Slayin’ on Singles: keeping your face and your bank account beautiful

by Victoria Fox

I, self admittedly, am a makeup addict. While all makeup in general enthuses me my real weak spot is for lipsticks and eyeshadow, which is normally where I’m willing to splurge the most on, and very often do. But I am no fool and know that my bank account is finite, so I do the best I can to save money on my everyday essentials. I like to refer to this as:

Slayin’ on Singles

Get it? Like dollar bills? 

Anyway, here is my definitive list of makeup I use on the daily that can be obtained at your local drugstore/sometimes Target (depending on what stores you have in your general area).

#1: Foundation


Listen here and listen good. Loreal’s True Match foundation is the bee’s knees. Prior to buying this, I was super nervous about using a more liquid based foundation, but I was wrong to be afraid. So very wrong. It goes on easily with a foundation brush and once it’s set with powder stays all day long. It comes in a great range of shades and has titanium dioxide sunscreen in it, so not only do you look fab, but you’re protected from that awful ball of fire in the sky as well. Go you!

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, or Walmart.

(also FUN FACT: I got ahold of some MAC foundation not long after I purchased this product. The formulas seem very comparable. Very.)

#2 Powder


Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder. I was on a “let’s try some new beauty products” kick when I picked this baby up and boy am I glad I did. This powder has incredible staying power, doesn’t cake or dry out, and my favorite thing is that it’s available in translucent. I am a rather lazy person (on top of the fact that my skin color changes quite a bit from summer to winter) and color matching can sometimes be incredibly difficult. If you’re like me and would rather be sitting in front of your computer marathoning the Clone Wars for the 80th time, then that is some valuable time you’re missing out on. Bottom line, 10/10 would recommend. It’s fool proof and glorious. Go buy it.

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, and Walmart.

#3 Mascara


Mascara has always been the one thing I’ve consistently had trouble sticking with. I would come across some brands that I would like, but it took me a very long time to find something I could really love, and that was also cost effective. That is until I started assisting with wedding hair and makeup and we had a mascara emergency. We needed a good kind and fast and my mentor suggested this. Loreal’s Voluminous Mascara is magic. It doesn’t clump and has a very simple yet effective brush. (None of that space age “will my eyelashes survive this?” shaped weirdness.)  It lasts all day long and while it isn’t water proof, I’ve had quite a few mental breakdowns and it didn’t run very much at all. I prefer it in the color Blackest Black.

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, and Walmart.

#4 Facial Wipes


Let’s be honest, sometimes I’m so tired when I come home from work that I just immediately want to fall into a deep sleep until morning. That’s totally cool. You know what’s not cool? Not taking your makeup off before sleep. If you wanna fall straight asleep and do what’s best for your skin, wipe that makeup off with some quality Say Yes wipes. They have varying kinds (cucumber, blueberries, coconut, tomatoes) that focus on different aspects of your skin (minimizing irritation, relieving acne, hydrating, detoxifying) not to mention they smell great, and I can take my makeup off with one quick swoop. I would compare them to the Sephora brand face wipes if you’re looking for a pricier alternative, but these do the trick all the same.

You can find this product at your local Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, Walmart, even Ulta!

#5 Matte Lip Creme


Aside from Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream has to be my favorite matte lip formula. It doesn’t dry out your lips, yet stays all day and isn’t a pain to get off at the end. Not to mention pretty much every color is a winner. Rome, Sao Paolo, and Stockholm are my favs. (Honorable mention goes to the Liquid Suede collection). Please excuse the display, customers at my local Target are monsters.

You can find this product at Target, some CVS’s, and Ulta.

#6 Moisturizer


For a long time I skirted around getting a facial moisturizer. Why you ask? Mostly fear of the unknown I’d say. There’s so many products out there, how do you possibly weed through them all? Garnier’s SkinActive Moisture Rescue  was recommended to me by a friend and coworker (Gabi u da bomb) and it is a quality product. It deals with my partially dry, partially normal skin beautifully and leaves my skin feeling so fly so fresh without it becoming oily. The product sizing is fairly satisfactory considering you only need the tiniest bit to cover your face and neck. The kind of fancy container makes me feel pretty damn fancy when I apply this baby, so bonus points.

You can find this product at Walgreen’s, CVS, Target, and Walmart.


#7 Face Masks


Short and simple: these guys are incredibly cheap and leave me feeling refreshed so you really can’t afford not to buy them. I’m definitely not someone who face masks every day, but it’s a nice treat once or twice a week. Picking these guys up is cost effective and making myself feel great effective.

You can find these at your local Walgreen’s.

#8 Eyeliner


My number one eyeliner love in this life will always be Kat Von D’s tattoo liner in Trooper, but when times are hard, E.L.F’s ink eyeliner pen isn’t a bad alternative. The felt tip is a bit larger than KVD’s, but it stays on for most of the day without issue. It does lose it’s sharpness quicker than a normal eyeliner pen would (I would give it a rough 4-5 week estimate), but it’s also only three dollars so replacing it isn’t the worst.

You can find this product at your local Target.

#9 Concealer


I have the worst under eye bags. The worst. But E.L.F.’s HD lifting concealer does a pretty good job of covering them up. Word of warning, the color they appear to be is often a little lighter than they actually are. For someone with bad under eye bags like myself, that works just fine, but the average person should keep that in mind.

You can find this product at your local Target.

#10 Highlighter


If you’re looking for a cheap highlighter but, like myself, are a fan of variety, then E.L.F.’s Illuminating Palette is the one for you my friend. Each of the colors in this palette work great on their own, but are also really fab when used with each other. The thing I love about this palette is that it’s just the right amount of highlight. While I do love being extra, one of my jobs isn’t too fond of an incredibly extra highlight. These are more natural, and you can sweep them on your face and run out the door if you need to.

You can find this product at your local Target.


Well, that’s all for today folks! I hope this was informative and that you too can tackle beauty on a budget. Because let’s be real here, you need those new KVD lipstick shades. And that glorious Alchemy Palette.

Treat yoself,