Cheapest of Cheap Makeup that Actually Works Well

This post is for all of you (like me) who are on a major budget and just need great quality items at a super low cost. I’m not just talking drug store, but here I tried to compile the cheapest of the drug store without skimping on quality at all. This post was inspired by the super awesome Wet N Wild Megaglow highlighters (which honestly work better than most high end ones) so let’s get into it. Everything here is under 10 US dollars. I won’t do a full face of makeup here because I don’t have a full set of super cheap products I would recommend, but I’ll add some options at the end that I am interested in trying and have been recommended by other people.

Foundation: I don’t often wear foundation and the ones I do own are from the drugstore, but they’re not what I would call cheap. However, Maybelline’s Dream BB Cream is a great option that I have packed in my “I need to get ready in the car but still look good” makeup bag. It has SPF 30 and it’s rated 5 stars on Paula’s Choice so I’d recommend trying it out if you’re not a high coverage girl.

Concealer: Definitely the Wet n Wild’s photo focus concealer. I’m not a big fan of the foundation, but the concealer covers my spots well and stays on. Plus I think it was around 3 or 4 dollars. Works better than a lot of more expensive drug store concealers I’ve tried.

Brow Product: Hands down Elf’s brow pencil in Neutral Brown. It was only two dollars and I use it nearly everyday. A great product.

Eye Shadow Primer: Seriously try Essence’s Intensity eye shadow primer or go ahead  and use your concealer for the cheapest option. However, I use Milani’s eye shadow primer everyday and it’s the best option hands down, drugstore or otherwise.

Eyeshadows: The cheapest options that are seriously good are Wet n Wild’s eyeshadow trios. My favorites are Walking on Eggshells and Silent Treatment. I get compliments every time I wear them (especially Silent Treatment with some liquid eyeliner) and they’re highly pigmented and super easy to blend. These trios seriously impress me and they cost 3 dollars so you can’t go wrong.

Lips: NYX, Wet n Wild, and Elf own this category. I love NYX’s soft matte lip creams, their butter lipsticks, and their creamy extra round lipsticks. Their matte lipsticks are also great for the most part (Aria, a color I was super excited about, gave me a hard time). Wet n Wild has the best and cheapest liquid lipsticks you can buy, along with really great gel lipliners and gel lip balms that I really like. However, Elf has the cheapest actual lipsticks that I would recommend. Try their Velvet Matte lipsticks, their lip oils, or their Mineral Rich Lipsticks. Great quality and color pay off for 3-6 dollars.

Brushes: Definitely Elf and Wet n Wild. Those brushes have never let me down and have never shed. They’re also super easy to clean. I highly recommend all of these.

Highlighters: Okay, this is the section I am most excited about and the section that inspired this post. Yesterday I was lucky enough to finally find the Wet n Wild Mega Glow highlighters at a Rite Aid near me and I picked up the shades Royal Calyx and Blossom Glow. They’re beautiful. I’m going to insert two pictures of my face with the highlighter on (ignore the rest of my makeup). 

Color me seriously impressed (BTW I’m wearing Royal Calyx in the photos).

One other super great highlighter option is Essence’s Pure Nude Highlighter. That shit is beautiful and everyday friendly.

Now to the products I’ve heard great things about and am interested in trying:

You might have noticed that I didn’t have mascara or powder on this list. Well, I’m super interested in trying Essence’s Lash Princess mascra, which is cheap and supposed to be the excellent. I’m also interested in trying Essence’s little All Matte powder and their Mosaic color correcting powder.

Wet n Wild’s Lash Renagade Mascra, their photo focus powder, and their felt tip pen eyeliner are all super cheap and supposed to be great.

Last but not least, Elfs Bare Serum Foundation sounds right up my alley and is something really cheap for the girls out there that would like a little more coverage.

As far as super cheap blushes and bronzer from the drug store go, you’ll have to comment and let me know because I’m not aware of anything that is both majorly cheap and of great quality.

Thanks for reading and let me know some of your favorite options.

 

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Get to know me: A Personal Q&A

These questions were adapted from a Tumblr Q&A that was asked up me awhile back. I think it’s a fun way for readers to know more about me and my life and discuss some cool topics.

