Putting on the face
Putting on the face

Makeup shopping can be such a pain.

But once the perfect gem is found, the makeup bag is complete. Well, until the manufacturers decide to discontinue the long-awaited discovery. Such a bummer.

Here are some products I’ve stumbled across that have become staples. Go snatch ’em before they’re discontinued!

1. CoverGirl mineral powder

CoverGirl’s TRUblend loose mineral powder does *everything* that is good to the face. The natural minerals give a subtle glow and an even-toned, soft look. The powder comes in translucent fair, translucent light, translucent medium and translucent honey for a perfect match. $7.99 at Walgreens.

Info: www.covergirl.com

2. Boots No7 illuminating lotion

The Boots No7 High Lights Illuminating Lotion is a soft, pearly pink cream that truly does illuminate the face. The hypo-allergenic lotion contains light-reflecting particles and is much cheaper than the top brand name shimmer creams. Only a small amount is needed, so the bottle will last awhile. $12.99 at Target.


3. N.Y.C. Sparkle Eye Dust

If Tinkerbell were to wear modern eye shadow, the N.Y.C. Sparkle Eye Dust would be it. Brush it across the browbone and the dust will lay a sprinkle a moderate shimmer to the eye routine. The dust comes in Baby Blue, Opal Sparkle, 14 Karat Rose, Champagne, Pink Champagne and Smokey Topaz. $3.99 at Ulta.


4. Milani Runway Eye Shadow

Real runway eyes. Really. This eye shadow is so dramatic, yet so affordable. Dip the sponge applicator brush in some water to create an intense look. Each color contains iridescent glitter.

5. Maybeline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara

After trying just about every type of mascara on the market since high school, Maybeline’s Colossal Volum’ Express is the best, as of yet. The miracle-working mascara boasts nine times the volume. Only one coat is needed, but for an evening out, use two for intensity. CoverGirl’s LashBlast mascara comes in a very close second. $7.49 at Walgreens.

Info: www.maybelline.com

6. CoverGirl Outlast Lipcolor

This tried-and-true product has been coloring my lips for years upon years. Brazen Raisin, to be precise. The lip color lasts eight hours – no joke. Through lunch and dinner. The commercials don’t lie. In fact, sometimes a good scrub is needed to remove it. Only drawback: Don’t mess up when applying! If it dries, you’re screwed. $9.99 at Walgreens.

Info: www.covergirl.com