Best Drugstore Makeup Brands for Beginners

When I first started doing my makeup, I was a bit overwhelmed at all of the different brands. I had absolutely no idea which products were good, which ones were bad, or even which ones were drugstore makeup brands versus higher end. SO….if you happen to be in the same position as I was in then, here are a few of my absolute favorite drugstore makeup brands and some of the products I love from each one.

  1. Maybelline:ย Maybelline just always seems pretty reliable when it comes to finding and trying out new makeup. I really haven’t found a lot from there that I just absolutely hate. Maybelline has some really great concealers, including the Fit Me and the Instant Age Rewind Under Eye concealers. They also have good everyday mascaras. My personal favorite is the Lash Sensational mascara.
  2. Rimmel:ย I’m a big fan of Rimmel mainly because they have really good drugstore foundations. I use the Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation which definitely lasts all day (not really sure about 25 hours, though, since I take my makeup off at night). I also love that it has a foundation light enough for my pale skin. Recently, I bought their setting powder which is also really great.
  3. L’Oreal:ย This is probably my absolute favorite drugstore brand simply because they do so, so many products right. If I had to recommend one, it would probably be this one. Their foundations are light enough for my pale skin, they make my absolute favorite mascara as of now (Lash Paradise), and I’ve heard their lip liners and lipsticks are really great.
  4. Physician’s Formula:ย This one is kind of the higher end of drugstore makeup. Because of that, I’ve just started trying it out, but so far I really like the brand as a whole. My favorite is their Butter Bronzer which is so creamy and smells like coconut.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation Review

This is going to be a fairly quick and simple post. I just wanted to do a quick review on the foundation that I’ve been using the most this summer. By far, it’s been my go-to foundation for about two months now (and not only because it’s one of the only foundations I have that match my skin tone right now lol).

Pros:

  • It comes in a lot of different shades, including one light enough for my skin tone.
  • It’s so easy to blend out.
  • It’s medium coverage, but you can build it to full coverage easily.
  • It does not settle into the lines of my face.
  • It has SPF 17 which is so nice for my pale skin!

Cons:

  • You definitely need to use a setting spray if you want it to last longer than about five hours.

Overall, I’d give this foundation four out of five stars. To me, it’s perfect for the summer months, and I can definitely see this being my favorite for more months to come!

July Favorites!!

This month has been incredibly fast paced and interesting. I got back from New Zealand at the end of June, so this was my first month back in America. I also decided to start a YouTube channel which has been incredibly exciting, scary, fun, and (I’ll admit) frustrating. It has been so refreshing to feel like I’m actually taking a step to where I want to be in life while sharing with everyone the topics I feel most passionate and excited by! Click HERE if you would like to check it out! I got back to writing regularly on my blog again too which has been so nice, and I’m so glad you guys are taking the time to read what I’m putting out! Thank you so much!!

Anyway….back to my favorites of the month!

First up are some hair products that have really made a difference in the health of my hair. I really didn’t realize how much so until I lost them at the end of my New Zealand trip and had to deal with my hair without them for a week or so. They are the Garnier Fructis Leave in Conditioner and the Tresemme Heat Protecting Spray.

I use the heat protecting spray every time I straighten my hair, and it makes such a difference in how frizzy and dry my hair is. If I don’t use it once, I feel like I end up spending the next few weeks trying out different products and working with my hair to try and get it back to the way it was. The Ganier leave in conditioner I use in my hair right before I dry it. This is one of the products I use way more often when I’m trying to get my hair back to normal. I can definitely tell a difference in how dry and frizzy my hair is after I dry it. It’s also much smoother and shinier.

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Next up we have makeup! First is the Elizabeth Mott Highlighter. I first tried this out when I got it in my IPSY bag a month or so ago. I liked it so much that I ended up buying it. For me, this is the perfect highlighter for the summer months because it’s very subtle and pretty on the skin. I really don’t like bright, sparkly highlighters when it’s really hot because I feel like it emphasizes the sweat already making my face look shiny.

Then we have the Milani Setting Spray. I got this after I heard (I believe) Kathleen Lights talked about how much she liked this. Like I said, because it’s been so hot lately, I really needed a good setting spray to keep my makeup on my face instead of melting off. This definitely got the job done. It made my makeup last all day even in the heat, and my makeup looked like I just put it on all day.

Last is the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. I’m not going to say too much about this because it seems like everyone is talking about it lately. I’ll just say that it is absolutely hands down the best mascara I have tried lately. I think that it even beats the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara which has been my all time favorite mascara. Unlike the Too Faced one, it doesn’t have fall out under my eyes if I wear it for a long time, and my lashed stay full, long, and curled throughout the day.

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That’s all for this month! If you would like to see more, check out my June favorites video HERE! I would love for you to let me know what you’ve been loving this month in the comments!!