What would you name your future daughter?

Hmm… most people would hate the names I was thinking about (why I was even thinking about children, I really don’t know). But I really like the name Stella. I also like the name Greta (but my cat was named Greta first so I don’t know how that would go over). I like the name Agnes but I’d never name a child that. I think she’d kill me. Penelope too. Aspen is another name I like but I don’t think I could stand having both me and my child named after a tree.

I’d probably name her Avery. I like that name and I don’t think it’s too objectionable. My taste in girl names really isn’t the best tbh, but I really like Avery (I like Stella too but you’d be surprised how many people don’t like the name Stella).

Do you miss anyone?

Yes. I’m missing a couple of people. One in particular (see 27). But it’s been like that for a long time and after all this time I just can’t deal with it anymore. I still feel it, but I’m tired of it. I’m tired of missing people. Things are going to be the way they are and I’m just going to keep going on with my life.

Have you kissed three or more people in one night?

I had to think about this one. I don’t think I have, unless I’ve missed something. I’ve definitely (a couple of times) kissed two people in one night, but not three.  There was one night where I kissed one of my best friends and the girl I was dating (just for fun, I don’t have romantic feelings for my friend we were at the party and I guess we both always wondered about that). She gave me a thumbs up. She’s pretty good too. There was another night where I kissed both guys I was dating (not at the same time). I didn’t really want to be dating one of them anymore but he didn’t want to let go. Bad time in my life.

There was one night at a party where I kissed one random guy. I think that was it though. I was not so drunk that I would’ve forgotten things. What I remember most clearly was trying to hike with docs on and half-smashed on Strawberry Ale. Fun time.

Did your last kiss take place in/on a bed?

No it took place on a field.

Are you good at hiding your feelings?

I don’t know anymore. I write about my feelings. I tell people very close to me some things. I leave other things out. I don’t know how much people can read off of my face or how I act. I used to think not much, but I’m not sure anymore. Maybe.

I mean I try to keep my feelings from people. I don’t go out and say how I’m feeling, sometimes it’s just obvious.

Have you ever cried from being so mad?

I pretty much only cry when I’m angry. So yes. A lot.

Who did you last see in person?

Both of my parents who are now arguing about politics, which is normal in our family. For the record, I’m super far left but I respect other political views.

 

 Are you listening to music right now?

Two songs are really on my mind right now (I’m also listening to them).

Beginners by Slow Club because it really pertains to my life. Or at least I feel like it does.  I first heard it watching Daniel Radcliffe in the music video right when it first came out. I really like that video. I’ve also been drunk and done shit like that, thankfully alone where no one could see me. This part is especially relevant:

“ And in a moment it all came to this
The greatest book you ever read came from my favorites list
Of all the things to lose,
it’s you I choose.

Oh, I told you, oh, to be older,
You know I’m right
I’m right.”

The other one is ‘Broken Open’ by Cold War Kids. For me that song as been about three different people in my life (one of them I really miss) and it’s a really good song but it’s really tough to listen to sometimes. Very difficult.

 What is something you currently want right now?

Besides World Peace? Safe passage and homes for immigrants? Better access to healthcare in America? A law system that is better prepared to charge and prosecute rapists/sex criminals? A law and police system that doesn’t further victimize the victims of such crimes? Justice for victims of crimes of racial hatred? For Feminism not to be a dirty word and for Feminism to address the concerns of more women, not just certain women? General fairness and a better education system that reaches the people who need it most?

I think a lot of people want those things. But more selfishly I want peace of mind and health.

Since those things aren’t happening any time soon I’d like my favorite smoothie order (Strawberry Surfrider or Lucky Lemon Punch), a cute silk or satin pj set, more lingerie (maybe something red or purple?), lots new makeup, morebooks, jeans that actually fit properly, decent tees, and a great super awesome date that ends with kissing on a god damn bed. Oh and for my job search and applications to go well.

 What is the last thing you said out lot?

“Those were some really good brownies” (to diffuse a situation) and “Turn on Lucifer!”

