So this is my first Favourites post! I'll include pictures and price estimates along with reasons that I'm loving each product :)
1) L'oreal Feel Naturale Light Softening Blush in Charmed Peach 288 (purchased for around $2 in a blog sale retails for $8)
I love peach blushes and I use this one EVERY DAY. I love them way my cheeks feel when I put this on. It adds a velvety finish to my cheeks and I feel doesnt sink into my massive pores on my cheeks like NARS blushes do.
2) Quo total perfection mineral powder in Tan/ Transluscent (purchased for $5 each retails of around $15- $20)
I'm not too picky about my powders because I find that, if something is a good colour match, I'll like the products because most formulas perform pretty well on my skin. I like how this has the cushion puff top which means that it saves room in my makeup bag because I don't need to bring a powder brush. These were a good price and a picked up 4 in Tan and 1 transluscent because of the very low sale price :) I'm about half done my one in Tan and it's part of my project 10 pan and one or two of the unused backups in Tan will most likely appear on my blog sale in September just because I wanna possibily make the switch to MAC MSFN rather than other powders :)
Oh and I use mineral foundations as setting powders which is probably horrible or something but I don't find a difference between setting powders and powder foundation and the foundations provide extra coverage which is a-okay in my books.
3) Red Earth Hollywood Shine Premium Lipgloss is Honey Moon (received free, retails for around 10- 15 I believe? It is no longer sold in Canada as of Summer 2009)
Okay so the story behind getting this lipgloss for free: I went to Shoppers in February with my boyfriend at the time and saw that they still had some Red Earth stuff so long after it being discontinued in Canada for pretty good prices so I picked up a coloured mascara for like $3, two lipsticks (one is a dupe for Bubbles by MAC and the other is a dark taupey brown) for arounf $3 each and the lipgloss. When I'm paying for the stuff, the cashier successfully scans all of the items except the lipgloss. There was a problem with the barcode or something. I tell him that I think the sticker on the table right outside the store might have the barcode and I could go get it for him and he says "well my rule is, if it doesn't have a price it's free" which was super nice of him even if it only saved me a couple bucks. ANYWAYS. I love the colour of this gloss. It's a cool toned baby pink and the formulation isn't sticky at all :) This is also part of my project 10 pan
4)NYC Blushable Creme Stick in Plaza Pink ($4)
I just bought this I think either at the beginning of June or end of May because I had read so many reviews on makeupalley and I like to use creme blushes as bases for my powder blushes because I find that the colour just magically disappears with me with powder blushes in a matter of 45 minutes to 2 hours and bases help them stay for around 4 to 5 hours on me :) It's a lovely peach colour and it's also nice as a lipcolor applied over lipbalm and under a gloss for the low retail price, I would recommend it to anyone who likes creme blushes or who has issues with powder blushes staying power when used alone.
5)EOS Lipbalm in Vanilla (Purchased for $1, retails for around $4 and is not widely found in Canada yet)
So I found this guy at my HG shoopers for $1 on clearance I suppose because the packaging had some water damage around the sides. But the product itself is great and I love how thick the balm itself is. It's really good when I'm on the go because it just takes one swipe and I've covered both lips. The scent is lovely aswell. Light and not overpowering but still pleasant.
6)Sally Hansen natural beauty by Carmindy Ultra Soothing Lip Tint in Guava (Purchased for $2 retails for around $6 and is only sold in the US by major retailers)
I purchased this and a bunch of other SH by Carmindy products at my local Dollarama for very cheap and the products are good quality. I like the sheer red colour I get with this and it has a strange consistency that I like.. it's more of a jely than a gloss.
7) Benefit Bad Gal Smoldering black Eye Pencil (I'm about 90% sure mine is a fake, purchased in ebay lot for around $5 for the pencil, authentic retails for $20)
Since I've been so busy at work, I like to use this pencil all over my lid and then blend out and use a brow highlight to do a 2 minute smokey eye to go from work to staff event or evening dinner in the summer because it's so fast and can easily fit in my makeup bag rather than have an eyeliner, 2 or 3 shadows and a bunch of brushes. This is very very creamy and requires a base underneath to prevent creasing.
8) MAC Plush Lash Mascara in Black (purchased from trusted ebay seller in lot, value per item around $3, retails for $15.50)
I really like this mascara for everyday because it has a lot of volume and a good amount of length to it without clumping. Very good for the price but I'm not sure if I would repurchase at $16 plus taxes.
9) Fresh Firebird Mascara (purchased in a lot on craigslist from makeup artist editing her kit for a value of about $2 per item, mine is sample sized, full size retails for $26)
I love love love this mascara for length. It's actually amazing. No clumping. Beautifully seperates. I use it with a volumizing mascara after for the false lash look when I'm going out.
10) Boots No7 Maximum Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black (purchased for $3, retails for around $10?)
I need this mascara for work but it's so much more than a waterproof mascara. It adds amazing volume and length which holds up through 6 hours of teaching a day. I just wouldn't use this after work because I feel like waterproof mascara is too harsh for everyday use on my lashes :)