I work in an office with young girls that are tragically wearing the wrong makeup. And when I say wrong I'm talking about brands, not colors or shades. I've had to learn over time that most drugstore brands just aren't work it and sometimes you have to spend a bit of money in order to get what you want. When I mention the cost of my liners and mascaras they practically vomit until I let them see not only how smooth they are to apply but also how pigmented and long lasting they are.
After sharing my most recent Sephora shopping bag with them and seeing the look of shock on their faces I decided to fill them in on affordable alternatives to the brands that I love so that can rock long last shadows and a 365 day glow to match!
Sephora Collection 12 hr Wear Eyeliner- $10
Despite the fact that I turned my back on Sephora liners when I discovered Urban Decay's 24/7 liners I've got to give Sephora some credit these days. They've stepped up their game over the past few years and changed their eyeliner formula to a nice creamy texture instead of hard pencil one. The result is not only last color but color that goes on smooth. While they fully admit to not being a "24 hour" liner I can't say that these last more than 8. But it's not a big deal to re-apply and freshen them up if you put them on at 8am and plan to go out past 6pm. Plus the price makes it hurt a bit less if they happen to run out quicker than the pricier alternatives.
Tarte Bronze & Glow Bronzer and Cheek Tint- $16
If you're looking for an more cost efficient way to give your skin a nice glow Tarte's bronzer is the way to go. It's smaller and is dispensed in a small lip gloss style tube that let's you have a bit more control of the amount that you use. Along with Stila's Illuminator this product mixes really well with Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer and helps give a nice every day glow.
Sephora Collection Jumbo 12 hr Wear Eyeliner- $14
Along with their thin pencils Sephora has changed their jumbo liners formula to continue the creamy trend. These come in a lot more colors than Tarte's jumbo liners and blend really nice so they can be used as a light shadow or highlighter equally. Because they have some staying power I like to use these as a base for my eyeshadows to help give them a different effect and to pop.
Colors: Sephora Collection in Go For A Ride, Purple Stilettos, Black Lace and Dark Taupe Shimmer
So there you have it ladies. Now run to your nearest Sephora store and scoop of some of these items. Or just head to your Sephora tab and shop away! Because you're always cruising the site. Right....? RIGHT!