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Scrimp or Splurge


Hello beauties!! Today I want to give you some ideas on budget when it comes to beauty products. Now a lot of us do not have hundreds of dollars every day on the newest products. I am huge on budgets. I work a lot because I like pretty things that glitter lol. So a budget and writing down all my bills, grocery list, to do lists, etc. I’m a big list person. This helps me stay organized and allows me to plan ahead. I had being surprised by a financial responsibility. I get that things happen, I just like to be prepared. So purchasing beauty items is no different. I keep a running list of items I want to buy outside of my regular beauty staples.

I always live by the code of at least 75% of your beauty budget should be on skincare. I’m big on a good solid skincare regimen. A good skincare routine gives you good skin which in turn allows your makeup a great base to sit on.  A great foundation aka skin makes a great sturdy house aka beat face.

So I looked up online what you should splurge on and things you can skimp on. My list is a little different. Which each person should differ from the list, but it is good to have an idea. Based on your skin type and the condition of your skin determines which products you feel you can skimp and splurge on. Example, if you have sensitive skin, your skin may react better to a more pricey/ skin specific cleanser. where someone with normal skin with no issues can use a inexpensive drugstore cleanser. Everyone is different so your list should reflect that. This is a list of essentials

SCRIMP:

The list online:                                                                   my list:

Cleanser                                                                               Cleanser

Moisturizer                                                                         Brow pencil

Makeup remover                                                               Lipstick

Eyeliner                                                                               Serum

Brow pencil                                                                         Foundation

Lipstick                                                                                 Hair tools

 

SPLURGE:

Online List:                                                                            My List:

Serum                                                                                     Moisturizer

Foundation                                                                            Makeup Remover

Makeup Brushes                                                                   Eyeliner

Hair Tools                                                                               Makeup Brushes

Perfume                                                                                  Perfume

The reason for my skimp list is:


Cleanser literally goes straight down the drain. I like to do my skin treatments in other parts of my routine so a basic cleanser will do. Now that my skin is majority clear, I like a simple cleansers, one for PM and one for AM. My favorite brow pencil is NYX which is very affordable. Lipstick, I don’t use them often enough to invest. My favorite lipstick is Lancôme trendy mauve, but it will last me forever. Serums can be put in either skimp or splurge. It just depends on which ones I’m loving at the moment. Right now I’m loving The Ordinary brand and they are very affordable. The drugstore has been killing it with affordable foundation lately, so I haven’t picked up or been using my favorite higher end foundations. I don’t spend a lot on hair tools because I don’t have much hair loll.

The reason for my splurge list:


I have oily skin so I’m pretty picky when it comes to moisturizer. I love a gel moisturizer and the ones that I like are on the mid pricey range, even the ones at the drug store will run you over $20. Makeup remover that I prefer is a oil or balm cleanser. I use it to melt off my makeup aka first cleanse. My favorite ones I get at Sephora or ulta. The one I loved from the drug store I can’t fine so I’m okay with a more expensive one. Eye liner can either be a skimp or splurge if it’s a good quality liner, I’m okay with buying it. I don’t wear eyeliner as much as I use to so I have tons of them to get through. Makeup brushes I have and love high end and low end brushes. I put brushes in the high end category because most of my favorite brushes are high end. Mainly Lancôme. I personally love eau de parfum, which is oil based, more concentrated, and lasts longer on the skin so you don’t use as much, versus an eau de toilette which is alcohol based, lighter fragrance,and fades on the skin faster because alcohol evaporates and oil absorbs into the skin. Since the oil last longer and is a more stronger scent, they are more expensive. I don’t use a lot of body splashes but I still have them around when I feel the urge to splash on a familiar easy scent.

Well folks That is all I have for today. Thank you for stopping by. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe.

