Mascara And Powder And Saving Money, OH MY!

Mascara And Powder And Saving Money, OH MY!

There's a lot of makeup out there, here's my opinion on what to save on.

I am an admitted make-up addict. To me, every occasion is the perfect one for fake eyelashes and receiving my Ipsy bag is on par with Christmas. However, like any makeup junkie, I face the largest problem with my addiction, cost. Although I thoroughly believe every Naked Pallet I own is worth it, my college student income likes to tell me differently.

Every time I walk through Sephora or the makeup department at Nordstrom, all of the beautiful makeup is sitting there waiting for me. Beautiful Chanel blushes, Urban Decay eye shadows and MAC pigments entice me with pretty packaging and just enough cosmetic grade glitter. However, my exhausted bank account is not so easily amused. Being a college student means the little money I make goes quickly to the things I don’t want to spend money on.

The unfortunate reality of my financial situation meant I had to give myself a “beauty budget”. Call me crazy, but it’s how I can still allow myself the joy of getting new makeup, but also not letting myself get carried away so I still have money for the boring things I have to pay for. What I have discovered since disciplining myself on makeup purchasing is that some things should always be bought from the drug store.

I had never used drug store makeup very much until I started limiting myself on how much I would spend on makeup. To my surprise, I found there are things I believe I will always buy at the drug store.

1. Mascara

Ok, I admit, Diorshow Mascara is still my all time favorite mascara, but to be honest I found myself being almost as happy with the Voluminous Butterfly Mascara from L’Oreal. I feel that it gave me almost an identical look, it was a smooth application that didn’t require several coats and the packaging is pretty! The biggest plus to the L’Oreal is the cost. I paid $7 for the Butterfly affect vs. $27.50 on my Diorshow. That’s nearly enough savings to buy myself a Jeffree Star liquid lipstick!

2. Loose Powder Used for Baking

Almost everyday, I do some form of baking my face under my eye area (If you don’t know what baking is, Tati on Youtube has a wonderful video explaining in in full detail). The idea of baking is to use concealer on places you would like to highlight, apply a generous amount of powder on top and let the two “bake” with your body’s heat leaving a very smooth finish on the face. I’ve done this for years now and I have always used the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. Not that this powder isn’t a miracle in a jar, it is, but it is very expensive. The powder I use to bake runs out very quickly due to the amount of powder it requires. Buying Laura’s magic powder got so expensive so quickly; I needed something different for baking. The Coty Airspun Translucent Extra Coverage loose powder soon took Laura’s place on my vanity. Honestly, it is not as nice as the Laura Mercier powder, but the cost definitely makes up for it. You get 2.3 ounces for only $7 as opposed to Ms. Laura who is charging $25 for .14 oz.

3. False Lashes

I am obsessed with false lashes. I love the look and I almost feel naked without a strip of lashes glued to me eyelid. Lashes, like all other cosmetics, can also be costly. I have experimented with a lot of different brands of lashes to find a set that is reasonably priced, holds their shape wear after wear and also looks good. I have tried different styles of lashes from MAC, Urban Decay, Unicorn Lashes, and a few other brands. What I discovered is that my lashes seem to only last me 2-3 weeks regardless of price. In fact, I think the sets I have purchased from MAC were some of my least favorites. The brand I truly fell in love with is Ardell. The Ardell 111 Black lashes are my absolute favorite to wear on the daily. They look great, the lash band is easily concealed and I can wear them for 2-3 weeks before they begin to loose their shape. The best part about Ardell is how affordable they are. I usually pay between $4-$6 on a set of Ardell lashes depending on the style. I always reach for these lashes when it’s time for a new set!

4. Eyebrow Pencil

To be perfectly honest, I am a brow pomade girl. That is my favorite way to do my eyebrows, however, it takes a long time and some days I don’t have the patience or the time. On those select days I use a brow pencil to fill and shape so I don’t look like an alien. I am a fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade so naturally the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil seemed like the best option. It didn’t impress me, especially when paying $23 for it. The Femme Couture Perfect Arch Soft Powder Brow Pencil is what I reach for now. I can find this pencil at Sally Beauty Supply for $6.50. This pencil is just enough to add some color and shape to my brows, the texture is great and it’s super affordable.

5. Liquid Lipstick

In my opinion, every liquid lipstick out there eventually leaves your lips looking like The Thing from X-Men. They all seem to crack and fade after I’ve worn them for hours. Sometimes I use lip balm under the actual product, sometimes I don’t, either way none of them seem to wear that well. The Smashbox liquid lipsticks are probably my favorite formula, however they do eventually crack and they are still extremely drying. Plus, at $24 a tube, they aren’t exactly affordable. Colour Pop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks are super affordable at $6 a tube. NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks are another great option for liquid lipstick. They are only $6.99 a tube and wear just as well as the others. Neither of these is the smoothest formula ever, but knowing how most liquid lipsticks wear, I’m always going to stick with an affordable brand.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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The Ultimate Disney College Program Bucket List

*Quits college for a semester to work for Walt Disney*


Less than two months and I'll officially be a Walt Disney World Cast Member!! I'm so excited but super nervous to live alone on the other side of the country. So to keep my mind off of everything I'm going to be missing at home, I came up with a short and to-able Disney College Program bucket list. It's everything I want to do during my program, but it's things that regular people can do on their Disney trip too, so I'm sharing it.

1. Four parks in one day.

Challenge accepted.

2. Take a picture with the Mickey Balloons.

3. Meet as many characters as you can.


4. Get as many autographs as you can.


5. Stay in the parks from open to close.


6. Visit the parks alone.


As scary as it may seem, I'm going to try to enjoy the parks alone.

7. Obviously get a picture in front of the castle.


8. See as many shows/parades as possible.


Okay so maybe you aren't going to Paris but Disney World in Florida has this too lol.



10. Character breakfast.


What better way to start your day than with the most important meal with your favorite characters. But obviously look happier than this little girl.

11. Eat around the world.


Maybe you'll have a Lady and the Tramp moment.

12. Eat at every restaurant.

Dinner and a show anyone? But maybe not every restaurant, considering Be Our Guest is just one that has like a 4+ month reservation.

13. Ride every ride, no matter what.


14. Take a picture on Main Street when it's empty.


15. Find as many hidden mickeys as you can.

16. Take a picture with all the cool walls as backgrounds.

Basic but necessary.

17. Resort hopping!


Bonus: Find/meet as many celebrities as you can.

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