I love to test out different makeup brands but unfortunately, like most, I don’t have a lot of money to spend on makeup. Even if I wanted something really bad, I would never spend over $20 on a makeup product so it is safe to say that the products below are affordable (maybe not all at the same time).
My first purchase, the reason I went to the store in the first place, were the Still Essentials brushes. I never used brushes in the past but I recently started to look into the function of them and decided I wanted to try out a few. I wasn’t sure what to expect so I went searching for cheaper ones (trying to avoid ones that look like they’ll fall apart). I believe I got the three Still Essential brushes, pictured below, from Wal-Mart. They were very cheap (just under $3 Canadian) and I love them. My favorite is probably the blending brush. I have been using my fingers to blend my eye-shadows for years but the brush makes it look way more natural and is less messy. None of the brushes ‘shed’ or lose bristles (so far). The foundation brush helps to apply foundation and concealer (under the eyes for me) smoothly and without getting all caked up in the creases. I mainly use the eye-shadow applicator brush for applying darker shades to my eye crease and so far I’m loving it. It is a lot easier and smoother than my chubby little fingers. I give them each a 10/10 (so far).
Next, I had to buy another Translucent Powder by Physicians Formula. This is one of my staple products in the summer time (only when my skin isn’t dry). I find that this product works well to hide the shine when I put on oily sunscreen. I also use this to dull down the colour if I put too much bronzer or blush on. I use a different brush (a powder brush from Mary Kay I received as a present long ago) than the one provided because I find the small brush is too hard and doesn’t powder smoothly. If you need a powder brush, I’m sure Still Essential has an inexpensive one you can purchase. This product easily gets a 8/10 from me but would be a 10/10 if it came with a better brush . Take in mind, powders aren’t always great for people with dry skin. I find this works better for me when my skin is normal or (in the case of sunscreen) too oily. This product is also great for people who don’t usually wear foundation or concealer (because of clear skin) to help matte-ify your overall look.
Next we have Rimmel London’s Natural Bronzer. I am still uncertain how I feel about this product. I use it once in awhile but not every day. I mainly use it on days where I feel like i’m too pale or when I feel like going all out. I can’t tell if there isn’t a lot of pigment or if I just chose a poor colour for my skin because I can’t seem to see much of a difference when I apply. I only use a little bit on my cheeks and my neck. I have a lot of freckles so perhaps it is camouflaged in them! I don’t know what I would give this score-wise. I feel like I just suck with bronzer so I’ll give it a 6/10.
My only hope is that I’m not apply too much bronzer to the point where I look like an oompa-loompa!!! I’m still learning and playing around with bronzer. I’m lucky to have fairly clear skin so foundations and bronzers are certainly not my strong suit.
Moving along to blushes and concealers, I find that I really like the Annabelle brand for blushes. I haven’t really explored anything else because I’ve been happy with them so far. I have very fair skin with freckles so I like to use a bit of pink to brighten up my face. The current colour I’ve been using is Spring Petal. It is a little bit darker than what I’m use to but it blends well with the translucent powder (above) if I put too much on. I really like it. I give it a 9/10.
Jumping now to the Rimmel London’s Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter. I don’t use a lot of liquid makeup but I really like this stuff. I mainly use it on trouble areas like under my eyes or around my nose. The 125 Fair colour matches my skin really well and I will use this almost every day just to get rid of the dark circles under my eyes. It is a nice creamy texture that applies nicely when I use the Still Essential foundation brush. I give this a 10/10 because I use it a lot and haven’t hated it yet!