 

 How is your heart lately?

I think it’s getting smaller. I can’t seem to care as much as I used to.  There’s just something cold and detached about it. I’m always thinking that if a person turns out to be different than I thought they were, I’ll be okay no matter what. That’s great. But I do love someone very much right now and I want things to work out between us.

I’m a bit exhausted with makeup

Wearing makeup used to be many things for me. At first, when I started wearing it, it was just concealer. Then I got into the heavy black eyeliner on some days and years later in college, I had a love affair with lipstick that is still ongoing. In between then I learned how to do a lot of different eye shadow looks but that my thing was always complexion–it couldn’t be too heavy but I needed spot concealer for my spots and discoloration.

Makeup became fun for me around the time I started to have really serious struggles with OCD and I needed something artistic to help me feel good about myself. I created many different eye looks and had a lot of fun playing with my look without attaching it to who I was as a person.

When makeup became less fun was when I started to have skin issues. I recently identified the problem (hormonal birth control) but it’s going to take a bit for my body to regulate itself out and for me to feel comfortable with myself again.

Now, at this present moment in time, I’ve lost a lot of enthusiasm for makeup. I dislike feeling the need to wear it. I hate how my skin looks, but I still hate the feel of foundation so I stick to my tinted moisturizer and concealer.

Now I just want to feel good about myself and my skin. I’m tired of eye shadow and makeup all the time. I just want skincare and comfortability. To look like me but a bit better. To be travel friendly and really low maintenance with my makeup use for the most part. I’m just tired of trying to make myself feel better using the external. I want to feel good and have a happy relationship with myself.

This post isn’t to shame anyone. I myself still wear makeup, but right now it feels out of need, like someone is going to spit at me on the street if they see how ugly I look without it. And that’s not a pleasant way to feel about something I until recently, enjoyed so much.

Below I inserted pictures of me on a bad skin day with makeup on and one without makeup. One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, I hope to be happier with the picture on the right. Until then, I’m going to try to trudge out of this funk.

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High-end Haul/ Review

Okay let’s get started here! I’ve purchased a lot of makeup over the past few months that I was away and I’ve had the ability to test it all out and really form my impressions. I’ll do this by brand.

MAC:

I purchased two MAC lipsticks after I got a sample of Velvet Teddy (the lipstick I’ve always wanted from MAC) and Diva. Since both of the lipstick looked good on me I decided to purchase them both and I can’t say that I’ve been happier with the colors. Diva is this excellent burgundy that is so flattering, especially in these months and Velvet Teddy is the nude lipstick I’ve always dreamed about. One compliant that I do have is that both lipsticks are drying but if you prep your lips before hand it’s not a big deal and the colors stay all day without a replication needed. They  also smell fantastic. I highly recommend this two colors.

Stila:

I got a sample from Sephora of their Stay All Day Matte Liquid lipsticks and I couldn’t be happier with the formula or the color in Baci. It’s a grey pinkish nude color and I never would have picked it for myself but it is beautiful. The formula is fairly nondrying and stays on beautifully.

Hourglass:

I tried a sample of their Lip Stylo in the shade Peacemaker and the formula in many ways is the exact opposite of the Stila one… it’s not as full color and the formula is creamy rather than matte but I am extremely happy with this formula and color. It matches my lips so well, appears very natural all while making my lips look fuller and healthier. Go Hourglass! Now I just wish the brand wasn’t so darned expensive because I adore their products.

SEPHORA FAVORITES
Instant Texture Dry Styling Spray Collection:

This collection is really great for short wavy hair like mine. Honestly nothing much to say here. Just that the effect is subtle with some of the products and the Verb Sea Salt spray isn’t my favorite Sea Salt Spray (that mantle belongs to a drug store hair product from the Not Your Mother’s line) but it’s good and it smells like the sea. The stand out product in this box has to be the Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 because of it’s delicious smell but I noticed the most results from the IGK Beach Club Texture Spray (even if it did make my hair a little stiff it added a nice gritty texture that is so great for hair with waves and layers).

