Beauty

8 Budget-Friendly Beauty Buys

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If you’re on a budget, and let’s face it most college students are, that doesn’t mean you should have to forego quality when it comes to beauty products. Here’s a list of some of the best budget-friendly beauty products I have come across over the last year! Enjoy!

1. Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipstick

rimmel-lipstickThe Kate Moss lipsticks from Rimmel are long lasting and highly pigmented.  The shade 01 is a great red for pretty much any skin tone.  These lipsticks go on easily and look beautiful.  They retail for $4.99 at Target.

2. Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow

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These are the best cream eyeshadows I’ve found not just in the drugstore, but in general.  They last all day, don’t crease, and come in some great shades.  My favorite shades are Bad to the Bronze and Inked in Pink. They make a great base, but are also great on their own.  They retail for $6.99 at Ulta.

3. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

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Rimmel has the best translucent powder out there!  This powder lasts all day and controls shine and sets your makeup really well.  They come in other shades as well, but the transparent one is my favorite for everyday use.  They retail for $4.99 at Ulta.

4. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder Kit

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The NYX eyebrow kits come in a decent range of shades and each kit comes with two matte eyebrow powders and a clear brow gel to set your brows in place.  They are  super easy to apply and give a very natural look.  They retail for $5.99 at Target.

5. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

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This is the best drugstore mascara on the market.  It gives thick, full, long lashes and can be controlled so your lashes don’t clump.  It also comes in waterproof, which is great for a long night.  They retail for $5.94 at Walmart.

 6. L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Concealer

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The True Match collection from L’Oreal has a fantastic range of shades for every skin tone and are really easy to apply and blend.  They are great for under the eyes and for covering up blemishes and imperfections.  They retail for $7.59 at Target.

7. e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo

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This is a great buy since you get two products in one.  You get a great blush and a great bronzer.  The bronzer is great for contouring as well as all-over use to add a nice tan, glow.  The e.l.f. duo also makes a pretty good dupe for the Nars Blush & Bronzer duo!  The e.l.f. duo retails for $3.00 at Target, while the Nars duo retails for $42.00 at Sephora.

8. Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

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This Olay moisturizer is great for everyday use.  Moisturizing the skin is very important for your skin’s health and is a far-too-often forgotten part of the skin-care routine for many of us.  Don’t leave out this terribly important step!  One tub lasts for several months, so it is worth every penny.  It retails for $12.99 at Target.

Love Always, Pinterest

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Being introduced to Pinterest was the best and worst thing that has ever happened to me. I have, however, learned how great Pinterest actually is.

1. Recipes. FEAR NO COOKING PAN! Pinterest has been proven to help turn you from Ramen Noodle Nancy to a 5 star chef in just a matter of minutes. Pinterest is full of endless amounts of fast, easy, tasty and healthy step by step instructions of recipes that will taste like a party in your mouth. It’ll be impossible to go back to eating microwave dinners after scrolling through your timeline.

CAUTION: you may possibly burn down your building in the process of attempting to be the next Betty Crocker, don’t worry your friends will thank you when they see all the cute firefighters.

2. Appearance. You can easily spruce up your dorm room with quick simple D.I.Y crafts, put together outfits for the week, and makeup/hair tips to help you look “natural” in your 9:00am class so you could catch that cutie’s eye without looking like you’re trying too hard. Who said you can’t be Fabulous on a budget?!

CAUTION: If your D.I.Y. crafts end up looking like a kindergartener’s art project…give all the credit to your roommate!

3. Dream Wedding. In the world of Pinterest, planning out every last detail to your dream wedding while you’re still single is totally normal. If you want to have the best and most memorable wedding ever you’re going to need to prepare 4,5,6 or heck maybe 10 years in advance, darling it’ s never too early. Besides who needs to pay thousands of dollars for a fancy wedding planner when you have a Pinterest account?! With the money you save from not hiring a planner you can use it for your dream honeymoon which you can also plan on Pinterest. *hint, hint*

CAUTION: Mentioning your Pinterest wedding board on the first date is not the ideal ice breaker, you may just end up walking back to campus alone.

Pinterest is the ultimate survival guide of living on a budget. You can be super hip without having to move back in with your parents. Be careful, you might get hooked.

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Check out our eCampus Pinterest when you have some free time: www.pinterest.com/ecampusdotcom/