First up, I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes! I had a great weekend full of love and celebration. In addition to birthday shenanigans, including a trip to Oktoberfest in Helen, GA, we hit up some drug stores for makeup. I swear drugstores in smaller towns have a better makeup selection. It's a must when I travel. While strolling up and down the aisles, I was giving my friends recommendations, when I got asked what I didn't recommend. And I thought I'd share 7 beauty buys that I skip after wasting lots of money and time:
- These come in a different patterns, like triangles, mosaic, words, shapes, etc, and are swirled together with a brush to apply to the face.
- Unless each area is big enough for a brush (eye shadows are the exception, usually) I say skip these. It looks like you're getting 3 or more colors in 1 product, but most are impossible to use individually.
- I LOVE the CG brand, and these blushes win awards yearly for best drugstore blush. I can't figure out why.
- I say skip these because the product amount isn't big enough for a blush brush to fit in to grab product, and the colors aren't pigmented enough and/or chalky.
3-Cream or Gel Blush for Oily Skin
- If you have oily skin, these products will disappear unless you set them with a matching blush, which kind of defeats the point of the ease and natural look of gel or cream blush.
- In terms of staying power, there are way more misses than hits for these. I do like Revlon's version (pricey, but it's good).
4-Lip Tints and Balms in Pots/Tins
- 100% all me here--I can't stand putting my fingers in these pots or tins or containers. This was the main reason why I came up with my DIY solid perfume idea. The germs, y'all. The germs. The stickiness. The fuzz and other stuff that dirties it. The extra product I have to wipe away and waste. I cannot deal. #weirdo
5-Double Ended Brushes
- Another product designed to save you money and space, right? While the brushes may be of excellent quality, I store my brushes upright, so I always forget what is on the other end.
- Any sort of mini or travel-sized brush always ends up being a waste of money for me, no matter the quality. I always get frustrated and wish I had my full-sized brushes instead. I do find that they are great for kids and sometimes nail art.
7-Cheap Makeup Sponges
- When I hear the word "dupe" I tend to throw a side-eye, and have found that for most every makeup sponge bloggers swear is a "dupe" for the beauty blender, they're aren't even close. Most of these have latex, are really hard, and perform nothing like a beauty blender. I do like versions from Real Techniques and Soho Beauty.
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Which beauty buys do you skip?
PS: I am slowly catching up on emails and visiting your blogs, so I'll be stopping by soon!