Clinique:

I was looking for a mask that I could use to help my oily skin mattify a little bit and I found that with the CLINIQUE Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask. It’s very basic but it works extremely well and it actually helps get rid of my acne faster! I’m a big fan of this mask and I think Clinique is often looked over skincare wise but this mask wasn’t too expensive, you get a ton of product, and it doesn’t have an harsh ingredients. Definitely something I will repurchase if I ever should run out. 

Drunk Elephant:

Their Vitamin C serum is a holy grail product for me. It’s already started to get rid of my hormonal acne marks that I got from having an IUD. This product is expensive as all hell but it works like no other. It works better than the Glossier Super Glow Serum (which I admittedly liked). If you’re looking to spend on skin care, really consider this but make sure you wear sunscreen with Vitamin C products.

Anastasia Beverly Hills:

I know the Subculture pallet got a lot of hate but I actually really like it. It’s not a love of mine like the Modern Renaissance palette is but the color scheme is like nothing I have in my collection and I can create beautiful cool and warm looks. The green/ blue shades are lovely and the glitter shades are best applied patted on with your finger or with a dense brush. Two warnings I have for the shades: Dawn is quite a bit powdery but it’s still very workable and the shade Edge oxidizes to a darker brown/ yellow than what you see in the pan. Also keep in mind that these are basically pressed pigments so the palette could have a little bit of a learning curve if you don’t have a light hand. Just be gentle and you will come up with something beautiful. Below is a slightly smudged out look I got using the palette. It’s not my best, but it’s definitely smokey and I’m   quite happy. What doesn’t pick up in the picture is the beautiful gold that I pressed on my lids. I clearly just need a better camera!

Also don’t forget that I have a YouTube Makeup channel now. Here’s the link to my latest gradient lip tutorial: Sunset Gradient Lip Tutorial

Where the Hell was I: Goal Update

So my OCD and Depression got the better of me in the months of July and August. I’m not going to sugarcoat that in any post. However, I’m getting better now and I’m on medicine that works instead of flying solo.  That being said, I did make a huge amount of progress towards my goals and I want to share that progress. I also want to encourage anyone who has similar issues to seek help or even comment/ send me a message if you want to talk about anything.

Job: I was hired and then consequentially let go from my job because of an injury I received to my hand. I severed two tendons in my pinky and underwent hand surgery. I have the splint off my hand now and I’m going to physical therapy appointments to get my range of motion back. Despite all this, I still have some possibilities lined up for a job after my treatment is through and I actually quite excited about them. Much more excited than I was about my previous employment situation. 🙂 So take that, previous employer (excuse my bitterness, please)!

GREs: I decided once and for all that I want to be a Mental Health Counselor. I scheduled my GREs test date for the 4th of November and I’m studying the Math (and other sections) like hell. This time around I’m in a good place to actively work towards my goals and I’m really getting there. Thankfully a couple of schools won’t need my test scores but I’m still going to do as well as I can.

Cooking: I couldn’t cook with my splint/ brace on but I hope to get back into it (trust me, I tried and cracked a couple of eggs on the counter by mistake). I made rice balls a couple of months ago and I’d like to try making different flavored ones now. And master how in the fuck you’re supposed to use a rice maker.

Transportation: I’m doing rather well on this front. I got a new health insurance that helps me get me to appointments and I have more freedom. I also made friends that help me get places and give me a great sense of peace. I’m very happy to be where I am right now and to get focused on getting my license. Thank goodness for MassHealth.

Volunteering/ Classes: I’m applying to seven schools in the Massachusetts area. I’ve already asked for recommendations and I’m getting a draft of my personal statement done. My aim is to start my MA/ PHD/ or MSW in Fall 2018. I’m really doing this.

I’m also taking a bread making class starting in October. I’m beyond excited for that as well. 🙂 I always wanted to learn how to make homemade bread with my hands. Plus I get to bring my creations home!

Dating: I have some stuff going on on this front. Nothing too much because I’m really taking recovery first. Mostly I’m excited that I’ve been making friends and enjoying life again.

That’s it! What are your goals for the month and how have you been doing? Also, I’ll have quite a few hauls/ review posts coming up soon for both skincare and makeup.