It ain’t no lie, being a lady is expensive!
From the outfits to the maintenance to the beauty products, you can easily go overboard on your beauty budget. I can’t even tell you how many times a quick trip to Ulta for a few “must-haves” has wound up costing me my left arm. Things start to add up and before you know it you’re begging for a good dupe-type product to replace your pricey faves.
Just like I love to mix high and low end fashion, I love to do the same with beauty products. I do all the work and then share the results with you all, so you don’t have to waste your money testing duds out. Only the best for you babes! When I need to save money on my beauty regimen here are the cost effective, but still totally effective products I shop for!
Primers are super important and key to adding longevity to your makeup. I never used to use primer, but I always had the problem of my foundation wearing away in certain areas on my face. I decided to give primers a try and at first I tried this pricey Smashbox primer thinking it would work best. It worked great, but I cringed every time I purchased it for almost $40. After asking myself who I thought I was spending that kind of money on a product that no one can even see, I ventured out looking for a cheaper alternative. I found this E.L.F Poreless Primer and it works just as well for a fraction of the price. Save your pennies pretties, buy the dupe.
When contour became the thing to do, I looked up palettes and almost cried. I was a poor college student and throwing down almost $50 on a palette was not going to happen. I would just use bronzers or darker powders that I had on hand, totally failing at the look. Eventually, I invested in a good contour palette and went for the Kat Von D Shade Light palette. I love the cool tones of the contour shades and I like how brightening all the highlight colors are – I use them to set my under eye concealer. However, when I hit pan, I shopped for a cheaper option. The NYX highlight and contour palette is great. it offers 4 contour shades and 4 highlights, 3 of which are matte, 1 has shimmer. It’s perfect for achieving the same looks as the pricey palettes without the high price tag.
I’m all about the brows, they make or break your look. After trying tons of cheapie brow pencils with no luck I bite the bullet and bought the ABH Brow Wiz pencil which is a cult favorite. It was so good, like so good, but I’d go through it quickly and then need to repurchase it like ever 3 weeks. That’s a commitment guys, it’s like having another bill to pay. But nothing else compared, until my friend who’s a Sephora makeup artist recommended the their retractable brow pencil. It’s like half the price of the ABH one and it works just as well, in fact I don’t notice a difference. The only negative is that the grooming end has a weird little comb and not a spooly brush – other than that it’s golden!
A beauty item I try to not to splurge on is mascara. I feel like there are a million drugstore mascaras and they all do the same thing as the expensive ones. I was gifted the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and I ended up really liking it. Begrudging, I was about to repurchase when I saw L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise at Ulta. The packaging was strikingly similar, and it was less than half the price, so I decided to try it out. Well, not only is the packaging similar, the formula is similar too. It works perfectly and was the perfect price, so bye fancy mascara!
By now you all know that I love the Stila Liquid Lipsticks – like I really love them! However, I can totally understand if you’re not in place mentally or financially to spend to $22 on a lipstick, especially if you want several colors and can’t choose just one. I always recommend the NYX Lingerie liquid lipsticks to girlfriends that want to try a liquid lip, but aren’t ready to commit to the prestige prices. NYX lip lingeries have a great color assortment and a lot of them are really unique shades. They are a bit more drying than the Stila lipsticks, but they’re still a great product dupe for the price.
Hopefully I’ve motivated you to get shopping for some budget friendly items? If you have any favorite save v. splurge products please leave me a comment! I’d love to hear from you!