Photo Credit: Zankhna Parekh
Photo Credit: Zankhna Parekh
Photo Credit: Zankhna Parekh

This Winter has not been easy for many of us. Global warming has taken away the white crisp Winter that only lives on in our memories. This also means that are complexions may be a little off this. If you live in the Pacific Northwest you completely understand.

Our complexions change during the seasons. This is due to weather, how much sun we’re getting, diet, and activities amongst other things. In some regions, there is a drastic change in skin shade. Some woman with dark skin may have a lighter complexion, which means a change in foundation and concealer. It also means that while you only went to the store for two items, you’ll walk out with dang near six. So, when you go to do your next makeup haul, here are a few tips to help you be a savvy indulger.

Tip #1: RESEARCH
YouTube is littered with videos. You’ve probably been guilty of sneaking in some YouTube video surfing during work. You may even have created a YouTube tutorial. Either way it goes, YouTube and other makeup websites are the way to go about finding out about different products, but the Hype Beast is REAL y’all!! You have to keep in mind that while one person is hyping up a product that works wonders for them, it doesn’t mean that it will do the same for you. Try to find people that have information about the pros and cons for various skin types.

Tip #2: THE ALLERGY TEST
Many people only think about the allergy test when it comes to hair dyes, but some of the ingredients in makeup can seriously irritate your skin. The best way to do an allergy test is to get a tester. Don’t be nervous or shy, and don’t think that you have to explain to the sales associate why you need a tester. It’s better to make sure that the product works well for you rather than return it in a week with a face full of red bumps. Plus, most cosmetic sales associates work on commission and they dread having items returned. If you find the right sales associate, you could get a sample to last you a week. That is ample time to see how your skin initially reacts to a new product.

Tip #3: DUPES & PRICE SERACHING
You would be surprised to find the brands and stores that having amazing and cheaper products. A sales associate once admitted that Dior and Wet ‘n Wild products are made by the same manufacturer (it’s been stated in a previous post, but not completely researched). You are receiving the same products, but at different prices. Great eyeshadow dupe brands like Coastal Scents has eyeshadow pots for $1.95 and Makeup Geek $5.99. Beauty blogs like Temptalia not only keep you up-to-date with the latest beauty trends, but also provides a list of dupes for high-end products.

Tip #4: Signature Scent

Photo Credit: Long Elegant legs
Photo Credit: Long Elegant legs

Find your signature scent can be quite difficult. Purchasing it can be even harder. It’s a horrible feeling when you find you signature scent and then read that price sticker that makes you secretly whisper the price in that I can’t believe this ‘ish tone. While there is BuzzFeed Quiz to help you figure out what your signature should be, you should look at other options for purchasing it. Rollerball fragrances are a great inexpensive way to get your signature scent in a container that you can take on-the-go, but be careful of the wording. Many people by Eau de Toilet or body spray because it of its cheaper price, but the scent does not last long. So in the end, you use more to continue to smell of signature scent. Eau de Parfum is longer lasting and can be just as inexpensive depending on the brand and bottle size. Long Elegant Legs breaks down fragrance terminology and answers questions that consumers may have. Sephora sells Eau de Parfums in rollerball containers between the prices of $10 and $30.

Photo Credit: Free People
Photo Credit: Free People

Here’s another tip… Before purchasing your signature scent, do the body scent test first. While the fragrance may smell good on that strip of paper, it changes on your skin. When you are going shopping, spray the fragrance on your pulse points. You should wait around 10 minuets and then check to see if you still like the fragrance. Also, some fragrances can be overwhelming, and cause people to become lightheaded or nauseous. Sometimes, this is not the fragrance itself, but the smell that comes from the mixtures of scents from the fragrances of the other products you may use. Don’t overwhelm yourself with fragrance from lipgloss, lotion and parfum. The combination can smell horrific!

These tips are suggestions and little tidbits that sales associates don’t always come forward about. Beauty blogs and vlogs have quite a lot of useful information, even if it takes some combing to get to the one that actually inspires your look and purchase.

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