Ariana did something similar so I thought maybe some people would be interested since it isn't something I normally do.
I wear make up, but I'm not an expert, at all. I usually stick to the same make up brands because it's easier, and I don't have to put much thought into what I buy. I decided I wanted to find a better concealer because my skin is really bad, and I have constant under eye bags. I honestly spent a few hours watching beauty vloggers to see what drug store products are good. Also, being in Russia is hard because all the women here are beautiful and they all know how to apply make up! I feel really trashy because I can't apply make up to save my life. Eyebrows are also really important here. Everyone has perfect eyebrows, so I decided I wanted to try something with mine because having good eyebrows actually does wonders to your face.
My friend, Emma, met me at the mall, and we went to Рив Гош. It's one of the few make up stores I know in Ufa. The thing with these stores is that I can watch all the beauty YouTubers I want but it's like playing the lottery when I go into the store because I don't know what they'll have. There are some brands in America that I can also find here, like Maybelline, L'Oreal, and Revlon, but there are some that aren't here, like Covergirl. Also, a lot of the products I wrote down weren't in stock at the store. It's not that big of a deal because I usually just end up buying what I usually buy, but this time my friend insisted we ask for help. She was doing the translating for me and we were running around trying to find the best products. We had trouble trying to find make up that matched my skin tone because they were all out of stock. With my knowledge of beauty products being so low it was really hard to explain exactly what I wanted and have it translated into Russian. Emma deserves an award for putting up with me.
Lee Stafford Original Heat Protection Shine Mist - I have been using It's a 10 on a recommendation from my friend, who is a hair stylist, but I'm almost out, and so I needed something new. The thing about spray heat protection is that I feel like my hair needs super industrial protection, and sometimes I don't think these sprays do enough. The sales clerk said this was a good brand, so we'll have to take her word for it.
Maybelline Affinitone Foundation 02 - I wanted to try something new from what I usually buy.
Maybelline Affinitone Concealer 01 - You know, I never knew the difference between foundation and concealer until a little while ago. I always bought foundation in the hopes that it would cover everything. I watched a lot of videos to find the perfect concealer. Unfortunately, CoverGirl isn't sold here, so I went with Maybelline. I hope it works! Next time I go to Mega I'm going to buy NYX brand concealer.
Mades Repair Expert Hair Mask Restore Strength - I bought this on a whim. It's not exactly what I wanted (I wanted a deeper hair mask), but it was written in English so I figured I couldn't screw it up. Again, my hair needs extreme TLC.
L'Oreal Brow Artist Designer Pencil (303 Dark Brunette) - Only bought this because I'm in Russia and eyebrows are a huge deal. They didn't have the brand I wanted, so I just went with this. I already tried it and I must say it is much hard to fill in eyebrows than what the beauty YouTubers say. I'll master it one day!
Got2B Made 4 Mess (Art Хаос) - Believe it or not my hair is naturally curly. I always straighten it because it's a lot harder to maintain curly hair and I don't have a curler. I wanted to buy more products to keep it curly but, again, there weren't many options. Emma said this is supposed to help put some texture and waves in your hair.
What are your must have beauty products?