How often do you scour the Internet looking for makeup dupes? If the answer is never, then you’re in luck! I’ve compiled 10 tried and true products and their drugstore makeup dupes. Don’t get me wrong though—sometimes the splurge is worth it. In addition to sharing ways you can save, I’m also sharing my personal picks on whether it’s worth it to splurge or save.
I’ve been getting questions from readers on how I keep my skin in such good condition—even my photographer, Stacy Bauer, texted me the other day asking for eye cream recommendations. I love giving beauty advice so if you every have a question or need some product recommendations, feel free to connect with me on social media or email me at politicsofprettyblog[at]gmail.com. Today, I thought I’d share my favorite moisturizing skincare products. Whether it’s a cleanser or oil, there are plenty of ways to stay hydrated as long as you use the right products.
Simple Cleansing Micellar Water—I’m a huge fan of Simple cleansing products. I always travel with their facial cleansing cloths but this gentle cleansing micellar water is the most gentle remover I’ve used and easily removes my face and eye makeup at home—no rinsing required!
Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream—I’m sure you’ve seen me talk about this on Instagram (if not, follow me on IG @politics_pretty for beauty tips and tricks) and I love using this in the morning to help wake me up during the week. It helps de-puff tired eyes and smooths the way for makeup.
Pixi Glow Tonic—Applying toner has not been a part of my skincare routine until I tried this. I’ve started using it morning and night between cleansing and moisturizing and I’ve noticed my skin tone even out while feeling clean and smooth. Most exfoliating toners I’ve tried have a slight stinging sensation but this application felt refreshing, probably thanks to its Aloe Vera ingredient.
e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream—This has helped me reduce the appearance of my dark circles. I usually find myself applying on the weekends so I can take a break from wearing makeup.
Jouer Daily Repair Treatment Oil—I’ve been applying a few drops at night and lightly patting on my skin to keep it moisturized throughout the night. I always wake up with a smooth, hydrated complexion.
Photo by Stacy Bauer
Do you have a skincare product you swear by? Let me know in the comments section!
Aside from applying colored liner this season, my eye makeup is pretty minimal—a matte shadow, mascara and liner. If you’re like me and you prefer minimal eye makeup, this edition of Editor’s Picks is dedicated to you! From matte must-haves to metallic finishes, I’ve rounded up six of my favorite eyeshadow palettes.
Stila Cosmetics In The Know Palette ($39)—This is my holy grail of eyeshadow palettes because it combines the best earthy shades and liner for any skin tone. When I first got this palette, I would religiously read the mini booklet of different looks and now I think I’ve memorized… all of them.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($27)—Their Naked and Naked 2 palettes are all-time best sellers but this palette is the perfect combination of both. This palette features six matte shades that won’t leave a chalky finish.
e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($10)—I’m a fan of this easy to blend formula this drugstore pick offers, making it easy to apply with a brush or your fingers.
Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Palette ($60)—If you’re looking to splurge on an eye palette, then go with this limited edition silver compact. I love anything Bobbi Brown and this is a good mix of shimmer and metallic hues.
Benefit Cosmetics World Famous Neutrals ($30)—When I’m looking for just a hint of sparkle for my daytime eye look, this is my go-to. I like that it includes four powder shadows and two cream tones. It also includes a fold out tutorial for day and nighttime looks, making the application and reading process so easy.
NYX ‘Love in Paris- Madeleines and Macarons’ Palette ($10)—I’m a fan of this cruelty free and hypoallergenic makeup palette that packs wearable colors for a small price. While I don’t think I’ve used every shade in this palette, I highly recommend this for the beauty girl on a budget.
What’s your favorite eyeshadow palette?
The perks of applying makeup in the winter? Glossing your face with highlighter and knowing that it won’t melt down your face like it does in the hot summer months (been there, done that). So it’s no surprise that this post is dedicated to all you illuminating lovers out there. I’ve rounded up my tried and true luminizers (from an extremely affordable $1 pick to can’t-live-without high-end goodies) that are perfect for a night out on the town or for on-the-go appearances. I find that shades of pearly pinks is universally flattering on almost any skin tone. For the ultimate winter glow, make sure you apply moisturizer prior to highlighter to prevent flaky or dry skin. Blend around the temples, top of cheek bones, bridge of nose and cupid’s bow (the outline of your upper lip) for a sweet and dewy finish.