11 Inexpensive Makeup Brands Every Makeup Lover Should Know

11 Inexpensive Makeup Brands Every Makeup Lover Should Know

They're all so affordable, it's wonderful!

Being a lover of makeup and broke, I'm always looking for new makeup brands that are inexpensive and are of decent quality. Here's a list of affordable makeup brands for all you makeup lovers out there.

1. Colourpop

This makeup brand is super affordable and super fun! They have a lot of fun colors when it comes to eye-shadow and lipsticks. And they're always updating different looks on their website for inspo.

2. Wet 'n Wild

This brand can be bought at any drugstore or grocery store. Great quality and great prices.

3. Makeup Revolution

You can only find this at Ulta but, don't let that fool you. This brand is actually super affordable and they're known for making dupes of more expensive brands. So, you can still get similar shades as a more expensive brand or palette for cheap.

4. NYX

NYX Cosmetics has always killed it when it comes to makeup and they're also one of the most inexpensive brands I've come across. Their lipsticks are between $6-$9 and they're eyeshadows and palettes range from $4-$25! Like Colourpop, they offer a lookbook for all your makeup inspirations.

5. Drugstore

Honestly, some of the best foundation, mascara and eyeliner I've gotten at a drugstore or Walmart. For those just starting out in the makeup world, some of the makeup brands that can be found here are Covergirl, Neutrogena, Revlon and Milani. They're all great quality with great prices!

6. e.l.f.

Okay, I haven't really used this brand but I've heard a lot of great things about it and I've looked into them before. You can pretty much this brand anywhere and they have makeup on their website for as little as $1. They're also cruelty-free which is an added bonus!

7. ipsy

An ipsy subscription is one of they BEST ways to get makeup. For $10 a month, you get a new makeup bag with five samples of different makeup and brands that you can try. My makeup collection has grown vastly because of ipsy. It's one of my favorite ways to get new makeup and try new things. They also offer different discount codes from their site and websites of the makeup brands that they carry!

8. BH Cosmetics

Super affordable and cruelty-free!!

9. Morphe

Though this is a more popular brand in the makeup community, it's actually pretty affordable. I have a gorgeous palette from them and they're all $22.99 for 35 beautiful colors!

10. Royal & Langnickel

This makeup brand focuses solely on making brushes. Brushes are so important when it comes to doing your makeup, but they can also get pretty pricey. Their brushes super cute and colorful and range from $4.99-$20.

11. Aurora

I discovered this brand through Ipsy. They sent me an eyeliner by them and I absolutely love it! I checked out their website and everything ranges from $8-$15. Very nice!

Cover Image Credit: Beata Duvoa

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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How My Hair Transformation's Have All Been A Devotion To The New Me

When I change my hair, I feel like a different person.


When someone goes through a hard time, sometimes they decide to dye their hair a different color. Hair is something if you mess up, it'll eventually grow back, change the color, or wear a wig. I'll refer to different points of my life by what color my hair was at the time, saying stuff like, "Oh, I was so much more fun when I had red hair" or "I was at the highest point in my life when my hair was black" etc.

(For reference, I've colored my hair; red, black, purple, back to black, green, and now blue.)

I first colored my hair when I was 19, and I felt like a needed a change. At the time, I was constantly stressed, and after looking at some photos on Instagram for reference, I made the appointment with my stylist. At the time, I'd rather pay for someone else to do my hair professionally, than do it myself and mess up. I L-O-V-E-D having red hair and my confidence went way up. I felt like I stood out a little more, rather than what I felt like, blend in with everyone else around me. This is the time when I'd go out more, was more social, was easier going, and overall, I felt like I was happy.

When I was over the red, I decided to have it dyed black, I naturally have really dark brown hair and in certain lights. I felt like black would be easiest, because it would cover up all of the red dye, and you couldn't tell when my natural hair grew in. Again, my confidence boosted during this time. I didn't stand out anymore, but I felt like it really complimented my complexion and personality. During this time, I traveled to a county I'd always wanted to visit, Japan, with my best friend at the time, was voted into a leadership position, when to my first anime convention, and met/grew closer to many wonderful people who helped shape me into who I am today.

Now I'll admit I jumped the gun a bit when I decided to dye my hair purple. I wanted a more drastic change, and purple is one of my favorite colors. The color didn't come out as bright as I would've preferred, it was a bit hard to see, but I still liked it. During this time, I felt like I was going a bit downhill. This was when my depression and anxiety was at its worst, I wasn't doing well in school anymore, and I wasn't sure what to do with my life. I dyed my black again after that, and I felt somewhat normal again, but all the stuff going on in my life wasn't going to magically get better just because I dyed my hair, and I knew that. I worked on bettering myself every day and got back into old hobbies that made me happy), such as photography and traveling, and socializing with the people closest to me.

Now last October, I decided that I wanted a little change again, but to save some money I was going to dye my hair myself. I only did the ends of my hair, rather than all of it, because I wasn't sure I could have colored hair where I worked, and because I normally wore my hair in a bun, I thought it'd be less noticeable. Well, I was wrong, but no one said anything to me about it, so I guess it was fine. I bleached my own hair and used Arctic Fox Iris and Aquamarine to make a teal color, only I added a little too much green and it came out as more of a green-blue, but I didn't care. I felt like a new person, I was in a happier place, and that's all I cared about. A month or two ago, I dyed my hair the Aquamarine color from Arctic Fox and have been loving it ever since.

Whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it, is up to you. It's something that isn't permanent, and I can change again and again. I don't think you need to dye your hair in order to feel better nor will it fix all of your problems, but I do think it can be a big confidence booster, even for a little bit.

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