Monday, September 19, 2016

All-Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit - Products that Work!

I've started experimenting with makeup about 5 years ago. I've tried, discovered and also been disappointed with so many things from drugstore makeup. When I just started, I didn't really know where to start. I just started grabbing products that caught my attention from the counter.
Despite of the affordable prices, when I started on trying a bunch of products that didn't work, it added up and it wasn't affordable anymore. Nevertheless, my fondness of makeup drove me to continue trying out new things, and I enjoyed the process.

Now, if you are like me, you may enjoy all the experience of trying out new and shiny makeup. I hope you get to try any of the products below or if you've tried them, let me know what you think! If you just want to know what works, at least for me, then keep on reading!

Primer: Rimmel Stay Matte primer
I've featured this several times in my blog posts. I used this on my friend when I did her makeup for her engagement photo shoot. She told me that her makeup didn't budge all day. It stayed through out the day, even after being all out under the sun. I love this primer, I no longer have this just because I've had so many others I need to use up, but I totally recommend this again and again.

Foundation: Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation
I looked at my foundation drawer (yes, I've hoarded so much that I have a drawer dedicated just for foundation) long and hard. This is not an easy decision, but I decided to go with my old time favorite that I know it works and is loved by so many people. The coverage is amazing, and it gives naturally foundation. (The one I have on the picture is the old packaging).

Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting pressed powder
There was one night when I checked on my t-zone, and I realized it wasn't as oily as usual after a long day with makeup. I didn't use anything different other than the powder. This totally works to keep the oil at bay, and I still use this to this very day.

Bronzer: Rimmel Natural Bronzer in sun light
I prefer to stick with matte finish when it comes to bronzer. I once played around with shimmery bronzer, not realizing that I was piling on glitter on the sides of my face. Instead of looking naturally glowy, I looked all glittery! Ever since then, I stick with matte bronzer. This particular shade, sun light, has a hint of shimmer when you look into the product, but it doesn't apply shimmery onto the face. I also still use this today.

Blush: Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones Contouring blush
Again, another tough category for me. I also have another drawer dedicated for blush. I have so many favorites, but I decided to go with the one I know will not disappoint. This one comes with three different shades on each product, a deeper one, a lighter one and a 'neutral' one. The idea is to give the instant chiseled look everybody likes. You can use all three shades at once like I do, or use any individually. The lighter shade doubles as a highlight.

Eyeshadow: Wet 'n Wild Walking on Eggshells trio
Everybody needs a neutral eyeshadows in their collection. This trio is my go-to, even until today. The bottom shade is perfect for all over the lids, the middle shade is for the crease, and the top shade is for the brow bones, exactly just like how they are labeled on the packaging. Wet 'n Wild shadows are amazing, they are pigmented and they stay put. They are super affordable too!

Eyeliner: Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl liner in brown
When it comes to eyeliner, I usually prefer the easy route, pencil. I just find it more convenient to use and easier, too. I also always opt for a brown liner instead of black, especially for everyday look, because it looks more natural on me. Black tends to give more harsh/made up look which I save for more special occasion.

Mascara: CoverGirl The Super Sizer mascara
If you've been following me for a while, you may know this by now that I've very loyal when it comes to mascara. I stick with what works for my lashes, dryer formula, volumizing/lengtheing, and no smudging. This one checks all of the criteria for me. Honorary mention: CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume mascara. This was the only mascara I used before Cover Girl came out with the Super Sizer. It also checks all the criteria, but between the two, the Super Sizer is slightly more volumizing in my opinion.

Lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter in peach parfait
I'm not typically a lip gloss kinda gal, so I usually only stick with lipstick and even when I do wear lip gloss, I never remember to reapply through out the day. I have so many lipsticks from different range of shades, but every single time I put on my makeup, I always go with a neutral shade. Even when I've made up my mind that today was gonna be the day I wore bold lipstick, I've always chickened out last minute and change it to a neutral shade. Now,your  definition of a neutral shade might slightly differ than mine. My perception of neutral shade is something that is close to my natural lips color, but better and it's the peach parfait. Although it also has some shimmer to it.

What's your favorite makeup from the drugstore? I'd love some recommendations! 

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