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My Favourite Budget Friendly Face

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With prices constantly rising and packaging getting smaller and smaller, saving money is sometimes key when it comes to a daily makeup routine. So many people have been asking me for my recommendations lately, all the while reminding me they don’t want to spend a fortune on a simple face. So it’s time to share my favourite daily ‘budget’ face. All products and tools (a total of 8 items) came to $47.73! A perfect daily face for under $50?!! Perfect

I started with Revlon’s Nearly Naked foundation in Shell, a perfect light coverage foundation to even out  my skin tones. I apply this with the Spa Resource Foundation Brush and finish off the dark spots and circles with the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. After a tiny bit of Revlon’s PhotoReady Cream Blush in Just Pinched (applied with my fingertips) I finish off the brows with the Revlon Brow Fantasy in Brunette. Last but not least, the eyes are just as simple. I streak on the Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Melted Caramel and line it with a simple Maybelline Black Kohl Liner that I’ve had for years. Finished off with a few swipes of the Maybelline Great Lash: Lots of Lashes mascara. One of my first ever cosmetic purchases that I still repurchase to this day (although I didn’t have a current tube to photograph here….my apologies).

And there you have it! A great daily budget face consisting of 8 simple items. Very little technique, skill, or cosmetic knowledge required. None of the items were more than $10 individually, but are great quality and long lasting!

What are your favourite budget products? Did anyone find this helpful for an easy, no-fuss face?

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Versus: Drugstore Cream Shadows

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Cream shadows have really taken off over the past year. With fuller, thicker coverage and an automatic foil look, cream shadows in my opinion have replaced loose pigments and are becoming more of a go-to choice for all over shadows. Of course that doesn’t mean that a good ol’ powdered shadow is not still best. But let’s take a closer look at 4 cream shadows I’ve tried.

First we look at the Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Melted Caramel while paired next to the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow in Bad to the Bronze. Now both are very similar in shade, the perfect light brown all-over-colour kind of shades. Both have their pros and cons. The Covergirl shadow is in pencil form and is extremely easy to apply with simple sweeps of pencil across the lid. The Maybelline Color Tattoo is in a pot and can be easily applied with finger tips. But that means having shadow all over your fingers…which in my case means shadow everywhere. Covergirl’s Flamed Out Shadow Pencils win out in application and form, yet in order to get the same coverage and desired look as the Maybelline Color Tattoo I would have to spend quite awhile on each eye. The Color Tattoo has an intense depth of colour and makes it all much easier to manage. I’ll deal with a little shadow on my fingers. The Maybelline wins!

And then we check out the other cream shadow pencils. Two that are not actually available in Canada but have made it into my stash during some of my recent journeys. They are the Barry M Eyeshadow Pencil in purple and the Collection Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in Vanilla Sky. These are both quite similar to the Covergirl in the fact that they are a little less coverage than the Maybelline Color Tattoo, but these have great pigments none-the-less. I use the purple Barry M shadow usually in the outer corners of my lids to spruce it up and add some darkness, and the Collection shadow in the inner corners for some brightness. Both compliment each other quite well and I’d have to say they glide on a little smoother than the Covergirl Flamed Out shadows. They do push the Covergirl pencil to the bottom of the list.

In the end, although I prefer to apply my cream shadow in pencil format, no cream shadows have managed to catch my attention as much as the Maybelline Color Tattoos. These are the best of the drugstore cream shadows! What do you think? Would you agree?

What is your favourite cream shadow?

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Top 5 – March

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A few days late on this one, sorry folks. I could say I’ve been busy…but sitting on a beach with a drink in my hand is really no excuse. I’ve returned home now and as I nurse a crazy sunburn and a recently neutered cat, I finally have time to share my March favourites with you.

I will once again admit to a few make-up less days this past month. It’s been another busy one, but I’m heading back out on the road next week so hopefully back to some later starts to my day and some more time for me in the morning. For the month of March I’ve been enjoying some really basic products.

1. Elf Eyebrow Kit – I’ve tried a few different eyebrow fillers recently and haven’t been overly fond of any of them. But I picked up the Elf Eyebrow Kit at Target about a month ago and I love it. Perfect match to my eyebrows and easy-peasy.

2. Covergirl Flamed Out Eyeshadow in Melted Caramel – This is such a perfect all over simple eyeshadow. And the fact that it’s in pencil form makes everything that much easier. No other colours needed. Another easy product for quick mornings.

3. The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer #3 – This is the second month in a row this guy has made it onto my top 5 list. It’s just so simple and such a great colour, a beautiful honey glow. I’m quite happy with this one!

4. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser – With the endless early mornings for the past three months the dark circles have been getting bigger and sinking deeper. Its about time to pull out the under eye cream, but to start this product has been doing wonders to hide the darkness. So far this is the best product I’ve found and the best match for under my eyes, even when put up against the more pricey concealers.

5. Orly Nail Lacquer in Dare to Bare – I was so excited for vacation last week for the chance to finally paint my nails!! I didn’t have time for a full on manicure, so I did it myself and treated myself to a new nail polish. Nude nails have been really in lately and from what I see they are the nail of the season. This colour is perfect!! Just a few shades lighter than my skin colour, which is apparently the way to do it. I’ve never used Orly Nail Lacquer before but I think I’m sold. This is the longest lasting nail polish I’ve ever used. and I just absolutely loved it. Haven’t been this happy with a nail polish in a long time.

So there you have it. What did you love using in the Month of March? And early April favourites?