Bronzer is a summer necessity, as far as I'm concerned. Even if you're a pale lady, like me, you can fake a golden glow with the right bronzer and application. Bronzer is also essential for contouring your face and making your gorgeous features just pop! I've been using bronzer since my first foray into makeup and consider myself to be somewhat of an expert.
I love a good lipgloss. The shiny finish they leave gives you a fun, youthful look! And it's a bonus when lipglosses plump your pucker too. In the last few years, plumping glosses have been all the rage, with every brand trying their hand at it. They are a quick, affordable and painless option compared to collagen injections.
I believe that this is the first concealer I've ever reviewed! Woohoo! Concealer is probably my #2 necessary makeup product, behind mascara. As the name implies, it conceals your imperfections, like dark circles around your eyes or gross zits -- making your face look even more flawless.
Budget and drugstore beauty brands are a college gal's best friend. I obviously love my makeup, but sometimes I can't afford to even step foot in Sephora for fear of falling in love with a product outside of my price range. Drugstore brands are a good way to tide yourself over during a bank account dry-spell, especially when they pump out quality products.
In my opinion, blush is the secret ingredient to a beautiful makeup look. It instantly brightens your face and gives you a healthy, youthful appearance. My favorite blush finish has a slight shimmer, which catches the light and gives you a natural glow!
Duo products are always super fun, but also risky. What happens if you buy a duo and don't like one of the sides? Or if you only WANT one of the sides but have to fork over more money for a duo? Beauty brands take risks when they pair products together and have to ensure that both are of the highest quality AND complement each other.
Luxe skincare products are always a fun way to switch up your routine. Every time I use one, I feel like I'm pampering myself! And we all know the importance of effective skincare; if you're skin isn't in tip-top shape, it will show, regardless of how much makeup you slather on.
Eyeshadow is one of my favorite beauty products. Your eyes are the only place that you can get away with sporting bright teals, purples and greens. (I mean, they don't make teal blush for a reason.)
Eyeliner is a surefire way to kick your makeup routine up a notch. Daytime looks benefit from healthy dose of pencil or powder liner, while nighttime eyes are intensified with liquid. Liquid liner is also one of those milestone makeup products -- when you master the application you truly deserve a medal!
Lime Crime is a brand created by Doe Deere as her solution to all the boring cosmetics out there. It's known for carrying outrageous colors (blue lipstick, check!), but I've sifted through and found some wearable shades.
We're all busy in college, between studying, going to class, working 2 part-time jobs, and hanging out with your friends, it is no wonder we crash so hard on the weekends. And let's be real, those mini breaks you have to get ready to look glam for the night just aren't cutting it. Not only is it a struggle to find a good go-to mascara but who wants to have to take off all their eye shadow just to reapply some more? I know I don't have the time to do that, and I'm guessing you don't either.
Liz Earle is a British skincare brand with cult status across the pond. Founded in 1995, they pride themselves on creating products with "naturally active ingredients." They leave out harsh animal products and mineral oils, packing their products with vitamins and organic ingredients.
I love lip color. It's right up there with blush amongst my favorite products to play with and buy -- but I think lip color really takes the cake for pulling a look together. Whether it's an intense lipstick or a subtle gloss, the wrong color can completely destroy a great makeup look.