My Spend vs. Save list on makeup and skincare

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Being beautiful doesn't mean spending tons of money on expensive skincare and makeup. Don't get me wrong; if you have the moolah, I'd say go for branded makeups. But for those who just started with makeup, I suggest playing around with inexpensive makeups first. That way, you know what colors and textures suits your skincolor and skintype. So in this post, I'll share with you how to save money on some skincare and makeup items.

Skip moisturiser if your skin is really oily, use a refreshing facial mist instead to hydrate and prep your skin before applying skincare and makeup.
SPEND - MAC Charged Water Mist - Php 1,200
SAVE - Celeteque Hydrolized Moisturising Mist - Php 350

If your skin is oily, choose a gel or water based moisturiser to avoid the greasy feel.
SPEND: MAC Mineralize Charged Water Gel Creme - Php 2,200
SAVE: Celeteque Facial Moisturiser - Php 120

For dry skintypes, a rich moisturiser is needed to hydrate and protect the skin.
SPEND: MAC Studio Moisture Cream - Php 2,200
SAVE: Physiogel Intensive Cream - Php 500+

Apply it 2x a day for best results. 
SPEND: MAC Fast response eye cream - Php 1,900
SAVE: Celeteque Brightening Eye tuck plus Dark Circles Lightener - Php 299

After the moisturiser is absorbed, use a bit of primer concentrating only on the oily areas to avoid the heavy feeling. Primer acts as a barrier between your skin and your makeup. 
SPEND: MAC Prep + Prime Skin Visage - Php 1,900
SAVE: Monistat Chaffing Relief Powder Gel - Php 500+
         Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer - Php 299

When you're out in the sun, sunblock is a must! It protects your skin from the damaging UVA/UVB rays.
SPEND: MAC Prep + Prime Face Protection Visage SPF 50 - Php 1,900
SAVE: Nivea Sunblock Spf 50 - Php 300+

SPEND: MAC Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 - Php 2,000
SAVE: BYS Cream Foundation - Php 600+

SPEND: MAC Studio Fix Plus Foundation - Php 2,000
SAVE: E.L.F. Two way cake Foundation  - Php 250

SPEND: MAC Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation SPF 15 - Php 2,000
SAVE: Revlon Photoready Liquid Foundation -  Php 500+ (online shops)
Tip: after applying foundation, separate a 2-ply tissue and press onto face to remove excess product and oil before applying powder to set.

A moisturising concealer on the undereyes preferably liquid to avoid creasing.
SPEND: MAC Select Moisturecover - Php 1,000
SAVE: Revlon Age defying moisturing concealer - Php 600

SPEND: MAC Studio Finish concealer - Php 1,000
SAVE: Ben Nye Concealer -  Php 700+

SPEND: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach - Php 2,000+
SAVE: Ben Nye Mellow Orange in Medium (MO-2) - Php 700+

SPEND: MAC Blot Powder - Php 1,350
SAVE: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - Php 500 

This will make your makeup last longer and prevents your makeup from caking especially when you sweat. 
SPEND: MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Loose - Php 1,950
SAVE: Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder - Php 800

If your lids aren't that oily you can get away without using an eye primer, but I recommend using a matte light beige shade first to even out the color of your eyelids.
SPEND: Too Faced Shadow Insurance - Php 1,000+
SAVE: E.L.F. Essentials Eye Primer - Php 125
TIP: Got a powder foundation or powder that is too light for your skintone? You can also use that as an eyeshadow base.

SPEND: MAC Prolongwear Eye pencil - Php 1,100
SAVE: In2it Gel Pencil Eyeliner - Php 380 or
         Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner - Php 400

SPEND: MAC Fascinating Eye Khol - Php 950
SAVE: Prestige Eyeliner in White - Php 300
See swatches HERE.

SPEND: MAC Fluidline Gel - Php 1,200
SAVE: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner -  Php 400

A nice glowing peachy-pink blush flatters almost all skintones.
SPEND: NARS Orgasm Blush -  Php 1,550
SAVE: Mary Kay Mineral Cheek color in Shy blush - Php 420
TIP:If you want a doll like effect, keep the rest of your makeup light and apply a bright pink blush and gloss.

SPEND: Benefit Bella Bamba Blush -  Php 1,550
SAVE: Mary Kay Mineral Cheek color in Strawberry cream- Php 650
Check out my previous post HERE for different brands of peachy-pink blushes.

Lipbalms (tube)
SPEND: MAC Lip Conditioner stick  -Php 950
SAVE: Maybelline Baby Lips Lipbalm - Php 89

Tinted Lipbalms
SPEND: MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner -  Php 950
SAVE: Miners Tin O' tint lipbalm - Php 350 (from XinandCompany)

LIPSTICK (Moisturising)
SPEND: MAC Satin/Amplified Creme Lipsticks - Php 1,000
SAVE: Mary Kay Creme Lipsticks - Php 650

SPEND: MAC Matte Lipsticks - Php 1,000
SAVE: BYS Matte Lipsticks - Php 299
TIP: Warm pinks and coral shades suit almost all skintones. If you are looking for a red lipstick, remember this simple rule. Fair skintones look good with blue based reds while morenas look good with warm reds.
These oil based cleansers quickly removes makeup including waterproof mascara. Just massage it directly onto face then add water to emulsify. Follow with your favorite facial wash.

SPEND: MAC Cleansing oil - Php 1,900
SAVE: Muji Cleansing oil - Php 700+
TIP: You can also apply a little amount on a cotton pad to remove mascara and eyeliner.

SPEND: MAC Gently Off Eye and Lip makeup remover - Php 1,200
SAVE: Maybelline Eye and Lip Makeup remover - Php 120

SPEND: MAC 187 brush - Php 2,950
SAVE: Charm Stippling brush - Php 700

Hope you enjoyed reading this post. 
Let me know what you think =)

Till next time, 

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