Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Are you are sending your teen back to school or just looking to add to your makeup collection but are afraid this will burst your budget?

Recently a good friend and colleague of mine and I were chatting makeup. I always get excited when I talk to her because she is what we call the bargain hunter for quality but affordable makeup products. I love this because not all of my clients can afford high priced makeup.

Over the last week I have been collecting a couple of items that were recommended to me. I have been using them on myself as well as family and friends. I have to say I have been having so much fun not only trying new products but also the difference in price. Now don't worry I don't plan to buy "drug store" makuep for my clients. However I love providing advise on "what" to buy when choosing a more affordable route. Also I think this is a great option for teens going back to school. I was actually able to try out some of the products on my beautiful little sister that I am excited to share with you.

The first stop on my journey was to Fred Meyers makeup section where I picked up some REAL TECHNIQUES BRUSHES. I bought the set of 4 brushes for $17.99 and I have to say that I am IN LOVE with these brushes. I also picked up some WET AND WILD lipstick in BARE IT ALL 902C and PINKERBELL 968. I actually found out about these lipsticks from Pinterest and I am loving PINKERBELL which I have on now.

The second stop was to Target's makeup section in search for E.L.F. I have to say I was very skeptical about this line because they are SO affordable. However I purchased a couple of the products, did a demo on my little sister who needed back to school makeup and fell in love!

Here is what we purchased: The makeup remover wipes, Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara, Tinted Moisturizer in "NUDE", The 1801 Foundation Brush, Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter in "MEDIUM AND GLOW", Tone Correcting Powder, and Shimmering Facial Whip.

First I removed any excess oil with the wipes and then applied the Tinted Moisurizer with the 1801 brush.

Next I used the Concealer mixed with the Highlighter under her eyes.

I also applied just the Highlight at the top of her cheeks and applied a pop of the Shimmering Facial Whip to the apples of her cheeks. I finished off her face with a very light application of the Tone Correcting Powder.

I only needed one coat of the mascara to give her a very youthful natural look.

I was also able to pick up an EOS Lip Balm that my little sister informed me off. The EOS Lip Balm's are so fun and certified organic. We finished off Codi's look with an application of the lip balm.

Here is Codi's before and after shot.

Remember that Codi is only 13 so we went for a very natural back to school look. You can for sure take your look up a notch with some of the more dramatic colors. I plan to do a basic smokey eye tutorial soon.

I have also heard that the Suave Dry Shampoo is fabulous...

Happy Shopping!