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Whether you’re new to makeup or simply in-need of a cosmetics refresh, then you’re definitely in the right place.
We share some of our cult-beauty products you need to create almost any makeup look, and more! They are a mix of high-end and drugstore products which are easy to find if you’re in-store, or just shopping online.
1. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara, $19.95
Probably one of the best drugstore mascaras which helps to create the illusion of long, thick lashes with just one application. Use on both your top and bottom lashes to boost their volume without the need for falsies.
2. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, $50.60
A chic eyeshadow palette which boats four matte shades, two exclusives to create any makeup look. It makes the perfect gift for those who like to keep their eyeshadow looking nice and simple, but can also create a perfect smokey eye.
3. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, $59
Not only is Nars famous for creating a number of different foundation shades, but this is also the best way to achieve glowy, radiant skin. Apply onto a freshly moisturised face, and buff into the skin with a cosmetic sponge, or flat-top kabuki brush for a ‘your skin but better’ look.
4. Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow, $11.95
If you suffer from oily lids, then this is the perfect shadow which stays on for hours. Apply with your fingers, and dab on the eyelid to set the shade. Use a translucent finishing powder over the top to keep it in place all day.
5. Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna, $49
There’s a reason why Laguna by Nars is one of their best selling products. The light-infused bronzer suits all skin tones, and brings a warm glow without leaving an orange tint to the skin. If your skintone is a little too dark for this shade, use Casino which is also well-loved.
6. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $17.60
Undoubtedly one of the most popular primers ever, this is the perfect base to almost any eyeshadow look. Use a tiny amount over your eyelid, and pat down before using any other cosmetics. It will stay on for hours!
7. L’Oréal Paris Infallible 2-Step Longwear Lipstick, $29.95
A highly pigmented formula which is packed with hyaluronic gel to create soft, smooth lips and won’t cause any irritable dry patches. Apply the colour onto freshly exfoliated lips, then use the other side to lock-in moisture.
What are some of your holy grail makeup products?
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Ever spent money on a beauty product that’s been endlessly endorsed, but find that it doesn’t quite work for you? We’ve compiled a list of ten makeup, skincare, and hair products which just aren’t worth the hype.
If you have any products that you regret buying, or just don’t work well on your skin, share your story in the comments below!
Makeup For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser, $24
The good: Removes eye makeup easily without the tugging at the sensitive skin around your eyes.
The bad: It stings and burns after every single application.
Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturiser SPF, $13.99
The good: The formula is great for all skin tones, and protects against the sun.
The bad: Leaves a white cast on the skin, and takes a very long time to absorb. Wouldn’t recommend using it before applying your makeup, since you can get a flashback.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara, $13.56
The good: The colour gives a great lift for tired lashes.
The bad: Since the applicator wand is too big, it’s difficult to curl lashes at the inner corner without getting mascara all over your eyelid.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, $35
The good: Waterproof so will stay on your lids for hours on end.
The bad: The formula dries up almost instantly, and makes it difficult to use without popping the entire bottle into the microwave to warm it up.
Krystal Milk Hair Trilogy, $24.95
The good: Keeps ends looking soft and smooth whilst also taming any flyaways.
The bad: The formula is extremely sticky, and leaves hair feeling crunchy if you apply too much by mistake.
e.l.f Essentials Eyelid Primer, $3
The good: Cheap and affordable if you’re on a budget.
The bad: The formula is extremely tacky, and smells like glue.
Arcona Triad Toner Pads, $41
The good: Quick and easy if you don’t have time to tone your face with a liquid formula and cotton pad.
The bad: The toner is extremely abrasive, and has a very strong berry scent to it. You can even smell the product on your face even after applying makeup and moisturiser.
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation, $23.95
The good: Comes in a variety of shades, and sits at a good price-point for an affordable drugstore foundation.
The bad: The formula acts-up when used in conjunction with oily or combination skin. Problem areas include an extremely oil t-zone, even when used with a setting powder. Not ideal for sensitive skin types.
Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream, $12.99
The good: Quick drying formula which settles well into the eye area.
The bad: Doesn’t really have a remarkable change on the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, $11.96
The good: Comes in at an affordable price, and is available in a variety of different shades.
