I tried this one a few months ago and absolutely loved my makeup days with this one. It doesn’t give any glow to the face but it doesn’t mattify the face either it just refreshes the face perfectly and truly does lock the makeup in all day.
Well there you have it dolls …. My entire affordable makeup collection if I wasn’t a “Beauty Influencer”.
What would your collection look like?
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.
Remember …. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.
Awesome products. Thanks for sharing.
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Thank you 🤗💜