Beauty on a Budget

I decided last week that I would break my habit of purchasing the more expensive make-up brands for the smaller tools of my make-up routine. After browsing the web and asking my fellow co-bloggers for advice, I stopped by Walgreens to try the following make-up.

Revlon

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I’m using Revlon’s Photoready Concealer per Kelly’s suggestion, and I love it. The container, as you can see, lets you apply it like lipstick. You don’t need to use a lot, nor do you use too much since it’s not liquid. All you need to do to finish is use your finger to even it out. The coverage is smooth enough so that it doesn’t gather in your crinkles (not wrinkles!), but it does last all day and evening without having to reapply.

I was on the prowl for new liquid eyeliner too. I did use Estee Lauder’s in the past, but in order to save a few bucks I decided to test Revlon’s Skinny Liquid Liner. I haven’t had good experiences with other inexpensive liners, but this one wins my stamp of approval. It has a super thin applicator tip that allows for very fine lines, and after the first full day and night it stayed in place. It will smear if you get it wet and then rub it, but it won’t run simply from being wet. It lasted through a full day’s worth of my worst allergies, so it’s good stuff.

Retail Prices (Walgreens):

Revlon Photoready Concealer:  $10.79

Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner:  $7.99

 

Milani

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt the need the fill out my brows. I’m a natural dark blonde and so my eyebrows are sparse and fairly light. I think that nicely shaped full brows are what make a face, so to speak. Now I’ve always used a fine tipped pencil, but I’ve heard a lot of women say they use brow powder and/or gel.

Hence my recent purchase of Milani’s Brow Fix Kit and Brow Tint Pen. First I’d like to say that Milani’s Brow Fix Kit is a little bundle of awesome. It has three hues of powder. One hue is for highlighting, and the other two fill the brows. A magnified mirror and three tools come within as well: Angled brush, sponge tip, and teeny tweezers. You might think this is overkill, and normally I never use the miniature tools in these silly little kits. With this one, I do! I tweeze away the randoms, highlight with sponge tip, and fill with the angled brush all while using that nifty built in mirror. As for quality of the make-up, the powders really cling to the skin well and I don’t have to reapply during the day.

For a really defined look, I also purchased Milani’s Brow Tint Pen. This pen has a super tiny tip that allows you to get a more defined yet natural look. It really helps with the areas of my brow that are sparse as the tiny marks it leaves looks just like tiny hairs. The gel also helps the powder stick better and helps the whole look last longer. Good for a night out on the town!

Retail Prices (Walgreens):

Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit:  $6.79

Milani Brow Tint Pen:  $6.49

 

Let me know if you have any suggestions for good quality inexpensive make-up products!

Britney

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Bottom Eye Winged Liner (Tutorial)

So I do this weird thing where I only use eye-liner on the bottom of my eye.

Why?

I noticed early on that I have heavy eyelids, which essentially means that when my eyes are open, you can’t see my eyeshadow or eyeliner as well as you can on others. That’s reason #1.

Reason #2: I work in a casual-professional environment that can also be considered more conservative than most. A bank. This means that I don’t want to be overly dramatic with my make-up which can happen when you line the top and bottom of your eyes. Especially if you have lighter colored eyes like I do.

On rare occasions, I’ll do this, but for the most part I stick to the bottom lining.

These are the tools of the trade.

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I recently picked up Rocket Volume by Maybelline from Walmart and I’ve been relatively pleased with it. The only complain is that it doesn’t say waterproof, but it takes a little more work to get it off. The other is my all time favorite eyeliner: Double-Wear Liquid from Estee Lauder. This stuff is amazing. It’s goes on easy, dries fast, and stays put. It’s pretty perfect. I’ve even had it stay on overnight.

Step 1

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Use the tip of your eyeliner and very lightly line the bottom of your eye. The easiest way to do this without messing up too often is to do small lines one at a time until you have a full line. Dragging the liner straight across often doesn’t work out too well.

Step 2

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Follow the natural curve of your eye around until you pass the edge of it. As you reach the end, lift the tip so that it make a fine point instead of a blunt end. You can go farther than what I’ve done or you can stop short of it. This all depends on how dramatic you really want to be.

Step 3

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Draw a line from the edge of your eye toward the point that you’ve created. This is part one and filling out the wing.

Step 4

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Lightly use the tip to draw a curving line a couple centimeters on top the top of your eye  toward the point of the wing. This will give the illusion of connecting to the top liner without the top liner actually being there.

Step 5

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Apply mascara!

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This is how it will look in the end.

I find that it gives my eyes enough emphasis without going overboard. And it’s a lot quicker to do it and go instead of doing your whole eye. Or maybe I’m just lazy? Haha, either way, I love it!

– Britney

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Winged liner Tutorial

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Hello this is just a quick tutorial on how I do my pretty much everyday winged liner. I personally wear this on most days but for some it may be a bit much. I’ve spent lots of time perfecting on how I do my liner and I’m happy with how I do it now 🙂 I’m not a professional by any means and I apologize I could not do this in video format as it would be a lot easier to understand but if this helps anyone it would make me very happy!

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These are the products being used you can find them at walmart, target, ulta, or most drugstores.

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I’m starting out with just some shimmery powder on my lids and I’ve used the NYX wonder pencil on my lower water line. You may use white if you wish I do sometimes but I like that it looks a little more natural against the already dramatic liner. I believe you can get it in 3 different shades the one I’m using is medium and it’s just used to brighten your eyes and make them look more open. Then take the Maybeline gel liner and tight line your upper water line to make your lashes look fuller.

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Now take a liquid liner any will do but I prefer Maybeline line stiletto because you can make thin lines and it’s very fluid. You want to start in the middle of your lid and make short strokes all the way to the outer edge of your eye staying close to the lash line. You start in the middle because there is more product on the felt tip and when you begin to do the inner corner you don’t want to re-dip your pen you want less product so that it makes an even thinner line.

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This is the same small strokes with the pen until you meet the center making it thinner at the inner corner and building it up to meet the center.

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Take the gel liner and starting where you stopped with the liquid create the upper portion of the wing by gently pulling the product out and slightly downward getting lighter with your hand towards the end to make the line sharper.

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Now form a triangle going up into your lower water line lining only a third of the way and fill in the triangle you just formed.

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Underneath this and this is optional take a light brown matte powder. I’m using the powder from my elf eyebrow kit and take any thin angled liner brush and push it right under your wing for a soft look. Then just add your favorite mascara mines the falsies by Maybeline and you’re done. Have fun with it and just enjoy being a girl 🙂 If you have any questions or suggestions please comment below I would be more than happy to answer them. -Kelly

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