Sunday, March 16, 2014

My Top 10 Favourite Products Under $10

Sorry about the lateness of this post, I meant to have it up yesterday the same time as my video, but broken internet and school work got in my way, and I never got around to writing it up. But here it is!

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can either watch my video below, or click here for the HD version as usual.

Anyways, let's get onto the products, in no particular order. . .

1) Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze:

In case you don't know about these things yet, they are cream eyeshadows that set quickly and then don't move or crease all day. They are so easy to wear, and there are a few ways to use them. You can use them on their own, either for a sheer wash of colour, or build it up to be more opaque. They also make excellent bases for other shadows, though that's not how I personally use them most of the time, because this shadow is so good on its own. I picked this colour because I think it is the prettiest and most versatile. Probably my favourite way to wear these is to put a somewhat sheer coat over my lid to about the crease, and then build up more on the outer corner, or outer third. This makes it look like I've put on way more products than I actually have!

2) Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder:

I have gone through several of these powders, and I think they are excellent, and certainly the best I've found so far. They have a few colours, but they are all fairly pale. I've used about 4 different colours, and there isn't too much difference to them, so if you aren't pale, then they might not have a colour that will work for you, unfortunately. Anyways, this is another versatile product for me, I like to use it both on its own or to set foundation. Some powders I've used get cakey over foundation, but this one works really really nicely, and it really seems to help my makeup stay all day.

3) Wet'n'Wild H20 Proof Liquid Liner in Black:

I've never had a problem with this, aside from a little bit of transferring to my upper lids if I'm not wearing eyeshadow, though I have very oily eyelids. That said, it's never happened when I was wearing shadow, so I don't really think it's something to complain about. It lasts a really long time, and it doesn't crease,smudge, or crack like some liners I've tried. I also love that it has a felt-tip point instead of a pointed brush since those are the liners I get along with best.

4) ELF Studio Powder Brush:


I see no reason to spend lots of money on brushes, when ELF’s Studio line is so soft and lovely on their own! I like to use this one for applying powders, like the name suggests it is for, and I find that it applies product really nicely. This brush would also be great for applying liquid foundations, though, as well.

5) NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe:

A simple, but good product. This is just a mechanical eyebrow pencil. It does have a slightly different shape from your average round pencil, the colour is in a slightly oblong shape, which allows you to more naturally draw on/fill in your brows. I find that they lasting power is really good, even without a brow gel, and I've never had any problems with smudging or fading.

6) Essence I <3 Stage Eyeshadow Base:


I like this at least as much as Urban Decay's Primer Potion, and far more than the ELF shadow bases. This primer has a slight tint, which I like, since it helps to cover up the veins that are very visible sometimes on my pale lids. The product is great for holding colour and amping up the pigmentation of not-so-great shadows, and I've never had any problems with creasing or fading while wearing this primer!

7) St. Ives Green Tea Scrub:


It's a little odd for me to fall in love with a face product, but I really love how this makes my skin feel. It makes my skin feel smooth, but without the tightness that some products make my face feel. It's also not too harsh and scratchy, and has salicylic acid in it to help fight acne, which I do think it does pretty well.

8) Essie Millionails Nail Treatment:

This product is only just within the price range, but it is well worth it's $9.99 price tag. It's basically Essie's version of OPI's Nail Envy, and it is just as good, exactly the same size, but maybe half the price! It makes my nails strong and the grow so much better when I'm using this as a base coat for my manicures. I strongly recommend this for anyone whose nails need some help!

9) CoverGirl EyeEnhancers Shadow in 710 Champagne:



This individual shadow was the eye shadow that taught me that eyeshadow could be pretty, and I still really love it. I used to use it all over the lid, and that's still pretty for a very subtle look, but my favourite way to wear this now is as a highlight, both on the browbone or on my inner corners.

10) Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in Vivid Rose:



This is the only shade I've tried of this line, but it is gorgeous, bright, pigmented, and longwearing! What's not to love? There are lots more colours in the line, as well, and they are all bright in their own way (as you might expect from a line called "Vivids"). I'd love to try more. These are definitely my favourite lipsticks from the drugstore. They almost, but only almost, rival MAC Amplified lipsticks for quality... and I really like MAC Amplified lipsticks...


So that's everything! Thanks for reading! Don't forget to let me know, either here or on my video, what your favourite products under $10 are!


  1. Stay Matte, St Ives, & Color Tattoos are definitely on my list, those are just gems!!

  2. Great picks! I love elf brushes! So affordable

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