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Summer Beauty Splurges + Saves

summer beauty

 

Summer is coming up and I have been prepping my make up bag. Here is what I need in the summer: a good retin-A cream to wear under tinted moisturizer (the two together are somehow a dream come true), a brow powder/gel kit to keep my mustache eyebrows groomed in place (plus a little pencil to fill in this one strange gap I seem to have made on my left eyebrow, what happened there?), an all-day eyeliner followed by a real good plumping mascara, and just the lightest swipe of a bronzer/blusher duo in a real good peachy color. Nothing else. Ya really gotta let your freckles and natural summer glow sing while ya can, is how I figure.

Last week I highlighted some of the best 24-hour budget eyeliners, but I have to say, in my experience nothing beats the Stila All Day Waterproof Liner. When it comes to the rest of the products though, there are some major heavy hitters in the drugstore department that do every bit as good a job as their more expensive counterparts. Where to save and where to splurge? That is entirely up to you.


  • Summer Splurge: Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings, $30 1 of 12
    Summer Splurge: Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings, $30
    Benefit was the first brow kit I fell madly in love with, but the price tag for such small pots of product just seemed ridiculous (even if that mini tweezer IS adorable).
    Get it HERE.
  • Summer Save: E.L.F. Studio Eyebrow Kit, $5.50 2 of 12
    Summer Save: E.L.F. Studio Eyebrow Kit, $5.50
    Enter the E.L.F.! Exactly the same. Not even just close, but actually exactly the same. I buy these in bulk.
    Get it HERE.
  • Summer Splurge: NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm, $41 3 of 12
    Summer Splurge: NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm, $41
    Orgasm is said to be the perfect color for every skin tone, the trick of it lies in that punchy peach hue and the perfect hint of shimmer.
    Get it HERE.
  • Summer Save: E.L.F Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, $5 4 of 12
    Summer Save: E.L.F Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, $5
    The E.L.F. isn't an exact match, but it sure is close. Only missing is the shimmer (which, on oilier faces, is sort of a blessing).
    Get it HERE.
  • Summer Splurge: Buxom Lash Mascara, $19 5 of 12
    Summer Splurge: Buxom Lash Mascara, $19
    I tested a million mascaras a few months back and this Buxom brand still comes out on top. Winner winner, chicken dinner. Fat, fat lashes. I love this stuff.
    Get it HERE.
  • Summer Save: Maybelline XXL Extensions Mascara, $13.99 6 of 12
    Summer Save: Maybelline XXL Extensions Mascara, $13.99
    I'm not sure what it is about this stuff that has me so hooked lately, but it's all I've been wearing. It IS sort of gimmicky, the one side made of white fibers and the other side made of normal mascara, but somehow the two together are just magic.
    Get it HERE.
  • Summer Splurge: Make Up Forever Eyebrow Pencil, $19 7 of 12
    Summer Splurge: Make Up Forever Eyebrow Pencil, $19
    Pencil should be wielded with care. The Make Up Forever doesn't budge, but it is sort of hard to sharpen, strangely.
    Get it HERE.
  • Summer Save: Wet ‘N’ Wild Brow/Eyeliner Pencil, $0.99 8 of 12
    Summer Save: Wet 'N' Wild Brow/Eyeliner Pencil, $0.99
    I don't know why I ever buy anything else, the Wet'n'Wild is just such a good, cheap little soldier of a thing.
    Get it HERE.
  • Summer Splurge: Philosophy Help Me, $47 9 of 12
    Summer Splurge: Philosophy Help Me, $47
    I've been trying this product out on recommendation from a friend, and it seems great! (She says it makes her face peel, but my face is apparently impenetrable and I haven't noticed any problems).
    Get it HERE.
  • Summer Save: RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, $7 10 of 12
    Summer Save: RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, $7
    But this is the retinol cream I reach for time and time again. It's just as good, and gets the job done.
    Get it HERE.
  • Summer Splurge: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $43 11 of 12
    Summer Splurge: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $43
    This is NOT a matte finish moisturizer, and for that reason it's perfect in the summer if you want that glowy look.
    Get it HERE.
  • Summer Save: L’Oréal Magic BB Cream, $7.82 12 of 12
    Summer Save: L'Oréal Magic BB Cream, $7.82
    I will go to my grave professing my love for this stuff. It IS a matte finish, but not in a powdery way.
    Get it HERE.

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