This is a much overdo post especially in this economic climate. There are so many wonderful drugstore products that are nearly identical to the department store brands. The downside is that you can't try them on in the drugstore, so my advice is to check out your drugstore's return policy. CVS and Rite Aid have been know to return used and opened cosmetics, but I would double check each store before buying. Also, save big moola on drugstore skincare. The key is too look at the ingredient list for Vitamins A,C,E. I have a blog coming up tomorrow with drugstore skin care recommendations.
Here are some of the products that you will find in my makeup kit: (all products except the lip liner can be found at drugstore.com)
Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes
I use these on the face and to clean my hands and brushes off quickly when working with a client. I love these and they are mild yet takeover waterproof mascara.
Drugstores carry a variety of non-latex brands. A must for applying and blending foundation.
Maybelline New York Define-a-Lash Mascara (waterproof or non) – this wand is great for application without clumping
It is hard to find sheer glosses without a strong taste to them. I just don't want my lips to taste like grapes!! I found that Wet 'n' Wild in Tropical Glaze and Berry Brazen have a nice consistency and nominal taste. Although they look very shimmery the gloss has a subtle look on the lip. I love these alone or layered on a lip pencil for more depth.