A $6 foundation that actually looks good, and a bunch of other good stuff.
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Hey! I’m Essence, beauty editor here at BuzzFeed, and here are a few beauty products I’ve been feeling lately. You should also know that my eyebrows haven’t been done in two months and look a hot mess in the following images you are about to see. Thank you for your patience.
Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation is the answer to my big demands and small pockets.
Who knew that a broke and bougie gal like me could actually fall for a foundation that costs under $40?! This happens about as often as a Love & Hip-Hop cast member actually drops a single, so you know it's real. Wet n Wild's Photofocus Foundation, though, is AHMAZINNNNNNG! I truthfully only started wearing it because I ran out of my MAC Matchmaster and I figured it'd be fine for a day or two until I picked up another bottle. But it's been about two weeks now and I still haven't replaced my MAC.
I knew the foundation was a good match because I'd tried it for a quick project a few months prior when it was released. It's totally different, though, trying something on your face for an hour tops and then wearing it for a full 10 hours. I was totally surprised at how well it lasted through the day. I've never had to touch it up, just an oil blot a time or two as I always do no matter what I'm wearing. The formula is also the perfect consistency, not too thick or runny. But what I'm most blown away by is how good it blends into my skin. It's almost like the foundation just becomes one with your skin and adjusts itself to match your complexion exactly. I rarely find a drugstore foundation that can do this, which is why I always just pay more for department store brands. Even if a cheaper brand has a foundation in my shade, the actual formula often looks cakey or dry on my face and it doesn't blend in the way I like. Wet n Wild delivers, though.
I still plan on replacing my MAC at some point, but I think I'm going to keep using my Wet n Wild Photofocus, too. I'll probably wear it as a good everyday foundation because it's so affordable, and I'll wear my MAC for special occasions. If you're on a budget and you need a good foundation with good coverage, get on that Wet n Wild.
Find your shade here for $5.99.
J.R. Watkins Hand Cream smells like a yummy piece of lemon cake and it makes my hands so soft.
I hate dry-looking and feeling hands about as much as I hate cold fries, so I stay with a few good hand creams in my life at all times. A little over a month ago I tried the J.R. Watkins Shea Butter Hand Cream in lemon and it is sooooo good! I've been keeping it on my bathroom sink, next to their lemon hand soap that I equally love, and I use it after I wash my hands. The cream is good if you just wanna carry it in your bag or leave it on your desk at work. I personally like pairing it with the soap, though, and keeping it in my bathroom because it makes me feel like a real adult. Fancy adults ALWAYS have coordinating hand soaps and creams.
The texture is thick and creamy like I imagine the butter in heaven to be like. And it feels amazing when you're rubbing it into your hands, too. It makes them feel so soft and silky. My favorite thing, though, is the scent. It smells ridiculously delicious, guys, like a fresh homemade lemon cake. I've legit thought about tasting it, just like quickly licking my hand before rubbing it in 'cause it's so hard for me to believe that something that smells this good isn't flavorful. You should also know that it's crazy affordable even though it def seems like one of those products your retired and rich auntie would splurge on for her guest bathroom. I love it so much!
Get it here for $7.59.