Bougie on a Budget: Full Face

A huge shoutout to Toni Sevdalis for the inspo here.  If you haven’t checked out her YouTube yet, give her a view – she’s awesome, as is her sister Allie.

Toni does ‘Bougie on a Budget’ hauls for her wardrobe, mainly mixing some high end staples with looks from Walmart, Express, and other similar high quality fashion retailers. I thought that this is something we could replicate here with makeup.  Why not?  My daily look is a mix of high and low, so why not share some of my faves.

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Having a great complexion is the base of any flawless look {skincare is key too – see my post here}.  You don’t have to pay a ton to have a flawless face.  L’Oreal makes a great product in their Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundation that’s a demi-matte finish, and honestly, looks just as great as my favourite, and expensive, Armani Luminous Silk foundation.  Wet ‘n Wild Photo Focus Foundation is a great alternative if you want a more matte, full coverage product.  I’d compare this more so to a NARS product.    See my POST about the L’Oreal Infallible concealers.   Don’t even try something high end.  Use a lighter shade under your eyes, and perhaps mix with a slightly darker shade for your perfect tone if needed.  A simple spot of this to match your foundation will cover any and all blemishes!

cotySetting foundation and concealer is key – so I’d recommend the Coty Airspun powder.

 

Bronzer is a must – countour, or just to up the glow factor.  NYC makes a great product that can be built to match the tone you’re looking for.

 

For eyes, there’s tons of great options at the drugstore, but particularly, I’ve always loved the Covergirl Shimmering Sands trio.  I’ve had it since high school {not the same one, relax!} and find it universally flattering.

 

Y’all know what mascara I love and it needs no intro: grab yourself the Maybelline Total Temptation in the waterproof formula specifically.  It’s buildable, bold, and easy to remove.  What’s not to love?

 

 

In terms of blush, Milani has it locked down.  Grab Luminoso.  It’s a universally flattering light blush colour, similar to NARS’ Orgasm.

 

 

Highlight is key too!  Don’t forget it.  It just polishes the whole look and gives you a glow that we Canadians need in these long, cold winter seasons!  I recommend and use the NYX highlight in Lavender Steel {NYX is one of the best brands on the market, hands down}.  It’s got purple undertones, but looks great on varied tones of skin.

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Brows.  Don’t forget those either.  NYX, again, makes a great brow product – reallllll similar to the Anastasia Brow Wiz – and the price is right.  Not to mention the wear is fantastic as is the shade range!

 

For lips, again – you guessed it – go to NYX:  Los Angeles lipliner is universally flattering {think MAC Whirl} and any of their Butter Glosses well rival high end products like Chanel.  I personally use their Butter Gloss in Tiramisu almost every day!

 

What are your drug store go-tos?

 

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Foundations here and here | L’Oreal Concealer | Shimmering Sands Trio | NYC Sunny bronzer | Coty Airspun Powder | Maybelline mascara | Milani blush in Luminoso | NYX Micro Brow pencil, highlighter, lip liner in Los Angeles, and Butter Lip Gloss 

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Wet ‘n Wild: Buy or Bye?

WnW just kills it in the drugstore beauty sector, can we please get that straight off the bat?  I love their stuff, and so when I saw some new releases on their website, I placed an order immediately.

 

I think their foundation is one of the best available from the drugstore, and their highlighters are insane.  Always one to want to save money, I thought I’d grab one of their lipliners and their beauty sponge too in hopes of finding a dupe for my beloved BeautyBlender.

The highlighters are gorgeous!  The pigmentation is insane, at least on Blossom Glow, rivaling that of my Becca highlighters and my beloved Amrezy from Anastasia {retailing for well over $30 CAD and now d

iscontinued, I think}.  Full disclosure: I think certain ones have just a shimmer spray over top and may not keep their shine over time but my overall fave will certainly keep its lustre over time given that it lacks the shimmer over spray.

 

 

The Color Icon Lip Liner in Brandy Wine is a cult fave {case in point:  here and here}, so when I see something that’s $0.99 – even USD – with that sort of a following, I have to give it a go.  I was pleasantly surprised with this!  I’m still using it intermittently, and it gives a great ‘your lips but better’ hue that I believe will be universally flattering.  There is a bit of a plastic-y smell, so beware of that, and, if it’s something you can get past, pick this one up!  It’s creamy and long lasting with a seriously solid price point.

 

The sponge?  Save your money.  It really hurts my face!  I’m not sure if I was using it incorrectly {it says you can use wet or dry online!}, however I didn’t find that it blended product overly well and certainly made applying product painful.  I have linked the product below, but can’t recommend it; I’d say save on this one and splurge instead on a BB.

 

I also picked up their bronzer in What Shady Beaches.  It’s much too dark for me right now so I’ll report back once this Canadian gets a bit of a tan!

 

Comment below if you’ve tried anything from this collection, I’d love your thoughts too.

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Bronzer | Highlighters in Blossom Glow, Bloom Time, and Botanic Dream | Lip Liner in Brandy Wine | Sponge {NOT a BeautyBlender dupe!}