13 Makeup Products I Love that Won't Hurt Your Wallet

13 Makeup Products I Love that Won't Hurt Your Wallet

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There's something so satisfying about doing your makeup with products that are crazy affordable. Not to say the expensive stuff isn't great as well, but when you make a good makeup find at your local Target or CVS it's like finding treasure. These are my favorite makeup products that I found at great prices that won't hurt your wallet. Some will be a bit expensive but they also last a long time.

E.L.F: Dual Concealer and Highlighter wand

Why it's great: It helps hide zits or other spots and does great highlighting

Price: $3

Neutrogena: Clear Face Break Out Free Liquid Lotion Sunscreen (SPF 55)

Why it's great: I use it for moisturizing my face before putting on makeup and it keeps it nice and sunburn free. I highly recommend it for people with oily skin.

Price: $10.19

Revlon: Colorstay Normal/Dry Foundation (with SPF 20)

Why it's great: It's a long lasting and smooth foundation, not to mention it has SPF which is perfect for anyone who hides from the sun like me!

Price: $9.69

Benefit: The Porefessional

Why it's great: It covers up any pores you may have and glides on like butter (in a good way). A little goes a long way with this product.

Price: $31

Tarte: Paaaarty-12 hour blush

Why it's great: It's an easy and light blush to apply on your cheeks.

Price: Free for a Sephora reward members, this is an item you can get on your birthday.

L'Oreal: Voluminous Feline in Black/Brown

Why it's great: It makes your eyelashes look super long and doesn't often clump them either.

Price: $7.99

NYX: Soft Matte Lip Cream-Cannes

Why it's great: I love using this color for natural looks because it's not super bright but also not super dull. Plus it smells like cake batter.

Price: $6.49

NYX: HD Finishing Powder

Why it's great: It gives your makeup a nice and matte finished off look. If your skin is a bit pinkish like mine, purchase it in mint green to help tone down your natural redness.

Price: $9.99

NYX: White eyeliner

Why it's great: I learned a trick a while back from youtube that if you want to make your eyes look bigger you should line your waterline with white eyeliner. This certainly does the trick and glides on easily.

Price: $7.99

Besame: 1946-Red Velvet Lipstick

Why it's great: I was in love with Peggy Carter's shade of lipstick in Marvel's "Agent Carter" and once I found the actual lipstick used on the show I had to have it. It's an awesome and fantastic shade of red made with 1940's era accurate ingredients.

Price: $22

Rimmel London: Stay Matte Powder Foundation

Why it's great: Really all you need is a light dusting on your face for it to work and that's it! Plus it lasts all day!

Price: $3.29

Urban Decay: Naked2-BASICS eye shadow palette

Why it's great: It's perfect for easy natural looks and can help create an easy smoky eye.

Price: $29.00

Too Faced: Sweet Peach eye shadow palette

Why it's great: It has so many nice and natural colors plus it smells like peaches.

Price: $49.00 (expensive but worth it)

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I Love My Tattoos--And Yours

I love my tattoos. And I love yours. So don't be ashamed of them. Never be ashamed of yourself or your art.

I love my tattoos. Everyone who has them says this--well, mostly everyone--but it's still so true. I love how they represent my life and the experiences I've had and that led me to getting them. They remind me of people and events that I will never forget for the rest of my life.

I haven't experienced the stereotypical judgement about my tattoos (unless you count my mom giving me a look when I talk about them). I've never been scolded or told I'm ridiculous for choosing to have these permanent pieces of art on my body. If anything, I've been complimented for them. I've even been called brave for having them.

There is an element of bravery in getting tattoos. For one, you have ink injected in your skin by many tiny needles which is not the most comforting feeling in the world. For some, it's the most painful experience in the world. For me, it was almost like nothing. Believe it or not, I almost took a nap while I was getting my first one which is on my ribs--which might say a lot about my pain tolerance. However, I don't think you should be considered brave for getting a tattoo. It's not as if you've completed a gargantuan task that we all have to go through in life.

