Best Unknown Makeup Finds That Won’t Kill Your Budget


Have you heard the word Recessionista? It’s being bandied about these days as so many of us try to keep up with our beauty habits without breaking the bank.

Recessionistas are those resourceful ladies who refuse to let the failing economy interfere with their fabulous looks. They’re bargain hunters, they’re repurposers and they’re all-around smart cookies who keep themselves looking hotter than hot, even on a budget.

Thankfully there are plenty of great cosmetics companies offering fantastic beauty finds to all of us Recessionistas, and I’m thrilled to share some of them with you here. Take a look at where you can get the most bang for your beauty buck:

e.l.f. cosmetics – This generation’s answer to the 1980′s Wet ‘n Wild phenomenon, e.l.f. (which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face), is a bargain hunters dream. Here you can find entire collections for a fraction of the cost of a traditional makeup counter’s offerings. The e.l.f. site often features comparisons of their collection versus lines like Clinique at huge savings. It’s fun just to hop on and see what is available and how happy your pocketbook will be with the savings!

Furthermore, many of e.l.f.’s choices (single products, not kits) run around a buck a piece – seriously, that’s it. They often run lots of sales (be sure to get on their email list) and offer free shipping with orders over $75. Fantastic! – If you don’t visit on a regular basis, you are definitely missing out.

Chock full of beauty bargains, has everything from the latest and greatest offerings to the oldies and goodies. You’ll find greatly reduced prices on the very things you’ll find at online sites as well as big box retailers like Target and Wal-Mart. They also have shipping specials and other assorted offers here and there.

Mineral Makeup – Looking to save some cash, yet score quality products? Of course you are! In that case, I urge you to look no further than mineral makeup, the hottest trend in cosmetics. Nearly every single line offers some type of mineral choices, including bronzers, foundations, powders, eye and cheek colors and more.

The benefits of mineral makeup are endless. They’re naturally great for your skin and provide just the right amount coverage without a plastered-on feel.

Perhaps the greatest benefit, however, is that mineral makeup is generally found in loose form and very little of it is needed in order to deliver the results you’re looking for. Once you become used to applying minerals, you’ll soon find how much money (and time!) you can save by using these awesome products. And as I said, nearly every single cosmetics line on the planet now offers some mineral products, so finding what you need in any price range should definitely not leave you hard-pressed.

These are just a few ways to get your beauty fix without breaking the bank. Do you have any other ideas? If so, please share. And be assured, any time I come across a product I think will make your wallet sing, I’ll be sure to share it. Until then, give these tips a try.

Happy Budget Hunting!

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    • Katie

      I thin it is great that you are given good advice on quality products that don’t break the bank! Great writing, I look forward to reading often!

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    • Sabb

      You know what? I am from Germay as well, same as Heidi. But here one ca´t get his fabulous offer. such a pitty!

    • Carol Clifton

      I do agree that recessionista is becoming quite the accepted word of the day that I hope passes rather sooner than later. “Nista” added to about anything adds a bit of rebellious determination for whatever precedes it.
      Elf cosmetics should have a corner of the market anyway! Elegant packaging,Cheap cosmetics… that equals a proven concept that will fool even the most discerning eye at the table next to you.

    • Sharlene

      One of the better deals on the market is the Mattify Ultra Powder from Mattify Cosmetics. This is the best powder for oily skin & is completely transparent – so you don’t have to worry about looking like you have powder caked on your face after you do a touch up. It can even be used as a primer to protect foundation from clogging your pores. It leaves you with a poreless finish, and helps you have long lasting makeup. Compares to (and is much better than) MUFE HD Powder or MAC Prep + Prime … only 10x better at soaking up the oiliness, and 3x less expensive! Find the Mattify Ultra Powder at

      And for amazing eye liner products, try Styli Style – a brand sold at most CVS Drug Stores for under $8. They have an array of “24/7” liners in pencil, automatic, and liquid varieties that stay on all day and are totally waterproof. These are awesome!! Color selection could be better, but if you need a long lasting brown, black, grey, or navy liner, you’re in luck. Compares to Stila Cosmetic’s Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liners, but half as expensive.