The first order of business... THE CONTEST. I'm sure y'all remember that the deadline is the 14th, which is a few days away. I've received a lot of entries!! The question I want to pose to you is this... My original plan was to post everybody's picture, and I have no problem posting everyone's picture, but I thought I would ask y'all if that is what you want. Do you think it would be boring/overkill to look at 150-200 different pictures of people and you'll glaze over and not look at the whole post? Or do you want to see all of the entries? I don't have a preference either way, I just don't want to spend a long time setting up the contest post and have nobody look at it because it is too long. LET'S VOTE!
To refresh y'all, in case you missed previous posts about the contest or if you're new here or whatever... To enter the contest, send me a pic of your face with whatever kind of makeup look you like. Fancy, casual, weird, I don't care. Whatever you like. Then, list the products you used, and include your address. Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with CONTEST in the subject heading (so I don't lose your entry since I'm a dumbass.) I will assign everyone a number, then use a random number generator to pick 3 winners. This isn't a beauty pageant, I am just picking winners randomly, so participation is the only criteria to win. Participation and being able to follow instructions, actually, cause I'm not going to track people down if they win and didn't include any of the info I need to send them prizes.
FIRST PRIZE: Urban Decay Naked Palette, Clinique Black Honey lip stuff, and 2 vouchers for your choice of SUPER BLACK Lacquers once I reopen the store in the next month or so.
SECOND and THIRD PRIZES: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, Clinique Black Honey lip stuff, and 1 voucher for your choice of SUPER BLACK Lacquer for use after the store reopens.
NOTE: If someone wins and doesn't live in the U.S, I am going to have to make a substitution for the polish portion of the prize since I can't mail that stuff to other countries.
Are y'all ready to move on? Let's move it on, then.
A lot of y'all have been asking about makeup primers...
I'm gonna be straight with you... I only really use eyeshadow primer, and I've only used the Urban Decay Primer Potion because when I first got it, it was basically the only trick in town, and it lasts such a long time that it took me years to get through my tube of it. JUDGE ME. I admit it. If I have a makeup item that I paid a lot for, and the consistency/smell doesn't change, I will use it until it's empty and fuck those people who are telling me I gotta chuck stuff after a few months. Mascara, fine, I will replace that, but the rest of it, I am not chucking it if it doesn't give me a reason to. I'm done digressing, but the point is that I started using that Primer Potion in 2006 or something, and I'm only on my second tube. I am also a little bit cheap, so I don't buy other eyeshadow primers when I still have one at home, and I am not trying to switch brands when the one I use is totally fine in every way.
I am pretty skeptical about makeup inventions, but the eyeshadow primer is pretty legit. It really helps a lot with greasy eyelids/migrating eye makeup (although, I still get mascara leakage in the outside corner of my eye, but I can't be mad about that since you don't rub the primer in your eyelashes. It's not the primer's fault.) I even like putting a little on when I am not really wearing much makeup, because it kinda softens the look of capillaries you might have there, and makes your eyelid not look greasy. It's good stuff.
Now, on the topic of face primer... I don't really care for it. My skin is pretty fucked from having horrible acne when I was pregnant, and so I have to wear foundation and concealer, and the addition of another layer of shit on my face just makes me look bad. Either it makes my makeup look worse, or it will fart out a lot sooner than it would otherwise. I'm not sure what the right term for it would be, but it breaks and starts looking weird and curdled or something. I just use moisturizer before I do my face, then do one super duper thin coat of long-wear foundation all over so my skin color looks even, then a regular amount of foundation on my problem areas, then hit the parts that don't get covered by that with long-wear concealer. Some primers imply that they will cover big pores or something, but if they do that, I find that it makes your makeup look goopy. I use my favorite girlfriend Razor Sharp* to finish, and that sorts the big pores out for the most part.
*Razor Sharp is the best shit in the universe, but you HAVE to liberate it from the container it comes in. Put it in a little travel jar and put it on with a brush (maybe even this brush that whoops a donkey's ass!) That sponge thing is not good, and it's hard to control the powder coming out. Just take it out of the thing it comes in and use it like a regular powder.
PRICY VS. NOT PRICY
Is expensive stuff worth it? Love, About 9 Million People
YES and also NO! I've found that, when it comes to cosmetic stuff, a lot of stuff doesn't need to cost much at all to do what you want, and some stuff is a lot nicer to use if you splurge.
GET IT CHEAP:
Skincare products: You might thing that splurging on this stuff is worth it, but it really isn't. There is a limited number of things that you can expect the outer layer of your skin to do, and most pricy skincare products are selling you a load of fairy tale bullshit. All you can do is moisturize, exfoliate, and use sunscreen. That's ALL. Once you internalize that idea, you can sort through about 75% of the overpriced bullshit products you run across. A good, gentle facial cleanser and a nice moisturizer is really easy to pick up at the pharmacy, and you can get your whole facial regimen for under $20-$30, and it will probably work better than some shit you pick up for $90 a bottle that has a bunch of stuff that is going to irritate your face. I like Cerave products SO MUCH. Really. Get the foaming cleanser, a tub of the skin cream to use at night, and a tube of the Cerave AM for your SPF. If you have oily skin, get the Cerave PM to use at night, it is really awesome. I use this stuff + glycolic acid to exfoliate, and that is IT. I haven't had more than a couple zits in the last few years, and that is basically a miracle. I even dumped my dermatologist, since he had me on hella-useless prescriptions that never helped anything. One day I was just like "You know, if I am gonna have horrible acne I can't do anything about, I am at least going to stop using shit that is going to dry me out so bad so my makeup doesn't look all flaky and gross." Then I switched to all this bland stuff and my acne disappeared like flipping a switch. I don't even get zits when I'm having my lady issues anymore. I'd feel like a princess if I wasn't all scarred the hell up.
