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 Go To No Makeup, Makeup Look

With being a busy mom of 3, a lot of times I don’t have enough time to sit down and do a dramatic look or a full on glammed our face but I still want to look put together and awake even when I’m not, lol. I’ve been loving the more neutral no makeup, makeup looks. It’s fast and easy but also gives my facial features a chance to stand out a bit on their own. My skin is still smooth and flawless but it looks natural without a lot of products used. I don’t use eyeshadow or liner, I only use false lashes when I really want my eyes to pop and I use a nude tone lipstick most of the time for this look as well. It’s perfect for looking put together for work, errands and even quick drinks with friends or a laid back date night.

I will however use highlight. I love a good highlight. Makes your skin glow without much effort and I think it looks beautiful. Your skin looks so healthy with a nice glow to it. Obviously you don’t need to beam peoples eyes out with a no makeup makeup look but sometimes I just wanna a little extra shine (in a good way, not an oily face lol.)

On my face:

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation

Maybelline loose powder in medium deep under the eyes and deep on the rest of my face

Nyx bronzer in

Tarte blush in feisty

La colors highlight palette

Loreal liquid lip

Nyx brow gel in espresso and European Wax Center brow powder duo in medium

Below I listed some of my favorite products to use when I’m doing a more neutral look. I usually don’t use eye shadows or anything extra like that. I try and keep it as basic and simple as possible but still get the ultimate put together look. I get compliments all the time as well like oh you look so good, your skin looks great, you seem so energized today, etc. and I’m like oh thank you while also thinking girl I’m on my third cup of coffee and my 3 yr old changed her outfit 4 times before we could leave the house. 😂😂

Product list:

Anyway, what are your favorite ways to get ready quick? Do you have any get glam quick tips that you live by?

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I hope you all have a wonderful Friday. ❤️

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

Lola

Col•lab Makeup line review

So I came across this makeup line at Sally’s the other day and decided to grab a few things to try while they were having a bogo sale. I love trying new affordable products because if they work well then I’ve found new staple products to reach for in my makeup routine. I purchased the skin tint, matte foundation and radiant foundation to give those a try as well as the loose powder, pressed powder, a blush, the smoothing primer, micellar water, concealer and a color corrector.

Something I first noticed is that this line is not very shade inclusive. There’s only 6 shades in the skin tint and 10 shades in the foundations so the most porcelain skin and the darker skin tones are left out completely. I’m the eighth darkest shade (caramel) in the foundation and the fifth shade in the skin tint. So a lot of skin tones are left out. Both the foundation and skin tint are $14.99 each.

The packaging is nice. Sleek black and greys. The jars are glass. Clean fonts and the foundations come with a pump and the skin tints are in a squeeze tube. The concealer has a doe foot applicator and the color corrector comes in a jar. So it makes application for those easy and you save product. I wanted to try the line together because sometimes products work better with their own.

The skin tint

First up I tried the smoothing primer, skin tint, concealer, blush and pressed powder together. I didn’t use anything else aside from my tarts blush in feisty and my wet n wild highlighting gold bar and I set my face with my Morphe Continuous setting mist. The primer went on like a lotion for the most part. It felt kind of moisturizing for a minute. The skin tint was actually thicker than I thought it would be for it to have been a tint but it gave pretty good coverage. The concealer didn’t have as much coverage as I thought it would so it’s not something I would reach for on a daily basis. The pressed powder was ok. It seemed to set the face for the most part. The blush showed up on me more like a highlight than a blush which is why I added my tarte blush to it. I didn’t contour because I wanted a quick face. I noticed it quickly set into any fine lines I had even after setting with powder. I wore it for a full day of errands, etc. within about an hour I was oily so I was already not too happy with that. I blotted my face and went on with the day. About another hour or so I was oily again. A few hours after that I noticed the skin tint had oxidized. So about 5 hours into wearing it, it had oxidized terribly and had a grayish tint now and I was still oily. I couldn’t wait to get home and take it off. My face felt dirty and itchy and I didn’t like the ashy tint it developed.

The matte foundation

The next day I tried a different combo. I used the primer, matte foundation, color corrector, concealer and loose powder. I used my airspun for under my eyes and my tarte blush again, my wet n wild rainbow highlight and contoured with my nyx bronzer. I set my face with my Morphe continuous setting mist. This time the foundation didn’t oxidize as much as the skin tint did but I was oily within an hour. For a matte foundation I expected more oil control than what I got. The foundation never set on my face once applied at all. It never set to a matte finish it was dewy. It only set once I applied powder. I had to blot my face multiple times throughout an 8 hr wear which I don’t have to do until end of day with most of my matte foundations. So I wasn’t impressed with the matte foundation at all.

The radiant foundation

I didn’t try the radiant foundation alone. I figured since the matte foundation by itself was a bust then I wasn’t even going to attempt it. I instead mixed the radiant foundation with my too faced born this way foundation and did my makeup with the different products that I use on the daily. I wore this combo for about 8 hrs or so and when I got home from work my face was oily but not as bad as it was with the matte foundation by itself. It still settled into some of my lines fairly quickly but it wasn’t as terribly noticeable as the skin tint or the matte foundation. So I will say that mixed with another foundation that already works for my skin this foundation is a bit better but it’s still not something I would reach for on the daily. Especially since I have to mix it with another foundation just to get it to set decently on my face for the day. I may try mixing the matte foundation as well to see how I like that and if it will set better on my face but idk yet.

The powders and Blush

The powder both pressed and loose didn’t really do well to keep my makeup set and help keep oiliness down. It goes on fine but the lasting power just isn’t there. The blush I wasn’t too happy with, it was way too shimmery and seemed to be more of a highlight rather than an actual blush unless you’re more fair skinned even though I got one of the darker shades.

The Smoothing Primer

The primer to me didn’t really do anything nor did it blur any imperfections, it just goes on your face like a lotion and then sets but doesn’t keep your pores, imperfections or oiliness at bay for too long. I feel it may possibly work better on someone with dry to normal skin but for oily skin or combination skin it just wasn’t the best.

The undereye concealer

The under eye concealer was one of the most disappointing for me. I got the darkest peach shade and it kind of just spread around on the face and didn’t really cover much. I used both a stippling brush and concealer brush and then I tried a beauty blender but nothing seems to smooth it out any better. I like my under eye concealer to work really well especially on days that I am sick or my under eyes are especially dark but this just missed the mark completely.

The micellar water

I never actually tried the micellar water so it may have worked fine with removing makeup but once I had tried pretty much all the products (except the radiant foundation) I had purchased and wasn’t happy with any of those I just decided to take everything back. It’s $9.99 but for that price I can just stick with my ganier micellar water for $7.

The final review

All in all I just feel like this line is kind of a starter line for younger people who are just starting out in makeup. Something to practice with or if they don’t really have any skin issues this line may work for them. I have more mature skin (I’m 32), I have naturally darker undereye circles and a few acne scars. I like a good full coverage foundation unless I’m using a BB cream for a quick face. I have combination/oily skin so a matte foundation is usually what I reach for. I took most of the line back with the exception of the 2 foundations because I couldn’t find the receipt and just replaced those with things I actually use and like. Hopefully in the future they do better with formulas and especially the shade ranges. A successful makeup line needs to be shade and skin inclusive to reach a broader audience.

Did you try any of the products in this line? What did you like? What didn’t you like? What do you feel the company can do better with in the future? Be sure to follow me on Snapchat @lolanicolemua for more makeup reviews and mini tutorial videos as well. I hope you beauties have a blessed day.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

Lola