Note from Collin:
Do you have a product you love? We definitely have many favorite products here on the Hip2Save Team, and thought it would be FUN to share some of them with you! I personally love product recommendations and I’ve also had a few requests from readers, so I have asked each member of the team to think of products they can’t live without (cosmetics, kitchen gadgets etc.) and to write up a post that will be shared here every Tuesday. Kimberly, my sidekick and friend, is getting us started with her favorite…
It’s Kimberly, one of Collin’s sidekicks! I’m a bit of a makeup addict. I LOVE playing with different colors and products. I’ve tried everything from high end products to inexpensive drug store products. Although I do enjoy quite a few high end products, I have a couple of inexpensive makeup products and tricks that I love and wanted to pass along to you all. 😊
One of my favorite cosmetic products is this wonderful and inexpensive NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk color. Although it’s an ‘eye liner’ pencil, the milk colored one is a little tacky once you apply it, which makes for an awesome eye primer for your eye shadow. You can snag one of these on Target.com or Ulta.com for just $4.49. You can also pick one up in-store at Target or Ulta (but they rarely seem to have the ‘milk’ color in stock at my stores).
The NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil allows me to get really vibrant colors from inexpensive eye shadow palettes. My favorite eye shadow palettes to use in combination with the NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil are from BHCosmetics.com. I love that I can get an eye shadow palette with a whopping 120 different shades for only $17 or so. I don’t feel like I’m breaking the bank when I treat myself to one or two… OK, maybe even three or four of these. 😉
These eye shadow palettes are nicely pigmented and although they aren’t super pigmented like MAC or Urban Decay eye shadow is, when you use the NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil as a primer first, the colors from these palettes become really vibrant and last for hours. You can see what a difference the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil makes with the swatches pictured below. (Left: without using the NYX Pencil as a primer; Right: with the NYX Pencil as a primer.)
I do want to let you all know that I’ve only tried the BH Cosmetics eye shadow palettes, blush and makeup brushes, so I can’t speak for the quality of their other products. However, I have been very happy with each of the products I have purchased.
AND, for those of you who aren’t into bright colors 😉 , this works just as well with neutral colors. This same company also has a great selection of neutral eye shadow palettes available, so be sure to take a look.
How to apply these products…
- Lightly dab the NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil around on your eyelid
- Gently blend it out across your eyelid with your fingertip or with a brush
- Apply your favorite eye shadow
VOILA! You’ve got vibrant eye shadow without breaking the bank! 💃