Don’t waste your money on the expensive stuff when there are numerous drugstore products that work just as well.
- CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30. This moisturizer is loaded with ingredients that hydrate, protect, and nourish skin. Plus, the SPF content is great. For, $12, this is a great purchase.
- Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15. This moisturizer has been proven to help skin tone and texture. After using this for a month or so, I really did see a positive change in my skin.
- Pond’s Dry Skin Cream. This lotion gives a cooling sensation upon application. After using this product my skin was much softer and I noticed my brown spots fading.
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Sensitive Skin. This moisturizer does all it claims, it is super hydrating and doesn’t bother even the most sensitive skin. I like to apply this before putting on makeup, as I’ve noticed it makes my makeup last longer.
- CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion. This is a great night lotion. When I first started using this lotion, I thought it wasn’t hydrating because it doesn’t leave any type of residue when applied. But, it hydrates well without feeling oily or heavy.
- Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream. This stuff is intensely hydrating, and that’s not just the name talking. This eye cream is super light, allowing you to apply liberally, and waking up with smoother and hydrated eyes.
- L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream. It is surprising this eye cream is only $13 given how powerful it’s formula is. This product really delivers results, for a fraction of the price compared to other product that deliver the same.
- Pond’s Cold Cream. This cream is a moisturizing deep clean cleanser and makeup remover. Perfect for late nights when doing you’re entire routine just isn’t going to happen. Apply liberally and massage into skin (eye area too) and wipe off access makeup and cream with a cloth. This hydrates your skin while removing dirt. Proven to not clog pores.
I used to spend tons of money on the most prestigious skin care brands. I believed that I would get what I was paying for. And while many expensive products do work as well as they claim, there are also many other, cheaper products that work just as well. By learning about these “dupes” or “hacks” I’ve saved a lot of money on my skin care routine.
- Get hydrated and glowing skin. Keep your skin hydrated throughout the day using rose water.
- Use coconut oil as an anti-aging and moisturizing night cream. Coconut oil is a great for many things. Some people use it as makeup remover, others as deep conditioner for hair. I like to use it as a moisturizer for my cheeks and neck.
- To get rid of under eye dark circles use a coffee and coconut oil mix. Mix two tbsp of coffee and two tbsp of coconut oil and apply under your eyes and massage it for three to four minutes.
- Get long and thick eyelashes and eyebrows. Castor oil has been proven to stimulate hair growth and strength.
- Try a DIY moisturizing and brightening eye cream of coconut oil and vitamin e oil.
- Exfoliate the eye area with toner on a cotton pad to remove milia.
- Promote eyelash growth without any product. Brushing your eyelashes with a clean spoolie promote eyelash growth.
- Don’t wash your face in the mornings. Instead, splash cold water on it to wake yourself up. Leave those natural oils!
- Don’t exfoliate your body daily. Don’t use loofas – opt for washcloths instead. Lufas are too harsh on your body.
- Don’t wear makeup everyday. This isn’t so much a ‘hack’ as it’s just skin care advice. You’re skin will improve with a day or two a week when it gets a day off and time to breathe.
I am as lazy as they get when it comes to makeup. I like to be quick, and I like to be cheap. Due to this laziness, I’ve learned numerous ‘hacks’ that have made my makeup routine quicker and much less costly. Here are my top 10 ‘need to know’ makeup hacks:
- Use bronzer as your eyeshadow base. This is great for when traveling and trying to limit what you bring. This also looks very natural since it ties in with your cheeks.
- Instead of false eyelashes use baby powder. Coat your eyelashes in baby powder between mascara sweeps to increase volume.
- Don’t waste money on primers. The reasons primers work, is because they are moisturizing. If you just apply your moisturizer before make up, you’ll get the same lasting benefits. (Note: this does not apply to eyeshadow primer, though I have used concealer as an eyelid primer and it worked great!)
- Clean makeup brushes with baby shampoo. This works great and is a fraction of the cost of other brush cleansers.
- Remove lipstick stains on clothes using rubbing alcohol.
- Put nail polish in the fridge for ten minutes before use. This thickens the polish and it goes on much smoother. It acts more like a gel this way (less chipping).
