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My name is Jenn and I am the girl behind Dressed in Blessings. I am a part time fashion, makeup & lifestyle blogger; however, in my day to day life I am a full time Graphic Designer! I have a passion for not only design but I also love photography & videography. I am a twenty three year old on a budget & love to share all of my shopping tips & tricks!

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Best of Budget Beauty: Makeup must-haves that won’t break your budget

Beauty products have gotten to be so pricey these days, haven’t they?

I think this is a topic we all struggle with. Whether it be skincare or makeup products, the price issue still rears its ugly head.


Not only do we want beauty products that are more budget friendly, but we would also love to have products that don’t have any toxic chemicals in them or products that did not harm any other living creatures throughout the process of its creation.


Once upon a time, a request like this would have seemed totally farfetched and completely unattainable, but luckily for us, times sure have changed!


While top tier beauty brands have been “clean” for many years now (i.e. Too Faced/Tarte), recently, drug store makeup brands have started to step up to the plate, and their competition is really starting to feel the pressure.


Of course, as soon as these “Drugstore Giants” made the move to be “clean”, the top tier brands started to see their customers waiver and stray to try the new and much more affordable options. But what it all boils down to is this very question:

“Is the cheaper product really as good as the more expensive product?”


There are many questions we need to ask ourselves when determining whether or not the cheaper product truly is better than the higher end/pricier product.

– Is the pigmentation of the product on par with the higher end option?

– Is the formula as rich or as smooth as the higher end product?

– Are the ingredients in the budget friendly product on par with the higher end brand?

– What is the longevity of the budget friendly product?


These are a lot of questions that most of us just don’t have the time to answer.


That’s what I’m here for!

Here are some of my favorite tried and true budget beauty products that are must- haves for any makeup bag.


Elf Lock on Liner & Brow Cream


Cruelty Free & Vegan


This brow pommade has lasted me such a long time and wears so well! It will last me the entire day with little to no smudge.

My only gripe is that the formula does dry out a bit in the container after multiple uses, but that can be easily fixed by dampening your brush!


Eco Tools: Start the Day

Beautifully Kit


Cruelty Free & Tree Free/

Recycled Materials


These brushes are on par with top tier brands. The bristles hold up well after daily use and they blend beautifully. Plus, they come with a great storage container too!


NYX Butter Glosses


Cruelty Free


These glosses are exactly as advertised: Like Butter! They go on so smoothly and they have just the right amount of pigment. They also aren’t too tacky and sticky, which can be an issue with most glosses.


Colourpop Flexitarian Highlighter


Cruelty Free


Highlighter is so on trend right now and I hope it never stops; however finding a highlighter that gives you the perfect glow without breaking the budget can be tough. This highlighter is by far the best I’ve seen at such a low price point!


These truly are the top products in my makeup bag. I use them regularly and they have all held up so wonderfully. Finding high quality makeup at a budget friendly price is always such a great feeling (and it feels even better when all of the companies are cruelty free and vegan!)


I hope that your experience with these products is just as amazing & that they become tried and true pieces in your makeup bag too!

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