This is a quick and dirty run-down of some of the web-stores I tend to get my budget stash from when I’m shopping online. I assess stores based on not just the product range and price, but also the overall service, and the cost of shipping.
But I’m curious how many of those things we really NEED, and are really GOOD ENOUGH, to arm us for school, work, that job interview, or bumping into that annoyingly-hot ex?
Let me know what your 3 makeup bare-necessities would be (does not include sunblock, skincare or other toiletries!) for surviving the urban jungle.
Here are my 3:
1. Clinique All About Eyes Concealer
This sits in the middle between creamy and powdery, which makes it quite good for both covering spots, as well as shadows. It spreads easily on dry, delicate skin, but can still hold up relatively well on other areas without powdering.
It’s not opaque, so if you have active spots to cover this would not be the best option. I need it for evening out dark circles and a few marks left from the odd break out or two, so the slightly salmon tone neutralizes these quite well.
2. L’oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
If you’re like me and feel your eyes are your defining feature, you CANNOT not add a little smokiness and definition when a little effort can accomplish a lot, compared to playing up other parts of the face.
I have black lashes, so I don’t really need the Voluminous Carbon Black over the regular formula, but it’s just the one I happen to own, and the one I love. The tube lasts very well compared to most other mascaras I’ve used recently and the formula holds up over time. (I usually have to throw mascaras out between 4-8 weeks because they start drying up and getting clumpy and hard to work with.)
It does give feathery, dark lashes that look beautiful and don’t feel stiff and “crunchy” to the touch. Both the brush and formula remind me of Dior Show, my 2010 favorite, but the price is SOOO much better.
Before I got into lipsticks in a BIG way in the last few months, I stuck almost exclusively to lip glosses. Among my army of tubes stands this beautiful thing. The soft floral scent and beautiful creamy, cotton-candy shade are just a small part of the reason why I love it. The texture is like a Plushglass, thick but not too sticky, and the opacity higher than a Cremesheen.
I have very sensitive lips that can break out in rashes (contact dermatitis) at the drop of a hat. When that happens, my lips will be covered in tiny little bumps, stinging and swollen for days. Nothing has been able to soothe, cushion, and disguise it as well as this product (much less all at the same time). For me, it’s too expensive and runs out too quickly to use as an everyday product, but I have tubes of this sitting around for emergencies.