Being the avid coupon-clipper I am, there aren't many beauty products to which I'm brand-loyal. I typically buy whatever I can get for the best price from a handful of favorites. (And I do love to try new things, because being adventurous with beauty products isn't very risky when you're sometimes spending less than $3 after using sales and coupons!)
However, in the past year, I've discovered four different items that I'm pretty sure I can't quit. They're just that great. It's been a while since I've found more than one product that I'm willing to buy over and over again, so here are my current favorites! (I'm linking to a few of the products over on good ol' Amazon, but I picked up these specific items at CVS and Target, in order to use coupons on most of them.)
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder — I mentioned this powder in a monthly swoonage post a while back, but I recently purchased a couple more on sale to have on hand when I run out. (Dare I say it is also nice to find pressed powder in a shade that's not "translucent" or "ivory" or anything else that makes me feel like I'm a human ghost? Fellow fair gals, I'm sure you understand.) This powder really offers the perfect coverage and I only need to apply it once in the morning and then once for a touch-up in the afternoon. The best!
NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée — I use this gloss all day, every day. It's like the lipgloss I've been searching for my entire makeup-wearing life. (Not to be dramatic or anything, but really.) It moisturizes, adds the perfect amount of color, and is great for everyday wear!
e.l.f. Golden Bronzer — I used to swear by Benefit Hula as my go-to bronzer, but I'm glad I found a suitable replacement that is so inexpensive it kind of blows my mind. I mean, $3? How is this real life? It works well with my fair skin and I use it year-round for a bit of an extra glow.
Garnier BB Cream — I've been using this daily for a couple years now, and I'm still so pleased with how it works on my skin. (It even replaced the MAC Studio Fix powder foundation that I used for years and swore I'd never part with!) I've been blessed with pretty good skin, so I don't need a lot of coverage. Still, I need something that evens my skin a bit more than powder alone. I put this on every day (having sunscreen included is a plus, even if it's a low SPF!) then finish it with pressed powder.
As for the rest of my makeup bag…it's still a bit of a rotating selection, depending on what I find that comes at a high recommendation (and low price). As much as I dream of being a gal who can rock false eyelashes and red lipstick on the regular, I don't spend more than 5 minutes everyday on my whole routine. But I love that I'm finding things that I love to use, are totally within my budget, and never let me down.
I'm still on the search for the perfect mascara (which I may be willing to pay more for, since I can make a tube last far longer than is probably recommended or healthy or any of those things) and the perfect peaches-and-cream blush. Do any of you have any recommendations? Are there any drugstore products you swear by? I love adding things to my list of things-to-try!
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