My Affordable Makeup Must-Haves

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my makeup I want to look flawless w/o breaking the bank. I love the allure of high end makeup products but in my life I just can’t justify the price tag on them. Ulta is my go-to for my “drugstore” makeup. Even though I do have an Ulta in my town, and not everyone has one, I end up ordering from the website. But some products can also be found at your local drugstore :)

About my skin: OILY! It’s as simple as that. Some days I’m between oily/normal, depending on my hormones. I do have some past acne scarring and I deal with the occasional break out that needs covering. I also deal with some unevenness, texture, and redness around my nose and chin.

About my skin: OILY! It’s as simple as that. Some days I’m between oily/normal, depending on my hormones. I do have some past acne scarring and I deal with the occasional break out that needs covering. I also deal with some unevenness, texture, and redness around my nose and chin.

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Physicians Formula ‘Healthy Foundation’ in LC1- $12.99   -  I can honestly say this is my favorite foundation, it’s like an even tie with my Estee Lauder foundation, which i’m obsessed with. This foundation is amazing for everyday and can be built up, and it DOESN’T cake! Don’t worry, even though it gives a glow and isn’t a matte foundation, this foundation sits beautifully on the skin, stays all day, and doesn’t make me oily! It’s like my skin but better.    Maybelline ‘Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles’ Concealer (under the eyes) in Fair- $10    - I don’t have super dark circles but this under eye concealer just helps me look bright and awake, and it doesn’t crease on me. I do set my under eyes w/ powder though to ensure no creasing and to provide extra coverage.    Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer (spot concealing) in Light- $7    -This concealer is amazing at covering pesky pimples or adding extra coverage to dark spots. It’s also buildable & blendable w/o caking up on itself.    Makeup Revolution ‘Baking Powder’ (setting the face/ baking ) 'in Translucent- $8    -If you’re looking for a powder that makes you look bright and poreless, you need this one! My only negative is that loose powder is a PAIN when trying to apply because it gets everywhere…just don’t wear dark colored clothing while applying.    Another powder I love :  Coty ‘Airspun Loose Face Powder’ in Translucent- $6  (beware, this powder has a strong scent but beautiful coverage!)

Physicians Formula ‘Healthy Foundation’ in LC1- $12.99

- I can honestly say this is my favorite foundation, it’s like an even tie with my Estee Lauder foundation, which i’m obsessed with. This foundation is amazing for everyday and can be built up, and it DOESN’T cake! Don’t worry, even though it gives a glow and isn’t a matte foundation, this foundation sits beautifully on the skin, stays all day, and doesn’t make me oily! It’s like my skin but better.

Maybelline ‘Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles’ Concealer (under the eyes) in Fair- $10

- I don’t have super dark circles but this under eye concealer just helps me look bright and awake, and it doesn’t crease on me. I do set my under eyes w/ powder though to ensure no creasing and to provide extra coverage.

Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer (spot concealing) in Light- $7

-This concealer is amazing at covering pesky pimples or adding extra coverage to dark spots. It’s also buildable & blendable w/o caking up on itself.

Makeup Revolution ‘Baking Powder’ (setting the face/baking) 'in Translucent- $8

-If you’re looking for a powder that makes you look bright and poreless, you need this one! My only negative is that loose powder is a PAIN when trying to apply because it gets everywhere…just don’t wear dark colored clothing while applying.

Another powder I love: Coty ‘Airspun Loose Face Powder’ in Translucent- $6 (beware, this powder has a strong scent but beautiful coverage!)

Face Powders  (from left to right)   ELF ‘Primer-Infused Bronzer’ in Forever Sunkissed- $6  (for bronzer & crease color on the lid)   - My newest favorite bronzer! This bronzer has no shimmer and has the perfect amount of warmth for my skin tone without making me look muddy or orange.    ELF Blush in Mellow Mauve- $3    -This blush gives that nice “flushed” look with a slight iridescent sheen to it, so it’s not flat. Don’t worry, it’s not glittery or shiny and doesn’t clash with highlighter.    Essence ‘Pure Nude’ Highlighter in Be My Highlight- $4.49    - This highlighter is perfect for the subtle “lit within” glow. It doesn’t exaggerate texture on the cheeks either, so it’s becomes one with the skin.

Face Powders (from left to right)

ELF ‘Primer-Infused Bronzer’ in Forever Sunkissed- $6 (for bronzer & crease color on the lid)

- My newest favorite bronzer! This bronzer has no shimmer and has the perfect amount of warmth for my skin tone without making me look muddy or orange.

ELF Blush in Mellow Mauve- $3

-This blush gives that nice “flushed” look with a slight iridescent sheen to it, so it’s not flat. Don’t worry, it’s not glittery or shiny and doesn’t clash with highlighter.

