Just because you have a bit of a make-up obsession doesn’t mean you have to spend all your money on it. There are a ton of great options you can find at your local drugstore that will give you great results without the high price tag. Here are a few of my favourites:
This is kind of a cult classic among beauty bloggers and for good reason. There’s none of that fancy new mascara technology here, no weird rubber wands or extravagant promises just a classic formula that actually works. Goes on nice and smooth without clumps and has lots of pigment. Pro tip: stick your mascara in your bra when you’re getting ready to warm it up; it will go on much more smoothly.
Lipstick is one of those things I hate spending a ton of money on because no matter what I do, it just wears off. I’m not a fan of the super long-wearing formulas because they dry out my lips. I’d rather have to re-apply than be uncomfortable and that doesn’t seem like such a big deal when you’re only spending $3 a tube. This formula from E.L.F really is moisturizing and comes in a bunch of colours. The Ravishing Rose is my go to (the perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade), but I also like ‘Flirty & Fabulous’ for something a little brighter. E.L.F products can be a bit hard to find in Canada, but it’s not too bad ordering from the States. You will have to pay for shipping but their prices are so low, and they ALWAYS have promos on. I have found their products popping up in more places recently (Old Navy weirdly enough) so keep an eye out.
I lost my brow pencil sharpener awhile back, and it was no easy task finding a replacement (seriously, they are sold nowhere), so I grabbed this (non-sharpener needing) pencil on a whim and really love it. It’s got a handy little brush on one end that works well to get your brows in place and for blending, and the actual pencil is great. I’ve used the pricey Anastasia pencil before, and this one is super similar and works almost as well.
I’m a big fan of these little Vaseline Lip Therapy tins and have tried out a few of the different version. The Original one is good, but I especially love the rosy version. It gives your lips a nice shine and just a hint of colour and keeps your lips moisturized. Easy, breezy, wait that’s Covergirl.
If you don’t have a good dry shampoo in your arsenal, you are seriously missing out. Who actually washes their hair anymore? Obviously I’m joking, but only kind of. I’ve tried a bunch of different ones from cheap to pricey and this version from ‘Not Your Mother’s’ always seems to be the one I go back to. It’s not the cheapest drugstore product you’ll find, but it gets my vote. You also don’t need to use a ton to see noticeable results, in fact, it’s better not to so you avoid that grey halo look.
Again, not the cheapest nail polish you can buy at the drugstore, but this stuff goes on like a dream and actually holds up. I am hopeless at preventing chipped nail polish, and even for me this nearly doubles the time my polish looks acceptable. I really like the ‘Dig Fig’ shade (dark burgundies are kind of my thing), but there’s a huge variety of colours to choose from. Make sure you use a base coat though because I have found the darker colours can stain your nails if you skip that step (not really that unusual but keep it in mind).
I used to be totally brand loyal to the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray but that stuff if not cheap so after having success with the Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo I thought I’d try it out. It really is a great dupe. Smells yummy and gives just the right amount of texture to my somewhat limp locks. If won’t the lottery I would probably switch back to the Surf Spray, but for now, this will do the trick.
Not willing to fork over the $65 odd bucks it costs to buy one of the actual Urban Decay Naked palettes then this set may be just what you’re looking for. Full disclosure, I do actually have one of the Urban Decay palettes and love it, but there are quite a few shades I never wear (for some reason I can’t pull off gold eyeshadow), so this set gives you way better value.
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