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Best Budget Beauty Picks to Prep for Summer

May 27, 2019

Budget Beauty for Summer | The Beauty Look Book

It feels like it’s the start of summer here! We are blessed to have warm sunshine most of the year but if you’re still in transition spring to summer mode I have a roundup of some affordable beauty picks to help you prep for summer. I’ve partnered with Walmart to share some of my budget beauty staples and a few new summer tries.

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Bronze and Glow

Summer Bronzer and Highlighter | The Beauty Look Book

I’m normally on the tan side since because we get so much sun but a lot of you have asked for recommendations for a sunless option. I’ve recently discovered the L’oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum in Medium Natural Tan. It’s a great self-tanner to help even out my short tan lines and bronze up areas like my stomach that don’t get as much sun in the winter/early spring. One application darkened and evened out my tan in one evening. I didn’t have any transfer to my sheets or clothes and had no streaking. A little goes a long way, I waited around 10 minutes for it to dry. Do make sure you wash your hands thoroughly (they can stain). One application lasted me around 4 days, I was seriously impressed!

L'oreal True Match Lumi Bronze It Medium and Maybelline Master Chrome in Molten Gold

For a nice soft bronzer to tan up your complexion the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Bronze It in 02 Medium is a great natural option. It has a very pretty soft satiny bronze with a subtle glow. There’s also a lighter shade and a deeper option as well. It has a soft texture, blends easily and looks so natural. It had seriously impressive lasting power. I wore it to the beach and it stayed on my face all day! I think this is a great way to fake a tan on the face but still have it look natural. This is something you can also apply on the body as well.

As much as I love high-end highlighters I think there are quite a few good budget alternatives. The Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold has a gorgeous pretty shine in a golden glow with very slight peach tones. It’s ultra pigmented but blends out for a softer finish. This one has a creamy feel and adheres well to the skin. It doesn’t emphasize my pores or fine lines even though it’s metallic. I want to try the peach shade next! If you want a cream version the Neutrogena Glow On Face Liquid is also excellent.

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Natural Radiance

L'oreal True Match Lumi Glotions

I’ve written about the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotions before and they remain on my favorites list. They’re a great all over luminizer you can wear under foundation, alone or on top of foundation to add the most natural looking glow. There’s enough shimmer in it to add a a glow to your complexion but aren’t frosty. I can wear it all over without it getting greasy looking. It has good lasting power and comes in four shades. I wear 902 the most. You can go one shade deeper than your natural skin tone to add a bit of natural warmth to the skin.

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Lips

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Luminous Coral

Hands down the best budget shine lipsticks are the L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipsticks. My favorites are Luminous Coral and Sparkling Rose. If you like bold shades they have the best reds and oranges too. They’re quite pigmented even though they’re shiny. I sometimes layer/mix colors together. Luminous Coral is the best shade for summer (in my opinion).

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Nails

Essie Topless and Barefoot Nail Polish

I think my readers are split between loving OPI or Essie for a good budget affordable color. So many of you swear by Essie and I’ve been exploring more of the opaque options. There are so many great colors to pick from! One of my go-to’s has been Topless and Barefoot for the most flattering neutral pink cream. I recently bought a few more colors and was pleased to find some pretty pinks and neutrals! Let It Glow looks so fun for the summer season it glows and has a pretty pink rose gold look. Eternal Optimist turned out to be the prettiest neutral rose pink that pulls neutral-cool (love this on the toes). I swatched a few other recent buys including Bare With Me and Lighten the Mood. I think these are go-with everything kinds of colors. Each one is applied with two coats.

Essie Neutral Polishes, Lighten the Mood, Topless Barefoot, Eternal Optimist, Bare with Me and Let It Glow

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Eyes

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara and Primer

For eyes my go-to has been the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara in both the Waterproof and Regular formulas. For the humid months the waterproof is essential. A number of you have said you really don’t like waterproof mascara because it’s so hard to remove. I’ve also tried the regular version in Black and it’s also excellent. I pair either with the Lash Paradise Primer for added volume. For a good metallic wash of color the Infallible Metallic Paints in Rose Chrome or Brass Knuckles. Both add a natural sheen that makes the eyes glow with a sunkissed summery shimmer.

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Staples

Original Beautyblender and Bioderma Sensibio

Last but not least are two staples I just discovered are available at Walmart. The best foundation sponge is the original beautyblender and they carry it online! They also started stocking Bioderma and the Sensibio H2o is one of the best for a gentle face makeup remover. I use this as a first pass cleanser sometimes before washing my face with regular cleanser. It helps remove makeup more effectively when I double cleanse.

