5 Favorite, Affordable Beauty Products

Alright, gal pals. Let's talk beauty products. The morning routine that takes way longer than it should, because as we get older, I think it's mandatory that we acquire a friggin' multitude of mascara tubes (mostly half empty, and forgotten about, thus you buy another one), lipsticks/lip balms/lip stains, and anything else involving your lips (thank you, Kylie Jenner), every shade of blush imaginable, and Naked eyeshadow palettes numbered 1 through 1,000 (trust me, they'll get there). And while it's so fun to build this collection and torture yourself each morning over rather you want your lashes super plump or super long for that particular day, it also can get really expensive. Am I right?!

Sephora knows we're addicted, and as we get older, the prices get higher. We're not in the world of $2 Bonne Belle Lip Smackers flavored like Dr. Pepper and $4 Purple Mary-Kate and Ashley eyeliner (sadly enough, right?). And while I'm just as big of a fan of Mac, Tarte, Too Faced, Laura Mercier, and quite a few other high quality makeup brands, ya girl doesn't have the budget to make it all a part of her daily routine. All my broke 20-somethings say heyyyyy! ;)

So, I'm sharing with you today 5 of my favorite beauty products that I keep in my collection on the regular! AND they're affordable! 

1. L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation

I'm always so flip-floppy between foundations, and super picky too. I have sensitive skin, and heavy foundations usually make my skin oily or just totally dry it out. While I usually do wear foundation on a regular basis (at least to work), I don't like to actually feel like I'm wearing it. I've never been one to put on a ton of makeup because I hate the cakey feeling it can give. But this foundation is sooooo light! And a little goes a long way. One bottle of this can usually last me a couple of months at least! There is also literally every shade. Don'tcha hate when you buy a foundation you think is just right and then you get home and it's just slightly off to where you can't justify not using it, but it's still annoying. Yeah, me too. But I don't have that problem with this foundation! My shade is C3 (creamy natural).

Found at: Target for $12.19 (at least in Cali). Shop all the shades of this foundation here! 

2. Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray  

This product is one I just recently started buying, and I am in LOVE, people. My days are usually pretty busy. Often times, when I put my makeup on in the morning, it has to last me through a good 12-14 hours. When you're going from work, to drinks, to dinner, or from work to a meeting, it's nice to not feel like you've been wearing your makeup for that long. I always like my face to feel fresh. No droopy eyes, chapped lips, or anything of the sort. This spray instantly makes me feel refreshed & rejuvenated & helps set your makeup for the day! AND it smells like roses. What's not to love?! I usually spray it on once after I finish my makeup routine in the morning, and once more if I'm going somewhere else after work or if I just feel like I need a wake-up! 

Found at: Anthropologie for $7.00. Shop this spray and Mario Badescu's other products here

3. Essie Nail Polish Collection

There's not too much to be said about Essie. Just that you should love it. I've never seen so many color choices that are always, always, always on trend with whatever the big color trends are for the particular season. Pastel & neutral nail colors are super in right now, and I've loved stocking up on my faves! This one's a favorite of mine for spring! It's called Mint Candy Apple! Even the names are cute! 

Found at: Target for $8.59. Shop this color and all the other lovely shades here

4. Olivine Atelier Mini Love & Salt Hair and Body Spray

Another new favorite of mine, especially with summer right around the corner! I wear my hair messy most of the time. Aka, I get up, usually tease it a little, throw some of this spray in it and maybe some hairspray, and call it a day. This spray gives you that effortless, beachy, Cali look with absolutely no effort. Maybe one of the two times that you can say "effortless" and you literally mean it. Made with french sea salt, himalayan pink salt, black coconut, and tiger lily, it smells divine. Even if you don't live near a beach, spray some of this in your hair, and people will think you just came from a surf. You can also spray it on your skin cause it's super hydrating and all natural! 

Found at: Anthropologie (but it's sold elsewhere as well) for $12.00. Shop this spray here

5. REVLON Ultra HD Matte LipColor

Cause you know I'm all about those mattes, bout those mattes, no glossy. Watch out, Meghan Trainor. 

Buuuut seriously, I love a good matte lip color that stays all day (which is hard to find!). And some of the liquid mattes make your lips feel a little dry and cakey after a while. Another thing I'm not a fan of! This one stays on throughout the day AND keeps my lips soft! This particular shade is called Love and it's appropriately named because I am, indeed, smitten. 

Found at: Target for $7.99. Shop this lip color and the other colors in the collection here

 

Now, you know some of my go-to's & favorites in the beauty department that also don't make my bank account and husband really sad. 

What are some of your favorites?! We'd love to hear any recommendations from fellow beauty-gurus! 

Love, Lashes, & Lipstick

Cort