Alright, time for the mascara. Mascara is one of two things I never really go without (eyebrow brush is the second). Even if I don’t want to wear makeup, I put on mascara (unless i’m going swimming..then i just avoid makeup all together). I’ve had many compliments about the mascara that I use so I figured I would put it in here even though I bought this long ago. It is still a drug store buy. I believe it was around $7 Canadian. It is Rimmel London’s Scandal Eyes Curve Alert in Black. It does make a noticeable difference in the length, colour and intensity of my eye lashes (Pictured above) however, it doesn’t always like to stay on my eyelashes. If my eye gets watery or I accidentally rub gently, it will smear. It isn’t that bad since I keep wearing it. I just know that some people don’t like when their mascara smears a bit. I still really like it and for the price I don’t mind a bit of smear if a Q-tip can get rid of. I give this product an 8/10. Since I get many compliments on it, I would consider giving it a higher score but the occasional smear makes it lower 🙁
It is hard to talk about eye-shadow because everyone has a different preference into what colours they like or what colours suite them. I really like pinks, purples, browns, golds and even dark burgundy reds. It was time I bought some new eye-shadow so I purchased NYC individual Eyes for green eyes. Now my eyes are strange. They can change colour depending on what i’m wearing. They usually go from green to blue or grey. More often than not, they appear green so I often buy makeup for green eyes. I love light pinks or rose colours for my lids so I really enjoyed this pallet. The things I don’t really use in this pack are the illuminating cream (pictured blow: bottom left-white), the black gel liner (bottom middle- black) and the primer (bottom right-tan). I find that they are too creamy and that my lid just looks sweaty after a long day. The primer is meant to keep the colours from fading but I find if I apply a white eyeliner to the lid before applying eye-shadows, they last longer. The illuminating cream is too shiny for me when the rest of the colours seem more matted. I give the shadows an 8/10 but the bottom three a good 2/10.
Lipstick or lip liners have never really been something I use. I really wanted to start playing around with lip colours so I bought Rimmel London’s Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner: 063 Eastend Snob. It is a really pretty colour and doesn’t seem to to stand out too much. I usually apply the liner all over my lips and then add a gloss of some sort over top. So far I’ve liked it. It looks better than tinted lip chap (which was the only colour I ever had on my lips before). I haven’t used it a lot to give it a great review but it stays on for a while and the colour seems to suite me so I give it an 8/10.
Alright, time for the one product I use almost every day! This baby gets a 10/10 easily but it isn’t for the colour or its true function. It gets it for its wonderful brush at the end of the pencil. The last thing on my list for makeup is Annabelle’s eyebrow pencil in medium brown. Unless my eyebrows are patchy (which happens from time to time from rubbing my eyes) I don’t use the pencil all that much but I do use the brush because my eyebrows love to curl. This probably won’t suite everyone but I certainly love it. The one issue i do have with it, is keeping it clean in storage. It likes to pick up fuzz and doesn’t have anything to really protect it from the outside world but I don’t mind picking off the fuzz before giving my brows a little brush.
The last three things on my list are the Freeman’s facial masks. I haven’t used the Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask yet but I can certainly say that the Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress mask is wonderful. It comes in a beautiful blue cream that dries pretty quickly. When I have my spa nights (usually once every two weeks), I use the Dead Sea Mineral Mask while lounging in a bath full of bubbles. After I rinse off the blue cream, I then apply the Freeman Facial Sleeping Mask. Out of the three, this is my favourite. It smells amazing and acts like a normal moisturizer. You put it on your face, go to sleep, and wash it off in the morning. It doesn’t come off on your pillow and looks as if you aren’t wearing anything at all. When my skin is really dry, I like to wear this even when I don’t have my spa nights. Both get a 10/10.
I hope you enjoyed my review. If you are interested in any of the products, I made you a list of where you can find them. I am not affiliated with any of the brands below. I just wanted to make it easier for you to do your own research and look at other reviews if you so desire. My skin is different than other people’s so while my reviews stand true to me, they might not for you.
Rimmel London BB Cream $9.99
Rimmel London Natural Bronzer $8.99 (apparently it is a 2015 Fashion Winner)
Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner (Mine was on sale and was cheaper than this) $6.49
Freemans Facial Sleep Mask Honeydew Melon $3.99 (There was a deal going on for these at the time. Buy one get one 50% or something).
Annabelle Blush Spring Petal (Bought this on sale) $7.97 -Cruelty Free
Annabelle Eyebrow Medium Brown $6.95 -Cruelty Free
Physician Formula Translucent Powder $14.99 -Cruelty Free
Now the good news and bad news. The good news is that some of these products are cruelty free (Annabelle and Physicians Formula) but a few are pretty wishy washy on whether they are cruelty free or not. Those that are wishy washy (Rimmel and NYC and I think Freeman ) apparently don’t test on animals UNLESS required by law (usually in China) so while your makeup in Canada might be cruelty free, the company may still test on animals in other countries 🙁
Here is a good chart (below) to help you out if having products cruelty free is important to you. Cruelty Free Kitty also has good suggestions on Drugstore buys that don’t hurt animals. In the future, I’ll be more conscious of this and my future purchases will probably have a little bit more research behind them.
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