I know usually when you click on a Jess-Because link you expect something deep, raw and emotional. Well to be quite honest, I need a break from drama and craziness. Believe it or not, makeup is my escape these days. I can stand in front of a mirror, hide my flaws and highlight my best features. It’s almost therapeutic and totally qualifies as self care in my book. Makeup to me is about so much more than “looking better”, it’s about the confidence it gives me that makes me feel better.
Before you read on know this: I’m no beauty blogger and don’t intend to be, I just love makeup, great deals and sharing my secrets.
Here are the beauty products I cannot live without and you can probably afford every single one!
Some days this stuff is the only thing holding me together. I have never found a concealer that matched my skin tone so well. It gives enough coverage without being too heavy. I wear it alone on days I’m just watching the kids and need a little coverage. With the right setting powder it covers blemishes and even my ghastly dark circles.
The best part about this concealer? The price! You can pick it up at any drugstore for under $10 or subscribe and save 5% on Amazon.
I bought this on a whim during an Ulta brand buy two, get two sale. I wanted something I could put on when I needed a light coverage or didn’t feel like fussing with my liquid foundation. Instead I found the best powder foundation I’ve ever used. The shade “Fair” matches me so well you can hardly tell I’m wearing anything. The coverage is easily buildable. When I take the time to get glam I use it on top of my liquid foundation and concealer and it gives the illusion of flawless, smooth skin. I just beat it in with a flat top foundation brush, after applying liquid foundation, then blend with a kabuki brush. (Both found in this set that could also be on this list)
I am a lipstick junkie. I’m embarrassed to even say how many tubes of lipstick I have. I have some high end lipsticks, a lipstick from about every bargain brand, tons of different formulas, tons of dupes and steals, and I always fallback on my trusty Covergirl. My grandma actually turned me on to it and it’s like the best kept secret in the drugstore beauty world. Seriously! It never shows up on lists of best drugstore makeup. I never see it on Pinterest. It’s under $10 (at drugstores, a bit pricier on amazon) and it will literally survive everything (except Tasty Tacos, or anything really, really greasy). It’s incredible. I wear the shade Blushed Mauve (550) almost daily, it’s a great nude pink. I have to take it off every night because it lasts all day long. They have 54(!) shades including metallic mattes and every red, nude, pink, and berry imaginable; I guarantee you find one you like. It also comes with a clear moisturizing balm (not pictured) that is nice to layer on top but I rarely do.
(Editor’s Note: The L’Oréal infallible lipstick is awesome too but lacks the shade range and costs a bit more at some stores)
This stuff was a game changer for me. I actually bought the shade “Barely Branded” to try it as a highlighter dupe for a more prestigious one. Then I tried it on my lids and never went back. I do lots of nude looks for everyday and metallic smoky eyes for night; using color tattoo as a base for my eyeshadow is amazing! It holds on to my eyeshadow as well as my Urban Decay Primer Potion and since it’s a “metal” shade, it makes for a great brow bone highlight. Having a metallic neutral, a pink, and a silver shade to choose from in guaranteed one of them will work as a base for any eye look I attempt.
Yes okay, I’m a Maybelline girl and I blame it on following them on Snapchat, they show me something and I buy it, it’s a genius marketing tool for them. I have two high end nude palettes and still reach for this ten dollar original “the Nudes” palette almost daily. No it’s not insanely pigmented or buttery soft like prestigious brands’ palettes- however it is ten dollars and the possibilities are endless. If you use it on top of the color tattoo, you will not be disappointed. The Blushed Nudes and 24k Nudes palettes are also just as amazing, great colors at a great price. I highly recommend them for beginners as well!
I just bought this two weeks ago and I’m already declaring it something I can’t live without. I have terrible, dark circles, I’m talking basically two black eyes. This stuff is pink/peach tinted and you only need a dot. I rub it in under my eyes and it instantly plumps and hydrates. I dab my Fit Me concealer (or use my Master Camo if I want to take the time) on top and I look like a new woman. It’s such a bargain and so underrated, I’m shocked I’ve never heard anyone mention it. I stumbled across it during an online Ulta binge; meaning I needed to spend $2.50 more to use a coupon. No matter how I found it I am so thankful I did!
I reach for the dewy in the dry, winter months and the matte finish in the heat of summer or when I have breakouts. I used to “save” setting spray for days I thought I would really need it (sweating at the fair, busy days). Now I even use it on concealer only days. It’s keeps my makeup from budging or transferring and the price is right. I have tried so many and this is my favorite.
My friend Heather showed me this stuff in high school and last year I bought some for the first time since then and I’m so glad. It’s defining and lengthening like no other drug store mascara. It takes my baby blonde lashes to great lengths (see what I did there ;)). It tends to be cheaper in-store than online as well. When I want more volume I add a coat of Maybelline’s Colossal mascara on top.
I have never splurged on a Beauty Blender, I’m sure it’s magical and makes you instantly look like an Instagram model, however I’ve been told by many reliable bloggers this sponge is the next best thing. I use it daily. Damp or dry. Day or night. It just works better than any brush I’ve ever used.
There you have it! Some basic and affordable products that I can’t imagine life without. Like I said, I do not consider myself a beauty blogger but I am a makeup junkie. I have tried a lot of products and I’m always buying new, but these are just nine things I don’t think I’ll be trading out anytime soon.
I hope you enjoyed this post even if it wasn’t the norm for Jess-Because.
Please comment your beauty must haves below.