Thursday, October 10, 2013

7 Makeup Products You SHOULDN'T Splurge On

 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?

17 comments:

  1. I agree 100% perfect Post! I love it :)

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    1. Thanks Laurie! So glad you liked it :)

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  2. Thanks for the tips :)

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  3. I don't use any setters of any form. Then again, I am a minimalist when it comes to applying makeup. Good shout out for ELF....they're a good brand to start with for a lot of stuff at an affordable price like NYC and Wet n Wild.

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  4. I love E.L.F. I have many of their products including the setting spray! Although I do tend to forget about it most times.. woops.

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    1. Aw haha I know what you mean! Elf is really awesome though ;)

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  5. I always recommend splurging on skincare products and foundations and concealer rather than on the rest of the makeup. If there a good base you can easily get away with cheap eye makeup, but on the other end Chanel eyeshadows on a bad base are gonna look cheap as well. Personally I tend to invest in better tools because, if makeup expires, a good brush or a nice eyelash curler lasts virtually forever. That said, in my kit I own both the Shu Uemura eyelash curler and the H&M one. I'd be lying if I said they gave the same results but the H&M one works great for the price.
    Generally speaking, saving money is always great but I also believe people should invest in some products, especially if they're gonna use them everyday, because ingredients and quality matter in the long run. When I was in highschool I slapped all the crap in the world on my face but now that I'm growing up and I can afford better products, I choose to focus on quality over quantity whenever I can :)

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    1. Wow I totally agree with you!! This comment really impressed me :D yes I agree that certain products are worth investing in and spending more on, I might be doing a post on that ;)

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  6. I agree about the bottom lash mascara!

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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  7. I don't ever use a shadow primer. I just apply a thin layer of foundation and sweep a little pressed powder on top. My shadows stay on all day long.

    I don't use a separate lower lash mascara, but I know some people prefer to have a waterproof mascara for their lower lashes so it doesn't smudge throughout the day.

    Following your blog now :)

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    1. Yes I totally agree with you :) the routine you follow is really great and simple. I only wear makeup to cover my acne pretty much. Thanks so much for following!!

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  8. I think you're right on everything (srsly, bottom lash mascara?!) but I can't agree on highlighters and eyeshadow primers! I love highlighters and I've tried many of them, including the elf one you mentioned an a Rimmel one, and they really aren't thr same quality of The Balm MariLou manizer, just to mention one. But I don't like Benefit ones, though: they are too glittery and seem cheap to me! For eyeshadow primers, like other base products, I think it really depends on your skin, but of course you don't have to splurge if you find a cheap one works well for you ^-^

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    1. Thanks for your input. You're totally correct in that certain high end brands probably are better than some cheaper ones with the primer and highlighter. But If you're someone who doesn't have a lot of money, these are some products you can forget about going high end for. That's the point I was trying to bring across :) thanks for commenting!

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  9. great blog post!

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