Tuesday, January 1

Makeup: Cheap vs. Steep

Some makeup products work the same whether you pay $40 or $4. Others follow the saying "you get what you pay for."

Want to know where to save and where to cave? (notice my rhymes in this one--aced 6th grade poetry). Then keep reading.

Mascara: I have tried $40 mascaras and I've tried $4 mascaras and let me tell you--there isn't a difference. I mean, different mascaras are better at different things and certain eye shapes lend themselves to certain brushes, but a more expensive mascara isn't necessarily going to be all around better than a cheaper one. You have to decide what's important to you (volume, length, ingredients, large brush, tiny brush for small eyes, etc). My absolute favorite inexpensive mascara is CoverGirl Lash Blast. I also want to try the 24 Hour version.

Foundation: If you use a primer and a finishing powder, almost any foundation is going to last you all day. Layering liquid/cream with powder foundations is the key to getting a budge-proof look.

Lip Gloss: Seen one, seen them all. They're all shiny, and not many have staying power. The important thing about lip gloss is the texture. Personally, I like the smoother ones and am not a huge fan of the stickier variety. I like this one. Great price, great ingredients.

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Concealer: Cheaper concealers tend to clump up and be visible on the skin. When you use concealer under your eyes or to disguise blemishes you want it to blend extremely well because otherwise, it will simply compound your problem and make it more obvious. Higher end concealers are both opaque and easy to blend. Every drug store option I've tried has not looked natural.

Eyeliner: Going the higher end route is especially important for pencil eyeliners. If you choose the cheaper option, you're going to be tugging at your skin and it's not going to glide smoothly over your eyelid or along your waterline--not good when it comes to preventing wrinkles. These cheap sticks are not your friend. Remember this. And you know those ones that actually do go on easily? Well they come off just as easily, so in my opinion, not worth it to go the drugstore route on this one. My favorite eyeliners are gel liners in a stick form for the water line and gel liner in a pot for lid lining.

Lipstick: This one is mostly about the ingredients. Have you read the lists on typical drugstore brands? Gross. They even have that chemical smell to them. You know how your lipstick tends to wear off aftera while? Well, you're eating it, and if you're at all concerned about the ingredients/chemicals in the food you eat, then you should definitely be putting the same thought into lip stick! 

And are you ready for some exciting news? I've single-handedly found THE BEST lipstick: natural ingredients and 12 hour wear. Not possible, you say? False! Say hello to Tarte Glamazon 12 Hour Lipstick. Obsessed is an understatement. I have it in Foxy and I can't get enough of it. It literally stayed on all day and it made my lips MORE moisturized after wearing it rather than making them dry. The formulation includes Amazonian clay for the long wear, rather than additional chemicals. It is formulated without: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan, according to sephora.com. See it here

Hope you enjoyed my little Cheap vs. Steap list! This is simply what I've found through trial and error. If you have a different opinion, let me know in the comments! 

Look out for a lip correction post tomorrow!


Haley Wishall said...

Oh my goodness, you must have read my mind before posting this today! I just had a "I need new and better makeup" revelation last night after seeing some of the pictures I took NYE after my makeup had only been on a couple of hours. Blech! And considering that I'm still a college girl on a super budget..I definitely need to save as much as possible. THANK YOU!

My Traveling Troop said...

Hi there! I found your blog via the GFC Blog Hop and am already enjoying reading your posts! In fact, this one about makeup was a treat to read. I plan on going to a makeup counter in the New Year to try a 'New Look.' And, this post will help me figure out what to splurge on or not. :)

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I'd argue to splurge on good eye shadow as well/shadow primer -- but this is great. I'm a make up obsessed girl myself and happy to have found you on the GFC blog hop :)

Stop by and say hi sometime, thenakedmanual.com

Lisa said...

hi new follower from the blog hop.hope you can come follow me too.

oh i so wish i could apply eyeliner like you looks awesome !! great tips
hugs xo

Shelly@Shelly No Belly said...

Thanks for the list!! I was debating on eyeliner today (Mac vs. drugstore), now I know which way to go :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for the great tips. Also, don't ever try to penny pinch on your "eye cream". The quantity of the ingredients makes all the difference (hence the higher price). :-)

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

Girl ~ Uh-greed!
I only wear eyeliner and mascara and every once in a while a concealer.

Eyeliner and concealer is a must cave! You have to find good ones. Mascara ~ eh...whatever. They are all the same!


Hailey said...

love the tips! thanks for sharing!

Leyla [Thisdayilove] said...

Great tips, new follower


Heather @ Cookies For Breakfast said...

Your eyebrows are freaking amazing.

And now I'm totally jonesing for that lipstick... What eyeliners do you like? I'm like THE WORST person at makeup. I do the same thing every day and in general, and it's so non-artistic and just bleh.

Tara said...

These are definitely some great tips, Amy! That lipstick sounds amazing! It is so difficult to find really good, natural makeup so I'm always stoked to be introduced to something new!

Modern Camelot said...

This is a great post! I will say that after having used DiorShow and Yes, They're Real mascaras, I def notice a difference from the drug store ones, but everything else I think is spot on for me!

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