The Affordable Summer Makeup You Need

I love makeup. So I’m constantly trying new things. But this current routine I have going is seriously perfect for me. It’s quick, easy and affordable which are three things I’m always down for, lol. So let’s get into my everyday beauty products. I’ve listed the products I use on a daily when doing makeup. I don’t go all out with my makeup for regular days, so my routine is pretty straight forward. I want to look put together and awake but quickly. So if you want a quick routine with products that won’t break the bank. These are all products that work well on my skin (I’m oily/combination type) and I use regularly. (You can tell by some of the pictures, these are my ride or die always reached for products.)

#1. Brows || Anastasia Dip Brow in Chocolate This Brow gel is literally my holy grail. I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to try it. But this has literally been my go to for brows for well over a year now. The pigmentation and lasting power are awesome. It’s $18 but you definitely get your money worth. 1 jar has lasted me months. Trust me you won’t be disappointed. Browfection Brow Powder Duo I use this powder to set my Dip Brow gel and fill any gaps in my brows that don’t take product. The duo is great because you can use one side for more dramatic brows and the other for lighter more tame brows. It’s only available at European Wax Center stores but while you’re in there get a free brow wax and you can have your brows filled in to try the powder out for free too. NYC Clear Brow Gel I use this to set my brows once I’ve finished my makeup and before I set my face for the day. It holds up so well and the brush separates my brow hairs nicely. With a price tag of under $4 it’s hard to pass up. It’s super affordable and lasts so long because you don’t need a lot at all.

#2. Maybelline FaceStudio Blender|| 95% of the time when I do my makeup I use a beauty sponge. I love how it blends my makeup products into the skin so nicely and makes my foundation look much more natural and skin like. I even use a damp blender for powder, especially when baking under the eyes if I’m wearing a full coverage look. There are so many blenders out there now since the Original Beauty Blender came out (which is still one of the best) but this one is affordable, durable and works great. Coming in at just under $6 I think you will be pleasantly surprised.(Blender shown dry, it almost doubles in size when wet.)

#3. Tarte Shape Tape || This concealer may not be drugstore priced but it’s under $30 and lasts for a good while. Plus a little bit goes a long way and I mean that. It only takes a dap to brighten my undereyes and really change my look from tired to awake. I even use it alone when I don’t want to wear any foundation at all. There’s so many shades to choose from so you’ll definitely find a shade for you. You can use this to highlight, contour or spot conceal. You need this concealer in your life, you won’t be sorry. But if you wanna save a bunch so you can get more products at once the LA Girl HD Pro Concealer is amazing and under $5. I used it for over a year before trying a new one. Hurray!!

#4. Primers and Setting Sprays || I always use a primer spray before I apply my makeup and after I’ve moisturized my face. I prefer primer sprays to regular primer because I just feel it sits on my skin and covers more evenly for me for some reason. I love this spray from Wet N Wild, this Photofocus Primer Water Spray is a good one. It doesn’t have a harsh or chemical smell, it sprays out evenly and with a $6 price tag you can’t go wrong. I highly recommend this one. As far as setting sprays go, these two are my favorite drugstore setting sprays, the NYX Matte Setting Spray and the E.L.F Beauty Shield Daily Defense Makeup Mist are my go to when I don’t want to use my more expensive setting sprays. The Nyx setting spray comes in a matte or dewy finish. But I go for matte because of my oily/combination skin. It has certainly shown me more times than I can remember it can hold its own. The Florida sun is not forgiving and relentless sometimes and especially during shoots this spray has locked my makeup in tight. The E.L.F Beauty Shield is a tight second. I love this one because I can use it as a primer or setting spray and I use it for both sometimes. It’s especially great when trying to pack light makeup. With an $8 price tag these are both great and I highly recommend trying them. These are literally two of my most reached for setting sprays and best of all they’re so affordable so you can stock up and never run out.

#5. L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise || Now I know some people look at me crazy when I say this but I’ve never tried the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara so I can’t attest to whether this is actually a dupe for that. But with a $24 price tag I wanted to check for something a little cheaper because mascara doesn’t hold long enough for me to want to constantly replace at that price. But i’ve heard good things and so many people say it’s an affordable dupe. I just love drugstore mascara because it’s never let me down, it’s affordable and mascara goes bad so quick (you need to be replacing it at least every 3 months) so I’ve always stuck to drugstore because it’s one makeup product I replace quite often. I love the brush and the formula from this mascara. It coats my lashes so well and makes them look longer and thicker. My lashes are a struggle because my nervous tick is pulling at them when nothings on them so I need a mascara that masks how thin and short they are when I’m not wearing falsies. It’s under $7 right now at ulta. This one does the job and does it well.

