Beauty Bargain: Ten under $10

It seems as of lately there is a stunning transition of high end products creeping into the drugstore as cost effective counterparts. Here is my list of ten I can’t live without.

1. NYX-Above and Beyond Concealer ($5.00 at

nyx conceal






What I love: So wonderfully creamy and perfect for the odd spot, yet can work on dark circles in a pinch!

2. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($5.49 at

rimmle powder






What I love: It actually stays matte! My skin which in the summer doubles as a slip-n-slide, that’s no easy feat!

3. Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer ($6.39 at

maybelline dreamlumi






What I love: Use it to brighten and banish under eye circles and it doesn’t crease or add fine lines.

4. NYX Megashine lip glosses ($6.79 at

nyx lip gloss






What I love: It’s creamy and opaque, and they come in a range of gorgeous colors. These little wonders are an absolute dupe for Nars lip glosses, only they smell better!

5. Maybelline Define-a-brow ($4.55 at   

 maybelline brow





 What I love: It’s small and thin enough that you can actually get a natural looking result with a pencil. I use this interchangeably with my beloved lingering brow pencil from MAC.

 6. Revlon Photo Ready Concealer ($7.99 at

revlon photo ready concealer






What I love: Although it’s not as creamy as the one I previously mentioned from NYX, it has staying power like nobody’s buisness. So go on, and cover up a multitude of sins!

7. Wet-n-Wild Color Icon eye shadows ( trio $2.99 at

wet n wil trio






What I love: These beauties have a cult following, and with good reason! A highly pigmented, never flaky formula, and for $2.99 why not have them all?

8. Rimmel scandal eyes waterproof liner in nude ($4.49 at

rimmel nude liner






What I love: It’s a nude liner that works well, and it’s from the drug store! It gives a brightening effect to your peepers without looking as harsh as white.


9. Avon super shock mascara in black($9.50 at uper shock







What I love: This is my absolute favorite first coat mascara. It separates and adds a great thick base. I use it with a couple coats of Maybelline falsies mascara, and then I hit the tips of my lashes with Maybelline Illegal lengths for good measure. I realize this may be a bit extreme for the faint of heart, but when done right it complete eliminates the need to wear falsies.


10. L’Oreal Infallible eye shadow ($7.95 at



loreal eyeshadow




 What I love: These pressed pigment eye shadows rival some higher end brands like MAC. They are so pigmented, and blend like butter.



And remember….




Hello, and thanks for stopping by! Since I have an absolute and unwavering love for all things beauty, I decided to put my years of “research” to use. Along the way I hope to share my sometimes glamorous, yet more often unattractive journey into the exciting world of cosmetics. I don’t know where this journey will take me, but no matter the outcome I promise to always stay honest. 

About me: Take a peek into my life, and get to know me better!

Where are you from? I’m from a small town in western Pennsylvania, and I still live about 10 minutes from where I grew up.

Did you go to college? I went to school for two years for art education, and then went back to school and graduated with associates degree in Nursing, and I am currently a licensed RN.

Why did you decide to write a beauty blog? Ever since I can remember I have loved anything to do with makeup.  I decided to write a blog for two reasons: 1. Because beauty is my passion and there is nothing I’d rather be doing.2.Because I was tired of reading blogs and watching tutorials that show an unrealistic perspective on what both beauty and life is. We get enough airbrushing, and unattainable standards from magazines and television, the last thing we need is “Real Women” showing us the Photo shopped version of their life. I want to help women feel beautiful in their own skin, and embrace their imperfections .So sit back, relax, and stay tuned!

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