Guest Post: Maha's Budget Beauty Picks

Friday, February 05, 2016

Hi Lovlies :)

Thank you Stephanie for the opportunity to guest blog on the beauty infinitum! I'll start off my telling you a bit about myself. My name is Maha and I  blog over at I'm a freelance Makeup Artist and part time blogger. I've always had a passion for all things beauty so I decided to start my blog as a way to connect with other beauty lovers! I hope after you read this post you'll be inspired to drop in for a visit!

This post is all about Beauty on a Budget! We all know how expensive make up can be and of course that doesn't stop us from buying more , right ladies?  I'm a firm believer that we should shop smarter not less (my husband would disagree) !. To help you out,  I've compiled a list of budget friendly beauty products I use on my clients and myself. Nothing on the list ( except the NYX contour palette ...but hold on... I'll explain) is over $15!

I love myself a good mascara! I use these mascaras together because I find they offer the best results. Hands down, Maybelline makes the best mascaras on the market. I have tried so many high end ones and I always go back to Maybelline Volum Express! Rimmel is not only budget friendly but combined with Maybelline mascaras you get really long and thick lashes. Who doesn't want that !

I'm picky when it comes to foundations and powders. I have , in my professional kit, all MAC powders and Make Up For Ever foundations. I choose to have higher end products because of the heavy lighting photographers use in photo shoots and for wedding settings. However, that does not mean that those are the only products that offer great results. Again, Maybelline has a great line of foundations in the FIT me! collection. The wear lasts about 6-7 hours and they come in a variety of shades so you can find your perfect match. I have several FIT me products in my makeup bag. 

Who hasn't heard of NYX products? It's fairly priced,  higher end quality and a hit with all beauty gurus! They have a lot of products that I really like especially the NYX Stay Matte Not Flat powder foundation. It's a must if you're on a budget and in search of a good powder foundation. At first I wasn't crazy about it but the more I wore it I found it gave good coverage and lasted about 5 hours before I had to reapply. 5 hours for a budget friendly product is fairly decent. 

In my opinion, the NYC Smooth Skin translucent loose powder is a great alternative to the Laura Mercier translucent powder. I'm not saying it's a dupe, it's just a great alternative. The product is finely milled and applies really well with a beauty blender or a fluffy brush.

So this is where I have some explaining to do. I know I wrote that nothing in this post is over $15 so why did I include the NYX contour palette, when it's clearly not $15 ? Well I included it because compared to other good quality powder contour palettes, this palette is a great low budget investment to your makeup collection. Even at $27 it's budget friendly as you will get so much use out of it! I have the Anastasia contour palette ($52) and the Kat Von D palette ($55) and I've been reaching for NYX palette more often. 

The L.A Girl PRO concealers are a great budget friendly alternative to the MAC pro long wear concelaers. I find that these do crease a bit in a shorter amount of time, but if you set them really well it should last a good 5 hours.

I use the NYX MATTE Finish as an alternative to the MAC Fix +. Works great and is very affordable.

I bought the Sonia Kashuck Immuninatior when Target was still in Canada. Since Target left Canada , I was only able to find it online. I adore this illuminator but sadly it's been replaced with the Illuminating primer, which is still as good!

The Revlon Photo Credit primer is a good alternative to the SmashBox Photo Finish primer. This primer has a silky texture to it and dries matte. I find it has a bit of a shimmer to it but don't worry you won't look like a disco ball.

My go-to budget friendly moisturizer on brides and on set is the OLAY lotion. This lotion allows any primer to sit well on the face. It's not greasy or too runny and hydrates the skin. It's a perfect lotion to wear underneath makeup. Make sure to load up on the SPF before applying this lotion as it doesn't have any SPF in the formula.

I've been using the Revlon ColorStay liquid liner since I was in high school. It's a classic and it's my most repurchased budget friendly product.  The fine tip allows me to draw a super thin line and it doesn't fade throughout the day. 

NYX wonder pencil gives you the illusion of being awake when your not! You can line your lips to avoid lipstick bleeding and you can conceal blemishes with it!

I have everyone in my circle of friends hooked on essence products, especially this Kajal black pencil.  I stock up on it now because it seems the word got out on how amazing these are and they're always sold out!!

I have a serious love affair with brushes, especially brushes that get the job done for a small price!
About 90 % of my brushes are from  M.A.C . They are good brushes no doubt, but a bit pricey. Over the years, I've gained a new love affair for Sigma brushes and recently I started using Real Technique brushes.They blew me away with the quality and damn the price tag is unbeatable!  Below is the stippling and powder brush. I have  2 sets of these brushes. 1 set in my PRO kit and the other set in my personal makeup bag. Love them! 

I also love this e.l.f blush brush that I bought at Winners! I don't like all the e.l.f brushes but this one is a definite keeper. It washes nicely with minimal hair fall out. I've had it for a few years now and the hairs just started to shed.

Quo makes a few good brushes. This is their smudge brush . I would never pay a lot of money for a smudge brush to begin with so this brush gets the job done for a good price. Quo always has sales on their brushes so I would wait for the half price sale if you're interested in this brush.

EcoTools is an eco friendly brand and this eye shadow brush is great for all over eyelid application. I wouldn't use it to smudge your blend your shadow. It picks up product really well and washes great with no fall out.

The last brush is an eyebrow brush from Ecotools. It works surprisingly well and I've had it for years ( I can't find the link online ).

Thanks for stopping by, Maha! There are a lot of things I need to try -- notably the NYC powder and more NYX products! Be sure to check out her blog and the other guest posts in the linky below for more budget beauty goodness! --Stephanie

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