#6. Most Used Makeup Brushes || These brushes are my most reached for. I have so many brushes I probably should use but these are the ones I use the most. Which is why they’re dirty because right after I clean them I go back to using them the next day. They’re all super affordable and hold up great. They’ve been through travel, my 3 yr old and many washes. They don’t shed or fray and the handles are sturdy. For my brows I use the Morphe M432 and Morphe E11 Angled Brow (I use both my pink one shown is from Morphe also but came in a set) and a brow spoolie that came in a makeup kit I got years ago but the Morphe B74 Angled Liner Spoolie works awesome too. For face my most used brushes are the Morphe MB1 Deluxe Powder Brush, The Wet N Wild Pro Line P55 Brush(the silver set was limited edition but the rose gold set is still available), the Real Techniques Bold Metals Tapered Brush and the fan brush I use is from a brush set I got from eBay years ago but the Morphe M310 Large Soft Fan Brush is perfect.

#7. Wet N Wild Highlighting Powders || I am in love with the new formulation of the highlights. Every one that I’ve purchased so far has been pigmented and so beautiful. These are two of my favorites at the moment. Summer Color Icon Baked Blush in Hummingbird Hype and Mega Glow Highlighting Powder in Golden Flower Crown. Both are so pretty and so smooth to the touch. They just glide on the skin like butter and add the most beautiful glow. At $5 each you can try more than one to find your favorite glow, they even have a Megaglow Highlighting Palette.

#8. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Blush || I received these blushes in my birthday gift from Sephora and in an Ipsy bag and have been in love with this blush ever since. The shade Feisty is literally my favorite color blush and I use it 99% of the time I do my makeup. It’s just such a pretty color and looks great on a tan or deeper skin tone. Paaarty is a great color for lighter skin tones and it’s the same formulation so the results are amaze as well. They don’t have those particular shades available anymore but the Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose and Tea Rose are great dupes and under $9. I added these blushes to the list because I have the small size and I’m still using it months later. They last so long so you will definitely get your $29 worth with the Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Blush line.

#9. Most Used Lip Products || My Chapstick in Chapstick Moisture Formula is pretty much a simple every day necessity for me. My lips are full so when I sleep they swell and get really dry and chapped. I also use this under any matte liquid lipsticks to keep my lips from getting too dry. Especially since matte liquid lipsticks are my favorite kind of lipstick. Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Milk and Cookies is literally my everyday lip shade. It’s the perfect mauvey nude and the formula is top notch. Literally won’t budge and takes Garnier Skin Active Waterproof (Blue Top) Micellar water to get it off. It’s under $10 and you get your money worth with this formula.

#10. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Setting Powder || This is literally my favorite setting powder so far. Not only is it affordable but it’s sooo good. Who knew a $6-8 ($6 at Walmart and $8.99 at Ulta) powder could be so good. I reach for this over all my setting powders right now. I use Medium Deep for under the eyes and Deep for setting all over when I’ve been out in the sun. The loose formula is so smooth and glides right on the face when applied. Doesn’t make you look powdery and no flash back. Definitely in my top must haves for the long haul.

#11 Maybelline SuperStay Foundation Stick in Toffee || I never was a huge fan of foundation sticks. I wanted to love them but every time I tried one I just ended up hating it. But this one I can actually say I’m loving it so far. I apply it to my face and use a beauty blender to blend it out and I just love the coverage and finish I get. Plus it lasts all day and works well with my other everyday products. For under $13 this foundation definitely holds it’s own and fits perfect in any small makeup bag or purse.

#12. Wet N Wild Pressed Powder in Cocoa || I use this mainly for oil control. Sometimes instead of blotting I’ll just dap a bit of this on the area and it helps control my face from getting super oily. It’s not a powder I would use to set any makeup but to spot blot it’s perfect and under $6.

What are your recent summer beauty faves?! I’m always trying new products and would love some recommendations or to try any of your holy grail products. Let me know in the comments and let’s chat.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

My Current Skincare Routine

Hi loves! So I've been exploring some new face oils, masks and cleansers. These are the ones that I have been loving the most so far. I rotate some of them for morning and night but I use my face oils both day and night for moisture and it also helps with my foundation as well because I notice I am less oily throughout the day when my face is more hydrated and moisturized. My skin is combination/oily with lots of oiliness in the t-zone area so don't be afraid to use oils on the skin because you're oily. It just lets your skin know that it doesn't need to produce as much because you're already moisturized.

My Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Cream Cleanser (mouth full, lol) face wash is what I use once or twice a week. Mainly when I don't wear makeup that day. Because I feel I get a nice deep exfoliating clean and it helps keep my skin clear of debris and the daily sun and weather exposure. It has a nice fresh scent which is still not chemically strong which I love. It's an exfoliating face wash but gentle on the skin and doesn't leave my face feeling raw or itchy just clean and refreshed.

