When it comes to beauty products, I’m generally pretty cheap unless I come across something I absolutely love. I just don’t see the need to spend $7 on a pack of makeup remover wipes, for example, when I know I can snag a similar set at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s for $3 tops. Here are a few of my guidelines when it comes to shopping for makeup and the like, but beauty products are definitely a personal preference (and as someone who doesn’t wear a ton of makeup, it’s easy for me to stay within budget). Let me know what you think!
Makeup wipes: Definitely save. I almost always pick up a pack or two when I’m at a TJ Maxx or Marshall’s since I go through makeup wipes at a rapid speed (I use at least one per day, sometimes two if I accidentally get mascara on my eyelid in the morning….#struggles). I hate how overpriced the same types of packs are at CVS, though, so it definitely pays to plan a bit ahead!
Foundation: Splurge. That powder that makes you feel like you’re wearing the “pretty filter” from Snapchat IRL? I say treat yourself! I have tried my fair share of BB creams, CC creams, and the like, but this past summer I came across a foundation that I wear to cover up my freckles (I know, I know) and I love it! Plus, the tube I purchased is supposed to last several months, and given that I wear it almost every day (I sometimes like to give myself a break on weekends if I don’t have plans), I think it’s a good investment.
Eyeliner: Save. Don’t judge, but I’ve found that the 99 cent Wet & Wild eyeliner I’ve picked up many times at the drugstore can go pretty far. I haven’t tried a ton of different brands, but I don’t need anything fancy given that I only really wear eyeliner if I’m going out at night (and even then, not always–it can make my eyes really watery and that isn’t attractive).
Hair Tools: It depends. For the longest time, I would’ve said splurge, splurge, splurge! I got my first CHI hair straightener for Christmas when I was a junior in high school, and it lasted until about midway through my freshman year of college (by that point I had convinced many of my college friends to purchase CHIs for themselves, I loved mine!). I ordered another that year, then another about four years later, and after that one broke, I went ahead and gave up on the brand. I ordered a cheap straightener (I’m sure it was less than $40) on Amazon, and two-and-a-half years later, it’s still going strong and gives me the results I want. However, I don’t think any run of the mill straightener is necessarily going to be that great, so you may have to try a couple of brands to determine what you like!
Nail polish: Save. You can buy top brands like Essie, OPI, and Butter London for much, much lower prices at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s ($3.99-4.99 a bottle compared to $8-16 at a drugstore or in Sephora). This may not make the most sense if you’re looking for a specific color, but I have gotten my fair share of nail polish on sale (seriously, I’m addicted to Essie) and it’s worked just as well!