Living with Drugstore Makeup: A Tragedy

When it comes to makeup, I made a tragic mistake. When I turned 18, I allowed my sister to take me out and spoil me rotten at Sephora and Ulta. It was the greatest gift a girl could receive: but now I have serious problems using drug store brands. There really is a reason the good stuff is more expensive: it’s good. But as a college kid, casually buying Urban Decay and Smashbox makeup isn’t exactly in my budget. So I’ve been forced to come up with a pretty good mash-up of cheap and expensive that I think works pretty well for me, and is pretty affordable.

1. Urban Decay 24/7 glide eyeliner: $18


I can’t go cheap on eyeliner. It just doesn’t work. Once you have tried this eyeliner, you will never be able to wear a drug store brand ever again. It goes on thick, and it stays on. It’s fairly waterproof too (though heads up, if you cry, it will sting a bit). It lasts all day, and while it stays on, it’s not so incredibly stubborn and plastered on that you can’t rub a little off if you need to. It comes in a million colors, but my personal suggestion is the “Perversion”. It’s black, and it’s practically a kohl stick. And it’ll last you awhile.

Grab it here!

2. Urban Decay Naked Pallete: $50

I personally prefer a really light and natural look with my eye makeup, which is why I adore the Naked Pallette. It can get pretty

91663_nakedbrush_alt2expensive though, so luckily Urban Decay offers a cheaper version, called the “Naked Basics” which is about $27 (here). Even if you don’t go for the Naked pallete, I highly suggest Urban Decay eyeshadows. They aren’t greasy, they don’t smudge, and they hold color in a way that a lot of other brands don’t seem to. And bonus! You can put on A LOT without looking like a Drag Queen! And these babies last forever. I’m still working off of a basic pallete that I got when I was 18, which I wore every single day until this Christmas, and I still haven’t worn through it yet.

Grab it here!

4. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream: $6 (at Target).


I admit, I bought in hard to the whole BB cream fad. But I have to say…it works. It’s not the perfect cover at all. But I have yet to find that magic solution, and this works pretty well for me. It’s very light, so you don’t have the caked makeup feel. I can’t seem to get the more expensive products to work to save my life, because they always flake on my face (without fail.) The BB cream works to cover and stay light (and also acts as a moisturizer and SPF!)

Grab it here!

5.. Maybelline Shine Free Oil Control Powder- $5


My face is always greasy. It’s a fact of life that I have bitterly come to terms with. The easiest way to offset this is to wear light foundation, and go heavy with the powder. The powder will soak up a lot of the grease, and will dull that disgusting shine that builds up. This Maybelline powder works pretty well for me, but I’m fairly positive that any powder with a talcum base would work well. Also, splurge and get a decent blush brush. Putting on powder with one of those dumb face pad things they give you is the worst idea. Ever.

Grab it here!

6. EOS organic lip balm- $3


I don’t typically wear lipstick- I’m a lip balm girl. And the EOS lip balm is possibly the greatest thing ever. It feels good going on, it’s not gooey, and the best part is that it comes in the coolest looking ball and so you look kind of weird while putting it on, but it’s such a fun experience. And with something typically so boring as lip balm, don’t you want a fun experience?

Grab it here! 

Admittedly, this doesn’t even begin to cover the battle I have with my hair each morning. But that’s another post completely.

So what are your makeup must haves?



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Katie wrote multiple variations of her bio to no avail.The first painted her as a socially awkward political philosophy nerd who is more comfortable in nature, and likes critters more than people. The second spoke of her Southern big sister need to adopt everyone, feed them their feelings, and correct their manners. The third made her sound like a bitchy academic elitist who shops too much and has a dictator complex. All these things are true. In the end, Katie hails from Northern Virginia, hates polarizing politics, wishes she lived in England, and spends more time with her family and animals than anyone else. She can usually be found bossing someone (most likely her sister) around from behind her camera, or hosting overly complicated dinner parties. She writes for a living, is in graduate school for writing, and thought it would be a good idea to change things up, and start a website where she can, you know, write some more.
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