5 Favorite Budget Beauty Buys
Hello, my name is Logan and I’m a beauty snob. I spent my whole life in the drugstore aisle dreaming of Sephora and the day my bank account had a little more than my weekly babysitting money, I made my first Sephora purchase, the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Sugar Berry. My love for beauty runs deep and I can still remember the day my very first Sephora purchase was made. Brett and I were on a date out in Pasadena (thanks to my Sephora account I know the exact date was November 9, 2013) and we had some time to kill before our dinner reservation. I really wanted to go inside the Sephora on Colorado Blvd but I was feeling so nervous — the kind of nervousness you have when you feel you don’t belong somewhere, as if my years at CVS would someone disqualify me from opening the door. Once I bolstered up the courage, I entered the beauty Mecca and was instantly hooked. Reflecting back, a little over 5 years later, I see how that $25 glorified chapstick shaped so much of my beauty preferences. I never usually would have gone for a berry shade, but knowing that it was a special first purchase, and an expensive one, I knew I wanted it to be different than the other nude lipsticks and glosses I bought from Maybelline. I’m not surprised to find that now deep berry or bright hot pinks are my favorite lip colors to wear. It was also in that purchase that I felt for the first time quite grown-up. To me Sephora was only meant for the post-college woman with a steady income and fantastic bathroom lighting, so as a college sophomore, whenever I put on my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment it was like I was getting a little taste of my hopeful future. Now obviously I didn’t stop shopping at Target and CVS after that inaugural purchase (I was still a poor college student!!), but once I could make a Sephora purchase without quadruple checking my bank account in fear I didn’t see any reason not too. I finally could shop all the items I had always dreamed about (makeup, skincare, hair, everything!!) and in turn I kind of forgot about the drugstore. For the times I did buy something from the beauty aisles at Target, I was almost always disappointed, the products either didn’t perform like they said they would or they dried out within a few weeks of opening, and of course they didn’t give me that feeling I craved and got when I bought high-end. But when I did find products that performed the same or better than high-end, I became their loyal follower. These five stand out products are responsible for the start of my beauty snob recovery.
Are you a beauty snob or do you looovve the drugstore (and having more money in your savings account)? What are the best products at the drugstore? Leave me your list in the comments below and if you got a significant beauty story, I’d love to hear that too!