Lipstick: Drugstore lipstick is 100% totally fine in every way, and you won't get as mad when you lose it. Sure, fancier lipsticks might feel a little nicer going on, but for all intents and purposes, the drugstore lipstick is all you really need.
Bodycare stuff: Bodywash, lotions, all that stuff. The junk they sell for a ton at department stores or Sephora is unnecessary. Not to mention, they seem to have a ton of ingredients to make them smell more hoity-toity, and they always give me hives. That Philosophy stuff turns me into an itchy hive-monster on contact. Don't even get me started on that Bliss stuff that implies it is gonna make your legs or abdomen slimmer, that is the biggest crock of shit I've ever heard. I'm not even going to get into the details of that, because I know you are all smart enough to not flush your money down the toilet with that stuff. If you have dry skin, I like this Aveeno body wash (that Dove and Olay stuff with all the moisturizers seem to clog my pores up and they feel waxy or something. Yuck.) If you have problems with bacne or whatever, pick up some Dr. Bronners. As far as lotion, I use that tub of Cerave cream, or this Aveeno Cream Oil which smells really nice and has a nice texture and sinks in really fast and doesn't make you feel slimy. I hate feeling slimy. Everyone buy that Cream Oil so they don't discontinue it. I never see anyone giving it daps even though it is the best body lotion ever, in my opinion.
GO AHEAD AND SPLURGE:
Foundation: There are drugstore foundations that will do the job, so don't feel like you have to splurge if you don't have the money to, since fancy foundation can be $$$$$. That being said, high-end foundation is definitely a nice treat. I'm fond of Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet, and the Kat Von D Lock It. Both look good and last a long time (the Kat Von D is a little better and lasts a little longer, in my opinion.)
Eyeshadow: I have never had much luck with drugstore eyeshadow. The pricier eyeshadows have a much better color payoff, the texture is a hell of a lot nicer, and they blend really well, which is important when you want your eye makeup to look nice. I default to getting Urban Decay eyeshadows because they are super nice to apply and look awesome, both the neutral colors and the crazier ones. Make Up For Ever makes awesome eyeshadows, too, and the Aqua Cream is the cat's ass. So good!... Sephora always has a billion eyeshadow sets, too, so splurging on nice eyeshadow isn't as big a hit to your wallet if you're able to find several in a kit. There was a Smashbox set I saw recently that had a lot of stuff for a pretty decent price if you consider how pricy Smashbox is. Smashbox makeup is pretty awesome, though, as long as you don't get that fucking primer ;)
Perfume: Drugstore perfume has never really appealed to me. Higher end perfume smells better and tends to last longer on you. Also, a bottle of perfume lasts a long time, so it's not like you have to spend $75 every month or two. I rotate between a few different perfumes and it's always an event when I hit the bottom of a bottle. I'm not gonna tell you what perfume to get, that's all personal preference. I am gullible for Thierry Mugler perfumes, Prada, and anything that smells like chocolate or caramel, because I'm a simp.
Nail Polish: There are a ton of cheap polishes that are awesome, there are a lot of pricy ones that are awesome. Do your thing. My favorite store brand is probably Orly since I have the best luck getting long-lasting manicures when I use their polishes. My favorite fancy brand is Illamasqua, their colors are awesome and I really dig their formula. The thing with polish, though, is that the fancier stuff isn't really that expensive... Illamasqua is like $14, but finding it on sale for $11 or less isn't unheard of. Another brand I like is PopBeauty, and their polishes are like $10. Now, if you go fucking nuts and you buy the super expensive stuff, you might be disappointed. I've bought a bottle or two of Chanel polish, and I really disliked it. Mega-gloopy, and the Blue Satin one stained a whole lot, which bugged me because I can make navy blue polish by myself that doesn't stain at all, so they really should have that shit on lock. The Dior polish is nice, but it is really too much when you consider that all polishes are basically made of the same thing.
Eyeliner/Lipliner: This shit is all the same, I personally go cheap with the wax + wood + where's my sharpener-style liners. If you are crazy about liner and smoky eye makeup and doing your water line and shit, a higher end pencil might be worth your money. I like fancy liquid and gel liners sometimes, but drugstores have totally decent liquid and gel liners, too. It's up to you if you want to splurge on this stuff... Typically, I don't just because I'm not a crazy eyeliner lady. If it was the focus of my look, I probably would get the nice stuff more often.
Blush: Again, your call. Drugstore stuff is fine, but if you prefer something like Benetint or some kinda special blush, it might be worth the splurge. I have a Physicians Formula blush, and a Benefit blush, and I use both of them equally and don't really have a preference.
Add anything you think is worth it or not worth it in the comments! I'll hit y'all up later this week with a CONTEST POST!! OHMYGODWHOWILLWINIBETSOMECHICK!!!!