Essence ‘Pure Nude’ Highlighter in Be My Highlight- $4.49

- This highlighter is perfect for the subtle “lit within” glow. It doesn’t exaggerate texture on the cheeks either, so it’s becomes one with the skin.

Eyes & Eyebrows  (from left to right)   ELF ‘Lock on’ Liner and Brow Cream-$4  (for eye liner and brows)  -  I’ll admit, I have a strong hand when it comes to my brows. I love them filled in and dark. Dark brows just make me feel glam and put together! I like that this is a multi purpose product and can be used for liner and brows. This liner/cream stays where you put it, so you kind of have to be careful with the intensity.    Ulta Single Eyeshadow in Whatevs- $8.50    -Such a great eye-brightening shade! This shadow makes me looks like I got plenty of beauty sleep.    Essence Volume Stylist 18hr Curl & Hold mascara- $5    -This mascara gives me the perfect curl & hold to my lashes, just like the name says. I don’t even need to use an eyelash torture device…I mean curler. It also doesn’t transfer on my lids or flake!

Eyes & Eyebrows (from left to right)

ELF ‘Lock on’ Liner and Brow Cream-$4 (for eye liner and brows)

- I’ll admit, I have a strong hand when it comes to my brows. I love them filled in and dark. Dark brows just make me feel glam and put together! I like that this is a multi purpose product and can be used for liner and brows. This liner/cream stays where you put it, so you kind of have to be careful with the intensity.

Ulta Single Eyeshadow in Whatevs- $8.50

-Such a great eye-brightening shade! This shadow makes me looks like I got plenty of beauty sleep.

Essence Volume Stylist 18hr Curl & Hold mascara- $5

-This mascara gives me the perfect curl & hold to my lashes, just like the name says. I don’t even need to use an eyelash torture device…I mean curler. It also doesn’t transfer on my lids or flake!

EDIT: I can’t believe I forgot to add a product I can’t live without… sigh… pregnancy brain. I use this product every day. Whether it be to hold my brows in place w/ the eye brow cream or on its own to create a naturally defined & tamed brow. It’s my perfect brow product!   Essence ‘Make Me Brow’ Gel Mascara in Browny Brows 02- $3

EDIT: I can’t believe I forgot to add a product I can’t live without…sigh…pregnancy brain. I use this product every day. Whether it be to hold my brows in place w/ the eye brow cream or on its own to create a naturally defined & tamed brow. It’s my perfect brow product!

Essence ‘Make Me Brow’ Gel Mascara in Browny Brows 02- $3

Finishing touches    RAW Sugar Lip Balm in Raw Coconut + Mango- $5   -  I love this lip balm because it’s rich, so it adds a nice sheen while giving me plenty of moisture!    Makeup Revolution' ‘Sport Fix’ Extra Hold Fixing Spray- $8   -  A lifesaver for oily skin! This spray keeps my makeup in place all day, even through work and naps!

Finishing touches

RAW Sugar Lip Balm in Raw Coconut + Mango- $5

- I love this lip balm because it’s rich, so it adds a nice sheen while giving me plenty of moisture!

Makeup Revolution' ‘Sport Fix’ Extra Hold Fixing Spray- $8

- A lifesaver for oily skin! This spray keeps my makeup in place all day, even through work and naps!

Applicators  (from left to right)   Real Techniques ‘Miracle Complexion’ Sponge- $6    - Can you tell this sponge is well loved (and in need of a bath)? I love getting this sponge damp and applying my foundation, concealer(s), AND powder. It’s blends everything seamlessly and for the powder it just helps everything melt together.   Sonia Kashuk Powder Brush (used for: dusting the bake off)  unknown brand- Angled blush brush (used for: bronzer)   Morphe ‘M405 Contour’ Brush (used for: blush)- $9    Real Techniques ‘Setting Brush’ (used for: highlighter)- $20 (comes in Sculpting Set)   unknown brand- Blending Crease Brush   Real Techniques Eyeshadow Brush- $9 (comes in a duo)

Applicators (from left to right)

Real Techniques ‘Miracle Complexion’ Sponge- $6

- Can you tell this sponge is well loved (and in need of a bath)? I love getting this sponge damp and applying my foundation, concealer(s), AND powder. It’s blends everything seamlessly and for the powder it just helps everything melt together.

Sonia Kashuk Powder Brush (used for: dusting the bake off)

unknown brand- Angled blush brush (used for: bronzer)

Morphe ‘M405 Contour’ Brush (used for: blush)- $9

Real Techniques ‘Setting Brush’ (used for: highlighter)- $20 (comes in Sculpting Set)

unknown brand- Blending Crease Brush

Real Techniques Eyeshadow Brush- $9 (comes in a duo)

This simple makeup look also works for those who wear glasses, like me! On days I wear my glasses out and I’m doing my makeup, I make sure to really powder up the area of nose where my glasses sit, so my glasses don’t slip and slide all day.