Mini Drugstore Haul

November 7, 2016

When you're in need of makeup but on a really tight budget, drugstore makeup is the way to go! Some of my favorite brands are Wet N Wild, Yes To, and E.L.F. These brands are not only affordable but also cruelty free! What I love most about drugstore products it that you get a lot for a fraction of the cost you would spend at Sephora or Ulta (even though Ulta does also carry drugstore brands). Also because you're not spending a huge amount of money, if you don't like a product, it's not such a huge loss or dent on your wallet. 
Starting things off with what I got from E.L.F. I am very disappointed in myself because I haven't tried out more of their products. They have tons of great products for super cheap! I got their "Poreless" face primer ($6) and their Ultimate Blending Brush ($6). The primer has a silicone-moisturizer feeling to it. I still think the Too Faced Hangover Primer is my number one favorite, but this is a good, cheaper alternative when you're tight on money. I do find you have to take some time to really let it work into your skin and set. If you try to put foundation on right after you'll notice it kind of makes your foundation slip around so I highly recommend you give this primer a second to set before applying any other face makeup. Like I said the primer does have a silicone feel to it, so if you've used silicone primers before you'd know it kind of leaves a greasy film-feeling on your skin. Overall it's not the worst primer out there, especially for the price you're paying. The second item from E.L.F is a face brush. I was wanting a new face brush because I felt it was time to take a break from using my Wet N Wild Flat Top brush, because I use that brush like every single day. The brush I got is their Ultimate Blending brush and I was quite amazed at how effortlessly it blended out my foundation. It felt kind of awkward for me to use at first since I was so used to my flat-top brush, but overall I really like it! 
From Wet N Wild I got two makeup products. The first prodcut is their BB Cream ($6) and the second is their Color Icon Blush in Rose Champagne ($3). I was wanting a BB cream because when I have school or work I don't really like wearing a heavy foundation. The Wet N Wild BB Cream claims to be a "Swiss army knife of beauty" by hydrating, concealing, brightening, evening skin tone, primes, minimizing oil, enhancing, and protecting your skin. It is a very sheer BB cream, and I would say it's more like a tinted moisturizer. When I first applied this to my face it was hard to tell where I had applied the product and where I hadn't. This is still the first product I grab for when I'm in a hurry or looking for something with light coverage. It feels super lightweight on my skin and does provide a very light coverage without looking super cakey. The blush is a very pretty rose-toned color. It's very buildable and with a very light hand, can even be used as a highlight because of the shimmer in it. 
For affordable skincare I always gravitate toward the Yes, To line. Ulta was having a BOGO half off sale on the Yes To brand so I couldn't say no (no pun intended) The two items I purchased were their Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser ($10) and their Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser. ($10) I have grown to love these two to death! I use the Detoxifying Cleanser at night when I take a shower and it always leave my skin feeling super supple and soft. It is a bit drying if I use it every day, consecutively, but every other day usually tends to do the trick. Both tomato and charcoal are believed to be good for acne prone skin so having the two in one product is basically genius. I've been having a lot of trouble with my skin and breakouts lately and this has calmed down my skin for sure. I still get a break out here or there, but I'm sure it's mainly due to stress. The Melting Cleanser is also my new favorite way of taking off my makeup! What's unique about this cleanser is that you can use it two different ways. The first way is mixing the product with water in the palm of your hands then applying it to your skin just like a regular cleanser. The second way, which is the way I prefer, is using the product straight out of the tube and working it into my skin. I found that using it the first way doesn't effectively take off all my makeup in one go, but using the second method I can get even the toughest makeup (like gel eyeliner) off with just a couple rubs! The product is basically like a solidified oil cleanser (basically like other cleansing balms), which we all know is what I always use to take off my makeup. However I find this is a bit more convenient to have in my bathroom because sometimes with cleansing oils it can be messy, but because this product is in a more solid state there's less mess in your bathroom and on your face lol. (I know, I probably could've worded that better haha) The Melting Cleanser also has a hint of a coconut smell which I absolutely love! I can't say if I can smell tomatoes or charcoal in the Detoxifying Cleanser though. Either way I am completely in love with these two products and super happy I decided to buy them. 
The last item I am going to talk about is from ecoTools and it is their Makeup Brush Shampoo.($8) I am the worst when it comes to cleaning my brushes and because of that my skin has been paying the price. So while I was at Ulta I decided it was time to purchase a new makeup brush cleanser. This one caught my eye because I never heard of it. I've used (and repurchased) the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser and the It Cosmetics Brush Bath in the past but still felt like I have yet to find the "Holy Grail" brush cleanser. I still love the Beauty Blender Solid, but I still wanted to see what other options I had out there, so as a result I ended up buying this! It smells just like hair shampoo and does a fairly decent job at cleaning my brushes. It does take a couple dollops of the product to my brush completely clean (but that's speaking for my brushes that have two weeks worth of makeup in them.) Overall it gets the job done but you really have to work the product into the bristles of your brushes for the product to penetrate any built up makeup and residue. I find the best way to use this is soaking your brushes in luke warm water, then apply the product directly in the middle of your brush bristles and then gently massage out your brushes. If you're looking for something to clean your brushes super quick (say under 10 minutes) this is not the product for you. 

And that concludes this short drugstore haul! I haven't bought makeup in such a long time and it felt kind of nice buying something for myself again. You can find all these products at your local Ulta or Walgreens, or you can click the links I provided throughout the post! I hope you guys enjoyed! 

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