Smooches

Kim B

 

 

Favorite makeup brushes

Hello gorgeous beauty junkies. Today I want to talk about my favorite brushes. I talk lot about my favorite products but never seem to get to what I love to apply them with. I use beauty tools as much as possible because since I am acne prone, I don’t like applying makeup with my hands. Now, some people prefer to use their hands, but I’m not one of them. I will apply most of my skincare with my hands but I will use a beauty spatula to get products out of jar packages to not contaminate it. Now I am a beauty brat so I have two favorites for each area so that I have a back up when the others are getting cleaned. My favorite brand brushes are the ELF black professional line and Lancôme. Two totally different ends of the price spectrum (lancome brushes are mostly natural hair brushes). Other great brands I enjoy are ecotools, real technique, and random no names from ebay. If it’s a good brush, it’s coming home with me loll. So lets jump right in with no specific order shall we.


For liquid foundation there is only one brush that fits the bill for me right not. That is the ELF flat top powder brush ($4). This has been my holy grail brush for liquid foundation for years!! I actually own 4 of this exact brush for back up. Now if I want to switch it up, I will go to a beauty sponge from real technique or earth therapeutics. It is a dense brush which makes buffing foundation into the skin a breeze. It’s even great for buffing primer into the skin as well. The price is unbeatable so why not. I even share the love with this one. Roz boog ( my mom) even has a few.


For eye shadow I love a good crease brush and a lid brush. For the crease I love the Lancôme blending shadow #17 (29.50). Now this brush is expensive but it blends out shadow effortlessly. It is super soft and the long natural hairs makes it easy to bland out any harsh lines. An alternate brush for me is the Luxie 227 blending brush ($12). This one is a little shorter hair but is just as easy as the lancome #17. For the lid I use the ELF “C” brush ($3) which is the perfect size to quickly get color on the lid. Another great one is the Wet n Wild large shadow brush ($1). They are almost the exact same brush.


I haven’t really been into the blush lately. Now don’t get me wrong I love a good rouge on the cheeks (lol mom) but I’ve just been going for the bronzy glow you can see from the international space station look. But when I do hit the cheeks with a little something, I love the ELF complexion brush ($4). It’s a beautiful big soft brush that deposits just the right amount of color. My other favorite is the same shape but a little smaller is the ecotools powder brush ($7.99).


For under eye concealer, if I don’t use a sponge, I like the Lancôme duel ended foundation and complextion brush #26 ($47). This brush is the perfect size to blend out concealer under the eye with the lager side and the smaller side is great for the inner corner of the eye.


To set my under eye I go with the ELF blush brush ($3). I’m not sure why they categorize this brush as a blush brush because it is tiny. Maybe a blush brush for a doll. But it’s great to set the under eye with. The brush is so soft and perfect for that delicate area. Another great one is the Lancôme cheek and contour #25 ($40). Again I don’t know why they would consider this as a cheek brush either but I digress. This brush is great because it is two sided and the smaller side can be used in the inner corner of the eye to set that are. I like the inner corner set well because my eyes sometime water.


For all over face powder, I love a giant soft brush to set my face with a light layer of powder. For this I love my Lancôme powder brush #1 ($48) or the real techniques powder brush ($9.99, sorry no pic cause mom kinda borrowed it and never gave it back js). They both are super soft and so easy to use. Evenly distributes powder without looking cakey.


For bronzer I have been obsessed with the Flower beauty powder brush ($15). It is the perfect size for an easy natural bronzer on the face. Another great one is the Lancôme cheek brush #6 ($43) which is great and more structured shape for contouring as well as bronzing.


Now last but definitely not least, my favorite part of makeup (right now). HIGHLIGHT!!!!! I get my best brushes for highlight on ebay. I mostly like to use fan brushes of almost any size. They are cheap and easy to replace if it’s not the one you like. I’ve found duplicates of expensive Nars brushes and even some natural hair brushes for no more than $5. If you are looking for something specific like a certain shape brush, I think ebay is always a good place to look.

Well folks those are my favorite brushes. Thank you so much for stopping by and don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe!!

Smooches

Kim B