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That wraps up on my budget beauty favorites for the upcoming summer season! I’ve been trying out more affordable sunscreens on my test-list and have another self-tanner to try out this upcoming week. For now these are some beauty products I recommend checking out to fake a nice summer glow if you want to go sunless! As always let me know what your budget beauty favorites are! I love checking out your recommendations 🙂

 

 

Thanks to Walmart for partnering to sponsor this post. As always all opinions my own.

 

Budget Beauty

Cute Budget Beauty Gift Ideas for Galentine’s Day

February 5, 2019

Galentine's Day Budget Beauty Gifting Ideas

Valentine’s Day is approaching and I’m rounding up some of my favorite budget beauty items I think are perfect for gifting your girlfriends. When it comes to gifting for special holidays like Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) sometimes the simple little things are the best! A cute nail polish or lipstick paired with some candy never fails to bring joy. I’ve teamed up with Walmart today to share some of my favorite budget-beauty finds that I’ve been loving recently that I think others will love as well. Everything in this post is under $15. They also have a wide range of options available from skincare, tools, nails, eyes, lips and more on their Galentine’s Day Beauty Gifting section.

Right now my besties are all living on opposite coasts from me but we still keep in touch and chat on a weekly basis. I feel like as life progresses and we age sometimes friendships are hard to keep. I feel truly blessed to have my gal pals in my life and thankful that they make time during their busy weeks to call or chat! I’m putting together little goody bags to ship their way this week.

Galentine's Day Budget Beauty Gifting Ideas

Cute nail polishes are something I gift frequently. Essie Nail Polish is hands down the most loved among my friends. There’s something about the classic creams and sheers that everyone loves. Finding a good shade is pretty easy, there are lots to choose from like the Classic Sheers in Ballet Slippers or Tuck it in my Tux. There are also some amazing Classic Reds in every undertone like Forever Yummy and Double Breasted Jacket. The Gel Couture line is also fairly popular among my friends. I think their corals like On the List and Sizzling Hot are really pretty (I think I might keep this one for myself).

Essie Nail Polish Galentine's Day Colors

L’Oreal is one brand that keeps impressing me for the price and quality. I love their Colour Riche Shine Lipsticks for the best glossy lip. I picked up a few of the new Rouge Signature Matte High Pigment Lip Inks and they’re not your typical liquid lipstick. They don’t dry super matte or make your lips look shriveled. They have a soft matte finish and really smooth coverage. I liked them so much I went back and bought more to gift away. I think even my niece who is in her teens will like these too. They’re very much on-trend but not too trendy. They’re not kiss proof but the lasting power is still fairly impressive for a soft finish lip.

L'Oreal Rouge Signature Matte Lip Ink

Galentine's Day Budget Beauty Gifting Ideas

A few more budget beauty favorites include the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara Waterproof. I like pairing this with the Lash Paradise Primer, but the mascara is so good it works on its own too. For those looking for a good glow that’s affordable the True Match Lumi Glow Nude Palette in Moonkissed is one of the best ones I’ve tried. It’s also available in a warmer Sunkissed Palette color option. Readers recommended I try the Infallible Paints as well and they were all right! The pigment is quite impressive. I kinda wish they had more colors available!

L'Oreal Makeup Favorite Lash Paradise

Cute gifting ideas are to fill mini clear treat bags with heart shaped candies and add them to a small gift bag I found some cute mini red and white mail boxes at Walmart that you can fill with a few small items. Small heart shaped bowls are always cute. When in doubt the larger clear treat bags are SO simple and always work to fill with a few things. Just tie with a ribbon or a twist tie and you’re set. You really can’t go wrong with chocolates, jelly beans or M&Ms or any kind of gummy candy. I had some Swedish Fish for my gift bags but none of them survived. It’s been a while since I’ve eaten any and I forgot how good they are. The entire bag disappeared within a couple hours. LOL!

Galentine's Day Gifting Ideas

Galentine's Day Budget Beauty Gifting Ideas

If you’re looking for some cute gift options whether it’s for girlfriends, nieces, coworkers or to treat yourself, I hope this gives you a few affordable ideas! Lots more to find at Walmart.com. Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day things you do with your girl friends? When I lived in California sometimes we’d get together for a fun high tea date or just a simple lunch the first week of February. I really miss them! If you have any fun cute traditions I’d love to hear about them!

 

 

Many thanks to Walmart for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are my own.

