Beauty & Style / Cosmetics

The Essentials

Hi All! My name’s Melanie and I blog over at Metropolitan Money Pit where I share tips on fun, inexpensive things to do in Southern California. But today I’m taking a break from the travel tips to tell you about some of my favorite makeup products. Now I have to be honest; I’m a minimalist when it comes to makeup. But I do have some essentials that I can’t live without and I thought I’d share them with you today.

 
 I have to admit that I first was interested in Benefit because of their super cute packaging. One year on my birthday I decided to treat myself to one of their products and purchased the Erase Paste. I’m so glad I did because it has become one of my favorite items. Just take a little bit, dab it under your eyes and voila! No more circles. It also works great as a concealer for blemishes. It’s not cheap but one container lasts forever and it works wonders!

I have the annoying habit of rubbing my eyes a lot. I’d try to stop but I don’t even realize I’m doing it! As such, I have had an impossible time finding a mascara that will not give me the dreaded “racoon eyes.” After much trial and error I finally found the perfect mascara – Clinique High Impact. I like to use the black/brown color as it has a more natural look. It stays on long and does NOT rub off. Hooray!

I received a full size sample of this lip color and instantly fell in love. I’m not a huge lipstick fan because I don’t really like the way it feels on my lips. I feel like they’re too dry and all I want to do is smother them with lip balm. Milani HD Advance Lip Color is a great solution. It colors like a lipstick AND it provides moisture like a lip balm. No more dryness! My favorite color is the Classy Nude. It provides just a hint of color and is, well, classy!
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So there you have it! Three of my musts when it comes to makeup. What are some things you can’t live without?
All prices are in US dollars
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