This post may contain affiliate links. Purchasing through them help support this website. I’m baaaaaaack!!!! Seriously though, why can’t we have long weekends every weekend? Listen y’all I seriously think I have a problem and it’s called blogging. All day yesterday I just felt like something was missing and you know what it was??? All of y’all. Awwwww seriously I’m not going to get all pageant queen speech up in here but my day just doesn’t feel right if I’m not catching up with your weekends and conversing throughout the day with you. I will have my full Chicago recap for you tomorrow and it’s set up in a learning matter because you know I’m always trying to keep everyone well informed. I thought I would highlight how to live it up in Chicago on a budget while still hitting all the high end places. Make sure to check back tomorrow for that!
Today I am trying to keep with my “schedule” and bring to you the products I have been digging. Also I paid for the extremely crappy $8 wifi on Southwest to write this post so you better believe I am sharing it today. Oh remind me to call them and get that charge put back…..seriously I think I had better connection speeds with I was using dial up to chat on my AOL instant messenger back in the day.
Anyways so it’s no surprise that I do tend to gravitate towards some of the higher end makeup lines. I really only use 5-6 core products on the daily so I tend to get the high end products that last a long time. However, I do have a few really great products that you can pick up at any of your local drugstores that I wanted to highlight!
I try to avoid CVS, Walgreens and Target like the plague because I go in for one thing and get pulled into all the pretty colors and wind up with 10 new products that I didn’t really need. However I did sign up for the CVS beauty rewards program and they are pretty legit. Just about every day they are sending me a 25% off coupon or free bucks. I try to pair those with the weekly specials and end up scoring some major deals (I don’t get anything for telling you this I just really love this program). Also they have great return policies, if you get it home and hate it….you can bring it back even if it is open. Oh another insider move, ask the ladies behind the beauty counter for what coupons they have. They always seem to have some $1-2 coupons stashed behind there.
No surprise that Sephora is my favorite place for my staple makeup regimen but I have a few drugstore brands mixed in that help keep the daily costs down. Here are a few that have been in heavy rotation.
This BB Body Cream
Oh the hype about all the BB creams. I was a little gun shy over this product mainly because of the price I believe it was $12.99 at my CVS. Say what?? My body lotions should be like $5 max. However I used a 25% off coupon, plus they were running some special and I had some CVS bucks so it came out to like 6 dollars and I felt less guilty about that. I didn’t want to believe all the hocus pocus but I really like this product. It absorbs very quickly, not greasy and really does a nice job smoothing out your skin. The color it builds is very natural and best part NO SMELL. There is zero self tanner smell. It passed the Mark test. He has never asked me if I have self tanner on and I wear it every day. No weird streak marks and your skin immediately looks better after one application. I highly recommend it and when this bottle is done I will most definitely be repurchasing.
These Face Wipes
You know when you are so tired and the last thing you want to do is wash your face? Like the thought of having to stand in front of the sink and wash your face when you are so dead tired……that feeling. Well these wipes are your savior. They get every ounce of makeup off your face including black eyeliner and mascara. Do not leave any weird residue and the best part I have used them for a week straight……not one break out. They use natural products that are non irritating. I traveled with them to Chicago because my face wash pump is a beast to travel with. I used these instead and they were perfect, wiped away all my makeup and not one blemish. They were BOGO not that long ago at Walgreens plus there were $2 off coupons floating around. Highly recommend.
Matte lip balm
Definitely have been eyeing these every time I walk into
CVS. The color range is quite impressive. I also really love matte lipsticks. I like the bold color it produces. It is a little dry and doesn’t fade evenly (aka leaves that outer lip liner looking ring). However, they were
BOGO and I had a coupon. I picked up two colors and for the price I was happy. Not my top favorite but definitely fun bold colors. I got color 210 Unapologetic it’s a really pretty bright pink coral color perfect for Summer. Here is a $2 off coupon I found online.
This Coral lipstick
Once again nothing holds court to my YSL lipstains but I really like this coral color. It is super flattering and would look great on all skin types. Once again doesn’t fade evenly so you have to reapply. For the price it’s a good thing to pick up and add to your arsenal. $2 off Coupon
This Essie Nail polish
Always on the hunt for pretty neutral colors. This one is perfection. Also really good staying power.
Surprise Surprise Winner
Sally Hansen and I pretty much never get along. Even back to my Junior High days this brand never worked for me. I actually got this bottle in one of my influenster boxes and I was blown away. It goes on really weird. Like the first coat is kind of thick and goes on unevenly. I was about the throw in the towel. However, I let it dry and the applied the second layer. It went on perfectly opaque, matte with a tiny bit of sheen if that makes any sense. I applied my Butter topcoat and no lie this bold blue stayed put for a solid week. Not one chip, all the corners stayed in tack and the color still looked as if I applied it that day a week later. I am very impressed. Enough so that I will be picking up this line in more colors. I have the Barracuda color which is a matte Tiffany Blue. I get complimented on it more than twice a day when I have it on. Total winner!
NYX Hi Def Photo Concealer I have tried all the high end ones at Sephora and keep on coming back to this one. It glides on, blends seamlessly and does an amazing job of brightening. I apply it like this and with this brush (perfection this brush I tell you….I mean it has a little snap lid to keep it clean). I finally just ran out and will be repurchasing. Oh and did I mention it’s like $5??
This liquid liner
It’s not the darkest of dark black eyeliners but for daytime use it really does the job especially for the price. Thin easy to draw lines with the applicator. Good staying power and does not run or smear. I really wish they made it in more colors.
I am a mascara snob. There I said it. I have never been able to find a drugstore mascara that matches my coveted ones from
Sephora like this one for daytime and this one for at night. However, the colored mascara trend is back. Oh yes you heard me. Remember those days of roll on glitter and colored mascaras? Chanel has an amazing line but I’m not going to break the bank with such a fad trend. I had to call 3
CVS stores and 4
Walgreens (because I’m not persistent or anything) but I finally found the one I was looking for. I got the purple one because I have blue/green eyes. It’s a nice change up especially for the Summer. Instead of eyeliner and black mascara I’ve been skipping the liner and just with a heavy hand applying this colored mascara. Looks great by the pool or at the beach where the sunlight can hit those lashes and you can actually appreciate the color. For $5 it’s worth the fun try.
Let’s put it all together! NYX Concealer///Maybelline Eyeliner and Mascara///Revlon Lipstick in Siren
Okay those are my top drugstore buys that are trending right now for me. Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts or products that you love that don’t break the bank? Check back tomorrow for my Chicago recap! xoxoxoxo