This is a girly post, but I was looking at makeup online and reading reviews on what's been rated Absolute Best by Instyle Magazine. And I got to thinking...sure this is probably great makeup, but $50+ for eye shadow?! Come on. I couldn't spend that much on makeup and ever feel good about it. But I like doing makeup and so I figured I'd share some of my favorite makeup products to those who won't spend a ton of money on products either.
I've gone through tons!!! of mascaras. I've tried literally dozens and keep going back to the same one. Tyler tells me I'm actually not allowed to buy any new mascaras until I've really thought about it and remembered my history with mascara. I'll see a great ad on tv, want that mascara, buy it, but because I'm so picky when it comes to mascara, I wont like the new one very much, I'll barely use it and end up going back to my favorite. I remember cleaning out my makeup bag one day and throwing away 12 mascaras (while still keeping some... sad I know) So pretty much every kind I've tried and I've got to say Maybelline's Full and Soft mascara is my favorite. It's what I keep going back to.
Another favorite is Mary-Kate and Ashley's Creme Eye Color. I've tried it in 3 different sets and I've loved all 3. It's basically what I use everyday. They're really inexpensive and go on so smooth. They're good for bases or for your main color and it's easy to blend. (Mine have never come with the bonus body jewels this one comes with... too bad... haha)
I've tried all sorts of eye liners too... from pencils to liquids. I've found that I really like Maybelline's Expert Eye Crayon. It goes on a whole lot smoother than pencils. I recommend any crayon over pencils, but I really like this one. Mostly because it's cheap and it lasts a long time. Not only on your eye lids, but also as an eyeliner. I've used eyeliners that I swear must disappear while I'm not looking because they just run out so quickly. I've found Maybelline carries the best for the buck generally.Oh, one other is Jane Eyeshadow. I love this stuff. The makeup I bought for my wedding is Jane brand (a couple eye shadows and a bronzer). I bought it because it was pretty cheap and they had the colors I was looking for. The brown eye shadow I've used everyday since I bought it for our wedding and you can't even tell there's been much use. (And there were many days when working at a restaurant that I'd come home midday, take a shower, and need to reapply makeup again.) I feel like it's never ending. Great stuff.There's a great website that sells E.L.F. makeup. E.L.F. stands for Eyes Lips Face and almost all their makeup is just a dollar. I haven't bought from them yet, but my sister-in-law has. She told me that although the makeup comes in smaller sizes, the makeup is actually pretty good quality, so you end up using less of it anyway.
Anyway... there's more I can mention, but I'll stick to these for now. I want to know what makeup other people have found they love. What are your staples?