When it comes to cosmetics the majority of the girls I grew up with (including myself) started with those value pack bundles that come out around Christmas time in all the department stores. You know the ones I mean. For $20 you get all the goods. Every colour of eyeshadow, all those blushes, lipsticks and nail polishes. Some even came with those little sponge brushes. When I grew up they were basically every preteen girl’s beauty starter pack.
Those were fun and a great way to learn the basics of make-up dos and don’ts. That being said, the quality was just not there. You couldn’t wear that stuff for everyday makeup because it would wear off after an hour.
The next step up for most of us were the drug store brands. We were introduced to brands like Wet N Wild, Cover Girl, Revelon, Maybelline ect. These are the brands that will do the trick, but the quality just isn’t anything to get excited about. Over the years many of them have came out with certain products that are just as good as their luxury competitors, like Maybelline Fit Me foundation or Cover Girl TruNaked palettes. They’re good and all, but they are still missing that WOW factor.
Unfortunately with most drugstore brands there are more flops than wins. (There is however one beauty of drugstore brand that you guys need to try so keep reading to find out which one that is!)
I remember the first luxury beauty product I purchased. It was a pale pink Mac lip gloss. I don’t remember the name of the shade, but I remember it smelled so much better than my usual lip products. When I put it on my lips it stayed there and it wasn’t heavy or sticky like most of the glosses I owned.
First was my Mac lip gloss. My second was a Stila eyeshadow compact with a cream blush. That changed the eyeshadow game for me. Nothing blended like that before. After that it was settled. I won’t be happy unless I have the good stuff.
It is definitely important for our skin care routine to only use good quality cosmetics products, especially as we get older. The only issue is that it can be incredibly hard on the bank account to only shop luxury cosmetics brands. Your finances should be more important than your makeup bag so today I’m going to go over some tips and tricks to help you find the best beauty products and still have enough left over to pay your rent.
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My Personal Favourite:
I’m going to start this post off with one of my favourite makeup brands. Have you heard of Colourpop? They are based in California and were founded by Seed Beauty in 2014. If Seed Beauty rings a bell with you, it’s because that’s the same company that also founded Kylie Cosmetics.
Similar to Kylie Cosmetics, Colourpop has a large variety of long lasting liquid lipsticks with matching lip liner pencils. I love my Colourpop liquid lipsticks because they are highly pigmented but it feels very light on my lips. It also lasts for a very long time, even in between drinks. Both brands also make buttery smooth eyeshadows in beautiful shades. I am honestly torn when I think of choosing between my Kyshadow and my Coloupop palettes.
Well there is one major difference between the two companies. That is the price. Both companies offer free international shipping after spending $50 and your $50 will go a lot further with Colourpop. New customers also get $5 off. That may not sound like much, but their liquid lipsticks are $6.50 so that’s basically like getting your first one for $1.50. Check out some of my Coloupop favourites below!
The Jeffree Star Approved Drugstore Product:
If you’re familiar with Jeffree Star then you must be aware of how picky Jeffree is with cosmetics and only the best will do. That’s why it should have came as a surprise to me when Jeffree did a full face review of Elf cosmetics and gave it an amazing review. It honestly wasn’t a shock at all to me though. Elf is freaking amazing and probably one of the more afforadable drugstore brands out there. I came across them when I needed setting spray and never looked back. Their setting spray and poreless primer are essentials to my makeup bag. (Oh yeah… $8 primer and $4 setting spray! Can’t go wrong there!) This is a brand you can pick up at Walmart or your local drugstore.
Coastal Scents is another independent US based company with a similar approach as Colourpop. For a very affordable price they deliver high quality makeup in fun bold colours. My favourite thing about brands like this is they make it easy for you to experiment. If you’re unsure of a shade but still really want to try it companies like Coastal Scents and Colourpop make it so you can afford a quality product to experiment with. If the shade wasn’t your cup of tea that’s ok, it didn’t set you back very far.
Coastal Scents will make you forget about those over priced palettes that put your bank account into overdraft. Check out some of the gorgeous shades below to get your makeup bag ready for spring. (Just click buy to be redirected to their website.)
||Hot Pot – Violetville
A muted purple hue with a matte finish.
||Hot Pot – Spring Fling
A lively teal hue with a satin finish.
||Hot Pot – Champagne Orange
A soft, bubbly orange hue with a satin finish.
||Hot Pot – Reef Coral
Reef Coral is characterized by a warm wash of luscious coral with a satin finish.
They make it very affordable to build your own eyeshadow palette so you can create one specifically for your own personal sense of style. Let me just show you a few more fantastic finds from Coastalscents.com before I move on to my next budget beauty tip!
Where You Shop Matters:
If you’re looking to save money on your favourite brands then you need to start thinking about where you do your shopping. I came across this blog by the lovely Cynspo called 5 Secrets to Shopping High End Beauty on a Budget
and she mentions taking a look in department stores such as Winners. The girl knows what she is talking about. I went last time I was out of town shopping and OMG! The savings on some of my favourite high end brands were outrageous! I mean $6 Two Faced Lip Gloss, $11 Nyx Lipstick bundles, $20 Verb gift set bundles and so much more.
Department stores are more likely to have sales running than the beauty boutiques. If shopping online is your thing try looking around at sites such as Perfumania.com
because they often have great sales on some of your favourite brand names.
Ebay and similar sites are fun spots for finding bargains and unique treasures. That being said, if you are looking for a particular cosmetics brand these are the sites you’ll want to avoid. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great discounted products to buy on these pages. I am only talking about the exclusives here. If it’s a brand that can only be purchased through the company’s website then chances are the one on Ebay is most likely a copycat version. These knock off beauty products always use the cheapest ingredients which could lead to an infection. They aren’t safe and also smell really bad. If you do find the real deal on one of these sites than it is either being sold for more money or it’s used. (Yuck!!!)
Other Beauty Saving Tips:
- Good quality brushes go a long way. They’re gentler on your palettes and use less product than the cheaper versions. Invest in good brushes to save money in the long run.
- Add a drop of aloe vera to your foundation. You will use less product and keep your skin from drying out.
- Keep an eye out for gift set bundles of your favourite brand name products. They are often sold at a special price and save you money on all the products included.
- Check Facebook or ask your friends if anyone knows of a local person who sells homemade bath bombs. This is a great way to find a luxurious bath product for a fraction of the price. It also helps support a local business.
- Incorporate at least one (two is better though) makeup free day into your week. This gives your skin a chance to breathe and gives your pores a break too. Another benefit is that it helps build your self-confidence to go makeup free. This will also keep your makeup in your bag for longer saving you money in the long run.
- Stop wasting money on makeup remover wipes. Olive oil on a cotton ball/pad will do the job. It’s safer for your skin and costs a lot less.
- Many cosmetics companies are starting to sell rose water. This stuff is amazing for your skin. Before spending $10-$15 on your favourite brand’s rose water, remember your local grocery store sells it for less than $3.
I hope these tips help you find some great beauty products that fit your budget. What’s your favourite cosmetics brand? Let me know in the comments below!
Also don’t forget to use this code below to recieve an additional $5 off on Colourpop foundation.