One of my new MySpace friends wrote in with a very valid point.
Hey Ms.Afrobella! I love your blog especially your tips and spotlights (my favorite so far is your Eartha Kitt one). I would actually try some of the products but some of them are so expensive! I need to get a job ASAP! lol Well, keep up with the good work. –Valencia
Valencia, I feel you girl! Thanks so much for writing, and for your kind words.
I’ve got a full-time job and so does my husband, so (often to his chagrin), I’m no longer as tight with a dime as I used to be. But I definitely remember from my college days what it felt like to be a bella on a budget, and how frustrated it would make me to read magazines or visit other beauty websites where they reviewed fancy stuff I couldn’t possibly afford.
“Well la-di-frickin’-dah,” I mutter under my breath whenever I see yet another Chanel nail polish or Bobbi Brown eyeshadow quad become the new hotness. The outrageous prices some makeup goes for astounds me.
Even now, I am reluctant to shell out more than $25 for almost any individual beauty product (Call me a cheapskate. My mom did just last weekend!). I still resist the tractor pull of Sephora, because I feel guilty knowing that I spent more than $100 on makeup. (I think a little indulgence is a good thing, and I do strongly believe in rewarding myself from time to time. But that $100 I spend on face paint could be so much better spent by a worthy charity). Even if you’re living a Broke Diaries existence, you can find worthwhile products for less than $5. Let Afrobella be your guide to the wonderful world of bargain makeup shopping!
I expressed my adoration for Milani in a much earlier Josephine Baker post, but let me go ahead and get my gush on. If you’re a frugal shopper, shunt all of those high-end glosses off to the side. Milani lip gloss is absolutely all you need. I own Glossy Tubes in Pink Punch, and Hot Kiss, a gold-flecked bronze that smells like cupcakes. They deliver sheer, subtle color that I wear to work all the time. I love ’em!
I own Milani’s gloss in Redwood (deep burgundy) and (Violeta) bright purple-fuschia. They go on slick and smooth while delivering a lot of lasting pigment, and they cost a mere $3.29!! For some reason, the full range of colors aren’t available on the Walgreens website, but trust me, they’re in the in-store display (and they cost $2.99 at Ulta, although the range of colors available on their site is pathetic).
To give you some perspective on how much I like Milani – if you asked me, Afrobella, should I spend my hard-earned $25 on this Chanel glossimer lipgloss, or get this Milani gloss instead? I’d advise you to buy two Milani glosses and spend the change on cocktails.
That’s how I roll.
Let’s talk eyeliner. The Aveda Petal Essence liner I’m currently using is pretty good, and I try not to have multiple black eyeliners in the rotation. (Why, you ask? Because I inevitably wind up preferring one and not using the other… I really do try to not be wasteful, I swear!) As much as I like my current liner, I sometimes compare it unfavorably with my last liner – Rimmel’s Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil. The sad part is, my Aveda pencil cost $12, and the Rimmel I miss costs $2.49!
I totally get why Kate Moss would rep for Rimmel. The products I have tried work well, and cost little. I own kajal liners in jungle green and jet black. Like most kohls they go on a bit thick, but they glide on effortlessly and leave a clearly defined line on my skin, which is more than I can say for many other liners I’ve purchased. (Ahem.)
If you’re seeking natural hair care products that cost less than $5, there are some stellar products I recently mentioned.
Gentle kids shampoo is always affordable and great for naturally curly hair, Garnier Fructis Fortifying Deep Conditioner 3 Minute Masque and Curl & Shine Leave-in Conditioning Cream are also smart, cheap purchases. You can get awesome deep conditioning treatment packs for less than $5 at Sally’s. Do yourself a favor and try the Beyond the Zone Last Call Hair Masque. Your curls will thank you!
If you’re beautifying on the cheap, you already know about using in-store coupons. Sally’s always has something new, and every now and then you can find great stuff in Ulta’s clearance section. Sephora gives free samples with every order, so you can wind up with cool stuff on the cheap in unexpected places.
Hope that helps you Valencia, and every other bella on a budget!