Drugstore Makeup Favorites Part 1

I know it’s the end of the week when I stare at the floor for twenty minutes trying to gather my thoughts and start a post.  Are you doing anything fun this weekend?  I’m (obviously) looking forward to catching up on sleep.  I try not to have caffeine after lunch unless I really need it, but I bought a can of Diet Mountain Dew and some Easter jelly beans in the cafe every afternoon this week.  That’s my personal recipe for feeling great.

Moving on…I’ve had some inexpensive beauty products from Target in my makeup arsenal for a while and recently tried a bunch more.  I ended up gathering too many to share in one post, so this will be the first in a little series.  Below I’ll cover my favorites for face and lips, and you can watch for haircare, skincare, and eye makeup posts later this month.

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Pixi Book of Beauty Minimal Makeup | $24

I received this in my last PopSugar Must-Have box and love it.  It retails for $24 but contains two highlighters, two blushes, and four eyeshadows, and they’re all the most perfect neutral colors.  I have a Smashbox contouring palette but keep reaching for this instead lately.  If you favor a natural look for everyday, I’d recommend this product for both fair and medium skin tones.

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NYX HD Finishing Powder in Mint Green | $9.99

This powder sets my foundation and keeps my face matte all day, and I also just sort of like looking at the pale mint green surface of the palette with its many tiny sparkles.  The Banana shade has rave reviews on Ulta as well, especially for brightening under-eye circles, but I use this one to control redness.  Either way, you can’t go wrong!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blush in Flushed | $8.49

Do you ever brush on some blush, apply more because you can’t see it, and look at horrific photos later only to realize you went way overboard?  Here is a solution.  Swipe your brush across the palette once and blend onto each cheek for just the right amount of color.

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e.l.f. Gotta Glow Lip Tint in Perfect Pink | $6

This lip tint reacts to the chemistry of your lips to create a shade of pink just for you.  I know little about the chemistry of lips, but I applied a thin layer and mine turned just a shade darker and pinker.  The finish is completely natural, like a stain, and the formula didn’t dry out my lips at all.  I might buy the Perfect Peach next time, though, because peachy colors look better on me than blue-based reds and pinks.

P.S. – If you’ve ever wondered how to determine which colors look best on your skin, just look at the inside of your wrist.  If the veins appear blue, you have cool undertones, and if they appear green, you have warm undertones.  Products with undertones that match those of your skin will brighten you up, while ones that clash wash you out.  This article explains in more detail!

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator | $3

This is a gentle yet effective lip exfoliator, and I love that it comes in a lipstick form so you can apply it neatly.  Since exfoliators doesn’t sit on your skin for a long period of time like foundations or night creams and you can make your own for basically nothing (just mix sugar and enough oil or honey to bind the two), it makes sense to go with a budget-friendly pick.  So I’m glad I found this!

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Linking up with Katie and Erin today.  Until next week :-*

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