 

Beauty Favorites Budget Beauty

Affordable Budget Beauty Favorites No. 1

September 17, 2018

Affordable Budget Beauty Favorites Under $20, L'Oreal, OPI, Garnier

By popular request I’m going to start covering some of my favorite budget beauty tries and buys! For my beauty blogging life I’ve primarily focused on mid to high-end luxury brands but every week I get questions about more affordable options or dupes. I’ve been experimenting more with different brands based on feedback and started testing things I think look interesting. I have some budget beauty items to share with you today of items I feel are worth trying. Prices vary depending on retailer and promos you can find, but at the full retail price, everything is under $20.

1. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara is hands down my favorite drugstore mascara. It lengthens, volumizes, defines, holds the curl and does not smudge on me. I’ve gone through quite a few tubes of this! Several of you have commented it’s prone to clumping after a few uses. To solve this I take the wand once every other week and run it through a folded piece of paper in the crease to clean it. It does waste a lot of product but I do this with most of my mascaras but it’s the only way I can remove buildup. I have actually tried both the non-waterproof and waterproof versions. I think both are really good. Given the fact that I live in Florida where the humidity is intense, I prefer the waterproof version as a better smudge-proof option.

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara

2. After the success I had with the mascara, I bought the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Primer as soon as it launched with high hopes. It was a hit! It works well to prime and condition the lashes. It’s pink tinted so you can see how much you’ve actually applied. The trick with this is to not let it dry down all the way before you add mascara. I apply a coat of mascara almost immediately after I apply the primer and it works like a charm. If I let it dry completely it almost becomes crunchy and mascara doesn’t adhere well.

Loreal Lash Paradise Primer Review

2. OPI Nail Polishes are my go-to for favorite affordable nail polish brand. I know many others love Essie or Zoya, but for me OPI is the best for lasting power and color. My favorite neutrals are from OPI including Tiramisu for Two, Samoan Sand, Let Me Bayou a Drink and more. I’m going to be putting together an updated neutral nail polish post, but you can see my Favorite Neutrals in this roundup here. I also really like the Natural Nail Base Coat to help protect the nails, prime them for polish and prevent yellowing.

Best OPI Neutrals Tiramisu for Two, Samoan Sand, Let Me Bayou a Drink

3. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water and Makeup Remover Sensitive and Waterproof are great micellar cleansing waters. I really love the ones from Lancome and Koh Gen Do, but I needed to find a budget friendly option as I go through a lot of remover with my swatching. I tried both the Sensitive Option and Waterproof Version and think they are both great. The waterproof version is stronger and better for removing darker lipsticks or eyeliner. For my long-wear waterproof mascara it’s not strong enough in which case I recommend you try the Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads. It’s the only thing remover that has enough power to actually removes my waterproof mascara these days. I bought this based on reader recommendations and they were 100% right at how effective it is.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Waters

4. L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipsticks are a close dupe for the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick. When I read others claiming this I was skeptical. I did not think it was possible! I bought a few shades and really like them. I was then sent the entire lineup for review. After testing them I do not think they are 100% identical but they make for an impressive cheaper alternative. The L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipsticks have the same balmy feel, comfortable wear and nice shine. I actually like them a little bit more because there’s less slip to them so they adhere better to the lips. They do have a completely different scent, the L’Oreal ones have that super sweet candy like scent. There are a couple colors that apply patchy because of how pale they are in comparison to my natural lip color, but most of them are solid wins. The only two iffy colors are Shining Peach and Dewey Petal for me – they run really pale.

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipsticks Review

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick Swatches

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick Swatches Lips

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick Swatches Deeper Brights

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick Swatches Deeper Bright Shades

5. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion is something I would call a dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter. This comes in four color options, Fair Glow, Light Glow, Medium Glow and Deep Glow. This is similar in concept to the Charlotte Tilbury product because the Lumi Glotion can also be worn alone, under makeup, to highlight or bronze. It has a subtle luminous glow that you can see on the skin but it’s not overly shimmery or frosted. I do think the color range differs for the deeper shades. If you’re fair to medium the colors are close. I like either Light or Medium to highlight and Deep works as a slightly deeper bronze shimmer.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion Review + Swatches

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion Swatches

That wraps up my first Budget Beauty Buys and Tries roundup! I’ll be incorporating 1-2 roundups per month. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these and what your thoughts were. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also if you have any dupe requests please leave a note in the comments and I’ll try to do some research for the next round.

I buy these brands primarily at Target, Ulta Beauty or CVS. If you have a go-to destination for budget beauty shopping I’d love to hear in the comments!

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion and Color Riche Shines provided as press samples. L’Oreal Lash Paradise initially provided as a sample, but I’ve since repurchased it on my own many times.

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