Finding Your Pretty

Categories // LA Focus, Finding Your Pretty Thursday, 04 February 2016

Finding Your Pretty

Change your loofah every thirty days, change your toothbrush every ninety days, change your weave every ninety days and change your mascara every four months.

We must change these things often to avoid health issues, so I often find myself at my local drugstore wandering up and down the cosmetic aisle until something catches my eye. Then I stand there staring at all the Cover Girl mascaras dangling from silver hooks and neatly stacked Maybelline lipsticks and then the age old question arises.


Is drugstore makeup as good as department store? Does it really matter? Should I get this $1.99 Wet N’ Wild eyeshadow or should I just buy my new loofah and toothbrush then head to the mall for my make up? Or should I get my loofah at the mall too because Bath and Body works has great loofahs? I just stand there for minutes staring at Queen Latifah’s face above her Cove Girl Queen Collection contemplating and wishing I could rip open the packages and try it all out on my face. Maybe that will help me make a decision. And this happens every time I take a trip to the drugstore. Now, The answer to Cheap vs. Expensive makeup is not as black and white as we would like to think.

I wish I could just say “Buy cheap!It works just as good.” but the truth of the matter is… sometimes. Sometimes cheaper is better and sometimes expensive is better. It all depends. Besides the obvious plus to shopping at a department store like being able to try on that lipstick, taking home a sample of that foundation you’ve heard so much about, and being able to ask a professional makeup artist their advice on both.

The more expensive makeup generally have a lower water content. They also have all around better ingredients which allow the product to apply smoother, crease or crack less, and be less irritating to the skin. But high end cosmetic brands like Chanel, Givenchy or MAC are not only selling you makeup but they are selling you a lifestyle. So, I say if you have a couple extra pretty bucks buy expensive, if not buy cheap. It won’t kill ya!

Five frugal alternatives to your fancy cosmetics:


    Fancy Frugal
Nars Blush/ Bronzer Duo: $42 Elf Studio Contouring Powder: $3
MAC Russian Red Lipstick: $16 Rimmel Lasting Finish in 01: $5
Dior Diorshow Mascara: $25 L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara: $8
Stila Lipglaze in Apricot: $22 Maybelline Lasting Drama Eyeliner: $10
MAC Fluidline: $16 ELF Hypershine Gloss in Flirt: $1

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