The bad: Doesn’t stay matte, even when used with a translucent setting powder.
What are some products that you regret buying?
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Why spend money on countless high-end cosmetics when products from the drugstore or pharmacy work just as well? Rather than hanging out in your local Priceline for hours on end, here is a complete list showcasing some of the best drugstore cosmetics under $20.
1. Savvy by Designer Branss Smooth Finish Primer, $8.99
A light face primer with a hint of SPF to give your skin extra protection while out in the sun. The thin formula won’t interfere with your skincare routine, but will allow your makeup to stay put for hours.
2. Maybelline Master Precise Liner in Blackest Black, $14.95
Line your eyes with this easy felt-tip liner which creates the smoothest line ever. The super-fine point is perfect for creating something subtle for the day, or a cat-eye during the evening.
3. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, $12.95
Minimise the appearance of your pores, and set your makeup with this flawless pressed powder. Available in three shades, and one which is translucent.
4. Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm, $12.95
If you don’t like maintaining a darker lip colour, choose one of these sheer glosses for an instant pop of colour. Apply a bit on your cheekbones for a 2 in 1 cheek tint.
5. Models Prefer Blush in Desk to Date, $10.99
Bring a soft, pink glow to your cheeks with this shimmering blush for all occasions. Use in conjunction with a blush brush for best results.
6. Essence Stay Natural Concealer, $4.10
Packed with Vitamin A extract, this concealer is perfect for hiding a rough night’s sleep, or simply covering up an annoying blemish.
7. Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, $15.96
A medium to high coverage foundation with instant anti-fatigue effect to disguise tired skin, and keep your face feeling hydrated all day long. Use with a stippling brush for an airbrushed look.
8. Essence Kajal Eye Pencil, $2.00
Line your eyes with this beautiful eye pencil which creates a smokey eye in no-time. The product is highly pigmented, so you only need a bit of colour for a stand-out look.
9. NYX Make Up Setting Spray Dewy Finish, $14.95
Set your makeup with this dewy formula which will keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. Apply before your mascara for best results, dab away any excess product with a tissue.
10. e.l.f Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder, $8.00
The perfect 2-in-1 product for achieving a subtle bronze and cheek glow at any time of the day. Comes in a compact mirror so you can easily use this on-the-go.
11. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara, $19.95
Undoubtedly one of the best drugstore mascaras which creates fluttery lashes in no-time. The unique applicator brush makes it easy to reach those difficult parts of your lashes, to create a stunning makeup look.
12. Ardell Brow Sculpting Gel, $6.99
Keeps your eyebrows in place all day, without that crunchy feeling on your eyes. Just one coat is enough to keep stray hairs in their position.
13. Almay Brow Defining Pencil, $14.66
Fill in your brows with this natural-looking pencil to create a sculpted arch. Packed with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to keep your skin feeling nourished.
14. Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick, $5.17
A high impact eyeshadow which won’t crease on oily eyelids, and creates a pop of colour for any look you want to create.
15. Natio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20, $18.95
Combines both moisturiser and foundation, this product gives the face a subtle glow without feeling too overwhelmed with a full face of makeup.
16. Savvy by Designer Brands Nourishing Lip Liner in Cherry, $4.99
Line your lips with this amazing liner which is hydrating, and won’t dry out your skin. Apply on it’s own, or use in conjunction with a lipstick for a dramatic look.
17. Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Get Pot Liner, $16.95
Create a dramatic cat-eye with this amazing gel formula, which is perfect for even beginners. Even comes with a mini brush to easily create almost any makeup look.
18. Face of Australia Mineral Therapy Face and Body Illuminator, $14.95
Highlight your face and body with this illuminating formula which is perfect for every single skin tone. The pearly formula catches natural light, and contours the cheekbones without looking too over the top.
19. Models Prefer Professional Mineral Powder Foundation, $16.99
A talc-free formula which won’t break out even sensitive skin, but gives enough coverage to conceal blemishes and redness.
20. Australis Oh Hai Brow! Kit, $16.95
An extensive eye brow kit featuring three powders for the brows, one highlighting colour, a brush, and tweezers to shape and create your perfect brows.
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