Beauty on a Budget

  • Rewards Cards will save you money in the long run and sometimes in the moment of your shopping trip. Walgreens has a rewards card with a beauty rewards program attached. It allows you to save money as you spend money, the more points you earn the higher dollar amount you save! They also have deals like Buy 1 get one 50% off if you are a card member. Being a “Beauty Enthusiast” with Walgreens also has it’s perks, for every $50 you spend you earn 5,000 points, which equals a $5 reward. Download the app to clip coupons straight to your card to save money when you purchase certain products!

Ulta’s reward card goes by every dollar spent. So for every dollar, you get a point. Once you hit 100 points you get a certain dollar amount off of your purchase.

100 points- $3 off

250 points-$8 off

500 points-$17.50 off

750 points-$30 off

1000 points-$50 off

2000 points-$125 off

Your points are good for one year! During your birthday month, you get a free gift and you can earn up to five times the points with purchases during that month. When you redeem your points you can use the dollar amount towards any products in the store! On their drug store side, you can find great deals like buy one get one 50% off. These rewards cards are free. Sign up online and start saving!

On to makeup!

The three face products I liked the most were all from Maybelline’s Fit Me line. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation worked beautifully on my skin it stayed on all day and looked flawless while controlling my oil. Personally, I don’t like to reapply products throughout the day so if it doesn’t last I don’t repurchase and I have almost completely finished this bottle and will be repurchasing. It didn’t cause breakouts, my pore size was significantly smaller, it smoothed out my texture, and it controlled my oil! My only complaint is that I wish it had a pump.

PRICE: $7.99

Concealer is a must have for me because my dark circles are awful without it! I don’t apply foundation under my eyes because it is heavy and causes creasing. Maybelline Fit Me concealer has the warm tones I need to correct my under eye area and has wonderful coverage without the creasing. The formula is comfortable, weightless, and long lasting.

Price: $6.99

Typically I only use powder in my most oily areas because even though I am oily, I don’t really care for a super matte finish. Maybelline Fit Me powder is smooth and perfect for my oily T-Zone. I set my nose and forehead and I am good to go for the rest of the day! I also used it all over just so I could let others know how it worked out and I give it two thumbs up! It’s not cakey at all, it stayed smooth even as my skin got oily throughout the day, and the wear time is great!

Price: $7.99

I’m not much of a contour girl but I did purchase the Wet N Wild contour duo. It looks a lot like the Marc Jacobs duo but warmer. Just keep in mind that a little goes a long way, it got a little muddy on my skin but after using a fluffier brush it was smooth. Now if you are a contour queen, use a more tapered brush to achieve the perfect face shape. I liked that it was matte and not glittery or shimmery because you can go for bronze or contour with this duo. The highlight is more like a banana powder so I used it to set my under eye and it kept my concealer in place with minimal creasing.





Since I am not much of a matte girl I tend to go for a nice shimmery highlight. I purchased the Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighter in 321B light. I LOVE this highlighter! It complimented my skin tone well, I didn’t need a whole lot to achieve the look I was going for, and it wasn’t a glittery mess! It glided right on my skin without a problem, the wear time was phenomenal, and I was glowing all day long. You can even double it as an eyeshadow if you want to. I’m a sucker for a good highlight!

Price: $4.99





Don’t forget the blush! Maybelline Fit Me blushes are a hit or miss. I grabbed three different shades and only really cared for the deeper tone I purchased. The color pay off of the deeper tone was so much better than the pink and peach I got. It added just enough color without being too red or patchy I like to look a little flushed but not like I just ran three miles.

Price $5.99






We all know how important brows are so, of course, I found a great deal on a brow kit from Essence Cosmetics (product purchased at Ulta). The kit comes with mini tweezers, a mini brush, three brow colors, and highlight for the brow bone. I use the dark brown on the tail of my brow and where my brow hair is sparse. I mix the middle shade and the lightest brow shade to fill in and line my brows for a more natural brow. If you don’t think you would use all three colors like that another way to look at this kit is by hair color. Do you change your hair color often? If you answered yes then this product is perfect because you have the shades you need to create a natural brow.

Price: $9:99



Eyeshadow is my favorite… So choosing a palette that I really liked at a great price was a little difficult until I found the Makeup Revolution section at Ulta. Then I had a hard time choosing which one I wanted. I ended up getting the Run Boy Run Salvation Palette with matte and shimmer shades. I like to have balanced palettes, and that is exactly what this is. It has six matte shades perfect for transition and smokey and then twelve shimmers that are warm and cool. At the time there wasn’t a tester available for me to swatch, but when I got home to test it out, I fell in love. The pigment is perfect, no fallout, and not patchy at all!

Price: $10.00

With shadow we need a good liner right? I picked up the Essence Cosmetics 2-in-1 Eyeliner Pen. One side is a more precise felt tip for wings or tight lining while the other side is thicker for a bolder line. It was very easy to use and I didn’t notice any fading throughout the day.

Price: $3.49

To complete the eyes we need a mascara to lift and thicken our lashes! I chose Essence Cosmetics Get BIG mascara because it is super dark and the fiber brush is created to add volume and density to the lashes. I tested this one out for a week and a half and I didn’t notice any clumps, fall out, or transfer. It gave my lashes just enough volume and length without weighing down my eye lashes.

Price: $3.99

Last but certainly not least is an NYX lip liner that I have been using as a lip color alone. Its smooth matte formula is comfortable and lasts all day without drying out the lips. I chose the color soft spoken because it goes with everything and I am loving it!

Price $3.99

For an entire face of makeup, I was able to spend a little over $62, which isn’t bad if you look at the products that are on the market. Not to mention the deals you get from the rewards cards and coupons you could spend less than that. So next time you are at Walgreens or Ulta take a look at the deals they have available and execute a plan. What do I need now? What can wait? And what do I want? Make a list and mark a few items off each time, remember you don’t have to spend it all at once. Get what’s missing first, then add on later.




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