Save on Lip Products | I’m beginning to think it’s impossible for me to leave Target without purchasing at least one new lip stick or gloss. I’ve been loving Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lip in Ultimate Orchid ($9.39), it goes on a lot like a gloss but dries quickly ensuring my color stays put for hours. Out of curiosity I recently purchased a NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26 at Sephora) in Roman Holiday and was extremely disappointed. It wasn’t as pigmented as my Revlon nor did it last as long. For how often I enjoy switching up colors I’m not comfortable spending that much!
Save on Brushes | I’m hard on my brushes and hate cleaning them. Plus I go through stages were I’d rather apply makeup with a beauty blender or my fingers, so I’d rather save my money. Typically I rotate between ELF brushes ($1-$3 per brush at Target) or a set of Sonia Kashuk brushes (roughly $25-30 for anywhere from 6-10 brushes). I’m not to proud to say I will stalk the clearance section, my current Kashuk set I scored on clearance for $10! Since I spend less I’m not as worried about caring for the brushes, cleaning them or getting upset when they fall in the toilet (this has happened).
The rest of the items I use on the daily like blush, eyebrow pencils, concealer and setting sprays/powders I tend to go back and forth on. Sometimes I splurge to try a new product or cult classic and other times I go the drug-store route, it depends on what’s working, how much money I have to spend and what I’m in the mood for.At the end of the day people can recommend brands till their red in the face but ultimately you have to find what works for you at a price point you’re comfortable with. There’s nothing wrong with saving versus splurging if you are happy with the product and how you look, but don’t be afraid to try new products (even those you think you won’t like). Purchase items at Ulta or Sephora, both allow you to return anything you don’t like.Make-up can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be! If you aren’t happy with a product, even if it’s a cult classic that is all the rage, return it! Find something you love. It’s your money and your face!