- Add two drops of contact solution to bring old mascara back to life.
- When lazy, use micellar water on a cotton pad as your cleansing routine. Many people swear by this and do it every night instead of using face cleanser. Micellar water is great for your skin so after a long day or night, after you’ve removed your make up (perhaps using a make up remover wipe), put some micellar water on a cotton pad and rub it over your face.
- Dilute rose water to get it to last long. Set make up with rose water. When I buy rose water, I put half in an older bottle and fill the rest with water. By diluting the solution, I still get all the benefits and it lasts me twice as long! My favorite uses are as primer, makeup setting spray, and moisturizing mists throughout the day.
- Add moisturizer to foundation to lighten it up for winter months. I know so many people that purchase winter and summer foundations. By adding a small amount of moisturizer, you can control the color and don’t need to buy two!
Thanks for reading and I hope these hacks work for you! Comment your makeup hacks below, I’d love to give them at try!
If you’ve been reading all my beauty collection posts; congratulations, you’ve made it to the end! Because this is the last, I’m making it a big one by covering both eyeliners and mascaras.
- Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. Love, love, love this liner. As I mentioned in my The 5 Sephora products you need to buy right now post, this product is my all time favorite eye liner. It glides right on, is easy to control, and lasts all day. It also comes off easily with make up remover. For $22, this product lasts a long time. And, if you trim the tip when its running low you’ll get more use out of it!
- Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner. For under $7, you can get a good quality eyeliner that lasts forever. I use this stuff everyday for work. It applies beautifully, as the liner is seriously pigmented. The applicator they give you is great too, its thinker than the Stila applicator, but if you use at the right angle you get all the control you need. While it does last long, sometimes I’ll find a little product on my upper eyelids mid-day. And when washing it off there always seems to be left over even after using my makeup remover. But, for $7, I still vouch for this product.
- Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base. This mascara primer really does all it claims to do. It conditions, lengthens, and volumes your lashes. I never apply mascara without it! It’s a bit pricey, sold for $25.50, but you also have the option to try the $13 travel size.
- Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. This is one of Sephora’s best selling mascaras. With this product you get some serious volume, which comes from the thick formula that really coats your lashes. Beware, though, that over applying can lead to clumpy lashes quick. This mascara also requires a bit of clean up with a q-tip since the applicator is so dense the lash line gets a little messy. For $23, its pricey but, you can get this in a travel size too for $12!
- Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumzing Mascara. This is another Sephora best seller. This mascara works wonders with lengthening, but not so much with volumizing. The applicator is much different than the Too Faced mascara, it really separates your lashes and gets them evenly coated. I like that it’s much harder to clump this mascara. For $24, this is another expensive one, and too, can be purchased in travel size for $12! But, the travel size is sometimes an option with your Sephora points so if you keep an eye out you may get a chance to try it for free!
All the products mentioned in this post are great! I would recommend both eyeliners, especially for their prices. And currently, my beauty routine is to use all three mascaras. I start by priming with Lancome. Then, I lengthen and evenly coat my lashes with Benefit They’re Real! And lastly, pack on the volume with Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. This is currently working great for me. But, when I only choose one mascara, I reach for the Benefit one.
I hope you found this post helpful, as well as the rest of my beauty collection posts. If you would like to go back to read any of my previous posts, they’re linked below! I would love to hear your comments on what you thought of this series!
My Beauty Collection: Powders
My Beauty Collection: Bronzers
My Beauty Collection: Blushes
My Beauty Collection: Highlighters
My Beauty Collection: Brows
My Beauty Collection: Concealers
A good concealer can brighten the eye area, make you look more awake, and lift the appearance of your entire face. There are many wonder concealers out there that do all these things and I’ve listed a few of them below!
- Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. This is one of the most popular concealers on the market. It has great coverage, and applies beautifully. You can wear it all day and it doesn’t crack or dry out. It costs $28, making it a bit pricey but you also have the option to get a travel size for $12 so you can try it out!
