Hey guys! So today I'm really happy about making this article, because this is a topic I've been wanting to blog about for a LONG time and hope to write more about in the future. Beauty on a budget. I am a high school student, and quite frankly, I just don't have a lot of money. But no worries if you're like me and money is a problem. This is my top list of products that I personally don't feel you need to spend on.
Now, keep in mind, these aren't all necessarily products you shouldn't be buying, if I meant that, I'd be in big trouble. What I mean is that I feel you shouldn't have to spend a lot of money on them, and I will be giving you cheaper and cost-effective alternatives for each of these if you still want to get any of these products. But who knows, maybe I'll convince you not to buy some of them at all after all! Anyways, I really hope you enjoy this, so let's get started ;).
1. Eyelash curler: While it's true you can get these for just a dollar (E.L.F. brand), many price ranges for eyelash curlers are much higher. And while they can be nice, especially for people with very short lashes, there's an easy way to do it just by using your fingers which I use all the time. Let me know if you want me to share this trick with you in a future blog post.
2. Tinted Moisturizer: I'm a strong believer in purchasing foundations and bb creams, but personally I'm not much of a fan of buying tinted moisturizers separately. You see, it's easier just to make your own at home with 2 ingredients you already have: fav foundation + fav moisturzier. Do whatever you prefer, but this little tip works just about as well for me.
3. Eyeshadow primer: I know many of you will disagree with me on this one, but keep in mind that I didn't say you should use it, I said it isn't something you should necessarily need to splurge on. Elf has one for just one dollar that has great reviews, and I'd suggest trying that first. Then can you can go ahead and complain all you want to me.
4. Makeup setter spray: Believe it or not, even this item is something many people pay big bucks on. But before buying, ask yourself, "Do I REALLY need this? Is this the ONLY alternative for me?" Obviously these expensive sprays can be super great and all, but part of doing "beauty on a budget" is learning to cut back and buy only what you actually need. I'll be posting an article soon on how I make my own makeup setter soon as part of my diy makeup series. Or you can try elf's makeup mist + set (3$). I just don't think this is all that necessary if you invest in a good setting powder and/or have blotting sheets. The only exception would be a wedding or big event in my opinion.
5. Bottom lash mascara: Seriously, a separate mascare JUST for the bottom lashes? Sorry, I'm just not buying that (OMG, best pun ever!). That was seriously an accident! Anyway in my opinion just use regular old mascara and place an index card underneath to prevent a mess.
6. Undereye setting powder: I'm sure this is nice and all, but any translucent or brightening type of powder is just find for someone who's trying for beauty on a budget.
7. Highlighter: This is the last time I mention ELF saving the day. No need to spend money on expensive Benefit High Beam! There's an amazing one dollar drugstore alternative known as ELF Shimmering Facial Whip that is pretty much the same and I've seen some reviews who even say it's better. If it's a miss, you've got nothing to lose! ;)
Thanks for reading, Katie xoxo
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Hope you liked these tips, and that they help you think before splurging on certain items. Comment below what you think. What items on this list do you agree don't need to be splurged on? Are there any products you would add or take off this list?