10 of My Favorite Drugstore Make-Up Finds

When I started writing this blog I never imagined that I would write a post about make-up.

I’m a home decor blogger after all.

And then?

I lost 105 pounds.

And discovered something AMAZING.


But here’s the thing. The world of make-up can be a little overwhelming. You can spend a zillion dollars on something and it doesn’t work like they promised. Or you can spend a little on something that works better than any product is even supposed to. It took me a little while to navigate the world of make-up and along the way I figured something out.

Most of the time drugstore make-up is just as good (or even better) than expensive make-up from the department store.

So in the first (and probably only) post I’ll ever write about make-up?

I’m sharing everything I’ve learned.

Here are my top 10 drugstore make-up finds (straight off my make-up table) that REALLY WORK.

1. Essence Lash Princess Mascara

If you only buy one new make-up find this year?

This is the gold standard.

This mascara lengthens your lashes and adds TONS of volume and doesn’t clump.

It has almost 250,000 reviews on Amazon and it’s under $5.00.

It comes in several variations but the “false last effect” is the one I like the best.

You can see it here.

If you want to try all the different kinds including the waterproof version (perfect for summer) there’s actually a bundle I found for under $18.00 for all four. You can see it here.

2. Essence lash primer

And as if the mascara wasn’t already good enough?

If you want to take it to the next level? Add this lash primer (that’s under $5 too, too).

It conditions your lashes with acai oil and adds a base to build on with the mascara and really boosts your lashes and makes them look so much longer.

You can see it here.

3. elfFlawless Finish Foundation

Okay—I’m going to break foundations down into several categories.

First of all—I have mature skin (and it is maturing even more by the day). Depending on where I’m going or what I’m doing, sometimes I need a little bit more coverage. A little bit of this foundation goes SO FAR so use it sparingly.

For the price of $3.00-$6.00 (depending on the shade)—this elf foundation gives SO MUCH coverage.

I have this foundation in four different colors (depending on how much fake tan I’ve put on—LOL).

Here are my go-to shades:

You can see the foundation here.

4. Physicians Formula Color Corrector

If you are looking for a tinted moisturizer with really good color and coverage?

This Physicians Formula is my go-to. It’s what I use when I’m just running errands and I don’t have a lot of time to put on make-up, but I’m worried I might run into someone from high school so I want to look cute.

It smooths out your skin and hides imperfections and generally makes you look finished and ready to go.

You can see it here.

5. elf camo concealer

If I’ve been up all night watching episodes of Downton Abbey and my eyes are puffy and I have under-eye circles, this camo concealer is my favorite. Elf has several different versions of this product, but this is the one I like the best.

My best tip for using concealer under your eyes is to go LIGHT. Do not use a heavy hand. Apply a little concealer with a thin brush and pat it in.

With this concealer, a little goes a long way. I’m in the awkward place where I still have blemishes AND WRINKLES. So I use it on my blemishes too.

And it’s affordable enough that you can order it to try it in several colors.

You can see it here.

6. elf putty primer

I put this in the category of foundation because it’s what I put on before I ever put on foundation.

It’s kind of miraculous.

It smooths out the wrinkles and fills in the tiny lines on my face so when I put on my foundation my skin looks even smoother.

You can see it here.

7. elf powder blush pallete

I LOVE this blush palette.

It’s my first elf product that I ever purchased.

It’s super affordable and has four different shades of blush. I use all four colors at different times depending on my outfit. The colors are just so light and bright and pretty and give you such a sweet glow.

You can see it here.

8. elf contour pallete

In full disclosure, I don’t use this every day. It’s an extra step that I skip for every day.

But when I’m going out and want to look extra cute?

This contour palette is GOLD.

I use it to contour my nose (yikes) and under my chin and on the sides of my temples to lengthen my face. I’ve tried several versions of this, but I keep going back to powder because it sets up better and lasts longer for me.

You can see it here.

9. OPI Plumpkin Top Coat

In the nail category, this plumping topcoat from OPI is the winner.

It literally DOUBLES the length of your polish.


Just make sure to wrap it around the top of your nail when you paint it.

I add another topcoat every couple of days to make my nail polish last longer. It also volume to the top of your nails adds and makes them look like a professional manicure.

You can see it here.

10. This L’oreal Lipstick

In all the world. In all the make-up counters. In all the beauty travels I’ve ever been on.

This lipstick reigns supreme.

My beloved British Red.

I have tried dozens and dozens and dozens of lpsticks and I always go back to this one. It’s affordable. It’s moisturizing. It’s long-lasting. It’s such a pretty color.

This lipstick comes in tons of other colors and I wear those too.

But there’s just something about a red lipstick that makes the day a little brighter.

You can see it here.

Thank you for letting me share my love of make-up today.

It was kind of fun to write a post that’s a little out of my comfort zone.

If you have ANY questions about any of these products, ask away.

We beauties need to stick together. 🙂

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