Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Beauty on a Budget

A reader requested something on beauty on a budget. It came just at the right moment because I've been wanting to put up something like that. Anyway, here's something morena ladies out there might want to use.

Before anything else, have a good skincare regimen. Invest in good skincare products because not only will it protect your skin now but someday you'll look back and you'll be glad you took care of your skin when you were younger. Besides, makeup does look much better on good skin and you won't have to spend so much money on products just to cover unsightly blemishes.

The rule of thumb is cleanse-tone-moisturize. Fortunately for all of us, there are tons of good skincare products out there that won't bust our budget.

1. Cleanse- For cleansers, I personally love L'orea Pore Minimizing Cleanser. It's my HG cleanser. My friend also swears by this. She says she doesn't get pimples when she started using it. Another product you might want to check out is Cetaphil cleanser. It's around 235 pesos. Biolink Papaya Cleanser is also pretty good, and it's cheap, at just 46 bucks. Tip: Spread the cleanser onto your face in swirling motions using only your ring and pinky fingers. This way, you don't tug at your skin and cause premature wrinkles by using all the fingers of your hand.

2. Tone - Toners or astringents are used to remove excess impurities that your cleanser hasn't removed. Go for alcohol-free ones because these don't strip away the moisture your skin naturally needs. Go for Neutrogena alcohol-free toner or Cetaphil alcohol-free toner.

3. Moisturize - Yes, even if you have oily skin like me, you'll still need to moisturize. I prefer moisturizers with SPF already. I cannot stress enough how important it is to wear sunscreen. You should even wear sunscreen even when you're just at home because the UV rays of your computer or your TV also make an impact on your skin. I like Oil of Olay Total Effects Moisturizer. It contains SPF 15 already so you're both moisturized and protected. At night, you can switch to a moisturizer without SPF, so you can let your skin breathe. Check out Clean and Clear's Moisturizer or Myra E-Moisturizer.

Do this routine twice a day and I'm sure you'll be on your way to great skin in no time. These products are relatively cheap and are available at your friendly neighborhood Watson's store.

As for makeup, there are also plenty of makeup products that are budget-friendly. I think for a basic makeup kit, you would need the following:

1. Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer
2. Blush
4. Eyelash curler
5. Concealer

You might also want to get eyeshadows and eyeliners just to make your eye more "eye-popping." But anyway, those four will do for a simple, no-makeup look.

After prepping your skin (cleanse-tone-moisturize), apply your foundation. Determine your skin type first so you'll know which products work best for you. Liquid foundations are the most versatile type of foundation. They glide on easily and offer natural-looking coverage. If you have dry skin, check out mousse foundation. Dab a small amount of the product onto the back of your hand and then dot onto the skin with a sponge. Check out Maybelline's Dream Mousse Matt Foundation. It's light and very easy to apply. You just have to blend using your fingers. This product is around 599 pesos. Other products to check out are In2It Oil Control 2-way foundation with SPF or Maybelline Clear Smooth Two way powder. Mineral makeup is also starting to get a cult following. I've tried L'oreal's True Match Mineral powder foundation and I love it. For morenas, check out #5 Golden Sand. Just swirl the brush that comes with it onto the powder, tap to get rid of excess powder and dot on forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Spread, spread, spread and you've got flawless coverage. To check what your foundation color is, get a small amount of the product and test it onto your jawline. The color should fade easily. If it doesn't, then it's either too dark or too light.

2)After foundation, apply your concealer. I personally like L'oreal's True Match Super Blendable Concealer because it works wonders on my dark undereye circles. For blemishes, I sometimes dab on VOV's cream concealer. VOV also works as a foundation. This two in one product is so cheap at just around 200 bucks! If you're morena, you're either #2 or #3. Get a concealer shade that's ONE shade lighter than your skintone. Remember, foundation FIRST then concealer.

3)Set everything with powder, like Clean and Clear oil control powder.

4) Apply blush. There are sooo many good blushes out there. Check out E.L.F. Radiance Blush in Glow, which is similar to the famous NARS Orgasm blush but much cheaper at just 120 bucks. Herbench Pretty When Pinched is good too, at just 158 bucks. Many girls are raving about G-lish blush, which costs only 350. Fashion 21 single blush #1 is good too and it's cheap at just around 125 bucks. For beginners, I suggest you use powder blush first because it's the easiest to apply. Swirl your powder brush onto the blush, tap, smile and apply blush on the apples of your cheeks. Blend carefully so you don't have streaks on your face. I like L'Oreal's Blush Delice in Pink Grapefruit. If you're morena, you might want to stick to blush shades that are more on the peach, deep apricot, coral shades.

