10 (Affordable) Makeup & Skin Care Necessities

Lately, my skin has been quite misbehaved. It’s very frustrating. In the two years since I’ve moved to Dallas, I’ve gone from combination-oily with a few minor blemishes to combination-dry with almost constant breakouts.  I’ve been at my wit’s end having to replace all of the trusted products that no longer work for me. There’s been a lot of trial and error, but I think I’m starting to figure out my new routine. So I thought I’d share some of my makeup and skin care necessities with you.


10 (Affordable!) Makeup and Skin Care Necessities

10 (Affordable!) Makeup and Skin Care Necessities

  1. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm – I’ve been using this lip balm for over 10 years now. It keeps my lips soft, it’s natural, and it’s minty and refreshing. I’m a shameless addict.
  2. Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer – This is a more recent discovery, but I am absolutely loving it. I didn’t think something with a pink tint would be able to hide the redness from my breakouts, but it does. It goes on smooth, and makes a great base for my makeup.
  3. Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash – I am incredibly sensitive to lotion-like, heavily scented body washes. Like, really, really, REALLY sensitive. That is why Neutrogena is usually one of my go-to skin care necessities. A few years ago I was told by a doctor that it was best if I only used unscented, clear, antibacterial body wash. Boring, but it didn’t make my arms and legs break out in painful sores so I did it. When my mom brought this home for me, I was more than a little worried about trying it. I didn’t want to have to deal with the 1-4 weeks it would take to get over the breakout I’d get if I had a bad reaction to it. But I’ve been using it for about two weeks without an issue. Not only have I not had a reaction, the skin on my body is looking and feeling better than ever. If I could put this stuff on my face, I would.
  4. Maybelline Full N’ Soft Washable Mascara – I am super picky about mascaras, particularly the applicator brushes that come with them. I’ve tried I don’t know how many mascaras, and I rarely stick with one for more than one tube. I have really long eyelashes, but they aren’t very full so volume without length is important. I’m not into the “false” or “doll” look. I like to look as natural as possible when I put makeup on. Maybelline’s Full N’ Soft has impressed me. The applicator is bristled, not plastic (which I hate). It also makes my lashes look fuller without clumping, and it stays soft so they don’t feel fake and crunchy. I may very well buy a second tube when I run out.
  5. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick – If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m more than a little particular about my makeup. I’ve used $30 lipstick that I didn’t like nearly as much as I like this one. I use the color Socialite for every day because it just enhances the natural color of my lips, but I can’t wait to experiment with their red and Oxblood colors this fall. I can’t really vouch for the staying power – I do have to reapply a couple times a day, usually after eating and drinking – but it goes on smooth, and it looks nice.
  6. Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser – I used to use a pretty pricey makeup removing cleanser. But now I’m on a budget, and it has taken me awhile to find something comparable. This cleanser is a good substitute for me. One pump dissolves all my makeup and preps my face for exfoliating and deep cleansing.  And it’s a fraction of the price of the one I used to use so that’s a major bonus.
  7. St. Ives Intensive Healing Lotion – Now that I’m on the aforementioned budget, my twice monthly pedicures are a thing of the past. This lotion keeps my heels, as well as my arms, legs, and elbows,  nice and soft for my at-home spa sessions. A definitely skin care staple!
  8. E.L.F. Makeup Brushes – My trusty makeup brushes of varying brands recently went to the great makeover show in the sky. And let’s face it, brushes can be expensive to replace. Thankfully, the wonderful folks at Eyes.Lips.Face. offer professional quality brushes prices at $1-3. And with the BOGO sale I happened to catch, I replaced all my brushes, with a few extra goodies, for less than $30! That, my friends, is what you call a sweet deal.
  9. Biore Acne Clearing Scrub – Most dermatologists say you shouldn’t exfoliate every day, but it works for me. This scrub allows me to remove tired, dead skin, deep clean my pores, and doesn’t spread bacteria like other scrubs do. My most recent breakout is nearly vanquished after just three uses. I’m sold.
  10. Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips – Another controversial skin care item that I absolutely love are Biore’s fabulous pore strips. Blackheads are the bane of my existence, and this is the only thing I’ve found that truly keeps them in check. They are my go-to on bad skin days. I’d be lost without them.


So there you have it. These are the products I can’t live without. What are some of your favorite makeup or skin care products? Let me know in the comments!


*I am not a skin care or beauty expert, and I am not affiliated with any of the brands I mention below. These are my honest opinions about products I use in real life, and I am not being compensated by these companies in any way.


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