Top 10 Under $10

I am a devoted drugstore makeup junkie, to the point where if I find something high-end that looks nice, I won't justify buying it until I can exhaust my extensive search for a lower-end alternative. Honestly, since I'm no makeup guru or professional working woman I figure that I don't need super pricey products to satisfy my cosmetic cravings. I also don't have the budget to blow on $40 mascaras and $100 palettes - oh the life of a college student. However, I have found many fantastic products at the drugstore that do a really great job at making me look like I know what I'm doing, and all of the things featured in this post basically makes up my everyday makeup routine.

1. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation ($7.49)
I never knew what "melt into your face" foundation meant until I tried this one. It literally goes on so nicely and evens out my skin tone leaving a dewey finish that looks so natural and pretty!

2. Real Techniques Stippling Brush ($9.99)
This brush is great for thicker foundations and cream blushes, and leaves a nice soft finish to the face. You can find the Real Techniques line at your local ULTA or online. I can't wait to get my hands on the Expert Face Brush next!

3. Wed n Wild Princess Bronzer ($3.58)
A great all-around bronzer with slight shimmer so as not to make your face look dead (or orange)!

4. NYX Powder Blush - Pinched ($5.99)
This is my absolute favorite makeup product of all time. The pinky peach with golden shimmer looks fantastic on my cheeks and gives me a natural flush of color that's perfect all year round. NYX products can be found at ULTA, and they have regular BOGO 50% off sales!

5. Rimmel Show Off (Apocalips) - Celestial ($5.49)
I love this product because not only is the color gorgeous, but it really stays a long time and the color payoff is awesome. The Show Off lip lacquers are currently sold as Walgreens exclusives.

6. Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow - Nutty ($1.99)
It's been compared to MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow but for a fraction of the price. It's my go-to color for all over the lid on an easy eye day. It looks nice both on it's own or intensified over a cream shadow.

7. NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil - Yogurt ($4.49)
I didn't really get the hype about this until I started really using it. It's so easy to wear this all over my lid and blend it out for a summery shimmer look with just some mascara, or as an inner corner highlight, waterline brightener, and as a base for other eyeshadows. The creamy beige-peach color is really natural but flattering as well.

8. CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara ($6.94)
I thought I was a die-hard Maybelline The Falsies user until I discovered this through a recommendation from a friend. Not only does it volumize, but also separates and coats each lash so my lashes really stand out and look long and full. I did a photo review of it here!

9. Essie Infatuation ($8.00)
I don't hear many people talking about this slightly muted bubblegum pink, but it is my all-time favorite and most-used nail polish. It looks so cute and girly and the formulation is really creamy and smooth.

10. Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Moroccan Argan Oil ($6.99)
I didn't know what my hair was missing until I tried using this. It really makes the ends of my hair shiny and smooth, though it can be a bit heavy if you use too much at once (though diluting it with water should help avoid that problem). I run it through my damp hair, let it sit for a little, and then blow dry and it even sped up my drying time. After using this I went to get my hair cut and my hairdresser commented that my hair wasn't damaged at all after 6 months without a trim and lots of heat styling.

*Prices for all products vary depending on the place of purchase.


  1. That nyx blusher looks so nice! :) I have apocolips in celestial, its lovely! Xxxfrecklesandflawsbeautyblog

    1. Isn't it?! I really want to try Apocalips in Luna next (:

  2. Lash Blast is amazing! I haven't used it in a very long time, though!

    1. I tried some other mascaras for a while but reverted back to this one, it's just so perfect (:

  3. What a darling blog! All these products are great!

    1. Aw thank you so much (: I really love all of these products!

  4. Thanks for following my blog - following back, love this post.
    I'm dying to try the NYX pencils!! x

    Rachael | beautypea

    1. Thanks Rachael (:
      The NYX pencils are awesome, I'm thinking of picking some more up myself because I use this one all the time!

  5. Ummmm...your blog is amazing!! Thanks for commenting on mine, so I could discover yours!!
    And thank god for Drugstores and cheap makeup! You can find some amazing stuff if you look hard enough! YAY I have that NYX blush too!

    I reallllly want that Rimmel Show Off Apocalips!!!!

    1. Ahh, thank you so much!! (:
      Bahaha ohmygosh, I know right. The drugstore is seriously a problem for me because I'm always excited to try new things out for cheap. I'd really recommend getting the Apocalips - seriously my most work lip item atm.

  6. Cute blog!! Don't remember how I stumbled across it, but I'm glad I did. I've been looking for an affordable hair treatment with Moroccan oil! I'll look into the Suave one as soon as I am at a drugstore :)

    Emily | TheEmmiFace

    1. Thanks! Hehe, yeah it's the first moroccan oil product I've tried so I'm not sure how it matches up with other ones but it's doing the trick for me so far! Definitely check it out (:

  7. Apocalips I find is the only really good lip gloss it really gives colour I saw it on fleur de forces channel and I was literally amazed it looked like lipstick
    Check out my blog

    1. Yeah, it's definitely like a liquid lipstick more than a gloss so the color payoff is amazing!


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