Beauty Favorites (April 2016)

Ever since I had a decent makeup routine going and realized that I had a lot of products, I have stopped trying new products. This is especially true if the product is a base for the face such as foundation or concealer because matching myself with the right shade sounds like more work than fun. This made me feel both stagnant but at the same time, I knew I was saving money. My goal was to hit pan or simply finish using a product before purchasing anything else.

With that said, I’m glad to say that I’ve actually been incorporating some new beauty products to my makeup routine, all of which were good investments and affordable drugstore finds.

Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

For many years I’ve been using a BB cream and it sufficed, but the line didn’t come with a lot of shades to choose from and I’ve always ended up having to buy two bottles and mix them to find a shade that matched by skin tone. I was hesitant about a matte finish because I’ve always preferred a dewy finish, but somehow I keep picking up this product again and again. Despite having a matte touch, the application is very light and doesn’t feel like traditional foundation at all. My favorite aspect of it is that it’s long lasting (I can’t vouch for it’s 24-hour staying power because I never wear foundation for that long, but it lasts great for a work day without having to touch it up.) and full coverage for the face. The perfect foundation for a selfie photo.

With that said, the foundation doesn’t come without cons. When I used a BB cream, I was able to remove all face makeup with my Ponds makeup remover wipes. With this product, I had to go in with additional liquid eye makeup remover to wipe off an hidden and absorbed foundation. It’s an extra step, but you definitely want to remove any excess residue on your face and it’s totally worth it for the photo.

Since it’ a matte foundation and I like a semi-dewy finish, I usually layer it with a cream blush so my face doesn’t look so harsh.

L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation Makeup, Golden Beige, 1 Fluid Ounce

Holika Holika Dust Out Spray

Because I’ve been using a matte foundation that leans more on the drier side, I’ve really enjoyed the final touch with this wet spray. I’ve previously written a review on this spray, so I won’t repeat myself, but this final step gives peace of mind when it comes to setting your makeup.

Unfortunately, I still see circumstances where my mascara or eyeliner drops to my under-eye area, but this product isn’t intended to deal with this situation. Just throwing it out there that I’m definitely on the lookout for a solution to solve that problem.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer

Previously, I used the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, including it’s Color Corrector, but at it’s price point of $66, I won’t be purchasing it again though it lasted me for more than two years. Maybelline’s Treatment Concealer does the job equally well and I love the twist and roll on function more than the hand application format. With Bobbi Brown’s concealer, there was also a three-step process: corrector, concealer, and powder. With Maybelline’s concealer, it’s just concealer and powder. For me, I don’t see the difference in the corrector, not to mention the Maybelline’s concealer is less than $10. Definitely a steal and a repurchase.

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Fair 110, 0.2-fluid Ounce

What do you think?

Have you tried these products? What are you opinions on them?