5)Apply lipgloss or lipstick to give your lips a nice, healthy sheen. Check out Maybelline's Fruity Jelly lipgloss which is just 199 bucks. Check out the glosses in The Face Shop too, for good but inexpensive lip tints. I super love Revlon's Super Lustrous lipgloss in Glossy Rose. It's an HG gloss for me. It's just the right amount of shine. Not too pale, but not too tacky either.

6) Curl your lashes. If there's one super easy thing you can do to look more "awake" and alive, it's curling your lashes. Grab Fanny Serrano's eyelash curler. It's so similar to the Shu Uemura eyelash curler, but it's so much cheaper at just Php175. Get a good mascara too, so your lashes will have more oomph. Check out Avon's Astonishing Lengths Mascara. This product is around 390 pesos. Maybelline is also famous for its mascara. Check out Maybelline's Unstoppable mascara to give your lashes that extra length and curl.

To further save money, you might want to opt for two-in-one products like Nichido's Multiple Stick which works on cheeks and eyes. It's just around 188 bucks. Also check out Mistine's Lip and Cheek tint. It's less than 200 bucks and as the product name says, it works for both your cheeks and your lips. It's also super similar to The Body Shop's lip and cheek tint which is more expensive. Tip: Before you apply your cheek tint, put on moisturizer first. That way, the color pops out even more.

If you want to give your eyes more definition, grab Nichido's eyeliners.You can also use Elianto eyeliner. Just dampen an eyeliner blush, and gently line on your upper and lower lash lines. Blend a little so you don't look too harsh. You can even use a q-tip for this but make sure you don't run it all over the place. Just soften your eyes. Better yet use Fashion 21's eyeliner because it already comes with a smudger at the tip.

If you want to get eyeshadow, check out Elianto's eyeshadows. They're super cheap but they work just as well as the pricey ones. One eyeshadow can go as low as 99 bucks. Elianto, The Face Shop all carry cosmetics that are good but relatively inexpensive compared to other makeup brands.

Last but not the least, don't forget to get a makeup remover! Don't skip this super important process of your makeup routine. For a cheap but effective makeup remover, check out Pond's Cold Cream. Just a few easy swipes and you're good to go.


bloggista said...

Wow, nice blog for the pretty and beautiful morenas. I am fascinated with morenas all my life - as they are more sexy to me. Go girl! :-)

Anonymous said...

hi!!thanks for answering my question and more! i super love this post..this is just what i needed thanks!!!

mia said...

Hi bloggista! Thanks for dropping by!

To anonymous: I'm glad you found it helpful. If you have other questions, just post away and I'll try my very best to answer them. See you again here soon! =)

Liz said...

very informative.. :-)


sab said...

this is so helpful mia! thanks! um, do you know where can i find Elianto products? it's the first time i've heard of it..

mia said...

Thanks Liz! =)

Hey Saab, check out Elianto in Robinson's Galleria Department Store. The stall is at the ground floor. =) I think Elianto has a branch in Trinoma also so you might want to drop by there as well. I like Elianto's products. Apart from their eyeshadows, check out their gel liners too. =)

- PoohGak - said...

hi mia

naks! i found your post very interesting to me!! it help much. i really want to put color in my face, but i didn't know what color the right one for me..thanks for the help

Anonymous said...

where can one find mistine lip/cheek tint?

katie rhoda said...

I'm not morena but my friend is. I'll recommend this to her.

me! said...

hi. where do you buy your VOV concealer po?

Jackie said...

You article is very helpful to me. I'm also a morena, though having a hard time finding the perfect makeup and skin care products especially now that it's summer season, I'm having pimples on my face and feel so awful about it. I've been on a derma every time, but I need a much more faster result for a very light budget. Hoping this one will work. I'm using discounted mac make up, and I can't say anything bad about it. I'll try your skincare tips.

kristina said...

This is very much helpful to me, who's never been inclined to make-up. It's only that I have to pay attention to it because I'm graduating soon, and therefore I think I should at least know the basics.

Thanks for this post!

- K
(Bohol, Philippines)