Money Saving Makeup Advice

Posted 3 years ago by

Out of the house? College? Young Professional? Lost job? Too many bills? What ever it may be your wallet isn’t as full as it used to be ,or you no longer have that monthly allowance.

I know when I was in high school, all the money I made from working was my “whatever” money! I was able to spend it on clothes, shoes, haircuts, and of course MAKEUP. I became overly addicted to the expensive makeup brands such as M.A.C, Urban Decay, Benefit, Clinique and Stila. But when I went away for school and “grew up” I had to spend all my money on necessities such as rent, bills, and food. I had to find new makeup brands to love that gave me the looks I wanted for less. Some I like even more than the expensive designer versions!

Foundation

I went from Clinique’s $22 liquid foundation to the $8 L’Oreal True Match liquid foundation!

Powder

I went from Clinique’s $20 pressed powder to the $8 L’Oreal True Match pressed powder!

Mascara

I went from Benefit’s $19 Bad Gal Lash to the $8 Rimmel Sexy Curves, and I have to say it’s the best mascara I have ever used!

Lipstick

I went from the $20 a tube M.A.C. to the $1 a tube Sally Girl Lipstick from Sally Beauty Supply!

Blush

I went from Benefit’s $28 CORALisa to my $1 Sally Girl Lipstick. (Click here for instructions)

Liquid Eyeliner

I went from Benefit’s $20 Magic Ink liquid eyeliner to Eyes Lips Face $1 waterproof eyeliner pen!

Eyelid Primer

I went from Urban Decay’s $18 Eyeshadow Primer Potion to Eyes Lips Face $1 eyelid primer!

Eyeliner

I still use the waterproof retractable eyeliner from the Sephora Collection for $12 since it glides on nice and smooth! There are of course cheaper options, but they don’t last all day.

Do you have any budget makeup brands you love? Share them with us in the comments below!

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New to Makeup?

Posted 3 years ago by

Makeup can be a scary thing if you haven’t had much experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re 13 or 50. It’s never to late to learn the ropes. Just remember, makeup isn’t beauty. It’s just another way to express yourself!

Below are my beginner’s recommendations (that are low cost) to get you started on your first makeup kit. Once you know what you like, you can invest in something more expensive. The more money you spend the longer it lasts. So if you decide you don’t like bronzer, “throwing” away $2 sounds better than say $30.

Urban Decay: Is an American cosmetics company from California. It’s primarily sold in mid to high-end beauty stores, such as Ulta and Sephora. I love them for their highly pigmented eye shadows and eyelid primers. It’s definitely rock star makeup! Unfortunately, it’s $18 per individual eyeshadow, so I recommend going with one of their palettes. The Naked Palette for $48 has every neutral color you’ll ever need. If you want the bright colors go with the Sustainable Shadow Box for $36. They are also 100% “cruelty-free!”

Eyes Lips Face: Also known as e.l.f. Cosmetics,  is an international cosmetics brand based in New York City. All of their products are under $5, making them my favorite cosmetics company out there. I’m in love with their $5 eyeshadow palettes, $1 eyeliner pens, $1 mascaras, $1 bronzers, and their $1 eyelid primers. They are also 100% “cruelty-free.” You can find e.l.f. at Target, Kmart, Walmart, Dollar General, and of course on-line.

Rimmel London: Is a British based Cosmetic company that has some of the best mascaras I have ever used. My favorite is the Sexy Curves Mascara in Extreme Black ($7). I’m also in love with their 60 Second Nail Polish($3). It really does dry in about a minuet. Find Rimmel at Target, CVS and Walmart.

Sally Girl: Is a cosmetics brand sold within Sally Beauty Supply stores. I’ve become a huge fan of their eye shadows and mini lipsticks ($1.) You can find these products only at Sally Beauty Supply stores. Click Here to find the location nearest you.

New York Color: Also known as N.Y.C, has many different types of cosmetics: eyeshadow, foundation, bronzer, blush, eyeliner, nail polish, mascara… I’m personally in love with their lipsticks, which are never over $2. Go to their website to find locations.

Wet ‘n’ Wild: Is another low-cost cosmetic brand found in many locations. Their products are usually under $8. I love the Mega Eyes Defining Marker ($4.99.) Go to their website to find a location nearest you.

Take about an hour and just apply and remove until you learn what you like! It helps to rip a few pages out of a magazine of a model/celeb sporting a look you love so you’ll have something to follow.

Looking for Coverage?

The first step to finding the perfect shade of foundation, concealer, or powder is to see a professional. There’s no way to try on cheaper brands (Almay, L’Oreal, Cover Girl), so splurging at a makeup counter your first time will help you find the right match — plus you’ll learn the skill of applying it! I highly recommend M.A.C, Clinique and Bobbi Brown. Trust me, it’s definitely worth the upfront cost! As a makeup artist, I constantly see girls wearing the wrong shade of foundation. After learning the tone and shade your skin needs, it’ll be easy to pick out a cheaper alternative of your own! My favorite being L’Oreal True Match. They make it very easy to find your shade!

Need more help?

I highly recommend Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro ($32). Her book is easy to understand and follow, plus It’s filled with step by step instructions and great tips. Also check out MAKEUP.COM and Allure Magazine.

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Get your e.l.f fix at Target!

Posted 4 years ago by

I just bought this 32 piece Eyeshadow Collection by e.l.f for only $4.99 at Target. I can’t wait to try it out! e.l.f hasn’t let me down yet.

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H&M has MAKEUP!

Posted 4 years ago by

I went into the H&M in Harold Square today and found tons of makeup! I bought a makeup palette with about 25 colors in it for only $6.95. The colors weren’t crazy vibrant like I had hoped but with an eyeshadow base…bam! Beautiful vibrant shadow that looks expensive.  Sorry to all of you in the Mid West, hopefully they will open an H&M up for you soon.

PS: If you drop this shadow on the floor it’s done for.

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Eyeshadow Base

Posted 4 years ago by

Eyeshadow base is a heaven sent cosmetic that I can no longer live without. It makes even the cheapest makeup look vibrant and expensive. Bases can cost between $15 and $30 but it’s so worth it. It goes on before your eyeshadow so it shows up bright and everlastingly vibrant with no crease.

Urban Decay’s eyeshadow base is my absolute favorite and it’s called Eyeshadow Primer Potion. You can find it at Ulta, Sephora, and the Official Website for $18.00.

Look at the results!

Before/After

Vibrancy

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Essence Makeup

Posted 4 years ago by

I found Essence at an Ulta located in Richmond, VA, and I fell in love. Most of their products were under $5.00. The makeup I bought lasted all day and the polish lasted about 5 days before it chipped. Check out their website at www.essence.eu. I hope you all can find it at your local Ulta store.

*I got two polishes, each only $1.00. One was a feminine lavender called “no more drama,” and the other was a smokey grey called “movie star.” They dried instantly!

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