I’m a such a stickler for a routine.
It’s very rare for me to step outside my comfort zone or ‘wing it’ – I’m just not wired that way.
This personality trait extends further than what you’d expect it to. From ordering food out, to my makeup and my skincare – I’m terrified of trying new things in case I hate them! Does that make me sound old and narrow minded? Probably!
I’ve decided that there’s no better time than the present to make a change, and it’s easy enough to begin with smaller things, like makeup. A few of my go-to products were running low recently, so I challenged myself to pick up a handful of new things while I was at the drugstore to add to my collection.
Firstly, having not worn foundation in four years (Maybelline BB Cream is a life saver), I really wanted to branch out and purchase a medium coverage formula. I don’t rely on makeup in my day-to-day life and am quite comfortable rocking a bare face any day of the week, however for work I do like to maintain a professional, clean appearance. Sometimes my skin errs a little on the sensitive side, with a few spots here and there, so I picked up the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in the shade ivory, and have already worn it every day since. It’s easy to apply, smells great and blends really well. I only need the smallest amount to achieve a light-to-medium coverage that is breathable yet covers my reddish cheeks and splotchy areas. Needless to say, I am stoked on this foundation and would buy it again and again.
I have to admit, this next product I have actually purchased before, but it’s such a good concealer that I couldn’t resist. The Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in (surprise, surprise) ivory has been my holy grail concealer for a good year or two. It’s a lightweight, liquid concealer that covers blemishes, dark circles and even acne scars by brightening and concealing skin discolouration. I love applying this to spots with a beauty blender as I find it works its way in to any cracks and crevices, and conceals any redness. Obviously I love this concealer and cannot see a stage in my life where I don’t have at least one tube in my makeup bag, and in my handbag – it’s great for applying on the go (with a small beauty blender)!
Now, mascara. I’ve been using the Maybelline Full N’ Soft Mascara for years – ever since I read that it’s Lauren Conrad’s go-to, but I’ve never been 100% happy with it… Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great mascara in that it doesn’t make your eyelashes hard – they remain soft all day, but my eyelashes are long and really weak – a.k.a. they need to be held up with a solid formula or they’ll look non-existent. I also have a few gaps that became really noticeable when I used the Full N’ Soft mascara, and I was always self conscious of how it made my lashes look. Not to mention, actually applying it would take at least ten minutes. Not good! So I went and bought the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in blackest black after reading so many rave reviews online, and I was not disappointed. It is quite clumpy when you first apply it – and I put that down to the fact that the wand is coated in product. It doesn’t bother me though, because I run through my lashes and style them with an old, clean mascara wand and they look perfect afterwards – long, healthy and super lush. Also – my eyes are less irritated at the end of the day. Love it.
I also picked up the Maybelline Master Contour V-Face Duo Stick in the shade light, as I find that my skin doesn’t deal well with powdered contour products. Maybe it’s the palettes I’ve been buying, but the contour shades just make my face look dirty, and the highlighter sits so weird on my skin and makes me look 47 – obviously not the look I’m going for as a 24-year-old that is terrified of aging. I love the creaminess of this contour stick and I find I can get cleaner lines that blend out really naturally. I’ve been contouring everywhere – not just in the hollows of my cheeks – and you can’t even tell that I’ve applied a ashy brown product along my hairline, down the sides of my nose, and underneath my jaw bone. I’m obsessed! Also, the highlighting end is the perfect shade for my skin tone and is so easy to apply!
While the Rimmel concealer is great for covering up blemishes and lightening the skin, I wanted to grab a different formula to try out. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the shade light has become my best friend on makeup free days. I find I can dab it on blemishes, blend it out in a few seconds and I’m ready to run out the door. It’s more suited to my skin-tone than the Wake Me Up concealer is, but it’s also just a thicker formula that I’m falling more in love with each day. This morning I applied it underneath my foundation as a base for my spots, and found I only needed to apply my other concealer around my nose and under my eyes. Perfect!
Now – eyebrows. I have a love/hate relationship with brow products, as I find it’s really hard to nail the right shade for blondes. There are so many different variations of blonde – so I understand why it is difficult – but I was just so sick of rocking an orange brow (and looking like a fucking idiot), so I went and picked up the Rimmel Brow This Way Fibre Pencil in the shade blonde. Oh. My. God. I can’t even tell you guys how much this pencil has changed my entire look. It’s a cool toned shade for blondes and I honestly think that has made all the difference. The actual product itself is made up of nylon fibres, so when you apply it to your brows it legitimately fills in the gaps so naturally that you cannot even tell there was a gap to begin with! I’m not making this up! I actually enjoy doing my brows now, instead of hating every second of the process. I would 100% buy this again.
I’ve just realised that everything in this post is from either Maybelline or Rimmel – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (actually, it says great things about those brands) but I had kind of intended to get a bit more variety… Let me know your drugstore favourites in the comments below and I might pick them up on my next trip! I’m so excited to expand my makeup collection and learn more about affordable products.
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