I LOVE makeup. I always have. It has been a silent obsession of mine since I was in junior high. At 16 I opened my first credit card at Macys and a teenager with card power was turned loose on the cosmetics counters.
My affinity for makeup has only been shared with a select few. My close girlfriends knew I was a card-carrying Sephora consumer two decades ago, but I am sure a lot of my friends and family have no idea. I am also vain when it comes to my facial features and since I turned 40 I have had a hard time with excepting age gracefully especially when the trademarks are lines on my face.
I recently read an article where a woman in some country learned early on that smiling caused wrinkles, so she stopped. Pictures through the decades showed the woman getting married, having a child, celebrating life’s events without a crack of smile on her face. She was somehow preserving her face, but I couldn’t imagine living life without smiling. My outside corners of my eyes show the roadmap of a joy-filled life.
As we age our skincare regimens change. Or at least they should. Make-up preferences also tend to change over time and of course, if you are into trends, the way you apply make-up also changes. During the past year, I discovered the world of beauty bloggers. Wow. So many of them. And not just women. I thought to myself, I should do that, but the more I watched I realized there is no way I could do that. Although I would love to pamper myself with every product imaginable, I can’t believe the competition and voracity to clean the shelf of every color of a new product just to swatch it on the back of your hand.
At this point in time I have watched hours of videos. I quickly discounted numerous self-proclaimed beauty experts because of how annoying some of them are. Then I started to hone in on the ones that had preference skewed towards my own. I took copious notes on drugstore brand dupes and coupled with coupons hit the local Walgreens. Damn, there are some really good deals to be had out there folks. I hadn’t really been a drugstore beauty buyer until recently, and now it is hard for me (to justify) pulling out my credit card at Sephora. Cringe. But don’t worry, there are some things I haven’t found dupes for (like Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner.)
It has been more than six months since I hit the drugstore shelves hard and I feel that I can finally tell you some real winners, and I want to share them with you!
These products are all common at big box retailers.
Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth (My shade is 125 Nude Beige)
Powder: Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless (My shade is 130 Buff Beige)
Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind (Neutralizer)
Highlighter: e.l.f. moonlight pearls
Eye shadow: Revlon Colorstay Crème Shadow #730
Lip Liner: Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses
Liquid Lipstick: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Seduction
Lipstick: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Wine with Everything and Blushing Mauve, and Wet and Wild Megalast lipstick in Stoplight Red
Mascara: Maybelline the Rocket Volum Express Hydrofuge Waterproof in black
The next wave of products I am listing are not drugstore brands, but I have to give them a shout out because I have been using them for six months or more with continued fabulous results.
Bronzer: Benefit Hoola
Blush: It Cosmetics in Naturally Pretty and Tate in paaarty
Brow highlighter: Benefit High Brow
Eyeliner: Kat Von D Ink! It waterproof eyeliner in Trooper and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil – ANY COLOR!!
Primer: Bare Escentuals Prime Time and Mary Kay Foundation Primer
Eye Shadow Palette: Naked 3
Lipstick: Besame C224 Victory Red
As you can tell from the list above I have an affinity for red lips. Ron is a fan too. I don’t think I ever bought a red lipstick until I turned 40. What a serious shame. Nude and mauve was always my preference since I started wearing lipstick, but I always desired to rock a red lip. Unfortunately I was 40 before I had the confidence to flaunt bold lips regularly. And now I am addicted!