The Affordable Make-up Report

Three weeks ago I compiled the suggestions of the Social Media Moms for affordable make-up.  Given my current economic status I had to pair down my expenses, and all of the frills go first.  Here are the results of all of the items I tried from the great suggestions I got.  If you want to see the affordable make-up suggestions I received make sure to read here.

My first stop was e.l.f. cosmetics.  I figured I would spend $20 and get what I could.  First off I should tell you that their nail polish remover pads are awesome and I had tried them before.  I decided to load up and buy 2 more.  I bought 2 nail polishes, waterproof eyeliner pen in plum, shimmer eye liner in gunmetal, studio single eyeshadow in amethyst, luscious lipstick in brownie points, studio conditioning lip balm in romantic rouge and 2 lip defining brushes.  Everything I bought was awesome.  It amazed me how much I could get for $20.  I have to say that the stand out e.l.f. item was the shimmer eye liner.  The color was fantastic and went on super creamy.  I also really like the luscious lipstick.  It goes on smoothly has great pigment and lasts a pretty long time.  In the end I really think that the quality does actually surpass their pricing.  I feel I did get so much for my $20, so it was well worth it.

I went back to my old staple of Aveeno’s Positively Ageless Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30.  I also started applying it to my neck and chest.  I noticed that I’m starting to show signs of aging in those spots.  Getting older is not so glamorous.  Frankly, I don’t know why I left this wonderful product.  It is the right price, soaks into my skin quickly and leaves my skin smooth.

I will admit that when it comes to mascara I’m extremely picky.  I like it to really accentuate how long my lashes are because they are very light.  I took the recommendation of Maybeline Volume Express Falsies.  Seriously this is one of the best mascaras I have ever tried.  I don’t need to go back to my old $18 mascara this one is great and does exactly what it says it does.  I have even had compliments on how nice my eyelashes look.

I was sceptical about the recommendation of Suave Professionals shampoo and conditioner.  I can safely say I was all wrong.  For less then $3 a bottle my hair feels fantastic.  Gone are the days of buying $14 a bottle when I have this option.  I used the Humectant Moisture for my dyed hair that apparently needs moisture.

Here are the highlights of my affordable make-up research.  Do not worry everyone I will continue to try things so as not to let you down.  I will be back with more to report.  Until then enjoy these great products.

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Candice Kahn has written 808 post in this blog.

Candice is a mom of 3 in Los Angeles, CA, and the Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Fashionably Organized. Her obsession with researching products to get the right price, has made her the go-to shopping guru for her friends. Here she writes about fashion, beauty and shares her love for home decor and DIY. In 2012 she began CB Media Solutions her company that offers brands and clients professional virtual assistance and social media consulting.




  1. I love e.l.f.! You reminded me I need to buy some new make-up. I need to get doubles of my favorites so that I can keep a little make-up bag in my purse. I am going to try that mascara, too. I am terrible with mascara. I usually skip it altogether. I have long black lashes, but they are stick straight. Also, I have allergies, so my eyes itch and I rub them a lot. I need to get over that, though, and just wear it!

  2. I’ve never tried e.l.f. but now I’m thinking I might have to. I used to love jane lipsticks and they were so cheap and now I can’t find them. They were for the teen market but I still loved them.

    I’m glad you like Suave but my new favorite shampoo is absolutely Pantene. Better than any salon shampoo. I use the kind specifically for fine hair and it is awesome. My 2 cents for the day!

  3. I remember when e.l.f. wasn’t sold in stores and was only available on their site. You could get lots of their products for $1 or so. Love them!

  4. Wow I must be a cheapie, $18 on mascara?!?!? Cool that you found something more affordable though.

    • Yeah like I said I’m a mascara snob so I should not have been spending that, but I found good stuff. You’re right though it’s nice to have a cheaper option.

  5. i just got a sample of pricey shampoo and conditioner to review…. and i went right back to my suave professionals! i love it!

    • OMG seriously! That makes me so happy to hear b/c again I washed my hair and could not believe how shiny and soft it was. Great find!

  6. Love your product choices. I also use Aveeno for my facial needs and tell everyone about them, but can I disagree with one product….. The shampoo and conditioner, please please don’t skimp here- If you can’t afford to buy professional shampoo and conditioner (your hairdresser should be able to tell you which is best for your hair) At least get a professional conditioner. It will cost the same because you only need a small amount to actually work. OK I feel a post coming to explain further.

  7. Dont tell anyone but I use E.L.F. eyelashes often…shhhhh its a secret….at least my boobs are real if my eye lashes are fake right? :)


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