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Beauty On The Cheap! Two Total Looks with Drug Store Finds for About $20

I’ll be posting the actual photos of the looks complete with instructions this week. But first I wanted to share how I arrived at such an awesome deal for everything.

Splurging may be fun once in a while but lets be serious, some of the prices of products you see are a little bonkers! For us beauties on a budget there are always options out there. These two looks only cost about $20 each for everything you need besides your own regular tried and true foundation. But first, just some info about the purchases themselves…….

Also I just want to say that I don’t believe in “beauty secrets”. I’m going explain everything I do, how I do it, and what I use. I don’t believe in pulling punches or being sneaky and I don’t like makeup artists who do so. Why keep good info to yourself?

A note about the purchases:
I highly recommend signing up for frequent buyer/discount cards AND company emails. Every day I have an Ulta email with a coupon or deal in them. Ulta has a lot of items on sale, I knew I’d get more bang for my buck there. Is Ulta a drug store? No. HOWEVER they sell all the same drug store brands that supermarkets and drugstores themselves carry. But with Ulta you have the opportunity of more sales and using more coupons. That’s the reason I bought drugstore products from Ulta and not the supermarket. L’Oreal, NYX and Cover Girl products were ‘buy one, get one half off’ and Ulta cosmetics were ‘buy two, get two free’ (excluding mineral makeup). How can ya pass that up?!
By the way if you aren’t acquainted with NYX Cosmetics I highly recommend that all beauties (no matter the budget) get to know them. Besides the fact that there is often a sale on their products, they are a fabulous deal on a great quality product even when not on sale. And thankfully Ulta sells them so they are super accessible.
Also the same mascara and blush were used in both looks because they are good solid stand-by products. Versatile products will always save you money since they can be used with everything and L’Oreal Voluminous is one of my favorite mascaras. You will also save a few extra dollars if you are the type that prefers not to wear blush.

So how much did we save on the makeup?
After the discounts and a coupon were applied, I saved a whopping $28 even. Yup! I was able to put together a “day time” look with neutral colors and I saved so much that I was able to get two lip color options. The second look is a colorful “night time” smokey look.

And a word about application:
Ever heard the saying “It isn’t what you say, it’s how you say it.”? Well with makeup it isn’t what you use, it’s HOW you use it. Most drugstore eyeshadows come with a small sponge-tip applicator and I do not recommend using those little suckers. Those little holes will build up with eyeshadow and you end up just wiping the shadow all around without good color payoff or any ability to blend the colors. I always advise investing in a good set of brushes and with all the holiday sales going on now you can get a nice sized set for a great price. And secondly, blend until your darn hand falls off! Ok maybe not…. but blend a lot! The difference between harsh and heavy and soft and pretty is blending. Sweep across the eyelid with a fluffy brush in small circles or a windshield wiper motion after applying. Lastly, do NOT get discouraged, practice makes perfect. Trite but true.

Stay tuned for the results!! ;o)