I go through really weird phases with my cosmetics. When I was a freshman in high school and on extremely tight purse strings (whatever money I was able to save from birthdays and unused lunch money), I would use drug store make-up and hide it from my mom. Eventually, I started using whatever products my mom got with her gift with purchase, which in turn convinced her to buy me some really high-end cosmetics. Somewhere along the way in college, Sephora stores were popping up everywhere and I became obsessed with the multitude of brands that were available.
So that was the beginning of my make-up journey. Return to my sister’s couponing obsession and I end up just getting a whole lot of foundation that was free, or at a very very low price. They have served me really well over the past year or two. My whole cosmetics routine took another turn when Lilly Pulitzer started doing a special GWP with Estee Lauder, so now I return to my love of high-end foundations. I am insane. That is how I ended up with the current rotation of products below:
1) Revlon: Apparently not the best foundation they make, but the coverage is pretty good. I would not recommend this particular type for oily skin. I feel a little greasy at the end of the day.
2) Stila: I actually have A LOT of foundation from Stila…this is just the one that is open right now. Every Black Friday and Cyber Monday, their website has an enormous sale, where I end up with several $4 foundations.
3) The Balm: This was not a brand I had heard of until I saw it on HauteLook and saw several youtube reviews of it. For being called The Balm, I thought it would be a thick, concealer-like consistency, but it is very fluid and moisturizing.
4) Estee Lauder: Maximum Cover is part of their Double Wear line and is the first full coverage foundation I have worn since my high school cheerleading competition days (I know right…) and is surprisingly very pleasant. Not that I am ashamed of my freckles, but sometimes I just want a really flawless look (especially for all these weddings). It does require a heavy-duty make-up cleanser to take off. Like, a cream you rub on your face to break down the foundation, and THEN wash your face. It’s that good.
5) I really wanted to try a BB cream, and my first instinct was just to grab a drug store version, as I heard they are mere tinted moisturizers (my opinion is still up in the air). Since Estee Lauder was offering their GWP at MULTIPLE department stores, I decided to try out this one…also because this was perfectly at the minimum purchase price.
In case you are wondering, I WILL be posting my LP for EL bags when all is said and done. I sadly missed out on the Estee Lauder website offer, and may possibly miss out on Belk since there is no location near me. Next up? Macy’s!