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!
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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!

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.
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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Shaving My Head Taught Me That Self-Confidence Does Not Depend On How I Look

Shaving my head helped me gain more self-confidence than I ever thought possible.

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Hair is something that has more power over us than we think. Historically, hair was viewed as a way to identify your gender, marital status, religion, or social position. In the Quapaw tribe, single Native American women wore their hair in braids, while the married woman wore it long and loose. Hair can be sacred, as well. Many Sikhs believe that hair should not be cut in any way, as it is a gift from God.

In most of Western society, hair serves simply as a gender marker. Although we are straying away from traditional gender roles, long hair usually signifies femininity and short hair represents masculinity. The media portrays desirable young women with long, silky, effortlessly perfect hair.

For me, my hair served as a comfort. Although I struggled with its frizziness, brittleness, and tangle-ability, I relied on it to make me feel secure. When it hung to my waist in high school, I would use it to cover up my arms and shoulders when I wore sleeveless tops, as I didn't like these parts of my body.

As a child, I remember watching Natalie Portman on the Oprah Winfrey show, talking about having to shave her head for a movie role. Even though I thought it was extreme, her calm and pragmatic demeanor about it changed my perceptions on having a shaved head. I remember her saying, "I always wanted to do it once in my life, anyways. It'll grow back my natural color eventually."

Months before I left for college, I began to devise a plan. I would dye my hair the fun colors that I wasn't allowed to in high school, and then shave it all off for the new year. I got started the week after I moved into my dorm and bleached my hair. As the chemicals burned my scalp and made my eyes water, I realized that there was no going back now. I had committed to shaving my head.

When January rolled around, I was starting to get apprehensive. The weekend I had marked on my calendar approached, and I trekked through a snowstorm to the nearest SportsClips. The barber seemed bewildered at my request but didn't give me any time to reconsider. She took the clippers right to my head, and I watched as my bleach-damaged locks fell to the ground, much like the snow outside.

The first week was hard. I didn't recognize my reflection and often caught myself reaching up to play with my non-existent hair out of habit. I only went out in girly outfits or a full face of makeup, as I felt the need to assert my femininity.

As the weeks went on, however, I began to fall in love with my stubbly head.

Would I recommend shaving your head? I would. Although the journey has been challenging, the benefits make the shave well worth it. Not only do save time in the morning, but I also have learned how to stop hiding behind my hair.

Shaving my head taught me how to stop relying on my appearance for self-assurance. When I had long hair, I would often base my validation around how I looked. Although it provided me temporary confidence, it meant that I wasn't placing any confidence in my other traits. I cared more about how the world saw me than how it heard me. Now that I've stripped myself of my comfort blanket, I feel as though I can conquer anything, no matter how I look.

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