1. Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Foundation
I have been using it Cosmetics Illuminating CC Cream for the last several months. I did like it and felt that it gave me pretty good coverage. Sometimes I felt like it left my face maybe a little too shiny, but that very well could have been the illumination factor of it. What prompted me to give something else a try was the price. In comparison to other makeup store brands it isn't terrible, but, I just wanted to find something that was a little more wallet friendly.
I can honestly say I have never really purchased drugstore foundation before, typically because I don't trust myself to find the right shade-I usually leave that to the professionals! Over the last couple of decades of wearing makeup though, I feel as though I have come to develop a pretty good sense of what shades work for me (usually the natural/medium beige type shades)-I just had to take the leap of putting that knowledge to use by myself. Yikes!
At the grocery store (yep, the grocery store) I settled on Maybelline Dream Velvet because of the matte finish. With the shine that it CC cream had been giving me I knew I wanted something with that finish.
I am hooked, you guys. I absolutely love it. I was concerned at first because I felt like it almost had a gray tint to it when I was applying, but once it's settled in, it looks great. It wears really well throughout the day, looks great with the other products I use (for highlighting/contouring, blush, etc) and you can't really beat the price ($10!!!!). I think I found my new favorite foundation.
2. e.l.f. Blush Palette
I had been eyeing Tarte's Amazonian Clay blush for a while, but just didn't want to invest in the price. Sure enough, leave it to e.l.f. to pull through! I found this palette and figured I would give it a shot-I love it! I personally like to mix the colors, and just be warned, a little bit goes a long way, so no need to load up on the brush. I feel like it lasts well throughout the day, too! Plus, it's only $6!
I've been loving the matte lip color trend and am constantly searching for a great color to add to my collection. (I say collection but I always end up wearing the same one or two colors!). I loved this nude shade. It applies smoothly, and is buildable. It lasts a long time, too. The only thing I didn't like about it was that I felt like after wearing it a while it gets in the nooks and crannies of my lips. Overall though, I love it!
I've quickly become a sucker for highlighting! While I am a huge fan of Benefit's High Beam, and still use it just about every day, I have started to add this e.l.f. palette into my makeup routine as well, in addition to the High Beam, just for some added shimmer! Like the blush palette, I feel like it wears well into the day. And it's only $6!
5. neuLASH Lash Enhancing Serum
I had lash extensions for a little over a year and was in love with them (local gals-Lashed Out By Summer in Shrewsbury!). But, with some extra expenses with Ella's therapy, and just needing to budget better in general, I got them removed at the beginning of May. Let me tell you-it is SO weird to go from amazing, flawless lashes everyday to your real ones. I have always had decent lashes, but after I had my extensions removed never have they ever looked so short and stubby!
I wanted the look of my extensions without paying the price for them. (I was paying about $70 every 3-4 weeks). I had heard about neuLASH and also Latisse. I eventually settled on neuLASH-honestly no particular reason, I just figured I would give it a try.
It isn't cheap, that's for sure (it's anywhere from $95-$150). But each bottle can last 4-6 months. $95-$150 spread over at least four months is way cheaper than $70 every 3-4 weeks. I mean, I was spending just about $140 every 6 weeks for a relash of my extensions. (Although I will say I miss my lash extensions SO much and would get them again in a heartbeat!)
The overall verdict? LOVE. I started using it at the beginning of May, not long after I had my extensions removed. Here are the results for just 2 months:
neuLash, used with my favorite mascara (CoverGirl LashBlast-the orange tube) literally makes my lashes look like they are extensions. I absolutely love it and most definitely recommend it!! Now through August 8th Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale. You can get two neuLASH's for $150 (it's a $245 value). I really can't recommend it enough!
What are some of your current beauty favorites? Any new blush you love? A great drugstore find? Nude lip color? Later this week, I will be sharing some great nude shades that I have grown to love recently on my YouTube channel!