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Splurge vs. Save: Beauty Products

July 9, 2015
I have a special guest for you all today! Lindsay, the fabulous beauty & lifestyle blogger of Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos (cutest blog name ever, right?) is sharing some of her makeup knowledge with us: the products she loves, as well as when when to splurge and when to save. (Granddad, you may want to skip this read.) 😉 

Hello, Ember Grey readers! I’m Lindsay and I blog at Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos. I write a little about everything including life, relationships, and the occasional DIY, but my comfort zone is beauty-related posts. While I’m not a trained beauty professional and in no way an expert, I get asked a lot about what products are worth the splurge and which products are not. I honestly buy a good deal of products at the drugstore- no shame here!
Here’s where I save:

I live for a dramatic eye and never go without mascara. I have tried SO MANY products and go back to The Falsies by Maybelline every single time. It has a permanent place in my makeup bag. I know there are many fabulous drugstore mascaras on the market!
My favorite lipstick brand is YSL, but at $36+ a pop, I have to commit to a color. But I prefer choices and different colors for the seasons! My two favorite “save” brands are Maybelline and MAC. While they’re not as buttery as my beloved YSL, they’re smooth, long-lasting, and a fraction of the price. Wear a new shade every day if you so choose (I do)!
I’m a liquid eyeliner gal, and, while I’ve tried higher end brands, there isn’t a huge difference in quality between those and drugstore products. My current favorite is NYX Cosmetics black liquid liner. It is easy to apply and lasts all day. 
I think this could go either way- I love Tarte foundations, but currently use Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless. This post isn’t sponsored by Maybelline, I promise. It provides the level of coverage I need without being cake. 
Eye Shadow
I own drugstore eye shadow and high-end eye shadow… and I don’t notice a huge difference. Drugstore brands are now on board with the eye shadow palette trend and they’re easier on the wallet than the $50+ options available at Sephora.
And here’s where I splurge: 

Primer/BB/CC Cream
It’s easier to use an inexpensive foundation when you have a great base. If you’re familiar with my blog, you know I LOVE BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel. It completely transformed my skin this winter and works well as a base or alone. 

Eye Shadow Primer

Cheap and expensive eye shadow alike will crease, especially during the hot summer months. I never apply it without adding primer first! 
Eyebrow Powder
Eyebrows can make or break your face. My eyebrows are blonde, and unless I add some color, they disappear. Take your eyebrows and makeup to the next level and splurge on a good powder kit! Anastasia Beverly Hills is the new name in brows and you will not be sorry if you splurge on the products from the eyebrow line. 
Blush is necessary for this fair-skinned gal. I’ve had decent luck with drugstore brands, but they always streak and don’t last all day. NARS is the iconic blush brand for a reason- they have tons of shades and the color is long-lasting. There’s something beautiful for everyone!
Eyelash Curler
Hear me out on this one: I have always purchased drugstore eyelash curlers and they were fine. But the Shiseido curler doesn’t pinch your eyelid, doesn’t crinkle your lashes, and gives you the perfect curl with little effort. There is no point in wearing mascara if you don’t curl your lashes, and there’s even less point in using a cheap tool that’s going to crimp and forcibly remove them. 
Setting Powder and Spray
If you have endured a summer with high humidity (who hasn’t?), you’ll understand the need for both of these products! A setting powder will help keep your makeup from streaking and give you a flawless finish, while the spray helps control oil. Unfortunately during this excessively hot summer we’ve had in Kentucky this year, I have realized I need both!
Tell me: Where do you save? And on which products do you splurge?
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*Today’s post has been a guest post shared by Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos.
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