Be Beautiful Not Broke: My Favorites From the Drugstore #1

Yes, it is possible to look fabulous while still saving money for that pair of Choos. Here are my top picks for cheap but awesome makeup.

Product

Price

Picture

Description

ELF Blush in Blushing Rose $3

Found on ELF website

Found on ELF website

This color is freaking amazing. It is a gorgeous plummy rose color, and I think it could look amazing on so many skin tones. The packaging feels really nice, and guess what? It’s $3. Three. Bucks. Yeah. Target’s that-a-way, ladies.
Catrice Eyeshadows  3-4€

Found on Catrice website

Great pigmentation, great shade selection, great texture- if you can’t get your hands on some Wet n Wild these would do great as well. Also some great dupes for MAC shadows!
Real Techniques Brushes $5-9 ea/Some brushes come in sets that are like $20, though

Found on Real Techniques site

These brushes were designed by YouTube’s Samantha Chapman, and boy did she know exactly what she was doing. They are soft. They feel like they might outlive me AND my cowboy boots (that’s a big deal y’all). They apply product like nobody’s business. My absolute favorite is the buffing brush, with the contour brush a close second.
Hildegard Braukmann Honey-Lecithin Mask 2€

Found on Hildegard Braukmann website

Found on Hildegard Braukmann website

This made my face feel like baby ass. Seriously. Plus it seriously lasts for like 4 applications. Read my full blog post here.
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Review: Catrice Abolute Eye Colour Mono (410 C’mon Chameleon)

dm Drogerie Markt: ca. 3-4€

Found on Catrice homepage

These shadows are described as having “fabulous” “color”, “durability” and “coverage”. I took this to mean good pigmentation, shade selection, and longevity. C’mon Chameleon is a medium brown with a forest green duochrome. I haven’t swatched them side by side, but I have a feeling this is a spot-on dupe for MAC’s Club.

Catrice C'Mon Chameleon Swatch Catrice C'Mon Chameleon Swatches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This eyeshadow is a dream. First of all, the color is so interesting and makes for a really gorgeous (and surprisingly wearable!) eyeshadow look. The ratio of green shimmer to the base medium brown color is also perfect, so that you can have just a wash of the warm color on the majority of the lid, with just a hint of the green, and then build the green up more in the areas that you want it. I think this is what makes this shadow so amazing- how absolutely versatile it is.

In addition, the buildable-ness of the shadow means that it would work well on so many skin tones even though the base is quite warm. On darker skin tones the base color would not show up as well I think, but the green could be built up to look amazing.

The texture of the eyeshadow is also really nice, it’s quite soft and not at all powdery, even for such a cheap eyeshadow.

 

Overall

Really, I think if you don’t have this shadow, or at least something like it, you NEED to get it. Like, shut off the computer, grab your cash, and go. If you have access to this particular brand I would highly recommend it. The quality of the shadow is amazing, as good as the MAC shadows, but it is a fraction of the price. I always enjoy that 🙂

Rating: A+

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Review: ELF Mineral Infused Mascara

8g

ELF US: $3

ELF UK: ₤3.75

http://www.eyeslipsface.com/studio/eyes/mascara/mineral_infused_mascara

http://eyeslipsface.co.uk/en/restofworld/mascara/mineral-infused-mascara/invt/81411/

Found on eyeslipsface.co.uk

This mascara is advertised  as creating “fuller, healthier looking lashes” and add definition while still volumnising. The mascara is supposed to be long-wearing and clump-resistant. The brush is made of silicone, and has even sized bristles placed relatively close together and a tip that tapers off.

Ingredients:

Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, PVP, Triethanolamine, Triacontanyl PVP, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

I love this mascara! It gives my lashes the most amazing doll-like effect, it separates them and lengthens them nicely. It does NOT stick my eyelashes together so it looks like I have about 5 total, which I do enjoy. The formula is nice and black, and doesn’t clump, flake , run, smudge, or anything on me, but isn’t too hard to get off when I want it off. The packaging is really nice and sleek, as with many ELF Studio or Mineral products it doesn’t look or feel cheap. This is one of my favorite mascaras and yes, it is 3 dollars. 3. You really cannot get much better than that. I would highly recommend this product and would definitely repurchase it!

Rating: A+