Five Makeup Staples that are Under $10

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There are certain products that are always part of my regimen, and they can all be found at my local drugstore. Here are five items that I use all the time, and they tend

Maybelline Line Stiletto

I tend to lose my liquid eye liners the most. I haven’t seen most of the ones written in my top inexpensive drugstore liners post and believe me, I’m hurt about it. I only like liners with firm tips. Flimsy brushes are just too much of a gamble for me. I also love the Maybelline EyeStudio Master Precise Ink Pen, but it’s getting harder and harder to find.

L’Oreal Telescopic

I love this mascara because it helps separate my lashes while lengthening them. And for under $10, how can you go wrong? I’ve missplaced this mascara and I’m SO mad about it, but that means I just need to drive my butt the 5/8ths of a mile over to Walgreens and buy a new one. I’m also quite interested in the Manga mascara. It looks really, really impressive.

Black Radiance Cream Liner

I’ve talked about this time and time before, but it never lets me down. It lasts all day, it’s super creamy and dries matte, it’s jet black, it’s perfection!

Milani Lip Gloss Brilliance

There are darn good! They remind me a lot of the Bobbi Brown lip glosses because they are just pigmented enough to work alone or over lipstick. I own 3, and I slightly want to get all the other colors!

Cover Girl Queen Bronzer in Ebony Bronze

Old faithful. I must have written about this 10 times. I wear it all the time, it goes with every look. It’s warm and glowy without being glittery. You have to have it! Here’s a swatch.

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Review + So much more!

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish

Remember my trip to Philly where I went to the Make Up For Ever store? Well I’ve finally pulled everything out and did a demo and review on it! I love everything that I bought! Take a look below.

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// Products Used //
Full Cover Concealer #14: http://scandalous.be/1uuE0hr
Pro Finish Foundation #177: http://scandalous.be/1sCGMhr
Skunk brush: http://scandalous.be/1p8mUlS
Fix +: http://scandalous.be/1t17Yqz
HD Cream Blush #515: http://scandalous.be/1ovUH9Y
Shine On Powder: http://scandalous.be/Y6QKO4
Aqua Brow #30: http://scandalous.be/1nQY6dr
Brow brush: http://scandalous.be/1uuIeWp

My Mini Make Up For Ever Haul + Pro Finish Video Demo

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This weekend, Josh and I took a random trip to Philly. In my mind, Philly = King of Prussia Mall = The Make Up For Ever boutique!! Every time I go into Sephora, I swatch the same products over and over. This time, I went ahead and bought them all.

I finally got Aqua Brow in #30, and it is as long lasting and pigmented as everyone keeps telling me! This cream isn’t as thick as I thought, which made it easy to glide along with a slanted brush. I used it today when I went to get my brows done (I color my brows super dark so they don’t over thread them).  Speaking of threading….

Eyebrow threading hurts like hell

Anyway, back on schedule. I also picked up the The Full Cover Concealer in #14 is that light as air product that packs in major, major coverage. The color is lighter than my skin, so I used it to cover blemishes and then applied foundation on top.

Okay guys, my new holy grail powder foundation is Pro Finish in #177! It blew my mind how natural this powder looks and how long it lasts! You can use it wet or dry, and the makeup artist on hand applied it by “rolling” it on with the side of their foundation kabuki brush. For reference, I wear #175 in MUFE HD foundation and #44 in Face & Body, as well as NW43 is MAC Studio Fix. This is reason #62281171 why MUFE is my favorite beauty brand of all time!

Nine Powders, Creams and Primers To Help You Keep Your Bronzy Summer Glow

I hate when we get to that time of year where the focus is on Fall instead of Summer! I’m a hot, sunny day girl, all the way! Since we love to be outside and get those free bronzy glows, I’ve got a list of products that will keep you glowing year round. This is just a roundup for now, but I’ve got swatches to come!

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Liquids

Maybe I should have saved the best for last, but these are definitely the best bang for your buck! They are more concentrated and give you the glowing effect instantly. I use these almost everyday.

Japonesque Color Liquid Light in Bronze – Here’s a product that gives you the bronze glow without looking too obvious!

Make Up For Ever Uplight in Bronze - This is actually a gel product, and it’s got a fair amount of glitter in it. If you’re going to use it, only do a little at a time.

Koh Gen D Illuminator in Beige - This is a much lighter shade, but the microfine sheen is irreplacable. Again, I found this product after taking a class with celebrity makeup artist Sheika Daley. I couldn’t believe what it did to the skin! [ glow_primer

Primers

Primers are the most subtle way to add a glow to your skin. These products barely had enough pigment to show on camera, but you can see it more on bare skin.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiant Bronze - Laura Mercier makes a lightweight lotion-y primer that melts into the skin.

Becca Cosmetics Bronzing Skin Perfector - Super lightweight, almost undetectable.

Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Luminizing Foundation Primer – This gives the slightest golden glow under makeup. If anything, get it for the texture. Your makeup will glide on effortlessly!

 

Glowing Powders
Powders

These are the most practical, and probably the most common way to add a glow to the skin. You can brush it on with or without foundation, and you can also use them to easily highlight and contour.

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish – A cult favorite! It adds sheen and a bunch of color at the same time. You can use it wet or dry, and it comes in a million limited edition colors. If you see one that you like, don’t hesitate, just get it! Metal Rock will always be my favorite–RIP.

Cover Girl Bronzer in Ebony Bronze – A fan favorite. I’ll say it over and over again–it’s the perfect brown girl bronzer. And for less than$10, how can you beat that? [See swatch and review here]

Shea Moisture Illuminating Powder – Ah, a newbie! These products are available exclusively at Target. You’ll get a light, but buildable glow with this one.

 

Japonesque Color Liquid Light  / Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Luminizing Foundation Primer  / Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Sheer Beige Illuminator  / BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector SPF 25+  / MAKE UP FOR EVER Uplight Face Luminizer Gel  / Laura Mercier ‘Radiance’ Foundation Primer M·A·C ‘Mineralize’ Skinfinish  / CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer

Do you have a favorite product that gives you a glow? Share it below!