But then again, I do think the bravery comes from the comments you're confronted with afterwards. Sometimes people can be fascinated and genuinely intrigued by your tattoos as well as their meaning. Yet there are also the people who just mean to be assholes. You get comments such as "don't you know those are permanent" and "wow so how much are you going to spend to get those removed". Your mom might comment "how are those going to look when you get older?" as if that's going to be at the forefront of her thoughts when you reach your next birthday.

But at the end of the day, I don't regret my tattoos. Sure I got them all within a year but I've known how I wanted to decorate my body since I can remember. I don't regret the time and money it took for them to appear on my body because they are reminders of what I have accomplished and overcome in my life. They will remind me of the places I've been and where my home will always be. They remind me to be strong and have faith in everything whether it be religious or not. They remind me that I have a passion that fuels me every day and that my story is never over. Sometimes they feel like a little secret and it delights me that I can see them while others can't.

If anything, my tattoos are representatives of who I am as a person. They are my art and they've always been a part of me even before they were created. And if my future children want tattoos as a way to express themselves, I'll definitely support them. It would be hypocritical of me not to but also I don't want to stifle their way of creative expression.

I love my tattoos. And I love yours. So don't be ashamed of them. Never be ashamed of yourself or your art.

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What I Learned About Millennials And Makeup

What This Generation X Gal Learned in Her 40’s.

Millennials and Make-up: What This Generation X Gal Learned in Her 40’s

During my years in graduate school, I was one of three women in Generation X. These women, albeit amazing and wonderful, were family women, attached and often times, difficult to get to know. I found myself, begrudgingly, focusing on making friends with women in their early 30’s. To my surprise, these Millennials had much to offer. Although they would often seem distant or aloof, once I got to know them, their vulnerability was palpable. They saw me, not as mom or big sis, but as the strong woman they wanted to be, which was laughable because I was phoning that shit in daily. They reached out, asked me my opinion on most matters, but also checked in on me, wanted to know how I was doing and how my family was, which was mind blowing because the Millennial generation is not known for their empathy. I found myself diving in wanting to know more about this culture.

I became close with two in particular: Crystal and Candice. In and out of class, although tired and spent from a day at work, had their makeup complete. Candice’s makeup was always pristine with a look as if a make-up artist had perfected it before class. Crystal’s make-up had a “natural” flare and never needed retouching.

Initially, I avoided conversation with most students in my classes. As an introvert, it was difficult for me to engage in basic conversation, but after hearing their intelligent and witty comments in class, I pursued their friendship. I discovered these women were searching for the same things I was: knowledge, respect and a chance at a better life, in a world filled with struggle and sadness. The makeup was not a form of hiding or cultural obligation, but it provided them focus and empowerment.

After graduation, Candice and I went to her uncle’s cabin up at Lake Harmony. We went into town to walk around and check some things out, there was an event going on and some vendors were selling their goods. A jewelry vendor, who was probably from Generation Y pointed at my friends’ eyebrows and said, “I love your eyebrows.” I had always noticed, Candice took great care with her eyebrows, were perfect. My eyebrows were throwbacks to Brooke Shields in the 80’s. I thought the Generation Y girl was joking when she asked her about her eyebrows, but I could see she was admiring her, ogling her skill. I turned to Candice and said, “Is that a thing?” She replied, “Yeah, it’s a thing.” Women, admiring other women’s eyebrows, who knew? Women complimenting each other, empowering one another, I believe, is part of the new wave of feminism. These women are not working on their makeup to impress men or even other women; they do it to feel good about themselves and to gain a skill for life.

Candice and Crystal led me to YouTube where I discovered a woman in her forties who has an autoimmune illness, as I do, who is producing videos on how to do your makeup in your mid-life. She’s beautiful before and after makeup and she empowers her audience to be their best selves on a level I never would have given credence to as a feminist. I used to feel that Millennial women hid themselves in the wild, with makeup, now I have learned the value of showing off your mad skills and the truth of “putting your best face forward.”

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