Sunday, 17 August 2014

Look of the Day: Summer Budget

Hi, everyone! Given the fab response I received on my Spring Budget Look of the Day, I figured I'd update things with a new summer installment! For today's look, I gathered all of my favourite warm weather appropriate drugstore beauty bits that have been ruling my makeup arsenal of late. We all love a splurge, but sometimes it's ultra refreshing to see a cohort of uber-affordable products do their thing, and with great impact! To create this look, I opted for lightly bronzed skin, warm shimmery eyes with a pop of turquoise, and cool cherry cheeks and lips. 

Here's a peek at all of the budget-friendly goodies that went into this look:

For the complexion, I started with my favourite lighter-weight drugstore base, Garnier's Miracle Skin BB Cream in the Combination/Oily formula. Great for withstanding the summer heat! To add a subtle matte touch, I set the BB Cream with Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder. I find the Light shade to be noticeably dark on me in wintertime, but it works quite nicely for summer! To add some warmth to the skin, I applied Essence Beach Cruisers Bronzing Powder in Life's A Beach (picked up in a recent Shoppers Haul) on the hollows of my cheeks, my temples, and lightly across the bridge of my nose and my forehead. The packaging is adorable and I'm pretty sure it smells like coconut (don't think I was hallucinating). And it was $3! For a pop of colour on the cheeks, I grabbed the new and eye-catching MUA Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Lush, which I received in a recent UK Drugstore Swap. It's a gorgeous candy pink that looks lovely with a bit of a tan! 

Instead of a typical eye shadow primer, I opted for a warm, ultra-shimmery cream shadow to create a dazzling foundation for the eye look. I used Hard Candy All Lid Up in Fancy Pants, applying it all over my lid, blending up to the brow bone and popping a bit on the inner corners of my eyes. I then brought out my all-time favourite drugstore eye shadow palette, Wet N' Wild's Style Icon Eye Shadow Collection in Comfort Zone. The shadows are ultra smooth and pigmented and can create an endless combo of warm, shimmery looks. I used all four shades from the left side of the palette, applying the ivory shade as a highlight, the rosy beige shade all over the lid, the chocolate brown across the crease and outer corner, and the deepest shade for some extra definition. I finished off the eyes with two bold waterproof liners, Prestige Total Intensity Liner in Black on the upper lash line (this stuff is seriously pigmented and does not budge!) and the ArtDeco Waterproof Long-Wearing Eye Shadow Stick in Tropical Monsoon (a lovely seafoam shade from the ArtDeco Miami Collection) along the lower lash line. 

The lips were a no-brainer. I went with my newest lip obsession, a beautiful belated birthday gift from my sister, Revlon's ColourStay Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights. It's a lush, glossy cool-tone fuchsia that leaves the lips ultra shiny and hydrated. A perfect summer lip product! 

The Breakdown:

Foundation: Garnier Miracle Skin BB Cream Combination/Oily Formula in Light
Concealer: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer in W1
Powder: Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Light

Bronzer: Essence Beach Cruisers Bronzing Powder in Life is a Beach
Blush: MUA Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Lush 

Brows: Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Dark Blonde
Eye Shadows: Hard Candy All Lid Up Cream Shadow in Fancy Pants (used all over lid up to brow, as a shimmery primer), (from the Wet N' Wild Colour Icon Eye Shadow Collection in Comfort Zone): rosy bronze shade (all over the lid), dark brown shade (blended over the crease and outer corner), deep chocolate/burgundy shade (applied precisely to the crease for extra definition), ArtDeco Waterproof Long-Lasting Eye Shadow Stick in Tropical Monsoon (applied under lower lash line)

Eyeliner: Prestige Total Intensity Liner in Black
Mascara: Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof Mascara in Black

Lips: Revlon ColourStay Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights

And a few more shots of the look: 

Despite my penchant for luxurious makeup bits, there really are a ton of drugstore goodies in my everyday routine and it was fun featuring them here today! Comfort Zone is one of my all-time favourite palettes and the Revlon Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights has already become a summer staple. Goes to show that budget buys can often make you feel just as fresh and pretty as their high-end counterparts! 

What drugstore items go into your current summer makeup routine?

Thanks for stopping by! xo


  1. How gorgeous, Jen! Your lashes are ridiculously lush!

  2. Looks amazing! Great blog you have! Keep up the good work!

  3. I adore the cherry lips and the pop of turquoise!
    Fabrizia – Cosa Mi Metto???

  4. That's a perfect summer look! I am currently loving Sephora Rouge Infusion lip stain :)

  5. That Revlon Moisture Stain looks so lovely :) And glad you're wearing the MUA Cream Blusher - how are you liking it? x

    1. I'm really liking it! The shade is so fun and pretty and the lasting power is pretty good, especially for a drugstore blush :)

  6. stunning! But let's be honest here, all of your looks are stunning!! Also, Barcelona Nights!! <3

  7. Awesome look! I am so obsessed with that mascara! It's one of my favorites. Have an amazing brand new week!


  8. Great look!! Love finding great things at the drugstore, that wet n wild palette is one of my favs

  9. The eye shadows are gorgeous! Definitely a great summer glow!!

  10. Gorgeous! Love everything especially the lips and cheeks! That blush looks stunning on you!

  11. Great makeup :)

  12. Love this look! I've been wanting to try the Revlon colour stains for ages, I love the shade of yours!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  13. Love Barcelona Nights on you! It is perfect with the metallic colors on the eyes. <3

  14. Love the lip colour! Really suits you :)

    Deb | Debra Bros Blog

  15. ahah and right after i give away my WnW comfort zone you make me wish i had it back. actually i just want the 'club' esque shadow. nothing more.
    been meaning to try the revlon naked foundation things but am also trying to finish up things before i do so...the MAC matchmaster (or whatever) is calling to me more lately....

    A Beautiful Zen

  16. I really need a Wet N Wild palette!

  17. That MUA blush reminds me of a bright pink Elf blush I've been obsessed with lately (pink passion). It looks great on you!
    Today's Beauty Obsession

  18. Those eyes - hmmm! The blush is perfect, so is everything on your face like always.. You do have a pretty smile.

    Hope you had a good weekend! Have a great week.

  19. You look gorgeous! I love everything about this look :)

  20. Amazing post !Would you like to follow each other ?

  21. You look so amazing!! I love Barcelona Nights on you :)

  22. I always love your makeup looks Jenn, they are my favourite. That Wet N Wild palette is getting so much love, I love it and it's also just so darn affordable!

  23. May I just say.. that lip colour looks fantastic on you! I really like that shade, haven't bought any of those Revlon stains though, so I might have to pick that one up! That bronzer looks fabulous on you too.. as I suspected it would :)

  24. You look gorgeous! Love the eye makeup, looks so professional! Love the colors!
    Right now I'm obsessed with my maybelline line stilleto liquid liner


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