These new L'Oréal face washes and masks have been amazing. I'm going to get the rest of them because I want to try them all out now. The two I've been using about 2 to 3 times a week are the charcoal and mattifying masks. You can feel the mattifying mask tightening on your skin as it dries. Really working to minimize those pores and mattify the skin. The charcoal mask works to brighten and detox the skin so it is a little less restricting as it dries. I love the pure clay cleanser. It's an exfoliating and refining mask. I have the 3 pure clay and red algae mask and I love it. It's not too rough on the skin so I am able to use it every day. I love the fact that these masks and cleansers have an earthy smell to them. That way it feels like you're actually cleansing and doing your skin some good rather than just rubbing chemicals into it.

I use Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin brush with both face cleansers but sometimes I will just use my hands if I don't want too deep of a cleanse so to not irritate my skin when I've just waxed it or done another deep treatment. But I've been using this brush for almost 2 years now and I love it. I even bought my daughter one. It has a body brush for body exfoliation, a face brush, an exfoliating face brush and a pumice brush for more rough areas like elbows, knees and feet. It's an amazing brush that is so much more affordable than some other face brushes that can run you well into the $100-$400 range. I believe I had a coupon and only paid $20 plus shipping for mine. 🤗

My face exfoliating gel from European Wax Center is another favorite. I like to use this twice a week especially when I've been wearing a full face of makeup multiple times during the week. I just wash my face, dab it dry and then apply the gel and rub my hands in circular motions until I feel all the dead skin start to come off. Once I've done my whole face I go over it lightly with my spin for Perfect skin brush and rinse. My skin feels so smooth and clean after and I notice my makeup application is a lot smoother as well. It also has a nice scent which by now you should know I don't like over powering chemical smells. Especially if it's supposed to be a facial cleanser or mask for my face.

Once I'm done cleansing my face and I've done my mask, I will apply my facial moisturizers and oils. During the day I apply a light application of everything so it has time to soak into the skin and then I can apply my makeup and at night I like to use a more healthy application of product so my skin is relaxed and hydrated during the night. I first apply the Puretem moisturizer and then some of the Caudalie moisturizing sorbet. I use about 4 drops of Julep Rose Hip oil that I received in my voxbox and then I apply Vitamin E oil on top. I've noticed that my skin is much softer and more radiant now rather than waking up with a dull, dry appearance to the skin.

I apply pure castor oil to my eyebrows and lashes at night to help with growth. I've been using this for about 3 months and I've noticed some change in my brow and lash growth it's just a slow process with this method.

Towel pictured is Aquis Hair Towel (influenster sent it to me in a posh voxbox for testing purposes and I love it)

Overall I definitely recommend trying these products. They have all worked together to make my skin look more radiant and fresh. I haven't had any breakouts either since switching to this face routine. Check out these new face goodies. The L'Oréal, Olay, vitamin E and Castor oil I purchased all of those from Walmart. I hope if you try them you love them just as much as I do.

Products mentioned:

L'Oréal Pure Clay Cleanser $6
L'Oréal Pure Clay Masks $10 each
Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Cream Cleanser $10
Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin brush $20
European Wax Center face exfoliating gel $20
Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparitive Rose Hip Seed Oil (sent for testing purposes) $36 (currently out of stock on their site)
Ipsy bag moisturizers:
Puretem Purevera Emulsion $24 for full size
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet $39 for full size
Vitamin E oil $5
Castor oil $4

What does your morning face routine look like? Do you have face favorites you love?

Always Remember You're Beautiful!

-Lola

Loreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation Review 

So I’ve worn this foundation for a few weeks now so I can give a good review on how it does throughout the day. I’ve worn it for literally 14 hrs straight during a work day once so I have a pretty good idea of how it does for me. Keep in mind I live in Florida so it can be really hot here during the summer which it is right now.

(Outdoor daytime lighting) 

The verdict: I love it! 
It’s a little more runny than the Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation and gives you a little more time to blend it on your face without setting as quickly. I’m a lover of matte foundation so I was skeptical that this would make my face feel or look too greasy. But it sets really well. I’ve worn it both with and without a primer and with and without setting spray. Without primer and a setting spray it still does exceptionally well in my opinion as far as it not running all over my face after awhile or looking really oily. Obviously a prime and set helps with the longevity of the stay power and how well it sits on the skin but it does really good all on its own. 

(Indoor nighttime lighting)


You can use either a brush, fingers if that’s your thing or beauty blender application. I’ve tried both brush and beauty blender. I really like using my beauty blender to apply it. I feel like it just creates a flawless airbrush type finish. 

Over all I’d give this a 4 out of 5 just because the shade range isn’t as wide as it should be but the performance of the foundation is really great and at a $12 price point for a drugstore foundation it’s really really great in comparison with some of my other higher end foundations and the price tag makes it even better. If you haven’t tried it out by now you totally should, it’s a really great everyday foundation and gives off a really nice glow. 
What’s your favorite foundation? I hope you’re having a beautiful Monday Loves. 
Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola