Favorite Affordable Products (under $15)

So I finally got my the-seasons-are-changing cold and wasn’t planning to post for a few days, but I didn’t want to keep putting it off. You can expect to see my updated skincare routine and fall haul soon, but for now – here are my favorite affordable products, for $15 or less.

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ColourPop is a fantastic choice if you are interested in trying some new things or experimenting with color as everything is $8 or less, plus it’s all cruelty-free and made in the USA. I am a huge fan of most of their products, especially the Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks ($6), Creme Gel eyeliners ($5), and highlighters ($8). Since I talk about the brand so much already, I’m not going to go too in-depth here, but I will recommend my favorite shade for each of the products mentioned: 1st Base, Best O, and Hippo (respectively).

sephoralipstickremoverย Sephora Collection Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover ($9.50, on sale for $5) – This was a product recommendation from someone on Reddit and I am absolutely not disappointed. As someone who is a loyal user of oil-based cleansers, I wasn’t expecting anything overly special from this but for $5 (and 20% off of that), I had to try. Damn does this stuff cut through some liquid lipstick! It beats out both Lush‘sย Ultrabland and the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser for removing my beloved liquid lipsticks. Seeing as how that is my preferred lipstick formula, I may be buying more of these soon.

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Summer Shitlist

So I went into this expecting to come up with my top 10, or rather bottom 10 beauty products of the summer, but rather than fueling the drama and sensationalism of being angry about stuff, I decided to just stick with eight. These are the products that really stood out in my mind as not good or not enjoyable and I didn’t want to start throwing in random products that are “just okay” for the sake of having 10. Sorry to anyone that has a thing for multiples of five like I do, that itch will not be scratched here. Top 15 Summer Hitlist to follow!

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Brand Highlight: ColourPop

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The first launch from start-up brand incubator SEED Beauty, ColourPop Cosmetics is an LA-based, cruelty-free cosmetics company. Their current product line consists of their “Lippie Stix” lipsticks with corresponding “Lippie Pencils” as well as Super Shock Shadow eyeshadows and new Super Shock Cheek blushes and highlighters. I’ve got a few of each so keep reading for some swatches and reviews from this unique brand. (Prepare for lots of photos).

Since I have more lip products than anything else, let’s start with their Lippie Stix and coordinating pencils, $5 each.

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I have to say, when they first arrived in the mail, I was immediately impressed by these lippie stix. The sleek packaging is unique and attractive, and makes these must-have shades super portable. The lids click into place so they’ll be safe in your purse/car/wherever, and nothing bad can ever come from an entire line of lipsticks with coordinating lip liners. That is not to say that all of the lip liners are identical to their lippie stix counterpart – rather, they were designed to complement and enhance each other (how cool is that?)

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