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  • Writer's pictureMegan Oliveri

How to shop for beauty products on a budget

Can't imagine spending $100 on face cream? Trust me, I get it! Years ago I would never imagine spending my hard-earned cash on beauty products that I felt like I could get the same quality for cheaper. Who isn't a total fan of finding a good deal? Today I want to chat with you guys about how to find the best beauty steals & how to find the best products on a budget. Let's dive in!

The reality of expensive makeup

The reality is that if you don't care all that much about makeup, why would you want to spend your coin on it? What we purchase has a lot to do with our value system. We make purchases based on a number of different factors but at the top is our feelings. Some people may purchase things to "keep up with the jones," some people make purchase things because it will make them feel pretty and some people just purchase things because they are trying to fill a void somewhere else in their life. Let's be honest, we've all been there!!

If you are someone who values doing their makeup then it doesn't surprise me that you enjoy spending your money on nicer, more expensive products. Some people just don't have that as a priority in their life and that is perfectly fine too! We all choose every day what we value most to spend our money on. & the hard truth is, expensive makeup is not a necessity.

Drugstore makeup

I value giving my clients the best of the best. & that means providing them with expensive, high-end products that they may not experience in their everyday life! While I do this in my professional kit, it doesn't mean that I'm using all-expense beauty items in my own personal routine. There is a balance in everything! This goes for high-end and drugstore but you should always, always read reviews. There are likely 1000's of other people just like you that tried out that product and you could get some seriously helpful insight from! Do your research and make informed decisions and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

my favorite drugstore products

I wanted to share some of my all-time fav drugstore products! These are things that I have in my personal makeup bag at all times. Click the picture below to go directly to the product!


1. Wait for the sale, but don't just buy what's on sale.

Beauty brands and stores have sales ALL the time. There is this funny little marketing ploy that companies like to make you feel that this is the last time this thing will be at the "lowest price ever!!" How many times have you seen that and then in a couple of months it's back on sale for that exact amount? Companies do this all the time to get you to act fast. But the reality is, if we can remember this, we can save our money. Watch sales and pay attention to the items that you are interested in purchasing! When they are on sale, grab them!

The negative part of a sale is that you will be bombarded with countless products that they make you think you need. This is a serious issue and what leads to many people being in debt or never getting ahead on their finances. Just because something is on sale does not mean that you need it or even want it! Often times things are on sale and our brain sees that as a green light to purchase fast. Becoming mindful of that human flaw can help you to save tons!!

2. Don't purchase drugstore products at Ulta.

If you're like me, you head into Ulta and get a little from the high-end side and a little from the budget side. The issue here is that because of the brand Ulta has created, these drugstore products are always priced a little bit higher than say if you were to get them in Target or CVS. Take a look at my favorite drugstore powder, Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder.

As you can see, the same exact powder is only $5.39 at Target and $7.99 at Ulta! I hope this blew your mind as much as it did for me when I realized this. When shopping for drugstore products, always head to a store like Target, Walmart or CVS!

3. Save your money for certain products.

Personally, I believe that some things are important to spend your money on. For example, foundation! I think a higher quality foundation is key to having amazing makeup. There are just some products that I think are worth it. The beauty is, you can get really great quality makeup right there at the drugstore. You just have to know what you should and shouldn't splurge on! Use this chart to help you out when planning your next beauty shopping.

& there ya go!

I hope I was able to save you that hard-earned coin & know I hope you know that you don't have to be a billionaire to have flawless makeup.



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May 18, 2020

THANK YOU! I have needed someone to tell me not to buy drugstore eyeliner FOR YEARS. I look like a sad raccoon by mid-day and I need to be stopped!!!

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