I hate lipstick. I think it's stupid. I look very pale without lipstick so I always use the 'color-stay' or that variety of 'put it on once, don't think about it for the rest of the day' kind. Yes, this will cost you more than, say, a chapstick, but you'll use less of it because it goes on only once a day.
I am lucky to have good skin. I'm very pale or I think 'fair' is the correct term. It's easy for me to buy foundation just because I always pick the lightest one. I use foundation like concealer, and put it around my eyes, on my chin and on the sides of my nose only. It's taken me until now to embrace and appreciate my paleness. It's actually a good thing to have such fair skin. It makes any color of make-up I wear stand out. NSFW, but BF (who's helped me embrace my pale skin, dark, hair look) let me know there's a whole tumblr site dedicated to pale girls like me. Yup, some people are actually 'into' the fair-skin look. Not the Snookie-my-skin-is-orange, I spend-way-too-much-time-laying-out look.
I very rarely wear any kind of powder. Yes, that usually equals me looking like a shiny mess, but my skin is super dry. Anything on my face automatically peels off, so I've determined no powder is better than flakes of powder (sorry, this is sounding gross).
If I'm being fancy I'll flat iron my hair. I have ditched my chi and only use my Hana iron reviewed HERE. Hilarious post, I know.
Me with no make-up but pretty flat ironed hair
I use bandanas A LOT on the weekends. I think they are cute and pin-uppy (not sure if it's a word. it's the adjetive for pin-up). They serve no purpose other than looking adorable. AND if I ever do need to really put my hair up/out of my eyes (bangs are a fail for the summer. always.) This is sort of a cute way to take care of them.
BUT that doesn't mean I also spend a ton on moisturizer. My absolute FAVORITE is Trader Joe's a Midsummer Night's Cream-Unscented. This is supposed to be a hand moisturizer, but I use it on my face... it's THAT gentle and it doesn't clog my pores (with dry, sensitive skin, I do get breakouts sometimes if I use crappy products).
I also use a varitey of anti-aging products. I'm kind of a sucker for these because I REALLY don't want to look older than I am. A lot of my friends are in their mid-20's and I already know I'm the 'old girl' but I don't want to LOOK that way, you know? I haven't found one that I see a drastic difference from using, so I am not recommending any right now.
I think that's it... like I said, I'm sooo much less of a beauty girl than you'd ever think. I sold Mary Kay a LONG time ago, so the good news is I know how to apply make-up correctly. And sure, there's a difference in the products you buy, whether at the $1 store or high-end lines.
I know everyone has different brands they favor, but as a general guideline, before you hit up the Dollar Tree vs Sephora, IMO here's what I suggest as a rule of thumb to get the best value:
So what are your favorite beauty products? Honestly, this is stuff I only think of when I completely run out of. And I had to google every product because I had no clue on the brands I even use. I just know what each product looks like and that's how I find it at the store. That's why I LOVE getting Birchbox. I get to try all sorts of fun beauty items I wouldn't have ever known about otherwise. I'm borderline on canceling my Julep subscription, but still super happy with Birchbox.
Link up with my girls and share your beauty fav's!