The Ultimate Makeup on a Budget Challenge

Thursday, March 3, 2016

I have been obsessed with the Makeup Addiction subreddit the past few weeks and recently this thread caught my attention. The premise of the challenge is this: if all your makeup and skincare products were destroyed in a hypothetical disaster (heartbreaking, I know) and you had only $100 to replenish your stash, what would you get? I got super in depth with my challenge answers, so in depth, in fact, that I decided writing a blog post would be a better medium than a Reddit response. After a lot of thought (probably way too much for how trivial this is) this is what I came up with:


Coconut Oil ($5.09 at Target) - I'm a coconut oil lover, especially since it has so many different uses. I've used it to wash my face/remove makeup and as a moisturizer before, but I'm putting it here because there is absolutely no way I can afford an eye cream and I also need a lip balm, and it will work for both of those.

Boots Botanics Organic Softening Cleanser ($8.49 at Target) - I've been using this cleanser a lot lately and while it's pretty basic, it does live up to its name: it cleanses really well (it even gets stubborn eye makeup off) and makes my skin feel so soft. I can use it in the morning or at night, so it's perfect for this challenge.

Pixi Glow Tonic ($15.00 at Target) - I'm not going to say too much because I feel like I talk about this one all the time, but it is my holy grail toner and it's not going anywhere, even if I have to shell out 15% of my budget to keep it in my arsenal.

Cotton Balls ($0.97 at Target) - I need something to put my toner on…and luckily cotton balls are something I'm not used to splurging on anyway (does anyone splurge on cotton balls though?) I will take the cheapest I can get, thank you. 

Washcloths ($4.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond) - I've done the whole "splash the water in your face thing" for years and tried expensive cleansing brushes (which are amazing, by the way), but nothing gets my face quite as clean as a washcloth. And it gently exfoliates as well.

Neutrogena Mask ($5.99 at Target) - If I can’t have my entire skincare routine, I’m going to need something to use if I start breaking out…which will probably happen if I have to depart from my beloved Clearogen. This works like a charm and is worth every penny. (It also doubles as a cleanser, although I haven't only used it as a mask.)

Ponds Moisturizer ($1.47 at Target) - I absolutely need a moisturizer and this one was super cheap. I used it for most of my freshman year so I know it won’t break me out.


Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation ($4.39 on drugstore.com) - Is this my favorite foundation? No. Is it the cheapest one in my collection that I can see myself wearing everyday? Yes. Moving on...

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer (12.89 at Target) - I was originally going to include an SPF lotion for my skincare, but then I remembered how much I love this primer (it was in my monthly favorites) and I figured it can double up as primer and SPF.

Makeup Revolution Blush ($5 at Ulta) - I have a whole palette of these blushes and I love them. They are so pigmented and pretty. I'll just have to remember to use a very light hand when I apply it (I wasn't kidding when I said it was pigmented!)

NYX Dewy Setting Spray ($7.99 at Target) - I really prefer setting sprays over powder (powder just gets so cakey on me…I don’t know what it is. Also, I feel like setting spray makes my makeup last longer) and while this one isn't as great as some of the more expensive ones I have, it will do the job just fine.

e.l.f. blotting papers ($1 at Target) - The one problem with using setting spray instead of powder is that I do have combination skin, so I’m going to need a little somethin’ somethin’ to touch up later in the day. Luckily, these are perfect for that (and only cost a buck!)

Eyes & Lips 

Covergirl LashBlast Mascara ($6.99 at Target) - This is my new favorite mascara and luckily it's drugstore.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sassy Mauve ($4.99 at Target) - Mauve is probably my favorite lipstick shade ever (I wanted this exact shade for so long and was so happy when I stumbled upon this one!) and I love the formula even more.

Wet N Wild Au Natural Palette ($5.62 at WalMart) - I just picked up this palette and I am so impressed by the formula and pigmentation. And I am so excited Wet N Wild is finally including some matte shades in their palettes. They are decent brow colors too, so I don't have to include brow powder! (This product is pretty new and I couldn't find it online yet. $5.62 was how much I paid for it in person, though.)

Milani Eyeshadow Primer ($5.99 at Target) - My eyeshadow always creases unless I'm wearing this, so you can bet I will include it in this roundup.


Wet N Wild Contouring Brush ($.99 according to their website) - I will admit, this is one of two products on the list I haven't tried, but I'd be willing to give it a shot. Wet N Wild has been coming out with some pretty great products lately and their brushes look amazing. Plus, where else will I find a blush brush for a dollar? (Okay, so it's a contour brush, but I use contour brushes for blush all the time.)

e.l.f. blending Brush ($1 at Target) - I think I could do simple eyeshadow looks with just this brush and my fingers. I might not enjoy it and it would probably be difficult…but it’s doable.

e.l.f. eyeliner brush ($1.49 at drugstore.com) - I haven't tried this brush either, but I love elf brushes and this one should work well enough for my eyebrows, if not as ideally as my angled brush (I didn't want to shell out another $2...that's what this challenge has done to me.)

Total: $100.89

Okay, I went $0.89 over...but I think that's okay. Hopefully I would be able to find some coupons to bring that below $100 (hopefully below $97 so I could buy a $3 eyelash curler too...) This challenge was surprisingly fun and even a little bit enlightening. It really made me think of how I use the products in my makeup collection and how I could switch things up a bit. If you decide to take this challenge too, let me know and I will be more than happy to share your post!

What skincare and makeup products can't you live without?


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