I have this disease. It goes like this:
Do I like it? Can I afford it? Can I access to it? Yes? Then I love it!
Do I like it? Can I afford it? Can I access to it? No? Then I hate it!
Pretty sure normal people call this "sour grapes". It's really uplifting and endearing, isn't it?
But I'm working on it, I swear Starting with beauty products, which I haven't been able to justify buying much of lately, but which I still pretty much totally love, even though they're filled with chemicals and probably super un-granola.
So let's get down to business!
Dweej's top 10 Budget ('cause y'all know I'm a frugal Franny) Beauty Products
Maybelline Full N' Soft mascara
I've tried a LOT of mascara over the years. My mom worked for the cosmetics department of Neiman Marcus for a long time and we got samples and full sized versions of everything. Most things clumped. Some of them smelled weird. Some made my eyes itch. Many cost more than a pair of shoes. No thanks!
Enter Maybelline Full N' Soft mascara. It's the best. My fave. No clumps, no smell, no itchy eyes. It's cheap and it comes in dark brown and black (and maybe other things. I don't really know). Get it.
Cover Girl Clean Makeup oil control foundation
Just use your brain to copy and paste everything I said above, except replace "mascara" with "foundation" and replace "eyes" with "skin". There is truly no foundation I've ever liked better than this one, and I have sensitive, prone to pimples skin that makes a girl wanna cry.
This foundation is lightweight enough that you don't feel like you're wearing a mask and doesn't enhance wrinkles by caking into your crow's feet (I hate with heavy make-up does that!) and it comes in a variety of colors- I wear Buff Beige, in case you're wondering.
Cover Girl CG Smoothers concealer
CoverGirl does it again with this creamy, full-coverage concealer which I use (when I bother to) for my insane raccoon eyes. Y'all know how much I hate raccoons, right? Because mine are so dark, I use a shade lighter than my skin so that when the colors mix, I get a sort of uniform look. Genius, I know.
Avon Ultra Color Rich lipstick
Oh man, I sure did have trouble finding a cheap lipstick I liked. Most of them are terrible. Heck, even expensive lipsticks are hit or miss. Either they dry your lips out or smear at the edges or smell funny or are all waxy or the color selection is lame. Do I sound picky? If so, this is probably the only thing I'm picky about in the whole wide world, honest.
But now I've found Avon's Ultra Color Rick lipstick and I'll never use anything else. Because it goes on easy, comes in a zillion colors and is regularly on sale for only $3.99. THREE DOLLARS AND NINETY NINE CENTS. What is this, Wet 'n' Wild? Seriously. So awesome
Almay Intense i-Color eyeliner
I like this eyeliner because it comes in a purplish brown, which I love, it's fairly soft so you don't have to press hard to get color or smudge it, and it's a twisty instead of a sharpeny, which is always handy and makes you feel fancy. Also, no itchy eyes. Winning!
I don't have anything interesting or special to say about Carmex. I just love it. I use it instead of chapstick. A must-have for winter and a should-have for summer because of the SPF. Lipstick always looks better on moisturized lips, ya know?
Oil of Olay All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15- Sensitive Skin
It's probably terribly old lady of me to use this, but it's been not breaking me out since I was 19, so I'm not gonna switch now. I put this on after every single time I wash my face. It's the only facial lotion that's ever worked for me, and over the years I've strayed thinking that the lotiony grass would be greener on the other side. It never is. I always come back to my little friend because I. Hate. Pimples.
Avon True Color blush
Here's another affordable Avon find. But you probably won't wanna buy this color. Well, unless you're 15. Do I have any 15 year olds reading this? Yeah, I didn't think so. Try Classic Aura for something a little less..."bold".
And for the love of all that is holy and good, NEVER use that tiny brush that comes with cheap blush. Oh sweetbabyjeezus, those brushes are such a terrible tragedy. Use a proper fluffy blush brush and apply in a tappy circular motion. Otherwise you'll look like a Glamor Shots victim from 1989. And I don't wish that pain on anyone. No one, I tell you!
Physicians Formula eye shadow
Honestly, I rarely wear any color of eyeshadow except white or cream. I mean, why coat my raccoon eyes with concealer only to put dark color back on, ya know? But if I do, Physicians Formula works for me. Try shimmer for evenings and special occasions and matte for every day. And again, do NOT use those sponge applicators. They were created by Satan. Use an actual eye shadow brush. I insist.
Bar of soap
I wash my face with a bar of soap.
Not Dove or anything mildly girly like that (too greasy) but, like, Lever 2000. And a wash cloth. I'm kind of a rebel like that, but seriously. I can't bring myself to keep messing with my system. The system works! Don't make me try anything new! So Lever 2000 it is.
What are your favorite cheap beauty products? Have any tricky tricks to share with your frugal sistahs?
p.s. There are no affiliate links in this post and no one sent me anything for free to review. These are just the things I actually buy and use. The addat the top is just for Beauty.com and doesn't have any bearing on the content of the post. Happy shopping!