Beauty on a Budget

By Alex Haller

If you’re like me, sometimes you just can’t finance (or justify) spending $160 at Sephora for 4 things. I get it. Quality makeup is expensive! But nowadays, there are so many brands out there that will leave you looking flawless without leaving your wallet bare. Beauty on a budget is achievable, and here are some of my fave products that you can get almost anywhere.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-In-1 Skin Perfector

Price:​ ​$7.49
This​ ​BB​ ​cream​ ​is​ ​great​ ​for​ ​any​ ​type​ ​of​ ​wear;​ ​whether​ ​you’re​ ​hitting​ ​the​ ​beach,​ ​or​ ​going
for​ ​a​ ​night​ ​out,​ ​this​ ​formula​ ​is​ ​light​ ​while​ ​still​ ​providing​ ​great​ ​coverage.​ ​If​ ​you’re​ ​acne
prone,​ ​they​ ​have​ ​a​ ​formula​ ​made​ ​with​ ​2%​ ​salicylic​ ​acid,​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​percentage​ ​of
blemish-fighter​ ​you​ ​can​ ​get​ ​without​ ​a​ ​prescription!​ ​It’s​ ​also​ ​made​ ​with​ ​SPF​ ​30​ ​built​ ​in,​ ​so
you’re​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​step​ ​out​ ​into​ ​the​ ​sun!​ ​You​ ​can​ ​find​ ​it​ ​at Target and most drugstores, or at

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Blur Concealer

Price: $12.95
Physicians Formula is another classic that I just can’t get enough of. This concealer is perfect for on-the-go use, and the packaging is oh so cute! The applicator has a cushion tip for smooth, glowing, and flawless looking skin. It’s also super hydrating and is dermatologist approved, so you can say bye-bye to dry, flaky skin. Find it at, or at Target!

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals

Price: $4.99
Wet n Wild highlighters give a remarkable shine for a steal. The shade “Precious Petals” has been raved about all over Youtube, and it’s hard to disagree with the ratings! This highly-pigmented product delivers shimmer and shine for your brow bone, cheek bones, and cupids bow. You can pick it up in most drugstores, or online at

Maybelline Expert Wear Twin Brow & Eye Wood Pencil

Price: $3.45
Another one from Maybelline! Kylie Jenner herself swears by this product as an eyeliner and as a brow pencil. If she’s not your type, no biggie: this product glides on smooth and stays in place all day. And really, if a celebrity uses it, can’t we? Get it at

Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliner

Price: $7.99
As you can tell, Maybelline is one of my all time drugstore favorites; they’ve been a staple for so many women for so long, and it’s hard to pass up a classic! This eyeliner is kohl with a cone tip, infused with precious oils to make your eyes really pop. It’s definitely one for a night on the town, and it’s waterproof. Score! Get it at, or most drugstore retailers.

Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara

Price: $6.99
Covergirl’s Lash Blast Mascara has been prefered by the pros for so long, this shouldn’t even be a surprise. This formula lengthens lashes with ease and adds tons of volume with their patent-pending brush. It’s smudge, wearproof, and hypoallergenic for those of us who wear contacts! Get it at

NYX Professional Makeup Ombre Blush

Price: $9.99
I love NYX, and their Ombre Blush is a definite staple in my makeup routine. Their bright blush colors are rich in pigment and inspired by the ombre trend that’s taking the beauty world by storm. This formula blends two must-have colors together to create a silky smooth blush that will leave you looking fresh and ready for the day. You can find it at!

CoverGirl Queen Collection Lip Color Soft Matte

Price: $8.79
This collection is designed to flatter almost every skin tone, and every makeup look you could possibly want! The demi-matte shades are soft and blendable, making them perfect for fun ombre lips or just a classic red. Get it at Walgreens, or at

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