Top Five Affordable Beauty Products

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I love makeup. There’s is hardly anything better than finding the perfect shade of lipstick, foundation, or blush- especially when it comes at an affordable price. Though I occasionally indulge in a luxury beauty item, I prefer scouring the aisles of my local drugstores to find that special “wow” product.

I’ve compiled a list of my five absolute favorite affordable beauty products:

1. Say Yes To… Moisturizers

I am an avid believer that good skin care should be a priority in everyone’s beauty routine and the Say Yes To line has some amazing (and organic) skin care products. I am in love with the Say Yes To Grapefruit moisturizer. It keeps my face soft and smooth while soothing any redness along my cheeks and nose (I strongly resemble Rudolph at times.) Also, it smells yummy. Of course, everyone’s skin is different so you will need to pick a product that works for you.

2. Rimmel Kate Contour Palette

You would have to be living under a rock to not know about contouring. I enjoy this palette because it has a contour shade, highlight shade, and a blush all conveniently together. The contour shade (at least in the palette I purchased) is a tad too warm to be a contour and is better suited for bronzing. I mostly use this palette for the gorgeous blush and highlighter.

3. Maybelline Better Skin Powder

better-skin-powder-2I can appreciate a full face of makeup but most days I just don’t have time for that. I like this powder because it has enough coverage to mask my Rudolph nose and it keeps my oily skin matte. This powder is very light coverage but you can easily achieve medium coverage by layering it over a BB cream.

4. CoverGirl TruNaked Palettes

pp-3The TruNaked palettes are CoverGirl’s version of the Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palettes which are priced at $54 a piece. I have the Nudes, Goldens (pictured left), and Roses palettes, all of which I like but the Goldens is my favorite because I feel like it has the best pigmentation and blend-ability.

5. CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks

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I am not a fan of  Katy Perry, nor are these lipsticks matte; however, the colors and pigmentation of these lipsticks are very nice and they do not break the bank price wise. My absolute favorite shade is Sphynx, a pretty pink nude (middle shade on right.)

 

 

What are your favorite affordable beauty products?

-Sierra

(P.S. The Glam Gala (watermark on photos) was my old beauty blog which is no longer in existence.)

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Modest Is Hottest: Tips for Dressing Modestly

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Let’s be honest, in today’s society less is more. Walking into the women’s section of a store, you would be hard pressed to find anything that wasn’t a crop top, booty shorts, mini skirt, or a plunging neckline. Though these styles may be considered fashionable by the world, as Christians we are called to be apart from the world.

1 Timothy 2:9 says, “I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety…” Modesty can mean a lot of different things to different people. For example, some women believe that it’s okay to wear pants  and others think women should only wear skirts. Some women think it’s okay to show their shoulders and others think that it’s wrong. I don’t want to get into a debate on who’s right and wrong, so I’m just going to share with you how I decide whether or not something is modest. I find my way to be easy and I think you will to; I simply ask myself “would I wear this to church?” I ask myself if I would feel comfortable wearing whatever clothing article I’m looking at to church. If the answer is yes then I buy it and if the answer is no it stays at the store.

Of course, this rule can make finding something to wear extremely difficult and therefore I do have a few tricks up my sleeve:

1. Fabric Tape

This is one of my favorite weapons in my arsenal and comes in really handy with those slouchy necklines that want to slouch too low. Just attach a little bit of this double sided tape to the neckline of your shirt and stick it too either a cami underneath or to your bra and you won’t have to worry about the neckline slipping.

2. Scarves

Sometimes fabric tape just won’t cut it, in which case a scarf works wonderfully for covering up a neckline that is too low. Scarves come in a variety of materials and patterns so there is something for every season and outfit!

3. Recycle Old Jeans

One of my biggest struggles for dressing modestly is finding shorts that are a reasonable length. One of my favorite things to do is take a pair of jeans (usually a pair that I’ve ruined the edges of by walking on them) and making my own shorts. It saves money and I get choose whatever length I want!

4. Leggings

I love wearing dresses! Unfortunately, finding a dress that makes it past mid-thigh is nearly impossible for me. I’ve found that adding a pair of legging under a dress and/or skirt makes them a lot more appropriate and it’s a good way to transition my favorite summer clothes into the fall/winter!

These are just a handful of ways that make dressing modestly just a tad easier. Feel free to add your tips and tricks in the comments!

-Sierra