Somehow I got really into watching beauty videos on YouTube. Mainly DulceCandy and Liana Beauty, but also a little bit of Natalie Kayo from Discoveries of Self, as well. I think I have a thing for British based vloggers. Oh well.
When it comes to makeup I like to keep a very neutral face. One reason I'm wary of putting on too much product is because I have very oily skin, so I feel if I put way too much on, the oils are just going to seep through and product is going to shift. I'll tell you right now, I'm definitely a drugstore girl. I'm on a budget and I'm totally not afraid to admit it so with that being said, let's get into it.
Neutrogena Wave: Okay, I KNOW that the wave is ridiculously old, like 2009 old, but lately I've been super bummed that Clarisonic's are out of my price range. During the lady times part of the month I'm prone to really bad breakouts and I wanted something that was going to really get in my pores and clean them out. Not to say that I don't wash my face regularly because I do have a routine, it's just that when it comes to wiping away product, I was using just a regular face washcloth and I didn't feel like I was getting everything. While I don't necessarily feel this is really getting everything as well, I definitely feel like it gets more than what the washcloth was.
Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Creme: I know this is a product for the natural hair niche but let me tell you this works wonders for my hair. I have thick, wavy to curly hair and actually, all three colors (Red, purple, and teal) work great for me depending on what I want my hair to do. I just wash or condition my hair and while it's still wet, I apply this evenly throughout. I have a little quirk, I like to have something weigh down my hair slightly so that it isn't prone to frizz and whatnot, despite just washing all the product out. This stuff is just the right amount of heavy that I like, but not too heavy where I feel like I just washed my hair in vain, and the curls that I get from these products are AMAZING! My favorite part is when I'm walking and have my hair down, when the wind blows, I can get a whiff of this stuff and it makes me smile. It smells AMAZING. Like a light lemon chiffon. You can see my curly hair routine here.
Renewal Deep Action Pore Cleansing Strips: Ain't no shame in buying store brand, especially if you're on a budget like mine. Let's get straight to the point, I needed something to pull those disgusting little blackheads that accumulate on my nose out. I don't need to pay $8 for Biore strips when the Rite-Aid brand will do just fine. I'm just saying!
Bag Balm: Remember how I said earlier that I'd been watching Youtube videos? Well, YT being the quicksand of the internet that it is, somehow I got led to this video of Essiebutton and FleurDeForce doing a drugstore dash. This was one of the things that Essie picked up and it seriously intrigued me. I have really dry and ashy elbows. No matter how much lotion I put on them they never get softer so I wondered if this stuff would be able to help me combat that. First of all, if you've never been to the countryside and/or are curious as to what cows and horses smell like. I highly suggest you go to your local drugstore and take a whiff of this stuff before you purchase it (if you do). I'm completely used to the smell beings that my grandparents live where there are high number of cows and horses so that didn't put me off. Really, it just made me miss my grandparents but getting back on topic. This stuff really works! It has the consistency of petroleum jelly so it's very thick....and it smells like cows. If that alone grosses you out, I would consider trying something else to cure your dryness. As for me, I just put it on my elbows at night about 30 to 40 minutes before I go to bed and then just wash it off in the morning during my shower. I can't stress enough though, if you're not used to the smell or it grosses you out, try something else.
NYX Matte Finish: Back in the day I used to obessess over MAC's Fix+ finishing spray, but $21 is a little too costly for my pocket nowadays. I happened to come across this stuff and I love it. I like setting my makeup with a spray as opposed to a powder for some reason and this works perfectly. Oily skin= Matte whenever I have the option.
Maybelline ColorSensational in Rum Riche: When I buy lipstick, I tend to go for red, coral, or orange and it dawned on me that I don't have a good dark nude. It comes off as more of a raisin color on my skin tone
NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skin Tone: Another replacement of a MAC product. I used to use the eyeshadow primers a lot back in the day. I quit wearing eyeshadow because I felt like it should shift and crease too much because of my skin and I'd been thinking about ponying up the dough to get the MAC primer again until I found this at the drugstore. This helps your eyeshadow stay put. The only thing I'm concerned about is that the pot is small, really enough to get a finger in there, except I don't like using my fingers, so I'm going to have find a brush small enough to use for this. I used it and I did not see a crease at all in my eyeshadow that day so I'll be hopping back on the eyeshadow train again.
NYX eyeliner pencils in black and brown: Believe it or not, I've never used an eyeliner pencil. It's always been liquid liner for me so I decided to give it a shot. Black for when I want a dramatic look but honestly, I've been using brown the most for a soft everyday cateye look. How have I never used these things before? It's basic makeup 101. Obviously I missed that, but I'm making up for it now.
Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days: This is the latest campaign I'm in for BzzAgent so I received this free actually (I'm required by law to say that). I've been testing it out. I'm a huge proponent of sunscreen. Mostly on my face, neck and hands, to prevent aging because we all know I love me a good tan everywhere else. This isn't my normal sunscreen but I'm giving it a shot. So far what I've observed of it is that it's light in that it doesn't leave me feeling like I've just slathered on a nickel sized amount of SPF 30 on my face. It absorbs quickly into my skin and it's actually left my skin feeling softer, but the best part? I haven't had ANY breakouts since testing it. Remember, oily skin and lady times? So far I really like it, and am even considering buying it once I run out of the sample. It also doesn't have that beachy, tropical scent that my regular sunscreen has, so it really is great for everyday use.
And that's it for my long ass post so I'll be seeing you in a few days!