Hello! First of all, good for you - it is really difficult to separate yourself from heavy makeup, which can be like a comfort zone. It is for me, anyway!
As for the Urban Decay Beauty Balm, I wouldn’t really suggest it for your purpose. Mainly because it covers absolutely nothing and feels almost pointless to me in anything other than a primer. As a primer it’s wonderful, because it makes your skin feel really silky smooth.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm - $34
If you’re looking for something lighter and better for your skin, I’d recommend the Cover Fx CC Cream or Mineral Powder. They’re two very different products, and honestly I’d go for the powder, but that might not be appealing to you if you’ve been using liquid products. Cover Fx is an amazing brand for sensitive or problem skin types and they have a great variety of products. I like the CC Cream because it’s light and a little goes a very long way, plus there are amazing skincare benefits. The powder is really lightweight and evens out most discoloration without looking or feeling cakey.
Lucky you! I’m craving some waves and sunshine right about now!
I’d recommend packing the Garnier BB Cream in your bag! I brought it with me to Myrtle Beach last year and it worked really well for me. It has great coverage that’s incredibly lightweight and comfortable even in a hot climate. It also has a bit of moisture and SPF 20 to protect you from the sun!
Garnier BB Miracle Skin Perfector Oil Free - $15
I do recommend still bringing along a water-resistant sunscreen to wear underneath your BB cream, because the makeup won’t last quite as long. You will need to reapply both as suggested by the packaging if you’re in the sun (usually every 2 hours) to keep yourself protected.
On another note, BB and CC creams are very much alike. I tend to recommend BB creams for those of you who have younger skin, and/or need oil control, pore refining, or help with blemishes. Not all BB creams cater to these needs however, and it’s important to read reviews to see if they’ll work for your issues. CC creams are usually “color correctors”, and help fix dark spots or issues with the evenness of complexion.
Hope this recommendation works for you, and have a fun trip!
Review + Swatches: Wet n Wild “Poster Child” Eyeshadow Palette
What it Is: Wet n Wild Color Icon 8-Pan Palette “Poster Child”
What it Does: An affordable palette of eyeshadows with bright colors inspired by pop art that’s limited edition!
What it Costs: $5
Where to Get It: Some drugstores and online
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Down
I love connecting a strong wing to the lower lashline. It adds an extra edge to the traditional winged-liner look!
NARS Narsissist Eyeshadow Palette - $79
I think that it is gorgeous and way too expensive.
Let’s face it… we’re in a world FULL of neutral palettes. No matter the price point, brands are coming out with new brown-taupe-greige-rose gold eye palettes more often than I can count. There are a lot of gorgeous ones to choose from - it’s hard to go wrong with neutrals - and NARS definitely is a fantastic brand, for quality and aesthetic purposes. But eighty bucks? Eighty bucks is a lot of money. Yes, there are fifteen eyeshadows, but there are sixteen in my LORAC Pro Palette (my biggest recommendation for eye palette ever).
I was able to swatch this palette in-store, but after watching tons of YouTube reviews of it, I began to realize that the quality varies from palette to palette. There were just as many people raving about the buttery quality of the shadows as there were complaining about the powdery, cheap consistency. Creamy and powdery are very different in the world of eyeshadow, and unless you’re a complete dolt, you’ll be able to tell the difference when you’re swatching them. So this uncontrollable factor was the real icing on the cake that read “Hilary, you could get a lot of frozen yogurt for $80”.
Ooh, that’s a really hard question! They’re honestly so very similar, it’s difficult to say which one would be heavier. It also depends on what you mean by heavier… if you mean thicker-feeling on the skin, I might lean towards the Covergirl foundation. If you mean fuller coverage, I’d say Revlon. But the differences are so small!
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation - $10
This foundation has medium to full coverage, and a longwearing matte finish. It’s called “3-in-1” because it is a foundation, sunscreen, and supposedly a primer as well, which would eliminate the need for using multiple products. I think the “primer” aspect of the foundation is what makes it feel just a touch thicker on the skin, although I don’t necessarily see any primer benefit (to get the real benefits of a primer, use an actual primer as a layer before your makeup please!)
Revlon Colorstay Makeup (for Normal/Dry Skin or Combo/Oily Skin) - $10
This has been my Holy Grail drugstore foundation for years, although it has been getting some decent competition lately. It also has medium to full coverage that is very longwearing. It dries quickly, particularly the formulation for Combo/Oily skin, so you need to apply it quickly as well before it sets. In a wear test I found this to last longer on my skin than the Covergirl or Maybelline longwear foundations, although not by much. I like that there are two formulations, but I think that the Combo/Oily skin version is a bit better.
Hopefully this helped! Haha :)