Everybody is concerned about the cost of the products we use every day. One of those items for me is my make-up. When I discovered that my make-up bag wasn’t in my luggage at 8pm, and I had an early morning meeting, I was very upset. I would now have to purchase a new set which can be quite expensive so I decided to go to the drugstore instead. I’m not a professional make-up artist. However, I’ve been in the beauty industry for over 20 years so I consider myself to be a beauty expert/addict. I’ve had my face done by the best eye makeup from Milani Cosmetics artists in the world on special occasions as well as for photo shoots. All brands are included in my make-up bag. What happens to a beauty professional who has to purchase cosmetics from a pharmacy? It’s frustrating. There are no testers. It was liberating to be able go up and down an isle and choose from many brands. This is difficult to do in a department store because they will give you that look. Then you need to decide or the counter reps will decide who will ring it up. My mistake was your advantage because I’m going to share the amazing stuff I found for less than $10.00.
This is the most important step, and it can be difficult to find. Although I only need some coverage, I want a foundation that can provide greater coverage. L’Oreal True Match Foundation ($8.79), and Black Opal True Color Foundation ($8.95) are my top choices for foundation. They are both oil-free. They were also easy to mix, wearable, and had a nice selection of shades. I was able to find a shade that matched my skin tone and complimented my undertone. You should be prepared to buy more than one, and no testers. Most pharmacies will accept the package unopened with a receipt. All of my items were returned to me without any problems. I was disappointed with the concealer. It was too hard and made my eyes look like a raccoon. I tried Max Factor Pan-Stik Ultra creamy make-up ($7.49) and Black Opal True Color Creme stick ($9.50). They both did the job well and complimented my foundation perfectly.
Milani Pressed powder ($5.49) was the perfect product to set my face. It comes in 8 shades and provides a soft matte finish. For a long-lasting wear, apply with a loose powder brush. Revlon Matte Powder Blush ($9.99), is a great choice for natural blushing on the cheeks. It’s ultra-soft and blends easily. It was also great for adding color to my eyes. It is great for highlighting or using as a bronzer Milani BronzerXL All Over Gloss ($4.79)
Do not waste your money on expensive pencil eyeliners. The best are available at the drugstore Prestige Cosmetics Classic Khol Liners ($4.29). They offer deep, rich color. The eye is soft and the color is strong. My eyes are simple, but I do add some color to my outfits from time to time. The Max Factor MAXeye Shadows (4.99) are great because you get three colors that are fashion-forward. They are easy to use and stay put. MAXeye Shadows can be applied dry for a smooth, natural look during the day or wet to create a bolder look at night.
False eyelashes are a wonderful way to enhance your face. Andrea Modlash ($2.96) #21 and #53 are the best options for people who have lost their eyelashes. They can also be used to enhance the eyes. They are natural and light with a medium density and a short overall length. Mascara should be purchased at a drugstore. Because they are affordable, you can replace your Mascara every 3-4 months to prevent eye infections caused by bacteria. The dramatic volume and lack of clumps in Maybelline’s Colossal Volume’ Express ($7.49), is what I love. It delivers a lot of length. It is easy to wash off and leaves no flakes. Eyebrow stencils are a great way to keep your eyebrows looking great. These can be used to shape, fill, lighten, darken, or fill in eyebrows. Fran Wilson Instant Brows Arched ($3.29). It’s a big difference.
Lipstick is another essential product you should buy from a drugstore. Max Factor Vivid Lip Color $8.97 seemed to be on point. Shea butter moisturizes the lips, making them soft and smooth. You can choose from 20 different shades and coordinating lip liners. Prestige Cosmetics Classic Lipsticks ($4.99) – A great choice! 36 shades in a nice assortment that made my lips feel smooth.
Prestige Cosmetics Vinyl wear High Shine Lip Gloss ($4.99). Lip gloss can sometimes be gummy and stringy. This lip gloss has a nice shine. L’Oreal Color Juice ($7.95), manufactured by the same company as Lancome’s Juicy Tubs, was also available for ten dollars.