Beauty Splurges and Steals: What’s Really Worth It?

With all the necessities that need to be purchased, it can be a headache to look at $40 dollar foundation. With college loans, unpaid internships, and the daily expenses of day-to-day life, the costs of beauty products can make it hard to pursue your love and passion, especially when you’re just starting a career. Though beauty is skin deep, makeup can be a fun way to express yourself. With all the different makeup products and brands available, figuring out what’s worth the splurge and what’s really a steal can be the trickiest game in the business.

Steal: Foundation

There are several noteworthy drugstore foundations that range from $10-13 dollars. They all provide full-coverage (but can be applied lightly if you don’t want an as-concealed face) without looking caked on, they can be applied with a brush or with your fingers, they have a slightly dewy finish allowing them to appear as natural as possible, and they have a good variety of shades available for drugstore foundations. My top three drugstore foundation finds and steals (in no particular order as to which is better) include:

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation: $9.79 at

Maybelline Superstay 24Hr Foundation: $10.39 at

L’Oreal Visible Lift Foundation: $12.63

Splurge: Bronzer

Though you can purchase an inexpensive bronzer, it can be hard to find one that looks natural on your skin tone. Benefit Cosmetic’s Hoola Bronzing Powder can be purchased on their website for $28, and I promise it’s worth every penny! This bronzer works beautifully on my beyond pale skin in the wintertime and on my glowing summer tan. I believe that this bronzer is worth the splurge because not only does it look stunning on all completions, but it also lasts forever, even when used generously!

Steal: Lips

There are an endless amount of lip products that can be purchased from lipgloss to lip stain to lipstick to lip liner. My recommendation when it comes to getting the most for your money is Jordana’s 5 ½” Lipliner Pencil which can be purchased on their website for an incredible price of $1.49! This lip liner lasts for hours and has an amazing pigmentation. It can be worn alone or topped with a gloss and look just as glamorous either way. With their beautiful twenty-four available shades you’ll easily be able to build up your collection of colors without breaking the bank!

Splurge: Self-Tanner

Whether you want to avoid the damage from the sun in the summer or keep from being pasty white in the winter, sunless tanner does wonders! With so many available on the market now, it can be hard to figure out which sunless tanner is going to keep you from looking orange. Sun Goddess’ Sunless Tanning Lotion only needs to be applied once a week to maintain an even, beautiful glow. It doesn’t have a strong, lasting smell like many self-tanners do and has a green base that allows the tan to look natural rather than that deadly fake tan orange. You can find it on their website for $39. Though the price tag seems hefty, the bottle goes a long way for the money!

Steal: Mascara

With L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara, the name speaks for itself! This mascara gives you the appearance of having false lashes without them being too over dramatic, clumpy, or a hassle to put on! You can find this mascara for $7.16 on

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