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer. For under $7 you can get a good quality concealer, making this a customer favorite. The applicator doesn’t work well, so I just use my ring fingers. This concealer applies great but can begin to break down after wearing it for hours. If you set it correctly with powder and moisturize the area before applying it can help with this. It’s not that this concealer is bad, it’s that there are other better ones. But overall, great product for the price!
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. For $22 a pop, you get a lot of product. It’s lighter than the Naked concealer, making it more comfortable to wear, though it is lesser coverage. My one complaint with this product is the packaging, if you push the top all the way down it gives you too much product. So, you have to delicately try to only push out the amount you want which can be tricky. I have found this product is best applied with the ring fingers as well instead of tugging the skin with a concealer brush. Of course, a beauty blender is great for applying too.
All three product are great. But, my favorite is the MAC Pro Longwear. Its the perfect amount of coverage and is weightless. The Naked concealer claims its weightless, but I personally find it heavier on my skin. The Maybelline concealer is great for its price, but is lower in quality compared to its high-end counterparts mentioned in this post. As mentioned, I always recommend moisturizing the eye area beforehand and setting with a powder after! I hope you will try one of the concealers mentioned and find your next must-have product! Please comment down below any concealer recommendations you have so I can give them a try!
Ah, the power of good brows. They truly do frame the face. If I could only leave the house with one makeup product on, it would come down to brows and mascara. Thankfully, I’ve found some amazing brow products.
- Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel. This brow gel works wonders. When I first read volumizing fiber gel, I was skeptical, but this stuff really does volumize my brows! I also like that because its not a pencil or powder, it looks really natural. My bald spots are less bald (and could be completely covered should I choose to it apply that way) but I like it looking like I just have natural bold brows! The only issue with this product is that you have to apply it lightly otherwise you could look like you sharpied in your brows. But when I use a lighter hand, it looks great! The tip can be used as a pencil in that it allows you to be extremely precise when applying. For $24, I recommend!
- MAC Big Brow Pencil. This pencil is great, for $17, it comes in so many shades you’re guaranteed to find one that matches you perfectly. This was one of the first brow products I invested in and I still always make sure to have one handy. The one thing I will say is it does not last very long, which makes the price less appealing. But it’s a great product!
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. And, of course, this list wouldn’t be complete with out Anastasia’s Brow Wiz. The most popular product in this post, and with good reason. This brow pencil is smoother than MACs allowing you the perfect control whether you want a more natural look or more dramatic lines. The spooley is perfect for brushing our your brows, too! For $21, I love this pencil!
All three products are great. However, I wouldn’t use a pencil and the Benefit brow gel. If you have a brow gel thats clear, like Anastasia Brow Gel, penciling them in then setting them in place with a clear gel is great! But, doing both products that have color may give you a more dramatic brow than you were aiming for. I hope you found some great products to try in this post. I’d love to know what product you’d recommend, so please comment them down below!
It isn’t until recently, I’ve recognized the power of a good highlight. I used to think it was an unnecessary beauty step, and now I can’t live without it. Since this revelation, I’ve come across some great products that I’m excited to share with you!
- Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter. This highlighter is great. You can apply it under powder and it still finds a way to shimmer through. I’ve also applied it over powder. And although one would expect it to break apart, it didn’t! It costs $30 making it a bit pricey, but this product does last quite a while. I like to use my fingers over the “soft-glow blender”. This product is powerful and a little bit goes a long way.
- Tarte Amazoian Clay 12-hour highlighter. “Exposed” is the most popular shade. I like the beige undertone of this highlighter, similar to Watt’s Up! It makes the highlighter look more natural. For $29, this product is comparable to the one mentioned before.
- NARS Highlighting Blush. I have this in the shade “Albatross”. This highlighter is powerful, a little product packs a big punch. For $30, this gives you the least amount of product than the other two mentioned in this post.
I really like all three of these products and would recommend any of them. But, my favorite at the moment is the Tarte highlighter. I just really love the “Exposed” shade, I think it looks really natural. I think powder highlighters can look more natural when applied to the t-zone areas such as tip of nose and forehead. But creams look better on the high-point of the cheeks. I think this is because the cream highlighters tend to apply more concentrated whereas the powders can be applied lighter. Comment down below any other highlighters I should give a try!