Makeup- When to Splurge and When to Save

Buying makeup can get expensive so when I was shopping with my sister and sweet nieces a couple days ago- I decided to go cheap. I have the belief that certain items you can go cheap on. Mainly lips and eyes. I don’t like too many inexpensive face products because my skin is sensitive and many make my skin break out. I stick to Clinique, MAC, Makeupforever, Lancome, etc. and I am okay with spending the money for these good quality products.  I would love to hear of any face product suggestions for sensitive skin that are cheaper?

Clinique Even Better foundation is great for sensitive skin and has great coverage.
Clinique Even Better foundation is great for sensitive skin and has great coverage.
MAC Studio Fix is so worth the money! It stays on forever. It never irritates my skin and goes on so smooth. It also lasts forever. One compact  lasts me months. Love it!
MAC Studio Fix is so worth the money! It stays on forever. It never irritates my skin and goes on so smooth. It also lasts forever. One compact lasts me months. Love it!

For eyeshadow I often buy more expensive brands too because I feel like they stay on longer.  That is true for eyeliner too. I do like to buy some cheap eye shadows and eye liners to try out colors.

I would love this Laura Mercier palette. It is $44 at Sephora- which is a lot, but good quality eye shadow is worth the splurge.
I would love this Laura Mercier palette in Summer in St. Tropez. It is $44 at Sephora- which is a lot, but good quality eye shadow is worth the splurge.

One of my favorite mascaras is Maybelline great lash in blackest black.  Stays on and gives a full lash. Love.

Love this mascara and it most places it is under $5!
Love this mascara and it most places it is under $5!

Lipsticks I buy cheap sometimes. I find that some of the cheaper brands you have to apply more often- but reapplying lipstick doesn’t bother me too much!  So this weekend I spent 25 dollars at Forever 21 and got a whole lot of stuff. Most of it lip items with a few eye liners and brushes.  The lip crayon was great. Stays on for quite a while and the color is so vibrant.

I also got a lip pigment I love it. Great color and it stays on for a long time. Only problem is it is drying for the lips- so I put a moisturizing lipstick in a neutral color on top. I was surprised with the Forever 21 makeup– try it out!  

The bright, vibrant Forever 21 ultra pigmented lip color and pink lipstick crayon.
The bright, vibrant Forever 21 ultra pigmented lip color and pink lipstick crayon.

The next time you just want to play around with different lip and eye colors go cheap! You can get a lot for not that much money- and some of the products will surprise you!

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Pretty Pink Eyeshadows

I have always used lots of purples on my eyes. I thought the purples were great for my hazel/ brown eyes. I still use beautiful purples- but another color I have learned to love on my eyes is pink.

It is an easy look you can pick a pretty pink and use it by itself if you are in a hurry.

My eyes- just with a pink color.
My eyes- just with a pink color.

The Too Faced Bonjour Summer palette has a beautiful pink- Plumeria. It looks more intense but goes on pretty light and it is beautiful. This is one of favorite pinks to use.

The pretty pink- Plumeria comes in the Bonjour Summer palette. If you can't find this palette- the sugar pop eye palette has a color- bubble gum in it which is very similar.
The pretty pink- Plumeria comes in the Bonjour Summer palette. If you can’t find this palette- the Too Faced Sugar Pop eye palette has a color- Bubble Gum in it which is very similar.

You can add to the look by lining with brown and putting a light brown or copper in the crease.

The pink really makes brown/ hazel eyes pop.  I put it all over my lid and then line with a brown on top and black underneath. I also have a copper color in the crease.
The pink is really great for brown/ hazel eyes pop. 

Some pinks I would love to try are-

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Make Up For Ever artist eye shadow in Baby Pink.
Benefit longwear powder shasow in soft matte pink.
Benefit longwear powder shadow in Soft Matte Pink.
Nars duo eyeshadow in Bouthan.
Nars duo eyeshadow in Bouthan.

You can get all of these shadows at one of my favorite places ever- Sephora. I am going there later today with my sister and nieces! A great mother’s day gift- a shopping trip with people I love! And maybe it will include buying more pink eye shadow!

Playing with a MAC eyeshadow palette

I am a mom who loves a good deal. If something is 30 percent off it automatically appeals to me more. I was so proud of myself when I got both of my children a 2 pack of pajamas- that are cute!- for $20. That’s $5 a pair! Love! So when I saw eye shadow palettes at the MAC store for almost %50 off I couldn’t say no. So I bought my first MAC eyeshadow palette.

MAC eye shadow palette in cool neutral.
MAC eye shadow palette in cool neutral.

It was the most expensive single piece of makeup I have ever bought- but how could I resist. I love the quality of MAC make-up. These eye shadows stay on a long time and are vibrant. I wish that the colors in the palette were brighter and more exciting- but these are great for every day use. I love there are lighter colors like Flounce- a white and Pick Me Up- a pink, that you can use to highlight. And there are dark ones, like Black Tied and Blackberry that you can line your eyes with. It has everything you need.

I am known as the make up aunt with my nieces so I had to experiment with the palette on one my nieces. I used the Flounce and Pick Me Up and lined with Black Tied.

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Makes her brown eyes pop.
Makes her brown eyes pop.

I also tried it out on my sister. She has hazel green so I put After Dusk in the corners. I highlighted with Flounce.

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Makes her pretty eyes look greener.
Makes her pretty eyes look greener.

This palette is great for someone starting out with make-up- because you would have a lot you need for eyes in one. Also it is just fun to play with! All and all a great present to myself that I hope will last a longtime!

Perfect Quick Eyes

On a whim when I was at Ulta a few months ago I picked out a Bare Minerals eye shadow duo. There was a Bare Minerals free gift- and I am a sucker for a free gift! Well this on a whim purchase has become one of my favorite on the go eye shadow tricks.

When I have to do my eyes quick the first thing I do is line the lids with a black eye liner- my favorite is Lancome Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner. Blog post to follow soon about this amazing eyeliner. I go to as close to the lash line as I can.

My favorite eyeliner! Lancome Le Crayon!
My favorite eyeliner! Lancome Le Crayon!
Eyes lined!
Eyes lined!

Then I use my secret weapon- Bare Minerals eye shadow duo in The Hollywood Ending. I use the little sponge brush that is included and put the light color- Promise- all over the lid and below the eye brow. Then I take the darker color- Dazzle and go over the eyeliner with it. I also fill in the outside corner of my eyelid with it. I love this step. It adds this beautiful color to the eyes and it also fixes and blends the quick eye liner job I just did!

The beautiful eye shadow colors- Bare Mineral eye shadow duo in The Hollywood Ending.
The beautiful eye shadow colors- Bare Mineral eye shadow duo in The Hollywood Ending.
Eye shadows applied!
Eye shadows applied!
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Disregard my crazy hair and the rest of my face! The only make up I have on is eyes. I did add the eye liner on the bottom part of my eye lid and mascara.

I recommend the Bare Minerals ready eye shadow duo. Easy application and beautiful colors. The loose Bare Minerals eye shadow makes a big mess and aren’t so easy to put on. I prefer the ready eye shadow! I think the dazzle- blue green eye shadow color goes really well with my hazzle/ brown eyes. A purchase that was well worth it!