Makeup is expensive. There is no way around this painful fact. Beauty is pain, and apparently beauty is also money. Foundation can cost you $50, mascara,  which you throw out in 3-4 months, is $25, and a setting powder can run you upwards of $60 in some cases. Hell, even with mostly drugstore products, my full face of makeup still cost me $215!

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Nude Lipstick Affordable Makeup

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do on a 90º plus summer day is cake my face with makeup. No one I know enjoys the feeling of thick makeup melting off their face as it approaches happy hour. Oil and sweat is not equivalent to dewy skin, so less is more when it comes to summer time makeup. With my less is more approach, I like the look of a comfortable, nude lipstick. Bright lipstick is also fun for summer, but for an everyday basis, a nude lip is pretty and close to maintenance free.

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How To Improve Blog Photos

When I first started blogging I knew absolutely nothing about photography. All I had was my iPhone, some makeup, and iPhoto to edit them in. I used overhead lighting to shoot and had no idea how to stage a photo. It’s safe to say my blog photos have come a long way since I first started With Love.

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The complete guide to makeup brushes. What they're called and how to use them.

When I first started using makeup I owned about three brushes. I used all three for multiple products and hardly washed them. I figured if the makeup got from the pan or bottle onto my face than that was good enough! As I’ve grown older and more knowledgeable about makeup, my collection of makeup brushes has grown. I now know that each one has a specific purpose and place in a makeup routine. That’s not to say that you can’t break the rules and use a blush brush to apply highlighter (*gasp* THE HORROR!). However you’ll find that your makeup goes on much easier when you use the right brushes.

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drugstore makeup starter kit oily skin

The drugstore can be a wonderful yet overwhelming place to shop for makeup. So many companies are coming out with incredible products, however there are still so many bad ones that you have to weed through first. Sometimes I walk into the drugstore, look around, and then walk back out again without picking up a single product. It’s just too much sometimes! I’ve put together a drugstore makeup starter kit to help those who are just starting to explore the world of makeup. Even if you’ve been using makeup for a while, this guide will help you find some awesome products while saving you from buying the bad ones.

While this starter kit is geared towards my friends with oily skin, there are products for everyone. In my opinion, every product listed below is fool proof and would make an excellent addition to anyone’s makeup bag. All the products are easy to use and provide great results, making them perfect for beginners! Hopefully these products inspire you to go to your local drugstore and pick up some new makeup. Makeup doesn’t have to be expensive to be good!

Face

Drugstore Makeup Face

Drugstore Makeup concealer

Drugstore Makeup

Eyes

 

  • Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Drugstore Makeup

Lips

NYX Milani Lipstick

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In a perfect world every product purchased at the drugstore would be so amazing we’d want to sing from rooftops about it. Unfortunately the world is not perfect; Monday’s exist, acne is not just for teenagers, and a lot of products at the drugstore are terrible. I’ve collected some of what are, in my opinion, the worst products at the drugstore and I’m here to share them. Hopefully I save at least one person from buying a terrible product.

Garnier Shine Control Cleansing Gel

Admittedly, this cleanser from Garnier has been in a favorites of mine. When I first purchased this I thought I loved it. It’s advertised towards people with oily skin (hi, hello, me!) and charcoal has been in everything lately. I thought this cleanser was doing a great job at clearing up my skin, but after a few weeks the opposite started to happen. My skin broke out so badly and I didn’t know why. I handed the bottle to Luke, a chemist in training, and had him look at the ingredients. He immediately told me that menthol is an irritant and was the probable cause of my breakouts. I immediately stopped using this product and haven’t looked back since.

Mario Badescu Moisturizer

This moisturizer from Mario Badescu came in an acne clearing kit I purchased from Ulta. I loved all the products that came in it except for this moisturizer. I know everyone’s skin is different, but I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. Apparently this moisturizer is oil free, but my skin had never felt so oily than when I applied this. It smells so strongly of SPF it makes me remember when I was 8 and would spend every waking moment at the town pool. Also, this moisturizer broke me out like nothing else. The day I stopped using this I immediately noticed a difference.

Garnier Fructis Texture Tease

I don’t have too much to say about this Garnier texturizing spray other than it’s just bad. The smell is sickly sweet and very strong. It also makes your hair so stiff and dirty feeling that it’s hard to do anything with. It felt like a thick film was covering my entire head of hair. There are much better texturizing sprays at the drugstore. NEXT!

NYX Infinite Shadow Stick

Okay, this one isn’t a bad product, I just don’t use it enough. I love copper shadows, but for some reason I never reach for this shadow stick from NYX. I’m hoping by writing about it I’ll be more motivated to use it. The shade is beautiful and it lasts all day. It is a bit hard to blend though.

Hard Candy Color Correcting Primer

This primer from Hard Candy is just a weird product. It’s a green primer that’s very whipped in texture and has a very strong scent. It’s meant to correct redness but the handful of times I tried it I never noticed much of a difference. The smell alone makes me never want to use this primer again. I also felt like it just sat on my skin instead of really sinking in. I’ll stick to my Benefit Porefessional.

Wet n Wild elf NYX

I’m honestly so upset I didn’t like the Liquid Catsuit from Wet n’ Wild. So many people have been raving about it, and I went in with high expectations. I picked up the shade Pink Really Hard and it was just terrible. It bunched on my lips and peeled off within a few hours. It felt so uncomfortable to wear and it also looked awful on my lips. Part of me wonders if it’s just the shade, but another part of me doesn’t want to spend $5 to find out.

Now, Tea Rose is a situation where I know it’s the shade, not the lipstick formula. I love the matte lip pencils from e.l.f., I own two others and they’re both gorgeous. Tea Rose is just an odd, greyish purple shade that doesn’t look good with my skintone no matter how hard I try. Every time I put it on I immediately take it off. Oh well!

One of the worst products of all has got to be the NYX Full Throttle lipstick. Never in my life have I tried a lipstick as terrible as this one. It’s dry, thick, hard to apply, and smells like paint you would use in fifth grade art class. It crumbled off my lips in chunks which was such a disgusting feeling. Every time I see this lipstick in the drugstore I point it out to whomever I’m with and tell them how awful it is. Do not buy this, just don’t do it.

What terrible products have you tried? Leave your comment below and save everyone some money and disappointment!

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